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    It’s interesting, but none of Lenovo’s recent “structural” changes appear to have impacted the ZUK Mobile sub-brand, established in May 2015, and already extremely popular in China. Quite on the contrary, and although the Z1 flagship has several more months to go before turning one, a Z2 Pro sequel is nearly done and ready for primetime. That’s not a rumor, mind you, as the startup’s own CEO, Chang Cheng, took to Weibo to announce the Lenovo ZUK Z2 Pro will be unveiled on April 21, i.e. next Thursday. Chances are we’re looking at another regional-first launch, with ...

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    Since even before the LG G5 launched, we've been tracking evidence pointing to the existence of some closely related handsets. Back in early February, benchmark evidence revealed a model LG-H840 that some members of the press were calling a “G5 Lite,” still packing a quad HD screen but seeing its SoC downgraded to a Snapdragon 652 chip. When the G5 finally launched, it looked like we had our explanation for this model's role, revealed as a more affordable non-VR-supporting G5 for markets like Latin America. More recently, though, we've been hearing about the LG G5 SE, and yesterday saw ...

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    Every time a new major Android release rolls around, we find ourselves facing two questions: what dessert name will Google go with, and what version number will the build emerge as? For the desserts, at least we have the predictability of Google's alphabetic progression to rely on: we may not know if we're getting Android Nougat or Android Nutella, but we're sure getting an Android N of some kind. Version numbers, though, are a bit trickier, and while Lollipop and Marshmallow both arrived as whole-number updates (5.0 and 6.0, respectively), Jelly Bean and KitKat (to say nothing of earlier ...

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    While Samsung used to make a pretty big fuss about every “new” phone or tablet it announced until not long ago, even those gadgets that practically aped their predecessors through and through, we’ve recently started to see a novel sense of humility yielding low-key introductions of minor upgrades like the Galaxy Tab A (2016). As such, we wouldn’t be altogether shocked to hear very little from Samsung prior to the commercial launch of a couple of repackaged Galaxy Tab S2 configurations. These are already up for pre-orders in Germany, at an e-tailer called Cyberport, and though we ...

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    Since the spring lineup of Snapdragon 820 mobile powerhouses is almost complete, with the Galaxy S7 duo, LG G5, Sony Xperia X Performance and Xiaomi Mi 5 all either announced or commercially launched, and the HTC 10 mere hours away, it feels like a pretty good time to start looking towards the (not-so) distant future. What might fall bring in terms of Android-based flagships? A Galaxy Note 6, without a shadow of a doubt, plus obligatory new top-shelf models from companies like Sony and LG. All these should have a processor in common, and despite Snapdragon 820’s sizzling hot reception, ...

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    The LG G5 is supposed to be a modular smartphone thanks to the availability snap-on accessories that replace the phone's bottom edge and add some extra functionality. LG introduced this ability with a pair of modules: the LG CAM Plus and the LG Hi-Fi Plus. Now that the G5 is here, new owners are understandably curious to try out some of these add-ons for themselves, and if they go online they'll find plenty of opportunity to order the CAM Plus. But start looking for the LG Hi-Fi Plus, and you're likely to come away confused, as LG appears to be placing the accessory on ice in many corners ...

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    Will the LG G5 stand alone? The new Android flagship may finally be here for shoppers to take home, and while it's certainly got plenty of friends in terms of first-party accessories, will the G5 form the basis for a new family of family of phones, like we see Samsung's Galaxy S7 joined by its edge model, and maybe even a new Active variant? We've recently been considering whether LG might be trying something like that this time around, after seeing the company trademark the name “G5 SE.” Today we check out some new evidence that both attempts to confirm that an LG G5 SE is very much ...

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    Guess we spoke too soon. That all-revealing official promo video wasn’t the final substantial HTC 10 leak, and it may have not even been the second to last. After all, as of this writing, we’re still roughly 24 hours away from the chamfered hero phone’s formal introduction, which sounds like plenty of time for more intel to surface. Specifically, we’d love to hear particulars on the HTC 10 Lifestyle, a purported derivation of the Android flagship we didn’t know existed until minutes ago. How do we know now? Thanks to the EXIF data associated to a Google+ pic supposedly taken with ...

