Once again, it is time for our weekly news round-up, where we put the most interesting stories from the past seven days for anyone who needs to catch up.
The past week there have been plenty of leaks regarding the LG G5
that will reportedly arrive on February 21st
, on the same day that the Galaxy S7
is unveiled. There was also the obligatory Galaxy S7 stream of leaks, with a full specs sheet for the Exynos version coming out directly from the folks behind the AnTuTu benchmarking tool.
As for iOS-related news, the largest treasure trove of rumors regarding the eventual 4" iPhone 5se was unleashed last week, and you can preview all that mattered then in the slideshow below.
Weekly news roundup (January 18-24)
Weekly news roundup (January 18-24)
With the potential February 21st announcement nearing, rumors about the LG G5
abound. This time they are about an all-metal body, the schematics of which you can see in the drawing here. Also, unlike its predecessors, it seems that the G5 features volume buttons on the left side, rather than on the back. And yet the power button should still be on the rear of the device, and it could incorporate a fingerprint scanner. A camera with laser auto focus and LED flash seemingly sits above the power button.
Apparently, the LG G5 measures 149.4 x 73.9 x 8.2 mm, thus being a bit narrower and thinner than the LG G4 (148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm). The screen of the G5 should be a 5.5-inch one with 1440 x 2560 pixels, and it looks like the bezels around it are very thin - this might actually be an edge-to-edge display. The back of the new LG smartphone appears to be slightly curved, presumably for a better grip.
The Snapdragon 820 version of the Galaxy S7 edge (SM-G935A for AT&T) has already appeared in the AnTuTu benchmark database, complete with specs and the whole nine yards. From there we learned that the upcoming Samsung flagship will sport a new 12 MP camera indeed, as well as 4 GB of RAM, alongside the predictable 5.1" Quad HD Super AMOLED display.
AnTuTu's own account on Weibo, however, spilled the beans on none other than the Exynos 8890 version of the Galaxy S7, codenamed SM-G930F. For the G930F newcomer in their database, the folks from AnTuTu actually disclosed the same string of specs as was previously revealed for the G935A. We will apparently be getting a 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels screen, 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP selfie shooter, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of internal storage on that particular model.
Xiaomi will apparently take the wraps off of the Xiaomi Mi 5 on February 24th. Numerous images of the device have been leaked, and the executive revealed that more details about the unveiling will be released tomorrow, January 26th.
The February 24th media event is rumored to last one to two hours, and could involve more models than just the Xiaomi Mi 5. The handset's delay could have something to do the manufacturer waiting for the Snapdragon 820 chipset that will be powering it. That means that the phone will sport a quad-core CPU and the Adreno 530 GPU. The 5.2-inch screen will carry either a 1080 x 1920 or a 1440 x 2560 resolution. We could see different variants with 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.
According to some reports, the Mi 5 will be equipped with a 16MP rear-facing camera and a 13MP front-facing camera; a 3030mAh battery will keep the lights on. Android 6.0 is expected to be pre-installed, along with the latest version of MIUI running on top.
While we've been hearing chatter about an eventual 4" budget iPhone making a comeback this year, the biggest leaks involving the handset yet came last week. The name of the device will be the Apple iPhone 5se as an "enhanced" version of the Apple iPhone 5s. The internal codename of the handset is N69. The 4-inch iPhone 5se will be powered by the A8 chipset with the M8 motion co-processor included. There will be an 8MP rear-facing camera, and a 1.2MP snapper in front, That matches the camera combo found on the iPhone 6, and the model will have the capability to show Live Photos, too.
Considering that one of the goals of the 4-inch iPhone is to expand the use of Apple Pay to emerging countries, the iPhone 5se will feature NFC. A barometer will measure elevation for the Health app. Connectivity support matches the Apple iPhone 6s' Bluetooth 4.2, VoLTE and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The color options for the iPhone 5se will be Silver, Space Gray, Silver, & Rose Gold. Those are the same colors available for the Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus. The pricing? Why, $449 says the rumor.