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3 years ago

HTC One M8 in Gold arriving in the UK earlier than expected

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Just last week we reported that the Gold version of the HTC One M8 would land at Carphone Warehouse in the UK by April 7. Fast forward a few days and that seems to have improved to a new expected delivery date of April 2, with the phone going on sale online and on the phone today. So, if you've already pre-ordered one you might be receiving your shiny new handset a little earlier than you expected.

If you want to go to a brick-and-mortar to pick one up, you'll also be able to do that starting from April 2. Carphone Warehouse will sell you a Gold, Silver or Gunmetal HTC One M8 for £529.95 SIM-free. You'll find all three at the source link below.

More: In pictures: The Gold and Silver HTC One M8

Source: Carphone Warehouse

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3 years ago

HTC One M8 hitting most Asian countries by early May

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The HTC One M8 is off to a good start, and it's about to expand its reach even further. The phone's launched with a solid supply (unlike its predecessor) and what met with solid demand around in HTC's home market of Taiwan as well as in the United States and United Kingdom. But what of the rest of the world?

It's coming. Specifically, in Singapore it will hit on April 5th. Singaporeans can expect to pay SG$998 (US$792) for the HTC One M8 when it launches there later this week. According to CNET, the rest of Asia can expect to see the M8 "by early May, though no specific dates were mentioned.

In the meantime, check out our review of the HTC One M8 — we think it's pretty damn awesome.

Source: CNET

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3 years ago

Vodafone UK Xperia Z2 pre-orders ready to ship April 14

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Vodafone UK has announced that current pre-orders of the Sony Xperia Z2 will be shipping on April 14. Rival carriers seem to be experiencing delays in getting the device into the hands of customers, with delivery times slated for late April or early May. A Vodafone UK representative confirmed the date in a post on the official Vodafone forum.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia E1 goes on sale in Europe, direct from Sony for as little as €119

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The Sony Xperia E1, the 4-inch Android phone with a 100db speaker, is now on sale throughout Europe. Purchasing through Sony's online store will cost £159 in the UK, though Amazon UK and Handtec are each selling the phone for £119. Prices in the rest of Europe range from €119 in Italy, €139 in Germany and France, and go as high as €199 in Spain.

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3 years ago

Republic Wireless next in line for Moto Maker customizations for Moto X

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Republic Wireless has added Moto Maker customization for the Moto X. Beginning on April 1 at noon EST, customers will be able to customize the look of their phone. Additionally, starting at 11:00 EST, the first 2,000 customers to visit Republic's promotional website will receive a promo code for an upgrade to a wood finish back. Customers can choose from Walnut, Bamboo, Ebony, and Teak wood finishes (or any of the dozen other standard color options), which normally cost an extra $25 to add to the Moto X.

The Moto X is currently available from Republic Wireless for $349 for the 16GB model, and $399 for the 32GB model.

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3 years ago

Camera shootout: HTC One M8 vs. the iPhone 5s!

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Facts is facts: The HTC One M8 camera remains a controversial subject, with its 4-megapixel "Ultrapixel" camera. It's a different sort of shooter, aiming to let in more light and adding some interesting post-processing features, at the expense of total resolution. So how's it stand up to other current top-ranked smartphone cameras? Our sister site iMore put the M8 up against the iPhone 5s to do exactly that. As for the results? Well. ... [iMore]

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1 compact launches on Three in the UK

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Sony fans in the UK have a new option if they want a smaller handset: the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is now available on Three. Launching today both in stores and online, the Xperia Z1 Compact can be had for £29-a-month on a contract plan, or upfront for a relatively affordable £359.99 if you go for the pre-paid option.

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3 years ago

KitKat rolling out for LG G2 on Sprint

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Congratulations, LG G2 owners on Sprint, it's a KitKat. Today Sprint is pushing an update for the G2 smartphone that brings the handset up to Android 4.4. We don't have a changelog yet, but we can expect the update to bring several under-the-hood improvements as well as support for Google Cloud Printing. Or at least that's what happened when KitKat was pushed out earlier this week for the LG G2 in Canada. LG G2 owners, if you're seeing KitKat today, let us know what you think!

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3 years ago

HTC One M8 proving popular in Taiwan as demand exceeds supply

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The HTC One M8 launched last week around the globe, and early indications are that sales have been strong. In Taiwan — where HTC is headquartered — local retailer Pdaking reported that demand was outstripping supply, with orders doubling on a daily basis.

