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Hands-on with the (potentially doomed) HP Elite x3

Hands-on with the (potentially doomed) HP Elite x3

Is HP inspired, doomed, or just a glutton for punishment? The company is diving back into the smartphone arena, but it's not taking the obvious route. Instead, the HP Elite x3 runs Windows 10, making it a rare beast in the first place, though HP's positioning of the device as a businessman's best friend makes it even more unusual.

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Lenovo TAB3 10 Business kicks off new tablet lineup

Lenovo TAB3 10 Business kicks off new tablet lineup

As part of its MWC 2016 announcements, Lenovo has taken the wraps off its new line of TAB3 tablets, the most notable of which is the TAB3 10 Business, an Android slate designed specifically for businesses. Joining it are the more general TAB3 7 and TAB3 8 tablets, the latter two of which Lenovo describes as its first “series of family-friendly tablets.” All three tablets will be launching this upcoming summer.

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Lenovo VIBE K5 Plus: an octa-core budget smartphone

Lenovo VIBE K5 Plus: an octa-core budget smartphone

Lenovo has introduced its new VIBE K5 Plus smartphone, a relatively inexpensive offering packing a 5-inch display and an octa-core processor. While the phone won’t be competing with the high-end offerings out there, it brings with it some notable features, and also includes some of Lenovo’s own software, making it a good option for individuals using one of Lenovo's laptops.

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Lenovo YOGA 510, 710: Core i7, Full HD, 8.5hrs battery life

Lenovo YOGA 510, 710: Core i7, Full HD, 8.5hrs battery life

In the market for a new YOGA? Lenovo has unveiled two new models in the line, the YOGA 510 and YOGA 710. Both devices are similar but bring their own features and strengths to the table, with the YOGA 510 in particular boasting an 8.5 hour battery life and the YOGA 710 having nearly the same run time. The YOGA 710 in particular comes in two sizes, better positioning it to meet different needs.

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Samsung Gear 360 hands-on: A pocket-friendly VR camera

Samsung Gear 360 hands-on: A pocket-friendly VR camera

Samsung has pushed consumer virtual reality hard with the Gear VR, and now it's looking to put VR creation into the hands of the public with its new 360-degree camera. The Samsung Gear 360 is aiming at the consumer VR sweet-spot, the company says, offering much better resolution than most low-cost 360-degree cameras but without the huge price tag of professional kit like Nokia's OZO.

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Lenovo ideapad MIIX 310 offers detachable hinged keyboard

Lenovo ideapad MIIX 310 offers detachable hinged keyboard

Joining the phones and tablets it has introduced this weekend comes Lenovo’s ideapad MIIX 310, a hybrid device that includes a 10-inch tablet that serves as the display when attached to the bundled keyboard. This, like others before it, allows it to function as a laptop when needed and as a tablet other times, giving the best of both worlds in a single device.

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This is Nokia’s Next Big Thing (and 5G plays a huge role)

This is Nokia’s Next Big Thing (and 5G plays a huge role)

Nokia may be out of the phone business but the next step for the storied brand might see have an impact on more pockets than ever before. The company has brought new devices to Mobile World Congress 2016, but unlike previous years they're not smartphones. Instead, It's Nokia AirScale, a 5G-ready ecosystem that, while you may never hear the name in daily life, could end up gluing together your future handsets, IoT devices, cars, smart homes, and more.

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The Huawei MateBook is Windows 10’s iPad Pro killer: Hands-on

The Huawei MateBook is Windows 10’s iPad Pro killer: Hands-on

Windows 10 tablets with detachable keyboards are clearly A Thing here at Mobile World Congress this week, with Huawei revealing its MateBook PC. Aiming, so the Chinese company promises, to bring about the age of Business 3.0, the super-sleek 12-inch tablet sets the iPad Pro in its sights, but for those who want full Windows app support.

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LG G5 hands-on: LG goes metal and modular

LG G5 hands-on: LG goes metal and modular

LG promised something out of the ordinary for Mobile World Congress this year, and the LG G5 certainly delivers. The company's flagship Android smartphone for 2016 not only ditches the little-loved plastic of its predecessor, but introduces a new range of "Friends of G5" accessories that can expand its functionality, in some cases physically modifying it depending on whether you want more polished photography, better audio, or even more accurate control of your drone.

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Turns out, the Jolla Tablet is really onto something

Turns out, the Jolla Tablet is really onto something

Sometimes a few inches is all it takes to make a difference. Back when Jolla first started, a team of former Nokians taking MeeGo and spinning it into their own Sailfish OS, it became a smartphone curio. The simple UI and gesture-based navigation had promise, but compared to an iPhone, Android, or even Windows Phone device, it felt underwhelmingly simple. Now, the Finns are back with not only Sailfish 2.0, but a tablet for it to run on, and it turns out that makes for a great pairing.

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Samsung’s not giving up on VR: Gear VR GS6 hands-on

Samsung’s not giving up on VR: Gear VR GS6 hands-on

I honestly didn't think I'd have to mess up my charming, hobo-like mess of hair so often at MWC 2015, but Samsung wasn't going to let me get away without trying the new Gear VR for the Galaxy S6. An updated version of last year's Gear VR for the Galaxy Note, the new model keeps the same basic principle - your smartphone screen, when docked up-front, becomes a stereoscopic display - but updates it to suit the new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge Samsung announced on Sunday. Thing is, having already been wowed by the HTC Vive, can Samsung's altogether more straightforward headset compete?

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HTC Vive hands-on: That Valve VR wow-factor

HTC Vive hands-on: That Valve VR wow-factor

I’m going to be blunt with you, words can’t do justice to the experience of using HTC’s Vive virtual reality headset. There’s nothing quite like slipping into a virtual 3D world, as I did this week in a preview of Vive ahead of developer units shipping this spring. Cloistered in a room at the back of HTC’s Mobile World Congress stand, and with the reassuring voice of a Vive engineer whispering in my ear, I got to try out a number of demo apps and environments created for the platform by Valve and others, including the first announced title for SteamVR.

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