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OPPO R15 Pro Review

OPPO R15 Pro Review

It’s not easy being a smartphone maker these days. Jump on the latest fad and you’d be called a copycat. Hold off and you’re branded as a dinosaur. So what’s an OEM gotta do? Follow what makes sense. For OPPO, that means giving the OPPOR R15 and R15 Pro an admittedly somewhat useful notch. Of course, that does run the risk of most media coverage simply being about that notch, so we take a deep dive into the higher end OPPO R15 Pro to see if it’s more than just its rabbit screen. And you’ll probably be surprised at what we found.

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Doogee Mix 4 has an odd solution to the notch problem

Doogee Mix 4 has an odd solution to the notch problem

These days, it seems that there are only two ways to solve the problem of front cameras and sensors. Either you have a notch or you have a bezel. The rush to copy Apple may have left manufacturers little time to actually consider other possible solutions. Some companies, however, are more interested in being remembered as a pioneer than making a quick but sure buck. One of those is Chinese OEM Doogee and its Mix 4 has a solution that is just as curious and almost ridiculous as the Vivo Apex.

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With MicroLED, an Apple Watch could be a gateway drug for pricer iPhones

With MicroLED, an Apple Watch could be a gateway drug for pricer iPhones

Apple's manufacturing partners are gearing up for MicroLED production if news from Taiwan proves to be entirely accurate. According to sources close to the deal, Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology approved a PlayNitride application for a brand new $17-million USD (NT$500 million) manufacturing plant at Hsinchu Science Park. This is one of a couple companies rumored to be in talks with Apple for future MicroLED display panel production on devices of several sorts.

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HTC U12+ renders confirm next month’s star

HTC U12+ renders confirm next month’s star

Former smartphone giants are having difficult days but none perhaps more than HTC. It has seen quarter after quarter of losses that have now reached two digits. And while it bravely puts on its poker face year after year, every new premium phone it puts out makes people wonder if that would be its last. That same question naturally faces the HTC U12+ and this latest pair of renders from a screen protector maker more or less confirms how ready the smartphone is to take on the challenge.

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OnePlus 6: Here’s what to expect from the flagship killer

OnePlus 6: Here’s what to expect from the flagship killer

OnePlus started out life crying out is “Never Settle” slogan and proclaiming its firstborn, the OnePlus One, as the flagship killer. Since then, we’ve so far had four (not five) such killers and there’s one more coming in two months. And while almost every OnePlus phone has had its fair share of controversy, the OnePlus 6 might end up being the most divisive of them all, thanks to some feature that may make it seem that the company is willing to settle after all.

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ZTE Axon M teardown reveals dual screen secrets

ZTE Axon M teardown reveals dual screen secrets

Foldable phones are set to become the next big thing in mobile in a year or two but ZTE, and Kyocera before it, already had a long head start. Granted, the Axon M is almost ridiculous and not exactly what people have in mind when they think “foldable phone”. It’s still an interesting and, more importantly, actually working take on the future and JerryRigEverything’s Zack Nelson takes the dual screen phone apart so see if it has anything else to yield.

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How Galaxy S3 and Note 2 just rose from the dead

How Galaxy S3 and Note 2 just rose from the dead

If you've got a Samsung Galaxy S3 or Galaxy Note 2 sitting in a drawer somewhere in your home, heed this. You're in luck if you're all about running new software on an old device. Both the Samsung Galaxy S3 (or S III, if you prefer,) and the Note 2 (or Note II,) are amongst the current most mod-friendly phones in the 3rd-party developer underground. Let's dive in.

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iPhone’s future could include gesture controls and curved OLED

iPhone’s future could include gesture controls and curved OLED

You've probably noticed by now, but a lot of today's flagship phones have very similar feature lists and specification sheets. As a result, many manufacturers are looking for ways to make their phones stand out from the crowd. This isn't limited to just the realm of Android, either, as Apple is said to be considering two big features for future iPhones that could help differentiate them in an increasingly crowded market.

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Galaxy S9 mini spotted on Geekbench

Galaxy S9 mini spotted on Geekbench

Once upon a time, premium phones were often accompanied by smaller, less powerful, and less expensive "mini" or "lite" models. Those included the Xperia Compacts, Huawei P Lites, and Galaxy minis. Samsung used to practice that but seems to have silently dropped its mini flagship line after the Galaxy S5 mini above. As mysteriously as it disappeared, it seems to be returning with what may be the Galaxy S9 mini. That is, if the SM-G8750 seen in Geekbench will indeed carry that name.

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Project Fi Moto X4 deal: $150 discount and BOGO option

Project Fi Moto X4 deal: $150 discount and BOGO option

Google's Project Fi is hoping to earn itself new converts by offering a huge new deal on the Moto X4 smartphone. There are two parts to the deal, one where customers get $249 in Fi credit when they buy two Android One Moto X4 smartphones for a group plan. The other deal offers $150 off an Android One Moto X4 phone when it's activated on the service. Best of all, though, is getting the two deals together.

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HTC U12+ coming in a few weeks

HTC U12+ coming in a few weeks

It might be a do or die launch for HTC next month. Skipping CES and MWC and steering clear of any other major device announcement, sources are saying that the Taiwanese company is preparing to unveil its first and perhaps only flagship smartphone in early May. If the leaks are anything to go by, the HTC U12+, as it is being called, could be a breath of fresh air amidst the growing number of notched smartphones. That, however, might not be enough to carry it, and HTC’s smartphone business, forward for long.

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Galaxy S6 line will no longer get updates, security fixes [UPDATE]

Galaxy S6 line will no longer get updates, security fixes [UPDATE]

Samsung is notorious for its slow and sometimes even non-existent update. But it seems that at least with the Galaxy S6 brood, the OEM did well by its customers. Although it’s definitely sad news to hear that the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge+, and Galaxy S6 Active will no longer be getting even security updates, the three-year-old smartphones have actually lived a good life, having seen two major Android updates and security fixes until February.

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