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We've got a Pixel 4a 5G — here's our first look at Google's $500 smartphone

We've got a Pixel 4a 5G — here's our first look at Google's $500 smartphone

The Android Police Pixel 4a 5G has arrived, and while you'll have to wait for our full review to get all the juicy details, I've spent most of this morning with it. Here's your first look at the Pixel 4a 5G. In short: If you're familiar with the much-loved Pixel 4a, Google's latest phone does more than just share its name.

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Realme’s latest budget phones charge insanely fast and cost next to nothing

Realme’s latest budget phones charge insanely fast and cost next to nothing

It’s no secret by now that Oppo sub-brand Realme is the world’s fastest-growing smartphone maker, and it’s no surprise either given its commitment to low-cost hardware with high-value specs. While Realme does compete at the higher end, albeit which much lower prices than its competitors, it is budget models like the Realme 7 and 7 Pro that likely make up the lions share of the company’s impressive sales figures.

This latest pair of handsets was first released in India last month, but they’re now making their way to Europe. For a relatively small amount of money, you get plenty of power, half-decent displays (at least one of them), rapid charging, and more cameras than you’ll know what to do with.

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The first Pixel 5 hands-on videos are here, thanks to one carrier letting the cat out of the bag early

The first Pixel 5 hands-on videos are here, thanks to one carrier letting the cat out of the bag early

The first hands-on videos for new phones are usually shot at in-person events, but thanks to coronavirus, we hadn't actually seen any hands-on Pixel 5 footage until now. A YouTuber in the UK, totallydubbedHD, has posted a couple of videos with a Pixel 5 provided to him by Vodafone, giving the general public their first real look at the phone.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 hands-on: This is what $2,000 feels like

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 hands-on: This is what $2,000 feels like

The Galaxy Z Fold2 is easily the most exciting Samsung smartphone of 2020, and maybe the most exciting smartphone of 2020 period. While I'm saving judgment for our final review of the Fold2 (coming soon), I do have some initial thoughts for folks considering a pre-order. And in short, I feel pretty positive about the phone so far.

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Unboxing the Surface Duo: What's Microsoft's $1400 dual-screen phone like in person?

Unboxing the Surface Duo: What's Microsoft's $1400 dual-screen phone like in person?

It's been almost a year since Microsoft first teased the Surface Duo, and we've been waiting to get our hands on one ever since. Our review unit arrived a few days ago, and given the excitement around it, we thought we would show you what it looks like in person ahead of our full review. While the unboxing isn't exactly anything groundbreaking, just holding the Duo in your hands makes you realize Microsoft's built something special here, something legitimately new and different. In other words: the Surface Duo is really cool.

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Hands-on with the new UI in the OnePlus OxygenOS Android 11 Developer Preview 3

Hands-on with the new UI in the OnePlus OxygenOS Android 11 Developer Preview 3

OnePlus has just released the Android 11 Developer Preview 3 for its 8 series of phones, and with it comes our first look at the new UI landing in OxygenOS 11. Intrepid OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro owners can flash the latest image to check out the changes for themselves, but in short: OnePlus Android 11 skin looks like a Samsung OneUI clone.

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Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra hands-on: High end, high fashion, high price

Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra hands-on: High end, high fashion, high price

Samsung's first "Ultra" phone, the Galaxy S20 Ultra, received at best a lukewarm critical reception. Consumers didn't seem to respond, either, as sales figures have not been strong. And while some of that boils down to trying to sell an extremely expensive phone during a global economic and health catastrophe, a lot of it was just down to what you got for the money. Samsung banked big on cameras a key selling point for the S20 Ultra, and they simply weren’t up to scratch. There’s a lot riding on the Galaxy Note20 series to redeem that phone, and the Note20 Ultra in particular.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ hands-on: Android's never had a tablet this good

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ hands-on: Android's never had a tablet this good

Android tablets have always been a bit awkward, as products. With the platform lacking the huge ecosystem of tablet-optimized apps that the iPad enjoys, or the large desktop legacy world you can access on something like a Surface Pro, many have asked the question "Why?" when it comes to an Android-powered slate. Perhaps it's not really one worth asking, though, when a company as large as Samsung is bothering to introduce an $850 tablet at all. With the Tab S7 and S7+, Samsung is bringing a capital-P "Premium" tablet hardware experience, and we've spent the last few days using the latter.

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Google's 3D animals: 60+ AR critters, dinosaurs, insects, plus list of compatible phones

Google's 3D animals: 60+ AR critters, dinosaurs, insects, plus list of compatible phones

Putting a tiger in your living room is generally not advisable. Unless it's a virtual one, that is. Thankfully, Google has enough 3D AR tigers to go around, along with dozens of other exotic and not so exotic critters you can snap photos and videos of from anywhere you currently happen to be standing. In this post, we'll show you how to use them, along with other cool 3D objects, using only the power of Google search and a compatible smartphone.

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How well does Fortnite play at 90Hz on a OnePlus 8?

How well does Fortnite play at 90Hz on a OnePlus 8?

OnePlus has been making a big deal out of the fact that its newest phones support Fortnite at 90fps, and so the company sent me an OnePlus 8 to put the game through its paces, and then report on my findings. As a seasoned PC gamer who's been playing on a 144Hz monitor for the last few years, I've been eagerly awaiting the day I could explore a high-frame-rate Android game at Android Police, though in the back of my mind I was always worried that mobile wouldn't be able to keep up with demanding frame-rates when gaming. Once you start pushing for the best frame-rates possible, graphics will ultimately have to be toned down, which is precisely the case for Fortnite on the OnePlus 8.

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