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Samsung foldable phone concept, Nokia could launch similar products pretty soon

Nokia might be working on foldable devices

Nokia seems to be back in the game on all fronts, including the apparently next big thing in the industry, namely foldable devices. At MWC, the company is expected to unveil quite a few new products and prototypes, including virtual reality devices, smart wearables, and more.
HTC One A9 Android smartphone gets Nougat software update

Unlocked HTC One A9 handsets get Android Nougat

Although it took a bit longer than expected, the Android Nougat update for this unlocked handset has finally received the technical approval and the new firmware already rolls out via OTA.
Samsung Smart Home Monitor part of the SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit

Samsung plans to retire its SmartThings app in April

Although the app that allows its users to control SmartThings-compatible IoT products will be retired on April 1, existing users will continue to receive technical support through June (sadly, only 2017).
Samsung Galaxy J3 Emerge Android smartphone now up for pre-order

Samsung Galaxy J3 Emerge now up for pre-order

This Qualcomm Snapdragon 430-powered smartphone comes with Android Marshmallow for now, although it has recently been spotted online with Nougat on board while grabbing some certifications.
ZTE Axon Mini Android smartphone variants in the US to receive a single update from now on

ZTE Axon 7 Mini to get unified software update

Right now, ZTE Axon 7 Mini handsets in the US have one of three possible software builds, but soon all will get the same "Build 21" firmware. This update promises to bring new APN settings for all major carriers, HD Voice call on T-Mobile, and more.
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) Android smartphone to get a successor soon

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) surfaces on Geekbench

One month after receiving its WiFi certification, the Android Nougat-loaded Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) now surfaces on Geekbench. The model spotted on this website also runs Nougat, so it will probably hit the market in the coming weeks.
LG added a heatpipe to keep the G6 cooler even under higher temperatures.

LG G6: Integrated heatpipe will keep battery from overheating

Bit by bit we learn more about the G6, LG's future flagship product, planned for release next month. A heatpipe and more rigorous battery tests are supposed to keep the G6 safe from overheating even under harsh conditions.
Moto X Play Android smartphone to get Nougat update January 2017

Moto X Play to get Android Nougat later this month

This 5.5-inch handset powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor that arrived back in August 2015 with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on board will get Nougat by the end of the month, confirms Motorola.
Huawei might announce the successor to the Huawei P9 at Mobile World Congress 2017.

Huawei Press Conference on February 26th: P10 incoming?

Huawei has announced that they will hold a press conference on Sunday February 26th, one day before this years Mobile World Congress opens its doors. It might be an early start for the P10.
A new Moto phone is coming to Barcelone next month, Lenovo says.

Lenovo: New Moto phones are coming to Barcelona next month

The Sunday before Mobile World Congress is a busy day for smartphone manufacturers. After Huawei announced a press conference on February 26th, Lenovo also scheduled an event for Sunday to reveal new phones.
Sources say the screen and chipset will receive significant improvements in the next J7. (Source: Digital Trends)

Samsung J7 prototype benchmarks leaked

Leaked benchmarks of the Samsung Galaxy J7 have appeared on Geekbench. Most of the specs are in line with information from previous leaks, but there are a couple of discrepancies, too.
Harman shareholders aren't giving up without a fight. (Source: Android Authority)

Samsung may not be able to include Harman audio in 2018 devices

A class lawsuit could delay Samsung's acquisition of the US-based auto parts maker which was originally planned to be finalized by the end of 2017. Samsung intends to make every effort to finalize the deal, but it may be a drawn-out process.
The Galaxy C7 Pro features front and rear-facing 16MP cameras, aluminum construction, and a 5.7-inch OLED display. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung debuts Galaxy C7 Pro

Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy C7 Pro, a large mid-range smartphone with 5.7-inch OLED display and Snapdragon 625 SoC. The phone will be launched in China first, but there is no official word on its release in other markets yet.
Sony Xperia X Performance Android smartphone, its successors could feature OLED displays soon

Future Xperia Android devices to use OLED displays

Although the company's phone sales are no longer as high as they used to be, Sony seems to have plans for the future and insiders familiar with this matter claim that the Xperia devices would soon get OLED displays.
Oppo R9S New Year Anniversary Edition Android smartphone special/limited edition

Oppo launches R9S New Year Anniversary Edition

This new special edition handset comes in red, without any hardware changes when compared to the regular R9S - Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage, 16 MP and so on.
Huawei P8 Lite (2017) Android smartphone with Kirin 655 SoC and Android 7.0 Nougat

Huawei unveils P8 Lite (2017) mid-ranger

This updated handset comes with a 5.2-inch full HD display and a HiSilicon Kirin 655 SoC inside, next to 3 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. Android 7.0 Nougat is the operating system on board, while sales are expected to begin later this month in Europe.
Allegged image of Nokia 8 Supreme variants turned out not to be what the source claims

