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Asus Chromebook Flip C101 convertible now available September 25 (Source: Asus)

Asus Chromebook Flip C101 is now available in the US

The Rockchip RK3399-powered ASUS Chromebook Flip C101PA-DB02 convertible has a metallic body, it features a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, and can be acquired for less than US$300.
A variant of the Nokia 8 with extra RAM and storage is coming to Germany. (Source: Nokia)

Germany feels Nokia love, gets special Nokia 8 variant next month

German fans of the Nokia 8 are set to be the first to receive a special version of the device with a RAM upgrade to 6 GB. The new variant will also get 128 GB of storage space as well when it hits the country on October 20.
Samsung Galaxy X (SM-G888N0) foldable phone renders (Source: Pocketnow)

Foldable Samsung Galaxy Note X surfaces online

The foldable handset known as the Samsung Galaxy X (SM-G888N0) has just been spotted in a listing at South Korea's National Radio Research Agency, two months after it surfaced at Bluetooth SIG.
Zenfone 4

Hands-On: Asus ZenFone 4 series launches in Europe

Asus has presented its new ZenFone series, which is already made up of five models, to the European public in Rome. The series' main focus is particularly on photography and the comparatively strong batteries. The new phones offer suitable performance for all needs - from entry-level to high-end SoCs. The Pro version even offers ad Wi-Fi.
All this considered, this is about par for cyber information control in most parts of the world. (Source: The Verge)

Your private data isn't so private after all, Wechat confirms

It's been a good week for privacy intrusions, with GO Keyboard being reported to siphon user data. This time out, it's the Wechat app on all the headlines, as the app's new privacy policy sheds light on how public, private user data actually is.
The Mi Note 3 may have paved the way for future Snapdragon 660-powered Xiaomi devicres. (Source: Playfuldroid)

Don't get your hopes up on the Redmi Note 5

Recent leaks have detailed the specification sheet of the upcoming Redmi Note 5, and while Xiaomi fans may have their hopes up, we're quite skeptical as to the veracity and plausibility of the reported information. Here's why you'd do well to take it all with a pinch of salt.
That's an A in the design department. (Source: Weibo)

Huawei Maimang 6 launched in China

The Maimang 6, expected to launch as the Mate 10 Lite outside China, has been announced, with its quad camera formation and 18:9 display making for a novel package from Huawei.
The main weakness of pattern and PIN is the ability for those around you to obverve entry. (Source: Msporch/Pixabay)

Android pattern unlock is the easiest authentication method to snoop

A study by researchers from the University of Maryland and the US Naval Academy has been published showing that a six-spot pattern unlock is six times easier for snoopers to repeat after seeing once than a six-digit PIN.
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) facing charging bug after Nougat update (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) with Nougat plagued by charging bug

More Galaxy A3 (2016) users who upgraded their handsets to Android 7.0 have been complaining that they cannot load the battery more than 87 percent. Even worse, it looks like none of the usual bug-fixing methods works.
Nokia 8 flagship coming soon with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage (Source: HMD Global)

Nokia 8 with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage hits FCC

Nokia 8 is still not present in China and the US, but it looks like these two key markets will receive special versions of this flagship. Two variants for the US have just been spotted on FCC, and they both feature 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage.
Huawei Y7

82% Huawei Y7 (2017) Smartphone Review

Convincing. The Huawei Y7 aims to convince its buyers with a metal case, a strong processor, and a large battery. While these assets are good, the competition in the 200-Euro price range (~$238) is strong. You can find out in our test how the Huawei Y7 fares.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 | Qualcomm Adreno 505 | 5.5" | 165 g
Moto G5S Plus Android smartphone in Lunar Gray coming to the US (Source: Motorola)

Moto G5S Plus coming to the US later this month

Yesterday, the Moto G5S Plus became available for pre-order across the US starting at US$229.99. The successor of the popular Moto G5 Plus is scheduled to launch on September 29.
The Zenfone 4 Pro leads the lineup. (Source: Asus)

Asus Zenfone 4 series finally hits Europe

After launching in the Asian market a few months back, Asus has finally announced the launch of its Zenfone 4 series for the European market.
The HTC 11 is set to be joined by a larger bezel-less stablemate. (Source: HTC)

HTC U11 Plus rumored to sport bezel-less design

According to a new report, HTC is planning to launch a Plus-size model of its flagship U11 smartphone. The device will also be the first from HTC to feature a bezel-less design.
Nvidia Shield TV with remote. (Source: Nvidia)

Pre-orders open for a cheaper Nvidia Shield TV that comes without the game controller

Nvidia have dropped the price on their Shield TV by removing the game controller from the bundle but still including the remote. The new pricing puts it in in a more competitive position against the base model of the new Apple TV 4K.
ZTE Tempo X Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 (Source: Boost Mobile)

ZTE Tempo X hits Boost Mobile for just $79.99 USD, features a Snapdragon 210 processor

The ZTE Tempo X arrives more than a year after Boost Mobile introduced its predecessor, the ZTE Tempo. This new handset sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor and only 1 GB RAM, but it comes loaded with Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
The U11 sported a regular 5.5-inch display.

