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Here’s a look at the Huawei P10 in blue, gold and green


Leaker Evan Blass has gotten his hands on a promo shot of what is believed to be the Huawei P10 in three color variants, blue, gold and green.

I say believed to be, but at this point it seems clear that this what Huawei’s next flagship will look like: we’ve seen both a leaked photo and similar renders (including a lime green version like in this latest image) of the handset previously, and Blass’s @evleaks channel is usually reliable.

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The metallic blue option looks like one of the two P9 variants Huawei released last year at IFA, several months after the initial launch of the handset, but here’s hoping Huawei brings the metallic red variant too, because that thing looked badass.

As for how the color variants will differ between the rumored P10 and P10 Plus, we’re not yet sure, but we should find out at MWC 2017 in just ten days. For everything we know so far about the Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus, hit the link.

What are your thoughts on that green option, though? Let us know in the comments.

Huawei may add to the already crowded field of voice-based digital assistants

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Are you ready to use yet another digital assistant? If you live in China, you may get that chance. A new report claims Huawei is working on its own voice-based AI service, which would compete with other similar products, including Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant, Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa.

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The report from Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources, claims that Huawei is in the early stages of developing the voice assistant, but it still has over 100 people actively working on it. The assistant will only be used in China, according to the article. Huawei will work with other companies to add third-party AI services when it offers its phones outside the country. Huawei already plans to add support for Alexa to its Mate 9 phone in the US, via a software update that’s planned for release sometime in March.

Even though this report says Huawei’s in-house voice assistant will only be used in China, that’s still a massive market for smartphones. It may mean that Google Assistant, which currently is only used in the company’s Pixel and Pixel XL phones, won’t be available for future Huawei Android handsets in that country. That could be a big loss for Google, as it is reportedly trying to get Assistant pre-installed on more third-party devices.

Huawei is not the only Android phone maker developing its own AI outside of Google. Samsung will reportedly debut its Bixby assistant as part of the the launch of its Galaxy S8 phone in April.

What do you think of Huawei making its own voice-assistant service in China? Do you think it could find its way to other markets if it is successful in its home country? Are there simply way too many voice-based assistants being made? Let us know what you think of this already crowded field that’s looks like it’s about to get even more crowded in the comments!

Huawei Watch 2 teased for possible reveal at MWC 2017

It’s looking very much like Huawei will indeed reveal a successor to its Huawei Watch device very soon. Richard Yu, the leader of its consumer business group, posted a teaser image on the Chinese-based Weibo service, with hashtags for #HuaweiWatch2 and #MWC2017 typed above that image.

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The teaser image itself doesn’t actually show the new watch, but the Weibo post would seem to confirm that the company will indeed introduce us to the Huawei Watch 2 as part of the 2017 Mobile World Congress trade show later this month in Barcelona, Spain. Huawei has already confirmed it will hold a press event as part of MWC 2017 on Sunday, February 26.

Huawei Watch 2 teased for possible reveal at MWC 2017

The company previously said that its press event will feature “the global unveiling of a new flagship device”. It’s possible that could be a reference to the Huawei Watch 2, though not probable. While the Watch 2 might make an appearance, all eyes will be on the company’s new flagship smartphone line, the Huawei P10.

It’s certain that the Huawei Watch 2 will be using Android Wear 2.0, which officially launched last week. Recent rumors about the new device claim that it will have an option to include 4G cellular wireless access, in addition to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support. That same rumor also claims the Huawei Watch 2 could come with a “sportier” look compared to the first version. Since the Huawei Watch is already a pretty great looking smartwatch, we hope that any version of the Huawei Watch 2 that does not come with cellular hardware will stick with the design ideas that were introduced in the first version.

Of course, there are lots of things we don’t know about the Huawei Watch 2, including its actual release date, its cost, etc. We will be attending Huawei’s MWC 2017 press conference in a couple of weeks to give you the first-hand information on all their big announcements.

