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Sep 15, 2015

HTC One A9 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 CPU, 5-Inch FHD Display Coming in November

We've been talking about HTC's next high-end smartphone, the One A9 (Hima Aero) for quite some time now. While we do have some information on the handset's specs and availability, it looks like new details emerge all the time.

For example, @evleaks is back with more info on the rumored HTC One A9 and from what he reveals it looks like this will be an intermediate device despite the fact that will be launched under the One family. Usually, HTC launches mid-range smartphone under its own Desire brand, but this one will be released as HTC One A9 according to these rumors. We already know that the smartphone will make it the US this year where it will be offered by Sprint and possibly other major carriers in the country. While there's no word on pricing options, the high-end version of the One A9 that's been leaking until now is said to cost no more than $600 outright.

No deca-core CPU or Quad HD display
Now, the mid-range version of HTC One A9, if the Taiwanese company will indeed launch multiple models, won't pack Quad HD display or MediaTek's powerful deca-core Helio X20 processor inside. Instead, the smartphone is tipped to sport a 5-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display that supports full HD (1080p) resolution. Also, the One A9 is said to come equipped with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. The cited source also mentions the device will come with microSD card slot so users can further expand storage.

On the back, the smartphone will pack a 13-megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, BSI, optical image stabilization and video recording, while in the front there will be a 4-UltraPixel selfie camera. Last but not least, HTC One A9 will be only 7mm thin, it will feature a metal body and finger print scanner. The smartphone will be available in six different color options from November.

HTC One A9 vs iPhone 6
Image credits to Weibo

Huawei Nexus Specs Leak Once More, Includes 8MP Selfie Shooter, Barometer Sensor

Another day, another Nexus leak. Google is preparing to unveil two Nexus phones on September 29, one made by Huawei and the other manufactured by LG. And just a few hours ago the specs of the Huawei-made Nexus leaked online via Geekbench.

But now the phone has been spotted in the GFXBench database, so here’s another chance to look at the specs of the device and see whether previous rumors were correct (as seen at Stories I/O). The Huawei Nexus will most likely arrive with a 5.7-inch display with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution and a Snapdragon 810 processor under the hood. Huawei will also throw in 3GB of RAM in combination with 32GB of internal storage with no mention of microSD card slot. A 13MP/8MP camera combo is also listed so users can take all the pictures they want.

An interesting aspect is the presence of a barometer inside the phone, so we have to assume that it will ship with some apps or features that will take advantage of atmospheric pressure measurements. This is the first time we are hearing of this feature related to the Huawei-made Nexus. Naturally, the phone will be announced with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and so will the LG-made counterpart. The two handsets will go official towards the end of the month, with pre-orders starting on October 13. Or at least that’s what the rumor mill is saying.

Huawei Nexus leaks in benchmarks
Image credits to Stories I/O

Sony: This Is How Xperia Z5 Premium Delivers 2-Day Battery Life

At IFA 2015 a few weeks ago, Sony unveiled the Xperia Z5 Premium, the world’s first smartphone to come with a 4K display and 800+ pixel density on board. Sony also said that customers should expect the Xperia Z5 Premium to be able to deliver a battery life of up to 2 days.

Still, some of you might have wondered how that could even be possible. An advanced 4K panel like the one on the Xperia Z5 Premium will put a big toll on battery life, so the claim that the phone could support such a long life cycle seemed pretty questionable. Well, this week, Sony comes to clarify the issue. We’ve been hearing that the Xperia Z5 Premium’s resolution is not always 4K, and now the producing company acknowledges this is indeed the case (as spotted at Phone Arena).

The Xperia Z5 Premium will usually operate at 1080p
The Japanese device maker explains that the Xperia Z5 Premium features a 4K display with resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels based on SID Standard, which enables all video and image content to be enjoyed in 4K resolution. However, all other content is displayed at 1080p or lower in order to optimize the performance and battery life for the device. The smartphone features a 5.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen and includes TRILUMINOS Display for mobile technology. Hardware-wise, the Xperia Z5 Premium is powered by a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, complemented by an Adreno 430 graphics processing unit and 3GB of RAM.

The flagship handset features 32GB storage inside, which can be further expanded up to 200GB via microSD card slot. On the back lives a 23MP camera sporting a Sony Exmor sensor that can capture 4K video. It also features LED flash and autofocus. In the front there’s a secondary 5.1MP camera for selfies and video calls. It’s also worth mentioning that the Xperia Z5 Premium relies on a 3,430 mAh battery which is larger than what the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact boast inside.

Even with the official explanation out and about, it still remains to be seen whether the Xperia Z5 Premium will be able to deliver a 2-day battery life in real life conditions.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium launched with 4K display
Image credits to Sony Mobile

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