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    In its quest for Apple-contending global smartphone sales numbers, Huawei seems to be taking a page from undisputed champion Samsung’s playbook, flooding the market with more intriguing low to mid to high-end models than we can count. A large part of the OEM’s forecasted 2016 growth hinges on the commercial success of the P9 and P9 Plus, as well as the super-affordable Honor 5X and likely even cheaper upcoming Honor 5C. In the second half of the year, Huawei is also expected to bet big (literally and figuratively) on the Mate 9, while its future involvement in the Nexus program remains ...

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    A little confused to see the purported fourth-generation Moto G pictured with a fingerprint scanner disguised as a physical home button in tow, then without one? If it wasn’t clear enough, there’s really no reason to be confused. The G4, aka Moto G 2016, will likely come in two major configurations, a “standard” model and a Plus, the latter one’s suffix probably having nothing to do with size. Instead, their main differentiator should be the biometric authentication mechanism integrated in the bottom screen bezel of the Moto G4 Plus, rendered today in white by the world’s most ...

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    There are a lot of good reasons to enable GPS reception on your smartphone – and just as many why you might want to leave it turned off. Sure, navigation becomes a little trickier when your phone doesn't know exactly where it is, but keeping GPS enabled consumes precious battery capacity, and the more paranoid of you out there just might not love the idea of your phone acting as a tracking device to begin with (cell tower and WiFi-based location estimates notwithstanding). But for whatever reason you might choose to keep GPS turned off, some apps just refuse to play nicely without it. ...

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    With last year's Xperia Z5 Premium, Sony pushed smartphone display limits by bringing the first-ever 4K panel to a phone. It was one hell of a bold move, but maybe one that was a bit ahead of its time – and certainly, we haven't seen 4K return to any of this year's Sony models. But while the world may not be quite ready for such face-melting resolutions on pocket-sized smartphones, that's not to say that Sony's done with bleeding-edge display tech for its mobile lineup just yet, and a new rumor claims that the manufacturer's got something pretty special in mind for an upcoming Xperia X ...

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    With summer within sight, we're already anxiously awaiting the next wave of new smartphones, and dollars to donuts that means some new models from Motorola. This month already we've had the chance to check out a number of leaks of possible development units, showing off hardware changes like a front-mounted fingerprint scanner. Today we take things in a slightly different direction, as a new leak offers us a look at what sure appears to be another variant of one of these upcoming Motorola phones, but one that's not picking up a fingerprint scanner. This was initially a video leak, but the ...

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    There's little getting around it: if you want the best pictures possible from a digital camera, that means going with the physically largest image sensor you can afford. Unfortunately for the smartphone market, where space is hard to come by and pricing can make or break a phone, simply dropping in a humongous sensor hasn't been the obvious solution it might seem like. Still, we've seen signs of progress, like manufacturers choosing pixel size over resolution with flagship models like the Samsung Galaxy S7. Now a new report suggests that Samsung could be pushing the limits of smartphone ...

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    Remember when 4GB RAM was widely considered overkill for even the highest-end Android smartphones? Some of you may still strongly believe that, despite several major OEMs exploring a move to 6 gigs in the very near future. Meanwhile, Samsung’s been blurring the lines between mid-range and premium niches for quite some time, particularly with the metal-and-glass but non-flagship Galaxy A family. If that wasn’t enough to mess with your heads, at least a couple new Galaxy C-series handhelds are apparently in the pipeline, and they’re extremely well-endowed. The Galaxy C5, aka SM-C5000, ...

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    Every year, we look forward to the big developer conferences behind some of the most popular mobile platforms out there: Microsoft Build, Google I/O, and Apple WWDC. With Google I/O on our calendar about a month from now, and Build already in our past, that just leaves Apple to come through with WWDC 2016, but so far the company hasn't confirmed precisely when its conference will fall. And while we still haven't heard a formal announcement, Apple may have just gone public with WWDC 2016 dates, sharing them through Siri. Users asking Siri when WWDC will happen are being told that Apple's ...

