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I'm a freelance copywriter who lives and dies for tech. Android, especially. The smartphone market is one going through an impressive growth spurt, so I crawl the Internet with keen interest in a technological ecosystem that doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 explodes inside woman's purse in New York
The Note 7 was recalled two years ago for a default that made the devices go up in flames. The new Note 9 may be set to follow the path its predecessor made, though, as a woman in New York has filed a case against Samsung, claiming her new Note 9 exploded in her purse.
DxOMark: The Samsung Galaxy Note 9's cameras are better than the Pixel 2's but not quite as good as the Huawei P20 Pro's
Samsung's new Galaxy Note 9 is a US$1000 device but, according to DxOMark, it still fails to catch up to the significantly cheaper Huawei P20 Pro in the still photography department.
The Nokia 9 and Nokia X7 are on their way, and they will ditch the notch
Display panels supposedly belonging to the Nokia 9 flagship and Nokia X7 sub-premium device have surfaced, with a major take being the absence of notches on both devices.
Purported Redmi Note 6 display panel surfaces, huge notch in tow
A display panel allegedly belonging to the upcoming Redmi Note 6 has surfaced, giving us what could be our first look at the next iteration in Xiaomi's best-selling mid-range series.
Spiderman becomes the fastest-selling PS4 title of the year in the UK as New Game+ looms
Spiderman was released a few days ago and has done extremely well in the UK market, with it selling double the number of God of War units over the same period in their sales cycles on its way to becoming the fastest-selling game of the year.
OnePlus 6T officially confirmed to feature an in-display fingerprint reader
OnePlus has officially confirmed that its next device, the OnePlus 6T, will feature an in-display fingerprint sensor. We expect the technology to be Synaptics' ClearID that has been seen on numerous OPPO and Vivo devices this year.
HTC could be working on a flagship with 5G support
HTC is said to be working on a successor to its U12+ flagship. The device will reportedly be powered by a Snapdragon 855 and will boast of 5G capabilities.
Xiaomi set to unveil two new devices in the Mi 8 series
Xiaomi could be set to unveil two new devices in the premium Mi 8 lineup, the Mi 8 Youth Edition and Mi 8 Screen Fingerprint representing taking up opposite ends of the price-feature spectrum
Complete details of the LG V40 revealed
LG's V -series has given us some of the most innovative smartphones we've ever seen, and the upcoming LG V40 is set to continue that tradition—in penta-style, too.
Xiaomi puts users through the ringer in bootloader unlock merry-go-round
Xiaomi may have a patchy history of providing kernel source codes but the company's bootloader unlock policies have always been fair—at least compared to that of other OEMs. Until last week, that is, when the Chinese company decided to stir up the muddy waters.
Honor to temporarily allow bootloader unlocks
Huawei, and Honor by extension, ended support for bootloader unlocks a few months ago. However, Honor has re-opened the window for unlocks, but with a number of extremely limiting conditions.
Smaller is better - Complete details of the compact Pixel 3 surface
Details of the upcoming Pixel 3 have been sparse but we finally get a look at Google’s next compact flagship, with all available information giving it the appearance of a more compelling offering than the Pixel 3 XL that leaked earlier this week.
Mi Mix 3 could be coming next month with some of the slimmest bezels the world has ever seen
Word of the Mi Mix 3 has been scarce but there's a chance we get it sometime next month. There's also been word of another Snapdragon 710-powered Xiaomi device in the works.
Huawei may be bricking modded devices in an attempt to kill community development
Huawei ended support for bootloader unlocks a few months ago but, apparently, that isn't where the company ends its battle against community development.
Xiaomi executive nabbed promoting the new Poco F1 with fake camera samples
Xiaomi’s new Poco F1 may be a great device but the company has gone the extra mile to make us all appreciate that fact, by advertising the F1 using pictures taken by the flagship Mi Mix 2S.
The Meizu 16X is a sub-premium device you may want to watch out for
We’re massive fans of the Meizu 16 devices and the company has something even more interesting in the works. The Meizu 16X is billed to be a slightly less powerful version of the Meizu 16, while being offered with a mid-range price tag.
The ZTE Axon 9 Pro is an underwhelming successor to the Axon 7 devices
ZTE has unveiled its new Axon 9 Pro at IFA. The device isn’t a particularly bad offering by the embattled OEM but certain details on its specifications sheet are sure to leave fans of its predecessor, the Axon 7, underwhelmed.
The Blackberry KEY2 LE is a midranger with a physical keyboard
Blackberry has launched a cheaper model of the Blackberry KEY2 that was released a few months ago. The KEY2 LE features a weaker SoC, smaller battery, worse cameras, and less memory than its pricier sibling.
The Honor Play makes its way over to Europe
Huawei’s sub-brand, Honor, has launched its Honor Play gaming phone for the European market. The device is the cheapest Kirin 970-powered smartphone on the market and its price tag puts it directly against Xiaomi’s new Poco F1.
The Honor 8X is coming on September 5, alongside a plus-sized sibling
Huawei is set to unveil the new Honor 8X next week, The device will be launched alongside a bigger Honor 8X Max, a direct competitor to Xiaomi’s Mi Max 3.
The Google Pixel 3 XL - Everything we know
Google's latest Pixel devices are billed to be launched on October 9. Here's everything we know about the 3 XL.
The new Meizu 16 and 16 Plus are the best flagships you'll never buy
A short while ago, Meizu released its two new flagships, the Meizu 16 and 16 Plus, with both devices looking an awful lot like what most of us would expect from an ideal flagship. On paper, at least.
Two years after launch, the LG V20 receives its first major OS update
The LG V20, G6, and Q6 are finally receiving their Oreo updates. It's only taken the V20 two years to receive its first major update, so LG must be applauded. And yes, that is, indeed, sarcasm.
Huawei Mate 20 Lite spotted in the wild
The Mate 20 Lite has been listed on a Polish retail website, with hands-on reviews also giving us a clearer image of Huawei's next unassuming mid-ranger.
The Poco F1 is set to hit Europe but it will leave its "flagship killer" title behind in India
The Poco F1 that was launched in India last week combined performance, essential features, and price into an unbeatable package. The device will make its way to Europe this week but will leave one of those features behind, making it a relatively uninteresting release.
There's a new HTC device coming on August 30
HTC is set to unveil yet another device in a few days. It's unknown what device the company has lined up but there's a chance it's the U12 Life, or a special edition of the U12 Plus.
Huawei records excellent growth in Europe
The name Huawei may not be a fan favorite in the US but you'd be wrong if you thought the company was just another upstart unknown Chinese OEM. According to IDC, Huawei overtook Apple to become the second-largest smartphone brand in Europe last quarter.
The LG V40 ThinQ is coming with a notch and tri-rear cameras
According to reports, the LG V40 may be coming on November 16 with a rectangular notch, tri-rear cameras, two front-facing cameras, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The much-expected ZTE Axon 9 devices could be on their way soon
Word of ZTE's upcoming flagships has surfaced once again, and it would appear that we will be getting an Axon 9—and a Pro model—soon, perhaps even sooner than one would expect.
The Huawei Mate 20 will feature a weird rear camera design and a notch
A new report has detailed Huawei's upcoming flagship, the Mate 20, with notable takeaways including the presence of a notch, a single selfie camera, a headphone jack, and a slightly inebriated tri-rear camera design.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 on course to outsell the S9
According to market analysts, the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is currently on course to outsell the S9. What's more, it would appear that most buyers prefer shelling out over US$1000 for the premium model.
The Android One Motorola One Power is on its way but we may have seen it before
New details of Motorola's new device have surfaced, and there's a chance we may be dealing with the Moto P30 Note, a device initially listed alongside the Moto P30 that was launched last week.
HMD patches bootloader unlock exploit, enthusiasts reply with petition
Before now, users of Nokia devices have been able to unlock their bootloaders via an unofficial channel. Sadly, that will no longer be possible, as a new update has closed off the vulnerability by changing the unlock algorithm.
OnePlus finally brings Treble support to the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T
The new Oxygen OS 5.1.5 update sent out to the OnePlus 5 and 5T has finally granted the devices their very own Treble powers. The update weighs is a heavy 1.69 GB download and will be rolled out gradually.
Here's all we know about the upcoming Vivo X23
Vivo's next premium device, the Vivo X23, is set to be launched within the coming weeks. It will be powered by the new Snapdragon 710 and will feature up to 8 GB of RAM.
Huawei caught using DSLR shots as camera samples in an ad for its new smartphone
Huawei has been caught passing off DSLR shots as camera samples of its smartphone. While the company has something to say in its defense, this wouldn’t be the first time something of this sort has happened, as similar crookery was discovered two years ago with camera samples of the Huawei P9.
HMD launches the Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus
HMD Global has launched the Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 6.1 Plus in India—and the global market—today at an event in New Delhi. The devices are Android One offerings and will receive three years of security updates.
The Mi 8 is set to hit India next month
The Mi 8 was launched in China back in May and is finally set to make its way over to India, and with an accompanying price tag that translates to around US$420. That would make it effectively the cheapest mainstream flagship in that market.
This could very well be the OnePlus 6T
OnePlus devices have always drawn inspiration from OPPO’s offerings and the OnePlus 6T will likely be no different when its released in a few months. There’s a high chance we get a device with tri-rear cameras—a la Huawei P20 Pro—and a spanking new design.
Currently listed at just over US$200, the Essential PH-1 is at its cheapest since launch
The Essential PH-1 went on sale for just US$280 a few days ago, but is now listed for even less. Surely there aren’t any brand new devices that can compete at this price point?
Sony releases Android Pie update roadmap
Sony has released its update roadmap for Android Pie. The company is set to continue its tradition of being one of the first OEMs to send out major updates to its devices.
New report claims the HTC U12 Life will...not be made by HTC
HTC's mobile division has failed at picking itself up from its dire straits and word on the grapevine claims that the company may be unable to handle production of its next device by itself.
The Huawei P20 Pro is the phone of the year, EISA declares
EISA (Expert Imaging and Sound Association) has announced its picks for the best smartphones of the year across different categories, with Huawei and Nokia being the biggest winners.
Huawei is working on its Android Pie updates
Huawei is supposedly testing the new Android Pie on four of its devices. The company is likely to rollout out the Android P-based EMUI 9 in the near future.
Details of the Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, and Mate 20 Lite revealed in full
Details of Huawei's upcoming Mate trio of devices have surfaced, showing devices with five cameras, wireless charging, and huge batteries.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 expected to outsell its predecessor
Market analysts claimed sales of the Samsung Galaxy S9 was one of the worst ever in the series but Samsung has other ideas, and also believes the new Note 9 will outsell the Note 8.
One of the best value flagships on the market, the Asus Zenfone 5Z, is coming to the US on August 13
Asus' main flagship for the year, the Zenfone 5Z is finally making it over to the US. While currently unavailable, it's said to be on pre-order at the moment and will go on sale on August 13 with a bargain price tag of US$499.
OPPO launches the new OPPO F9 with a dashing notch
OPPO has unveiled its new F9 sub-premium device. The F9 is a solid offering on paper, and continues the new trend of innovative design factors with one of the best notch implementations we've ever seen.
Motorola launches the Moto P30, Moto E5 Plus, and Z3
Motorola has launched three new devices in China. The E5 Plus and Z3 are known quantities, so the main arrival is the Snapdragon 636-powered Moto P30.
Xiaomi launches the Android One Mi A2 for the Indian market
Xiaomi released the Mi A2 in India last week, with the device being, for the most part, an Android One rebrand of the Mi 6X. It also fails at being a worthy successor to the popular last-gen Mi A1.
The Snapdragon 710-powered Mi Max 3 Pro is dead in the water, Xiaomi executive confirms
Xiaomi's Director of Product Marketing, Zhi Zhiyuan, has confirmed that the company has no plans of releasing an Mi Max 3 Pro. Previous word claimed that the Pro variant of the newly launched Mi Max 3 would be powered by a Snapdragon 710.
God of War breaks yet another PlayStation sales record as PS4 sales hit cresecendo
God of War was released back in April and it has recorded some fantastic sales numbers on its way to becoming the fastest-selling PlayStation release ever.
The new Honor Play is the cheapest Kirin 970-powered device ever
Huawei has now launched its latest device in India. The Honor Play is notable for being the cheapest device to be released with Huawei's flagship Kirin 970 SoC.
Android One Motorola One in the works, could be coming on August 2
Apparently, Motorola has two mid-range devices in the works. One is the Motorola One, and the other is the Motorola One Power. Both are Android One devices but it remains unknown what actually separates them.
Blackberry launches the Evolve and Evolve X but they may just be overpriced
Blackberry released a new duo of devices, the Evolve and Evolve X, a few days ago, and while they're solid devices on paper, we can't seem to shake off the feeling that they're irresponsibly priced.
Eighteen months after releasing its first device, HMD joins the ranks of the top ten smartphone brands
The biggest headline from Counterpoint Research's newest report on the smartphone market may have been Huawei's dethroning of Apple to become the second-largest smartphone company in the world, but equally impressive is HMD's showing in the global market.
Sony releases quarterly sales numbers - Mobile division takes hit, PlayStation sales stay strong
Sony has released its sales numbers for the first quarter of its fiscal year. According to the report, the company's PlayStation division saw sizeable rises in income and profit but the reverse was the case for the floundering mobile division.
Nokia could be expanding operations to the US soon
HMD may be set to open up shop in the US, with the Finnish OEM said to be sending out ads for a number of job positions based in the US. This move may mean we get to see more of the company's high-value devices in the US soon.
Samsung Galaxy A, J, C devices may not be getting the Oreo update till December
Samsung may be the biggest smartphone brand in the world but the company's policy on software updates is far from the best. According to a notice sent to users of Galaxy devices, a number of Galaxy A, J, and C smartphones will not receive the Oreo update till December—four months after the release of Android P.
OnePlus knocks out Samsung and Apple to become biggest premium smartphone seller in India
OnePlus overtook Samsung and Apple to become the biggest smartphone brand in India's premium smartphone segment, with the OnePlus accounting for 30% of sales of premium devices in Q2.
HTC closes down operations in India
HTC's smartphone sales have floundered globally over the past two years, and the company has finally closed shop in India. This is only relevant for smartphone sales, though, as the company's VR division still holds strong.
Meizu 16 spotted on AnTuTu, billed for August 8 launch
Meizu's upcoming Meizu 16 flagship has made its way over to popular benchmark platform AnTuTu, and recorded some pretty impressive numbers in the process.
Xiaomi and Samsung hold down the Indian smartphone market with massive combined 60% market share
Counterpoint Research and Canalys have posted their quarterly reports on the business standings of the Indian smartphone markets, with both agreeing that Samsung has rebounded brilliantly in Q2 after a slump in the first quarter of the year.
Details of the Honor Note 10 revealed in full
The Honor Note 10 has, over the past week, made appearances on certification websites and retail outlets, giving us a clearer idea of what we'll be getting from Huawei's next premium device.
DxOMark: The Oneplus 6's cameras push the iPhone X and Google Pixel 2 to the limits
The OnePlus 6 made its way over to DxOMark yesterday and achieved scores placing it on par with traditional juggernauts like the iPhone X, Google Pixel 2, and Huawei Mate Pro. Of course, it's a lot more impressive when you consider the fact that the OnePlus 6 is a current-gen device and costs significantly less than its peers.
The Snapdragon 632 makes its Geekbench appearance, outperforms the Snapdragon 636 and 630
The Snapdragon 632 was released a few weeks ago and has made its way to Geekbench, with it recording scores that would make it the company's most impressive mid-range SoC, even ahead of the Snapdragon 636.
The Huawei Mate 20 to feature BOE-made AMOLED panels, Kirin 980, and five cameras
More details of Huawei’s upcoming flagship, the Mate 20, have surfaced. According to the reports, the device will feature OLED panels made by Chinese company BOE, and not Samsung as previously touted. It could also ship with five cameras.
Mi 8 Explorer likely not vaporware after all, could be coming on July 24
Some Xiaomi fans have always had a feeling that the Mi 8 Explorer was nothing but a concept showpiece by Xiaomi. They may be proven wrong soon, though, with reports claiming that the device could go on sale on July 24.
ZTE finally back in the game as company pays US$1.4 billion fine to the US government
ZTE has paid off the huge US$1.4 billion fine issued by the US government over a month ago. This means that the Chinese company is finally back in business and can now negotiate deals with US companies.
Honor has sold three million Honor 10 units in just over two months
According to Honor, three million units of the Honor 10 have been shipped. The device was released in the last week of April, so this is an impressive figure—one that comes amidst a plethora of other successes recorded by the company.
Samsung Galaxy S10 to adopt two different fingerprint sensor approaches
While it's still early days yet, more details of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 phones have surfaced, throwing more light on what we should expect from the trio of devices.
Android One Mi A2 and A2 Lite listed online ahead of touted July 24 launch
Xiaomi's upcoming Android One Mi A2 was listed on a Polish retail website yesterday alongside a smaller Lite variant. The listings give us a better idea of what to expect from the devices, with the A2 Lite looking to be a rebranded Redmi 6 Pro.
Live images of the Honor Note 10 surface
Purported live images of the upcoming Honor Note 10 have surfaced, showing a device with a gigantic screen and, thankfully, no notch. The device could be launched sometime towards the end of the month.
Samsung Galaxy S9 sales have stalled, currently the worst selling device in the series since the Galaxy S3
After a successful first month, sales of the Samsung Galaxy S9 devices have flatlined. Going by the current trend, sales of the duo are expected to peak at an underwhelming 31 million shipments, making them the worst-selling Galaxy S devices since the Galaxy S3 that was released back in 2012.
HTC's June figures show a brutal two-year low in revenue
HTC’s fall from grace continues without hitting terminal velocity. The company released its June sales numbers, with the figures showing a 68% year-on-year drop in revenue.
The Sony XA2 Ultra's camera is a decent mid-range performer at best, DxOMark says
Sony’s Xperia XA2 Ulta mid-ranger made the trip to popular photography benchmark platform DxOMark last week, and recorded a set of bang average results in the process.
Xiaomi set to enter the US by 2019
Xiaomi’s growth has been meteoric. The company made advances into Europe last year and is set to pay the US a visit in 2019, if company Vice President Wang Xiang’s words are anything to go by.
List of devices to receive MIUI 10 surfaces
A post of Xiaomi’s MIUI forums has revealed what devices will receive the MIUI 10 update. Of course, only a select few of those devices will receive a MIUI 10 based on Android Oreo.
HTC makes first step towards closure with workforce downsize in Taiwan
HTC is set to lay off 1500 workers from its Taiwan manufacturing unit by September. The company has seen a consistent drop in sales figures over the past year or so, and it’s about time we came to terms with the fact that the Taiwanese company could close shop soon.
The LG G6 finally receives Android Oreo
The LG G6 is currently receiving its Oreo update. This is an update to Android 8.0 and, considering how long it’s taken to be sent out, will likely be the only major update the last-gen flagship receives.
The Redmi Note 5 has shipped five million units in four months
According to Xiaomi, the Redmi Note 5 devices have sold five million units in the four months following their launch back on Valentine's day. For some perspective, it took the Redmi Note 4 six months to achieve this.
The Snapdragon 845-powered Meizu 16 is one to watch out for
Meizu released the Meizu 15 devices and we were massive fans of the device. Or, well, its hardware at least. The company is set to follow it up with the Meizu 16 phones that will feature top-of-the-line hardware and a set of features without any particular compromises.
Purported Kirin 980-powered Huawei mate X coming with 40 + 20 MP rear cameras and no notch
According to certain sources, Huawei has an unexpected Mate device in the works. This device will, like the Mate 20, feature the upcoming Kirin 980. It will also forego a notch in favor of a more traditional bezel-less design.
Images and videos of the upcoming Pixel 3 devices paint a completely uninteresting picture
High-res factory-based CAD renders of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have surfaced. The latter sports an egregious notch, and both feature dual selfie cameras, a single rear camera, and a traditional fingerprint sensor at the back. It all just feels like an unmotivated refresh by Google, really.
Nokia device with Snapdragon 845, in-display fingerprint reader, and LG-made OLED panel on the way
Nokia is said to be working on a flagship device that could very well be the much-expected Nokia 9. The device is codenamed "A1P" and will feature a Snapdragon 845, an in-display fingerprint reader, and possibly a penta-lens camera setup.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 officially confirmed for August 9 launch
Samsung has officially confirmed the launch date of its upcoming Galaxy Note 9 phablet. The device will be launched on August 9 at a currently unspecified venue.
Qualcomm silently introduces the Snadragon 429, 439, and 632
Qualcomm has silently unveiled three new SoCs for the budget and mid-range segments, in the forms of Snapdragon 429, Snapdragon 439, and Snapdragon 632.
The Alcatel 1 is an Android Go device that costs just US$89
Alcatel has unveiled its newest device, the Android Go Alcatel 1. The device features a 5-inch 480x960 display, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage, an MT6739, and a US$89 price tag.
The Huawei MateBook D with an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U is now available in the US
The Huawei MateBook D was refreshed a few weeks ago at Computex to include a Ryzen 5 2500U and a Vega 8. The 14-inch laptop is now available in the US and offers excellent value for money as is usual with devices in the series.
The LG V40 will sail uncharted waters by featuring five cameras
Word of the LG V40 has surfaced, with the device touted to feature a notch, facial recognition, and grand sum of five cameras. Life is Good but more isn't always better.
OPPO Find X apparently not coming to the US after all
There was word last week that OPPO's new Find X was billed to be sold in the US. Unfortunately, that is unlikely to be the case, as OPPO isn't interested in going through the hurdles of selling the device in the US just yet. The Find X will be available in Europe, though.
Mi Max 3 Pro with Snapdragon 710 onboard spotted online
The Mi Max 3 Pro has been spotted on Xiaomi's official website with a Snapdragon 710, 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, a 5400 mAh battery, and a 6.9-inch display. A July launch is confirmed.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 checks in for certification
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has made the journey to FCC for certification. While the listing doesn’t tell us much we don’t already know, it could be an indication of the device being set to launch earlier than normal.
Development plans for the Samsung Galaxy S10 revealed
The Samsung Galaxy S10 may still be nine months away but word from reputable sources have given us a better understanding of what to expect from Samsung’s milestone device. The S10 is expected to come in three models, the cheapest of which will be a 5.8-inch device with a flat screen. There's also a model expected to feature three rear cameras a la Huawei P20 Pro.
The Blackberry KEYone's Oreo update is finally around the corner
The Blackberry KEYone received a maintenance update prepping it for Android Oreo a few weeks ago, and now a document has been revealed that shows the device penned down to start receiving the Android 8.0 Oreo update on June 28.
Nokia 3.1 to go on sale in the US on July 2 with $159 MSRP
HMD has announced that its new entry-level device, the Nokia 3.1, is coming to the US on July 2. The device will be on sale on Amazon and BestBuy and will come with 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, and a US$159 price tag.
Although a sliver of doubt remains, it's about time we all took Xiaomi seriously
Xiaomi has grown in eight short years to become the fourth-largest smartphone brand in the world. While the company may have its fair share of issues, it has also managed to smoothen out a lot of the creases on its lapels—and it's about time we took the Beijing-based OEM seriously.
The Moto One Power is the spiritual successor to the original Moto Z Play
The Moto Z Play was loved by enthusiasts when it was released two years ago. Sadly, the company failed to live up to expectations with its successor, the Moto Z2 Play. Fans of the Moto Z Play may have a reason to smile now, though, as details of the upcoming Moto One Power surface.
