smartphones

Galaxy S8 Active confirmed accidentally by AT&T

Galaxy S8 Active confirmed accidentally by AT&T

Following numerous leaks and renders, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active has been confirmed by AT&T itself, marking the first time we've seen near-official proof that this phone is indeed in the pipeline. A note about the phone briefly appeared on AT&T's website as one of three eligible phones for a new promotion. Since gaining attention, it appears AT&T has removed the listing from its page.

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BLU phones banned on Amazon over spyware concerns

BLU phones banned on Amazon over spyware concerns

Budget phone brand BLU is back in hot water after a security company has claimed that it found spyware on some of the maker's phones. This isn't the first time BLU has been accused of including spyware on some of its handsets, something it vehemently denied to the press today. In a statement issued this evening, the company said, 'there is absolutely no spyware or malware or secret software on BLU devices.'

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ASUS ZenFone 4 arrives August 19: one feature revealed early

ASUS ZenFone 4 arrives August 19: one feature revealed early

ASUS has officially announced the unveiling date for the ZenFone 4, and nestled within the invitation is a tease about one particular feature we can expect. The phone will be unveiled in the Philippines on August 19, and the company has gone to great lengths to 'heavily hint' about one included feature. What is it? Check out the invitation images for yourself and take a guess.

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Honolulu declares war on smartphone-distracted walkers

Honolulu declares war on smartphone-distracted walkers

Quite often, we hear about the dangers of texting or using a smartphone while driving, but what about using a smartphone while walking? Even though it might be inherently less dangerous because you're not controlling a multi-ton vehicle while distracted by your phone, it can still be dangerous to walk while distracted. One Hawaiiain city is looking to do something about that by banning smartphone use while using crosswalks.

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Huawei won’t make any more ‘very low-end’ smartphones

Huawei won’t make any more ‘very low-end’ smartphones

For some consumers, Chinese company Huawei is synonymous with 'cheap phones' -- you can still find some of its handsets in convenience stores, big-box stores and online auction websites for very low prices, but those days are numbered. The company has big ambitions -- namely to unthrone Apple and Samsung in terms of market share -- and part of that ambition will require dropping its lowest-tier handsets entirely.

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Razer Phone will target ‘hardcore gamers’ say sources

Razer Phone will target ‘hardcore gamers’ say sources

All signs point toward Razer launching its own smartphone, and now sources have appeared claiming the handset is in the pipeline to target 'hardcore gamers.' Assuming the sources are correct, Razer is aiming to make an initial public offering in the next few months, anticipating that it will list this upcoming October. If it does, the valuation could set the maker at about $5 billion, and may help bring in funding for the phone.

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As Nokia 8 nears, HMD’s veteran CEO suddenly departs

As Nokia 8 nears, HMD’s veteran CEO suddenly departs

The company bringing Nokia phones back from the dead has parted ways with its CEO, on the eve of what's expected to be the company's most exciting smartphone. HMD Global Oy holds the licensing rights to the iconic Nokia name, and has been using it to sell not only a range of Android-powered devices but a range of super-affordable feature phones. Until now, the company has been led by former Nokia veteran Arto Nummela.

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Galaxy S9 display will be the same as the S8, says source

Galaxy S9 display will be the same as the S8, says source

If you love the Galaxy S8's long, narrow, curved display, some newly surfaced sources bring good news: Samsung plans to use the same type of display with the upcoming Galaxy S9 model. According to the tipsters, the Galaxy S9 will have the same style display as the S8, as well as the same size; Samsung has allegedly handed over the official display specs to its Samsung Display division.

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ZTE Blade Spark: this $99 phone has a fingerprint sensor

ZTE Blade Spark: this $99 phone has a fingerprint sensor

ZTE has introduced the ZTE Blade Spark, a budget-tier smartphone that offers a fingerprint sensor for added security. The handset is set to launch at AT&T for $99.99 USD, putting it next to the Moto E4 in terms of price and fingerprint sensor inclusion. There are some other things to like about this handset, too, including a large display and Dolby Audio.

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LG invite teases V30 unveiling at IFA next month

LG invite teases V30 unveiling at IFA next month

LG is gearing up to announce a new phone next month at IFA in Berlin, and all signs point toward that phone being the anticipated V30 handset. The invite is vague, minimalist but clever enough, presenting the date and time -- August 31 at 0900, to be precise -- on the home screen of a phone...or, at least, the silhouette of a phone.

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Nokia and ZEISS rekindle their old partnership

Nokia and ZEISS rekindle their old partnership

Once upon a time, Nokia phones sporting ZEISS lenses we're a fairly common sight. Now that Nokia smartphones are being revived by HMD Global, it only makes sense to rekindle that old partnership as well. That's exactly what HMD and ZEISS have done today, announcing that ZEISS lenses will soon feature on Nokia smartphones once again.

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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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