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    Just five short months after the formal introduction of the massive Xperia C5 Ultra selfie powerhouse, Sony was already speculated to be working on a slightly smaller sequel. Renders ensued, showing an oddly asymmetrical design with a huge chin and virtually no vertical screen bezels in tow, but then a purported C6 Ultra variant cropped up in live pics, nicely slimming down all the borders. It remains unclear if both a Sony Xperia C6 Ultra and regular C6 are in the pipeline, although the former makes a comeback in the rumor mill today, as the Internet’s second most prolific mobile ...

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    Well, this is quite an unusual turn of events. Typically, it’s device manufacturers like HTC and LG that are accused of finding inspiration in Samsung or Apple designs, names and marketing tactics, although the allegations often have little factual or historic support. Today, Samsung comes under fire for purportedly exploring the release of an uncommonly powerful mid-range smartphone strongly resembling the HTC One M9 and, for that matter, several past flagships of the Taiwanese company. Before going any further, let’s take a step back and clarify the Galaxy C5 isn’t out yet. It’s ...

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    With all its R&D, advertising and distribution resources invested in the Gear S2 smartwatch of late, Samsung disregarded the thriving low-cost fitness tracker market for a little too long, leaving Fitbit and Xiaomi to share worldwide domination, while Garmin and Jawbone battle for scraps. Then there’s also Microsoft, which continues to struggle turning its sensor-rich Band 2 into a mainstream box-office hit, as the design and price feel somewhat lacking. But Samsung apparently sees a lot of potential there, working on a very similar Gear Fit 2 activity tracker. Almost too similar. ...

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    While Xiaomi is unlikely to be able to properly release the Mi Band 2 fitness tracker very soon, which may also push back the long overdue Mi Watch, we still expect the OEM to take the Beijing stage on Tuesday to at least fully unveil its latest ultra-low-cost wearable piece, as well as the Mi Max phablet. This latter device is a relatively new entry in the rumor mill, but already, we’ve heard a number of conflicting reports on some of its specs, with visual leaks clashing on buttons and fingerprint sensor placement too. Ultimately, China’s telecommunications equipment certification ...

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    The OnePlus 3 has received its China Compulsory Certificate and we've found out that it supports a 5V, 4A charging standard. It does come as an about face for OnePlus, a manufacturer that hasn't embraced Qualcomm's Quick Charging standard in its phones. But be prepared to not be surprised once the dots get connected. While Quick Charge 3.0 does support up to 20W of power, there's word of the standard being OPPO's Super VOOC. Many associations have been drawn between OPPO and OnePlus with some speculators saying that OPPO owns, has ultimate control or some overbearing influence on ...

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    In the grand scheme of the tech industry, conventional Android-running tablets have stopped being relevant a while ago. But Samsung isn’t ready to throw in the towel just yet, as it continues to diversify its jumbo-sized gadget portfolio instead of streamlining or rescinding it altogether. Unfortunately, the Galaxy View merely made headlines with its weirdness of late, while the Tab E, Tab A (2016) and rehashed Tab S2 went largely unnoticed as they tackled different little portions of the world Samsung easily controls when it comes to smartphones. Now the 8-inch Galaxy Tab E spreads its ...

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    In a bit of hubris, one Weibo user has decided to put out either conjecture or inside dirt about the Galaxy Note 6. It's been framed as a leak since the user has been putting out some convincing material — including what are supposedly press renders of the Honor 5C — but don't be taken back if any of this comes up false. To brass tacks: we're talking about the fabled Snapdragon 823 processor working its magic with 6GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. A 4,200mAh battery should be powering a 5.8-inch screen (the leaker doesn't say, but we can assume it'll be the usual quad HD OLED ...

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    You don’t need to be a financial analyst or pundit to tell, based on common sense and elementary math, that a company posting quarterly revenue of over $50 billion and $10.5 billion net profits in today’s economic climate is doing pretty darn well by any standards. That’s the main, straightforward point Apple CEO Tim Cook tried to get across in an extensive interview with CNBC’s Jim Cramer for the finance TV talk show “Mad Money” on Monday following a “huge overreaction” by Wall Street in the wake of Cupertino’s latest earnings call. Cook even took the time to highlight ...

