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Hands-on review: MWC 2015: ZTE Star 2

While ZTE has a big presence in Asia, it's yet to break into other markets in the same way, but at the Chinese's firm booth at MWC 2015 its latest handsets and edging closer to the standards expected from consumers in other territories.

A good example of this is the ZTE Star 2, a nicely designed handset with freshly update voice recognition for the English language - a clear signal of intent that it will be coming to Western markets.

I was told Europe could expect the Star 2 to arrive during Q2 (Apr-Jun) of this year, although exact countries are currently unknown, as is the price.

ZTE Star 2 review

The phone looks nice, with a rolling top and bottom edge and a silver rim providing a little bit of premium styling.

It's a plastic affair, but the Star 2 feels sturdy enough with its glass front and back, and it sits nicely in the hand.

At 6.9mm thick the ZTE Star 2 is suitably slender, and the limited bezel surrounding the screen keeps the proportions to a manageable 140 x 69.2mm.

ZTE Star 2 review

Power and volume keys reside on the right side of the device, while on the left you'll find trays for a microSIM and microSD. The handset's internal speaker is also located at the bottom of the left side, a placement which isn't the most inspired.

When held in one hand the speaker is usually covered by your palm, and in landscape a similar muffling occurs.

The 5-inch full HD display is excellent, it's bright and colourful which makes using the Star 2 a more enjoyable experience.

ZTE Star 2 review

It running Android 4.4.2 KitKat, which isn't the latest version 4.4, let alone Android 5.0 Lollipop. There's no word on whether it'll get a Lollipop boost in the future, but I'd say it's pretty likely.

You don't get stock Android though, with ZTE applying its own interface design - dubbed MiFavor - over the top of Google's creation. Sadly, it's not the best attempt I've seen.

It's very similar to Huawei's Emotion UI with its slightly childish icons, vibrant colours and lack of an app tray.

ZTE Star 2 review

Android purists probably won't like it, but all the functionality is still there and it is easy for first time users to pick up.

I found performance on the ZTE Star 2 was pretty good thanks to a 2.3GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM running the show.

It was disappointing to find the processor was a Snapdragon 801 chip, which has been replaced not once, but twice by the 805 and more recently the 810.

ZTE Star 2 review

The handset ran smoothly with general operation not causing any problems. I did find applications weren't the quickest at loading up, but it's a very minor point.

It's the voice control options on the Star 2 which ZTE is really pushing, with the ability to make calls, open and close apps, search locations while driving and take photos all with your voice.

Many people are still uncomfortable with speaking to their phone, especially in public places, so the appeal of these options will be limited - but in certain use cases such as driving they do have a clear advantage.

With no internet connection, SIM card or contact book and in a very noisy convention centre I couldn't put the voice features to the test, so I'll be interested to see how it performs in the full review.

ZTE Star 2 review

ZTE has equipped the Star 2 with a couple of strong cameras, a 13MP round the back and a 5MP option up front.

Performance was slick and speedy, with an instant shutter button and even under the bright lights of the convention centre I was able to take a couple of pretty decent snaps.

In terms of battery life the 2300mAh should at least see out a day, but you'll have to wait for the full review before we can say for sure.

ZTE Star 2 review

Early verdict

The ZTE Star 2 appears to be a pretty accomplished smartphone with a decent set of specs and good design.

It'll likely be limited by hit and miss availability, and there's no word on pricing just yet, but if you're looking for something a bit different the Star 2 could fit the bill nicely.








DealsRadar: DealsRadar: Hot deals on Amazon Fire Stick, Netgear Modem, HP Stream and lots more

DealsRadar

DealsRadar is the go-to destination for all the best prices on tech and games on the internet. We update daily with links to the best deals on miscellaneous tech and games, with dedicated sections for all your favourite products!

Today we've got some great deals on a Macbook Air, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, Cruzer Blade and lots more great tech bargains.

If you're looking for a new phone why not check out our new phone store here.

DealsRadar's Daily Deals:

Amazon Fire Stick

For a limited only, get the Amazon Fire TV Stick for as little as £7 if you sign up to be an Amazon Prime Member. Amazon Fire TV stick boasts to be the most powerful streaming stick with various apps available including Plex, Netflix and of course Amazon instant video formerly known as Lovefilm.

