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Ars Technica
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Enlarge / Huawei's premium phablet, when operational. (credit: Ron Amadeo/Ars Technica) Seems like makers of flagship Android devices can't get it right these days. We recently reported on an ever-expanding class-action lawsuit targeting LG's flagships: the G4, G5, V10, V20, and Nexus 5X. Those phones, according to the suit and thousands of online complaints by users, have a legendary bootloop issue caused by shoddy construction that bricks the phones or slows them to a crawl. Now the Nexus 6P phablet, unveiled in September 2015 for pre-order, is also being accused in a class-action lawsuit of having a "Bootloop Defect." According to the suit, the Nexus 6P devices "are defective because they are prone to enter an endless bootloop cycle which renders them unresponsive and unusable." What's more, the suit also alleges a "Battery Drain Defect," which has also been the subject of repeated online criticism by unhappy Nexus 6P consumers.
Ars Technica
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Enlarge / Huawei's premium phablet, when operational. (credit: Ron Amadeo/Ars Technica) Seems like makers of flagship Android devices can't get it right these days. We recently reported on an ever-expanding class-action lawsuit targeting LG's flagships: the G4, G5, V10, V20, and Nexus 5X. Those phones, according to the suit and thousands of online complaints by users, have a legendary bootloop issue caused by shoddy construction that bricks the phones or slows them to a crawl. Now the Nexus 6P phablet, unveiled in September 2015 for pre-order, is also being accused in a class-action lawsuit of having a "Bootloop Defect." According to the suit, the Nexus 6P devices "are defective because they are prone to enter an endless bootloop cycle which renders them unresponsive and unusable." What's more, the suit also alleges a "Battery Drain Defect," which has also been the subject of repeated online criticism by unhappy Nexus 6P consumers.
Techradar
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2017 marks another fallow year for Apple, as it looks to update its previous generation of devices with an "S" upgrade, rather than giving us a new numeral. With this in mind, rumors of the iPhone 7S Plus aren't exactly getting our pulses racing, and along with the iPhone 7S , we'd be surprised if it didn't show up in September. There is one thing though... this year also marks the tenth anniversary of the original iPhone and Apple is tipped to celebrate this milestone with major upgrades in the form of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus alongside the the 7S duo. The iPhone 7 Plus was better than the iPhone 7 , so we have high hopes for the iPhone 7S Plus. Everything you need to know: iPhone 8 | iPhone 8 Plus | iPhone 7S Cut to the chase What is it? The next phablet iPhone When is it out? Probably September 2017 What will it cost? Likely the same as 7 Plus at launch iPhone 7S Plus release date For the last few years Apple has announced new iPhones at the start of September and released the phone later in the month, and thats exactly when we expect the iPhone 7S Plus to launch in 2017.
Techradar - Reviews
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You will need pretty sizeable pockets to carry it around though. The Honor 8 Pro is a great phone, but it's far from in a class of its own, and one of its main rivals even comes from the same parent company. Here are two strong alternatives. Huawei Mate 9 Arguably the Honor 8 Pros main rival, Huaweis flagship phablet features a similar design and a near identical array of specs, but it will hit you for more than 100 (around $125/AU$165) more. Honor has undercut its big brother without compromising on power or performance. If anything, the 8 Pros slightly edgier look is a bonus too. Read our full Huawei Mate 9 review OnePlus 3T The Honor 8 Pro is an affordable phone compared to many flagships. Compared with the OnePlus 3T, however, its positively pricey. OnePlus rewrote the rules on what affordable phones with high-end specs can offer.
Techradar - Reviews
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Since spinning out from the shadow of parent company Huawei, Honor has been about simple power in eye-catching form. Its phones have packed a punch, just without upper-cutting your bank balance. The Honor 8 Pro, however, is something different. A phone to worry its big brothers flagships such as the Huawei P10 and Huawei Mate 9 , this is a flagship device that lacks the trademark price tag. The Honor 8 Pro is 5.7-inch phablet that pairs plenty of grunt and high-end features with a sleek, high-end finish, its a phone that sees Honor graduating from new kid on the block to a serious contender. On paper, its an instant win. Paper doesnt tell the whole story though. This is a great phone, but its not faultless. Yes, its screen is all sorts of beautiful and theres a decent dual-lens camera on the rear, but despite steps in the right direction, some of the companys trademark shortcomings still shine through.
