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Week 15 in review: Xperia Z4, One M9+, LG G4

Another week has passed and, as it has become customary, we take a look back at what excited you, our readers, most during the past few days. Sony is still knee deep in the Xperia Z4 saga and, at this point, it almost feels like the Japanese company is deliberately mocking us. More photos of the elusive phone have surfaced, as well as a few camera samples, painting a picture of a device quite similar to its predecessor.

But the mobile world does have a lot of other announcements to discuss. HTC unveiled a new 5.2-inch smartphone, dubbed the One M9+. It combines the traditional styling of the Taiwanese company, we have grown accustomed to, with a couple of twists, most-notably – a physical home button, complete with fingerprint scanner and a revived dual-camera setup on the back.

LG also has a new device in store. The company’s latest flagship – the G4 will adopt a bold look, with a stitched leather back. It will also come equipped with an f/1.8 aperture camera with laser focus, developed in-house. Huawei is also gearing up for a new release. The Huawei P8 will probably be powered by an improved Kirin 935 SoC.

In other news, the Asus ZenFone 2 is coming to both India and Malaysia in late April and the Microsoft Lumia 640 and 640 XL have already arrived on the emerging Indian market. Also, Oxygen OS, OnePlus’s latest custom Android ROM, finally saw the light of day and is currently being enjoyed by OnePlus One owners. Naturally, Samsung also made the cut. The Korean tech giant is reportedly developing a brand new custom core architecture for the next Exynos chip line. The technology is codenamed “mongoose” and could extend the company’s lead in the mobile processor front even further.

Alleged live photos of Sony Xperia Z4 make the rounds online

Sporting the model number E6553, the successor of Sony Xperia Z3 will debut this summer.

Galaxy S6 edge and HTC One M9 and iPhone 6 undergo bend test

The curved screen of the Galaxy S6 edge cracks due to its unusual shape, even if the phone survives.

Oxygen OS for OnePlus One is finally here

The Android 5.0.2-based build finally came out officially today, after a long wait.

Microsoft will launch Lumia 640, 640 XL in India on April 7

The Lumia 640 is rumoured to be priced at $ 161 and the Lumia 640 XL at $ 226.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 gets a firmware update, not Lollipop 5.1

A new minor update for the high-end phablet brings stability improvements and Silent mode.

HTC One M9+ with 5.2

Fingerprint sensor comes integrated in the Home button and it runs HTC Sense 7 with Android Lollipop.

Sony Xperia Z4 leaked case confirms controls placement

The magnetic connector is history, the power button and volume rocker are where expected.

LG outs 5.5” QHD IPS LCD display panel with 120% color gamut

The component will appear in the Korean giant’s next flagship smartphone this month.

More live images of the Sony Xperia Z4 show up, no surprises

The smartphone comes in familiar OmniBalance attire, will pack a Snapdragon 810 and 4GB of RAM.

Next Samsung Exynos to pack custom cores

A new rumor hints that Samsung will be using a custom core for its next Exynos chip.

LG G4 event invitation confirms f/1.8 lens, LED flash, laser focus

The next-generation flagship is coming on April 28, may feature a leather back.

Google’s Android 5.1.1 Lollipop in works, may fix memory leak

Android SDK manager gets the new Android 5.1.1 package to hint a quick update in the anvil.

Huawei P8 shows up in another set of leaked images

The chamfered edges of the metal frame are the focus, a recessed power button raises questions.

Did Samsung pay people to attend its S6 press conference in China?

According to Shanghai-based news outlet The Paper, half of the 1,000-strong audience was hired.

Samsung to make Apple A9 chips for the next iPhone

Production of the next generation Apple A9 SoC is expected commence manufacturing in South Korea.

Asus to launch three ZenFone 2 models in India on April 23

Taiwanese company will introduce all three Intel mobile SoC powered models including the 4GB RAM one.

Android 5.0 Lollipop hits Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The Korean company’s flagship phablet for Big Red is finally getting its first taste of Lollipop.

Sony Xperia Z4 Ultra reportedly in the works

A new reports has it that Sony is working on a phablet to succeed the 6.44-inch Xperia Z Ultra.

Purported Oppo Find 9 images reveal dual camera

The successor of Oppo Find 7 is expected to make its debut at some point in the near future.

Asus to launch ZenFone 2 in Malaysia on April 21

Media invites are being sent out for the unveiling of three different ZenFone 2 models.

The Huawei P8 might come with an upgraded processor

A new rumor hints that the upcoming Huawei P8 will be powered by a Kirin 935 SoC.

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