Now that the Note 7 is mostly out of the way, Samsung can plan on announcing the refreshed Gear S3 that we all know is coming. The wearable wasn’t announced during Samsung’s Unpacked event, which means the next best time to show it off will be at IFA next month. Read more
One of the standout features of the Moto Z and the Moto Z Force (aside from being Verizon exclusive for the time being) are the Moto Mods. If you missed all the commotion around the announcement and launch of the devices, Moto Mods are modular accessories that magnetically snap on the back of the phone. There are things like bigger batteries, loud speakers, and even projectors that Lenovo has crafted up for their flagship phones, and despite the fact that they’re exclusive to the Moto Z line, the Moto Mods are really cool. Read more
The NVIDIA SHIELD K1 was a solid gaming tablet that could stand steady with its cheap $199 price tag. Considering it was the second tablet in the lineup, and NVIDIA enjoys other products in their SHIELD lineup, it would only make sense to keep expanding the line. There was an FCC filing for a new NVIDIA tablet that suggested a new tablet was on the way, but that might not be the case. Read more
The rumors that Google was burying Google+ may have been slightly exaggerated, but that doesn’t mean the half-baked social media site isn’t slowly being purged from other aspects of Google’s services. We’ve already seen the Google+ requirement dropped from YouTube comments, and that same treatment is coming to the Play Store itself. Read more
Reddit likes to snoop around when new phones launch, and according to a T-Mobile display phone, it looks like the Galaxy Note 7 might have some hidden tricks left to show everyone. A setting hidden away in the phone suggests that the new Note will support 4×4 MIMO for faster and more reliable network connections, assuming a carrier supports it. There are a few caveats there, obviously, but it’s good news on the surface. Read more
Whenever Samsung releases a new flagship device, it almost always takes the crown for having the best display ever. Then Samsung releases a newer flagship a few months later, and then that phone has the best display ever. Now we’re just stuck in a cycle where Samsung keeps making the best displays and outdoing themselves without any stiff competition from other OEMs. Read more
The Note 7 is shaping up to be a fantastic device, and early adopters seem to agree with that. New data from Samsung’s preorders in Korea show that the Note 7 is the company’s most preordered phone ever, even beating out the Galaxy S7 by more than double. That’s some serious hype for a phone. Read more
Qualcomm may have a dominant hold on the high-end processor market, but MediaTek can officially say they’ve won the race to shipping a CPU using a 10nm process. The latest from MediaTek, the Helio X30 CPU, looks like it’s going to be a very attractive substitute for an OEM that wants something powerful but budget-friendly in their devices. Read more
OnePlus has had a history of creating great products with an Achilles Heel, dating back to their first flagship device a couple years ago. The original OnePlus One was a fantastic phone that was incredibly difficult to actually buy thanks to its invite system. The OnePlus 2 was good, but took steps backwards on many things (looking at you, NFC) and still didn’t ditch the invite system.
We’ve also had the spinoff OnePlus X, which was also pretty great, but lacked decent storage options and LTE bands for AT&T. “It’s good, but…” seems like it should be the motto of the company at this point. Everything might just be different this year.
Hit the break for our review of the OnePlus 3.
If you’re considering purchasing the Alcatel Idol 4S, you’ll probably want to see what all comes in the packaging for the device. When it was announced, Alcatel mentioned that it would ship with an extra virtual reality headset in the box, so you can get a first-hand look at just how those VR goggles look out of the box. Read more