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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge with a 5.1 inch display and 12MP camera spotted on benchmarks

Galaxy S7 edge

There have been multiple theories on what the #GalaxyS7 and the S7 edge might bring to the table. For the longest times, it was rumored that the handset would pack a 5.7 inch display. But that might not be the case according to a new revelation made by a benchmark listing. A smartphone with the model number SM-G935A has made its way to AnTuTu benchmarks, showing a device with a 5.1 inch display.

A listing on AnTuTu is usually an indication of an imminent release, so we have no reason to dispute the credibility of this new leak. The benchmark listing also makes a mention of a 12-megapixel camera on the back, which is something that was speculated before as well. This would however seem to be a downgrade, compared to the predecessor, at least on paper.

Not to our surprise, the handset is also shown to be packing the Snapdragon 820 chipset, which is supposed to be the norm on flagship handsets this year. Samsung is expected to launch the two Galaxy flagships on February 20 according to previous leaks, so we still have over a month left for its unveiling. Expect more leaks to follow in the weeks to come.

 

Via: Sam Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ vs LG G4 – specs comparison

It’s becoming clearer and clearer by the day that Samsung’s “true” flagship for the upcoming holiday season was always meant to be the Galaxy S6 Edge+, not the Note 5. It’s of course no coincidence the latter is getting a more limited global bow, and even its freshly surfaced S Pen-related “design flaw” may have something to do with sloppier R&D.

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Many will argue you’re not supposed to insert the stylus the wrong way in its slot, and you deserve what’s coming if you don’t pay attention to the direction the tip is pointing at. But is it really as simple as that? Not if you consider such drama was impossible at previous Note generations and their non-springy pens. Physically impossible, as in prevented by design.

Anyhoo, this is not a piece about the Galaxy Note 5 for obvious reasons. It’s about the fully working, thoroughly well-designed and super-provocative Galaxy S6 Edge+. Also, its number one box-office opponent at the moment. That is, until the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus go on sale.

Galaxy Note 5 S6 Edge Plus

The LG G4’s curves are clearly subtler than its rival’s, and the hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC is no match for the raw speed of the Exynos 7420. Can the leather-clad dark horse then still keep up with the metal-and-glass front-runner? Let’s find out:

Galaxy S6 Edge+ vs LG G4 – pricing and availability comparison

Up for grabs from all big four US carriers, Samsung’s “next big thing” is nowhere to be found on Amazon for the time being. At Best Buy, it’s bundled with a free wireless charger, which is neat, and can further net you $200 on a gift card with qualifying trade-ins.

Galaxy S6 Edge+

If you’d rather take your business directly to wireless service providers, Verizon is selling the edgy phablet starting at $32 a month, no upfront fee, or $768 outright. AT&T asks $47 extra off-contract, and also still does carrier agreements in exchange for $299.99.

Then there’s T-Mobile, where the 32GB 5.7 incher costs $780 at full retail, and finally, Sprint will give you a free Galaxy Tab 4 (on-contract) if you score the Galaxy S6 Edge+ with Lease programs or Easy Pay, i.e. $0 down. Alternatively, the Now Network wants $350 with pacts, or $792, no strings attached.

LG G4 brown

Quite the upscale purchase, no matter your retailer or operator choice, especially given an unlocked LG G4 is only $455 through Amazon. In brown leather, so none of that ceramicky or “metallic” plastic exterior nonsense. Of course, if you dig the non-leather gold or white models, they’re pretty affordable too, at $470 and $495 respectively.

Arguably the handsomest flavor is the leather black, available for $472 SIM-free, or $99.99 with Sprint or Verizon contracts. That’s one battle LG wins with ease, although it goes without saying the war remains wide open.

Design and build quality

Aesthetically speaking, this is very much an apples and oranges comparison. Which is not to say we can’t like one fruit more than the other. Can you guess which one? Of course you can. The scrumptious, stylish, robust, metal-and-glass dual-edged treat, measuring 154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9 mm and tipping the scales at 153 grams.

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Thanks to a slightly smaller screen and polycarbonate build, you’d expect the G4 to undercut the S6 Edge+’s weight, but that’s not really the case. Granted, the difference is negligible, as the leathery (or metallic) heavyweight contender weighs in at 155 grams.

At its thickest point (remember, the G4’s got a curve too), the 5.5 incher measures a fairly chunky 9.8 mm. And it’s also a bit wider than the GS6 Edge+, although shorter, courtesy of those now iconic physical buttons moved to the back.

LG G4

At the end of the day though, this is a crushing victory for the odds-on favorite. Ladies and gents, we have an exciting tie so far on our hands!

Display and cameras

5.7-inch Super AMOLED with 2,560 x 1,440 pixels and 518 ppi pixel density vs. 5.5-inch IPS LCD, 2,560 x 1,440 and 538 ppi respectively. Before you call this another tie, perhaps you’ll be interested to hear what DisplayMate had to say about the Quad HD panels on the Note 5 and S6 Edge+. Without going into too much detail, they’re “the best performing displays ever tested.” And that includes the G4.

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Now, cameras are a delicate subject to tackle for the moment, as we haven’t taken the photographic units of the S6 Edge+ for a real-life spin yet. On paper, the rear shooter should be as remarkable as the one on the G4, with 16 megapixels, optical image stabilization, autofocus and LED flash offered across the board.

Selfie addicts will likely find more comfort in the 8 megapixel front cam of the older flagship, as the new kid on the block only sports a 5 MP secondary camera.

Processor, RAM and battery life

This is where G4’s dreams of glory are completely smashed to pieces. We already showed you a series of Note 5 benchmarks, in which the S Pen phablet obliterated its predecessor, not to mention its Snapdragon 808-powered arch-nemesis.

