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Samsung Electronics has announced customers in the UK are now able to buy the Galaxy NX, the world's first 4G interchangeable lens Connected Compact System Camera (CSC), from Jessops and Currys with selected online and high street retailers to follow.

Featuring 3G/4G LTE technology, the Galaxy NX allows photographers to share professional quality images and enjoy a range of features including Photo Suggest which offers location-based recommendations of popular photography spots, and Story Album which allows you to view a timeline of shots and create digital photo books.

Kitted out with various interchangeable lenses, the 20.3MP APS-C Sensor will, Samsung claims, produce bright and detailed images, even in lowest lit conditions, while the DRIMe IV Image Signal Processer delivers speed and accuracy.

Running on an Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, the Galaxy NX can be personalised with a huge range of Android apps to help capture amazing photographs and video, edit images or add special effects. 

More than 30 Smart Mode options mean the optimum settings can be selected for the environment photographers are shooting in, whilst Multi Exposure merges two different shots together to produce one image and Animated Photo connects continuous shots of up to five seconds, creating a moving GIF file.

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British company Zuricom has followed the launch of two 7inch tablets with a new Android-based smart phone.

Called the Z-Phone, the key attraction of the new model is the Dual SIM card capabilities which means users can have two different mobile numbers, even two different networks, in one smartphone.

For more efficient energy usage, Zuricom claims, the Z-Phone includes Graphic RAM (GRAM) technology.GRAM reduces the display's energy use by up to 26 percent on a still frame and increases overall usage time on the device by approximately 15 percent.

Picture resolution on offer is between 4MP and 8MP and there's also an FM Radio with built in antenna on board.

All Z-Phone owners also automatically become members of the Z-List Club which offers  deals to Z-phone users in over 140 countries, from discounted restaurants and hotels, to access to VIP concerts, awards ceremonies and business events. 

Says Jordan Kensington, President and CEO of the Zuricom: "We are increasingly becoming the choice brand for niche consumers who want variety and are seeking for something unusual and different."

Following the global launch event in London, attended by Business Secretary of State, Vince Cable, the Z-Phone will be rolled out to over 100 wireless carriers in the next four month's starting in the UK followed by Africa, North America, Europe and other key markets.

Costing £250, the Z-Phone is currently available exclusively from Zuricom's website

Z-Phone Tech Specs: 

Operating System: Android 4.2.2
CPU: Cortex A7 ;Quad core ;1.0Ghz
RAM: DDRIII 512MB
ROM: 4GB Nand Flash (Extend to 32GB maxi )
Screen Size: 4.0inch capacitive touch screen
Display Resolution: 800*480px (16000K colors)
Camera: Dual camera, Front is 0.4 megapixels, Back is 8.0 megapixels with a flashlight
Bluetooth: Yes, Built in
GPS: Yes,Bulit in (support AGPS also)
2G: (GSM850/900/1800/1900Mhz)
3G:(WCDMA 2100Mhz)
Dual SIM Feature: Yes.Support Dual SIM Dual Standby ; Two Sim cards work in the same time
FM Radios: 3.5mm standard audio output jack
G-Sensor: Yes ,G-Sensor
Support: Play Store,Gmail.Skype,MSN,Word.excel,ppt,pdf document
Music: Play mp3
Video: 3GP,MP4,support to play in full screen.speed/pause
Battery: Built-in Lithium 2050mAh Battery
Language: Czech, Dansk, German, English, Spanish, Russian, French, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Hebrew, Polski, Greek, Portuguese, Svenska, Turkey, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
Social Network: Facebook, Twitter, Skype and more!
WIFI: Built-in WiFi (IEEE 802.11b/g/n)
Size: 135*65*11mm
N.W/G.W: 168g /350g

Package Includes:
1 x Z-Phone
1 x Charger
1 x Earphone
1 x USB Cable
1 x Battery


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moto-x-top.jpgGoogle may be looking to Motorola, not LG, to make the Google Nexus 5 smartphone, the successor to the LG-built Google Nexus 4.