Techradar
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While the 6.2-inch Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus should appease most phablet fans, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is likely to have an even larger screen, along with twice as many rear cameras. According to a research note by famed analyst Ming Chi Kuo and obtained by AppleInsider , the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will have a 12MP wide-angle lens and a 13MP telephoto one on the back. That may well mean that you can choose which lens to use for any given shot, much like you can on the LG G6 , but the snapper also apparently has a 3x optical zoom, so you can zoom in without losing quality, and both sensors are expected to benefit from optical image stabilization, according to Kuo. The setup sounds a lot like the one on the iPhone 7 Plus , but that phone only has a 2x optical zoom, and indeed Kuo claims that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8s camera will be much better and could potentially rival the camera on the upcoming iPhone 8 .
Know Your Mobile
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Paul Briden 12/04/2017 - 5:57pm Nothing beats that new phone smell, and we just took the Galaxy S8+ out of its box! So the Samsung Galaxy S8+ review unit just landed in my lap; naturally I’ll be taking a bit of time to digest this thing over the next week or two in order to deliver a thorough verdict to you, dear reader. However, I thought it’d also be worth giving an initial impression based on my first fleeting moments unpacking, cradling, and futzing around with the new Samsung flagship. Samsung Galaxy S8+: Design Build Design wise the Galaxy S8+ is a bit of an oddity, being both familiar to me as someone who reviewed the Galaxy S7 EDGE, and yet also giving off a thoroughly alien vibe at the same time. It’s a sizeable beast, just as tall as the imposing Huawei Mate 9, though noticeably narrower across the frontage. On the subject of thickness it seems to be more or less on a par with Huawei’s phablet; it’s not the thinnest phone on the market but it’s quite skinny enough around the midsection for my taste certainly.
PC Pro
13 days
Alan Martin 3 min 15 sec ago Mobile phones Price when reviewed 250 It had to happen at some point, but seeing Lenovo release a disappointing Moto G phone was kind of like finding out there’s no Santa Claus. Thankfully, the Moto G5 Plus is a big improvement. That improvement comes at a price – £80 extra, to be precise. The Moto G5 Plus’s name suggests a phablet-style device, but it’s actually just 0.2in larger than the Moto G5, so where has the money gone? Everywhere it should have gone with the Moto G5, really, but the real prize is the camera, which is implausibly good for a £250 smartphone. It’s been a while since we’ve written the words “£250 smartphone”. You’ll notice that price point has been pretty much vacated by everyone, putting the Moto G5 Plus in a tricky position. It’s definitely a marked improvement on the Moto G5, but what about the £200 Lenovo P2 , or the £225 Honor 6X ? And for that matter, how does it compare to the £320 Samsung Galaxy A5 ? Let’s find out.
Techradar
14 days
It also has a longer-lasting battery, matching the iPhone 6 Plus in terms of longevity. It's big, powerful, feature-packed and going to last the longest of all the iPhones, making it the best Apple handset for phablet fans with money to burn. Plus, as it comes in sizes of up to 128GB you can store your entire movie collection on it, if that's your thing. Read the full iPhone 6S Plus review The iPhone 6 was a big change for Apple. Not only did it sport a curvier chassis than the last few models - complete with a change from metal and glass to all-metal - but it was also bigger, with a 4.7-inch screen. Even that's not massive by smartphone standards, but it's substantially larger than the 4-inch iPhone 5S, bringing Apple into line with the trend of bigger screens that the rest of the competition was peddling. The iPhone 6's screen is sadly no more or less sharp than the 5S though, as the resolution went up in line with the size, where rivals were shoveling in pixels at a rate of knots.
Techradar
15 days
5-inch QHD OLED display. QHD typically means 1440 x 2560 and its the standard flagship screen resolution, though some phones, such as the Sony Xperia XZ Premium , are now pushing above that. 5.5 inches is a fairly typical size too not a small screen but not quite a phablet either. The possible use of OLED is perhaps the most interesting aspect. This is the screen tech used by Samsung on many of its phones, but one which isnt widely used elsewhere. It tends to deliver more vibrant, but potentially less natural colors than an LCD display, and could soon be the tech of choice among flagship makers, with Apple also rumored to be using it in upcoming handsets. TechRadars take: We only have one screen rumor and it comes from an anonymous source with nothing to back it up, so wed take it with a huge helping of salt, that said, it seems believable.
