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Here are some more Galaxy S9 renders

Here are some more Galaxy S9 renders

Unlike this year’s Samsung flagships, it seems that next year’s Galaxy S9 will be playing it safer. A lot safer. While it will obviously have most of the latest hardware, though not all, word on the rumor mill is that those will be all that the Galaxy S9 will have. That does seem to be now accepted fate, especially with the renders OnLeaks made, based on schematics and leaks, showing off a rather familiar-looking Galaxy S9.

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BlackBerry PRIV reaches end of life, no more monthly updates

BlackBerry PRIV reaches end of life, no more monthly updates

Time flies, as they say, whether you’re having fun or not. It’s almost incredible, and by that, we mean “unbelievable”, that BlackBerry’s first fully Android smartphone has already passed its second birthday. And yet that is exactly the case with the somewhat odd BlackBerry Priv and its sliding keyboard. Sadly, that second birthday is usually a death sentence for smartphones and, as such, the Priv will no longer receive monthly security updates moving forward.

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BlackBerry app store closing after 2019, BB10 gets two years of support

BlackBerry app store closing after 2019, BB10 gets two years of support

While the BlackBerry name isn't much more than an afterthought in the Android market, users might be surprised to hear that some of the company's legacy mobile services are still around. Unfortunately for those still using them, BlackBerry has announced that they'll be shutting down over the next two years, including the platform's app store.

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Galaxy S8, S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 deals: $300 off, free charging pad, and more

Galaxy S8, S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 deals: $300 off, free charging pad, and more

Still haven't picked up one of Samsung's latest and greatest Galaxy smartphones? There's still time to get one of the phones before Christmas, and here with incentives is Best Buy with, among other things, a $300 discount. The deal offers the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8 smartphones for $300 off if purchased for either the Verizon or Sprint networks. Not with either of those carriers? There are a few other promotions to choose from.

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There’s bad Galaxy S9 news for CES 2018

There’s bad Galaxy S9 news for CES 2018

If you were hoping to get a look at Samsung's upcoming flagship Galaxy phone during CES 2018 next month, we have some bad news. Sources claim Samsung will be showing off some of its phones at the event in January, as well as LG, but the showcase will involve "low-end" handsets. That will include the Samsung A8 and A8 Plus 2018 models, both rumored to feature the long Infinity Display and certain Bixby functions. The Galaxy S9 is another matter.

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Samsung Galaxy A8, LG K10 mid-range phones expected at CES 2018

Samsung Galaxy A8, LG K10 mid-range phones expected at CES 2018

Although Samsung has more or less confirmed that the Galaxy S9 wouldn’t be making an appearance as early as CES 2018, that doesn’t mean it won’t have any phone to show next month. It might, instead, simply show off a new phone for that who want the same look but for less. Less hardware, that is. In a similar fashion, LG might be doing something similar, debuting a new LG K phone vis-a-vis Samsung’s new Galaxy A model.

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Here’s what’s coming to the Essential phone in the future

Here’s what’s coming to the Essential phone in the future

One of the benefits of not being a giant company is that you are able to move a bit faster and are less bogged downy be legacy considerations. Especially when you’re a small smartphone OEM carrying a nearly pure Android phone. That said, that agility may also cause such smaller companies to make bold promises, just like how Essential is putting some much-requested features on its list for the near future. Whenever that is.

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Synaptics in-screen fingerprint scanner to debut in Vivo

Synaptics in-screen fingerprint scanner to debut in Vivo

Human Interface Device (HID) expert Synaptics might be grasping at straws to salvage what it can from its much-delayed in-display fingerprint sensor. It recently announced that the sensor, the Clear ID FS9500, has gone into mass production with one of the five Tier 1 smartphone makers in the world. Not leaving much time for a guessing game, Synaptics has finally revealed who that OEM is, and it is none other than Vivo who, just a few months ago, flaunted Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensor instead.

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Galaxy S9 leak shows new designs in 360 videos

Galaxy S9 leak shows new designs in 360 videos

This afternoon we're having a peek at the Samsung Galaxy S9 as envisioned with credible early leaks. This piece of work was done by OnLeaks, AKA Steve H, a fellow who's been shockingly accurate at this sort of thing over the past couple of years. This set of images suggests that the Galaxy S9 will look quite familiar.

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Nokia 9 might turn out to have rather powerful dual cameras

Nokia 9 might turn out to have rather powerful dual cameras

The year is practically over and still no sign of the Nokia 9. Of course, that only means that HMD Global will probably want to start 2018 with a bang, Because when the Nokia 9 does debut, it might be bringing along two cameras on its back that could Nokia’s name back on the map when it comes to mobile photography. That is, if the new camera app pulled from the Nokia 5 Oreo beta holds clues to what the Nokia 9 has in store for fans.

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Galaxy S8 Oreo update still MIA but users should want it soon

Galaxy S8 Oreo update still MIA but users should want it soon

Samsung isn’t the fastest when it comes to pushing out Android updates and even more so major ones like Android 8.0 Oreo. So when the OEM got the ball rolling with the Oreo Beta program for the Galaxy S8, there was reason for excitement among users. Three beta releases later, however, the light at the end of the tunnel is still nowhere to be seen and no one knows when the final version will be released. And, perhaps more worryingly, neither does Samsung.

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OPPO A83’s 18:9 screen has plenty of bezels to go around

OPPO A83’s 18:9 screen has plenty of bezels to go around

Most of the time, when you hear “18:9 screen” these days, you usually associate it with bezel-less designs like those on the LG V30, the Galaxy S8, and the iPhone X. While that may be true, it isn’t always the case. Take, for example, the OPPO A83 that has popped up on TENAA. It does have an 18:9 screen, though HD+ only, but it is still shown to have some rather noticeable bezels at the sides, especially with the white model.

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