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T-Mobile isn't messing around, it wants to be the biggest carrier in the U.S. and it is working hard to make that a reality. The third-place wireless carrier has promised to roll out a nationwide 5G network by 2020, and positively cleaned up at the FCC 600 MHz spectrum auction held earlier this year. T-Mobile dropped $8 billion in its spectrum bid to buy 45 percent of all available 600 MHz spectrum that the FCC was selling off, giving it the largest chunk of spectrum sold at auction by far. The catch for now is that in some urban areas around the country that spectrum is still in use by television... Read more...
LG's upcoming V30 flagship smartphone looks to offer a lot of what people want, and the company has been releasing bits and pieces of information over time to help whet our appetites. Last week, we learned that the phone will sport a 6-inch OLED display with curved bezels and a resolution of 2880x1440. Today, we learn a bit more about its camera. If you asked a room full of people what feature they'd want to see improved on their phone, chances are many would say "the camera", even if they have one of the top options available. People simply want better, clearer photos, and with its dual camera... Read more...
Blu has announced that its smartphones are back on Amazon after what it dubs a "false alarm" resulted in Amazon removing all Blu devices from its website. That removal was a big blow to Blu, which does much of it sales volume via Amazon. The phones were pulled from the Amazon website after word came to light that Blu was installing so-called spyware on its devices. Blu sales started back up on August 4th according to reports. The Blu drama started when a security firm called Kryptowire issued a report that said some Blu smartphones were collecting user data and sending that data to a servers in... Read more...
A sometimes unfortunate thing about loving a vendor's hardware is the fact that the same kind of care that makes you love the device itself might not be shown towards the software solution. Sometimes, too much care can be given, resulting in a bloated OS that can become sluggish. Many vendors have come to their senses over the years, as we've seen a trend of more and more companies decide to go with stock Android on their devices - or at least stock Android with minor modifications. We now find out that Lenovo is the latest company to jump on this bandwagon of clean OSes, as its upcoming K8... Read more...
Like many people back in the day, I owned a Motorola Razr flip phone and thought that device was the coolest phone ever made at the time. I particularly miss being able to flip that thing shut when the person calling me was annoying, it was almost as fulfilling as slamming the receiver down back in the corded phone days.  Samsung has a new smartphone that will make fans of those old-school flip phones smile called the Leader 8, and it just launched in China. The Leader 8 has two displays with one on the front, outside of the device and another tucked away inside the phone above the keypad.... Read more...
RED, a company known for super high-end Hollywood movie cameras, announced last month that it would be building a smartphone. The biggest claim to fame for the device, called the Hydrogen One, was the glasses-free holographic display. The smartphone would also be able to be used as a remote control for the RED camera systems. What bothered a lot of folks is that other than talking up that holographic display and the ability to control RED cameras, not much else was known. That RED Hydrogen One prototype smartphone has now turned up on a video by Marques Brownlee, who is among the first to see the... Read more...
It's starting to look like Google's upcoming Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones could become some of the most alluring Android phones the company - or any company, for that matter - have released in a long time. A couple of weeks ago, we pored over the details of what was believed to be an accurate render, and today, we see another collection of renders from a party that seems to agree on most of the devices' visual cues. Credit: MySmartPrice In the aforementioned post, the design seen was believed to be the XL model, but based on these new renders, it would have actually been the non-XL. The... Read more...
Razer may be well known in the gaming enthusiast community for its gaming notebooks and PC accessories, but the company is looking to branch beyond the PC business. According to a recent report, Razer is looking to get into the red-hot smartphone business. While smartphones can be incredibly lucrative for well-entrenched players like Samsung and Apple, the market is an incredibly tough nut to crack for new players. Razer itself has no prior experience in the smartphone market, however, it did purchase Nextbit earlier this year for an undisclosed sum. Nextbit launched a successful Kickstarter campaign... Read more...
“Can you hear me now? Good.” These days, it’s uncommon for us to leave our houses without our smartphones. They’ve become an indispensable tool that we use to communicate, conduct business and “veg out” in our downtime. About the only thing worse than venturing out into the world without our smartphone by our side is actually having our smartphones and staring at a “low battery” warning. However, researchers from the University of Washington are looking to make batteries a thing of the past when it comes to mobile phones. The team has developed a phone that uses “almost zero power” according to... Read more...
A current smartphone trend has seen vendors put fingerprint readers on the backs of our devices, which also might beg the question, "what else could we put back there?" According to a newly granted Google patent, a touchpad could be in the cards for the Android creator's future branded Pixel smartphone devices. If that sounds a bit bizarre, bear in mind that many patents may appear odd at first glance, but often are the sparks of true innovation. Google foresees the use of a touchpad on the back of a smartphone to grant the user additional interaction possibilities. As seen in the example image... Read more...
Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones are some of the best Android models available right now (read our review), but despite that, many of their users haven't been using them to their full potential. While Bixby Voice was revealed alongside the phone, it still hasn't made it to the United States in stable form. If you're keen on trying Bixby Voice and don't mind that it's not in stable form, Samsung has the hook-up. At its website, the company is allowing S8 owners to sign up for an early access program that will ensure they get the latest Bixby features before anyone else. Note that this... Read more...
Will the Nokia 9 be as legendarily indestructible as the Nokia 3310? The world is about the find out. Photos and specs of the new Nokia flagship, dubbed Nokia 9, have recently leaked and the device is looking solid. Specs include a 5.27 inch QHD display with a resolution of 1440 X 2560 and a pixel density of 557ppi. Fandroid measured 530 cd/m² maximum brightness as well, apparently with some quick hands-on time. The Nokia 9 also incorporates a Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a USB Type-C port. It runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and includes launcher similar to that found... Read more...
Earlier this month, OnePlus announced that its forthcoming OnePlus 5 flagship is indeed real, and that it would be landing this summer. As useful as that information might have been, though, it was the only morsel that we got out of the company. Everything else has been left up to rumor. However, today, we get our best look at the phone to date. Etailer GeekBuyer has the phone listed for preorder right now, and owing to the authenticity of the listing is the backing-up of some key specs. Listed, for example, is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 64GB of storage, and a very generous... Read more...
OnePlus has been on a bit of a roll since... well, its inception. All of its flagship devices have been well-received and have sold well, leading us to believe that its next major launch could continue the tradition. Even though the phone hasn't been officially announced yet, we know that it's going to be called OnePlus 5, skipping over "OnePlus 4" entirely. Last fall, OnePlus released its OnePlus 3T, an upgraded OnePlus 3. That in effect should have been called OP4, simply because it's the phone to preface the OP5T. But, it's just a matter of semantics, we suppose. According to The Verge, which... Read more...
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