Mobile retailer Phones 4U is the first of the SIM-free phone shops to hit out inbox with official UK price numbers for the new Moto G, announcing that the quad-core Android 4.3 model will cost just £134.99 when bought on a SIM-free deal through the chain. And it goes on sale online right now. That’s a pretty insane price for a very capable phone.
The retailer will also bundle it together with a PAYG SIM for £119 if you purchase £10 or airtime, plus it’ll be “free” on a variety of tariffs from just £11. This is going to be everyone’s new phone. Or at least, everyone’s wife’s new phone.
Check it out over at Phones 4U. We suspect there might be a bit of a rush about to start, so don’t fuss over if you want one. Just get one. Then decide if you need it later. Here’s the thing:
WE’RE GETTING THE NEW MOTO G – MOTOROLA’S EXCEPTIONAL PHONE AT AN EXCEPTIONAL PRICE!
The new Moto G is available to buy at Phones 4u NOW!
13th NOVEMBER, 2013: Today we’re thrilled to announce that the highly anticipated Moto G – the first device launched in the UK developed under Motorola’s Google ownership – is available to buy now at Phones 4u online, and will be available to buy in our 700+ stores by this Friday 15th November 2013.
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After the usual series of leaks and misdirection, we now have official confirmation of the existence of the Motorola Moto G. The new Android phone runs on a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset clocked at 1.2GHz, powering a 4.5-inch 720p display. Moto G has dual cameras (5MP and 1.3MP), plus there’s 8GB of onboard storage space (and a 16GB option) and Android 4.3 as the launch OS — and Motorola is “guaranteeing” an update to the 4.4 KitKat release by January of 2014.
There’s only 1GB of RAM onboard the Moto G which may ruin some of Motorola’s more ballsy performance promises, but it’s still quite an impressive package given its $179 US asking price. Here it is:
Motorola’s pitching the Moto G as a cheap smartphone that offers a high-end experience that beats the iPhone 5S in many areas for a lower price.
UK network O2 has priced the Moto G at £129.99 on a PAYG contract from November 27th, while Phone 4U is selling it for £135 SIM-free, which is MADNESS. We will have one of them. Here’s the UK press release, which confirms a price of £135 for the 8GB model and £159 for the 16GB version:
Introducing Moto G: An Exceptional Phone At An Exceptional Price
People all around the world want to be a part of the mobile Internet so they can access the world’s information, share, and connect with the things that matter to them. But the smartphone industry has relegated hundreds of millions of smartphone buyers to second-class status, preventing them from experiencing the mobile Internet at its best.
That’s because price-conscious consumers who don’t want to pay £400 or more for high-end smartphones have been left with two bad options. The first is to buy cheap, new smartphones made with second-rate technology that don’t do justice to modern apps and experiences like navigation, video chat and games. The second is to buy “low cost” versions of premium products that were released two or three years ago and are already obsolete. Read the full article »
New data compiled and released by IDC shows Android smashing through another milestone as it heads toward total world domination, with the analyst claiming that 81% of all smartphones shipped in Q3 of 2013 were powered by Android. In terms of numbers, that’s a staggering 211.6 million individual Android phones, with nearly 40% of the total being made by the unstoppable Samsung.
Overall sales of smartphones grew 39.9% when compared with the same quarter of 2012, with Microsoft’s Windows Phone ambitions benefiting from a 156% year-on-year growth spurt. Here are the cold, hard, dry stats:
Absolutely insane numbers there from Android. I’ve just tried counting up to 211.6 million, and can tell you it’s an extremely large number indeed. Read the full analysis over at IDC.
One of HTC’s smaller and less glamorous options is now available in the UK, with tech chain Carphone Warehouse now selling the HTC Desire 500. The phone’s powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor, which feeds a 4.3-inch, 480 x 800 resolution display. It’s not going to be a monster in any department, but is there for people after a cheap entry to the smartphone world.
And there’s a white one with blue/green accents that looks quite nice. Here’s proof:
There’s an 8megapixel camera around the back, plus HTC’s usual software tweaks. Apparently it’s a Carphone Warehouse exclusive for the time being, so explore your options here if tempted.
Here’s the thing:
HTC Desire 500 lands in the UK as Carphone Warehouse becomes
first retailer to range new handset
HTC packs amazing camera with Video Highlights into quad-core-powered HTC Desire 500
London, November 11, 2013 – Carphone Warehouse has become the first UK retailer to start selling HTC’s mid-range Desire 500. The handset is now on sale in stores nationwide across all major mobile networks.
Carphone Warehouse has snapped up an exclusive on the Shimmer White version of the handset and will also range the Lacquer Black version of the phone. The HTC Desire 500 will make Quadcore processing speeds more accessible to a wider group of consumers.
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The Advent Vega is back! Currys and PC World are about to launch the Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 here in the UK, a 7-inch tablet running on Nvidia’s Tegra 4 platform. It arrives with something known as the Nvidia DirectStylus — a stylus — and a quad-core chipset that Nvidia claims makes this the “world’s fastest” 7-inch tablet.
