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    It’s not easy to design a rugged flagship phone that won’t make fashionistas queasy on sight, although you have to figure the target audience of Samsung’s Galaxy S Active roster cares a lot more about other things, starting with resistance to drops, shocks and hard impact. Still, it’d be nice if the GS7 Active was a little less showy about its muscles than the S6 Active while reducing bulk and going with paint jobs the masses can relate to. Together, the flamboyant gold version rendered yesterday and the much lower-key but soldierly camo green flavor first caught on camera a couple ...

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    Though Siri and Google Now both technically came before Alexa, it’s safe to say Amazon caught its competitors and tech consumers at large off guard when unveiling the voice-controlled wireless speaker/home automation device Echo less than two years ago. It of course took a little while for critics and prospective buyers to warm up to the inconspicuous but highly versatile and always flourishing cylinder, which ultimately managed to rack up an impressive 3 million unit shipments. Slowly moving away from a niche it personally carved out towards the mainstream décor, the Alexa-powered ...

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    More Chinese manufacturers are on their way to the US, though it's still all for show at this point. ZTE has a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal, while Huawei's still holding off on whatever improvements it may or may not have for the Nexus 6P. More relevant to this week's events, Meizu is said to be bringing the loudness over to Google I/O. And now, we can count Xiaomi in. Global vice president Hugo Barra teased what the company had in store for San Francisco on Twitter. Beyond thrilled to share that Xiaomi will be a part of Google I/O. A sneak peek of what you'll see from Mi at ...

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    ZTE is back in the US with a full-page advert on today's Wall Street Journal giving thanks to "The 30 Million Savviest Mobile Users For Choosing Performance Without Price". Which is all fine and well if the ad were placed in isolation, but this comes at about a year after the original Axon Pro appeared in the US and days before a launch event in Beijing for the Axon 7. In fact, we might even be seeing the top portion of that new, golden phone in the ad. It's certainly looking unlike any prior Axon model that's been released. A visit to the Axon site didn't garner any clues for an Axon 7 US ...

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    Theatrical mode – engaged. With under two weeks to go until the formal introduction of the ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe and Max at the Computex trade show in Taipei, and possibly a month or so left before commercial launches in select global regions, Asus does what it often does best. A fast-paced 35-second trailer set to hypnotic music offers a quick glimpse at the “revolutionary” upcoming Android phones, revealing enough about them to whet our appetite, capture our imagination and preview some very specific major upgrades, but also leaving out plenty. We see the three ...

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    Don’t believe the songs and motivational quotes. In real life, especially in the competitive mobile tech scene, you can’t have the best of both worlds in one package. Granted, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is stylish, lightweight and water-resistant, but it easily shatters when dropped on a hard surface. Meanwhile, we’ve always expected an eventual Galaxy S7 Active on AT&T (and perhaps an S7 Sport on Sprint) to improve the flagship’s durability by adding serious bulk in the equation and looking reprehensible through the eyes of a fashionista. Still, that’s apparently not stopping ...

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    LG has been working on better grouping its numerous smartphones in G, X and K families of late to reduce user confusion and an overwhelming feeling of market saturation, but unfortunately, the Korean company’s tablet release strategies remain a little too all over the place. After unleashing the way too similar G Pad X 8.3, G Pad II 8.3 and G Pad II 8.0, plus the G Pad II 10.1 and G Pad X 10.1 last year, the next few weeks may bring a couple of additional compact options to the low-cost table, which are probably themselves very much alike. The LG G Pad X 8.0 is reportedly headed to ...

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    Although we still have no idea when it’s supposed to go official (sometime in the next couple of months is the safe, vague bet), the OnePlus 3 has been the protagonist of several unauthorized photo-shoots of late, as well as speculative reports detailing confidential information like hardware specs and retail prices. Of course, you can’t trust everything you see and read on the web, and so, we didn’t. That first visual leak in particular felt sketchy and untrustworthy, but it turns out we’ve grown a little too suspicious for our own good. Believe it or not, arguably the most ...

