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The Honor 7X succeeds the 6X.

Update | 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 is poised to receive the Oreo beta by the end of the month. (Source: Techradar)

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.
The Nokia 8. (Source: Twitter)

Deal | 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.
OnePlus 5T. (Source: OnePlus)

OnePlus officially launches the 5T with an 18:9 screen and a new approach to the dual camera design

The OnePlus 5T is now official, with an 18:9 minimal-bezel screen, and a new approach to the dual camera setup that OnePlus claims improves the low-light performance.
Vivo V7 Android smartphone with 24 MP front camera and Qualcomm Snapdragon 450

Vivo V7 now official in China

The new Vivo V7 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor and features a 24 MP camera for selfies, being similar to the Vivo V7+. However, the V7 comes with 32 GB internal storage, while its more expensive sibling features 64 GB of storage space.
The Meizu M6 Note. (Source: Pocket-Lint)

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.
The XZ1 Compact. (Source: AndroidPit)

Deal | 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.
The Gionee M7.

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.
Bluboo S8 Smartphone Review

73% Bluboo S8 Smartphone Review

1/6th the price, 1/6th the performance. Bluboo is capitalizing on the Galaxy S8 craze with its own copycat version for $150 USD. The Bluboo S8 would have been quite impressive if it weren't for some deep faults.
Mediatek MT6750 | ARM Mali-T860 MP2 | 5.7" | 200 g
The Essential PH-1. (Source: Digital Trends)

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.
The Galaxy Note 8 in all its glory. (Source: CNET)

Deal | 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.
The Redmi Note 5A was launched a few months ago but no one actually cares about it.

Redmi Note 5 listed online

The Redmi Note 5 has been listed on, 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.
Apple iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is faster than Apple's iPhone X

The tests conducted by the popular YouTube channel PhoneBuff revealed that the iPhone X and the Galaxy Note 8 are very close in terms of performance, but Samsung's flagship managed to win thanks to its strong multitasking capabilities.
The 7nm A11X Bionic could feature in the next gen iPad. (Source:

Rumor | iPads in 2018 could be based on the 7nm Apple A11X Bionic octa-core CPU

Apple will be reportedly using the A11X Bionic CPU in the next generation iPads, which is an octa-core CPU based off TSMCs 7nm fabrication process.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini would come with a 4-inch display, but still retain the other top features from the flagship versions. (Source: BusinessKorea)

An early 2018 Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini is highly likely, according to new rumors

U.S.-based investment information firm Valuewalk informs that a Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini version is most likely to be launched in early 2018, along with the S9 and S9+ flagship models. The Mini model would get a 4-inch display with curved edges and all the other powerful specs that come with the larger versions.
Delays in the production of the iPhone X hit Foxconn hard. (Source: Apple)

Foxconn profits tumble on the back of iPhone X woes

Apple's manufacturing partner took a lot of of pain due to delays with the mass production of its flagship iPhone X. This, coupled with sluggish sales of the iPhone 8, saw Foxconn's profit for the quarter tumble 39 percent.
Essential has made its first Android 8.0 Oreo beta available for its PH-1. (Source: Essential)

Essential Oreo beta release makes it even more tantalizing

Essential has just released the first Android 8.0 Oreo beta for its Essential Phone PH-1. The device is one of just a handful of current flagship Android devices to have received any indication that the latest software from Google is about to hit it.
Huawei Y6 Pro 2017 Smartphone Review

81% Huawei Y6 Pro 2017 Smartphone Review

Small. Fancy. Cheap. Huawei's Y6 Pro (2017) is the manufacturer's latest Y-series model. We liked the entry-level smartphone's fancy metal case, its very decent hardware, and its compact size. Unfortunately, we also found one particular issue with lots and lots of room for improvement.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 | Qualcomm Adreno 405 | 5" | 145 g
Android Oreo has new APIs which help remove developers reliance on accessibility permissions. (Source: knd61/Pixabay)

Google's new security policy on accessibility features will limit or remove 'hundreds of good, useful apps'

The next stage of Google's push to improve Android security is putting a spotlight on applications which misuse accessibility features to add functionality that wasn't expressely designed to improve use for people with disabilities. Some popular apps affected include LastPass, Cerberus, and Tasker.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Lineage 2: Revolution Edition launch (Source: The Android Soul)

Lineage 2 Revolution Edition of Galaxy Note 8 hits South Korea

The latest limited edition variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 flagship targets South Korean consumers who play Lineage 2: Revolution, coming with a rich collection of freebies that includes in-game collectibles, a Samsung DeX, an HDMI cable, and various discount coupons for even more accessories.
Rumors point to three iPhone X-like models from Apple in 2018. (Source: KGI Securities)

Rumors point to three iPhone X-like models in 2018

Apple looks set to notch up no less than three iPhone X-like models in 2018, according to KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo. Two will be high-end AMOLED models while the third will be a mid-range model slotting into the space currently occupied by the iPhone 8.
Essential Phone up close and personal

Essential Phone gets unofficial LineageOS support

Although the Essential Phone's design makes it difficult to build custom ROMs for it, an XDA Developers user has been able to bring LineageOS 14.1 to Andy Rubin's flagship.
Still top dogs. (Source: China Daily Europe)

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.
Still kings. (Source: Shapeways)

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 utterly dominates the Android SoC-making business. (Source: GlassDoor)

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.
The mask that turned Face ID into Farce ID (Source: Bkav Corp on YouTube)

Face ID tricked using a mask

A Vietnamese security firm managed to trick Apple's Face ID into unlocking the new iPhone X with the help of a custom mask that was created for a cost of around US$150. Perfecting the whole process took them about a week.
Apple headquarters, Cupertino. (Source: Urban Splatter)

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.
The Mate 10.

