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Nokia Brand Launches First Android Smartphone

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Nokia Brand Launches First Android Smartphone

A first Android smartphone featuring Nokia branding emerges-- Finnish brand owner HMD Global announces the Nokia 6, a 5.5-inch handset complete with Snapdragon 430 processor.

Further specifications include LTE connectivity, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage,and 16MP rear-/8MP front-facing cameras. Audio comes through Dolby Atmos-equipped dual amplifiers, and the cameras feature f/2.0 lenses.

“Just a short while ago we announced the launch of HMD Global. From the outset we have stated that we intend to move with speed to establish a position as a player in the smartphone category and create products that truly meet consumer needs," the company says. "The Nokia 6 is a result of listening to our consumers who desire a beautifully crafted handset with exceptional durability, entertainment and display features."

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Qualcomm (Accidentally) Details Snapdragon 835 CPU

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Qualcomm (Accidentally) Details Snapdragon 835 CPU

Sharp-eyed journalist Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) leaks details of the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip ahead of CES 2017-- a mobile CPU designed to improve both battery life and 3D graphics.

The successor to the 821 processor, the 835 uses 40% less power while providing "up to a 27% performance increase" compared to previous chipsets. Built using a 10nm design featuring over 3 billion transistors, it combines a Kyro 280 CPU, Adreno 540 GPU and Hexagon DSP. According to Blas the 835 is ideal ideal for even thinner smartphones with larger batteries, and offers users with over a day's worth of talk time, 5 days of music playback and over 7 hours of 4K video streaming.

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Meizu Intros M5 Note

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Meizu Intros M5 Note

Meizu announces an update on last year's M3 Note-- the M5 Note, a 5.5-inch handset featuring a design 0.1mm thinner than its predecessor, together with 4GB RAM and up to 64GB of storage.

Interestingly, the M5 Note as a smaller battery compared to the previous model, since it has a 400mAh number compared to the 4100mAh battery powering the M3 Note. However the M5 Note does add 18W fast charging, and according to Meizu it can be fully charged in just 90 minutes. Other features derived from the M3 Note include the 1080p 5.5-inch display, Helio P10 chipset, 13MP rear-facing camera and fingerprint sensor in the back.

The OS of choice is Android 6.0, and connectivity comes through hybrid dual-SIM (nano+nano/microSD).

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OnePlus 3 Gets 3T Boost

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OnePlus 3 Gets 3T Boost

OnePlus presents a boosted variant of the flagship OnePlus 3-- the OnePlus 3T, a smartphone near identical to its predecessor apart from an upgraded Snapdragon 821 CPU, larger battery and a camera improvements.

The OnePlus 3T retains the same form factor as OnePlus 3, even if the company managed to squeeze a 3400mAh battery (up from OnePlus 3's 3000mAh) promising 13% more use on a single charge. Speaking of charging, OnePlus also added "Dash Charge" rapid charging able to provide a day's worth of power after all of 30 minutes of plugging it in.

As for the CPU, the Snapdragon 821 is the faster sibling of the 820, the chip powering flagship handsets such as the Google Pixel and the LeEco LePro3. The other aforementioned upgrade involves the cameras, as the front-facing shooter has a 16MP sensor while the rear-facing camera gets a scratch-proof sapphire lens cover and better electronic image stabilisation.

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BlackBerry Presents DTEK60 Android Phone

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BlackBerry Presents DTEK60 Android Phone

BlackBerry might not be in the phone development business, but it is still lending its name to 3rd parties-- as is the case with the DTEK60, a TCL-made Android handset packing BlackBerry software.

A successor to the DTEK50 (technically a clone of the Alcatel Idol 4), the DTEK60 features enhanced security through the addition of a fingerprint sensor. It also carries a 5.5-inch 1440 x 2560 resolution display, Sanpadragon 820 CPU, 4GB RAM, 21MP rear-/8MP front-facing cameras, and 3000mAh battery inside glass-backed casing. Connectivity comes through USB-C port.

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Kodak Brings Ektra Back in Smartphone Form

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Kodak Brings Ektra Back in Smartphone Form

The 1941 Kodak Ektra camera gets a revival in the shape of a smartphone-- specifically a "professional-quality, photography-first" handset sharing the name.

“Kodak has a rich history in imaging technology and the launch of the Kodak smartphone today demonstrates our ongoing commitment to bringing the latest advances in photography to consumers," the company says. “The original Kodak Ektra camera was launched in 1941 and in its latest reincarnation, opens up a world of creative opportunities to all who care about photography.”

As one might imagine, the Kodak Ektra smartphone is not actually made by the company itself-- after all, following its 2012 bankruptcy Kodak is solely in the business of licensing its IP. Instead, the device is made by UK-based Bullitt Group, a company specialised in bringing together components from a variety of sources in order to build phones for various brands (for the curious, these include Cat, JCB and Ministry of Sound).

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Samsung Ends Galaxy Note 7 Sales

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Samsung Ends Galaxy Note 7 Sales

Samsung brings an end to the Galaxy Note 7, the phablet with the unfortunate tendency to either catch fire or, in worst case scenarios, explode as it announces a global recall program for the device.

As per company announcement, "since the affected devices can overheat and pose a safety risk, we are asking consumers with an original Galaxy Note 7 or a replacement Galaxy Note 7 to power it down and contact the carrier or retail outlet where you purchased your Galaxy Note 7."

Samsung had already announced a Note 7 recall program involving an exchange with a new version of the handset... only the replacement handsets also started burning. Signs suggest this is due to a battery overheating issues, and as such Samsung changed suppliers during the manufacturing process. However that was in vain, as the new batteries are still getting too hot and, in some cases, burning up.

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BlackBerry Gives Up on Phone Development

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BlackBerry Gives Up on Phone Development

Ailing phone maker BlackBerry announces plans to stop, well, making phones-- instead such a task will be farmed out to hardware partners, as the company wants to focus on software and security products.

As a result, future BlackBerry handsets will be like the recent DTEK 50, a BlackBerry-branded clone of the Alcatel Idol 4. It also makes the Priv, the first Android-powered BlackBerry launched back in November 2015, the last smartphone produced by the company.

"The company plans to end all internal hardware development and will outsource that function to partners," CEO John Chen says. "This allows us to reduce capital requirements and enhance return on invested capital.”

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Apple Announces iPhone 7, 7 Plus

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Apple Announces iPhone 7, 7 Plus

Apple reveals exactly what everyone was expecting in this year's September event with the latest incarnation of the iPhone-- the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, now featuring IP67-rated stainless steel construction together with a slew of internal upgrades.

But before we get to the new iPhone, one has to mention the opening of the event in question. In a move simultaneously unbelievable and inevitable Nintendo took the stage to announce its first iPhone game, Super Mario Run. Demonstrated by company guru Shigeru Miyamoto, the game will surely be a first of surely many Nintendo titles hitting iOS, as the ailing Japanese company looks to boost its bottom line by developing games for machines other than its own.

Anyway, back to the iPhone. Available in now traditional 7 and 7 Plus forms, the smartphones comes in a gloss jet black finish as well as the familiar silver and rose gold, and has a rebuilt Home button featuring a Taptic engine similar to that found in the touchpad found in the latest MacBooks. Powering it is new processor, the A10 Fusion, featuring a 4-core CPU and 6-core GPU for a 40% speed boost over the A9.

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