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LG Dual Screen review: A foldable enigma

I hold in my hands a smartphone accessory that sports a fully foldable screen. It’s got nothing to do with the beleaguered Samsung Galaxy Fold or Huawei Mate X, nor the half-dozen bendable phone prototypes from brands like Oppo, Xiaomi, Royale, and others. Rather, it’s LG’s Dual Screen, which retails alongside the Korean variant of […]

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High prices and 5G extend the U.S. smartphone replacement cycle to 33 months

If smartphone sales have indeed plateaued over the past year or so, the reason is becoming increasingly clear: More U.S. users are hanging onto their devices for nearly three full years rather than upgrading on an annual or biannual basis. That’s the key takeaway from a new Strategy Analytics survey today, which appears to confirm […]

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Verizon and Boingo will bring millimeter wave 5G inside buildings

Up until now, the two biggest knocks against Verizon’s millimeter wave-based 5G have been its tiny coverage areas and inability to reach inside buildings. Today, the carrier announced that it’s working to solve both issues in partnership with Boingo Wireless, which already offers wireless coverage inside buildings and will help Verizon bring 5G to a […]

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Motorola adds 5G Moto Mod support to Verizon’s Moto Z2 Force

Motorola’s 5G Moto Mod was technically the first commercially available 5G device — a backpack that enabled the 2018 Moto Z3 phone to evolve from 4G network support to 5G millimeter wave connections over Verizon’s mobile 5G network. Now Motorola is adding 5G Moto Mod support to an older Motorola phone, 2017’s Moto Z2 Force, […]

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Huawei delays Mate X folding 5G phone until end of 2019

Huawei originally expected its folding smartphone-tablet hybrid, Mate X, to ship in June, but delayed the device until September for “extra” tests. Now the 5G phone is being pushed back again, with a promised release by the end of 2019, potentially but not certainly November. Mate X was the star of a glitzy Huawei event […]

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Ookla: Early U.S. 5G is up to 7.5 times faster than 4G with Qualcomm’s X50

If you’ve been wondering how much additional speed 5G devices are already delivering for early U.S. adopters, Speedtest developer Ookla is ready to quantify the numbers, and they’re impressive: Devices using Qualcomm’s first-generation Snapdragon X50 modem achieved up to 750% faster 5G speeds than 4G/LTE in July 2019, and new technologies in its next-generation X55 […]

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Apple defends iPhone ‘unauthorized’ battery warning as a safety feature

Last week, independent repair shop iFixit discovered that iPhones have started to warn users when their replacement batteries haven’t been authenticated by Apple or its authorized service technicians — a little nag that was hidden in iOS 12 and iOS 13, but only recently turned on. Now Apple is defending the practice by claiming that it’s a safety […]

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T-Mobile and MediaTek claim first multi-vendor standalone 5G data call

All of the earliest 5G networks have relied upon a preliminary version of the 5G standard known as “Release 15,” which leaned heavily on existing 4G network infrastructure — and limitations — to deliver “non-standalone” 5G services. With Release 16 scheduled to enable standalone 5G in June 2020, T-Mobile and Taiwanese modem maker MediaTek announced today […]

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Trump’s China tariffs will expand to phones, laptops, and game consoles in December

AirPods, Apple Watch, and HomePod, which have helped Apple to offset waning sales of its bestselling iPhone this year, are not included in a temporary reprieve on tariffs by the Trump administration and will face a 10% levy on September 1. The administration said on Tuesday some major items, such as laptops and cellphones. including […]

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Huawei plans ‘invincible’ overhaul after ban, says U.S. lags in 5G

With no deal to resume normal U.S. business operations on the horizon, embattled Chinese mobile supplier Huawei is reportedly embarking on a major overhaul that will “help [it] achieve victory,” with a planned completion date within the next three to five years. The company plans an “invincible iron army” to avoid crumbling under a U.S. […]

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note10 makes a 5G nightmare come true: Confusion

If I lived in a city with a 5G network, I wouldn’t dream of buying a non-5G phone this year. As smartphone prices go up, users are moving to three-year replacement cycles, so buying a 4G phone in late 2019 means getting stuck on the old standard through late 2022 — well past the major […]

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This is the Samsung Galaxy Note10, Note10+, and Note10+ 5G

Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ at an event in downtown Brooklyn at Barclays Center this afternoon. As leaks, rumors, and the Seoul tech giant’s own marketing materials foretold, the twin flagships leapfrog the Note9 in most — if not all — respects. Among the highlights are an in-screen fingerprint sensor, fast-charging large […]

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Verizon warns that mid-band 5G will perform more like 4G

After being accused by T-Mobile CEO John Legere of 5G lies and being “dead in the water without a strategy,” Verizon’s consumer EVP Ronan Dunne retorted today that the company has been executing on its 5G strategy since dividing its business into consumer, business, and media groups: deliver meaningfully differentiated 5G to urban areas, followed […]

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How to watch the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019 livestream

We’re mere hours away from Samsung’s 2019 Galaxy Unpacked event, which is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Pacific (4 p.m. Eastern) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Samsung is all but certain to announce new flagships in its longrunning Note series, but there might a few surprises in store. The Galaxy Note10 is no mystery […]

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Don’t hold your breath for a folding iPhone or iPad

Apple screws up sometimes, but it generally tries to make products that will work without repairs for years. And for the last two decades its designers have obsessed over making new devices thinner and sleeker than whatever came before. So if you’ve been following the troubled launches of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and Huawei’s Mate X […]

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OpenSignal: Samsung phones often beat latest iPhones in download speed

As countries around the world begin transitioning from 4G to 5G cellular technologies, Samsung has a decided advantage over its top rivals: Its high-end phones commonly outperform Apple’s top iPhones and Huawei’s flagship phones in download speeds, including in the United States. That’s the key finding from a new OpenSignal study today covering 73 countries, illustrating […]

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Huawei tests a smartphone with its Hongmeng OS, possibly for sale this year

(Reuters) — Huawei is testing a smartphone equipped with Hongmeng, the company’s self-developed operating system, which could potentially go on sale by the end of this year, Chinese state-media outlet Global Times reported. The release of a Hongmeng-powered smartphone would mark a major step for China’s Huawei, the world’s second-biggest maker of smartphones, as U.S. […]

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Verizon’s dumb new ‘unlimited’ plans could hobble it in the 5G era

One year ago, Verizon seemed poised to define 5G cellular technology for the entire world. By January 2018’s CES, the company was already working on becoming the first major carrier to deploy a commercial 5G network, which it followed up by identifying its first 5G home broadband cities, later revealing its first mobile 5G device — Motorola’s […]

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ProBeat: Google and Samsung aren’t listening to smartphone buyers

In addition to the news that the market is still declining, there were two notable developments in smartphone land this week. First, Google detailed more Pixel 4 features, including Face Unlock and Motion Sense. Second, Samsung saw even more leaks of the Galaxy Note10 and Galaxy Note+, including the dongle. What do these tidbits have […]

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