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Google’s 2016 Nexus smartphones are probably going to be flagship killers

July 13th at 6:50 AM

Google’s 2016 Nexus smartphones are probably going to be flagship killers

Google is widely expected to launch two new Nexus smartphones in the coming months, and unlike last year, the 2016 HTC-made devices will be identical when it comes to hardware. What’s more interesting is that both Sailfish and Marlin should be faster than any of the existing flagship Android devices, which isn’t something you could always say about a Nexus-branded smartphone.

This year, however, the new Nexus handsets might be real flagship killers, to paraphrase the former motto of a certain smartphone maker, and could offer a better overall performance than the Galaxy S7, HTC 10, LG G5, and most other 2016 flagships from competing phone makers.
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Google Nexus 2016 Pictures

Leak reveals Google’s new Nexus phones, which sound amazing and look hideous

July 6th at 12:16 PM

Leak reveals Google’s new Nexus phones, which sound amazing and look hideous

How can you love and hate a phone’s design at the same time? It’s pretty easy actually. Just take the iPhone 6 and 6s. Look at it from the front. Gorgeous. Flip it around, and let me know how you feel about those antenna lines, and that protruding rear camera. Yes, these represent necessary compromises between design and engineering teams.

Let’s move on to an upcoming hot pair of handsets, the HTC-made 2016 Google Nexus handsets, which should be unveiled at some point in the coming months. A new leak tells us what to expect from the “Marlin” and “Sailfish” when it comes to design, and we have good and bad news.

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Google Nexus 2016 HTC Marlin Benchmark

Google’s next-gen Nexus devices are going to be monsters

July 5th at 11:16 AM

Google’s next-gen Nexus devices are going to be monsters

After a couple of leaks from a trustworthy source recently revealed that Google’s upcoming HTC-made Nexus devices would each deliver the same set of high-end specs, the first benchmarks for one of the models has been spotted online, suggesting that both smartphones will offer some serious performance when they launch later this year. More →

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Google Nexus 2016: HTC Sailfish Marlin

Best thing about Google’s 2016 Nexus phones: They’ll finally copy the iPhone properly

July 1st at 12:41 PM

Best thing about Google’s 2016 Nexus phones: They’ll finally copy the iPhone properly

For the first time in its history, Google launched two new Nexus handsets last year including the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P, copying Apple’s new iPhone launch strategy. But Google didn’t get it right on the first try. Thankfully, it looks like things are about to change thanks to a big new update – assuming the latest Nexus leaks are accurate, that is. More →

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HTC Nexus 5X Successor Specs

HTC’s LG Nexus 5X successor will not kill the headphone jack

June 24th at 2:40 PM

HTC’s LG Nexus 5X successor will not kill the headphone jack

There’s much ado about a certain headphone jack these days. The iPhone 7 is expected to ditch the standard 3.5mm port, just like Motorola’s 2016 flagship devices that were announced a few weeks ago. But not all phones will stop supporting the audio standard, and at least one of the two upcoming HTC-made Nexus devices is rumored to have a headphone jack. In fact, a new leak gives us a preview of the rumored hardware of the smaller 2016 HTC Nexus handset. More →

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2016 Google Nexus HTC Snapdragon 821

This year’s new Nexus phones could be 2016’s most powerful handsets

June 20th at 8:00 PM

This year’s new Nexus phones could be 2016’s most powerful handsets

A new report last week stated that HTC is working on two new Nexus smartphones that will be released this year. It’s OK if you missed it — the report hit while most of the tech world was checking out Apple’s new software goodies. The rumor echoed earlier reports that claimed HTC might make two Nexus devices in 2016, and the new report said that both of these Nexus phones will sport slightly improved processors. More →

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Galaxy S7 Vs HTC 10

Video pits the world’s two best smartphone cameras against each other

June 10th at 1:17 PM

Video pits the world’s two best smartphone cameras against each other

Only two smartphones have ever managed to score an 88 following DxOMark’s extensive testing. Depending on how you feel about DxOMark, that could certainly be construed as a big deal. The first phone to garner the impressive score was Samsung’s Galaxy S7 edge, which packs what is without question one of the most impressive smartphone cameras the world has ever seen. Then in April, the HTC 10 managed to earn the same score of 88 following the site’s customary battery of tests.

