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Samsung launches Galaxy S5 Plus with a Snapdragon 805 SoC

Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus

Samsung has just launched the Galaxy S5 Plus smartphone with a Snapdragon 805 SoC, bringing it on par with the current crop of flagships such as the Galaxy Note 4 and the Motorola Nexus 6. Not surprisingly, this is pretty much the only difference between the Galaxy S5 Plus and the regular Galaxy S5 which was announced back in February.

As of this moment, there’s no word on which markets will receive the Galaxy S5 Plus, but considering that the company is rolling out the Galaxy Note 4 in most global markets this month, we won’t be surprised if the Korean manufacturer keeps this limited to a handful of markets. Samsung has another variant of the smartphone known as the Galaxy S5 LTE-A, which packs a powerful Quad HD display as well as the Snapdragon 805 SoC.

The Galaxy S5 Plus sports a 5.1 inch 1080p display, a 16-megapixel camera on the back, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and Android 4.4 KitKat with the latest iteration of TouchWiz. The company is yet to spill pricing related details for the handset, but we expect it to go heavy on the wallets considering the hardware on board.

Would you like to get your hands on the Galaxy S5 Plus? Let us know.

Source: Samsung Netherlands

Via: GalaxyClub.nl – Translated

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.

GalaxyNote4

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!

Snapdragon 805 chip for the Galaxy Note 4 almost confirmed

Samsung CSC

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is under a month away from officially breaking cover at the IFA event and speculation has already begun regarding the hardware of the smartphone. Korean reports have now confirmed that Qualcomm will be supplying the Snapdragon 805 chipset to Samsung.

The powerful Snapdragon 805 chipset will be used in LTE markets, while a variant with the Exynos 5433 chip has been spotted in benchmarks as well. So there’s no change in strategy from the Korean manufacturer as far as the SoC on board is concerned. There’s even talk of the company launching the smartphone in two display variants – one with a regular QHD panel and the other with a three sided display for limited markets (such as South Korea), although this is merely a rumor at this point.

According to sources familiar with the matter, Qualcomm is offering discounts on its mobile SoCs to Samsung in order to encourage moving more units. Korean reports claim that this has angered LG which is also one of the top clients of Qualcomm. All that aside, it’s almost a certainty as of now that there will be a Snapdragon 805 variant of the Galaxy Note 4, at least for some markets.

Source: ZDNet Korea

Via: Sam Mobile

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX successor to sport a Snapdragon 805 SoC

Kindle Fire HDX

The Kindle Fire HDX from 2012 is a pretty capable tablet on its own, especially considering the price it is retailing for. The tablet used the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, which was considered the best in the business at the time. A new leaked AnTuTu listing is now indicating that the successor to this popular tablet from last year will sport the new Snapdragon 805 chipset which is only seen on select few devices right now. This will mean that Amazon’s next tablet will be more powerful than any of the current crop of Android tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S or even the Galaxy Tab Pro.

Of course, simply having hardware won’t cut it in this day and age, so Amazon will have to ensure that the software is utilized to work with it. The AnTuTu page also mentions the presence of an 8-megapixel camera on the back, 2GB of RAM and a 8.9 inch 2K resolution display. It looks like Amazon’s upcoming tablet will be quite a beast as far as hardware is concerned.

Kindle Fire HDX

What do you think of a Kindle Fire HDX with a 2K resolution display and a Snapdragon 805 chipset?

Source: AnTuTu

Via: GSM Arena

Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact rumor roundup and preview: more of the same?

Normally, we’d not even dare tackle potentially game-changing Android devices such as Sony’s Xperia Z2 and Z1 Compact sequels collectively, in just one preview post, sending the message they’re not really important as standalone products. No matter how little we know (as in truly know) about them, and how distant their releases may seem.

Xperia Z2 Z1 Compact

After all, the Z1 Compact remains to this day the single most disruptive mini-flagship the mobile world has ever seen, and the Z2… oh, if only Sony had launched it earlier. Wider. With stronger marketing.

But sadly, based on the fairly credible rumors floating around these past few months and increasing in intensity the last week or so, I’m afraid the Xperia makers are leaving us no choice. The purported Z3 and Z3 Compact look like the kind of pithy, unnecessary spin-offs that even Samsung head honchos would reject as way too similar to previous spearheads.

