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LG G5 coming in Q1 2016, with metal body, and new design – Korean report

Posted by wicked November - 17 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Following a report from yesterday claiming LG would adopt a metal unibody for its next flagship, more details about the LG G5 have surfaced in an English language report from Korea’s ETNews.

Citing industry sources, the publication confirms that the LG G5 will feature a “full metal case” that would enable it to compete on equal terms with flagships from Samsung or Apple. This comes as no surprise, as LG is the last large OEM holding onto plastic designs for its flagships. With financial losses and lackluster sales, LG needs to adopt metal if it wants to stay competitive in the high-end market.

LG is already using metal on the impressive V10, but only for its frame. The device’s stainless steel and silicone construction makes it extremely resilient to shocks, without the compromises that typically come with rugged phones. But for the G5, LG will go full metal.


If LG adopts a fully metallic design for the G5, there’s a high chance that the device will lack a removable battery and, potentially, a microSD slot. These were big selling points for the G4 and one of the few advantages that LG’s phone had over Samsung’s Galaxy S6.

LG is reportedly moving away from the design language established on the past three generations of the G series. One person that had supposedly seen the device called it a “major step forward” compared to LG’s previous phone.

The Korean sources claim LG plans to launch the G5 in Q1 2016, to go head to head against the local rivals from Samsung. MWC 2016, at the end of February, is mentioned as a potential release date, though that seems to be just an educated guess by ETNews.

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The report says LG wants to release the G5 right after its official debut, and that production of components for the “strategic device” is already underway.

This is far from official information, but it all sounds very plausible. LG was caught wrong-footed this year, when it used leather to spice up the otherwise played-out design of the G4. The company cannot risk another dud next year.

Let us know your thoughts!

Metal framed Huawei Mate 8 caught on camera

Posted by wicked November - 17 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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We are gradually ticking away the time until the Huawei Mate 8 is officially unveiled and today we have another picture of the smartphone to tide us over. This time showing off the back of the handset.

Judging from the picture (above), the Huawei Mate 8 will come with a metal frame and the overall handset design looks to be quite thin. The material on the back cover is tougher to make out, quite possibly plastic, but we can clearly spot a circular fingerprint reader, much like the one used in the Huawei designed Nexus 6P. We can also see a micro USB port (no USB Type-C) and dual speaker grills on the bottom of the handset, although we don’t know if there’s a stereo setup hidden under there or not.

Previous rumors have hinted at some very high end specifications for the Mate 8. The phone is said to ship with HiSilicon’s new high performance Kirin 950 SoC, 3GB or 4GB of RAM depending on whether you opt for 32GB or 64GB of internal storage space, and a 16 megapixel camera. The display is rumored to be a 6-inch 1080p AMOLED panel, and there’s a 4,100mAh battery for plenty of juice.

Huawei HiSilicon KirinSee also: Kirin 950 announced: What you need to know20

The Huawei Mate 8 is expected to see an official announcement on November 26th, according to a teaser released by the company. What are you hoping for from the next super-sized Huawei smartphone?

More signs point to early arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S7

Posted by wicked November - 11 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


One of the first rumors we heard about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 was that it may be heading to market a little earlier than expected and the latest mutterings add some more weight to this expectation. According to an anonymous industry insider, Samsung has already begun developing its firmware for the Galaxy S7, a whole month earlier than the company started work for the Galaxy S6. If we expect a similar development time, this would put the Galaxy S7 on course for a February 2016 release.

Given that Samsung released its Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ outside and ahead of a major industry event, IFA in Berlin this September, the company may be planning to make its announcement ahead of the Mobile World Congress in March.

It is also possible that Samsung may be starting this process early in order to accommodate for the additional hardware variants this time around. There are rumored to be two SoC versions of Samsung’s next flagship handset, one with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 and one with Samsung’s own Exynos chip.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Hands On-22See also: Contradictory Samsung Galaxy S7 camera rumors surface65

Speaking of the custom Samsung chip, separate sources from Korea state that Samsung has now begun mass production of its custom processor, which again suggests that we could be closer to a product release than previously expected.

