The Galaxy A series devices were the first full metal smartphones from Samsung, and we had reported a couple of months ago that Samsung is working on the successors to the Galaxy A3, the Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A7. Last week, specifications of these devices were leaked and they were certified for Bluetooth standards. Now images of the Galaxy A7′s successor have been leaked through China’s telecom regulatory authority TENAA.
As you can see, these images are similar to the ones leaked earlier, and aligns to the design language that Samsung unveiled with the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge. The SM-A7100, which will be released as a successor to the Galaxy A7, has a 6.95mm thin metal design with glass at the front and the back. The device would feature a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 615 processor, 3GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, a microSD card slot, and a 2,600 mAh battery.
The device will come equipped with a 13-megapixelprimary camera and a 5-megapixel secondary camera. This device will come pre-installed with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, and feature 4G LTE, NFC, and GPS connectivity. Samsung is also working on a higher-end Galaxy A series device, the Galaxy A9, which might feature a Snapdragon 620 processor and a 16-megapixel camera. What do you think about this premium mid-range smartphone?
Samsung has launched yet another budget phone in the Galaxy J lineup, the Galaxy J3⑥, which has made numerous unofficial appearances in the last couple of weeks. Listed on Samsung’s Chinese website, the Galaxy J3 is more or less similar to the Galaxy J5 in terms of specs, and also to the Galaxy On5 that was launched in India earlier this month. Oddly, the phone’s name has a ⑥ in the title every time it’s mentioned on the site, so that is what we will call it in this post.
A Super AMOLED display (5-inch HD) and big battery (2,600 mAh) are the highlights here, given they are two features that aren’t very common on budget devices (not unless you count the recently launched budget phones from Samsung). The J3⑥ also has an unspecified quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1.5GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and 8GB of expandable storage. The phone has a 7.9 mm waistline, which is another thing it has in common with the J5.
Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with Samsung’s latest TouchWiz UX powers the software, with the China-exclusive option of removing pre-installed apps. The company is also bundling 72 yuan (roughly $11) worth of downloadable games; the price of the handset itself is a mystery for now, but it should be somewhere south of $200. The phone is exclusive to China Telecom, and you can check out the list of stores where it is available by heading to the source link below.
A new flip phone from Samsung was certified by TENAA last week
It appeared that the SM-W2016 would feature high-end specifications and a premium build not unlike that of the Galaxy S6. Samsung today made the W2016 official, it has been released for China Mobile under this moniker and it does feature impressive specifications housed in a chassis fitted with glass and metal. Also released in China today is the Samsung Galaxy J3 which looks quite similar to the Galaxy J5.
The W2016 has two 3.9-inch Super AMOLED displays with 1280 x 768 pixel resolution
Under the hood there is a 64-bit octa-core Exynos 7420 processor with 3GB RAm and 64GB of internal storage. The headset also has a 16-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front camera, it runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
Its 2000mAh battery
Is packed in a chassis that measures 120.4 x 61 x 15.1 mm and weighs 204 grams.The use of metal and glass lend a premium look and feel to the device, the W2016 is certainly going to be very appealing for those who love clamshell phones and yet would not mind having high-end specs with a premium build. It’s unlikely that this handset will be widely released since there aren’t many markets left across the globe where flip phones still sell in large numbers, with the exception of China and some other countries in Asia.
The Galaxy A9 is expected to be the largest smartphone in Samsung’s premium mid-range Galaxy A lineup, and recent leaks and appearances of the device suggest it could go official at any moment. Today, we’re getting another indication that the A9 is inching closer to an official launch, as the phone has been certified by the Bluetooth SIG.
The model number of the device is listed as SM-A9000, and the certification was completed on November 10. This doesn’t give us any solid lead on when the A9 will actually be unveiled, but the Bluetooth certification means the development on the device is nearly complete. A launch before the end of this year seems likely; some might say that a launch so soon after the Galaxy A8 doesn’t make sense, but the 6-inch display on the A9 means it is not a direct sequel to the A8 but just another phone in the series.
