Samsung Galaxy Note 4 gets selfie-tastic camera upgrade

Martin James  5 hours ago

With so many bits of new mobile kit coming in the next month, it's taking more than your usual spec rumour or insider leak to get our attention right now.

Enter SamMobile and a massive splurge of detail on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which in case you'd forgotten is set to be unveiled at the Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event in Berlin on 3 September.

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Production headaches with 'key component' raise fresh iPhone 6 delay fears

Production headaches with 'key component' raise fresh iPhone 6 delay fears

Martin James  8 hours ago

It happens every time. We're talking about reported component shortages giving Apple headaches ahead of an iPhone launch and potentially putting launch day stocks at risk.

This time we're told only that it's a “key component” of the iPhone 6 that's putting things at risk, but Reuters claims it comes on the back of a separate issue with the display that saw Apple having to stop production for weeks to make a last-minute revision.

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Motorola Moto X+1 fully revealed in one last @evleaks leak

Motorola Moto X+1 fully revealed in one last @evleaks leak

Martin James  10 hours ago

Serial Twitter leakster @evleaks announced he was hanging up his hashtag a fortnight ago, but he's decided to push out one last leak for old times' sake: some press renders of the Motorola Moto X+1.

The quartet of images give us a clear look at the Moto X+1's front and rear, including the quintessential wooden back introduced by the first-gen Moto X last year.

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Swype Keyboard for Android, 59p @ Google Play

Swype Keyboard for Android, 59p @ Google Play

Lewis Curdie  11 hours ago

Get this Swype Keyboard deal @ Google Play

Swype Keyboard for Android “gets smarter the more you use it”, and it’s currently on sale over at Google Play for just 59p.

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Sony Xperia Z3 still sounds a lot like the Xperia Z2

Sony Xperia Z3 still sounds a lot like the Xperia Z2

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

Refreshing your flagship smartphone every six months is a bold move in the current climate (Apple, Samsung, HTC et al tend to opt for annual updates), but Sony is seemingly sticking to its biannual guns.

Yes, the Sony Xperia Z2 is still relatively fresh from the oven, but it’s set to be succeeded by the inevitable Xperia Z3. On the plus side (for Z2 owners), it sounds like much the same phone.

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Apple iPhone 6 leaked in pictures (again), this time it's fully assembled

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

“iPhoneiPhoneiPhoneiPhoneiPhoneiPhone!!!!!!!!” yelled Martin “News Editor” James when he threw over this particular story. Thanks, MJ.

I’m officially adopting a yeah, whatever stance with all these iPhone 6 leaks, though you never know; one of them might actually be on the proverbial money. Let’s take a closer look.

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Sharp's Aquos Crystal strips down and goes bezel-free

Sharp's Aquos Crystal strips down and goes bezel-free

Martin James  Yesterday

Smartphones supposedly offering edge-to-edge displays are nothing new, but in Sharp's eye-catching new Aquos Crystal we finally have a handset that does the concept justice.

Offering a 5in display size in a surprisingly compact body, the Aquos Crystal's 720p screen reaches almost all the way to the edge of the device on three sides – and doesn't have room for much more than the Aquos branding on the fourth.

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HTC Desire with Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 CPU at IFA 2014?

HTC Desire with Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 CPU at IFA 2014?

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

Here’s one pulled purely from the giant collective speculatrix machine affectionately referred to as “the internet”.

With HTC and Qualcomm making vague announcements at roughly the same time this week, there might – might – be a spanking new Snapdragon 615-powered Desire launching at IFA 2014. Why the hell not?

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LG aims L Bello, L Fino at ‘growing 3G markets’

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

We heard earlier this week that LG was bringing its G3 UX (user experience) to more smartphones in the second half of the year, but we didn’t expect to meet these new guys so soon, or for them to be so, well, modest.

The two latest members of the popular L Series are the L Bello and L Fino, focusing squarely on “growing 3G markets” and with decidedly entry-level specs.

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Five reasons why the ‘HTC One (M8) for Windows’ won’t be the Next Big Thing

Five reasons why the ‘HTC One (M8) for Windows’ won’t be the Next Big Thing

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

I quite like the idea of the “HTC One (M8) for Windows” (to use its full, awkward title), even going as far as calling it “one of the most interesting smartphone releases of the year” when I detailed this week’s launch.

However, enticing as it is, there are several reasons why we shouldn’t expect the HTC One (M8) for Windows to bother the likes of the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5, and here I present five of ‘em.

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Hello Moto tablets! Three models in testing, ETA: summer 2015

Hello Moto tablets! Three models in testing, ETA: summer 2015

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

Motorola is rumoured to have as many as eight new smartphones in the pipeline for launch before Christmas, though there’s a complex web of reverse interdependence; if one phone does well, another might be scrapped. For more on that, hit up TKTechNews.

Here we’re looking at a trio of rumoured Motorola tablets, tipped to touch down in summer 2015 – or thereabouts.

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Motorola Moto G 4G, O2 PAYG, £130 delivered @ O2

Motorola Moto G 4G, O2 PAYG, £130 delivered @ O2

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

Get this Motorola Moto G 4G deal @ O2

Big Blue O2 is currently offering the 8GB Motorola Moto G 4G (that’s the new model with the microSD slot and - yes - 4G) for £129.99 on PAYG. For the record, that's £5.01 cheaper than Tesco Mobile.

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Super Crossfighter iOS review

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Fans of retro shooters might recall something called Super Crossfire, released on the App Store in 2011. Radiangames (Luke Schneider) has recaptured the rights to it, and given the game a sexy makeover.

The result is Super Crossfighter (£1.49 @ App Store, £1.18 @ Google Play, £1.49 @ Windows Phone Marketplace), one of my favourite games of the year so far.

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Apple iPhone 6 resolution: 828 x 1472?

Apple iPhone 6 resolution: 828 x 1472?

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Apple is doing a rather impressive job of keeping everyone guessing about the imminent iPhone 6, and guess everyone has.

The latest iPhone 6 titbit suggests the resolution might be 828 x 1472, maintaining the 16:9 aspect ratio introduced by the iPhone 5 in 2012, and still qualifying as "Retina" – but only just.

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HTC One M8 for Windows: ‘going Microsoft’ just got a little more tempting

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

If you thought HTC’s recent naming strategy was hella lazy, get ready for this. The phone logically rumoured as the HTC One W8 (M8 + Windows = W8) has just emerged as the – wait for it – “HTC One (M8) for Windows”. Good lord.

Silly name aside, the HTC One M8 for Windows is arguably one of the most interesting smartphone releases of the year, essentially taking the Android-fuelled One M8 and shoving Windows Phone on board.

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Dell Venue 8 Pro refurb, Windows 8 tablet, £158 delivered with code @ Dell Outlet

Dell Venue 8 Pro refurb, Windows 8 tablet, £158 delivered with code @ Dell Outlet

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Get this Dell Venue 8 Pro refurb deal @ Dell Outlet

Over at the Dell Outlet, you can currently grab yourself a Venue 8 Pro refurb for £157.99 (use code SL3W6QJ0VJLXF$ for 5% off), and until August 25, you can forget about that £18.33 delivery charge, too. Nice!

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Sony Xperia M2 Aqua: fancy waterproofing, mid-range phone

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua: fancy waterproofing, mid-range phone

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Not content to wait a couple of weeks till IFA 2014 (take from that what you will), Sony has quietly launched the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua.

In a nutshell, the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua boasts “the world’s highest level of waterproofing on a smartphone”, with a “price that suits everyone”. More wordage below.

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