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Exynos 7420: Multitasking, multi-core and multiprocessing

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Exynos 7 OctaOne of the most popular smartphone processors at the moment is the Samsung Exynos 7420, mainly because it is the processor used by Samsung for its current range of high-end devices including the Samsung Galaxy S6, the Samsung Galaxy S6+ Edge, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. The Exynos 7420 is an octa-core processor which means it has 8 CPU cores, each of which is capable of running a task in parallel with other tasks running on the other cores.

With 8 cores and the possibility to run 8 tasks in parallel, it is important to understand what level of parallelization is offered by this high performance CPU.

Recap

Earlier this year I wrote two in-depth articles about the nature of multiprocessing on Android and specifically on ARM based CPUs. The first article debunked the myth that Android apps only use one CPU core, while the second looked at how the Samsung Galaxy S6 uses its octa-core processor.

Both bits of research showed how Android utilizes the parallel (multi-core) nature of modern processors. Samsung’s Exynos 7420 is an ARM based processor with built-in Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP). In general, the quad-core processors found  in everything from desktops to smartphones have a set of cores which are all equal in terms of their performance and power consumption. In a HMP CPU, not all the cores are equal (hence, heterogeneous). The Exynos 7420 has a cluster of Cortex-A57 cores and a cluster of Cortex-A53 cores. The A57 is a high performance core, while the A53 has greater energy efficiency. This arrangement is known as big.LITTLE, where “big” processor cores (Cortex-A57) are combined with “LITTLE” processor cores (Cortex-A53).

Perfect Dude 2: big vs LITTLE (with highlights)

Perfect Dude 2: big vs LITTLE (with highlights)

When tasks are run on the LITTLE cores they use less power, they drain the battery less, however they may run a little slower. When tasks are run on the big cores, they finish sooner but they use more battery to do so.

Once we understand that not all cores are equal, it is then interesting to see how Android uses those cores and what level of simultaneous processing occurs, and on which cores, big or LITTLE?

Workload Automation

My previous tests use a tool, which I wrote myself, to determine how the CPU is being used. It uses the various pieces of information about the activity of the Linux kernel which are made available via the /proc/stat file. However, it has a shortcoming. Since the data about the CPU usage is being generated by polling /proc/stat it means that some tasks can appear to be parallel when in fact they aren’t.

The polling interval is around one six of a second (i.e. around 160 milliseconds). If a core reports its usage is 25% in that 160 milliseconds and another core reports its usage is 25% then the graphs will show both cores running simultaneously at 25%. However it is possible that the first core ran at 25% utilization for 80 milliseconds and then the second core ran at 25% utilization for 80 milliseconds.

To delve deeper into the parallel nature of the Exynos 7420 I have switched from using my own tool to the open source Workload Automation tool. Written by ARM it is designed for running tests that exercise the CPU on Android and Linux devices. The key thing is that it supports the Linux kernel internal tracer known as ftrace.

This means that information about the exact scheduling of the CPU cores can be extracted directly from deep within the Linux kernel itself. The result of which is that the polling interval weakness of my CPU usage tool is eliminated.

Web browsing

If I was to ask you what is the most arduous task that your smartphone’s CPU performs, you might think it would be a game like Modern Combat 5 or Asphalt 8, and you would be right to a certain degree. However the thing about big 3D games is that they load the GPU just as much (or even more) than the CPU. Although the CPU is used quite heavily during 3D gaming, a big chunk of the workload is handled elsewhere. If we are looking for a job which makes the CPU sweat a bit, it is in fact web browsing!

Here is a set of graphs which show how the CPU is used when browsing the Android Authority website using Chrome:

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There are three graphs. The first one on the top-left shows how the four Cortex-A53 cores are used during 90 seconds of web browsing. As you can see for 18% of the time none of the cores are being used, effectively the cluster of Cortex-A53 cores is idle. For 19% of the time 1 core is being used, for 18% of the time 2 cores are being used in parallel, 3 cores for 19%, and 4 cores for 24% of the time.

The graph on the top-right shows the same data but now for the cluster of big Cortex-A57 cores. For nearly 60% of the time one big core is in use and for 14% of the time 2 cores are in use. In fact, for over 80% of the time 1 or more Cortex-A57 cores are being used.

