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Fact Check: Eldar Murtazin Definitely Did Not Say Anything About The Galaxy S7's "2-Day" Battery Life

If you're not aware of the existence of a man named Eldar Murtazin, I'm inclined to consider you lucky. But now you're about to hear of him anyway, because the sometimes-right (but often not) mobile industry veteran and serial rumor-monger was the subject of a spate of posts on blogs over the last two days for claims he didn't even make.

While I'm as quick as anyone to call BS on just about anything Murtazin claims, what happened recently with a decided non-statement of Murtazin's is a bit aggravating. Around a day-and-a-half ago, Murtazin tweeted the following.

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ZeroLemon Releases 8500mAh External Battery Cases For The Galaxy Note 5 And Galaxy S6 Edge Plus For $60

With gigantic screens and the extra internal space that goes along with them, Samsung's plus-sized flagship phones already offer large batteries: 3000mAh for both the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. But for some that just isn't enough, and that's where third-party battery supplier ZeroLemon shines. Both phones have sealed battery compartments, but the usual work-around is to build a giant battery into an even more giant phone case. So it is with ZeroLemon's latest offerings: enormous 8500mAh battery-cases for both devices.

The math works out to almost 3X battery life on a fully-charged case, plus the runtime of the phone's internal battery, though the electrical inefficiency of the external battery system probably means it won't last quite that long.

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[He's Not Dead, Jim] Samsung Galaxy S II Gets Marshmallow Through CyanogenMod 13 Nightly

The Galaxy S II is an iconic device in Samsung's line-up. It had a big role in changing the public's perception of Samsung's brand and establishing it as a major smartphone player. But in our day and age, at a time when the S7 is about to be announced, the S II is getting long, really looooooooong in the tooth. It's a 5-year old device by now and its specs (dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 4.3" 480x800 display) can hardly be found in the lowest of the low-end Android phones. It does have 1GB of RAM and 16/32GB of storage though, which make it a potential candidate ripe for more modern Android ROMs.

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Samsung Rumored To Announce 'Gear 360' VR Camera Alongside The Galaxy S7

Virtual reality is the hot new-ish thing these days, but making your own fully immersive 360-degree content is far from a simple experience. Samsung might be getting ready to release a companion to the Gear VR called the Gear 360. According to SamMobile, it's a 360-degree camera that records video using two 180-degree fisheye lenses.

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Front And Back Views Of The Galaxy S7 And S7 Edge Leak Ahead Of Announcement

While he no longer hides behind the cloak of @evleaks, Evan Blass is still in the habit of leaking things. In recent days, that's meant leaking images of the still-unannounced Galaxy S7. We've now got front and back shots of the device, and they look rather familiar.

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Samsung Announces Unpacked Event On February 21st To Unveil The Galaxy S7

Samsung has had its own dedicated Unpacked events in recent years to talk about its new flagship phones, but this year it's doing the deed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Unpacked and the probable Galaxy S7 announcement is now official for Sunday, February 21st at 7PM local time (doors open an hour earlier). That works out to 1PM on the East Coast in the US for the start of the event.

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T-Mobile Offers Buy One, Get One Half Off Prices On Samsung And LG Flagship Phones, But Not On The Web

Cars. Houses. Contracted electronics. These are items for which the old "buy one, get one" scheme rarely works. But since T-Mobile has ostensibly given up cellular contracts, it makes a sort of sense... at least if you're buying phones for more than one person on the same plan. The carrier is now offering a buy one, get one 50% off discount on all versions of the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note 5, the LG G4, and the LG V10, as well as the latest two generations of iPhones.

All colors and capacities sold by T-Mobile are eligible, and you can purchase up to 12 phones at a time(!) and apply the discounts.

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The Galaxy S7 Rumor Breakdown: What's Plausible, What Isn't, And What We Still Don't Know

The Galaxy S7 is coming. It will be the most-anticipated Android smartphone of 2016 [relative the general populace], because it will likely be the best selling single model of Android smartphone of 2016. It will almost certainly be announced next month in the lead-up to MWC. As such, the number of rumors and general crap flying around about the Galaxy S7 right now is slowly going critical, and you're probably seeing a lot of it mucking up your readers and social feeds. The question is: what do you believe?

At this point, the summary is: not much. There are a few key tidbits out there I think really worth paying attention to, but there's also a lot of speculation and general rumor-mongering going on that makes it difficult to separate plausible, reliable information from something that would be better off on a fan forum with other fiction.

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Samsung Is Rolling Out Its January Security Patch To 'Major Flagship Models'

Samsung was among the companies that last year pledged to start issuing monthly security updates for its flagship phones following the Stage Fright scare. It has more or less been following through with that promise, and today it's announcing a January security patch with fixes for Android vulnerabilities from Google's monthly patch, as well as some specific to Samsung devices.

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[Deal Alert] Best Buy Offers A Free Samsung Gear VR With The Purchase Of A Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, Or Note 5, Today Only

Samsung's Gear VR headset hasn't become quite as popular as Google's Cardboard system, but not for lack of technical worthiness - Samsung's version is more sturdy and aesthetically appealing than cobbled-together headsets that have become the status quo. But if you have a compatible Samsung phone and some disposable income, it's still a great way to hop on the VR bandwagon. If you're in the market for a new Samsung phone and you live in the US, Best Buy is offering a free Gear VR with the latest flagship Samsung devices today.

The promotional page says that anyone buying or leasing a Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, or Note 5 from the Best Buy website will be given the latest version of the Gear VR for free.

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