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Apple to Use Folding Screen for iPhone Pro
By Luke Jones on Wednesday March 09, 2016

We have pretty much lost faith in the rumor we published yesterday regarding Apple making a 5.8-inch iPhone with OLED screen. While the initial claim itself is not outlandish, pointing to a 2017 (at the earliest) launch for the device, the latest report suggesting Apple will fit the handset with folding screens has us plenty skeptical.

Samsung Issues Urgent Update for Galaxy S7 Edge
By Luke Jones on Wednesday March 09, 2016

Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge flagship is barely out of the gates, but already the company is issuing what it describes as an "urgent" update. Of course, it is common for products to arrive with small teething problems, but it is rare to see any update billed as urgent, so what?s the deal here?

HTC Signs Exclusive Nexus Deal for 3 Years?
By Luke Jones on Wednesday March 09, 2016

HTC is fighting to keep itself relevant, and much will depend on the company's upcoming One M10 flagship and whether the Vive VR headset can convert its buzz into sales. Another way would be for the company to cozy up to Google and the Android platform even more, which could actually be in the offing as reports suggest HTC has signed a three year deal to build Nexus hardware.

Vivo Xplay 5: World?s First 6GB RAM Smartphone
By Luke Jones on Tuesday March 01, 2016

As ridiculous as it is, the Android market is one of spec one-upmanship. The company with the beefier hardware stands out, at least that is how many Chinese companies approach the platform, thinking that the more specs you cram in the better the device is. It almost never works like that, the best companies and handsets combine strong specs with manufacturing knowhow.

Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge Lack Quick Charge 3.0
By Luke Jones on Tuesday March 01, 2016

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are a pair of smartphones that are packed to the gills with the latest mobile hardware, a veritable mix of the latest and greatest technology. However, while Samsung has spared no expense in virtually all departments, it has seemingly stopped short of pushing the boat out for quick charging.

HTC Teases One M10 Ahead of March Launch
By Luke Jones on Saturday February 27, 2016

The Ball's in your court HTC. Just about all of the company's main Android rivals used the MWC week to launch new flagships, such as Samsung, Xiaomi, LG, and Sony. The Taiwan based giant also announced some low end affairs, but the HTC smartphone we all want to see is the One M10, the company?s upcoming flagship device.

Xiaomi Mi 5 Up Close: Good Enough
By Luke Jones on Friday February 26, 2016

Xiaomi bide its time when most of its rivals launched impressive new handsets at MWC, including highlights from Sony, LG, and of course Samsung. We have waited a long time for the Mi 5 flagship to arrive, so Xiaomi really had to deliver something special.

Sony Xperia X Up Close: A Winning Mid-Range Handset
By Luke Jones on Tuesday February 23, 2016

We were not expecting much from Sony at the Mobile World Conference, and while the company didn't launch a new flagship, it did arrive with three rather enticing products. The Xperia X is among them, and it is looking like continuing Sony's recent quality output in the mid-range market. Hopefully this can buck another Sony trend, the one where its quality smartphones fail to sell in great numbers, but we?ll wait and see on that front.

Nokia Biding Time for Ideal Return to Smartphone Market
By Luke Jones on Tuesday February 23, 2016

Nokia has been out of the smartphone game for over two years, since it sold off its Lumia devices and services division to Microsoft. As part of the deal the Finnish giant could not make a rival device until this year, but with that accord coming to an end Nokia is ready to make handsets again. The company's CEO used an MWC press event to say the company wants to make a new smartphone, but is in no rush.

HTC Vive Pre-orders Go Live Feb. 29th at $799!
By Luke Jones on Tuesday February 23, 2016

Ouch! We knew it would be expensive, but HTC has just revealed that the Vive VR headset will cost a massive $799 when it launches to consumers on February 29, open to pre-orders.