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2 years ago

Moto G available Jan. 20 on Boost Mobile for $129

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A quick heads up, folks, that Motorola's budget-friendly Moto G smartphone will be available on Boost Mobile starting Jan. 20. It runs just $129 on Boost's no-contract $55-a-month plan. You get 50GB of Google Drive space along with that, of course.

Boost's Moto G will launch with Android 4.3 but should get its Android 4.4 update shortly, Boost says.

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2 years ago

First look: The European Moto X in London

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Moto X gets a British accent and a hefty price tag

It's taken five months, but the Moto X is finally headed to Europe — specifically the UK, France and Germany — from Feb. 1. Moto's flagship, now sporting European 4G LTE support, comes with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, and a familiar array of features that American Moto X owners have been getting acquainted with since the fall. There's Touchless Control, which lets you command your device using the "OK Google Now" keyword, in addition to active display, which shows you notifications on-screen in place of a notification LED. And other highlights include the unique wiggle gesture to bring up the camera app, and Trusted Bluetooth to let you disable lock screen security if you're paired with your favorite accessory. In essence, it's the same Moto X we declared the best Android phone around just a couple of months ago.

But the European Moto X's greatest weakness could be its hefty SIM-free price tag. It'll sell "from £25 per month" on contract, we're told, but if you want a Moto X without a monthly plan it'll set you back £380 (around $610) for the 16GB version. What's more, Moto Maker isn't available in Europe yet (it's apparently "a few months" away), so you're limited to the black and white versions. Even then, Phones4u will be the only outlet to offer the white version for the first three months of availability.

So Europeans finally get a Moto X designed for their networks, but a few pain points remain at launch. We got our hands on the European Moto X earlier today, so check out our quick look video and photo gallery after the break.

More: Moto X review

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2 years ago

LG G Flex now avaliable for preorder from Carphone Warehouse in the UK

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If you're in the UK and are looking to get your curve on, the LG G Flex (see our initial review) is now available for preorder from Carphone Warehouse. It's available from £52 a month, CPW says, with a £79 handset cost, or £42 a month as part of an upgrade with no handset cost. 

You can have it in any color you want, so long as it's black.

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2 years ago

Motorola brings the Moto X to the UK

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Moto X coming to British customers in February for £380

Five months after the device was announced for the U.S., Motorola has today unveiled the Moto X for the UK ahead of a day of events in London. The European Moto X is the same device Americans have been using since the fall — a 4.7-inch display with a hand-friendly design and Motorola's X8 mobile computing system, combining a dual-core AP with silicon for contextual processing and always-on voice commands. The UK Moto X will run Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, and come with all the software features we've seen on the U.S. model — such as active display, touchless control and trusted Bluetooth — only with support for UK 3G and 4G LTE networks.

Motorola says the device will go on sale from February 1, and will cost £380 outright. We won't be getting any Moto Maker facilities right now, so we're limited to the black and white versions. 16GB will be the standard model available, but a 32GB Moto X can be yours from the Motorola website when it goes on sale. 

Update: Following the London event, Motorola has confirmed again the February 1 launch date, applicable to the UK and also to France and Germany. So far, only one UK carrier partner has been announced, O2, and the Moto X will be available on contract from £25 per month. In addition to buying through O2 and Motorola direct, Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4U will also both be stocking the Moto X, with the white version initially being exclusive to Phones 4U. 

In addition, Motorola confirmed to us that the 32GB version will not in fact be available in the UK at this time. 

More: Moto X review

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2 years ago

Sony announces 6-inch Xperia T2 Ultra and Ultra dual for emerging markets

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Huge device with solid specs and dual SIM option targeted at the mid-range buyer

Sony is expanding its large device lineup today with the Xperia T2 Ultra and Ultra dual. Targeted at a more price-sensitive buyer in emerging markets such as China, the Middle East and Africa — as you would expect with a dual SIM option — the Xperia T2 Ultra brings many headline features and Sony design elements but cuts corners in a few places to lower the cost.

This budget behemoth offers a 6-inch 720 x 1280 Triluminous display, a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage (plus SDcard support), a 3000mAh battery, NFC and LTE data access all running with Android 4.3. Sony is also making a point that these devices ship with a 13MP camera and several advanced camera modes. It is also available in three hallmark Sony colors — white, black and purple.

