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Xiaomi Air 13 Laptop Review

Xiaomi is often dubbed the "Apple of China." It's a large Chinese technology company that focuses on producing high-quality products, and while Apple tends to charge a premium for its products, Xiaomi typically offers its products at a more budget-frie...


Xiaomi Air 13 Laptop Review

Xiaomi is often dubbed the "Apple of China." It's a large Chinese technology company that focuses on producing high-quality products, and while Apple tends to charge a premium for its products, Xiaomi typically offers its products at a more budget-frie...


Moto holding MWC event on February 26

Mobile World Congress is always a big show for us smartphone fans, with several companies using the event to unveil new hardware. This year, it looks like Moto will be one of those companies.

Moto today confirmed that it’s holding an MWC event on February 26, the day before the big show officially kicks off. As with most big events, though, Moto isn’t revealing what it’s got planned for the event.

So what might Moto have in store for us? Well, recent leaks have suggested that Moto is prepping a new Moto G5 Plus device, so that’s one possibility. And if there’s a Moto G5 Plus, you’d expect that there’s a plain ol’ Moto G5, too, so that could be in Moto’s plans, too.

Whatever Moto’s in the works for MWC, you can bet that we’ll be watching it, so keep it locked to PhoneDog for more.



Moto holding MWC event on February 26

Mobile World Congress is always a big show for us smartphone fans, with several companies using the event to unveil new hardware. This year, it looks like Moto will be one of those companies.

Moto today confirmed that it’s holding an MWC event on February 26, the day before the big show officially kicks off. As with most big events, though, Moto isn’t revealing what it’s got planned for the event.

So what might Moto have in store for us? Well, recent leaks have suggested that Moto is prepping a new Moto G5 Plus device, so that’s one possibility. And if there’s a Moto G5 Plus, you’d expect that there’s a plain ol’ Moto G5, too, so that could be in Moto’s plans, too.

Whatever Moto’s in the works for MWC, you can bet that we’ll be watching it, so keep it locked to PhoneDog for more.


Moto holding MWC event on February 26

Mobile World Congress is always a big show for us smartphone fans, with several companies using the event to unveil new hardware. This year, it looks like Moto will be one of those companies.

Moto today confirmed that it’s holding an MWC event on February 26, the day before the big show officially kicks off. As with most big events, though, Moto isn’t revealing what it’s got planned for the event.

So what might Moto have in store for us? Well, recent leaks have suggested that Moto is prepping a new Moto G5 Plus device, so that’s one possibility. And if there’s a Moto G5 Plus, you’d expect that there’s a plain ol’ Moto G5, too, so that could be in Moto’s plans, too.

Whatever Moto’s in the works for MWC, you can bet that we’ll be watching it, so keep it locked to PhoneDog for more.


Samsung Galaxy S8 expected to include 3.5mm headphone jack

Last month, a report suggested that Samsung might follow in the footsteps of competitors like Apple and HTC and launch the Galaxy S8 without a 3.5mm headphone jack. Now it sounds like that may not be the case.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to launch with a 3.5mm headphone jack in tow. That’s according to a report from Android Police, who spoke about the matter with a source that they say is reliable.

While not every manufacturer has opted to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from their products, several notable companies have omitted the port from their flagship products, including Apple, HTC, and Moto. While all of this Galaxy S8 info is still unconfirmed, it’s certainly possible that Samsung could end up ditching the 3.5mm jack on its flagships, too. The good news is that it doesn’t sound like that’ll be the case, so if you’re interested in the GS8, that’s thing that you won’t have to worry about.

How important do you consider a 3.5mm headphone jack on a smartphone to be?



Samsung Galaxy S8 expected to include 3.5mm headphone jack

Last month, a report suggested that Samsung might follow in the footsteps of competitors like Apple and HTC and launch the Galaxy S8 without a 3.5mm headphone jack. Now it sounds like that may not be the case.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to launch with a 3.5mm headphone jack in tow. That’s according to a report from Android Police, who spoke about the matter with a source that they say is reliable.

While not every manufacturer has opted to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from their products, several notable companies have omitted the port from their flagship products, including Apple, HTC, and Moto. While all of this Galaxy S8 info is still unconfirmed, it’s certainly possible that Samsung could end up ditching the 3.5mm jack on its flagships, too. The good news is that it doesn’t sound like that’ll be the case, so if you’re interested in the GS8, that’s thing that you won’t have to worry about.

How important do you consider a 3.5mm headphone jack on a smartphone to be?


Andy Rubin said to be prepping new high-end smartphone that ...

A little more than two years ago, Andy Rubin officially left his position at Google after working there for years as the head of Android. Fast-forward to today and Rubin may soon be getting back into the smartphone game.

