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iPhone 5 Coming to Tesco Mobile: We Break Down The Costs

Tesco Mobile has released full pricing for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5 today, with 12 month contracts on offer.

Unfortunately, Tesco Mobile is not taking iPhone 5 pre-orders, but will be stocking them in-store as well as online. Those of you who absolutely must have it as soon as its released may not wish to wait, but those with a bit of patience and an eye for a bargain may wish to keep these tariffs in mind…

Also bear in mind that if you havent pre-ordered already, you may be in for a few week’s wait as the iPhone 5′s record breaking preorder figures recently doubled that of the iPhone 4s, with 2million sold in 24 hours.

If you aren’t familiar with Tesco’s mobile venture, then you can be safe knowing it piggybacks onto O2′s network, and has made a name for itself providing some of the more competitive mobile contacts going.

Here at Omio we have collated the available tariffs including the TCO total cost of ownership, for the handset and contract, over the course of the agreement, with the lowest costing contracts generally involving a larger outlay for the cost of the handset. You can compare the figures to the cost of other carriers here.


In the meantime, feel free to browse and compare a wide range of iPhone deals on Omio’s Deals page.




iPhone 5 on the 4G EE Network, should you pre-order yet?

The iPhone 5 was announced yesterday with a little less flourish that we were used to from Apple in previous years, nevertheless, interest for the latest and greatest iPhone is at an all time high, with many to be hanging on the phone on Friday 14th September, as pre-orders are taken on the big networks.

One of the touted features of the iPhone 5 will be 4G LTE compatibility, giving it super fast unto 100mbps data speeds. Only the EE network (formerly Everything Everywhere) has announced LTE so far for iPhone 5, so we asked an EE representative if they would be offering pre-orders tomorrow morning.


but added that

“Orange and T-Mobile will be taking pre-orders from 08:01 tomorrow morning. We’ll be making it as easy as possible for T-Mobile and Orange customers to move to EE if they want to benefit from superfast 4G, when EE launches in the coming weeks.”

So it would appear that if you are an existing or potential T-Mobile or Orange customer, and you pre-register interest with either of them, you stand the best chance of using the handset at its maximum potential on 4G as a transfer or upgrade path will be in place for either of the existing EE companies. Bear in mind though, we’re pretty sure that contracts on the new 4G network will be higher than usual 3G contracts. Something to bear in mind when budgetting. 

Customers can register their interest in EE at, and we’ll be announcing pricing and availability for all 4G devices in due course.”

So, how fast will your iPhone 5 be?

Whilst EE will offer upto 100mbps 4G LTE, O2, Vodafone and 3 do offer what is known as Dual Carrier or DC HSDPA, which doubles the 3G speed, from 21mbps, to a maximum 42mbps where available.

DC HSDPA is more 3.5G than 4G, a stop gap measure, until the official bandwidth auctions for 4G next year. However, the bands up for auction, the 800MHz and 2600Mhz spectrum, will not be supported by this current variant of the iPhone 5 which only supports the 1800MHz spectrum. Whether Apple will release a new variant in the UK when these future networks go live, is yet to be seen.

For now though it would seem that only Orange and T-Mobile customers, or those buying a phone off contract of course, will be able to get the fastest speeds from their new shiny handset.

Those who aren’t interested in Apple’s iPhone 5 will be happy to know that the soon to arrive superfast network will be releasing a 4G version of the mighty Samsung Galaxy S3, the HTC One XL, the Huewai Ascend P1 LTE, and for fans of Windows Phone, the upcoming Nokia Lumia 820 and 920.

Register interest at and keep an eye on Omio’s deals page for more offers…

ZTE Grand X Unveiled – Tegra 2 Gaming Phone For £190

Chinese manufacturer ZTE have announced the release of the ‘Grand X’ in partnership with Nvidia, Phones4U and Virgin Media UK. Their flagship gaming and entertainment oriented Android smartphone will be onsale at an eye popping £190 on Pay As You Go, and free on contract.

The 4.3” qHD touchscreen handset is run by a Tegra 2 chipset, a dual-core 1gHz CPU with Nvidia’s ultra low power 8 core graphics processor, allowing vivid console quality graphics on a mobile device. Nvidia’s own ‘TegraZone’ app-portal will allow you to download graphically enhanced versions of existing and exclusive games, for a slight premium.

