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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active: European release ‘imminent’

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active: European release ‘imminent’

Lewis Curdie  1 hour ago

There’s no shortage of phones that don’t – or didn’t – quite make it to the UK, one of the highest profile snubs this year being the Galaxy S5 Active, essentially a ruggedised version of Samsung’s flagship.

But if you’ve been mourning the lack of Samsung-endorsed ruggedness on these shores, perhaps even shedding a single manly tear while chopping some wood or knocking down a block of flats, we’ve good news for you this morning: The European release of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is reportedly right around the corner.

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Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime lands offering cheap selfie thrills

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime lands offering cheap selfie thrills

Martin James  2 hours ago

Samsung has been pretty busy of late launching high-end smartphones like the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Alpha, but does that mean its new product launches are done for the year? Not at all.

Today sees the arrival of the Galaxy Grand Prime, a big but not particularly clever five-incher that aims to be the go-to selfie snapper for anyone on a tight budget.

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Gold iPad Air 2 inbound?

Gold iPad Air 2 inbound?

Lewis Curdie  21 hours ago

Gold iPhones have been around for a while now, but to date we’ve yet to see a gold iPad. Not that it hasn’t been considered; we were told a year ago that the colour simply didn’t work on larger iDevices.

But Apple has seemingly u-turned (much like it u-turned on phablets and ‘tweener tablets), with a gold iPad now tipped to touch down when the new generation is unveiled in October.

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HTC One M8 Eye leaked in press shot, minor One M8 variant launching next week?

HTC’s mysterious Double Exposure event is now just a week away, and here we’re getting a closer look at one of the front-runners for launch.

I speak of the HTC One M8 Eye, and for all intents and purposes, it looks – and sounds – almost identical to the existing One M8.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 screen gap is a ‘necessary feature’

The iPhone 6 Plus recently went under the microscope when it materialised that a small number of units – single digits, in fact – had bent under supposedly normal use.

Samsung, meanwhile, brought forward the release date of the Galaxy Note 4 in light of the iPhone 6’s colossal success but, ironically, it’s now incurred a bunch of complaints about a gap between the screen and the casing, something Samsung has dismissed as entirely normal. Zuh?

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OnePlus Two confirmed, perhaps smaller than the OnePlus One?

OnePlus Two confirmed, perhaps smaller than the OnePlus One?

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

We’re pleased to see a manufacturer finally harking back to the days when smartphone names actually made sense.

The successor to the OnePlus One, the logically named OnePlus Two, has officially been confirmed, and there are suggestions here and there that it might be smaller than the first guy (left).

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HTC One M8 Max specs: 5.5in QHD, QS805 CPU, 3GB RAM, 18MP with OIS?

It’s been so long since we’d properly written about the HTC One M8 Max (early August, in fact), that we were starting to think it might’ve been canned altogether.

But nope! A spanking new rumour from out of China says the HTC One M8 Max is very much still on the cards, with suitably beastly specs.

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Google Nexus 6: fresh rumour concurs it’s a big sexy second-gen Moto X

We heard last week that the imminent Google Nexus 6 will be built by Motorola, essentially touching down as a larger Moto X (2014) with even more impressive specs – the latest Moto X already being an intriguing package in its own right.

While that was just a rumour, it’s given credence by a further report, which says, well, pretty much the same thing. GOOD.

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iPhone 6 Plus compared to flaccid penis, Samsung Galaxy is a ‘raging phoner’

Comedy is obviously very subjective; one man’s Jim Davidson is another man’s Jack Whitehall, but for my money, Conan O’Brien is one of the funniest dudes out there. Which, incidentally, gives me a chance to share this YouTube video (low quality, high hilarity).

Señor O’Brien has joined the myriad of people poking fun at the iPhone 6 Plus on account of its bending problems, and the results make for amusing viewing – regardless of how you feel about Apple or Samsung.

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Huawei Honor Tablet: modest specs, wallet-friendly price

Cast your minds back to March 2013, and you might recall Huawei’s grand plan for taking over the tablet market was 4G. “Put the power and the speed that we can put into these devices and you open up a different world,” said some guy.

