The Samsung Galaxy S5 Behind In The Game?

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 has just been announced live at MWC, Specs and details will follow below.

So, the Galaxy S5 is going to pack a 5.1″ SuperAMOLED display with 1080p resolution, not much of an upgrade over its predecessor the S4.
The camera got a significant update though – it’s now a 16MP one with just 0.3s shot-to-shot time, selective focus and 4K video recording. The Selective Focus seems to be similar to Nokia’s Refocus app – it shoots a picture and you can choose the focus after the fact.
There is also a new HDR Live mode which allegedly lets you see how the HDR photo will look like even before you take it.
Another new addition is the heart rate monitor placed just below the rear camera under the LED flash. You just need to put you index finger there and the device will tell you your heart rate. The Samsung Galaxy S5 will focus on fitness apps (S-Health 3.0 on board), especially with Samsung’s newest wearables having a heart rate monitor, too.

Galaxy S5 will come with a fingerprint sensor (who would have guessed!) and it will be embedded in the Home key. You will need to swipe your finger 8 times to record it and after that you will be able to unlock the S5 with your fingerprint. You can also authorize PayPal payments with just a single swipe of your registered finger.

Finally, the Galaxy S5 will  be water and dust resistant. This means we are probably not getting an Active version as it was with the Galaxy S4.
Other specs that matter are USB 3.0 port, LTE connectivity with download booster mode where you can use both Wi-Fi and LTE for super-fast downloads, Android 4.4 KitKat with support for OK, Google command to launch Google Now anywhere, new TouchWiz skin with flat and round icons (probably the same as the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 slate).
Unfortunately, the design of the Galaxy S5 is nothing ground-breaking. The front looks quite the same as the previous Galaxy S4, though the back features a matte plastic with some dotted texture. If the Galaxy S5 will become available in black, white blue and gold colours.

The verge with a first hands on

Samsung began the event saying they had listened to their customers, listening to some of the customers I know I know their not happy with this phone but time will tell if the S5 is behind the times from launch.

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600
SIM Nano-SIM
Announced 2014, February
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2014, April
BODY Dimensions 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm (5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 in)
Weight 145 g (5.11 oz)
– Fingerprint sensor
– IP67 certified – dust and water resistant
– Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
DISPLAY Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.1 inches (~432 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
– TouchWiz UI
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 128 GB
Internal 16/32 GB storage, 2 GB RAM
DATA GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
Speed HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE
NFC Yes
Infrared port Yes
USB Yes, microUSB v3.0 (MHL 2), USB On-the-go, USB Host
CAMERA Primary 16 MP, 4640 x 3480 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR
Video Yes, 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, video stabilization, dual-video rec.
Secondary Yes, 2 MP,1080p@30fps, dual video call
FEATURES OS Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
CPU Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, temperature, humidity, gesture, heart rate
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
Browser HTML5
Radio No
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black, White, Blue, Gold
– Wireless charging (market dependent)
– ANT+ support
– S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
– Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll
– Air gestures
– Dropbox (50 GB cloud storage)
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– TV-out (via MHL 2 A/V link)
– SNS integration
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Organizer
– Image/video editor
– Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input (Swype)
BATTERY Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 390 h
Talk time Up to 21 h

Sony Xperia Z2

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After weeks of speculation and social media build up from Sony, the anticipated new flagship device from Sony was announced to day as the brands flagship device it needs to stand out from the crowd, the spec is up there and follows on from the much popular and successful predecessor the Xperia Z1, the Z2 is water-resistant, in the tradition of the Z line before it.

Below are the promotional videos for the device

The Xperia Z2 flagship, a refinement of last year’s Xperia Z1.
It has a 5.2″ screen – a 1080p Triluminos IPS screen, with the same Bravia tech used in Sony’s TV.
The 20.7MP camera has been updated with 4K video recording (at 30fps) and a number of new effects. The camera features the same 1/2.3″ sensor with 27mm G Lens with f/2.0 aperture.
One of the new effects is Timeshift, which records 720p video at 30fps. Another one is the Background defocus, yet another is a dedicated mode for Vines.
It’s powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 801 chipset with four Krait 400 cores at 2.3GHz and 3GB RAM.
Despite the size increase, the new flagship is only a little taller and actually narrower and thinner. The battery capacity went up a tad to 3,200mAh, while the weight went down to 158g.
As before, the Xperia Z2 has an IP58 certification, allowing it to work under water.
The phone will launch in March at €600 / £600. The initial color options are White, Black and Purple.
Sony will also pack an advanced headset with digital noise cancellation, the Sony MDR-NC31EM (normally £40).
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Below is a full run down of the spec.

2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA
4G Network LTESIM
Sim Micro-SIM
Announced2014, February
Status Coming soon, Exp.release 2014, March
Dimensions 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm (5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 in)
Weight 158 g (5.57 oz)
IP58 certified – dust proof and water resistant over 1 meter and 30 minutes
Display type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.2 inches/glossary
Multitouch Yes, up to 10 fingers
Screen Protection Shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass – Triluminos display- X -Reality Engine
Sound call-alerts Vibration; MP3 ringtones
loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
audio-3.5mm jack Yes
Memory memory-card-slot microSD, up to 64 GB
Dynamic-memory 16 GB, 3 GB RAM
Data GPRS Up to 107 kbps EDGE Up to 296 kbps
Speed HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes v4.0 with A2DP
NFC Yes
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go
Camera Primary 20.7 MP, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama
VideoYes 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps, video stabilization, HDR video-call
Secondary Yes, 2.2 MP, 1080p@30fps
Features Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 800
CPU Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait
GPU Adreno 330
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
Browser HTML5
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black, White, Purple
ANT+ support
– SNS integration
– TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– Xvid/MP4/H.263/H.264 player
– MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player
– Document viewer
– Photo viewer/editor
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 880 h
Talk time Up to 13 h 50 min
Music play Up to 110