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Samsung Galaxy S6 teaser specifically says ‘metal’

A few days ago, Samsung fired out a Galaxy S6 video teaser seemingly confirming the presence of glass, and perhaps – not quite to the same extent – metal.

In case there was any doubt about the latter, a brand new video teaser specifically uses the word “metal” in relation to the “Next Galaxy” i.e. Galaxy S6.

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Samsung suggests 'The Next Galaxy' is metal and glass

Quick moan: wherever you see "The Next Galaxy", it's safe - more than safe - to assume we're talking about the Galaxy S6. HTC is openly talking about "the new HTC One", but Samsung refuses to directly acknowledge what we already know: that it's launching the Galaxy S6 on March 1.

Anyway! Under the "Next Galaxy" hashtag (ooh, what could it be?!), Samsung has been indulging in a spot of video-based teasing, suggesting the Galaxy S6 could be comprised - as we've heard before - of metal and glass.

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HTC teases something 'HUGE', One M9 Plus anyone?

At this stage we’d bet our mortgages/wives/girlfriends/JPEG collections on the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and HTC One M9 arriving at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 at the end of next week. There’s no longer even a shred of doubt.

However, we’re still not entirely sure about the rumoured HTC One M9 Plus; dare we get our hopes up? Well, HTC says something “HUGE” is coming, and the plain old One M9 at 5in ain’t that big.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 registrations open at CPW, too!

We heard yesterday that HTC One M9 registrations had opened at Carphone Warehouse, allowing peeps to keep up to date with all the latest One M9 developments.

Not to be outdone, Samsung Galaxy S6 registrations are now open at Carphone Warehouse, too. There’s no obligation to buy it or anything. Just casually pop your details in and get emails and stuff.

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The larger iPhone 6 was almost even bigger

Both models of the iPhone 6 are way bigger than the comparatively tiny 4in iPhone 5/5s/5c, and indeed some think that the iPhone 6 Plus, at 5.5in, is just a little too big to be practical.

Imagine, then, a not too distant parallel universe where Apple's iPhone 6 Plus has a colossal 5.7in display.

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HTC One M9 registrations open at Carphone Warehouse

HTC One M9 registrations open at Carphone Warehouse

Lewis Curdie  Feb. 19 at 10:30

Last week the focus was largely on the Samsung Galaxy S6, but the HTC One M9 is hogging the limelight this week: it’s definitely launching on March 1, doesn’t have brackets in the name (woohoo!), and will carry the tagline “One Life”.

Carphone Warehouse has opened – not quite pre-orders, but – registrations for all the latest HTC One M9 developments.

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HTC Butterfly 3 rumoured with 5.2in QHD display

All eyes are on HTC at the moment, as we patiently await the One M9 launch from Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 in Barcelona on Sunday, March 1, but the Taiwanese manufacturer has yet more flagship goodness in the proverbial pipeline.

The HTC Butterfly 3 (aka B3) has been rumoured for the first time, with an eye-friendly 2K display. Could this be HTC’s first QHD smartphone?

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Confirmed: ‘The new HTC One’ launching March 1

Confirmed: ‘The new HTC One’ launching March 1

Lewis Curdie  Feb. 18 at 16:30

There’s no such thing as a secret anymore, so when Samsung and HTC fired out vague invites for March 1 Mobile World Congress (MWC) announcements, we immediately knew to expect the Galaxy S6 and One M9 respectively.

Samsung says it’s revealing “the Next Galaxy” (don’t get me started), and now HTC has come out and confirmed we’ll meet “The new HTC One”.

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Qualcomm talks Galaxy S6, but don’t say the S-word

Qualcomm talks Galaxy S6, but don’t say the S-word

Lewis Curdie  Feb. 18 at 14:15

We recently heard that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 won’t feature in “a large customer's flagship device”, and while the Californians didn’t mention anyone by name, we all knew it was Samsung and the Galaxy S6.

Qualcomm has spoken out about the developments, stressing that its business relationships are ongoing, and not defined by one single device. Note: don’t say Samsung Galaxy S6 (it’s clearly the Galaxy S6).

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Xiaomi Mi 4 vs. two crabs and a lobster

Xiaomi Mi 4 vs. two crabs and a lobster

Lewis Curdie  Feb. 18 at 12:00

You might’ve thought Xiaomi had lost the plot when its president hit the iPhone 6 with a frying pan till it turned into a Mi Note, but it gets weirder.

What better way to test the durability of a phone than against live crabs and a lobster? You couldn’t make it up.

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Samsung on a downward spiral in China

Samsung on a downward spiral in China

Lewis Curdie  Feb. 18 at 10:45

I’ve just this minute put the finishing touches to Samsung: better rep than Apple in the US, but here I’ve stumbled across yet more sucky news for Samsung.

