Archive for the ‘Mobile Phones’ Category
Friday, February 27th, 2015
We’ve seen some spy shots of the Galaxy S6 Edge and some good cased images of the phone, but now we’ve got something altogether more official: press renders of the new handset. The images, which were published by CNet Korea, show a black version of the Galaxy S6 Edge from every angle.
They do note that texture and shape can vary mildly from the actual product, and indeed there are a few minor differences between the press renders and the other leaks that we’ve seen thus far. However, all of the major features – including that flowing three-sided display and the 20-megapixel rear camera with side-mounted LED flash – seem present and correct.
As we saw before on both the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, the back of the phone is clad in glass and framed with metal. That means that there’s no removable back, which means that there’s no removable battery, and no microSD card slot. These are disappointing omissions for diehard Galaxy S fans, but hopefully the new design will be enough to make the phone a strong newcomer in the series.
What do you think of the new design? Let us know in the comments below, or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun. Thanks for checking out the article and stay tuned for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge’s big reveal this Sunday at 17:30 GMT!
Friday, February 27th, 2015
We’ve already seen leaked case photos for the Samsung Galaxy S6, but now we’re seeing them for its rarer brother: the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. The new phone features a display that curves back on both left and right sides, and of course Galaxy S6 Edge cases have to account for that. Let’s take a look at the first S6 Edge cases, courtesy of case-maker Spigen.
The cases shown here are curved to match the phone’s display on the front, but remain fairly ordinary-looking on the rear. We can also see one of our first shots of the Galaxy S6 Edge’s lock screen, albeit one that seems to have been customised or created by Spigen themselves. There’s a minimal look on the centre pane, with the time shown on a watery background. A single icon for the camera sits at the bottom right. On the right edge, we can see individual icons for emails and text messages received, with calendar events sitting higher and oriented to display down the length of the screen.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is due to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress by Samsung on March 1st. The Barcelona-based event will have its doors open at 17:30 CET, with the presentation beginning one hour later at 18:30 CET. You can tune into the event via YouTube, on the SamsungMobile page.
For more information on the S6 and S6 Edge that’s been leaked over the past few days, please check out our leak roundup here and our MWC preview 2015 here.
What do you think of the new S6 Edge? Let us know on Twitter @mobilefun or in the comments below. Thanks for checking out the article and have a great weekend!
Thursday, February 26th, 2015
The Sony Xperia E4 was impressive enough when it was announced earlier this month, but now Sony have sweetened the deal. They announced the Xperia E4g today, which is a 4G version of the phone (see what they did there?). The Xperia E4g will be available sim-free and unlocked from Mobile Fun, where we’re happy to announce a UK price of £110!
Let’s take a closer look at the E4g. The phone is reasonable powerful given its low price point, with a quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage (plus micro SD expansion). The phone has a 5-megapixel camera on the rear and a 2-megapixel shooter up front, allowing it to take decent photos from either end. The phone has a good-sized screen for this price range as well, with a 4.7-inch display that has a qHD (960 x 540) resolution. All of this is powered by a 2300mAh battery, which Sony promises will offer up to 12 hours and 40 minutes of 3G talk time. When it comes to software, we’re expecting Android 4.4.4 KitKat, with an upgrade to Android 5.0 likely for later this year.
The Xperia E4g will compete against the also-recently-announced 2nd Gen Motorola Moto E, which also launches with 4G LTE support and a similar 4.5-inch form factor. Both phones also share a near-stock level of Android, although Sony offer more customisations than Motorola.
As the E4g has different dimensions than the the E4, not all E4 cases will work for the E4g and vice versa. We’re in the process of adding cases and covers for the Xperia E4g, as well as a broader range of applicable E4g accessories.
What do you think of the Xperia E4g – will you be picking one up at this price? Let us know in the comments below, or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun! Thanks for checking out the article and have a great week ahead!
Thursday, February 26th, 2015
If you wanted to know more about the Samsung Galaxy S6 but didn’t want to wait until the actual announcement on Sunday, I have good news: two separate leaks have revealed the last heretofore unseen details! Let’s take a look at what we’ve learned over this very fruitful Thursday.
Leak One: Samsung Galaxy S6
Our first leak features the Galaxy S6 alone, examined by a person with a propensity for cute stickers. The photos reveal a phone with a metal frame (like the earlier Note 4) and a glass-covered back (like the Nexus 4 or iPhone 4). You can see the new high-megapixel camera with the flash offset to the right.
The Galaxy S6 looks like it’ll be the first Galaxy S phone to ship without a removable battery or microSD card slot, thereby removing one of the series’ biggest strengths.
Leak Two: Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge
Our second leak is perhaps more exciting, as it shows both the standard Galaxy S6 and the limited-edition Galaxy S6 Edge. While earlier reports described a proper three-screened phone, the curved edges of the phone seem a little more subdued than we saw on the Note 4 Edge. Still, the option to have the screen flow off the sides of the phone does look good.
Otherwise, the phones seem near identical – the S6 Edge is a little wider, but sports the same back glass, metal frame and rear-facing camera design. On the front it’s the same story, with the same earpiece, lozenge-shaped home button, front-facing camera and other sensors.
So there we have it – Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Are you excited for the reveal on Sunday? Let us know in the comments below or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun!
Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
The HTC One M9 will be announced on March 1st at an HTC event in Barcelona. Days before the event though, we have a very good idea of what’s to be revealed, thanks to dozens of leaks of photos, videos and specifications. Let’s take a look at what to expect for the announcement:
The One M9 is an evolution of the device first introduced by HTC with the One M7 and updated with the One M8. Two colourways will be available; a traditional gunmetal gray and a more luxurious gold / silver option.
The layout of the phone seems almost identical to its predecessor; one change is that the power button moves from the top to the side. This does mean that you’ll need new cases for your One M9.
The display is actually the same as we saw on the One M8, a 5-inch 108p unit that eschews the recent jump to 1440p resolutions and even larger sizes. The screen is flanked by prominent front-facing speakers, which are now provide Dolby-certified sound.
The One M9 is set to be the first major Android flagship to include Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor. This is backed with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, with micro SD cards providing additional storage. These specifications would make the One M9 one of the most powerful Android devices ever, rivalling Samsung’s Galaxy S6 with its Exynos 7 Octa processor.
The One M9 is also set to include a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera, with a 4-megapixel Ultrapixel camera up front. That should improve the phone’s camera performance considerably in good lighting compared to its predecessor, whose Ultrapixel rear-facing camera was good in poor light but didn’t too as well as its competitors when it came to better-lit shots.
When it comes to software, the One M9 looks like it includes more new features than its predecessor did. The new version of the Sense UI sits on top of Android 5.0, and includes customisable themes, a new Home widget, new photo editing features and HTC Connect which uses a three-finger gesture to stream media to different speakers.
Are you excited for the HTC One M9? Let us know in the comments below, or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun!