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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini

As with the original flagship, Samsung is counting on the midrange phone's fingerprint scanner, heart-rate monitor, and extra apps to stand out.

July 1, 2014

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport

Coming in cherry red and electric blue on July 25, Sprint's take on the Galaxy S5 Active includes its own fitness app and a partnership with Under Armour. We weigh in on the phone's specs and form here.

June 23, 2014

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

Though it's only marginally more durable than the original Galaxy S5, the Galaxy S5 Active's physical buttons and high-end features keep it in Samsung's hit parade.

June 6, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating June 6, 2014
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Samsung Z

There may be no Android, but Samsung's Z phone running its in-house Tizen operating system looks enough like the Galaxy S5's custom interface to easily get around.

June 3, 2014

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Samsung Galaxy S5

Subtly improved and smartly refined, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a superior superphone that hits every mark but the sharpest design.

April 7, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating April 7, 2014
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Vivo Xplay 3S

The distinction of having the first smartphone with ultra HD resolution goes to Chinese phone-maker Vivo's Xplay 3S from this past December.

February 4, 2014

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Samsung M5

Samsung continues to try and match the Sonos ecosystem, with a new smaller Shape speaker to go along with the original M7.

January 1, 2014

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How Amazon's phone stacks up: Amazon Fire vs. Apple iPhone 5S and Samsung GS5

CNET breaks down Amazon's newly unveiled Fire phone handset, and see how its specs compare to Apple and Samsung's current flagships.

By June 18, 2014

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Samsung Freeform 5

Consider buying the Samsung Freeform 5 if you really need a QWERTY feature phone, but rival handsets will get you about the same experience for less.

July 18, 2013

3 stars Editors' rating July 18, 2013
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Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

It lacks high-flying hardware, but this 5.25-inch smartphone could appeal to those shopping for a big-screen phone.

February 26, 2014

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