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Lenovo introduced the Google Project Tango Augmented Reality-infused Phab 2 Pro smartphone back in June and the product marked a number firsts for both the manufacturer and the industry as a whole. The Phab 2 Pro is the first consumer retail device to support Google Project Tango AR technology, with a multi-camera and sensor array that gives the smartphone the ability to sense and "see" the environment around it, and then map and render virtual augmentations in the environment for the user. The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is also one of the largest Android smartphones on the market currently, with a ginormous... Read more...
Google did a good designing (and HTC building) its Pixel and Pixel XL handsets. Perhaps too good of a job. That's evidenced by how difficult it has been obtaining one of Google's hot new flagship smartphones based on its equally new Android 7.1 Nougat operating system. The larger Pixel XL has been especially difficult to grab hold of, though as of this writing, both models are in stock from the Google Store. That is, if you're okay with 32GB of onboard storage.The Pixel and Pixel XL come with two onboard storage options: 32GB and 128GB. Unfortunately, the significantly more capacious 128GB option... Read more...
The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom is likely headed for an official reveal in the not-too-distant future. It was just recently spotted passing certification on China's certification website TENAA by its model number Z01HDA and will presumably join a growing list of ZenFone 3 models that include the ZenFone 3 Deluxe, ZenFone 3 Ultra, and ZenFone 3 Max.According to the listing, the ZenFone 3 Zoom sports a 5.5-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) display powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processors. It also boasts 2GB, 3GB, and 4GB RAM options; 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB storage capacity options; and a pretty large 4,850... Read more...
Lenovo is making a pretty big push for Moto Z Mods, those snap-on accessories that extend or otherwise improve the functionality of the Moto Z handset. And why not? As one of the company's television commercials points out, the smartphone form factor has remained relatively the same for about the past decade without too much innovation to get excited about. The question is, are Mods the answer?Motorola's newest daddy seems to think so. Lenovo, which acquired Motorola from Google for $2.91 billion in early 2014, indicated a bit of buyer's remorse earlier this year when it said that it's "integration... Read more...
ASUS launched an array of products a few weeks back at its Zenvolution event in New York City. Among them was the gorgeous ZenBook 3 Ultrabook, the convertible Transformer 3, and an assortment of Android-based smartphones that carried ZenFone 3 branding. The four ZenFone 3 models that launched included the entry-level ZenFone 3 Laser, a 5.5” ZenFone 3 Deluxe, a 5.7” ZenFone 3 Deluxe, and a flagship 5.7” ZenFone 3 Deluxe Special Edition, which packs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 SoC. The specifications, build materials, and pricing for the various ZenFone 3 phones that launched are all different. The... Read more...
Each new "Redstone" release of Windows 10 is notable for a handful of reasons, but Redstone 3 could include one of the most ambitious features yet: x86 on ARM64 emulation. What that ultimately means is that ARM-based devices running Windows 10 Mobile, such as the Lumia 950 XL, could see an immediate boost of supported applications. x86 emulation could prove extremely important for ARM-based Windows devices, as it would allow users to run the same applications they're used to running on their x86 desktops and notebooks. If the emulation works well, it could dramatically bolster the number of... Read more...
Season's greetings; it's that time of year again, when we here at Hot Hardware assemble our holiday gift guides for your browsing and shopping pleasure. There was an embarrassment of riches this year, as the industry continued to innovate and come up with interesting new designs based on the latest, greatest technologies. Those of us buying computer hardware demand more and faster from every iteration, and many OEMs usually manage to deliver. Some don't but you won't see them on this list. This list is a collection of some of the best hardware for gifting in four top categories that we think are... Read more...
Electronics manufacturer, Huawei (pronounced "wah-WAY"), has been around for a very long time. It's the largest telecommunications company in the world, actually, though it doesn't have the same brand recognition in the US versus competitors like Apple, Samsung, or Motorola. We won't delve into all of the politics surrounding the situation, but will note that part of the reason Huawei's consumer footprint in the U.S. isn't more significant is because buyers have been caught in the crosshairs of a strained relationship between the U.S. and China in the tech sector. There's even a ban in place preventing... Read more...
If you thought Samsung was going to fold after its Galaxy Note7 debacle played out, you'd be partially right. As has been rumored for quite some time, Samsung has been hard at work on a new smartphone concept that would allow its users to fold it up to save on space. We're not talking flip-phones here, but a phone that literally folds up like a wallet, thanks to its bendable display. Now we have even more proof of this concept, as Samsung has filed a patent which shows rendered images - and, for the most part, it looks exactly as you'd expect: As seen in the render, the middle of the phone is essentially... Read more...
Following the debacle that was the Galaxy Note7, Samsung has a huge PR fire to put out, and looks towards a challenging future as it tries to regain trust with its customers. But given the sheer magnitude of its mobile recall, making people forget its past transgressions is going to prove quite the exercise. However, we are now find out one of the company's plans that could help get the public back on its side: infusing its Galaxy S8 with an incredibly powerful AI assistant. If this sounds familiar, it's probably because Google's Pixel features the same functionality - AI that's built into the... Read more...
Attention all smartphone makers, there is a market for bezel-less displays. For be it for this humble technology news and review site to say exactly how big the market exists, but make no mistake, there are buyers out there. Proof of this can be found in the fact that Xiaomi sold off its entire first batch of Mi MIX handsets in just 10 seconds.Try wrapping your head around that for a moment. If you had tried to buy one of these things and made the mistake of blinking, you would have been too slow on the draw. Even without blinking you probably would have been edged out everyone else hammering the... Read more...
To call the past couple of months "rough" for Samsung would be a huge understatement. When it became clear that its latest (and what was supposed to be greatest) smartphone, the Galaxy Note7, was exploding a little too often, some wondered if Samsung could recover from such bad publicity. Samsung would go on to recall the Galaxy Note7 before eventually pulling it off the market completely. Samsung, however, has one thing on its side that a lot of companies do not: it is massive. Some of the smaller smartphone vendors would have been wiped clean with an incident like this, but Samsung has its... Read more...
Don't tell Xiaomi that smartphones must have bezels. If you do, the Chinese phone maker will respond, "Bezels? We ain't got not bezels? We don't need no bezels! I don't have to show you no stinkin' bezels!" For you young folk, that's a reference to a famous quote from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, but back to the point, Xiaomi's Mi Mix smartphone is a bezel-free handset with a killer spec sheet. The interesting thing here is that the Mi Mix looks like a concept device and is even called a concept phone by Xiaomi, yet it has a release date that's just around the corner (November 4 in China)... Read more...
It's beginning to look a lot like the latest smartphone trend is spontaneous combustion. While some smartphone vendors are probably crossing their fingers hoping that these problems exist with only Samsung's Galaxy Note 7, there have been a couple of non-Samsung exceptions slipping out over the past month or so as well. At the end of last month, we reported on an iPhone 7 that somehow burned up inside the box, before it even made its way to the customer. We're not sure where that story ultimately went, but there's now another report that might cast a little doubt on just how safe this latest... Read more...
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