That's according to reliable Android pundit Taylor Wimberly, formerly of AndroidandMe.

"Motorola will release a Nexus smartphone in Q4 (that is not the Moto X)," says Wimberly on his Google+ page, as picke up by the AndroidCommunity site.

Keeping his sources close to his chest, can Wimberly's claims be trusted? There's certainly reason to believe so.

With Motorola now owned by Google, there's a strong link between the two companies, with Motorola now seen as the hardware test bed for Google's grand ideas. With the companies tied so closely together, it's a safe bet to assume Motorola are intimately involved with Google's future smartphone plans.

There's also the precedent set by the Nexus line in the past - Google have had no qualms about shifting the Nexus build duties between a number of companies, including LG, Samsung and HTC. It wouldn't be unheard of for them to shift it to another company again.

And yet, if you look at Motorola's expected product schedule at the moment, it's already incredibly busy. A Motorola Nexus 5 in Q4 would come hot on the heels of last week's Moto X (pictured above) reveal, not to mention the line of Droid handsets the company are working on for Verizon in the states. This one could swing either way.

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honami-i1-teaser.jpgSony's long-rumoured "Honami" smartphone, otherwise known as the Xperia i1, looks set for an unvieling at this year's IFA conference in Berlin on September 4, if a leaked teaser image is to be believed.

First spotted by Digi-Wo, the teaser image doesn't give much away beyond the date - a vaguely phone-shaped object makes a diagonal slice across a black background. If there's anything particularly interesting about the image, it is its purplish hue, though a zoomed in inspection of the handset's edge in the picture seems to suggest it's still a standard granite colour.

Other previous leaks have been far more revealing.

Looking back over the other leaks so far, the specs seem to look as follows:

- 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 20-megapixel Exmor RS sensor, backed up by a G lens, with Sony's Bionz image processor
- 5-inch full HD display
- 16GB with microSD card support
- Water and dustproof, meeting IP55/IP57 international standards
- 3,000mAh battery
- Both black and white casings available

Of course, all of these specs need be taken with a pinch of salt, culled from numerous sources. But indeed an IFA reveal seems a reasonable launch date, meaning we're just a matter of weeks away from seeing what Sony have up their sleeves.

ASUS, the company Google have signed on to manufacture their own-branded Nexus 7 tablets, have confirmed that the Nexus 7 2 tablets will launch in the UK on August 28.

The sequel to one of the most popular of 7-inch Android tablets, the NExus 7 2 was revealed on July 24, and went on sale in the US just six days later. Thankfully, it looks as though citizens of Blighty haven't had to wait much longer to get their hands on it either.

Stacking up favourably against the competition, the Nexus 7 2 will be avaialble in two configurations - a £199 16GB Wi-Fi model and a £239 32GB Wi-Fi edition.

Packing in a full HD 1920 x 1200 display, the Nexus 7 2, it's the sharpest 7-inch tablet on the market, and is powered by a speedy 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. 2GB of RAM also features, double that found in the original Nexus 7.

As well as hitting high street retailers at the end of the month, expect to be able to purchase the tablet direct from the Google Play store.

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lg-g2-launch.jpgLG have finally unwrapped their long-awaited, often-leaked LG G2 Android smartphone. The new flagship phone for the company, it features a number of nifty features to that could tempt loyal Apple and Samsung fan into the LG fold.

Packing in a 2.26GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, backed by 2GB of RAM and powering an edge-to-edge 5.2-inch 1080p display, the LG G2 promises to be an incredibly speedy handset.

Running Android 4.2.2 and available in 16GB and 32GB storage sizes and black or white case shades, it also packs in a rear 13MP camera, 4G connectivity and 3,000mAh battery.
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Measuring 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm, the handset has been designed from the ground-up with usability and ergonomics in mind. It's not just the 5.2-inch IPS screen (which is the biggest size a user can comfortably grip according to LG's research), but also the introduction of an interesting rear-mounted button, the only physical button on the entire handset.

