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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  Aug. 21 at 16:00

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’

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  Aug. 21 at 13:00

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  Aug. 21 at 12:00

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

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

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 20 at 12:00

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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September 2: Meizu MX4 launch, ‘Think High’

September 2: Meizu MX4 launch, ‘Think High’

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 19 at 16:00

September. Sweet Moses, September. We’ve got Samsung, Sony, Nokia and Huawei (among others) at IFA 2014, probably the iPhone 6 launch, and here comes another cheeky chap demanding our attention.

I speak of the Meizu MX4, and while it was originally tipped to launch this week, it’ll instead launch at the beginning of the Busiest Seven Days in the History of Mobile.

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LG: G3 UX for all!

LG: G3 UX for all!

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 19 at 12:00

It’s the age old question: should Android manufacturers strip it back and offer a near-stock experience (hello, Moto), or throw in all sorts of bells and whistles in an attempt to stand out from the 4,946 other Android manufacturers (here’s looking at you, Samsung).

LG is actually rather proud of the user experience (UX) on its latest flagship, so much so that it’s bringing the various features to “most” of its new smartphones and tablets.

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Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact shows up in user manual

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact shows up in user manual

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 18 at 16:00

It’s largely accepted that Sony will launch the Xperia Z3 at IFA 2014, perhaps alongside the Z3 Compact, with a possible appearance from the SmartWatch 3. Room for more ‘3’ action?

A little something by the name of “Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact” appears in the user manual for a Sony Bluetooth speaker, cool as you like. THAT’S NOT A THING. Yet.

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LG G Watch 2 to launch at IFA 2014?

There’s a prevailing sense that the first wave of Android Wear wearables is essentially scrambling to market before the Apple iWatch touches down in September or October. Cry if you like, Android diehards, but as Darth Vader once said: "Search your feelings. You know it to be true."

That notion is given credence with the rumour of an LG G Watch 2, possibly launching just a couple of months after the first guy (above). Wow.

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Huawei issues September 4 Ascend Mate 7 invite, hints at fingerprint scanner

Samsung and Apple are poised to unveil new products in September, but where would month9 be without the world’s number three smartphone manufacturer?

Chinese chappy Huawei recently hinted it’d pop along to Berlin’s IFA 2014 in a couple of weeks, and a new invite thingy confirms a few more details, including the Ascend Mate 7 name.

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