BlackBerry is trying to make its mark at MWC 2015 by introducing its new BlackBerry Leap. This is yet another affordable BlackBerry full touch screen device targeted at youths and it sits right above the current entry-level BlackBerry Z3. It gets a similar sized 5″ display but pushes a higher HD 720p resolution, which gives it a pixel density of 294ppi.
Under the hood, it gets a dated dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus (Is Qualcomm still making these?) that’s also powering the old BlackBerry Z10 and it is mated to 2GB of RAM. On-board there’s 16GB of storage that can be expanded with microSD up to 128GB.
HTC’s One M8 flagship is apparently going to have production stopped soon, in favour of an identical device that will ship with a slower CPU instead, with possible a lower price.
Released about a year ago, the One M8 comes with a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC under the hood. Apparently HTC is planning an updated version of the device that will sport a newer, albeit midrange Snapdragon 615 instead.
The chip will be a 64-bit octa-core CPU with four Cortex-A53 cores clocking 1.7GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocking at 1 GHz. The news comes from HTC’s Benelux arm in Europe so it’s likely that the change will come in that market (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) but HTC might do this for other markets as well.
We don’t know when the switch is going to occur and exact pricing but the new One M8 will definitely be cheaper than the HTC One M9.
Gionee has unveiled their Elife S7 at MWC this year, an ultra thin phone that focuses on running cool with a long battery life.
The smartphone was initially showcased to be coming in at an ultra thin 4.6mm thick but the actual unit at launch will be 5.5mm thick, not the thinnest out there but it’s one of the thinnest dual-SIM phones. The Elife S7 has what Gionee calls a U-shaped skeleton made of aviation-grade alloy as well as stainless steel with nano-molding plastic.
The phone itself features a 5.2 inch AMOLED display with 1080p resolution with ACL tech, which supposedly reduces power consumption by 25%. Under the hood it will have a 64-bit 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6752 chipset mated to 2GB RAM and 16GB built-in storage, with a 2,750mAh battery and Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. Out back you’ll find a 13 megapixel camera, thanks to a extremely thin camera module the camera is flush with the back, and a 8 megapixel selfie camera in the front.
Gionee claims that they have inproved battery life by 32% and that it should go for two days between charges.
We don’t have a local launch date for the Gionee Elife S7 yet but it will be retailing for €400 (RM 1626) in Los Angeles Black, North Pole White and Maldives Blue, with two 4G LTE variants.
So you’ve gotten a GALAXY Note 4 and you probably wonder what else could you do with it. With a powerful processor, improved S-Pen stylus and a vibrant 5.7″ Quad HD display, this is still the king of phablets which is now in its 4th generation. To get going immediately, here are the Top 11 features which you may not know you can do on your GALAXY Note 4.
Head after the break to get started.
If pure performance is important to you, then you might want to give the Galaxy S6 a try. We’ve managed to run AnTuTu on our preview Galaxy and the numbers are impressive. The Galaxy S6 whoops every other device in the benchmark producing a score of over 67,000, making it the fastest smartphone on the planet at the moment.
The S6 is faster than the Meizu MX4, the Galaxy Note 4 and the OnePlus One, and the Galaxy S6 is almost twice as fast as the Glaaxy S5 that it replaces. This is not by chance, the Galaxy S6 is packed with cutting edge internals. It’s the first smartphone the world to use a 14nm processor. In comparison, the fastest processor from Qualcomm — the Snapdragon 810 — is still based on a 20nm process making it less power efficient on paper. This fast processor is then mated with 3GB DDR4 RAM that’s faster than DDR3 RAM that’s more commonly used in smartphones today.
To make the most out of the fast processor and fast ram, the Galaxy is the first device is the world to use a new type of storage technology developed by Samsung called Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0. UFS 2.0 is almost 30% faster than eMMC 5.0 — the most common form of memory embedded in high-end smartphones today. It is also 50% more power efficient than conventional eMMC memory.
Of course, benchmark scores is just one aspect of the device performance but it’s one important aspect and it gives you a very good indication of what the device is capable of, and right now, the Galaxy S6 is the best you can get.
Fingerprint scanning is gradually becoming the de facto standard of securing mobile devices. More manufacturers are starting to adopt fingerprint unlocking on their flagship models as it offers greater sense of security that’s easy to set up and use. Most fingerprint scanners today are capacitive based, which leaves some room of being copied if one has a high resolution image of your fingerprint. To take biometric security to the next level, Qualcomm has announced Sense ID, a 3D based fingerprint scanning technology that utilises ultrasonic sound waves.
This allows a higher detail capture within the outer layers of the skin which recognises more characterisics than normal scanners. With a deeper scan, this makes it tougher for possible spoofs or hacking. Furthermore, the ultrasonic scanner works with smart phones of various body materials, such as plastic, steel, aluminium and sapphire. So this means, smart phone makers can discreetly fit a fingerprint security feature without deliberately putting a physical scanner or fitting one into a physical home button.