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Oct 7, 2014

Samsung Galaxy A5 Launching in November with 5-Inch HD Display, 13MP Camera

Good news for Samsung fans anxiously waiting for the South Korean company to launch the next smartphones in the Galaxy Alpha family.

We already know Samsung plans to release at least three new Galaxy Alpha smartphones in the next few months, the Galaxy A3, A5 and A7. Unfortunately, little is known about their exact release date. The only info we now have is that Samsung Galaxy A5 might be officially unveiled sometime in November, according to SamMobile. It’s also worth mentioning that sources close to the matter confirmed the Galaxy A5 would be available on the market for around $400 – $450 (€315 – €355) off contract. Spec-wise, Samsung Galaxy A5 is a mid-range smartphone that is likely to ship the latest version of Android KitKat platform onboard.

According to the latest rumors, the handset should sport a good enough 5-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display that supports HD (720p) resolution. On the back, the Galaxy A5 is said to pack an enhanced 13-megapixel photo snapper with autofocus, LED flash and full HD (1080p) video recording, while in the front there will be a 5-megapixel camera for great selfies and outstanding video calls experience. A quad-core Qualcomm  Snapdragon 400 processor will power the Galaxy A5, along with 1GB of RAM. When it comes to storage, the smartphone offers 16GB of internal memory, but there’s no word on microSD card slot. Last but not least, Samsung Galaxy A5 is supposed to drain energy from a 2330 mAh battery, which is likely to be removable. The smartphone has been confirmed to pack dual-SIM capability as well.

Samsung Galaxy A5
Image Credits to SamMobile

Redesigned iPad Specs Leaked

In about a week from now, Apple plans to hold its second fall event to unveil the rest of the stuff it has prepared for this year. This includes a new iMac and a new iPad.

The latter will reportedly boast minor design changes and substantial enhancements on the inside. This, according to a leak by The Michael Report.

The display

The blog’s sources say, “the new iPad Airs will come with a fully-laminated display [...] which means that it’ll be quite a bit thinner than the current iPad Air.” The iPhone has had a laminated display for quite some time now. Because of the display enhancement, and probably other factors too, “iPad Air 2 is around 0.5 mm thinner than the current iPad Air,” according to the sources.

The design

Technically, the iPad Air 2 is a redesigned version of the original. But the changes are so small you probably won’t spot them until after a few minutes of usage. “Based on what we’ve seen, the form function of the iPad Air 2 is identical to the current iPad Air’s and there are no changes in the bezel,” the source reveals.

Some of the most notable changes include:

  1. the mute/orientation-lock switch is no longer available, “with sources from within Apple telling us that it was a necessary move to achieve the thinner profile of the new tablets”;
  2. there will be a Gold option, in addition to Space Gray and Silver;
  3. the speaker grills will merge into a single strip and will sport larger holes.

Also, Apple will market the iPad Air 2 as the thinnest tablet out there, the sources note.

Camera, chips, Touch ID

Apple is reportedly upgrading both the front-facing camera and the rear-facing one. The FaceTime cam is getting support for 720p video calling, while the one on the back is getting an 8-megapixel sensor just like the iPhone line. No word on the optics used in the tablet. The device will adopt the new generation of A8 processors and will gain an extra gig of RAM, for a total of 2GB. The sources note that there’s a possibility Apple will ditch the 16GB storage option to start at 32GB. The maximum storage capacity remains 128GB in the iPad Air 2, while only the iPad mini line will continue to offer the 16GB options.

iPad Air 2 will be the first Apple tablet to get the Touch ID fingerprint sensor for unlocking the device and authenticating purchases. The hardware enhancement will go hand in hand with Apple Pay integration, which is also part of the iPad Air 2 upgrade.

iPad promo
Image credits to simonblog.com

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