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Latest Samsung Mobile Phones: Breath Up to Its Brand Identity..
The pre-sequel Sony Xperia Z3+ review..
Sony SmartBand 2 with advanced heart rate sensor..
Sony unveils Metal Gear Solid-themed Xperia J1 Compact..
Latest Samsung Mobile Phones: Breath Up to Its Brand Identity Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
Thursday, August 13, 2015 - By admin

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+, as its name suggests, is the bigger and flashier sibling of the original Galaxy S6 edge smartphone that dazzled the world with its dual-curve display a few months ago. The newcomer is aimed at users who want a premium phablet with distinct design, but don't necessarily need the S Pen of the Samsung Galaxy Note5.

Spec-wise, the Galaxy S6 edge+ offers the same industry-leading hardware as the Note5, save for the lack of a stylus. To make up for the lack of an S Pen, the edge+ boasts a dual-curve display and one of the best designs in the business. Here's a look at the the key features the handset has to offer.

Key features
  • 5.7" QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) Super AMOLED display with dual-curve design; 518ppi
  • 64-bit Exynos 7420 chipset with 14nm architecture; octa-core CPU (quad 2.1GHz & quad 1.5GHz), Mali-T760MP8 GPU
  • 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM; 32/64GB of UFS 2.0 flash memory
  • 16MP f/1.9 camera with OIS; Auto HDR; 4K video capture; IR white balance detection
  • 5MP f/1.9 front-facing camera
  • Cat. 9 LTE network support; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz); GPS, GLONASS and Beidou; Bluetooth 4.2; NFC; USB 2.0
  • NFC and MST mobile payment support
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with TouchWiz UX
  • 3,000mAh non-removable battery; Qi (WPC) and PMA wireless charging support
  • Wired and wireless Quick Charging
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Heart-rate monitor
  • Metal chassis; Corning Gorilla Glass 4 front and back

Main disadvantages

  • No microSD card slot; no 128GB built-in memory option
  • The battery is not user-replaceable
  • No IR port
  • No enhanced resistance to liquids or dust
  • No stereo speakers
  • No particularly easy to handle
  • Considerably more expensive than Samsung Galaxy Note5

At a quick glance, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ will be defined by its design and curved display. It was these two features that allowed the smaller Samsung Galaxy S6 edge to take the smartphone world by storm, so it is hardly a surprise that the company utilized them in larger form factor.

The hardware configuration of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ is one of the best in the business, as well as a familiar sight by now. After all, the S6 edge+ is the fourth smartphone from the Korean giant to pack the power combo of an Exynos 7420 SoC, QHD display and 16MP camera.
Just like in the case of Samsung Galaxy Note5, the biggest question marks in the Galaxy S6 edge+ involve the lack of expandable memory. The absence of a user-replaceable battery is another potential letdown, though we found the Note5 to do quite alright with the controversial solution.

As always, we will kick our review off with an unboxing of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+, followed by a design and build quality walkthrough. Head over to the next page for a closer look at the new phablet!

