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Oppo F3 Plus Android smartphone "Selfie Expert" with dual camera setup on front

Oppo F3 Plus launches in India

Advertised as a "Selfie Expert" handset, the 6-inch F3 Plus has a metal unibody design and comes with a 16 MP + 8 MP frontal camera combo. It can be pre-ordered in India for the equivalent of around $474 USD.
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ZTE Nubia N2 Android smartphone now official with MediaTek processor and 5,000 mAh battery

ZTE Nubia N2 now official

This new 5.5-inch handset features an octa-core MediaTek processor, an AMOLED display, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and a generous 5,000 mAh battery. The Nubia Z2 is scheduled to go on sale in early April for less than $300 USD.
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Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom Android smartphone launch event, handset available in Malaysia

Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom hits Malaysia

Although it was supposed to launch in the second quarter in the US, the ZenFone 3 Zoom has surfaced in Malaysia with Android Marshmallow on board and powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor. Those interested can get it for around $475 USD.
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The kickstarters say the device will work with both Android and iOS, utilizing a proprietary private signal that works up to 100 feet away. (Source: Superscreen)

Superscreen is a tablet that wirelessly streams content from your smartphone

Superscreen is a kickstarter project that aims to provide you with the big screen of a 10-inch tablet without the redundancy of owning two separate devices.
Xiaomi Redmi 4x Android smartphone, Xiaomi opens second factory in India

Xiaomi opens second factory in India

Thanks to the addition of a second factory in India, the Chinese brand is now capable of producing one smartphone per second during operational hours. Xiaomi India's head reveals that Xiaomi manufactures locally 95 percent of the Xiaomi handsets sold there.
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Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro Android phablet soon coming to new markets

International variant of Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro hits FCC

A few months after its quiet debut in China, this 5.7-inch phablet with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor under the hood surfaces at FCC, so we should see it reach new markets soon.
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LeEco Le Pro3 Android phablet, LeEco to withdraw from the US

LeEco apparently failed in the US

Although this Chinese company managed to set in motion its expansion in the area last October, LeEco is now planning to sell the Silicon Valley property they purchased from Yahoo.
ZTE Axon 7 Android flagship gets 7.1.1 Nougat firmware

ZTE Axon 7 gets Android 7.1.1

While more than just a few other popular handsets are waiting for the first Android Nougat update, the Axon 7 receives Android 7.1.1, about a month after being updated to Nougat.
LG Stylo 3 Android phablet hits the US via Virgin and Boost Mobile

LG Stylo 3 hits Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile

This 5.7-inch phablet is available from Sprint's prepaid brands, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, for $179.99 USD plus tax. Its specs include a Snapdragon 435 processor, 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB internal storage.
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Motorola Verve Loop sports wireless headphones

Motorola Accessories unveils Verve Loop wireless headphones

These new sports wireless headphones join the VerveLife lineup of products and come as a cheaper alternative to the existing VerveOnes ME, while still providing IPX4 water resistance and HD audio.
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Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe Android phablet gets Nougat update

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL) receives Android Nougat

Soon after doing the same for its 5.5-inc, Snapdragon 625-powered sibling, Asus updates the firmware of the 5.7-inch ZenFone 3 Deluxe, a handset that uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and features up to 6 GB of memory.
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The Oppo F3 and F3 Plus feature dual front cameras for "expert" control of your selfies (Source: Oppo)

Oppo will launch the F3 and F3 Plus on March 23

Dubbed the "Selfie Expert", the new smartphones feature a dual front camera setup, and will simultaneously launch in five Southeast Asian markets on March 23.
AT&T intros GoPhone unlimited data plans with 22 GB download cap

AT&T unveils GoPhone unlimited data plans

Although advertised as unlimited, this new plan comes with 22 GB of 3 Mbps data, but the video streaming speed is limited even more - just 1.5 Mbps from the start, and all for a monthly fee of $60 USD. In these conditions, 720p or full HD video streaming are both impossible. For $40 USD, the user can get only 6 GB of high-speed data, but after using it, a 12...
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Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Android phablet and siblings to get monthly updates in the US

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy devices in the US to get monthly updates from now on

After releasing quarterly security updates for unlocked Galaxy devices in the US for a while "due to various circumstances," Samsung is now ready to release monthly security updates for them.
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ZTE could face up to $1.2 billion in fines for violating U.S. trade sanctions. (Picture source: ZTE)

