iPhone 6 Going on Sale for $160

Goophone, the Chinese phone company known for its uncanny smartphone knockoffs, is back with its latest adaptation.

The i6, an imitation of the still-unannounced iPhone 6, rolls out online on Aug. 1. Designed based on supposedly leaked images and videos, the i6 is priced at $159.99 for the 16 GB model. For comparison, the 16 GB iPhone 5S retailed for $199 with contract and $649 unlocked.

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While it sounds like a sweet deal, consumers should know that i6 uses a different processor than the iPhone and comes equipped with Android instead of iOS. It also only has a 1.4GHz processor, a downgrade from the 2GHz offered with Goophone’s i5S model, which is — you guessed it — a knockoff of the iPhone 5S.

The design of the i6 and the expected design for the rumored iPhone 6 are very close: Both have fingerprint readers on the front, an auto-focusing camera in the rear and other design hallmarks borrowed from iPhones.

However, the i6 sports a image of a bumblebee on its back instead of Apple’s classic logo the i6 sports a image of a bumblebee on its back instead of Apple’s classic logo, distinguishing itself from the iPhone’s no-frills design. Goophone hasn’t explained why it uses the bee as its logo, only remarking that it is “cute.”

Unlike the Goophone i5S, the i6 is only offered in two colors, black and white. The champagne finish was a new direction for iPhone design when the 5S emerged and was copied by Goophone (and others). It’s still unknown what colors Apple will offer for the iPhone 6.

It’s also difficult to say exactly how closely the i6 resembles its Apple original, as designs for the iPhone 6 leaked earlier this year proved to be fake. An exact release date for the iPhone 6 has also been hazy, after rumors that a smaller version would debut in August were squashed. It is now widely anticipated that both the 4.7-inch will hit the market in September, while a larger 5.5-inch model could come in the months ahead.

In the past, Goophone has mimicked the Samsung Galaxy S5 and other highly desirable smartphones. While there are obvious copyright issues at hand, Chinese authorities aren’t doing much to shut it down for now.


Sony Xperia Z2 review Video

After two weeks using the device, Cam reviews the Sony Xperia Z2. The latest in Sony’s premium smartphone range includes a large full HD display, a 20.7MP camera with 4K video, a quad-core Snapdragon processor and an incredible battery.

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The stand-out performer was the camera. Not only is it packed with a ton of fun, and easy to use features, it produces some great quality photos. They’re sharp, packed with depth (both of field and color range), and can easily replace a point and shoot for daily shots. For every day use, bar the Lumia 1020 (possibly) it’s one of the finest cameras on the market. Partner that up with a premium design and great hardware overall, and you have a fantastic phone. But it’s not without it’s problems. Find out more in the review.

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Unlocked Sony Xperia Z2 available for purchase in the U.S.A.

Sony has done it again! Less than two weeks after adding the unlocked Xperia Z1 Compact to its virtual store shelves, Sony has expanded its smartphone offerings once again.

The Sony Xperia Z2 is now available for purchase from Sony’s official online store. The Z2 is priced at $699.99 and is available in black, purple and white color options. Unfortunately, it’s also currently backordered, so it’s not clear when units will actually begin shipping to buyers.

The unlocked Xperia Z2 includes 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz HSPA+ support and LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17 and 20. This means that it ought to play nicely with quite a few GSM carriers, including AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S.

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Other Xperia Z2 specs include a 5.2-inch 1920×1080 display, 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 20.7-megapixel rear camera, 2.2-megapixel front-facing shooter, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a microSD slot that supports cards up to 128GB in size. Also included is a 3200mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat.

It’s kind of disappointing that it’s taken Sony nearly five months to begin selling the unlocked Xperia Z2 to U.S. consumers. That said, Sony is one of a small number of manufacturers that actually sells its unlocked smartphones directly to us, so it’s nice to at least have the option. It’s also worth noting that so far, the only U.S. carrier that we expect to see the Xperia Z2 land on is Verizon, so you GSM folk can go this route if you want a Z2 but don’t want to switch operators.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z & Nokia Lumia 928 Pocketnow U-Review

For a while now, the mobile-tech review landscape has looked much the same. Reviewers like us craft lengthy written pieces packed with charts, photos, and videos, and readers like you … read them. Sure, you have the opportunity to respond in the comments, and most good editors will answer questions there, but there’s precious little real-time interaction between reader and reviewer. There’s not much chance to ask questions, seek clarifications, or take a quick look at that one little detail.

