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3 years ago

Samsung confirms mid-range Galaxy Note 3 Neo not coming to UK

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Other launch details remain unclear

Rumors of an upcoming mid-range version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 have been circulating in recent weeks, with photos and and spec details for the Galaxy Note 3 Neo — aka Note 3 Lite — appearing on Samsung fansite SamMobile. Leaked details point to a 5.5-inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM and a processor with six Cortex A7 cores at 1.3GHz, paired with a Mali-T624 GPU. The device is due to go up for pre-order shortly at one Belgian retailer, according to the reports.

Today Samsung has confirmed the existence of the Note 3 Neo in a short statement, while also revealing that the device won't be heading to British shores. The statement given to Android Central reads simply: “Samsung UK can confirm that the Note 3 Neo will not be coming to the UK market.”

In the absence of any detailed announcement we're left guessing as to when and where the Galaxy Note 3 Neo will actually go on sale. It's possible, however, the device might be targeted at emerging markets in order to deliver a Note-class device at a lower price point.

More coverage: SamMobile (2)

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3 years ago

LG G Pro 2 tipped for MWC debut

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Korean press reports 6-inch display, 3GB of RAM and KitKat for next 'Pro' handset

It's coming up on twelve months since we first saw the LG (Optimus) G Pro at Mobile World Congress 2013, so it's not too surprising to see reports out of Korea suggesting that a successor is on the cards for this year's MWC. Electronic Times reports that the LG G Pro 2 will feature a Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM and a 6-inch Full HD display, along with support for LTE and LTE-Advanced networks, citing "telecommunications industry" sources. The report also claims the G Pro 2 will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat, possibly making it the first LG phone to come with the new version of Android.

The purported spec sheet would have the new G Pro closely matching Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, which features a 5.7-inch 1080p display, the same Snapdragon 800  and 3GB of RAM. There's no indication as to what software tricks LG might layer atop Android 4.4, but ET's article suggests a renewed focus on multitasking given the device's vast reserves of memory. However things pan out, we'll be on the ground in Barcelona next month to bring you all the latest from LG and its rivals.

Source: ETNews (Korean)

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1s now available on T-Mobile

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$0 down and $22 per month for the phone, or $528 outright

Right on schedule, the Sony Xperia Z1s launches today on T-Mobile in the U.S. Sony's latest handset costs $528 outright, which is split into 24 payments of $22 per month. As usual with T-Mo it's $0 down, and you pay for your service on top of the monthly device fee, so you're looking at total bills starting at $72 per month for 500MB, rising to $92 per month for unlimited data.

The Xperia Z1s is essentially an Xperia Z1 tweaked for T-Mobile, with a lighter plastic frame, some minor external differences and 32 gigabytes of storage versus the Z1's 16. It's powered by the same Snapdragon 800 processor as its international cousin, with 2 gigabytes of RAM, a 1080p "Triluminos" display and a 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS camera.

Our own Anndrew Vacca came away impressed following his time with the Z1s. From his review:

The Z1s’ design is striking and unique, and its UI is empowering without being overbearing. I love the display, despite its quirks, and the Z1s’ battery life is some of the best I’ve ever encountered. And though the camera stumbles in low light, it’s fun to use and capable of producing some really great results.

Picking up a Z1s today on T-Mo? Shout out in the comments!

More: Sony Xperia Z1s review

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Gold HTC One arrives at UK retailer SIM-free

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Bag a champagne gold HTC One without a monthly contract

We were pleasantly surprised by the gold HTC One when we got our hands on the device recently. But until now UK buyers have been limited to picking up the golden phone through Carphone Warehouse and Phones4u, both of which have been limiting sales of the device to on-contract customers. Today UK retailer Expansys sends word that it's begun stocking the gold HTC One, which it's selling SIM-free for £479.99 a pop. That's not cheap, especially with a new flagship phone from HTC expected in the next month or so — but if you absolutely must have the HTC One in this exclusive color then it's probably your best bet.

Hit the source link for the product listing, and check out our hands-on feature with the gold HTC One for to get a closer look.

More: Gold HTC One hands-on

Source: Expansys

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3 years ago

KDDI shows off some impressive new Android devices for Japan

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Sharp coming up with the goods in the form of a new tablet and smartphone, not that we'll see them in the west

KDDI over in Japan has been rolling out a bunch of new devices today. Among them are some we're already familiar with such as the LG G Flex and the new WiFi only Sony Xperia Z Ultra. And then there are those we'll never get to see in western markets, such as this tablet, and a new smartphone from Sharp. Both of which are packing some pretty impressive hardware specs. 

