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Look: it’s the Sony Xperia Z4 (‘non-final’)

We’ve been jawing a fair bit about the LG G4 and even the iPhone 6S of late, but we haven’t heard a great deal about the Sony Xperia Z4 – other than the suggestion that it’ll launch in summer.

We’re about to right that particular wrong with a look at the “first 3D renderings” of the Sony Xperia Z4, a phone that doesn't look radically different from the Xperia Z3 at first glance, though there are - upon closer inspection - a few interesting points to note.

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Coming soon: trade in your Android or BlackBerry phone against a new iPhone

Coming soon: trade in your Android or BlackBerry phone against a new iPhone

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 17 at 12:00

Apple’s Reuse and Recycling Programme invites you to trade in your old Apple handset for a few bucks to put towards a new iPhone, but we’re hearing that the scheme is on the verge of expanding.

Anonymous sources say Apple will soon start accepting Android and BlackBerry handsets, from those looking to make the leap to the SS iPhone.

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Dyson aims to double your smartphone battery life with  million investment

Dyson aims to double your smartphone battery life with $15 million investment

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 16 at 16:00

Smartphone technology continues to race along at a mind-boggling rate, with 8-core 64-bit processors and multiple gigabytes of RAM and QHD resolutions and 20MP cameras all very much a reality. Alas, one thing we’re not seeing much of is enhanced battery life, with many current phones demanding a daily charge.

James “Jimmy D” Dyson, for one, wants to see an improvement; he’s laid down $15 million on the figurative table, with a view to doubling smartphone battery life.

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WhatsApp iPhone voice call functionality revealed in pics and video

One thing we’ve been talking about since the Dawn of Time (or perhaps more accurately the Dawn of Mobot) is the notion of WhatsApp voice calls, on both Android and iOS.

We’re expecting WhatsApp voice calls to launch any month now, and in the meantime we’re getting a sneaky unofficial preview in both video and picture format. EXCITE.

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Report: LG to take on Galaxy Note 5 in H2 with LG G Note phablet

Report: LG to take on Galaxy Note 5 in H2 with LG G Note phablet

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 13 at 16:00

While every manufacturer and his dog has had a go at the “phablet” thing, it’s still widely accepted that the Samsung Galaxy Note is king of that particular domain, and inevitably the Galaxy Note 5 will take the crown when it launches at IFA 2015 in September.

Unless; LG is tipped to resurrect its phablet range in the second half of 2015, with something called the LG G Note.

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Samsung contemplating limited edition Avengers-themed Galaxy S6 edges

We do enjoy a good superhero or two here on Mobot, and indeed I recently penned Seven of the best superhero cases for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Samsung is rumoured to go one better than plain old cases, with the potential production of limited edition Avengers: Age of Ultron-themed Galaxy S6 edges. Dudes, MAKE IT HAPPEN.

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Google launches ‘Google Store’ for hardware, officially ditches Nexus 5

Team Mountain View has given its Google Play Devices section an overhaul, spinning it off into an entirely separate entity called Google Store, but aesthetics aside, there’s one very notable difference.

Browsing the Phones section, in particular, you have the choice of the Google Nexus 6, and, er, that’s about the size of it. RIP Google Nexus 5.

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First Samsung Galaxy S6 UK pre-orders underway, priced from £549.99

First Samsung Galaxy S6 UK pre-orders underway, priced from £549.99

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 12 at 14:00

Samsung fans are currently in that slightly frustrating limbo, where the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are a reality, yes, but not quite available to buy just yet.

If you’re eagerly awaiting the Samsung Galaxy S6 release date (April 10), you might fancy casting your eye, in the meantime, over the first selection of Galaxy S6 pre-orders in the UK.

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LG G4: ‘first official images’ leaked

We got a quick look at an LG G4 render yesterday, the key takeaway being that we should be expect a curved design, not unlike the LG G Flex and G Flex 2.

That render has now been fleshed out into a family of shots, collectively being – we’re told – the “first official images” of the LG G4.

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Motorola quietly adds 4G to the second-gen Moto G

Motorola quietly adds 4G to the second-gen Moto G

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 11 at 14:00

We’ve been hearing whispers of a new Motorola Moto G for some time now, consensus being that we were due what essentially amounts to a 4G version of the second-gen Moto G.

Well, that’s exactly what Motorola is quietly delivering, and in fact it’s such a non-upgrade that the US/Chinese manufacturer has made almost no noise about it whatsoever.

