ZTE announces the Blade S6 with Android Lollipop for $250

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A new Blade is in town and it’s called the Blade S6. ZTE says this one is targeted for the “young and young at heart.”

It sports a 5-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expandable storage, a Sony IMX214 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, Hi-Fi sound, LTE, 2.400 mAh battery and Android 5.0 Lollipop skinned with MiFavor 3.0. It’s 7.7 mm thick and will be available in silver and matte pink.


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Galaxy S 6 case gives us some information about the design

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The Galaxy S 6 will be here in just over a month, but we still have no idea what it’s going to look like. We do have one small clue this morning as a rugged case has popped up on Amazon.

Since the case covers the phone completely, there isn’t a whole hell of a lot to go on. However there is one detail and that’s the flash / heart rate sensor. Samsung placed that below the rear camera lens on both the Galaxy S 5 and the Galaxy Note 4. It appears they will move it to the right side of the lens. Why the move you ask? Good question. Since the sensor is also used for capturing selfies, does this move make it easier to touch when trying to frame a selfie?


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Android 5.0 Lollipop now pushing to HTC One (M8) in Europe

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If you’re in Europe and own an HTC One (M8), you might be getting something a little extra special today. HTC has started rolling the Android 5.0 Lollipop update today.

This is most likely only for unlocked (non carrier branded) devices. As one would expect, all carrier devices will have to go through an approval process so those devices probably won’t get the update for at least a month or two. That goes for the U.S. as well.

Did you get the update? Let us know in the comments.

source: @urbanstrata

[Deal] Take $48 off a T-Mobile Nexus 6 with promo code

Nexus_6_Official_4573If you’ve been waiting for a deal on the Nexus 6, T-Mobile is offering a $48 discount on all variants of the phone with a promo code. With the Nexus 6 being so new (and relatively expensive for a Nexus device) you might want to take advantage of this before it goes away.

The promo code NEXUS6DEAL will save you $48 when buying either a 32 GB or 64 GB Nexus 6, but it looks like they’re only offering the blue colored device. Still, for almost a full $50 off, that might be enough to convince you to not worry too much about the color of the phone.
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Samsung files trademarks for four new Galaxy devices

SAMSUNG CSCSamsung has recently filed for four new trademarks on Galaxy devices with the USPTO, mentioning the Galaxy E3, as well as three new additions to the unannounced Galaxy J lineup. Not only will Samsung release the budget Galaxy J1 that we’ve seen hints of, but there will also be a J3, J5, and J7, which may be similar to the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7. Confused with Samsung’s new naming conventions yet?

Despite recent struggles for the company, it looks like Samsung is going to stick to pumping out as many phones with different screen sizes and price points as possible, per usual. Of course, it’s always possible that these devices were already in the pipeline before Samsung had a rough year and they were too far into development to be scrapped, but either way, expect to see a ton of new Samsung phones this year.
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Motorola offering up to $140 off of purchases for Valentine’s Day

motolove valentine's dayBecause Valentine’s Day can be a potentially expensive holiday, Motorola is offering a pretty steep discount on purchases made through Motorola.com. Starting February 2nd and running through the 14th, if you spend more than $499.99, Moto will knock $140 off of your purchase with a promo code. If you don’t want to spend quite as much, a $249.99 purchase can get a $50 discount. This includes everything from accessories to the Moto 360 to the Moto X, so it’s a pretty great deal to take advantage of.

If you don’t get a promo code, Motorola is still docking $100 off of a $499.99 purchase, or $35 off of a $249.99 purchase, for everyone. The promo code discount is quite a bit bigger, though, so if you’re interested, hit the link below to register. Motorola is only giving away 200,000 codes, so the sooner, the better.
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Details about HTC One M9 speakers panels revealed

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As images of the HTC One M9, or Hima, have been leaking out leading up to the device’s expected reveal at MWC 2015, you may have noticed some subtle differences to the front of the device. One of the hallmarks of the HTC One M7 and the HTC One M8 have been the BoomSound speaker grilles located above and below the display on the front of the device. These gave HTC’s flagship a unique look relative to other smartphones and the front-facing speakers were a selling point as well. For the forthcoming HTC One M9, HTC has retained the front-facing speakers, but there are some differences in how they appear along with other elements of the front of the smartphone.
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LG could sue Qualcomm if they give Samsung a modified version of the Snapdragon 810

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Yesterday’s report that Qualcomm will deliver an updated version of the Snapdragon 810 to Samsung has fueled speculation that LG might sue Qualcomm.

LG has contended that there is no overheating issue with the said chip, but there is also a belief that LG has made certain modifications on the G Flex 2. Now the Korea Times is reporting that LG will sue Qualcomm if they update the 810 because it’s basically admitting the overheating issue exists.


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Exynos vs Snapdragon: Samsung wants to enter into a war with Qualcomm

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Samsung has been making homegrown Exynos processors for a few years now, but they still used the Snapdragon for most of their devices. The reason usually involved LTE compatibility, but production capacity could have also played a part. Now recent reports of the Snapdragon 810 overheating has fueled speculation that Samsung will ditch Qualcomm in favor of their own chip on the Galaxy S 6, but other analysts contend the Exynos isn’t ready for primetime yet. However, overheating or no overheating, it appears that Samsung might not be making this decision based on that. It appears that Samsung is ready to expand the Exynos to not only most of their their devices, but hopefully with other manufacturers, thus entering into a war with Qualcomm.


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