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LG says ‘Die, bezel!’ with new 5.3in display

The Sharp Aquos Crystal is probably the closest we’ve come to the elusive bezel-less smartphone, but LG seems intent on going one step closer.

LG Display has officially unveiled what it describes as – deep breath – the “world’s narrowest 0.7mm bezel FHD LCD panel for smartphones”.

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EE’s 300Mbps 4G+ is go! Er, in Central London. On certain phones. And certain plans

EE’s 300Mbps 4G+ is go! Er, in Central London. On certain phones. And certain plans

Lewis Curdie  14 hours ago

To be fair to EE (formerly Everything Everywhere), it’s generally ahead of the game when it comes to UK 4G, and indeed it’s officially the first UK mobile network to offer LTE-A technology – or LTE-Advanced to use the name on its birth certificate.

EE is calling its LTE-A service 4G+ - not be confused with plain old 4G, or EE’s existing Double Speed offering. Facts and figures below.

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Samsung Mobile: back to the drawing board

We were saying just yesterday that LG is having a great old time in smartphones at the moment, while its South Korean cousin, Samsung, is struggling to hold onto that top spot amid fierce competition.

Samsung recently endured its worst quarter in years, so it comes as little surprise to hear that the world’s number one (for now) is reassessing its smartphone strategy.

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BlackBerry Classic still headed for 2014 launch... just

BlackBerry Classic still headed for 2014 launch... just

Martin James  2 days ago

BlackBerry's Passport launch got plenty of coverage recently – rightly so, as it's clearly one of the most groundbreaking new devices launched all year.

But what's the latest on the other new 'Berry we're waiting for – you know, the BlackBerry Q20 Classic first outed by BB boss John Chen all the way back in February?

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Motorola's mighty Droid Turbo may be headed to the UK

Motorola's mighty Droid Turbo may be headed to the UK

Martin James  2 days ago

Motorola launched a new smartphone yesterday, the 2.7GHz quad-core, 5.2in QHD Droid Turbo. Pretty special? Yes.

So why didn't we cover it, you ask? Simply because like so many Droid-branded Motos before it, the Droid Turbo is US-only, being a Verizon exclusive. But wait! There's hope.

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Huawei Honor 6 available now in Europe, a whole lotta smartphone for £250

Huawei Honor 6 available now in Europe, a whole lotta smartphone for £250

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Remember the Huawei Honor 6? It launched in Beijing way back in June this year, but only now, four months later, is it making its way to Europe.

But we'll forgive the Chinese chap's tardiness, as the Huawei Honor 6 offers entirely decent specs at a reasonable half-the-price-of-some-flagships price point.

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LG shares impressive 3Q14 results, 16.8 million smartphones sold

Samsung is still technically King of Smartphones, but it’s really struggling to hold onto that reputation of being an unstoppable juggernaut, as evidenced by its disappointing quarterly results.

Fellow South Korean manufacturer LG is a few places down the Top 5, yes, but it’s had yet another record-breaking quarter, its best quarter, in fact, since 2009.

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Oppo N3 launches with 16MP motorised camera, Oppo R5 is world’s thinnest smartphone

Today was the day for Oppo pulling back the fancy red curtain on its latest wares, and as promised late last week, we’re looking at not one but two new smartphones.

They are the Oppo N3 (left), notable for having a motorised front/rear camera, and the Oppo R5 (right), which dethrones the Gionee ELIFE 5.1 to become the latest “world’s thinnest smartphone”.

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Amazon goes the whole hog with mobile phone shop front, contracts on O2

I almost feel kinda sorry for Amazon as it desperately tries to carve itself a slice of the mobile phone market. Having said that, I seriously doubt Jeff Bezos is struggling to pay the rent. Where was I again?!

Aha, yes: Amazon and its dogged determination to get in on the mobile thing. The Fire Phone might’ve fallen flat on its face, but here Team Bezos takes an altogether different approach, with a full-blown mobile phone store, including O2-flavoured contracts.

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Consumers go Apple Pay crazy, but retailers not so enthusiastic

Apple Pay launched last week, and there’s no shortage of stuff to talk about in the wake of the initial rollout. Some sites are focusing on the positives while others are predictably negative, but here we’re merging the two takes into one efficient newsbite.

