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Xiaomi "Pinecone" processor launch event invite for February 28, name not confirmed yet

Xiaomi Pinecone processor coming next week

The name of this upcoming chip has not been confirmed yet, but most of the details should become official on February 28. This chip will make Xiaomi the second Chinese smartphone maker to manufacture central processing units for mobile devices.
Meitu T8 Android smartphone with dual front cameras

Meitu launches selfie-focused T8 smartphone

This 5.2-inch handset has a hexagonal shape that might be considered ugly by many but comes with 4 GB RAM, 128 GB internal storage, and a dual camera setup on the front for the best selfie experience.
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.
On mobile, RemixOS will look no different from stock Android. Once plugged into external hardware, the UI will completely transform. (Source: JiDe)

"Continuum"-style feature to be added to Remix OS

Jide has revealed plans to make RemixOS a Continuum-like feature for Android phones.
Huawei MediaPad T3 Android tablet surfaces at TENAA

Huawei MediaPad T3 spotted at TENAA

This 8-inch slate should hit the market as Honor MediaPad T3 once/if it gets out of China, and its specs are expected to include a quad-core processor, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, all with Android Nougat on top.
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
Blackview R6 Smartphone Review

77% Blackview R6 Smartphone Review

Priced (too) tightly? Blackview's R6 wants to offer a configuration that is usually only found in much more expensive smartphones for just 130 Euros (~$137): Full HD screen, fingerprint sensor, decent camera. Is this possible in view of the tight budget?
Mediatek MT6737T | ARM Mali-T720 MP2 | 5.5" | 198 g
The large, bolded "9" indicates that this will be a new series of Samsung's in-house chipset. (Source: Android Police)

Samsung's upcoming Exynos 9 Series SoC to compete with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835

The updated Exynos chipset is likely to use the new 10nm FinFET manufacturing process, the same one used by its Qualcomm equivalent, the Snapdragon 835. This suggests that we may see a number of Samsung Galaxy S8 variants with different processors.
ZTE Hawkeye Android smartphone Kickstarter failed project

ZTE might kill the Hawkeye project

What started as "Project CSX" and turned into ZTE Hawkeye seems to have failed. The Kickstarter campaign for it only raised about $36,000 USD of the $500,000 USD goal and ZTE has just decided to stop the campaign and reconsider the whole project.
HTC One X10 Android smartphone leaked images

HTC One X10 images leak online

This previously rumored handset surfaces in a set of images showing a fingerprint reader on the back and three capacitive buttons below the screen. As many other unconfirmed handsets we keep hearing about these days, it should become official at MWC 2017.
Huawei P8 Lite 2017 Smartphone Review

83% Huawei P8 Lite 2017 Smartphone Review

Flagship lite 2.0. Huawei's P8 lite was actually the slimmed down version of Huawei's second-last flagship phone. Nevertheless, it has now been reworked with a new design, Full HD panel, and many other improvements. Our report reveals whether the P8 lite (2017) is a good deal.
HiSilicon Kirin 655 | ARM Mali-T830 MP2 | 5.2" | 147 g
Winstron is a major Taiwanese contracted electronics manufacturer. (Source: Winstron)

Apple hopes to take over the Indian market with locally made iPhone SE

An industry source has reported that Apple will begin assembling the iPhone SE in India, through Taiwanese ODM Winstron. Assembling Apple's cheapest handset in India will help make the phone more accessible for the vast majority of the Indian market.
Meizu M5s Android smartphone with MediaTek MT6753 processor and 3 GB RAM

Meizu M5s now official

The new handset has a 5.2-inch 720p display and uses the MediaTek MT6753 processor, next to 3 GB RAM and 16 GB or 32 GB internal storage. It will hit China next week starting around $115 USD.
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.
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 rugged Android handset successor coming soon

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 hits Geekbench

Three weeks after receiving its WiFi certification, this rugged handset surfaces on Geekbench with Android 7.0 Nougat on board, next to the 14 nm Exynos 7570 processor and 2 GB RAM.
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Smartphone Review

87% Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Smartphone Review

Water-resistant. The Galaxy A5 series now enters the third round and has to keep its ground when fighting in the strong mid-range. More power, bigger storage, and water and dust protection are to help here. The test will show whether this will suffice.
Samsung Exynos 7880 | ARM Mali-T830 MP3 | 5.2" | 159 g
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Android tablets to get Nougat

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 with Android 7.0 hits Geekbench

