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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip hands-on: Second time’s the charm

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip hands-on: Second time’s the charm

If the Galaxy Fold felt like an experiment, Samsung's second foldable Android phone, the Galaxy Z Flip seems like a real play for a larger market. That's "larger" with some not-insignificant quotes, mind: a $1,380 sticker price still puts this well out of the reach of most smartphone buyers. At least, my early impressions suggest, the foldable they're getting for their money feels a lot more grown-up.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 5G hands-on: Serious flagships are seriously expensive

Samsung Galaxy S20 5G hands-on: Serious flagships are seriously expensive

Few details about the Samsung Galaxy S20 failed to leak, but that doesn't make this flagship trifecta - the Galaxy S20 5G, the S20+ 5G, and the S20 Ultra 5G - any less important. Jumping forward over the S10 to match the new decade, Samsung's Android flagships deliver the same mixture of big screens, multiple cameras, and plentiful power that we've come to expect from Unpacked each February.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds+ first look: Upgraded audio and incredible battery

Samsung Galaxy Buds+ first look: Upgraded audio and incredible battery

It's not just the Galaxy S20 that Samsung has to show today: there's also a new set of wireless earbuds, the Galaxy Buds+. As the name suggests they're the successors to last year's Galaxy Buds, with the promise of better audio quality and longer battery life, as well as a number of new convenience features.

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NuraLoop ears-on: Personalized audio gets even more personal

NuraLoop ears-on: Personalized audio gets even more personal

Once in a while, one company stumbles onto a new technology that pulls the rug out from under their industry - and sparks plenty of competitors trying to do the same. For Nura, that innovation centered on how it could create truly personalized hearing profiles simply by having people sit through a series of beeps and boops while wearing their headphones. Headphones offering personalized audio has since then popped up left and right, pushing the company to step up its game. That next level comes in the form of the NuraLoop, a pair of around the neck earbuds that brings Nura's technology to a more discreet and more personal wearable device.

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Enclave CineHome PRO hands-on: accessible wireless 5.1 surround

Enclave CineHome PRO hands-on: accessible wireless 5.1 surround

After a long period of obsessing primarily about display quality and visuals, consumers are now wising up to the fact that audio is just as critical in creating an immersive experience, especially when it comes to entertainment. But as they start to look for audio systems that mix performance and design as well as their TVs, they may be shocked to discover that those tend to sometimes cost more than their TVs. Enter Enclave's two new CineHome home theater systems that bundle five speakers and a subwoofer at the cost of a single high-end soundbar.

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Wacom One hands-on at CES 2020: the Cintiq for the masses

Wacom One hands-on at CES 2020: the Cintiq for the masses

Even with the flood of drawing tablets from the likes of Huion, XP-Pen, and other brands, Wacom remains the gold standard when it comes to such creative input devices. Its Cintiq, the name it gives pen display line, is often the dream of many budding artists that are turned away by its prohibitive price. The Wacom One is clearly the company's response to these two situations aiming to reclaim a segment of the market it lost to more affordable alternatives. And, for the first time, it specifically targeting an underserved Android market as well.

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Now I understand why the OnePlus Concept One exists

Now I understand why the OnePlus Concept One exists

The OnePlus Concept One hides its magic well. Indeed, you'd be hard-pressed at first glance to spot that the technology OnePlus developed for its new concept smartphone at CES 2020 started development eighteen months ago, the Android phone-maker once again taking McLaren's supercars as its inspiration. Only this time around, it's not just a fancy color scheme.

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TCL Project Archery 2.0 gives video glasses a second try

TCL Project Archery 2.0 gives video glasses a second try

TCL isn't just bringing affordable Android phones and a foldable prototype to CES 2020: the company also has another concept device that aims to deliver your video and gaming content more privately. TCL Project Archery was previewed back at IFA 2019, a wearable display promising the equivalent of a 100-inch TV viewed from across the room.

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TCL foldable phone hands-on: A prototype with promise

TCL foldable phone hands-on: A prototype with promise

TCL has revealed a new foldable phone prototype at CES 2020, a clamshell that opens up to reveal a 7.2-inch flexible touchscreen, and one which already has a few advantages over the Samsung Galaxy Fold. While the device is still at the "functional prototype" stage, and won't launch quite as you see here, there are already good reasons why what TCL has achieved should get Android fans excited.

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TCL 10 5G, 10 Pro and 10L promise high-spec Android under $500

TCL 10 5G, 10 Pro and 10L promise high-spec Android under $500

TCL has a new family of smartphones, the TCL 10-Series, and if you thought 5G would be priced out of your pocket then thing again. The TCL 10 5G, TCL 10 Pro, and TCL 10L are all making their debut at CES 2020 this week, and all three will be priced at under $500 when they go on sale later this year.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 benchmarks – and the problem with them

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 benchmarks – and the problem with them

The Snapdragon 865 is Qualcomm's latest-and-greatest chipset, set to be the 5G heart of most 2020 Android flagships, and unsurprisingly it blows right past its predecessor when it comes to benchmarks. I'm also here to tell you that, having sat with a Snapdragon 865 reference device and watched it clock up sky-high scores in apps like Antutu, Geekbench, and GFXBench, frankly you almost certainly shouldn't care about those numbers.

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OPPO AR Glasses Hands-on: OPPO’s future vision

OPPO AR Glasses Hands-on: OPPO’s future vision

At OPPO's INNO DAY conference, it revealed its grand vision for growing its business beyond smartphones and, as expected, 5G was one of the core focus of its expansion. This was also unsurprisingly tied to the technologies it enabled and improved, like augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and IoT. What was completely unexpected, however, was that OPPO had been silently working on its own AR glasses for that very purpose. We were able to spend some time with the device to try it out get an early peek at OPPO's vision of its future.

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