Sony Xperia Z3

More of the same? The clichéd idiom can’t begin to encompass the frustration and stupefaction Sony fans will feel if the Z3/Z3 Compact pair materializes in the form so far speculated and authenticated by a bundle of legit-looking live photos. But let’s start from the beginning:

Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact preview – the why

Look, I get times are a-changing and all, and rolling out a high-end bad boy every 12 months doesn’t cut it anymore. I understand the advertising angle, and once in a blue moon, a, say, six-month upgrading cycle makes sense from a development and innovation standpoint as well.

Xperia Z3

But we’ve reached a point where even Qualcomm, the king of swift updates, is hitting the brakes until the “next big thing” is here. As in, you know, 64-bit processing power, which will become available on a wide scale for Androids in the first half of 2015.

Of course, speed and performance isn’t all about chips, however we’re not seeing worthwhile improvements in the display, camera, battery or memory departments on the horizon either. Unless you count Quad HD screen resolution as a worthwhile improvement. Which is not.

Xperia-Z3-slim

Bottom line, the why of the equation, the logic of Sony’s haste to replace the Z3 and Z3 Compact with something (barely) better is hard to find. Wait, I got it. Everyone else is following the same strategy, so why not Sony? Yeah, no, that ain’t going to boost profits and prominence in the long haul.

Z3/Z3 Compact rumor roundup – the when

In a nutshell, timing is the least mysterious thing about an overall perplexing duo of top-notch smartphones. There’s no smoke without fire, no churning of the rumor mill sans reason, and the magic 8-ball says September. 2014. Full stop.

Xperia Z2 introduction

Both for the Z3 and Z3 Compact. Both for their formal announcements and commercial rollouts. Makes little to no sense, but let’s just go with it, mmkay?

Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact – the how and the what

Close your eyes, free your mind, and let’s play a little word association game. I’m going to spit out a few specs, and you’ll write down the first gizmo that pops up in your brain. Quad-core Snapdragon 801 CPU, 3 GB RAM, Full HD display, 20.7 MP rear-facing camera. Got it? How many of you have the Z2? Everybody?

That was to be expected, yet I was actually thinking of the Xperia Z3. And in case you’re wondering how it is any different from the Z2, well, the S801 inside the “next-gen flagship” is clocked at 2.5 GHz, not 2.3. Are… you… frigging… kidding us, Sony? That’s it? A whole 0.2 GHz upgrade just for us? No extra megapixels, no 4 GB RAM, not even a gimmicky boost to a 2,560 x 1,440 pix res panel? Forget it, no one will be buying.

Xperia Z3 system

To add insult to injury, the exterior is refined at best, with slightly slimmer bezels, more rounded corners (though you need a magnifying glass to see the contrast), and dual front-facing speakers. No one knows for sure how large the screen will be, but my guess is it’s going to be a 5.5 incher capable of fitting in the old chassis that only allowed a 5.2-inch usable piece of glass inside. Big whoop.

Now, granted, we don’t have the full picture yet, and key pieces of the puzzle (battery, storage, sensors) are missing. But by the looks of it, Sony needs an entirely new puzzle.

Xperia Z1 Compact

The Z3 Compact? Despite what the name suggests (a two-generation step forward compared to the outstanding Z1 Compact), the “unapologetic” high-end midget rumored at this time is an upgrade just as disappointing as the full-sized Z3.

Namely, we’re allegedly looking at a 4.5 incher with 720p display res, quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC, 2 GB RAM, 20.7 MP main photographic unit and, of course, Android 4.4 KitKat running the software show. Sooo, a slightly larger Z1 Compact with an infinitesimal speed bump and, likely, a wee bit of added battery juice. Facepalms, facepalms everywhere.

The what the f…, Sony?

I can’t stress enough we might be getting worked up over nothing, and the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact could end up as the game-changing phones we once envisioned. Or they may simply not be real. Not like this, and not headed for market this fall.

Xperia Z2 G Lens

But if they are all the tipsters claim, then Sony has some serious soul-searching to do. Question one on the agenda: are we in this business to mindlessly mimic others or set the pace at which others will follow? Food for thought, eh?

