LG X power2 announced with Android 7.0 and 4500mAh battery

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Much of the focus on LG lately has been on the G6, its upcoming Android flagship. Ahead of the G6’s official reveal this weekend, though, LG has taken the wraps off of a more mid-range device.

The LG X power2 is now official, and like last year’s X power, this device’s focus is on battery power. The X power2 comes equipped with a 4500mAh battery, which is slightly larger than the 4100mAh battery inside the original X power.

What’s more, LG has included fast charging with the X power2 so that you can refill that large battery pack in a hurry. LG touts that you can fill up the X power2’s battery by 50 percent with one hour of charging.

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Another highlight feature of the LG X power2 is its display. LG has included a feature called Comfort View that is aimed at making it easier to read eBooks and comics. It achieves this by reducing the amount of blue light that it emits, which may lower eye fatigue.

LG also placed a focus on the X power2’s camera performance. The rear 13-megapixel camera includes a Zero Shutter Lag feature to eliminate the lag that happens between you pressing the shutter button and the image being captured. And then there’s the 5-megapixel front-facing camera, which comes with a flash and a feature called Auto Shot that will automatically trigger the front camera’s shutter when it detects a face.

Rounding out the LG X power2’s spec list is a 5.5-inch HD display, octa-core processor, 1.5GB or 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a microSD slot, and Android 7.0 Nougat.

LG plans to launch the X power2 in Latin America in March, followed by releases in the US, Asia, Europe, and other regions. No pricing details have been given.


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Samsung says it won’t sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 phones in India

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A couple of days ago, a report said that Samsung was planning to release refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices in emerging markets such as India and Vietnam.

According to that information, Samsung was looking to reduce profit damage as well as mitigate the cost of dumping hundreds of thousands of unusable phones. It’s been said in the past that the company has more than two million Galaxy Note 7s left after discontinuing the device, so selling through inventory with refurbished models is one way that the company could avoid extra high costs.

However, in a statement to Gadgets360, Samsung India has come forward and said that “The report on Samsung planning to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 smartphone[s] in India is incorrect.”

That initial report said Samsung planned to sell refurbished phones beginning in June, so there’s still plenty of time for Samsung to decide on the matter one way or another. This isn’t the first time refurbished Galaxy Note 7s have been hinted at, so this might not be the last we hear of it.

Of course, this is just a Samsung India statement, and only names that country specifically. That would still mean it’s possible Samsung is considering to release the phones in Vietnam, if the original report is true.

Do you think this is a good idea?


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Samsung says it won’t sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 phones in India

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A couple of days ago, a report said that Samsung was planning to release refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices in emerging markets such as India and Vietnam.

According to that information, Samsung was looking to reduce profit damage as well as mitigate the cost of dumping hundreds of thousands of unusable phones. It’s been said in the past that the company has more than two million Galaxy Note 7s left after discontinuing the device, so selling through inventory with refurbished models is one way that the company could avoid extra high costs.

However, in a statement to Gadgets360, Samsung India has come forward and said that “The report on Samsung planning to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 smartphone[s] in India is incorrect.”

That initial report said Samsung planned to sell refurbished phones beginning in June, so there’s still plenty of time for Samsung to decide on the matter one way or another. This isn’t the first time refurbished Galaxy Note 7s have been hinted at, so this might not be the last we hear of it.

Of course, this is just a Samsung India statement, and only names that country specifically. That would still mean it’s possible Samsung is considering to release the phones in Vietnam, if the original report is true.

Do you think this is a good idea?


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Huawei Watch 2 leaks out in a trio of colors

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The Huawei Watch 2 is due to be unveiled this weekend, but thanks to the rumor mill, we’re getting a look at the new Android Wear smartwatch today.

Several press renders of the Huawei Watch 2 have been shared by VentureBeat. Not only do the images give us a look at the Huawei Watch 2 from several angles, but they also show off the three colors that the device will be available in: black, orange, and gray with light flecks.

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When it comes to features, the Huawei Watch 2 is expected to include a 1.4-inch round display, a nanoSIM slot for cellular connectivity, and Android Wear 2.0. We can also see wireless charging pins on the back of the device as well as buttons on its right side that’ll presumably be used for app shortcuts.

Huawei’s teaser suggested that the Watch 2 will place a focus on fitness, and it appears that that will indeed be the case. With its rubberized band, bright colors, and cellular connectivity, the Huawei Watch 2 looks like it could be a nice smartwatch for active Android users whenever it launches. As for when that’ll happen, we should learn more this weekend when Huawei officially introduces its new Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch.


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LG G6 said to launch on March 10, Samsung Galaxy S8 on April 21

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LG and Samsung are both preparing to launch new flagship phones soon, and according to a new report out of South Korea, the release dates for those handsets may have been finalized.

ETNews claims that LG will launch the G6 on March 10. We already know the Life’s Good crew will unveil the flagship handset at Mobile World Congress on February 26, so if the March 10 launch date is accurate, that’s a quick turnaround. It would contradict an earlier rumor that suggested LG is planning to launch the G6 in the U.S. on April 7, though.

