mi5-fingerprintThe Xiaomi Mi 5 has not yet been revealed to the masses, although you can be sure that there has been quite a whole lot of buzz surrounding it so far. Well, some of the rumors do point to the likes of a Snapdragon 820 processor running underneath the hood, in addition to a pleasing 5.3″ Quad HD display, plenty of RAM at 4GB, and a 16MP OIS camera that ought to pack quite a punch when it comes to performance.

Not only that, it has been said that Xiaomi does not want to lose out on the arms race, which is why they threw in a USB Type-C port – of course, all of the above mentioned happens to be nothing but a pipe dream until the real deal is revealed, which should happen sooner rather than later. Apart from that, an alleged leaked image of the Xiaomi Mi 5 that you see above points to the very real possibility of it arriving with a fingerprint scanner. Patience would reveal all, dear reader.


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t2-ultra-dual-lollipopThe Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Dual has been around for some time already, and it is no spring chicken in the big scheme of things where smartphones are concerned. Having said that, it is nice to see that the device itself is on the receiving end of the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update, where it will see the version number bumped up to 19.4.A.0.182 upon installation.

Do bear in mind that the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Dual happens to sport enough space to stash away dual SIM cards, and this is a slightly modified version of the Xperia T2 Ultra. With Android 5.1.1 Lollipop arriving on the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Dual, this can only mean that the single SIM model should be able to get the very same update in due time, although nothing official has been revealed just yet. I guess we will just have to sit tight and see.


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motorola-bounceFancy an indestructible phone? That sounds like something right up the Impossible Mission Force’s alley, as those are the folks who are involved in high level espionage and live a life that hangs on the edge, getting into all sorts of scrapes and what not. Having said that, here is a little bit of something that might suit them – the Motorola Bounce, which is also known as the X Force in certain circles.

Well, apparently, it has been said to come with a “shatterproof” build, which can be rather difficult to believe in the first place, but who knows? The Motorola Bounce is also said to arrive with a 5.43” QHD display, a Qualcomm MSM8994 chipset, a choice of either 32GB or 64GB of internal memory, 3GB of RAM, a 21MP shooter at the back with a 5MP camera in front, and a 3,760mAh battery. Ah well, we will just have to wait for it to be revealed to know more.


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ARCHOS Diamond Plus-pers3_ambianceIt looks like those of you out there who would like to own an unlocked handset some time before Christmas that borders on the high end range of things without having to break the bank can settle for the Archos Diamond Plus – as this particular handset will be available in November 2015 for £179.99 a pop.

The Archos Diamond Plus certainly comes with all of the relevant traits of the prestigious Diamond range, where among them include an octa-core Cortex A53 1.5GHz processor, 4G/LTE connectivity, a 16MP camera at the back with an 8MP front-facing shooter, a 5.5” inch FHD IPS screen with full lamination, 16GB of internal memory and a microSD memory card slot, all of it encased in a sleek, thin, and a slightly curved silver back chassis. Of course, it already comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop right out of the box, so there is no need to wait for an update. [Press Release]


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vibep1If you feel that your current smartphone has a battery capacity that is less than satisfactory, simply because you would like to have it last the entire day before it requires a recharge, then you might be interested to see what Lenovo has in store for you this coming IFA. Apparently, the Lenovo Vibe P1, that comes clad in an magnesium alloy exterior, is touted to feature a 5,000mAh battery capacity.

Other hardware specifications of this device would include a 5.5” display, a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 4G LTE connectivity and the Android 5.1 Lollipop mobile operating system. Not only that, it is also tipped to come with a fingerprint scanner for better security, a dual SIM tray, and a separate slot for storage expansion. I guess we will be able to find out more about it at IFA 2015 early next month.


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gold-samsungsIt does seem as though Hanoi is a hotbed for select rumors – and one of them would be gold plated models of upcoming or existing handsets. In fact, the Karalux Store has just unveiled the gold Galaxy Note 5 – in addition to the gold Galaxy S6 edge, where both of these handsets happen to hail from the Samsung family.

Apparently, the gold plating process was far from easy, as engineers had to take the handsets apart which is certainly no mean feat. Being made out of 7000 series aluminum that is 60% stronger and lighter than stainless steel, these metal parts proved to be quite a challenge to be removed before being gold plated. The entire gold plating process would cost approximately $355 per device, while if you would like to get a gold-plated device from them right from the get go, it will burn a $1100 hole in your bank account.


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htc-aero-leakWell, well, what do we have here? It looks all set to be the back of the HTC Aero, which is also known in other circles as the HTC A9, depending on which side you’re on. Either way, it is still an upcoming flagship device that looks set to grace the market, although we ought to take note that the HTC Aero (a9) will be powered by a deca-core CPU that is accompanied by the MediaTek Helio X20 chipset.

As for the leaked image of its back, don’t you think that it does have some resemblance to that of the iPhone 6? Of course, one should also take note that the iPhone 6 itself ain’t too original in the first place, taking into consideration how the back of the Apple handset does have its similarities that hark back to the rear of the HTC One (M8). Ah well, we will just have to sit tight and wait for the official release of the HTC Aero (A9) when it happens.


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Samsung_logoThey say that good things come to those who wait, but once in a while, a Murphy would pop up and ruin the entire scenario. Case in point – it has been whispered before that both the Samsung Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7 would be given the Android Lollipop upgrade some time in the third quarter of the year, and now that we are already in the third quarter and nothing has been shown, perhaps it is time to get some clarification.

Samsung UK picked up such a question on Twitter, and replied using the same medium, citing that Lollipop development for the Galaxy E7 was dropped – without any reason given at all. What is more surprising would be the fact that the Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7 come with nearly identical specifications, where the Galaxy E7 sports even more RAM, so what gives that it will not receive some Lollipop goodness?


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Samsung_logoIt is rather interesting to take note that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has yet to be released officially, at least not until tomorrow over here in the US, and yet there is another rumor surrounding a variant of this device circulating around already, where this particular rumor points to a far more rugged model, where it will be known as the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Active, of course. It makes sense, after all, Samsung did take such a route in the past.

The alleged Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Active will no doubt be tougher in its form factor, where it will come equipped with a waterproof rating as well as a higher capacity battery that would amount to 4,100mAh in its capacity, and there are suggestions that this handset will arrive some time in early November, which should be good business for the South Korean company as that is when the holiday shopping season starts to kick off. Ah well, we will just have to sit tight and wait. .


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huawei-mate8-leakWell, well, what do we have here? Another handset from Chinese manufacturer Huawei. It does seem as though the folks over at Huawei are preparing to reveal at least one device at this year’s IFA that is set to kick off next month, where the device is widely tipped to be a phablet, while others claim that it is the latest model in the Mate range. There is no confirmed name yet with whispers of the Mate 7S and Mate S being bandied about, while others even call it the Mate 8 as you can see on the right.

Rumored hardware specifications include a fingerprint sensor, a gold-colored chassis, a front glass that goes all the way to the edges of the device, a Kirin 950 SoC, and a 4,500 mAh battery. All in all, it does seem as though it packs quite the punch – the thing is, do you have the patience to wait for it to be revealed officially?


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