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New Huawei phone teased for _99 Yuan (yes, _99)

New Huawei phone teased for _99 Yuan (yes, _99)

Lewis Curdie  8 hours ago

We’re more than a little disappointed in Huawei. At one point it threatened to become “the next HTC”, but to date it hasn’t made much impact in the west. Still, third place overall ain’t too shabby.

Anyway! Yes. Huawei. It's teasing an upcoming phone in rather strange fashion, announcing the price as _99 (blank nine nine) Chinese Yuan and leaving its fans to guess the first number. Zuh?

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NO. WAY. ‘Limited volumes’ of sapphire iPhone 6 at launch?

Lewis Curdie  10 hours ago

Much has been said about the iPhone 6, but Apple is doing a good job of keeping us guessing. One model uses sapphire crystal; they both use sapphire crystal. One model is launching in September; they’re both launching in September.

For what it’s worth, TrendForce is sticking its beak in, suggesting that the sapphire display version of the iPhone 6 will arrive in “limited volumes” at first.

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Attack of the Mini Mes: four ‘mini’ flagships

Attack of the Mini Mes: four ‘mini’ flagships

Lewis Curdie  11 hours ago

In the world of non-Apple/Nokia smartphone manufacturers, there are several unwritten rules. One of those is that you must release several hundred Android phones per year, regardless of quality, demand or logic.

A second rule states that all Android flagships should be accompanied by – if not immediately then at least eventually – a smaller version of said flagship. Let’s take a closer look at four of them, huh?

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Google Nexus 5, 16GB, £230 delivered @ mobilephonesdirect

Google Nexus 5, 16GB, £230 delivered @ mobilephonesdirect

Lewis Curdie  12 hours ago

Get this Google Nexus 5 deal @ mobilephonesdirect

If you’re looking to grab the 16GB Google Nexus 5 SIM free, look no further than mobilephonesdirect.co.uk, where it’s currently going for £229.99. Sweet. For the record, the same phone will set you back £299 at Google Play.

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Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, SmartWatch 3 launch date: September 3?

Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, SmartWatch 3 launch date: September 3?

Lewis Curdie  12 hours ago

September is fast becoming one of the most interesting months in the mobile calendar, largely thanks to Berlin’s annual IFA conference, and not forgetting Apple’s inevitable Month9 shenanigans. iPhone 6, anyone? Samsung Galaxy Note 4?

Sony, too, will likely unveil a whole bunch of new stuff the month after next, and indeed we’re hearing that it’ll hold its IFA 2014 press conference on September 3.

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HTC announces 19 August event: is the HTC One (W8) imminent?

HTC announces 19 August event: is the HTC One (W8) imminent?

Martin James  2 days ago

HTC has sent out invites to its next big launch event, summoning the US mobile press to an event in New York City on 19 August.

The wording of the invite doesn't give anything away, but top of the list of likely candidates are the HTC One W8 flagship Windows Phone and the rumoured Nexus 8 tablet.

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: more pics, more specs

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: more pics, more specs

Martin James  2 days ago

We've given plenty of airtime to Sony Xperia Z3 Compact-related rumours in the last month or so, and today comes another round of pics and specs for Sony's latest compact flagship courtesy of China's Weibo.

It gives us our best look yet at the Xperia Z3 Compact's physical attributes, and specifically its super-slim bezels that help make its “Compact” billing more than just an empty title.

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Urban Trial Freestyle iOS review

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Console arcade hit Trials recently made the leap to mobile in the form of Trials Frontier, but was largely watered down and coated in sickly freemium sugar. In a subsequent conversation with a mate, we conceded that a faithful conversion would probably be too ambitious for ye olde touchscreen.

But wait! What’s this? Urban Trial Freestyle (don’t say Trials plural, ahem), a game that’s more Trials than Trials.

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Microsoft's Lumia Superman set to be the 'Selfie' phone, or one of them anyway

Microsoft's Lumia Superman set to be the 'Selfie' phone, or one of them anyway

Martin James  2 days ago

The mobile world has thrown plenty of gimmicks at us over the years, from Facebook phones and PlayStation phones to projector phones and transparent phones.

