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Xiaomi Mi Note shows off its feminine side with new pink edition

Posted by Tom April - 1 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Following the recent bamboo-backed Xiaomi Mi Note comes another special edition, the pink model.

The stats for this remain the same but it comes bundled with a 5,000 mAh power bank. Whether that’s pink or not isn’t make clear.

The Mi Note runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, has 3GB of RAM, 16GB storage and a 5.7-inch full HD Gorilla Glass 3 display.

Via ubergizmo

AnTuTu names Top10 Performance Smartphones for Q1 of 2015

Posted by wicked April - 1 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

It’s April 1. Nope. No April Fool’s Day joke from us. We were just reminded that the first quarter of the year is over. This means performance and financial reports will be released in the next few weeks or days. As expected, software benchmarking tool AnTutu was quick to release the best performance report for Android smartphones.

Has it been that quick? I can still remember writing about the Most Popular Android Smartphones of 2014 back in January and now we’re in Q2.

Using Antutu 5.6.1 and 5.6.2 and covering 160 countries, the ‘Top 10 Performance Smartphones of Q1, 2015′ have been identified. The newly released Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are on top of the list with scores above 60000. The Galaxy S6 scored 67520 while the S6 edge followed with 62373.

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We never doubted this will happen because the two flagship phones from the South Korean giant have been performing well and the Galaxy S6 already scored highest in a processor benchmark. Recently, it was proven as water-resistant (at least under 20 minutues but not waterproof) and brutally dropped on the floor and survived. It is believed to have the best OLED display today too and the S6 edge is faster than the iPhone 6, thanks to Samsung’s very own Exynos 7420 processor used.

Ranking third is the HTC One M9 powered by a Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 chipset. Samsung trailed behind with the European Galaxy s5 (SM-G901) variant in fourth place. This special edition runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805. Very close behind is the Meizu MX4 powered by an MT6595 and with a 49305 score.

Top 5  to 10 are as follows: Google Nexus 6, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Motorola Droid Turbo, LG G Flex 2, and OnePlus One. The Nexus 6 and the Galaxy Note only had a 5-point difference. That’s not surprising though since they have the same 3GB RAM, 2K screen, and processor. Joining the list for the first time is the Droid Turbo XT125 (Verizon model).

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Based on the scores and data analysed, the Samsung Exynos 7420 used on Galaxy S6 and S6 edge offered the best GPU performance followed by the Qualcomm 810 (used on the HTC One M9 and LG G Flex2), Qualcomm 805 (Galaxy Note 4, Nexus 6, and Droid Turbo), Qualcomm 801 (OnePlus and Galaxy S5), and MTK MT6595 from Mediatek used on the Meizu MX4.

Top 10 Performance Chips

AnTuTu Top 10 Performance Chips 2015

The AnTuTu Benchmark also revealed the Top 10 Performance Chips during the first quarter: Qualcomm 805 with 50%, Qualcomm 810 with 10%, Qualcomm 801 with 10%, Samsung Exynos 7420 with 20%, and another 10% for the MTK MT6595. These numbers show that Qualcomm is the biggest winner even if Samsung got the best performance scores.

SOURCE: AnTuTu

HTC One M9 survives drop test but doesn’t hold up in water

Posted by wicked April - 1 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

After that Galaxy S6 drop test, the iPhone 6 vs. Galaxy S6 edge speed test, and another water test involving the Galaxy S6 edge, we want to know if the HTC One M9 can survive the same stress tests. Phil, the other guy behind the YouTube channel TechSmartt, did a drop test and water test for HTC’s latest flagship phone.

The HTC One M9 doesn’t have any IP67 certification but TechSmartt went ahead and submerged the smartphone into the water. He wanted to see if the phone can withstand those unfortunate times when one would forget and accidentally put it in the washer. The phone is not waterproof just like the Galaxy S6 edge.

The One M9 was working fine until about the fifth minute when the screen started to freak out a little bit. It could just be the water touching the screen. It happened once again after a minute but phone worked fine until after 16 minutes when the phone’s screen started to flicker. The screen died but soon popped again. Screen continued to flicker but a bit dim already.

