Amazon outs new Fire HD 6.0 and Fire HD 7.0, prices start at £79

Amazon's mobile hardware adventure started with the humble Kindle Fire tablet, and the company has kept faith with the original's budget billing in announcing a host of new Fire HD tablet options.

The Amazon Fire HD 7.0 – the Kindle name has been dropped – is present and correct in an array of colour and storage options, plus there's an all-new Fire HD 6.0 size option and a Fire HD Kids Edition for, well, you know.

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Amazon targets the iPad Air with powerful new Fire HDX 8.9 tablet

Amazon targets the iPad Air with powerful new Fire HDX 8.9 tablet

Martin James  6 hours ago

Amazon has given its tablet lineup a revamp, dropping the 'Kindle' name altogether and updating its flagship Fire HDX 8.9 as well as introducing new 6in and 7in Fire HDs, plus an all-new Fire HD Kids Edition.

To go with its new hardware, Amazon has also rolled out a new version of its Fire OS – namely Fire OS 4 Sangria, which is based on Android 4.4 KitKat.

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Samsung to show some selfie love with the Galaxy Grand Prime

Samsung to show some selfie love with the Galaxy Grand Prime

Martin James  Yesterday

Samsung remains the benchmark for flooding the market with multiple variants of similar device, each tweaked to cater for one or other largely contrived “speciality” use.

Well there's no more contrived a speciality use right now than selfie photography, so it's with zero sense of surprise that we announce the existence of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime.

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Sony Mobile faces £1bn 'goodwill' shortfall

There are many plus points to being one of the world's biggest companies, but one unquestionable downside is that even small mistakes can end up costing millions of pounds.

Or one billion pounds, in this case. That's the adjustment Sony is making to its forecasted revenues for the year – and yes, we do mean downwards.

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Oppo N3 shows up with freshly tweaked swivelling camera

Oppo N3 shows up with freshly tweaked swivelling camera

Martin James  2 days ago

Last year's Oppo N1 was noteworthy for two reasons: first, the whole CyanogenMod business, and secondly for its quirky camera you could swivel to face either the front or the back as desired.

We've no idea how well it actually sold, but clearly it was well enough that Oppo thinks it's worth having another crack: feast your eyes upon the forthcoming Oppo N3.

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HTC's Double Exposure event to focus on the Eye?

HTC's Double Exposure event to focus on the Eye?

Martin James  2 days ago

It's been nearly a week since invites went out for HTC's “Double Exposure” event in New York on 8 October, and we still have no idea what the whole thing is about.

We may, however, have a name for HTC's mystery device – one that fits nicely with the clear focus on photography implied by the invite: the HTC Eye.

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Microsoft planning to airbrush 'Nokia' and 'Windows Phone' out of existence

In early 2011, Nokia boss Stephen Elop said the company was standing on a “burning platform”, and announced grand plans to adopt Windows Phone as the company's main smartphone platform.

By the time the fourth anniversary of that decision rolls around next February, it looks increasingly likely that the names “Nokia” and “Windows Phone” will be gone from the mobile phone scene for good.

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Tesco scraps Hudl smartphone plans, but Hudl 2 tablet still on the cards

Tesco scraps Hudl smartphone plans, but Hudl 2 tablet still on the cards

Martin James  Sep. 10 at 11:30

Apple's unveiling of the iWatch and iPhone 6 has dominated the mobile world over the past couple of days, but that's all in the past now and life, inevitably, goes on.

Well, unless you're talking about Tesco's Hudl smartphone that is, as the supermarket giant has announced it is shelving the handset for now to focus on a successor to the Hudl tablet instead.

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha: got £500 lying around?

Samsung Galaxy Alpha: got £500 lying around?

Martin James  Sep. 9 at 14:30

It seems like ages since Samsung announced the Galaxy Alpha, such has been the avalanche of new phones introduced in the past month.

But it's time to check back in on the metal-bodied beauty, and look at what it'll cost you when it hits the shelves on Friday.

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Meizu MX4pro may exist after all, with 4GB of RAM and a 13MP selfie cam

Meizu announced its MX4 flagship as expected at IFA 2014 last week, but those hoping for a fancier Pro version – including our own LM Curdie – were left disappointed.

Well dry your eyes, Lewis, for it seems the Meizu MX4pro is in fact very much a real thing, and it could be even more powerful than we thought.

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Amazon Fire Phone arriving in the UK on 30 September, but at what price?

Amazon Fire Phone arriving in the UK on 30 September, but at what price?

Martin James  Sep. 9 at 11:30

As if September wasn't already looking like a blockbuster month in smartphone land, Amazon has announced that its Fire Phone will be touching down in the UK on 30 September.