Here’s a look at it. It’s the Tegra Note with an Advent Vega logo on it, basically:
Currys & PC World say they’ll begin taking orders for the Tegra Note on November 7th, ahead of a full launch on November 15th. The price is £179.99, so it had better be decent. Here’s the thing:
The listing for the Vega Tegra Note is now live on PC World, where the tech specs confirm it’s a slightly disappointing 1280 x 800 resolution device, with just the 1GB of RAM. Not quite as revolutionary a product as the original and mighty Advent Vega.
ADVENT brings the Vega Tegra Note 7 – powered by NVIDIA Tegra 4 – to Currys & PC World
New ADVENT Vega Tegra Note 7 tablet now available at the UK’s leading electrical retailers, Currys & PC World
Perfect for gaming, music and movies – and including a stylus for quick note taking – the Tegra Note 7 combines iconic industrial design and superior performance capabilities with an accessible price point
ADVENT Vega Tegra Note 7 available for Â£179.99
LONDON: Wednesday 6th November 2013: UK computing brand ADVENT, sold exclusively through the UK’s leading electrical retailers Currys & PC World, today announced the launch of its new NVIDIAÂ® TegraÂ® 4-powered ADVENT Vega Tegra Note 7 tablet. The device will be available for pre-order from Thursday 7th November, and launch on November 15th, at a starting price of Â£179.99.
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New mobile startup Kazam has announced a range of Android phones it’ll soon be launching in the UK market, in the form of the Kazam Trooper and Kazam Thunder. The Thunder is the most exciting of the forthcoming smartphones, offering a 4.5-inch display outputting at 480 x 854 resolution, powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and with 1GB of RAM.
The Thunder also comes with dual cameras (8MP and 2MP), Android 4.2 is its launch OS and it looks like this:
That’s the Thunder. Here’s the Trooper:
The Trooper’s the cheaper choice, coming in FIVE screen size options from 3.5-inch all the way up to 5.5-inch. The different size Troopers all look a bit different from each other, so we suspect this is a well organised rebadging campaign. But still. More cheap phones can’t be a bad thing.
Read more over at Kazam. No prices are available as yet. We’re fantasising about sub-£100 for the lot of them.
The Samsung Galaxy Zoom cameraphone thing is available on a super-cheap monthly tariff over at Carphone Warehouse, where the mobile can be yours for “free” on a £21 monthly tariff. That includes 300 calling minutes, unlimited SMS messages and 250MB of data, so you’re a bit restricted in terms of data use, but still. That’s a lot of phone for the money.
The USP of the Samsung Galaxy Zoom is its 16megapixel camera and 10x optical zoom, which stick it into the same performance bracket as some of the cheaper standalone digital compacts. The display’s not amazing HD at just 960 x 540, but again, it’s all about the OPTICS.
If you have roomy pockets and don’t mind a bit of bulk in return for boosting your mobile camera options, check it out over at CPW.
As well as offering an even cheaper off-contract Nexus 5 than the Google Play shop at just £295 with free shipping, Carphone Warehouse is also undercutting the competition when it comes to offering Google’s new flagship phone on subsidised monthly deals — offering it for “free” on a £21 Vodafone contract.
The Vodafone SIM is pretty respectable too, offering buyers a decent 300 calling minutes and unlimited text messages for their £21 commitment — but the data limit’s just 250MB. That’s the only downside of such an affordable monthly bundle. Here’s graphic proof. It’s the red one:
It’s a web site exclusive that’s only available online, so head off to Carphone Warehouse here to get yourself the deal.
The newly announced Nexus 5 is now available to order through the Three network, which will do you one on its “all you can eat” unlimited data plan starting from £29 a month with a £49 upfront fee. As well as the unlimited data, this 24-month contract also comes with 500 calling minutes and 5,000 text messages, so is a very usable contract. And they’ve got the white one, but only in 16GB sizes.
The 32GB Nexus 5 model is currently exclusive to O2 in terms of network supply, so head off to O2 if you’re due an upgrade there.
The Nexus 5 is in stock and ready to go through Three, although may not arrive until Monday. Meaning you face a restless weekend of having a rubbish old phone and feeling vaguely inferior for no good reason.
Google’s official developer portal has updated with all the details on the new Android 4.4 or “KitKat” version of the OS, which ought to be available to owners of recent Nexus phones over the coming days as well as arriving on the Nexus 5 .
As far as Google is concerned, the key new feature in Android 4.4 is the ability to have the 4.4 software run comfortably on devices with just 512MB of RAM, which should mean the next generation of budget devices — and any out there lucky enough to get upgrades — can run better than before.
There’s also native support for printing via the cloud or Wi-Fi, step counter tools, screen video recording and a full-screen mode for apps.
And a translucent tweak to the UI. Plus other things. It’s much more of an obvious step forward than the move from 4.2 to 4.3. Read more over at Google’s developer site.