The graph at the bottom shows the overall level of parallelization across all of the CPU cores. For less than 4% of the time the whole CPU is idle, for 15% of the time 1 core is being used, 2 cores for 16%, and so on. What is interesting is that for over 20% of the time 5 cores are being used in parallel.

If the Exynos 7420 was a quad-core processor then the scheduler at the heart of the Linux kernel would not have the option to use 5 cores simultaneously.

If the Exynos 7420 was a quad-core processor then the scheduler at the heart of the Linux kernel would not have the option to use 5 cores simultaneously. More than that, there are moments when 6, 7 and all 8 cores of the CPU are being used in parallel.

The situation for Firefox is similar, but not the same:

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As you can see, Firefox mainly uses 2 and 3 cores in parallel, however for around 10% of the time it uses more than 4 cores. For Chrome, big Cortex-A57 cores were used over 80% of the time, for Firefox that number jumps to over 90% of the time.

We shouldn’t underestimate the capabilities of the Cortex-A53 cores.

At this point you might be thinking, well if Chrome and Firefox are using the big cores heavily then why not just build a CPU with just four Cortex-A57 cores and leave the Cortex-A53 cores out altogether? The answer is that the big cores use more battery life and the way big.LITTLE works is that they are only called upon when needed. The little cores are still being used for around 75% of the workload and, as we will see soon, some workloads don’t even use the big cores!

YouTube

Although we talk about big cores and LITTLE cores, we shouldn’t underestimate the capabilities of the Cortex-A53 cores. They are full 64-bit processing units which can perform exactly the same operations as the bigger Cortex-A57 cores, but they have been designed to have greater power efficiency. However for some tasks the Cortex-A53 is more than sufficient.

Here is the data captured when streaming a 720p YouTube video over Wi-Fi:

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As you can see, all of the work is performed by the Cortex-A53 cores. Since the video decoding is actually performed by the GPU or a hardware video decoder, then the CPU is only responsible for the Wi-Fi, for getting the streaming data from the Internet, and for loading the right bits of memory for the video decoder to tackle the next frame. The result of this “relatively easy” load is that the big cores basically sleep the whole time. In fact, the Cortex-A53 cores spend almost one quarter of their time idle as well!

Games

So, if the YouTube app only uses the Cortex-A53 cores because a lot of the video work is done by dedicated hardware, what does that means for games? Do they use the Cortex-A57 at all? Below is three sets of graphs for three gaming apps: Asphalt 8, Epic Citadel, and Crossy Road:

If you look at these graphs you will see that there is a general pattern. For the most part the games use 1 to 3 cores of the processor and occasionally peak at using 4 or 5 cores simultaneously. The Cortex-A53 cores are used for around 60% to 70% of the time, with the cores idling for around one quarter to one third of the time. However the big cores aren’t sitting idly, as with YouTube. What we see is that for Asphalt 8 and Epic Citadel are using 1 big core for at least half the time, and that even Crossy Road tends to lean on at least one big core. This is because gaming is a more complex activity than video streaming. Lots of gaming objects to create, manipulate and track. It is likely that the active Cortex-A57 core is being used for the most complex tasks performed by the CPU and the LITTLE cores for the rest.

Other workloads

I also tested Gmail, Amazon Shopping, and Flickr. However before we look at those, I want to bring your attention to the Microsoft Word app for Android:

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As you can see the Word app behaves like many other apps. It uses a mixture of the Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57 cores and it spends a lot of the time idle, due to the nature of the app. However what is interesting is that when the app has something to do, like creating a new document, it can use all 8 CPU cores. In fact it seems that when it is busy, it jumps straight from using a couple of cores right up to 8. The amount of time it is using 5, 6, or 7 cores is much less than the time it uses 8 cores.

As for the other apps, here are their graphs for your perusal:

Wrap-up

The results of this testing is broadly in line with my previous tests and again underlines the parallel nature of Android and Android apps. It also highlights the power of Heterogeneous Multi-Processing and how the LITTLE cores are being used for most jobs and the big cores are being called upon for the heavy lifting.

Never underestimate the role of the GPU and other video hardware.

