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[Discussion] What are your thoughts on the OnePlus 5T?

It's been a day after OnePlus officially unveiled its next flagship smartphone: the OnePlus 5T. The phone packs quite the punch in terms of hardware. In terms of raw specifications, it doesn't offer many improvements over the OnePlus 5. Although the display has been bumped to a 6.01" 18:9 panel and with the removal of...

The Huawei Mate 10 Duo is Held Back by Nonsensical Feature Disparities

Just why does the Huawei Mate 10 Pro omit so many "pro" features? Early this year, while I was still reeling from the Note7 disaster, I was on the hunt for a large, powerhouse Android phone. Traditionally I have two phones I alternate between, a smaller and a larger one. Usually one of these is an...

Why Glass is Replacing Aluminium and Plastic in Flagship Smartphones, and Why it Shouldn’t

Smartphone design trends come and go, but one trend which has been persistent for the past few years has been the transition to premium materials used in the construction of smartphones. While there was a time when it seemed like every single Android phone was made of plastic, design paradigms have slowly but steadily changed...

Would You Like to See a OnePlus 5T?

Most smartphone OEMs started their business by releasing one flagship smartphone each year and some have released some low-end and/or mid-range devices to offer even more choices to their consumers. It worked well for many. but a number of companies have started to release two different flagships each year. With Samsung, we have the Galaxy...

What Do You Think of the New Pixels and Products Announced at the 2017 Google Event?

Yesterday was huge for Google as they had a number of hardware products as well as software features to show off. We saw the official unveiling of devices that we had seen rumored in the past, and also saw some surprises tossed in there as well. Those looking for a new flagship smartphone can now...

What’s a Feature From Your Device That You Wish Every Phone Had?

A big advantage Android has for enthusiasts is that we get to try out different flavors of Android. If you are savvy enough, you can even build and add in the features that you want to see in a custom ROM for your own smartphone or tablet. Most people on XDA will try out a...

Are You Excited for the Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL and Other Google Announcements?

We are exactly one week away from Google launching a new batch of hardware to the world. So far, we have heard about a miniature version of Google Home, a premium Google Pixel Chromebook, an updated version of Daydream View and two new Pixel smartphones from both HTC as well as LG. The smaller of...

What are Your Thoughts on Android Oreo so Far?

Now that everyone has had time to either check out multiple articles or hands-on impressions, or try out the update for themselves, most of us have began cementing our opinion on Android Oreo. Not all updates are created equal, so it's common for hype and satisfaction levels to vary from year to year as Android...

Interview with Alex Naidis from AOSPA: The Future of Paranoid Android, Developer Advice and More!

Introduced to the Paranoid Android development scene in early 2016, Alex Naidis is now a part of the core leadership responsible for the project. Given AOSPA's popularity and the sudden resurrection of development surrounding it, the community had got to have some questions. Read Alex Naidis answers to the community's questions right here on the...

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 XDA Review: A Capable Flagship and a Solid First Step Onto the World Stage

Xiaomi’s worldwide launch has been heralded for years, and with the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 it looks like the final pieces are falling into place. As Xiaomi’s first flagship phone to offer a model with worldwide frequency band support, the Mi Note 2 offers an exciting look into what we can expect from Xiaomi as...

Essential Phone Delays are Pushing it Dangerously Close to 2017’s Fiercest Competition

Anyone who knows the smartphone market knows that there are two essential release cycles, with one lesser cycle during the course of the year. The first cycle is typically late February until May with the second falling in place in late August through October. Samsung, LG, and HTC typically launch their first flagships in that initial window...

Ads, Smaller Batteries, Jello Displays — How 2017 OEMs Keep Delivering What You Never Asked For

Last year it seemed that all the bad mojo in our industry was focused on one brand: Samsung. The Galaxy Note7 will likely go down as one of the worst blunders in our industry despite its revival as the Fan Edition nearly one year later. While a lot could be written about how Samsung handled the...