Mid-range devices that carry the same styling and many of the features of its higher-end devices are very important for Sony's brand recognition and market share, particularly in these emerging markets. While much of the focus may be put on its flagships launching in Western markets, the Xperia T2 Ultra and Ultra dual (what a wonky name that is) can sell well if the prices are right.

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2 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1s now available from T-Mobile online

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This, folks, is how you launch a phone. Announced just last week at CES in Las Vegas, the Sony Xperia Z1s is now available on T-Mobile's website. It'll cost you $528 outright, or free if you're willing to pay $22 a month for two years. The Z1s isn't terribly different from its first iteration. Here's how we put it in our hands-on from the show:

The first difference between the two is the weight; the Z1s is lighter than the Z1, and it's a little more plasticky in construction compared to its sibling. The design remains largely the same, with the same power button on the side, magnetic charging dock connectors and SIM slot. Cosmetically they're virtually identical then, with only the headphone jack being noticeably different in location on the Z1s.

Be sure to check out T-Mobile's coverage maps if you're looking at making the switch.

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2 years ago

Vodafone UK confirms Moto G coming soon

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Mid range device coming to large UK carrier soon

We've seen that Motorola is set to launch what we believe is the Moto X in Europe next week, and Vodafone UK has announced that they will be carrying the Moto G as well. Unfortunately Vodafone has yet to announce pricing, as they are holding that for the launch, but we can bet it will likely be less than from Motorola directly. Voda says its Moto G will run Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box — interesting as that update still hasn't landed on the European model.

If you haven't already checked out our review of the Moto G or checked out how it compares to some other devices, you will want to do that now. Would you be interested in making the Moto G your next device?

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2 years ago

Gold HTC One hands-on

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One of our 2013 favorites, revisited in an exclusive new color

We've spent all week getting to know some of this year's most-anticipated upcoming Android devices at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. But as we head towards the end of the week, there's just time to take a look at one of our favorite Android phones, we've been able to spend some time with one of our favorites from 2013 in a bold new color option. As announced shortly before the holidays, the HTC One now comes in gold — at least in some European countries — with a darker trim around its edges.

And in our video and photo galleries after the break we'll compare this lustrous new HTC One to the classic silver version, and Apple's rival gold iPhone 5s. Enjoy!

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2 years ago

ZTE shows off phones, phablets and hot spot projectors #CESlive

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You put the hotspot inside the Android powered projector?!

Cali and Kevin welcomed Andrew from ZTE to the stage to discuss some of the new exciting offerings from ZTE that they announced at CES this year. Having announced 7 new devices, ZTE is quite proud of being the number 4 smartphone manufacturer in the US right now. From the Nubia 5S to Android powered hot spot projector, ZTE is looking to please a wide variety of customers with their new devices. 

Check out the full video above to see Kevin and Cali get the low down on some of the new offerings from ZTE and check out all of our continuing coverage as well.

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2 years ago

Motorola offering free Chromecast with off contract Moto X purchase

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New promotion puts a free Chromecast in your cart

If the recent price drop wasn't enough to make you purchase a Moto X, Motorola hopes their new deal may be the one. For those who purchase a Moto X at full retail will be eligible for a free Chromecast as well, and who doesn't love free stuff -- right. Taking part in this promotion is easy, simply add a 16GB or 32GB Moto X to your cart, and a Chromecast, and then use the promo code STREAM, and the Chromecast becomes free.

Whether you are interested in the 16GB version for $399, or would rather the 32GB for $449 if you purchase prior to 1/14/14 you can get a Chromecast in addition at no additional cost.

No more excuses, get to designing!

Source: Motorola

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2 years ago

Both hands-on with the 6.8-inch Hisense X1

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Think your 5-inch phone is big? Here's a handset from China carrying a tablet-class display

The 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3? Tiny. The 5.9-inch HTC One Max? Petite. Sony's 6.4-inch Z Ultra? Dwarfed. Meet the Hisense X1 handset, on show at the Chinese manufacturer's CES booth in Las Vegas today. With a gargantuan 6.8-inch 1080p display, the X1 is almost as large as some of the smaller Android tablets out there — and while we weren't able to pocket-test the devices on show here today, we did have difficulty using it with any less than two hands. And externally it looks more than a little like the HTC One, with metallic sections at the top and bottom, and a subtly curved back panel. A variety of colors are available, including matte black, a glossier white and metallic blue and grey.

