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Corning's New Lotus Glass Promises High-Performance, Durable Displays

Corning, the wizards behind Gorilla Glass, have done it again - earlier this week, the glass giant announced Lotus Glass, a new, durable glass designed specifically for high-performance electronic displays.

For a while now, Corning's Gorilla Glass has been a household name when it comes to mobile electronics, coming to be something of a standard, and synonymous with durability. Corning's announcement of Lotus Glass, however, is about to shake things up, offering a significant step up from the current go-to name in tough glass.

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Hands-On With The Blu Vivo Selfie, Energy X Plus, And Studio C 5+5

Earlier this week, Blu announced a handful of new phones: the Vivo Selfie, Studio C 5+5, Studio C 5+5 LTE, and Energy X Plus. Each handset has something that makes it stand out from the others, and all of them come in at the low price points that we've come to expect from Blu. In short, we've got a thin and light phone made for selfies, a pair of ultra-affordable devices with dual 5MP shooters, and one with a battery that's in it for the long haul.

I've had three of the four for the last few days, with the only exception being the 5+5 LTE since it's virtually identical to the 5+5, just with the addition of LTE.

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OnePlus 2 Specs, Release Date, And Pricing

    Chipset and software

    Platform  Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (MSM8994)
    Processor Octacore, 4x ARM A57 cores @ up to 1.8Hz, 4x ARM A53 cores @ 1.5GHz.
    Process size 20nm
    GPU  Adreno 430
    RAM 3-4GB LP-DDR4
    Cellular modem  Qualcomm X10 LTE
    Storage 16/64GB (eMMC 5.0)
    Android version shipped 5.1 "Lollipop" 

    Release date and pricing

    Announcement date  July 27th, 2015
    Initial retail availability August 11th, 2015 (64GB version only)
    Price (US) $329 (16GB), $389 (64GB)
    Price (UK) £239 (16GB), £289 (64GB)
    Price (EU) €339 (16GB), €399 (64GB)
    Price (Canada) $409 (16GB), $479 (64GB)


    Dimensions 5.5" 1920x1080 Full HD
    Panel type IPS TFT-LCD
    Display protection Corning Gorilla Glass

    Power, data, and ports

    Connector USB Type-C, USB version 2.0
    Battery 3300mAh, non-removable
    Quick charging None
    Wireless charging None
    SIM type  Dual nano SIM cards (no tool required)
    microSD slot No

    Wireless connectivity

    Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5GHz
    Bluetooth Version 4.1 w/ LE
    Mobile data 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE (support and bands vary by market)
    Voice over LTE Unknown

    Camera (rear)

    Max still resolution 13MP
    Video resolution Up to 2160p (4K w/ full 4K DCI), 24-120FPS (120FPS only at 720p)
    Flash Dual LED
    HDR Yes

    Camera (front)

    Max still resolution 5MP
    Flash No
    Video resolution  Unknown
    HDR Unknown

    Other features

    NFC No
    Infrared  No
    Fingerprint scanner On home button, touch-style
    Other 3-position notification (mute) switch, swappable rear covers.
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    Hands-On With The OnePlus 2: Wood, Fingerprints, And Mute Switches

    I've never used a OnePlus One for more than a few minutes, and I've never really had much of a desire to (hey, just being honest). After hearing Artem's many horror stories about the device, seeing the slow OTA timeline of Cyanogen Inc., and being perfectly happy buying a full-on flagship phone since no-interest financing is readily available here in America, the One never really caught my attention as a product. So, I like to think I'm going into the OnePlus 2 with slightly fresher eyes here, though what that really amounts to in any substantive sense I have no clue.

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    [Update: Chinese Original Found] Company Slaps Commodore Brand On Back Of Generic Smartphone, Gets Attention

    This morning, a story on Wired was published, and it might have you believe some sort of zombie Commodore is building a Commodore-inspired smartphone called the PET, which sounds kind of cool (I guess?).

    Well, here's the thing: I'm not going to say Wired got duped - but they also seem to have missed some pretty glaring red flags about this device that should probably make anyone think twice before getting excited.

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    Samsung Galaxy S6 And S6 Edge Specs And Release Date

      Chipset and software

      Platform Samsung Exynos 7420
      Processor Octacore, 4x ARM A57 cores @ 2.1GHz, 4x ARM A53 cores @ 1.5GHz.
      Process size 14nm
      GPU ARM Mali-T760MP8
      RAM 3GB LP-DDR4
      Cellular modem Shannon 303 aka "Exynos Modem 303"
      Storage 32/64/128GB (UFS 2.0)
      Android version shipped 5.0.2 "Lollipop"

      Announcement and release dates

      Announcement date March 1st, 2015
      Initial retail availability April 10th, 2015


      Dimensions 5.1" 1440x2560 "Quad-HD" / QHD
      Panel type Super AMOLED
      Display protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4

