Xiaomi Mi 4: high specced iPhone lookalike unveiled in China at a low, low price

Xiaomi Mi 4: high specced iPhone lookalike unveiled in China at a low, low price

Martin James  Yesterday

Xiaomi is probably best known for its crazy sales blitzes, the last of which saw it shift 10,000 Redmi Notes in a single second.

It'll be hoping to make more of a lasting impact with its newly announced Mi 4, however, after unveiling its new flagship smartphone at an event in Beijing yesterday.

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LG G3 Prime launching this week in Korea?

LG G3 Prime launching this week in Korea?

Martin James  3 days ago

LG disappointed a fair few high-end smartphone lovers when it revealed that the high-octane Snapdragon 805 version of its G3 flagship with 3GB of RAM wouldn't be coming to the UK.

Well, get ready for more disappointment as LG is set to announce the even more potent G3 Prime this very week, but it probably won't even make it out of South Korea.

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Motorola Moto G successor leaked: design refresh, almost identical specs?

Motorola Moto G successor leaked: design refresh, almost identical specs?

Martin James  3 days ago

The smartphone world loves its sequels, especially when it's rebooting a successful device, so we've been expecting to hear details about a successor to Motorola's popular Moto G for a while now.

And today's the day, thanks to Spanish site Mellando no Android, which has furnished us with both a pic of the alleged Moto G2 (as we'll refer to it for now) and some news on its specs.

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Microsoft ditching 18,000 staff... and Android

Microsoft ditching 18,000 staff... and Android

Martin James  7 days ago

As expected, Microsoft has just announced significant staff cuts, with 18,000 employees set to lose their jobs in the near future as part of a broad restructuring.

But that's not the only cut revealed by CEO Satya Nadella in an email to employees today. Microsoft is also seemingly calling time on Nokia's curious Android adventure.

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Cyan update to Windows Phone 8.1 now heading out to Nokia Lumia handsets

Cyan update to Windows Phone 8.1 now heading out to Nokia Lumia handsets

Martin James  Jul. 16 at 10:00

Nokia Lumia users have had to be patient, but that patience is finally set to be rewarded as Microsoft has begun rolling out the “Cyan” Windows Phone 8.1 update.

The Cyan update brings a bunch of new features to the Microsoft mobile platform, and should arrive on all compatible Lumias within the next few weeks.

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Microsoft lining up biggest staff cuts in five years

A lot has been written about Microsoft's protracted takeover of Nokia, but surprisingly little of it has been about the surely necessary evil of job cuts.

Well expect that to change this week, as Microsoft is expected to announce its biggest job cuts in five years on the back of absorbing Nokia and its staff count into its ranks.

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Three makes 0800 calls free for SIM-only customers but ends unlimited tethering

Three makes 0800 calls free for SIM-only customers but ends unlimited tethering

Martin James  Jul. 15 at 16:00

Good news for Three SIM-only customers: the network is no longer charging for calls made to 0800 numbers, implementing a new Ofcom directive a year ahead of it becoming mandatory.

Sadly, though, there's bad news too: Three is scrapping unlimited tethering on its SIM-only plans, effectively killing off the much-loved One Plan as we knew it.

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Nokia by Microsoft Lumia 530 pics emerge: looking cheap and cheerful

Nokia by Microsoft Lumia 530 pics emerge: looking cheap and cheerful

Martin James  Jul. 14 at 20:00

The colourful chappy to your left? It's the upcoming Nokia Lumia 530, a.k.a. the “Rock”, in other words the successor to the Nokia 520 – the best selling Windows Phone to date.

So says Weibo user iokeyboy, and who are we to argue? After all, it's bright, chunky and affordable-looking, which seems to be the main physical attributes shared by the entry-level Lumia brigade.

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Sony Xperia T3 up for pre-order with free Smartband

Sony Xperia T3 up for pre-order with free Smartband

Martin James  Jul. 14 at 18:30

Sony announced its Xperia T3 smartphone a month or so ago, and the good-looking 4G Android mid-ranger is now available to pre-order from exclusive provider Carphone Warehouse.

The mobile retailer is offering the Xperia T3 free on contracts starting on £21 over 24 months, and it'll even throw in a Sony Smartband free of charge for pre-order customers.

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Sony announces Xperia C3 'selfie phone' with 5MP wide-angle front camera

Sony announces Xperia C3 'selfie phone' with 5MP wide-angle front camera

Martin James  Jul. 8 at 10:00

The world has truly gone selfie-mad in 2014, with everyone from the US president to over-eager cycling fans jumping on board the latest cultural craze.