This data also shows just how powerful a processor the Exynos 7420 is. At no time is the Exynos 7420 being asked to work overly hard, and there are lots of idle moments (which are good as it means that minimal battery power is being used). That being the case, it would be interesting to see how HMP works in other combinations other than just 4+4. For example, the LG G4 uses a hexa-core processor, the Snapdragon 808, rather than an octa-core processor. The 808 uses two Cortex-A57 cores and four A53 cores. Or at the other extreme, how HMP works in the deca-core Helio X20 from MediaTek.

Finally, we must never underestimate the role of the GPU and other video hardware. Both the YouTube test and the gaming tests show the importance of the graphics part of the SoC.

So, what are your thoughts on Heterogeneous Multi-Processing, big.LITTLE, octa-core processors, hexa-core processors, deca-core processors, and the Exynos 7420? Please let me know in the comments below.

LG Watch Urbane Luxe Side

Even though love may turn out to be but a gas, you needn’t worry about a heart of glass. LG, eager to get into the “premium smartwatch” craze, has partnered with U.S. retail jewelry company REEDS Jewelers to create the LG Watch Urbane Luxe. Made of 23-karat gold and featuring an exotic alligator leather strap with piano-gloss lacquer case, the pricey piece will retail for approximately $1200 when it hits in late October.

Only 500 units will be produced, and each of the digital timepieces will be engraved with its own unique serial number, thus truly making a one-of-a-kind proposition.

According to the press release, the watch will make use of a special deployment clasp that was invented by Louis Cartier in 1910 and make use of an “alligator band [that is] handcrafted at the highest level of craftsmanship, undergoing 50 separate steps in its creation, handled lovingly by 30 experienced leatherworkers.”

LG Watch Urbane Luxe Front

 

As if that’s not enough, the Korean conglomerate mentioned that “the 23-karat gold used in the LG Watch Urbane Luxe is stronger and harder than the 24-karat gold used in jewelry and heavier than the 18-karat gold used in traditional luxury watches.” This should ideally indicate a product that is designed to last for a long time, at least with respect to durability.

Chris Yie, vice president and head of marketing communications at LG Mobile, had the following to say of the new product:

Wearable devices shouldn’t be thought of as an extension of one’s smartphone but an extension of oneself. This blending of craftsmanship and technology is a natural evolution of the smartwatch, which is becoming more of a lifestyle accessory than a piece of hardware. We think this is a good direction for wearables and we want to encourage this transformation.

The LG Watch Urbane Luxe, despite the new build material, still the same awesome product we reviewed earlier this year when it was only made of mere metal. Selected as an Editor’s Choice product of 2015, we praised the beautiful design, vibrant OLED screen, great battery life, luxury appeal, comfortably, and performance. Ironically the main fault was cited as the price, something that definitely will hold true of this Luxe-urious new variant.

The LG Watch Urbane comes with a 1.3-inch P-OLED circular display with a 320 x 320 resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 245 ppi. The display is protected by a Gorilla Glass 3 panel that should keep it free from scratches. Additionally it has a 1,2GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 512MB of RAM, along with a 410mAh battery. The watch also comes with an IP67 certification for resistance to dust and water.

LG Watch Urbane Luxe Case

This is definitely a new direction for LG’s wearable product propositions, perhaps something spurred on by the Apple Watch and TAG Heuer‘s offering, as well as recent indications that consumer interest in wearables as a whole is declining. Unfortunately the design -arguably- is not nearly as cool as that of the Korean only LTE variant, but them’s the breaks.

The smartwatch will be up for pre-order at www.REEDS.com later in September, or can directly at any REEDS Jewelers location. Those attending IFA this week can also see it at LG’s exhibit booth located in Hall 18.

Any thoughts on this premium product? Is LG right to partner for a gold watch, or should this have been an all-together new product? Leave us your comments!

Show Press Release

SEOUL, Aug. 31, 2015 In collaboration with U.S. retail jewelry company REEDS Jewelers, LG Electronics (LG) will introduce a premium limited edition smartwatch, LG Watch Urbane Luxe. This luxurious wearable was designed with a specific wearer in mind and is adorned in 23-karat gold and gorgeous alligator leather strap set in an exclusive piano-gloss lacquer case. Available starting at the end of October, the LG Watch Urbane Luxe will retail for approximately USD 1,200.

