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Refreshed Galaxy Tab S2 spotted, still no Galaxy Tab S3 in sight

Refreshed Galaxy Tab S2 spotted, still no Galaxy Tab S3 in sight

Samsung just recently launched the hulking Galaxy TabPro S which, despite the "Galaxy" branding, is actually a Windows tablet. Those from the Android camp might be hungry for a new premium slate but, sadly, that might not yet be happening soon. Up in line would be a new Galaxy Tab S3 generation but what we're seeing instead is a new batch of Galaxy Tab S2 tablets. And all that these tablets bring to the table is a new Snapdraogn 652 as well as Android 6.0 right out of the box.

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T-Mobile unboxes the HTC 10 from 10k feet in a helicopter

T-Mobile unboxes the HTC 10 from 10k feet in a helicopter

Thanks to the iPhone 6 Plus bendgate, 2015 was filled with videos of bend tests, drop tests, bullet tests, and all kinds of unimaginable tortures no one will put their smartphones through normally. For 2016, however, T-Mobile wants to start a new trend, Starting with the Samsung Galaxy S7, the "Un-carrier" has unboxed major smartphone flagships in unconventional situations. With the HTC 10 now out of the door, it's time for HTC's newest and probably best champion to get the similar insane unboxing treatment.

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At long last, HTC 10 reaches the top in DxOMark camera tests

At long last, HTC 10 reaches the top in DxOMark camera tests

It seems that HTC has finally come across a winning formula. The HTC 10 that was just revealed definitely had a lot to show off. While some might take issue with parts of the design, that probably doesn't matter to digital photography site DxOMark. Putting the HTC 10's new "UltraPixel 2" main camera to the test, DxOMark discovers what is probably one of the best smartphone cameras in the market, tying with the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge at the very top of the list.

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Huawei MediaPad T2 10.1 renders hint at upcoming mid-range slate

Huawei MediaPad T2 10.1 renders hint at upcoming mid-range slate

Huawei's standing in the smartphone market might be rising even in the US, but as far as tablets go, its offerings have been mildly plain. Early this year at CES 2016, it unveiled the MediaPad M2 10.0, a somewhat decent Android tablet straddling the fine line between mid-range and premium. The MediaPad T2 10.0, which is the subject of today's leak, is, on the other hand, more confident in its place. Basically a more budget friendly, version of the MediaPad M2, the T2 offers just enough specs to survive 2016 with very few scars.

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LG G5 B&O Hi-Fi DAC module might not arrive in the US

LG G5 B&O Hi-Fi DAC module might not arrive in the US

Some friends they are turning out to be. The LG G5 is barely out the door, and not even yet in some markets, and already it might be involved in some controversy. One of the so-called Friends of G5, the modules that give the smartphone its distinct flair, might not be coming to certain key markets, including the US. And the company remains mysterious about the disappearance of the Bang & Olufsen module from its websites, which doesn't inspire much confidence either.

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Chinese researchers develop solar cell that can charge in rain

Chinese researchers develop solar cell that can charge in rain

We are always in the search alternative sources of energy, mostly from renewable resources. In practice, that usually translates to solar and wind power, mostly the former. But while the sun is almost always available, at least during the day, it can sometimes be hidden for hours under a torrent of rain. To get past at least that situation, a group of researchers from the Ocean University of China and Yunnan Normal University are developing a new time of solar cell that can generate electricity even without the sun. At least as long as there is rain.

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Meizu PRO 6 last minute leak leaves nothing to imagination

Meizu PRO 6 last minute leak leaves nothing to imagination

On April 13, it will be Meizu's turn to reveal is 2016 contender, after both Xiaomi and OPPO have unveiled theirs. Though we're just a few hours away, we still have a lot of time for last minute leaks and confirmations. And with this latest batch of photos of the device as well as screenshots of benchmarking apps, the Meizu PRO 6 has pretty much been unboxed before our very eyes. And while the smartphone may have some beefy specs inside, the design outside might not win much favor.

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Galaxy Note 6, G Flex3 to use beefed up Snapdragon 823

Galaxy Note 6, G Flex3 to use beefed up Snapdragon 823

Qualcomm has barely had time to enjoy its return to prominence after a disastrous 2015 and already the rumor mill is starting to churn for its next mobile processor. Given the amount of flak it received for the Snapdragon 810, however, the chip maker seems to be proceeding with more caution this time around. With most of the early 2016 flagships already on the loose, attention it turning to the later half's stars, the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 and a surprising LG G Flex3. Both, say sources, will run on a Snapdragon 823 instead of the 820.

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Petya ransomware finally has a fix, no need to pay ransom

Petya ransomware finally has a fix, no need to pay ransom

Late last month, a new kind of ransomware burst into the scene and threatened not just files but entire hard drives. Unabashedly calling itself "Petya", the ransomware targeted and encrypted entire hard drives instead of single files. Not to belittle the threat, it only took a week or two for the security community to come up with a solution. Although the process is rather involved, the good news is that you won't have to pay a single cent. At least not to the malware authors or its users.

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Gartner, IDC: PC shipments off to a bad start in 2016

Gartner, IDC: PC shipments off to a bad start in 2016

The PC market just can't seem to catch a break. After 2015 was practically declared the worst year for PC sales, it seems that 2016 might be even worse. At least if figures for the first quarter are omens of things to come. While differing slightly on specific numbers, both Gartner and IDC agree on one depressing thing: PC shipments have substantially declined last quarter compared to 2015's opening quarter. While both do see some hope near the end of the year, that salvation might come a bit too late for the ailing market.

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LG G5 SE apparently won’t be smaller than the LG G5

LG G5 SE apparently won’t be smaller than the LG G5

Given the timing of its trademark, many naturally considered that the "LG G5 SE" would be following in the footsteps of Apple's small but terrific iPhone SE. Considering the market has just confirmed renewed interest in smaller smartphones, the chances of that happening have been increased. LG, however, might have had something else in mind with its "Special Edition" name, if it indeed means that. The packaging of the official LG G5 QuickCover case hints that the LG G5 SE will, in fact, be exactly the same size as the flagship.

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Xiaomi Mi 5 tops AnTuTu’s Q1 2016 performance chart

Xiaomi Mi 5 tops AnTuTu’s Q1 2016 performance chart

The first quarter of the year has come and gone and we've already seen a handful of smartphones make their way to the market. In addition to last year's latecomers, that makes up enough data for a smartphone muscle showdown. And who better to give the results than one of the most used benchmarking tools in the market, AnTuTu. Sure, there's still some debate on the value or even accuracy of such benchmarks. But, at least when used with the exact same tool under the exact same conditions. those scores could give some interesting results, like how the Xiaomi Mi 5 just barely surpasses the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

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