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Smartphones with 6GB RAM top Antutu’s May performers

Smartphones with 6GB RAM top Antutu’s May performers

When smartphones, led by the iPhone 5s in 2013, started marching towards 64-bit processors, there was a lot of talk around RAM sizes greater than 4 GB. Of course, that was one of the most obvious consequences of the new CPU architecture, but back then it was still more of a hype. This year, we're starting to see the first batch of smartphones with that much RAM inside, heralding the new high-end flagship baseline. But is it worth it already? Going by AnTuTu's Top 10 Performance devices in May, maybe not so much yet.

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Moto Z Style Mods leaked as swappable back covers

Moto Z Style Mods leaked as swappable back covers

In just a few days, we will finally see for ourselves what Lenovo and Motorola have been cooking up behind closed doors. Well, somewhat closed, because such doors have never really prevented otherwise confidential materials from leaking out. Like these "Style Mods" for example, which is just a rather fancy term to describe what are most likely hot swap back covers for the Moto Z, which is also a just a fancy new name for the amalgamation of Lenovo's and Motorola's high-end flagship lines.

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OnePlus 3 put up on a “blind sale”, but here’s how it looks

OnePlus 3 put up on a “blind sale”, but here’s how it looks

As far as marketing gimmicks go, OnePlus is definitely up there. Although probably not intentional, the very limited, invite-only system did drum up the marketing for the OnePlus One. And then there was that "Smash the Past" for the same flagship that would give you the chance, not an immediate replacement, to get a OnePlus One if you went on air to smash your existing flagship. Now OnePlus is again asking fans to take a leap of faith by putting in a pre-order for the OnePlus 3, without knowning the details or even the final price. Luckily, others are more than willing to fill in the blanks.

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Xperia X camera reported bitten by overheating bug

Xperia X camera reported bitten by overheating bug

If you thought Sony's Xperia smartphones were hot, it probably to think literally about that as well. Sony's smartphones are somewhat notorious for being warmer to the touch than others, overheating at worst. But we thought we've seen the last of those issues after the fiasco that was the Xperia Z4, or Xperia Z3+ elsewhere. Sadly, it seems Sony is unable to fully rid itself of the curse, as the latest Xperia X is reported to have the same overheating issues with the camera as well.

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OnePlus had a near-finished smartwatch, but decided to ‘focus’ on phones instead

OnePlus had a near-finished smartwatch, but decided to ‘focus’ on phones instead

Right now, Chinese manufacturer OnePlus is known for producing quality Android-based smartphones at budget-friendly prices. It's a small company, but that focus on high-end phones with flagship-level specs is what makes them standout in a growing sea of other low-priced Android devices. However, OnePlus nearly entered the smartwatch game — another crowded market — going so far as to complete a design, but decided to scrap the device out of concern of losing focus.

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2017 Nexus phone leak spills Huawei’s involvement

2017 Nexus phone leak spills Huawei’s involvement

The next Google Nexus Android device may well be made by Huawei, as rumored - so says an interview with Huawei. The real oddity comes in the Gearburn chat writer Hadlee Simons has had with Charlene Munilall, general manager for Huawei’s Consumer Business Group in South Africa. There, Gearburn suggests, Munilall offered up word that Huawei is "doing the Nexus again this year, by the way." Whether or not that confirms the device itself is still up for debate - what's a bit more solid is the details of the device that's already - sort of - on the market.

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LG 360 CAM celebrates World Environment Day

LG 360 CAM celebrates World Environment Day

This week the folks at LG have decided to celebrate World Environment Day with a spherical video hosted by YouTube. As such, users will be able to view the video in 360 vision using the YouTube app, or view the scene with the ability to move and adjust their view in their web browser - just so long as it's Chrome. While the real World Environment Day is this Sunday, June 5th, the video is rolling out today - have a peek at it right this minute.

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Galaxy Note 6 key details appear in leaked blueprints

Galaxy Note 6 key details appear in leaked blueprints

Renderings based on blueprints of the Galaxy Note 6 (or 7, whatever Samsung ends up calling it) have appeared, showing key details for the large smartphone. This device will have the S Pen - as expected - but according to the details we have today, it'll also have a set of curved edges. Whats that? It'll be an Edge? Not necessarily. Not necessarily in name, that is to say. This is going to be a real oddity.

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Sony Xperia Z5 Android 6.0.1 update brings back STAMINA mode

Sony Xperia Z5 Android 6.0.1 update brings back STAMINA mode

It isn't unusual for OEMs to implement features not found in stock Android exactly because they want to offer an experience that plain Android just can't. Eventually, Android does catch up, adding those features and causing OEM chanegs to be redundant. Sometimes, however, Android's official version doesn't exactly replace sometimes more useful alternatives. That was apparently the case when Sony removed STAMINA mode from its devices running Android Marshmallow in favor of Android's new Doze feature. After no small amount of complaints, the latest update brings it back for the Xperia Z5 family.

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HP Elite X3 is still coming, with a fingerprint sensor even

HP Elite X3 is still coming, with a fingerprint sensor even

Microsoft's practically complete withrdawal from the smartphone device market is a bittersweet thing for its fans. On the one hand, it means the company is even less interested in making smartphones. On the other hand, it could also mean that Redmond has more resources to devout to a high end, still mythical Surface Phone. But while Microsoft bids its time, it seems that HP will beat it to the "really premium Windows 10 Mobile smartphone" punch. Yes, the HP Elite X3 is still a thing, is still coming, and might even come with a fingerprint scanner to boot!

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OnePlus 3 tipped to come in four variants

OnePlus 3 tipped to come in four variants

The number of variations an OEM makes for a single smartphone model has increased in the past few years. Before, and still for some like Apple, you need only choose between how much internal storage you want. Nowadays, there are variants for different RAM, different CPUs, and different screen resolutions. Worst case scenario they all have the same brand name, differing only in model number. For the past two years, OnePlus has been happy to offer variants differing only in storage space. But for the OnePlus 3 this year, sources claim that the Chinese startup will actually have four to offer.

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Smartphone Shipments leveling out: everyone already has one

Smartphone Shipments leveling out: everyone already has one

A smartphone unit shipments report released today suggests that basically everyone in the world who wants a smartphone already has one. This week Mary Meeker from VIA Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers have released her annual Internet Trends report for 2016, showing - in the process - how growth has slowed in smartphone unit shipments. This does not mean end sales, mind you, just shipments from manufacturing plants to distributors. This is not sales - but it's certainly indicative of some interestingly dire trends.

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