Samsung 4 GB RAM

The S6 Edge+ features the same exact octa Exynos 7420 silicon, with a matching 4GB RAM for good measure. Ergo, expect a similar 30 to 35 percent gap in system performance, plus a noticeable advantage in energy efficiency for the S6 Edge+ also, despite its larger screen and identical 3,000 mAh battery.

A conclusive recent autonomy test put the Galaxy S6 Edge+ near the top of the charts, with 9 hours+ of single-charge endurance, whereas the LG G4 trailed way behind, at a modest 6 hours of so. Let’s not forget the new guy also comes with wired and wireless fast charging capabilities in tow, compared to wired only as far as the “veteran” is concerned.

Storage, software and others

What’s the score now? Five, six to one in favor of the S6 Edge+? Give another point to the G4 on account of microSD expansion. And a third one for the user-removable battery. Which still doesn’t make our verdict very hard to cast.

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Particularly when you add the touch-based fingerprint recognition technology of Samsung’s bad boy in the equation, as well as its arguably superior copy of Android 5.1 Lollipop. Proprietary UIs are mostly a matter of personal taste, but we think we speak for the vast majority of our readers when we say TouchWiz is prettier than Optimus 4.0.

Bloatware? Both phones are filled to the brim with non-Google apps, yet Samsung actually provides a few you’ll find use for. S-Voice, S Health, Kids Mode, plus a bunch of free “Galaxy Gifts” typically worth a good few hundred bucks.

Galaxy Gifts S6 Edge+

Connectivity-wise, neither device features a futuristic USB Type-C port, with LTE speeds slightly enhanced on the S6 Edge+, and Bluetooth 4.2 superseding 4.1. We have a clear winner therefore, and it’s exactly who you think.

Mystery Samsung smartphone hits benchmarks with a resounding score

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 - HTC

Benchmarks are usually a very good indicator of how well a device can perform. Today we’re coming across a new leak which shows us an unannounced Samsung device (SM-G8508S) with a beastly benchmark score of 95,972 on AnTuTu, suggesting that it’s packing a very powerful chipset underneath. To put this in perspective, Samsung’s recent flagships, the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge scored in the vicinity of 70,000 and thereabouts.

While there’s no word on what device this could be, it’s very likely that Samsung is testing a very early prototype of the Galaxy S7 which is scheduled for an early 2016 unveiling. The chipset on board could in all likelihood be a new Eyxnos unit that Samsung is working on and probably not a Qualcomm chip, given Samsung’s insistence on using its own chipsets.

Samsung AnTuTu

It’s quite clear that this is a flagship level offering and whatever the company decides to call it, there’s no doubt that it will be a monster in terms of hardware specifications. This can’t be the Galaxy Note 5 or the Galaxy S6 edge+ as the two devices have different model numbers and aren’t expected to feature such a major change in chipset department. But in any case, we’ll reserve judgment for until this Thursday.

Source: WCCFTech

Via: GSM Arena

LG G4 vs LG G3 vs LG G Flex 2 – Specs comparison

Quick show of hands, who here is disappointed by the knife LG just brought to the gunfight against Samsung’s “explosive” Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge? That many, huh? Well, we can’t blame you, as our gloomy recent G4 predictions essentially all panned out.

LG G4 vs LG G3

It’s like LG, HTC and Sony resigned themselves to eternal underdog status, and they’re not even trying to stay in the race for gold anymore. But maybe we’re looking at this the wrong way. It’s pretty obvious the G4 has nothing on the GS6 dyad, yet if it at least improves on last year’s phenomenal G3 and this year’s remarkable G Flex 2, it’s worth a bit of praise.

Evolution is good after all, no matter how marginal. So, is the G4 better than its predecessor and curvier “cousin”? Let’s dig in:

G4 vs G3 vs G Flex 2 – pricing and availability comparison

This wild rumor from last week called for a G4 tag exceeding the base S6 valuation and, until now, LG hasn’t come out to confirm or disprove it. Which could be interpreted as validation of its own. Yes, ladies and gents, the genuine leather version will most likely cost a whopping $800+ outright stateside in late May.

LG G4

Meanwhile, metallic gray, ceramic white and shiny gold models (read plastic-made variations) should be able to considerably lower the ask. $100 is the minimum gap, $150 seems like a possibility too, whereas $200 is a bit of a stretch. Bottom line, the no-contract G4 shall start at $650, give or take. With carrier agreements, we’d expect standard fares of $200 and $300 respectively.

It’s no shock ergo that both the G Flex 2 and G3 hold the affordability advantage, although you may find the two surprisingly inexpensive compared to the new Snapdragon 808 flagship. The former goes for $600 unlocked in red and silver and $690 in black via Amazon, as well as $100 with Sprint pacts in “platinum silver” and “volcano red.”

LG G Flex 2

The G3? It’s a bargain, a steal, and it’s this close to rivaling Moto G-grade budget heights. Silk white factory unlocked variants are $360 a pop, 9 bucks extra will buy you a G3 in metallic black, and the SIM-free gold config is $378. No charge needed if tying up to a 24-month contract ain’t a problem, regardless of your preferred network between Verizon, Sprint and AT&T.

Design and build quality face-off

Despite a series of incremental performance upgrades, G4’s main claim to fame is without a doubt the reformed visual approach. You have your optional leather rear cover, which only one other OEM offers, base scratch-resistant “ceramic” coating, 3D back patterns, slightly arched chassis and an overall boxier, sharper vibe than G3’s.

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A winning combination? We’ll see, but as elegant as LG deems natural leather, it’s no match for Samsung’s uber-premium glass-and-metal blend in terms of robustness and style.

Set side by side with its ancestor, G4’s “personality” clearly stands out. As for the G Flex 2, we’re afraid the “fully” curved phone has a big ace up its sleeve: self-healing rear protection.

