Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – stock delayed until 24th October

Samsung Galaxy Note 4We have today received an update on the availability of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

Unfortunately the stock due to be with us on Friday 17th has been delayed by 1 week and is now expected on the 24th October.

Charcoal Black & Frost White

The above affects all customers who have a Charcoal Black or Frost White Note 4 on order with us. We will continue to hold your order and ship it as soon as the first stock arrives.

If you have not ordered from us, then you may wish to do so, as the demand for the Note 4 is high and our price currently remains £54 less than Samsung direct. We would hate for anyone to miss out!

Bronze Gold

If you have an order for the Gold colour option, please refer to your email regarding the availability of this (we have now emailed you). This option has been removed from sale on our website due to an exclusivity agreement signed by Samsung. We will reinstate this once we have confirmation it has ended and stock is available.

If you wish to change your Gold order for a Black or White model, please respond to the email you will have been sent with your choice of colour and we will get this changed for you.

We appreciate the delay is frustrating. We wish to get hands-on with the Note 4 too, we love tech after all!

Updates will continue to be placed on this blog and on our website should the situation change.

We are doing what we can to ship orders as soon as possible.

In the meantime we are still taking new orders for the Black and White Note 4:

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Samsung Gear VR Priced – £169.99 – Pre Order Today

Enhance your new Note 4 with Oculus VR technology

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Update 14th October: the Samsung Gear VR price has now been confirmed as £158.33 (£189.99 inc. VAT) You can place an order here on the Clove website

About this time last month we added the Samsung Gear VR to our retail site to register interest.

This quirky accessory will work exclusively with the new Galaxy Note 4, due to launch with resellers in the UK on October 17th, utilising its powerful QHD (2560 x 1440) screen and patented Oculus technology to immerse your field of vision.

Some video content and demo games will be preloaded on the VR to give you a taste of what awaits you, with access to the Oculus store provided to allow you to delve deeper into the world of virtual reality and augmented experiences.

As Oculus themselves gain traction and release their long anticipated Rift product to consumers next year, the storefront will continue to fill with content from developers, who have been using the pre-release version to test and build new apps and games with.

There’s no denying the Gear VR is a niche product, although it is scheduled for a release in November so is certainly not vapourware. Requiring a Note 4 to function will limit the appeal somewhat, however for those who are looking to ride the crest of modern technology, this is an exciting glimpse at what the future of home entertainment and gaming will look and feel like.

At an expected £169.99 inc. VAT the Gear VR won’t be bought with pocket change, although if you’re already in the market for a Note 4, you may well be able to justify the tag to be one of the first to try something new. There is also a floated price of £199.99 from our sources which includes a Samsung gamepad; we’re awaiting more information on this deal.

Samsung-Gear-VR-viewing-anglesPre Order now

We can’t be certain right now exactly when stock of the Gear VR will land and how much we’ll have access to. For this reason we’re opening pre-orders with the preliminary price tag.

No payment is taken when you place a pre-order on the Clove site. Instead when we get confirmation of the availability, you will be invited via email to convert your pre-order into a paid order!

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet LTE – clearance price drop

10 inch screen. IP58 waterproof. LTE connectivity. £390.

Xperia Z2 TabletI love dropping prices. It make me feel all fuzzy inside. Today it’s the gorgeous Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, first released about 8 months ago and now with a massive £80 off the standard retail price.

Despite an onslaught of models from Samsung taking most of the Android tablet market share, Sony’s been quietly showing everyone how to do it for coming up 2 years now.

The original Z Tablet showcased a water & dust resistant casing and cellular capabilities; if you could afford it then it was the cream of the crop and looked totally at home next to a premium build iPad or Note 10.1.

The Z2 Tablet improved on this with up to date hardware specifications, making it one of the most powerful Android slates money can buy.

From today you can now pick up this excellently designed and powerful tablet for just £389.99  (£324.99 ex-VAT). With a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor, 3 GB RAM, IP 58 protection rating and complete global 4G LTE support, the Z2 Tablet is an incredibly versatile device.

This is a clearance price, and once we’ve sold out it won’t be coming back, so if you’re interested get your order in today.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet at a glance

  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 2.3 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974-AB
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 10.1 inch 1920 x 1200 screen
  • 16 GB internal storage
  • Micro SD up to 64 GB
  • 8.1 MP camera with 2 MP front facing
  • LTE bands 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 13 / 17 / 20
  • 6,000 Li-Po battery
  • 266 x 172 x 6.4 mm
  • 439 grams
  • IP 58

 

Moto X Bamboo finish now arriving 3rd October!

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Bamboo due in 3rd October

After receiving the Xperia Z3 range last week, along with the Moto X black resin and new Nokia devices today, we could be forgiven for thinking our party of new phones was over.

Not so! Originally expected to be with us from Monday 13th, first stock of the Bamboo backed Moto X will be arriving at Clove tomorrow, October 3rd.

This does come at the expense of the Black Leather version though, which has now been pushed to a TBC date.

