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    Even though the race for the thinnest smartphone continues at a rate we don't even find logical, that's not the only frontier that OEMs are trying to win lately. Oppo's R lineup has always been about pushing the limits of design, with the Oppo R5 succeeding at being the thinnest phone in the world for a short lived time. Some recent leaks show us that the Oppo R7 will shift its design focus a little into another area of interest, and we get more leaked photos today. These new leaked photos prove that the Oppo R7 is a gorgeous device in every way. Most of us find devices like the Moto 360 ...

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    The Apple Watch sport has proven to be one of the best selling Apple wearables so far, and it makes sense given the price difference with the stainless steel Apple Watch. That said, there is a level of compromise as aluminum is not a common material for Watches, or at least not as common as stainless steel, and neither is the Ion-X glass used on the Apple Watch Sport when compared to sapphire. We already know that sapphire is second only to diamonds when it comes to durability, but it seems Ion-X didn't do so well. A recent video from Unbox Therapy has emerged on YouTube testing the Apple ...

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    We've heard a ton of rumors surrounding a possible 4-inch iPhone mini launch later this year. Surely the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have proven to be very successful over the last few months, but there is still a significant market interested in better one-handed usability. For that matter, Apple still sells the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, and that might not be good for an iPhone mini project. KGI Securities has a very positive track record when it comes to Apple predictions, and today Ming-Chi Kuo claims that we might not see a brand new 4-inch iPhone until 2016. The reasons have a lot to do ...

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    Sony's Xperia Z4 just went official, and now we're already turning our gaze outwards to what's next. Yesterday we took a look at some model numbers for unreleased Sony handsets, and while we weren't able to positively identify any, some inferences based on past Xperia device numbering suggested they could include a new Z Ultra-style phablet, maybe the international version of the Z4 itself, and we've even heard the suggestion that a Z4 Compact could be represented there. We're thinking more about that latter model this morning, as an apparent carrier leak seems to confirm Sony's plans for ...

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    The Google wireless service is nearly here, according to trusted sources of The Wall Street Journal. The publication reported Tuesday that the Mountain View company is prepared to launch the wireless service, which leverages both the Sprint and T-Mobile networks, on Wednesday (April 22). As per the same sources, the service allows customers to only pay for the data they use – this isn't akin to a model any other major US carrier uses (though some have embraced the concept of rollover data as of late), and it's unclear how it will be regarded in the telecommunications industry. ...

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    Earlier this week, Sony dropped a bit of a surprise on us all, announcing the Xperia Z4 for Japan – a quiet press event, no international spectacle, just a new phone that isn't even confirmed yet for global release. It wasn't long after the Z4 went official that we started hearing a rumor about Sony's intentions for a proper worldwide flagship, though that could find us waiting until sometime next month. We're still not quite sure just how that phone might arrive, but a new finding today could offer a hint or two, as a handful of new Sony model numbers surface in Indonesia. It's that ...

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    HTC is clearly looking to expand to other markets that go beyond just smartphones, tablets and wearables. The HTC Vive is a clear example of the company taking Virtual Reality further, and even the word further is an understatement to Michael's experience with the Vive at MWC 2015. Still, this is not the only emerging market with promise of significant growth, and today we learn of HTC's next step. IoV, or Internet of Vehicles, is a market that's beginning to grow in Asia. This is really not about having your phone connect to a vehicle (even though it can be a feature), but more of a ...

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    Microsoft hasn't had much fame over the last couple of years for its timeliness in launching products, and well, we don't blame them for switching CEOs to fix that, among other things. The new Microsoft we've seen over the last few months has launched a bevy of products for multiple platforms, even though we do know that one of their main focus points is Windows 10. Redmond did tease a launch to happen in the summer, but if you wanted an exact month, we hear it today. AMD's is one of Microsoft's biggest partners and the company's CEO, Lisa Su, has just confirmed that we should expect ...

