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Samsung “inboxing” video shows a Galaxy S6 edge assembled by hand

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We’ve all watched unboxing videos – taking a phone out of its retail packaging for the first time. Samsung’s latest promo video for the Galaxy S6 edge is an “inboxing” video, the story of how the phone and its accessories got into that box.

It begins with placing the fingerprint scanner on the front bracket. Read more »

Dell Venue 10 7000 is a high-end Android tablet with Intel CPU

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Dell took the wraps off a full-size version of its sleek Venue 8 7000 Android tablet. Dell Venue 10 7000 is a 10.5” Android 5.0 Lollipop slate, designed with Android power users in mind.

An optional keyboard dock will be among the accessories available for the tablet. It will transform the device into a portable workstation. Read more »

Moto X (2014) ships with free Moto Hint headset in the United States

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Motorola will ship the Moto X (2014) with a free Moto Hint wireless headset in the United States. The sweet deal will be available across the Atlantic through April 14.

The promotional gift by Motorola is available for customers who purchase an unlocked smartphone directly from the manufacturer’s online store. Read more »

Xiaomi is turning 5 today and the party is on with promotions and giveaways

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Chinese manufacturer, Xiaomi, is celebrating its fifth birthday and the company is in an all-out festive mode. The manufacturer has always had a strong online community and has really managed to build brand value and awareness, an area where most other Asian businesses fail, and naturally the community forum has been booming with festivities and a fair deal of promotions.

To mark the veritable 5-year corner stone, Xiaomi is looking back and recapping all that it has achieved throughout the years. The company has been steadily gaining popularity, especially in its home market, where it currently presides at the very top of the mobile market food chain. International presence has also been extending, especially in India, where the manufacturer recently partnered up with both Snapdeal and Amazon, for an even broader market reach. Read more »

More Sony Xperia Z4 sample shots appear online

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You all remember the Sony Xperia Z4 right? That one flagship phone that simply refuses to become reality for quite a few months now. We have stumbled upon another few images, allegedly taken with the device’s main shooter, to add to the one we shared with you yesterday.

The two additional shots seems to be part of the same album, if you will, as the one from yesterday and are taken with identical settings at pretty much the same location. The phone is once again listed as E6553, the model number of the upcoming Xperia Z4, and the shots are made at 20.7 megapixels with a resolution of 5248 x 3936 pixels and an ISO of 50. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge gets a poor repairability score from iFixit

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Only a few days after tearing down HTC One M9, the handy people from iFixit gave Samsung Galaxy S6 edge the same treatment. Just like its Taiwanese rival, the Korean flagship smartphone walked away with a poor repairability score.

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge received a repairability score of 3 out of 10 from iFixit. Read more »

Instagram update brings Color and Fade tools, post notifications

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Instagram has updated its Android app today, with a new iOS version coming soon as well. Both should have the same features. Speaking of which, with this release Instagram intros two new image alteration tools: Color and Fade.

The former lets you tint the highlights or shadows in a photo. You can use yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, cyan, or green for this purpose. Read more »

Xiaomi products will be sold on Amazon India and Snapdeal, starting April 8

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Most Chinese tech manufacturers can’t really boast broad market availability, let alone brand recognition and value. Xiaomi seems to have gotten the marketing formula right, as it has become quite popular on various markets.

This has been achieved through a clever mix of aggressive pricing, gorilla marketing through a strong online presence and community, as well as a quite diverse and often odd product portfolio to cater to various demands. One of the company’s biggest market expanses was its exclusive partnership with Flipkart in India. This caused a veritable avalanche of interest and MI gadgets and smartphones seem to have a lot of appeal in the emerging market. Read more »

Razer Forge Android TV console is now up for pre-order, ships on May 1

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Back in January, Razer announced the Forge TV, a console that’s probably the best Android TV-running device yet (when considering specs and capabilities). And today it’s finally become available for pre-order. Amazon is offering the console bundled with a game controller for $149.99, with free shipping.

Speaking of which, the Razer Forge TV bundle is set to be out on May 1. The device is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 SoC, sporting a 2.5 GHz quad-core CPU and Adreno 420 GPU aided by 2GB of RAM. Read more »

LG mocks Samsung’s Galaxy S6 edge ‘bendgate’

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Samsung may have put out an official rebuttal video for the Galaxy S6 edge ‘bendgate’ problem earlier today, but LG still found it fitting to mock its Korean competitor. A few hours ago, LG’s arm in Jordan tweeted the picture you can see below, accompanied by the following text: “Some curves just make sense. #bendgate”.

So it’s pretty clear that the Galaxy S6 edge is the target of this attack, based on the bend test report published by Square Trade last week. Read more »

A Moto 360 successor with new screen leaks – fully round, higher resolution

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The Motorola Moto 360 was the first round-screened Android Wear smartwatch, though since then a number of competitors have appeared. The 360, despite its name, had a characteristic “flat tire” design – a small section of the bottom was cut off to make room for the touchscreen’s control elements.

A leaked product render shows a properly round screen, while keeping the thin bezels. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 hits Germany in May, costs 299 euro

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A is the newest mid-range lineup of slates, which should replace the Galaxy Tab 4 series soon. The Galaxy Tab A 8 and Galaxy Tab A 9.7 tablets went official last month in Russia with attractive designs and mid-range specs.

Both Galaxy A Tabs feature similar specs – 8 or 9.7″ 4:3 screens of 1024 x 768px, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor (courtesy of Snapdragon 400 or Snapdragon 410 chips), 2 gigs of RAM (1.5GB for the Wi-Fi model), 16GB expandable storage, 5MP cams and Android Lollipop OS. The battery capacity for the 8″ model is 4,200 mAh, while the 9.7″ has a beefy 6,000 mAh unit. Read more »

HTC tipped to be working on an Android Auto competitor dubbed Cello

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Looks like HTC is developing its own answer to Android Auto. According to a Reddit poster, the Taiwanese company is working on a device, codename Cello, that is far more capable than Google’s in-car system. The user also posted what appears to be an HTC Release Note (see below).

The device is said to be powered by Android 4.4 and runs a special version of HTC’s Sense UI, dubbed Sense Automotive, which is specifically made for cars. The features it offers include: Night Vision, Sonar, Mini HMI (Human Machine Interface), DVD, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Lane Departure Warning System, Navigation, and GPS. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge battery life tests

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The wait is over, guys, the retail units of the Samsung hottest duo made it to our office. As promised we are updating our Galaxy S6 review with the final results of each test, plus our in-depth Galaxy S6 edge review is already live on our homepage.

Both Galaxy S6 and S6 edge utilize Quad HD Super AMOLED screens and are powered by identical Exynos 7420 chips. The battery capacity of the S6 edge is just a whisker larger than the power unit inside the regular S6 model, but we are unsure if that’s enough to make a difference. Read more »

iFixit tear down the HTC One M9, the verdict – slightly better, but still a nightmare.

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The good folks over at www.ifixit.com have finally managed to get to HTC’s latest flagship device. And, as tradition goes, the unit has to suffer, so a lot of others like it can be saved from the electronics graveyard.

Judging by continuity in the design of the One series, it is only natural to assume that the One M9 shares much of the same assembly and mounting techniques as its predecessor, which is notoriously difficult to mend, mostly due to an abundance on tricky adhesive holding things in place. Read more »