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IFA 2012: Sony Xperia Tablet S made official

IFA 2012: Sony Xperia Tablet S made official

Martin James  Aug. 29, 2012 at 18:30

With both the hardware and accessories leaked to within an inch of their lives over the past couple of weeks, Sony's Xperia Tablet S was officially the worst kept secret in mobile tech when it was unveiled at IFA 2012 in Berlin this afternoon.

The well-publicised follow-up to the similarly named Tablet S, the Xperia Tablet S features a far more corporate Sony look, as the brand looks to refocus its tablet efforts into the mainstream following its first-generation experimentation.

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IFA 2012: Sony announces Xperia T, V and J Android smartphones

IFA 2012: Sony announces Xperia T, V and J Android smartphones

Martin James  Aug. 29, 2012 at 17:15

Sony latest generation of Xperia smartphones has landed, with boss Kaz Hirai unveiling the Xperia T, Xperia V and Xperia J in quickfire succession at IFA 2012 in Berlin.

None of the new faces are entirely unexpected, but Sony nonetheless has full faith in their ability to “inspire and fulfill” consumers. Well, those that actually buy them, anyway.

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IFA 2012: Asus renames its Windows tablets the Vivo Tab and Vivo Tab RT

IFA 2012: Asus renames its Windows tablets the Vivo Tab and Vivo Tab RT

Martin James  Aug. 29, 2012 at 16:00

Asus has a seriously busy tablet lineup, with a seemingly endless range of OS, size and form factor options having emerged over the past year or two, a lot of them with fairly similar names.

Well it seems Asus has heard our pain, as it has just rechristened the Tablet 810 and Tablet 600 Windows 8 slates it introduced at Computex a couple of months ago: they're now called the Vivo Tab and the Vivo Tab RT.

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iPhone 5 NFC? Probably not

iPhone 5 NFC? Probably not

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 29, 2012 at 14:00

NFC (Near Field Communication) was one of the big will they?/won’t they? questions surrounding the iPhone 4S. Of course, it didn’t materialise, and now the same question is being asked of the imminent iPhone 5.

The cyber press has been back and forth, back and forth over iPhone 5 NFC of late. Well, the music has stopped once again, and now we’re all standing on the side marked “Probably not”.

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HTC tablet leaked, looks like an iMac

Last month, an HTC rep promised that the Taiwanese manufacturer was working on a UK-bound tablet with a rather unique selling point.

Now we’re getting a glimpse of what might very well be said tablet, as a host of images have leaked across the cybernet.

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Motorola asks us to save the date; what’s the Motorola Edge?

Motorola asks us to save the date; what’s the Motorola Edge?

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 29, 2012 at 11:01

All eyes are turning to Berlin for the imminent launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 et al, but Motorola has reminded us that there’s life after IFA.

What the hell am I rambling on about? We’ve just been sent a save the date thingy for September 18 – just under three weeks’ time.

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Samsung sales ban hearing will only take place in December

The Apple v Samsung trial may now (finally) be over, but there's still the matter of Apple's attempts to get its rival's products banned based on that verdict to look forward to.

And everyone's favourite legal celeb Judge Lucy Koh has just announced the date for when those follow-up legal proceedings will take place: December 6.

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IFA 2012: LG gets in early with the Optimus L9

IFA 2012: LG gets in early with the Optimus L9

Martin James  Aug. 29, 2012 at 09:30

LG has kicked off the IFA 2012 new product avalanche by announcing the Optimus L9, a new big-screened Android smartphone to head up its stylish-yet-affordable L-Series line.

It comes packing a 4.7in display in a neat and slim chassis, and boasts a range of mid-level specs that could prove tempting for anyone looking to step up from the entry-level bracket.

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Four new Samsung Galaxy S III colours: black, red, grey and brown

We've been expecting some new shades of Samsung Galaxy S III goodness to surface for a while now, but Samsung has gone above and beyond the call of duty by dishing up new fewer than four new shades to choose from.

Admittedly, the garnet red version isn't entirely new – not in the US, anyway – but the other three hues – black, grey and brown – are showing their face for the first time.

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Motorola Razr M 4G LTE leaked

Motorola Razr M 4G LTE leaked

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 28, 2012 at 16:00

You know that saying “You can never have enough Motorola Razr smartphones”? It’s particularly popular with, er, Motorola.