ZTE to pay $1.2 billion in fines to the U.S. for breaking sanctions

After a 5 year investigation, ZTE pled guilty to charges that it sold hardware to North Korea and Iran. Both countries are embargoed by the United States. ZTE will be fined about $1.2 billlion.
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HTC U Ultra Android flagship now shipping in the US

HTC U Ultra starts shipping in the US

Shipments of this new high-end Android phablet have begun yesterday and should be available for purchase in stores starting tomorrow. This $749 USD retails unlocked but is only compatible with T-Mobile and AT&T.
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Google Android usage graph in early March 2017 shows Nougat nearing the 3 percent barrier

Android Nougat's market share continues to grow

Google's data collected in the first few days of this month show that Nougat's market share is nearing the 3 percent barrier, while Lollipop and Marshmallow continue to dominate.
LG Stylo 2 Plus Android phablet with Nougat on Geekbench

LG Stylo 2 Plus hits Geekbench with Nougat on board

This 5.7-inch handset that launched almost a year ago now finally surfaces on Geekbench running Android 7.0, so the update should arrive soon, especially since T-Mobile released it and then stopped the rollout, probably due to a last-minute issue.
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LG V10 Android flagship to get Nougat, LG G4 to get Android Nougat update

LG V10 and G4 to get Nougat later this year

Not long after announcing that these handsets offer the best performance when running Marshmallow, LG has finally decided to offer Android Nougat to both the G4 and V10 flagships. The V10 should get the new firmware in the second quarter, while the G4 is scheduled to follow in the third quarter.
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LG G6 Android flagship sold 400,000 units in four days in South Korea

​LG G6 pre-orders hit 400,000 in four days

Dropping the modular design and introducing the unique Full Vision display, next to a full-metal unibody with protection from water and dust seem to have been smart choices since 400,000 G6 units have been pre-ordered in South Korea in just four days.
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A score of 4000 means performance is equal to an Intel Core i7-6600U. (Source: BGR)

S8+ Snapdragon 835 benchmarks spotted on Geekbench

Benchmarks of the S8+ have leaked on Geekbench, revealing solid (though not game-changing) performance.
Asus Zenfone AR

MWC 2017 | Asus Zenfone AR Hands-On

The 5.7-inch AMOLED smartphone will be the first to support both Google Daydream and Tango when it launches this May.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Android smartphone/phablet gets Nougat update

MWC 2017 | Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge named Best Smartphone of the Year

This top-of-the-line handset was recognized as best smartphone of 2016 at this year's Glomo Awards in Barcelona, an event that unfolded at the Mobile World Congress trade show.
Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe Android phablet gets Nougat update

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe gets Android Nougat

Less than two months after the ZenFone 3 handsets received Android 7.0, Asus updates the 5.5-inch ZenFone 3 Deluxe. However, the Nougat update for these devices ends support for the Share Link app, also removing the "ShakeShake" feature.
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Leaked images show what may be the BBC100-1, which is coming to Indonesia soon. (Source: Crackberry.com)

Leaked images show a Blackberry made for Indonesia

The BBC100-1 may be coming to Indonesian markets soon. The low-specced device looks like a budget affair from Blackberry.
MediaTek Helio X30 10 nm mobile processor with ten cores in a tri-cluster setup

MediaTek Helio X30 deca-core processor now available

The new processor is built using the 10 nm process and has a tri-cluster configuration with two Cortex-A73, four Cortex-A53, and four Cortex-A35 cores. First devices to use it are expected to debut in the second quarter of 2017.
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The titillating idea of a "Surface Phone"-type device is made more plausible with the announcement of octa-core Atom (x86) processors. (Source: Harry Kim)

Eight-core x86 Atom chips for smartphones to release in H2 2017

Intel's Atom chip is living on through Chinese manufacturer Spreadtrum, which is continuing to produce Atom chips and will release an octa-core Atom chip designed for smartphones in the second half of the year.
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Gionee A1 Plus Android smartphone with Helio P25 processor and 4 GB RAM

