Xiaomi Mi5 and Mi5 Plus specs and release date leaked

xiaomiXiaomi is set to announce their Mi5 and Mi5 Plus devices soon, but the hardware of those devices has leaked ahead of schedule. Both devices look like they’ll be very capable flagship phones for 2015, asserting Xiaomi’s dominance as one of the biggest smartphone OEMs in China.

The Mi5 will be the successor to the Mi4, and it’ll sport a 5.2-inch screen, either 3 or 4 GB of RAM, and a Snapdragon 810 CPU, and rumors point towards the device incorporating some kind of fingerprint scanner. While the Snapdragon 810 is technically Qualcomm’s most powerful processor, let’s hope the device doesn’t suffer from any overheating issues. Read more

Nexus 9 should see the Android 5.1 update soon

Nexus_9_LTEThe Nexus 9 is Google’s only tablet that hasn’t been updated to Android 5.1, which is extremely weird considering how old (and discontinued!) some of the other Nexus tablets are. Nexus devices are typically updated around the same time, so it’s strange to see the latest flagship tab from Google lagging behind.

Fortunately, Google is working on getting 5.1 ready for the Nexus 9, and an update should be available “soon.” Just soon, no specific date. It’s not going to make you feel that much better if you’re holding out for the update on your precious tablet, but it’s better than being left completely in the dark. Read more

New Vivo X5Pro teaser reveals iris scanner

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The Vivo X5Pro should be announced sometime within the next two months, but we are learning about the device before its official launch. Vivo posted the teaser image (seen above) that reveals the presence of an iris scanner on the X5Pro. The text going along with the image claims that the iris scanner analyzes vein patterns in the eye “achieve a high level of security.”

Here are the other rumored specifications of the X5Pro:

  • Metal design
  • 2.5D display
  • Snapdragon 615 processor
  • 32MP front camera
  • 3500mAh battery
  • USB Type-C port

Source: Weibo
Via: G for Games

Google might offer a new Nexus 5 that supports Project Fi

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Google announced Project Fi last week, which will bring down your cell phone costs considerably. The only catch is that it only works with one phone, the Nexus 6. A decent phone, but it’s too big for a lot of people.

We can only assume that future Nexus phones will also support it too. It has already been rumored that Google will offer not one, but two Nexus phones this year. Huawei and LG seem to be the likely suspects. It’s also likely that Google will end up calling these devices the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 since there is nowhere to go with the current naming scheme. The Nexus 5 refers to a 5-inch display, while the Nexus 6 refers to a 6-inch display. And they can’t call either device a Nexus 7 for obvious reasons.

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Details of Samsung’s Project Zen and Project Noble leak along with next-gen Galaxy Note model numbers

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Over the past couple of months, we’ve seen the HTC One M9, Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, as well as the LG G4 announced. Sony has released something in Japan and now we are left with the question: What’s next? Well as we should well know with Samsung, once they release the Galaxy S flagship, they move straight along to prepping the next version of the Galaxy Note series. Details of which have been discovered in an IMEI database.

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Sony may market Xperia Z4 as Xperia Z3+ outside of Japan

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Last week Sony launched a new device in Japan that they called the Sony Xperia Z4. Unfortunately, the reception to the new device was tempered when it became clear that Sony had not changed much compared to the Xperia Z3. The design of the two devices is basically the same with the only real differences being the chipset, front-facing camera, and the USB charging port. Perhaps due to that cool reception, Sony may choose a different name for the device when it eventually hits other markets around the globe, possibly the Xperia Z3+.

The source for this alternative name comes from a document for a case for the Xperia Z4. The list of compatible devices for the case lists “Xperia Z4/Z3+”. Since there have been no rumors for another device based off the Xperia Z3 and given that the case will work with the Xperia Z4, sources think the odds are good Sony is planning to use the Xperia Z3+ name outside the Japanese market. That should please some who see the Xperia Z4 as just a minor iteration of the Xperia Z3, although it may create some naming issues for Sony down the road as they try to get their Japanese product line in sync with the rest of the global market.

source: Xperia Blog

Samsung alters process to produce Galaxy S6 Edge display

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In an effort to increase production and reduce costs, Samsung has altered the process that is used to make the curved display seen on the Galaxy S6 Edge. The company’s new method to curve flat glass includes heating just one side rather than both. Time and money is saved and production capacity is expected to rise by up to 70%. This could lead to the Galaxy S6 Edge being more widely available and the cost of the handset lowering.

The new process is reportedly being used in Vietnam only, but it should expand if all goes well.

Source: ET News
Via: G for Games

Samsung Moves Away from ARM Chips in Favor of Custom Exynos M1 Chipsets

 

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Samsung famously (or notoriously) ditched Qualcomm this year when it came to powering the next iteration of its Galaxy S series of phones, the Galaxy S6. Citing overheating and general performance issues, the Korean giant opted against the Snapdragon 810 in favor of a newer iteration of its Exynos in-house chip. The downside to this, however, is a reliance on ARM architecture (which Qualcomm and others, including Apple, do not use),

In what looks to be a bold, but predicted move, Samsung’s next line of in-house cores will likely be powered by an Exynos M1 core, and utilize custom architecture in an effort to avoid being dependent on ARM.

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