Well, you know what they say – better late than never, right? After its fair number of rumors, here we are with the Huawei Honor 7 that has just become official over in China. In a dedicated press event, the new mid-range handset will certainly ooze with class and quality, as it boasts of a unibody that is made out of aluminum alloy, arriving in silver, gold and dark gray shades.

There will be a 5.2” Full HD display that accompanies it, sporting its very own Kirin 935 chipset, where there will also be a quartet of Cortex-A53 cores that has been clocked at 2.2GHz alongside another four 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 cores, accompanied by a Mali-T628 GPU and 3GB RAM. At the back lies a 20MP shooter, while the front has an 8MP camera, with a fingerprint scanner located right below the main camera. Other features include a 3,100 mAh battery, fast charging capability and Android 5.0 Lollipop.

It will be out in China this coming July 7th with pre-orders being open today.

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kinzieIf you are on the lookout for a new Motorola handset, there is no reason not to look forward to the upcoming Motorola Droid Kinzie from Verizon Wireless. This smartphone has seen more of its hardware specifications revealed in a leaked benchmark reading, where we do know that it will boast of a 5.5” QHD (2,560 x 1,440) touchscreen display, a 5MP camera in front, a 20MP camera at the back with 4K video capture ability, 3GB RAM, and 32GB of internal memory.

There will also be Android 5.1.1 Lollipop running alongside a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 chipset that will boast of four high-performance Cortex-A57 cores and an equal number of Cortex-A53 ones. Connectivity options will include NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS, and chances are the Motorola Droid Kinzie will be out in stores later this October if history does repeat itself.

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meizu-mx4-ubuntu-editionIt looks like the Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition that was introduced in China late last month is about to arrive as well over in Europe, thanks to the folks over at Canonical. In fact, sales of this handset is set to happen on June 25th onward, although those who are interested would do well to take the major caveat into consideration.

It will only be available via an invite only system, and this can only be picked up if you were to head over here in order to complete what is known as an “origami wall”. No idea on the total number of invites which will be issued each day, as Canonical as well as Meizu did not say if the invite-based model will cease in due time, and neither do we have any idea as to whether the Meizu MX4 will roll out Stateside or not. Still, if you’re interested, you will have to pony up 299 Euros for one of these puppies.

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messenger-sign-up-androidMost of the time, we would think that signing up for Facebook Messenger would require – yes, you’ve guessed it, a Facebook account. However, that is no longer the case assuming you happen to be in Canada, the US, Peru or Venezuela, as Zuckerberg and Co. has decreed it possible for you to sign up for Messenger – without a Facebook account.

This particular update not only allows you to do so, but you too, will continue to be able to enjoy the slew of features which are available on Messenger, and these will include the likes of photos, videos, group chats, voice and video calling, stickers and more. The only thing required on your end would be a phone number. At the Messenger welcome screen, you will see an option that says “Not on Facebook?” Select that, andsign up with your name, phone number and a photo, and you’re good to go. [Press Release]

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The Moto G has proven itself to be a very capable handset when it was first released, and no doubt about it that its successor, too, managed to walk in its esteemed footsteps without stumbling Well, it looks like the Moto G is about to enter its third iteration, where we have seen leaks and even a video of it not too long ago. On the right would be yet another snapshot of the third generation Moto G that might pique your interest if you are seriously considering picking up this handset when it is officially unveiled.

3rd-gen-moto-gApart from that, the leaked back snapshot of the third generation Moto G does not reveal much, although we have more or less heard that the 2015 model will maintain the 5” display tradition at 720p resolution, 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal memory. Do expect it to be beefier in terms of hardware as it delivers a Snapdragon 401 processor underneath the hood, accompanied by a 13-megapixel rear-facing as well as a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter, which are vast improvements over its predecessors.

The battery life is also tipped to last a whole lot longer thanks to a 2,300mAh battery underneath the hood, and chances are the third generation Moto G should be released in the months ahead.

