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Could this be the press render of the Android based Nokia P1?

Nokia P1

Nokia P1

The #NokiaP1 smartphone is rumored to be the Finnish manufacturer’s comeback phone, based on the Android platform. The last known device from the company came in the form of an Android tablet, the Nokia N1, which was limited to the Chinese markets.

We’re now getting a likely look of Nokia’s new handset thanks to a leak. From what we can see here, the handset has an almost Samsung-like design language. Not much is evident from the image beyond this, however. It is likely that this will be running Android on board, although nothing can be said with certainty as of yet.

Nokia wasn’t legally allowed to produce smartphones after it sold the Lumia division to Microsoft. But since the non-compete clause has come to an end a long time ago, the company can finally produce and sell devices on a global scale. We’ll keep our ears and eyes peeled for more information on the Nokia P1. What do you make of this leak? Sound off in the comments below.

Source: VK – Translated

Via: Phone Arena

Unconvincing teaser image of the Galaxy Note 7 appears online

Galaxy Note 7

The #Samsung #GalaxyNote6 is supposedly known as the #GalaxyNote7. Now, this is not exactly news to us, but an alleged teaser almost tries to confirm the new moniker. The reasoning behind Samsung wanting to go with the Note 7 instead of the Note 6 is not known, although the teaser doesn’t convince us one bit.

It is believed that this is a prematurely leaked teaser photo that was supposed to go up in a month’s time. However, there are no standard Samsung markings here, and there’s some mild editing done to the picture as well, which is not that hard to spot. We don’t think this is the real deal, but the fact remains that there are rumors emerging (out of nowhere) to prove that the next Note will be the Galaxy Note 7.

It’s anybody’s guess right now as to what the device will be actually known as, and luckily for us, there’s not much waiting left to do as the Galaxy Note 6/7 is expected to be launched by early August.

Do you think this is the real deal?

Source: @stagueve – Twitter

‘Huawei 7P’ trademark hints at the arrival of a Nexus tablet

Nexus 6P

The #Huawei #Nexus6P has been a very popular device in the #Nexus lineup. Although the sales figures might not be extremely flattering, it is without a doubt one of the best Nexus devices to have come out of Google’s sheds. There has been speculation that this fruitful partnership could grow further in the form of a full blown tablet, well, according to rumors anyway.

Some of those rumors are partially being substantiated now with the “Huawei 7P” moniker just getting trademarked. This is standard practice before the imminent arrival of a device and could well be our first hint that Huawei is involved with the much awaited Nexus tablet reboot.

However, nothing is set in stone yet as we still don’t have a device before our eyes. But the day might not be far away when Google eventually unveils the Nexus 7P tablet, featuring state-of-the-art specs and a design that is reminiscent of the Nexus 6P (hopefully).

Would you like to see a Huawei made Nexus tablet? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: USPTO

Via: Techno Buffalo

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 could feature IP68 certification, iris scanner: Rumor

Galaxy Note 5

According to a new rumor, the #Samsung #GalaxyNote6 smartphone will come with an IP68 certified water and dust resistant body. Now this might not come as much of a surprise to fans considering that the Galaxy S7 and the S7 edge are also water/dust resistant. This particular rumor goes on to pitch the possibility of an iris scanner making its way to the device.

Now, this isn’t the first time we’re hearing about Samsung’s intentions to use an iris scanner, so we can’t exactly say this is unfathomable. However, since it’s still early days right now, we suggest you take this particular revelation with a grain of salt until there’s evidence to prove otherwise. The water resistance aspect, however, makes a lot of sense and we would frankly be a little surprised if the feature was missing from the Galaxy Note 6.

Are there any other features that you would like to see on the 2016 Galaxy Note flagship? Sound off in the comments below.

 

Via: SamMobile

Samsung Galaxy A8 to come with a f/1.9 camera sensor and real time HDR

Samsung Galaxy A5

Galaxy A8

We recently came across a report which suggested that the Galaxy A8 would sport a 16-megapixel camera on board. A new report is now extending on that report and claiming that this sensor would have an aperture size of f/1.9, which means it could allow more light and better imagery on the whole.

