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Lenovo to Make Project Tango Smartphone

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Lenovo to Make Project Tango Smartphone

Lenovo announces it is working on a Project Tango-enabled smartphone at CES 2016, a collaboration with Google in consumer mobile devices equipped with depth perception.

Google revealed Project Tango back in 2014. A brainchild of the search giant's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group, the project involves granting devices “human-like understanding of space and motion" through sensors and camera vision co-processors. So far it has only been seen in the wild in the shape of a couple of prototype devices-- a 5-inch smartphone and a 7-inch tablet, both carrying 2 back cameras, IR depth sensors and software handling 3D image capture.

Details on the Lenovo Tango-enabled device are lacking, since the company is still working on the final design. However it does say the device will be "less than 6.5-inches" in size and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

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The Smartphone With a 10000mAh Battery

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The Smartphone With a 10000mAh Battery

Customers demanding a smartphone with a longer-lasting battery? Chinese vendor Oukitel might have a solution with the K10000, a device packing a 10000mAh battery.

According to the company the gigantic battery allows for around 10-15 days of use per charge. It also supports reverse charging, turning it into a battery pack of sorts for the charging of other devices.

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Galaxy S7 Gets Pressure-Sensitive Display, USB-C?

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Galaxy S7 Gets Pressure-Sensitive Display, USB-C?

The Wall Street Journal claims to know about a couple of features in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone-- specifically a "pressure-sensitive display and a new high-speed charging port."

The addition of a "pressure-sensitive display" to the flagship handset might not be too surprising, even if it involves the Korean giant unashamedly following on the "3D Touch" feature seen in the iPhone 6S. Meanwhile the "high-speed charging port" consists of a USB Type-C port reportedly allowing users to fully charge the device in "under 30 minutes," if not "significantly faster than that."

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Mozilla Gives Up on Firefox OS Smartphones

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Mozilla Gives Up on Firefox OS Smartphones

It was alright while it lasted, Firefox OS-- Mozilla announces an end to development and sale of smartphones running on the operating system at the "Mozlando" developer event.

Further confirmation of the news comes through TechCrunch and a company statement reading "Firefox OS proved the flexibility of the web, scaling from low-end smartphones all the way up to HD TVs. However, we weren’t able to offer the best user experience possible and so we will stop offering Firefox OS smartphones through carrier channels."

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Xiaomi Presents Redmi Note 3, Mi Pad 2

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Xiaomi Presents Redmi Note 3, Mi Pad 2

China's Xiaomi takes to Twitter to announce a trio of product additions-- the Redmi Note 3 smartphone, the Mi Pad 2 tablet and one oddity, the Mi Air Purifier 2 "smart" air filter.

The Redmi Note 3 is similar to the previous model, being a mid-range Android handset with a 5.5-inch 1920x1080 resolution display. However it does feature a couple of Xiaomi firsts with a full metal body and a fingerprint sensor integrated with Mi Wallet, the company's take on mobile payment services.

Further spec details include an MTK Helio X10 processor (the same found in the Redmi Note 2), 2/3GB RAM, 16/32GB storage and a 4000mAh battery with fast charging promising to power the device to 50% capacity in 1 hour.

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ARM Claims "Most Efficient" 64-bit Processor

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ARM Claims

ARM announces a successor to the Cortex-A5 and A7 mobile processors-- the Cortex-A35, a 64-bit processor the company says is designed for mobile and embedded applications, including smartwatches.

The Cortex-A35 features big.LITTLE configurability, supports 32- and 64-bit capabilities and is 25% smaller than the Cortex-A53. It also consumes less power (90mW per core according to ARM) while featuring enhancements such as a redesigned instruction fetch unit, new in-order 8-stage pipeline and improved NEON floating-point performance, making it ideal for next generation low-cost devices.

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OnePlus Presents Lower-Cost OnePlus X

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OnePlus Presents Lower-Cost OnePlus X

The OnePlus 2 gets a lower-end sibling-- the OnePlus X, a lower-cost smartphone with high-end design features such as a glass back and a 5-inch 1920x1080 resolution AMOLED display.

The OnePlus X will actually be available in 2 versions, the Onyx (features the aforementioned glass back) and a ceramic version limited to just 10000 European customers. Like all other OnePlus devices actually buying the X involves online invites, a system the company says allows for tight inventory management.

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HTC Presents One A9

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HTC Presents One A9

HTC launches a midrange addition to the One smartphone family-- the One A9, an Android 6 (aka Marshmallow)-powered handset featuring an aluminium unibody perhaps all too similar to the Apple iPhone.

The device has a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution display and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage (expandable via microSD slot) and a 1250mAh battery. The rear-facing camera has a 13MP sensor behind a f/2.0 lens, and comes complete with optical stabilisation and dual-tone flash.

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Google Updates Device Lineup

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Google Updates Device Lineup

Google announces annual device lineup updates-- the 5.7-inch Nexus 6P and 5-inch Nexus 5X smartphones, Microsoft Surface/iPad Pro rival Pixel C, a redesigned Chromecast HDMI dongle and, in new offerings, the Chromecast Audio wifi audio streamer.

The smartphone offerings have features new to the Nexus family, namely a Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensor and a USB Type-C port. The bigger of the two, the 5.7-inch Nexus 6P, is Huawei-made and is the first Nexus devices with an all-aluminium body and a 12.3MP camera with a sensor promising "massive 1.55µm pixels."

Further spec details include a 2560x1440 resolution AMOLED display, 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core CPU, 3GB RAM, 32/64/128GB storage, 8MP front-facing camera and 3450mAh battery.

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