New details leak about the Samsung Galaxy S5 specifications

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Samsung already sent out invitations for Samsung Unpacked 2014, Episode 1 to the media. The event will take place on February 24th at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona where Samsung will officially announce its next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5.

As we get closer to the announcement of the Galaxy S5, more information is getting leaked about its specifications. A Russian blogger named Eldar Murtazin, who also revealed that the Galaxy S5 will be launched on 23rd February, took it to Twitter to leak the exact specifications of the Galaxy S5. Read more

Image of the HTC M8 (One 2) surfaces on Twitter, shows dual camera

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The HTC M8 or One 2 is grabbing quite the attention. We previously heard rumors about the on-screen buttons, color options, twin UltraPixel camera and a possible March launch.

Today, a picture of the HTC M8 aka One 2 has surfaced on Twitter that appears to be the rear panel of the phone. The picture posted by a Twitter user going by the name @HTCFamily_RU shows the twin cameras and a dual LED flash on the back of the phone. This means that the fingerprint sensor, if there is one one, won’t be on the back of the phone. No other details about the phone was leaked. Read more

Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 hits the FCC with AT&T LTE bands inside

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We’ve already seen Verizon’s variant of the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 break cover, but now it’s looking more likely that we’ll see multiple carrier-branded versions of Samsung’s super tablet. The latest leaks come from the FCC, which shows a version of the Note Pro with radios supporting AT&T’s HSPA+ and LTE network.

FCC filings aren’t definitive proof that a carrier is going to launch something, but it’s pretty rare for a company to send something for approval if they aren’t planning on selling it. The big question is determining how much these cell-equipped tablets are going to cost, considering the WiFi-only model runs about $850. These carrier versions are definitely going to be aimed at businesses and power users, not normal consumers.

source: FCC

via: Engadget

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 gets leaked

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Courtesy of @evleaks, we have an image of Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 tablet. After looking at the image, there are only three noticeable Verizon ‘stamps.’ Verizon’s logo, 4G LTE logo, and 4G LTE indicator are all present. Other than that, it looks like any other Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 tablet. Yesterday, it was announced that the tablet would cost $850. But now with Verizon radios included, that price could reach or go north of $1000. If this tablet is a must-have, get your credit card ready for February 13. Read more

Expect significant upgrades in smartphone screen technology this year with ‘Quantum Dot’ LCD’s

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It’s no secret that most smartphone enthusiasts expect a bump in smartphone resolution and quality for this year’s flagships. With 1080p screens now the “norm” for today’s high-end devices, we eagerly look forward to what’s next. Thanks to the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch tablet last year, we have an idea of what to expect as the tablet contains the new “Quantum Dots” LCD technology. “Quantum Dots directly convert the light from Blue LEDs into highly saturated narrow band primary colors for LCDs,” which in turn produces highly saturated primary colors that are similar to those produced by OLED displays found on the Galaxy S line.

With the screens I’ve seen thus far on the LG G2, Nexus 5 and even the year old HTC One, it’s hard to imagine an even better screen as those already look more than adequate to me. How important is screen technology and quality for your smartphone? Where does it rank on your importance of your device? Let us know in the comment section! Also, check out the source link for a more detailed explanation of what to expect with Quantum Dot displays.

source: Display Mate

Samsung will offer the Galaxy S 5 Zoom this year

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We already got word that Samsung will offer an Active version of the Galaxy S 5, but in the no shocker news for today, Samsung is also readying a Zoom version as well. The Galaxy S 5 Active is for those that plan on being around  lot of water and dust, while the Galaxy S 5 Zoom are for those that really want a great camera in their smartphone. The Galaxy S 5 Zoom appeared in the Zauba import database for R&D purposes.

Samsung is the king at offering variants, so again this isn’t shocking. I do understand the Zoom version, but I don’t understand why they just don’t make the Active version the official version of the phone. Last year’s Galaxy S 4 Active was a really nice phone, and most people could use the waterproof and dustproof aspects of the device.

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California state officials call for Google to move mystery barge

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Here’s an interesting development from the Google Barge in the San Francisco Bay— according to a recent ABC report, state officials are requiring Google to remove its barge from the construction site because the permits are not in order.

An investigation revealed that the Treasure Island Development Authority nor the city of San Francisco had applied for permits for work to be done on the barge.

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Could HTC offer a more stock Android experience in the near future?

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Well here’s something interesting. Turns out the upcoming HTC Desire 310, that was accidently unveiled on HTC’s website, might sport a stock Android experience along with BlinkFeed. The above screenshots were posted by miyachiki on Weibo, and HTC Source is saying this will be the norm for all HTC devices with MediaTek processors moving forward.

Nothing was mentioned about HTC’s upcoming flagship, the M8 or HTC One 2. Obviously that device won’t sport a MediaTek, but one has to wonder why HTC would go with two different UI’s moving forward? It could be because of hardware limitations, but I have to also point out that the upcoming Desire 310 will sport on screen buttons, which is what the HTC One successor will also sport. Could HTC go in this same direction with the HTC One successor?

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Another Korean securities firm offers up Galaxy S 5 specs

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Last week, KGI Research predicted specs of the Galaxy S 5, and today KDB Daewoo Securities Research offered what they believe are the specs of the upcoming Samsung flagship (as well as the iPhone 6). The main difference is that KDB Daewoo only mentions one model, whereas KGI said there will be a Prime and Standard model.

KDB says the Galaxy S 5 will have a 5.2 or 5.25-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 (561 ppi). Just like past Samsung phones, we can expect different processors for different regions. Most of the world will get a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 805, while other parts will get a 2GHz octa-core 64-bit Exynos 6. RAM will be 3GB, and we can expect internal storage options of 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. The rear camera will come in at 16MP, while the front will sport a 3.2MP lens. The battery will be 3.200mAh, and last but not least, the phone will have Android KitKat.

These specs are on par with KGI’s predictions of the Prime model, but there are a few difference such as KGI thinks the Exynos processor will be 32-bit, the front-facing camera will only be 2MP, and the battery will only be 2,850mAh.

You will also notice in the image above that KDB Daewoo also offered what they believe are the specs of the iPhone 6.

source: KDB Daewoo
via: PhoneArena