Xiaomi launches the Redmi 6 Pro, a disappointing sequel to the Redmi 4 Prime
Xiaomi has unveiled its new Redmi 6 Pro. The device is a natural successor to the Redmi 4 Prime, and shockingly is powered by the same Snapdragon 625, almost two years after the latter was released.
Xiaomi introduces the Mi Pad 4, Snapdragon 660 in tow
Xiaomi has announced the launch of its new Mi Pad 4 tablet. The device comes with a base price tag of US$170, which makes it the cheapest device powered by a Snapdragon 660.
Xiaomi sold over a million Mi 8 devices in just eighteen days
Xiaomi has announced that it sold a million units of the Mi 8 devices in just 18 days. Considering how many devices the company has in its portfolio, and the fact that its talents lie in the mid-range and budget market, this number can only be chalked down as a massive success.
New update affects the OnePlus 6's battery performance, and not in a good way
The OxygenOS 5.1.6 and 5.1.8 updates to the OnePlus 6 has caused a number of users to experience weird battery behaviors, with some claiming their devices now offer half the regular screen-on time.
The Huawei P9, P9 Plus, and Honor 8 may not get the Oreo update after all
Huawei's customer support has announced that the Huawei P9 will not get the update to Android Oreo. This comes after the company sent out beta updates to users of the devices in China last month.
Samsung to ditch the iris scanner on the Galaxy S10
With the recent rise of both 3D facial recognition technology and in-display fingerprint sensors, Samsung is set to ditch the iris scanner on the Galaxy S10 in favor of something more mainstream.
Purported Kirin 1020 to end the current Snapdragon dominance
Huawei is said to be working on an SoC that will end Qualcomm's reign over the Android SoC market. The chipset, supposedly the Kiirin 1020, is touted to offer twice the performance of the current Kirin 970.
The Blackberry KEY2 goes on sale in the US on June 29
Blackberry's new device, the KEY2, was launched a short while ago. The device will be go on presale in the US on June 29, and will hit shop shelves on July 13–with a base price tag of US$649.99.
The new LG Stylo 4 is a cheaper alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Note devices
LG has launched its new Stylo 4 phablet. The device comes with a Stylus Pen for productivity, and a US$179 price tag that makes it a hard pass for those seeking a Galaxy Note device in a much cheaper form.
Nokia 5.1 Plus listed on TENAA
HMD's upcoming device, the Nokia 5.1 Plus, has stopped by at TENAA with a 5.86-inch HD+ display, a notch, dual rear cameras, and what looks an awful lot like a Helio P22.
The Mi Max 3 could feature a Snapdragon 636, a 3.5mm jack, and no notch
The Mi Max 3 popped up on TENAA a few days ago, throwing some more light on what we should expect from the device. Some highlights include an IR blaster, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a 5400 mAh battery, and a notchless 6.9-inch display.
New update brings EIS to the Honor 10 and Honor V10
The Honor 10 and Honor View 10 are great camera devices by their own rights but didn't come with any form of image stabilization out of the box. Both devices are currently receiving a security update that brings that feature, however.
Xiaomi OS update roadmap revealed - Redmi Note 4 to remain on Nougat
Xiaomi launched the new iteration of its skin, MIUI 10, a short while ago. While most devices will receive the skin update, it doesn't guarantee an OS update to Oreo.
LG Android One device in the works, could be exclusive to T-Mobile
The LG Stylo 4's kernel source code has revealed the existence of an Android One device made by the company. This will be the first of its kind from LG, and could very well be a T-Mobile exclusive.
Samsung said to be working on producing its own mobile GPUs
Samsung is said to be working on producing its own in-house GPUs. Till now, Exynos chipsets have been paired with ARM's Mali GPUs. This move will bring Samsung one step closer to challenging Qualcomm in the SoC market.
Huawei sold over 6 million P20 devices in three months
According to an official statement, Huawei has sold six million P20 smartphones. The device became available for purchase about three months ago, so this is surprisingly good returns for the company.
The Meizu 16 devices are coming, Snapdragon 845 in tow
Meizu CEO Jack Wong has confirmed that the company will build on the success of the recently released Meizu 15 devices with a pair of direct successors in the Meizu 16 and 16 Plus. One of the devices will feature a Snapdragon 845.
OPPO Find X flagship launched, coming to the US with US$1,000 price tag
OPPO unveiled the Find X yesterday at an event in Paris. A solid flagship, the Find X features a never-before-seen sliding camera mechanism. It will likely make its way to the US in the coming months, and could come with price tag of over US$1000.
Redmi 6 Pro, Mi Pad 4, and Mi Max 3 on the way
Xiaomi is set to unveil three new devices in the coming weeks. The Mi Pad 4 and Redmi 6 Pro are confirmed for a June 25 launch and will be followed by the Mi Max 3 shortly after.
The new Asus Zenfone Ares is a sleeping high bang-for-buck device
Last week, Asus released its Zenfone Ares device. The AR-centric smartphone serves as a cheaper alternative to the Zenfone AR that was released last year, and offers incredible bang for buck in the process.
Android One Mi A2 spotted online, Snapdragon 660 in tow
The Mi 5X was rebranded to become the Android One Mi A1 last year and, with the launch of the Mi 6X two months ago, most have come to expect the existence of a Mi A2, a direct successor to the Mi A1. Those dreams may become reality soon, as such a device has been spotted.
Security vulnerability discovered in the new OnePlus 6
A fatal vulnerability has been discovered on the new OnePlus 6, one that allows the flashing of unsigned boot images on the device even when the bootloader is locked.
LG's new Q7 devices go on sale in Korea as the quintessential overpriced midrangers
LG has finally begun sales of its new mid-range devices, the Q7 and Q7+. While not particularly underwhelming smartphones, both devices come with less than enticing price tags.
The Last of Us has sold 17 million copies worldwide
Sony’s first-party studio, Naughty Dog, has announced that its game, The Last of US, has sold 17 million copies, making it one of the best-selling games of all time. The game was released back in July 2013 and a sequel is in the works.
Samsung still biggest smartphone company in the world as Xiaomi goes after Huawei's place
A comprehensive report has shown Samsung’s dominance over the global smartphone market in Q1 2018, Xiaomi’s almost palpable growth, and the extreme competition in the Asian smartphone market.
Details of the OPPO Find X revealed
A document detailing OPPO’s next flagship, the OPPO Find X, has surfaced. The device will be powered by a Snapdragon 845, and will come with most of the features you’d expect to find on a current-gen mainstream flagship.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to get huge battery upgrade
According to new information, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will see a massive bump in battery capacity this year. Of course, nothing is official at the moment, but it’d be surprising to not see something of the sort when the device is unveiled in a few months.
The upcoming Mate 20 could sport a gigantic 6.9-inch AMOLED display
According to new reports, Huawei has sourced AMOLED panels from Samsung for the Mate 20. Of more surprise is the fact that these panels are apparently 6.9-inch ones, which likely means a size hike for the next Huawei flagship, bringing it eerily close to tablet territory.
Mysterious Honor V12 checks in for certification
A device with the Honor V12 moniker has appeared on the FCC and TENAA websites for certification. One would expect it to be a successor to last year’s Honor V10 flagship but the listed specifications and renders give us other ideas.
Xiaomi launches the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A in China
Xiaomi has announced the launch of its two new entry-level smartphones, the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A. The previous offerings in the series were best-sellers, so these new ones have rather large boots to fill. Of course, there’s the pesky little issue of the devices featuring MediaTek processors.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 finally receives Android Oreo
Earlier this week, Android Oreo for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge finally made its way to users on AT&T and Verizon. This will be the last major update the devices receive, with support set to end completely in Q1 2019.
Huawei finally brings the MediaPad M5 tablets to the US
Huawei has officially launched its new MediaPad M5 tablets for the US market. The devices come in three variants and bring some much-needed life back to a dying tablet scene. Prices begin at just over US$300.
Renders of the Nokia 5.1 Plus surface as HMD makes plans for Snapdragon 710-powered device
Renders of the upcoming Nokia 5.1 Plus have surfaced. Going by the images, the device will feature a notch, making it the second Nokia device to do so, after the Nokia X6 that was released a short while ago.
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro sees a temporary price cut
The Mate 10 Pro remains one of the best devices on the planet, and is currently available for US$550 on multiple retail outlets, a significant price drop from its US$800 launch MSRP. The model on sale is unlocked, comes with 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, and a US warranty.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 devices were the best-selling smartphones in the world in April
Samsung’s Galaxy S9 devices have been said to be numerical improvements over the S8 devices but you wouldn’t think that if you saw their sales numbers. The flagships finally overtook the iPhone X and iPhone 8 pair to become the best-selling smartphones in the world in April, although there’s an obvious reason for that.
Details and pricing of the Vivo NEX surface ahead of launch
The Vivo NEX is billed to be unveiled today. Details of the device have surfaced already, however, throwing more light on a device that’s regarded by most to be one of the most radical smartphones in recent times.
Chinese police now installs surveillance software on tourists' phones
A user on Reddit has narrated the tales of their trip into China, which saw the country’s border police accost them and install what was almost definitely surveillance software on their Android devices.
HTC continues to bleed money - May sales numbers as bleak as ever
HTC released its sales numbers for the month of May, with the company recording close to a 50% drop in revenue from the same period in 2017. Revenue for the first five months of the year was equally distressing, though things are likely to pick up as the U12+ goes on sale this month.
A year after launch, Essential gives users of the PH-1 a 3.5mm jack...and makes them pay for it
Essential has announced the release of its new Audio Adapter HD. The small adapter can be attached to the PH-1 and allows users to plug in a 3.5mm cable for an MQA-certified audio experience.
Revealed images of the Pixel 3 XL leave nothing to the imagination
Live images of the prototype of the upcoming Pixel 3 XL have surfaced. The device appears to keep most of the form of its predecessor but will feature a notch. There's also only one rear camera.
Ulefone announces the launch of the archetypal iPhone X clone, the Ulefone X
iPhone X clones are a dime a dozen, and the latest device to join that hallowed list is the subtly-named Ulefone X. The new device may be a shameless clone but it does look good on paper, which is more than can be said for a few other devices in that niche.
ZTE to pay US$1.4 billion fine as penance for its sins
Following Trump's intervention, ZTE has finally been granted a lifeline out of its current dire straits. The Chinese company has been ordered to pay a massive US$1.4 billion fine for its misdemeanours that saw it hit with a trade ban a few months ago.
Nubia Z18 spotted online with a fine design
Live images of Nubia's upcoming flagship, the Nubia Z18, have surfaced, revealing everything the device has to offer. Slim bezels, a chin, and a notch are some of the biggest talking points.
Motorola unveils the new sub-premium Moto Z3 Play
Motorola has finally unveiled its latest device, the sub-premium Moto Z3 Play. The smartphone is definitely solid on paper but its five hundred dollar price tag may be off-putting to some.
All released Nokia devices will receive Android P
HMD has proclaimed its dedication towards providing steady updates for its devices. The company has promised that all of its devices will receive the update to Android P when it's released—yes, even devices like the sub-$100 Nokia 1 and Nokia 2.
Complete details of the BlackBerry KEY2 revealed - Solid mid-ranger with unagreeable price tag
Tipster Evan Blass has revealed the complete specifications sheet of the upcoming BlackBerry KEY2. The device makes a number of improvements on its predecessor but also comes with a price tag one would expect to find on a flagship.
The Acer Aspire E 15 with a Core i5-8520U, MX150, and 256 GB SSD is currently available for less
The Acer Aspire E 15 is an Amazon bestseller, and with good reason. The updated version of the notebook—with an i5-8520U, MX150, and 256 GB SSD is currently going for under MSRP.
Google is set to release a Snapdragon 710-powered mid-range Pixel device
Google is said to be working on a new mid-range Pixel device. The device is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 710, and could have a slight touch of Xiaomi on it.
The Lenovo Z5 has been unveiled and it turns out Lenovo has been lying to us all
Over the past month, Lenovo carried out a subtly engaging media campaign for its upcoming device, the Z5. That device was unveiled yesterday, however, and it would seem that most of the company's claims were pure hogwash.
PlayStation 4 firmware 5.05 jailbreak released
The kernel exploit for the PlayStation 4's firmware 5.05 was released earlier in the week. While it isn't stable right now, it's the most recent jailbreak for the console and supports a number of recent releases.
Development plans for the Pixel 3 XL revealed
According to Roland Quandt, the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are set for an August/September launch. Both devices are also going to built by Foxconn, the Taiwanese company most known for manufacturing iPhones.
Xiaomi launches the mid-range flagship Mi 8 SE, Snapdragon 710 in tow
Xiaomi, yesterday, released a trio of devices in its Mi 8 lineup. The Mi 8 SE is the cheapest and least powerful of the devices but still manages to offer unbeatable value, especially considering its sub-$300 price tag.
Vivo launches the Y83, the first Helio P22-powered smartphone
Vivo has unveiled its latest device, the Vivo Y83. While mostly unspectacular, it will go down as the first device to be powered by MediaTek's mid-range Helio P22 SoC.
Leaked image gives first glimpse into the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
Images of the supposed screen protector of the Pixel 3 devices have surfaced, throwing more light on what we should expect from the devices, including a notch and dual selfie cameras.
LG V30S ThinQ sees temporary price slash
The LG V30S was unveiled back in February and went on sale in the US a short while ago. Its MSRP of US$930 was always a tad ridiculous, so it's no surprise that it's price has currently dropped down to US$680—which still isn't a very attractive proposition.
The Lenovo Z5 will be Lenovo's next flagship, and it will feature both a bezel-less display and no notch
Lenovo Vice President Chang Cheng has, once again, teased the company's upcoming device on Weibo. This time, he clarifies that the device will be named the Lenovo Z5. The teaser paints the picture of a device with absolutely no bezels—and no notch.
Xiaomi Mi 7 spotted online carrying an extremely attractive price tag
Xiaomi's upcoming flagship, the Mi 7, has been spotted online. The device is expected to feature a Snapdragon 845, 6 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, 3D facial recognition, and wireless charging...and all of that could come with a US$450 price tag.
The Asus Zenfone 5Q finally hits the US
The Zenfone 5 Lite was launched a few months ago and has finally made its way to the US as the Zenfone 5Q. It's the only Zenfone 5 device to not sport a notch, and it features a Snapdragon 630, dual rear cameras, and a 20 MP selfie camera. Not a bad deal for US$300.
The HTC U12+ ditches the headphone jack and yet doesn't ship with a 3.5mm to Type-C adapter
HTC has confirmed that its newly released U12+ flagship will not ship with a 3.5mm to Type-C adapter, and that is wrong for all sorts of reasons.
Last year's promising smartphone OEM, Maze Mobile, may just have gone under
Maze was one of the upcoming smartphone companies in 2017. The company released devices like the Blade and Alpha and while both had their issues, they also offered great value for money. Sadly, it would seem that we won't be getting anything else from Maze, with the company appearing to have kicked the bucket.
PS4 FW 5.05 kernel exploit finally set for release as Sony reveals launch date for the PlayStation 5
A new PlayStation 4 jailbreak exploit is in the works. The exploit is for the console's firmware 5.05 and is highly anticipated due to its compatibility with newer titles like God of War.
Huawei announces decision to permanently end support for bootloader unlocks
Huawei has announced its decision to end official support for bootloader unlocks. Devices released after May 24 will not be eligible for unlocks, while those already released will have that option closed to them in 60 days.
DxOMark: The HTC U12+ offers better camera performance than the Pixel 2 and Samsung Galaxy S9+
HTC's latest flagship, the U12+, made the trip over to DxOMark this week, with the device impressing—and earning a photo score that puts it above competitors like the Pixel 2 XL and Samsung Galaxy S9+.
Grammarly update brings UI revamp and more features
The popular Grammarly web app saw a UI revamp a short while ago. While the new minimalistic design does look better, that may have come at the expense of a slight hit to the user experience.
MediaTek unveils the new Helio P22 for the mid-range
MediaTek has unveiled its new SoC, the Helio P22. The chipset is built on a 12nm manufacturing process and will offer stiff resistance to SoCs like the Snapdragon 450 and Kirin 659.
HTC U12+ unveiled in style
HTC has finally unveiled its new device, the U12+. The flagship sports a 6-inch QHD+ Super LCD display, a Snapdragon 845, IP68 certification, a quad camera setup, and a host of other features that make it one of the most impressive devices so far this year—on paper at least.
The Meizu 6T will go against the Redmi S2 for the crown of best budget camera device
Meizu is set to unveil its next device, the M6T, at an event in China, on May 29. The device will sport a dual rear camera setup and 18:9 device, and will go against Xiaomi's recently released Redmi S2.
The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is set for a July launch
CEO of Xiaomi, Lei Jun, has announced that the company's Mi Max 3 will be unveiled in July. Details of the device remain unconfirmed but it's expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 660.
HMD executive confirms global launch of the new Nokia X6
Chief Product Officer at HMD, Juho Sarvikas, has confirmed that the Nokia X6 will be launched for the global market soon. The device was released in China last week, and is likely to be sold as an Android One device when it makes its way outside the country—whenever that is.
Xiaomi's Redmi 5A overcomes the Galaxy S9 devices to become the best-selling Android device in Q1
According to data by Counterpoint Research, Xiaomi's Redmi 5A clinched top spot as the best-selling Android device in the world. The device, by its lonesome self, accounts for 1.8% of all smartphones sold in the world in March. This dominance extends all through Q1.
LG rebrands the G6 as the G6 ThinQ but it's just a nominal change
LG is apparently now selling its older devices like the G6 and V30 with a ThinQ branding. Quite amusingly, the ThinQ-branded devices are exactly the same as they were at launch—there is nothing to differentiate them from the regular model.
Xiaomi allegedly caught gaming promotional material for the upcoming Redmi Y2
According to a report by OnPhones, Xiaomi may have been using fake camera samples for its Redmi Y2 promotional content. This wouldn't be the first an OEM does something of the sort.
The Asus Zenfone 5 is a mid-range device that competes with the top dogs, DxOMark says
The Asus Zenfone 5 has made its way over to DxOMark, with the camera evaluation platform placing it alongside devices like the iPhone 8 and HTC U11. That's quite impressive for a US$400 mid-ranger.
Samsung open to selling its Exynos SoCs to ZTE
ZTE may have found a way out of its current troubles, as word claims that Samsung is willing to sell its Exynos SoCs to the company, in a bid to expand its ARM processor business.
Details of the HTC U12+ revealed in full
A tweet by tipster Evan Blass has revealed the official specifications sheet of the upcoming HTC U12+. The device will sport a 6-inch Quad HD display, dual cameras on both the front and back, IP68 certification, and a 3500 mAh battery.
The successor to the Nokia 3 is in the works
A tweet by tipster Roland Quandt has touted the existence of a successor to the Nokia 3. The Nokia 3.1 is said to be on the way and will be one of HMD's budget offerings for the year.
New leak details the LG V35 ThinQ
LG unveiled the G7 ThinQ a short while ago. That device will not be carried by AT&T, though, with the carrier said to be signed up for an LG flagship that will be exclusive to it, in the form of the V35 ThinQ.
Dubious list of upcoming Xiaomi smartphones surfaces
An image showing a list of upcoming Xiaomi devices have surfaced. While there are items on the list that make some sense—Redmi Note 6, Redmi Note 6A, Redmi 6 Plus—a few others cast doubt on the veracity of the entire thing.
iPhone SE 2 billed for September release
The iPhone SE 2 has been in the headlines for a few weeks now. The successor to the pint-sized, cheaper iPhone released two years ago is on its way, and could very well be released sooner than expected, in September.
Nokia X6 officially unveiled - Snapdragon 636, dual rear cameras, 3.5mm jack
HMD has unveiled its new device, the Nokia X6. The X6 is positioned between the Nokia 6.1 and the Nokia 7 Plus in the company's lineup of devices and comes with a brilliant design, powerful processor, and capable cameras.
Canalys: Samsung dominates African smartphone market, Tecno in second
A report by Canalys has shown Samsung's dominance over the African smartphone market. The company shipped 3.4 million smartphone units in Q1 2018, up 42% from the same period in 2017. Tecno puts the pressure on from second place.
Canalys: Xiaomi recorded stunning 1500% year-on-year growth in Indonesia
While Xiaomi's worldwide growth has been worthy of accolades, the 8-year-old company's expansion in certain markets has been even more impressive. Case in point is the Indonesian market, where the company recorded a shocking 1500% year-on-year growth in shipment figures.
LG is offering the G7 ThinQ with a free 43" 4K TV in Canada
LG is currently offering its latest flagship, the G7 ThinQ, on pre-order with a free 43-inch 4K TV. The deal is available from May 18 to May 31, and is exclusive to the Canadian market.
Honor 10 launched globally
Honor released its latest flagship at an event in London yesterday. The device, the Honor 10, will be available across Europe—unfortunately not in the US—and offers a premium package at a mid-range price point.
Huawei Mate SE receives full Oreo update
Huawei sent out the full, stable Oreo update to users of the Honor 7X a few weeks ago. The next device on the list is the Huawei Mate SE, an upgraded Honor 7X designed for the North American market.
Live image of the Nubia Z18 shows it redefining the term "bezel-less"
A new live image of the upcoming Nubia Z18 shows the device having no side bezels at all. Nubia's design game has been excellent in the past and we expect the Z18 to be the company's latest attempt at taking it up a notch.
Details of the Snapdragon 710 and 730 revealed
Details of Qualcomm's upcoming SoCs have surfaced. The company launched its 700-series at MWC a few months and is set to kick off the line with the Snapdragon 710 and Snapdragon 730, the latter of which will be built on a 8nm manufacturing node.
The Mi 7 may actually be the Mi 8
According to a new report, Xiaomi is likely to skip the name "Mi 7" entirely and launch its next flagship as the Mi 8 instead. This device is expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks.
Evan Blass: The Moto Z3 Play comes in a stunning Deep Indigo
Motorola is set to release the successor to the Z2 Play in the coming weeks. More renders of the device have surfaced, showing it in a brilliant, unconventional indigo colorway.
BQ unveils the Android One Aquaris X2 and X2 Pro, Snapdragon 636 and Snapdragon 660 in tow
BQ has unveiled its new mid-rangers in the guise of the Aquaris X2 and its Pro variant. Both devices are identical but one opts for a Snapdragon 636 and the other a Snapdragon 660. Prices start at US$370.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Lite could be set for May 21 launch
Renders of Samsung's next smartphone, the Galaxy S8 Lite have surfaced. The S8 Lite is said to be set for a May 21 launch and will feature a Snapdragon 660. Going by the renders, the device's design is nigh-identical to the S8's, but will likely be much cheaper.
Xiaomi Redmi S2 released - Snapdragon 625, dual rear cameras, $160
Xiaomi has unveiled its latest budget device, the Redmi S2. The S2 offers features like dual rear camera, EIS, and a Snapdragon 625...and comes with a US$160 base price tag. It could also be rebranded to be an Android One device in the near future.
5.7% of Android users now on Oreo, data shows
Google Play analytics for the month of May have been released. Going by the data, the percentage of users on Oreo has grown to 5.7%, nine months after the version of the OS was released. Quite surprisingly, the Nougat user base also saw slight growth.
