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LG patents MicroLED display technology for smartphones (Image source: Maxpixel)

LG betting on MicroLED technology for future smartphones

Samsung, Apple, and now LG will be ramping up R&D on the potential applications and commercialization of MicroLED panels for portable devices. The technology may eventually spill over to laptops since its advantages over LCD and e...
The Samsung Galaxy J series was introduced in 2013 and features mid-range devices. (Source: PhoneArena)

Galaxy J7 Prime 2 appears on Samsung's Indian website

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime 2 smartphone has shown up on the South Korean company’s Indian website. The specifications listed by Samsung for the 5.5-inch device include an octa-core 1.6 GHz CPU from the Exynos 7 Series, 3 GB RAM, ...
Honor 9 Lite Smartphone Review

84% Honor 9 Lite Smartphone Review

Smarter. The Honor 9 Lite is not a bad buy at $290. Its SoC belongs to the upper mid-range and its other specifications are promising as well. In addition, the phone has four cameras to offer. Find out how the smartphone fares against its competition and sibling model, the Huawei P, in our review.
HiSilicon Kirin 659 | ARM Mali-T830 MP2 | 5.65" | 149 g
Samsung Pay in action, now available in Italy, reaching a total of 21 markets worldwide (Source: Samsung Newsroom)

Samsung Pay lands in Italy, now available in 21 markets worldwide

Having received the "Best Mobile Innovation for Payment" award at the annual Global Mobile Awards (GLOMO Awards) earlier this year, Samsung Pay has just reached Italy. This mobile payment service works with quite a few Samsung dev...
The leaked OnePlus 6 specs position it as a high-end smartphone that could rival even the Samsung Galaxy S9+. (Source: GizmoChina)

OnePlus 6 specs get leaked

The latest leaked specs reveal that the OnePlus 6 will only have a few things in common with the Oppo R15. The high-end Snapdragon 845 SoC coupled with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage, plus the 20 MP selfie cam and the 20 MP + 16 M...
Samsung is investigating touch issues with its Galaxy S9 range. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung investigating Galaxy S9/S9+ touchscreen anomalies

Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ users are complaining of “dead spots” in their smartphone displays that are failing to respond to touch inputs. With complaints starting to mount on user forums, the Korean tech giant has said that it is acti...
The Desire 12 and 12+. (Source: HTC)

Opinion | 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 s...
The Huawei P9 will receive its Oreo update in May. (Source: Trusted Reviews)

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...
Huawei's hopes of making any headway in the US market have been dashed. (Source: Gizbot)

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-m...
The Meizu E3. (Source: TechnologyNewsWorld)

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. (Source: XDA-Developers)

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 bu...
The Huawei P20 Pro is expected to feature a massive 40 MP main sensor. (Source: TechRadar)

Is Huawei developing a 512 GB phone?

It appears Huawei might be working on a smartphone that offers a whopping 512 GB of storage space. A recent online listing for a Huawei device offers specification details such as 6 GB RAM and 512 GB ROM. If the Chinese technology...
The Finney smartphone may feature specs such as 64 GB storage, 6 GB RAM, and a 5.5-inch display. (Source: Sirin Labs)

Huawei could be working on a blockchain smartphone

There has been a report suggesting that Huawei Technologies is developing a smartphone that could utilize blockchain technology. Officials from the Chinese multinational have apparently been in talks with representatives from Siri...
Both sides of the central display expand via a sliding mechanism. (Source: Patently Mobile)

Samsung is patenting slide-out displays for future phablets

The highly anticipated foldable phone from Samsung might include a slide-out display system, which would provide a wider screen suitable for movie-watching, streaming and playing games, especially when the 5G networks go online. T...
Asus ZenFone 4 Max ZC554KL

83% Asus ZenFone 4 Max ZC554KL Smartphone Review

Marathon runner. The ZenFone 4 Max is supposed to combine maximum battery life with awesome photo quality. Accordingly, it is equipped not just with a dual-camera, but even a wide-angle lens. That said, all that glitters is not (rose) gold, as we found out during our camera tests.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) | Qualcomm Adreno 505 | 5.5" | 181 g
The Lenovo S5. (Source: FoneArena)

