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Huawei P10 Lite pre-orders start April, still unannounced

Huawei P10 Lite pre-orders start April, still unannounced

Unlike with the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus, Huawei doesn’t seem to be making a big fuss about the Huawei P10 Lite. In fact, it hasn’t even acknowledged its existence yet. But it does exist, at least according to European retailers. It was first spotted in The Netherlands but has now found its way to Italy via popular retailer Monclick. The product page mostly confirms what has been discovered so far but also adds an actual date to the start of pre-orders.

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Nokia 7, 8 tipped next in line, coming with Snapdragon 660

Nokia 7, 8 tipped next in line, coming with Snapdragon 660

Is Nokia back to its prolific and notorious pace of putting out one phone after another? If based on these rumors, that does seem to be the case. Together with HMD, it has already launched the Nokia 3, 5, and 6. What’s next you ask? Why a Nokia 7 and Nokia 8, of course. Unlike the already released smartphones, these two are tipped to stand on the higher edge of the mid-range line, sporting Qualcomm’s still unannounced Snapdragon 660 chip.

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Google Pixel 2 detail releases hit the leak valve

Google Pixel 2 detail releases hit the leak valve

The first two bits of information about the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel XL 2 have been spilled. It's the names of the devices, code-names along the lines of previous releases, that've gone and brought us into the excitement realm. This first dabbing of information suggests that codenames Muskie and Walleye have been chosen for the next Pixel smartphones.

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Gmail update allows requesting and sending money

Gmail update allows requesting and sending money

The folks responsible for developing Gmail have teamed up with the folks behind Google Wallet to put money in email. Transferring money from one person to the other takes place within the Gmail app or in Gmail on the web. Users can send money or claim money. The best bit about this update is the lack of need for a separate app from the receiving end of the transaction.

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OPPO just made the ultimate Snapchat phone

OPPO just made the ultimate Snapchat phone

This morning the smartphone company OPPO introduced a smartphone that's perfect for Snapchat. Not that other phones can't do something similar, but with the OPPO F3 Plus, users have two front-facing cameras instead of one. Just for those times when they're thinking "hmm, you know what? I need another camera to make certain my face looks perfect for this particular Snap."

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Eye iPhone case puts an Android phone on its back

Eye iPhone case puts an Android phone on its back

The rivalry between iPhone and Android users are often sensationalized and magnified but, if given the chance, some might prefer having both. That is, as long as it doesn’t mean carrying around a second device. Running Android and iOS on the same phone is still an impossibility, but some have tried to find ways around it. Take this Eye case designed for iPhones, whose sole purpose is to augment the iPhone experience by strapping an Android phone on its back. Almost literally, too.

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Galaxy S8’s odd fingerprint scanner was a last-minute change

Galaxy S8’s odd fingerprint scanner was a last-minute change

When rumors of the Galaxy S8’s nearly all-screen design surfaced, speculation about the new home of the fingerprint sensor was similarly raised. Either it would be removed completely, which would be a regression of more than two years of progress, relocated to the back ala LG, or some other new technology. That last one almost seemed most likely, drumming up hype about the smartphone. Alas, the Galaxy S8 is, instead, left with an oddly-placed rear sensor, because that much hyped on-screen fingerprint scanning technology wouldn’t make it in time.

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Samsung’s foldable smartphone prototype could be ready by Q3

Samsung’s foldable smartphone prototype could be ready by Q3

The prediction that 2017 would be the year Samsung finally shows its foldable smartphone hand may have been only half true. While it’s still too early to discount it, sources are now saying that Samsung only plans to start production of a prototype in the later half of the year. And that’s just a prototype. That would mean the actual consumer models will only start production in early 2018. Presuming, of course, the prototypes are received well at all.

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Xperia XA1 also goes into pre-order in the UK

Xperia XA1 also goes into pre-order in the UK

On the heels of Sony kicking off the pre-order period for the Xperia XZ Premium in the UK, retailer Clove has also put up the pre-sale pages for the Xperia XA1. The smallest and least “equipped” of the four Xperia smartphones announced at MWC 2017, the Xperia XA1 is, by no means, an underdog. The specs definitely match many of the mid-range models this time of year but, this time, it appears that Sony may have gotten its pricing right.

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LG G6 won’t be hitting the US until next month

LG G6 won’t be hitting the US until next month

Although LG has already officially started sales of the LG G6 in Korea last Friday, it seems that the Korean OEM isn’t too much in a rush to roll out its new premium smartphone in one of the world’s major smartphone markets, the US. According to sources, it won’t be until early April that the LG G6 is going to launch in the US, which puts it precariously close to Samsung’s own launch of the Galaxy S8 worldwide.

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Samsung commits to monthly updates for unlocked US phones

Samsung commits to monthly updates for unlocked US phones

While perhaps still the top Android smartphone maker, Samsung is hardly considered to be the best representative for Android. Its TouchWiz UX, though now improved, has been called the epitome of bloat and the pace of its software updates would have put a snail to shame. After the high-profile Android security nightmare that was Stagefright, Samsung did pick up the pace but still lagged behind many of its competitors. Change might be afoot, however, as Samsung commits once again to actually rolling out monthly security updates. But there’s a catch: that will only be true for unlocked models in the US.

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Why the LG G6’s display leads the way in 2017

Why the LG G6’s display leads the way in 2017

It's fair to say the LG G6 looked pretty odd in the first leaked photos. By the time the Android smartphone hit the stands at Mobile World Congress last month we were pretty much inured - both from leaks and LG's own near-constant drip-drip-drip of announcements - to its tall & skinny design. Still, when you first pick it up you notice, even if subconsciously, there's something strange going on.

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