In an move to lure the youthful gaming market, ZTE have enlisted the support of East London’s very own Professor Green.  During a video-presentation the chirpy rapper only needed one word to sum up the Grand X… “Cool!”.

The Grand X comes loaded with the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and unlike many mobile manufacturers, ZTE have been kind enough to leave the OS alone. This appeared to be a clean Android build, as found on Google’s Nexus handsets, so should satisfy the purists.

Our first impressions of it was that it was slightly on the chubby side, but felt solid.  The handset performed admirably, without any hint of slowdown and apps loaded super-fast. The screen was bright too, and although we only got to use it in a darkened room, we will put it through its paces in a range of conditions in an upcoming review.

Notable absences are DLNA, so no streaming to HDTV’s and no NFC, although these are technologies that haven’t really taken off as yet. The onboard memory is limited to 4GB too, so you’ll have to stump up if you want to expand it with a microSD (upto 32GB). 512MB of RAM also seems on the low side, we’ll see if this has any noticeable effects in a later review.

If you fancy getting your hands on one, ZTE will be introducing the ‘Grand Xperience’ to the public between now and the 11th September at Westfield shopping centre in Stratford, close to the Olympic site and under the watchful billboards of official London 2012 mobile sponsor, Samsung.

So, the ZTE Grand X, big on gaming and small on price, will be available from August 2012, free on a 2 year £24p/m contract with Virgin Mobile, or £189 on PAYG.

Phones4U will also be stocking this model online and on the high streets. More information on their deals to follow.

Orange San Diego Revealed: Intel Inside, Orange Outside

Orange and Intel this morning revealed the fruits of their ‘Santa Clara’ project, announced earlier in the year at Mobile World Congress 2012.  Now called the Orange San Diegothis exclusive Intel-made handset aims to bring Android smartphone technology to an budget friendly price point of £199 on Pay As You Go, and free from £15.50 per month on contract.

For your money you will be able to take home an Intel Atom based dual-camera Android handset with 16GB of onboard memory and 1GB RAM, perfectly happy at taking snaps at 8MP with LED flash, full 1080p video, and video calling.

The camera can also operate in burst-mode, firing of 10 snaps per second, handy for capturing hyperactive children or over-caffienated work colleagues in action.

NFC will give you access to electronic wallet functions should you wish, whilst HDMI output is provided for HD video playback on your big screen.

HD Voice is a happy addition, providing a sheen of enhanced calling quality for its primary function as a phone. Battery life, another keen concern for handsets, is claimed at around 8 hours of talk time and 14 days standby.

Concessions have understandably been made to bring these features to this price level however.

The Atom chipset is roughly 4 years old now, although this is its first incarnation in a mobile handset, and whilst high end smartphones are starting to pack quad-core power, the San Diego totes a modest 1.6gHz single core processor.

Onboard memory doesn’t appear to be expandable either, meaning that you’ll be stuck with 16GB of storage.

The San Diego also runs an Orange branded version of the more… mature shall we say…2.3 version of Android (Gingerbread). We pushed one of the brains from Intel for info about future software updates, and whilst they could reveal that 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) would be made available as an over the air update ‘soon’, they couldn’t be pushed for a firm date.

Up close, the San Diego did appear to be a competent handset, In your hand it does feel like a slightly chunkier version of Samsung’s Galaxy S2, with a similar plastic approach and nice and light in your hand. There was no noticeable lag in basic operation with this current software revision, although how the Ice Cream Sandwich update will perform with its single core processor is yet to be seen. 

Orange are confident however that the payoff between available features and price point should make it an attractive wallet friendly option via their retail stores, online and over the phone. 

Orange will be promoting the San Diego with the biggest marketing push for an own-brand handset yet.  Expect a creative campaign featuring ninjas and jet powered cars to hit your screens very soon, and just in time for the June 6th release.

It’s a competitive market though, and if you look around you may be able to pick up a last model branded handset, with a slightly higher spec as well as more minutes and texts for the same price.

For example Phones4U are currently offering £15.50p/m contracts on the HTC One S, and the Samsung Galaxy S2.

As always, feel free to explore more options via Omio’s deals page.


New iPhone Case Leak: Larger Screen, Unibody Metal Casing, New Mini Dock Port?


Pictures of a new iPhone have leaked online and are currently doing the rounds on the blogosphere. 9TO5Mac were the first to call it, producing images via sources in Apple’s supply chain of the rear casing, front glass and the internal frame that supports gubbins like the home button, earpiece and camera.

