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Oppo R5 battery life test

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Until recently one of the thinnest smartphones in the world, now only second-best actually, the Oppo R5 made it through our review routine and our findings are live at our homepage.

The impressively thin Oppo R5 packs a 5.2” AMOLED screen of 1080p resolution and runs on the Snapdragon 615 chipset with an octa-core Cortex-A53 processor. This great hardware package is powered by a 2,000 mAh battery – a relatively small capacity for such a demanding smartphone. Let’s find out how the Oppo R5 did at our battery torture test, shall we? Read more »

Samsung emphasizes water resistance of Galaxy S5 by putting some inside a snowman

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The holiday spirit is everywhere these days, and Samsung wants to participate. The company perhaps feels that you may have forgotten about the Galaxy S5, especially now that the Galaxy Note 4 has been on the market for a while. So, to remind you that its smaller flagship smartphone exists, and is water resistant, it’s created a new promo video for it.

This features a few Galaxy S5 units and a snowman. Actually, it features a few Galaxy S5 units inside a snowman. Since it’s water resistant and all that. Read more »

HTC offers 20% discount for any phone until January 2

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HTC has been holding a weekly deal on its official website for the US for a while now. Unlike past offers, though, today’s deal isn’t going to expire in mere hours. In fact, it’s valid all the way up until January 2. If you purchase any handset from HTC’s website before then, you can get a 20% discount.

That’s a nice holiday deal, and you may want to take advantage of it if you haven’t yet bought gifts for those close to you. To benefit from the discount, you’ll need to shop at HTC.com and enter “HTCHOLIDAY20″ at checkout as a coupon code. Once you do that, 20% will magically be subtracted from your order. Read more »

Motorola Droid Turbo down to $1, new customers get $150 gift card too

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A few days ago we let you know that you could buy a Motorola Droid Turbo from Verizon for $99.99 with a new two-year contract. That’s half off its normal price of $199.99, but now Best Buy has gone ahead and made that deal look pretty bad.

That’s because the well known retailer is currently selling the Droid Turbo for a mere $1. That’s no typo, you’ll need to pay just one dollar for the top of the line smartphone. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Christmas ad is all about the Multi window

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The holiday shopping spree is going at full speed and Samsung wants to make sure the Galaxy Note 4 is a big part of that. The company has released yet another Christmas-themed ad for its flagship phablet, this time dedicated to one of its coolest productivity features.

The 2-minute spot focuses on the Multi window functionality, which lets two apps share the 5.7” QHD screen of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with easy transfer of data between them. Read more »

Verizon now gives you 50% off on Android phones priced at $199 or more

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To help you get into the gift-giving mood, Verizon has a pretty good deal going on for Android smartphones. Namely, the carrier is selling all Android devices that normally cost $199 or more with a two-year contract for just 50% of their price.

So, for example, the Galaxy Note 4 can now be had for just $149.99, whereas you normally have to shell out no less than $299.99 for the privilege of purchasing one from Big Red. Read more »

Huawei infographic gives you the recipe for perfect groufies

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Who wants to know more about group selfies, a.k.a groufies? Okay, for all the three of you, Huawei created a very nice infographic detailing their significance in today’s online world.

Here are some hard groufie facts – in the period between August 1 and October 31, 15,200 groufies were posted on Instagram. They received more than 67,600 likes and 20,000 comments. We don’t envy the person who had to count them, but this data is enough to convince Huawei that front-facing cameras need to more oomph. Read more »

Moto X (2014) hitches a ride on a drone, captures 4K video of the flight

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In order to showcase the 4K video capture credentials of the Moto X (2014), Motorola handed the handset to a professional drone operator. As expected, the company’s customizable smartphone took a ride above San Francisco and captured the trip in UHD resolution.

Because it is much lighter than a DSLR camera, Moto X (2014) allows the drone to fly much longer than usual. Read more »

BlackBerry Classic gets a heap of promo videos

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The BlackBerry Classic was just introduced to the world and BlackBerry wants to show its faithful fans as much of it as possible.

The maker has prepped up a number of videos both in promo and live fashion that reflect on its new smartphone and the loyal BlackBerry users for which it was made. You can find the videos after the break. Read more »

Savelli Ruby Limited Edition is a luxury $57,500 Android smartphone for women

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After showcasing an exquisite Apple device yesterday it is only natural to give high-rolling Android fans a fair portion of attention. Geneva-based jeweler Savelli has apparently rolled out its second line of luxury smartphones, after entering the market last year with its $244,000 Emerald Night handset.

For this year’s offering the company has teamed up with colored gemstone miner Gemfields to bring users a new collection, named Savelli Ruby Limited Edition. It consists of two works of art that are more or less a budget-friendly solution in comparison to the company’s previous flagship. Read more »

More camera samples surface from Huawei Honor 6 Plus dual camera

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The Huawei Honor 6 Plus hit markets just a few hours ago and met its rumored release date. The hype is growing around the new smartphone and primarily because of its unique dual-camera design, which is said to give the HTC One (M8 Eye) a run for its money. The device is offering variable aperture shooting – a real rarity among today’s smartphones.

Today we stumbled across a number of sample photos from the smartphone, along with the ones we already showed you a few weeks ago. Read more »

Vivo X5 Max’s secrets to thinness revealed in teardown

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As part of its teaser campaign for the Vivo X5 Max, the company explained how it managed to make the handset only. 4.75mm thick – by pushing most components around the rim of the device. If that sounds a bit abstract, these teardown photos will help.

The Vivo X5 Max stole the title of “the world’s thinnest smartphone” from the Oppo R5 just a week ago. Read more »

Nest controls will soon make their way to Google Now

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You will soon be able to control you Nest thermostat from Google Now. The functionality is already baked into the search giant’s virtual assistant, though it is yet to go live.

If you ask Google Now on your device to “set Nest to 70 degrees,” it will try and complete the task. Read more »

Oppo N3 hands-on

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We were quite intrigued to see the follow up to Oppo’s last year’s selfie-centered phablet, the Oppo N1. The Oppo N3 builds upon its creator in a way that both expands its abilities and also shrinks its footprint to achieve a better fit for everyone.

Last year Oppo N1 broke a mould or two by introducing a pivoting 13 MP camera lens – the first ever on a mobile phone. Not only that, but it also had a huge 5.9″ 1080p IPS LCD and users had a choice of either Oppo’s Color OS or a tailor-made CyanogenMod OS based on stock Android. That certainly set the bar high of follow-up. Read more »

Oppo R5 hands-on

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Oppo R5 was announced shortly after the Gionee Elife S5.1 and ended its glory as the thinnest smartphone around. The 4.9mm Oppo R5 is so thin that it can’t even pack a proper audio jack.

But there is more. The R5 isn’t just thin, it’s really sturdy – Oppo recently demonstrated in a catchy video that the R5 is equally capable as a fruit cutter and a nail hammer. Razor thin and tough as rock – meet the Oppo R5. Read more »