BLU Products’ Pure XR is $299 and comes with impressive specs

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BLU Products’ devices are built with value in mind, hence why the company never releases truly high-end phones. Selling devices with big price tags wouldn’t be true to the brand; however, something is different now with its latest announcement. The Pure XR from BLU, which was teased by the company earlier this month, is a $299 phone that offers specifications you should expect from an unlocked high-end(ish) phone in 2016.

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There will be another iPhone-like device from HTC, the One A9s

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Everyone was puzzled by last year’s HTC One A9 because the company did very little to create a phone unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. The One A9, which closely resembled Apple’s iPhone but didn’t quite create any competition for it, came and went without anyone noticing. Aside from anything having to do with cosmetics or performance, HTC turned off consumers because of the out sky-high price tag for a phone with mostly mid-range specifications.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Evan Blass, writing for VentureBeat, says the One A9 is getting a successor and it’s launching soon than you might think.

Hit the break for details.

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Nougat should see a total of three quarterly maintenance releases

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Google is doing some interesting things with Nougat, and one of those will be regular maintenance releases. By pushing out maintenance releases every so often, this allows Nougat to see “continued refinement and polish.” Google didn’t offer any details on how many maintenance releases there would be, but thanks to new information from Evan Blass, we’re going to be seeing a total of three quarterly maintenance releases.

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Maybe we know what pricing for the 2016 Nexus phones is

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Pricing for Google’s Nexus devices has been all over the place during the line’s history. There have been years when the hardware is affordable and then years when the hardware is pretty expensive. In 2015, Google aimed for and reached a happy medium by releasing the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. Things may not be so similar this year with Sailfish and Marlin. Despite releasing two phones, rumored pricing shows both are on the expensive side.

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Sony Xperia X Compact and Xperia XR specs revealed

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Just yesterday we reported on an image leaked by Evan Blass showing the Sony Xperia X Compact that is believed to be ready for an unveiling at IFA 2016. Up until now, no specifications for the device outside of a 4.6-inch screen were known. The same was true for another device, the Xperia XR, that is also believed to be ready for launch. Thanks to a site in the Netherlands, we have some new information on what kind of hardware to expect from Sony for these new additions to their X Series of high-end smartphones. Read more