We don’t know a whole lot about Samsung’s new chip, which is rumored to be called the Exynos 8890, but it is said to feature an in house ARMV8 based CPU core design from Samsung called the M1, a first for the company. This custom core has apparently been in development for the past two years and will stack together to form an octa-core SoC. The processor will also be manufactured on Samsung’s 14nm FinFET process and will be the company’s first chip to feature an integrated modem, which is rumored to match the Catgegory 12 LTE modem announced to be inside the Snapdragon 820.

qualcomm logo mwc 2015 2See also: Qualcomm officially unveils the Snapdragon 82057

With mobile revenue in a tough spot and an increasingly competitive release schedule from its rivals, perhaps Samsung has good cause to step up the release of the Galaxy S7? What do you think about the early S7 rumors?

Revamped Samsung Galaxy A5 and A3 leaked

Posted by wicked November - 9 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Judging by newly spotted leaks and benchmarks, it appears that Samsung is preparing to launch updated versions of its mid-tier Galaxy A5 and A3 smartphones. The revamped handsets will feature a visual redesign and some improved hardware specifications.

According to two GFXBench listings, the new Galaxy A5 (SM-A510) looks to sport a 5.2-inch 1080p display, with an octa-core Cotex-A57/A53 Exynos 7 SoC and an ARM Mali-T720 GPU. There’s also 2GB of RAM, a 5MP front facing camera and 12 megapixel rear camera. The Galaxy A3 (SM-A310) model features slightly lower-end hardware, with a 4.7-inch 720p display, quad-core Cortex-A53 Exynos 7580 SoC, just 1.5GB of RAM, but the same 5MP and 12MP camera combination.

In terms of design, the speaker grill looks to have been moved to the bottom of the handsets like the Galaxy S6 range, while the camera and LED flash take on new forms. The phones also appear to feature a reflective or glass back this time around, rather than the matte medal finish of the current generation handsets. Click on the pictures below for a closer look.

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It is not clear if these new handsets will ship with a fingerprint scanner or not. But if Samsung is planning to bring its Samsung Pay technology to a wider range of handsets in the near future, the company may choose to start with its next generation of mid-range hardware.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Hands On-5See also: Samsung Pay may be heading to less expensive Galaxy phones13

Samsung originally introduced the Galaxy A range of smartphones to bring a little more of the company’s flagship feel and features to its mid-range products, and it looks like these second generation editions will continue this trend. What do you think about these handsets?

Snapdragon 820 powered Xiaomi Mi 5 rumored for December 3rd launch

Posted by wicked November - 6 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off


Xiaomi has had a few opportunities to launch its next flagship smartphone, the Mi 5, this year, but the handset has remained elusive so far. The latest rumor is now pointing to a possible December 3rd announcement, while a new Mi Band could be unveiled next week.

According to the tipster, the Xiaomi Mi 5 will be powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 820 processor. The chip isn’t expected to appear in devices until 2016 but there’s nothing to stop companies announcing phones before then. The rumor also states that Qualcomm may officially launch its latest mobile chip on November 20th. Qualcomm has gradually been dripping out little pieces of information about its chip over the past couple of months.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 AASee also: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 said to be 50% stronger than the Samsung Exynos 742069

Other rumored specifications for the Xiaomi Mi 5 include a 5.3-inch QHD (2560×1440) display, 4GB of RAM, a 16 megapixel rear camera, 3,030mAh battery, and either 16GB or 64GB of internal storage, but without a microSD card slot. A different report also suggests that Xiaomi may opt for MediaTek’s Helio X20 chip, as the Snapdragon 820 may not be available for a while yet.

Moving on, a separate source has suggested that Xiaomi may launch a successor to its Mi Band next week. The new device is said to incorporate a heart sensor this time around and could cost CNY 99 (approximately Rs. 1,050 or USD$16).

We’ll be sure to keep our eyes peeled for additional Mi 5 rumors and details in the coming weeks.

Leaked photos show Apple Music for Android coming soon

Posted by wicked October - 26 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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While Apple still has to confirm whether or not there will be an Android version of Apple Music, that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from constantly churning. Now we have leaked photos showing screenshots of what may be a test version of their music service running on an Android device. This is a logical next move for the music streaming service, as most of their competitors like Spotify, Tidal, and even Google Music, are available cross-platform.

