LG says ‘Die, bezel!’ with new 5.3in display

The Sharp Aquos Crystal is probably the closest we’ve come to the elusive bezel-less smartphone, but LG seems intent on going one step closer.

LG Display has officially unveiled what it describes as – deep breath – the “world’s narrowest 0.7mm bezel FHD LCD panel for smartphones”.

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EE’s 300Mbps 4G+ is go! Er, in Central London. On certain phones. And certain plans

EE’s 300Mbps 4G+ is go! Er, in Central London. On certain phones. And certain plans

Lewis Curdie  2 hours ago

To be fair to EE (formerly Everything Everywhere), it’s generally ahead of the game when it comes to UK 4G, and indeed it’s officially the first UK mobile network to offer LTE-A technology – or LTE-Advanced to use the name on its birth certificate.

EE is calling its LTE-A service 4G+ - not be confused with plain old 4G, or EE’s existing Double Speed offering. Facts and figures below.

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Five reasons to buy an iPhone 6 Plus over a Samsung Galaxy Note 4

I feel I should start with a disclaimer, lest I find myself burned at the stake as Head Apple Fanboy. See, I’m intentionally donning the iBlinkers here and being, well, not biased exactly, but admittedly one-sided. However! I’ll follow up next week – in the interest of fairness – with an equally one-sided take from the opposite side of the fence.

What the hell am I rambling on about? Oh, just five reasons to buy an iPhone 6 Plus over the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Hear me now.

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Samsung Evo 32GB class 10 microSD card, £11.19 delivered @ Amazon

Samsung Evo 32GB class 10 microSD card, £11.19 delivered @ Amazon

Lewis Curdie  3 hours ago

Get this Samsung Evo microSD card deal @ Amazon

There are a few good deals going around for this Samsung Evo 32GB class 10 microSD card, but we’ll go with reputed Amazon seller Locoisle, where it’s priced £11.19. Alternatively, Moby Memory will hook you up for £11.39.

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Samsung Mobile: back to the drawing board

We were saying just yesterday that LG is having a great old time in smartphones at the moment, while its South Korean cousin, Samsung, is struggling to hold onto that top spot amid fierce competition.

Samsung recently endured its worst quarter in years, so it comes as little surprise to hear that the world’s number one (for now) is reassessing its smartphone strategy.

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République Episode 3: Ones & Zeroes iOS review

I was impressed by – though maybe not completely in love with – République Episode 1, and further won over by République Episode 2: Metamorphosis, ultimately musing: “If it continues improving like this, I might even be sold on the idea of it setting a ‘new benchmark’ for mobile gaming."

République Episode 3: Ones & Zeroes is available now through the App Store and Google Play, and – I’m pleased to say – it’s the best episode yet.

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Huawei Honor 6 available now in Europe, a whole lotta smartphone for £250

Huawei Honor 6 available now in Europe, a whole lotta smartphone for £250

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

Remember the Huawei Honor 6? It launched in Beijing way back in June this year, but only now, four months later, is it making its way to Europe.

But we'll forgive the Chinese chap's tardiness, as the Huawei Honor 6 offers entirely decent specs at a reasonable half-the-price-of-some-flagships price point.

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LG shares impressive 3Q14 results, 16.8 million smartphones sold

Samsung is still technically King of Smartphones, but it’s really struggling to hold onto that reputation of being an unstoppable juggernaut, as evidenced by its disappointing quarterly results.

Fellow South Korean manufacturer LG is a few places down the Top 5, yes, but it’s had yet another record-breaking quarter, its best quarter, in fact, since 2009.

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Anker 25W 5-port USB charger, £13.99 delivered @ Amazon

Anker 25W 5-port USB charger, £13.99 delivered @ Amazon

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

Get this Anker charger deal @ Amazon

Amazon is currently selling this Anker 25W 5-port USB charger for £13.99 instead of the £29.99 RRP. Can’t argue with that!

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Oppo N3 launches with 16MP motorised camera, Oppo R5 is world’s thinnest smartphone

Today was the day for Oppo pulling back the fancy red curtain on its latest wares, and as promised late last week, we’re looking at not one but two new smartphones.

They are the Oppo N3 (left), notable for having a motorised front/rear camera, and the Oppo R5 (right), which dethrones the Gionee ELIFE 5.1 to become the latest “world’s thinnest smartphone”.

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Amazon goes the whole hog with mobile phone shop front, contracts on O2

I almost feel kinda sorry for Amazon as it desperately tries to carve itself a slice of the mobile phone market. Having said that, I seriously doubt Jeff Bezos is struggling to pay the rent. Where was I again?!