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus: everything we know so far

In this post, which will be updated regularly, we take a closer look at the latest rumors surrounding Huawei’s upcoming flagship devices, the P10 and P10 Plus.

Huawei is on the rise. The Chinese company is currently the third biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world and has been steadily increasing its presence in Western markets, especially in Europe. It is known for making great devices, like last year’s P9 and P9 Plus, which impressed us with a great looking design, premium build quality and a price tag that is more affordable when compared to some other high-end devices.

That’s why we’re looking forward to seeing what Huawei will bring to the table this year. The company will soon announce the P10 and P10 Plus that will go head-to-head with other flagship smartphones we’re expecting to see in 2017 including the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6.

We’ve been hearing a lot of rumors regarding the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus and have decided to round them all up in this post. If you want to know when the devices will be released, what they will look like, what will they offer specs-wise, and how much they’ll retail for, keep reading. You’ll find all this information and more down below.

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Huawei P10 and P10 Plus: release date

The P9 and P9 Plus were officially announced at the beginning of April last year and went on sale in quite a few countries around the world in the same month. But this year, Huawei will likely speed things up a bit. The company has already sent out press invites for an event that will take place in Barcelona on February 26, a day before Mobile World Congress officially kicks off.

Huawei said that the event will feature “the global unveiling of a new flagship device.” As the high-end Mate 9 smartphone has been announced only a few months ago, we believe that the company is referring to the new P10 range. While they may be unveiled at MWC, they won’t be available right away. Fortunately, you won’t have to wait long, as Huawei will probably start selling the smartphones in certain markets about a month after they are announced.

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus: everything we know so far

It looks like Huawei is opting for the same strategy as LG this year. The company wants to get its flagship devices on the market before its rivals do. By rivals, we’re mostly referring to Samsung, which will release the Galaxy S8 a bit later than usual this year (mid-April). This will give Huawei an opportunity to boost P10 sales in the first month or so while the P10 and P10 Plus will face less competition on the market.

The strategy sounds great on paper, but it is hard to say how well it will work in real life. Those who are in the market for a new smartphone and are eager to get their hands on the Galaxy S8 probably won’t mind waiting a little longer to get it. 

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus: specs

All the rumors so far, including a GFXBench listing that was later taken down, claim that the Huawei P10 will be bigger than its predecessor. Instead of the 5.2-inch 1080p screen found on the P9, the P10 will feature a larger 5.5-inch display with Quad HD resolution. It feels like 5.5 inches is the new norm these days, and Huawei has decided to follow market trends and give consumers what they want.

Surprisingly, the P10 Plus is also expected to feature the same 5.5-inch Quad HD display. However, just like the Galaxy S7 Edge and the Mate 9 Porsche Design, it will be curved on both sides, which should give it a more premium look. If you’re into that kind of thing.

Both devices will be powered by the 2.3 GHz octa-core Kirin 960 chipset and will be available in a few different variants. According to a leaked promotional document first published by PhoneArena, the P10 will come with 4 GB of RAM and an option of 32 or 64 GB of storage and there’ll be another option with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of space.

The P10 Plus, on the other hand, will only be available in two versions. You’ll be able to get the device with either 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage or 6 GB of RAM and double the amount of space — 128 GB.

 

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus: everything we know so far

The Leica-branded dual-camera setup is one of the best features of the P9 and the P9 Plus. Therefore, it is expected that the upcoming P10 series will also come with two camera sensors on the back — some of the leaked pictures further below seem to confirm this. One lens is used for color reproduction and the other for capturing black and white details.

We also wouldn’t be surprised if the megapixel count gets bumped up. The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus just might sport a 20 MP + 12 MP camera combo, which is also found on the high-end Mate 9. On the other hand, the selfie snapper will apparently stick with the 8 MP sensor found on its predecessor. But the camera should have a few new tricks up its sleeve.

