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Best quick-charging Android smartphones money can buy

Charging your phone every single night after returning from work, school or a stroll around town in order to be able to start again the next morning without losing track of your Facebook friends, favorite Twitter feeds or Pinterests might well be the most annoying modern-day chore.

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It’s not only boring as heck, but you have to actually remember to do it, not to mention keeping all sorts of cables on hand and hugging walls for hours on end. Of course, some devices last longer than others, and you can always use power banks on the go whenever you need a quick, no-plug-in-necessary pick-me-up.

And let’s not forget about wireless charging, which is slowly taking off, although it’s not exactly wireless if the dock must be physically connected to an energy supply for the whole thing to function.

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Finally, while it doesn’t solve the underlying problem, i.e. the constant demand for more juice, fast-charging technology at least reduces the time wasted waiting. Like many mobile inventions, this is bound to become truly useful down the line, when you’ll be able to fill up the tank in mere minutes.

But there are already numerous Android phones endowed with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 capabilities or similar functionality, and we give you today the cream of that crop:

LG G4 – starting at $371 on Amazon

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Will the G5 make this old-timer look its age at last in a little over a week, with a vastly refined design, considerably beefier processor under the hood, more RAM, a better camera, and smoother UI? You can bet the farm, the house, everything you own on that.

It’ll even invigorate its battery 38 percent faster than the G4, courtesy of Snapdragon 820’s Quick Charge 3.0 support. At the same time, it’ll probably cost twice as much, and you have to wonder if it’s worth the premium. After all, last year’s leather-clad bad boy can still lift its cell capacity from 0 to 60 percent in half an hour. And mind you, we’re talking a relatively large 3,000 mAh battery.

HTC One A9 – $386 and up

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If you ever wondered how an Android-running iPhone from a legit OEM might look, this somewhat disappointing upper mid-ranger is your guy. It’s slightly overpriced, we won’t argue otherwise, but it’s compatible with both Quick Charge 2.0 and 3.0 standards. The bad news? You need to pay extra for one of those super-fast charger accessories.

The worse news? The A9 packs a tiny 2,150 mAh battery, so no matter how quickly you can liven it up, it’ll still leave you hanging when you might need it most. Say, during a business meeting. So yeah, better not risk it and instead buy the…

ZTE Axon Pro – $400

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A costlier ZTE recommended over an affordable HTC? What exactly is the Axon Pro’s secret? Well, it’s got several strong suits, all made public and marketed quite aggressively on US shores of late. Number one, a beautiful 5.5-inch Quad HD display. 2, a somewhat gimmicky but proficient 13 + 2 MP dual rear-facing camera. 3, more RAM than you could ever need on a mobile device (4 gigs). 4, a respectable 3,000 mAh battery. Last but not least, standard fast-charging times: 30 minutes to go from 0 to 60. In a nutshell, plenty of bang for 400 bucks.

Nexus 6P – $450 through Google Store

Nexus 6P

This stock Android Marshmallow-based phablet is sure an odd duck. For one thing, it comes with a reversible USB Type-C port that isn’t however capable of 3.1 data transmission and charging speeds. Granted, a slew of other phones released in the latter stages of 2015 half-heartedly adopted the new USB technology like that, but only the N6P also lacks Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 support.

Fret not, as it’s gifted with a proprietary equivalent nonetheless, though Google and Huawei refuse to make any pompous claims regarding stamina-inducing times. Even if it takes, say, an hour to reach 50 percent volume, this is a must-buy for Android purists, what with a 3,450 mAh battery, Snapdragon 810 SoC, 3GB RAM, and 5.7-inch 2K screen on deck.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 – $588 and up

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Since Sammy was basically forced to fit a homebrewed processor inside its latest wave of high-enders, their rapid charging technology is different from Qualcomm’s too, promising a full tank in a measly 120 minutes, even wirelessly beefed up.

A full 3,000 mAh tank, that is, rated at up to 22 hours of continuous 3G talk time. Add an S Pen into the equation, all-time record low price, and we see no reason why you should hold off for the Galaxy S7. Well, aside from microSD storage expansion maybe.

Motorola Droid Turbo 2 – $624 full retail price at Verizon

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As the name suggests, this turbo-charging beast uses its own personal implementation of standard QC technology, squeezing no less than 13 hours of average usage from a massive 3,760 mAh battery after only 15 minutes spent hugging a wall. Such a shame the “shatterproof” 5.4-incher isn’t available on America’s number two, three or four operators. Guess that’s one of the reasons Big Red preserves its market domination.

LG V10 – $620 and up

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50 percent in 40 minutes? That’s not so impressive. It’s definitely not record-breaking or trend-setting, but overall, the V10 is. Because it’s also military-approved for shock resistance, including contact with hard surfaces, equipped with a secondary notification display that can be both an energy and life saver, plus two front-facing cameras for… double the selfies?

