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[Update: Winnners!] Win One Of Five Huawei Ascend Mate 2s From Android Police And GetHuawei.com

Huawei is a name that most of us have been hearing more and more often lately, as the company has really been pushing its presence in the North American market. It's currently offering some really unique hardware, like the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate 2, which sports a massive 3,900mAh battery. Huawei claims that it'll get you through an entire weekend without needing to hit the wall (up to 2.5 days to be exact). That's pretty insane, especially when you consider the device's $300 price tag. It certainly piqued my interest, anyway.

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Other than the gargantuan battery, this big ol' phone is packing some respectable features:

  • 6.1-inch 1280x720 display with Gorilla Glass 3
  • 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM89280)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage with microSD card slot
  • 13MP f/2.2 28mm rear camera, 5MP front selfie machine
  • 6.3" x 3.3" x .37", 202 grams
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900; LTE Bands 2, 4, 5, 17
  • Android 4.3 (Will be updated to 4.4)

Another really awesome feature of the Mate 2 is its ability to share its battery.

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Amazon Officially Unveils Its First Smartphone: Say Hello To Fire Phone

Update: Here's a video of the full press conference.

We've been hearing about Amazon's potential smartphone for what seems like years, but today it's finally real. At a super-exclusive Amazon event, Jeff Bezos talked about Prime, Kindles, FireTV, customers, some other stuff, and took wraps off of the company's first go at a phone. It is, as you may have guessed, an interesting one. It's packing some rather unique features, as well as top-notch hardware:

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  • 4.7" IPS LCD HD display "optimized for one-handed use" – 590 nit brightness, Gorilla Glass
  • Quad core 2.2GHz processor
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32/64GB storage
  • 13MP f/2.0 rear shooter, OIS – instant access button, even with the screen off
  • Four front-facing cameras for dynamic perspective and a wider field of view
  • Unlimited photo storage (cloud)
  • Dual stereo speakers
  • Ships with non-tangle headphones with flat cable and magnetic buds
  • Glass back
  • Aluminum Buttons
  • Nine-band LTE
  • $199 on-contract, AT&T Only

So yeah, Fire Phone.

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Hands-On With The Blu Vivo IV, Blu's First Octa-Core Phone And The Thinnest Device On The Market Today

Once upon a time, Blu was pushing out low- to mid-range phones once every couple of weeks. Then a shift happened – the company stepped up its game and started putting out higher quality handsets, leading up to last month's release of the Life Pure XL – a Snapdragon 800-packing monster.

Fast-forward to now, with the launch of two new Blu handsets: the Vivo IV and Life 8. While the Life 8 is more of a "mid-range" octa-core device (1GB RAM, 1280x720 display, 8GB storage), the Vivo IV is another beast entirely. It's a high-end octa-core handset with plenty of bang for the buck.

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Hands-On With The Blu Life Pure XL: Settling Feels Good

In the past, Blu has offered budget-friendly phones with mid to mid-high end specs. The biggest issue that most power users have had with the company's handsets is a simple one: MediaTek processors. While these particular chips offer good bang for the buck, they are still mostly underpowered for heavy multi-taskers or anyone looking for lightning quickness from their handset.

It looks like we may be getting into a new era for Blu if the new Life Pure XL is any indicator of what to expect moving forward. This device is a fairly drastic departure from the company's previous devices, as it's packing some of the most high-end specs we've seen from them yet.

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OnePlus One With CyanogenMod 11S Review: The Best Flagship Phone You Can't Buy

Can you make a smartphone without compromise? Is it possible to cram top-of-the-line hardware into a slim phone body, then fit it with well-regarded software, then sell it for about half the price of competing devices, and call the resulting product a "flagship killer?" Can you, as the ceaseless OnePlus promotion machine so succinctly puts it, "never settle?"

In a word, no. The OnePlus One, the maiden Android phone from a boutique manufacturer, is not completely without its shortcomings (or indeed, its compromises). But even so, it's a brilliant first effort, and one well worth considering for the Android enthusiast or the bargain hunter.

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Motorola Moto E Is Official, Pre-Orders Start At Just $129 With No Contract

There it is folks, the Moto E has been announced. We've known about it for a little while thanks to a couple of leaks, one of which even included specs. Today, Motorola held an event in India to officially launch the budget handset, starting it at just 6999 Rupees (about $117 USD). Shortly after the show was over, US pre-orders also went live with a starting price of $129 without contract. The Moto E will ultimately roll out to more than 40 countries over the next few weeks.

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Also in Hindi, if you prefer.

The video promises a scratch resistant screen, water-resistant splash guard, all-day battery (dependent upon usage habits), customizable shells, and a guarantee of an Android OS upgrade in the future.

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Huawei Announces Its Flagship Ascend P7, Still Looks Like An iPhone, Still Probably Never Coming To America

While Huawei's presence here in the United States has remained limited, the company's handset shipments in Asia and other parts of the world make it a serious mobile contender in the grand scheme. Today, Huawei announced its latest attempt to usurp its competitors at the high end of the market: the Ascend P7.

The P7 looks largely reminiscent of the P6, which is to say it looks largely reminiscent of an iPhone 4. In fact, it actually looks even more iPhone-ish now that the rear of the phone is covered in a slab of Gorilla Glass. Combined with the 3-sided brushed aluminum banding around the squared-off edges of the device, you have to wonder if there's a reason Huawei hasn't included the US in the list of launch countries.

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Caterpillar Crushes 600 CAT B15 Phones With A Front-End Loader, Hopes You'll Buy One From Amazon On Friday

Someone at the Caterpillar equipment company had a lot of fun devising this promotional video for CAT's Android-powered, ruggedized smartphone, the B15. In addition to some dramatic drops using machines right out of a Tonka fantasy, the demonstrators set up a line of 600 smartphones, all powered on and running, then ran over them with a CAT 277D Multi-Terrain Loader weighing over 9,000 pounds. Let's watch!

Naturally the phones come out unscathed, or at least apparently so. That's because the CAT B15 might just be the toughest "rugged" phone yet: this brick of a device covered in thick rubber and plastic is designed specifically to be abused at construction sites, oil rigs, and other hazardous workplaces all over the world.

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Blu Announces The Life Pure XL With A Snapdragon 800, 5.5-Inch 1080p Screen, And Up To 3GB Of RAM

Blu has made its name offering inexpensive mid-range devices, but the new Life Pure XL is creeping up the food chain. This phone will still be fairly cheap, but has vastly improved specs.

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OnePlus One Revealed: Coming Mid-May For $299 (16GB) / $349 (64GB) With Snapdragon 801, 3GB Of RAM, And 3100mAh Non-Removable Battery

After all the teasing and big talk, the OnePlus One has been officially announced. Some of what wasn't revealed by the company in the lead up to the unveiling was leaked a few days ago, but now we've got all the details. This device is clearly going after the Nexus category of devices with a low price and solid feature set. Oh, and it has CyanogenMod.

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