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HTC 10 unleashed

htc-10The latest flagship from HTC is finally here, boasting a range of enhanced features, including a high end design and impressive camera tech.

With a 5.2 inch QHD display, the HTC 10 keeps pace with its predecessor in terms of screen size and resolution. Powered by the Snapdragon 820 chipset and 4GB of RAM, it should have no problem coping with all that the Android Marshmallow operating system can throw at it.

Selfie fans will be impressed with the class-leading five megapixel camera mounted on the front of the device because, unlike its rivals, this unit actually offers image stabilisation capabilities as well as an f/1.8 aperture for impressive low light performance.

A pair of BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition speakers are also present, enabling impeccable audio playback of the kind that no other mobile on the market can match. And with a trio of amps onboard, one of which handles the headphone socket, there should be no volume issues here.

HTC is going to be releasing the 10 next month, with information on UK pricing set to emerge in the next few days. And with an all-metal exterior and a fingerprint scanner, it is easily the equal of the iPhone 6S.

BlackBerry confirms upcoming Android handset launches

Blackberry Priv OfficialCanadian mobile maker, BlackBerry, is going to be introducing two new devices running the Android operating system this year, each of which will be targeted at the middle of the market rather than occupying the upper echelons, like its existing Priv.

Chief exec, John Chen, told The National that it was a mistake for the company to create an expensive Android flagship as its first foray into Google’s operating system. He explained that customers had been more interested in testing the waters with a more affordable device rather than committing up to £500 to experience the Priv at first hand.

In the first three months of the year, BlackBerry managed to ship 600,000 devices globally. And while it has fallen a long way from its glory days of the mid-2000s, Chen confirmed that he believes there is still money to be made from selling smartphones.

Of the Android-powered models planned to arrive later this year, one will boast a dedicated physical QWERTY keypad while the other will opt for a touch-based interface. Processing power and design remain a mystery, but more should be made public in the weeks leading up to their official launch.

Apple reveals impact of iPhone recycling scheme

Apple iPhone SERecycling is an important part of modern life, making common activities and purchases more sustainable. Apple is just one of the major mobile manufacturers doing more to improve the eco-friendliness of their operations.

Last week it announced that its efforts to recycle old iPhones had allowed it to reclaim almost 28 million kilos of precious materials, including everything from plastic and glass to steel and nickel, according to business insider.

It also recovered gold worth £28.3 million and copper worth £4.2 million from the iPhones that its customers parted ways with when the time came to upgrade to new iPhones like the iPhone 6s and iPhone SE.

Valuable metals like these are used in many components of modern smartphones, including the circuit boards and processors. And while each device has a relatively small quantity of such materials, the large number of iPhones sold and eventually reclaimed for recycling means that this can add up quickly.

There is no question that companies like Apple do not choose to recycle smartphones for altruistic reasons, since in most cases people will receive a payment when they agree to give their old handset to a manufacturer. But these figures reveal just how valuable the recycling process can be.

Microsoft schedules Surface Phone launch for 2017

surface-windows-phone-concept_1While the Lumia range may currently represent Microsoft’s primary selection of smartphone hardware, the firm is reportedly working on a new Surface Phone family of devices.

Sources quoted by Windows Central are confident that there will actually be three versions of the Surface Phone on offer, with these devices likely to arrive in 2017, at around the same time as Windows 10 Mobile is updated.

The three models will consist of an affordable mainstream handset, an enterprise-friendly Surface Phone and a top-of-the-line device which can compete with rivals like the Samsung Galaxy S7.

The Surface Phone range is being developed by the people responsible for the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Surface tablet family that Microsoft has touted for the last few years. And if rumours are to be believed, the upcoming handsets will not use ARM-based processors like many of their rivals but will instead harness Intel chipsets.

Windows 10 Mobile recently rolled out to the majority of Microsoft’s Lumia smartphones, introducing updated interface elements, new apps and the latest Edge web browser. But with a small share of the marketplace, the Surface Phone range could be the major shake-up that the software giant needs to make headway against Apple and Google.

Huawei will make curved displays more affordable

Huwaei-Mate-S2So far the only smartphones to feature curved displays have been high end models like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, meaning that most people are still using devices with flat screens due to their more affordable nature.

However, Chinese manufacturer, Huawei, is reportedly working on a handset called the Mate S2, which will feature a curved display at a far more accessible price point, according to Pocket Lint.

Sources suggest that the display will not echo the edge-based curves of Samsung’s phones, but will instead take a different approach to flexibility. Quite what that will involve remains a mystery, but the implications are that it will push the boundaries of display technology further than ever before.

The Mate S2 will be the successor to 2015’s Mate S, which was Huawei’s first full attempt at building a flagship device to compete with high flyers from Samsung and Apple.

The pricing of the Mate S2 is likely to be lower than that of its competitors, but it will still likely sit at the upper end of the market as a whole, even with Huawei’s penchant for building budget-oriented devices for buyers in the UK and globally.