The Rear Key "came from the realisation when studying users that the larger the phone became, the more difficult it was to properly access the side buttons." Using the Rear Key, users can adjust volume levels, or long press to launch a QuickMemo app or the camera app.

If the phone is placed on its back without access to the Rear Key, a user can double tap the display to quickly wake the phone from sleep too.

There's also a range of unique UI features. LG describe them as follows:

  • Answer Me -- Automatically answers the call after lowering the ringtone when the phone is raised to one's ear
  • Plug & Pop -- Recommends options or related features to choose from when the earphone or USB cable is detected
  • Text Link -- Information embedded in text messages can be selected and easily saved in memo or calendar and searched on a map or the internet
  • QuickRemote -- Not only can LG G2 be used to remotely control popular home entertainment devices, it can also learn from conventional remote controls and be customised to operate multiple devices with flexible layouts and keys
  • Slide Aside -- Enables easier multitasking by simply "sliding" open apps off to the side using a three-finger swipe
  • Guest Mode -- Protects owner's privacy by displaying only pre-selected apps when guests access the phone with a secondary unlock pattern
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"It's the most ambitious phone of the smartphone era," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Mobile.

"Technology without empathy cannot be considered innovation. Innovation for the sake of innovation is old school. Innovations must resonate with consumers. We do our very best to understand the needs of consumers, their behaviours and habits. Our smartphone better detects, learns and adapts to human behaviours and needs."

Though pricing has yet to be revealed, the LG G2 will be released globally in over 130 carriers in the next eight weeks starting in South Korea followed by North America, Europe and other key markets.

The handset enters into a particularly competitive Android market, with both Samsung and HTC offering luxurious handsets in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One respectively, while Sony continue to further impress with their Xperia line-up, including the forthcoming giant Xperia Z Ultra handset. And, being just a few weeks away from the IFA 2013 conference in Berlin, expect all the major mobile players to reveal brand new wares, with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 hotly tipped to make an appearance.

So what do you think of the LG G2? Worth the wait? Is it the Android handset to take LG's mobile offering into the big leagues? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

After weeks, nay, months, of leaks and teases, LG are finally tonight going to lift the covers off their new flagship handset, the LG G2, at a glitzy New York press event.

And you can catch every announcement, right here, live! Just hit the video embedded above to check out the grand unveiling when it kicks off at 11am EST (4pm BST here in the UK).

"Our vision is to make LG's newest G devices synonymous with excellence, raising the bar even further for the ultimate in user experience," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Mobile.

"The new G2 will build upon the excellent reputation established by previous G Series products."

Rumoured specs so far include a 5.5-inch Full HD screen, a 13MP camera, 2GB of RAM, the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2. Keep your eyes on Tech Digest for all the full, official details later this evening!

htc-desire-500-top.jpgToday sees the launch of the HTC Desire 500 Android phone, a mid-range handset for those with not enough readies to snap up one of HTC's premium HTC One range smartphones.

That's not to say it isn't a capable handset though - with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 4.3-inch screen, the HTC BlinkFeed news and social aggregating homescreen and an 8MP rear camera, it's certainly one of the more powerful handsets to be lumped into the mid-range price bracket.

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"The Desire range has become renowned for bringing a premium mobile experience to the mass market." said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC.

"This particular model, the Desire 500, is no different. It is perfect for people who are always-on-the-go, it enables powerful multitasking and live-streaming of important and interesting information, and it boasts an excellent camera and that bring your important moments to life."

Available in blue and black shades, and with optional dual-SIM and NFC connectivity in some international markets, it seems to be the design which puts the Desire 500 off the pace, having more in common with the generation-old Desire range than the current HTC One flagship.

Hitting stores in August, pricing has yet to be confirmed, though this could prove a very worthy purchase if the price tag stays low.

note-3-invite.jpgTech Digest have just receieved an invite from Samsung to attend the company's second Samsung Unpacked event of 2013, and with it comes almost-certain confirmation of the launch date of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

Set to kick off at 7pm CEST on September 4, the company's pre-IFA 2013 showcase invite tells the press to "Note" the date, with handscribled text and and images suggestive of the Galaxy Note line's S-Pen stylus.