Flying in the face of that pledge, the brand new 3G-ready Huawei Honor Tablet is incredibly modest (don't expect much in the way of "power" or "speed"), with a suitably low price tag. Time changes, changes e-very-thing.

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LG prepping 3G-ready VC100 smartwatch

LG and smartwatches; the story so far. The South Koreans’ first Android Wear smartwatch was the G Watch, while the G Watch R – still not released yet – takes a page out of the Moto 360’s book with a round face.

There appears to be a third prong to the LG smartwatch assault, with the headline feature being 3G-readiness.

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For sale: Pantech

I’ve always thought it must be pretty depressing for LG, constantly being referred to as South Korea’s second-favourite mobile manufacturer after Samsung, but it’s actually doing pretty well at the moment – thank you very much.

Spare a thought for Pantech, however. Having hit tough times, the number-three South Korean mobile player is now looking for a full-on buyout.

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus: nine units reported ‘bent’

We all knew to take this story with a pinch of salt when we first reported it on Thursday, and now Apple has officially told the internet to calm the hell down – or words to that effect.

The phenomenon referred to as #bendgate – the bending of the iPhone 6 Plus just days after its release – has seemingly touched a total of nine consumers. Nine.

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HTC M8 Eye: death to UltraPixels?

HTC M8 Eye: death to UltraPixels?

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

The whole UltraPixel thing has been a tough sell for HTC. As far as the spec sheet is concerned, the flagship One (M8) has a 4MP rear camera and that’s the end of that. You can hardly expect Joe Average to stand and listen to a full-on lecture explaining why it’s not really just 4MP.

There are signs, however, that Ultrapixels might soon be a thing of the past, with the camera-focused HTC M8 Eye supposedly rocking a plain old 13MP rear camera.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

September was a crazy month for new releases, largely thanks to Apple and IFA, and BlackBerry saw us out this week with the Passport. As Martin wrote: "It somehow manages to accommodate both a square 4.5in display and a full QWERTY keyboard without looking completely ridiculous."

The most discussed articles this week were iOS 8: not such a big deal? (a notion put forth by yours truly), and Apple iPhone 6: best smartphone camera ever ever ever?

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More Android One phones in December, January

More Android One phones in December, January

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

I’m old enough and cynical enough to realise it’s all about money “at the end of the day”, but I really like the Android One MO: cheap phones for emerging markets, with decent specs, a ban on needless bloat, and the promise of two years of software support.

The programme is now officially a thing in India, where three Android One handsets are currently on sale, and some guy somewhere says we can expect a couple of new phones in December and January.

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Apple iPhone 6: best smartphone camera ever ever ever?

Some Apple naysayers guffawed when news broke that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus would ship with 8MP rear cameras, same as the iPhone 5s before them, and the iPhone 5 before it, and the iPhone 4S before it.

But as we keep saying on Mobot, there’s far more to smartphone cameras than just the megapixel count, and indeed the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been ranked the best smartphone cameras to date by DxO Labs.

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Phones 4u can’t refund iPhone 6 pre-orders, mass email blunder adds to the misery

Phones 4u can’t refund iPhone 6 pre-orders, mass email blunder adds to the misery

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

When Phones 4u went into administration a couple of weeks ago, the first question on many people’s lips was: “What about my iPhone 6?” The retailer promised all pre-orders would be refunded in due course, so everything’s hunky dory, right? Er…

Fast-forward a bunch of days and the retailer has pulled a u-turn, saying that it’s not in a position to refund iPhone 6 pre-orders after all. None of them. Not a penny.

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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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Google Nexus 6: a bigger second-gen Moto X with beastly specs?

Google Nexus 6: a bigger second-gen Moto X with beastly specs?

Lewis Curdie  7 days ago

It’s been a busy time for smartphones of late, what with IFA 2014 and the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. But don’t get too comfortable just yet, as there’s more to come before the year’s out.

One of the major talking points is the Google Nexus 6, and here we’re told it’s essentially a larger version of the already-impressive second-gen Motorola Moto X, with emphatically top-of-the-range specs. Tasty.

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