On the inside the device runs a quad-core Snapdragon CPU at 2.3GHz — likely a Snapdragon 800 — with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, so we're looking at typical high-end Android internals. There's a 13-megapixel camera around the back, a 5-megapixel front-facer and a whopping 3,900mAh battery to power the gigantic display. The model on show at the Hisense CES booth is for China Mobile, with 4G LTE support for that carrier.  The X1 runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Hisense's own custom UI, which focuses on flat icons and pastel colors, and performance is just as speedy as we'd expect from the hardware.

It's unclear whether the X1 in its current configuration will ever see a U.S. release, but buyers on China Mobile should be able to pick it up later this year, along with a range of accessories. We've got both of our hands on the Hisense X1 in our video after the break, along with some more photos.

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2 years ago

HTC talks phones, phones and more phones at #CESlive

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Small phone, big phone, bigger phone — HTC brought it all (but nothing really new just yet) to Las Vegas

Jeff Gordon from HTC took a couple of minutes to talk to John P and Derek Kessler and recap the devices we saw in 2013. From the unparalleled build quality of the HTC One to the bigger brother HTC One Max and even the mid range Desire series devices it was a busy year for HTC.

Build quality has always been a strong point for HTC, and we are excited to see what 2014 brings from them. Check out just over 11 minutes of great conversation in the video above.

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2 years ago

In pictures: Sony's new phones at CES 2014

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At its two-hour press conference at CES, Sony unveiled a raft of new products, including the Xperia Z1s — a version of the Xperia Z1 for T-Mobile U.S. — and the Xperia Z1 Compact, a miniaturized version of the Z1 for global markets. We've been playing around with Sony's new handsets here in Las Vegas over the past day, and we've brought you hands-on coverage of both devices. Now we've got a full gallery of the Z1s and Z1 Compact, along with the European Xperia Z1, giving you a complete comparison of Sony's current flagship lineup. Check 'em out after the break.

More: Sony Xperia ​Z1s hands-on, Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hands-on

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Round

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Curved smartphones are now officially a thing, and the Samsung Galaxy Round is one of the first devices of this kind to emerge. While there's no word on any Western launch for the device, it's on sale now in Korea, and we've had the chance to get our hands on one for a quick demo.

With a 5.7-inch display the Galaxy Round is one of the larger handsets out there, but the subtle curve to the display makes it slightly narrower and more hand-friendly than that device. Similarly, the curved back makes for a comfortable fit in the palm.

The Note 3 similarities continue under the hood, with a Snapdragon 800 processor and 3GB of RAM, backed up by 32GB of storage. On the software side, you're looking at a familiar TouchWiz UI with all the apps and features we've come to expect, in addition to some new tricks linked to the curvaceous chassis. Tilt the phone when it's off to view notifications, missed calls and battery levels, tilt in the Gallery app to view albums, and tilt at the lock screen for an animated water effect.

We've got a quick hands-on demo after the break, along with more photos.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with Sony's background defocus camera app

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Sony brings a new camera feature to the T-Mobile Xperia Z1s

When Sony launched the Xperia Z1 last year, it introduced a new camera apps with several mini-apps for taking various kinds of shots. And now with the T-Mobile-bound Xperia Z1s the company is launching a new, exclusive "background defocus" app to for taking macro shots with artistically blurry backgrounds.

Launched from the main camera menu, background defocus lets you select an object in the foreground to focus on, then hit the shutter button and take your photo. Next you'll enter the defocus editing mode, where you can control the level and type of blur being used — a regular soft blur, or vertical or horizontal motion blur. When you've selected your blur type and level, hitting the check button will save your shot to the gallery.

The new background defocus mode is exclusive to the Xperia Z1s for the moment, though given the ease with which new camera features can be added to the Z1's camera, we wouldn't be surprised to see it on other handsets in the future. Check out our hands-on video for a quick walkthrough.

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