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Purism starts shipping the Librem 5 smartphone (Linux-based, privacy-focused phone)

Purism, a company best known for selling laptops that run free and open source, Linux-based software, is now shipping its first smartphone. The Purism Librem 5 phone has been under development for several years, and it’s still a bit of a work in progress. The first set of phones to ship are part of the […]

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Nubia Z20 dual-screen smartphone launches globally October 14th

While some phone makers have been opting for pop-up cameras in order to release phones with virtually no bezels (or notches), Nubia’s taking a different approach with its next flagship. The Nubia Z20 is a smartphone that’s nearly all screen on the front, and which has no moving parts… or front-facing camera, as it turns out. Instead, […]

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Huawei launches Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro (with super slow-motion video, no Google apps)

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is the first smartphone capable of shooting slow motion video at 7,680 frames per second — a superlative that I don’t think any other company was chasing. But that’s not the only thing that makes the phone stand out. It’s also supports real-time bokeh effects while shooting video (which means the background […]

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PinePhone begins shipping to developers this month ($150 Linux smartphone)

There are several companies working to bring smartphones running free and open source, GNU/Linux-based software to market this year. The PinePhone is likely to be the cheapest… and one of the first to ship. At the start of the year, Pine64 announced plans to build a $150 smartphone, and they’ve been releasing status updates throughout […]

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Samsung Galaxy A90 5G smartphone brings premium features to the A series

Samsung’s Galaxy A90 5G is a smartphone with a a big display, a big battery, a fast processor, plenty of memory and storage, three rear cameras, and a high-resolution front-facing camera. As the name suggests, it also supports 5G wireless. In other words, you’d be mistaken for thinking it was a new flagship phone. But […]

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Librem 5 smartphone will have two M.2 slots for replaceable wireless cards

Purism’s upcoming Librem 5 smartphone is designed to stand out from in a few big ways. It’ll ship with an open source, GNU/Linux-based operating system called PureOS. Users will be able to replace the operating system with an alternate OS if they like. And there will be hardware kill switches to let you shut off […]

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Vivo NEX 3 “waterfall display” smartphone previewed

When the Vivo NEX launched last year, it was one of the first smartphones to feature a pop-out camera, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and basically nothing but screen and some super-slim bezels on the front. The upcoming Vivo NEX 3 takes the screen-to-body ratio to another level by sporting a curved glass display that wraps […]

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Fairphone 3 smartphone launches for 450€ (Modular, repairable, made from ethically-sourced materials)

The third smartphone from Fairphone continues to buck phone trends. Not only does the Fairphone 3 have a headphone jack, a microSD card, and a removable battery, but the smartphone also has six modular components that are designed to be easy to remove and replace. Fairphone says that means the phone could have a longer lifespan […]

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HTC Wildfire X launches in India (isn’t actually made by HTC)

Taiwanese device maker HTC has largely become a shadow of its former self since selling most of its smartphone division to Google (and arguably for several years before that). So at first glance it might be a little surprising to see a new HTC smartphone launching in India this week. But as xda-developers points out, […]

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Nubia Z20 smartphone with dual screens (front and back) coming in September

As smartphone bezels get slimmer, some folks have taken novel approaches to camera placement — putting it in a pop-up section, behind the screen, or even flipping the rear camera so it can face forward. Then there’s Nubia. Last year the Chinese phone maker unveiled the Nubia X smartphone with two cameras on the back […]

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Smartphones with 64MP cameras coming soon (and 108MP eventually)

The megapixel wars have returned. There are a handful of smartphones on the market with cameras capable of capturing images up to 48MP. But soon the first phones with 64MP cameras will be available. Chinese phone makers Xiaomi and Oppo are racing to announce the first smartphones with 64 megapixel cameras, with Xiaomi introducing the […]