- This Mobile runs on Tizen OS, v2.3 powered with Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7.
- This Mobile has 3.15 MP, 2048 x 1536 pixels, LED flash and has VGA Secondary camera
- This Mobile has 4.0 inches (~59.8% screen-to-body ratio) inches display PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors.
- This Mobile has 4 GB, 768 MB RAM of internal memory.
- This Mobile has Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery
- This Mobile has Dual SIM sim
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|2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2|
|3G Network||HSDPA 900 / 2100|
|Status||Available. Released 2015, January|
|Dimensions||120.4 x 63.2 x 9.7 mm (4.74 x 2.49 x 0.38 in)|
|Weight||112 g (3.95 oz)|
|Display Size||4.0 inches (~59.8% screen-to-body ratio)|
|AlertTypes||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|CardSlot||microSD, up to 64 GB|
|Internal||4 GB, 768 MB RAM|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n|
|Blue Tooth||v4.1, A2DP|
|Camera Primary||3.15 MP, 2048 x 1536 pixels, LED flash|
|Camera Features||Geo-tagging, face detection|
|OS||Tizen OS, v2.3|
|CPU||Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|Colors||White, Black, Wine Red|
|Others||- Dropbox (50 GB cloud storage) - MP4/H.264 player - MP3/WAV/AAC/Flac player - Photo viewer - Document viewer|
|Battery||Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery|
|TalkTime||Up to 8 h (3G)|
|SARUS||0.54 W/kg (head) 0.90 W/kg (body)|
|SAREU||0.71 W/kg (head) 0.67 W/kg (body)|
Earlier this year, Samsung had announced there would be "a flood of devices" powered by its Android OS competitor Tizen in 2015.
While the Korean tech-giant has made wearables, appliances and TVs all boasting its home-grown OS, only one Tizen smartphone, the Samsung Z1, has launched thus far in 2015 - and that was only in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
But now, it seems things are starting to pick up for Tizen: Samsung will apparently have more Tizen smartphones make an appearance before 2015's over, according to Reuters.
According to the report, a "person with knowledge of the matter" said Samsung will be launching "several Tizen smartphones at varying prices" this year.
No other details were disclosed, including whether any of these smartphones will launch in the US or UK, or if the phones would again only be available in developing countries, but we'll keep our ears to the ground.
Battery, camera comparison
Smartphones have reached the point where designs are more iterative than innovative. While the look and feel changes only slightly on new models each year, manufacturers haven't done much to wow consumers beyond the traditional rectangular slab of glass, metal and plastic.
LG attempted to shake things up last year with first G Flex, a 6-inch smartphone with a curved display and slightly flexible frame, and Samsung soon followed with their own take on this concept, courtesy of the Galaxy Note Edge, a phablet-sized model featuring a display that wraps around the right side.
These Korean tech titans wasted no time announcing all-new versions of these devices for 2015, and we sat down with both in an effort to determine whether curved and flexible displays actually enhance the experience or are little more than a marketing gimmick.
Although it won't hit stores until April 10 (with preorders now available in 20 countries), the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is little more than a variant of this year's Samsung Galaxy S6, featuring nearly identical specs with one notable exception: The Edge's display gently wraps around both sides of the front.
Otherwise, the Galaxy S6 Edge offers the same 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display as its less curvaceous sibling, with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 that packs in a whopping 577ppi.
The new LG G Flex 2 one-ups Samsung's latest with a 5.5-inch Full HD P-OLED display which curves slightly from top to bottom, and like its predecessor, can handle a bit of bending without breaking.
Despite the larger screen, the G Flex 2 tops out at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 with a pixel density of only 403ppi, but LG attempts to make up for this shortcoming by comparing the curved display to its high-end televisions, offering a more cinematic viewing experience in landscape mode with three modes (Standard, Vivid or Natural) to make any content look great.
Weighing only 4.66 ounces (132 grams), Samsung's curved Galaxy S6 Edge offers a premium feel that's slightly less ergonomic along the edges, but the aluminum frame and 7mm thickness make the device feel lighter than the Galaxy S6.
Roughly the size of an iPhone 6, Samsung borrowed a somewhat annoying trait from Apple's latest flagship handset: The rear camera protrudes from the back ever so slightly, presumably a design compromise to keep the device slim and trim.
Instead of curving around the edges, LG's G Flex 2 bends the entire case inward vertically, and because of the larger display size, its contoured body weighs slightly more at 5.36 ounces (152 grams) with a 5.87 x 2.96 x 0.37-inch (149.1 x 75.3 x 9.4mm) frame.
Processor and Storage
Just because it looks so nice on the outside, that's no reason to be a slouch when it comes to what's on the inside.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge obliges with an octa-core, 64-bit Exynos 7 Octa 7420 processor clocked at 2.1GHz capped off by a Mali-T760 MP8 GPU and a whopping 3GB RAM and up to 128GB of storage for good measure.
LG mostly made up for the lack of oomph on the first G Flex by slapping an octa-core, 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor into the sequel, clocked at 2.0GHz with Adreno 430 GPU and the same 3GB RAM.