This could be a crucial feature for the smartphone, given that it’s supposed to be marketed as a midrange offering. The Galaxy A8 is touted to be the slimmest Samsung offering at just 5.8mm which could well be a major selling point for the handset.

The handset has already been revealed by promotional materials, so we know that its existence is legitimate. However, we’re yet to ascertain whether the device will remain an exclusive to some parts of the world or if the Galaxy A8 will see a widespread release. At this point, we know that the handset will feature a 5.7 inch 1080p display, a 16-megapixel camera on the back, an octa core Snapdragon 615 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (expandable), Android 5.1 Lollipop and a 3,050 mAh battery.

Via: GSM Arena

Five reasons why we need BlackBerry on the Android team

The rumor is not new. In some shape or form, we’ve been expecting BlackBerry to reach to the dark Google side for salvation for several years now. It seems to be the Canadians’ only shot at a hardware business revival of sorts, and by extension, the company’s survival as a whole.

BlackBerry Android

Granted, John Chen could always try to stop the ship from sinking by throwing the archaic QWERTY keyboard phones overboard and saving merely the semi-profitable software department. But that would obviously imply cutting thousands of jobs and settling for subsistence instead of aspiring to greatness.

Not an option yet, at least not until they experiment a little with an outside OS, probably to mutually beneficial effects. Come on, Android geeks, admit it. There may be something of value for us all in a BB recruitment on Big G’s team. Multiple advantages, actually, which we’d like to detail as follows:

Physical keyboards

Remnants of a time long past, these non-detachable “accessories” have to make a comeback in the Android landscape. They just have to. Businessmen, perennially on-the-run students or simply folks who live through typing need a user experience and interaction on-screen keyboards won’t ever be able to provide.

BlackBerry Classic

Sorry, SwiftKey and Swype, no matter how versatile and productive you get, you’re not the “real” deal. Meanwhile, the BlackBerry Classic is, and the awkwardly designed Passport comes pretty close. Now shut your eyes, imagine for a moment BB joins forces with Samsung and they devise a high-end QWERTY/touch hybrid powered by a lightly forked Android iteration.

Something to borrow the robustness and professionalism of BlackBerries, and at least part of the Galaxy S-series glitz. Sounds too good to be true? Unfortunately, we’re dreaming here and grasping at straws, really, when likely the best QWERTY Android around is the two year-old Jelly Bean-running LG Enact.

Security

Waterloo’s CEO may have wanted to exhibit tact when invoking the reason his outfit can’t dive into shark-infested Android waters yet, but he sure struck a nerve among malware-concerned mobile enthusiasts.

Android security holes

Let’s not beat it around the bush, stock Android has a security problem. And so far, Samsung, LG, Sony or HTC’s proprietary skins haven’t managed to deal with it in a universally satisfactory manner. Could BlackBerry perhaps reduce the typical risks associated with Google-powered devices?

Definitely, but of course, they need to modify code, customize features and even remove certain Google services, replacing them with their own. Do we want that? Not all of us, yet some would love, love, love the alternative.

Competition

Speaking of alternatives, wouldn’t it also be nice to find a balance between Eastern and Western tech forces? Clearly, gadget reliability doesn’t depend on geography, but stubborn, patriotic, slightly prejudiced North Americans will always show reservations to Chinese brands, favoring local companies… if they get the choice.

Android BlackBerry

If they don’t, they’ll go the Apple route and we obviously don’t want that. Call us haters, but Cupertino needs to lose a few market share points to once and for all align prices with real iPhone value. So, we’d like to see BB regain its lost touch, especially since they know how it feels at the peak of the totem pole and we trust they won’t allow themselves to tumble a second time.

Software diversification

Unpopular opinion – Android skins aren’t inherently bad or counterproductive. Samsung is this close to making TouchWiz not only prettier than its vanilla kin, but also smoother, faster and easier to master for novice users. Don’t shoot the messenger!

