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4 weeks ago

Verizon HTC One (M8) promo box tells us to 'hit refresh' at 1pm ET on launch day

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As we prepare for the arrival of the new HTC One (M8) next Tuesday, there's evidence that the UK might not be the only country getting a quick M8 retail launch. Over in the U.S., at least one Verizon store has received promotional boxes telling shoppers to "get ready to hit refresh" on March 25, at 1pm ET. That's within an hour of the time given by British retailer Carphone Warehouse, which will be selling the M8 in London immediately after the launch event.

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4 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy S5, new Gear watches now available to pre-order from AT&T

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As promised, AT&T has today made the Samsung Galaxy S5 available for pre-order, along with Samsung's latest smartwatches, the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit. The GS5 costs $199.99 on a two-year plan, from $25 per month on AT&T Next, or $649.99 outright. Meanwhile the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit cost $199, while the camera-equipped Gear 2 is yours for $299.

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4 weeks ago

AT&T teases 'amazing new HTC device,' offers the chance to win one

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ATT teaser

Carrier giving away five HTC One (M8) devices over next five days

Psst — AT&T has a secret to share, according to a promotional page doing the rounds on Twitter. The carrier's "Share the Secret" page brings news of an "amazing new HTC device" coming soon, and it isn't leaving much to the imagination, with a mockup image showing a device similar to the HTC One (M8) we've seen in countless leaks of late. The contest's fine print lists the device's approximate retail value as $639.99.

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4 weeks ago

US Cellular gets two colors of the Galaxy S5, throws in $50 for Google Play

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US Cellular today announced it'll carry two colors of the Samsung Galaxy S5, with both of them available for $199 on contract and after an instant rebate. In addition, USCC's throwing in a code good for $50 worth of stuff on Google Play. The phones will be available online and in stores on April 11, preorders start March 21. Same goes for the new Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit — the Gear 2 will come in at $299, while the Neo and Fit will command just $199.

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4 weeks ago

AT&T Galaxy S5 price — $199 on contract, $649 outright

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Galaxy S5

GS5 $199 with a two-year plan, pre-orders start March 21

AT&T has announced pricing for its Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear 2 line. The Galaxy S5 will be $199 on a two-year contract, $25 per month with AT&T Next 18 or $32.50 on AT&T Next 12. If you're looking to buy without a new contract, AT&T's full retail price is $649. Pre-orders for the Galaxy S5 will begin tomorrow, Friday March 21.

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 priced in Taiwan

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We're still a few weeks out from the Samsung Galaxy S5 going on sale, but we still don't know much about pricing. According to Digitimes, Sammy's latest and greatest has been announced and priced for Taiwan ahead of April 11.

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1 month ago

Oppo's Find 7 boasts up to 1440p display, 2.5GHz Snapdragon and 50MP photos

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Oppo Find 7

Two flavors of Oppo's new high-end phone launching in China this spring

Chinese manufacturer Oppo has taken the wraps off its latest flagship smartphone, the Find 7. With an enormous 5.5-inch display and up to QHD (2560x1440) resolution, the Find 7 rivals the latest flagships from Samsung and Sony, boasting 538 pixels per inch. The top-end Find 7 model also features a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor (MSM8974AC) and 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a 3000mAh battery. There's also a less pricey 1080p version with a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a 2800mAh cell.

But the major talking point is the Find 7's camera. It's got a 13-megapixel Sony IMX214 sensor, but software trickery allows it to shoot up to 50-megapixel images...

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1 month ago

Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra KitKat updates now rolling out, says Sony

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Z1 Compact

Major software update for Z1 series devices also brings new Sony UI

Sony has announced the rollout of Android 4.4 KitKat for the Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra, starting today. The new firmware also includes updated Sony apps, such as Walkman, Album and Movies, and a refreshed UI — likely similar to what we've seen on the Xperia Z2. That's in addition to standard KitKat features like immersive mode and built-in cloud printing support.

We're not yet seeing the update on any of our devices, and Sony reminds us that rollout timing will vary depending on market and carrier, as per usual. So there many be a bit of wait before all devices are fully up to date.

Next up, The manufacturer says the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z are due to get Android 4.4 from mid-Q2. And the Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia E1 and Xperia M2 have also been added to the list for KitKat updates, though there's no firm timetable for those devices just yet.

Source: Sony blog

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1 month ago

Moto X launching in India on March 19

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Indian outlet Flipkart has announced that it'll exclusively begin stocking the Moto X in from tomorrow, Wednesday March 19. Prices start at Rs. 23,999, and judging by the retailer's promotional page it'll have the Moto X in seven color options, including the oak and teak backs that've only recently launched in the U.S.

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1 month ago

New HTC One (M8) available to buy on March 25 in the UK

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HTC

Carphone Warehouse confirms sales to begin from around 4pm on launch day at select stores

UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has announced that it'll be selling the new HTC One —aka M8 — in select stores from "around 4pm" on the day of announcement, March 25. That means the phone will be available for Brits to buy "just minutes" after the announcement event in London wraps up — a potentially significant development for HTC, which will get its new handset into consumers' hands ahead of the arrival of Samsung's Galaxy S5.

"Shortly after [the announcement], the new HTC One (M8) handsets will be transported directly from the venue of the launch announcement to six Carphone Warehouse stores in London. Westfield Stratford, Westfield White City, Oxford Circus, Centrepoint and Tottenham Court Road stores will all be hosting special events celebrating the HTC launch with entertainment and giveaways as well as the first chance for customers to get their hands on the new device. Carphone Warehouse at Selfridges will also be stocking the handset from the same time."

There's no word on whether the M8 will also be available on March 25 in the U.S., but either way we'll be live from both the London and NYC launch events to bring you full coverage next Tuesday!

More: What we're expecting from the new HTC One

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