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 ...
Xiaomi Mi A1 details after applying the new update

Last month's security patch finally available for the Xiaomi Mi A1 in Europe

Although Xiaomi released Android 8.0 Oreo for the Mi A1 handset before the end of 2017 as they previously had promised, the first security patch of the new year arrives with a long delay. Even worse, the new firmware does not brin...
AR-based apps are now starting to hit the Google Play Store. (Source: Google)

The first Android AR apps built with Google’s ARCore have hit the Play Store

After watching iOS users enjoying AR experiences on their iPhones for the past several months, Android users can now also get in on the AR action. The first apps using Google's ARCore technology have started to hit the Play Store.
The Huawei P20 Pro is set to shake things up with a 40MP main camera. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei P20 Pro to pack a 40MP camera punch

The Huawei P20 Pro is going all out with its triple rear camera configuration. The latest rumors suggest that its main camera will feature a huge 40MP sensor co-developed with Leica that will surely shake things up in the smartpho...
The Huawei P20 Lite. (Source: GSMArena)

Huawei P20 Lite goes official, launches as the Nova 3e in China

Huawei has launched the first of the P20 smartphones, the P20 Lite, in Europe and China with the Chinese variant being christened the Nova 3e. With a midrange Kirin 659 at the helm of affairs, the P20 Lite features a notched 19:9 ...
The current iPhone X offers a 5.8-inch screen. (Source: MacRumors)

Apple may reveal iPhone X Plus in September

It has been reported that Apple will unveil the iPhone X Plus in September. There has already been mention of three new iPhone variants coming this year from the Cupertino-based manufacturer, including a “giant high-end iPhone,” a...
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on mobile does a number of things incredibly well.

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, P...
The Mi Mix 2. (Source: Wccftech)

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...
Huawei P20 Pro. (Source: Evan Blass)

Huawei P20 and P20 Pro get listed on Geekbench

The upcoming Huawei P20 Pro has been spotted on Geekbench and has posted some good numbers albeit more or less in line with the scores posted by the P20. While benchmark numbers are not everything, the P20 and its Pro cousin fall ...
It features a headphone jack, at least. (Source: Fonearena)

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. (Source: Razer)

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 supporte...
The Galaxy S8. (Source: Trusted Reviews)

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 Aus...
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ Android flagships sales in South Korea below expectations until mid-March 2018

The Galaxy S9 lineup is having a hard time in South Korea

Although the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the dual-camera Galaxy S9+ were well received globally, the latter even being crowned as ruler of the mobile photography kingdom by DxOMark, these two flagships only got a lukewarm response in So...
Huawei slashes $100 off the Mate 10 Pro to combat the Galaxy S9 (Source: Huawei)

Huawei slashes $100 off the Mate 10 Pro to combat the Galaxy S9

The Mate 10 Pro will be cheaper than the Galaxy S9 for a limited time in North America. Huawei intends to have smartphone options available across all price ranges from the budget $200 Honor 7X, mainstream $500 Honor View10, and f...
LG Zone 4 budget Android smartphone (Source: Verizon Wireless)

Verizon intros the LG Zone 4 phone with Snapdragon 425 and HDR support

The latest result of the collaboration between LG and Verizon Wireless is the LG Zone 4 low-end Android smartphone. The highlights of this handset include a 5-inch HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB i...
BLU Vivo XL 3 Android phone with Oreo onboard (Source: Amazon)

5.5-inch BLU Vivo XL 3 hits Amazon with Android Oreo onboard

One month after the Android Nougat-driven BLU Vivo X got listed on Amazon, the US-based company BLU Products is back with a 5.5-inch handset that runs Android Oreo out of the box. The BLU Vivo XL 3 has a 2:1 ratio display, a singl...
The Galaxy S9+ is the smartphone with the highest production cost released by Samsung to date. (Source: TechInsights)

Samsung is spending US$379.5 to produce a Galaxy S9+

The Galaxy S9+ is Samsung's costliest device to produce to date, but it's still less expensive than the iPhone X. Among the most expensive components integrated in the Galaxy S9 there are the Exynos 9810 SoC, the AMOLED screen and...
Alcatel 1X Android Go smartphone to hit the US mid-2018