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    Forget “natural-looking” emoji, floating windows, the return of night mode, and app priority importance. Virtual reality might not only be the next big thing for tech in general, but also the Android “ecosystem” in particular. Thus far, Google has looked surprisingly shy and hesitant to properly jump on the VR bandwagon, developing the meek Cardboard platform and not much else. Before long though, a version of Android dedicated entirely to powering virtual-reality applications could debut, hopefully in pre-release beta form first. Android N probably isn’t it, with ...

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    Whether Apple ultimately topped analyst expectations for iPhone sales and overall revenue in the recently concluded year-opening quarter or not, the box-office scores are definitely on a downward trajectory compared to the same timeframe of 2015. According to parts supplier sources, demand for the aging 6s and 6s Plus, combined with SE shipments, won’t improve between April and June, prompting Cupertino to “continue its reduced production” run. No new numbers are mentioned in the Nikkei report, but back in calendar Q2 2015, Apple managed to ship roughly 47.5 million iPhone units ...

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    As much as we appreciate any valuable piece of information revealed in advance of a high-profile mobile product launch, especially one hailing from Twitter’s most prolific tipster, the recent Moto G4 Plus fingerprint scanner “leak” wasn’t accompanied by the greatest visual confirmation. But now we have our concrete proof, and while there’s no way to verify the validity of just-divulged “Moto G 2016” live pics, they sure fit last week’s description, and look overall trustworthy. That’s not to say they look very good, as the bland rear cover may well infuriate a number of ...

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    As painful as it might be to admit for ardent fans of the Windows Phone, aka Mobile, platform, Microsoft has been (at least) one step behind the competition ever since it annexed Nokia’s struggling handheld business. Even today, there are a handful of Android phones powered by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest processor on sale, while the sole W10M representative of the Snapdragon 820 lineup is slated to launch commercially sometime in the summer. But Redmond isn’t ready to completely throw in the towel yet, apparently adding support for Qualcomm’s next flagship SoC before the MSM8998 ...

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    Naming new phones, tablets, even smartwatches and other types of gadgets can be such a pain that you have to wonder why more companies won’t listen to the voice of the people. That way, maybe it wouldn’t be so hard to distinguish between Samsung mid-rangers, and Sony could have found a better way to follow up its Xperia Z family than go back to X. Xiaomi apparently doesn’t want to make the same mistakes as its illustrious competition, running a poll on how to brand the OEM’s next high-end phablet. There were four choices offered, so the call wasn’t entirely the people’s, but ...

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    Although it’s a little early to have any sort of guarantees regarding Samsung’s “next big thing”, even if we choose to believe its speculated mid-July ETA, the list of main Galaxy Note 6 features is slowly but steadily coming together. Thanks to a screenshot of a popular CPU identification tool called CPU-Z, we now have “confirmation” the SM-N930F will offer a massive 6GB RAM for heavy multitaskers. Additionally, the leak suggests the GNote 6 shall sport a 5.8-inch display with 2,560 x 1,440 pixels resolution (Quad HD), as well as 32GB internal storage, and an Exynos 8890 ...

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    More from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo as we've heard from him about iPhones old and small in investment note after investment note. This one follows on from a previous note talking about the 2017 iPhone, whatever it will happen to be called. Kuo is following up on a branch he left concerning the main build material for that iPhone. Would it be ceramic? Plastic? Glass and metal? How about glass and glass? All-glass, even, as the analyst believes that the competition is aluminium-saturated at this point and that Apple will look to diverge from the pack it has been settling into and ...

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    Modern smartphones may offer some fantastic value for their price, but when even a moderately expensive handset can still set you back several hundred dollars, this isn't an investment to be taken lightly. That's why we carefully research our options before buying, hunt around for a good deal, protect our handsets with durable cases, and take solace in the knowledge that even if the hardware turns out to be faulty, our purchase is covered by a warranty. When your phone stops working through no fault of your own, you look to the manufacturer to set things right, but now we're hearing that ...

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    Smartphone manufacturers run the gamut from your Apples or your OnePluses, crafting a tight lineup of a few key models, to those who practically have a new smartphone for every day of the week (and every week of the month, and every month of the year) – companies like Samsung. Beyond its core Galaxy S and Galaxy Note models, the manufacturer has a veritable alphabet soup of additional handsets: models like the Galaxy J and Galaxy A series. Now it looks like Samsung is getting ready to add another letter to that roster, as new evidence turns up for a possible Galaxy C model. The first ...

