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Galaxy S9’s answer to iPhone X security gets an upgrade

Galaxy S9’s answer to iPhone X security gets an upgrade

It used to be that you'd see phone manufacturers competing over screen size or screen resolution. Though that still happens to some degree, a lot of the focus on new smartphones has shifted to security features. What started with fingerprint scanners has now moved onto face recognition, like we see in the iPhone X with Face ID.

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Nokia 6 gets an Amazon Prime Exclusive discount, LG G6+ coming

Nokia 6 gets an Amazon Prime Exclusive discount, LG G6+ coming

Even if you missed the storm of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there are companies more than happy to satisfy your shopping cravings all the way to next year. Amazon, for example, is putting some of its already discounted Prime Exclusive phones on even more discounts. The mid-range Nokia 6 is leading the fray, with the somewhat high-end LG G6+ following next week. But if you know your Prime Exclusives, then you probably already know that there is always a catch.

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Galaxy A8 (2018) might have Samsung’s first dual front cameras

Galaxy A8 (2018) might have Samsung’s first dual front cameras

Despite its prowess in mobile photography, Samsung hasn’t been quick to jump on the dual camera bandwagon. It was only with the Galaxy Note 8 that it really puts is weight on the matter, with relatively positive results. It still hasn’t gone dual on the front, which, admittedly, few of the big OEMs have. But that could be changing with the 2018 Galaxy A8 and A8+, a.k.a. this year’s Galaxy A5 and A7, which could be the first Galaxy to finally get two cameras on its face.

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Galaxy S9 fingerprint sensor location confirmed by Health app

Galaxy S9 fingerprint sensor location confirmed by Health app

Samsung had a nearly perfect 2017 if not for one nitpick. It obstinately placed the rear fingerprint scanner in an inconvenient and odd location. Granted, that flaw wasn’t as bad as exploding phones, but it, unfortunately, marred the Galaxy S8’s and Galaxy Note 8’s image. Samsung has apparently learned its lesson and will be putting the sensor dead center. At least that seems to be the confirmation based on Samsung’s own Health app, which has been updated to show the new backside layout.

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Essential Phone Camera update brings Facebook and YouTube 360 streaming into play

Essential Phone Camera update brings Facebook and YouTube 360 streaming into play

This week the folks at Essential released an update to their Essential Phone's camera app. The Essential Camera app build 0.1.091 was made to bring YouTube Live 360 support for the first time. The ability to broadcast Facebook Live 360 video to a Facebook page was added in this update as well.

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Galaxy S9 display set Samsung an incredible challenge

Galaxy S9 display set Samsung an incredible challenge

Nobody accused Samsung's Galaxy S8 of having oversized bezels, but the upcoming Galaxy S9 will trim the borders even further, new reports promise. The Android smartphone is one of the most anticipated handsets of 2018, with speculation around whether Samsung would increase the physical size to accommodate a larger Super AMOLED panel.

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2018’s new iPhone X battery may finally fix complaints

2018’s new iPhone X battery may finally fix complaints

2018's iPhone line-up will squeeze more battery into the same form-factor, it's reported, leading to longer-lasting phones. The improvements will be based on a combination of broader adoption of Apple's newest battery structure layout as seen in the iPhone X, and on new battery technology that will pack more mAh into each pack.

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Virgin Mobile $280 iPhone refurb deal includes $1 service

Virgin Mobile $280 iPhone refurb deal includes $1 service

Virgin Mobile is offering Apple's iPhone for as little as $280, as long as you're okay with a refurbished phone, and it's sweetening the deal with $1 per month service. The carrier's Certified Pre-Loved iPhone will initially launch with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which will be priced from $279.99 to $399.99. They're on sale alongside full-priced, brand new models on Virgin Mobile's network.

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Four wild new Sony phones rumored for 2018 release

Four wild new Sony phones rumored for 2018 release

A new set of Sony phones might change the companys fortunes with full-body displays and under-screen fingerprint readers. That is, if these images prove to be indicative of actual products. While a surprising number of blogs are reporting the images you see here as photographic proof of the existence of these devices, we're not quite so ready to take these images at their word - not at first, anyway.

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Doogee BL7000 smartphone review

Doogee BL7000 smartphone review

Chinese smartphone makers are often criticized, avoided like the plague even, for being copycats. While there might be some truth to that, there are others who have dared to push the boundaries, venturing into territories that larger and more established brands dare not to. Xiaomi, for example, kicked off the whole bezel-less screen trend with last year’s Mi Max. And then there’s Doogee, whose BL “Be Long Time” series takes battery life to the extreme. But how extreme can you get without breaking your wallet or burning pockets? We take the Doogee BL7000 for a spin to give you that answer.

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Xiaomi Mi Note 3 surprisingly gets high scores on DxOMark

Xiaomi Mi Note 3 surprisingly gets high scores on DxOMark

Since Xiaomi’s phones have never officially touched markets in the West, its camera prowess has never really put to the test. So it’s not exactly usual for DxOMark to put Xiaomi’s phones through its battery of benchmarks but now that it did, it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. The Xiaomi Mi Note 3, the late 2017 flagship, has achieved a rather high score that puts it nearly on par with the last year’s Google Pixel and even this year’s HTC U11.

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Huawei Nova 2s brings two cameras front and back

Huawei Nova 2s brings two cameras front and back

Huawei may have finally gotten its 2017 flagships out the door, but it hasn’t stopped its flow of new smartphones yet. It has just announced a new model in China, the Nova 2s, that further blurs the boundaries between premium flagship and mid-range phones. Mixing last year’s high-end specs with some of this year’s trends, the Huawei Nova 2s give some Chinese buyers pause to consider yet another contender for this year.

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