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Polish Android website android.com.pl claims it has gotten its hands on some insider information that details Samsung’s newest venture with the S6: interchangeable back covers that bring an aspect of modular design to the 2015 flagship.

The site’s author, Lucas Spider, says his source states that we could see a back cover that expands the functionality of S Health, a Yota Phone-like e-ink display, advanced camera options, and a back cover that serves as an attachment to fitness machines. Just when you thought your treadmill couldn’t get more exciting, right?

There’s no correlating rumors to legitimate this leaker’s claims. Even though you can never rule out anything wild from our eastern family, I don’t buy this rumor for a second. If I’m wrong and this is really what Samsung is spending its time on, its profits deserve to tank this year.

Though, the thought of being able to attach a telephoto lens to the backside of my smartphone doesn’t flat-out repulse me. In fact, I could even see myself owning something like that and bringing the lens with me on a hiking trip.

What are your thoughts? Hit the comment section below to let us know what you think!

Source: Phone Arena via Android.com.pl (in Polish)

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HTC One M9 leak compared to One M8

Posted by wicked January - 22 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

This week looks like a cat fight between Samsung and HTC – with rumors being tipped left and right. The heat of the competition is seen in tech news as MWC approaches quickly. As Samsung brings on Lee Don-tae to take over Design team, we see images of the new One M9 sprouting around on the web. HTC does have some leverage with leaked photos of what could possibly be the new One M9. A picture leaked via Twitter today, comparing the current flagship One M8 to the new One M9 laying side by side.

At first you’re probably thinking – that looks exactly the same as the One M8. It probably is the same, but viewed at a different angle with some photoshop edits. If this was the new deal though, HTC has made some nice upgrades to their new flagship. This new HTC smartphone appears to keep the metal chassis, large screen, and dual rocking front speakers.

The image of the new One M9 shows a thinner border around the display screen. Next to the front facing camera is the proximity sensor which is enlarged as well. If you look closer and compare, the new dual front speakers seem to be a little more subtle and fine in terms of design.

The leaked photo of the phones side by side come from a familiar source that we recognize, but still we’re not easily convinced. As the days grow closer to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, we’re only left waiting and looking forward to see what HTC announces.

SOURCE: @Steve Hemmerstoffer

Alleged HTC M9 “Hima” press render and cases leaked

Posted by wicked January - 22 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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It’s clearly hip to be square, as just days after French language site NowhereElse brought us pictures of what was claimed to be the HTC One M9 “Hima”, we have an even larger leak, part of which looks to come from a Chinese website, mscellphone.1668.com. This time the offering comes in the form of not just a press render of the back side, but for the cases as well, all of which highlight the angular nature of the device’s single rear camera.

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From the front end, you would literally never know this *wasn’t* the M8.

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Given that Bloomberg recently published a story that suggested the M9 would look very similar to last year’s handset, these images would definitely seek to not only validate the story, but go a step further and suggest that the device practically is last year’s handset minus the Duo Camera and with the power button now positioned on the right side, below the volume rocker. Thankfully the IR port still seems to be located along the top right portion of the device.

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Perhaps the most damning piece of evidence to highlight the similarities comes directly from nowhereelse.fr’s Editor-In-Chief himself. On his Twitter page, Steve Hemmerstoffer has done the dirty work and superimposed the “M9″ onto the M8 and the results are positively pretty (similar):

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The images would suggest that the changes are trivial in terms of the front. Red arrows point out the slightly diminished bottom bezel (though still replete with the HTC logo) and slightly thinner side bezels. The front camera looks slightly larger than the M8’s. The “prototype” also seems to do away with the trim along the border of the phone’s front, though it could be due to the blurry image quality, or simply the color choice.

With the design issue possibly now out-in-the-open, this would mean the “Hima” has to chiefly rely on its alleged inclusion of superior hardware to last year’s model, which is said to include a Qualcomm 810 CPU (the same one that Samsung may have just dumped due to overheating), Full HD screen, a 13 megapixel front camera, and 20 megapixel (square shaped, single) rear camera.

While it must be stressed that none of these images are confirmation of a finished product, suffice to say that by the time press renders start to surface along side of a leaked “prototype”, it becomes more likely to be true. Should that be the case, Samsung may have a major upper hand on HTC this year provided the Galaxy S6 is indeed rebuilt from the ground up and features truly premium parts. There would indeed be a certain twinge of bitter irony should the decision to reuse last year’s design be the M9’s undoing at the hands of the S6, or even the LG G4. Still, HTC seems pretty confident it’s on the right track in 2015.

