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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 leaked in much clearer set of photos

Posted by wicked July - 28 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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We have seen plenty of great Samsung Galaxy Note 5 renders, but the few actual photos out there leave plenty to be desired. The eminent launch of Samsung’s new over-sized smartphone(s) is coming and we have been hoping to get a clearer look at the handset. Grab a seat and stick around, for that day has finally arrived!

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 leaked images come from nowhereelse.fr, a well-recognized French website. This new set of ninja photos consists of 8 shots, displaying the phone in varied angles. Though the pictures are not exactly press quality and do have some photographic noise, they do offer a good look at what we could be seeing.

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We are not exactly getting much new information from this leak, but it does corroborate past rumors. The phone seems to sport that metal edge with glass on both the front and back, adopting the same design language the Korean manufacturer introduced with the Samsung Galaxy S6. The metal frame models the same chamfered edges and the back is curved on both sides. Everything is where we expect it to be.

Sadly, it does still seem like Samsung is getting rid of the removable battery and expandable storage option. Is this a big deal to you? I know it is to me, so hit the comments and let us know what you think about this possible change.

If you have been out of the loop, you should definitely take a look at our Samsung Galaxy Note 5 rumor roundup. This article will tell you everything there is to know, so far, about the new phablet. We will continue to update it as more details emerge, so try keep it tuned to the post, as well as our homepage.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 leaked images show front, software and stylus release method

Posted by wicked July - 26 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is all the hype right now. We have plenty of information on the new phone already, which we have compiled and shared with you on our rumor roundup, but the rumor mill is not stopping. Today’s new trio of leaked images show us a bit more of the over-sized smartphone, displaying what could be a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 prototype.

The first image gives us a glance at the front of the phone, which we seldom get to take a look at, especially with the screen turned on. One can even admire what TouchWiz will be like in the new generation Galaxy Note. The UI touts the usual colorful icons and “bubbly” experience. In addition, there are some helpful shortcuts and content on the top. Oh, and the icons in the home screen tell us this happens to be an AT&T version. This doesn’t tell us much we didn’t know, but it’s still nice to admire the gadget.

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The most interesting part of this leak is the couple other photos, which showcase the stylus dock. It was previously believed the stylus would have auto-ejecting capabilities. Then rumors suggested it would be a push-to-release mechanism. These rumors were then contradicted by Korean source, which indicates the stylus release method will be similar to all previous Note handsets.

These new images do corroborate the S Pen will have to be manually removed, just as it has been in the past. There seems to be a small gap in one side of the accessory, making it possible to pull it by using a finger nail.

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As it goes with all rumors and leaks, though, we would advice that you don’t hold your breath on any of this information. Details keep changing and we won’t know the definite truth until Samsung takes the stage. That should be this coming month.

Don’t forget to keep it tuned to our Samsung Galaxy Note 5 rumor roundup! We keep updating it as new details emerge, so that is really your one-stop shop to everything relating to Samsung’s new phablet.

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Leaked Moto X (2015) images suggest front-facing flash and fingerprint in speaker

Posted by wicked July - 22 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off
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The Moto X (2015) should be right around the corner, as Motorola has been making it a habit to release its flagship phones sometime between August and September. As you can expect, the rumor mill is going full speed and is not stopping anytime soon. More images and details have emerged today, coming from Peruvian Facebook page ‘Perú Android’.

The Facebook page is very active and claims to have gotten these images and details from an anonymous source. Perú Android is clear to say they can’t really confirm the information’s validity 100%, but the evidence does look enticing. For starters, the leak tells us the phone should come with a 2K display and a 21 MP rear-facing camera.

This is not necessarily huge news, but it’s what the images showcase that has us scratching our heads. These photos suggest the phone will come with an integrated front-facing flash, solving your low-light selfie woes (which we touched on just yesterday). In addition, the rumored fingerprint reader may have a rather unique placement. Instead of putting it in the back, this source claims Motorola opted to build the fingerprint sensor right into the lower front speaker.

