After showing the Galaxy Note 3 with Lollipop, the folks at Sammobile is giving another preview of an updated Android 5.0 Lollipop build for the Galaxy S4. The UI is similar with the Galaxy S5 version which we saw earlier.
With the latest build, we get to see the revised settings and the native camera app is reported to be more responsive than before. The Galaxy S4 shown is the Non-4G model (GT-i9500) that runs on Exynos. Check out the hands-on video including the first preview after the break.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 still comes with a plastic body but it is better to touch and hold thanks to its perforated back cover. So is it better protected than the previous Galaxy S4? The folks at TechSmartt had put both devices to the test with a series of drop test.
Surprisingly the Galaxy S5 seems to be tougher than its predecessor. While minor scuffs are expected around the edges, the display still manages to hold up despite being dropped at various heights. If that’s not enough, they even ran over the phone with an SUV and left with a small component damage. You can watch the Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy S4 drop test video after the break.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a new 16MP camera that uses its new ISOCELL sensor. On paper, this should give the Galaxy S5 camera a better low light performance with reduced noise. For video, it is also capable of shooting at 4K resolution.
In our hands-on with the Galaxy S5, we find the camera to be rather snappy with a claimed focus speed of 0.3 seconds. So how does it perform in terms of picture and video quality? We’ve taken some samples and compared them with the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, Lumia 1520 and the Xperia Z1.
Check out the sample photos and videos after the break.
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The Rubik’s Cube solving record has been smashed at an impressive 3.253 seconds with a CubeStormer 3 Robot. As comparison, the fastest Rubik’s Cube solved by man was 5.55 seconds. The CubeStormer 3 consist of Lego Mindstorm bricks and components while a Galaxy S4 Octa-Core smart phone was used as the brains of mechanical solving marvel.
It is amazing how much the CubeStormer has improved over the years, which is a clear indication that smart phones are evolving at a rapid pace. The first attempt in 2010 with a Motorola Droid had managed 24.02 seconds and a year later, the CubeMaster 2 with a Galaxy S II had managed to solve it quicker at 5.35 seconds.
Check out both CubeStormer 3 and the fastest human Rubik’s Cube solver after the break.
Weighing about 370MB in file size, we recommend that you perform a full back up and to download using a fixed WiFi connection. If you haven’t received any notifications on your Galaxy S4, you can update manually through Settings > More > About Device > Software update.
If you’re facing some issues after the update, we would recommend a clean factory reset. Feel free to share your feedback on the KitKat update after the break.
UPDATE: Samsung Galaxy S5 is launching in Malaysia on 27th March.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 which was just announced is expected to come to Malaysia as well as other markets on 11th April. For those who are thinking whether the Galaxy S5 is worth an upgrade, we’ve compared it with its 5.7″ Galaxy Note 3 phablet and the 5″ Galaxy S4.
Although the Galaxy S5 is only 0.1″ bigger in display, it is overall a little bit thicker, wider, taller and heavier than the outgoing model. It is slightly thicker at 8.1mm (Galaxy S4: 7.9mm), and tips the scale slightly higher at 145 grams (Galaxy S4: 130 grams). While its processor gets beefed up with a 2.5GHz Quad-Core processor, it is still mated with just 2GB of RAM. You’ll also get a longer battery life with an expanded 2,800mAh capacity which is 200mAh more than the Galaxy S4 but 400mAh less than the Galaxy Note 3.
The obvious new advantage for the Galaxy S5 would be its new integrated finger print scanner on the home button and a heart rate sensor at the back. Design wise, we are liking the back of the Galaxy S5. Although it is obviously a removable plastic cover, the textured back which is similar to the Nexus 7 gives it a more upmarket feel. Much better we say, than the Galaxy Note 3 faux leather back cover. We’ve taken a couple of pictures comparing the Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 by hand.
Head after the break for the full comparison including hardware specs and photos of devices taken side by side.
