ZTE Blade V8 Mini and ZTE Blade V8 Lite announced at MWC 2017

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After announcing the flagship Blade V8 Pro, ZTE is back to unveil a pair of mid-rangers for the younger generations at this year’s Mobile World Congress.

First up, the Blade V8 Mini. This handset offers a 5-inch HD display, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor under the hood, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in storage. There’s a microSD card slot for expandable storage, a fingerprint reader on the back, and a non-removable 2800mAh battery. It will run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.

On the back, ZTE included a dual camera setup with one 13-megapixel shooter and a 2-megapixel camera for capturing with bokeh-style photos. ZTE says owners will be able to take 3D photographs, too, by combining two images taken with each camera. The Blade V8 Mini also features support for HDR photos, manual shooting modes. The front-facing 5-megapixel camera features a moonlight flash feature.

When the Blade V8 Mini launches later this year, it will be available in Europe and some Asia Pacific regions. ZTE didn’t reveal how much it would cost.

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The other new addition is the Blade V8 Lite, which features a 5-inch FHD display and an 8-megapixel camera on the back. There’s a MediaTek MTK6750 processor inside, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in storage that supports a microSD card. The 2500mAh battery is non-removable, it’s running Android 7.0 Nougat, and there’s a 5-megapixel front-facing camera above the display.

The Blade V8 Lite will launch in Italy, Germany, and Spain at some point in the near future, and according to ZTE, it will be aggressively priced. However, the company didn’t divulge how much it would actually be just yet.

Based on specs and design aesthetics, are these the devices to win over the younger generation?


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Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ caught on camera in new photos and video

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Expectations have been high for Samsung’s upcoming flagship, with potential buyers hoping the company can bounce back in a big way from the Galaxy Note 7 debacle of last year. Now, a series of new leaks have reportedly caught the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ out in the wild.

The photos and videos show the rounded corners and curved edges of the upcoming handsets. Both flagship smartphones are also reportedly ditching the capacitive navigation buttons of past models to make room for more display, and we get to see the on-screen buttons in these latest leaks.

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A tour of the handsets show the fingerprint reader on the back, curiously placed to the right of the rear camera. We get to see the hardware buttons alongside the right edge and USB Type-C port along the bottom. There’s a speaker down there as well, along with a 3.5mm headphone jack for good measure.

For anyone craving more of the Galaxy S8, and the Galaxy S8+, these newest images and video should fill the void for now. We still have about a month to wait before Samsung makes either one of these handsets official, though.

Are you getting excited for Samsung’s newest flagship?


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Oppo shows off slim 5x zoom camera setup

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A second camera sensor for optical zoom isn’t anything new in smartphones, but usually it’s limited to 2x zoom. LG has been using a zoom sensor for a while, and the iPhone 7 Plus has a second 2x zoom sensor as well.

Oppo has taken it a step further and announced a new 5x optical zoom setup. It’s not currently being used in any device, but it likely will be in the future.

To reduce bulk, Oppo mounted the sensor sideways and used optics to take a photo at a 90 degree angle. This allows for the use of a series of lenses without adding thickness.

While 2x zoom isn’t very useful, 5x zoom definitely could be. Oppo’s implementation is definitely unique and interesting and we can’t wait to see it in a smartphone. It should be in a flagship this year!


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T-Mobile offering a free line of service beginning in March

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T-Mobile is kicking off a new promotion to thank its customers.

The Un-carrier has announced that “virtually any” current T-Mobile customer can add an additional line of service for free as long as they have at least two current lines of voice service. That includes T-Mobile One plans as well as Simple Choice and Simple Choice No Credit. The promo will be available beginning Wednesday, March 1.

T-Mobile also confirmed that customers will be able to use that free line in whatever way they want: a new smartphone line, free access to a tablet, a smartwatch, or other options.

The new offer will also work with another deal: T-Mobile ONE’s two lines for $100 per month. That means that subscribers that can get three lines for only $100 per month (with AutoPay enabled).

What do you think of T-Mobile’s new deal?


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Lenovo’s new Tab 4 series tablets feature front-facing speakers, Nougat

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Following Samsung’s announcement of a new Android tablet, Lenovo today revealed a quartet of its own new Android slates.

The Lenovo Tab 4 series is now official with four different models. The Tab 4 8 and Tab 4 10 are the more affordable of the set, and they share a largely similar spec list. Both tablets include Snapdragon 425 processor, 2GB of RAM, 5-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras, two front-facing speakers, 16GB of storage, and a microSD slot for adding more storage.

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The two big differences between these two devices are their screen sizes and battery sizes. The Tab 4 8 features an 8-inch 1280×800 display and 4850mAh battery, while the Tab 4 10 is packing a 10.1-inch 1280×800 screen and 7000mAh battery.

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The Tab 4 8 Plus and Tab 4 10 Plus are higher-end versions of those devices. Both Plus models include Snapdragon 625 processors, 4GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front cameras, dual front-facing speakers, and fingerprint readers. They also come with 64GB of built-in storage and a microSD slot if you need more storage on top of that.