LG G3

Dimension-wise, the three are extremely similar, sporting 5.5-inch displays with fairly narrow bezels. Still, the G4 is a couple of mm taller than the G3, 1.5 mm wider and 0.9 mm thicker. It’s also 6 grams heavier. Sounds like a step back to us.

Display and cameras

Wondering what a Quantum IPS screen is? According to LG, it’s 25 percent brighter, delivers 50 percent greater contrast and 20 percent superior color reproduction. We call BS. There’s no way you’ll be able to tell G4’s Quad HD panel apart from G3’s Quad HD display. Sure, pitted against G Flex 2’s 1,080p glass, you’ll notice better contrast and color reproduction and whatever. But that’s probably it.

LG G4 display

Moving on, we have two vastly improved photography champs that make G3 and G Flex 2’s 13/2.1 MP cam duos look ridiculous. Namely, a highly gifted 16 megapixel shooter on the fresh spearhead’s posterior, endowed with phase detection, laser autofocus, an enhanced optical image stabilization system, dual-LED flash and ultra-wide F1.8 aperture for cutting-edge low-light performance.

Plus, an “industry-leading” 8 MP front cam for “selfies good enough to frame.”

Processors, RAM and battery life

Here’s where things get… sensitive. Qualcomm says Snapdragon 810’s heavily publicized overheating woes did not lead to LG’s S808 adoption for the G4. In fact, the chip maker claims the call was made months ago.

LG G4 benchmark

Whenever it happened, we’d much more like to know why. As in, why in the world did LG settle for a processor that’s clearly not the best? It’s decently close, with six cores and 64-bit capabilities, but according to benchmarks run by GSM Arena, it’s behind the 810, Exynos 7420 and even S801 (!!!) inside Sony’s Xperia Z3 in certain synthetic speed tests.

Maybe it’s record-setting autonomy the G4 is after? Maybe, although LG modestly expects the “new” 3,000 mAh battery to last 20 percent longer than the “old” 3,000 mAh cell. Speaking of, the battery remains user-removable, unlike the one under G Flex 2’s hood.

LG G4 camera

A RAM war is basically futile, given the G4, G3 and G Flex 2 all pack 3 gigs of the good stuff. On the plus side (or maybe not), you no longer get a downgraded 2 GB alternative.

Software, storage and others

Hello there, Android 5.1 Lollipop! It’s good to check you out in the flesh in non-stock attire before you can replace the 5.0 builds on the G3 and G Flex 2. The “human-centric” proprietary UX 4.0 is at the moment exclusive to the G4 too, bringing neat add-ons to the table such as Gesture Interval Shot, Quick Shot, Manual Mode, Quick Help and a revised Smart Notice notification system.

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At the end of the day, the list of software modernizations isn’t impressive, and they’re all headed to older LG flagships anyway. But if you want them now (read next month), the G4 is the only way to go.

With 32 GB on-board space and external microSD support up to an additional 128 GB, the G4 matches its kins and nothing more. Then again, storage is a department you can’t tremendously boost right now.

LG G3 wireless charging

Any “other” features you should know about before concluding the G4 isn’t that big of a deal? Optional wireless charging, perhaps, plus Quick Charge 2.0 functions and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity. Yawn!

Best Android tablets for everywhere gaming – April 2015 edition

They say Android tablets are good for casual, mundane, non-straining tasks and activities like web browsing, e-book reading, unpretentious YouTube watching or music playing. For everything else, buy an iPad. Or go big and bulky, and get a Windows laptop or convertible.

Google Play games

Unfortunately, for the most part, they are correct. The blame is split evenly between Google, device manufacturers and third-party software developers, none of which seem to be heart and soul dedicated to making the large-screen “ecosystem” all it could be.

Apps and games are awkward, laggy or outright don’t work on many 7-inch+ Androids, and the diversity of display sizes and aspect ratios complicates everyone’s progress efforts. Build quality and pricing don’t always meet, and so going after the staggering sales numbers and profits of iPads looks mission impossible.

Android gamer

Still, some strides are being made, our recent high-res slate roundup acting as living proof. Now, it’s time to bring in the graphics-cranking gaming troops:

Selection criteria

What makes a dependable gaming tablet? Contrary to popular belief, it’s not an Apple logo. Instead, the first thing you want to look at is the GPU. Not the CPU, even though that’s important for a range of endeavors, but the graphics processing unit.

Tegra K1

As the name suggests, the GPU is in charge of visuals. Or, how Wikipedia puts it, it’s “designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display.”

Which brings us to item #2 on our order of business – RAM, aka random access memory. You want as much as that as you can get. And a pixel-filled screen, capable of delivering HD and Full HD content with no stutter or lag. Finally, battery life is essential for on-the-go gamers who don’t like sitting tight next to a power socket all the time.

Nvidia Shield Tablet – $299 Wi-Fi only; $299 and up with AT&T 4G LTE

Our first player is perhaps a little small for ideal gaming, at 8 inches, but it’s a 3DMark and GFXBench champion. Literally, we’ve seen it posting record results in both benchmarks. FYI, the two are the prime tools for gauging theoretical graphics performance, so you’ll be hearing them mentioned throughout our list.

Shield Tablet

Now, even if we didn’t have these “synthetic” test scores, we could’ve easily guessed the Tegra K1 chip is a beast. It’s only 32-bit-capable, but the GeForce Kepler GPU packs 192 CUDA cores. Sounds a tad gimmicky, and it’s obviously not 50 times faster than quad-core rivals, yet it can play uber-demanding games at up to 65 frames per second no problem.

The Shield Tablet can be paired with a dedicated controller and stream GRID titles especially fashioned for its 8-inch panel such as Half-Life 2: Episode 1Saints Row IV or Batman Arkham Origins.

