zte-zmax2Now here is a handset from the folks over at ZTE which intends to provide a sense of continuity, although this time around you will not be able to pick up the Zmax 2 from T-Mobile, as ZTE has decided on AT&T to be their US partner and mobile carrier for their latest phone. In fact, this device falls under the mid-range segment of things, where it will just cost $149.99 unlocked, now how about that for affordability?

That kind of pricing would see you end up with a 5.5” 720p touchscreen display, an 8MP camera with LED flash at the back, a 2MP front-facing shooter, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable memory, a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4G LTE connectivity, Dolby Digital Plus Audio, and a 3,000 mAh removable battery, and Android 5.1 Lollipop as the mobile operating system of choice. [Press Release]

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huawei-hp-slateIt seems that the Samsung Galaxy Note5 might actually end up with an actual competitor some time next year, thanks to the efforts by the folks over at Huawei, if the latest rumors are to be believed. Basically, word has gone out on the street that Huawei will be the one behind this particular device, where they are working on a phablet which will make use of a stylus.

After all, Huawei is also said to be in the hunt for a stylus manufacturer that is capable of delivering a capacitive pen which will hopefully rival the S Pen that is found in the Note range from Samsung. Not only that, it is also said that Huawei’s phablet will make use of ‘palm rejection’ technology. In other words, that technology will see the touchscreen ignore your palm should you hold the handset with one of your hands, while using your other hand or stylus to touch the display.

Let us wait and see if it eventually comes to fruition.

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xiaomi-mi-4cBehold, it does look as though there is a new device from Xiaomi which is all set to be released soon, where it is known as the Xiaomi Mi 4c. Apparently we have found out that it will also play nice with MicroUSB cables, in addition to that of playing nice with the USB Type-C connection.

Not only that, the Xiaomi Mi 4c will also be able to arrive with a Micro USB cable right out of the box, and there is also a USB Type-C adapter that is able to convert the Micro USB plug into a Type-C connector. In terms of hardware specifications, it will boast of a Snapdragon 808 SoC with a hexa-core CPU, a 5” 1080p touchscreen display, three memory configurations like 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory, 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory, and 3GB RAM and 64GB of internal memory, a 3,120 mAh battery, a 13MP shooter behind with a 5MP selfie shooter, and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop running right on top of Xiaomi’s very own MIUI 7 layer.

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lg-class-leakAnother day, another new device that hits the rumor mill, and this time around it would be one model from South Korean consumer electronics giant LG. This particular phablet was spotted on a benchmark’s database not too long ago, where it did seem to arrive with hardware specifications that settled down somewhere in the mid-range scheme of things alongside a 5.7” touchscreen display, sporting the model number H740. Thankfully, additional details concerning this device has leaked, where it will apparently be known as the LG Class.

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Would you be willing to treat a new handset harshly? Most of us would balk at that idea, even more so when one takes into consideration how well the smartphone protective case market is doing. As for the Huawei Honor 7, this particular handset has not yet been sold in the Russian market, and yet Victor, a demolitions expert, has gotten hold of it and wanted to see just how tough it is, hence putting it through a baptism of fire – literally.

Sporting a full metal body made out of aviation grade aluminum, it is also accompanied by an extremely solid piece of glass as well as a very sturdy assembly. The initial blast did not cause any visible damage whatsoever, with the handset seeming working just fine, so Victor spiced things up a bit more in the second blast, which resulted in the handset flying away – although it sustained no damage apparently after that. Talk about a really tough handset!

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sony-lollipopSony has decided that it is time for three of their older smartphones, the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, and Xperia Z Ultra to pick up the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update at long last, following in the footsteps of the likes of the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and Xperia Tablet Z in the previous week.

What makes it all the more interesting is the fact that Sony has continued to extend support to these handsets despite them being relatively aged in the fast paced smartphone market. When you apply the update to all three handsets, they will all end up with the build number 14.6.A.0.368, and at the moment, this update will be made live in selected regions, although it is tipped to spread across to the rest of the world in the coming days and weeks.

Do expect to see the infamous Stagefright vulnerability plugged with this update, which is a good thing, among many other improvements and capabilities.

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htc-one-a9-benchBetter late than never, and with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus’ debut a couple of days ago, it makes perfect sense to ensure that other manufacturers too, will deliver their own flagship to the market soon. HTC might not be at the kind of heights in which it was before, but this does not mean that the Taiwanese firm is out of the smartphone race. In fact, a prototype of the HTC One A9 has already had its benchmark run on Geekbench, where it came off with a more than decent 5,884 score.

We do know from the benchmark that it will run on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop operating system, featuring 10 cores at its, well, core, with two of those being Cortex-A72 cores while the other remaining 8 cores happen to be of the Cortex-A53 variety, which has been divided into two different clusters in order to achieve maximum performance without draining away too much juice.

Expect up to 4GB RAM to be included in the chipset alongside LTE Cat.6 network compatibility.

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tizen-fcc-z3It looks like the Tizen mobile operating system is not a total failure, as it has more or less discovered a level of success in the form of the Samsung Z1, especially when it has sold over a million units as of this year. Well, what better way to celebrate that than with a sequel being in the pipeline? This is what the Samsung Z3 is all about, where it is said to have hit the FCC for approval before being sold Stateside, although chances are far higher that the Samsung Z3 will make more of a splash in countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal and India.

What are some of the hardware specifications that we can expect from the Samsung Z3? We could be looking at a 5″ 720p display, an 8MP camera at the back with a 5MP shooter in front, a Snapdragon 410 chipset, 1GB or 1.5GB RAM, and 8GB of internal memory. Any takers?

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meizumx5leakMeizu, a company that is certainly not a pushover when it comes to the kind of smartphones it churns out, looks set to go against the grain in the future, where Meizu CEO Aber Bai has mentioned on Weibo that the company intends to come up with devices which will be able to provide consumers with a satisfactory overall experience, as opposed to simply tacking on the latest hardware specifications or to cross off a checklist of features that need to be in, just because everyone else is doing so.

Bai figured out that the QHD screens in action at the moment are not being used in a very efficient manner, which is why they have decided to settle for a 1080p panel instead where its next high-end device is concerned. I suppose there is not much else for us to do except to sit back and wait, who knows, Meizu’s CEO might be right about this one.

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vivo-air-lteWhen you purchase something, most of the time it would be a main or particular feature that captured your attention beforehand, hence leading to the purchase decision. Perhaps those who pick up the BLU Vivo Air LTE would be proud to know that they are, for now, carrying the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone in the US in their back pocket (or wherever else they put it).

Measuring just 5.1mm thin in an aluminum chassis, the Vivo Air LTE will run on a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor that is accompanied by 16GB of internal memory, 2GB of RAM, 4G LTE connectivity, a 4.8” Super AMOLED screen, an 8MP camera at the back and in front, a 5MP shooter, in addition to a 2,050 mAh battery. Expect it to arrive this September 22nd on Amazon for $199 unlocked. [Press Release]

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