HTC One M9 Plus specs: 5.2in display, massive body, fingerprint sensor, Duo camera?

To be honest, we’d pretty much given up hope of the HTC One M9 Plus being a real thing, much like the rumoured One M8 Max (Ace) faded into nothingness this time last year.

However, a fresh HTC One M9 Plus rumour breathes new life into the idea, as well as some new specs.

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12-year-old girl tries to poison mother twice after iPhone confiscation

12-year-old girl tries to poison mother twice after iPhone confiscation

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

We’ve heard all sorts of stories over the years about the lengths some people will go to for an iPhone, including the Chinese chap who sold a kidney, and the Chinese lass who offered to exchange her virginity for an iPhone 4.

The 12-year-old girl in this story already had an iPhone, but reacted in the worst possible way when it was taken away: by trying to kill her own mother. Twice.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 815: cooler than the Snapdragon 810?

Qualcomm Snapdragon 815: cooler than the Snapdragon 810?

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

There are still concerns about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 overheating, with the HTC One M9 reportedly getting hot enough to cook an egg, but there’s, eh, promising news about the chip’s successor.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 815, which hasn’t actually been announced yet, supposedly runs cooler than the troubled Snapdragon 810.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 pre-installed apps to be removable?

Samsung Galaxy S6 pre-installed apps to be removable?

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

For years, Samsung has endured criticism pertaining to its laggy TouchWiz UI, but all signs point to significant improvement on the imminent Galaxy S6.

We heard before that only a few apps would be pre-installed on the Samsung Galaxy S6, and this latest rumour suggests those apps that do appear out of the box will, in fact, be removable.

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Daily free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android

App prices on both the App Store and Google Play are constantly changing, and as such it’s easy to miss a sweet freebie or temporary bargain. Good idea, then, to check out our daily roundup of the best free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android!

Another fine selection of apps gone free and juicy price drops (if I do say so myself), including apps for stargazers, painters, travellers, kids and gamers. Full selection below.

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Cheap tablet for kids? Hipstreet Flare 3, £49.99 (was £99.99) @ Carphone Warehouse

Cheap tablet for kids? Hipstreet Flare 3, £49.99 (was £99.99) @ Carphone Warehouse

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

If you’re shopping around for a cheap and cheerful tablet for the kids, this guy might just fit the proverbial bill.

Check out the Hipstreet Flare 3, down from £99.99 to £49.99 at Carphone Warehouse. Specs include a 9in display, quad-core processor, 8GB expandable storage, and a 2MP rear camera.

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200 free PAYG minutes on EE and T-Mobile

200 free PAYG minutes on EE and T-Mobile

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

Sweet deal here for PAYG customers on EE and T-Mobile. Essentially, text CHAT1 to 150 and get 200 free minutes.

The free minutes are valid for 14 days.

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Microsoft Lumia 435, SIM free, green or orange, £49.99 delivered @ Microsoft

Microsoft Lumia 435, SIM free, green or orange, £49.99 delivered @ Microsoft

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

If you’re not eligible for the Carphone Warehouse Lumia 435 PAYG upgrade deal, you might fancy this chap.

Microsoft is offering the Lumia 435 SIM free and unlocked for £49.99 – with no top-up required, obviously!

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Motorola Moto G 4G, SIM free and unlocked, £89 in-store @ Tesco

Motorola Moto G 4G, SIM free and unlocked, £89 in-store @ Tesco

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

The Motorola Moto G 4G remains a firm favourite of deal hunters, and it’s been spotted going for £89 – SIM free and unlocked – in-store at Tesco.

To be clear, this is the Motorola Moto G 4G, not the first-gen Moto G (which didn’t have 4G or microSD), or the second-gen Moto G (which had microSD but not 4G), or the spanking new second-gen Moto G with 4G. Confused? Me too.

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HTC One M9, EE, unlimited mins and texts, 4GB, £33.49PM 24M (£803.76) @ mobiles.co.uk

HTC One M9, EE, unlimited mins and texts, 4GB, £33.49PM 24M (£803.76) @ mobiles.co.uk

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

This is looking like one of the best HTC One M9 contract deals at the moment, with no upfront cost, and a generous monthly allowance on EE. At £33.49 per month for 24 months, that’s £803.76 total over two years.

Each month, you’re getting unlimited minutes and texts, and a meaty 4GB 4G data allowance.

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HTC One M9 finally arriving tomorrow after shaky start, £580 SIM free in the UK

HTC One M9 finally arriving tomorrow after shaky start, £580 SIM free in the UK

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 20 at 16:00

The HTC One M9 hasn’t made things easy for itself. For starters, it intentionally launched alongside the Samsung Galaxy S6 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, but could do little to match the intrigue surrounding the S6’s brand new glass-and-metal design, not to mention the unorthodox S6 edge variant. The One M9, comparatively, had little to shout about.

