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Sony Xperia E4g announced

Xperia E4gJust weeks after the announcement of the standard Xperia E4, Sony has revealed that an upgraded version, called the E4g, is on the way according to TechRadar.

The Xperia E4g will, unsurprisingly, feature 4G network connectivity to boost mobile internet speeds, along with a 1.5GHz quad core processor and a five inch display with a 960×540 resolution.

This means that the E4g will not only be a better equipped device for connectivity on the move than its predecessor, but will also have a faster CPU to make apps and the interface feel quicker and more responsive.

The E4g should be sold for around the £100 mark when it arrives in the UK this April. And one of the other benefits of the phone is that it will feature a 2300mAh battery, that Sony believes can last for up to 48 hours without needing to be recharged.

This would make it a particularly portable and practical pay as you go phone, or indeed an affordable pay monthly option. Running Android and with access to exclusive Sony features, like PlayStation and Walkman functionality, the Xperia E4g could be a competitive budget smartphone, to take on rivals from Samsung and Nokia.

HTC One M9 images leak ahead of launch

HTC One M9The HTC One M9 is set to be another attractive, all-metal handset when it launches next month, according to the latest leaked images published by TechRadar.

The images are not hastily snapped spy shots, but rather revealing press mock-ups, which have that undeniably official look about them.

The HTC One and One M8 both set the standard for high end Android smartphone aesthetics and this year’s successor shows no signs of changing this.

Also revealed in the past few days were the specifications, with German retailers being cited as the sources. An octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor is on the phone, along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage space as standard.

A 20 megapixel camera may well make an appearance on the rear of the device and there should be a five inch screen upfront. It is unclear what the resolution will be, but most insiders believe HTC is sticking with a 1080p panel, rather than jumping to QHD, like Samsung.

Android Lollipop will be available on the One M9 from the get-go, along with a brand new version of HTC’s Sense user interface. All will be revealed early next month at MWC 2015.

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Flip phones gain market share in Japan

Although smartphones with slatMotorola Razre-like bodies have become the norm in the UK, it looks like over in Japan, the traditional flip phone is taking back some of the market, according to PhoneArena.

Last year, 10.6 million flip phones were sold in Japan, a 5.7 per cent annual rise. And the figures also show that dedicated smartphone sales were actually down in this Mecca of technology.

Analysts suggest that the trend for flip phone ownership may have something to do with the fact that wireless data access is actually relatively expensive in Japan. Meanwhile in the UK, where it is very cheap to access the internet while on the move, the smartphone is reigning supreme.

There are flip phones which double up as smartphones and perhaps this form factor will enjoy a resurgence outside of Japan in 2015.

Models like the Motorola RAZR defined the mobile market around a decade ago, making it clear that thin and light handsets were the future. Today, most smartphones have screens measuring over four inches across the diameter and the design parameters are very different, but trends can change and perhaps the flip phone is about to make a comeback.

New camera for HTC One M9 rumoured

HTC One M9The HTC One M9 will be officially unveiled at the beginning of next month, but fans are already getting familiar with the specifications of the flagship device, thanks to a series of leaks in recent weeks.

The latest news suggests that HTC will be equipping the One M9 with a 20.7 megapixel camera on the rear as well as a four megapixel camera up front, making it a bit more photography-friendly than its predecessors, at least in the simplest sense.

While HTC has stuck with low resolution sensors for its past high end handsets such as the HTC One M8, instead choosing to offer impressive low light performance, it is clearly upping the megapixel count for the One M9, to help compete with its closest rivals.

Also onboard will be the Snapdragon 810 chipset, supporting a total of eight physical cores along with 3GB of RAM, for some seriously impressive performance statistics.

A five inch display with a 1080p resolution, all wrapped up in an attractive metal body, will make the One M9 the best HTC handset so far. Whether or not this will be reflected in sales figures is uncertain, especially given that Apple is still hanging onto its seemingly unassailable lead in the premium marketplace.

Affordable Huawei Honor Holly unveiled

Huawei Honor Holly
The Huawei Honor Holly

Huawei has a knack of making inexpensive mobile phones which, nevertheless, pack a technical punch. The Honor Holly is its latest bargain basement Android offering, intending to target a sub £100 price point while still boasting solid specifications.

When it goes on sale in the UK on the 23rd of February, the Honor Holly will be impressively powerful thanks to a 1.3GHz quad core CPU, coupled with a single gigabyte of RAM. An eight megapixel camera on the back is accompanied by a two megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and selfies.

Android KitKat is the operating system used by this device and it comes with a relatively modest amount of secondary customisation, which does not dilute the user experience too much.

Although Honor is technically separate from Huawei, the influences of its owner are apparent throughout the handset. The frame may be plasticy and not especially exciting, but does feel solidly built.

The biggest point in favour of the Honor Holly is its display, which measures five inches across the diagonal and has a 720p resolution. It is crisp, clear and very big for a phone of this price point, giving it the edge over the competition although the Motorola Moto G 4G phone is also a good future proof 4G choice around the £100 price point.

However as the Huawei Honor 6 has shown being such a big SIM Free seller in the UK, customers are happy to pay outright for phones and get a separate SIM Only deal.