As you’ve probably noticed by now, the upcoming Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are expected to be identical in terms of specs. The only difference between them is that the Plus variant will have a curved screen opposed to the more traditional flat display found on the P10.   

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus: software

Huawei’s flagship devices are expected to run Android 7.0. Nougat. Of course, the company will add its own EMUI 5.0 user interface on top that originally made its debut on the Mate 9. The latest version of the skin is a lot better and more polished when compared to previous iterations. For example, you are finally able to enable the app drawer, which a lot of users have welcomed with open arms.

However, it does change the look and feel of Huawei’s flavor of Android quite a bit, and might not be to everyone’s liking. To learn more about Huawei’s UI, check out our “What’s new in EMUI 5?” post.

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus: everything we know so far

The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus might also feature a digital assistant that will enable you to interact with the device with different voice commands. But don’t expect to see Google’s Assistant on the smartphones. The upcoming flagships are expected to have Amazon’s Alexa on board, which is also coming to the Mate 9 soon.

Amazon’s digital assistant can really improve the user experience with your device, as it is capable of setting an alarm, opening apps, playing music you want, and a bunch of other things based on your voice commands. It is gaining a lot of traction in the market, as it is also being used in a variety of products from different brands in addition to Amazon’s range of smart home speakers. 

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus: design

The current Huawei P9 and P9 Plus are quite easy on the eyes. They feature a metal body with a small glass strip on the back that covers the cameras and the flash module. The built quality is excellent and the devices really do feel premium in the hand. However, they do look very similar to the Huawei P8, which is why some have expected that the company will switch things up this year and show off a different design language.

But it looks like Huawei won’t make a lot of design changes to its upcoming flagship smartphones. Images of the P10 have leaked on Weibo showing the device in its full glory. As you can see, it looks more or less identical to its predecessor, which can either be a good or a bad thing depending on how much you like the design of the P9.

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus: everything we know so far

There are, however, a few changes that stand out. Huawei has decided to move the position of the fingerprint scanner from the back to the front. The scanner is embedded in the Home button below the screen, a feature which wasn’t present on the P9.

Another image that leaked on Weibo tells us a different story. It shows what looks to be the P10 Plus — based on the curved screen — which apparently also sports a physical button below the screen but has a fingerprint scanner on the back. This might be another difference between the two smartphones, although it’s not really that common to see a device with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner as well as a physical Home button on the front.

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus: everything we know so far

We can also expect to see the upcoming flagship devices in a few new colors. The Huawei P9 and P9 Plus were released in a number of different color options including Ceramic White, Titanium Grey, and Mystic Silver, among others. Almost six months later at IFA in Berlin, the company also announced the smaller of the two devices — the P9 — in Red and Blue options.

According to another image that also appeared on Weibo, you’ll be able to get the P10 and P10 Plus in two new colors. The smartphones will be available in Green and Purple. We can’t confirm these colors yet, but we’d be interested to hear your thoughts in the comments.

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Huawei P10 and P10 Plus: price

One of the strong points of the P9 and P9 Plus is their price. The devices weren’t exactly cheap at launch but did carry a price tag that was more affordable when compared with other flagships. The P10 and P10 Plus are also expected to cost less than rivals like the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6, and HTC 11 (or whatever it ends up being called), however, they will likely be more expensive than their predecessors. According to well-known leaker @Ricciollo1, the upcoming P series will be the most expensive so far.

There’s no word on exactly how much the smartphones will cost though. At launch, the 32 GB Huawei P9 retailed for €599, while the 64 GB option was priced at €649. Its bigger brother was a little bit more expensive, as you had to dish out €749 to get it.

So it appears that you might have to spend a bit more money this year if you want to get the P10 or P10 Plus – we already know Huawei needs to improve profitability this year. We’ll know exactly how much the prices has risen, if at all, once the phones are officially announced at the end of February.

These are all the rumors regarding the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus we have come across so far. We’ll update this page as soon as we hear more.

