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Samsung announce the Galaxy S4 Active

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Samsung Electronics today announced the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, designed to enhance the life experiences of actives users who want to stay connected even when they’re out exploring the most rugged mountain trails or the roughest rivers.

Simon Stanford, Vice President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland said: “The Galaxy S4 Active offers all the great features of the original Galaxy S4, but with added innovative protective design elements to suit our most active customers. Built for an outdoors lifestyle, the Galaxy S4 Active is a life companion for all environments.”

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HTC One X+ gets a discount at Expansys

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If you are in the market for a new SIM free Android device you may well want to consider the HTC One X+. Expansys have knocked £50 of the price meaning you can pick one up for just £349.99.

What you get for your money:

  • Increased performance, longer battery life and expanded internal storage
  • 1.7 GHz quad-core NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 AP37 processor
  • 64GB of internal storage
  • 2100 mAh battery, giving you up to 50% (6 hours) more talk time

Sounds like a bargain to me. Head on over to Expansys for more info.


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Sony announce the Xperia M

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Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today introduces Xperia M featuring Sony’s innovative one-touch functions for effortless connectivity, and signature premium design.

Xperia M is designed to bring Sony experiences to a new market and price point; NFC connectivity for one-touch functions, stunning design and a range of technologies including: a high quality screen for sharp viewing; smart camera functionality for impressive pictures and videos; Battery STAMINA Mode for outstanding battery life; and Sony’s signature media apps for enjoying photos, music, movies and games on the go, integrating Sony Entertainment Network services directly in the apps.

“Consumers looking for their first steps into the world of Xperia smartphones, would be well-advised to look at Xperia M or Xperia Mdual,” said Calum MacDougall, Director of Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications. “Both models benefit from Sony’s proven innovation and engineering expertise, and are perfect for those who want the premium technology and experiences often only associated with high-end models.”

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ChargeGenie unboxing and hands on – The perfect battery back up?

If you are looking for a back up plan for keeping your mobile battery topped up then the ChargeGenie will be right up your street. Although only 1400mAh in capacity that’s more than enough to get most folk through a day. The ChargeGenie has one super cool feature and that’s that on one side of it houses two sticky gel pads meaning the device can stick to the back of any smartphone and charging is then done via the MicroUSB port. No residue is left on the phone at all.

The ChargeGenie is clearly going to add some bulk to your smartphone but it isn’t too big that it stops you from using your device as normal. I’ve used it both with the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 and typing with the Genie on the back has not hindered me at all.

The ChargeGenie gets the thumbs up from me and I will continue to carry it with me when out of the house for extended periods of time. With it’s sticky gel pads it’s the perfect back up plan as far as I’m concerned.

You can catch the unboxing and demo video below:

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Expansys drop the Samsung ATIV S price by half


Looking for a Windows Phone? You may want to take advantage of the massive price drop Expansys are currently offering on the Samsung ATIV S. You can pick it up SIM free for just £244.99 – down from £499.99!

Features you’ll love:
  • HD Super AMOLED 4.8 inch display
  • Windows 8 – fresh new operating system with live tiles
  • 8MP Camera with LED flash – 1.9MP snapper on the front
  • 16GB Storage – microSD (up to 32GB)
  • Large 2300 mAh battery

Head on over to Expansys and grab yourself a bargain.


Posted by: James

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The Sony Xperia SP is now available on Three’s Ultrafast network on both Monthly and Pay As You Go price plans through online and in all Three stores.

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The Ultrafast ready Sony Xperia SP is available for £26 a month with no upfront cost on the Ultimate Internet 500 plan and for £29 a month with no upfront cost on The One Plan. Both plans come with no surprise out-of-bundle data charges and all-you-can-eat data.
The device is also available on Pay As You Go for £349.99 plus a top up. All in One 15 costs £15 and gives 30-day access to all-you-can-eat data along with 300 any-network minutes and 3,000 texts. Or All in One 25 costs £25 and offers 500 minutes, 3,000 texts and all-you-can-eat data for a 30-day period.

With a stunning premium design including a high-quality HD 4.6 inch screen the XperiaT SP offers the ultimate viewing experience. Perfect for scrolling through pictures, browsing the web or watching YouTube clips on Three’s new Ultrafast network. The colour changing notification bar can also be personalised to show when a call or text is received or even set to pulse to the beat of music – a must have to avoid missed calls and messages.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 sales booming


Samsung Electronics today announced that global channel sales of its Galaxy S4, a life companion for a richer, fuller, simpler life, has surpassed 10 million units sold in less than one month after its commercial debut. Launched globally on April 27, the phone is estimated to be selling at a rate of four units per second.

