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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could feature a 5.7 inch 2K resolution display

Galaxy Note 4

A new report suggests that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could feature a 2K resolution 5.7 inch display panel. This is a bit odd considering that the Galaxy Note 3 also packs a 5.7 inch display and it’s unheard of for Samsung to not increase the size of a flagship compared to its predecessor.

So keeping those factors into account, make sure you take the report with a pinch of salt. But given that the Galaxy Note 3 is quite large to begin with, it seems plausible that Samsung might not want to increase the size further.

There is also talk of Samsung going with a three sided curved display for the Galaxy Note 4, but that might not materialize given the manufacturing limitations. We’ll keep a close eye on the rumor mill and let you know when we find something new and interesting.

The smartphone is also expected to be water and dust resistant like the Galaxy S5, so this could be a standard feature across future Samsung flagships.

Source: GSM Arena

LG G3 swings by Indonesian FCC as D855 , FHD display still on the table

And so the plot thickens… again. The LG G3 plot, which we thought was only going to become thinner from here on out. But alas, that’s not the case, as Postel, Indonesia’s FCC counterpart, has given its blessing to a D885 G3 version possibly headed to European and Asian markets.

LG G3

Remember, LG’s next-gen flagship device is known on the inside as the D850, D850, LS990 and VS985, each label designating a model conceived for a different US carrier. Namely, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon, in order of appearance.

With me so far? Good, because I’m about to lose you. A series of G3 User Agent Profiles have surfaced these past few weeks, revealing conflicting information on the Android top dog’s specs. At the end of the day, we were ready to bet UA Profs hinting at Full HD screens and Snapdragon 800 chips were fake or markers of early prototypes, but a new one has cropped up.

This lists the D885 as carrying a 1,920 x 1,080 pix res panel, although back in the day, it suggested a superior 2,560 x 1,440 (Quad HD, or 2K) pixel count was in the cards. Now, there are two possible explanations for this unforeseen adjustment.

Either LG tested Quad HD and decided to play it safe with 1,080p once more, since the upgrade comes with multiple critical downsides (battery life drawbacks, mostly), or the Koreans are playing us, trying their best to keep the mystery going.

LG G3 event

Either way, Snapdragon 800 is out. S801 is plausible, and S805 desirable. Likewise with 3 and 4 GB RAM respectively. Meanwhile, the rear-facing camera will boast a 13 or 16 MP sensor with optical image stabilization and 4K video capture, and Android 4.4 KitKat shall run the software show, aided by “advanced personalization features” exclusive to LG.

Back to the Postel certification, which dates from April 22, it could be a sign the LG G3 is slated for an early June commercial release around those parts. Stateside, it’s probably going to land a little later (by the end of June nevertheless), while the formal introduction is definitely scheduled for May 27.

An interesting tidbit also came to our attention when browsing LG’s Q1 financial report, as the OEM predicted “higher revenues in the second quarter with the release of the flagship LG G3 smartphone”. Not that we had any doubts, but I guess the handheld’s market name is now set in stone.

As are redesigned physical rear buttons, razor-thin front bezels and a sensor that’s either a fingerprint recognition mechanism or heart rate monitor a la the Galaxy S5. All in all, I’m psyched out of my mind about the LG G3 no matter if it comes with Full HD or 2K display resolution. Who’s with me?

Via [Postel], [LG], [Eye on Mobility], [Android Central]

Galaxy S5 variant (SM-G906S) with Quad HD display, Snapdragon 805 chip spotted online

Hope you didn’t really trust JK Shin’s claims of no “premium” Samsung Galaxy S5 variant being in the pipeline, did you?

The statements reeked of desperation to keep some sort of mystery going vis-à-vis a device everyone knew existed six months before they should have, and now there’s confirmation an ultra-high-end GS5 with Quad HD display, 3 GB RAM and quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor is indeed in the works.

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Well, confirmation might be a bit of a stretch, but when’s the last time GFX Bench supplied false information? Exactly, the benchmark database is rock-solid, and so we have no reason to doubt the legitimacy of SM-G906S’ revealed specs.

Running Android 4.4.2 KitKat, the handheld that’s clearly still in testing and thus may not roll out until, say, June crams the uber-hyped so-called 2K resolution, otherwise known as Quad HD or QHD, into a 5.2-inch piece of Super AMOLED glass.

The resulting pixel density, 564 ppi, is jaw-dropping, and can’t even be rivaled by the 2K Oppo Find 7, as the recently unveiled Chinese phone accommodates a larger 5.5-inch screen. Hence, its ppi stands at 534. Still mind-blowing, but if it’s a spec war you want, then let’s have it all the way.

As far as processing power goes, the SM-G906S, which may or may not be branded as the Galaxy S5 Prime, crushes the Find 7 and any other top-shelf gizmo around, packing a chip that’s not even in circulation yet: a quad-core Snapdragon 805.

Samsung SM-G906S

Paired with a state-of-the-art Adreno 420 GPU, the CPU is oddly clocked at merely 2.5 GHz, not the 2.7 GHz we know it’s capable of under certain circumstances. Moving on, though it seemed the stage was all set for mobile devices to make the move to 4 GB RAM, the S5 Prime only ties the Note 3 in that particular department, carrying 3 gigs of memory.

That’s on par with Sony’s Xperia Z2 and a 50 percent boost from the original Galaxy S5. What else? Well, 32 GB built-in storage is apparently the standard now, which could signal a microSD card slot omission. Why would Samsung ditch storage expansion options? To get rid of plastic and finally deliver that all-metal Galaxy we’ve been fantasizing about, silly.

Of course, it’s way too early to jump to conclusions build material-wise, especially as all we have is circumstantial evidence. What’s certain (and a tad disappointing) is the SM-G906S won’t upgrade S5’s 16 MP rear-facing camera. Or the 2 MP front snapper. Wait, why is there no mention of 4K video recording?

Hmm, let’s hope it’s a typo, oversight, something to do with the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime being in the experimental stages of testing. By the by, the 3D graphics performance doesn’t look great… yet, probably due to unrefined software and hardware, as well as the system having to deal with a colossal pixel count.

Via [GFX Bench]

Oppo Find 7 debut set for March 19, benchmark lists Full HD display, not 2K

Little-known China-based electronics manufacturer Oppo made its first waves in the Android landscape by partnering with CyanogenMod for the swiveling camera-toting N1 handheld, but it became clearer and clearer over the past few months that the 5.9-incher was just the beginning.

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Oppo’s next step in its quest to world domination? A little big thing called Find 7, rumored to go official later this month, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and heavily teased by the company’s very apt social media team of late.

And when I say teased, I don’t mean the usual vague bs-ing Western mobile players can afford to employ, but a much more precise hype-building campaign, which reached its peak when Oppo confirmed Find 7’s size and display resolution: 5.5-inch, with 2K, aka QHD, aka Quad HD.

Only the beast popped up in GFX Bench’s database less than 24 hours ago, and, surprise, surprise, its tested screen res was 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. Aka “run-of-the-mill” Full HD. Now, this particular benchmark is not just fairly renowned and prominent, it’s also extremely reliable.

So I highly doubt the info revealed is phony. It’s not very likely the GPU performance test has trouble detecting the new, improved, futuristic resolution either, since Vivo’s Xplay 3S, the world’s first 2K handheld, is listed with 2,560 x 1,440.

Oppo Find 7 benchmark

But I wouldn’t throw myself in the arms of desperation just yet. It’s entirely possible Oppo examined several different Find 7 hardware configurations before settling on the one they’re to offer for sale. Or maybe they intend to beat Apple and Samsung at their own games by rolling out a “Standard” Find 7 version (think iPhone 5c) and “Premium” model (a la iPhone 5s).

Either way, don’t take GFX Bench’s “word” for granted. Just to cover all bases, let’s mention a couple of other specs have emerged via the benchmark, namely pre-loaded Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 chip.

