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Galaxy Note 9 release tipped well ahead of iPhone X2

Galaxy Note 9 release tipped well ahead of iPhone X2

Whenever Samsung decides to release a new phone, it seems there's always some kind of competition launching in close proximity. In the spring, which is when it usually launches the next phone in its Galaxy S line, Samsung has to contend with spring flagships from other Android manufacturers. When it's time to launch the next Galaxy Note in the fall, it's usually going head-to-head with Apple.

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Verizon Palm smartphone coming before the year or world ends

Verizon Palm smartphone coming before the year or world ends

When was the last time you held a Palm in your hand? And, yes, we’re talking about the device, not another person’s (or your own) palm. If you were lucky, that would have been back in 2011 with the Palm Pre 2 pictured above. If you weren’t lucky then, you could be lucky now. According to sources, the Palm is coming back this year as promised, like a blast from the past, it will be carried once again by Verizon, maybe even exclusively.

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Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact pre-orders start in the US

Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact pre-orders start in the US

Huawei may have made a big splash with its P20 and P20 Pro flagships, but that has fallen on deaf ears in the US where the phones won’t be sold, even through retailers. Sony, however, isn’t as rebellious. It is still snubbing US carriers but it is making its latest jewels available through other means. Pre-orders for the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact have begun on B&H Photo and, somewhat thankfully, they aren’t so overpriced this time.

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OnePlus 6’s inescapable notch explained by Carl Pei

OnePlus 6’s inescapable notch explained by Carl Pei

The OnePlus 6 is going to have a notch. That’s no longer an open question, especially after OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei admitted as much. But he was quick to add how it’s not simply just to copy Apple but for practical benefit as well. It just so happen that Apple got that idea first. He also notes that the OnePlus 6 will still have a chin and a headphone jack, two things that no iPhone will ever have again.

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The new iPad is perfect for this Darkest Timeline

The new iPad is perfect for this Darkest Timeline

This week Apple introduced a new iPad made of old parts, with a couple new features in tow. I believe this was the most ideal piece of hardware Apple could possibly have released in this darkest timeline. I'm speaking of course of the Community-solidified concept of the Darkest Timeline, the reality in which all of the most extremely unbelievable (if not most evil) thing have come to fruition. This is not the worst Apple could have done - it's their best defense against disaster in these dark days through which we're living.

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Huawei P20 Pro needs more than just cameras to succeed

Huawei P20 Pro needs more than just cameras to succeed

Huawei made a big splash with the announcement of the Huawei P20 and the P20 Pro, both of which have earned the top scores in DxOMark’s smartphone camera ranking. But strip away those two or three cameras and you’re pretty much left with what is practically last year’s Huawei Mate 10. As it tries to move up the ladder, however, Huawei is going to face increased competition and scrutiny. So while its cameras may be excellent based on one benchmarking site’s standards, the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro will need to do more to prove itself and to make US consumers wish they did have that choice after all.

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Huawei P20 Pro steals the DxOMark crown, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S closes in

Huawei P20 Pro steals the DxOMark crown, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S closes in

Apple may have just stolen the spotlight in the tablet market but two Chinese companies are hogging the smartphone stage. Xiaomi just announced its “second and a half” gen bezel-less Mi Mix 2S and Huawei dropped the much-anticipated P20 and P20 Pro. While the two are almost worlds apart, especially in price, they do have one thing in common. Both are giving the bigger players reason to be worried by grabbing high scores on DxOMark’s ladder, including the Huawei P20 Pro’s top-ranking grade.

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Foldable devices: why we’re excited and cautiously optimistic

Foldable devices: why we’re excited and cautiously optimistic

So everyone’s going into foldable phones, even Apple it seems. But while Apple’s take isn’t due until 2020, or maybe even until much later, the news will undoubtedly make you wonder what the fuss is all about. And if the only examples of foldable phones you’ve seen are the ZTE Axon M and the even older Kyocera Echo, you will definitely be puzzled at the excitement it’s generating. Here are some of the reason why foldable phones and tablets are really the future and why you shouldn’t be holding your breath just yet.

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S makes a play for the camera crown

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S makes a play for the camera crown

Xiaomi may have started the whole bezel-less craze but it has now been overshadowed by the giants. With the Mi Mix 2S, it’s trying to play a different game, a game that the giants themselves are already playing. Now, Xiaomi is putting an even bigger emphasis, both in hardware and in marketing, on the smartphone’s dual cameras. And while it might not be at the very top of DxOMark’s list, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is at least rubbing shoulders with the who’s who of smartphone cameras.

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Google Play Services start blocking uncertified Android devices

Google Play Services start blocking uncertified Android devices

The Android platform is open source (though more like open source dump) and there’s no way to close that door anymore. Google, however, has found a way around it through its oh so essential Google Play apps and services. While OEMs had to comply with Google’s rules and certification requirements to officially ship with these, some have found ways around that, usually by side-loading GApps, as the bundle is called, themselves or telling users how to do so. Now it seems that Google is closing the door on that method but users of custom ROMs need not be too worried because Google is surprisingly giving them a special pass.

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2nd gen iPhone X price will be this low

2nd gen iPhone X price will be this low

The iPhone X is either Apple’s biggest hit or worst sales pitch, depending on who you ask. While there is little doubt that the iPhone X is one of the best smartphones of late, it’s price tag effectively scared off many would-be buyers. This year, Apple is reported to be correcting that error by introducing two new iPhone X successors, one of which will at least be $100 cheaper than the first iPhone X.

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Motorola phones coming next month amidst company reshuffle

Motorola phones coming next month amidst company reshuffle

Changes are afoot at Motorola and it might not be the good kind of change. Just recently, the company reportedly laid off not a small number of its workforce and also scrapped the next Moto X phone. While those were never made official, this official news coming from the company does hint at the changes happening inside Motorola. President Aymar de Lencquesaing has stepped down and 20-year company veteran Sergio Buniac will take his place. But no worries, Motorola’s first new products are still coming soon.

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