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Samsung Galaxy S7 back isn’t flat, and neither is the camera

Samsung Galaxy S7 back isn’t flat, and neither is the camera

Samsung has already confirmed that it will have an Unpacked event on the 21st of February, which we take to mean an unveiling of the Galaxy S7, among other things. So there's really nothing else to do but wait. Or while the time with even more leaks and rumors. The Galaxy S7, to be honest, has all but been leaked to death, but finer details are still cropping up here and there. Take for example this latest schematic showing off the smartphone's non-flat rear, both in terms of design and in terms of the camera hump.

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Xiaomi enters the US market via carrier but there’s a catch

Xiaomi enters the US market via carrier but there’s a catch

Technically, it's not a formal entry. Heck, it's not even "legit", but Xiaomi fans in the US will probably take what they can. The Chinese superstar OEM has, for a long time, signified its desire to enter the US smartphone market but hasn't made any concrete steps to do so. Sensing a business opportunity, carrier US Mobile, which uses T-Mobile's network, has just added a couple of Xiaomi's, as well as Meizu's, smartphones to its shelves. But in a blink of an eye, they were gone, probably because of their shady nature.

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Huawei Honor 5x now available for purchase in the US [UPDATE]

Huawei Honor 5x now available for purchase in the US [UPDATE]

At CES 2016 last month, Huawei made an already expected, and actually pre-announced, announcement. For the first time, it was bringing its sub-brand honor to the US. And with that, it unveiled the Honor 5x. No, that's not a Huawei-branded Nexus 5X, though it's easy to confuse the two besides the name. Like the LG-made Google smartphone, the Honor 5x would also be considered to be a mid-range handset. Unlike the Nexus 5X, however, Huawei's honor frontrunner for the US boasts of a metallic flair and a $199 price tag.

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BlackBerry exec confirms Android-only future for handsets [UPDATE]

BlackBerry exec confirms Android-only future for handsets [UPDATE]

Many have already seen the writing on the wall for the BlackBerry 10 OS, but official confirmation has always been withheld. Granted, these latest comments don't really come from the highest BlackBerry authority, but this is as official as it gets. Damian Tay, BlackBerry's senior director for product management for the APAC region has confirmed what BB10 fans probably dread to hear out in the open: BlackBerry is in the process of transitioning to a single platform ecosystem, and that will all revolve around Android.

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Samsung Unpacked set for 21st February, expect the Galaxy S7

Samsung Unpacked set for 21st February, expect the Galaxy S7

Mark your calendars! Just a day before the madness of MWC 2016 starts, Samsung will be unveiling "The Next Galaxy". The Korean manufacturer has set aside the evening of Sunday, February 21, for its bi-annual Unpacked event, where, among other things, it is expected to reveal the Galaxy S7. Or Galaxy S7's, depending on how many Sammy really has prepared. But judging by how the invites are themed, you can expect more than just a smartphone to be announced. You can, perhaps, expect a new way of looking at things, almost literally.

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Apple’s future iPhone may feature long range wireless charging

Apple’s future iPhone may feature long range wireless charging

Wireless charging seems poised to become the next big feature trend among mobile devices, with several existing smartphones already supporting different standards. But it seems that Apple is now preparing to add the technology to the iPhones and iPads we'll be seeing down the road, as a report from Bloomberg says the company is developing a solution that will allow not only wireless, contactless charging, but from a distance as well.

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LG G3 owners vulnerable to a big security bug, fix available

LG G3 owners vulnerable to a big security bug, fix available

The LG G3 was the Korean manufacturer's 2014 hero smartphone and came with a new feature called Smart Notice, LG's sort of answer to Google Now, Siri, and rival Samsung's S Voice. As convenient as that feature may be, its convenience apparently came with a price too high to pay. Researchers BugSec Group and Cynet have come across a gaping hole in the software that exposed each and every LG G3 owner to potential data theft and hijacking of their smartphone. Fortunately, LG now has a patch ready.

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New Lenovo Moto smartphone coming in July

New Lenovo Moto smartphone coming in July

while most eyes are already on the flood of smartphones, including those from the likes of Samsung and LG, coming at MWC 2016 next month, the world's largest PC maker has come out to say that it too has a new smartphone coming soon. But "soon" here actually means way down in July. Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang revealed that a "more innovative, more attractive" Moto smartphone for the US will be revealed in a few months, which would make it the first Moto smartphone without the Motorola name and with Lenovo's brand instead.

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