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Motorola offers $140 off for purchases of $499.99 for Valentine’s Day

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Motorola has just announced its Valentine’s Day promotion. If you buy from the phone maker’s website directly, you’ll be able to save as much as $140 for a purchase of at least $499.99. The details are a little bit complicated however.

It all starts on February 2 at 11 am CT. From that time and until 11:59 pm CT on the same day, you’ll be able to register for a promo code worth $140 for a $499.99 purchase, or $50 off a purchase of at least $249.99. Read more »

Lumia 535 now available in the UK for £79 off-contract, locked though

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Microsoft have flooded the lower smartphone segment with a plethora of Lumia 400s and Lumia 500s. New ones are released regularly, and existing ones remain in the lineup. The Lumia 535, which stands atop the 500 series, can now be purchased for £79 off-contract.

A minor note though, off-contract doesn’t mean unlocked in this case, as the Tesco offer is limited to the carrier’s network. Read more »

€100 cashback on Samsung Tab S 10.5 and Tab S 8, Germany only

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If you’ve been postponing the purchase of a Samsung tablet on grounds of unacceptable price, now might be the best time. Provided you’re lucky enough to live in Germany, that is.

The company has announced a limited time €100 cashback offer on its premium models, the Tab S 10.5 and Tab S 8. The promotion covers both the WiFi-only and LTE enabled versions of the tablets, with a variety of color options too. Read more »

Meizu M1 Note teardown reveals phablet’s innards

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Seemingly every new smartphone out there is bound to get the teardown treatment at some point, and the Meizu M1 Note is no exception. The handset which was unveiled late last year has been carefully dismantled in its home country.

The phone bears all, letting us get one or two (or three) glimpses into the components that make it up. The whole thing is held together by a magnesium alloy chassis which is incredibly light, weighing just 16g. Read more »

Opera takeover of Nokia Store and Nokia Xpress Browser begins

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Last year Microsoft announced that Opera will take over the browsers and app stores running on Nokia’s former platforms – Series 30+, Series 40, Symbian and Nokia X.

The transition is starting this month and Microsoft promises it will be an easy change. Read more »

Wireless charging comes to the Samsung Note 4 via dedicated back covers

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It’s still a rare occurrence to find a smartphone with built-in wireless charging capabilities these days with the notable exception of the mid-to-high end Lumia lineup. Samsung has opted for a different strategy for several generations of Galaxy flagships, providing optional back covers to those who want to do away with cables.

The Galaxy Note 4 continues this tradition and, in typical Samsung fashion, two options are available, a plain charging back, and an S-View case. Read more »

Weekly poll results: Xiaomi Mi Note Pro is a definite fan favorite

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Last week we threw 6 brand new handsets in a battle for the hottest smartphone of the week. TheXiaomi Mi Note Pro turned out to be in a league of its own, winning the crown hands down for a loud and clear statement where the fan love goes.

A total of 64% of you voted for the Xiaomi top-model, which was no surprise, given the smartphone’s impressive specsheet and attractive looks. Read more »

YotaPhone 2 hands-on

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YotaPhone 2 is among those smartphones you just can’t miss in the news. It is unique and innovative and we just had to take it for a spin. So, here is the unique YotaPhone 2 arriving at our office. And it has a premium retail box to match.

The YotaPhone 2 isn’t just a flagship with a 5″ 1080p AMOLED screen and running on a Snapdragon 800 chip. It is more than just a phone, thanks to its rear 4.7″ electronic paper display, which can be used as an e-book reader, as well as a primary display to operate the basic phone functions. Read more »

Huawei CEO accuses Xiaomi Mi Note Pro of poor battery life

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Huawei CEO Richard Yu recently shared his thoughts on Xiaomi’s latest flagship handset – the Mi Note Pro. It appears that he was less than pleased with the phablet’s battery life after being able to experience it firsthand.

The Xiaomi Mi Note Pro is equipped with a 6-inch QHD display and has a 3,000mAh battery. This is precisely where Richard’s grudge with the device lies. According to a recent post he made on Weibo, the CEO considers that the resolution is overkill for a screen of this size and the human eye has difficulties distinguishing between Full HD and QHD at this scale. He continue to criticize Xiaomi’s hardware of choice by stating that the power-hungry, high-resolution display only diminishes battery life. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy A5 hands-on

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Who said the midrange had to look classless? Not Samsung – the Galaxy A5 is a grand exclamation to the opposite – it’s an upper midrange smartphone with a quality build and quality specs all without pushing you to flagship-worthy expenses.

The Samsung Galaxy A5 flaunts a 6.7mm body with an exquisite flat metal frame with metal buttons, a white pearl finish that flashes different nuances under light, a 5″ 720p panel of Super AMOLED quality up front and a very acceptable weight of 123g. Read more »

Oppo pokes fun at ordinary non-rotating cameras in a new commercial

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Oppo has been trying to bring something truly innovative to the smartphone world for some time. Among its main accomplishments is the rotating camera, which debuted with the Oppo N1 and went motor-driven on the Oppo N3, something which the company is genuinely proud of.

In a recent commercial, showcasing the N3′s key feature, a crowd of tourists is wreaking havoc in an art gallery, breaking sculptures and stumbling upon other people. Read more »

Microsoft’s HoloLens promo video arrives, quickly goes viral

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Sci-fi has always had a thing for virtual reality, and it appears that is not just fiction writers. In real life we’re slowly inching our way there, trying to get the augmented kind working properly at this point. With the Google Glass project on hold, Microsoft is up to offer an alternative with its HoloLens.

And a great alternative at that, if you judge by the response its promotional video is receiving on YouTube. Read more »

BlackBerry CEO wants it to be mandatory to make apps for every platform

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It’s no secret that developers prefer iOS and Android when it comes to making applications and services for the mobile platform. While this is great for users on these platforms (which, let’s face it, are the majority of the smartphone users out there) it leaves people on BlackBerry or Windows Phone devices out in the cold.

To be honest, there’s not much you can do about that. I mean, it’s not as if you can just force developers to create apps for BlackBerry and Windows. But that’s exactly what BlackBerry CEO John Chen thinks should happen. Read more »

HTC One (M8) GPE disappears from the Google Play store

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The Google Play edition HTC One (M8) is no longer available to order from the search giant’s online store. The handset was quietly removed from Google Play.

HTC One (M8) was the last Google Play edition device which was available for purchase. Read more »

Meet WhatSim – a globe-trotting SIM for WhatsApp messaging

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You can now buy a SIM card dedicated exclusively to chatting on WhatsApp in one of 150 countries. It’s called WhatSim and will automatically switch between a total of 400 carriers.

For a €10 a year fee text messages are free, while photo, video and voice messages are priced on a credit system. Read more »