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LG X5 finally revealed, along side X skin (style), X power

LG X5 finally revealed, along side X skin (style), X power

Near the end of May, LG was seen trying to trademark an "X5" brand. Shortly afterwards, it officially announced four new X series smartphones, capitalizing on the then newly launched X-Men: Apocalypse film. Still, no X5 in sight. Now a month later, LG is finally confirming that such a smartphone does exist. Alongside an earlier teased X power and X skin (a.k.a. X style), the LG X5 adds yet another member to LG's already confusing array of mid-range smartphones, each trying to sell something special. Or so LG says.

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HP Elite X3 to have gold version, optional passive stylus

HP Elite X3 to have gold version, optional passive stylus

In the absence of a still much desired Surface Phone this year, the HP Elite X3 is set to become the most interesting Windows 10 Mobile smartphone for 2016. And it may have just gotten slightly more interesting, and maybe premium looking, with the revelation of a gold color option for some markets as well as an optional stylus accessory. It's not all good news, however, as that stylus is, in fact, a passive one. Plus, there are some whispers that the business class smartphone might hit a few snags when it comes to supporting Verizon's LTE network.

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OnePlus 3 OTA goes out to everyone to fix display, RAM woes

OnePlus 3 OTA goes out to everyone to fix display, RAM woes

True to its word, OnePlus has indeed finally made available the update that will bring the features that the Interwebs has been crying for. The latest OxygenOS 3.2.0 OTA for the OnePlus 3, among other things, adds an sRGB mode to the device and promises to have an improved RAM management for its ample 6 GB of memory. Whether that finally puts an end to the series of criticisms that both the flagship and the company as well have received ever since the smartphone launched last month.

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Sharp made another Japan-only phone with razor-thin bezels

Sharp made another Japan-only phone with razor-thin bezels

Sharp one-upped just about every other smartphone two years ago when it debuted the Aquos Crystal, a device with almost nonexistent bezels on three sides. Now the Japanese phone maker is back with a smaller version: the Aquos Mini SH-M03. With dimensions measuring 126 x 66 x 9mm, it manages to fit a 4.7-inch display, the same size as the iPhone 6s' screen.

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BlackBerry’s next 3 Android phones planned for release by early 2017

BlackBerry’s next 3 Android phones planned for release by early 2017

The BlackBerry OS is clearly dead and buried, and now BlackBerry the company is doing all it can to avoid a similar fate. The smartphone maker is now pinning its last hopes on Android, with three new devices rumored to be in development, despite the BlackBerry Priv, their first phone to run Google's OS, being a major flop upon its release earlier this year.

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Qualcomm-powered Android devices found to have faulty full disk encryption

Qualcomm-powered Android devices found to have faulty full disk encryption

Google's Android platform has had its problems with security in the best, but a number of encryption features have been built into the software, as well as hardware, in recent years, significantly improving the situation. Unfortunately things are still far from perfect, as security researcher Gal Beniamini has discovered a vulnerability that leaves the Full Disk Encryption feature at risk to brute force attacks.

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These Google Phones and Android Nougat make me doubt my iPhone’s future

These Google Phones and Android Nougat make me doubt my iPhone’s future

Today I'm doubting this iPhone in the face of Google's potential with the next generation of Android Nougat devices. Specifically the HTC-made Nexus phones we're looking at today, leaked and everything. Both of the devices have been leaked, as it were, both with very similar details - both looking like really, really good competitors for the iPhone 7. Especially if we're speaking strictly on specifications' terms, the iPhone 7 will need to up its game significantly just to match what Google has here.

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China leaks the Galaxy Note 7’s mysterious sensor holes

China leaks the Galaxy Note 7’s mysterious sensor holes

The Galaxy Note 7 has had another leak in which a front panel screen protector has detailed features of the device before launch. While the source of this leak has been known to jump the gun in terms of content before confirmation in case-making, in this case they suggest that they are "getting all our information from our sourcing team, who are on-the-ground along with our manufacturing team in China." If true, this cover confirms another powerfully unique feature for the Galaxy Note 7.

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NuAns Neo brings Moto X customization to US Windows phone

NuAns Neo brings Moto X customization to US Windows phone

The Windows phone platform may be barely surviving in the US, but the Japanese design startup NuAns still wants to give it one unique, stylish flagship handset. First revealed back in December, the Neo is a Windows 10 phone with enough design customization to put the Moto X to shame. And now it's making its US debut with a new Kickstarter campaign.

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HTC swiftly promises Android Nougat for One M9, A9, HTC 10

HTC swiftly promises Android Nougat for One M9, A9, HTC 10

So Google has finally decided that Android N will be forever known as Nougat. We'll leave open the debate of whether it actually matched what the Interwebs voted for (some claim it doesn't). For now, we will focus briefly on the rush of OEMs swearing fealty to the upcoming nutty treat. What rush? It seems that manufacturers aren't that hasty in promising the heavens to their customers. HTC, of course, is having none of that and has indeed promised Android Nougat for HTC One M9, One A9, and HTC 10 smartphones. Without, of course, promising when.

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HTC-made Nexus “Marlin” specs leaked: larger of the same

HTC-made Nexus “Marlin” specs leaked: larger of the same

HTC might really be having its Nexus dream comes true. Twice! If the rumors and leaks are true, the Taiwanese OEM has not one but two Nexus devices coming up. That's two devices made by the same manufacturer launching in the same generation, definitely a first for the Nexus line. But HTC won't really be competing with itself, so to speak. Because despite having two, those, codenamed "Sailfish" and "Marlin", will really be birds of the same feather, differing really only in screen size and resolution. Which could make for a hard choice for consumers.

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Galaxy Note 7 part leak confirms Samsung’s secret weapon

Galaxy Note 7 part leak confirms Samsung’s secret weapon

The front panel of the Galaxy Note 7 has leaked in a single photo which confirms several details about the upcoming handset. This device is coming in black - we could have guessed that bit. This device also has a physical home button, as all Galaxy devices have since the beginning. The feature inclusion we'd known from insider sources previously and can confirm further today is in the array of circles near the top of the device's front here.

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