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As with the non-Plus Tab 4 tablets, the differences between the Plus tablets are their screen and battery sizes. The Tab 4 8 Plus has an 8-inch 1920×1200 screen and 4850mAh battery, while the Tab 4 10 Plus includes a 10.1-inch 1920×1200 display and 7000mAh battery.

On the software side, all four tablets come equipped with Android 7.0 Nougat. Lenovo also touts that it’s got some of its own special features baked in, including multi-user support.

All four Tab 4 series tablets will begin rolling out globally in May. Pricing will start at €169 ($179 USD) for the Tab 4 8 and go up to €179 ($190 USD) for the Tab 4 10, €259 ($274 USD) for the Tab 4 8 Plus, and €299 ($316 USD) for the Tab 4 10 Plus.

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Rounding out today’s announcements are optional add-ons for the Tab 4 series tablets. Lenovo is prepping a Kid’s Pack that’ll include a shock-resistant bumper for your tablet, a blue-light filter, and some stickers for your device. Lenovo also offers a Kid’s Account on the software side along with parental controls and curated kid-friendly content.

For grown-ups, Lenovo will offer a Productivity Pack that’ll include a Bluetooth keyboard. This keyboard can also work as a stand and a protective sleeve.


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Cricket to start throttling unlimited data customers after 22GB

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Cricket’s unlimited data plan has been truly unlimited. Though it’s limited to 8Mbps speeds, you still get as much data as you can use. Unfortunately, this is about to change.

Cricket has announced that it will be throttling unlimited data users after 22GB of data usage if the network is congested. This doesn’t mean that you’ll lose high speed data after 22GB, but you may be throttled depending on the network use around you. This practice will begin April 2.

Cricket is also releasing a new feature called Stream More at the same time, which will basically downgrade all streaming video to 480p. So you can “stream more” by streaming lower quality video. This is a good feature for many, but Cricket is making it opt-out rather than opt-in. It will be automatically enabled for everyone.

Looking ahead, the carrier announced that both WiFi calling and Voice over LTE will be coming later this year.

These are some big changes that are sure to upset some Cricket customers. Let us know what you think in the comments!


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Mozilla acquires article-saving app Pocket

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Mozilla wants a bigger stake in the mobile space, and one way to do that is to acquire a service that has more than 10 million users across the globe.

Mozilla has officially announced that it has acquired the read-it-later service known as Pocket. The app, which allows users to save articles from around the internet to read later, has over 10 million monthly users and is one of the more popular article-saving apps out there.

Mozilla has also confirmed that the 25-person Pocket team will stay together, and that they will continue to do their work as a separate entity from Mozilla, but still be under the company’s umbrella moving forward. Mozilla’s technically folding Pocket into its open source project.

Pocket was originally founded back in 2007, when it was known simply as Read It Later.

Do you use Pocket or do you prefer another read-it-later service?


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Facebook Video app now available on Samsung Smart TV

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Facebook announced that its new video app will be coming to TVs and streaming boxes a few weeks ago, and it’s holding true to that promise. You can now download the app to your Samsung Smart TV if it was made in 2015, 2016, or 2017.

The app focuses on showing you videos that were posted by your friends as well as top videos on the site. Facebook is placing more of a focus on video, so pushing an app dedicated to video is a strong first step.

If you’re interested, check it out on your Samsung Smart TV today. It’s still coming to other platforms like the Apple TV in the future. Now it’s up to you to decide whether Facebook has any good, unique content to offer you.


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Sony launches Xperia Touch smart projector

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Mobile World Congress is in full swing, with product announcements left and right. One of the more notable products is Sony’s Xperia Touch Android projector. The Xperia Touch can turn any flat surface into a 23-inch HD touchscreen that has a variety of capabilities ranging from streaming video to playing games. More importantly, the fact that it’s powered by Android allows it to run any app or game from the Google Play Store, opening up a wide world of possibilities. Additionally, PlayStation 4 Remote Play works with the Xperia Touch, creating even more opportunities.

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The Xperia Touch uses Sony’s SXRD projection technology paired with a camera that senses Infrared light at 60 frame per seconds, enabling touch technology. Sony has created a custom home screen skin that’s designed for ease of use in any lighting condition. Users can quickly see the weather, take video notes, use Skype, see their calendar and more.

The Xperia Touch is rolling out to select European retailers in Spring 2017. It will also be available in select countries via the Xperia Store Online. Suggested pricing is set at €1499 ($1593 USD).


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Cricket to start throttling unlimited data customers after 22GB

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Cricket’s unlimited data plan has been truly unlimited. Though it’s limited to 8Mbps speeds, you still get as much data as you can use. Unfortunately, this is about to change.

Cricket has announced that it will be throttling unlimited data users after 22GB of data usage if the network is congested. This doesn’t mean that you’ll lose high speed data after 22GB, but you may be throttled depending on the network use around you. This practice will begin April 2.

Cricket is also releasing a new feature called Stream More at the same time, which will basically downgrade all streaming video to 480p. So you can “stream more” by streaming lower quality video. This is a good feature for many, but Cricket is making it opt-out rather than opt-in. It will be automatically enabled for everyone.

Looking ahead, the carrier announced that both WiFi calling and Voice over LTE will be coming later this year.

These are some big changes that are sure to upset some Cricket customers. Let us know what you think in the comments!


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