Google/HTC Nexus 9 – $379 with 16 GB storage; $450 in 32 GB configuration

We don’t want to play favorites, we honestly don’t, but Nvidia’s the man here, and Qualcomm has some catching up to do. The N9 comes fitted with the 64-bit dual-core Denver-based flavor of the Tegra K1 “superchip”, and its benchmark grades are consequently inferior.

Nexus 9

Not by much, though, and the 8.9-inch screen is both larger and crisper, at 2,048 x 1,536 pixels. The aspect ratio is 4:3, which is arguably best qualified for movies, not games, but overall, this is an out-and-out powerhouse, no matter its primary use.

Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 2014 edition – starting at $394

It really boggles the mind why so few Snapdragon 805 tablets are around, albeit we get the CPU was merely intended to smoothen the transition from 800 to 810. Its Adreno 420 GPU is clocked at 600 MHz and breezily delivers 3DMark scores circling the 20,000 magic number.

Fire HDX 8.9

With an eye-catching 2,560 x 1,440 pix res display, impressive autonomy and 2 GB RAM, the newest Fire HDX sadly loses precious points at content access, having to rely entirely on Amazon’s Appstore. Granted, Google Play doesn’t include oodles of outstanding HD+ games, but there are a few spectacular ones you may want to keep up your sleeve.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet – $575 international version; $500 and up with Verizon

It’s costly, old, slightly less graphically endowed, with an Adreno 330 inside and, oh, did I mention a sequel is literally around the corner? Nonetheless, it’s got 3 GB RAM in tow, 3D surround sound, plenty of CPU muscle, a big-ass Full HD piece of glass, unrestricted access to Big G’s app outlet and Lollipop treats incoming.

Xperia Z2 Tablet

Plus, it’s water resistant, so you can finish a few GTA San Andreas missions while taking a long, relaxing bath. That right there is living the dream!

HP Slate 7 Extreme – $99.99

Yes, we are serious in recommending this near-obsolete Jelly Bean little guy. It’s not for hardcore gamers, that goes without saying, but at a Benjamin, it’s an absolute bargain with a quad-core Tegra 4 SoC that averages over 16,000 points in 3DMark: Ice Storm Unlimited, according to Futuremark. Told you Nvidia was the real MVP.

HP Slate 7 Extreme

And yes, we realize 1,280 x 800 pixels is an unacceptable resolution for a few contemporary action titles, but look on the bright side – the force battery life must be strong with this one.

Asus Transformer Pad TF701T – $270 standalone tablet; $320 with docking station

Another decrepit machine, the same everlasting Tegra 4 processor with 72-core GPU, and an extra forte. A physical keyboard boosting productivity, as well as endurance. Now, close your eyes and picture a slate/mini-laptop hybrid with a 2,560 x 1,600 Super IPS+ LCD screen and 2 GB RAM.

Asus TF701

Admit it, that mental image takes you to a 2015 specced out contraption, not a two-year-old. So, the TF701T might be old, but it doesn’t show it.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro – $500

We’re not sure a 13.3 incher qualifies for conventional tablet material, and the Intel Ivy Bridge SoC further sends us sniffing around Windows laptop land. But there’s no keyboard in tow, Android 4.4 KitKat runs the software show, and the GPU is mediocre by full-fledged PC standards.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro

For $500, it’s good enough, outperforming Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S in 3DMark in addition to touting 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, 15-hour battery, 2 GB RAM, Dolby Digital Plus sound enhancements and a 5 watt JBL subwoofer.

It’s more of a multimedia, living room entertainment type of gadget, but if you’re strong enough and have big hands, it can be carried around and used for non-addictive gaming. Yeah, right, non-addictive. The Android tablet ecosystem isn’t great, but it’s not that bad.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus – Specs comparison

Again with the new iPhone(s)? Isn’t The Droid Guy supposed to be an Android-centric website? Leave droid fans alone. Be honest, you were thinking or wondering one of these things before you even finished reading our headline.

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And we completely understand your frustration. For the past two weeks or so, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus rumor roundups, previews, hands-on explorations and finally reviews have inundated the tech-focused part of the interwebs.

Just one more reason to keep your online activity fixated on funny cat pics and (human) porn, huh? Not so fast. Because like it or not, iPhones make the Android scene better. And vice versa. Who do you think got Tim Cook to infuriate Steve Jobs from beyond the grave by embracing “phablets”?

iPhone 6 Plus

Anyhoo, the bottom line is it’s wholly necessary to give credit where credit is due, and dissect the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus along with everybody else until reaching the conclusion we can do better. Not to mention cheaper.

But above all, better. Enter Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4, the definitive top-of-the-line 2014 jumbo-sized smartphone. A phablet worth waiting for. And here’s why:

Note 4 vs. iPhone 6 Plus – design and build quality comparison

Call me rash, reckless, whatever, I’m calling it – it’s the last year Apple ever wins an aesthetics battle against a Samsung flagship. Come spring of 2015, it’s bye, bye, metallic iPhone domination. That’s because the Note 4 is clearly meant to transition users from the old, ill-advised plastic-reliant design direction to a new approach, revolving around aluminum and possibly, other premium materials.

Galaxy Note 4 vs iPhone 6 Plus

So yeah, the 6 Plus still looks a little more elegant and feels a little stronger than the GNote 4. Emphasis on little, as the half-metal/half-plastic Samsung spearhead is significantly shorter, at 153 mm (vs. 158). Outstanding engineering feat, given it also offers the larger usable screen real estate (5.7 vs. 5.5 inches).

And yes, the rear on the iPhone 6 Plus is decidedly sexy, but the bulging camera is a vexing blemish on an otherwise spotless chassis. Good for us.