MWC 2017 | Gionee announces selfie-centric A1 and A1 Plus

These two handsets use MediaTek processors (Helio P10 and P25), offering impressive front cameras (16 MP and 20 MP), LED flash on both front and back, as well as batteries with over 4,000 mAh each.
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Sony Xperia XZ Premium Android smartphone with 4K display

MWC 2017 | Sony Xperia XZ Premium now official

This new 5.5-inch handset has a 4K HDR display and offers top-of-the-line specs, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The Xperia XZ Premium runs Android 7.1 and can record 960 fps footage for super-slow motion videos.
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Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra Android phablet with 6-inch display and 16 MP front camera

MWC 2017 | Sony launches Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra

These two successors of last year's Xperia XA handsets come with Android Nougat, using a MediaTek Helio P20 processor, as well as the impressive 23 MP Sony Exmor RS sensor for the main camera.
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Huawei's P10 and P10 Plus continue Huawei's partnership with Leica. (Source: Huawei)

MWC 2017 | Huawei P10 and P10+ now official, feature photo enhancement

The new flagships from Huawei, the P10 and P10 Plus, feature improved rear-facing cameras from Leica, as well as a Leica engineered front-facing cameras. In addition to the new photo enhancements, the P10 and P10 Plus will be available in a myriad of colors.
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The LG G6 features a unique 2:1 (or 18:9) aspect ratio. (Source: LG)

MWC 2017 | LG officially unveils G6: Ultrawide on-the-go

The LG G6 is now official: 5.7" display with an aspect ratio of 2:1, Snapdragon 821, 4 GB of RAM, and an interesting dual-camera setup. Noticeably absent is support for LG's Friends.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

February 2017 update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 300 Euros (~$340) reviewed by Notebookcheck over the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 120 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 120 Euros

February 2017 update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 120 Euros (~$130) reviewed by Notebookcheck over the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

February 2017 update. Here you will find the latest smartphones reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and commented on by our editors. This page is intended to help our readers decide which product to purchase.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>5.5-inch)

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>5.5-inch)

February 2017 update. Here's a list of the best XL-sized smartphones - with screen sizes of 5.5 inches and greater - we've reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)

February 2017 update. Here's a list of the best compact smartphones - with screen sizes of 5-inches or less - we've reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe

87% Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe ZS570KL Smartphone Review

Late luxury. Asus' latest ZenFone 3 Deluxe flagship smartphone will also be available on the European market soon. With Qualcomm's current premium SoC, a high-resolution 23-megapixel camera, and a large 5.7-inch AMOLED panel, the handset features some technological highlights. But how will it fare in the test compared with other equally first-rate competitors?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro | Qualcomm Adreno 530 | 5.7" | 172 g
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.
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The Moto G5 and G5 Plus were posted by a Spanish retailer earlier today. (Source: 9to5Google)

Moto G5 and G5 Plus specs leak online

A Spanish retailer accidentally posted press images for the phones, detailing in full the specification list for each device. The images were copied and reposted before they could be taken down.
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Verizon will begin offering plans with uncapped mobile data February 13th. (Source: Verizon)

Verizon will offer unlimited data plans starting February 13th

Big Red goes uncapped with its new unlimited data plan, an interesting move for a company known for restrictive mobile data caps. Is this a response to increasing market pressure from T-Mobile?
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Xiaomi may be making its own line of SoCs, codenamed "Pinecone." (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi may be making its own mobile SoC, codenamed "Pinecone"

Xiaomi may be joining Huawei as the second Chinese smartphone company to manufacture a mobile system-on-a-chip, or SoC.
Google Android usage distribution graph at the beginning of February 2017

Lollipop remains the most active Android version

With Froyo finally out of the picture and Nougat still struggling around 1 percent, Android Lollipop continues to dominate the market, closely followed by Marshmallow, each with a share of over 30 percent.
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Samsung SDI factory in Tianjin, China - February 2017 fire

Samsung SDI factory catches fire

The battery factory located in Tianjin, China, was affected by a minor fire that broke out earlier today in a warehouse depositing waste material. Thankfully there were no casualties.
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ZTE Axon 7 Android handset gets Nougat update with Daydream VR support

ZTE Axon 7 finally gets Android Nougat

This Qualcomm Snapdragon 820-powered, 5.5-inch Android handset launched as a Daydream VR-compatible device, and now it finally receives this feature thanks to a software update.

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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)