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Apple Working Towards 5.8-inch OLED iPhone
By Micah Bartos on Tuesday March 08, 2016

Apple is fully expected to launch a smaller (iPhone Se) this month, but what about the company's upcoming flagships that will launch at the end of year? The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus should be a near total overhaul of the current iPhone 6 range, and that could mean an even larger screen for the Plus, according to some reports.

Best Buy and Verizon Shipping Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge Early
By Micah Bartos on Monday March 07, 2016

Both Best Buy and Verizon have started shipping the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, the two new flagships from the Korean giant. Samsung said during the launch of the handsets that it would launch the devices on March 11, but it seems the two U.S. based retailers are getting ahead of the game and fulfilling pre-order commitments early.

Sony Updating Xperia Z5 Range to Marshmallow
By Micah Bartos on Wednesday March 02, 2016

Sony has started to roll out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the Xperia Z5 smartphone range, the late 2015 flagships that were the last of the Z smartphones before Sony introduced the Xperia Z line at MWC 2016

Sony Blasts Out Design Oriented Xperia XA
By Micah Bartos on Tuesday February 23, 2016

Wow! Sony was not expected to launch any smartphones at the Mobile World Conference this week, but the company turned up and stole the show with a new smartphone range, the Xperia X series. We have already looked at the enticing Xperia X and its beefier sibling, the Xperia X Performance, so let's have a look at the last in the stable, the Xperia XA.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Up Close: One Step Forward
By Micah Bartos on Tuesday February 23, 2016

We have already seen LG's new G5 flagship, a smartphone that aims for innovation. Samsung was never going to produce something as fresh with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, and so it proves with the two flagships revealed at MWC. Sure, fresh innovation may be missing from these handsets, but instead Samsung has set about perfecting devices that were already among the very best on the market anyway.

LG G3 Widget Security Flaw Patched
By Micah Bartos on Sunday January 31, 2016

We have never been big fans of the LG Smart Notice, a widget that has been included on most of the company's devices over the last few years. The widget offers updates and notifications regarding numerous services and on board functions, but it has never really worked as well as LG would want it to. If you own an LG G3, the Smart Notice is much more problematic than not working well, however.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Launching Feb. 21
By Micah Bartos on Sunday January 31, 2016

Aside from official confirmation, most details regarding the Samsung Galaxy S7 are known, from design to specs. One of the most consistent rumors has been the one that the flagship will launch at MWC 2016 in Barcelona at the end of the month. That rumor now seems to have been confirmed by tipster Evan Blass, who has posted an image of the upcoming invite for the launch event.

Sony Xperia C6 Render
By Micah Bartos on Saturday January 30, 2016

We liked last year's Sony Xperia C5 Ultra, it was a solid mid-range device with a huge 6-inch screen, a slick near bezel-less design, and a good camera configuration. Inevitably there is going to be a 2016 refresh of the handset, the Xperia C6, and the first render of the smartphone has apparently leaked.

Microsoft Lumia 650 Pre-order Price Revealed
By Micah Bartos on Tuesday January 26, 2016

Microsoft has not yet announced the Lumia 650, but the handset is already available for pre-order via a UK based online retailer called MobileFun. Of course, the company has clearly jumped the shark here, but if nothing else the listing does tell us how much the upcoming smartphone will cost.

Samsung Expanding Tizen Z3 to More Markets
By Micah Bartos on Friday January 15, 2016

Samsung's Z3 is the company's second handset to run the Tizen platform, it was launched in India just like its predecessor the Z. The South Korean giant has said it plans to expand the Z3 to other nations, including Russian in early 2016 and then other countries throughout the year.