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    HTC doesn't often make tablets — in fact, it's only made two. One of them (the HTC Flyer, pictured above) was fine, the other not so much. There's been a contingent in the mobile tech community that keeps looking forward to a great big lovely slab from Taiwan. The company may be putting out another one soon, though it may not excite the power users. And it may not end up existing. We're looking at a budget tablet that had rumors stretching back to May of last year. But we now have GFXBench diagnostics and an import listing from Indian database Zauba. The low-end Spreadtrum processor, ...

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    Microsoft picked and chose which carrier would get its new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL devices in the US. The company wanted to be the source of clean software updates, something Apple can be for pretty much all of its iPhones because of its clout. But were Windows 10 Mobile OTAs really the core issue for Telstra in Australia? The carrier sent a statement to Whirlpool Forums' user Glenn L who relayed that the Lumia 950 had failed its testing. That testing apparently resulted in the phone "failing to connect to the Telsra network half the time." As such, Telstra will not carry the device ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S7 is supposedly coming soon, but what is definitely coming soon is the Xiaomi Mi 5. And it can't come soon enough for a company that's been through a cooling in sales and a gap year in flagship iteration. So, it came time for Li Wanqiang, co-founder and senior vice president of Xiaomi, to set things straight. Li announced February 24 to be the day that the company will introduce the Xiaomi Mi 5, right in the middle of its spring conference. Interestingly, there have been leaks on the conference semantics — location, logistics, timing, etc. — with a scheduled main ...

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    Man, when it rains, it pours, and already today we've been talking about delay after delay in the smartphone world. It looks like we've got at least one more for you before the day's out, and this time we're swinging back around to a company already wrapped up in some of that earlier delay talk, as we get an update on Microsoft's planned distribution of Windows 10 Mobile updates for Windows Phone handsets – and why that won't be proceeding as scheduled. As you'll recall, it was only last week when we were hearing from multiple carriers that the Windows 10 Mobile updates were essentially ...

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    It used to be that iPhone naming was so simple: once we got past that whole G/GS business, we had number, number+s, number, number+s. Easy, right? And sure, that iPhone 5c oddball ended up breaking the pattern a little, but it was the exception that proved the rule. But now with this new four-inch iPhone that everyone's expecting … all bets are off. Dubbing it the iPhone 6c seemed like a safe enough bet, but over the months we've been inundated by rumors of names like the iPhone 7c, or iPhone 5e, and the closer we get to when we're hoping to see Apple actually launch the handset, the ...

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    Delays, delays, delays: whether you're trying to catch a flight anywhere in the Northeast US, or you're an upstart smartphone manufacturer trying to bring your fans as many hardware options as possible, it feels like everybody's running into delays all of a sudden. Now we get word that the latest victim could be Microsoft's next Windows 10 Mobile handset, as a new report suggests that the Lumia 650 could end up shipping a couple weeks later than thought. The last we heard, Microsoft was supposedly hoping to announce the Lumia 650 on February 1, and sales would follow very shortly ...

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    Technically, Nokia’s old mobile phone division is no more, having been acquired and absorbed by Microsoft, which however continues to struggle in a doomed attempt to make Windows Phone, aka Mobile, hip. Meanwhile, the scraps of the once mighty Finnish outfit are reportedly cooking up a mainstream hardware comeback, aside from focusing more than ever on telecommunications infrastructure, aided by new subsidiary Alcatel-Lucent. Under the terms of its Redmond agreement, Nokia can’t sell any device before Q4 2016, but it can definitely start building hype around an allegedly killed and ...

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    The road from an abstract concept or idea to a mass-produced commercial device can often be quite long and convoluted in the tech décor, especially when talking about Apple, which very rarely takes risks on “experimental” gadgets or features. Cupertino delayed the inevitable IPS LCD to AMOLED iPhone transition for as long as humanly possible, so naturally, it seems highly unlikely the tardy move will occur simultaneously with folding screen technology adoption. But a patent filing with the USPTO from yesterday, January 21, does at least prove Apple is testing the “electronic device ...

