Details on the Samsung Galaxy S6 emerge, Micromax releases a new Cyanogen-powered smartphone and Verizon expands its super fast XLTE network.
Samsung’s numbers are going down, followed by years of nothing but trivial upgrades to its devices. Galaxy S smartphones are faster and stronger every year, but what unique features are they really bringing to the table? Not many, something that is expected to change with the Galaxy S6 as the company goes back to the drawing board.
New rumors have come afloat and now we have a bit of an idea of what to expect. For starters, it’s said the device will come with an aluminum chasis. This is an upgrade we have all been begging Samsung for, and it’s a very popular trend that customers have grown to expect from a good smartphone.
In addition, it’s rumored the Next Big Thing will come with a slightly curved display. It wouldn’t be as drastic as the Galaxy Note Edge, but the display would curve on both sides of the smartphone.
Opinion: Don’t forget to take this rumor as you would any other – with a grain of salt. One thing is for sure, though, Samsung needs to do something different. They can’t keep their massive customer base by making the same ol’ Galaxy phone.
Micromax is very serious about their exclusive relationship with Cyanogen, which is why OnePlus was prohibited from selling its smartphone in India. Only days after this incident, we are finding out about the first result of said partnership – the Yu Yureka.
This is an affordable smartphone that is to start shipping the second week of January. Priced at only Rs. 8,999 (about $140 USD), the Yureka carries a 5.5-inch 720p display, a Snapdragon 615 processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 13 MP Sony EXMOR sensor and a 5 MP camera. All of this paired with Cyanogen’s popular software.
Opinion: That is one impressive set of specs for a device with such price tag. Not bad, Micromax. Not bad at all. No wonder they wanted to get rid of some competition. They had big plans ahead.
While the world focuses on whenever 5G will come to market, Verizon is making improved speeds happen with its XLTE technology. Verizon is using their unused AWS network to make XLTE possible, and now 10 new markets can take advantage of Big Red’s doubled bandwidth and improved peak speeds.
Here are the new markets:
- Chambersburg, PA
- Charleston, WV
- Chillicothe, OH
- Dothan-Enterprise, AL
- Eureka, CA
- Hagerstown, MD
- Hattiesburg, MS
- La Grange, GA
- Oskaloosa/Ottumwa, IA
- Watertown, NY
Opinion: Verizon has been all about these faster XLTE speeds for a while, and that is great, but now we need to support more devices. There is a pretty healthy list of supported devices, but older smartphones are likely not to be included.