Watch our Huawei Mate 10 + Mate 10 Pro video preview!

If you look at the heritage of the Huawei Mate series over the years, one thing stands out: These are big, beastly tank-like phones — and with enormous screens and huge batteries inside, they needed to be.

The latest Mate phones have pivoted slightly, though. Along with all the generational improvements that come in any new flagship, the Mate 10 packs all the technology we’d expect from the series into two of Huawei’s sleekest and most beautiful devices to date.

The Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro — the latter being the only model to be sold in the U.S. and UK, for now — features new AI-equipped hardware, backed up by a new, powerful and efficient CPU, up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and new software based upon Android Oreo. And that’s before we get to the impressive camera setup that Huawei and Leica have built out, featuring dual optically stabilized rear cameras behind f/1.6 lenses.

As you’ll see in our video preview, getting all the power of a Huawei Mate phone no longer means carrying around a giant brick of a phone in your pocket. And the Mate 10 Pro, in particular, might be enough to give Samsung and Google a run for their money.


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Qualcomm makes true 5G connectivity possible in Snapdragon X50 modem tests

5G speeds are still a distant dream for regular mobile device users, but Qualcomm has crossed the barrier in its Snapdragon X50 modem tests.

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Samsung MU9000 series review – CNET

Some people prize the best picture for the money, but others care a lot about how a TV looks. The beautiful MU9000 aims at the others.
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Qualcomm just made it way easier for phone makers to support T-Mobile’s 600Mhz network

Your next phone will probably support a T-Mobile’s push for better coverage in the U.S.

A lot of T-Mobile customers were upset that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 didn’t support T-Mobile’s burgeoning low-band 600MHz network; many of those same people wondered why Apple’s iPhone 8 and upcoming iPhone X lack the same capabilities.

In fact, the LG V30 is the only phone to support T-Mobile’s new network, which pushes LTE signals further and penetrates walls better than even the widely-used 700MHz spectrum used by three of the big four carriers in the U.S. today.

That’s all about to change. Qualcomm is releasing a number of components to phone manufacturers as part of its RF Front-End portfolio that include support for Band 71, which comprises the 600MHz band. These parts, which include a Low-Band Power Amplifier Module, an Adaptive Aperture Tuner, along with Duplexer and Diversity Receive (DRX) Filter, work with the baseband inside any number of Snapdragon chips from the 200, 400, 600, and 800 series to support Band 71.

So how did LG get support for it so early? A Qualcomm rep I spoke to wouldn’t speculate, but said that it’s likely using a combination of off-the-shelf and custom components to make it happen. Starting in early 2018, most phones released in the U.S. will support Band 71, since manufacturers are more inclined to add something when they don’t have to work too hard to achieve it.

While T-Mobile owns nearly half of the 600MHz spectrum in the U.S., Band 71 will also be used in the IoT and enterprise fields to enhance long-range LTE communications.

Earlier this year, T-Mobile CEO John Legere said that two products, one by LG and another from Samsung, would support its 600MHz network by year’s end. That Samsung device has yet to materialize. Legere also said that the network would roll out to rural parts of the U.S. not currently served by its existing LTE network.


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Hurry and save at least 25 percent off SanDisk microSD cards tonight!

Amazon has discounts starting from 25 percent on microSD cards and memory sticks and stubs for Android and iOS devices through 3am Eastern on October 17.

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