Specifically, Samsung’s Q4 market share in China plummeted, while Apple and Xiaomi enjoyed massive growth.

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Samsung: better rep than Apple in the US

It’s been mostly bad news for Samsung recently (Five reasons it sucks to be Samsung) and good news for Apple (Seven reasons to love being Tim Cook right now), but wait! What’s this? Some positive wordage about the world’s number one?

Harris Poll’s annual Reputation Quotient survey thingy suggests Samsung has, for the first time ever, a better reputation than Apple in the US.

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Steve Wozniak: big fan of the ‘special’ Apple Watch

Steve Wozniak: big fan of the ‘special’ Apple Watch

Lewis Curdie  Feb. 17 at 16:00

Ah, you can always count on Steve Wozniak for some good quotes. Apple’s co-founder has previously declared his love for Windows Phone, suggested Apple has lost its cool, and pitched the idea of an Android iPhone.

Here, Wozniak sings the praises of the Apple Watch, suggesting it’s going to be something “special”, not like the smartwatches we’ve seen to date.

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Samsung’s plan to beat the iPad: thin design, metal frame

Samsung’s plan to beat the iPad: thin design, metal frame

Lewis Curdie  Feb. 17 at 12:00

For an Android tablet maker like Samsung, the obvious question when putting together a new high-end device is: How can we make this thing more popular than the iPad?

Samsung reckons it has the answer for the successor to the Galaxy Tab S, the aptly named Galaxy Tab S2: metal frames and an even slimmer design than the iPad Air 2.

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Japan: flip-phones up, smartphones down

Japan: flip-phones up, smartphones down

Lewis Curdie  Feb. 17 at 11:00

I fondly recall the time – not so long ago – when flip-phones seemed like the absolute pinnacle of technology, and us losers with plain old candybar feature phones looked on with barely concealed envy.

These days it’s all about iOS and Android, but Japanese mobile consumers still have a place in their heart for the humble flipper. Indeed, in 2014, flip-phone popularity rose in the Land of the Rising Sun, while smartphones declined. True story.

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LG G4 launch: April, just chilling while the Galaxy S6 touches down

LG G4 launch: April, just chilling while the Galaxy S6 touches down

Lewis Curdie  Feb. 16 at 18:00

With all the talk of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 of late, suckas act like they forgot about the LG G4. Or, more formally (and less gangsta), the LG G4 has been conspicuous by its absence.

We heard before that South Korea’s second favourite manufacturer (behind Samsung but ahead of troubled Pantech) was taking its time moulding the LG G4 to perfection, but now we’re told it’ll be ready – a little earlier than we expected – in April.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 specs: just a 2,600mAh battery?

Samsung Galaxy S6 specs: just a 2,600mAh battery?

Lewis Curdie  Feb. 16 at 15:30

There’s been no shortage of Samsung Galaxy S6 rumours over the past few months, but one thing we forgot to stop and ask was: How big is the Galaxy S6’s battery?

Word from out east suggests the Samsung Galaxy S6 battery might be just 2,600mAh, which could be a cause for concern.

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HTC One M9: One Life, no brackets

HTC One M9: One Life, no brackets

Lewis Curdie  Feb. 16 at 10:30

One of the most infuriating smartphone naming conventions in recent years has been the HTC One open brackets M7/M8 close brackets. WHY THE BRACKETS?

But it looks like the Taiwanese manufacturer’s next flagship will be the HTC One M9, no brackets, with the tagline One Life. Er, whatever that means.

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‘Too many issues’ with Windows 10 Technical Preview right now, but support for more phones coming soon

The Windows 10 Technical Preview was made available for a curious selection of Windows Phone 8 devices a couple of days ago, and while there were notable omissions at the low- and high-end, Joe Belfiore tells us to stay cool.

According to J-Dawg, there are still – understandably – tons of issues with the Windows 10 Technical Preview at the moment, but we can expect support for further Lumia phones in due course.

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HTC One M9 specs: rumoured at 5in 1080p again, QS810, 3GB RAM, 20.7MP rear camera, Lollipop

HTC One M9 specs: rumoured at 5in 1080p again, QS810, 3GB RAM, 20.7MP rear camera, Lollipop

Lewis Curdie  Feb. 14 at 16:00

Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 is right around the corner, two weeks tomorrow, and we feel a slight pang of guilt having focused largely on the Samsung Galaxy S6 this week.

Allow us to right that particular wrong here with an in-depth look at HTC One M9 specs. Yet again we’re told to expect just a 1080p display, not QHD. Interdasting.

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