As rumoured, the pictures show a unibody back-plate and siding made from a single piece of metal, with a white or black trim. The dimensions of the phone are the same width as current models, but longer to accomodate a larger screen, suggested at around 4inches. This  would have a screen ratio of close to 16:9 as opposed to the 4:3 ratio of the current model, thus being able to display movies optimally. The unibody metal back reveals a thinner profile as expected.

The docking port on the bottom is smaller, which would spell ‘sayonara’ to the now ten year old 30pin connector as suspected. This will no doubt bring a tear to the eye of anyone with an expensive speaker dock, or a well-loved collection of always-handy charging cables. The speaker and microphone grills are subsequently redesigned and larger, supporting hints that Apple are improving the speaker performance. The 3.5mm headphone jack seems to have also moved to the bottom of the handset, whilst the front plate shows an iSight camera directly centre above the earpiece.

As usual, the hype surrounding an upcoming release from Apple can and will reach sci-fi levels of speculation, so feel free to take any leaks with a healthy pillar of salt. However, the images do seem to confirm a number of widely suspected rumours surrounding the upcoming iPhone. Meanwhile, Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference rolls around on June 11th, where we should see some more juicy information on iOS 6, and possibly some hints towards a new handset for a release in the Autumn.

Oh, and whilst we’re speculating, my money’s on it being called simply the New iPhone (in line with Apple’s New iPad).  Whilst the iPhone 4S wasn’t the iPhone 5 as many imagined it would be, it was still the 5th generation iPhone, which would make the new handset the iPhone 6. Confused? Yeah, exactly… New iPhone would eliminate any confusion, bring consistency to Apple’s product suite, and sound less like another terrible Saw sequel.

Of course, feel free to offer some of your own speculations/fanboy flame-bait in the comments section below…

Sony XPERIA P Release Date and Price Revealed, Contract Deals Available Soon

The Sony XPERIA P will be released in the UK on May 7th 2012, initially sim-free via Clove for £330, and Expansys for £339.  Contract deals are available on Omio’s deals page now via  More deals will show up as the release date closes.

The Android handset is looking pretty shiny with a precision crafted aluminium unibody, and a 4” touchscreen that utilises Sony’s ultra-bright, ultra-crisp ‘Whitemagic’ technology.

Sony have also been pushing a novel yet practical use for the built in Near Field Communications, the same technology used in transport swipe ticketing, such as London’s Oyster cards.  Sony have developed Smart Tags, dongle like devices that you can hang in your car, home or office, that enable you to quickly change custom settings as you move from one area to another, which will no doubt kill those annoying scrambles to switch on bluetooth & GPS every time you get in the car.

The relatively slim 1GHz dual core processor won’t break any speed records, but may give some allowance for battery life.  The 8MP camera with Exmor R image processing should make all your snaps look gorgeous, and you’ve got a respectable 16GB of storage for pics video’s and music.

DLNA built-in will mean you can wirelessly beam video and images to compatible screens effortlessly. Full specs are available here. The handset will ship with the relatively antiquated ‘Gingerbread’ flavour Android 2.3, although Sony are promising a hop, skip and a jump of an upgrade to Android 4 ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ in Q2 (so around the summer).

The XPERIA P sits in the mid-range of Sony’s NXT series of handsets, just below the more powerful Xperia S which is available now. The payoff with the XPERIA P is that you can get a great looking handset without breaking the bank!

You can bag yourself an off contract pre-order today, via Clove and Expansys. If you’re after an on-contract deal, keep an eye on the Omio deals page.

Nokia Lumia 900′s Bumpy Launch: Early Adopters Benefit, For A Change

Nokia’s big US launch of the Lumia 900, its $99 flagship smartphone, has been embarrassingly setback by a software glitch that has affected data transmission.  However in a remarkable move, Nokia have offered early adopters a $100 rebate off their next bill, effectively meaning that customers will be $1 better off for taking up the handset.

It’s been a rollercoaster of a week for Nokia.  First weekend sales in the US of the aggressively priced flagship Windows Phone handset were promising, topping the Amazon sales charts despite some mixed reviews.  Critics praised the familiar design, essentially an XL version of the Lumia 800, built around a large ClearBlack 4.3” AMOLED touchscreen, and the addition of 4G LTE data speeds.  The addition of a front facing for video calls and Skype was also welcomed, this being a notable omission from its predecessor.  However they did note a lack of multi-core processor, and relatively low screen resolution, in comparison with its major competitors.  Despite this, customers showed that their priorities lay with their wallets and snatched up the handset on-contract for a mere $99.