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oneplus-2-type-cWhen it comes to flagship smartphones, you know for sure that there is a need to come up with a certain level of technology packed within, in order to have it retain that cutting edge as opposed to lesser handsets. Having said that, the OnePlus 2, while not officially released yet, is starting to be teased in bits and pieces by the folks over at OnePlus. We do know that it will run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset, where we now have accompanying news that it will make use of a USB Type-C port.

OnePlus claims that it would like “to lead the way in power connectivity”, which has resulted in the use of USB Type-C – being the similar port on the Chromebook Pixel by Google, the new 12″ MacBook from Apple, and other computers, too. The best thing about USB Type-C? It is reversible, which solves plenty of headache when it comes to slotting it into a USB port, and it is also tiny enough to see action on phones.

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toshiba-cortanaIt is close to a week since we brought you word that Toshiba will be throwing in a dedicated Cortana button onto their upcoming Windows 10 notebooks, but just which particular models will those be, we did not know back then. It looks like some light has been shed on the situation, where we now know which particular model should one aim for if one would like to enjoy this dedicated Cortana button while going about one’s everyday business on a Toshiba notebook.

The dedicated Cortana button will take over the function of the F1 key on the keyboard, which means we should take a minute’s silence to remember the F1 key and its functionality. After all, this is the key that most of us who grew up with computers hit each time we need some help, right? As for the remaining Fn buttons, those have been assigned to controls such as screen brightness and media playback, as usual.

Since Microsoft will be integrating technical support with Cortana, such as “replacement” does make plenty of sense, actually. There are different Toshiba notebook models revealed today that will come with the Cortana button, where among them include the Toshiba Satellite S-series, the Satellite Radius 2-in-1 convertible PC, the versatile Satellite Fusion, and the affordable Toshiba Satellite C.

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oneplus-2-322Just about everyone and their dog know that the OnePlus 2 is well on its way, with the smartphone being prepared for a July release that runs on an octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, as well as promising impressive hardware specifications. While there were whispers of the handset retailing for $322 a pop when it arrives – which by the way, is already more expensive than its predecessor, the OnePlus One, it looks as though $322 will not be the final sticker price tag any more, as it will cost more than $322 apiece.

Well, at that price point, one would be able to get the Snapdragon 810 processor that has been clocked at 1.8GHz which will definitely play a role in having a less hot temperature. Hopefully this means that there will be no overheating issues that have plagued other handsets which come with the Snapdragon 810 processor.

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find9It does look as though the folks over at Oppo will be working on revealing a new handset that will continue from where the Oppo Find 7 left off. What you see on the right happens to be a screenshot that hails from Chinese carrier Guangzhou Mobile, where this particular model will carry the moniker Opop Find 9 – perhaps it has something to do with the mobile operator and its upcoming 4G LTE Cat.9 network, who knows? What we do know is, this 4G LTE Cat. 9 network is being tested out at the moment, where it sports a theoretical maximum speed of 330Mbps, where real world testing has ended up with a peak download speed of 292Mbps.

The Oppo Find 9 was one of the handsets mentioned that supported such a network, and it looks like this would mean Opop would be skipping the even numbered model at the end of the day. Rumored hardware specifications point to a Snapdragon 810 SoC, not to mention a whopping 4GB RAM underneath the hood. Time will reveal more concerning the Oppo Find 9.

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redmi-note2-leakWell, well, what do we have here? Apparently, more information concerning the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 that we might have missed in the past. Sure, there were leaks as well as image teasers where history is concerned, but right now, it looks as though there will be a fingerprint scanner thrown into the mix as well if one were to study the latest leaked image above closely. This fingerprint sensor on the alleged Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 will be located under the LED flash at the back of the device.

As for the rest of the hardware specifications, we are looking at the likes of a Full HD 5.5” display, a 64-bit MediaTek MT6795 SoC with an octa-core CPU and a PowerVR G6200 GPU, a 13MP shooter behind and a 5MP front-facing camera, a 3,000mAh battery and either Android 5.0.2 Lollipop or Android 5.1 Lollipop right out of the box. Pricing and availability details are expected to be announced at the end of this month.

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