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Google/Huawei Nexus 6P vs LG Nexus 5X – specs comparison

They say the smartphone space is slowly but steadily getting too crowded for anyone besides Apple to post a constant profit. Tablets are dying, and conventional PCs linger in purgatory, yet an obvious market saturation seems to prevent handhelds from further growing.

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As such, it’s no wonder companies like HTC or Microsoft badly want to streamline their mobile product rosters, reducing the number of eerily similar Lumia and One models released year after year. Meanwhile, BlackBerry seeks an Android Hail Mary pass in utter desperation, and Samsung may soon need to enforce cost-cutting measures of its own to stop an abrupt, free fall in revenue.

Bottom line, everyone acknowledges the industry’s identity crisis, acting in accordance with various austerity tactics, except for Google. The search giant has adhered to the conventional 11 or 12-month hardware upgrade cycle and one phone a year launch standard since the very inception of the Nexus program, but all of a sudden, that’s no longer enough for Sundar Pichai & co.

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Enter the Huawei-made Nexus 6P and LG-produced Nexus 5X, the first duo in the family’s history to get a simultaneous announcement, and target different audiences. In case you’re confused regarding exactly what’s different, and what’s not, let us clear the air for you:

Nexus 6P vs Nexus 5X – design and build quality comparison

As the name suggests, the N6P is larger. Specifically, 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm vs. 147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm, as far as the N5X is concerned. So, 12 mm taller, 5 wider, and remarkably enough, around half a millimeter thinner. Also, 42 grams heavier (178 vs 136), and most importantly, half an inch larger in screen diagonal (5.7 vs 5.2).

But of course, the aesthetical distinctions don’t stop there. In fact, size is the least important of them, with build material contrasts much more relevant for your buying decision. The higher-end, bigger Nexus 6P is arguably handsomer as well, courtesy of anodized aluminum use, compared to “premium injection molded polycarbonate.”

Translation – plastic for the Nexus 5X, and the same type of metal alloy employed in the aeronautical industry on the 6P. Too bad the latter’s rear camera looks God-awful, even though we wouldn’t exactly call the former’s main photographic unit a beaut either. Both stick out like a sore thumb, and the slimmed-down chassis around them seems a huge waste of space. Why oh why didn’t Google just make them thicker overall, and add extra battery capacity in the equation?

Display and cameras

No more racking their brains to come up with the “sweet spot” in terms of footprint and screen real estate for Google engineers! There’s no such thing, by the by, which is why it’s great phablet lovers and fans of smaller phones alike can finally come together.

The only catch is, if you’re into “diminutive” Androids, you’ll have to settle for 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution, LCD technology, 423 ppi, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The jumbo-sized new Nexus ups the ante across the board, to 2,560 x 1,440, AMOLED, 518 pixels per inch, and Gorilla Glass 4.

But surprise, surprise, the two primary cams are identical. Truly so, with the same 12 MP sensors, 1.55 μm pixels for superior details in low-light conditions, f/2.0 aperture, laser autofocus, dual LED flash, and 4K video recording capabilities at 30 fps.

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Selfie addicts are better served by the Nexus 6P, which sports a pretty amazing front-facing cam too, despite lacking flash illumination. You get 8 generous megapixels, f/2.4 aperture, and 30 fps HD video capture, whereas the N5X barely offers 5 MP.

Processor, RAM and battery life

In the octa-core Snapdragon 810 vs hexa SD808 battle, the question is not who wins in the raw speed department, but whether the fiery hot 810 can at last be contained and cooled down. Hopefully, in a 2.1 iteration, it will.

Snapdragon 810

Likewise, the accompanying Adreno 430 GPU easily eclipses the 808’s 418 inside the Nexus 5X in graphics performance, yielding no stability concerns fortunately. The memory duel takes the Nexus 6P one step closer to total N5X annihilation, as the updated 5.2 incher merely matches the RAM count of its two year-old predecessor, at 2 GB.

In addition to packing 3 full gigs of the good stuff, Huawei’s rookie Nexus effort also touts the significantly heftier cell – 3,450 mAh, compared to 2,700. We’ll obviously have to wait for real-life battery tests before concluding which device lasts longer, but the good news is you get rapid charging features either way.

Nexus USB charging

The Nexus 6P should be able to keep the lights on for around 7 hours after 10 minutes of juicing activity, while the N5X can provide 4 hours or so endurance in the same timeframe.

