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Some Huawei handsets already received the Nougat-based EMUI 5.0 beta firmware, and now the list of devices to get this later this year when the beta is over has been revealed. The list includes the Mate 8, Honor 6X, MediaPad M3, and others.
Vivo V5 Plus also heading for Malaysia
Already confirmed to launch in India, Thailand, Myanmar, and Indonesia, this unique Android smartphone with dual cameras for selfies will also reach Malaysia, but the prices have not been announced yet.
Samsung's Flip Cover to come with an e-ink display
Next to its foldable devices, Samsung seems to be working on a new Flip Cover. As revealed by a patent recently filed in Korea, Samsung plans to add an e-ink display to the next-gen cover for its flagships.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 hits India
The successor of the Redmi Note 3 comes to India in three variants, all powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, featuring 32 GB or 64 GB internal storage space and between 2 GB and 4 GB memory. The starting price is around $150 USD.
Samsung reveals list of devices in line for Nougat
In addition to the Galaxy S7 lineup that has just received Android 7.0, Samsung plans to deliver this update to a pretty long list of devices, including the Galaxy Tab S2, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 5, and a few others. The list is not final, so more Samsung products could get the update in the second half of 2017.
Windows 10 shell update will help close the gap between Windows PCs and phones
Microsoft is allegedly planning on integrating the Windows 10 UIs for PC, mobile, Xbox, and convertibles into one "Composable Shell", allowing for a truly universal Windows OS.
Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro hits FCC
The international variant of this massive 6-inch Android handset has been spotted on FCC, not long after the model number SM-C900F surfaced on the WiFi Alliance website as well.
ZTE Blade V8 Pro smartphone now shipping in the U.S.
The Blade V8 Pro is a mid-range phone with two rear facing cameras tuned to take artistic bokeh-style shots.
Fujitsu working on a 6-inch Windows 10 Pro device
The 6-inch phablet/tablet will launch as "ARROWS Tab V567/P," but will only be available in Japanese. Its technical specs are not public yet, but considering the price around $1,300 USD, a high-end Intel processor would not be a surprise.
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.
ZTE ZMax Pro to get Android Nougat as well
ZTE takes software updates very seriously since Z-Community members can now join the Android Nougat Beta program for the $99 USD, Qualcomm Snapdragon 617-driven ZMax Pro handset that launched back in July 2016 with Marshmallow on board.
Samsung Note 7 investigation results coming next week
With almost all Galaxy Note 7 units now back in Samsung's possession, the final results of the company's ongoing investigation targeting the reasons behind this device's issues that led to its withdrawal from the market will go public next Monday.
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.
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.
HTC announces U Play
The HTC U Play drops the secondary display found in the U Ultra and packs more modest specs.
HTC U Ultra now official
This new 5.7-inch handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, next to 4 GB RAM and 64 GB or 128 GB storage. It comes with Android Nougat, has a price of $749 USD, and shipments start in March.
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 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.
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.
CES 2017 | LG intros Stylo 3 mid-range phablet
This handset is also known as Stylus 3 and has a 5.7-inch HD display, being powered by a MediaTek MT6750 SoC, next to 3 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. It should reach the US in the coming months.
Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro coming to India and other Asian countries
After spending a while exclusively on the Chinese market, this Snapdragon 653-powered phablet comes to India, where is expected to become available by the end of the month. Other countries in the area, including Thailand and Vietnam, will get it soon as well.
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 A8 (2016) hits Taiwan and the UAE
Exclusively available in South Korea via SK Telecom until now, this 5.7-inch Android phablet has been quietly released in Taiwan and the UAE, hopefully opening the path to other markets as well.
ZTE to cut up to 3,000 jobs worldwide
Although it is currently expanding on multiple Western markets, including the US, ZTE seems to be profoundly affected by a drop in its market share in China, industry sources revealing that over 3,000 employees will be soon laid off.
Xiaomi Mi Mix Phablet Review
It's all about the screen. Xiaomi installs a huge 6.4-inch screen in a casing that is just a bit bigger than those of conventional premium-range smartphones into its new high-end phablet. Starting at a price of around 700 Euros (~$737), it is not exactly a bargain. Is importing the innovative handset worthwhile anyway?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro | Qualcomm Adreno 530 | 6.4" | 209 g
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro | Qualcomm Adreno 530 | 6.4" | 209 g
CES 2017 | ZTE launches Blade V8 Pro smartphone
This 5.5-inch Android handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and has a dual-camera setup (13 MP + 13MP), 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage, all for a pre-order price of $229.98 USD.
CES 2017 | Alcatel unveils A3 XL phablet
This 6-inch phablet comes with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, but its overall specs can barely place it in the lower area of the mid-range sector. However, it is also priced accordingly - $200 USD.