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Finally just before the 23rd minute mark was reached, the phone completely died. Phil took the HTC One M9 out of the water and tried to turn it on. The smartphone appeared to be on but the screen wasn’t displaying anything. This means the HTC One M9 is not waterproof, only water-resistant. The HTC phone submerged in water under 10 minutes can still work properly. Beyond 20 minutes, you’ll experience several problems.

No mention if this is the same HTC One M9 submerged in water but the phone model passed through a drop test. First from a height of three feet, then about six feet, and then higher at seven feet. After the pocket drop, the phone only received a few scratches at the back. There was no damage on the glass screen.

From a height of five to six feet, the HTC phone received a big dent on the bottom corner. From a height of seven feet, it received more scratches, chips, and dents around the aluminium—all scuffed up around the edges. After several drops, the HTC One M9 still held up and appearing to be working fine. However, dropping the phone straight on the concrete floor with the glass screen facing down definitely destroyed the screen but the body still held up. Phone still worked though.

The HTC One M9 also underwent a Scratch & Hammer Test but that’s just too painful to see. Watch at your own risk and beware of the irritating and screeching noise.

VIA: Reddit

LG G Flex2 undergoes extreme endurance test and (mostly) survives

Posted by wicked April - 1 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Some tech websites simply love to run (torture) endurance tests on all the latest gadgets not because they have money to burn, but of course to test out the durability of devices for us consumers that can’t afford to attempt to destroy smartphones or tablets. Although of course the tests they put on the devices are extreme, it may mimic the real-life situations that these gadgets may undergo once they are in our care. Full Mag this time chose to do endurance tests on the new LG G Flex2.

One of the key features of this new curved smartphone from LG is its “self-healing” properties, which means its soft plastic back cover absorbs the bumps and shocks that it will endure. They sought to test this out with three endurance tests. The first test showed the phone dropped from a height of 1 meter and then quickly plunged into water. Of course, you have to expect that the LG G Flex2 will survive this simple test and it did. Note that this device doesn’t have waterproof certification so that drop into the water needed to be just a split second. The second test is a bit harder, with the phone being run over by a truck. It is positioned face down when the vehicle ran it over, and somehow it was still usable. However, the screen had really severe cracks, so even if it does survive, you’d probably have to get that screen replaced.

The most extreme of the tests is the one where they attempted to just graze the phone with a 50 caliber rifle. However, it didn’t just graze the smartphone, but in fact hit it almost directly, and sure enough, the LG G Flex2 got obliterated. The only semi-surviving part was a piece of the backing cover. It’s pretty understandable that it didn’t survive, so don’t expect to have an intact smartphone when you somehow get caught in the crossfire.

The LG G Flex2 is a 5.5-inch full HD screen device that runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 and has 2GB of RAM and either a 16 or 32GB of storage. It’s now available in the US market on Sprint and US Cellular and coming soon to AT&T.

Samsung announces Galaxy BLADE edge: Chef’s Edition

Posted by wicked April - 1 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Samsung lovers still can’t get enough of the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge. The two phones have yet to be released in the market this coming April 10 and by now, I’m pretty sure you know where and when to get them. We’ve been hearing a lot of great reviews about the latest Galaxy flagship pair and hardcore Android fans are already anticipating for D-Day. But for those who are not impressed by the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, at least not yet, then maybe this new phone will make you salivate. Meet the Samsung Galaxy BLADE edge: Chef’s Edition–the latest and probably the most kick-ass and sharpest device designed by the South Korean giant ever.

I was thinking of getting an S6 edge but I changed my mind. The BLADE edge is even better. Why, it’s water proof unlike the Galaxy S6 edge. It has a foldable handle so you can use the phone and show off your chopping prowess in the kitchen. The ergonomic ceramic and diamond edge blade itself is great for slicing, cutting, and whatever.

Samsung Galaxy BLADE edge Chef’s Edition

Since this is a Chef’s Edition, it’s perfect to use for food photography too. Need to snap a picture of your beautifully prepared and sumptuous lunch? Use the Galaxy BLADE edge. Just make sure you don’t drop the phone or accidentally cut someone else’s hands.