The screenshots seem to be taken from a German-language device and shows off a preview program of what looks like Apple Music. It also shows off some features that may be in the Android app, if ever there will be one, like Beats 1 radio, recommendations, and even Apple Music Connect where musicians and artists can share blogs with their fans. One other thing to look forward to is the integration with users’ other music, where you can share your playlists and albums with other users. But the screenshots also show there may have been server issues with that last one.

Of course, we cannot possibly rely on screenshots, since these could easily be faked, or may just be the wishful thinking of some Android fan wishing for this particular iOS app. But even though Apple hasn’t had a history of creating apps for its fiercest competitor (expect for the ill-fated Move to iOS app), people will not be surprised if they do release an Android app. Other music streaming services are available both on iOS and Android, and so this may be golden opportunity for them to expand their market.

In particular, Apple Music’s family plan, which will let six people share a subscription for a lower amount than if you get six individual ones, will be good for a family or group of friends who have various devices, not necessarily iOS. Let’s wait and see if these screenshots, and if these rumors, will come to fruition.

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Huawei Mate 8 could have beastly specs

Posted by wicked October - 19 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off


Huawei’s Ascend Mate 7 last year was an impressive handset and this year, the Chinese company introduced the Mate S at IFA, before partnering with Google on the Nexus 6P. Now, Huawei looks set to introduce another flagship this year in the form of the Mate 8 and if these leaked specs are correct, it could be an absolute beast.

Earlier this year, Huawei told us they had no plans to delve into QHD displays but the Nexus 6P is the first Huawei-made handset to go above Full HD resolution and the Mate 8 looks set to continue this trend with a 6-inch QHD panel. It’s unknown whether this is an AMOLED panel like the excellent screen used on the Nexus 6P but hopefully it is.

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The handset should also see the launch of Huawei’s long awaited Kirin 950 custom SoC, which brings a 16nm FinFET manufacturing process and big.LITTLE architecture. The SoC will be pair with four Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 2.4GHz coupled with four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.0GHz and could potentially top the performance on this year’s Exynos 7420 and Snapdragon 810 chipsets.

Other leaked specs include an ARM Mali-T880 GPU, an i7 coprocessor, a Tensilica Hi-Fi 4 independent audio chip and either 3GB or 4GB RAM depending on whether you go for 32GB or 64GB internal storage. It’s also likely to have a blazingly fast fingerprint sensor, like the ones found in the Mate S and the Nexus 6P. While the battery size is unknown, we’d expect around 4000 mAh capacity, like the 4,100 mAh found in the similarly sized Mate 7. The handset could also be the first Cat 10 LTE enabled smartphone, which means potential download speeds of 450Mbps and upload speeds of 100-150 Mbps on the go.

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What will this beastly specs list cost you? Less than you might think – a preliminary price for the 32GB model is CNY 3,299 (approx $518) and CNY 3,899 (approx $612) for the higher spec version. The handset could arrive before the end of the year so a launch late next month or in early December could be on the cards.

What do you think of the rumoured Huawei Mate 8 specs list? Do the beastly specs appeal to you? Let us know guys!

Cortex-A72 powered Samsung Exynos 7650 and 7880 spotted

Posted by wicked October - 19 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Samsung is preparing a couple of new chips for its Exynos line-up of mobile SoCs, if reports from China are to be believed. The new processors, named the Exynos 7650 and 7800, will apparently be built from high-end ARM parts, including the latest Cortex-A72 CPU core and Mali-T860 GPU.

Judging from the expected use of a 28nm manufacturing process, the Exynos 7650 and 7800 aren’t going to be top tier chips but could form the basis of Samsung’s next midrange line-up. Samsung has already used its more expensive 14nm FinFET process in this year’s Exynos 7420 for its flagship Galaxy S6 and Note 5 smartphones..

Exynos 7650 and 7880 rumored specs

The Exynos 7650 appears to be the lower end of the two chips. It will feature a big.LITTLE paring of a Cortex-A72, ARM’s more power efficient high performance successor to the Cortex-A57, and its efficient Cortex-A53 for less demanding tasks. There’s also 993MHz LPDDR3 RAM with 14.9GB/s bandwidth and a three core Mali-T860 GPU, which ARM states is its best performing GPU for the lowest energy consumption.

