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Samsung Galaxy J1 refresh inbound for 2016 says leaked image, specs

Samsung Galaxy J1 refresh inbound for 2016 says leaked image, specs

Samsung has been very busy the last few weeks, not only announcing an updated range of devices in the Galaxy A lineup, but also trying to contain leaks on the highly anticipated Galaxy S7 flagship. But the South Korean manufacturer surely hasn't forgotten about its entry-level offerings, as we're now hearing rumors about the budget-friendly Galaxy J1 getting a facelift for 2016.

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LG says it sold 450,000 LG V10 in the US in 45 days

LG says it sold 450,000 LG V10 in the US in 45 days

Although it has almost been leaked to death, the LG V10 still came as a pleasant surprise, especially considering how the rumors about the "second display" were basically spot on. Although LG already had an LG G4 flagship, the V10 practically trumps it in many ways, including, apparently, reception in the US market. The Korean manufacturer was only too happy to reveal that in the 45 days since it launched, it managed to sell more than 450,000 units in the US alone. That's devices sold and not merely shipped, hinting at many changes in the market. At least based on LG's analysis.

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DxOMark puts BlackBerry Priv on par with iPhone 6s

DxOMark puts BlackBerry Priv on par with iPhone 6s

Looks like BlackBerry has yet another thing to be proud of with its most recent smartphone. While we're still not privy to exact and official sales numbers for the BlackBerry Priv, it has just received a vote of confidence from DxOMark, one of the most cited authorities when it comes to digital photography benchmarks. Earning an overall score of 82, DxOMark puts the Priv on the same level as the iPhone 6s ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Nexus 6 but still below the Galaxy S6 edge+, the Galaxy Note 5, or even the iPhone 6s Plus.

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Samsung plans on an initial run of 5 million Galaxy S7 units

Samsung plans on an initial run of 5 million Galaxy S7 units

It seems that Samsung is starting to warm up its production lines as well as that of its component partners, according to the latest word from unnamed sources. Samsung has apparently set down how many flagship devices it will produce on its initial run. That will be 5 million units, split between two Galaxy S7 models. That seems somewhat rather modest estimate, which may have something to do with the market performance of the previous Galaxy S6 flagship more than any doubt about the upcoming smartphone on Samsung's part.

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Apple demanding $180M more from Samsung in patent case

Apple demanding $180M more from Samsung in patent case

You know what they say about being over until a certain lady sings. Samsung and Apple may have agreed to no longer sue each other over patents and Samsung may have "somewhat" agreed to pay Apple $548 million in damages from its 2012 patent tussle with Apple, but the case is really far, far from being over. Now Apple wants to squeeze out $180 million more from the South Korean manufacturer, pouring salt over Samsung's wounds. Or it could also be a tactic to dissuade Samsung from further contesting the damages as well as the entire patent system.

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HTC One X9 mid-range hero sounds a lot like the One A9

HTC One X9 mid-range hero sounds a lot like the One A9

After the usual overabundance of leaks and speculations, HTC has finally unveiled the One X9, right on the eve of Christmas. And, perhaps to the disappointment of some, it does match most of that unofficial information. The One X9 is indeed a metal-clad HTC hero, but more from its mid-range line than a flagship contender. Curiously, however, it bears an uncanny similarity to the One A9, another mid-range hero that the OEM has just recently launched in the US, which was a pleasant surprise. If not for the unpleasant surprise of its price tag.

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Samsung Galaxy A9 officially debuts with 6-inch display

Samsung Galaxy A9 officially debuts with 6-inch display

After weeks of waiting, and more than few leaks, Samsung has made its new Galaxy A9 smartphone official with an announcement in China this week. As the latest model of the Galaxy A line of devices, which sits just below Samsung's flagship lineup, the new A9 is on the edge of phablet territory with its large 6-inch screen, placing it atop the A7 (5.5 inches), A5 (5.2 inches), and A3 (4.7 inches), which were all announced earlier this month.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Plus cases show off smartphone designs

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Plus cases show off smartphone designs

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Plus aren’t exactly secrets any more with several rumors turning up over the last several weeks that hint at what the devices will pack inside and what they will look like. The last rumor we saw included some renderings that claimed to show us what the smartphones will look like. This week some new images have appeared that claims to show the smartphone inside cases that will be coming to market.

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LG G5 specs leak again, full metal body, dual rear cameras

LG G5 specs leak again, full metal body, dual rear cameras

It's never too early to have some juicy gossip about upcoming flagships, especially when said flagship will be coming early as well. That is allegedly the case for the LG G5, which is rumored to debut and launch a lot earlier than LG's usual convention. So here we've got another set of leaked specs for LG's early 2016 flagship, which confirms the previous set we've seen earlier this month but also adds some interesting, and some disappointing, bits as well.

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