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Samsung Galaxy A8 Landing in Korea July 24
By Luke Jones on Monday July 20, 2015

Samsung announced the Galaxy A8 via its official Chinese division last week, revealing a high end smartphone that is the thinnest the company has ever made. Because of its Asian launch, we speculated that the A8 would land in markets such as China and Samsung?s homeland of South Korea before making its way to Europe and the United States. The company has today confirmed that is the case.

Micromax Yu Yureka Plus coming to India July 24
By Luke Jones on Monday July 20, 2015

India's biggest smartphone brand Micromax is launching its latest high end smartphone, the Yu Yureka Plus, via a flash sale on Amazon starting July 24th starting 2pm. The company has enjoyed huge success with similar launches in the past and Indians are likely to flock to this latest device considering everything it has going for it.

LG Announces Modest Bell II
By Luke Jones on Monday July 20, 2015

LG has announced a new smartphone, a low end device that will aid the company's expansion in emerging markets. The L Bello II does bring with it some of the company's higher end software tricks, but lacks the spec punch of flagship handsets like the G4.

Oppomart Lists OnePlus 2 with Specs
By Luke Jones on Friday July 17, 2015

OnePlus relies on word of mouth to get its products in the spotlights, so the company has been forthcoming about the fact it will launch its new OnePlus 2 smartphone July 27th. There has been no secrecy on that front, but the Chinese startup has been keeping quiet regarding the exact details of the new "Flagship Killer". However, a retail company in China may have spilled the spec information with a new listing for the OnePlus 2.

Leaked Photo Shows off Galaxy Note 5
By Luke Jones on Friday July 17, 2015

A new leaked image has landed online that reportedly shows Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 5, the company's latest flagship phablet. The photo follows weeks of leaks, rumor, and speculation around the handset where we have seen design renders, CAD designs, spec leaks, benchmarks, and release date information.

Microsoft Working on $80 Windows 10 Mobile Smartphones
By Luke Jones on Friday July 17, 2015

Microsoft is going to launch its first Lumia flagship smartphone later this year alongside Windows 10 Mobile, the Lumia 940 (possibly 950). However, the company is not abandoning its budget aspirations, after-all humble handsets are the most successful on the Windows platform. As well as the blockbuster Lumia 940, Microsoft will also roll out a very basic smartphone that will cost $80 or less.

HTC One M9+ Officially Unveiled for Europe
By Luke Jones on Thursday July 16, 2015

We wondered how long this would take. HTC has launched its One M9+ in Europe, the device is a super version of the regular One M9 flagship and the company said when it launched that the Plus would not arrive in Europe or indeed the USA. However, disastrous sales of the One M9 proper have meant the company needs to do something to rejuvenate interest in its flagship line, and as such we would not be surprised to see the One M9+ come to the United States in due course as well.

Marshall Announces London, its First Smartphone
By Luke Jones on Thursday July 16, 2015

Marshall is hardly a name we associate with smartphones, but if we want to shred out a guitar solo the company does provide some of the best amps out there. So, can a legendary music brand make its way in the handset game? Marshall thinks so with London, the company?s first smartphone. As you can probably imagine, the famed brand focused on music technology to differentiate London, relegating the rest of the specs to secondary.

HTC Announces New Desire 626, 526, and 520
By Luke Jones on Wednesday July 15, 2015

HTC is in trouble, the company is losing money and it is evident that the One M9 flagship is not the answer to solving those woes. The Taiwanese giant will instead have to turn to lower end smartphones in its portfolio, such as a bunch of new Desire handsets launched today. HTC has revamped its affordable range and will be hoping to tap into a growing market for budget and mid-range smartphones.

LG G4 Slumps in South Korea
By Luke Jones on Wednesday July 15, 2015

Here at MobileBurn we think the LG G4 has been given a raw deal and think LG delivered what it was meant to, an improvement on the already fantastic G3. However, in an Android market where smartphone leader Samsung went all out with a seismic shift in its flagship range, consumers are less impressed by merely updating a device, just ask HTC about its One M9. It seems the G4 is lumped into that category and is suffering as a result.