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OnePlus 3 price rise kicks in tomorrow, blame Brexit

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The UK’s recent vote to leave the EU led to the announcement that the One Plus 3’s retail price will rise by £20 from tomorrow, July 11.

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Prices outside the UK won’t change, as the increase is a direct result of the drop in value of the Pound following the referendum result indicating that the country should leave the European Union. The new retail price will be £329.

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Blu’s first UK handset is a tempting Black Friday smartphone deal

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Blu, a US brand established in 2009, is making its first foray into the UK today – and potentially then the rest of Europe – with the Vivo 6.

On paper, it stacks up like many other mid-to-high end smartphones – Android Marshmallow, a 5.5-inch Full HD display, 1.8GHz Octa-Core processor, and 13-megapixel sensor – but where the Blu Vivo 6 makes more of an impression is with its overall value.

The retail price is £239.99, which includes 4GB RAM, 64GB of storage, microSD support and a super-reliable fingerprint sensor – and for one day only, it’s available from Amazon for £184.99.

The Vivo 6 sits somewhere between brands like OnePlus and Wileyfox, offering a solid spec list, attractive (if not unique) design and an asking price that won’t break the bank. Like those brands, Blu operates a direct to retailers and consumer model, which means you won’t see it on offer in your local phone shop.

We’ve got one in for testing, so will have a review up in due course.

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Kodak’s new Ektra smartphone doesn’t blow the competition away on paper, but that’s OK

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Kodak launched its first smartphone of 2016 today, and unsurprisingly it’s pitched directly at photographers. Sort of.

As much as the leatherette handset combined with a huge, protruding shutter cover leaves little doubt who the phone is aimed at, the camera tech itself is doesn’t blow established smartphone rivals out of the water. For £450 (it’s not available to pre-order yet, but you can register interest) you get a 21MP fast focus camera sensor with F2.0, phase-detection auto-focus (PDAF), optical image stabilisation (OIS) and dual LED flash. On the front, there’s a 13MP F2.2 PDAF selfie camera. Those certainly aren’t specs to sniff at, but they don’t blow the competition out of the water either.

Other hardware highlights include a 2.3GHz Decacore processor, 5-inch full HD display, 3GB RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. There’s also microSD expansion, as you’d expect on a phone made by a camera brand.

While the hardware is no slouch, it’s going to be the combination of novelty, price-point, camera specs and other value added through photographic tweaks – like an advanced manual mode, scene selection and a Super 8 Video Recorder.

With a sea of me-too smartphones, all performing comparably, Kodak’s Ektra might not win on paper, but it probably has enough appeal to attract buyers

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Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 7 and Gear VR are official: Here’s what you need to know

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Samsung’s launched the newest version of its Note range of devices, and it doesn’t stray too far from last year’s model. However, there are a few key spec differences and changes to note. It’ll be available to pre-order in Europe from August 16, and will go on sale September 2.

Customers who pre-order (pricing not disclosed at time of writing) will also get a free new Gear VR headset, also announced today.

 

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  • It’s water resistant – both the handset and the SPen, meaning you can use the pen while both are wet
  • Biometric optical security – scan your iris to access your phone or make payments
  • It’ll arrive running Marshmallow, but will most likely be upgraded to Nougat in the future.
  • Octa-Core processor, achieved by a pairing of 2.3Ghz and 1.6Ghz Quad-Core processors
  • 5.7-inch Quad HD display (2,560 x 1,440 pixels)
  • 12-megapixel OIS ‘Dual Pixel’ rear camera setup
  • 5-megapixel front-facing camera with f1.7 aperture for wider shots
  • 3,500 mAh battery
  • It’ll be available in Blue Coral, Silver Titanium and Onyx Black
  • New Gear VR promises to be more comfortable, comes in black instead of white to decrease distraction and has a new port for connecting to other devices.

Read next 7 of the best Galaxy Note 7 features.

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