Benchmark shows the Exynos 5433 outperforming the Snapdragon 805

Exynos 5433

Exynos 5433

It is common knowledge in the mobile industry that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 is one of the most sought after mobile SoCs in the market today. However, Samsung’s own Exynos brand of chipsets might not be far off according to this new AnTuTu listing. In fact, the company’s latest Exynos 5433 chipset is shown to be scoring better than the Qualcomm offering.

This chipset from Samsung could be used in the Galaxy Note 4 later this year and any subsequent flagship that the company looks to launch later in the year. The first benchmark result shows the NVIDIA Tegra K1 to be faring even better than the Exynos 5433, but that’s only because the chipset was tested on a device featuring a 1080p display while the Exynos 5433 and the Snapdragon 805 were tested on 2K resolution displays.

There’s no clarification on the specifics of the Exynos 5433 chip as of yet, but it’s clear that we’ll see a lot of it in the coming months. Samsung uses its homegrown chips for non-LTE markets, but it might not be long before it ditches Qualcomm altogether and uses Exynos chips across the board. It might prove to be a slow and gradual process though, given the resources and manufacturing prowess of Qualcomm.

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Source: AnTuTu

Via: GSM Arena

Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A has a 5.1 inch QHD display and a Snapdragon 805 SoC

Galaxy S5 LTE-A

Galaxy S5 LTE-A

Samsung has just announced a brand new variant of the Galaxy S5 over in South Korea sporting a heavily revamped hardware. The Galaxy S5 LTE-A as it is known, comes with a 5.1 inch 2K resolution display and a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 805 SoC on board. T The rest of the hardware remains unchanged from the standard Galaxy S5.

At the moment, this variant is limited to South Korea, and we think it will remain that way for the months to come. Samsung is expected to launch a “Prime” variant of its flagship smartphone, so global customers don’t have to feel let down by this new announcement. There’s no metal body though, which we’re guessing will be saved for the international variant of the smartphone.

Other specs of the Galaxy S5 LTE-A include 3GB of RAM (up from 2GB), 16GB of storage with a microSD card slot, a 16-megapixel ISOCELL camera sensor, Android 4.4.2 KitKat and a 2,800 mAh battery. The battery is the same as the one used on the standard Galaxy S5, which strikes us as odd given that a 2K display will take a heavier toll on the battery. There’s the fingerprint scanner on the home button and a heart rate monitor on the back, much like the Galaxy S5. The smartphone is IP67 certified as well, so nothing’s different in that regard.

The Galaxy S5 LTE-A will be available in Charcoal Black, Shimmer White, Electric Blue, Copper Gold, Sweet Pink and Glam Red color variants so customers have plenty of options to choose from. Pricing is estimated to be close to the local equivalent of $919 which is understandable for a smartphone of this caliber.

Source: Samsung – Flickr

Via: Android Central

Samsung Galaxy S5 with Snapdragon 805 processor rumored to launch soon

Samsung Galaxy S5 with Snapdragon 805 processor rumored to launch soon

The last month or so has been full of leaks and rumors regarding the Galaxy S5 Prime, the upgraded version of the Galaxy S5 that is said to feature a QHD (2560×1440) display. While there is no guarantee the Galaxy S5 Prime will launch anytime soon, the Korean media reports that at least a faster version of the Galaxy S5 will certainly be going official soon, in Samsung’s home country.

The Galaxy S4 launched with a Snapdragon 600 processor, but was later upgraded with a Snapdragon 800 chip in South Korea in order to support the country’s LTE-A network. New reports suggest that the Galaxy S5 will be getting similar treatment, with a variant of the device sporting the newer Snapdragon 805 chip to launch as early as next month under the Galaxy S5 LTE-A moniker. The original LTE-A network supported speeds of up to 150 Mbps, but the newer one that’s set to go live soon will bump that figure up to 225 Mbps, necessitating the adoption of the Snapdragon 805 processor.

The rest of the hardware is said to be similar to the Galaxy S5 – the reports do mention that the Galaxy S5 LTE-A will feature a QHD display, but judging by the Galaxy S4 LTE-A from last year, that probably won’t happen. It’s unclear when the handset will go up on sale, though you can be sure it will never make its way stateside.

