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Motorola is dead! Long live Moto! And Vibe

Motorola is dead! Long live Moto! And Vibe

Before you start hyperventilating and breaking down, no, Lenovo isn't killing Motorola, the company. It is, however, practically putting an end to an iconic name that has spanned decades. The Chinese manufacturer will be retiring the "Motorola" brand in favor of the shorter "Moto" to slap on its high end smartphones. That said, the Motorola name itself will live on but only in corporate talk and documents. Nothing consumers will regularly see. At the end of the day, all of Lenovo's smartphones will soon be under one, single, unified brand: Lenovo.

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T-Mobile to get Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL running Windows 10

T-Mobile to get Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL running Windows 10

Microsoft is bragging a bit about all the new Windows 10 devices that have turned up at CES 2016. Alcatel OneTouch unveiled a new Windows 10 tablet this week called the Pixi 3 that will launch in April. Alcatel OneTouch has now unveiled its first Windows 10 smartphone called the Fierce XL. If you follow Alcatel, you will note that a smartphone with this same name launched last year.

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BlackBerry’s next two devices to run on Android

BlackBerry’s next two devices to run on Android

Fans of BlackBerry in general might have rejoiced at how the Android-powered BlackBerry Priv might have helped put the company back on the smartphone map. But those who are strongly rooting for BlackBerry's self-developed BlackBerry 10 OS might have mixed feelings. They may even have some hurt feelings now, after CEO John Chen revealed that the company might have a new, still unidentified device, and a new smartphone later this year and that both of them will use Android instead of its own BB10.

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ZTE Avid Plus lands on T-Mobile, soon on MetroPCS

ZTE Avid Plus lands on T-Mobile, soon on MetroPCS

With the big smartphone OEMs are relatively silent at CES 2016, the opportunity for Chinese brands to take center stage is huge. Huawei already unleashed a flood of announcements of devices, both new and slightly new with a fresh coat of paint. Now it's ZTE's turn to get the spotlight but it isn't doing it alone. It has partnered with Un-carrier T-Mobile to announce the arrival of the entry level ZTE Avid Plus in the US market.

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Huawei announces Honor 5X, this time for the US

Huawei announces Honor 5X, this time for the US

Huawei was a bit sneaky at CES 2016 yesterday. It did unveil the Mate 8 phablet for international markets but disappointingly left out the US. Now it's announcing something for the US but it isn't that high-end flagship. As earlier leaks hinted, it is indeed the Honor 5X that will be the forerunner of Huawei's Honor brand in the US. All is not lost, however, as the Honor 5X does sound, and especially look, like a formidable mid-range but classy contender in the very competitive US smartphone market.

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ASUS ZenFone Zoom finally brings its 3x optical zoom to the US

ASUS ZenFone Zoom finally brings its 3x optical zoom to the US

As predicted, 2016 will see a focus on smartphone photography, both in bringing it to the masses like LG's new K line, as well as pushing the boundaries like the ASUS ZenFone Zoom. This smartphone isn't exactly new, having been announced last year, also at CES. This time, however, ASUS is announcing that, yes, the smartphone will finally be available in the US, after months of availability in Europe. What sets the ZenFone Zoom apart from the crowd, even from ASUS's own ZenFone 2 Laser, is the addition of 3x Optical Zoom you won't easily find in smartphones.

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LG K smartphones to offer budget friendly photography

LG K smartphones to offer budget friendly photography

At CES 2016 this week, LG will unsurprisingly be revealing some new smartphones. Surprisingly, it won't be one of its expected flagships, like a new G or V smartphone. Instead, LG is launching a new line of handsets with the "K" initial that focuses primarily on cameras. Almost like an indirect nod to Samsung's Galaxy K Zoom camera smartphone. A key difference is that these devices are meant to be wallet friendly smartphones instead of top of the line devices, intended for a younger, not to mention selfie-loving, crowd.

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