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Samsung Galaxy J7 Android handset finally hits the US market (Source: GSMArena)

The new Samsung Galaxy J3 and Galaxy J7 now available on Verizon, Boost Mobile, and Sprint

Less than a month after Samsung announced the arrival of the new Galaxy J3 and Galaxy J7 handsets, both are making their way to the US market. The 5-inch Galaxy J3 and the 5.5-inch Galaxy J7 are both budget handsets that feature 2...
Microsoft Andromeda/Surface Phone laptop mode (Source: David Breyer)

Unofficial Microsoft Andromeda renders show gaming and laptop usage modes

Although the Microsoft Andromeda project — expected to hit the market as the Surface Phone — has been in the rumor mill for quite a long time, everything should be clarified this fall. In the meantime, we bumped into a new set of ...
Samsung Galaxy J6 (2018) hits India as the Galaxy On6

Samsung Galaxy J6 hits India as the online-exclusive Galaxy On6

The Exynos 7870-powered Samsung Galaxy J6 has been around since May in black, gold, and blue. However, the Indian market will now get it as the Galaxy On6, but only in black and blue. The "new" Galaxy On6 also sports a slightly lo...
The Limited Edition OnePlus 6 Red is coming July 10. (Source: OnePlus)

Limited Edition OnePlus 6 Red coming July 10

OnePlus continues to capitalize on the popularity of its new OnePlus 6 flagship by launching limited edition models of the device. The latest is the Limited Edition OnePlus 6 Red, and it is coming July 10.
Top 10 Camera Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Camera Smartphones

July 2018 Update. Smile please! Here you will find the best smartphones for digital photography including a big picture comparison. Our list of the best camera smartphones is regularly updated, maintained, and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) Smartphone Review

83% Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) Smartphone Review

Night and Day. With the Galaxy A6 (2018), Samsung brings a chic-looking, mid-range smartphone to the market, which scores major points with its 5.6-inch Super AMOLED display and two 16 MP cameras. In our review, the Android smartphone proves to be very capable, but it has a few weaknesses.
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa | ARM Mali-T830 MP2 | 5.6" | 162 g
The secondary display is placed on the back, under the camera setup. (Source: Weibo)

Nubia Z18S leaked pics reveal dual-display, no notch

Even though it is not the foldable phone everyone is waiting for, Nubia's Z18S still comes with a dual-display setup. The front screen has no notch or selfie cam, so the bezels are as thin as they can get. The secondary screen is ...
The Motorola One on the left, and the Motorola One Power on the right. (Source: Android Headlines)

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.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro. (Source: XDA-Developers)

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 Meizu 16 will feature no notch. (Source: Weibo)

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 featu...
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro. (Source: AnandTech)

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.
SDHC/XC/UC will be the first cards to support the new Express specifications. (Source: SD Association)

SD cards with 128 TB capacities and 985 MB/s speeds coming in 2019

The improved SD Express cards will feature transfer speeds up to 985 MB/s via the PCIe/NVMe interface and 128 TB storage capacities. These improvements target 4K/8K video processing, VR and augmented reality applications, AI-drive...
Vivo has announced new 3D sensing tech it is calling TOF 3D. (Source: Vivo)

Vivo reveals 3D scanning tech with 10x the data points of Face ID

Vivo has announced a new 3D sensing technology that it is calling TOF 3D. Using structured light technology as deployed in Apple's Face ID, it uses 10x more data points which should make it even more accurate and more capable.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>90cm²)

Update June 2018. Here is a list of the best XL-sized smartphones - with screen surface areas above 90 cm² - we have reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Both Pixels side by side. (Source: MySmartPrice)

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...
Renders of the Nokia 9. (Source: India Today)

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 camer...
Mark the date. (Source: Samsung)

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.
Top 10 Smartphones under 160 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 160 Euros

June 2018 update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 160 USD/Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck over the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
All three SoCs are based on 14nm FinFET technology. (Source: Qualcomm)

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. (Source: Alcatel)

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.
Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

June 2018 update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 300 USD/Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck over the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium is the first from Sony with dual-rear cameras. (Source: Sony)

Sony exiting mobile markets as price and availability of XZ2 Premium announced

According to Evan Blass, Sony Mobile is pulling out of its operations in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa. The news that it is scaling back its operations comes just as the company reveals the pricing and availability of its lat...
The fan-made design features a sliding part that could hide a selfie cam, allowing for a truly bezel-less screen. (Source: Concept Creator @youtube)

Asus ROG gaming phone 2.0 design teased in fan-made renders

Even though the ROG Phone is not yet available for purchase, Asus fans are already coming up with interesting design ideas for the 2.0 version of the device. Concept creator's design includes a slimmer metallic case, red accents o...
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

86% Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Smartphone Review

Red and affordable. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 not only convinces with its affordable price but also its dual-camera, its metal case and its capable SoC. Find out in this review whether the Redmi Note 5’s performance is as impressive as its price.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 | Qualcomm Adreno 509 | 5.99" | 180 g
Doogee BL9000 Smartphone Review

79% Doogee BL9000 Smartphone Review

This "Doogee" bag is full of sustenance. How do you fit a gigantic battery into a smartphone? The Chinese manufacturer Doogee has no qualms with simply making the smartphone bigger. At a thickness of 1.4 cm (0.55 inches), the BL9000 contains a 9000 mAh battery and has quite a bit more to offer. Read on to find out what else the Doogee BL9000 has in store.
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T | ARM Mali-G71 MP2 | 5.99" | 275 g
This could be the reality in a couple of years. (Source: VNReviews)

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.
The OPPO Find X. (Source: The Verge)

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 F...
Mi Max 3 renders. (Source: Cnmo)

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 8. (Source: Pocket Lint)

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.
The Samsung Galaxy S9+. (Source: Android Central)

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...
The Blackberry KEYone's Oreo update is finally around the corner

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.
The Nokia 3.1 (Source: TechAdvisor)

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.
Image: Apple

First public beta of iOS 12 released

Apple just released the first public Beta of iOS 12. Committed Apple users can download the Beta for free from Apple's site, but be warned - as beta software, there are quite a few bugs still being worked out. Still, this is the o...
Panasonic's Toughbook FZ-T1 is a Snapdragon 210-powered rugged handheld priced at $1,500

Panasonic's Toughbook FZ-T1 is a Snapdragon 210-powered rugged handheld priced at $1,500

Panasonic's latest rugged Android Handheld, the Toughbook FZ-T1, is a low-specced Android handheld priced higher than most premium smartphones. However, the $1,500 device is aimed squarely at enterprises in need of a tough-as-nail...
The trajectory has been nothing but vertical. (Source: Business Today)

Opinion | 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. (Source: Techienize)

Update | 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...
Android Go robot logo, Samsung SM-J260G to debut with Android Go soon as of late June 2018

Samsung's first Android Go smartphone gets one step closer to launch

Not long after surfacing online for the first time, the Samsung SM-J260 is back in dozens of markets worldwide. However, this Android Go handset is not available for purchase yet, since Samsung is only testing it at this stage. Th...
The Redmi 6 Pro. (Source: Fone Arena)

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.
The MI 8 SE. (Source: GSMArena)

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 numbe...
The OnePlus 6. (Source: CNET)

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.
Huawei P20 handsets get stock Android thanks to OpenKirin

OpenKirin brings stock Android to Huawei and Honor devices that are stuck with EMUI otherwise

Those who love certain Huawei and Honor devices but cannot stand the company's custom interface, EMUI, can run stock Android thanks to a new project called OpenKirin. The list of supported devices currently includes no less than 1...

80% UMIDIGI A1 Pro Smartphone Review

An affordable starter. The UMIDIGI A1 Pro appears to be a real bargain. The device is smartly designed, has dual-cameras and it supports 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks, all of which we would not expect from a 120-Euro device (~$138). Find out in our review whether the UMIDIGI A1 Pro lives up to expectations and the extent to which the device is suitable for daily use.
Mediatek MT6739 | PowerVR GE8100 | 5.5" | 173 g
The Huawei P9. (Source: Trusted Reviews)

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.
The Samsung Galaxy S9+. (Source: Android Central)

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.
Kirin. (Source: XDA-Developers)

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. (Source: Evan Blass)

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.
Qualcomm may be turning to TSMC instead of Samsung for its 7 nm Snapdragon series (Source: DigiTimes)

Qualcomm may be turning to TSMC instead of Samsung for its upcoming 7 nm Snapdragon series

The race for smaller and more efficient semiconductor processes continues with 7 nm being the next magic number. Qualcomm is apparently ready to contract TSMC to manufacture the next generation of Snapdragon SoCs for the first tim...
Top 10 Smartphones under 500 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 500 Euros

Update June 2018. Upper class. Up until a few years ago, high-end smartphones were usually in the price range of between 500 and 600 USD/Euros, but this segment is now occupied by upper class models and older high-end smartphones. The latter might not be new anymore, but are still good alternatives.
The LG Stylo 4. (Source: LG)

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.
Renders of the Nokia 5.1 Plus. (Source: Tigermobiles)

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.
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