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Weekly News Roundup: LG G6 photos, Galaxy S8 leaks, Android updates, and more

Another week goes by and we already have our first month of 2017 behind us, which means we are getting even closer to the annual MWC trade show and the release of the first exciting new flagships of the year. Below, you’ll find the biggest phablet stories of the week. The LG G6 is up first, making the biggest headlines of the week. We also got some new Galaxy S8 leaks to report, along with Android updates for a few T-Mobile phablets, and a new teaser by ZTE. LG G6 Leaks Everywhere We are just a few weeks away from the release of the LG G6 in Barcelona and photos alleging to be the upcoming 5.7-inch phablet have been popping up all over the place. New images obtained by Droid-Life show off what appears to be an early prototype of the LG G6, which reveal a metal exterior that LG is expected to use, with a minimal screen-to-bezel ratio around … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup: LG G6 photos, Galaxy S8 leaks, Android updates, and more

CES 2017 Phablet Roundup: Big smartphones steal the show in Vegas

The Consumer Electronics Show for 2017 has come and gone – and while normally what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, the rules don’t apply when we are talking about the latest gadgets. Out of close to 15 smartphones by our count worth mentioning from the show, nine of them were phablets, which means big screens take the cake yet again. Here is our roundup of the biggest phones from CES 2017. CES 2017 Phablet Roundup LG Stylo 3 (5.7″) Asus Zenfone AR (5.7″) ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom (5.5″) Huawei Mate 9 (5.9″) Honor 6X (5.5″) ZTE Blade V8 Pro (5.5″) ZTE Hawkeye (5.5″) Xiaomi Mi Mix White (6.4″) Alcatel A3 XL (6.0″) LG Stylo 3 Just as we expected, LG officially took the wraps off its third generation of the mid-range Stylo phablet at CES 2017. The Stylo 3 (called the Stylus 3 outside the US) offers some moderate upgrades over the previous version like an improved stylus and … Continue reading CES 2017 Phablet Roundup: Big smartphones steal the show in Vegas

T-Mobile Phablets: 9 of the biggest smartphones you can buy right now

What are the best phablets on the market going into 2017? With an increasing number of handsets now coming with 5.5-inch screens and larger, the phablet spectrum isn’t as expansive as it used to be. T-mobile has a number of excellent phablets to choose from ranging anywhere from 5.5 to 6-inches, all with different key strengths and weaknesses. We’ve rounded up the best phablets available through T-mobile right now and grouped them by screen size and price point. T-Mobile phablets ZTE Z Max Pro (6″) $ – Runner up LG V20 (5.7″) $$$ – Our Second Pick LG Stylo 2 Plus (5.7″) $ Kyocera DuraForce XD (5.7″) $$ Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (5.5″) $$$ – Our first pick Apple iPhone 7 Plus (5.5″) $$$ Apple iPhone 6S Plus (5.5″) $$$ Alcatel IDOL 4S (5.5″) $$ – Runner up Samsung Galaxy J7 (5.5″) $ 1. ZTE Z Max Pro For those obsessed with screen size, the ZTE Z Max Pro is … Continue reading T-Mobile Phablets: 9 of the biggest smartphones you can buy right now

6 Sexy 6-inch Phablets for 2016

People who love phablets are also those who like to standout from the crowd. They know that big screen smartphones are awesome because they give you more real estate for videos and getting stuff done. With smartphone screen sizes getting bigger at a rapid rate, most flagships are now hovering anywhere from 5-5.5 inches. It’s funny to think that not too long ago; the top-tier handsets of the day only had a screen size of 4.3 inches. Remember how everyone reacted when the original Galaxy Note made its debut? If you’re looking to buy a big-screen phone in 2016, its time to broaden your spectrum, and by that we mean going with something that’s bigger than the conventional 5.5-inch handset, yet smaller than a 7-inch tablet. The following is our list of the top 6-inch phablets for 2016. Top Phablets 2016 – 6″ Display Size Sony Xperia XA Ultra Oppo R9 Plus ZTE ZMax Pro ZTE Grand X Max 2 … Continue reading 6 Sexy 6-inch Phablets for 2016

