Tuesday, 24 May 2016

OnePlus 3 selfie camera sample released

The OnePlus marketing campaign is picking up speed, with new bits on the OnePlus 3 being released daily. We already have a pretty official-looking "leaked" render from last week, and yesterday it was revealed that you'd be able to purchase the new smartphone in VR.
OnePlus 3 selfie sample (click for full size) 
OnePlus 3 selfie sample (click for full size)

Today we're being treated to a sample photo shot with the OnePlus 3's front camera. Shared by company founder and CEO Liu Zuohu on Weibo, the single image is obviously taken in some pretty dim lighting, so it shouldn't be judged too harshly. It's also been subjected to some editing - it has a watermark and no EXIF data, so it's not straight out of the camera.
OnePlus 2
The resolution of 2,448 x 3,264 pixels adds up to 8MP. The brightly lit faces suggest the use of some screen fill-flash as there was no front-facing flash in the renders so far. Whatever the case, we'll certainly find out in the coming weeks.

New update hitting T-Mobile Galaxy S7/S7 edge units

Just a few weeks after rolling out an update that brought along support for FM radio playback, T-Mobile has started pushing out another update to Galaxy S7 and S7 edge units on its network.
Weighing in at around 43MB, the update doesn't bring along any new features but does include some security related improvements - "Google Security update" as per the change-log. Reportedly, the update fixes a critical software issue that, if exploited, can erase the complete memory of your handset.
As is the case usually with OTA roll-outs, it may take some time for the update to hit your device. Meanwhile, if you are feeling impatient, you can manually check for it by heading to your phone's Settings menu.

OnePlus 3 specs confirmed by new leak

Just a few hours ago we saw the first selfie captured by the upcoming OnePlus 3, and now a list of the phone's basic specs has been outed by none other than famed leakster Evan Blass.
According to him, the next OnePlus flagship smartphone will come with a 5.5-inch 1080p touchscreen, a 16 MP rear camera, the Snapdragon 820 chipset, 64GB of storage, as well as NFC support.
NFC was notably absent from the OnePlus 2, so it's good to see it included here. Blass haspreviously mentioned that the display will be of the AMOLED variety, and that the handset will ship with a 3,000 mAh battery. Other past leaks and rumors talked about the phone sporting a fingerprint scanner, a USB Type-C port, and 4 or 6GB of RAM.
OnePlus is already testing Android N preview builds on the OnePlus 3, but it's likely that the device will actually ship running Android Marshmallow.

Samsung Galaxy C5 is now portrayed in leaked press renders

The Galaxy C5, part of the new C series from Samsung, has been leaking a lot lately, and today is no different. The phone has already been spotted in TENAA's usual low-quality pictures, and also in not one, not two, but three rounds of hands-on images. So you might be wondering how long you have to wait before you see it in official press renders.
In turns out there's no waiting needed anymore, because that's exactly what's been leaked today. The renders you can see below show the C5 in gold, being very proud of its all-metal construction.
Apparently the Galaxy C5 should become official in China in a couple of days. It will have a 5.2-inch 1080p Super AMOLED touchscreen, the Snapdragon 617 chipset at the helm, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, 150Mbps LTE, dual-SIM functionality, a 16 MP rear camera with dual-LED flash, an 8 MP front unit, and a 2,600 mAh battery.
It runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and is just 6.7mm thick. It weighs 153g. It's still unclear if it will be exclusive to the Chinese market or will be launched elsewhere too.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Samsung Galaxy C5 receives green light from the FCC

The Samsung Galaxy C5 was recently certified by TENAA
After being certified by TENAA, China's version of the FCC, the Samsung Galaxy C5 has been given the green light by the FCC itself. Carrying the SM-C5000 model number, the device should be unveiled at a special event in China this coming Thursday, May 26th. We also expect to see the Samsung Galaxy C7 (SM-C7000) greet the light of day at that very same event. However, neither TENAA nor the FCC have yet certified the handset.The FCC documentation confirmed that the Galaxy C5 will be powered by a 2600mAh batteryThe TENAA approval revealed much more about the specs such as the 5.2-inch AMOLED screen carrying a 1080 x 1920 FHD display. The rear camera will be either 16MP or 8MP, and there will be an 8MP front-facing snapper for selfies and video chats. The Snapdragon 617 chipset under the hood will contain an octa-core 1.5GHz CPU, and the Adreno 405 GPU. 4GB of RAM is inside along with 32GB or 64GB of native storage. A 128GB capacity microSD slot is available for those seeking additional storage, and Android 6.0.1 is pre-installed. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, 3G, 2G, Bluetooth, USB and GPS. Only 6.7mm thin, the Galaxy C5 weighs in at 153 grams.Pricing and availability should be announced this Thursday.
FCFC certification confirms that the Samsung Galaxy C5 will be powered by a 2600mAh battery
FCFC certification confirms that the Samsung Galaxy C5 will be powered by a 2600mAh battery"