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SanDisk’s latest microSD card has a whopping 200GB of storage

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 02:59 PM PST

After launching 128GB microSD cards at MWC 2014, SanDisk today one-upped itself with an even larger card.

SanDisk has revealed a 200GB microSD card for mobile phones and tablets. The 200GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card, Premium Edition looks just like a regular microSD card, but it's got 56 more storage than SanDisk's next-largest card, the 128GB model. This new 200GB card has a transfer speed of up to 90MB per second.

So how much will having 200GB of removable storage in your smartphone cost? SanDisk says that when its new card goes on sale in Q2, it'll have an MSRP of $399.99. Better start saving now.

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Samsung announces new Gear VR headset with Galaxy S6, S6 Edge compatibility

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 02:03 PM PST

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge get some snappy cameras

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 02:02 PM PST


Although Samsung really put a lot into improving the hardware present in their new flagship devices revealed at MWC 2015 today, like many other manufacturers did with their own devices, smartphones are pushing on the limits of the law of diminishing returns. One area where potential still exists though is the cameras and the ability of the devices to capture brilliant images. Samsung took advantage of that with some significant improvements to the cameras in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.

A major part of the improvement that Samsung made focused on the front camera which is now a wide-angle capable 5 MP camera. The sensor itself is 1.4 times larger than the Galaxy S 5. Samsung also added in full, real-time automatic HDR to both the front and rear cameras. The addition of this feature is partially thanks to the hardware in the rest of the phones as the processors can now keep up with the computing demands needed to stitch the images together. Besides adding this capability, normally reserved for rear-facing cameras, to the front-camera, Samsung has also made HDR video available to users.

Samsung put F1.9 lenses in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge along with Optical Image Stabilization and IR White Balance. Combined, these enhancements will let users capture clear images with no blurring despite shaking or low light conditions. An advanced Auto-Focus function has also been implemented to help users correctly focus on both moving and stationary objects. The auto-focus is also very fast, taking only 0.3 seconds to focus.

To help users tap into all the power of the hardware available in the devices, Samsung added a new Quick Launch feature. According to Samsung, users will be able to launch the camera application in only 0.7 seconds, even if they are using another application. Once opened, users will find an improved user interface for the camera app that provides access to a variety of tools with a minimum of taps and no scrolling. Samsung also added a preview mode that shows the impact of filters in real-time while looking at the screen. In case a user wants to assert more control, Samsung also added a professional camera mode with full control over camera settings.

With all of these improvements, owners of the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge should be able to capture some truly incredible images whether it is what they are looking at or a selfie.

Be sure to check back for more coverage of MWC 2015 to see what Samsung and other manufacturers are doing with their mobile device products.

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SanDisk was able to stuff 200GB of storage space inside their latest microSD card

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 01:34 PM PST


You thought SanDisk's 128GB microSD cards were insane? The company has just announced another huge milestone — a whopping 200GB of data inside a chip smaller than the size of a nickle. It's a UHS-1 Class 10 chip, which means it can transfer data at up to 90 megabytes per second.

So why not 256GB, the natural step up from 128GB? It's likely SanDisk was unable to physically fit enough circuitry, doodads and whatever else makes these things tick inside such a compact form factor. It's possible that could with refined engineering techniques in the future, but for now this is as high as it gets.

You shouldn't bat an eyelash at 200GB. It's absolutely insane, and it's even crazier to know that it can work in any device that supports microSDXC cards of 64GB or higher (which includes the newly-announced HTC One M9, but unfortunately not the just-as-fresh Samsung Galaxy S6).

Of course, you'd have to be willing to spend the $400 that this thing will cost to start so if you have that sort of money to throw around on micro storage chips you'll likely be able to afford a smartphone that can utilize it.

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Sandisk announces massive 200GB microSD card, coming in Q2 2015

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 01:28 PM PST

Samsung introduces new version of the Gear VR fit for Samsung Galaxy S6 + Edge

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 12:44 PM PST

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 owners won't be the only ones who can get in on the virtual reality fun. Samsung announced a new edition of the Samsung Gear VR made especially for the newly-announced Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.

It's the same headset, essentially — you put it on your face, drop your phone in and take in a horde of content in virtual reality — but this one will hold the company's latest flagships instead of yesteryear's phablet. Pricing is expected to be similar so try to set aside $200 if you're interested. If that's too rich for you, well, it should still work perfectly fine inside of something like Google Cardboard.