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For a while, we’ve been trying to break down the wall between reviewer and reader – to allow you to (virtually) get your hands on a demo device and see for yourself how some feature, or measurement, or tiny detail feels. And -until the advent of holodecks- we think we’ve found the best way to do that.

Introducing the Pocketnow U-Review, a monthly, hour-long Hangout similar to the Pocketnow Live, but focused entirely on letting you get your fill of new mobile devices on your own terms. We keep the demo smartphone or tablet in our own hands, but for your five-minute block of Hangout time, you can ask us to show you anything and everything on that device (within reason). So get ready to ask away, because the U-Review is here to get you as close to hot new mobile devices as any fuzzy webcam can.

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Device

Response to it has been a little lukewarm in the comments, but there’s no doubt that the Sony Xperia Tablet Z is one of the most aesthetically stunning Android tablets we’ve ever laid hands on – and it’s water-resistant, to boot. We’re not sure if the lack of enthusiasm around here is due to the ten-inch tablet stigma, the Z’s high price, or something else, but it’s time to (figuratively) put it in your hands. We’ve given it the full review, and now it’s time to give it the U-Review.

But wait – there’s more! We also reviewed a smartphone this week. It’s a peculiar confluence of the familiar and the alien, an old friend clad in new robes: it’s the Nokia Lumia 928 for Verizon Wireless. We’ve reviewed it, we’ve compared it, and now it’s time to answer your questions about it, face-to-face.

So tune in on Thursday, June 6, at 4:00 PM EDT for the second episode of the Pocketnow U-Review! You’ll be able to ask your own questions, share your own opinions, and ultimately give this new Android tablet and Nokia Windows Phone your personal thumbs-up or thumbs-down!

Nokia Lumia 928 vs Nokia Lumia 920 Video

The Lumia 928 is an important smartphone for Verizon Wireless, and if you’re a Verizon customer who’s been waiting for a flagship Nokia Windows Phone, it’s an important smartphone for you. We gave the 928 the Quick Review treatment last week, doing our best to consider it on its own merits, avoiding the temptation to compare it too closely with its AT&T-shackled predecessor – because we knew the time would come for such things. Well that time, friends, is now: the Lumia 928 vs Lumia 920 comparison you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived.

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The differences between these devices go deeper than carrier-specific radios. It only takes the briefest glance to see the aesthetic changes made to Verizon’s Lumia flagship, its aggressively squared-off design contrasting sharply with the 920′s rounded edges blending gently into the “Nokia Smile.” It takes a slightly longer look to make out the added vibrance of the 928′s AMOLED display, and the additional pock marks on its back cover calling out its xenon flash and extra noise-canceling mics.

It takes watching our comparison, though, to know how all that works together (or doesn’t) to create a device that’s better (or worse) than its progenitor. So tune in for our thoughts on the look and feel of Verizon’s latest Windows Phone, the device that Microsoft devotees on Big Red have been waiting for since last winter. We’ll be talking camera comparisons, benchmarks, sound suppression, bloatware, and yes, even battery life – so what’re you waiting for? Click play, soak it in, and then report to the comments to tell us how right (or wrong) we are – and which Lumia you’re picking up for the summer months. Video in Youtube Here

Lenovo A8 Review

The Lenovo A8 is an affordable Android tablet with a nice display, long battery life and design that feels nicer than the $150 price suggests. This 8-inch tablet runs Android 4.4, offers 16GB of storage and the ability to add a Micro SD card for more storage.

Overall this is a good budget Android tablet, but savvy shoppers should compare this to other devices on the market with higher resolution displays.

