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Samsung Galaxy AlphaWe have been hearing about Samsung’s first metal-clad Galaxy model, the Alpha SM-G850F. It is originally believed to be the upgraded version of the standard Galaxy S5. But apparently, it comes with a smaller 4.7-inch display and Samsung may design it to compete directly against the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. Now, it appears that the Galaxy Alpha will arrive quite soon, probably in August 2014.

Internal details of the phone are a bit elusive, but it is probably equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor, 32GB of onboard storage, 2GB of RAM and 1850mAh battery. The 4.7-inch display comes with 720p resolution, which is roughly comparable to Apple’s Retina Display standard. However, there’s still a possibility that the Alpha will surprise us with even more powerful specs sheet.

Reports tell us that the South Korean company will release a smartphone model with 64GB of internal storage to compete with iPhone 6. It may not even be equipped with microSD card slot to duplicate Apple’s practice of boosting its profitability by doubling the internal storage in stages. The phone could be equipped with $670 off contract, which is the normal price for a new iPhone model.

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Samsung Galaxy AlphaConsumers commonly consider metals as a more premium material than typical plastics. At the moment, Samsung is typically associated with its plastic-based devices. It appears that the company will soon release its metal smartphone model in August. The information comes from the typically reliable source in the industry, SamMobile.

The phone was reported to arrive on mid-August, but the unveiling date has been pushed forward. Apparently, we shouldn’t expect much from the phone. For starters, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha isn’t a flagship model. Despite its premium build quality, it’s more like a mid-tier model; probably similar to the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini. It could be equipped with 4.8-inch 720p display, fingerprint scanner and 32GB of internal storage.

Other sources indicate that the Galaxy S5 Alpha could be equipped with 4.8-inch or 5.2-inch display with Super AMOLED panel. Tech Radar suggested that the Galaxy S5 Alpha will have Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor or Samsung Exynos 5433 octa-core processor. There will be 2Mp selfie camera on the front and a relatively impressive 16Mp camera on the back. The fingerprint scanner will be useful to allow access by authorized individuals.

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Motorola 4027A new Motorola smartphone has recently passed through the FCC, bearing the mysterious model number 4027. As confirmed by the agency’s documentation, the phone operates on HSPA and GSM frequencies. There are also typical connectivity options on board, including GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 LE and WiFi. However, mentions on 4G LTE aren’t found anywhere in the papers.

FCC filing says that the Motorola 4027 is 141.7mm tall and 71mm wide, with 149 (5.87) mm diagonal size. Its dimension is enough to accommodate up to 5-inch display. FCC stated that the 4-27 has removable battery, so it probably also has detachable rear-cover. There’s no information on the operating system; but it is probably another Android device. Also, because the phone lacks 4G LTE connectivity, we could speculate that it may not be the much rumored Motorola Moto X+1.

Throughout much of 2014, the company has been fairly quiet and it should be the time when we could expect to get something new from it. Motorola has bene acquired by the China-based Lenovo and the 4027 is probably another entry-level handset, similar to the earlier Moto E and Moto G. No matter what the phone is, it’s always nice to see that Motorola is preparing to provide us with another smartphone model.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 MiniSamsung has released the Galaxy S5 Active and two other derivatives, the Galaxy S5 Mini and Galaxy S5 Prime . Some new photos of the former have been revealed quite recently and it appears that the Galaxy S5 Mini looks quite similar to the original Galaxy S5. It has the fingerprint sensor and heart rate sensor located below the rear-facing camera.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini (SM-G800F) may not arrive with the Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, as rumored previously. Instead, it will be equipped with Exynos 3470 SoC that runs 1.4GHz Exynos 3 Quad processor. The Mini may also feature 4.5-inch HD display, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 2.1Mp front-facing camera, 8Mp rear-facing camera and Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.

The phone also comes with dotted pattern on its rear back cover, which is removable to allow users replace battery and insert SIM/microSD card. Its battery looks slightly small, but we don’t have details on its actual capacity.

The phone doesn’t seem to have a flap cover on the microUSB port, so it’s probably not a water resistant device. As always, more details should emerge as the actual release date is nearing.

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Sony D6503The D6503 “Sirius” may shape to be a real winner and the phone may prove to be a decent upgrade over the already powerful Xperia Z1 and Z1s. The MSM8974AB variant of Snapdragon 800 is slightly faster than the MSM8974AA variant, which is about 100MHz faster. The Sirius is also equipped with 5.2-inch Full HD IPS display, which offers better black levels and improved viewing angles. The amount of RAM is also bumped up from 2GB on the current Xperia Z1/Z1s to 3GB.

The phone is supposed to ship in the market with the Android 4.4.2 KitKat and new UI skin. The phone still uses the same 20.7Mp rear-facing camera, which includes improved software and new modes. The Full HD 1080p video recording can go all the way up to 60fps, compared to 30fps on the current Z1/Z1s.

The higher framerate will ensure that 1080p videos are incredibly smooth to watch and fast actions can be captured without blurring. It’s also worth noting that the 20.7Mp camera also includes the new 4K video recording and 15.5Mp mode with 16:9 aspect ratio. The former feature should ensure that the Sirius is future-proofed against new trends in 2014.

