Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge First Impressions

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is a sign that Samsung is prepared to take chances with its phones. Sure the Galaxy S6 is fairly conservative, but this is an option for anyone who wants something a bit different.

As it shares a lot in common with the Samsung Galaxy S6 it’s also an all-round great phone as you’ll see from our first impressions.


The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is basically the Samsung Galaxy S6 with a more interesting screen, and what a screen it is. First, the bits that are the same on both: You get a 5.1-inch 1440 x 2560 QHD Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 577 pixels per inch, so it’s incredibly sharp, super bright, vibrant and all-round high quality.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 arguably has one of the best screens around and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge’s display is just as good. Or maybe it’s even better, because it also curves at both edges, adding new features in the process. For example it can display controls and notifications without obscuring the main display.

It can also light up in different colours for different contacts, so you can see who’s calling you even with your phone face down on a table. And of course it looks great and different and new.

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Design

Other than that innovative screen the design of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is very similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy S6. So it has a metal frame and a glass back as well as a slim 7mm thick build.

It looks great, though perhaps not quite as good as Apple and HTC’s latest flagships. The main issue with it is that it’s not water or dust resistant, which is only really an issue because the Samsung Galaxy S5 is, so it’s a shame to see a feature get removed, but lots of other phones still aren’t, including the HTC One M9 and the Apple iPhone 6.

Power

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has 3GB of RAM and a 64-bit octa-core Exynos 7420 processor, with four cores speeding along at 2.1GHz and four slower ones running at 1.5GHz, so it’s as efficient as it is powerful, given that it can switch between the two sets of cores depending on how much power it needs.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge also supports Cat. 6 4G, meaning it can theoretically download things at up to 300Mbps over 4G, which in turn means it’s more than equipped to fully take advantage of the fastest 4G currently available in the UK.

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has a 16 megapixel camera with optical image stabilisation, so not only does it have a high megapixel count to ensure that images are sharp and detailed, but it’s also able to effectively minimise the effects of motion blur and camera shake.

The front-facing camera should be pretty good too, as it’s got a 5 megapixel sensor for sharp selfies and there are numerous shooting modes on offer, such as auto HDR and face detection.

Things look just as promising when it comes to video, as the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge can shoot 2160p video at 30fps, 1080p video at 60fps and 720p video at 120fps and there are a number of modes to play with there too, such as dual-video recording.

Features
Other than the curved screen that gives it its name and its stylish build the main feature of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is probably its fingerprint scanner.

This isn’t an entirely new thing, as the Samsung Galaxy S5 had one too, but it’s much improved here as rather than requiring an awkward swipe motion to use you simply place your finger on the home button.

Tying into that there’s the new Samsung Pay service, which is seemingly Samsung’s creatively named answer to Apple Pay, as it allows you to use your phone to make contactless payments, with the fingerprint scanner securing the service.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge ships with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, which is basically the latest version of Android (Android 5.1 is out now, but it adds very little).

Samsung has put its TouchWiz interface over the top and this is much improved on previous versions, with a slightly nicer, flatter look and more importantly a lot less bloat, making it slicker and easier to navigate.

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Battery life, memory and connectivity

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has a 2600 mAh battery, which is a little smaller than we’d have liked to see, but actually slightly bigger than the unit in the standard Galaxy S6. Its actual life remains to be seen, but however long it lasts it shouldn’t take long to charge, as it supports fast charging, which can theoretically give it up to four hours of life from just a 10 minute charge.

Or you can use the built in wireless charging and not even plug it in at all if you invest in a wireless charger.

The Galaxy S6 Edge comes in a choice of 32, 64 or 128GB, so there’s plenty of storage, which is good because one thing it lacks is a microSD card slot. Most previous Samsung phones have one but it seems the company may be moving away from them.

Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and infrared.

Samsung Galaxy S6 first impressions

Smartphones are like anything else. When you pick one up it’s fresh and new, and the novelty overpowers everything else. You’re so excited to have this new gadget you’ve been waiting for that you can’t even see its flaws, serious though they may be. Then, over time, the novelty wears off and the flaws become more pronounced, gnawing at you each and every time you pick up your phone. And that’s when the complaining begins.

