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HTC Desire 826 hands-on: Ultrapixel selfie machine

HTC Desire 826 hands-on: Ultrapixel selfie machine

The team at HTC haven't brought their next super-hero phone to CES 2015 (not yet, at least), but they have brought a bit of a surprising piece of hardware. This is the HTC Desire 826, another selfie-friendly device the likes of which we've seen in a very similar model - the HTC Desire EYE. Unlike the EYE, this Desire 826 is coming to market with two different models, each with a different front-facing camera. One replicates the EYE with 13-megapixels, the other with 4-Ultrapixels, the same as the back-facing camera on the HTC One.

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Sony SmartEyeglass Attach hands-on: any glasses made smart

Sony SmartEyeglass Attach hands-on: any glasses made smart

Last year Sony revealed their first SmartEyeglass prototype to a bit of a tepid crowd - this year they've been a bit mum about the project as it hits a second generation. The "SmartEyeglass Attach!" as its called works with a high-resolution color OLED Microdisplay near the right eye and works with its own high-powered ARM Cortex A7 processor. It's made to be a bit more versatile than the original, and here aims to get sporty as well - look how well they attach to a pair of snowboard goggles, for instance - so sport-ready!

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Lamborghini 88 Tauri, Antares hands-on: Android ultra-lux

Lamborghini 88 Tauri, Antares hands-on: Android ultra-lux

There's really no shortage of inexpensive Android smartphones on the market today - Lamborghini Mobile is making sure the other end of the spectrum is covered as well. Today we're having a hands-on look at two monstrously expensive smartphones, both made by and branded by Lamborghini - the car company. One goes by the name Tonino Lamborghini Antares and comes in several colors - steel/black, black/red, and rose gold/black. The other is the larger and more expensive Tonino Laborghini 88 Tauri.

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Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 hands-on: Android and high-res audio

Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 hands-on: Android and high-res audio

This week the next Sony Walkman has been introduced, bringing both Android and a 128GB bit of internal storage to the table. You also have a microSD card slot to expand your internal storage by another 128GB if you wish. You'll also have High-resolution Audio playback and compatibility with S-Master HX Digital Amplifier compatibility. DSEE HX (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine), ClearAudio+, and Clear Bass are also inside. With Equalizer abilities and VPT onboard, you're going to have a clear audio experience, that's for certain.

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LaCie Mirror Hard Drive hands-on: not to be touched

LaCie Mirror Hard Drive hands-on: not to be touched

The LaCie Mirror is a hard-drive for those that keep very good care of their electronics. Not to be dropped, jabbed, or fingerprinted, this machine's outer bits were designed by Pauline Deltour, made to be displayed on an ebony stand that comes with the unit. This device has 1TB of storage inside as well - if you actually want to use it for its intended functionality, of course. You could potentially also use it for a mirror, as it is exceptionally reflective and set at an angle that supports you looking at yourself.

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Sony Smartwatch 3 Steel Edition hands-on

Sony Smartwatch 3 Steel Edition hands-on

While its innards aren't all that different from its original release, the Sony Smartwatch in Steel brings the heat with a body that's all-metal. It's Stainless Steel, high-quality looking and high-quality to the touch. This device still has a 1.6-inch "transflective" display so you'll have a slightly better viewing experience than you would with competing square Android Wear devices - outdoors, anyway. This display is 320 x 320 pixels tight, and with this metal band, the entire setup is a whole lot better a warrior in this wearable battle.

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Here’s how Tizen on Samsung’s SUHD Smart TVs works

Here’s how Tizen on Samsung’s SUHD Smart TVs works

Samsung may have invented some new branding for its top-tier TVs, but we're more interested in how Tizen has found its way into the sets as Sammy's smart TV OS of choice. The company has been flirting with the open-source platform for the past few years, predominantly focusing on its potential on the wrist as an OS for smartwatches and wearables, but for the 2015 SUHD TV range it's being repurposed as a catch-up platform for live, on-demand, and streaming content that plays particularly nicely with smartphones and tablets. We stopped by to see how it all worked.

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Samsung SUHD TV one-ups Ultra HD with uber-colors

Samsung SUHD TV one-ups Ultra HD with uber-colors

What comes after Ultra HD when you're trying to sell people new TVs? If you're Samsung, the answer is SUHD, when the added "S" somewhat nebulous in its abbreviating but kept for the firm's most high-end models. It's not just a name and some sleek beveled edges, however, with Samsung turning to nanocrystal semiconductors to improve picture quality, contrast, brightness, and color, even running at the same 4K resolution as last year's sets. Meanwhile, under the hood of each SUHD is a new Smart TV platform powered by Tizen.

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Yoga Tablet 2 with AnyPen hands-on: any object a stylus

Yoga Tablet 2 with AnyPen hands-on: any object a stylus

This week we're having a look at a whole bunch of Lenovo devices at CES 2015, one of the strangest being this Yoga Tablet 2. This device has an 8-inch display, Windows 8.1, and the ability to work with any metal object as a stylus pen. This device works with the same basic hardware as the Yoga Tablet 2 series we reviewed in late 2014, but here it's rolling with features that no other tablet in the world has come to market with.

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Lenovo LaVie Z Convertible HZ750 hands-on

Lenovo LaVie Z Convertible HZ750 hands-on

This week we're taking a look at the new Lenovo LaVie Z set of notebooks - we had a peek at the HZ550, now we're checking out the Convertible HZ750, the Ultrabook of the two. These two devices are VERY similar to one another, but this one, the HZ750 is the more powerful of the two. This device is what Lenovo suggests is the world's lightest 13.3-inch Ultrabook at just 2.04 pounds - just a bit heavier that the world's lightest 13.3-inch notebook - the other LaVie Z in this set.

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