Confirming that the event will also be livestreamed at www.youtube.com/samsungmobile, the IFA Samsung Unpacked events are now the traditional springboard for the company's Note line-up, ever since first revealing the oversized original Galaxy Note at IFA 2011.

We've been pooling together all the info we can find on the Galaxy Note 3 for some time now. You can track our finding in this round up post here.

Tech Digest will be covering the launch of the Galaxy Note 3 on the night of September 4, so keep checking back here for all the confirmed final specs, pricing features and details.

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acer-liquid-z3.jpgBest known for their PC and tablet wares rather than their mobile offerings, Acer are taking a slightly different approach with the launch of their new Acer Liquid Z3 smartphone, setting sights firmly on the entry-level of the Android market.

Claiming there's a "less is more" market for those not interested in larger, more complex devices, the Liquid Z3 is a109 x 60 x 10.4mm, 120 grams device with a 3.5-inch HVGA (320 x 480) display.

Running Android Jelly Bean 4.2 off of a 1GHz dual-core processor, its complete specs, including just a 3MP rear camera and 4GB of built-in storage space, will hardly set the world on fire. A dual SIM slot, alongside a number of pre-loaded themes that include one aimed at senior citizens (pushing messaging, radio, weather, magnify, clock, and quick call contact apps to the fore), are its only real noteworthy features.

"While much of the industry is trending toward larger and more complex devices, we believe there's also a whole lot of room for thinking small and simple," said Allen Burnes, vice-president, smartphone division, Acer Europe.

"Liquid Z3 bridges the gap for a new generation of smartphone users, providing they really can have it all without sacrificing the size and simplicity they want."

Available in two colours ("Rock Black" and "Classic White") alongside a range of accessories, at least Acer have got the pricing suitably low. Expect to pay around €99 (£85) when the handset launches this month in the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Ukraine, France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Russia.

htc-one-max.jpgYet another handset bearing the HTC One name looks set to be on its way, with today brining forth the newly leaked HTC One Max Android handset.

Captured on camera by gadget hunters ePrice, the re-worked flagship handset is said to be sporting a giant 5.9-inch display, running at a full HD 1080p resolution. That's compared to a 4.7-inch screen of the same resolution on the original HTC One, with the HTC One Max managing a 373 ppi compared to the HTC One's sharper 468 ppi.

For the most part, the design seems very similar to its predecessor (albeit blown up in size), but careful examination reveals a lower speaker grille and the suggestion that the bezel has been shrunk down (or, at the very least seems slimmer in comparison to the larger screen.

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Other upgrades are said to include a processor boost, with the HTC One Max sporting a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and a 3,200mAh battery. Leaking from China, the handset also features a dual-SIM slot, though the relative lack of interest in the feature worldwide makes it unlikely to carry along with any overseas release. Those facts aside though, there's little else known about the handset. Given it's a member of the HTC One family, we'd expect the BlinkFeed social and news aggregating homescreen to feature, as well as the Zoe camera tech.

ePrice are hinting at an IFA 2013 reveal next month in Berlin for the handset, which first broke cover as part of a leaked carrier document in the UK from O2.

No official word from HTC, of course, but we'll keep you posted on any official details as we receive them.

nano-sim-cut.JPGMotorola's Moto X phone could be set to become only the third ever smartphone to make use of the tiny nano-SIM format.

The next evolution on from SIM card to microSIM card, the nano-SIM is already in use inside Apple's iPhone 5 and the ASUS PadFone Infinity, with the pint-sized chip allowing for ever-more svelte handset designs.

The Moto X, according to GSM Insider, will become the latest handset to use the tiny SIM after a leaked picture was spotted in Hong Kong revealing the handset's SIM tray and nano-SIM.

It's a potentially frustrating change for those considering an upgrade to the new, as-yet-unconfirmed handset. Rather than swapping in an existing SIM or microSIM, Moto X owners may need to contact their network in order to get hold of the pint-sized chip. Thankfully, it's normally not a service that's charged for, and can be done in minutes in many mobile retail shops.

