One of the leading indicators for new devices that are in the pipeline and on their way to market is the import data listing for India via the Zauba web site. Manufacturers ship devices there for testing which results in an entry in the database. The latest example of this is an entry dated December 17, 2014 for a sample Samsung device with model number SM-G920F. That model number is believed to be for the next flagship device from Samsung, the Galaxy S 6 smartphone.
The final digit “F” included in the model number is an indicator that the particular device is intended for European markets. The Zauba database entry lists the device that was shipped as being for “R&D Purpose” and for evaluation. As part of the shipping manifest, Samsung indicates the value of the device is 18,938 Indian Rupees (about $300 USD).
Anyone out there waiting to see what Samsung releases next in their Galaxy line of smartphones in hopes of buying one when available?
Sony’s forthcoming sequel to its popular budget-friendly smartphone, the Xperia E3, is expected to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. However, following months of secrecy, the Xperia E4 has now been surreptitiously snapped, and the resulting shots leaked — revealing much of the handset’s appearance and specifications.
An unidentified entry-level smartphone has been spotted on Samsung’s official website in the form of a User Agent profile. Going by the name of SM-J100H, the handset doesn’t pack much by way of specifications, but it does feature a barometer sensor, which is something that’s usually reserved for higher end devices — leading us to believe that this may be some type of speciality device.
Sony just can’t catch a break. First, the “scandal” surrounding the now-canceled Seth Rogen film The Interview has shed light on all sorts of internal quibbling at Sony Pictures Entertainment, and the studio has been embarrassed and hostile in response.
On top of that, the script for the upcoming Bond film Spectre has also been leaked. The film only started production last week. Now, related to that, there’s another leak – albeit ostensibly minor – surrounding Sony’s product placement in the next James Bond film, which looks suspiciously like a futuristic Xperia Z4.
During 2015 we should finally see some vehicles hit the market with Google’s special version of Android designed for automobiles, Android Auto, installed and ready for use. The issue for users who want to tap into Android Auto features will be finding a vehicle that supports this particular version of Android and they need a device running at least Android Lollipop. Sources indicate that Google is already looking ahead to the future when they hope automakers will include Android M directly in a vehicle’s dash.
Xiaomi’s Redmi successor showed up in a TENAA certification not too long ago, but there still hasn’t been any official announcement or release for the device. A new benchmark has leaked clarifying some of the hardware in the device, however.
The specs for the Redmi 2S aren’t significantly improved from the original Redmi 1s, but considering it’s a budget phone that’s trying to stick a fairly low price point, that makes sense. The processor has seen an upgrade to a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 instead of the Snapdragon 400, and the front-facing camera has been bumped to a full 2 megapixels. Other specs include 1 GB of RAM, a 4.7-inch 720p screen, and Android 4.4 on board. The rear camera looks like an 8 megapixel shooter, and Xiaomi’s MIUI software will likely be on the device.
Just like phones, tablets are getting bigger and bigger. It seems like Sony will be releasing a tablet with a massive 13-inch display sometime next year. The listing above was spotted by Pad News, showing that the tablet will be known as the Xperia Z4 Tablet Ultra. The name is fitting considering the ‘Ultra’ title is designated to Sony’s largest devices. The display’s resolution is 3840×2400 and features the company’s TRILUMINOS, Live Color LED, and X-Reality technologies.
Sony’s current flagship, the Xperia Z3, and its successor, the Z2, have yet to receive the Android 5.0 Lollipop update even though the Z3 debuted months ago. A Sony Twitter account has confirmed that users can expect the Lollipop upgrade for both phones at the beginning of 2015.
Everything is better in gold, right? Hardware manufacturers seem to think so because new devices are constantly seeing gold introduced as color options at launch or a bit down the road. The Apple iPhone, HTC One (M8), Samsung Galaxy S 5, and LG G3 are just some of the devices available in gold. It looks like the latest handset to ‘go gold’ is the Galaxy Note Edge. While the front and back of this Galaxy Note Edge is black, the frame is gold. Furthermore, the camera lens and flash LED are lined with gold. It looks much better than many of the devices that go full-gold.
The Galaxy Note Edge in gold was spotted in Vietnam; therefore, chances are it stays overseas and folks in other regions like North America are bound to current color options.
It’s pretty typical Samsung behavior to try and create their own versions of popular technology, whether that’s an App Store, instant messaging service, or virtual reality headset. Sometimes Samsung’s version turns out pretty well, but other times it can be a complete disaster that goes mostly unused by customers.
With Apple entering the mobile payment market with Apple Pay, Samsung is, of course, readying their own form of a wireless payment method using Samsung smartphones. Sure, Samsung already has their own Wallet app, and almost all newer Android phones support tap-to-pay functionality with Google Wallet, but Samsung wants their own, uniquely branded version.