Robotic finger monkeys are cute and not weird at all

Hold my finger tiny monkey.
Hold my finger tiny monkey.

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We’re now so desperate for distraction and companionship that some of us will even wear tiny robo-monkeys on our fingers.

At least WowWee’s Fingerlings Baby Monkey Toys, unveiled this week at New York Toy Fair, are adorable. 

As the name implies, these palm-sized monkeys slip onto your finger like a giant, ridiculous ring. Fingerlings are motion and touch sensitive.

While most of the little battery-operated figure is fixed, the toy monkey’s head turns and eyes open. That little bit of animation affords the monkey-bots an impressive amount of expression. WowWee told us that there are actually over 40-to-50 distinct animations and sound effects in Fingerlings.

With every touch, tap or stroke, the Fingerling monkey responds. It also responds to a blown kiss (really just blowing in its face) and will “fall asleep” if you lie the plastic money down in your palm and slowly pet it. To wake it up, you grab it by the tail and swing it back and forth.

Available starting in six different colors (and with six different names), Fingerlings Baby Monkey ships this August for $14.99. 

LG Watch Sport (Android 2.0) review

The wearables category continues to grow, but smartwatches are still in an odd place. Companies are finding it hard to sell the idea of a watch that costs $300 or more, yet lacks the longevity or resale value of a traditional watch. Technology is supposed to make things easier, and for a lot of people smartwatches don’t offer a compelling solution to a problem, making them a tough purchase to justify.

The first iteration of Android Wear essentially offered people a glorified notification reader. Sure, the user interface looked nice, but it was a nightmare to navigate – and you don’t want to think about navigating a smartwatch, something meant to be used at a glance.

More: Will your watch get Android Wear 2.0? Read our guide to find out

Android Wear 2.0 is Google’s second attempt, and it’s far more promising. The launch debuted on the LG Watch Sport and Watch Style, which were designed in collaboration with Google like its previous Nexus devices. The LG Watch Sport is our focus here, and it had us interested in smartwatches again — until it ran out of juice. Let’s take a deeper look.

Design and specifications

When you think of sports watches, Casio’s G-Shock series come to mind, or even Casio’s new outdoor smartwatches, the WSD-F10 and WSD-F20. There’s typically a lot going on, not just on the watch face but on the case as well.

Watch faces are important, and Google has done a great job in keeping the process of switching and customizing them incredibly simple.

The LG Watch Sport goes against the grain with a stainless-steel design that’s fairly minimal. What makes it sporty is the polyurethane band, its IP68 water-resistance rating, and GPS. It also has three buttons that help make it more functional than the Watch Style.

While I usually opt for leather-strap classic watches, the Watch Sport is more up my alley largely because of its design, though the dark blue is more beautiful than the grey. The gorgeous and large 1.38-inch P-OLED display helps too.

Unfortunately, it’s thick and heavy. It’s not a watch you’ll forget on your wrist because it’s not the most comfortable to wear. It feels like a premium watch, but the rubber strap — which isn’t replaceable — contributes to my desire to take the watch off after long periods of time to rub my wrist.

The screen is protected with Corning’s extra-durable Gorilla Glass 3, and the Watch Sport has an ambient light sensor that helps dim the screen and make it monochrome when you’re not looking at it.

It’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor with 768MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, and a 430mAh battery. It also sports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and LTE connectivity — the latter will require a SIM card that you can insert in the back.

There’s also GPS, the IP68 rating that lets you take it for a swim, and NFC for Android Pay.

A streamlined interface and the Play Store

I fired up my second-generation Moto 360, which has been collecting dust, and the differences between Android Wear 1 and 2 are startling, namely the poor design choices Google made the first time around. Users were required to swipe through so many screens to access a particular setting! In retrospect, version 1.0 feels especially clunky.

Android Wear 2.0 – which I’m actually testing on the other hand — is a joy to use in comparison. The interface is streamlined and simple. Swipe down to access quick settings, and swipe up to move through your notifications. To minimize fingerprints on your watch screen, the crown rotates, allowing you to use it as a scroll wheel or to zoom in and out of maps.

It doesn’t always scroll through every screen, however: some apps aren’t optimized for that yet, including some screens in the Android Wear 2.0 interface, strangely. Pressing the crown instead (it’s the middle button on the Watch Sport) pulls up your apps. You can pin your most used apps to the top.