Techradar
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Update: Codenames for three Google handsets have been leaked, pointing to the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL and a larger phablet phone. Plus a new rumor suggests the Pixel 2 may come with a curved display . The next flagship phone(s) from Google likely won't arrive until late 2017, but we're already thinking about what the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL may have in store for us. The search giant is done with the Nexus line and in its place the firm has created a slightly more premium, and far more mainstream range. Were talking, of course, about the Google Pixel and the larger Google Pixel XL , two high-end handsets aimed at the same market as the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 . They were a strong first try too, scoring high in our reviews, but they stumbled in some areas and arguably didnt quite stack up to their rivals. But Google is sure to learn from its mistakes and make the Pixel 2 even better.
Techradar
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But thats probably not when youll be able to actually buy it, as the original Moto Z didnt hit stores until July 28 nearly two months after its announcement. Trusted Twitter leaker Evan Blass has confirmed the Moto Z2 name in a tweet, but it's uncertain where he got the information from and he doesn't know anymore about the release date. TechRadar's take: A June 2017 announcement is our best guess for now, followed by a late July or early September launch. Moto Z2 screen The original Moto Z has a 5.5-inch 1440 x 2560 display, and theres every chance the Moto Z (2017)s screen will be exactly the same size and resolution. Any smaller could be seen as a downgrade, while larger would perhaps make it a bit too much of a phablet for the companys main flagship (though that didnt stop the Moto X Style having a 5.
Expert Reviews
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You can also record Full HD footage at 60fps and 30fps and there are a couple of slow-motion modes as well – Full HD at 120fps and 720p at 240fps. After you’ve recorded your slow-mo video, you can edit the part of the video that is shown in slow-mo, making it great for social media sharing. READ NEXT: Best phone battery life 2017: The BEST smartphones tested Honor 8 Pro review: Verdict There’s very little to dislike about the Honor 8 Pro. It has a blazing fast processor, 6GB of RAM, a beautiful QHD display, a mesmerising design and solid build quality. And with 64GB of internal storage, dual-SIM capabilities (or micro-SD card expansion), a good pair of cameras, it’s amazing value for £475. Image 4 of 14 The one big black spot is battery life, which isnt amazingly good – here, the OnePlus 3T and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge stretch out a lead. Still, the Honor 8 Pro is nothing short of amazing at this price and if you’re looking to buy a large, phablet-sized smartphone for under £500, the Honor 8 Pro should be right up there as one of your first choices.
Techradar - Reviews
21 days
If you're currently rocking a 6-series iPhone you can also benefit from the free iOS 10 upgrade, so the software update alone isn't a reason to buy the iPhone 7 Plus; but it runs at its best on Apple's newest phablet. The 7 Plus boasts the firm's A10 Fusion chip, which Apple claims delivers 40% more performance than the A9 processor in the iPhone 6S Plus , and double the speed of the A8 chip in the iPhone 6 Plus . It is, on paper at least, well equipped to deal with whatever you throw at it. Performance The iPhone 7 Plus is fast. Really fast. In a simple side by side comparison with the iPhone 6S Plus the 7 Plus was faster every time as we skipped between applications, fired-up multi-tasking and loaded games. Apple's taken another leap forward in the quality of its chip design, boosting the number of cores from two to four, and coupling this with a meaty 3GB of RAM.
Know Your Mobile Comparisons
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Techradar
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Good news phablet fans! While the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was a fantastic phone (outside of its tendency to burst into flames), its premature death left many anxious for the next big reason to upgrade from the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. If that's you, you're in luck the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus has finally been announced by Samsung, and as expected the prices are as big as its 6.2-inch screen. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus will have price of $1,349 if you want to buy it outright. In the UK? See the best Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deals in the UK That said, the price seems somewhat justified for what could be a stunning phone with an amazing new 'infinity' display and the inclusion of Samsung's Bixby smart assistant, it looks like a genuine step forward from last year's Samsung Galaxy S7 edge . If you want to read more about the new handset itself, you can check out our hands-on review of the phone right here .
Techradar
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Samsungs new phablet flagship has arrived and it's a monster, with a 6.2-inch screen. As such, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus dwarfs the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus , at least in terms of screen size - though surprisingly the overall body isn't much bigger. But a lot of other things also differ between these two plus-sized handsets, from their operating systems to their chipsets and beyond. Here's how they stack up. Everything you need to know about the Galaxy S8 Plus Design The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus has a metal frame with a glass front and back, a lot like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge , albeit with smaller bezels above and below the edge-to-edge screen. The iPhone 7 Plus on the other hand leans more heavily on metal, with a metal unibody and larger bezels above and below the screen, necessary in part to house the home button. Those larger bezels mean the iPhone 7 Plus is a similar size to the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus overall: the 7 Plus comes in at 158.
