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ZTE Axon Pro, Axon 7 bootloaders can be unlocked only upon request

ZTE Axon Pro, Axon 7 bootloaders can be unlocked only upon request

Android is a very powerful platform, partly thanks to its flexibility and openness. But in some cases, that openness starts at the process called bootloader unlocking. A process that is generally frowned upon by device makers but loved, nay demanded even, by power users. Trying to buck the trend and appeal to its US fanbase, ZTE has announced that it will allow owners in the US to unlock the bootloaders of their Axon Pros or Axon 7's. But only upon explicit request and with a big fat warning about voiding warranties.

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Kyocera DuraForce PRO enters the fray with HD action camera

Kyocera DuraForce PRO enters the fray with HD action camera

Kyocera has announced the next entry in its lineup of rugged smartphones, introducing the world to the DuraForce PRO today. Like most Kyocera smartphones, this will come with all the standard rugged features you've been accustomed to - dustproofing, waterproofing, and a general build quality capable of taking some hits - but one of the main draws of this device might end up being the DuraForce PRO's "Super Wide View HD Action Camera."

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September 7 said to be the iPhone 7 release date

September 7 said to be the iPhone 7 release date

All signs may point to Apple's new smartphone coming in September, but just when exactly is the iPhone 7 release date? Anyone with even a passing interest in mobile is keeping at least one eye on rumors around the Cupertino firm's newest handset, with tidbits like dual cameras and, for the first time, a move away from a physical home button all among the whispers, but the big question is always around when we can see the iPhone 7 for real.

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Meizu M3E is the first device in the new E series

Meizu M3E is the first device in the new E series

Meizu has taken to its official twitter account to spill the beans on a new device that will slot into the E range of devices that were just announced. The new smartphone is called the Meizu M3E and it packs a large 3100 mAh internal battery. The smartphone has 32GB of internal storage, which isn't much so we are hoping that it has a memory card slot for expansion.

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Samsung Galaxy On5, On7 2016 editions grace China’s TENAA

Samsung Galaxy On5, On7 2016 editions grace China’s TENAA

The Galaxy On has always been an odd series. It came at a time when Samsung was consolidating, and somewhat reducing, its mobile model names to single letters followed by numbers. And, in that grand scheme of things, the Galaxy On's special appeal isn't as clear cut as a J, A, or even E model. Still, Samsung, being Samsung, is even going to put out successors to last year's models, with the Galaxy On5 (2016) and Galaxy On7 (2016) both stopping by TENAA for a photo shoot and a spec spill.

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JDI “Full Active” LCD panel has nearly no bezels

JDI “Full Active” LCD panel has nearly no bezels

Although it seems that even Apple is getting into OLEDs soon, there was a time when the holy grail of mobile displays wasn't exactly about LCD versus OLED technologies. It was about banishing those wide bezels. JDI, one of the leading LCD manufacturers, hasn't lost sight of that goal yet. In fact, it has just announced a new 5.5-inch Full HD LCD display module that utilizes the company's new "Full Active" technology, practically removing bezels on all sides, even on the bottom edge.

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Galaxy Note 7 shown to be first phone supporting 4×4 MIMO

Galaxy Note 7 shown to be first phone supporting 4×4 MIMO

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7, while quite impressive on its own, has largely been remarked to be less "adventurous" than its predecessors. Apparently, Samsung might have actually been holding off on some of those novel features from the public. Over at Reddit, some soon to be owners are getting quite excited at the discovery that the Galaxy Note 7 actually supports 4x4 MIMO, making it the first ever commercial smartphone to do so, promising, at least in theory, faster and more reliable network connections and overall improvement in efficiency.

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Xiaomi Redmi 4, Mi Note 2 specs leaked, coming later this month

Xiaomi Redmi 4, Mi Note 2 specs leaked, coming later this month

Xiaomi may have just announced the Redmi Pro less than two weeks ago, but it looks like the Chinese giant has no plans to slow down any time soon. In fact, with barely a month in between announcements, Xiaomi is rumored to be revealing not one but two new models. The Mi Note 2 and the Redmi 4 are veritably the successors of two of Xiaomi's most popular lines, and they will unsurprisingly step up the game. Without stepping up the price, at least not too much.

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LG V20 leaked renders hint at modular but different design

LG V20 leaked renders hint at modular but different design

The dream of the modular smartphone has been years in the making, ever since BLOCKS and Project Ara came to the scene. It seemed, at first, that the LG G5 would be making those dreams come true but eventually came up short of expectation. That, however, doesn't seem to have fazed it, as the Korean OEM seems to be taking yet another stab at that modular form factor, this time on the LG V20, which is due to debut in less than a month.

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After iPhone 7 release, a glass iPhone 7 Pro for 2017

After iPhone 7 release, a glass iPhone 7 Pro for 2017

We’ll probably be seeing Apple’s new iPhone next month, but speculation is already looking far into the future, and that future may include a glass casing. Foxconn has been tipped in an effort to develop its own glass phone casings, something sources say it has been working on for the past year or so to perfect in time for the 2017 iPhones; it is also reportedly developing its own high-end OLED technologies thanks to its Sharp acquisition in a bid to take on Samsung and China's Biel Crystal.

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Screen experts name Note 7 the best phone display so far

Screen experts name Note 7 the best phone display so far

Fans of Samsung's Galaxy Note have long expected the phones to feature top-of-the-line hardware, and it appears the Note 7 is no different. The folks over at DisplayMate have tested one of the most important components of the phone - we'll give you one guess as to which component that is - and put it through a battery of tests, coming back to say that the display on the Note 7 is the best one of any smartphone they've ever tested.

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7 Must have apps for Galaxy Note 7 & S Pen

7 Must have apps for Galaxy Note 7 & S Pen

The Galaxy Note 7 cat is finally out of the bag and, for whatever reason, you've set your heart and mind to get one as soon as they hit the shelves. Whether you're a new convert or a returning believer to the church of stylus, you will most likely be curious about the apps that will best utilize that oh so slim stylus. And there are quite a few out there but not all of them are created equal. To help break you in or re-orient you to the joys of the pointy stick, here are our top seven picks for your soon to be Galaxy Note 7.

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