Samsung has started rolling its Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to Galaxy S4 non-LTE units which carries the model number (GT-I9500). If you’re using the 4G LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505), you might need to wait a little longer. The new update brings the latest KitKat goodies including UI changes as well as improvements on their native apps. A camera shortcut has been added on the lockscreen and the keyboard for landscape mode is reported to have been improved for faster typing.
At the moment the KitKat update is rolling out in phases with Russian and Indian units reported to have received it already. It shouldn’t take too long before it reaches our official Malaysian units. The update would be pushed directly to the phone Over the Air (OTA) or it can be downloaded manually using Samsung Kies 3 through your computer. Like the recent Galaxy Note 3 KitKat update, we recommend doing a full backup and perform a full factory reset if your phone is giving you problems after the update.
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If Gold or Red phones are too mainstream, Samsung has gone back to black with its Samsung Galaxy Black Edition. Available in either Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 mini, the Black Edition models comes with an all black exterior with a leather-like back cover similar to the Galaxy Note 3. For those who find the current Galaxy S4 back cover being too flashy with its reflective finish, this would be a better alternative.
In terms of specs, the Galaxy S4 Black Edition is similar to the Galaxy S4 4G LTE model (i9505) with a quad-core 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor while the Galaxy S4 mini retains the same modest dual-core 1.7GHz processor. Both models will be available in Russia first followed by other markets. The Galaxy S4 Black Edition is priced at RUB23,000 (Approximately RM2,100) while the mini goes for RUB16,000 (Approx. RM1,500).
Head after the break for pics of the Galaxy S4 mini Black Edition.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 (i9500) in Malaysia has finally received its Android 4.3 update which brings a couple of new improvements including official support for its Galaxy Gear smart watch. The new software also offers improved performance with new camera firmware, retweaked TouchWiz and better RAM management. Hopefully this would improve the battery life and lag issues we’ve been facing especially when it comes to camera.
The update package is about 674MB to download and it is available over the air. To start updating, just head to Settings > More (Tab) > About Device > Software Update.
The HTC One Max is officially revealed yesterday as the biggest member of the current aluminium clad HTC One series. While it is bigger on the exterior, its internals are identical to the 4.7″ HTC One.
So where does the HTC One Max stand in the sea of large screen smart phones? In terms of dimensions, it isn’t the biggest as the Xperia Z Ultra sports a tablet-like 6.44″ TFT Full HD display. However it is worth pointing out that the Xperia Z Ultra is thinner (6.5mm) and lighter (212g) than the One Max. With a thickness of 10.29mm, the One Max is thinner than the Lumia 1020 (10.4mm) and its 5″ cousin, the HTC Butterfly S (10.6mm). Comparing the battery capacity, the One Max tops the list with a larger 3,300mAh battery which is 100mAh more than the Galaxy Note 3.
For the first time for HTC, the One Max features a fingerprint scanner that’s located at the back. Unlike the iPhone 5S’s home button with discreet Touch ID, the One Max fingerprint scanner is rather conventional with the typical finger swipe motion. To unlock the device from sleep, you would still need to hit the power button the sides before swiping your finger at the back.
The achilles heel on paper has got to be the processor. For a high end device to launch in the final quarter of 2013, we would expect the One Max to run on a faster 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor but HTC has decided to stick to a familiar 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor that was used by the original HTC One. Surprisingly even its earlier HTC Butterfly S runs on a faster 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor.
Performance shouldn’t be a big issue as the Snapdragon 600 processor has proven itself on the HTC One with a buttery smooth experience. We dare say that the HTC One is much smoother and has better battery life than the Galaxy S4 non-LTE edition.
The next question would be when will it reach Malaysia and how much would it sell for. The Xperia Z Ultra which is now available with 4G LTE support is currently priced at RM2,199 with 16GB of storage. If the HTC One Max gets priced at RM2,399, would you choose it over the Galaxy Note 3 or Xperia Z1? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. If you haven’t seen it yet, do check out our first hands-on impressions of the HTC One Max here.
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