Lenovo sells this cheap Android tablet direct for $179. It is also available at Best Buy and on Amazon where it is often on sale for around $150. The Lenovo A8 tablet goes by several other names as well, including the Lenovo Tab A8, Lenovo IdeaTab A8 or Lenovo A8-50. Is this Lenovo tablet worth buying in 2014? Here is a closer look.

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Lenovo A8 Display

The Lenovo A8 includes an 8-inch HD display, but it’s not as high-resolution as the Kindle Fire HDX and the Nexus 7 2013. Instead, it is a 1280 x 800 resolution, short of the 1920 x 1080 found on many more expensive tablets. Even though it falls short of Full HD, the Lenovo A8 display looks good overall. At 8-inches, the display is larger than the 7-inch screen size found on many cheap tablets and it offers good viewing angles, making it possible to share a photo or video with a friend.

Reading ebooks in the Kindle app, playing a few casual games and watching Netflix on the Lenovo A8 is a good overall experience.

In addition to the lower resolution, one downside to the Lenovo A8 display is that there often looks like a gap between the glass on the front of the tablet and the screen, which makes the content seem to float behind the glass.

Lenovo A8 Hardware

This budget Android tablet doesn’t feel like a $150 tablet. Although you don’t get a metal back like the iPad mini Retina or the LG G Pad 8.3, the midnight blue back offers a solid soft touch that is great to hold for long sessions.

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Glass covers the front of the tablet, meeting a black border that runs along the edge before intersecting the midnight blue back. While not as solid as an iPad mini, the Lenovo A8 offers good looks and a nice design at a much more affordable price.

There is a speaker on the front of the tablet, but there is only one, even though the design makes it look like there should be a second one at the top. There is a Micro SD card slot underneath a cover on the left side. This cover is the only part of the tablet that feels cheap. A small gap makes it easy to accidentally open while holding the tablet. The power and volume buttons are on the right side and the Micro USB charging port and headphone jack are on the top of the tablet.

There is a 5MP camera on the back of the Lenovo A8 and a 2MP camera on the front. These are capable in good light, but most smartphones will take better photos indoors. The front facing cameras is well suited for video chat with Google Hangouts and other apps.

Lenovo A8 Performance & Software

The Lenovo A8 is a capable Android tablet that runs any game or app we tried to play on it. Although Netflix stuttered and jumped around on one occasion a restart solved that problem and left us with an enjoyable experience once again.

Games like ShadowGun and Asphalt Airborne 8 run well on this tablet, which is a good sign that pretty much any Android game will run on the Lenovo A8. For games and entertainment this is a capable tablet for the price.

Android 4.4.2 runs on the Lenovo A8, and while there are several small versions of Android that came after this, it is running a very recent version of google’s Android software. There are some Lenovo additions to the software, but overall this is a pretty stock version of Android, although without an app drawer.

The Lenovo A8 battery life is good , easily hitting 8-10 hours of web browsing, video watching and other common tablet tasks. The tablet also performs well in standby, keeping power for a week or so with minimal use.

Users get navigation software, Accuweather, a file browser, FM radio app and an Office app to handle basic Word, Excel and Powerpoint editing needs.

The single speaker is loud enough for watching a movie or playing a game, but headphones or a Bluetooth speaker are high on the recommended accessory list.

Is the Lenovo A8 Worth Buying?

At $150 the Lenovo A8 offers a lot of value in a package that feels like it should be on a more expensive tablet. It is not perfect, but it is leaps and bounds better than many other cheap Android tablets on the market.

Lenovo offers double or quadruple the storage and a larger, higher resolution screen than we see on most $100 and $200 Android tablets at most retailers.

There are better Android tablets available on the market, but the Lenovo A8 is a standout value for shoppers on a budget.

iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Two of the biggest rumored devices of the year, the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4, appear to be on a collision course. The devices remain firmly inside of the rumor mill but here, with prospective buyers in mind, we want to take a look at how the rumored iPhone 6 is stacking up with the rumored Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

Every year, Apple releases a brand new iPhone. Last year though, Apple went with a two-pronged approach and announced an iPhone 5s, its flagship model, and a plastic iPhone 5c aimed at emerging markets and those that want to save $100 on-contract. With that in mind, it’s not surprising to learn that Apple has a new iPhone, or perhaps, new iPhones up its sleeve for 2014.

