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4 years ago

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

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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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4 years ago

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

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

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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4 years ago

Sony: Fix coming for Xperia KitKat audio bug

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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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4 years ago

An updated Sony 'Compact' could be headed to Japan

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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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4 years ago

HTC One M8 kernel source code released

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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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4 years ago

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

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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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4 years ago

In video: HTC One M8 versus Nexus 5

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In video: HTC One M8 versus Nexus 5

If you're after a more visual guide to the differences between HTC's new hotness, the HTC One M8, and Google's current stock Android flagship, the LG-built Nexus 5, you'll want to check out our hands-on comparison video above. When you're done, be sure to head on over to our full head-to-head article from even more detail, including camera samples and thoughts on design, build and battery life. Enjoy!

More: HTC One M8 versus Nexus 5

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4 years ago

Samsung 'Galaxy S5 Mini' specs reportedly emerge

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Samsung 'Galaxy S5 Mini' specs reportedly emerge

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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4 years ago

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

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

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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4 years ago

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

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

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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4 years ago

Samsung Smart Home service aims to improve home automation

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Samsung Smart Home service aims to improve home automation

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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4 years ago

HTC One M8 versus Nexus 5

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HTC One M8 versus Nexus 5

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

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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4 years ago

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

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

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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4 years ago

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

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

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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