additional restrictions: Phablet
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) gets Samsung Pay support in India
The latest minor update for this handset in India does not even carry the latest security patches but comes with support for Samsung's mobile payments service.
ZTE Blade A2 Plus hits India
This 5.5-inch handset will go on sale next week exclusively via Flipkart and comes with Android Marshmallow on board, but features a generous 5,000 mAh battery, 4 GB RAM, having a 1.5 GHz octa-core processor under the hood.
Huawei P10 and P10 Plus renders show up online
This pair of handsets is powered by HiSilicon Kirin chipsets, also coming with Android Nougat on board. The high-end P10 Plus features up to 8 GB RAM and 256 GB internal storage, as well as a dual-camera setup.
OnePlus and Meizu caught cheating on benchmarks
Both companies' flagships were found to maintain high clock speeds instead of idling based on which app was currently opened. This happened with benchmarking apps like Geekbench and AnTuTu.
Meizu Pro 7 leaks additional renders and specs
1800-nit brightness? 10,000:1 contrast? It all sounds a little out there, but the Meizu Pro 7 might surprise us in the end. The way it implements its 4K screen will be particularly exciting to observe.
Satechi releases a new USB-C Power Meter
This handy accessory allows its users to test the output parameters of their chargers and provides information about their safety, effectiveness, and USB Type-C compatibility.
Sony could launch five devices next month
One of these five devices could be the Xperia XZ2, a top-of-the-line handset with a 5.5-inch 4K display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 6 GB RAM, and the new Sony IMX400 sensor powering the main camera.
Samsung Galaxy S8 rumored to be announced on March 29th, will be redesigned
According to rumors, The Samsung Galaxy S8 will remove the physical home button and feature much larger displays. The phone is expected to be announced on March 29th.
HTC U Ultra Sapphire now up for pre-order in Taiwan
The HTC U Ultra Sapphire edition with 128 GB will hit Taiwan for around $922 USD, and shipments are expected to begin by the end of February. The regular U Ultra with 64 GB of storage, on the other hand, would carry a price tag of almost $750 USD.
Alleged Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus renders surface online
The larger sibling of the upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship will apparently keep the old 3.5 mm audio jack that most top-tier handsets seem to drop in favor of the new USB Type-C connector these days.
Xiaomi sells 250,000 Redmi Note 4 units in just 10 minutes
The first flash sale offering the new Xiaomi handset to Indian customers turned out to be a major success, the whole stock of 250,000 units vanishing in just 10 minutes. The second batch arrives next week.
Huawei Honor V9 hits TENAA
This Honor V9 successor comes with a HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor, 6 GB RAM, a generous 5.7-inch QHD screen, no less than 128 GB internal storage, as well as a 3,900 mAh battery.
Samsung is not pulling the plug on the Galaxy Note lineup
Samsung is banking on the hope that consumers will forgive them for the unfortunate battery design flaw in the Note 7 that cost the company dearly. The Galaxy Note 8 has a tough job ahead as it aims to win consumers back after a troubling misstep.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 investigation results are now public
The whole Galaxy Note 7 saga seems to have reached its final page - the results of the official investigation are now public and they hold no surprise - the fires were caused by faulty batteries coming from two different suppliers.
LineageOS 14.1 now available for Nexus and Moto handsets
Although the first official build is not ready yet, the Android 7.1 Nougat-based LineageOS 14.1 is now available in a nightly/experimental stage for a few devices, including the Nexus 6P and 5X, Moto G4 and G4 Plus, Nextbit Robin, and Xiaomi Redmi 1.
Huawei unveils list of devices to get Android Nougat
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.
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