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    Update: Our Lumia 950 review is now up. Go check that out down below and then come back here for the final word on Microsoft's latest mobile flagship. Enjoy the weekend! Microsoft might be getting the last word in our review queue for 2015. But that also means that we'll be getting the last word on it. We've gone through the Continuum experience and have held Windows 10 Mobile with all 10 of our fingers. And by "we," it's not just Michael Fisher. Vernon E.L. Smith of the MS Mobile Show podcast joins us to make light work of the Lumia 950. You'll have your chance to nominate which ...

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    ZTE's been focusing its new Axon line of smartphones on its global front. While premium hardware with thoughtful design is kicking up the dust here, we continue to monitor the home scene for ZTE: China. And low-end devices are still selling a very health clip. Just ask Xiaomi or Letv. So, ZTE is throwing its own flame on the value fight with the ¥599 ($93.67 as of this post) Blade A1. There's very decent stuff for the price: [table] Component,Description Screen size,5 inches Screen type,LCD Resolution,1280 x 720 Pixel density,294 ppi SoC,MediaTek MT6735 Type,Quad-core Speed,1.3GHz ...

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    Likely encouraged by the warm reception of US mobile consumers for the Axon line, China-based device maker ZTE is reportedly looking to further perk up its presence in the all-important, super-competitive Western market. Remember the recently rendered Nubia Z11? Of course you do, as it’s not every day that you get to check out such a handsome slab in pre-release form, complete with Samsung-style edges, and what seems like an aluminum unibody construction. This should follow in the footsteps of the Nubia Z9 and Z7, both of which targeted primarily Asian audiences. But ZTE’s very own ...

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    They say holiday shopping is a marathon, not a sprint. They don’t? Well, they should, and we do. Especially nowadays, with many an electronics merchant hell-bent on taking your money before Thanksgiving, as soon as you wrap up your Turkey Day feast, days after, and then on and around Christmas. Forget the biggest shopping day of the year, as stores, chiefly online, are taken by storm practically throughout November and December. Still, December 1, 2014 was responsible all by its lonesome for a record-breaking $2.68 billion worth of e-sales in the US, and there’s no reason to expect any ...

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    Chipsets ahoy! What's with manufacturers coming up with their own systems-on-a-chip lately? Sure, Apple and Samsung have had great prominence in doing it. Huawei also has its own HiSilicon subsidiary that has brought more prestige to the Kirin line recently. LG's figuring out its own way with Intel. But Sony's denying rumors it's doing anything by itself. What's going on with manufacturers' factories? Apparently, tons of money if you're in China. ZTE just got a ¥2.4 billion ($73.8 million as of this post) infusion from the National IC Industry Investment Fund. The company plans on using ...

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    Update: Happy Black Friday! Listen to our podcast while you're on the floor of your local mall after having shopped 'til you dropped! Here in the US, Thanksgiving is just around the corner – and right after the turkey and tryptophan comes the crazy consumerism. To help you figure out what mobile tech to spend your money on this holiday season (whether it's for yourself or for a lucky family member), we're rounding up all the Black Friday mobile deals we could sift from the internet's tech trove. Then we're raiding Pocketnow's Listener Mail account – because it's almost the end of the ...

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    Purchasing mobile gear of any kind around Turkey Day is always wise. Waiting until the last minute to score the best possible Black Friday deals is the complete opposite. Granted, the temptation may feel irresistible, but unless you want to risk getting body slammed by a fellow desperate bargain hunter for that coveted final discounted Apple Watch, it’s good to know beforehand what to expect from every retailer and how to avoid the holiday shopping frenzy. Luckily, many electronics merchants, actual device manufacturers and carriers included, have either already kicked off early Black ...

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    Yesterday we filled you in on what ZTE's got going for its Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, and whether you were after the budget-priced Zmax 2, the Spro 2 smart projector, or one of the company's Axon models, there were some solid savings to be found. The standard 32GB Axon normally goes for $330, and for this promotion ZTE's discounting the already affordable handset down to $280. Honestly, we'd be happy right there, but now Newegg's coming along with a price that puts even that deal to shame, lobbing another $80 off the phone's price. Head on over to Newegg's site and you can add ...

