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March 2 is when Sony will out the ‘slimmer, lighter, brighter’ Xperia Z4 Tablet

The jig is up, Sony, and we know full well what’s up your sleeve for next week’s Mobile World Congress. The Xperia M4 Aqua is an open book, and the Xperia Z4 Tablet is no big puzzle either. Alas, the Z4 smartphone will most likely stay on the sidelines a couple more months, hopefully to score enough upgrades to clearly set itself apart from the Z3.

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BlackBerry Classic goes on sale at Verizon, including in Non Camera variant

Slowly but steadily, BlackBerry’s US business is picking up, with sales of unlocked Passports and Classics reportedly breaking recent records, and carriers lined up to get a piece of the on-contract action. AT&T just welcomed both hybrid touchscreen/QWERTY keyboard-sporting handhelds on the network, and Verizon quickly followed its main rival’s lead.

Here’s where you can live stream Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and HTC’s One M9 events

Ready to start the Galaxy S6 and One M9 countdowns? At least as far as the former goes, you can literally do just that by heading over to YouTube. Then, in a little under 48 hours, this link will replace the timer with a live video feed from Samsung’s pre-MWC Barcelona press conference.

Verizon pushes Nexus 6 release to March 12, Android 5.1 likely pre-loaded

Just when Verizon customers thought the torment was over, and they’d be able to buy the biggest, fastest, coolest Nexus smartphone yet directly from their favorite carrier… nothing happened. The Nexus 6 is still listed on Verizon’s website as “coming soon”, and the sign-up page gives away no clues vis-à-vis the launch date.

Archos jumps the gun with four pre-MWC smartphone announcements

Let’s not act surprised. Year after year, it’s the same scenario. The big fishes present at glamorous events like CES or MWC steal all the limelight of the shows, while the lower-profile exhibitors are forced to resort to early announcements. It’s the only way they can secure their ephemeral 15 minutes of fame.

LG G Pad F 7.0 hits Sprint on March 13 for free with 2-year pacts

Acknowledging it doesn’t stand a chance against the likes of Apple and Samsung in a fair tablet fight for the time being, LG has pulled all the stops recently to make its G Pads too cheap to turn down. With or without contracts, from AT&T or Verizon, via eBay or Newegg, these respectable mid-rangers have constantly undercut iPads and Galaxy Tabs by hundreds and hundreds of dollars.

Samsung has Android 5.0 Lollipop update on deck for Galaxy S5 mini

It should probably come as no shock Samsung has its sights set on a few mid-range Galaxies in addition to flagship smartphones for Lollipop bumps over the next months. It’s also no surprise the Galaxy S5 mini is among the non-high-enders targeted for 5.0 goodie packs.

Kyocera is ready to take MWC 2015 by storm with solar-powered prototype phone

No stranger to nichey gear, meant to survive wars, not look pretty, and all sorts of rugged experiments, Kyocera is ready to take things to the next level, by exploring the market for gadgets drawing their juice from alternative energy sources. Namely, the tireless sun.

Samsung Galaxy S6 prototype stars in extensive photo shoot

Perhaps jealous of all the attention HTC’s been getting this past week in the wake of some very thorough One M9 visual leaks, Samsung may have let the cat out of the bag once and for all. Granted, the Galaxy S6 was never the world’s best kept secret, but aside from a few schematics and parts of the alleged metal skeleton, we were yet to see the “next big thing” in the flesh.

AT&T brings its second-gen Moto X up to date with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop

Although Motorola was recently forced to justify its Android 5.0 upgrading lethargy for the original 2013 Moto X, we’re still waiting for a solid explanation as to the Lollipop delays on the advanced 2014 variant. And no, the “contemporary” Snapdragon 801 processor can’t be at fault here.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua pretty much confirmed en route to MWC

Between Sony’s money problems, leading to rampant rumors the Xperia smartphone division is up for sale, and the Z4’s near-guaranteed “delay”, we were pretty certain at one point the Japanese would skip this year’s Mobile World Congress altogether.

‘New’ Moto E is officially official with 4G LTE, larger screen, $150 unlocked price

In case you suspected Best Buy’s premature second-gen Moto E reveal was a hoax, the makers of the OG ultra-low-cost device just went ahead and confirmed the sequel. Which is more a rehash than a full-on upgrade.