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    With this week's launch of the HTC 10, we wrapped up the usual group of early-year smartphone flagship announcements. That means we've probably got a couple months of comparative down-time before we start seeing some serious summer-launch action, all ramping up in anticipation of IFA. One of the more significant handsets we expect to be part of that summer lineup is Samsung's next stylus-equipped Note handset, especially after the Note 5 moved up Samsung's launch timing to mid-August. Now a new leak gives us an early glimpse at how the manufacturer's plans for the Galaxy Note 6 might be ...

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    As much as PC manufacturers would like to believe their once super-steady cash cow will start yielding easy profits again down the line, the bitter reality is traditional computers don’t seem to be making a comeback. Tablets are also on a decidedly downward trajectory, leaving most OEMs faced with a tough call. Should they continue to bet big on a losing horse, focus on niches like convertibles, ruggedized laptops or business-centric machines, or throw in the towel and cut their losses? Well, what if there was a fourth option, at least for smaller PC makers that can’t compete against ...

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    Unlike in spring of 2015, when it unveiled three versions of its P8 flagship phone, Huawei surprisingly only launched two P9 flavors last week. But a third one is practically confirmed and slated to start shipping on the old continent soon enough, with a fourth one also probably in the works. What, you didn’t really think the “tiny” 5.5-inch P9 Plus was the 6.8-inch P8 Max’s follow-up, did you? The world’s third largest handheld manufacturer has never been an advocate of the “less is more” saying, and going forward, Huawei continues to believe there’s a market for colossal ...

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    They say there’s no smoke without fire, and since the iPhone AMOLED flame is constantly exacerbated by tipsters pouring gasoline all over it, you can bet the farm on Apple’s move away from LCD technology happening sooner rather than later. Probably not this year, though. Granted, OLED smartphone screens are already cheaper to produce than their liquid-crystal display counterparts, but no major component suppliers can commit to the kind of numbers Cupertino needs to satisfy its fans’ rampant demand. Hiring more than one company to furnish the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus organic light-emitting ...

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    Well, this is weird. Even weirder than last week’s full Huawei P9 Lite exposé, which was probably not authorized by the manufacturer, since the mid-ranger skipped the P9 and P9 Plus announcement event. Technically therefore, the single 13MP rear camera-sporting 5.2-incher is not official yet, which didn’t stop a Romanian retailer from… kicking off online sales. Of course, we highly doubt Cel is in possession of actual stock already, but we wouldn’t be shocked if at least the Eastern European e-merchant’s price proves legit. Dubbed Huawei “Venus” P9 Lite for some reason, and ...

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    ‘Tis the season for Motorola product leaks. After all, Lenovo’s daughter company has remained one of very few mobile industry veterans with not a single hardware launch to its name this year. Based on previous roadmaps, we’d obviously expect the third-generation Moto E (by Lenovo) to come to light first, followed closely by a fourth-gen Moto G and Moto X Style, aka Pure Edition, sequel. But we still know very little about the three purported phones, so either they’re not exactly around the corner or leaksters and tipsters will soon be put out of their jobs. Hot on the heels of a ...

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    Right now, Apple's operating systems are pretty spread out, with separate forks focusing on particular use cases: we've got iOS for phones and tablets, tvOS for the set-top Apple TV box, and watchOS for the Apple Watch. Removed from all those, Apple continues development for laptops and desktops with new OS X releases. For a company so interested in making sure all the slight variations of its iOS-based platforms have their own branding, that disparity between iOS and OS X feels like a bit of an oversight – and that's a situation that only gets worse when iOS makes its presumptive step ...

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    While ZTE’s precise product release plans for the next few months remain decidedly under wraps, we know for sure at least a couple Nubia-branded Android phones are slated to go official in Beijing in exactly five days. One of these is likely a mini-flagship, which made us assume sequels for last year’s standard and diminutive Z9 were coming. But it’s also possible long overdue follow-ups for the 2014-launched Nubia X6 are in the works, with 5.5 and 6-inch screens in tow. Given the Tenaa-revealed footprints and display diagonals, we’re guessing the names will be ZTE Nubia X8 and X8 ...

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