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Archos 97 Carbon: 9.7in tablet now available for £230

Archos 97 Carbon: 9.7in tablet now available for £230

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 31, 2012 at 18:00

It’s tablet mania at the moment, and another new chap with an incredibly reasonable price tag is the Archos 97 Carbon.

The official Archos site is offering the 97 Carbon for £229.99, £30 more than the 16GB Asus Nexus 7, though it has a few bonus features that might be of interest to Jimmy Tablet Buyer.

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Sony Xperia Tablet leaked in massive detail

Sony Xperia Tablet leaked in massive detail

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 31, 2012 at 16:00

Only a couple of weeks ago Martin penned Sony Tablet S follow-up to touch down before the end of the year, and now we gots lots more details, friends.

The successor to the Sony Tablet S will simply be called the Sony Xperia Tablet, and it looks, well, not bad, actually.

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Mystery HP tablet shows up in new advert: the Slate 8?

Mystery HP tablet shows up in new advert: the Slate 8?

Martin James  Jul. 31, 2012 at 14:00

So a fleeting glimpse of an unnamed and unheralded mystery tablet in a wide-reaching advert for a global tech firm isn't exactly cause to stop the digital presses, is it?

Maybe it is if the firm in question is HP – the same HP that holds the keys to the still-loved webOS and which caused a huge stir with its unforgettable TouchPad firesale last year.

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Sony Xperia 2011 Jelly Bean announcement ‘yet to be made’

Sony Xperia 2011 Jelly Bean announcement ‘yet to be made’

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 31, 2012 at 12:30

A few days ago we were saying that Sony had cast doubt on Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) for the 2011 Xperia range, having specifically ruled out the Xperia Arc S and Xperia mini pro during a Facebook Q&A session.

However, that still leaves eight Ice Cream Sandwich-rockin’ Sony Ericsson devices from 2011 unaccounted for, and Sony has told us to stay tuned.

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RIM workforce to drop by another 3,000 in the next month

RIM workforce to drop by another 3,000 in the next month

Martin James  Jul. 31, 2012 at 11:30

There are a good few strugglers in the mobile game right now – partly thanks to Apple and Samsung's dominance, but also the result of a clear easing off in particularly the smartphone industry over the past half-year or so.

However, it's Nokia and RIM that are well clear of the field in terms of main players racing to the bottom, and RIM has just served up its latest dish of bad news: 3,000 more employees will be seeing the exit door before the end of Q2.

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Samsung planning 11.8in Retina Display-busting P10 tablet, Apple-Samsung case reveals

Samsung planning 11.8in Retina Display-busting P10 tablet, Apple-Samsung case reveals

Martin James  Jul. 31, 2012 at 11:00

Those jokes about Samsung and tablets may have actually started to hit home, as thinking about it things have a little quiet on the new Galaxy Tab front of late (court cases notwithstanding).

But here's a fresh new rumour: Samsung is working on a new 11.8in iPad-slaying slate codenamed the P10, boasting a 2560 x 1600 resolution display at a Retina Display-matching pixel density.

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Windows Phone Mango-rocking Samsung Omnia M hits the UK tomorrow via Phones4U

Windows Phone Mango-rocking Samsung Omnia M hits the UK tomorrow via Phones4U

Martin James  Jul. 31, 2012 at 10:30

I'm not often happy to be wrong, but on this one I'll take the hit. Turns out the Samsung Omnia M announced back in May will be called just that after all (not the Minuet as I suggested) and more importantly goes on sale tomorrow, August 1.

The arrival of Sammy's Windows Phone 7.5 contender is another one under the Phones4U umbrella, and will stay right there for a while yet thanks to a full two-month exclusivity deal.

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Apple rumour bonanza: mid-September for the iPhone 5, plus could we be looking at a new iPad mini AND iPad regular?

Apple rumour bonanza: mid-September for the iPhone 5, plus could we be looking at a new iPad mini AND iPad regular?

Martin James  Jul. 30, 2012 at 18:30

Talk about your Apple overload. This morning it was a shedload of new iPhone 5 pics, now it's... well, just about everything else.

Thanks to iLounge, we've got iPhone 5 launch AND on sale date rumours, new small iPad, new big iPad (!!!), iPod touch, nano, er... think that's about it. Phew.

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BlackBerry PlayBook 10in pops up in Vietnam

BlackBerry PlayBook 10in pops up in Vietnam

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 30, 2012 at 16:00

A 10in BlackBerry PlayBook was rumoured pretty much as soon as news of the 7in model broke, however the plans were ultimately shelved after the colossal failure (is that too harsh?) of the original.

But what’s this guy? Yep, it’s a 10in BlackBerry PlayBook, courtesy of Tinhte – a Vietnamese forum. Is RIM planning 10in PlayBook action after all?

