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Samsung Galaxy S4 early benchmarks come in, Exynos 5 Octa held back by beta software

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By now it’s all but official that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa chipset, featuring 4 Cortex-A15 cores to do the heavy lifting and 4 Cortex-A7 cores, which kick in for less demanding tasks and save power. Thankfully, we were also able to get an idea of its performance thanks to the benchmark tests in the early review that just leaked.

Exynos 5410 Octa employs ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture with its Cortex-A15 CPU quartet clocked at 1.8GHz and theCortex-A7 cores running at 1.2GHz. It certainly looks like a combo ready to be a benchmark champion, but it turns out that its software is unable to keep up with it just yet. Read more »

LG tries to one up the Samsung Galaxy S4 billboards over at Times Square in New York

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Samsung has installed multiple Galaxy S4 billboards all over Times Square in New York, teasing tonight’s announcement. It’s not a big surprise that the competition would try to steal some of the spotlights. It is LG in this case, advertizing on the electronic billboard positioned right above Samsung’s regular vinyl one.

And LG has created an almost exact copy of Samsung’s S4 billboard, but only to advertize their flagship Optimus G. Of course, they are not just copying the style of Samsung’s ads, you have got to appreciate the humor involved in their move, too. Read more »

The HTC One stretches out in the comfort of our test lab

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We’ve finally got the HTC One here at HQ. The preview is already up after our brief run-in with it on its unveiling in New York but we’re still eager to play with it and get down to ultrapixel level, if you know what I mean.

There’s much to like about the One. It’s HTC pulling all the stops and putting it all on the line against competition from Samsung, LG and Sony among others. Read more »

HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z quick camera shootout: Is less more?

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HTC One has just arrived at our office and is here to stay for a review. The HTC flagship is supposed to feature some advanced camera tech behind those 4 million+ ultrapixels, so the first thing we did was a quick impromptu shootout.

Unlike most of its competitors, the HTC One bets on fewer, but bigger size pixels on its image sensor, rather than many tiny ones. In theory this should allow it to shoot photos that have less digital noise and more dynamic range. But of course, you have got to remember that when you downsize a say, 13MP photo down to 4MP it also visibly decreases the digital noise.

Anyway, we would refrain from passing a judgement at this stage (we’ll save that for the full-featured review), but here are several comparison shots of the HTC One and the Sony Xperia Z, which has a rather densely packed 13MP camera sensor, featuring one of the smallest pixel sizes currently used in flagship products. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 cases confirm Galaxy S III-like shape

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UK retailer MobileFun has leaked purported cases for the Galaxy S4. If legit, the design of the cases confirms the look of Samsung’s upcoming flagship that appeared not only on an official teaser, but on video as well.

The cases will be sold in different colors and feature rounded edges looking awfully similar to those of Samsung’s current flagship. There are also holes for the alleged 13MP snapper and LED flash that’s now below the camera and not next to it, like on the Galaxy S III. Read more »

New Samsung teaser confirms Galaxy S IV Roman numeral name

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The Samsung marketing department is certainly putting in some extra hours lately. We got Jeremy’s teasers, mysterious shots and the countless leaks, specs and photos. And now we’ve got something more – a confirmation of the actual name of the smartphone.

The official Twitter account of Samsung Mobile teases with another picture of the fourth Galaxy S and confirms the IV Roman numeral name. Read more »

Apple releases two new iPhone ads, Discover and Brilliant

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Apple has released two new TV ads for the iPhone, called Discover and Brilliant. Both the ads follow the same theme as the iPad ads that we saw a few weeks ago.

The ads concentrate on the wide variety of apps that you can get on the App Store, from education apps, to entertainment apps, utility apps and games. Read more »

HTC lets you try out the One flagship before buying it

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HTC is giving potential buyers of the One a taste of what it’s put into the recently-announced flagship with a new interactive site.

While it’s not the same as holding the device in-hand, the website does let you experience several of the new features such as the BlinkFeed news feed, BoomSound, and Zoe. Read more »

LG Optimus G Pro battery tests are over, here are the numbers

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The LG Optimus G Pro brings several upgrades over the regular Optimus G, including a big 3,140mAh battery, but also a new screen and updated chipset. Let’s find out if the increase in battery capacity offsets the higher power demands of the screen, which is both bigger and higher res.

Before we go on, we’d like to note that our Optimus G Pro review unit (which came from Korea) has a spare battery and a battery charger/phone stand in the box. The international version might not have these goodies. Read more »

Samsung I9082 Galaxy Grand Duos battery test is complete, here are the results

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We already gave you our Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos review, but now it’s time to examine the battery life of the smartphone in great detail. You already know the final score, but let’s see how the different parts of the dual-SIM phone’s performance stand in comparison..

With a 2100mAh battery and a modest WVGA resolution you would always expect the Samsung Galaxy Grand to do well even if has a large 5″ screen to power and dual-stand-by to cater for. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z battery test is ready, here come the scores

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Sony Xperia Z was announced back at CES in January and its popularity grows bigger by the day. We have already had the Sony Xperia Z for quite a while in our office and its in-depth review is over here but once the MWC wrapped up we were also able to complete its battery test.

The smartphone has a large 2330 mAh battery to rely on, but the quad-core Krait CPU and the 5″ 1080p display are known to consume quite a lot of power. The fact that the battery isn’t user-replaceable puts even more pressure on the Xperia Z to do well here, and we were as curious as you are to find out if that’s actually the case. Read more »

Samsung redecorates Times Square for the Galaxy S IV launch

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March 14th is the big day for Samsung fans, and in case you’re unsure what’s important about that date, just take a look at Times Square in New York.

Samsung has put up several ads for its upcoming “Unpacked” event, where the Galaxy S IV is expected to debut. Read more »

Concept render shows what the Galaxy S IV could look like, some more screenshots confirm specs

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Samsung has managed to keep a surprisingly tight lid on the Galaxy S IV, especially considering that the launch is just a week away. GottaBeMobile partnered with Martin Hajek to try and guess what the Galaxy S IV will look like. The result is cool-looking concept renders like this one:

The design is based on the most common rumors about the device and a healthy dose of imagination. Read more »

LG Optimus G Pro flaunts its expansive screen and new features in our office

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The LG Optimus G Pro is the current king of phablets – other phablets couldn’t put up much of a fight against the 5.5” 1080p screen or the Snapdragon 600 chipset. The phablet market exploded after the first Galaxy Note came around and quickly went from niche to millions of units and LG has engineered the Optimus G Pro to be the best in that field.

The screen is pretty amazing – it has excellent viewing angles (better than the Optimus G screen) and great colors. Read more »

Bollywood star Katrina Kaif is the new Xperia brand ambassador for Sony India

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Sony India has signed the popular Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif as a brand ambassador for the Xperia range of smartphones. The latest association is expected to boost the brand’s value in the Indian market and help the company plans to extend the presence of Xperia smartphones there.

Sony also expects to capture more of the youth market as the actor is highly popular among the younger audience. Meanwhile, Sony has tripled its investment from Rs. 100 crore to Rs. 300 crores for the marketing of its Xperia range of smartphones. Read more »