The Fire OS-based handset will arrive as an O2 exclusive, and will be available free on 24-month contracts starting at £33 per month.

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IFA 2014: Sony SmartWatch 3 arrives with Android Wear

IFA 2014: Sony SmartWatch 3 arrives with Android Wear

Martin James  Sep. 6 at 16:30

Unlike many companies showing off their wearable wares at IFA this year, Sony is no stranger to the game – in fact its SmartWatch is now in its third generation.

However, the Sony SmartWatch 3 is the first to use Android Wear, and joins a growing gaggle of wrist-bound devices clamouring for attention.

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IFA 2014: Samsung's rugged Galaxy Tab Active comes out swinging

IFA 2014: Samsung's rugged Galaxy Tab Active comes out swinging

Martin James  Sep. 6 at 12:00

Given the level of competition in the tablet market in general, it's surprising to see so few options for business users looking for something a little more rugged.

Panasonic's pricey ToughPad range is one option, and now here's another, more mainstream alternative: Samsung's new Galaxy Tab Active, announced this week at IFA 2014 in Berlin.

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IFA 2014: Up close and personal with the Motorola Moto 360

IFA 2014: Up close and personal with the Motorola Moto 360

Martin James  Sep. 5 at 17:07

In the brave new world of wearables, the only device that has so far reached anything like the Apple iWatch-level of mystical hype has been Motorola's Moto 360.

And so Motorola finally unveiling its round-screened beauty at IFA 2014 in Berlin this week probably ranks as one of the most high-profile product launches of the whole show.

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IFA 2014: Huawei Ascend Mate7 phablet claims 'world's fastest phone' title

IFA 2014: Huawei Ascend Mate7 phablet claims 'world's fastest phone' title

Martin James  Sep. 5 at 15:12

It had to happen eventually. We made it a lot of the way through the new gear launched at IFA 2014 without anyone playing the dreaded “world's fastest smartphone” card, but alas, Huawei has gone and done it.

To be fair, though, the ambitious Chinese brand isn't calling its Ascend Mate7 phablet itself the fastest, but rather its Cat 6 LTE networking support which offers crazy 300Mbps data speeds.

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IFA 2014: new and improved Motorola Moto X to bring Moto Maker to the UK at last

IFA 2014: new and improved Motorola Moto X to bring Moto Maker to the UK at last

Martin James  Sep. 5 at 11:30

Motorola announced its flagship Moto X replacement at IFA 2014 in Berlin this morning, and as with the new Moto G, it has decided to stick with the original's name.

So there's no Moto X+1 or any other twist on the moniker, but don't let that fool you: the 2014-spec Motorola Moto X is a vastly improved smartphone over the model it replaces.

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IFA 2014: Second-gen Motorola Moto G breaks cover; yours for just £xxx

IFA 2014: Second-gen Motorola Moto G breaks cover; yours for just £xxx

Martin James  Sep. 5 at 10:30

Motorola has replaced its best selling Moto G budget smartphone with... the Motorola Moto G.

No that's not a typo, and neither is the £xxx price in the headline, though we'll get back to that later.

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IFA 2014: Sony spices up the budget smartphone game with £160 Xperia E3

IFA 2014: Sony spices up the budget smartphone game with £160 Xperia E3

Martin James  Sep. 4 at 17:00

It's been firmly overshadowed by the Xperia Z3 crew, but Sony's new budget baby the Xperia E3 (and the dual-SIM Xperia E3 Dual) is nonetheless an interesting new face to emerge at IFA 2014 in Berlin this week.

Interesting since Sony does quite a few things well, but cheap smartphones typically isn't one of them. And with a good number of very good cheap smartphones popping up on the scene right now, it's a brave time to give the Xperia E-series a refresh.

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IFA 2014: Nokia Lumia 830 arrives with PureView, wireless charging and an impressive price

IFA 2014: Nokia Lumia 830 arrives with PureView, wireless charging and an impressive price

Martin James  Sep. 4 at 13:45

The Nokia Lumia 830 is the second of Microsoft's new Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones to hit the ground this week, announced in conjunction with the Lumia 730 this morning.

It may not be a selfie lover's dream like the Lumia 730, but a strong set of features, good looks, a decent price and a top notch Pureview camera round the back could make the Lumia 830 a surprise hit in the months to come.

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IFA 2014: Sony targets the iPad mini with sleek new Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

The third of a trio of Xperia Z3-themed mobile devices Sony has introduced at IFA 2014 in Berlin this week is the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact – an 8in Android slate that takes the Z3 experience (or is that Xperience?) to a larger form factor.

It delivers all the benefits of the newly introduced Xperia Z3 smartphones, but comes in even skinnier at 6.4mm yet ups the display resolution to 1920 x 1200. What's not to like?

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