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    If you’ve started to find Samsung’s alphabet soup of entry-level and mid-range phones pretty much as confusing as the company’s old product lineup and its respective branding, it seems as though the market-leading OEM has similar issues keeping track of A or J-series releases. Case in point, the upcoming Galaxy J2 (2016), aka SM-J210, benchmarked through AnTuTu, GFX Bench and Geekbench with specs reminiscent of the J3 (2016) that barely saw daylight last fall in China, this January on CDMA US carriers, and a couple of weeks back on Amazon stateside. But reminiscent actually feels ...

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    Those of you who love surprises and hate having leaksters, tipsters, insiders and industry analysts reveal every little thing about every new high-profile gadget well in advance of their actual formal announcements should be happy to see so many iPhone 7 puzzle pieces still missing. It’s possible Apple will take the wraps off the follow-up duo to the 6s and 6s Plus as early as August, and yet even the move away from a 3.5mm headphone jack isn’t set in stone for the time being. It sure seemed so, but a fresh and semi-credible supply chain leak changes everything, starring some ...

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    Part of the outstanding buzz surrounding OnePlus phones a while ago seems to have ironically fizzled out as marketing controversy died down and invite-based sales gradually transitioned towards normal, open practices. The device manufacturer was probably not among the world’s top ten in shipment figures last year, as it no doubt hoped, and both domestically and internationally, brands like Huawei, OPPO, Vivo or Meizu appear to be growing at a much faster pace. In response, OnePlus reportedly plans to do what it knows best in a few weeks, unveiling yet another ridiculously affordable ...

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    It’s only been a little over two months since Xiaomi’s first big 2016 product introduction event, and although the Mi 5 and Mi 4S phones remain largely exclusive to Chinese shores, the Android OEM cooks up another shindig, this time in Beijing, to take the wraps off a couple extra high-profile gadgets. Well, on paper, the Mi Max or just Max phablet and Mi Band 2 activity tracker look slightly lower-profile than the Mi 5 flagship handheld, but then again, the reimagined wearable is likely to roll out worldwide and match or perhaps exceed its predecessor’s mind-blowing sales numbers. ...

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    While many iFans might deem the aftermath of Apple’s latest earnings call a massive overreaction from people habituated to making easy money without taking risks, the signs that suggest the Cupertino juggernaut will not return to form anytime soon continue to pile up. The iPhone 7 is still a little ways down the road, the OG Apple Watch can only maintain sales momentum with profit margin-shrinking discounts, and the iPhone SE simply doesn’t look like a mainstream blockbuster. Thus, you shouldn’t be shocked to hear market researchers and “sources from Taiwan’s handset supply ...

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    The tale of HTC’s as-yet unannounced rookie smartwatch is one as old as time, with updates served up by otherwise credible tipsters once every few months, but no materialization. A possible explanation for the constant holdup is the Taiwanese company’s fragile financial condition, though the Vive VR headset and redesigned HTC 10 flagship phone may soon give rise to an unlikely comeback. It’s perhaps why we’re inclined to trust the newly rumored ETA more than previous such speculation, with the HTC… Watch or One Watch or however it’ll end up being called now expected out in ...

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    Remember the Galaxy S5? Remember that weirdo Micro-B connector port that supported USB 3.0? That was a funky aberration, right? Since then, Samsung has decided to keep with plain 'ol Micro-B for juicing up your phone and delivering data to and from other places. Even as many other OEMs slide over to USB Type-C connectors, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge kept that same 'ol same 'ol on the bottom side of their frames. However, we're hearing now from SamMobile that the upcoming Galaxy Note 6 will wield a USB-C port. That port may support the USB 3.1 standard running through it, putting in USB ...

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    Meizu's billboard device right now may be the PRO 6, but it also has a major product line that serves the price bracket under that spotlight and that's its MX-series (you see the MX5 as our header). And to be frank, we're pretty darn surprised that we haven't gone on the trail for the MX6. After all, it's said to have a major ten-core processor we've been hashing on about. The major detail from Weibo tech maven @KJuma this weekend is that there will indeed be a MX6 and it will come in the "second half of the year." Mind you, the MX5 came out on June 30 of last year, so while we're ...

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    We got to know the BlackBerry Priv first as "Venice." As word of an follow-on to the company's first Android device came about, we also heard of "Vienna." And then we wrote about some renders of supposedly new phones: one with an on-body keyboard and the name "Rome" attached to it; the other an all-touch device called "Hamburg." We talked about these renders on our podcast this week as if these were real things from real computers along the information chain. Turns out we fell into the weakest link of that chain with moire, editing and a whole bunch of watermarks — the worst kind of ...