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    Unlike Samsung, which relied on three full weeks of Galaxy S7 availability for a year-opening fiscal quarter of return to form, LG only launched the very promising new G5 flagship phone on April 1. Thus, you’d probably expect another “challenging” three months for a company more focused than ever on high-end, unapologetically expensive Android devices. But “healthy appliance sales and falling television panel prices” made for such great numbers between January and March that LG literally can’t wait to release them. For the first time in its history, the Korean tech conglomerate ...

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    No, it’s technically not out yet. But it might as well be, since HTC once again failed spectacularly at keeping anything a secret. Literally all there is to know about the redesigned One M9 sequel is out of the bag. The name. The full specs. Color choices. Even wallpapers, and as for the new flagship’s looks, if renders after renders after live pics after live pics weren’t enough to prove just how impressive a fashion statement the HTC 10 is, we’ve now got the mother of all visual leaks on our hands. Specifically, a 50-second-long video clip dedicated entirely to the external ...

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    We don’t know if it’s because the brand remains largely unknown outside of China or if the company simply did a better job than market veterans covering up its tracks, but following LeEco’s vague preview of an April 20 Beijing event and subsequent “grand” US product launch, we heard nothing about exactly what was coming. Until just now, when all-revealing Tenaa documents surfaced. The telecommunications equipment certification center details a 5.5-inch phone with a cryptic Le X621 model number, which however can only be the sequel to the LeTV Le 1 and LeTV Le 1s. As such, a price ...

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    Could an iPhone SE be the billionth iPhone that Apple will sell? Bookies can take your bets over there. In the meantime, RBC Capital Markets investor Amit Daryanani has put out a note that has found the light in Apple's rather played out store sell-out. Where you still see iPhone 5s sales — even though Apple has stopped those in the US — in combination with iPhone SE sales, Daryanani expects that 40 million four-inch iPhones will be sold globally. 15 million of those are forecast to be iPhone SEs that will generate revenue up to $6.8 billion for the company on gross margins of about 35 ...

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    App discovery can make or break a platform, whether mobile or desktop, and the best operating system in the world won't do your users much good if they find themselves struggling to get the software they want. While part of that issue is simply making the right apps available in the first place, how these apps are presented to users can be just as critical: are apps being displayed in an attractive manner, encouraging users to give them a shot, and are the right tools available to convert casual app-browsing into actual downloads? Microsoft's reportedly considering some tweaks to the ...

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    With the HTC 10 so close we can nearly taste it (note: don't actually taste your smartphones, people), HTC's been dialing its promotional efforts up to 11, and this week alone we've had no shortage of official teasers to keep us busy. And while we absolutely love seeing all this stuff from HTC itself, it also has us feeling a little nostalgic for a time just a few weeks in our past, when HTC 10 rumors were dominated by unofficial leaks. Well, just because we've got a new HTC-produced video today is no reason to turn our backs on leaks, and this afternoon our attention's been drawn to one ...

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    How do you judge the success of a social network? The size of its user base? Sure. The amount of time users spend engaged with the service? Absolutely. But there's another figure that helps drive that user engagement, and it's an area where Facebook is reportedly seeing problems, with reports surfacing earlier this week that user-posted personal updates are on the decline. While reversing that trend threatens to be a complicated issue, Facebook may already be onto one way it can hope to get users posting more again, as the company tries out new ways to make it easier than ever to post. ...

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    It's the week leading up to HTC's launch event for the HTC 10 Android flagship, and the company's promo department has been working overtime. Monday started us off with a new teaser video about the phone's BoomSound audio, and Wednesday brought us another clip, this time highlighting the HTC 10's camera performance. It sure felt like we had a pattern going here, and Friday would bring us yet another HTC 10 vid. Sure enough, HTC has just come through with its latest, now drawing out attention to the outstanding battery life the HTC 10 promises to offer. HTC's sticking with the ...

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    Apple's recent hardware event may have brought us a new iPhone, and a new tablet, but it came up a little bit lacking for wearable fans: we got new Apple Watch bands, sure, and a new low price for the entry-level model, but isn't it about time to see the launch of a second-gen Apple Watch? After all, it's been a year and a half since Apple first announced the smartwatch, and nearly a year since retain availability commenced – in the mobile market, that's an eternity. But so far while we've heard a few rumors of possible changes due for a next-gen Apple Watch, we've lacked a lot of ...