No 4.4 KitKat? No S805? Sorry, but that’s actually believable, and in line with multiple recent reports.

Back to timelines, it appears the MWC debut gossip was, well, baloney, as Oppo took to Chinese microblogging platform Sina Weibo a little earlier to post the latest in their long string of teasers. Of course, they’re not spelling anything out for us, but one of the images seems to (not very subtly) suggest the release date: March 19.

Oppo Find 7 teaser

The “where” of the equation remains unclear, though a Western-located event after MWC doesn’t make much sense. So China it is.

One extra tidbit before wrapping up, as surging rumble has Find 7’s rear-facing camera pegged as a top-notch 13.1 MP snapper with, get this, F/1.8 aperture. To my knowledge, that would be the lowest ever number for an Android, nay smartphone period, which would translate into the largest aperture and thus the highest exposure.

In layman’s terms, despite the somewhat average megapixel count (compared with, say, Sony’s Xperia Z1), the Oppo Find 7 could very well deliver the crispest photos around. Not too shabby for an OEM that no one knew existed until maybe six months ago.

Via [GFX Bench], [My Drivers], [Weibo], [GSM Maniak]

Samsung believed to be working on a 5.1 inch 4K display for future smartphones

Samsung Display

It is common knowledge now that Samsung is working on a 2K resolution display for the upcoming Galaxy S5 flagship. And now, a company official speaking at a press conference has mentioned that the Korean manufacturer is also working on a 5.1 inch 860ppi 4K resolution display panel for future smartphones. With 2K panels being considered overkill at this moment, we wonder how a 4K resolution display will look.

Unfortunately, 4K display smartphones could take some time to launch as it won’t make sense to launch a 2K display and a 4K resolution mobile display within a short span of time. So it’s fair to assume that the 4K display smartphone will be launched next year (maybe as the Galaxy S6).

It will be interesting to see what LG will come up with, as it is the primary rival to Samsung as far as manufacturing mobile displays are concerned. We expect Samsung and LG to launch the next gen flexible OLED panels later this year as well.

What’s your take on using 4K displays on a smartphone?

Source: Daum – Translated

Via: Android Beat

HTC One Plus, Sony Xperia Z2, LG G3: Samsung Galaxy S5’s Fiercest Rivals?

So the Samsung Galaxy S5 is definitely coming soon. February, March, April, whenever, it’s crystal clear people will wait for it if they’ll be asked to, or rampage stores to buy it early if the timing shall command it.

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But is the Android high-end landscape faced with another year of striking Samsung monopoly, or is someone going to challenge the crown for once? And who could that someone be? Currently plunging HTC with a Phoenix-like rise-from-the-ashes effort driven by cheesy Iron Man marketing?

Maybe always dark horse Sony, aided by the Western carriers and retailers that have so far thrown more roadblocks in its rise to fame than anything. Or how about Google’s new darling, LG, turning the page to a fresh, happier chapter in the company’s existence, not dominated by lousy software support and manufacturing woes anymore?

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As a fan of good underdog stories, I’ll admit I’m rooting for all these Samsung competitors to at least enliven the arena a little, which they can do with the upcoming One Plus, Xperia Z2 and G3. Let’s see what tricks the triad may have up its sleeve, and, as objectively as possible, what are their odds of truly succeeding:

HTC One Plus (aka One+, aka M8)

Why to fear it

If Samsung ultimately doesn’t go off the beaten path and chooses plastic as the primary build material for the S5 (it could still happen, mind you), the One Plus, like its predecessor, shall rely on “premium” design as the main argument against a monopoly of its rival.

HTC-M8-concept

Not even the most rabid Samsung fans can deny HTC’s designers are some of the best in the business, yet looks aren’t everything. So the “M8” needs to learn from One’s mistakes, ditch the UltraPixel cam (or at least upgrade it), make its way around the world quicker and earlier, and find at least one more department aside from aesthetics to top the S5.

