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Sony Xperia XA1 arrives in the U.S. on May 1 but preorders start now

Sony Xperia XA1 arrives in the U.S. on May 1 but preorders start now

The Sony Xperia XA1 will be available in the United States starting on May 1, but ahead of that launch date comes preorders through a couple online retailers. The Xperia XA1 will be offered in a few colors -- white, black, pink and gold -- and will be sold unlocked for use at any supported carrier. This handset features an edge-to-edge 5-inch display, a fairly substantial 23-megapixel rear camera, and (much) more.

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Galaxy S8 out-pre-sells its predecessor

Galaxy S8 out-pre-sells its predecessor

If there was any worry that the issues surrounding the Galaxy Note 7 would hurt Galaxy S8 sales, it can probably be laid to rest. Samsung delivered an update on Galaxy S8 pre-order numbers today, and though we don't get a specific number, we do get a general idea of how well Samsung's latest flagship did before launching last week. In short, it did very well.

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium getting Bronze Pink option in June

Sony Xperia XZ Premium getting Bronze Pink option in June

Most phone manufacturers would wait until a phone is released to begin offering different color variants, but not Sony. Instead, Sony has announced a third color for its Xperia XZ Premium before we even have a solid launch date. So, if the standard choices of Deepsea Black and Luminous Chrome aren't doing it for you, you won't necessarily have to wait until after launch to get something different.

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Elgato M4 Stand now turns your iPhone into the original Mac

Elgato M4 Stand now turns your iPhone into the original Mac

There is just something to Apple's Mac design that has people reaching for it decades after it has gone extinct. No, we're not talking about the candy iMacs but the original Macintosh. There hasn't been a shortage of attempts to emulate that computer. There's even an Apple Watch stand that turns it into a mini Macintosh. Appropriately, Elgato, who made that same W3 Apple Watch stand, has come out with the M4 for the iPhone to satisfy that craving for old-school industrial design.

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You can somewhat reclaim the Bixby Button again

You can somewhat reclaim the Bixby Button again

The greatest irony of the Galaxy S8 is that Samsung launched a crippled Bixby in the worst way possible. Whether you're still waiting for promised features or have no care for Bixby at all, that means you're left with a practically useless hardware button. Some have tried to give that button some other purpose in life, but Samsung quickly slammed that door shut. Now BixRemap tries to pick up where others left off but also does two things differently. For one, it can only launch Google Now. For another, Samsung hasn't yet blocked it.

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Samsung insists Galaxy S8 red screen just needs a software fix

Samsung insists Galaxy S8 red screen just needs a software fix

The Galaxy S8 is already receiving its fair share of criticisms not even a week into its launch. But aside from the crippled initial Bixby launch, the most glaring, almost literally, complain has been around some screens. Some users have reported have reported seeing a red tinge on their screens, at least more than normal and definitely more than what is comfortable. While some market watchers theorize it might be a problem inherent in Samsung's Super AMOLED hardware, the Korean giant is insisting it's simply a software calibration problem. And to prove that, it will soon be releasing a software update "fixing" the issue.

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iPhone 8 dummy model pics surface, confirm features so far

iPhone 8 dummy model pics surface, confirm features so far

The all-screen smartphone wars have begun. LG and Samsung already have their guns ablazing and, in just a few months, so too will Apple. And because there's still a lot of time before that happens, there's plenty of time for leaks of what the iPhone 8 could look like. This latest photo dump supposedly doesn't come from mere schematics. According to Benjamin Geskin, Foxconn confirmed that these are CNC dummy models of what we'll soon gawk at as the iPhone 8, in all its shiny, glassy glory.

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Galaxy S8 front camera hides an unused OIS mechanism

Galaxy S8 front camera hides an unused OIS mechanism

Just like any movie or TV show script, not everything planned gets into production and the final episode or film. Same is especially true with devices, with features that get left on the cutting board. Most of the time, however, those features vanish without a trace. To JerryRigEverything's surprise, one such feature made it to the retail Galaxy S8. That feature is a "movable" front camera that hints that selfies would have become less blurry on Samsung's flagship. That is, if it actually pushed through with it.

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Squeezable HTC U unveiled in leaked promo video

Squeezable HTC U unveiled in leaked promo video

Phone maker HTC has already revealed that they're going to announce a new "U" branded device in just under a month, and we also know the company is terrible at keeping secrets. Combine these two facts and we have what appears to be an upcoming promotional video for the new smartphone turning up early online. Under the title of "HTC U11," the clip goes to great lengths to highlight the feature that's already revealed in HTC's recent "Squeeze for the brilliant" teaser.

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Now the Nexus 6P is being targeted by a boot loop lawsuit

Now the Nexus 6P is being targeted by a boot loop lawsuit

These days, when you buy a premium model smartphone, Android or otherwise, there's an expectation that the device will be supported by its manufacturer for, at a minimum, the next one to two years. Unfortunately for a number of Nexus 6P owners, that is hardly the case. Google and Huawei, the Nexus 6P's manufacturer, are now at the center of a federal class action lawsuit over a "boot loop" problem affecting the smartphone, the issue at the heart of a LG lawsuit reported in March.

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Google Pixel and Pixel XL phone backup issue affects some users

Google Pixel and Pixel XL phone backup issue affects some users

Google Pixel owners have taken to the company's Product Forums to complain about a new software issue: the phone isn't backing up properly, in some cases failing to backup everything including call history, text messages, and app data, among other things. Many users are reporting this problem, indicating it is at least a moderately widespread problem, and there doesn't appear to be any reliable fix at this time.

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Moto Z2 Play leaks in press photos: more of the same, only better

Moto Z2 Play leaks in press photos: more of the same, only better

Yet another Motorola smartphone has leaked, this time the Moto Z2 Play. The handset has been shown front, side, and back in what appears to be a trio of press photos, all three of them laying bare everything the phone has to offer (as far as aesthetics are concerned). Assuming the leaked photo is an accurate look at the handset, it is clear Motorola hasn't made many changes over the current version, and that's not a bad thing.

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