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Galaxy Note 9 leak specs out Samsung’s surprising change of heart

Galaxy Note 9 leak specs out Samsung’s surprising change of heart

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 had a leak today that made us consider Samsung's options for the Fall. There's little competition out in the wild for the Galaxy Note 9 right this minute - few mega-large smartphones, and even fewer with a built-in stylus. LG just made the Q Stylus, but still - that's on the mid-range tip and not meant to compete directly. Earlier this year rumor had the device rolling with a frontside fingerprint reader under the display - now it would appear that might not be a reality. At least, not like we imagined.

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Purism Librem 5 privacy-focused Linux phone launching next year

Purism Librem 5 privacy-focused Linux phone launching next year

Thanks to the antics of some of your favorite, and not so favorite, tech companies, there has been a lot of focus and frenzy shed on privacy. If you really think about it, no one and nothing is safe from these corporate giants, from always-listening and sometimes-recording smart speakers to even your supposedly silent and deaf smartphone. There has never been a more opportune time for products that champion privacy and the user to come out of hiding. And, if all goes well, one such product will be available for purchase at the start of 2019: the privacy-focused, freedom-loving, Linux-based open source Purism Librem 5.

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ASUS ROG Phone is almost perfect but needs this one thing

ASUS ROG Phone is almost perfect but needs this one thing

The ASUS ROG Phone, the fourth in a new generation of gaming-centric Android smartphones, is going to be compared a lot with the Nintendo Switch. And, to a lesser extent, the Nintendo DS. On paper and at first blush, it definitely checks of the right boxes to sing to gamers' hearts. While we anxiously and excitedly await the time for a more in-depth review, we can already see how the ASUS ROG Phone could easily snatch the mobile gaming crown. That is, if ASUS can implement one feature that’s missing from almost all mobile gaming phones and accessories.

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LG Q Stylus shows why Samsung still leads this niche market

LG Q Stylus shows why Samsung still leads this niche market

Apple has already vindicated the stylus. At least on tablets. On smartphones, Samsung not only holds strong, it also mostly stands alone. Only one other manufacturer has even bothered to take up the challenge. LG’s Stylus/Stylo line, which now includes the newly announced LG Q Stylus, tries to offer a more affordable alternative to a Samsung Galaxy Note. But, depending on what you need that stylus for, you might find it makes too many compromises to meet that price point.

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ZTE signed $1.4 billion deal to get US ban lifted, report says

ZTE signed $1.4 billion deal to get US ban lifted, report says

When Huawei was under pressure from the US government for its alleged role in state-sanctioned espionage, the Chinese OEM refused to bend a knee. ZTE, unfortunately, couldn’t afford to be as unfazed. The seven-year sanction imposed by the US government has caused the Chinese smartphone and network equipment maker’s operations to come to a grinding halt, which, in turn, prompted US President Donald Trump to swoop in to save the day. Now sources are reporting that ZTE has signed an agreement over the weekend that would finally get that export ban lifted, and it’s bending over backward to do so.

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Galaxy Note 9 leak tips Samsung’s 2x upgrade approach

Galaxy Note 9 leak tips Samsung’s 2x upgrade approach

Today we're having a peek at what might be the biggest Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leak yet revealed. This device saw quite a few leaks over the past few weeks, and we've seen what might well be the full back and front already. But what of the components we rarely see the difference in until the final product is in our hands? What of the cameras, and their performance?

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Surprise! The Lenovo Z5 has a notch after all

Surprise! The Lenovo Z5 has a notch after all

If there was ever a perfect time to refer to the age-old adage, "if something seems too good to be true, it probably is," this is almost certainly it. Lenovo has at last revealed the Z5, a phone that it's spent the better part of the last month teasing. The problem, however, is that the phone Lenovo was teasing isn't really the phone Lenovo ended up announcing.

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Apple reveals its hand early… with a funny video

Apple reveals its hand early… with a funny video

This morning Apple posted several videos to YouTube before WWDC 2018. The event generally holds information largely aimed at developers, but occasionally shows new bits and pieces of information for consumers. In today's presentation, we're expecting a variety of software bits as well as a POSSIBILITY - not a great possibility, but a possibility - of some hardware. But before that, Apple's released a set of teasers with all the information we need to see what's up.

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ASUS ROG Phone pulls out all the stops for Android gaming

ASUS ROG Phone pulls out all the stops for Android gaming

We've seen manufacturers announce a number of Android gaming phones recently, and now ASUS Republic of Gamers has decided to throw its hat into the ring. Today the company officially unveiled the ASUS ROG Phone at Computex 2018, and it seems like a pretty beastly device. In fact, it might even be a bit overkill given the current state of Android gaming.

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OnePlus 6 Silk White available this week

OnePlus 6 Silk White available this week

The speed you need is coming in the color you want. Or probably want, if you’re a fan of not so dark hues. While OnePlus has been selling flagships in more somber tones of black and grey, some people want theirs in glaring red or pristine white. This week, OnePlus will be granting the wishes of the latter group by finally launching the OnePlus 6 Silk White, a blast from the past built with the technology of the present.

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6.1-inch LCD iPhone renders show what you’ll be missing

6.1-inch LCD iPhone renders show what you’ll be missing

WWDC is upon us but it’s unlikely we’ll hear or see anything definitive about Apple’s next iPhones. But while those are still months away, it leaves plenty of room for leaks and speculation. Now that we need more since they three iPhones have practically been leaked to death. And to seemingly cap those rumors, We’re now getting a more solid look at how the most affordable 2018 iPhone will look like and what you’ll be sacrificing when you opt to get it instead of the second-gen iPhone X.

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Google midrange Pixel tipped for early 2019

Google midrange Pixel tipped for early 2019

Google is reportedly working on a mid-range Pixel smartphone, with plans to release the more affordable Android handset early in 2019. The company is expected to reveal its new flagship Android smartphones - generally believed to be the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL - later this year, with the mid-range version likely to expand the line-up rather than replace anything currently offered.

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