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According to Digitimes, Foxconn International Holdings, a Foxconn Electronics (the company responsible for mass producing the iPhone and iPad) subsidiary is rumoured to have been contracted by Microsoft to mass produce the Windows Phone 8-powered Surface smartphone. The handset is expected to debut in the middle of 2013.
This new report lines up with a previous report from IT Home, a Chinese site, with sources claiming Foxconn has already started mass production of the rumoured Surface phone.
Earlier during the month, reports claimed that the Redmond firm was testing the Surface smartphone with Asian suppliers, suggesting that the software giant is on the hunt for a manufacturing partner.
According to reports, the device will sport a display measuring between four to five inches. If these reports are genuine, it’s a dead cert that the handset carrying the Microsoft brand will run Windows Phone 8.
These reports come after Microsoft deciding to get into the hardware game and release the Surface tablet. If the big M decided to make its own tablet, then why not a smartphone?
According to the same report from Digitimes, Amazon has also contracted Foxconn to mass produce its first smartphone.
Currently, Amazon has focused on making the dirt cheap 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet. However, rumours have circulated throughout the year claiming that it’s next big thing will be a smartphone. After Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO, said that the online retail giant was cooking up new devices for 2013, most speculate that we will soon see an Amazon smartphone.
It looks like two huge companies are getting into the smartphone market. Windows 8 developer Microsoft is rumoured to launch its own smartphone running Windows Phone 8 and online retail giant Amazon is expected to launch an Android-powered smartphone.
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Have you been waiting to get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2? If this is the case, we have good news for you. The 5.5-inch successor of the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note has landed in UK shops.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 sports a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED 720p display, a whopping 1.6GHz quad-core processor, and a bigger 3,100mAh battery. Like the original Note, the Note 2 sports a Stylus.
The Galaxy Note 2 is available in 16GB and 32GB variants. If you’re looking for more storage, the Note 2 comes with a microSD card slot. For now, you don’t have to wait for the latest version of Android. The device runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).
If you’re looking to get your hands on the Galaxy Note 2, be prepared to cough up more than £500. Amazon is selling the device for a whopping £530 for the 16GB version. However, you won’t be getting your hands on the Note 2 until the 16th of October.
If you’re not willing to wait this long, you can always sign up for a contract or upgrade to the Note 2. Doing this, however, will require you to sign up for a 2-year contract on at least a £30 monthly plan. This will not require you to pay anything upfront. Three, on the other hand, is offering the Note 2 for £500 on pay as you go (including a top-up). We’re expecting other networks to follow suit.
It’ll be wise, however, to wait until other networks reveal their Note 2 monthly plans or other deals to surface. You might jump the gun when something better comes up.
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Finally, the Amazon Kindle Fire will be landing in the UK. Unlike the iPad, it will only cost you a mere £159.
The original Kindle Fire has been around in the US for quite some time now. The updated version sports a 1.2GHz processor coupled with 1GB of RAM for extra power. It also sports a 7-inch HD display with a resolution of 1,280×800 pixels. It is available in a 16GB version, which costs £159. The 32GB version will set you back £199.
An 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD has also been launched by Amazon. Sadly, there’s no word if this iPad rival will be landing in the UK.
The Kindle Fire HD will have lock-screen ads. According to Amazon, “These special money-saving offers that customers will enjoy could include offers on Kindle accessories or on our digital catalogue of Kindle books, apps, games and MP3, plus many more.”
Amazon is now offering the tablet for pre-order. Expect to get your hands on the Kindle Fire HD on the 25th of October.
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