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Samsung Galaxy S5 earns top DxOMark score, best in mobile video

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DxOMark has finished the long process of evaluating the Samsung Galaxy S5 camera and has given it the highest score of any smartphone to date, 79/100, though it has to share this spot with the Sony Xperia Z2. That said, the Galaxy S5 records the best video yet beating the Xperia by a comfortable margin.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 got an 80/100 score for still photography. It was commended for very good Exposure, White balance and Color rendering in good light. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 now comes with free Gear Fit at Vodafone UK

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If you buy a Samsung Galaxy S5 from Vodafone UK until June 26, you’ll receive a free Gear Fit smartband. This is essentially a £149 bonus, as that’s how much the Gear Fit currently goes for on its own.

The offer is valid only if you purchase the Galaxy S5 from Vodafone’s website, but you can take advantage of it regardless of which 3G or 4G plan you choose. Read more »

Intel’s Braswell Atom chip to come in early 2015 alongside Broadwell K for desktops

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Intel announced its upcoming Braswell SoC at the IDF conference earlier this year, set to run Windows or Android, among others, on a 14nm 64-bit architecture. We now learn that those will finally be available at the start of 2015, over 6 months from now.

Meanwhile, its Broadwell K desktop architecture, the successor of its current Haswell lineup, will also reportedly be delayed until 2015. Read more »

Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G unboxing & hands-on

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Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G, as its name suggests, is the successor of the original Ascend Mate which debuted last year. The 6.1” LTE phablet just went up for pre-order in the United States for $299 unlocked and free of contract commitments.

Visually, the Huawei Ascend Mate2 is no different than its predecessor. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 gets premium perks in India, including free repair pickup

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 saw some criticism from Indian customers due to its high initial retail price. After a healthy price drop, Samsung is hoping to make the Galaxy S5 even more enticing by offering free in-house pick-up for any repair work, as well as a one-time screen replacement for Galaxy S5 devices for just INR 990 ($17).

The new deal also includes the option of trading in and old smartphone for at least INR 10,000 ($169) credit towards the purchase of a Galaxy S5. Read more »

Xperia Z2 is the official phone of the world cup

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup has an official smartphone, and it’s the Xperia Z2.

This makes perfect sense, seeing as Sony is one of the World Cup’s biggest sponsors. Sony has produced a video highlighting their sponsorship while simultaneously pumping everyone up about the games. Read more »

#GALAXY11 – the match for the future of our planet finally begins

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Samsung has released the latest video in its #GALAXY11 series where the fate of the world and mankind will be decided in a football match between the Hurakan aliens and Franz Beckenbauer’s Galaxy 11 team.

After numerous ads where we saw Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi being drafted to fight for humanity alongside Mario Gotze, Oscar dos Santos, Iker Casillas, Wayne Rooney, it’s now time for the match to finally begin. Read more »

LG outs a series of Smart Tip videos showing off the LG G3 features

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LG has really gone the extra step in making sure the G3 flagship is its most full-featured yet, and it wants to make sure everyone knows about it.

The new Smart Tips ads aim to highlight both new and updated features found in the G3, including Smart Notice, Dual window, Guest Mode, Smart Keyboard, and even goes into the new QuickCircle case accessory. Read more »

Vertu Signature Touch taken apart, wallets scream in pain

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Vertus are typically all about the exterior – expensive metal, premium leather and gemstones of all kinds – we’ve never really wondered what was inside (usually an S40 Nokia). But the Vertu Signature Touch got us genuinely curious with its 1080p screen, Snapdragon 800 chipset and 13MP camera.

Someone was brave enough, or rich enough, to take apart the £6,750 / $11,300 handset so everyone can take a peek inside. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active unboxing & hands-on

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Like its predecessor, the freshly announced Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is a more rugged version to the already robust SM-G900. The smartphone is exclusively available for AT&T in the United States for the time being.

Visually, the Samsung Galaxy S5 looks worthy of being a Chuck Norris companion, particularly in the camouflage color scheme worn by our review unit. The new color will likely not appeal to everyone, though we found it to be quite the conversation starter. Read more »

Weekend Poll: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Sony Xperia Z2

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The epic battle between the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 took over our home page and now it carries on to our blog.

We’ve analyzed both smartphones every way we could think of, but we now want to hear what you, our readers, think of our two contenders. As usual we have a few categories and we want to see your votes cast on which one has the best design, screen, software and camera. Read more »

Apple allegedly acquires Spotsetter to improve its Maps app

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Apple’s Maps application has come under fire in the past for offering a navigation solution that leaves much to be desired.

The Cupertino based company has vowed to improve its application and has been acquiring a few companies to help bring Maps up to speed. You may now add Spotsetter to that list. Read more »

Motorola Moto E battery life test

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The Motorola Moto E has been around and before we are done with its in-depth review we’ve decided to share its battery life test results.

The Moto E is running on the very efficient Snapdragon 200 chipset relying on two Cortex-A7 processor cores and a big enough 1,980 mAh battery. The latest Android KitKat and its optimizations should help too. Read more »

Asus PadFone X unboxing and hands-on

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Announced during this year’s CES, the Asus PadFone X for AT&T finally got its pricing and launch date detailed. The high-end Android KitKat phone and its 9” docking station will be available to purchase tomorrow for $199.99 with a two-year contract, or $22.92 per month with AT&T Next 18 plan.

Earlier this week, the gadget got an international version as well – the Asus PadFone S. Just like it, the Asus PadFone X packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC with 2.3 GHz quad-core CPU. Read more »

Notice about our Photo Compare Tool

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We announced our Photo Compare Tool almost four years ago and since we’ve amassed a huge collection of camera samples from all the phones and tablets we’ve tested. Since photos are taken in controlled conditions, it allows direct comparison between devices.

However, we recently discovered that time – and the sun – have taken their toll on one of our charts. Read more »