LG hasn’t had the best year when it comes to smartphones, but the LG V20 has a few tricks under its unassuming outer shell. At IFA 2016 in Berlin, the company gave me a quick peek at the successor to last year’s LG V10… and if you’re the kind of kid who hung out in the A/V studio in high school, you’re gonna love it.
From high-decibel microphones to high-resolution cameras, the LG V20 comes packing — but does [Read More…]
Sony’s fan-favorite ‘Compact’ line returns with what might be its most compelling installment yet.
If you want a flagship-class Android phone in a smaller form factor, Sony’s Compact series of phones is basically the only game in town. Unveiled at IFA 2016 in Berlin today, the Xperia X Compact is the series’ fourth addition, bringing the internals of the Xperia X down to a more manageable size. We’ve had an early look at the X Compact [Read More…]
ZTE has unveiled today the latest addition to its flagship AXON series, the AXON 7 mini. It looks a lot like the bigger Axon 7, but with a 5.2-inch display. This gives consumers more options, especially those who don’t want to spend a lot of money on a new phone. Watch our hands-on video to see it in action.
ZTE Axon 7 mini specifications Category Feature OS Android 6.0 Display 5.2-inch FHD 1080×1920 AMOLED 16M [Read More…]
Lenovo rolled out the Yoga Tab 3 series last year at IFA, and this time around we’re being treated to the latest addition to the lineup, the Yoga Tab 3 Plus. The big change from last year’s Yoga Tab 3 Pro is the shift in hardware from Intel’s Atom x5-Z8500 to the Snapdragon 652.
The Yoga Tab 3 Plus retains the 10-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) display, as well as the kickstand from last year’s models. The kickstand [Read More…]
Samsung’s smartphones have matured into some of the best on the market in 2016, and its smartwatches seem poised to do the same.
With the Gear S3, Samsung evolves some of the solid ideas behind last year’s S2, while further honing its software and industrial design to produce a device that’s a wristwatch first and a smartwatch second – an often-touted but seldom realized ambition in the wearable world. Whether Samsung ultimately meets that goal will have to wait [Read More…]
The Honor 8 introduces the U.S. to one of the world’s best-kept phone secrets.
A year ago, our Alex Dobie called the Honor 7 “a well-built, premium handset and a quick performer, [with] camera capabilities that stand out in the mid-range space.” At the time, I had barely heard of the Honor line, but was impressed by the brand’s slow encroachment into the Western market, which combined the aspirational hardware design of Huawei’s high-end phones with [Read More…]
There’s a lot more to this phone than just a Galaxy S7 edge with an S Pen.
The Galaxy Note 7 is a killer phone, and it’s coming to many parts of the world in the next few weeks. To get you in the mood, here’s our hands-on preview video for you to watch — anytime, anywhere.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 hands-on preview The latest Galaxy Note 7 news! Here are all four [Read More…]
Since 2010, the Galaxy Note family has represented some of the biggest and best smartphones Samsung has to offer. Today, the world’s most famous phablet family gets a sixth generation – and it’s called the Galaxy Note 7.
Samsung says that skipping the “6” brings the new Note in line with the Galaxy S7’s branding, and the similarity to the smaller smartphone is striking indeed – especially on the spec sheet. With a much larger screen and the signature [Read More…]
BlackBerry’s second Android phone, the DTEK50, has a vexing name and a lack of star appeal. But it’s also cheap.
I have been fielding radio interviews since mid-2013 about the inevitable demise of BlackBerry’s smartphone business, and each time since then I say, “Sure, this may be it,” and each time I am left wondering whether the company’s stubborn tenacity is its blessing or its curse.
In the DTEK50, BlackBerry may have finally solved the solution [Read More…]
British startup Wileyfox expands its product line into the budget space, once again tapping CyanogenOS on the software side — but as you might expect, there are a few compromises to deal with in phones priced between £89 and £130.
Wileyfox was part of the broad trend in 2015 towards decent phones that don’t cost a whole lot of money. Partnering with Cyanogen for its software experience allowed the British firm to deliver a solid software experience and decent [Read More…]