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Google reportedly drops plans to open Chicago retail store

Google makes more hardware than it did in the past, so it has naturally considered opening retail stores from time to time. The company has purchased shipping containers and renovated lofts, only to cancel its plans. The only initiatives that have come to fruition are a few pop-up stores. Last year, we heard Google was on the verge of opening its first permanent flagship retail store in Chicago. Now, it looks like the deal has fallen through.

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[Update: Independent confirmation] T-Mobile may start carrying the Pixel 3, 3 XL, 3a, and 3a XL

Google got in bed with Verizon to launch the Pixel lineup in 2016, and Big Red has been Google's exclusive carrier partner ever since. However, a new report claims that T-Mobile is about to get its chance to sell Google's latest Android phones. That suggests T-Mobile could have more Pixel phones in the future.

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[Update: New renders support date] Verizon to purportedly start Galaxy S10 5G sales on May 16

In two days, smartphone fans in Korea will spend up to roughly $1,400 to purchase the Galaxy S10 5G. Samsung's 5G flagship will be the first meaningful push for 5G phones in many countries, but the only thing we knew about its path to the United States was that it would first come to Verizon sometime before summer. That was until leaks blogger Evan Blass tweeted out a cryptic message today.

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Report: Samsung will release four Galaxy Note 10 models, both 4G and 5G options

Samsung's annual Galaxy S release has included multiple devices in recent years, but the Galaxy Note has been monolithic. According to a report from ETNews, the Note 10 could take some lessons from the Galaxy S10. Samsung may release four different models, two 4G LTE and two 5G.

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Samsung might ditch physical buttons for the Galaxy Note 10

Samsung has stood firm against the trend of removing headphone jacks from smartphones, but it might be on the verge of ditching some other important pieces of its next flagship device. Rumors point to the Galaxy Note 10 as one of Samsung's first buttonless phones with no physical volume or power buttons. One potential upside: no Bixby button, either.

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Details about how Motorola's foldable RAZR phone will work leaked

Several rumors are suggesting Motorola is considering releasing a foldable device soon, including a hint from the company's VP of Global Product, Dan Dery. After all, it's only fair to expect Lenovo's subsidiary to try to rival Samsung and Huawei in this promising market. According to the grapevine, the manufacturer is looking at reviving the iconic RAZR brand with a flip phone that features an internal bendable display and a smaller outer screen. Details on how the latter will interact with Android have leaked, and the least we can say is that it looks quite limited.

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HMD sends invites for October 4th event as Nokia 7.1 Plus render leaks

The first two weeks of October is lining up to be an exceedingly busy time for phone unveilings — we've got Google's big hardware event that will include the Pixel 3, the second-gen Razer Phone 2, the LG V40 ThinQ, the Samsung Galaxy A9 Star Pro (what a name, right), and now it seems as though HMD Global is planning to launch the Nokia 7.1 Plus on October 4th.

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Razer Phone 2 gets ready to make an October 10 debut

Razer making a smartphone? A few years back the idea would have sounded positively nutty, but last year brought us the surprising debut of the first-gen Razer Phone, a solidly equipped Android gaming handset with an extra-high-refresh-rate display. A follow-up device sure seems like a sensible enough idea, and earlier this month we received confirmation that Razer was planning just such a smartphone. Today we start learning about how it will debut, as Razer sends out save-the-dates for an October 10 event.

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[Update: More camera info] Pixel 3 XL details emerge, including redesigned camera app and Google Assistant earbud remote

As more units of Google's lost Pixel 3 XL batch make their way into the hands of various bloggers, further details are emerging. These are pre-production models, so everything we're seeing is subject to change, but there are some interesting tidbits nonetheless.

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Google could launch its own Assistant smart display this year

Assistant-powered displays are a thing now, and they may actually be a pretty good thing. However, Google itself hasn't announced any smart display products. That could change later this year, according to a new report.

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