Early Meizu MX5 rumors point to high res camera, fingerprint sensor

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It may seem a little early in the cycle given that Meizu’s last flagship device, the Meizu MX4, just launched last fall, but there are some early rumors already floating around about a successor, likely to be the Meizu MX5. We know that Sony has already moved to a faster than annual update cycle, so we may not have to wait until next fall for the Meizu MX5 if they are looking to employ a similar strategy. When it gets here, it could be equipped with a fingerprint sensor and a whopping 41 MP camera sensor.
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HTC Butterfly 3 could get 5.2-inch Quad HD display

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When HTC launches the HTC One (M9), if history is any indication, they will also release a new device in Japan as part of their Butterfly line of devices. These devices typically mirror HTC’s main flagship devices and sometimes have even better specs. A new leak from @upleaks suggests that may be the case this time around.

We have already seen indications that HTC is working on a Butterfly 3 device to succeed the Butterfly 2. New information suggests the device will come with a 5.2-inch Quad HD display. A display that small running 2560 x 1440 resolution should put the PPI up around 565.

Unfortunately, HTC usually limits their Butterfly line of devices to Japan and sometimes a limited release in some other Asian markets.

source: @upleaks

Unannounced Sony Xperia E4 pictured alongside Z1 Compact

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Sony’s forthcoming sequel to its popular budget-friendly smartphone, the Xperia E3, is expected to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. However, following months of secrecy, the Xperia E4 has now been surreptitiously snapped, and the resulting shots leaked — revealing much of the handset’s appearance and specifications.


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Samsung denies rumors of recycled AMOLED displays used in devices

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A new rumor has been spreading through some Asian news sources and has started to spread around the globe accusing Samsung of using recycled AMOLED displays in the manufacture of new smartphones. However, Samsung flat out denies this is the case and questions whether the original source was ever an employee and whether the “proof” – videos and images – were even taken in a Samsung facility.
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LG G Flex 2 could be announced at CES 2015

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Sources are reporting that LG is preparing to launch the LG G Flex 2 at CES 2015 in January. The device will be a successor to the LG G Flex smartphone. Although not a commercial success, the LG G Flex was really a device intended to serve as a kind of proof of concept for smartphones with something other than a flat, rigid screen. According to the sources, the LG G Flex 2 will include a new curved screen using a high-resolution plastic OLED and the self-healing back material that was present on the original G Flex.

In addition to building on and extending the curved screen and self-healing materials of the original G Flex, LG supposedly has created a new hard rubber chassis that can bend much more than the current model. Other than these basics about the device, no other information about the internal hardware or specs is available yet.

Are you interested in smartphones that incorporate non-standard shapes and form factors?

source: Android Authority

Latest leak ups the hardware ante on HTC’s next flagship

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A new leak about the next HTC flagship smartphone, possibly dubbed something other than the HTC One (M9), indicates the hardware specs may be a little better than previously thought. According to this latest report, the HTC device will get a 5.5-inch screen, not the 5.2-inch screen previously reported. The resolution is still expected to be 2560 x 1440, so there would be a slight drop in pixels per inch. The rest of the alleged specs match what we have already heard, including a Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and a 16 MP OIS-equipped camera.
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