Netgear Modem

Grab this Netgear Dual Band Wireless modem for just £48.99 from Amazon, This modem usually sells for around £100 so buy it whilst it's cheap.

Garmin Vivofit

The Garmin Vivofit is a great little fitness tracker that has been reduced down to just £44.99 at Amazon.

Crucial SSD

Get this fantastic Crucial SSD from Amazon for just £59.99, this is a limited one day offer.

Seagate 4TB

4TB for just £89.99! Grab this from Ebuyer.

HP Stream

The HP Stream is a great little Tablet that you can grab for just £49.99 from the Microsoft Store if you use the code jj445qqej.

DealsRadar Recommended Deals:

Media Hub: Roku 2 Streaming Player - For as little as £49 from Amazon

Storage: NETGEAR RN10400-100EUS 4 Bay Network Attached Storage - Reduced down to £149.99 at Amazon

Computer: Raspberry Pi Camera Module - Just £16.75 at Amazon

Speaker: Ye!! Sound GEAR Powerful Bluetooth Speaker - For only £39.70 at Amazon

Macbook: Apple MacBook Air, Intel Core i5, 128GB Flash Storage - Down to £699 with a 3 year guarantee from John Lewis

Console: Xbox One Halo Master Chief Bundle + Ryse Game of the Year (Inc NOW TV) - Only £299.86 from shopto

Headphones: Samsung EO-IG900 Level In-Ear Headphones - Reduced down to £68.44 from £119 at Amazon

TV: Panasonic TX-39AS500B 39-inch Widescreen 1080p - Now only £269.99 at Amazon

Tablet: Connect, 7" Tablet with Windows 8.1 & Office 365 Personal - For only £69 at tesco

Tablet: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 - Buy from John Lewis for just £199.95 and claim a £50 John lewis vouchers

Soundbar: Hitachi 30W Soundbar with Bluetooth - Only £49.99 from argos

Camera: Sony Cybershot W830 20.1MP Compact Digital Camera - Reduced down to £69.99 at argos

Stereo System: Tivoli Audio Music System+ - Reduced down to £451.79 at Amazon

Headset: Sony Pulse Wireless Stereo Headset - Now only £79.26 from Amazon

Camera: Canon IXUS 300 HS Digital Camera - Down to £210.88 at Amazon

Headphones: JVC HA-FXC51-B Micro-High Definition Headphone - Only £14.22 at Amazon

Media Hub: NOW TV HD Smart TV Box - Entertainment Bundle - Only £14.99 at Currys (With 3 month entertainment pass)

Wi-Fi Extender: NETGEAR WN1000RP-100UKS Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender - Reduced down to £14.99 at Amazon

Games deals of the day

Arcania The Complete Tale PS4 Game - Only £21.99 to pre-order from 365games

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor PC - For as little as £8.99 from cdkeys

Evolve (PS4) - Only £29.86 from shopto

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes - Down to £15.75 at Amazon

Tomb Raider Definitive Edition - For as little as £16.60 from Amazon

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The week's best PS4 deals:

There's no doubt that Sony's PlayStation 4 is the hottest games console on the planet now. Here are the cheapest PS4 standalone and bundle prices we've found this week:

Cheapest PS4 console: Get the PS4 console on its own at Amazon for just £319.00

DealsRadar's Top 3 PS4 bundles...

Deal 1: Get the PS4 with Lego Batman 3 &The Lego Movie for just £351.00

Deal 2: Get the PS4 with The Crew at The Hut for just £339.99

Deal 3: Get the PS4 with Dying Light at The Hut for only £349.99

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The week's best Xbox One deals:

The Xbox One has evolved into a fantastic, versatile console with loads of cool features. Here are the cheapest Xbox One standalone and bundle prices we've found this week:

Cheapest Xbox One console: Get the Xbox One on its own at eBay for just £269.99

DealsRadar's Top 3 Xbox One bundles:

Deal 1: Get the Xbox One with Forza 5 for just £329.00

Deal 2: Get the White Xbox One with Sunset Overdrive for just £279.99

Deal 3: Get the Xbox One with Halo MC Collection, Battlefield Hardline, Ori and the Blind Forest & 1 month EA Access for only £319.99

See more Xbox One deals: Best Xbox One bundles and deals

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Top 10 Games: best titles, cheapest prices!