Nokia 8 leak turns out to be fake

This Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-powered Nokia 8 Supreme story everyone talked about this week turned out to be a fake coming from a source that has zero evidence and has come out with similar fake rumors in the past as well.
The best alternatives for the Samsung Galaxy J5

The best alternatives for the Samsung Galaxy J5

No alternatives? The Samsung Galaxy J5 is a very popular smartphone and offers a good overall package for a comparatively small amount of money. We had a look at some comparable rivals as well as the Samsung and show where you get the most for your money.
Huawei Nova Smartphone Review

86% Huawei Nova Smartphone Review

Handy alternative. Like its 5.5-inch sibling Nova Plus, Huawei's Nova is almost premium-range in terms of build. However, the 5-inch handset had even more to offer in the test and gives its mid-range opponents a hard time.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 | Qualcomm Adreno 506 | 5" | 146 g
Wileyfox Swift 2 X Android smartphone

Wileyfox launches Swift 2 X smartphone

This new 5.2-inch smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 processor, next to 3 GB RAM, 32 GB storage, and a 3,010 mAh battery. It also has dual-SIM support and runs Cyanogen OS 13.1.
HTC aims to turn some interesting new  features into major selling points. (Source: WCCFtech)

HTC to introduce half as many smartphones in 2017

HTC is releasing six to seven phones instead of last year's eleven to twelve, aiming instead to focus on a few key features that can put it ahead of the competition. These devices will need to impress in order to reverse the fortunes of the struggling smartphone maker.
Bluboo D1 Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor

Bluboo D1 coming as the first Android handset with Snapdragon 835

This upcoming handset features a dual camera setup on both front and back, and is expected to be the first Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-driven handset to hit the market, ahead of both the Xiaomi Mi 6 and OPPO Find 9.
Android 7 update finally coming to Galaxy S7 Edge on January 17

Android 7 update finally coming to Galaxy S7 Edge on January 17

At least for European users, the Galaxy S7 Edge should be getting its official Android Nougat update within the next few days.
The U Play is HTC's newest mid-range smartphone. (Source: Droid Life)

HTC announces U Play

The HTC U Play drops the secondary display found in the U Ultra and packs more modest specs.
Foldable touchscreen display prototype by Samsung, consumer products coming in 2018

Foldable Galaxy X handset might arrive in 2018

Although the first foldable smartphones were rumored to show up last year and some recent rumors claimed that both LG and Samsung would launch such devices in 2017, but it looks like at least Samsung will not have such a product on the market before 2018.
Google Android 5.0 Lollipop remains the most popular version as of January 2017

Lollipop remains the most popular Android version

Although Nougat has been around for a while, its usage continues to struggle below 1 percent. Lollipop leads the market with over 33 percent, closely followed by Marshmallow, with nearly 30 percent.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X Android smartphone at TENAA

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X hits TENAA

This handset looks like the Redmi Note 4, but comes with more memory and storage, a MediaTek Helio X20 SoC, 13 MP main camera, as well as a generous 4,100 mAh battery. Its launch date is not official yet, but since it reached TENAA, we expect it to arrive by the end of the month.
LG G6 Android flagship leak, launch scheduled to take place at MWC

MWC 2017 | LG G6 confirmed to arrive at MWC

A LG spokesman has confirmed the launch of this waterproof, non-modular flagship with a big screen and a small body. Besides, a new teaser reveals some attributes of the handset that would arrive next month.
Sharp to invest over $800 million USD in OLED production

Sharp to invest over $800 million USD in OLED production

The trend towards OLED is ramping up with Sharp, JDI, LG, Foxconn, and SDP all devoting more resources to large-scale OLED manufacturing.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Android smartphone coming to India next month

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 coming to India next week

According to an invite recently sent by Xiaomi to local media outlets, the successor of the Redmi Note 3 launches in India on January 19. Although it arrived in China with a MediaTek Helio X20 on board, the Redmi Note 4 is expected to hit India with a Snapdragon processor inside.
The LG V20 Pro is smaller than the V20 but comes in a waterproof shell.

CES 2017 | LG V20 Pro: Hands-on of the waterproof little brother of the LG V20

The smaller brother of the LG V20 was displayed at CES 2017 and got the hands-on treatment. Contrary to the big one, the 5.2 inch V20 Pro is waterproof. However, it was only released in Japan so far.
LeEco Le Pro3 Android phablet goes on sale via Target

LeEco Le S3 and Le Pro3 hit Target's website

As previously announced, these two unlocked Android handsets are now up for sale via Target. Le S3 has a $249.99 USD price tag, while the more powerful Le Pro3 can be acquired for $399.99 USD.
HTC's launch event will be live streamed tomorrow at 11 am EST / 10 am CST / 9 am MT / 8 am PT.

