MIT students win Hyperloop pod design competition

Crews are already building the first Hyperloop tracks, but how about the vehicles to run on those tracks? Don't worry, they're coming soon: MIT has won a SpaceX competition that challenged students worldwide to design a pod for the ultra-fast tube t… (Source)


Weekly poll: Huawei Mate 8 – hot or not

We kicked off our review year with the Huawei Mate 8 and set the bar pretty high for the ones to come. And while we were certainly impressed with the smartphone, it’s also hard to overlook its flaws, which we made sure to point out.

And now that you’re familiar with our findings (perhaps some of you also have first-hand experience with the Mate 8), we’re determined to find out what you think of Huawei’s top-tier phablet. Our classic hot-or-not formulation sums up the question whether the good outweighs the bad.

Are supreme build, powerful chipset, fine 6-inch display, and record-braking battery life enough for you to turn a blind eye on a camera that doesn’t quite measure up to the standards of the segment and an Android overlay that’s polarizing, to say the least? Additionally, other smaller pros and cons could tip the scales either way depending on who you are and which particular bit of a smartphone’s performance is higher on your list of priorities.

And since we can’t really speak for everyone, we’re asking you to speak for yourselves and tell us what you think on the matter at hand – is the Huawei Mate 8 hot or… (Source)

Week 4 in review: Flagship rumors intensify

As MWC 2016 inches ever closer, it seems that our news section is overrun by rumors and not much else. After witnessing a sea of specs leaks and rumors about the Galaxy S7 line in the past few weeks, now we are finally starting to catch glimpses of the device as well, or at least parts of it.

Apple has also been popping up frequently in the news section.Cupertino is set to unveil a brand new generation of iPhones this year – the iPhone 7, which is definitely more exciting that an “S” upgrade. But there is also another reason why the US giant has caught fan attention so early in the year, prior to its typical fall announcement session. Everything seems to suggest that 2016 will see the resurrection of the 4-ich iPhone form factor. Information on the matter is still scarce at best, but the very prospect seems to have everybody excited.

LG and HTC also appear to be hard at work on their next flagship offer. The LG G5 is shaping up to be quite interesting and a definite departure from the OEM’s signature design and approach for the past few flagship iterations.

HTC only recently appeared back on the radar with a fresh batch of flagship rumors and despite the tardiness, it is hopefully still in the game. An upgrade to its signature “M” series is apparently on the way, but this time it might come with an entirely new look, one borrowed largely from the company’s recent One A9 model.

Lastly, we take a look towards Asia, where Xiaomi has been teasing its own crown jewel for some time now. The Xiaomi Mi 5 definitely shouldn’t be underestimated, as it could, very well play a key role in shaping the flagship scene this year.

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Live images of the Samsung Galaxy S7 front camera and display surface
Originating from a manufacturing facility, the photos confirm that the smartphone’s production is well under way.

Samsung Galaxy S7 with S820 benchmarked, here’s how it compares with the Exynos 8890 version
This is the AT&T version, while the other result comes from a Canadian model.

Lenovo K5 Note launched with Helio P10 SoC, all metal body
It carries a price tag of RMB 1,099 in China (around $167).

Apple’s next 4-incher now tipped to be named iPhone 5se, iPhone 6/6s hardware inside
Sources say it will be powered by the A8 chip and come with the 8MP/1.2MP camera combo.

Xiaomi Mi 5 to have four versions, pricing revealed
Previous rumors had suggested that the flagship will arrive in two different versions.

First alleged image of the 4-inch iPhone 5se surfaces
The next small smartphone from Apple has reportedly been captured next to an iPhone 5.

iPhone 7 Plus again tipped to come with a dual-camera setup
A KGI analyst believes that a version of the iPhone 7 Plus will be offered with a dual iSight camera setup.

Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe Special Edition with Intel Z3590 chip goes official
The rest of the specs remain unchanged, including the 256GB of internal storage and 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM.

Lenovo Vibe X3 launched in India for $293
Going on sale on Amazon starting tomorrow.

LG G5 dual camera design confirmed by another case leak
Farewell to the rear-mounted volume controls, alas.

Xiaomi Mi 5 photographed again, check out the rounded metal unibody
The comparisons with an iPhone 6 or an HTC One A9 are unavoidable.

HTC One M10 to follow A9 design trend
The handset is apparently still in development and heading to… (Source)