LG releases a case for the unreleased G5

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LG just couldn’t wait until February 21. They have already released a case for the upcoming G5 flagship.

LG has released a Quick Cover Case for the LG G5 which doesn’t officially exist yet. The G5 is going to be announced on February 21 at MWC.

The case itself has some kind of mesh cover, which allows text to be readable from the screen and touch inputs to work. This enables phone call and alarm control without opening the case. LG also reveals that the G5 will have an always-on display as the case will always display time and notifications through the little window.

The phone is not visible in any of the case images so the possible body material change is still unconfirmed. According to rumors, LG will ditch the plastic in favor of a premium metal body. Also rumored are a replaceable battery and powerful specs including Snapdragon 820 SoC.

Source: LG Newsroom

Microsoft to acquire SwiftKey for $250 million

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Trusted sources claim that Microsoft will buy SwiftKey for $250 million.

According to Financial Times, Microsoft has agreed to buy the company behind the popular virtual keyboard SwiftKey for $250 million. Microsoft has recently invested greatly on Android but according to Financial Times, it’s the SwiftKey’s AI technology that interests Microsoft.

As Windows Phone seems to be almost dead, Microsoft keeps investing on smartphones. They have made Office apps available for free on Android and iOS and made deals with companies like Samsung and Cyanogen to preinstall more Microsoft apps on the new phones.

Source: Financial Times, requires subscription

Via: PhoneArena

LG G5 will be released on 21 February

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It looks like February 21st will be the mobile industry super day of 2016.

LG had already sent press invitation for an event to happen on February 21 about a month ago but we weren’t sure what was going to be released there. Now, LG’s Facebook page has added a gif confirming the release of the G5 flagship smartphone. Samsung is also rumored to launch their Galaxy S7 series smartphones on the same day.

Recent leaks have suggested that LG would step into the premium game with the G5. The body is rumored to be made out of metal but replaceable battery and microSD card slot should still be on board. LG is also rumored to include a fingerprint scanner and some kind of dual camera setup.

Source: LG on Facebook

Galaxy S7 will be released on 21 February

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Samsung Galaxy S7 press renders have leaked with a probable release date of the devices. 

EvLeaks has leaked press render images of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphones. In the images, the date is February 21 which of course means the release date. EvLeaks has been very reliable source, so these renders are probably real.

In the image there are two phones. The one on the left is the normal Galaxy S7 with 5.1″ QHD display and the one on the right is probably going to be called Galaxy S7 edge and it will have a 5.5″ curved QHD display.

Other specifications we know are the two SoC options for different markets, Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890. The amount of RAM will be 4GB and the battery capacities will grow to 3000mAh and 3600mAh respectively.

The 12MP Britecell rear camera is joined by a 5MP shooter on the front. The rear camera hump will be gone as the new Britecell sensor improves the low light capabilities and reduces the thickness of the module.

Source: VentureBeat

Galaxy S7 rumor collection

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The release of the Samsung Galaxy S7 is getting closer and it’s time to wrap up some of the recent rumors.

According to rumors, the design of S7 will be very similar to the S6. Some rumors are suggesting a rounded back and leaked renders are supporting that. It also looks like the camera hump will be smaller as the S7 is going to use the new 12MP Britecell camera sensor.

Display size for the normal S7 is going to stay the same at 5.1″ but the S7 Edge is probably getting a 5.5″ display. We are also hearing about a possible S7 Plus model with a 5.7″ or 6″ display. All displays are still going to support QHD resolution, so no 4K here yet.

There are more news under the hood as apparently there will be two versions again, a Snapdragon version and an Exynos version. Antutu has leaked the hardware specifications of both models and the SoC seems to be the only difference. The S7 is going to have 4GB of DDR4 RAM and both models have 64GB of storage and there is no sign of 32GB model yet, so 64GB might be the standard.

It looks like Samsung is going a bit conservative this year. Last year Galaxies were very good, only problem being the battery life. As the hardware design is pretty stable, they have had the time and resources to concentrate on improving the UI and optimization so that the new flagships might improve greatly on smoothness and battery life.

Sources: Zauba, PhoneArena 1, PhoneArena 2, OnLeaks on Twitter

The new 4″ iPhone shows up on a video

Apple is rumored to bring back the small iPhone. Now a video shows the device.