And now there's even a “selfie phone” designed for budding narcissists looking to take their photographic self-love to the next level: enter the 5.5in Sony Xperia C3.

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Incoming: a Nokia by Microsoft Lumia smartphone... running Android

Incoming: a Nokia by Microsoft Lumia smartphone... running Android

Martin James  Jul. 7 at 11:30

What the...? OK, we can just about get on with the idea of Nokia's low-end Android smartphones. They're cheap, they don't really interfere with the Windows Phone business model, and Nokia was working on them already when the Microsoft buyout was agreed.

But according to the reliable @evleaks, Microsoft is also working on a full-blown Lumia handset running Android, which will bear the newly minted “Nokia by Microsoft” branding.

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Cheers M8! One (M8) effect has HTC back in the black

HTC has reported its latest quarterly figures, and the unaudited results make for positive reading for a change thanks to the impact of the HTC One (M8).

All told HTC pocketed NT$2.26bn (£44m) over the three months ending in June, slightly eclipsing the expected figure of around £42m and easily trumping the £24m profit it posted in Q2 last year.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition shows up in official render

Samsung Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition shows up in official render

Martin James  Jul. 2 at 09:30

Our most recent sighting of the Samsung Galaxy 5 Google Play Edition came last month courtesy of a blurrycam pic posted by compulsive leakster @evleaks.

Well, the same source has now teased a second image of the stock Android handset, this time a high quality press render showing the plastic powerhouse in all its glory.

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Samsung Galaxy Core II leads new low-end Android foursome

Samsung Galaxy Core II leads new low-end Android foursome

Martin James  Jul. 1 at 11:33

Samsung's been making noises about taking on the Moto G-dominated lower end of the Android smartphone market, and it's now unveiled a quadruple play of entry-level devices it reckons can get the job done.

As the names suggest, all four of the Galaxy Ace 4, Galaxy Core II, Galaxy Young 2 and Galaxy Star 2 are sequels to existing devices, and all four come with Android 4.4 KitKat.

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Get ready for 'Nokia by Microsoft' smartphones and Lumia tablets as Microsoft considers dropping Surface name

The mobile world has been preparing to bid farewell to Nokia as an active brand in the smartphone space ever since Microsoft threw a few billion in Finland's direction late last year.

But it turns out we might not have to, as Microsoft is reportedly in the final stages of securing the brand name “Nokia by Microsoft” for use on its future smartphone offerings.

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Get your codename fix: Nokia reportedly working on Vela, Athena, Libra

I've said before how we loves us some codenames here on Mobot, so we can't resist throwing a few new names into the fire, even if we know precisely zero about them other than who's supposedly gonna be making them.

So here goes: Vela... boom! Athena.... zing! Libra... kerpow! Er, that's it – oh, other than that Nokia is the company working on them.

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Motorola Moto G 4G LTE hits the UK for £160 unlocked via Phones4U

Motorola Moto G 4G LTE hits the UK for £160 unlocked via Phones4U

Martin James  Jun. 25 at 10:00

LG will no doubt sell a fair few G3s once it's available locally tomorrow, but we'd bet Motorola will sell more of its new 4G-happy Moto G now that you can also pick one of those up here in the UK.

Yup, the LTE-equipped Moto G, which also doubles the on-board storage, can now be had from Phones4U here in Blighty, and will be available from other retailers over the next few days.

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Huawei's Honor 6 touches down in Beijing

Huawei's Honor 6 touches down in Beijing

Martin James  Jun. 24 at 18:00

Huawei has sold a million Ascend P7s, but never mind that – today's big news is that it's only gone and unveiled the Honor 6, its all-new flagship, over in Beijing.

OK, so maybe we're over-egging the significance by, er, a lot, but we are talking a Snapdragon 805-smoking (at least as per AnTuTu) Kirin 920 processor in a waifish 6.5mm chassis.

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LG G3 available in the UK on Thursday 26 June

LG G3 available in the UK on Thursday 26 June

Martin James  Jun. 24 at 11:30

Good news for those waiting patiently for the LG G3: LG says you'll be able to start picking one up in the UK from Thursday, 26 June.

That's ahead of a wider global rollout that officially commences on Friday, and a few days up on the previous 1 July marker we were given when the G3 was announced last month. Good news all round.

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Nokia announces €99 X2: Microsoft still loves Android

Nokia announces €99 X2: Microsoft still loves Android

Martin James  Jun. 24 at 10:16

Nokia has officially announced the X2, and yes the Microsoft-owned Nokia has kept full faith with its Android experiment.

Just four months to the day since the original Nokia X was unveiled at MWC 2014, its replacement throws a surprising number of hardware improvements into the mix, and still for under €100.

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