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Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are up for pre-order in the US

Sony's latest flagship smartphones are now up for pre-order in the US, at B&H specifically. The retailer wants $799.99 of your hard earned cash for the XZ2, and $649.99 for the XZ2 Compact. In both cases, $0 tax is collected outside of NY and NJ. Unfortunately B&H doesn't list a shipping date for either model. The XZ2 and XZ2 Compact will become available in Europe on April 5, but it's unclear if they will be in stock in the US around the same date or not. Anyway, what you're getting if you pre-order is an unlocked phone that will work on GSM-based carriers such as AT&T, T-Mobile, and...



IntelligentScan: Samsung Galaxy S9 may use a combination of iris and face scanning

Samsung's upcoming flagships - the Galaxy S9 and S9+ - may feature a new, IntelligentScan feature for unlocking the phone. Spotted in the South Korean company's Settings app, the description for the feature says it utilizes "iris scanner and face recognition together for better results even in low or very bright light." Here's a small video guide for the functionality: Details are scarce at the moment, so questions like how will the feature work if the user isn't looking directly at the iris scanner remain unanswered (although, logically, facial scanning should take precedence in...



Huawei to launch Nova 3i in the Philippines

It appears that Huawei will launch the Nova 3i in the Philippines on July 28. The name of the upcoming device was spotted by a Huawei and Honor Philippines Facebook group member. Outside of the added i to the name, we expect the Nova 3i to be identical to the Huawei Nova 3, which went official today and is expected to start selling on July 18. Huawei is known to add an i to the names of devices meant for markets other than China. Promotional poster captured by Kenneth Rizter Alba Ramos Specs-wise the Huawei Nova 3i/Nova 3 will have a 6.3-inch 2340x1080px display, 6GB of RAM,...



Google Chrome for Android soon to get a new Explore UI when opening a new tab

Google is testing a new "Explore" feature on its Android Chrome app and the good news is that you can test it out by yourself without needing to install Chrome Beta or Chrome Canary. The feature introduces a new layout when opening a new tab that will help you explore topics and websites based on your interests and browsing history. Here's how it looks. Screenshots from the new tab If you want to get it too, just head over to your Chrome app for Android, open a new tab, type in chrome://flags and search for the "Explore websites" flag. It should be set to "default" so change...



Huawei is building its own AI voice assistant for outside of China

As of now, Huawei's AI-powered virtual assistant Xiaoyi is available only in China through the AI Cube and its smartphones, but the company has some big plans for it. In an interview with CNBC, Huawei's Consumer Business CEO, Richard Yu, said that the company is planning on releasing its voice assistant outside of the country without specifying which languages it will support. Huawei uses Google's Assistant and Amazon's Alexa for its products outside of China with the AI Cube being the latest device from the company launched during this year's IFA in Berlin. And Richard Yu says that...