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Xiaomi Mi 3 hands-on

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Xiaomi’s Mi 3 has had a long trek westward to our studios, but finally the device has made its way here and we’re ready to give the popular Chinese smartphone our full review treatment.

But before that, we’ll be taking a quick look at the device in front of our camera. The Mi 3 comes in a stylish unibody that houses a robust quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 chipset alongside Adreno 330 graphics and 2GB of RAM, all at a price that’s significantly lower than most flagships. Read more »

Here goes Lenovo’s promo video for the VIBE Z2 Pro

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Lenovo has just announced the premium-built VIBE Z2 Pro smartphone and right away we get the promo video on YouTube.

In it we see the device’s key selling points – Android 4.4 KitKat with Lenovo’s VIBE UI 2.0, a precision-crafted unibody made out of brushed metal and just 7.7mm thick and the 16 MP snapper. Read more »

Putinphone 2 aims to for the Oligarchs’ choice award

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Italian luxury brand Caviar has launched a successor of its limited edition Putinphone, and it was only logical since all 44 units of the first one were sold out in just one day. The Putinphone 2, however, sports a titanium back engraved with the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin and 499 units will be made.

Based on the iPhone 5s, the Putinphone 2′s full model name is the Caviar iPhone 5S Ti Supremo Putin. And it costs the cool $3,320 (RUB 119,000). Read more »

Android usage surpass iOS for the first time ever

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It’s been a long time coming, but the latest usage statistics from Net Applications show that iOS has fallen behind Android in terms of total active usage.

While Android has long since surpassed Apple’s offering in terms of market share, this is the first time that Google’s mobile OS is also being used more than iOS. Read more »

It’s time we put the Xiaomi data leaking controversy behind us [EDITORIAL]

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In the past few days we’ve been witnessing lots of controversy regarding evidence that the phone manufacturer Xiaomi is sending your personal data to a Chinese server. A lot has been written about that – we’ve heard both sides of the story as Xiaomi representatives are trying to put down the wild fire and assure everyone that this is not the case.

We just wanted to make it clear that as an editorial team we stand behind them and for us it seems there is no truth to these allegations. Indeed, we may have helped aggravate the situation by reporting it rather… bluntly. Read more »

Three inTouch lets you make calls and send texts when there’s no cell signal

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Three UK just announced inTouch – an app for Android and iOS that can route your calls and texts over a Wi-Fi network. This isn’t like Skype or Viber, no this is for regular calls and texts that would normally go through the GSM network (they even come out of your monthly plan).

It’s not a new feature – O2 UK and T-Mobile US has been offering it for a while now – but few phones support it. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini goes through a teardown

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The iFixit team has decided to do a teardown on the Galaxy S5′s little brother and see if the similarities on the outside continue with the internal design too.

And as you can probably guess, Samsung didn’t feel the need to rethink everything from scratch and the Galaxy S5 Mni shares the same negative and positive repair traits as its bigger sibling. Read more »

HTC Desire 616 dual sim hands-on

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The HTC Desire 616 dual sim is like a smaller version of the Desire 816 but it has an attention-grabbing octa-core processor. And the processor has eight Cortex-A7 cores instead of big.LITTLE architecture.

The Desire 616 has a large screen for a mid-ranger but with 720p resolution it won’t be fighting flagships any time soon. This fits the style of smartphone popular in East Asia – screen size takes precedence over resolution, dual-SIM is a must and the more cores the better. Read more »

HTC One (E8) hands-on

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Whether you know it as the HTC One Vogue or the HTC One Ace, the One (E8) is here to put an end to HTC’s usage of low-res cameras… and metal unibodies.

The HTC One (E8) is a plastic variant of the HTC One (M8) that retains almost all aspects of the flagship’s premium package but asks significantly lower at retail. The front is still adorned by a 5″ Super LCD3 of 1080p resolution, the chipset is still a Snapdragon 801, the speakers are still stereo BoomSound and the software is still Sense 6 on top of Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Read more »

Lava Iris X1 review

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Lava launched its latest mid-range smartphone, the Iris X1 a couple of weeks ago. The Indian manufacturer has promised to deliver high-end smartphone experience at super attractive price tag.

The Lava Iris X1 comes with a quad-core 1.2GHz processor along with Broadcom VideoCore IV GPU on a Broadcom chipset. Let’s see how well it performs. Read more »

Indian customers order XOLO Q900s Windows Phone, receive Android version

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Well, this is an odd one. It looks like Flipkart, India’s biggest online retailer, has mistakenly sent people who ordered the new XOLO Win Q900s an Android-running version of the device. To be clear, the XOLO Win Q900s should run Windows Phone 8.1, the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile OS.

So imagine the surprise (if not anger) you’d feel were you to order one of those, only to receive something that runs Android. Read more »

Samsung shows of Galaxy S5 camera in new video shot on the phone

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 has one of the best camera in the business, capable of taking great stills as well as videos. To show it off further, Samsung has released a new video, shot entirely on the phone.

Unfortunately, while the idea was nice, the video does not really do the phone justice. Read more »

Weekly poll results: LG G3 vs Oppo Find 7

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In our last weekend poll, we pitted the two QHD monsters on the market – the LG G3 and Oppo Find 7. We’d like to thank you for taking the time to vote and now it’s time to share the results.

Let’s see which one of the two 5.5″ smartphones came up on top. Read more »

Microsoft thinks the Nokia Lumia 530 is great, has 10 reasons to back up that claim

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Microsoft’s mobile division sure seems to be proud of the recently unveiled Nokia Lumia 530. This, you may remember, is the successor to the best selling Lumia 520, and it will become available in August.

As you might expect, the ten reasons that Microsoft lists for why the Lumia 530 is simply great aren’t extremely objective, not all of them anyway. But let’s take them one by one. Read more »

Nokia creates an organic charger for the Lumia 930

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Nokia has set up an interesting project to promote the Lumia 930 in the UK. What seems to be a product of a joint meeting with Greenpeace is actually a giant wall made of potatoes and apples. Why? To charge up a phone.

Some of you may know this, but for others this is a headscratcher. The process of charging the battery using potatoes and apples is possible thanks to the chemicals inside them, which help transfer energy via the metal wires. Read more »