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iPhone 7 could outperform the iPad Pro, says benchmark

iPhone 7 could outperform the iPad Pro, says benchmark

We’re practically just hours away from the iPhone 7’s debut. Bets have been placed, crystal balls have been polished, and seances have been conducted. But so close to the final hour, we come across yet another piece of info. Though small, it’s just too good to pass up. According to a benchmark sighted on Geekbench, the iPhone 7 will have a single-core score of 3379 and a multi-core score of 5495. Of course, that is an improvement over the current titleholder, the iPhone 6s Plus. But, apparently, those scores also trump that of the gigantic 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

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LG V20’s UX 5.0+ focuses on usability, performance

LG V20’s  UX 5.0+ focuses on usability, performance

The LG V20 cat is finally out of the bag and, suffice it to say, it’s no-nonsense, multimedia and photography monster. Instead of filling it with features most users will rarely use, LG instead opted to refine performance, especially when it comes to recording video and audio. That philosophy is reflected even in its UX 5.0+, the successor of LG’s custom Android user experience that it debuted earlier this year in the LG G5, giving users fast access to the most important features and settings and allowing them to do more with their LG V20.

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Galaxy Note 7 could earn FAA’s ban hammer on planes

Galaxy Note 7 could earn FAA’s ban hammer on planes

If you own a Galaxy Note 7 and haven’t decided whether to turn it in or not, your next flight might help decide for you. Although nothing has been decided yet, the FAA is reportedly mulling over the possibility of disallowing the embattled smartphone, and their owners if they insist, to embark on planes in the US. That said, a ban will immediately take effect, no questions asked, if Samsung does make an official recall, which is probably why the manufacturer isn’t so keen on doing so just yet.

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Samsung patents split window dual Android, Windows OS

Samsung patents split window dual Android, Windows OS

It’s probably not an understatement to say that Samsung, at least on Android, has gotten split and multi windows down to a “T”, having nearly perfected that feature long before Google even approved of it. Now it seems that Samsung is considering pushing the envelope even further, to interesting and partly insane degrees. A patent filing reveals that the manufacturer has toyed with the idea of a smartphone that not only runs two operating systems, namely Android and Windows, on the same device. They can even split the screen between them.

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LG V20 first impressions: Refining what works

LG V20 first impressions: Refining what works

These days, it almost seems that smartphones need some fancy new gimmick or never before seen feature in order to even be newsworthy, let alone purchase-worthy. Sometimes, OEMs even make a radical departure from a previous direction, significantly changing features and designs, sometimes with rather drastic effects. This second half of 2016, LG is being the contrarian. Following the adage “don’t change what ain’t broke”, the LG V20 is more a subtle evolution than a revolution, improving on its predecessor without undoing or replacing what doesn’t need to be. And, truth be told, it’s a strategy that just might work.

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iPhone 7 leak: “no click” home key, rubber-sealed SIM tray

iPhone 7 leak: “no click” home key, rubber-sealed SIM tray

Some might just be counting down the hours, which is still a good day or two, before Apple’s event where the iPhone 7 is expected to make a splash, big or otherwise. Staying faithful to the “better late than never” adage, some are trying to squeeze in some last-minute leaks to embellish the picture of the iPhone 7 in our heads. This latest batch confirms much of what KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo has already shared, and adds some more details. Albeit without photos to back them up.

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Leak “confirms” Google Pixel, Pixel XL comes with Android 7.1

Leak “confirms” Google Pixel, Pixel XL comes with Android 7.1

In case there were any doubt that Google’s upcoming Android smartphones due next month would be coming with Android 7.1 out of the box, this should lay those to rest. Actually, it still might not, considering it’s technically still an unverified leak. For leakster LlabTooFeR, however, it’s pretty much a done deal. And considering how the initial Android 7.0 release missed a couple of things, that’s almost a given. Now all we have to do is wait for about a month to see if Marlin and Sailfish, both from HTC, will indeed be the first of Google’s new line of Pixel smartphones.

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Galaxy Note 7 ditching batteries from Samsung’s own SDI arm

Galaxy Note 7 ditching batteries from Samsung’s own SDI arm

Samsung is really in a heap of trouble, even if it is mostly its mobile business that will directly be affected. The case with the exploding batteries on the Galaxy Note 7 has become a total mess, and Samsung will have no one else to blame. That’s because the batteries in affected units apparently came from Samsung SDI, the company’s own battery making affiliate. After this fiasco exploded (literally for some), Samsung has reportedly decided to stop using those batteries in future production of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7.

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Meizu M3 Max gets official with 6-inch screen and 4100mAh battery

Meizu M3 Max gets official with 6-inch screen and 4100mAh battery

Meizu has taken to twitter to get official with its latest smartphone called the Meizu M3 Max. The name of the smartphone comes from the big 6.0-inch IPS screen with 450 cd/m2 brightness, 1080p resolution and 1000:1 contrast ratio. To keep the smartphone charged up and running it has a big 4100 mAh internal battery.

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Galaxy Note 7 recall costs expected to top $1 billion

Galaxy Note 7 recall costs expected to top $1 billion

Just as things were looking really good for Samsung with the launch of its popular Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, it all went wrong. Reports of Note 7 smartphones catching on fire while charging started coming in and then Samsung officially announced a recall on all of the Note 7 smartphones that had been sold. Analysts are now chiming in on what the recall is expected to cost Samsung, and the number is massive at $1 billion.

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Pixel/Pixel XL Sailfish/Marlin will sport same Sony cameras

Pixel/Pixel XL Sailfish/Marlin will sport same Sony cameras

While there’s still no certainty that HTC’s “Sailfish” and “Marlin” smartphones are really going to be called “Pixel” and “Pixel XL”, respectively, one leakster does seem pretty sure about their cameras. LlabTooFeR, one of the most prolific source of leaks and info when it comes to HTC’s smartphones, has just revealed on Twitter that both smartphones will actually use the same cameras, both front and back. That includes a still unannounced Sony camera sensor that is probably a simple upgrade from last year’s line of Nexus smartphones.

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LG V20 might have a weird way to replace batteries

LG V20 might have a weird way to replace batteries

Based on previous leaked photos and diagrams of LG’s upcoming new flagship, the V20, there has been some concern that LG has bitten the bullet and jumped on the non-removable battery bandwagon. This latest leak could give them half an assurance, almost literally. That’s because while the schematics do hint that the LG V20’s battery can be removed, it shows that getting to that battery pack may be a bit more involved than usual, requiring a back cover that splits in half and a removable bottom lip as well.

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