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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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    One glance at the only Windows 10 Mobile flagship not manufactured by Microsoft back when it was first announced, and you could tell the Acer Liquid Jade Primo wouldn’t come cheap. But since its producer isn’t exactly a household name in the smartphone business, we hoped for the best. Alas, Orange and Expansys Portugal have begun taking pre-orders for the Full HD 5.5-incher, which is valued at a rather steep €600. That converts to $653, so more than both the Lumia 950 and 950 XL stateside. Obviously, that’s not a fair comparison, and browsing through Redmond’s Portuguese e-store, ...

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    We will probably never know for sure if Lumia 950 and especially 950 XL’s recent availability woes were caused by software and firmware glitches or a simple case of demand exceeding supply (or a bit of both), but all’s well that ends well, and the two Windows 10 Mobile flagships can again be ordered online from Microsoft worldwide. Perhaps worldwide is a bit of a stretch, but folks living in a number of “important” European countries, plus US and Canada, have sufficient Lumia 950 and 950 XL inventory at their disposal. For the time being, at least, and as long as you’re willing ...

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    We know this isn’t what Windows mobile fans want to hear, but Microsoft will probably further cut back on hardware releases in 2016. Forget the Lumia 750 and 850, both of which are likely canceled, or eventual Lumia 950 and 950 XL sequels, destined to morph into a single rebranded, even more business-oriented “Surface Phone.” It seems the only new Lumia in the pipeline is the oft-rumored low-end 650, itself bound to skip a high-profile MWC announcement, instead going official on February 1 via a bland blog post. Though extremely attractive on the outside… for an entry-level ...

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    You probably would never have expected this, but it seems the entry-level Microsoft Lumia 535 is one of the world’s very first smartphones capable of running the newest mobile-centric Windows iteration. After launching on board the high-end Lumia 950 and 950 XL, as well as the far humbler 550, Windows 10 Mobile has reportedly gone out to a small sample of Lumia 640 users in parts of Europe, and now the Lumia 535 in Latin America. Unlike previous OS releases, or Android updates, Microsoft directly handles W10M’s rollout, bypassing carriers and calling all the shots, which is why things ...

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    Compelling smartphone deals have stopped being a holiday-only affair a long time ago, but it’s a known fact January tends to be the slowest month of the year in terms of gadget sales, due among others to a proverbial stubbornness to not cut prices from manufacturers and retailers. When the occasional steal does crop up shortly after Christmas, it’s obviously wise to jump on it before it expires or inventory runs out. Case in point, Cricket’s latest batch of discounted prepaid handhelds, starting as low as $10, no contracts needed, no strings attached. Well, there is one string ...

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    What’s on the horizon for Microsoft as far as new smartphones go after the Lumia 950 and 950 XL seemingly defied the odds and couldn’t keep up with demand? Well, high-end Lumia 9-series sequels might be scrapped in favor of a business-friendly miniature Surface, whereas the Lumia 650 and 750 should foster Redmond’s hopes of becoming a name to be reckoned with in the low-cost market. Meanwhile, the upper mid-range Lumia 850 is still most likely cancelled, despite strutting its prototype stuff several times of late, though Chinese federal approval of a mystery RM-1182 once again ...

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    The HTC Vive is one serious piece of kit, and in order to make the virtual reality experience it offers as compelling as can be, HTC will sell the visor with a powerful assortment of hardware. Beyond the headset itself, that means a pair of laser emitters to assist in head-tracking, as well as a pair of wireless controllers. And while that may all add up to one pretty nice spread, it's clear from just listing all these components that HTC's Vive package won't come in cheap. As we look forward to the start of pre-orders, last tipped to begin right at the end of February, everyone who's got ...

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    Motorola and Verizon claim a smartphone display cracks every 2 seconds somewhere in the gadget-dominated world, and around 37 percent of all mobile users have damaged their screens at some point in history. If you’re among the hundreds of millions of people afflicted by this plague, you already know how expensive a cure can get if the glass wounds aren’t covered by your standard warranties, oftentimes prompting premature “upgrades.” Of course, you’re always free to add special device protection to your wireless plan stateside, but generally, you have to decide shortly after your ...

