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LG Q6 brings bezel-less FullVision design to new mid-range

LG Q6 brings bezel-less FullVision design to new mid-range

Every year, LG boasts about how it’s bringing premium features to budget-friendly phones. That started with the K and then the X series in 2016 and now LG is doing it again with a new Q series. But rather than starting with “1”, the pioneering models of this new line are the Q6 triplets, the LG Q6, the LG Q6+, and the LG Q6α (alpha). And if that number reminds you of the LG G6, that’s by no means an accident. That’s because, with a nearly bezel-free FullVision display, these three are practically your LG G6 “minis”.

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Xperia XZ Premium is one of the toughest cookies

Xperia XZ Premium is one of the toughest cookies

Sony makes classy looking smartphones, although it has hung on to that look far too long. They also make very waterproof smartphones, being one of the first manufacturers to flaunt high IP ratings. They don’t, however, make very durable ones, or at least not by JerrryRigEverything’s standards. That seems to have finally changed with the Xperia XZ Premium, the company’s latest, greatest, most expensive, and, fortunately, most durable flagship to date.

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Here’s how to get rid of ads on your Amazon Edition phone

Here’s how to get rid of ads on your Amazon Edition phone

About two weeks ago, Amazon proudly announced the addition of the Nokia 6, Alcatel IDOL 5S, A50, and A30 PLUS to its roster of exclusive unlocked phones. It coincided with the first anniversary of this “Amazon Edition” lineup that offered a few mid-range smartphones at heavily marked down prices. The was, however, a catch to this deal. After all, there always is a catch. In exchange for $25 to $50 off the retail price, these smartphones come preloaded not just with Amazon apps but with tons of Amazon ads. Fortunately, since this is Android, there is a way to get rid of those.

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iPhone 8 “mirror” variant is just begging to be dirty

iPhone 8 “mirror” variant is just begging to be dirty

Black isn’t the new black anymore. Fingerprints are the new black. Just look at all fuss around fingerprint sensors or the lack of them. That fascinations with our unique body marks has seemingly extended to smartphone designs, with more and more flagships sporting high-gloss glass backs that are veritable fingerprint magnets. Unsurprisingly, Apple will be trumping them all. According to a new leak, the OLED iPhone 8 will come in four colors, one of which will have give you a mirror on its back.

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LG G6 performs worse than 2016 predecessors in DxOMark review

LG G6 performs worse than 2016 predecessors in DxOMark review

When LG went back to the drawing board with the LG G6, it eschewed almost all fancy features save for the Full Vision display. It focused on improving the staples of smartphones like reliability, performance, and camera. On that last part, however, it might have faltered just a bit. In taking the LG G6 for a spin, DxOMark eventually gave this LG early 2017 flagship a score of 84, a point or two lower than the LG G5 or even the V20 from last year.

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These are the features coming to the HTC U11 soon

These are the features coming to the HTC U11 soon

If HTC’s “true” 2017 flagship felt raw, that’s probably because in some ways it is. Sure, Android 7.1 is definitely mature enough, but HTC’s own additions and modifications are fresh, untested, and still undergoing development. Fortunately, it might be rapid development, as there is now word on several features that could be landing on your U11 within a few weeks at the earliest, including some issues with the smartphone’s already excellent camera. At least by DxOMark standards.

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It might soon be safe to buy a BlackBerry KEYone again

It might soon be safe to buy a BlackBerry KEYone again

What was supposed to be a dream come true for BlackBerry fans turned out to be a nightmare for some. The BlackBerry KEYone, which is probably the best QWERTY BlackBerry Android phone money can buy was near perfect for those obsessed with QWERTY keyboards. It had, however, one very fatal flaw. The screen would drop or be dislodged, sometimes with very little force. Although it denies any manufacturing error, BlackBerry promised it would strengthen the adhesive used under its screens. And that promises has started rolling out to retailers and carriers for users to buy or exchange.

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Samsung really wants you to use the Bixby button only for Bixby

Samsung really wants you to use the Bixby button only for Bixby

The Galaxy S8 promised a lot of things but, like many promises, not all of them lived up to their hype. At least not yet. DeX was still a bit buggy and inconsistent and Bixby still lacks its most important feature. It’s only natural that users would want to repurpose the Bixby Button until that promised day arrives, but Samsung seems quite intent in making that nearly impossible to do so, as can be seen in this latest update to the T-Mobile models of its flagships.

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LG Q6 “G6 mini” coming this week, spotted in Geekbench

LG Q6 “G6 mini” coming this week, spotted in Geekbench

LG has just announced the G6+ and G6 32 GB in South Korea, but it has no signs of stopping with the “spinoffs”. Another model that’s coming is the “G6 mini” but it might have a different name. Now believed to be called the LG Q6, this mini flagship will mostly have mid-range specs but will surprisingly retain the flagship’s Full Vision nearly bezel-less design. Albeit with an understandably lower resolution, of course.

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Essential phone misses essential launch date

Essential phone misses essential launch date

The Essential phone, via Android godfather Andy Rubin, made a lot of promises. An unbloated Android experience, fast updates, and, perhaps most important, a bezel-less screen that rivals both the Galaxy S8 and the still coming iPhone 8. Rubin also made a promise that the device would start shipping a mere 30 days after pre-orders have started. We’re now on day 33 without an Essential in any buyer’s hands, which doesn’t bode well for a very ambitious first try.

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iPhone 8 prototype puts screen in perspective

iPhone 8 prototype puts screen in perspective

In the past, people were content with just seeing schematics of still to be announced phones. Then the world advanced to 3D renders and now, 3D printing. So it’s not exactly surprising that we’re not getting overloaded with prototypes of popular models, including the iPhone 8, of course. After OnLeaks’ and TigerMobiles’ prototype, Unbox Therapy also got his hands on one. This time, though, he goes to great lengths to compare it with what’s available in the market right now.

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Battery-free cell phone prototype sounds too good to be true

Battery-free cell phone prototype sounds too good to be true

For most of us, a battery-free phone would be an unfathomable dream come true. Imagine being able to use your iPhone 7 or Galaxy S8 all day, everyday without worrying about charging it. Well, researchers from the University of Washington have made the first step, albeit a very tiny one, towards making that a reality. They've managed to create a prototype cell phone that operates without the use of a battery.

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