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Lilbits: Amazon the knockoff artist, Dell’s rugged laptops, new OnePlus and Black Shark phones

For years critics have claimed that Amazon rips off the companies that sell their products through its online store by using data to determine which items are likely to be popular and then creating and selling their own knockoffs, undercutting the competition on price and by promoting its own products. Now a report from Reuters […]

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iFixit’s Samsung Galaxy Fold teardown shows how easy it is to break the $2000 folding phone

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold smartphone was supposed to be available to the public this Friday. But after multiple reports of broken displays on demo units sent to reviewers, Samsung has postponed the launch of its ambitious, expensive smartphone with a foldable display. The folks at online repair shop iFixit did manage to get their hands on […]

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Lilbits 323: What’s inside the Surface Go?

Microsoft began shipping the Surface Go tablet this week, and it’s the smallest, cheapest, and lowest-performance device in the company’s current line of Surface products. It’s also the first Surface tablet with a USB Type-C port and the thinnest Surface device to date. But it’s what’s inside that counts… and the folks at iFixit tore […]

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Oppo Find X gets the teardown treatment (slide-out cameras and all)

Thanks to the folks at MyFixGuide, we already have a good idea of what a phone with one pop-out camera looks like when you take it apart and peek at the spring-loaded mechanism that ejects and retracts the camera. But what about a phone with a slide-out mechanism that houses both the front and rear cameras? […]

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Vivo NEX teardown shows how the pop-up camera, in-display fingerprint sensor work

The Vivo NEX is one of the most unusual smartphones to ship in years, thanks to its front-facing camera that hides behind the screen when it’s not in use, its in-display fingerprint sensor, and its unusual vibrating earpiece that’s also hidden behind the display. In an effort to make a phone with a high screen-to-body […]

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Apple iPhone 8 teardown reveals an iPhone 7 (with better CPU & cameras)

For the past few years Apple’s iPhone release schedule has been fairly predictable: release a new model one year, and follow it up with a similar-looking phone featuring a spec bump. That’s how we went from the iPhone 4 to 4S, 5 to 5S, and 6 to 6S. But this year the company is shaking […]

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iFixit tears apart a Galaxy Note FE, confirms it’s a Galaxy Note 7 with a smaller battery

Not that this should come as any surprise, but it turns out that if you crack open the case of Samsung’s newly released Galaxy Note Fandom Edition (FE) smartphones, what you’ll find is a device that looks virtually identical to last year’s Galaxy Note 7. The only difference? A smaller battery. Samsung pretty much told […]

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Apple’s new 21.5 inch iMac torn down, found surprisingly easy to upgrade

Apple’s new iMac desktop computers feature Intel Kaby Lake chips, brighter displays, faster storage, and improved graphics. But it turns out there’s another change that Apple didn’t talk about when unveiling its 2017 iMac lineup. The new models are also easier to upgrade or repair. Well, kind of. The folks at iFixit tore apart a new […]

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iFixit: Apple’s new $329 iPad is basically an iPad Air 1, but 44 percent brighter

Apple’s new iPad may not be much of an upgrade from earlier Apple tablets, but with a starting price of $329, it is cheaper… and I suppose there’s something nice about getting the same hardware for a lower price. But the same hardware as what? According to the folks at iFixit, the new iPad is a […]