HTC's trip down the spiral continues as company records 55% drop in revenue
HTC's latest revenue figures show the company falling deeper into a pit of bad sales numbers. Revenue for April spelled a 55% year-on-year decline, which is impressive considering how bad 2017 already was for the company—sales-wise.
Mysterious black dot message crashes Android and iOS apps
A body of text running around the Internet a few days ago put the fear of all things holy into Android users, as it froze—and sometimes crashed—applications with maximum impunity.
MediaTek given go-ahead by Taiwan government to trade with ZTE as latter files for suspension of US trade ban
Last week, the Taiwanese government announced that ZTE would have to take permission before embarking on any business partnerships with a Taiwanese company. That permission has been granted now, though, allow ZTE to do business with MediaTek.
Juho Sarvikas: Stay tuned for the Nokia 5's successor
HMD Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas has all but confirmed the company's plans of releasing a successor to the first-generation Nokia 5. This device will likely be the Nokia 5 (2018)—or the Nokia 5.1.
Nubia Z18 spotted online, said to come with 90% screen-to-body ratio
Nubia CEO Ni Fei has claimed that the company's upcoming Nubia Z18 will have a full-screen more impressive than the 90.36% screen-to-body ratio on the Nubia Z17s. There's a problem with that, though: The Nubia Z17s has an 81.5% screen-to-body ratio.
Budget king Xiaomi Redmi S2 detailed in AliExpress listing
Xiaomi's upcoming Redmi S2 has been spotted on an AliExpress listing. The seller is a reputable store, so details of the device have been all but confirmed now.
Xiaomi "Valentino" to be powered by phantom Snapdragon 638
A mysterious Xiaomi device has been spotted on Geekbench. The device is listed as being powered by...a Snapdragon 638, whatever that is.
Huawei Mate 8, Huawei P9, Honor 8, and Honor 6X now receiving Oreo beta updates
Huawei is currently sending out Oreo beta updates to users of the Huawei Mate 8, Huawei P9, Honor 6X, Honor 8, and Honor Note 8 in China. The Oreo update will likely be the final update these devices receive.
Details of LG's next flagship, the V35 ThinQ, surface
New reports have claimed that AT&T will not bear the new LG G7 ThinQ under its banners. The carrier apparently has other plans, though, as LG's next flagship, the V35 ThinQ, is expected to be an AT&T exclusive. Renders of the V35 ThinQ have surfaced, showing a notch-less device.
IDC: Xiaomi ends Q1 2018 as the fourth-largest smartphone brand in the world
Xiaomi ended 2017 with a bang and has carried that fine form into the new year. According to a report by IDC, the company shipped 28 million smartphone units in Q1 2018, ending the quarter as the fourth-largest smartphone company in the world, ahead of OPPO.
Huawei P20 devices now available in Canada
The Huawei P20 devices may not be coming to the US but they will make the trip over to Canada. Carriers Rogers and Fido currently have the P20 and P20 Pro on pre-order. The P20 Lite is, of course, duly ignored.
The Android One Nokia 6.1 is coming to the US on May 6
HMD's new device, the Nokia 6.1, will go on sale in the US on May 6. The Android One device will be the first, and potentially the only, HMD smartphone to do so this year.
Hands-on images of the OnePlus 6 surface
Live images of the upcoming OnePlus 6 have surfaced, shining some more light on what we should expect from OnePlus's upcoming flagship killer. There's a notch present but the bezels are slim and there's also a headphone jack, so it's not all bad.
HTC U12+ set for May 23 launch as live images leak
A cryptic tweet by HTC USA has touted the launch of a new device on May 23. The device is expected to be the upcoming HTC U12+, which is likely to be the only flagship HTC releases this year.
The successor to the Blackberry KEYone is coming, and it will be called...the KEY2
The successor to the BlackBerry KEYone is coming soon, if reports are to be believed. The device will be powered by a Snapdragon 660 and will feature dual rear cameras and, of course, a physical keyboard.
There are two Android One Xiaomi devices on the way, one of which will feature the Snapdragon 660
A firmware teardown by XDA-Developers has revealed the existence of two new Android One Xiaomi devices. The first of those will be powered by the Snapdragon 660, while the other will feature a Snapdragon 625 and will likely be a budget Redmi device.
LG G6, G5, V20 set to receive Oreo updates
LG is set to send out The Android 8.0 Oreo update to the LG G6. Considering the fact that the G6 is the current LG flagship in that series, an Oreo update by this time is rather shambolic. The G5 and V20 are expected to receive theirs in a bit, too.
Honor 7X to receive stable Oreo update today
The Android Oreo OTA update rollout for the Honor 7X begins today. While users of the mid-ranger will get their full taste of Android Oreo today, there's still no specific date for the Oreo update rollouts of the Honor 8, Huawei Mate SE, Honor 6X, and Huawei P9.
The Redmi S2 will battle for the throne of the budget segment
A firmware teardown by XDA-Developers has revealed the details of the Redmi S2, a device that looks to be Xiaomi's next budget king. The S2 features an 18:9 display, dual rear cameras with EIS, and the trusty Snapdragon 625. Update: Further details and live images of the Redmi S2 have surfaced.
Xiaomi and TSMC working together on new 16nm Surge S2 SoC
Xiaomi has apparently reached a "top secret" agreement with Taiwanese semiconductor company TSMC that will see the latter produce Xiaomi's upcoming in-house Surge SoC on its 16nm manufacturing process.
The PlayStation 4 has now shipped 76 million units, set to overtake PS3 sales by year end
Sony's PlayStation 4 remains one of the company's biggest revenue sources. The console sold 2.5 million copies in the first quarter of this year to extend its all-time sales to a massive 76 million. That figure is expected to rise across all coming quarters of the year, with new games like God of War, and the upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2 and Spiderman.
China woes intensify as local smartphone market sees massive 21% decline in Q1, Xiaomi overtakes Apple, more
Canalys's latest report provides valuable information on the state of the Chinese smartphone market at the end of Q1 2018. Going by the data, the market saw a whopping 21% YoY drop in shipments, with companies like OPPO, Vivo, and Samsung all seeing dwindling sales numbers.
The Meizu 15 Plus offers a perfect blend of great hardware and poor, shackling software
Meizu launched the Meizu 15 Plus a few days ago. The device offers a lot of features that would thrill Android enthusiasts—a 16:9 display, slim bezels, no notch, etc—but is ultimately let down by its less than spectacular software.
Moto Z3 Play renders spotted in the wild
Renders of Motorola's upcoming Z3 Play mid-ranger have surfaced. The images show the device with a dual rear camera setup, a side-mounted fingerprint reader, and no headphone jack.
HTC U12 accidentally listed on Verizon website
The HTC U12 has appeared on Verizon's Open Development page. The listing claims the device will sport a 6-inch Super WQHD LCD display, a 3500 mAh battery, and IP68 certification.
Hands-on user reviews of the Huawei P20 Pro claim the device's cameras may not be as good as critics say
The Huawei P20 Pro rocked the smartphone world when it was launched a month ago. The device's tri-rear cameras and impressive image processing has seen critics hail it as debatably the best camera smartphone on the planet. However, some end users seem to think otherwise, and actually provide evidence pleading their cases. Updated.
Xiaomi launches the Mi 6X in grand style - Snapdragon 660, Quick Charge 3.0, no headphone jack
Xiaomi has announced the launch of its new mid-range device, the Mi 6X. The Mi 6X will succeed the Mi 5X that was released last year and could very well be repackaged as an Android One Mi A2 later in the year.
Samsung set to release the Galaxy S8 Lite and A8 Star
Rumors of a Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini have been rife of recent but a new source has claimed that the device is, in fact, the S8 Lite—a mid-range device exclusive to the Chinese market. It will be joined by the A8 Star.
The touted Nokia X will actually be the Nokia X6, and it's a midranger with a powerful processor
The Nokia X6 will be Nokia's next device. The device is reportedly billed for an April 27 launch and is positioned between the Nokia 6 (2018) and the Nokia 7 Plus in the company's hierarchy of smartphones.
Xiaomi still kings of the Indian smartphone market with a 31% market share
A report by Canalys has disclosed the current standings in the Indian smartphone market. The world's second-largest smartphone market belongs to Xiaomi, with the company boosting its stock over the first quarter of 2018 to reach an outstanding 31% market share.
Meizu unveils the Meizu 15 and Meizu 15 Lite, partners with Google to release new Android Go phone
Meizu, a while ago, launched its new 15-series devices. The devices offer fine hardware while sticking with some of the traditional features of Android phones—16:9 display, 3.5mm headphone jack, and no notch.
The Huawei P20 devices are on their way to Canada
Huawei's battles with the US government has ensured that the company's new P20 devices will not be sold in the country. Those in Canada can rest easy, though, as the devices will make their way over, and will be sold by all major carriers.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 launched - Snapdragon 636, 5000 mAh battery, stock Android, US$200
Asus has launched a new device. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 may have a sizeable name but it manages to cram in a slew of features into a package that comes with an extremely attractive price tag.
The upcoming Leagoo S10 is a shameless attempt at cloning all the major flagships at once
According to a leak, Leagoo is set to release a new flagship device—the Leagoo S10. Going by renders, this device, eh, borrows its design elements from smartphones like the Galaxy S9, Essential PH-1, and P20 Pro. An archetypal case of the saying: "Fake it till you make it."
HMD releases kernel sources for some of its devices but it's still not all rosy
HMD has finally released kernel sources for some of its devices. The Nokia 1, Nokia 6, and Nokia 8 get to enjoy better community development, although there's something of a catch to that right now.
Xiaomi is set to bring Android One to the budget Redmi line
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has confirmed that the company will launch Android One Redmi devices in the near future. The company's Redmi line is widely regarded as offering excellent value for money, and the allure of stock Android on its devices would make them no-brainers in their price brackets.
The Razer Phone is now available for just $600
The Razer Phone is now available for slightly cheaper than it cost at launch. The device launched with an MSRP of US$700 but potential buyers can now get it for $100 less. The deal has been on for the past two days but will end on April 24.
The Essential PH-1 sees a price slash to $400
The PH-1 is currently available on Amazon for US$400. This is the lowest the device has been officially sold at since it was launched but it's already a last-gen flagship for the most part, so it really shouldn't come as a surprise. The deal is available on both Amazon and Best Buy. Update: The device is now listed for $350. A mid-range price tag for arguably the best-looking device in the world is quite the decent deal.
The Ulefone Power 5 is now official and it comes with a bewildering 13000 mAh battery
The Ulefone Power 5 is Ulefone's new battery monster. The device gets its running juice from a nigh-unparalleled 13000 mAh battery. It also features quad cameras, wireless charging, OIS, and a slew of features you wouldn't expect to find on a device that could very well power a house.
The Meizu 15 Plus appears on multiple benchmarks, QHD display and Exynos 8895 in tow
The Meizu 15 will be one of Meizu's flagships for the year. The company has deviated from its Mediatek ways of recent and the Meizu 15 will continue on the new path, as it is powered by the Exynos 8895, Samsung's flagship SoC from 2017.
God of War officially released but it's still not available on Amazon
The new God of War game on the PlayStation 4 has finally been released. The game currently ranks as the second best PS4 game of all time on Metacritic, but its launch is, perhaps, marred by a dire unavailability on Amazon.
8 months after the release of Android Oreo, less than 5% of users have received the update
Developer metrics for the month of April have been released. The data released shows the dominance of Android Nougat in the market, with 30% of users being on that version of the OS. Android Oreo still has an utterly woeful market share, coming in at 4.6%.
Huawei's decision to keep its Kirin SoCs exclusive leaves ZTE in the lurch
At an event in Shenzhen, China, Huawei has announced that it will not be selling its Kirin SoCs to any third-party OEMs. This comes as bad news for ZTE after the latter was hit with a ban that will see it unable to use components made by American companies, Qualcomm included.
The Nokia X is Nokia's next device, and it will be unveiled on April 27
An ad in China has revealed what appears to be HMD's next device, the Nokia X. Details of the device aren't in circulation at the moment, and rumors claim it will be a mid-ranger instead of the flagship its name tag implies
We've been bamboozled yet again - There will be no Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini
Recently, there have been reports of what appeared to be a Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini. More details of that device have been revealed and it would seem that we've been bamboozled yet again, with the device apparently a Galaxy S9 variant designed exclusively for the Chinese market.
God of War reviews point towards a Game of the Year contender
The new God of War game has come with all the bell and whistles associated with games in the series. Reviews have been exceedingly glowing, and the game currently ranks second on Metacritic. Sadly, like all other God of War games, it's a PlayStation exclusive.
9% of Facebook users in the US have deleted their accounts over the past few weeks, study claims
A study by Tech.pinion has shown Facebook's ever-dwindling fortunes in the eyes of the public. According to the study, 17% of the population has deleted the app from their smartphones since the details of the recent privacy violation case were brought to light a few weeks ago. A further 9% has deactivated their accounts altogether.
The OnePlus 5T is no longer available in Europe and India
OnePlus' official store in North America ended sales of the OnePlus 5T a few weeks ago, citing a depletion of stock intended for the region. The company's web stores in Europe and India are also saying the same, which could be evidence of just how well the device has done commercially.
Details of the Mi 6X revealed - Snapdragon 660 on show, headphone jack missing
A firmware teardown by XDA-Developers has revealed details of Xiaomi's upcoming device, the Mi 6X. The Mi 5X—also the Mi A1—was an immensely popular device but the Mi 6X could fail to match its success, with what appears to be a downgrade in battery capacity, and the lack of a headphone jack.
The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are now available on pre-order
Sony's new flagships are finally hitting the US. The devices, the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are now on sale on Best Buy. Potential buyers can now pre-order, with shipping estimated for April 20. The flagships will make their way to brick-and-mortar stores by May 6.
Moto E5 Plus makes the trip to Geekbench
The Moto E5 Plus has made the trip over to Geekbench. The budget device will be powered by a Snapdragon 430, which is an improvement over the MT6737 on the Moto E4 Plus.
Xiaomi promises to release kernel sources for its devices but there's a catch
Xiaomi has a terrible history with releasing kernel sources—a direct violation of the General Public License. The company looks to have seen the light, with a company spokesperson declaring that devices will now have their sources released to the public, albeit with a slight caveat.
Details of the new Snapdragon 710 surface - to be featured on two Xiaomi devices this year
The Snapdragon 710 (SDM710) will be Qualcomm's first SoC in its new Snapdragon 700-series. The chipset will feature two A75 cores and six efficient A55 cores. It will also see likely see its first use on two Xiaomi devices that will be released later in the year.
Dell's marketing for its new laptops blatantly encourages PUBG cheating
According to PCPowerPlay, Dell's marketing for its new laptops in China involves hailing the ability of the devices to enhance cheating in PUBG. Players in the region have become notorious for their blackhat gameplay, so this isn't surprising. Update: Dell has issued an official statement on the issue.
GTA V has made over US$6 billion, more than any entertainment product ever
GTA V was released back in September 2013. In that time, it has sold over 90 million copies, making its production company over US$6 billion in sales—more than any commercial entertainment product ever.
Purported specifications sheet of the HTC U12 surfaces online
A leak detailing HTC's upcoming flagship has surfaced. Going by the leak, the device will feature a 5.5-inch QHD+ display, quad cameras, OIS, IP68 certification, 8 GB of RAM, and Quick Charge 4+ support.
Kirin 980-powered Huawei Mate 20 makes shock AnTuTu appearance, outperforms the Snapdragon 845
An AnTuTu listing of the next-gen Mate flagship has surfaced. The device is expected to be powered by the Kirin 980, HiSilicon's next-gen premium SoC. The Mate 20 impressed on this listing, showing a significant 30% advantage over the new Snapdragon 845.
Honor 10 confirmed for April 19 launch, not May 15 as previously thought
Huawei has sent out invites for an event where the upcoming Honor 10 will be officially unveiled. Not much is known about the device itself but it will be powered by a Kirin 970, and could sport a notched 5.8-inch FHD+ display.
Apparently, Xiaomi and Google are working together on a new smartphone
According to supposedly reliable sources, Xiaomi and Google are working together on a smartphone for the US market. This device is said to be neither an Android One smartphone nor a Pixel, which leaves us a bit stumped as to what both companies have in the works.
Redmi Note 5 Pro kernel sources released
Xiaomi has released Nougat kernel sourced for the Redmi Note 5 Pro. This will be yet another device that Xiaomi has released sources for over the past few months, which could be an indication of a change in the company's stance on community development.
The Nokia 6 (2018) is now on sale in India
The Nokia 6 (2018) was launched in China months ago. The device, one of the few to be launched with a 16:9 aspect ratio this year, has finally gone on sale in India. It can be purchased at Nokia’s online store for a token of INR 16,999.
Facebook will soon allow you to delete your drunk texts
Facebook will allow users to delete/unsend their messages soon. This "feature" was unlikely to be released anytime soon but the company has promised to do so after it was revealed that company executives have had the ability to unsend messages in their private conversations for a while now.
Essential promises to do better with the PH-2
The Essential PH-1's camera has been panned by both critics and users for being a major letdown. While the company has attempted to fix things with software updates, the camera still doesn't hold up to those on its flagship rivals.
Xiaomi on course to sell 100 million smartphones this year
Xiaomi has taken its exceptional form of 2017 into the new year. The company has apparently averaged over 10 million smartphone shipments over the first three months of the year. The company leapfrogged Vivo to become the fifth-largest smartphone brand in the world by the end of Q4 2017. If current sales numbers remain steady, Xiaomi could go fourth.
Months after reaching the end of its life, the Blackberry Priv receives an update
The Blackberry Priv has received yet another update. The company officially ended support for the device a few months ago but promised that patches would be sent out in the event of a vulnerability being found. This appears to be one of such events.
Honor 10 set for May 15 launch
Huawei has sent out invites for an event that will take place on May 15 in London. There are no exact details as to what device will be unveiled on that date but a few clues make us believe we could be looking at the Honor 10's launch.
The Honor View 10 is now on sale for just US$470
Honor is offering a number of its devices on a two-day deal. The flagship Honor View 10 is on sale for $470, the Honor 6X for $150, and the Honor 7X for just $1. Yes, you read that right. All deals end on April 8.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 running on stock Android gives users the best of both worlds
Project Treble support on the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ ensures that both devices are able to run fully-loaded AOSP ROMs without any issues. Stock Android on Samsung hardware, surely life doesn't get much better than that?
The Huawei Mate RS featured OLED panels made by LG
Huawei's new Mate RS features technology that hasn't been seen on smartphones before, which is about par considering its hefty $2000 price tag. The device also uses OLED panels made by LG—particularly noteworthy after the issues with the LG V30 and Pixel 2 XL's displays.
Motorola G6 devices set for April 19 launch
Motorola is set to announce the launch of its new G6 series devices, the G6, G6 Plus, and G6 Play, at an event in Sao Paulo, Brazil—on April 19.
The Huawei Honor View 10 has finally been listed on Amazon
The Honor V10 was launched globally months back in December. The device has taken its sweet time to make its way across the pond, though, going on sale via Honor's website a while ago. Potential buyers who prefer doing their shopping on Amazon can finally rest easy, with the device getting listed.
Roland Quandt: The Snapdragon 710 is on its way
According to Roland Quandt, the first SoC in Qualcomm's new 700-series is on its way. The chip, the Snapdragon 710 (SDM710), is one we believe to be the same as the Snapdragon 670 that was touted a while back.
The OnePlus 6 is said to come with a $700 price tag but we're leery
The OnePlus 6 is about due for an announcement. There have been reports that the device will launch with an MSRP of US$700 for its highest-specced variant. We are, of course, not at all convinced.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 flagships say, "So long, and thanks for all the fish!"
The S6 was released in April 2015. The device has had its time out in the sun but that is at an end, with Samsung officially ending support for the device. The S6 Edge, S6 Active, and S6 Edge+ also get the same treatment, with the Note 5 set to follow in a few months.
Nokia users can now unofficially unlock their bootloaders but the methodology is as sketchy as it gets
A developer on XDA has devised a means of unlocking bootloaders of the Nokia 2, Nokia 5, Nokia 6, and Nokia 8. While testers have confirmed the fact that it does work, the methods involved may not be the safest.
The UMIDIGI A1 Pro features the new MT6739 SoC and costs just US$99
UMIDIGI's latest device is the A1 Pro. The device will be powered by the new MT6739 SoC, and will feature dual rear cameras, an 18:9 HD+ display, 3 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage. The presence of a USB Type-C port is, perhaps, the biggest surprise on this.
The Mi TV 4S is a 55-inch 4K HDR TV with a sub-US$500 price tag
Xiaomi's new Mi TV 4S will be an improved refresh of the Mi TV 4 that was launched last year. The TV features a 55-inch 4K HDR display, 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage, a quad-core Cortex A53 SoC clocked at 1.5 GHz, a Mali-450 MP5 GPU, and a 28W audio output setup.
Huawei apparently has no plans of giving up on the US market
Huawei may have struggled in its bid to get into the US smartphone market, facing disappointments from all prospective partners. The company will not be giving up on that particular venture, though, according to CEO Richard Yu.
Huawei Mate 10 Lite now listed on Amazon
Huawei launched the Mate 10 devices towards the end of 2017. While the Mate 10 Pro is being sold in the US officially, the base Mate 10 and Mate 10 Lite never made the trip over. The latter is currently listed on Amazon, though, with a US$310 price tag.
Xiaomi has MediaTek Helio P60/P70 chips lined up for its 2018 devices
Xiaomi's last device with a MediaTek SoC was the Redmi Note 4. The MediaTek Redmi Note 4 never attained the critical acclaim of its Snapdragon sibling but it would seem the Chinese company is set to make a return to its old MediaTek ways.
Huawei's 2017 sales numbers are in - massive growth across the board
Huawei has released its sales figures for 2017. The company's total revenue for the year stood at US$92.5 billion, a 15.7% rise from 2016. 153 million smartphone shipments accounted for US$36.4 billion of that number.
The Huawei P20 devices will not be coming to the US
The new Huawei P20 and P20 Pro have been hailed as game-changing camera smartphones and are already in the running for best flagships of the year. The US, sadly, will never get to enjoy the devices, with Huawei apparently not ready to make another attempt at selling its smartphones in the US.
There's another Nokia flagship on the cards, and this one will come without a notch
HMD kicked off 2018 with something of a bang. The Finnish OEM apparently still has a number of releases lined up for the rest of the year, including two flagships. Of those two devices, one will be cheaper and, thankfully, not feature a notch.
The Mi 6X pays TENAA an early visit
A device that appears to be the Mi 6X has made a surprise appearance on TENAA. It isn’t a full listing, though, so all this tells us is that the device will sport a design similar to the Mi 5X's but with an 18:9 display and vertically aligned dual rear cameras.
The Xperia XZ1 Compact is now available for US$399.99
The Xperia XZ1 Compact was the only true compact flagship of 2017. The device launched with an MSRP of US$600 but is currently available for just US$399.99. Not a bad deal for a last-gen flagship with excellent cameras, Android Oreo, and a headphone jack.
The HTC U12 Life is set to feature a notch
A tweet by Evan Blass has touted the upcoming HTC U12 Life to feature a notch. Notches have been a divisive topic since the start of the year, and it would seem that HTC is keen on moving with the flow of the market, dwindling sales numbers duly disregarded.
