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Apr 1, 2015

Xiaomi Mi4 Running Windows 10 for Phones TP Caught on Video

Microsoft announced last month it has a nice surprise for Xiaomi fans who own the Mi4 and wish to try out its new Windows 10 for Phones operating system.

Even though Xiaomi came forward a few days after Microsoft announcement and confirmed that there's no partnership with the Redmond-based company, we know for sure that some Mi4 users will be getting a special Windows Phone ROM. The Chinese company allowed Microsoft to use its forums to provide Xiaomi Mi4 fans of Windows Phone operating system the possibility to test the new platform on their devices and offer their feedback. In order to do that, Microsoft will be releasing an Windows Phone ROM that will be available for download via Xiaomi's forums. However, the company did not announce any timeframe for the release of the ROM, but we suspect it won't take long until it will go live.

Xiaomi Mi4 owners from all over the world should know that this program will only be available in China, so if you're not located in the country you won't be given access to the Windows Phone ROM.

The Mi4 has no issues running Windows 10 for Phones
Today, new information came to our attention, which suggests that Microsoft is very close to releasing the promised Windows 10 for Phones Technical Preview for select Xiaomi Mi4 users. It looks like the folks over at WindowsBlogItalia have just published a video coming from China, which shows the Xiaomi Mi4 running Windows 10 for Phones Technical Preview. Apart from the fact that it's really weird to see an Android smartphone running Windows Phone, it's also worth mentioning that the Xiaomi Mi4 runs very well on Microsoft's mobile platform; there's no lag and everything works smoothly.

Check out the video below and let us know what you think about the possibility of creating an universal Windows Phone ROM for any Android handset.

Xiaomi Mi4 running Windows 10 for Phones
Windows 10 Mobile running on Android phone
Video credits to WindowsBlogItalia

Sony Cosmos to Be Launched as Xperia C4

Sony is prepping multiple smartphones to be launched in the upcoming months, and recently we've told you that the handset maker is apparently developing a 6-inch phablet and we’re not far from seeing the Xperia Z4 flagship make an official debut.

However, the Sony Cosmos handset also leaked in the wild a while ago, and now we have some extra info about the device. According to @upleaks, the Sony Cosmos handset will be launched into the wild as the Xperia C4. The theory does make sense, since the Xperia C3 launched in July last year and we’re fast approaching summer. The new Xperia C smartphone is expected to boast 4G LTE capabilities and to run Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box.

Earlier leaks would have us believe that the phone will be powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6752 processor and will don a 5MP front-facing camera with LED flash. Apart from that, the rest of the specs remain a mystery. Sony already unveiled quite a lot of products this year, including the Xperia E4, Xperia E4g, Xperia M4 Aqua and Xperia Z4 Tablet, but it seems that at least three new Sony handsets are in the pipeline to go live in the upcoming months.

Sony Cosmos main view

Sony Cosmos apps

Sony Cosmos, Bluetooth option
Image credits to @UpLeaks

Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 Are Top Performing Phones of Q1 2015 in AnTuTu

We've seen a lot of smartphones launch in the last few months, with industry giants like Samsung and HTC both unveiling flagship models.

As Q1 has come to an end, popular benchmarking service AnTuTu has released a list of top 10 performing smartphones for the period mentioned above. It’s customary for AnTuTu to deliver such lists, and last year we saw the Meizu MX4 claim the top position as the most powerful smartphone of 2014.

Samsung has released the most powerful phone so far this year
It’s probably no surprise to anyone that in Q1 the Samsung and HTC flagships have claimed the first positions in the AnTuTu top. The Samsung Galaxy S6 scored a total of 67,520 points, while the Galaxy S6 Edge and HTC One M9 got 62,373 and 52,709, respectively. As you probably know by now, the two Samsung phones are powered by the company’s own Exynos 7420 octa-core processor (built using a 14nm manufacturing process), while the HTC One M9 relies on the controversial Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 platform. Further down the top, we find the Samsung Galaxy S5 (European model, with 49,335 points), the Meizu MX4 (49,305), Nexus 6 (49,145), Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (49,140), Motorola Droid Turbo (48,695), LG G Flex 2 (48,605 - oddly enough, it runs on the same Snapdragon 810), and the OnePlus One.

Qualcomm's chips dominate the top
Interestingly, most of the smartphones present in the top (50%) run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 platform, while only 10% take advantage of the Snapdragon 810 (the same for Snapdragon 801). Samsung Exynos 7420 takes 20% of the pie, while the MediaTek MT6595 grabs 10%. AnTuTu also reveals a top of GPU performance for the above mentioned chips, and we see the Exynos 7420 come out on top yet again with 20,725 points, while the Snapdragon 810 comes in at number two with just 18,936. The Snapdragon 805 and Snapdragon 801 score 16,286 and 13,198 points, respectively. While going through the provided lists, keep in mind that benchmark results don’t actually translate the same in real-life usage, so they have to be treated as reference numbers. They are merely an indication of how well the handset is going to perform when it’s sitting in your hands.

10 performance smartphones in Q1 2015 according to AnTuTu

Top 10 performance chips in Q1 2015 according to AnTuTu

Top 10 GPU performance in Q1 2015 according to AnTuTu
Images credits to AnTuTu

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