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    Microsoft has been running various promotions in the past couple of months to try to keep the aging Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 in the limelight after Pro 4 and Surface Book’s glitzy introductions, the latest of which is unfortunately restricted to an American audience. From January 10 through 17, the non-Pro third-gen Intel Atom-powered hybrid can be picked up on and offline at Microsoft with a gratis Type Cover. The keyboard accessory typically costs $130, and it obviously lets you seamlessly transform the 10.8-inch Windows tablet into a productive mini-laptop. The same bundle deal is ...

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    It probably feels a little early in Lumia 950 XL’s tumultuous life cycle for an “all-time low price” to mean as much as it sounds, but given the reported demand – supply inequality, it’s a miracle you can get the Windows 10 phablet at any sort of discount stateside. Redmond typically charges $650 for the unlocked Snapdragon 810 powerhouse, and can’t currently commit to a delivery date for recent orders or take new ones. Meanwhile, import specialist and bargain champion Expansys USA lets you pick up the phone in a single SIM RM-1085 configuration at $565, lacking local stock at ...

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    It’s no big secret Microsoft has been struggling to achieve the same levels of public delight with its pocket-friendly Windows 10 iteration as the desktop version did, but the recent software stability issues of the Lumia 950 and 950 XL may have been blown out of proportion. After all, if things were so bad, adoption numbers would logically shrink instead of rise. Yet according to a trusted source of a very well-connected tech journalist, more than a million smartphone owners are running Windows 10 Mobile as their daily driver. That obviously includes hundreds of thousands of devoted ...

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    If you haven’t jumped at the opportunity to finally pre-order a consumer edition of the Oculus Rift, chances are you’ll need to wait until June at the earliest to see the VR goggles shipped to your doorsteps. But there might be a simple way to bypass the waiting, and get an important discount in the process. At the end of the day, you’ll spend a lot more than $600, as long as you’re in the market for both the virtual reality device and a compatible gaming PC. Dell reportedly plans to start selling the Rift on its website very soon bundled with either the XPS 8900 or Alienware X51 ...

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    It essentially came out of nowhere, even though Samsung toyed with gargantuan Windows tablets in the past (without much success), and aside from a clearly inferior SoC, it looked like a strong Surface Pro 4 contender on paper. Now, the Galaxy TabPro S has a semi-official price tag attached to its name, making your buying decision a very tricky to navigate process. According to a reputable German publication, the 12-inch convertible shall start at €999 around those parts, which is likely to convert to $1,000 stateside. What AllAbout Samsung doesn’t say is whether the keyboard cover is ...

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    The world’s fastest-growing smartphone market and second only to China to reach the one billion active user mark has recently been treated to a host of high-profile mobile launches. The Microsoft Lumia 950, 950 XL and 550 all rolled out in India in the past couple of months, and so did the Motorola Moto G Turbo Edition, Apple Watch, OnePlus 2 for everybody, as well as the ultra-low-cost Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime. Meanwhile, both the iPhone 5s and 6s got important buzz-building discounts, the LeTV Le Max (first-gen) was confirmed for a mid-January regional release, and the impressively ...

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    There’s a new kid on the virtual reality hardware block, and although its name probably doesn’t ring any bells stateside, it’s currently flaunting “over 10 years of experience in the industry and over 200 successful projects” at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. 3Glasses claims its D2 Vanguard Edition head-mounted display is “lighter, quicker and more durable than the industry’s leading VR headsets” (cough, Oculus Rift, cough), and we have to admit on paper this thing looks compact, sleek and yet surprisingly robust. It tips the scales at 246 grams, features ...

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    It’s been more than a month and a half since Microsoft released its highly anticipated new pocket-friendly OS to manufacturing, and sadly, you can still count the number of devices powered by Windows 10 Mobile on one hand. You have your high-end Lumia 950 and 950 XL, plus the entry-level Lumia 550. That’s it, at least for now, and at least stateside, with the Acer Liquid Jade Primo and Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL also coming soon, a bunch of updates for WP8.1-stuck Lumias locked and loaded, and the low-key Archos 50 Cesium up for grabs on (certain) European shores. No, the low to ...