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    It’s been a long time coming, with the European Commission looking into various controversial business practices of Google some feel discourage competition for several years now. The executive body of the European Union made many accusations under more than one supervisor, but the current Competition Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, sees little room left for negotiation or delay. Ironically enough, the allegation that stuck was one Google appeared to have fairly strong arguments against, though ultimately, the search giant abandoned the losing fight, wanting to at least minimize its ...

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    It's been a slow, agonizing wait for an uber-quick charge. At least it feels that way, but it's only been shy of three months since OPPO showed off its Super VOOC charge standard. It could deliver a 20W current to your phone for a full charge in 15 minutes, the people on the stage at MWC said. Well, when are we going to see a phone with this Super VOOC? Glimmers of hope have started peeking in different forms. Over at the dubiously-connected-to-OPPO phone manufacturer OnePlus, we saw certifications for the OnePlus 3 with a 20W charging standard. This came after it had applied for a ...

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    A Galaxy S5 Sport ain't no Galaxy S5 Active. The Sport was Sprint's first try at commissioning Samsung for an exclusive phone that appealed to the fitness or rugged crowd. So far, though, it's been Now Network, one; AT&T, three. Well, we may have to chalk up another point between yellow and blue here as Indian import-export database Zauba has a listing for the SM-G880. We saw an earlier entry for an SM-G891 pop up, which we believe to be the Galaxy S7 Active. Samsung's current model name scheme dates back to the Galaxy S5. The plain "S" series have model numbers with the first of the ...

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    When factories make their moves all at once, you know that Apple has to be doing something funky. In this case, a tipster has forwarded a rumor clip to Mobipicker that details a change in strategy for Apple by not just releasing an iPhone 7 and an iPhone 7 Plus, but a third model — either called the iPhone 7 Pro or iPhone 7 Premium. We saw schematics leaked out for a supposed "iPhone Pro" and a deluge of computer-aided design leaks of what could be the next iPhone 7 and an iPhone 7 Plus, both with Smart Connectors. It seems that we in the media may have conflated the two phones. ...

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    Developing smartphones with OLED screens can be tricky. Manufacturing and distributing them on a large global scale is even harder. Until recently, it was also pricier to adopt the organic light-emitting diode technology than LCD, which is mainly why Apple waited so long to follow in Samsung’s footsteps. But in two years tops, essentially every analyst, pundit and tipster agrees Cupertino will bring to light the sharpest, brightest, prettiest iPhone yet, possibly with no visible display borders and fancy, elegant curves added in the design mix instead. Wait, two years? What happened with ...

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    Unlike Google, or rather recently founded parent company Alphabet, which often seeks media attention over its many projects and experiments in early development stages, Apple prefers to work behind closed doors on new products before bringing them to the public in advanced, polished and commercial-ready form. The Tim Cook-led Cupertino money-making machine is also known for leaving others to pave the way in terms of trends and fledgling technology innovations, adopting fresh stuff only at or near a maturity point. That was most recently the case of the Apple Watch, and all signs point to ...

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    According to the company’s own reports, as well as independent probes of the global smartphone market by trusted analysts, business has been good for OPPO lately, despite the China-based budget specialist last unveiling a true flagship way back in spring of 2014. It’s said the Find 7’s sequel was delayed due to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 overheating woes, then as nothing better entered the picture, OPPO figured it might as well wait for the SD820 processor. But now it’s unclear what’s holding off the Find 9 announcement, after the recent invasion of 820-powered handhelds from ...

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    It’s no longer just industry pioneers like Oculus, Samsung, Google and HTC that are going the extra mile in their efforts to swallow a savory slice of the fast-growing VR hardware pie. Almost all self-respecting smartphone and PC manufacturers have more or less concrete plans of tackling at least one of two early virtual reality segments in the not-so-distant future. We’re talking Apple, LG, Huawei, Asus, Xiaomi, LeEco, and according to fresh speculation, even Meizu, the Android handheld OEM that managed to triple its shipments numbers between 2014 and 2015, ending last year with a ...

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    Yes, it’s premature, almost ridiculously so, and it’d definitely be wise to wait and see how the Galaxy Note 6 (and its purported “Lite” derivation) come to pass before spreading unsubstantiated gossip about sequels to both it and the S7 that Samsung probably didn’t settle on just yet. Well, we all know a Galaxy S8 (or two) and Note 7 (or two) will roll out at some point next year, but it’s quite the stretch to imagine their timelines and spec sheets are already worked out. It’s even less plausible that an obscure Chinese tipster somehow obtained intel on 2017 Samsung ...

