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Sony Xperia Z3 leaks, Galaxy S5 Alpha rumors, and the LG G3 Beat announcement: Weekly news round-up

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Sony Xperia Z3 leaks, Galaxy S5 Alpha rumors, and the LG G3 Beat announcement: Weekly news round-up
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.

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posted on 21 Jul 2014, 09:04 1

1. Mr.Chubbs (Posts: 6; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Still with ridiculous overly large bezels. C'mon Sony get with the program! Take your time and get it right. Feel free to ask LG for help. Lol

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 09:25 1

2. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 828; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Why the obsession with bezels? The only bezels that need to be thin imo are the side bezels, don't forget this will have at least the 3200 mAh battery from the Z2, the large sensor and dual front facing speakers so it is worth the compromise IMO.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 04:25

8. vincelongman (Posts: 1176; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


The problem is that Sony are trying to make it too thin, so they make top and bottom bezels bigger to fit the big camera sensor (mainly this), big battery and front facing speakers
I'd prefer if they'd increase thickness by a couple mm to allowed them to make the top and bottom bezels smaller to make the phone 1+ cm shorter (i.e. easier to use with one hand)

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 09:57 2

3. vuyonc (Posts: 242; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


LG G phones have the same build quality and durability as wet cardboard so I don't see your point.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 10:56 1

4. Armchair_Commentator (Posts: 166; Member since: 08 May 2014)


They must have changed the definition of wet cardboard overnight cause my wet cardboard phone is pretty durable

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 16:52

7. AfterShock (Posts: 2803; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


+1 humor

Though, that doesn't hold water IMO.
LG makes a decent kit.(eventually)

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 11:30

5. Mr.Chubbs (Posts: 6; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


I don't how you treat your phones vuyonc but I've had nothing but great results from my LG phones over the past few years but hey you're entitled to your own opinion hence the reason for posting comments.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 15:41

6. mrmessma (Posts: 56; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


How about a prompt US arrival at reasonable prices?

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