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    Talking about the DROIDs, it seems, has set us up for another news piece about them, their predecessors and their progenitors. Also, VentureBeat's Evan Blass talked about them, so of course we have to tail the chase now. And of course, it's by Twitter. Even more, it's by retweet of a similarly formed tweet ruminating about a DROID Turbo and Maxx 2. So now I'm hearing that there are going to be both a Maxx 3 as well as a Turbo 3. #dejavu https://t.co/FjABVjUdUo — Evan Blass (@evleaks) April 29, 2016 Nothing much beyond the word that both a DROID Maxx 3 and a DROID Turbo 3 will be coming. ...

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    OnePlus is a company that seeks to give its users impeccable value for their smartphone-buying dollar, and while that means paying a lot less for your handset than you might with a bigger-name OEM, it can also mean making a few sacrifices along the way. With last year's OnePlus 2, users did without a number of features that we might expect to see on a more full-featured flagship, especially in the power department: not only did the phone lack a wireless charging option (forgivable), but there was no quick-charge mode to be found (a much harder pill to swallow). Can we expect OnePlus to ...

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    With Qualcomm's Snapdragon 200-series catering to the entry-level market and the Snapdragon 600-series moving up to bring the heat in the mid-range, you might think the Snapdragon 430 a chipset without a purpose. Well, LG may put it to good use in a device or two fit for an entry in its K-series. The evidence comes from two Geekbench runs logged in the system showing off two phones with model names LG-K530 and LG-K535 (the LG K10 ran with a partial model name of K420 or K430, depending on region). Both test devices are logged with Qualcomm's MSM8937, code for the Snapdragon 430 — eight ...

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    The story of the FBI's efforts to access the iPhone 5c in its San Bernardino terrorism investigation may seem like it's over – and has been over for weeks, following the agency dropping its efforts to force Apple to help break into the phone – but the story keeps going strong. And why wouldn't it? This one has it all: technology, civil liberties, national security – we could go on. And even with the meat of the story wrapped up, we're continuing to learn more and more about how this all went down. Last week we got our first sense of just how much the FBI paid for access to whatever ...

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    Before you even think it, don’t go there. Just… don’t. We know it may feel like Apple is boldly swimming against the tide in trying to bring compact phones back in the spotlight, but Android manufacturers such as Sony never gave up on diminutive flagships. Granted, the Japanese OEM that continues to offset big mobile losses with a well-oiled gaming machine did recently decide to retire the high-end Xperia Z family, introducing instead three 5-inch X-series handhelds. If you feared that meant the end of unusually powerful sub-5-inchers, we now have proof a Z5 Compact sequel of sorts ...

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    Forget one or two flagship phones. Huawei appears to want to break some sort of record, working on a high-end Mate 9 phablet even after recently unveiling the premium P9 and P9 Plus, and gearing up to announce the equally top-notch Honor V8 on May 10. It’s market flooding at its best, but chances are the P9 duo and yet-to-be-introduced V8 will be all but forgotten by fall anyway, at which point the Huawei Mate 9 should enter the picture to take on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 6, LG V11, and iPhone 7 Plus. As you might suspect, it’s way too early to be certain of anything ...

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    For Android devices, it's almost a badge of honor getting listed for sale in the Google Store. It's not like Google sells just any hardware, so you've got to be something special to make it into this exclusive club. Beyond Google's own Nexus lineup, that includes some third-party Android TV boxes, but maybe the easiest way to get your hardware in the Google Store is to launch an Android Wear smartwatch. Today we've got big questions about the fate of one of those wearables, as Google appears to have shut down sales of the Moto 360 Sport. As you may recall, the story of the Moto 360 Sport's ...

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    Remember that redesigned, vastly improved Mi Band 2 activity tracker Xiaomi’s CEO so casually showcased well in advance of its formal announcement a few days ago? It turns out it’s not the only new wearable device cooked up by the “Apple of China”, which clearly needs to make some big changes and bold moves after exiting the top five smartphone manufacturer ranks for Q1 2016. A high-end Xiaomi Max phablet and LCD screen-sporting Mi Band 2 sound like a good start, with a full-fledged Xiaomi Mi Watch following sometime in the year’s second half in a bid for extra diversity and ...

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