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3 years ago

Samsung 'Galaxy S5 Mini' specs reportedly emerge

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Miniature GS5 will pack 4.5-inch 720p display, 1.5GB of RAM and 8MP camera, reports SamMobile

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini wasn't our favorite miniature Android phone of 2013 — a lackluster display and scaled-back features resulted in a decent but not outstanding 4.3-inch handset. This time around, however, Samsung may be about to address some of these concerns with a beefier Galaxy S5 Mini.

Samsung fansite SamMobile, which has a decent track record with this sort of thing, claims the Galaxy S5 Mini will carry the model number SM-G800 (the full-sized GS5 is SM-G900), and will pack a 4.5-inch 720p SuperAMOLED display, 1.5GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera and 2MP front-facer. Other specs reportedly include 16GB storage, an IR blaster, and a 2,100 mAh battery. On the software side, expect Android 4.4 KitKat and Samsung's revamped TouchWiz UI.

A more compelling Samsung 'mini' for 2014?

The site says it "expects" the GS5 Mini to be water-resistant like its big brother, but has no details to offer on whether it'll also include a heart rate sensor. Similarly, the specific CPU being used is unknown, but it's suggested a Snapdragon 400 is "likely." A June launch is reported, which would see the GS5 Mini coming to market around a year after its predecessor.

Leaked benchmark info has also suggested Samsung may ship a follow-up to last year's camera-centric Galaxy S4 Zoom. If either report is true, it appears this month's Samsung flagship launch could be just the first in a series of Galaxy S5-branded handsets.

Source: SamMobile

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3 years ago

Mysterious metal Huawei chassis leaks out, high-end specs rumored

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Chinese manufacturer Huawei is focusing more on premium materials in an effort to break into the high-end smartphone space, and today we have our first look at a new metal-backed Huawei handset. Leaked onto China's Weibo social network by a software engineer, the shot shows the back panel for the phone, alongside what would appear to be an HTC One Max-style rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

The upcoming handset will allegedly use Huawei's new octa-core Kirin 920, which benchmarks around the same level as Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 and Samsung's Exynos 5420.

As you might expect, the use of premium materials and a speedy CPU are likely to result in a high price tag, with the source suggesting prospective buyers should "start saving now." Meanwhile on Weibo, Huawei device boss Richard Yu said the company was working on a "stunning" new device to build on its "success" in the past year, suggesting it has high-end plans beyond the frequently-leaked Ascend P7.

Source: G4Games, Weibo, (2)

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3 years ago

Korean Galaxy S5 sales said to be 'robust' following early launch

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GS5 sales averaging 7,000 per day in Korea, report states

The unexpected early launch of the Galaxy S5 in Samsung's home country of Korea doesn't appear to have dampened Koeans' enthusiasm for the device. According to the Yonhap news agency, the Korean GS5 is selling at a rate of around 7,000 units per day, a figure described as "robust" by the outlet's sources.

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3 years ago

Samsung Smart Home service aims to improve home automation

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Samsung aims to unify home appliances, TVs, smartphones and smartwatches through a single service

Samsung is looking to take advantage of its presence across the breadth of consumer electronics categories with its new Smart Home service, announced today. The electronics giant aims to make home automation easier for owners of its range of smartphones, smartwatches, TVs and white goods, with a single app able to connect home appliances and mobile devices.

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3 years ago

HTC One M8 versus Nexus 5

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Nexus 5, HTC One M8

How does HTC's latest match up to Google's six-month-old Nexus?

With the launch of the new HTC One M8 last week, the first major Android flagship of 2014 is finally upon us. And as we said in our full review of the phone, the M8 is one of the most impressive Android devices we've used. But Google's own flagship phone, the Nexus 5, is barely six months old, and a whole lot cheaper than an off-contract M8. (Though not that much more expensive than a subsidized M8, we suppose.) What's more, you've got two significantly divergent software and hardware experiences on both handsets — soft-touch plastic and stock Android on the Nexus versus brushed aluminum and Sense 6.0 on the M8 — running on similar internals.

But despite the hardware similarities, there are plenty of differences to mull. So join us after the break as we compared Google's Nexus 5 to the HTC One M8.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S5 pre-order deadline pushed back, you still have time to get it on the 11th

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Galaxy S5

Same $660 up-front price or $27.50 monthly financing applies for later pre-orders

T-Mobile is pushing back the date you can pre-order a Galaxy S5 and still have it by launch day, giving everyone an extra week to get their orders in. When T-Mobile first gave details on its Galaxy S5 launch it had pre-orders available from March 24th to the 31st, and ordering in that week guaranteed delivery of the phone by April 11th. You'll now have all the way until April 6th to get that order in.

