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Apr 29
BlackBerry Hamburg and Rome Android smartphones images leak online

BlackBerry Hamburg and Rome leak online

While the Hamburg looks like a touchscreen-only device, its companion employs a physical keyboard that makes it similar to the BlackBerry Passport.
AT&T headquarters and corporate logo, AT&T to shut down EDGE network by 2017

AT&T to shut down its 2G network by 2017

Although the company made this official already a while ago, AT&T has just confirmed that everything is all right and that its plans to shut down the 2G network by 2017 will not face any delays.
LeEco Le 2 Max smartphone sells out in under a minute

LeEco Le 2 Max smartphone sells out in under a minute

The first batch of Le 2 smartphones have already sold out in China. Meanwhile, LeEco CEO criticizes Apple on the lack of innovation with the iPhone SE and slowing iPhone sales.
Sony Xperia X and Xperia X Performance now available for pre-order

Sony Xperia X and Xperia X Performance now available for pre-order

The official launch of both smartphones is still at least a month away. European users can pre-order now for as low as 600 Euros.
Apr 28
HP Chromebook 13 now available starting at

HP Chromebook 13 now available

This 13.3-inch Chromebook has a QHD display, an Intel Skylake processor, and starts at $499 USD.
Motorola Moto G4 teaser image, launch expected on May 17th

Motorola announces May 17 launch event

The event will take place in India and the handsets expected to be unveiled are the 5.5-inch Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus, both featuring a metal frame and a plastic back.
Acer Switch Alpha 12 now available for pre-order

Acer Switch Alpha 12 now available for pre-order

Users in Europe can get the Switch Alpha 12 detachable for as low as 800 Euros or as much as 1300 Euros depending on the configuration.
Huawei Honor 5C mid-range Android smartphone with Kirin 650 processor

Huawei unveils Honor 5C smartphone

This 5.2-inch Android handset is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 950, next to 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage, starting at $140 USD.
HTC flagships M7, M8, M9, 10, HTC currently working on two new Nexus handsets

HTC allegedly working on two Nexus devices

These Android N-driven devices are Marlin (M1) and Sailfish (S1), but there is not much known about them yet.
Oppo R5 Android smartphone, Oppo and Vivo top 5 smartphone makers globally

Oppo and Vivo are now top 5 smartphone makers

The global smartphone market recorded the smallest YoY growth in Q1 2016, but the top 5 changed as Lenovo and Xiaomi dropped out, being replaced by Oppo and Vivo.
Samsung Gear Fit 2 activity tracker and IconX earbuds leaked images

Samsung Gear Fit 2 and IconX earbuds leak online

Two years after releasing its first activity tracker, Samsung has its successor ready to launch, as well as a set of cordless earbuds.
New OnePlus smartphone could be coming this summer with 6 GB RAM

New OnePlus smartphone could be coming this summer with 6 GB RAM

The potential OnePlus 3 or OnePlus X successor may launch in multiple variants with a rumored reveal date late next month.
Apr 27
Logitech BASE stand with charging dock for iPad Pro

Logitech unveils BASE iPad Pro stand

This aluminum-made charging dock/stand supports both the 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch iPad Pro is the first non-keyboard accessory for Apple's tablet that uses the Smart Connector and retails for $99.99 USD.
Xiaomi Mi Max phablet set for May 10th reveal

Xiaomi Mi Max phablet set for May 10th reveal

The 6.4-inch phablet may be coming in multiple SKUs and with weaker hardware than previously expected.
Nubia X8 smartphone will allegedly carry 4K display and Snapdragon 823 SoC (Source: Gizmochina)

Nubia X8 smartphone will allegedly carry 4K display and Snapdragon 823 SoC

The 6.4-inch phablet should be followed by three other lower-end models. Official prices and launch dates have yet to be announced.
Motorola Droid Turbo 2 Android smartphone gets Marshmallow update

