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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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Huawei Mate 8 Global edition release date and hands-on

Huawei Mate 8 Global edition release date and hands-on

This week we're having a peek at the global version of the Huawei Mate 8. This device takes all the good bits from the Huawei-made Nexus 6P and puts them into a case that's large - or larger, rather. This device works with an octa-core Kirin 950 processor with four Cortex-A72 and four Cortex-A53 CPU cores and a 6-inch, 1080p display. And it has a very, very good fingerprint scanner on its back. Too bad it's not coming to the USA - yet.

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The Huawei GX8 release brings hero specs in mid-range package

The Huawei GX8 release brings hero specs in mid-range package

The real big push from Huawei to expand their USA presence with hero smartphones continues with the Huawei GX8. This device has a 5.5-inch display (1080p) and Android inside, working with a 13-megapixel camera at its back and a 5-megapixel camera up front. There's also a fingerprint scanner around back so you can use Android Pay in the USA. This is just about as simple as it gets with specifications that are ready to roll with the average citizen.

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Lenovo VIBE S1 Lite budget phone boasts 5″ FHD display

Lenovo VIBE S1 Lite budget phone boasts 5″ FHD display

Lenovo has introduced its newest smartphone, the budget-friendly VIBE S1 Lite. Despite its budget status, the phone brings with it some decidedly mid-tier specs, including a Full HD 5-inch “wide-view” display and up to 32GB of internal storage (complemented with a microSD card slot for expansion). The phone will be arriving soon in places where Lenovo’s other VIBE phones are sold, but unfortunately won’t be landing in the United States.

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Star Wars Force Band by Sphero commands BB-8 (our hands-on)

Star Wars Force Band by Sphero commands BB-8 (our hands-on)

One of the most fantastic toys ever made, BB-8 by Sphero, now has its own remote control. The basic model requires your smartphone to move around - and that's pretty awesome as it is. But Sphero wanted to go the extra mile. Forget these drones that are commanded by your smartwatch. Sphero wants to sell you the device, not just push an app to someone else's gear. That's why they're showing off the Star Wars Force Band.

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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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Star Wars: The Force Awakens BB-8 ringtone downloads movie-accurate

Star Wars: The Force Awakens BB-8 ringtone downloads movie-accurate

This week we've been passed a collection of sounds synthesized from the publicly-available Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie trailers, all sounds made by BB-8. These BB-8 sound effects have been cut down and cleaned and formatted in a way that makes them perfect for whatever odd project the Star Wars-loving public might want to use them for. We'll be using them for ringtones and notification sounds on our smartphones - you can do what you wish.

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