TouchWiz vs Stock Android

Now, HTC’s Sense UI is all that’s wrong with third-party “optimization”, and Amazon’s Fire OS is a fiasco of closed-mindedness, rival envy and ego. Narrowly behind Samsung, we’d probably list LG as the designer of a convenient, minimally intrusive interface that’s greatly evolved over the years.

If BlackBerry decides to follow the path of Android adoption and alteration, you have to figure they’ll tweak a number of things, particularly in the privacy department, but as long as they offer full access to Google Play, we’re game.

BlackBerry Passport

There’s also the question of updates, handled by the Canadians themselves when it comes to BlackBerry OS (duh), but likely contingent on multiple factors if our dream scenario pans out. Ideally, Google would understand the perks of collaborating with a security specialist of this magnitude, and who knows, maybe they’ll unite forces to make stock Android the best it can be.

A touch of safety renovation never killed an open OS, did it?

Great brands live forever

Consider this – if Nokia were to return next year (which is more than likely, by the by) with a super-sturdy handheld sporting a phenomenal camera and cutting-edge internals all in all, would you be interested? Intrigued, at least?

Of course you would, regardless of their lengthy struggles, Microsoft dumping and the eternity passed from their last hit. It’s the same with BlackBerry, whose esteemed name will stick to people’s brains until long after the Prague debuts, no matter if it strikes gold or flops as hard as the Z10.

BlackBerry building logo

This isn’t an ephemeral champ we’re talking about, with its 15 minutes of fame over and done. It’s an enterprise destined for enduring success going through a lousy phase. It’d be a shame for this to be the end, and it’d be too bad if Google and Samsung didn’t realize the comeback potential.

Go on, give them a hand for the sake of the entire industry, future developments, breakthroughs and progress. They’ll be always in your debt, even when if back on top.

Samsung will reportedly launch the Galaxy S7 in the 2nd half of 2015

Galaxy S7

According to a new report, Samsung’s Galaxy S7 will break cover in the 2nd half of 2015. The report goes on to mention that the smartphone will compete primarily with the new iPhone that is expected to arrive by late 2015.

This raises some interesting questions though. What about the Galaxy Note 5? Will it see launch as scheduled? Only time can tell at the moment, but it’s not unrealistic for the Galaxy Note 5 to co-exist with the Galaxy S7 considering that they serve different market segments.

However, it might be unlike Samsung to launch a Galaxy S flagship merely months after the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge were revealed. That being said, a move like this was always on the cards for Samsung as it will take Apple head-on, rather than launching a flagship six months later.

This could mean that customers who bought the Galaxy S6 or the Galaxy S6 Edge recently might be in for disappointment. However, that’s assuming the rumor is true, so there’s no need for alarm or excitement just yet.

Source: Digitimes

What to expect when you’re expecting: 2015 Google Nexus upgrade (s)

It’s all (relatively) quiet on the Nexus release front, and with a measly few days left until the Google I/O 2015 opener, that can only mean one thing. Whatever Big G has planned for the stock Android-running hardware program, we won’t be able to check out any N5, N6 or N9 sequels in the flesh just yet.

Nexus

Of course, it makes perfect sense, if you think about it. It’s simply way too early for “pure Google” phablet or tablet reboots, not to mention the technology isn’t really there for radical, palpable improvements. Snapdragon 810 processing power? 4 GB RAM instead of 3? Too little, too… soon.

Meanwhile, the increasingly more plausible 2015 edition of the 2013 Nexus 5 could debut any day now, yet the utter lack of visual exposés or concrete, believable, detailed specification disclosures suggests this ain’t happening very soon either.

Granted, Android’s M build is almost certainly imminent, but like last year, we expect an unfinished beta, aka developer version, to go official months ahead of the commercial source code dispatch. Once again therefore, it makes sense if Nexus upgrades keep us waiting until late summer/early fall.

