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Huawei Mate 20 Pro Initial Review: This camera is a phone, too

A very promising smartphone

The Huawei P20 Pro was a bold statement for a smartphone, featuring the world’s first triple camera system, and it helped Huawei stand out earlier this year. Fast forward six months, and the company’s next flagship looks to build on the success of the P20 Pro. The Mate 20 Pro brings an updated triple camera system, but also a range of features we’re likely to see on flagships next year.

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Nokia 7 Plus initial impressions: Ticking all the right boxes

The Nokia 7 Plus marries Nokia’s industrial design with the simplicity of Android One.

HMD Global revived the Nokia brand last year, initially focusing on the budget segment with the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and the Nokia 6. While the manufacturer rolled out the Nokia 8 to cater to the premium category, it wasn’t quite as good as the OnePlus 5T or the Mi Mix 2.

For its 2018 portfolio, HMD is introducing several phones aimed at  [Read More…]

5G gets closer to reality as initial standard is finalized

5G is a little bit closer to being the real deal.

We keep hearing about the impending launch of 5G, but the reality is that the reported 2019 launch is still quite far away. In the meantime, work continues behind the scenes to ensure that, when carriers and phone manufacturers are ready to roll it out, they know exactly what they’re working with.

To that end, a 5G milestone was hit today at the 3GPP RAN Plenary  [Read More…]

Video: LG V30 initial review

LG has frequently struggled to compete against local rival Samsung. Even the genuinely good LG G6, released earlier this year, struggled to move the needle when pitted against the Galaxy S8.

But now there’s the LG V30, a new flagship phone for late 2017 that serves as a successor to last year’s (very different) LG V20. But you’ll find no removable battery, chunky bezels or bulky metal unibody here. In fact, the V20 is as much a successor to  [Read More…]

LG V30 initial review: The no BS flagship

The quick take

LG’s new flagship is as much a successor to the G6 as any other handset, nailing the smartphone fundamentals and delivering speedy performance in an attractive chassis. Once again, LG’s unique dual-camera setup provides excellent low-light performance and its best wide-angle shooter yet. And best of all, there’s no additional BS — the headphone jack is alive and well, and better than ever with a Quad DAC. The fingerprint scanner is present, and easy to  [Read More…]

Samsung Gear 360 (2017) initial review: Improvements all around

As early hardware and unfinished software goes, this is actually pretty good.

Samsung stopped in the middle of its big Galaxy S8 unveil to hand out a new Gear 360 to the crowd. With that camera came instructions to have fun capturing the world around us in a new way, and while 360-degree cameras aren’t new to me it’s still exciting to see what Samsung has in store for the next Gear 360. Here’s what I have  [Read More…]

Moto G5 Plus initial review: The best value on the market

Phones are in an interesting place right now. While we have amazing, feature-rich flagships like the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8 that push the boundaries of what we thought possible, not everyone wants to spend $ 600+ on a phone. But, you don’t have to spend that kind of money to get a really good […]

Nomu S10 and Nomu S30 unboxing initial impressions

We recently received review units to two of Chinese handset maker Nomu’s new unlocked smartphones, the S10 and S30. Launching this week, the devices are powered by Android 6.0 and feature IP68 waterproof protection. Moreover, they each boast a downright insane battery at 5,000mAh capacity. In terms of specs to price ratio, the handsets come in

HTC 10 initial photo and video samples

An early look at the HTC 10’s photographic capabilities

After years of ho-hum cameras, HTC’s newly-announced 2016 flagship, the HTC 10, promises a significant bump in photographic capabilities. There’s a new 12-megapixel “UltraPixel 2” camera around the back, paired with dual-tone flash and laser autofocus, behind an f/1.8 lens. And with large 1.55-micron pixel paired and optical image stabilization (OIS), the rear camera should be better than ever at night photography — a major differentiator in  [Read More…]

Here are Verizon’s initial XLTE cities

Verizon has fired up a new, beefier branding for its 4G LTE smartphone service. Dubbed XLTE, it takes advantage of the AWS spectrum to double the bandwidth in high-traffic locations.

And here’s the list of cities that get it first.