The celebrations were short lived however, as reports started to emerge of a significant bug in the handset causing loss of data connectivity. Nokia were swift to offer an explanation of the fault on their blog yesterday, offering either a downloadable software patch on the 16th April or an immediate in-store exchange for an updated handset.  In a bold and clearly costly move, they have offered $100 credit to each person who buys the phone between its release and the 21st April, effectively paying customers $1 to take up their phone on contract.  One dollar may barely get you a free lunch, or even a cheap app, but the principle stands.

It’s yet to be seen how this swift manoeuvre will sit with customers.  Will they smell desperation and run a mile, or will this give them an additional sales boost? As a third place runner behind Apple’s and Google’s Android, the key to long-term success for Nokia and Microsoft is to boost the Windows Phone ecosystem.  Any significant rise in user numbers will be supported by increased app purchase and in turn, further developer support.  Nokia’s decisive response is in stark contrast with the silence and denials from Apple over launch bugs on previous iPhone releases, so we wait to see whether Nokia have managed to pull a last-minute save with this move.

The Nokia Lumia 900 is available for pre-order now in the UK, and set for a 27th April release date, by which time the UK handsets won’t be affected by the software glitch. The Lumia 900 is currently being offered from free on a two year contract via Phones 4u.

Check Omio’s deals page for a full list of tarriffs and offers.

Mobile Phone Review Round Up: Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro, Orange Monte Carlo, HP Pre 3, BlackBerry Torch 9810, BlackBerry Torch 9860, Three MiFi Huawei Wireless Modem E586, Orange Stockholm and HTC Evo 3D

Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro review


Overall, though, the Mini Pro is a likeable little device. Its smaller dimensions set it apart from the competition and its slide-out Qwerty keyboard, although small, is still very useable. The speedy processor also makes it feel very fluid to use and the user interface tweaks Sony Ericsson has added over the top of Android work extremely well.

The camera is poor, however, both for snaps and videos, battery life is short, and the small screen does hamper its usability. As a result, the Mini Pro’s minuscule charms won’t appeal to everyone.

- Check out all Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro deals at OMIO today!



Orange Monte Carlo budget Android smartphone


The Orange Monte Carlo is not a phone for playing games or watching video, trick call technology, slick UI and decent battery life it is worth every penny of its asking price. Yes I’d like more system storage, a glass screen and a Cortex CPU but that would make it a £350 phone not a £150 one. Less bloat from Orange would also be very welcome

- Check out all Orange Monte Carlo at OMIO today!


HP Pre 3 webOS smartphone


Alas, despite price cut rumours, hunting down an HP Pre 3 beyond Carphone Warehouse may well be a problem, if experience is anything to go by. The review sample came through Clove Technology – a distributor that, in all the uncertainty, eventually cancelled its Pre 3 order from HP. Even so, the Pre 3 proved to be a decent little smartphone – fast, capable and easy to use. Indeed, it is shame it has no future, as the more competition we have in the smartphone market, the more likely manufacturers are to innovate.

- Check out all HP Pre 3 at OMIO today!



BlackBerry Torch 9810 review

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Final verdict

Years ago, we’d have been thrilled by an upgrade.

Going from Nokia’s 3310 to 3330 because we got WAP, from 8910 to 8910i because of the colour screen, or even an N95 to an N95 8GB just for minor improvements.

But times have changed. We don’t want updates – now, consumers demand massive changes, or else what’s the point in signing up to a contract that will probably outlive you just to get your hands on the ‘latest’ handset?

The sad fact is that updates are yesterday’s news, and this isn’t a revolutionary product, merely an evolution ("evolution" being the word RIM uses itself on the marketing literature. That speaks volumes).

If you’re obsessed with the BlackBerry Torch form factor, then we heartily recommend the BlackBerry Torch 9810 and wish you luck. But faced with the choice, we’d take the Bold 9900 anytime.

The only benefit we can see is that this now will make the original 9800 cheaper, so you could get that on a good deal.

Let’s hope Mike Lazaridis and Co up their game by this time next year. Although at this rate, we’ll not get too excited.

- Check out all BlackBerry Torch 9810 at OMIO today!