The phone will still set you back a full $660 if you want to buy it straight up, or $0 down and $27.50 per month with Simple Choice device financing. T-Mobile isn't making any indication of why it is expanding pre-orders, but we have a feeling that fewer than the purported 300,000 'pre-registrations' have turned into sales at this point.

Source: TmoNews

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3 years ago

LG L90 looking at an April 23 release on T-Mobile

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Leaked documents are showing that the upcoming LG L90 will be hitting T-Mobile on April 29. No information on pricing was revealed in the leak from TMoNews, but the L90's a lower-end device, so set your expectations accordingly.

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3 years ago

Preorder the Galaxy S5, Gear 2, Gear Fit now on Telus

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Canadian carrier Telus today announced that it's now putting up for preorder the Samsung Galaxy S5, Gear 2 smartwatch, and Gear Fit fitness tracker. Telus also has changed up the pricing for its GS5, lowing it by $20 to $229 on a two-year contract. Outright price remains $730.

Source: Telus

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z2 to be a Bell exclusive in Canada, launching in May

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Canadian carrier Bell has locked down an exclusive on the upcoming Sony Xperia Z2. This bad boy’s waterproof, shoots 4K video, and packs a beefy 3200 mAh battery. We got our filthy mitts all over the Z2 when it was announced back at MWC. The Canadian launch will also include that new Michael Jackson album preloaded.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z2 gets torn apart, insides examined

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The Sony Xperia Z2 is easily one of the more anticipated phones of the year — bezels and all — and as such it’s time to tear that sucker down. Mobile China’s done the deed, stripping the phone down from its fully assembled form to something that looks like, well, it looks like a smartphone that’s been taken apart.

Source: Mobile China (translated); via: GSM Arena

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3 years ago

HTC One M8 in Gold arriving in the UK earlier than expected

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Just last week we reported that the Gold version of the HTC One M8 would land at Carphone Warehouse in the UK by April 7. Fast forward a few days and that seems to have improved to a new expected delivery date of April 2, with the phone going on sale online and on the phone today. So, if you've already pre-ordered one you might be receiving your shiny new handset a little earlier than you expected.

If you want to go to a brick-and-mortar to pick one up, you'll also be able to do that starting from April 2. Carphone Warehouse will sell you a Gold, Silver or Gunmetal HTC One M8 for £529.95 SIM-free. You'll find all three at the source link below.

More: In pictures: The Gold and Silver HTC One M8

Source: Carphone Warehouse

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3 years ago

HTC One M8 hitting most Asian countries by early May

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The HTC One M8 is off to a good start, and it's about to expand its reach even further. The phone's launched with a solid supply (unlike its predecessor) and what met with solid demand around in HTC's home market of Taiwan as well as in the United States and United Kingdom. But what of the rest of the world?

It's coming. Specifically, in Singapore it will hit on April 5th. Singaporeans can expect to pay SG$998 (US$792) for the HTC One M8 when it launches there later this week. According to CNET, the rest of Asia can expect to see the M8 "by early May, though no specific dates were mentioned.

In the meantime, check out our review of the HTC One M8 — we think it's pretty damn awesome.

Source: CNET

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3 years ago

Vodafone UK Xperia Z2 pre-orders ready to ship April 14

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Vodafone UK has announced that current pre-orders of the Sony Xperia Z2 will be shipping on April 14. Rival carriers seem to be experiencing delays in getting the device into the hands of customers, with delivery times slated for late April or early May. A Vodafone UK representative confirmed the date in a post on the official Vodafone forum.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia E1 goes on sale in Europe, direct from Sony for as little as €119

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The Sony Xperia E1, the 4-inch Android phone with a 100db speaker, is now on sale throughout Europe. Purchasing through Sony's online store will cost £159 in the UK, though Amazon UK and Handtec are each selling the phone for £119. Prices in the rest of Europe range from €119 in Italy, €139 in Germany and France, and go as high as €199 in Spain.

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3 years ago

Republic Wireless next in line for Moto Maker customizations for Moto X

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Republic Wireless has added Moto Maker customization for the Moto X. Beginning on April 1 at noon EST, customers will be able to customize the look of their phone. Additionally, starting at 11:00 EST, the first 2,000 customers to visit Republic's promotional website will receive a promo code for an upgrade to a wood finish back. Customers can choose from Walnut, Bamboo, Ebony, and Teak wood finishes (or any of the dozen other standard color options), which normally cost an extra $25 to add to the Moto X.

The Moto X is currently available from Republic Wireless for $349 for the 16GB model, and $399 for the 32GB model.

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