Samsung appears to be rolling out firmware update to improve Samsung Galaxy S 5 performance

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According to reports, owners of the unlocked European version of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 are starting to receive a firmware update that promises general performance improvements. Sources indicate the update not only includes several “under-the-hood” improvements, it comes with a new kernel and baseband. The firmware version for this update is XXU1ANG2. No specific details are available, but at least one user has reported the amount of useable RAM was reduced after receiving the update. There is no word on when the update may roll out to devices in markets outside of Europe.

source: phoneArena

New specs leak for Sony Xperia Z3

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We have already seen a few images of the Sony Xperia Z3 surface, including some that contrast it with a Samsung Galaxy Note, but details about the hardware have been scant. Tipster @evleaks has supposedly unearthed some details about the hardware. According to a new post, the Xperia Z3 will feature a Snapdragon 801 running at 2.4GHz and mated with an Adreno 330 GPU. This is not a major step up from the Xperia Z2 and if accurate would be a disappointment for those who were hoping to see the Snapdragon 805 used. Other specs are more in line with what has been suspected for the device, including 3GB of RAM, a 20.7MP camera, and a 5.15-inch screen running at a full 1080p. The Xperia Z3 appears to be slated to come with Android 4.4.4 preloaded.

source: @evleaks (official site)

Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha production may be limited due to metal design

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Everyone is waiting for Samsung to release a handset that is constructed of primarily metal. For years, consumers have been complaining about the company using plastic or even faux leather. With the rumored Galaxy Alpha, that is all seemingly going to change. It is apparently going to be Samsung’s very first handset with a premium design thanks to the metal construction. But a new report out of Korea claims that production may be limited to this brand new design choice.

A worldwide launch, something Samsung is a very big fan of, would not be possible with the metal design. The report notes that Samsung’s manufacturers in China can only output about 1 million units per month. This is nowhere near what Samsung is used to. If this really is the case, Samsung’s best option would be to contract more companies to produce the Galaxy Alpha. That way, Samsung performs a global launch while finally making everyone happy with a new design.

Source: Udn.com
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More details surface about ZTE Olympia headed to T-Mobile

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ZTE has been creating some buzz over the last few days including a rumor that T-Mobile was testing a large smartphone from ZTE codenamed Olympia. Sources are now indicating the Olympia is the ZTE Z970, a smartphone sporting a 6-inch display. The previously leaked picture of the device revealed some larger bezels and one person has said the Samsung Galaxy S 5 will almost fit within just the screen real estate of the Olympia. Thus, the device has been described as feeling “huge”. » Read the rest

OnePlus One bamboo cover coming in August

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The OnePlus One has been widely applauded for its premium design. Right now, the back panel options include Silk White and Sandstone Black. That is all going to change with the introduction of StyleSwap covers. OnePlus wants to give owners more choice and freedom with their handsets.

These allow OnePlus One owners to remove the current back panel and replace it with something completely new. The inaugural StyleSwap cover is bamboo and will arrive at the end of August. Special StyleSwap covers, which includes the bamboo one, will cost $49. OnePlus will also put the original Silk White and Sandstone Black covers into the company’s online store with a $29 price tag.

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OnePlus giving out 5000 invites in a “Blizzard of Invites”

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OnePlus has officially announced their bamboo style cover, and to celebrate, they’re running a “Blizzard of Invites” contest to give away 5,000 invites for people to get their hands on a OnePlus One. In addition to the 5,000 invites, 10 winners are also going to be getting a free bamboo style cover for their new device. For the rest of us, the new style cover will be begin shipping at the end of August.

To enter, you simply need to head over to the OnePlus forum page, follow a registration link with either an email address or your Facebook account, and sign up. Pretty simple. The contest will run for 24 hours, and winners will be announced within three days of the end of the contest. If you’re interested, hit the link below.

source: OnePlus

Kyocera Hydro Life coming to T-Mobile’s network later this year

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Later this year, T-Mobile will be adding the Kyocera Hydro Life to its phone lineup. No exact word on specs, but since it’s in the Kyocera Hydro line, it’s probably going to have some type of waterproofing or water resistance. Typically, Kyocera doesn’t launch many high-end phones on US carriers, but there’s always a chance this one could surprise us.

If you’ve been looking for a durable device on T-Mobile’s network but don’t want to shell out the big bucks for a Galaxy S 5, keep an eye out for the Hydro Life. We’ll keep you updated as we find out more.

source: evleaks

Korea’s LG G3 LTE-A finally unveiled, features Snapdragon 805 processor

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Previously thought to be the LG G3 Prime, the G3 LTE-A Cat 6 has been unveiled in Korea, and will be for sale on July 25.

It’s a bit better than the international G3′s hardware, with an improved chipset. You’ll get the Snapdragon 805 with 3GB RAM, as well as the Adreno 420 GPU. In South Korea, the phone will also have 225 Mbps downlink capabilities because of its Qualcomm Gobi 9×35 cat 6 LTE-A modem.

Not surprisingly, the device matches up perfectly with the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A for some international competition. We’re still unsure when (or whether) the rest of the world will be able to get their hands on the two phones.

Via: GSM Arena
Source: LG