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    Did we really need yet another unofficial Microsoft Lumia 650 press render in anticipation of the low-end phone’s imminent introduction? Probably not, seeing as how the 5-inch Windows 10 Mobile handheld has had its design exposed multiple times of late. But getting evleaked is nowadays an obligatory transitional stage from pre-production to store shelves, and Evan Blass couldn’t miss the opportunity of chiming in on the purported “last Lumia.” Alas, the illustrious tipster doesn’t confirm or dispute that label, so there’s still no way to know for sure if the Lumia 850 was ...

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    Cameras continue to be a big talker when it comes to the next generation of iPhones. We heard that Apple would possibly push a quick activation of one of its recent patent applications onto the iPhone 7 Plus. But more musings are signalling the demise of the somewhat kinda-dreaded camera bump that's existed on the last few iPhones. First, word that the iPhone 7 Plus could have a dual rear-camera setup now has some more credence as Digitimes is reporting that several lens manufacturers from Taiwan, China and Japan have sent coupled lens samples for Apple to evaluate. One of those ...

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    It seems so easy: when a smartphone manufacturer wants to keep an upcoming device secret, it shouldn't publish any information about the phone. Well, that may be good advice in theory, but in practice it's clear that even some of the biggest companies around have trouble following that rule, as we saw earlier today with Samsung and the Galaxy S7 edge. Now it's Alcatel OneTouch that's experiencing a little unannounced-device-slip-up of its own, as the company appears to inadvertently push live a couple product pages detailing the upcoming Idol 4 and Idol 4S. Both pages have since been taken ...

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    No matter which of the major smartphone platforms you call your favorite, you've got plenty of reasons to be excited these next few months. Android users are looking forward to some major flagship launches, and MWC will bring more than enough new hardware to usher them into spring. Windows aficionados have the looming arrival of Windows 10 Mobile updates for existing hardware to cheer about. And in the Apple camp, we've been hearing a lot about a rumored March event that could bring us not just the four-inch iPhone 5se, but also new Apple Watch hardware (even if it's just bands) and maybe ...

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    New renders of Samsung's flagship Galaxy S7 have been incoming from multiple sources, and finally this week we're seeing imagery that attempts to reveal the phone's back panel. While the general layout doesn't appears that different from the Galaxy S6, we've been hugely curious about the phone's rear in order to verify one of the rumors we've long heard about this handset: that Samsung was finally doing something about the GS6's quite pronounced camera bump. Would the camera on the GS7 really sit flush with the phone's body? The first back render didn't do much to answer that question, and ...

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    Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new contender for the title of world’s worst kept smartphone secret. Technically slated to go official near the end of the month at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are as good as confirmed, and as transparent as glass following more reports on specs than we can count, and all-revealing renders. The latest “preview” comes from Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin, probably the most authoritative source in terms of mobile leaks after Twitter personality @evleaks. Murtazin, in an extensive article on mobile-review.com, ...

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    For a phone that was allegedly nipped in the bud as a direct consequence of very poor recent sales results, the Microsoft Lumia 850 is sure making a lot of noise in the rumor mill, with half a dozen covert photoshoots keeping release hopes alive. It’s clearly possible we’re dealing with a prototype device never slated to materialize and officially go on sale, but the depicted metal frame simply looks too scintillating to have been aborted just like that. Worst case scenario, Redmond, come back to this design later, and perhaps turn it into your next mainstream flagship. At the same ...

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    The VAIO brand's been going through a bumpy couple years now, and back in 2014 we saw Sony sell the majority of its interests to Japan Industrial Partners. In the time since we've witnessed the VAIO name reemerge not only with new tablets, but also pushing into handsets with the launch of an Android smartphone (above). Now it looks like VAIO is about to expand its phone interests across platform lines, as rumors suggest the company is just about to introduce its first Windows 10 Mobile handset. VAIO was already revealed as a manufacturer that would be producing Windows 10 Mobile handsets ...