The Exynos 7880 looks to be a slightly more high performance design, featuring a slight clock speed increase on the Cortex-A72, up to 1.8GHz from 1.7GHz, and faster 1066MHz LPDDR3 memory with a bandwidth of 17GB/s. Furthermore, the same ARM Mali-T860 GPU received an additional core for more graphics grunt.

ARM Cortex A72 chipSee also: A closer look at the ARM Cortex-A721

We don’t know how many CPU cores will be included in either the two new SoCs, but we are quite likely looking at quad or hexa-core configurations due to the use of a 28nm process. Perhaps the 7880 will pack in additional cores to further separate itself from the 7650.

Most likely, these two reported chips are heading to mid-range Samsung Galaxy phones in 2016.

LG rumored to be working on a versatile ‘G Pay’ service

Posted by wicked October - 13 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Mobile payment ecosystems have hit the mainstream this year, with the launch of Apple Pay and Samsung Pay bringing the feature to new markets and customers. According to insiders and a couple of trademark applications, electronics manufacturer LG may be preparing to launch its own mobile payment system under the title ‘LG G Pay’.

LG has applied for G Pay trademarks in both South Korea and the US, suggesting that a global launch may be on the cards. Given the naming strategy used by current mobile payment technologies in the market, it’s a pretty safe bet that this is the name that LG is planning to use for its own rumored payment service. Sources also state that LG Electronics Director Kim Jong Hoon confirmed that the company plans to enter the payment business, back at a reporters conference for the V10 smartphone on October 1st.

“Applying for trademark in foreign country indicates that it will start its business in detail. It shared and gathered information about South Korean mobile payment technologies with couple card companies.” – anonymous source in financial industry

Samsung Pay is seen as the leading mobile payment platform in terms of technology, due to its support for commonly used magnetic strip readers as well as NFC payment methods. According to industry insiders, LG’s technology will be more versatile than any other technology on the market right now, although exact details about which technologies LG’s system will support have not been disclosed.

“LG is working hard to secure versatility that surpasses current mobile payment methods.” – source familiar with LG Electronics

Not only would a move into mobile payments help keep LG competitive with some of its biggest rivals in the smartphone market, but it would also allow the company to capitalize on the lucrative, growing mobile payment market. It is not clear exactly when LG will make an official detailed announcement about its plans, but here’s hoping that it will come before the end of 2015.

Samsung Galaxy View passes by FCC, headed to AT&T

Posted by wicked October - 7 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


Tablets are getting bigger, that’s a fact and while Microsoft, Apple and Google itself have pushed the boundaries of tablet size, Samsung looks set to push it even further. The Korean company has long been rumoured to be working on a large 18.4-inch tablet and ahead of its launch, the Galaxy View has paid a visit to the FCC.

The FCC has approved the tablet, which comes with model name SM-T677A, and the A moniker (along with the list of LTE bands) confirms the tablet has been designed for use with AT&T’s LTE network. This is further referenced by the presence of the AT&T logo on a sketch of the back of the tablet and this also reveals Samsung’s tablet will sport stereo speakers on its rear.


Further digging by PhoneArena into the FCC documents also reveals the dimensions and shows that the Galaxy View will certainly be the largest tablet on the market. The tablet will be 447 millimeters wide and 272 millimeters tall with a diagonal size of 513 millimeters. The screen will measure about 18.6-inches, which far surpasses the 10-13 inches adopted by the largest tablets on the market. The size of the Galaxy View display also seems to put the tablet firmly in the laptop category.

A recent visit to GFXBench revealed some of the hardware specs, which include an octa-core 1.6GHz Exynos 7 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage and Android 5.1.1 with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. The display is expected to be just 1080p resolution, which is average but with an expected pixel density of just 118 pixels per inch, we’re really hoping this is a mistake; after all, even entry-level Android smartphones offer a higher density and such a low density is likely to have a major impact on the Galaxy View experience.


It’s unclear when Samsung plans to release its larger-than-life tablet but with the holiday season approaching, a release can’t be too far off. Would you buy an 18.6-inch tablet and do you think the Galaxy View is a prime candidate for a 4K display? Let us know your views in the comments below guys!

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