The best games at the cheapest prices

We all want to play the top games, but none of us want to pay top prices, right? We'll be scanning the web on a daily basis to find the best prices on all of the top selling games on all of the top gaming platforms. So if you're going to order a new game online this week - check with DealsRadar first!

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1. Dying Light

Dying Light is a first-person, action survival horror game set in a vast and dangerous open world. During the day, players traverse an expansive urban environment overrun by a vicious outbreak, scavenging the world for supplies and crafting weapons to defend against the growing infected population. At night, the hunter becomes the hunted, as the infected become aggressive and more dangerous. Most frightening are the predators which only appear after sundown. Players must use everything in their power to survive until the morning's first light.

Best PS4 price: £42.99 at Amazon | Best Xbox One price: £42.91 at Amazon | Best PC price: £21.90 at cdkeys

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2. Grand Theft Auto V

The biggest, most dynamic and most diverse open world ever created, Grand Theft Auto V blends storytelling and gameplay in new ways as players repeatedly jump in and out of the lives of the game's three lead characters, playing all sides of the game's interwoven story.

Best PS4 price: £40.00 at Amazon | Best Xbox One price: £41.00 at Amazon | Best PC price: £29.97 at GameStop

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3. FIFA 15

FIFA 15 brings football to life in stunning detail so fans can experience the emotion of the sport like never before. Witness the intensity of crowds chanting and cheering like on match day, and listen to commentators guide fans through the story of the game with dynamic match presentation.

Best PS4 price: £34.00 at Amazon | Best Xbox One price: £34.99 at Amazon | Best PC price: £33.00 at Amazon

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4. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare envisions the powerful battlegrounds of the future, where both technology and tactic have evolved to usher in a new era of combat for the franchise. Delivering a stunning performance, Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey stars as Jonathan Irons – one of the most powerful men in the world – shaping this chilling vision of the future of war.

Best PS4 price: £23.85 at Simplygames | Best Xbox One price: £23.85 at Simplygames | Best PC price: £18.90 at cdkeys

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5. Dragon ball Xenoverse

Dragon Ball Xenoverse will bring all the frenzied battles between Goku and his most fierce enemies, such as Vegeta, Frieza, Cell and much more, with new gameplay design!

Best PS4 price: £48.85 at ShopTo | Best Xbox One price: £44.09 at Base | Best PC price: £29.99 at GAME

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6. Minecraft

Experience the Minecraft gaming phenomenon, rebuilt with new features designed for console. Create worlds limited only by your imagination. Explore, build, and conquer alone or with your friends via split-screen mode or online.

Best PS4 price: £12.99 at John Lewis | Best Xbox One price: £14.00 at John Lewis

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7. The Order: 1886

The Order: 1886 introduces players to a unique vision of Victorian-Era London where Man uses advanced technology to battle a powerful and ancient foe. As Galahad, a member of an elite order of Knights, join a centuries-old war against a powerful threat that will determine the course of history forever in this intense third-person action-adventure shooter, available exclusively on the PS4 system.

Best PS4 price: £43.99 at Zavvi

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8. Zombie Army Trilogy

Zombie Army Trilogy is a terrifyingly intense third person shooter set in a gruesome alternate vision of World War II. Berlin 1945. Facing defeat at the hands of the Allies, Hitler has unleashed one last unholy gamble - a legion of undead super soldiers that threatens to overwhelm the whole of Europe. Fight alone or team up to save humanity from the zombie menace in this apocalyptic shooter for 1-4 players!

Best PS4 price: £29.99 at Argos | Best Xbox One price: £29.99 at Argos

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9. Evolve

The creators of Left 4 Dead, Turtle Rock Studios, bring you Evolve, the next-generation of multiplayer shooters, in which four hunters face off against a single player-controlled monster. Stalk your prey, execute your attack, and prove you are the apex predator in adrenaline-pumping 4v1 matches

Best PS4 price: £42.99 at Zavvi | Best Xbox One price: £28.85 at Simplygames | Best PC price: £22.90 at cdkeys

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10. Far Cry 4

Built from the legendary DNA of its award-winning predecessor, Far Cry 4 delivers the most expansive and immersive Far Cry experience yet in an entirely new and massive open world, with integrated drop-in/drop-out co-op play.

