Posts by Anton D. Nagy

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    The Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ event is still fresh in our memory (and the iPhone announcement couldn't really make it fade away), but that doesn't stop rumors and reports from talking about the upcoming flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S7. Back in June we heard back-to-back reports -- based on the fact that the Note 5 was announced earlier than usual -- that claimed Samsung would announce the Galaxy S7 this year, and then the opposite, that it would still arrive in 2016. Between then and now, there have been plenty of reports talking about possible dual models in different sizes, edge models, ...

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    Smartwatches are gaining traction and momentum, there’s no doubt about that. Whether it’s the Pebble, the Apple Watch, the new Moto 360, Samsung’s Gear S2 or LG’s watch line-up, almost every manufacturer that matters has one in its portfolio. But how about a much smaller company, and its less "smart" offering? Does it stand a chance against these behemoths? Martian Watches are betting big on their products, wearables that are not smart in the "smart" sense of the word – but they're hardly "dumb" watches either. So, instead, we’ll just refer to them as “connected” ...

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    Chevrolet announced that it will be the leader, with more 2016 models supported than any other car maker, in bringing Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to the dashboard of its vehicles. 2016 models equipped with the company's seven-inch infotainment system will offer Android Auto and/or Apple CarPlay by default; 2016 models that feature the slightly larger, eight-inch system, will only be available, initially, with Apple CarPlay. However, Android Auto will be offered later, and now, according to official wording, we find out exactly when. March of next year is when owners of 2016 models ...

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    According to industry sources cited by DigiTimes, fingerprint scanner prices have dropped 50% compared to early 2015. While, at the beginning of the year, a fingerprint scanner was priced at about $7-$8, now the same component has reached $5. Said sources also claim that the prices are likely to continue dropping next year, a trend which is mostly due to competition on the market, thanks to multiple manufacturers. But the increase in suppliers is not the only reason for the price drop; the report claims that components made in China and Taiwan with high performance/cost ratio are ...

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    Whether Samsung should have officially made the Galaxy Note 5 available in more regions (read Europe, but not only) remains an open question, that opens the speculation flood gates. For whatever reason (and that's a completely different debate), the South Koreans have opted to keep the 2015 phablet, for now, limited to only some regions, the US being the spearhead. One can argue that Samsung could have made a better business decision here, especially after Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge figures were lower than expected (of course, arguably, depending on who you tend to believe). The key ...

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    Whether a 4K display on a smartphone is useful, just gimmick, or proof of concept, or on the contrary, is up to you to decide. What we do know is that the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is the world's first phone to pack a crazy resolution of 3840x2160 on a 5.5-inch display, for an even crazier pixel density of beyond 800PPI. Sony's already pushing its fresh Xperia Z5 line-up in recent ads, but there's more to the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium resolution than just the numbers on paper. As it turns out, the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium will barely use its native 4K resolution. As a matter of fact, the phone ...

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    A couple of days ago a Geekbench benchmark result was uncovered, believed to reveal information about the upcoming Huawei Nexus smartphone. While the information didn't reveal too much, it did shed some light on the processor and RAM, namely the Snapdragon 810, and 3GB of memory. Other important bits, like the phone's screen size and resolution were not part of the report, but, a new benchmark result sheds more light on the matter. This time the result comes from GFXBench, and it represents results for a certain "Angler" codenamed device, believed to be the Huawei Nexus. While the 3GB of ...

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    With the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note 5, these Samsung mobile devices constitute a very attractive line-up for this year. Despite making a couple of decisions which have generated controversy among both customers and the press (non-removable batteries, lack of expandable storage), the company's 2015 offerings are, without a doubt, powerful enough to make it to the (top of the) list including smartphones to consider. However, according to a report that cites unnamed "industry sources", Samsung is lowering its mobile device component orders. The report, word for word, says: ...

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    The new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are powered by Apple's 64-bit A9 chip, with the embedded M9 motion coprocessor, which makes it almost certain that next year's smartphones, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (if Apple maintains its naming convention and product line-up) will be powered by Apple's A10 chip. According to a recent report, mass production for the Apple A10 chip will start in March of 2016. The information has been published by Chinese publication Commercial Times, and cited by DigiTimes, and the report also includes the name of the manufacturer. TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor ...

