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Full-metal Samsung SM-A500 handheld expected to sport 13 MP camera

For years wary of adopting metal as a primary build material for even its hottest gadgets, Samsung had little choice but to ultimately go the premium, pricey design route last month. Only the half-aluminum/half-plastic Galaxy Alpha isn’t looking like the limited experiment tipped for so long.

WhatsApp to offer free voice calling soon

WhatsApp is one of the most popular cross-platform messaging apps. The app is available on all major platforms, and was recently purchased for billions of dollars by the social networking giant, Facebook. Earlier this year, the company’s CEO revealed that voice and video calling will soon make its way to the app, starting with the iPhone and Android, followed by other mobile platforms.

Sony Xperia Z3 pre-orders are live in the UK

Earlier this month, Sony unveiled its latest flagship device dubbed as the Sony Xperia Z3, which is a substantial upgrade over its predecessor. The device features a similar set of hardware as the Xperia Z2, but offers a new round aluminium frame and tampered glass on the front and back. The handset is set to launch in fall, but if you’re residing in the UK, the Sony Xperia Z3 is up for pre-orders directly from Sony for £549, with the deliveries expected to kick off from September 26th.

Meizu MX4 available for international pre-orders, not so cheap after all

While it’s pretty much customary to wrap up announcements of flagship smartphones manufactured by China-based OEMs with ominous disclaimers regarding prospective Western availability, some of these up-and-comers have started setting up their own international distribution channels.

Low-cost HTC Desire 610 is en route to Verizon, six months or so too late

If HTC is somewhat on the rise of late as far as notoriety and general sales are concerned, it’s no doubt at least in part thanks to the Desire line. The mid-range family made a bigger impact than high-end Ones over the course of 2014 with solid quality-pricing ratios and options for virtually every budget.

Oppo N3 press images leaked, rotatable camera still on board

The Chinese manufacturer Oppo is said to be working on its new flagship device which will launch under the Oppo N3 moniker. The company recently teased its upcoming product on Facebook with a possible October announcement date at an event in Singapore. Recently, the folks at GSMArena were sent some alleged press renders of the Oppo N3, which carries on the company’s tradition of a rotatable camera so it can be used to take high quality photos and selfies. Additionally, the press render reveal that it will also feature a dual-LED flash, another trait which was present in its predecessor.

Smartly-priced LG L Fino and L Bello handhelds embark on global journey

Seemingly confident the G3 can stand the test of time and fend off the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus threats with no high-end refreshment or reinforcement, LG continues to bolster its already vast and strong “smartly-priced”, mid-range portfolio.

Samsung explains the Galaxy Note 4 features with the help of an infographic

Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 4 phablet at IFA 2014 earlier this month. The phablet packs top-of-the-line hardware, along with a plethora of features on board. If, for some reason, you missed the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 event, and want to know more about its features, Samsung has prepared a new inforgraphic to help you know everything about the phablet.

Finally, a tasteful anti-Apple Samsung Galaxy Note 4 commercial (video)

It may have taken Samsung a little longer than usual, but in the end, they’ve come up with the perfect iPhone 6 Plus-mocking/Galaxy Note 4 advertising effort. Granted, it’s not as laugh-out-loud hilarious as the legendary “dude, you’re a barista” commercial.

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Android KitKat running on almost 25 percent devices

Every month, Google releases monthly figures about the adoption of various versions of the Android operating system. The numbers are posted on the company’s developers blog to give us an idea about how widespread different versions of Android are. The search engine giant recently revealed the figures for August, and we see a few noteworthy changes in the figures.

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BlackBerry’s next-gen flagship device is T-Mobile’s ‘Passport’ to reconciliation

As if BlackBerry’s mobile device manufacturing business wasn’t hurting enough on the heels of Q and Z-series sales flops that sent the Canadian giant on the brink of bankruptcy, BB’s CEO earlier this year got in a bitter verbal fight with T-Mobile’s head honcho.

Deal alert: Prepaid LG Volt for Boost Mobile at $80 on Amazon ($100 off)

T-Mobile may be the go-to carrier (or should we say uncarrier?) for most mobile tech enthusiasts no longer happy to tie themselves up to lengthy contracts, but lower-profile operators such as Boost Mobile are sure doing a fine job in catching up.