Mobile Mondays: Chinese Phablet, New Firmware And The Twin Galaxy S5

The biggest event for mobile is about to happen in two weeks and phone manufacturers worldwide are pulling all the bells and whistles to attract as much attention before the event. This week, three smartphone makers make headlines in the form of two announcements and one leak. Lenovo has just announced a new 5-inch phablet in its homeland – the A628T in hopes to attract customers during…

 

The biggest event for mobile is about to happen in two weeks and phone manufacturers worldwide are pulling all the bells and whistles to attract as much attention before the event. This week, three smartphone makers make headlines in the form of two announcements and one leak.

LENOVO’s 5-inch A628T

Lenovo has just announced a new 5-inch phablet in its homeland – the A628T in hopes to attract customers during the Valentine’s Day sale in China. The phone is a mid-range phone and offers a display resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, a quad-core MediaTek processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage with option for expansion and a 5MP+2MP camera combo.

It also has two SIM card slots, a 2000mAh battery and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. There’s no word on pricing yet but just looking at the specs, it will probably cost more or less $200.

SONY ROLLS OUT NEW FIRMWARE FOR TOP XPERIAs

Sony has announced last week that it will be rolling out a firmware update that is designed to bring improvements to Bluetooth connectivity, battery and other software to select Xperia models.

The update should be rolling this week to the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR as well as the Xperia Tablet Z.

SAMSUNG’s TWIN GALAXY S5

Benchmarking app databases are now slowly becoming a place to find information about unreleased smartphones. Today, two new devices pop out of Antutu Benchmark’s database – the SM-G900H and SM-900R4.

The two phones are likely the two versions of the Galaxy S5 that we’ve heard in the past. Based on the metadata stored on the benchmarking app’s database, the SM-G900R4 packs a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, 32GB of internal storage, a 16MP+2.1MP camera combo and will run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

The SM-G900R4 scored 31,483 points, which is slightly lower than what the Note 3 got. But it does have QHD resolution (2560 x 1440) resolution so it does put a bit more strain on the GPU, which could possibly explain the slightly lower scores.

The SM-G900H on the other hand has a 1.5GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 522 chip, 2GB of RAM, ARM Mali-T628 GPU, 16GB of internal storage, an HD display and the same 16MP+2.1MP camera combo. It scored 35,445 on the tests.

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