Motorola Droid Turbo 2 gets Android Marshmallow

This update arrived a few weeks ago but was suspended before reaching all users, and now is back for a full deployment.
Apple keynote presentation iPad lineup

Apple's growth has halted

After more than a decade of continuous growth, the Cupertino-based company reports its first drop, mainly caused by weak iPhone sales.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Android flagship gets Marshmallow update

Samsung Galaxy S5 gets Marshmallow in Europe

The new firmware has been spotted in both Italy and Germany, so Galaxy S5 users in the US should also get ready to receive it soon.
ZTE A2017/Axon 2 Android smartphone hits TENAA

ZTE A2017 hits TENAA

This upcoming 5.5-inch handset features a QHD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, next to 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage.
Withings Activite Steel fitness tracker, Nokia buys Withings, Withings joins Nokia

Nokia buys Withings

This deal is expected to close in early Q3 2016 and values the French company at more than $192 million.
Amazon gets timed exclusive launch of Microsoft Lumia 650

Amazon gets timed exclusive launch of Microsoft Lumia 650

The online retailer will be the only seller of the Windows smartphone for the first few weeks when it launches at the end of this month.
Apr 26
Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone now available for purchase

Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition now available for $370 USD

The most powerful Ubuntu smartphone launched so far is powered by a Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa processor, next to 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage.
BlackBerry Priv Android flagship to get Marshmallow update in early May

BlackBerry Priv to get Android 6.0 Marshmallow next month

This flagship launched with Android Lollipop and, after a long wait, BlackBerry has finally unveiled that Android 6.0 will roll out to Priv handsets starting May 3rd.
Apple MacBook 12 2016 is not easy to repair according to iFixit

Apple MacBook 12 2016 is difficult to repair according to iFixit

The continuing reliance on adhesives and uncommon screws has awarded the latest Apple refresh a repairability score of just 1 out of 10.
HTC One S9 Android smartphone with MediaTek Helio X10 SoC

HTC One S9 now official in Germany

This 5-inch handset is powered by a MediaTek processor accompanied by 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage, runs Android Marshmallow with HTC Sense, and retails for roughly $560 USD.
Huawei expressing interest in more QHD smartphones

Huawei expressing interest in more QHD smartphones

Huawei CEO is opening up to the possibility of higher resolution smartphones after trying on competing VR headsets and comparing it to Huawei's own lower-resolution VR solution.
Samsung Galaxy C7 (SM-C7000) details show up on GFXBench

Samsung Galaxy C7 shows up on GFXBench

GFXBench confirms the specs recently spotted on AnTuTu - Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 4 GB RAM, as well as 32 GB internal storage.
Microsoft Word Flow iOS keyboard freely available in the US via iTunes

Microsoft Word Flow iOS keyboard now available

The app developed by Microsoft’s experimental projects division known as Garage is now live in the US App Store.
Samsung Pay leads the South Korean market

Samsung Pay leads the South Korean market

This mobile payment system has almost 2.6 million users in Korea, each of them using it more than once a day in average.
Apr 25
Apple may be switching to Intel for new iPhone wireless modules

Apple may be switching to Intel for new iPhone wireless modules

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf recently hinted at losing a major customer to a competitor in a recent earnings call.
Huawei VR hardware, VR sales might beat smartphones by 2020

VR sales to beat smartphone sales by 2020

A top HTC China official said the peak of the smartphone market is already behind and the sales of virtual reality devices will exceed smartphones sales in just four years.
Apple patent shows wireless headphones with Lightning cable

Apple patent shows wireless headphones with Lightning cable

The headphone cable provides power for charging and data and, if disconnected, will switch seamlessly to a wireless headset.
LG G3 SoC LG Nuclun

Xiaomi Rifle SoC to be unveiled next month

The Chinese company's first SoC is expected to launch next to the Xiaomi Max and Mi Band 2, during the event scheduled to take place on May 10th.
Onda unveils oBook 11 Pro Surface Book clone

