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Sep 2, 2015

Sony Xperia Z5 Family Confirmed to be Unveiled at IFA 2015

If you still have any doubts that Sony will be launching a new Xperia lineup of smartphones, then the following news might convince you that the Japanese company will indeed reveal the Xperia Z5 family very soon.

Sony has already confirmed that its press conference during IFA 2015 trade fair will take place on September 2, which means we're only a few hours away from the announcements. A new poster showcased at Sony's booth at IFA 2015 proves that the company is readying three new Android smartphones: Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 Premium. All three handsets will be officially unveiled later today, but they probably won't be available for purchase until later this month or perhaps early October. In addition to the existence of the Xperia Z5 family, the poster also confirms which colors will be available for these smartphones.

As XperiaBlog points out, Sony Xperia Z5 will be available in Gold, Teal, Black and White, while the Xperia Z5 Compact will be available in Pink, Yellow, Black and White. Last but not least, the most expensive of the three, Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, will only be available in Chrome, Black and Gold color options. We have already reported to you about the possible hardware configuration of these upcoming smartphones, so the only thing that remains is for Sony to confirm them.

Sony Xperia Z5 lineup (poster)
Image credits to XperiaBlog

Sony Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium Leak in Hands-on Pictures

There have been quite a few leaks that provide information on the upcoming Xperia Z5 family, so Sony fans must be very happy that they know just about all there is to know about these high-end smartphones.

The latest leaks concerning the next Xperia Z5 smartphones provide us with the first hands-on pictures of the devices. The images have been recently published by Dutch blog Nu and offer us a glimpse at what's to come. The cited source has been able to capture all three Sony smartphones that are supposed to be officially unveiled this week: Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 Premium. As many of you can notice from the pictures, all three smartphones feature the same OmniBalance design characteristic to most high-end Xperia handsets.

This means Sony did not have the time to change the design too much, so let's hope there are still customers that like Xperia lineup's looks. We already know some of the specs that come inside these Xperia smartphones, but for those out of the loop here is a quick recap.

The Xperia Z5 smartphones will be announced on September 2
The Xperia Z5 is expected to pack a 5.1-inch capacitive touchscreen display that supports full HD (1080p) resolution while the Xperia Z5 Compact should sport a smaller 4.5-inch display with HD (720p) resolution. Both will be powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processors, but the Xperia Z5 will pack 3GB of RAM while the Xperia Z5 Compact only has 2GB RAM. Also, Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact will boast impressive 23-megapixel rear-facing cameras, along with 5-megapixel cameras in the front.

Information about the Xperia Z5 Premium is a bit scarce for the moment, but we expect it to come with Quad HD display and 4GB of RAM inside. All three Xperia Z5 smartphones should be available for purchase beginning next month for prices that will be announced later today at IFA 2015 trade fair.

Sony Xperia Z5 family
Images credits to nu.nl

Samsung's Android Clamshell Shows Its Beauty in Live Pictures

Samsung officially unveiled the SM-G9198 Android clamshell about two weeks ago. The smartphone is already available for purchase in China, but there is a chance that it will go on sale in other Asian countries.

However, if you're living in other regions like Europe or North America, you will only be able to import this hard-to-come-by smartphone since it will probably never be released in these regions. And if you want to get a better look at Samsung's SM-G9198 check out the gallery below for a series of live pictures courtesy of XiaomiToday.

If you've never heard about Samsung’s latest clamshell smartphone powered by Android, here are a few more details confirmed by the South Korean handset maker. For starters, the SM-G9198 ships with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop operating system right out of the box. The phone is equipped with a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory.

In addition, the smartphone sports two 3.9-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen displays that support HD (768p) resolution and feature Corning Gorilla Glass 4 coating. Last but not least, the clamshell Android phone packs a 16-megapixel photo snapper on the back, which features autofocus, LED flash and full HD (1080p) video recording, while in the front there is a secondary 5-megapixel camera for video calls and selfies.

Samsung SM-G9198
Images credits to XiaomiToday

Meizu ME5 Flagship Scores 69,000 in AnTuTu

Rumors that Meizu is looking to introduce a new smartphone series have been floating around for quite a while, and yesterday the Chinese device maker announced a re-branding of its identity and unveiled a brand new logo.

It also officially announced a new flagship lineup which will reportedly be much better than the MX products. And today, the folks at Gizmo China have stumbled upon the company’s upcoming next-gen premium phone, which made an appearance in the AnTuTu benchmarking database. It appears that the new phone will be called the Meizu ME5, and as previous rumors indicated, it will draw power from an Exynos 7420 chipset coming from Samsung. The silicon piece is the same used in the company’s Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy Note5, so we can expect Meizu’s upcoming flagship to be quite a performance beast as well.

On board the Meizu phone, the chipset scored a pretty impressive 69,000 points in the benchmarking application, once again proving to the whole world that Samsung is not kidding around when it comes to designing processors.

What to expect from the ME5
According to information provided by Chinese website IT168, Meizu’s upcoming ME5 will arrive on the market in two versions. One of them will reportedly feature a 5.5-inch 1080p display and will take advantage of the above mentioned processor in combination with 3GB of RAM. As was the case with the MX line, Meizu will also introduce a Pro edition of the device, which will be powered by a deca-core Helio X20 processor and will work hand in hand with 4GB of RAM. Both models should take advantage of a 21MP main camera with f/1.8 aperture, but the Pro model might also bundle Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). A 6.2MP frontal camera will be in charge of taking selfies.

The sources also mention that the ME5 Pro will feature a premium glass and metal frame design, plus a very bright AUO display with 20000:1 contrast ratio. The phone should be powered by a 3,600 mAh battery pack. On the negative side of things, Meizu is apparently looking to price the ME5 quite competitively, so users can expect to pay up to $700 / €621 for the handset. The Pro model should cost even more.

Meizu's new logo
Image credits to IT168

Mistery Meizu phone spotted in AnTuTuImage credits to Gizmo China

Could this be the Meizu ME5?Image credits to IT168

Could this be the Meizu ME5?Image credits to IT168

Specs of the Meizu ME5 leakImage credits to IT168

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