Xiaomi Mi Note: Chinese dual SIM phone sells out in three minutes

Xiaomi Mi Note: Chinese dual SIM phone sells out in three minutes

Lewis Curdie  1 hour ago

It’s early days yet, but for our money, the most exciting phones launched so far this year are the Xiaomi Mi Note and Mi Note Pro (no offence, LG G Flex 2).

The latter will arrive later this quarter (or possibly early Q2), but the first batch of Mi Notes was made available in China this week in one of Xiaomi’s traditional “flash sales”, and – predictably – sold out within minutes.

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Report: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge releasing as Galaxy S Edge, coming to Europe

Report: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge releasing as Galaxy S Edge, coming to Europe

Lewis Curdie  2 hours ago

In addition to a metal base model, we’re told the Samsung Galaxy S6 will have a dual edge variant, akin to the Galaxy Note Edge (left).

Here we’re told to start calling it the Samsung Galaxy S Edge (no ‘6’), and more importantly: it looks like it’s coming to Europe.

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Google Nexus 9, 16GB, €335.90 (£259.90) delivered @ Amazon France

Google Nexus 9, 16GB, €335.90 (£259.90) delivered @ Amazon France

Lewis Curdie  3 hours ago

Amazon France has the 16GB Google Nexus 9 for €329.99, the equivalent of roughly £247 in our money (before conversion rates and that). Over here, it’ll cost you £319 on Google Play. Ouch!

Using the Amazon EUR-to-GBP conversion rate, it’s £259.90 total. Alternatively, it might be more cost effective to pay in Euros, depending on your card provider.

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Summer release for the Sony Xperia Z4?

Lewis Curdie  4 hours ago

With Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 just around the corner and a slew of imminent new Android flagships, we had visions of rolling around in piles of Samsung Galaxy S6s and HTC One M9s and Sony Xperia Z4s come March.

But nope, it’s suggested that the Sony Xperia Z4 won’t launch at MWC - or even Q1. In fact, it’ll be “summer” before we meet the Japanese manufacturer’s next big thing. Aww man.

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Lenovo Yoga 8 Tablet, 16GB, £99.99 @ Argos

Lenovo Yoga 8 Tablet, 16GB, £99.99 @ Argos

Lewis Curdie  6 hours ago

The Lenovo Yoga 8 Tablet previously sold for £169.99 at Argos, but it’s currently down to a significantly more appealing £99.99 – that’s a whopping £70 off!

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 specs include an 8in hinged display (1280 x 800), quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB expandable storage, 5MP rear camera, 1.6MP front shooter, and 6,000mAh battery.

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Five of the best USB mobile power banks and desktop chargers

Lewis Curdie  7 hours ago

Yesterday we looked at Six of the best iPhone 6 cases in all their protective glory, taking into account price, colours and customer ratings on Amazon.

Continuing the vague mobile accessory theme, we’re doing something similar here, but turning our attention to USB mobile power banks and desktop chargers for your mobile. Ready to get juiced up? Let’s rock!

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Transcend 64GB class 10 microSD card, SD adapter, £18.99 delivered @ MyMemory

Transcend 64GB class 10 microSD card, SD adapter, £18.99 delivered @ MyMemory

Lewis Curdie  8 hours ago

MyMemory continues its generosity here, knocking £13.36 off this Transcend 64GB class 10 microSD card, now £18.99.

Comes with a free SD adapter and offers speeds of up to 45MB/s read and 25MB/s write.

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Integral UltimaPro 32GB class 10 microSD card, SD adapter, £8.49 delivered @ MyMemory

Integral UltimaPro 32GB class 10 microSD card, SD adapter, £8.49 delivered @ MyMemory

Lewis Curdie  9 hours ago

Over at MyMemory, they’ve chopped £7.10 off this Integral UltimaPro 32GB class 10 microSD card, so it’s now £8.49 instead of £15.59.

Comes with a free SD adapter, and offers transfer speeds of up to 40MB/s.

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TalkTalk launches cheapest UK SIM only plan at £3.75PM

TalkTalk launches cheapest UK SIM only plan at £3.75PM

Lewis Curdie  9 hours ago

As the “quad” market intensifies (BT is grabbing EE, Sky is on the lookout, Virgin Media is already there), TalkTalk – which also offers TV, broadband and home phone – is sexing up its SIM only mobile options.

The headline is the £3.75 per month offering, which TalkTalk proudly declares the UK’s cheapest SIM only deal.

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Linx 8 Windows 8.1 tablet, 32GB, 12 months Office 365, £69 with code and credit account @ Very

Linx 8 Windows 8.1 tablet, 32GB, 12 months Office 365, £69 with code and credit account @ Very

Lewis Curdie  10 hours ago

The Linx 8 Windows 8.1 tablet is down from £129 to £99 at Very, which is a good start. But you can knock a further £30 off by signing up for a credit account and subsequently using Very discount code 4KMY4 (new customers only).

Linx 8 tablet specs include an 8in display (800 x 1280), 1GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, 2MP front and rear cameras, and a 4,000mAh battery. .

