We had previously expected to see the new Nexus device from LG at this year’s Google I/O event but except the Google edition of Galaxy S4, no new device made its way to the event. This left us wondering if LG has any plans at all regarding releasing the next Nexus device or a Google edition of its flagship smartphone in the near future.
Well it looks like this cliffhanger has finally come to an end as LG’s Mobile Europe vice president, Won Kim, has revealed that the company currently has no plans to create another Nexus-branded smartphone in collaboration with Google, and that a Google Edition version of one of its flagship devices isn’t in the pipeline either.
Talking to AllAboutPhones, Kim explained the company’s action by saying that while the Nexus 4 was a great marketing success for the company, LG will not make the Nexus 5 because such a device is not necessary for LG’s brand and profits. Also, Kim went further on to say that they have no plans regarding countering Samsung’s pure Android version of Galaxy S4.
Shedding more light on Kim’s statement regarding the Company’s plans, in a comment to The Next Web, following is what LG had to say:
What Mr. Won Kim said is that we are not currently working on a Nexus 5, which is true. But that doesn’t mean we would turn down the opportunity.
Who do you want to make the next Nexus device?
Just like the year old Galaxy S3 Mini, Samsung is expected to release the smaller brother of its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone, Galaxy S4 Mini, at an upcoming press event expected to take place in London on June 20. Adding to the rumor-mill of the device, today’s report by German site AllAboutSamsung shows the alleged AnTuTu benchmarks results of Galaxy S4 Mini.
According to the AnTuTu benchmark (shown below), the S4 Mini would incorporate a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (S400) CPU clocked at 1.7 GHz, Adreno 305 GPU, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 megapixel rear and 2.1 megapixels front camera. Whereas the display is concerned, the benchmark shows that it’ll feature a 4.3” screen with qHD (960×540) resolution. Also, it looks like the next iteration of Galaxy Mini-series would be running the latest Android 4.2.2 OS.
The most interesting aspect of today’s alleged specs of the upcoming Galaxy S4 Mini is the fact that it coincides perfectly with the previously leaked benchmarks of the smartphone that suggested the exact specs we’re looking at today. The only dilemma that lied with the previous rumors was the presence of an unknown dual-core Krait processor, which has today been revealed to be Qualcomm’s S400 CPU.
As always, we’ll once again remind you that such kind of benchmarks can easily be fabricated and these results could also be taken from a prototype device so these benchmarks may note reflect the specs of the actual device. We’ll have to wait until the expected 20th June release event of the device for things to get official. Are you looking forward to the release of Galaxy S4 Mini?
We have been hearing quite a lot regarding the possible unveiling event of Galaxy Note 3 to take place at this year’s IFA, but a new report has emerged today that concurs with the launch date indicated by previous rumors and suggests that Samsung may launch its third-generation Galaxy Note smartphone earlier than expected to counter Apple’s upcoming iPhone models.
This report came out in the open by DigiTimes, according to which the Galaxy Note 3 as well as the Galaxy S4 mini would arrive in the third quarter to take on new iPhone versions. The Galaxy Note 3 would arrive in July-August, which is much earlier than the anticipated expected date.
The publication didn’t give any hint regarding the specs of Galaxy Note 3, as it only focused ton Apple’s iPhone plans for this year. According to the publication, Apple would launch two iPhone models in the third quarter of 2013 which includes a next iteration of their flagship iPhone and “low-cost iPhone model” that will be equivalent to the iPhone 4S in hardware specifications.
Also, the publication does say that iPhone shipments would start at the end of June, reaching a peak in August-September due to which Samsung is expected to ready its guns to counter Apple’s new smartphones launch, much before then it was supposed to.
With all that said, it’s worth noting that DigiTimes has a sketchy track record when it comes to reporting news, so take today’s rumor with a grain of salt. Are you looking forward to the release of next-gen iPhone or Galaxy Note 3?
We previously heard details about Samsung’s June 20th event, aka Samsung Premiere 2013, which now seems to be filled with announcements. The expected devices we’ll probably be seeing at the fun packed event includes: Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S4 Zoom and Galaxy S4 Active.
Earlier today we had seen the rumored benchmarks of Galaxy S4 Mini and now it’s turn for the remaining two to join the rumor-mill along with Mini as High-Tech.Mail.Ru, a Russian technology website, reportedly obtained the specifications of both the highly anticipated ruggedized Galaxy S4 aka Galaxy S4 Active and the Galaxy S4 Zoom.