The Motorola Moto X handset is set to be officially revealed tomorrow. We'll have all the details and images of the device then, so check back soon for confirmed specs.

medion-lifetab-top.jpgWith PC sales falling, German computer manufacturer Medion are taking a stab at breaking into the Android tablet market with their new Lifetab E10310 slate.

A 10.1-inch device with a 1280 x 800 resolution display, it's running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and comes with full Google accreditation and pre-installed Google apps.

There's also a handful of premium apps (somewhat showing Medion's desire to court business users), with Kaspersky Tablet Security and Documents To Go sitting next to the LIFETAB Media player app and self-explanatory Drawing Pad.

Running off a 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex A9 dual core processor, it has 16GB of internal storage (expandable with microSD cards) and 1GB of RAM. 6 hours of battery life is quoted.

Measuring 260.7 x 172 x 12.1 mm and weighing 594g, the tablet includes Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as housing a microHDMI output for pushing the tablet's apps onto a big screen. Should you be mad enough to want to use them, there's a 2MP camera on the rear and a standard 0.3MP front facing camera for video calling.

Available now from ASDA, it's reasonably priced for a 10-inch tablet at £167.

archos-80-titanium-1.JPGreview-line.JPGName: Archos 80 Titanium

Type: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet

Specifications: Click here for full specs

Price as reviewed: £149.99

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Borrowing from the best when it comes to design, the Archos 80 Titanium is a dead-ringer for a shrunken iPad 4. Looking to take on the iPad Mini and next-gen Nexus 7, can this Android slate's performance match its good looks? Read our full review to find out!

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Design
When it comes to looks, the Android tablet market for the most art just can't compare to the craftsmanship that goes into each and every iPad tablet Apple puts out. While it would be disingenuous to call the Archos 80 Titanium's build an inventive design, by ripping off the iPad it's nonetheless resulted in one of the most attractive Android tablets on the market.
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An 8-inch screen sits in a wide white bezel (just like a full-fat iPad's), with the device measuring a tidy 200 mm x 154 mm x 9.9 mm and weighing 440g. It's not the thinnest tablet out there, but it's not the heaviest either, and it sits quite comfortably in the hand. That little extra bezel width is also an advantage when watching movies, as our fingers never fall into a screen-obscuring position. The premium feel of the tablet is capped off with an aluminium backplate, where the rear 2MP camera can also be found (a low-res video calling webcam sits embedded in the bezel around the front). The only black mark against the aesthetic is two visible screws on the top side where the tablet houses its ports. The speaker grille also sits on the rear, and while not unsightly, its positioning means that audio always feels distant and muted.
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There's quite an array of ports too, with the 80 Titanium offering up a micro USB port, a microSD card port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a mini HDMI output along the top edge. That's also where you'll find a dastardly proprietary charging port, meaning you'll always need the 80 Titanium's chunky charger to hand. The top edge also has a small plastic power button on the left side, while the left edge of the tablet has a volume rocker and a rare, small Home return button just above. Though plastic, the buttons feel sturdy, as does the tablet itself: there's no creak or flex to the build, making for one of the better Archos constructions.

The 8-inch screen, running at 1024 x 768 resolution in 4:3 ratio, may not be the sharpest out there (especially when sat beside the new Nexus 7 2's full HD display) but it does make use of a premium IPS display rather than a woeful TN panel. As such, viewing angles are consistently good and colours remain accurate. Brightness levels don't crank up incredibly high but, considering the price, the concessions here are far more easy to stomach than the low-res, high-priced iPad Mini.
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The tablet is powered by a 1.6 GHz dual-core A9 processor, backed by 1GB of RAM and a quad-core GPU Mali 400 MP4. It's a middling spec by today's standards, and you get middling performance asa result - though video streaming and even 3D gaming sessions with the likes of Temple Run 2 often ran without a stutter, multitasking could cause the tablet to hang dramatically. With apps downloading, email syncing, and video paused, even simple tasks like re-arranging the home screen caused the tablet to freeze on occasion. Light use shouldn't cause too many problems, but push the tablet too far and it begins to buckle under the pressure.

