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Moto E5 rear fingerprint scanner revealed in leak

Moto E5 rear fingerprint scanner revealed in leak

Fingerprint scanners are so common today that people are in an uproar when they are removed or wrongly placed. There are, after all, only two places for the sensor really: on the bottom front or the back. Three if you count the power button on the side. For years, Motorola has gone with the standard location, putting the fingerprint scanner on under the home button in the front. But based on this latest leak for the Moto E5, it seems to be revamping its design at long last.

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Samsung Metal12 to make phones sturdier, lighter

Samsung Metal12 to make phones sturdier, lighter

Smartphones have always been and continue to be a design puzzle. How to cram so much components inside while keeping the phone lightweight and, at the same time, keeping them durable. Since little can be done to change the materials used in making circuit boards and other components, some OEMs turn their attention to the frame and materials used outside instead. Indeed, based on this trademark filing, Samsung might be eying using its new “Metal12” alloy for future smartphones and even wearables as well.

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Galaxy S9 leak spills all the specs and features

Galaxy S9 leak spills all the specs and features

A bit of a box leak this week added to the massive stack of leaks for the Galaxy S9 over the past several weeks and months. As we've got tips on essentially every possible angle on this device, it would seem that we've got the full picture. Now all we've got to get is in the front door of the Samsung event that'll almost certainly take place on the 24th or 25th of February in Barcelona, Spain.

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OnePlus customers reporting credit card fraud after purchasing phones

OnePlus customers reporting credit card fraud after purchasing phones

There's potentially bad news cropping up for OnePlus this morning, as some users are reporting that their credit cards have been compromised after making a purchase on the OnePlus website. Over the weekend, a thread on the OnePlus support forum has been filling up with claims of compromised credit cards, with a fair few customers saying they fell victim to fraud after making a purchasing their phones. Though OnePlus has made a statement about these claims, that statement doesn't really say much about the accuracy of them.

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HTC U11 EYEs has two eyes in front for you

HTC U11 EYEs has two eyes in front for you

HTC doesn't seem to be done trying to milk all that it can from the U11 brand, even in 2018. It also doesn't seem to be done mixing up specs and features to try and sell its growing number of almost indistinguishable models. This time though, it is adding at least one new feature to make it worthy of its moniker. There's a reason for the "s" in thr HTC U11 EYEs' name, and that's for the pair of eyes it has on its face.

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Windows RT, Windows 10 on Lumia phones now somewhat possible

Windows RT, Windows 10 on Lumia phones now somewhat possible

Microsoft has never been great at handheld devices past Windows CE (arguably). From the Zune media player to the Lumia phones, it failed to compete in markets already overrun by giants. As if to add insult to injury, it often doesn’t give abandoned users with ways to move forward, leaving them with practically useless devices. That slightly changed when Microsoft released the Windows Phone Internals tool which, to some extent, allowed some rather patient hackers to install Windows RT or even Windows 10 on older Lumia phones.

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ZTE Axon M is first of multiple folding phones the maker has planned

ZTE Axon M is first of multiple folding phones the maker has planned

Last year, ZTE released a smartphone with two displays called the Axon M. This phone has a hinge sandwiched between the displays, enabling it to fold like a clamshell phone. ZTE calls this a folding phone, though it doesn't quite meet the folding definition -- it has two displays, not one flexible folding display, which is the primary goal for some phone makers. The Axon M, ZTE has said, is only the first among the company's folding handsets.

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Huawei beats Samsung in lawsuit over wireless patent

Huawei beats Samsung in lawsuit over wireless patent

Back in 2016, Huawei sued Samsung for allegedly violating several of its patents. Lawsuits were filed in both California and China, the latter of which has proven fruitful for the company. A judge in Shenzhen ruled yesterday that Samsung has infringed upon one of Huawei's wireless communications patents. As a result, Samsung has been ordered to stop selling products that utilize the technology (in China, that is).

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This is either the beginning or the end of the smartphone wars

This is either the beginning or the end of the smartphone wars

There's a wave rising in the mobile technology universe, and it's not going to be easy to talk about. We're in a position where the change between each generation in smartphones is smaller, and a few major brands have taken over the industry. At the same time, we're living in a country where protectionism has us restricting international brands, but not products manufactured internationally. We're in a place where it's rare to find something really good and/or exciting to say about a new smartphone.

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Pokemon GO Community Day Jan 2018: Special Surf Pikachu

Pokemon GO Community Day Jan 2018: Special Surf Pikachu

Niantic revealed Pokemon GO Community Day this week as a monthly event that'll take place at parks around the world. "Pokémon GO Community Day is an opportunity for Trainers around the world to meet up at their local parks to make new friends and experience what it means to be a part of this special community." Niantic announced that these events will feature a "special Pokemon" that'll only be available during that time, on that special day. The first special Community Day Pokemon is Pikachu with a unique move: SURF!

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Galaxy S9 retail box leaks game-changing camera upgrade

Galaxy S9 retail box leaks game-changing camera upgrade

There's been no lack of Galaxy S9 rumors to start the year but we're now starting to see signs of life from the device. From leaks that highlight parts that are supposedly final to what we're seeing today, it certainly seems like we're barreling toward reveal. Most recently, we heard that the Galaxy S9 could be revealed shortly before MWC 2018 in February, so perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that we're seeing the retail box for the device leaking out today.

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Galaxy X foldable phone details in CES 2018 private viewing

Galaxy X foldable phone details in CES 2018 private viewing

Rumors claim that Samsung will begin manufacturing its foldable phone by November. Company mobile business head DJ Koh intimated that the launch date for that foldable phone, currently nicknamed the Galaxy X, is now 2019 instead of his earlier 2018 remark. It seems that Samsung is indeed that close to the long-awaited foldable phone, at least based on how it had another one to show off behind closed doors at CES 2018.

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