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Weekly poll: do the contents of a phone’s retail box matter?

In recent years, we've seen a trend of cutting down the retail box to bare essentials - even for flagship smartphones. There are still a few devices that pack in extra perks, like Galaxy S8's AKG headphones or LG V20's B&O headset. Others come with just a USB cable and some manuals. Is a well-stocked box a consideration when buying a phone? We certainly think a fast charger - as fast as the phone supports - is essential. But a $100+ pair of headphones is certainly welcome. And some USB adapters (e.g. micro to C) definitely made the transition to the new USB standard smoother. We rarely see...



Meizu M5c is all about color and camera

Just on schedule, today Meizu has announced midrange M5c. The handset has a polycarbonate unibody coming in five different colors - black, gold, red, blue and pink. It's a light package weighing just 135g and is relatively thin at 8.3mm. Meizu M5c The Meizu M5c comes with a 5.0" 720p display, and is powered by a quad-core 1.3GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. Imaging is covered by a 5MP front-facing camera that supports ArcSoft beautification algorithm and an 8MP f/2.0 main snapper on the back. Meizu M5c There's 16GB of on board storage but you can expand it...



Rumor says HTC 10 will go on sale starting April 15

While we already knew that the HTC 10 will be unveiled on April 12, thanks to a new leak, we now also have some idea on when the phone will go on sale. The rumor says the device will be released on April 15 in HTC's home country of Taiwan. There's currently no official confirmation on if and when the handset will land in the United States, although the usually reliable tipster @evleaks had said last month that the US launch is set for the second week of May. (more…)

Red iPhone 7 proves popular in China, passes 350,000 registrations

The red iPhones a proving to be a hit in China. Over 350,000 people have registered their interest in them (note that these registrations are not as binding as pre-orders). These are not branded (Product) Red and make no mention of charity (usually, buying Red means a portion of the money is donated). The iPhone 7 with 128GB storage (no 32GB option is available) is priced CNY 6,188, the 256GB model goes up to CNY 6,988. The larger iPhone 7 Plus starts at CNY 7,188 and tops out at CNY 7,988. The red iPhones will launch simultaneously around the world this Friday. iPhone 7 Plus...



Samsung and Harman’s AI speaker launching in 2018

Rumors of Samsung and Harman jointly working no an AI speaker are intensifying. Dinesh Paliwal, CEO of Harman International, told Korean media that a device was discussed behind closed doors in Berlin during the IFA 2017. According to Paliwal, the speaker would be better than Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. The closest Samsung has to a smart speaker right now - the Radiant360. IFA 2017 saw the debut of a bunch of voice-operated electronics and Samsung even added a few smart appliances to its own lineup. Yet a smart speaker is the largest project Harman and Samsung are working...