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 a network buyout in America, the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, and more locations added to Three’s Feel At Home program.

Sprint Targets T-Mobile Acquisition in America

Sprint has offered to pay $40 per share for T-Mobile USA, meaning a total price of $32 billion should the merger go through. Sprint is owned by the Japanese network Softbank, while Deutsche Telekom controls T-Mobile. The deal has yet to be finalised, but should it be made official, the new joint effort would be better equipped to challenge the AT&T and Verizon networks.

Samsung Teams Up With Barnes & Noble

Since the discontinuation of the Barnes & Noble Nook tablet, the bookseller has been shopping around for a new hardware partner. It has found one in the shape of Samsung, and the resulting device is the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. It’s a 7-inch tablet based on the existing Galaxy Tab 4, but running the Nook’s custom version of Android. An American release is expected in August, but no price or international availability has been confirmed.

Xperia T3 Gets Detailed in New Ad

The Sony Xperia T3 was announced earlier this week, and has now been shown off in a short promo video. The headline feature is it’s super slim chassis, which Sony says is the slimmest on a 5.3-inch smartphone. We think it’s a great looking phone, so check it out below.

Smartphones with Holographic Projectors Could Come in 2015

A startup named Ostendo, based in California, is working on a special chip called a Quantum Photonic Imager, which has the potential to fit inside a smartphone and project a 3D holographic image. A 2D version could be ready for sale by mid-2015, and the 3D version soon afterwards. The company hasn’t named any names, but says it has attracted interest from several major manufacturers.

Three Adds More Free Roaming Destinations

The Three network has added a selection of new locations to its Feel At Home program, where roaming charges don’t apply. The new countries are France, Switzerland, Israel, Finland and Norway. These join Australia, America, Austria, Ireland, and many others. Feel At Home allows you to call or message the UK without extra charges, and use data too.

Huawei Mulan Leaks

A future Huawei flagship phone has leaked under the codename Mulan. According to an AnTuTu benchmark test, the phone will have a 1080p screen of unknown size, a HiSilicon octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 13 megapixel camera. The version tested ran Android KitKat, and performed very well in the tests. A leaked picture showed a phone with a slim, curvy chassis.

Android 4.3.3 Coming to Motorola Phones

Motorola in America has announced the availability of Android 4.3.3 for its Moto XMoto G and Moto E smartphones. The new version should be arriving as an update soon, and will bring other improvements including improved camera image quality on the Moto X, and an new dialer app across the range. Expect Moto phones in the UK to get similar treatment very soon and take a look at our review of the Moto X below.

New Wistron Windows Phone Launches at Computex

Wistron isn’t a familiar brand here in the UK, but it has made a splash at the Computex trade show this week, with the launch of the Tiger smartphone. It runs Windows Phone 8.1, and boasts a big 6.45-inch, 1080p screen and a Snapdragon 800 processor. The phone is said to be a reference design, and may end up being sold under a different name internationally.

Cat Launches the Rugged B15Q

The latest smartphone to enter the rugged device niche is one from Cat. It’s called the B15Q, is built to military specifications, and has an IP67 rating to resist both dust and water. It has a 4-inch, 480×800 pixel touchscreen, a MediaTek quad-core processor, and a 5 megapixel camera. It runs Android 4.4, and should go on sale over the summer for £300.

New Dell Venue Android Tablets Revealed

Dell has launched two new Android tablets, the Venue 7 and the Venue 8. Both are updated versions of tablets released in 2013. The Venue 7 has a 7-inch screen and is powered by an Intel Aton Z3460 processor, while the Venue 8 has an 8-inch, higher resolution screen and a more powerful Atom Z3480 processor. Android 4.4 is installed, and Dell highlights the MAXXAudioPro audio enhancements in its press release.

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