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Lenovo Phab Plus is a Smartphone with a Huge Screen
By Luke Jones on Monday August 31, 2015

Is it a smartphone or is it a tablet? Lenovo is sort of aiming for the former, which makes its newly announced Phab Plus among the biggest smartphones available. This enormous handset comes with a massive 6.8-inch screen, which is much larger than just about any other mainstream smartphone on the market.

Meizu Rebrands with New Logo and High End Smartphones
By Luke Jones on Monday August 31, 2015

2015 has been a very successful year for Chinese company Meizu so far with millions of units sold and some stellar handsets along the way. Now the company is ready to move into a bold new modern era and the first step has been the introduction of a new logo.

Huawei Honor 7 Coming to Europe
By Luke Jones on Friday August 28, 2015

Huawei has officially confirmed its Honor 7 smartphone for the European market, where the company will be hoping for even some of the success the device has enjoyed so far. Nine million units have been pre-ordered in China, and while that is not a guarantee of purchase (as it would be in other countries) it does mean plenty of people are interested in the new mid-range device.

HTC Desire 626 Arrive on Verizon for $192
By Luke Jones on Friday August 28, 2015

The HTC Desire 626 is unlikely to turn the company's fortunes around, especially with its very modest specs. The handset is relatively affordable and good-looking though and is now making its debut on Verizon and will cost a rather reasonable $192 unlocked from Big Red.

LG G4 Pro to Boast Dual Rear Cameras
By Luke Jones on Friday August 28, 2015

LG announced at an earnings call early this year that it would be debuting another flagship smartphone in 2015, a phablet heavyweight to go alongside the current G4. The company went as far as calling the device super-premium, so since then we have been expecting a lot from the so-called LG G4 Pro. Today we have another round of specs to sink our teeth into and they prove that the device certainly will be a beast.

2015 LG Nexus 5 Leaked with Fingerprint Scanner
By Luke Jones on Friday August 28, 2015

The secret is out there by now, LG will be making a new Nexus devices for Google in the shape of a revamped version of its Nexus 5 smartphone from 2013. The image you see above is reported to be that new device, and as you can see one of the differences is the inclusion of a circular fingerprint sensor on the rear of the handset.

OnePlus 2 Arriving Next Weekend in "Aggressive Invite Rollout"
By Luke Jones on Friday August 28, 2015

OnePlus makes fantastic smartphones, but the company's invite system to purchase one is frustrating. It is a model that has sort of worked (the OnePlus One was a sales success), but we can't help but think the company would sell a lot more if it opened up sales. Cost cutting is the reason for the invite system, but OnePlus says it has finally cracked how to get this sales model right and soon and "aggressive invite rollout" will happen.

Obi Worldphone Makes Debut with SF1 and SJ1.5 Smartphones
By Luke Jones on Thursday August 27, 2015

Obi Worldphone is a new company based in Silicon Valley and co-founded by former Apple CEO John Sculley. Today the new brand announced its first two smartphones, a couple of affordable handsets based on Google's Android Lollipop platform.

Meizu MX5 Coming to India this Month
By Luke Jones on Wednesday August 26, 2015

Meizu's MX5 flagship was announced earlier in the month by the Chinese company and is a very good high end smartphone that delivers on the company?s early promise. Meizu is making plenty of progress in the smartphone world and has been more open to launching its devices worldwide, unlike rival Xiaomi. Today Meizu announced that the MX5 will be making its debut in India, one of the most important emerging markets.

Amazon Fire Phone now just $130 with Free Prime Subscription
By Luke Jones on Wednesday August 26, 2015

Some Wednesday afternoon advice... you should consider buying an Amazon Fire Phone. Ok, before you laugh we want to say we mean it, you should get this handset, which admittedly was one of the greatest tech flops in history. A disaster of epic proportions, Amazon's first smartphone was not a failure because it sucked, so as it is now only $130 (with some incentives too) we just think it is worth a look a year on from its release.