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Now Bloomberg says the Samsung Galaxy S6 has dropped the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810

Now Bloomberg says the Samsung Galaxy S6 has dropped the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

The rumours of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 overheating continue to swirl, and while there’s no official confirmation of the figurative fire, there’s a hell of a lot of smoke.

We heard a fairly sketchy report last week saying the Samsung Galaxy S6 had “dumped” the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, courtesy of hit-and-miss DigiTimes, but now Bloomberg concurs.

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Oppo U3: 64-bit dual SIM Chinese phablet gets real with 5.9in 1080p display

Oppo U3: 64-bit dual SIM Chinese phablet gets real with 5.9in 1080p display

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

We were playing Chinese Whispers with the Oppo U3 last week, and there seemed to be some confusion in the west that the phone would launch around the same time as the Oppo R1C with its sapphire glass rear.

Obviously that didn’t happen, but fast-forward a week (and a bit) and the Oppo U3 is officially here, in all its Chinese dual SIM phablet glory.

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Xiaomi Mi Note pre-orders: consumers go ‘crazy’ for dual SIM Chinese phablet action

Xiaomi Mi Note pre-orders: consumers go ‘crazy’ for dual SIM Chinese phablet action

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

Last week, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi lifted the lid on not one but two new high-profile phones, namely the Xiaomi Mi Note and the higher-specced Mi Note Pro.

The former model will go on sale first, and sources say Xiaomi Mi Note pre-orders are through the proverbial roof.

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‘Confirmed’: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge to rock dual-edge display

Quick catch-up: Samsung is in dire straits (but still the world’s number one for now); sales of the Galaxy S5 were reportedly disappointing, so it’s back to the drawing board for the Galaxy S6. All good? Good.

After months of rumours, we supposedly have “confirmation” that the Samsung Galaxy S6 – or an Edge variant thereof, at least – will look to stand out with not one but two Edge displays.

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Oops! Argos accidentally leaks 5in Moto G Titan and 4.3in Moto E Styx

Oops! Argos accidentally leaks 5in Moto G Titan and 4.3in Moto E Styx

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

Ah, you can’t beat a good retailer leak. “Oops, I’ve just put those pages live when the phones haven’t actually been announced yet! Was I not supposed to?” Great work.

Here, Argos is giving us a sneak peek at the 5in Motorola Moto G Titan and 4.3in Moto E Styx, including full specs and pricing. Full story below.

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HTC One (M9) specs: 20MP rear camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Dolby audio?

With its last couple of flagships, HTC has experimented with new camera technologies, firstly with “UltraPixels” on the One (M7), and more recently with a Duo camera on the One (M8).

As such, you’d be forgiven for thinking HTC had something similarly crazy up its sleeve for the imminent One (M9), but nope, this latest report says it’ll be a plain old 20MP rear camera.

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HP Slatebook 14, Android touchscreen laptop, £199.97 delivered (was £329.97) @ saveonlaptops

HP Slatebook 14, Android touchscreen laptop, £199.97 delivered (was £329.97) @ saveonlaptops

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

What the heck is the HP Slatebook 14? A touchscreen laptop? A giant tablet with a fixed keyboard? The lines are well and truly blurred here, but in any case, you can currently grab the HP Slatebook 14 for £199.97 at saveonlaptops (was £329.97).

HP Slatebook 14 specs include a 14in Full HD touch display, quad-core Tegra 4 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, integrated Beats Audio sound system, and connectivity in the form of USB3, HDMI and Bluetooth.

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Big Three: Three reportedly looking to buy O2 for up to £9bn

Big Three: Three reportedly looking to buy O2 for up to £9bn

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

BT might’ve snubbed O2 (formerly BT Cellnet, ironically) in favour of EE (which is of course comprised of Orange and T-Mobile), but someone else is very much interested in Big Blue.

Enter: Three-owner Hutchison Whampoa. Hong Kong rich man Li Ka-shing (who was always going to be rich with a name like that) is reportedly looking to snap up O2 for a cool £9 billion, taking us from Big Four to Big Three - in more ways than one.

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Samsung loses one-third of its Chinese smartphone market share in 2014

There’s no denying China is where it’s at right now, with Chinese smartphone makers invading the global Top 5 and churning out phones like the delicious Xiaomi Mi Note Pro.

Alas, world’s number one Samsung seems to have lost the plot as far as Chinese consumers go, with its smartphone market share in China dropping by a third in 2014. Ouch.

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OnePlus Two specs: 5.5in QHD, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810?

OnePlus Two specs: 5.5in QHD, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810?

Lewis Curdie  Jan. 19 at 17:00

The OnePlus One is easily one of the most coveted phones around right now, so it makes sense that the inevitable OnePlus Two is generating a fair amount of rumour buzz.

