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Samsung's new 10nm Exynos 9 chip is expected to replace the Snapdragon 835 in some markets. (Source: Evan Blass @evleaks)

Galaxy S8+ specs tipped: will pack 6.2-inch screen, 10nm Exynos 9 or Snapdragon 835 SoC, iris scanner

Evan Blass has detailed the (alleged) specs for the Galaxy S8+ in full.
Source: Verizon

Verizon will pilot 5G wireless speeds in the U.S. this year

The wireless giant will begin rolling out 5G connectivity in 11 urban centers during the first half of 2017. The new protocol will only be available to select customers.
The HTC Desire line is set to be axed after this year. (Source: HTC)

HTC will stop making entry-level smartphones by end of year

Citing increased competition and low profit margins, HTC will exit the budget smartphone market by the end of 2017.
The original Mi Max. Its successor probably won't look much different. (Source: Android Pure)

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 may feature the Snapdragon 660, 6GB RAM and 5000mAh battery

Just a year after the first Mi Max, new leaks revealed that Xiaomi has a successor coming up that they are expected to unveil in May 2017. In addition, they provided a few clues about the hardware in the phablet.
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.
ZTE could be first with a gigabit 5G smartphone

ZTE teasing 5G Gigabit smartphone for MWC 2017

5G promises theoretical transfer rates of up to 10 Gbps when at its fullest potential. ZTE will be showing off a Gigabit smartphone capable of transfer rates of up to 1 Gbps as a stepping stone to the 4G LTE successor.
Does this mean future Chromebooks will have built-in fingerprint scanners? (Source: PCWorld)

Chromebooks will soon be compatible with biometric authentication

A fingerprint feature on Chrome OS has been in the works for the past few months and is now available for testing on an unstable version of Chrome Canary. This brings Chrome OS more in line with the biometric authentication options available on Windows 10 and macOS.
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.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 could be in for a refurbished return. (Source: Hankyung)

Note 7 resurrected: Samsung could begin to refurbish and sell Galaxy Note 7

According to a South Korean news outlet, Samsung may refurbished recalled Galaxy Note 7 units with smaller capacity batteries and new outer casings.
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.
The screen may not be as edge-to-edge as some would have hoped, but the bezels are thin nevertheless. (Source:

Samsung Galaxy S8 live images leak, onscreen buttons revealed

New leaks from China offer insight into the phone's much-debated exterior appearance, display (with the on-screen navigation keys) and ports. Is a fingerprint scanner next to the Samsung Galaxy S8's rear camera going to be an issue?
LG G5 Android flagship gets Nougat update on AT&T

LG G5 on AT&T finally gets Android Nougat

Although it took a while for it to arrive, the Android 7.0 firmware update is finally rolling out to LG G5 owners on AT&T. In addition to the usual changes, the new software also includes Google's January security patches.
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.
No, it does not run Android Nougat, nor does it feature Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, GPS or 3G connectivity. (Source: NDTV)

Nokia 3310 reboot will land next week at MWC

HMD Global annouced that the classic Nokia 3310 is getting released again after 17 years, cashing in on loyal Nokia fans who have fond memories of using the phone. It is, after all, one of the phones that launched a thousands Nokia memes about how Nokia cellphones are said to be indestructible.
LG G Pad III 8.0 Android tablet receives Nougat update February 2017

LG G Pad III 8.0 gets Android Nougat

Canadian carrier Fido is apparently the first one to release this update to these 8-inch Android slates that arrived back in May 2016, carrying Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on board.
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
Archos 133 Oxygen Android tablet, Archos to make Kodak tablets soon

Archos to release Kodak-branded tablets soon

This French maker of affordable Android devices has been selected by Kodak as a brand licensee for the European market and the first Archos-made Kodak tablets are expected to become available by the end of May 2017.
Smaller bezels, water resistance, and stereo speakers are chief among the suggestions so far.(Source: Google)

Google asks its community for input on the next Pixel handset

Google's Pixel Community Manager has come to the community asking for their likes, dislikes, and suggestions for the Pixel phone. Common dislikes included the mono speaker, lack of waterproofing, and large bezels.
Huawei P10 Android smartphone leaked images via FCC

First official Huawei P10 images leak online

Although the images show a design with a flat screen without curved edges that makes the upcoming handset similar to the Huawei P9, the fingerprint reader appears to be placed on what seems to be the home button.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Android phablet in Blue Color finish

Samsung Galaxy S7/Edge gets Nougat on T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners on T-Mobile have recently begun to receive OTA notifications that the Nougat update is ready and it looks like the latest security patches have been included as well, although the new firmware is not based on Android 7.1.1.
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
Smartphone makers are reluctant to keep making larger phones each year, but they can still make the screen bigger. (Source: Android Central)

