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Coming soon: plastic HTC One M8

Considering the HTC One M8’s aluminium body is one of its key selling points, and one of the things that sets it apart from the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5, you’d be forgiven for frowning at the notion of a plastic HTC One M8.

But apparently such a device is heading to China as early as next month – just one month after the release of the aluminium chap. Confused? Read on!

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Samsung Galaxy S5 selling significantly faster than Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S5 selling significantly faster than Galaxy S4

Lewis Curdie  Apr. 14 at 11:30

April 11, last Friday, marked the release of the Samsung Galaxy S5 in a whopping 125 countries, and of course what we all want to know is: how well is the thing selling?

According to an early report from out of South Korea, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is – in some territories – more than doubling initial sales of the Galaxy S4.

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Five reasons why the HTC One M8 is better than the Samsung Galaxy S5 (by HTC)

Five reasons why the HTC One M8 is better than the Samsung Galaxy S5 (by HTC)

Lewis Curdie  Apr. 12 at 18:00

While Five reasons why the HTC One M8 is better than the Samsung Galaxy S5 possibly sounds like the kind of feature I’d pen during the week, this is actually an HTC production.

Yes, HTC has kindly fired out a training document for sales reps explaining why its latest flagship is better than Samsung’s.

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Amazon smartphone release date tipped for 2H14, hologram-style 3D display

Amazon smartphone release date tipped for 2H14, hologram-style 3D display

Lewis Curdie  Apr. 12 at 16:00

Good gawd, it’s the rumour that just won’t go away. I speak, of course, of the Amazon smartphone, an entirely unofficial device that has had rumour tongues wagging for something silly like two-and-a-half years now.

If the latest whispers are to be believed, Team Bezos could put us out of our misery with an Amazon smartphone launch in June, and a release at, er, some point in the ensuing months.

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AU Optronics beats Samsung in the race to QHD AMOLED

AU Optronics beats Samsung in the race to QHD AMOLED

Lewis Curdie  Apr. 12 at 14:00

You’d be forgiven for thinking Samsung might be first to unleash a QHD (2560 x 1440) AMOLED display, having announced it was beavering away on such a beast earlier this year.

But nope, that particular accolade goes to the lesser-known AU Optronics, which produces displays for multiple manufacturers, including – you guessed it – Samsung.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Apr. 12 at 12:00

And so ends another week in which I largely ignored the world of mobiles in favour of galavanting around and stuff. Don’t worry; I’ll be going into super-overdrive – aka punishment – mode next week.

The big story this week was probably the global release of the Samsung Galaxy S5, while the story about Samsung's legal action against ET News grabbed the most comments.

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Vodafone Smart 4 Mini: 4in, dual-core, £50

Vodafone Smart 4 Mini: 4in, dual-core, £50

Lewis Curdie  Apr. 11 at 16:00

There’s no shortage of wallet-friendly smartphones at the moment, with the £100 Motorola Moto G really making people question if any phone is worth £500 – five times as much as the Moto G.

Chances are the Vodafone Smart 4 Mini won’t have quite the same impact, but it’s worth noting for its £50 price tag.

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Stream direct from Google Play Music to Sonos speakers

Stream direct from Google Play Music to Sonos speakers

Lewis Curdie  Apr. 11 at 14:00

Good news if you happen to use Google Play Music and own some fancy Sonos wireless speakers.

The chaps at Google and Sonos have teamed up to make it possible to stream music directly from the Play Music app to Sonos hardware. Lovely.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 global release date arrives

It seems like only yesterday that good old “Life Companion”, the Samsung Galaxy S4, came along and did, uhm, all the things that smartphone flagships do.

Just shy of one year later, its successor has touched down. I speak of the all singing, all dancing, all heart monitoring Samsung Galaxy S5.

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Microsoft Surface 2 (4G): pre-order now for £540 ahead of 8 May release date

Microsoft Surface 2 (4G): pre-order now for £540 ahead of 8 May release date

Martin James  Apr. 10 at 18:00

It's taken a while to happen, but Microsoft is at long last taking pre-orders for its Surface 2 (4G) tablet ahead of its official rollout on 8 May.

The Windows RT 8.1 tablet was notable by its absence when Microsoft announced the second generation Surface last September, but fast forward six months and finally the wait is over.

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Samsung takes legal action over negative Galaxy S5 press

Samsung takes legal action over negative Galaxy S5 press

Lewis Curdie  Apr. 10 at 16:00

Let’s face it; a good portion of the news we relay is of the negative variety, whether it’s delays, or production problems, or poor working conditions, or financial losses…

It comes as somewhat of a surprise, then, to learn that Samsung is going after one particular South Korean publication, after it refused to retract a vaguely negative story pertaining to the Galaxy S5.