Software, storage, and others

Say hello to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, possibly the most energy-efficient, security-focused variant of the world’s most popular mobile operating system, and hopefully, the smoothest, fastest, most stable too.

As you can imagine, Google doesn’t play favorites on this front in 2015 either, and loads up the same stock goodies on both new Nexuses. You have your intuitive Now on Tap function, Doze frugality, App Standby enhancement, customizable permissions, zippier and smarter Google Camera and Photos apps, plus native fingerprint recognition.

Nexus 5X fingerprint

Needless to highlight that latter feature would be useless without actual fingerprint sensors, located on the back of the 6P and 5X, and endowed with something called Nexus Imprint that “gets smarter with every touch” by “incorporating measurements each time you use it.”

What else? Well, since you predictably can’t expand the internal storage space via microSD cards, it’s vital to note the smaller handheld accommodates 16 or 32 GB data, whereas the Nexus 6P allows you to store up to 128 gigs, starting at 32 instead of 16.

Nexus 6P

Then you have dual stereo speakers on the 6P, and a single audio player slapped on N5X’s face, three microphones with noise cancellation for each model, LTE Cat. 6, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/n/ac 2×2 MIMO, dual-band across the board. Oh, and let’s not forget the two’s reversible USB Type-C ports, which help make super-fast charging possible.

Pricing and availability

Up for pre-orders straight from Google, the vanilla Android powerhouses look like phenomenal bargains, commanding tariffs of $379 and $499 respectively in “entry-level” configurations. Considering all the Nexus 6P’s fortes listed above, the 32 GB flavor isn’t a lot pricier than its 5X counterpart, which sells for $429.

Nexus 5X

Craving for 64 or 128 gigs of digital hoarding room? Then be prepared to spend $549 or $649. The ultimate deal sweetener comes in the form of free 90-day Google Play Music access, and complimentary $50 Google Play credit for orders placed before October 25. And yes, you’ll be able to activate the Nexus 5X and 6P on all four major US carriers, including Verizon.

HTC’s upcoming flagship to release in Snapdragon 820 and Mediatek chip variants

HTC One M9

A report from yesterday mentioned that the #HTC #M10 a.k.a the HTC Perfume will not be unveiled during the MWC 2016 event. It was suggested that the company would wait till March or even April to show off its upcoming flagship.

A new report from a reliable HTC source is now pointing out that the device could be released in two variants – one with a Snapdragon 820 SoC and another with a MediaTek based chipset.

It is said that the Snapdragon 820 model will be targeted towards the U.S. and European markets while the MediaTek version will be directed towards South East Asia and China. We’re treating this strictly as a rumor for the time being and suggest you do the same. There’s still a lot of time between now and HTC’s rumored announcement of the One M10, so a lot could change by then.

Following a disastrous 2015, there’s a lot of pressure on the Taiwanese manufacturer to turn things around. Whether the company will actually succeed in doing so is only for time to tell.

Source: @LlabTooFeR – Twitter

Via: Mobile Syrup

Qualcomm refutes reports of the Snapdragon 820 overheating

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

The #Qualcomm #Snapdragon820 is expected to be available in the markets by sometime next year. Amidst reports of the chipset being a power performer, some reports have even mentioned that it’s suffering from the same overheating issues that plagued the #Snapdragon810 chipset.

The company has now responded to these allegations in a post on Chinese social network Weibo, claiming that the Snapdragon 820 has no such issues and that the company will continue to enhance the chipset as planned. The first Snapdragon 820 devices are expected to be revealed sometime in Q1 2016, so we just have a few more months to wait before we get a clearer answer on how efficient the chipset will be.

It has already been rumored that Samsung and a variety of other manufacturers are already contemplating the release of smartphones with Snapdragon 820 chipsets in time for early 2016. Given how the Snapdragon 810 received the cold shoulder from most manufacturers, Qualcomm will be relieved to know that it won’t be the case with the new chipset.

Source: Weibo

Via: G For Games

Teardown shows drastic measures taken by Sony to curb overheating on the Xperia Z5 series

Sony Xperia Z5 Heat Pipes

The #Sony #XperiaZ5 lineup was revealed by the company a couple of days ago. Much to our surprise, the company stuck with the #Qualcomm #Snapdragon810 SoC, despite seeing other manufacturers getting some flak for using the chip. And it seems like the company didn’t take this decision in haste and has ensured that no overheating will occur on either of the three smartphones that were announced.