Andy Rubin will soon announce a new company called Essential, which is said to be working on several consumer hardware products that all tie together. Sources tell Bloomberg that this includes a smartphone, which is still in the prototype stage.

This new phone is said to be a high-end device with a large edge-to-edge display. The screen is said to be larger than 5.5 inches, but that it’ll have a smaller footprint than a device like the iPhone 7 Plus because of its slim bezels. Essential is also said to be considering making the screen pressure-sensitive.

The device will reportedly be made with high-end materials, and a design that’s currently in testing has metal edges and a ceramic back.

It’s also said that this device will be able to “gain new hardware features over time” and that Rubin’s team is working on a proprietary, magnetic connector that’ll serve double duty as a charger and a way to expand the phone’s features. Rubin and his team are reportedly prepping a camera add-on that’ll enable the phone to take 360-degree photographs, but third-parties will also be able to create add-ons for the device.

Essential is said to be aiming to launch its new smartphone in the middle of 2017 at a price of around $649. No release plans are set in stone quite yet, though, and it's unclear if the Essential phone's software will be based on Android.

One final detail is that Andy Rubin is said to have met with executives from mobile carriers at CES earlier this month, allegedly including some execs from Sprint. Having partnerships with carriers will be important for this device if Rubin wants it to succeed, as many folks in the US still buy their phones from their carriers.

Andy Rubin is often referred to as the father of Android, as he help found the company that was eventually sold to Google. He’s been out of the spotlight ever since leaving Google at the end of 2014, but it’d be a pretty big deal if he made a return to the smartphone market.

This smartphone that’s allegedly being cooked up by Essential sounds pretty interesting, packing high-end specs paired with a premium design. The ability to add hardware features could be a little iffy, as we haven’t seen any modular phones really catch on quite yet, but perhaps Rubin and Co. can nail it.

What do you think of this rumored device?


Sprint will give you $200 when you switch carriers and ...

Sprint wants you to consider jumping to its network in 2017, and today it’s launching a switcher offer to entice you.

Starting today, January 13, Sprint is offering $200 for each customer that switches to Sprint, signs up for an Unlimited Freedom or Best Buy One plan, and trades in their existing phone. Each switcher will get a $200 Visa Prepaid Card.

Sprint also notes that existing customers can take advantage of this deal, too. Customers can get a $200 prepaid card for switching a number from another carrier to an existing account, or get $100 for adding a new line to your account.

To take advantage of Sprint’s deal, you’ll need to head into a Sprint retail store and turn in your existing phone. You then go to Sprint’s switcher webpage within 30 days of your line activation and register for the deal. Your prepaid card will arrive within four to six weeks of your registration.



Will you buy a Galaxy S8 if it doesn’t have ...

Last year was apparently the death knell for the 3.5mm headphone jack. Even before Apple could get around to axing the port, Motorola launched flagships without it on board, and ever since it's been a guessing game whether or not a company will have it or not. Some have kept it around, like Google and its Pixel lineup of phones, which is certainly good news for anyone who's not ready to give up the headphone jack.

A lot of folks call ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack a user-hostile move, and I tend to agree with them, because I understand the sentiment. The jack has been around for so long, and it's compatible with so many things -- not just headphones. When Apple dropped it, a friend of mine pointed out that he wouldn't be able to plug his phone into the auxiliary port in his car.

It's safe to say that he wasn't very happy.

What's interesting about it, is that he's not an Apple fan, and he didn't even intend on buying an iPhone 7. He was waiting to see what Google was going to unveil with the Pixel and Pixel XL, and he was genuinely concerned that if Apple did get rid of the headphone jack, even more companies --including Google-- would be getting rid of it, too.

Apple wasn't the first to do it, but Apple picked up the most flak for doing it anyway. But that's understandable, too, because other companies do have a tendency to follow Apple in these situations. In fact, many could argue that Motorola only got rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack because Apple was going to. (While it was rumors for the rest of us, there's a good chance Motorola knew it was happening for sure.)

But how loudly did that death knell ring? It's 2017, and we've already seen HTC unveil its newest flagship, the U Ultra. And it doesn't have a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Almost immediately after the iPhone 7 was unveiled, rumors cropped up that Samsung's Galaxy S8, planned to launch in early 2017, would drop the headphone jack, too. While we don't have long to wait to find out, I can't help but wonder what kind of impact that decision will have on a potential buyer.

So, I want to ask: If the Samsung Galaxy S8 doesn't have a 3.5mm headphone jack on board, will you buy it? Or will you go with another handset that does still have the port? Let me know!