Huawei MediaPad M5 leaked renders reveal lack of audio jack, high-end specs

It appears that Huawei will be one of the few companies to release new Android tablets in the first half of the year. The Chinese giant is ready to unveil one or more slates, but that probably won’t happen until late next month at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018.

We reported last month on an Android tablet that Huawei might launch at some point, the MediaPad M5. It looks like the device made it to FCC (Federal Communications Commission), which means it will be introduced pretty soon.

Along with some information about the MediaPad M5’s specs, FCC also listed several pictures of the …


Verizon offers up to $450 off certain high-end Android phones for new customers with a select trade

If you’ve been thinking about leaving another carrier and making the move to Verizon, the nation’s largest carrier has a great deal on certain top-shelf Android handsets. Port over your existing number, activate a new line on the carrier’s unlimited plan, and purchase your new handset using the Device payment plan to qualify. Verizon is giving you the opportunity to save as much as $450 on the purchase of a new Android phone. If you qualify, you will receive a $150 gift card and as much as $300 in credit for an eligible trade. The latter will be credited to your Verizon account over 24 months ($12.50/month).

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Samsung reportedly working on a Chrome OS tablet with high-end CPU and camera

Samsung is reportedly hard at work on a new Surface-style, detachable tablet, codenamed “Nautilus”, which will be powered by Google’s Chrome OS. What’s more interesting, is that Samsung is apparently not aiming for the high-end, not holding back in the hardware department, even when it comes to the camera. That’s interesting, considering how Chromebooks have never had great cameras (not that anyone’s complaining).
According to Engadget, “Nautilus” will be powered by a 7th gen Intel Core CPU, much like the competition from Microsoft, and will also employ a Sony IMX258 …

The hidden cost of affordable high-end phones in China

“Affordable high-end phones.”
This phrase sounds like a self-contradicting mix of words, but it is exactly what flagship phones in China seem to be. Launching at prices severely undercutting high-end phones like Samsung Galaxies and especially Apple’s iPhones in the West, these devices claim to have an identical set of features and hardware, just for a lower price.
But there is a catch.
One of the big stars of the Chinese smartphone market is Xiaomi, a poster child for the “affordable high-end …

Samsung's high-end W2018 clamshell gets handled on video, release pegged for December

Well, if this is Samsung’s ever-rumored foldable phone, that is pretty demoralizing. We kid, but if you want a foldable phone from Samsung, the clamshell design of the upcoming powerful W2018 may soon be able to fit the bill.

It will supposedly sport a Snapdragon 835 processor and pack 6 GB RAM with 64 GB internal memory. A 4.2-inch AMOLED display will be included as well, along with a 12-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel selfie snapper. In fact, judging from a leaked video that is purportedly showcasing the device, the flagship clamshell (we …

Apple plans to launch new "all screen" high-end iPad similar to iPhone X in 2018

Apple is working on a completely redesigned high-end new iPad that will have an “all screen” display with thinner bezels and Face ID like the iPhone X. The new iPad, however, is not likely to use an OLED display like the iPhone X, and will instead stick with a traditional LCD screen. The information comes from inside sources speaking for Bloomberg, which has a nearly spotless track record with Apple rumors.
This new iPad is expected to launch later in 2018. The iPad Pro 10.5″ was released in June 2017, while the new model is expected to launch …

The best LG phones you can buy in 2017: high-end, midrange, and budget

It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there in the land of smartphones, and there are only a few top names that manage to both stay afloat and innovate every year. LG is among them — despite reporting the tenth consecutive quarter of mobile losses, the manufacturer has at least managed to produce two top-tier devices this year that seem to have won back the favor of smartphone fans and critics around the world.

But LG doesn’t just have two flagships. It makes phones to fit most pockets and needs. So, let’s check out what LG phones are most deserving of your money in 2017!

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Have a peek at Alcatel's 2018 high-end lineup of smartphones before they get announced

Alcatel is an international brand, which means many of the brand’s smartphones are available in just about every corner of the world. In the United States, Alcatel is known for its Idol lineup, which usually comprises of high-end smartphones.

However, Alcatel might drop the Idol monicker according to a new image leaked by Evan Blass. The picture shows Alcatel’s entire high-end lineup for the first half of 2018 and none of the devices contains the “Idol” branding name.

At the top of the small pyramid sits the Alcatel 5, which probably means that it will be …

High-end phone prices increased drastically in 2017, was it justified? (poll results)

We asked you last week whether you’d rather make do without fragile glass rears, a bit of extra storage, or cropp-y 2:1 displays, if you could shave a hundred off the average retail prices of high-end phones this year, and the result was overwhelmingly yes. 
There has never been a year-on-year increase in flagship pricing as large as there was in 2017, and evidently most of you are at the opinion that phone makers are pushing the wrong buttons when it comes to meaningful upgrades that would justify the new normal $700+ price for a high-ender.
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High-end phone prices increased drastically in 2017, was it justified?

Retail prices for high-end phones from the big three brands in the US – Apple, Samsung and LG – have been steadily rising from the very beginning of the race when the OG iPhone was introduced to our unsuspecting wallets, as you can grasp from the last chart above. That one was $500 at launch, and now the iPhone 8 starts off at $700, and you are left with a dollar. The first Samsung Galaxy was also priced $500, while spring season’s Galaxy S8 blasted off at the shameful $750. 
2017 phones got bezel-less, 18:9 HDR displays became a …