Smartphones

After the usual summer respite, our Q3 2016 Best Android Smartphones guide arrives in the middle of the fall frenzy, which has already produced a number of new phones, including the Samsung Galaxy Note7, Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Honor 8, the new modular Moto Z family from Motorola, and even a new brand from Huawei—Nova—to name just a few. There’s still several high-profile products still to come too, such as the LG V20, two new Nexus phones, and a new Mate phablet from Huawei. Several of the Chinese OEMs are also releasing some interesting phones at reasonable prices that will interest our international readers. Keeping in mind that our guide only includes phones that we’ve reviewed, and that we do not have the...

The Meizu PRO 6 Review

The Meizu PRO 6 features an attractive design and excellent build quality, but is not a clear upgrade over the previous generation PRO 5. Lurking inside its all-aluminum chassis...

48 by Matt Humrick on 8/26/2016

Xiaomi Launches Redmi Note 4 in China

While we normally don’t cover China-only smartphone releases, Xiaomi is a fairly major player as far as volume as they were one of the first companies in the industry...

34 by Joshua Ho on 8/25/2016

Android 7.0 Nougat Released

Google has completed its five month beta program and is officially releasing Android 7.0 Nougat today. The company will begin rolling it out to select Nexus devices, including the...

50 by Matt Humrick on 8/22/2016

honor Press Event Live Blog

We're in the California Academy of Sciences in SF awaiting a press event for Honor.

9 by Ian Cutress & Joshua Ho on 8/16/2016

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 (S820) Review

This year has been difficult for smartphones, which is a bit of a paradox when you consider just how much better things have gotten compared to last year. With...

202 by Joshua Ho on 8/16/2016

The Motorola Moto G4 and G4 Plus Review

At this point in time, I don't think the Moto G line needs any introduction. With the original Moto G in 2013 Motorola really went beyond what was thought...

93 by Brandon Chester on 8/15/2016

Meizu M3E Launched: Helio P10, 5.5-inch Full HD, ¥1299

Today at a launch event in Beijing, Meizu announced the latest edition to its lower-cost M-series of smartphones. The M3E adheres to Meizu’s established design and construction methods, with...

20 by Matt Humrick on 8/10/2016

Hands On With the Samsung Galaxy Note7

The Galaxy Note line is a staple at this point, a segment that Samsung truly owns as the first mover and has been wildly successful in ways that Samsung...

74 by Joshua Ho on 8/2/2016

OnePlus Improves Video Quality On The OnePlus 3 In OxygenOS 3.2.2

In my experience OxygenOS has provided a fairly stable and fast experience on the OnePlus 3, which is something I wasn't really able to say about OxygenOS on the...

24 by Brandon Chester on 7/28/2016

The Motorola Moto Z & Moto Z Force (Droid Editions) Review

The new Moto Z Droids’ specifications and hardware are impressive but not that much different than what’s currently available with other flagships. To make its new phones more enticing...

77 by Matt Humrick on 7/28/2016

Apple Announces Q3 FY 2016 Results: App Store Up, Hardware Down

Today Apple announced their third quarter results for their fiscal year 2016. Much like last quarter, Apple has struggled to maintain the sales pace of the iPhone 6s, compared...

53 by Brett Howse on 7/26/2016

HP’s Elite x3 Windows 10 Smartphone to Cost $699, Set to Be Available Worldwide

When HP introduced its flagship Elite x3 phablet earlier this year at MWC, the smartphone made a very positive impression mostly because HP decided to make a bold move...

67 by Anton Shilov on 7/21/2016

Verizon Announces Price And Availability For Moto Z And Moto Z Force Droid Editions

Today Motorola and Verizon announced the availability and pricing details for the Moto Z Droid Edition and the Moto Z Force Droid Edition, the Verizon exclusive versions of Motorola's...

5 by Matt Humrick on 7/21/2016

Meizu MX6 Launched: 10-core Helio X20, 5.5-inch Full HD, ¥1999

The launch cadence for Meizu smartphones has been rather speedy as of late. Already this year we’ve seen the introduction of the m3, the m3 Note, the Pro 6...

15 by Ian Cutress on 7/19/2016

The Meizu M3 Note vs. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Review: Comparing Notes

In this article, we’ll be examining the Meizu M3 note and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. The similarities between these two phones extend beyond their “note” branding; they also...

77 by Matt Humrick on 7/12/2016

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 821: 2.4 GHz Kryo

If you’ve been paying attention to the right places in the past few months it was probably obvious this was coming, but Qualcomm is announcing a higher tier to...

75 by Joshua Ho on 7/11/2016

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge Review: Part 2

With part one of our Galaxy S7 review, it was clear that the Galaxy S7 was at least a mild improvement to the Galaxy S6 in some ways, but...

262 by Joshua Ho on 7/5/2016

Revisiting The OnePlus 3: sRGB, Memory Management, & More

Last week I published my review of the OnePlus 3. I reviewed the OnePlus 2 for AnandTech, and given that the OnePlus 2 had many problems it seemed appropriate...

80 by Brandon Chester on 6/30/2016

The Meizu PRO 5 Review

The dominance of the smartphone market by Apple and Samsung is being challenged by several Chinese brands that are delivering surprisingly well-featured phones for a fraction of the price...

80 by Matt Humrick on 6/24/2016

Samsung Extends Its Gear VR Ecosystem: Gear 360 Arrives In US

The Samsung Gear 360 camera, capable of capturing 360° images and video, will be available for purchase in limited quantities during VidCon, a convention for the online video industry...

11 by Matt Humrick on 6/22/2016

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