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HTC announces the One (M8) PHUNK limited edition

HTC announces the One (M8) PHUNK limited edition

The HTC One (M8) is perhaps the most premium Android phone we’ve ever seen. The metal housing is a joy to put in your hand, but can be a bit subdued to look at. If you’ve been wanting a One (M8), but aren’t a fan of the plain aesthetic, there is good news. HTC is working with art studio PHUNK to create a fresh take on the rear of the One.

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Lenovo Fiscal Q1 figures show strong mobile and PC sales

Lenovo Fiscal Q1 figures show strong mobile and PC sales

It is all good news for Lenovo based on its financial reports for the first fiscal quarter of the year which ended June 30. Not only has it beat all odds and ended up with a net profit significantly higher than what analysts estimated, its PC business also managed to stay on top, not to mention profitable, during a period of lull in the entire industry. It is quite telling, however, that Lenovo declares that for the first time, it has sold more smartphones ever than PCs, bulk of which went to its chief market of China.

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha debuts with premium metal design

Samsung Galaxy Alpha debuts with premium metal design

Samsung has finally taken the wraps off of the Galaxy Alpha, its latest Android smartphone and a distinct departure from the all-plastic design language the South Korean company has resolutely insisted on for the past several generations of handset. Just 6.7mm thick, the 4.7-inch Galaxy Alpha has a metal frame with a bevelled edge that runs around its periphery, fronted by a 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED display.

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The irony: Microsoft makes depth-tracking phone while ignoring Kinect

The irony: Microsoft makes depth-tracking phone while ignoring Kinect

Microsoft may have conspicuously ignored Kinect in its Gamescon event today, going as far as to leave the motion sensor out of all three of its new Xbox One bundles, but that doesn't mean the rest of the company is giving up on clever camera tech. Microsoft Research has been working on turning a regular smartphone into a depth-camera, delivering Kinect and Google Project Tango style scanning and tracking but with a fraction of the complexity.

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Report: Samsung’s Tizen to be used in emerging markets

Report: Samsung’s Tizen to be used in emerging markets

Tizen, Samsung’s home-grown OS that was originally believed to do battle with Android, may be set to do battle on another front. Samsung has limited it to use on their wearables, like the Gear Fit and Galaxy Gear. While they’re still keen to get it onto smartphones, they might do it with devices that are a bit more comparable to wearables.

HTC Desire 816 and Desire 610 finally get US launch

HTC Desire 816 and Desire 610 finally get US launch

HTC has been teasing Americans for some time with its mainstream line of Android phones, but the Desire 610 and Desire 816 are finally getting a US release. Part of HTC's strategy to flesh out its midrange - a gap in which the company blamed for its mediocre performance back in 2013 - the two phones had been on sale in various locations in Europe and the rest of the world before now, but will soon show up on Virgin Mobile among other carriers.

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