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is rumored to get an unveiling in New York City on March 29 and is said to be launched globally on April 21. The report indicates that Samsung initially planned on launching the Galaxy S8 on April 14, at least in South Korea, following a week’s time of pre-orders. However, the company apparently changed its mind because it wanted to make sure it had enough initial stock at launch.

While nothing is official, it looks like we don’t have long to wait before these devices are on store shelves. Between the LG G6 and the Samsung Galaxy S8, which one has your attention more?


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LeEco Le Pro 3, Le S3 getting app drawer and other improvements

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LeEco, a Chinese company looking to expand its reach with a variety of different products other than just smartphones, entered the U.S. market with the Le Pro 3 and Le S3 late last year.

One of the interesting elements of both handsets was that, despite Android certainly supporting one, neither came with an app drawer. Now they’ll be getting just that, though,  along with a plethora of other tweaks and improvements.

LeEco says the drawer was added due to “user feedback,” and with it, users will be able to access all of their apps like they would from the majority of other Android phones. The drawer will be the place to find newly installed apps as well.

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LeEco is moving the Live entertainment app icon to the right of the app drawer icon, and users can move it anywhere else on the home screen if they aren’t fond of the new location.

In addition to the app drawer, the LeEco-branded Le Pro 3 will be receiving faster capturing and rendering of HDR photos. Meanwhile, the Le S3 owners should see their camera take better photographs in low light situations.

Here are the other new additions coming to the handsets:

  • Enhanced fingerprint sensor so the phone only vibrates once if your fingerprint is not recognized
  • Added parental control functions and other improvements to streaming quality of the LE app
  • Improved the LIVE apps interface and streaming quality
  • Improved Bluetooth reliability and increased WiFi download speeds on the Le S3 when using Bluetooth and WiFi simultaneously

LeEco will be rolling out the software update to all the Le Pro 3 and S3 owners over the next few days.

If you own one of these handsets, are you looking forward to the changes?


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Huawei P10 revealed again in new leaked render

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We know that the Huawei P10 will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress this year, and the rumor mill refuses to let the phone rest before its big debut.

Serial leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) has taken to Twitter yet again to publish a new render of the Huawei P10, revealing the flagship smartphone from the front, back, and its sides. We get to see the handset’s details, including the pair of cameras on the back and the fingerprint reader on the front, below the display.

Nothing is official regarding the P10 just yet, but the rumors suggest it will boast a 5.2-inch display, a Kirin 960 processor under the hood, and the pair of cameras on the back will both be 12-megapixel shooters. It will also reportedly boast 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of built-in storage.

Is the Huawei P10 one device on your radar?


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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 leaked with keyboard accessory

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Samsung plans on unveiling a new tablet at this year’s Mobile World Congress, while it keeps wraps on its upcoming flagship smartphone for a bit longer.

That tablet is expected to be the Galaxy Tab S3, and now we’ve got a clear image of the upcoming device thanks to serial leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks). Tagging along in the leaked image is a keyboard accessory.

It looks like the Galaxy Tab S3 will have a pretty large display, but the specs of the upcoming device remain unknown. We can see a physical home button, too, flanked by the capacitive Back and Recent Apps buttons. While nothing’s official just yet, it’s expected that the Galaxy Tab S3 will be a high-end tablet, so it will be interesting to see what Samsung packs into it.

Did you ever own the Galaxy Tab S2?


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Samsung rumored to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 phones

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Back in November of last year, a report surfaced that suggested that despite having an issue with exploding batteries, Samsung may begin selling refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices in some countries around the world.

The expectation at the time was that Samsung would replace the batteries with functional ones, removing the concern that the refurbished units would explode like the originals. Whether or not that was a good idea was certainly up for debate at the time. And now it looks like the debate can begin again.

A new report out of Korea suggests that Samsung is planning on launching refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices in emerging markets such as Vietnam and India.

The main difference with these refurbished units is apparently a smaller battery. The report indicates that Samsung will opt to use a 3000mAh battery in these devices, rather than the 3500mAh battery that was used in the original phones.

Samsung is rumored to have more than two million Galaxy Note 7 devices remaining, so it’s not a surprise that the company would want to find something to do with them rather than just disposing of them. Whether or not launching refurbished Galaxy Note 7s will take off remains to be seen.

What do you think of the idea?


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Samsung Galaxy S8 leak shows on-screen navigation button

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Samsung won’t reveal the Galaxy S8 at Mobile World Congress this year, but word is that the company will reveal the announcement date of its upcoming flagship instead. So we’re left to the leaks to keep us afloat until the big reveal.

Thanks to images posted to Twitter, we’ve got what appears to be a look at the front of the Galaxy S8, showing off a minimal amount of bezels and app icons for the Phone, Calendar, Messages, Gallery, and more.

The image also shows us how the on-screen buttons will apparently look like. As has been previously rumored, Samsung is ditching the capacitive buttons and the physical Home button to opt for on-screen controls. With the back button on the right, it would stand to reason that the home option will be in the center, with the recent apps on the far left.

Well, if this is indeed the Galaxy S8, and it seems like it could be, it’s certainly an interesting looking device. What do you think of the minimal bezels, and those on-screen buttons?


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