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Sony Xperia C6 Ultra phablet leaked with a 16MP front cam

Sony Xperia C6 Ultra phablet leaked with a 16MP front cam

Al most anyone and everyone is about selfies these days. Well, maybe except Leica. Most smartphone makers, however, have at least one, maybe even more, selfie-friendly model in their lineup. Sony, whose name was, and partly still is, synonymous with digital photography, is no different. It seems, however, it saved its selfie aspirations not for its new premium Xperia X flagship line but for the Xperia C6 Ultra, a mid-range tablet that boasts of a 16 megapixel front camera, one of two largest selfie cameras on a smartphone so far.

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Galaxy Note 6 “Lite” to get FHD screen, 4GB RAM, Snapdragon 820

Galaxy Note 6 “Lite” to get FHD screen, 4GB RAM, Snapdragon 820

A few years ago, flagships came with "mini" flagships. These days, everyone is going "lite", either in name or in deed. The Sony Xperia XA is veritably an Xperia X Lite, which, amusingly, is really an Xperia X Performance Lite. There really is an LG G5 Lite on the way. The HTC 10 Lifestyle is also just a fancy name to call the same thing. Not to be outdone, Samsung's upcoming phablet will also have a lite counterpart, at least according to this leak. As if having two possible Galaxy Note 6 models weren't confusing enough.

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HTC rumored to spin off VR business as HTC 10 tanks in China

HTC rumored to spin off VR business as HTC 10 tanks in China

The HTC 10 might in the end suffer the same fate as the HTC One (M7). Both smartphones have been warmly received and praised by critics and even users but ended up flopping in terms of actual sales. Of course, it's still too early to tell, but in China, the signs are quite damning. According to media, there have only been 251 pre-ordered units on two e-commerce platforms since the period started April 25. And the main reason for that is because HTC, for whatever reason, decided to offer only the gimped HTC 10 Lifestyle in China.

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Xiaomi Mi Max is thin and comes with 4500mah battery

Xiaomi Mi Max is thin and comes with 4500mah battery

A single promotion image of the Xiaomi Mi Max smartphone shows what appears to be a very thin device with larger dimensions. The promo image doesn’t include any new tidbits on the hardware inside the smartphone, it come only a few weeks after some teaser images of the smartphone crammed in a pocket turned up.

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Huawei G9 Lite debuts with octa-core Kirin 650 SoC or Snapdragon 617.

Huawei G9 Lite debuts with octa-core Kirin 650 SoC or Snapdragon 617.

Huawei has rolled out a new smartphone called the G9 Lite and a new tablet called the M2 7.0 in China. The first device is the G9 Lite and it has a 5.2-inch 1080p screen that boasts a 76.4% screen-to-body ratio meaning thinner bezels. The heart of the G9 Lite is an octa-core Kirin 650 16nm SoC for some carriers and other carriers will get the device with a Snapdragon 617 under the hood.

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LG Stylo 2 smartphone hits Cricket Wireless packing integrated stylus

LG Stylo 2 smartphone hits Cricket Wireless packing integrated stylus

Cricket Wireless has unveiled a new smartphone that will land at the pre-paid retailer on May 13 called the LG Stylo 2. The smartphone will sell for $169.99 and for the money it offers a 5.7-inch HD resolution screen. Since the device has a larger screen, it comes with an integrated stylus with Pen Pop and Screen-off Memo. The stylus and features allow the user to take notes in an app made just for writing with the stylus.

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Kyocera DuraForce XD become’s T-Mobile’s first rugged device

Kyocera DuraForce XD become’s T-Mobile’s first rugged device

As fancy and sophisticated as flagship smartphones are today, very few of them can brag about surviving traumatic experiences, as many bend and stress tests love to prove. Even Samsung's Galaxy S7, with its high IP68 dust and water proof rating, isn't as touch when it comes to strong forces. That is one market that Kyocera pretty much has in its pocket. It has been churning out super rugged smartphones like crazy and its DuraForce XD is just one of the latest to make its way into the market, this time into T-Mobile's roster of smartphones.

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Nextbit Robin phone comes to Amazon, save $100 during first week

Nextbit Robin phone comes to Amazon, save $100 during first week

The Nextbit Robin, the Android-powered smartphone with a focus on storing unnecessary content in the cloud instead of locally, has landed on Amazon, giving those who missed the successful $1.36 million Kickstarter a chance to pick one up. And there's a great incentive to buy it on Amazon too: it's available for $100 off the regular asking price, but only from today, May 4th, through May 10th.

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Xiaomi and Huawei rumored to launch devices using curved screens

Xiaomi and Huawei rumored to launch devices using curved screens

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has proven to be a very popular devices thanks in large part to the cool screen with its curved edges. Rumors are now swirling that both Huawei and Xiaomi are going to be launching smartphones that use the screens with curved edges that are being produced by Samsung and LG. The rumor claims that these new Chinese smartphones with curved screens will launch in September.

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Lenovo says Micromax’s Cyanogen OS exclusivity has ended

Lenovo says Micromax’s Cyanogen OS exclusivity has ended

While Cyanogen OS has noble roots in the popular CyanogenMod ROM and community, part of its reputation has been built on controversy. The company would go to challenge Google's hold over Android, partnering with Microsoft and other companies in an attempt to replace Google's apps and services. But even before that, it was already mired in controversy when, without warning, it made the OS exclusive to Micromax, at least in India. Lenovo, who will soon be launching the ZUK-branded Z1 in the country, says that the exclusivity is now over.

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Nexus 5x gets scratched and bent in durability test

Nexus 5x gets scratched and bent in durability test

We all want to buy a smartphone that performs well and is rugged enough to survive everyday use. The latest smartphone to go under the pic over at JerryRigEverything on YouTube is the Nexus 5x. This is a plastic cased phone and presumably that means it won't be as robust as a smartphone encased in metal. The testing starts using Mohs Scale pics to see where the smartphone screen scratches.

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BlackBerry Hamburg & Rome prototype renders explained

BlackBerry Hamburg & Rome prototype renders explained

In this business, dealing with leaks and unofficial sources is a risky afair. Sometimes you bump into dead ends. Sometimes you end up with red herrings. Of course, in the absence of real deal, which may or may not come, we take what we can. It seems that some did more than just take, in the case of some supposedly leaked renders of BlackBerry's two upcoming Android devices. BlackBerry Central's Dylan Habkirk went public to claim those images as his, but with one important correction: they aren't leaks but actually renders based on prototypes he has seen himself.

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