Xiaomi says a Mi Mix successor is in the works

Xiaomi's CEO revealed that the company is working on a successor to the almost bezel-less Xiaomi Mi Mix. Even though that phone was only released in China, its worldwide acclaim indicates that consumers welcome the design trend.
Nubia N1 now available in Black Gold with 64 GB of storage

Nubia N1 now available in Black Gold with 64 GB of storage

The 5.5-inch mainstream smartphone gets an attractive new color and double the storage capacity for a starting price of about 250 Euros.
New leaks detail Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, 635, and 660 mid-range SoCs

New leaks detail Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, 635, and 660 mid-range SoCs

The Snapdragon 630, 635, and 660 will succeed the Snapdragon 625, 626, and 653, respectively, with supposed launch dates before the end of the year.
Huawei P10 headed for MWC and could carry up to 8 GB of RAM

Huawei P10 headed for MWC and could carry up to 8 GB of RAM

Specifications on the P10 and P10 Plus have leaked through an online retailer suggesting 8 GB of RAM and a launch price of 799 Euros.
Like Google's Daydream View headset, the Asus AIO VR is expected to feature a cloth exterior. (Source: Phandroid)

Asus will launch a standalone VR headset later this year

With the upcoming Asus AIO VR, users will no longer need to insert their phones to get the full AR or VR experience or worry about draining their battery. Its current specifications are unknown, but its design bears some similarity to Google's Daydream View.
The low price point is highly attractive, but will that be enough to help Asus catch on in China? (Source: Android Headlines)

Asus Zenfone 3 Go specs leak online

The contents of the leak have yet to be confirmed, but assuming the information is accurate, speculators say Asus is likely to officially announce the budget phone at MWC this year. Asus's new device may lack powerful hardware, but that will matter little to the target audience: social media users.
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.
Vernee Apollo 2 smartphone will be first to ship with the Helio X30 SoC

Vernee Apollo 2 smartphone will be first to ship with the Helio X30 SoC

Vernee's three-month old Apollo smartphone is already getting a successor for an official reveal at MWC 2017.
Lenovo finalizes user-made Moto Z Mod concepts

Lenovo finalizes user-made Moto Z Mod concepts

The top twelve finalists will battle it out on Indiegogo for the grand prize of $1 million USD. Potential winning concepts including an attachable solar panel, additional smart home controls, and an anti-bacterial Moto Mod.
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.
Oppo and Vivo are making a concerted effort to capitalize on the demand for midrange handsets in China, India and Southeast Asia. (Source: Yibada)

Oppo expected to ramp up production capacity in 2017

While Xiaomi and Apple face an increasingly challenging smartphone market, Oppo is leaping ahead of the competition to become the handset maker to beat in China's domestic market. Additional production plants will help it meet growing demand.
More leaks show the LG G6 shipping with the older Snapdragon 821 SoC (Source: The Verge)

More leaks show the LG G6 shipping with the older Snapdragon 821 SoC

LG is backed up into a corner and will likely launch its anticipated G6 flagship early in an attempt to beat the Samsung Galaxy S8 to market.
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.
Huawei Watch smartwatch to get a successor in February 2017

Huawei Watch 2 might arrive at MWC

Huawei Watch will get a successor simply known as Watch 2. A teaser posted on Weibo reveals that this smartwatch will be unveiled at the end of the month, during the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona.
Nokia 6 Android smartphone global launch in February 2017

Nokia 3, 5, and 6 to launch globally this month

The Nokia 6 is finally going to hit other markets soon, next to the cheaper Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 smartphones, as well as a tribute to the classic 3310 that launched back in 2000 and is well known for its durability.
ZTE Axon 7 Mini Android smartphone gets LineageOS 14.1 ROM

LineageOS 14.1 hits OnePlus 3T, ZTE Axon 7, and others

The Nougat-based custom ROM developed by the former Cyanogen team now offers the same build for the OnePlus 3T and the older OnePlus 3. The other additions to the list of supported devices are ZTE Axon 7, HTC One M7, and the LG G3 on Sprint.
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.
Samsung Galaxy Tab E Android tablet now free for T-Mobile users

T-Mobile offers free Samsung Galaxy Tab E slates

The "Tablet on Us" promotion offers the Samsung Galaxy Tab E for free to T-Mobile One subscribers, as well as to those who sign up for any mobile plan with 6 GB of data or more.
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.
Verizon will begin offering plans with uncapped mobile data February 13th. (Source: Verizon)

Verizon will offer unlimited data plans starting February 13th

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?
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.
Allview X4 Soul smartphone now available for pre-order

Allview X4 Soul smartphone now available for pre-order

The 5.5-inch smartphone is the company's first with dual rear cameras and reasonably high specifications. Prices start at 420 Euros with free extras for the first 100 buyers.

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