Techradar
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The Samsung Galaxy S8 is 148.9 x 68 x 8mm, while the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is 159 x 74 x 8mm, meaning they're the same thickness, but the S8 Plus is significantly longer and wider. These dimensions make the S8 Plus a phablet-sized phone, and even the standard S8 slightly on the large side, but neither is as big as you might expect given their screen sizes. By almost eliminating the bezel Samsung has managed to make the standard Samsung Galaxy S8 smaller than the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 , while the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is a similar size overall to the iPhone 7 Plus . Of course the S8 Plus is heavier than the S8 as well as being larger, but it shouldn't weigh you down too much. OS and power There's no difference here, or not between the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus at any rate, but there are different versions of the phone for different regions.
Techradar
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1-inch flat screen for a 5.8-inch curved one. But despite the screen being significantly larger, the overall footprint of the S8 is only slightly bigger, as the fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back and the bezels have been shrunk to almost non-existence. That means the S8 feels more like a normal phone than a phablet despite the gargantuan screen. The resolution of the S8s screen has been upgraded too, with a 1,440 x 2,960 QHD+ resolution in place of the Samsung Galaxy S7s 1,440 x 2,560 QHD option. Given the extra width over its predecessor, the S8s screen isn't that much sharper, but it stands out in other ways, with a super-widescreen 18.5:9 aspect ratio similar to the LG G6 . Its also following in the Note 7 s footsteps in supporting HDR content, which the Samsung Galaxy S7 doesnt.
Men's Fitness
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Running Carry your phone, keys, wallet and gels without strapping on a backpack Running Nick Harris-Fry Gear 29 Mar 2017 facebook twitter pinterest Advertisement It’s not technically a belt, but this clever pouch fulfils the same function of carrying your belongings without the need to go the full Batman utility belt. The two-pocket design – one of them’s waterproof – uses magnets to attach to the waistband of your shorts. Once again, phablet carriers will need to go for the XL version (are you regretting that upgrade yet?). £19.99, buy on amazon.co.uk Ultimate Performance Titan Runners Pack This bumbag has a classic two-pocket design with reflective patches to increase visibility at night. The main zipped section is able to hold a 5.5in screen, but overall it doesnt have as much room the other options on this list so it’s best for shorter runs where you only need your phone and keys – but you can sneak a gel in as well if required. £14.99, buy on ultimate-performance.co.uk , check price on amazon.co.uk
Techradar
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Samsungs almost certainly got a new phablet flagship on the way and its likely to be a monster, with rumors of a 6.2-inch screen. If true, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus could dwarf the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus , but then again, the Galaxy's tiny bezels mean the size difference might not be as big in the hand, which would be hugely impressive. Either way, a lot of other things will differ between these two plus-sized handsets, but exactly where? Based on our thorough sniffing through all the leaks and rumors weve attempted to answer that question. Design The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus has been leaked so heavily in images and videos that were almost certain of how it will look, and what were expecting is a metal frame with a glass front and back, a lot like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge , albeit with smaller bezels above and below the edge-to-edge screen.
Techradar
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Design The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus are likely to have an almost identical design, with a glass back, a metal frame and tiny bezels above and below the screen. There will be no physical home button on either phone if rumors are to be believed, and the fingerprint scanner will be relocated to the back. Both the S8 and S8 Plus are also expected to be water and dust resistant. The likely differences, again, are related to their size. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is rumored to be 148.9 x 68 x 8mm, while the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is apparently 159 x 74 x 8mm, in which case theyll be the same thickness, but the S8 Plus would be significantly longer and wider. Credit: WinFuture These dimensions make the S8 Plus a phablet-sized phone, and even the standard S8 slightly on the large side, but neither is as big as you might expect given their screen sizes.
Techradar
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Screen Its (almost) all change here, with the Galaxy S8 trading the S7s 5.1-inch flat screen for a 5.8-inch curved one. But despite being significantly larger, the overall footprint of the phone is probably only going to be slightly bigger, as the fingerprint scanner is being moved to the back and the bezels are being shrunk to almost non-existence. That means the S8 should feel more like a normal phone than a phablet despite the gargantuan screen. Credit: Evan Blass The resolution of the S8s screen is likely to be upgraded too, with a 1,440 x 2,960 QHD+ resolution rumored, in place of the Samsung Galaxy S7s 1,440 x 2,560 QHD option. Given the extra width over its predecessor, the S8s screen probably wont actually be much sharper, but it is rumored to have a super-widescreen 18.5:9 aspect ratio similar to the LG G6 .