Inside the Galaxy S5's image sensor

Megapixels are not so important - at least not for the overall image quality. There are a plenty of other important features that make up a high quality image sensor, which is important to keep in mind when talking about ISOCELL - the newest technology of Samsung implemented in Galaxy S5.
This new technology promises increased light sensitivity and higher color fidelity even in poor lighting conditions, and Samsung bills it as the next step in the evolution of backside-illuminated (BSI) sensors.

How does ISOCELL work?

ISOCELL is essentially an evolution of existing technologies and aims to address the problems highlighted above.
First off, ISOCELL attempts to fix the problem of crosstalk by isolating each pixel with a physical barrier, hence the “iso” part of the name. These barriers ensure that the correct photons remain trapped in their desired cells and are therefore more likely to be absorbed into the correct pixel’s photodiode.
Here’s a short video:

Compared to conventional BSI pixels, ISOCELL is expected to decrease crosstalk and increase the sensor’s full well capacity by approximately 30 percent, due to the way each color pixel is isolated. That doesn’t mean that the image quality is going to improve by 30 percent, but it will result in higher color fidelity, which will be noticed as a slight improvement to sharpness and richness.

Source: AndroidAuthority (more details and samples)


Meizu MX4 will be lauched in 2 days!

Meizu has started sending out invites for its event taking place on Thursday, March 6th in Paris. The invite itself doesn’t tell us much about what to expect, but we’re betting we’ll see the MX4 unveiled at that time.

Chances are this bad boy will rely on Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 801 chip, or who knows, the new Exynos 5 Octa chip. Current Meizu MX3 uses earlier Exynos 5 so they may decide to keep relying on a Samsung-made SoC.

Source: Intomobile

A new Xiaomi phone is coming - MI3S

Judging by the timing of the leaks and proximity to the annual Xiaomi festival we believe the next Xiaomi phone Lei Jun refers to in the below Weibo message will launch on April 9th.

This new phone is believed to have support for 4G LTE networks, more memory and updated camera modules both front and rear.

In addition to the Mi3S there could also be 2 new Xiaomi Redrice models launched on 9th April with the top end model sporting an octacore processor.

As always the Mi3S should cost 1999 ($325) Yuan for the base model and the Redrice phones should start at 799 ($130) Yuan. China will be getting these devices first with launches in Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong occurring after.

Source: GizChina


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The Xperia Z2 Tablet packs some incredible specs: 
  • 10.1" Full HD (1920 x 1200px) display employing Sony's latest display technologies - Triluminos display with Live Color LED plus X-Reality mobile picture engine.
  • Snapdragon 800 chipset, Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.3GHz, 
  • Adreno 330 graphics and 3GB of RAM. 
  • Internal storage is 16GB, expandable via a microSD card slot.
  • 8.1MP rear and 2MP front cameras, but the rear sensor has been upgraded with the latest Exmor RS sensor. Both cameras are capable of 1080p video recording, HDR capturing is available too.
  • Wi-Fi only and an LTE-enabled. The rest of the connectivity options include NFC, GPS with GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0, IR emitter and microUSB 2.0 with MHL 3.0 support. 
  • Android 4.4 KitKat with the latest version of Sony's proprietary launcher.

HTC M8 Hands On Video Leaked

Storage expansion went out of fashion over the last two years. Fortunate, then, for those of us wanting to take our music / audio book / photo collection everywhere, that HTC's upgraded One will see a return to microSD storage on its flagship series. 

Against trend, the new One also looks like it'll have an identical footprint to last year's model. In a lengthy video leak from GadgetReviews - now down, but mirrored elsewhere -- we get to see that unibody build from a few more angles (including a closer look at that brushed finish) and catch some few software tweaksto the Blinkfeed news stream However, what does that secondary camera actually do? We're getting increasingly impatient about that March 25th reveal date.
Source: phonearena


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[GUIDE] Nokia X Rooted and Loaded with Google Apps, Play Store, and Google Now Launcher!

Just a few days ago, we showed you a quick glimpse of what “real” Android looks like on the Nokia X. Unfortunately, this was only a standard replacement launcher, leaving many of us salivating at the prospect of having a Nokia X with full access to Google Apps and Services. Now thanks to a guide by XDA Senior Member Kashamalaga, that time has come.

