Week 27 in review: OnePlus 2, iPhone 6s, Galaxy Note 5

05 July, 2015

You know the drill - another week, another quick recap. Lest cut straight to the chase - rumors and lots of them. The news section has been practically overflowing with various leaks, speculations and insider tips, so much so, that the few actual phone announcements got a little overlooked.

Let's see what the gossip is all about. First is the OnePlus 2. The device is still about a month away, with the official unveiling set for July 27 through a Virtual Reality event, but excitement is building fast.

During the past few days, we managed to catch a glimpse of the OnePlus 2 in a couple of alleged photos and hear of a dual-lens camera setup, a fingerprint sensor and a USB Type-C connector. It is hard to say whether any of the aforementioned holds some truth, but one thing is for sure - the OnePlus team has once again managed to launch an impressive guerrilla marketing campaign.



Moving on to Samsung. The Korean giant reportedly has a few new devices in development. The Galaxy S6 Plus will come with a 3,000 mAh battery pack to power its 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display and Snapdragon 808 SoC.

Then there's the Galaxy A8. We have already discussed the device at length and have most of its specs figured out thanks to various leaks. Furthermore, a rather interesting TENAA hands-on video of the device also surfaced online, so, it is safe to say that the A8 is no longer shrouded in mystery.

A few other rumors worth noting, include an unknown Sony device, alleged specs of the Xiaomi Mi 5, images of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 and some more details on the LG G4 S. Microsoft have also been keeping busy with the Lumia business. Rumors have surfaced about a new face tracking feature, an upcoming QHD model, some more info on the Lumia 940 XL and to top it all off, a mysterious front panel - allegedly for the Lumia 1030.

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.

Purported OnePlus 2 image leaks, hints at 5.5

Purported OnePlus 2 image leaks, hints at 5.5" display

Rumors point that OnePlus 2 will have a metal frame with lesser screen-metal ratio and bigger speaker out.


Alleged Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+ cases leak

Alleged Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+ cases leak

The duo of high-end handsets is expected to debut during IFA in Berlin this coming September.


The next iPhone has reportedly entered early production

The next iPhone has reportedly entered early production

The successors of Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are rumored to feature Force Touch-capable displays.


Snapdragon 820 benchmarked, close to Exynos 7420 performance

Snapdragon 820 benchmarked, close to Exynos 7420 performance

A leaked Geekbench 3 result shows better single-core performance than Samsung's flagship chipset.


Microsoft Lumia 940 XL gets benchmarked, has specs outed

Microsoft Lumia 940 XL gets benchmarked, has specs outed

The upcoming flagship phablet from the Windows camp has surfaced in a benchmark database today.


Meizu MX5 lands with metal body, octa-core CPU and 20MP camera

Meizu MX5 lands with metal body, octa-core CPU and 20MP camera

Meizu has just unveiled the MX5, confirming most existing rumors and one again, with aggressive pricing.


Alleged photos of iPhone 6s metal housing appear online

Alleged photos of iPhone 6s metal housing appear online

Apple’s upcoming flagship smartphone will feature the same design as the model it is bound to replace.


Sony E5663 spotted on benchmarking websites

Sony E5663 spotted on benchmarking websites

The device will sport a 4.6-inch (1080 x 1920) display, and come with a 13MP front camera.


Apple iPhone 6s family rumored to feature a 12MP camera module

Apple iPhone 6s family rumored to feature a 12MP camera module

The successors of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have reportedly entered early production.


Kantar: Samsung top US vendor, S6 third best-selling smartphone

Kantar: Samsung top US vendor, S6 third best-selling smartphone

It's behind its predecessor and the current champ, the iPhone 6. Apple is top vendor in China.


Huawei Honor 7 gets official with Kirin 935 chip, 5.2

Huawei Honor 7 gets official with Kirin 935 chip, 5.2" screen

Huawei Honor 7 is now official - it packs a 5.2" 1080p display, runs on Kirin 935 and has 20MP cam.


Samsung Galaxy A8 to come with a new 16MP camera sensor

Samsung Galaxy A8 to come with a new 16MP camera sensor

Samsung has designed a new 16MP sensor, so it can fit inside the super thin Galaxy A8.


Apple iPhone 6s duo to come with LTE Cat.6 modem

Apple iPhone 6s duo to come with LTE Cat.6 modem

The next-gen iPhone 6s will feature a new Qualcomm modem enabling LTE Cat.6.


Exclusive: iPhone 6s duo to be thicker, case sketches confirm

Exclusive: iPhone 6s duo to be thicker, case sketches confirm

Sketches from ITSKINS case maker reveals the next generation iPhones will be a hair thicker.


Samsung Galaxy S6 Plus rumored to pack 3,000 mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy S6 Plus rumored to pack 3,000 mAh battery

The Korean giant's high-end smartphone is expected to launch during IFA in Berlin this September.


Alleged Lumia 1030 front panel surfaces

Alleged Lumia 1030 front panel surfaces

The shots rekindle the hopes for a high-end successor to the legendary Lumia 1020.


Leaked LG G4 S details: 5.2-inch 1080p screen, octa-core CPU

Leaked LG G4 S details: 5.2-inch 1080p screen, octa-core CPU

A higher-up alternative to the LG G4c though still not on the level of the actual LG G4.


Samsung Galaxy A8 hands-on video surfaces

Samsung Galaxy A8 hands-on video surfaces

The upcoming handset in examined in a lengthy video, oddly enough, courtesy of TENAA.


Alleged Xiaomi Mi 5 specs leaked; said to release in November

Alleged Xiaomi Mi 5 specs leaked; said to release in November

The device is tipped to be powered by the yet-to-be-released Snapdragon 820 SoC, and sport a 5.3-inch display.


Purported image of Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 frame leaks

Purported image of Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 frame leaks

Taken in a factory, the picture shows metallic frame of purported Redmi Note 2.


Sony considering manufacturing smartphones in India

Sony considering manufacturing smartphones in India

The company is considering complying with India's 'Make in India' initiative by manufacturing in India.


OnePlus 2 might come with dual-lens rear camera

OnePlus 2 might come with dual-lens rear camera

This was revealed by some leaked sketches of the device, which is set to be officially announced on July 27.


QHD Microsoft phone pops up in AdDuplex usage statistics

QHD Microsoft phone pops up in AdDuplex usage statistics

AdDuplex has discovered two mystery devices in its logs, supposedly the Lumia 940 and 940XL.


OnePlus 2 will have a fingerprint sensor

OnePlus 2 will have a fingerprint sensor

The Chinese upstart is continuing its teaser campaign for its next smartphone with this information.


Windows 10 Mobile front camera to reportedly feature face-tracking

Windows 10 Mobile front camera to reportedly feature face-tracking

As per a report, the latest version of Windows Camera on the Windows 10 Mobile now supports the feature.


iOS 8.4 is now out with Apple Music included

iOS 8.4 is now out with Apple Music included

The newest version of Apple's mobile operating system incorporates its new music streaming service.


Alleged press renders showcase the unannounced Moto G (2015)

Alleged press renders showcase the unannounced Moto G (2015)

The successor of Motorola Moto G (2014) is expected to make its official debut in the near future.



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