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    While today's the day the OnePlus 3 gets its shine on, you might be surprised at who will pop up next in the value crunching sector. Take a look at Vodafone UK's new Smart Platinum 7, set to come to the carrier on June 20. It has a 5.5-inch quad HD screen all lit up with AMOLEDs, a 16-megapixel rear camera with an 8-megapixel front facer, a "powerful octa-core processor" 3GB of RAM, a 3,000mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, 32GB of storage Android Marshmallow and a Smart VR headset to boot. The phone will go for £300 all at once or from £28 per month. If this thing looks ...

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    Update: Users from all 31 countries the OnePlus 3 is available to can now buy a device from the company's site at these prices: [table] Countries,Price Canada,$519 China,¥2499 Czech Republic,10990 Kč Denmark,2990 kr All Eurozone countries except Ireland,€399 Hong Kong,$3098 Hungary,124990 Ft India,Rs. 27999 Poland,1799zł Sweden,3695 kr United Kingdom,£309 United States,$399 [/table] Our original story is below. When you download the "OnePlus 3 Launch: The Loop" app from the Google Play Store, be prepared to wait. It's a 623MB download. But once you get into it, you'll learn all ...

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    Like any great musical act, the OnePlus 3 is about to head on world tour. Shortly after sales begin next Wednesday, OnePlus will be popping up at several outlets across the world to introduce the new smartphone to its fans, let them try it out and even buy one if you get to the fun early enough. On June 15, the Colette shop near the Palai-Royal in Paris will host the first event at 11am local time. Londoners can head to the Joshua Kane on Brushfield in Whitechapel while Berliners can go to Firmament just off Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz at 7pm in each respective place. Those in New York can head ...

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    You officially will never need an invite from OnePlus to buy its products ever again. Well, if we're talking about the OnePlus X and the OnePlus 2 in the US. To be clear, you can already get both phones from third-party suppliers on Amazon right now, but OnePlus will soon be officially providing the site with its phones soon. The OnePlus 2 will be $299 on the marketplace — we presume it's going to be the 64GB variant as that's the price it is currently up for at oneplus.net — while the OnePlus X will be up for $199. The UK is already getting some direct love from OnePlus as the ...

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    Huawei subsidiary Honor is quite convinced that Europeans will definitely love its new Honor 5X or its hefty little Honor 7. And if you, a European, end up buying one and aren't absolutely in love with it, well, you can return it! Until June 8th, for either phone purchased in the UK, Spain, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands, the company is offering a 60-day money back guarantee. Honor will pick up shipping fees for those sending their phones back. Huawei and Honor have been making strong pushes in Europe, but we've yet to see a similarly aggressive campaign in its newest market, the ...

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    Sony's going through with its Europe distribution plan of its new Xperia X smartphones. It recently added the Xperia XA Ultra, a camera-ful little phone, into that plan. We're now seeing that the Japanese manufacturer is setting that device into pre-order motion as well as UK site Unlocked Mobiles has the phone available for £298.98 with shipments starting June 27. Britons can get the Xperia XA direct from Sony for £239 with boxes out the door beginning June 20. Where's the £60 difference? An extra gig of RAM, a larger screen with better resolution and double the selfie cam ...

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    Some lucky people were able to snag some free goodies with the purchase of a then-new Lumia 950 XL. As short-lived as those promotions were and for how little we knew about the phones then, snagging some Continuum with your new Windows 10 Mobile device was pretty nifty. Well, if you're a Briton still thinking about getting either a Lumia 950 or 950 XL, you should probably take action anytime tomorrow or through June 30. Afterward, you can take advantage of a promo code for a free Microsoft Display Dock, worth £79.99. You can access the offer on the Lumia Offers app — an app almost ...

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    As Transport for London begins taking Android Pay, we ponder where else the mobile payments platform can go, now that it covers many storefronts, in-app purchases and now, public transit. Google announced that it's now working with Bank of America to get Android Pay working with some of its ATMs while Stripe, Braintree and other point-of-sales partners are also getting integrated. Other developers for retailers and banks can now grab a self-service API to put Android Pay to work for them. We may see other banks take Android Pay at ATMs if they work with Google. Samsung Pay currently has ...