Rumors suggest that Apple will be coming to market with at least one iPhone 6 though if rumors are accurate, we could potentially see two new iPhones emerge before everything is said and done. iPhone 6 rumors suggest that the device could arrive with a much larger display than the iPhone 5s and if true, it would help to put the iPhone firmly  in the sights of those who want a ton of real estate for gaming, watching movies and surfing the web.

One of the preeminent devices for those types of activities is the Samsung Galaxy Note series. Every year, Samsung releases two flagship Galaxy smartphones. Last year, it was the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3. Both are high-end models though the Galaxy Note 3 is marketed to those that want more screen and a stylus. The S Pen is one of device’s unique features.

With the iPhone supposedly encroaching on the screen sizes on the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note, consumers are keeping a close eye on the rumor mill. And there has been no shortage of leaks.

The iPhone 6 and the Galaxy Note 4 are two heavily rumored devices. They are also two devices that consumers are likely weighing as their next smartphone. While we can’t profess to know everything about these two smartphones, they’re still rumored, there is enough credible evidence to warrant an early comparison.

It’s our job to make sure that upgraders are as prepared as possible and today, we want to take a look at how the iPhone 6 rumors compare to the Galaxy Note 4′s.

This comparison aims to help set the expectations of current smartphone owners as we head deeper into the year and closer to both of these launches.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy Note display has always been much larger than the iPhone display and the Galaxy Note 3 and iPhone 5s have continued that trend. While the Galaxy Note 3 comes with a massive 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display, the iPhone 5s’ Retina Display measures a mere 4-inches. The size difference can be seen in the photo below.

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Rumor has it, the iPhone 6 may close the gap a little bit with a sharp increase from the size of the iPhone 5s’ display. Rumors suggest that Apple could be coming out with two different display sizes.

One iPhone 6 model is rumored to have a display that’s between 4.5-inches and 4.8-inches in size. A majority of rumors point to a 4.7-inch display and the general consensus at this point is that this will be the size of one of Apple’s new iPhones. The 4.7-inch model is rumored to have full HD resolution display that’s on par with the top Android devices on the market including the Galaxy Note 3.

Rumors also point to a larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 that would directly compete against Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 and Samsung’s other Galaxy Note models. What’s frustrating is that it’s still not clear if both of these iPhones will launch this year. Rumors suggest that the 5.5-inch model could debut in late 2014 or, perhaps, 2015. More on that below.

Apple will also reportedly utilize sapphire for the iPhone 6 display. A Sapphire display would mean a more scratch-resistant display. If true, we could wind up seeing a iPhone 6 that not only comes with a bigger sized, higher-resolution screen but a display with improved battery efficiency and image quality.

So how might the Galaxy Note 4 contend with that? Well, rumors suggest that it could battle large iPhones in a few different ways.

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Reports state that Samsung is at least considering a QHD display for the Galaxy Note 4. QHD display resolution translates to 2560 x 1440 resolution and that means sharper looking on-screen content. QHD resolution is rumored to be on board the LG G3 and Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Prime but it’s not rumored to be coming with the iPhone 6.

Another other upgrade could be a “bent” three-sided display. Back in January, a Samsung executive told Bloomberg that the Galaxy Note 4 could come with a new display type that would allow for better viewing angles. Since then, a series of Galaxy Note 4 rumors have pointed to a “bent” three-sided display. A recent report suggested that this feature was still in play for the Galaxy Note 4.

Recent patent filings show new form factors that Samsung could be playing around with in the lab but they aren’t a definitive look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

While Samsung is known for putting cutting edge technology on board its smartphones, Apple is known for taking a much more methodical approach. For instance, it waited to put LTE on the iPhone. The company has also has waited to super size the iPhone’s screen. In other words, if the Galaxy Note 4 does come with a three-sided display, don’t expect Apple’s iPhone 6 to match it.

