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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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HP Elite x3 retail date clarified yet again

HP Elite x3 retail date clarified yet again

Given all the attention lavished on the Galaxy Note 7 and, soon, the iPhone 7, it is understandable if Windows 10 Mobile users feel left out of all the smartphone fun. But in less than a month, however, they might have something to flaunt as well. HP has just confirmed that the HP Elite x3 "3-in-1" smartphone is indeed launching at the end of the month. But for those in the US planning to buy directly from the company, they'll have to wait for a week at least.

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OnePlus 3 DASH Charge claimed faster than Samsung Galaxy S7

OnePlus 3 DASH Charge claimed faster than Samsung Galaxy S7

Despite advancements in mobile technologies, like processors, data storage, or displays, one component that remains practically unchanged is the battery. In the absence of better battery technologies, consumers and manufacturers are left to tricks that lessen the charging time instead. Fast charging technologies, and there are quite a number of them, have become en vogue in more recent smartphones, and one of the newest challengers is OnePlus' own DASH Charge. But just because it's new and relatively untested doesn't mean it isn't going to fly, as this video, which pits the OnePlus 3 against the Galaxy S7, tries to prove.

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Moto Z Force vs. Galaxy S7 Active drop test showdown

Moto Z Force vs. Galaxy S7 Active drop test showdown

One of the big claims with the Motorola Z Force smartphone is that the screen is unbreakable. That is a major claim and it will come as no surprise that someone has stepped dup to test that clam by pitting the Z Force against the Galaxy S7 Active. We've seen the S7 Active make it through a huge number of drops unscathed in the past, you can see that test here. This time out the Moto Z Force is getting compared to the Galaxy S7 Active to see who's tougher.

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Sony Xperia XR “F8331” gets some fancy renders

Sony Xperia XR “F8331” gets some fancy renders

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that holds true even, or especially, for smartphone designs. Once considered sleek and stylish, Sony's smartphones have fallen into hard times design-wise. The latest leaks from the rumor mill about a certain Xperia F8331, now dubbed as the Xperia XR, shows how the company seems to be playing around with designs. And, as expected, it isn't exactly making even Sony's more ardent fans drool with anticipation. Except, perhaps, for the possibility of a new color option.

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Galaxy S8 with flat screen might be eliminated next year

Galaxy S8 with flat screen might be eliminated next year

Samsung produced one of the most popular Android devices it has ever created when it launched the Galaxy S6 Edge with its curved edge screen back in 2015. The next version, the Galaxy S7 edge also proved very popular, in fact, it was so popular Samsung was unable to meet demand. The reason for being unable to meet demand for the device was some sort of issue with the production of the curved edge screen.

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Sony Xperia XA Ultra also get its price knocked down

Sony Xperia XA Ultra also get its price knocked down

Fastest price cut ever. Barely two weeks in the US market (not counting the pre-order period), the Xperia XA Ultra is already getting a price reduction in the market. And a considerable some to boot. This seems to be Sony's new pattern, launching a smartphone with an inexplicably high price tag, only to pull down the numbers immediately afterwards. While late adopters will probably not complain, it does paint a rather suspicious picture of Sony's smartphones. Which is somewhat unfortunate given how the Xperia XA Ultra might not be that bad for what it was designed to do: make taking wefies/groufies better.

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Some Nexus 5X, 6P chargers reported to be unsafe, not up to spec

Some Nexus 5X, 6P chargers reported to be unsafe, not up to spec

USB Type C, or simply USB-C, is the hot new standard for data and power connections on mobile devices, sometimes even laptops like the Apple MacBook. Although not yet adopted universally, it is becoming more widespread in each new product launch. That means that a bunch of new accessories, including chargers, have popped up almost out of nowhere. Sadly, it also means that not everyone gets the spec right, resulting in sometimes very dangerous consequences, as reported by Redditor Nathan-K.

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Moto Z camera mod leaked to be made by Hasselblad

Moto Z camera mod leaked to be made by Hasselblad

The Moto Z, actually the Moto Z Force Droid, was already rated to have one of the best smartphone cameras in town. But who's to say it can't be made better? Moto definitely doesn't think so. As leaked before, there is still one, or two, official Moto Mod missing from the first batch that Lenovo and Moto unveiled in June. That is the "Pro" camera mod, which is now leaked to be called the "True Zoom Camera" mod and is being made by famed camera and lens maker Hasselblad, adding not just physical controls to the already competitive setup.

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Apple’s Lightning EarPods revealed in second video

Apple’s Lightning EarPods revealed in second video

We've quickly reached the point where rumors and leaks about new versions of Apple's EarPods headphones are just as prevalent as those about the upcoming headphone jack-less iPhone 7 itself. Over the past few weeks, there's been several questionable images claiming to show a new pair of wired Earpods that use a Lightning connector instead of a standard 3.5mm plug. Then a video surfaced revealing a fairly authentic looking, functional pair of the headphones. Now a second video has been released, offering the best look at a pair of Lightning Earpods yet.

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Luxury smartphone maker Vertu debuts three models starting at $4,200

Luxury smartphone maker Vertu debuts three models starting at $4,200

If you've never heard of Vertu, it's a luxury smartphone maker that puts extra focus on the use of premium and expensive materials. For example, some of their previous devices include phones wrapped in handcrafted leather or woodcraft, and not one but two phones designed in partnership with Bentley. Even if you have heard of the company, it's unlikely you could afford any of their products.

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