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Apple plans to drop Qualcomm modems in 2018

We already reported Apple is developing an in-house GPU and has purchased CVD machines to build its own OLED panels. A new report says Cupertino is about to change its chipset provider too. According to sources, Qualcomm has stopped providing software for testing the iPhones and therefore Apple is thinking of other options. The change will affect the devices released in fall 2018, which is when the next-gen iPhones will be announced. Right now both companies are involved in a number of legal disputes, but Qualcomm last said it didn't expect that to affect the business...

Essential Phone currently going for $399 in US

The second generation Essential Phone might not be very far now (the company has even started promising improvements), but for those who are planning to purchase the first-gen PH-1, you'll be happy to know the device is currently going for $399. Retailers Amazon and Best Buy are currently selling the handset - black and white variants - at this price. If you compare, that's down $100 from the phone's usual price at these outlets, and $200 less from the device's official price. No information on when the promo ends, so those planning to avail it may have to act fast. Head to the...

Huawei is working on Marshmallow beta for Honor 7

Huawei recently unveiled the list of its devices that are going to be upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. At the time, the Chinese company said the first rollouts could happen in November, and now it's reiterated just that - but with a twist. The first Huawei device to get a taste of Marshmallow is apparently going to be the Honor 7. That's because, according to Huawei marketing exec Xi Zhao, a beta release of the Marshmallow update for the Honor 7 will be out soon. In a matter of weeks, actually. Perhaps around four weeks, as it turns out. (more…)

Photo of alcatel 5 flagship leaks

At IFA 2017 we saw alcatel unveiling four new phones, all of them falling in the affordable or midrange brackets. We haven't seen a flagship since the Idol 4s with Windows Phone which was launched 18 months ago. Yet, evleaks posted a photo that clearly indicates we will soon see another premium device dubbed alcatel 5. The image reveals the new phone will have one camera on the back with dual-tone dual-LED flash, accompanied by a fingerprint scanner. The front panel will have an 18:9 display that has no side or bottom bezels. The top is occupied by two selfie cameras, the proximity...

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s hands-on review

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s is finally official and it's hard not to feel at least a little bit relieved that this particular hype train is finally at the station. As far as leak and speculation roller coasters go, the Mi Mix 2s has to be a chart-topper.