The LG Watch Urbane Luxe will sport a deployment clasp for a fitted, elegant look that isn’t bulky. Invented by Louis Cartier in 1910, the use of a deployment clasp makes this  timepiece even more exclusive and unique. The alligator band itself is handcrafted at the highest level of craftsmanship, undergoing 50 separate steps in its creation, handled lovingly by 30 experienced leatherworkers. The 23-karat gold used in the LG Watch Urbane Luxe is stronger and harder than the 24-karat gold used in jewelry and heavier than the 18-karat gold used in traditional luxury watches.

“Wearable devices shouldn’t be thought of as an extension of one’s smartphone but an extension of oneself,” said Chris Yie, vice president and head of marketing communications for LG Mobile Communications Company. “This blending of craftsmanship and technology is a natural evolution of the smartwatch, which is becoming more of a lifestyle accessory than a piece of hardware. We think this is a good direction for wearables and we want to encourage this transformation.”

Each of the 500 limited edition watches will be engraved with its own serial number for authenticity and available initially in the USA for pre-order at www.REEDS.com later this month or by visiting any REEDS Jewelers location. Visitors to IFA 2015 can see this beautiful work of art for themselves along with other mobile devices from LG in Hall 18 of Messe Berlin from September 4-9.

LG Announces $1,200 Watch Urbane Luxe Adorned in 23-Karat Gold

Posted by Kellex August - 31 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

LG, just before the start of IFA, announced a new luxury edition of its Watch Urbane (review). It’s called the Watch Urbane Luxe and it runs $1,200, thanks to its 23-karat gold adornment. 

The watch was made in partnership with REEDS Jewelers here in the US. Speaking of made, LG is only releasing 500 of these “limited edition” watches. Each is engraved with a serial number for authenticity and will be available for pre-order later this month.

While it’s a smartwatch underneath (and runs Android Wear), LG is really promoting this as a luxury item for a very small crowd that are willing to spend lavishly on something like a gold smartwatch. It utilizes a deployment clasp, has an alligator watch band, is made of 23-karat gold, and is housed in a “piano-gloss lacquer case.”

The Watch Urbane Luxe will officially be available at the end of October.

Watch Urbane Luxe specs:

  • Chipset: 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • Operating System: Android wear
  • Display: 1.3 inch plastic OLED (320×320, 245ppi)
  • Memory: 512MB LPDDR2 / 4GB eMMC
  • Sensor: 9 axes (Gyro / Acceleration / Compass), pressure sensors, heart rate sensors
  • Waterproof and dustproof: IP67 Certification
  • Battery: 410mAh
  • Colours: Gold

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LG WATCH URBANE LUXE, AN EXQUISITE SMARTWATCH

Limited Edition Device from LG is More Jewelry Than Wearable

SEOUL, Aug. 31, 2015 ― In collaboration with U.S. retail jewelry company REEDS Jewelers, LG Electronics (LG) will introduce a premium limited edition smartwatch, LG Watch Urbane Luxe. This luxurious wearable was designed with a specific wearer in mind and is adorned in 23-karat gold and gorgeous alligator leather strap set in an exclusive piano-gloss lacquer case. Available starting at the end of October, the LG Watch Urbane Luxe will retail for approximately USD 1,200.

The LG Watch Urbane Luxe will sport a deployment clasp for a fitted, elegant look that isn’t bulky. Invented by Louis Cartier in 1910, the use of a deployment clasp makes this timepiece even more exclusive and unique. The alligator band itself is handcrafted at the highest level of craftsmanship, undergoing 50 separate steps in its creation, handled lovingly by 30 experienced leatherworkers. The 23-karat gold used in the LG Watch Urbane Luxe is stronger and harder than the 24-karat gold used in jewelry and heavier than the 18-karat gold used in traditional luxury watches.

“Wearable devices shouldn’t be thought of as an extension of one’s smartphone but an extension of oneself,” said Chris Yie, vice president and head of marketing communications for LG Mobile Communications Company. “This blending of craftsmanship and technology is a natural evolution of the smartwatch, which is becoming more of a lifestyle accessory than a piece of hardware. We think this is a good direction for wearables and we want to encourage this transformation.”