Galaxy Note 4 vs. iPhone 6 Plus – display duel

Sure, iFans, the Quad HD screen resolution on the Note 4 is a gimmick. Unlike your “Retina” iPad panels, which are all about real-life, naked-eye-noticeable image and video reproduction quality. Keep telling yourselves that. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to constantly remind yourselves 1 gig of RAM is plenty for a 2014 high-end smartphone.

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At the end of the day, the fact of the matter is Note 4’s display boasts 515 ppi pixel density, and the iPhone 6 Plus 401. So much win!

Processing speed and RAM smackdown

Early benchmarks show the new iPhones heavily outperforming their main Android-running rivals. Apple-friendly benchmarks, that is, like SunSpider or Kraken. Meanwhile, 3DMark, for instance, puts both the 6 and 6 Plus behind the Galaxy S5 and Note 3 in overall performance.

No Quadrant scores, no Vellamo and, of course, no way to compare any of the existing results to what the Note 4 can pull off.

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Either way, we know benchmarks aren’t worth very much, and in real life, the 6 Plus and Note 4 are both beastly slabs. Perhaps the zippiest in the world, alongside maybe the LG G3. As always, we expect Apple to have invested thousands of man hours and nearly limitless resources in carefully optimizing every little line of software code, whereas Samsung has Qualcomm’s fastest SoC and a whopping 3 gigs of RAM to take care of business.

Granted, the 64-bit architecture of Apple’s A8 chip is impossible to ignore, and bound to offer up the 6 Plus an important advantage. Then again, the scanty 1 GB RAM is even impossibler (not a real word, I know) to ignore, giving back the overall edge to the Note 4.

iPhone 6 Plus teardown

Final verdict: Samsung wins.

Software, battery life and storage

Our love for all things Android is no big secret, and neither is our bias in favor of Google’s mobile OS. But even the most rabid droid fan has to admit iOS 8 looks pretty good. Clean as a whistle, very minimalistic and a wee bit more customizable than before.

iOS 8 vs KitKat

That said, pretty much everything iOS 8 can do, Android 4.4 KitKat does better. And the next version, L, likely on its way to the Note 4 by the end of the year, should further increase the smoothness gap. Multitasking, personality, versatility, even ease of use, L has it all, at least on paper.

Which brings us to the autonomy bout. Impossible to call at the moment, it’ll probably be a very evenly matched contest. Yes, the Note 4 does pack the larger cell (3,220 vs. 2,915 mAh), but it also comes with the bigger, higher-res, more power-demanding screen in tow. And possibly, the less frugal processor too.

Galaxy Note 4 back

Moving on, the storage battle would be close too… were it not for Cupertino’s aversion for external microSD card slots. Which once again makes Android look good. Really good.

Cameras, sensors and others

Don’t you even start. We don’t want to hear it. Yeah, yeah, yeah, Apple is the very best in the biz at optimizing software for better battery life, smoother performance and superior camera capabilities. But there’s only so much that can do for a mediocre 8 MP sensor-toting rear snapper.

For crying out loud, the main cam on the Note 4 sports twice the megapixel count, plus every single add-on the iPhone 6 Plus brings to the table: optical image stabilization, autofocus, LED flash. And let’s not forget 2K video recording, which the iPhone can’t do.

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As for selfie nuts, they’d better not give the 6 Plus a second thought, what with its sub-par 1.2 MP front shooter. The Note 4? It’s all about self-portraits, rocking a generous 3.7 MP sensor on the front and 1,080p video shooting support.

And now, for the grand finale. Both contenders tick the fingerprint scanner box, but only one the heart rate monitor category. And guess which one comes with a bundled S Pen and stylus support? How about a UV sensor?

Galaxy Note 4 UV sensor

Meanwhile, Apple is going on and on and on about NFC inclusion, a feature that’s been around in the Android universe for years. Including on mid-rangers.

Pricing and availability

If there’s one battle Apple wins without great resistance, it’s the availability fight. Good thing that’s something to build a successful war campaign on, not an atomic bomb. And clearly, the iPhone 6 Plus doesn’t have enough weapons to survive the war, let alone win it.

iPhone 6 line

Go ahead, buy your fancy, uber-hyped, underwhelming iPhones today, iSheep iFans, because we’ll have the last laugh come mid-October, when Note 4s start shipping. Prices? $300 with AT&T and Verizon contracts, available now on pre-order through Amazon, ditto on Sprint, and $700 or so outright.

Remember, the iPhone 6 Plus also goes for $300 and up, only their $300 variant sports half of Samsung’s $300 Note 3’s internal storage – 16 GB. Oh, look, the 6 Plus is down for the count. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, you’re done!

Benchmark exposes first 64-bit Samsung smartphone: entry-level SM-G510F

More than “true” octa-core power, 3D effects, fingerprint recognition and even Quad HD screen resolution, 64-bit processors are the next must-have feature of high-end smartphones. Make that low-end too, as it appears one of Samsung’s first devices to support the evolved architecture, maybe the absolute first, will be a fairly lackluster SM-G510F.

64 bit

The model number is a genuine enigma and makes the handheld’s identity a very tough nut to crack, however the specifications are nearly set in stone, thanks to the all-knowing GFX Bench database. Assuming the benchmark results and data are legit (which they are), the SM-G510F shall sport a large but low-res 4.8-inch 960 x 540 pix res display and 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm chip.

The CPU’s identification isn’t immediately apparent, but since it’s doubled by an Adreno 306 GPU, it can only be a Snapdragon 410. Remember the 410? Qualcomm introduced it back in December 2013 as its very first 64-bit solution, promising sampling will be available in the first half of 2014.

That put gadgets powered by the S410 on track for an H2 launch, and if this SM-G510F test is any indication, we won’t need to wait until the holiday season. July, maybe August is when the 4.8 incher is most likely to see daylight, possibly for a price as low as $150.

