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Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air ultrabook, Xiaomi India revenue exceeded $1 billion in 2016

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 Android phablet now available in the US

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.
Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom Android smartphone with 23X optical zoom lens coming in February 2017

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 V20 premium Android smartphone and other LG handsets receive January security patch

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.
Apple iPhone 7 flagship without headphone jack, HTC U Ultra/Ocean Note to launch without 3.5 mm audio jack

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.
HTC 10 Android flagship on Verizon Wireless gets a new security patch

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) Android handsets now available - A3, A5, A7

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 specs on Geekbench, now surfaces on FCC

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

80% 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
Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro Android phablet international variant gets WiFi certification

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.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Android smartphone in Black Pearl finish

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)

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)

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

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) 6.9-inch Android phablet with Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor

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.
The complete recall of the Note 7 has cost Samsung billions of US$ in damages. (Source: Mike Mozart)

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.
The Elephone Max will come with a 6 inch display and dual-camera on the back.

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 Galaxy Note 7 units still in the wild will not be allowed to connect to mobile networks

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.
The Meizu PRO 6 Plus, powered by the Samsung Exynos 8890, is now available in China. (Source: Meizu)

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.
"The paper tablet for people who prefer paper." (Source: reMarkable)

"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 Le Max Pro Android phablet coming soon to the US via multiple online retailers

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.
The Nexus 6P by Huawei is one of the first devices to receive the update to Android 7.1.1. (Source: Huawei)

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.
Lenovo Moto M teaser image, Lenovo sales in India via Flipkart reached 13 million units

Lenovo has sold over 13 million smartphones on Flipkart so far

Since teaming up with the Indian online retailer back in 2014, Lenovo managed to sell more than 13 million handsets on the local market, including Moto devices. Now, Lenovo is the second smartphone brand by value and volume in India.
Google Pixel family expected to sell over 9 million units by the end of 2017

Google expected to sell 9 million Pixel handsets in 2016 and 2017

According to the financial firm Morgan Stanley, Google will sell around 3 million Pixel handsets by the end of 2016, followed by over 6 million during 2017. These sales are expected to bring in almost $6 billion in revenue.
Lenovo ZUK Edge teaser surfaces on Weibo, launch expected early December 2016

Lenovo ZUK Edge coming next week

Recently spotted at TENAA, this 5.5-inch handset that is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip has been confirmed to arrive next week. Sadly, it does not come loaded with Android Nougat.
Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro (SM-C7010) specs on Geekbench

Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro shows up on Geekbench

The device that has been spotted in the benchmark database carries model number SM-C7010 and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. It is expected to sport a 5.7-inch display, runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and has 4 GB of memory.
The update to Android 7.0 Nougat is currently only available in the U.S. (Source: HTC)

Android 7.0 Nougat comes to HTC 10 in the U.S.

HTC made good on earlier rumors by bringing Android 7.0 to the HTC 10 on Friday.
BLU Vivo 6 Android handset with 5.5-inch full HD display and 64-bit MediaTek Helio P10 processor

BLU Vivo 6 hits the UK

The 5.5-inch Vivo 6 handset was announced last month, and now this unibody Android device made using aircraft grade aluminum goes on sale in the UK. As a Black Friday deal, those interested can get it today for £184.99 GBP - £55 GBP off its regular price.
The Android 7.0 update (coming this week) will make the Moto Z and Moto Z Force Daydream-ready. (Source: Motorola)

Moto Z will get Nougat update this week

The Lenovo made phone will get the promised update to Android 7.0 before the end of November. The upgrade to Nougat also brings along a new feature: Daydream.
The video in question will cause iPhones to crash soon after viewing. (Source: Apple)

Five second video can crash iPhones

A short five second video that's able to cause iPhones and iPads to lock and freeze can be easily shared via a link.
Lenovo ZUK Edge Z2151 specs on AnTuTu - Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, 6 GB RAM, Android Nougat

Lenovo ZUK Edge hits AnTuTu

This unconfirmed Lenovo handset reached TENAA a few weeks ago, and now the time has come for AnTuTu to add it to the database. Its specs include a Snapdragon 821 processor, 6 GB RAM, 64 GB storage, as well as Android Nougat.
Android 7.0 Beta for Samsung Galaxy phones breaks Gear VR

Android 7.0 Beta for Samsung Galaxy phones breaks Gear VR

Volunteers that downloaded the Android 7.0 Beta are unable to user their Samsung Gear VRs, as the headset only works on Samsung phones.
Samsung Galaxy S7 lineup not having battery problems

Samsung says the Galaxy S7 lineup is safe

A few incidents involving Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge handset made Samsung step forward with a statement that reassures its customers this lineup of handsets is not affected by the same battery issues that plagued the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7.
Samsung Galaxy A7 Android handset launched back in 2015