Each of the 500 limited edition watches will be engraved with its own serial number for authenticity and available initially in the USA for pre-order at www.REEDS.com later this month or by visiting any REEDS Jewelers location. Visitors to IFA 2015 can see this beautiful work of art for themselves along with other mobile devices from LG in Hall 18 of Messe Berlin from September 4-9.

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Android Community Weekly Digest: Aug. 30, 2015

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Ready for IFA 2015? Not so fast! While we’re just counting down days before some of the biggest reveals this half of the year, last week’s events still bear noting. For one, Samsung seems to have found itself in quite a pickle with what Internet has now christened as the “Pengate” design flaw. But on a more positive note, we’re already seeing the first volley of new device announcements, as manufacturers and companies get the formalities out the door, leaving the public free to gawk at and fondle their wares this coming days. Without further ado, Android Community’s Weekly Digest for August 24 to 30, 2015.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5′s Pengate

The Galaxy Note 5 isn’t a perfect smartphone, no doubt about that. It was already criticized by long-time fans for its switch to an unremovable battery and microSD-less design. But perhaps the biggest flaw was not something we expected. The new S Pen design allowed users to easily slip in the stylus backwards, pointy side pointing outwards. Sadly, this has fatal repercussions to the mechanism that makes the S Pen detection worse. Worst case scenario, the S Pen gets stuck inside its silo, requiring a trip to customer care and possibly days, even weeks, away from the smartphone.

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Samsung’s response? “Read The Fine Manual“, so to speak. The manual, which everyone reads studiously upon opening a new product, does explicitly mention inserting the stylus in the right orientation. After all, no person in their sane mind would do otherwise, right? Sadly, by definition, accidents are things that don’t happen under normal circumstances. Suffice it to say, we’re far from hearing the end of this fiasco.

OnePlus 2 lives up to its name, sort of

Good thing, then, that Samsung is by far the only game in town. The OnePlus 2, which launched just a while back, might be a formidable contender. Again, it isn’t perfect for sure and there are a lot of features, or rather the absence of such, that has us dreaming of more. But for the price point, you would have in your hands possibly one of the best smartphones of the year.

Check out SlashGear’s in-depth review of the OnePlus 2 for more details.

It seems, however, that OnePlus will again be faced with problematic hardware. Last time, it was display and touchscreen issues. Now some users are reporting problems with the new fingerprint scanner home button. Hopefully it will just be a minor software issue, because hardware defects are much harder, not to mention expensive, to address. Then again, OnePlus might have time to fix that considering it’s not exactly shipping the smartphone in droves.

Sony’s Play

One manufacturer that still remains a mystery to this day is Sony. Divining what it ultimately plans for its mobile business is something that would probably confound even the oracle at Delphi. On the one hand, it doesn’t seem that zealous to bring honor back to its flagship smarpthone. But on the other hand, fans seem to believe that the Xperia Z5 will redeem the Japanese OEM. After all, if it becomes the first smartphone to have a 4K display, then it would have at least one bragging right. However, based on leaks of the Xperia Z5′s supposed design, Sony isn’t changing its tune.

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And the only thing that Sony is willing to tease? A smartphone with a greater focus, which could very well just a new 23 megapixel camera sensor. Of course, Sony also needs to reclaim its throne on the smartphone camera market, so this one is needed as well. Hopefully, it won’t be the only good news next week.

Moto 360 deja vu

Smartphones, of course, aren’t the only things coming at IFA. We’re also expecting a new generation of smartwatches to come flooding in, perhaps helping to cement this still somewhat doubtful wearable market. One of those expected to debut is the Moto 360 2. That said, it might not be as warmly welcomed as its predecessor. While the first Moto 360 pioneered round-faced smartwatches, version 2 might look like a rehash. Not that you really have much to work with in terms of smartwatch design. You can really only iterate over a basic, winning design.

The good news? The Moto 360 2 might be as stylish and luxurious looking as these leaked photos seem to hint at. Otherwise, the once favorite of the Android Wear world might see itself losing some fans.

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A flood of devices

Trying to avoid the maddening rush of device announcements that will be happening this week, some OEMs, even those that might not be at IFA 2015, have decided to unload their own wares early.

Taking the lead is OPPO, who annonced its latest flagship, the OPPO R7 Plus, with it’s large 6-inch 1080p screen, 3 GB RAM, and 4,100 mAh battery. Not far behind it is the OPPO R5s, the super slim mid-ranger that is already making its way to the US.