To make sure that the heating is kept to a minimum, the company has used dual thermal pipes on the handset which will divide the heat twice as much as before. To put things in perspective, the company used a single heat dissipation pipe in last year’s Xperia Z3 flagship (image below), so it’s clear that this was one of the main concerns for the company.

Xperia Z3 Heat pipe

The Japanese manufacturer has been struggling in the high end smartphone market and will hope that the new range of the Xperia Z5 flagships will turn the tide in their favor. The Xperia Z5 Premium will be marketed heavily by Sony for being the world’s first handset to pack a 4K display, while the Xperia Z5 and the Xperia Z5 Compact will have decent exposure in the markets as well.

Source: Weibo

Via: Xperia Blog

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+: specs comparison

Just when you thought Sony’s mobile branch was doomed to follow the recent ill fate of Nokia, and BlackBerry’s probable future downfall, the Japanese device manufacturer threw a Hail Mary pass at IFA 2015 in Berlin which may well end up in a spectacular last-second touchdown.

Xperia Z5 Premium vs Galaxy S6 Edge+

Of course, one swallow does not a summer make, and a single home run can’t win you the World Series with a certain rival racking up win after win for several consecutive seasons. Still, the Xperia Z5 Premium might just propel Sony into this year’s playoffs in time for the holiday season, subsequently helping set up a proper revival of the high-end smartphone family in 2016 and beyond.

Perhaps a new beginning, or the building of a brand that, to be fair, has never been held in high esteem by American mobile audiences. First, though, the Z5 Premium must prove it can play in the same league as the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, a feat previously impossible to accomplish for the Xperia Z3+ when compared to the smaller GS6 and S6 Edge.

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The S6 Edge Plus already thrashed the LG G4, and with the G4 Note, G4 Pro or V10 (?!?) shaping up far less “super-premium” than once teased, its path to global acclaim seems cleared. There’s also a so-called HTC One A9 reportedly around the corner, but given its striking iPhone 6 resemblance, we find it hard to include in the race for gold.

Bottom line, this one’s for the H2 2015 Android crown:

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ – design and build quality

Yet again, rumors sparked hope for an aesthetic Xperia revolution a while back, and yet again, we ultimately got an OmniBalance-obeying design. Only much more refined than ever, with the same eye-catching industrial vibe, glass and metal construction, plus a fancy new Xperia logo engraved on the left-hand side, and tiny fingerprint scanner masked as a power button to the right.

Galaxy S6 Edge Plus

The S6 Edge+ obviously does an even better job concealing the biometric authentication feature inside a frontal power key, with a similar half metal/half glass build executed more… originally. Point Samsung for slimness (6.9 vs 7.8 mm), and lightweight (153 vs 180 grams), but point Sony for never compromising premium ruggedness and retaining IP68 certification for water and dust protection.

At the end of the day, the battle is settled by the glitzier, albeit somewhat gimmicky curves of the dual-edged Galaxy S6 Edge+. 1-0 Samsung.

Display and cameras

4K resolution. Also known as Ultra HD. 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. 806 ppi pixel density on a 5.5-inch IPS LCD panel. Gimmick? Probably. Overkill? Almost certainly. But the smartphone landscape is one where excess and luxury have become the norm a long time ago, and Sony is just riding that wave.

Xperia Z5 Premium 4K

Besides, who says we’re only supposed to crave the practical? Let this be our guilty pleasure, and stop worrying if we can physically notice the difference between an 806 and 518 ppi screen. Speaking of, the 5.7-inch 2,560 x 1,440 pix res Super AMOLED on the S6 Edge+ is clearly no slouch, and was even recently deemed the best smartphone display ever made. Until the Z5 Premium entered the picture.

Sony’s newest flagship comfortably wins the megapixel wars too, at least as far as rear cams go, with a 23 count, compared to 16 MP. Meanwhile, both selfie shooters sport 5 MP sensors, and it remains to be seen whose add-ons will prevail. Our money is on the S6 Edge+. Nonetheless, the score is now 2-1 Sony.

Processor, RAM and battery life

As hard as Qualcomm tried to complete the Snapdragon 820 SoC in time for the fall spate of Android launches, Sony had to pick between the vastly inferior hexa-core 808 and robust but problematic octa 810. In the end, they went the latter route, and somehow fixed overheating, yet contending the potent and energy-efficient octa-core Exynos 7420 is mission impossible.