While there are a lot of Wear apps, the bulk of them have yet to be updated to version 2.0. This may take a while, and in general there needs to be more app support so that notifications can offer a richer experience. Uber finally joined, but where’s Lyft? Where’s Twitter? We’ll have to wait and see how soon third-party developers support version 2.0 or the platform in general.

There’s also the Google Play Store, which means you don’t need your phone to download Wear apps, and iPhone owners using the Watch Sport can bypass the App Store. It also means you don’t need to clutter your phone with apps you may use only on your smartwatch — a godsend for people who don’t like to have redundant or unnecessary apps on phones.

We don’t recommend hunting for apps through the Play Store, because it can be annoying on the small screen. Use the Google Play Store website on a computer and remotely install apps to your watch instead.

More: Swarovski partnering with Qualcomm, Google on an Android Wear smartwatch

The user experience on the Watch Sport is solid for the most part; the Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor is sufficient, but there are moments of stutter and lag, such as when you’re downloading or updating apps. Loading apps, the Play Store, and even Google Assistant takes longer than expected too, but it’s unclear if this is a connectivity or processing issue.

Google Assistant

Pressing and holding the crown button calls up Google Assistant, or you can just say “OK Google.” The functionality is almost identical to what you could do previously with voice search on Android Wear.

While it can’t perform some functions the Assistant on Google Home can — such as controlling your smart home devices — it’s more personable. You can ask it to tell you stories, jokes, and more as you can with the Assistant on other platforms.

Google has built a great voice assistant that allows you to easily trigger actions like finding your heart rate, placing calls, setting a reminder, sending a text, and more. But there’s opportunity for more once Google decides to unify the Assistant across its platforms.

The company tells us Assistant on the watch will support third-party actions “like turning on/off the lights (through Philips Hue) and making a restaurant reservation (through OpenTable),” though no specific timeline was mentioned.

Watch faces and complications

By far, two of the best features of Wear 2.0 are face customizations and complications: Just swipe left or right to scroll through other watch faces. You can set one up by long-pressing it, or by tapping the settings icon when perusing.

Google has built a great voice assistant that allows you to easily trigger actions.

Complications, by the way, are meant to mimic those smaller subdials on a traditional watch. They offer up information at a quick glance, such as the time to your next calendar event, how active you’ve been this week, and more. You can change which one you’re showing by tapping on them when customizing the watch face — third-party apps can add their own complications as well.

Android 2.0 offers more control over the color scheme of a watch face and layout of the complications (you can also have none). The best part: If you have more than one favorite style, you can customize as many as you want and just swipe left or right to switch.

For example, if I’m heading to a fancy dinner I’ll swap to a minimal, traditional-looking face with no complications. When I’m out and about, I’ll swap to one that more readily gives me important information. This is my favorite feature in Android Wear 2.0 — watch faces are important, and Google has done a great job in keeping the process of switching and customizing them incredibly simple.

Notifications, Pay, and Fit

Google has added Smart Reply functionality from services like Inbox and Allo to the Android Wear OS itself. This is possible with on-device machine learning, which impacts third-party applications as well.

Smart Replies have definitely been useful, but if they aren’t doing it for you, tap Reply to access voice-to-text, an emoji scribbler, or the keyboard. I usually opt for voice input or the keyboard, where I can swipe through letters — it’s surprisingly accurate.

You can also press the globe sign to switch keyboards to the handwriting input, in case you want to draw your letters. This works well for when you want to write short responses, but the other input types are far more versatile.

LG Watch Sport review

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Still, all these input methods allow for greater choice in how someone wants to respond to notifications. While it may look silly talking to your watch or trying to type, I’ve found it useful in situations like when I’m in a crowded train and can’t access my smartphone. Notifications are the crux of a smartwatch, and Android Wear handles them excellently.

A few gestures from the first version of Android Wear have carried over too, but you have to turn them on. Flick your watch away from you to pull notification cards up, and flick it towards you to go back and even pull your settings down. These gestures are my favorite way of interacting with a smartwatch, because it’s truly hands free.

In the world of finance, Google has finally caught up with the likes of Samsung and Apple with payment functionality on its smartwatch platform. Android Wear works with Android Pay thanks to the NFC sensor in the Watch Sport, meaning your smartwatch will need NFC to be able to use Android Pay.

LG Watch Sport Compared To

The top button on the Watch Sport is configured to Google Fit, but the bottom is for Android Pay. This can be customized to your liking, but by default pressing the bottom button pulls up your credit card; all you have to do is hold your wrist up to the payment terminal. It works pretty well, though it may take a few extra seconds to load and process — expect to spend some awkward time with the cashier.

