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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
novice

Android tablets are usually second class, hopefully Google + Huawei can come up with a decent option at a decent price

oracle
Why are Android tablets"second class"? I'm asking about the high-end ones not the cheap and cheerful ones that sell for £50 or less. What is it they lack?