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Now, we realize both smartphone software and hardware have to greatly progress over the next years for 3 GB RAM to feel inadequate, and thus, the Z5 Premium is in no way a worse multitasker than the 4 gig-packing S6 Edge+ at the moment. But if we admit 4K resolution is an irrational craving, so is more memory than you can actually use.

In terms of juicer capacity, it’s mind-boggling how Sony managed to squeeze a 3,430 mAh cell into a 5.5-inch, sub-8 mm package when Samsung merely offers 3,000 mAh energy with a larger footprint and marginally skinnier profile. Still, there’s no saying how the Xperia Z5 Premium’s ultra-high-res display will impact real-life endurance, so let’s call this a tie right now. Which brings Samsung back in the lead, 3-2.

Software, storage and others

Since the beginning of time, the Xperia UI has aimed to provide a few truly useful proprietary add-ons and tweaks, and otherwise let Google do its near-stock thing. But now, the bloat and clutter are almost entirely eliminated, and, were it not for apps like Playstation Remote Play, you could easily mistake the Z5 Premium for a Nexus.

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Which is phenomenal news as far as Android purists are concerned, and it also means “optimizing” and rolling out Marshmallow to replace the pre-loaded 5.1 Lollipop should take Sony less time than Samsung. That said, some folks dig TouchWiz, and the version sprucing up the S6 Edge+ is likewise one of the cleanest, smoothest yet.

Will we have another tie in the storage department? Not even close, as both devices start at 32 GB space, but only the Z5 Premium can further accommodate up to 200 GB external data via a microSD card.

Xperia Z5 Premium

The heavyweight clash is therefore deadlocked, and with no USB Type C connectivity or out-of-the-ordinary audio improvements anywhere, it all comes down to retail costs. Well, to be fair, the S6 Edge+ also has the theoretical advantage of wireless charging and quick cable-free power-loading, but you need accessories, and wires and plugs are involved anyway.

Pricing and availability

Sony’s biggest problem isn’t the Xperia Z5 Premium will be expensive. It’s expected to go for €800 in EU countries, and £700 on British shores. That’s almost $900 and over $1,050 respectively, and it’s more or less on-par with S6 Edge+ unlocked tags on the old continent.

Xperia Z5 Premium camera

The pickle remains tackling the demanding, competitive and uber-profitable US market, where T-Mobile has already passed on the Z5 Premium, and the other three influential carriers all keep their ominous silence. The S6 Edge+? It’s available from them all, starting at $768 outright through Verizon, $300 with AT&T pacts, $780 on full retail at T-Mobile, and $350 on-contract with Sprint.

And that, dear readers and friends, is the way the cookie crumbles.

Qualcomm says Snapdragon 820 will not feature on devices until early 2016

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

Snapdragon 820

According to a new announcement from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 820 SoC will be available on devices starting from the first half of 2016. This is bad news for fans expecting to see the new Qualcomm silicon on board the upcoming range of flagships, which includes two new Nexus smartphones.

Speaking about the capabilities of the Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm said that it will introduce support for improved cameras and an all new Adreno 530 GPU, which should take gaming and graphics in general to the next level.

This announcement also leaves some questions unanswered with regards to upcoming devices. More importantly, which chipset will Google approve for use in the LG Nexus and the Huawei Nexus smartphones? These are the only major device announcements for the year, so it will be interesting to see how it will be handled.

One possible guess is that the new v.2.1 of the Snapdragon 810 will be used on the devices, much like OnePlus did with its recent flagship. It is also possible that Google will take the safer route by sticking to a relatively underpowered Snapdragon 808 chipset instead.

Source: Qualcomm

HTC could release another version of the One M9 this year

HTC One M9 - MediaTek

The HTC One M9 smartphone made the news originally for the controversial Snapdragon 810 SoC and the overheating issues that came along with it. A new report from Asia is now telling us that HTC might be planning to release a new version of the One M9 flagship, packing a MediaTek made SoC underneath.

It goes without saying that this variant will probably be directed towards the Asian markets as global regions already have the Snapdragon 810 powered version of the One M9 right now. It is rumored that the smartphone might use the 10-core MediaTek Helio X20 chipset, which could give it a leg up over the competition.

That being said, nothing has been confirmed right now, so take all of this with a grain of salt for the time being. Given the torrid time that HTC is facing right now, a move like this makes complete sense. But we’re not too sure if that will be enough to get the company out of the rut.