According to a leaked benchmark, the Galaxy A9 will feature a Full HD display, a Snapdragon 620 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and Android 5.1.1. The benchmark did, however, list a 5.5-inch screen, so at this point we should be taking any of this information is fully confirmed or final.
We have known for a while now that the Galaxy J3 is coming out in the near future, a couple of weeks back the handset was spotted on GFXBench and just earlier this week the Galaxy J3 got its FCC certification which is always a big indication that a launch isn’t that far off. Today photos of the Galaxy J3 have appeared online and they show that it’s business as usual, the new handset doesn’t bring any major changes as far as the design is concerned against its predecessor the Galaxy J2.
The photos have been published by TENAA, China’s Telecommunications Equipment Certification Center, it’s version of the FCC basically. Given that the handset has now sailed through TENNA as well it most certainly is only a matter of time before Samsung officially announces the Galaxy J3. The handset (SM-J3109) is powered by a Snapdragon 410 processor with Adreno 306 GPU, it has 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage. An 8-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel camera are likely to be onboard alongside Android 5.1.1. No word as yet on how much the Galaxy J3 will cost when it does arrive.
With its first two phones, OnePlus proved that it could deliver flagship-level devices at a cheaper price-point than most of its rivals. Neither were exactly design duds, but for its third handset — and the second to be unwrapped in 2015 — OnePlus is focusing on style in particular. It’s called the OnePlus X and yes, it has a hint of both the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 about it. There are two models: the $249/£199 Onyx, which sports a sheet of black glass on the back, and a £269 Ceramic version, which won’t be available in the US. In fact, OnePlus is only making 10,000 Ceramic handsets full-stop, so you’ll have to be quick if you want one of the company’s lucrative invites. Yep, you read that correctly. Once again, OnePlus will be using an invite system to carefully manage customer demand and shipments.
So what’s inside? Premium components, but nothing that will give this year’s crop of Android flagships any trouble. Underneath the 5-inch Full HD AMOLED panel is a Snapdragon 801 processor, which was common in 2014 flagships like the Sony Xperia Z3 and LG G3. There’s also 3GB of RAM, a 2,525 mAh battery and a tray for two SIM cards. Space might have been a concern, but thankfully the 16GB of onboard storage is backed up with microSD support up to 128GB. On the reverse you’ll find a 13-megapixel camera — no 4K video recording though — coupled with an 8-megapixel snapper up front. Turn the phone on its side and you’ll find the same alert slider pioneered on the OnePlus 2 — this lets you switch between three different notification profiles on the fly, all without taking the device out of your pocket. That’s not to say the OnePlus X is without some compromises though. There’s no physical home button — so you can forget about fingerprint recognition — and charging is handled over micro-USB, rather than USB-C like the OnePlus 2.
As for the software, OnePlus is sticking with OxygenOS, a mostly clean take on Android 5.1.1. It boasts all of the same software features as the OnePlus 2, save for one new addition — OnePlus Radio. The app lets you connect to FM stations, which is no doubt aimed at users in emerging markets. It’s not exciting, but we’re happy with OnePlus’ approach here — there’s just 16GB of onboard storage after all, so the less bloatware the better.
The OnePlus X isn’t a replacement for the OnePlus 2. The company is treating this as entirely new smartphone line, aimed at people that are happy to sacrifice some power for a little more craftsmanship. At $249 (£199), it doesn’t have much in the way of direct competition — in Europe, its closest rivals will be the Wileyfox Storm, the Honor 7 and possibly the Moto X Play. The OnePlus X is more than a mid-range handset, but it’s not quite another “flagship killer.” It’s somewhere in between, and that makes it all the more interesting. The device is set to launch in Europe and India on November 5th and comes to the US two weeks later. The Ceramic edition will be available from November 24th, although of course, both are dependent on you getting an invite. Even if you manage to snag one, there’s no telling how long it’ll take to actually arrive on your doorstep.
