HTC Summer Sunset Sale: HTC 10 and U Ultra get big discounts in the US

HTC has kicked off the Summer Sunset Sale with a couple of great discounts. We checked the various regional sites, this particular deal seems to be available only in the US.

An HTC 10 is down to $400 (from $700). The HTC U Ultra is $500 (down from $750). Then there’s the UA HealthBox for $220. You’ll get a free gift if you buy any one of these three.

Note that these are much better prices than the earlier sale, which asked $500 for the HTC 10 and $630 for the U Ultra. An HTC U11 is currently $650, though it was reduced to $600recently.

If you’re just looking for a case, you can get one for the One A9, M9 or M8 for just $10.

Hit the Source link to check out the deals.


Surface Laptop vs. Surface Pro 4: We compare prices, features and more

Updated 07/22/17 with additional data from our review of the Surface Laptop. Check out the Battery and Performance sections for the new comparisons. 

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop is aimed at supplanting the MacBook Air as a college-student favorite. The svelte, stylish clamshell also fills a middle ground between its cousins, the Surface Pro 4 tablet and Surface Book powerhouse 2-in-1, providing a third option that could appeal to many regular consumers.

We got a good first impression of the Surface Laptop after going hands-on in advance of its June launch. Now that we’ve reviewed it, we can help you decide whether it’s a better choice than the Surface Pro 4, with its promise of a tablet that can be a full-fledged computer. Let’s dig in!

Price: Beyond many students’ budgets

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You really need to add a Type Cover keyboard to your Surface Pro 4 purchase.

Neither the Surface Pro 4 nor the Surface Laptop is especially cheap, as the prices above indicate. Selecting the right Surface Laptop comes with a caveat: It’s aimed at education, where you’ll be subject to the whims of professors who dictate what software to buy. The entry-level models with 4GB of RAM may struggle if burdened with demanding applications. The models with 8GB of RAM or more will have better staying power.

Buying a Surface Pro 4 is a bit more straightforward. Note that these prices do not include a Type Cover attachable keyboard, which costs an additional $130 to $160 depending on the model. While you could theoretically do without one, you’ll make your life a lot easier if you add a Type Cover to your shopping list.

While asking college students to pay north of $1,500 for a higher-end Surface Laptop seems unrealistic, even if the alternative is an equally pricey MacBook Air, the most viable comparison is between the Surface Laptop with Core i7/8GB RAM/256GB SSD ($1,599) and the near-identically configured $1,349 Surface Pro 4 plus Type Cover (for a total of $1,479-$1,509). Note that the Surface Laptop offers a more advanced 7th-generation (Kaby Lake) Intel Core processor, while the Surface Pro 4 is stuck with the 6th-generation (Skylake) chip.


Intel accuses Qualcomm of abusing monopoly position

There are three constants in the universe – mass, energy, and Qualcomm being engaged in legal battles. The latest complaint comes from Intel, which claims the San Diego company is charging five times more for its licenses while at the same time is offering lower prices for chips for phone manufacturers.

Intel has urged the ITC to investigate Qualcomm, as it feels it hasn’t licensed its tech under “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory” terms and is charging absurdly high rates. Qualcomm on the other side said Intel uses patents in certain LTE modems unlawfully and has demanded Apple replace the parts.

Intel’s claims come just a day after the news that four companies that provide parts for iPhones and iPads accused Qualcomm of over-excessive charging for patents. The company is also investigated by the FTC and was already slapped with a fine by the South Korean government. And let’s not forget Qualcomm already claimed that Apple artificially made its modems slower than Intel’s.

Intel claiming that a company is hoarding the chip market might have a reason, but there’s also an ironic side to it. Back in 2014, it was required to pay $1.4 billion fine over anti-competitive tactics in the EU.


Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Review

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Review

Xiaomi’s Mi Max 2 is the company’s fourth smartphone launched in India this year after the Redmi Note 4, Redmi 4A, and Redmi 4. Much like its predecessor, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 bets big on a large display, and a massive battery.

At the Mi Max 2 launch event earlier this week, Xiaomi claimed that it has grown massively in terms of revenue in India compared to same period last year. We can safely assume that these figures more or less reflect the popularity of the low-cost Redmi series. There’s no doubt that the Chinese company has seenpositive response to its recent Redmi series launches, but at the same time there hasn’t been any buzz around the higher-end Mi series in India. In fact, the company is yet to decide whether the Mi 6 flagship will even launch here. The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is the first premium model that this company has launched in over a year, following the Mi Max in June 2016.

