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Moto E4 released as Android’s sweetest deal

Moto E4 released as Android’s sweetest deal

Motorola is back with yet another budget phone, the Moto E4 unveiled earlier this month. This is the latest budget-friendly phone in Motorola's Android lineup, and it is available as of today from a couple budget carriers: Ting and Republic Wireless. As we reported the other day, Amazon is also offering the phone unlocked through its special discounted phone lineup, shaving a decent chunk of money off the already cheap phone's price tag. What's there to like about this handset? A whole lot.

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Samsung is developing solid-state phone batteries that won’t explode

Samsung is developing solid-state phone batteries that won’t explode

Samsung is taking steps to ensure another Galaxy Note 7 fiasco doesn't happen: it is developing solid-state batteries for smartphones, something that could be available to consumers within the next handful of years. The tip comes from an unnamed Samsung executive who recently spoke to a Korean publication anonymously, saying that the technology is only one or two years away.

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Google Fi’s mystery phone may be Moto X4

Google Fi’s mystery phone may be Moto X4

By the end of the year here in 2017, Google Fi will have a new smartphone for sale. This device was revealed to be part of the company's plans earlier this week - and today the actual model has been leaked. Much like what we'd anticipated in our crystal ball analysis of the situation, the tip given today is that Motorola will be part of the Project Fi experience in not too long.

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Meizu PRO 7 second screen might have colors after all

Meizu PRO 7 second screen might have colors after all

The Meizu PRO 7, when it comes out in the next or so months, is going to be one strange phone. That's going to be true whether this latest bit comes to pass or not. Putting a second screen on a phone's back isn't exactly new. There's even a Kickstarter for offering something similar for the iPhone 7 pair. But whereas previous implementations put a full-sized e-ink screen on the back, the Meizu PRO 7 will supposedly have a "mini" screen instead. And it might not even be grayscale e-ink at all.

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OnePlus 5 jelly scrolling is natural, not a defect, says OnePlus

OnePlus 5 jelly scrolling is natural, not a defect, says OnePlus

No smartphone is ever perfect, at least not for everyone and in equal measures. For some, OnePlus's phones are near perfect, but only if you resign yourself to accept some flaws here and there. Almost every OnePlus phone seems to have a screen problem, from bleeding to touch sensitivity. It seems that the OnePlus 5 is no exception and might, in fact, be one of the worst offenders with its "jelly" scrolling effect. And this time, OnePlus seems to be disagreeing with its users and saying that there is nothing wrong at all.

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Galaxy Note 8 cases give us our closest look yet

Galaxy Note 8 cases give us our closest look yet

If you were expecting the Galaxy Note 8 to have some bold new design or innovation, you might have been disappointed by the recent renders made by OnLeaks. If you were hoping that these cases prematurely selling at accessory retailer Mobile Fun would offer some good news, sorry to burst your bubble again. While we can't yet be sure of how accurate these cases are, they pretty much confirm what we've seen and heard so far: a Galaxy Note 8 that is pretty much a larger Galaxy S8+ with a pen.

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Here’s how to get a DCI-P3 color gamut on your OnePlus 3T

Here’s how to get a DCI-P3 color gamut on your OnePlus 3T

The arrival of the OnePlus 5 was a bittersweet moment for the company’s fans. On the one hand, it meant a great new and somewhat still affordable flagship smartphone. On the other hand, given recent events, it might be a death sentence for the somewhat young OnePlus 3T. The startup did promise that Android 8.0 would come to last year’s flagship before the year ends, fingers crossed, but owners need not wait that long to get at least one new feature for their device. Apparently, some OnePlus 3T models and the OnePlus 5 use the exact same display panel, which meant that the latter’s wider color gamut is also available on the older smartphone.

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LG V30 might lose its only defining feature, but that’s OK

LG V30 might lose its only defining feature, but that’s OK

Like it's rival Samsung, LG has been releasing two premium smartphones per year. In the distant past, the two were mostly distinguished by their size. But ever since the LG V10 in 2015, the two flagships' differentiating factors practically boiled down to removable batteries and, perhaps more importantly, a second screen on top. According to sources, as well as previous leaks, LG will be ditching both of those with the V30. Depending on how attached you were to that second screen, that might not be much of a deal breaker in the end.

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Here’s what you get when you buy a Moto Z2 Play now

Here’s what you get when you buy a Moto Z2 Play now

Motorola's 2017 flagship is still MIA but, for now, it is making a mid-range play. Yes, pun totally intended. Announced right at the start of this month, the Moto Z2 Play is finally coming into play, er, available for purchase, giving Android fans a more affordable way to enjoy the Moto Mods promise. But while it does come cheaper than most flagships this year, there are some thing you might want to consider before whipping out your wallet.

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LG X Charge launches on Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile service

LG X Charge launches on Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile service

LG has launched another phone in the US, this one being the LG X Charge offered through Comcast's Xfinity Mobile wireless service. The LG X Charge features the largest battery LG offers in a smartphone at 4,500mAh. The phone itself is quite large to match, sporting a 5.5-inch HD display, though the overall specs are modest. Anyone currently getting their wireless phone service through Xfinity Mobile will be able to buy the phone in some Xfinity Stores and through other destinations starting tomorrow.

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Google Project Fi tips new mid-tier device in 2017

Google Project Fi tips new mid-tier device in 2017

This afternoon the folks at Google's Project Fi tipped that they'd be bringing a new device to their service. What they suggested on Twitter is that they'll have a "new Fi-compatible device at a mid-tier price from one of our partners later this year." That could mean that there's a new device - like one we've never seen before - but it could also mean that Google will make use of a device that's already out in the wild, "new" just meaning it's new to the service.

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Google Play summer sale begins today [App downloads, media]

Google Play summer sale begins today [App downloads, media]

This week the folks at Google have begun the first summer sale they've ever held in the Google Play Store that's also store-wide. This stale includes a number of pieces of software and media right from the start, and will roll out additional price-cuts for software and media in the near future. This will include apps, books, and games - while Google Music seems set to stay separate as its own entity.

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