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Samsung SM-P580 tablet with S Pen inbound

Samsung SM-P580 tablet with S Pen inbound

It seems that Samsung might not yet be totally done with putting an S Pen inside tablets after all, though it might indeed be done calling them Galaxy Note as well. The user manual for a certain tablet with a model number of SM-P580 was just spotted on the company’s Korean website. And while the tablet’s specs seem to share much in common with the recently launched Galaxy Tab A 10.1, the manual clearly shows that this variant will, like some Galaxy Tab A’s before it, also get an S Pen.

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Galaxy Note 7 might have an Injustice Edition like the Galaxy S7

Galaxy Note 7 might have an Injustice Edition like the Galaxy S7

It’s not unusual for Samsung to have some specially themed limited editions of its flagship smartphones. What’s unusual, however, is for which team they’re playing. In the past, Sammy has been batting for Marvel’s Avengers, especially Iron Man. This year, however, it seems the manufacturer has gone over to DC Comics’ side of the fence. Following the Galaxy S7 edge, the Galaxy Note 7 might soon have its own Injustice Edition. That’s at least based on this recent batch of leaked photos bearing the Dark Knight’s black and gold theme.

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Corning tries to refute Galaxy Note 7 scratch test fail

Corning tries to refute Galaxy Note 7 scratch test fail

More shatter resistant but not really more scratch resistant. That might be the summary of Corning’s point about the Gorilla Glass 5 when its newest product was put to a test on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, leaving doubts as to the practical benefits of the new glass material. In a semi-official response to the scratch test, Corning’s execs try to offer explanations for the seemingly disappointing, if not shocking, evidence while, at the same time, not exactly offering assurances to users who might encounter similar real-world cases.

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Huawei honor 8 promised to get 2 years of software updates

Huawei honor 8 promised to get 2 years of software updates

Huawei sub-brand honor is clearly piling up the treats to entice US customers to switch over from more popular, mainstream, carrier subsidized smartphones they've become used to. In addition to releasing the near flagship but definitely more affordable honor 8 smartphone, the company is now promising that said device is guaranteed to receive continuous software updates over two years, and a wee bit more afterwards. That's almost as good as the Nexus promise, except in a branded, and customized, Android experience.

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HTC 10 arrives in Camellia Red and Topaz Gold in USA

HTC 10 arrives in Camellia Red and Topaz Gold in USA

This week the folks at HTC have released two new colors for their headliner device in the USA, the HTC 10. This release has the same innards as before, the same specifications as are delivered in the Carbon Gray and Glacial Silver - the Silver being the color users are able to get from stores everywhere today. The new colors are Red and Gold, or what HTC describes as Camellia Red and Topaz Gold.

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Meizu Pro 7 renderings show a sexy device with a premium look

Meizu Pro 7 renderings show a sexy device with a premium look

Some renderings have surfaced that claim to show what the next flagship device from Meizu might look like. These renderings don’t look like the typical Meizu style, which is a good thing. The brand tends to design its devices with a rather plain style to them, but the Meizu Pro 7 might break from that. This device has a front that appears to have slightly curved edges to the screen reminding more than a bit of the Galaxy S7 edge.

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Moto Z Play looking good in leaked images

Moto Z Play looking good in leaked images

We already know a bit about the new Moto Z Play smartphone that will be landing. We assume that the device might be landing relatively soon because it has already crossed through TENNA in China to get the certifications it needs in that country. Along with that TENNA application came some not so great images of the device. Some new images of the Moto Z Play in the wild have surfaced giving us a better look at the smartphone.

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Galaxy Note 7, Samsung Connect Auto now available in US

Galaxy Note 7, Samsung Connect Auto now available in US

The day you've been waiting for is finally here, Galaxy device fans. Samsung's newest flagship phone, which we called the best Android device of the year, even topping the already impressive Galaxy S7, is now available in the US. But even if you don't plan on picking up the new phablet, several other impressive accessories are hitting stores today, including the newest Gear VR, Gear 360, Gear IconX, and the Samsung Connect Auto.

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Android Nougat tipped for August 22 launch

Android Nougat tipped for August 22 launch

Back at the beginning of August we heard that Android 7.0 Nougat might be landing during the first week of the month, but that week came and went with no launch happening. We now have a new rumor that suggests that Android 7.0 might be landing on August 22. This particular rumor claims to be an upgrade schedule from Telus.

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Android tablets endangered: searching for a new purpose

Android tablets endangered: searching for a new purpose

A few years back, analysts and market watchers loved picking on the PCs, by which they traditional meant desktops and laptops, as the underdogs of the consumer tech industry. These days, however, that status has befallen the tablet, whose sales have seen continuously plummeting numbers. But with the iPad Pro and the proliferation of Windows 2-in-1 hybrids, that is even more so the case with Android tablets, despite the strength of their numbers. Why has this once popular device class become so laid low? Is there a way to save them, or should we even bother trying? I'd say yes, but it's going to take some guts, which OEMs have unfortunately lost in the past years.

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Google Duo now available worldwide on Play Store

Google Duo now available worldwide on Play Store

Google's plan to spin-off the two main functions of its Hangouts app — messaging and video calls — into separates apps officially became a reality this week as Duo, the company's take on FaceTime, was released on both Android and iOS. While Duo has both advantages and disadvantages compared to other video calling apps, Android users around the globe can now give it a try as it's available on the Play Store worldwide, not just in the US.

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Galaxy Note 7 iFixit teardown earns low repairability score, highlights waterproof parts

Galaxy Note 7 iFixit teardown earns low repairability score, highlights waterproof parts

Samsung's newest flagship device, the Galaxy Note 7, has just been subjected to the teardown experts at iFixit. The bad news is that the phablet earned a repairability score of 4 out of 10, only slightly better than the Galaxy S7's 3 out of 10. However, iFixit's writeup also reveals that several components are still replaceable, and a number of other parts are completely sealed, contributing to the Note 7's waterproof feature.

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