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Huawei Mate 10 Pro US release detailed (but no AT&T deal)

Huawei Mate 10 Pro US release detailed (but no AT&T deal)

Huawei will launch the Mate 10 Pro as an unlocked, SIM-free phone in the US come February 2018, selling the Android smartphone through third-party stores but not via a carrier. Announced last year, the Mate 10 Pro packs a 6-inch OLED display and a dual-lens camera developed with Leica. Meanwhile, there'll also a Porsche Design version of the phone, and a new celebrity ad campaign intended to help potential American buyers figure out how to pronounce Huawei's name.

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Apple to combat iPhone addiction (for kids)

Apple to combat iPhone addiction (for kids)

Apple responded this week to a letter of concern from two major investors about smartphone addiction in children. The letter was dated January 6th, and came from the California State Teachers’ Retirement System and investment management group Jana Partners LLC. The letter included the following: "we have reviewed the evidence and we believe there is a clear need for Apple to offer parents more choices and tools to help them ensure that young consumers are using your products in an optimal manner."

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Razer Phone Netflix HDR, Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 support arrives

Razer Phone Netflix HDR, Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 support arrives

Gaming computers also make great multimedia entertainment computers. That’s because the hardware and features necessary for smooth gaming also apply to things like playing high-quality video and audio. That definitely does seem to be the case with the Razer Phone, the smartphone by gamers for gamers that has just turned into a smartphone for video buffs as well. That’s thanks to the addition of support not just for Netflix’s HDR content but, at the same time, Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 audio as well.

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Alcatel to bring 18:9 screens to all 2018 tiers

Alcatel to bring 18:9 screens to all 2018 tiers

Although not exactly one of the most talked-about smartphone brand, Alcatel, is, perhaps, one of the oldest that still remains in use today. That despite changing owners a couple of times. It has stayed in the race, but hasn’t exactly gained headway over the past years, with its devices commonly associated with mid-tier products. The new year is an opportunity to start anew and Alcatel is redefining its design for 2018, employing a new language that, among other things, will put 18:9 screens on all tiers, whether flagship, mid-range, or entry level.

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ASUS ZenFone Max Plus packs a 5.7″ display into a 5.2″ body

ASUS ZenFone Max Plus packs a 5.7″ display into a 5.2″ body

ASUS has taken the wraps off the ZenFone Max Plus (M1) smartphone for the North American market, saying this compact 5.7" handset will be available to purchase within the region starting next month for $229 USD. The phone will be offered in two color options: Deepsea Black and Azure Silver. The big selling point for this phone is its compact nature -- ASUS says it has squeezed a 5.7" display into a phone body the same size as typical 5.2" smartphones.

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Sony Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, L2 officially selfie obsessed

Sony Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, L2 officially selfie obsessed

We thought that Sony might be plotting some new Xperia devices, and sure enough, it's showing up to CES 2018 with three new handsets in tow. Today Sony revealed the Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, and L2, and though they all have varying internals and features, one thing that's true across all three is their focus on providing top notch selfies.

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Huawei Honor View10 launches globally, limited Honor 7X Red for Valentines

Huawei Honor View10 launches globally, limited Honor 7X Red for Valentines

Huawei, despite being the world’s third or so largest phone maker, still doesn’t have quite a huge foothold in some of the primary markets, like the US. Even less its sub-brand Honor. That, however, is seen as a challenge to just do better, which, to some extent, means flooding the market with model after model of smartphone. At CES, Honor revealed its plans to do exactly that, by releasing one of its latest flagship that has previously been available only in China. Yes, the premium Honor View10 is finally going global.

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Pixel 2 customer survey appears in the phone’s settings menu

Pixel 2 customer survey appears in the phone’s settings menu

In the mobile world, one of the few things that's absolutely not tolerated by users is advertisements and pop-ups appearing on their phones. Ads within free apps, sure, but pop-ups on the phone's UI or within menus is just begging for a disaster. This was seen last summer when OnePlus began spamming existing users with ads for its newest model. Now it appears Google might be trying something similar with the new Pixel 2, albeit in the form of a survey.

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Pokemon GO Seviper and Zangoose flip-flops

Pokemon GO Seviper and Zangoose flip-flops

The newest Pokemon GO region-exclusive monsters moved this week - after less than a month! This was the first time this set of Pokemon moved location - they'd previously been relegated to locations in which they'd first spawned. Before this week, Zangoose was to be found only in North America, over to Africa and just a few surrounding areas. Now this monster's moved!

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Note 8 Android Oreo update spotted in wild: What you need to know

Note 8 Android Oreo update spotted in wild: What you need to know

Though Android Oreo has been in beta testing on the Galaxy S8 for a while now, things have been relatively silent on the Note 8 front. Aside from a leaked beta build last month, we haven't heard much about Oreo on the Note 8. That may all change soon if a new post to Reddit is to be believed.

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Galaxy S8 Oreo Beta ending soon, hopefully final build coming

Galaxy S8 Oreo Beta ending soon, hopefully final build coming

It’s 2018 already but it’s not yet a happy time for Samsung fans. Although it’s not exactly unexpected, the Galaxy S8, much less the Galaxy Note 8, are still not on Android 8.0 Oreo. Of course, some Galaxy S8 owners have been enjoying the very exclusive club of beta testers, but that club will soon be shutting down in two weeks’ time. Hopefully that means that the final Android Oreo build for all Galaxy S8 and S8+ models is just around the corner.

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Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, L2 official renders show an important change

Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, L2 official renders show an important change

Sony is not one to make huge changes to its smartphone line. While its rivals has had made drastic changes over the years, some good, some not so good, Sony’s Xperia line has remained mostly the same in that same time span. And when it does change something, it changes it in such a small way that it’s barely noticeable. That seems to be the exact same pattern that Sony will apply to the Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, and L2, except for one new thing.

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