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The MediaTek Helio P25-powered BLU Vivo X phablet is finally official. Currently available for purchase on Amazon for US$249.99 (17 percent down from a list price of US$299.99), this 6-inch phablet comes with a quad-camera setup a...
Archos to offer physical cryptocurrency wallet
French electronics company Archos has unveiled plans to release a hardware wallet that will provide cryptocurrency owners with a physical layer of security for their virtual currency transactions. The Archos Safe-T mini hardware d...
MWC 2018 | First Android Go devices coming at MWC 2018
Almost a decade since the release of the first Android device, Google is rapidly expanding this ecosystem by adding branches for specific categories of users and devices. After the Android One initiative that aims to provide a sto...
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 recordi...
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...
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 ...
Q4 2017 brought the first ever decline in smartphone sales according to Gartner
Gartner has recorded a 5.6 percent decline in smartphone sales from Q4 2016 to Q4 2017. Key reasons given include a lack of good budget smartphone options and owners of more expensive phones opting for a longer phone lifecycle bef...
MWC 2018 | CAT S61 rugged phone unveiled, coming to MWC 2018
The CAT S61 will be introduced at MWC 2018 as the direct successor of the CAT S60, which featured a VGA resolution FLIR camera with a -4 to 248 Fahrenheit range. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 630-powered CAT S61 brings this camera's top...
Land Rover announces Explore rugged smartphone with modular backplates
There will be two backplate modules upon reelase, but Land Rover will be expanding the module roster in the future. The Explore comes with off-road maps from ViewRanger and is powered by a 2.6 GHz deca-core MediaTek Helio X27 SoC ...
MWC 2018 | Updated LG K8 and K10 handsets confirmed to arrive at MWC 2018
LG K8 and LG K10 have been around for a while, but these two affordable Android handsets will soon get updated. LG has just made an official announcement that includes the list of detailed technical specs and features for each of ...
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...
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 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.
First Windows 10 on ARM PCs to hit stores by the end of March
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-powered Android flagships have been around for a while, and soon we will also be able to purchase notebooks and 2-in-1 convertible tablets that use the same processor. Big brands like Lenovo, HP, and Asus a...
ZTE Blade X2 Max heading for Cricket Wireless
The successor of the ZTE Blade X Max is rumored to launch in mid to late spring. Apparently ready to hit the market as the ZTE Blade X2 Max, it looks a lot like its predecessor. The list of rumored specs includes a Qualcomm Snapdr...
Xiaomi's "Blackshark" gaming phone spotted in AnTuTu benchmarks
The 'Blackshark" comes equipped with a Snapdragon 845 SoC coupled with 8 GB RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. It also integrates a 2160 x 1080 screen and runs Android 8.0. The AnTuTu benchmark results place it above the Samsung G...
Unlocked Huawei Honor 7X apparently being rebranded as Mate SE in the US
At the end of last week, the Huawei Mate SE was listed on both Amazon and B&H Photo Video. Even more, it also got an official page on Huawei's website. However, all these listings of the rebranded Huawei Honor 7X were removed sinc...
Chrome OS gets split-screen mode on Canary channel
Google is priming Chrome OS to compete directly with Apple's iPad in the tablet space, if the latest update to the Chrome OS on its alpha build Canary channel is any indication. The latest update allows users to run Android apps i...
HTC's entry-level Desire 12 specs revealed through leaked retail box
HTC is once again pushing the envelope for entry-level devices with the upcoming Desire 12.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-powered Nokia 8 Pro allegedly under development
The Nokia 8 Pro is expected to hit the market in August-September with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 onboard. Obviously, nothing has been confirmed by HMD Global yet.
HP to officially resell Apple products
HP will be reselling Apple's iPhone, iPad and Macs to its enterprise customers. The new program is aimed at giving its customers a one-stop solution for the deployment and support of multiple devices and operating systems in the w...
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.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 hits GFXBench
The Samsung SM-T835 device that surfaced on GFXBench appears to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor onboard, next to 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and a 12 MP main camera. This 10.5-inch slate runs Android Oreo and is exp...
Next LG flagship rumored to sport a 6.1-inch 18:9 MLCD+ display
LG will be launching a successor to the G6, but it will come later this year with the Korean company targeting a June launch window. It won't have a pOLED display, but it will feature some interesting new LCD technology and pack a...
Maze Alpha X Smartphone Review
Cheap, bezel-less, good? The Maze Alpha X succeeds the recently introduced Maze Alpha and sells for 50 Euros (~$62) more on the virtual shop counter. On the outside, the screen has grown by 240 pixels vertically and the pixel-free portion on the front was decreased accordingly. We will evaluate the device's strengths and weaknesses in this review.
Mediatek Helio P25 | ARM Mali-T880 MP2 | 6" | 210 g
Mediatek Helio P25 | ARM Mali-T880 MP2 | 6" | 210 g
Pixel 2/XL running warm, draining batteries after February security patch
Google's flagship handsets, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, have been hit by more software bugs. This time, users are reporting overheating issues and poor battery life following the February security patch.
