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Xodiom smartphone: too good to be true?

Xodiom smartphone: too good to be true?

Lewis Curdie  Dec. 5 at 10:00

The OnePlus One raised the bar for affordable flagship-level phones, and the blogosphere got mightily excited yesterday when a new contender appeared, seemingly out of nowhere.

Perusing the list of “Xodiom” smartphone specs, you’d be forgiven for thinking this mysterious thing is too good to be true; evidence is mounting to suggest it’s a hoax. Bah.

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YotaPhone 2 arriving this week, dual-screen action for £550

YotaPhone 2 arriving this week, dual-screen action for £550

Lewis Curdie  Dec. 4 at 11:00

We probably liked the first-generation YotaPhone in theory more than we did in practice, but credit to the Russians for at least trying something different.

Putin’s (presumably) favourite smartphone manufacturer is back at it again with the logically named YotaPhone 2, its second attempt at the dual-screen thing, and it’s touching down this week. Got a spare £550?

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Galaxy A7: Samsung’s thinnest-ever smartphone gets Chinese certification

Galaxy A7: Samsung’s thinnest-ever smartphone gets Chinese certification

Lewis Curdie  Dec. 3 at 14:00

Samsung finally made the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 official earlier this month, but the third prong of the all-new A-Team – the Galaxy A7 – was curiously absent. That was particularly disappointing since the higher number denotes a superior phone.

Well, it sounds like the Samsung Galaxy A7 launch won’t be too far off now, with the smartphone getting the obligatory stamp of approval from China’s TENAA, and the headline feature will likely be its ridiculous thinness.

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Jeff Bezos: Yeah, the Amazon Fire Phone was a failure, but at least we tried

Jeff Bezos: Yeah, the Amazon Fire Phone was a failure, but at least we tried

Lewis Curdie  Dec. 3 at 11:00

For a long time we wondered if there was really a place in the market for the rumoured Amazon smartphone, and it turned out our doubts were well founded. The Fire Phone fell flat on its face this year, with a decidedly modest number of units sold and the handset ultimately blamed for the $544m loss posted in Q3. Oh dear.

In case there was any doubt (there wasn’t), Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has conceded that the Fire Phone was an abject failure, but he also thinks the online colossus should be commended for having taken the gamble.

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Android Lollipop on less than 0.1% of devices as HTC Google Play Edition updates delayed

Android Lollipop on less than 0.1% of devices as HTC Google Play Edition updates delayed

Lewis Curdie  Dec. 2 at 15:00

If you’ve been following the Android update scene for the past few years, this one will come as no surprise: The latest version <insert name> is rolling out incredibly slowly, and it’s been delayed for certain devices.

Specifically, Lollipop 5.0 officially appears on less than 0.1% (one in a thousand) Android devices, while owners of the HTC One M8 and M7 Google Play Edition handsets will have to wait a little longer than expected.

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HTC One M9 specs: 5.5in QHD display, QS805 CPU, 3GB RAM, 16MP rear camera?

HTC One M9 specs: 5.5in QHD display, QS805 CPU, 3GB RAM, 16MP rear camera?

Lewis Curdie  Dec. 1 at 14:30

With the HTC One M8 having launched last March, it’s generally accepted that its inevitable successor will follow within the next three to four months - the Taiwanese generally launching a new flagship every 12 months or so.

Here we’re looking at rumoured HTC One M9 specs (that's purely a concept image on the left, incidentally), and, assuming they’re on the money, the M9 is definitely something worth getting excited about.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 29 at 12:00

What. A. Week. Utterly dominated by Black Friday, of course, and this year the UK embraced the tradition headlong, with the in-store brawling and the melting of websites. Things have calmed down a little now, but there’s always Cyber Monday…

In mobile news, BT appears to be on the verge of acquiring O2 or EE, though The Telegraph adds that Three might “gatecrash” the takeover party. Meanwhile, Jan mourned the imminent demise of the iPhone 5c.

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Sony: the latest manufacturer to figure ‘less is more’

Sony: the latest manufacturer to figure ‘less is more’

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 26 at 15:00

Samsung has confirmed it’ll cut back on the number of individual Galaxy smartphone models next year, which means we’ll probably see less Galaxy Core Prime-esque dead weight.

Similarly, Sony says it’s renewing its smarphone focus, with profit becoming the top priority. I’m no CEO/CFO, but shouldn’t profit be the name of the game anyway, in this crazy cutthroat capitalist culture?

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Galaxy Core Prime: another Samsung smartphone certified for duty

Galaxy Core Prime: another Samsung smartphone certified for duty

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 26 at 11:30

We heard last week that Samsung was aiming to cut down on the number of smartphone models by 30% next year, but this year, this year there are still plenty of phones emerging from the proverbial pipeline.

The latest to get the stamp of approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime, and it’s exactly the kind of thing we probably won’t see in 2015.

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Sony Xperia Z4 and Z4 Ultra heading to CES 2015?

It’s generally accepted that the Sony Xperia Z4 will land in the next few months, but the $1m question is: Is CES 2015 in Las Vegas - January - too soon? Should we expect a Mobile World Congress – February – debut instead?

Not according to some anonymous tipster guy, who says not only that the Sony Xperia Z4 will launch at CES, but that it’ll be joined by the Xperia Z4 Ultra. Huh?

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