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Sony announces Xperia Z3+ as new flagship

Sony announces Xperia Z3+ as new flagship

Well, it seems the "plus" naming convention is here to stay, folks. Oppo recently debuted its R7 Plus in China, and now it's Sony's turn. The company has just announced the Xperia Z3+, the international release of the Xperia Z4, its name in the Japanese market. While it may not look much different from last year's Z3, there is more than enough in this update to qualify it for this year's flagship. It's currently scheduled for release sometime this summer, however Sony hasn't confirmed final pricing yet.

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Chart shows which smartphones have the most screen space

Chart shows which smartphones have the most screen space

There was a time when a larger screen meant an equally larger body, but of late, manufacturer's have been trying to buck the trend by cutting out bezels and other tricks. Not all, however, are as successful as others, and not all new devices are better than their predecessors. Mobilsiden has compiled a list of smartphones and their so called "screen to body" ratios and helpfully put them into a handy infographic for easier perusal. And the revelations it holds are pretty amusing and even a bit perplexing.

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Galaxy S6 edge Iron Man Limited Edition lands in Korea 27 May

Galaxy S6 edge Iron Man Limited Edition lands in Korea 27 May

Ever dreamed of becoming Iron Man? Yes? Sadly, no one yet has the brains or the money to develop his or her own hi-tech body suit (some might believe Elon Musk fits the bill) so we'll have to settle for approximations of the real thing. Like this Galaxy S6 edge, for example. Promised last week, the special limited edition bearing all the hallmarks of the Mark II has finally arrived on the platform. But, depending on where you are, you may never be able to get your hands on it.

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Samsung patents dual OS phablet-laptop dock combo

Samsung patents dual OS phablet-laptop dock combo

Samsung has recently teamed up with Microsoft in a deal that brought the latter's Android apps pre-installed on Samsung's flagships. But Samsung might actually have something even more intimate in mind. A patent filed back in late 2014 reveals one of Samsung's ideas for combining two platforms: a phablet that runs Android by default but switches to Windows when joined with a dock that is practically an empty laptop shell, thereby providing the familiar mobility of Android on mobile with Windows productivity in the workplace.

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Android M details the end of Nexus device support

Android M details the end of Nexus device support

Google's next version of Android is tipped to bring about hard end-dates for updates to Nexus devices. This means the Nexus 4 smartphone, Nexus 7 tablet, and everything in-between - all will have Google setting up hard end-dates for updates. As they always should have done. Remember back when we spoke about how Google should never have promised Android updates? The time has come for harsh realities to be spoken of plainly. This should very well be the end of (official) Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and Nexus 7 (2012) Android OS update support, but it may not be the end of security support for the lot.

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HTC One M9’s camera falls short in DxOMark

HTC One M9’s camera falls short in DxOMark

As each generation of smartphones emerges, its cameras are becoming more like professional-grade equipment, or so we hope. The tech world turns to rankings from DxOMark to analyze mobile device cameras as well as professional cameras and lenses. The latest review of the HTC One M9's camera is in, and it's not pretty. This model is HTC's newest flagship, and it (or at least its camera) doesn't seem to perform as well as the competition.

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BlackBerry slashes smartphone workforce

BlackBerry slashes smartphone workforce

BlackBerry is axing jobs across its smartphone business, as the ailing Canadian company attempts to coax out a profit amid dwindling demand. The job losses, confirmed by BlackBerry this week, are a result of moves to "consolidate our device software, hardware and applications business," a spokesperson for the firm said, with a renewed focus on pushing software and licensing revenues rather than relying on handsets that have singularly failed to set enterprise or consumer markets alight.

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Leaked OnePlus 2 specs reveal another “flagship killer”

Leaked OnePlus 2 specs reveal another “flagship killer”

Despite the rather large setback it experienced in India, it seems that there is no stopping OnePlus yet from taking their "Never Settle" motto for another spin. Dubbed the "flagship killer", at least as far as last year's generation was concerned, the OnePlus One was a formidable smartphone with a formidable price. And it seems to have a successor already popping up in leaks and benchmarks. And it seems that this OnePlus 2, as it is still currently called, might be worthy of that title as well.

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Xperia Z3+ believed heading to Hong Kong, Taiwan

Xperia Z3+ believed heading to Hong Kong, Taiwan

Sony works in mysterious ways, it seems. Or perhaps it has tired of having some of the worst kept secrets when it came to keeping smartphones under wraps that to is now working double time to keep us confounded and baffled. Whatever its reasons or whatever its plans, Chinese media are now reporting that the Japanese consumer electronics giant will be holding press conferences next week in Hong Kong and Taiwan to unveil the Xperia Z3 Plus or Xperia Z4 or even a new flagship.

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