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.
Panasonic Eluga I5 Android smartphone with MediaTek MT6737 (Source: Panasonic)

Low-end Panasonic Eluga I5 smartphone hits India

Although the Eluga I4 arrived less than two months ago, the new Eluga I5 is already official. At first sight, it looks like it has almost identical features and about the same price as its predecessor as well.
Samsung SM-A530N official support page now available

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2018) shows up on an official support page

Although Samsung still has not confirmed the launch date of the new Galaxy A series, the handset with the SM-A530N model number, also known as the Galaxy A5 (2018), has just received an official support page. Sadly, this page contains no technical details yet.
NDA ignorance has led to a takedown of the original OnePlus 5T preview pages (Source: ZDNet)

Oops - ZDNet publishes OnePlus 5T hands-on early, claims it didn't know of NDA

The premature unboxing video and pictures confirm the 6-inch 2160 x 1080 AMOLED display alongside new features for the dual rear cameras. The source has since taken down its preview pages at the request of OnePlus.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 120 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 120 Euros

November 2017 update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 120 Euros (~$135) 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

November 2017 update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 300 Euros (~$337) 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)

November 2017 update. Here's a list of the best compact smartphones - with screen sizes of 5-inches or less - we've reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Doogee BL5000 Smartphone Review

78% Doogee BL5000 Smartphone Review

High-grade budget smartphone. On paper, the Doogee BL5000 has everything that an entry-level smartphone could ever dream of: a big battery, a high-resolution camera, lots of storage and a reasonably fast processor all at the entry-level price-point of 130 Euros (~$151). But can it also live up to high expectations?
Mediatek MT6750 | ARM Mali-T860 MP2 | 5.5" | 210 g
The A3 (2017). (Source: Fone Arena)

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.
The Galaxy S8. (Source: Trusted Reviews)

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.
Lei Jun, Xiaomi CEO.

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 headquarters, San Diego. (Source: Glassdoor)

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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

November 2017 update. Here you will find the latest smartphones reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and commented on by our editors. This page is intended to help our readers decide which product to purchase.
Chinese retailers celebrating 11.11 Singles' Day with smartphone discounts (Source: Coolicool)

Deal | Chinese retailers celebrating 11.11 Singles' Day with smartphone discounts

Cheap smartphones are now even cheaper just for the occasion. The Vernee Mix 2 and LeEco Le Max 2 can be had new for $180 USD and $270 USD, respectively.
GFXBench listing of the Samsung SM-J337 (Source: GSMArena)

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2018) spotted on GFXbench

The upcoming version of the Samsung Galaxy J3 has been spotted on benchmarking site GFXBench. The device is being listed with the model number SM-J337 and is a refresh to the current Samsung Galaxy J3 (SM-J330F).
Motorola smartphones making a comeback in the U.S. (Source: Strategy Analytics)

Motorola smartphones making a small comeback in the U.S.

The Lenovo-owned telecommunications company has clawed its way back to the list of top 5 largest smartphone manufacturers through outreach and strong sales of the Moto Z2 Play.
mophie juice pack for Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Source: mophie)

Mophie intros a battery case for the Galaxy Note 8

The juice pack and the charge force case by mophie target the Galaxy Note 8 phablet, offering wireless charging support and about 3,000 mAh of additional battery capacity for less than US$100.
MediaTek headquarters.

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 headquarters, Hsintien, Taiwan. (Source: News4Europe)

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.
The Mate 10.

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 .
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Android smartphone to get a successor with an 18.5:9 display

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2018) spotted online with an 18.5:9 display

Although all Galaxy A handsets released so far use a touchscreen display with a conventional aspect ratio of 16:9, the screen of the upcoming Galaxy A5 (2018) will use the same 18.5:9 ratio as the Galaxy S8 flagship.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>5.5-inch)

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>5.5-inch)

November 2017 update. Here is a list of the best XL-sized smartphones - with screen sizes of 5.5 inches and greater - 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.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Burgundy Red variant launches in South Korea November 2017 (Source: Samsung Mobile Korea)

Samsung launches a Burgundy Red Galaxy S8

Not long after introducing the Coral and Deepsea Blue color options for the Galaxy S8 and Note 8, Samsung unleashes a Burgundy Red Galaxy S8 that goes quite well with the colors of the season. Sadly, it can only be acquired in South Korea for now.

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