The Nokia Lumia 1520 will be on sale in the UK next week, with the first phones being sold on December 6th, according to TechRadar.
There is a lot of excitement for the 1520 because of its impressive specifications and size, with a six inch 1080p display dominating the front and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor sitting under the surface.
Like the other Lumia handsets, it uses Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system and although it may not have a 41 megapixel camera like the Lumia 1020, it does have a 20 megapixel snapper bolted onto the back.
13 megapixel cameras have become the standard for other flagship mobiles, but Nokia is intent on streaking ahead of the rest of the pack in this area.
UK buyers will need to pay around ?38 a month to get the Lumia 1520 free on a contract when it is released next week.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is looming on the horizon and is likely to be one of 2014′s most popular smartphones thanks to the legacy of its predecessors.
Now, new information about the screen that the phone could purportedly sport has emerged, with TechRadar citing industry sources who suggest that it might come with an AMOLED panel that has a pixel density of 560ppi.
This is higher than the 441ppi of the Galaxy S4 and implies a resolution of 2560×1440, which is impressive, at least on paper.
But the problem is that paper is the only place that the pixel density really makes any difference, because the human eye has trouble distinguishing the difference when you get higher than roughly 300ppi, which is why the iPhone’s Retina Display was given its name when it first offered 326ppi back in 2010.
The resolution arms race in the smartphone market might actually be damaging, because more pixels mean more pressure put on processors, with virtually no distinguishable difference to the experience.
The 1080p panel of the Galaxy S4 is already more than crisp enough for average users, so if the Galaxy S5 pushes things even higher, it will only be another meaningless bragging right.
Motorola is getting ready to unleash the Moto G smartphone on the UK, with a listing accidentally posted by Amazon this week revealing when it will be arriving and how much you will be able to pay for it.
Pocket-Lint reports that a November 14th release is suggested by the listing, with an asking price of a penny under ?160 required for the 16GB version of the device.
The Moto G is anticipated to have a quad core processor, 4.5 inch display and Android Jelly Bean onboard, ahead of an update that will bring the newer KitKat OS to the table.
Motorola is also thought to be extending the customisation options available in the US to British buyers, so you should be able to determine the specific style of the battery cover for the Moto G.
Motorola is now owned by Google and has been somewhat absent from the UK market in recent months, with the Moto G marking its big comeback.
?160 is a very cheap asking price for a phone with a quad core processor and the latest version of Android, so it would be an affordable alternative to top tier handsets.
European mobile users are warming to the Windows Phone ecosystem, with sales of compatible handsets growing at a faster rate than any of its closest rivals, according to new figures published by Kantar.
Android remains the dominant mobile OS in the UK and across the continent, taking hold of 58.4 per cent of the market in the third quarter of 2013. This puts it ahead of the 27 per cent belonging to Apple’s iOS, and the 11.4 per cent stake claimed by Windows Phone.
However, the annual increase for Microsoft’s platform is significant, given that at this point last year, it was clinging onto a much smaller 4.2 per cent slice of the European market.
This is particularly good news for Nokia, given that it is the main manufacturer of Windows Phone devices and now property of Microsoft, following a takeover deal.
Windows Phone is even beating iOS in some territories, trumping it in Italy in spite of Apple’s strong presence in other nations.
BlackBerry is the biggest loser in the latest report, with its share of the UK smartphone market dipping to 3.1 per cent, which is all the more justification for the recently announced canning of its chief exec, Thorsten Heins.
LG has announced the G Flex handset this week, throwing its hat in the ring with Samsung in the curved smartphone market, with a powerful and unusual device.
The G Flex has a six inch AMOLED display which, with the curvature of its chassis, is concave. The idea is that users will find it easier to interact with a display of this size, one-handed, rather than having to use both hands to get the job done, as is virtually essential with large, flat phones.
Onboard, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM handle the number crunching, with a 3500mAh battery delivering enough juice to keep things ticking over all day.
The display may measure six inches across the diagonal and thus eclipse the Samsung Galaxy Round, its curved rival, but it only has a 720p resolution, which might disappoint those who would expect 1080p to be the standard for a high end device.
LG is releasing the G Flex in its native South Korea before the end of the year, but it is not expected to become available elsewhere until 2014, when even more curved competition may be on the horizon.