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UMIDIGI sems to have a lot of love for the red-black combo.

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
5G trademark logo (Source: 3GPP)

5G phones could hit the market by 2019

Qualcomm's CEO recently unveiled that the first 5G smartphones for the masses will hit the market in 2019, about one year earlier than previously expected.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Smartphone Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Smartphone Review

Back to being best. The Note 8 shines with a big, superb Infinity screen, high performance and, for the first time, with a dual-camera. As usual, the S-Pen that can be inserted into the casing is included. Whether Samsung has developed the ideal phablet after the Note 7 disaster will be clarified in the test.
Update: Information concerning PWM, display response times, temperatures and power consumption has been added.
Samsung Exynos 8895 Octa | ARM Mali-G71 MP20 | 6.3" | 195 g
The G9 Plus was released just over a year ago.

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.
The Galaxy Note 8 is now available for pre-order on Amazon India. (Source: Amazon)

Preorders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 begin in India

Samsung India has officially unveiled the Galaxy Note 8 in India shortly after its global launch. The handset, which retails at ₹67,900 (US$ 1,060), will go on sale in the country starting September 22.
Apple's Siri is vulnerable to ultrasonic voice hacks.

Siri and Alexa are vulnerable to ultrasonic voice commands

Chinese researchers have been able to launch malicious voice command attacks on every major voice assistant including Siri and Alexa. Using ultrasonics, the researchers were able to hack devices with any victim completely unaware that their device had been compromised.
LG V30 Smartphone Review

LG V30 Smartphone Review

First Impression. With the LG V30, the Koreans now show a real high-end smartphone, which offers strong video features and an improved dual camera. LG has taken the complaints about the G6 for the German market to heart and also offers the device with wireless charging and quad-DAC audio here as well.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998) | Qualcomm Adreno 540 | 6" | 158 g
The Mi 6 was released in April.

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.
SanDisk Ultra 400 GB microSDXC memory card (Source: SanDisk)

IFA 2017 | SanDisk intros the world's largest microSD card to date

More than two years after the introduction of the 200 GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I as the world's largest microSD card, SanDisk sets a new world record by unveiling its 400 GB sibling.
Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 teaser image reveals official launch date (Source: MIUI)

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 to launch on September 11

Xiaomi has just confirmed that its Mi MIX 2 phablet will be unveiled on September 11 in Beijing. They did not reveal any specs except a "revolutionary 2.0 bezel-less display."
Fitbit Flyer wireless headphones

Fitbit Flyer wireless headphones coming in October

Featuring a rugged, sweatproof design and customizable fit, Fitbit's first Bluetooth headphones integrate Waves MaxxAudio technology and can be pre-ordered already for US$129.95.
MediaTek Helio P23 and P30 mid-range SoCs now official, devices coming in Q4 2017

MediaTek intros Helio P23 and P30 mid-range processors

The two new chips keep the typical mid-range Cortex-A53 core blocks used by their predecessors, but provide new GPUs and modems. Both are scheduled to roll out in the last quarter of this year.
Maze Alpha variants late August 2017, Maze Alpha with 6 GB RAM now available

Maze Alpha with 6 GB RAM now available for purchase

This 6-inch phablet with more memory than before is now available for US$209.99 exclusively on GearBest. Its buyers get a chance to win a 4 GB Alpha, the older Maze Blade smartphone, or a protective case for the Alpha.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

August 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 120 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 120 Euros

August 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.
Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, Lumia YouTube channel deleted at the end of August 2017

Microsoft removes the Lumia channel from YouTube

One year after shutting down its regional Lumia accounts and its support account on Twitter, Microsoft removes the official Lumia channel from YouTube. Its phone business' revenue in the second quarter has fallen to US$5 million from US$1.4 billion back in 2015.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)

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

August 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

August 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 Phablets (>5.5-inch)

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

Augst 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.
The Pixel 2 is said to be powered by a yet-unknown Snapdragon 836 SoC.

