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8 things to know about the $399 Honor 8

8 things to know about the $399 Honor 8

Honor might not be a name you're familiar with in smartphones, but the upstart handset maker is hoping to change all that with the Honor 8 - particularly if you're a Millennial. Huawei's sub-brand may have a tendency to over-use the phrase "digital native" but for Android buyers on a budget its strategy of selling direct and cutting out the middle-man makes the Honor 8 almost disturbingly good value for money.

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Galaxy S7 dual-SIM accessory hacks your hardware (in a good way)

Galaxy S7 dual-SIM accessory hacks your hardware (in a good way)

This week the folks at Simore have created an interesting accessory for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. This device uses a thin strip of wiring (basically the same as you'd find inside a phone normally) to connect both a SIM-card-sized faux-card to a dual-SIM card tray. One rests inside the SIM card tray of the Galaxy S7, the other rests outside the device entirely. NOTE: This device doesn't "HACK" hardware in any malicious sense - it just gives the device additional functionality that wouldn't otherwise be possible.

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Huawei Mate S2 may have just hit TENAA

Huawei Mate S2 may have just hit TENAA

There is a bit of debate going on right now as to what Huawei device you might be looking at in these photos. Early on, a device was spied in a GFXbench listing that was thought to be the Huawei Mate 9. Later a rumor suggested that the device seen in the benchmark was actually the Huawei S2. Fast forward to today and some images of a new Huawei device have landed on TENAA.

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Huawei honor 8 finally brings flagship quality to the US

Huawei honor 8 finally brings flagship quality to the US

This isn't honor's first dance in the US. The Huawei sub-brand has made a couple of smartphones available in this primary market, but they all have one thing in common. They are all mid-range models. honor's higher end, but not exorbitantly more expensive, devices were reserved for its home market and a few others. That changes today with the launch of the honor 8 in the US, which ups honor's game in the Western hemisphere. The honor 8 offers almost flagship specs with that intriguing camera from the Huawei P9, at the price tag that honor is known for.

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Galaxy Note 7 shipments could double those of the Note 5

Galaxy Note 7 shipments could double those of the Note 5

The Galaxy Note 7 is shaping up to be one of the best phones Samsung has ever released, and it seems the Korean company is planning on the phone making a pretty big splash. According to new reports, Samsung's monthly Note 7 shipments could eclipse those of the Note 5, coming in at as many as 3 million phones per month during the third quarter of this year.

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Oppo R9s crosses TENAA using Snapdragon 625 SoC

Oppo R9s crosses TENAA using Snapdragon 625 SoC

Oppo has added a new device to its R9 range of smartphones called the Oppo R9s and that device has now crossed TENAA in China to get the certifications needed for an official launch. This device slots into the R9 range along with the standard R9 and the R9 Plus that we talked about back in March when they crossed TENAA.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Review – The best Android of 2016

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Review – The best Android of 2016

You could forgive Samsung for gloating with the Galaxy Note 7; after all, the phablet category the original Note created was dismissed by many as a sure-fire flop. People laughed at its size, its stylus, and its price, and yet time after time, generation after generation, Samsung has demonstrated it knows what its most serious users want. Now, with the Note 7, it's time for the phablet to go mass-market.

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Galaxy A8 (2016) specs tipped on Geekbench

Galaxy A8 (2016) specs tipped on Geekbench

We have already heard quite a bit about the Galaxy A8 even though it hasn't officially launched just yet. The smartphone has been leaked several times and we have seen a bunch of images already as well. This time out the smartphone has crossed Geekbench and the specifications of the smartphone were gleaned during its time there.

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LG V20 leaked: features, T-Mobile launch date, price

LG V20 leaked: features, T-Mobile launch date, price

These days, it's almost impossible to keep a new device, be it smartphone, tablet, or even smartwatch, secret for long. While most of the time, manufacturers want to keep things completely under wraps to protect it from the competition, leaks can also work in favor of a product, building up the hype at no extra cost to the company. It could, however, also hurt the product, depending on how well it is received. So this latest set of leaks for the LG V20 could still go both ways, especially considering how ambiguous the market has been towards the LG G5's take on modularity.

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Kaspersky outs Android malware riding on Google Adsense network

Kaspersky outs Android malware riding on Google Adsense network

More often than not, malware attacks start with conning unsuspecting users into visiting seemingly innocent, even helpful, websites or downloading software. Far more frightening, however, is malware that escapes early detection because it piggybacks on legitimate channels or apps. Such is the case with an Android Trojan reported by security company Kaspersky Lab Solutions called "Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Svpeng.q", or Svpeng, for short. This particular malware, which attempts to intercept and steal banking information, is spreading on perfectly legit websites through Google's own AdSense advertising network.

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Google Duo (somewhat) launches to make video calls a breeze

Google Duo (somewhat) launches to make video calls a breeze

Despite being called smartphones majority of users hardly use their mobile devices for voice calls anymore these days. Of course, some still do, but even those usually course it through VoIP services rather than regular cellular lines. With phone calls practically a dead venue, Google is turning its attention to what it bills as the next best thing to communicating with someone with a personal touch: video calls. But as nice as the thought may be, video chat is also the most unreliable medium. That is why Google is finally launching its Duo app and service to make video calls a piece of cake.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 confirmed, discouraging hints

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 confirmed, discouraging hints

Samsung, at least its Colombian office, has confirmed the existence of the Galaxy Tab S3, the company's flagship line for Android tablets. It has also confirmed that it is debuting in September, which, for all intents and purposes, practically means at IFA 2016 in a few weeks' time. And while the mini announcement reveals no details, reading between the lines, it might not make a bigger splash than the Gear S3 smartwatch also expected to be announced there. And that might be pretty damning for a tablet.

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