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Report: new Android One phone heading to India

Report: new Android One phone heading to India

Google is going to have a new Android One smartphone in India soon, according to sources. The release will be done in conjunction with India’s Lava International Ltd., and will kick off a “revamped initiative” with more lax rules for device makers, giving them the freedom to select what features and hardware will be used and at what price point the Android One phones will be offered.

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Review: ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser

Review: ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser

ASUS has introduced a new variant of the ZenFone 2, which we reviewed earlier this year. This new variant is called the ZenFone 2 Laser, and it comes with a modest $199 USD starting price, shaving $30 or more off the ZenFone 2’s price tag. The Laser variant is largely the same as the original ZenFone 2 smartphone, but with some small differences, not the least of which is the laser-assisted auto-focus from which the variant gets its name.

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Samsung Z3 lands in India packing Tizen OS

Samsung Z3 lands in India packing Tizen OS

Samsung has tried to reduce its dependence on the Android operating system by rolling its own OS called Tizen. The first Samsung Tizen OS device was the Samsung Z1, which sold well. The latest Tizen-powered smartphone has launched in India and it is called the Samsung Z3. Developing nations like India are the most popular locations for Samsung's own OS.

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Google Nexus 5X prototype gets the hands-on treatment

Google Nexus 5X prototype gets the hands-on treatment

Today is the big day for the new Nexus smartphones to be unveiled officially for the first time. We have seen plenty of leaks on the LG Nexus 5X over the weeks leading up to the event today. Yesterday, the smartphone was spied crossing the FCC with documents suggesting that versions of the smartphone will be available to support every carrier.

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Meizu Pro 5 GeekBench scores beat Galaxy Note 5

Meizu Pro 5 GeekBench scores beat Galaxy Note 5

Rumors have been circulating for a while now that a new flagship device is on its way from Meizu. That device is tipped to be called the Meizu Pro 5 and the reveal date is expected to be September 25. If rumors are correct, that Pro 5 will have an Exynos 7420 SoC under the hood bringing some impressive performance to the mix.

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Sony Xperia Z5 Bond edition smartphone heads to Vodafone

Sony Xperia Z5 Bond edition smartphone heads to Vodafone

If you are a fan of the British secret agent James Bond, you know that a new Bond film is set to come out next month called Spectre. So far, we have seen a very cool tie in from Aston Martin with the DB9 GT Bond Edition car. Sony has now announced a cool smartphone tie in with an Xperia X5 called The Bond Phone.

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You can bend AUO’s flexible phone to navigate apps

You can bend AUO’s flexible phone to navigate apps

While we're now well into the era of curved screen smartphones, thanks to hits like Samsung's Galaxy Edge devices, Taiwanese manufacturer AUO has raised the bar with its new flexible phone concept. Unveiled at Touch Taiwan 2015 this week, the screen isn't just bendable for the sake of showing how strong it is, it's actually used as a form of input. Corners or sides of the phone can be bent with up to six degrees getting recognized as inputs similar to a stylus or pinch-to-zoom gestures.

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Verizon makes it easier to bring your own smartphone

Verizon makes it easier to bring your own smartphone

If you already own a smartphone that you want to activate on the Verizon Wireless network, in the past it hasn't been that easy to get activated. AT&T and T-Mobile make it easy to bring your own device. Verizon has worked hard to make it simpler to bring your own device and if you have a compatible phone, you can now activate on Verizon in a streamlined manner.

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Galaxy Note 5 has the best smartphone screen, says DisplayMate

Galaxy Note 5 has the best smartphone screen, says DisplayMate

It's that time again for assessing whether Samsung's newest flagships have what it takes to be on top. While we await some findings, like iFixit's repairability score or DxOMark's camera evaluation, we now have the results of DisplayMate's tests of, what else, the smartphones' screens. Almost unsurprisingly, just as it had done with the past Samsung smartphones, DisplayMate gives the crown to the Galaxy Note 5, and partially to the Galaxy S6 edge+, for having the best smartphone display in the market, particularly when it comes to OLED screens.

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Vertu outs Signature for Bentley feature phone

Vertu outs Signature for Bentley feature phone

Vertu is at it again, producing a mobile device for the elite few that can afford it. This time, however, it is doing things a bit differently. For one, it has again partnered with Bentley to design a phone that matches one of the latter's automobile lines. Second, unlike most of its phones, this isn't so smart. The Signature for Bentley, though classy and luxurious in its design and materials, is pretty much a basic mobile phone, with a focus on voice calls and audio in terms of functionality.

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Fairphone 2 is modular and robust

Fairphone 2 is modular and robust

The Fairphone 2, the aptly named update to the original Fairphone, was detailed today by the company’s CTO Olivier Hebert. The latest handset is said to be robust, eliminating the “flaw” of vulnerability that many modern phones have by, among other things, including a replaceable outer shell that doubles as a protective case. In addition, the phone has a modular design similar to what we've seen with Project Ara and some competing projects, which will allow users to upgrade components as needed.

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Nokia’s rumored return to phones and virtual reality

Nokia’s rumored return to phones and virtual reality

It's been suggested today by two unnamed informants that Nokia will be returning to the smartphone arena in 2016. How they'll do this, exactly, remains a mystery - especially given their current lack of manufacturing power as a result of their sale to Microsoft back in early 2014. But they've made a tablet since then - right, so what's to stop them from making a collection of smartphones? Nothing, really - they've just got to team up with a manufacturing partner and begin to smash the nail with the hammer, so to speak.

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