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Alcatel ONETOUCH IDOL 3 rocks even when held upside down

Alcatel ONETOUCH IDOL 3 rocks even when held upside down

From time to time, we see some new "feature" that manufacturers employ to entice users to their products. Sometimes, those features tend to stick around and become popular (like LG's Knock Code), and sometimes, they leave us scratching our heads in bewilderment. Alcatel's newest smartphone feature maybe of the latter, but it is also one that partly makes sense as well. The new ONETOUCH IDOL 3 announced MWC 2015 boasts of many high-end features, but perhaps its most eccentric one is that it is usable even when held upside down.

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Acer Liquid M220 hands-on: a late Windows Phone club member

Acer Liquid M220 hands-on: a late Windows Phone club member

When you speak of Windows Phone phones, one mostly thinks of Microsoft's, formerly Nokia's, Lumia line, except for one or two exceptions. Although Microsoft hasn't been very clear about its plans for other OEMs to join the Windows Phone party, it hasn't stopped others from trying their luck. The latest to join the fray is Acer, who is now unveiling the Liquid M220, an unabashedly low tier smartphone that will rub shoulders with all other low-end Lumias. Of course, it's still running Windows Phone 8.1, but that won't be a problem in the future.

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SanDisk debuts new 200GB microSDXC card

SanDisk debuts new 200GB microSDXC card

It's the first day of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and things are already heating up. The latest mobile device manufacturers are showcasing the hottest technology that they've been dreaming up all year. Today, SanDisk unveiled a new microSD memory card. It remarkably holds 200GB on a microSD card. SanDisk also introduced two other products which alternately focused on endurance and convenience.

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Acer Liquid Jade Z, Liquid Leap+ smartband jump at MWC 2015

Acer Liquid Jade Z, Liquid Leap+ smartband jump at MWC 2015

Aside from its new budget smartphones, Acer is also walking down a more premium but still affordable path at MWC 2015. Iterating over its first smart wearable, the company is now outing a new and improved Liquid Leap+ smart fitness band that now offers more flexibility in design as well as in smartphone platform support. It is also expanding its Liquid Jade line with the new Liquid Jade Z, bringing together more powerful hardware, including selfie-centric features, without stretching the price tag too much.

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Acer Liquid Z220, Z520 expands the budget range

Acer Liquid Z220, Z520 expands the budget range

Acer has been known to put out very affordable mobile devices in the market and it is doing so again today at MWC 2015. Joining the company's growing army of budget smartphones are the Liquid Z220 and the Liquid Z520. Flaunting a strange yet unique textured back cover, the Liquid Z220 is designed to appeal even to both ends of the age spectrum. The Liquid Z520, on the other hand, tries to appeal to aspiring digital photographers who are on a very tight budget.

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Microsoft unveils Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL at MWC 2015

Microsoft unveils Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL at MWC 2015

Microsoft might not be making a big splash at MWC this year, but that doesn't mean it's completely ignoring the opportunity to show some signs of life. While it does have a few products, they aren't that big. Well unless you mean physically big. The tech giant is unveiling the new Lumia 640 and its giant cousin named, what else, the Lumia 640 XL. But don't get too excited yet about these smartphones as they aren't yet running what would eventually be Window 10 for phones.

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Lenovo Vibe Shot hands-on: a unique camera/phone

Lenovo Vibe Shot hands-on: a unique camera/phone

This week the folks at Lenovo have revealed the Lenovo VIBE Shot, a device that they suggest delivers "the best of both in one device." The best of both of what, you might ask? Why, the best of smartphones and cameras, of course. This device includes a 16-megapixel camera at its back with tricolor flash that adjusts automatically based on ambient light. This device also runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and looks extremely unique, to say the least. On its back, it's horizontal, top to bottom.

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Lenovo A7000 hands-on: bringing Dolby ATMOS to mobile

Lenovo A7000 hands-on: bringing Dolby ATMOS to mobile

Lenovo has introduced one of its new smartphones, the A7000. It joins the maker's other wares being shown off at Mobile World Congress, and we recently went hands-on with the device, getting all the details ahead of its launch later this month. The A7000 will feel familiar to those who have used other Lenovo smartphones, resembling some of its other mid-tier handsets while still offering features that make it distinctly its own. Read our full hands-on to find out more!

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Xperia M4 Aqua smartphone detailed: getting wet

Xperia M4 Aqua smartphone detailed: getting wet

This week the folks at Sony have detailed their new midrange smartphone, the Xperia M4 Aqua. This device is Sony's first octa-core 64-bit smartphone running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor with Android 5.0 Lollipop under the hood. This device will be released in 80 countries worldwide with more than 100 carrier partners - except the United States. No Xperia M4 Aqua for us. There are no plans at this time to bring the US, suggests Sony, as their flagship focus in the United States continues. Guess we'll have to live with the ultra-awesome Xperia Z3 or Z3v.

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SlashGear 101: What is Samsung Pay?

SlashGear 101: What is Samsung Pay?

You’ve heard of Apple Pay, you’ve heard of Google Wallet, but now there’s Samsung Pay, the South Korean company’s take on mobile payments. Debuting as a feature update on the new Samsung Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge later in 2015, Samsung Pay’s claim to greatness is that not only does it use NFC for transactions, as per Apple Pay, but that it can emulate a traditional card for use with older cash registers. Confused? Don’t fret; we’ve got you covered after the cut.

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