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HP Elite X3 is still coming, with a fingerprint sensor even

HP Elite X3 is still coming, with a fingerprint sensor even

Microsoft's practically complete withrdawal from the smartphone device market is a bittersweet thing for its fans. On the one hand, it means the company is even less interested in making smartphones. On the other hand, it could also mean that Redmond has more resources to devout to a high end, still mythical Surface Phone. But while Microsoft bids its time, it seems that HP will beat it to the "really premium Windows 10 Mobile smartphone" punch. Yes, the HP Elite X3 is still a thing, is still coming, and might even come with a fingerprint scanner to boot!

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OnePlus 3 tipped to come in four variants

OnePlus 3 tipped to come in four variants

The number of variations an OEM makes for a single smartphone model has increased in the past few years. Before, and still for some like Apple, you need only choose between how much internal storage you want. Nowadays, there are variants for different RAM, different CPUs, and different screen resolutions. Worst case scenario they all have the same brand name, differing only in model number. For the past two years, OnePlus has been happy to offer variants differing only in storage space. But for the OnePlus 3 this year, sources claim that the Chinese startup will actually have four to offer.

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Smartphone Shipments leveling out: everyone already has one

Smartphone Shipments leveling out: everyone already has one

A smartphone unit shipments report released today suggests that basically everyone in the world who wants a smartphone already has one. This week Mary Meeker from VIA Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers have released her annual Internet Trends report for 2016, showing - in the process - how growth has slowed in smartphone unit shipments. This does not mean end sales, mind you, just shipments from manufacturing plants to distributors. This is not sales - but it's certainly indicative of some interestingly dire trends.

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X-Men “themed” LG X series tipped to land in the US in July

X-Men “themed” LG X series tipped to land in the US in July

Perhaps LG has clairvoyant mutants in its employ who foresaw how the company could make it big with an "X" branded smartphone lineup. Or, more realistically, LG just had the good fortune of having an X series ready by the time the not-so-bad X-Men: Apocalypse hit theaters. Either way, the OEM isn't shy about capitalizing on the attention that the film is getting. Inside sources claim that LG will launch its mid-range X series smartphones in the US, Europe, and Latin America in July. And, of course, it is matching those devices with Marvel's most famous mutants.

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OnePlus 3 goes invite-free starting June 14 launch date

OnePlus 3 goes invite-free starting June 14 launch date

OnePlus may have just gotten a two thumbs up from its fans and has increased its potential new customers. Putting rumors and fears to rest, co-founder Carl Pei finally went public to reveal a long kept secret. The OnePlus 3 will be made available directly and without any need for invitations right from the start, which is June 14, 3:00 p.m. Eastern. But more than that, OnePlus is also doing away with the invitation system forever, at least for all new products moving forward.

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Google Goggles now built in to Android (with Now On Tap)

Google Goggles now built in to Android (with Now On Tap)

Android just got a whole lot smarter. This afternoon Google released new abilities for Now On Tap, a system built in to Android Marshmallow. Users can now use their smartphone's camera to find out information about whatever is in front of them. This functionality is not strictly new to Android - we've seen it before in an infamous and sorely under-used app by the name of Google Goggles. Remember Google Goggles? They're back.

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Why I refuse to believe iPhone is forever

Why I refuse to believe iPhone is forever

Over the past several years, I've seen attitudes change when it comes to the iPhone and the mobile world in general. I refer mainly to two groups of people whose understanding of the world tends to reflect society at large, especially when it comes to technology. People who I meet at gas stations on long trips are part of one group - the other is my extended family. According to them, things are changing. Or they have the potential to change.

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Galaxy S7 variant tipped to appear at event tomorrow

Galaxy S7 variant tipped to appear at event tomorrow

Samsung sends out an invitation to an event at which they'll reveal a variety of devices, phones to accessories to wearables and back. This event will feature devices that allow users to Move, Explore, and Create - that could mean a lot of things. We're expecting at least one wearable fitness tracker, probably a tablet or two, and maybe even a camera for good measure. There may even be word of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 6 or Galaxy Note 7 - though that'd be especially early, if true.

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Oppo F1 Plus special edition celebrates FC Barcelona

Oppo F1 Plus special edition celebrates FC Barcelona

Oppo has a partnership in place with a professional soccer team (football for our European friends) called FC Barcelona. To celebrate this partnership, Oppo has unveiled a very cool looking special edition of the F1 Plus smartphone that uses the Barca Livery that players on FC Barcelona wear. The smartphone is blue and red with the club insignia in 18k gold plate.

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LG X Style, X Power put on display in Ukraine

LG X Style, X Power put on display in Ukraine

There might soon be a confusion in the Android smartphone market because of the collision of "X" names. While Lenovo/Motorola is moving away from the Moto X, Sony has adopted the Xperia X for its flagship. There's also Samsung's rumored foldable smartphone, the Galaxy X. And then there's LG, who already put out the X cam and X screen early this year (not to mention a sighting of an LG X5). The latter is puffing up its X-team with an upcoming LG X Style and LG X Power, whose names may or may not reflect their features.

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OnePlus 3 unveiling on June 14, OnePlus 2 on UK Amazon Prime Now

OnePlus 3 unveiling on June 14, OnePlus 2 on UK Amazon Prime Now

Chinese startup OnePlus is revving its marketing machinery to prepare for its third attempt to put out a "flagship killer". According to its Weibo account, that day is set for June 15 in China (June 14 in US), with a launch following the day after. At least in China. Whether it will be available for the rest of the world, or supported regions, on the same day is the question. But the even bigger question is how well will it fare this time, in the face of surmounting competition from top tier Android OEMs.

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LG Stylus 2 Plus begins its global rollout in Taiwan

LG Stylus 2 Plus begins its global rollout in Taiwan

While stylus-empowered smartphones are more commonly associated with Samsung, this Korean manufacturer doesn't have the monopoly in that market. To remind consumers of that fact, its eternal rival LG has just announced the launch of its LG Stylus 2 Plus, which it first revealed back in February even before MWC 2016 started. But while Samsung's Galaxy Note line walks along the path of the high-end and sometimes experimental, the LG Stylus 2 Plus clearly has its sights set on delivering an affordable writing experience.

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