Packed with 8GB of storage space, there's a few standard features missing here. Both GPS and Bluetooth are notable absences, while there's no option for a 3G connection across the range either (though a 16GB storage variant is available from selected retailers).

It's worth noting that Wi-Fi performance was at times patchy. While there'd be long stretches without a problem, other times would see the connection drop out entirely, despite being nearby our router and all other Wi-Fi devices having no such similar problem.

Interface, Apps
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In a wise move, Archos have pretty much stuck with the core Android Jelly Bean UI experience. Five homescreens can be customised to your liking, letting you add app shortcuts across the device from the app drawer. There are also a number of resizable Live Widgets pre-loaded onto the 80 Titanium, offering live updating information at a glance. Calendar, web bookmarks and contact details are among the pre-installed widgest, though others such as condensed Twitter or Facebook feeds, email inboxes or weather reports, for example, can be grabbed from the Google Play store.

In terms of pre-installed apps, Archos kit the 80 Titanium out with the full suite of Google apps (Gmail, Google+, YouTube, Maps, etc etc), as well as a few additions of their own. Angry Birds comes pre-installed, as does the OfficeSuite app for document editing. A demo of World of Goo is also present, as is the Zinio digital magazines app and the News Republic news aggregator. Archos-built media players are also onboard.
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And there's of course access to many more apps through the Google Play store. Over 1 million apps are up for sale through the store, and unlike Apple, Google are open to more forms of app submissions, for both better and worse. Though it has a bit more of a Wild West vibe and sometimes attracts hackers, there are also loads of really impressive apps available that can really add to your enjoyment of the Android experience. The catalogue improves all the time; whether you're a gamer, a reader, someone hunting news stories or recipes, a photographer or a blogger, there's something for everyone. Many are free too, and few cost more than £3 or so. When it comes to mapping, the Android version of Google's Maps app is far and away the best navigation solution available, particularly in comparison to the woeful Apple Maps. Likewise, the stock Android web browser is among the best on mobile devices, only bested by Google's own Chrome, itself a free download from the Google Play store.

Media Playback and Gaming
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Archos have a long history in the PMP space, and the 80 Titanium's wide file format support sees them continuing in this fine tradition.

Archos's own Archos Video app is included and is a very nice video player app, pulling in video information from sources including IMDB and themoviedb.org (and playing back AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, MPG, PS, TS, MKV, FLV files with H.264 HD and MPEG-42 HD codecs). The Archos Music app is a similarly capable library tool for managing your music collection on the tablet, supporting MP3, WAV, AAC3, AAC+ 5.13, OGG Vorbis and FLAC files. Both apps are attractive and easy to navigate, and arguably better than the stock Android alternatives.

For the most part, video playback is solid, with only a rare stutter in some of the high-resolution files we tested on the tablet. It's a nicely sized screen, and streaming a couple of Breaking Bad episodes to the device while tucked up in bed was a pleasant viewing experience.
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What was less pleasant was the sound - the rear facing speaker is tinny, and, being directed away from the listener, feels distant and disconnected from the action on screen. Invest in a pair of headphones and you'll be fine, but don't expect to have your friends gathered around the screen with much joy.

MicroSD card support gives you the option of adding a further 64GB of storage space to the device, so as a portable player it's fairly well equipped.

Gaming on the tablet is again generally enjoyable. It'll have no problem playing a round of Angry Birds and other casual titles, and even more demanding games like endless runner Temple Run 2. However, major 3D titles like Grand Theft Auto: Vice City can at times prove too much for the tablet, booting us on occasion back to the homescreen. Expect the tablet to get quite hot while attempting such gaming sessions too, but never so much as to make it dangerous nor uncomfortable to use.

