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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Smartphone fall preview

Motorola Moto X Pure Edition

The new Apple iPhone and iPhone Plus

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

The next Nexus (or two)

OnePlus 2

HTC Desire 626

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+

Motorola Moto G (2015)

During this time of year, smartphone manufacturers release a bevvy of exciting devices. Read on to see which handsets we're anticipating the most.

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Price: Starts at $400

Availability: September

The outlook: Also known as the Moto X Style, the Moto X Pure Edition is a 5.7-inch water-repellent Android device that can be used on any US carrier. It also sports a Snapdragon 808 processor, a 21-megapixel camera and up to 128GB of external storage.

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Price: Expected to start at $200 and $300 for the Plus

Availability: Announcement and retail availability expected in September

The outlook: Though little is officially known about the successors to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple make its announcement on Wednesday, September 9. Rumored to be called the 6S and 6S Plus, they are expected to run iOS 9 and will probably feature incremental updates, per the company's trend of introducing more robust iPhone upgrades every even-numbered year.

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Price: Starts at $670-$740 (32GB) and $770-$840 (64GB) without a contract

Availability: Now

The outlook: Sporting a smart S Pen stylus, an expansive 5.7-inch display and a stylish metal and glass design, Samsung's Note 5 was made for the smartphone power user.

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Price: TBD

Availability: Announcement expected in October; retail availability projected for November

The outlook: For its latest flagship, Google is rumored to release two versions -- one manufactured by LG (which also made the Nexus 5 and 4) and another by Huawei. Both of these may also have USB Type-C ports and fingerprint scanners. They will likely run the company's latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow mobile OS as well.

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Price: $330 (16GB) and $390 (64GB)

Availability: Now

The outlook: Equipped with a Snapdragon 810 processor, up to 4GB of RAM and a 5.5-inch, 1,080p display, the OnePlus 2 is one of the most powerful and (most importantly) affordable unlocked phones on the market.

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Price: $185 (AT&T) and $192 (Verizon)

Availability: Now

The outlook: The Desire 626 is part of HTC's line of midtier phones and offers decent devices at a sub-$200 price bracket. It's available on both AT&T and Verizon and has a quad-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera and a 5-inch display.

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Price: Starts at $720-$792 (32GB) and $815-$888 (64GB) without a contract

Availability: Now

The outlook: Doubling down on its curved screen endeavors, Samsung launched the Galaxy S6 Edge+. Though its name leaves something to be desired, the phone itself is excellent. It has a long-lasting battery, a unique high-end design and its curved edges feature extra software functionality. The only drawback, however, is its expensive price.

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Price: $180 (8GB) and $220 (16GB)

Availability: Now

The outlook: The quality and hardware of budget phones keep getting better and the Moto G is no exception. It features a 5-inch screen, Android 5.1 Lollipop and a water resistant construction for that extra peace of mind.

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