Assuming these are in fact, a legitimate look at the final product, what do you think? More than a few commentators in the previous post expressed disgust with the camera module in particular, but what of the other design changes (or lack thereof)?

Details galore about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6

Posted by wicked January - 21 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Tech blog BGR released an article today claiming that a reliable insider has sent them some fantastic information with regard to Samsung’s upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S6.

The source gives some incredible facts about the guts running the smartphone leader’s Project Zero device. Hit the “Read More” link below to wet your whistle.

To quote BGR and its source, we can expect the following from the Galaxy S6:

  • 64-bit eight-core 14nm CPU which is 50% faster
  • 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display with a 577ppi density, stunning outdoor visibility, super dim mode for late night.
  • A huge 20 megapixel OIS camera sensor and a 5 megapixel f/1.8 front-facing camera with real-time HDR
  • 32 / 64 / 128GB of storage
  • 2550mAh battery
  • Built-in wireless charging
  • Four hours of usage on a 10 minute charge
  • Quick connect charging
  • Samsung Pay: works with 90% of existing magnetic stripe payment terminals, and NFC payment terminals
  • Metal and glass body
  • Gorilla Glass 4
  • Cat 6 LTE

The question is, will it be enough to turn around Samsung‘s downward spiral? Robert Nazarian reported earlier that 2015 will be a crucial year for Samsung, so if these specs turn out to be true for the S6, maybe it’ll clot that financial hemorrhaging plaguing the Korean powerhouse.

Source: BGR

 

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Rumored HTC Hima reportedly appears on AnTuTu

Posted by wicked December - 30 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Our source for last week’s rumored spec list for the upcoming HTC “Hima” phone has come up with seemingly stronger evidence for the rumors regarding the specs of said phone – now the rumored HTC flagship device has apparently made an appearance at the databases of AnTuTu, the benchmarking outfit. Now let us see what we can learn from the specs shown here.

The AnTuTu appearance somewhat confirms that the new device – named in the picture as “HTC6535LVW (hima)” – sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, and also confirms the 3GB RAM from the earlier spec list. The Snapdragon 810 SoC isn’t really ready for primetime yet, but it’s good to see that HTC is taking that leap to move forward to the next generation 64-bit processor.

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The display is also marked at 5 inches in 1920×1080 resolution (full HD), same as in the rumored spec list. Lastly, the device in the AnTuTu data is running Android 5.0.1 Lollipop – though it obviously is not able to confirm if the device will actually be running the rumored Sense 7.0 interface on top of Android 5.0.

So there you have it – it is not solid information as of yet, but things are going in the right direction for this new HTC device. We hope to see more of it as 2015 approaches.

VIA: @Upleaks

Samsung Galaxy S6 Metal Frame Pictures Shown In Alleged Leak

Posted by wicked December - 20 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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I think it’s safe to say that the rumor mill for the Samsung Galaxy S6 is going to really hit its stride leading up to CES 2015. Rumors of hardware specs, what the case is going to look like and even whether or not it will be unveiled at CES 2015 seem to be debated by many sources. That being said, nowhereelse.fr is reporting that it has gotten its hands on pictures of the S6′s metal frame.

The pictures show some freshly tooled metal bodies for a smartphone, but it is debatable that these belong to the S6. Only time will tell, but we do know that Samsung is wanting to go back to the drawing board with the S6 in what it calls “Project Zero.” Could this mean that Samsung’s Galaxy S6 will sport a unibody metal frame as these pictures seem to indicate?

Is that a step in a direction of what consumers want or what Samsung thinks consumers want? Let us know in the comments below. Personally, I’ve never been bothered in the least by plastic.

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Desire 620 rumored to be HTC’s newest mid-level smartphone

Posted by wicked November - 29 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

If the leaks and reports are correct, the HTC Desire 620 might just be the OEM’s newest mid-range offering that has a lot of promise and possibilities. While the original post in the Bulgarian website where it was first spotted has now been pulled down, it was too late and people were able to get a preview of the newest smartphone (if you can actually trust the source).

The Desire 620 has an all plastic build and is run by an interchangeable 2100 mAh battery. It will supposedly have a 5-inch 720 display that will run on a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, which may very well be the Snapdragon 410. It has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, with the option to expand it through an SD card. Camera-wise, it reportedly has an 8MP main camera, while for selfies, a 5PM camera is a more than adequate for your front-facing camera needs. It also has dual front-facing speakers, if you look really closely at the leaked images.