If this is the case, the new Moto X would be the first device in which any major manufacturer manages to seamlessly integrate a fingerprint sensor without wasting too much space. Others have a dedicated spot for the reader, or opt to integrate it into the home button. By implementing this new technique, Motorola would effectively be able to keep a low bezel-to-screen ratio and still add biometric functionality.

As with any rumor, you should take this with a healthy dose of salt. Not even Perú Android is completely sure about this information, so you shouldn’t hold your breath on it, either. As for additional specs, other rumors say the Moto X (2015) should feature a Snapdragon 808 processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 5.2-inch QHD screen and a 3280 mAh battery.

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We should be able to confirm all official details in some days, once Motorola takes the stage this July 28th. In the meantime, enjoy the images and let us know what you think about the new rumors. Were you hoping for a front-facing flash? Do you prefer Motorola’s possible new fingerprint sensor location?

Vertu V06 will have SD 810 CPU and 4GB RAM

Posted by wicked July - 13 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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British manufacturer Vertu has a prestigious history of producing incredibly crafted smartphones adorned with precious stones and gems but the one thing its handsets lacked for many years was performance.

Until the business – which was established by Nokia in 1998 – was sold into private equity in 2013, the company’s handsets ran the Symbian OS but this all changed; first, the Vertu Ti (February 2013) and then, the Signature Touch (June 2014) saw a switch to Android with performance now a key part of the experience.

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The specs of next Vertu smartphone – codenamed the V06 – have leaked thanks to a visit to popular benchmark, GeekBench and the handset is likely to be the most powerful Vertu smartphone to-date. A new benchmark score has revealed that the high-end device is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and 4GB RAM – which would make the Vertu V06 part of an exclusive club with only a handful of smartphones sporting 4GB RAM – along with the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS.

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There’s no photos of the new smartphone but based on past Vertu smartphones, it will likely be kitted out with metals, precious stones and quite possibly, leather. The handset will probably cost upwards of $8000 and while the Snapdragon 810 wouldn’t be our process of choice, if you’re spending this much on the handset, the processor is probably the least of your concerns.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 certified in South Korea, pricing details also leaked

Posted by wicked July - 9 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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The Galaxy Tab S2 has proven to be a rather elusive product with information (leaks) coming from every-which-way, save for Samsung itself. Detailed rumors have been abound for months now, dating as far back as February. The size and shape is all but cemented. The device posed for some glamour shots in China and at the FCC. The latest in the long-running pre-launch leak line-up reports the South Korean Radio Research Agency (RRA) – which reports to the Korean Communications Commission (think FCC) – has certified both size variants of the hardware.

Model SM-T715, assumed to be the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0, and model SM-T815, believed to be the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 recently passed through the RRA and received the government’s stamp of approval. It is assumed these are LTE variants largely based upon the model numbers which corresponded to last year’s Tab S 8.4 (SM-T705) and Tab S 10.5 (SM-T805). SamMobile has weighed in on the news and declared that these two models will be sold unlocked due to the lack of a carrier letter following their product code.

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A purported leak believed to depict the Galaxy Tab S2.

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The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 LTE was never released in South Korea, and the Tab S 10.5 LTE was released exclusively in the Titanium Bronze color variant. It would make sense for Samsung to offer the tablets directly to consumers instead of making them sign carrier contracts, however the Tab S 10.5 LTE was quite expensive and thus without carrier subsidies the potential market would seem questionable. Still, Samsung Korea has at least one other carrier unlocked product currently being sold. the Galaxy Grand Max.

Amid this news, yesterday a leak sprung that claimed to have the prices of this new pair of tablets. It alleges that the Wi-Fi Tab S2 8.0 will cost €399 ($441) and the Wi-Fi Tab S2 9.7 will retail for €499 ($550). No price was given for the LTE 8.0 model, however the Tab S2 9.4 LTE product was quoted at €589 ($650). These prices are more-or-less in line with those charged last year for the original Tab S pair and would make sense provided they pan out.

