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September 2016 update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 120 Euros (~$135) 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. May 2016 update.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)
September 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.
HP: Windows Phone Elite X3 postponed because of unfinished software
The Elite X3 from HP is no doubt the most important Windows Smartphone of 2016. Now it seems the release of the phone could be partly postponed. The software is still unfinished.
Black Onyx Galaxy Note 7 coming next month
Since the first batch of jet black iPhone 7 handsets sold out very fast, Samsung is on the right path with the black onyx Note 7, to come out in early October.
Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Pro: 8 GB of RAM, 2,6 Ghz processor and 256 GB of storage?
A leaked screenshot possibly revealed an updated Pro version of the alleged Xiaomi Mi Note 2-series. It might come with up to 8 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of storage and a faster 2.6 GHz processor. The question is: when will it be released?
A large batch of safe Galaxy Note 7 units hits the US
Samsung announced that over 500,000 safe units arrived in the US, have been shipped to carrier and retail stores, and should be available for exchange starting today.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone Review
Explosive combination. The Note is finally available in Europe again. The launch, however, is overshadowed by technical problems causing a world-wide recall. We still had a look at the Galaxy Note 7.
Samsung Exynos 8890 Octa | ARM Mali-T880 MP12 | 5.7" | 170 g
Samsung Exynos 8890 Octa | ARM Mali-T880 MP12 | 5.7" | 170 g
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 sales to resume later this month
As the first replacement units for the recalled phablets begin to arrive, Samsung has already scheduled the comeback of the Galaxy Note 7. According to a spokesperson for the company, sales will resume on September 28 in South Korea and other markets, as long as conditions allow.
LG FORCE wireless Bluetooth headset now available
This new pair of around-the-ear wireless headset targets the sporty mobile consumers, being designed to work with most Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices on the market. This audio accessory features Qualcomm aptX audio coding and is sweat and water resistant, compliant with the IPX5 rating.
The CPSC officially announces the Note 7 recall
Two weeks after Samsung, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued an official recall of the Note 7 handsets sold locally as well. There are over 1 million units affected, including those sold by Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, and even Best Buy.
Apple's iPhone 7 Plus and all jet black models, already sold out
Although Apple admitted that jet black iPhone 7 units are easier to scratch, and customers should use protective cases, these handsets are already out of stock. Even more, the silver, gold, rose gold, and black iPhone 7 handsets are only available in limited quantities for Apple retail stores' walk-in customers.
Samsung might remove the headphone jack soon as well
After the Cupertino-based company, the South Korean giant might become the next big name in the industry to remove the 3.5 mm headphone connector from its handsets as well, although this decision was not well received by many Apple fans.
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge and Note 4 on AT&T get Android Marshmallow
AT&T subscribers who own these two handsets that were apparently stuck with Lollipop can finally move forward, as their devices receive Android 6.0. Unfortunately, there is little hope about an official Nougat update for them.
Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe now available in Taiwan
This 5.7-inch phablet has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor under the hood, next to 6 GB RAM and 256 GB internal storage, carrying a price tag of almost $800 USD in Taiwan.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 gets a temporary fix
This official software update stops the device from fully charging, so even the units with a defective battery should no longer blow up.
Lenovo: Is the Tango-phone Phab 2 Pro late?
Lenovo announced the Tango-Phone 2 Pro, the first commercial system with Google Tango, on their own event "TechWorld" for a release "this summer". Now it seems like Lenovo can´t hold that promised release-windows, as their website now shows a later release date. So far, we can only speculate, Lenovo hasn´t released an official reaction to the rumors yet.
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) renders show up online
The leaked specs reveal that this handset is wider and taller than the Galaxy Note7, while its specs include the Exynos 7420 chip, 3 GB RAM, and 32 GB of expandable internal storage.
Blackview R7 Smartphone Review
Low-budget flagship smartphone? Low-budget flagship smartphone? The R7 is the first self-titled flagship smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer Blackview – for a local price of around 160 Euros (~$180). We will check how the new flagship performs in our in-depth review.
Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 | ARM Mali-T860 MP2 | 5.5" | 197 g
Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 | ARM Mali-T860 MP2 | 5.5" | 197 g
Galaxy Note 7 is now a fire risk on airplanes
The FAA is "strongly advising passengers not to turn on or charge these devices" after Samsung's recent worldwide recall of its latest flagship smartphone.
LG V20 is now official
The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820-powered handset has dual front screens, a metal body, complies with the MIL-STD 810G standard, and is the first smartphone to launch with Android Nougat on board.
Verizon updates the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note5
This update offers compatibility for the Barcode Beaming Service, as well as adding OnCircle and Amazon Widget.
