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Feb 9
Huawei GX8 now available in the US

Huawei GX8 now available in the US

Curiously, it is $150 more expensive than the similarly built and specced Huawei-made Honor 5X smartphone.
Feb 8
Apple iPhone 5SE may come in Rose Gold color option

Apple iPhone 5SE may come in Rose Gold color option

The previously rumored Pink or Hot Pink color options will not be available says 9to5Mac. Instead, the familiar Rose Gold will be an option for the unannounced 4-inch iPhone.
HTC One M10 photo leaks (Source: Evleaks)

HTC One M10 photo leaks

Courtesy of @Evleaks, the image shows the purported high-end smartphone to be more similar to the mainstream One A9 that the actual One M9 flagship.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 now $100 cheaper

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 now $100 cheaper

For example, the Surface Pro 4 with Core i5 can now be bought at the same price as a Core M-powered model before the discount.
Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro smartphone surfaces on GFXBench

Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro smartphone surfaces on GFXBench

The smartphone may carry a Snapdragon 652 SoC and a 5.5-inch FHD display instead of a 6-inch QHD display as previously thought.
Feb 7
MSI GT72S with Tobii eye-tracking now available

MSI GT72S with Tobii eye-tracking now available

The first ever notebook with integrated Tobii eye-tracking will set users back $2600 USD and come bundled with The Division.
Samsung Galaxy S7 with Snapdragon 820 SoC appears on Geekbench

Samsung Galaxy S7 with Snapdragon 820 SoC appears on Geekbench

While listings with the Exynos 8890 SoC are not new, this is the first appearance of a Samsung model with the Snapdragon 820 SoC.
Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7 2016 versions now at Bluetooth SIG

Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7 2016 editions now at Bluetooth SIG

The entry-level Galaxy J series has popped up again in official documents as the SM-J5108 and and SM-J7108.
Google KitKat and Lollipop remain the most active versions of Android

Google KitKat and Lollipop remain the most active versions of Android

A little more than one percent of all active Android users are running Android 6.0 Marshmallow according to Google's own metrics.
Feb 6
ZeroLemon 8500 mAh battery case for Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5 get 8500 mAh battery case from ZeroLemon

These new battery cases can provide three full charges while protecting the handsets as well, although they are quite bulky.
Feb 5
Google Project Ara shows up on GFXBench with Snapdragon 810 and 13.8-inch display

Google Project Ara modular device hits GFXBench

Although the result of this project should be a smartphone, the device spotted on GFXBench uses a 13.8-inch display and Android Marshmallow, but also a Snapdragon 810 processor and 3 GB RAM, so it might be a large screen tablet after all.
Amazon France momentarily lists Microsoft Lumia 650 for sale

Amazon France momentarily lists Microsoft Lumia 650 for sale

The preemptive listing confirms many previous rumors and a suggested retail price of 230 Euros.
Google updates Android Wear with speaker support and new gestures

Google adds speaker support and new gestures to Android Wear

The updated operating system for smartwatches now allows owners of such devices to make and take calls over Bluetooth, also offering new gestures.
Toshiba is now 479.4 billion Yen in the red according to latest FY2015 report

Toshiba is now 479.4 billion Yen in the red according to latest FY2015 report

After being caught in an accounting scandal earlier last year, the Japanese manufacturer is down 5.43 billion Euros as it continues to face restructuring struggles from within the company.
Xiaomi Mi 5 to support NFC and 4G LTE

Xiaomi Mi 5 to support NFC and 4G LTE

Xiaomi CEO boasts NFC and 4G support as more images of the final retail packaging leak online.
LG G5 cases reveal dual rear cameras with dual LED Flash

LG G5 cases reveal dual rear cameras with dual LED Flash

Accessories for the upcoming LG G5 show off key hardware features leading up to an official reveal this coming February 21st.
Feb 4
HTC posts record losses as of Q4 2015

HTC posts record losses as of Q4 2015

Sales down by almost half during the last quarter resulting in losses of about 91.82 million Euros.
More Microsoft Lumia 650 press images surface

More Microsoft Lumia 650 press images surface

The chassis is expected to be very similar to the current Lumia 550 series and with a retail price of around 200 Euros.
More hands-on photos and renders leak on Microsoft Lumia 850

More hands-on photos and renders leak on Microsoft Lumia 850

Windows phones haven't been a success story for Microsoft. Nonetheless, the impending Lumia 850 may be just around the corner with more leaks from Chiniese blogging site Weibo.
OnePlus Valentine's Day promo includes free StyleSwap cover

OnePlus Valentine's Day promo includes free StyleSwap cover

The StyleSwap cover retails for $27 and will be free for a limited time while supplies last.
Feb 3
Lenovo reporting higher profits and slower sales

Lenovo reporting higher profits and slower sales

While overall sales are down 8 percent for its Q3 2015/2016 fiscal quarter, net income is up 14 percent YoY.
Isaac Mizrahi smartwatch engineered by HP

HP-powered Isaac Mizrahi smartwatch now available

This smartwatch has basic notifications, its face is framed by Swarovski crystals, and has a price of $249.99 USD.
UK AI firm SwiftKey joins Microsoft

Microsoft buys SwiftKey

Eight years since its debut, UK-based artificial intelligence firm SwiftKey joins the Redmond giant, and its technology will be used with Word Flow for Windows.
Android KitKat still dominatest the market in early February 2016

Android KitKat still dominates the market

While Android Marshmallow has finally surpassed 1 percent, new data from Google reveals that KitKat is the most popular Android version, with more than 35 percent market share.
Xiaomi confirms US Mobile is not an authorized reseller of its smartphones

Xiaomi confirms US Mobile is not an authorized reseller of its smartphones

The Chinese manufacturer is still not offering its smartphones directly to customers in the United States despite US Mobile unofficially jumping the gun.
Sony Xperia M5 coming this month for 400 Euros

