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TCL executive sends out 4 second video showing the QWERTY on the BlackBerry Mercury

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"Steve Cistulli, President and General Manager for TCL Communication, sent out a tweet yesterday that included four seconds of video showing the QWERTY on the upcoming BlackBerry 'Mercury.' BlackBerry and TCL entered into a licensing agreement that calls forTCL to design, manufacture, promote, distribute, sell and support future BlackBerry models. BlackBerry is now focusing on software and services.
Last month, the TCL executive cited an old Remington typewriter that was apparently the first to offer a 'shift' key, in order to promote the Mercury's appearance at CES. We took that to mean that the new phone will have a game changing physical QWERTY keyboard. And now comes today's 4-second video teaser that shows a fabulous looking QWERTY keyboards with frets." Read all here:

Samsung Galaxy A (2017) series introduced with water resistance design, Android Marshmallow

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) vs Galaxy A5 (2017)

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) vs Galaxy A5 (2017)

Samsung officially unveiled its new Galaxy A series smartphones for 2017, the Galaxy A3,Galaxy A5, and Galaxy A7. All three will be available in Russia beginning early January and will be expanded to global markets in the coming weeks.As far as pricing goes, Samsung hasn't announced anything related to the cost of these smartphones, but previous reports claim the Galaxy A5 (2017) will be available for $378, while the Galaxy A7 (2017) should hit the shelves for $424. We can safely assume that the Galaxy A3 (2017) will be much cheaper than the other two phones. Furthermore, it's worth noting that each of these new smartphones will be available in four color options: Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist and Peach Cloud. More here:

Huawei Honor Magic unveiled, curvy body, dual cameras

Huawei unveiled the curviest phone ever - the Honor Magic. Every edge and every corner of the device is as smooth as a pebble, but what’s inside is cutting edge. The screen measures 5.09” - a tack sharp AMOLED with QHD resolution (577ppi) - and it sits below the curved glass. The flowing body of the phone measures 7.8mm thick and weighs 145g. It is available in Golden Black and Porcelain White. On the back is a dual 12MP camera (color + monochrome) with an f/2.2 aperture and large 1.4µm pixels, plus an 8MP selfie camera (f/2.0). The Huawei Honor Magic runs Android 6.0 with “Honor Magic Live OS”. It has ample memory - 4GB of RAM and 64G storage. Read more here:

Apple iPhone 7 is official with stereo speakers and water resistance


"Welcome the new iPhone 7, which just became official and there are lot of changes, some subtle, some major ones. Starting from the design, the iPhone 7 is now water- and dust-resistant. With an IP67 certification, it can last up to 30 minutes under a meter of water. The iPhone 7 looks almost the same as its predecessor, but with few key changes. The main among them is the new place of the antenna bands. They are now on the top and bottom edges on the back. Subjectively, this makes the iPhone 7 look a bit cleaner." Read more here:

Apple Watch Series 2 brings GPS, new processor and 50M water resistance

"Apple unveiled today the new generation Watch called Apple Watch Series 2. It keeps the same shape and design, but upgrades on the water resistance, performance, and connectivity. While the new Apple Watch Series 2 looks pretty much the same, it is now water-proof and can go up to 50 meters underwater. There is no time limit, Apple says it tested these Series 2 watches for weeks." Read more here:

Sony unveils Xperia XZ flagship and Xperia X Compact

"One of the highlights of the new Xperia XZ is its main 23MP camera with f/2.0 lens. It may look the same on specs, but Sony developed a new IMX300 sensor for the XZ and X Compact, which offers a new autofocus system. Now the camera uses color detection, phase detection, and laser-assist to measure distance correctly and track intelligently moving objects. This setup is called Triple Image Sensing and should provide always accurate focus for your images and videos." Read more here:

HTC One A9s goes official, and no, it's not an upgrade

"The One A9s keeps the main camera at 13MP, but it's a new sensor with a narrower f/2.2 aperture, and it lacks optical image stabilization. The selfie snapper is another swap - instead of 4MP UltraPixel camera the One A9s relies on a regular 5MP 4:3 sensor with f/2.8 aperture and 1080p video recording. Besides the flagship-grade shell, the One A9s gets to keep the fingerprint scanner, it's connectivity options, and even comes with a slightly bigger 2,300 mAh battery. The phone runs on Android Marshmallow with the latest HTC Sense launcher. There is no word on Nougat update just yet, but HTC likes to update its latest devices." Read more here:

Lenovo K6, K6 Power, and K6 Note are official

Lenovo K6 family: vanilla K6 Lenovo K6 family: K6 Power Lenovo K6 family: K6 Note

