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LG's flagship Nexus device for 2015, the Nexus 5X, is now on sale in the Google Store. Pricing starts at $379 for what's essentially a higher-end mid-range device, if that makes sense, and includes 16GB of built-in storage. For an extra $50 ($429 total), you can double up on storage and pick up the 32GB version.The Nexus 5X is an interesting product for the price. It has a 5.2-inch display with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution (423 ppi) protected with Corning Gorilla Glass. Powering the handset is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz with Adreno 418 graphics and... Read more...
Oh no, a minority of insatiable data guzzling wireless users on Sprint's network are crowding up the joint and leaving no room for the other 97 percent of responsible users, something must be done! Right? Right!? We're paraphrasing a bit here, but that pretty much sums up the sentiment of Sprint's Chief Technology Officer, Dr. John Saw, who warned the wireless carrier's unlimited subscribers that using more than 23GB of data in any given month could have performance consequences. Sprint is implementing a real-time Quality of Service (QoS) scheme that kicks in when its cell sites are "constrained."... Read more...
The OnePlus team promised yet another smartphone model by the end of the year and it will announce that upcoming model later this month. Specifically, on October 29, which falls on a Thursday. That's the date OnePlus is teasing on Twitter, and it also appears on a handful of Chinese-language invitations. Each teaser photo with the October 29 date sports a giant illuminated X in the middle. It doesn't take a rocket scientist, or even a general purpose scientist, to figure out that OnePlus is gearing up to launch the rumored OnePlus X handset, which will be its second handset released in 2015 (the... Read more...
Hot on the heels of the OnePlus 2 launching to the public is the impending release of what's been dubbed the OnePlus X, the third smartphone from the spunky startup that's looking to disrupt the mobile market as you know it. That name hasn't been officially confirmed, though a posting on a Chinese social media site by a company executive teases the OnePlus X moniker.The OnePlus executive posted a screenshot of the new device to Weibo, a highly popular microblogging site in China that's a cross between Twitter and Facebook. The screenshot shows a map with four lines form a giant "X" in the middle.... Read more...
Let me tell you something, Edwin Starr had it wrong when he concluded that war was good for "absolutely nothing," at least as a blanket statement. In the wireless world, carriers at war with each other is good for consumers. It's how we end up with offers like Sprint's latest iPhone Forever deal, which for a limited time is offering the iPhone 6s starting at $1 per month. Sprint is looking to trump T-Mobile and its "unbeatable $5 per month offer on iPhone 6s" announced just yesterday as part of its JUMP! ON Demand program. Not to be outdone, Sprint countered with what it says is the "world's best... Read more...
The reason phone cases are so popular is because these convenient smartphone devices that everyone owns are inconveniently expensive if you should drop or otherwise ruin one. Some of the higher end handsets can retail for $650 or more, though compared to some of the handsets sold by Vertu, a luxury phone maker that hand assembles handsets in England, $650 would be a bargain. That's certainly true of Vertu's updated Signature Touch. Priced at £6,500 (around $9,900 in U.S. currency) and above, the Signature Touch is Vertu's latest high performance smartphone. It boasts a 5.2-inch Full HD 1080p display... Read more...
Famed leaker Evan Blass (known on Twitter as @evleaks) posted what look to be official press photos of HTC's unreleased One A9 handset (codenamed Aero). Due to launch sometime this fall, the One A9 is a premium looking device that will inevitably draw comparisons to the design of Apple's latest iPhone 6 models (probably not by accident).It starts with the overall shape of the One A9, which more closely resembles an iPhone 6/6s than a One M9, the latter of which looks a bit wider. There are rounded corners and, on the backside, a pair of horizontal stripes near the top and bottom. The One M9 also... Read more...
Xiaomi is a major force in the Chinese smartphone market and, in time, the company envisions being a dominant player in the U.S. Should Xiaomi attempt to do that, it could prove a major headache for Samsung and Apple, especially if it brings with it devices like its new Mi 4c, a flagship mobile phone without the top end price tag.There are two models of the Mi 4c, one with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage that will sell for 1,299 Chinese yuan (around $200 in U.S. currency) and another with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage for 1,499 Chinese yuan (~$235). Those are retail prices, not subsidized... Read more...
Looking for a high end handset? Chances are you've eyeballed Galaxy devices from Samsung and iPhone models from Apple. Lest anyone forget, HTC is also a player in the performance smartphone segment, and to tempt users towards its One M9 handset, the company is offering a generous $100 in Google Play credit with purchase.Yes, we meant to put two zeros in that figure -- one hundred dollars, in other words. That's not an insignificant amount of credit, which you can use to purchase movies, music, games, and more. The only catch is that you have to purchase the device direct from HTC, which is going... Read more...
AT&T is suing a trio of former employees for allegedly installing malware on company computers to give an outside firm remote access to its systems. The outside company, called Swift Unlocks, then used its unauthorized access to AT&T's computers to sell cell phone unlocking services, according to AT&T's lawsuit (PDF). Normally AT&T doesn't provide unlock codes to customers who are still under a service agreement. By locking down phones, AT&T ensures that subsidized phones will only work on its wireless network. Once a customer fulfill their wireless contract, AT&T is required... Read more...
If you don't want to negotiate an iPhone deal with your wireless carrier, you can join Apple's recently launched iPhone Upgrade Program and get a new handset every year starting at $32.41 per month (that includes AppleCare+ coverage). Likewise, Samsung is planning to offer a similar program for its Galaxy devices.Citing an "industry executive with knowledge of Samsung's plans," Forbes reports that Samsung's new leasing program might launch within the next several months, or sooner if Samsung decides to accelerate the program to market.It wasn't that long ago when upgrading a smartphone meant deciding... Read more...
Researchers from Purdue University have developed a software tool for Android smartphones that purportedly slows down battery drain when handsets enter a  sleep state. With the software tool installed, the researchers claim that smartphone battery life can be extended by nearly 16 percent.Called "HUSH," the software solution was developed in response to what the researchers say is the first large-scale study of smartphone energy drain occurring from everyday use by consumers. The researchers conducted the study in collaboration with Intel and startup mobile company Mobile Enerlytics, who together... Read more...
One way or another, OnePlus is going to make headlines. Unfortunately for fans of company's phones, the headlines aren't always for positive things, which in this case it's in the news for screwing up its launch of the OnePlus 2. Perhaps the OnePlus 3, should there be one, will be a different story. To the company's credit, it isn't hiding from the fact that potential buyers once again had trouble purchasing the OnePlus 2, just as they did with the original OnePlus One. Instead, OnePlus readily acknowledges that it messed up a second time and issued another apologetic blog post. "We messed up the... Read more...
Windows 10 Mobile is just around the corner, and so are a couple of flagship Lumia devices that will run on the new platform. Specifically, Microsoft is expected to introduce the Lumia 950 (codenamed Talkman) and Lumia 950 XL (codenamed Cityman) during a press even in October.What look to be official press renderings of both devices have been leaked to the web courtesy of none other than Evan Blass, aka @evleaks on Twitter. The handsets look similar to each other with the same overall design, with only subtle differences between the two.The slightly larger cyan-colored handset is the Lumia 950... Read more...
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