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    The Snapdragon 810 may be the system-on-a-chip powering the hot new smartphones of the moment – devices like the just-launched Sony Xperia Z4 – but the next big thing is already around the corner, and early last month Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 820. The big news for that chip sounded like it would be Qualcomm's move away from off-the-shelf Cortex A-series cores and to Qualcomm's custom Kyro microarchitecture, but we didn't have a ton of technical details at the time. As more information comes to light, there's a new report out that Qualcomm could be turning to a ...

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    It's hard to be happy for either Microsoft or Nokia after the whole mobile division buyout. It's been almost a year since the deal happened and we still don't see a flagship Lumia from Microsoft's administration. Microsoft is still entitled to use the Nokia brand until next year as part of the deal, and if you're wondering what'll happen next, today we get some details. Two trusted sources close to Nokia claim that the company plans to launch smartphones in 2016, and this would just be the tip of the iceberg. The report also claims that once the Microsoft brand deal is over, Nokia will ...

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    Apple has been famous for battling boot up times since the launch of the second-generation MacBook Air. People were clearly in shock when they saw a computer startup from scratch to a lock screen in just a second or two, and that has been the standard for most Macs running on a solid state drive. Sadly the story is dramatically different with Apple's iOS lineup, and if you thought the Apple Watch would do better, think again. A video was recently published on YouTube showing the Apple Watch startup process, and believe it or not, it takes a crazy 70 seconds. Just to give you an idea, it ...

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    Mobile payments may not necessarily revolutionize how you pay for goods and services, but they can still be a convenient (and sometimes even fun) way to break up the monotony of cards and cash. Last year Apple tipped its toe in the contactless mobile payment waters with the release of the NFC-supporting iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and the matching Apple Pay service. While that's been great for users in the US, where Apple Pay is currently active, iOS users abroad haven't yet been able to join in. We've already heard rumors about Apple's efforts to expand Apple Pay to new markets like Europe, and ...

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    It was April 23 of last year when OnePlus had its big launch announcement for the OnePlus One. And with the one-year anniversary of that news coming up on us fast, it's little surprise we've been talking a bunch about plans for a follow-up to the that model. With multiple reports talking about Q3 (if not slightly later), though, we were all ready to be waiting for quite a while before the OnePlus 2 would be making its own debut. But could it actually land far sooner than anticipated, much closer to that one-year mark? That's what everyone's asking this afternoon, as OnePlus teases an ...

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    The LG G4 is nearly here, having leaked six ways from Sunday in advance of its upcoming April 28 launch event. And while that means that much of the phone's design has been revealed, questions about the hardware remain. One of the bigger ones has concerned precisely which SoC will power the handset, and while a Snapdragon 810 might have once been the safe assumption, a theory landing last month posited that the phone might instead run a Snapdragon 808. Now this week a new image has arrived that attempts to confirm that SoC choice, and the evidence is already stirring up a controversy. ...

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    Late last year, Sony Pictures Entertainment went and got itself hacked. What made that so interesting for us was that some leaked emails published in the hack's wake revealed internal marketing plans for the Xperia Z4, and correspondence about strategy and promotional tie-ins also revealed a few renders that sure looked like they could be the upcoming flagship. This week the hack's back in the news, as Wikileaks publishes a new trove of data stemming from it. And as luck would have it, this new release contains some additional smartphone renders. While these are being presented to us as ...

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    Forget the rumors surrounding the LG G4 for a second, there's another phone to discuss now. A couple months back, we first heard of an LG phone flying under the codename LS770 being approved by the FCC in the United States; at the time, we weren't quite sure what the phone was, although we did know of the existence of a 5.8-inch display and a respectably-sized 3,000 mAh battery. But now new information has brought us some clarity – TechnoBuffalo reports that this phone is actually an upcoming phablet from the South Korean OEM. Let's dive straight into these LG Stylus rumors. Most ...

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    We've been waiting for ZTE to launch the Nubia Z9 for ages by this point, with leaks dating all the way back to last fall. The manufacturer has already gone public with a couple Z9 family members (Z9 Max pictured above), but the Z9 itself has so far been waiting for its own moment to step into the spotlight. Today we finally get an indication for when that will happen, as ZTE teases the launch for this handset with quite the eye-catching screen. One of the big selling points we've heard attached to the Z9's hardware has been a display with incredibly slim side bezels. The leak we saw last ...