Onda unveils oBook 11 Pro Surface Book clone

The 11.6-inch oBook 11 Pro and 10-inch oBook 10 Plus from the Chinese manufacturer strongly resemble the Microsoft Surface Book down to the fulcrum hinge.
Samsung Gear S2 by de Grisogono to get a successor this fall, soon after the Gear S3 launch

Samsung might unveil the Gear S3 smartwatch at IFA

While Gear S2's successor is expected to come out this fall at IFA, insiders also claim that a luxury limited edition will come at Baselworld 2017 in March.
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun posing with Mi Band 2

Xiaomi Mi Band 2 spotted in the wild

The new fitness band from China's leading smartphone maker features an LCD display and a physical button.
Huawei Honor V8 spotted at TENAA, to come in three variants

Huawei Honor V8 to launch in three variants

The new handset is expected to launch on May 10th, powered by a Kirin processor and loaded with Android Marshmallow.
Meizu M3 cheap Android smartphone with octa-core processor

Meizu M3 hits China

Although it starts below $100 USD, this new 5-inch handset has LTE support, an octa-core processor, and a 13 MP main camera.
JXD S192 Android gaming tablet with NVIDIA Tegra K1 and 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

JXD S192 gaming tablet now up for pre-order

Although powered by the Nvidia Tegra K1 SoC, this 7-inch slate only runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and its pre-order price is around $315 USD.
Xiaomi Mi 5 Android handset,

Xiaomi QuickPass mobile payment system coming soon

The phone maker and UnionPay are working on QuickPass, a mobile wallet for Xiaomi handsets, but its date of arrival is unknown for now.
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) Android smartphone gets S Bike Mode

Galaxy J2, Galaxy J5, and Galaxy J7 get S Bike Mode

Soon after Samsung introduced this feature with the J3, the other members of the Galaxy J lineup get S Bike Mode as well.
Huawei Honor 5X down to 200 Euros

Huawei Honor 5X down to 200 Euros

The already inexpensive Honor 5X just got even cheaper with a price drop of 30 Euros at various European outlets.
Apr 24
Sony Xperia Z3 gets Android N developer version

Sony Xperia Z3 gets Android N developer version

Nexus smartphones are no longer the only Android devices to get official preview versions of upcoming major Android updates.
Q1 2016 financial figures from Alphabet, AMD, and Microsoft now public

Q1 2016 financial figures from Alphabet, AMD, and Microsoft now public

Revenue and profits for Alphabet are up while AMD and Microsoft are down by double-digit percentages YoY.
Sony Xperia X gets a detailed teardown

Sony Xperia X gets a detailed teardown

Sony Mobile breaks down the Xperia X to show off unique camera features and other core components.
Apr 23
Apple reportedly slowing production on iPhone 6S and 6S Plus

Apple reportedly slowing production on iPhone 6S and 6S Plus

Apple is reducing its orders on the latest iPhone 6s flagships as a response to slowing demand. In turn, investors are growing worrisome.
Samsung, Apple, and Huawei continue to dominate the smartphone market

Samsung, Apple, and Huawei continue to dominate the smartphone market

Shipments have fallen 1.3 percent YoY with Chinese brands making up a significant chunk of the 292 million smartphones shipped.
USB Type-C could replace the traditional audio jack

USB Type-C could replace the traditional audio jack

Audio through USB Type-C would allow for extra features, though it would also call for new authentication protocols and adapters for existing earphones.
Apr 22
Fujitsu Lifebook T396 Windows 10 convertible with Intel Skylake processor

Fujitsu unveils new Lifebook portables

Quite a few Lifebook models, including a convertible and a rugged notebook, are expected to hit the market this spring starting at $899 USD.
Apple iBooks Store now banned in China, next to iTunes Movies

China bans Apple's iBooks Store and iTunes Movies

The ban arrives only six months after the two services reached the local market, but Apple Pay and Apple Music are still available in China for now.
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Notebookcheck, 2005-09-20 (Update: 2015-03-12)