Meanwhile, do let us know your thoughts on Huawei’s upcoming smartphones. Do you think they will give the Samsung Galaxy S8 a run for its money? Let us know by posting a comment down below.

Huawei reportedly made less profit last year despite selling 30% more phones

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We’ve already reported on Huawei’s dramatic growth over the last year. The company sold 30 percent more phones in 2016 than in the year previous, despite smartphone sales generally slowing down across the globe. But new data from The Information implies those additional sales came at the cost of lowered profits.

According to the report, Huawei’s consumer business group only made $2 billion in profit last year compared to $2.2 billion the year before. Not only is this well bellow the $2.5 billion the company was shooting for, but it also begs the question: how do you sell more phones but make less money?

In 2016, the Huawei consumer business unit’s revenue increased by 42 percent to $26 billion, indicating that while revenue increased dramatically, expenses increased even more so. This is is in stark contrast to 2015 when the unit’s profit more than doubled. The Information cites various factors at play in the drop in profitability, including increasing component costs and a massive upswing in marketing costs.

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But it’s also fairly well known that Huawei offers sweetheart deals to retailers and carriers that stock its phones. It’s a good incentive for carriers that already make use of Huawei’s network infrastructure and it’s a very good enticement for retailers looking for the highest profit margin on the phones it stocks. Ensuring the company’s increased visibility in Western markets may also have had a significant impact on its profitability.

That noted, Huawei is reportedly now looking at ways to cut spending over the year ahead, “especially on areas like marketing and retail sales channels”. The company reportedly has internal targets for 2017 that aim to double last year’s profit to $4 billion. Perhaps Huawei’s additional outlay last year will carry Huawei through 2017, but whatever happens, it seems likely we’ll be seeing less prominent advertising for upcoming Huawei devices as the company attempts to tighten its belt and increase profitability.

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Android 7.0 Nougat rolling out to Honor 8 starting tomorrow

If you happen to own an Honor 8, we’ve got some good news for you… Honor has just announced that Android 7.0 Nougat will start rolling out to Honor 8 devices tomorrow, February 10! While the initial rollout will begin tomorrow, the company says all Honor 8 devices will receive the update by the end of February.

Wondering what this new update brings to the Honor 8? For starters, the smartphone will finally get the big EMUI 5 update, which is the same interface that debuted on the Huawei Mate 9. This means you’ll finally have the ability to enable an app drawer, which is something many U.S. Honor 8 users have been requesting since the device’s launch.

There are plenty of other big changes coming with EMUI 5 too, like more dynamic, static and local security options, a new design that’s inspired by the Aegean Sea landscape, and also the ability to rearrange the settings list. Honor says this new update will bring reduced mis-touches, as well.

For a full list of improvements coming with EMUI 5, check out the image below:

Android 7.0 Nougat rolling out to Honor 8 starting tomorrow

Of course, we can expect to see plenty of other Nougat-specific improvements and features coming to the device, including multi-window mode, bundled notifications, customizable quick settings, Doze Mode on the Go, and much, much more. To learn more about Android 7.0 Nougat, check out our full review here.

In our Honor 8 review, we mentioned that the phone provided a great value for money, and that was when the device was going for around $400. It’s currently available for $70 less than that on Amazon, so now might be a good time to check it out before it jumps up in price again.

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Do you own an Honor 8? If so, be sure to let us know when you receive your Nougat update!

Huawei Honor V9 to be announced on Feb. 21

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Huawei has had solid success so far with its Honor brand of smartphones. The US market has even seen a number of unlocked Honor phones go on sale, including most recently with the Honor 6X. Now the company is about ready to reveal the next phone with the Honor branding, but in a bit of a surprise, it won’t be at the 2017 Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain.

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Instead, Huawei has confirmed, via its Weibo account, that the Honor V9 will be announced in its home country of China on February 21. That’s less than a week before the start of MWC 2017, and may indicate this phone is not meant for international markets, at least at first.