More: ZTE will launch an Android Wear watch with LTE Connectivity later this year

Google Fit has been improved in Wear 2.0 to automatically detect workouts, and the app can also offer tips on proper technique for some exercises. The GPS is relatively accurate — it would usually put me a little less than a block away from where I was standing.

Abysmal battery

And that finally brings us to battery life. No matter how much I enjoyed using Android Wear, I was constantly worried on my device’s battery life.

When I didn’t use the Watch Sport and left it on my desk for about 20 hours, it went down from 100 percent to 66 percent. Standby time needs to be improved and likely LG and Google can pull that off, but the watch probably just needs a bigger battery.

It feels like a premium watch, but the rubber strap — which isn’t replaceable — contributes to my desire to take the watch off after long periods of time to rub my wrist.

Bottom line, it’s near impossible to get a full 24-hour cycle with the Watch Sport, and that’s without even using the GPS or fitness-tracking features. Moderate to heavy usage left me at 20 percent when I came home from work at about 6 p.m. If I had an after-work event to head to, the watch would most likely be dead.

Light usage — almost only checking notifications and responding to a few — fared a little better. I ended a work day with 30 percent battery, which still isn’t good enough — especially when the Apple Watch and the Samsung Gear S3 can keep going and going for comparable prices.

It’s unacceptable that battery life is so abysmal. I usually take off my watch when I get home, and the Watch Sport goes straight on the charger. Charging it every night isn’t an issue — it’s the fact that I have to think about my watch’s battery constantly that bugs me. People are already having a hard time justifying a smartwatch purchase. You know what makes it worse? Seeing a dead smartwatch that can’t even tell the time.

Batteries degrade over time, too. I imagine a year from now I’ll be coming home with an even lower amount of battery left — that’s worrying and makes it hard to recommend the watch.

Warranty information

LG offers a limited warranty that covers your device for one year from the date of purchase, and you’re only protected from manufacturing defects.

Our Take

The LG Watch Sport is a good smartwatch, mostly thanks to Android Wear. If you’re interested, go to an AT&T or Verizon store to see how it fits your wrist first, as that can make or break your decision.

For $350, you get the latest features of Android Wear plus GPS, an IP68-rating, three buttons, and NFC. Smartwatch enthusiasts will enjoy the device, but I think Android Wear still won’t incite the curiosity of the average person. That’s not necessarily a fault of the OS but an issue with smartwatches in general.

The DT Accessory Pack

I find myself liking the device the more I wear it, but battery life is what kills it. If this can be fixed via a software update, we’ll update our review, but not being able to handle a day is inexcusable. The Apple Watch and Samsung Gear S3 can, and they cost around the same.

Are there better alternatives?

If you’re an iPhone user, there’s no reason to go for any smartwatch other than the Apple Watch — it’s the best hands down. The Samsung Gear S3 is also a solid option too.

There will be an onslaught of smartwatches powered by Android Wear this year due to the release of version 2.0. If you’re unsure about the Watch Sport’s design or battery life, you can always wait to see what’s coming from other manufacturers. The nice thing about Android Wear is the software experience will always be the same.

How long will it last?

Smartwatches aren’t like traditional watches. There will be a time when they will no longer get software updates (presumably around two years), and then it largely depends on how long the device’s battery will survive. Don’t expect to keep one for more than two to three years.

Should you buy it?

No. If you’re into smartwatches and Android Wear, you will likely enjoy the Watch Sport if you can get past its size. It easily lets you respond to notifications, you can track various activities, wear it while you swim, make calls, and send texts. It handles all these core functionalities well enough that you won’t need to rely on your phone all the time. But all of that’s pointless if you’re constantly worrying about the battery life.

The 5 best Star Wars Lego sets coming this spring

I have a bad feeling about this.
I have a bad feeling about this.

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These are Star Wars Lego sets you’re looking for. 

Lego may be keeping upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII Lego sets under wraps — they literally had nothing to show for the upcoming film at New York Toy Fair —  but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a whole bunch of new Star Wars sets on the horizon.

Lego has dozens of new sets and character variations, even tiny Mini Figures. The new Lego sets traverse, among others, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars Rebels TV series. Instead of presenting everything Lego has planned for the Star Wars Universe, we picked out the five coolest sets, ones that you’ll probably want to add to your collection. 