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Withings Activité wearables getting Android compatibility March 2

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 12:23 PM PST

Withings has announced that their Activité devices will be adding compatibility with Android beginning tomorrow, March 2. The original Activité is already available on the Withings website, while the Activité Pop will come to the company's website and Best Buy stores later this month.

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Sandisk's new 200GB microSD card brings massive storage in a tiny size

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 12:23 PM PST

SanDisk bills their latest microSD card has having the world's highest capacity, and at 200GB we have little trouble believing them.

The just-revealed 200GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I "Premium Edition" is indeed the most capacious card we've seen, topping the 128GB we've previously seen from several manufacturers, including SanDisk.

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Samsung Pay aims to do what other wireless payment platforms can’t

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 12:03 PM PST

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During the announcement event for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, the South Korean giant introduced a new payment platform to take on Apple and Google.

It's called Samsung Pay — based on the recently acquired LoopPay — and it will use the NFC + Magnetic Secure Transmission chips found inside the company's latest smartphones to facilitate wireless transactions with a great deal of pre-existing point-of-sale terminals. Samsung's chip will allow their payment service to be compatible with more merchants and banking institutions than any other single service. Here are just a few of the partners they've gotten on board on the banking side:

  • Visa

  • Mastercard

  • American Express

  • Bank of America

  • Citi

  • Chase

  • U.S. Bank

Not too shabby a list there.

They've taken a lot of pride in the strides made in areas of security, as well. The company has incorporated new elements into Samsung KNOX that will serve as the backbone of the secure payment platform.

The use of temporary tokens makes it so that your hard credit card information is not mishandled by whichever merchants you do business with, and your information doesn't get saved to your device which would make it hard for any thieving no-gooders to somehow snag your credit card information from your phone.

It all sounds very promising, but we'll have to wait until the service launches before seeing just how much potential Samsung has to impact the wireless payments scene.

The first markets to receive it will be South Korea and the United States this summer, with Samsung looking to extend into parts of Asia and EU before too long. Anyone with a Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge will be able to give it a go once it hits their market.

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HTC and Valve team up to make the HTC Vive, a virtual reality headset

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 07:48 AM PST

HTC Vive

A lot of what HTC has announced at MWC has been expected, but one thing that wasn't expected was a virtual reality headset. It makes perfect sense, of course. Everyone from Microsoft to Samsung is getting into the VR game. HTC teamed up with Valve to create their VR headset, and it looks pretty dang cool.

It's called the "HTC Vive." It offers a 90Hz refresh rate and they built it to be very light so it can be worn for a long time. It will have a wireless controller that will help you interact and manipulate objects in the virtual reality environment. Valve teased the device last week and said more details will come at GDC, which is also happening this week. Expect to hear more about HTC Vive soon. In the meantime you can check out their awesome website.

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[APK Download] Greenify Beta Adds Lollipop Xposed Support And New 'Deep Hibernation' Feature, Moves Some Donation Features to Free, And Even More Goodies

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 07:43 AM PST


The new Greenify v2.6 beta comes with a variety of interesting changes, including full Xposed support for Lollipop users. If you have been dragging your feet on donating to the developer, you will be happy to learn that two of the best paid features are migrating to the free version as well. While less obvious to the end user, much of the under the hood mechanism has been rewritten to improve performance and facilitate future feature additions.

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[APK Download] Greenify Beta Adds Lollipop Xposed Support And New 'Deep Hibernation' Feature, Moves Some Donation Features to Free, And Even More Goodies was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Official: HTC Grip is a wearable fitness tracker that works with both Android and iOS

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 07:35 AM PST


HTC won't be getting on the Android Wear bandwagon this year, but they will have a wearable. The company has just announced the HTC Grip, a fitness wearable powered by the fitness experts at Under Armour.


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Huawei Watch official, offers classic design with Android Wear on board

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 07:30 AM PST

Smartwatches are all the rage these days, so it's no surprise when a manufacturer enters the market. Even Huawei. And now the time has come to see what Huawei can put together for a wearable that's running Google's Android Wear. Turns out it can look pretty nice.

The Huawei Watch is official, following plenty of rumors, and the end result is a lot nicer than many probably expected. As the manufacturer suggests in its own promotion for the device, this smartwatch offers a design that's actually quite similar to old timepieces, but manages to cram plenty of Android Wear smarts inside of it for good measure.

As far as the specifications and design go, the circular casing is stainless steel and the display measures in at 1.4-inches, with an AMOLED screen at 400×400 resolution. It's boasting sapphire glass, too. Deciding to go a little different from all the Android Wear watches out there, the Huawei Watch also features a physical button at the 2 o'clock position along the casing.

