HTC U 11 arrives at GFXBench, stays long enough to drop off latest specs

With the HTC U 11 expected to be unveiled on May 16th, we already have an idea of what to expect from the phone specs-wise. Of course, it is always interesting to see what specs pop up on the benchmark sites. The HTC U 11 already appeared on Geekbench at the end of last month; exactly a month before that, it was featured on AnTuTu. Today, HTC’s next flagship phone surfaced on GFXBench.

According to GFXBench, the HTC U 11 will feature a 5.5-inch display with a 1440 x 2560 resolution (QHD). Under the hood is the Snapdragon 835 chipset carrying an octa-core 2.4GHz CPU, and the Adreno 540 GPU. …


Glass back goes crack: SquareTrade drop tests the Galaxy S8 and S8+ breakability score

Ever since we saw the glass sandwich design of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ on all the leaks and renders, we couldn’t stop wondering whether the phone will be clad in the latest Gorilla Glass 5, like the Note 7, and when Samsung confirmed it in the press release for both the front and the rear, there was a collective sigh of relief.

Corning, the makers of this toughened glass, is actually promising shoulder-height drop survival rates of up to 80% with Gorilla Glass 5 (it was waist-height with its predecessor Gorilla Glass 4), but before we see the Galaxy …

Verizon reports a drop in postpaid phone subscribers for the first quarter of 2017

Verizon released its first quarter earnings report today. The nation’s largest carrier had revenue from January through March of $20.9 billion, which was 5.1% lower than what Big Red grossed a year earlier. Verizon blamed the decline on a drop in revenue received from overages, the cost of promoting the business, and a decline in the number of postpaid customers. Of the 307,000 postpaid customers that left the carrier during the three month period, 289,000 were phone-related customers which is the holy grail of the industry. Still, postpaid phone churn came in under .90% for the eighth consecutive …

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 to drop next week with 6.44-inch display, 5000mAh battery and more

During the latter stages of 2016, Xiaomi rolled out a slew of high-end smartphones. From the Mi Note 2 to the much-vaunted Mi MIX, the wave of new handsets demonstrated the Chinese firm’s willingness to challenge the industry’s front-runners. Then in February, we heard about a Mi Max 2 with a generous 6 gigs of RAM and an even more abundant 6.44-inch display. Now, it appears the device could be just a week away from its grand unveiling. 
As those interested in Xiaomi’s releases will probably know, the new Mi 6 is expected to be showcased on April 19th, exactly …