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HTC One M9+ preview

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The HTC One M9+ is the estranged big brother of the One M9 that grew up in Asia and learned a few new tricks. It is literally bigger, thanks to its 5.2-inch Quad HD display, has a fingerprint sensor, a MediaTek helio X10 processor, and even brings back the Duo Camera sensor from the M8.

The M9+ is only available in select Asian markets where the standard M9 isn’t available, and will be coming to certain parts of Europe later this year. If you were thinking of picking this up over the standard M9 or just stuck with this one option in your region, read on to find out more. Read more »

Saygus V Squared features highlighted in a set improvised videos

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The Saygus V2, or rather V Squared, is a rare bird of a smartphone. Its designers have focused on a few key areas, which typically ignite wars in the comments section, and delivered on them, at times even more than you could possibly know what to do with.

Only 5 days into the crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo, the smartphone has already reached its million-dollar goal. Trying not to lose momentum, the team behind the V Squared has uploaded a series of short hands-on videos showcasing the smartphone’s main selling points. Read more »

LG G4 shot by a French assault rifle with foreseeable consequences

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Slow-motion-filming-specialists-slash-arms-enthusiasts over at FullMag took it upon themselves to destroy an LG G4 in style and had a go at it with a French assault rifle.

More of a fun afternoon at the shooting range than an actual durability test for the G4, the endeavor yields the results you would expect from such unfairly matched opponents. Read more »

Motorola’s Moto G (2nd Gen) can be bought for just $139.99 for a few more hours

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As part of its daily deals, Amazon is now offering the second generation Moto G for just $139.99, unlocked and SIM-free. This is the cheapest it’s ever been in the US, with its normal price being $179.99.

So you’ll only save $40, true, but at this price level that’s quite much percentage-wise. You have to act quick, though, as the deal will only remain live for around 12 more hours. Read more »

V-Moda lets enthusiasts mod $300 headphones with $40,000 custom shields

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There’s avast market for customization in the tech world and V-Moda’s approach to their headphones has always had that in mind. The company is offering buyers the option to trick out their set with custom 3D printed shields, and different models could set you back as much as $40K, we’re told.

We struggled to hit maximum and only managed about $32,000 in the configurator, $270 worth of headphones included. Read more »

Motorola will offer big savings on Moto X (2nd Gen) and Nexus 6 in the UK starting tomorrow

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Motorola is planning a summer sale for the UK, which will take place from tomorrow, June 17, and until June 30. The two devices involved are basically the company’s flagships at the moment – the Moto X (2nd Gen) and the Nexus 6. The former being the one for people who like ‘normal’ sized phones, while the latter should fit fans of the phablet genre perfectly.

So, starting tomorrow, you’ll be able to save a whopping £166 on the second generation Moto X. The 16GB model will be offered for just £229, compared to £395 right now. If you want more storage, the 32GB version will go for £269. Read more »

What it’s like to collect old phones: An interview about a passion

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Collecting phones is a thing you do out of passion. And as passions go, I've rarely seen someone as enthusiastic about old mobile phones as Momchil Nechev - Maxx, who quite happily agreed to bring most of his personal collection of phones to our office.

Going through his stuff, I felt as excited as a boy going through his Christmas presents, only these were not presents I was handed but boxes full of memories. Those boxes held Momchil's memories, but mine as well. It's fascinating how you can share so much with someone you barely know.

Our get-together was a fun experience, and we did a lot of shooting and a lot of talking. You already got a glimpse of what came out of the shooting, and today I have here the result that came out of the talking.

Momchil is a genuinely nice guy and he had a lot to share about what it's like to collect mobile phones. I hope you will enjoy his insight as much as we did. Read more »

Xiaomi working on its own chip for the Redmi 2 successor

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Xiaomi is apparently working on developing its own independent SoC solution to power the next iteration in its Redmi line of smartphones. The company is looking to join a group of select few manufacturers, who have engineered in-house chipsets and aim to put an end to the Qualcomm/Mediatek dependance.

The info comes from Mr. Kevin Wang, a senior executive at industry analyst IHS Technology‘s Chinese branch. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S6 active survives 12-foot drop test unscathed

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active has been available for only a few days now on AT&T’s network, and keen vloggers were quick to test on camera its claim to fame. The rugged smartphone was dropped from various heights, in an decidedly unscientific manner, but sustained no visible damage nonetheless.

The test included such day-to-day accidents like dropping your phone upon taking it out of your pocket and also from head’s height when talking. The phone then meets a hard floor surface with various parts of its body, and emerges unharmed. Read more »

Xiaomi Mi Note Bamboo Edition gets a price cut

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Xiaomi Mi Note went official in January and hit the shelves soon after. Three months later Xiaomi introduced a Natural Bamboo Edition with a rear panel made out of bamboo.

The regular edition of the Mi Note is priced at CNY 1,999 (€290), while the Bamboo Edition was more expensive at CNY 2,299 (€330). Well, this is no more – Xiaomi decided to lower the price of the Natural Bamboo Edition now. Read more »

Oppo R1x battery life test

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The Oppo R1x stunner of a smartphone was at our headquarters for a detailed review recently. We praised the 5-incher for its design and although it failed to impress with raw performance, it posted respectable scores in the battery department.

It’s exactly battery life we’re going to focus on now, with the complete rundown now following. Read more »

Xiaomi Mi 4i battery life test

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Xiaomi Mi 4i turned out quite an interesting smartphone, a worthy alternate of the original Mi 4. The new Mi 4i model changes the design, keeps the 5″ screen and 13MP great camera, but comes running on the Snapdragon 615 chip. There is a beefy 3,120 mAh battery, which should keep the Mi 4i up for days.

The MIUI v.6, just like before, offers Performance and Balanced power modes. The Performance mode allows the phone to use all processor cores, while the Balanced limits the CPU usage in order to save battery. Throughout our tests – call, video, browser and standby we used the Balanced mode, as any MIUI users will do most of the time. We tried switching to Performance and re-test the device, but we noticed just minor differences in the results. Read more »

Weekly poll results: Sony Xperia Z3+ gives the 2015 crowd a tough time

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Sony Xperia Z3+ emerged victorious in our last week’s poll, or at least partly so. Beating two of the current flagships and giving the third a run for its money, it would appear that Sony has gotten things right yet again.

You might have guessed who’s who in the above sentence, but the numbers may surprise you nonetheless. Read more »

Google outs an online tool to help you choose the right Android smartphone

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Google released an online tool to help you choose the right Android smartphone for you. The solution is available via the search giant’s Android homepage.

The entire process features a nice graphical interface and is quite fun. Read more »

Sony says phones are dirty but its Xperia M4 Aqua is washable

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Sony has put up a new promotional website for its recently launched Xperia M4 Aqua smartphone. That said, this is anything but a normal such venture. It’s called “Dirty Phones”, and focuses on, well, how dirty phones can be. Literally, that is.

First, the company scares you with words such as the ones you can read in the image above. It claims that there are about 25,000 germs per square inch on the average touchscreen phone. Furthermore, according to “research”, 92% of handsets have bacteria on them, while ‘just’ 82% of hands can boast the same thing. 16% of hands and phones unfortunately have E.coli, a bacteria found in feces. Read more »