We’ve been hearing plenty about the Motorola Razr HD and Motorola Razr Maxx HD of late, and now the XT907 has been leaked in further detail, as the Motorola Razr M 4G LTE. Cool name (ahem).

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Everything Everywhere pairs with MasterCard for NFC action

Everything Everywhere pairs with MasterCard for NFC action

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 28, 2012 at 14:00

Remember last summer we were saying that Everything Everywhere had teamed up with Vodafone and O2, in the hope of rolling out some sort of NFC-flavoured colossus?

Well, Everything Everwhere has only gone and said “Balls to that” (not literally) and run off with MasterCard.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus, SIM free, £295 delivered @ Amazon

Samsung Galaxy Nexus, SIM free, £295 delivered @ Amazon

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 28, 2012 at 13:00

Get this Samsung Galaxy Nexus deal @ Amazon

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus continues to drop in price. You can currently grab the former Ice Cream Sandwich flagship (now rocking Jelly Bean) for £295 from Amazon.

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Optimus G: LG spills more on its quad-core saviour

Optimus G: LG spills more on its quad-core saviour

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 28, 2012 at 12:00

Martin wrote a bunch of words about the LG Optimus G yesterday, following a rather bland press release from the South Korean manufacturer.

A further press release reveals the LG Optimus G in significantly more detail, and we gots a pic, too.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 specs leaked. Again

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 specs leaked. Again

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 28, 2012 at 11:00

Bit of a depressing week to be Samsung, what with that stateside bill for $1,049,343,540 ‘n’ all.

But life goes on, and it’s almost time to lift the lid on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Again, we’ve got some anonymous gentlemen screaming specs through a virtual megaphone. Or something.

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HTC Proto to be officially called the HTC Desire X

HTC Proto to be officially called the HTC Desire X

Martin James  Aug. 28, 2012 at 10:00

Just a few days ago we were musing over the HTC Proto, a new low-end Android smartphone from Taiwan's finest.

That was always just a codename, however, and now its final identity has been revealed: the HTC Desire X, and with the name comes a detailed spec list too.

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Sony Xperia S tablet accessories in the spotlight

Sony Xperia S tablet accessories in the spotlight

Martin James  Aug. 28, 2012 at 09:00

We're expecting a fair few bits of hot mobile gadgetry to emerge from IFA 2012 in Berlin this week. And with the show itself kicking off tomorrow, that obviously means we'll probably hear about most of it today.

Like the Sony Xperia S tablet, for example, the anticipated follow-up to the company's first-generation Android tablets, which tones down the quirkiness but dishes up a whole new range of accessories.

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Can the Optimus G be LG's comeback hero?

Can the Optimus G be LG's comeback hero?

Martin James  Aug. 27, 2012 at 19:30

LG has been off form for a while now, but with more fancied Korean rival Samsung nursing a billion dollar hangover thanks to Apple, now seems a good time to step up, and LG has just the smartphone for the job.

It's codenamed the Optimus G, and looks to have the specs to take on the best in the mobile business and come out smiling.

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Asus Nexus 7 overclocked to 2GHz

Asus Nexus 7 overclocked to 2GHz

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 27, 2012 at 16:00

The Asus Nexus 7 is fairly nippy out of the box, rocking a quad-core Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.3GHz.

We’ve recently seen the budget tablet overclocked to 1.7GHz, but now we’re hearing that the Asus Nexus 7 has been pushed further still. Crikey.

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Apple beats Samsung: the quotes

Apple beats Samsung: the quotes

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 27, 2012 at 14:00

Jimmy Martinez scribbled up a hunk of Apple/Samsung reportage on Saturday morning, detailing Sammo’s guilty verdict (x7) and the resultant bill for $1,049,343,540. Yeah, that’s roughly how much I get paid per paragraph.

Now we gots quotes from Samsung and Google. The Apple team was reportedly too busy doing shots of tequila in the adjacent bar.

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Build your OwnFone: get a personalised handset for just £55

Build your OwnFone: get a personalised handset for just £55

Martin James  Aug. 27, 2012 at 11:30

We generally focus our attention towards the other end of the mobile scale, but here's something interesting: the OwnFone, a new device looking to add a splash of colour and innovation to your life for just £55.

It's made by Cycell, which already makes a similar device for the Parkinson's community, and takes personalisation to the next level by allowing you to specify your own choice of features before the phone is even built.

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