Saygus V2 discounted to 9 till Monday, is this 2015’s ‘flagship killer’?

Saygus V2 discounted to $549 till Monday, is this 2015’s ‘flagship killer’?

Lewis Curdie  1 hour ago

Last year, the self-proclaimed “Flagship Killer” OnePlus One made waves with flagship-level specs and an entirely reasonable price tag, being sold at cost.

It’s not quite as cheap, but the Saygus V2 looks set to cause disruption this year with top-of-the-range specs and a price that undercuts most – if not all – of the major smartphone players.

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HTC guy: Apple’s iPhone is ‘terribly boring’

HTC guy: Apple’s iPhone is ‘terribly boring’

Lewis Curdie  3 hours ago

There’s been no shortage of good news for Apple of late, but here comes ailing Taiwanese manufacturer HTC to throw a slug on the cake.

HTC's outspoken Senior Global Online Communications Manager, Jeff Gordon, congratulates Apple, but in the same breath describes the iPhone as a “terribly boring” choice. Ouch.

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HTC One M7, One M8 Lollipop update: slight delay for some models

On November 3 last year, HTC tweeted that the One M8 and One M7 would receive a taste of Android Lollipop 5.0 “within 90 days”, with the self-imposed deadline being February 1, 2015 i.e. tomorrow.

Well, at the eleventh hour, HTC is holding its hands up and admitting that not all One M8 and One M7 models will get the Android Lollipop update in time.

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Asus MeMO Pad 7, 8GB, Wi-Fi, white, £69 (was £79) @ Tesco Direct

Asus MeMO Pad 7, 8GB, Wi-Fi, white, £69 (was £79) @ Tesco Direct

Lewis Curdie  5 hours ago

Shopping around for a cheap Android tablet? You might fancy the Asus MeMO Pad 7, down from £79 to £69 at Tesco Direct.

Asus MeMO Pad 7 specs include a 7in display (1024 x 600), dual-core Intel Atom processor, 1GB RAM, and 8GB expandable storage.

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Sony Xperia Z3, T-Mobile, 100 mins, unlimited texts, 1GB, £18.99PM 24M, £63 cashback @ Tesco Phone Shop

Sony Xperia Z3, T-Mobile, 100 mins, unlimited texts, 1GB, £18.99PM 24M, £63 cashback @ Tesco Phone Shop

Lewis Curdie  7 hours ago

Tesco Phone Shop has a tempting Sony Xperia Z3 contract deal on T-Mobile. It’s £18.99 per month with no up-front cost, so that’s £455.76 total over 24 months.

Better still, TopCashback is offering £63 cashback, so that’s effectively £392.76 total, or £16.37 per month. To give those figures some context, Amazon is currently charging £424.95 SIM free.

The monthly T-Mobile allowance includes 100 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of data.

Sony Xperia Z3 specs? Right here: 5.2in 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 20.7MP rear camera, 2.2MP front camera, IP68-certified resistance to dust and water, and a 3,100mAh battery.

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G (2012), £83.99 (was £129) @ Argos

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G (2012), £83.99 (was £129) @ Argos

Lewis Curdie  8 hours ago

The Kindle Paperwhite 3G (2012) is the Amazon e-reader with a lovely built-in light, which projects down behind the screen rather than out at your eyeballs. Splendid.

You can currently grab said Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G for £83.99 from Argos, where it was formerly £129. That’s a saving of £45. And a penny.

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Motorola Moto G 2014, SIM free, dual SIM, £127.49 with discount code @ Rakuten

Motorola Moto G 2014, SIM free, dual SIM, £127.49 with discount code @ Rakuten

Lewis Curdie  9 hours ago

The dual SIM Motorola Moto G 2014 is currently £149.99 SIM free over at Expansys on Rakuten, but you can knock 15% off via January sale discount code, bringing it down to £127.49. Nice!

Use discount code JANSALEDAY6 for Saturday, JANSALEDAY7 for Sunday, or JANSALEDAY8 for Monday.

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LG G4 specs: highest smartphone resolution ever at 1620 x 2880?

LG G4 specs: highest smartphone resolution ever at 1620 x 2880?

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

LG has a bit of a penchant for world’s firsts, including the world’s first “banana phone”, the LG G Flex, and the world’s first global QHD smartphone, the LG G3.

If those 3.7 million pixels on the LG G3’s display aren’t enough for you, get this: LG G4 specs are rumoured to encompass a resolution of 1620 × 2880, almost 4.7 MILLION pixels in the palm of your hand.

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OxygenOS: OnePlus announces its own Android ROM

OnePlus sent out a cryptic teaser earlier this week in the form of a periodic table, leading many to suggest that we might be looking at a metal back cover for the “Flagship Killer” OnePlus One.

But nope, that couldn’t have been more wrong! We’re talking software, not hardware, specifically OnePlus’ own Android ROM, OxygenOS.