Most of them haven't done too well either, so we're not sure Microsoft should be encouraging anyone to describe the upcoming successor to the Nokia Lumia 720 – or the “Superman”, to use its codename – as the “Selfie phone”.

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Meizu MX4 to rock mobile world’s thinnest bezel?

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Where were we with the Meizu MX4? It’s been rumoured since December 2013, but not a great deal has emerged since then.

Until now, that is! Feast your filthy eyes upon this selection of purported Meizu MX4 pics revealing an ultra-thin bezel. FEAST THEM.

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Microsoft Surface Pro, 128GB, £380 delivered @ Moby Memory

Microsoft Surface Pro, 128GB, £380 delivered @ Moby Memory

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Get this Microsoft Surface Pro deal @ Moby Memory

Moby Memory is currently offering the Microsoft Surface Pro (J6X-00012) with 128GB internal storage for £379.95.

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Windows Phone Cortana arriving with UK developers this week

Windows Phone Cortana arriving with UK developers this week

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Windows Phone Cortana suddenly seems to be one of the biggest talking points in mobile, and we heard earlier this week that WinPho’s answer to Siri would arrive in the UK with a British accentnot that of Halo’s Jen Taylor.

Now we’re hearing that registered Windows Phone developers in the UK will meet Cortana this week in the first Windows Phone 8.1 update.

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Samsung Z: definitely delayed indefinitely

Samsung Z: definitely delayed indefinitely

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

A few months ago, there were wild theories that Samsung’s Tizen OS might prove to be a rather disruptive force in mobile, possibly even driving a wedge between two of the game’s most dominant players: Samsung and Google.

To be fair, that always sounded pretty far-fetched to us, and even more so now with the news that the Samsung Z, the first Tizen smartphone, has been delayed indefinitely.

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Two new LG G3 colours in August: Moon Violet, Burgundy Red

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

When LG revealed the G3 in May this year, it rattled off five colours, but only three of those - Metallic Black, Silk White and Shine Gold – have actually materialised.

Well, if you’re desperately awaiting one of the other two, Moon Violet or Burgundy Red, you need only wait till next month. Ish.

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Microsoft's 10.6in Surface 3 heading into production soon, will launch in October?

Microsoft's 10.6in Surface 3 heading into production soon, will launch in October?

Martin James  3 days ago

Microsoft surprised us all when it announced an all-new 12in Surface Pro 3 tablet, and nothing else, back in May, despite all sorts of other rumours doing the rounds at the time.

But while whispers of a cut-size Surface Mini have persisted in the two months since then, what about the original 10.6in size? Does the current Surface 2 spell the end of the line for the standard Surface variant?

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Boris Johnson: 5G in London by 2020, download a film in <1s

Boris Johnson: 5G in London by 2020, download a film in <1s

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

It’s incredible to think, but 4G, which still feels like a relatively new technology in the UK, is rapidly approaching its second birthday.

By the time 4G turns 8, its younger, faster brother might well be a reality in London – that’s according to mayor Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson as he looks ahead to space year 2050AD.

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Five of the worst mobile games I’ve played this year

Five of the worst mobile games I’ve played this year

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

There’s a frankly ridiculous number of new games released each week on the App Store (and Google Play, to be fair), and with many of them actually being pretty decent, I can generally cherry pick my review candidates and stick to the good stuff.

Still, pobody’s nerfect, and thanks to overzealous press releases and/or sultry PR gals (mostly the latter, ahem), I’ve been guilty of occasionally letting the odd stinker through the hallowed Mobo-gates. Here I list five of this year’s worst.

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Tesco Hudl, 16GB, black or purple, £99 delivered @ Tesco Direct

Tesco Hudl, 16GB, black or purple, £99 delivered @ Tesco Direct

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Get this Tesco Hudl deal @ Tesco Direct

Over at Tesco Direct, they’ve knocked £20 off the price of the Tesco Hudl tablet, in black or purple, bringing it down from £119 to £99.

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