Source: ePrice – Translated

Via: Android Headlines

Preliminary specs of the Snapdragon 820 reveal thermal improvements compared to S810

Snapdragon 820

Snapdragon 820

Those familiar with smartphones of this year will have certainly known about the kind of impact that the Snapdragon 810 has had on the Android world. The likes of the HTC One M9, the LG G Flex2 etc were the first to use Qualcomm’s ill fated chipset, while more recent devices like the Xperia Z4 as well as the OnePlus 2 are also running the said chipset.

And in order to combat this, Qualcomm announced the development of a new mobile SoC, dubbed the Snapdragon 820. A recent rumor however suggested that even this chipset had overheating issues of its own, creating further worry for the manufacturers. However, a new specs sheet of the Snapdragon 820 indicates that the overheating issues have been resolved to a great extent compared to the Snapdragon 810.

It is said that the thermal issues have been brought down largely due to the new 14nm manufacturing process used by Qualcomm. While this is welcoming news for Qualcomm and the manufacturers, nothing can be ascertained until we get to see real world performance of the Snapdragon 820. It is being rumored that the Snapdragon 820 will be used on the upcoming Huawei Nexus smartphone.

Source: Weibo

Via: Mobile Syrup

OnePlus 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 – specs comparison

After making the world wait a little longer than initially anticipated, Android’s 2014 breakout star finally entered the second chapter of its rapid and captivating evolution. Now that OnePlus isn’t exactly an underdog anymore, a wild card or question mark, the expectations are set much higher, which is why some folks believe the 2 is a bitter disappointment.

Galaxy S6 vs OnePlus 2

To remove the subjective facet of the “no-compromise” affordable flagship’s evaluation, we’ll pit the OnePlus 2 against the Samsung Galaxy S6 as follows in a battle mostly centered on numbers and cold facts.

Why the GS6? Well, we realize the two handhelds may not be cut from the same cloth (both figuratively speaking and literally), and there’s quite a massive price gap between them. But OnePlus did pompously trumpet the 2 as a “2016 flagship killer”, and we don’t want to let the Chinese OEM off the hook just yet.

Photo: Android Central
Photo: Android Central

Besides, if the Full HD 5.5 incher manages to at least come close to the excellence of the reigning Quad HD 5.1-inch champ, you know it’ll be able to comfortably outshine its direct rivals in the $300 – $400 range.

OnePlus 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 – price and availability comparison

Who’s ready for another irking round of “hunt the OnePlus invite”? Not your favorite online adventure/survival game? Then simply head over to Amazon, and purchase the factory unlocked S6 at $563 in white, $570 in blue, $573 in black or $580 in gold.

OnePlus 2 pricing

On-contract, Sprint and Verizon charge $200 via everyone’s favorite e-retailer, while AT&T is ready to let you have the “next big thing” for $0 down with device financing. Sounds fair all in all, yet poor sales numbers will reportedly force Sammy to execute reductions worldwide.

Already, T-Mobile sells the Galaxy S6 at $580 outright in lieu of the $680 MSRP.

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Meanwhile, if divine patience is your strongest suit, the OnePlus 2 will be available (not so) soon starting at $329 in a 16 GB configuration and $389 when capable of accommodating 64 gigs of data. Seems well worth the wait, doesn’t it?

Design and build quality

By no means an ugly slab, the new kid on the block pales in comparison to the majestic “veteran”, despite sharing a number of technical similarities. The metal frame somehow feels flimsier on the OnePlus 2, and though we certainly dig the choice of StyleSwap covers, none of the optional backplates are as stylish and premium as the only variant on the S6 – the beautiful Gorilla Glass.

OnePlus 2

Supplementary screen real estate obviously produces a larger overall footprint for the OnePlus 2, which measures 151.8 mm in height and 74.9 mm in width, as opposed to 143.4 and 70.5 respectively. Now, that doesn’t work as an alibi for the chunkier profile also (9.9 vs 6.8 mm), but as you’ll see below, battery capacity mostly justifies the extra bulk.

Speaking of, the OnePlus 2 tips the scales at 175 grams, a full 37 grams more than the S6.

Display and cameras

Is Quad HD resolution a gimmick? To each their own, but we’re absolutely sure of this – on paper, the 5.1-inch Super AMOLED and 5.5-inch LTPS LCD panels set side by side here are as different as chalk and cheese.

