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Jul 12, 2015

Sony Lavander Launching in August as Sony Xperia T4 Ultra

Good news for Sony fans, as the Japanese handset maker has another mid-ranger in the pipeline, the Xperia T4 Ultra. The new smartphone might be launched as early as August for a price that will be disclosed closer to release.

Some of you might remember the Sony Lavander that leaked back in April and never made it to market. Well, it looks like the Lavander will be launched on the market as Sony Xperia T4 Ultra, a new report claims. The smartphone will be announced next month and should cost around $300 if we are to take into consideration the price of the its predecessors. According to the same source, the Xperia T4 Ultra will be Sony's fist device ever released with a “bezel-free” design. Although this sounds more like a marketing line than an actual feature, lets take this as accurate until the smartphone is actually announced.

Furthermore, Sony Lavander or Sony Xperia T4 Ultra will be equipped with a powerful octa-core MediaTek MT6752 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, which will be complemented by 2GB of RAM.

There won't be a 6-inch for the next Xperia Ultra series phone

Unfortunately, there's no mention of storage amount, but we expect the Xperia T4 Ultra to come with microSD card slot for memory expansion. We also know that the smartphone will boast a large 5.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display that supports full HD (1080p) resolution. On the back, the Xperia T4 Ultra should feature a 13-megapixel photo snapper with autofocus, LED flash and full HD (1080p) video recording. Rumor has it the main camera will pack a Sony IMX214 sensor.

Sony Xperia T4 Ultra is said to be powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop, but by the time the smartphone will go on sale it might run a newer version of the OS. Last but not least, the smartphone will come with 4G LTE support, but it will also provide users with dual-SIM support.

Sony Lavander front panel
Image credits to nowhereelse.fr

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Launching in Mid-August

Smartphone users will have a pretty busy next couple of months, as Samsung, Apple, Xiaomi, Meizu and other major handset makers are expected to launch new flagship smartphones.

Samsung is always launching its high-end Galaxy Note models in early September at IFA trade fair, but the smartphone does not make it to the market until October. However, this year it looks like things might be different since Samsung desperately wants to maintain its high-end market. In order to do that the Galaxy Note 5 needs to sell better than the iPhone 6s, which is expected to be unveiled this fall as well.

Although rumors emerged last month which pointed to an earlier Galaxy Note 5 release, Samsung officials denied their company plans to launch the next flagship smartphone in August.

It appears that Samsung is likely to launch the Galaxy Note 5 next month though, as Reuters reports a person with knowledge in the matter confirmed, declining to be identified due to the sensitivity of the information.

Fans might be able to pre-order it beginning next month
Even though the South Korean company previously announced its Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 4 in early September at IFA, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 might be unveiled as early as mid-August. Still, that doesn't mean that the flagship smartphone will be available for purchase next month. Usually, it takes about 1 to 2 months to brings the next Galaxy Note handset on the market. But that information is a mystery for the moment, not to mention this is just an unconfirmed rumor. The good news is we will most likely find out more in the next couple of weeks since we're less than 2 months from IFA 2015 trade fair.

"I don't know how much the earlier launch will help boost the company's average selling price for smartphones, but this suggests that Samsung will work hard to maintain its market share for the high-end market," said HDC Asset Management fund manager Park Jung-hoon.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 render
Image credits to OnLeaks

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