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    After initially hearing quite a lot about a certain upcoming HTC phone, codenamed Aero, said device is now being referred to as the HTC One A9. Said device will likely be announced later in the year, though some rumors have suggested dates that are already behind us. That didn't stop the device from allegedly being pictured next to the iPhone 6. The image you see below is allegedly a screenshot representing benchmark results of a certain HTC One A9. We advise you to remain skeptical about this, as there's no way in verifying the veracity of the information below. At the end of August ...

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    Update: as it turns out, the Meizu Go Pro will not be a flagship, and it will not even be a smartphone. As the image below suggests (@nofnikospao13 on Twitter), we're looking at an action camera, so, unless that's your cup of tea, there's nothing to see here. The latest Meizu leaks talked about an MX5 Pro Plus device powered by the same processor as the Galaxy S6 (Exynos 7420), something that made the headlines at the beginning of August, as a simple internet chatter. While Meizu's VP Li Nan said that the company no longer desired to be a small manufacturer, at the end of July, word was ...

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    September 16, less than a week from today, is when Android Pay is supposed to go live, according to the latest rumors we heard on September 4. The information allegedly came from Verizon through unofficial channels, and the fact that Mountain View has a new Google Wallet app ready in the Play Store is a clear indication that the rumors were (at least) close to reality. You will not be limited to paying in stores with the new Google Wallet app; instead, you'll be able to send (and receive money) to people in the US via email (apparently, with no fees), manage your Wallet card, deposit and ...

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    While it wasn't an official announcement, like everything we've seen today, those who paid close attention to the presentation managed to acknowledge the OS X El Capitan release date. Yesterday was all about the Apple Watch, Apple TV, iPad Pro, and iPhone 6s/iPhone 6s Plus, but, with the occasion of one particular demo (3D Touch on the new iPhones), Apple made a silent announcement as far as the OS X El Capitan release date is concerned. September 30 is the date to circle in your calendar. An email (for demo purposes, but still) from Phil Schiller -- to Craig Federighi -- says "The El ...

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    Whether it really was the real deal or not, Monday's leaked (purported) LG Nexus 5 render gave us probably the best look at the upcoming smartphone, granted, just for the back of it. One day later we not only saw two (black and white) color options, but we were treated with a look at the smartphone's side, but, as we get close to that rumored October 13 launch date, accessory manufacturers (especially case makers) are gearing up. One such LG Nexus 5 case maker, Ringke, is showing off its clear case in the render above. Luckily, Ringke is also (allegedly) showing off the front of the ...

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    The world just got richer with two new smartphones that are part of the new Obi Worldphone line-up, a fruit of the collaboration between Apple's ex-CEO John Sculley, and and Ammunition design founder Robert Brunner. You can debate whether each of the two resembles something else on the market (past or present), but there are just so many ways to build a smartphone these days. The Obi Worldphone SF1 and SJ1.5 will both set you back less than $200, when they become available in October in emerging markets in Asia, Africa and Middle East. The Obi Worldphone SF1 (below) will go for ...

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    The Cityman and Talkman are codenames for two smartphones that Microsoft will allegedly unveil in the near future. According to some reports, October 19 is the date to circle in your calendar if you are looking forward to seeing new Microsoft Lumia flagships. While we've been seeing renders and leaks of all sorts regarding the two aforementioned phones, the leak we're looking at is hopefully going to further clarify things. The images above and below appear to be official press renders (claimed as such) of the two upcoming Microsoft Lumia flagships, the aforementioned Cityman (above) and ...

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    Update: 9to5google has a neat teardown explanation of what exactly happens when you insert the Galaxy Note 5 S Pen backwards, what gets broken, and why. Let's be completely honest. Nobody reads the manual anymore. But you should! Manuals can save you a headache or two, not to mention that they most of the times save manufacturers the trouble of repairing or replacing your broken device. An example from the recent past comes to mind with a certain Active version of a phone which often got flooded (and most of the times rendered unusable) because of not sealing the back properly, as ...