First things first: the Galaxy S6 is hardly perfect, and I’m not suggesting that it is. But when it comes to real flaws — serious issues that hurt the user experience — there really isn’t much to speak of.

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The Galaxy S6 is particularly interesting to me because when it comes to Samsung’s flagship smartphones, I’ve had some serious complaints in the past. In fact, my complaints were show-stoppers; design and build quality are hugely important to me, and Samsung fell well behind the pack in this regard.

With the Galaxy S6, Samsung catapults from a distant last place to the top of the heap.

Android enthusiasts have two main problems with this phone. The first is the fact that the battery is not swappable, and the second is the phone’s lack of removable storage.

Neither issue concerns me at all.

Regarding the battery, I have yet to fully test it since Samsung didn’t deliver review units until yesterday. I haven’t seen any abnormal drain in the first 24 hours though, and it looks like the battery will easily survive a full day of typical usage, on par with other flagship phones.

Samsung also included quick charging compatibility so the phone charges very fast, and there are two different power saving modes to stretch out your usage time when you need to.

Where removable storage is concerned, it’s 2015. Samsung offers up to 128GB of internal storage in the Galaxy S6, and cloud-based services are readily available. For a very small group of users, the lack of microSD card support will be a deal breaker. For most people, however, it’s not even an issue — just ask Apple.

I covered most of the basics in my first Galaxy S6 hands-on earlier this month, but there are a few things worth stressing as I prepare my full review, which should be published early next week.

First, the Galaxy S6’s display is absolutely stunning.

Forget about the quad HD resolution and forget about the pixel density. Forget everything you’ve read on spec sheets, because there are far too many factors that impact display quality that aren’t represented at all on paper.

All that matters is how the display looks when you hold it in your hand — and the Galaxy S6’s display is simply amazing.

I have never seen anything quite so impressive on a mobile phone. The clarity is crisp and clean, the colors are bold and vivid, and the brightness is intense.

It’s the best smartphone screen in the world, end of story.

Also apparent now that I’ve been able to spend some more time with the Galaxy S6 is just how powerful this smartphone really is. Seeing the benchmark test scores are one thing — the Galaxy S6 absolutely obliterated everything else on the market in my tests, managing a multi-core score of over 5,200 in several Geekbench 3 tests — but the handset’s capabilities are far more apparent in the hand.

The Galaxy S6 is ridiculously fast, and it seems almost impossible to trip up during normal usage. The new 64-bit octa-core Exynos processor, 3GB of DDR4 RAM and UFS 2.0 storage combine provide a truly fluid user experience.

Samsung buying BlackBerry makes Sense

Samsung’s reported offer of up to $7.5 billion for BlackBerry may turn out to be only a rumor, but such a match might make sense for both sides.

BlackBerry and Samsung quickly denied a Reuters report on Wednesday that executives of the two companies had met about a possible acquisition. But the once-mighty Canadian mobile vendor may need a suitor if it can’t weather its current transition, and Samsung could gain a lot from BlackBerry’s security assets and enterprise relationships.

“I could see where Samsung could consider this to be a pretty attractive deal,” said Pund-IT analyst Charles King.

Chief among BlackBerry’s assets is its security technology, including secure data centers around the world. Its security credentials keep U.S. President Barack Obama and other government and military users on BlackBerrys. Samsung itself has been cozying up to the company. In November, the South Korean vendor said it would integrate BlackBerry Enterprise Server 12 with its Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

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A tie-up with Samsung might fit BlackBerry’s long-term strategy, too. Though BlackBerry still sells handsets, it sees its future growth in enterprise software and services, said Avi Greengart, analyst at Current Analysis. Much of its software already works on multiple platforms, including Android and iOS.

“I could absolutely foresee a day when BlackBerry would stop selling phones,” Greengart said. Meanwhile, its security, device management and messaging products could complement Samsung’s phone lineup and Knox security platform, he said. Samsung could also gain access to many lucrative enterprise customers that are tied to BlackBerry today.