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    Apple's supposed to have a big launch event in mid-March, and with just a few weeks to go between now and then, the leaks and rumors have seriously been picking up in earnest. A lot of the recent chatter hasn't concerned the four-inch iPhone 5se, nor the new Apple Watch hardware, but what Apple has in the works for its next tablet: the iPad Air 3. Last year passed us by without a new iPad Air model, but now all indications have been pointing to Apple finishing up work on a new edition, one that will mirror the jumbo-sized iPad Pro in more than a few ways. We've already seen one leaked ...

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    To what extent is a Nexus phone a Google phone? Sure, Google's intimately involved in the process that brings these handsets to market, but in the end it's working with another manufacturer, and inevitably we see traces of their influence bubble up to the surface. Now a new report suggests that going forward, Google's going to be taking a much more hands-on role in the Nexus lineup – and limiting the amount of input its manufacturing partners get to exert in the process. Just what level of involvement are we talking about? Well, the report's not exactly clear, and Google itself may still ...

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    Last week, our picture of what to expect from Samsung's next flagship finally started becoming much more clear, as some of the first really convincing Galaxy S7 renders leaked: we had a smaller flat-screen Galaxy S7, joined by a slightly larger Galaxy S7 edge. And while neither looked like a huge departure from the Galaxy S6, we heard that we might be able to expect at least minor external tweaks, and specifically in regards to the main camera on these phones. Problem was, the renders we had at the time only gave us front and slight side views. We still don't have shots of the phones from ...

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    Are screen borders a thing device manufacturers should really be looking to eliminate altogether or a necessary evil, given without them, it’d be pretty hard to handle a smartphone or tablet, and keep the risk of accidental touch interaction at a minimum? Tricky question to answer right away, but perhaps we can reach an all-satisfying compromise. What if OEMs shave off the lateral bezels, and retain the top and bottom ones to guarantee decent grip? Sounds like a good idea in theory, though in reality, the execution greatly depends on the thickness of the two horizontal “edges.” Sony ...

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    Apple's rumored March event is shaping up to be one to rival even the annual fall iPhone launch, and we find ourselves getting the four-inch iPhone 5se, some next-gen Apple Watch hardware, and maybe even Apple's next tablet, tipped to be a new iPad Air model. Reports have recently looked into what changes we could expect from the iPad Air 3, including picking up a few iPad Pro features, and maybe even adding a flash to its camera in the process. One week back, we looked at a schematic leak that appeared to support those rumors, and today we check out an early case design that's singing ...

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    All too often, when we're looking at new forms of content on our phones, we find ourselves with a chicken-and-the-egg problem: maybe you've got a 4K camera on your phone, but chances are it doesn't also have a 4K screen. We saw something like this back in the day for that hot minute when phones with autostereoscopic 3D displays were a thing, and now we're facing a similar problem with the rise of VR viewers: sure, we can create limited still panoramas with our existing phones, but how do we create the kind of immerseive, 3D, all-around video that's just asking to be viewed with the likes ...

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    Just when we thought there was nothing that could possibly surprise us on the Xiaomi Mi 5 gossip front any longer, the most unexpected yet also reasonable rumor crops up in China (where else?). It turns out we won’t see only one handheld unveiled simultaneously in Barcelona and Beijing on February 24, but two very different devices. At least different in terms of their pre-installed operating systems, because hardware-wise, they should be identical. That’s right, the long-rumored, long overdue Xiaomi Mi 5 will apparently go official in both Android and Windows 10 derivations, much like ...

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    As worldwide tablet shipments continue to drop, veteran manufacturers of these once promising “desktop replacements” have no choice but to take risks or throw in the towel. Samsung has obviously adopted the former strategy, bringing to light the risky Galaxy View and Galaxy TabPro S recently, though a number of safe bets are probably in the works too. In addition to the Galaxy Tab E 7.0, Tab E Lite, and Tab E Kids, a duo of new Galaxy Tab S configurations has been confirmed as coming soon by Zauba, not before they’re “tested and evaluated” in India. Their model numbers are ...

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    March 11, 2016. If that date sounds a little familiar to you, even though we're not there yet, it's because it's been mentioned in the context of the Samsung Galaxy S7 before by none other than Evan Blass. But as the US looks to March 11, so will Europe now. Shai Mizrachi, head of Mobile faculty at John Bryce college in Tel Aviv, has tapped into his sources and has tweeted out that the Galaxy S7 (by name) will get its European launch on March 11. Mark your calendar: the first European rollout for #GalaxyS7 family starts on 11/3 pic.twitter.com/TdhtJIJ2dD — Shai Mizrachi (@ShaiMizrachi) ...

