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.
The launch of the OnePlus One has been anything but seamless. However, it does looks like the company is not shying away from trying again. OnePlus is said to be launching a miniature-sized version of the device with altered specifications. The image above is showing the alleged device with a 5-inch display. The screen in the image is on, and it gives us a look at the specifications. The processor is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615, the front and rear cameras are 8MP, and Android 4.4.4 running out of the box. The front panel is black and the back of the handset is completely white. The price listed converts to about $242.
That bottom portion of the bezel looks rather large if you ask me. What do you think about this being the OnePlus One Mini? Let us know in the comments.
Following the A series Samsung was toying with the idea of releasing another series with the alphabet moniker. The U series, was it was to be known, was supposed to be a high-end series of devices. The SM-U500F was one such device and it was supposed to sport an octa-core Exynos 5433 processor, 2GB of RAM, Lollipop, 16GB of internal storage expandable via SD, pack a 16MP rear shooter and an 8 mp front camera. It would come with LTE and sport a 5-inch full HD (1080p) Super AMOLED display. All of it was to be packed into a frame measuring 6.15mm thick. However, it appears that this won’t come to light — at least for the time being — as Samsung has reportedly put development on the U series on hold.
Starting today, the Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 are now being sold in Taiwan. Both of these devices feature the new unibody casing, offering a different design aesthetic to the familiar flagship we all know, and possess the 64-bit SoC, a system chip that we don’t normally see on a mid-range priced smartphone.
Ah, Samsung. The Korean electronics giant has muscled its way into the hearts and minds of all of us, citizens of the world. It has done so largely through a “throw everything at the wall and see what sticks” approach to product releases, and it seems to have served them well.
It’s not too early to get the rumor train rolling for the Galaxy S 6, which should be ready for an unveiling in the coming months. We can’t say if these images will be the final look of the phone, because it is a prototype. However, it does give us a clear indication on where Samsung is headed with the phone.
Other than looking like just about every other Samsung phone with that
wonderful home button, you can clearly see the very thin bezels at the sides. Samsung has always increased the size of their displays with each iteration of the S series, and the rumor is that it will be 5.5-inches on the S6. The smaller bezels will obviously help keep it from getting too big for the mainstream audience.
A new leak has revealed the alleged hardware specs sheet of the Sony Xperia Z4 Ultra as well as the Xperia Z4 Compact, which are expected to be shown off sometime in Q2 2015. The launch of the Xperia Z4 Ultra is quite significant as Sony hasn’t launched a phablet since the Xperia Z Ultra in mid-2013. A leak from last month gave us some idea about the hardware of the Xperia Z4, Z4 Compact and the Z4 Tablet and this merely reiterates some of those details.
The Galaxy S6′s specs have already been leaked thanks to a previous AnTuTu benchmark, but like with all rumors, things change as we closer to an actual announcement date. The latest benchmark confirms some of the hardware that we saw in the previous score, but a few things are a little different.
Most of the major hardware, like the QHD screen, octa-core CPU that will likely end up being Samsung’s Exynos 7420, and Android 5.0 are the same as last time around. However, the megapixel count on the camera has dipped from 20 megapixels down to 16 megapixels. It’s not a huge difference, and Samsung will obviously be toying around with different hardware combinations until they find one that works, but it’s interested either way.
T-Mobile is reportedly launching a new set of deals for the rest of the holiday season, and if the rumors end up being true, some of the offers are pretty exciting. There are device discounts, plus some limited time plans for new and current customers.