Sony Xperia M5 coming this month for 400 Euros

The 5-inch smartphone will offer FHD resolution, 21.5 MP rear camera, and protection against water and dust.
Wearables market expected to rise 18.4 percent by end of 2016

Wearables market expected to rise 18.4 percent by end of 2016

Smartwatches and other wearables to grow steadily within the next few years to 322.69 million units shipped by 2017.
Feb 2
Helio X20 SoC troubled by overheating

Helio X20 SoC troubled by overheating

Reportedly, the overheating issue puts the scheduled March launch in question.
Lenovo's entry-level Tab 3 7 Basic tablet now available

Lenovo's entry-level Tab 3 7 Basic tablet now available

As the name suggests, the Lenovo Tab 3 7 Basic is a 7-inch tablet with very basic hardware specifications.
Tablet market in decline as of Q4 2015; Amazon now tracking ahead of Lenovo

Tablet market in decline as of Q4 2015; Amazon now tracking ahead of Lenovo

IDC is tracking an overall global decline of 10.1 percent whereas detachables appear to be booming. Amazon and Huawei have both cracked the Top 5 list of the world's largest tablet manufacturers.
Feb 1
Toshiba issues battery recall due to potential fire hazard

Toshiba issues battery recall due to potential fire hazard

Over 50 part numbers and at least 1400 SKUs have been affected including those from the Portege, Qosmio, and Satellite series.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 may be in the works

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 may be in the works

Tracking service Zauba.com is listing various Samsung devices en route to India for evaluation and testing with some model names curiously pointing to a Galaxy Tab S2 successor.
Android February security update images for Google Nexus devices already available

February security update already available for Nexus devices

This patch solves five critical bugs and four high severity issues, as well as one "moderate" problem.
Apple iPad Air 3 case spotted on Alibaba

iPad Air 3 case spotted on Alibaba

This case for - apparently - the next-gen iPad Air reveals accommodations for a Smart Connector, four speakers, and a flash for the camera on the back.
Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2016 teaser video #TheNextGalaxy

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2016 date now official

The event will take place on February 21st and will be streamed live via YouTube and Samsung Newsroom, but the details are still secret.
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge renders purportedly leaked

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge renders purportedly leaked

Evleaks is at it again with supposedly official renders of the yet unannounced Samsung flagships with Gold and Black color options.
Jan 31
Cybertron unveils Osiris and Anubis gaming notebooks

CybertronPC unveils Osiris and Anubis gaming notebooks

The 17.3-inch Osiris 17x will be able to hold a desktop Core i7-6700K CPU and dual GTX 980 GPUs in SLI.
Sony Xperia sales down 15 percent as of Q4 2015

Sony Xperia sales down 15 percent as of Q4 2015

Sony's mobile arm facing reduced sales with higher profits as a result of restructuring and refocusing.
Jan 30
ZTE Grand X3 Android smartphone hits Cricket Wireless

ZTE Grand X3 hits Cricket

This Cricket Wireless-exclusive handset has low-end specs, starting with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 SoC and the 5.5-inch HD display, but also retails for just $129.99 USD.
Huawei Honor 5X Gold Android smartphone headed for the US market

Huawei Honor 5X hits the US via Amazon tomorrow

This affordable 5.5-inch 4G LTE, dual-SIM Android handset with fingerprint reader becomes available for the US market one day later than expected, priced at $199.99 USD (Gold, Silver or Grey 16 GB variant).
Oppo F1 Plus Android smartphone specs revealed

Oppo F1 Plus coming in April

Oppo has launched the F1 smartphone and also announced a larger variant, dubbed F1 Plus, that is scheduled to be released in April.
Microsoft shipped 4.5 million Lumia smartphones in Q4 2015

Microsoft shipped 4.5 million Lumia smartphones in Q4 2015

While Microsoft's mobile phone business has been cut in half, its Cloud services are booming.
Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 specifications potentially leaked

Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 specifications potentially leaked

Kernal source code from GitHub reveals possible technical details on the Galaxy J7 2016 smartphone.
Toshiba updates Satellite L50-C and L70-C series with even more SKUs

Toshiba updates Satellite L50-C and L70-C series with even more SKUs

The 15.6-inch L50-C and 17.3-inch L70-C now come in brighter colors starting from 800 to 1100 Euros.
Top 5 smartphone manufacturers saw increase in shipments for 2015

Top 5 smartphone manufacturers saw increase in shipments for 2015

According to IDC, smartphone shipments this past year from the world's largest manufacturers were up 10 percent compared to 2014.
Jan 29
Samsung Galaxy S7 Android flagship to offer record battery life

Samsung Galaxy S7 to offer record battery life

In addition to its previously rumored improved dust and water resistance, the next-gen Samsung flagship is expected to offer over 17 hours of video playback with maximum backlight.
Jolla crowdfunded tablet now cancelled

The Jolla Tablet project is officially dead

While a few lucky early Indiegogo backers will get their tablets, the others will get their money back.
Lenovo-owned Motorola to launch a new Moto smartphone this summer

Lenovo's new Moto phone allegedly coming in July

The new Moto handset by Lenovo will aim the US market and promises to be more attractive and innovative.
OnePlus X premium smartphone now available without invite

OnePlus X drops the invite system

Less than two months after doing the same for the OnePlus 2 flagship, this Chinese phone maker ditches the invite system for its cheaper sibling.
Qualcomm facing declining sales for fiscal year 2016

Qualcomm facing declining sales for fiscal year 2016

Company blames rise in Asian competitors for its lower profits and sales of Snapdragon SoCs.
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Author: Notebookcheck, 2005-09-20 (Update: 2015-03-12)