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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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Last minute iPhone 7 scoop: 2.4 GHz A10, “piano black” color

Last minute iPhone 7 scoop: 2.4 GHz A10, “piano black” color

With IFA 2016 close to an end, we now set our eyes on two major announcement coming this week, one from LG and, of course, one for Apple. And in case you haven’t heard, the iPhone 7 is highly expected to debut on Wednesday. So naturally, the hype machine and rumor mill is going on overdrive, with KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo chiming in on some very specific details about the upcoming smartphone. That includes specs for the iPhone 7 Plus’ dual camera, a significantly boosted A10 processor, and two new colors to replace an retiring Space Grey.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 recall earns Consumer Reports criticism

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 recall earns Consumer Reports criticism

In case you haven't heard already, Samsung has now issued a worldwide recall for its latest smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7, after reports of the devices' batteries exploding or catching fire. The risk to users to relatively low, since there have only been 35 cases of damaged phones reported globally out of an estimated 400,000 units sold, but Samsung says it has chosen to act "out of an abundance of caution." While some might feel the Korean company is being fairly proactive about the issue, the US's Consumer Reports wouldn't agree.

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Samsung now sells refurbished phones in the US

Samsung now sells refurbished phones in the US

Late last month we heard word that Samsung may soon start selling refurbished smartphones in the U.S., and today that rumor has become official. As of now, you can buy a refurbished Samsung smartphone directly from the company itself rather than a carrier or third party. The devices are available through the Certified Pre-Owned online device store, which boasts that the phones are “rebuilt, refreshed, and covered” with the same one-year warranty you get on new smartphones.

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TP-Link Neffos X1 and Neffos X1 Max are super thin smartphones

TP-Link Neffos X1 and Neffos X1 Max are super thin smartphones

TP-Link has trotted out some new smartphones that slot into the Neffos line at IFA 2016 in Berlin. The smartphones aim for a premium design with metal unibody exteriors that are designed to look as if they were smoothed over time by water in a stream. The dual-curved back design tapers towards the sides for an ergonomic fit in the hand. The tapered design also means these are some of the narrowest devices in the smartphone realm with the X1 Max having sides 2.75mm thick and the X1 being slightly thicker at 2.95mm.

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The Galaxy Note 7 recall is official

The Galaxy Note 7 recall is official

The proverbial excretion has just hit the fan, though perhaps to no one’s surprise. Samsung has just made it official: it is recalling the hundreds of thousands of Galaxy Note 7 units it already sold worldwide. It really can’t do otherwise. In case you missed it, this recall follows Samsung’s investigations into reports of phablets bursting into flames while being charged. Which is to say the company has just confirmed those reports to be true.

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