Inside, there's a Qualcomm processor clocked at 1.2GHz, with 4GB of built-in storage and 512MB of RAM. There are plenty of sensors, too, including a heart rate monitor, barometer and a motion sensor.

Huawei says its watch will launch in over 20 different countries across the globe, including the United States, South Korea, Japan, Canada and more. However, the company's not prepared to divulge the exact launch plans just yet, including when the watch will be available in those countries, and just how much it will cost.

Based on what you've seen and the specs, how much do you think Huawei is going to charge for it?

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Mediatek announces new 64-bit octa-core processor slated for mid-range phones

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 07:27 AM PST

These Samsung Galaxy S5 skin cases are only $4.95 today

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 07:22 AM PST

Made from multiple thermoacrylics, this Galaxy S5 skin case is highly elastic and resistant to oils. Say goodbye to annoying fingerprints! The back features a matte finish with a glossy edging that enhances the grip. Get yours in black, white or clear today and save 67%

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HTC has officially unveiled the HTC One M9

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 07:19 AM PST

Talk about the HTC One M9 at AndroidForums.com!

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It's finally happened, folks — HTC has officially unveiled the HTC One M9. What you see here is what you're going to get this year, which is a refined design based on the HTC One M7 and HTC One M8.


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The Huawei Watch and MediaPad X2 get officially unvieled

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 07:19 AM PST


Yesterday news broke about the Huawei Watch, a beautiful Android Wear device from an unlikely manufacturer. Today it has been officially unveiled at MWC, along with a new tablet. The Watch is aluminum, has thin bezels, and no "flat tire." These things alone would make most Android fans happy, but it gets better.

The Huawei Watch has a 1.4-inch 400×400 AMOLED sapphire crystal display that is scratch-resistant and can be used with gloves or wet hands. It's 316L corrosive-resistent, and has a beautiful cold-forged stainless steel body. The watch also has a heart-rate montior, barometer, and 6-axis sensor to track fitness activities. It will launch "mid-2014″ in gold, stainless, and black.


The Huawei MediaPad X2 is a 7-inch tablet with cellular data connectivity. It looks like a stretched out version of something from HTC. The 7-inch display is 1080p, and it has a 2GHz Kirin ultra-octa chipset, 13MP camera, 5,000 mAh battery, and Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. It will be available in 2GB and 3GB of RAM versions later this year.

What do you think of these great devices by Huawei? Do they have enough to compete with the likes of Samsung, HTC, and LG here in the U.S.?

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Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge appear early in hands-on video

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 07:12 AM PST

Galaxy-S6-Edge-hands-on We still have several hours to wait for Samsung's Unpacked event, but thanks to the video below, we've got another early glimpse at the new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. It's the first time both devices have appeared on video, and it's our best look at them yet. Unlike the vast majority of the vast

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Android Wear: apps and watches for every occasion

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 07:05 AM PST

Android Wear has a device for just about everyone, with watches that range from traditional and round, to sporty and square. Throw in custom watch faces and apps that accentuate your style and you've got countless ways to express who you are, right on your wrist.

Today, there are now even more ways to show people what you're about, including a new batch of apps, a growing ecosystem of partners, and new watches coming from LG and Huawei.

All kinds of apps for all kinds of interests

Life is about doing, not just viewing, and with Android Wear there are now thousands of feature-rich apps for nearly any activity.

  • Time to start the day. Want to color coordinate your outfit? DressWatch lets you take a picture of what you're wearing and set your watch face to match your clothes. Or, if you happen to be eating a kiwi, you can use Fruity Slices to match your breakfast.

  • Once you're feeling stylish, PixtoCam lets you take a high-tech selfie, using your watch as a remote viewfinder to zoom and click. You can review all your photos with MyRoll and share them right from your watch.

  • Waiting for the bus with time to kill? Leap from building to building with Skyscraper Jumper , dig for gold with Mineshaft , or check up on news from your favorite sites with Palabre .

  • If you need to send a quick text during the day, Coffee includes more than 100 customizable messages. You can also jot down a task on Todoist by saying "OK Google, take a note."

  • When it's time for a run, Google Play Music can turn your watch into a music player, so you can leave your phone at home. If you need a little extra motivation, My Fitness Racer lets you unlock speed boosts with the more steps you take.

  • Golf Swing Analyzer uses the watch's accelerometer and gyroscope to measure the tempo, speed, and angle of your swing. And if (when?) you run out of golf balls, you can grab a few more with Amazon Shopping .