Huawei Honor V9 to be announced on Feb. 21

The phone has already been certified by China’s TENAA regulation agency and its listing claims it will have a large 5.7-inch QHD display with Android 7.0 Nougat installed. Inside, the listing says the Honor V9 will have Huawei’s in-house Kirin 960 processor.

The phone will have either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. and either 64GB or 128GB of onboard storage, which can be expanded via a microSD card. It sounds like Huawei could offer more versions of the Honor V9 with different memory and storage amounts, but that’s not confirmed yet.

The back of the Honor V9 looks like it will have a dual-camera setup that’s becoming more and more popular with many of the latest handsets. In this case, the new Honor phone will have a 12MP primary sensor, along with another 2MP camera, possibly for adding more depth in photos or for B&W details. The V9 will also have a 8MP front-facing selfie camera. The TENAA listing shows a 3,900mAh battery for the phone.

While this is highly speculative, the online invite for the Honor V9 event seems to hint that the phone could be waterproof as well. We could be way off on that assumption, so feel free to ignore that. Some online rumors claim the Honor V9 will be priced starting at 2699 Yuan, or about $394.

What do you think so far about the Honor V9, and would you like to see the phone sold outside of China? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Huawei P8 Lite (2017) could be sold as Nova Lite in some countries

Huawei first announced the P8 Lite (2017) a few weeks ago at CES 2017 as a successor to the original 2015 edition of the P8 Lite. Now a new report claims that same phone will be sold in some countries under a different name – the Huawei Nova Lite.

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This report is based on a Twitter post by noted gadget leaker Evan “@evleaks” Blass, where he shows what looks a sales banner for both the P8 Lite (2017) and the Nova Lite.  Both show the same phone and even the same slogan, “Power Without Pause”.

Huawei P8 Lite (2017) could be sold as Nova Lite in some countries

Blass’ Twitter post did not indicate where the phone would be sold under the Nova Lite brand. It’s possible that Huawei wants to market this phone with the new name in places where the P8 Lite was not previously sold.

The Huawei P8 Lite (2017)/Huawei Nova Lite includes a 5.2-inch Full HD display, the Kirin 655 processor, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage. It also comes with a 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front-facing selfie camera. Finally it has a 3,000mAh battery, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and Android 7.0 Nougat with Huawei’s latest EMUI 5.0 user interface.

The phone has already gone on sale in the UK and parts of Europe, under the P8 Lite (2017) branding. UK residents can get the phone for £185 without a contract, while other parts of Europe can buy it for €240. The phone will be sold in black, white and gold versions under both the P8 Lite (2017) and the Nova Lite branding. There’s no word when or even if the phone will make an official debut in the US, and if it is coming to our neck of the woods, there’s no telling which brand name will be chosen.

Best Android phones with expandable memory (February 2017)

A few years ago, smartphones with expandable storage were starting to become a dying breed. It makes sense, too – Google hasn’t included support for microSD expansion in their Nexus handsets for years. Something must have changed, though, because the company included support for adoptable storage in Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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This is making microSD support popular again, and today we are making it easy for you to find a good smartphone with expandable storage. We have created a list of our very favorite phones with microSD support, so let’s get started!

Editor’s note – We will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

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Samsung did a killer job with their 2015 flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Design-wise, many would say those two phones were close to perfect. The company forwent a plastic design and instead included glass front and back panels with an aluminum frame. They weren’t without their flaws, though. The S6 and S6 Edge didn’t offer expandable storage or removable batteries — two features Samsung has been known to include in all its smartphones for years.

Now the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have made their way to the masses, and they fix many of the problems the S6 line introduced last year. While they don’t offer removable batteries, Samsung included expandable storage on both handsets in case the 32GB of on-board storage isn’t enough. Samsung mostly stuck to the same design this time around, though they did shrink down the camera bumps on the back and made the devices a little thicker to make room for larger batteries.

