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OPPO F1s is here, the new Selfie Expert

OPPO F1s is here, the new Selfie Expert

OPPO is obviously not backing down from its promise to make its new "F" line its photography oriented series. And by photography, so far it has meant selfies. And so it has, as expected, put out the OPPO F1s, which it now bills as the Selfie Expert. Which is a weird claim considering the OPPO F1 Plus announced not too long ago is perhaps a better expert than it. Albeit its expertise does come at a price, literally.

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iPhone 7 Plus prototype: wobbly, blue, and smart

iPhone 7 Plus prototype: wobbly, blue, and smart

We've seen a couple of iPhone 7 physical mockups and prototypes, but that isn't the only iPhone Apple is expected to reveal next month. In fact, considering the addition of two features not found on the base model, it might even be more controversial than the already controversial iPhone 7. And so it is just appropriate that we also get an unofficial look and feel with the iPhone 7 Plus. Or Pro, if that's what others are calling this feature laden model.

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LG V20 announcement date revealed

LG V20 announcement date revealed

Samsung has just taken to the stage to reveal its somewhat ambiguous flagship for the second half of the year, and though it still has a month to go, LG isn't going to sit silently and let its rival hog the spotlight. It has just sent out invites for a simultaneous event to be held in South Korean and San Francisco where it will debut the LG V20, it's own second 2016 flagship. Curiously, it attached a stylized pop-up book graphic to go along with the invite.

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OnePlus 3 rollout in Europe paused to replenish supplies

OnePlus 3 rollout in Europe paused to replenish supplies

Maybe doing away with the invite system wasn't such a good thing after all. Before launching the OnePlus 3, the company boldly proclaimed that it was confident enough in its production capabilities and logistics, enough to put an end to the much criticized invite system. As it turned out, however, it wasn't prepared for the success it is enjoying in Europe, forcing OnePlus to temporarily halt sales of its 2016 flagship in order to give it a chance to replenish its inventories.

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Galaxy Note 7: compelling first device, disappointing upgrade

Galaxy Note 7: compelling first device, disappointing upgrade

Samsung has finally removed the covers off the Galaxy Note 7, perhaps one of this year's worst kept secrets. Unsurprisingly, the phablet is getting rather mixed reviews, with most of the negativity coming from those who have spent quality time with a Galaxy Note or two in the past. But why is this phablet, whose size and stylus has already been vindicated by Apple, failing to capture the hearts of even some of Samsung's stalwart fans? The reason is less about the specs, which are excellent in themselves, but more about a trend that has the stylus-faithful a tad worried.

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Galaxy Note 7 will launch with dual SIM slots too

Galaxy Note 7 will launch with dual SIM slots too

The Galaxy Note 7 phablet has gone official and we now know all there is to know about the device. A new tidbit about the smartphone has surfaced today; there is a version available that has dual SM cards. This is a big deal for people who want to be able to use multiple numbers with a single smartphone. This is also a feature that the Galaxy S7 edge lacks right out of the box.

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Samsung Z2 Tizen smartphone coming to Kenya this month

Samsung Z2 Tizen smartphone coming to Kenya this month

Samsung has just unveiled the Galaxy Note 7 and its curves to the whole world, but, in some local simultaneous events, it is by far not the only one getting the spotlight. In a local Kenya unveiling, an unexpected guest also arrived. There, Samsung revealed the Samsung Z2, its third, yes third, Tizen-powered smartphone. And although there is no definite word yet where the Z2 will debut first, it is, at least, scheduled to be announced in full in Kenya on the 26th of August.

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Moto Z Play arrives on TENAA, pics and specs in tow

Moto Z Play arrives on TENAA, pics and specs in tow

It seems that the arrival of the last, and somewhat the least, member of the new Moto Z family is truly at hand. We know that because the smartphone has just made an appearance at China's TENAA. Although identified only by its model number XT1635, given its design similarities to the Moto Z line but comparatively lower specs, this is unmistakably the Moto Z Play. Or Moto X Play in China, whichever way Lenovo and Moto wants to play with the name. Pun totally intended.

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Galaxy S7 Edge was the most popular Android phone for first half of 2016

Galaxy S7 Edge was the most popular Android phone for first half of 2016

It's a big day for Samsung, as the company is gearing up to officially reveal the Galaxy Note 7 in just a little while. That isn't the only reason Samsung will want to celebrate today, as Strategy Analytics is reporting that the Galaxy S7 Edge was the most popular Android phone on a global basis in the first half of 2016. With a market as crowded as the one for Android, that's no small achievement, even for a company as big as Samsung.

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LG V20 leak hints at a superpower with a disappointing screen

LG V20 leak hints at a superpower with a disappointing screen

LG already confirmed that the V20, which takes after the V10 of course, is scheduled to debut in September. Which, of course, leaves us enough time to have as many leaks as we can about it, which is quite needed considering there are very few of them at the moment. One of the earliest comes straight from Korea and, unsurprisingly, it talks about mostly high end specs. The only problem, however, is that the LG V20 is said to have a less than high end screen compared to its predecessor.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 livestream details announced

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 livestream details announced

By now, there is almost nothing secret about the Galaxy Note 7, or Galaxy Note7 as Samsung spells it. Still, it will be interesting to see how all the rumors and speculation pans out when Samsung finally pulls off the veil on the 2nd of August. Of course, not all of us have the privilege of being there in person. But those viewing at home or elsewhere have at least one advantage over the live audience. They can view the entire event in 360-degrees, in a free, and maybe even disembodied, manner.

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OPPO F1s leak reveals the F1 Plus’ little brother

OPPO F1s leak reveals the F1 Plus’ little brother

Just because OPPO itself isn't spilling the beans on the OPPO F1s doesn't mean others won't be doing the talking for them. The Chinese OEM may be keeping fans at the edge of their seats, but now those might have little left to wait for. Sources have revealed that while the OPPO F1s is indeed a step up from the OPPO F1 launched early this year, it is, in truth less of a flagship device and is actually a step down compared to the OPPO F1 Plus, also from early 2016.

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