Official specifications sheet and pricing details of the Huawei P20, P20 Pro, and P20 Lite revealed
The Huawei P20, P20 Pro, and P20 Lite are set to be launched tomorrow in Paris. Specifications and pricing details of the devices have leaked, with the P20 particularly looking like a fine balance of features and price.
Facebook has been swiping call and text data from Android users for years
A teardown of Facebook's user data archive has revealed the fact that the company collects private user data including well-detailed call logs and text metadata. The company has been involved in a number of cases pertaining to privacy issues, and this is just another icing on the cake.
OnePlus will no longer sell the OnePlus 5T in North America
OnePlus has announced that it will no longer sell the OnePlus 5T in North America. The 5T was released in November, just four months ago, so this could go down as the shortest sales cycle of any device ever. It, of course, also means that we’re close to the release of the OnePlus 6.
The Blackview P10000 Pro features an...11000 mAh battery
Blackview is set to debut yet another battery monster in the P10000 Pro. The device will feature an 11000 mAh battery, USB Type-C, and 25W fast charge that’s said to charge the device full in slightly over two hours.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 could feature a in-display fingerprint sensor
Vivo pioneered the in-display fingerprint technology on the Vivo X20 Plus UD at CES a while ago. The technology hasn't been featured on any other device so far but there are reports that the next Samsung flagship will ship with it, albeit with different mechanics.
HTC's new Desire 12 and 12+ embody the company's recent failures in the smartphone market
HTC has announced the release of its two new budget devices, the Desire 12 and Desire 12+. Considering how much of a part the Desire series played in the journey of Android, it's a tad surprising to see the latest devices in the series fall so flat on their faces.
Huawei P9, Mate 8, and Honor 6X set to receive Oreo updates in a bit
The Huawei Honor 6X was released back in 2016 on Android Marshmallow. It received the update to Nougat a few months later and is set for one final blaze, with confirmation on Huawei's forums touting a May 2018 Oreo rollout for the device.
Huawei's plans of developing a presence in the US takes another major hit as Best Buy ends business partnership
Best Buy has pulled out of its partnership with Huawei. This means that the Chinese OEM will no longer be able to sell its smartphones via the retail store. Best Buy was Huawei's major channel of selling smartphones in brick-and-mortar stores, so this kills the company's hopes of making any headway in the US.
The Meizu E3 is a device with powerful cameras and a price tag under $300
Meizu has announced the release of the next device in its mid-range E-series. The E3 features a Snapdragon 636, a powerful dual rear camera setup, 6 GB of RAM, up to 128 GB of storage, and fast charging technology.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro can now be updated to Android 8.1, Treble support in tow
The Indian Redmi Note 5 Pro launched on Android Nougat, while its Chinese variant ran on Oreo out of the box. The latter enjoys Treble support, and a discovery has shown that users of the Indian model can flash the Chinese Oreo build on their devices with TWRP, granting them Treble superpowers.
Lenovo S5 announced, Snapdragon 625 in tow
Lenovo has announced the launch of its new mid-ranger, the S5. The S5 features a 5.7-inch FHD+ display, a 13 MP + 13 MP dual rear camera setup, a Snapdragon 625, 3000 mAh battery, and USB Type-C. All of that at a price point just above US$150 makes the device an extremely attractive proposition.
PUBG Mobile is now available worldwide, and it sure delivers on the hype
Tencent Games released its mobile port of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds a while ago in China. The game was launched in Canada earlier in the week, and has finally been made available globally. Coming in as a free 700 MB install, PUBG Mobile may just represent the future of mobile gaming.
Official images of the Mi Mix 2S finally released
Xiaomi has released an official teaser for the upcoming Mi Mix 2S. The device is showing sporting minimal bezels and no notch. All things considered, it looks exactly like the Mi Mix 2. The device will feature a Snapdragon 845 and could also sport some sort of iris scanning technology and also wireless charging.
This is the OPPO R15 which likely also doubles up as the OnePlus 6
OPPO has announced its two new devices, the R15 and R15 Dream Mirror, in China. If history's anything to go by, the upcoming OnePlus 6 will share a lot of similarities with these devices, including a notch and a 3.5mm jack.
The Razer Phone is the only device in the world with Quick Charge 4.0 support
Qualcomm released Quick Charge 4.0 back in November 2016 and followed it up with an improved Quick Charge 4+ seven months later. Both versions of the technology don't look to have a lot of takers, though, with the list of supported devices standing bare.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is finally receiving its stable Oreo update
Seven months after the release of Android Oreo, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is finally receiving the stable update to Android 8.0. Users in the US on Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile have gotten updates, with the story being similar in Australia.
Xiaomi has released Oreo kernel sources for the Mi A1
Xiaomi has released Android 8.0 kernel sources for the Mi A1. The device's Nougat sources were released a few weeks ago, so this is rather unexpected from Xiaomi. A surprise, but a welcome one to be sure.
A year after its release, Nier: Automata has sold 2.5m copies across all platforms
Platinum Games' Nier: Automata celebrated its one-year birthday on PC yesterday. Over that period, the game has sold 2.5 million copies across all platforms, which we think is impressive for a niche JRPG.
After a lackluster 2016, ZTE recorded a whopping US$736 million profit in 2017
ZTE was hit with a massive US$892 million fine by the US government back in 2016, a fine that led to the company posting a massive US$377 million net loss for that year. All looks to be well with the Chinese electronics giant now, though.
Costs of OLED production are why the LG G7 will sport an LCD display
LG, a while ago, was said to be set to use an OLED display on the G7. That device is currently being redeveloped, apparently, and it would seem the company has decided to make a return to its tried and trusted LCD panels, after the failure that was the V30's OLED display.
Samsung releases kernel sources for the S9 and S9+
Samsung has released kernel sources for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, just weeks after the devices were announced. The combination of kernel sources and Project Treble support should ensure that the devices get excellent community development.
Honor 7X receives Oreo beta, Treble support in tow
The Honor 7X is currently receiving its first Oreo beta. The update brings a number of UI changes and the much-expected Project Treble support that will allow the device enjoy the community development it has lacked so far.
Rumors of a mysterious Xiaomi device with the phantom Snapdragon 632 allude to vaporware
Word of a device powered by a "Snapdragon 632" has surfaced again, and just like the first time out, we're leery. There doesn't look to be any such SoC in the works, and the source information is as wonky as it gets.
Spotify finally available in Israel, Romania, South Africa and Vietnam
Spotify has announced the launch of its services in Israel, Romania, South Africa and Vietnam. This makes South Africa the first African country to receive official Spotify support, with users in other African countries having to use VPNs. Meanwhile, Indians will have to make do with alternatives like Apple Music and Amazon Music.
The first day of Samsung Galaxy S9 sales in Korea show it lagging behind the S8
A report by a Korean outlet has estimated the S9 day-one pre-order sales numbers to stand at 180,000, down 31% from the S8's 260,000 figure. It's about expected, though, as the S9 doesn't actually offer a substantial upgrade over its predecessor.
The Mi 7 is likely being re-developed, will now feature a notch
A while ago, a report by XDA-Developers detailed the Mi 7 using information gleaned from a new firmware file. According to a new report, though, the Mi 7 may have gone through significant changes over the past few weeks, with alterations to its battery capacity and a wild appearance of what seems to be a notch.
Samsung finally releases official roadmap for Oreo release
Samsung Canada has released a roadmap for the rollout of Android Oreo. The S8 and S8+ will receive their updates on March 19, and the Note 8 about a week later. Users of other new Samsung devices will, of course, have to wait till much later in the year.
Fortnite Battle Royale has come to mobile devices, cross-play support in tow
Fortnite Battle Royale's popularity has skyrocketed of recent, and it's sure to grow even further, with Epic Games confirming that the battle royale shooter is coming to both iOS and Android, and with cross-play support across all platforms.
The PS4 update to FW 5.50 is now available to all, kernel exploit patched
The update to firmware 5.50 on the PS4 is finally open to the general public. The update brings supersampling mode to owners of the PS4 Pro, and parental controls that allow you to monitor hours logged by your kid on their console.
The upcoming Huawei P20 devices will feature vertically-aligned rear cameras - Live images and hands on video leaked
Press renders and live images of the Huawei P20, P20 Lite, and P20 Pro have shown them all sporting vertically aligned rear cameras—tri-rear cameras in the case of the P20 Pro. This comes after a video by Huawei teased a horizontal alignment on the devices a week ago.
The Hi 9 Air will be Chuwi's newest gaming tablet
Chuwi's upcoming Hi 9 Air will push the limits of the gaming tablet space, with the device to feature the deca-core Helio X20 SoC, Mali-T880 MP4 GPU, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of storage, all packed into a slim 8.2mm-thick frame.
Upcoming ZTE Nubia devices will ship with stock Android
Reports claim that the next batch of ZTE Nubia devices will ditch the company's Nubia UI for good and make the switch to stock Android. There's a chance both the Axon and Nubia lines share the same "Stock UI" that has been reported.
The Kirin 670 is Huawei's response to the Snapdragon 636
The Kirin 670 will be Huawei's response to the new Snapdragon 636 and Exynos 7872 SoCs. The hexa-core chipset will feature a Neural Processing Unit for AI capabilities and a Mali-G72 MP4 GPU. It will also be built on a 12nm manufacturing process.
The OnePlus 6 will take things up a notch, also feature glass back
A new leak has confirmed that the OnePlus 6 will, in fact, feature a notch. This comes just weeks after OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei denied similar rumors on Twitter. The device will also feature a Snapdragon 845, a rear fingerprint reader, and dual rear cameras.
HTC's February numbers show a 13-year low in revenue
HTC has posted revenue figures for February. Keeping with the theme established over the past few months, the numbers are nothing to gloat about, as they show a 13-year low in income for the Taiwanese company.
Bar the Nokia 6 (2018), no new Nokia device will be coming to the US
HMD CEO Florian Seiche has confirmed that the company will not be selling its new retinue of devices in the US. The Nokia 6 (2018), however, will make the trip later in May, but not under the banners of any carrier.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 doesn't offer better battery performance over its predecessor
Samsung's battery specifications sheet for the S8 and S9 show similar performance numbers across the board, with both devices posting the same numbers in the video playback, talk time, and Internet tests.
PS4 jailbreak scene picking up steam with new firmware 4.55 exploits
The PS4 was released back in 2013 and has finally been jailbroken, allowing users of the system to run custom applications, game backups, and even install Linux. It's exclusive to users on the 4.55 firmware, though.
Xiaomi devices receive Oreo, Treble support, and have kernel sources released
The Mi 6 was Xiaomi's flagship device for 2017. The device has had its Oreo update in the beta stage for weeks but has finally received a full, stable update. The Mi 6, Mi Mix 2, and Redmi 4X have also all had their kernel sources released by Xiaomi, with the Mi 6 also receiving Treble support via unofficial channels.
The award-winning PS4 exclusive, Horizon Zero Dawn, sold over 7.6 million copies in its first year
Horizon Zero Dawn has been hailed as one of the best video games of this generation, and it certainly is putting up the sales numbers worthy of the hype. The game celebrated its first year anniversary this week and has already sold over 7.6 million copies since it was launched.
The Nokia 1 takes on the extreme budget market, alone and unarmed
Nokia has released the Nokia 1 at MWC. The device, the very definition of an extreme budget smartphone, looks to offer excellent bang for buck, especially since it trudges forward under the banner of Google's new Android Go. Here, we have a look at what makes the Nokia 1 a device you may want to have a look at, and other devices that could potentially offer you more value for your money.
Report shows Honor may have ran a campaign against the new Redmi Note 5 on social media
A detailed report by Onphones has shown proof of Honor India running a subtle, clandestine social media campaign against Xiaomi's new Redmi Note 5 devices on Twitter.
The Mi Mix 2S is coming on March 27
The Mi Mix 2S has finally been confirmed to be official and on its way. It will be launched on March 27, which, quite interestingly, is the same day the upcoming Huawei P20 is billed to be unveiled.
Here are the Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, 3.5mm jacks inexplicably missing
Sony has released its new pair of flagships, the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, at the ongoing MWC in Barcelona. Both devices are, of course, powered by the new Snapdragon 845, and sport new blazing designs. The company sticks to a single rear camera on both, however, but still impresses in that department, with both devices having the ability to shoot 1080p videos at 960fps.
2018 devices being launched on Nougat epitomize everything wrong with the Android ecosystem
Over the last few weeks, devices like the Nokia 6 (2018) and Redmi Note 5 have been launched. Fine devices they may be, but the fact they run on Android Nougat out of the box—six months after the release of Oreo—leaves a sour aftertaste.
Alcatel announces the release of its new 3-series devices
Alcatel has announced the release of three new devices in its 3-series line. The Alcatel 3 will retail for €149.99, the 3V for €189.99, and the 3X for €179.99. All three devices share similar features, with slight, cosmetic differences across them.
ZTE introduces the Blade V9 and V9 Vita in grand style
ZTE has announced the release of its two new devices, the Blade V9 and Blade V9 Vita. The V9 will be powered by a Snapdragon 450, while the V9 Vita opts for the less powerful Snapdragon 435. Both devices feature 18:9 displays, with the V9 showcasing a 5.7-inch FHD+ display, and the V9 Vita going with a 5.45-inch HD+ one.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance rocks the gaming world, sells a million copies in its first week
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is the latest AAA game to grace our monitors, courtesy of Warhorse Studio. The game has been lauded for its dedication to historical accuracy and a rare take on the RPG genre. That praise looks to have translated into sales figures, with Warhorse Studio CEO Martin Frývaldský confirming that the game sold a million copies within its first week, across all platforms.
The Android 8.1 update for the Redmi Note 5 Pro will likely bring Treble support
A teardown of the Redmi Note 5 Pro's firmware has revealed the famous “ro.treble.enabled" line in its build.prop, one that points towards the presence of Project Treble support in the build. MIUI is certainly divisive, so Treble support will boost the device's community support and enhance its overall package.
Details of the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact revealed - Devices to feature single rear cameras, Snapdragon 845, and new 18:9 full-screen displays
The XZ2 and XZ2 Compact will be launched much earlier this year than they traditionally have been. Both devices will feature 18:9 "full-screen" FHD+ displays, a Snapdragon 845, and a single rear camera that supports 4K HDR recording.
Moto G6 makes surprise Geekbench appearance, Snapdragon 450 in tow
Motorola's upcoming budget device, the Moto G6, has made the trip over to Geekbench. The device, powered by the Snapdragon 450 and running on Android Oreo, recorded benchmark scores typical for that SoC.
Details of the Moto G6 Plus revealed
The Moto G6 Plus will pick up from where its predecessor, the G5 Plus, left off. We're massive fans of the G5 Plus and the G6 Plus looks to build on the things it did well. The G6 Plus will sport an 18:9 display, dual rear cameras, and a metal and glass body.
Mi Max 3 to support wireless charging, feature iris scanner
A teardown of the upcoming Mi Max 3's firmware has revealed details of the device's admittedly impressive features. The plus-sized device will feature an iris scanner and wireless charging, both features that have never been seen on any Xiaomi device till now.
Firmware files of the Mi 7 throw some more light on what we should expect from the Xiaomi flagship
The Mi 7 will be Xiaomi's next device in its premium Mi product line. A teardown of what appears to be the device's firmware has revealed some more information about it. Files on the firmware point towards the presence of features like an OLED display, EIS, a 3170 mAh battery, and NFC support.
The Meizu X2 is coming, and it will be powered by the Snapdragon 845
Meizu Vice President Li Nan has confirmed that a new device is in the works. The device, the Meizu X2, will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 and will likely ship with a price tag in the $450 range when it is launched much later in the year.
The ZTE Blade V9 and Moto G6 Play pay a quick visit to Geekbench
The Blade V9 has made the trip over to Geekbench, Snapdragon 450 in tow. It's joined by the Moto G6 Play, Motorola's upcoming budget device which features the less impressive Snapdragon 430.
Nokia 4 to be powered by the Snapdragon 450
The Nokia 4 will be one of HMD's budget releases for the year. The device is said to be powered by a Snapdragon 450—Qualcomm's new 14nm SoC that records performance figures similar to those of the Snapdragon 625.
Huawei P20 to feature 3320 mAh battery, P20 Plus to come with sizeable 4000 mAh unit
A firmware file has revealed the battery capacities of the upcoming Huawei P-series flagships. The larger P20 Plus will sport a 4000 mAh unit, while the regular P20 will come with a smaller 3320 mAh battery.
The Moto Z2 Force makes an uneventful trip to DxOMark
The Moto Z2 Force stopped by at DxOMark last week and mostly underachieved, with its video score, in particular, doing its best to remind us of 2015 flagships.
Xiaomi could become the second largest Chinese smartphone brand by Q2 2018
A report by analytics firm Digitimes has projected Xiaomi to overtake OPPO and become the second biggest Chinese smartphone brand in the world, just behind Huawei.
Images of the Nokia 1 and Nokia 7 Plus surface
A new leak by tipster Evan Blass (@evleaks) has detailed the forms of the upcoming Nokia 1 and 7+. The Nokia 7 Plus is particularly interesting, as it spots dual rear cameras, and will be an Android One device.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will not feature an under-display fingerprint sensor
Reports last year claimed that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 9 would be the first Samsung device to feature an under-display fingerprint so. That has become extremely unlikely, however, as a new report claims the device will feature a rear-mounted sensor like with the Note 8.
HMD sold 4.4 million smartphones in Q4 2017, more than OnePlus, Sony, or Google
Data by Counterpoint has hailed HMD as being the 11th largest smartphone brand in the world right now, ahead of traditional giants like Sony, HTC, and Lenovo.
A year after launching its first device, HMD is yet to release kernel sources for any of its smartphones
HMD, perhaps only second to Google in terms of software updates, has failed to release kernel sources for any of its devices so far. Users are also stuck with locked bootloaders, which makes any attempts at community support futile.
List of Xiaomi devices to receive MIUI 10 surfaces
The next version of Xiaomi's MIUI skin, likely to be named MIUI X, will be released to all recent devices. We expect a rollout in the second half of the year.
HTC's struggles continue as company sees yet another drop in revenue
HTC released its sales numbers for the month of January, with revenue showing a steep decline across the board.
Huawei P20 confirmed to feature tri-rear cameras
The Huawei P20 is Huawei’s upcoming flagship. The company has sent out invites for a launch event scheduled for March 27, with the invite teasing the presence of three cameras at the rear of the device.
The ZTE Axon 7 receives its Oreo update in the guise of an MiFavor 5.2 OTA
Users of the ZTE Axon 7 in China are currently receiving updates to the company's MiFavor 5.2 skin, an OTA that also doubles up as a boost over to Android Oreo 8.0.
ZTE Blade V9 set for MWC launch
The ZTE V8 offered fine value for money when it was launched last year. Its successor, the V9, is set for an MWC launch later this month.
The Mi Note 3 is currently available for under $300
The Mi Note 3, one of our top value picks of 2017, has seen yet another price slash—one that takes the price tag of its base model below the $300 mark.
Live images of the Meizu E3 surface
The Meizu E3 will be Meizu's next mid-range device. Purported live images of the smartphone have surfaced, with the device shown featuring dual rear cameras, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, and an 18:9 display.
The Sony Xperia XZ2 is coming soon
A tweet by Three Ireland's official account has claimed that the Xperia XZ2 is coming soon. That may mean, however unlikely, that we could have the device as soon as next month.
HTC has an entry-level 18:9 device in the works
The new 18:9 aspect ratio has mostly been reserved for the more expensive devices. HTC, however, is said to be set to release an entry-level device with that form factor.
Life isn't all good for LG as company makes silent exit from Chinese smartphone market
LG's smartphone division has struggled of recent and the company has finally decided to cut its losses in the Chinese smartphone market.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 will set you back $850
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is set for a February 25 launch, and word on the grapevine claims it will be launched with an MSRP of $850, $100 more than its predecessor.
Moto Z2 Play now available for $349.99
The Moto Z2 Play is currently available for just $349.99, $150 off its MSRP.
Global smartphone sales figures for 2017 released - Samsung still kings, Xiaomi now fifth-largest brand
Reports by Strategy Analytics and IDC have provided data that gives a clearer idea of the state of the global smartphone market over 2017. Samsung rests cozily at the top, Apple follows steadily, and Xiaomi sees incredible growth.
DxOMark awards the LG V30 a disappointing score of 82, and we're leery
The LG V30 has made its way over to DxOMark. The device manages a rack up a total score of 82, with an underwhelming score of 73 in the video department making us leery of the entire evaluation criterion.
List of Samsung devices to receive Android Oreo revealed, Galaxy S6 missing
A list of Samsung devices to receive the Android Oreo update has been gleaned from firmware files of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Most devices listed are no-brainers but the Galaxy S6 is a notable absentee.
The Honor 7X is now being manufactured locally in India
The Honor 7X, one of our best value picks of 2017, is now being manufactured locally in India, at a Flex manufacturing plant in Chennai.
Huawei P11 to be launched on March 27
The Huawei P11, or P20 depending on who you ask, has been confirmed to be set for a March 27 launch, at an event scheduled to hold in Paris.
HTC U11 sees temporary $100 price slash in the US
The HTC U11, starting today, will see a price slash that shaves $100 off its regular retail price. The deal ends on February 15.
5-inch Xperia device pulls up at FCC, 18:9 display a distinct possibility
An unknown Sony Xperia device has made its way over to FCC with a 5-inch display and measurements that point towards an 18:9 display ratio.
OnePlus releases report for 2017, company sees explosive rise in revenue
OnePlus has released a report that points towards a significant growth in its sales numbers, with smartphone shipments seeing a 55% year-on-year growth and revenue said to have doubled.
The Ulefone T2 Pro will be the first device to feature the new Helio P70 SoC
The Helio P70 made a huge splash in the waters last week when it was benchmarked. It looks like we'll be getting a device powered by the SoC as early as next month, as an announcement by Ulefone claims the company's upcoming T2 Pro smartphone will feature the chipset.
The next Xperia flagship could sport OLED panels made by LG
Sony has apparently struck a deal with LG, one that will see future Xperia flagships feature LG's OLED display panels.
Live images of the Meizu 15 Plus have surfaced
Live images of Meizu's upcoming 15 Plus have surfaced, showing a device with nigh-nonexistent bezels and what appears to be a lack of a visible fingerprint sensor.
Verizon unlikely to go ahead with partnership with Huawei
AT&T backed out of a deal with Huawei last month, one that was supposed to see the carrier sell the company's smartphones in the US. The company was said to have set its sights on a deal with Verizon but that also looks to be dead in the water.
The Mi Mix 2S could be the first Snapdragon 845 device
Xiaomi may be set to announce the launch of the Mi Mix 2S, an update to the Mi Mix 2 that was released back in September, and it could be the first device to feature the new Snapdragon 845.
The Vivo Xplay 7 will sail uncharted waters with a massive 10 GB of RAM on deck
Vivo's upcoming flagship, the Xplay 7, could be the first device to feature 10 GB of RAM. That's impressive, by all means, by we're not sure how useful it would actually be.
Study in China shows age demographic of smartphone users
A study by Chinese analytic firm Jiguang has provided data that throws some light on the demographical userbase of Xiaomi and Huawei smartphones in China.