      Power, data, and ports

      Connector microUSB, USB version 2.0
      Battery 2550mAh, non-removable
      Quick charging Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging @ up to 15 Watts (works w/ Qualcomm Quick Charge)
      Wireless charging Qi (WPC) and PMA (Rezence)
      SIM type Nano (tool required for removal)
      microSD slot No

      Wireless connectivity

      Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac 2.4-5GHz with MIMO
      Bluetooth Version 4.1 w/ LE
      Mobile data 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE (support varies by market)
      Voice over LTE Support varies by market

      Camera (rear)

      Max still resolution 16MP
      Video resolution 480p-2160p (4K), 30-120FPS (120FPS only available at 720p, 60FPS only at 1080p)
      Flash Single LED
      HDR Stills and video

      Camera (front)

      Max still resolution 5MP
      Flash No
      Video resolution 480p-1440p (QHD) @ 30FPS
      HDR Stills only

      Other features

      NFC Yes
      Infrared Yes
      Fingerprint scanner On home button, touch-style
      Heartbeat monitor Near camera flash


      Weight 138g (S6), 132g (S6 Edge)
      Height/width 143.4mm/70.5mm (S6), 142.1mm/70.1mm (S6 Edge)
      Thickness 6.8mm (S6), 7.0mm (S6 Edge) (excluding camera bulge)


      The Samsung Galaxy S6 was introduced by Samsung on March 1st, 2015.

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      Hands-On With The Blu Life One And Life 8 XL: Two Upcoming Budget Smartphones With A Lot To Offer For The Price

      Back at CES earlier this year, Blu announced a handful of phones, including the Vivo Air, Studio X, and Studio Energy. Today, we're looking at the final phone from that announcement, the Life One, as well as another handset Blu has coming out in a few weeks, the Life 8 XL.

      Let's jump right in with specs.

      Life One


      Display 5-inch 1280x720 display with Gorilla Glass 3
      Processor 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 with Adreno 306
      RAM 1GB
      Camera 13 MP rear shooter, 5MP front
      Storage 8GB with SD card slot (up to 64GB)
      Ports microUSB, 3.5mm headphone jack
      Wireless LTE, HSPA+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
      Dimensions 143 x 72.1 x 7.5mm, 125g
      Battery 2420mAh
      OS Android 4.4.2 (Lollipop coming next month)
      Price $149 ($99 for one week during pre-orders)
      Buy Amazon (Pre-order; release date: June 19th)


      The first thing worth noting about the Life One is the processor - it's a 64 bit Snapdragon 410.

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      ASUS Announces ZenWatch 2 (In Two Sizes), ZenFone Selfie, And New ZenPad Tablets (In Three Sizes)

      Today at a press event during Computex, ASUS announced many new Android products, and I'm guessing you'll be intrigued by at least one of them.

      ZenWatch 2

      Let's get to the headliner: the big news with the ZenWatch 2 is that it now comes in two sizes - 37mm and 41mm (width). The smaller 37mm sports an 18mm strap, with the 41mm having a larger 22mm band. Both have AMOLED dipslays with Gorilla Glass 3, IP67 dust and water resistance, magnetic charging cables, and use unspecified Qualcomm processors (likely still a Snapdragon 400). The ZenWatch 2 has a crown now, too, which ASUS says adds functionality, but isn't exactly specifying how just yet.

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      Galaxy S6 Edge Owners Reporting Scratched Screens After Using Samsung's First-Party Clear View Cases

      Every time Samsung releases a new high-profile phone or tablet, it also makes a bunch of pricey first-party cases to go with it. And why not - they're high-margin accessories that get stocked by the likes of Best Buy and carrier stores, and most of the time they're actually pretty nice. But the first round of official cases for the Galaxy S6 Edge are showing some remarkable problems: they might actually be damaging the gadgets they're designed to protect.

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      We're talking about the "Clear View" series of cases in particular, which wrap around the back of the phones and cover the screen with a translucent piece of plastic, allowing the time and other information to shine through.

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      Xiaomi Officially Debuts The Mi Note Pro With 5.7" QHD Display, 13MP Camera, 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage, Dual SIM With LTE Cat 9... And Snapdragon 810

      Back in January Xiaomi announced the Mi Note, a rather fetching midrange smartphone, and let loose some details regarding its more powerful sibling: the Mi Note Pro. Today, we got more information and an official release date for the Pro.

      Mi Note Pro 1 Mi Note Pro 2

      The Mi Note Pro is pushing the envelop of high-end smartphones with all-singing all-dancing all-heating specs. It has a sunlight-optimized 5.7" QHD 2560x1440 display from Sharp that crams 515 pixels per inch, 4G of RAM, a 64GB eMMC 5.0 storage module, a 13MP camera with OIS, dual SIM slots with LTE Cat 9 support, and Qualcomm's feverishly maligned Snapdragon 810 processor. Everything is powered by a 3090mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0.

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