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    Right off the bat, it was crystal clear Samsung had a winner, nay, two winners on its hands this year. But we got the same first impression from the 2015 Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, and their box-office scores certainly didn’t live up to all that potential. So, what could stop the GS7 duo from breaking all-time Android flagship sales records? The iPhone 6s? Highly unlikely, given fast-declining worldwide demand. The SE? Let’s not even go there. The LG G5? It’s a threat, definitely, but not a major one. Meanwhile, supply is abundant in both flat and dual-curved variations, and most ...

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    Another tech colossus is reportedly for sale, and just like last year, when AOL sought new management and financial support, Verizon seems the odds-on favorite to take Yahoo over. Only this time, the largest wireless service provider stateside has competition. Strong, reputable and vast competition, including the likes of Google, Time Inc., and private equity funds Bain and TPG. Not carrier arch-rival AT&T, though, as Ma Bell has different fish to fry, considering a Yahoo bid, but ultimately deciding against joining next week’s first-round auction. Despite persistent monetary woes, ...

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    Learning from past mistakes that led to disappointing Galaxy S6 sales despite the 2015 flagship’s unanimously praised design revolution, Samsung seems to have played all its cards right for the S7 introduction, bringing back water resistance and microSD support. But this time, the ruler of the smartphone world will probably not rest on its laurels, preparing a similarly outdoorsy sequel to the underwhelming Galaxy Note 5. If Sam Mobile’s tipsters are correct, and they usually are, the GNote 6 is set to pave the way for S Pen-enabled water-protected phablets. IP68 certification would be ...

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    No prizes for guessing the make and model of the processor set to run the hardware show on the fast-approaching HTC 10, aka One M10. It’s undoubtedly Qualcomm’s latest and greatest, the Snapdragon 820, and while the semiconductor giant doesn’t spell that out for us, its most recent tweet says plenty. Namely, that “the power of #Snapdragon” will meet “the #powerof10” next week, with an eye on unrivaled performance. Now, we all remember how HTC and Qualcomm’s longstanding partnership was rocked to its core last year, when the One M9 got a little too hot for its own good, but ...

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    Although Huawei’s newest flagship Android phone roster was well documented and often leaked ahead of its recent official announcement, the fast-rising Chinese OEM still caught us off guard by branding the larger P9 variant as Plus instead of Max, and especially by “forgetting” to unveil the P9 Lite. But the mid-ranger has likely not been canceled. In fact, the Russian media somehow managed to enter into possession of a fully working Huawei P9 Lite prototype already, snapping a few pics alongside hands-on shots of the “standard” P9. As expected, this doesn’t cut quite as many ...

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    Honor, firmly under Huawei's wing, has seen new land over the past several months as the 5X finally came to American shores. However, if you're on that chunk of land looking forward to some more Honor action anytime soon, forget it. At least, for now. It seems that another Honor phone will be coming China's way on April 13, at least according to this leaked poster. Other sources are floating April 28 as another event date and there's a belief that it won't just be China getting some new hardware. Speculation's been wafting that Honor has two phones on the way soon — the Honor 8 and the ...

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    Front-facing cameras have long been the afterthought of smartphone imaging; sure, we definitely want to have them, but if it comes to making a choice about where the best features end up on our phones, we're likely to choose the main rear camera. Still, slowly but surely progress has come to the humble front-facer, and over the years we've seen resolutions grow, wide-angle lens options arrive, and even LED flashes show up on a few models. Next week HTC intends to launch it next flagship, and now a rumor suggests that the HTC 10 could arrive with a front-facing camera to be contended with, ...

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    June 2014 brought us that year's Apple WWDC gathering, introducing the world to iOS 8. Apple's significant update to its mobile platform might have grabbed headlines with all the new features it was delivering, but we also got news of plenty of changes behind the scenes, like the new Metal graphics system for driving next-gen games. Those included the debut of Swift, Apple's new programming language designed to complement Objective-C while addressing some of its shortcomings. In the time since, we've seen Swift support really take off with devs, and now it's reportedly caught Google's eye, ...

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