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Jul 27, 2015

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Benchmark Leaks: Exynos 7422 CPU, 4GB RAM

Even though we get new details about Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 5 phablet on a daily basis, things are still confusing when it comes to specs.

Previous rumors claimed Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will be equipped with a homegrown Exynos 742 chipset inside, the same processor that powers the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones. The latest live pictures showing a prototype unit of the Galaxy Note 5 also confirm that the phone's S Pen won't be ejectable, so users will have to pull it out manually. Today, a new information sheds some light on the chipset that will be embedded into Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 phablet. The folks over at GSMArena have just got their hands on a screenshot taken from a Galaxy Note 5 benchmark.

The application used, CPU-Z displays the hardware configuration of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, model number SM-N920F.

We still have no idea whether or not it will come with microSD card slot
According to this benchmark, the Galaxy Note 5 will be equipped with an Exynos 7422 chipset, which is an improved version of the Exynos 7420 processor inside the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. Aside from that, it also confirms the fact that the phablet will pack 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. However, we expect Samsung to launch multiple Galaxy Note 5 variants with different storage amounts.

Unfortunately, it's still unclear whether or not Samsung will add a microSD card slot inside the Galaxy Note 5. The good news is we won't have to wait too long to find out more about the phablet, since Samsung is expected to officially unveil the Galaxy Note 5 as early as August 12. If you're waiting for Samsung's flagship to be launched on the market, then you should know that the Galaxy Note 5 will only be available in select markets beginning August 21.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 benchmark
Image credits to GSMArena

Galaxy Note 5 Live Pictures Leak Online

Most of you who follow all news about Samsung Galaxy Note 5 remember that the first live pictures of the phablet leaked yesterday.

The pictures revealed the fact that the smartphone won't feature an ejectable S Pen, but a stylus that must be pulled out manually. Apart from that, the Galaxy Note 5 seemed like a slightly enlarged version of the Galaxy S6, but since the back of the smartphone wasn't shown in those pictures we couldn't confirm whether or not it will feature glass coating. Well, it looks like the folks over at SamMobile have another set of pictures of the alleged Galaxy Note 5 and some of the things that we noticed yesterday does not seem to stand now.

For example, the S Pen doesn't feature the small gap in the previous pictures that would allow users to pull out the stylus using their fingernails.

Glass back and standard microUSB port instead of USB Type-C
Also, we can finally have a good look on the Galaxy Note 5's back side, which looks pretty much the same as Galaxy S6's, which means it feature glass coating. Another thing worth noting is the lack of the USB Type-C port that was rumored to be included in the Galaxy Note 5. What we see instead is a standard microUSB port. If you've been dying to learn more about Samsung's upcoming flagship smartphone, you will be pleased to know that the South Korean company is expected to unveil the Galaxy Note 5 on August 12.

Along with the Galaxy Note 5, Samsung is also said to launch the Galaxy S6 edge+ smartphone, both of which will be available for purchase from August 21. However, while Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ will be available worldwide, the Galaxy Note 5 will only be purchasable in select markets.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Image credits to SamMobile

Motorola Moto X (3rd Gen) to Pack 5.5-Inch FHD Display, 21MP Camera, 3,600 mAh Battery

Motorola is rumored to launch a few Android smartphones in the next couple of days and the latest hearsay point to a Moto G (3rd Gen) unveil on July 28.

However, the US-based company might launch its next flagship smartphone as well, the Moto X (3rd Gen) on the same day, or around the same timeframe. Since we've only talked about the upcoming Moto G (3rd Gen) in the last couple of weeks, it's only fair that we now offer Motorola fans some information about Moto X (3rd Gen). The information comes via HelloMotoHK, a group with sources close to Motorola, which offers details on some of the company's upcoming products.

According to this group, Motorola Moto X (3rd Gen) is expected to arrive soon with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop operating system right out of the box. Hardware-wise, Motorola is determined to avoid the controversial Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, which is why the Moto X (3rd Gen) will be equipped with a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 CPU inside.

No Quad HD display, but a huge battery
Also, the Moto X (3rd Gen) won't be packing a Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels) display, instead Motorola is said to have opted for a 5.5-inch display that supports full HD (1080p) resolution. On the back side, the smartphone will feature a 21-megapixel photo snapper, though it's unclear whether or not it will include a Sony sensor. In the front there will be a 5-megapixel selfie camera. But the most appealing piece of hardware inside the Moto X (3rd Gen) is the 3,600 mAh battery, which is said to power the smartphone.

