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Apple iPhone 7 event, LG V20 announced, Nexus 7 reborn?: This Week's Headlines

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Today we're looking at the week in tech news, including Apple's controversial iPhone 7 event, the recently announced LG V20, and a rumoured rebirth of the beloved Google Nexus 7 tablet. Let's get started!

 

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Huawei tipped to make 7-inch Google tablet

 

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Google is expected to announce a pair of HTC-made phones at an October 4th event, and they may be joined by another device: a Google tablet from Huawei. According to Evan Blass of VentureBeat, the new device will sport a 7-inch screen and will pack 4GB of RAM -- marking it as at least a mid-range tablet. It's been a while since we've seen a winning Google tablet, so a reprise of the Nexus 7 formula could be a big hit come the end of the year -- and well timed, thanks to Nougat's inclusion of proper multitasking controls for the first time.

 

LG V20 announced: the anti-iPhone

 

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The LG V20 is a power users' dream Android phone: top-end specs, excellent dual rear cameras, audiophile-grade music playback and Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. It also comes with a secondary ticker display above the main 5.7-inch unit, which can be used for notifications, quick toggles and the like, and a removable battery. The V20 has been confirmed for the US market, and should come to the UK market before too long as well.

 

Moto Z arrives in the UK

 

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It's now possible to pick up the Motorola Moto Z and its Moto Mod accessories, a few months after the new devices launched in the US. You can pick up a Hasselblad camera add-on, a JBL speaker mod and style covers which change the look of the phone. The Moto Z is well reviewed, but picking up a phone and a Mod or two will cost you. The phone itself retails for £499, and Mods cost between £60 and £250. If you're willing to wait a bit, the Moto Z Play should also be available, which has a slight downgrade in specs but costs just £370.

 

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Apple event: iPhone 7 / 7 Plus, Watch Series 2 announced

 

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Apple held their annual September iPhone event on schedule this week, unveiling two new iPhone models, a new series of Apple Watches and even an exclusive Super Mario Run game from Nintendo.

 

The iPhones have a similar design to their predecessors, but come in new Black and Jet Black shades and lack a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Home button has also been replaced with a touch-sensitive panel with haptic feedback. The iPhone 7 gains the optical image stabilisation of the previous Plus models, while the 7 Plus sports a second rear camera that offers 2x optical zoom.

 

The new Apple Watch Series 2 are more powerful, are waterproof to 50m and come with GPS built in. For more on the event, check out @shadylady's coverage here.

 

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No Windows news this week, sorry!

 

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That's all the news that's fit to print this week. Let us know what you thought of the headlines in the comments below, and feel free to share any stories we missed in our roundup!

22 Comments
guide

It will be good to see a new Nexus 7 tablet especially if its sporting 4GB ram and running Nougat. Thanks for the round-up.

visionary
Much as I don't like Apple's very closed and protected environment. The new model has some very in camera features including dual lenses of digging sizes. These are optically stabilised and support false bokeh, the ability to blur areas of the picture. The new handset is more powerful in terms of processing power also. It's unlikely that many people would need much more from a camera unless they were enthusiasts. The other phones are good,and any one would do but it's all about finding a discriminator that sets your model apart. Apple manages to do this and I have no doubt that the new model will do well. As an android user I accept that iPhones are very good, but there are excellent alternatives too
exemplar

@wsjudd I thought you might have added the news this week that Samsung have patented the ability to have both Android & Windows 10 Mobile on the same device, and 'in theory' be able to quickly switch between them...

 

Could a Galaxy Note 8 dual-boot Android and Windows simultaneously?

rookie
The Moto z will be a reliable phone as I had a Moto g2 and the camera was outstanding and it lasted me a couple of years ( I dropped it by accident) so in ky opinion go for the Moto z
pathfinder

Thanks for the update on the iphone 7 it looks good but it's way too expensive. I'm not a techie so I think I'll go for an iPhone 6 (Because apparently it has a better camera than the 6s)

 

The V20 & Moto z look like great phones too it's just that I went down the Apple route some time ago with a 5s and an 8 year old Mac which works perfectly and is still getting updates. So if it ain't broke!

newcomer
Hi does anyone know when giffgaff will be getting more iPhone 7 pluses in, as they are out of stock.

The iPhones had lots of changes despite the design being unchanged

oracle
@tanyaleigh this question is best asked in the help forum but none of us here know when giffgaff will have new stock. Giffgaff don't give us information about expected stock arrivals nor do they do stock alerts for customers. All you can do is keep checking the website to see if the phone you want becomes available.
supporter

The iPhone dominated tech headlines this week with the end of the headphone jack

Modular phones have taken a hit this year, I don't think the Moto Z will do much better in sales