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Lenovo Flexible Smartphone

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Officially called "CPlus", Lenovo's new smartphone boasts a 4.26-inch flexible display - running the Android operating system - and will come in a choice of 12 different colors. The accompanying tablet folds out to reveal two displays: one up front and another on the back. Click here to view more images of the phone. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Samsung Flexible Smartphone

Finally, after years of speculation, Samsung is set to release a line of smartphones with flexible OLED screens in 2017. The first model is rumored to fold in half, while a second boasts a bendable 5-inch display that unfolds to reveal a tablet-sized 8-inch panel. Both could be shown at Mobile World Congress 2017 in February. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Solarin Smartphone

Priced at $16,500 and equipped with "Zimperium state-of-the-art mobile threat protection that thwarts the broadest array of advanced device, network, and application mobile cyberattacks, without impairing usability or functionality of a top-of-the-range smartphone," the Solarin Smartphone is aimed at government officials worldwide. There's a physical switch that can be turned on to scramble outgoing voice calls, along with hardware-based 256-bit AES encryption from KoolSpan. It's no slouch on the hardware side either, boasting a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a f/2.0 lens 24MP rear-facing camera with a 4-color flash module, autofocus, an 8MP front-facing camera, multi-directional directional, three-speaker array and a large 4,000mAh battery. For consumers who need this kind of security, it will be available for sale at Harrods in London beginning June 30. Continue reading for more things you might want, but probably don't need.

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ASUS ZenFone 2

The ASUS ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition comes fully unlocked and equipped with a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 2.3-GHz processor, all for $269 shipped, today only, originally $399. You get desktop-grade performance in your pocket, with 4GB of RAM, 128GB of onboard storage for games, movies, photos, etc., 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel secondary camera, and a 5.5"1920x1080 IPS display with a pixel density of 403 PPI. Product page. Continue reading for a gaming demo video and more information.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Injustice

To celebrate the third anniversary of Injustice: Gods Among Us, Samsung has revealed a Batman-themed Galaxy S7 Edge, which not only mixes black and gold accents, but also includes a golden batarang. This limited edition model also boasts "enhanced hardware and software capability" in addition to larger battery designed for mobile gaming. Some bundles will include a Gear VR headset for added immersion. No word yet on pricing, but expect it to hit stores in China, Singapore, Korea, Latin America and Russia, next month. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why Apple Repair is a massive joke.

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Philips Hue Lux

Philips Hue Lux LED Personal Wireless Starter Kit provides a personal and interactive way to control lighting from a smart mobile device or tablet, and it's being offered for only $39.99 shipped, today only, originally $79.99. It enables use of light in a variety of functionality such as timers, alarms, geo-fencing and soft security elements. The hue lux offers a soft white light similar to your regular household incandescent light bulb. Product page. Continue reading for another video review and more information.

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Google Project Ara Modular Smartphone


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Here's a new look at Google's Project Ara, a modular smartphone that can be upgraded on the fly. Its frame, the "endo", is designed to handle multiple module components, including a speaker, processor, and battery. All approved modules will be fully compatible with the latest version of Android, even after the phone is turned on. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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BLU Advance 5.0

The BLU Advance 5.0 Smartphone may not be the most expensive out there, but it's definitely no slouch, and you can get one for $59.99 shipped. Put your Advance 5.0 to the test with its 1.3GHz Quad-core processor and Mali 400 GPU. It also has an ample 5.0-inch screen with BLU Infinite View Technology (IPS) that's perfect when viewed from any angle. Product page. Continue reading for a full video unboxing and review.

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Microsoft Pre-Touch

Microsoft's new Pre-Touch Sensing technology works exactly as you'd expect, as it uses a mobile phone's ability to sense how you are gripping the device, as well as when and where the fingers are approaching it, to adapt interfaces on the fly. In the tech demo, you'll see it used in both media and game applications. There's no word yet on when it will be implemented into future smartphones, but Minecraft would be a great start. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the Star Wars Rogue One trailer in LEGO.

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Pictar iPhone DSLR

Camera cases are nothing new, but Pictar is basically a grip that aims to make adjusting zoom, ISO, shutter speed, and focus a breeze. Featuring a dual-stage shutter release for that SLR-look, manual wheels for exposure compensation / zoom / ISO / shutter speed, a toggle for the front-facing camera, a strap, a cold shoe for external accessories (mics/flashes), and even a standard tripod mount. Continue reading for a hands-on video preview, more information and the Kickstarter page.

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