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Week 5 in review: Galaxy S6, HTC One (M9) and Exynos

With MWC 2015 just over a month away everybody is already itching to know what the mobile world has in store and naturally the news has been overflowing with leaks. Unsurprisingly Samsung once again stole the spotlight with its highly anticipated Galaxy S6 flagship, which might indeed have an edged variant, called simply Galaxy S Edge. The handset allegedly appeared in a leaked photo along with a Spigen case. Other humors suggest that the Korean giant might be planning to release an array of advanced back replacements for the device, which should bring various exciting features, such as additional lenses and e-ink displays.

HTC also appears to be on everybody’s minds with its upcoming One (M9) flagship and perhaps if rumors are to be believed One (M9) Plus as well. The Taiwanese manufacturer also released the interesting, mid-ranged Desire 526G+ to the sprawling India market last week. Speaking of device announcement they were plentiful. LG premiered the Ice Cream Smart Android smartphone with a classical flip-cover look, Xiaomi was quick to update its Redmi 2 with more RAM and storage and we say new offers by ZTE, Meizu, Asus and Gygabyte as well.

In other news Qualcomm recently confirmed that they have lost a big client for their Snapdragon 810 SoC and everything seems to point Samsung. Seeing how the manufacturer’s latest in-house Exynos chips are based on a superior 14nm production process and now are equipped with built-in LTE modems, there is really no more incentive for the current leader in smartphone sales to continue using outside chips. Furthermore the Exynos 7420 simply breezes through Geekbench 3.0 test and it is not unfeasible to consider a broader future for the chip spanning outside Samsung devices and being employed by third-party manufacturers as well.

Everybody seems to be gearing up for the upcoming major event and working around the clock. B sure to keep a close eye on the news section as from the looks of things it’s going to be a busy season.

LG Ice Cream Smart flip smartphone goes official in Korea

LG took the wraps off the Ice Cream Smart flip smartphone in Korea. The casually characterful handset is the second flip phone from the Korean manufacturer after the LG Wine Smart that debuted in September last year. In terms of specs, LG Ice Cream Smart packs Qualcomm Snapdragon 400…


HTC One (M9) and (M9) Plus official photos leak

Weeks of leaks and rumors on the HTC One (M9) and One (M9) Plus have inevitably lead us to the first official images of the upcoming HTC flagship duo. The treat comes courtesy of notorious leakster Evan Blass on his twitter feed. The images confirm previous info of an all-glass front panel,…


iOS 9 running on iPhone 6 spotted in benchmark results

Apple typically announces new iOS versions at the WWDC, which is scheduled for June every year. While there’s about four months to go, the first benchmark coming from an iOS 9 running on an iPhone 6 have hit the Basemark OS II database. Performance seems to be on par, except for the web score….


HTC One (M9) appears in Geekbench 3.0 database

The upcoming HTC One (M9) flagship made an appearance in the Geekbench 3.0 benchmark database. The smartphone achieved single and multi-core scores of 1232 and 3587 respectively. The device from the benchmark test unsurprisingly packs Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 chipset with 1.55GHz…


Samsung may be working on advanced case for Galaxy S6

There’s a whole flock of rumors surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S6 and they don’t always agree. Earlier we heard that Samsung is likely to seal the battery with a non-removable glass cover, but now info from Poland comes that the company will do quite the opposite and do a small-scale version of…


Xiaomi Redmi 2 officially updated with 2GB RAM, 16GB storage

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 was one of the first phones to launch this year, a successor to the popular and highly affordable Redmi 1S. The upgrades weren’t huge, the new chipset was easily the most noticeable change. That left the phone with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, which is considered low these days…


Alleged image of Samsung Galaxy S6 in a Spigen case leaks

Purported images of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 made the rounds online courtesy of Spigen. The Korean manufacturer of mobile accessories has already listed several cases for the yet to be announced smartphone on Amazon. The latest leaked images of Samsung Galaxy S6 fall right in line…


Samsung Exynos 7420 aces Geekbench 3.0

The Samsung Exynos 7420 chipset has been tested in the Geekbench 3 benchmark, likely residing in a prototype Galaxy S6 unit. The SoC aced the benchmark test scoring 5478 and 1520 points in the multi-core and single-core tests, respectively. In comparison, the Exynos 5433 with 1.9GHz CPU…


Alleged image of the second generation Moto E leaks

Purported image of the second generation Moto E made the rounds online. The successor of Motorola Moto E XT1021 is expected to make its debut in the near future. The alleged press render gives us a clear look of the front and the back of the upcoming device. The appearance of the newcomer…


Gigabyte introduces three new Android smartphones

Gigabyte announced today a trio of new Android smartphones which cover the high-end, mid-range and entry-level market segments. They’re the GSmart Guru GX, GSmart Mika MX and GSmart Roma RX, but let’s kick things off with the GSmart Guru GX, the most premium of the three. The Guru GX is built…


Qualcomm confirms Snapdragon 810 snub by a “large customer”

Qualcomm confirmed that the high-end Snapdragon 810 chip will not feature “in the upcoming design cycle of a large customer’s flagship device.” The San Diego-based chipmaker announced its first quarter results for the fiscal 2015. A series of rumors point at Samsung Galaxy S6 as the most…


HTC launches Desire 526G+ dual sim in India

HTC has launched a new budget phone in India. The Desire 526G+ has a 4.7-inch qHD display, octa-core 1.7GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 8/16GB internal memory with microSD card slot, 8 megapixel rear camera with 1080p video, 2 megapixel front camera with 720p video, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, dual SIM…


Samsung Galaxy Note 3 gets Lollipop update in Russia

Android 5.0 is slowly making its way to more devices. So slowly, in fact, that as of January 5 it didn’t even get its slice in the pie chart of the operating system’s distribution. However, for the lucky owners of a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in Russia, the update is already seeding, beating the Galaxy…


Asus ZenFone C phone announced in Malaysia

Today Asus announced the latest addition to the ZenFone lineup – the ZenFone C. It is an entry-level device that the Taiwanese manufacturer has created as a replacement for the ZenFone 4. The full specs sheet for the device already surfaced online as well as a few photos of an actual unit. The new…


5-inch Meizu m1 goes official with capable hardware for $  110

Just as promised today, at the “connected” event, Meizu announced the latest addition to its smartphone lineup – the Meizu m1. The budget-friendly device is Meisu’s answer to the Xiaomi Redmi 2, which recently received a hardware update with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The new m1 is a…


Edged variant of Galaxy S6 could be called simply Galaxy S Edge

Samsung’s next expected flagship device – the alleged Galaxy S6 has been generating a lot of buzz in the rumor mill. But besides the usual talk of more RAM, a better camera and whether it will be water resistant or not there is also another exciting rumor floating around, namely that the device…


Galaxy J1 now official, listed on Samsung Malaysia website

Just a few hours after we gave you an exclusive sneak peek at the device’s photo and specs, the Samsung Galaxy J1 has been made official – it is now listed on the company’s Malaysia website. Pretty much in-line with what we’ve already noted, it’s an entry-level smartphone powered by a 1.2…


ZTE Blade S6 brings LTE and Lollipop on a budget

The ZTE Blade S6 was announced today and will be headed around the world to deliver dual-SIM LTE connectivity plus Lollipop on 64-bit power for people with a tight budget. The phone is built around a 5″ IPS LCD with In-cell touch tech and 720p resolution. It runs ZTE’s MiFavor 3.0 interface and…


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