In addition, BlackBerry is a growing player in the Internet of Things, a field Samsung is intensely interested in. BlackBerry’s QNX operating system is used in many automotive systems, including the next generation of Ford’s Sync in-car infotainment platform, as well as in industrial equipment. Samsung’s IoT efforts have been more focused on the home so far.

Acquiring BlackBerry would carry risks, though. The vastly changed company faces challenges in making the transition to new software products and signing up customers for new services with per-user fees, Greengart said.

Competition for mobile enterprises from the Apple-IBM partnership may also heat up, according to Pund-IT’s King. That deal is intended to combine Apple’s mobile platforms with IBM applications and big-data analytics, giving Apple a way into more enterprises. With the first fruits of the deal coming out, the venture to has just begun.

“Over time, I think the companies together could mount a very effective competitive front against BlackBerry,” he said.

Google Translate gets real-time voice and sign translations on iOS and Android

Remember that Google Translate update with real-time voice translation we heard about earlier this week? It’s now here for Android and iOS devices.

While Google Translate for Android has offered real-time conversation mode since 2013, the new version adds a much speedier version.

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Tap the mic symbol, start speaking in a selected language, tap again and Google Translate will automatically recognize the languages being spoken. It will keep listening to translate through your conversation.

The second big update is the integration of Word Lens. The Translate app already allowed you to take a picture of text and have it translated into one of 36 languages but you can now get instant translation.

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Pointing your camera at a sign will translate it while retaining the same typography. It currently works for translation from English to and from French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

➤ Hallo, hola, olá to the new, more powerful Google Translate app [Google Inside Search | iOS | Android]

iPhone 6 Plus vs Galaxy Note 4

Last year’s fight between iPhone 5S and Samung Galaxy S5 has not yet faded, the battle between Apple’s new iPhone 6 (Plus) vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 keeps simmering for months. In response to the strong iPhone 6/6 Plus sales of a record 10 million in the first weekend, Samsung moves up Galaxy Note 4 launch on Sep 29 that’s the same day Apple starts the second wave of iPhone sales, indicating an inevitable fight between the two mobile phone giants Samsung and Apple.

While the 4.7-inch phone and the larger 5.5-inch phablet already create a cliffhanger among Apple lovers, apart from iPhone 6 (Plus)’s awesome specs, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, released on Sep 3, proves to be as an uncompromising gadget, touting never-disappointing features as well. If you are thinking about digging more about the release, specs, features and prices of iPhone 6 (plus) and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 but don’t want to be off the track by some uncertain Galaxy Note 4 vs iPhone 6 Plus reviews, keep read on. This following iPhone 6/Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comparison will showcase everything about these two gadgets for you to make up your mind whether to go for the venerable iPhone 6/6 Plus or pick up Galaxy Note 4.

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Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Specs, Features and Price Comparison

Before we compare iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4, we’ve reviewed and searched the most-asked questions about the two smartphones by Apple and Samsung.

1. Screen: How big a screen do I need? Does the display size matter?
2. Operating system: Should I buy an Apple iOS-based phone or switch to Android platform?
3. Processor: Is it dual or quad core? Is it strong enough to power the phone?
4. Battery: Which smartphone has the longest battery life for browsing, reading, writing, messaging, or watching movies?
5. Price: How much do I want to spend? Is it worth my buying?

Specs Comparison: iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Below are the detailed iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specs you must know before we review the Samsung and Apple’s most anticipated gadgets.

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iPhone 6 Plus or Samsung Galaxy Note 4? Specs, Features and Prices

Actually, to know the iPhone 6 (Plus) and Galaxy Note 4’s specs is just the beginning. If you want a better insight on the two devices you should go for, you’d better have a clear clue about the features of the next gens of iPhone 5S and Galaxy Note 3. Here are the detailed specs, features and prices review for you to better know whether iPhone 6 Plus is better than Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 VS iPhone 6 Plus Release Date

Apple dropped the iPhone 6/6 Plus in stores last September 19 and posted a record-breaking sales of 10-million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the first weekend. While Samsung brought forward the release date of Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to Sep 26 to challenge Apple’s iPhone 6/Plus. Whatever, the Galaxy Note 4 release date, as it is the same day as the second wave of iPhone 6 (Plus) sales, will witness a close quarters between iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

iPhone 6 Plus VS Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Display Screen

