Archos intros two new ruggedized Android Nougat smartphones and a tablet


French company Archos showcased three new mobile devices at IFA 2017 early this month. Two Android smartphones and a tablet will be launched on the market this fall, all three within the €280 price mark.

Besides the fact that they’re shipped with Android Nougat on board, all three devices are aimed at outdoor use, thus they have various certifications for water and dust proof.

Archos Sense 47X is the cheapest of the three and will be available for purchase for €199. As the name suggests, the phone has a 4.7-inch display with HD (720p) resolution. The phone packs a 1.3GHz quad-core …


WhatsApp intros colorful text-based status features for Android and iOS users

The team behind WhatsApp has just announced its Android and iOS apps have been updated with a brand new feature that will allow them to share creative text-based status updates much easier.

The new text-based feature enables WhatsApp users to let their friends know about the location of an event or give them vacation recommendations. It’s a fun and personal way to inform your WhatsApp contacts about anything important happening in your life.

The status text that you can use now can be customized with specific fonts and background colors. Moreover, the new …

ZTE intros the Blade Z Max: an affordable 6-incher with dual cameras and impressive battery

ZTE has recently gained a lot of popularity for offering some of the best budget handsets on the market right now. And while last year’ Axon 7 flagship did a lot to strengthen that image, ZTE has been consistently putting out a lot of other, lower-profile devices. And this is exactly what we’re witnessing today: the launch of the company’s latest ultra cheap device, known as the ZTE Blade Z Max.

Just like its predecessor, last year’s ZTE Zmax Pro, the Blade Z Max will be offered as a timed exclusive to MetroPCS, and will come at a pretty competitive price …

Verizon intros "Up" reward program, teams up with Lady Gaga to offer special concert tickets

Verizon is listening to customers, the major US carrier announced recently. The Big Red is launching a loyalty program that will provide consumers with various rewards.

The new Verizon Up program is meant to offer real rewards of real value to customers. It’s only available digitally, and, according to the carrier, straightforward to use and connect with.

So, for every $300 spent on a Verizon Wireless bill, you will earn one credit that can be redeemed for rewards and experiences. You can’t earn credits in another way, just by paying your bill.

There …

Motorola intros the Moto G5S and G5S Plus: Unibody designs, larger screens

Motorola just announced two improved versions of its Moto G5 and G5 Plus smartphones (released earlier this year): Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus, both running Android 7.1 Nougat. Recently, we’ve heard quite a lot about these handsets, and it turns out that most of the rumors were spot on.

The Moto G5S and G5S Plus (pictured above) are larger than the G5 and G5 Plus, and come with “all metal unibody designs” – their bodies are made out of single pieces of high-grade aluminum, instead of aluminum and plastic, as is the case with the older phones.

The Moto G5S …

Sprint intros free early upgrades for any leased phone, not just iPhones and Galaxies

Sprint just announced that it is giving some love to its subscribers who aren’t participating in the Apple-Samsung duopoly kabuki. The carrier will be extending its phone leasing offers to all handsets in its roster, not only iPhones and Galaxy S line devices. 

This will open up more frequent upgrades to all Sprint phone users, as they will be able to lease any handset with the ability to upgrade from it after one year, just like they could do with, say, the iPhone 7 or Galaxy S7. So far, this option was also available for other phones, but did cost $5/month extra, and now …

ZTE intros the Blade V7 Plus with bigger battery, but outdated specs

ZTE quietly introduced an updated version of its Blade V7 series unveiled last year at Mobile World Congress. The new device is called Blade V7 Plus, which suggests ZTE made some improvements over the Blade V7 and V7 Lite models.

Unfortunately, ZTE Blade V7 Plus remains a smartphone with outdated specs, even if the Chinese company slightly enhanced some hardware and added new components.

Right off the bat, it’s worth noting that the smartphone ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system on board, the same version of the OS that comes on the other …

Microsoft intros the new Surface Pro, the lightest and fastest Surface tablet to date

As expected, Microsoft unveiled a brand new Surface Pro slate, at its hardware event held in Shanghai, China. The Redmond-based company is calling this “the new Surface Pro” since it’s an upgraded version of the previous model.

Apparently, the new Surface Pro doesn’t come with any meaningful innovations over the previous model so that it could be released on the market as the Surface Pro 5.

The new tablet comes with a powerful Intel Core i7 7th Gen processor and a battery that should provide up to 13.5 hours of video playback. LTE Advanced is on board as …

Archos intros two Graphite series smartphones with dual-lens cameras that cost less than $150

French company Archos is well-known for its cheap products, which, most of the time, provide excellent value for money. Just like every other year, Archos is one of the first companies to announce its new lineup for Mobile World Congress.

Yesterday, we reported about the Archos 101 Saphir, an Android Nougat-based rugged tablet that will be launched on the market sometime in June.

Now Archos is back with two new products: the 50 Graphite and 55 Graphite. Just like the rugged tablet, both smartphones will be available for purchase in June for prices starting …

Samsung intros the Exynos 9 Series 8895, a powerful octa-core processor for high-end phones

Samsung just announced a new high-end mobile processor: the octa-core Exynos 9 Series 8895, which is bound to power select smartphones coming later this year. Just like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 – which is actually developed in collaboration with Samsung – the Exynos 9 Series 8895 is built on a 10nm (nanometer) process technology. This enables it to deliver up to 27% higher performance compared to chipsets built on 14nm technology (like the Snapdragon 821), while also draining up to 40% less power.

The Exynos 9 Series 8895 has four custom CPU cores, plus four Cortex-A53 cores (with a maximum …