PhoneArena has found that battery life on the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S6 is below that of its predecessor, the Galaxy S5. That of course is a rather remarkable stat considering battery power is becoming a very important spec for consumers. The fact that the juicer in the Galaxy S6 is not removable has already been criticized and it seems with good reason. However, there are some factors at play that should be discussed.
HTC's recently launched One M9 flagship divided opinion, an extremely good handset for sure, but perhaps too close to the One M8 for comfort. In terms of some of the other flagships currently finding their way to the market, one could even argue that the One M9 is a little undercut in terms of specs and HTC could have gone one step further.
Samsung and LG both have smartphones that employ curved glass technology, while Samsung has gone a step further with devices sporting actual folding glass. However, in the development stage glass that can be rolled, folded, bent and twisted is in development. Both LG and Samsung have said 2016 could be the date that the first devices with this technology come to the market.
Xiaomi is such a big name in the smartphone world these days that it is hard to remember that the company was only formed in 2010. The brand has enjoyed a meteoric rise in China since then and Xiaomi is now nearing its fifth birthday. The date is March 31st and Xiaomi has plans to celebrate turning five years old.
Huawei has announced that the Honor 4X budget smartphone is to be launched in India. The handset was launched back in December as a Chinese exclusive, but following compatriot Xiaomi, Huawei has decided to roll out the device in India too. Chinese companies are aggressively targeting India this year and are making headway in the next major smartphone market.
The LG G Flex 2 has been out in the wild for a couple of months and is available in the United States through Sprint. However, the Now Network's exclusive hold on the curved screen smartphone is coming to end though as US Cellular has announced that it will start selling the G Flex 2 as well. The carrier will begin selling the device March 26 (Thursday) and will even undercut Sprint on price.
Brand tie in or just codename? A new Xiaomi smartphone has found its way to GFXBench for benchmarking scores and is using the name "Ferrari". Is Xiaomi working with the Italian sports car manufacturer in the same way BlackBerry and Porsche did, or is this merely a codename? The latter is more likely, but a Ferrari smartphone would be something we would like to see whether it is with Xiaomi or not.
The new version of HTC's Butterfly range has been rumored for the best part of a month, and we already know it will be a typically flagship bothering smartphone. The Japan exclusive (it will likely get a global roll out later under a different name) will be the first HTC handset to carry a Quad HD screen. Yes, not even the company?s recently announced One M9 flagship can boast that.
While Sony is playing the waiting game before launching the Xperia Z4 flagship, the company did announced the Xperia J1 Compact last week. The handset seems to be a Japan exclusive, but we hope one day Sony will decide to bring its solid specs and dinky size to other shores.
The recently discontinued Nexus 5 may not be available to buy anymore, but Google is not abandoning the device and will continue to update it to the newest versions of Android for a long time yet. In fact, the smartphone will always be among the first to get new Android builds, so it comes as no surprise that the Nexus 5 is now receiving an over-the-air update to Android 5.1.