Source: The Korea Times, Yonhap

LG G3 vs HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 – Specs comparison

Samsung took the wraps off its “next big thing” in February, HTC evened the score a month later by showcasing and then releasing the One M8, and Sony… well, Sony tried to keep up with the big fishes, but ultimately drowned in a sea of manufacturing woes and distribution hostility.

LG G3 vs One M8 vs Galaxy S5

Meanwhile, LG kept an unusually low profile given the sudden boost of popularity earned after Nexus 5 and G2’s launches, observed and waited for the perfect opportunity to enter the high-end mobile arena with another heavyweight contender.

Did their patience and care for detail pay off? Is the LG G3 too late to the H1 2014 top-notch smartphone party? Was your patience a smart call or would you have been better served boarding the One M8 or Galaxy S5 bandwagons early? Let’s see:

LG G3 vs HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 – design and build quality comparison

I know what you’re thinking. Aluminum trumps plastic and fake metal (read also plastic) any day of the week, so why are we even having this discussion? Well, because maybe it’s not so simple. As it happens, G3’s back cover has a thin layer of robust alloy under the chintzy polycarbonate to make it stronger, more durable and, perhaps, handsomer.

LG G3 vs One M8

Admit it, the G3 is one handsome son of a gun. Incredibly compact too. Although it incorporates extra usable screen real estate compared to both its rivals (5.5 inches vs 5.0 and 5.1), it’s a measly 4 mm taller than the GS5 and, get this, just as tall as the M8. Also, thinner (8.9 vs 9.4 mm). The S5 is even slimmer, at 8.1 mm, but Samsung has no excuses for its all-plastic exterior and no redeeming build qualities.

Sure, the GS5 is the only of the three to resist contact against water, but strictly from an aesthetical standpoint, the G3 and One M8 are neck and neck way ahead of Samsung’s spearhead.

Display face-off

Right, here’s where things get tricky. On paper, the M8 and S5 have nothing on the G3 in terms of screen resolution. 1,920 x 1,080 pixels may have been state-of-the-art a year ago, but now’s the time of Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440).

LG G3 Galaxy S5 One M8

The tricky part is determining if Quad HD actually makes a difference. A palpable, perceptible, real difference. Personally, I’m not convinced it does. But at the end of the day, at least LG freed up some space with uber-slim bezels and rear physical buttons and made the panel larger without impacting on the overall footprint. So you see, the G3 wins no matter how you spin the Full HD vs 2K debate.

Processing speed, RAM and cameras

LG execs were surprisingly straightforward vis-à-vis their rationale to go plastic, not metal (it’s all about the moneys), and they’ll no doubt advocate the Quad HD cause for as long as it takes. But why choose Snapdragon 801 when 805 is also available? That, they’ll have a hard time explaining and defending.

LG G3

I mean, sure, the 2.5 GHz quad-core SoC is enough to tie the S5 in raw power and slightly trump the M8. And boosted by 3 GB RAM, it should deliver superior overall performance to both. But only by a whisker. Besides, the 2 GB RAM config, which we’re hearing might see daylight on certain US networks, is theoretically S5’s match. Just its match.

Camera-wise, the G3, like the One M8, comes with an innovative, never-before-seen add-on. Laser auto focus. Sounds neat and all, but we’re afraid it may be a worthless gimmick in the end, not unlike the “Duo Camera” setup.

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Oh, well, at least the actual shooter packs 13 megapixels, not four, plus upgraded optical image stabilization. So it clearly thrashes the M8’s Ultrapixel “powerhouse”, but does the OIS system weigh enough to make up for the 3 MP deficit against the S5? Impossible to tell so soon. For the time being, let’s call this a draw.

As for you selfie addicts, it’s no debate. The M8 has the best front-facing cam, a 5 MP unit, whereas the G3 and GS5 keep things fairly modest, courtesy of 2 MP duckface snappers.

Software and battery life

With pre-loaded KitKat across the board, the software battle comes down to UIs and Android skins. It’s TouchWiz vs Sense vs whatever LG calls its user interface nowadays. Is it still Optimus? No matter, the important thing is it’s flatter, simpler and less intrusive than ever before.