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Motorola Moto G 4G price drop: £99 from Tesco starting Monday

Motorola Moto G 4G price drop: £99 from Tesco starting Monday

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

The Motorola Moto G 4G remains an utterly fantastic buy for £115 at Tesco Direct, but one of the sweetest deals in mobile is about to get even sweeter.

Starting Monday, you’ll be able to grab the Motorola Moto G 4G for a quid under £100, or £99 if you prefer. As Johnny Bravo would say: Woah, mama!

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Apple vs. Samsung in 4Q14: too close to call?

With Apple having, just, an astoundingly great time of things at the moment, the question on many people’s lips has been: “Did Apple ship more iPhones than Samsung did Galaxys in the final quarter of 2014?”

The answer, depending on where you look, is both yes and no. Confused? Us too! Full story below.

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Huawei Ascend Y330, PAYG upgrade, Orange or T-Mobile, FREE £10 top-up, £14.99 delivered @ Carphone Warehouse

Huawei Ascend Y330, PAYG upgrade, Orange or T-Mobile, FREE £10 top-up, £14.99 delivered @ Carphone Warehouse

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

Eligible for a Carphone Warehouse PAYG upgrade? If so, you can grab the Huawei Ascend Y330 for £14.99 with a FREE £10 top-up, so the phone is arguably just £4.99 – little more than a Starbucks coffee. Comes in black, blue or purple, and is available on Orange or T-Mobile.

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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Seven things you should know about Xiaomi, Chinese smartphone behemoth

As Chinese smartphone makers continue their inexorable rise (seriously; if I had £5 for every time I’ve written inexorable), arguably one of the most exciting players - not just from China, but globally - is Xiaomi.

I can’t give away too much in these rambling opening paragraphs otherwise there’d be no point in scribbling the feature, but, yeah, let’s take a look at seven things you should know about Xiaomi.

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Asus Transformer Pad TF103 CX tablet, £95.40 with discount code @ Very

Asus Transformer Pad TF103 CX tablet, £95.40 with discount code @ Very

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

Very has dropped the price of the Asus Transformer Pad TF103 CX tablet in silver from £159 to £106. You can save a further 10% (that’d be £95.40) by opening a new Very account and using discount code 4XDVH, and there’s an option to pay in three instalments over three months with no interest.

Asus Transformer Pad TF103 CX specs include a 10.1in display (1280 x 800), quad-core Intel Atom processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB expandable storage, 2MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera, KitKat Android 4.4 and up to nine hours of battery life.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 software ‘slimmed down by a wide margin’

We heard a report a couple of weeks ago claiming that Samsung Galaxy S6 TouchWiz would be slimmed down to near-Nexus 6 levels. Welcome news, certainly, though we took it with a pinch of salt.

However, the usually reliable SamMobile is back with an exclusive claiming much the same thing. Is Samsung’s much-discussed bloatware about to become a thing of the past?

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NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight, £29.99 (was £49.99) @ Argos

NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight, £29.99 (was £49.99) @ Argos

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve always preferred having a separate e-reader, rather than reading on the big old iPad, and here Argos is offering to hook you up with the NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight for £29.99 (£20 off).

Average 4.6/5 rating after 222 customer reviews. It must be doing something right! NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight specs include a 6in glare-free display for reading in the sun, adjustable brightness for bedtime reading, 2GB storage for up to 1,000 eBooks, and battery life of 1,344 hours.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, 16GB, £229.99 delivered @ Currys

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, 16GB, £229.99 delivered @ Currys

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

Last summer, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 would’ve set you back £449.99 from Currys. We’re far more enamoured with the current price of £229.99, just a few quid over half price. And good timing, too, as you can now grab free Microsoft Office for Android tablets.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 specs include a high resolution 10.1in display (2560 x 1600), Exynos Octa processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, and 8,220mAh battery.

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Huawei on Windows Phone: it’s too hard to differentiate

Huawei on Windows Phone: it’s too hard to differentiate

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

One of the major problems Windows Phone has right now is convincing anyone beyond Microsoft – especially big names like Samsung, HTC and LG – to produce phones. It feels very much like Lumia, Lumia, Lumia.

Top-5 smartphone manufacturer Huawei isn’t interested either, saying it’s way too hard to make Windows Phones stand out.

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OnePlus One metal back cover arriving tomorrow?

OnePlus One metal back cover arriving tomorrow?

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

The “Flagship Killer” OnePlus One was arguably one of the best smartphones of 2014, but unfortunately the much-discussed Style Swap covers – including a bamboo option – were ultimately discontinued.

However, a fresh teaser suggests a OnePlus One metal back cover might be launching tomorrow morning in China.

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Google Play vs. App Store: Big G wins on downloads, but Apple’s king of app revenue

With Android being the world’s most popular mobile operating system, it comes as little surprise to hear that Google Play kicks the App Store’s butt when it comes to downloads.

However, when it comes to revenue, people with iPhones and iPads and iPod touches are still spending way more money; they remain a lucrative minority.

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