At least that’s what Qualcomm said it was eyeing with Snapdragon 400’s evolved but frugal brother, a 28 nm SoC with an ARM v8 instruction set, top clock speeds of 1.4 GHz, built-in 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth and GPS support.

SM-G510F

Oh, and fret not about GFX Bench listing SM-G510F’s processor as an ARM v7-based unit. That’s likely a typo. Meanwhile, we sure hope the camera sensors aren’t typos, as 8 and 5 megapixels would be pretty outstanding features for the expected price range.

The on-board 1 gig of RAM ain’t bad either, and Android 4.4.2 is for all intents and purposes identical with 4.4.3, the newest, hottest, tastiest KitKat build. Also confirmed by Zauba to carry a 4.8-inch screen and sensible price point (INR 9,000, or $150), the SM-G510F entered India for R&D a couple of weeks back and testing and evaluation earlier this week, signaling fairly advanced development work and an imminent commercial release in emerging markets. Stateside as well? I wouldn’t hold my breath.

For the record, the closest we’ve been able to dig to the SM-G510F alias has been through Galaxy Trends and Cores (model numbered SM-G3xxx) and Galaxy Grand 2, aka SM-G710. So again, no idea how Samsung plans to brand the 64-bit beast low-ender. Any guesses?

Via [GFX Bench], [Zauba]

Sony goes for Moto G’s jugular with cryptic D2403 entry-level smartphone

The sweet, sweet Xperia G rumors floating around a while ago never materialized and so technically Sony is yet to deliver a legitimate Moto G rival. But the Japanese may target Motorola’s other low-cost enchilada before long with a handheld known merely by a mysterious combination of letters and numbers.

Sony

Meet the D2403, benchmarked over at GFX Bench and exposed as a fairly humble 4.4 incher… with 4G LTE connectivity. Sooo, will it compete against the 4G Moto G after all? Probably not, since the 884 x 540 (read 960 x 540) pix res display is no match for G’s 720p glass.

Then again, the Xperia looks to be the superior photographic piece of equipment, thanks to an 8 MP rear-facing camera capable of shooting Full HD videos and escorted by nifty add-ons such as flash, HDR, autofocus and face detection. Hence, I presume Sony intends to kill two birds with one stone.

Of course, they’ll need mighty competitive pricing to challenge any one of Moto’s two budget-conscious champions. Say, in the $180 – $210 ballpark.

Sony D2403

Aside from the modest panel, the D2403 makes a major sacrifice in the front snapper department, likely alienating selfie junkies with a sub-par VGA cam. Meanwhile, the quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU and Adreno 305 GPU make for a zippy enough hardware config to tie the G raw speed-wise and trump the E.

The 1 gig of RAM is again on-par with what the G offers, and so is built-in storage: 16 GB. Technically, the D2403 and Moto G are on even ground on the software side of things as well, though obviously Sony’s Android 4.4 KitKat fork will be plagued by customizations and tweaks.

Before wrapping up, I’m ashamed to admit I truly have no idea how the D2403 will be branded once it goes official. The model number is somewhat similar to Xperia M2’s D2303, but the specs and size bring to mind last year’s Xperia L, aka C2105. Right, so my best bet, based on nothing but a hunch, is Xperia L2.

Via [GFX Bench]

Benchmark listing reveals specs of the Galaxy S5 Active SM-G870

Galaxy S5 Active

The Galaxy S5 Active has sparingly made some appearances in the rumor mill. Most of these rumors have indicated that the smartphone will launch via multiple carriers in the U.S. unlike its predecessor. Today, a new leak coming from GFX Bench has revealed the alleged hardware specs sheet of the device. And by the looks of it, it doesn’t seem like the handset will be a lot different from the Galaxy S5, at least in terms of core hardware.

The presence of a 5.2 inch 1080p display is mentioned here along with a 16-megapixel camera, Android 4.4 KitKat, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. One of the biggest and perhaps the most crucial difference here is the inclusion of a Snapdragon 800 chip instead of Snapdragon 801 like the Galaxy S5, but that’s unlikely to cause concern for users.

It will be interesting to see as to how different the Galaxy S5 Active will be in terms of water and dust resistance from the Galaxy S5 and if there will be any significant design changes. Maybe we will see multiple hardware buttons on the front like the Galaxy S4 Active from last year.

Source: GFX Bench

Via: Sam Mobile

LG G Pad 7.0 features revealed: KitKat, Snapdragon 400 chip, 1 GB RAM

After timidly trying its hand at tablets for the first time in eons with the compact-but-punchy G Pad 8.3, LG seems to have found its footing in the ever-growing, ever-competitive market, feeling secure enough to turn the G Pad from a one-off affair into a family of devices.

LG-G-Pad-7

Made official teased a couple of days back, the G Pad 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1 are tipped to get actual, detailed introductions at some point this week, during a Monaco tech trade show called MedPI. If you’re like ourselves however, patience is not your number one virtue, so any information obtained early is pure gold.

Luckily, and thanks to benchmarking authority AnTuTu, we now have a fairly thorough scoop on G Pad 7.0’s specifications. I know, the 10-incher’s features would have probably been much juicier, but beggars can’t be choosers, right?

The thing is there doesn’t seem to be anything special about this 7-inch G Pad, aka V400. Nothing at all. Sure, LG promised us an “on-the-go entertainment hub that delivers both portability and power”, but I fail to see the power part translated into reality.

I mean, can you really call a Snapdragon 400 machine powerful in 2014? With four cares, true that, but each clocked at a measly 1.2 GHz. The 1 GB of RAM isn’t particularly hot either (last year’s G Pad 8.3 packed twice as much), whereas the dual cameras are a pain to read.