ZTE Launches Nubia Z7 with LG G3 Specs at a More Affordable Price

Just like the LG G3, ZTE’s Nubia Z7 offers up a 5.5-inch QHD screen with a Snapdragon 801 and 13MP OIS camera, but with a much lower price $550. The LG G3 is without a doubt the hottest smartphone on the market right now, but Chinese handset maker ZTE is looking to give the highly praised flagship a run for its money by offering the same hardware specs at a much lower price with its new Nubia Z7 phablet. Just like the G3, the Nubia Z7 boasts a 5.5-inch QHD display with a super sharp resolution of 1440×2560 that offers up a retina busting pixel density of 538ppi. It is powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset found in the G3 and is equipped with a luxurious 3GB of RAM. ZTE also gave the Nubia Z7 a 13MP rear camera with optical image stabilization and a slightly faster f/2.0 aperture compared to the f/2.4 shooter found on the G3. … Continue reading ZTE Launches Nubia Z7 with LG G3 Specs at a More Affordable Price

No, the phablet is not dead.

Smartphones may be getting bigger, but that doesn’t mean the word “phablet” is no longer relevant. Contrary to what some may lead you to believe, the phablet is not dead. To those who think there is no longer a category of smartphones that blur the line between a phone and a tablet I argue that you are wrong. Just because a majority of flagships now feature a screen size of at least 5-inches doesn’t mean that the phablet category no longer exists, only that it should be redefined. Here’s why. In the summer of 2011, Samsung introduced the original Galaxy Note with a 5.3-inch screen. At that time, it was considered to be extremely large since most popular smartphones of the day had an average screen size of anywhere between 3.5 and 4.5 inches. PC World called the Note "awkward" and even "too big to use as your primary smartphone," and with only 2 million sales in the first two … Continue reading No, the phablet is not dead.

ZTE Officially launches the 6.44-inch Nubia X6 with Full HD Display

Just as expected, the ZTE Nubia X6 arrived right on time today in Beijing with top notch specs, including a 6.44-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 801 chipset, 128GB internal storage, and a pair of 13MP cameras. As most of the smartphone world drools over the new HTC One (HTC M8) that launched today, the folks over at ZTE officially unveiled a little treat of their own in Beijing for us phablet lovers – the 6.44-inch Nubia X6. While news of this release may not come as a shock, you may be excited to learn that the specs are even better than the latest rumors described. For starters, at 6.44-inches this handset is a rather large phablet. The Nubia X6 features a 7.9mm thin metal body encapsulating a 1080p (full HD) screen with a pixel density of 344ppi, all powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset. Word has it there will be three variants of the Nubia X6, with one version sporting … Continue reading ZTE Officially launches the 6.44-inch Nubia X6 with Full HD Display

Phablets Take the Cake at Mobile World Congress 2014

After an exhausting week, this year’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain is finally coming to a close but not without confirming the latest trend in mobile computing – the rise of the phablet. Handset makers introduced a plethora of big-screen smartphones ranging from 5 inches to more than 7 inches, including some older model tablets updated with LTE connectivity. Below, we take a look at the most notable phablets from this year’s technology extravaganza. Samsung Galaxy S5 The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a 5.1-inch upgrade to the year older Galaxy S4 and sports a full HD screen. Under the hood, Samsung made an upgrade from the Snapdragon 800 chipset to the slightly improved Snapdragon 801. Unfortunately, Samsung did not go with the Snapdragon 805, or the rumored 2560×1440 screen resolution that many were expecting. In fact, the slightly larger screen with the same 1920×1080 resolution means pixel density is slightly lower than the Galaxy S4, which some claim … Continue reading Phablets Take the Cake at Mobile World Congress 2014

ZTE to debut 6-inch Grand Memo II LTE at MWC

Chinese phone maker ZTE has just announced it will launch at least several Android smartphones at Mobile World Congress 2014, which is set to kick off later this month. Among them, ZTE confirmed it will showcase its brand new 6-inch phablet called Grand Memo II LTE, which seemingly will follow in the footsteps of the Nokia Lumia 1320 by offering a large 6in display to those on a tight budget. ZTE Mobile Devices CEO Adam Zeng made the announcement today in an interview with the Inquirer. “This year, we are looking to work even more closely with our customers worldwide to develop the products they want and deliver a superior customer experience, said Zing. “They have told us that they want ever more innovative and high-performance products, so at MWC 2014 we are delivering this with the launch of two new high-profile devices, the ultra slim Grand Memo II LTE with 6 inch screen and the ZTE Open C in … Continue reading ZTE to debut 6-inch Grand Memo II LTE at MWC