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Don’t underestimate the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Don’t underestimate the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Any other year, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus would feel, well, magical. Apple's two new smartphones address some long-standing complaints from iPhone owners, like including wireless charging support; they look sleek, have improved cameras, and borrow clever screen technology from the iPad Pro. Of course, this year there's a shadow looming over both new handsets.

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iPhone 8 teardown has more bad news about repairability

iPhone 8 teardown has more bad news about repairability

The iPhone 8 is hitting stores today, and like clockwork, iFixit has delivered its teardown of Apple's latest flagship. With these iFixit teardowns, Apple products seem to be something of a mixed bag - while the iPad line can be notoriously hard to repair through DIY methods, the iPhone teardowns usually net middling-to-good review scores. In that regard, the iPhone 8 is no different from its predecessors.

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Purism Librem 5: the promise of a truly free, truly open phone

Purism Librem 5: the promise of a truly free, truly open phone

Part of the appeal of Android is its openness, at least compared to iOS. But, let’s face it. Google isn’t running a charity and Android’s direction will always be aligned with Google’s business. There will always be a large hole to be filled as far as a truly open, truly free, truly secure, and truly private phone goes. And Purism, the people behind the more or less successful Librem laptops, is diving into that space with the Librem 5 phone, and it is taking open source communities along for the ride.

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Unlocked Moto X4, sans Android One, still coming to the US

Unlocked Moto X4, sans Android One, still coming to the US

Google just proudly announced that it’s bringing its Android One program to the US, with the recently launched Moto X4 as its first champion. Not everyone, however, might see the point in an Android One phone or, more practically speaking, be willing to sign up for Google’s Project Fi MVNO service just to get their hands on Motorola’s latest mid-range phone. Fortunately for these people, there is a very good chance that Motorola will bring the Moto X4 to the US and bring it unlocked, for that matter.

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The iPhone 8 is tougher than it looks

The iPhone 8 is tougher than it looks

One of the perceived problems of smartphone OEMs switching to glass both back and front is their durability. Glass is, after all, perceived to be more fragile than metal or even plastic. The keyword here is “perceived”. Not all glass are made equal, especially not the glass used in smartphones. And, as JerryRigEverything’s triple stress test of the iPhone 8 shows, the addition of glass may have actually helped make Apple’s latest smartphone even sturdier than ever.

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OnePlus splits apps from OxygenOS for faster updates

OnePlus splits apps from OxygenOS for faster updates

With very few exceptions, like Nexus or Pixel or Essential, almost all Android smartphones come with some pre-loaded apps made by the OEM itself. It’s bad enough that these are baked into the firmware, making them impossible to uninstall and can only be disabled. What’s worse is that they can also slow down the development and rollout of updates. Joining the also few OEMs bucking that trend, OnePlus is extracting some of its custom apps for faster updates, both for the apps as well as OxygenOS itself.

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HTC U11 Plus flagship leaked to have 18:9 borderless screen

HTC U11 Plus flagship leaked to have 18:9 borderless screen

HTC phones aren’t dead yet. At least for now. Even after its smartphone workforce has been almost cut in half by the Google “agreement”, HTC assures its loyal followers and investors that it will still be making smartphones. And as if on cue, details of a certain HTC U11 Plus have surfaced, claiming to be the company’s late 2017 flagship. And, almost ironically, it might be its most daring smartphone yet.

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Moto G5S USA release and pricing revealed

Moto G5S USA release and pricing revealed

Today it's time to check out a surprisingly affordable smartphone made by Motorola to command the smartphone market's middle tier. The device is the Moto G5S Plus, one of two devices in Motorola's newest "Special Edition" line of smartphones that give a tiny boost to devices already previously released. The Moto G5S Plus is coming to the United States this month, and it's gosh-darned cheap.

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BlackBerry Krypton leaks as TCL prepares all-touch Android

BlackBerry Krypton leaks as TCL prepares all-touch Android

BlackBerry's resurgence at the hands of TCL continues, and though the KEYone has given physical keyboard fans something to tap at, there's also a full-touch device in the works. That's the phone currently known as the BlackBerry Krypton, though so far we've had little in the way of leaks or whispers about what it might look like. Still, that's changed with a sneaky pre-announcement photo that has emerged this week.

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Road to the Razer Phone: CEO tips 2017 release, IPO war chest

Road to the Razer Phone: CEO tips 2017 release, IPO war chest

This is the closest we've gotten to actual confirmation that there'll be a Razer mobile device in the near future. Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan suggested this week that the device is as we'd expected - at least in one realm. "One of the most hotly hotly rumored things about Razer is that we're coming up with a mobile device," said Tan. "And I can say that we are coming up with a mobile device specifically geared toward gamers and entertainment."

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LG Root Checker Tool causing rooted phones to lag terribly

LG Root Checker Tool causing rooted phones to lag terribly

As far as openness goes, LG seems to sit somewhere in between Sony, who mostly embraces unlocking its phones, and Samsung, notorious for keeping its devices locked down. It seemed that, for a time, LG has been appealing to Android power users and modders but apparently that may come at a cost. A few XDA members have noticed how their rooted LG phones were significantly slower than before they rooted. Doing some detective work revealed a certain Root Checker Tool to blame, and it is one that even rooted users can’t easily resolve.

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Nokia 8 at FCC is better than expected

Nokia 8 at FCC is better than expected

The Nokia 8 is technically Nokia’s first true flagship model, bearing specs high enough to compete with some of this year’s top contenders. But when Nokia said last month that it won’t be bringing the Nokia 8 that it just launched to US and Chinese markets, there was a bit of head scratching involved. What it really meant to say was that it wasn’t bringing that Nokia 8 model to the US. Which is all good, because the Nokia 8 that just hit the FCC is suggesting that the US, and China, will be getting a better deal.

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