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The successful mid-range Xiaomi Mi A1 finally receives a red edition. Sadly, only Indonesia gets this new color choice for now. The rest of the world only gets to choose between black, gold, and rose gold.
Images of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ revealed, S9 to feature just one rear camera
Rendered images of the Samsung Galaxy S9 have surfaced, showing the S9 with a single rear camera, the S9+ with a dual rear camera setup, and both with a new fingerprint sensor placement.
Vivo Xplay 7 will be first with under-screen fingerprint tech
The Vivo Xplay 7 has been revealed as the first smartphone to ship featuring under-display fingerprint authentication technology. Clear ID, developed by Synaptics, is twice as fast as 3D facial recognition systems like Apple's Face ID.
Huawei MediaPad M3 successor could be coming soon
The SHT-W09 model name designation for the supposed MediaPad M5 is very similar to the BTV-W09 model name for the current MediaPad M3.
LG V30 Smartphone Review
Bright prospects. 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
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998) | Qualcomm Adreno 540 | 6" | 158 g
Lenovo Zuk Z2 and Z2 Pro get Android Oreo beta
The Lenovo ZUK Z2 and Z2 Pro have received Oreo betas, which is an impressive feat as both were launched on Marshmallow and got updates to Nougat months after. Too bad there's little to no chance the world will ever see a ZUK Z3.
Deal | Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL get sizeable discounts
The second generation Pixels, debatably the best smartphones on the planet right now, are currently getting discounts, with US buyers getting up to a $75 price slash, and potential purchasers in the UK having the chance to snag them for up to £100 less than their RRPs.
Samsung market share expected to see 10% drop in 2018
Samsung may be the biggest smartphone manufacturers in the world but analytics claim the company's dominance is set to see a decline next year, with experts expecting a 10% decline in market share.
Google's Project Tango is dead, long live ARCore
Google has announced that it is leaving Project Tango behind for its new ARCore technology. Similar to Apple's ARKit, Google's ARCore will power software-driven AR experiences on Android smartphones.
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Samsung Galaxy S9 to be unveiled at MWC in February
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is expected to be announced on February 27, at the Mobile World Congress that will hold in Barcelona. This is plausible, of course, as previous Galaxy S devices have usually been launched within a three-week window of that specified date.
Xiaomi and Huawei set to make entry into the US market
Huawei and Xiaomi are two of the top six smartphone manufacturers, a noteworthy feat considering their dire lack of presence in the US. Both companies look set to remedy that, however, with reports claiming that there are deals on the cards that will see both sell devices in the US under different carriers.
Blackberry finally abandons the Priv
Blackberry released its first Android device two years ago in 2015. The company has finally announced that it will be withdrawing software support for the device—one that cost $700 at launch and only received one major update to Marshmallow.
Brace yourself for a porg attack in Star Wars: The Last Jedi — Porg Invasion
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Disney and its subsidiary, Lucasfilm, announced a new game for PC and mobile that enabled players help BB-8 and Chewbacca defend the Millennium Falcon from porgs.
CAT S31 rugged smartphone finally available in the US
The 4.7-inch CAT S31 is now available in the US via Amazon for around US$330 and, although its specs do not match this price range, the IP68-rated water resistance and its compliance with the MIL-SPEC 810G standard for ruggedness make it a worthy choice for those who face tough environments frequently.
The Blackview P6000 will ship with a 6180 mAh battery
There's a new Blackview device on cards. The smartphone, marketed as a heavyweight business device, will feature a large 6180 mAh battery.
Details of the Honor 9 Lite revealed
Honor has sent out invites for the launch event of a yet unnamed device. The event will take place on December 21, with the device expected to be the Honor 9 Lite.
Android OS version metrics for November released, Oreo sees pitiable climb to 0.5% market distribution
Google has released data on the current market distribution of the various versions of Android. The ranking stays the same as it was last month, with Marshmallow in first, Lollipop in second, and Nougat in third. Oreo remains irrelevant, as it only just matched Ice Cream Sandwich’s 0.5% distribution, a disturbingly unprogressive rise from its 0.3% figure las...
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ set to receive Oreo in January 2018
A member of Samsung's UK Oreo beta team has confirmed that the S8 and S8+ will receive final, stable Oreo updates in January, with the Note 8 to follow immediately after.
Huawei Enjoy 7S set for December 18 launch, details revealed
Huawei is set to announce the launch of the new Enjoy 7S at an event in Xi An, on December 13. The mid-ranger shares a lot of similarities with the Honor 9 Lite. So much, in fact, that we're tempted to claim that they're the same device in slightly different packages.
Essential Phone getting Treble, double tap to wake, EIS
Despite apparently weak sales, Essential appears to be committed to developing its Essential Phone PH-1. In its latest Reddit AMA, the company revealed it is bringing Treble, tap to wake and EIS to the device in the forthcoming Android 8.0 Oreo update.
Google Assistant coming to Android tablets, older phones
Google is continuing its rollout of Assistant to older Android devices, including tablets for the first time. First introduced on the Pixel last year as an exclusive feature, it has been some time coming.
The Best Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Alternatives
One affordable mid-range smartphone to rule them all? Samsung's Galaxy J5 is still a very popular smartphone in 2017 - an overall more than a decent package at a low price. There are, however, other worthy and affordable smartphones as well. In this comparison, we take a look at possible alternatives to the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017).
Under-screen fingerprint tech due January on flagship phone
A unnamed high-end smartphone will arrive with Synaptics new Clear ID under-display fingerprint authentication tech in January. According to Synaptics, the new technology is twice as fast as 3D facial recognition technology as featured on the iPhone X.
Essential has only sold 50,000 phones (but that may not be as bad as it sounds)
According to the number of downloads of its camera app, Essential has sold no more than 50,000 units. While the accuracy of this number is arguable, hitting such a low volume of sales may not be as bad for the start-up as it sounds.
Time for some heart-pounding action with AMD's new Radeon Software Adrenaline Edition
The 2017 annual major release of AMD's Radeon Software has arrived, called the Adrenaline Edition. In addition to a refined UI, the main features it brings are an in-game overlay that allows performance monitoring and on-the-fly setting changes, as well as a mobile app that can be used to monitor performance or handle recording and streaming settings.
Xiaomi to launch Mi 7 and Mi 7 Plus together, both to feature full-screen displays
Xiaomi's flagships are usually among the first to be released in the year, and it looks like the next-gen offering, the Mi 7, could be launched within the next few months. The device is touted to launch alongside a plus-sized version, with both coming with tasty price tags and top of the line features.
Honor President confirms that the Honor 7X, 8, 8 Pro, 9, and V9 will get Oreo
Honor's President, George Zhao, has confirmed in an interview that the brand's current devices like the 7X, Honor 8, Honor 9, Honor 8 Pro, and Honor V9 will all get updates to Android Oreo. The 7X, in particular, is of interest, as there's a significant chance that it gets Treble.
The Nokia 6 (2018) hits TENAA
The Nokia 6 (2018) has made its way over to TENAA, with the listing on the Chinese agency's website showing images of what we should expect from the mid-ranger with the model number "TA-1054".
Rumor | References to a new Huawei tablet surface online, purportedly the MediaPad M4
Some references to what could be the successor to the MediaPad M3 have surfaced online via an UAprof.xml file. The references point to a similar display resolution as the M3 and the OS version to be Android 8 Oreo.
Google launches camera "appsperiments" for Android and iOS
Google has released three new experimental apps for both Android and iOS devices. Each utilizes experimental stabilisation and rendering algorithms to deliver fun and interesting visual effects.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones
December 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 Phablets (>5.5-inch)
December 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)
December 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
December 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 Tablets
December 2017 update. Here you will find the current best tablets reviewed by Notebookcheck in 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 120 Euros
December 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 Windows Tablets
December 2017 update. Here is the current list of Notebookcheck's top-ranked Windows tablets. This list is reviewed on a regular basis, checked by our editors and updated if needed. It is designed to help our readers with their purchase decisions.
Deal | Motorola is offering great deals on its smartphones that give you even more bang for your buck
In the spirit of the holiday season, Motorola is currently offering a number of great deals on its smartphones. Devices like the Moto X4, Moto G5 Plus, Moto Z2 Play and others currently benefit from this, which means you can nab any of them on the cheap right now.
New Honor device with quad cameras to be launched on December 13
There's another Honor device on the cards, as the company has announced its intentions to hold another launch event on December 13. Nothing is known about this device except for the fact that it will feature quad cameras.
Google lists Android Wear devices in line for Oreo update
Google has revealed the list of Android Wear devices that will be getting an update to Android Oreo. The upgrade looks more about bringing the Wear base OS inline with the Android smartphone OS, rather than bringing major new features.
Honor announces plans to take over Indian smartphone market by 2020
Honor President George Zhao has declared the company's intentions to rule the Indian smartphone market by 2020, a goal it hopes to achieve by releasing bang-for-buck devices under the Rs 10,000 price point.
First rumors of the Nokia 6 (2018) surface
The Nokia 6 was released way back in January, which means we're about set for the launch of its successor, the Nokia 6 (2018), possibly at MWC in February. Details of the device have surfaced online, painting the picture of a rather enticing device.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 scored an impressive 90 points on DxOMark
The Mi Note 3, Xiaomi's new mid-ranger, made the journey over to DxOMark, with the device recording a score of 90, which places it in the same bracket as devices like the first-gen Google Pixel and the iPhone 7 Plus. Not bad for a two-month-old device that currently goes for as low as US$300.
Andy Rubin returns to Essential after absence over misconduct case
Andy Rubin, founder of Essential and creator of the Android OS, went on a leave of absence at the tail end of November over a case of perceived misconduct during his time as an executive at Google.
Motorola Moto G5s Smartphone
Camera evolution. The special edition of the Moto G5 is intended to add to Motorola's selection of mid-range smartphones, and there have been a number of changes to make that happen. Most notably, the camera has been significantly enhanced. In our review, we will ascertain whether this will prove a marked improvement in everyday use.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 | Qualcomm Adreno 505 | 5.2" | 157 g
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 | Qualcomm Adreno 505 | 5.2" | 157 g
Samsung patent describes a double-display smartphone
Samsung has multiple patents for various styles of foldable smartphones. It is unknown if the manufacturer will utilize bendable displays for the rumored Galaxy X.
Google decides to re-evaluate whether they remove apps that misuse accessibility services, such as LastPass and Tasker
Google has asked developers whose apps use the accessibility permission to email them with how their app uses this permission to enhance user experience so that they can assess "responsible and innovative" use of the permission. While doing this they have put a pause on the 30 day 'modify or remove' notification they had previously given developers.
Oreo for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 leaked
The Samsung Galaxy S8 received its Oreo beta weeks ago, so it's a bit surprising that Note 8 users have been left in the lurch. Only until now, though, as what looks like a stable internal Oreo build for the flagship has finally surfaced, with users testing it out and confirming its validity.
The Onyx Boox Max 2 Pro is a quad-core E-Ink tablet coming this month for $800
The Onyx Boox Max 2 Pro is a powerful (if expensive) eReader tablet with a huge 13.3-inch hi-res E-Ink display. The reader boasts a quad-core processor, a full version of Android 6.0, and a highly responsive E-Ink display, but there are a few drawbacks.
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