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LG G4 render suggests curved Flex-style design

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 have finally launched, so naturally we’re now demanding more about the imminent Sony Xperia Z4 and LG G4. And heck, not forgetting the Apple iPhone 6S.

It’s LG’s next flagship under the microscope here, and as we await an official launch date, a leaked G4 render suggests we should perhaps expect a curved design, not unlike LG’s other big phone.

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Samsung Galaxy J1 launches in Europe, Moto E and Moto G needn’t worry

Samsung Galaxy J1 launches in Europe, Moto E and Moto G needn’t worry

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 10 at 14:00

Samsung might be wowing the industry at the high end of the smartphone spectrum with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, but it still feels very much like the South Koreans are out of touch with the low end.

Take the Samsung Galaxy J1, for example. It’s just arrived in Europe priced similarly to the Motorola Moto E 2015, but with significantly worse specs. Ohhhh dear.

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Apple Watch price, launch countries and release date revealed at Spring Forward

We got a sneak preview at the Apple Watch back in September, when it popped up alongside the iPhone 6 as “one more thing”, but tonight at Spring Forward was the proper we’re-just-about-to-release-it Apple Watch launch.

All the questions have now been answered: How much will the Apple Watch cost? Where will it be released first? When will it be released? And how long will it last on a single charge? Full story below.

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Samsung bounces back with 20 million Galaxy S6 pre-orders

Samsung bounces back with 20 million Galaxy S6 pre-orders

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 9 at 16:00

It’s been mostly doom and gloom for Samsung of late, with dwindling global market share, a thoroughly uninspiring Galaxy S5, and everything Apple touches turning to gold.

But there are signs that the glass and metal Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are about to pay off, with a record 20 million pre-orders in the bag already.

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HTC to ‘solve key pain points’ with ‘huge announcement’ in March

HTC to ‘solve key pain points’ with ‘huge announcement’ in March

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 9 at 14:00

The HTC One M9 Plus was a no-show at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, leaving the Taiwanese manufacturer to take on the QHD Samsung Galaxy S6 duo with the 1080p much-the-same-as-last-year One M9 (left).

Unless! HTC promises to “solve key pain points” with a “huge announcement” later this month. One M9 Plus, anyone?

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LG G4 to play catch-up with fingerprint scanner?

LG G4 to play catch-up with fingerprint scanner?

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 6 at 16:00

The iPhone 5S wasn’t the first phone to include fingerprint-scanning technology, but it certainly opened the floodgates – in typical Apple fashion. Since then we’ve seen various other manufacturers jump onboard, including Samsung, HTC and Huawei.

LG has held off until now, but word on the cyber-street suggests the LG G4 might well include a fingerprint scanner.

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HTC One E9 specs: 5.5in display, QHD resolution, 8-core CPU?

For those of you crying over the relatively modest 1080p resolution on the spanking new HTC One M9, well, don’t dry those tears just yet.

We’re hearing word of a super-specced HTC smartphone from out east, with the headline feature being – you guessed it – an eye-melting QHD display.

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OnePlus Two: metal bod, more expensive than OnePlus One?

OnePlus Two: metal bod, more expensive than OnePlus One?

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 6 at 10:00

With the “Flagship Killer” OnePlus One being one of the highlights of 2014, it’s a no-brainer that one of the phones we’re most looking forward to in 2015 is the inevitable OnePlus Two.

Details are still relatively scarce at this stage, but a fresh report suggests we should expect a premium metal design, alongside a premium price tag.

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Motorola Moto G (2015) with 4G officially launching soonish

Motorola Moto G (2015) with 4G officially launching soonish

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 5 at 19:30

Hey! Are you struggling to keep up with the three different Motorola Moto Gs, with the different display sizes, and the 4G and the 3G, and the microSD slot – or lack thereof?

Well, things are potentially about to get a little more confusinger, with the introduction of a fourth model, specifically a 2015 version of the Motorola Moto G 2014.

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Huawei ‘confirmed’ as manufacturer of the next Nexus smartphone

HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Asus… We’ve seen various manufacturers take the Nexus reins over the years, but one thing missing from that list is a Chinese manufacturer (no, Motorola doesn’t count).

Rumour has it we can finally expect a Chinese Nexus smartphone later this year, and once again we’re told it’ll be Huawei at the helm.

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