Huawei P8 Lite 2017 specifications

Last year’s P8 Lite proved popular with budget conscious buyers, so much so, that Huawei has launched the P8 Lite 2017 which brings a larger display with higher resolution, improved rear and front cameras, as well as a polished glass exterior and a bigger battery. Running Android 7.0 Nougat and EMUI 5.0, the P8 Lite 2017 will launch in the UK on February 1st with a price tag of £185($232).

Hit the break for the spec sheet.

Huawei’s P8 Lite 2017 launches in the UK on February 1st

With last year’s P8 Lite proving to be a success, Huawei has launched the P8 Lite 2017 that brings some welcome upgrades with it such as a bigger, higher resolution display, a higher capacity battery, more RAM and better cameras. The P8 Lite 2017 will also launch running Android 7.0 Nougat and EMUI 5.0 out of the box. Join us after the break for more details.

Early Pixel 2 rumors hint at improvements

Depending on the model, Google’s Pixel phones are some of the toughest devices for buyers to get their hands on at the moment. Even with that high demand and long waits, work is certainly underway on the next version which should be launched later this year. Sources are indicating Google is indeed working on both a Pixel 2 set of devices as well as possible budget versions meant to expand the portfolio and these new devices will see improvements in several areas.

U.S. President Donald Trump won’t give up his unsafe Android phone

Donald Trump, the new President of the United States, doesn’t like being told what to do. His brash, straightforward behavior is what helped him get into the White house. But you’d think the people around Trump would be listened to when they explain his phone needs to be replaced for security reasons. After all, this is the man that has railed against the intelligence community multiple times.

A new report from the New York Times says Trump is still using his unsafe Android phone.

Netflix adds MicroSD card support for offline downloads for Android users

Netflix first gave Android users the ability to download content to their devices to watch offline at the tail end of November last year, and while being able to watch Stranger Things without needing an internet connection was a great thing, there was one small problem, you could only download to the device’s built-in storage. This meant that if you were making do with a handset or tablet that only had 8GB or even 16GB of storage as standard, you were going to run out of space fast. Luckily, Netflix has recognized the issue, and as of today, Android users can now choose to store downloaded content to the MicroSD card on their device.

ZTE seeks additional vision for Hawkeye device

ZTE decided to try something a little bit different with Project CSX which was meant to be a crowdsourced development activity for a smartphone. Kind of like Boaty McBoatface, ZTE discovered that turning the reins of development over to the public can produce some strange results. The ZTE Hawkeye was such a device, a smartphone in which the top two features as determined by the public would be eye-tracking and an adhesive case to make it a hands-free smartphone. Despite the odd collusion of features, ZTE stuck with the crowdsource development concept and created a Kickstarter campaign for the Hawkeye. After struggling since being posted, ZTE has admitted they made a strategic error with the Hawkeye.

OnePlus plans to tackle shipping delays in 2017 with ‘immediate dispatch’

The OnePlus 3 and its upgraded sibling, the OnePlus 3T, were two of the highest regarded smartphones of 2016. Packing in mostly top-of-the-line specs, generous battery, a solid camera, and most recently upgrades to Android 7.0 Nougat, the OnePlus 3 and 3T were great choices especially with the price tags of only $349 and $439, respectively. However, high demand and low supply led to a host of shipping delays, pre-orders, and waitlists that continued through the start of 2017. With this comes the New Year’s resolution announcement from OnePlus that commits to the goal of “immediate dispatch” for 2017, starting with the OnePlus 3T Gunmetal 64GB.

Join us after the break for more.

LG G6 to make do with the Snapdragon 821 after Samsung gets ‘first dibs’ on Snapdragon 835

While it’s widely believed that Samsung will delay launching the Galaxy S8 thanks to the lingering effects of the abortive Galaxy Note 7, LG has confirmed that it will announce its G6 handset on February 26th at MWC 2017 next month. There is one caveat, though, the LG G6 will use last year’s silicon, the Snapdragon 821, instead of the Snapdragon 835.

Samsung pens in Galaxy Note 8 as successor in stylus-equipped line

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As the dust continues to settle from last year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 7 debacle, one question that lurked in the background was whether Samsung would have to rebrand their line of stylus-equipped large screen smartphones and abandon the Galaxy Note name. In comments made earlier today as part of their explanation for the Galaxy Note 7 problems, Samsung mobile chief D.J. Koh stated “I will bring back a better, safer and very innovative Note 8”. Koh cited a couple major factors that played into the decision to try to retain the Note branding.

[Video] Unboxing the Huawei MediaPad M3

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With Samsung having delayed the launch of the Tab S3, Google giving the segment a miss last year, and Sony seemingly abandoning the market altogether, there’s a dearth of premium tablets to be found.

One company that is attempting to grab a bigger share of the tablet market is Huawei, whose latest offering, the MediaPad M3, boasts an 8.4-inch 2560 x 1600 IPS display, the Kirin 950 Octa-core processor (the same processor found in the Honor 8), 4GB of RAM, a premium build, and stereo speakers designed in partnership with the audio experts, Harman Kardon.

The MediaPad M3 was announced at IFA 2016, and its premium build quality impressed us at the time during our brief hands on. Join us after the break to see our Justin Herrick unboxing the Huawei MediaPad M3 tablet.