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Feb 25
US Cellular corporate logo, the carrier finally intros its first unlimited data plan

US Cellular intros unlimited data plan

The new unlimited data plan comes for $60 USD per month for a single line with autopay/paperless billing enrollment, but after reaching 22 GB of data, the speed automatically goes down to 2G.
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S Windows 10 tablet successor might arrive at MWC 2017

Samsung Galaxy Book might arrive with Windows 10, LTE, S Pen support

The description of an app that surfaced on Windows Store apparently by mistake revealed that Samsung's upcoming slate would debut with Windows 10 on board, offering 4G LTE and S Pen support.
Archos 101 Saphir rugged Android tablet

MWC 2017 | Archos 101 Saphir rugged tablet now official

This upcoming slate has a 10.1-inch display, using a MediaTek processor next to 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. The 101 Saphir is IP54-certified for protection from the elements, also featuring a shock-proof body.
Asus ZenFone Live now official

Asus ZenFone Live now official

This upcoming 5-inch handset uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, next to 2 GB RAM and 16 GB or 32 GB internal storage, also featuring a 13 MP PixelMaster main camera and a front shooter optimized for selfies and live streaming.
Feb 24
LG X power2 5.5-inch Android mid-range smartphone

LG intros the X power2 smartphone

This new 5.5-inch mid-range handset comes with a large battery that can deliver up to 18 hours of web browsing or 15 hours of video playback. Its specs include 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and an unspecified octa-core processor.
Razer has styled the Power Bank in the same black anodized aluminum as its laptops. (Source: Razer)

Razer releases USB Type-C power bank for charging ultrabooks

Razer has announced a USB Type-C power bank designed to augment the portable lifespan of its Stealth ultrabook. The 12,800 mAh (46 Wh) can charge up to three USB devices with its one Type-C and two Type-A ports.
Feb 23
The Huawei Watch 2 may come in three different colors. (Source: VentureBeat)

Hauwei Watch 2 leaks: sporty design with cellular chops

Recently leaked images of the Huawei Watch 2 show off a sport-centric design and nanoSIM slot for cellular connections. The Watch 2 may debut at MWC next week.
The Exynos 8895 might appear in the international version of the Galaxy S8. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung launches Exynos Series 9 8895 SoC

The Exynos 8895 is built on Samsung's 10 nm FinFET process and offers some notable improvements over last generations Exynos processors.
An artistic rendering of the LG G6, one of the Galaxy S8's major competitors. (Source: Forbes)

Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 release dates confirmed

March and April will bring a clash of flagships as LG and Samsung square off. It's LG's G6 against Samsung's Galaxy S8, two of this year's anticipated high-end smartphones.
Samsung's new 10nm Exynos 9 chip is expected to replace the Snapdragon 835 in some markets. (Source: Evan Blass @evleaks)

Galaxy S8+ specs tipped: will pack 6.2-inch screen, 10nm Exynos 9 or Snapdragon 835 SoC, iris scanner

Evan Blass has detailed the (alleged) specs for the Galaxy S8+ in full.
Xiaomi MAE136 and MBE6A5 smartphones spotted at TENAA

Xiaomi MAE136 and MBE6A5 smartphones spotted at TENAA

The budget 5-inch MAE136 and 5.5-inch MBE6A5 could launch as two variants of the Redmi 5 with Snapdragon 430 or MediaTek Helio X20/X25 SoCs.
Feb 22
Source: Verizon

Verizon will pilot 5G wireless speeds in the U.S. this year

The wireless giant will begin rolling out 5G connectivity in 11 urban centers during the first half of 2017. The new protocol will only be available to select customers.
Xiaomi "Pinecone" processor launch event invite for February 28, name not confirmed yet

Xiaomi Pinecone processor coming next week

The name of this upcoming chip has not been confirmed yet, but most of the details should become official on February 28. This chip will make Xiaomi the second Chinese smartphone maker to manufacture central processing units for mobile devices.
The NES Classic Edition can be turned into a versatile retro gaming console. (Source: Nintendo)

NES Classic Edition can run other console emulators

Ever wanted to play Sega Genesis/Megadrive games on a Nintendo console? A recent mod for the NES Classic Edition makes this dream a reality.
The HTC Desire line is set to be axed after this year. (Source: HTC)

HTC will stop making entry-level smartphones by end of year

Citing increased competition and low profit margins, HTC will exit the budget smartphone market by the end of 2017.
The original Mi Max. Its successor probably won't look much different. (Source: Android Pure)

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 may feature the Snapdragon 660, 6GB RAM and 5000mAh battery

Just a year after the first Mi Max, new leaks revealed that Xiaomi has a successor coming up that they are expected to unveil in May 2017. In addition, they provided a few clues about the hardware in the phablet.
Meitu T8 Android smartphone with dual front cameras

Meitu launches selfie-focused T8 smartphone

This 5.2-inch handset has a hexagonal shape that might be considered ugly by many but comes with 4 GB RAM, 128 GB internal storage, and a dual camera setup on the front for the best selfie experience.
The lowest tier R7 1700's strong performance, fair price, and low TDP make it a compelling offering. (Source: AMD)

