Honor 9 European launch: Watch the live stream here…

The Honor 9 may have launched in China a couple of weeks ago, but today is the official European launch of the successor to last year’s Honor 8. Featuring Huawei’s latest Kirin 960 processor,4GB RAM, upgraded dual cameras and a 5.1-inch Full HD display, we are looking forward to putting  the handset through its paces in our upcoming review. The launch event kicks off at 9:30AM ET/2:30PM CET, and you can join us after the break to check out the live stream.

Specifications for new Pixel 2 devices, Taimen and Walleye, revealed

Rumors about the next generation Google Pixel phones to be released later this year continue to ramp up as we hit the summer months. The latest round comes from an unnamed source who is described as “familiar with the matter” and who “spent time with at least one of these phones” who has shared some of the specifications for the devices. Consistent with previously leaked information, this source indicates there are only two forthcoming Pixel 2 devices, a smaller unit codenamed Walleye and a larger device codenamed Taimen. If accurate, the descriptions of the devices also reveal some significant differences brought about by Google having two different manufacturers for this year’s devices.

LG’s V30 should launch on August 31, right before IFA 2017 starts

Ready for IFA 2017? It’ll be here sooner than you think. With devices like the LG V30 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 coming before the year’s end, you’re going to see a lot of rumors and reports on Talk Android this summer. Both devices are among the most popular for the second half of 2017, and their respective makers keep moving up their launch dates.

LG, like Samsung, is expected to launch its next high-end phone in August. It’s a race to beat Apple, who usually announces in September.

The OnePlus 5 survives bends, scratches, and burns

The OnePlus 5 launched yesterday with most of the requisite flagship components that we would expect to see in a high-end smartphone including a Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6/8GB RAM and a dual-camera setup. If you are thinking of buying a OnePlus 5 (via the early drop code), you may be curious how the handset stands up to being scratched, burned and bent. Thankfully, JerryRigEverything is on the case and has already subjected the phone to his particular brand of torture. Check how the OnePlus fares in the embedded video below.