Google deal no herald of doom as HTC looks set to launch another flagship

HTC may have entered a partnership with Google but it will still produce smartphones in its own name, at least for the time being. Its next device is said to be the bezel-less flagship, the U11 Plus.
The refresh of the Amazon Fire HD makes it worth a second look. (Source: Amazon)

Amazon Fire HD tablet upgrades make it warrant a second look

Amazon has given its Fire 10 HD tablet some much needed improvements in its latest refresh of the Android-based device. It is now 30 percent faster than before and sports a new 1080p display.
Meizu M6 5.2-inch Android smartphone with MediaTek MT6750 (Source: Meizu)

Meizu M6 unveiled with the MediaTek MT6750 SoC onboard

Not long after the M6 Note, Chinese brand Meizu intros the M6. This 5.2-inch smartphone features an octa-core MediaTek processor and is scheduled to hit the Chinese market next Monday.
The Mate 10 Pro will be the most feature-packed model. (Source: Medicalman)

Huawei Mate 10 to have four models, Maimang 6 the Mate 10 Lite

Contrary to previous thoughts, the Maimang 6 will not launch as the G10 in the western market, with Huawei set to offer it as the Mate 10 Lite, a lower-specced version of the upcoming Mate 10 flagships.
A new report suggests HTC has sold its mobile division to Google. (Source: HTC)

Rumor: HTC mobile division sold to Google [Update]

If the rumors coming out of Taiwan are true, HTC has reached an agreement to sell its mobile division to Google. Set to be announced tomorrow, the deal could also mean the end of HTC-branded devices.
Image: Google

Moto done right? Moto X4 coming to Project Fi, will receive two years of updates

Google announced today that the upcoming Moto X4 will be available as an Android One device on their Project Fi mobile network. The smartphone will run Stock Android and come with a guaranteed minimum of two years of software updates and support from Google.
Both devices feature dual rear cameras. (Source: Weibo)

Images and pricing details of the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro revealed

Huawei's upcoming flagships, the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, are billed for a mid-October launch. Here, we have a look at the first set of details available for both devices.
This the first look at the new Pixel 2 made by HTC in blue. (Source: Droid Life)

Fresh Pixel 2 leak reveals new blue color

The Pixel 2 has surfaced in the flesh in a new blue hue. The HTC-made device will also come in regular black and white colors when it launches on October 4.
The new Google Pixelbook runs Chrome OS and supports Android apps. (Source: Droid Life)

Huge Google leak reveals new Pixelbook with Android app support

A big leak out of Mountain View has seen the new Google Pixelbook revealed before its official launch set for October 4. Not previously picked up by the rumor mill, the device will come in three main configurations.
The XZ1 comes in a soothing Moonlit Blue. (Source: Sony)

The Xperia XZ1 is the first device to hit shops with Oreo onboard

The Xperia XZ1 was launched a few weeks ago and is already ready for shipping, with it laying claim to being the first device to launch with Oreo. The XZ1 comes with a price tag of $700, which is a fair one for the most part.
The HP Chromebook x360 11 is now available for general purchase. (Source: HP)

HP Chromebook x360 11 is now no longer just for students

A popular choice with students, the HP Chromebook x360 11 is now also available to the general public for the first time.
The 'Just Black' and the 'Black and White' Pixel 2 XL made by LG. (Source: Droidlife)

The Pixel 2 XL will be the most expensive Google phone so far and has a funky black and white design

Renders and pricing for the LG made Pixel 2 XL were leaked today, showing that there are at least two color options with one being a funky two tone black and white design. There will be a 64 GB and 128 GB model with pricing putting it in the company of phones such as the Apple iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 8
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The U11 was released in May.

Three new HTC phones in the works, Q4 launch expected

HTC, in spite of its recent troubles, is reportedly set to release three devices in the last quarter of the year, with one of them looking like a flagship. Details of all three devices remain fuzzy at the moment.
Huawei Pay patent application details (Source: The United States Patent and Trademark Office)

Huawei Pay might launch in the US by the end of 2017

One year after being launched in China, Huawei Pay is still exclusively available in that market, but a recently discovered patent application reveals that this mobile payment service is heading for the US market.
Ditch your smartphone charging mats: Pi charges from 12-inches away

Ditch your smartphone charging mats: Pi charges from 12-inches away

A new startup going by the name of Pi looks set to change the way we charge our devices in the near future. If it works as promised, you can get set to ditch your wireless Qi charging mats.
The Galaxy Tab Active 2 gets a beefy performance upgrade. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 spec leak shows octa-core CPU

Samsung has beefed up the processing power of its 8-inch Galaxy Tab Active sequel with an octa-core processor. The Galaxy Tab Active 2 will also pick up twice the RAM.
The Nokia 8 will be succeeded by the bezel-less Nokia 9