The Galaxy J3 was spotted on GFXBench a few weeks ago, and then Samsung imported it to India last week for testing. Now, the device has passed through FCC certification, so it seems that its launch is imminent. The documents reveal that the smartphone was tested for 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE connectivity. Approval by FCC means that Samsung could soon make the device official.
The Galaxy J3 (SM-J3109) features a Snapdragon 410 processor with a 64-bit quad-core CPU and Adreno 306 GPU, 1GB RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. It will most probably be released with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, an 8-megapixel primary camera, and a 5-megapixel secondary camera. The Galaxy J2 was released in India in September for INR 8,490 (~ $130), and we believe that the Galaxy J3 will be costlier than that when it gets launched officially.
As we reported earlier, Samsung is working on a bunch of Galaxy A series smartphones that could be released in the coming months. This includes the Galaxy A9, the Galaxy A3X, the Galaxy A5X, and the Galaxy A7X. Now, specifications of the upcoming Galaxy A9 have surfaced on the Internet.
According to the AnTuTu benchmarks that we’ve stumbled upon, the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop running Galaxy A9 (SM-A9000) will feature a 5.5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 620 processor (MSM8976) with Adreno 510 GPU, 3GB RAM, and 32GB internal storage. There are no details regarding the camera on the upcoming device; but we should see at least a 16-megapixel primary camera considering the A9 will be a sequel to the Galaxy A8.
Samsung recently imported components of the Galaxy A9 to India for testing but not the actual device, which makes us think that it might still be at least three or four months away from being officially announced. In any case, we will report more details about the device as and when we get them.
Also known as Samsung Galaxy J5 Duos with dual-SIM card slots, is this mid-range smartphone worth the upgrade? Let’s find out.
International Samsung Galaxy J5 Versions
J500F (HK, India, South Africa, Thailand)
J500G (Malaysia, Indonesia)
J500Y (New Zealand)
With it’s 2600mAh, removable Li-ion battery, it is just a little shy away from the flagship battery capacity. On this kind of power, the Samsung Galaxy J5 is unbeatable to long term use throughout the day.
It is rated of up to 18 hours talk time on 3G network and 62 hours of music playback. Now, it just impressive price to performance.
Android Lollipop OS
The Samsung Galaxy J5, as expected, runs Android OS version 5.1.1 or Lollipop. Material design is the biggest feature together with TouchWiz, a Samsung custom UI.
The internal storage is of two choices: 8Gb or 16Gb with 1.5Gb of RAM which can be expanded with 128Gb more storage using a micro SD card.
Samsung Galaxy J5 is truly up in the ranks when it comes to gamers and power users alike who wants performance on a reasonable price bracket.
Samsung Galaxy J5’s main camera is a 13MP shooter with a maximum aperture of f/1.9 with autofocus and LED flash. This is a more sophisticated module as it can produce a small depth-of-field which is perfect for portrait shots with blurred background. The secondary camera is a 3MP also with an LED flash – this one’s perfect for self-portraits.
This also have touch to focus and facial detection for those selfies you take.
The super AMOLED screen size is 5 inches with a resolution of 720×1280 pixels. This is good with 294 pixels per inch density for that high quality view of the contents. This panel delivers deep ink blacks and super bright white that makes the viewing experience a pleasure.
Multitouch capable, of course.
Quad Core CPU
The processor is a huge jump to a quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 on a Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 chipset. GPU or the graphical processing unit is a Mali-T720. Samsung Galaxy J5 is one serious device.
These are the sensors used by your Samsung Galaxy J5.
Wi-fi antenna can receive data and be a hotspot as well. Bluetooth version is 4.0.
Other connectivity are the microUSB version 2.0, FM radio, NFC and GPS.
All the good stuff are here for the audio department: 3.5mm audio jack with a loudspeaker. MP3 and WAV audio files are played with ease.
Samsung Galaxy J5 can process 1080p@30fps videos in Full HD quality for professional looking footage ready for editing and industry-grade video output.
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