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    Remember the HTC Aero, aka A9? Yesterday we posted an HTC A9 leak in the form of a press render, and that phone looked a lot like the Apple iPhone 6. As a matter of fact, the resemblance was so obvious that some readers were asking themselves why exactly did we decide to run the story, which seemed to be an obvious "fake". Well, it's not, and whether that's a good or a bad thing is completely up to you. The image above was posted on Weibo and claims to show off the upcoming A9, next to the phone it looks a lot like: the iPhone. While this HTC A9 leak seems to confirm the previous one, ...

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    The ASUS ZenFone 2 is a phone to definitely keep on your shortlist if you're looking for a new device. It impressed us with the occasion of our review, and, if you're lucky enough to live in specific markets, you can also get a special edition which packs a whopping 256GB of internal storage. The company is preparing to capitalize on the success of (and buzz around) its ZenFone line-up, and will prepare no less than 6-7 new models next year. Company CEO Jerry Shen said these new 2016 ZenFone series smartphones will mostly pack 5.5-inch displays, and next year's line-up, according to the ...

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    There were (are, and probably will be, until the official unveiling) a lot of rumors concerning Apple's 2015 smartphones. There were various, some concerning a strengthened chassis, some referring to a pink model (rose gold), and many others regarding Force Touch and other aspects of the phone. Some reports talked about a 12MP iPhone 6s camera (and iPhone 6s Plus), a bump from the 8MP found on current models, and today's rumor seems to confirm this. Of course, this is no official confirmation, as it comes from unnamed sources within the supply chain. Said anonymous person talked about a ...

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    If you've been following the BlackBerry Venice rumors and leaks, you probably know by now that BlackBerry is reportedly planning on bringing an Android-powered smartphone --a QWERTY slider, to be more specific-- to the market. The latest such leak indicated that it will hit all four US carriers in November, with a collage picture attached, which showed off the alleged phone running both Google Play and the BlackBerry Hub. Well, Evan Blass has followed up with another leak, showing off a screenshot that reveals a lot of BlackBerry related apt files. These files will most probably be baked ...

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    The ASUS ZenFone 2 is available is so many options that it is sometimes hard to keep track, but it's definitely a good thing, as the company is able to offer something for everyone. And, given the cutthroat competition in the mid-range smartphone market (especially around the $300 price tag), OEMs are constantly striving to differentiate, bring something new or different to the table. The diamond/crystal inspired pattern on the ASUS ZenFone 2 above might not be your thing, but the carbon-fiber look of the same phone below might be. And, even if both aren't, you should still seriously ...

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    Back in May, Google launched a new version of Android Wear, one that would enable smartwatches to function in a smart way via Wi-Fi, without the need of a constant Bluetooth connection to your smartphone. The first watch to sport this feature was the LG Watch Urbane, but Google (and some OEMs) promised that Wi-Fi capabilities will be enabled on smartwatches already present in the market. The LG G Watch R (which is basically the Watch Urbane, and vice versa) was left out and LG promised a refresh to enable Wi-Fi will be rolling out sometime in Q3. Well, that time is now, as, according to ...

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    Remember the OPPO R5? It was the world's thinnest phone, until it wasn't anymore. Still, not bad at 4.85mm, maybe even too thin for some. Well, apparently, the Chinese phone maker pulled an iPhone by adding an "s" to the device's name, and so we have the OPPO R5s. Well, that's not the only change, of course, and the phone is wearing a "coming soon" label on the manufacturer's website. You'll be able to easily tell the OPPO R5s apart from the R5, as it comes in grey, opposed to the silver R5. It keeps all the features, including the overall aspect and measurements, and also keeps most of ...

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    Samsung announced the Galaxy S6 edge+ on August 13 (together with the Note 5), and the manufacturer also equipped it with some additional features. Some still believe that the Edge Screen is still not mature enough to justify its existence beyond showing off the ability to manufacture it, but that's another topic. Opposed to the S6 edge, the S6 edge+ also brings an Apps Edge in addition to the People Edge, where you can basically pin favorite apps, just like contacts, to the side of your screen. That feature is now also available to Galaxy S6 edge users as well through a software update ...

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