Essential launches Amazon-exclusive version of Phone PH-1 with Alexa
Essential has launched a further fresh color variant of its Phone PH-1. The new Halo Gray color is exclusive to Amazon and also comes pre-installed with Amazon's Alexa personal voice-assistant.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is coming for real, iPhone X-like gestures and Snapdragon 845 in tow (video)
New evidence points to the existence of the highly anticipated Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S — the first smartphone touted to sport the Snapdragon 845 SoC. The Mi Mix 2S could also feature iPhone X-like gestures for navigation along with a sid...
Alcatel 5, 3V and 1X coming next week
The Alcatel 5, Alcatel 3V, and Alcatel 1X were all introduced at CES 2018, and on February 24 they are scheduled to hit the market. Powered by MediaTek processors, they are all expected to target budget-conscious consumers.
Samsung Galaxy S9+ with Snapdragon 845 hits AnTuTu
The Samsung Galaxy S9+ with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor apparently scored an impressive 265,267 AnTuTu score, obliterating the Snapdragon 835-driven Samsung Galaxy S8+ which scores around 170,000 points.
Essential launches its Phone PH-1 in three new limited edition colors
Essential doesn't look like it has any immediate plans to slip quietly into obscurity. The company has just launched three new color variants of its Phone PH-1 to help rekindle interest in the device.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro roll out in India
The Snapdragon 625-powered Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is an affordable all-rounder that starts at US$156, while the slightly more expensive Redmi Note 5 Pro employs a Snapdragon 636 chip, a dual main camera, and a 20 MP selfie shooter.
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.
HomePod comes third in blind audio test, leaves marks on wooden furniture
Apple's HomePod has come third, after the Google Home Max and the Sonos One, in an independent blind audio test. It only finished ahead of the relatively weak audio quality of the Amazon Echo Plus in a test conducted by Yahoo tech...
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-powered Surface Phone could arrive by the end of June
The upcoming Microsoft Surface Phone is apparently ready to launch with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 inside. While the software for it might still need a bit of polishing, the final prototypes are ready and insiders familiar with the...
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 futil...
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.
First large scale mobile mining malware hits millions of Android users
"Millions" of Android users have been affected by a cryptocurrency malware exploit, according to researchers at Malwarebytes. Users are redirected to a website that hijacks their device and mines for the Monero cryptocurrency.
Google has sold 3.9 million Pixel handsets in 2017
Although Google is still way behind the giants that are Apple and Samsung, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL reached more than 3.9 million customers in 2017. However, both Google's handsets arrived in October, making this number of sold ...
Blackview BV9000 Pro Smartphone Review
Powerful brick. Back in August, we had the BV8000 Pro in review. Today, we are proud to present its successor, the BV9000, and you better watch out: That thing is a massive brick and most likely tougher than a human being. It also marks a point in time where Blackview is the only OEM with two current outdoor smartphones listed in our database. The newcomer shares several features with its own predecessor. In some aspects Blackview has managed to improve upon the phone, in others the company has made it worse. Let’s take a closer look and find out what exactly this means in our extensive review of the BV9000.
Mediatek Helio P25 | ARM Mali-T880 MP2 | 5.7" | 253 g
Mediatek Helio P25 | ARM Mali-T880 MP2 | 5.7" | 253 g
Rumor | Asus is working on a gaming smartphone
The upcoming smartphone could be showcased at MWC 2018 together with the Zenfone 5 family. Being a gaming device, Asus could also opt to release it under the ROG brand.
Gigaset GS370 Plus Smartphone review
Wasted potential. With the GS370 Plus, the German communications company Gigaset offers an attractively priced mid-range smartphone with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Weaknesses with the screen, among other things, damage our overall impression of the 5.7-inch device though.
Mediatek MT6750 | ARM Mali-T860 MP2 | 5.7" | 145 g
Mediatek MT6750 | ARM Mali-T860 MP2 | 5.7" | 145 g
BLU Vivo One and Vivo X unlocked Android handsets coming soon
Miami-based BLU Products unleashed two new handsets, namely the quad-camera Vivo X and the budget-friendly Vivo One. Just as expected, both run Android Nougat and use MediaTek processors.
Android P to get more 'Notch' friendly
Google has started work on the next iteration of the Android OS, Android P. The update is expected to overhaul the Android UI and also bring OS level support for devices that sport an iPhone X-like notch.
How to check if your PC is protected from Meltdown and Spectre
The Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities exposed inherent flaws in hardware and software design, which we've been using for many years. Chip vendors and developers alike are scrambling to quickly release fixes to prevent any damag...
Essential Phone sells just 88,000 units in its first 6 months on the market
Andy Rubin's Essential is getting a tough dose of the reality of selling high-end smartphones in a market dominated by Samsung and Apple. New figures from IDC show that the startup has sold fewer than 90,000 handsets since it laun...
New Asus ZenFone 5 Lite images and details leak online
Not long after the regular ZenFone 5 surfaced online, the Asus ZenFone 5 Lite was spotted in black, white, and red, next to a few technical details. Both handsets are expected to feature a vertical dual camera setup on the back an...
Xiaomi Mix 2s leak shows bezels reduced to almost zero
Xiaomi, the smartphone maker that started the recent trend towards bezel-less devices, looks to be the first to get rid of bezels all-together if a new leak is accurate. The new Mix 2s has only the smallest of notches to incorpora...
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