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Samsung Galaxy Tab Prototype Spotted Again, With Some Hands-On Details

A prototype of Samsung's Galaxy tablet (creatively named the "Galaxy Tab") has been spotted again, this time in the hands of a Chinese citizen. Unfortunately, Google Translate is pretty awful on this one:

Broke the identity of a mystery, e-mail name is (づ¯ 3 ¯)づ, good sense ... pregnant, and he also presents us with a gift: The Galaxy Tab landing our home, so ifanr a Samsung flat in the first Chinese Web site, thanks his readers!

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Dear World, Samsung [Sadly] Is Not Announcing The Galaxy Tab Tablet At The PR Event On August 11th

Rumor around the interwebs in the last few days has been that Samsung may be planning on announcing the Samsung Galaxy Tab during the August 11th press conference.

Unfortunately, we just got word from the official Samsung PR source saying that the event is unrelated to a tablet release. In fact, it’s completely unrelated to the mobile division altogether and will be related to the Consumer Electronics division. While, one could argue that CE could include a tablet as well, the PR contact specifically mentioned that a tablet is not involved.

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Samsung Brings High-End To The Small Screen - Galaxy Q Specs Leaked

Samsung is certainly on a roll with their Android devices – their Galaxy S and all of its variants have launched successfully all over the world, with more launches still to come. But that hasn’t stopped them from planning their next Android device, one that may attempt to sway Blackberry users to Android.

According to a spec sheet leaked by MobileCrunch, the Samsung Galaxy Q is a very high-end phone, with the small screen size of only 3.0” being the odd spec out.

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Samsung’s Affair With Android Continues – Galaxy 3 and Galaxy 5 Details Emerge

Samsung is really diggin’ Android lately, isn't it? Forgetting the Galaxy S rollout for a minute, we now have some news on 2 different handsets, aimed at the lower end - the Galaxy 3 and Galaxy 5.

Galaxy 3

The Galaxy 3 is the larger of the two, but frankly it’s still just a little tyke (then again, it’s aimed at little tykes, so maybe it’s fitting). It sports a 3.2” touchscreen running at 240 x 400 px, a 3.2 MP camera with geotagging, and comes with a 1 GB microSD card.

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Samsung Galaxy Tape To Run Android 2.2, More Specs Revealed

Ever since details of Samsung’s upcoming ‘Galaxy Tab Tape’ were revealed by the company’s South African Twitter account at the beginning of this month, more specifications have been finding their way on to the internet.

The latest findings suggest that the Galaxy Tape will be powered by a 1.2GHz processor, and come with 16GB of storage to match. In addition to this, it’s touted to run Android 2.2 out of the box.

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As Samsung announces big profits, LG's mobile unit loses $132 million in Q2 due to slow G5 sales

LG's mobile business has regularly been on the knife's edge of profitability over the years, and after last year's lackluster G4, the company likely hoped the more adventurous G5 would help pay the smartphone arm's bills and, perhaps, even deliver a profit to the unit. Unfortunately, according to LG's Q2 2016 fiscal results released today, that effort has not paid off.

LG Mobile reported an operating loss of $132 million for the second quarter, the first full fiscal quarter the G5 was on sale in major markets (it launched April 1st here in the US). This is especially dismal given that it marks only a very modest improvement over LG's Q1 results for its mobile unit, which saw losses of around $168 million.

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Samsung posts big profit for Q2 2016, largest in over two years

Bolstered by surging sales of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, Samsung has announced its second quarter earnings for 2016, showing that profits, 8.14 trillion won ($45.2 billion), are up almost 18%, with revenue, 50.94 trillion won ($7.22 billion), also up by 5%.

These are big, big increases for Samsung - the biggest profit the South Korean company has made in over two years. This is no doubt thanks to, at least in part, a hugely profitable IT & Mobile Communications division, which has the smartphone department as part of that. Profit for the IM division was 4.32 trillion won ($3.83 billion).

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Alcatel Idol 4S review: Too much money for too little phone

Last year, Alcatel made its first real foray into the US unlocked smartphone market with the Idol 3. That phone cost $249, but at the time, offered quite a bit for the money. A large 5.5" 1080p display (with a fairly good LCD panel), dual front-facing speakers, no real bloatware to speak of, LTE, solid cameras (13MP/8MP), and a microSD card slot. High on features, low on price may as well have been the tagline for the Idol 3, and while it was at times excruciatingly slow owing to its Snapdragon 615 chipset, I found it an overall good value proposition.

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Moto Z and Moto Z Force review: A modular miss

Motorola is trying something new—it's like a whole new company with new owners, new phones, and a new approach to making money on said phones. The Moto Z and Z Force (currently only available as Verizon exclusives) are "modular" phones with a series of snap-on rear panel accessories. They're also very thin and lacking a headphone jack. There are certainly reasons to be skeptical of these devices, but they're also very interesting in an industry that has had trouble innovating beyond the standard black slab.

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[Deal Alert] Grab an unlocked Xperia X Performance for $579.99 on eBay

When Ryan looked at the Xperia X Performance last month, his verdict was that it had a nice display, decent specs, but deal breakers like the lack of a fingerprint scanner and the poor camera left a sour taste in his mouth. That was nothing though compared to the shock of the price of the phone. $700. There are many, many better phones selling for that much and even less, so Sony's value proposition just seems ridiculous.

At a discounted price though, you could make a case for the X Performance. It does have a nice display after all, a solid build, a Snapdragon 820, IP68 water resistance (a bit of a rare feat still), 3GB of RAM, and if the camera's software is tweaked, it could yield good photos.

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