Week 23 in review: Galaxy S6 Plus, S6 Active, HTC One ME
Another week just flew by and things were quit busy in the mobile world. Our news section was buzzing with interesting headlines, so let's have a quick look at the stories that you, out loyal readers, found to be the most interesting this week.
Samsung, Samsung everywhere! The Korean tech giant has been dominating the news yet again. During the week, we saw a glimpse of what is allegedly a bigger version of the Galaxy S6 edge, dubbed S6 Plus. The leaked photos and the device itself is shrouded with a lot of mystery, but rumors are that it is, in fact, coming in the following weeks, boasting a 5.5-inch display and aiming straight for the middle ground between the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series.
The S6 Active has also had a major presence in the rumor mill. The rugged version of the current flagship has even appeared in a few photos, so, it should be on the way soon, as well.
On a more financial note, there has been quite a lot of speculation about the success of Samsung's current pair of flagship device and, by extension, the condition of the business itself. The S6 and S6 edge seems to be selling well enough, but, perhaps, there might be more to the story than what meets the eye. One way or the other, we should get a clear idea of just how good the smartphones are doing once official sales reports come in.
But enough about Samsung. The past few days witnessed a few device announcements. The HTC One ME was made official, at least in China, that is. The high-end device runs on MediaTek's brand new Helio X10 SoC and boasts an impressive specs sheet. The Meizu m2 note is another newcomer. The successor to the quite-successful m1 note has truly managed to preserve all the great features on its predecessor and even improve on some. All, while retaining a tantalizing sub-$200 price tag. Last, but not least, Asus announced a new selfie-centric phone with a 13MP front-facing camera, quite naturally dubbed ZenFone Selfie.
Various leaks, rumors and speculations have also been pouring in about an array of other devices. We saw an exclusive look at XOLO's new brand - Black and the first device in its lineup. Also, Gionee has been working hard on not one, but three new offers. The Elife E8 should impress with a 23MP camera, while the M4 and the M5 have batteries of astounding capacity.
The Meizu's MX5 also got portrayed in a few new pictures and Xiaomi is promising another device announcement on June 10. There has been more talk of a new 4-inch iPhone, so, that possibility seems to be on the table yet again.
In other news, the Lollipop update frenzy is still on. Things seem to have shifted towards ironing out bugs in already updated devices, rather than newcomers to Google's latest OS, but, still, updates are flying all over the place. It is a good thing too, as Android M is already on the way and manufacturers and developers really need to keep up.
If you think you might have missed something from the busy week, here is a list of what you, our readers, found most interesting in the tech world.
A couple of leaked shots claim to showcase the upcoming super-sized Galaxy S6 Plus.
XOLO is launching a online-only sub-brand in India next month, with this being the first device.
The high-end smartphone will hit the shelves in China in three color schemes.
The device, which is internally code-named as Project Zero 2, was earlier said to be announced at IFA.
Oppenheimer said that the tech giant made a mistake by focusing on the hardware of its latest flagship.
The oft-rumored handset just became official, new "mBack" home button and microSD slot for the same $160.
Fortunately for owners of these models, not all the rumored delays have panned out in the end.
As for smartphone manufacturers, both Apple and Samsung tied for the first spot.
Sony is going to bring Android 5.1 Lollipop to the entire Xperia Z family, M2 and M2 Aqua, T2 Ultra and C3.
The smartphone comes with a couple of 13MP cameras with Toshiba sensor and wide-angle lens.
Supplier of displays points that the next generation iPhone will have a 4-inch screen.
The Elife E8 will be able to produce stills of up to 100MP resolution, while the M5 will last for four days.
A few new renders show the company's next flagship MX5 model in the flesh.
The upgraded version of the popular Nokia 105 now brings even more functionality for as little as $20.
The Korean company obviously wants to quickly refute a previous report which said it was "imploding".
Xiaomi released a teaser about water-related event at June 10, are we getting a water-proof Xiaomi phone?
The handset is also said to feature a 5MP front camera, just like the newly released Galaxy S6.
It should make its way to the S6 and S6 edge either by the end of June, or sometime in July.
Last month, Samsung had said that it would roll out micro-updates to its devices facing Lollipop issues.
This 2015 flagship will pack an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC along with 4GB of RAM.
Recently, the G Flex2 as well as the Nexus 5 started receiving the update in Korea and India, respectively.
Once again, the upcoming rugged smartphone makes an appearance with AT&T branding on its back.
The 64GB model is now priced at $299 while the 16GB is priced at $249, both set to go on flash sale.
It already beat the S5 sales, it may even top the iPhones if Samsung S6 edge manufacturing meets demand.
The phone is priced at $780 (Rs. 50,000) and comes with a cover and screen replacement worth $132 free.