Microsoft's Lumia 730 press invite is a selfie, obviously

Microsoft's Lumia 730 press invite is a selfie, obviously

Martin James  5 hours ago

We're still enjoying the (relative) calm before the IFA 2014 storm kicks into high gear tomorrow, which means one last round of leaks, rumours, invitations and the like.

Microsoft will be announcing the Lumia 730/735 and 830 on Thursday, and its event invitation centres around the hero feature of the Lumia 730 – the Selfie Phone.

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Sony's Xperia Z3 trio to come with 2m water-resistance?

Sony's Xperia Z3 trio to come with 2m water-resistance?

Martin James  7 hours ago

Quite a few phones offer water-resistance these days, but typically it only covers you down to a metre under the surface.

No wonder, then, that Sony's making a big deal of the gear it'll showing off in its IFA 2014 event tomorrow, teasing that it'll happily take the plunge as deep as 2m under the surface.

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Apple announces 9 September event: iPhone 6 definite, iWatch likely

Apple announces 9 September event: iPhone 6 definite, iWatch likely

Martin James  4 days ago

Well, it's official. Apple has sent out invites to an event in Cupertino on 9 September, where it will finally put an end to the speculation and unveil the iPhone 6.

For the first time Apple's iconic smartphone will come in two sizes – 4.7in and 5.5in – while it's looking increasingly certain Apple will also use the event to launch its iWatch wearable.

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Sony teases Xperia Z3 trio ahead of pre-IFA unveiling

Sony teases Xperia Z3 trio ahead of pre-IFA unveiling

Martin James  5 days ago

Sony has a trio of new mobile devices lined up to debut at its pre-IFA 2014 launch event on 3 September: a pair of smartphones and a tablet.

And it's just put out a minute-long teaser video giving us a glimpse of all three of its incoming stars in one shot – literally.

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Amazon Fire Phone sales embarrassment: no more than 35,000 sold so far

Amazon Fire Phone sales embarrassment: no more than 35,000 sold so far

Martin James  6 days ago

When Amazon launched its debut smartphone, the Fire Phone, in July, it put to an end to more than two years of rumours following the launch of the Kindle Fire tablet back in 2011.

But while the Kindle Fire was a sales hit from the start, early data suggests the Fire Phone has barely flickered at all.

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Archos teases 40 Cesium debut Windows Phone among IFA arrivals

Archos teases 40 Cesium debut Windows Phone among IFA arrivals

Martin James  6 days ago

It's the week before a major technology show which means it's time for Archos to preview a gaggle of new mobile devices you've probably never heard of and almost certainly won't buy.

Well, that's how recent history has turned out anyway. Question is – can the French firm's pre-IFA 2014 vintage change that tune and make a lasting impact?

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HTC Desire 510: cut-price 4G thrills landing in September

HTC Desire 510: cut-price 4G thrills landing in September

Martin James  6 days ago

HTC is lining up the world's first 64-bit Android smartphone to launch at its pre-IFA 2014 press event next week, but in the meantime it has lifted the lid off another new arrival, the HTC Desire 510.

And while it's no high-roller its £149 SIM-free price tag earns it the title of HTC's cheapest ever LTE-capable smartphone.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 gets selfie-tastic camera upgrade

With so many bits of new mobile kit coming in the next month, it's taking more than your usual spec rumour or insider leak to get our attention right now.

Enter SamMobile and a massive splurge of detail on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which in case you'd forgotten is set to be unveiled at the Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event in Berlin on 3 September.

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Production headaches with 'key component' raise fresh iPhone 6 delay fears

Production headaches with 'key component' raise fresh iPhone 6 delay fears

Martin James  Aug. 22 at 14:30

It happens every time. We're talking about reported component shortages giving Apple headaches ahead of an iPhone launch and potentially putting launch day stocks at risk.

This time we're told only that it's a “key component” of the iPhone 6 that's putting things at risk, but Reuters claims it comes on the back of a separate issue with the display that saw Apple having to stop production for weeks to make a last-minute revision.

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Motorola Moto X+1 fully revealed in one last @evleaks leak

Motorola Moto X+1 fully revealed in one last @evleaks leak

Martin James  Aug. 22 at 12:00

Serial Twitter leakster @evleaks announced he was hanging up his hashtag a fortnight ago, but he's decided to push out one last leak for old times' sake: some press renders of the Motorola Moto X+1.

The quartet of images give us a clear look at the Moto X+1's front and rear, including the quintessential wooden back introduced by the first-gen Moto X last year.

