Top Ten Mobile Phone News Stories of the Week

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Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including the UK release of both the LG G2 and the new Nexus 7, plus news of a blue HTC One.

1. Blue HTC One Leaked Again

HTC recently announced a red version of the HTC One, joining the existing black and silver models, and now it looks like a blue version is on the horizon. Leaked via the @evleaks Twitter account, the blue colour scheme looks great. There’s no information on when the phone will be announced, or whether it’ll be a network exclusive, however the quality of the leaked image suggests official news could come soon.

2. Sony Honami Announcement on 4 September?

A leaked picture indicates Sony will announce the Honami smartphone, also known as the Sony i1, on 4 September. Although the picture’s authenticity can’t be proved, the date does ring true, as it’s the start of the IFA show in Berlin. Sony is expected to have a strong presence at the show, where its new hardware could do battle with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

3. LG G2 Coming to Three UK

Following the announcement of the LG G2 smartphone, the Three network has said it will be offering the device for sale later on this year, but has yet to confirm a date. However, Vodafone has said it won’t be following Three’s example, and EE is reportedly unlikely to stock the G2 either. LG hasn’t been releasing its smartphones much in the UK, so Three picking up the G2 is a refreshing change. You can take a look at the G2 in the video below.

4. Ubuntu Edge Drops in Price

The Ubuntu Edge Indiegogo campaign is still going on, and to boost interest Ubuntu has dropped the price from more than $800 to $695, or about £450. Although the Edge got off to a flying start, sales have dropped off and Canonical is still short of its ambitious $32 million target. We’ll find out if the drop in price can help them reach the target in less than two weeks time.

5. Google Music Goes Live in the UK

Following its announcement at Google I/O and its initial American launch, Google has sent its Google All Access music service live in the UK. It provides streaming access to 18 million songs, much like Spotify, and costs £7.99 per month provided you sign up for a free one month trial. If you don’t, the cost will rise to £9.99 in mid-October.

6. The HTC Mini+ Coming to the UK

Not to be confused with the HTC One Mini, the Mini+ is an accessory originally launched to accompany the HTC Butterfly phablet, and is designed to negate the need to remove the big screen phone out of your bag or pocket when it rings. It resembles a cordless home phone, and connects to an HTC phone using Bluetooth and NFC.  It’s expected to cost £65.

7. Nokia Shows off its Lumia 1020 Lens

Nokia’s pushing the amazing new 41 megapixel Lumia 1020 camera phone really hard, and has come up with a new video showing what happens when a ray of light enters the lens. The clever part comes when it illuminates the complex internal workings, including the innovative ball bearing image stabilization system. You can watch it here.

8. New Nexus 7 Release Date Revealed

Asus, the company which produces the Nexus 7 tablet, has confirmed the new version of the device will go on sale in the UK by the end of August. The quoted date in a CNet report is 28 August, so expect it to appear in both retail stores and the online Google Play store then. The 16GB model has been priced at £199, while the 32GB version will cost £239.

 9. Oppo to Launch Camera Phone?

Oppo could be planning to launch a camera phone to challenge the Lumia 1020 and the Galaxy S4 Zoom. Called the Oppo N-Lens N1, leaked documentation suggests it may have a 12 megapixel camera with a special chip codename Owl, a name which hints it’ll have strong low-light performance. Otherwise, we can expect the phone to run Android, and perhaps be available SIM-free through Oppo’s own site.

10. Pantech Vega LTE-A Announced

Pantech has added a phablet to its ever-increasing range of smartphones. The Vega LTE-A IM-A880S is currently exclusive to South Korea, and as the name suggests it’s compatible with the new LTE-Advanced network there. The spec is impressive with a 5.6-inch, 1080p screen, a 2.3GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor, a 13 megapixel camera and a fast charging battery. Like the similar LG G2, the Vega LTE-A has a rear-mounted control panel with a built-in fingerprint sensor.

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