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Lenovo Smart Cast Projector Phone

How about a handset with a built-in projector that transforms any surface into a touch display? Introducing the Lenovo Smart Cast. It's the world's first smartphone with an integrated laser projector. When the phone is propped up on its kickstand, "surface mode" is activated, and the projector beams a variety of virtual keyboards or even a full touchscreen onto the surface in front of it. You can play a virtual keyboard, games and much more. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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ASUS ZenFone 2

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The ASUS ZenFone 2 may be priced at just $199 shipped, unlocked, but it's definitely no slouch. Featuring a quad-core 1.8-GHz Intel Atom Z3580 processor, 2GB of RAM, 5.5" IPS full HD display covered in Gorilla Glass 3, a 13.0-megapixel rear-facing camera with a wide f/2.0 aperture lens, 5.0-megapixel front camera and 16GB of built-in storage. This handset The sports Google's Android 5.0 Lollipop with a custom ZenUI, which includes new gesture controls, like swiping the shape of the letter "e" to open your email, amongst other customization options. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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Fonkraft Modular Smartphone

Similar to Google's Project Ara, the Fonkraft is a modular smartphone that lets you easily swap out hardware components without having to replace the entire handset. Simply remove the camera, CPU, storage, etc., and replace it with the new module, ensuring that you're always on the cutting edge. The base model comes in several different configurations, including "Pilot" with two batteries, Resolution for photography enthusiasts and Hi-Fi targeted at audiophiles. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.

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Unlike its predecessors, the LG G4 comes in a leather back version, which has previously been done as an option on the 2014 Moto X. Rather than use a simple tacky leather shell, LG went further and added stitching, in which actual thread is pierced through the leather with a sewing machine. It features a a 6-core Snapdragon 808, 16-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front camera, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and it runs Android 5.1. Continue reading for a hands-on video, more pictures and additional information.

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Fire Angel

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Famed photographer Benjamin Von Wong was hired by Chinese telecom company Huawei to shoot a commercial for their new P8 smartphone. The only rules were that the static photos had to be done with the phone's new "Light Painting" feature, fire-filled backgrounds, and absolutely no Photoshop in post production. This new handset shoots long exposures using a stacking technique that astronomy photographers utilize for star trails. Rather than a single long exposure with the small sensor, the phone continuously shoots photos over an indefinite amount of time, stacks, and then blends the shots together to form one "long exposure" photo. Continue reading for a video, more pictures of the process and additional information.

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Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer

Polaroid's Socialmatic is great for instant photos on-the-go, but for those who don't want to lug around another camera, the Zip Mobile Printer is perfect. It's basically an instant mobile printer that lets users wirelessly print photos in less than a minute, without using any ink. The device prints out polaroid-sized photos on special ZINK paper, which uses dye crystals that are activated during the print process. It connects directly to either an iOS or Android device running the Polaroid ZIP mobile app in order to immediately select an image to print. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Animax Cell Phone

If you want to throw practicality out the door when searching for a hands-free cell phone solution, look no further than the Animax Type-01 Swan. Simply put, it's a wearable swan that holds your phone in its mouth, perfect for attracting unwanted attention when in public. For anyone who guessed this was an April Fools' Day prank, you'd be correct. Continue reading for the strange video the company made.

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Panasonic Lumix CM1

Panasonic's Lumix CM1 is no ordinary camera or phone, it's touted as the "world's slimmest communication camera". Early reviewers have been calling it the best camera phone yet, thanks to a 1-inch, 20-megapixel CMOS sensor and f/2.8 28mm equivalent Leica lens. If those numbers mean nothing to you, think of it as a ultra slim phone that would rival some of your favorite point-and-shoots, blowing the iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S6's cameras out of the water. Speaking of smartphone functionality, it runs Android and is powered by a Snapdragon processor, with 2GB of RAM. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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Smartphone Projector

Sure, the image may not be comparable to a real projector, but creating your own makeshift version is good enough for viewing photos or even internet videos. You'll need a decent-sized cardboard box, magnifying glass, paperclip, hobby knife, and your smartphone. This would work best when projected onto a white wall in a dim setting. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of

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Smartphone Photographs

These days, anyone with a cell phone can be an incredible photographer, no fancy camera, or even a simple point-and-shoot, necessary. Sony announced the winners of the Sony World Photography Awards' Mobile Phone category, and we're impressed to say the least. Mobile is just one of the many categories in the competition - others include Professional, Open and Youth. There were more than 10,200 photo submissions to the Mobile category alone, and the winners in the category were chosen by an online vote from a shortlist of 20 photos. Above, we have a stunning shot of the Takachiho Gorge in Kyushi, Japan, shot with an iPhone 6.

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