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3 years ago

Purported Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom specs leak out, Exynos 5 Hexa on board


Leaked information of the expected Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom continue with reported specs now to accompany the images from earlier this week. According to the folks at SamMobile, the successor to the S4 Zoom will pack Samsung's own Exynos 5 Hexa CPU as well as that 20.2 MP rear camera we've already seen.

Other notable specs include a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display at 1280x720 resolution, 2GB of RAM a microSD card slot and Android 4.4.2 KitKat fresh out of the box – though we'd expect nothing less from Samsung at this point.

We also hear more about that honkin' great camera on the back. The 20.2MP shooter reportedly has OIS on-board and a Xenon flash to go alongside that 10x optical zoom. All the usual connectivity is included, as well as 802.11ac Wifi support.

Of course, it isn't real, until it's real. And neither are these specs. But nothing seems too out of the ordinary here.

Source: SamMobile

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1 LTE now available to buy from Sony U.S.


16GB black model available for $619.99

Sony has made the SIM-unlocked LTE version of the Xperia Z1 available in the US. Sold through the Sony web store in black, purple and white, the soon-to-be-outdated Android device (remember, the Z2 is launching this month in some countries) is going for $619.99. Previously, the Japanese manufacturer only had the HSPA+ version available for consumers to purchase.

The black variant of the 16GB LTE Xperia Z1 is currently the only one in stock; the purple and white versions are backordered with an estimated shipping date of April 30th. What’s interesting is the HSPA+ version is also completely out of stock through Sony, so while it’s slightly cheaper you’re now able to quit waiting and pick up an LTE variant.

It’s worth noting that this is listed with Android 4.2, though most Z1 models should be on at least Android 4.3, with 4.4 updates updates rolling out for some models in recent weeks. So, U.S. Sony fans, will you be picking up a Z1 or holding out for an American Z2 launch?

Source: Sony, via: Xperia Blog

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3 years ago

Verizon Galaxy S5 price: $199.99 on contract, $599.99 outright

Samsung Galaxy S5

Shipping for April 11 global launch

Last but by no means least when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S5, Verizon has put its pre-order page live at last. It will ship by the global launch date of April 11, and to pick one up you'll need to part with $199.99 – via a $50 mail in rebate – on a two-year contract or $599.99 without one. The Verizon Galaxy S5 is also eligible for the current buy one get one free offer the carrier is running, allowing you to pick up a second phone.

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3 years ago

HTC One M8 Google Play edition unboxing and hands-on

HTC One M8 Google Play edition

Some of HTC's custom software survives in the latest member of the GPe ranks

Behold, the HTC One M8 Google Play edition. Same M8, less HTC. Look, there's not a lot here you haven't already read in our comprehensive HTC One review. Same 5-inch display. Same loud speakers. Same tall but sleek form factor. The difference here is software.

And as has been the case with other GPe devices, things get a little interesting here. While we tend to think of Google Play editions as "pure Google" devices, though that's not quite the case. There's still a little HTC code left over. That's a good thing, actually. The question is whether you want a phone stripped of some of the features that make it unique — and that explain some of the hardware peculiarities inherent to the M8.

Pique your interest yet? Let's break down this new HTC One M8 Google Play edition.

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3 years ago

Save $50 on the HTC One M8 Unlocked or Dev Edition for a limited time!


Anybody hankering to get their hands their hands on a developer edition of the HTC One (M8) will only have until the end of tonight to get one at the promotional price of $50 off. The developer edition has an easily unlockable bootloader and doesn’t have any of that nasty carrier bloatware on top.

At midnight tonight, the cost of the HTC One (M8) Developer Edition will go up to $700, so better get cracking at the HTC online store. Expect yours to ship in the next week or two. Anybody still sitting on the fence? Who’s already ordered one?

Source: @HTCUSA

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3 years ago

Galaxy Ace Style offers entry level specs at an entry level price


An entry level Samsung handset by the name of Galaxy Ace Style is being shown off in Germany, boasting KitKat 4.4 compatibility and not much else. The SM-G310HN packs a modest 4-inch 800x480 display, dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, a 5 megapixel camera without flash, and a dual-SIM version will be available. As you might expect, the pricetag is fairly low, hovering between €200 and €300. Above, you can see it next to the Samsung Galaxy Core for scale.

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3 years ago

Galaxy S5 Zoom cameraphone gets pictured


Here it is, folks, your first look at the Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom. We've seen benchmarking data on the expected follow-up to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, and thanks to a new photo leak we get to see what the zoom-lens-toting back side looks like. And it's leathery.

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3 years ago

LG G Flex now available in Rogers stores


The LG G Flex (yes, we dislike the name just as much as you do) was destined to be available at Rogers in Canada this spring. That we already knew. Announced today on the carrier blog, and running Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2, the rather unique smartphone is now available at Rogers. The price? $199 on select 2-year plans.

Sporting a 13MP rear shooter (with a 2.1MP sibling on the front), an advanced Qualcomm processor, self-healing chassis, LTE connectivity, 2GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage, the LG G Flex is a premium smartphone.

Read our in-depth review and head on over to the Rogers Store to place your order.