Camera performance
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You'd have to be bonkers to use a tablet as your primary photography device given their size, and even if you insisted, absolutely crazy to chose the Archos 80 Titanium for this purpose. It's rear 2MP camera's shooting abilities are woeful. Washed out and low-resolution, there's no detail in any of the snaps we shot on the device, leading every potential Ansel Adams moments to instead be a watery, blurred mess.

Video suffers equally, with low-resolution 640x480 clips captured at a stuttering 9 frames per second. You can get feature phones that are capable of better than that, and the audio captured is equally poor. Don't even think about shooting stills or videos at night either - terrible low light performance makes a nightmare out of both, and the lack of a flash doesn't help in this respect either.

Battery life

A constant stream of HD video to the Archos tablet over Wi-Fi squeezed four hours and ten minutes worth of battery life out of the device, with the screen set to maximum brightness. Dialling the brightness down to half way and playing back a locally-stored HD video with Wi-Fi switched off pushed that up to just shy of 6 hours. That's not a bad stretch for a battery in a 7-inch tablet, though not quite a match for the 10 hours you can squeeze out of a Nexus 7.

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Verdict:

Relatively inexpensive, and with a very attractive design, the Archos 80 Titanium isn't half bad. It has its flaws, including its struggles with multitasking, a poor speaker and so-bad-it-wasn't-worth-including camera, but it is able to counteract these problems with a very watchable screen, a pure Android experience with strong multimedia support and reasonable performance capabilities for basic singular tasks. It's not quite a top flight contender yet, but it shows that Archos have finally begun to understand what it takes to make a worthy Android tablet.review-line.JPG

3.5/5

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Android 4.3 revealed to have 4K support

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android-big-top.jpgAndroid 4.3, the latest version of Google's mobile operating system revealed this week alongside the Nexus 7 2 tablet, will support 4K video.

Uncovered in the source code of the latest revision, it seems Google future-proofing their mobile output. While there isn't currently a mobile or tablet running at a 4K resolution, Google's software will be well placed to supports such screens when the hardware eventually, inevitably makes its way to mobile.

Currently, the Android tablet with the highest resolution is the Google Nexus 10 tablet, built by Samsung, sporting a resolution of 2560 x 1600. With 1080p the new mobile standard, it's expected that UHD mobile devices are to be the next logical battleground for mobile hardware makers.

What's potentially more interesting though is the potential for Android to make its way into 4K television screens. With Google TV and the newly launched Chromecast, Google still haven't given up the fight for a spot in your living room as well as your pocket. This new feature of Android again keeps the operating system flexible for any manufacturer who may be considering a smart, Android-connected 4K television.

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xl_xperia-i1-spyshot.jpgSony's next big smartphone contender, the Xperia i1 (also known as the "Honami") has broke cover, with spyshots showing off a handset acquired by covert means, posted to Chinese social network Sino Weib.

Republished by US site Gadget Helpline, they're the first pictures of the handset in the flesh, discounting the leaked press imagery from earlier this month.

If previous leaks are to be believed, the handset will feature an impressive 1/2.3-inch 20-megapixel Exmor RS sensor, backed up by a G lens, with Sony's Bionz image processor (usually the reserve of the company's digital cameras) also set for inclusion.

Measuring 5-inches with a full HD display, the handset is also said to be sporting a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, backed by 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage that can be boosted by a microSD card.

Following in the Xperia Z's ruggedised footsteps, the Xperia i1 will also be water and dustproof, meeting IP55/IP57 international standards. A non-removable battery, with a capacity of 3,000mAh, provides the juice. Design wise, the phone looks like a subtle evolution on the slim and slick Xperia Z handset, with the images suggesting both black and white versions will be available.

The handset is expected to be officially revealed by Sony at the IFA tech conference in Berlin in September. We'll give you the full details as we get them.

nexus-7-2-press-official-leak.jpgTaking the wind out of Google's sails, BestBuy have jumped the gun and released official press shots and specifications for the Google Nexus 7 2 tablet on their website.