Galaxy S6

The pixel density gap is staggering, and whatever you might tell yourselves to sleep better at night, it’s noticeable. 577 vs 401 ppi? We’ll take the former, thank you very much, given the choice and plentiful budget.

Another no-contest victory recommends the S6 as the far superior photographic machine, thanks to a 16 megapixel rear-facing camera endowed with everything from LED flash to speedy autofocus and optical image stabilization.

OnePlus 2 camera

The lower-cost antagonist itself comes brimming of high-end add-ons and optimizations, but at the end of the day, sports a mediocre 13 MP sensor. Selfie fanatics have nothing to worry about, regardless of the manufacturer choice, as both Samsung and OnePlus provide 5 MP front shooters.

Processor and battery life

OnePlus and Qualcomm insist all overheating woes are behind the otherwise potent octa-core Snapdragon 810 chip, but until we see the 2 in action, we’d rather keep our skeptical hats on. Besides, even if the SoC is fully stable, it’s likely throttled and thus incapable of matching Exynos 7420’s dominant raw power.

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Or its energy efficiency, which boosts the paltry 2,550 mAh cell to respectable durability figures of around 17 hours in continuous 3G talk time. Nonetheless, a 3,300 mAh juicer is a 3,300 mAh juicer, and if something doesn’t go terribly wrong, OnePlus 2’s autonomy should circle 24 hours.

RAM, storage, software and others

Are 4 gigs of random-access memory overkill? That’s up to debate, much like the Quad HD display controversy. Seeing as how we awarded a point to the Galaxy S6 in the screen res section though, we’ll do the same here as far as the OnePlus 2 is concerned.

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The heavyweight contender starts off with 3 GB RAM in combination with a 16 GB ROM, only requiring a $60 premium to upgrade to 4 and 64 gigabytes. Meanwhile, all three storage configurations of the current champion (32/64/128 GB) are decked with “just” 3 gigs of memory.

Software-wise, the Android 5.1 Lollipop roots look identical, with proprietary customizations and “optimizations” making the end products run nothing alike. We’re hesitant to proclaim a clear winner, as the decision comes down to personal preference.

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Those who favor cleaner, more simplistic and minimalistic takes on Google’s mobile OS will endorse the Oxygen UI on the OnePlus 2, with fans of bloatware bells and whistles better serviced by TouchWiz.

What else? Before you think it, no, you can’t expand the on-board storage via microSD slots on neither device. Nor can you take the two for swims without causing catastrophic damage. On the biometric authentication front, there’s plenty of fingerprint support to go around, and the gimmicky futuristic sensors are hidden inside similar home buttons.

OnePlus 2 USB Type C cable

As the younger gadget, the OnePlus 2 was able to incorporate a cutting-edge technology that the GS6 didn’t have access to back in March. Namely, reversible USB Type-C connectivity. Merely one of the many reasons the cheaper phone isn’t necessarily the worse gizmo, and deserves consideration from cash-strapped power users.

2016 flagship killer? Not even close. 2015 flagship equal? Pretty much.

Benchmark results reveal a heavily throttled CPU on the OnePlus 2

OnePlus 2 Under

OnePlus 2 UnderOne of the first features to be revealed from the OnePlus 2 was the chipset. However, when the company mentioned that its flagship offering will be packing the controversial Snapdragon 810 SoC, the tech sphere reacted with collective ire. But OnePlus was quick to mention that they were using a heavily tweaked version of the chipset to avoid any overheating related incidents.

And it seems like the company was right about this, although at the expense of performance. A new benchmark result that has leaked out on social networks reveal that the OnePlus 2 won’t be all too powerful compared to the OnePlus One. This is primarily because of the throttling done by the manufacturer to curb the overheating menace.

OnePlus 2 benchmark

It is being said that OnePlus is also using a special layer of protection around the chipset to avoid any instances of overheating. So it seems like OnePlus wants to be absolutely certain before bringing the device to the markets. It was always going to be a gamble to use the Snapdragon 810 despite its issues, but if the performance will be affected, we don’t really see the point of rushing to use the Snapdragon 810.

What do you make of this?

Source: Gizmo China

Via: Phone Arena

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 also rumored to be facing overheating issues

Snapdragon 820

When the Snapdragon 810 first saw widespread release with the LG G Flex2 earlier this year, some reports of overheating began to surface. This was later substantiated when the likes of the HTC One M9 and multiple other Snapdragon 810 running devices showed complaints.