In short, consumers are going Apple Pay crazy, making it easily the biggest contactless payment combatant by far, but things aren’t quite so rosy over in Retailer Town.

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Samsung Galaxy A7 specs revealed in benchmark

Samsung Galaxy A7 specs revealed in benchmark

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Samsung’s Galaxy A-series smartphone line is thought to have no less than three members in the birthing canal, with the triplets tentatively named Galaxy A3, A5 and A7.

The Samsung Galaxy A7 has been the most elusive of the trio (the A3 and A5 recently popped up in video format), but here we’re seeing its specs detailed in full thanks to a GFXBench graphical performance type thingamajig. The upshot? It sounds pretty impressive.

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Dell Venue 8 7000: even thinner than iPad Air 2, on sale next month

The iPad Air 2 is officially the thinnest tablet in the world at the moment – or the thinnest tablet you can buy, at least, but things are about to get even skinnier.

The Dell Venue 8 7000 was detailed back in September, and it’s finally set to go on sale next month (that’s November, for the calendrically challenged).

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Bendgate returns! This time it’s the ultra-thin iPad Air 2

Bendgate returns! This time it’s the ultra-thin iPad Air 2

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

The iPhone 6 Plus hit headlines recently when it materialised that the 5.5in phone was susceptible to bending when put under significant trouser-based stress. Despite the abundance of media attention, it was largely accepted that the whole thing was blown out of all proportion, and indeed Apple confirmed that only a miniscule number of customers were affected.

Being both taller and thinner, the iPad Air 2 has inevitably come under the microscope, and here we’re seeing it bent to within an inch of its life by a crazy German with more money than sense.

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Google Nexus 9 UK release date slips back to mid-December on Amazon

We can’t lie; we’re not enamoured with this whole let’s-launch-stuff-but-Krist-knows-when-it’ll-be-released nonsense, as pertains to the Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.

The UK appears to be behind when it comes to Motorola's Google Nexus 6 (it’s still “not available in your country” – not even to pre-order), and now Amazon says it’ll start shipping HTC's Google Nexus 9 in mid-December.

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Oppo prepping 4mm phone for October 29?

Oppo prepping 4mm phone for October 29?

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

Next week is actually looking fairly busy, with both Asus and Oppo launching new stuff out east. Oppo hasn’t exactly been coy about launching the N3, but it looks like the flagship has a little sidekick, and the rumour mill be spinning like crazy, yo.

Specifically, it’s suggested that the second phone will be the new “world’s thinnest”, at an outrageously slim 4mm. Someone get this guy a burger, stat.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop Android 5.0 update in December?

Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop Android 5.0 update in December?

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

And the circle of Android life continues. The latest latest version rolls out, and inevitably everyone wants to know when – or if – they’ll get a piece. Next up on the serving tray is sickly sweet Lollipop Android 5.0.

If your question is “When can I get Lollipop Android 5.0 for the Samsung Galaxy S5?” – you should be hooked up in time for Christmas.  Probably.

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Google contemplating iOS compatibility for Android Wear

Google contemplating iOS compatibility for Android Wear

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

Uncannily, Mobot reader ZFactor asked the other day: “Does Android Wear only work with Android phones and the Apple Watch only work with the iPhone?” This here story might tickle your fancy, Z.

At present Android Wear is only interested in syncing with Android phones, but product manager Jeff Chang is keen to spread the love.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

Another week, another completely mixed bag of news from the world of mobile. Fortunately some mysterious hero has laid it all out below in chronological order. Yep.

In comments, there was abundant activity on these fellas: Impressive Xperia Z4 specs leaked as Sony kills the bi-annual flagship nonsense and Android Lollipop 5.0: ‘Ambient Display’ wakes your phone when you pick it up.

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Fire Phone flop partly to blame as Amazon posts 4m losses

Fire Phone flop partly to blame as Amazon posts $544m losses

Martin James  7 days ago

Most of us know what it's like to have money problems of some description – all too well, probably.

But there's money problems, and then there's Amazon, which has announced losses of a massive $544m for the three months ending in September.

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Asus begins countdown to the future

In the past we’ve seen Asus “In Search of Incredible”, and here the Taiwanese manufacturer is counting down to the future. Literally.

In just over three days (i.e. Tuesday, October 28), Asus will kindly “UNLOCK THE FUTURE”, which seemingly plays host to a new smartphone and smartwatch.

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