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Xiaomi Mi Note pre-orders: consumers go ‘crazy’ for dual SIM Chinese phablet action

Xiaomi Mi Note pre-orders: consumers go ‘crazy’ for dual SIM Chinese phablet action

Lewis Curdie  7 days ago

Last week, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi lifted the lid on not one but two new high-profile phones, namely the Xiaomi Mi Note and the higher-specced Mi Note Pro.

The former model will go on sale first, and sources say Xiaomi Mi Note pre-orders are through the proverbial roof.

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Oops! Argos accidentally leaks 5in Moto G Titan and 4.3in Moto E Styx

Oops! Argos accidentally leaks 5in Moto G Titan and 4.3in Moto E Styx

Lewis Curdie  Jan. 20 at 16:00

Ah, you can’t beat a good retailer leak. “Oops, I’ve just put those pages live when the phones haven’t actually been announced yet! Was I not supposed to?” Great work.

Here, Argos is giving us a sneak peek at the 5in Motorola Moto G Titan and 4.3in Moto E Styx, including full specs and pricing. Full story below.

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HTC One (M9) specs: 20MP rear camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Dolby audio?

With its last couple of flagships, HTC has experimented with new camera technologies, firstly with “UltraPixels” on the One (M7), and more recently with a Duo camera on the One (M8).

As such, you’d be forgiven for thinking HTC had something similarly crazy up its sleeve for the imminent One (M9), but nope, this latest report says it’ll be a plain old 20MP rear camera.

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HP Slatebook 14, Android touchscreen laptop, £199.97 delivered (was £329.97) @ saveonlaptops

HP Slatebook 14, Android touchscreen laptop, £199.97 delivered (was £329.97) @ saveonlaptops

Lewis Curdie  Jan. 20 at 12:00

What the heck is the HP Slatebook 14? A touchscreen laptop? A giant tablet with a fixed keyboard? The lines are well and truly blurred here, but in any case, you can currently grab the HP Slatebook 14 for £199.97 at saveonlaptops (was £329.97).

HP Slatebook 14 specs include a 14in Full HD touch display, quad-core Tegra 4 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, integrated Beats Audio sound system, and connectivity in the form of USB3, HDMI and Bluetooth.

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Samsung loses one-third of its Chinese smartphone market share in 2014

There’s no denying China is where it’s at right now, with Chinese smartphone makers invading the global Top 5 and churning out phones like the delicious Xiaomi Mi Note Pro.

Alas, world’s number one Samsung seems to have lost the plot as far as Chinese consumers go, with its smartphone market share in China dropping by a third in 2014. Ouch.

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OnePlus Two specs: 5.5in QHD, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810?

OnePlus Two specs: 5.5in QHD, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810?

Lewis Curdie  Jan. 19 at 17:00

The OnePlus One is easily one of the most coveted phones around right now, so it makes sense that the inevitable OnePlus Two is generating a fair amount of rumour buzz.

This latest round of rumoured OnePlus Two specs suggests the phone will be nothing less than a big giant super-specced beast.

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Buying a OnePlus One? No invite required tomorrow night!

The OnePlus One made waves last year as the affordable “flagship killer”, and recently featured in our Best Chinese smartphones 2015 article.

The invite system can be a bit of a pain, to be perfectly honest, but for a 2-hour window tomorrow night, you’ll be able to jump straight in a buy yourself a OnePlus One direct.

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Sony Xperia Z4 gets doubly certified?

There’s no shortage of imminent new Android flagships, including the Samsung Galaxy S6, the HTC Hima, the LG G4, and of course the Sony Xperia Z4.

The Japanese manufacturer’s next big release failed to turn up at CES 2015 (we had to make do with the super-expensive Walkman ZX2), but the Sony Xperia Z4 appears to have passed through a couple of regulatory bodies. Maybe.

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Hugo Barra: ‘a few years’ before Xiaomi products hit the west (PS. stop copying us)

Hugo Barra: ‘a few years’ before Xiaomi products hit the west (PS. stop copying us)

Lewis Curdie  Jan. 17 at 15:00

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has been making waves recently, sitting behind only Apple and Samsung in terms of volume shipped in Q3 2014, and announcing the hugely impressive Mi Note and Mi Note Pro this week.

Alas, former Google man Hugo Barra, now Xiaomi’s head of global, says it’ll be “a few years” before we see phones like the Mi Notes in the US and UK.

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OnePlus One Lollipop update coming February?

OnePlus One Lollipop update coming February?

Lewis Curdie  Jan. 16 at 15:00

The “Flagship Killer” OnePlus One was, er, one of the smartphone hits of 2014, and the obvious question at the moment is: “Where’s the OnePlus One Lollipop update?”

An alpha build was unleashed at the end of December as a “sweet start” to 2015, and now we’re hearing that an official – and stable – OnePlus One Lollipop update might arrive next month.

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