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LG Velvet smartphone goes international

After launching in South Korea in May, the LG Velvet smartphone is going global starting this month. LG says its latest phone will be available in select European markets in June, before rolling out to North America, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America “in the weeks ahead.” The phone combines a new deign language with […]

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TCL pulls the plug on BlackBerry smartphones

BlackBerry hasn’t actually made any smartphones in years. The BlackBerry KeyOne and Key2? Those were both made by TCL. Now BlackBerry has announced its partnership with TCL is ending.  That means that after August 31st, 2020 there probably won’t be any new BlackBerry-branded smartphones unless the company can find another hardware partner. While BlackBerry was an […]

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Lilbits: Apple’s new iMacs, smartphone gaming, and smartphones with… removable displays?

A few years ago it looked like modular smartphones might become a thing. But with Project Ara dead, and LG’s brief flirtation with modularity abandoned, the only major phone maker still offering any sort of modular design is Motorola, which released its fourth-gen Moto Z with support for modular add-ons last year. But it looks […]

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TCL 10 Pro goes on sale May 19 for $450 (and TCL 10L for $250)

TCL has been making smartphones for years… but until recently the company sold them under brand names including BlackBerry and Alcatel. Earlier this year the company introduced a line of TCL-branded phones and next week they go on sale in the United States. The TCL 10 Pro is a $450 smartphone with a 6.47 inch display, a […]

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LG Velvet smartphone coming May 15th (Snapdragon 765 and a brand new design)

LG is preparing to shake up its smartphone family by dropping the LG G series and replacing it with the new LG Velvet. Set to go on sale in South Korea on May 15th, the new smartphone introduces a new physical design featuring a “waterdrop”-style notch for the front-facing camera, curved edges, and metal frame. […]

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Rakuten Mini is a 3.6 inch smartphone (for Japan)

Smartphone screens have gotten so big in recent years that we’ve stopped using the awful word “phablet” to describe handsets with nearly tablet-sized screens. Now they’re just called phones. But there may still be a small market (get it?) for phones with smaller screens. Last year TCL launched the Palm Phone with a 3.3 inch […]

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Hisense launches A5 smartphones with color E Ink displays in China for under $300

Chinese electronic company Hisense is introducing a new line of smartphones featuring color E Ink displays. The Hisense A5C is a budge Android phone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor, 4GB of RAM. But its standout feature is the phone’s 5.84 inch color E Ink display. The Hisense A5C  goes on sale in China August […]

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Moto G Power and Moto G Stylus are now available for $250 and up

Motorola’s latest mid-range smartphones are now available for purchase in the US. First announced in February, the Moto G Power is a $250 smartphone with a Snapdragon 665 processor, 6.4 inch FHD+ display and a 5,000 mAh battery. The $300 Moto G Stylus has similar specs, but swaps the battery for a 4,000 mAh version… and picks […]

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OnePlus 8 is a cheaper, smaller flagship (with a 6.55 inch, 90Hz display)

The new OnePlus 8 Pro smartphone announced today is a 6.78 inch phone with a 120 Hz display and flagship class specs. But the folks at OnePlus say the new OnePlus 8 is also a flagship phone. It’s just a smaller phone (with slightly less impressive specs). The new OnePlus 8 has a 6.55 inch AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon […]

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