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Oppo folding smartphone prototype is a modernized flip phone

Oppo folding smartphone prototype is a modernized flip phone

Back in the '90s before the smartphone craze kicked off and the design that everyone wanted for their mobile phone was the iPhone-style candy bar device, everyone wanted a flip phone. Flip phones were long enough to resemble the normal phones that people were used to in their homes, but compact enough when folded to fit easily into a pocket or a purse. Oppo has a new prototype smartphone that has turned up with a folding design that reminds a bit of those old flip phones.

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LG X5 trademark, omens of less premium G5 sighted

LG X5 trademark, omens of less premium G5 sighted

Just when you though OEMs were already settled in their own, single-letter kingdoms, they kick up the dust once again. Sony drops the Z for the X and Lenovo/Motorola drops the X for the Z. While LG has more or less been happy with its G, it has also recently put out an X screen and an X cam. Now it seems it like the Korean OEM is preparing to have another X join its army. A trademark filed in Korea reveals LG trying to reserve the rights to an "X5", hinting at what might be a cheaper version of the LG G5.

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Huawei sues Samsung in the US over 4G smartphone patents

Huawei sues Samsung in the US over 4G smartphone patents

Samsung is definitely no stranger to patent lawsuits. It has been sued left and right by different parties, ranging from your usual patent trolls to Apple, in its most high-profile patent court battle. Now, however, Samsung is facing an attack from an unexpected new foe. Chinese OEM Huawei has filed a lawsuit against Samsung in the US, alleging that the Korean consumer electronics giant has used several of its patents, mostly relating to the use of 4G technology and software, in its smartphones without paying a license fee.

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LG G5 “Friends” now available in the US, sans B&O Hi-Fi DAC

LG G5 “Friends” now available in the US, sans B&O Hi-Fi DAC

It's been more than a month since the LG G5 officially launched in the US, but it is only today that LG finally released the "Friends" that actually made the LG G5 truly special. After all, the smartphone's modular doesn't really serve any purpose if it doesn't have modules to use. In any case, fans and would be buyers can breathe a sigh of relief now that the CAM Plus, 360 CAM, 360 VR, and TONE Platinum are available for purchase. Sadly, it seems the speculations were spot on, and the Hi-Fi DAC module is indeed missing from the set.

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olloclip 4-in-1 lens lands on the new OtterBox uniVERSE case system

olloclip 4-in-1 lens lands on the new OtterBox uniVERSE case system

When trying to protect our smartphones from accidental falls and bumps, sometimes we're sacrificing more than we're willing to. Aside from adding some amount of bulk, protective cases more importantly close the door to other accessories that need to attach to the smartphone. The not so simple solution to this is to make a case that can be expanded with modules that, in turn, expand the smartphone's capabilities. That is exactly what OtterBox has accomplished with its new uniVERSE case system for the iPhone, and famed lens masters at olloclip are one of the first to jump aboard.

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Moto does an LG: Moto Z, or X, to also get modular

Moto does an LG: Moto Z, or X, to also get modular

Modular smartphones seem to be a hot thing again. LG may be the first OEM to more or less make that dream a reality, but the biggest fires were fanned by Google's ATAP, which was then part of Motorola, which was then under Google. That seems to be coming full circle, as Motorola, now under Lenovo, is leaked to reveal a modular smartphone next month, perhaps even more modular than the LG G5. That is the latest rumor surrounding the Moto Z which is scheduled to debut on June 9.

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iPhone 7 confusion continues: schematics, back panel leaked

iPhone 7 confusion continues: schematics, back panel leaked

Leaks are sometimes what they are, just leaks. Sometimes, however, they also represent some wishful thinking. That may perhaps be the cause of much of the conflicting information and dumps we've been getting around the iPhone 7, which is shaping up to be a more interesting smartphone more for its leaks than its actual expected features. In this latest batch from two different sources, we see some confirmation of the camera placements for both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, as well as a noticeable lack of smart connectors.

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AT&T’s simplified device plans ask: lower payments or faster upgrades?

AT&T’s simplified device plans ask: lower payments or faster upgrades?

AT&T has tweaked its installment device payment options, narrowing them down into two plans that ask consumers a question: do you want lower monthly payments or the ability to upgrade your phone more quickly? If you answer the latter, you’ll choose the A&T Next Every Year plan starting June 9, whereas everyone else will get the cheaper AT&T Next installment plan. This reduces the previous options from four down to a less confusing two.

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ZTE Grand X Max 2 smartphone lands at Cricket Wireless

ZTE Grand X Max 2 smartphone lands at Cricket Wireless

Cricket Wireless has announced that it has a new budget mobile offering that is available on its pre-paid network. The smartphone is called the ZTE Grand X Max 2 and its biggest feature is the large 6-inch screen. That big display has full HD resolution and the smartphone measures 6.46" x 3.30" x 0.35". The OS right out of the box is Android 6.0 Marshmallow and the processor is a 1.5GHz Octacore unit of unspecified model.

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Microsoft changes the hardware rules for Windows 10, Mobile

Microsoft changes the hardware rules for Windows 10, Mobile

July 29 is expected to bring a lot of changes to Windows land, some of them good, some of them not so much. But the tides of change aren't just for end users. Even Microsoft's OEM partners are getting a taste of it as well. Microsoft hast just updated it guidelines for which hardware specs will be allowed to run which Windows 10 version. On the one hand, while the new requirements opens the door to a new class of devices, it also raises the minimum higher, excluding others.

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LG G5 USB-C supports Power Delivery, Qualcomm Quick Charge

LG G5 USB-C supports Power Delivery, Qualcomm Quick Charge

Despite the promises of a better USB future, USB Type-C, the reversible, all-in-one connection, is still in a stage fraught with growing pains. Some manufacturers and accessory makers are too eager to jump onto the USB-C bandwagon that they don't always check for proper compliance and implementation. Even OnePlus was guilty of that rookie mistake. Fortunately, it seems that LG has learned from others' mistakes and has ensured that the USB-C port on the LG G5 is compatible with both Qualcomm's proprietary Quick Charge 3.0 and the more standard USB Power Delivery 2.0 spec.

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Russia gets an 80m high Samsung Galaxy S7 edge signage

Russia gets an 80m high Samsung Galaxy S7 edge signage

People usually joke about how large our smartphones are getting. Samsung, amusingly, decided to take that literally. Well, almost. In Sokot, Moscow, at the side of the road that leads to the Sheremetyevo International Airport, the around 800,000 people that pass there daily will be able to gawk at a gigantic Galaxy S7 edge. Of course, it's just a signage, but it is definitely one of Samsung's most ambitious, if not obnoxious, marketing stunt to remind people that it has a smaller version of that same curved edge monstrosity.

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