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    When Android 5.0 Lollipop landed last year, one of the most important features was full support for 64-bit CPUs. Now that the software supports it, it's only a matter of time before devices start being made to make full use of the software – it's only natural – and just as Senior Editor Joe Levi predicted, 64-bit is already starting to become one of the trends in 2015. That's why it isn't surprising at all to have come across today a GFXBench benchmark showing an upgraded, 64-bit Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 model seems to be in existence; it's simply a natural progression. The upgraded 64-bit ...

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    With MWC fast approaching, it's looking more and more likely that Samsung will choose the Barcelona trade show as the venue for its 2015 flagship debut. And with that date fast approaching, more and more testers are getting their hands on early models of the device, and that means leaks start trickling out as to what to expect from the S6. The latest of those comes courtesy of BGR, which has published what it claims is an accurate set of Samsung Galaxy S6 leaked specs, and it paints the picture of a true flagship in this day and age. True to yesterday's report that the S6 would ditch ...

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    OPPO's Find 7 (still a powerhouse) and Find 7a were announced in March 2014, which means that it's time for a follow-up soon. MWC could very well be the venue for the OPPO Find 9, but the company has preferred to host its own special events in the past. The OPPO Find 9 leaked today proves that the Chinese phone-maker is working in a follow-up, and, since they like odd numbers, there will be no Find 8, but, instead the Find 9 is up next (with no implications or ties to the screen size). While there is no way in knowing that the picture above really depicts the OPPO Find 9, we'll just play ...

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    Google's interests continue to grow year after year: from search, to phones, to self-driving cars, to fiber optic internet. On the phone side, Google already runs development of its operating system, sells its own brand of Android hardware, and publishes its own apps – really, all that's left for it to become a one-stop-smartphone-stop is delivering the wireless connectivity phones need to get online. We've heard rumors about the company expanding into the carrier space for some time now, with the most recent round surfacing last spring amidst claims that Google might launch an MVNO that ...

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    Who's delivering new flagships at MWC? Samsung could be in, but LG sounds like it might be out. What about Sony? The company was rumored to be prepping its Xperia Z4 for CES earlier this month, but after the phone was a no-show, MWC became our next likely contender. And indeed, Sony seems to be making progress towards getting the Z4 ready for release in the coming weeks: just a few days ago we saw the FCC publish certification paperwork for a Sony handset that a few clues point to being the elusive Z4. Now an additional FCC filing seems to reveal another twist on the Z4, outing a dual-SIM ...

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    When it rains, it pours... and today looks to be a day where Samsung is making most of the headlines (well, until Microsoft's event happens soon). All of this happening today, we found out that the S6 might not include a Snapdragon processor, could have 4GB of RAM, and would not be waterproof (and neither would its S6 Edge sibling). Usually, when rumors become so many, a launch is around the corner (not that we expected less from Samsung, since the S5 saw the light of day at MWC 2014). According to a recent report, Samsung is planning to announce the Galaxy S6 at a special, pre-MWC event, ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S6 will not be waterproof. That's what this report from Italy claims, and neither will be the the Galaxy S6 Edge. Let's stop right there, as this report seems to talk about two different models. First, apparently, the 2015 flagship Galaxy S6 will not be waterproof like its 2014 Galaxy S5 predecessor. This might mean that the rumors we've heard about Samsung going metal and/or glass might be true (though Sony is doing a great job at waterproofing its Xperia Z phones made from those exact materials). Second, there have been rumors of a curved screen on a Galaxy S6, but, ...

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    Last week we've seen a DigiTimes report on how Samsung would ditch Qualcomm for its 2015 flagship, the Galaxy S 6, because of overheating issues. Apparently, as they say, where there's smoke there must be fire (pun intended), as a more recent Bloomberg report seems to talk about how we'll see no Snapdragon Galaxy S6 this year, despite just a few moments ago hearing the opposite (with regards to a 4GB Snapdragon Galaxy S 6 variant). Just like DigiTimes', Bloomberg's sources are anonymous as well, falling into the category of "people with direct knowledge of the matter". However, the story ...

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    We expect HTC to show off something at the upcoming Mobile World Congress, but, opposed to the Taiwanese phone maker -- who announced its One M8 flagship post-MWC -- Samsung, its biggest competitor, has announced its Galaxy S5 flagship at the Barcelona show. Because of that, and despite not hearing anything pointing to an MWC event, we're expecting the Galaxy S6 to make an official debut in a little more than a month. Samsung Galaxy S6 specs and features were mentioned with the occasion of countless rumors we've seen in the past (from curved display to glass body, from new fingerprint ...

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    Arguably the busiest markets for smartphones right now are those in Southeast Asia, where the fortunes of companies are made and lost over their abilities to capture the buying power of shoppers faced with an increasingly attractive array of options. That's meant a lot of very affordable hardware, and some of it relatively high-spec. Companies like Meizu have managed to do quite well for themselves in this space, and late last month we saw the company introduce its latest handset, the M1 Note. The very iPhone-looking model arrived with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, but phones that large – ...

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    Back when HDTV really took off a decade ago, displays everywhere started transitioning from the 4:3 aspect ratios with which we'd been familiar to much more widescreen ratios like 16:9, 16:10, or even those more extremely stretched. That may have made a degree of sense for entertainment hardware on which media consumption was the primary use-case, but what about general purpose computing devices like smartphones and tablets? While widescreen is still the standard, certain manufacturers have been pushing back against the grain, and especially on the tablet side of things, we've seen many ...

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    Sony has spent the last couple of years re-inventing its approach to smartphones and tablets, and has done so quite elegantly. Ever since the launch of the Xperia Z1 a few years ago, we've praised every single one of its successors on their design and features. Sony's bi-yearly cycle of launches already has us waiting for the Xperia Z4 at MWC 2015, but can you believe there is still a current-generation Xperia Z3 being prepped for a launch? The launch of the Xperia Z3 a few months ago left us a little skeptical with the lack of a purple variant, given Sony's push with the color in the ...

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    Microsoft's Windows 10 has left many of us on the edge of our seats. Many of the changes we saw in Redmond's new operating system make a ton of sense for desktop users, but what we're most excited about is how the new "OneCore" mentality will benefit Windows 10 for mobile devices. Microsoft's second big reveal for Windows 10 is scheduled tomorrow, but it seems that this event won't work as the last one. Trusted sources claim that even though tomorrow's Microsoft event will focus mainly on the mobile aspect of Windows 10, we won't see its first preview launched tomorrow like we saw a ...

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    After months and months of rumors and leaks attempting to get to the bottom of HTC's plans for its next flagship, our picture of what to expect from the One M9 took a big step into focus earlier today, with the leak of some believable-looking photographs of purported One M9 hardware. The design didn't stray far from the One M8 (and M7 before it), but while these images were far-and-away the best we've seen to date, they didn't give us a complete overview of the handset – the choice of angles and cropping ended up keeping portions of the hardware obscured. Luckily for us, the arrival of ...

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    Right now, the hot Qualcomm SoC everyone seems to be talking about is the Snapdragon 810: which phones will get the 810 first, and what do all those rumors of production issues mean for availability? And while the 810's top-shelf performance means that we'll be paying attention to it for some time to come, it's still a chip that was announced coming up on a year ago; when will the 810 find itself overshadowed by something new? While the “when” of that remains to be seen, a new leak attempts to help us out with the “what” a little bit, laying out Qualcomm's plans for its next ...

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    Microsoft's got its big Windows 10 event tomorrow, where we'll get our latest insight into how the company plans to move forward with the evolution of its operating system and the ecosystem of devices and services that support it. That's going to mean big things for mobile, especially with the emphasis Microsoft seems to be putting on unifying devices across traditionally disparate categories; the lines between phone, tablet, game console, and classic PC will all start getting more and more blurred. But is all the news that's set to happen going to be taking place on the software side of ...

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    We can not verify the veracity of these images, above and below, so please treat everything you see and read here accordingly. How that we've got that out of the way, the stills you're seeing are claimed to represent and HTC One M9 prototype, referred to as the Hima. There's still no way of knowing for sure whether the Hima will be the One M9 or not, but this report claims so. Accompanying the images is a statement from the author of the report claiming to trust the source of these images; very well, but that doesn't mean we have to do so too. Looking at the front (above), there's really ...

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    Samsung isn't one to shy away from making a variety of phones, and the latest looks to be one that's ready to greet our friends in Russia. The Samsung J1 price tag has popped up on a Russian site alongside what looks to be a tentative photo. The photo is obviously a placeholder (if you really want to see it, have a look through the source link), but the price tag looks accurate enough. The J1 is expected to sell for RUR 10,990, which translates to about US$170. Russian prices aren't exactly the best to accurately gauge international pricing, though, so be wary. As expected because of the ...

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    Just a few years ago, hearing the Huawei brand was extremely uncommon in our side of the ocean. Still, after seeing how much brand presence the company has made at every single MWC since the year 2012, it's clear that the company was on to something. The company has done an incredible job at building the same success it has in Asia in other regions, and today we hear more on its strategy. For years we've seen Huawei use brands like Ascend Mate to designate its flagship lineup. This year we saw the company merge a couple of names here and there, and we thought that would be how the company ...

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    What happens when you join two companies that aren't really going through their best times? Well, it's hard to compare Samsung to BlackBerry, as Samsung is simply not reaching its goals, while BlackBerry is in dire need to re-invent itself one more time. We've been hearing reports of Samsung wanting to acquire BlackBerry, but those rumors end today. Samsung's J.K. Shin just came on record to confirm that there is no intent to acquire BlackBerry. Instead, Samsung's mobile lead has stated that the company wants to work with BlackBerry and develop the existing partnership. If you remember, ...

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    It may be around the time of MWC, it may be closer to summer, but one way or another, LG is gearing up to launch its next flagship, the G4. Reports about the phone's hardware have suggested it could arrive with some top-tier specs, while maybe even coming in a little smaller than last year's G3. But just how will it arrive? Piece by piece, we're trying to collect what evidence becomes available, and a new development from over the weekend might just reveal a little detail about the G4, as a User Agent Profile for a possible variant surfaces. What we're looking at is a file describing the ...

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    Google's launch of its native Google Calendar application made a lot of sense for most Android users that rely on Google services. The intensive skinning of Android led many OEMs to launch proprietary calendar services that weren't on par with the pace at which Google was bringing newer and smarter services to Google Calendar. You'd think that only Android users would benefit from this, but that reality is about to extend. Leaked screen shots show us that the Google Calendar is almost ready for a launch on iOS. The design replicates almost every single detail of how we see the Google ...

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    Are we finally starting to close in on Samsung's true intentions for the Galaxy S6, or just finding ourselves more misled as new rumors arrive to muddy the issue? Some of the recent talk about Samsung's plans for its Galaxy S6 has started to really divulge from earlier descriptions of the hardware, raising the possibility that the phone might not use metal to the extend we once thought, and could instead feature a largely glass exterior. But not everything we've heard about what Samsung's up to has been crumbling in the face of new rumors, and now we're looking at one item that revisits an ...

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    Many of us miss the old days of the Windows Mobile and Palm stylus, something that Apple single-handedly killed with the iPhone. Still, it would be unfair to forget that the Apple Newton was one of the first products to feature such a concept, and we have seen companies like Samsung succeed in making the stylus something smarter. Recent patents showed us that Apple has been considering building a stylus for the masses, but under a very different concept to what we currently see in the market. KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo gained a lot of fame for some of the recent iPhone 6 predictions. In a new ...

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    Having just finished talking about the latest rumors to address Samsung's smartwatch plans for MWC 2015, it's only fitting that we now turn our attention to the other major launch we're looking forward to from the manufacturer. So far, one of the primary components of Galaxy S6 rumors has been the idea of Samsung finally moving to a predominantly metal design, and a number of leaks have attempted to provide evidence for that theory. We may want to start reconsidering just what we saw in all those, as the latest GS6 rumor now asserts that Samsung will keep its metal bodies as the tell-tale ...

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