Alcatel 1X and 3V coming to the US in the coming months

Introduced back in February during MWC 2018 alongside the Alcatel 3, 3X, and 5, the Android Go-powered Alcatel 1X and the 6-inch Alcatel 3V with a dual camera setup are both ready for the US market. Although the prices and launch ...
The Mi A1. (Source: Xiaomi)

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.
ZTE Headquarters. (Source: Digital Trends)

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,...
The LG G6 has been hailed for its excellent LCD display. (Source: Digital Trends)

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 th...
Samsung USA is offering big discounts on S9 accessory bundles. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung USA offering steep discounts on S9 bundles

Samsung is pulling out all the stops to encourage people to upgrade to its new Galaxy S9 models. US customers can currently enjoy steep discounts on genuine accessories when purchasing the new models outright.
The Samsung Galaxy S9. (Source: The Inquirer)

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 communit...
The Honor 7X. (Source: Huawei)

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.
The Redmi Note 4 was powered by a Snapdragon 625. (Source: Xiaomi)

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. (Source: Hypebeast)

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 ...
The Xperia XZ2 is the first Sony smartphone without a headphone jack. (Source: Sony)

Sony says it is following market trends with headphone jack omission on XZ2/Compact

Sony has explained its reasons for dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack on its new Xperia XZ2 series. According to the company, it is because of design reasons and the market trend towards wireless headphones.
The HTC U12+ will come with a dual 8 MP camera on the front and 16 MP + 12 MP cameras on the back.  (Source: Evan Blass)

HTC U12+ specs get leaked

HTC may completely skip the U12 launch and release the U12+ flagship smartphone in mid Q2 this year. As a competitor for Samsung's Galaxy S9+, the U12+ comes with a WQHD+ LCD screen, top of the line Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6 GB RAM, 6...
Mobile gaming dominates the market by a large margin

Mobile gaming increased its lead in 2017

Although mobile gaming managed to leave both consoles and PCs/Macs behind for the first time in 2014, its position strengthened ever since and the figures for 2017 show that there is no turning back now. According to the latest re...
Motorola Moto E4 Moto E4 low-end Android smartphone

T-Mobile finally gets the Motorola Moto E4

Although the Moto E4 has been around since last July and Verizon Wireless has been selling it ever since for just US$69.99, T-Mobile decided to add this 5-inch Android Nougat smartphone to its portfolio now instead of waiting for ...
Huawei Y7 (2018) mid-range phone rumored to feature a 2:1 5.5-inch display, single main camera, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (Source: Android Headlines)

Huawei Y7 (2018) renders surface online

Shortly after seeing the Huawei Y9 (2018) launch in Thailand, an unofficial render of the next-gen Huawei Y7 surfaced online. This mid-range Android handset is rumored to feature a 5.5-inch display with 2,160 x 1,080 pixels, a sin...
Refurbished smartphones are making a dent in manufacturers' pockets (Source: CounterPoint Research)

Refurbished smartphones are now selling almost five times faster than the year before

Users are now purchasing refurbished smartphones more than ever due in part to slowing innovation and marginal design changes on the latest models. The hardest hit are mid-range smartphones as used high-end models from Apple or Sa...
ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro ZD552KL

86% ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro ZD552KL Smartphone Review

Fire-red selfie machine. The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro’s salient feature is its high-resolution dual front-facing cameras. This is coupled with good battery life, and it is all housed in a metal case. Can the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro do enough to compete with the strong selection of mid-range smartphones?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 | Qualcomm Adreno 506 | 5.5" | 147 g
The R15 proudly features the controversial iPhone X notch. (Source: Weibo)

Oppo R15/R15 Plus specs leaked on Weibo

Oppo's upcoming R15 and R15 Plus smartphone models will be powered by MediaTek's Helio P60 SoC and Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, respectively. Both come with 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB storage, pre-installed Android 8.1, a 20 MP selfie cam, a...
Essential is rolling out the Android 8.1 update customers. (Source: Essential)

Essential Phone PH-1 Android 8.1 Oreo update now live for all users

Andy Rubin has green lit the rollout of the Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Essential Phone PH-1. The update is available immediately to all users over-the-air and brings a raft of new features to the device.

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