Based on everything we know so far, it is expected that the Tab S2 will feature a 4:3 aspect ratio not unlike the recent Galaxy Tab A products. They will feature a QHD Super AMOLED display, an Exynos 5433 CPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage, microSD support, and Android Lollipop (the exact version of which is seemingly less clear). They are expected to come in at a svelte 5.4mm.

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Peak-a-boo: The Tab S2 poses for the camera over in China.

Granted the specs aren’t wildly different from last year’s offerings. It is expected that Samsung is will make a case that they have significant differences worthy of an upgrade in the form of the new aspect ratio (better for browsing the internet), a new fingerprint sensor (the S6 variant), and presumably the S6-build of TouchWiz (more immersive). And of course, the two tablets are expected to be constructed of a unibody metal design which would indeed set them apart from anything Samsung has offered, the Tab 7.7 included (as it used a combination of metal and plastic).

Just how well the Tab S2 line will perform remains to be seen, though with Samsung now having filed for trademark protection of a Galaxy Tab S Pro, it clearly has high hopes.

Report: LG G2 to receive Android Lollipop 5.1.1 in the next two months

Posted by wicked July - 4 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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For reasons beyond our control, and at times in defiance of logic, flagships of the past are often doomed to live out their days with antiquated OS builds. Tech-savvy consumers have become progressively more upset as time has passed, and indeed several OEMs are now (mostly) listening. LG has been one of the most receptive, and users of its 2013 flagship, the G2, were no doubt thrilled when Lollipop arrived on their device’s digital doors. Now it seems, it’s time to move up, as a new report alleges the G2 will be receiving Android 5.1.1 in the near future.

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The source of the story claims that an unnamed insider working inside LG’s software development division has supplied this information, along with an expected roll-out within the next couple of months. Along with the new version number, the update is also said to bring with it a new user interface along with some other features seen in the G4.

We will update this story in the event any new information is leaked within the next few weeks. Judging by the lead-up to Lollipop on the G3, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a video leak on YouTube, or some additional specifics. Please keep in mind that even if the unlocked G2 receives the update, there is no telling when – or if – your carrier will make the update happen, so please take this report with not only a pinch of salt, but also a dose of reality. Now if only another Korean company could decide what to do with its’ former flagship…

 

Galaxy A8 spotted in catalog picture: could it be primed for launch?

Posted by wicked July - 3 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

For the past few weeks now, a slow-but-steady-stream of news has been leaking out about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy A8 smartphone. The device, which has still yet to even be announced by the OEM, has piqued the attention of some for several reasons: it looks much closer to the Galaxy S6 than it does the Galaxy A-series, and it includes support for microSD. Thanks to an attentive reader at GSM Arena, we now have an even more proof of the product’s existence, this time from a product brochure:

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As can be seen from the advertisement, the device is just 5.9mm thick, which makes it the thinnest smartphone Samsung has made so far. Also mentioned is the inclusion of a f/1.9 aperture 16-megapixel rear camera (complete with Real Time HDR) and a 3050mAh battery to power its 5.66-inch FHD Super AMOLED screen. Other specs listed are an unknown Octa-Core CPU, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM, Category 6 LTE, VoLTE, a 5-megapixel front camera, and even support for Korea’s DMB digital television service. As with other members of the Galaxy A family, microSD support is included, with this device sporting a maximum of 128GB. Android 5.1 is also on-board.

The design language is quite reminiscent of the Galaxy S6 complete with the indentations along the side of the frame. The A8 also looks to retain the metal-frame build that the series made popular (a feature that, sadly, was not carried over to the Galaxy Tab A). The presence of two trays along the left side of the phone would indicate the microSD will be separate from the SIM as opposed to a stacked presentation. Rumors point to the existence of a Galaxy A6 and an A9 in the pipeline, and it would not be surprising the see the S6 design language carried over to them as well.

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A previously leaked photo of the Galaxy A8, presumably originating from China.

