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Xiaomi Redmi 4 Mini-Review: A Hundred Dollars of Android Gets You Pretty Far

The Indian smartphone market is comprised of hundreds of players, spread across a large spectrum of budgets. But in a country where the per capita income (income per person in a year) was just ~$1,450 last fiscal year, aiming for the low end of the market with its vast untapped potential becomes crucial for brand...

Honor 8 Pro Mini-Review: A Copycat Design with Excellent Hardware & Software Problems We’ve Come to Expect

The Honor 8 Pro is a difficult device to evaluate from the outside: on one hand, it is the newest flagship device from Honor, but yet it does not quite replace the Honor 8 released last summer. On the other hand, it is running the latest silicon from Huawei, the HiSilicon Kirin 960, a QHD...

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 XDA Review: All Geared Up for Another Year of Success

India is a crucial part of Xiaomi’s international market. Here, their flagships have not had much success. On the other hand, the company continues to see its popularity rise with well-priced and high-value budget and low-end offerings. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 SoC was Xiaomi’s best selling phone in India and the country's...

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 XDA Performance and Battery Life Review (Compared to Redmi Note 3)

Xiaomi started off 2017 in India with the release of the next iteration of their most successful device in the country. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is the successor of last year's Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, which was applauded for its performance and battery life, bringing in the best value package in its product category. With...

Ulefone Metal XDA Review: An Often-Hilarious Trainwreck of a Phone, But a Step Forward For Ulefone’s Developer Relations

The Ulefone Metal is an entry level smartphone with a premium finish, that just can't quite stick the landing. It comes incredibly close to being a phone with good price-performance (especially thanks to Ulefone releasing the kernel sources and trying to support developers), but some issues with polish and a couple “What were they thinking?”-style...

OnePlus 3T XDA Review: What Has Changed, and by How Much

The OnePlus 3T quickly became a controversial release for OnePlus -- while the company has managed to make a great smartphone even better, many wish they knew ahead of time that the best was yet to come, especially those who bought the OnePlus 3 very recently. Most importantly, perhaps, is the fact that OnePlus 3 sales...

Google Pixel XL XDA Review: A Foundational Release for Google & Post-Nexus Android

Google's newest incursion into the smartphone market is upon us, and the Pixel and Pixel XL aim to offer top-notch hardware and the perfect realization of Google's new vision for Android. Most importantly, perhaps, it is key part of a bigger push for a redefined Google ecosystem. With so many great Android phones around, how clearly can...

Honor 8 XDA Review: Capable & Powerful Little Flagship on a Budget

The Honor 8 is Honor's newest flagship phone, now hitting the U.S. market and Europe at a competitive price-point. Offering excellent silicon and a glass and metal design for $400, the Honor 8 is in an interesting pricing bracket with even more interesting competitors. Can this device honor its specifications and stay toe-to-toe with the new...

Xiaomi Mi Max XDA Review: Big, Powerful And Big Again

Xiaomi has been riding waves of success in the Indian market, with very successful products like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and other disruptors like the Mi 5. We reviewed the Redmi Note 3 Snapdragon 650 variant recently, and the phone left us mightily impressed in a product segment that sees some of the heaviest, most competitive price...

Elephone S3 Quick Review — A Phone Bigger than its Price, Once Quality Assurance Issues Are Squashed

Elephone's latest device has arrived at a very reasonable $200, trying its hand at a premium design for the price bracket. But packing a 2014 SoC and just a 2100 mAh battery, can it hold up to today's alternate budget phones? I aimed to find out. Device Elephone S3 CPU MediaTek 6753 Display 5.2" IPS  1080 *1920 pixels (PPI=424) RAM 3GB Storage 16GB Battery 2100 mAh Front Camera 5MP Rear Camera 13MP Weight 145g* Colours Iron...

OnePlus 3 XDA Review: OnePlus Paints the Perfect Canvas for the Spec-Hungry Tinkerer

With a new year comes a new OnePlus flagship, with the goal of taking on the big league players and give them a serious run for their money. After last year's disappointing OnePlus 2, the "little OEM that could" drops its "Flagship Killer" slogan for a humbler release of a well-specced phone. Can the OnePlus re-deliver the Never Settle...

UMi Super Quick Review: Budget-Friendly Price, Loaded Specs, and the Flaws You’d Expect

UMi is a company that is otherwise unknown for being a top contender in the budget smartphone market. Their latest offering, the UMi Super, aims to take on a higher end of the  flagship market, while still keeping an affordable price point of $220. Can it compete? Let’s take a look and find out. UMi Super...