The popular Raspberry Pi microcomputer is now manufactured in the UK, after a multi-million pound deal was established between Japanese tech titan Sony and Premier Farnell, the component specialist and electronics distributor helping to power production of the credit card-sized, single-board device. According to the Raspberry Pi Foundation's blog, the British enterprise is now largely back on home soil, having jettisoned its Chinese manufacturing facilities in favour of Sony's plant in Pencoed, South Wales. The initial contract is set to push out some 300,000 Revision 2.0 Raspberry Pi devices every month, with around 30 new jobs expected to be created as a result of the deal.
With 4G LTE devices hitting shelves with increasingly regularity, and the UK's own 4G network rollout due this week, speculation over what devices will run on Everything Everywhere's (EE) revamped spectrum continues to mount. Nokia's gleaming new Lumia 920 may well be a early candidate, after the company's CEO confirmed to a prominent British daily newspaper that the phone will be compatible with the network. Windows Phone 8 plus new-gen 4G connectivity sounds pretty good, right? Then there's the small matter of a certain iPhone 5, which may also be launching via EE's subsidiaries Orange and T-Mobile, or even a new third brand - set to be introduced by EE at a press conference tomorrow morning. ITProPortal's own Will Dalton will be in attendance to find out more in the A.M., so watch this space.
Elsewhere, Samsung's latest flagship smartphone-cum-tablet, the Galaxy Note 2, has been given some provisional pricing along with a sketchy on-sale date, following its launch at IFA 2012 late last month. The Korean electronics giant's new "phablet" was officially unveiled in Berlin on 29 August, though few commercial details were revealed at the time. Now, the 5.5in hybrid device has started to appear on select mobile retail sites, with both Clove Technology and Unlocked Mobiles offering the oversized mobile for pre-order. A SIM-free Note 2 is being pegged at £545 including VAT, with the sellers saying that their first stock of the monster handset due in mid-October.
Finally, we were all quick to applaud the seemingly excellent value for money offered by Amazon on its new Kindle Fire Range when it was unveiled last week. The 7in tablets undercut the price of the Google Nexus 7 - a slate widely-praised for its reasonable cost - but a closer look at the new series suggests it may not work out quite as cheaply we initially thought. It is understood Amazon is not packing a wall charging accesory with the Fire HD, and you may also have to pay to get rid of unwanted lock-screen adverts. With these extra costs, perhaps that Nexus 7 still is the best value 7in tab on the market? It came out on top of our original specs comparison with the Fire, don't forget.