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Samsung unveils a refined Galaxy VR Innovator Edition for Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge

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Samsung introduces a new version of the Oculus-powered Gear VR Innovator Edition headset. The new Gear VR is compatible with the newly announced Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge and is 15% smaller.

The Galaxy VR Innovator Edition with Oculus technology is already available for purchase globally for $199. The headset is compatible only with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phablet, but Samsung and Oculus will be launching a Galaxy S6-compatible edition as well. Read more »

Samsung launches Samsung Pay service for mobile payments

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge were announced today in Barcelona. They both feature a new mobile service for payments called Samsung Pay and yes, you’ve guessed it right, is a competitor to Apple Pay.

Samsung Pay works with NFC and a newly developed technology called MST – Magnetic Secure Transmission. The MST will allow the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge owners to use their phones on most of the existing terminals and merchants won’t need to upgrade their payment solution. Read more »

Xiaomi Mi Note battery life test

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Xiaomi Mi Note, the company’s highly anticipated flagship, has come recently to our office and we did an in-depth review. The article is now live at our homepage and you can read all about our encounter right here.

Our review process includes a battery life performance test and we’ve put the Xiaomi Mi Note through all our routines. It runs on the popular Snapdragon 801 chip, has a 3,000 mAh battery and utilizes a 5.7″ IPS 1080p display. We’ve met various smartphones powered by the S801 platform and most of them scored about 65h endurance ratings. Read more »

LG G Flex2 battery life test

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The LG G Flex2 will be staying under the spotlight for a while as it is not only a curved smartphone with self-healing coating on its back, but it is also the first device to utilize the new Snapdragon 810 chip. Performance aside, what this blogpost is all about, is its battery life.

The G Flex2 is powered by a non-removable 3,000 mAh battery, which is about 15% less than its predecessor. The Snapdragon 810 chipset supports fast charging by default and the provided charger can replenish 60% of the Flex2′s battery in half an hour. Read more »

Motorola Moto X (2014) with Android Lollipop battery life test

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Motorola has already updated its Moto X 2nd Gen (2014) with the latest Android Lollipop build and we’ve decided to run our battery life tests again. Lollipop brings a number of improvements including a number of battery optimizations combined under what’s known as Project Volta.

We’ve already detailed Volta’s features and you can read more about them right here.

In our previous tests with phones that recently got updated to Lollipop we weren’t able to determine a specific pattern in the change in battery life – some of the phones did better in talk time or web browsing, some did worse. It seems every device behaves differently under Lollipop OS, so we really had no clue what to expect from the updated Moto X 2nd Gen. Read more »

Xiaomi Mi Note hands-on

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Xiaomi announced its next flagship duo – the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro – just a month ago and both gained massive attention. We’ve been waiting to get our hands on these devices and we finally got one – meet the Xiaomi Mi Note.

The Xiaomi Mi Note packs a 5.7″ 1080p display and runs on the Snapdragon 801 chip. It offers a 13MP rear camera with OIS and 4K video recording, all-round connectivity package and the latest MIUI v.6 launcher topping the Android KitKat. Read more »

Microsoft confirms Windows 10 for phones will support both the new Start background and the old Tiles wallpaper

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Microsoft introduced a new type of desktop background in Windows 10 for phones – the wallpaper now spreads over the background space, while the tiles become transparent so you can enjoy the picture behind them.

While this new options was welcomed by lots of people, some of the users still preferred the Windows Phone 8.1 way where the image you’ve selected was displayed on the tiles instead of behind. It was quite a cool and unique feature. Read more »

Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CXG hands-on

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One very interesting device made it to our office this week – the €180-worth Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CXG. It’s a nice hybrid between a slate and a smartphone with powerful hardware, a big 7″ display and dual-SIM telephony.

The Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CXG features a 7″ IPS HD display and is powered by the Intel Atom Z3530 chipset. The Intel platform offers a snappy quad-core 64-bit 1.3GHz processor and powerful PowerVR G6430 we’ve seen doing great within the Apple iPhone 5s. Read more »

Xiaomi Redmi 2 battery life test

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Xiaomi Redmi 2 stopped by recently and we did what as we always do – a thorough hardware and software inspection for our traditional in-depth review. The Redmi 2, unlike its Redmi 1S predecessor, is a dual-SIM device with LTE connectivity, courtesy of the Snapdragon 410 chip inside the newcomer.

The Redmi 2 battery has 10% higher capacity, while the display and overall performance have been kept the same. We are eager to check how the new hardware and MIUI v.6 are doing with the 2,200 mAh battery unit. Read more »

YotaPhone 2 battery life test

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YotaPhone 2 is an innovative smartphone with two displays – a regular 5″ AMOLED screen at the front and a 4.7″ electronic-paper display over at the back. It uses a Snapdragon 801 chip and offers a quite capable 8MP snapper.

We’ve already met the YotaPhone 2 and we confirmed it is indeed a very interesting and unique flagship phone, which can be used and operated in lots of different ways. Saving battery has never been so easy thanks to the rear display and the dedicated monochrome widgets and apps. You can mirror the entire Android OS at the back, but this reduces the e-paper display lifespan and doesn’t saves that much energy. Read more »

Xiaomi Redmi 2 hands-on

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Xiaomi Redmi 2 has paid us a visit recently and we took it for a long spin. The Redmi 1S successor has lost some weight and body mass, it brings a 64-bit processor to the table and its dual-SIM capabilities don’t come at the expense of LTE connectivity.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 has the same 4.7″ 720p display as its 1S sibling, but runs on the Snapdragon 410 chipset with a quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 processor and Adreno 306 GPU. There is a flavor with 1GB of RAM and 8 gigs of storage, as well as a model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage. You can pick what suits you best. Read more »

YotaPhone 2 hands-on

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YotaPhone 2 is among those smartphones you just can’t miss in the news. It is unique and innovative and we just had to take it for a spin. So, here is the unique YotaPhone 2 arriving at our office. And it has a premium retail box to match.

The YotaPhone 2 isn’t just a flagship with a 5″ 1080p AMOLED screen and running on a Snapdragon 800 chip. It is more than just a phone, thanks to its rear 4.7″ electronic paper display, which can be used as an e-book reader, as well as a primary display to operate the basic phone functions. Read more »

Hands-on with HP’s six new Android and Windows 8.1 tablets

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HP launched today a plethora of new tablets running either Android or Windows OS. A diversity of user scenarios seems to be what HP had in mind prepping those gadgets and it sure looks like it succeeded.

There are six new slates introduced today – the Android-powered HP Pro Slate 12, Pro Slate 10 EE G1 and Pro Slate 8, joining the Windows-running HP Pro Tablet 408, Pro Tablet 10 EE G1 and Elite X2 1011. Read more »

ADUPS responds to FOTA misbehavior accusations on Micromax smartphones

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A few days ago we reported about a sketchy update service on Micromax phones. Multiple users complained that they were seeing ads in their notification areas or, even worse, completely new installed apps that they never approved. All these unpleasantries appeared after updating the phone’s firmware.

Today ADUPS issued a statement on the matter. The company denies any involvement in such activities through its services and suggests false claims by competitors. Read more »

Sony Xperia C3 and Xperia C3 Dual battery life

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Sony Xperia C3 Dual stopped by our office recently and we did a thorough inspection as usual. The 5.5″ phablet runs on the dated Snapdragon 400, but offers some great features as selfie-centric front snapper with a LED flash, a rear 8MP camera, plus dual-SIM or LTE connectivity.

We’ve reviewed quite a few mid-range Xperia smartphones and most of them did great on our battery life test, so we had some high hopes for the Xperia C3 and its 2,500 mAh battery unit. Our review is live at our homepage, so it’s time we put our detailed battery life breakdown out there. Read more »