Kashamalaga’s guide is quite simple. First, you acquire root access using the Galdalf Exploit in Framaroot. From there, you install a root-capable file manager. Then, you copy a Nokia X-specific Gapps package by Kashamalaga to your /system/app folder, and give it the appropriate permissions. After a reboot and a few more application installs, you are then able to access the Google Play Store, various Google Apps, and the Google Experience Launcher:

This is a rudimental way to do it. This happen because we dont have recovery yet. Bootloader seems locked in some ways, so instead flashing a single zip, we need this way to get it working.

1) You should need a rooted device. Use Gandalf Exploit included in Framaroot app.
(Download it from http://forum.xda-developers.com/atta...1&d=1391850491)

2) We need a Root explorer app, use whatever you want. (For example: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...explorer&hl=es)

3) Extract and copy all apks from "NokiaX_Gapps_KashaMalaga_28.02.2014.zip" to /system/app and change permisions for this files.

4) Reboot your device

5)Extract and install as normal user every single needed apk include in "NokiaX_SomeGoogleApps.zip". (If wanna use Google Now Launcher, open it after install it)

6) Try to launch Play Store, its gonna ask you for a Google Account

7) Enjoy the Android flavour on your Nokia!

More info and screenshots: XDA-developers


Google scheduled an event for Project ARA

The Conference will take place between April 15 and April 16 in Mountain View, California.

 Project Ara is the modular phone that was originally a project being handled by Motorola, but was kept by Google as part of the Motorola purchase by Lenovo. The conference will be held the same month that Google releases the Ara Module Developers’ Kit

There is also some more information about Google's desires for Project Ara have come out. For example, Google wants the entry level unit priced no higher than $50. For that price, buyers would get a touchscreen, Wi-Fi radio, and the circuitry to run both. Google plans on opening kiosks where Ara owners can purchase additional parts to snap in to their phone, allowing an Ara owner to go from low-end, to mid-range and perhaps even high-end model, with a few key component additions.

More info, photos and a quick video you can find on: Techland.time


HTC unveils Desire 816 & Desire 610 [MWC 2014]

HTC decided not to announce the flagship phone - M8 at MWC 2014, but still they combined the HTC ONE's specs in a new design, and announced 2 new mid-range smartphones.

HTC Desire 816 Specs:

  • 5.5-inches with a decent 720x1280 HD resolution (267 ppi)
  • 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • 1.5GB of RAM + 8GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot option 

Samsung Galaxy S5 finally goes official!

One of the highest-caliber debuts at this year’s MWC, the Galaxy S5 was just unveiled at the Unpacked 5 event. The flagship opens a new chapter in Samsung's design – the back is still leather-like, but with a brand new look.

Samsung introduces a brand new design paradigm with the S5 - one that still uses plastic as the basis material, but flaunts a perforated rear pattern, that is quite different than the "stitched leather" looks of the Note 3, or the PRO tablet line of Samsung.

ZTE announces a new phablet: Grand Memo II

The chinese company, ZTE took the wraps off of the Grand Memo II LTE at MWC 2014. This is the company's latest ultra large ndroid smartphone, coming as a successor to last year's 5.7-inch Grand Memo
The specs for this monster are:
  • 6-inch IPS HD (720 x 1280) screen that covers 80% of its front 
  • The new device has a “textured back”, measures 161.5 x 83 x 7.2mm

Nokia XL announced: bigger and better than Nokia X

After months of restless speculation, Nokia has finally done it: The Nokia X line of Android-powered devices is now a tangible reality. The Nokia XL, in particular, is the priciest member of the X family, but the price is justified with better specs. 
So, the improved specs are:
  • 5-inch device, IPS LCD panel, at 480x800 pixels with 187 pixels per inch
  • 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 chip from Qualcomm

Intel announces 64-bit Atom processors at MWC 2014

After MediaTek and Qualcomm, Intel unveiled it's own LTE-ready, 64-bit Atom processors

The first new Intel CPU, Atom Z3480 (codenamed Merrifield), comes with two 2.13GHz cores, is based on Intel's 22nm Silvermont microarchitecture, and uses a PowerVR Series 6 Graphics IP core from Imagination Technologies.