Best PS4 price: £44.98 at Zavvi | Best Xbox One price: £44.86 at ShopTo | Best PC price: £21.99 at cdkeys

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Best cheap TV deals of the week:

DealsRadar understands that not everyone wants to spend thousands on a new TV. Here are the best cheap TV deals we found online this week.

Cheap TV deal 1: Samsung UE32H5000 HD TV | Now £219 | Amazon

Cheap TV deal 2: LG 40UB800V Smart 4k Ultra HD 40" LED TV | £449 | Currys

Cheap TV deal 3: LG 55UB820V 55" Smart 4K TV | Now £899 | Currys

Read more: Cheap TV: 25 best TV deals for March 2015

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Hard drives and storage:

With smartphones recording 4K video and taking photos at 50MB a pop, it's not surprising that our laptops are running out of storage space.

Cheap Storage deal 1: Toshiba HDWC130EW3J1 3TB Stor.E Canvio | Now £74.95 | Amazon

Cheap Storage deal 2: Kingston 64GB USB 3.0 DataTraveler Mini Flash Drive | Now £15.99 | Amazon

Cheap Storage deal 3: Samsung Memory 32GB Evo MicroSDHC UHS-I Grade 1 Class 10 Memory Card with USB Adapter | Now 317.46 | Amazon

Cheap Storage deal 4: Seagate Backup Plus 8TB USB 3.0 Desktop 3.5 inch External Hard Drive | Now £199.99 | Amazon

Read more: Best Hard Drive Deals

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Portable phone chargers:

If your smartphone or tablet is constantly running out of power at the most inconvenient times, you should think about buying a portable power bank.

Cheap Portable Charger deal 1: TeckNet® Power Bank 12000mAh Fast Portable Charger Battery Pack | Now £13.97 | Amazon

Cheap Portable Charger deal 2: EasyAcc 10000mAh Brilliant Ultra Slim Dual USB | Now £18.99 | Amazon

Cheap Portable Charger deal 3: VINSIC 20000mAh Ultra-slim Power Bank | Now £25.90 | Amazon

Cheap Portable Charger deal 4: Anker® Astro Mini 3200mAh Ultra-Compact Lipstick-Sized Portable Power Bank | Now £13.99 | Amazon

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DealsRadar: DealsRadar: Nintendo 3DS, Android tablet, TV and more!

DealsRadar

DealsRadar is the go-to destination for all the best prices on tech and games on the internet. We update daily with links to the best deals on miscellaneous tech and games, with dedicated sections for all your favourite products!

If you're looking for a new phone why not check out our new TechRadar Phone Store.

DealsRadar's Daily Deals:

Asus Transformer Pad

Android tablet: Pick up a good 10.1-inch Android tablet for a super-cheap price - the Asus Transformer Pad TF103CX is now just £99 at Tesco.

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo 3DS: If you're been eyeing up the Nintendo 3DS but haven't bought one yet, now is the time to strike. You can now pick up the 3DS for just £89 with Super Mario Bros. 2 bundled in with it at Tesco.

Sony KDL48W585BBU

Cheap TV: Pick up this 48-inch 1080p Sony TV for just £419 also at Tesco.

OCZ SSD

SSD: Need an SSD to speed-up your rig? The OCZ Arc 100 internet SSD is now just £119.99 at Currys

Integral 32GB Micro SDHC Card

SDHC Card: Grab this 32GB SDHC card and adapter for only £7.99 at mymemory.

