Top Ten Mobile Phone News Stories of the Week


Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including a pair of leaked Samsung tablets, the launch of the HTC Desire 600, and early sales figures for the HTC One.

1. Samsung Tablet with Flexible Screen Spotted

An image has been leaked which could show a Samsung tablet with a flexible screen. The 10.1-inch device appears to have a built-in stand and, instead of being separate from the chassis, the screen flexes when it’s extended. Other specs include an eight-core processor, 16GB or 32GB of memory, and a 3 megapixel video call camera. Apparently similar to a patent filed by Samsung, the rendered image may be an artists impression, so don’t get too excited just yet.

2. Five Million HTC One Handsets Sold

According to the Wall Street Journal, HTC has sold more than 5 million HTC One smartphones since its launch in March, and it’s on its way to beating the 7 to 8 million sales achieved by the HTC One X. HTC hasn’t confirmed these figures officially.

3. Microsoft Hits the iPad Hard in New Ad

Microsoft isn’t pulling any punches in its latest TV ad for Windows 8 tablets. The advert¬†shows an Apple iPad up against a tablet running Windows 8, where the lack of widget-style updating tiles is highlighted, as is a failure to multi-task. You can take a look at Microsoft’s commercial below.

4. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 Leaks

The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 has only recently been announced, and now we have a leak for its slightly larger sister device, the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. As you’ve already guessed, the screen measures 8-inches, but the resolution is up to 1280×800, improving over the Tab 3 7.0. The rumor says a dual-core, 1.5GHz processor will be used, and Android 4.2.2 will be its operating system. Other specs include a 5 megapixel camera, 16GB of memory and a microSD card slot.

5. 18-Year Old Wins $50,000 Science Prize for Device to Recharge Phones in Seconds

18-year old Eesha Khare has won an Intel-backed science prize worth $50,000 for developing a supercapacitor which could charge the battery which powers your phone in less than 30 seconds. Aside from phones, the supercapacitor – which is tiny in size, but can store lots of energy – could be used for powering electric cars.

6. ZTE Moves into Emerging Markets

ZTE has announced it will begin selling its smartphones in India for the first time this year, a major move for the Chinese manufacturer, which is fifth in world smartphone market share rankings. ZTE has five smartphone models scheduled for release from October. According to research, smartphone sales in India grew by 75 percent during the second half of 2012, highlighting the region’s importance.

7. LG Shows Prototype Flexible Screen

At a screen tech trade show in Vancouver this week, LG demonstrated its 5-inch flexible screen for the first time. The panel was shown with a significant bend, but operated as you would expect any other screen to do, and it showed very sharp, high definition images. Tech site Engadget shot a quick video of the screen in action which you can watch below.

8. HTC Desire 600 Official, Dual-SIM Configuration Only.

The HTC Desire 600 has a 4.5-inch touchscreen with a 960×540 pixel resolution, is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, and has an 8 megapixel camera on the rear. The phone uses Android Jelly Bean with Sense 5.0 over the top, plus there are other features such as Beats Audio and 8GB of memory. It has only been announced as a dual-SIM phone, and is headed for parts of Europe and Russia next month.

9. Samsung Purchases Stake in Pantech

Samsung has invested in rival smartphone firm Pantech, where its $47 million stake has made it the third largest shareholder. Pantech mainly sells smartphones in South Korea, but has released devices in the USA. Recently, it tentatively made plans for a wider international launch, but financial struggles saw it put those plans on hold. Pantech has purchased components from Samsung before, and the deal is expected to strengthen the relationship between the two companies.

10. Amazon Launches the Kindle Fire Tablet in 170 Countries

It’s only a few months ago the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 came to the UK, and now both it and its cheaper Kindle Fire HD tablet have been made available as a pre-order in a further 170 countries, ready for shipping on 13 June. Amazon has recently added 200 countries to the list of where its app store can be accessed, so the wide international tablet launch makes sense. Ireland is among the new countries, where the tablet can be purchased through Amazon’s UK site.

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