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    It seems only a short time ago that we were talking about the Nubia Z9. It seems now that we have gone into the letter-and-double-digits names for the Nubia brand. And in the process, it's taking a bold stance against copying Apple's design and has now decided to snag a few features from Samsung. We have some renders and rumors going on that the phone will be one of the first to sport the new Snapdragon 820 that will paired with 4GB of RAM and have a 128GB storage option. A 13-megapixel camera's on the back while the front comes in at a disappointing 2.1 megapixels. Below that selfie cam ...

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    Separating Black Friday from Cyber Monday deals is apparently a thing of the past, as more and more mobile device manufacturers and retailers aim to stay on the radars of bargain hunters for as long as possible with so-called “Cyber Week” sales. The latest Android OEM to kick off a slew of promos valid from today, November 23, through next Monday, November 30, is ZTE, which continues to spoil its growing US fanbase with unbelievable quality – pricing ratios. Case in point, the Zmax 2, recently launched on AT&T, and now available unlocked for $130 straight from the Chinese ...

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    It’s going to be extremely tricky for T-Mobile prepaid subsidiary MetroPCS to regain the trust of its millions of customers who recently risked personal data breaches, let alone recruit new followers. But a nice first step has been made, and until November 30, every Metro phone buyer automatically qualifies for a free second device. No strings attached, obviously no lengthy contracts involved, just a good old-fashioned BOGO (buy one get one) deal, where the complimentary phone must be cheaper or of equal value than the handheld you’ll actually pay for. Furthermore, the selection is ...

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    AT&T prepaid subsidiary Cricket Wireless has gained a reputation as one of the most generous US mobile carriers in recent years, often “selling” decent phones for free despite not demanding a contractual obligation. Naturally, the small operator’s holiday deals are always a sight to behold, this year letting you score no less than four Android and Windows handhelds sans upfront charges, as well as two more at deeply discounted prices. Now, granted, Christmas is still over a month away, and even Thanksgiving Day feels like a sweet but distant dream. You needn’t worry however, as ...

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    Is there any stopping to the expansion of the ambitious ZTE Axon gadget family? Not yet, as a lower-end but still impressive new 5.5-inch model joins the US and Chinese Quad HD Axons, the “international” 1,080p eye-scanning Axon Elite, the recently detailed Mini, and let’s not forget the Axon Watch. We could also be treated to a phablet-sized Axon Max soon, as well as a Surface Pro and iPad Pro-rivaling massive Axon tablet. For the time being, we should focus on the humblest, cheapest phone on the roster to date, priced at $330 stateside with a Full HD screen in tow, quad-core ...

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    One of the more popular trends to emerge in the US smartphone market lately has concerned how we pay for our phones. As carriers drop long-term contracts and subsidized pricing, it sure looked like customers might be in for a bit of sticker shock, forking out full price for their new hardware. But as it happened, both carriers and manufacturers were quick to step up with alternatives, namely in the form of device financing and leasing plans. Now yet another manufacturer is ready to introduce its own leasing arrangement, as ZTE announces its lease-to-own program. Here's how it works: when ...

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    In China, the number three is considered good luck as it is a homophone for the word "life." Shenzhen-based ZTE wants all the luck it can get as a new Nubia phone is on the way with plenty of expectations and rumors to hold up. The company's Nubia brand is celebrating its third anniversary by teasing what could possibly be the Nubia X8 that's due in three days — Thursday, October 15, if the math gets done. We have some leaked photos of the device — well, at least one siderail of the device — below, but take a look at this here poster, direct from the Nubia Weibo page. Apparently, ...

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    Sometimes a manufacturer is so fond of its latest hardware that a single launch event isn't enough, and the company wants to swing back around over and over to make sure the world is properly acquainted with its new offerings; we saw ZTE first introduce the Axon Mini and Axon Watch all the way back in July, and today the manufacturer was right back at it, bringing the pair out to show them off again, while also introducing a Premium Edition of the former. And while it was nice to pick up some additional details there, these aren't the only devices ZTE's been talking about, and we also ...

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    You may not remember this, but technically, the Huawei Mate S wasn’t the world’s first phone to go official with a type of Force Touch or 3D Touch-similar technology. Back in July, ZTE expanded the Axon from US to China, also taking the wraps off the Axon Watch, plus the pressure-sensitive screen-equipped Axon mini. In the meantime, Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus started their global invasion, so we predictably forgot all about the diminutive Android handheld ZTE refused to specify upon its formal announcement. Now, at long last, the Axon mini is (nearly) ready for primetime, ...