AMD Ryzen lineup officially released with full specs and pricing

The Ryzen lineup includes the 65W R7 1700, 95W 1700X, and 95W 1800X, which are priced at US$330, US$400, and US$500 respectively.
Huawei Honor V9 Android phablet with HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor, 3D cameras, and up to 6 GB RAM

Huawei Honor V9 now official

This high-end phablet has a 5.7-inch WQHD display and is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor, having a dual-camera setup able to capture 3D images for use with a 3D printer.
Exec of Intel's Communication and Devices division, Aicha Evans, holds up a modem. (Source: The Motley Fool)

Intel announces new gigabit-LTE modem for laptops, phones, and other devices

Intel has announced the XMM 7560, a competitor to Qualcomm's X20 Gigabit LTE modem. The XMM 7560 should offer transfer speeds of up to 1Gbps, be compatible with networks worldwide, and will see wide-scale release in 2018.
HTC Q4 2016 balance sheet shows an operating loss of over 110 million Euros

HTC Q4 2016 balance sheet shows an operating loss of over 110 million Euros

High loss and slumping sales will force HTC to drop budget smartphones altogether in the future.
ZTE could be first with a gigabit 5G smartphone

ZTE teasing 5G Gigabit smartphone for MWC 2017

5G promises theoretical transfer rates of up to 10 Gbps when at its fullest potential. ZTE will be showing off a Gigabit smartphone capable of transfer rates of up to 1 Gbps as a stepping stone to the 4G LTE successor.
Huawei boasts over 10 million P9 smartphones sold

Huawei boasts over 10 million P9 smartphones sold

Worldwide sales for the largest smartphone manufacturer in China have jumped about 30 percent YoY from 108 million in 2015 to 140 million in 2016.
Does this mean future Chromebooks will have built-in fingerprint scanners? (Source: PCWorld)

Chromebooks will soon be compatible with biometric authentication

A fingerprint feature on Chrome OS has been in the works for the past few months and is now available for testing on an unstable version of Chrome Canary. This brings Chrome OS more in line with the biometric authentication options available on Windows 10 and macOS.
On mobile, RemixOS will look no different from stock Android. Once plugged into external hardware, the UI will completely transform. (Source: JiDe)

"Continuum"-style feature to be added to Remix OS

Jide has revealed plans to make RemixOS a Continuum-like feature for Android phones.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 could be in for a refurbished return. (Source: Hankyung)

Note 7 resurrected: Samsung could begin to refurbish and sell Galaxy Note 7

According to a South Korean news outlet, Samsung may refurbished recalled Galaxy Note 7 units with smaller capacity batteries and new outer casings.
Feb 21
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Android flagship after catchingfe

Samsung's reputation in the US takes a big hit

While the company's profits were unexpectedly good at the end of last fiscal year, the Galaxy Note 7 scandal seems to have a negative impact on the public, reveals a recent study.
Huawei MediaPad T3 Android tablet surfaces at TENAA

Huawei MediaPad T3 spotted at TENAA

This 8-inch slate should hit the market as Honor MediaPad T3 once/if it gets out of China, and its specs are expected to include a quad-core processor, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, all with Android Nougat on top.
The screen may not be as edge-to-edge as some would have hoped, but the bezels are thin nevertheless. (Source: Techtastic.nl)

Samsung Galaxy S8 live images leak, onscreen buttons revealed

New leaks from China offer insight into the phone's much-debated exterior appearance, display (with the on-screen navigation keys) and ports. Is a fingerprint scanner next to the Samsung Galaxy S8's rear camera going to be an issue?
LG G5 Android flagship gets Nougat update on AT&T

LG G5 on AT&T finally gets Android Nougat

Although it took a while for it to arrive, the Android 7.0 firmware update is finally rolling out to LG G5 owners on AT&T. In addition to the usual changes, the new software also includes Google's January security patches.
The large, bolded "9" indicates that this will be a new series of Samsung's in-house chipset. (Source: Android Police)

Samsung's upcoming Exynos 9 Series SoC to compete with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835

The updated Exynos chipset is likely to use the new 10nm FinFET manufacturing process, the same one used by its Qualcomm equivalent, the Snapdragon 835. This suggests that we may see a number of Samsung Galaxy S8 variants with different processors.
Feb 20
Mac Otakara has stated that Apple may update their current iPad Pro and iPhone lines in March. (Source: Otakara)

Apple rumored to update iPad Pro, iPhones in March

According to Japanese website Mac Otakara, the Cupertino Giant will add several new sizes of iPad Pro and new colors to the iPhone SE and iPhone 7 lines.
ZTE Hawkeye Android smartphone Kickstarter failed project

ZTE might kill the Hawkeye project

What started as "Project CSX" and turned into ZTE Hawkeye seems to have failed. The Kickstarter campaign for it only raised about $36,000 USD of the $500,000 USD goal and ZTE has just decided to stop the campaign and reconsider the whole project.
Harman Connected banner, Harman shareholders approve merger with Samsung