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    2015 wasn’t the year of the great PC comeback, as iPhones managed to eclipse the popularity of traditional Windows computers by themselves, but something must be telling two of the most successful handheld manufacturers in the world there’s still money to be earned in devices sized over 10 inches. Beside the looming Huawei MateBook (weird name, we know), a sub-13-inch hybrid of sorts could be coming soon from Xiaomi, which is currently putting the finishing touches to the Mi 5 flagship phone too. What’s interesting is that, according to Digitimes and the publication’s hit-and-miss ...

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    While there could still be anywhere between two and four different Galaxy S7 variants in the pipeline, the uncertainty hovering over the footprint of the standard flat model and its edgy sibling seems to be just about wrapped up. Multiple credible sources have hinted at a 5.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S7 and 5.5-inch GS7 Edge of late, and the same exact sizes are mentioned in Zauba’s import documents in connection to SM-G930 and SM-G935 prototypes. These very recently made their way from South Korea to Delhi for testing purposes, which may suggest the “next big thing(s)” won’t be ready ...

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    Early last week we got a glimpse at some new Nokia hardware, an apparent prototype of an in-development handset – but just what the heck was it? After all, the presence of what appeared to be a number pad cast serious doubt on this being a new capital-S smartphone. We're still not sure exactly what we're looking at, but at least we've come across a new opportunity to do so, as a fresh set of pics leak of this mysterious phone. Far more than we were able to last time, we're now able to gauge the handset's thickness – and it looks substantial. That physical keypad appears to still be in ...

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    We've been living in the era of curved-screen smartphones for years now, and while recent efforts like Samsung's Edge models downplay their curved screens far more than earlier phones like LG's G Flex and G Flex 2, the tech has still managed to stick around. We've been keeping our eye out for the inevitable next step for curved screens, as manufacturers move past statically curved displays and give us ones that are full-on bendable. But when could we hope to see such a handset launch? At one point rumors were looking to early-2016 availability, and a couple weeks back we heard the first ...

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    You know what would have made the Redmi 3 even harder to resist, practically perfect? Pre-installed Marshmallow software goodies, which Xiaomi made its fans wait for even on the high-end Mi Note and Mi Note Pro. But the waiting may finally be (almost) over, at least as far the Mi Note is concerned, with weeks of beta testing reportedly set to conclude on Friday, when an official, fully polished Android 6.0 package should roll out OTA to the 1080p 5.7-incher in China. Meanwhile, the “Pro”, Quad HD/Snapdragon 810/4GB RAM variant looks destined to stay on Lollipop for a few days or ...

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    Given the recent silence on the rumor front relating to the make-or-break HTC One M9 sequel, you could have easily presumed the Taiwanese OEM would sit out next month’s Mobile World Congress before tipsters came forward with such inside information yesterday. The theory is the One M10, O2 or Perfume will break cover at a dedicated press event in March, with a sales start eyed for April. A trustworthy and HTC-knowledgeable Twitter user with the handle @LlabTooFer mostly corroborates the speculation, adding the Android hero shall run 6.0.1 Marshmallow and Sense 8.0_GP out the box. GP ...

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    Could a low-end 5-incher with a 720p screen, 1GB RAM, and 8GB internal storage space really be the end of the once glorious Lumia product family? Hard to say for sure right now, but the Microsoft Lumia 650 inches closer and closer to a formal announcement, followed shortly by a European commercial launch, according to new rumors. In Germany, the unusually sleek-looking (for an entry-level device) Lumia 650 will reportedly go on sale in early February, priced as low as €220 unlocked. That’s around $240, mind you, which beats the US MSRP of the Lumia 550 by a full Benjamin. Of course, ...

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    Who’s ready for an onslaught of next-generation Asus ZenFones? Well, don’t get too ready just yet, as the first of likely many ZenFone 3 derivations is only tipped to go official in May with a fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C port in tow. A different Asus ZenFone 3 configuration, model numbered Z010DD, very recently got benchmarked through GFX Bench, and already runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow on a large but average-sounding 5.9-inch 1,280 x 720 pix res screen. That’s obviously the main reason we don’t think we’re looking at the highest-end ZenFone 3 variant here, since the best ...

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    With great strides being made on the Marshmallow updating front as far as both the One M8 and One M9 are concerned, and the One A9 running the newest Android iteration out the box, you might be wondering what’s next for HTC. The Taiwan-based hardware manufacturer never issued an official list of devices slated to move past Lollipop, nor did it confirm once rampant rumors of the One E8, M8s, Butterfly 2 and 3, Desire 820, 826 and Desire Eye following M8, M9 and A9’s suit on the 6.0 bandwagon. But now, we’re hearing from a very reputable tipster that the 2014 HTC Desire Eye has finally ...

