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

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

Martin James  47 minutes ago

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  20 hours ago

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  3 days ago

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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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 finally hitting the UK on 28 August, priced from £639

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 finally hitting the UK on 28 August, priced from £639

Martin James  Aug. 7 at 12:30

Microsoft hasn't helped its chances of making inroads into the UK tablet market by taking months and months to roll out its Surface tablets internationally after their launch in the States.

It's been the same story so far with the impressive Surface Pro 3, but things are finally moving and Microsoft has revealed the UK will be one of 25 markets to join the Surface Pro 3 fold from the end of the month.

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LG announces toned down G3 A smartphone, no Stylus in sight

LG announces toned down G3 A smartphone, no Stylus in sight

Martin James  Aug. 7 at 11:30

LG has announced a new smartphone based on its range-topping G3, but it's not the LG G3 Stylus we've been talking about for the past couple of days.

It's called the LG G3 A, and it's been unveiled in LG's home market South Korea as a smaller alternative to the G3 that tones down the specs in favour of a more palatable price tag.

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Lenovo unleashes 6in Quad HD Vibe Z2 Pro flagship

Lenovo unleashes 6in Quad HD Vibe Z2 Pro flagship

Martin James  Aug. 6 at 19:00

Lenovo was one of the top five smartphone players in the world last year, it now owns Motorola and will supposedly have released 60 new phones in 2014 by year end.

So where are they? Well here's one, and it's a big one too: the Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro flagship, which will spearhead the Chinese electronics giant's mobile assault over the second half of the year.

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HTC 8X and 8X users run into trouble trying to install Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1

Microsoft has been forced to pause the rollout of Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 after HTC users reported issues when trying to install the update.

The update is technically just a developer preview, but the issue has been enough of a headache that Microsoft has released a statement to address growing concerns over the issue.

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LG's G3 Stylus is actually only 'a budget smartphone'

LG's G3 Stylus is actually only 'a budget smartphone'

Martin James  Aug. 6 at 16:30

When we were introduced to the LG G3 Stylus for the first time yesterday, we took it for granted that it would be a high-end competitor for Samsung's incoming Galaxy Note 4.

Well it seems we were wrong, as a new report emerging today suggests the Korean's firm's stylus-equipped Android giant will actually come packing a tuned down spec.

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Motorola Moto G2 to have bigger 5in display and 8MP camera, but otherwise unchanged?

Motorola Moto G2 to have bigger 5in display and 8MP camera, but otherwise unchanged?

Martin James  Aug. 6 at 11:30

The Motorola Moto G is nine months old now, which means it's time to start thinking about a successor – something that's surely on the cards for one of the best-selling smartphones of 2014.

And bang on cue, a Moto handset with the model number XT1063 has been spotted on GFXBench with specs that could easily belong to the Moto G2.

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Samsung makes it official: Galaxy Note 4 to launch at Unpacked 2014 event on 3 September

Samsung makes it official: Galaxy Note 4 to launch at Unpacked 2014 event on 3 September

Martin James  Aug. 6 at 11:00

A last-minute leak yesterday may have stolen Samsung's thunder somewhat, but the company has nonetheless sent out official invites today for its Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event on 3 September.

And while typically the Galaxy Note 4 phablet isn't actually mentioned by name, there are enough obvious clues – including the slightly clunky phrase “note the date” – leave us in no doubt.

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Oppo's N1 mini still coming soon, but now with 'upgraded' swivel camera

Oppo's N1 mini still coming soon, but now with 'upgraded' swivel camera

Martin James  Aug. 5 at 18:00

When is official not official? When we're talking the Oppo N1 mini, it seems.

Despite being made “official” at the end of May, Oppo's scaled down flagship is now being teased yet again as “coming soon” and this time with an upscaled 24MP camera.

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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha's iPhone-flattering design revealed

We continue to be ever so slightly confused by the Samsung Galaxy Alpha: it's gonna be expensive, like the flagship Galaxy S5, but not as good; it's also likely to be announced within weeks of the arrival of the Galaxy Note 4, the latest in Samsung's second flagship line.

So what is the Galaxy Alpha supposed to be competition for? Simple, or at least it is based on the latest leak from Galaxy Alpha-ville: it's targeted directly at the Apple iPhone.

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