The Galaxy Note 4 display should match the iPhone 6′s in terms of quality, the size difference isn’t clear. Samsung’s Galaxy Note probably isn’t going to shrink so for the moment, consumers should expect there to be an inch difference between the iPhone 6 display and the display on the Galaxy Note 4.

Design

It’s clear that Samsung has begun to shift away from its glossy, polycarbonate plastic designs. Last year’s Galaxy Note 3 featured a faux leather plastic design and this year’s Samsung Galaxy S5 arrived with a perforated black plastic matte material that is much improved over the design found on the Galaxy S4. The moves were necessary because the metal designs on the HTC One and the iPhone 5s simply blow away Samsung’s plastic.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rumors suggest that we’re going to see more change later this year. Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung’s product strategy team, recently told Reuters that the Galaxy Note 4 will be coming with a “new form factor” when it arrives later on this year. There was no elaboration but rumors suggest that Samsung is considering a few different changes.

One report claims that the Galaxy Note 4 will come with an IP67 certification, just like the Galaxy S5. What this means is that it will be dust and water resistant, something that the iPhone 5s does not have, and something that hasn’t been rumored for the iPhone 6.

Again, Galaxy Note 4 rumors, which have been fueled by a pair of patent filings, suggest that this new form factor could be dominated by a brand new three-sided display. The photo above gives consumers an idea about how the Galaxy Note 4 could look if it does incorporate a three-sided display.

The photo below, based on another filing, offers another take on the design of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

If the iPhone 6 comes with a larger display than the iPhone 5s, it will almost certainly come with a larger overall footprint. And while it may be larger, it still may not come close to the size of the Galaxy Note 3.  The video below will give consumers an idea about how big a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 might look compared to the Galaxy Note 3.

The image below shows a supposed iPhone 6 mockup next to the Samsung Galaxy S5. While the Galaxy S5 is smaller than the Galaxy Note 3, the image will give consumers a good idea of the size. The Galaxy S5 utilizes a 5-1-inch display.

A recent Macotakara report shared two possible sets of iPhone 6 dimensions for both the 4.7-inch model and 5+inch model. Here is how those rumors stack up with the measurements of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3′s design. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 dimensions haven’t leaked.

  • iPhone 6 (4.7) -140 x 70 x 7mm
  • iPhone 6 (5.7) – 160 x 80 x 7mm
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm

Well known leakster Sonny Dickson claims that the iPhone 6 may be as thin as 5.5mm. This smaller size could come in part from new display technology that reduces the thickness needed for display backlighting, as shared in a report on LEDInside of TrendForce.

iPhone 6 design rumors also suggest Apple may be able to deliver a new iPhone that is up to 26% thinner than the iPhone 5s. A recent leak from Ukrainian website suggests Apple is aiming for a smartphone as thin as 6mm, but Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities believes a 6.5 – 7mm thickness is easier for Apple to achieve.

Alleged iPhone 6 photos and mockups claim to show the exact look of the upcoming iPhone but thus far, they are inconclusive given that they could be based on rumors rather than inside information.

As for the rest of the design, iPhone 6 rumors point to Apple including Touch ID fingerprint technology on the iPhone 6 and on an array of rumored upcoming Apple products. Early Galaxy Note 4 rumors pointed to the inclusion of a fingerprint sensor and the arrival of a fingerprint reader on the Galaxy S5 makes one likely.

Specs

iPhone 6

  • Apple A8 64-bit processor
  • iOS 8
  • 4.5-4.8-inch and 5 -5.5-inch Sapphire displays
  • 1GB/ 2GB RAM
  • 16GB / 32GB/ 64GB / 128GB storage options
  • 3.2MP HD front-facing camera
  • 8-10MP rear-facing camera
  • 1,800 mAh battery
  • 802.11 ac Wi-Fi
  • Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor
  • NFC

Reports indicate that the Galaxy Note 4 could come equipped with some powerful hardware as well. The device’s specs are said to possibly include LTE-Advanced for faster data speeds. LTE-A offers faster data speeds for compatible devices but it also requires networks to offer the capability. U.S. carriers have been slow to adopt the new technology though Verizon plans to deploy LTE-A by the middle of 2014.