Pixel 2 to debut October 5 with new Snapdragon 836 SoC

The latest news on Google's Pixel 2 smartphone suggests an October 5th official unveiling — making it exactly one year since the original Pixel smartphone was launched. Information also hints at the incorporation of a Snapdragon 836 SoC.
Huawei Mate 9 Phablet Review

89% Huawei Mate 9 Phablet Review

Think big! You should have a look at Huawei's latest product if you like big high-end phablets. Besides the new Kirin 960 SoC, you get a dual-camera, modern Android 7.0 with the new EMUI 5.0 as well as a big battery. The highlight is a 5.9-inch IPS display. A good device, no question, but our review shows where it struggles.
Update: Firmware B190 is available.
HiSilicon Kirin 960 | ARM Mali-G71 MP8 | 5.9" | 192 g
Android 8.0 Oreo robot leaked image via Evan Blass

Android 8.0 to launch as Oreo, reveals Evan Blass

Although a few other names surfaced in the Android 8.0-related rumors we heard so far, it seems like the next major iteration of Google's mobile operating system will be named Oreo after all.
The M2017 was released in December last year. (Source: Kimovil)

$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.
If this video is anything to go by, we'll be getting even thinner bottom bezels. (Source: GSMArena)

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.
Maze Alpha Android phablet with 6 GB RAM announced for August 28 (Source: Phablist)

Maze Alpha with 6 GB RAM coming later this month

Maze Mobile has just confirmed that the 6-inch Alpha phablet with 6 GB RAM is on its way and will go on sale on August 28 "at a killer price" that has not been disclosed yet, but we expect it to be around the US$200 mark.
Huawei Mate 10 mid-October launch event invitation

Huawei confirms mid-October launch event

The Chinese phone maker has just sent out invites for the Mate 10 launch, confirming that this next-gen phablet would be unveiled in October, just as most recent rumors revealed.
Qualcomm Spectra ISP camera module in action

Upcoming Qualcomm chipsets to feature depth sensing camera tech

The next-gen Spectra ISP makes Qualcomm the first brand to announce depth-sensing camera tech that was designed specifically for the Android ecosystem. The next flagship Snapdragon Mobile Platform is expected to bring it to the market.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 on AnTuTu alleged specs surface online, GFXBench also reveals Galaxy Note 8 specs

Galaxy Note 8 surfaces on AnTuTu and GFXBench

This long-awaited phablet that is expected to show up next week surfaced online with a both Qualcomm and Samsung processors on board, next to 6 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and a 12 MP main camera.
FrontRow wearable action camera accessory with USB Type-C, Bluetooth, and WiFi

FrontRow wearable action camera now official

This wearable camera works with Android and iOS handsets, offering up to two hours of live streaming autonomy and using USB Type-C, Bluetooth, and WiFi connectivity. Unfortunately, its price tag reads US$399.
Huawei Mate 10 rumors point to a new Kirin 970 SoC (Source: Weibo)

Huawei Mate 10 rumors point to a new Kirin 970 SoC

The expected October time frame for the Mate 10 lines up with previous rumors about a Q3 to Q4 delivery date of the Kirin 970 processor.
Meizu M6 Note launch flyer, phone might feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor

Meizu M6 Note might use a Snapdragon processor

Although its predecessor used a MediaTek processor and most rumors mentioned the M6 Note would use a chip from the same manufacturer, Meizu's head of global marketing mentioned that this handset might come with a surprise in this department.
Samsung patent showing Note handset with breathalyzer-stylus accessory

Samsung patent reveals a Note device with breathalyzer stylus

Although this is only in the patent stage for now, future Note devices might come with a breathalyzer-stylus accessory that also bends to act as an external microphone and a gas sensor.
ZTE Blade Z Max Android phablet hits MetroPCS on August 28

ZTE Blade Z Max hits MetroPCS later this month

This 6-inch phablet features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and is expected to retail for a no-contract price of only US$129.
The Note 8 could be available immediately following its announcement. (Source: GSMArena)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 could launch as early as August 24 in the US

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is all set for an official unveiling on August 23 but if word on the street is to go by, the device could land up in shelves as early as the next day, at least in the US.
Blackview BV8000 Pro Smartphone Review

79% Blackview BV8000 Pro Smartphone Review

Outdoor heavyweight. With the BV8000 Pro, Blackview brings an update to its outdoor smartphone series that is the successor to the BV7000. The features are remarkable: 6 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, Full HD display, and a 16 Megapixel camera. In addition, it is IP-68 certified and has a fingerprint sensor and some other sensors that might be helpful in an outdoor smartphone.
Mediatek Helio P20 (LP4) MT6757 | ARM Mali-T880 MP2 | 5" | 243 g
This one has a new design, thankfully.

