Galaxy Note 7 alternatives

Huawei made a gigantic new phone for Note 7 widowers

November 3rd at 2:34 PM

Huawei made a gigantic new phone for Note 7 widowers

Before it began its second career as a spontaneous handwarmer, the Galaxy Note 7 was actually quite a good phone. The combination of big display, powerful graphics and a well-skinned version of Android had a lot of fans, and Samsung’s total recall has left a big gap in the market.

That’s what Huawei, a big Chinese cellphone manufacturer, is hoping to fill with the release of the Mate 9. It’s a 5.9-inch behemoth with specs to match the big body and a skinned version of Android on top. It might be from a company you’ve never heard of, but it’s also the closest thing you’re going to get to a Note 7 right now.

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Huawei Mate 9 Specs

There’s an Android phone coming out that will cost $1,300

October 24th at 4:44 PM

There’s an Android phone coming out that will cost $1,300

Flagship smartphones are insanely expensive these days. Consider this: today, our deals team included a brand new 2016 Samsung HDTV model with a curved 49-inch display in their roundup of Amazon’s best daily deals. Curved screens are the latest and greatest tech Samsung is touting in its TV lineup, and a 49-inch display is a great size. This model also smart features so it can run all of your favorite apps like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video. Right now, this great TV from the world’s top TV brand is on sale for $510 — which is just over half of what Apple charges for a high-end iPhone 7 Plus.

But if you think the iPhone 7 Plus is expensive, you haven’t seen anything yet. More →

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Google Nexus Pixel 2016

Forget Google’s Pixel phones, leak says the Nexus brand isn’t dead just yet

September 27th at 2:39 PM

Forget Google’s Pixel phones, leak says the Nexus brand isn’t dead just yet

The Pixel phones will replace Google’s Nexus handsets this year, many recent reports have claimed, suggesting that the Nexus family of devices will be retired. However, Nexus isn’t as dead as we thought, as Google may be releasing several more Nexus brand devices in the very near future, complete with a few surprises. More →

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Google Nexus 2016 Huawei Tablet

Google tipped to launch new 7-inch Android tablet this year

September 6th at 7:15 AM

Google tipped to launch new 7-inch Android tablet this year

Google is preparing to launch quite a few new devices at some point in the coming weeks, including a couple of Nexus-like smartphones made by HTC that will have Pixel branding, an exciting first-gen Daydream VR headset, and a new 4K Chromecast according to a recent report. But it looks like Google hasn’t given up its tablet dreams yet. A fresh leak from a trustworthy source says that Google is about to bring to market a Huawei tablet that will probably not be included in the Nexus family. More →

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Huawei Honor 8

Huawei is selling a phone with the Galaxy S7’s specs for $400

August 16th at 11:52 PM

Huawei is selling a phone with the Galaxy S7’s specs for $400

Huawei is a Chinese phone manufacturer notorious for selling off-contract Android phones for dirt cheap. With the latest addition to the family, the Honor 8, the tune is exactly the same — and that’s a seriously good thing.

The Honor 8 isn’t technically Huawei’s flagship phone, but you wouldn’t know it from a glance at the spec sheet. It’s a glass-backed phone that reminds me of the Nexus 4, with a 5.2-inch, full HD screen. Buried in the glass back is a dual-camera system, which yes, is the same thing rumored for the upcoming iPhone 7. Guess Huawei got there first.

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Huawei Note 8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 7

China’s latest smartphone might be a Note 7 killer

August 1st at 3:20 PM

China’s latest smartphone might be a Note 7 killer

We’ve seen all kinds of leaks indicating the Galaxy Note 7 is going to be a pretty fantastic smartphone. But all Samsung’s bells and whistles will guaranteeably cost you serious money, money that could be better spent on beer.

That’s where China comes in. Huawei, a telecoms giant in China, has been making phones with flagship specs for way less money for a while, and the newest honor Note 8 could make the Galaxy Note 7 dead on arrival.

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Huawei P9 Camera Controversy

That time Huawei took a photo with $4,500 camera but said it was a $475 phone

July 5th at 8:05 PM

That time Huawei took a photo with $4,500 camera but said it was a $475 phone

Smartphone cameras today are so advanced that they’re ready to give professional cameras a run for their money. For a fraction of the cost of a pro setup, your iPhone can take gorgeous pictures and videos, and Apple has an entire “shot on iPhone” marketing campaign to drive home that point. Phones from the competition offer similar, or even better camera experiences, with Galaxy S7, HTC 10, and LG G5’s cameras having been praised in reviews.

With all that in mind, it’s baffling to see Huawei try to fool customers into thinking that a picture taken by a $4,500 dedicated camera setup was actually snapped on a $475 phone. Yes, Huawei denies any wrongdoing, but what else can it say after having been caught red-handed? More →

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Android vs. iOS Huawei Operating System

One of Google’s biggest partners probably isn’t dumping Android after all

June 27th at 2:35 PM

One of Google’s biggest partners probably isn’t dumping Android after all

For the foreseeable future, Android will be the number one mobile operating system on the planet. It has continued to build an impressive lead over iOS and the countless stragglers who can’t even top 1% of the market share, but that hasn’t stopped some of the industry’s leading Android phone makers from planning for a future that is significantly less dependent on Google’s mobile OS.

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Android Vs iOS

Google’s two biggest partners are both working toward ditching Android

June 23rd at 10:23 AM

Google’s two biggest partners are both working toward ditching Android

Today, Google’s Android platform and Apple’s iOS platform dominate the mobile landscape. It’s difficult to imagine that ever changing considering how far behind other platforms are at this point, but people said the same thing more than a decade ago when operating systems like Symbian and Windows Mobile ruled the world. Things change and what goes up must come down. What’s interesting, however, is that major Android vendors are already starting to prepare for life after Android despite the platform’s strong position at the moment. More →

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2016 Google Nexus Huawei Daydream

Huawei is making another Nexus phone

June 3rd at 12:54 PM

Huawei is making another Nexus phone

Android fans are eagerly waiting for Android N to come out, as that means new Nexus hardware is due. Multiple reports said this year that HTC will build no less than two devices for Google, with some rumors even claiming that the Taiwanese smartphone maker has scored some sort of Nexus exclusivity deal for the coming years. That doesn’t seem to be the case, as Huawei just seemed to confirm that it’s working on at least one more Nexus-branded device after last year’s Nexus 6P. More →

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Huawei P9 Teardown

Did Huawei really need to copy the iPhone’s worst feature?

May 9th at 8:45 PM

Did Huawei really need to copy the iPhone’s worst feature?

Pentalobes are a totally proprietary, entirely awful type of screw used by Apple to make its products difficult to repair. I know it’s popular for Android manufacturers to be “inspired” by some iPhone features, but this is one thing I could do without copying. More →

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Huawei MateBook Windows 10 Tablet Specs Price

Huawei just made the tablet I’ve been waiting for Apple to build

February 22nd at 4:30 PM

Huawei just made the tablet I’ve been waiting for Apple to build

From the moment you touch this convertible laptop, you immediately realize this is not your run of the mill Windows 10 machine. In fact, your mind will associate it with a tablet rather than a notebook, even though the MateBook is Huawei’s answer to Apple’s iPad Pro, the Retina MacBook and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 line.

It’s so incredibly thin and light that it doesn’t have any connectors aside from the USB-C port, which you’ll need to charge it and to connect additional hardware. That means that, yes, you will need to buy a separate accessory to turn it into a full-fledged PC that can be connected to external peripherals. But this fantastic device is perfectly fine on its own, too.

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