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    No tapping and no paying has happened just yet for those not on Apple's side in the United Kingdom. Limited availability of the Android Pay app began today in the country. Users now see an entry in the Play Store for Android Pay, but many also saw a cautionary tag telling them that "This item is not available in your country." The few that have snagged an installation and tried card after card found that all of them didn't work — yes, even the Barclays ones that never were supposed to in the first place. [EDIT] Thanks to Domenico Lamberti for sending us this screenshot of the app ...

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    It's a shame that the Brits, Scots and Welsh aren't going to be getting the Sony Xperia X Performance, isn't it? Well, it may not be a shame after all. The company has stated to Recombu that while the Sony Mobile Store won't be selling the device, the company will likely leverage its retail partners to do so in limited numbers starting from July. While that sucks for those who would want to participate in a pre-order promotion to potentially get a device for free, it does offer Xperia fans an in to the fun of the Snapdragon 820. The phone is coming out in France, Italy, the Netherlands, ...

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    The transition from Z to X is complete as Sony's new series of smartphones are heading to market in Europe today. Sony Mobile has opened pre-orders for the Xperia X, the lower-end Xperia XA and, in some markets, the top-tier Xperia X Performance. And it's doing so with some hullabaloo. For one, it's offering its SmartBand 2 at half-off with a valid pre-order. In the UK, it's a £50 discount while in most of Europe, it'll be around €55. Also, in France, the UK, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands, buyers of each product (where applicable) can have their pre-orders completely reimbursed. ...

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    Sony's revised smartphone strategy has brought us an upper mid-ranger and a lower mid-ranger this year. We've been teased for a while about what the end of the Xperia Z line will mean for the prospective buyer. The teasing continues, but if you live in the United Kingdom, you can act upon it. Amazon.co.uk has both the Xperia X and the Xperia XA up for pre-order with delivery beginning May 20. The Xperia X, as a reminder, runs on a Snapdragon 650 and has both a five-inch full HD display and a 23-megapixel main camera. As such, it gets a pretty devastating price tag of £499.99 ($720). The ...

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    The "Hipster Troll Carwash" has become the "Hot Topic Craze" in mobile tech, at least for this microsecond. HTC has found its footing once again with the HTC 10 and with a clear month until Motorola — under Lenovo — has something to offer, we'll see a full month's of worth of sales. But it has to start somewhere. In the US, Verizon said it has first dibs for carriage. In the UK, it's Three that has started pre-orders for the phone with deliveries targeted for May 6. Three is currently only offering the phone purchased with a two-year contract plan and an upfront fee of £49. We'll ...

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    It seemed like LG was really about to hit 2016 out of the park, but so far, it hasn't been the kindest of unwindings for the G5, its modular nature and not to mention one of its Friends. But hey, at least we now know what's up with said Friends and where to get them as LG has launched a dedicated site featuring them. You'll mostly find that the site directs you to retailers where you can buy the modules. A "Playground" section will be populated with neat tips, tricks and reviews and there will be real-life events centered around the Friends, too. The company is encouraging tinkerers to ...

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    While early US adopters of mobile payment services can currently try out a smorgasbord of digital wallet apps, developed by Apple, Samsung, Google and even Walmart, at millions of retail locations nationwide, things are a lot more complicated and limited on British shores. Although Apple Pay launched in the UK just nine months after debuting stateside, and it’s been a full nine months since, both Samsung Pay and Android Pay seem to be putting off their local introductions until they get enough financial institutions on board. Speaking of, not even Apple Pay enjoyed the approval of all ...

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    When's the LG G5 headed out for shipment? The chaebol itself is pulling the lever on March 31 while retailers have ranged from the first day to just outside the first week of April. More of them have come to the fore to support the early bird special. Namely, New York's B&H Photo and the UK's Carphone Warehouse are both up and ready to handle pre-orders for the modular, dual-camera flagship right now. In both cases, the phone can be bought unlocked (or SIM-free, as the Brits say) and carries 32GB of storage. While it doesn't have any "Friends" modules to sell, Carphone Warehouse will ...