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    Could Redmond’s Windows 10 Mobile woes be finally over? Probably not all of them, and likely not for good, but the Lumia 950 and 950 XL are once again shipping in most parts of the old continent, which suggests rampant demand was indeed behind recent shortages rather than software glitches. Meanwhile, you should stop worrying about W10 updates for old WP8.1-running phones hitting longer delays than a few weeks. Microsoft was awfully vague when announcing there would be no movement on the front until “early 2016”, but it turns out the creators of the world’s third largest handheld ...

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    There are countless ways to transfer files back and forth between your small-screened and large-screened devices, whether we’re talking smartphones or tablets and laptops or desktop PCs respectively, starting with Bluetooth and good old fashioned USB cables. But Lenovo has an ingenious new accessory to show off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that can work as a traditional flash drive, as well as seamlessly sync Androids to Windows computers for a number of purposes. This 32GB Link doohickey will let you drag and drop content from your Lollipop or Marshmallow-running phone ...

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    The bit about initial Lumia 950 and 950 XL demand outstripping supply and taking the blame for the odd inventory issues of various European retailers predictably made the headlines yesterday, but Microsoft’s lengthy new Windows 10-centric blog post contained many other interesting nuggets of information. First and foremost, the adoption rate of the wildly successful desktop OS continues to easily exceed those of iterations 7 and 8, at 200 million “monthly active devices” already. The 100-million milestone was reportedly achieved back in October, just a couple of months after Win ...

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    The only other Windows 10 Mobile flagship unveiled thus far aside from Microsoft’s homebrewed Lumia 950 and 950 XL finally has official availability and pricing details attached to its name. Merely for the EMEA region, that is, with more specifics coming closer to the phone’s launch elsewhere, but it’s a start. A promising start? It depends on how much you value the docking station, keyboard and mouse Acer vowed to bundle with the Liquid Jade Primo off the bat, and whether or not Redmond’s currently glitchy software will be stabilized by February. That’s when the “premium” ...

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    There’s a solid reason Lenovo refused to endorse Microsoft’s Surface Pro family a while back, as more than any other PC manufacturer, it feels it’s got a chance to compete in the increasingly cutthroat convertible space. As expected for a good few months now, a new 2-in-1 Windows tablet debuts at CES, with more than just a detachable keyboard in tow however. Don’t get us wrong, the Type Cover-rivaling dock looks pretty great, full-sized, well-spaced and all, complemented by an “iconic” TrackPoint and three adjustable typing angles. But it’s three other accessories that steal ...

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    Update: We're not sure why Amazon UK and France have paused sales for the Lumia 950 XL, but the good news (for those who want to grab one) is that the phone is now back on sale. First, Amazon Germany pulled the rookie Windows 10 phablet from the direct sales channel, citing vague product quality issues. Actually, no, first came a number of pretty serious software glitches for both the Lumia 950 and 950 XL that seemed to continue running beta builds of Microsoft’s theoretically finished and polished new OS. While Redmond quickly patched the bugs, the 5.7-inch Snapdragon 810 powerhouse ...

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    What would we do without rumors, guesswork, conjecture, gossip, and speculation? I’ll be the first to admit my work would be a lot trickier if I were to report merely hard facts, the occasional product launch, earnings call, and tedious press statements from companies. How about you? Can you imagine just seeing the Galaxy S7 debut sans any background information, checking its reviews, then switching off the interwebs rumor bonanza until the “next big thing” goes official? Who would ever want to live in a world like that? Instead, we’re going to find ourselves debating every little ...

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    Although Lumia 950’s AT&T exclusivity stateside was initially supposed to be limited and expire within three months of the flagship phone’s debut, it’s possible Microsoft’s new software update policy permanently drove away other carriers. There’s no word of an approaching T-Mobile expansion, let alone Sprint or Verizon launches, and instead Magenta is reportedly looking to sell an entry-level, low-cost Windows 10 Mobile device starting next month. The Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL was rendered in both Android and Windows flavors back in October, subsequently seeing daylight on ...

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