The issue was so widespread that LG had to resort to using the slightly underpowered Snapdragon 808 chipset with the G4, while Samsung decided to ditch Qualcomm altogether for the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge flagships.

In order to put these issues to rest, Qualcomm decided to release the next gen Snapdragon 820 SoC for the 2nd half of 2015. But now, a person who claims to have knowledge about the chipset has mentioned that the Snapdragon 820 also has overheating issues of its own. He didn’t give out the specifics as the revelation was made on Twitter, but if this is true, Qualcomm might be in for a very tough year going into the second half.

The chip maker only recently unveiled Snapdragon 820 and it’s unlikely that the chip has gone into production this early, so the information should have come directly from within Qualcomm if this is legitimate. In any case, we wouldn’t be too concerned for the time being as there’s no evidence to back this up. What do you make of this?

Source: @Ricciolo1 – Twitter

Via: Phone Arena

Upcoming Vertu V06 to sport a Snapdragon 810 SoC along with 4GB of RAM

Vertu Signature Touch
Vertu Signature Touch
The Vertu Signature Touch from earlier this year

The Vertu Signature Touch is fresh in our memory for being one of the few Vertu smartphones to pack a respectable internal hardware. It seems like the company will launch a new variant in this lineup soon, according to a benchmark database.

The smartphone is known as the Vertu V06 on Geekbench and is revealed to be packing a Snapdragon 810 SoC accompanied by 4GB of RAM, indicating a truly high end hardware. Vertu is very different from a manufacturer like Samsung or LG as they focus mainly on the build quality and the materials used in its making. But it’s good to see that the company is now paying equal importance to the internal hardware as well.

The smartphone will also be packing Android 5.1.1 Lollipop according to the benchmark database, so the company seems to have covered its bases with regards to the software as well. Since this is only a benchmark listing for now, nothing can be said with certainty, so don’t hold your breath for the arrival of the handset. Since this is a Vertu offering, we also expect some premium and precious materials (diamonds, rubies etc) used in its making.

Source: Geekbench

Via: GSM Arena

OnePlus 2 confirmed to be using the Snapdragon 810

OnePlus 2

OnePlus 2

The OnePlus 2 smartphone is expected to be announced sometime later this year. And there has been plenty of talk about the processor and SoC combination that the company is expected to use. And now, OnePlus has finally decided to unravel the secret and mention to the world that the device will use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 SoC.

But the company was mindful of the overheating issues seen on the Snapdragon 810 and has mentioned that it’s working on a more reformed version of the chipset with Qualcomm. So it seems like OnePlus has covered all its bases as far as the OnePlus 2 is concerned. Reports have mentioned that the upcoming OnePlus flagship will not break cover until the end of 2015 at least, so we might have some waiting to do.

Here’s what the company had to say on this – “The OnePlus 2 has been a long time in the making. To be quite honest, we’re excited about this one, and we’ll be revealing what’s inside the 2 piece by piece. The 2 packs some outstanding specs that need to be powered by more than just any processor, and we couldn’t be happier with our choice. The Snapdragon 810 v2.1 is just the beginning of something beautiful.”

Although the company has hinted that the OnePlus 2 will also be sold on a invite-only basis, which doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence. But on the brighter side, the OnePlus One will finally be freely available.

Source: OnePlus Forum

Via: 9to5Google

Xiaomi Mi 5 supposedly delayed due to issues with the Snapdragon 810 SoC

Snapdragon 810

The overheating woes of the Snapdragon 810 is not exactly news to us. However, a new report goes on to mention that this might be causing more trouble for the SoC maker. It is being said that China’s top OEM, Xiaomi is facing issues with its Mi 5 handset while testing with the Snapdragon 810. Needless to say, the issues are related to overheating, something which we’ve seen on the HTC One M9 as well as the Sony Xperia Z3+.

This could be a major setback for both Qualcomm and Xiaomi as the two will now have to come up with a valid explanation for the delay in the launch of the new Mi 5 flagship. Companies like LG have resorted to using the 6-core Snapdragon 808 instead, which has definitely worked out well for them.

It is to be seen if Xiaomi will take a similar path or stick with Snapdragon 810 and push forward with the launch despite the overheating complaints. Qualcomm is already forecasted to be shipping a very low volume of the Snapdragon 810 owing to the thermal issues observed on the chipset, so this news won’t exactly be inspiring.

Source: UDN – Translated

Via: Phone Arena