Galaxy Note Edge: Samsung only planning to sell 1m this year

Galaxy Note Edge: Samsung only planning to sell 1m this year

Martin James  6 days ago

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge isn't everyone's cup of tea, but UK smartphone buyers were quickly spared the decision over whether to buy one with Samsung saying we won't be seeing it here anytime soon.

And that's if we see it at all. An unnamed Samsung official says the Galaxy Note Edge is being treated by the company as a limited edition concept, and it only intends to shift around a million units by year end.

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Tesco's 'enhanced' Hudl 2 tablet coming on 3 October

Tesco's 'enhanced' Hudl 2 tablet coming on 3 October

Martin James  7 days ago

We've known for a while now that Tesco is planning on rolling out an “enhanced” Hudl 2 tablet at some point between now and the end of the year, following the success of last year's original.

And now we know when it's going to happen, too: invites have been sent out for a Tesco launch event on 3 October – that's next Friday.

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BlackBerry Passport: BB back in business, but is it enough?

BlackBerry Passport: BB back in business, but is it enough?

Martin James  7 days ago

And so the final act of September Madness has been played out with the official announcement of the BlackBerry Passport yesterday.

The Canadian firm's latest smartphone offering is arguably also its most important ever, as its success or failure could ultimately now determine the fortunes of the company itself.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders open ahead of 10 October availability

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders open ahead of 10 October availability

Martin James  Sep. 19 at 14:30

The big news today is that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are officially now available to buy. But if that's not your particular cup of tea, how about some news on one if the iPhone's high-flying rivals, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4?

Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy Note 4 will be hitting the streets in the UK on 10 October – that's in two weeks' time – and can be pre-ordered from today.

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Porsche Design is back, this time with the BlackBerry Q10-based P'9983

Porsche Design is back, this time with the BlackBerry Q10-based P'9983

Martin James  Sep. 19 at 12:30

As BlackBerry watchers will know, the intriguingly different BlackBerry Passport is now less than a week away from going live, and even if it's a complete flop, the Canadian firm deserves credit for trying something different.

But it turns out the Passport has been pipped to the post by another BlackBerry – the Porsche Design P'9983, which was unveiled this week in Dubai.

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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  Sep. 18 at 12:30

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  Sep. 17 at 18:30

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  Sep. 16 at 19:00

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  Sep. 16 at 14:30

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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