BlackBerry Torch 9860 review


Final verdict

It’s a slick package from afar, but using the BlackBerry Torch 9860 after the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S2, HTC Sensation and iPhone 4 feels like going back to 2009.

There’s lots to boast about on this phone, no doubt, but we just can’t recommend it over the rest out there for anyone other than those desperately tied into RIM’s services who want a slick new all-touch experience.

- Check out all BlackBerry Torch 9860 at OMIO today!


Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro review



The Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro’s £240 price tag is relatively high in this age of budget-busting Android phones, but you are getting a lot in the package.

Performance is good, the phone’s quick and responsive throughout, with apps installing and opening as fast as they do on today’s high-end, dual core monsters.

The screen is responsive and bright, with text and photos looking sharp.

For the money, you could get a phone with a bigger screen, but there’s nothing else that packs Android 2.3, a QWERTY keyboard and a totally smooth user experience into such a tiny bundle.

The camera is just about good enough for daily use, web browsing is excellent and Sony Ericsson’s user interface is slick and smooth in operation. Plus there’s a physical keyboard.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro pretty much has it all, as long as you can cope with the very compact format

- Check out all Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro deals at OMIO today!


Three MiFi Huawei Wireless Modem E586 review



The Three MiFi E586 is a very handy little device, and anyone looking at getting a 3G tablet or laptop should definitely consider it before splashing out on the pricier hardware.

- Check out all Three MIFI at OMIO today!


Trusted Reviews

Orange Stockholm review


The Orange Stockholm has it strengths, including its low price tag and pocket friendly size. However, the low resolution screen, sluggish processor and abundance of Orange bloatware means that it wouldn’t be our first choice if we were on the hunt for a budget smartphone. In fact, the San Francisco is still a much better phone than this one.

- Check out all Orange Stockholm at OMIO today!


HTC Evo 3D review



The HTC Evo 3D is clearly a very capable handset, packing-in just about every current key feature, including of course its 3D camera and screen. As such it ranks very highly if you’re simply after a top-spec powerhouse. However, we’re just not wholly convinced. Obviously there’s the plain fact that 3D is a bit of a gimmick, and that the 2D camera quality suffers because of it. The styling and size of the phone also put us off slightly too. And finally we find HTC’s implementation of Android more and more cumbersome, with it refusing to keep things simple. Unless you’re desperate for a fully 3D future there are better alternatives.

- Check out all the HTC Evo 3D deals at OMIO today!

Mobile Phone Review Round Up: Samsung Galaxy Pro, Nokia X7, Samsung Tocco Icon, Sony Ericsson XPERIA neo and HTC Salsa


Samsung Galaxy Pro review



The Samsung Galaxy Pro is a slippery little fish. We want to praise it for its keyboard, but berate it for its screen. Samsung could have helped matters by offering a higher resolution on the screen.

If you want a handset of this design, take a look at the HTC ChaCha or Nokia E6. But don’t forget the Sony Ericsson Xperia 10 Mini Pro which, while it is a side-slider, is teeny – or, indeed, any of the larger side-sliders that offer a more desirable, larger screen.

- Check out all the Samsung Galaxy Pro deals at OMIO today!

Nokia X7 review



There are nice things we can say about the Nokia X7. It has good hardware design, a basically pleasing screen and good battery life. And Symbian Anna is a step in the right direction.

But we just aren’t sure where Anna is headed in the long term, and that alone could make the Nokia X7 a blind alley. And it doesn’t do anything supremely well.

If you are a Nokia fan and want a top quality camera you should be looking at the Nokia N8.

If you want a superb physical keyboard, then the Nokia E7 is worth your attention.

Great social networking integration? Go Android instead, with something such as the HTC Sensation.

With those bases covered, it’s tricky to see precisely where the Nokia X7 fits in.

- Check out all the Nokia X7 deals at OMIO today!

LG Optimus Me P350 review


You might have expected LG to better the Optimus One with the LG Optimus Me. Sadly, the Me is inferior in all but a few areas. The screen is smaller, the processor isn’t any faster and the camera’s still mediocre. Check out the Samsung Galaxy Fit, HTC Wildfire S and Optimus One before laying down your moolah.

- Check out all the LG Optimus Me deals at OMIO today!

Orange Rio II review


The Orange Rio II improves over its predecessor with a neater design, 3G and an updated operating system. Issues such as poor battery life, no Wi-Fi, unresponsive touchscreen and a generally slow processor take the edge off its performance, but you have to remember it’s costing you well under £100.

