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Samsung unveils 850 EVO mSATA and M.2 SSD drives

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The Samsung 850 EVO SSDs came a while back, but they were available only in 2.5″ form-factors. Now Samsung has introduced the mSATA and M.2 versions. M.2 is the successor to mSATA and new super-thin laptops – like the ones these SSDs are targeting – are already switching to the new standard.

The SSDs are available for sale now, replacing the 840 EVO mSATAs. Read more »

Xiaomi unveils 55″ 4K TV with soundbar and subwoofer

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Two TVs in one week – Xiaomi unveiled a 55″ 4K TV for CNY 5,000 ($800/€750). That’s the biggest Xiaomi Mi TV yet, the previous models were 49″ and 40″. Interestingly, the new Mi TV comes with a 6.2 sound bar and wireless all-aluminum subwoofer included in the box.

It’s a smart TV with an upgraded chipset, MStar 6A928. Read more »

Samsung will unify the web browser app on its phones, tablets and TVs

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While many Android vendors have switched to Chrome and the default and only web browser out of the box on their phones, Samsung maintains the heavily-customized Internet app. Tizen Indonesia has revealed that the app will be rebranded Samsung Browser and will be available on all Samsung platforms.

This covers everything from phones and tablets (Android and Tizen) to TVs. Read more »

LG UK teases LG Watch Urbane with new promo video

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LG already launched the Watch Urbane LTE in in South Korea, now the spotlight is shifting to its non-LTE sibling. LG UK posted a short video of the LG Watch Urbane on its YouTube channel, meaning it’s coming soon, though the video doesn’t give an exact date.

Expansys is already taking pre-orders (at £300), however, there’s no shipping date yet. Read more »

Weekly poll: HTC One M9 Hot or Not?

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The One M9 had to endure many jokes on the subject, still we un-ironically ask – HTC One M9, Hot or Not? HTC has polished its acclaimed design and leaped forward in the camera department with a 20MP/2160p shooter, while keeping what we love most about the One family – metal unibody and stereo speakers.

It took us a while to form an opinion on the new flagship, it’s a mix of excitement and let downs. We wanted to hear what you think about it, especially now that we gauged your opinion of its rival, the Samsung Galaxy S6. Read more »

A 32GB Samsung Galaxy S6 has 23GB user available

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Samsung removed the microSD card slot from its latest Galaxy S6 flagship, but it did upgrade the base storage to 32GB. How much storage do you get on a 32GB phone, anyway?

Well, we have plenty of photos and videos on ours, but before we started shooting camera samples there were 23GB available. Read more »

QHD wallpaper pack from HTC One M9+ leaks

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The HTC One M9+ may be unveiled in China on April 9, but recent rumors claim it will be available in Europe too. And that’s with the same MediaTek MT6795, rather than having it swapped out with Snapdragon 810 for the western audience.

HTC One M9 Plus Wallpapers

That hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, but until the One M9+ is official, you can feast your eyes on its (leaked) QHD wallpapers (courtesy of @LlabTooFeR). Read more »

LG Watch Urbane LTE goes on sale tomorrow, only on LG U+

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LG is launching the Watch Urbane LTE in South Korea on LG U+ tomorrow. The watch will cost KRW 650,000 ($590/€540) and will come with a contract for KRW 10,000 a month ($9/€8.3).

With it you’ll get 50 minutes of voice calls – the Urbane LTE can do regular and VoLTE calls – 250 messages and 250MB of data. Read more »

Apple Watch production targets cut in half, report claims

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When Apple unveiled its smartwatch, it promised it for “early 2015.” The current launch target is set for late April, but Chinese publication UDN reports that there are still issues that will cut the production rate in half.

Production issues for the Apple Watch started early in its life, the early ones surrounded the difficult to source sapphire lens. Now, the display below is reportedly causing headaches. Read more »

Vector unveils two smartwatches with 30 day battery life, metal, waterproof casings

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There are two types of smartwatches these days – ones with plenty of features and little battery life and ones that have it the other way around. A new company called Vector is aiming for the middle ground by launching two models that promise 30 days battery life without sacrificing too many features.

The Vector Luna and Meridian will work with Android, iOS and Windows Phone, beating even the Pebble in compatibility. Read more »

Here Maps returns to iOS, tops 4 million downloads on Android

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In late 2013 Nokia pulled the plug on its Here Maps for iOS because, well, it just wasn’t very good. After a successful launch on Android, Nokia has brought its app back to iOS and this time it’s built from the ground up for a great, native experience (the old one was a packaged HTML5 app).

The new app comes with all the bells and whistles, including offline navigation and public transport. Read more »

Samsung unveils Animal Edition Battery packs featuring endangered animals

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The battery charge in your phone is diminishing and so are the animals of an endangered species. Samsung is trying to tackle both with its new Animal Edition Battery Packs.

They will come in two sizes – 8,400mAh and 11,300mAh – and only one level of cute: very. Read more »

Goldgenie already prepping to offer a 24K Gold Apple Watch

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Apple doesn’t offer gold iPhones, but there are specialized companies that will gold plate you one and sprinkle diamonds. The Apple Watch does come in gold, however that one is hugely expensive. Can those companies gild a relatively affordable version of the Watch?

Of course they can! Read more »

Samsung increases R&D spending, decreases ad budget

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Samsung is going through some rougher times than it’s used to with sales last year falling 9.8%. According to an audit report, Samsung Electronics will be increasing its research and development (R&D) budget around 7.4% to KRW 15.3 trillion, that is $13.8 billion.

The company will be spending over a billion dollars a month for R&D this year. Another way to look at it, 7.4% of sales go to R&D. That’s the most Samsung had ever spent on developing new products. Read more »

Rumored Oppo smartwatch to get a day’s worth of charge in 5 minutes

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While there were two high-profile flagship smartphones at the MWC, there’s no denying that wearables stole the show. A leak shows that Oppo wants in on the action and is developing an LG Watch Urbane like wearable with a round display.

The company reportedly has a solution to the battery life issues that plague most smartwatches – super fast charging. Read more »