LG G Pad 7.0

3.2 and 1.3 megapixels respectively. My eyes are burning! What else? Oh, yeah, keeping with the spec sheet’s 2012 vibe, the display sports 1,280 x 800 pixels. And you get 8 GB built-in storage, though at this point 16 would have been a genuine miracle.

Finally, Android 4.4.2 KitKat runs the software show, being basically the sole tidbit that signals the G Pad 7.0 has a place in the 2014 Android tablet ecosystem.

Of course, LG can still make the G Pad 7.0 (partially) attractive. The design looked like a hit from the get-go, with a wasp waist, slim bezels and funky paint jobs, and, if the Koreans keep costs in check, the soon-to-launch low-ender may well give fellow budget contenders a run for their money. Not the Nexus 7 2013 though. Or the 2012 version. Or Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD 7.

Yeah, sounds like an uphill battle to me too.

Via [AnTuTu China]

Benchmark reveals Samsung SM-T255: new Galaxy Mega or Galaxy Tab 4 6.2?

Today seems to be an exceptionally prolific day for the sneaky, leaky, all-revealing folks behind mobile benchmark authority GFX Bench, as they’ve first exposed a positively dreamy forthcoming Nvidia-made high-end tablet and now an oddball new Samsung Galaxy family member.

Galaxy-Tab4-7.0

Why oddball? Mostly because it’s smaller than last year’s Galaxy Mega 6.3 “phone”, yet almost certainly destined to be promoted as a tablet. There’s loads of evidence supporting that wacky theory, starting with the gizmo’s model number.

The SM-T255 string is in no way associated with existent Samsung handhelds, instead having very close ties with Galaxy Tab aliases. The Tab 3 7.0 is also known as SM-T215, the Tab 4 7.0 has the alternate SM-T230 and T235 monikers and the Tab 4 8.0 is the SM-T330 and SM-T335.

Wait, but if that’s any indication of SM-T255’s identity, shouldn’t the new kid on the block find a spot closer to the peak of the totem pole than the Tab 4 7.0? It sure makes sense, though if we’re not missing anything, the unannounced “slate” is clearly humbler.

GALAXY-Mega-6.3

For one thing, it’s smaller, at 6.2 inches. Then, it runs an older copy of Android, namely 4.3 Jelly Bean. The on-board Snapdragon 400 CPU is essentially just as zippy (or laggy), packing four Cortex A7 cores clocked at 1.2 GHz, the accompanying Adreno 305 GPU is identical, and the RAM is tied, at 1.5 GB.

Also, you get the same amount of internal storage space – 16 gigs. Then again, this supposed Galaxy Tab 4 6.2 comes with 8 MP/2 MP cameras in tow, which are considerably superior to the Tab 4 7.0’s 3.15/1.3 megapixel snappers. Still, all in all, the upcoming 6.2 incher doesn’t look like much.

Of course, a low (make that ultra-low) price tag could save it from immediate oblivion. As long as you’re comfortable with the idea of owning a pocket-friendly device unable to support voice calls.

Samsung SM-T255

Oh, and in case you’re not convinced this is indeed a Wi-Fi-only slate and reckon maybe it’s a Galaxy Mega spin-off, two additional sources put the information in black and white. There’s import tracker Zauba, which caught the SM-T255S visiting India back in March and lists it as a “sample tablet PC for R&D purpose”, and the Wi-Fi Alliance.

The latter approved the T255S “tablet” at the beginning of April, so a formal announcement and subsequent commercial launch are probably imminent. Interestingly, Zauba valued the 6.2 incher at INR 28,065 ($465), so way north of both the estimated worth of the Galaxy Mega 6.3 and that of the GTab 4 7.0.

Are we missing something that makes the presumed Tab 4 6.2 so valuable? Any guesses? Anyone?

Via [GFX Bench], [Wi-Fi Alliance], [Zauba]

Puzzling Nvidia Mocha tab surfaces with outrageous specs: Retina-like 7.9-inch display, K1 chip

Nvidia’s mobile chip manufacturing division might be gasping for air and the company’s rookie gaming handheld and tablet efforts clearly failed to make an impact, but you can’t blame the Santa Clara-based tech giant for trying.

NVIDIA-Tegra-K1

Especially when their next stab at Android slates looks as mind-blowing as the “Mocha”. Revealed by the omnipresent, omniscient GFX Bench database and likely to get a name change once if it goes official, the Mocha is allegedly a 7.9 incher with a 2,048 x 1,536 pixels resolution display.

Wait a second, wait for it, an instant more, boom, there you go. The number really sank in, eh? Known as QXGA, aka Quad Extended Graphics Array, it’s the so-called Retina-grade res used on Apple’s latest iPad Air.

Only Cupertino’s pad is a 9.7 incher that delivers 264 ppi pixel density. Meanwhile, assuming the info disclosed today is legit, Nvidia’s Tegra Note follow-up should boast a, wait for it, 324 ppi. Forget Retina, this is Super-Retina.

And we’re just getting started in listing all the awesome features that may well make the Mocha the first legitimate iPad mini “killer” contender. On the software side of things, the gizmo comes with Android 4.4.2 KitKat out the box, whereas the quad-core 2.1 GHz Tegra K1 CPU, along with the Kepler GPU, seem to remarkably outperform each and every phone and tablet out and about.

Take Samsung’s spanking new, sizzling hot Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4. Its Adreno 330 GPU scores results three times as modest as the Kepler in several on and offscreen 3D graphics tests, including Manhattan and T-Rex. Impressive? That must be the understatement of the century.

Nvidia Mocha

And sure, the K1 inside Mocha’s hood, comprised of four Cortex-A15 cores, is still built on 32-bit architecture instead of the coveted 64-bit. But for the time being, this should do nicely in keeping Qualcomm at bay and possibly, create the perfect opportunity for a Phoenix-like comeback.