Taiwanese consumers were expecting the HTC One M9 to land earlier this week, but after dealing with an unspecified "software bug", it’ll finally land tomorrow.

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Samsung tipped to sell 55 million Galaxy S6s this year, as UK pricing is revealed

There’s still a few weeks to go till the Samsung Galaxy S6 is actually released, but it’s probably fair to say it’s already been more warmly received than last year’s Galaxy S5.

One particular analyst reckons Samsung will sell a whopping 55 million Galaxy S6s throughout 2015, and meanwhile Galaxy S6 UK price isn’t quite as harsh as we expected.

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Daily free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android

App prices on both the App Store and Google Play are constantly changing, and as such it’s easy to miss a sweet freebie or temporary bargain. Good idea, then, to check out our daily roundup of the best free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android!

A trio of thoroughly awesome games down to 79p on the App Store today, namely Jack Lumber, Girls Like Robots, and AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! (Force = Mass x Acceleration). Throw in a handful of freebies for seasoning, and that's one delicious treat. Grab all seven apps here for £2.37 total, and save yourself £13.94.

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Sony Xperia Z3, copper, EE, 1000 mins, unltd texts, 2GB, £23.49PM 24M (£563.76) @ mobiles.co.uk

Sony Xperia Z3, copper, EE, 1000 mins, unltd texts, 2GB, £23.49PM 24M (£563.76) @ mobiles.co.uk

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 20 at 12:00

The cheeky chaps at mobiles.co.uk are currently offering the Sony Xperia Z3 on a 24-month contract for £23.49 per month, so that’s £563.76 spread over two years, with no upfront fee.

Included in the cost is a generous monthly EE allowance of 1,000 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB 4G data.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3, up to £250 off, from £579 delivered @ John Lewis

Microsoft Surface Pro 3, up to £250 off, from £579 delivered @ John Lewis

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 20 at 10:45

For a limited time only, you can save up to £250 on the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 from a number of retailers. We’re going with John Lewis, here, on account of the 2-year warranty.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 pricing starts at £579, that’s for the Intel Core i3-powered tablet, with 4GB of RAM, 64GB expandable storage, a high-res 2160 x 1440 12in display, 5MP front and rear cameras, and Windows 8.1.

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Microsoft Lumia 435, PAYG upgrade, £24.99 delivered @ Carphone Warehouse

Microsoft Lumia 435, PAYG upgrade, £24.99 delivered @ Carphone Warehouse

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 20 at 09:15

If you’re eligible for a PAYG upgrade at Carphone Warehouse (http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/mobiles/pay-as-you-go/upgrades), you can currently grab the Microsoft Lumia 435 for just £24.99, on Orange, T-Mobile, Virgin or Vodafone.

Microsoft Lumia 435 specs include a 4in display (480 x 800), dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB of RAM, 2MP rear camera, VGA front camera, 8GB expandable storage, and 1,560mAh battery.

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Brand new Microsoft Lumia 430 is ‘most affordable Lumia to date’

Brand new Microsoft Lumia 430 is ‘most affordable Lumia to date’

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 19 at 16:00

You’d be forgiven for struggling to keep up with the various Lumia Windows Phones. Time was we had a mere handful to remember, but there are now over 30 of the things.

This one is nice and simple though: the brand new Microsoft Lumia 430 is the most affordable Lumia yet.

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OnePlus One price in Europe going up next week

We’re used to smartphone prices coming down over time, but here’s one we didn’t see coming: as the OnePlus One rapidly approaches its first birthday, the price in Europe is actually going the opposite way.

As of March 25 (Wednesday next week), OnePlus One price is going up by €30-50, depending on the model. Ouch.

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Daily free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android

App prices on both the App Store and Google Play are constantly changing, and as such it’s easy to miss a sweet freebie or temporary bargain. Good idea, then, to check out our daily roundup of the best free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android!

Highlights in today's best free apps and price drops include Dark Echo, a horror "masterpiece" according to TouchArcade (it's now free); "console-quality" third-person shooter Shadowgun, down a few quid at both the App Store and Google Play; and Tiny Defense, which has an average 5/5 rating on the App Store after 1,300+ reviews (also free; was £2.29).

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34 apps worth £85 total now free at Amazon Appstore for Android

34 apps worth £85 total now free at Amazon Appstore for Android

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 19 at 12:00

We’re used to bringing you free apps and price drops in our daily feature, but Amazon is really spoiling us here with no less than 34 apps – valued at £85 total – temporarily free on its Appstore for Android.

Highlights include Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 (was £1.88), Kingdom Rush Origins (64p), and the excellent Deep Under the Sky (was £1.79).

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