1. Darth Vader Transformation

The transformation

The transformation

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Anakin is back there.

Anakin is back there.

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This 282-piece set is a recreation of the transformation chamber from Star Wars: Episode III (perhaps the only watchable episode from George Lucas’ prequels). The set also manages to make the Sith Lord’s transformation fun. On one side of a tiny Lego table lies the scarred, broken Anakin Skywalker without his helmet. You press in a dial, twist and the table turns to reveal the suited-up (or rebuilt) Darth Vader. It ships in June for $24.99.

2. The Battle on Scarif

Lego palm trees made the cut.

Lego palm trees made the cut.

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Has there ever been a more tragic scene depicted in Lego? Spoiler Alert: A lot of bad stuff goes down on Scarif during Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The 419-piece Lego set features most of the key Rogue One characters, including Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor. It ships in March for $49.99.

3. Rathtar Escape

Run for your lives!

Run for your lives!

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One of the most action-packed and, yes, funniest scenes in Star Wars: Episode VII is Hans Solo, Chewbacca, Rey and Finn’s escape from the insane, octopus-like Rathtar’s while on board Solo’s freighter, the Eravana. The 836-piece set has all the key characters, a multiple Rathtars and cage for the monster. It ships in June for $79.99.

4. Y-Wing Starfighter

Build it. Fly it.

Build it. Fly it.

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One of the best things about Lego’s Star Wars series is all the inventive ways the toy company figures out how to recreate the special effects wizardry from the movies. The usually outdo themselves on the spacecraft, The Y-Wing Starfighter from Rogue One is no exception. At 691 pieces, it’s impressively detailed and even includes the “evil” R2, the C2 B5. The set ships in March for $59.99

5: Jaku Quad Jumper

You can blow this one up, too.

You can blow this one up, too.

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This Quad Jumper will get more playtime on your desk than it did in Star Wars: Episode VII. It’s the ship Finn and Rey plan to make a getaway in until The First Order Tie fighters blow it to smithereens. Now you get to rebuild it out of 457 pieces. It ships in June for $49.99.

Charge your devices on the trail with the $13.50 Unifun waterproof power bank

Portable chargers and external batteries are a staple for those of us who are on the move a lot, but most are not built for use in rough outdoor conditions. If you require a charger that is tough enough to be your companion in the great outdoors, or if you already own one but it isn’t quite suited for hitting the trail, then the rugged Unifun waterproof power bank may be what you need. For a short time, Amazon is offering this portable outdoor charger for just $13.50 when you enter the coupon code 7KYUNRJU at checkout.

Unifun waterproof power bankThe Unifun U821 power bank contains a 10,400mAh internal battery which offers enough juice for roughly five charges for most standard-sized phones or around three charges for larger models. The battery is paired with dual USB ports for charging two devices at the same time. Four LED lights on the side of the unit give you a quick visual indication of when it’s running low, and the device can be fully charged in under seven hours for several days’ worth of power on the go.

More: Aukey SoundTank Bluetooth speaker can be your outdoor audio companion for $45

The U821’s shock-resistant housing and IP66 dustproof and waterproof rating make it ideal for camping, hiking, or any outdoor activity where a standard charger might not hold up. Its body is bright orange for easy visibility in case you drop it in tall grass, water, or other places where a dark-colored unit might be easily lost. The power bank also doubles as a high-powered LED flashlight which can provide six to eight days’ worth of light when the internal battery is fully charged.

The Unifun waterproof power bank normally costs $17, making it an affordable option for a rugged outdoor charger even at its regular price. You can now take $3.50 off with the checkout code 7KYUNRJU, bringing the price down to just $13.50 for a limited time.

$13.50 on Amazon

This flying motorcycle is straight out of Star Wars

We’ve been obsessed with making the Star Wars speeder bikes come true, and now, a Russian startup has finally made it happen. 

HoverSurf‘ have released a video of their concept hoverbike, ‘Scorpion-3.’ It’s the first fully-manned hoverbike in the world.

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This smart bike helmet has built-in indicator lights

Cars have indicator lights for better safety so why shouldn’t bicycles have them too?

The Lumos helmet is a smart helmet for cyclists with a prominent red brake light, as well as yellow left and right turn signals just like motorized vehicles.