  • If you're more the musical type, you can install atHandTuner to precisely tune your guitar, ukulele, or didgeridoo using the watch's built-in microphone. And if you come across a song that inspires, you can use Musixmatch to identify it in seconds.

Android Wear makes your everyday life easier. Why dig around your purse or pocket to answer a call when you can see (and ignore) the caller directly from your wrist? ;-) And why interrupt a perfectly good conversation when you can just glance at your watch for updates? Many apps on Google Play include these Android Wear notifications, so you can stay connected and stay present.

Whatever you're into, and whatever you're up for, you're bound to find an app that fits your wrist. Browse any one of our hand-picked collections on Google Play—including Health & Fitness , Travel , Communication , and Watch Faces and try one on for size. And if you're a developer, keep taking advantage of the flexibility of Android Wear to build more awesome apps!

More watches, more choices

Making an Android Wear device your own is made possible by an amazing community of partners—from manufacturers like ASUS, HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung, and Sony, to chip makers like Broadcom, Intel, Mediatek, MIPS, and Qualcomm, to fashion brands like Fossil.

The ASUS ZenWatch , which went on sale in November, recently won an iF Product Design Award - congratulations ASUS. Sony just announced swappable metal, brown leather, and black leather straps for the SmartWatch 3. In March, Motorola will introduce the ability to design your own personal Moto 360 using their Moto Maker design studio. LG recently announced their latest watch, the LG Watch Urbane , the first all metal luxury Android Wear watch.

And just today, Huawei announced the Huawei Watch, featuring a beautiful 286 ppi circular AMOLED display.

So choose your favorite watch, add a beautiful watch face, install a great app, and voila. Dress code: wear what you want.

Posted by Jeff Chang, Senior Product Manager, Android Wear

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Watch the HTC One (M9) get announced right here

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 07:03 AM PST


The HTC One (M9) is about to get unveiled and here's your chance to watch it right from your own living room, office, bedroom, bathroom, or wherever your heart desires. I am sure HTC will be offering up a wearable too, so check out the video below and see it all.

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Huawei TalkBand B2 and TalkBand N1 round out Huawei wearables announced at MWC 2015

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 07:03 AM PST


In addition to the Huawei Watch that was officially unwrapped at MWC 2015, Huawei announced two other wearable devices as part of their portfolio. The Huawei TalkBand B2 is the company's second generation TalkBand product, combining activity tracking capabilities with Bluetooth headset capabilities. The Huawei TalkBand N1 is a Bluetooth headset for sports enthusiasts who love their music.

The TalkBand B2 is equipped with a six-axis sensor that can identify a variety of activities a user may be engaged in. The device is also capable of detecting deep and light sleep for users who want to monitor their sleep activity. Huawei included software so the TalkBand B2 can tell whether the earpiece is being worn on the wristband or not and will push audio to the earpiece or a smartphone as appropriate. The TalkBand B2 also comes with a pager function to help find a lost smartphone that Huawei says will work with any "phone model."

The TalkBand B2 is constructed of light weight aviation aluminum and has an HD touch screen. Huawei says the TalkBand B2 can operate up to five days on a single battery charge. It will work with both Android 4.0 or higher devices as well as iOS devices. Available in black, silver and gold, the TalkBand B2 will be priced at 199 euros ($223 USD) with the premium leather band and 169 euros ($189 USD) with the TPU strap.

Meanwhile, the TalkBand N1 looks like a wireless in-ear headset. Huawei says the sound should rival higher end headsets. The device is more than a headset though as Huawei has built in 4 GB of local MP3 storage. When paired with a smartphone, Huawei says the TalkBand N1 can also function as sports tracker. When not being worn in the ear, Huawei equipped the TalkBand N1 with magnetic earbuds that will stick together so the device can be worn as a necklace. The TalkBand N1 will be available in sliver, grey or red with a retail price of 119 euros ($133 USD).

You can read the full press release about both devices below. Be sure to stick with TalkAndroid for more coverage of MWC 2015.


Huawei TalkBand B2 – The Perfect Combination of Bluetooth Headset and Health Tracker

The second generation of Huawei's TalkBand products, Huawei TalkBand B2 showcases a more business-like professional design, has smarter fitness tracking functionality with higher accuracy, and enhanced synchronization with the users mobile device. Inheriting a more superior Bluetooth connectivity than its predecessor, Huawei TalkBand B2 is not only a convenient health management device, but also the perfect combination of Bluetooth headset and sports bracelet, ideal for the on-the-run business executives who are athletically active.

