New ZTE Zmax Pro Coming?

ZTE Z986 with 6″ Screen, SD 625 and Android 7.1.1 Seen on GFXBench

The ZTE Zmax Pro is still the best-value phone available. It offers a Snapdragon 617 CPU with a 6-inch HD screen, 32 GBs of internal storage, and a 13MP back camera. Owners on YouTube rave about it.

Now it seems a new version is coming. But it’s going to offer more and less. The CPU is upgraded to a Snapdragon 625. But internal storage is halved to 16GBs. And the back camera sheds 1MP of resolution. The 6-inch HD screen remains unchanged (let’s hope the display provider is unchanged too!). Android 7.1.1 will be inside. Current Zmax Pro owners are still waiting for any Android 7.x at all. NFC is still not included, so don’t even think of this for Daydream VR (the HD-only screen itself would preclude it).

I’ve been wanting the Zmax Pro since it came out (cash availability has prevented acquisition) and have been wondering if ZTE will release a new model. Now it seems they will. The wait continues.

Previously here:

Video: ZTE Zmax Pro Vs. Sony Xperia XA Ultra
ZTE Zmax Pro Can Do Tilty VR
Nano-Fondle: Sony Xperia XA Ultra
Current VR Thinking: I Might Wait

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The Ultimate iPad Mini Clone? iFive Mini 4G

TabletMonkeys: Deca-Core (10 Core), 7.85-Inch Android Tablet w/ 4GB RAM – Ifive Mini 4G Unveiled

TechTablets: iFive Mini 4G 7.85-inch Helio X20 Deca-core 4G Android Tablet

Those and all other reports — at post time — are based on a listing that popped up out of nowhere on a vendor site: ifive mini 4G 7.85 inch Phablet 4GB RAM – WHITE

Take all accounts with a huge grain of salt.

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Video: Two iFive Mini 4s Reviews

The iFive Mini 4s gets two reviews.



TechTablets: iFive Mini 4S Review / RePad 8 Review Online

As expected, the disappointments are the battery life and the cameras.

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Lenovo Phab 2 Pro

I stopped into B&H yesterday and ran across the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro.


This was announced last year and is the first phone to incorporate Google’s Tango Augmented Reality initiative.

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Video: RePad 8 Unboxed

The iFive Mini 4s under the RePad 8 brand gets an unboxing.


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R.I.P. Anne Glauber; Let’s Kill Pancreatic Cancer



That was February 28th. Thirteen weeks to the day after the death in my family, Anne Glauber succumbed to her pancreatic adenocarcinoma too.

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Xiaomi: Done With That Whole iPad Mini Clone Thing

Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 Could Be Announced Soon

Previous leaks have revealed that the Mi Pad 3 will feature a 9.7-inch display with a screen resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, a 6.08mm thin body, an Intel Core M3-7Y90 processor, 8GB of RAM, and either 128GB or 256GB of internal storage.

Additional details at that post.

If the above alone is true, I would have zero interest in this tablet.

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium: No Daydream VR?

ArsTechnica delivers some troubling news:

In the excitement, it slipped my mind that it’s not an AMOLED screen. That’s a Daydream certification requirement.

But who says it still couldn’t be used?  I would still buy it for VR! And if Google stupidly blocks it from Daydream, you can bet someone will devise a way to make it work. The Spice must flow!

Previously here:

The Ultimate VR Phone: Sony Xperia XZ Premium

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Samsung Chromebook Plus Has An Odd AnTuTu Score

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Video: iFive Mini 4s Unboxed

TechTablets has gotten their hands on it: FNF iFive Mini 4S Unboxing & First Impressions

Spoiler up front:


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