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Not so mini ZTE nubia Z11 mini promises camera chops

Not so mini ZTE nubia Z11 mini promises camera chops

ZTE might not be one of the top names that immediately come up when talking about smartphones, but it does have a sizable share in the mid-range market. It's nubia sub-brand, however, might be on a quest to raise the Chinese OEM's profile a wee bit. Recently unveiled is the nubia Z11 mini, which is mini in no aspect whatsoever. The 5-inch smartphone packs quite a punch but, as seems to be the trend these days, it puts focus on its cameras. No pun intended.

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Nextbit Robin “cloud phone” has a “nice” camera, says DxOMark

Nextbit Robin “cloud phone” has a “nice” camera, says DxOMark

Smartphone cameras have become so important these days that almost every notable flagship gets or awaits an appraisal from the likes of DxOMark. That said, not all new smartphones make a wave on the excitement scale, either because the device doesn't even have the hardware for a decent test or, sometimes, because the manufacturer has its focus elsewhere. The Nextbit Robin might be a prime example for the latter. Considering the novelty of the idea, Nextbit is spending its attention and resources on the smartphone's cloud spiel. So imagine the slight surprise in finding out its camera is quite capable as well.

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Samsung launches a Pink Gold Galaxy S7, S7 edge variant

Samsung launches a Pink Gold Galaxy S7, S7 edge variant

Forget rose gold, Samsung is going with pink gold. Then again, some might actually see the two as similar, with rose gold giving off just a teeny bit more red in its hue. Regardless of actual hue mixes, Samsung is indeed sticking to Pink Gold instead and has just announced the availability of the color option for the Galaxy S7 as well as the Galaxy S7 edge. Available initially in South Korea, this brings the total number of color choices for its flaghips to five.

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Sony Xperia X Premium tipped to be first HDR display phone

Sony Xperia X Premium tipped to be first HDR display phone

Sony may have just redefined its Xperia brand to encompass more than just smartphones, but that doesn't mean its limiting its number of Xperia models. In fact, sources are claiming that the OEM is about to unleash a fourth "Xperia X" model. After the base Xperia X, the beefier Xperia X Performance, and the more budget-friendly Xperia XA comes the Xperia X Premium. If that name reminds you of the Xperia Z5 Premium, then you'd be correct. It takes after its "predecessor" not by having a 4K screen but by having the first HDR screen on a smartphone.

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Huawei P9’s Leica camera revealed to have no Leica in it [UPDATE]

Huawei P9’s Leica camera revealed to have no Leica in it  [UPDATE]

You might not be ready to put the Huawei P9 in the same arena as, say, the Samsung Galaxy S7 or the iPhone 6s, but the Chinese-made smartphone definitely grabbed a lot of headlines when it debuted early this month. While the smartphone's specs do speak for it, much of the interest was focused on its main camera, a dual 12 megapixel color and monochrome duo. From the beginning, Huawei has been associating Leica with it, claiming it to be co-engineered with the famed camera maker. Recent reports reveal, however, that the branding might actually be quite a stretch.

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Vibrant Corning Gorilla Glass paves way for bright multi-color logos

Vibrant Corning Gorilla Glass paves way for bright multi-color logos

Corning, maker of Gorilla Glass, has announced the availability of a new technology that will enable manufacturers to display bright, multi-color logos on their devices. Called Vibrant Corning Gorilla Glass, this new product is as durable as the maker’s other glasses, but can be printed with high-resolution and photo-quality images using an unspecified proprietary process. As well as logos, this could be used to print high-quality, detailed designs on the backs of phones, tablets, and more.

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Samsung Xcover 3 variant comes with Android 6.0 out of the box

Samsung Xcover 3 variant comes with Android 6.0 out of the box

Remember Samsung's Xcover smartphone? No? We can't blame you. The Xcover was originally conceived as a special line that boasted of rugged properties but that has mostly been supplanted by "active" variants of Samsung's flagships and even by the flagships themselves, as in the case of the Galaxy S5 and now the Galaxy S7. Still, there's something to be said for affordable, rugged smartphones, which is probably why Samsung is going with an Xcover 3 Value Edition, which adds nothing new except Android 6.0 Marshmallow right off the bat.

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HTC Connect update adds AirPlay support to older devices

HTC Connect update adds AirPlay support to older devices

Earlier this week when the HTC 10 smartphone broke cover packing support for Apple AirPlay, there were certainly some users of older HTC flagship smartphones that felt a tinge of jealousy. Granted you can find apps on Google Play that add AirPlay support so the jealousy might not have been that strong. Still, it's nice to have support for something you like right out of the box.

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OPPO F1 Review

OPPO F1 Review

Let's face it, selfies have become an inescapable fact of the digital, mobile lifestyle today. No matter how we snicker or glare at those usually obnoxious selfie sticks (and their sometimes inconsiderate holders), selfies are not going away any time soon. Seeing the potential market, not to mention profits, even digital camera makers have started to pander to this crowd. Of course, smartphones were there first, with almost each new generation advertising selfie-friendly features. Calling itself the "Selfie Expert", the OPPO F1 is, perhaps, the most ambitious. But how does it actually fare beyond the advertising materials? We take a dive into the smartphone selfie world to find out.

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T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ Marshmallow update rollout underway

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ Marshmallow update rollout underway

Samsung Galaxy smartphone owners on T-Mobile should be excited to hear that the Marshmallow Android update is rolling out now for a pair of the popular Galaxy devices. The update rollout kicked off yesterday for the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ smartphones. Starting yesterday the Galaxy Note 5 received an update to Android 6.0.1 with baseband version N920TUVU2DPD1.

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Galaxy C7 specs leak via AnTuTu benchmark

Galaxy C7 specs leak via AnTuTu benchmark

A few days ago, we mentioned that Samsung was working on a mid-range smartphone line that would carry the Galaxy C moniker and cram mid-range hardware into a metal body. Today some specifications of one of those Galaxy C devices has turned up via AnTuTu benchmarks giving us a glimpse at what is under the hood.

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Verizon HTC 10 pre-order date starts April 29

Verizon HTC 10 pre-order date starts April 29

If you've been dying to get a carrier version of the HTC 10, your long wait will be over soon. That is, if you're a Verizon subscriber. Big Red has just confirmed, though not yet in an official public statement, that it will soon begin pre-orders of HTC latest and definitely greatest. In fact, it boasts that it will be the first US carrier to offer the HTC 10. All that begins on 29th April, though the exact launch details, even the price, remain unsaid.

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