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OnePlus 3 smartphone specs leaked?

OnePlus made a name for itself in 2014 by launching a smartphone with top-tier specs and a mid-range price. The 2015 OnePlus 2 hasn’t been as well received as the OnePlus One, but the company followed it up with the launch of a smaller, cheaper OnePlus X phone that people do seem to like… if […]

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Lilbits (1-21-2015): Will Google launch a phone network?

Google is reportedly planning to launch a US wireless network as an MVNO. That means that the company would piggyback on existing network infrastructure instead of building out its own towers. But the idea behind Google’s foray into the Mobile Virtual Network Operator space would be for Google to help drive down the cost of mobile […]

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Huawei G621 could sport a 64-bit ARM chip

Huawei appears to be testing a smartphone that could be one of the first Android devices to ship with a 64-bit ARM processor. The Huawei G621 showed up recently in the AnTuTu benchmark logs, and it’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 processor. Note that this is hardly the first 64-bit phone. Apple’s iPhone […]

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Vertu’s next overpriced phone could have decent specs

Luxury phone maker Vertu offers smartphones with premium features like titanium cases with leather covers, sapphire displays, and extraordinarily high price tags. The Vertu Constellation, for instance, sells for over $6,000. At that price, you’d expect a phone with top notch specs, but the Constellation’s hardware was already a bit dated when it launched in 2013. […]

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NVIDIA Shield 2 game console could have Tegra K1, 4GB of RAM

NVIDIA’s next handheld gaming device could feature the company’s new Tegra K1 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a higher-resolution display. The company started selling the original NVIDIA Shield handheld game console in mid-2013. I features a Tegra 4 processor, a 5 inch touchscreen display, and a built-in game controller that looks a bit like an […]

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Yes, HTC cheats on benchmarks, but soon you’ll be able to too

Benchmark tools such as AnTuTu, Quadrant, and 3DMark are designed to give you an idea of just how powerful a phone, tablet, or other device is. While the tests don’t always reflect real-world performance, they at least make it possible to compare devices and see how they fared on grueling tests of CPU and graphics […]

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Lilbits (1-21-2014): Humble Audiobook Bundle

While eBooks are generally cheaper than their printed counterparts, audiobooks can still be rather pricey. Take Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, for instance. Amazon charger $10 for the Kindle eBook, $12.64 for the paperback edition, $21.21 for a hardcover copy, and $29.95 for the Audible audio edition. Or you can name your price and get […]

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Lilbits (9-30-2013): Who needs a smartphone and smartwatch?

A friend and I were talking about smartwatches recently. While I can totally see why some folks with large phones buried in their pockets or handbags might want a device that lets them interact with notifications without pulling out their phone, I’m not sure I need to carry two different gadgets around… but it would […]

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Lilbits (4-11-2013): Exynos 5 Octa benchmarked, Rockmelt reborn

Samsung likes to describe its Exynos 5 Octa processor as an 8-core chip. And technically, it is. But it actually has 4 ARM Cortex-A15 chips and 4 lower-power ARM Cortex-A7 chips. Most of the time you’ll only use one set or the other. So now that the first benchmark results are in, it’s not surprising […]