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Moto X (Play) 2016 sighted on GFXBench, MediaTek inside

Moto X (Play) 2016 sighted on GFXBench, MediaTek inside

Lenovo insisted that news of the Moto X's death are highly exaggerated. Motorola's former flagship still caters to a specific market, whatever that may be, and a 4th gen model is still in the works. As if giving credence to that assertion, a new Motorola smartphone was spotted at GFXBench's website. Based on the model number and less than premium specs, it could be the 2016 Moto X Play. Or perhaps the only Moto X for the year. Curiously enough, the smartphone is noted to be running on a MediaTek processor.

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HP Elite X3 coming soon, spotted at Wi-Fi, Bluetooth certs

HP Elite X3 coming soon, spotted at Wi-Fi, Bluetooth certs

It seems that the day of reckoning for HP's premium Windows 10 Mobile phablet is almost at hand. After months of silence, HP once again showed off the Lumia 950 rival at Computex 2016 earlier this month. It even had a new feature to show off, a fingerprint scanner. HP also unloaded a few YouTube videos to prove that the smartphone actually exists. That, however, isn't enough. Now we're seeing even more proof, via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth certifications, hinting that the Elite X3 smartphone, and perhaps its notebook dock companion, is nearing its formal debut and market launch.

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Moto Z Pro Camera mod to come soon from Hasselblad

Moto Z Pro Camera mod to come soon from Hasselblad

Like the LG G5 before it, the "modular" Moto Z was unveiled with only a few of its swappable "smart" back covers which might not have inspired the imaginations of users. Like the LG G5, the Moto Z also promised more types of modules possible, including one that seemed to take on Microsoft's Continuum concept, except for Android. But unlike the LG G5, one of those new Moto Mods might actually be just around the corner. Popular camera maker Hasselblad has an event set for June 22nd and, according to rumors, one of its new products will be a camera mod for Motorola's latest flagship.

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OnePlus 3 “throttles” its 6 GB RAM in favor of battery life

OnePlus 3 “throttles” its 6 GB RAM in favor of battery life

There's a saying that goes "if you've got it, flaunt it." Of course, that doesn't apply to all cases, thankfully. That apparently is also true for the OnePlus 3, the latest "flagship killer" to come out of the bold Chinese startup because despite it's hardware capabilities, particularly the RAM, it was revealed to perform below expectations. Taking to his Twitter account, co-founder Carl Pei explained that the decision to not fully exploit that much RAM all boils down to offering a better user experience, mostly by making sure the smartphone won't consume battery like crazy.

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OnePlus 3 Review Part 4: Answering your Questions (Q&A)

OnePlus 3 Review Part 4: Answering your Questions (Q&A)

This week we've been answering your questions on social media about the OnePlus 3 in our extended review series. Today we're publishing a number of questions - especially the ones that've come up more than once - in an effort to make our answers more easily accessibly for everyone. This is part 4 of our ongoing review series with the OnePlus 3, the third generation device from the folks at OnePlus, a group of people obsessed with delivering a smartphone that's both inexpensive (sort of) and able to compete with the top-tier smartphones on the market today.

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The best Android phones of 2016 – A mid-year comparative overview

The best Android phones of 2016 – A mid-year comparative overview

Half of the year is almost over and save for some that release two smartphone flagships a year, most Android OEMs have already revealed their hands. That means it's the perfect time to take stock of some of the crème de la crème that manufacturers have to offer for 2016. Or at least what they consider to be the best. Who gets in and who is left out of the party? Of course, many of them share some similar specs and features, but each does bring something unique to the table, or promise to do so. Without further ado, there are 2016's stars, in order of appearance (a.k.a. reveal date).

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LeEco plans to take on the US market in Fall

LeEco plans to take on the US market in Fall

There are dozens of Chinese brands in the smartphone market, but most of them don't even make it to the headlines. And even those that do, like Xiaomi for example, aren't exactly rushing to get their wares into the US. LeEco, formerly known as LeTV, is daring to be different. According to the company's PR Director, Todd Witkemper, LeEco is in the midst of a hiring spree in the US to prepare for the company's arrival in the country sometime in Fall.

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OnePlus 3 DASH shown in action, gaming while charging

OnePlus 3 DASH shown in action, gaming while charging

OnePlus execs seem to like living on the edge just to prove a point. Company CEO Pete Lau has taken to Weibo to show off the OnePlus 3's fast charging DASH tech and how it fares against other flagships using Qualcomm's Quick Charge feature. And he does so not through rigorous lab stress test but with a somewhat controversial behavior among smartphone users. That is, playing games on the OnePlus 3 while charging it at the same time. Fortunately for the OnePlus, it was victorious and remained unscathed.

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Samsung Smart Glow puts an LED ring around the rear camera

Samsung Smart Glow puts an LED ring around the rear camera

The back side of the smartphone is one of the barest part of the device. It usually only had the rear camera, until some manufacturers started putting fingerprint scanners and sometimes even buttons there. It's a bit understandable, considering how the back is the one seen most by other people and therefore has to be the most presentable. That is why Samsung's leaked upcoming Smart Glow feature adds some new functionality on that rear side while, at the same time, actually adding some prettiness in the process.

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Android N Quick Settings ditch toggles

Android N Quick Settings ditch toggles

This week the newest version of Android N has arrived for Android Beta users, and with it, a relatively small change. Or a big change, depending on how often you use Quick Settings. Pulled down from the top of your Android device's screen, just above notifications, there's a grid of Quick Settings. Before, for items like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, you were able to tap once to toggle between settings state. Now, not so much.

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There may be no “flat” Galaxy Note 6

There may be no “flat” Galaxy Note 6

While the Galaxy Note 6 may be coming with an "Edge" version right out the gate, it's possible that no flat version will come at all. NOTE: Before we go any further, make certain you understand that we're working with pre-official information here, not confirmed data from Samsung. What we're to understand as of this week is that the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 - likely coming with the name Galaxy Note 7 (skipping the "6" to match the Galaxy S line releases), will come with a curved-edge display. And that there may be no traditional release.

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LG X power, X mach, X style, and X max unveiled, aim at the masses

LG X power, X mach, X style, and X max unveiled, aim at the masses

LG has pulled the wraps off a new range of X series smartphones and all of the devices are aiming directly at the middle of the smartphone market. The four new devices includes the X power, X mach, X style and X max. The quartet of new devices slips in alongside the existing X cam and X screen smartphones in the series. LG says that all four of the new smartphones will roll out later this month globally.

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