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Oppo is now an official partner of FC Barcelona for three years

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Tie-ups between smartphone makers and football teams are nothing new, as you may know. But this is the first we’ve seen Oppo go this route. The Chinese company has inked a partnership agreement with FC Barcelona, one of the biggest football clubs on the planet.

The deal has been signed for three years. During this time, the Oppo brand will be visible at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, and you should probably expect to see some cooperation in the field of TV ads too. Read more »

The YotaPhone revealed to come with a handy backdoor for the FSB [Updated with official statement]

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Most of you surely remember the YotaPhone – that quirky Russian handset, equipped with a second e-ink display. Well, as it turns out, the dual-screen setup might not be the most interesting thing in the smartphone after all.

Some new official information reveals that the Russian smartphone, produced by the government-sponsored Rostech corporation, comes with a backdoor, which allows tapping into the device for surveillance purposes. This was revealed by Sergey Chemezov, head of Rostech and former KGB agent. Read more »

YotaPhone 2 price in Russia gets a significant cut

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YotaPhone 2 is among the most interesting and innovative smartphones on the market today. It offers a dual-display configuration with a front 5″ 1080p AMOLED screen and a rear 4.7″ e-paper always-on panel. There is also a Snapdragon 801 chip to power everything, 32GB storage and very good 8MP rear snapper as we’ve concluded in our review.

The YotaPhone 2 costs as much as any other competitive flagship, though its launch price ins Russia went even higher due to the unstable currency. Well, this is changing today as Yota Devices cut the price of the YotaPhone 2 with 17%. Read more »

Microsoft Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 battery life test

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Microsoft Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 are among the most affordable smartphones out there. Both devices are quite similar – they pack 4″ WVGA screens, run on Snapdragon 200 chips with 1GB RAM, offer 8 gigs of internal expandable storage and basic camera departments.

The Lumia 435 comes with a dual-core Cortex-A7 processor and 2MP cam, while the Lumia 532 model packs a quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU and 5MP snapper. Both run on Windows Phone 8.1 with Update 1 and are powered by 1,560 mAh batteries. Read more »

Weekly poll: Sony Xperia Z3+ vs. the 2015 crowd

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Sony just can’t shake the two flagships a year habit and now we have the Xperia Z3+. A bit thinner, no more annoying flap over the USB port and for better or for worse a Snapdragon 810 chipset.

But what about the true 2015 flagships, can a warmed over 2014 model compete? Read more »

Weekly poll results: Oppo R7 Plus gets the nod over R7

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Last week Oppo unveiled a couple of highly capable mid-rangers, with slender metal bodies, octa-core processors and advanced camera hardware and we asked you – hot or not?

While both fall under the R7 name, the Oppo R7 Plus got a much warmer reception. Read more »

LG G4 battery life

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The LG G4 has grown a bit compared to the G3, but kept the battery capacity at 3,000mAh. Actually, that number hasn’t changed since the LG G2, but the company is promising that display and chipset advancements help expend battery life.

Except the growing number of screen pixels and CPU cores make optimizing for power efficiency a tough proposition. Read more »

OnePlus is planning to “shake up the tech industry” on June 1

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Once again, OnePlus is teasing something via its official Twitter account. This time it looks like we’re going to see a new announcement from the Chinese company on June 1, which is next Monday.

Obviously no big clues as to what that will be are given, but as you can see from the accompanying image OnePlus is talking the big talk. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z3+ promotional video brags about two day battery life

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Today, the Sony Xperia Z3+ finally saw the light of day. Just as promised, the Xperia Z3+, also known as the Xperia Z4 in Japan, made it to international markets and along comes a the first promotional videos for the new handset.

Just popped-up in Sony Xperia’s official YouTube channel, the video promotes the phone’s battery life, which the company claims is up to two days. Frankly, this isn’t really all that impressive, but, at least, the video is nicely made, so there is that. Read more »

Samsung patents phone-powered laptop dock with Android/Windows dual-boot

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Smartphones serving as the brain of a laptop always sounded like a great idea, until someone actually makes one. Undeterred by the cold reception of the Motorola Atrix and its laptop dock and the low profile of the Asus Padfone, Samsung has patented a Galaxy Note-like device, which docks into a laptop host.

The patent does get a couple of things right that eluded the Atrix and the Padfone. Read more »

Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE battery life test

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We already reviewed the 5.7″ Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM and it turned out quite light on the battery and thus leading to an excellent endurance rating of 74 hours. That’s the reason we had high expectations for the smaller 5″ Lumia 640, which is based on the same Snapdragon 400 chipset.

The Lumia 640 LTE has a 5″ HD display, Snapdragon 400 SoC with 1GB of RAM, and is powered by a 2,500 mAh battery. It runs on the latest available Windows Phone 8.1 with Update 2 and Lumia Denim, just like the XL model. Read more »

HTC One M9 received poor score in the DxOMark photography test

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DxOMark put HTC One M9 and its 20MP camera through the paces of its highly contested photography test. The Taiwanese manufacturer’s metal-clad flagship received the poor overall score of 69 (73 for still photography and 61 for video capture).

The result of HTC One M9 falls well behind the 86 points scored by the DxOMark leader, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge. The M9 shares 21st place with the Amazon Fire Phone and falls behind some decidedly devices such as Samsung Galaxy S III and iPhone 4s. Read more »

Weekly poll: Oppo R7 and R7 Plus – hot or not

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This week saw the announcement of Oppo’s pair of upper-midrangers, the R7 and R7 Plus, and we had a brief hands-on time with the phones to gather some initial impressions.

We’re now offering you a chance to have your say on the phones’ appeal by asking the usual question “Hot or not?” Read more »

YU Yuphoria Review

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The Yuphoria is the second device to be launched in India by YU, a division of Micromax made in collaboration with Cyanogen Inc. Yuphoria is an entry level smartphone, priced even lower than the Yureka that came before it.

Despite the entry level pricing, the Yuphoria does pack in a lot of features, including a metal body, 720p display, Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB RAM, and 8 megapixel camera, not to mention Cyanogen OS 12 that comes out of the box. But all of that’s on paper. Let’s see what it’s like in the real world. Read more »

O2 UK is currently offering £40 off the Lumia 930 and Lumia 735

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O2 UK currently has an impressive promotion up for grabs. Two Windows Phone Lumia devices can be picked up with a £40 discount. One is the Nokia Lumia 930 and the other, the Lumia 735.

The offer only applies with a contract and brings the Lumia 930 down to £29.99 up front and £23.50 a month. The Lumia 735 is even cheaper with no initial payment and £14.50 per month. The deal can be picked up online, as well as at the carrier’s stores. Read more »