The HTC One M8 launched in Asia in Taiwan at a hefty price of NT$21,900 (around US$720) for the lower-tier 16GB model. That price is lower than both the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5, which clocks in at NT$22,900 and the Sony Xperia Z2 at a whopping NT$23,900.

A customer by the name of Lin at Pdaking said that the HTC One M8 "is definitely a bargain", and he was unsurprisingly impressed by the Ufocus features of the smartphone. Elsewhere demand for the M8 does seem to be strong, with the copious leaks leading up to the launch a good sign that HTC learned from the supply issues of the last time around and made sure they had enough devices on hand to meet demand before the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5 later in April mutes some of the thunder.

Source: Focus Taiwan

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3 years ago

Xperia Z2 up for pre-order on O2 + Three UK, availability still a month out

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Further signs of Xperia Z2 stock shortages

Sony's new flagship smartphone, the 5.2-inch Xperia Z2, is now available to pre-order from British networks O2 and Three — though customers may not receive their devices before late April or early May.

O2 has the purple and black Z2 available for pre-order on O2 Refresh Pay Monthly, priced between £609.99 and £19.99 depending on the monthly price and data allowance you choose. And Three is offering the black and white models up for pre-order on contracts costing between £38 (for 2GB) and £44 (for unlimited data) per month, with a £49 upfront fee. To sweeten the deal, Three is also offering free noise-cancelling headphones and a Sony portable speaker, while O2 throws in £80 worth of Sony entertainment and an Xperia Tablet Z for £99.99.

Pre-order buyers will have a few weeks to wait before getting their handsets, however, as Three is listing a shipping date of May 1, while O2 is expecting to have devices on their way sometime in the week of April 28. Local rival Vodafone has been taking Xperia Z2 pre-orders for the past couple of weeks, with a launch apparently scheduled for April 10. Meanwhile, smaller UK retailers have been telling customers not to expect stock until early May.

In a statement given to Android Central last week, Sony said it was "working tirelessly to maximise stock levels in April," but did not "expect to meet the high demand across all our sales channels."

Source: O2, Three

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3 years ago

Moto G reportedly boosts Motorola to six percent UK market share

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Moto Gs

£135 handset takes 'significant numbers of low-mid end customers from Samsung and Nokia,' according to report

The affordable Moto G, already Motorola's most successful smartphone ever, has powered the manufacturer to a six percent share of the British smartphone market, according to new data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. Kantar's stats are significant given that Motorola was a relative non-player in the UK market prior to the Moto X's November 2013 launch.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 baby monitor mode revealed

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Galaxy S5 baby monitor

'Baby crying detector' beams notifications to your Gear smartwatch

Samsung smartphones are all about the features, but one unique capability we didn't hear about at the Galaxy S5's Barcelona launch event is its apparent ability function as a baby monitor. Tracked down by Malaysian site SoyaCincau, the feature, dubbed "Baby crying detector" lives under the Accessibility menu and lets you alert a paired Samsung Gear smartwatch if the phone picks up the sound of a child crying.

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3 years ago

Moto G Forte leaked, improved durability for Latin America

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The Moto G has proven to be an important device for Motorola, and if the latest leak has truth to it, a more rugged version is bound for Latin America: the Moto G Forte. Meaning 'strong', the name Forte would be an appropriate one for what @evleaksES described as a phone with "improved durability."

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 acquired by Russians, promptly torn apart

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 isn't due to start sales until April 11th, but that's never been cause to pause for those that would take it apart. In this case, Russians. The comrades over at Ferra.ru got their hands on the upcoming smartphone from Samsung and tore it asunder. Well, more accurately they meticulously disassembled it.

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3 years ago

Zoes, Duo effects and video highlights on the HTC One M8

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Zoe camera

Sense 6 brings changes to HTC's animated photos and highlight reels, and new artistic effects from the M8's second camera

Zoes — HTC's little animated video/photo shots — and video highlights — a 30-second compilation reel from a particular event — were two of the main photographic features of last year's HTC One (M7). For its 2014 flagship, HTC has revisited both features as part of the Sense 6 UI. You can still shoot burst shots (up to 20, in fact) and video at the same time, though Zoes are a little more flexible on the HTC One M8. It's also easier to customize your video highlights with only the images you choose. And these can also include 3D, defocused and artistic effects from regular photos captured using the phone's dual-camera setup.

We've got more on these three key features of the new HTC One's imaging setup after the break!

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