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Samsung, LG go head-to-head at MWC 2016

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There’s no beating around the bush. Fierce Korean rivals Samsung and LG are gearing up for a head-to-head match at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona later this month.

Both companies have already sent out invites to the launch events of their respective flagship smartphones, both happening on February 21st. LG has announced LG G5 Day at 2 pm, while Samsung is set to unveil the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge at 7 pm.

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LG’s G5 teasers are more cryptic. Starting with “Play Begins” and now “Come and meet new friends on the playground.” We have no idea how any of this relates to the new phone. What we can say is that LG’s upcoming flagship is going to be completely redesigned, shunning last year’s plastic and leather combo for a more premium metallic build. LG is also relocating its trademark backside volume buttons to its sides where you’d usually find it on a smartphone, leaving a fingerprint scanner slash power button and two rear cameras in its place.

Samsung is expected to use virtual reality to launch the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. A source tells GadgetMatch, “the launch itself will blow you away.” The tech giant’s new smartphone will improve on the design of last year’s metal and glass smartphone with a focus on durability and ergonomics. Samsung is also bringing back features like expandable memory and waterproofing, and making dramatic improvements to camera performance and battery life. The S7 will retain the 5.1-inch form factor of its predecessor, while the S7 Edge will be phablet sized, 5.7 inches to be exact.

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Buy a Pixel 3 on Verizon and get another one for free

Verizon’s BOGO deal is the best so far

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After all the leaks, the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are now official. Both come with bigger screens, better cameras, and sadly, higher prices. If you want to get them at a more reasonable price, you could check out Verizon’s offer in the US.

For a limited time, you can buy one Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL through Verizon with monthly device payments for 24 months, and get a Pixel 3 (64GB) for free.

It’s basically a buy one, get one deal for the base model. If you wish to get a better variant, you can use the US$ 799.99 credit to get any other Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL model.

Of course, there’s a catch to these deals. Verizon wants you to add a new line to one of your Pixel 3 phones. Seems like a pretty fair deal, right? Pre-orders are now open through Verizon’s website.

The Pixel 3 phones are available in Clearly White, Just Black, and Not Pink colors. The Pixel 3 starts at US$ 33.33 per month for 24 months on Verizon device payment (US$ 799.99 retail price), while the Pixel 3 XL starts at US$ 38.74 per month for 24 months (US$ 929.99 retail price).

SEE ALSO: Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Hands-on

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Google Pixel 3 Not Pink hands-on: Is it really pink?

Why would they even call it that?

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Among the number of things that Google announced yesterday was a new phone color that made me jump out of my seat. I freaked out because I heard the word “pink” (it’s a color I undoubtedly love) and having seen the dainty blush color palette Google was working with, I was excited.


My joy was short lived as I realized the color name, in full, reads “Not Pink.”

So, what’s the deal with this phone? Why would Google call it that? Is the tech company teasing pink-loving girls (like yours truly) the world over?

This is the Pixel 3 in Not Pink.

It has the same specs as the larger Pixel 3 XL.

It looks just about normal from any angle.

Even up close.

(Except for that accent color button in orange that’s actually a great-looking detail)

I’m sure many would argue that it is, in fact, not pink.

Even in brighter, natural light, it doesn’t seem to be the case. At best, it looks nude.

Especially beside an actual pink phone cover, it looks like it lacks the rosy hue.

The magic happens when it’s side by side with the white Pixel 3.

Left: Not Pink, Right: Clearly White

Now, it actually looks pink, sort of.

Left/under: Clearly White, Right/over: Not Pink

Or, at the very least, blush or even millennial pink (which is something I can live with).

But, the plot thickens. There’s an official Pixel 3 case named Pink Moon (note the pink!) and it’s in a color that may be described as a deeper, more intense shade of Not Pink. If that’s what Google considers as something that’s remotely pink, Not Pink can totally pass as a phone with at least a hint of pink.

Clockwise from top: Clearly White Pixel 3, Not Pink Pixel 3, Pink Moon Google case

So, is it pink? Is it Not Pink? Is it another case of the blue or gold dress? Why would Google mess with my brain like this?

One thing’s for sure, though: This phone looks good with pink things.

Like, really good.

Ridiculously good — it’ll match the slew of pink items I actually already own.

There’s nothing I’d love more than a pink Pixel. Now, this is not exactly screaming pink but this non-commitment pink is better than no pink at all. In fact, it’s actually very pretty and is something that those who aren’t pink-crazy will appreciate.

Pink or Not Pink, I’ll take it!

But, I still think it’s pink. Looking @ you, Google.

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Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Hands-on

Pretty much what we expected

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After all the leaks, does the third Pixel series have anything left up its sleeve to impress us? This is our Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL hands-on.

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