The original Mi Max stood out in the category of phones with screens larger than 6 inches, and now we have a few other choices including the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus (Review), at the same price level. Apart from its huge display and big battery, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 offers decent set of specifications. The big question is whether a phone like this is right for you. Let’s find out.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 design

There have been some significant design changes in the Mi Max 2 compared to the original Mi Max(Review), despite the fact that their screens are the same size. The all-metal body of the Mi Max 2 is more appealing and now features rounded edges that make it easier to hold. The 2.5D glass across the front gives it a more premium look, although the metal back is somewhat slippery. The antenna bands are more discreet, blending in with the colour of the back.

The Mi Max 2 is big for any kind of pocket, and we had some trouble carrying it around. We have used many 5.5-inch phones, and it was still hard to adjust to the Mi Max 2. During our time with this device, we found that it easily attracted people’s attention just because of its sheer size. Apart from its size, weight is sometimes an issue. At 7.6mm thick, the Mi Max 2 is sleek enough and offers good grip but 211g is a lot for a phone. This is something that might (or might not) bother you.

In our experience, it was uncomfortable to use this phone while walking or trying to juggle other work. We had to be extra cautious while holding it with just one hand during our review period. Typing with just one hand is a tough task, and we advise users not to try unless they are very sure of their grip.

The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 has backlit capacitive buttons at the front placed just below the display. There’s a front-facing camera and sensors above it, accompanied by the earpiece which also doubles up as a loudspeaker. The power and volume buttons are on the right, while the hybrid dual-SIM tray is on the left. The USB Type-C port is on the bottom between two grilles, but we noticed that only one was an actual speaker while the other was just a design element.

The phone has an Infrared emitter on the top panel, accompanied by the 3.5mm audio socket. We found that we could reach the fingerprint scanner on the back while holding the phone with just one hand, but we have to point out that people with smaller hands might have trouble with this.

In terms of construction quality, the Mi Max 2 looks solid. Fortunately, the back panel is not a fingerprint magnet, which means you won’t need to worry about wiping the phone from time to time. The Mi Max 2 has slimmer screen borders than the original Mi Max, and this means less distraction when watching videos.

Xiaomi has launched the Mi Max 2 only in black, and it looks stunning, but we can expect more colour options to be released over time. Inside the retail box, you get standard set of documentats, a SIM ejector tool, a USB Type-C cable, and a charger, apart from the phone itself. Xiaomi doesn’t ship earphones with any of its phones.


Lenovo shows off concept flexible phone, AI assistant, smart projector and more

Lenovo let its imagination go wild and showed the result at the Lenovo Tech World summit. Note that these are concepts that may never see the light of day, though we do hope some of their functions make it to actual Lenovo products.

The Lenovo Cplus concept phone is very flexible, much more so than an LG G Flex, for example. It uses a 4.35” AMOLED screen and a real leather back (with a choice of many colors).

The goal is to wear the Android-running Cplus like a bracelet, which will allow it to function like a smartwatch. You can easily transition to smartphone mode (the handset uses ESIM).

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Lenovo Cplus concept flexible smart phone/watch

There’s a new digital assistant – CAVA – which will use facial recognition and natural language processing. It will be able to make recommendations based on your calendar.

CAVA - Context Aware Virtual Assistant
CAVA – Context Aware Virtual Assistant

Besides your phone, Lenovo’s smart tech will also live in the SmartCast+, a cross between the Xperia Touch projector and Amazon Alexa (the company already has a classic smart speaker). Lenovo wants the SmartCast+ to be able to recognize objects and sounds, which will enable Augmented Reality functions.

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Lenovo SmartCast+ is a cross between Alexa and Xperia Touch

Speaking of AR, the daystAR is a standalone headset, which will offer a 40° field of view and do all the processing itself (not needing a PC or a phone).

A stand-alone AR headset, the Lenovo daystAR
A stand-alone AR headset, the Lenovo daystAR

Then there’s a SmartVest, which will have much more accurate tracking of your exercise routine thanks to ECG sensors. It will also be much more comfortable to wear all day and night.