For the iPhone 6’s screen size, specifically two sizes, both are bigger than the previous iPhone, having a 4.7 inch display with a 1344*750 resolution and a 5.5-inch display with a 1920*1080 resolution. But new Note 4 retains the same 5.7-inch display size as its predecessor Not 3 but ship with an ultra-ship 2560*1440 quad HD display that brings the gadget up to speed with the recent LG G3 in terms of screen resolution and make images on the Galaxy Note 4 sharper and colors truer. Such resolution is not something we will see Apple iPhone match. Anyway, whether iPhone 6 Plus or Galaxy Note 4 will win in this run, we’ll for sure experience a stunning visual feast on both gadgets.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 VS iPhone 6 Plus Design and Bend Test

Apple iPhone 6 Plus has an anodized aluminum material on the back without a visible seam. It keeps up with the ”the thinner the better’’ trend, measuring just 7.1 mm. While the Note 4 follows similar design language that Samsung likes, which is made of plastic with a little bit of metal and measures 8.5 mm. In this round, iPhone 6 (Plus) excels Galaxy Note 4. While as far as the bend test concerns, compared with Samsung Galaxy Note 4, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus seem to be a little bit disappointing. Report says the thinner iPhone 6 (Plus) may bend in your pocket as a result of the aluminum as its metal to house the new phone since it is soft and bendable metal. Similar to Apple iPhone 6 problem, a Sony Xperia smartphone bends as well. Unbox Therapy tested the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 after the iPhone 6 bend test and found that it holds up better than the iPhone 6 Plus. So will Samsung Galaxy Note 4 perform better than iPhone 6 Plus? If other tests have similar findings to Note 3, Samsung will soon joke at the iPhone 6 in Galaxy Note 4 launch.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 VS iPhone 6 Plus Processor and Battery

The iPhone 6 Plus features Apple’s upgraded 64-bit A8 chip with a dual-core processor running at 2GHz or more, which helps to improve the efficiency of the battery on iPhone 6 Plus. That’s to say, we can anticipate a 46% battery bump from the existing iPhone 5 battery, 2100mAh of battery capacity. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 includes a faster Snapdragon 805 chip. Speaking of battery life, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 battery comes at a capacity of 3,300mAh, which is to handle the higher-resolution 2560*1440 display.

iPhone 6 Plus VS Samsung Galaxy Note 4 OS and Software

When it comes to OS, Both of Apple iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4 run an upgraded operating system. The former runs iOS 8 that was first introduced at the WWDC 2014 in June. This OS update has brought many new features, including interactive notifications, iMessage, and continuity for you to sync your iPhones with Apple’s new desktop OS, Mac OS X Yosemite. While regarding to Note 4′ OS, it runs the Android 4.4.4 KitKat that includes a host of new features like “Swipe to launch Motion Launcher,” “Aqua Capture,” “Multi Network for Booster”, and “Smart Fingerprint.” The bad news is that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users recently seems to be tangled with the iOS bugs including the HealthKit fitness problem, cellular voice, data service and issues with Touch ID. And Apple is pulling iOS 8.0.1 update to fix these bugs.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 VS iPhone 6 Plus Camera

The fourth generation of Galaxy Note sports an either a 16-megapixel main camera. Apple has not increased the resolution of the iPhone’s rear camera sensor, sticking to 8MP. But please keep in mind that megapixels don’t really decide the quality of images and Apple’s image sensor and processing engine ensures better photos compared to phones that come with high-resolution sensors. Although Galaxy Note 4 comes with 4K video recording while the iPhone 6 Plus camera is limited to full-HD, 4K hardware still not being mainstream, we don’t think it will matter. And we expect the camera of iPhone 6 Plus to be better than Note 4.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Specs

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is now official, and we’re bringing you every little tidbit of information, as only Android Central can.