In terms of specs, these are top-of-the-line smartphones. They come with Quad HD Super AMOLED displays, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processors, 4GB of RAM, great 12MP rear-facing cameras and run the latest version of Android. Instead of featuring the same screen sizes this time around though, Samsung kept the S7 at a smaller 5.1 inches, while the S7 Edge has been bumped up to a larger 5.5-inch panel.

Seriously, these are some incredible smartphones. They are a little pricey, but all in all, we think the high asking price is worth it.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S7

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 577ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm, 152g

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3600mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm, 157g

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Huawei Mate 9

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Huawei has done a great job at making its way to the mainstream over the past few years – first with the Huawei P9, and now with the Mate 9.

With a big 5.9-inch display, powerful Kirin 960 processor, dual-SIM capabilities, microSD expansion up to 256GB, and an impressive camera setup, the Mate 9 may be one of the best big phones of the year. While its display is ‘only’ 1080p and its software is a bit odd sometimes, we still think the high price tag is worth it. If you’re after a smartphone that offers exceptional battery life and incredible performance, the standard Mate 9 delivers in spades. If money is no object and you want a smartphone that is unattainable to most customers, the Porsche Design Mate 9 might be worth your while.

Specs

  • 5.9-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 373ppi
  • Octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 960 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • Dual 20 and 12MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9mm, 190g

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LG V20

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The V20 is basically the phone for power users. It has a a big Quad HD display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor, plenty of RAM and on-board storage, expandable storage up to 256GB, dual 16MP rear-facing cameras, and a removable 3,200mAh battery. Of course, the unique Second Screen makes a return this year, along with the addition of Quad DAC, military standard durability, and it’s already running Android 7.0 Nougat.

If top-of-the-line specs and an impressive feature set is what you’re looking for, you can’t go wrong with the V20.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 513ppi
    • Secondary display: 2.1-inch IPS LCD display with 160 x 1040 resolution, 513 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • Dual 16 and 8MP rear cameras, 5MP front camera
  • Removable 3,200mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6mm, 174g

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Moto Z and Moto Z Force

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Motorola (well, Lenovo actually) is doing something different with their flagship phones this year. Instead of releasing just one flagship under the Moto X moniker, they’ve decided to release two new smartphones that do things a bit out of the ordinary. The Moto Z and Moto Z Force not only bring flagship-level specs, but also support for modules.

These modules, called Moto Mods, attach to the back of both phones via magnets. There are only a few available right now, but they actually bring some handy features to the phones. You can purchase an external battery module, a powerful speaker, and even a projector!

They both have killer specs, too. Both devices come with a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, plenty of on-board storage, expandable memory, and run Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. You might be wondering – what’s the difference between these two phones? The standard Moto Z is super thin at only 5.2mm in thickness, but it only comes with a 2600mAh battery. The Moto Z Force is thicker, has a 3500mAh battery, and also has a shatterproof display.

These aren’t the cheapest phones on the market, but they’re certainly some of the best.

Specs

Moto Z

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 535ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2600mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 153.3 x 75.3 x 5.2mm, 136g

Moto Z Force

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 535ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 21MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3500mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 155.9 x 75.8 x 7mm, 163g

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ZTE Axon 7

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ZTE’s Axon Pro from 2015 was a good phone, but it fell short in a few key areas. It came to market with only one storage option, no expandable memory, and the dual camera setup on the back of the device felt a bit gimmicky. Not only does the company’s latest flagship fix all of those problems, it brings much more to the table.