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    Many Chinese device producers have been accused of shamelessly imitating the external appearance of popular Western gadgets to trick inexperienced consumers, or simply score free publicity and awareness for otherwise lackluster smartphones. But one-on-one replicas of iPhones or Samsung Galaxy S-series flagships are never manufactured by reputable local companies like Huawei, ZTE, Xiaomi, or Meizu. Still, we can easily remember instances when all names on that list were implicated in scandals pertaining to subtler inspiration from industry veterans. Huawei finds itself in the midst of such ...

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    No need to be jealous, you northern Americans. While there's been just as much spec-hype about the Axon Elite as there has been for the Axon Pro, we're looking at a device with lesser capabilities in this case (though if you want to get mad about something, there are some enticing permutations of the Axon for China to beat out both of them). The Snapdragon 810-powered Axon Elite that we saw at IFA 2015 is now on the French, Italian, Spanish, UK and global sites (excluding the US and Canada) for eBay with prices coming to either 419.99 EUR, 299.99 GBP or 469.99 USD. If you're from those ...

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    This year's brought us more reasons to be excited about ZTE smartphones than ever before, with the launch of high-profile devices aimed at new markets like the Axon here in the States. In addition to higher-end handsets like that, we also see ZTE soldier on with more super-affordable options, like the Zmax 2 we just learned is coming to AT&T. So while ZTE may have its phone game covered, what about form factors like tablets? So far there haven't been a ton of models to consider, and those we've seen – models like the old Optik – didn't have a ton going for them in the spec ...

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    The recently launched Axon might be ZTE’s most serious attempt yet at cracking the high-end US smartphone market, but as far as entry-level, budget-friendly handhelds go, the Chinese manufacturer has left its mark on the American mobile landscape numerous times in past years. Much like neighbor and arch-rival Huawei, ZTE tends to enter exclusive partnerships with US carriers, often renouncing its branding for AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint to make the solid low-cost propositions their own. Last fall, T-Mobile was the only operator to pick up the gigantic Zmax, and after just roughly seven ...

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    The highly ingenious dual-screened YotaPhone, and especially the YotaPhone 2 made quite a splash at various technology expos and trade fairs, but outside of that closed circuit, it was unfortunately very difficult for actual mobile enthusiasts to get their hands on the unique Androids. Crowdfunded for a long overdue US bow earlier this year, the YotaPhone 2 never broke the Asian and European barriers, despite first showing up on stage at MWC in February 2014. It’s obviously too late now for the second-gen to pursue its American dream, even if its Russian makers were to find local ...

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    Cars these days are available loaded with more tech than ever before, as we see through growing support for interfaces like Android Auto and Apple Car Play. But for those of us still making do with older vehicles, getting access to modern tech means add-ons: GPS receivers, phone mounts, dash cams, and all manner of other devices, including cell-connected WiFi hotspots. The problem's been that hooking all these gadgets up can quickly leave your car looking like a mess of tangled wires, all fighting for limited access to never-quite-convenient cigarette-lighter power outlets (or maybe USB if ...

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    It might as well have been a bar. Or a dance club. Full of EDM, feathers and psychotic playhouses. Really, when you walk into the Messe Berlin around this time of year, you should expect and receive everything. Buzzed-about wearables from Huawei and Samsung made their ways to the fray. Sony wore its Xperia lineage with its sixth coat of paint. ZTE splashed more of its truer colors onto the newest Axon smartphone. And then the trunk of the show irreparably branches into something else. We'll enjoy the climb as we head inside Mobilegeeks.de's tech.lounge at IFA 2015 and join hosts Sascha ...

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    The ZTE Axon may represent the company's big effort to make a name for itself in the US market, but despite the manufacturer's custom-made-for-the-US claims, it quickly became apparent that ZTE had international ambitions for this hardware. First we saw China get its own version of the Axon, and this week at IFA ZTE introduced the new Axon Elite, getting ready to come to markets around the globe. The Axon Elite isn't quite the same Axon we saw launch in the US, and like that Chinese edition, ZTE makes a few hardware changes. Those include a more conservative screen resolution and cuts to ...

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