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Be sure to check out our Here, now, are the complete and official Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specs:

Network

2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE) : 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
4G (LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps) or 4G (LTE Cat 6 300/50Mbps)

Processor

2.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor
1.9 GHz Octa-Core (1.9GHz Quad + 1.3GHz Quad-Core) Processor

Display

5.7 inch (143.9mm) Quad HD Super AMOLED (2560 x 1440)

Operating system

Android 4.4.4 KitKat

Cameras

Rear Facing: 16 megapixel autofocus camera with smart OIS
Front Facing: 3.7 megapixel camera with f/1.9 aperture
Rear Facing Camera : HDR (Rich tone), Selective Focus, Rear-cam Selfie, Beauty face, Virtual Tour Shot, Shot & More, Dual Camera
Front Facing Camera: Selfie, Wide Selfie

Video

Codec: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8
Recording & Playback: up to UHD

Audio

Codec: MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, FLAC Ultra High Quality Audio (~192KHz, 24 bit) support

S Pen features

Air Command (Action Memo, Smart Select, Image Clip, Screen Write), S Note, Snap Note, Direct Pen Input

Additional features

Multi Window, Ultra Power Saving Mode, Voice Recorder (Normal Mode, Interview Mode, Meeting Mode, Voice Memo)
Download booster, S Health 3.5, Dynamic Lock Screen, Briefing

Google Mobile

ServicesChrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube

Connectivity

WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80) MIMO PCIe
GPS / GLONASS / Baidu
NFC, Bluetooth® v 4.1 (BLE, ANT+)
IR LED (Remote Control), USB2.0, MHL 3.0

Sensor

Gesture, Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyroscope, RGB,IR-LED
Proximity, Barometer, Hall Sensor, Finger Scanner, UV, Heart Rate Monitoring, SpO2 (Dependent on market)

Memory

32 GB Internal memory + micro SD slot (up to 64GB)
3GB RAM

Dimensions

153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm, 176g

Battery

Standard battery, Li-ion 3,220mAh, Fast Charging (Adaptive Fast Charging & QC2.0)

HTC One E8 for smartphone lineup

The HTC One E8 is headed to Sprint’s network at some point in the future, the carrier announced on YouTube Thursday. The video, which was removed Friday afternoon from Sprint’s YouTube page, didn’t provide many details on Sprint’s plans for the handset, including when it will launch and how much it will cost. But the 46-second video did highlight some of the device’s finer features.

The HTC One E8 was unveiled in June as an alternative to HTC’s flagship smartphone the One M8. The device comes with a design that’s similar to the One M8, but replaces that product’s metal finish with a polycarbonate casing. When the One E8 was announced, HTC said it would be available in “limited markets.”

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The One E8 comes in a variety of colors, boasts a 5-inch Full HD display, and runs Google’s Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system. It also has a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

HTC’s One E8 is a cheaper, budget-conscious alternative to One M8, which comes with a better camera, a nicer finish, and a higher price tag. The One M8 is available on Sprint for $200 with a two-year agreement, suggesting the One E8 may come with a lower price tag when it launches.

In addition to adding new devices to its lineup, new CEO Marcelo Claure said Thursday that Sprint, which is the third largest wireless provider in the US, will be cutting prices to compete with bigger rivals AT&T and Verizon Wireless, as well as the aggressive T-Mobile.

Samsung and AT&T launch new Samsung S5 Active for $199

AT&T announced the Galaxy S5 Active – water and dust resistant smartphone.

The Galaxy S5 Active adds shock resistance to the Samsung Galaxy S5 specs as well as a new “convenience key” that makes it easier to access apps when enjoying outdoor pursuits.

It comes in camo green, titanium grey and ruby red, and although it looks pretty chunky and rugged, the S5 Active is only .8mm thicker and .3mm taller than its flagship brother.

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Specifications of Samsung S5 Active are –

  • Display – 5.1-inch HD Super AMOLED
  • Resolution – 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • OS – Andorid 4.4 KitKat
  • User Interface – Touchwiz UI
  • Processor – 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon
  • RAM – 2GB
  • Internal Storage – 16GB expandable upto 128GB
  • Battery – 2800mAh
  • Rear camera – 16-megapixel
  • Front Camera – 2-megapixel

The S5 Active does have the rear-mounted heart rate monitor featured with the Samsung Galaxy S5, but lacks the fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button of the flagship. This is probably due to the fact the S5 Active features a different button arrangement on the front of the device, making them easier to use with wet fingers.

