Samsung Galaxy Note Edge gets priced in the UK

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is now available for pre-order in the United Kingdom. The online retailer Clove is now taking pre-orders for the flagship phablet with curved display.

gsmarena 001 Samsung Galaxy Note Edge gets priced in the UK

As expected, the handset is anything but cheap – Clove is asking £650 for it with VAT included. Without VAT, the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge costs £541.67.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge carries a premium over its conventionally designed sibling, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Clove is asking £575 for the latter with VAT included. This should hardly catch anyone by surprise, as the Note Edge is officially labeled as a niche device.

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iPhone 6 sales in China tipped to begin on October 10

According to a new report, Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus might go on sale in China on October 10. The devices’ launch in the vital consumer market is yet be officially confirmed.

gsmarena 001 iPhone 6 sales in China tipped to begin on October 10

The October 10 sales launch was allegedly revealed in an Apple retail store preparation timeline, which was presented during an employee-training course. Product readiness training is expected to begin on October 7.

Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus recently got China Compulsory Certification (3C), as well as approval from the State Radio Regulation of China. The handsets still need network access licenses in order to be allowed to go on sale.

Sales in China will be vital for Apple’s fiscal performance during the quarter that includes the holiday shopping season. Last year, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c were available in the vast market during their official launch weekend.

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Counterclockwise, iPhone 5, iOS 7, Nokia 5800, Microsoft Kin

Counterclockwise is our weekly look back in time at all the interesting things that happened during this week through the years. Late September has witnessed many great things but also a fair share of embarrassing failures, here are the most interesting of them.

gsmarena 001 Counterclockwise, iPhone 5, iOS 7, Nokia 5800, Microsoft Kin

Failure to launch

Apple released the iOS 8 update on schedule quickly followed by 8.0.1, which proved to be flawed. This was fixed in 8.0.2 but it’s not the first time this has happened.

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Sprint opens up Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is hitting the US on October 14, but you can already pre-order the phablet on both AT&T and T-Mobile. Starting yesterday Sprint has also joined the campaign, allowing you to pre-book your unit and make sure you will be among the first adopters.

Sprint is asking $ 720 for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 if you don’t want to sign a contract, which is lower than the $ 826 that AT&T demands. However if you are to sign a 2-year commitment Sprint is reducing the price to $ 350, $ 50 higher than what the largest GSM carrier in the States charges.

gsmarena 001 Sprint opens up Galaxy Note 4 pre orders

Sprint is also offering a third option for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 where you pay nothing upfront but spread it out over 24 monthly payments of $ 30.

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Xiaomi gearing up to sell 100,000 units per week in India next month

Xiaomi is gearing up for the festive season in India next month by increasing the availability of devices. Company Vice President Hugo Barra said the company is planning to make provisions to sell 100,000 units per week from the 60,000 they do currently.

gsmarena 001 Xiaomi gearing up to sell 100,000 units per week in India next month

Xiaomi recently started selling handsets in India and has been operating exclusively through online retailer Flipkart. In the short amount of time, the company made a reputation for having frustratingly low stock, which is made available through flash sales and goes out of stock in mere seconds.

The ridiculously inexpensive but feature packed Xiaomi Mi 3 was discontinued in India briefly after it was launched but the company plans to bring it back during Diwali, which sales of electronics are at an all-time high in India. It will be sold alongside the Redmi 1S and will later be joined by the Redmi Note.

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Week 39 in review: iPhone 6 Plus bending, Galaxy Note 4 launch

The Week In Review is our series meant to recap all the major news of the week, which you might have missed. In Week 39 the spotlights were primarily on Apple again with the iPhone 6 Plus experiencing nasty bending issues. Many rival companies went on to mock Apple with #bendgate becoming quite popular. Meanwhile Apple didn’t help its cause as it messed up the iOS 8.0.1 update badly, but at least it fixed things up quicky.

gsmarena 001 Week 39 in review: iPhone 6 Plus bending, Galaxy Note 4 launch

In response to Apple’s success with initial sales of the iPhone 6 duet, Samsung pushed sales of the Galaxy Note 4 earlier than expected. The phone is expected to come out a week earlier than initially planned and will launch in more than 140 countries by October. Continuing with Android, alleged Nexus 6 photo appeared next to the LG G3 and Oppo confirms the N3 will come in both stainless steel and alluminum-lithium alloy versions.

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The Korean manufacturer Pantech is now up for sale

The maker of Android smartphones and tablets Pantech is now up for grabs. The third largest Korean hardware manufacturer and its creditors presented a plan for the sale procedure to the Seoul Central District Court.

gsmarena 001 The Korean manufacturer Pantech is now up for sale

Bidders will have until October 7 to submit their offers for the beleaguered manufacturer. Korean heavyweights like Samsung, LG, Hyundai Motor Group, and the network carrier SK Telecom are reportedly among the interested parties. SK Telecom is unofficially viewed as a front-runner.

A purchase by a foreign company is not unlikely either. A number of Chinese and Indian tech giants would gladly place a bid and try to enter the Korean market.

Despite its characterful and well-made devices, Pantech struggled against Samsung and LG in the highly patriotic Korean market. Declining sales forced the company into recording losses in six consecutive quarters.

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