South Korea is a Mecca for next-generation mobile connectivity, offering citizens some of the fastest mobile networking standards often years before they turn up in the UK or anywhere else. And now LG has become the latest manufacturer to create a handset designed to handle cutting edge 4G, according to TechRadar.
The type of 4G in question is Category 6 LTE, which is about 10 times faster than the 4G we have in the UK. That means it can handle download speeds of up to 300Mbps, as long as smartphones are running the Snapdragon 805 chipset.
To cope with this LG is upgrading its G3 from the slightly slower 801 chipset and re-launching it in its native land, allowing it to compete with the Galaxy S5 LTE-A edition that Samsung announced recently.
Here in the UK it will probably be some time before Category 6 LTE is available, which might be seen as an issue by those who have a hankering for cutting edge mobile connectivity. But even making the upgrade from a 3G phone to a standard 4G handset available to British consumers will result in a marked speed improvement for those living in areas with good coverage.
The rise of the selfie in recent years has been facilitated largely as a result of smartphones featuring front-facing cameras, although of course, these secondary snappers tend to have a much lower resolution sensor than the primary unit found on the back.
However, Sony is hoping to change all that with the release of the Xperia C3, which will have a five megapixel camera mounted just above the display, according to TechRadar.
The Xperia C3 is not a slouch in other departments either, as it features a 5.5 inch screen and a quad core processor. There is even an eight megapixel camera on its rear for good measure, along with the Android KitKat operating system, to tie all of this technology together.
Sony has clearly decided that consumers will value being able to take selfies that are more than just underwhelming approximations of what is possible with a smartphone?s primary camera. And no doubt, this new phablet will be a hit with a certain demographic when it is released later in the year.
Although pricing for the Xperia C3 has not been announced, it will be hitting Chinese retailers in August, with a global release presumably occurring in the autumn.
A leaked image of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy F superphone suggests that the South Korean manufacturer may once again be borrowing from its Californian rival Apple in the design stakes.
The picture, which appeared on GSM Arena, appears to show that the Galaxy F will have a metallic band around its outer rim, making it look surprisingly similar to the iPhone range in at least one area.
The rest of the phone is likely to be made of polycarbon, with this high-end plastic appearing in the picture depicting the front of the Galaxy F. But the appearance of more metal this time around will be seen as a good sign by those who are displeased with Samsung’s current crop of mobile devices and who want to see it follow in the footsteps of both Apple and HTC.
The real reason that people are getting excited about the Galaxy F is not its design, but the fact that it will feature a QHD screen, dramatically increasing the number of pixels on offer compared to current 1080p panels. With its launch expected in the autumn, the Galaxy F will be Samsung’s high-tech swansong of 2014.
Apple’s next-generation iPhone, which is almost certainly going to arrive in two distinct sizes and attempt to take on phablets such as the Galaxy Note range from Samsung, is now thought to be launching a little later than originally anticipated, according to TechRadar.
It had been hoped that there would be a September 19th global release, but now insiders are stating that it will, in fact, be making its debut in stores on the 25th, adding almost a week to the time that fans will have to wait to get their hands on the device.
The base model will reportedly have a 4.7-inch display, while there will be a larger 5.5-inch version on offer for those who find the current four-inch screen of the iPhone 5S incredibly cramped.
Of course, by modern standards even the 4.7-inch version will be a little small when compared to the five-inch plus models available from Samsung, HTC and Sony. But by addressing the issue of size, Apple is at least recognising that things have moved on since the iPhone 5 made its debut almost two years ago, with big screens now being the norm across the market.
Samsung will be putting the Galaxy S5 Mini on sale at some point in mid July, according to a report from SamMobile, which means those who are looking forward to picking up this affordable, powerful smartphone will have to wait just two weeks to get their hands on it.
The Galaxy S5 Mini is a scaled down version of its class-leading sibling, offering a 4.5 inch screen, a quad core processor with a 1.4GHz clock speed and an eight megapixel camera on the rear. A front-facing 2.1 megapixel camera is also included, while the OS of choice is Android KitKat, in combination with the current generation of Samsung’s own-brand TouchWiz interface.
What could make the Galaxy S5 Mini even more appealing is the rumoured inclusion of a fingerprint scanner, bringing impressive levels of security to a more affordable price point in the market. This has not been officially confirmed, so fans will have to keep their fingers crossed.
Observers are also expecting the Galaxy S5 Mini to come with a durable chassis that can repel dust and liquid, keeping it safe in extreme conditions and also in the event of an accident.