Android News U.K. Roundup – 10/20/13 – HTC One Price Drop, Tesco Mobile 4G, EE Changes and More!



HTC One Max Exclusive to Vodafone; Doesn't Come Cheap




The HTC One Max was recently just announced and it seems like Vodafone is the only network you'll be able to get the device on. Or at least, it is right now. The network writes on their blog: "The HTC One Max is a Vodafone exclusive from launch, and will be available on a 24 month Vodafone Red 4G-ready plan from £49 upfront and just £47 each month". Now, if you were thinking of buying the device SIM-Free, then prepare to have £600 ready to buy the behemoth.

Argos Launch £99 MyTablet; Which You Probably Shouldn't Bother With




While Tesco can deliver the fairly decent Hudl tablet for £119, Argos think that they can go one better and release a tablet for just £99. As you might expect, the results hitting that price aren't great. You've got a 7-inch display with a 1024 x 600 display (remember those), 8GB of storage, a much slower CPU and of course, pretty poor battery. Argos has been selling cheap tablets online for some time now but, this is the first time that they've sold one of their own. Needless to say, Tesco's Hudl for an extra £20 is probably a much safer bet.

LG G Pad 8.3 Goes on Sale in the UK and Ireland in The Coming Weeks




LG's decent G Pad 8.3 is about to go on sale in the UK and Ireleand for £260 in the UK and a similar price in Ireland. It'll be available through an exclusive partnership with Micro-P in the UK and Harvey Norman stores from the end of October. Coming in at 8.3-inches, the G Pad 8.3 is bigger than both the iPad Mini and the new Nexus 7. With a Snapdragon 600 and 2GB of RAM, it's one of the fastest smaller tablets out there.

ASUS Transformer TF701T Goes On Sale October 21st




ASUS' latest and greatest Transformer tablet is going on sale through Amazon and eBuyer come October 21st for a sizable £429.99. However, you do get a lot of tablet for your money – and the a keyboard dock that extends the already great battery life. With a 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 display, a quad-core Tegra 4 with 2GB of RAM and Android 4.2, you're looking at one of the best Android tablets out there.

EE Launches Pay as You Go 4G Smartphones; Launches New Alcatel Model




From here on out, EE will be offering all of their contract devices on PAYG tarriffs, too. Which means you can buy whatever fancy smartphone you like, without getting tied into a contract. However, if you're looking to get 4G on a budget, the network is also launching the Alcatel One Touch Idol S which, besides having a silly name, will only cost you £130. Now, if you sign-up to a PAYG tarriff before January 31st, you'll get 10GB of data for the next 90 days. Which is pretty sweet. You can take a look at their PAYG pricing below.




EE Splits Its Contracts According to Speed




Going forward, EE will be pricing their plans based on speed as well as how much data you have. Their new 2 x 10 Mhz technology will allow for speeds above 30 Mbps and it'll const you a little extra a month. This is a strange move but, it should help keep their network running along smoothly and when you think about it home broadband in the UK is charged by speed for the most part. As well as this, they're also offering data-only packages starting from 20GB a month. Be warned though, they aren't cheap.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX Up For Pre-Order in the UK



The latest generation of the Kindle Fire, the HDX, has gone up for pre-order in the UK. The Snapdragon 800 packing device is one of the most powerful devices on the market and if you don't mind being locked into Amazon's ecosystem then they're not too bad a buy. It still stands though, that the Kindle Fire is something you'd buy for your parents or those that aren't particularly tech-savvy.

Tesco Mobile Offering 4G For a Paltry £2.50 a Month



Many already know this but, Tesco Mobile runs off of O2's network and seeing as O2 have just launched their new 4G network, you'd think that Tesco Mobile users would be getting the new speeds. And you'd be right. For just £2.50 a month, Tesco Mobile will be offering 4G in areas that have it, which of course varies greatly right now. Tesco are saying that it doesn't matter how old your contract is either, which means 4G can pretty much be enjoyed by all.

HTC One Sees Price Drop on Amazon UK

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The HTC One has seen a price drop on Amazon UK, bringing it down to £375 for 32GB in Silver, and the same amount of storage in Black for £389. It's unfortunate the Red version is exclusive to Phones4U at this price. We reviewed the HTC One some time ago and we loved it! You can buy the HTC One on Amazon.