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ZTE intros the Blade V7 Plus with bigger battery, but outdated specs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Unfortunately, ZTE Blade V7 Plus remains a smartphone with outdated specs, even if the Chinese company slightly enhanced some hardware and added new components.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

LG intros new flagship high contrast display

LG must consider the G4’s display as one of its main attractions, because the company’s launching it weeks before the device’s debut. The South Korean electronics maker has announced that it’s begun mass producing its next flagship device’s 5.5-inch QHD LCD panel. LG says the 1,440 x 2,560 resolution screen has 538 pixels per inch and boasts a 120 percent color gamut, which enables it to display more accurate and richer colors compared to other phones. Most devices, including the iPhone 6 Plus, only offer around 100 percent color gamut. The company says it achieved that percentage by combining a blue LED chip with red and green phosphors instead of yellow like in other LCDs.

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In addition, LG claims the display offers a contrast ratio that’s 50 percent higher than other QHD panels and is 30 percent brighter without consuming more energy. That leads to deeper blacks and sharper images made possible by using UV light while forming the layers of the panel. The process apparently causes liquid crystals to align evenly, thereby preventing light leakage. Finally, the company says it incorporated a technology called Advanced In-Cell Touch (AIT), which makes the screen so sensitive, it can respond to touch commands even if it’s wet. We’ll know for sure if these claims are true when the G4 launches on April 28th.