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    When it’s not busy investigating carriers for their dubious mobile security update practices, the US Federal Communications Commission often acts as an official tipster of sorts, revealing precious information on as-yet unreleased products. The latest such device to break its cover while seeking the FCC’s regulatory approval is likely the highly anticipated and long overdue follow-up to the 2014-dispatched 8-inch NVIDIA Shield. Technically, the compact gaming tablet was already refreshed last fall, but with only a lower price tag, no stylus support and everything else staying the same, ...

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    When MediaTek held an event to announce the real arrival of its Helio X20 SoC, it also invited Chinese manufacturer Meizu to spill the news that it had taken first dibs on the Helio X25 for its PRO 6 smartphone. But with a benchmark showing off a PRO 6 running with an Exynos 8890, we're left stumped on how Meizu will handle the launch of this darn phone. Well, we're hearing just a bit more about what's going on with the Exynos-powered PRO 6 from a Weibo user who decided to stiff us on the visual front and told us to look at his scrawlings which talk about a Samsung-esque edge display for ...

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    After rediscovering its flagship mojo, Samsung appears to be slowly improving its quality – pricing ratio in the low to mid-end smartphone space as well, a necessary condition for eating market share away from budget specialists in regions like China. That’s exactly where the first two members of a new Galaxy C family are reportedly headed soon, although it remains to be seen how prospective customers will react to Samsung’s designers channeling their inner HTC fandom. But hey, those shores accommodate the bulk of the world’s most shameless clones, and compared to the hilarious ...

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    Judging from recent movement on the tablet release front, the market’s only real hope for survival are 2-in-1 convertibles capable of doubling as mini-laptops. Possibly, gargantuan models too, making the Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro feel puny, like the Samsung Galaxy View or Alcatel Xess “kitchen aid.” You can add a Lenovo-made 18.4-incher to that list as well, although we’re not sure when the “PB2-690N” is supposed to see daylight. Fairly soon, we presume, since the Android beast was tested through GFX Bench the other day for graphics performance, with a Snapdragon 652 SoC in ...

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    The “Zenvolution” might have been scheduled for the very beginning of Computex 2016, i.e. May 30, but Asus CEO Jerry Shen just told Digitimes the highly anticipated and long overdue ZenFone 3 roster will only see daylight in June. Perhaps the Taiwanese company feels its new “mid-range segment”-targeting smartphones deserve a dedicated, glitzier announcement separate from the bulk of forgettable ZenPads and ZenBooks, as well as still-in-development ZenVRs. Or maybe we’ll get to hear about and check out third-gen ZenFones in the flesh at more than one event, since they’re ...

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    It’s crazy, but even though we’re likely still a few months away from the introduction of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, some industry analysts and trusted tipsters have already turned their attention to this next generation’s inevitable sequels. You can of course blame it on increasingly plausible rumors of yet another design rehash for the fall of 2016, which is not only disappointing, but also inconsistent with Apple’s traditional release cycle and past upgrade timetable. We were supposed to get a major redesign this year, not just dual cameras, a so-called Smart Connector, and ...

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    It’s often hard to make heads or tails of rumors pertaining to upcoming software and hardware launches by Google, since the search giant is particularly secretive about its plans, not to mention crafty for bogus intel, and always capable of changing product roadmaps at the last minute. But you had to be a fool to think there was no truth to VR development gossip, with Samsung, Oculus, HTC and Sony so very serious about moving the technology forward today, and nearly two years after the initial launch of the Cardboard platform. It can’t be a coincidence the super-basic, super-cheap ...

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    KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has backtracked on his thoughts on the limited presence of dual cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus in a new investment note. Kuo had previously figured that only "high end configurations" of the iPhone would get an extra-wide camera port. But he now believes that every 5.5-inch iPhone will be endowed with dual cameras. Part of that conclusion is based off of the sales performance of the Huawei P9 with its two rear cameras: The initial market response to Huawei's (CN) new flagship dual-camera model, P9, has been better than expected, and we estimate shipments may reach ...

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