Harman shareholders approve the deal with Samsung

Although this acquisition has been announced back in November, the Samsung-Harman deal had to pass the shareholder's vote, and this has just happened. Now, the deal is expected to close in the coming months.
A teardown of what might be the Nintendo Switch gives us a good look at what's inside. (Source: Zhaoyang.taobao.com)

Supposed teardown of Nintendo's Switch gives an idea of what makes it tick

A teardown of what might be Nintendo's Switch gives us a peek into what we might see in the upcoming console.
Showtime Glass offers screen protection with some glitz. (Source: MOXYO)

Glitz and glam on the go: MOXYO Showtime Glass adds sparkle to your iPhone's screen

Showtime Glass is a tempered glass screen protector for iPhones. It has embedded glitter that "sparkles in any light condition" but is not visible when the display is on.
HTC One X10 Android smartphone leaked images

HTC One X10 images leak online

This previously rumored handset surfaces in a set of images showing a fingerprint reader on the back and three capacitive buttons below the screen. As many other unconfirmed handsets we keep hearing about these days, it should become official at MWC 2017.
Google and Microsoft have volunteered to enact new anti-piracy measures in the UK. (Source: TechTimes)

Google and Microsoft agree to censor pirated movies, music, and sport websites in the UK

Google and Microsoft have joined a voluntary anti-piracy action in the UK which has the companies demote search results for website where pirated music, movies, or sporting events can be found.
No, it does not run Android Nougat, nor does it feature Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, GPS or 3G connectivity. (Source: NDTV)

Nokia 3310 reboot will land next week at MWC

HMD Global annouced that the classic Nokia 3310 is getting released again after 17 years, cashing in on loyal Nokia fans who have fond memories of using the phone. It is, after all, one of the phones that launched a thousands Nokia memes about how Nokia cellphones are said to be indestructible.
Worldwide tablet market slumps 6.6 percent YoY to 157 million units

Worldwide tablet market slumps 6.6 percent YoY to 157 million units

TrendForce is predicting yet another slow year for tablets as the phablet is becoming a popular alternative for replacing aging tablets.
Of the top five market leaders in China, only Apple and Xiaomi saw a year-on-year decrease in shipments. (Source: Canalys)

Xiaomi overtakes Apple in China

Chinese smartphone makers Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi have surged ahead of Apple in recent quarters, leaving Apple in fifth place in terms of market share.
Feb 19
LG G Pad III 8.0 Android tablet receives Nougat update February 2017

LG G Pad III 8.0 gets Android Nougat

Canadian carrier Fido is apparently the first one to release this update to these 8-inch Android slates that arrived back in May 2016, carrying Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on board.
Archos 133 Oxygen Android tablet, Archos to make Kodak tablets soon

Archos to release Kodak-branded tablets soon

This French maker of affordable Android devices has been selected by Kodak as a brand licensee for the European market and the first Archos-made Kodak tablets are expected to become available by the end of May 2017.
Smaller bezels, water resistance, and stereo speakers are chief among the suggestions so far.(Source: Google)

Google asks its community for input on the next Pixel handset

Google's Pixel Community Manager has come to the community asking for their likes, dislikes, and suggestions for the Pixel phone. Common dislikes included the mono speaker, lack of waterproofing, and large bezels.
Feb 18
Huawei P10 Android smartphone leaked images via FCC

First official Huawei P10 images leak online

Although the images show a design with a flat screen without curved edges that makes the upcoming handset similar to the Huawei P9, the fingerprint reader appears to be placed on what seems to be the home button.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Android phablet in Blue Color finish

Samsung Galaxy S7/Edge gets Nougat on T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners on T-Mobile have recently begun to receive OTA notifications that the Nougat update is ready and it looks like the latest security patches have been included as well, although the new firmware is not based on Android 7.1.1.
Smartphone makers are reluctant to keep making larger phones each year, but they can still make the screen bigger. (Source: Android Central)

Xiaomi says a Mi Mix successor is in the works

Xiaomi's CEO revealed that the company is working on a successor to the almost bezel-less Xiaomi Mi Mix. Even though that phone was only released in China, its worldwide acclaim indicates that consumers welcome the design trend.
Winstron is a major Taiwanese contracted electronics manufacturer. (Source: Winstron)

Apple hopes to take over the Indian market with locally made iPhone SE

An industry source has reported that Apple will begin assembling the iPhone SE in India, through Taiwanese ODM Winstron. Assembling Apple's cheapest handset in India will help make the phone more accessible for the vast majority of the Indian market.
Nubia N1 now available in Black Gold with 64 GB of storage

Nubia N1 now available in Black Gold with 64 GB of storage

The 5.5-inch mainstream smartphone gets an attractive new color and double the storage capacity for a starting price of about 250 Euros.
New leaks detail Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, 635, and 660 mid-range SoCs

New leaks detail Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, 635, and 660 mid-range SoCs

The Snapdragon 630, 635, and 660 will succeed the Snapdragon 625, 626, and 653, respectively, with supposed launch dates before the end of the year.
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