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Google releases Project Ara Module Developers Kit

First announced in late 2013, Project Ara was originally a Motorola thing, but ultimately landed with Google after Moto ran off with Chinese manufacturer Lenovo. Oh, the soap opera that is mobile.

The project finally appears to be gathering pace, and indeed Google has just fired out the first official Project Ara Module Developers Kit (MDK) - essentially a big PDF for interested parties.

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Apple 2014 roadmap: two iPhones, two iWatches, two iPads

Russell Crowe’s Noah (good gawd) is currently welcoming animals on board his big ark in two-by-two fashion (“Based on a true story”, don’t you know), but he’s not the only one adopting the two-by-two formation.

Ming Chi Kuo, a vaguely trusted analyst at KGI Securities, says we should we expect two new iPhones this year, alongside two new iWatches and two new iPads. Beautiful.

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BlackBerry boss Chen will sell handset business if things don't improve soon

BlackBerry boss Chen will sell handset business if things don't improve soon

Martin James  Apr. 10 at 11:30

Even the most committed of BlackBerry fans will concede that it's a long way back from where the company is now to anything even remotely approaching solid ground – in fact, it's been that way for a while now.

And chief exec John Chen concedes things can't go on like they are now for much longer, telling Reuters he will have little choice but to off-load the company's handset business if BlackBerry's fortunes don't improve soon.

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Sony Xperia Z2 available in the UK as soon as next week

Sony Xperia Z2 available in the UK as soon as next week

Martin James  Apr. 10 at 11:00

The Sony Xperia Z2 will officially be available across the UK from the 1st of May – putting to rest fears that Sony's Android flagship would be held up for a while yet due to supply issues.

Even better, several mobile retailers and service providers, including Carphone Warehouse, Phones4U, Vodafone and EE, say they will have the Xperia Z2 in stock as soon as the end of this week.

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Oppo Find 7a landing in the UK this month, pre-order price just £330

Oppo Find 7a landing in the UK this month, pre-order price just £330

Martin James  Apr. 9 at 16:00

The Oppo Find 7 may not be as fashionable as the usual suspects from the likes of Samsung, Sony, HTC and Apple, but on a spec-by-spec basis it surely has to rank as the most impressive new smartphone announced this year.

Sadly, it won't be coming to the UK, but Oppo has decided to throw us a bone by at least giving us the lesser Find 7a instead, and you can pre-order it right now for just £330.

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Sony tipped to launch Windows Phone assault later this year

Sony tipped to launch Windows Phone assault later this year

Martin James  Apr. 9 at 14:00

Three and a half years into the Windows Phone era and what was launched as an “ecosystem” is still dominated to an embarrassing degree by Nokia, which is now owned by Microsoft itself, of course.

So it'll come as welcome PR for Microsoft that finally another big name is willing to talk about its WP product plans – Sony.

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Co-op joins the MVNO rat-race, promising low rates across the board and per-second billing

Co-op joins the MVNO rat-race, promising low rates across the board and per-second billing

Martin James  Apr. 9 at 12:00

The Co-operative has joined other major retail players Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's in launching its own Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) network.

The Co-op's network will piggy-back off EE's infrastructure – the largest of the primary networks – and the supermarket chain says its SIM cards will be available in more outlets than any of its retail rivals – 3800.

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HTC M8 Ace: the 2014 One mini by any other name?

HTC M8 Ace: the 2014 One mini by any other name?

Martin James  Apr. 8 at 16:00

Right, so let's just come straight out with it: what the hell is that? Well, the short answer is it's the HTC M8 Ace – yes, another Acethe latest in @evleaks' long production line of leaked product shots.

We mean more in the greater context: as in what the hell is the HTC M8 Ace? What's behind that blurred image shot, and why does the handset itself look... for want of a better word... upholstered?

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Samsung T800 tablet promises 2560 x 1600, 10.5in AMOLED display and high-end specs

Samsung T800 tablet promises 2560 x 1600, 10.5in AMOLED display and high-end specs

Martin James  Apr. 8 at 14:00

It's time to talk Samsung tablets, and mercifully not the recently announced Galaxy Tab 4 series, which look to extend the GT range's mediocrity into a fourth generation.

No, today we're focusing our attention on a model by the name of the Samsung SM-T800, which is set to be a high-powered affair with a 2560 x 1600-pixel 10.5in Super AMOLED display.

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