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Would You Like A Galaxy S5 With A Metal Body, 2K Display?!

gsmarena_001The F-line of devices have been rumored since a long time with no such concept taking shape of a consumer product just yet. Samsung’s new Project KQ focuses to encompass a premium series of smartphones with a 2K display and a metal casing.

The-SM-G906-visits-the-GFX-benchmark-site 2Rumors point towards two blazing fast chipsets : The Snapdragon 805 and the Exynos 5430 for the Korean markets. The new Exynos 5430 features quad 2.1GHz Cortex-A15 and quad 1.5GHz Cortex-A7 cores in addition to an 600MHz ARM Mali GPU. A new video decoder is expected to decode 8K video! the Exynos-based Project KQ will for the very first time utilize an Intel LTE modem (XMM7620) with 300Mbps down and 150Mbps up.

Would you like to rather go with a device which will be released as a revised/ higher-end version of the Galaxy S5 rather than the current offering?

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Written by Chintan Vithlani

April 22nd, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Verizon HTC One M8 Mini On It’s Way!

htc-one-miniThe One Mini is one of the most anticipated devices for people who are looking to get their hands on some stunning engineering in a smaller form factor. Our leak friend @evleaks has recently tweeted out :

 

Earlier we did see the Swedish carrier Telia also accidentally leaking this information on their website regarding the One M8 mini. The rumored specs of the One M8 mini point towards a  Snapdragon 400 SoC with a quad-core 1.7GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM and 16GB inbuilt memory and a 4.5″ 720p Display. These specs are pure mid-range specs when majority of people expect flaghsip specs, nevertheless if the pricing is right, people are going to line up for a device that is so beautiful.

Written by Chintan Vithlani

April 22nd, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Moto G Ferrari, LTE Edition Coming Soon!

Moto-G-originalMotorola is cooking two new versions of the Motorola Moto G which will be called the Moto G LTE and the Moto G Ferrari version.As its name suggests, the Moto G LTE will have LTE connectivity – a feature that’s missing from the original Moto G.

The Moto G in speculation – The Moto G LTE will come with a baseline 16GB memory with the internals of the Moto G that will be strikingly similar. But what’s the buzz about the Ferrari handset? Well we know less about it at the moment but we have Motorola team up with Ferrari to introduce a few handsets in the past. From it’s name though we expect a red variant with a slightly premium build of the Moto G.

We will post an update once the pricing is made available.

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Written by Chintan Vithlani

April 21st, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 With A 3-Sided Display!?

gsmarena_001Samsung wants to make the next version of the Note line of devices different in more than one dimension, they are going to make a 3-Sided display for the Note4, a report points.

Three-sided implicates that the display has its left and right sides bent to create additional zones where notifications from messages, email, incoming calls can appear. Reuters reports of a Samsung executive who has confirmed that Samsung is trying to make this new form factor a reality for the masses. The Note series always see the light of day months post its flagship Galaxy S series. This September, as always we shall see if the company does have a surprise for us.

Do you look forward to radical change in smartphone designs?

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Written by Chintan Vithlani

April 21st, 2014 at 4:34 pm

How To Get The “Bokeh” Without The HTC M8!

image1Technically what all of us smartphone owners digg more than anything is having those smooth out of focus effects more than anything else out of our smartphone cameras, even to the height that we may compromise quality and resolution. Atleast HTC would have you believe that, because that is how their Duo-camera works and sells, it’s ability to recognize and manipulate depth in images is the bomb!

Now don’t get us wrong, we do indeed accept that some really stunning images can be captured due to that additional piece of hardware wizardry, but is it a pleasure that only HTC owners are entitled to? Turns out it isn’t and guess who’s here to change things – Google!

Google’s recently announced ‘Google Camera’ app on the play store is compatible with any device running Kitkat and this time around it changes things for the better. The camera app has a built in ‘Lens Filter’ mode that allows users to capture images with similar depth information which can later be tweaked inside the app to produce some stunning results. Google does this using some mathematical functions requiring no additional hardware.

structure-from-motionThe only quirk to know is that it requires the user to move the camera upwards while taking a photo in this mode so that it’s software can take multiple pictures and analyze pixels for the depth witchcraft. Thus by analyzing the object from a different angle, the depth is calculated, more like the human eye which calculates depth by seeing from different angles.

image2As one can see the depth map hence produces a final image that is so smooth that one may forget about the M8 for quite a while. The images speak for itself, if you are rocking a phone on KitKat then what are you waiting for, try out the Google Camera yourself.

Written by Chintan Vithlani

April 19th, 2014 at 5:57 pm

KitKat Coming To Your Verizon Galaxy S4 & LG G2!

gsmarena_001We accept it, it’s painful to wait while you know that it has been months since the latest Android version has been announced but your carrier hasn’t been giving any hint of it. Seems like Verizon is ready to fix all that with official updates to the 2 flagships of 2013, the Galaxy S4 and the LG G2.

Verizon has been a slouch when it comes to update, but if if they really start rolling out updates the day the leak suggests, then things might change afterall. The G2′s update file is 2GB in size, but no details on the S4 one. It’s wise to sit tight for now and wait till the over the air updates start making devices pop on Verizon!

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Written by Chintan Vithlani

April 19th, 2014 at 5:37 pm

New Google Nexus To Be Under $100!?

Nexus-6-Concept1Google Nexus series has been a benchmark in stunning hardware at the most affordable price point. It is made by Google under close monitoring with an OEM to deliver the purest experience of Android.

It isn’t hidden that recently the ever so dormant, mid-range has emerged as a space where there is a lot of place to grow, because before the Moto G, no one was doing the mid-range right. Infact since it did not mean big numbers for OEMs, they least bothered and since it meant less value to customers, they didn’t sell like hot cakes.

Now a new rumor out of Asia suggests that Google could be thinking about introducing a lower-cost Nexus option, one that could sell for around $100. The core of the low-cost Nexus would be around the low cost MediaTek SoC which shall purge the costs to go down. A lot of questions still are left unanswered, who would manufacture this device, why is Google wanting to offer a low end Nexus? As always, we shall wait till we see some leaks!

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Written by Chintan Vithlani

April 18th, 2014 at 5:01 pm

LG G3 Will Be Available In Gold, Confirms 2K Display!

lg-g3-boxThe LG G2 recently got a gold variant immediately indicating how badly the company wanted to join the “Gold” game. So this time they start early, the LG G3 will be available in gold since launch time!

Compared to the G2′s box, the LG brand is more prominent than before. There is also a Global Mobile awards shout-out at the bottom, which we assume is in reference to LG picking up Most Innovative Device Manufacturer of the Year. Also adding to that, when asked about the rumored 2K, LG confirmed that the device would indeed be carrying a 2560*1600 resolution display.

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Written by Chintan Vithlani

April 17th, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Why The HTC One (M7) Is Better Than The One (M8)!

htc-one-m8-sg-401-820x420Sounds shocking right? Let us start with a recent piece of news, HTC announced that they are going to roll out the Sense 6 update to the older generation HTC One M7s :

 

This does mean all the software enhancements will be 100% ported to older HTC One M7, making the M7 more than just a last generation One, it almost beats the M8 with no argument at all. What makes it better? To answer that let’s see what makes the M8 better? The much talked about Duo-cameras one may say. The Duo-cameras do produce decent enough pictures but the final image, even after having another lens, adds up to only 4 Megapixels. Shocking as it is, one may always complaint about it having no significant edge over the older camera, coupled with removal of Optical Image Stabilization(seriously?!) on the newer M8 means shakier videos than previously.

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Build quality is another hot topic to debate about – 90% metal on the new M8 which wraps around the edges till the front glass, in practical sense translates to a phone so slippery that you might always want to wear gloves or put on a case, we advice the latter. The One M7 is a truly remarkable device with little to none to complaint about, with the latest Sense 6, it is still virtually a device that refuses to let go off the foreground.

Written by Chintan Vithlani

April 16th, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner Get’s Hacked , iPhone Still Going Strong!

samsung-galaxy-s5-fingerprint-scannerThe Galaxy S5 is almost fresh off the shelves since it has barely been a week since it has been announced and good news, atleast potentials deserve to know the facts right before they take the plunge and get themselves one.

German security blog H Security has found a way to spoof the fingerprint scanner using a lifted print, attaching it to a mould(or any finger)and unlocking the phone – not once, but multiple times, and successfully everytime! Yes, the iPhone was also tricked into unlocking in a similar fashion, it was last year when a German group CCC tried to find a flaw, however to the rescue of the iPhone, upon restarting the iPhone still requires a passcode while none of that was required in the case of the Galaxy S5.

Also demonstrated is the fact that one can make PayPal transactions with the spoofed fingerprint which is a serious potential threat. Here you can see a demo of the same :

We need your comments on this folks, isn’t it a shame that a premium smartphone that costs more than $600 is exposed to a simple flaw?

Written by Chintan Vithlani

April 16th, 2014 at 3:06 pm