Boy, it is so hard to keep something a secret nowadays. That applies to smartphones as well – new models often leak weeks ahead of their official announcement. Here's the Sony Xperia Z3, for example. Photos of it surfaced several days ago, exposing the handset from all angles. But that's not the only exciting news that we delivered for you last week. We also passed along the latest rumors around the Samsung Galaxy F, also referred to as the Galaxy S5 "Alpha". It is believed that the phone will be just 6 millimeters thick and made out of premium materials.
LG, in the meantime, announced a new smartphone – the LG G3 Beat. Basically, it is a trimmed-down version of the G3 flagship, with a smaller screen and with a mid-range hardware configuration. It is already available in LG's homeland of South Korea, and we're expecting it to land in other markets soon.
For more interesting news from last week, just flip through the slideshow below.
Weekly news round-up
This is believed to be the Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone. From the looks of it, the phone will retain the 20.7MP camera found on the current model. The design of the front-facing speakers, however, will change, it seems. Also, it is nice to see that the sides of the phone will be slightly rounder as that would probably make the phone easier to grip.
The Galaxy F saga continues. Oops, we meant to say "the Galaxy S5 Alpha" saga, as that's what the phone could end up being called. The latest rumors suggest that the phone will be only 6 millimeters thick and will have a 4.7-inch display. Sounds sweet, so let's hope these rumors are on the right track. By the way, feel free to read our rumor round-up on this highly-anticipated smartphone.
Meet the LG G3 Beat - a new mid-range phone inspired by the LG G3 flagship. This smaller, 5-inch model has adopted several design traits from the company's top model, including the curvy design and the placement of the buttons on the back. Also, the Beat features a laser-guided auto-focus system for its 8MP camera. Specs-wise, we're looking at a Snapdragon 400 SoC, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a 2540 mAh battery.
Satya Nadella made it official – up to 18 000 Microsoft employees will be shown the door over the course of the next year. He respectfully added that the to-be-former Microsoft workers would be offered job transition assistance. The vast majority of employees whose jobs will be eliminated will be notified over the next six months.
Owners of Nokia Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone 8 are now receiving the Windows Phone 8.1 update. In addition, the Cyan update from Nokia is included with the new software. Changes include more features for business users, such as Office for Windows Phone. The update also opens up a third column of tiles, and the ability to have a custom background on the start screen. Apps can be saved to a microSD card, opening up native memory on the device.
This smartphone, made by a company with practically no brand recognition outside of China, is supposed to be the first holographic phone. Presumably, it is supposed to display 3D-like images on its screen that can be looked at from all sides. The holographic claim could be exaggerated, however. At best, the handset seems to mimic the functionality of Amazon's Fire Phone, which you can learn more about in our hands-on.