DealsRadar Recommended Deals:

Action Cam: Sony Action Cam HDR-AS200V with Live View Remote, Wi-Fi & GPS - Reduced to £281 at Amazon

3DS: New 3DS XL Black, Mario Kart 7 Download, Professor Layton and Scribblenauts Unlimited - For as little as £179.84 at shopto

Tablet: Archos Gamepad 1GB RAM 8GB 7" Wi-Fi Tablet Android 4.1 Arm Cortex A9 (Refurbished) - Now only £40 at Tesco on eBay

USB Charger: POWERPAX CAR-USB-3 USB CAR CHARGER 3.6A TRIPLE OUTPUT - Down to only £4.74 at cpc

Headset: Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 500P Wireless DTS Surround Sound Gaming Headset - Now only £69.99 at Amazon

Activity Tracker: Jawbone UP Sleep and Activity Tracking/Health and Fitness Wristband - For as little as £36.99 at the hut

Desktop PC: HP Pavilion Mini 300-030na Desktop PC, Intel Core i3, 4GB RAM, 1TB - Now only £299.95 at John Lewis

TV: Finlux 40-Inch 1080p Full HD Smart LED TV with Freeview HD - Down to just £199 at Amazon

Speaker: Creative Airwave HD Portable Bluetooth Wireless NFC Speaker - For as little as £33.95 at Amazon

Cable: Profigold 10m Ultra High Performances F-Connector Male - Reduced down to £8.93 at Amazon

Headphones: Sony Foldable Headphones with Smartphone Mic and Control - For as little as £12.49 at memorybits

Headphones:Monoprice Premium Hi-Fi DJ Style Over Ear Pro Headphone - Now only £14.99 at Amazon

Air Card: NETGEAR AirCard 4G LTE Signal Boosting and Charging Cradle with Ethernet - Down to £39.99 at Amazon

Speaker: Gear4 HouseParty Go! Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Reduced down to £49 at Amazon

Lightning to USB Cable: Genuine Apple MD818ZM Lightning to USB Cable 1m - For as little as £6.49 at 7dayshop

Smart Box: Android Smart Tv Box Amlogic Quad-core TV Box - Only £38.99 delivered at Amazon

Watch: Casio Men's Black Dual Analogue and Digital Solar Powered Watch - £24.99 Argos

Computer: The Recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Only £89.99 Delivered at Zavvi (Includes Chuckie Egg)

Laptop: HP Stream 13 Touchscreen Laptop - Only £199.00 (£30 off with code SVAP30) at HP Store

SSD: Samsung 500GB 850 EVO SSD - Only £149.02 at Amazon

Coffee Machine: Saeco Intuita bean-to-cup coffee machine - Only £250.00 at John Lewis

Blu-Ray: Gravity 3D Blu Ray Steelbook - Only £10.11 using code ARRZAV at Zavvi

Sat Nav: TomTom Start 20 4.3" UK & ROI, Lifetime Maps & Carry Case - Only £69.00 at Tesco Direct

Peripheral: Corsair K65 Mechanical Keyboard - Only £57.94 at Ballicom

Games deals of the day

Xbox One: Dragon Age: Inquisition - For only £22.99 (Used) at gamescentre

PS4: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD - For as little as £19.99 at gamescentre

PS4: Destiny (PS4/Xbox One) - Only £17.85 delivered at Simply Games

Xbox One: ALIEN: ISOLATION - NOSTROMO EDITION - Down to only £12.95

3DS: KINGDOM HEARTS 3D: DREAM DROP DISTANCE (3DS) - Now only £19.95 at thegamecollection

Xbox One: Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One - Only £23.00 delivered at Amazon

Wii U: Batman Arkham Origins Legends Edition (Wii-U) - Only £5.95 @ Rakuten

PS4: Lords of the Fallen: Limited Edition - Only £17.57 at Gameseek

PC: Battlefield: Hardline (Origin) - Only £19.95 at CDKeys (Facebook Like for 5% off code)

3DS: New Nintendo 3DS Handheld Console - Only £123.24 Delivered at 365 Games (Black & White)

PS4: The Evil Within [PS4] - Only £16.99 at Base

PC: The Orange Box - Only £4.39 at Gamesplanet

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The UK's best phone deals

TechRadar has some really funky tools for sorting through all of the best deals from all of the big UK networks for every phone on the market. We've also got some special pages where we've pulled out the best deals so you don't have to....

Here are our picks for the best...