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.
Lenovo Phab2 Android phablet will not receive Nougat update

No Nougat updates for the Lenovo Phab lineup

Although not upgrading the software of the original 2015 Phab handset anymore is something one would expect, Lenovo has decided to leave the Project Tango AR-enabled Phab2 Pro without an Android Nougat update as well.
Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Android smartphone surfaces online before official launch

Three Asus ZenFone 4 handsets surface online

Although these new models have not been announced yet, the product listing pages for the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 4 Selfie, and ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro went live on Asus France's official website.
Maze Comet teaser reveals a metal and leather case, octa-core MediaTek processor, and more

Maze Comet coming in September

Not long after the attractive low-cost Blade and the (more or less) bezel-less Alpha, Chinese startup Maze Mobile promises to come up with a 5.7-inch handset made using leather and metal that reminds us of Vertu's latest luxury phones.
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) Android phablet gets Nougat update

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) gets Android Nougat

This 5.7-inch premium mid-range handset launched in early 2017 but only had Android Marshmallow on board back then. Now, the Nougat update is finally available for it. The new firmware brings Samsung Pass, Dual Messenger, and improved always-on capabilities.
Motorola Stream wireless earbuds audio accessory coming to the US in September 2017

Motorola Stream wireless earbuds coming to the US next month

This new audio accessory made by Binatone and branded by Motorola is available for purchase only in the UK at this time, for a price of around US$105. These earbuds come with a charging case and work with both Google Now and Apple Siri.
The M5 Note was released in December last year. (Source: GSMArena)

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.
Google Nexus 6P flagship and others receive August 2017 Android security patches

Google's August Android security patch now available for Nexus and Pixel devices

This month's update is based on Android 7.1.2 and Android 7.1.1, depending on the device targeted. In addition to the Pixel and Nexus handsets, the Nexus Player digital media player and the Nexus 9 tablet also got updated.
UMIDIGI Crystal

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.
Samsung U Flex Headphones headset with flexible neckband, Bixby and S Health buttons

Samsung U Flex Headphones now official

This new wireless headset comes with improved Bluetooth connectivity, a bendable, around-the-neck design, also featuring a splash resistant coating, a customizable button, as well as Samsung's proprietary Scalable Codec tech.
Look mom, no bezels! (Source: Slashleaks)

Live pictures of the Galaxy Note 8 surface, reveal dual cameras and a redesigned S-Pen

New pictures of the Galaxy Note 8 have just gone live and seem to corroborate earlier reports of a Galaxy S8-esque design with a squared-off look at the corners, along with the presence of dual rear cameras and a redesigned S-Pen.
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro Android phablet first Tango-enabled handset to hit the market

Lenovo phones to feature stock Android from now on

After moving from Vibe UI to Vibe Pure UI with the launch of the K6 Power, Lenovo is now ready to deliver only pure Android handsets, and the first one is expected to be the K8 Note. This handset is scheduled for launch in India, on August 9.
Edge-to-edge displays are the rave. (Source: Weibo)

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.
Asus Zenfone AR flagship now available on Verizon Wireless

Asus Zenfone AR now available on Verizon

Verizon Wireless customers can get the world's first handset with support for both Google Daydream VR and Tango AR for US$648, but there is also the choice to go with 24 monthly payments of US$27 each.
Alleged image of the Galaxy Note 8. (Source: evleaks/twitter)

Newly leaked image shows what to expect from the Galaxy Note 8

Noted product leaker, Evan Blass, has posted an image of the Galaxy Note 8 on twitter. It shows front, back, and side profile in two colors. The fingerprint scanner is in the same troublesome location as the Galaxy S8, and there appears to be a dedicated Bixby button.

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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)