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Xiaomi Mi4The Xiaomi Mi4 recently made an unannounced trip through the AnTuTu tool and the phone appears to be equipped with high-end hardware configuration. It also has the same processor used by flagship models released by HTC, Samsung and others. Steve Wozniak has also put his stamp of approval on Xiaomi’s smartphone models. He says that Xiaomi produces decent enough devices to challenge high-end devices in the market. At the moment, Wozniak already uses the Xiaomi Mi3.

The Mi4 finally passes through the AnTuTu benchmarking tool and the associated data shows that it features Full HD screen resolution, The display size currently unknown, but underneath, the phone is powered by the most powerful variant of Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core chipset, the MSM8974A, running at 2.46GHz.

This is also the same chip that may grace the HTC One 2 and Samsung Galaxy S5. The graphics processing will be handled by Adreno 330 GPU.  16GB of internal storage and 3GB of RAM are on board. The 8Mp snapper up front is accompanied by the 13Mp rear-facing camera. The Xiaomi Mi4 should have support for 4G LTE data connectivity and it appears that Android 4.3 Jelly drove the prototype.

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LG G3The Samsung Unpacked event will take place on February 24, during the MWC 2014 event. It is becoming quite clear that Samsung is getting ready to release the long rumored Galaxy S5 device. Word is on the street that the phone will be equipped with a 2560 x 1440 Quad HD screen resolution.

But apparently, Samsung should be prepared to face a rather stiff competition from LG and other manufacturers. The LG G3 is the successor of G2 and it will be a true competitor of the Galaxy S5. The company has also said that it will announce another phone this month, the LG G Pro 2.

The company unveiled a 5.5-inch QHD IPS display last year and obviously, the company has enough time to utilize such a screen on the LG G3. The company may also include a homegrown processor model; although there is still a possibility that we will get another Qualcomm-based platform. Nothing is confirmed about the G3 and Galaxy S5; so both LG and Samsung could pleasantly surprise us with advanced design and features of their new high-end devices. Other than the iPhone 6, the LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy S5 are two phones to keep an eye on.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 ZoomIt appears that sequels to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and Galaxy S4 Zoom are already on the way. The India-based Zauba has listed the Galaxy S5 Zoom in its export-import database. It is described as a mobile camera from Samsung for R&D purposes. The import cost of the device is pegged at $523 and this is approximately in the ballpark of S4 Zoom’s original price. There’s no word yet on its actual hardware specifications; but we could see a decent improvement over the current S4 Zoom.

The South Korean company will also offer a toughened version of its upcoming flagship. The Galaxy S5 Active is a more durable model and it will be protected against significant water exposure. Samsung said that there will be another separate Unpacked event during the MWC 2014 vent and these new Galaxy S5 variants may debut there. So, all these models will be unveiled in only three weeks time.

It appears that Samsung will continue to adopt the “gadget spam” strategy by flooding the market with many different smartphone models, including their variants. Samsung predicts that between 20 and 30 percent of global S5 sales will be the S5 Active.

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Lenovo SmartphoneLenovo has just announced its plan to purchase Motorola from Google and the next Nexus smartphone could be released by the China-based company.

This information recently came from Eldar Murtazin, a well-connected blogger from Russia. Earlier, he predicted that Google will soon kill its reasonably popular Nexus brand after releasing one last run of new devices this year. He foresaw that Google Play edition devices will replace the Nexus series.  Way back in the middle of 2013, we also heard about a Nexus smartphone that would be released by Motorola. Unfortunately, the company never released such a device.

Murtazin says that one of the final Nexus devices will be released by Lenovo and it will be aimed primarily for US consumers. This sounds probable because Motorola has been focusing much of its effort on the US market. He also added that TouchWiz UI will become a standard component of upcoming Android versions, leading us to believe that Samsung Galaxy models will be considered more or less stock Android models.

Obviously, we need to take this rumor with a pinch of salt, because Murtazin is known for a rather mixed track record.

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Samsung SM-S780LNot too long ago, manufacturers were proud of their 720p smartphones, but models with this screen resolution are now mid-tier handsets. Even so, they are not so bad, because users could still obtain decent experience navigating the interface and running slick 3D games. This might be what Samsung currently has in mind with the rumored SM-S780L. The phone simply provides decent specs are a reasonable price.

The company hasn’t officially confirmed the phone yet, but Samsung’s official website already publishes the User Agent profile of the phone. The Android smartphone has 720p display of an unknown size, but probably smaller than 5-inch. The SM-S780L has been certified for WiFi connection recently and it seems to be equipped with WiFi a/b/g/n dual-band.

The phone may arrive initially to the 3rd largest mobile carrier in South Korea, LG U+, which currently operates CDMA and LTE networks. There’s a slim probability that the S780L will reach global market as well.

Based on Samsung’s other 720p devices, we could imagine the phone to have 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage; but this is still speculative. We could expect to hear more about the phone at MWC 2014 event and because the Galaxy S5 may appear officially ahead of the event; they could arrive at the same time.

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