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Photos allegedly show unannounced LG G4

Alleged press renders, mock-ups, and dummies of the LG G4 have been leaked, and now photos that claim to show the actual device have been leaked as well.

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The photos you see above come from an XDA member. One of photos showing the rear of the smartphone shows what seems to be a stylus, indicating that this may be the rumoured LG G4 Note. However, this is likely to be an antenna for digital TV, which can be found on the Korean version of the LG G3.

Past reports have revealed that the LG G4 will sport a 5.3-inch or a 5.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD) (pixel density of 554 ppi), a 16-megapixel or a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera with dual LED flash and OIS (optical image stabilisation), a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with 1080p video recording capabilities, 32 to 64 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot (as much as 128 GB), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor with four cores clocked at 2 GHz and four cores clocked at 1.5 GHz, 4 GB of RAM, and a fingerprint scanner found on the back of the device. It will run Android 5.0 (Lollipop). It is said to measure 148.9×76.5×9.9 mm.

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Samsung has trouble finding additional suppliers for Galaxy S6 Edge due to overwhelming demand

Early this March, we learned that Samsung wanted to boost production of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge – 13 million units (9 million units of the S6 and 4 million units of the S6 Edge) by the end of April. If you’re wondering why Samsung decided to produce less of the S6 Edge, it was due to it being more difficult to build and the thought that consumers would not warm up to the device. It looks like Samsung made an oversight, as a report is saying that the company is desperately looking for more suppliers for the smartphone’s edge screen. Based on distributors’ demand, Samsung has to triple production, as the S6 Edge is expected to sell just as well or even better than the regular S6.

 

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This is according to a report from ETNews. According to the site, “Samsung Electronics’ TSP supply and demand is on the alert as the demand for Galaxy S6 Edge exceeded original expectations. Until now, Japan’s Alps Electronics had monopolized the supply of TSP for edge models. This is insufficient to bear the total supply of Galaxy S6 Edge’s TSP. Metal Mesh sensor procurement is fine, but TSP procurement matters. Samsung Electronics is in desperate need of an affiliate that has Film TSP production facilities. Film Type TSP enterprises such as S-MAC are being mentioned as new Edge subcontractors for Samsung Electronics.”

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4-inch iPhone 6C coming this year?

Previous reports have claimed that Apple was planning to launch a 4-inch iPhone. Now a new report is saying that, aside from the iPhone 6S (successor of the iPhone 6) and the iPhone 6S Plus (successor of the iPhone 6 Plus), there will be a third 4-inch iPhone called the iPhone 6C.

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The news comes to us courtesy of DigiTimes. It reports:

Apple will release three different iPhones in the second half of 2015, the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and a 4-inch device currently being referred to as iPhone 6C, according to industry sources.

All of the handsets will come equipped with LTPS panels and supply for the iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 6C will come from Japan Display, Sharp and LG Display while that for the iPhone 6S will come from Japan Display and LG.

All of the devices will come equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass, the sources said, adding the 6S series will use A9 chips and the 6C A8 chips. All of the devices will come equipped with NFC and fingerprint scanning technologies.

Wistron is expected to manufacture the iPhone 6C while the 6S series will be assembled by Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) and Pegatron, the sources added.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Active said to be coming to Europe – to sport microSD card slot, less powerful camera, and no heart rate scanner

According to a report on Reddit, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active (s5 Active pictured below) will be coming to Europe. It will, however, sport a “less good” camera and no heart rate sensor. The good news is, it will come with a microSD card slot, which is something the S6 and the S6 Edge lack.

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The Reddit user in question is “garshol.” He (or she) claims to have had a meeting with a Samsung rep in Europe, and learned the following about the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active:

Similar to the S6.

  • No fingerprint reader and Pulse meter
  • Less good camera, may come with OIS
  • Closely similar spec to the S6
  • Buttons on the front
  • SD Card Reader

This means that the rest of the Galaxy S6 Active’s hardware will be similar to that found on the regular S6. These include a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD) and a pixel density of 577 ppi, Samsung’s Exynos 7420 64-bit octa-core processor with four cores clocked at 2.1 GHz and four cores clocked at 1.5 GHz, 3 GB of DDR4 RAM, LTE Cat.6 (300/50Mbps) connectivity, support for wireless charging, and a 2,550 mAh battery. It will run Android 5.0 (Lollipop) out of the box with a 64-bit TouchWiz UI slapped on top.

Samsung is yet to officially unveil the S6 Active, and we still don’t know if it will land in Europe.

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Samsung to remain number smartphone manufacturer in the world thanks to S6 and S6 Edge, report suggests

Apple did astronomically well during the later part of 2014 and the early months of 2015, with the Apple iPhone 6 and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus selling like hotcakes. So does this mean that Apple will snatch the title of top smartphone manufacturer in the world from Samsung? According to a report, Samsung will remain the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world this year.

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The news comes to us courtesy of DigiTimes. The site predicts:

Samsung Electronics will lead the world’s top-10 smartphone vendor rankings in 2015, followed by Apple, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Huawei, Xiaomi Technology, Microsoft, TCL Communication Technology, Coolpad and Oppo, according to Digitimes Research.

Samsung and Apple will ship over 330 million and 230 million smartphones, respectively in 2015, while Lenovo will ramp up its shipments to 84 million units following the completion of its acquisition of Motorola Mobility.

Fourth-ranked vendor LG will ship 67 million units, while Huawei will ship slightly over 65 million units.

With regard to smartphone platform, shipments of Android phones by the top-10 Android smartphone vendors will account for over 70% of total Android phones shipped in 2015, said Digitimes Research.

So how will Samsung ship 330 million smartphones this year? The Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge are expected to sell like hotcakes once launched next month, which will help Samsung remain on top this year.

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