The Galaxy S4 Active has been rumored to be a water- and dust- resistant version of the Galaxy S4, while the specs are reportedly same. Take a look at the leaked list below:-
- Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU
- Adreno 320 GPU
- 2GB of RAM
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS
- LTE support
- 16GB of built-in memory, microSD support
- Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC, IR blaster
- 2600mAh battery
As for the Galaxy S4 Zoom, it is poised to take out its competitor devices by touting a 16-megapixel camera with 10x optical zoom. Following are its leaked specs
- 1.6GHz dual-core CPU, no LTE support
- Android Jelly Bean OS
- 8GB of built-in memory, micro-SD support
- 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera
- 16 megapixel main camera, with 10x Optical Zoom
- Bluetooth 4.0LE, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, A-GPS
- 1900mAh battery
With all said and done it looks like the June 20th event is shaping up to be quite interested. We would be covering the Samsung’s press event on June 20, so do remember to stick with us at that day for complete coverage of new smartphones/tablets releasing that day.
We’ve seen a Galaxy S3 user before who claimed that his smartphone went into flames, due to which Samsung decided to intervene in the case, but later on it turned out to be a hoax as the guy had actually microwaved his smartphone in attempts to get coverage for his water-damaged Galaxy S3.
Today, a similar case has emerged yet again where a Samsung Galaxy S III owner claims that the handset exploded while he was asleep and the smartphone was charging. To control the situation, he dampened a glass of water on it, but not before the phone allegedly grew hot enough to burn his mattress cover. Take a look at the device’s swelled up battery below:-
Furthermore, he adds that his Galaxy S3 device hadn’t installed any Custom ROM, nor it was rooted. This isn’t the first time we’re seeing Li-ion batteries getting documented to cause a lot of problem. Earlier this year, a user’s iPhone 4S combusted in a similar fashion as well, but the Fruit giant dodged the bullet by maintaining silence over the issue.
At the moment, the former user of Galaxy S3 is looking for ways to get Samsung on board to get the situation fixed. Knowing now regarding this incident, would you sleep with the charger connected to your phone throughout the night?
Latest addition in the rumor-mill of Galaxy Note 3 suggests that the phablet would incorporate Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 800 (S800) SoC instead of the currently used Snapdragon 600 (S600) in Samsung’s current flagship smartphone, Galaxy S4.
This report comes from ZDNet Korea, which says that the phone will be among the few devices expected to rely on Qualcomm’s flagship processor. The list includes the LG Optimus G2, the Pantech IM-A880 and the Xperia Honami, although it’s worth mentioning that neither of the devices have become official yet and are all based on rumors.
It’s also worth noting that today’s report concurs with the previous rumors regarding Galaxy Note 3, which allegedly claimed the presence of 8-core CPU-GPU. Also just recently, we saw the alleged benchmarks of the phablet on AnTuTu which further suggested the presence of Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa SoC on Galaxy Note 3.
However, considering the fact that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 is currently being mass-produced and the fact that its alleged benchmarks barely beats the Exynos 5 Octa, it’s quite possible for S800 to get incorporated in the US/Europe versions of Galaxy Note 3 to compete with the international version of Note 3 powered by Samsung’s 8-core processor, which will most probably be clocked higher than in Galaxy S4.
However, nothing is confirmed at this time, and we’ll have to wait for Samsung to properly unveil the handset. The Galaxy Note 3 is rumored to be announced at IFA in Berlin, Germany, this fall, the same event where its predecessors first appeared. Are you looking forward to the next-gen Samsung’s phablet launch?
We’ve seen enormous potential of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 (S600) SoC in 2013’s flagship smartphones like HTC One, Galaxy S4 etc., but it isn’t the company’s fastest chip that will make its way this year. That honor goes to S600’s successor, Snapdragon 800 (S800), which has recently hit the production stage and will much likely end up in mobile device later this year.
We had previously seen S800’s GLBenchmarks which had blown away all of its competitors, and today an alleged Pantech’s currently unannounced IM-A880 smartphone, powered by S800, has surfaced on AnTuTu that scores in the range of 30k. Take a look below:
As you can see from the results, the S800 beats its predecessor, S600, by an average margin and barely bests the Exynos 5 Octa. Measuring in percentages, we’re looking at around a 10% increase in performance over the Snapdragon 600, which isn’t a huge performance boost but considering that the Snapdragon 800 is an extension of the current generation of processors, it seems quite satisfactory. Here’s how the S600 and Exynos 5 Octa measures up in our AnTuTu benchmark results.
With all that said, bear in mind that these results could be of a prototype device so it’s quite possible for these scores to improve in future benchmarks. But considering the fact that Qualcomm had earlier claimed that S800 chipset would be 75% faster than S4 Pro (that scores around 17k in AnTuTu); it’s quite unlikely that we’ll see a boost in the benchmark results of the actual S800 powered smartphone.