The HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6/Galaxy S6 edge were the biggest announcements to kick off MWC 2015. The One M9 appears to be an incremental update retaining its iconic unibody brushed metal finish with upgraded hardware underneath. Meanwhile Samsung has completely overhauled its new flagship model with a fresh premium design and advanced internals for both processor and RAM. The Galaxy S6 edge is essential the same device as the Galaxy S6 but it gets a dual-curved edge display and it is slightly larger battery capacity.
So how does the two titan flagships compare? We have an easy to read infographic comparing all three (inclusive of the Galaxy S6 edge) after the break.
“iPhone 6 copy”, that’s a fairly popular way many will describe the Galaxy S6 but is it really an iPhone copy?
Samsung has a come a long way from its “challenger brand” position to become one of the biggest brands in mobile in the world. While the design similarities of earlier Galaxy S models with Apple’s iPhones are clearly evident, the Galaxy S6 can never be confused for an iPhone 6 — at least I don’t think so.
Samsung is working very hard to break the stigma of being a copycat brand, a brand that lacks ideas, one that is void of any creativity or purpose other than to blatantly copy its competitors and make tons of money from copycat products but can you really say that the Galaxy S6 is an iPhone 6 copy?.
To be honest, I fail to see where the similarities are. Some say that the Galaxy S6’s metal frame is similar to the iPhone 6 but that’s like saying, any car with four wheels is a blatant copy of the Model T Ford. The point I’m trying to make here is that, when you have such a short time to develop products, paths are going to cross and you will have elements that look similar or seem to look similar. I’m not trying to make a case for Samsung, but I fail to see where they copy is happening or am I not perceptive enough?
Let me know what you think. Is the Galaxy S6 an iPhone 6 copy or not?
The Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 smartphones are the only ones in the market which are fully reversible; meaning you can pick up the phone and talk with the top side down thanks to a symmetrical design. We’re not entirely sure why they thought people would find being able to answer the phone from any angle appealing but at the very least the specs for both their phones are decent, even if the naming convention is a little confusing.
The larger of the two, the OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5 inch) has a 5.5 inch Full HD IPS panel for a display, with a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 chip mated to 2GB RAM under the hood, joined by a choice of 16GB or 32GB internal storage. The rear camera is looking pretty good as well, with 13 megapixels and a f/2.0 lens and a 8 megapixel wide angle front unit for selfies. Alcatel also managed to squeeze in a 2,910mAh battery into a 7.7mm body, which is no mean feat. It also features a pair of front facing speakers as well.
As for the smaller OneTouch IDOL 3 (4.7 inch) it features more budget internals for the sake of making it more affordable. It features a 4.7 inch 720p display, 64-bit Snapdragon 410 octa-core processor, 5 megapixel selfie camera and a 2000mAH battery, but shares the rest of it’s components with it’s bigger brother.
The OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5) will retail for €250 (RM 1018) while the 4.7 inch model will be going for €200 (RM 814).
The smartphone is a 5.5 inch with a IPS HD display and a 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek chip attached to 2GB of RAM, with 8GB internal storage expandable via microSD slot.
Launching at MWC earlier, the newest member of Lenovo‘s Vibe line of smartphones, the Vibe Shot is a super slim smartphone that looks rather like an extremely slim camera than an actual smartphone.
Lenovo says the Vibe Shot aims at blending a great camera experience in a smartphone frame, rather reminiscent of the time when compact cameras were the in-thing. The Vibe Shot is built around a 5 inch 1080p display and has Gorilla Glass on both the front and back for added protection. Under the hood, there is a 64-bit Snadragon 615 chipset running the show with 3GB RAM as well as 32GB expandable storage and a non-removable 2,900mAh battery. The smartphone will come with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box as well.
After yesterday’s news blunder which accidentally leaked out Microsoft’s new Windows phones, the two new Lumia phones finally been officially launched at MWC 2015.
The Lumia 640 and 640 XL are Microsoft’s latest budget phones whose launch wasn’t a tremendous surprise considering everyone’s trying to corner the budget market this time around. Both of them will have a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400, 1GB RAM and will have 720p resolutions though what would ultimately set them apart would be screen size and their rear cameras.
More after the break.
The camera, dubbed the Xiaomi “Yi Action Camera” is just a fraction of the price of an entry level GoPro which retails for about roughly $130 (RM 471) this one comes in at just 399 yuan which translates to just RM 230.
Sony’s Xperia M4 Aqua has just gone official with little fanfare at MWC 2015.
While a leak did hit just before the official announcement, the actual device looks a little different from what was shown there but Sony definitely looks like it’s keeping close to it’s design roots.
The phone itself is has a 5.2 inch IPS display with a 720p resolution and it is running the new Snapdragon 615 64-bit chipset, 2GB RAM as well as 16GB expandable storage, 4G LTE, a 13 megapixel rear camera with LED flash as well as a 5 megapixel front shooter. It will also come with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box and is powered by a healthy-sized 2,400mAh battery.
Sony unleashed a slew of give Z-series flagships in the last year alone, so it’s a little strange that they’ve totally forgone showing off a new flagship product but instead has brought in a new full sized tablet. This is the successor of the Xperia Z2 tablet, which was the brand’s last full sized tablet and it brings some upgrades with it.
SanDisk as just introduced their 200GB* SanDisk Ultra®microSDXC™ UHS-I card, Premium Edition microSD card at MWC 2015 that’s their biggest piece of tiny storage to date.
Last year they introduced a 128GB card from the same line and they’ve managed to shove 56% more storage into the same fingernail sized form factor specifically for mobile users that need more storage. The card also has a very fast transfer speed of 90MB/s, which is equivalent to up to 1,200 photos per minute according to SanDisk. We don’t know if phones are ready to support such a huge capacity considering the max these days is still 128GB external storage.
They have also updated their Memory Zone app to engage OptiMem app features that monitors your storage capacity and warns users when they are going to surpass user set thresholds.
However all that storage will cost you a pretty penny; SanDisk is selling their card for $399.99 (RM1451) and will hit the market worldwide in Q2.