The phone can be purchased for $199 on a two-year agreement, or $27.50 to $35.75 on a next installment plan in US.

LG G3 Cat. 6 Snapdragon 805

The LG G3 isn’t old news just yet. We’ve recently reflected on our first couple of months with the phone, and in many countries it’s only just making its way out onto the market. But the march of technological progress continues, not least in LG’s home country of South Korea, where arch-rival Samsung already has its own 2K-toting, Snapdragon 805-powered version of the Galaxy S5.

LG’s answer to the GS5 Broadband LTE-A is the G3 Cat. 6, a turbo-charged version of the G3 with support for Korea’s super-fast LTE Category 6 networks — but perhaps more importantly, an upgraded CPU and GPU too. The G3 Cat. 6 is powered by a 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor, paired with Qualcomm’s latest Adreno 420 GPU, a step up from the Snapdragon 801-plus-Adreno 330 of the original G3.

The G3 Cat. 6 is a Korea-only product, and LG tells us there are no plans to launch this version internationally. (Though it is available to import.) But that’s not going to stop us tearing into the new G3’s hardware and seeing how it measures up to the original. Read on to find out more.

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To the untrained eye, both the LG G3 Cat. 6 and the regular G3 are almost indistinguishable — externally, and especially when viewed from the front, they’re pretty much the same phone. The front is dominated by that gigantic 5.5-inch, 2560×1440 display, the back furnished in plastic a metallic finish. More or less everything we said in our original LG G3 review holds true here too — the G3 Cat. 6 is about as comfortable as it’s possible to make a 5.5-inch smartphone, and the back, while decidedly plasticky, doesn’t attract fingerprints the way some older Samsung phones do.

There are some subtle hardware tweaks to note, though. Being a Korean G3, you get the nifty extendable TV antenna that protrudes from the top of the device — though as before, the preloaded TV app doesn’t do anything outside of Korea. And things are arranged differently behind the battery door, too. The microSD and microSIM slots now live on either side of the rear buttons, and a notch at the top of the SIM slot makes it easier to remove your SIM card without having to wiggle it free. The gold contacts for NFC and wireless charging have moved around too, so accessories designed for the vanilla G3 likely won’t fit the Cat. 6 version.

One thing that hasn’t changed is the battery — the G3 Cat. 6 uses the same 3,000mAh unit as the regular G3, and the batteries are interchangeable with the same model number: BL-53YH.

In fact, the Cat. 6, like many Korean smartphones, comes packaged with an extra battery and an external charger (BC-4300). (And usefully, the the charging dock also serves as a portable stand for the phone.)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha hardware details pick up new support

There’s a new Samsung Galaxy model on the horizon, at least according to the multiple leaks we got to check out last week, with a bunch of good-quality images depicting a metal-rimmed Galaxy Alpha. The phone is clearly smaller than the Galaxy S5, though it manages to keep some of the same features of the full-sized device, including its heart rate monitor. But just where will the Alpha fall in Samsung’s Android lineup, especially with the very similar-sounding Galaxy S5 mini already out there? As we work to get to the bottom of that question, some new evidence has turned up that shines a light on some of Galaxy Alpha’s hardware.

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Last week, we didn’t get a ton of information about the hardware we were seeing in those pics, but one tidbit that emerged was a comparison between the Galaxy Alpha’s display and that on the Galaxy S III. That had us wondering if this might be a 720p component (not to mention a 4.8-incher, despite rumors pegging the Alpha’s screen size as 4.7 inches), but the source didn’t directly reveal the resolution. Now a new find, in a developer document describing support for Samsung’s various wearables, clearly spells-out the Galaxy Alpha as having a 720p display.

We can also see this as further confirmation of that Galaxy Alpha name. Based on the boot screen we saw in one of those pics, that name already seemed pretty solid, and this document reinforces the idea that the Galaxy Alpha won’t be directly positioned as a GS5-series model.