While both of these cameras are fantastic and they were each awarded the same score, they’re certainly not equals across the board. Each phone has its own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to mobile photography, and a recent video showdown does a great job of comparing these two flagship smartphones. More →

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HTC Vive Shipping Now

HTC Vive begins shipping immediately as demo locations expand across the US

June 7th at 12:43 PM

HTC Vive begins shipping immediately as demo locations expand across the US

The launch of the first VR headsets has been rife with issues, but on Tuesday, HTC announced that the Vive could finally be purchased directly from the HTC website as well as in select retail locations throughout the country. No more preorders either — HTC says Vive orders will ship within 2-3 business days.

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HTC Earnings Report

HTC profit plummeted nearly 80% ahead of HTC 10 debut

May 9th at 7:45 AM

HTC profit plummeted nearly 80% ahead of HTC 10 debut

The pressure is mounting on HTC’s new HTC 10 flagship phone and Vive virtual reality headset following an abysmal earnings report for the first quarter of the year. HTC on Monday morning announced that its March-quarter revenue dropped by a staggering 64% compared to the same quarter last year. Worse yet, HTC said its profit during the first quarter of 2016 plummeted 78%. More →

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Google’s 2016 Nexus phones are probably going to be unbeatable

April 28th at 3:12 PM

Google’s 2016 Nexus phones are probably going to be unbeatable

Multiple reports have said that Google is already working hard on a couple of new Nexus handsets, undoubtedly the successors of the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. But rather than have LG and Huawei make them, Google supposedly hired HTC, the same company that made the iconic Nexus One.

A pair of new reports bring further evidence that Google may indeed partner with HTC for the 2016 Nexus handsets – yes, two devices are supposedly in the works.

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HTC 10 Vs Galaxy S7

HTC 10 vs Galaxy S7: How their 5 most important features compare

April 15th at 10:56 AM

HTC 10 vs Galaxy S7: How their 5 most important features compare

The HTC 10 is now official, which means the last piece of the Android flagship puzzle has fallen into place. If you haven’t already read our in-depth HTC 10 review, you should definitely make it a point to catch up. HTC has done phenomenal work with its latest high-end handset, addressing nearly every pain point users had and putting together a smartphone that checks almost every important box.

Now that the Android landscape for the first half of the year has been laid out, we’ll be spending plenty of time comparing all the new Android flagships in an effort to help readers find the right phone. To start things off, we’re going to look at the brand new HTC 10 as it compares to the most popular flagship Android phone in the world right now, Samsung’s Galaxy S7. More →

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HTC 10 Benchmark

The HTC 10 is the most powerful smartphone in the world

April 14th at 12:27 PM

The HTC 10 is the most powerful smartphone in the world

I reviewed the HTC 10 this morning and when I did, I noted that it is one of the most surprising phones the world has ever seen. Sure we knew all about the phone’s design and specs leading up to the announcement, but leaks never seem to be able to paint a complete picture. They gave us no indication that the HTC 10 would feature class-leading battery life that lasts up to two days on a single charge, they couldn’t foresee that the phone’s camera would be as impressive as it is, and there was no mention at all that the HTC 10 would offer a touch experience that is faster and smoother than anything else on the market.

But most interestingly, perhaps, is the power HTC managed to get out of the HTC 10 despite specs that are in line with other top Android phones on paper. Leaks thoroughly detailed the phone’s specs ahead of its announcement, of course, but we had no idea they would come together quite like this. More →

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HTC 10 Review

HTC 10 review: An exciting new flagship phone that’s better in every way

April 14th at 12:00 PM

HTC 10 review: An exciting new flagship phone that’s better in every way

If we’re really being honest, smartphones had become pretty boring for a while. They all looked the same and were all replaced each year by newer models with slightly better specs and minor feature upgrades. But then something started to happen. Growth slowed for some of the industry’s top players and completely vanished for others, thanks in part to a lack of innovation and increased pressure from low-cost options out of China.

Phone makers are seriously turning up the heat in 2016 as a result, and the fresh new HTC 10 is the latest new offering that looks to reignite consumers’ love affair with smartphones. More →

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