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New Huawei phone teased for _99 Yuan (yes, _99)

New Huawei phone teased for _99 Yuan (yes, _99)

Lewis Curdie  16 hours ago

We’re more than a little disappointed in Huawei. At one point it threatened to become “the next HTC”, but to date it hasn’t made much impact in the west. Still, third place overall ain’t too shabby.

Anyway! Yes. Huawei. It's teasing an upcoming phone in rather strange fashion, announcing the price as _99 (blank nine nine) Chinese Yuan and leaving its fans to guess the first number. Zuh?

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NO. WAY. ‘Limited volumes’ of sapphire iPhone 6 at launch?

Much has been said about the iPhone 6, but Apple is doing a good job of keeping us guessing. One model uses sapphire crystal; they both use sapphire crystal. One model is launching in September; they’re both launching in September.

For what it’s worth, TrendForce is sticking its beak in, suggesting that the sapphire display version of the iPhone 6 will arrive in “limited volumes” at first.

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Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, SmartWatch 3 launch date: September 3?

Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, SmartWatch 3 launch date: September 3?

Lewis Curdie  20 hours ago

September is fast becoming one of the most interesting months in the mobile calendar, largely thanks to Berlin’s annual IFA conference, and not forgetting Apple’s inevitable Month9 shenanigans. iPhone 6, anyone? Samsung Galaxy Note 4?

Sony, too, will likely unveil a whole bunch of new stuff the month after next, and indeed we’re hearing that it’ll hold its IFA 2014 press conference on September 3.

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HTC announces 19 August event: is the HTC One (W8) imminent?

HTC announces 19 August event: is the HTC One (W8) imminent?

Martin James  2 days ago

HTC has sent out invites to its next big launch event, summoning the US mobile press to an event in New York City on 19 August.

The wording of the invite doesn't give anything away, but top of the list of likely candidates are the HTC One W8 flagship Windows Phone and the rumoured Nexus 8 tablet.

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: more pics, more specs

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: more pics, more specs

Martin James  2 days ago

We've given plenty of airtime to Sony Xperia Z3 Compact-related rumours in the last month or so, and today comes another round of pics and specs for Sony's latest compact flagship courtesy of China's Weibo.

It gives us our best look yet at the Xperia Z3 Compact's physical attributes, and specifically its super-slim bezels that help make its “Compact” billing more than just an empty title.

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Microsoft's Lumia Superman set to be the 'Selfie' phone, or one of them anyway

Microsoft's Lumia Superman set to be the 'Selfie' phone, or one of them anyway

Martin James  2 days ago

The mobile world has thrown plenty of gimmicks at us over the years, from Facebook phones and PlayStation phones to projector phones and transparent phones.

Most of them haven't done too well either, so we're not sure Microsoft should be encouraging anyone to describe the upcoming successor to the Nokia Lumia 720 – or the “Superman”, to use its codename – as the “Selfie phone”.

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Meizu MX4 to rock mobile world’s thinnest bezel?

Where were we with the Meizu MX4? It’s been rumoured since December 2013, but not a great deal has emerged since then.

Until now, that is! Feast your filthy eyes upon this selection of purported Meizu MX4 pics revealing an ultra-thin bezel. FEAST THEM.

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Windows Phone Cortana arriving with UK developers this week

Windows Phone Cortana arriving with UK developers this week

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Windows Phone Cortana suddenly seems to be one of the biggest talking points in mobile, and we heard earlier this week that WinPho’s answer to Siri would arrive in the UK with a British accentnot that of Halo’s Jen Taylor.

Now we’re hearing that registered Windows Phone developers in the UK will meet Cortana this week in the first Windows Phone 8.1 update.

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Samsung Z: definitely delayed indefinitely

Samsung Z: definitely delayed indefinitely

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

A few months ago, there were wild theories that Samsung’s Tizen OS might prove to be a rather disruptive force in mobile, possibly even driving a wedge between two of the game’s most dominant players: Samsung and Google.

To be fair, that always sounded pretty far-fetched to us, and even more so now with the news that the Samsung Z, the first Tizen smartphone, has been delayed indefinitely.

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Two new LG G3 colours in August: Moon Violet, Burgundy Red

When LG revealed the G3 in May this year, it rattled off five colours, but only three of those - Metallic Black, Silk White and Shine Gold – have actually materialised.

