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Here is what we know about the 5.9-inch Huawei Mate 9

With Chinese smartphone Huawei maker prepping for its launch of the Mate 9, information is starting to leak about the design and specifications of the successor to the 6.0-inch Mate 8. Of course nothing is official but from what we can tell, the Mate 9 is shaping up to be a phablet worth mentioning in 2016. Huawei Mate 9 Design If he most recent image leaks online are accurate, we know the new Mate 9 will include a dual-camera setup. Press renders from Chinese social media site Baidu show a Mate 8 style phablet with a sleek looking camera module. The photos have since been deleted but copies were obtained by Digital Trends. Another interesting Mate 9 design leak comes from Chinese social media website Weibo that appears to show a prototype of the phone. The poster claims that the leaked photos are of the Mate 9 shell, and while the design could change, if accurate the shell gives us … Continue reading Here is what we know about the 5.9-inch Huawei Mate 9

The Note 7 Has Been Recalled, Now What?

UPDATE 9/21/2016: More than 500,000 Galaxy Note 7 replacements have been shipped to the United States from Samsung. The new phablets are available for exchange at retail and mobile carrier stores as of Wednesday. UPDATE 9/6/2016: Samsung has posted an official announcement laying out Exchange Program Details for the Galaxy Note 7 on their website. UPDATE 9/5/2016: Gear VR owners are being warned by Oculus not to use their headsets with the Galaxy Note 7 until a replacement phablet is obtained. Now that the worldwide recall of the Galaxy Note 7 is official, new owners who waited so patiently to get their new phablet are probably wondering what to do next. According to an official statement by Samsung on Friday, owners may swap their phablets for new ones as early as next week. If you are looking for an immediate exchange, Samsung is offering up a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge, with replacement of any Note accessories and a … Continue reading The Note 7 Has Been Recalled, Now What?

Is My Galaxy Note 7 Going to Explode?

Update 9/21/2016: Samsung has shipped more than 500,000 Galaxy Note 7 replacements to the United States. The new phones are available for exchange at retail and mobile carrier stores as of Wednesday. Update 9/15/2016: Samsung recommends powering your Note 7 immediately and taking part in their Official Exchange Program. Update 9/5/2016: A new report by Phone Arena suggests checking the back of your phablet to see whether your device is fitted with a faulty battery. Looking at the stamp on the bottom rear of the handset shows where the phablet was made, models with the inscription “manufactured in China” are not believed to have the fire prone battery inside. If your Note 7 has the inscription “manufactured in Korea” or “in Vietnam” you should return the unit to the vendor, according to the report. Regardless of this new information, it’s still recommended that you swap your Note 7 out for a new one, or take up Samsung on their offer … Continue reading Is My Galaxy Note 7 Going to Explode?

Huawei’s 6.6-inch Honor Note 8 Will Come to U.S. – And It’s Good

The impressive features of Huawei’s Honor Note 8 behemoth could give the Galaxy Note 7 a run for its money. With a 6.6-inch quad-HD Super AMOLED panel and thin metal body, this is a true phablet built for those who use their mobile handset as their primary computing device. At nearly half the price of Sammy’s latest flagship, the Note 8 could be a viable alternative when it reaches the United States. Huawei’s sister company Honor showed off its Note 8 specs earlier this month, and they are huge. The new handset boasts a healthy 6.6-inch 2K resolution screen and 4500mAh battery. Both of which are significantly larger than the 5.7-inch display and nearly 3500mAh battery found in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. The Honor Note 8 comes integrated with an octa-core Kirin 955 processor and a Mali-T880 GPU. It also comes equipped with a 4GB of RAM and 32/64/128GB of internal storage with the ability to add up to … Continue reading Huawei’s 6.6-inch Honor Note 8 Will Come to U.S. – And It’s Good

The First Phone Shipping with Android 7.0 is a 5.7-inch Phablet

While Google’s Nexus users are already enjoying the taste of Nougat, the honor of the world’s first phone shipping with the new version of Android pre-loaded goes to the LG V20, a 5.7-inch powerhouse phablet. The V20 is even being promoted on the Android Nougat website, showing a holographic cutout of the phone. While not much is officially known about the upcoming device, what we do know is listed below: 1. It’s a cross between a V10 and a G5 CAD renders of the phablet leaked by @onleaks show a camera protrusion similar to the G5, a secondary display and another release switch for plug-in modules. And now, your very first look at #LG's attractive V20! On behalf of @AndroidAuth… #LGV20 — OnLeaks (@OnLeaks) August 9, 2016 2. It will have a Secondary Display LG V20 — Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 24, 2016 The secondary ticker display above the main screen on the V10 can be used … Continue reading The First Phone Shipping with Android 7.0 is a 5.7-inch Phablet

