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The Fire Phone is Amazon's first attempt at conquering the competitive market

After what seems like years of rumors, Amazon has announced its first foray into the competitive smartphone space, in the form of the Fire Phone. The largely high-end device packs in some interesting features, chief among which is its Dynamic Perspective display tech and product scanning Firefly app.  Read More

The Portable SIM is a prototype device developed by NTT Docomo that forgoes the need to in...

NTT Docomo has announced the development of a wireless Portable SIM prototype that can be waved in front of a compatible smartphone to provide network authentication information. The device could provide an easier way of switching between handsets in the future.  Read More

The Samsung Smart Bike uses a smartphone – and an Arduino module – as its brains

What do you call a bicycle that doesn't have a motor, but is packed with electronic features? Well, the emerging term seems to be "smart bike." We've already seen one called the Valour, but now there's a new one-off known as the Samsung Smart Bike. Above all else, it's designed to make bicycle commuting safer.  Read More

Raydiance's R-Cut femtosecond laser system allows for mobile phones with complex shapes

Smartphones have come a long way in a few short years, but two things have remained constant; most sport a "slab of glass" form factor, and dropping one makes you wish you’d had it insured. Designers have used new materials, such as Gorilla glass and sapphire to make phone displays lighter and more durable, but these have introduced their own problems – especially when it comes to manufacturing. Gizmag spoke with Raydiance, a company specializing in cutting-edge laser fabrication methods, about its new R-Cut femtosecond laser system that promises a “new paradigm" in high-tech glass fabrication.  Read More

Sony's Xperia T3 is a solid mid-range handset with  a thin profile

While Sony’s flagship Z-line handsets are all about high-end specs and waterproofing, it’s taking a slightly different approach with the mid-range sector. With the new T3 smartphone, Sony is providing one of the skinniest devices on the market, while still packing in some solid internals.  Read More

The Vertu Signature Touch – high-end specs and luxury build

You might be familiar with English manufacturer Vertu’s previous smartphone efforts, whose price tags routinely do their best to redefine "high-end." However, while the Signature Touch might share the lofty cost of its predecessors, this time around it also packs top shelf specs to match smartphone heavyweights like HTC’s One (M8) or Samsung’s Galaxy S5.  Read More

Gizmag goes hands-on to compare the HTC One (M8) and iPhone 5s

Are you looking for a smartphone that's all power on the inside, with sexy good looks on the outside? Well, then it's going to be hard to beat these two. Join Gizmag, as we take a hands-on look at two phones that have beauty and brains, the HTC One (M8) and Apple iPhone 5s.  Read More

The HTC One (E8) packs the M8's internals but offers a colorful plastic aesthetic

HTC has announced yet another device in its flagship One line, this time with an E8 moniker. The smartphone drops the premium aluminium construction of its M8 brother for a range of colorful plastics, while retaining a number of the other handset’s core specs.  Read More

The Samsung Z - a Tizen-based smartphone with a lot to prove

The South Korean firm, probably best known for its popular line of Galaxy smartphones, has unveiled its first device to run the open source Tizen OS. The handset, known as the Samsung Z (no Android, no Galaxy), looks solid on the spec sheet and will launch first in Russia.  Read More

The LG G3 (left) and HTC One (M8) (right) - two Android heavyweights ready to do battle

While it tends to be Samsung’s flagship handsets that take the lion-share of Android smartphone sales, there’s a lot to love about the high-end devices from LG and HTC. There’s a fair argument to be made for the HTC One (M8) handset being the current king of the Android crop, and maybe even the best smartphone on the market full stop. That said, the newly announced LG G3 wins out against the One in a number of key categories. Read on as we compare the two devices in an effort to see whether the G3 has what it takes to topple the Android king.  Read More

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