The Aquos Pad pictured here is a 7-inch tablet, running the now somewhat outdated Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. But the interesting part is taking place around back. For this tablet contains a smartphone-class camera; a 13MP rear shooter. We don't know if it's actually any good, but if you're one who enjoys taking photos using a tablet, it has to be up there with the best of them. And, with a 1920x1200 display round the front, those full resolution photographs should be pretty great to look at. 

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3 years ago

Verizon 'rose gold white' Galaxy Note 3 pictured

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Bronze-trimmed Note 3 to be 'available exclusively on Verizon Wireless'

While we haven't spotted anything in the way of an official announcement, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in "rose gold white" has just appeared on Samsung Mobile's U.S. press site with Verizon badging. It's one of the three new Note 3 colors announced by Samsung in December, with the promise that it'd launch "according to each market’s preference." According to Samsung's entry for the device, this bronze-trimmed Note 3 will be exclusive to Verizon.

According to leaked Verizon docs seen by Android Central, you should be able to claim a $100 rebate on this new Note 3 color when it goes on sale. But for the moment it's unclear exactly when the gold Note 3 will land on Verizon — at the time of writing the carrier's site is only showing the black and white versions.

Source: Samsung Mobile U.S. Press

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3 years ago

Moto G India launch details coming Feb. 5

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Motorola has announced through its social channels that the Moto G will be headed to India, with full launch details to come on Feb. 5, two weeks from today. The Moto G, which arrived internationally in November, has proved popular thanks to its low price — $179 or £135 off-contract — and relatively impressive hardware and features. In our review of the G late last year, we described it as "a lesson to other manufacturers in how to make a good, cheap Android phone." And it's gotten even better with the recent arrival of KitKat on the device.

It's unclear what price point the Moto G will hit when it launches in India, but buyers will surely be hoping for a similarly tempting price tag. With India being a hugely important emerging market for smartphones, the Moto G's launch there could be a major development for Motorola.

More: Moto G review

Source: Motorola Mobility (Google+)

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3 years ago

Moto X wood-finish backs now available on Moto Maker site

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Ebony, teak and walnut join bamboo to round out the 'natural' back choices at Moto Maker

There were some rumors going around this morning that the wood-finish backs for the Moto X — scheduled to make their appearance today — would be delayed. We're happy to say that's not the case and the four wood choices are now available at the Moto Maker site.

The wood will cost you a $25 premium over the normal $424 (16GB) and $475 (32GB) price, but we've gotta say that in this case, it would be $25 well spent. Derek just ordered his (in teak) and delivery is expected on January 24 — this Friday.

For renders, and to just play around if you're not ordering, hit the link below and check things out. If you do pick up one of these beauties, be sure to send us a picture!

Source: Moto Maker

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3 years ago

Manual install method has Samsung Galaxy Gear working with Nexus 5

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A little hackery gets most Gear functions working with Google's latest smartphone

One of the major barriers to Galaxy Gear ownership is the watch's lack of support for non-Samsung smartphones. But now it seems it's possible to get most of the Gear's functions working in conjunction with the Nexus 5, possibly opening the door to it working — unofficially, of course — with additional third-party Android devices.

Smartwatch Fans has details of a manual install method first discovered on the XDA forums that gets the Gear Manager app and a slew of other APKs loaded onto the Nexus 5. It's a long-winded process involving pulling files out of the Gear Manager APK and installing them manually — but it eventually gets the Gear up and running with the N5, with everything except S Voice and Weather working properly.

While the process seems to work with the Nexus 5 on Android 4.4.2, we didn't have any luck repeating it on the Moto X or Sony Xperia Z1, so your mileage may vary. And of course there's no guarantee this loophole won't be closed in a future Gear update.

If you're still interested in fooling around with the Galaxy Gear on unsupported devices, hit up the source link to get started.

More: Smartwatch Fans

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3 years ago

Carphone Warehouse matching Google pricing on 16GB Nexus 5

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Grab a High Street bought Nexus 5 for just £298

A quick heads up for anyone in the UK thinking about picking up a Nexus 5 any time soon; Carphone Warehouse is currently matching Google pricing. OK, so it's only on the 16GB version, but for £298 – actually a whole £1 less than Google! – you'll be able to get one with free shipping or to collect in your local store. 

