Edoardo Maggio

@northead

Italian. Tech geek, video games, photography and music lover, comics-based movies enthusiast, and a sucker for good design. Amateur photographer (VSCO, 500px), tech writer and reporter for 9to5Google.

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GOOG: 829.28

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While Lenovo’s strategy for high-end devices hasn’t convinced me, their idea of what a midrange or budget phone should do and be (and, most importantly, cost) is still more than valid. After all, it’s not too distant from the original Moto G’s philosophy, which was good and hasn’t changed much since.

So here’s what I learned by playing a little bit with the just-announced Moto G5 and G5 Plus in Barcelona…

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So here’s the thing with the P10: it is a good phone. Maybe even a great one by some standards. But I know that after having played just a few hours with it, which — to me — immediately signaled something. Remember when I talked about the OnePlus 4, how the “smartphone 1.0” era was over and that manufacturers really had to step up their game to bring something genuinely exciting to the table?

Well that, my friends, is not the case here. The P10 is definitely a 1.0 era smartphone. But whether that’s good or bad, of course, will depend on you…

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9to5mac 

Between all the “X” and “Z” phones released in the past year or so, we all got a little confused. Sony‘s strategy, in particular, seemed everything but clear in regards to its devices’ hierarchy. However, using Barcelona’s MWC as a platform, the Japanese firm announced what it explicitly labels as its “flagship”: the Xperia XZ Premium.

More info after the jump…

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You’ve seen it, you’ve heard its specs, you know it’s coming (and when); and, yet, you have never quite had a look at it in this way. Almost all at once, not one but two videos of Samsung‘s upcoming Galaxy S8 emerged, and with them a somewhat clean shot (via Slash Leaks) of a working unit…

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February 20

GOOG: 828.07

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Barcelona’s famous fair, the Mobile World Congress, is just around the corner. As always, (almost) all the big names in mobile will join the party to show the latest and greatest coming out of their R&D. And while Samsung’s absence may represent a hit for the general vibe of the coming days, there will certainly be no shortage of new products and announcements.

So let’s dig through them a bit…

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9to5toys 

February 16

GOOG: 824.16

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Twitter is every tech-head’s favorite social network, so it obviously needs a good app to be enjoyed with. The company’s own is a little lackluster, but fortunately good alternatives are around on Android. And my personal favorite, Flamingo, just got its biggest update yet…

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February 15

GOOG: 818.98

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Prepare for a cuteness overload-induced meltdown. Because if this letter (whose veracity has been certified by Business Insider), sent by 7-year old Chloe Bridgewater, doesn’t make you go all “awwwww”, then you’re probably a terrible human being. But the best part of it is still its receiver, who actually got to read it and eventually responded, too…

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These are not the best days for HTC. The Taiwanese company has been stumbling for quite a while, both financially and in the eye of critics and consumers. One thing seems to have paid off, however: its VR efforts. That’s why, as per a CNET interview, the company is looking forward to progressively shifting its core business to that…

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electrek 

February 14

GOOG: 820.45

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Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress is approaching fast, which only means that leaks are increasingly hard to avoid. Today is the turn of Huawei, which is expected to launch its P10 flagship during the fair; however, 91mobiles (in collaboration with Steve Hemmerstoffer) has managed to give us a pretty comprehensive early look at it…

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February 10

GOOG: 813.67

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It is no surprise that devices enjoying deep hardware and software integration tend to be the best. You may like them, you may not; but that tight connection generally makes phones, tablets, computers and all sorts of electronics work better. However, there’s an additional tile to it, one that Xiaomi is seemingly prepping to integrate…

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February 6

GOOG: 801.34

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It’s not that you haven’t seen them a million times already, or that there’s really much left to wait for. Both the Samsung Galaxy S8 and, even before that, the LG G6, are well on their way, and you will see proper reviews popping up everywhere (including here, obviously) very soon.

But there are some new images of leaked cases for both which give us an even better look at them, so here they are…

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9to5mac 

January 26

GOOG: 832.15

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Oh, the Galaxy S8. After the news avalanche two days ago we figured it would take a while for more to pour in, but obviously we were wrong. And so here you go: thanks to the evergreen Evan Blass (via VentureBeat) you can now lay your eyes on what is an almost certainly genuine picture of Samsung‘s upcoming flagship…

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January 24

GOOG: 823.87

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Leaks for Korean companies just won’t stop pouring these days — we’ve just had our first glimpse at LG‘s G6, and while Samsung will miss the MWC trade show in Barcelona next month, The Guardian has obtained a slew of details regarding almost every aspect of their next top-of-the-line device — or, it’d be better to say, devices…

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January 23

GOOG: 819.31

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It’s 2017, so of course everything leaks. While Samsung has just announced that it won’t attend this year’s trade show in Barcelona, LG will be present at MWC on February 26, but perhaps it won’t have much to tell us when the time comes. A new leak shows us (at least partially) what its upcoming G6 is likely going to look like…

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9to5toys 

January 20

GOOG: 805.02

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2017 is shaping up to be quite an interesting year in consumer electronics, and smartphones in particular may — finally — become very interesting once again. It’s the destiny of a largely saturated and commoditized market, where in order to thrive the competition needs to push the innovation pedal. Polarization is a phenomenon we observe in this market, as increasingly cheaper smartphones become good enough, and consumers become more reluctant to buy decidedly more expensive devices that don’t add much to the basic experience provided by solid, lower-end phones.

On the high end of the spectrum, a brand’s sole power and image become less and less of a reason to shell out the (significant and growing) extra amount of money, and new advancements — whether in design, software or some cool new tech — need to emerge to justify it. Companies can either settle (and risk becoming irrelevant) or innovate and skyrocket to the top (and the future). In this situation, staying in the middle could mean spreading too thin and not being able to stand out and keep up with the competition. This, in my opinion, is the case of OEMs like HTC, LG, Sony or Motorola; but, more interestingly, OnePlus

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January 18

GOOG: 806.07

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2017 indeed has what it takes to become one of the craziest years in consumer electronics; between returning old giants, sumptuous anniversaries and trust issues to resolve, the potential is everything but lacking. All of that said, one of the weirdest, most interesting trends could be flexible, foldable smartphones…

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January 17

GOOG: 804.61

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As the criteria (price, most importantly) for defining a ‘high-end’ smartphone becomes more and more blurred, new devices are filling in the gaps of the evolving smartphone market. Such is the case of the just-announced Galaxy C9 Pro, which sets its foot firmly in the midrange space while trying to aim a little higher…

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electrek 

There has been quite a huge advertising campaign for the Google Pixel, both by carriers and the Mountain View giant itself. And, as it turns out, the massive spending seems to have worked: a report from Wave7 Research (via Fierce Wireless) focused on Verizon is in fact describing very good results…

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January 14

GOOG: 807.88

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There have been quite a few rumors and alleged leaks of Samsung‘s upcoming Galaxy S8 in the past week-ish, so we figured this could be your one-stop for everything surfaced, from sizes to renders to beloved and slowly fading ports — so let’s break it down…

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