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Samsung Windows Phone 8 debutantes revealed

Samsung Windows Phone 8 debutantes revealed

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 30, 2012 at 14:00

As much as all this patent-related bickering makes us roll our eyes, there’s occasionally the odd bit of excitement in the form of confidential documents and stuff. Recently we saw an early iPad prototype from 2002ish.

Now Samsung’s Windows Phone 8 plans have been revealed, courtesy of a document stamped “Confidential & Proprietary”. ‘Citing.

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ZTE Grand X lands early on Phones4U

ZTE Grand X lands early on Phones4U

Martin James  Jul. 30, 2012 at 13:30

Those willing to step beyond the big names for their next smartphone upgrade may have had their interest piqued by talk of the ZTE Grand X – the supposedly “gaming-focused” big-screen Android 4.0 slugger landing next month.

Well scratch that, because thanks to Phones4U, next month is this month – in fact, you can get your Grand X on right now on free phone deals starting just the other side of £20.

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Microsoft Surface RT release date confirmed: October 26

Microsoft Surface RT release date confirmed: October 26

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 30, 2012 at 12:00

Back at the launch party in June, Ballmer revealed that the ARM-based Microsoft Surface RT would be a Windows 8 launch device, however there was no mention of it when the Windows 8 release date was confirmed as October 26 last week.

Well, if you’ve been furiously biting your nails waiting for confirmation of the Microsoft Surface RT release date, bite no longer.

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Universal search returns to Samsung Galaxy S III

Universal search returns to Samsung Galaxy S III

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 30, 2012 at 11:00

Bit of a slow news morning, Mobotniks, so plenty of time to catch up on bits and pieces from over the weekend and that.

Remember the other day we were saying that universal search was set to return to the Samsung Galaxy S III with an imminent update? You’ll never guess what’s happened…

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New iPhone 5 pics: the best ones yet?

New iPhone 5 pics: the best ones yet?

Martin James  Jul. 30, 2012 at 10:30

The details are still hazy, but we know there's a new iPhone coming, probably called the iPhone 5, and we're fairly sure Apple's new baby is in early or full production as we speak.

So while iPhone rumours have been coming on so strong for so long that the very concept stirs in us no more than a disinterested half-eyebrow-raise at this point, new pics emerging at this point admittedly have a fair chance of being The Real Thing. And even if not, the iPhone Rumour Fiends will gobble it all up anyway, so let's get into it.

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Zuckerberg: Facebook phone ‘wouldn’t make sense’

Zuckerberg: Facebook phone ‘wouldn’t make sense’

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 29, 2012 at 15:30

One of the things our Jan has been crying out for – for what feels like years – is a Facebook phone, and it’s been one o’ them rumours that just wouldn’t go away.

However, Jan has reached his “lowest point in years”, with the news that the Facebook phone almost certainly ain’t happenin'.

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Microsoft admits that Surface might upset Windows 8 partners

Microsoft admits that Surface might upset Windows 8 partners

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 29, 2012 at 12:30

Big daddy Microsoft managed to keep its plans for the Surface relatively quiet, save for the odd rumour here and there. Indeed, even the Windows 8 OEMs were reportedly surprised by the announcement.

Now, in an official document type thing, Microsoft admits that the Surface might serve to irk its Windows 8 friends.

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HTC explains Desire HD Ice Cream Sandwich decision

HTC explains Desire HD Ice Cream Sandwich decision

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 28, 2012 at 18:00

It was, then it wasn’t, then it was, and then it most definitely wasn’t. I’m rambling, of course, about the HTC Desire HD being upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0).

As you’d expect, there’s been a fair bit of backlash following the announcement, and HTC has come clean with a “further explanation”.

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Sony: don't expect any QWERTY-based Xperia phones anytime soon

Sony: don't expect any QWERTY-based Xperia phones anytime soon

Martin James  Jul. 28, 2012 at 14:00

Seems like Sony is stuck in a negative vibe right now. Yesterday we heard about how Android Jelly Bean has officially been ruled out for last year's crop of Xperia smartphones.

Now comes the revelation that Sony apparently also has no plans to expand the current Xperia range to offer any handsets packing a physical QWERTY keyboard.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 28, 2012 at 13:00

I've just spent the past hour poring over these 40-odd slabs of news, and there's a definite sense that this is the calm before the Windows 8 - and Windows Phone 8 - storm. Or maybe that's just me.

In the world of comments, it was the story about the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, of all things, that really got you jawing. Presumably all 33 of those comments were on topic, you maniacs.

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Samsung prepping a twin-SIM QWERTY handset with direct ChatON button

Samsung prepping a twin-SIM QWERTY handset with direct ChatON button

Martin James  Jul. 28, 2012 at 12:00

Guess who? Yup, it's Samsung again, popping up again at the end of surely one of the most Sam-heavy news weeks we've ever had here on Mobot.

At least we're talking something moderately original as far as the week's news has gone: a twin-SIM QWERTY feature phone called the GT-S3752, which boasts its very own dedicated ChatON button.

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