Sunday, 18 September 2016

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra Dual starts receiving Marshmallow update

Sony has started rolling out the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to its Xperia C5 Ultrasmartphone. Carrying a firmware number of 29.2.B.0.122, the update is currently hitting the device's Dual variant (with model number E5533) in Italy.
As is usually the case with OTA roll outs, it may take some time for the update to hit your device. Meanwhile, if you feel impatient, you can manually check for the update by heading to your handset's Settings menu.

These might be the front panels for Google's upcoming Pixel and Pixel XL handsets

Google and HTC have really been mystifying Nexus fans over the last few months. At this point in time, we are quite certain that the latter will produce and out two smartphones for Google this year, originally codenamed Sailfish and Marlin. Beyond that, however, we know little details about the pair. Even the Nexus branding seems uncertain, as more and more rumors are hinting at a new Pixel moniker. A few days ago, the Nexus launcher was officially rebranded to match said title, so, we feel fairly confident when assuming the Pixel and Pixel XL are the two devices we have to look forward to.
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Pixel XL/Marlin front panel

As for design, we do already have a few renders to go by, but nothing really clear along the line of live shots. However, a new source has now provided a few high-res photos of what are said to be the front panels of the two devices. These do also come with measurements. The smaller, dubbed "S1" measures 4.99 inches in diagonal, while the bigger, "M1" is 5.46 inches. This does mostly coincide with previous specs rumors and the source in question is a parts dealer in Hong Kong, with a good track record when it comes to leaks.
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Pixel XL/Marlin front panel in white

Screen size aside, we can see that HTC has gone for a quite clean design. Some highlights include a central cutout for the light and proximity sensors, right beneath the earpiece, a single front-facing snapper and and empty bottom bezel - in tune with Google's typical on-screen control scheme. As for other specs, we currently believe the 5-inch Pixel or Sailfish phone will have a resolution of 1080p, Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB of RAM and 32 or 128GB of on-board storage. The camera setup is said to consist of a 12MP rear snapper and an 8MP selfie one. We can also expect a USB Type-C port, a fingerprint scanner on the back, bottom-firing speakers, all the usual connectivity options including Bluetooth 4.2, and a 2,770 mAh battery.
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Pixel /Sailfish front panel

Most of these specs will likely be shared with the bigger Pixel XL or Marlin, except for the already mentioned 5.5 or so inch display, likely with QHD resolution. The chipset might also get a bump up to the Snapdragon 821 and rumors put the battery at 3,450 mAh.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime arriving in India next week

Samsung has started sending out media invites for a September 19 event in India. The invite reveals that the South Korean company will launch a new Galaxy J series smartphone.
While the invite doesn't reveal the name of the phone, the words "Prime Time" are enough to suggest that the star of the event will be the Galaxy J7 Prime that was recently launched in Vietnam.
If you recall, there have already been rumors that the handset will be launched in India soon. As for price, the J7 Prime is said to carry a tag of INR 18,790 (around $285) in the country.

Google Pixel leaks: new chipset revision, Android 7.1, US version

Leaks about the Nexus replacements are coming from multiple sources. The phones - branded Google Pixel - passed through Geekbench, they were certified and also some cases for them cropped up, even the screen panels.
The benchmark doesn't reveal much we didn't already know - the phones will be powered by Snapdragon 820 chipsets (though a new 2nd revision) with 4GB of RAM, but interestingly the OS is listed as Android 7.1. So the Pixels will bring a new minor version of Nougat with them.
Certifications for the US and international Pixel phones Certifications for the US and international Pixel phones Certifications for the US and international Pixel phones Certifications for the US and international Pixel phones 
Certifications for the US and international Pixel phones

The Pixels, despite the Google branding, will be made by HTC. This is confirmed by the Global Certification Forum (GCF). That certification also reveals that both the Pixel and Pixel XL will come in at least two versions - US and International. The US models include CDMA connectivity and slightly different LTE bands.
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Google Pixel case • Google Pixel XL case

The cases for both the 5.2" Pixel and 5.5" Pixel XL have a very wide hole for the camera, but none of the leaks so far have mentioned a dual camera.

Friday, 16 September 2016

New rumor says Samsung Galaxy C9 will arrive in Oct-Nov time frame

There have already been rumors that Samsung is working on a 'C' series smartphone dubbed Galaxy C9. In fact, the device's existence has even been confirmed by Zauba, where it was spotted last month. Now, a new rumor has revealed the launch time-frame for the phone.
The rumor says that the handset will arrive sometime in the October-November time frame, which is basically within a couple of months from now.
Sadly, nothing much is known about the device at this point in time, except that it will sport a 5.7-inch full HD display, something that was corroborated by the latest rumor as well. However, we expect more details to emerge as the launch date nears.