The Galaxy S4 sets a new record for Samsung, generating sales quicker than any of its predecessors. Sales of the Galaxy S III reached the 10-million mark 50 days after its launch in 2012, while the Galaxy S II took five months and the Galaxy S seven months to reach the same milestone.

“On behalf of Samsung, I would like to thank the millions of customers around the world who have chosen the Samsung Galaxy S4. At Samsung we’ll continue to pursue innovation inspired by and for people,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of the IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.

The Galaxy S4 was developed to enhance the meaningful moments in our lives through its innovative features and superior hardware. It has the world’s first Full HD Super AMOLED display that showcases images at their very best on a 5-inch screen with 441ppi. Equipped with a powerful rear 13MP camera, the Galaxy S4 also boasts a Dual Camera function that allows simultaneous use of both front and rear cameras. The Galaxy S4’s new and innovative software features include Air View and Air Gesture for effortless tasks, while it also keeps people up-to-date with information about their health and wellbeing using S Health.

Samsung Galaxy S4 is available in more than 110 countries and will gradually be rolled out to a total of 155 countries in cooperation with 327 partners. Samsung is planning to introduce more colour variations to meet various consumer tastes and preferences. In addition to the currently available White Mist and Black Forest, new colour iterations will be added this summer, including Blue Arctic and Red Aurora, followed by Purple Mirage and Brown Autumn. UK availability on these colour variations is to be confirmed.


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HTC announce the Desire 600 with dual SIM heading to Russia, Ukraine and MEA

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HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, has today unveiled the new HTC Desire 600 dual sim, the first mid-range handset to offer HTC’s latest Sense 5 experience; HTC BlinkFeed and HTC BoomSound, most recently launched as part of the award-winning HTC One. Taking full advantage of Android Jelly Bean, the new model also offers super-fast quad-core performance, while the advanced Video Highlights feature enables maximum creativity at a more affordable price tag.

“People rely on their smartphones every day to be their news channel, email inbox, social network and music player,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “The HTC Desire 600 dual sim combines speed and easy multitasking with the truly innovative HTC BlinkFeed home screen. The result is an affordable mid-range phone that sets the standard for its class, keeping the busiest user up-to-date at a glance and offering them the power and range of features to switch between work and play.”
A smartphone designed to keep pace with life

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Samsung Galaxy Mega to be available SIM free in July


Expansys have told us today that the monster Samsung Galaxy Mega is due to arrive in the UK in July. At this stage an exact date and price cant be  confirmed but as soon as we have them we’ll let you know.

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is a versatile device that combines the convenience of a smartphone with the impressive power and viewing experience of a tablet. At 6.3-inches it’s the perfect device for those customers who need an incredibly capable smartphone with a little something extra.

With a 1.7GHz dual-core CPU and a stunningly large 6.3-inch HD display with a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution the Galaxy Mega is anything but small and compact. But despite its large frame the Mega is still ultra thin and light, making it easy to hold and operate with one hand. The large screen with landscape mode support offers a great viewing experience for all your video content, web browsing or reading.

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The Motorola RAZR i now available from Three and it’s pretty cheap


The Motorola RAZR i is available for £17 a month with no upfront cost on the Essential Internet 100 plan. It is also available for £20 a month with no upfront cost and offering all-you-can-eat data on the Ultimate Internet 100 plan. Both plans come with a guarantee of no surprise out-of-bundle data charges.

The device is also available on Pay As You Go for £249.99 plus a top up. All in One 15 costs £15 and gives 30-day access to all-you-can-eat data along with 300 any-network minutes and 3,000 texts. Or All in One 25 costs £25 and offers 500 minutes, 3,000 texts and all-you-can-eat data for a 30-day period.

The Motorola RAZR i has an edge-to-edge 4.3-inch screen which fits snugly within the phone’s compact design. This vibrant display is protected by aircraft-grade aluminium, a Gorilla® Glass front and even has a splash proof coating, so people won’t need to worry about accidental spills or splashes.
An 8 megapixel camera with dedicated camera button launches the camera in less than a second, even when the phone is on standby. Plus, in burst mode the Motorola RAZR i can take up to 10 shots a second which means it’s even easier to capture the perfect shot.

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