The pre-sequel Sony Xperia Z3+ review
Thursday, August 13, 2015 - By admin

Introduction The Sony Xperia Z3+ is the Japanese flagship we've all been anticipating, but is it really the one we've been hoping for? Or are the predictable chipset update and minor design touches simply a prelude to a proper upgrade later this year? Starting with the original Xperia Z in February 2013, Sony's condensed update cycle for the high-end Z-series has meant a spring release was followed by another in the fall, enabling the company to adequately combat competition on either side of the Pacific. Inevitably, each new model carried few improvements over the predecessor, failing to truly wow customers. Those are considerations for the marketing teams though, and there's obviously no way we could know Sony's precise reasoning. We can, however, work with what we've got, and at this point that's the Xperia Z3+. A few months behind the obvious major competitors and Sony's own established schedule, the Xperia Z3+ doesn't surprise with hardware. The one major change is the Snapdragon 810 SoC, which brings a performance boost, alongside faster Cat.6 LTE. Gone is the 16GB base storage option of the current model and the Xperia Z3+ only comes in 32GB flavor. The outdated 2MP front camera couldn't fly on a 2015 high-end smartphone, and it has made way for a new 5.1MP snapper. A less welcome move has seen the battery capacity taken a notch down from 3,100mAh to 2,930mAh - enabling designers to achieve the highlight 6.9mm thickness and the weight has also been reduced. Points are due for the capless microUSB port too, which made the charging pogo pins redundant, while keeping the IP68 certification intact. Key features • Also available as a Dual SIM version • 5.2" IPS LCD, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 424ppi • Android 5.0 Lollipop with Xperia UI on top • IP68 certified - dust and water proof up to 1.5 meter and 30 minutes • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset with 2 GHz quad-core Cortex-A57 plus 1.5 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 430 GPU, 3GB of RAM • 20.7MP camera, LED flash, 2160p video recording, dedicated hardware shutter key • 5.1MP front-facing camera with 1080p video recording (along with Superior Auto and Video stabilization) • 32GB of built-in storage, expandable via the microSD card slot • Cat. 6 LTE (up to 300Mbps); Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; Wi-Fi Direct; Bluetooth 4.1 with apt-X and Sony LDAC wireless High-Res Audio codec, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou receiver, Stereo FM with RDS; USB On-The-Go • Active in-call noise cancellation with a secondary microphone • Digital music noise cancellation available with certain Sony headsets • Front-facing stereo speakers • 2,930mAh battery; STAMINA Power Saving Mode • Stylish dual glass-panel design • Qualcomm Quick charge certified • Capless USB port design Main disadvantages • Non user-replaceable battery • No wireless charging • Qualcomm Quick charger not included in the retail package • Screen has the same specs third generation in a row, when rivals have mostly moved to 1440p • Battery downgrade hardly justified • €700 introductory retail price is too steep All by itself, the spec sheet is impressive, and you'd have to look hard to find glaring omissions other than the screen resolution. It's just that we've seen most of it a number of times already and we're no longer as impressed. Still, the Sony Xperia Z3+ is the company's answer to this season's flagships. But if even Sony doesn't think it's worthy of the Z4 badge, can we really call it a true flagship? We set out to determine just that, and we kick off with a look at the hardware.

Sony SmartBand 2 with advanced heart rate sensor
August 30, 2015 - By admin

Sony has just announced its second generation smartband, and in the typical no-nonsense fashion the company calls its wearables, this one is dubbed the Sony SmartBand 2. Blunt naming aside, the gadget comes with the typical functions you'd expect, mostly focused on fitness and notifications. The now "advanced heart rate tracking" is a prominent feature in the press material, said to deliver "meaningful insights about your fitness, well-being and stress levels", as if you require an app to tell you that you need a couple of drinks (or a yoga class) at the end of the week. Either way, sports enthusiasts will appreciate the all-weather nature of the band, which has a rubber strap and IP68 certification for environmental sealing. The SmartBand 2 will also deliver notifications to your wrist, with both vibrations and color LEDs. Tap operation will allow you to control music playback on the connected device, and should you stray more than 10m away from it, the band will warn you. It will be able to do all that for up to two days on a single charge, Sony states. The band will be compatible with devices running Android 4.4 KitKat or newer and iOS 8.2. You'll be able to pick up a Sony SmartBand 2 starting September, and it'll set you back an eye-watering.

Sony unveils Metal Gear Solid-themed Xperia J1 Compact
August 26, 2015 - By admin

>Sony is saying goodbye to Hideo Kojima with the Xperia J1 Compact Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Edition. The phone is limited to Japan only – Sony's first SIM-free phone for its home country and essentially an Xperia Z1 Compact variant. This one is special though – it features the Outer Heaven logo on the back that fans of Solid Snake & Co will instantly recognize. Solid himself makes a cameo on some of the bespoke wallpapers pre-installed on the phone. You also get two original soundtracks from The Phantom Pain and a ringtone, plus an $8 voucher to get Metal Gear comics in e-book form from Sony's Reader Store. You also gain a MGS V: The Phantom Pain art book PDF. The pre-loaded wallpapers The Sony Xperia J1 Compact The Phantom Pain Edition is priced above its plain counterpart – JPY 59,800 ($480) plus tax. It can be found exclusively in Sony stores.


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