Compared to the Desire 610 launched earlier this year, this supposed new model seems slightly better only. And compared to HTC’s flagship device, the One (M8), this one of course seems sorely lacking, but since it looks like it’s going to be positioned as a mid-level smartphone, then that is totally understandable. We would also like to see how this can stack up against the more lower-end HTC Desire 510, which is already pretty good for its price range.

There is no word yet on when the HTC Desire 620 will be available in the market and what its pricing range will be. But since the leaked pictures show it is retail-ready, we can expect the announcement in the next few days or so.

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VIA: Phone Arena

Samsung Galaxy A5 Specs and Price “Leaked” by Kazakh Retailer

Posted by wicked October - 29 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

GalaxyAleakSamsung’s Galaxy A5 is the first of its kind: a mid-level device with high-level metal design. However, due to a mistake from Technodom, a retailer in Kazakhstan, the Galaxy A5 will be landing without some of the splash it could have had had certain information been kept secret.

We now know that the device will feature a Snapdragon 400 processor, 5 MP front camera, 13 MP back camera, and a 5 inch 720p display. The price in Kazakhstan will be 99,990 Tenge, or $552. Although, usually prices in America are a bit lower, so we can expect it to be in the $450-$500 range stateside.

Take a peek at the photo above and let us know what you think in the comment section below; also, are you planning on purchasing a phone from the A series? Spout off in the comments!

Source: [email protected]

Via: Sammobile

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Verizon site CSS spills the beans on Motorola’s Droid Turbo

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Verizon and Motorola’s chief secret keepers are probably pulling their hair out right now, wondering how is it that they would be able to keep secrets in the Internet age. I bet they’re also wondering what sort of people have the time to check out a website’s live CSS to smoke out an upcoming product. Our answer to them would be this – the sort of people who do exactly this.

A website’s CSS data is not really what you go to first when browsing, and in that sense, it’s not easily accessible. But if you want to see the data – which looks like this – anyone who knows how to access it will be able to, and in this sense, it’s really simple. So cue some people who have lots of time on their hands getting a sniff of the new Motorola Droid Turbo that Verizon will be launching soon.

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Honestly speaking, these are some pretty tasty pics. We get a nice look at what the Droid Turbo will finally – and officially – look like. Couple this with the strong spec list that has been leaked for the Turbo and we should get a phone that will definitely hold its own against the flagship models from other manufacturers that were launched this year.

We have to remember that the Droid line of products is a joint venture between Verizon and Motorola, so it makes sense for them to launch a phone that it equally as good as, say the 2014 Moto X, or the Nexus 6 – all from Motorola. The launch date of this new Droid should not be too far away, with an announcement set for October 28.

SOURCE: Reddit

Leaks show pictures and specs of new Fitbit models

Posted by wicked October - 15 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

It’s still a few months away, but already leaks and rumors abound regarding the new Fitbit models that will be launched in 2015. A tech website got its hands on the marketing materials for the Fitbit Charge and Charge HR and it looks like both are a somehow refurbished version of the Fitbit Force. The company was forced to recall the Force last year after the nickel in the band caused some to break out in rashes and burns. Is this the second (and better) coming of the fitness band?

Based on the images, the Fitbit Charge looks like the Force which has a bigger display and wider band than its current Fitbit Flex, giving it a more high-end feel. The leaked material also shows that it basically has the same functions, which includes the ability to track steps, distance covered, calories burned, stairs climbed and how many minutes of activity you were able to do. It also monitors how many hours and what kind of sleep you’re getting. It displays all your statistics as well as the time and even when someone is calling your smartphone.

The Fitbit Charge HR meanwhile has the same basic functions except for one fundamental addition. It now has a heart rate montor, the first Fitbit device to have such a feature. The marketing material shows that it’s called PurePulse and will continuously monitor your wrist-based heart rate. If you use it with the MoblleRun on the Fitbit app, you will be able to see your running statistics. All other features and capabilities we mentioned in the Fitbit Charge is also applicable to the Charge HR.

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Now the major questions are how much these two devices will cost and if you really need to upgrade your current Fitbit that is still working properly. According to Gizmodo, a Russian retailer has put the price at around $185 for the Charge and $220 for the Charge HR. Considering that the Flex is around $125, that’s pretty steep for a slightly upgraded fitness band. But if you think that it is crucial to have the newest model or to have a heart rate monitor for your activities, then you should wait with bated breath for the launch in 2015.

VIA: SlashGear