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Sharp's Aquos Crystal strips down and goes bezel-free

Sharp's Aquos Crystal strips down and goes bezel-free

Martin James  Aug. 21 at 16:30

Smartphones supposedly offering edge-to-edge displays are nothing new, but in Sharp's eye-catching new Aquos Crystal we finally have a handset that does the concept justice.

Offering a 5in display size in a surprisingly compact body, the Aquos Crystal's 720p screen reaches almost all the way to the edge of the device on three sides – and doesn't have room for much more than the Aquos branding on the fourth.

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Microsoft Lumia 530 hitting the UK on 4 September for just £60

Microsoft Lumia 530 hitting the UK on 4 September for just £60

Martin James  Aug. 19 at 14:30

The Nokia Lumia 520/525 has been the best-selling Windows Phone so far, but the new Lumia 530 could well eclipse that after Microsoft announced today it will sell for just £60 locally.

That's an impressively cheap entry point for Windows Phone 8.1 and Cortana, Microsoft's answer to Siri and Google Now, and may tempt smartphone bargain-hunters away from rival Android handsets like the Motorola Moto E.

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LG G Pad 8.0 bringing 4G LTE tablet goodness to the UK this week

LG G Pad 8.0 bringing 4G LTE tablet goodness to the UK this week

Martin James  Aug. 14 at 18:00

You may recall LG outing a trio of new Android tablets back in May. Wondering what happened to them?

Well, here's part of the answer at least: the LG G Pad 8.0 will be arriving this very week in the UK and on the Continent, complete with 4G LTE connectivity.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 details leak: here's hoping...

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 details leak: here's hoping...

Martin James  Aug. 14 at 16:30

We still know relatively little about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 considering it's just three weeks away from launch, but if an early retail listing is to be believed, it's gonna be one serious piece of kit.

Indonesian site Eraphone tells us the Galaxy Note 4 will come with a 5.7in Quad HD screen, a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 805 processor and a whopping 4GB of RAM. Excited? You should be.

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Sony's 6.1in D2203 phablet promises to be big, but definitely not clever

Sony's 6.1in D2203 phablet promises to be big, but definitely not clever

Martin James  Aug. 14 at 14:30

There is surely little so uninspiring in the world of smartphones than an entry-level phablet. I mean, let's face it, who's going to respond “big, cheap and slow” when asked to describe their perfect phone?

Yet still they exist, and it appears their ranks will soon be swelled by the 6.1in Sony D2203, one of the biggest and slowest examples of the breed we've seen so far.

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Motorola Moto G2 coming soon, but expect a price bump

Motorola Moto G2 coming soon, but expect a price bump

Martin James  Aug. 14 at 11:00

There's been a fair bit of chatter recently about the Motorola Moto G2, the expected follow up to last year's hugely successful entry-level Android warrior the Moto G.

And if the latest rumour is to be believed, there's a very good reason why: the Moto G2 will be available to buy as soon as next month.

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YouTube goes 1440p for LG G3 users

YouTube goes 1440p for LG G3 users

Martin James  Aug. 13 at 12:30

The problem with being an early adopter in the screen resolution game has always been the same: finding full-resolution content to play on your pixel-packing display.

Good news for LG G3 owners, though, YouTube now allows you to play clips at the G3's full Quad HD native resolution of 2560 x 1440.

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha made official: the evolution of Galaxy design

Samsung Galaxy Alpha made official: the evolution of Galaxy design

Martin James  Aug. 13 at 11:30

Say hello to the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, the metal-bodied addition to the Galaxy smartphone range that Samsung is calling “the evolution of Galaxy design”.

And that's fine with us if it means getting away from the proudly plastic approach that has become increasingly hard to justify on high end handsets such as the Galaxy S5.

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Microsoft teases IFA 2014 Lumia event: selfie-tastic Lumia 730 to top the bill?

Microsoft teases IFA 2014 Lumia event: selfie-tastic Lumia 730 to top the bill?

Martin James  Aug. 12 at 17:30

The first few days of September were already looking pretty good for new mobile goodies, and Microsoft has added to the fun by teasing its own IFA 2014-focused event.

Falling the day after Sony and Samsung's gigs, Microsoft's event in Berlin on 4 September should see at least one new Lumia smartphone announced – with the recently leaked Lumia 730 “selfie phone” the most likely candidate.

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Leaked Samsung Galaxy Note 4 pics reveal plastic back but metal sides

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be revealed on 3 September, so how better to start the week than with a cheeky glimpse at what Samsung has up its phablet-packing sleeve?

The premium-built Galaxy Alpha may be the more fashionable to talk about these days, but the Galaxy Note series has proved an enduring winner. Question is, will version 4 continue the run of success?

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