BLU Vivo XL3 makes its debut in the US: Android Oreo, facial recognition and 18:9 display

The sequel of the Vivo XL2 is finally available for purchase in the United States, in case you were looking for a mid-range Oreo-powered smartphone priced at less than $200. Although it packs mid-range specs, the BLU Vivo XL3 promises to offer a premium feel design-wise.

Amazon has the BLU Vivo XL3 smartphone up for purchase for $190 (free shipping included), a decent price for what it has to offer, at least on paper. Before talking about the insides of the handset, it’s worth noting that the phone features a metallic finish that incorporates a so-called “electrolyzed metal” effect.


MWC 2018 schedule of events: Here's when the Galaxy S9, S9+ and other devices will debut

Truth be told, CES 2018 was a bit lackluster due to the relative scarcity of exciting phones, but thankfully, MWC 2018 is just around the corner with the promise for tons of new intriguing devices coming our way. Truth be said, we have set up our hopes to 10 for that one and are really hoping that it will meet our expectations.

We’ve rounded all of the devices we anticipate top get unveiled at MWC ’18 in a separate post that’s available right here, but it will probably be quite useful to showcase the schedule of the trade show and help you catch the keynotes that might be of interest to …

Nokia 6 (2018) leaks in real-life pics just before its rumored debut tomorrow

New-fangled Nokia fans already know that the company is prepping itself to reveal a refreshed version of its Nokia 6 soon, uninterestingly dubbed the Nokia 6 (2018), which will be boosting things up with a a speedier series-600 chip, more RAM, and up to 64GB of native storage. The rest of the specs so far seem to be the same as the ones of last year’s regular Nokia 6. 

Supposedly, the slightly-revamped Nokia 6 could see the light of day as early as tomorrow, January 5, though that’s merely a speculation just yet.
Just like that, however, a bunch …

iPhone with 6.5-inch OLED screen could debut this year, LG Display to start shipping panels for Apple in H2 2018

LG Display might not have produced a single OLED panel for Apple in 2017, but it looks like things are about to change this year. A new report from South Korea suggests that Apple is planning to diversify its OLED suppliers for the next iPhones.
Sources of The Investor state that LG Display is close to inking an OLED supply deal with Cupertino and is expected to start panel shipments in the second half of 2018. This information is unofficial, but the display maker did previously confirm that it was in talks with Tim Cook & Co. over a possible agreement.
According …

Bixby to make its tablet debut on the entry-level Galaxy Tab A (2017)

While most people’s eyes have been firmly stuck to the newly unveiled Galaxy Note 8, Samsung has quietly been preparing the launch of a number of other products in the near future: there’s at least two new wearables on the horizon, along with a budget tablet which will be the successor to last year’s Galaxy Tab A 8.0.

And while we’ve already seen the latter in photos from Chinese regulatory agency TENAA, today Samsung has (probably by accident) publicly released its user manual. And while one wouldn’t normally expect much surprises from an entry-level …

Dual-camera Xiaomi Mi 5X leaks out in press renders a week prior to its debut

Yesterday, we passed on the news that Xiaomi is holding a double product launch, so to speak, on this July 26. Aside from announcing the 9th iteration of the in-house MIUI interface, China’s Xiaomi is also pegged to show the upper mid-range Mi 5X handset, which will likely feature some 4GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch Full HD display up front, and most importantly, an efficient Snapdragon 625 chipset.
Just a week prior to the announcement of the device, a bunch of press renders has leaked out straight from an official Xiaomi website, giving us a sneak peek at the …

Sony Xperia L1 makes its debut in Europe, priced to sell for €199

The Xperia L1 was launched in the United States about a month ago, but Europeans weren’t given a chance to purchase the mid-range Android smartphone until this week.

Although we knew the Xperia L1 might not be available in too many regions until June, we thought that at least a couple of European countries would get it much earlier.

In any case, if you’ve been waiting to pick up Sony’s new Xperia L1, you’ll be pleased to know the smartphone is now available in many European countries for around €199. However, if you live in the UK, you’ll have to shell out …

Two new Apple iPad Pro models are set to debut at WWDC 2017, here's what to expect

The 2017 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is just ahead of us – it will be held next Monday, June 2. So it’s no surprise we already know a fair bit about what we can expect from the event, which should be filled to the brim with new product announcements, despite it officially primarily targeting developers for Apple’s platforms.

What’s pretty much guaranteed is the reveal of iOS 11, as is the WWDC tradition. When it comes to hardware, we’ve heard a fir bit of chatter about a standalone, Siri-powered speaker, as well as some …

Samsung Pay could make its debut in the UK on May 16

Samsung Pay is already available in 13 countries around the world, but some major markets like the UK are still waiting for Samsung’s mobile payment service to arrive.

The good news is the wait is almost over for consumers in the UK, as Samsung plans to launch the service in the country this month. The information has been recently confirmed by two different Samsung reps, who said the service would be launched on May 16.

The problem is it’s still unclear whether or not Samsung Pay will support both NFC (Near Field Communication) and MST payments …

Lenovo's ZUK Mobile sub-brand is being killed, less than two years after its debut

We’ve known for some time that Lenovo was looking to shift its mobile business strategy, or at least the way it’s branded – as it currently stands, the company sells phones under three different names: Moto, Lenovo, and ZUK Mobile. Up until now, that is – it appears that, as part of this internal shift, the youngest of the three brand names will be killed off entirely.

ZUK started its brief life less than two years ago, and released a total of five devices, the latest of which was last year’s ZUK Edge. The move doesn’t seem to have been motivated by financial reasons, as …