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This Week's Chitter Chatter - Samsung Galaxy S5 & Smartphone of the Year
If the likely look/feel/specifications of the iPhone 6 is creating the most gossip in the mobile phone world, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Note 4 aren't far behind. The latest rumours are that Samsung are working on 20-megapixel cameras for all of their new smartphones and phablets and it seems as though these will feature in the Note 4 although the S5 may have a 16-megapixel version instead (only 16-megapixels...). There’s also conflicting reports on when the Galaxy S5 will be unveiled with dates ranging from early 2014 until around Easter time. It’s expected that the Note 4 will be released around about next summer. Watch this space for the latest news as it comes in.
Images have appeared online of what a Sony Xperia Z1 Mini could look like if Sony were to release one. Sony has already released a Sony Xperia Z1 f smartphone in Japan but as yet there’s no news on any plans to make it available further afield.. It’s anticipated that a Z1 Mini would come with a 4.3-inch touch screen, a Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. The Z1 mini would also feature 16GB of built-in memory storage which could be increased up to 64GB thanks to the microSD card. The camera on the front will be a 20.7-megapixel unit with a 2.2-megapixel version on the front. Keep an eye on our blog for updates on the Xperia Z1 Mini as we have them.
EE’s 4G rollout marches on with the news that another 10 towns and cities now have coverage - Bath, Brighton, Bournemouth, Darlington, Cambridge, Northampton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Portsmouth, Poole and Redcar. This takes the total number of towns/cities with superfast 4G to 141 with 19 more cities (Aberdeen, Braintree, Cheltenham, Chester, Dundee, Durham, Exeter, Gloucester, Grimsby, Ipswich, Lincoln, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Peterborough, Plymouth, Stoke-on-Trent, Swansea, Swindon and York) to get coverage before Christmas. If you're wondering if superfast 4G has come to your town yet, you can put your postcode into EE's coverage checker to find out. If it has, you might want to check out our 4G deals here.
Sports Personality of the Year, the BAFTAs, the OSCARs - everyone loves an awards ceremony, and when it comes to smartphones, Stuff's Gadget Awards are right up there. So which phone scooped smartphone of the year? The iPhone 5s surely? If not that, then it must be the Samsung Galaxy S4? No? The HTC One? No, none of those. It was actually picked up by LG's rather excellent G2 - which just shows that it is possible for a manufacturer to come from nowhere to produce an award-winning phone. It wasn't all bad news for Apple - the iPad Air deservedly picked up tablet of the year. Still, if you'd like to check out LG's G2 handset, you can do that here.