Nexus 6 Nexus 9

No matter, we’ll still dream of the new Nexus trio with our eyes open, and contemplate all sorts of utopian scenarios where they revolutionize the mobile tech universe. Here’s what we currently anticipate they’ll bring to the table, based mostly on educated guesswork:

Google Nexus 6 2015, aka Nexus 6 second-gen, aka Nexus 6-2

First of all, don’t ever call this the Nexus 7. That would be beyond confusing, plus it’d create a shadow the Huawei-made handheld couldn’t possibly escape. Yes, we believe Huawei will manufacture it under El Goog’s careful supervision.

Nexus 6

It’s high time a rising Chinese star got a chance to truly shine on a global scale, and Huawei certainly has the production muscle needed to qualify for a Nexus “license.” They also have this iPhone-homaging sense of style we feel the Android ecosystem might be able to polish and help thrive.

Likely circling 6 inches of screen real estate, especially if a long overdue N5 follow-up is nigh as well, the second-gen phablet should “settle” for an original-matching Quad HD pixel count producing outstanding 490 or so ppi.

Under the hood, there’s a (slim) chance Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 will be ready in time. But the S810 remains the front-runner. Unless it’s truly as flawed as some sources suggest, and the 808 enters the picture. Or here’s a crazy idea: what if a Huawei-designed octa-core 64-bit Kirin CPU gets the unexpected vote of confidence?

nexus-huawei

3 gigs of supporting RAM are our safest bet right now, with a 4 count possible but not probable. 20 megapixel OIS rear camera? 8 MP selfie-friendly front shooter? Fingerprint recognition capabilities? 3,500 mAh+ battery juice?

Allow yourselves to dream, since rumor is Android M will feature native finger authentication, and Huawei is more than focused on top-notch front cams and pacemakers. It all depends on the targeted price tag, which may hinder the cutting-edge nature of the jumbo-sized phone, given the $600 and up OG N6 reportedly posted underwhelming mainstream sales.

LG Nexus 5 2015 preview

While we still have our doubts in regards to Huawei’s entry into the fold, LG’s recruitment for a compact, possibly low-cost new N5 feels guaranteed. The Koreans deserve the comeback, and if they don’t return, we can’t see the Nexus 5-2 happening.

Nexus 5

It’s worth pointing out the forerunner has almost completely disappeared from US stores, commanding a $333 tariff on a lagging Amazon listing with no US 4G or valid warranty. Ergo, the sequel really could drop any time after I/O. June, July, August at the latest to help Android keep Apple’s next iPhones at bay.

A fingerprint scanner is one of the few speculated features at the moment, alongside a slim-bezeled G4-like chassis. 1,080p resolution? Probably, if Google intends to charge $400 tops outright. Snapdragon 808, 3 GB RAM, G4’s winning 16 and 8 MP photography units?

Nexus 5 2015 concept

Maybe, though like it or not, camera compromises could be mandatory for the same noble, affordability-seeking purpose. Don’t be too shocked if you only end up with 13 and 5 megapixels respectively. Perhaps even 2 gigs of random-access memory.

Fingers crossed for battery capacity well exceeding the first Nexus 5’s modest 2,300 mAh, improved wireless charging functions and louder, sharper speakers. USB type-C connectivity? Let’s not push it.

Second-gen Nexus 9 speculation

They say HTC plans to bring an entry-level H7 7-inch slate to light this summer, but “they” don’t say a thing about a premium N9 follow-up, which like the 2015 N6, we beg of you not to call Nexus 10. That brings back a rush of memories, not all very pleasant.

Nexus 9

Now, we don’t think last year’s Nexus 9 sold like hotcakes, but if the H7 is real, it couldn’t have flopped that hard. Ergo, HTC should try again.

This time, with more metal on the outside and maybe a “mainstream” Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. The Nvidia Tegra X1 is obviously a decent possibility too, coupled with 3 GB RAM and, hopefully, backed by a larger 8,000 mAh or so cell.

At the same time, we wouldn’t rule out Google signing a different manufacturer and going a less impressive design and hardware path looking for N7’s glory past. Asus stands by, plus LG, with the latter’s surprisingly robust and solid G Pads sounding like the perfect basis for a new Nexus… 8?

