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Samsung Galaxy Phoenix looks ready to battle iPhone XR

Samsung Galaxy Phoenix looks ready to battle iPhone XR

Could Samsung respond to the upcoming least-expensive iPhone X with a phone that's just as impressive? If what we're seeing in the leaked Galaxy A6s is legit (and headed worldwide), Apple might have a real competitor on its hands. Not that Apple is ever competing with Samsung, but in the most basic sense, this looks like a lineup of phones that has iPhone XR written all over it.

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iPhone XR is getting an Apple-made clear case

iPhone XR is getting an Apple-made clear case

Though the iPhone XS and XS Max have been here for a couple of weeks now, Apple isn't quite done with the iPhone releases. Later this month, the company will release the third and final iPhone for 2018: the iPhone XR. While the XS and XS Max are clearly intended to be Apple's high-end phones, the iPhone XR has a price point that's closer to what mainstream consumers are used to paying for a flagship phone.

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Galaxy S10 and the foldable phone tablet hybrid

Galaxy S10 and the foldable phone tablet hybrid

The big release in 2019 for Samsung will remain the Samsung Galaxy S10, as we expected - but there's something else going on. According to the CEO of Samsung Mobile, we've got another smartphone to look forward to - one that won't be quite so traditional as the company's headline handset. This next-gen smartphone will be able to fold, and not just on standard hinges. It'll work as both a smartphone and a tablet, in one device that'll fit in your pocket.

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Apple patent could let iPhones detect spoofed phone calls

Apple patent could let iPhones detect spoofed phone calls

While smartphones have become more advanced and sophisticated, almost all of them aren’t that smart in protecting users from one of the most basic yet also the most dangerous threat of all: nuisance phone calls. Those range from simply annoying prank calls to dangerous phishing scams, and while there are apps that try to detect and curb those, scammers always have ways to get around those. That is why one of Apple’s latest patents tries to cut the scam at the root by trying to identify it even before it reaches your ears.

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Xiaomi Black Shark 2 might go global

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 might go global

Sharks are coming, the black kind even. And they’re coming to take a bite out of the rather small pie known as the gaming smartphone market. Xiaomi-backed Black Shark launched a gaming smartphone not so long ago but was easily upstaged by the ASUS ROG Phone and even the older Razer Phone. Part of that may have been its limited availability. That might change soon if this new global landing page means that the Black Shark phone, or even the Black Shark 2, will be available worldwide soon.

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Nokia 3.1 Plus goes big to correct predecessor’s flaws

Nokia 3.1 Plus goes big to correct predecessor’s flaws

It has barely been half a year since HMD Global launched the Nokia 3.1 along side the Nokia 2.1 and Nokia 5.1. Our review of the unit left us a bit conflicted. On the one hand, the device was good enough for a budget smartphone and its Android One software is better than even what some high-end models have. And yet we felt it could also be so much more. That “more” has arrived in the Nokia 3.1 Plus and it addresses the pain points of the non-Plus model.

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Samsung: Folding phone won’t be Galaxy Round or S10

Samsung: Folding phone won’t be Galaxy Round or S10

This week Samsung renewed its promise to bring a foldable Galaxy smartphone to market - with a few details attached to said promise. Samsung's been working on next-generation displays for the past several years, having brought devices with curved displays to market since 2013 and "bended" displays (like the Galaxy S9 with its Infinity Display edges) to market since 2014. This week Samsung's suggested that not only will they bring foldable displays to market in a phone, they'll make them more than just a concept - and more than just a flash in the pan.

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Google Assistant is bringing even more smarts to your pocket, homes

Google Assistant is bringing even more smarts to your pocket, homes

For the past two years or so, Google’s events have revolved around the themes of AI and, in ways consumers can understand, Google Assistant. The recent Made by Google event, a.k.a. Pixel event, was no different. Yes, Google brought out a couple of new devices and bundles, but the one thing that connects them all together isn’t Android, much less Chrome OS. Yes, it’s Google Assistant. And guess what? Google didn’t have time to say everything it wanted to. So here are some of the things that are still coming in next weeks and months that aim to make your devices smarter so that you can be too.

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Pixel 3 XL’s notch receives some scathing critiques from Samsung

Pixel 3 XL’s notch receives some scathing critiques from Samsung

Google's Pixel 3 reveal event has come and gone, and in the aftermath, a lot of people have been focusing on the Pixel 3 XL's notch. Among them is the person responsible for managing Samsung's Twitter account, as the company has gone on the offensive. As it turns out, Apple isn't the only company Samsung is willing to roast in the public eye.

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Honor Magic 2 official teaser hints at another magic trick

Honor Magic 2 official teaser hints at another magic trick

We have a rather interesting lineup of phones this month. In addition to the usual serving of high-end phones like the Pixel 3 and the upcoming Huawei Mate 20, we've also got the odd ones like the quad camera Galaxy A9 and, of course, the Honor Magic 2. This modern take on a retro design is going on state at the end of the month but its slider might not be its only act. Thanks to Honor's official teaser video, we can expect one or two more.

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Galaxy A9 official: 4x the fun, 4x the choices to make

Galaxy A9 official: 4x the fun, 4x the choices to make

Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy A9. No Pro or Star after its name, just Galaxy A9. At this point, there was little it could say that wasn’t already leaked before, even by its own crew. But a confirmation is still a confirmation and the Galaxy A9 does confirm that Samsung may have gone a bit overboard. In obviously trying to appeal to an “Instagram generation”, it is throwing in everything, including the kitchen sink, to see what sticks.

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Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL updates will stop with Android S

Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL updates will stop with Android  S

Even before the Pixel phone became famous for its software-driven camera prowess, Google's phones have always been chosen for their software support. Unlike other manufacturers, Google makes a commitment to push out timely updates to its Nexus and now Pixel phones. With the launch of the new Pixel 3, Google has updated its support page to let both owners and jealous non-Pixel users know how long the phones will be getting sweet updates.

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