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8GB Nexus 4 permanently goes out of stock from the Play Store

Google recently dropped the price of the Nexus 4, bringing the 8GB model to a tantalizing $199 in the US. As one could have guessed, however, this was just to clear the stock of the device and that is exactly what has happened.



The 8GB model has permanently gone out of stock on the US Play Store and won't be sold hereafter. The device would be available in other markets until stock lasts.

The 16GB model, meanwhile, will continue to sell for $249 and is your next best bet if you want the Nexus 4. In fact, it has always been your best bet as the 8GB model had far too little storage space for all but the most undemanding users.

With Google striving to clear the stock of the Nexus 4, it seems a successor isn't far off now.

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A bunch of new high-res images of the alleged iPhone 5C surfaces

An ample gallery of high resolution images have surfaced showing what is said to be the cheaper iPhone 5C's plastic casing. The images focus on the back and sides of the device and give a small peak into its innards without revealing any components that might fit in there.


Apple iPhone 5C alleged casing

What's peculiar about the pictured casing is that, although staying very close to the Apple design, it lacks the silencer switch and volume buttons.

This means that the casing is either fake or coming from the early stages of development and not the real thing. Still the Apple logo is in the center of the back panel, the upper-left placed camera with flash and mic is there, and the lightning port placed at the bottom surrounded by a microphone, loudspeaker grille and 3.5 mm headphone jack are all present.


Apple iPhone 5C alleged casing

We can't be sure if these leaks are credible or not but perhaps a slightly cheaper iPhone would be just what the doctor prescribed.


A look inside

The plastic iPhone 5C is touted as a cheaper alternative to the upcoming heir of the iPhone 5 (likely dubbed iPhone 5S). If the leaked images are real, the 5C will retain the 4" Retina display of the current Apple flagship along with its 8 MP camera. According to the latest leak, the price is going to be around $490, though, and that's not exactly a bargain.

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A bunch of new Sony Xperia Z1 (Honami) live photos arrive

Another day, another Honami leak. Today, Sony's highly anticipated flagship, the Xperia Z1 a.k.a. Honami, has leaked in a bunch of live shots, giving us an even better look of its design prior to its expected announcement on September 4.

The version shown here has a white paintjob with a silver frame and black front panel. We've previously been treated to black units mostly, but now we get to confirm a second color combination for the Sony Xperia Z1.



This latest set of pics has the device appearing somewhat thicker than the Xperia Z, likely due in part to the rumored addition of a 3,000Mah battery and improved waterproofing.

Check back with us on September 4 for the official announcement. Until then, Sony has outed an image of the special 20MP camera sensor found on the Honami, which has a 1/2.3" sensor - some 70% larger than most smartphone camera sensors on the market.

Thanks, Igor, for the tip!

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A couple of new Xperia Z1 mini photos surface

More than a week ago, a leaked promo brochure from Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo confirmed the existence of the Sony Xperia Z1 mini (also known as Xperia Z1 f). Today, a couple of new photos of the Z1 mini from the same brochure have surfaced.

According to the brochure, the Xperia Z1 f will share a lot with its bigger brother, the Xperia Z1. It'll feature the same Snapdragon 800 chipset with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU as well as the 32GB of internal storage. The new leak also confirms the phone will pack a microSD card slot.

The difference comes from the display. Since the Xperia Z1 f is a smaller version of the Xperia Z1, it rocks a smaller screen - 4.3" 720p vs 5" 1080p. The battery is also not as large in capacity - 2,300 mAh vs 3,000 mAh. Fitting all those parts into a smaller enclosure meant that Sony had to make the Z1 f a bit thicker, but at 9.4 mm vs 8.5 mm for the Xperia Z1, the difference isn't so striking.

The brochure also confirms the Xperia Z1 f will be available in four colors - black ,white, red and yellow. It's yet unconfirmed whether those versions will be exclusive to NTT DoCoMo or will make it outside Japan.

The Japanese carrier is set to announce its winter smartphone lineup on October 10. Then, NTT DoCoMo is likely to unveil more information regarding the Xperia Z1 f. We'll keep you posted if any new information pops up.

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A pair of new leaked videos show more iPhone 5C panels

File this under rumors with a capital "R." While they may be a bit misleading in their titles, the latest iPhone 5C video leaks show off an "unboxing" of the device panels, as well as a "scratch test."

This scratch test video doesn't really put the panel through its paces, but it does include some measurements - though they're oddly of still images rather than a live shot. Take the 124.55 x 59.13 x 8.98 dimensions with perhaps more than the usual grain of salt.

Not much is revealed in the second video either, but if these panels do turn out to be the real deal, then the iPhone 5C will come in white, blue, green, red, and yellow.

We'll hopefully find out more as the rumored September 10 Apple announcement date nears.

Thanks, Sven-Erik, for the tip!

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