Nexus 7 2013

Finally, it’s not out of the question Big G will abandon Nexus tablets sooner or later, in acknowledgment of the product category’s approaching and inevitable extinction. Before that happens, head over to Amazon and purchase a beautiful N9 starting at $380, or an oldie but goldie Nexus 7 2013 in exchange for $165.

If you’re struck by extreme nostalgia, the 2012 N7 is itself still available, at $149.99 brand-new or $110 certified refurbished.

Here’s a thought – what if, instead of ditching them, Google decides to refresh both the antiquated Nexus 7 and much newer, much hotter 9?

HTC to launch One M9 in March with ultra high end hardware [Rumor]

HTC One M9

According to a new rumor, the HTC One M9 will be unveiled at next year’s MWC event which is scheduled to be held in March at Barcelona. This doesn’t come as a surprise considering that the One M8 last year was announced around the same time. The big takeaway from this rumor is the hardware this alleged flagship is expected to be packing.

If the rumors are accurate, the smartphone will sport a 5.2 inch Quad HD display, a Snapdragon 805 SoC, 64GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, 3GB of RAM, Android 5.0 Lollipop with the latest Sense 7 user interface and IP67 certification for being water and dust resistant. It’s safe to assume that HTC will upgrade some of the features like the BoomSound speakers with the One M9.

If this is anything to go by, the One M9 could be a monstrous smartphone and a potential threat to all the major flagships that are expected to launch at around the same time, including the Samsung Galaxy S6.

Source: IB Times

Via: Talk Android

Rumor: Nokia looking to launch another Android handset

Nokia X2

Nokia

With Microsoft finishing its acquisition of Nokia, future Lumia Windows Phone devices will be missing the Nokia branding. In the midst of this news, we’re now hearing that the manufacturer could be looking to launch an Android device of its own. It is being said that the team behind the Nokia N9 will be responsible for this handset. This will probably be different from the Nokia X series which have seen moderate success in global markets.

Nokia is also teasing an event for the 17th of October which will apparently give us a look at the company’s future. The company has merely posted a teaser on Twitter and hasn’t made anything official yet, so we might be reading too much into it. In any case, Microsoft has rights over the Nokia brand until 2016, so it will be interesting to see how this rumor will take shape in the coming days. It is possible that Nokia’s design team will offer help to other OEMs in designing an N9 like device as its own branding cannot be used.

In any case, take this rumor with a pinch of salt as it could go either way. Would you be interested in a Nokia’esque Android flagship? Share your thoughts.

Source: MyDrivers

Via: Phone Arena

Google might have just teased the arrival of Android 5.0 in a new screenshot

Google World Cup

Google World Cup

For those that have followed Android for long, you would know of a custom that Google follows before the launch of every major release. The company does this by teasing the version number of the upcoming iteration of Android via the clock. This has been happening since Gingerbread where press images showed the Nexus S having 2:30 as the time (Android 2.3).

This tradition has continued with the Nexus 5 as well, which had the time set to 4:40. Today however, Google has posted a screenshot on Twitter talking about how to track the FIFA World Cup 2014 scores via Google Now, and the clock reads 5:00suggesting that we might see Android 5.0 soon.

Now we’ve been lead to believe that the next major release of Android will be known as 5.0 following Android 4.4 which was revealed in November last year. Going by that, there is reason to be excited. But as with anything Google, this could just be the company’s way of playing with our minds rather than a hint of what’s to come. The hypebeasting has already begun though and will only grow in the coming days.

What do you think of this new revelation? Is it indicative of Android 5.0 breaking cover soon or are we reading too much into it?

Source: @Google – Twitter

Via: Droid-Life

LG G3 need to know: final rumor recap and preview

LG far from reinvented the wheel when unveiling the funky-looking, slim-bezeled, rear physical button-toting G2 last summer, but somehow the gigantic 5.2 incher felt like the biggest mobile innovation in years.

LG-G3-rear

Sure, it nowhere near challenged Galaxy S4 or Note 3’s booming sales numbers. Yet it once and for all put LG on the map, building on the (mild) successes of the Optimus G and Nexus 4. Then came the equally as spectacular, cheaper Nexus 5 and, just like that, LG became Sammy’s main rival in the Android décor.

