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Apr 6, 2014

Dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy S5 Goes Official in China

Following its official unveiling at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Galaxy S5, the latest flagship Android-based handset from Samsung, has started to emerge in various markets out there, and it is now official in China.

Samsung has announced the dual-SIM version of the Galaxy S5 in China, where the country’s largest wireless carrier, China Telecom, will launch it. The smartphone was unveiled in the country with model number G9009D attached to it, and is expected to arrive on shelves in the country with a price tag of CNY5,299 ($850), as can be seen on this page on Samsung's Chinese website. Apparently, the company will bring the single-SIM flavor of Galaxy S5 to the market in China as well. Both devices are expected to hit shelves in the country on April 11, as SamMobile notes. The two versions of the handset are expected to sport similar hardware specifications, except, of course, for the number of SIM cards that can be inserted inside them, and the connectivity capabilities.

This means that both of them will feature the same 5.1-inch full HD touchscreen display that Galaxy S5 was unveiled with in February, and that they will also pack a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor inside. For those out of the loop, we should note that the mobile phone was made official with 2GB of RAM, as well as with 16GB of internal memory, and that it packs a microSD memory card slot for expansion purposes. On the back, the Samsung Galaxy S5 features a 16-megapixel ISOCELL camera, which can record videos in 4K resolution. A 2MP front camera for making video calls was also included. Samsung Galaxy S5 was also unveiled with a dust- and water-resistant body, with IP67 certification. The smartphone is powered by a 2800 mAh battery. The handset also comes with the usual set of connectivity capabilities and sensors packed inside.

The new flagship smartphone from Samsung arrives on the market running under Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat operating system, with Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI loaded on top. This means that users can enjoy a variety of exclusive applications and capabilities, including S Voice, S Health, Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll, Air gestures, and the usual set of Google apps, such as Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa, and YouTube. The unveiling of a dual-SIM version of the mobile phone in China could signal the future release of the device in other markets out there too, since handsets with such capabilities are highly appreciated in various other countries too. Stay tuned for more on the matter.

Dual-SIM Galaxy S5 goes official in China
Image credits to Samsung

Sony Xperia G (D5103) Leaks Once Again with HD Display, Quad-Core CPU, KitKat

Japanese handset maker Sony has announced several Android smartphones since the beginning of the year, but only a few have made it to the market in a handful of countries.

April is one of the most important months for Sony, as many smartphones previously announced by the company will make their way onto shelves. The Xperia Z2 and Xperia T2 Ultra have recently been launched in a few countries, but their rollout will continue throughout the month. However, it appears that Sony has another mid-range Android smartphone ready to be announced, the Xperia G. The device leaked back in February via the GFXBench database, where it was tagged as Sony D5103. Initially, we thought that the handset would be officially introduced in late February at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014, but Sony only unveiled the Xperia Z2, Xperia M2 and Xperia M2 dual. Nevertheless, the folks over at GSMInsider have spotted the unannounced Xperia G (D5103) smartphone at POSTEL Indonesia. The regulatory commission equivalent to FCC (Federal Communications Commission) in the United States has the Sony D5103 in its database, but no details on the phone's specs sheet are listed.

Still, if we are to take into consideration the details leaked back in February when the D5103 appeared in GFXBench database, then we can definitely say that the Xperia G is a mid-range smartphone. It appears that the smartphone will be powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400 processor, which will be complemented by an Adreno 305 graphics processing unit. There's no word on the amount of RAM and storage, but judging by the rest of its specs, it will most likely pack 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory. A microSD card slot for memory expansion (up to 32GB) will surely be present as well. Sony Xperia G will include dual cameras, rear facing and front facing, but the number of megapixels is a mystery for the moment.

It could be an 8-megapixel main camera, but this is just a speculation based on the phone's other specs, so we should wait for the confirmation from Sony. It also worth mentioning that the smartphone might pack a HD display of unknown size. Software-wise, the smartphone was listed in GFXBench database with Android 4.4.1 KitKat, but the final version of Xperia G may be powered by Android 4.4.2 KitKat in fact. We expect Sony to unveil the Xperia G in the coming months, though we believe it will be aimed at emerging markets. Stay tuned for more info on the matter.

POSTEL Indonesia listing
Image credits to GSMInsider

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