Nokia X announced today, Android on board, no Google Play though!

It’s finally happened: the Nokia X, the first Nokia Android smartphone is here for all the devoted fans of Nokia. It is not just one smartphone, though, the Nokia X kicks off a new family of devices for the Finnish company that will be more affordable than its primary Lumia Windows Phone series.

The primary specs for the Nokia X are:

[MWC 2014] Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet goes official

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is also an improvement version of the Tablet Z announced last year. Just like the Xperia Tablet Z, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is water and dust resistant, with scratch-proof glass panels.
The Xperia Z2 Tablet packs some incredible specs: 
  • 10.1" Full HD (1920 x 1200px) display employing Sony's latest display technologies - Triluminos display with Live Color LED plus X-Reality mobile picture engine.
  • Snapdragon 800 chipset, Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.3GHz, 

[Updated] Sony Xperia Z2 goes official!

After just 6 months of the announcement of Xperia Z1, Sony strikes again with the improved version of their flagship, how much improved?  You can see below the image:

Well, the newest Z2 packs a 5.2" 1080p Triluminos display, with a new imaging technology, dubbed Live Colour LED. (+)

Sony unveils the mid-range Xperia M2

Sony's newest mid-range smartphone is the succesor of the Xperia M and brings specs that aren't shinning that well.
Sony Xperia M2's specs are:

  • 4.8" TFT display with 540x960 pixels resolution
  • Snapdragon 400 chipset
  • quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 processor

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 801 (MWC 2014)

Qualcomm just unveiled its new powerful chipset, Snapdragon 801, which seems to occupy a place between last year's finest - Snapdragon 800 - and the yet unreleased Snapdragon 805.

In comparison with the Snapdragon 800, the new 801 comes with:

  • 14% faster Krait 400 processor cores 
  • 28% faster Adreno 330 graphics


Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ announced

The Lenovo Tablet HD+ is an improved version of the original Yoga Tablet. The tablet has three unique modes: hold mode for reading, stand mode for viewing and tilt mode for gaming - combined with 18 hours if battery life, a Full HD display, Dolby Audio system and Qualcomm Processor.
The tablet's specs are:
  • 10,1" Full HD wide view display
  • 1.35lb weight and 3-8.1 thickness

MediaTek unveils it's first 64-bit chipset with fast charging & updated GPU

Before Samsung's Exynos processor on 64-bit is announced officialy, Mediatek took the stage with the MT6732 chipset with LTE and some great specs.

The chipset's features include:

  • 1.5GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A53
  • the newest Mali-T670 GPU

Huawei announced MediaPad X1, Ascend G6 & TalkBand B1

It appears that LG isn't the only one who can't wait for the beginning of the MWC 2014, Huawei announced today a brilliant super thin tablet MediaPad X1, an extremely affordable smartphone Ascend G6 and a TalkBand B1 that is similar to Nike+ FuelBand write before the event from Barcelona.
The Ascend G6 appears to share some design elements with the higher-end Ascend P6. The main specs are:


Something extraordinary is coming from Sony (MWC 2014)

Looks like Sony prepared more surprisese then we have thought, they announced an event in Jakarta first, and now, shows a teaser for the upcoming monday's MWC 2014, Barcelona.

HTC Desire 8 leaked (A5)

Low-end? Not really, especially when you take a look at the specs from evleaks. A decent phablet with impressive specs and design.



Google wants you to create Maps with their Project Tango

Today, Google unveiled its newest technolagy, called Project Tango, which has incredible implications for mapping and augmented reality.
 Google's current prototype is a 5”

Meizu and bq sign agreements to deliver and ship Ubuntu phones

Canonical announces first partners to ship Ubuntu phones around the globe.


The All New HTC One rumors confirmed by evleaks!


NVIDIA announces GTX 750 & GTX 750 Ti

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti and GeForce GTS 450 are among the most popular GPUs for gamers operating on a strict budget. Both cards are offering excellent value, delivering fantastic low-to-mid range performance for as little as $129.