Not long after grabbing its WiFi certification, the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 with Android 7.0 Nougat on board hits Geekbench. However, Samsung still has to launch the official Nougat firmware for this tablet and its siblings.
Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime Android smartphone successor coming soon

Alleged Galaxy J7 (2017) US variant spotted on GFXBench

The GFXBench listing of the Samsung device codenamed SM-J727VL reveals a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB internal storage, all with Android Nougat on top.
Instant Tethering will make it a bit more convenient for your non-LTE Android device to borrow an internet connection. (Source: Android Guys)

New "Instant Tethering" feature rolling out to select Android devices

Android 7.1.1 enables the new "Instant Tethering" feature on specific Nexus and Pixel phones. It fully automates internet sharing between devices once they have been verified once.
The Samsung Chromebook Plus is now available for $449 from select retailers. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung's Chromebook Plus now available for purchase

The Chromebook comes with a built-in stylus and support for Android apps via the Google Play Store for Chrome. Current retail price is $449.
Lenovo C2 Smartphone Review

80% Lenovo C2 Smartphone Review

Affordable battery-giant. The Lenovo C2 is an entry-level smartphone that is supposed to attract low-budget customers with a big and removable battery, an HD display, and dual SIM. Since the screen, camera, and battery life are quite good, this could work. But are there also any shortcomings?
Mediatek MT6735 | ARM Mali-T720 MP2 | 5" | 139 g
BLU Tank Xtreme 5.0 rugged Android smartphone with MediaTek processor and 1 GB RAM

BLU launches Tank Xtreme 5.0 rugged smartphone

Priced at just $130 USD, this rugged and water-resistant handset is powered by a MediaTek processor, next to 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage, coming loaded with Android Marshmallow.
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.
MediaTek MT6735 ARM chip gets a new successorm the octa-core Helio P25

MediaTek announces the Helio P25 octa-core processor

The new processor has been optimized for dual-camera handsets, featuring a 12-bit Dual ISP that supports up to a 24 MP single camera or a 13 MP + 13 MP dual setup, as well as HDR video with full preview.
Gigaset GS160 Smartphone Review

80% Gigaset GS160 Smartphone Review

Gigaffordable. The GS160 is Gigaset’s cheapest smartphone so far. The manufacturer has even installed a fingerprint scanner for under 150 Euros (~$160). But is the device anything special or just another low-cost smartphone? Find out in the test report.
Mediatek MT6737 | ARM Mali-T720 MP2 | 5" | 139 g
Asus ZenFone 3s Max Android smartphone with MediaTek processor and 5,000 mAh battery

Asus ZenFone 3s Max launches in India

Three months after the ZenFone 3 Max arrived in India, its successor comes to offer an impressive 5,000 mAh battery, Android Nougat out of the box, a 64-bit MediaTek processor, and 3 GB RAM, all for around $220 USD.
LG Watch Sport Android Wear smartwatch details on Geekbench

LG Watch Sport hits Geekbench

The upcoming smartwatch has been spotted next to references to Android 7.1.1 Nougat and LTE cellular support, so the Watch Sport will probably launch with Android Wear 2.0 out-of-the-box.
Samsung Galaxy C5 Pro SM-C501X hits WiFi Alliance and gets WiFi certification

Samsung Galaxy C5 Pro gets its WiFi certification

While the China-exclusive SM-C5010 surfaced in late December, the new Galaxy C5 Pro variant that received its WiFi certification, dubbed SM-C501X, is expected to be available in foreign markets. Sadly, nothing is official yet.
ZTE Blade A2 Plus Android smartphone hits India

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.
Samsung SM-T378 details on WiFi Alliance, possibly a Tab S3 variant

Samsung SM-T378 gets its WiFi certification

The new tablet that surfaced on the website of the WiFi Alliance might be related to the Galaxy Tab S3, but nothing is official yet. No less than four versions of this slate have been certified, so we will most likely see them arise at MWC 2017.
Huawei Honor 8 Lite Android smartphone color options

Honor 8 Lite spotted in Finland

Although it still has to be officially unveiled, this 5.2-inch handset has been apparently listed as available for pre-order in Finland, being expected to begin shipping on February 17.
Huawei P10 Plus Android smartphone/phablet front render

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.
The OnePlus 3T has been found to have cheated on benchmarking tools like AnTuTu. (Source: Phone Arena)

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.
Huawei Honor 8 Lite alleged image, launch rumored for March