Samsung wants to prove that you can combine cutting-edge technology and culinary expertise together. The BLADE edge is a perfect example of utilitarianism. The phone boasts of sensors and algorithms that can learn your strength, dexterity, and grip. The phone will remember and adjust the slicing and dicing speed up to 50% faster than you would using an ordinary knife.

Of course, Samsung will not leave the KNOX Security system out because you know, you might cut yourself. You can prevent this actually. Scan your finger on the home button. DO NOT run your finger through the blade lest you want to cut your skin open or worse your finger. (Ouch!)

The phone features human blood sensor so you can’t use it to commit a crime because once its makes contact with human blood, the phone will automatically report you to the authorities. So yeah, you’ve been warned.

Samsung knows accidents can happen so if you cut yourself by accident, just scan your fingerprint, swipe the security pattern, and enter the password. Emergency call will be cancelled if you sing along to a song randomly selected by the phone. Again, just make sure you don’t cut the finger that has the fingerprint code stored on the device.

Oh wait, you didn’t think this was real, did you? Happy April Fools’ Day!

SOURCE: Samsung

Huawei P8 details semi-confirmed as specs and pics come to TENAA

Posted by wicked March - 31 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

You know what they say about TENAA once you come out in the Chinese certification website, all the details included are almost good as confirmed. This will probably be the case with Huawei’s new flagship, the P8 as the official unveiling is just a few days away. But the pictures and specs leaked from the website, more or less confirms what has been bandied about and we can expect that the “final product” will more or less have these features and specifications.

While Huawei has not officially announced that the new flagship is going to be the P8, but we can probably trust the details that have been revealed in the TENAA site. There will be six different versions, with three of them carrier-specific. The images show a device that will be a mixture of plastic and metal (as rumored earlier) and that it will have super thin bezels. The earlier reports that it will be just 6mm thick may be probable based on the pictures, but there is no indication as to its exact thinness. The metal part would be the frame and the back finish, and some areas seem to be made of plastic, like the strip around the camera.

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Interestingly enough, the left side of the device is completely clean, since all the buttons (power, volume, microSD slot, SIM card are all located in the right side. Regarding the inside, it will reportedly run on Hisilicon Kirin range, the 64-bit octa-core Kirin 930 and it will have 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. Display is expected to be at full HD with 10802p resolution. Another rumor that has been floating around is that it will come with dual SIM, which the TENAA site shows it will.

The P8 will be officially announced and unveiled during Huawei’s big event on April 15. Of course we’ll be updating you more about the smartphone as the date comes closer and even during the date itself, including if it will really be priced at around $480.

VIA: Gizmo China

Possible Sony Xperia Z4 specs leak via GFXBench

Posted by wicked March - 31 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

After we discovered that Sony wasn’t launching their new flagship in January, and another letdown as they did not use MWC 2015 in Barcelona this month to unveil said flagship, it has been quiet on all fronts for the upcoming Sony Xperia Z4, at least until today, where we see one of the most ideal leaks – a benchmark leak which shows us most of what we need to know.

First up, the device is coded as the Sony E6553, which apparently translates roughly to Sony Xperia Z4 in code language. So first things first, let’s take a peek under the hood. We see this device not surprisingly powered by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest, the Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor, with Adreno 430 graphics. That will power a 5.1-inch full HD (1080p) display, probably of the Sony TRILUMINOS kind. This will be backstopped by 3GB of RAM.

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Then we see a 19MP/4.8MP camera combo. Cameras have always been the strength of the Xperia line, so we can expect these babies to perform as well. Internal storage clocks in at 23GB. The said device, at the moment, runs on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.

So, no major surprises here – if this is indeed the Sony Xperia Z4. The specs line up to match what we expect to be a flagship device. We have no information yet on when this device will launch, or if this is even the Sony Xperia Z4 to begin with. But the data looks solid at this point.