It can be battery life, screen resolution, sound, connectivity, sensors, whatever. But it needs to clearly edge out its opponent somewhere.

How it can be defeated

Traditionally, Samsung can count on HTC for hindering its own chances of success, and I’m afraid 2014 won’t be an exception to the rule. Apparently, the One+ is nearly guaranteed to sport a 1,080p display, UltraPixel snapper and Snapdragon 800 CPU, in which case there should be no contest between it and the Quad HD, OIS and S805/Exynos 6-toting S5.

HTC-M8-concept-2

What it all depends on

In one word, marketing. And no, I don’t mean celebrity endorsements. Downey Jr. is cool and all, but his fee would be better invested in billboards, TV commercials and so on. The more, the bigger, the brighter, the better.

HTC-Robert-Downey-Jr

Sony Xperia Z2

Why to fear it

We’re getting conflicting reports as to what to expect from Z1’s follow-up and when, so it’s hard to tell if it’ll be a genuine menace. Hopefully, Sony doesn’t intend to roll out a mere rehash of its current flagship this spring and leave the full-on sequel for the fall. Oh, how foolish that would be.

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Assuming that’s not the case, the main reason future Sony high-enders might be threatening is the Japanese pay attention to the ensemble first and foremost, rounding up the best tech they can supply us with in all departments, from display to processing speed and cameras. You hear that, HTC with your crappy UltraPixel shooter?

How it can be defeated

Sony’s US carrier relations are gradually warming up, yet it still seems a stretch to expect the Z2 (Z1 Plus?) on the big four: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. Also, timing is key, as for instance, the Z1 has barely landed on Magenta last week, roughly four months after its official announcement. So in a nutshell, availability should be the number one concern for the Xperia makers.

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What it all depends on

Guess I already answered that question: availability, timing and whether or not a full-fledged Z1 successor is in the cards for a Q2 intro, at the latest.

LG G3

Why to fear it

LG could easily snatch the “most improved Android OEM” award for 2013, making great waves with the incredibly cheap and solid Nexus 5, dazzling G2 and even the G Pad 8.3, which is on paper possibly the greatest iPad mini contender around.

LG-G3-concept

Unfortunately, they may have used up too many resources on the G2 beaut, so if a G3 is indeed imminent (which is far from certain right now), I wouldn’t expect it to look very different from its ancestor.

But hey, even if it replicates G2’s design to the letter, adding octa-core Odin oomph, an extra gig or two of RAM and moar pixels in the mix, I’d consider it a threat. A big one, since, unlike Sony, LG has no problem in getting major US carriers to subsidize its spearheads.

How it can be defeated

Provided LG plays all its cards right and drops enough dough on advertising, the G3 has everything it takes to make Galaxy S5’s life a living hell. Only as weird as it may sound, it’ll probably not be enough. Samsung’s name, its reputation and track record are so solid and its marketing juggernaut so… juggernauty, it would take a miracle and/or severe strategic mistakes on Samsung’s part to help the G3 prevail.

LG G2

What it all depends on

Let’s try to look at it from a different angle. Can the G3, as stunning as it may be, knock out the S5 in sales and popularity? Nope. Can it come close? Maybe, but for that, LG will require extreme attentiveness to detail, including things indirectly related to the G3 (software support for older devices), a mighty advertising campaign, and the spending of more money they’ll probably make off total sales in 2014.

You know what they say, you have to spend money to earn money and, in order to defeat Samsung, you have to use their game, their tools, their plays. Game on!

Samsung Galaxy S5 Rumor Roundup: What to Believe, What Not To

It’s become a year-opening tradition, nay ritual to sift through countless rumors, reports and hearsay on whatever “next big thing” Samsung has in store for its ever-growing Galaxy smartphone family. But I think we can all agree “insiders” and “tipsters” have gone a little overboard this time around, with the Galaxy S5 rumor bonanza.

Galaxy S5

Not a day goes by without some fresh speculation emerging, the irony being that most of the times the new reports debunk old ones in an endless cycle of flourishing malarkey.