The updated Xiaomi Notebook Air 13.3" features Kaby Lake-R CPUs, and costs almost $1000
Xiaomi has released an update to its 2017 Mi Air 13.3" offerings. The updated model of the notebook will be powered by the 8th-gen Intel CPUs, with an accompanying price tag close to the $1000 mark.
Mi 7 to snub MWC launch, cost north of $450
The Mi 7, Xiaomi's next premium device, is set for a post-MWC announcement. The device has also been touted to launch with a price tag close to the $500 mark.
Purported real images of the Xiaomi Mi 6X have surfaced
The Mi 6X will succeed the Mi 5X that doubled up as the Mi A1 last year. A new leak with live images of the supposed device has surfaced online.
Nokia 7 Plus spotted on Geekbench, Snapdragon 660 in tow
A few weeks ago, a camera app revealed that the Nokia 7 Plus would be on HMD's lineup of smartphones for 2018. The device has made its way over to Geekbench, with the benchmark listing showing it powered by a Snapdragon 660, and running on Android Oreo.
The Helio P70 makes a visit to Antutu, trades blows with the Kirin 960
The Helio P70 has made its way over to AnTuTu and it shines, with scores showing the chipset giving the Kirin 960 a run for its money.
Essential Phone now available for just $435
The Essential PH-1 was one of our picks for best value smartphone of 2017, and it's cheaper right now, as Amazon has it listed at US$435. Not a bad deal for a device with a QHD display, 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, and a Snapdragon 835.
Data shows Xiaomi are now kings of the Indian smartphone market, Samsung refutes claims
Data by Canalys and Counterpoint Research point towards Xiaomi's new position at the top of the Indian smartphone market. Samsung has gone out of its way to refute that, though, claiming that it still has a tight lead at the top of the world's second-largest smartphone market.
The HTC One M9 is billed for a surprise Oreo update
The HTC M9 was released way back in 2015, so it's something of a surprise to learn that it will be receiving the update to Oreo. An early March rollout is expected.
The Honor 7X is now on sale on Amazon US
The Honor 7X was one of our value picks of 2017 and it has finally gone on sale on Amazon US. The device itself may cost just $200 but tax and handling fees bring the total up to $225.
Moto G4 Play explodes during charge
Another device has exploded, this time a Moto G4 Play in Brazil. This would be the second case of this kind in recent times, as a Moto G4 also took the fiery route last month.
The next Huawei P-series device could be the P11 after all
Huawei's upcoming P-series device was said to be the P20 but that may not be the case as a document showing the "Huawei P11" moniker as trademarked by the company has surfaced.
Users of the LG G6 in Europe will receive Oreo just before Android P is released
The LG G6 was launched on Android Nougat just over a year ago, and LG has confirmed that the European model of the device will receive its update to Oreo in June.
The Meizu M15 Plus will take the bezel-less life to the extreme
The Meizu 15 Plus will be Meizu's next flagship and it will feature top of the line features and a killer design.
Nine released Honor devices to run on Oreo: Honor 8 a surprise inclusion, Honor 6X snubbed
An Honor representative on Huawei's official forums has confirmed the list of Honor devices that will run on the Oreo-based EMUI 8.0, with the Honor 8 and V8 surprise inclusions, and the Honor 6X apparently set to miss out.
Here's all you need to know about Xiaomi's upcoming Surge S2 SoC
The Surge S2 will be Xiaomi's second attempt at creating an in-house SoC. Details of the chipset have leaked and it looks rather interesting, with performance values that we expect to trade blows with the Snapdragon 821.
Another one bites the dust - next Xperia device to ditch 3.5mm headphone jack
A Sony device, a few hours ago, made its way to FCC's certification bus stop, and there's reason to believe it will not feature a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 is currently available on eBay for just $225
The Mi A1, one of our best value picks for 2017, is currently on sale on eBay at a nigh-unpassable price point of $225, $50 off its price on Amazon.
Honor 8 users petition company for Oreo update
The Honor 8, Honor’s flagship of 2016, was confirmed to not be eligible for an Android Oreo update, and users of the device do not take kindly to that, apparently.
Purported images and details of the Mi Max 3 surface
The Mi Max 3 will be Xiaomi’s phablet for the year and leaks of the device are already pouring in. The latest one details a 7-inch unit with dual rear cameras, an 18:9 FHD+ display, a Snapdragon 660, and a 5500 mAh battery. All for a killer price of $230.
The Meizu M6s does a lot of things right for just $150
Meizu’s new budget device is one that takes on the world. It features the impressive Exynos 7872 and a slew of praise-worthy features at a high-value price point of just $150.
Samsung's new Exynos 7872 brings class to the budget segment
The Exynos 7872 was released a few days ago, and we’re impressed, especially by its performance.
Details of the Moto X5 revealed, device to feature a notch
The Moto X4 was one of our picks for best value smartphones of 2017, and its successor looks to continue that fine form. The X5, according to a leak, will feature an 18:9 display with minimal bezels, and also what appears to be a notch at the top of the display,
The Samsung Galaxy S9 will ship with a 3000mAh battery, go on sale on March 16
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ will keep the same battery capacities as their predecessors, with the smaller sibling to house a 3000mAh battery, and the plus-sized variant to opt for a 3500mAh one.
The Honor 8 will not receive Android Oreo, and that's a shame
The Honor 8 was released barely 18 months ago, so it's something of a surprise to hear that it won't be receiving the update to Oreo.
The Kirin 970 is better than the Snapdragon 835, Master Lu declares
Master Lu, a popular Chinese benchmark, has revealed performance scores for the top SoCs in the business, with the Kirin 970 edging out Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 to first place.
Meizu in decline as company registers just 20 million smartphone shipments in 2017
Meizu VP Yang Xun has, at a press briefing, announced that the company recorded a total of 20 million shipments in 2017, a slight decline from 2016's total.
HTC U11 EYEs launched with dual front cameras
The HTC U11 EYEs has just been launched and will be sold in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China with price tags in the US$500 price range.
The Nokia 8's camera belongs in 2015, DxOMark report reveals
The Nokia 8 made its way to DxOMark over the week, with the first-gen HMD flagship registering camera scores that wouldn't look out of place on a device straight out of 2015.
The U11 EYEs will be yet another overpriced device by HTC
The U11 EYEs will be HTC's next mid-range offering. It'd be a solid device if it were priced as a mid-ranger but rumors point towards a price tag above the US$500 mark.
The Mi A1's Android Oreo update has been suspended due to concerns over performance issues
The Mi A1, against all apparent odds, received its stable Oreo update on the last day of 2017. The company has pulled the update, though, after feedback from users showed a number of bugs. Probably should have kept this one in beta for a while longer, but hindsight is 20/20.
The Xperia XZ1 is available at the moment for just over US$540
The Xperia XZ1, one of Sony's flagship devices for 2017, is currently available on Amazon at an enticing price point of just $543.
Honor 9 Lite to be sold exclusively via Flipkart in India
The Honor 9 Lite will opt out of the recent trend of Amazon exclusives, with the budget device billed to go on sale in India via Flipkart's channel only.
Huawei P20 benchmark appearance reveals 18.7:9 display, possible proof of the presence of a notch
The next Huawei P-flagship billed to be named the Huawei P20, made its way over to a HTML browser benchmark, with the listing showing a resolution in the mold of an 18.7:9 display ratio.
OnePlus caught swiping user data again, only this time also sending it to China-controlled servers
OnePlus has been caught manhandling user data again, with a OnePlus 3T user on the OnePlus forums showing proof of his clipboard app sending data to an Alibaba-controlled server.
Unlocked Huawei Mate 10 Pro makes its way over to the US
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro will be making its way over to US, albeit not under any carrier. While it's welcome news, we're not so sure of how accommodating the device's price tag is.
The Honor 7X has finally been listed on Amazon US
The Honor 7X, our pick for best value budget smartphone of 2017, has finally been listed on Amazon, and will go on sale on January 25.
There are at least two Blackberry phones in the works for 2018
Blackberry devices will make their way all over the world again in 2018, with a Blackberry Mobile executive confirming that there will be at least two Blackberry-branded smartphones released in 2018.
Samsung saw a whopping 83% jump in profits in 2017
Samsung has released a report on its sales numbers for the last quarter of 2017, with the company registering a massive 83% year-on-year growth in operating profits.
Xposed beta for Android Oreo now available
Xposed for both Android 8.0 and 8.1 has been released, and although the current version is just a beta, it's reportedly stable enough for regular use.
The LG G7 will not be announced at MWC as previously thought
The name of the next LG flagship is currently still up in the air but its launch date is a lot more certain now, with multiple sources claiming a March announcement, and an April launch.
The Doogee V will copy the iPhone X's frontal design, the Galaxy S9's rear, and also feature an under-display fingerprint sensor
There are lots of iPhone X clones out there but it's not every day you see a device that manages to copy both the iPhone X and an upcoming Samsung flagship, while also featuring tech none of those companies have been able to offer. A modern-day wonder, some would say.
HTC's Q4 2017 sales numbers are in, and things aren't looking rosy
HTC has released a report on the business side of things, with numbers showing a continuing decline in revenue.
World's first under-display fingerprint sensor smartphone to be launched by Vivo at CES
The world's first smartphone with an under-display fingerprint reader may be set to grace our screens this week, with Vivo teasing the announcement of a device with that feature.
Smartphone app market saw 35% growth in 2017
Data by app intelligence platform Sensor Tower has shown Apple's dominance over Google in the smartphone app market. The iOS App Store, for example, recorded close to twice what the Google Play Store did, with the combined revenue of both services closing in on US$60 billion in 2017.
Nokia 7 set for global rollout this month
HMD announced the Nokia 6 (2018) a few days ago, but the older device is still yet to find its way outside China. Reports claim the mid-ranger could go on sale in India this month, with a global rollout to come after.
Nokia 6 (2018) gets Android Oreo on first boot, and that may just be a diabolical ploy by HMD
There are reports that the Nokia 6 (2018) receives an Oreo update on first boot. Sounds great until you realize that Oreo was released almost five months ago. It also just reeks of a ploy to avoid Treble implementation.
Purported Snapdragon 670 benchmark scores show it trading blows with the Snapdragon 835
The Snapdragon 670 will be Qualcomm's next sub-premium SoC. A Geekbench listing has shown the SoC delivering performance scores that actually compete with last year's Snapdragon 835.
Details, images, and pricing of the Nokia 6 (2018) revealed
Full details of the Nokia 6 (2018) have been revealed. The device will be powered by the Snapdragon 630 and while it doesn't feature dual rear cameras, its price tag makes it an extremely attractive proposition.
Snapdragon 625 vs Kirin 659: Battle of the mid-range heavyweights
Ever wondered how the new Kirin 659 compares to the Snapdragon 625? So have we! Hop in to find out which one comes out on top in the battle of mid-range players.
LG set for G-series naming scheme overhaul
Amidst rumors that Huawei’s upcoming P-series device will see a random name switch to the P20, LG may also be set to do something similar with the upcoming G-series flagship.
There are apparently a number of 7nm MediaTek SoCs on the cards
MediaTek's ambitions for 2018 get grander as the days go by. The Taiwanese company is set to announce the 12nm Helio P40 and P70 soon, and word on the grapevine claims there may also be three 7nm SoCs on the cards this year.
Xiaomi Mi 7 to support Qi wireless charging
The Mi 7 may just be 2018's killer device. The Xiaomi flagship has been confirmed to offer wireless charging functionalities that, when coupled with a Snapdragon 845, facial recognition, and a sub-$500 price tag makes the device one to watch out for.
LG G6 set for Oreo update in February
The LG G6, released at the start of 2017, may be set to get its stable Oreo update, months after users in China received their betas.
Samsung sets objective for 2018 at 320 million smartphone shipments, company to focus on higher profit margins
Samsung has reportedly set its target for smartphone shipments for the year at 320 million, just about the same figure the company achieved in 2017. This is said to be the first step in a transition to a business model focusing more on profit margins.
Nokia 4 and 7 Plus to be released in 2018
A Nokia camera app archive has been extracted to reveal files that point towards a Nokia 4 and Nokia 7 Plus. We expect the Nokia 7 Plus to be powered by the Snapdragon 660.
Phantom Redmi Note 5 to be powered by the "Snapdragon 632"
The Redmi Note 5 was said to be a confirmed no-show a few weeks ago, so it's a bit surprising to hear of a rumor claiming that a Redmi Note 5 with a mysterious Snapdragon 632 will be launched in the second half of 2018.
Details of the upcoming Helio P40 and P70 released
It's SoC week. Details of Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 640 and 670 surfaced a few days, so it's quite convenient that the specifications of MediaTek's major offerings for 2018, the Helio P4O and P70 have also been revealed.
Qualcomm are undisputed kings of the SoC market
Qualcomm's place at the head of the SoC-manufacturing table is unchallenged, with the American company boasting of a massive 42% market share in Q3 2017.
Notebookcheck's best value smartphones of 2017
Value for money. 2017 saw massive advancements in design, hardware, and, unfortunately in the case of flagship phones, price. Here we attempt to pick out the devices in each price segment that offer you the most bang for your buck.
Details of the Meizu 15 Plus revealed, Snapdragon 835 in tow
Meizu's next premium device, the 15 Plus, will uncharacteristically be powered by a Snapdragon SoC. The Snapdragon 835, in this case. Considering a March launch is expected, an 835 is just a tad underwhelming. Better late than never, some would say.
Nokia 6 (2018) listed on TENAA, Snapdragon 630 a possibility
Details of the Nokia 6 (2018) have surfaced on TENAA, with the listing showing a device that keeps most of the features of its predecessor while offering what we believe to be a significant boost in SoC power.
Huawei shipped 153 million smartphone units in 2017
Huawei's Rotating CEO, Ken Hu, has announced that the company recorded a grand total of 153 million shipments this year, a significant 10% growth from the 139 million seen in 2016.
Details of the upcoming Snapdragon 670, 640, and 460 leaked
Details of Qualcomm's upcoming SoCs, the Snapdragon 670, 640, and 460, have surfaced. While they all look rather impressive, we're not confident they'll see much use in 2018.
Oreo update said to bring fast charging to the Mi A1
The Mi A1 received its first Oreo beta update last week and a user has claimed that his phone now charges faster after updating.
Xiaomi to snub under-display fingerprint sensor on the Mi 7, opt for facial recognition instead
Xiaomi's Mi 7 is shaping up to be a flagship truly worthy of the headlines, with the company said to be working on implementing a facial recognition system on the device, while still keeping the regular fingerprint sensor.
Nokia 1 to be acolyte under new Android Go program
The Nokia 1 will be HMD's most low-end device, and there's word that it may come under the umbrella of Google's new Android Go Program.
Man dies while playing a VR video game in Russia
A 44-year-old Russian man has been reported dead after he crashed into a glass table and suffered significant wounds while playing a VR video game in his apartment.
The ASUS ROG Strix GL702VS gets a $300 price slash
The 17.3" Asus ROG Strix GL702VS with the 8 GB GTX 1070, Intel i7-7700HQ, and 75 GHz G-Sync display is currently available on Amazon for US$1399.99, US$300 off its regular price.
Honor has sold 40 million Honor X devices till date
Honor is gearing up to be heavy competitiors in the mid-range segment. The company has announced the achievement of the 40 million shipments for devices in its X-series, starting with the Honor 4X released in 2014.
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 to feature 7-inch display, 5500 mAh battery, Snapdragon 660
The Mi Max series offers large devices with hefty batteries, so it's no surprise that the next device in the series, the Mi Max 3, will turn the dial to the extreme, with a larger display, bigger battery, and a SoC upgrade.
OnePlus 6 to feature under-display fingerprint sensor
OnePlus' next device, the OnePlus 6, may just feature the much-heralded under-display fingerprint sensor, and sources claim the phone could be released early as March 2018.
Android One Moto X4 receives Oreo
The Moto X4 was initially launched as an Android One phone, which guarantees timely updates due to its affiliation with Google. Users of the device received Oreo updates a few days ago.
Honor 9 Lite launched, quad cameras in tow
Honor has released the Honor 9 Lite, with the device featuring four cameras, while shipping with a price tag as low as US$180.
ZTE Axon 7 to receive Oreo by April 2018
The ZTE Axon 7 was a fan favorite, as it offered flagship features at a mid-range price point. Users of the device will enjoy the perks of Oreo, too, although they'll have to wait for a few more months.
The Moto Z2 Force receives Oreo update, soak test for Moto Z begins
Motorola has sent out Oreo beta updates to Moto Z2 Force users in Brazil, with the posted Release Note pointing towards a full rollout in the coming days.
HMD sold 21 million phones in Q3
A report by IDC has estimated HMD's total mobile phone sales for Q3 to sit at the 21 million shipments mark. That figure, of course, accounts for both feature phones and smartphones.
Mi 6X to feature iPhone X-esque dual rear camera placement
Xiaomi's Mi 5X was overshadowed by the Mi A1, even though both devices were, for all intents and purposes, the same. A leak has surfaced that suggests that the Mi 5X's successor, the Mi 6X, will adopt the same vertical dual rear camera placement seen on the iPhone X.
Honor will bring its retinue of bang for buck devices to Latin America next year
Huawei's sub-brand, Honor, recently launched its smartphones in the US, India, Europe, and the Middle East. The next region to get the company's attention will be Latin America, with the Honor 7X slated to be sold in that market for just US$199.
Nova Launcher Prime now available for $0.99
Nova Launcher, one of the best launchers for Android, is currently on sale for just US$0.99.
Images of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ revealed, S9 to feature just one rear camera
Rendered images of the Samsung Galaxy S9 have surfaced, showing the S9 with a single rear camera, the S9+ with a dual rear camera setup, and both with a new fingerprint sensor placement.
Samsung and Xiaomi to release ARM-powered Windows 10 devices next year
Asus recently announced the release of the new ARM-powered NovaGo. Lenovo is said to be working on a competitor already, and it looks like Xiaomi and Samsung may be joining the game soon, with both companies reported to be working on their Windows-on-ARM offerings.
Lenovo Zuk Z2 and Z2 Pro get Android Oreo beta
The Lenovo ZUK Z2 and Z2 Pro have received Oreo betas, which is an impressive feat as both were launched on Marshmallow and got updates to Nougat months after. Too bad there's little to no chance the world will ever see a ZUK Z3.
Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL get sizeable discounts
The second generation Pixels, debatably the best smartphones on the planet right now, are currently getting discounts, with US buyers getting up to a $75 price slash, and potential purchasers in the UK having the chance to snag them for up to £100 less than their RRPs.
Samsung market share expected to see 10% drop in 2018
Samsung may be the biggest smartphone manufacturers in the world but analytics claim the company's dominance is set to see a decline next year, with experts expecting a 10% decline in market share.
Samsung Galaxy S9 to be unveiled at MWC in February
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is expected to be announced on February 27, at the Mobile World Congress that will hold in Barcelona. This is plausible, of course, as previous Galaxy S devices have usually been launched within a three-week window of that specified date.
Xiaomi and Huawei set to make entry into the US market
Huawei and Xiaomi are two of the top six smartphone manufacturers, a noteworthy feat considering their dire lack of presence in the US. Both companies look set to remedy that, however, with reports claiming that there are deals on the cards that will see both sell devices in the US under different carriers.
Blackberry finally abandons the Priv
Blackberry released its first Android device two years ago in 2015. The company has finally announced that it will be withdrawing software support for the device—one that cost $700 at launch and only received one major update to Marshmallow.
The Blackview P6000 will ship with a 6180 mAh battery
There's a new Blackview device on cards. The smartphone, marketed as a heavyweight business device, will feature a large 6180 mAh battery.
Details of the Honor 9 Lite revealed
Honor has sent out invites for the launch event of a yet unnamed device. The event will take place on December 21, with the device expected to be the Honor 9 Lite.
Android OS version metrics for November released, Oreo sees pitiable climb to 0.5% market distribution
Google has released data on the current market distribution of the various versions of Android. The ranking stays the same as it was last month, with Marshmallow in first, Lollipop in second, and Nougat in third. Oreo remains irrelevant, as it only just matched Ice Cream Sandwich’s 0.5% distribution, a disturbingly unprogressive rise from its 0.3% figure last month.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ set to receive Oreo in January 2018
A member of Samsung's UK Oreo beta team has confirmed that the S8 and S8+ will receive final, stable Oreo updates in January, with the Note 8 to follow immediately after.
Huawei Enjoy 7S set for December 18 launch, details revealed
Huawei is set to announce the launch of the new Enjoy 7S at an event in Xi An, on December 13. The mid-ranger shares a lot of similarities with the Honor 9 Lite. So much, in fact, that we're tempted to claim that they're the same device in slightly different packages.
Xiaomi to launch Mi 7 and Mi 7 Plus together, both to feature full-screen displays
Xiaomi's flagships are usually among the first to be released in the year, and it looks like the next-gen offering, the Mi 7, could be launched within the next few months. The device is touted to launch alongside a plus-sized version, with both coming with tasty price tags and top of the line features.
Honor President confirms that the Honor 7X, 8, 8 Pro, 9, and V9 will get Oreo
Honor's President, George Zhao, has confirmed in an interview that the brand's current devices like the 7X, Honor 8, Honor 9, Honor 8 Pro, and Honor V9 will all get updates to Android Oreo. The 7X, in particular, is of interest, as there's a significant chance that it gets Treble.
The Nokia 6 (2018) hits TENAA
The Nokia 6 (2018) has made its way over to TENAA, with the listing on the Chinese agency's website showing images of what we should expect from the mid-ranger with the model number "TA-1054".
Nokia 5 receives Oreo beta, 6 to follow
The doors to the Nokia 5's beta program have finally been thrown open, with users of the devices able to sign up and receive the beta update.
Motorola is offering great deals on its smartphones that give you even more bang for your buck
In the spirit of the holiday season, Motorola is currently offering a number of great deals on its smartphones. Devices like the Moto X4, Moto G5 Plus, Moto Z2 Play and others currently benefit from this, which means you can nab any of them on the cheap right now.
New Honor device with quad cameras to be launched on December 13
There's another Honor device on the cards, as the company has announced its intentions to hold another launch event on December 13. Nothing is known about this device except for the fact that it will feature quad cameras.
Honor announces plans to take over Indian smartphone market by 2020
Honor President George Zhao has declared the company's intentions to rule the Indian smartphone market by 2020, a goal it hopes to achieve by releasing bang-for-buck devices under the Rs 10,000 price point.
First rumors of the Nokia 6 (2018) surface
The Nokia 6 was released way back in January, which means we're about set for the launch of its successor, the Nokia 6 (2018), possibly at MWC in February. Details of the device have surfaced online, painting the picture of a rather enticing device.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 scored an impressive 90 points on DxOMark
The Mi Note 3, Xiaomi's new mid-ranger, made the journey over to DxOMark, with the device recording a score of 90, which places it in the same bracket as devices like the first-gen Google Pixel and the iPhone 7 Plus. Not bad for a two-month-old device that currently goes for as low as US$300.
Andy Rubin returns to Essential after absence over misconduct case
Andy Rubin, founder of Essential and creator of the Android OS, went on a leave of absence at the tail end of November over a case of perceived misconduct during his time as an executive at Google.
Oreo for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 leaked
The Samsung Galaxy S8 received its Oreo beta weeks ago, so it's a bit surprising that Note 8 users have been left in the lurch. Only until now, though, as what looks like a stable internal Oreo build for the flagship has finally surfaced, with users testing it out and confirming its validity.