HTC will live stream tomorrow's launch event on Youtube

Contrary to most other tech companies, HTC has not unveiled major new products at CES 2017. Instead, they will reveal something for U tomorrow during a launch event that will be live streamed on Youtube.
Lenovo Moto G5 Plus photos and specifications leak

Lenovo Moto G5 Plus photos and specifications leak

Online seller leaks the upcoming Moto G5 Plus with a mainstream Snapdragon 625 SoC, 4 GB RAM, and 5.5-inch 1080p display.
OnePlus 3T now available in Soft Gold color option

OnePlus 3T now available in Soft Gold color option

The gold option will not cost buyers any more than the existing gray color at 439 Euros.
Xiaomi Mi 6 Android smartphone leaked images via MyDrivers

Xiaomi Mi 6 leaks online

The popular Xiaomi Mi 5 is expected to get a successor with 4 GB RAM and a flat display soon, but the leaked information also mentions a Mi 6 Pro variant next to the regular Mi 6. This one is expected to have 6 GB RAM and a curved display.
The image of Meizu's invite to the Jan. 27th event that circulated Weibo. (Source: Playfuldroid)

Meizu sets January 27 date for major announcement likely showcasing M5s

A leak in December revealed Meizu's 2017 smartphone launch roadmap, indicating that the company would release the M5s in February. Many expect the M5s to be the focus of the January 27th event.
Lenovo P2 Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 goes on sale in India via Flipkart

Lenovo P2 hits India via Flipkart

This 5.5-inch handset with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 under the hood and a 5,100 mAh was only available in China and a few other markets so far. India gets two versions via Flipkart, one with 3 GB RAM and the other with 4 GB, starting around $250 USD.
Samsung Galaxy S8 upcoming flagship unofficial render

Samsung hopes to ship 60 million Galaxy S8 units in 2017

Insiders familiar with the matter claim that Samsung aims to ship no less than 60 million Galaxy S8 handsets by the end of 2017, higher than any of the flagships they ever released.
A leaked drawing of something resembling a Xiaomi Redmi Note. (Source: Gizchina)

Xiaomi may launch new Redmi Note in the US

Leaked details of a mysterious Redmi Note-like phone in an alleged FCC filing suggest that Xiaomi is finally ready to make a wider range of devices available for US consumers.
LG's upcoming G6 may feature a unique 18:9 aspect ratio. (Source: LG)

LG G6 display may feature 18:9 aspect ratio and no bezels

The upcoming flagship may feature a new 2880x1440 display produced by LG Display.
Samsung Galaxy J3 Emerge Android smartphone surfaces running Nougat

Samsung Galaxy J3 Emerge with Android Nougat gets its WiFi certification

Although it has just arrived on the market with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on board, this handset now has been spotted receiving its WiFi certification, but loaded with Nougat.
Nokia E1 Android smartphone to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC

Nokia E1 specs leak online

This upcoming handset is rumored to use the 5.2-inch form factor, but with a modest 720p display. It will also pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, next to 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage.
With a battery of this size, the Pegasus 3S should be able to go the distance. (Source: Anzhuo)

Asus Zenfone Pegasus 3S will be available this month

Among the more expensive of the budget phones, the Zenfone Pegasus 3S's main selling point is its impressively large 5000 mAh battery, which is a substantial improvement over last year's model.
8 GB SDRAM could soon become the standard for high-end handsets. (Source: SK Hynix)

SK Hynix announces 8GB LPDDR4X DRAM for phones

Semiconductor company SK Hynix has announced the release of 8 GB LPDDR4X DRAM, made possible through high-density 16Gb chips. The DRAM is 30% smaller and 20% more power efficient than current LPDDR4.
OnePlus 3T Android smartphone gets Nougat-based OxygenOS 4.0.1 update

OxygenOS 4.0.1 rolls out

Last week, while everyone was paying attention to CES, OnePlus finally introduced the first Nougat-based update for the OnePlus 3 and 3T handsets, dubbed OxygenOS 4.0. Now, OxygenOS 4.0.1 is already available.
The Changhong H2 seems like something out of science fiction. (Source: Consumer Physics)

CES 2017 | Changhong's H2 smartphone has a "molecular identifier"

The sensor aims to give users data about objects based on their chemical and physical makeup solely from a simple scan.

Apple "Take mine!": New iPhone 7 Plus commercial puts focus on Portrait Mode

Apple shows off how powerful Portrait Mode in the iPhone 7 Plus really is. The new commercial aptly named "Take mine!" follows a young woman around a small village in Italy where everyone wants to have their pictures taken.
Hugo Barra, VP of Xiaomi International introduced the white version of the Mi Mix at CES 2017.

CES 2017 | Xiaomi: The Mi Mix ceramic phone will be available in white

Hugo Barra, VP of Xiaomi International introduced the white version of the Mi Mix concept phone last weekend during CES 2017. However, unless you import it yourself, it will still only be available officially in China.
The Mi Note 2 supports 22 LTE-bands in its international version and now comes in three new colors.

CES 2017 | Xiaomi: The Mi Note 2 was shown in three more colors

Not only the Xiaomi Mi Mix received a new color option during CES 2017, Xiaomi also showed three new colors for the powerful Mi Note 2, the only world-phone the Chinese company has introduced so far.

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