Instead of answering questions, each round of gossip gives birth to fresh dilemmas, leaving us scratching our heads in disbelief as we no doubt close in on the official announcement without knowing anything for sure.

Galaxy S5 concept

But at least we can make a series of solid educated guesses. Here they are, based on our imaginary bullshitometer:

Plastic and metal? Never say never

It’s fitting to kick things off with a 50-50 situation, as the odds of the GS5 landing in both plastic and metal flavors are virtually identical to those of the flagship rocking just a polycarbonate exterior. But here’s what I’m absolutely, completely, 100 percent sure about: if an aluminum-clad S5 is due, it’ll be awfully difficult to score.

Galaxy S5 metal

Maybe even an experimental device, like the Galaxy Round. Definitely expensive, and definitely limited to certain markets upon launch.

Exynos 6, Snapdragon 800, Snapdragon 805? Why not all?

Call me crazy, call this unsubstantiated gossip, but I have a hunch we’re going to be seeing an even grander Galaxy S brand dilution than in 2013. Active, Mini and Zoom versions are nearly guaranteed, plus metal and plastic, Exynos and Snapdragon and, possibly, Snapdragon 800 and 805 variants.

Qualcomm-Snapdragon

So in the processing power department, here’s how I predict things will go down. First, an S800 model not much zippier than the S4 is to roll, to ensure competitors like the Sony Xperia Z2, LG G2 Pro or HTC One Plus don’t get the early upper hand.

Then, the metal-clad, “true” octa core Exynos 6-packing beast debuts, to limited audiences. Finally, around May or maybe June, an S5 Plus, or Ultra, or Max, or something, comes with a Snapdragon 805 to fend off rivals that might hold off until then to launch their first top dogs of 2014.

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As a result, tech journos will bitch and moan about cannibalization and similarly vague terms, and Samsung will again comfortably rule over the mobile world. End of story.

Display, battery, RAM, cameras – certainties and assumptions

The Samsung Galaxy S5 will sport a display made of glass, pack a battery lasting a day or so between charges, a couple of cameras with photo-snapping abilities and tiny, punchy memory modules. Jokes aside, to cover all your bases, you’re probably better off trusting nothing specific you hear in these departments.

Depending on the source, the screen is either a 5 or 5.2-inch unit, with Full HD or Quad HD (aka 2K) resolution, the battery is 2,900 or 3,000+ mAh, with or without rapid charging, the RAM can clock in at 2, 3 or 4 gigs and the main snapper could feature a sensor anywhere between 13 and 20 MP, with or without optical image stabilization.

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Confusing stuff, I know, but if you really insist on me going on a limb and make a prediction, it’d sound a little like this:

Curved display? Downright bendable? Big design makeover? Puh-lease

I’ll admit, it’s weird being one or two months max away from the thing’s formal unveiling and there being no legit-looking renders around (not even close). Yet I don’t think there’s any chance Samsung will go all bendy with the S5. Especially if they go metal.

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Like it or not, truly flexible phones are still a long way from mass production, whereas curved handhelds such as the Galaxy Round will remain quirky, little, limited experiments. Meanwhile, some sort of aesthetical rehash is most definitely in the cards, but I don’t buy the rumors saying Sammy is to scrap S4’s looks altogether and build something else from scratch.

They have too much to lose, and the risks are ginormous. So yeah, I expect something along the S4 lines, with slim bezels, a rectangular, industrial overall vibe and everything.

February, March or April intro? Call Nostradamus

You know what, forecasting an ETA right now is pretty much like rolling a dice, so why not take an actual dice, pick two faces for each of the three possible outcomes and knock yourselves out? Sure, a presentation next month seems like a stretchtoday, after recent rumors and “leaks”, but so did an April timeline, say, a few weeks ago.

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And don’t tell me you believe all these Samsung execs are contradicting one another by chance or due to sheer stupidity. They’re doing it on purpose, people, to confuse us all, and boy, are they successful.

