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ZTE Intros ZMax Pro Phablet

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ZTE Intros ZMax Pro Phablet

ZTE announces the ZMax Pro-- a 6-inch phablet featuring a fingerprint sensor, something the company says is unique for a device with a more affordable price tag.

The ZMax Pro carries a 1920x1080 resolution display together with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 13MP rear-facing camera, 2GB RAM and 3GB storage inside a plastic body. The large size allows for a hefty 3400mAh battery, and dual-SIM slots are included.

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Qualcomm Presents Snapdragon 821

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Qualcomm Presents Snapdragon 821

Qualcomm announces an update on the flagship Snapdragon 820 mobile processor-- the cleverly named Snapdragon 821, a chip around 10% faster than its predecessor.

Described as "designed to complement and extend the competitive strengths" of current Qualcomm technology, the quad-core 821 is, essentially, an in-between option for high-end devices launched the company presents an actual next-gen processor. As such, it offers clock speeds of 2.4GHz (up from the 2.1GHz of the 820) while promising battery life and app performance.

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Win 10-Powered NuAns Neo Makes it Westward

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Win 10-Powered NuAns Neo Makes it Westward

Japanese smartphone maker NuAns announces the Neo, a unique-looking Windows 10 smartphone, will be available in European markets following a Kickstarter campaign.

Already available in its home Japan, Neo features a somewhat unusual chunky design, with an 11.3mm-thick frame users can customise with up to 64 different snap-on covers in materials such as wood, suede and even ostrich leather. Covers are split in half, meaning users can also mix-and-match colours and materials for an even more custom look.

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Huawei Honor 5C Reaches Europe

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Huawei Honor 5C Reaches Europe

Huawei announces the European debut of the Honor 5C, a followup to the budget-priced Honor 5X handset first seen back at CES 2016.

While being on the lower end of the smartphone spectrum, the Honor 5C features decent enough specs. It is a 5.2-inch device with a 1920x1080 resolution IPS display, a Hisilicon Kirin 650 octa-core CPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage and a 3000mAh battery.

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Lenovo Claims First Tango-Enabled Smartphone

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Lenovo Claims First Tango-Enabled Smartphone

Lenovo presents the Phab 2 Pro-- the first smartphone equipped with Tango, the Google-developed combination of cameras, IR sensors and software allowing devices to the world in 3D.

Formerly known as Project Tango, the technology provides enhanced indoor tracking and augmented reality features. In the case of the Phab 2 Pro it comes through a 16MP shooter, one Google says is a shrunken version of the prototypes seen a couple of years ago. It uses dual-cameras to analyse surroundings in 3D, while additional sensors map the physical space and track objects 250000 times per second.

Demos shown by Lenovo include AR shooting games, an educational app able to project dinosaurs in real spaces, a domino app allowing users to set virtual pieces around a room and a virtual home improvement app developed by Lowe's. The company says the device already has 25 apps, a number it hopes will grow to 100 by end 2016.

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Time: iPhone is Most Influential Gadget

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Time: iPhone is Most Influential Gadget

Time Magazine lists what it believes are the "50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time"-- and puts the iPhone at the very top due to being the first "truly powerful computer in the pockets of millions."

As the magazine puts it, while smartphones were a device category before the 2007 iPhone launch, the Apple offering easily beat the rest by replacing buttons and slide-out keyboards with a flat touchscreen. Arguably just as significant is the 2008 introduction of the App Store, "forever changing how we communicate, play games, shop, work, and complete many everyday tasks."

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LG Puts Fingerprint Sensor Under Display

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LG Puts Fingerprint Sensor Under Display

LG Innotek proposes a different design for smartphone fingerprint readers-- a glass-covered sensor smartphone makers can integrate anywhere within a device, be it in the front, rear or even the sides.

The fingerprint reader module fits in a space just 0.3mm deep. Being glass-covered it can be incorporated the underside of smartphone cover glass without need for dedicated buttons, pads or other exposed elements.

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Huawei Adds Leica Lenses to P9 Smartphone

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Huawei Adds Leica Lenses to P9 Smartphone

Huawei announces the first result device produced under its recent partnership with German optics maker Leica-- the P9, a smartphone featuring a pair of "Leica certified" rear-facing cameras.

Reportedly the result of 3 years of co-engineering between the two companies, the dual cameras inside the P9 feature specially designed f/2.2 lenses, a pair of 12MP 1.25um Sony IMX286 sensors and a dual-LED flash. One camera captures RGB information while the other is monochrome, and the result is supposed to provide clearer photographs with brighter backgrounds, better contrast and better performance in low light environments.

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Apple Bucks Trend With iPhone SE, Smaller iPad Pro

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Apple Bucks Trend With iPhone SE, Smaller iPad Pro

The current reasoning in mobile device design might be "big is beautiful," but Apple appears to go in the opposite direction with its most recent device offerings, the 4-inch iPhone SE and a 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

Unveiled during an uncharacteristically short March event, the iPhone SE is identical in size to the iPhone 5s-- making it fully compatible with cases designed for older iPhone models, bringing some good news to both customers and accessory makers. However the internals are similar to those of the iPhone 6s, since it features the same A9 CPU, M9 motion co-processor and a 12MP rear-facing iSight camera.

Also included are Touch ID capability, LTE support, 802.11ac wifi, new microphones, always-on "Hey Siri" voice activation and improved battery life.

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