French manufacturer ARCHOS is not to be beaten. Announcing its usual fare of budget smartphones, it has revealed the mid-range Diamond S and the budget smarpthone Helium 50e. And somewhat unexpectedly, it quickly followed that up with the announcement of the totally new Diamond Tab tablet.

We still don’t know Lenovo’s gameplan for IFA, but rumors say that it will unveil a VIBE P1 there, a smartphone that is expected to boast a ginormous 5,000 mAh battery. If it does, it might be one of the last VIBE smartphones we’ll see from Lenovo, as the PC maker has hinted that it will eventually assimilate its Lenovo Mobile unit into Motorola.

Bits and Bytes

This week wasn’t just about smartphones, or smartwatches for that matter. We’ve also seen our share of apps and accessories making big splashes in the Android world. For one, there’s the launch of YouTube Gaming, Google’s answer to Twitch’s dominance in the gaming live streaming market. Then there’s Cortana, who is officially making its public beta debut, at least in the US. On the trinket side, we saw LG put out the interesting and yet strange contraption that is the Rolly Keyboard, a full-sized solid, rollable keyboard for smartphones and tablets. But if you’re still hungry for more smartphones, the ASUS ZenFone 2, the 4 GB model to be exact, might be worth giving a shot. More than performing generally well, it apparently also charges faster on average.

Wrap-up

That was definitely a doozy, but don’t look now, IFA 2015 is almost here! ASUS has already queued up what it will be announcing, and Sony is definitely one brand to watch out for. LG might have already lined up its ducks, but it might still have a surprise waiting. And never underestimate the growing power of Chinese brands like Huawei, who are taking Western markets by storm. So stick with us as we bring to you the latest news and whispers on what’s hot at the IFA 2015 floor.

Gionee GN9007 will actually be called the Gionee S5.1 Pro

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off
Android smartphones_Gionee_GN9007_leaked specs_081515_1Only two weeks ago the Gionee GN9007 passed through the TENAA. A new report states the upcoming smartphone will be known as the Gionee S5.1 Pro.
The Gionee S5.1 Pro will feature a totally new design very unlike that of the Gionee S5.1. The smartphone will include mid-range specifications and will likely be announced in the coming months if not weeks. It will feature an ultra thin body of only 6.45mm and support 4G LTE connectivity with dual SIM capabilities. Pricing should land in the $300 -$400 range.
Source: Mobipicker

 

 

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Sony Xperia Z5 surfaces in video

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Sony_Logo_395Spoiler alert! A video has surfaced on the web and revealed the upcoming Sony Xperia Z5 in its full glory. Sony plans to hold its press event this Wednesday at IFA 2015. We are expecting to see multiple variants of the Z5 announced including premium and compact versions.

The Sony Xperia Z5 premium will be the successor to the Xperia Z4 or Z3+ depending on where you live. The flagship will include a 5.5-inch display with a rumored 4k resolution. We’re also expecting to see a bump in the camera department up to 23MP for the rear-facing, as well as a better selfie cam. It will likely offer the same water and dust proofing capabilities and will have some serious power under the hood. We’re talking about the Snapdragon 810 SoC, the Adreno 430 GPU and either 3 or 4GB of RAM. Hopefully Sony will take care of the heating issues with the Snapdragon 810. We’ll let you know all the details as they arrive on Wednesday, but for now, check out the embed video below for a close up look at the upcoming flagship.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Source: GR1
Via: PhoneArena

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It looks like HTC’s deca-core Aero smartphone will be known as the HTC One A9

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

According to a recent tweet from Evan Blass, HTC’s upcoming flagship smartphone will be known as the HTC One A9. According to recent reports, the A in A9 stands for Aero. The new flagship will likely hit the market in late 2015 or early 2016 and will likely be the first ever smartphone to be powered by a deca-core processor.

The HTC One M9 rumors are beginning to heat up. We’re expecting the flagship to include a Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) display, a first of its kind deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor backed with 4GB of RAM and an improved rear-facing camera with support for RAW photography.

We’re expecting the HTC One A9 to launch on AT&T and be priced between $500 – $600 off contract. We should find out more in the coming months.

