Xiaomi Mi 6X is introduced; mid-ranger features AI cameras, SD-660

Earlier this month, we told you that Xiaomi was holding an event on April 25th to unveil the Xiaomi Mi 6X. Today is the 25th of the month, and sure enough the Mi 6X is now reality. The same handset will most likely be marketed in many markets as the Mi A2, an Android One model that follows last year’s Mi A1 Android One model. The latter was based on the Xiaomi Mi 5X.

Browsing through the specs of the Mi 6X, we happily note that instead of the rumored Snapdragon 626 chipset mobile platform, the phone carries the Snapdragon 660 SoC. The latter features an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 512 …


The Bluboo S3 is a very affordable midranger with an insanely large battery

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Bluboo is one of those China-based manufacturers that produce smartphones with looks and hardware specs well beyond what their price-tag suggests. The latest offer here is the Bluboo S3, which is currently on sale for $149.99. And, for that amount of money, it looks like it could be a real bargain. Let’s explore it further!

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Grab a Galaxy S8+ for the price of a midranger right here!

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are still pretty great smartphones. In fact, compared from the front, you will find little difference between them and the new S9 flagships. They still have the awesome Infinity Displays, thin bezels, curvy sides and all. Of course, you don’t get a dual camera or a variable aperture on the back, but the S8 cameras are still quite good. The only downside is probably that awkwardly placed fingerprint …

As Americans balk at $700+ flagships, Samsung may refurbish the S8 as midranger

It was somewhat inevitable, and easy to predict, but now it’s unfurling before our very eyes. People using their phones longer, that is. After the demise of the two-year cell phone contract, and when the full price of a phone without carrier subsidies was oh-so-painfully revealed to us, the length of time that subscribers kept their current handsets started to gradually increase.

Top-tier manufacturers like Apple and Samsung predicted and sensed the upgrade slowdown, and started raising prices to offset the slump in demand for the latest and greatest. This culminated in last …

New HTC mid-ranger is tested with SD-625 under the hood and Android Oreo pre-installed

A new HTC mid-range handset appears to be in the process of getting tested. On the Geekbench benchmark site, you will find an HTC handset with the model number 2Q5W1. The device is equipped with Android 8.0 Oreo right out of the box, and under the hood is the Snapdragon 625 chipset (MSM8953). This is an energy efficient SoC found on several handsets that offer outstanding battery life including the BlackBerry KEYone, BlackBerry Motion and the Moto Z Play. Of course, it helps that this trio each contain above average sized batteries.

The Snapdragon 625 offers an octa-core CPU, and the Adreno …

Super mid-ranger Honor 7X up for pre-order on Amazon, see when you can get it

Honor 7X on Amazon (pre-order)
Honor 7X, one of the top value for money phones of early 2018, is now available for pre-order on Amazon.  The super mid-ranger is classified as “#1 New Release” in Amazon’s “unlocked cell phones” category, and the e-commerce site says that units will officially start shipping on January 25, 2018.
The units sold by Amazon are unlocked and compatible with GSM carriers. You won’t have trouble using them on AT&T and T-Mobile, but LTE won’t be available if you’re on Sprint or Verizon. They are covered by the standard …

Galaxy A8 (2018) leaks in new renders: Samsung's bezel-less mid-ranger is a beaut'

Official renders of the Galaxy A8 (2018) have just been unraveled by popular Dutch website Galaxyclub.nl.
Showing the upcoming mid-range bezel-busting trooper that Samsung is prepping in concert with an official-looking flip cases painted in different colors. Provided that the renders are real, which is rather likely, they will be confirming the much more logical placement of the fingerprint scanner at the back, which will be placed immediately below the camera unit and not offset to the side like on the Galaxy S8.

Of course, a fingerprint …

A midranger to rule them all: leaked Galaxy A7 (2018) specs taunt new Exynos and 6GB RAM

Samsung’s Galaxy A-series is the sweet spot between the affordable but lowly J-line, and the flagship S portfolio, so every time a new one is on the horizon, our collective attention peaks. The purported specs for the Galaxy A7 (2018) just leaked out on Geekbench, and, since the line is expected to follow the new bezel-less design of Samsung, they are only icing on the potential A-series cake.

The upcoming Galaxy A7 (SM-A730F) is listed with an Exynos 7885 chipset, whose leaked specs back in the summer denoted a 14nm octa-core processor with 2x A73 + 6x A53 cores, …

Meet the Xiaomi Mi A1: an affordable mid-ranger with stock Android and fancy dual camera

A few days ago, we reported that Xiaomi is planning to announce an entirely new lineup of phones on September 5. Based on the teasers released at the time, our guess was that the Chinese manufacturer planned to introduce the next Android One phone, a fruit of its collaboration with Google. 

This has indeed happened, as today, the company unveiled its new Mi A1 model during an event in New Delhi, India. At a first glance, Xiaomi seems to have made the A1 specifically for this particular South Asian market, but the phone maker actually plans to introduce …

Moto X4 hands-on: Now a mid-ranger beauty

A funny thing seemed to occur when Lenovo started calling the shots with Motorola. The beloved Moto X line slowly began to scale back, and in the last couple of years, another line supplanted it in being the flagship line in Moto’s portfolio – that was the Moto Z. Now, after a couple of years of being dormant, it looks as though that we’re finally getting a proper successor to the last one in the series; the Moto X4.

Lenovo-Motorola made a special surprise during its IFA 2017 press conference, officially announcing the phone. What’s shocking, though, is the …