Clearly, you’re dealing with a one-of-a-kind product, and even if it’s not a rapid-charging champion, it gets that job done too in addition to a bunch of other strenuous jobs.

BlackBerry Priv – $698

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Would this particular writer ever consider buying the Priv? No chance. Not at $700, and possibly, not at a penny over $600 either. But that’s because I’m personally not obsessed with security, and my physical QWERTY keyboard love affair ended half a decade ago.

If you’re into those sorts of things though, you know how hard it is to find them elsewhere, especially combined with open-source Android, Google apps, a beautiful curved Quad HD AMOLED panel, and large 3,410 mAh battery capable of providing 60 percent juice after 30 minutes “wasted” hooked up to a power supply.

You can now unlock the bootloader on your ZTE Axon 7 or Axon Pro

ZTE Axon 7

#ZTE has given some good news to customers of the #Axon7 and the #AxonPro. The company has announced that owners of the handsets will be able to unlock the bootloaders on their devices right away, as long as they send in a request form. The company mentions that it could take up to three days after that for ZTE to send you the unlocking process. It is also made apparent that the warranty (known as Passport 2.0) will be voided once you unlock the bootloader.

When the ZTE Axon 7 was originally announced, it was mentioned that the bootloader on the device will be unlockable, allowing users to flash as many ROMs on the device as they want. However, things were quite different when the device actually reached the customers’ hands as the smartphone was revealed to be packing a locked bootloader. The company’s customer service team mentioned that the bootloader would not be unlockable, basically contradicting what was said during the announcement.

But as it turns out, this was all just a misunderstanding from ZTE’s Twitter and customer support team. This was clarified by Peter Shih, who is the forum moderator at the ZTE community forum. So the good news is that if you own a ZTE Axon 7 or Axon Pro in the U.S., you will be eligible to get your bootloader unlocked, but only if you want to.

Source: ZTE Community

Via: Android Authority

[Deal] 64GB ZTE Axon Pro for $324.98

ZTE Axon Pro

The #ZTE #AxonPro smartphone is one of the best mid-range offerings available in the market. It packs a perfect blend of premium design, hardware and more importantly, pricing. The smartphone which retails for about $450 (64GB) model is now up for grabs at just $324.98, making this a hard to miss deal.

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The smartphone was only recently launched in the U.S. and was also the recipient of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update not too long ago, so you’re getting an excellent product for this price. The handset is only available in the Chromium Silver color variant though (shown above), so your color choices are quite limited. Read on for a refresher on the hardware of the Axon Pro.

The handset comes with a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, a 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel dual camera on the back, an 8-megapixel front camera, the octa core Snapdragon 810 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage (non-expandable), Android 6.0 Marshmallow and a 3,000 mAh battery. The listing mentions that there are very few units left in stock, so there’s no time to waste.

ZTE Axon Pro getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow update

ZTE Axon Pro

The #ZTE #AxonPro smartphone is one of the most powerful handsets in its price segment. Owners of this sub-$350 flagship were treated to Android 5.1 Lollipop though, which is considered a dated version of Android, especially since #Marshmallow arrived late last year. Well, much to the joy of the customers, ZTE has now started seeding Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the Axon Pro smartphone.

This comes at a time when flagships like the Galaxy S6 edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5 are yet to get Marshmallow in most parts of the world, so it’s quite commendable that ZTE is managing to send the update to users of its offering.

The update might be rolling out in stages, so don’t lose patience if you’re not seeing it right away. That being said, given that the Axon Pro is only available in a few regions of the world, we should see the update rollout finishing in the days to come.

Have you received the Marshmallow update on your Axon Pro? Let us know in the comments below.

Via: Android Central

[Deal] ZTE Axon Pro with 4GB RAM, Snapdragon 810 and dual rear cameras for $349.98

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The 64GB version of the #ZTE #AxonPro can now be purchased for just $349.98 thanks to a deal running over at Amazon. The smartphone is otherwise sold for $449.99, which effectively means you’re saving $100 on the standard asking price.

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The Axon Pro is a sweet device with flagship level hardware and a premium design on offer. The handset is available in Phthalo Blue, Chromium Silver and Ion Gold color variants, so you have an interesting collection of models to choose from.

To give you a refresher of the hardware, the Axon Pro sports a 5.5 inch Quad HD display, the octa core Snapdragon 810 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of non-expandable storage, a 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel sensors (dual cameras) on the back, an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies, Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and a 3,000 mAh battery.

As you can see, the Axon Pro has the hardware to rival the best of the best in the market. Keeping that in mind, we urge you to hurry in order to snatch the handset at this discounted price.