Equipped with an advanced 6-axis sensor, TalkBand B2's smart detection can automatically identify and record motions accurately, detect the duration of deep sleep and light sleep, and provide consumers with health tips on ways to improve their sleep pattern.

The perfect companion to consumers' mobile devices, TalkBand B2 is equipped with dual-microphone, noise reduction technology and quality Bluetooth connectivity. Additionally, it is also equipped with smart detection to understand whether the Bluetooth earpiece is on the wristband or not, allowing it to automatically push audio (music/call) to the smartphone or B2 bracelet. TalkBand B2 is also equipped with a pager to search and locate your smartphone, regardless of the phone model, through vibration or ring tone alerts.

Designed with fashion in mind by the Huawei Aesthetics Center team in Paris, the minimalistic design of Huawei TalkBand B2 embraces simplicity. The metal bracket of TalkBand B2 is made of high strength, light weight aviation aluminum. With an intuitive and user-friendly HD touch screen, TalkBand B2 comes in two watchband styles, the environmentally professional TPU material or the luxurious leather, which caters to different occasions. Each style comes in many different color varieties.

TalkBand B2 has superb battery performance allowing it to operate up to five days, support continuous call time up to six hours, and 12 days' standby time. TalkBand B2 supports devices with Android 4.0 operating system and iPhones with IOS7.0 or above and it will come in three colors, black, silver and gold. The recommended retail price of premium version (with leather strap) is 199 euros and that of standard version (with TPU strap) is 169 euros.

Huawei TalkBand N1 – High Quality Bluetooth Headset for Sports and Music Lovers

Huawei TalkBand N1 is the industry's first Hi-Fi stereo + Bluetooth headset featuring 4G of local MP3 storage for 1,000 songs, Bluetooth calling, and sports tracking.

Made with high quality loudspeaker components, TalkBand N1 gives users the ultimate experience in professional sound quality on par with higher end headsets thanks to chamber tuning. With a 20-20KHz frequency range, TalkBand N1 provides the finest sound quality with higher expressiveness. Housing APTX Bluetooth transmission technology, users will enjoy CD quality sound through the Bluetooth headset.

Paired with a smartphone, TalkBand N1 is also a health and sports tracker with functionalities include step counting, distance calculation, calorie consumption tracking, and more. It also carries a function that broadcasts the names or phone numbers of incoming calls so users won't miss a call on the road.

With an X type design made with a TPU soft rubber material surface, the TalkBand N1 weighs a consumer friendly 18 grams, and has an IP54 dustproof and waterproof level, making the headset sweat proof for those active users. Additionally, the magnetic earbud design turns the TalkBand N1 from a convenient headset to a fashionable necklace accessory. The TalkBand N1 comes in three stylish colors: Silver, Grey and Red. The recommended retail price of 119 euros.

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See HTC launch the One M9 live right here

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 06:54 AM PST

The One M9 is coming. Photo: HTC HTC will unveil the One M9 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in less than an hour, and you can watch the whole event live right here. HTC's One series has delivered some of the finest Android smartphones money can buy for several years. They combine great third-party software with award-winning design, and they get

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MediaTek announces new octa-core processor for mid-range mobile devices

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 06:52 AM PST

MediaTek today unveiled a new octa-core processor at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The MT6753 is a new 1.5GHz 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 processor with support for WorldMode modem capability, designed for high performance tasks in mid-range hardware.

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We’re live at the HTC One M9 event at Mobile World Congress, here’s where you can watch!

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 06:49 AM PST

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Just a quick heads-up, folks: we're live at Mobile World Congress, and it all begins with HTC's "Utopia in Progress" event starting at 10AM Eastern. Word on the street is HTC's looking to launch the HTC One M9 we've been hearing so much about, which is poised to be their 2015 flagship.

HTC's also gone on record to suggest they're bringing more that we likely haven't heard about yet. Smart watch? A new RE camera? Heck, a VR headset? Anything is possible, and the only way to get the news first is to tune in (whether that be to Phandroid for the latest news and hands-on goodness you can handle or checking it out on live stream right here). Get hyped!

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Hands-on with the Huawei MediaPad X2

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 06:37 AM PST

Huawei has today announced the MediaPad X2 as part of its MWC release, and it's either a giant phone or a small tablet, depending on your outlook. The successor to the MediaPad X1 has seen a bump in the internal hardware, with the big story being the Ultra-octa Kirin CPU. It's got full cellular capabilities, and if you look at it from the perspective of a tablet, it's impressive.

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