All the rumours and speculation can finally be put to rest as the Samsung Galaxy S5 has made its initial appearance at MWC 2014. Already people are praising it for offering more of what users love without relying on unnecessary augmentations.
Perhaps this suggests Samsung is adopting Apple’s iterative approach to upgrades rather than constantly chasing the most technologically impressive improvements.
One the outside, you get a similar physical design to that of the Galaxy Note 3, featuring a bit more metal than preceding flagship phones, to boost its premium standing.
The whole phone is even waterproof, much like the Sony Xperia Z1, without adding much to its overall bulk.
A 5.1 inch 1080p AMOLED screen is packed onto the front, making it marginally larger than the five inch panel on the Galaxy S4. But it is also brighter, even if in becoming larger, it has a lower pixel density.
Samsung has integrated a fingerprint scanner, so you can unlock the Galaxy S5 in the same way as the iPhone 5S, although the full extent to which this feature will be harnessed has not been revealed.
A faster processor and a better camera will keep tech fans happy, so it will be interesting to see how the Galaxy S5 sells.
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Samsung is conscious of the need to deliver high end 4Gconnectivity to people who do not want to spend vast amounts of money on a range topping device. As such, it has announced the Galaxy Core LTE, which is a modestly powerful smartphone that has the benefits of next-gen networking.
The Galaxy Core LTE will come with a 4.5 inch screen rocking a 960×640 resolution, a five megapixel camera, 8GB of built in storage and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
It has a decent sized screen, but of course, the sub-high definition resolution will make it a more affordable alternative to some of the other smartphones boasting 4G connectivity.
While UK pricing for the phone has yet to be revealed, it will, hopefully, enter the market at under £200, making it available to pay as you go customers, who are keen to see what 4G has to offer.
Next week will see the Mobile World Congress event take place in Barcelona, so the Galaxy Core LTE and a gaggle of other devices will be getting their time in the spotlight, at which point a lot more information should be available to help guide your next purchase.
Nokia’s much-rumoured Normandy smartphone, which will run the Android operating system and come in at a bargain price point, is all geared up for an official launch during MWC 2014 this month, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Weirdly, the latest industry murmurings also suggest that while Android will be powering the smartphone, it will actually be stripped of many of the Google features usually associated with the platform.
That means the Play Store for app downloads will be given the boot and replaced with a digital software delivery service, which is controlled solely by Nokia and Microsoft.
This might be a bit of an issue for Android fans, who were hoping for a full version to appear on a Nokia device, but of course, since Microsoft owns the Finnish manufacturer, it seems like having tons of Google content available might be a commercial issue.
The Normandy has reportedly undergone an extended development cycle as a result of all the reshuffling at Nokia and since no official confirmation of its existence has been made yet, Microsoft still has time to bring the project to a halt. But with MWC 2014 just around the corner, its arrival is almost inevitable.
An insider at US network provider, Verizon, has passed on details about a new Samsung smartphone called the Huaron, which is set to use the Windows Phone operating system when it is released later in the year.
Information published via EVLeaks on Twitter, suggests that the Huaron is going to have a close aesthetic resemblance to the Galaxy S range, with the S4 presumably being the basis for both the exterior styling and the internal components.
This means that it will likely pack a five inch screen with a full HD 1080p resolution, along with a quad core processor and Windows Phone 8.1.
Samsung’s support for Windows Phone has not been especially fervent in recent years, although the devices that it has released have been close cousins of the Android-based Galaxy S range.
Expectations for the power of WP handsets have risen significantly as a result of Nokia’s release of the quad core CPU-toting Lumia 1520, so Samsung’s mobile will not be unique in this respect. But it is also important for the platform not to be monopolised by a single brand, especially with Nokia also looking to launch an Android phone later this year.
Although there was plenty of scepticism to begin with, industry observers are now forming a consensus over rumours that Nokia is going to be releasing a new smartphone, based on the Android operating system.
Known as the Normandy, the phone is thought to be making its debut at the end of February, presumably during the MWC 2014 event that is being held in Barcelona.
Leaks made available via a major e-commerce outlet based in Vietnam, have showcased a number of anticipated specifications for the Normandy, all of which point towards it being a budget device which will sit alongside the Windows Phone-based Lumia 520, according to PhoneArena.
A four inch display, dual core 1GHz processor and half a gig of RAM are all expected to feature on the Normandy. Nokia will be using Android 4.4 KitKat, although an in-house user interface will be applied, with early pics suggesting that it will take a leaf out of the Windows Phone book when it comes to icons and overall aesthetics.
There is just under a month to wait to find out official info on the Nokia Normandy Android smartphone, but more leaks could reveal additional details in the interim.