Alleged Honor 8 Lite images leak online

The unannounced Huawei Honor 8 Lite is expected to show up at MWC, targeting the mid-range sector of the market. This handset would not feature a dual-camera setup or USB Type-C connectivity, claim the rumors.
Oppo A57 Android smartphone with 16 MP front camera and Qualcomm Snapdragon 435

Oppo A57 coming to India

This selfie-centric Android handset launched in China back in December 2016 and is scheduled to hit India on February 3. Its specs include a generous 16 MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Android tablet hits FCC

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 arrives at FCC

The WiFi only SM-T820 model and the 4G LTE-capable SM-T825 surfaced on FCC, but the launch date of the Galaxy Tab S3 surfaced online. Reports from South Korea reveal that Samsung plans to unveil it on February 26 at MWC.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Android tablet spotted back in 2016 at TENAA hits GFXBench

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 hits GFXBench

The device that surfaced on GFXBench had Android 7.0 "Samsung Edition" on board, as well as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage,and a 9.7-inch multitouch display with 2,048X1,536 pixels.
ZTE Hawkeye mid-range crowdsourced Android handset to get a new beginning

ZTE might reboot the Hawkeye project

Since ZTE already decided that the specs of the Hawkeye handset need a bump to draw enough attention on Kickstarter, it might not be a bad idea to change the specs and to start once again, pushing the device into the high-end market sector.
Nokia N1 Android tablet to get an impressive successor by the end of 2017

Nokia's Snapdragon 835-driven flagship rumored to be a tablet

The upcoming tablet is expected to offer the impressive 4K resolution, next to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and Android 7.0 Nougat on top.
These images of what people are calling the Idol 5's rear cover offer a few clues. (Source: Tech2)

Alcatel may announce a modular smartphone at MWC

One of the phones expected to release at MWC is the Idol 5, which sources say will be modular. The bold design move is certain to stand out from the competition, though modular smartphones have yet to prove widely popular.
Google Pixel XL Android smartphone to get a much cheaper sibling

Google might launch a cheaper Pixel handset

The cheaper Google phone is expected to launch later this year and is known as Pixel 2B for now. Sadly, the rumors do not say anything about its specs and features, so it might even hit the market as an Android One device.
BLU Vivo XL2 Android smartphone with MediaTek MT6737T processor

BLU Vivo XL2 now available in the US

This affordable Android handset uses the MediaTek MT6737T processor, next to 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, a 13 MP main camera, all driven by a 3,150 mAh battery. It runs Marshmallow and has a price tag of just $100 USD (special launch price, regular price being $150 USD).
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to be completely redesigned. (Source: VentureBeat)

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.
Kodak Ektra Smartphone Review

81% Kodak Ektra Smartphone Review

The camera-smartphone? The Kodak Ektra carries a big name and accordingly wants to pocket the prize for the best smartphone camera. Read on to find out if it does, and whether this smartphone could be something for you.
Mediatek Helio X20 MT6797 | ARM Mali-T880 MP4 | 5" | 163 g
A purported leaked rendering of the S8's final design. (Source: Business Insider)

Samsung gets first dibs on Snapdragon 835 production, others wait until April

Industry sources that Samsung is hording the majority of the Snapdragon 835 SoCs to itself, causing other companies to have to use older, less desirable chipsets. The 835 is Qualcomm's design, but is being made using Samsung's 10nm manufacturing technology.
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 LTE Android tablet with Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor

Asus ZenPad 3S 10 LTE now official

This 9.7-inch slate has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor inside, next to 4 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. Thanks to its 2K display and surround sound, it provides an excellent multimedia experience.
Some older Chromebooks, such as the Pixel 2, will still have Android app compatibility. (Source: OMGChrome)

All Cromebooks from 2017 on will be compatible with Android apps

Google has announced that in addition to certain legacy models, all Chromebooks released in 2017 onward will have full Android app support.
Huawei P10 Lite Android smartphone hits TENAA with

Huawei P10 Lite surfaces on TENAA

This upcoming handset is apparently another Huawei P10 variant, offering dual-SIM capabilities and the usual LTE connectivity options. Sadly, there are no other details to mention at this stage.
Huawei Honor V9 Android phablet hits TENAA

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 Galaxy Tab S3 Android tablet with Exynos processor

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 specs leak online

The specs of the upcoming Tab S3 tablet with model numbers SM-T820 and SM-T825 have recently surfaced on Weibo. These specs include the Exynos 7420 processor, next to 4 GB RAM and UFS 2.0 internal storage.

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