Source: Evan Blass (Twitter)

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Leaked AnTuTu benchmark result shows Samsung Galaxy O specs

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Specs of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Grand On and Galaxy Mega On were recently leaked. Those are still Galaxy devices so don’t ask what’s that ‘On’ at the end of the names. We’re not even sure if that’s an On, an O7, or simply an O but whatever it is, we know another pair of Galaxy devices are being prepped by Samsung.

A recent AnTuTu benchmark result was leaked, showing us specs and features of a Galaxy O smartphone (model SM-G6000) including Android 5.1.1, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, Adreno 306, 720 x 1280 pixel resolution, 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM, 13MP rear camera, and a 5MP front-facing cam. These information seem to be almost the same with the specs we learned yesterday. Nothing on the display size but it’s believed to be a 5.5-incher (Mega On) and the Grand On a bit smaller with 5-inches.

We don’t usually question Samsung’s naming skills but a Galaxy + word + On combinations seems weird. But then again, it may not really be an “On”—it could be just Galaxy O and the “n” could be any number. If that’s the case, the devices could be Galaxy Grand or Galaxy Mega 01, 02, 03, and so on and so forth.

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For all we know, Samsung is only trying to confuse us. Maybe the company is hiding something that it wants to divert our attention to the mysterious Galaxy O line. Specs are not reallyimpressive and they’re somewhat similar to an entry-level Samsung phone. So if these two are not premium flagship devices, then what are they? Anyway, an AnTuTu benchmark sighting is important as it suggests the impending announcement or arrival of a particular device. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if Samsung will make a grand reveal. What do you think?

VIA: Phone Arena

Google On – OnHub companion app now available from the Play Store

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Google’s OnHub smart router is hitting the store shelves tomorrow, August 31st, so the Search Giant is getting you equipped with the necessary tools to be ready for some advanced internet usage. Thankfully, you don’t need much. You can operate every aspect of the OnHub from the official Google On app, and it has just become available from the Google Play Store.

If you missed out on the Google OnHub news, it’s a router made by the Mountain View giant. It’s not cheap at $199.99, but it promises features that you won’t get with your usual WiFi hubs.

Aside from looking gorgeous, this router benefits from automatic updates (without disconnection). The device also scans for congested wireless channels and switches to the best performing one. In addition, the owner can prioritize certain devices, run network tests, easily change/share the WiFi password and more.

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Here’s what you can do with the Google On app:
• Set up your OnHub in just a few minutes
• Learn how to improve your Wi-Fi connection if there’s a slowdown
• Run a network check to test your connection speed
• Easily share your network name and password to friends & family
• Make changes to your settings, such as your network name or password
• Remotely provide or receive help from friends and family

Is it worth the $200? It depends on your needs and priorities, but it sure seems to be among the best WiFi routers around. And this is not an isolated event; Google plans to partner with other manufacturers to make more OnHub devices. The next one is said to be ASUS, but we shall see. Maybe it will be a bit cheaper.

For now, just go to the Google Play Store and grab your app if you are planning on getting the Google OnHub. How many of you are signing up for one?!

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New Moto 360 leaked image shows smart watch in 2 colors

Posted by wicked August - 30 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

New Moto 360 AA

The Moto 360 design made this smart watch one of the most popular first-generation Android Wear devices around, so it’s only natural that so many of us are looking forward to seeing its successor. Don’t you worry, the new Moto 360 should be announced next week, during IFA, but we are already getting a good look at the product thanks to beloved ex-leakster @evleaks.

He was actually quite smooth this time around. Evan Blass leaked the image in the form of a response to tech blogger David Ruddock, who was talking about boarding Delta flights using his Android Wear device.

Pretty sneaky! The device shows up in 2 colors and displays some aesthetics changes. For starters, the button has been positioned higher. Looking around the image we can also see the watch has a much more classic design, making it even better looking than the original Moto 360.

There’s nothing exactly new here, as we have already seen some images before (one of them actually came from Motorola). Regardless, it’s always nice to get a good look at an unannounced gadget, especially when available images are so good.

Enjoy the render and let us know what you think of the 2nd-generation Moto 360? Are you thinking of buying one? As mentioned above, the announcement should be taking place this coming week, so keep it tuned to Android Authority for all the news!

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