S-Pen on the Note 7 Accidentally Pops Out Too Easy

It’s not uncommon to find the S pen sticking out after putting the Note 7 in a pocket or dropping it onto a soft surface. The ejector mechanism does not lock very well, which puts your S-pen at risk for getting lost or breaking. The one feature Samsung’s Note phablet has that sets it above the rest is the mighty S Pen. With each Note release, the digital scribbler gets better, and in the Note 7, the S Pen comes with a host of new benefits, and is arguably better than ever. However, it seems like ever since Samsung decided to go with the push to eject style S-pen, storing the S-pen has taken a turn for the worse. We all remember the “S-Pen-gate” of 2015, where people putting their S-pen’s into the silo backwards, only to find out it gets stuck and damages the detection sensor. Bummer. Now in 2016 it looks like we have a repeat of the … Continue reading S-Pen on the Note 7 Accidentally Pops Out Too Easy

T-Mobile Samsung Phablets Confirmed for Nougat Update

With Android Nougat officially out, T-mobile has published a list of Samsung Galaxy phablets that are set to receive the 7.0 OTA update. No timeline was given for when you can expect Android 7.0 from T-Mobile, but Samsung isn’t exactly known for speed when it comes to rolling out OS updates, and we don’t expect that to tradition to change significantly with Nougat. Plus, carriers always add and additional delay to the process for their own certification and bloatware installations. Based on past performance, we might not see an update until late February or early March 2017 for the first OTA updates to start rolling. The list is preliminary and more devices could be added in the future, but currently it includes the following phablets: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ We can probably expect the Galaxy Note 7 to be first up, with the S7 Edge logically following right … Continue reading T-Mobile Samsung Phablets Confirmed for Nougat Update

VA T-Mobile Stocks Only 8 Galaxy Note 7’s on Release Day

In the weeks leading up to the release of the highly anticipated Galaxy Note 7, T-mobile received so many pre-orders for the device that the company had to ship units from store inventory to meet the demand, resulting in retail shortages on opening day. One Virginia T-mobile store in Manassas sold out of Note 7’s within hours after opening because they only received a grand total of eight units to sell on release day. An associate at the Sudley Road Store tells Phablist that the reason for the shortage was a high volume of pre orders. He says the store would have more units first thing in the morning. The supply restraint was disappointing but shouldn’t come as a surprise. More than 200,000 people pre-ordered the Note 7 phablet within in the first two-days of its announcement, surpassing pre-order numbers for the top-selling Galaxy S7. In a statement to Reuters this month, the Korean giant said, “Pre-order results for the … Continue reading VA T-Mobile Stocks Only 8 Galaxy Note 7’s on Release Day

Lenovo 6.4-inch Phab 2 Lineup Features 3 Price Options

Lenovo has officially launched their appropriately named “PHAB 2” family of phablets, which consists of three different models for you to choose from, the Phab 2, Phab 2 Plus, and, the worlds-first Tango-ready Phab 2 Pro. With the trio expected to launch next month, let’s break down all three to see what the differences are between them. For the most part, the three phablets all share the same fundamental design language, as seen in a YouTube video by The Verge. The trio has plenty of real estate to bridge the gap between 7-inch tablets and the average sized flagship, as each model showcases a big, beautiful 6.4-inch screen. The main design difference in all three devices comes down to the build materials. As you might expect from an entry-level phablet, the Phab 2 has a mostly plastic body and does not feature a fingerprint sensor. Moving up a level to the Phab 2 Plus will swap out some of that … Continue reading Lenovo 6.4-inch Phab 2 Lineup Features 3 Price Options

Xiaomi Sells Out of Redmi Note Phablets in Mere Seconds

Following the success of the Mi 3 and Redmi 1S, Xiaomi is enjoying yet another record debut with their new Redmi Note phablet after managing to completely sell out the device in six seconds. The Chinese smartphone maker placed 50,000 3G dual-SIM units on Flipkart Tuesday, using its popular flash sale technique where registered users could purchase the phablet starting at 2PM. It was not before listings on eBay and twitter started to surface from some lucky new Redmi Note owners who were willing to part with their highly coveted handset for a premium. Of course the authenticities of these listings are questionable at best, but if you are looking to get your hands on a Redmi Note, a 4G model is reportedly coming in mid-December. The Indian market variant of the Redmi Note is equipped with a 5.5-inch HD IPS display, MediaTek 1.7GHz octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 13-megapixel rear camera, and dual-SIM support – all powered by a … Continue reading Xiaomi Sells Out of Redmi Note Phablets in Mere Seconds