SanDisk unveils the world’s first Application Performance Class 1-compliant microSD card
The 256 GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition memory card is optimized for smartphones, being the first one compliant with the A1 specifications. This product will hit the market this month for $199.99 USD and can manage up to 1,500 random reads and 500 random writes per second.
Xiaomi India's revenue exceeded $1 billion in 2016
Back in October, Xiaomi sold over one million smartphones in India in 18 days. Now, the local division reported over $1 billion in revenue in 2016, thanks to its focus on online sales and the creation of an entire ecosystem of companion products.
Huawei Mate 9 hits the US market
The massive 5.9-inch handset is the first one to come with Amazon Alexa preinstalled. US customers can get it starting tomorrow via Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg, and B&H Photo, for a price of $599 USD.
CES 2017 | Asus launches ZenFone 3 Zoom
This 5.5-inch Android handset comes with a generous 5,000 mAh battery and 2.3X optical zoom lens that can help this smartphone created with mobile photography in mind to achieve a total zoom factor of 12X.
LG announces January security patch
A new security bulletin is already up on LG's official website dedicated to Android patches. LG's January security patch comes with 81 fixes, arriving ahead of Google's first update of the month for Nexus and Pixel devices.
HTC U Ultra/Ocean Note to drop the headphone jack
According to an unverified source quoted by OnLeaks, HTC's Ocean Note and U Ultra are the same device and we will soon see it launch without the traditional 3.5 mm audio jack.
Verizon releases security patches for multiple Android flagships
This major US carrier closed last year by releasing security patches for no less than 11 flagships on its network, including older devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy S5.
Samsung Galaxy A (2017) series now official
Although the new Galaxy A handsets come with Android 6.0.1, they offer IP68 water and dust resistance, USB Type-C connectivity, as well as 16 MP front cameras.
Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro hits FCC
Not long after its appearance on Geekbench, this 5.7-inch handset surfaces at FCC. The filing reveals a 3,300 mAh battery, but Samsung still has to make the official announcement, so everything should be taken with a grain of salt for now.
Wileyfox Spark X Smartphone Review
Competitive. Wileyfox is launching its fifth smartphone, the Spark X. It offers dual-SIM, LTE and a large battery. For a 5.5-inch phone, it has great ambitions, as its price tag is below 200 Euros (~$211).
Mediatek MT6735 | ARM Mali-T720 MP2 | 5.5" | 163 g
Mediatek MT6735 | ARM Mali-T720 MP2 | 5.5" | 163 g
International variant of the Galaxy C9 Pro surfaces online
This unannounced variant of the 6-inch phablet already present in China has just received its WiFi certification. Aiming the international market, it has the same specs as its China-only counterpart - Qualcomm Snapdragon 653, 6 GB RAM, 16 MP main camera, and more.
Black Pearl Galaxy S7 Edge now available
This is the seventh color edition of the Galaxy S7 Edge, following the Blue Coral and Pink Gold options that became available earlier this year. The other choices available are White Pearl, Black Onyx, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>5.5-inch)
December 2016 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)
December 2016 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones
December 2016 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.
Asus ZenFone Go (ZB690KG) now official
This 6.9-inch phablet has low-end specs, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage, and only runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. Unfortunately, there is no info on its price and availability yet.
Note 7 design "unsalvageable" due to battery compression: QC engineering firm
A 3rd party QC engineering firm, Instrumental, believes that putting a larger battery into the Note 7 at the cost of safety resulted in the Note 7's battery fires.
Elephone teases the Max, a six inch phablet with dual-cam
Chinese smartphone manufacturer Elephone has started teasing the Elephone Max, a six inch phablet with a dual-cam on the back. It is expected to be released with Android 7 upon release.
Samsung to cut network access for the Note 7 units still in the wild
Although Samsung has decided to take back all Note 7 phablets sold and destroy them due to the notorious battery problems, there are still a few lurking around. To be sure no units remain in use, the company now works with carriers to cut network access to these last Note 7 users.
Meizu unveils PRO 6 Plus powered by Samsung Exynos 8890 SoC
Meizu's new PRO 6 Plus is a followup to its PRO 6, released earlier this year. The PRO 6 Plus phablet is boasts impressive specs and could even be a suitable replacement for those missing the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
"reMarkable" e-ink tablet with full stylus support available for pre-order
Something of a cross between a Kindle and a Wacom tablet, the reMarkable tablet seeks to replace your trusty pen and paper for reading, writing, and sketching.
LeEco phones coming to Amazon, Best Buy, and Target
Although the company initially planned to have flash sales in the US, they are now dropping the idea and opening the web store 24/7. However, LeEco will sell its products in the US via other retailers as well.
Nexus 6P to receive Android 7.1.1 update in December
The update will be included in a security patch scheduled to go out on December 6th.