NVIDIA redefines the definition of “entry level”

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Sony sold more than 5.3 million PS4s

Sony's just announced 5.3 million of the next-gen consoles sold worldwide.The PS4 has held the overall next-gen hardware sales lead since it launched in November, and appears to be extending the gap on the Xbox One during these early stages of the war. 

It's not everything about Xbox One


Sony Xperia Z2 rumors [Updated - hands on video]

As you know, Sony Xperia Z2 a.k.a. D6503/Sirius will probably show it's face on MWC 2014, Barcelona, from numerous leaks, pics and videos, some possible specifications are:


  •  Almost the same design as Xperia Z1 (with thinner bezels and slighlty bigger, probably heavier as well)
  • 5.2 inches, 1440x2560 pixels ( QHD display)
  • Qualcomm's MSM8974AB SoC (a better version of Snapdragon 800) Video:


HTC M8 (Rumors - Updated)

 So far we have seen numerous pictures hands on with this phone, more or less clear  more or less authentic. (Check the updates below)

LG presents III new low-mid range smartphones

There is more than a week till MWC Barcelona, and LG already announced 4 new devices including the earlier presented LG G PRO 2. The new lineup consists of LG L90, L70, and L40 all of them running Android 4.4 KitKat.

LG L90 specs:

  • 1.2GHz quad-core processor
  • 1GB of RAM, 
  • 8GB of internal memory 
  • 4.7” qHD IPS display, 
  • 8MP rear camera, and 1.3MP front-facing
  • 2,540mAh replaceable battery

Xiaomi announced Hongmi 1S

The Chinese company Xiaomi unveiled its latest entry-level smartphone –  Hongmi 1s. The Android smartphone will be available for pre-order in China on the next week for $130

Main specifications are:

Android powered Nokia Lumia X (Rumors)

It's been some weeks since the first leak of Nokia Lumia X (Normandy) appeared on internet, so below this image you can see some specifications

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LG G Pro 2 officially announced

The successor of the Optimus G Pro has a larger 5.9” Full HD IPS display and the rest of the specs are here:

  •  Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC with 2.26GHz quad-core CPU and 3GB of RAM. 
  • 16 or 32GB of built-in memory,with an microSD card slot option.
  •  LTE-A, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, SlimPort, and microUSB port.
  • 13MP camera of the LG G Pro 2 features enhanced optical image stabilization (OIS+) and the option to adjust the focus of a photo after its capture. Video recording capabilities include 4K UHD and 720p @ 120 fps. The front-facing camera is a 2.1MP unit.
  •  Android 4.4 KitKat


Nokia Lumia Icon for Verizon announced

Nokia finally announced  the Lumia Icon for Verizon Wireless. The beast will be available in the carrier’s retail stores on February 20 for $199.99 with a two-year contract


  • Display 5'', ClearBlack, AMOLED, Full HD (1920 x 1080)
  • Processor:  Snapdragon™ 800, Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400, Adreno 330 
  • Camera: 20 MP, PureView (OIS) with Dual LED flash, shoots videos     at 1080p@30fps with (video light, stereo sound rec.), front facing camera 1.2 MP
  • Memory:  32GB internal, 2GB RAM
  • OS: Microsoft Windows Phone 8 Black
  •  Battery: 2420 mAh 

Rest of the specs you can find on the official site of NOKIA.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Final Rumors

Samsung Galaxy S5 rumor round-up: release date, price and specs

Samsung Galaxy S5 is around the corner, in 12 days this killer will be officialy unveiled. Some of the specs are:

  • Display will be a 5.25" unit with QHD (2,560 x 1,600 pixels) resolution.(Galaxy S5 may sport a PLS LCD display instead of an AMOLED one)
  • Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa chipset has been very successful. Samsung is gearing up to equip the Galaxy S5 with a brand new version of the beloved Exynos - one that features a 64-bit architecture - just like the iPhone 5s' A7 SoC.
  • Exynos 64-bit chipset may have 4 GB RAM, while the Snapdragon 805-powered one may sport 3 gigs.