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LG G Flex, Titan Silver, SIM free, now £224.99 delivered @ Expansys

LG G Flex, Titan Silver, SIM free, now £224.99 delivered @ Expansys

Lewis Curdie  11 hours ago

The LG G Flex 2 “banana phone” made waves at CES 2015 earlier this month, and here its predecessor – the LG G Flex – is on offer for £224.99 SIM free (formerly £399.99; £244.99 last week) at Expansys.

LG G Flex specs include a curved 6in 720p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera, 2.1MP front shooter, “Self Healing” rear (seriously), and a big beefy 3,500mAh battery.

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Samsung files trademarks for Galaxy E3, Galaxy J3, J5, J7

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

If you were struggling to keep up with Samsung’s many, many midrange (give or take) smartphones, things are about to get a whole lot more complicated.

In addition to the Samsung Galaxy A3, A5 and A7, and the recent Galaxy E5 and E7, the world’s number one mobile maker has filed trademarks for a load more smartphones, namely the Galaxy E3, and Galaxy J3, J5 and J7. Oh good lord.

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OnePlus 2 release delayed till Q3 due to overheating Qualcomm Snapdragon 810?

OnePlus 2 release delayed till Q3 due to overheating Qualcomm Snapdragon 810?

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

Sweet Moses, there’s a heck of a lot of talk about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 overheating. We’ve listened to The Korea Times, DigiTimes and Bloomberg, and now Forbes is getting in on the action.

The story here – in this two-pronged news bite – is that the OnePlus 2’s release date has been shoved back till Q3 on account over the overheating Qualcomm Snapdragon 810. And yes, I said OnePlus 2.

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Google Nexus 6 should’ve had rear fingerprint scanner, Apple ruined the party

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

Prior to the Google Nexus 6 launch in October last year, the gargantuan handset was repeatedly rumoured to have a rear fingerprint scanner, a notion seemingly corroborated by the presence of a mysterious dimple.

Turns out the Google Nexus 6 was indeed supposed to have a rear fingerprint scanner, but Cupertino’s Apple threw a spanner in the works.

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Microsoft Lumia 535, Tesco Mobile PAYG, £79 delivered @ Tesco Direct

Microsoft Lumia 535, Tesco Mobile PAYG, £79 delivered @ Tesco Direct

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

The entry-level Microsoft Lumia 535 is now available over at Tesco Direct, where it’s selling for £79, in black, on Tesco Mobile PAYG.

Microsoft Lumia 535 specs include a 5in qHD display (960 x 540), Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB expandable storage (pop in up to 128GB via microSD), 5MP front and rear cameras, and Windows Phone 8.1 with Cortana personal assistant.

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Slim Neoprene Cover Case for all Apple iPad models, 59p delivered @ Amazon

Slim Neoprene Cover Case for all Apple iPad models, 59p delivered @ Amazon

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

We looked at some of the best iPhone 6 cases earlier today, and here this “Slim Neoprene Cover Case for all Apple iPad models” is selling for just 59p, roughly the price of a chocolate bar (or cheaper, depending on your tastes). Was £6.99.

Average 4.5/5 rating after 206 customer reviews. Stretchy neoprene means it’s compatible with all iPads.

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Six of the best iPhone 6 cases

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

We’ve been rather eclectic with our features of late, with recent highlights including Best Chinese smartphones 2015, Dual SIM phones: what are they, how do they work, why would you want one? and Samsung Galaxy S6 specs, release date, features: six things we think we know. Phew!

In a completely different vein again, we’re turning our attention to Amazon and checking out six of the best iPhone 6 cases. If you’re looking to protect your 4.7in smartphone investment, we’ve got you – pun intended – covered.

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Motorola Moto 360, black leather, £165.25 delivered @ Ballicom

Motorola Moto 360, black leather, £165.25 delivered @ Ballicom

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

Google-certified Ballicom International is offering the round-faced Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch for £165.25 – including dastardly VAT.

Motorola Moto 360 specs include 4GB storage, 512MB of RAM, Bluetooth connectivity, a grey leather strap, and Android Wear.

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HTC One M9: not too similar to the One M8?

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

When any new Android flagship comes along, the obvious concern is: How similar will it be to its predecessor? Let’s face it; no one wants a phone that looks bloomin’ identical, even if the specs are improved.

As such, we’re happy to hear that the HTC One M9 might look significantly different to the existing One M8. Good.

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Huawei Ascend Y330, EE PAYG, £24.99 + £20 top-up @ EE

Huawei Ascend Y330, EE PAYG, £24.99 + £20 top-up @ EE

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

On the lookout for wallet-friendly Android goodness? Check out the Huawei Ascend Y330, currently selling on EE PAYG for £24.99 (was £39.99) with a minimum £20 top-up.

Huawei Ascend Y330 specs include a 4in display (480 x 800), dual-core MediaTek processor, 512MB of RAM, 3.15MP rear camera, 4GB expandable storage, and a 1,500mAh battery.

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