By the by, Nvidia’s future powerhouse looks like a photographic champion too, thanks to an 8 MP rear-facing camera and, get this, 5 MP selfie-friendly front snapper. It almost sounds too good to be true.

And the on-board 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage space (13 user available), while not mind-boggling, are decent enough to keep the overall force of nature picture intact. Of course, with no confirmation the gadget is real and coming soon, we need to treat the “information” package with maximum discretion and caution.

For starters, we can’t be certain it’s a Tegra Note sequel or Shield spin-off, though the latter is obviously a stretch for more than one reason. More importantly, just because someone tested the “Mocha” and bothered to benchmark it, it doesn’t mean it’s headed to store shelves.

It could be an experiment. A hoax. A prank. But it’s not. Say it isn’t so, Nvidia, please, pretty please with sugar on top. And cream. A mocha without cream is something else entirely.

Via [GFX Bench]

Benchmark reconfirms Asus Game Box specs: Android 4.3, Tegra 4 CPU, 2 GB RAM

Untroubled by Nvidia and Ouya’s struggles with making their latest Android game console efforts relevant, Asus forges ahead with its own Shield rival/trend-setter wannabe, a controller supposedly dubbed Game Box.

Asus Game Box

First spotted in an AnTuTu benchmark and subsequently blessed by the Bluetooth SIG with the necessary regulatory approvals to see daylight, the Asus Game Box seems to be moving one step closer to a formal introduction today, thanks to the all-revealing GFX Bench database.

There isn’t a whole lot of new information unearthed by the fresh source, just further confirmation the gaming box/accessory runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, packing quad-core 1.9 GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 power.

Wait, but aren’t both Android 4.3 and Tegra 4 obsolete? Well, “obsolete” is a bit harsh, but at the end of the day, it’s spot-on. I mean, take a look at Game Box’s 3D graphics performance compared to Nvidia Shield’s.

The latter, which mind you is almost a year old, basically trumps the former, yet to be released, in every single test save for driver overhead and render quality evaluations. And sure, the Game Box was benchmarked while connected to a 6.9-inch screen boasting 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution, unlike the Shield, which sports a 1,280 x 720 pix res display of its own. But still, mediocre performance is the best you can look for in Asus’ upcoming experiment.

Asus Game Box

The gizmo’s only saving grace is thus affordability, although since it’s just a basic wireless controller doubled by a not-so-punchy console, I don’t see how Asus could lower the bar enough to warrant a purchase. Remember, the Ouya started at a measly $99 back in the day and is this close to extinction already.

Oh, Asus, if only you’d have put one of Nvidia’s next-generation Tegra K1 processors inside the Game Box. A storage boost beyond the current 8 gigs (5.6 user available) might have helped also, while the on-board 2 GB RAM is… decent… enough… I guess.

But hey, there’s still time to scrap the project as is, get back to the drawing board, maybe port Android 4.4 KitKat to the Game Box 2.0 and stand a chance. How about it, Asus? And you, dear (light) gamers? Would you be more pleased with something like that, or are these initiatives all destined to fail until Google enters the picture? We’re all ears.

Via [GFX Bench]

KitKat-powered Dell XPS 12 convertible surfaces with Intel Core i3 ‘Haswell’ chip

There’s no question Android’s versatility has greatly evolved over time, as the OS now sustains not only conventional smartphones and tablets, but also TVs, cars, transforming tab-laptop crossbreeds and even a couple of skimpy, budget-conscious full-fledged notebooks.

Dell XPS 12

Yet nothing seemed to prepare us for what Dell is working on. The creators of mostly lackluster Android devices so far, including the Venue 7 and 8 slates, apparently have an XPS 12 version in the pipeline conceived around Google’s mobile platform.

For those of you living under a (remote) rock, the XPS 12 line currently consists of sleek, sturdy, adaptable so-called convertible ultrabooks with state-of-the-art hardware and Windows 8 running the software show.

Sure, they’re expensive, really expensive in fact, starting at roughly $800 and going all the way up to $1,500, but boy, are they good-looking and punchy. And as it turns out, the franchise might be ready to branch out, welcoming a new, Android-supporting member into the family.

Model numbered XPS12-9Q33, which is oddly the same moniker used by a Windows 8 variant in circulation, this unforeseen and mind-blowing hybrid is listed over at GFX Bench as packing a quad-core fourth-generation 1.7 GHz Intel Core i3 Haswell processor, Intel HD Graphics 4400 and 4 GB RAM.

All supported by Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Wait, is that even possible? Well, it may take a bit of fine tuning here and there, but all in all, why not? If Core i3-powered Chromebooks are happening, I’d think the sky is the limit for Android’s growth.

Dell XPS 12 Android

Of course, a hoax or innocent typo are always on the table. At least until Dell comes forward to confirm or deny the story. The model number is clearly fishy and, to illustrate the benchmark scores, GFX Bench uses the pic of a Windows XPS 12.

Then again, never have we seen the source commit an error of such epic proportions. It’s not like you can just hit the wrong key on your keyboard and enter “Android 4.4.2” in lieu of “Windows 8”. Besides, here’s a crazy theory to explain the photo.

What if this upcoming XPS12-9Q33 runs both Android and Windows? You know, in a dual-boot configuration. Personally, I’ve never understood the feasibility and appeal of those machines, but if Dell is ready to invest time and money into the concept, maybe there’s something to it.

Either way, the laptop-cum-tablet sports a 12.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution (Full HD) display, 67 GB of built-in user available storage and a shockingly scanty 0.9 MP front-facing camera. Also, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

Huh, guess Android has a future in the laptop world after all.

Via [GFX Bench]