Aha, yes: Amazon and its dogged determination to get in on the mobile thing. The Fire Phone might’ve fallen flat on its face, but here Team Bezos takes an altogether different approach, with a full-blown mobile phone store, including O2-flavoured contracts.

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Consumers go Apple Pay crazy, but retailers not so enthusiastic

Apple Pay launched last week, and there’s no shortage of stuff to talk about in the wake of the initial rollout. Some sites are focusing on the positives while others are predictably negative, but here we’re merging the two takes into one efficient newsbite.

In short, consumers are going Apple Pay crazy, making it easily the biggest contactless payment combatant by far, but things aren’t quite so rosy over in Retailer Town.

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Huawei Ascend Y550, PAYG upgrade, £49.95 delivered @ Carphone Warehouse

Huawei Ascend Y550, PAYG upgrade, £49.95 delivered @ Carphone Warehouse

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Get this Huawei Ascend Y550 deal @ Carphone Warehouse

Another sweet Carphone Warehouse PAYG upgrade deal (check your eligibility here) sees the quad-core Huawei Ascend Y550 going for £49.95, no top-up required. Neat.

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Samsung Galaxy A7 specs revealed in benchmark

Samsung Galaxy A7 specs revealed in benchmark

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Samsung’s Galaxy A-series smartphone line is thought to have no less than three members in the birthing canal, with the triplets tentatively named Galaxy A3, A5 and A7.

The Samsung Galaxy A7 has been the most elusive of the trio (the A3 and A5 recently popped up in video format), but here we’re seeing its specs detailed in full thanks to a GFXBench graphical performance type thingamajig. The upshot? It sounds pretty impressive.

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République Episode 2: Metamorphosis iOS review

Rather stupidly, I’ve only gone and finished République Episode 3 before writing about Episode 2; forgive me for a moment while I try to get back into the pre-Episode 3 mindset… *vigorously rubs face*... Ok, I’m good!

République Episode 1 didn’t exactly blow me away, perhaps on account of the abundant hype; Episode 2: Metamorphosis is – as predicted – more of the same but a little better. Nice. Oh, and you Android users can now join in the fun via Google Play.

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Dell Venue 8 7000: even thinner than iPad Air 2, on sale next month

The iPad Air 2 is officially the thinnest tablet in the world at the moment – or the thinnest tablet you can buy, at least, but things are about to get even skinnier.

The Dell Venue 8 7000 was detailed back in September, and it’s finally set to go on sale next month (that’s November, for the calendrically challenged).

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Bendgate returns! This time it’s the ultra-thin iPad Air 2

Bendgate returns! This time it’s the ultra-thin iPad Air 2

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

The iPhone 6 Plus hit headlines recently when it materialised that the 5.5in phone was susceptible to bending when put under significant trouser-based stress. Despite the abundance of media attention, it was largely accepted that the whole thing was blown out of all proportion, and indeed Apple confirmed that only a miniscule number of customers were affected.

Being both taller and thinner, the iPad Air 2 has inevitably come under the microscope, and here we’re seeing it bent to within an inch of its life by a crazy German with more money than sense.

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Samsung Evo 64GB class 10 microSD card, £22.99 delivered @ Amazon

Samsung Evo 64GB class 10 microSD card, £22.99 delivered @ Amazon

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Get this Samsung Evo microSD card deal @ Amazon

Amazon is currently selling this Samsung Evo 64GB class 10 microSD card for – no, not the £55.49 RRP, but – £22.99. A cheeky 59% off? Cheers!

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Google Nexus 9 UK release date slips back to mid-December on Amazon

We can’t lie; we’re not enamoured with this whole let’s-launch-stuff-but-Krist-knows-when-it’ll-be-released nonsense, as pertains to the Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.

The UK appears to be behind when it comes to Motorola's Google Nexus 6 (it’s still “not available in your country” – not even to pre-order), and now Amazon says it’ll start shipping HTC's Google Nexus 9 in mid-December.

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Oppo prepping 4mm phone for October 29?

Oppo prepping 4mm phone for October 29?

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

Next week is actually looking fairly busy, with both Asus and Oppo launching new stuff out east. Oppo hasn’t exactly been coy about launching the N3, but it looks like the flagship has a little sidekick, and the rumour mill be spinning like crazy, yo.

Specifically, it’s suggested that the second phone will be the new “world’s thinnest”, at an outrageously slim 4mm. Someone get this guy a burger, stat.

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