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Samsung Galaxy Ace Style unveiled

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This week Samsung pulled back the covers on the Galaxy Ace Style, an affordable smartphone which is targeting a younger demographic than high-end devices like the Galaxy S5.

It comes with a dual core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, with 512MB of RAM and a four inch screen also on the cards.

A five megapixel camera and 4GB of built in storage space are also included, along with a microSD card slot to allow for the addition of extra memory if the user requires it.

While it may not be the most powerful smartphone on the market, it does boast NFC connectivity, meaning the Galaxy Ace Style can be used as a digital wallet.

It runs Android 4.4 KitKat and has Samsung’s TouchWiz interface plopped on top to spruce it up with a few unique features.

In terms of pricing, there is no official word, but most observers agree that it will probably go on sale for roughly £100, or perhaps less, if it wants to catch up with rivals like the Nokia Lumia 520.

A UK release date is also up in the air, but Samsung will probably be putting this device on sale in the very near future.

BlackBerry Kopi images emerge

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Some new leaked shots have shown off the upcoming BlackBerry Kopi handset, which is aimed at offering a more affordable alternative to the manufacturer’s top tier smartphones.

While the Kopi will be affordable, it should still have a fast Snapdragon processor, a 3.2 inch touchscreen display and an HDMI port, so that it can be connected to a secondary screen if required.

The one thing which marks it out as value-oriented is the lack of 4G LTE connectivity, although for the majority of users, this is still not a huge inconvenience given that the UK’s 4G coverage is still getting off the ground at the moment.

What remains a mystery is whether British buyers will ever be able to get their hands on the Kopi, as TechRadar suggests that it will only be sold in emerging markets and might not make a European debut.

This would be a shame given that BlackBerry has struggled to retain a foothold in recent years, with Android, iOS and Windows Phone all squeezing it out. A redesigned operating system is on the way and with the Kopi in the works, now could be the time for a resurgence in its success.

Bigger iPhone 6 screen size rumoured

iphone 6Leaked documents providing even more information on the next-generation iPhone seem to suggest that Apple will be breaking new ground in the screen size department.

MacRumours reports on files acquired in Japan, which suggest that a 5.7 inch iPhone 6 phablet will be hitting shelves later this year, alongside a 4.7 inch model, which is a little more pocket-friendly, but nevertheless, quite a bit bigger than the four inch iPad 5S of the current gen.

The iPhone 6 phablet will not just have a larger screen than its counterpart, but will actually be a fraction thinner, hitting just 6.7mm in depth.

This is especially interesting, given that the recently launched all-new HTC One has been praised by some critics for adopting a premium design, which does not attempt to be as thin as possible. Instead, it is a little thicker, which gives it a reassuring weight when compared with feather light iPhone models.

A big screen iPhone would be a real change in tactics for Apple, enabling it to finally provide an answer to Samsung’s Galaxy Note range. But whether fans will be interested in investing, or remain content to opt for a more compact alternative, is another matter.

LG G2 Mini makes European debut

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Customers in Europe are now able to buy the LG G2 Mini smartphone, giving them an alternative to other scaled down versions of high end models, such as the Galaxy S4 Mini and the HTC One Mini.

Of course, the term mini is only relative to the size of the larger handset, so with a 4.7 inch screen, the G2 Mini is still a big, imposing handset.

It has a quad core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and just 8GB of internal storage space, so it is modestly powerful without being groundbreaking. In addition, the 4.7 inch screen has a 960×540 resolution, so it is not quite up there with high definition panels found on other phones.

GSM Arena reports that the UK price of the phone is not yet known, but its continental price is equivalent to about £289. This makes it cheaper than the LG G2, but potentially a bit more of a financial burden than other mini models.

Plenty of people will be waiting to see what the Galaxy S5 Mini has to offer when it inevitably arrives, so perhaps LG will have a harder time selling the G2 Mini this year.

LG integrates light bulbs with smartphone tech

LG smart bulbA new lighting product from LG is designed to make it easier for people who are at home to detect when someone is trying to call their smartphone. The idea is that a special new light bulb will be synchronised with your mobile device of choice, so it can alert you as someone attempts to get in touch.

The Smart Bulb will operate over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, depending on your preferences, according to GSM Arena. It will also be 80 per cent more efficient than a traditional bulb and can last up to 10 years without needing to be replaced.

While the £19 reported price tag may be a little steep, it is comparatively impressive, given that similar bulbs with much shorter life spans will come and go in the same period.

As long as you have a smartphone with Android Jelly Bean, or an iPhone with iOS 6 or higher, the bulbs will work with it.

And of course, letting you know when you are being called is not the sole function on offer, because an app can also be used to control the lights when you are out of the house, or create a party mood with pre-programmed effects. In short, it looks like the future of lighting is here.