Deal: For $200 you can now buy a 2016 flagship smartphone on Amazon, the LeEco Le Pro3

Despite the fact that LeEco is almost out from the United States, its products are still selling and for much less than one would expect. The LeEco Le Pro3 was the Chinese company’s flagship killer for 2016.

It was released on the market at a reasonable price and offered solid specs for that time. Now it’s on sale at Amazon for less than $200. Although the smartphone is listed with a price of $349.99, Amazon is actually selling the LeEco Le Pro3 for just $199, so you’ll be saving around $150 when you buy it.

Although the smartphone comes unlocked, it will …


Samsung seems to be rushing the development of its foldable smartphone, but why?

With today’s leaked photo of ZTE’s foldable Axon M smartphone, a curious question sprung up in many people’s minds: in a foldable smartphone, which fold direction is the better one, inwards or outwards? While the only two implementations of the idea we can think of —  the Sony Tablet P (which is phone-sized by today’s standards, nevermind the name) and the Kyocera Echo — have used a design where the screens point to the inside when the device is closed, the Axon M does just the opposite.

And such a debate might not seem like that …

Alcatel Cameo X is a mid-range smartphone for AT&T

Alcatel is about to unleash yet another Android smartphone in the United States, the Cameo X. Although it looks like a mid-range device, the fact that it will be picked up by a major carrier will most likely boost its sales.

The unannounced Alcatel Cameo X will soon make its debut at AT&T, but aside from a press render of the smartphone, we don’t have any info on price and availability. In fact, there aren’t any details about Cameo X’s specs, so your guess is as good as ours.

Since this is a mid-range Android smartphone it’s likely to come with a 5-inch …

Bill Gates says he has switched to an Android smartphone, but which one?

Which smartphone platform is better? There is certainly room for debate on the matter (though such debates often devolve into the opposing sides simply hurling insults at one another) but it’s fun to occasionally hear the preferences of someone a bit more visible in the public’s eye than a random stranger on the internet.

And what better candidate for the job than Microsoft ex-CEO and current technology advisor Bill Gates? Now that Windows Phone/Mobile is pretty much dead in the water, even its most high-profile users need to make the switch — and …

HMD working to bring one more smartphone on the market alongside Nokia 2

It looks like the Nokia 2 might not be the only smartphone HMD plans to launch in the coming months. Press renders of what appears to be HMD’s cheapest Android smartphone leaked online last week, but we still don’t know when exactly the Nokia 2 will be officially unveiled.

Two unknown Nokia smartphones have been recently certified in China, which go by the codenames TA-1041 and TA-1042. Both devices listed at the Chinese regulatory commission have quick charge, something that only the Nokia 8 features.

The presence of quick charge support suggests that these …

Apple and iOS 11 could revolutionize smartphone photography with a next-generation image file format

At this year’s WWDC, Apple introduced that it’s adopting two new standards-based formats for storing and processing images and video, called HEIF (High Efficiency Image File Format) and HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) respectively. Although the implications of both for the future iOS cannot be understated and merit their own research, today we will be focusing on the HEIF standard, which by the way is pronounced “Heef,” according to Apple, because we all know how obsessed people can be over the pronunciations of different file extensions (*cough* GIF *cough*). But …

AT&T launches Threat Defender, an Android app that's not meant to protect your smartphone


File this under “carriers do wacky things” to please customers. The “culprit” in this case? AT&T, which has just launched an Android app called Threat Defender. Even the most non-tech savvy consumers would probably think that the new app launched by the US carrier is meant to protect their smartphones.

Alas, AT&T Threat Defender is purely an entertainment app that’s only good to “protect” you from boredom for a little while. If you haven’t guessed it yet, Threat Defender is an interactive game that’s available to everyone who owns a device running Android 2.3 and up.

It’s …

Tap Nike's new app-connected NBA jerseys with your smartphone

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The only way to access Nike’s new app? Tap your phone on an NBA jersey.

Nike has announced a new stage for its eight-year NBA partnership, in the form of a jersey-connected app.

Officially announced on Sept. 16 at an event in Los Angeles attended by players from all 30 NBA teams, NikeConnect is a new app activated by Nike’s new jerseys.

Nike and the NBA's new app, NikeConnect.

Nike and the NBA’s new app, NikeConnect.

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Users must tap an embedded NFC chip hidden behind a tag at the bottom of their jersey with their smartphone, which will then launch the NikeConnect app.  Read more…

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Samsung's mobile chief says to expect a foldable smartphone in 2018

Perhaps in a bid to distract all of those smartphone fans watching out for Apple’s introduction this afternoon of the tenth anniversary Apple iPhone X model, Samsung had a big announcement itself. Samsung’s top mobile executive, Koh Dong-jin, said today that the company will be releasing its long awaited foldable smartphone in 2018. The manufacturer has been working on this for some time. Back at CES in 2011, Samsung introduced a 4.5-inch flexible AMOLED display.

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It’s unclear whether the BLU S1 will be a BYOD (bring your own device) smartphone that Sprint customers will be able to use, or it will be sold as postpaid as well. BLU S1 will be compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile too, not just Sprint, so it’s up to each and …