So there you have it, nothing’s certain until it’s certain, regardless of “rock-solid” intel and surefire “confirmations” of specs. Here’s a wild idea: let’s kick back, relax, stop with the nonsensical rumor-mongering and simply wait. Would it really kill us? No, don’t answer that.   

Vivo Xplay 3S officially announced in China with a 2K display, Snapdragon 800 SoC and more

Vivo Xplay 3S

Vivo Xplay 3S The Vivo Xplay 3S has just been announced in an event held in Beijing, China. The smartphone is everything we hoped it would be and a lot more. As expected, the smartphone is now officially the world’s first to come with a 2K resolution display which is 2560 x 1440. That’s exactly double the amount of pixels compared to a standard 720p display.

The display on board is 6 inches in size which effectively gives it a pixel density of 490 pixels per inch. Also on board is a Snapdragon 800 chipset, 3GB of RAM, a 13MP camera with f/1.8 aperture size, 32GB of internal storage, DTS Sound, a fingerprint scanner on the back, Android 4.3 and a 3,200 mAh battery. The smartphone will be offered in White and Black color variants according to the manufacturer. While there’s no specific word on the pricing, earlier leaks have pegged a $740 price tag for this particular model, which doesn’t sound like a lot considering the hardware inside.

The Xplay 3S has raised the standards of flagship smartphones, so we can expect manufacturers to launch smartphones with similar specs in the coming months. We really hope the smartphone makes its way out of China as it has great potential to sell just about anywhere it launches.

Via: Phone Arena

Press images of the Vivo Xplay 3S leak out ahead of announcement

Vivo Xplay 3S

Vivo Xplay 3S The Vivo Xplay 3S might be a smartphone meant for the Chinese market, but it has still managed to create quite a buzz in the mobile industry as it is gearing up to be the world’s first mobile device to sport a 2K or 2560×1440 resolution display. Earlier today, Chinese site CNMO was able to access a few press shots of the device well before the device is even announced, as is the norm for any new smartphone these days. This is not the first time we’re seeing the Vivo Xplay 3S as numerous leaks in the past have revealed the existence of the device in photos. But this is certainly the first time we’re getting a clear view of the smartphone from almost every angle, so we have a better idea of what to expect.
Vivo Xplay 3S BackThe handset might not make its way outside Asia at all, but it’s still worth a mention considering the hardware it packs. We expect other manufacturers like Samsung and LG to follow the 2K trend forward with their respective flagships next year, but the Vivo Xplay 3S will have the bragging rights.Vivo Xplay 3S SideSource: CNMO – Translated

Via: Phone Arena

Oppo Find 7 confirmed to have 2K (2560×1440) display

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Just like it did with 1080p displays back in 2012, Oppo is all set to kick off the trend that will see flagship devices launch with a 2k display (2,560×1,440 resolution) next year. It was already rumored, and now Oppo has confirmed via its Twitter account that the Find 7 will come with a 2K display – devices like the Galaxy S5 are also expected to have 2K displays, but Oppo will likely claim the throne as being the first to market with the next major evolution in smartphone displays, and a pretty good one at that if we’re to go by the brilliant display on the Find 5.

No other details are available at this point, but rumors suggest the Find 7 will be as top-of-the-line in other aspects of the hardware as the display – it is expected to sport a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 805 chipset, 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and a whopping 4,000 mAh battery. The display size remains unknown, though an Oppo exec has shot down rumors that the screen will be a 5.7-inch unit (or a 7-inch unit as some had speculated, based on the handset’s name) – here’s hoping it’s not as unwieldy and gigantic as the Oppo N1’s, nor too small so as to not let that high-resolution display take proper advantage of the insane amount of pixels inside.

