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Samsung Galaxy Note 7: live blog

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Samsung’s next big phone is all but official. Just about every detail of the Galaxy Note 7 has been leaked online, including the iris scanner it will reportedly have. We’ll be able to confirm that, and more, first-hand later today after Samsung debuts the new Note at the Unpacked 2016 event in New York City.

We will be bringing you the full scoop, straight from the source, so bookmark this page and check back later for live updates. Trust us when we say we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know about the Note 7.

The Samsung Unpacked 2016 event starts at 11 a.m. ET.

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New Xiaomi phones, Google I/O: Weekend Rewind

Xiaomi’s on a roll

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Here are this week’s top stories on GadgetMatch.

1. Xiaomi launches new phones

It’s a big week for Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi as they launched new smartphones: the special edition Mi Mix 2S and budget selfie phone Redmi S2 in China; plus the Redmi Note 5 and Mi Mix 2s in the Philippines.

SEE ALSO: Mi Mix 2S Review: Faster, smarter

SEE ALSO: Redmi Note 5 Hands-on: The new budget smartphone king?

2. Redmi 5A is the current best-selling Android phone worldwide

Believe it or not, Xiaomi’s super-affordable Redmi 5A isn’t just comparable to much more expensive smartphones, it also has the best sales figures of any Android handset today. In fact, it’s the only Android device in the top 5 in terms of sales and market share, pushing the Samsung Galaxy S9+ to number 6. Read the full story here.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Redmi 5A Review: Best smartphone below $100?

3. Xiaomi breaks into Europe’s top 5 despite overall decline

After breaking into the Western European market last November, Xiaomi is now fourth place in smartphone shipments in the region. While that’s not exactly market dominance, the fact that Xiaomi just started and already shipped 2.4 million units, while overall handset shipments decline, is astonishing. Read the full story here.

4. Everything Google I/O

Enough of Xiaomi news; let’s fly halfway across the world to San Francisco. This year’s Google I/O happened this week and there were a number of announcements and demos that people of the modern world should know about. This includes a smarter Google Assistant and Gmail, AI-curated Google News, and a more social Google Maps. If you missed the keynote, here’s a brief summary of what happened.

SEE ALSO: 6 awesome things that happened at Google I/O 2018

5. Android P Beta starts rolling out

Its official name wasn’t announced yet but Android P Beta started rolling out to select devices at Google I/O. While its very own Pixel phones always get first dibs, non-Pixel devices are also receiving early access to the latest software including the Nokia 7 Plus, Sony Xperia XZ2, and yep, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S. See the full list here.

SEE ALSO: What will Android P be called?


Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.

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Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco Hands-On

Testament to Nokia’s craftsmanship

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Two years after making its big comeback, Nokia is slowly filling in the pieces of its Android smartphone lineup. The star of course has to be the new Nokia 8 Sirocco, the most premium from the announcements at Mobile World Congress.

But our favorite is the Nokia 7 Plus, a near-borderless Android One phone with Zeiss optics and a beautiful build.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Review

Are these new features worth the price increase?

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In our Samsung Galaxy S9 Review video, we hope to answer questions you may have to help you make an informed decision before buying the phone.

Is Dual Aperture a gimmick? How good is the S9’s camera? S9 or S9+? Is it even worth it?

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S9 Hands-On: AR Emoji and super slow-mo

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