The Huawei P11 will adopt the iPhone X's notch
Firmware files of an unnamed Huawei flagship device, which we expect to be the Huawei P11, has revealed details pointing towards the presence of a notch at the top of the display, much like what we've seen on the Essential PH-1 and iPhone X.
Images of a full-screen Sony phone spotted in the wild
Live images of an unknown Sony Xperia device, which may be the Xperia XZ1 Premium, have surfaced, with the device featuring a unique design form that is sure to keep fans of the Japanese electronics giants on the edge of their seats.
OnePlus users petition company for Treble support
Users of OnePlus devices have created an online petition asking the company to implement Treble support on its devices. This comes days after the company staff, in an AMA, vehemently expressed its refusal to provide Treble support on any OnePlus device, even on the newly released OnePlus 5T. Update: 07/12/17
LG V30+ set for December 13 Indian debut
The LG V30 looks to be the first device in LG's V series to move away from the content creator-cum-enthusiast demographic. While the device looks incredibly good, issues with its display have marred its success commercially.
Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro set for stable Oreo release
The Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro had their Oreo beta testing programs opened a few months ago, so it comes as no surprise that both devices are finally getting stable Oreo rollouts, with the P10 and V9 to follow soon.
Samsung has no place in the Chinese smartphone market, data shows
A report by Kanta World Panel has shown the state of the Chinese smartphone market, with figures indicating Huawei's lead, Apple's growth, and Samsung's almost palpable irrelevance.
HMD executive confirms that current Nokia devices will not get Treble
There was word a while ago that the Nokia 8 would have Treble implemented on the final build of its Oreo update but that is not to be, as company CPO Juho Sarvikas has confirmed the lack of Treble on any Nokia device, much like we saw from OnePlus a while ago.
Nokia 3 to make jump to Oreo
The Nokia 3 had issues getting the update to Android 7.1.2 Nougat due to its MediaTek heritage. HMD CPO Juho Sarvikas, however, has confirmed that the entry-level device will make the jump directly to Android Oreo, assuaging the fears of users of the device.
Xiaomi Mi A1 set to begin beta testing for Oreo update
The Xiaomi Mi A1 was launched under the Android One program, which makes steady software updates a certainty. The device was slated to receive its Oreo update in December and there's a slim chance that deadline may actually be met, as beta testing for Oreo has finally kicked off.
Honor V10 launched globally, goes on sale in January
The Honor V10 has been confirmed, at a launch event in London today, to be available all over the world, including the US, UK, and India. The Honor flagship also comes with an attractive price tag.
Honor 7X released for American market and it may just be the king of mid-rangers
The Huawei Honor 7X is finally available in the US. It's predecessor, the Honor 6X, was an immensely successful offering, and the 7X looks set to build on that, as it offers excellent specifications at a nigh-unpassable price point.
Oreo for the Moto Z2 Force coming in a bit
The Moto Z2 Force is set to get its first taste of Oreo in the coming weeks, with the company sending out a teaser to users of the device a few days ago.
LeEco's final death may be at hand as the company puts up headquarter building for sale
LeEco's woes don't look like stopping anytime soon, as the company has finally put its headquarters building in China up for sale. The property, with a massive 20,000 square meters of space, comes with an asking price slightly over US$200M.
No phone charges faster than the OnePlus 5T, tests reveal
Ever wondered how fast some of the best devices in the world right now charge? Pretty fast, if you consider the results of a test conducted on the OnePlus, LG, Apple, Google, and Samsung flagships for 2017. The LG V30, for example, was able to build up 53% worth of battery juice in just 30 minutes of charge time, and it still wasn't the fastest.
Details of a possible Xperia XZ1s surface
Some details of Sony's next premium device have been revealed on a user agent profile online. Not much is confirmed at the moment but listed data points towards a 16:9 display, which is, perhaps, proof of Sony's obstinacy in the design department.
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro may have a fingerprint sensor vulnerability
A user on Reddit has claimed that his new Huawei Mate 10 Pro shipped with a faulty fingerprint sensor that could be unlocked by anyone.
LG V30 Oreo update to have Treble, unlocked version now available
The Oreo beta update for the LG V30 that was sent out a few days ago was confirmed to not have Treble implemented. A customer rep, however, has claimed otherwise, which may mean that future builds get Treble support.
Indian Intelligence Bureau calls out smartphone apps sending data to China
The Indian Intelligence Bureau has directed its border troops to format their smartphones and delete a number of specified apps, citing the reason as a discovered data trail leading from these apps to China.
The Meizu Pro 7 Plus has a worse camera than its predecessor
The Meizu Pro 7 Plus made its trip over to popular camera benchmarking platform DxOMark over the week, with the Chinese flagship putting up numbers that failed to match what we saw on its predecessor while being significantly worse than any other flagship released this year.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is coming to Android
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, popularly referred to as PUBG, may be the hottest thing in the gaming industry right now, with the MMO reaching a Steam record of close to three million peak players.
Oreo rollout begins for unlocked HTC U11 Life
HTC's VP of Product Management, Mo Versi, has confirmed that the U11 Life will receive Android Oreo starting today. Only unlocked versions of the device will receive it now, though, as was the case with the U11.
LG V30 and V30+ receive Oreo beta
The LG V30 and V30+ were released a few months ago, with both devices running on Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. Users in South Korea, however, have started receiving Oreo beta updates. We expect an international rollout soon.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus to launch on December 7
Xiaomi has released a post on Chinese platform Weibo that specifies the launch date for the upcoming Redmi 5 and its plus-sized sibling. Considering how close the launch date is, it's quite surprising that actual details of the devices are anything but confirmed at the moment.
A Snapdragon 625 on the Redmi Note 5 may be the biggest mistake Xiaomi ever makes
Leaks surfacing last week point towards the next-gen Redmi Note 5 shipping with the Snapdragon 625, a thought that is sure to ring sour in the minds of Xiaomi fans across the globe.
The fight for Net Neutrality is on...you should take action today
The US Federal Communications Commission is set to cast a vote that will repeal the Net Neutrality laws that keep the Internet fun for everyone. American or not, it's time you had a say in this matter. Let your voice be heard today.
The Xperia XZ Premium is available for $550
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is currently on sale on Best Buy and Amazon for just $550, $150 off its launch price, which is an incredible bargain for one of the few Android devices with a 4k display.
Nokia 8 gets Oreo update, 5 and 6 to follow
HMD has sent out a final, stable Oreo update to the Nokia 8, effectively making them the third OEM to do so—impressive no matter how you look at it—with the Nokia 5 and 6 to follow suit in the coming weeks.
The Xperia XZ and XZs receive Oreo
Sony has sent out Oreo updates to the Xperia XZ and XZs, keeping up its good form of sending updates out on time. We expect the Xperia X phones—X, X Performance, and X Compact to receive their updates in the coming weeks.
The Moto Z2 Force is up for grabs for under $400
The Moto Z2 Force is currently available on T-Mobile, with prospective buyers having the option to pay it off at once for just US$375, an impressive 48% discount off its regular retail price of US$720.
There's a chance the OnePlus 6 copies the iPhone X's design
Images of the upcoming OPPO R13 have surfaced online. The device could very well pass off as an iPhone X. Considering the relationship between OPPO and OnePlus, we wouldn't be surprised to see the OnePlus 6 take the same form.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 may just receive Android Oreo
The Samsung Galaxy S6 is way over two years old, so it comes as a pleasant surprise that Samsung service representatives have confirmed that the device will receive Android Oreo in the near future.
You can snag an LG G6 for a smidgen over £360 in the UK
The G6, LG's flagship released earlier in the year has seen a massive price slash over the months from its launch price of £649. Prospective buyers in the UK can get one on the cheap right now for just £363.
Apple are kings of the UK smartphone market
Data by Counterpoint has shown Apple's position as the kings of the UK smartphone market, albeit with a nigh-intangible advantage over rivals Samsung. Alcatel, surprisingly, finds a spot in the top five—just below Huawei, and above Motorola.
A generic AOSP ROM booting on the Mate 9 may be the biggest milestone in recent Android history
The Huawei Mate 9 was updated to support Project Treble on its Oreo beta. A user on XDA-Developers has successfully installed and booted a generic version of AOSP Android on the device in what may just be a groundbreaking event in the history of Android.
Xiaomi kicks off Oreo beta program for the Mi 6
Xiaomi has kickstarted its closed Oreo beta-testing program, with selection currently ongoing and expected to last for a few weeks. The open beta is expected to begin by January 2018.
No Treble for the OnePlus 5T, OnePlus confirms
In an AMA on OnePlus forums yesterday, company staff confirmed that no current OnePlus device—5T inclusive—will be updated to support Google's new Project Treble.
Live images of a possible Huawei Nova 3 and the Honor V10 spotted in the wild
Images of an unknown device carrying the "Aurora" brand name have surfaced, and we have reason to believe the device in question is the Huawei Nova 3. It's either that, or the Huawei P11.
Blackview offering a number of discounts for potential European buyers
Blackview is offering a number of discounts on its smartphones on Amazon today, with buyers in the UK, Spain, and France getting the chance to snag these devices on the cheap.
Released details of the Honor V10 point towards a nigh-perfect flagship
Final specifications of the upcoming Huawei Honor V10 have surfaced, and the Chinese flagship looks to be one of the best in its space, for the year. On paper, at least.
The Ulefone Power 3 will come with a hefty 6100 mAh battery
The Ulefone Power 3 is set for a December release, with the device expected to feature a 6100 mAh battery and an 18:9 display. More importantly, it's said to run on Android 8.1 out of the box, which would be an impressive feat for an OEM in Ulefone's weight class.
The BV9000 Pro is Blackview's next rugged premium device
The BV9000 Pro is expected to launch sometime next week, according to our sources, with the rugged device offering a number of improvements over its predecessor that was released a few months ago.
Multiple deals for Huawei and Sony
Update: Huawei has set out a series of impressive deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Hop in to find out which one catches your fancy.
The OnePlus 5 and 5T will receive Oreo by the end of the year
OnePlus has confirmed that the OnePlus 5 and 5T will receive Oreo beta updates by the end of the year, with the full, stable update to come in early 2018. The Oreo beta program for the OnePlus 3 and 3T has been opened for months.
You can snag a Nokia 8 for under $500
The Nokia 8, one of the few no-nonsense flagships currently on the market, is currently available on Amazon US for just a bit over $470, and on Amazon UK for £380.
Meizu set to snub US market
Meizu's Head of Global Marketing, Ard Boudeling, has confirmed that the Chinese manufacturers will not be attempting to sell their devices in the US anytime soon, although other American markets are still game.
You can snag an Xperia XZ1 Compact for less than $500
The Xperia XZ1 Compact is currently on sale on Best Buy at a bargain price of $499.99, $100 off its MSRP of $600. The XZ1 Compact is the only true compact premium phone this year, and lovers of smaller devices may want to jump on this deal.
Gionee M7 Plus spotted in the wild, Snapdragon 660 in tow
Gionee's upcoming M7 Plus has been spotted on a few benchmarks, with the mid-range device making a few improvements on the M7 that was released in September.
Essential PH-1 now equipped with Treble
A user on Essential's Reddit community has discovered the presence of Google's new Treble API on their PH-1 after updating to the Oreo beta that was released yesterday.
You can snag a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 for under $800
A reputable seller on eBay currently has the Samsung Galaxy Note 8—brand new, unlocked, 64 GB—on sale for a bargain price of US$790. Pretty great deal when you consider the fact that its rival, the iPhone X, goes for US$200 more.
Redmi Note 5 listed online
The Redmi Note 5 has been listed on JD.com, which may be a sign that we're set to get the mid-range killers in the coming weeks. Details of the device are unknown at the moment but we expect to see either the Snapdragon 630 or 636 on it, which would make for a delightful package, especially at the prices touted.
Global smartphone market sees rise in Q3
Average smartphone prices have seen a 7% rise over the course of the last year, and that's undoubtedly a product of the market's growth, with shipments for 2017 expected to total 7.4% more than what we saw in 2016.
Marshmallow still most popular version of Android with 31% market distribution
Google has released Google Play install statistics which show that Marshmallow is still the most widely used version of Android with a 30.9% market distribution. Oreo comes in dead last—yes, even worse than Gingerbread—with just 0.3%.
Qualcomm unequivocally rejects Broadcom's advances
Following Broadcom's unsolicited proposal to buy out Qualcomm a few days ago, the Qualcomm Board of Directors has reached a unanimous decision to reject any such advances.
Apple expected to topple Samsung in Q4
Analytics firm TrendForce has released a report on the smartphone market, with Samsung, Apple, Huawei, OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi having the top six spots, in that order. The report predicts a decline in Samsung shipments in Q4, however, and a rapid rise in Apple's that would give the American giants the top spot.
Honor V10 set for November 28 launch in China
The Honor V10 will be a cheaper version of the Huawei Mate 10 devices that were released about a month ago. Earlier reports pointed towards an early December launch in London but it looks like the Chinese market will be getting it earlier than that, on November 28.
There's a full-screen Samsung compact phone on the cards, and it may just be the S9 Mini
There's a fullscreen compact device coming from Samsung in the near future, with the chance, albeit a slim one, that it will be the S9 Mini. The last Samsung flagship to have a mini version was the S5, so we're keen on seeing how this one goes.
Details of the Samsung Galaxy S9 revealed
Samsung's latest press release contains a number of new technologies that we expect to be seen on the S9. The most notable of them is the Exynos 9810, Samsung's newest flagship SoC.
OPPO and Xiaomi on the way to achieving facial recognition
Xiaomi and OPPO are said to be working on their versions of facial recognition technology that will rival Apple’s Face ID. This comes after MediaTek’s announcement of working with Meizu to do the same. Xiaomi and OPPO will be working in collaboration with Qualcomm, which is, perhaps, a product of the recent deal signed between the parties.
Qualcomm signs multi-billion dollar deal with OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi
Chinese smartphone giants OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi have agreed a US$12 billion deal with Qualcomm, with the deal aimed at giving the American semi-conductor manufacturers an even stronger grip on the market.
MediaTek to take break from flagship SoCs
A MediaTek executive has, in an interview, revealed the company's plans for the future, with the Taiwanese manufacturers set to take a break from manufacturing flagship SoCs for a while, in favor of killer mid-range chipsets.
HTC decline continues, records 26% YoY drop in revenue
HTC has released a report on its business side of things for the month of October, with figures pointing towards a palpable decline in revenue over the last year.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro heading to the US under the AT&T umbrella
Huawei concluded talks with AT&T a few months ago, and it looks like the Mate 10 will be the first device to benefit from that partnership. Only the Mate 10 Pro, though, as Huawei, once again, ignores the regular Mate 10 .
Another HTC phone looks to be on the way
HTC is set to launch another device year runs out, with the phone, the "Ocean Harmony" looking to be another mid-ranger. There's been talk of a Snapdragon 652, though, so we're not exactly sure what HTC has planned for this one.
OnePlus 5T billed for November 16 launch, fans to be allowed entry to event
The OnePlus 5T will be launched in Brooklyn on the 16th of this month. The general public will be able to watch a live stream of the events but fans of the company are also welcome to visit the venue. As long as they buy US$40 tickets, that is.
Honor V10 to bring the Mate 10 package to the mid-range segment
Huawei is set to release the next device with a Kirin 970, the Honor V10, in December. The V10, also to be known as the Honor 9 Pro, will share a lot of features with the Mate 10, while costing significantly less.
Xiaomi Mi 6C set for December launch
Xiaomi may be set to launch the Mi 6C next month, with the mid-ranger expected to feature the Surge S2 SoC and the same dual rear camera setup used on the Mi 6.
The PH-1 is quickly becoming an Essential buy as it gets yet another price slash
Best Buy has put up the Essential PH-1 for sale at a bargain price of $449, $250 down from its launch price tag. The phone may have its issues but there aren't a lot of better devices for that price.
Google Pixel 2 XL's charging measured at 10.5W
Nathan Park, a freelance hardware engineer, has carried out tests on the Google Pixel 2 XL, discovering an intentional bottleneck on the device that limits the power received by the phone from the 18W supplied by its stock charger to just 10.5W.
ZTE confirms plans for the Axon 7's successor
ZTE has confirmed on Twitter that it will launch a successor to the "incredibly successful" Axon 7. Of course, no one knows what stage of development the device is in but the idea of a next-gen flagship that takes a similar stance to the Axon 7's is cause for joy.
Xiaomi launches Redmi Y series in India
Xiaomi has launched two new devices for the Indian market, with both being selfie-focuses budget offerings. The two devices, the Y1 and Y1 Lite will ship with MIUI 9 and feature 16 MP selfie cameras.
Xiaomi to offer multiple deals for 11.11
Xiaomi is set to offer a number of deals for the 11.11 shopping festival in China, most notable of them being the new Mi A1 which will be available at a nigh-irresistible price of US$195.
Sony releases quarterly financial figures - Smartphone division takes hit
Sony has released its financial report for the second quarter of its fiscal year (July - September), with its smartphone business seeing a decline in shipments. Growth of the Games and Network Services division, however, saw a total increase in revenue for the Japanese giants.
Unlocked Moto X4 now available
Motorola has finally released a Moto X4 that will retail without the shackles of Project Fi or Amazon Prime. The X4 is in contention for being the best mid-range device of the year, and will come with a US$399 price tag.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro to hit the UK on November 17
Huawei is set to release its flagship, the Mate 10 Pro, for the UK market. It will retail with a price tag of £699, which is pricey but still about par with the prices of other flagships released in that market.
MediaTek to partner with Meizu on new facial recognition technology
Meizu executive Ard Boudeling has announced the company's plans of partnering with MediaTek for the development of facial recognition technology that will rival Apple's Face ID.
Asus Zenfone 4 series makes the trip to the US
Asus' Zenfone 4 series has made its way over to the US. The three devices, the Zenfone 4 Pro, Zenfone 4, and Zenfone 4 Max will be available for sale in shops like Bestbuy, Newegg, and Amazon.
Samsung releases quarterly sales report
Samsung has released its business report for Q3 2017, with the company recording all-time high figures in revenue and profits. Its smartphone arm witnessed an increase in shipments this quarter, in spite of a comprehensive decline in profit.
Xiaomi records 10 million shipments in October
Xiaomi has once again beat its record of 10 million shipments—a record made only last month—in what is, perhaps, the greatest testament to the company's remarkable growth this year.
Samsung to open Oreo beta program soon, Note 8 snubbed
Samsung is set to announce the reopening of its beta-testing program, Galaxy Beta, in the coming days, with users getting the chance to have a taste of Oreo prior to the final release scheduled for Q1 2018. The Galaxy Note 8 is snubbed for some reason, however.
Chinese smartphone market on slight decline as Huawei sits uneasily on its throne
Canalys has released a report on the Chinese smartphone market, with data showing Huawei's slim lead over OPPO at the top of the pyramid, Vivo's and Xiaomi's growths, and Apple's rebound after a poor 2016.
Pre-ordered iPhone Xs shipped, November 3 ETA
Users who got an iPhone X when it went on pre-order on the 27th are billed to receive their units on November 3, with various carriers having begun shipment over the weekend.
LG G6 spotted with Oreo on Geekbench
An LG G6 has been spotted on popular benchmark platform Geekbench, Android Oreo in tow. There are no specifics about when the device will receive the Oreo update but G6 users can now be confident that they'll get it.
Face ID's camera manufacturing process perfected, iPhone X production to speed up
TrueDepth technology is essentially the backbone of Apple's Face ID and with reports that its production is now stable, we expect that production and assembly rates of the iPhone X sees a marked improvement.
Having trouble getting an iPhone X? UMIDIGI's got you covered!
The iPhone X went on sale a few days and while buyers have had issues actually procuring one, UMIDIGI, a Chinese OEM is already set to offer a substitute, and one with a 7000 mAh battery to boot.
iPhone X shipping pushed back, repair costs revealed
The iPhone X went on sale yesterday and sold out in minutes, with the millions of buyers who could not secure one having a wait of up to six weeks on their hands.
Xiaomi set for foray into Spain
Xiaomi launched an arm of its business in Russia earlier in the year and the company is set to continue the trend with another launch in Spain. The event is scheduled for November 7 in Madrid.
Qualcomm slated to release new Snapdragon 845 in December, Samsung Galaxy S9 with first claim
Qualcomm may be set to announce the release of the upcoming Snapdragon 845 in December, eleven months after the launch of its predecessor. There's also a chance the new SoC won't make its way into public hands till Q2 2018 when the S9 is released.
The Blackberry KEYone's successor comes with keys to a Snapdragon 660
A user agent profile on TCL's website has revealed some details of the successor to the Blackberry KEYone that was released earlier in the year. It's a bare-bones profile for the most part but the presence of a Snapdragon 660 stands out.
You can snag an Xperia XZ for just over $300
The Sony Xperia XZ was released in October last year with a price tag of over $600. The same device is available on Amazon at the moment, and it will set you back just a bit over $300.
Xperia R1 and R1 Plus announced in India
Sony has announced the launch of two new entry-level devices, the R1 and R1 Plus, for the Indian market. Both phones are said to be manufactured by Foxconn in India, so we're a bit surprised that they still come with such relatively high price tags.
Whatsapp's new message recall feature puts drunk-texting back on the menu
Whatsapp has finally activated the recall function on its app, a function which allows users to recall—or effectively delete—messages that have already been sent. You'd do well to take screenshots of messages you wish to use as legal proof or anything of the sort, lest they be recalled, leaving you in the lurch.
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) spotted on Geekbench
Samsung's upcoming Galaxy A7 (2018) has been spotted on popular benchmark platform Geekbench alongside an SoC we expect to be the Exynos 7885. Not much is known about the in-house Samsung chipset but listed scores show that it holds its own against juggernauts like the Snapdragon 660.
First they came for Japan, then they came for the US
A report by Canalys has shown data pointing towards India's usurping of the US to become the second largest smartphone market in the world, with China standing at the top of the pyramid.
LG's smartphone division records losses in Q3 2017
LG has released its financial report for Q3 to the public, with the smartphone division of the company once again recording heavy losses. It's hard to pinpoint the faults in LG's business model at the moment but there's no doubt that some re-strategizing has to be done.
Xiaomi set to introduce new smartphone line in India
Chinese manufacturers Xiaomi are set to announce the launch of a new product line for the Indian market. The line is said to be a camera-centric one, which may be a clue as to Xiaomi's ambition to completely dominate the Indian market by taking even more of OPPO and Vivo's market shares.
Samsung to release Oreo updates in Q1 2018
Samsung is set to release updates to Android Oreo by the start of 2018. Particular details of the company's plans are unknown at the moment but we expect the Galaxy Beta program to be re-opened soon.
Huawei Nova 3 slated for December launch, Kirin 670 in tow
Huawei is set to launch its new Nova 3 in December. The high-end device looks to replicate most of what we've seen on the Nova 2i, with the slight difference being the Kirin 670 it will feature—an SoC we believe may provide worthy competition to the Snapdragon 660.
OnePlus 5T billed for late November release
The OnePlus 5T has appeared on an AnTuTu listing, with details indicating the expected 18:9 full-screen display, Snapdragon 835, Android Oreo, and improvements in the dual rear camera setup.
Oreo beta program for Nokia 8 opened
HMD has introduced its beta program, beta labs, for the testing of the beta version of Android Oreo on the Nokia 8. The company previously promised users of the Nokia 8 that they would get Oreo before the end of the year, so this comes as no surprise.