This latest round of rumoured OnePlus Two specs suggests the phone will be nothing less than a big giant super-specced beast.

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Buying a OnePlus One? No invite required tomorrow night!

The OnePlus One made waves last year as the affordable “flagship killer”, and recently featured in our Best Chinese smartphones 2015 article.

The invite system can be a bit of a pain, to be perfectly honest, but for a 2-hour window tomorrow night, you’ll be able to jump straight in a buy yourself a OnePlus One direct.

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Sony Xperia Z4 gets doubly certified?

There’s no shortage of imminent new Android flagships, including the Samsung Galaxy S6, the HTC Hima, the LG G4, and of course the Sony Xperia Z4.

The Japanese manufacturer’s next big release failed to turn up at CES 2015 (we had to make do with the super-expensive Walkman ZX2), but the Sony Xperia Z4 appears to have passed through a couple of regulatory bodies. Maybe.

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Review of the week in mobile

Review of the week in mobile

Lewis Curdie  Jan. 18 at 13:30

Another week, another sackload of mobile news, deals, features… I wouldn’t necessarily say a “heroic” effort by yours truly, but, yeah, if you insist.

This was the week after the week of CES, and various Chinese manufacturers stepped up with new goodies, most notably Xiaomi, “China’s Apple”.

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Apple employees super-happy, love Tim Cook

Apple employees super-happy, love Tim Cook

Lewis Curdie  Jan. 17 at 17:00

I’ve often said that morale is a massively underestimated factor in a lot of workplaces. After all, a happy workforce is a productive workforce, and they're far less likely to steal things from the stationery cupboard.

There are no such concerns aboard the SS Cook, however, as a UBS Evidence Lab poll indicates that Apple employees are happy as Larry. Or, to be more precise: happy as Tim.

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Hugo Barra: ‘a few years’ before Xiaomi products hit the west (PS. stop copying us)

Hugo Barra: ‘a few years’ before Xiaomi products hit the west (PS. stop copying us)

Lewis Curdie  Jan. 17 at 15:00

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has been making waves recently, sitting behind only Apple and Samsung in terms of volume shipped in Q3 2014, and announcing the hugely impressive Mi Note and Mi Note Pro this week.

Alas, former Google man Hugo Barra, now Xiaomi’s head of global, says it’ll be “a few years” before we see phones like the Mi Notes in the US and UK.

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Apple files patent for Home button that doubles as joystick

As smartphone and tablet gaming continues to boom, there’s still that niggling feeling that touchscreen controls really aren’t ideal, and - somewhat surprisingly - no one has quite nailed the accessory thing just yet.

Apple has come up with a solution to our mobile gaming woes in the form of a Home button that doubles as a joystick. Amazing!

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OnePlus One Lollipop update coming February?

OnePlus One Lollipop update coming February?

Lewis Curdie  Jan. 16 at 15:00

The “Flagship Killer” OnePlus One was, er, one of the smartphone hits of 2014, and the obvious question at the moment is: “Where’s the OnePlus One Lollipop update?”

An alpha build was unleashed at the end of December as a “sweet start” to 2015, and now we’re hearing that an official – and stable – OnePlus One Lollipop update might arrive next month.

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ZTE Blade S6 looks like a Chinese iPhone 6

ZTE Blade S6 looks like a Chinese iPhone 6

Lewis Curdie  Jan. 16 at 13:00

Remember ZTE? Formerly Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment Corporation? The Chinese manufacturer was behind the hugely popular wallet-friendly Orange San Francisco (aka the ZTE Blade) a few years ago, but it’s taken a bit of a backseat in the west of late.

Things are still mega-busy on ZTE’s home turf, however, and the Chinese manufacturer is seemingly on the verge of launching the Blade S6, an oddly familiar-looking phone.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 specs: 2K QHD display and 64-bit processor?

Samsung Galaxy S6 specs: 2K QHD display and 64-bit processor?

Lewis Curdie  Jan. 16 at 11:15

As I said the other day in Five things we’re looking forward to in 2015: “people aren’t asking about Samsung Galaxy S6 specs; they’re asking what Samsung can truly do differently with the Galaxy S6 that’ll make people think twice about straying to LG or Sony or HTC, and consider upgrading their S5s after just 12 months.”

Here we turn our attention to, er, Samsung Galaxy S6 specs, supposedly including a 2K QHD display and 64-bit processor.

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LG G4 specs: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, 16MP rear camera?

LG G4 specs: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, 16MP rear camera?

Lewis Curdie  Jan. 16 at 10:00

The LG G2 (launched August 2013) was quickly followed up by the LG G3 (May 2014), so logically we’re expecting the LG G4 in a matter of months.

The phone has done a pretty good job of staying under the radar, and as such not a great deal is known in terms of LG G4 specs, but a fresh rumour points to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and a 16MP rear camera.

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