Oppo Find 7 teased as ‘coming soon’

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Oppo’s first flagship, the Find 5, took everyone by surprise by managing to be one of the best Android smartphones of its time, matching the quality of more well-known brands like Samsung and HTC, while beating everyone in being the first to market (though only in China) with a phone with a 1080p display. Naturally, we’ve been looking forward to the rumored successor, the Find 7, and now it looks like the wait will be coming to an end soon, as the Chinese manufacturer has teased that the device is “coming soon.”

Of course, the fact that the Find 7 is expected to feature top-of-the-line specs doesn’t help anyone control their anticipation. According to a previous leak, the Find 7 will be powered by Qualcomm’s newly announced Snapdragon 805 chipset, 3 GB of RAM, a 5.7-inch display with a whopping resolution of 2,560×1,440 resolution, a 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and a gigantic 4,000 mAh battery; specs like these are expected to be the norm on all flagships launched next year, but with an early 2014 launch frame, Oppo might just be the forbearer once again, this time with more than just a first-of-its-kind display to boast about.

Too bad we might have to wait a couple of months before Oppo decides to bring the Find 7 stateside, like it did with all its previous handsets. But hey, maybe they’ll manage to make it a worldwide launch from the very start this time, right?

Source: Weibo

Indian Import Data Confirms Galaxy S5 Model Number, Hints at High-End Samsung Windows Phone

You know the old saying it never rains but it pours? Apparently, it doesn’t only apply to bad things, as the Samsung Galaxy S5 rumor wheels have been truly set in motion roughly 24 hours ago and we already have fresh intel seemingly confirming a couple of tidbits about Android’s “next big thing”.

Galaxy S5

To recap the events of yesterday, what obviously looked like a Sam-concocted high-ender, with 2K display, Android 4.4 KitKat and 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, made a quick benchmarking visit at GFX Bench.

Its identity was almost impossible to determine based solely on the odd model number, yet the test’s timing and revealed specs turned the SM-G900S into a prime GS5 candidate. Which brings us to today’s evidence supporting that exact same theory.

A Samsung handheld carrying a strikingly similar codename (SM-G900F) made its way to India a few days ago (i.e. on December 2) in three copies designed for R&D (research and development) purposes. That’s according to Zauba, a very meticulous local website which through God knows what methods tracks down all devices imported and exported out of India.

How reliable is their data? Very, since it helped pinpoint a few of Galaxy Note 3’s model numbers back in the day. Now, the truly interesting part about their reports is they also list the approximate value of gadgets in question.

SM-G900F

Case in point, the SM-G900F is worth Rs. 33,245, or $533. Not quite a price tag you’d expect a fancy phone like the S5 to be slapped with, but the GNote 3 for R&D purpose was evaluated at Rs. 31,967 ($513). Ergo, we’re dealing with a more advanced, costlier piece of technology than the Note 3.

Turning our attention back to GFX Bench for a second, let’s mention the SM-G900S was pulled from its database following our reporting from yesterday, which is more proof the beast’s identity wasn’t supposed to go public so early.

Finally, if we are to trust notorious Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin, a guy with more connections on Samsung’s inside than I can count on one hand, the Galaxy S5 ain’t slated for a Q1 2014 release after all. Instead, it should break cover in “late April”. Sounds kind of fishy to me, but I guess we shall live and see.

SM-W750V

But wait, there’s more. More top-shelf mobile technology prepped by Samsung, as a mysterious SM-W750V has also been caught red-handed by Zauba when trying to slip past India’s borders.

This thing apparently runs Windows Phone 8 (booo!) and is worth Rs. 31,967 for R&D and Rs. 33,245 for “testing and evaluation”. Translation: $512 and $533, so dangerously close to both the Note 3 and rumored S5.

Chances are we’re looking at some sort of ATIV S follow-up for Verizon, with a 5-inch Full HD screen, Snapdragon 800 SoC and all the hardware works of the Nokia Lumia 929 and 1520. Why is Samsung still beating the WP dead horse? Maybe they reckon they can revive it. I say no way. How about you?