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    Carriers have any number of reasons for why they begin and end sales of smartphones when they do. New phones may arrive due to freshly inked deals with manufacturers, and vanish to make room for new models. So when word arrived yesterday that T-Mobile was halting sales of last fall's ZTE Zmax phablet, you might not have batted an eye at the news. But as more of this story comes to light, the Zmax's disappearance from T-Mobile's lineup is anything but ordinary, and there may be a very unusual reason why the carrier is putting a stop to sales. A leaked memo informed T-Mobile retail stores to ...

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    It's hard to remember the last time rumors became so confusing about a particular product, but the Sony Xperia Z4 takes the cake. First we heard that Sony was considering ditching the product name, and that all the leaks we saw were based on the Sony Xperia Z3 Neo, and then other leaks claim a more-powerful Sony Xperia Z5 being the company's next flagship. Today the name Xperia Z4 returns to the spotlight, and this time with some changes up its sleeve. First of all, it seems that this new Sony Xperia Z4 will bring some major design changes when compared to all of its predecessors. The ...

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    If you're tired of iPad Pro (or iPad Plus) leaks, so are we, and that's mainly because we've spent a good portion of this and last year talking about it. At some point we assumed that the new MacBook was really what all the fuss was about, but more case leaks continue to emerge, and saying otherwise. Today we find some new leaks from Asian case makers, and it seems that Apple is ready for a change. First of all, the case leaks show us much of what we had seen in the past. A 12.9-inch display that's now accompanied by dual speakers on the sides, both new changes to the existing iPads that ...

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    Even with all the negative reviews surrounding the Apple Watch, this reminds us of the time when Steve Jobs unveiled the first-generation iPad and none of us in the tech media liked it. History ended up proving us wrong, with the iPad selling more in a year, than 10 years of Tablet PC sales, and so far, the story seems to repeat itself with the Apple Watch. KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo is famous for accurate predictions, and so far it seems that Apple has sold a crazy 2.3 million Apple Watch units, which is already more than the whole smartwatch market combined. The statement also claims that ...

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    A soda can, airplane fuselage, and your iPhone may all be crafted out of aluminum, but that doesn't mean you should expect the same things from all of them. The main reason is that we're not talking about pure elemental aluminum, but various aluminum alloys: mixtures of aluminum with other trace elements in order to modify its physical and chemical properties. Some may be harder, while others softer and easier to machine. Now a new rumor claims that Apple could be thinking about changing-up which aluminum alloys it uses for its products in an effort to make the next iPhone more durable. ...

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    Reports of Apple Watch delays have been crossing our desks ever since the device's initial announcement way back in September of last year, which serves as some explanation for Apple announcing that the smartwatch would begin shipping on April 24 during its March "Spring Forward" event. But it's possible that Apple won't even be able to hit that mark – following the opening of pre-orders on April 10, shipping estimates quickly began shipping to dates well into the summer. Now Apple has done away entirely with its Apple Watch availability date of April 24 from its Watch website; is this ...

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    Rumors have been going back months now that Google's looking to introduce a new level of customizability to Nexus device purchases. Last summer we checked out a leak claiming that a service called Google Workshop would allow users to design custom cases for their phones – the Nexus 5, to be precise. It would permit them to upload photos for a personal touch, or use stylized imagery from Google Maps – a feature dubbed MapMe. We haven't heard more about Google Workshop for a long time now, but now some of the first hard evidence for its existence may have just been uncovered, in the form ...

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    When Windows Phone first premiered, the lineup was full of models from prominent Android manufacturers: companies like HTC, Samsung, and LG. That landscape has very much changed in recent years, though there's still the occasional reminder of the past, like the HTC One M8 for Windows. But Microsoft may be turning to more of these old allies for upcoming Windows handsets, and a rumor from earlier this year suggested that LG could be cooking up a new one for Verizon. There's still a lot we don't know about these plans, but the arrival of a new render attempts to add some support to the ...

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