Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including further confirmation Three won’t charge extra for 4G, a leaked Nokia tablet, and HTC’s new ad featuring Robert Downey Jr.
1. Three Confirms 4G Won’t Cost Any Extra
Shortly after Vodafone and O2 confirmed how much extra their 4G LTE tariffs would cost, Three UK comes out and reiterates its tariffs won’t change when it introduces 4G. It said the same thing several months back, and has made sure we all know when the day comes it “will offer 4G at no extra charge”. That said, Three still hasn’t provided a launch date for its 4G network.
2. Nokia Windows Tablet Leaked
A series of specs supposedly for a Nokia tablet have been leaked. Apparently, it’ll run Windows RT 8.1, which is expected to launch in the next few months, and be powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. The screen may measure 10.1-inches and have a 1080p resolution, plus there will could also be a keyboard dock accessory which could take the form of a screen cover. If the leak is correct, Nokia could announce the device in September.
3. HTC’s New Here’s To Change Ad Debuts, Stars Robert Downey Jr.
HTC has introduced a new advertising campaign, saying goodbye to its ‘Quietly Brilliant’ slogan, and welcoming any tagline it likes as long as it has the initials H, T and C. You can watch the first ad below staring actor Robert Downey Jr, who comes up with various alternatives, such as Hipster Troll Carwash, and Hold This Cat. It’s designed to portray the message that HTC devices can be anything you want them to be.
4. LG G Pad Could Come in September
A leak from Techblog.gr says LG could be planning to announce a new tablet, and it’s being tentatively called the G Pad. If the rumour proves to be true, the tablet will have an 8.3-inch screen with a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution, packed into a thin and light chassis. A quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM could power the Android operating system. According to the article LG may launch the G Pad during the IFA trade show in Berlin in early September.
5. Brazilian Government Sues Samsung
The Brazilian government is suing Samsung for violating labour laws in one of its huge factories in the country. According to investigators employees sometimes worked for up to 15 hours without a break, and packed 3000 phones per day. A lawsuit has been filed for the amount of £70 million, and Samsung has responded by saying it intends to cooperate fully with the government.
6. LG G2 to get Wireless Charging in the UK
A report by Pocket-Lint says an LG spokesperson has confirmed to them the new LG G2 will be getting wireless charging, but through a case which will be sold separately, instead of being built into the device. This hasn’t been officially confirmed by LG yet, and there isn’t a price or release date for the accessory either.
7. Nokia Camera Grip Demoed on Video
The Nokia Camera Grip was introduced alongside the Lumia 1020, and is designed to make your camera phone easier to hold, therefore allowing you to take better pictures. Nokia has added a short video on the Camera Grip to its YouTube channel, which you can watch below to see how it works. We think it looks great.
8. Vivo X3 Could Steal World’s Thinnest Phone Title
Huawei has only just claimed the world’s thinnest phone title with the Ascend P6, but its crown may be stolen by a phone called the Vivo X3, made by a Chinese company called BBK. The device is supposed to measure a mere 5.6mm thick, and have a 5-inch, 1080p screen. A photo shoot shows it cutting vegetables, because it’s razor-thin like a knife.
9. Apple to Swap Third Party Charger Adapters
Apple has announced an initiative to swap any third party USB chargers for the iPhone, iPod or iPad with a genuine Apple charger. The scheme comes after reports of non-Apple chargers being unreliable, or worse, dangerous. Anyone who wants to swap their charger can visit an Apple Store or authorised service centre and pay £8, half of the normal cost, when they hand over the third party item.
10. LG Vu 3 Rumoured to Have 5.2-inch Screen
LG never released the Optimus Vu or Optimus Vu 2 in the UK, but a new rumour has hinted we could get a third version soon, and as it has given the G2 a wide international launch, it may do the same with the Vu 3. It’s being said the device will have a 5.2-inch, 4:3 aspect ratio screen, with a 1280 x 960 pixel resolution, and be powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor.