Following up from the many leaked pictures of the rumoured Galaxy F (aka Galaxy S5 Prime), is this latest shot obtained by PhoneArena showing a yet-to-be announced phone (on the left) placed next to a familiar looking Galaxy S5. In the picture, you can clearly see that the rumoured device features a significantly thinner bezel than the Galaxy S5 which suggests that it may also feature a bigger display.
According to rumours, the Galaxy F will be Samsung’s new flagship smartphone with hardware specs that top the company’s current high-end smartphone, the Galaxy S5 including a 16MP rear camera with OIS and Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB RAM.
It’s still too early to say if the Galaxy F is legit so, for now, take this with a pinch of salt.
MediaTek without a doubt has helped drive decent smart phones at an affordable price. Last year we’ve seen Lenovo gaining much momentum in the entry to mid-tier segment with smart phones that are mostly running with MediaTek instead of Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. Even Xiaomi’s popular Redmi, Redmi Note and Huawei’s Honor 3C are using them as well. The entry level segment is extremely competitive in pricing. Up to a point that mainstream players like HTC had to resort to using MediaTek for the very first time in their Desire 310.
Now word has it that Sony will be releasing more MediaTek based smart phones and a report says that up to 5 models would be introduced in 2015. With LTE being a de-facto connectivity standard, some of them will likely use MediaTek’s newest MT6595 Octa-Core processor that supports 4G LTE.
This isn’t a first for Sony as they currently have a MediaTek based smart phone of their own with the dual-SIM Xperia C. It was launched last year at RM999 with a 5″ qHD display, Quad-Core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of expandable storage. What do you guys think of MediaTek? Does the processor play a major role when it comes to buying a new smart phone?
The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom will be available in Malaysia starting next week on 21 June. The 4.8″ smart phone with a 20.7MP main camera and 10X Optical zoom is priced at RM1,699. Its Shimmery White colour unit will be available first on 21 June while its Charcoal Black version is released later on the 26 June.
To recap on the specs, the Galaxy K Zoom is the replacement of the former Galaxy S4 Zoom which prides itself as the only photography centric smart phone with an Optical Zoom lens. On the smart phone front, it gets a 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED display that pushes 1280×720 resolution and powering it is a Hexa-Core Exynos processor which consists of 4 Cores running at 1.3GHz and another 2 Cores at 1.7GHz. It is mated to 2GB of RAM and comes with 8GB expandable storage that supports 64GB microSD. Keeping the device up and running is a moderate 2,430mAh capacity battery.
The main 20.7MP camera at the back uses a 1/2.3″ BSI Sensor and is enhanced with Optical Image Stabiliser. If you need illumination, the Galaxy K Zoom uses Xenon Flash which is better than your typical LED lights. For shooting videos, there’s no 4K support but it is capable of shooting Full HD 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second. Out of the box, it runs on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat and comes with the similar Galaxy S5 features such as Ultra Power Saving Mode and S Health Lite. With an optical zoom lens, the Galaxy K Zoom is thicker than your average smart phone at 16.6mm and weighs 200 grams.
Check out the promo video after the break.
If you’re looking for cheap phones with low commitment plans, Celcom is now offering the HTC Desire 310 and Sony Xperia E1 with their First Prime postpaid plans. The Desire 310 is HTC’s latest entry-level device that runs on MediaTek’s Quad-Core 1.3GHz processor and it is priced at RM499 outright. Meanwhile the Sony Xperia E1 is an entry level device which comes with a 100db loud speakers. The Xperia E1 that’s offered by Celcom is a Single-SIM version which carries a RM459 price tag.
For these 2 devices, it is tied to 24 months contract of Celcom Prime + 1GB of data which costs RM78/month. Apart from having 1GB of data, the Celcom Prime comes with RM40 worth of usage which charges 15 sen for every minute of phone calls or per SMS. On contract, the HTC Desire 310 is offered at RM38 while the Xperia E1 is offered for Free. During sign up, you would need to pay RM450 as an upfront payment which will be rebated back across 10 months period.
Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 is due in a couple of months time and its alleged production unit has appeared online. According to the source, the images are credible as it was obtained from a reliable source in China.
The overall design follows the similar slim and rounded edge approach as their current iPad Air and iPad mini. From certain angles, it does look like the very first iPhone which came with a metal back. The TouchID fingerprint scanner that was introduced on the iPhone 5S is retained but the rear camera is seen with just a single instead of two LED assisted flash. As you would expect, the new model is expected to be bigger in display and comes with thinner bezels for better single handed use.
Apart from this “standard” iPhone model, Apple is said to be releasing a larger “Note” version which is rumoured to have a larger 5.5″ screen. If such speculation is true, they are doing very un-Apple things that certainly won’t be allowed during Steve Jobs era. Check out the rest of the pictures after the break.