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Instagram VP Kevin Weil joins board of social fitness app Strava


If you’re trying to build the Instagram for exercise, it helps to have the guy building Instagram for Instagram. That’s why Strava has added Instagram head of product Kevin Weil to its board of directors. Formerly SVP of product for Twitter, Weil has proven his skills through a rapid set of launches at Instagram, including its surprisingly successful Snapchat Stories clone.

Now Weil will lend a hand to Strava, which lets runners and cyclers post maps of their routes, track their physical activity and connect with potential workout buddies. His expertise around social networking could help the startup become popular enough to drive a big funnel into its premium features subscription business. Strava Stories, perhaps?

strava

Why did Weil want to get on board, literally, with Strava? He tells TechCrunch, “I actually wrote my own software back in high school to track my training, and made it freeware so others could use it. I got maybe 10,000 downloads, which seemed like a lot back in 1999 🙂 So I’m passionate about the space.”

As for where he sees growth opportunities for the app, “Hundreds of millions of people exercise every day, and for almost everyone it’s a social activity — whether you’re running or cycling with a group, or just meeting friends for a class at the gym,” Weil says. “Strava has the opportunity to expand upon these existing real-world communities, to deepen the connections you have in real life and also help you make new ones.”

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Strava’s new board member Kevin Weil

Strava was founded in 2009 and has raised well over $40 million, including an $18.5 million Series D led by Sequoia in 2014. It’s recently been expanding the range of activity-tracking gadgets it syncs with, and added a real-time safety feature so athletes can sweat with confidence out on the mean streets.

Strava informed TechCrunch of Weil’s appointment over the weekend. He joins CEO Mark Gainey, co-founder Michael Horvath, Madrone Capital Partners’ Jamie McJunkin, Jackson Square Ventures’ Greg Gretsch and serial entrepreneur and investor Ariel Poler on the board.

Weil says he’s been a user for years and is actually running partners with Gainey. He says, “I’ve always been passionate about the idea that everyone can be an athlete if they want to be.” It’s a market the big athletics brands are trying to compete for. ASICS bought FitnessKeeper last year, and Under Armour acquired Endomondo in 2015.

But Strava isn’t trying to subtly sell people shoes. Its sole purpose is to make exercise a social activity so it’s fun and people stick with it. Now it will have the expertise to make getting healthy more… viral.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 news and rumors

Why it matters to you

The Galaxy Tab S2 is one of the best Android tablets of 2016, and Samsung may improve on it with a 2017 sequel.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, one of the very best Android tablets you can buy, has been around since late 2015. After a spate of rumors, it looks like Samsung is about to deliver its successor, known as the Tab S3. The earliest rumors hinted at a late 2016 launch, and when it didn’t arrive, the release date shifted to early 2017. What do we know about the tablet so far? Nothing official, but quite a few details have already been leaked out.

More: Everything we think we know about the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus

What does it look like?

While devices like the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8 have been shown off in leaked photos almost every week for the past few months, so far we haven’t had a good look at the Galaxy Tab S3. Until now, that is.

Live images of the device were leaked through Taiwan’s National Communication Propagation Committee — which is basically Taiwan’s regulatory approval group. The images finally give us a good look at what could be the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, showing that the device could sport a metal and glass build reminiscent of many of Samsung’s smartphones. In other words, the device will look great, but could be prone to scratches and fingerprints.

There is also very strong evidence that it will be coming very soon. In early January, the Galaxy Tab S3, under the model number SM-T825, was accredited by the Bluetooth regulatory board, and just before this, it passed through the Wi-Fi Alliance’s hands, too. No specs were leaked at the time.

More: Samsung Chromebook Pro with touchscreen reportedly arriving soon

Since then, the SM-T825 has arrived at the FCC, where it was approved for Wi-Fi and network connectivity. It also contains the first and only hint we’ve had of the Tab S3’s design, in a diagram showing the FCC logo and certification positioning on the back of the tablet. The camera and flash unit are expected to be at the top center of the tablet.

Coming with an S Pen?

The Galaxy Tab S3 is shaping up to be quite a device, and new reports indicate that the device could offer another nice feature — an S Pen. Unlike the Note series of smartphones, the tablet won’t have a little slot for the S Pen, but it will ship with one nonetheless, which could help the device better compete with Apple’s iPad Pro, a device that is often used in conjunction with the Apple Pencil.

The Galaxy Tab S3 will also reportedly come with a keyboard folio and a book cover case, according to the report from SamMobile.

Release date

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 has been the subject of a number of rumors — including one that it would be released in September 2016. When this didn’t happen, a report from SamMobile suggested the tablet would now launch at some point during the first three months of 2017.