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    While we could rehash battery issues on the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, the sheer endurance we're talking about here blows away a lot of other devices. Does our Michael Fisher still have the Huawei Mate 8? Maybe he can have some fun with a full-brightness video test. One Russian leaker has claimed that the Galaxy S7 can last 17 hours in such a test before powering off. Samsung has pushed around its second-generation 14nm FinFET process in its Exynos 8 Octa cores. But between innovations in battery charging and discharging and Android Marshmallow and the above, we really don't know what to make ...

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    At this point we've heard a ton about what to expect from the Galaxy S7, and we're looking forward to a launch just a few more weeks away. But what's proved impressively (to Samsung's credit) difficult to come by has been imagery of the actual hardware. At least, early renders made a few attempts, and we checked out a shot earlier this week that might be the real deal (if it weren't so obscured by a testing rig), but a really convincing, fully revealing shot of the phone remianed elusive. Earlier this week, leak superstar Evan Blass teased us on social media with some promises of HQ Galaxy ...

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    If you're a company making mobile devices right now, you're either already developing your own virtual reality hardware, or you're seriously worried about missing if you don't. Samsung and HTC have already made efforts to get in on the ground floor, and as high-profile devices like the Vive and Oculus Rift get ready to reach consumer hands, we're hearing about more and more companies putting serious efforts into making sure that they don't get left behind – firms like Google, doubling down on early interest and recruiting new talent to keep ahead of the VR curve. The latest company to ...

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    Of all the upcoming big smartphone flagship launches, both those we're expecting for MWC and those that might land in the weeks thereafter, few models have leaked to nearly the extent the LG G5 has. From schematics, to renders, to images of actual hardware, we've had ample opportunity to get an early look at this phone, and while there are plenty of details we're still hoping to see confirmed, by this point we've got a pretty strong sense of how the handset's coming together. Maybe the one thing we've been missing throughout all this is some nice hands-on video footage of the G5, giving us ...

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    Peer up close at the glass surrounding your smartphone's display and you'll notice a few extra components tucked in up there: those include your front-facing camera, maybe a front-facing flash if you're lucky, and also a couple nondescript little dark circles. Plenty of us don't give those a second thought, but those circles make up the proximity sensor on our phones, letting the handset detect when we're holding it to our face, making a call (and preventing our cheeks from doing all sorts of touch-screen mischief in the process). While the prox sensor plays a useful role, phone makers are ...

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    It looks like Samsung may have learned quite a bit from its recent mistakes, as the rumored Galaxy S7 plan calls for a vastly improved flagship device in the battery capacity department, also capable of microSD storage expansion and underwater operation. But as far as endurance is concerned and little else, the lower-end Galaxy J7 (2016) could prevail over the “next big thing”, somehow accommodating a 4,300 mAh battery, according to info revealed on GitHub. Kernel code exposes the 5.5-incher’s on-board fingerprint scanner as well, a first for the mid-range J family, but hardly a ...

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    While it was certainly pleasing to hear the long-rumored Xiaomi Mi 5 would finally go official late next month, the announcement venue sounded predictable and, frankly, disheartening. But the company’s global expansion ambitions might erupt after all, as invitations for an MWC media preview in Barcelona on February 24 have started going out to select members of the press. The simultaneous Beijing “launch event” remains set too, suggesting for once that Xiaomi sees an opportunity to spread its growing tentacles to the old continent and perhaps North America as well. At the same time, ...

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    While we’re not expecting much in way of surprises from the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge as far as designs go, following a major renovation effort last year, LG’s mainstream smartphone flagship family is probably due for a number of important aesthetical changes. First and foremost, it’s time to ditch plastic. Genuine leather is cool and all, but almost everyone that’s someone in the mobile industry has adopted metal as a primary high-end build material, and LG may not be able to swim against the current for much longer. The big challenge is going to be combining an aluminum ...

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