Personally I think this is one of the most beautiful phones I’ve ever seen. The thin backplate is crafted from a sheet of natural bamboo and fitted perfectly to the rear of the Moto X. With a complementary white face and inlay, as well as sleek chrome edging, this particular version of the Moto X oozes quality.

At £429.60 (£358.00 ex-VAT), it’s a shade more expensive than the black resin model we’ve had in today, although in my opinion is worth every extra penny.

You can order yours now from the Clove retail site

Sony Xperia Z3 & Z3 Compact White Papers

Confirmed specifications and tech lists for the new Sony Xperia range

Sony Xperia Z3 CopperOne question we get asked a lot on the build up to a product launch is to confirm the official specifications, especially from frequent travellers and business people looking for compatibility with non UK networks.

Whilst we make sure the most commonly required information is available on our product pages, there are a number of specific features that we can’t include. The best place to get detailed info is from the official white paper which outlines everything the handset can do.

We make these available to download on our retail site and considering the demand for the Z3 and Z3C, have decided to post them here also.

If you’re after some details such as supported LTE frequencies, Bluetooth profiles or anything else our standard spec sheet doesn’t cover, you’ll find it here.

Remember Clove will be selling the Xperia Z3 D6603 and the Z3 Compact D5803 versions.

Sony Xperia Z3 White Paper

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact White Paper

Nokia HD-10 Miracast Adapter due end of September

Nokia-HD10-Miracast-Screen-Sharing-CloveI didn’t see this one coming – Nokia are looking to provide stock of one of the best looking Miracast adapters to date by the end of the month.

The HD-10 Miracast Screen Sharing Adapter connects to your HDTV with an HDMI cable, then waits for a connection from your Miracast enabled phone.

Miracast is included in the new Lumia 930, upcoming phones such as the Lumia 830 and a select few older Nokia devices such as the Lumia 1520.

Miracast is also baked into Android phones from 4.2 onwards and Nokia have ensured these will also be compatible with the HD-10.

One unique design extra with the HD-10 is that it features an NFC tag for super quick pairing. If your phone doesn’t have NFC then you can of course just search for the HD-10 in your display settings, but the NFC tag makes the process all the quicker.

Even better this NFC tag is located on a slick little portable disc, which can be removed and put somewhere convenient such as a coffee table. I’m assuming this disc uses uses Bluetooth low-energy and a tiny rechargeable battery to keep connected to the powered main unit (I’ll take any corrections to this in the comments!).

You can order the HD-10 from Clove for just £61.20 (£51.00 ex-VAT), in black or white with first stock expected by the end of September.

 

Miracast?

Nokia-HD10-Miracast-NFC-Disc-ClovePlenty of you might not know about Miracast, although it’s been creeping into more tech for a couple of years now.

Think of it like a wireless HDMI cable. Essentially it lets you share exactly what is on your phone’s screen with an HDTV. If the TV doesn’t have Miracast built in, then you stream to an adapter like this HD-10, which is connected in turn to the TV over physical HDMI .

Miracast is an extension to the WiFi protocol and uses WiFi Direct. This means that the two devices are talking directly to each other on an ad-hoc network, rather than taking up bandwidth on your main wireless network.

With Miracast whatever is on your screen gets transferred, so you can stream app content, videos, music, games and even web pages.

Nokia Lumia 930 Price Drop & UK special offer reintroduced

Nokia Lumia 930What seems ages ago already, the Nokia Lumia 930 launched in the UK to quite a fanfare.

Not only did UK customers receive the best Windows Phone device manufactured to date, they were also able to claim a promotional bundle from Nokia including an MD-12 wireless speaker and DC-50 Portable Wireless Charger.

Nokia have now decided to officially reintroduce this offer, so all new UK orders will now be eligible to receive this bundle.

Claiming the offer

To claim the bundle, you will first need to wait for your Lumia 930 to arrive from Clove.

You can then visit the Lumia 930 Offer redemption website and input the unique IMEI number of your phone (please be aware that this site will not be live until Saturday 20/09 when the announcement is made for physical high street sales).

Once you have added your IMEI number, the website will prompt you for your choice of colour for the speaker (black, yellow, green or orange).

There is limited stock of each colour available at any given time, so if yours is unavailable, try again later.

The portable charger will always be white. Following this, you can add your preferred delivery details to the page and Nokia will dispatch as soon as possible.

Lumia 930 price drop

To coincide with the UK offer being reintroduced, we also have a price drop for all customers.

You can now order your choice of Green, Orange or Black from Clove for just £399.98 (£333.32 ex-VAT).

This price is confirmed and will remain going forward.

Nokia Lumia 930 UK Offer September

Moto X 2nd Gen Pre Launch Price Drop

Bamboo, Black Leather and Resin finishes due by the end of September

moto-x-2014-bamboo-blog-cloveMotorola sure are keen to get their refreshed 2014 devices in people’s hands as soon as possible. The Moto X 2nd Gen is receiving great reviews from tech enthusiasts worldwide who have been lucky enough to get their hands on one early.

