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HTC's flagship Desire 826 smartphone makes every picture count

HTC's Desire 826 has a full 5.5-inch HD screen, and the UltraPixel camera

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YotaPhone 2 hands-on: This dual-screen phone is downright exciting but staggeringly expensive

But the YotaPhone 2's price tag is its Achilles heel

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Dirt-cheap laptops might be this year's stocking stuffer

Black Friday and Cyber Monday promise commodity-priced laptops and tablets, while the biggest-ticket items may be in the smallest packages: smartphones.

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Samsung plans to slash its smartphone lineup by nearly a third in 2015

As profits plummet, Samsung's rethinking its 'more is more' approach to smartphones

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Fujitsu hides secret messages for smartphones inside LED light sources

Just aim a smartphone camera at a lit object and an app calls up relevant information

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Supremely svelte Oppo R5 claims 'world's thinnest smartphone' crown

But a package that tiny requires compromises, as it has paltry storage and no headset jack.

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Nokia name will live on in Microsoft's entry-level phones

A company executive said the first 'Microsoft Lumia' device will be announced soon.

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Kill switch semi-engaged: Android Lollipop gets factory reset password protection

To discourage thievery, users will need to log in before wiping their smartphones

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How Intel plans to break into smartphones

Intel will draw lessons from an aggressive strategy that bought it success in tablets.

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At IFA, new smartphones are a harbinger for futuristic tech trends

Support for 64-bit processors and LTE-Advanced will become increasingly common

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Metal has become mandatory on high-end smartphones

In the hunt for differentiation smartphone vendors are fousing more on design

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Huawei's metal-clad Ascend Mate 7 aims for large-screen glory

The device goes on sale starting later this month, but no U.S. launch planned for this year

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Smartphone kill-switch bill passes California assembly

The bill is intended to reduce smartphone theft in the state