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ASUS ZenFone 4 Max heralds 2017 flagship series

ASUS ZenFone 4 Max heralds 2017 flagship series

Almost all major Android smartphone makers have already revealed their 2017 cards, save for Motorola and ASUS. No, the ZenFone AR doesn't really count. ASUS has yet to announce its ZenFone 4 flagship but, while bidding its time, it already sent out its herald to prepare the way. The company just announced in Russia the first member of that family, the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max that is big in everything but its processor.

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Here are three features coming to the Galaxy Note 8 camera

Here are three features coming to the Galaxy Note 8 camera

The Galaxy Note 8 might not just be Samsung's first foray into the dual camera world, it might also be its most ambitious. The Korean manufacturer already revealed its strategy that spins its ISOCELL tech into a more formal brand, probably to turn it into a distinct business later on. At its investor presentation (PDF), Samsung also revealed the particular features of the ISOCELL Dual coming to the Galaxy Note 8, including a curious "depth sensing" capability.

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Next Moto Mods batch includes 360-degree camera, DirectTV DTV

Next Moto Mods batch includes 360-degree camera, DirectTV DTV

In 2016, two big smartphone makers took a stab at the modular phone idea. Only one of them, however, seems to have really believed in it. Met with lukewarm reception, LG went back to the basics, albeit with less bezels. Lenovo-owned Motorola, however, soldiered on And while its first set of Moto Mods were on the tame and traditional side, the upcoming concepts shown off at a press event in Ghana seems to at least show a bit of teeth.

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Run the Xperia XZ Premium in 4K all the time with this trick

Run the Xperia XZ Premium in 4K all the time with this trick

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is easily one of if not the most expensive flagships this year, at least for now. But if, for a moment, you ignore that price tag, you're actually left with a rather competitive high end smartphone with a very high-end screen. One of the very few, perhaps only two, 4K smartphone screens in the market. But for performance and battery life reasons, Sony doesn't make full use of that UHD screen all the time. But if you think it's well worth the consequences, you can easily force the Xperia XZ Premium to use that high density setting all the time with these relatively simple steps.

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Samsung Bixby lacks big data to understand English

Samsung Bixby lacks big data to understand English

Haste makes waste, something that Samsung should have learned the hard way last year. And yet it has seemingly jumped the gun with its AI-powered voice assistant, effectively alienating the world's most important smartphone market and turning Bixby into somewhat of a joke. Despite having already launched its US beta, Bixby might not arrive in English until later in Fall. All because Samsung apparently lacks the big data needed to make Bixby understand the nuances of the English language.

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An HTC U11 “mini” might be in your future

An HTC U11 “mini” might be in your future

The age of mini flagships is upon us again. Well, they never really left us but only took on different names and forms. In the midst of rumors of a "true" Galaxy S8 mini in the works comes word that HTC might have something similar in mind. According to LlabTooFer, a certain HTC "Ocean Life" coul be around the corner and will practically be a mid-range HTC U11.

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Moto E4 Review: Verizon’s best cheap phone

Moto E4 Review: Verizon’s best cheap phone

This week the Motorola-made Moto E4 for Verizon is on our review desk, and things are looking up. This device is one of the lowest-cost Motorola smartphones ever made, made to take the place of the Moto G as king of the budget smartphones. Where the Moto G was one of the most inspiring low-cost high-quality phones made in the past half-decade, the Moto E4 is the less-hyped but better-suited tiny monster that's now the best value smartphone available through Verizon - and soon other carriers, too.

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Five cheap smartphones with a fingerprint sensor (mid-2017)

Five cheap smartphones with a fingerprint sensor (mid-2017)

Modern smartphones look a bit different than ones from just a few years ago: there's the double rear cameras, of course, but more pervasive is the fingerprint sensor. A fingerprint sensor built into a phone offers a highly convenient form of security, but is also becoming an important component in making mobile payments. While a fingerprint sensor is included on all the big flagship handsets, those tend to cost $600 or more. Can you get fingerprint sensor on a (much) cheaper phone? Yes, yes you can.

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An iPhone 8 3D face-scanner could replace Touch ID

An iPhone 8 3D face-scanner could replace Touch ID

Tips and talk of the possibility of removing the Touch ID sensor from iPhone 8 has turned over a new rumor - one about faces. In place of a Touch ID scanner, says the rumor, Apple might employ a 3D scanner embedded within the iPhone 8. This 3D scanner would, potentially, work as a face scanner, unlocking the iPhone with the user's face rather than with their finger. This would eliminate the need for a Touch ID sensor altogether.

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Google Pixel 2 predictions and concepts released to excited users

Google Pixel 2 predictions and concepts released to excited users

This morning we're having a peek at a number of images and predictions for the Google Pixel 2. This device will very likely bring about another pair of hits for the company that sells it - Google - with a combination of high-quality hardware and hyper-tuned software. This means swift, responsive mobile action and very likely the best smartphone camera on the market - in at least two sizes.

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This iPhone 8 Touch ID report is getting people worried

This iPhone 8 Touch ID report is getting people worried

A bit of a cautious interpretation of iPhone 8 news is necessary in light of the possibilities. A report from analysts at KGI suggests that Apple is having a bit of a hard time getting an under-OLED display Touch ID sensor to work. As such, some potential user worry has grown a bit out of hand - suggesting they've understood this to mean that there won't be any Touch ID sensor at all.

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The Meizu Pro 7 is making less and less sense

The Meizu Pro 7 is making less and less sense

A second screen on the back of your phone? Sure, we've seen two YotaPhones already. A smaller, full-color LCD screen on the back of your phone? Maybe. It's just a variation of the LG Second Screen or Samsung Edge Screen right? But how about one that's large enough to play games, presumably using touch? OK, that might be stretching things too far. But if this latest leak is anywhere near the mark, then that's the rather absurd feature that the Meizu Pro 7 will have when it comes out.

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