VIA: Mobifo

New Moto X now with red leather option in Moto Maker

Posted by wicked March - 31 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

If your favorite color is red and you’re in the market for a new smartphone that you can customize to your heart’s content (well, at least more than the others available now), then the 2nd generation Moto X might be the one for you. They’re now introducing a red leather option when you “create” your smartphone through their customizable Moto Maker, branding it under their hashtag #ChooseChoice.

The Horween leather back option, which previously comes in other colors like brown, gray, black, orange, blue but now, you can choose red as your color, making a striking look for your Moto X 2nd gen. They previously had a “football red” (the American football, not “soccer) edition, but this is only for the Verizon variant. But other than that, this is still the same Moto X that has gotten rave reviews from some tech enthusiasts.

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It runs on a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 quad core processor and has 2GB RAM and an option to get the 16GB or 32GB internal storage option. The Moto X has a 5.2 inch 1920 x 1080 OLED display, with a 13MP main camera and a relatively low 2MP front-facing camera, which may not be that ideal for selfie-loving folks.

The red color is only available through Moto Maker but only in the US, UK, France, Germany and Mexico markets. It will cost you an additional $25, just like the other leather back options previously, and that will be added on top of the regular off-contract Moto X which starts at $399.99.

SOURCE: Motorola

ASUS launches Zenfone 2 in Europe

Posted by wicked March - 31 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

It was not a question really of if it would happen, it was more of when it would happen – and that day has arrived for ASUS to launch its new flagship phone the Zenfone 2 in Europe. Still buzzing from the record sales of its original Zenfone series – selling around 10 million units globally – ASUS is raring to see if people in Europe will take to the new improved flagship as well, having sold most of its units in Asia.

There will be three Zenfone 2 models out in the market in France starting March 31st, and while there is still no information on which countries will follow suit, we expect that information to be available shortly. The main version of the Zenfone 2, model number ZE551ML will be available for at a limited time offer of €299 or around USD$322. After the introductory price though, the standard retail will be €349, or USD$375.

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This “flagship” model will have a whopping 4GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, powered by a 2.3Ghz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 CPU. This will have a 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) display, microSD card expansion, 4G LTE connectivity, and a 13MP/5MP camera combo. The 3,000mAh battery is not bad as well, and it runs on Android Lollipop with ASUS’s ZenUI on top.

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There will be two other models, namely the Zenfone 2 ZE550ML and the lower-end Zenfone 2 ZE500CL. They will be sold at USD$268 and USD$193 respectively. Both phones will already be LTE capable. And if you’re not really sure about the Zenfone 2, ASUS is apparently willing to give you your money back within 2 months if you’re not satisfied.

VIA: GSM Arena

Xiaomi launches the Redmi 2A in China, a cheaper Redmi 2

Posted by wicked March - 31 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

If the Xiaomi Redmi 2 is the Chinese manufacturer’s entry level phone, then what do you say to a cheaper variant of an entry level phone? Well, that’s what the new Xiaomi Redmi 2A is – a poor man’s Redmi 2, if you will. Launched on the occasion of the fifth founding anniversary of Xiaomi in Beijing, it looks like the USD$45 billion-worth company is feeling a little magnanimous and presented the low-end market with a real treat.

The Redmi line is a budget oriented product line to begin with, but with the Redmi 2A, we will see a phone sold at just around USD$97. Let’s see what that includes. First up, this phone will be powered by a 1.5GHz Leadcore LC1860C quad-core processor, a Mali T628MP2 GPU, and supported by 1GB of RAM. The display will be a 4.7-inch HD (720p) display.

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Even at this level, Xiaomi is able to squeeze in Cat 3 LTE connectivity to the Redmi 2A. The main differences from the original Redmi 2 is the processor, and the type of LTE available – the Redmi 2 has Cat 4 LTE. And with 8GB internal storage, a 2,200mAh battery, and possibly Android 4.4 on it – the device looks to be a steal.

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The Redmi 2A is now available in the Chinese market, and there is no word as of writing on whether Xiaomi plans to release this model in other markets.

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SOURCE: Xiaomi

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