If you’re considering a BlackBerry 8520, but begrudge spending over £100 for a phone that lacks 3G, we’d recommend you seriously consider the Rio II. It’s cheaper and in many ways provides a superior experience.

- Check out all the Orange RIO II deals at OMIO today!

Pocket Lint

Samsung Tocco Icon review


Overall, the Samsung Tocco Icon isn’t a massive step up from the Tocco Lite, but the inclusion of a capacitive touchscreen is certainly a compelling reason to buy if you liked the original phone. The compact chassis, slick design and ease of use also add to the package, while the features such as the straightforward audio player and the sneaky fake call function may appeal to some.

While the screen is large, the resolution isn’t great and that combined with the fact that there’s no 3G connectivity means that web browsing isn’t brilliant, although it is just about usable. Likewise, the social networking offering is very basic. What you really miss out on, however, is all the fun that you’d get opting for an entry-level Android phone with much more potential.

If your budget is tight, then the Samsung Tocco Icon offers you a reasonable touchscreen experience for your cash.

- Check out all the Samsung Tocco Icon deals at OMIO today!


Trusted Reviews

LG Optimus 3D review



There’s plenty to like about the Optimus 3D, including its fun 3D features, fast processor and beautifully bright and vivid screen. However, problems with displaying 3D images on the screen and the phone’s short battery life mean that it’s not the must-buy handset that many were expecting.

- Check out all the LG Optimus 3D deals at OMIO today!


Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo Android smartphone review


The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo has much of the cool technology sported by Sony Ericsson’s top-notch Xperia Arc but at a fraction of the price. It’s not as slim, but if you can put up with the bulk, it’s really a bit of a bargain.

- Check out all the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo deals at OMIO today!


Vodafone Smart Android smartphone review



Though it runs Froyo and has a capacitive screen, the Vodafone Smart has been ruthlessly built down to a price. Despite that, for talking, e-mailing, texting, navigating and social networking it’s up to the job. Yes it falls down when faced with more demanding tasks, but a £75 mobile will never be the gaming or multi-media platform that a £400 1GHz Snapdragon handset is. The Orange SF is a better phone but then it’s twice the price and still doesn’t support Adobe’s Flash player

- Check out all the Vodafone Smart deals at OMIO today!


HTC Salsa Android smartphone review


The HTC Salsa is a solidly built smartphone with a good screen, reasonable camera, fine UI and an emphasis on social networking, thanks largely to its clever Facebook button. This latter will endear it to ’bookers, but otherwise it doesn’t stand out strongly from HTC’s ever-expanding range of handsets.

- Check out all the HTC Salsa deals at OMIO today!

Video Footage Of Upcoming BlackBerry Curve ‘Apollo’ Leaked

Video of the rumoured, yet still unannounced follow up to RIM’s wildly successful Curve 3G, currently being touted as the Curve 9370 ‘Apollo’, has leaked online courtesy of Vietnamese blog via our friends at  See the video below, and a run down of what to expect from the newest BlackBerry handset.

What is apparent from the video is the new bodyshape, a smooth more rounded back, and tapered at the top and bottom, which makes the handset feel even thinner than its actual 11mm.  The 3.5 headphone socket has moved to the top, and the side has a volume rocker, camera button and a tiny tiny standby button.  Feel free to ogle it above in all its YouTube glory.

Whilst our Vietnamese is admittedly, um, non existent, an internet translation of the accompanying article does reveal some more interesting tech specs:

The camera has been improved to 5MP, with an LED flash to capture all of those late night/low light moments.  There is also a front facing VGA camera included.  The screen has also been given a pixel bump in line with the higher end BlackBerry models, up to 480 x 360 pixels, from 320 x 240.

The Curve Apollo runs the latest version of BlackBerry OS, version 6.1, and appears to run along smoothly thanks to double the memory (512mb) and a speed bump in the form of an 800MHz Marvell ‘Tavor’ processor.

Fingers crossed that RIM are slightly more cool about early footage of their handsets getting online than Apple were with the iPhone 4.  Lets just hope our guys in Vietnam doesn’t get some steel capped boots knocking at the door any time soon!

Stay posted to Omio for any more official details.  In the meantime, feel free to sign up for alerts on Omio’s deals page, so that the moment we get any indication of pricing or availability for the BlackBerry Curve ‘Apollo’, we’ll let you know!