Gmail finally gets native add-on support
Google has announced the implementation of its add-on feature on the Gmail client, with both the desktop web client and Android app benefiting from the move.
The average smartphone will cost you 7% more than it did last year, study shows
Analytic firm GfK has published statistics on the commercial side of the global smartphone industry which prove that the prices of smartphones are indeed on the rise. The study also provided data pointing towards growing African and Latin American markets, and a slight decline in the North American one.
Huawei records 100 million shipments in Q1 to Q3
Huawei has recorded an impressive 100 million shipments over the course of the first three quarters of the year. The company sold an impressive total of 139 million smartphone units in 2016 and we expect similar figures by the end of this year.
Three Xiaomi devices on the way with full-screen displays
Two Redmi devices were certified at TENAA a few days ago but new information points towards the arrival of another Redmi phone, albeit one with a smaller display. All three devices are said to feature 18:9 full-screen displays, however.
HMD Global sends out invites for an October 31 event
HMD Global has sent out press invites for a global launch event that will take place in New Delhi on October 31. Here, we have a look at the devices that may be launched.
OPPO R11s spotted on AnTuTu, billed for November 2 launch
OPPO has set the launch date of its new R11s for November 2. The device was spotted on AnTuTu earlier in the day with specifications sharing an uncanny resemblance to those on the original R11.
Unlocked LG V30 set to go on sale
The LG V30 may have gone on sale weeks ago but word of an unlocked version has been nigh non-existent. B&H has listed one now, though, with it set to go on sale on November 28.
Nokia 2 to come with sub-$100 price tag
The Nokia 2 has been spotted on B&H's official website with a price tag lower than $100. The device will be HMD's attempt at creating the archetypal budget smartphone, which leaves us curious as to what to expect from the Nokia 1—if there's to be any such device.
Android Oreo released for the Xperia XZ Premium
Sony has released the Oreo update to users of the XZ Premium. This is about par for the company, as it becomes the first OEM to send out working Oreo updates.
Rooting the Pixel 2 may not void your warranty
Root on Android looks to be a dying art, with fear of voided warranties and SafetyNet restrictions holding users back. A Pixel 2 owner has reportedly gotten confirmation from Google's customer support which clarifies that rooting the new Pixels is not cause for a warranty void.
Android O coming for the HTC U11, November 2 event not for the U11 Plus
The HTC U11 was released months ago in May but is set to receive the update to Oreo before the middle of December, likely making it one of the first flagships to receive the update.
Redmi Note 5 spotted on TENAA, Snapdragon 636 a possibility
The race to the Redmi Note 5 is on a crescendo, with the device and a lower specced, identical variant being spotted on TENAA alongside an SoC which we think may just be the new Snapdragon 636.
Android One returns to its usual expensive form with the HTC U11 Life
The HTC U11 Life is expected to be launched alongside the U11 Plus on November 2. While the device's specifications sheet looks to be impressive at first sight, a few points marred a package that could have competed for the top spot in the mid-range market.
Huawei Mate 10 devices launched in China
The Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro have been launched in China, with the smartphone giants making slight changes to the memory configuration of both devices. The phones will also sell for much cheaper in China, the base version of the Mate 10 being almost $250 less than what it went for at the European launch.
HTC U11 Plus confirmed for November 2 launch
HTC has posted an image on its official Twitter account that announces an event for November 2. The image features a large "U", so we believe that it's the much-expected U11 Plus.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro scores 97 on Dxomark
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro was reviewed on camera benchmark website DxOMark, with the flagship recording an impressive total score of 97, just one point behind the Pixel 2.
We may be getting the Redmi Note 5 within the next few weeks
It's prime Redmi time, so it's no surprise that rumors and leaks of the upcoming mid-rangers are starting to crawl out of the woodwork. Actual specifications and prices of the Redmi Note 5 may be inconclusive at the moment but sources have billed the Xiaomi favorite to be launched before the popular 11/11 shopping festival in China.
Kirin 970 benchmark scores place it on par with the Snapdragon 835
Qualcomm has something of a monopoly on the Android market at the moment, so it's particularly impressive that Huawei's in-house Kirin 970 is able to compete with the Snapdragon 835 on all fronts.
Redmi Note 5 spotted on Geekbench
A Redmi Note 5 has supposedly been spotted on Geekbench but listed specifications and details don't conform to anything we expect from the device.
Details of the Xiaomi Mi 6C revealed
The Mi 5C was released earlier this year, with the lower specced variant of the Mi 5 featuring Xiaomi's own Surge S1 SoC. Information online points towards an Mi 6C being in the works. It is, of course, expected to be powered by the Surge S2.
Last-gen OnePlus devices get first taste of Oreo
OnePlus 3 and 3T users in the Open Beta Program have received an update that finally gives them a taste of Android 8.0.0 Oreo. It's but a beta update, of course, so it comes with a slew of bugs and worries.
MediaTek's Helio P40 is coming in style next year
MediaTek is set to make a push up the market ladder in 2018, with its upcoming Helio P40 to offer stiff competition to Qualcomm's mid-range offerings.
Nokia 8 hits India
The Nokia 8 has finally gone on sale in India, with an Amazon India listing having it on sale for INR 36,999.
Samsung releases the entry-level J2 (2017) in India
Samsung has recently listed the new J2 (2017) on its official Indian page. The J2 comes with a price tag in the region of $110, which some would consider quite high for a device straight out of 2012.
Blackview to unveil S8, BV9000 Pro, others on October 18
Blackview is billed to unveil three new devices at an event in Hong Kong on October 18. Not much is known about these devices but the company does a have a good track record, so it'll be interesting to see what it offers this time around.
Huawei quietly launches the Honor 6C Pro
Huawei has announced the launch of its lower mid-range Honor 6C in Russia without much ado. The regular Honor 6C was a solid offering but we're not so sure about this one, as its "Pro" tag doesn't seem to come with the perks one would expect.
Nubia Z17miniS launched, quad cameras and Snapdragon 653 in tow
From dual rear cameras to quad cameras, OEMs are beginning to get the idea that more is better. The Nubia Z17miniS is the newest device to feature that camera configuration and we can only hope it makes a difference in actual performance. Probably not, we expect.
The only thing the US will be getting from the Nokia 8 is a snub
The Nokia 8 was released a few months ago and while it was a solid offering by the HMD, it didn't come with a lot of the trappings being offered by other flagships. A company executive, in an email to a fan query, has confirmed that the flagship will not be sold in the US.
The Honor 7X is Huawei's new affordable mid-ranger
The Honor 7X has been officially launched, with it offering an impressive specifications sheet at a range of affordable prices.
Meizu MX7 billed for Q2 2018 launch
The successor to the Meizu MX6 has been a long time coming and it looks like the wait will go on for a while longer, with a Meizu executive slating the mid-ranger for a spring 2018 launch.
Essential PH-1 to get Oreo before year's end, camera fix promised
Executives of Essential have taken to holding bi-weekly AMA's on Reddit in the hopes of creating a better user experience. The last thread had some interesting tidbits on the expectations of Oreo for the PH-1, and possible improvements on the phone's disappointing camera performance.
OnePlus is collecting user data without permission, and you should be scared
OnePlus has dropped the ball yet again, with a user discovering a data siphon that sends his private phone information and logs to a remote OnePlus server.
You can snag a Galaxy S8+ for just over $600
There's a deal on eBay at the moment which has a new, unlocked, dual-sim Galaxy S8+ at a bargain price of $630. The S8+ features a 6.2-inch SUPER AMOLED QHD display, Exynos 8895, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of RAM, and a 3500 mAh battery.
Honor 7X spotted on Geekbench, Kirin 659 outperforms the Snapdragon 625
Huawei's upcoming Honor 7X is expected to launch on October 11 and it's been spotted on Geekbench with performance scores that correspond to what we've come to expect from devices in that segment.
Huawei to focus on Indian market in bid to topple Samsung and Apple
CEO of Huawei India, Jay Chen, has reportedly identified the Indian market as one with a potential for massive growth. The company's launch of the Honor 9i there may be identified as an attempt to gain a strategic stronghold in that market.
Xposed Framework for Android Nougat finally released
The Xposed Framework for Android Nougat has been released after months of waiting, with developer rovo89 optimistic for the imminent release of an Oreo version.
Xiaomi Mi A1 hits Europe
The Xiaomi Mi A1 has made its trip to Europe, with several countries having the Android One phone on sale, albeit with price tags higher than what one would otherwise get online.
There's a major talking point from the Pixel launch and it's not the headphone jack
Google's marketing team has been killing it of recent, and the new Pixels continue that trend with the cheeky, nigh-snarky color names assigned to both devices.
Android Oreo currently being beta tested on the Huawei Mate 9
EMUI 6 is being tested on the Huawei Mate 9. The latest version of Huawei's skin is based on Android Oreo and brings a slew of improvements to the software arm of the device. The Mate 10 will launch on October 16 and is expected to run on EMUI 6.
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL billed for a minimum of three years of updates
Amidst the slew of impressive technical specifications, the new Pixels boast of something that has never been seen on any Android device before: Three years of software updates. Of course, that's all on paper and OEMs have blatantly broken such promises in the past. We'll find out in 2020.
Huawei launches the Honor 9i but it's nothing we haven't seen already
Huawei has once again repackaged the same device for our purchasing pleasure. Maimang 6, Nova 2i, and now, Honor 9i. Some would say it's getting a tad annoying.
Herein lies the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google's new flagships
Google has announced the launch of its two new flagships, the Pixel 2 and its larger Pixel 2 XL sibling. These devices are mostly positioned as the Android alternatives to the Apple offerings, so it comes as no surprise that they also do not feature headphone jacks.
Details of the upcoming Android One HTC U11 Life revealed
The HTC U11 Life will be HTC's first foray into Google's Android One program, and will follow in the footsteps of the recently released Mi A1 by offering mid-range specifications at a, hopefully, modest price point.
HMD goes a step further, promises Android P for current Nokia devices
The current Nokia devices are already slated to receive Android Oreo before 2017 runs out. HMD Global, however, has promised even more, with its current lineup expected to get the update to Android P when it's released next year.
Details and images of both Pixel devices revealed
Details of the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL are all but confirmed, as we all wait for the official event that takes place on October 4.
Another iPhone 8 Plus explodes, Apple to investigate
Following last weeks reported incident of an iPhone 8 Plus blowing up in Taiwan, another user, this time in Japan, has filed a similar claim.
Xiaomi scores another win - 10 million units shipped in September
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has posted an image celebrating the company's new record, an all-time high 10 million smartphone shipments in September.
New mid-range Asus phone with large battery on the cards
Laptop makers Asus are reportedly working on a new mid-range smartphone. This device will feature a 5.7-inch display, dual rear cameras, and a large 4030 mAh battery. It will also be the first Asus device to sport the trending 18:9 display ratio.
The Ulefone Power Max will feature a humongous 13,000 mAh battery
Ulefone's next device, the Power Max, will toe the line between power bank and smartphone with a hefty 13000 mAh battery. Imagine what you could do with that—power a whole estate, maybe?
You can snag an LG V20 for $300
The LG V20—new, unlocked, 64 GB version—is now available on Walmart and Amazon for a bargain price of $302. It features a 5.7-inch QHD display, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, Snapdragon 820, dual rear cameras, and a 3200 mAh battery.
Pricing details of the Honor 7X revealed
The Honor 6X came with a price tag in the $200 range but its successor will go one step further, with a starting price of $300. Relatively pricey, yes, but a fair deal considering the expected package.
Huawei Nova 2i launched, quad cameras in tow
The Huawei Nova 2i has been launched, with the mid-range device turning out to be—rather surprisingly—the international model of the Maimang 6 that was just released in China.
All released Nokia devices to receive Oreo before the end of 2017
HMD Global manager Mark Trundle has, in an interview, confirmed that the Nokia 3, 5, 6, and 8 are all set to receive the update to Oreo before the end of the year.
MediaTek announces launch of its new low-end MT6739 SoC
MediaTek has announced the launch of its new entry-level SoC, the MT6739. The new chipset supports dual rear cameras, the trending 18:9 display, and FHD video encoding at 30fps.
The Blackview S8 comes with quad cameras and a bezel-less display
The S8 is Blackview's take on the trending bezel-less display and, while it may not be perfect, there's little doubt that it's a solid offering in its intended market space.
Honor 7X billed for October 11 launch
Huawei has released a poster that teases the launch of its upcoming mid-ranger, the Honor 7X. The Honor 6X was a success, so it'll be interesting to see what its successor offers.
Twitter set to increase character count limit
Twitter is set to increase the character count limit in tweets to 280 characters, a move that's supposed to allow users express their thoughts better. Users in China, Korea, and Japan will not be getting the upgrade, though, with Twitter deeming the current limit sufficient for the nuances of their various languages.
Analytic firm estimates component costs of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus to be just over a third of their retail prices
With the iPhones released a few weeks ago, analytical platform IHS Markit has released a new report on the production cost of both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, with that of the 8 Plus being 37% of its retail price.
Gionee M7 launched - Helio P30, 18;9 display, dual rear cameras
The Gionee M7 has been launched, with the device being the first to ship with MediaTek's Helio P30 that was announced back in August.
Your private data isn't so private after all, Wechat confirms
Don't get your hopes up on the Redmi Note 5
Recent leaks have detailed the specification sheet of the upcoming Redmi Note 5, and while Xiaomi fans may have their hopes up, we're quite skeptical as to the veracity and plausibility of the reported information. Here's why you'd do well to take it all with a pinch of salt.
Huawei Maimang 6 launched in China
The Maimang 6, expected to launch as the Mate 10 Lite outside China, has been announced, with its quad camera formation and 18:9 display making for a novel package from Huawei.
Asus Zenfone 4 series finally hits Europe
After launching in the Asian market a few months back, Asus has finally announced the launch of its Zenfone 4 series for the European market.
Google deal no herald of doom as HTC looks set to launch another flagship
HTC may have entered a partnership with Google but it will still produce smartphones in its own name, at least for the time being. Its next device is said to be the bezel-less flagship, the U11 Plus.
Huawei Mate 10 to have four models, Maimang 6 the Mate 10 Lite
Contrary to previous thoughts, the Maimang 6 will not launch as the G10 in the western market, with Huawei set to offer it as the Mate 10 Lite, a lower-specced version of the upcoming Mate 10 flagships.
Images and pricing details of the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro revealed
Huawei's upcoming flagships, the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, are billed for a mid-October launch. Here, we have a look at the first set of details available for both devices.
The Xperia XZ1 is the first device to hit shops with Oreo onboard
The Xperia XZ1 was launched a few weeks ago and is already ready for shipping, with it laying claim to being the first device to launch with Oreo. The XZ1 comes with a price tag of $700, which is a fair one for the most part.
Three new HTC phones in the works, Q4 launch expected
HTC, in spite of its recent troubles, is reportedly set to release three devices in the last quarter of the year, with one of them looking like a flagship. Details of all three devices remain fuzzy at the moment.
Nokia 8 Oreo update teased by HMD executive
Chief Product Officer of HMD Global Juho Sarvikas has teased Android Oreo for the Nokia 8 on Twitter. The Nokia 8 was rumored to launch with Oreo onboard, so this comes as no surprise.
The UMIDIGI S2 offers an acute lack of bezels for $200
The UMIDIGI S2 looks to be the OEM's take on the Samsung Galaxy S8. Impressive design language aside, the S2 offers solid mid-range features, with its 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, Helio P20, 18:9 aspect ratio, and 5100mAh battery standing out
Samsung Galaxy S8 with Oreo spotted on Geekbench
A Galaxy S8 has been spotted running on Oreo. This lends credence to earlier information that Samsung was testing Oreo for the S8. Promising as this may be, it may yet be a while till S8 owners get the Oreo update.
Huawei G10 with quad cameras billed for September 22 launch
The Maimang series offers upper mid-range devices for the Chinese market, with the devices being rebranded with the "G" prefix for western markets. The Maimang 6 is expected to feature quad cameras and an 18:9 aspect ratio.
Motorola releases official roadmap for Oreo devices, Moto G4 Plus misses out in spite of past promises
Motorola has released a statement on its blog on its plans for Android Oreo, with all recent flagships set to get the update. Things are looking much less rosy for owners of budget devices and last-gen mid-rangers, though, as they'll be stuck on Nougat.
The Nokia 2 brings a massive battery to the tail end of the budget market
The Nokia 2 is billed to be the archetypal budget device, with it opting for Qualcomm's entry-level Snapdragon 212, 1 GB of RAM, and an impressive chin. It's the very definition of a budget device, though, so those are about par for the most part.
The comprehensive Android Oreo device update list
Android Oreo launched a few weeks ago, and with Google releasing a vague statement on the plan for updates for devices outside its Nexus and Pixel lines, it's time we had a look at the plans of other OEMs. Hop in to know if your device will be receiving the Oreo update.
UPDATE 20/9/17: Motorola
First Xiaomi Mi 7 rumors surface - Q1 2018 launch a possibilty
Rumors of the Mi 7 have surfaced, with sources claiming the flagship will feature a 6" OLED display, up to 8 GB of RAM, a glass or ceramic build, and the Snapdragon 845.
Samsung Galaxy S7 explodes during charge
A Korean user has reported the explosion of her one-year-old Galaxy S7, an event that left her with burnt hands and furniture.
Samsung J7+ officially launched
The J7+ has been officially launched in Thailand, so it's only a matter of time before it makes its way into the global market. Some would consider it ill-named, though, as it has the same display size as the regular J7, and a significantly smaller battery.
Kirin 970 officially unveiled, Neural Processing Unit for AI functionalities onboard
The Kirin 970 has been officially announced, and while it doesn't really do much new in terms of raw power, it brings improvements in the GPU and power efficiency region, with the SoC being built on TSMC's 10nm process.
Xiaomi Mi A1 hits Geekbench
Xiaomi's new device, the Mi A1, has been listed on Geekbench, with its scores and specifications largely being a match to what we saw in the recently released Mi 5X. The A1 is expected to be an Android One device, which means that it will carry stock Android instead of Xiaomi's MIUI skin.
Honor 6C to be Chinese rival to Redmi Note 5A
The Honor 6C may have launched in Europe but the Chinese market is still yet to get it, with Huawei positioning the lower mid-range offering as a rival to the just released Redmi Note 5A.
Blackview BV8000 Pro camera bug fixes released
The BV8000 Pro sports a 5" FHD display, 6 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, a Helio P25, and a 4180mAh battery. Being a rugged phone, it also comes with an IP68 certification.
You can snag an Xperia XZ for less than $400
The Xperia XZ sports a 5.2" FHD display with Corning Gorilla Glass, 3 GB of RAM, up to 64 GB of storage, a Snapdragon 820, a 23MP rear camera, a 13MP selfie shooter, and a 2900mAh battery.
Android rules mobile world with close to 90% market share
Sales figures by analytic firm Gartner imply that there are nine devices running on Android for every one running on iOS. Samsung leads the smartphone market comfortably, with Apple coming in second and Huawei a close third.
Meizu M6 Note announced, Snapdragon 625 in tow
Meizu has announced the launch of its mid-range M6 Note, and it offers a decent package for the prices listed, with the device making significant improvements over its predecessor, camera-wise particularly.
Pricing details of the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact revealed
Twitter leaker Roland Quandt has revealed pricing details for Sony's upcoming XZ1 and XZ1 Compact high-end offerings. While both won't qualify for the bargain market, they're appropriately priced.
Budget Gionee X1 released in India
The X1 is Gionee's newest budget device for the Indian market. It features the MT6737, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, a rear fingerprint reader, and a 3000mAh battery. Not a bad deal for US$140, all things considered.
Android 8 released, O is for Oreo
Android O has finally been released, with O standing for sweet, tasty Oreos. Updates have started rolling out for those in the Beta program, and users should be able to download factory images soon.
Redmi Note 5A launched
The Redmi Note 5A has been announced and while it makes no significant improvements on the previous devices in the series, you'll still have a hard time finding better devices at that price point.
Google to collaborate with Xiaomi on new Android One phone
Chinese behemoths Xiaomi are allegedly working with Google on the creation of a new Android One phone. Considering Xiaomi's MIUI skin isn't loved by many, it'll be interesting to see Google software on a Xiaomi device.
Redmi Note 5A billed for August 21 launch
The Redmi Note 5A will be launched on August 21, with the company sending out formal invites for the event already. It will be the first entry in Xiaomi's new generation of Redmi budget devices.
$2000 Gionee M2018 spotted on TENAA
The M2017 was Gionee's luxury offering for 2016, as it sold for prices rising up to $2000. While the Snapdragon 653 it had on board was underwhelming, every other aspect of the device was top-notch.
Video of the Mi Mix 2 leaked
The design of the Mi Mix 2 has been revealed in a Facebook video by designer Philippe Starck, and it's more edgeless than ever. The Mi Mix was arguably Xiaomi's real flagship for 2016, so it'll be fun to see how much the OEM can pack into its successor.
Nokia 9 to be a separate, larger release
The Nokia 8 was released within the last few days and there's already word of a Nokia 9, the company's more impressive, larger flagship. Nothing is concrete at this point, though, but we'll be looking forward to it.
Details of the Kirin 970 surface on Weibo
HiSilicon's next-gen Kirin 970 has been spotted on Chinese social media platform Weibo. While much cannot be inferred from the listed specifications, it's shaping up to be a worthy competitor to whatever Qualcomm and MediaTek put out next year.
Helio P23 and Helio P30 billed for August 29 launch
Taiwanese manufacturer MediaTek have sent out invites for an event scheduled for August 29, one where they are expected to announce the release of two new mid-range SoCs—the Helio P23 and P30.
Redmi Note 5A hits TENAA
The Redmi Note 5A has been spotted on TENAA, and the listed specifications are quite unimpressive, as they represent a step backward. A 5.5" 720p display, 3000mAh battery, and Snapdragon 425 is, well, underwhelming.
Bitcoin value reaches all-time high, blows past the $4000 mark
Bitcoin, the world's most popular cryptocurrency, has been on a rise of epic proportions, with it's journey climaxing a few hours ago at an all-time high trade value of just under $4500.
Jelly scrolling effect spotted on the Moto Z2 Force
The Moto Z2 Force, Motorola's flagship, has been spotted displaying the same jelly scrolling effect that was seen on the OnePlus 5. It's been a good year of drama for flagships.
Redmi Note 4 explodes, owner injured
Another Redmi Note 4 has blown up, this time leaving burns on the user's thighs. The owner was riding his bike when the device combusted, in an event eerily reminiscent of the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco.
Android O to be last major OS update for the OnePlus 3/3T
The OnePlus 3T was released in November last year but will not be getting any major OS updates after Android O. O is expected to be released within the next few weeks.
Final details of the Moto X4 revealed, Snapdragon 660 a no-show
Final details of the Moto X4 have been released and we can't help but be disappointed by Moto's choice of the Snapdragon 630 over the Snapdragon 660. That, and the downgrade to a 3000mAh battery makes this a less enticing buy than we previously thought.