Meizu M3 Max phablet hits China
This 6-inch handset runs a custom Android Marshmallow-based OS and is powered by the MediaTek Helio P10 processor, being scheduled to go on sale in China next week for roughly $250 USD.
IFA 2016 | Alcatel announces Pop 4 XL phablet
This large handset is powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 processor, next to a generous 6-inch HD IPS full lamination display and a 13 MP main camera, being expected to launch next month.
Samsung recalling all Galaxy Note 7 units sold so far
Shortly after the first report of a Galaxy Note 7 battery blowing up surfaced online, Samsung decided to recall all units sold worldwide and to replace them.
Some Galaxy Note 7 phablets may be carrying faulty batteries
Units with batteries manufactured by ITM Semiconductor could be at risk of fire with multiple reports of overheating and permanent damage.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros
September 2016 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. April 2016 update.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones
September. 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.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 hits China with 4 GB RAM
Although multiple rumors mentioned that a 6 GB version would reach China, the only Note 7 variant available there carries 4 GB of memory.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>5.5-inch)
September 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.
IFA 2016 | Three new 5.5 inch smartphones by Archos
The Helium LTE range by Archos will get three new models. All are 5.5 inches in size and are quite cheap.
OnePlus unveils Bullets V2 headphones
Although the price is still unkown, this new accessory promises to deliver excellent value like its $15 USD predecessor.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 blows up in China
The incident took place while charging the phablet with a micro USB to Type-C converter for the cable and only occurred once so far.
Xiaomi launches MIUI 8 Android UI
Although it was introduced back in May with the Mi Max phablet, the new iteration of Xiaomi's Android UI now rolls out to older handsets, including the Redmi Note and the Mi 4i.
Huawei IFA-Teaser: New Sub-Brand incoming?
Rumors about a new Huawei sub-brand could be revealed during a press event September 1st at 10.30 am CEST, one day before the start of Europe's greatest trade show IFA 2016 in Berlin.
Initial Galaxy Note 7 torture tests show difficult serviceability and poorer scratch resistance
First iFixit teardown claims the phablet to be just slightly easier to repair than the Galaxy S7 Edge while informal scratch and drop tests show disadvantages of the new Gorilla Glass 5 case.
Verizon and T-Mobile already shipping the Galaxy Note7
Although the official launch date is August 19th, both carriers have started shipping Samsung's latest Android phablet.
LG V20 render images show dual rear cameras
Leaks suggest a thinner design than the V10 with rearranged buttons and potential modular capabilities.
Samsung's chief confirms the 6 GB Galaxy Note7
The 6 GB phablet moves closer to the market as Samsung's DJ Koh confirms the imminent launch of such a variant on the Chinese market.
Samsung Galaxy Note7 has "the most innovative and high performance" display
Same as its predecessor, the new phablet gets the crown for best display currently available in a smartphone/phablet from DisplayMate.
Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update rolls out
While the update is scheduled to hit carriers next week, the open market receives it today.
HP unveils Powerup Backpack with 22,400 mAh inside
This backpack is up for pre-order on Amazon for $199.99 USD and is scheduled to begin shipping out on October 1st.
Samsung Pay has a serious vulnerability
This security issue affects any credit card, debit card or prepaid card that works with Samsung Pay, but the gift cards are safe from wireless skimming.
Samsung Gear IconX delayed in the US
Although these activity tracking earbuds are already available in other markets and were expected to hit the US on August 14th, it looks like their new US launch date is August 19th.
Samsung gives small overview of the design of its Galaxy Note 7 phablet
Engineering challenges include incorporating a curved display with back and front Gorilla Glass protection whilst retaining the integrated stylus recess.
Huawei announces 6.6-inch Honor Note 8 phablet
The VR-ready phablet will carry a QHD AMOLED display with a HiSilicon Kirin SoC for 310 Euros. A European launch has not yet been announced.
China might get a Galaxy Note 7 with 6 GB RAM
Although the Note7 for the rest of the world does not have a 6 GB RAM variant yet, it looks like one is headed for China, but nothing is official yet.
Samsung unveils the Galaxy Note7 phablet
The new flagship comes with both Qualcomm and Exynos processors, depending on the region, has been rated IP68 for protection from the elements, and features USB Type-C connectivity, an iris scanner, and more.
T-Mobile updates the Galaxy Note Edge and the Galaxy Note 4
The update has around 300 MB in size and contains the July security patches, as well as various minor tweaks and fixes, as usual.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 might launch next to a cloud storage service
Simply dubbed "Samsung Cloud," this service will launch with the next-gen Note phablet as Samsung's competitor to Apple's iCloud or Microsoft's OneDrive.
Asus to raise prices by as much as 9 percent in the UK
Starting this October, retail prices of Asus notebooks will go up in the country as a direct response to the British exit.
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