A strange new device just popped up on the GFXBench website for a round of benchmarking. It's supposedly the LG G4 (F500x model), but what makes it odd is that it only has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset powering its core. This is obviously a head-scratching decision if it turns out this is the final retail version of the LG G4 flagship.
Perhaps LG wanted to avoid any potential over-heating issues with this device, which is why they opted for the toned-down hexa-core Qualcomm chip instead of the octa-core Snapdragon 810. Based upon LG's assertion that the G4 will not be their top-end device this year, it could also have something to do with that. Maybe LG is planning to surprise the world with an all new tier of flagship beyond their G Line.
At any rate, here are the rest of the specs which showed up in the benchmark:
5.5-inch Display (2560 x 1440) -534 pixels per inch
Snapdragon 808 64-bit, hexa-core (4+2) processor here - four ARM Cortex-A53 and two ARM Cortex-A57 Adreno 418 GPU
3GB of RAM
32GB of internal storage
16-megapixel main camera - 4K UHD video capture
8-megapixel selfie front camera
What do you think of this news if it turns out true? A bit of a backwards step for LG?
We have several video tests of the Galaxy S6 Edge being tortured, and it turns out to be remarkably hardy. The first video (shown in the image above) is just a quick demonstration of the surprising toughness of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. The device is seen repeatedly slammed on a tile floor from a short height. Not only is it working fine afterwards, the glass is also unscathed.
That's not all we have though. We found four different torture test videos of the Samsung Galaxy S6... al of which you can find in the first reply of this thread. In the second video we see the typical pocket and head height drop tests, followed up by even higher drop tests.
The third video uses a Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 smartphones to crack walnuts. Neither of them are dented, broken or scratched in any way. It turns out you practically have to intentionally go out of your way to break the Gorilla Glass 4 on the front and back of the Galaxy S6 Edge.
The final video is an underwater video for the phone. The Galaxy S6 is not rated as water resistant, but it turns out it could last several minutes under water. At the very least it will probably be fine if you accidentally drop it in water and dry it after grabbing it out quickly. Of course, individual results may vary in all of these examples, but the Galaxy S6 Edge is a very resilient...
The video above is a teardown of the HTC One M9. It turns out that it will be a very good thing HTC will include the free "Uh Oh Protection" plan with the M9, because this video shows that repairing the display will be a challenging process.
The video above is a bit long at almost 35 minutes, but that just goes to show how tough it is to get into the HTC One M9. There are a ton of different steps and parts to remove just to replace the display. It doesn't look like a DIY job unless you are one of the most hardened hardware repair veterans.
There are some lucky T-Mobile customers out there right now. A few of the T-Mobile pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have already started showing up on doorsteps. Apparently, T-Mo was able to ship out a bit earlier than they estimated. There were even a few extremely fortunate folks who received theirs as early as Saturday morning.
More than likely this was some error on the part of T-Mobile because the devices weren't supposed to hit doorsteps and retail shelves until April 10th. I am sure the lucky few who have theirs already aren't complaining.
All of the rumors regarding a large new HTC smartphone proved true. HTC just unveiled the HTC One E9+. The device will sport the following specs:
5.5-inch QHD 2560 x 1440 resolution display
20MP camera on the rear
UltraPixel camera on the front
3GB of RAM
MediaTek’s 64-bit 8-core MT6795M chipset
For the most part, this will be a product which will be marketed in China, and perhaps some additional Asian markets. What's surprising is that HTC revealed this device ahead of their April 8th event in Beijing. Considering this is a mid-range device, perhaps they didn't want it "upstaging" their HTC One M+, which is likely to be the headliner of the show that day.
Wrapping up some of the top stories of the weekend as we transition into our work week.
Both carrier and retail stores are taking pre-orders for the HTC M9, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge, some orders have been reported to have already been shipped to customers. I personally was able to get my hands on the s6 edge and came away impressed.
I was one who felt the edge was just a gimmick but actually felt like the edges add a smooth transition navigating from one side of the screen to the other. Just as when Samsung gambled on the idea of a note phone and set a trend for large phones (phablets), I really feel like the s6 edge can be a trend for devices in the future. The one area that concerned me though was how to put a case or a glass screen protector to protect the device, obviously a glass screen protector would be challenging but manufacturers are currently working on it (Amzer Kristal Tempered Glass HD Edge2Edge Clear Screen Protector).
As far as the interface it is touchwiz on top of 5.0.2 lollipop, so if you like touchwiz then you will love what Samsung has done but if you hate touchwiz then you may gravitate away. I could not help but notice that touchwiz was toned down a bit, not quite stock android but visually acceptable to one (me) who have a dislike for touchwiz. Over time we will have to see if the jank with touchwiz shows up, but...
Developer "MarkSkippen" has just updated his Skip Toolkit for the Nexus 6 to now support all versions up to Android 5.1. There are also many more features that have been added to the toolkit! The main change here is that TWRP that the toolkit uses has been separated, one version for being installed to the device another version for when the script needs to run adb commands. The version of twrp that is installed to the device will always be the latest available version. Other updates include 5.1 stock image added for returning to stock or unbricking, ability to root all versions of Android including 5.1, no force encrypt option, unzip root file changed with stock recovery added for OTA prep, and more. Grab the update from the link below
If you are anything like me then you weren't about to wait several months for Verizon to take their time releasing the Nexus 6. I bought the unlocked version directly from Motorola the day that it came out! As soon as it was confirmed that the Nexus 6 was compatible with the Verizon network, there were also corresponding reports that Verizon would not activate those devices. The only way to activate the unlocked version is to use an existing sim card that has already been activated. If yours is the right size you are good to go, if not you will have to figure out how to cut it down or you could buy a converter to make it larger.
The thought was that once Verizon came out with their own variant of the device they would go ahead and activate the unlocked variants as well. If are able to get your Nexus 6 activated it will show up in Verizon's system as a "Non-VWZdevice". Verizon reps won't be able to help you with changing your plan, give you a sim card, or make any other changes to your account as long as your sim card is outside of a recognized device. You also may not be able to get in on any kind of discounts while you sim is in the unlocked nexus 6.
Not to be out done by HTC, Samsung will be putting out their own theming app for the Galaxy S6. The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge along with the Galaxy A series already include themes options. These device currently each have 4 preinstalled themes. Apparently you will be able to buy and download more themes later on, but so far there has been no good way for third parties to create their own themes for Galaxy devices.
Reddit user "gedankenreich" received some intel from Samsung. The carrier will be releasing an authoring tool for theme creation. The tool is set to release sometime in April, but there is no set day for official release.
Custom Rom users rejoice! There is nothing more annoying then when a rom developer posts their rom, and includes in the description that you will need to find and flash the gapps. If they are not included with the rom this step is absolutely crucial and can not be skipped, otherwise you would be without the Play Store. Finding the correct Gapps to go with the rom you just downloaded can be a daunting task. By now there has to be over 1,000 gapps packages floating around. Finding the correct version to go with your rom can be a bit confusing if the Gapps pack is not properly labeled.
If you have ever experienced this headache you will want to bookmark the link below. The Gapps Central thread is a consolidated list of all the gapps packages that you will ever need. The list is updated regularly with all the latest packages too. These packs come in different variations too from stripped down to full stock so there is something for everyone. Head to the link below and grab the gapps of your choice.