Nokia 8 Oreo update teased by HMD executive

Chief Product Officer of HMD Global Juho Sarvikas has teased Android Oreo for the Nokia 8 on Twitter. The Nokia 8 was rumored to launch with Oreo onboard, so this comes as no surprise.
Doogee Mix

80% Doogee Mix Smartphone Review

Good rip-off. Tri-Bezel-Less display, dual camera, 6 GB RAM: at first glance, these specs are very impressive, but a look behind the curtains reveal some weak spots. We´ll find out if it the Doogee Mix smartphone is still a good value for the money.
Mediatek Helio P25 | ARM Mali-T880 MP2 | 5.5" | 198 g
Image: Motorola

Motorola flips again, promises Android O for Moto G4

People complained, and Motorola listened. In a statement issued today, Motorola has promised to make good on its marketing and update the Moto G4 Plus to Android Oreo. Unfortunately, there is currently no time frame on when the update will be issued.
Action Launcher 28 with AdaptivePack icons (Source: Action Launcher Blog)

Action Launcher 28.1 features adaptive icons

Although Action Launcher 28.1 is a free launcher app, the AdaptivePack addon that is needed to have adaptive icons on Lollipop, Marshmallow, and Nougat devices is a commercial product. Its regular price tag reads US$4.99, but this week it can be acquired for 30 percent less.
Google Tez aims to make payments hassle-free. (Source: Google)

Google Tez aims to revolutionize the digital payment landscape in India

Google has launched a new payment service, Tez, which enables fast payments without the need to share information such as bank account numbers, fund transfer codes, or even pair up mobiles by NFC. The new service is compatible with any Indian bank that supports the Unified Payments Interface (UPI).
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
Renders purporting to be of the Nokia 9 have leaked out. (Source: Baidu)

Purported Nokia 9 renders emerge, show bezel-less design

The Nokia 9 may have just made its first appearance. Alleged renders of the device have surfaced in China showing a sleek device that is almost bezel-less.
Most OEMs will start pushing out updates by winter.

The comprehensive Android Oreo device update list

Android Oreo launched a few weeks ago, and with Google releasing a vague statement on the plan for updates for devices outside its Nexus and Pixel lines, it's time we had a look at the plans of other OEMs. Hop in to know if your device will be receiving the Oreo update.
UPDATE 20/9/17: Motorola
The S8 was released in Q2 2017

Samsung Galaxy S8 with Oreo spotted on Geekbench

A Galaxy S8 has been spotted running on Oreo. This lends credence to earlier information that Samsung was testing Oreo for the S8. Promising as this may be, it may yet be a while till S8 owners get the Oreo update.
Asus Zenfone V coming exclusively to Verizon Wireless in the US (Source: Asus)

Asus Zenfone V coming exclusively to Verizon Wireless in the US

The previously-rumored Zenfone 4V may simply be launching as the mainstream Zenfone V complete with USB Type-C and fast-charging features.
The new Lenovo Tab 4 series of Android tablets. (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo persisting with low- to mid-range tablets with new Tab 4

Lenovo has commenced the global rollout of its new Tab 4 series of Android tablets. Aimed at the mid- to low-end markets, they offer users good value and a recent version of Android.
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
Samsung Galaxy J3, J5, and J7

Face Off: Samsung's Galaxy J Series (2017)

Time for a comparison. With the Galaxy J3, J5, and J7 models, Samsung has introduced the third generation of their in-house J-series this year. Based on the detailed tests of each of the three entry level models from the South Korean manufacturer, we will now compare them in terms of their strengths and weaknesses.
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 Z2 Play will receive Oreo

Motorola releases official roadmap for Oreo devices, Moto G4 Plus misses out in spite of past promises

Motorola has released a statement on its blog on its plans for Android Oreo, with all recent flagships set to get the update. Things are looking much less rosy for owners of budget devices and last-gen mid-rangers, though, as they'll be stuck on Nougat.
The Light L16 camera can take snapshots as big as 52 MP. (Source: FCC)

Light L16 camera integrates 16 separate lenses, costs US$1,699

Integrating 16 separate 13 MP sensors that come in 28 mm, 70 mm and 150 mm lens sizes, the L16 camera can compose pictures up to 52 MP. It's as big as a regular smartphone, and features a 5-inch 1080p touchscreen, as well as 256 GB internal storage.
Release dates are still unknown.

The Nokia 2 brings a massive battery to the tail end of the budget market

The Nokia 2 is billed to be the archetypal budget device, with it opting for Qualcomm's entry-level Snapdragon 212, 1 GB of RAM, and an impressive chin. It's the very definition of a budget device, though, so those are about par for the most part.
Nokia 8 Android flagship (Source: HMD Global)

Nokia 8 with Oreo onboard hits Geekbench and GFXBench

Since it surfaced on both Geekbench and GFXBench running Android 8.0 Oreo, the Nokia 8 might soon become the first Nokia handset to get this major update. Unfortunately, the new firmware has no official launch date yet.

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