There's bound to be some killer new devices headed our way in the next couple of months, but the Nexus 5 not only represents the best way to stay on the bleeding edge of Android software, but also one of the best value-for-money smartphones you can get your hands on right now. If this is the one for you, drop by the source link below for more. 

Source: Carphone Warehouse

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1s review

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Sony and T-Mobile's Xperia Z1s is a breath of fresh air amid an increasingly stale smartphone market

It was the Xperia Z, released early last summer as a T-Mobile exclusive, that drew my attention to Sony. It was the company’s first high-profile smartphone to hit US shelves, and it was radically different from its competitors — with Sony’s exciting and fresh design language, polished UI, and superb production quality, the Xperia Z (quietly) put the rest of 2013’s Android flagships to shame, and I called its release a watershed moment for Sony here in the states.

With the Xperia Z1s, Sony has followed up in a big way, and it’s now clearer than ever that the US smartphone market has a serious new player.

The Xperia Z1s, first introduced earlier this month at CES, might not be the flashiest smartphone on the market. It may not ship with the longest list of features, or with the most powerful and future-proofed specs. You won’t see a flood of marketing hit the airwaves anytime soon, nor will you see Xperia billboards high above Times Square. But in its own reserved way, Sony and T-Mobile have quietly released one of the best smartphones on the market today. 

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3 years ago

AT&T's LG G Flex preorders start Jan. 24 for $299 on contract

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AT&T today announced that its LG G Flex will go up for preorder online and in stores starting Jan. 24. It'll cost $299 with a traditional two-year contract, $26.74 a month with the AT&T Next 18 plan, or $34.75 a month with AT&T Next 12.

No street availability was given. AT&T's official render of the G Flex shows March 17 as the phone's date — but that seems awfully late, and so we wouldn't read too much into that just yet.

For more, read our LG G Flex preview!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 seeing KitKat update in Eastern Europe

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Exynos and Snapdragon-based Note 3s get Android 4.4 in Russia and Poland

While there's been no official announcement from Samsung, the international Galaxy Note 3 has started receiving its Android 4.4 KitKat update, starting in Eastern Europe. SamMobile reports that the Snapdragon 800-based, LTE-capable Note 3 has received KitKat in Poland, while the 3G-only Exynos octa-core variant is getting it in Russia.

The updates bring both models up to Android 4.4.2, build KOT49H, which sees Samsung's UI switching to stock Android-style all white notification icons. There's also a slightly re-tooled lock screen, among other minor UI tweaks. Naturally, all the features you'd expect from KitKat-based firmware — immersive mode, transparent notification bar support and fullscreen album art on the lock screen — should be supported too.

If your Note 3 isn't from either Russia or Poland, and don't fancy forcing the Russian or Polish ROM onto your device, you'll likely have to wait another few weeks as the update trickles out to other regions. Updates are hard, but at least things are slowly improving.

Source: SamMobile

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3 years ago

Moto G finally landing in Australia on January 21

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Motorola's budget wonder to start at AU$249 for the 8GB model

Motorola's Moto G has caused some serious waves since its introduction in late 2013, and now it seems finally our friends down under in Australia are set to get their hands on it, too. According to the folks at Ausdroid, the Moto G will go on sale on Tuesday January 21, with an RRP of AU$249 for the 8GB model. The Australian model also appears to be the dual-SIM variant. 

Motorola has been noticeably absent from Australia for some time now, so it's a welcome move to see the brand return there. While the Moto G isn't quite the star the Moto X has proved to be, on sheer value-for-money alone the Moto G is virtually untouchable. Ausdroid is advising that the Australian Moto G will be launching with Android 4.3, but with the update to Android 4.4 KitKat having already hit U.S. and European devices, we don't expect it to be too long before it makes it to Australian devices either. 

If you're still undecided, be sure to check out our full Moto G review to help make your decision. 

Source: Ausdroid

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3 years ago

Further Sony Xperia Z2 'Sirius' details emerge

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More hardware and software nuggets from upcoming Sony flagship refresh

So much for Sony's effort to curb the flow of leaks of its future products. Following what might be our first look at the Sony D6503 — codenamed "Sirius" — over the weekend, we're today seeing more information on the device we might eventually come to know as the Xperia Z2. Today's leakage comes from XperiaBlog and the XDA forums and cover both hardware and software details.

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