With that high-capacity battery and only a full HD display, the Moto X (3rd Gen) will sure get you through more than one day of full use. Last but not least, the same source confirms Motorola's Moto X (3rd Gen) will surely pack microSD card slot for memory expansion.

Motorola Moto X (3rd Gen)
Image credits to HelloMotoHK

Sony Xperia Z5 Tipped to Launch in September with 5.5-Inch FHD Display

It looks like Sony will be launching a second flagship smartphone this year, even though the Japanese company initially stated that it will only release one high-end device per year.

The upcoming Sony Xperia Z5, or whatever its name, has been leaked a few times by now and everything points to a Xperia Z3+ copycat in terms of specs. We have recently spotted the smartphone in UAProf and were a bit disappointed to find out that Xperia Z5 will sport display that supports full HD (1080p) resolution. Full HD resolution is not standard for flagship smartphones anymore, but Sony does not seem to be ready to put this type of displays into its devices, even though the Xperia Z4v for Verizon Wireless is an exception. Today, a new report claims that Sony Xperia Z5 will indeed sport a full HD (1080p) display, but what's interesting is the fact that the Japanese company will include a much larger 5.5-inch screen.

The first Sony flagship to enter phablet category
While most of Sony's flagship smartphones pack 5.2-inch screens, it appears that the Xperia Z5 will make the jump into the phablet category thanks to a larger 5.5-inch display, which would have been nice to offer Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution. Apart from that, the same report claims the Xperia Z5 will be powered by the same controversial 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor paired with an Adreno 430 graphics processing unit and 3GB of RAM.

On the back, there will be a 20.7-megapixel photo snapper with autofocus, LED flash and 4K video recording, while in the front there will be a no less impressive 8-megapixel camera for selfies and video calls. Last but not least, Sony Xperia Z5 is said to be on track for a September unveil, in order to compete with Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+ and Apple iPhone 6s. It remains to be seen whether or not the specs inside the Xperia Z5 will make it a worthy competitor.

Sony Xperia Z5 teaser
Image credits to Digi-Wo

Xiaomi Mi5 Leaks in Pictures, Features Edge-to-Edge Display

Xiaomi is currently preparing to launch two new flagship products, which are set to arrive on the market as the Mi 5 and Mi5 Pro.

Specs of the two models have also made their way online, indicating that the first version will be powered by a Snapdragon 810 chipset, while the second will be the first handset to make a debut on the market with a Snapdragon 820 under the hood. If you have been curious to see what the Xiaomi Mi5 will be all about, this week, the folks at Chinese blog Mobile Dad are treating us to a couple of spyshots of the device, which reveal an edge-to-edge display. Following the market trend nowadays, which tends to obliterate bezels, the Mi5 will also arrive with ultra slim, almost imperceptible bezels. Apart from that, Xiaomi maintains the design we are accustomed to, including the trio of capacitive buttons living at the bottom of the device.

Xiaomi Mi5 rumored specs roundup
According to the rumor mill, the Xiaomi Mi5 will be the beneficiary of a 5.2-inch LCD display with Gorilla Glass 2.5 coating and taking advantage of 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. The device has a 16MP primary camera alongside a very capable 13MP selfie shooter. There aren’t a lot of phones equipped with such a powerful frontal camera available on the market, apart from the Desire EYE from HTC, which boasts a similar configuration. Xiaomi Mi5 is sustained by a 3,000 mAh battery and will take advantage of quick charge support, which will allow users to juice up 30% of the battery in just 40 minutes.

The phone should arrive with Xiaomi’s next MIUI 7 interface based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. There are a few concerns that Xiaomi’s flagship will also suffer from overheating issues, due to the Snapdragon 810 chip on the inside. Previous rumors would have us believe that Xiaomi was thinking of utilizing the Snapdragon 820 for both models, but it appears this is not the case. Qualcomm’s next-gen architecture will start shipping out in December, so it appears Xiaomi will not be unveiling the two phones at the same time.

When should we expect the Mi5 to make an appearance? Maybe on August 16, when the company is poised to announce new products, deals and promotions. We’ll keep an eye out and inform you as soon as more information on the matter is available.

Xiaomi Mi5 leaks

Xiaomi Mi5 has edge-to-edge display
Image credits to Mobile Dad

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