Via [Ameblo] (1), (2), [Zauba] (1), (2), [Twitter]

Samsung Galaxy S5 Candidate (SM-G900S) Surfaces Online with 2K Display and Android 4.4

Ladies and gentlemen, the day has come. The day all unsubstantiated Samsung Galaxy S5 rumors, questionable declassified reports and fishy anonymous tips start gaining credence. The day we stop dreaming with our eyes open for utopian features and begin asking the age-old question: are we looking at a full-on, major upgrade or a minor, incremental little boost?

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Right off the bat, I’d like to make something very clear. The Samsung SM-G900S, which someone on the inside took for a quick benchmarking spin through GFX Bench, may not be the Galaxy S5. There’s no apparent connection between its model number and strings designated to hide the real, market names of the S3 and S4.

Instead, SM-G900S is oddly similar to SM-G910, the codename of Samsung’s first curved display handheld, the Galaxy Round. So why couldn’t this be a sequel of the Round? Simple, because it’s far too soon for Samsung to have that kind of follow-up so close to a commercial launch.

It’s not too soon however to put the finishing touches on the GS5, especially if rumors of a January formal intro are to be trusted. And they sure make sense, since it’s no grand secret the Galaxy S4 is no longer winning the big points at the box-office.

SM-G900S

But let’s assume the SM-G900S is indeed one and the same with the S5. What sort of specs does GFX Bench’s database suggests the phone will rock? First off, there’s pre-loaded Android 4.4 KitKat, a detail that definitely supports the theory we’re dealing with a genuinely top-shelf device.

Then you got a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, coupled with Adreno 330 graphics, which sounds like the high-end standard these days and thus not mind-blowingly exciting for a beast of the future. Or does it?

Well, the S800 inside the SM-G900S is no regular S800, being clocked at 2.4 GHz and therefore either an 8974AB unit or 8974AC. Sure, Snapdragon 805 would have been even better, but testing of that particular SoC is only slated for a February or March 2014 start.

SM-G900S-2

And now, the kicker. The Samsung SM-G900S boasts a display resolution of, drum rolls please, 2,560 x 1,440. Mind-blowing? You can say that again, albeit technically the S5 has minuscule odds of being the world’s first phone with 2K, 2K HD, QHD, Quad HD resolution, or however you prefer calling it. Chinese no-name OEM Vivo is close to snatching the honor, but hey, in the grand scheme of things, the Xplay 3S is to be a mere blip on Sammy’s radar.

Anything else the benchmarking test reveals on this very likely Galaxy S5 suspect? Not really, though many other pieces of the puzzle have been uncovered by various sources of late, so an all-metal body, panel measuring 5 or 5.2 inches (with resulting 587 or 565 ppi), 16 MP rear-facing camera and 4 GB RAM are in the cards.

The mythical 64-bit Exynos 6 CPU is in contention as well, probably as an “international” alternative for the upgraded Snapdragon 800, to be used exclusively in North America. So what say you, dear readers, full-on, major upgrade over the GS4 or minor, incremental little boost?

Via [GFX Bench]

Vivo teases world’s first smartphone with a 2K resolution display

Vivo

Vivo

Full HD 1080p display panels have become a standard for mobile displays ever since HTC introduced the Butterfly smartphone (Droid DNA in the U.S.) late last year. But Chinese manufacturer Vivo is already looking to up the ante by launching a smartphone with a 2K display. According to a teaser posted by the company on Chinese social networking site Weibo, the Xplay3s will feature a display resolution of 2560×1440. Although the display dimensions aren’t specified, it’s probably safe to assume that Vivo is borrowing LG’s recently announced 5.5 inch panel which sports the same display resolution.

All we have for the time being is the teaser with no details on other aspects of its hardware. But it is being said that the smartphone will pack a quad core Snapdragon 800 chip and support for 4G TDD/FDD LTE with compatible Chinese carriers. We’re not sure if this will spark off a change in trend as far as mobile display resolutions are concerned, but it most likely won’t. Although smartphones do come with the horsepower to run such powerful displays, battery backup will remain a concern.

Source: Weibo

Via: GSM Arena