The leaks began sometime last year, and to call the LG G5 as the most anticipated device from LG so far, would not be far from the truth. After decent success enjoyed by the LG Nexus 5X and the LG G4 in the year gone by, it will be up to the LG G5 to carry the baton this year. The device has officially been launched by LG at MWC today.
It was recently confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S7 will be announced at an Unpacked event to be held on 21st of February. While the world holds their breath for the next Galaxy iteration, and for what the new devices will come, there are already reports surfacing about Limited Edition devices of the same. Last year, Samsung came up with a Limited Edition Ironman Galaxy S6 Edge device to celebrate the Marvel movie and looks like we could have something similar this year.
There seems to be a trend. You build hype around the device on social media, do a grand launch, make it available on flash sale via registrations and once the fever goes down make it available in an open sale before keeping the device as an online exclusive with stock available. The trend is only growing and more and more people are giving into the aggressive marketing antics of the OEMs in India.
LG has sent out official invitations to the media for the launch of it LG G5. As expected, the launch will be happening in Barcelona just a day prior to the Day 1 of the Mobile World Congress. LG’s launch of the G5 coincides with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, which will also take place in Barcelona on the same day.
In what could be considered a rather conservative step, Hugo Barra, the VP of Xiaomi has confirmed that the upcoming Xiaomi Mi5 will not bring a 2K display. Pretty much every upcoming flagship device in the year 2016, is expected to come with a 2K panel, with leaks around the Galaxy S7, LG G5 and even the HTC Perfume pretty much confirming this. Even last year for that matter, devices like the Galaxy S6 and the Nexus 6P, the phones that did well, came with 2K panels.
One excuse for not including the 2K panel on the device could be that it has proved to a battery drain on the devices, which have gone with it and that is why Xiaomi wants to keep the experience balanced. The news comes as a result of a Facebook post, made by Hugo asking Xiaomi loyalists to guess what are the new features that the fans could make out from the Homescreen screenshot that he has shared. The obvious one being that the phone will support Dual SIM, which most likely would be thanks to a hybrid tray, where you can either use a second SIM card or a Micro SD card. From the screengrab, it is also clear that the phone will come with NFC, which is another interesting piece. The Xiaomi Mi5 is expected to be announced on February 24th and will come with fingerprint scanner.
Via: BGR India
The second half of the year 2015, was slightly quieter if you go by the blockbuster presence that Xiaomi likes. The reason was perhaps, that Xiaomi was already preparing for a slew of launches that was to hit us as soon as the year changed. The first of the new devices from Xiaomi in the year 2016, is already out and is called the RedMi 3. RedMi is the line of devices from Xiaomi which focusses on low end/ budget devices and generally have their pricing well below the Rs 10,000 mark here in India. The RedMi 3 will technically serve as a successor to the RedMi 2 or the RedMi 2 Prime, depending upon where you live.
LG is one of the very few brands other than Apple that has a strong hold in the flagship, high-end market without having any real penetration in the budget market space. You think of the likes of Samsung, HTC, Motorola, all the big players pretty much have a good hold in the budget space as it allows their consumers a wider range of products to pick from.
Gionee Smartphone today has announced the Pioneer P3S for the Indian market. The device follows the likes of Pioneer P2 and Pioneer P3 in the budget segment of the market. Featuring the metallic trim on the outer edges, the Pioneer P3S has plastic casing largely. The phone will be retailing at a price of Rs 5,999 and will go on sale in white, grey, red and golden colors .
The P3S is powered by a 1.3 GHz Quad Core SoC, though Gionee did not clarify which processor exactly is on the device. The display here is a 4.5 inch FWVGA display which is used to interact with the latest Amigo 3.1 OS which is based upon Android 5.1. While it is not clear for how much longer, Gionee P3S comes with an ‘extreme mode’ which allows you to extend the battery life of your phone slightly in order to ensure it does not die out.
In terms of the camera, the Gionee Pioneer P3S comes with a 5 MP rear camera with LED Flash. The front facing camera though is a disappointment at just .3 MP though has a fair few software tricks up its sleeve like the Face Beauty Mode for better Selfie Experience. In terms of memory, the Gionee Pionee P3S comes with 16 GB memory and has 1 GB of RAM. In terms of battery, the phone has 200 mAh unit.
Samsung as expected, announced the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 yesterday in an event held simultaneously in New York and London. The device is the 5th smartphone in the Note series of line, a line that actually introduced the world to the line of phablets that we have come to love. The Galaxy Note 5 is heavily inspired by the Galaxy S6 and is pretty much a device that brings the same form factor and enlarges it.
The Note 5 therefore has the same glass and metal body that the Galaxy S6 featured. In terms of the internals, the Note 5 features the same Exynos 7420 SoC, which is an Octa Core 64 bit chip. The difference is that, in the Note 5, it is coupled with a 4 GB of RAM. You will get the device in both 32 and 64 GB variants. Like all Note devices, the Note 5 will come with the S-Pen which has a push to release mechanism. The S-Pen has higher touch precision and slightly longer length for better in hand experience. The screen size is the same 5.7 inch as the Note 4, with 2K resolution on a Super AMOLED panel.
The Note 5 features a protruding lens, just like the S6, with the same 16 and 5 MP resolution on the rear and front. The Note 5 will run Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box, with update coming for Android M. The battery on the device is a non removable 3000 mAh, which is slightly lesser than the previous Note device, though you do have fast charging and wireless charging, both out of the box. The Note 5 is ever so slightly thinner and shorter than the previous generation of devices. The device will be available in several color options including golden, blue and white. It will go on sale starting August 21st in the US on all major carriers and can be pre-ordered starting now.
‘What? Sony already released the Xperia Z4 that we are hearing about the Z5?’
If the above was your reaction to the story that is already talking about the successor of the highly convoluted Sony Xperia Z4, then you are definitely not the only one. We were just as surprised to learn about the possibility of a Z5 when it has not been absolutely clear whether Sony ever brought the Z4 to the party. For the most people, the Xperia Z4 was the Xperia Z3 Plus the way it was announced in India. It was a minor upgrade and one you saw Sony release very half-heartedly, barely pumping any meat behind the release of the device.
It is now being rumored that Sony will release the Xperia Z5, the successor to the Z4 in September this year, and at least on paper or through the rumors everything sounds a little old and not really up to the pace. In the world of the Galaxy S6s and Quad HD display, the Xperia Z5 is slated to just bring to table a Full HD display with a 5.5 inch screen which is about .3 inches taller than what we had seen on the Xperia Z4.
In terms of storage, the phone will pack 32 GB of internal memory as well as 3 GB of RAM to keep the things running smooth. It is rumored that the Xperia Z5 will come with the controversial Snapdragon 810 SoC on board and wrap in a 20.7 MP rear camera. It is expected that the Xperia Z5 will not be the only flagship launch this year by Sony and there is another device in the making which is expected to be the flagship hero as Sony looks to re-establish its position as one of the bigger players in the mobile market after a string of disappointing years recently.