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Pixel mid-range model tipped for summer release

Pixel mid-range model tipped for summer release

Google is pushing ahead with plans to release a mid-range Pixel smartphone, according to sources who have leaked the company's alleged plans. The mid-range model is said to be one of multiple devices Google has in the pipeline for launch this summer, with the company specifically targeting it at emerging markets like India. The mid-range Pixel will be cheaper than existing Pixel 2 handsets.

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Sonim XP8 ultra-rugged smartphone ships from AT&T this month

Sonim XP8 ultra-rugged smartphone ships from AT&T this month

Last month, Sonim announced the XP8, a smartphone it claims is the world's toughest model. The XP8 is designed for EMTs, construction workers, and anyone else who needs a phone that'll be exposed to various adverse environments on a regular basis. At the time, Sonim had said it planned to offer the phone through AT&T, and now we have more details on that availability.

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Pixel 2, 2 XL Preferred Care gets 6 month coverage extension

Pixel 2, 2 XL Preferred Care gets 6 month coverage extension

For customers who aren't satisfied with the manufacturer's warranty, Google offers an extended warranty called Preferred Care for its Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and Pixelbook customers. The service costs $129 USD and gives device owners extended warranty coverage that lasts beyond the manufacturer's warranty, as well as priority service, accidental damage coverage, and a few other things.

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Smugglers used drones to send $79m worth of iPhones to China

Smugglers used drones to send $79m worth of iPhones to China

Chinese officials have arrested more than two dozen individuals accused of using drones to smuggle smartphones from Hong Kong into Shenzhen. The phones were valued at more than $79 million, according to a state-owned publication, which says the smuggling involved refurbished iPhones. This is the first time China has made arrests over alleged drone-based cross-border smuggling.

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Huawei CEO makes defiant US commitment

Huawei CEO makes defiant US commitment

Huawei has no plans to give up on the US market, the Chinese phone-maker insists, despite political pressure attempting to squeeze it out of the country. 2018 has not been a great year for Huawei when it comes to deals with American carriers and retailers, with several high-profile partnerships coming to a stuttering end after regulators apparently got involved.

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It’s now Treble time for your smartphone

It’s now Treble time for your smartphone

Project Treble is a feature that's suddenly proven invaluable to the most Android-addicted phone users worldwide. This invaluable state isn't necessarily in play because of the feature's original intent. Instead, Android users found a way to make any Android Oreo device with Project Treble made active can boot two of the most awesome ROMs in the world, with minimal hassle.

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LG Zone 4 prepaid Verizon phone won’t break the bank

LG Zone 4 prepaid Verizon phone won’t break the bank

A new budget-tier prepaid smartphone has launched through Verizon: the LG Zone 4. This handset packs a 5-inch display and support for Verizon's LTE network, as well as the promise of solid battery life and a decent camera. This model won't be taking on the latest and greatest smartphones, of course, but rather things like the Moto E series and other inexpensive models. The handset is available now.

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BlackBerry Smartphone Fan League rewards praise on social media

BlackBerry Smartphone Fan League rewards praise on social media

BlackBerry is hoping to drum up new customers by turning existing handset owners into its biggest fans. The company has launched a new fan club of sorts, a new social campaign that'll reward "superfans" for sharing BB-related content on social media. Users who participate in challenges through the campaign will be given points that can be redeemed for a chance at prizes.

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Alcatel 3V and 1X Android Go budget phones will launch in US

Alcatel 3V and 1X Android Go budget phones will launch in US

During Mobile World Congress, Alcatel introduced a pair of phones called the Alcatel 1X and the Alcatel 3V. The company has confirmed that both of these models will be available to purchase in the United States, each as an unlocked GSM device for use with compatible carriers. The Alcatel 1X in particular will be the maker's first phone to offer Android Oreo, pairing it with an 18:9 display and other "premium" features.

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Honor View10 AI phone US pre-orders go live: smart features galore

Honor View10 AI phone US pre-orders go live: smart features galore

The AI-powered smartphone Honor View10 showcased during CES 2018 is now available to preorder in the United States. According to the company, the View10 is the world's first "AI phone," a model sporting intelligent features thanks to its advanced neural network processing unit (NPU) hardware. Among other things, this technology powers the phone's AI front camera portrait mode and motion detection abilities.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Review

Samsung Galaxy S9 Review

The Samsung Galaxy S9 forces us to question upgrades for their own sake. On the one hand, there's our desire as consumers to have the very latest tech gadget, even if we don't even use the phone we have now to its full extent. For manufacturers, there's the pressure to revolutionize each time, and throw out what worked before simply because it's associated with an "old" product. Into all that arrives the Galaxy S9, managing to be both new and familiar at the same time.

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BlackBerry sues Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram over mobile messaging patents

BlackBerry sues Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram over mobile messaging patents

BlackBerry is going after Facebook, as well as its Instagram and WhatsApp companies, for alleged patent infringement. The company filed a lawsuit against the social media platforms today, accusing them of developing mobile apps that infringe on BlackBerry's "mobile messaging intellectual property." A spokesperson for BlackBerry claims the company has spent "several years" in talks with Facebook over the alleged IP infringement, apparently without any progress in the matter.

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