To compete with the iPhone 5s and rumored iPhone 6, the Galaxy Note 4 could come with a 64-bit processor. 64-bit processors can handle more memory than 32-bit processors, something that is important for high-performance devices like the Galaxy Note.

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Galaxy Note 4 camera rumors haven’t been specific but iPhone 6 camera rumors have been. A new rumor indicates that the iPhone 6 could take dramatically better photos thanks to new image stabilization that takes multiple photos which software could combine to deliver a “super-resolution” photo.

Software

At this point, we’re not sure what the Galaxy Note 4 software will look like but we are pretty sure about a couple of things. First, it should feature applications that are related to the device’s S Pen. The S Pen is the stylus that comes bundled with the Galaxy Note. The Galaxy Note 3′s S Pen experience can be seen in the video below.

Second, it should feature some of the things that Samsung delivered with the Galaxy S5 software. The Galaxy S5′s software is focused on health, camera upgrades, and more. Those that aren’t familiar can check out the Samsung Galaxy S5′s software in action next to the Galaxy S3 in the video below.

As for the iPhone 6, it likely won’t come with a bundled stylus nor will it come with Android. Rumors suggest that it will come with Apple’s brand new iOS operating system, currently known as iOS 8.

The current version of iOS is iOS 7.1 but the iPhone 6 will more than likely run the next version of Apple’s software. iOS 8 is widely expected to debut on June 2nd at Apple’s WWDC 2014 conference in San Francisco though that remains unconfirmed.

iOS 8 is expected to be an extensive upgrade to iOS 7 and those that haven’t been following the iOS 8 update on its journey to WWDC.

Price

In November, shortly after the iPhone 5s release, Chris Caso of Susquehanna Financial Group said that he believed that the price of the iPhone 6 could jump up as much as $100. Caso’s prediction was recently backed up by well known Jefferies analyst Peter Misek who says that he also believes that there is a potential for a $100 price jump. Others believe that the iPhone 6 might stay at $199.99.

In our opinion, if Apple releases two iPhone models, we’d expect the larger 5.5-inch model to the be the device that is priced at $299.99 on-contract. Why? Because that’s where the Galaxy Note series is priced and it’s a potential price point for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the device that it would compete with.

Release Date

These two devices appear to be on a collision course this fall. Galaxy Note 4 rumors point to an arrival in the second half of the year and iPhone 6 rumors all point to a debut after WWDC.

Samsung has all but confirmed the Galaxy Note 4 release for the second half of the year. The company historically has used the IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany to launch its Galaxy Note and rumors suggest that it’s at least considering the event for the Galaxy Note 4 launch. Last year’s Galaxy Note 3 arrived at IFA, just a few days before the iPhone 5s launch.

IFA 2014 kicks off on September 5th and prospective buyers will want to circle that date in pencil. As for the release date, Samsung usually releases a device three to four weeks after the announcement date. What this means is that Samsung Galaxy Note 4 may not hit shelves until September or October.

Apple could be planning something similar. Several weeks ago, the CEO of a company that partnered with Apple to sell the iPhone in Russia claimed that the iPhone 6 release would land in September. The rumor was extremely interesting given that this is the second Apple partner to point to the fall iPhone 6 release date.

His comments follow a long line of iPhone 6 release date rumors that point to the fall. Here are a few of the more recent reports that point to an iPhone release this fall:

  • iPhone 6 release date as early as September – Nikkei
  • iPhone 6 release date in August or September – Steve Milunovich UBS via Barrons
  • iPhone 6 release in the fall – Andy Hargreaves at Pacific Crest via Business Insider
  • iPhone 6 scheduled for third quarter 2014 – ZDNet Korea
  • iPhone 6 scheduled for the fall in September – Industrial Commercial Times

Rumors suggest that Apple may have two iPhone release dates up its sleeve. A report from Reuters claims that while Apple is planning a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 release for this fall, the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may be delayed. In fact, rumors are starting to point to two possible release dates.