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    While we won't be getting that HTC 10 with Windows 10 Mobile and we're still waiting for that Panos Phone and the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL weren't the most exciting flagships for a long time, this run-on sentence doesn't have to mean that you'll be disappointed by the Lumia 650. If you like a great looking, power-efficient mobile workhorse, you can find one right now on Expansys UK. And you can get it for £159.99 ($227). As of our post, there were 15 black units in stock and 17 white ones — both come with 16GB storage (expandable by microSD) and 1GB of RAM. Source: Expansys UK (1, ...

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    It's taken several months, but at last, the Microsoft Surface Book has come out of its American shell and has landed in Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Prices are going to be all over the place, which is why we have a handy little price chart down below for the price of each country's Surface Book (with US dollar exchanges following in parentheses). All figures are current as of press time and include local value-added taxes where applicable. US prices are included for reference. [table] Storage/Silicon,US,AU,NZ,JP,AT + FR + ...

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    More Marshmallow, more of the time. The clock stands at 106 days — that's three-and-a-half months — since the final images of the first build of Android 6.0 were dropped onto Nexus devices. Motorola gave some encouraging news to Moto G Turbo owners in India today on that front and it looks like we're about to see more Honor phones come online soon along with OnePlus devices. Have an Honor 4X, 6 or 6+? Like Marshmallow, like BETA test? Sign up for our BETA test here https://t.co/Nf6tmNqWPM pic.twitter.com/MTWjiRST23 — Honor UK (@UKHonor) January 19, 2016 The UK-based Honor team ...

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    While CES 2016 is focused on the new, fresh and up-to-the-minute excitement in electronics, there's always a "new to you" component to it. LG gave us a couple of new mid-range phones for us to talk about here in the US. But LG is also shipping up a relatively old friend to new lands. That old friend is the V10, available in Korea, the US, China and Hong Kong and it soon will be in the UK, according to Pocket-lint. The V10 was initially promised for global distribution, but we don't know of any details from LG about other destinations and any time frames. We don't even know the time frame ...

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    In most cases, it wouldn't make sense for a retailer to stop carrying a product it agreed to carry on behalf of its vendor unless the vendor tells the retailer not to. If there's a problem on the retailer side, it'd be tough to find a reason for the vendor to spin the issue. When Amazon Germany announced that it had to withdraw the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL from sales, there was a question about just how many customers were complaining about or returning the device. It's been a week since the take-down occurred and Microsoft has not addressed the issue. Similarly, "Purchase" buttons for the ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has had its praises sung ad nauseam since the reviews of it had dropped. Sure, it might have been a "Galaxy S Big with a Stylus" during its launch, but the features it brought to the table went unmatched by the industry since then. Tough for most of our European readers to have to sit this one out, though. We first got word from a source tied to a Romanian tech blog that Samsung could finally bring the Note 5 to Europe by late January. Android Central confirmed a more general "early 2016" timeline with its sources. We now have a more localized corroboration from ...

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    While we mention the spread of Samsung Pay to different devices, Samsung or not, we have to have the territory to use the service in. So far, Samsung has reached deals with banking, retail and cellular network partners in South Korea and the US. We've been promised a further push into other countries like the UK, Spain and China during Samsung's August event. Well, look at that: SamMobile is reporting that we'll see those three countries receive Samsung Pay in Q1 of next year. Same device rules are in play — the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+ & the Galaxy Note 5. We don't ...

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    The Sony Xperia Z5 is available for purchase at several European retailers right now. And while Sony Europe may have stopped selling its products direct to buyers online, consumers in the continent can still score smartphones, tablets and SmartWear right from the Sony Xperia Store, too. On that note, if you happen to be in that subset of the customer base, we have good news: you can now get the Sony Xperia Z5 for £549 (838 USD as of this post) or €699 (796 USD). Third-party retailers like Amazon.co.uk and Clove Technologies are bundling in Sony brand Bluetooth-connected headset ...

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    Contactless payments have grown significantly over the last couple of months. According to the U.K. Cards Association, the figure has more than doubled from £287 million per month in January 2015 to £567 million in June 2015. £2.5 billion in just the first half of the year is a huge improvement over the £2.32 billion for all of 2014, so it only makes sense for companies to work on keeping that growth steady. The U.K. Cards Association has just announced that it’ll be increasing the transaction limit for services like Apple Pay. As of today, contactless payments will have an new limit ...

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