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Sony Xperia X Compact now available for purchase in the USA

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The Sony Xperia X Compact started making its way around the world soon after its IFA announcement, but those of us in the USA had to wait for quite a bit. It was only last week when we saw the new mid-range phone go up for pre-order on Amazon, but today we bring good news to those who don’t like waiting.

The Sony Xperia X Compact is now available for purchase and ready for shipping, marking the phone’s official launch in North America. As we have mentioned before, though, the price is set a little higher than we would like to see it. The device will cost you $499.99, which is only a little cheaper than plenty high-end smartphones.

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Hardware includes a 4.6-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, a 23 MP rear shooter, a 5 MP front camera and a 2,700 mAh battery.

Amazon Prime users get free one-day shipping, so you can have the phone waiting at your door step real soon. Who is signing up?

Buy the Sony Xperia X Compact now

Crowdfunding project of the week: the Blade4000 is a portable charger that also expands storage

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We are back with yet another ‘Crowdfunding project of the week’, an article series in which we highlight the coolest funding campaigns from sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Shall we jump right in?

Other featured projects:

Today we are taking a look at the Blade4000 battery pack. There are plenty of portable chargers out there, so we can understand why at first glance you might not get too excited about seeing yet another one. But this specific battery pack is actually very special, because it doubles as a storage device.

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Aside from the 4,000 mAh battery packed inside, the Blade comes with a microSD reader that accepts cards of up to 256 GB. This means it won’t only become your battery charger, but also an external hard drive of sorts.

The best part is that the company worked really hard to make the Blade4000 compatible with most devices via USB OTG. It will work with iOS, Android, Windows, Mac OS X and more. Just plug and play, as you would with any other USB external storage unit. It also helps that the actual unit is slim and good looking.

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Interested? First you must understand there are two versions of the Blade4000; one with the TF card reader and one without. You can grab the one without the card reader for as low as $10. That is a good deal if you just want a cool charger, but those who want to exploit the Blade4000’s true potential will need to pay up. Adding the TF card reader will set you back at least $29, which is still a pretty accessible price.

Who is signing up?

Check out the Blade4000 on Indiegogo

Crowdfunding project of the week: the Blade4000 is a portable charger that also expands storage

k4lcjjcryprufj0lbkqx

We are back with yet another ‘Crowdfunding project of the week’, an article series in which we highlight the coolest funding campaigns from sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Shall we jump right in?

Other featured projects:

Today we are taking a look at the Blade4000 battery pack. There are plenty of portable chargers out there, so we can understand why at first glance you might not get too excited about seeing yet another one. But this specific battery pack is actually very special, because it doubles as a storage device.

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Aside from the 4,000 mAh battery packed inside, the Blade comes with a microSD reader that accepts cards of up to 256 GB. This means it won’t only become your battery charger, but also an external hard drive of sorts.

The best part is that the company worked really hard to make the Blade4000 compatible with most devices via USB OTG. It will work with iOS, Android, Windows, Mac OS X and more. Just plug and play, as you would with any other USB external storage unit. It also helps that the actual unit is slim and good looking.

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Interested? First you must understand there are two versions of the Blade4000; one with the TF card reader and one without. You can grab the one without the card reader for as low as $10. That is a good deal if you just want a cool charger, but those who want to exploit the Blade4000’s true potential will need to pay up. Adding the TF card reader will set you back at least $29, which is still a pretty accessible price.

Who is signing up?

Check out the Blade4000 on Indiegogo

Galaxy S8 might have Exynos 8895 and Mali-G71 GPU

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Things have been rather rough for Samsung the past few months: reports of the Galaxy devices exploding dominated headlines around the world, and just recently, we learned that a senior Samsung LSI official was arrested for attempting to sell confidential information to Chinese competitors. Samsung is now suing the exec, and we are seeing some interesting information about the upcoming Galaxy S8.

According to the leaked papers from the lawsuit, Samsung’s eighth iteration of the Galaxy S series will have a 10nm Exynos chipset. This isn’t particularly surprising given that MediaTek has already unveiled a deca-core chipset built using the 10nm fabrication process. Although we don’t really know whether Samsung’s upcoming chipset will be another octa-core processor or what speed it will be clocked at, we are starting to learn more about its GPU.

SamMobile is reporting that this 10nm Exynos chipset will be the Exynos 8895 processor, which will make use of ARM’s new Mali-G71 GPU. The Mali-G71 is supposed to be 1.8 times faster than the Mali-T880 MP12 GPU that we find in the Galaxy S7 siblings. Also, if GFXBench results are any indication, it will be more powerful than the Adreno GPU found in the Snapdragon 830 chipset.

The Mali-G71 is supposed to be 1.8 times faster than the Mali-T880 MP12 GPU that we find in the Galaxy S7 siblings.

ARM unveiled the Mali-G71 back in May: ARM announced that it will be the first to be based on its next generation GPU architecture, Bifrost. As a result, it’s supposed to be 20% more energy efficient and have 40% better performance density than Mali-T880. As we’ve come to expect from most high-end GPUs, the Mali-G71 will be compatible with the Vulkan graphics API.

The more intriguing part is perhaps that the Mali-G71 will support high-end 4K displays and smooth VR experiences. This should sound familiar because the rumor right now is that the Galaxy S8 will be the first Samsung phone to feature a 4K display and that the device will be Daydream-ready. Here’s hoping that the rumor turns out to be true!

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Of course, with the Galaxy S8 presumably launching in February or March next year, nothing is confirmed. However, with analysts predicting that Samsung’s Q3 profits could fall by 8.6% due to the Note7 fiasco, Samsung is well aware, I’m sure, that the Galaxy S8 must be the brightest galaxy that it’s ever created.

What features do you want to see in the upcoming Galaxy S8? Let us know by leaving a comment down below!

Sony Xperia X Performance users can register for Android 7.0 Nougat beta program (but not everywhere)

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Waiting for the next Android update can be remarkably frustrating. Right now all we can think of is getting a taste of Android 7.0 Nougat, and those who own a Sony Xperia X Performance might not have to wait until the official update comes around.

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The Xperia X Performance joined the Android 7.0 Nougat beta program last month, and today you can finally register for it. This program will allow users to test the new software before rolling out to the masses, but keep in mind it’s not for everyone. Beta testing software implies not everything will work perfectly, but you will be an important part of getting the new Android version ready to hit the market.

Screenshot 2016-09-24 at 5.47.46 PMThose who still want to dip their toes into wild waters can download the Xperia Beta Program app from the Google Play Store and get started. Sony users are also getting a notification about this program via Xperia Lounge app, so this is more than legit now.

There is one major caveat, though. The beta program is not open to everyone. It’s only for those in the Nordics, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Iceland, Italy, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands. The rest of us will just have to wait.

Do we have any readers signing up for the Android 7.0 Nougat beta program?

Download the Xperia Beta Program app

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