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Fairphone 4 proves repairability and durability can coexist

Fairphone 4 proves repairability and durability can coexist

Smartphones in recent years have become more powerful, more sophisticated, more luxurious, and at the same time also more durable. It is actually scandalous if a flagship smartphone doesn't boast an IP68 dust and water resistance rating, even though OnePlus continues to push back against what it insists is an expensive and non-essential certification. That durability and reliability, however, are often achieved by sealing the phone shut, making repairs more difficult than necessary. The Fairphone 4, however, is challenging those assumptions, and JerryRigEverything is putting it to the test to prove its assertions.

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Galaxy A series could get a much-needed durability upgrade in 2022

Galaxy A series could get a much-needed durability upgrade in 2022

Though Samsung wants people to buy its pricey Galaxy S and foldable Galaxy Z flagship smartphones, not everyone can afford to do so. The popularity of its Galaxy A series handsets over the past year or so has proven there's a large market for its mid-range line, especially for models with 5G capabilities (via Canalys). With that in mind, it's no surprise Samsung will give its Galaxy A phones some big upgrades in 2022, at least according to a new report citing industry insiders.

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Samsung Galaxy A13 5G gives AT&T a $250 5G option worth considering

Samsung Galaxy A13 5G gives AT&T a $250 5G option worth considering

Samsung has revealed its most affordable 5G phone in the US, with the Galaxy A13 5G carrying a mere $249.99 price tag. Headed to AT&T at the end of the week, the A13 pairs a trio of rear cameras with a sizable display, and despite the low price still uses a 90 Hz adaptive refresh rate panel.

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Apple turns to TSMC for in-house 5G iPhone modem

Apple turns to TSMC for in-house 5G iPhone modem

For years now, we've seen Apple attempt to move away from Qualcomm by producing its own computing components in-house. However, one component that still ties Apple to Qualcomm is a big one in the mobile world: modems. While Apple's iPhones use the company's own System-on-chip (SoC) (or as Apple calls them, "Chips"), Apple is still using Qualcomm-made modems in its phones, but that's something that could change in 2023 thanks to a new 000-up with the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).

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TCL TAB Pro 5G Review

TCL TAB Pro 5G Review

In late October, Verizon announced the TCL TAB Pro 5G, an Android tablet that supports the carrier's 5G network. The tablet, as expected since the initial announcement, is based around compromise: it gives consumers 5G support at a relatively low price, but hits that lower price point by trimming some features that may ultimately make the tablet less appealing to consumers.

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MediaTek Dimensity 9000 takes its Qualcomm rivalry to the next level

MediaTek Dimensity 9000 takes its Qualcomm rivalry to the next level

For years, MediaTek has been widely regarded as the "cheaper" alternative to Qualcomm's Snapdragons, sort of like the AMD of the mobile world. Just as AMD has been chipping away at Intel's dominance since the rise of its Ryzen line a few years back, MediaTek has been gaining ground in the smartphone space. Spurred by its success in the past few quarters, MediaTek is making its biggest stab at changing the status quo, and the new Dimensity 9000 is just the opening salvo.

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Nreal Light AR glasses now available in the US through Verizon

Nreal Light AR glasses now available in the US through Verizon

Augmented reality or AR, sometimes called mixed reality or MR, is one of the holy grails in the computing industry, not just because of its entertainment value but its productivity potential as well. Unlike how VR pretty much requires occluding your vision completely, AR headgear can afford to be more lightweight and more comfortable than bulky VR headsets, and that is the proposition that Nreal is making with its Light glasses that is finally making their way to the US as it earlier promised.

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Moto G200 5G could give the Pixel 6 a run for its money

Moto G200 5G could give the Pixel 6 a run for its money

The year is almost over, and we're entering into a season commonly associated with shopping and deals. Most smartphone makers have already shown their hand for 2021, but it seems that Motorola wasn't done yet. Almost at the eleventh hour, it revealed a handful of new phones spanning almost all tiers, and the one, in particular, Moto G200 5G, is almost a better deal compared to the non-Pro Google Pixel 6, depending on certain factors.

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T-Mobile 5G UC reaches 200 million people: What does that mean for me?

T-Mobile 5G UC reaches 200 million people: What does that mean for me?

T-Mobile USA revealed a 5G milestone this week as they've reached 200 million people with their "5G Ultra Capacity" service. This is T-Mobile's fastest-available 5G coverage, and it's effectively unique to this carrier. You might have already seen a "5G" logo appear on your T-Mobile smartphone, but now you'll (quite possibly) see the company's 5G UC logo in some places, too.

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Galaxy A33 5G leak confirms Samsung is killing the headphone jack for good

Galaxy A33 5G leak confirms Samsung is killing the headphone jack for good

The iPhone X that launched way back in 2017 may be credited and blamed for killing the venerable 3.5mm headphone jack. The smartphone trend did force audio technology developers and equipment makers to step up their game and improve the state of Bluetooth headphones to compete with higher-quality wired accessories. There are dozens if not hundreds of wireless earphones today, covering a wide range of prices, quality, and sizes, so much so that Samsung may have finally decided it's high time to retire the headphone jack once and for all, at least from its Galaxy A series.

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Huawei and ZTE face stricter US restrictions

Huawei and ZTE face stricter US restrictions

Although Huawei's mobile business has learned to survive without Google, Qualcomm, and some of the usual pieces that have come from the US, the company's profits don't revolve only around smartphones. It's arguable that its biggest revenues might actually come from networking technology and hardware, like those used by Internet service providers or ISPs. That has always hung in the balance ever since the US and its allies started pushing Huawei out of their networks. Now the Biden administration has just imposed an even bigger limitation on Huawei, ZTE, and other suspected companies that will practically keep them out of the country completely.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon Spaces XR platform gets some help from T-Mobile

Qualcomm Snapdragon Spaces XR platform gets some help from T-Mobile

Although the days of smartphone-worn VR headsets are mostly over by now, there are still some mixed reality (XR) experiences that can still be powered by our mobile devices. Apple's vision for its own AR ecosystem, for example, might be driven by an iPhone, but it isn't really the first to venture into that space. Qualcomm has long been trying to make inroads in mobile XR, and its latest Snapdragon Spaces makes a big push to entice developers to jump on its platform, with some assistance from partners like T-Mobile and its 5G network.

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