EMSOne, Reuters, Ming-Chi Kuo, Steve Milunovich from UBS, and a new report from The Commercial Times all point to a delayed release for the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6. The Commercial Times suggests that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 could have been pushed into 2015.

A more recent report from The India Times suggests that we could see it arrive in September, just a month after the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 arrives on shelves.

So at this point, buyers should expect at least one iPhone 6 to be out to compete with the likes of the Galaxy Note 4 and it could be that we see them both arrive in and around the same time this fall.

Advice

After absorbing all of that, we recommend doing a couple of things. First, go and get hands-on with the Galaxy Note 3. The device may not look or feel exactly like the Galaxy Note 4 but we’re not expecting the Galaxy Note 4 to shrink down or ditch the S Pen. The S Pen is one of the things that sets the Galaxy Note apart from devices like the iPhone and consumers will want to make sure that it’s absolutely necessary.Finally, be patient. Keep an eye on iPhone 6 and Galaxy Note 4 rumors but try not to let expectations get out of hand. Rumors will often start big and bold before ultimately settling in the latter months of the rumor cycle.

 

LG officially announced the phone G3 Beat or G3 S

LG officially announced the phone G3 Beat or G3 S … in response to the wishes and requirements of the owners of a large segment of the middle class financially LG has announced officially today for the mini version of her pioneering LG G3 in the continents of Asia and Europe.
For your information and prior to entering into the specifications of this phone, we draw your attention to that LG has launched her new on this two different names so that the Asian version launched by the name of LG G3 Beat, while named by LG G3 S in Europe.
And now we come to mention phone specifications LG G3 Beat or LG G3 S and start with the screen, which came in size 5 inches at a resolution of 720 × 1280 pixels.
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This phone processor quad-core Snapdragon 400 class of frequency 1.2GHz, supported by random-sized memory and 1GB internal storage size of 8GB expandable external memory via MicroSD.
Camera phone background comes precisely 8 megapixels accompanied Blazer to focus accurately automatic Binmaalomamih 1.3 megapixels, and the phone’s battery removable 2540mAh capacity
Phone provider running Android 4.4 KitKat interface with Optimus herself a new phone used in G3.
Phone will be available from the beginning of South Korea and the phone will be LG G3 Beat in three different colors which include black, white and gold

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Featuring an enhanced 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, smart innovations, and a thin, lightweight design, the elegant new Galaxy Note 3 is capable of things you never thought possible.

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The newly evolved S Pen delivers innovation to make life easier including enhanced handwriting recognition. Quickly jot notes, emails, and text messages that can be transformed into text. With Action Memo™, quickly turn your writing into actionable links like phones calls and new contacts. For quick access to the S Pen menu, simply hover the pen over the screen and click.

Advanced features make the Galaxy Note 3 an even more intuitive experience. With S Voice Wake Up, activate your phone with a simple “Hi, Galaxy.” Then use S Voice to control your device with easy voice commands. With S Finder , just one click of the S Pen lets you easily search your entire phone, from handwritten notes to emails and the web.

Pair a Samsung Galaxy Gear with your Galaxy Note 3 and stay more connected—but less distracted. Get important calls, emails, and texts right on your wrist, so you’re never out of touch. Your phone and watch seamlessly communicate. So, when you pick up your phone, it automatically opens the same notification, allowing you to respond right away.

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Specifications

Size and Weight
  • 5.95 x 3.12 x 0.32 inches
  • 5.93 ounces

Operating System and Processor
  • Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
Battery Life
  • Up to 25 hours talk time
  • Up to 530 hours (3G); Up to 420 hours (4G) standby time
Memory
  • 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM and microSD slot (up to 64 GB)
Connectivity
  • Sync methods: USB, WiFi, Bluetooth, DLNA,NFC
  • 4G Capable
  • Wi-Fi and Mobile Calling
Audio and Multimedia
  • T-Mobile TV
GPS and Apps
  • GPS enabled
International
  • Quad Band GSM; UMTS: Band I (2100), Band II (1900), Band IV (1700/2100), Band V (850); LTE: 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 17
Hearing Aid Compatibility
  • M3 & T3

Nokia Lumia 630 Review help us Cortana you’re our only hope

Windows Phone is primed for a serious update, but can it make headway into the mid-range market? With Android holding sway in the “lesser-than” category, Microsoft aims to move into their territory via the Nokia Lumia 630. A decidedly mid-tier phone, it’s got some bite, but enough to stand up to those like the Moto G? We go hands-on to find out.

