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Lenovo PHAB and PHAB Plus ‘phablets’ are budget friendly

Lenovo PHAB and PHAB Plus ‘phablets’ are budget friendly

Lenovo has introduced some budget-friendly "phablet"-sized smartphones, the Lenovo PHAB and PHAB Plus. Both phones boast big displays and a wide array of features, as well as price points that put them in the reasonable range for most consumers. This positions them to compete with other big-screened smartphones from the like of Samsung and Apple, and with -- as far as most consumers are concerned -- few notable tradeoffs.

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Google Nexus event tipped for September 29th

Google Nexus event tipped for September 29th

Today it's been tipped that the next big Google event will take place on the 29th of September, 2015. This event is said to be home to the two newest Nexus smartphones, both of them coming with fingerprint scanners and both ready and willing to be the headliners of the big Android Pay mobile payment market push. The smaller of these devices is rumored to be coming from LG, while the larger will be coming from Huawei.

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Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact hands-on

Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact hands-on

This morning Sony showed off their newest smartphones, all in the Sony Xperia Z5 line. The larger of the two standard models is the Sony Xperia Z5, working with a 1080p display and the company's finest camera setup in their relatively short smartphone history. The smaller device is the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, a device with a smaller display but just as powerful a camera and processor. There's also the 4K-display wielding Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, which we've delivered a hands-on experience with separately.

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Sony Xperia Z5 Premium hands-on with 4K display

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium hands-on with 4K display

Today we're having a look at the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium with 4K display, deciding whether or not it makes sense to go this far with sharpness on a mobile display. This device has a 5.5-inch display panel, meaning you'll have 806 pixels per inch - far more than is discernible by the human eye. We'll have to try this device out for an extended period of time before we decide whether or not it'll be worth the "Premium" price it'll cost.

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Sony Xperia Z5 Premium revealed and detailed with 4K display

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium revealed and detailed with 4K display

This week Sony showed off the Sony Xperia Z5, a smartphone that "contains our best camera created specifically for a smartphone." This device is made for consumers that wish to take quick shots, working with 0.03-second autofocus. Sony suggests that this is the world's fastest autofocus on a smartphone. This device also has "better zoom quality" with 5x Clear Image Zoom and a 23-megapixel sensor. This device's camera also has focus placed on low-light photography and "SteadyShot" intelligent bump-reducing mode.

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Huawei Mate S features Force Touch, knuckle gesture recognition

Huawei Mate S features Force Touch, knuckle gesture recognition

Huawei is using its stage time at IFA 2015 to announce its latest smartphone, the Mate S, clear shot at rivaling Apple's forthcoming iPhone "6s" Plus. First off, the device features a 5.5-inch display, down from the 6-inch Ascend Mate 7 from last year, but it's also touting Force Touch, the same pressure sensitive touchscreen technology that Apple debuted in the Apple Watch and Retina MacBook, and is expected to be a big part of this year's new iPhones.

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ASUS ZenFone Zoom debuts in Europe with 3x optical zoom

ASUS ZenFone Zoom debuts in Europe with 3x optical zoom

At IFA 2015 in Berlin, Asus took the opportunity to announce its ZenFone Zoom, first seen at CES earlier this year, is coming to Europe with its impressive 3x optical zoom. Asus' Android powered smartphone is said to be the world's thinnest with optical-zoom on its 13-megapixel rear camera. Along with optical image stabilization (OIS), the ZenFone Zoom is capable of up to 12x magnification, along with close-ups from only 5cm away with its macro shooting mode.

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Acer’s Jade Primo is a ‘pocket PC’ phone running Windows 10

Acer’s Jade Primo is a ‘pocket PC’ phone running Windows 10

While Acer's presentation at IFA in Berlin has been full of new PC, laptop, and gaming rig announcements, the company also unveiled a prototype Jade Primo smartphone that they're hailing as a true "pocket PC." The device runs Windows 10, and not a modified version of the OS shrunken down to run on a mobile device like Windows Phones of the past, no, this is the same full-fledged Windows 10 that runs on desktops and laptops.

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Joby GripTight Auto Vent Clip keeps your smartphone secure

Joby GripTight Auto Vent Clip keeps your smartphone secure

I find in my area that the maps that are on my TomTom GPS device leave a lot to be desired, especially in rural areas. TomTom has a very hard time with rural county roads and I often end up going to my Android smartphone and Google Maps to find my way. In that instance I am always looking for a good way to secure my smartphone to keep it from ending up on the floor and to keep it where I can easily see it.

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Moto X Pure Edition U.S. preorders start tomorrow

Moto X Pure Edition U.S. preorders start tomorrow

Motorola has announced the Moto X Pure Edition will be going up for preorder tomorrow in the United States. The Pure Edition will have a starting price of $399.99 USD, and will be available this coming fall, according to Motorola’s website. The Moto X Pure Edition brings with it all the stylings of the Moto X, but with a “pure Android experience,” says Motorola, as well as being unlocked, giving users the freedom to toggle between carriers.

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