With the most up-to-date version of Android always available with guaranteed updates, a perfectly formed design with a number of options and top-notch specifications across the board, the new Moto X is being touted by many as the best Android smartphone ever.

We’ve already had stock of Motorola’s incredibly priced Moto G 2nd Gen earlier than expected and now there’s also confirmation of not just a price drop for the Moto X 2014 edition, but also an exclusive bamboo finish we weren’t expecting!

This new finish is an all-natural, wooden backplate that oozes premium quality and is available for the same price as the leather option.

You can now place an order for the new Moto X for the Bamboo & Black Leather options at £429.60 (£358 ex-VAT), or the slightly cheaper black resin option at £408 (£380 ex-VAT).

We don’t have an exact UK arrival date from Motorola yet, although are fully expecting stock to ship before the end of the month. You can also register to be informed by email when stock of your chosen colour lands.

Motorola Moto X 2nd Generation at a glance

  • Android 4.4.4
  • 5.2 inch 1080p AMOLED screen with Shake to Wake
  • 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 13 MP camera
  • Moto Assist & Moto Voice
  • 2,300 mAh battery with Turbo Charging
  • 9.7 mm thick /140g
  • 4G compatible
  • NFC / Bluetooth 4 / WiFi

Sony Xperia Z3 Unboxing

A first look at Sony’s all new Android flagship

Sony_Xperia_Z3_CopperSony have now officially announced the Xperia Z3 and we expect to be able to start shipping orders before the end of September.

We have the Black and Copper colours confirmed from Sony, both in 16GB configurations. Our stock is expected to arrive in the next couple of weeks and we will be dispatching as soon as it arrives.

We are currently taking paid orders at £515 (£429.17 ex-VAT). If the price drops before launch day then any existing orders will of course be refunded the difference.

If you’re itching to know what the Z3 looks like then Sony have been kind enough to send us an advance retail unit of the Copper model to play with! You can watch Jon’s unboxing below and hear his his initial thoughts.

This is a sample box so there are no accessories inside, the phone itself is a final production model though. Very nice.

If you have any thoughts let us know below. Personally I’m very happy with the copper finish, almost like a muted gold.

Samsung Gear VR – Register your interest

Samsung-Gear-VR-2Alongside Samsung’s somewhat salubrious Unpacked event in Berlin last week, that unveiled the new Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge, was an accessory announcement that some are still scratching their heads over.

The Samsung Gear VR is an ambitious project that looks to provide an early vision for the future of VR and AR headsets and entertainment. To manufacture the Gear VR, Samsung have teamed up with Oculus, the company acquired by Facebook earlier this year for $2bn and responsible for developing the quite literally game-changing Rift gaming headset, due to be released to consumers in 2015.

The Gear VR is certainly more of a concept piece than a mass market gaming device, however it will be fully functional at launch, with a host of content out of the box and more available through the Oculus Store.

The idea behind the Gear VR is that you will slide the Galaxy Note 4 into the front, using the new phablet’s QHD (2560×1440) Super AMOLED screen as the main display. The Oculus tech inside will then use some visual wizardry to stretch and augment the display to completely encompass your field of vision. The result is said to thoroughly immerse you within what is being shown, almost putting you in the action, with some content such as the Cirque du Soleil demo letting you physically turn your head and focus around the stage.

Movies, video and games appear to be the biggest draws for Gear VR, although it is yet to be shown if the experience extends beyond ‘compatible apps’ and into navigating the actual Android system, or even browsing the entire web.

‘Video passthrough’ is another feature that may be a necessity: long press the back button on the Gear VR and the Note 4’s 16MP camera will kick into life, giving you a heads-up of what’s going on in the real world outside of your VR experience.

Available content

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Some tech demos and licensed movie content will come pre-installed, so you can explore Tony Stark’s lab in the new Avenger’s Tower or see what it’s like to pilot a Jaeger from Legendary’s Pacific Rim franchise. Other content includes partnerships with IMAX, Dreamworks and VEVO, along with the game Protocol Zero (working title) from DENA.

Games are where Oculus would like to see developers ply their trade for their main Rift product, although the Gear VR provides an enticing look at what these may feel like in action. With included accelerometer, gyro and proximity sensors, as well as a side mounted touchpad, the Gear VR is more than just a fancy immersive display unit to showcase Oculus’ visuals. Should devs be so inclined, they could also adapt existing games or create new ones to run through the Gear VR, with the Note 4 picking up the processing.

Register your interest

Samsung haven’t dropped an officially confirmed UK release date or price for the Galaxy Note 4 yet, so we haven’t yet got these for the Gear VR either. We’re hoping that the two will launch together when Samsung do decide to provide them to retailers, so right now we’re looking to gauge interest in the VR.

You can visit the Clove retail site for more details on the new Samsung Gear VR – add your email details to the notification box on the product page and we’ll get back to you as soon as we know more regarding price and availability.

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