LG G4 pre-orders go live with great bonuses for early birds

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Ahead of the local launch of the LG G4 this month, LG Australia has announced the gates are opening for all those wishing to get in early through select carriers and retailers to secure their handset first.

From today (that’s the 1st of July by the way), the LG G4 will be available from Optus and Harvey Norman, with Telstra to follow.

Optus online pre-orders will see the handset made available at its lowest for $61 per month on the $40 My Plan Plus with $21 handset repayments, but ideally to get any value out of it, you’re looking at $72 per month comprising of Optus’ $60 My Plan with $12 handset repayments to get in on a good 3GB ...


OPPO strikes nationwide retail partnership with Dick Smith

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Chinese OEM OPPO are on track to seeing their presence expand locally with an exclusive new retail partnership with Australian tech retail giant, Dick Smith.

OPPO as you may be aware by now, have gradually been making their way on their feet in the Aussie market. Their Australian launch was only in the latter part of last year and since then we’ve seen availability of their range of smartphones extend beyond their Australian online store, to Allphones in more recent months and soon from the 14th of July, OPPO’s catalogue of smartphones — including the yet to be released R7 and R7 Plus — will be available outright from almost 400 Dick Smith retail stores nationwide. OPPO Australia’s press ...


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Review: HTC One M9

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HTC has spent the past few years developing and refining its flagship line of One smartphones, starting most significantly with the One (M7) which for its time brought a build and finish which blew the rest out of the water entirely. It was then also when we were first introduced to what has now become the benchmark for sound quality ‒  BoomSound which at the time owed part of its credit to Beats Audio. These were two of biggest selling points for the One (M7) at the time, despite HTC wanting to push their low-res 4MP “Ultrapixel” camera setup, which worked well to some extent ‒  particularly in low-light ‒  but suffered on the whole in terms overall detail.

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LG G4 to arrive in Australia mid-July

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LG Australia has announced the company’s latest flagship, the LG G4 will finally be making its way to Australian shores following its unveiling back in late April.

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OPPO officially takes the wraps off the R7 and R7 Plus

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OPPO recently unveiled the follow up handsets to their R5 at an event held in Beijing and the OPPO R7 and R7 Plus appear to be a vast improvement over their predecessor.

Whilst still keeping at their core a slim profile with a full unibody metal construction to boot, these latest handsets for OPPO’s R Series line will incorporate a 2.5D strengthened screen with a curvature designed to make gestures feel more natural — which is just as well as OPPO’s ColorOS is fairly laden with support for gesture-based actions.

In comparison to the direct model it replaces, the R7 is actually smaller than the R5 but thicker round the edges, dropping some 6mm in height to 143mm, a good ...


OPPO Australia confirms upcoming R7 and R7 Plus headed locally

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OPPO’s stylishly sharp replacements for their already razor thin R5 handset will be headed to Australian shores, as OPPO Australia officially confirms.

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Nexus Player arrives in Australia

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The Nexus Player is a TV set-top box manufactured by ASUS that aims to turn any TV into a full fledged Android TV. It features 1 HDMI port and 1 USB 2.0 port and when connected to your TV gives you all the features of a high end TV running Android.This means you can stream videos and music off the Google Play store, cast content to your phone, play games, browse the internet and even control your Android TV from your phone or using voice commands.

The Nexus Player is available from Google Store for $129.00 and is also available through JB Hi-FI and Dick Smith. The Nexus Player also has an add-on Gamepad accessory which costs $59.00 however it is currently unavailable and listed as “coming soon” on Google Store.

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Lollipop 5.0.1 OTA hitting Australian unlocked Galaxy Note 4, Optus as well

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It’s been a good solid month or two since we shared news of the Australian variant of the Galaxy Note Edge receiving its update to Lollipop before all other global Note Edge variants and now — finally — we’re receiving word that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 in its unbranded Aussie form is now receiving the 5.0.1 OTA.

Thanks to a tip off from one of our readers, along with a couple of screenshots we’ve our first look at the unbranded SM-N910G Australian variant of the Galaxy Note 4 receiving its OTA for Lollipop 5.0.1.

The update, which is just over a sizeable 1GB is rather interestingly not showing up on Sammobile’s  extensive firmware listing page for the Galaxy Note 4 ...


Review: Sony SmartWatch 3 stainless steel edition

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The selection of local smartwatches has changed rather drastically these past few months and there’s now a respectable lot of Android Wear smartwatches available for Aussies, but in those past few months it seemed Sony’s silicone-banded SmartWatch 3 couldn’t quite cut a break for being a stylish everyday smartwatch. Recently that changed with the release of the much needed SmartWatch 3 stainless steel edition, but with a $399 price tag it’s among the priciest of Android Wear offerings right now, so is it worth it?

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Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge launch in Australia with pre-orders live for April 10 release

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The Galaxy S6 is upon us Aussies! Well, almost. Samsung Australia yesterday held its Galaxy S6 and S6 edge launch event and word on pricing, pre-order details and availability have since surfaced from the source and carriers.

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AMP NFC mobile payments now a reality for customers

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AMP Bank has today announced it will offer NFC mobile payments for customers through Host Card Emulation (HCE) on Android compatible handsets.

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ASUS ZenWatch launches in Australia through Google Play Store, coming to Bing Lee soon

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ASUS’ first foray into the Android Wear space is with their ASUS ZenWatch and now Aussies will have the opportunity to snag one from the new Google Store — within the Play Store — and soon from Bing Lee.

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