Well, if you’re desperately awaiting one of the other two, Moon Violet or Burgundy Red, you need only wait till next month. Ish.

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Microsoft's 10.6in Surface 3 heading into production soon, will launch in October?

Microsoft's 10.6in Surface 3 heading into production soon, will launch in October?

Martin James  3 days ago

Microsoft surprised us all when it announced an all-new 12in Surface Pro 3 tablet, and nothing else, back in May, despite all sorts of other rumours doing the rounds at the time.

But while whispers of a cut-size Surface Mini have persisted in the two months since then, what about the original 10.6in size? Does the current Surface 2 spell the end of the line for the standard Surface variant?

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Boris Johnson: 5G in London by 2020, download a film in <1s

Boris Johnson: 5G in London by 2020, download a film in <1s

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

It’s incredible to think, but 4G, which still feels like a relatively new technology in the UK, is rapidly approaching its second birthday.

By the time 4G turns 8, its younger, faster brother might well be a reality in London – that’s according to mayor Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson as he looks ahead to space year 2050AD.

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BlackBerry CEO Chen: turnaround is an 80/20 likelihood; no offers have come in anyway

BlackBerry CEO Chen: turnaround is an 80/20 likelihood; no offers have come in anyway

Martin James  3 days ago

Since taking over as BlackBerry CEO in November, John Chen has had plenty to say about where things have been going wrong and what options the company has going forward.

However, it now seems one of those options – to sell all or part of the company to an outside party – is no longer on the table, simply because Chen hasn't received any offers.

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Kindle Fire HDX with Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 rumoured

Kindle Fire HDX with Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 rumoured

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

It’s been almost a year since Amazon refreshed its Kindle Fire tablet range, so it comes as little surprise to hear that we should expect another refresh (a re-refresh?) any time now.

The first rumoured device is an Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, with a faster processor and upgraded GPU compared to last year’s model.

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Windows Phone 8.1 GDR 1 to support smart cases, monster phablets

Windows Phone 8.1 GDR 1 to support smart cases, monster phablets

Martin James  3 days ago

Windows Phone 8.1 may be only just out the door, but Microsoft is already looking ahead and is talking up Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1, the first major update to the latest version of its mobile OS.

Newly released developer documents reveal some of the hardware and software tweaks Microsoft has in store, including support for newly fashionable 'smart cases' and wider display resolution support that should see more big-screen phablets emerge on the platform.

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Acer Liquid Jade Plus: Acer Liquid Jade gets a refresh already

Acer Liquid Jade Plus: Acer Liquid Jade gets a refresh already

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

Remember the Acer Liquid Jade smartphone? It was teased back in April, and eventually made official – alongside three other phones, a tablet and a “wearable” – in June.

Fast-forward, eh, several weeks, and the Taiwanese manufacturer has lifted the lid on something called the Acer Liquid Jade Plus.

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Is 5.9in Motorola Shamu the Google Nexus 6?

Is 5.9in Motorola Shamu the Google Nexus 6?

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

If you thought the Nexus saga was confusing enough already, well, it’s about to get a whole lot more confusinger.

Just as we were getting used to the idea of not seeing a Google Nexus 6 this year, like, at all, there’s a new contender in the form of Motorola’s 5.9in Shamu.

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Windows Phone Cortana to get ‘British accent’ in the UK

Remember Cortana? Essentially Windows Phone’s answer to Siri, Microsoft got nerd willies tingling the world over when it announced she’d be voiced by Jen Taylor, who also voiced the AI in the Halo games.

Alas, the dream of whispering sweet nothings in Jen Taylor’s ear in the dead of night (and vice versa) has come to a crashing halt, with Microsoft seemingly confirming Cortana will be Britified on this side of the Atlantic.

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Apple’s iPhone 6 to make other phones more expensive?

We’ve been hearing plenty about iPhone 6 specs, proposed launch and release dates, and a possible delay for the larger chap, but here’s a story from out of left field.

Eastern speculation machines suggest the iPhone 6 could make future non-Apple phones more expensive. Zuh?

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Pink HTC One M8: exclusive to Carphone Warehouse

Pink HTC One M8: exclusive to Carphone Warehouse

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

Call him a big girl if you like, but our Jan has always had a soft spot for pink phones, from 2011’s Nokia N8 to 2013’s Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

Following in their footsteps, HTC is making its flagship One M8 available in pink, exclusively on Carphone Warehouse.

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