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The push for 5G may have unintentionally killed the “Flagship Killer” this year

In the early days of Android, smartphone wars amongst OEMs were solely about the spec sheet. Big numbers, fast numbers, many numbers -- it was all a race to the top. The idea of a flagship was to throw as many things as you could together and present it to the consumer at a price...

Everything we know about the OnePlus 6T: Waterdrop notch, In-display Fingerprint Scanner, and more (also: win a 6T!)

The OnePlus 6T is coming soon - it goes on sale in November, in fact - arriving only a few months after the OnePlus 6. By now, users will be used to OnePlus' twice-a-year release schedule, once around summer time and once in the fall. The "T" variant of OnePlus devices don't tend to make...

MediaTek Seemingly Backing Down on the Flagship SoC Market

It is no secret that MediaTek is one of the largest mobile SoC manufacturers worldwide, if not the largest. After all, while phones powered by MediaTek are not really common to see in the Western market, the vast majority of Chinese phones - even cheap knockoff ones - are powered by a MTK processor. That's...

Renders of the HTC U11 have been Leaked

Most big players in the mobile world have already unveiled their flagship devices. That includes the Korean giants Samsung and LG. It appears that the Taiwan-based HTC is planning to release the HTC U11 soon, given the handful of teasers the company has posted. But thanks to 91Mobiles, we now have early renders of the...

High-End Smartphones Account for 29% of Samsung’s Sales

In the last few years, we've seen the smartphone industry transition towards developing markets, aiming to saturate countries like India with affordable yet spectacular devices. In most of the world, flagships take a backseat and mid-range devices like the Moto G line duke it out in stores and online retailers.It's should be of no surprise to...

Good Phones at Any Price: The Best By-product of the Affordable Flagship

The affordable flagship has been a well-documented phenomenon that has given us a lot to talk about throughout the past two years. Setting their sights on flagship specifications, various OEMs have managed to offer more than anyone had expected on a budget. Indeed, premium construction and top-tier internal hardware are no longer limited to devices at the upper...

How do YOU Define Smartphone Brackets (Mid-range, etc)? Price, or Specs?

The open nature of Android has led to many things. While the fragmentation experienced in the ecosystem can be frustrating due to slow updates, developers also have similar headaches to developing an Android app and having to work across different software versions and hardware configurations. The differentiation has also become notable due to thousands of manufacturers, as devices...

UX Before Specs: The Transition We Needed

Once upon a time, when a new flagship device was to be released, we would be anticipating a big bump in specs. Those days, we all would salivate at the thought of using that phone with higher RAM's, more cores, more megapixels and all that good stuff. A very good depiction of this trend is the transition...

The Slow Death of Hype: Flagships Past the Age of Compromises

It has come to my attention that while this 2016 will certainly bring - as it already has - some very interesting phones, the lingering hype after each release, and even the enthusiasm on the eve of launch, feels  different than in both 2015 and 2014. There is good and bad to this; let's not forget...

Brace Yourselves, More Affordable Flagships are Coming

An increasingly competitive cellular market has brought an interesting shift in strategy for OEMs. With the entrance of companies such as Huawei into North America, we’re seeing an increase in the mid-grade and budget device spaces. In North America, the first really decent budget phone was the Moto G. The Moto G created waves with consumers...

Galaxy S7 Plus Renders Surface, Show no MicroSD Nor USB Type-C Port

Every Samsung Galaxy S' premiere is a milestone to every Android user. Most smartphones from this series are widely regarded as some of the best Android devices available. We don't have to mention that Samsung sells millions of units yearly, everyone knows. A next bad boy, the Samsung Galaxy S7, is expected to be announced not...

OEM’s Choice: The Fragmentation and Subsequent Stratification of Android

"Be Together Not The Same" The slogan debuted a year ago with the release of Lollipop, highlighting the greatest strength of Android: choice. The sheer diversity of Android products has exploded in 2015, with manufacturers opting to offer multiple versions of their flagship devices, such as the Samsung S6, S6Edge, Note 5, S6E+, Moto X Play,...