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Solar-charging iPhone X Tesla now available if you can afford it

Solar-charging iPhone X Tesla now available if you can afford it

Smartphone battery cases aren't uncommon but, given their nature, they add considerable bulk to your phone and take away any semblance of premium or luxurious design. That's especially a problem if you have an expensive and handsome one like the iPhone X. Russian accessory maker Caviar has found a solution. It's new iPhone X Tesla offer tries to distract you from the gigantic case using gold trimmings, a solar panel, and a price tag that costs almost five times the iPhone X itself.

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Wonder Android gaming phone takes cues from Nintendo Switch

Wonder Android gaming phone takes cues from Nintendo Switch

When word of the Xiaomi-backed Black Shark gaming smartphone went out, it was compared to the Nintendo Switch. When it launched, it ended up only being half a Switch. Nonetheless, it seems that Nintendo's wildly successful hybrid portable console has inspired not a few in the smartphone market to take that same road less traveled. One of those is a startup simply called Wonder whose dreams for an Android-powered gaming-centric smartphone is both like the Switch but also not like it.

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Galaxy Note 9, S10 early launch: Samsung rushes again

Galaxy Note 9, S10 early launch: Samsung rushes again

It seems that Samsung may have not been burned badly enough by the Galaxy Note 7 catastrophe in 2016. Either that or it is slowly transitioning to a new and more permanent release cadence. Since the Galaxy S8 last year, Samsung has been moving its flagship launches earlier and earlier, shifting away from the company's once predictable strategy. Korean media are now reporting that not only will the Galaxy Note 9 be launched earlier this year, so will the Galaxy S10. And Samsung may have a lot of reasons for doing so.

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HTC Exodus blockchain phone: this is what it means

HTC Exodus blockchain phone: this is what it means

HTC hasn't been doing so well lately, at least not in the smartphone market. A large chunk of its mobile team have been shuffled over to Google. The company mostly remains afloat thanks to its VIVE VR platform. Still, there are some in the company that strongly believe that HTC still has something to offer that no one else can, starting with ambition and audacity. The newly revealed HTC Exodus concept phone is being called as the way of the future, just as the blockchain and cryptocurrency on which it revolves around has been called similarly. But just like blockchains and cryptocurrency, it might be a technology too far into the future and too ahead of its time.

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LG V35 ThinQ leak might offer hope for notch haters

LG V35 ThinQ leak might offer hope for notch haters

There were rumors that LG, like HTC, would be cutting down on its flagship devices this year. Apparently that's not entirely true. While LG has yet to actually show any sign of having something for later this year, like an LG V40, it isn't done with modifying last year's V series phone. After the LG V30 and the LG V30S ThinQ comes the LG V35 ThinQ. And if this leaked spec list is true, it's going to be an LG G7 ThinQ in a V30's clothing.

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Galaxy S9, S9+ get Sunrise Gold, Burgundy Red color options

Galaxy S9, S9+ get Sunrise Gold, Burgundy Red color options

Smartphones these days have become so pretty and even durable that there are those who prefer their mobile companions to be naked. Their only hesitation often comes from the drab and common black, white, and gray colors on their smartphone's rear. That is why some manufacturers have taken pains to distinguish their smartphones' backs by design, color, or even both. Take for example the Galaxy S9 ad S9+, whose glossy glass backs now come in gold and the ever so rare red hues.

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Vivo X20 Play UD in-display fingerprint scanner reliability tested

Vivo X20 Play UD in-display fingerprint scanner reliability tested

Despite year after year of delays, it seems that the in-display fingerprint scanner, alternatively called a fingerprint on display (FOD), is still a goal among smartphone makers. Some are just taking a different route. Vivo, for example, used Synaptics' optical fingerprint scanner on its X20 Play UD, the first commercial phone to sport that feature. But being under the phone's screen and, therefore, subject to the same wear and tear as the display might raise some doubts and concerns over its reliability. To answer those questions, YouTube Marques Brownlee, a.k.a. MKBHD, puts that FOD to the test.

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Verizon 5G rollout starts in Los Angeles in Q4 2018

Verizon 5G rollout starts in Los Angeles in Q4 2018

Verizon has revealed plans to start rolling out its 5G network in Los Angeles in the fourth quarter of this year. The company announced the plans today, saying Los Angeles is the second city that will be getting its 5G network deployment. The first city, Sacramento, was first revealed in November 2017. The company is eyeing progressive cities in particular.

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The future of smartphone cameras is AI

The future of smartphone cameras is AI

Even before Google demonstrated its frighteningly believable and controversial Duplex AI, artificial intelligence and machine learning was already a big topic on smartphones. But with very few exceptions AI on smartphones have so far been limited to one common use case: photography. You might be tired of hearing about it every new phone launch event but, sooner than later, it's going to cease being just a buzzword. Pretty soon, "camera AI" will be something that all but the cheapest entry-level smartphone will have as a basic feature. Just like dual cameras.

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Android P on Pixel 2 might have automatic color adjustment

Android P on Pixel 2 might have automatic color adjustment

What should have been a great successor to a great first product quickly turned into a disaster. The Google Pixel 2, most especially the bigger Pixel 2 XL, was beset by many complaints and issues. The first of those was about how its OLED screen was dry and dull, forcing Google to add some color mode options. Google, however, is never a fan of manual options or letting less knowledgeable users be in control. That's why in Android P, the Pixel 2 phones might get a new color mode, one that will decide what's best on the user's behalf.

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Paranoid Android custom ROM in financial trouble

Paranoid Android custom ROM in financial trouble

Rooting on Android seems to be slowly falling out of fashion, especially with the recent decline of developers working on rooting methods. One part of Android modding that seems to still be going strong is custom ROM development. It hasn't been a smooth ride and has had its ups and very high-profile downs. It seems that there will be a new "down" is on the horizon with Paranoid Android, perhaps the second most popular custom Android ROM, running out of funds to the point that its developers are now asking for donations.

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Apple Touch ID might make an ultrasonic, in-display comeback

Apple Touch ID might make an ultrasonic, in-display comeback

Apple can sing Face ID's praises all it wants but that's not going to chang the fact that there are cases where it is less convenient to use. Then again, even conventional fingerprint sensors, back or front, aren't always accessible at all times. One surface that's almost always accessible, no matter the angle (except face down), is the screen, which is why in-display fingerprint scanners seem to be the new holy grail of smartphones. A new report now claims that even Apple is still silently working on that but, in typical Apple fashion, will be doing things a bit differently.

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