huawei-dIt looks like there is a mysterious handset from Huawei that is all set to be released, and boy, does it come with a large screen itself! Thanks to serial leaker Evan Blass of @evleaks fame, this yet to be named device has been touted to be revealed this coming September at IFA 2015, where it is also thought that the Huawei handset will come with the Force Touch feature, and might possibly fall under the realm of being a D-series model.

However, it was later revealed that Force Touch will not be part of the action, and the D-series range is dead, so we all can forget about it hailing from there. Well, I guess those who would like to wait for Force Touch will look keenly forward to the Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus, where this feature is touted to be the new killer feature where smartphones are concerned.

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samsung-benchmarkIt looks like there is a new mystery Samsung device that is in the pipeline, and this particular device looks set to deliver a performance that is amazing, to say the least. After all, it has managed to achieve a brand new record on the AnTuTu benchmarking site by hitting a score of 95,972. This particular device would carry the model number SM-8508S. Taking into consideration how the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is said to have scored 69,702 on AnTuTu, this should not be the Note 5. Could it actually be the rumored Samsung Galaxy S7? Sounds out of this world, right?

However, it does not make too much sense at all for Samsung to reveal all of their cards so early in the game, taking into consideration how the existing flagship model, the Galaxy S6, is still relatively new in the market. Hence, it would does not take much wisdom to know that revealing the Galaxy S7 so early would cannibalize sales of their existing flagships this holiday shopping season. Ah well, we will just have to wait and see how things pan out in the end.

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xperiac5ultraIt looks like Sony is planning something that will happen next Monday, which is the 3rd of August, and that would most probably be the date where new handsets are launched – and the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra has been rumored to be one of them. Apparently, a leaked photo of the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra has also surfaced, and the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra does seem to be a rather large handset based on the photo above – it is on the right.

So far, rumored hardware specifications for the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra point to a 6” Full HD display that is close to bezel-free, which more or less makes it look smaller than it actually is – perfect for those who place quite an emphasis on aesthetics, actually. A 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6752 processor with 2GB of RAM are also said to accompany the handset, in addition to 16GB of internal memory, a 13MP rear and front-facing cameras, NFC, dual SIM support, and a 2,930mAh battery. We will just have to wait and see.

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wp-store-leakTrivia lovers, here is something that might just pique your interest. After all, don’t you wish you had all sorts of information at your fingertips? Windows Phone lovers will be pleased to hear that there is a leak concerning information about the Windows Phone Store, and such information can be said to be ‘ancient”, as it dates back all the way to October 2011 with the introduction of Windows Phone 7.5.

So far, the most popular downloaded app happens to be Facebook with more than 112 million installations – no surprise there at all, I suppose. WhatsApp is behind Facebook considerably at 92 million downloads, while OneDrive has 62.5 million downloads. Located close to the bottom of the food chain would be PayPal that picked up a mere 1.6 million downloads all this while, and 2.5 million for Telegraph.

Third party apps as well as games have had their fair share of hits, too, like Tube HD that handles the playback of YouTube videos with more than 13 million downloads. Of course, these figures would pale in comparison to what Android and iOS platforms have garnered all this while.

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nuu-mobile-z8Fancy picking up a brand new Android-powered smartphone that comes with plenty of bells and whistles, and yet does not break the bank? The NUU Mobile Z8 is the answer to that question. An unlocked handset that goes for $299.99 a pop, while sporting not one, but two LTE SIM slots? Tell me more!

The Z8 will arrive in 16GB and 32GB capacities, where it will also be accompanied by the likes of a 5.5” Full HD touchscreen display with a pixel density of 400PPI, while there is an 8MP shooter in front with a wide angle lens that makes capturing group selfies a snap. Behind lies a 13MP Sony camera with BSI sensor, and you have an octa-core 1.7GHz running proceedings from underneath the hood. A microSD memory card slot goes a long way in making sure that you will have plenty of storage options as well, while noise cancelling audio, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and Gesture Controls complete the entire shebang. Any takers?

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stagefrightEver experienced stagefright before? I suppose imagining the audience to be naked might help, but when we talk about Stagefright: The Malware, then it is a different story altogether. If you are an Android user, then you might want to arm yourself with more information concerning this piece of text-message based malware, so hopefully your vendor or device manufacturer will be able to send out a fix to prevent this malware from causing havoc on your device.

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htc-one-m9Patience is a virtue, or so it seems. If you have been rocking with T-Mobile all this while, and are in possession of the HTC One M9, then you would be pleased to know that this particular handset is starting to receive the Android 5.1 Lollipop update. Better late than never, especially when you take into consideration how the unlocked HTC One M9, its developer edition, and the AT&T model has already picked up this update.

The update will come in the form of build 2.7.531.6 via Over The Air (OTA), and it will be a rather hefty 833MB download, which means you would be better off connected to a fast Wi-Fi network to get the job done as opposed to relying on your data. If you haven’t yet received Android 5.1 Lollipop, just head on to the About > Software updates menu from time to time until you pick up the download prompt.

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note5-bmIt goes without saying the nearer one gets to a release of a particular device, more and more rumors should abound. Having said that, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 5 would certainly have raised plenty of attention, and it seems that the device has passed through a Geekbench test suite, revealing more about the hardware to boot.

This particular model of the Galaxy Note 5 looks set to make its way to Verizon Wireless, sporting the model number SM-N920V, apart from running on an octa-core, 64-bit Exynos 7420 processor that is accompanied by 4GB RAM. Other than that, the benchmarked device apparently ran on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, and it achieved benchmark scores that are comparable to those that the Samsung Galaxy S6 managed to hit.

All in all, we should just sit tight and wait for the real deal to be released so that there will no longer be any need for speculation of the hardware within.

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y6-scaleBy any chance are you on the lookout for a new handset, and yet do not want to splurge on it? Perhaps if you have answered in the affirmative, then the Huawei Y6 Scale might fit your needs to a “T”. Of course, this particular handset has not received the official treatment by the folks over at Huawei just yet, but this does not mean that there are no rumored hardware specifications to work with.

So far, we have heard that it will come with a Snapdragon 210 chipset that features a quad-core CPU and the Adreno 304 GPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory, an 8MP shooter at the back, a 2MP shooter in front, a 2,200mAh battery, Android 5.0 Lollipop with Huawei’s Emotion UI running on top, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and a 5” display at 720 x 1280 resolution. Any takers?

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zenfone2eYou can be forgiven for being confused about ASUS’ Zenfone 2 range to date, and here is yet another model that will add to the brouhaha. I am referring to the ASUS Zenfone 2E, where it has just been announced to be an AT&T exclusive, where you can pick one up for just $119.99 without any contract, and it is also offered by the carrier’s GoPhone prepaid brand.

At that price point, you would get a 5” 720p IPS touchscreen display in return, an 8MP camera with LED flash at the back, a 2MP front-facing shooter, a 2,500 mAh battery, a dual-core Intel processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory, 4G LTE connectivity, and Android 5.0 Lollipop running underneath Asus’ own ZenUI. Opt from either black or white shades.

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