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Mobile news: what happened this week?

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Welcome to our latest edition of mobile news!  We’ve got the latest Nokia 9 rumours, an update on the budget Moto phone, and news about Samsung’s Premium Care service. We also have some sneaky iPhone 8 rumours and all the latest on the HTC One X10.

Nokia 9 rumours

A flagship Nokia phone could be with us from as early as July or August this year. HMD Global, who’ve been responsible for recent mid-range Nokia devices, are looking to announce a high-end Nokia 9 by the end of 2017. While the announcement was previously tipped to arrive in June, it’s now rumoured to be coming a couple of months later, with the phone itself available towards the end of Q3. This is supported by the fact that the handset will supposedly be using the Snapdragon 835, a chipset that won’t be widely available for another few months.

Rumours about the handset itself include a 5.5-inch QHD OLED screen, a water resistant all-metal body, a dual lens 22MP Carl Zeiss camera, plus a 12MP front-facing camera, as well as a 3D audio recorder and iris and fingerprint scanners.

Moto to release super-budget phone, the Moto C

Muscling in on the budget phone market, Moto is apparently going to add to their considerable range with a new pair of devices, the Moto C and the Moto C Plus. Rumoured to be taking a lot from their Moto G5 handset, the devices are to be a cheaper version to hone in on the current demand for less-expensive phones.

Rumours so far imply that both are to sport a 5-inch screen and microSD slots, with the screen resolution of the C at 854 x 480, and the C Plus at 1280 x 720. The C is due to have 1GB of RAM, while the C Plus will vary from 1-2 GB, depending on your region. While the leak is pretty well-rounded, it’s still a good idea to take the details with a hefty pinch of salt until the parent companies have their say.

Samsung Galaxy phones

Samsung launch Premium Care fixer services

Whether you’ve bashed it, dropped it, submerged it, or dinged it – if you’ve accidentally damaged your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus, Samsung will fix it. The Premium Care service is in addition to your normal Samsung warranty – you can call a rep out to fix or replace your phone as soon as possible. There’s a cap of three call-outs in one year, and each costs $99 (£80), in addition to $11.99 (£9.50) for the service and your regular contract fees. The scheme is currently only available in the US – keep an eye out for it crossing the ocean soon.

HTC One X10 has a strong focus on style

Any news of the HTC 11 (or HTC Ocean) is still just wishful whispers, but there is much more substantial evidence about the HTC One X10. A new promotional image shows off the phone’s full-metal design, causing commentators to note that the company are really focusing on looks with this handset. It’s a sleek phone with a fingerprint sensor and single lens on the rear. It’s said to have a full HD 5.5-inch display, as well as 3GB of RAM, and it’ll run on the MediaTek Helio P10 octa-core chipset.

iPhone 8 updates and rumours

As this year marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, rumours are rife that the latest device will be a significant overhaul from Apple. The company has a habit of releasing flagships in September, so there could be fewer than six months to wait for a launch. The biggest news, as far as design is concerned, is that the iPhone 8 could have a bezel-free design; all screen on the front, with the Touch ID sensor moved to the back of the handset, plus a vertically-oriented dual camera set-up. We’re also looking at a curved AMOLED display, no home button, and the screen itself is touted to be 5.8-inches.

That’s all the mobile news we have for you now! Join us again next week.

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