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BlackBerry's 2016 Android Phone Lineup REVEALED: The Hamburg & Rome

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A batch of images and details emerged via Chinese sources for two handsets codenamed the "Hamburg" and "Rome", however, it has since come to our attention that there's been some nefarious stuff going on. According to a report from CrackBerry the Chinese source that leaked these renders acquired them (and re-watermarked them as their own) from Dylan Habkirk, a contributor on the CrackBerry forums who has insider knowledge of BlackBerry. Habkirk rendered these images based on his own information, in the case of the Hamburg some "internal device sketches" he has seen, and in the case of the Rome his own hands-on time with a prototype. This means of course that these renders have not come from inside BlackBerry, and that the designs are not final, so while it does debunk the original leak to an extent, the revelations still don't rule out that they exist and are in development in some way or another, even if only a sketch and even if they never see the light of day. Interestingly, accoding to Habkirk's comments on the incident (which we'd urge you to read in full), the Rome is actually the previously rumoured and leaked BlackBerry Vienna, it appears it's just in a later stage of development.

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ZTE Axon 7 vs. Asus ZenFone 3: Which Android Smartphone Gives More Bang For Your Buck?

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The ZTE Axon 7 and the Asus Zenfone 3 were launched in late May this year and both smartphones pack in impressive features. Here is quick specs comparison of the two.

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Reviewing Nokia's Android Smartphone: Lessons From Finland's Successful Failure

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Last month saw the announcement that the Nokia name would be returning to the world of smartphones. The historic company will be licensing the brand name to a new Finnish company (HMD Global Oy) which will partner with Nokia Technologies and a new Foxconn subsidiary (FIH Mobile Ltd) to “collaborate on a global business partnership to sell Nokia-branded mobile phones, smartphones, and tablets.”

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Six of the best Android smartphones

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Samsung has hit the nail on the head with the Galaxy S7 Edge. The phone has a stunning 5.5in (14cm) quad HD screen with curved edges and a minuscule bezel, which makes this large-screened phone quite narrow and much easier to handle than other phablets. The Galaxy S7 Edge is snappy, has a two-day battery life, wireless charging and is waterproof. It also has expandable storage, a cracking camera and a great fingerprint scanner. The Samsung is pricey, but it’s arguably the best smartphone available at the moment, and if you shop around you can get it for much less than the asking price.

Verdict: The best big-screened smartphone available at the moment.

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Sensor oriented Marvell Cortex-A7 SoC targets IoT

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Marvell’s dual-core Cortex-A7 “IAP220” SoC for low-power IoT and wearables runs Linux, Android, or Brillo, and offers an integrated sensor hub.

The latest in Marvell’s IoT Application Processor (IAP) family of processors, the IAP220 is the little sister to Marvell’s IAP140 SoC. The newly shipping IAP140, which runs Brillo on Marvell’s Andromeda Box Edge hacker board, features four, 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 cores. By comparison, the now-sampling IAP220 has dual, 1GHz Cortex-A7 cores. Like the IAP140, it also has an integrated MCU, in this case a Cortex-M4F rather than a Cortex-M3.

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Android Leftovers

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Remix Mini Android PC combines the best of both computing worlds

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We’d like to introduce you to the world’s first true Android PC with Remix Mini, offering an entirely unique PC experience.

Now you can work and play with the entire Android app ecosystem while utilizing a range of previously unavailable PC features like a taskbar, multitasking on various windows, keyboard support and more.

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