Source: Rogers Store

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3 years ago

Google Play edition HTC One M8 is shipping

HTC One M8 GPe mockup

If you've been patiently awaiting word that your Google Play edition HTC One M8 has shipped, well, there's a good chance it did. Yesterday. We just got a heads up that ours will arrive today (with overnight shipping), so we'll soon get a chance to see how Google's working the Duo Camera features, and whether the popular Dot View case still works. Stay tuned for more.

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3 years ago

Samsung 'G906S' appears in benchmark results with 1440p display, Snapdragon 805 [Updated]


Signs of a possible "2K-capable" Samsung smartphone have been appearing online for some time, but today there's fresh evidence that 2014 might yet yield a Galaxy phone with the super-high-density 1440p panel Samsung itself said was coming this year.

Is Samsung testing a phone with a '2K' display?

Benchmarks spotted on GFXBench show a Samsung "SM-G906S" device rocking a 2560x1440-resolution display. To put that model number in context, the Galaxy S5 is SM-G900, and the letter at the end usually corresponds to a hardware or carrier variant. Benchmark results themselves are all over the place, which isn't surprising for a product presumably still in development.

Update: The benchmark listing now offers additional info on the hardware lurking inside this beastly phone. The SoC is listed as a quad-core Qualcomm CPU at 2.5GHz with an Adreno 420 GPU — so it's almost certainly Qualcomm's next-gen Snapdragon 805. In addition there's a little under 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 15.8-megapixel camera and a 2560x1400-resolution 5.2-inch display.

We've mulled over the possibility of a Samsung "super flagship" with a higher-res display (and similar specs) appearing later in the year, so check out the article linked below for our thoughts on how (and why) Samsung might do a 1440p smartphone.

More: Could Samsung go all-out with a 'Galaxy S5 Prime' later this year?

Source: GFXBench; via: PhoneArena

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3 years ago

Motorola goes behind the scenes with the monsters of their April Fool's Day boot animation

Yeti takes to the Moto X boot screen

Motorola surprised us with a yeti, an alien and the Loch Ness monster on April 1, with a new, supernatural boot animation for April Fools' Day. And now the manufacturer is giving a sneak peek behind the scenes of the stop motion-animated scene.

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3 years ago

Sony: Fix coming for Xperia KitKat audio bug


Since Sony's Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra started receiving their Android 4.4 KitKat updates a couple of weeks back, some Xperia owners have been reporting audio glitches on their devices. Specifically, a troublesome bug would sometimes cause notifications and calls to be played through the internal speaker rather than the external speaker, making them almost impossible to hear. But there's good news for those affected this morning, as Sony says a fix is on the way.

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3 years ago

An updated Sony 'Compact' could be headed to Japan


Sony 'Altair' looks like an refreshed Z1 Compact for Docomo

The small but mighty Sony Xperia Z1 Compact might have only just arrived in the West, but it's old news in Japan, where it's been available since December under the Xperia Z1 f monicker. And there are already signs a refreshed "Compact" might be on its way to Japanese shores, as a Docomo-bound Sony miniature has just passed through the FCC.

The Sony "Altair" carries the model number SO-04F, which follows the formatting used by the Japanese carrier. (Remember, foreign phones need to pass through the FCC too, to allow legal roaming within the U.S.) And technical drawings from today's FCC filing show an outline very similar to that of the Xperia Z1 Compact, or Z1 f, along with matching proportions. There's little information on what hardware might lurk inside, but a back panel photo found by XperiaBlog points to the same 20.7-megapixel camera used in Xperias Z1 and Z2. If the "Altair" comes to market as an Xperia Z2 Compact or Z2 f, it's likely it could closely match the internals of the full-sized Xperia Z2.

Source: FCC, XperiaBlog

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3 years ago

HTC One M8 kernel source code released


Open-source bits for Sense and GPe models now available

As required under the GPL, HTC has released the kernel source code and framework support files for the new HTC One M8. Code is available through HTCDev for the regular Sense version of the phone on a variety of carriers, as well as for the Google Play edition M8 made available last week.

As always, the files won't be of any use to normal M8 owners, but it's good news for those hoping for a kick-start to hacking and modding efforts around HTC's 2014 flagship.

Source: HTCDev

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3 years ago

Intel releases 64-bit-optimized KitKat, talks new chips for Chromebooks


Chromebook-friendly 'Braswell' chip also revealed at China conference

At its Developer Forum in China today, Intel reportedly confirmed the release of a version of Android 4.4 KitKat optimized for 64-bit Intel Architecture chips, following up on its recent announcements at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. CNET quotes the company as saying "With this release, the company ported, validated and tested the Android Open Source code on IA [Intel Architecture], taking on the work that developers typically would need to do on their own. This release will provide the ecosystem with 64-bit kernel support for development of next-generation devices."

We got our first look at 64-bit Intel chips running Android back at Mobile World Congress in February, where the developer also announced its new Merrifield and Moorefield CPUs aimed at Google's mobile OS.

The chip giant also unveiled new CPUs for Chromebook and other low-power devices at the conference. Its new "Braswell" architecture will reportedly follow up from Bay Trail and take the form of a system-on-a-chip (similar to the approach used in traditional smartphone processors). Braswell will reportedly be based on a new 14nm manufacturing process, allowing for improved performance and power efficiency.

Source: CNET

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