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Hardware

The Lumia 630 is familiar Nokia fare, and reminds us of the recently reviewed Noxia XL. Plastic, boxy, but with a hint of heft. The orange cover (it comes in other colors, too) is removable, giving you access to the battery and SIM card. We can’t say snapping the cover away often is a good idea, though — it isn’t as easy as some others.

A 4.5-inch screen sounds great, but the 854 x 480 pixel display is too grainy by any standard. The IPS LCD has Microsoft’s ClearBlack moniker, which is more a stamp of approval than hardcore tech. The badge is for those devices Microsoft wants us to believe has a design standard, as it has extra filters which aim to give truer color representation for pixelated devices such as the Lumia 630. With the 630, we’re failing to see what the standard is; blacks appear blue, and in 2014, pixels shouldn’t be noticeable.

Like the Nokia XL, the 630 has a Snapdragon 400 and 5MP camera. It’s got a sad 512MB RAM, and up to 8 GB Memory, expandable to 128 GB. Bluetooth 4.0 is a handy feature, but a lone accelerometer sensor lacks punch

Software

Windows Phone has come a long way since inception, but also begs for robust hardware. That’s where the 630 will test Microsoft’s mettle. Can a mid-range device offer enough in the way of Windows Phone to keep us interested? That depends on what you’re doing with it, of course.

For those who want to play intensive games, this isn’t your device. The hardware is just plain incapable of keeping up with rigorous activity, and Windows Phone usually doesn’t get cool new games. Windows Phone 8.1 is a decent iteration of Windows’ mobile efforts, but falls well short here. The device will get the job done, but not offer you any surprises along the way.

If you want to keep up with pals on Facebook and check your Twitter feed, this is just fine. We also like this one for Cortana, where Microsoft has made big strides. The latest incarnation of a smartphone assistant is robust and engaging. We’d strongly suggest this service for someone who wants the Lumia 630 as little more than a digital assistant. Where the device may fall short otherwise, Cortana picks it right up and has us coming back to it.

Performance

The 5MP camera on the 630 is fine for grabbing a shot of lunch to share on Instagram, but that’s about it. You won’t be getting gorgeous sunsets or shimmering images of ponds. Editing options are sparse, too. If you want a picture of the kids being kids, though, there’s no issue here.

In normal use-case scenarios, the 630 was a touch laggy. With diminished RAM, that was just bound to happen. If we’re comparing apples to apples, though, many devices in this category will perform similarly. If we were suggesting mid-tier devices to someone who wanted more than they were spending for, however, it would likely be the Moto G.

Battery life here was adequate, but an 1830mAh power pack pushing the hardware it does offered up no surprises. The screen is rough, and doesn’t beg much from the battery, which is usually where you’ll get knocked in battery life. We got a full day plus with normal use, stuff like checking messages and keeping up with light tasks. A small battery also means quicker charging, so you’re not tethered to a wall for long (if at all) in your day. If you need to go longer, a battery saver mode will help you out.

Conclusion

The price will move this device, no doubt. Microsoft has effectively re-branded a device from two years ago (the Snapdragon 400 was slightly behind when it debuted on the Nexus 4) and sold it anew. The hardware breaks no new ground, and our overall takeaway was one of mere acceptance; we didn’t love it, but it didn’t necessarily leave us shaking our heads at it, either.

Those in the market for a fairly solid mid-range device who have an aversion to Android, this one may suit you. As a Windows Phone, it left us wanting, but that’s just the mid-range game sometimes. Windows Phone begs for better hardware all around, and the Nokia 630 doesn’t deliver. For the market it’s aims at, though, it will likely be a good foot in the door for Microsoft.