The SmartVest will use ECG to track your health 24/7


Google creates personalized stream of news on iOS and Android

Back in December Google previewed a feed as a new feature. Today it evolves into a stream of news and other relevant cards for all Android and iOS users. Google is relying on the gathered info through searches and cookies to provide personalized information.


The company hopes the app will be used as frequently as Facebook and Twitter on mobile. It will include sports highlights, news, YouTube trending videos and stories to read. It will also have flight info, weather updates, recipes and upcoming events in the calendar in a separate tab.

When a card seems irrelevant, you can unsubscribe from the topic and from the whole media outlet as well. You can also add your favorite sports teams to receive live results and standings through the Settings option or a new “Follow” button Google is implementing in the search.


Most of the features are not new – they were a thing back when Google Now was used. Now that service is replaced by the feed and the advanced Google Assistant.

The new feed is launching initially in the US. It will roll out internationally in the next couple of weeks. The app should update automatically when the upgrade is available.


iPhone 8 renders show a larger Power key that (could) house the fingerprint reader

TouchID has reportedly been giving Apple headaches, but evidence is starting to mount that the fingerprint reader will move to the Power button on the side of the phone.

Forbes acquired schematics from case designer Nodus and created 3D renders based on them. What they show is that the Power button is significantly enlarged. Apple has already secured a patent for just such a setup.

The Home button will go digital on the new wider screen display (5.8” in diagonal). It will be a part of a new “function area”, which will also house the notifications. Those have been repositioned, since the top part of the display has a cut out to make room for the front camera and sensors.

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iPhone 8 renders based on schematics by case maker Nodus

Other changes include rotating the dual camera on the back 90° so that it will be horizontal when the phone is held in landscape – like, say, inside a VR/AR headset. And one non-change – the Lightning port lives on, there will be no USB-C in this iteration (despite MacBooks embracing the standard). And no 3.5mm headphone jack either, but that’s no surprise.


Nexus 6P and 5X don’t support this new Android O feature

Google has confirmed that the Huawei-made Nexus 6P and LG-made Nexus 5X don’t offer support for aptX Bluetooth streaming, a new feature that the company’s upcoming mobile OS – Android O – offers.

The confirmation came in the form a reply from a Google developer to a question put up by a user on the company’s Issue Tracker website.

Here’s what the developer said: “Unfortunately, aptX and aptX HD are not supported on Nexus 6p and Nexus 5X – only on newer devices.”

For those who aren’t aware, aptX is a proprietary streaming protocol currently owned by Qualcomm. In layman’s terms, it is aimed at providing better audio over Bluetooth. In fact, Qualcomm claims aptX audio enables “CD-like quality” wireless audio


The world’s first wireless charging laptop is now available from Dell

Dell’s new 2-in-1 laptop just went on sale. But what’s most interesting about it is that it’s the first 2-in-1 computer to support wireless charging. That is, if you shell out the extra $550 it costs to get the 7285’s wireless charging keyboard accessory and the charging mat that goes along with it (keyboard only will set you back $380, the charging mat is $200). Mind you, the tablet computer is already pretty steep starting at $1200.

While the tablet itself doesn’t actually charge wirelessly, you’ll need to have the 2-in-1 docked to the wireless-compatible keyboard. In addition, Dell says that the charging pad is not designed to be used on metal surfaces.

In fact, if you want to use the computer on a metal surface, you’ll need to use a non-metal stand that would raise the base at least 50mm (almost 2 inches). Perhaps wireless charging isn’t the most practical (or cost effective) method of charging on the Latitude 7285 2-in-1.

The Dell Latitude 7285 starts at $1200 with a Core-i5-7Y54 and 128GB of internal storage. 8GB of RAM and a 12-inch display really push the entry-level specs. Check out Source 1 for the press release or Source 2 for Dell’s product site.


Grab Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 for $500 with book cover keyboard

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 landed in the US back in March, carrying a $600 price tag. Then in May, it was listed on Amazon for $543. A few weeks later, Samsung officially slashed the tablet’s price to $500.

While officially, the device is still going for $499.99, retailer B&H has an even better deal as it’s offering a free book cover keyboard with each purchase.

The keyboard cover usually goes for $130. Keep in mind that immediate shipments aren’t available – the listing says, “Expected availability: 7-14 business days.”

The offer ends Jul 8 at 11:59 pm ET. For more information, head to the Source link below.