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ZTE Nubia Z11 to arrive in US alongside China launch

ZTE Nubia Z11 to arrive in US alongside China launch

Chinese company ZTE enjoys healthy success both in China and the United States, and as such a new report isn't much of a surprise: ZTE plans to launch its upcoming Nubia Z11 smartphone in both China and the U.S. at the same time, something spurred in part by the widespread success of ZTE’s Z9 handset, which has sold more than half a billion units across the globe.

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Samsung Pay expands to include Chase credit and debit cards

Samsung Pay expands to include Chase credit and debit cards

We're inching closer and closer to a time where we won't even need to pull out our wallet to pay for items. It started with the ability to order things online, and now thanks to smartphones, we can just tap our phones for some purchases. Starting today, those with Samsung phones will have more options for paying for transactions with nothing more than their phone.

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Pepsi Phone P1s arrives in China with 4G LTE, FHD display, Lollipop

Pepsi Phone P1s arrives in China with 4G LTE, FHD display, Lollipop

We've known that Pepsi has a self-branded smartphone in the pipeline, and now it has finally been made official. Called the Pepsi Phone P1s, this smartphone comes with the familiar beverage's branding and an otherwise attractive design. Some of the specs we've already heard through sources have been confirmed, including the 5.5-inch Full HD display and dual-SIM support. The phone is being launched in China, and is manufactured by Shenzhen Scooby Communication Equipment Co.

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Photojojo Iris lenses give smartphones pro-grade optics

Photojojo Iris lenses give smartphones pro-grade optics

Photojojo has introduced a new lineup of Iris lenses for smartphones: a wide-angle lens, macro lens, and fisheye lens. The lenses are compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6, as well as the iPhone, complementing the already excellent cameras on the phones. The lenses boast high-end construction, and feature a stretchy cable that fastens the lens to the handset, as well as a related cap that protects the lens when in storage.

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Walmart’s now offering a $10 Android smartphone

Walmart’s now offering a $10 Android smartphone

Smartphones have come down in price considerably over the years; those willing to deal with barebones features and lowest-end specs have been able to find ultra-cheap options at around the $35 mark, for example. Wal-Mart just undercut that already low figure, however, introducing a sub-$10 smartphone that'll meet someone's most basic needs, the most important of which is being exceptionally budget-friendly.

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Microsoft Lumia 950 launches at AT&T on Friday

Microsoft Lumia 950 launches at AT&T on Friday

Early last week, rumor surfaced that AT&T would launch Microsoft’s Lumia 950 on November 20, something the wireless carrier confirmed in an announcement today. The smartphone will be first available online through AT&T’s website on November 17, then Friday at its retail stores across the nation. This makes the carrier the first to offer Microsoft’s new Lumia handset — the smaller of the two, that is.

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BlackBerry ‘Vienna’ Android handset leaks in gallery

BlackBerry ‘Vienna’ Android handset leaks in gallery

BlackBerry recently launched its first ever Android smartphone. Though it hasn't been quite the hit some had hoped, the company isn't giving up. In the most recent BlackBerry leak, another Android-toting phone has surfaced; this particular handset is codenamed "Vienna", and a gallery of press renders purports to give us a look at the model.

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EziSmart case makes smartphones easier for elderly

EziSmart case makes smartphones easier for elderly

Smartphones and the elderly don’t always mix well — try as they might, some from the eldest generation have trouble using modern smartphones, prompting the development of various simplified launchers and elderly-friendly smartphones. Inventor Richard Chan has a new twist on those ideas, though, developing a simplified smartphone case with buttons rather than an easier-to-use phone interface.

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Motorola to open ‘experiential boutique’ shop in Chicago

Motorola to open ‘experiential boutique’ shop in Chicago

On Wednesday, Motorola announced plans to launch a retail store in Chicago, which will open in time for the holiday season. The store will be called, most appropriately, the Moto Shop, marking the maker’s first ever “experiential boutique” in downtown Chicago. The store will open on November 7, and will showcase Motorola’s own products: phones, tablets, and wearables, among other things.

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Report: new Android One phone heading to India

Report: new Android One phone heading to India

Google is going to have a new Android One smartphone in India soon, according to sources. The release will be done in conjunction with India’s Lava International Ltd., and will kick off a “revamped initiative” with more lax rules for device makers, giving them the freedom to select what features and hardware will be used and at what price point the Android One phones will be offered.

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SoftBank tightens Sprint’s fiscal belt

SoftBank tightens Sprint’s fiscal belt

Thousands of jobs are at stake this week as Sprint receives word from parent company SoftBank that they'll be needing to cut costs significantly. Straight from a SoftBank earnings call this week for the quarter ending at the end of September, 2015, it would appear that though Sprint is the "only carrier with growth" in the USA for Postpaid devices - though their charts don't actually have numbers attached. Despite this, Sprint will be needing to cut back on cash spent to keep their business running.

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Review: ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser

Review: ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser

ASUS has introduced a new variant of the ZenFone 2, which we reviewed earlier this year. This new variant is called the ZenFone 2 Laser, and it comes with a modest $199 USD starting price, shaving $30 or more off the ZenFone 2’s price tag. The Laser variant is largely the same as the original ZenFone 2 smartphone, but with some small differences, not the least of which is the laser-assisted auto-focus from which the variant gets its name.

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