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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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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808 and 810 processors promise 4K video, 64-bit and LTE-A support from 2015

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808 and 810 processors promise 4K video, 64-bit and LTE-A support from 2015

Martin James  Apr. 8 at 12:00

We already have the Snapdragon 800, 801 and 805, and now Qualcomm has added the numbers 808 and 810 to its high-end processor family, introducing support for beyond full-HD video, 64-bit processing and LTE-Advanced networking.

The Snapdragon 808 and 810 chips complete the company's adoption of 64-bit after the earlier arrival of the Snapdragon 610 and 615 and Snapdragon 410 options.

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Continued losses leave HTC worryingly dependent on the HTC One (M8)

Continued losses leave HTC worryingly dependent on the HTC One (M8)

Martin James  Apr. 8 at 10:00

The new HTC One (M8) looks a decent follow-up to last year's hugely successful original, but things continue to look bleak for the company that makes it.

HTC has just posted its financials for Q1, and they reveal net losses of TWD1.88bn (£37.3m) for the quarter, more than double the losses it posted this time last year.

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The Galaxy Ace Style: is Samsung going for irony?

The Galaxy Ace Style: is Samsung going for irony?

Martin James  Apr. 8 at 09:30

I've never understood the logic behind giving entry-level products names that imply pretty much the opposite of what the product itself actually delivers.

One recent example that springs to mind is the Motorola Motoluxe, a desperately poor device that was about as far from luxury as it's possible to get. The newly announced Samsung Galaxy Ace Style, I fear, could be another.

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Motorola working on Moto X successor, to be called 'Moto X+1'

With the Motorola Moto G Forte having proved to be nothing more than a conventional Moto G with a bit of extra padding, it leaves us questioning what the next smartphone from Motorola actually will be.

The answer, it seems, is the Moto X+1, which – I'm sure it's obvious enough – is a follow-up to last year's customisation-friendly Moto X.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Apr. 5 at 12:00

I won't lie to you; I have no idea what the heck's been going on this week - on account of flying around and stuff. Fortunately, some guy called Me has laid out the week's mobile news below, all 21 hunks thereof.

The story what got the mostest comments was Moto G snatches 6% of UK smartphone market in just three months, the Moto G being one of the best value-for-money offerings in recent memory.

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Vodafone to open 150 new stores in 2014 in £100m investment plan

Vodafone to open 150 new stores in 2014 in £100m investment plan

Martin James  Apr. 4 at 16:00

Concepts like austerity and cost-cutting have become such an everyday part of life that we're always vaguely surprised to hear news of anyone (except maybe financial institutions) actually doing well.

So well done Vodafone, who must be doing something right if they're announcing plans to add 150 new shops and create 1400 new jobs across the UK in the next year in a £100m investment plan.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom pictured, to be called the Galaxy K Zoom?

Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom pictured, to be called the Galaxy K Zoom?

Martin James  Apr. 4 at 15:00

The Samsung Galaxy S5 isn't even on sale yet, but it's a cast-iron certainty that it'll be followed by all the variations that followed the Galaxy S4's arrival – including a photo-friendly Zoom variant.

And to give your mind something to focus on over the weekend, here's a picture of what it'll look like. Overexposed and blurry it may be, but at least it's not hand-drawn on a piece of paper.

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High end potential Samsung Galaxy S5 variant spotted with QHD display and 2.5GHz Snapdragon 805 CPU

Rumours of a super-high end Samsung Galaxy S5 variant have been doing the rounds for a long while now, fuelled in part by questions over some of the features the regular Galaxy S5 didn't have when it was officially announced back in February.

But there's been fresh info since then too, like this week's news that a Samsung SM-G906S has been spotted on GFXBench with a Snapdragon 805 processor and a QHD (2560 x 1440) display.

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ZTE Grand S II launches without 4GB RAM after all, but with an insanely cheap price tag

ZTE Grand S II launches without 4GB RAM after all, but with an insanely cheap price tag

Martin James  Apr. 4 at 11:30

Last weekend we speculated about whether the ZTE Grand S II would be the first smartphone to come with 4GB of RAM when the final version was officially unveiled this week.

Well to get straight to the point, the answer is no. The Grand S II has finally emerged in full over in China, and is kitted out with “just” 2GB of RAM – just like the rumours have suggested all along.

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Huawei going for the high end with a metal-bodied luxury flagship

Huawei going for the high end with a metal-bodied luxury flagship

Martin James  Apr. 3 at 16:30

If you go by the script Chinese phone makers like Huawei are supposed to specialise in products that are high on features and low on profit margins, all aimed at building that precious market share.

So how about this, then? It's an upcoming Huawei handset with a high-end aluminium chassis complete with fingerprint scanner, and apparently it's going to cost a fair bit too.

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Motorola Moto G Forte mystery explained: it's a Moto G plus a grip

Motorola Moto G Forte mystery explained: it's a Moto G plus a grip

Martin James  Apr. 3 at 13:30

There's been a bit of excitement lately over rumours that Motorola is working on a mysterious ruggedised “Moto G Forte” handset – understandable considering how well loved the conventional Moto G is.

But we can all calm down again, as the Moto G Forte has been made official – in Mexico, at least – and it's nowhere near as interesting as the rumours have been suggesting.

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Nokia sets sights on £100 barrier with ultra-affordable new Lumia 630

Nokia sets sights on £100 barrier with ultra-affordable new Lumia 630

Martin James  Apr. 3 at 12:30

Recent Nokia rumours have centred around two devices – the Lumia 930 and the Lumia 630 – and with the former making its big debut during Microsoft's Build 2014 keynote yesterday, it wasn't a huge surprise to see the Lumia 630 doing likewise.

As expected, the Lumia 630 is a new entry-level Windows Phone smartphone available in both single-SIM and dual-SIM configurations, while a Lumia 635 variant adds 4G LTE support to the mix.

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Nokia Lumia 930 announced after all, will head up Windows Phone 8.1 army

Nokia Lumia 930 announced after all, will head up Windows Phone 8.1 army

Martin James  Apr. 3 at 12:00

Typical. I come out and claim there's little chance of Nokia announcing the Lumia 930 at Build 2014, and so of course guess what happens? Yup, exactly that.

Actually, technically I was right, as it was actually Microsoft that announced it, but these days that's pretty much the same thing, especially when it's former Nokia chief Stephen Elop doing the announcing.

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Nokia Lumia 930 images leak, even if an actual launch today is unlikely

It's no secret that Nokia is working on the Lumia 930, and thanks to @evleaks we now know exactly what it will look like.

The international version of the Nokia Lumia Icon will be available in four colours – green, orange, black and white – and is likely to be announced on 19 April.

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Moto G snatches 6% of UK smartphone market in just three months

Moto G snatches 6% of UK smartphone market in just three months

Martin James  Apr. 2 at 12:00

It's no exaggeration to say that the Moto G has been a huge success for Motorola – in fact, senior VP Rick Osterloh said back in February that it was already the company's best selling smartphone of all time.

And now we have some official figures... well, semi-official anyway: according to Kantar WorldPanel ComTech, the Moto G has propelled Motorola to a 6% share of the UK smartphone market in just a few months.

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Lenovo targets tablet first-timers with budget A-Series refresh

Lenovo targets tablet first-timers with budget A-Series refresh

Martin James  Apr. 2 at 11:00

Don't fancy the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4? Then Lenovo might have a tablet alternative for you: its newly refreshed A-Series.

It comes in the same choice of screen size – 10.1in, 8in and 7in – but a more differentiated range of features from one model to the next, including an entry-level 7-incher that comes in under the magical £100 mark.

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