It has a big 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, the latest Snapdragon processor, plenty of RAM, multiple storage options, and yes, expandable memory up to 256GB. It also sports some killer front-facing speakers, all-day battery life, a great camera, and a sleek, attractive design. While certain parts of the software could use a little more polish, the ZTE Axon 7 goes toe-to-toe with the best in the Android market. It’s also inexpensive at only $400, making this an even more attractive option for folks looking to score a solid flagship device.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 538ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4/6GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 20MP front camera, 8MP rear camera
  • Non-removable 3250mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 151.7 x 75 x 7.9mm, 175g

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HTC 10

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HTC needed a saving grace this year, and the 10 just may be it. The Taiwanese company finally designed a phone that’s different enough from its predecessor yet still sports a familiar design language. With an all-metal chassis, front-mounted fingerprint sensor and a new-and-improved speaker setup, the HTC 10 easily made its way to our best Android phones list.

Under the hood, the 10 comes with some killer specs. A 5.2-inch Quad HD display, Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM are in line with most other flagships this year, and it also comes with expandable storage up to 200GB and a 3000mAh battery that will have no problems lasting an entire day on a single charge. HTC also improved the camera this time around, which was a big flaw in last year’s One M9 flagship.

All in all, the HTC 10 is an awesome device. Great specs and a solid build quality are what you’ll get here… what more could you ask for?

Specs

  • 5.2-inch Super LCD5 display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 565ppi
  • 2.15 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200 GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 145.9 x 71.9 x 9mm, 161g

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LG G5

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While the Galaxy S7 series is a minor refresh in terms of design, the LG G5 sees a massive departure from the design language used in the G series, ditching the rear volume/power setup that first debuted with the LG G2. The G5 also adopts a unibody metallic design that has a removable cap for access to the removable battery and a port for modules that allow users to expand the phone’s capabilities by adding a camera grip and other special accessories.

The distinctly different design of the LG G5 may not be for everyone, but there’s little denying that LG has went out of its way to try and innovate in a market where big changes like this aren’t all that common.

Spec wise, we’re looking at a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with 4 GB RAM, a 5.3-inch display, and 32GB storage with microSD for expansion. The specs here are certainly impressive all across the board. It’s also worth mentioning that LG has revamped its software, making it faster and less bloated. One controversial move with the software, however, is the removal of the app drawer in favor of what LG says is a “simplified experience.”

Specs

  • 5.3-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 554ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 16 and 8MP dual rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Removable 2800mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm, 159g

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Those are our favorite microSD-compatible smartphones! Do you have a favorite that is not listed? Is microSD support even a big deal to you? Hit the comments to let us know in the comments!

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You might be able to get the Honor 5X for just $1 next week

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Would you like to get a great Android phone for just $1? Hey, who wouldn’t? Next week, Huawei will give a few lucky folks the chance to buy its Honor 5X smartphone for only one dollar as part of its overall Valentine’s Day sales event.

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Here’s how this will work. The Honor web site will hold these special flash sale events for the Honor 5X on Feb. 7, Feb. 8 and Feb. 9. On each of those days, the event will begin at 1 p.m. Eastern time (10 a.m. Pacific time). The first three buyers of the Honor 5x at that time will be able to get it for just $1, rather than paying its normal $199.99 price tag.

In case you are interested in joining the sale, the Honor 5X has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor, 2GB RAM, and 16GB of onboard storage, with a microSD slot to add even more storage. It also has a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facing camera, a fingerprint scanner, and a 3000 mAh battery. Not bad for $199.99, and it’s excellent if you are lucky enough to snap it up for $1.

If you don’t think you will have a chance in getting the Honor 5X for one dollar, the company is currently selling the Honor 6x and the Honor 8 with both discounts and freebies from now until Feb. 14. The Honor 6x is priced at $249.99 during the sale, a $39.99 discount from its normal $289.98 price tag. The phone will also come with some extra free accessories, including earphones, a case and a selfie stick.

The Honor 8 with 32GB of storage is on sale for $319.99, or $133.99 off its normal $453.98 price. The 64GB version is discounted down to $369.99, or $133.99 off its normal $453.98 price. Buying either version will also get you some free extras, including a case, a selfie stick and a power cord.

Will you take a shot at getting the Honor 5X for just one dollar? Let us know if you will give it a go in the comments!

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