LG G3-2

All while bringing a couple of valuable goodies to the table. Like Smart Notice and Smart Security. Granted, that’s nothing compared to S5’s bundle of health-oriented apps, security functions, air gestures and Ultra Power Saving Mode. But it’s a step in the right direction.

Speaking of power and batteries, that particular duel is wide open, with G3’s juicer tipping the scales at 3,000 mAh, 200 mAh north of S5’s cell and 400 of M8’s ticker. Remember, both Samsung and HTC went the extra mile to optimize autonomy, especially during the final stage of discharge, while G3’s battery needs to handle loads of extra pixels. Bottom line, the three are neck and neck here too. Or so they seem.

Audio, sensors, storage and pricing

Look, G3’s Dolby mobile sound enhancement system, with a 1 Watt speaker, is cool and all, but M8’s BoomSound audio is hands down the best solution of its kind in today’s mobile landscape. As far as sensors go, LG kept things as simple as possible, giving the cold shoulder to S5’s built-in fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor.

HTC M8 BoomSound

Then there’s the storage bout, where I’m glad to see all three contenders offer 16 and 32 gig options with expansion capabilities via microSD. Finally, some on-contract G3 price tags remain up in the air, though it’s obvious the cost gap between the 5.5-inch giant and its adversaries will be nonexistent.

So I guess it’s time for conclusions. Answers. Let’s start from the beginning. Was LG wise to put off the introduction? Nope, sorry, I don’t see it. Is the G3 overall better than the M8 and GS5? Barely. It’s phenomenally compact, slim and sleek, punchy as hell, the display is a beaut and so is the camera, but it lacks a certain je ne sais quoi. A wow element. Something to make us not want to wait for Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Prime.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 to bring better support for dual cameras

Duo Camera - Snapdragon 805

The Duo Camera layout is a unique concept first seen on the HTC One M8. But despite HTC’s efforts to woo shutterbugs, the concept failed to make a mark, mainly due to the presence of stronger competition from the likes of the Sony Xperia Z2 and the Samsung Galaxy S5. But according to Qualcomm, its upcoming Snapdragon 805 chipset will allow for better utilization of this dual camera layout.

This could mean that HTC will stick with the Duo Camera concept even for its future flagships, as long as there is decent hardware on board. This new addition to the Snapdragon 805 will also allow users to take 16-megapixel burst shots at 15 frames per second, while recording a 4K video as well.

This could also encourage other manufacturers to incorporate something like the Duo Camera with their devices, since the chip maker is bringing official support.

HTC’s upcoming flagship, the One M8 Prime is expected to feature a Snapdragon 805 chipset, so maybe we’ll get to see the upgraded Duo Camera in the months to come.

Source: SlashGear

Via: Android and Me

Benchmarks suggest the Snapdragon 805 brings GPU related upgrades

Qualcomm Snapdragon 805

The Snapdragon 805 chip is about to hit the markets in the coming months as we all know. A new benchmarks listing has now given us a better idea of what to expect from Qualcomm’s upcoming high end SoC, with mostly GPU related upgrades.

The folks from AnandTech decided to run a few benchmarks tests with the Qualcomm test unit (Mobile Development Platform) and it returned some very good results. The CPU on board which was running at 2.7 GHz is said to be only 6% faster than the current gen Snapdragon 801.

The GPU on the other hand (Adreno 420) reportedly showed a 20-50% increase in performance when compared with the Adreno 330, putting it ahead of the Apple iPad Air which boasts of the Apple A7 chip. The newest Adreno GPU is also expected to consume 20% less power compared to the predecessor, which is an added bonus.

Manufacturers can tweak the clock speed and performance of the CPU as well as the GPU according to their liking when they use the silicon for their upcoming devices. What’s given on the Mobile Development Platform is only to give developers and testers an idea of how things work with the next gen SoC.

Source: AnandTech

Via: Android Authority

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]

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.

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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]

LG G3 preview and rumor roundup

Danger comes from where you least expect it, or so it seems to be the case for today’s mobile world tycoons. Samsung’s domination over the Android landscape is possibly not as threatened as we anticipated by the likes of Sony or HTC as it is by up-and-coming Oppo and OnePlus.

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Yet one historical Sammy rival might still be in contention. A local antagonist. Yes, we’re talking LG, always a step behind the Galaxy makers, but not anymore. Well, technically, they’re still behind, as the G3 will roll out months after the Galaxy S5.

