Rumor: HTC U11 Plus coming soon, near-bezel-less screen included

While announcing its $1.1 billion deal with Google today (under which certain HTC employees are joining the Mountain View giant), HTC also confirmed that it’s working on its “next flagship phone.” The company didn’t provide any details on this handset, but we may have some information on it anyway.

According to French website Frandroid (usually a reliable source), HTC plans to announce a high-end smartphone in November. Reportedly, the device is called U11 Plus, and will become HTC’s first handset to sport a near-bezel-less screen – a 5.99-inch display with 1440 …


Asus ZenFone 4 Max officially launches in US and Canada, large battery included


Asus just announced that one of its newest smartphones, the
ZenFone 4 Max, is now officially available to buy in the US and Canada. The handset is sold
unlocked (1-year North American warranty included), costing $199 in the US, and $299 CAD in Canada.

 

Far from being a high-end smartphone, the Asus ZenFone 4 Max
is made for customers in need of an affordable handset with long battery life.
The device packs a very generous 5,000 mAh battery – according to Asus, this
can provide up to 22 hours of video playback, or up to 26 hours of Wi-Fi web
browsing. With these figures in mind, we’re …

Step aside, BeatsX: Samsung introduces U Flex wireless headphones, Bixby button included

Samsung has just announced a new pair of Bluetooth headphones — the Samsung U Flex. They are the tethered earbuds, which have a comfy neck-holder and tons of controls on deck, including a button that activates Bixby.

By all the features listed, it seems the U Flex strive to strike the ultimate balance between portability and sound quality. The neck-hanging cord that connects both earphones is actually flexible (bendable up to 100 degrees), so it can easily fold and get tucked in a pocket or bag. The earphones have magnets that keep them stuck to each other when …

AT&T shakes hand with CBS for DirecTV Now streaming, Showtime included

Back in the fall, AT&T launched its zero-rated DirecTV Now streamer, aimed at cord-cutters everywhere, for the extremely enticing $35/month introductory offer, which includes more than 120 popular channels to choose from. Despite the great limited-time price, there were some caveats, like the lack of CBS, though AT&T promised that it will work with CBS execs to fold it in, and will add more features to the streamer further down the road.
It just delivered on that promise, and included programming as well as on-demand content from CBS …

Olixar cases for the Pixel 2 pop up, renders of the phone included

So, before hot phones hit the market, case makers start gearing up, racking on various case models, preparing for a spike in sales. During this period, some cases may pop up on various mobile accessory websites, with computer-generated images of the case, with a render of what the phone is expected to look like inside. This render is usually not officially confirmed by the phone maker or anything, but taken from all the leaks that we see day in and day out.

What’s curious about this specific set of cases is that it shows renders of the upcoming Pixel 2, which we haven’t seen before. The …

Galaxy Note 8 leaks again in case maker renders, Arctic Silver version included

Back when the first color versions leak of the Galaxy S8 came our way, we couldn’t help but notice the funky names that Samsung chose for the hues – Black Sky, Orchid Grey, and Arctic Silver. That last Arctic Silver version will apparently be present as a color layer on the upcoming Galaxy Note 8, as well, if the leaked case maker renders above holds water. It will probably join the obligatory black and grey versions, as well as that Blue Coral that so many seem to be fond of. Will Samsung ever release a pinkish Note 8, or a brand new color altogether, remains …

High-end Nokia 8 allegedly leaks out, dual Zeiss camera included

Over the week-end, we told you that an Android-based Nokia 8 could be released in the near future. Now, we have what seem to be the first legit renders showing the Nokia 8 in all its glory.

Revealed by Venture Beat, the renders allegedly present the front and back of the Nokia 8. Obviously, this is a handset that doesn’t stray too much from the design of HMD’s current line-up of smartphones (Nokia 6, Nokia 5, and Nokia 3).

The yet-to-be-announced Nokia 8 has pretty thin bezels on the right and left side of its screen, but the top and bottom bezels are certainly on the thick side. …

Sony Xperia XZ and X Performance receive a new update, see what's included

A new update has started rolling out OTA (over the air) for Sony’s two 2016 flagships – the Xperia X Performance and Xperia XZ. The firmware upgrade contains the recently-released Android security update for the month of July and should bump the build number of both handsets to 41.2.A.7.35.

At the time of writing, the size of the patch isn’t known, but if its contents are similar to the one introduced on the Xperia X, it should weigh in at about 90-100MB. Currently, the patch is available to only a few regions, so you might have to …

New update rolling out to Sony Xperia X, see what's included

Sony has released a new update for one of its 2016 mid-range devices – the Xperia X. The new patch weighs in at 92.8MB and is currently being rolled out to Xperia X variants with a single SIM slot, although it shouldn’t take long before it becomes available for the dual-SIM models. 
It seems that the software upgrade only contains the Android security patch for the month of July and should bump the build number to 34.3.A.0.206. Still, it’s great to see Sony implementing the latest security measures in a timely manner, given …

OnePlus 5 gets a new update, see what's included in OxygenOS 4.5.5

A new update is now rolling out for the OnePlus 5. This is the third software upgrade for the new handset, which was officially released barely over a week ago. 
Weighing in at 59MB, the new firmware brings optimizations and improvements to the Wi-Fi connectivity, voice calling, battery consumption while video recording, as well as tweaks to the vibration motor. There are also a bunch of bug fixes on board, the most notable of which addresses an issue with the Wi-Fi signal being constantly displayed as weak. 
The …