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Oppo N3 shows up with freshly tweaked swivelling camera

Oppo N3 shows up with freshly tweaked swivelling camera

Martin James  13 hours 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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Clove: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 price set at £575 SIM free; no Galaxy Note Edge for UK

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge were launched a couple of weeks ago, though several key details remain elusive, most notably pricing and a release date for both, and - in addition - regional availability for the Edge.

Clove is the first UK retailer to blink, offering to hook you up with a SIM free Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for just (ahem) £575, while revealing that the Galaxy Note Edge won’t be available in the UK at launch - not officially, at least.

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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  18 hours 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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Apple iPhone 6: demand to outstrip supply until November?

Apple finally lifted the lid on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last Tuesday, and it came as little surprise to hear that the phones quickly set pre-order records. Indeed, writing in a press release yesterday, Apple proudly revealed that pre-orders topped four million in the first 24 hours.

As per annual tradition, it’s suggested that new-iPhone demand will exceed supply at launch (quelle surprise), but this time around, we’re told it might take until November for things to balance out. Sacré bleu, as the Russians say.

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EE’s Cash on Tap now active on London Tube, DLR and Overground

Back in July this year, EE fired out a meaty press release declaring that its customers would soon be able to pay for travel on the London Tube, DLR and Overground using their phones.

Fast-forward to September 16, and you’ll never guess what’s happened. That’s right; said contactless payments are now live around the capital.

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First Android One phones launch in India, lots more to come

First Android One phones launch in India, lots more to come

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

There’s plenty to moan about in the world of mobile, from stupid names to stupid phones to stupid hyperbolic promises, but here’s one thing I do like.

With Android One, Google has its eyes on “the next five billion”, offering affordable phones with decent specs – and a handful of other neat twists. Positivity abounds below.

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Apple A8: marginally better than Apple A7

Apple A8: marginally better than Apple A7

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

One of the headline features of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is the spanking new Apple A8 processor, with its 64-bit architecture and M8 motion coprocessor.

The Apple A8 chipset has now been put through its paces, with benchmark scores suggesting it’s – surprise, surprise – a wee bit better than last year’s Apple A7.

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Phones 4u calls it a day as EE and Vodafone abandon ship

Phones 4u calls it a day as EE and Vodafone abandon ship

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

We were only just coming to terms with the death of the iPod classic, and now we’ve another bereavement in the mobile family.

High street mobile retailer Phones 4u has reluctantly thrown in the towel, having been unexpectedly abandoned by the last two of the Big Four, namely EE and Vodafone.

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LG G Flex 2: smaller display, higher resolution?

LG G Flex 2: smaller display, higher resolution?

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

One of the most pointless phones of last year, for our money, was the Samsung Galaxy Round, an utterly bizarre device that was curved around the vertical axis. What the...?

Slightly less pointless was the LG G Flex, which was at least sensibly curved around the horizontal, though the specs left a lot to be desired - particularly as pertains to the display.

Enter: the LG G Flex 2.

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Motorola Moto X ‘Pure Edition’ says goodbye to carrier bloat (UPDATED)

Motorola Moto X ‘Pure Edition’ says goodbye to carrier bloat (UPDATED)

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

If you thought Motorola calling the new Moto X the Moto X was confusing, things are about to get, well, a little more confusinger.

The US has had Google Play Edition phones in the past with stock Android; Motorola’s Moto X "Pure Edition" does away with carrier bloat, yielding a near-stock experience.

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Surprise! Apple’s iPhone 6 sets overnight pre-order records

Surprise! Apple’s iPhone 6 sets overnight pre-order records

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

We were saying yesterday that the Apple site seemingly had trouble coping with the initial influx of iPhone 6 pre-orders, and that waiting times were already hitting several weeks for certain models.

In case there was any doubt about the iPhone 6’s popularity, Apple has confirmed that it’s set some sort of pre-order record.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

Last week was all about IFA; this week the spotlight was on everyone’s favourite fruity manufacturer as it lifted the lid on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch on Tuesday night.

Needless to say, Apple accounted for the most-discussed articles this week, including yesterday’s story about iPhone 6 pre-orders and delivery times.

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New world’s thinnest tablet: Dell Venue 8 7000 Series measures 6mm

I find it utterly confounding that in space year 2014AD, manufacturers are still concerned with thickness. When was the last time – or indeed the first time – someone walked into a shop and demanded: “Gimme the thinnest phone/tablet you’ve got!” We’ll take a big fat battery over thinness any day.

Oblivious to our concerns, Dell has laid claim to the latest “world’s thinnest tablet”, the ridiculously thin Dell Venue 8 7000 series. Catchy name, too. “Hey man, what tablet’s that?” “Oh, just the Dell Venue 8 7000 Series.” Beautiful.

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HTC smartwatch in early 2015?

Right, we’ve got the LG G Watch (and G Watch R), Motorola Moto 360, Apple Watch, Sony SmartWatch 3, Asus ZenWatch, and more Samsung wearables than we’ve had hot dinners. Anyone else?

Ah, HTC! The Taiwanese manufacturer – or unofficial sources thereof – reminds us an HTC smartwatch is still very much on the cards, though it mightn’t arrive till early next year.

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iPhone 6 pre-orders: Apple site goes down, waiting times soar

Apple has officially started taking pre-orders for its latest flagship smartphones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

In an entirely predictable case of déjà vu, the Apple site experienced problems as (presumably) hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of ravenous consumers melted the internet, while iPhone 6 delivery times are unsurprisingly creeping up already.

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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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NVIDIA outs the ‘HTC Nexus 9’ with Tegra K1 processor

NVIDIA outs the ‘HTC Nexus 9’ with Tegra K1 processor

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

The Nexus range was rumoured to have flatlined earlier this year, but more recently we’ve been told to expect two brand new devices alongside the latest version of Android.

One of those is the Google Nexus 9 tablet, and in case there was any doubt, NVIDIA has accidentally confirmed that HTC is behind the wheel.

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Google Play welcomes refunds within two hours of purchase

Google Play welcomes refunds within two hours of purchase

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

Buyer’s remorse. It’s affected us all at some point, and in space year 2014AD, you can experience the phenomenon from the comfort of the toilet seat by buying and instantly playing with a terrible new app.

In a slightly surprising move, Google Play now offers full refunds, so long as you tap the virtual Refund button within two hours of purchase.

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HTC presents Double Exposure on October 8

HTC presents Double Exposure on October 8

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

One of the highlights of October could be – according to the rumour mill – the launch of an HTC-built Google Nexus 9 tablet with premium specs and a suitably premium price tag.

Before then (the Nexus 9 will likely be near the end of October), the Taiwanese manufacturer will hold an event in NYC called HTC Double Exposure. Mark October 8 in your diaries, along with a big red question mark.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 caters for low end, welcomes surprisingly decent specs

Let’s face it; if you choose to read about smartphones for fun, you’re probably going to be running around with some sort of Qualcomm Snapdragon 800-powered beast. But hey, it’s at least interesting to know what’s going on at the opposite end of the spectrum.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the spanking new Qualcomm Snapdragon 210, a processor designed for entry-level handsets, but with support for – and I mean this without my trademark sarcasm – entirely decent specs.

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