Forget HTC, forget Sony, forget Motorola. This is the battle right here. LG against Samsung. G3 against Galaxy S5. Probably, also against S5 Prime before long. But first things first, the actual, formal announcement. T minus 24 hours.

lg-g3-teaser

Proving it indeed has what it takes, the G3 has been making the rumor rounds constantly (as in almost every day) for the good part of the last two or three months. And no one’s bored. Or uninterested in the formality that is tomorrow’s unveil.

Instead, everyone wants to see it in the flesh, touch, handle, feel it and conclude if the S5 Prime is worth waiting for. Here’s exactly what to expect:

Design, build materials and dimensions

It’s odd, isn’t it? I’ve lost count of all of G3’s revealing photo shoots, including in press-friendly form, yet we’re still not sure if it’s full metal we’re dealing with, an aluminum-plastic blend of some kind, or plain old polycarbonate.

lg_g3_press

Whatever it is, it looks outstanding. Thin, elegant, distinguished, with a personal, unique identity and personality, no longer similar to Samsung flagships and unmistakable, even when compared to its predecessor.

Back to materials, plastic made to resemble metal is the safest bet. Or maybe plastic with actual metal on the sides. Dimensions? Incredibly enough, 146.3 mm long and 74.6 mm wide. At 5.5 inches of usable screen real estate. For contrast, the 5-inch HTC One M8 is 146.4 mm long and the 5.1-inch Galaxy S5 72.5 mm wide.

LG G3 Korea

Oh, and let’s not forget the wasp waist (8.9 mm thick), or the smoothly redesigned rear keys, seasoned with a one-of-a-kind laser focus camera sensor.

Display rumors

Rumors? What rumors? It’s a guarantee. The G3 sports a vibrant 5.5-inch LCD panel with 2,560 x 1,440 pixels resolution, aka Quad HD, or 2K. End of story.

LG G3 T-Mobile

CPU, RAM and cameras

Last we rounded up the speculation, we were still hoping for a Snapdragon 805 chip while fearing an S800. Ultimately, it looks like we’ll have to settle for what’s in between – an S801 with four cores, each clocked at 2.3 GHz.

LG G3 leak

Technically, that’s a tad less punchy than what the Galaxy S5 packs (a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801), but the G3 will no doubt up the memory ante, to 3 GB RAM. A 2 GB variant is also possible, in a combination with 16 GB built-in storage (the 3 GB model shall feature 32 GB of space).

As far as cameras go, I already slipped the biggest innovation. Laser auto focus. How exactly does it work? No idea, but LG will probably explain it over and over again, trying to make up for the fact the rear-facing camera’s megapixel count (13) is inferior to GS5’s (16) or Xperia Z2’s (20.7).

Front snapper? Not that it makes much of a difference, but apparently, a run-of-the-mill 2.1 MP sensor is in the cards.

Software, battery life and others

Pre-loaded Android 4.4 KitKat was obviously a guarantee right off the bat, but what’s interesting to see is exactly how much LG plans to customize and tweak vanilla KK. A few LG-specific features popped up in the rumor mill here and there, along with some of the UI modifications, yet all in all, I presume there’s more to come.

LG G3 widgets

More accessories too, in addition to Quick Circle cases and wireless charging docks, plus maybe a 2 TB microSD card. Wait, what? Sorry, I was dreaming with my eyes open and thinking out loud. Yes, the G3 might technically support 2 TB of external storage. But the most you can add nowadays is 128 gigs and that won’t change anytime soon.

What else? Ah, battery life. Rumor is G3’s cell will tip the scales at 3,000 mAh, 400 and 200 mAh north of M8 and S5’s tickers. But exactly as large as G2’s juicer, so I wouldn’t anticipate drastically improved autonomy. Maybe drastically damaged, due to the Quad HD display. Guess that’s one risk LG needed to take.