"Amidst all the clamor around its high-profile announcements at IFA (you know, the Moto Z Play, Hasselblad MotoMod, Yogas), Lenovo has also thrown in a few affordable mid-rangers. The K6 family (no "Vibe" this time) consists of three models, the plain Lenovo K6, K6 Power, and K6 Note, and they share a lot of the same specs. It all starts with the Snapdragon 430 chipset that powers all three, and that means an octa-core CPU with 4 Cortex-A53 cores clocked up to 1.5GHz, and another 4 capped at 1.2GHz. The Lenovo K6 proper has 2GB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of storage, the Power comes in 2GB/16GB and 3GB/32GB flavors, while on the K6 Note internal storage is set at 32GB, but RAM is either 3GB or 4GB. All models take microSD cards for storage expansion" Read all here:

Samsung Galaxy Note7 unveiled with a 5.7 curved screen, IP68 rating

Riding on a wave of rumors and hype, the Samsung Galaxy Note7 has landed. The new flagship will help Samsung venture deeper into several market segments. The Note7 is tough. It's the first Note to be waterproofed - IP68 rating certifies it for depths beyond 1m. The phone's metal frame is sandwiched between two symmetrically curved sheets of Gorilla Glass 5. The new Blue Coral option paints the metal and accents in gold, the rest in blue. The Note7 has an amazing screen. Samsung kept to the 5.7" Super AMOLED formula but curved it on both sides like an edge phone. It has QHD resolution, naturally, but is among the first mobile displays to feature HDR support - a feature borrowed from 4K TVs that allows the screen to show more colors and scenes with very high contrast. More here:

OnePlus 3 goes official a little early, all specs revealed

OnePlus is holding a special press event to unveil the OnePlus 3 later today, but Amazon has already jumped the gun and unveiled the flagship in glorious detail. We are pretty sure you are all familiar with the OnePlus 3 thanks to the numerous leaks throughout the past few months, but here comes the confirmation. The OnePlus 3 features a 5.5" Optic AMOLED display of 1080p resolution protected by a Gorilla Glass 4 and runs on the Snapdragon 820 chip with 6GB of RAM. The Kryo processor cores are clocked at maximum - 2x 2.2GHz and 2x 1.6GHz. OnePlus 3 has an internal storage of 64GB, non-expandable as expected. More here:

Sony Xperia E5 goes official with 5 inch 720p display

After undergoing the thorough leak treatment, the Sony Xperia E5 was just made official today, without too much fuss. The handset can now be found on the company's website, along with a confirmation of its previously rumored specs. Just as expected, the Sony Xperia E5 is equipped with a 5-inch 720p display and powered by Mediatek's MTK6735 with four 1.3GHz Cortex-A53 cores. There's 1.5GB of RAM, plus 16GB of expandable storage to finish the picture of an entry-level device. On the physical side of things, the Xperia E5 measures 144 x 69 x 8.2 mm and weighs in at 147g, which includes the 2,700 mAh battery pack. It should offer quite enough capacity for the Mediatek chip in question, with Sony promising "up to 2 days battery life" Read all here:

Meizu PRO 6 unveiled: with 5.2 AMOLED screen with 3D Press

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he Meizu PRO 5 launched in September and had monster specs now half a year later the Meizu PRO 6 launches and it's... smaller? Yep, Number 6 comes with a 5.2" screen. As expected it's a Super AMOLED with 1080p resolution, but the size took us by surprise as the PRO 6 was 5.7" and even the MX5 was 5.5". The "killer feature" of the new screen is 3D Press, Meizu's alternative to 3D Touch. In fact, it seems that Apple was the motivation behind going smaller - the iPhone SE did it. Curved Gorilla Glass 3 protects the screen. The Meizu PRO 5 is powered by MediaTek Helio X25 chipset - the 10-core processor and Mali-T880 GPU have been overclocked from the X20. You get 4GB of RAM too (so much for the rumored 6GB). The company positioned the camera as the big draw. It has an interesting 10-LED dual-tone flash arranged in a circle (but this is not a ring flash, mind you). The sensor has 21.1MP resolution and measures 1/2.4". The camera also boasts Laser and phase-detection AF. Read more here:

Apple iPhone SE review

Apple iPhone SE review

Apple's restrictions have been around for years, so they shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone - you can't have expandable memory, fast or wireless charging, FM radio, swappable batteries, among others. The new 3D Touch tech isn't present either for obvious reasons though you can still capture Live Photos. The iPhone SE has this nice nostalgic feeling of the good old iPhones when they were always shaking the market, and its compact size and powerful hardware will be appreciated by many. It will hardly attract any new users to Apple's platform, but will allow those who are stuck in the past to level up. Read more here:

HTC 10 arrives with 12MP UltraPixel camera, BoomSound speakers

The design of the HTC 10 is a follow-up to the One A9, which itself was based on the One. You can see the family resemblance in the capacitive Back and App switcher keys (except this time HTC didn't leave out the third button) and especially on the back.The HTC 10 has a 5.2" screen with QHD resolution (1,440 x 2,560px), it's a Super LCD 5 with a curved edge Gorilla Glass. It launches with Android 6.0 Marshmallow on a Snapdragon 820 chipset with 4GB of RAM. You get a choice of 32GB storage ($700) and 64GB, both feature microSD a slot if you need more. Inside is a 3,000mAh battery that can be charged up to 50% in 30 minutes thanks to Quick Charge 3.0. Read all here:

Huawei P9 and P9 Plus announced, dual 12MP cameras by Leica, Kirin 955 SoC

After a buildup lasting several months, with leaks and rumors coming in almost daily, the Huawei P9 is now finally official, announced at a dedicated event in London. And alongside the P9 we're also being treated to a P9 Plus, instead of the previously rumored P9 Max.The Huawei P9 is the regular-sized flagship, though we're inclined to call it the small-sized one - it has pretty much the same footprint as an iPhone 6s. Display diagonal is 5.2 inches, resolution is 1080p, and it's an IPS LCD panel. Read all here:

Apple announces new 9.7 iPad Pro with a True Tone display

Apple iPad Pro is getting an offspring today with a smaller 9.7" version, honoring the first iPad ever released. The new Apple iPad Pro runs on the same Apple A9X as the 12.9" iPad Pro - a dual-core Twister processor with 4GB of RAM. The new 9.7" iPad Pro introduces a new True-Tone display with 2048 x 2732 pixel resolution. In addition to the added support for Night Shift, courtesy of iOS 9.3, the new display relies on a pair of new ambient sensors. Thanks to those new sensors the display can now match your ambient color temperature and adjust to it. The new display is 500 nits bright, has a wide color gamut (DCI P3), and is arsenic free, as usual. The new iPad Pro has an upgraded camera compared to the previous one - a rear 12MP camera, and a 5MP selfie camera with the option of Retina (screen) flash. There are 4 speakers on the new iPad Pro, just like on the larger version generation. Read all here:

Apple iPhone SE official with 4 inch display and A9 chip

Apple just announced the iPhone SE with a 4" display. The phone features a body almost identical to the iPhone 5 and 5s, but features the latest gen Apple A9 chip with a dual-core 1.85 GHz Twister processor and PowerVR GT7600 six-core graphics. The 4" display rocks a resolution 1136x640 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 326 ppi. The iPhone SE also features Retina Flash, which momentarily makes the screen three times brighter when you take a selfie. The 3D feature from the larger current gen iPhones hasn't made its way to the SE though. The Apple iPhone SE features the same 12MP iSight camera as its iPhone 6s and 6s Plus siblings. It comes complete with 4K video recording. The front-facing camera is 1.2MP and is complemented with the Retina Flash feature. Read more here:

Xiaomi finally unveiled Mi 5

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Xiaomi finally unveiled the long-awaited and highly anticipated Mi 5 flagship. Company's CEO Hugo Bara was the one to show off not only the Mi 5 but also the faster 64GB model and the exclusive ceramic version called Mi 5 Pro. We also saw the Xiaomi Mi 4s - an upgrade over the popular Mi 4c, made an appearance on stage. The Xiaomi Mi 5 will be available in three different editions - basic 32GB model, enhanced 64GB flavor with faster processor speed, and exclusive edition with a ceramic back with 128GB storage, faster processor, and 4GB RAM. Read all here:

LG G5 with modular design, dual camera on back unveiled

Meet the LG G5 - the first mainstream modular phone! There have been attempts in the past, the most recent being Google's Project Ara, but none has found mainstream success. The G5 has a "fluid metal" body and beveled glass on the front; not even antenna slits spoil its perfect lines. There is a single seam, which separates the bottom part. That's the modular component - it can be removed to access the battery and card slots, and one of several add-ons can be inserted (this requires a reboot though). The first add-on is a camera grip, the LG Cam Plus. It adds 1,100mAh battery and hardware controls - a hardware shutter key, a video button, zoom dial. Then there's a Bang & Olufsen DAC for even better audio quality. LG will open the standard for third-party manufacturers to create even more add-ons. Read more here:

Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 edge: all you need to know

Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 edge: all you need to know

The Galaxy S7 and the S7 edge are among the hottest, if not the hottest topic in the industry right now. Improving on all fronts, the S7 certainly shows that Samsung has kept an ear close to the ground and taken most of the public's criticism towards the S6 close to heart. So far, we are certainly liking the S7, and we are certain that it will hardly disappoint. 
Now, after the excitement has waned off a bit, it's time to summarize everything we know about the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. You'll find our most important stories about the the newcomers right here:

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