The fact that this advertisement is for the Korean market is interesting: the Galaxy A series was first released in China, and select other Asian territories at the end of last year. South Korea received two of the three devices somewhat later (the A3 was skipped entirely). It would appear that Samsung is eager to make this product more of a priority in its home market, though we could only begin to speculate as to why.

While the idea of an advertisement depicting a phone that hasn’t been announced might seem unusual, this would hardly be the first time a device has been spotted in print prior to its announcement. Assuming the same kind of thing is going on here, the Galaxy A8 might become official in a matter of days, if not sooner. Any takers?

(Update: video!) 2015 Moto G spotted in leaked images

Posted by wicked June - 22 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Update, June 22: A video apparently showing a Moto G (3rd generation) prototype has also surfaced. Check it out below (via HDBlog).

Original post, June 21: The second half of the year is nearly upon us and we are expecting more than enough good announcements. Among the most important ones is the 3rd-generation Moto G, which will likely follow its predecessors’ footsteps by offering the best bang for your buck. We don’t know much of the upcoming device and are limited to speculations, which is why we are so excited to show you today’s leaked images. These are way better than anything we have seen of this smartphone.

The device at hand (XT1543) looks like your average Motorola handset. The design is streamlines and very basic. The textured back makes it look a little more unique. It also seems to have a new metal-looking strip right below the camera, which is something completely different. It looks a bit like what LG does, but we are sure the Moto G (if this is, in fact, the rumored device) will only have it for aesthetic purposes.

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Rumored specs include Android 5.1.1, a 5-inch screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, LTE, an 8 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front-facing shooter. All these specs make total sense, and they are just what we would expect from a Moto G. The best improvements are probably the processor and cameras.

Do keep in mind these are still nothing but rumors and leaks. Nothing is for sure until the manufacturer makes its announcement, so take this information with a healthy dose of salt. The images were taken from “a Chinese digital forum”, so we can’t exactly give them our approval, but they sure look convincing.

We are excited to see what Motorola has for us this year. The new Moto G, Moto X and possibly the Moto E should be coming very soon. You can bet we will be all over it as soon as more details emerge. For now, you can hit the comments and let us know what you think of these leaked images.

By the way, you can also take a look at our reviews on the Moto G 1st-gen and Moto G 2nd-gen. Just in case you want to learn more about them.

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This device is actually, allegedly the Galaxy A8, even though it might first look to be a “Galaxy S6 Plus”.

Update, June 22: What is believed to be the upcoming Galaxy A8 has been spotted in the FCC certification database. While no new info can be gleamed from the listing, the FCC approval is a sign that the device will be released sooner, rather than later.

Original post, June 16: Despite dealing with sales most other OEMs would salivate over, 2014 was arguably one of the worst years in recent memory for Samsung’s finances, in no small part thanks to the Galaxy S5’s less-than-stellar performance and aggressive competition in key markets such as China and India, where the Korean giant fell from its top spot. Having released the metal-framed Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Note 4, and Galaxy Note Edge, the initially Asia-only “Galaxy A” series saw a single unibody frame making it the first product line that was truly constructed of premium materials. The Galaxy A3 and A5 were decidedly mid-range affairs; however, the johnny-come-lately Galaxy A7 was, in some ways, a Galaxy Note 4 Lite, with its otherwise top-notch specs and phablet sized form factor.

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Only from the back does the Galaxy A-series design language appear, and separates the product from the S6 (visually at least).

It has long been rumored that Samsung would unveil a Galaxy A6, A8 and A9 to flesh out its anemic 2015 product line thanks to a trademark filing detected earlier this year. The first pictures of the Galaxy A8 (SM-A800F) have leaked via Nowhereelse.fr and it looks… surprisingly like a Galaxy S6 with a metal back.

Sadly, the internal specs are a decidedly different affair, with the current rumors pointing to a 5.7-inch SAMOLED Full HD screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-Core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, microSD, a 16-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front shooter. LTE will be included, as will a fingerprint reader home button, and a sealed 3,050 mAh battery. Perhaps fittingly enough, the device is said to be shipping with Android 5.1.1 which should theoretically include the TouchWiz modifications we covered yesterday. The device is allegedly going to be sold in Asia and European markets.