Check out the new: TechRadar Phone Store

See specific deals related to the following hot handsets:

Samsung Galaxy S6 | Samsung Galaxy S5 | HTC One M9 | LG G3 | Samsung Galaxy Note 4 | Sony Xperia Z3 | Sony Xperia Z3 Compact | Google Nexus 6 | Moto X

ps4

The week's best PS4 deals:

There's no doubt that Sony's PlayStation 4 is the hottest games console on the planet now. Here are the cheapest PS4 standalone and bundle prices we've found this week:

Cheapest PS4 console: Get the PS4 console on its own on eBay for only £294.99.

DealsRadar's Top 3 PS4 bundles...

Deal 1: Get the PS4 with Lego Batman 3 &The Lego Movie for just £350.00.

Deal 2: Get the PS4 with DriveClub on eBay for just £299.99.

Deal 3: Get the PS4 with Bloodborne and a selected game from Tesco for only £349.99.

xbox one

The week's best Xbox One deals:

The Xbox One has evolved into a fantastic, versatile console with loads of cool features. Here are the cheapest Xbox One standalone and bundle prices we've found this week:

Cheapest Xbox One console: Get the Xbox One on its own at eBay for only £249.99.

DealsRadar's Top 3 Xbox One bundles:

Deal 1: Get the Xbox One with Halo MC Collection for only £254.15 (TODAY ONLY) using code MARCHSALEDAY6.

Deal 2: Get the Xbox One with Forza 5 from Tesco for just £299.00.

Deal 3: Get the Xbox One with Halo MC Collection, Battlefield Hardline, Ori and the Blind Forest all for just £319.99 at GAME.

See more Xbox One deals: Best Xbox One bundles and deals

best cheap tvs

Best cheap TV deals of the week:

DealsRadar understands that not everyone wants to spend thousands on a new TV. Here are the best cheap TV deals we found online this week.

Cheap TV deal 1: Samsung UE32H5000 LED HD 1080p TV | £209 | Argos

Cheap TV deal 2: Panasonic TX-42A400B 42inch Widescreen | £288 | Amazon

Cheap TV deal 3: SONY BRAVIA KDL50W829BBU Smart 3D 50" LED TV | £549 | Currys

Read more: Cheap TV: 25 best TV deals for April 2015

hard drive deals

Hard drives and storage:

With smartphones recording 4K video and taking photos at 50MB a pop, it's not surprising that our laptops are running out of storage space.

Cheap Storage deal 1: Toshiba HDWC130EW3J1 3TB Stor.E Canvio | Now £74.95 | Amazon

Cheap Storage deal 2: Kingston 64GB USB 3.0 DataTraveler Mini Flash Drive | Now £15.99 | Amazon

Cheap Storage deal 3: Samsung Memory 32GB Evo MicroSDHC UHS-I Grade 1 Class 10 Memory Card with USB Adapter | Now 317.46 | Amazon

Cheap Storage deal 4: Seagate Backup Plus 8TB USB 3.0 Desktop 3.5 inch External Hard Drive |Now £199.99 | Amazon

Read more: Best Hard Drive Deals

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Portable phone chargers:

If your smartphone or tablet is constantly running out of power at the most inconvenient times, you should think about buying a portable power bank.

Cheap Portable Charger deal 1: TeckNet® Power Bank 12000mAh Fast Portable Charger Battery Pack | Now £13.97 | Amazon

Cheap Portable Charger deal 2: EasyAcc 10000mAh Brilliant Ultra Slim Dual USB | Now £18.99 | Amazon

Cheap Portable Charger deal 3: VINSIC 20000mAh Ultra-slim Power Bank | Now £25.90 | Amazon

Cheap Portable Charger deal 4: Anker® Astro Mini 3200mAh Ultra-Compact Lipstick-Sized Portable Power Bank | Now £13.99 | Amazon

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Gift cards:

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Updated: Samsung Galaxy S6 release date: where can I get it?

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is official, and it's sporting a fancy metal unibody and glass front and rear - it's quite possibly the best looking Galaxy ever, but perhaps the Galaxy S6 Edge has just stolen that title.

In terms of the Samsung Galaxy S6 release date it'll be available on April 10 in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB variants, but pre-orders are now open.