LG-QuickCircle-Case-for-G3

The good news is the battery will be removable. No confirmation on fingerprint recognition or water protection yet, so they’re automatically long shots, while a complex Dolby sound enhancement solution with 1 watt speaker is a must.

Pricing and availability

The “when” of the equation is, as usual, the last tidbit expected to break cover, although LG can’t afford to wait. Ideally, they’d launch the G3 immediately after its intro. But we don’t live in an ideal world, so at best, I assume the big guy will see daylight in late June. Worst case scenario, July.

What LG also can’t afford is raise the pricing bar too much. A premium compared to the G2 is a certainty, but let’s hope the Koreans will manage to keep outright costs below $700 stateside. $650 would be positively dreamy. As would $200 with 24-month Verizon, AT&T and Sprint contracts. Can they pull it off? Stay close and you’ll find out here first.

Fresh Korean report calls for mid-June Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime release

A new day, a new Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime rumor. Make that two. Or three. Um, you get the point. Everybody’s talking about the ultra-high-end smartphone, even though no one knows exactly how it will look and despite official assurances the “basic” GS5 won’t get upgraded anytime soon.

Galaxy-S5-prime

Yeah, right. Then I guess all the tipsters and leaksters that have spilled their guts of late are either crazy or complete frauds. Which is surely not the case with Naver, for instance, whose sources tell them the premium S5 shall see daylight “as early as the middle of next month”.

Mind you, they’re talking an actual commercial release in mid-June, at least on Samsung’s domestic shores, so apparently, the S5 Prime and LG’s G3 are indeed to go toe to toe before long. Interestingly, Naver hints at nearly simultaneous launches on all of Korea’s major wireless carriers – SK Telecom, KT and LG U+ – , which would clash a bit with allegations of limited early stocks.

Of course, it’s still entirely possible the Quad HD 5.2 incher won’t be able to keep up with Western demand. Even worse, it could remain a Korean or Asian exclusive for a while until finally landing in a handful of European and North American markets in short supply.

But hey, the Korean tri-launch gives us hope. And so do fresh pricing rumors. The S5 Prime will reportedly cost the equivalent of $880 (KRW 900,000), which sounds like a lot at first, but really isn’t.

Samsung_Galaxy_S5

It’s actually what Samsung planned to charge for the standard S5 in the very beginning, albeit a pre-release discount saw the price drop to $847 (KRW 866,800). Bottom line, if the speculation pans out, I’d expect the US GS5 Prime to go for $650 outright. $700, tops.

With a 2,560 x 1,440 pixels resolution display, quad-core Snapdragon 805 CPU, 3 GB RAM, pre-loaded Android 4.4.3 KitKat, 16 MP rear-facing camera, beefy 3,000 mAh or so battery, LTE-Advanced connectivity (where available), fingerprint recognition technology and a built-in heart rate monitor.

The outer shell, meanwhile, is the biggest question mark, as Samsung is yet to solve the “plastic or metal” conundrum. Truth be told, if the Galaxy S5 Prime would cost no more than $700, I think I’d be fine with another polycarbonate, perforated exterior. What about you?

Via [Naver]

Xiaomi’s upcoming tablet to sport a high resolution display and a NVIDIA or Intel SoC

Xiaomi

According to rumors coming out of Taiwan, Xiaomi’s upcoming tablet could sport a high resolution 7.9 inch 2048 x 1536 resolution display, thus rivaling the display of the Apple iPad. It is also said that the Chinese manufacturer is in talks with Intel as well as NVIDIA to supply the chipset for this new high-end tablet. It was initially reported that the company will announce its first tablet on the 23rd of April, but that didn’t materialize.

This rumored tablet could cost as low as $160 according to Taiwanese sources, which could be more than competitive considering the hardware expected to be on offer. This tablet has sparked off interest among global users as well since the manufacturer is expected to expand into international markets soon. The company formally started its global expansion with the launch of the mi.com website where several devices will be on offer.

It will be interesting to see how the manufacturer will handle this global launch, especially in markets like the U.S. which is dominated by Apple and Samsung at the moment.

Source: Focus Taiwan

Via: Phone Arena