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Intel kills Atom, smartphone, tablet future in limbo

Intel kills Atom, smartphone, tablet future in limbo

Has Intel finally thrown in the towel in the smartphone market? It seem so. As part of the company's comprehensive reforms, which also saw 11% of its worforce get pink slips, Intel has revealed the immediate cancellation of two of its current and still coming products: the SoFIA platform and the next gen Broxton chips. While those names might not ring too many bells, these basically means that Intel has effectively killed off the future of its Atom processors, putting into question the very future of its smartphone and, more importantly, low-cost tablet dreams.

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Verizon HTC 10 release imminent (pre-order up)

Verizon HTC 10 release imminent (pre-order up)

This morning the folks at Verizon announced that the HTC 10 would indeed be coming to their stores on pre-order soon. That's as promised, as it were. They've also posted their own unboxing video, as they often do, and have made clear that the HTC Ice View Phone Case will be available through them as well. How dare you assume you'd be able to get by without it? The very nerve!

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Galaxy Note 6 won’t be a compelling upgrade at this rate

Galaxy Note 6 won’t be a compelling upgrade at this rate

When you're as popular as Samsung, you really can't escape scrutiny, whether you fail or you succeed. When your earnings are sloping down, all eyes are on whether your next big product can save your coffers. When that flagship turns out to be a superstar, however, they're going to check if the one after it will be able to live up to that new standard. Such is the fate that awaits the Galaxy Note 6, even while it's still a good 5 months away. But if the recent leaks are any indication, it might have a harder time than its predecessor to enamor consumers.

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Galaxy S7 Edge battles HTC 10 in speed tests

Galaxy S7 Edge battles HTC 10 in speed tests

We are all impatient today and what may be only a few seconds for your smartphone to boot up or perform a task feels like an eternity when you are in a hurry. The HTC 10 and Galaxy S7 Edge have been pitted against each other in several speed tests to see which is faster for a variety of tasks. The first is a simple bootup test.

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Meizu PRO 6 Review Part I: The Galaxy iPhone missing link

Meizu PRO 6 Review Part I: The Galaxy iPhone missing link

We have a smartphone here that exists in the space between the top two mobile device makers in the world: Samsung and Apple. This is the Meizu PRO 6, a device whose hardware and software find themselves at a point near smartphone singularity - where all of the most high-end smartphone details meet. This is a cross-breed if ever we have seen one. At the same time, the PRO 6 is indeed a pretty great phone in its own right.

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BlackBerry’s next two Android phones appear in leaked images

BlackBerry’s next two Android phones appear in leaked images

This morning a set of photos of the next couple of BlackBerry handsets have been leaked - both with Android onboard. This bit of information should not come as a complete shock, as it's been all but confirmed that BlackBerry will no longer be making smartphones with their own BlackBerry OS. But the size and shape of these Android-based smartphones are new. They certainly don't look entirely new - they've got designs very closely related to the BlackBerry Priv - but they're newish nonetheless.

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The PC isn’t dead, we just don’t know what it means anymore

The PC isn’t dead, we just don’t know what it means anymore

Apple has positioned the iPad Pro, both sizes, to be the tablet that replaces your laptop, ruffling the features of both PC and Mac users. Microsoft has also been singing that song, though less harshly, about its Surface Pro tablets. And a good number of tablet, sometimes even smartphone, users have testified how they're able to not only live but even work out of their mobile devices. All of these different tunes seem to have similar chorus: "The PC is dead". That, however, is quite far from the truth, especially considering we might not really know what the word "PC" means anymore, let alone what qualifies as "dead".

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ZTE Axon 2 pops up at TENAA packing Snapdragon 820 and 4GB RAM

ZTE Axon 2 pops up at TENAA packing Snapdragon 820 and 4GB RAM

A new ZTE smartphone has turned up and this time the little beast is called the ZTE Axon 2. The phone has turned up on TENAA bringing some of the specifications with a couple images of the smartphone. This isn't the first ZTE device that we have spied at TENAA this month, the ZTE Nubia X8 and X8 Mini were seen previously. The ZTE Axon 2 has significantly better specs than either of those other two devices.

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Nexus 6P with Snapdragon 820 seen at Geekbench

Nexus 6P with Snapdragon 820 seen at Geekbench

The Nexus 9 is gone. Google I/O is happening next month. Android N will be released next quarter. You know what that means, right? Yep, it's time for a new Nexus device and, since Google hasn't changed its pattern here, we're looking at another Nexus smartphone. Of course, there's the eternal guessing game of who gets to make it this year. But, it seems there's another angle to be looked at. An entry at the Geekbench site reveals a "google Nexus 6P" (with that exact capitalization) that bears a Snapdragon 820 and 4 GB of RAM.

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Samsung Q1 2016 earnings are up, thanks to the Galaxy S7

Samsung Q1 2016 earnings are up, thanks to the Galaxy S7

Finally Samsung can breathe a little easier. After years and countless quarters of depressing financial results, the company is finally reporting an upward turn, at least for its first quarter earnings. Its strategies may be finally paying off and though it is probably too early to tell if it will hold in the future, Samsung is forecasting a more positive outlook for 2016. While most of its businesses, save for display panels, have seen increase in revenues, the relative success of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are credited for this positive turn of events.

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IDC Smartphone Shipments 2016: Q1 slowest ever, Apple falls, Huawei rises

IDC Smartphone Shipments 2016: Q1 slowest ever, Apple falls, Huawei rises

IDC says this quarter is the smallest year-over-year growth in smartphone shipments since smartphones were invented. This doesn't mean that shipments are going down - not exactly, anyway. Vendors shipped 334.9 million smartphones worldwide in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16). This is slightly more than what they shipped this same time one year ago - 334.3 million units. Less than a million unit shipments difference year-over-year. That is, indeed, unprecedented. It would seem that everyone already has a smartphone. Everyone that would have bought one in the last three months otherwise, anyway.

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iPhone 7 Pro details appear in release blueprints

iPhone 7 Pro details appear in release blueprints

While the magazine we're looking at right now suggests this might be the iPhone 7 Pro, we're leaning a bit more towards the dropping of the number altogether. Like we described in a demonstrative presentation article last week, today we're seeing a device that's far more powerful than the iPhone 6S, coming with features that will exemplify the mobile processing power of Apple's own "A" series. This device also has pogo-pins like the iPad Pro and a space for two camera lenses instead of just one.

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