This immediately pointed to a Mobile World Congress launch. The show takes place at the end of February, and an invitation sent out to the press from Samsung, to an event just before MWC starts, certainly strongly hints the Tab S3 will be the focus. The image shows what looks like the bottom of a tablet with a central home button, which fits with Samsung’s traditional tablet design, along with a February 26 date. While MWC attendees will be able to see the unveiling firsthand, the event will also be live-streamed on Samsung’s website.

Samsung may have hastily changed its star product for MWC this year, after holding back the Galaxy S8 smartphone, while it ensures all the safety boxes have been ticked.

Specs

The Galaxy Tab S2 is a powerful tablet, and we doubt Samsung will deliver anything less when it releases a sequel. However, reports are conflicted, with two different types of processor being rumored. According to a Geekbench filing that was spotted by PocketNow, the device will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, as well as 4GB of RAM and a 2048 x 1536 resolution display.

A rumor originating from the Weibo social network disagrees, and says a Samsung Exynos 7420 chip will power the Tab S3, along with 4GB of RAM. This is a step up from the Exynos 5433 chip used in the Tab S2. It’s possible Samsung will release two versions of the Tab S3, one with the Qualcomm chip and the other with an Exynos, in the same way it does with its phones, and with the Tab S2. Following on from this, and according to the SamMobile report, the Tab S3 will come in two variants — the SM-T820, which will be the Wi-Fi-only model, and the SM-T825, which will offer LTE connectivity as well.

Other specifications rumored include a fingerprint sensor in the home button, and a USB Type-C charging port.

Special editions and features?

Samsung needs the Galaxy Tab S3, and the rest of its mobile product range, to capture attention in a positive way, so it can wash away the whole fiasco with the Galaxy Note 7. Samsung’s sure to add new features to the Tab S3, which haven’t been revealed in leaks yet, and may also launch special editions of the tablet in the future, like it did with the TabPro S in the United Kingdom.

We’ll update this article as we continue to hear more about the upcoming tablet.

Article originally published in October 2016. Updated on 02-20-2017 by Christian de Looper: Added leaked images of device.

HTC’s sequel to the One X9 could launch at MWC 2017

HTC’s One X9 midrange handset apparently sold well enough to warrant a sequel, and it looks like the Taiwanese firm will now launch one, according to reports.

Rumors about the phone have popped up a few times over the past few months, giving us a pretty good look at the specs and design we should expect from the HTC X10. Here’s everything we know about the upcoming handset so far.

More: HTC jumps onto the augmented reality bandwagon by investing in Lumus

Design

On the outside, the One X10 is rumored to adopt similar design cues to those featured on the OnePlus 3, the LeEco Le Pro 3, and plenty of other Android handsets. Now, we have our first leaked photo of the upcoming handset, which matches previous rumors about the phone’s design. The photo, which comes from SlashLeaks, shows the phone as it would come out of the box — protective stickers and all.

Specs

Under the hood, the phone is expected to sport relatively decent specs, although that will largely depend on how much it ends up costing. Rumored to power the One X10 is MediaTek’s octa-core 1.9GHz MT6755 chipset, which also made an appearance in the Desire 10 Pro, along with 3GB RAM. 32GB of storage is available out of the box, though a MicroSD card slot might be available for additional memory.

Around back, the phone is set to feature a 16.3-megapixel camera above the circular fingerprint sensor and next to the dual LED flash module. The front features a 7.9MP sensor above the 5.5-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 resolution display.

Below the display reportedly sits Google’s traditional back, home, and overflow buttons, noteworthy features given how prior HTC phones do not offer this set of buttons on the hardware.

If the specifications turn out to be accurate, the One X10 might not show enough improvement to persuade someone with the One X9 to make the jump. Apart from the processing package, the main difference is the former’s higher-resolution cameras compared to the latter’s 13MP and 5MP cameras.

By itself, though, the One X10 is a decent midrange option that most likely won’t break the bank — we assume the phone will not go for very much, although pricing and availability are currently unavailable. HTC initially announced the One X9 during the tail end of 2015, and sold it for around $170, so the same could happen, together with similar pricing, during this year’s get-together in Spain. The One X9 made its way to China and other parts of the world, so the One X10 might see similar availability.

Updated on 02-20-2017 by Christian de Looper: Reformatted article and added leaked photo from SlashLeaks.