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LG AKA battery life test

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LG AKA is one very interesting smartphone not because its hardware, but its exterior. The AKA offers four different personalities, which define both the exterior and the notification eyes.

The AKA’s display is decent at 5″ and 720p resolution, but its Snapdragon 400 chip is rather dated. Still, the phone offers 1.5GB of RAM, which is more than most of the S400 devices, plus there is an 8MP very capable camera with laser autofocus. Finally, the battery for the Asian unit has 2,460 mAh capacity, while the European one comes with a beefier 2,610 mAh. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy E7 hands-on

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The Samsung Galaxy E7 has been a regular entrant in our weekly trending chart, and despite the fact it didn’t quite make it this week, it’s clearly receiving a lot of attention. And rightly so, judging by our first impressions after we just picked one up for review.

Now, there might be those, who will call the Galaxy E7 the poor man’s Galaxy A7, but just because it’s more affordable, doesn’t automatically mean the E7 is without merit. On the contrary. Read more »

Samsung employs a kitty to promote the Clear View Cover for Galaxy S6 & S6 edge

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The latest Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge promo video is focused on the official Clear View Cover for the duo of devices. In order to showcase the sleek accessory, the Korean giant employed a rather fluffy looking Persian kitty.

Samsung’s Clear View Cover for the Galaxy S6 family allows users to handle phone calls and notifications without opening the case. Read more »

Huawei P8 VIP Service will offer same-day replacements in the UK

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Huawei unveiled the P8 a couple of days ago. The flagship smartphone is headed to stores soon, and it looks like the Chinese company has a surprise prepared for its customers in the UK. The leaked image you can see below is complemented by a rumor saying UK-based buyers of the P8 will get “VIP Service”.

What this means is that you’ll get same-day courier replacement if you have a faulty unit. According to a source inside Huawei, customers will be able to call a special number and speak to a customer rep who will diagnose the problem. If the issue is covered under warranty, then a new handset will be dispatched immediately, with same-day or next-day arrival (if the call happens after the cut-off time for the same-day option) at the customer’s doorstep. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge camera ring suffers chafing issue

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Samsung has been beating its chest over the strong Corning Gorilla Glass 4 panels used in the Galaxy S6 edge flagship smartphone. The metal frame around those panels appears strong too but there still appear to be some weak spots in the design.

A Greek Tech Blog pointed at a potential issue with the chrome finish around the camera of the Galaxy S6 edge. The color layer on top of the chrome-finish aluminum ring over the protruding camera easily comes off by simply rubbing it with a finger. Read more »

MediaTek plans 10-core Helios X20 chipset mass production by year end

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Earlier this year, MediaTek announced its silicon roadmap in order to shake up the competition bay which mostly includes Samsung and Qualcomm. That initial buzz of the 10-core and 12-core Helios chipsets may have felt like a goof while octa-core chips are just setting their foot. But by the year end, we may expect to see a 10-core chipset.

MediaTek showed its 10-core Helios X20 to select handset makers such as Xiaomi, Vivo, and other select members yesterday at a special event. The 10-cores loaded Helios X20 SoC may shatter the synthetic benchmarks but we are yet to share any light about the power-management in real-world situations. Read more »

Watch the official Huawei P8 and P8 Max videos

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Today Huawei introduced their latest flagships – the Huawei P8 and the P8 Max. We’ve already gone through all the juicy details, but I am sure that you are itching to see some of the official promo videos of the two devices.

The two devices may have lost the Ascend moniker along the way, but what they lack in branding, they make up in features. Read more »

iFixit teardown finds Samsung Galaxy S6 a bit easier to repair than S6 edge

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Samsung Galaxy S6 is the latest flagship smartphone to receive a teardown from by iFixit. A week ago, the device’s shinier sibling, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge got the same treatment.

The SM-G920 received a below average repairability score of 4 out of 10 by iFixit, which is slightly better than than the 3/10 rating received by Samsung Galaxy S6 edge. Read more »

Samsung launches engraving service for the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7 in Russia

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The A series of smartphones from Samsung comprises of midrangers with metal builds. The use of this material for phone construction by the Korean company was still very rare when the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7 debuted – though lately it looks like Samsung is getting more and more in love with metal.

Anyway, one of the nice things about having a metal back is that it can be engraved with different things if you so wish. There are obviously countless third parties who can do that for you, but over in Russia Samsung itself is offering just such a service for the aforementioned members of its A line. Read more »

Apple lowers iPhone prices in Russia

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Apple has had a couple of turbulent months on the Russian market. Economic conditions, fluctuations in the ruble, as well as a shifting political climate forced the Cupertino giant out of the huge market back in December 2014. The decision was later overturned, but Apple products have been going for a premium in Russia ever since.

Now, it seems, the storm is finally settling and the local Apple store has introduced a significant price cut to both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, bringing the price tags a lot closer to the international average. And although some mark-up is still detectable, an iPhone 6 will now set you back RUB48,990 for the basic 16GB model and RUB55,990 and RUB62,990 rubles for the 64GB and 128GB, respectively. This represents a significant RUB5,000 decrease, but is still not quite the RUB39,990 the phone was originally going for. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S6 Experience app demoes S6 features on Android

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If our Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge reviews didn’t help you decide if you should get one of the new Galaxy S6 flagships, maybe Samsung’s latest promo app will do the job.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Experience for Android is a nicely designed app demoing and explaining all key features of both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. There you can learn about the benefits of the new camera sensor, the new S-Health app, various themes, the exclusive design, plus you can learn about all available original accessories. Read more »

This promo video shows five years of Samsung Galaxy S evolution

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It looks like Samsung released the coolest Galaxy S6 & Galaxy S6 edge promo video to date. The Korean giant’s latest clip focuses on the rich history of the Galaxy S series, which started in 2010 with the now classic I9000.

A tad longer than a minute and a half, the clip show each Samsung Galaxy S iteration launched over the years alongside its key features. Read more »

The latest Samsung Galaxy S6 video ad showcases its wireless charging credentials

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Hot on the heels of last week’s comedy-centric clip, Samsung released yet another video ad for its Galaxy S6 flagship smartphone. As you probably know already, the handset went on sale alongside its Samsung Galaxy S6 edge sibling last week, on April 10.

The latest Samsung Galaxy S6 promo focuses on its wireless charging capability. Read more »

LG is working on futuristic foldable phone-watch hybrid device

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LG is working on a foldable phone-watch hybrid device. As per a patent awarded last week to the Korean giant, the device is basically a mobile phone with ornamental design.

The concept is about a super slim smartphone which can bend backwards to wrap itself around a band. Read more »

LG AKA hands-on

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LG AKA is an extraordinary smartphone and in a good way. Its key feature is the front mask, which allows the AKA to use its signature feature – the eyes. At first we thought about Tamagotchi, but the AKA isn’t a pet you need to look after. Each of the four AKAs has different personality, but they have one purpose only – to notify you about missed events in a cool way.

Outside the notifying eyes and front mask, the AKA is no different than the LG G2 mini. It’s a well-build phone with the iconic rear control deck and the premium laser-assisted auto-focus LG’s proud of. The rest is rather unimpressive – a 5″ 720p display and a dated Snapdragon 400 chip with 1.5GB of RAM. Read more »