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    So much for a collapse. The PC market may be on the slopes, but with Microsoft making its own (convertible) laptop and Apple totally owning it with its MacBooks, Huawei seems to be puffing up its chest for a major Mate move. That's if the ever-grinding Chinese rumor mill gets its facts right. Swimming around in the muck is news that Intel had given Xiaomi a BOGO deal on chips, reportedly giving the OEM a tablet processor per notebook processor the company bought or possibly vice versa. That tablet processor could be the Atom x5 that we saw on the Mi Pad 2 late last year. We haven't seen a ...

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    Game consoles may have been around for decades, but in recent years they've faced some serious new competition as smartphone and tablet gaming soared to new heights of popularity. Maybe as a result, it's little surprise that last year we found ourselves talking a lot about Nintendo and its interest in the mobile market, both in the form of its own smartphone games, and rumors of a possible Android-based console. While the company was quick to shoot that idea down, there could still be a significant crossover between the Nintendo NX console and our existing mobile devices, as an analyst ...

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    Ubuntu-based mobile devices have been a bit of a swing and a miss: following the failed effort to crowdfund the Ubuntu Edge handset, we saw other OEMs arrive to attempt their own take on Ubuntu handsets, and despite the arrival of two such models last year, we failed to see the alternative mobile platform make a lot of headway. But will a changing market offer Ubuntu new hope? Windows 10 Mobile and Continuum mean that users are paying a lot more attention to devices that pull double duty, able to connect to PC hardware and offer users a much more full-fledged computing experience, and ...

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    Next month, some of the biggest names in smartphones will bring their new flagships to MWC. LG's all but confirmed its intent to announce the G5, and Samsung looks likely to unveil its Galaxy S7 series of handsets. But what about HTC? We'd sure expect to see the One M10, O2, Perfume – whatever you call it – go official in roughly the same timeframe, but so far there hasn't been much in the way of evidence specifically linking HTC's launch plans to MWC. Now a new rumor expands on that situation a little, claiming that HTC's One M9 follow-up will indeed sit MWC out, and we'll only see it ...

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    Windows smartphone users everywhere have been looking forward to the updates that will bring Windows 10 Mobile to their existing Windows Phone handsets. And while Microsoft hasn't appeared to be in any rush to get those updates out, it finally looked like we were about to see distribution en masse: earlier this month, we heard about carriers prepping for the update's arrival in a matter of days, and saw some preliminary evidence that updates had already started going out in certain markets. That was all very promising, but now we're wondering if many users could end up waiting just a bit ...

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    The smartphone market's been growing by leaps and bounds for the past decade, but not everything lasts forever, and while we're going to keep on using smartphones for a good long while, the sort of growth the market's experienced isn't necessarily so sustainable. We've already heard scattered reports that some big-name OEMs could be facing cooling shopper interest for their 2016 lineup, and now a new Gartner report suggests those warnings might be right on the money, as we look forward to a year where shoppers spend less on new phones than they did in years past. Despite the prediction ...

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    Just when we thought all the pieces of the Xiaomi Mi 5 puzzle had fallen neatly into place, a couple of fresh visual leaks seem to contradict one another, as well as past renders, starring the front part of an ivory model, and the rear cover of the looming black variant. It’s of course possible we’re dealing with the same exact phone, but it’s more likely the Mi 5 will come in two configurations different not only as far as internals go, but also build quality. The pricier, punchier version could be made entirely out of metal, while the lower-cost, lower-end config will trade ...

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    As it’s happened numerous times in the past, Samsung’s “next big thing” is no mystery anymore, despite likely needing another month or so before it can formally break cover. We know the Galaxy S7 looks awfully similar to its predecessor on the outside, we’re pretty sure the rear camera’s megapixel count will be weirdly downgraded, and odds are the microSD slot and water protection you’ve been badly craving for shall make a comeback. What’s not yet guaranteed is the number of “edgy” and jumbo-sized derivations in the pipeline, though an S7 Plus is less and less likely by ...

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