Then again, maybe that’s the right strategy. If an S5 Prime is in the cards, everyone will forget all about the original, half-assed GS5 and look towards the next big thing’s ultra-high-end flavor and G2’s greatly anticipated sequel.

LG G3 concept

At the same time, the LG G3 is shaping up to be a key piece of the Google Nexus 6 puzzle, with all signs pointing to the former being the latter’s basis and inspiration. So you see, there’s really a lot riding on the powerhouse we intend to preview in the following lines:

LG G3 rumor roundup, part 1: Design and build quality

As G3’s formal announcement undoubtedly draws near, the aesthetical riddle is easier and easier to crack. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell G2’s rear physical button experiment worked, and so the newly leaked images come as no surprise.

LG G3 rear

What’s (pleasantly) surprising is the key layout looks far more refined than last year, smoother and extremely polished. A tiny fingerprint scanner is nearly guaranteed to help decorate the plastic backplate too, while the front, oh, what lovely front we think the G3 will boast.

Urging you to take the scoop with a solid grain of salt, LG’s next-gen flagship is tipped to sport almost no vertical bezels, a minuscule upper horizontal border and a slightly thicker lower screen verge. All in all, if the gossip pans out, the G3 should easily move up the ranks of the most compact phones around. Too bad LG isn’t warming up to aluminum or a better-looking build material than crappy plastic.

Display rumors

Throwing caution aside, LG is poised to move beyond Full HD screen resolution in a matter of months and adopt the so-called Quad HD, or 2K, pixel count. The Koreans may go all-in on size as well, raising the bar from 5.2 inches to 5.5, albeit you’re probably not going to notice anything.

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One of the many benefits of microscopic bezels is the ability of fitting superior screen real estate into a smaller overall package, and we reckon LG will do just that. Design a 5.5-inch G3 as easy to handle as the 5.2-inch G2.

Back to res, let’s mention if we’re right about everything, the resulting pixel density is, wait for it, 534 ppi. Overkill? Maybe. But I still want one. Bad!

CPU, RAM and cameras preview

Snapdragon 800, 801 or 805? Let’s rule the first chip out, despite User Agent Profile information. It’s way too old. And then there were two. Three, if we choose to question hearsay on Odin’s sluggish development.

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Well, even if LG’s homebrewed processor will be ready in time, it’s a gamble. So we’re back to S801 or S805. Don’t ask me why, but my money’s on the latter. I just feel it in my gut.

RAM? 2 GB is, like S800, a thing of the past. 3? 4? The former is clearly more plausible, yet we can’t help but root and hope for the latter. It’s implausible, mind you, but not impossible.

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As for cameras, current speculation circles 13 and 2.1 megapixel sensors. Hogwash! LG will definitely upgrade the MP count on at least one. And improve optical image stabilization again. They have to if they want to compete with Samsung and especially Sony.

Software, battery and other features

LG’s user interface has been traditionally subtler and less intrusive than Samsung’s TouchWiz and HTC’s Sense, keeping things much closer to a stock Android experience. No reason to believe the software approach will drastically change, however a flatter UI is in the cards, along with mysterious “advanced personalization” features.

LG G3 user interface

Of course, all of that will spice up Android 4.4 KitKat and, hopefully, a “vanilla” Google Play Edition shall follow the standard version sooner or later.

We don’t have much to report on the battery life front at the moment, though we’d expect capacity to be increased from 3,000 to at least 3,300 mAh, while “other” features nearly set in stone include water protection and 4G LTE speeds. MicroSD storage expansion? File it in the possibility section.

Release date and pricing

It’s no secret mobile production and upgrade cycles have diminished over time, so just because the G2 went official in August 2013, it doesn’t mean the G3 will break cover this August. On the contrary, we’re pretty sure the next-gen spearhead is to get a formal announcement in May or June and start selling in early July, at the latest.

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The pricing structure obviously depends on uncertain specs like RAM, fingerprint recognition or storage options, but at the end of the day, you know the drill. $200, $250 with 24-month contracts stateside, roughly $650, $700 unsubsidized. Sounds fair? Why don’t you elaborate in the comments section below?