Recent rumors have suggested the return of the 4″ iPhone in Q1 or Q2 this year. Now we finally get the first look at the possible device. The design is very similar to the iPhone 6 and 6S and therefore the expected name is 6C.

The display seems to be 4″ that we were used to with the iPhone 5 and 5S back in 2012 and 2013. According to the rumors, the 6C would not have A9 chip or 2GB of RAM but A8 and 1GB instead. Especially the RAM would be a disappointment but luckily Apple Pay will be onboard. No word on the 3D Touch yet, though.

The iPhone 6C would be a big addition to Apple’s lineup as many customers are still running 5’s and 5S’s because of the added size of the newer models. We were just wondering, how tiny the battery is going to be?

Source: M.I.C. Gadget

LG teases MWC release as G5 renders appear

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LG has sent press invitations for a release event at MWC and at the same time we have rendered image of G5’s battery solution.

LG has sent invitations for the event with text “Play begins, Barcelona February 21.” Play can mean so many different things and the LG G4 already has high-resolution audio so we are not sure what to think about this invitation.

The more interesting thing is the rendered image that reveals LG’s plans to step up in the premium game as well as keep the replaceable battery. According to the image, the bottom of the device will slide off to release the battery. This looks very interesting because many have criticized Samsung about ditching the replaceable battery for the premium build. LG might do it right if this information turns out to be correct.

Other things to expect in the G5 are Snapdragon 820 SoC, 5.3″ QHD display and great camera performance. Hopefully LG will also clean up their UI as it is one of the worst on the flagship phones recently.

Source: CNET Korea

Huawei releases Mate 8 prices and GX8 midranger

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Huawei has launched a new premium midranger and revealed prices for the Mate 8. CES 2016 is on and we are following. 

The Huawei GX8 is similar to the recently announced G8, just for different markets. The GX8 is not a specs monster. It tries to attract with its premium metal design and the same ultra fast rear mounted fingerprint scanner  familiar from the other Huawei smartphones.

The display is 5.5″ 1080p IPS LCD with 401PPI. The Snapdragon 615 SoC is assisted by 2 or 3GB of RAM depending on the size of the storage, either 16 or 32GB. The cameras are 13 and 5 megapixels and the 3000mAh battery should last through the day easily. The GX8 will be available soon for price of about $350.

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The recently announced Mate 8 gets its price revealed as Huawei has told at CES that the flagship phablet will be available in Europe for 599€ for the 3/32GB version and 699€ for the 4/64GB model. No word on the US pricing or availability yet. The Mate 8 has a 6″ 1080p display, Kirin 950 SoC and a 4000mAh battery.

Source: CES coverage around the internet

Huawei Nexus 6P and Watch got new designs

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Huawei is one of the first to introduce their new products at CES 2016. First, some new designs.

Huawei built Nexus 6P was rumored to have a gold color option and now it’s true. The gold option will be available soon in the US for the same price as the other colors, $449 for 32GB and $499 for 64GB.

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Huawei also updated the Huawei Watch that now has a ladies option. The new version is called the Watch Elegant. It has a narrower watch band, gold plated body and textured bezels. The second new option is called the Watch Jewel and it adds 68 Swarovski crystals to the bezels for extra bling. There’s no information about pricing yet.

Source: CES coverage around the internet

ZTE’s Axon Max is a 6″ phablet

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ZTE Axon Max brings a 6″ Super AMOLED display and a huge battery in mid-range price. 

ZTE has launched a 6″ phablet that resembles the Huawei Mate 8. The 6″ Super AMOLED display has a Full HD resolution and it’s protected by 2.5D glass. The body is made out of aluminum-titanium alloy and the back features plastic antenna insulators on top and bottom, 16MP camera, fingerprint scanner and a single speaker. The front facing camera has 13 megapixels.

The inside specs are also quite impressive. The Snapdragon 617 SoC is supported by 3GB of RAM and a giant 4140mAh battery which is charged via a USB Type C connector. The MiFavor 3.5 UI runs on top of Android 5.1.1.

The first Axon Max devices ship at the end of the year in China for 2799 Chinese yuan (~$430). Availability in other markets is unknown but other Axon devices are sold in America and Europe.

The Axon Max impresses with its battery capacity and the Super AMOLED display. Lately we have seen new manufactures using AMOLED panels and its good to see. A Full HD Super AMOLED in this price range is a rare and welcome sight.

Source: BusinessWire