LG Denies That Snapdragon 810 is Prone to Overheating

We have heard that the Snapdragon 810 processor is plagued with overheating issues and there were even reports that Samsung decided to ditch the chipset due to this issue. Alternatively, the South Korean company will favour its homebrew Exynos processors.

This isn’t the first time we heard bad things about Snapdragon 810, even before it enters the mass production phase. It is also rumoured to have memory controller mishaps, diver issues and other unreliability problems. We can’t be too sure about this, but various flagship models to be released by various companies are confirmed to include the chipset, they include Xiaomi Mi Note Pro and LG G Flex 2.


It is quite obvious that LG lacks proper homegrown processor series, since the Odin was criticized for its meagre performance. A senior executive from LG’s mobile division commented recently that devices powered with Snapdragon 810 are actually cooler than other models in the market. LG needs to defend Qualcomm Processors, because the Snapdragon 810 will be used inside LG G Flex 2. On the other hand, Samsung has become much more reliant its proprietary processor products and it has spent $15 billion on a chip manufacturing plant outside Seoul.

Lenovo Introduces S660 S850 and S860 Smartphone Models

As expected, Lenovo will continue to build on its well-known S-series family in 2014. Three models are introduced at MWC 2014 event, S660, S850 and S860. The latter should appeal to owners of Motorola’s MAXX devices who seek to obtain new smartphone this year. The Lenovo S860 could support 24-hour talk time and it could even charge other smartphones. The powerful battery is paired with 2GB of RAM and quad-core processor.


Unfortunately, it doesn’t do LTE connectivity and comes with the slightly outdated Jelly Bean Android 4.2 OS. Nevertheless, Lenovo promises that the KitKat Android 4.4 update will arrive at some point. The 1.6Mp front-facing camera is ideal for video calls and there is also an 8Mp rear-facing camera.

The Lenovo S850 is a more affordable model with focus on lightweight glass thin construction and it has a reasonably large 5-inch display. Users could bet to get a quad-core processor. Photo buffs out there would also be happy to get 5Mp front-facing and 13Mp rear-facing camera. The Lenovo S660 rounds out the group with its 5-inch display, solid battery life and brushed metal construction. With its comfortable design and value-level price, the S66- slow in well under the S850.

Specs of Lumia 940 are Rumored

Microsoft seems to be planning to return with a vengeance. Its upcoming flagship will use the popular Lumia branding, specifically the Lumia 940. Screenshots of the device have circulated recently. But, while we can’t really guarantee the validity of these new images, the rumoured specs do seem believable.

Unfortunately, Microsoft may eschew the more popular Quad HD screen resolution and it will stay with the more common Full HD resolution on its 5-inch display. Obviously, any flagship model is expected to feature Quad HD resolution, although the immense sharpness will no longer deliver visually discernible differences compared to the current 1080p resolution. It is also interesting to note that the display will be protected with Gorilla Glass 4 layer, which hasn’t been confirmed by Corning itself. With 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor and 3GB of RAM, the new flagship won’t be underpowered at all.


Camera will likely be the best feature of the 940, since the 24Mp sensor is based on the PureView technology. It could record 4k videos at 60fps. The 5Mp front-facing shooter should be able to record at 1080 resolution. Weighing 149 grams and measuring at 8.9mm thick, the Lumia 940 should be reasonably light and compact.

iPhone 6 Could Have Sapphire Protected Display

iPhone 6 Sapphire Protected Display Gorilla  Glass

Apple has recently sent the first shipment of sapphire components from the manufacturing plant in Arizona to the final assembly line in China. This seems to support previous rumors that the next iPhone will be equipped with sapphire panels. A few months ago, Apple and GT Advanced Technologies opened a plant in Arizona to produce specific sapphire components. The facility runs about a hundred sapphire furnaces in Q1 2014 and hundreds more will be operational later this year.


Sapphire panels are an alternative to Corning Gorilla Glass panel and it could protect specific parts of the iPhone from scratches. At the moment, the iPhone 5S has its home button and camera lens protected by sapphire; but not its display. Sapphire is tougher to break and less prone to physical damage compared to toughened glass.

Rumors also run rampant about additional implementations of sapphire panels. It has been suggested that sapphire will be usable for solar panels.  This should allow iPhone to recharge with sunlight. The alleged Apple iWatch could also use sapphire and only time will tell what other implementations the company will do. After all, sapphire is the second toughest material after diamond.

Apple Officially Announces iOS 8.0

Apple has recently announced its latest mobile software version, the iOS 8, which adds more than a few new features compared to earlier builds. The iOS 8 is built upon the functional iOS 7 with its long-awaited Control Center. Apple latest software version offers an enhanced form of notifications, which allow users to swipe down and perform relevant action, such as replaying to social network posts or text messages. We could do this right from the lockscreen and a simple swipe may unlock certain app-specific option sets.


It is also interesting to note that the iOS 8 will finally feature widgets, but they won’t work similarly to what we see on Android devices. Instead, widgets on iOS 8 devices would be located only on the Today tab, within the notifications bar. During the WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference), Apple demo’d some real time functionality, including bidding on eBay and watching game scores.

The much-loved Siri now includes some welcome upgrades and like Google Now, users could wake her up by saying “Hello Siri”. The personal assistant supports Shazam’s song recognition, improved iTunes purchases and controls for smart appliances at home, using the new HomeKit API. Siri could also now speak 22 additional languages.