Samsung

You can now pre-order your Samsung Galaxy S6 online or in one of the firm's dedicated stores, but only in its 32GB capacity.

If you're in the market for the 64GB or 128GB Galaxy S6 you'll have to wait, and Samsung hasn't provided a date or price for these models just yet.

You've got the choice of four colours (black, white, gold, blue), although only the black, white and gold can currently be pre-ordered with blue "TBC".

The 32GB model is £599.99 SIM-free, with the black and white versions landing in hands on April 9, while the gold handset arrives a few days later on April 17.

Carphone Warehouse

Carphone has the Samsung Galaxy S6 up for pre-order too, and there's the choice of picking it up on contract or SIM free.

Available in black, white or gold the 32GB Galaxy S6 is priced at £599.99, the 64GB version will see you part with £659.99 while the 128GB comes in at a wallet trembling £739.99.

Meanwhile on contract you'll be able to choose tariffs from O2, Vodafone and EE - with the first two offering tariffs which require no upfront charge.

Pre-order the Galaxy S6 from Carphone Warehouse and you'll get a free wireless charger (worth £39.99) thrown in to sweeten the deal.

O2

On O2 if you pre-order the Galaxy S6 the bubbly network will throw in a free Fitbit Charge for good measure, with the black and white 32GB models arriving on April 10.

If you fancy the 64GB version the black model will be available from April 17, while the white and gold options will arrive from May 1, along with the gold 32GB Galaxy S6. Anyone looking for the 128GB model will be out of luck, as it's not available for pre-order.

The headline tariff here is a two year contract at £38 per month with a £99.99 upfront charge, unlimited texts and minutes and 2GB of data, but there are 12 different options to choose from in total.

EE

You can also pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S6 via EE, with the 4G-centric network recommending its £43.49 per month two year deal with a £49.99 upfront cost for the 32GB handset and 4GB of data.

Only the 32GB and 64GB models are available (in black, white and gold) for pre-order here, with the former sporting a 21 day expected delivering and the latter 28 days.

There are 20 pay monthly plans to choose from in total, but there are all pretty pricey so you may want to shop around.

Vodafone

Pre-orders for the Galaxy S6 are also up and running at Vodafone, and you can bag yourself a 32GB, 64GB or 128GB model - there's no restrictions here.

There's a choice of 3G and 4G contracts, as well as 12 and 24 month plans, although we'd say you're best going for a two year, 4G tariff.

Take our advice and one of your options is a free Galaxy S6 at £48.50 per month with unlimited minutes and texts, 7GB of data and your choice of a 24 month NowTV, Spotify or Sky Sports Mobile TV subscription.

Three

Three will also be stocking the Samsung Galaxy S6 on 24 month contracts with the added benefit of being able to use your phone abroad in 16 countries with no extra cost.

Pre-orders open from March 21 for both the 32GB and 64GB versions with an upfront cost of £49.

The 32GB version is available with all you can eat data for £47 a month, 2GB of data for £42 a month or 1GB for £39 a month.

Meanwhile the 64GB version is a little extra at £43 for the 1GB, £46 for the 2GB or £51 a month for the all you can eat data package.

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The community drive network will also be ranging the Galaxy S6 in its three storage variants and in gold, white and black. Sign up online to be kept up to date.

Tesco Mobile

Over on Tesco Mobile you'll be able to bag yourself a free Samsung Galaxy S6 on a range of tariffs, the cheapest of which is a not too shabby price of £36 per month for two years.

You'll get 1000 minutes, 5000 texts and 2GB of data for your monthly outlay. There's no pre-order option at the moment, with Tesco only allowing you to pre-register your interest for now. You'll be able to buy the S6 from April 7.

Virgin Media

Virgin Media has confirmed the Samsung Galaxy S6 will be available from its stores and online from April 10.

Online retailers

The SIM-free pre-order price for the Galaxy S6 over at MobileFun is £599 for the 32GB model - saving you a whole 99p over Samsung's retail price.

Meanwhile over on Unlocked-Mobiles the Galaxy S6 is priced slightly lower at £549.98, although you can still only register you interest for now.

Clove also has a holding page for the Galaxy S6, but again all you can do is register your interest for now.


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