Truth-be-told, when looking at the pictures of the Galaxy A8, it really is difficult to tell the difference between it and a standard Galaxy S6. The front glass has the exact same cut and shape as does the home button. The side (frame) is similar as well, complete with the indented, “sliced” decoration and buttons. It’s only when examining the back that the difference is clear with the metal replacing the S6’s glass and the lack of a heart rate sensor. There is certainly a bit of irony in considering how some critics of the S6 were attacking it for using a fragile material like glass (prone to shattering) instead of metal, a la the HTC One M9. For all those disappointed with the glass sandwich, the A8 would certainly look to be an appealing alternative, albeit with lesser hardware.

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This almost looks like a Galaxy S6 “Plus” next to a Note 3, but it’s presumably the A8 next to the A7. The design language differences are quite apparent to say the least.

The reused design also creates both a proverbial problem, and possible predictive powers: with respect to the former, those who had hoped for the S6 to feature a unique design that wouldn’t be watered down with countless lesser products (thus diminishing the “value” of the S6) will inevitably be miffed to see a leak that looks a lot like what they lusted over. At the same time, given the substantial difference between the A3, A5, and A7, it’s possible that the A8 (and by inference, the A6 and A9 if they exist) are making use of a new level of design language from Samsung for 2015, and therefore the Galaxy Note 5 might be of a similar visual nature as well.

On a final note, while Samsung might deserve kudos for making the “metal Galaxy S6″ in design at least, given its 2014 finances and subsequent pledge to slim down its product lines for 2015, there honestly doesn’t seem to be much effort made in that department. The year is just half over, and Samsung has already released the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Active, A7, E1, J1, and this leak suggesting there will be at least one more A-series device. Then there’s the rumors of a Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, and the Galaxy Note 5, along with the possibility of a Note Edge 2, and who knows what else. Even the tablet line seems to be business-as-usual with two-different variants of the Tab A (with S-pen and without), the just announced Tab E, and the pending Galaxy Tab S2.

Any thoughts on the Galaxy A8? Does it look better than the S6? Any takers, or at lease people interested in what the A9 might be?

Blackberry and Samsung reportedly teaming up for an Android smartphone

Posted by wicked June - 17 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

If a certain Russian blogger is to be believed, Android powerhouse Samsung will be teaming up with struggling Blackberry and they will be producing an Android smartphone that will have BB services (which some people are still dependent on/loyal to). This rumor comes days after another report that the next Blackberry phone will not be running on the much discussed Blackberry OS but rather on the more ubiquitous Android platform.

In a tweet from Eldar Murtazin, who has had a hit and miss record when it comes to rumors and leaks, he said “Samsung + Blackberry = Android Smartphone with Lollipop + BB services”. Now we don’t know if he’s just speculating in his head or he actually has insider information, but rumors about Blackberry’s foray into Android have been around for some months now. During the World Mobile Congress earlier this year, the Blackberry Slider or Blackberry Venus was shown, and when photos were leaked, people remarked on the similarity with the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, with both having dual-edge designs.

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Just a few days ago, Reuters reported that the next Blackberry may very well be an Android device. Details were scarce though so we don’t know if this will be the last Blackberry 10 series or a totally new line of devices. While the past years have seen Blackberry become a cautionary tale for tech companies that refuse to adapt to changes, CEO John Chen still remains positive about their prospects. And even though he said a few years ago that they won’t be going Android, if these rumors are true, then he obviously changed his mind.

The leaked images and details of the Blackberry Slider or Venus showed and said that the slider handset would have a 5.1-inch dual-edge display sporting 2K resolution and would be powered by an octa-core processor. What will reportedly make this device different is that it has a QWERTY keyboard that would slide out and make old-school Blackberry loyalists right at home, even if it is on Android.

VIA: NDTV