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) gets its Bluetooth certification

The new Galaxy A7 has been in the rumor mill for a while, but now its launch is closer than ever. The 5.5-inch handset has just received its Bluetooth certification, so it should arrive just in time for the holiday shopping season.
Sony Xperia Ear wireless earbuds coming to the US December 13 2016

Sony Xperia Ear coming to the US next month

Although the waterproof Xperia Ear wireless earbuds are already available in European stores, those interested in this accessory who are located in the US should wait a few weeks. The US market is scheduled to get this product on December 13.
Sony Xperia Ear wireless earbuds with personal assistant features now available

Sony Xperia Ear hits the stores

The waterproof Xperia Ear wireless earbuds are finally available in stores. This accessory can recognize voice commands and head movements, also acting as a useful personal assistant.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 120 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 120 Euros

December 2016 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

December 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. October 2016 update.
Huawei Mate 8 Android phablet to get Android Nougat update soon

Nougat update coming soon to Huawei Mate 8

Although this update is not official yet, someone found it and unleashed it online on the XDA Developers forums. Since this is an unofficial release, it may come with some bugs and it is not suitable for everyone yet.
Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to get two 5.5-inch successors

Two 5.5-inch iPhone models coming in 2017

According to a KGI Securities analyst, Apple is planning to add three new iPhone models in 2017 - one with a 4.7-inch display, the other two being 5.5-inch variants. One of the larger models will feature an LCD touchscreen, while the premium variant will become the first iPhone to use the OLED display technology.
The leaked images show a stark departure in design. (Source: Weibo)

Leaked renders show what could be Motorola's DROID Turbo 3

Images recently leaked from China show renders of a Motorola branded phone. Could this be the DROID Turbo 3?
Blue Coral Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge hits T-Mobile mid-November 2016

Blue Coral Galaxy S7 Edge coming to T-Mobile this Friday

Right now, AT&T is the only carrier taking pre-orders for the Blue Coral Galaxy S7 Edge. However, a recent leak reveals that T-Mobile will add the new color option to its portfolio on November 18.
LG V20 Android flagship gets the 2017 CES Innovation Award in the wireless handsets category

CES 2017 | LG gets 21 CES 2017 Innovation Awards

The tech giant has earned awards in no less than 11 highly competitive categories, including wireless handsets, headphones, video displays, portable media players, and computer peripherals.
Huawei Mate 9 Phablet Review

89% Huawei Mate 9 Phablet Review

Think big! You should have a look at Huawei's latest product if you like big high-end phablets. Besides the new Kirin 960 SoC, you get a dual-camera, modern Android 7.0 with the new EMUI 5.0 as well as a big battery. The highlight is a 5.9-inch IPS display. A good device, no question, but our review shows where it struggles.
HiSilicon Kirin 960 | ARM Mali-G71 MP8 | 5.9" | 192 g
LG V20 Android smartphone might get a successor in Europe known as V20 S

LG V20 S coming soon to Europe

The first handset to launch loaded with Android Nougat might soon reach Europe in a slightly updated form, since LG has filed for the V20 S trademark in the area. Unfortunately, nothing is official yet.
A recent patent application from Samsung shows a smartphone that can fold over itself. (Source: Samsung patent)

Samsung applies for patent on bendable phone

A recent patent application filed by Samsung in April shows a smartphone with a bendable screen, allowing the device to be folded over itself. This patent may be related to rumors that Samsung is developing devices with bendable OLED displays.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge phablet in Blue Coral finish

Nougat beta for Samsung Galaxy S7/Edge starts today in the US

Although the beta program was announced for the UK earlier, both the US and its overseas ally get the early Nougat version for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge handsets starting today.
Master & Dynamic MW50 Wireless On-Ear Headphones now available

Master & Dynamic launches MW50 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

The $449 USD wireless headphones come with a lithium ion rechargeable battery that provides up to 16 hours of autonomy, featuring a cowhide leather headband and memory foam ear pads.
Google Pixel XL Smartphone Review

88% Google Pixel XL Smartphone Review

Bombastic? High-end specifications, an excellent camera, and a large battery are supposed to justify the steep price of the google smartphone. The Google assistant and vast storage capacity for photos should do just that. But, is this sufficient?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro | Qualcomm Adreno 530 | 5.5" | 168 g
Google Nexus 6P Android phablet to get fingerprint gestures

Google Nexus 5X and 6P might get fingerprint gestures

Although this is not certain yet, Google revealed that the company is currently evaluating the possibility to add fingerprint scanner gestures via a firmware update to these two handsets.

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