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Mobile Phone News Roundup: HTC Edge, Android ICS, Xperia Arc HD and More

November 8th, 2011 by Caroline

After all the excitement of Bonfire Night with its fireworks and toffee apples, you’d be forgiven for thinking things were calm in Mobile Phones Land yesterday. But you’d be wrong.

So as you sip your cup of tea and complete your day’s ToDo list, why not cast your eye over our quick roundup of the latest mobile phone news.

HTC Edge with quad-core processor leaked

Oh yes, this mega-phone is HTC’s first device to feature four 1.5GHz cores – and according to PocketNow’s “reliable source” the HTC Edge is a high-end smartphone crammed full of the “latest mobile technologies”.

The HTC Edge is set to boast a 4.7-inch display with 720p resolution and a little over 10mm thick frame, 1GB of RAM, 8-megapixel camera with 28mm f/2.2 lens, 32GB of internal storage, Beats Audio technology and AP30 Tegra 3 CPU from Nvidia.

It is expected to be the successor to the newly-announced HTC Rezound, which was unveiled during the HTC event in New York last week. Fingers crossed the HTC Edge makes it to the UK – look out for the Edge in late Q1/early Q2 next year!

HTC confirms first handsets to get ICS update

HTC has announced on Facebook a list of devices which are in-line for the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich.

In early 2012, a bunch of HTC handsets will get the ICS upgrade including the HTC Sensation, Sensation XL, Sensation XE and HTC Evo 3D in the UK.

And the good news if you own a HTC phone not mentioned in the list is more will be added soon: “We’re continuing to assess our product portfolio, so stay tuned for more updates on device upgrades, timing and other details about HTC and Ice Cream Sandwich.”

Xperia Arc HD captured on camera

The Sony Ericsson Xperia  Arc HD (referred to as Nozomi LT26i) has been snapped for the first time.

Said to feature a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch display with 1280×720 resolution, Gingerbread 2.3.5 OS, and front-facing camera, you can view the new Xperia Arc HD thanks to the guys over at JustAnotherMobilePhoneBlog.

Carphone Warehouse to close Best Buy stores in UK

All 11 of Carphone Warehouse’s Best Buy outlets in the UK are to shut, the company has revealed.

Although this puts 1,100 jobs at risk, Carphone Warehouse is hoping the “large majority” will be found other work.

The Best Buy outlets only opened in April 2010 but they’ve failed to make a profit, BBC News comments.

In a statement, Best Buy Europe said: “Since 2008, the consumer electronics marketplace has changed substantially as a result of the economic times, the progress of online retailing and the growth of new products such as smartphones, tablets and apps.”

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