UMIDIGI S2 Pro announced - Images released
The S2 Pro has been announced by UMIDIGI and it shows a marked improvement over previous devices in the series. It features a 5.99" 18:9 display, a Helio P25, 6 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, and a 5100mAh battery.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 gets Nougat update
The Redmi Note 4 was released in January and has finally received a Nougat update. It's nice of Xiaomi to keep users of budget devices in mind but considering Android O will launch within the next few weeks, this is still rather disappointing.
LeEco troubles continue as company closes only shop in Russia
Chinese company LeEco has been in dire straits over the last few months, with their attempts at expanding into the Indian, American, and European markets meeting with significant stumbling blocks. This time, reports have claimed that the company's only shop in Moscow is facing closure.
The Blackview A7 brings dual rear cameras to town for less than $40
The Blackview A7 is without a doubt the cheapest smartphone to feature dual rear cameras. Less than 40 bucks for such a device is a pretty good deal, though it must be said that dual rear sensors don't imply better camera performance.
Meizu M6 Note with dual rear cameras to launch on August 23
The Meizu M6 Note is Meizu's mid-range offering for the year, and it looks to be an impressive offering for the price touted, with a sheet of features including MediaTek's Helio P25, a metal unibody, and a 4000mAh battery.
UMIDIGI Crystal with dual rear cameras announced
The much awaited UMIDIGI Crystal has finally been launched and it's a solid device for its intended market space. Presale begins on August 15.
PhoneSoap uses a UV sanitizing system to keep your phone bacteria-free
Did you know that your smartphone harbors eighteen times the number of germs on the handle of a public toilet? Well, you do now, and that's as scary a thought as you think it is.
Statistics show Facebook's dominance over the Android app market
A list by Prioridata has revealed the top ten apps in the world, with Facebook-affiliated apps taking up six slots.
You can snag an Honor 8 for less than $300
The Honor 8 sports a 5.2" FHD display, up to 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, dual rear cameras, and HiSilicon's Kirin 950.
Huawei set to enter partnership with AT&T
Huawei is on course to reach a partnership with telecommunications giants AT&T that will see its flagships sold by the carrier in the US.
OPPO and Vivo to make return to old MediaTek ways
Hopefully, the return of two industry giants like OPPO and Vivo helps in getting MediaTek back to the relatively impressive heights it was at before, if only for the benefits competition in the industry offers to consumers.
The Nokia 8 may be the first device to ship with Android O, also expected to feature a monochrome rear camera sensor
The Nokia 8 is expected to be launched on August 16, which happens to be about a week after the supposed launch date of Android O. A Geekbench listing has shown a device that looks to be the Nokia 8 running on O.
Honor Note 9 to come with massive 4600mAh battery
The Honor Note 9 is to the Honor 9 what the Galaxy Note 8 is to the S8: Larger, more powerful, and almost certainly more expensive.
Upcoming Pixel smartphones will ditch the headphone jack
The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will be Google's flagships for the year, but new information touting both devices to opt out of headphone jacks has surfaced. Pixel fans won't take kindly to this, for sure.
Press render of the Moto X4 reveals its color options
Hype and marketing for the Moto X4 are picking up speed, so there's a chance we may be getting it in the near future. Press renders of the X4 have surfaced, giving us an idea of what colors we'll be getting it in.
The Ulefone T1 can be ordered now for $199.99
The T1, Ulefone's new mid-ranger that supports a number of North American LTE bands, will be available for pre-order starting today. US$199.99 for 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, dual rear cameras, and a Helio P25 is quite the compelling buy.
Press renders of the upcoming premium Samsung flip phone released
Press renders of the Samsung clamshell phone have surfaced, lending credence to the idea that we may be closer to launch than previously thought.
The Nubia Z17 is coming in red on August 1
Another day, another flowery-sounding color variant. The Nubia Z17 went on sale weeks ago but lovers of red finally have something to look forward to, as the company gets set to release a Flame Red color variant on August 1.
LG V30 to go on sale in September
The LG V30, LG's main flagship for the year, is expected to go on sale in September, roughly two weeks after its launch in August.
Pricing details of the Moto G5S and G5S Plus revealed
Pricing details of the upcoming G5S and G5S Plus have surfaced and they're priced right in the middle of the mid-range segment. The G5S Plus costs just a little less than the X4, though, so it's a tough buying decision.
Details of the Moto X4's pricing leaked
Pricing details of the Moto X4 have been leaked on Twitter, and the device is looking like a value buy. Snapdragon 660, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, dual rear cameras, IP68 certification.
Huawei to make exit from budget market, CEO confirms
Huawei CEO Richard Yu has, in an interview earlier in the day, released some information on the upcoming Mate 10 and the company's business arm.
The Helio X30 makes its first verified trip to AnTuTu
The Meizu Pro 7 was benchmarked on AnTuTu and while its scores are solid, they're still quite a bit off the scores we've gotten used to seeing on other flagships.
The Samsung W2018 clamshell phone is expected to retail for over $2000
The Samsung W2018 will be Samsung's premium flip phone for the year and while that price tag may seem like a joke gone wrong, there's no doubt that the device itself is an incredible package.
Xiaomi Mi 5X officially launched
The Mi 5X has been officially released and its final price of $220 is one that makes it a good buy for the features it offers. Snapdragon 625, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 5.5" FHD display, dual rear cameras.
Meizu Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus unveiled - First devices with MediaTek's Helio X30 SoC
The Meizu Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus have finally been unveiled, with the flagships featuring MediaTek's new Helio X30 while boasting of an impressive spreadsheet of features.
Moto Z2 Force announced, goes on sale in the US today
The Motorola Z2 Force has been officially launched and will be available for pre-order in the US starting today. Snapdragon 835, 5.5" QHD POLED display, dual rear cameras, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage.
Nokia 8 with Snapdragon 835 to hit stores on July 31
The Nokia 8 is billed to go on sale on July 31. It's also expected to have a price tag in the region of $675, which isn't a bad deal by any means.
UMIDIGI Crystal set for August 7 launch
UMIDIGI's new midranger, the Crystal, has been shrouded in mystery but we will finally be getting an official announcement on August 7.
ClimateCase keeps your phone fully functional even in extreme temperatures
Ever had your phone give that annoying warning that comes with overheating? Sure, you have. The folks over at ClimateCase have designed something that keeps your phone functional even when in extreme atmospheric temperature conditions.
Images and hands-on video of the Galaxy S8 Active leaked
The S8 Active is likely to be launched within the week but we've already had some of its more intimate details revealed.
Images of the budget Nokia 2 surface
The Nokia 2 looks to be Nokia's first attempt at entering the extreme budget market space but images and leaked specifications aren't doing a good job of painting it in a good light.
Asus Zenfone AR hits the UK
The Zenfone AR will go on sale in the UK today, and while it comes with an admittedly impressive price tag of about £800, you'll have a hard time finding a device with such features elsewhere.
New Nubia device spotted on Geekbench
A new Nubia mid-ranger has been spotted on Geekbench but we're having a hard time figuring out what SoC is listed. Sources claim it is the Snapdragon 617 but a number of factors make that rather unlikely.
Nokia 8 spotted on official website as HMD CEO steps down
A promotional image of the Nokia 8 was spotted on Nokia's official website a while ago and it looks like we're closer than ever to its official launch.
Xiaomi targets 100M smartphone unit sales in 2018
Xiaomi may have grown to be one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers within its seven years of existence but the company doesn't look like slowing down soon, with CEO Lei Jun setting a target of 100 million smartphone shipments in 2018.
You can get a 32" Xiaomi Smart TV for $163
Xiaomi has announced the launch of their new 32" budget Smart TV, the Mi TV 4A. Quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage, $163.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active may launch by the end of July
An Amazon listing of a screen protector for the S8 Active has touted an August 1 release date, so we have reason to believe that the device will be launched in that period, too.
Xiaomi 5X may launch on July 26, same date as the Meizu Pro 7
Xiaomi are apparently sending invites out for an event on that date. The Pro 7 will be Meizu's flagship for the year but we still can't confirm what the 5X is supposed to be.
More images of the Meizu Pro 7 surface as its launch date draws closer
The Meizu Pro 7 is set to be launched alongside the Pro 7 Plus on July 26. The standard Pro 7 is powered by MediaTek's Helio X30 flagship SoC, while the Pro 7 Plus houses Samsung's new Exynos 8895.
Xiaomi's new device may actually be the 5X, not the X1 as previously thought
It would seem that the previously reported Xiaomi X1 is actually the 5X. It retains the $295 price tag, while having a spontaneous downgrade to a Snapdragon 625 in a move that fans of the OEM won't take kindly to.
Xiaomi's upcoming X1 to compete with the Oppo R11
$295 for a Snapdragon 660 device that doesn't appear to disappoint in any other aspect is an incredible deal. For context, this device could have passed for a 2016 flagship, easily. It's looking like a must-buy
The ZTE Blade Spark is a $99 device with a fingerprint reader
This one isn't going to rock your socks but it costs $99 and has a fingerprint reader. Not much to complain about, really.
Don't be fooled, the new Samsung device is almost definitely not the S9
Here, we take a look at the new Samsung device sighted on Geekbench.
Images of the Redmi 5 surface
These devices look quite good but owners of a Redmi Note 4, 4X, or 4 Prime would probably be better served sticking to their devices.
Xiaomi Mi 6 to be first device with MIUI 9
The Mi 6 is Xiaomi's flagship, so it comes as no surprise that the device gets the new OS update first.
Redmi Note 5A marks the first entry in Xiaomi's new generation of affordable mid-range devices
Xiaomi are set to introduce the first device in their fifth generation of Redmi devices less than six months after the Redmi Note 4X was released. The Note 5A may be powered by a Snapdragon 625, though, and we have a feeling fans of the OEM won't be too thrilled.
The Meizu Pro 7 will be powered by a Helio X3O, MediaTek confirms
The Meizu Pro 7 is set to be the first device powered by MediaTek's flagship Helio X30 SoC. Hopefully, it gives other flagship devices a run for their money.
Huawei Enjoy 7 launched - Snapdragon 425
The Huawei Enjoy 7 has been launched and while it's not a terrible package for its accompanying price tag, there's a chance Huawei could have done more with this one.
Moto G5S and G5S Plus may launch on July 25
Motorola doesn't plan on slowing down anytime soon, with a new leak revealing specifications of the upcoming G5S Plus. It's expected to launch alongside its slightly smaller, less powerful sibling, the Moto G5S Plus.
Samsung cancels plans for the S8 Mini
Despair, ye folks who love pint-sized devices, Samsung will not be continuing with their plans for an S8 Mini!
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 spotted on Geekbench - Snapdragon 835
The Mi Mix 2 has made its trip to popular benchmark platform, Geekbench. Snapdragon 835, 6GB of RAM, Android 7.1.1 Nougat.`
HMD's new partnership with ZEISS marks a return to form for Nokia devices
Finnish corporation, HMD Global, has entered a new partnership with Carl Zeiss AG that will see upcoming Nokia devices carry optical hardware made by the company.
Huawei Mate 10 billed for October release
The Huawei Mate 10 may be set for an October release. Edge display, 18:9 aspect ratio, Augmented Reality, iris scanning, Kirin 970. Sounds exciting.
First rumors of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 surface
We may be getting introduced to the Redmi Note 5 soon. 5.5" FHD display, 3790mAh battery, up to 4GB of RAM, up to 64GB of storage, Quick Charge 3.0.
Asus Zenfone 4 Max unveiled
Solid device but we have a feeling potential buyers would've preferred a Snapdragon 625 on this over the entry-level 430 and 435.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Mini to offer nigh-flagship specs for lovers of smaller devices
On a side note, Sony is also set to release a new pint-sized device, the XZ1 Compact, in September. That one carries a Snapdragon 835, though, so it'll be interesting to see which of these win the market.
Xiaomi may replace the Redmi Pro line with a new X series
There's a chance the Xiaomi Redmi Pro 2 has been canceled and will be replaced by a new Xiaomi X1. If reports of the new device's price are to be believed, this may turn out to be a reckless move by the OEM.
Ungrip, the gimmicky smartphone accessory that works
It looks rather gimmicky but admittedly does a good job of not letting gravity introduce your phone to your face while using it in bed.
Live images of the Meizu Pro 7 surface
Live images of the Meizu Pro 7 have surfaced, and we're disappointed. A secondary display on the device's rear may be a novel feature but it fails to compensate for those huge bezels.
Meet NotPetya, the raging ransomware that could've been prevented by the NSA
New ransomware sashay around the block, and it's a situation that may have been prevented by the NSA. Petya and NonPetya are on the loose, with over 2000 organizations around the world facing attacks, according to Kaspersky.
New Sharp FS8016 on a benchmark tour
Sharp's new device, styled "FS8016" has earned our attention by its visits to various benchmarking apps. Snapdragon 660, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 5.5" 2K display.
New Nubia device spotted on TENAA - Z17 Lite?
ZTE Nubia may be about to release a new device, one that's most likely to be the Nubia Z17 Lite. 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, dual rear cameras, and possibly, a Snapdragon 625
Oppo R11 Plus billed for June 30 retail date
The Oppo R11 Plus will go on sale on June 30. 6" FHD AMOLED display, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, Snapdragon 660, 3880mAh battery.
Details of the Pixel 2 "Taimen" and "Walleye" surface
The medium-sized Muskie was canceled, and we've been left with just the Taimen and Walleye. While both occupy the extremes on the size table, they do share a few similarities in specifications. This year's Pixel devices are shaping up to be entertaining.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active hits GFXBench
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active was spotted on GFXBench earlier on. 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and of course, the Snapdragon 835.
Ulefone T1 with Helio P25 announced
Ulefone are set for the launch of their new upper mid-range device, the T1. Helio P25, 6GB of RAM, and a whole bunch of LTE frequency bands that would make North American usage viable.
More images of the UMIDIGI Z1 and Z1 Pro
We recently laid our hands on a few images of UMIDIGI's new devices and they look quite good. You may not be getting top of the line features but that form factor won't let you down one bit.
Whatsapp to roll out file sharing support for all file types
Whatsapp is finally ready to give users what they want. The company will be rolling out a file sharing update over time, which allows users to send files of all types, and also not have to deal with the infamous compression when sending images.
StarTech's Thunderbolt 3 dual display adapters now compatible with Apple and Windows laptops
The Thunderbolt 3 product line has been expanded to include dual display adapters with 4K and 60Hz functionalities, compatible with the latest Windows and Mac laptops.
Opinion Piece: OnePlus 5 - The device we need?
The OnePlus 5 saw its release a few days ago. Is it worth the money? Are there better alternatives? Here's what I think.
UMIDIGI Z1 and Z1 Pro unveiled
The UMIDIGI Z1 and Z1 Pro have just been unveiled. 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, dual rear cameras, Helio P20, 4000mAh battery.
New Snapdragon 450 brings 14nm process to the entry-level segment
Qualcomm are not willing to have a rest anytime soon, as they prepare for the launch of their new Snapdragon 450 SoC. The processor, manufactured with a 14nm process, is expected to be an underclocked Snapdragon 625.
Nubia M2 Play launched
Nubia has announced the launch of their new M2 Play, a less powerful variant of their standard Nubia M2. Snapdragon 435, integrated metal body, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, front-mounted fingerprint reader.
Images of UMIDIGI Z1 and Z1 Pro released
UMIDIGI are set for the unveiling of their new Z1 and Z1 Pro devices. FHD AMOLED display, 6GB of RAM, dual rear cameras, Helio P20.
New Sharp device with Snapdragon 660 spotted on Geekbench
A new Sharp device, listed as the "Sharp FS8016", surfaced on Geekbench earlier on. Snapdragon 660, 4GB of RAM, Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
LeEco in shambles as company closes service center in Shanghai
LeEco is having significant issues after the disaster that was its expansion into the US. New information claims that the company is already shutting down service centers at home in China.
Leagoo T5 - Flagship on a budget
Leagoo's flagship for this year, the T5, may be getting a release soon. 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, dual rear cameras, 3000mAh battery, front-mounted fingerprint reader
Gionee A1 Lite with mega 20MP front-facing camera launched
Gionee is pandering to the selfie-obsessed demographic with their new device, the A1 Lite. 13MP rear camera, 20MP selfie shooter, MT6753, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and some rather sizeable bezels.
Asus Zenfone AR finally goes on sale
Asus are doing a good job of bringing us closer to the future with each device. The Zenfone AR finally went on sale and it's an absolute beauty.
LeEco Le Max 3 live images leak
Live images of the LeEco Le Max 3 leaked, revealing a device with a design largely unchanged from that of its predecessor, the Le Max 2.
UMIDIGI C Note 2 specifications surface online
The UMIDIGI C Note was released just three months ago but the OEM already have the C Note 2 lined up. Specifications of the Note 2 leaked recently, with the device touted to feature the MT6750T, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active hits Geekbench
Samsung is set to announce the launch of the new S8 Active, a more rugged variant of the S8. The device appeared on Geekbench earlier today, revealing some standard performance scores for a Snapdragon 835 device.
New Honor 9 stuns on Geekbench
The Honor 9 was benchmarked on GeekBench with its scores touting flagship-level performance on an upper mid-range device.
Moto X4 with Snapdragon 660 set for possible June 30 release
Motorola took a lengthy break from the Moto X series but it looks like we'll be getting a new entry soon. The Moto X4, previously referred to as the Moto X (2017), has been touted for a June 30 launch. Snapdragon 660, dual rear cameras, IP68, 3800mAh battery.
Nokia 6, 5, and 3 billed for June 13 India launch
HMD Global are finally set to to announce the introductions of the Nokia 6, 5, and 3 to the Indian market.
Google Pixel XL 2 surfaces on GFXBench
The Pixel XL 2 was spotted on GFXBench today. 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, Snapdragon 835.
Elephone P8 Mini hits Antutu
The Elephone P8 Mini was benchmarked on Antutu and its scores were nothing but impressive, beating the Xperia Z Ultra, HTC Desire Eye, and ZTE Blade V8.
Asus Zenfone AR billed for June 14 release
The Asus Zenfone AR is set for a June 14 launch. 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of internal storage, and a 5.7" QHD display.
Nubia Z17 Mini launched in India
The Z17 Mini, a more affordable version of Nubia's Z17 flagship has been launched in India. Snapdragon 652, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, dual rear Sony IMX258 sensors.
Honor 9 billed for June 12 release
The Honor 9 is set to be released on June 12. It will feature the Kirin 960, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.
ZTE announces new pricey mid-range device - V870
ZTE are billed to announce the release of their new mid-range device, the V870. It will come with 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and the Snapdragon 435.
Xiaomi device with Snapdragon 660 to launch as the Mi 6X
Xiaomi's new device, spotted carrying a Snapdragon 660 on GFXBench a while ago, has been speculated to be released as the Mi 6X.
Qualcomm announces launch of new Quick Charge 4+
Qualcomm has announced the launch of their new Quick Charge 4+ and its said to charge up to 15% faster than Quick Charge 4.0.
New budget Xiaomi device spotted in the wild
An unidentified device leaked on Weibo earlier. 5" display, Yun OS, no fingerprint reader.
Nubia Z17 launched - Snapdragon 835, UFS 2.1, Quick Charge 4.0
The Nubia Z17 launched today. It features Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, UFS 2.1, 8GB of RAM, up to 128GB of internal storage, Quick Charge 4.0, and dual rear cameras.
Prototype of Snapdragon 835-powered notebooks unveiled
Mobile processor heavyweights, Qualcomm, unveiled a prototype of a notebook running Windows 10 on a Snapdragon 835 SoC.
Dell launch new Inspiron gaming desktop
Dell has announced the release of their new gaming desktop. The desktop, designed with VR capabilities in mind, will feature the latest Ryzen processors.
Xiaomi Mi Note 3 renders surface
Renders of the Mi Note 3 leaked earlier in the day, with the device shown sporting dual rear cameras and a front-mounted fingerprint reader.
The Lab - Crowdsourcing program for the OnePlus 5
OnePlus are back with their crowdsourcing program, The Lab, where users get the chance to win a OnePlus 5.
Moto E4 billed for July launch
A leak surfacing today has touted the Moto E4 for a July 17 release. The device will sport a 5" HD display, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage memory.
New Umidigi flagship on the cards - 8GB RAM, curved screen, Helio P30
Information from UMIDIGI has touted the release of a new flagship device. It will feature 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, an ultra-wide curved screen, and MediaTek's new Helio P30.
Mysterious high-end Xiaomi device spotted on GFXBench
A mysterious device, expected to be the Mi 6c, was spotted on GFXBench today. It was listed as carrying 6GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and the Snapdragon 660.
Leagoo M5 Edge brings style to the budget market
Images of the Leagoo M5 Edge leaked earlier on and it looks like the company is keen on bringing the edge form to the budget segment.
LG V30 renders surface - Flagship to carry hefty 5500mAh battery
LG are set for the release of their new flagship device, the V30. The device may sport a QHD OLED display, Snapdragon 835, and a 5500mAh battery.
OnePlus to discontinue sales of the OnePlus 3T
OnePlus are set to end official sales of the highly successful OnePlus 3T, a move that will anger fans of the OEM. The 3T was released in December.
Nubia Z17 - First device to feature Quick Charge 4.0?
Quick Charge 4.0 was billed for a first half release, and it looks like the Nubia Z17 will be the first device to carry this technology.
Huawei Y6 2017 - Budget device with front flash
Huwaei's new budget device, the Y6 2017, has been announced. It will carry 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a front flash.
Leagoo M7 leak surfaces online
Pictures and details of the new Leagoo M7 leaked earlier today on Twitter and it looks like the Chinese company is bent on creating an iPhone 7 clone.
Samsung Galaxy Wide 2 - Another overpriced device from Samsung?
Korean giants Samsung just announced the release of the new Galaxy Wide 2 - an overpriced entry level device that offers nothing new.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 to come with massive battery and OTG support
The Mi Max 2, which is likely to be announced tomorrow, will have a plus-sized battery and reverse-charging OTG capabilities.
HP announce new Envy 13 at Cannes Film Festival
HP just announced the release of their new Envy 13. The laptop can be purchased at HP.com, with prices starting at $1044.99.
Nokia 9 tops Geekbench 3
A device, suspected to be the Nokia 9, was spotted breaking a few records on Geekbench today.
Real Doogee Mix images revealed
Real images of the Doogee Mix finally surfaced and it's not nearly as bad-looking as we expected.
OnePlus 5 confirmed to carry front-facing fingerprint reader
The OnePlus 5 was confirmed to carry a front-facing fingerprint by CEO Liu Zuoto on Weibo.
Nubia Z17 live image leaked
A live image of the ZTE Nubia Z17 leaked earlier today, revealing incredibly thin bezels on a device that bears a striking resemblance to the Huawei Honor 8.
Sony to release three new devices in September
Sony are set to release three devices at their IFA event in September - Xperia XZ1, Xperia XZ1 Compact and Xperia X1.
Recently leaked Meizu M5c may launch on May 23
A tweet by Meizu's official Twitter account has fanned the flames of the release of the recently-leaked M5c, validating speculation of a May 23 launch.
Moto Z2 Play confirmed to carry 3000mAH battery
Motorola's Moto Z2 Play has been confirmed by the company's official twitter handle to carry a 3000mAH non-removable battery. This will represent a significant downgrade from the Moto Z Play's 3510mAH one.
Nokia 9 prototype leaked - QHD display
Nokia's new item on their production line, the Nokia 9, has had specs of its prototype leaked, with the device seen sporting an impressive 5.2" QHD display on CPU-Z.