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Samsung Galaxy Note9 passes through the FCC, one month earlier than the Note8

Today the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note9 has been certified by the US FCC. This is a normal step on the way to its launch, but it's interesting to consider that last year, the Galaxy Note8 passed through the FCC at the end of July. Does that mean that all those rumors talking about the Note9 hitting the streets earlier in the year than its predecessor were true? It definitely seems so at the moment. The exact model that was certified is the SM-N960F, the international version. Expect the US-specific iteration to be SM-N960U, going by Samsung's most recent naming convention. As this is...



Moto X Play is now receiving the update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat

The Moto X Play from 2015 is the latest smartphone to be graced with an update to Android Nougat, perhaps surprisingly given its age. Moreover, this model is getting Android 7.1.1, and not 7.0 like most non-Nexus or Pixel devices have so far. That's a good thing too, because one can't have too many bug fixes. Motorola's official support site already has documentation about this update listed, so the over-the-air rollout should have started by now. Aside from bringing you a more recent iteration of Google's mobile OS, this release also contains all the security fixes outed so far. Thus...



Snapdragon 660 benchmarked: a small bump over the S653

Qualcomm's mid-range series have a growing fan base thanks to solid performance and great battery life. Both qualities should improve with the new generation - the Snapdragon 660 is built on a 14nm process for efficiency and uses eight Kryo 260 cores for power. So it's a combination of the 625 and 653 chipsets that came before it, the best of both worlds. Or is it? The Snapdragon 65x had beefy Cortex-A72 cores to help with single-threaded tasks and Cortex-A53 for power efficiency, this one has only one type of core. And still Qualcomm promises a 20% improvement over the Snapdragon...



Xiaomi Mi A2 arrives tomorrow in India for $255

Xiaomi Mi A2 was unveiled in Spain last month. Following the announcement, the company VP Manu Kumar Jain said on Twitter that the phone will appear in India on August 8. After the device was teased as an Amazon Exclusive last week, now we know its price tag. According to a screenshot from the Amazon India app, the Xiaomi Mi A2 will be offered for INR17,499 (about $255/€220). The Xiaomi Mi A2 is an Android One version of the Mi 6X for global markets. It comes with Snapdragon 660 and will be offered with Quick Charge 4.0 exclusively in India. The screenshot reveals the listed variant...



Samsung outs the Galaxy S8’s unique selling points through registration page

Samsung's Galaxy S8 is leaking left and right these days, and now it looks like the company itself wants to get involved in the game too. While it hasn't outright leaked something about the S8, Samsung's website for the Philippines does imply what the phone's unique selling points will be - and probably what most of the company's marketing dollars will be spent highlighting. If you want to register your interest for "the next Galaxy" at Samsung Philippines, you're met with the usual fields in which to enter your name, email, and phone number, but then there's also this: Sure,...