Spilling the beans ahead of the widely-expected official confirmation from the big G itself, the Nexus 7 2 is set to include a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Pro S4 8064 processor with Adreno 320 graphics and 2GB of RAM. A 5-megapixel rear-facing camera makes its first appearance in the Nexus 7 line, alongside a 1.2-megapixel video camera on the front.

Sticking to the 7-inch screen size, the Nexus 7 2 will use a 1920 x 1080 Full HD IPS LCD screen, up from the 1280 x 800 screen in the original. Measurements are listed as 114.3 x 200.6 x 7.6mm. with a weight of 317.5g.

The brand-new Android Jelly Bean 4.3 will be the tablet's operating system, do we'll have to wait until later today for the official details on what this latest release includes.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 are both included, but so far there's no sign of a 3G or 4G model. Model variants are instead dictated by storage space, with both 16GB and 32GB on offer. Contrary to earlier reports, there's no HDMI output either.

Best Buy will be selling the tablet at $269.99 for the 32GB version, and $229.99 for the 16GB version.

We'll have full confirmation of these details and more a little later in the day, so keep your eyes peeled. For now, check out the latest leaked press imagery of the Google NExus 7 2 below.

nexus-7-gen-2.pngImages purported to be of the next-generation Nexus 7 tablet have leaked online, showing off what appears to be the final design for the follow-up to the popular Android tablet.

Perennial leakers EvLeaks have got their hands on a leaked press shot of the tablet, seemingly confirming that the Google/ASUS partnership has delivered a device that looks incredibly similar to its predessecor.

Speakers sit at the top and bottom of the device, with the headphone jack sat also along the top. Both front and rear cameras feature, with the Nexus logo sitting around halfway down the back, with an embossed ASUS logo at the bottom.

In terms of specifications, previous leaks have said to expect a full HD 1080p resolution screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of DDR3L RAM, a Slim Port for 1080p video playback over HDMI, and wireless charging. Android 4.3 looks set to be the operating system of choice, which is expected to be announced alongside the new tablet. Both 16 and 32GB variants will be available, with a leaked BestBuy advert stating the tablets will start at $229.99 and become available from Tuesday 30 July.

Google have a press event lined up for 24 July. Expect to hear more then.

Huawei-Media-pad7-youth.jpgHuawei are continuing their assault on the 7-inch Android tablet market, today following up on the previously released MediaPad 7, MediaPad 7 Vogue and MediaPad 7 Lite with the all-new MediaPad 7 Youth.

Aimed at the youth market (or "connected generation", as Huawei like to call them), it features a 7-inch display, a 1.6GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a 4100mAh battery.

Both Wi-Fi-only and 3G + Wi-Fi versions will be available, with the tablet also retaining phone functionality, much like the Asus FonePad.

Weighing 350g, its brushed aluminium construction could elevate it above other cut-price Android tablets.

"The MediaPad 7 Youth is a versatile tablet that provides an unsurpassed experience across hardware and software,"said Wang Yinfeng, Vice President, Home Connected Device Product Line, Huawei Device.

"Ideal for young people who are always on the move, the MediaPad 7 Youth delivers on Huawei's promise to make extraordinary technology experiences accessible for all."

Launching in Q3 in Russia, China, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Europe, we'll pass on UK-specific pricing and availability information as we get it.

BBM for Android to land in September

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bbm-android.jpgBlackBerry have already made it clear that their popular BlackBerry Messaging service (aka BBM - arguably more popular than their phones) would be branching out to the Android and iOS platforms at some point this summer. And it now seems that we have a more precise date for the Android leg of that roll out.

Speaking to IBN Live, BlackBerry India's managing director, Sunil Lalvani, has giving us a month to pop into our diaries.

"The service is coming to Android this summer. But summer as per North America, where it remains till September," he said.

A little vague, but when asked to clarify whether or not that pointed towards a September launch, the executive is said to have responded "in the affirmative".

September is pushing the definition of summer a little far - we'd really call that the Autumn. Also, there's no hint of news on the iOS version either.

Previously, a tweet from T-Mobile had suggested that the BBM app would hit both platforms on June 27, but a quick check of the calendar shows that's proved not to be the case.

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