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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to launch sooner than expected

Image via note4galaxy.comSamsung is getting ready to reveal the Galaxy Note 4, although it is now thought that it will actually make its debut a little earlier than originally anticipated, according to PhoneArena.

Invitations to a launch event were sent out last week, with the world’s media outlets all set to cover the Galaxy Note 4′s arrival on the 3rd of September.

This is just before the IFA 2014 conference, the event at which much more coverage of the Galaxy Note 4 will be forthcoming. And when it does arrive, it will be one of the most powerful and technically impressive smartphones on the market.

The big talking point is the rumoured 5.7 inch AMOLED display, which is thought to offer a QHD resolution that pushes ahead of the 1080p panel of its predecessor, in terms of pixel density and clarity.

The Snapdragon 805 chipset and 3GB of RAM are also on the cards, allowing the Galaxy Note 4 to handle even the most taxing tasks without slowing down. And with the launch scheduled for just a few week’s time, fans of this phablet will have all their questions answered very soon indeed.

HTC may revive Windows Phone support

Image via teletimsinternational.comLast week it was revealed that HTC could be getting back into its partnership with Microsoft, to offer a mobile running the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, according to sources and leaked images reported on by PCMag.

The Android-based HTC One M8 is apparently going to be adapted to run Windows Phone, retaining all of its existing hardware credentials but moving away from Google’s OS, in favour of a rising rival.

The One M8 is one of the most powerful mobiles around at the moment, sporting a 5.0 inch 1080p screen and a Snapdragon 801 processor with four physical cores and 2GB of RAM to back it up. And while Windows Phone has similarly impressive specs available, courtesy of the Nokia Lumia 930, it will be good to see HTC entering the fray because of its focus on top tier design and materials in the construction of its phones.

The all-metal One M8 has received rave reviews, not just because of how well it is put together. So if HTC can apply its award-winning knowhow to Windows Phone 8.1, it could be a great combination that bolsters Microsoft?s position in the market even further.

Samsung to end love affair with plastic smartphones

samsung-5G1Samsung looks like it could be giving up on plastic for good, as company executive, Kim Hyun-joon, revealed in a statement to investors that there is at least one smartphone in development which takes advantage of fresh, non-polycarbon materials.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Samsung is shifting focus from the affordability and wide availability of plastic, in order to embrace something entirely different. And from the sounds of things, the South Korean manufacturer is getting ready to usher in an all-metal era of mobiles, at least at the upper end of the price range.

Samsung has watched HTC find success with its sturdy, stylish One and One M8 phones, both of which have been crafted using a single piece of metal which is definitely impressive in the hand. By comparison, the plastic chassis of the Samsung Galaxy S5 can feel a little tacky, even if it has a few technical tricks up its sleeve to even the odds.

Samsung may not embrace the all-metal approach for its next flagship smartphone, but even a small change in tactics should be seen as a worthwhile update to its design ethos, that could spread to more affordable mobiles.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact details emerge

Image via mobilephones.comThe Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is already being discussed fervently by mobile industry observers. And now the first details about the device have leaked online, according to TechRadar.

The Z3 Compact will be aesthetically similar to its full sized sibling, but will have a smaller 4.6 inch display, with a 1080p full HD resolution. Processing power will be delivered by the Snapdragon 801 chipset and it is expected to have an impressive 3GB of RAM, putting it on a par with the most technically advanced devices currently available.

Of course at the time of writing, there is no official confirmation of the specifications to go by, so these early info leaks should be taken with a pinch of salt. And there have been previous reports which conflict with this latest data dump.

Sony has been a leading light in the compact smartphone market for the past year, largely thanks to the fact that it has refused to make the smaller size of these handsets have any impact on the hardware that is crammed under the bonnet.

Ultimately, the Xperia Z3 Compact should be able to keep pace with its big brother, all while being a little more portable.

iPhone 6 display allegedly not as robust as Apple claims

iphone 6While little is known about the hardware of the iPhone 6 at this point, the one feature that seems certain is the sapphire display, which is supposed to be significantly tougher than any of those used in previous generations.

However, this month some stress tests were carried out on panels that are purported to come direct from Apple’s manufacturing partners. And it looks like the screens may not be as durable as originally thought, according to Apple Insider.

While past tests have shown that the sapphire display can withstand the scratching power of a knife, it was not so resilient when attacked with sandpaper. Plenty of abrasions can be caused by the sandpaper-like rubbing motion of a mobile against a rough surface, so if indeed these are the genuine samples that Apple will be using to produce the iPhone 6, then the sapphire display is more of a minor step forwards than a massive leap.

The iPhone 6 is rumoured to be going into production at the end of July, ahead of a launch in September or October at the latest, so expect more information to emerge as the manufacturing process progresses.