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Meizu Pro 6 Plus debuts to fill the Note 7 void

Meizu Pro 6 Plus debuts to fill the Note 7 void

Chinese manufacturer Meizu has just announced the Pro 6 Plus, a larger, more powerful version of the Pro 6 smartphone that debuted back in April. If you're still suffering from a Galaxy Note 7-shaped hole in your heart (or pocket), this could be what you're looking for. It's not just the fact that both are phablet-sized devices, it's that the Pro 6 Plus has more than a few features that are identical to the now-dead Note 7, including the display, processor, RAM, and storage options.

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Galaxy S8 tipped to feature front camera with autofocus

Galaxy S8 tipped to feature front camera with autofocus

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will feature a front-facing camera with autofocus functionality, according to sources, a relatively rare feature aimed at improving the quality of user selfies. Front-facing smartphone cameras are largely fixed-focus modules, with few exceptions, due to their limited use. However, the increased popularity of selfies, as well as broadcasting one's self using a phone, has spurred maker's to use higher-quality camera modules.

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iPhone 7 Plus and SE flip to find Apple’s biggest launch ever

iPhone 7 Plus and SE flip to find Apple’s biggest launch ever

The iPhone 7 Plus will see a replacement in 2017, as will the iPhone SE, but not to the same tune of last year's upgrade. Apple's next iPhone series won't likely take the same approach. Instead, based on information we've gathered over the past 24 hours, it's become apparent that Apple is about to take the iPhone 8 out a whole new door.

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Samsung Pay delayed in UK until 2017 amid bank negotiations

Samsung Pay delayed in UK until 2017 amid bank negotiations

Samsung wants very much to compete with Apple Pay and Android Pay around the world. So much so that Samsung launched its own mobile payments service called Samsung Pay and had promised to launch its service in the UK in 2016. With the waning weeks of 2016 here, Samsung has now announced that it is pushing that UK launch back to 2017.

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HP’s “consumer” Elite x3 counterpart might not be as beefy

HP’s “consumer” Elite x3 counterpart might not be as beefy

If you’ve had your hopes up that HP’s next Windows 10 Mobile will be as good as the Elite x3 though not as pricey, it’s perhaps time to temper those expectations. Don’t worry, it might not be as bad as the Moly X1. According to sources, HP’s consumer-level smartphone will instead be a mid-range device, sporting a processor from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 series. While not as powerful as an 820, it will still be enough to comply with Continuum’s requirements.

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ZTE wants the crowd to name its crowdsourced smartphone

ZTE wants the crowd to name its crowdsourced smartphone

If you thought that ZTE was done asking people’s opinions about its next “innovation”, you’d be dead wrong. Last month, the company closed the doors on is “Crowd Source X” or CSX campaign that crowd-sourced the idea for a unique device it will present at CES 2017. But while the idea should already be on its way to actual design and production, there is apparently a small hold up. It doesn’t have a name yet. And so ZTE did what any company would do: ask the same crowd to come up with a name.

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Shift phones lead the way: fair to workers, trusting end-users

Shift phones lead the way: fair to workers, trusting end-users

Android lives on the German-made Shift phone brand in a variety of colors and device sizes, all of which are made with love. They're all tagged with #LovePhone because the brand is built on three terms: design with detail, technology that's repairable, and production that's fair to workers. If what Shift suggests is entirely true, this is a company that cares for not just profits, but the people involved at every step, as well.

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OnePlus 3T lands in Europe starting at £399

OnePlus 3T lands in Europe starting at £399

The OnePlus 3T smartphone has gone on sale in Europe as of November 27. The smartphone sells for £399 or 439 €. One of the big features of the device is its Dash charge tech that allows the user to charge the device for 30 minutes and end up with enough juice to make it for a full day of use. Buyers can opt for gunmetal or soft gold colors.

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Samsung Gear S3, Pay works on LG V20, not on Google Pixel

Samsung Gear S3, Pay works on LG V20, not on Google Pixel

Last week, Samsung gave Android fans an early Christmas gift. Or rather, it gave them one less reason not to buy its Gear S3 smartwatch for this holiday season. It has made the smartwatch compatible with other Android smartphones outside of its own Galaxy line and, with it, made Samsung Pay also available. Sadly, it seems that not everyone was invited to Samsung’s party, with the Google Pixel, one of the hottest phones this year, left out in the cold. The LG V20 from Samsung’s rival, however, is in.

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Moly X1 Windows 10 Mobile phone crowdfunding is quite telling

Moly X1 Windows 10 Mobile phone crowdfunding is quite telling

If you slapped Android on a smartphone like the Moly X1, it would probably fare better on Indiegogo. It probably won’t sell out, given the inherent risks of crowdfunding. It probably would have gotten more than 12 (at the time of this writing). That more than disappointing low figure is the fate that faces the Moly X1 campaign on Indiegogo. Trying to ride on the popularity of the HP Elite x3, the Moly X1 tries to offer fans a more affordable Windows 10 Mobile device. But it has only proven one rather painful point: hardware isn’t the problem.

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Nexus 4 expiration delayed with CyanogenMod 14.1 Nougat

Nexus 4 expiration delayed with CyanogenMod 14.1 Nougat

Market analysts would say that the average turnover rate for most smartphones is two years, which is exactly how long most contracts last anyway. That is true even for Google’s Nexus devices. In that sense, the Nexus 4, launched way back in 2012, is way past its due date. But for those still with a perfectly serviceable unit, news of its death has been largely exaggerated. Especially now that there’s a CyanogenMod 14.1 nightly image for it, bringing the nutty goodness of Nougat to the phone.

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Galaxy S8 rumor overload: Bixby/Kestra AI, 256GB storage

Galaxy S8 rumor overload: Bixby/Kestra AI, 256GB storage

Having missed the chance to be called the smartphone hardware innovator for 2016, Samsung may have no choice but to instead put its focus on software in 2017. And when it comes to software innovation in the mobile space, there is perhaps nothing hotter than personal assistants. It is perhaps no secret by now that Samsung is eying that arena where Microsoft, Apple, and Google all fight in. What was, perhaps, a secret is that Samsung might actually have two. That is, two names for the same virtual assistant.

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