BLU Tank Xtreme Pro ultra-rugged smartphone quietly introduced in the US

US-based Android OEM BLU has just revealed yet another rugged smartphone in the Tank Xtreme series. The new handset is listed on BLU Products’ website without a price tag, but BLU Tank Xtreme Pro is expected to hit the shelves at Amazon soon.

BLU Tank Xtreme Pro is a bulky phone, bigger and heavier than the Samsung Xcover 4, another rugged smartphone that recently made its debut on the market. BLU’s device measures 146 x 74.8 x 13.9mm and weighs no less than 206g (battery included).

The smartphone is IP68 certified, which makes water and dust proof like no …


Recently introduced Samsung Galaxy J7 Max renamed the Galaxy On Max for Flipkart in India

Last month, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max was unveiled in India. Today, the very same phone was introduced again in the same country, but with a different name. As the Samsung Galaxy On Max, the handset becomes a Flipkart exclusive in India. The online retailer has the phone priced at Rs 16,900. With the current exchange rate, that works out to a price of $261 USD for the model, which will go on sale Monday, July 10th. Pay for the phone using a Standard Chartered credit or debit card, and you can take $31 off of the price.

The highlight of the phone is what Sammy is calling a “flagship camera.” …

Samsung Galaxy J3, Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 (2017) officially introduced

Samsung has just unveiled its new Galaxy J series in Europe. Three new mid-range Android smartphones that we already know about will be making their debut on the market in the coming months: Galaxy J3, Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 (2017).

Although Samsung announced pricing would vary by country, we already know the Galaxy J5 (2017) will be up for purchase for €279. As far as availability goes, the first to hit the shelves is the Galaxy J5 (2017), which is supposed to go on sale later this month (possibly on June 22).

The next to arrive on the market is the Samsung …

Budget-friendly Moto C and Moto C Plus officially introduced, prices start at €89

Motorola has just taken the wraps off their new entry-level Android smartphones, the Moto C and Moto C Plus. Both devices were rumored for a couple of weeks now, so if you’ve been following our reports than you already know quite a bit about them.

Still, since they have just been made official, let’s take a look at what’s under their hood. First off, both smartphones ship with Android 7.0 Nougat on board.

The Moto C packs a 1.1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737M processor, whereas the Moto C Plus has a slightly more powerful 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 CPU …

Huawei Y3 2017 silently introduced with totally unimpressive specs

The sequel to the last year’s budget-friendly Huawei Y3 II has just been quietly listed on the Chinese company’s official website. The name of the smartphone is Huawei Y 2017 and has yet to receive a price tag and availability date.

However, we do know just about everything else about the entry-level Android smartphone. First off, the Y3 2017 will be available for purchase in multiple color options, including Blue, Gray, Gold, Pink and White.

The smartphone will also come in two variations, but the main difference between them will be the chipset inside. …

Huawei Nova Smart quietly introduced in Europe for €200

The outpouring of Huawei smartphones is almost overwhelming, as the Chinese company launched at least a dozen of new handsets in the last couple of months. The latest addition to Huawei’s portfolio is called Nova Smart, and it’s now available for purchase in select European markets.

Since the handset is part of the Huawei Nova series, it’s a pure mid-range smartphone rather than a high-end one. It sports a decent 5-inch HD (720p) display, as well as a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera.

At its core, the Huawei Nova Smart packs a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, 2GB …

Apple to add newly introduced devices to the Apple Store shortly

Apple has closed the Apple Store this morning, posting a teaser that says (in multiple languages)  “We’ve got something special in store for you.” This is Apple’s way of telling everyone that the new products it announced earlier this week will be available from the Apple Store starting at 11:01am EDT in the U.S. The new products include the PRODUCT(RED) Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus, the and the new tablet known simply as “Apple iPad 9.7 inch.”

Also coming to the Apple Store this morning are the 32GB and 128GB versions of the Apple iPhone SE. Priced at $399 and $499 respectively, …

OnePlus 3T colette edition is introduced; custom black color and 128GB of native storage


The mystery is over. OnePlus announced today the OnePlus 3T colette edition. On the fashion boutique’s 20th anniversary, OnePlus is producing a limited number of an all-black OnePlus 3T which will feature the iconic colette logo on the back. Only 250 units will be made available, priced at the equivalent of $510 USD. The phone will be available from colette’s  Paris store on March 21st as soon as the door opens at 11am local time. Those arriving early will also get a pair of OnePlus Bullet headphones. OnePlus makes it clear that this will be the only chance consumers will get to pick up …

The BlackBerry name and its first device were introduced 18-years ago today

As long as we celebrated the tenth anniversary of the unveiling of the Apple iPhone on January 9th, we should celebrate today the 18th anniversary of the first BlackBerry device. It was on January 19th, 1999 when a relatively unknown company called Research In Motion introduced the BlackBerry name for a line of devices that included a “breakthrough wireless email solution for mobile professionals.”

The first product to wear the BlackBerry name was the BlackBerry Handheld which combined paging functionality with email. The device later became known as the BlackBerry 850. Had you been into …

Facebook introduced free video calling in Messenger

Facebook Inc has introduced free video calling in its Messenger phone app. Users can now make video calls using data or WiFi on Android and iOS app. On Messenger, the video call button now exists on the top right corner, and a simple tap allows you to call your friend. Facebook Messenger now accounts for more than 10 percent of all mobile VoIP calls globally, according to the social network.

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Messenger also boasts 600 million monthly active users worldwide Facebook Messenger will now competes with similar products including Microsoft’s Skype, Google Hangouts, and Apple’s FaceTime.

“Adding (video calling) to Messenger instead of the main Facebook app maybe ties in to Messenger’s mission where it’s a real core person-to-person app,” said Brian Blau, research director at Gartner Inc, a U.S. technology research and advisory firm. “Now they’re really enticing people with more features.”
Video calling in Messenger is launching for iOS and Android in Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, the UK, the US and Uruguay.

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