iPhone 5S now just $99.99 with contract, or even free with trade-in
Apr18

iPhone 5S now just $99.99 with contract, or even free with trade-in

Many Android-powered smartphones see hefty discounts at third-party retailers, some even days after they launch. It’s not unusual to find such a company selling an Android device for half of what carriers are asking for it. But things are and always have been different when it comes to iPhones. They’re usually not ever seen on sale at anything other than the recommended price – which, for the current flagship, is...

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Next Google Nexus smartphone may be powered by MediaTek
Apr18

Next Google Nexus smartphone may be powered by MediaTek

File this one under “crazier things have happened in the mobile world”, will you? The latest rumor originating in China says Google will choose MediaTek as the chipset supplier for the next Nexus smartphone. Now that may seem unlikely given how much everyone uses Qualcomm chips these days, but remember that Google did turn to TI for the processor in the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. MediaTek is the up-and-coming mobile chipset...

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High-end Tizen smartphone from Samsung out by the end of June, Android-based smartwatch in the works
Apr16

High-end Tizen smartphone from Samsung out by the end of June, Android-based smartwatch in the works

Samsung’s oft-delayed first Tizen smartphone could actually be headed for a release this year. Sure, that’s not very believable, given the company’s track record on the matter and how many times we have so far heard that this mythical Tizen beast was just around the corner, but this time it might just be. No, really. This time it’s real. Or at least that’s what a Samsung executive told Reuters. The South...

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Amazon’s first smartphone smiles in leaked photos, has some specs outed and 3D effects confirmed
Apr15

Amazon’s first smartphone smiles in leaked photos, has some specs outed and 3D effects confirmed

For years, Amazon has been rumored to be working on its own smartphone, though 2014 may just be the year when it finally becomes reality. In fact, it could be announced in June and released by the end of September. The device has been photographed for the first time, as you can see below. Though what we do see isn’t much, because Amazon’s first smartphone is secured tightly inside a protective shell that’s meant to...

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Samsung’s first Windows Phone 8.1 handset will be the Ativ Core
Apr04

Samsung’s first Windows Phone 8.1 handset will be the Ativ Core

A couple of days ago Microsoft officially introduced Windows Phone 8.1, the latest version of its mobile operating system. At the same event, Nokia unveiled its first smartphones running that variation of the OS, namely the Lumia 930 and the Lumia 630/635. Today, Verizon has started taking pre-orders for the Samsung Ativ SE, though that handset still runs Windows Phone 8, because the newest software wasn’t available in time for...

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Moto G Forte launches in Mexico, isn’t a rugged version of the smartphone after all
Apr03

Moto G Forte launches in Mexico, isn’t a rugged version of the smartphone after all

Only a few days after it got leaked, the Moto G Forte has been made official in Mexico today. Late last month when we first heard about it, we were wondering whether it was really going to be a ruggedized version of the Moto G, or perhaps just a bundle deal whereas you’d get a free case with a new (and ‘vanilla’) Moto G. Want to guess which one it actually is? No, Motorola hasn’t announced a new smartphone. So...

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Nokia Lumia 930, Lumia 630, and Lumia 635 announced with Windows Phone 8.1
Apr03

Nokia Lumia 930, Lumia 630, and Lumia 635 announced with Windows Phone 8.1

Today during Microsoft’s Build conference, Nokia announced three new Windows Phones. And yes, among those are both the much-leaked Lumia 630 as well as the Lumia 930, a handset that at one point was said not to be outed on this occasion. Alas, it was. All three devices run Windows Phone 8.1, the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile OS, which just got introduced today. The Nokia Lumia 930 is, as was rumored, basically an...

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Samsung Ativ SE for Verizon has specs leaked, won’t run Windows Phone 8.1 from day one
Mar31

Samsung Ativ SE for Verizon has specs leaked, won’t run Windows Phone 8.1 from day one

Samsung’s next Windows Phone will be called Ativ SE and it will be a Verizon exclusive. These things have been known for quite a while thanks to various rumors and leaks. Press renders depicting the Ativ SE were leaked a couple of times too, but a full spec list has so far not been brought to light. Now though, courtesy of The Verge and some “sources familiar with Verizon’s plans” we can tell you what to expect...

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Nokia Lumia 930 may not get unveiled on April 2. First Windows Phone 8.1 devices out on April 23
Mar31

Nokia Lumia 930 may not get unveiled on April 2. First Windows Phone 8.1 devices out on April 23

A while back we heard that Nokia would announce two new Windows Phones during Microsoft’s Build conference, which takes place between April 2 and April 4. These were to be the Lumia 630 and the Lumia 930. In the meantime, Nokia itself teased an announcement at Build on April 2. Now though a conflicting report says only the Lumia 630 will be outed at that point, whereas the Lumia 930 will remain a mystery for a while longer. This...

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Huawei-made EE Kestrel announced as the UK’s most affordable 4G LTE capable smartphone
Mar26

Huawei-made EE Kestrel announced as the UK’s most affordable 4G LTE capable smartphone

In the UK, Orange has had some experience with launching own-brand smartphones, so perhaps it’s natural then that EE would go that route sooner or later too – since EE is part Orange, part T-Mobile. The UK’s first 4G operator, EE has now announced the Kestrel, an Android-powered smartphone made by Huawei. It will be out around the end of April, and it will be the cheapest 4G handset offered on Pay as you go. In such...

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