Unfortunately, the built-in storage on the G Flex 2 maxes out at 32GB, but up to a totally insane 2TB of additional storage is available from an optional microSD card – a feature sadly lacking on the otherwise hardware-rich Galaxy S6 Edge.
Battery, cameras and features comparison
If you love the flexibility of swapping in a new battery when the current one runs out, neither of these curvy smartphones are likely to make you smile.
It's too early to know what the battery life will be like on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, but the 2600mAh power pack doesn't offer a whole lot of encouragement on this front.
By comparison, the G Flex 2 packs a 3000mAh battery (reduced from 3500mAh in the previous model), but before LG can boast about having more power, there's the matter of that larger 5.5-inch display to consider.
Thankfully, the fast charging capabilities of both models should have you back in action quickly – our own review of the LG G Flex 2 topped up from a complete discharge in just over an hour and a half.
Samsung hasn't held back when it comes to the Galaxy S6 Edge camera: Rocking a 16MP, f1.9 aperture sensor with dual LED flash and optical image stabilization capable of shooting 4K video up to 3840 x 2160, the rear camera is no slouch.
By comparison, the LG G Flex 2 borrows liberally from the LG G3 to provide a 13MP sensor that otherwise checks off the same feature list above on the Galaxy S6 Edge, although the laser auto focus is one noteworthy addition.
Neither model breaks much new ground with the front camera, however: Samsung touts a "best-in-class" 5MP sensor with 120º wide angle lens, while LG's tops out a 2.1MP, which the manufacturer claims is enough to use it as a "full HD camcorder."
The remaining feature checklist is relatively the same for both handsets: Each ships with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the gate, with the usual Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wireless on board.
Aside from curved edges, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge also offers built-in Qi and Powermat-compatible wireless charging.
LG instead opted to include a selfie-friendly "Gesture Shot" mode on the G Flex 2, which provides a three-second timer on the front-facing camera that can be activated with a gesture; tilting the camera down allows the user to review images instead.
Like the original G Flex, the sequel also features that bizarre self-healing back, which didn't do all that much to impress in our own review of the G Flex 2. More impressive is the Glance view, which offers a peek at what's happening without the need to actually turn on the device.
Galaxy Edge 6 vs G Flex 2 Verdict
LG has a slight advantage since the handset is already available from two carriers for early adopters to take home, but to be honest, the whole concept of curved displays on a smartphone still causes us to scratch our collective heads more than be impressed.
Samsung isn't likely to woo many potential Galaxy S6 buyers away from the flagship device in favor of the Galaxy S6 Edge either, but those in search of a more premium edition worthy of making friends envious will want to wait it out a bit longer – assuming you can afford it, that is.
Xperia Z4: release date, design and display
It might not seem that long ago since the Xperia Z3 was released, but with Sony's rapid release schedule for its flagship smartphones the rumour mill has already been working overtime.
We've started to hear plenty rumours about Sony's next flagship, including one report which reckons the Japanese firm will return to an annual launch of its top device, ditching the recent trend of every six months, though not until after the Z4 launches.
Updates: We may not have quite as long to wait for the Sony Xperia Z4 as we'd thought, but it still probably won't launch before June.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Sony's next flagship smartphone
- When is it out? Sometime in the summer probably
- What will it cost? A lot - this will be a high-end device
Sony Xperia Z4 release date
Early rumors suggested we'd see the Sony Xperia Z4 at MWC 2015, but that hasn't happened. So when will we see it? That's not entirely clear.
Some rumors suggest that Sony is moving from two flagships a year to just one and pushing the Sony Xperia Z4 back to the summer.
On the other hand Sony has already started rolling out its '4' product range with the Xperia Z4 Tablet and the Xperia M4 Aqua, so it would make sense to have a smartphone alongside them. Plus, speaking to TrustedReviews, Tim Harrison, Sony's Vice President of Global Communications and PR, claimed the company hasn't moved to a 12 month product cycle.
So maybe we won't have to wait too long after all. The Xperia Z4 Tablet isn't set to launch till June anyway, so that still gives Sony a few months to announce its next flagship and get it on the market at the same time.
What will it cost?
There's been no information on how much the Xperia Z4 will cost, however as it's a flagship smartphone (and a Sony one at that) we'd expect it to ship with a high price tag.
The Xperia Z3 launched at £549 ($630, AU$849) and we'd expect the Z4 to launch at around the same price.
Rumours have also suggested that Sony could be plotting two versions of its flagship smartphone. There would be a Z4 with a 1080 x 1920 full high definition screen, similar to the one found on the Xperia Z3. The second version would offer a much higher 1440 x 2560 (QHD) resolution.
These rumours claim that the 1080p version will cost less than the QHD version, though we'd take those claims with a pinch of salt.
Sony Xperia Z4 design
The Xperia Z3's attractive OmniBalance design was one of its strongest features, and it looks like Sony won't be straying too far from that template.
According to a source that contacted Phone Arena, the Xperia Z4 will have thinner top and bottom bezels as well as more rounded corners as you can sort of see in the accompanying image.
You may not have to imagine what the Z4 may look like any more, after images apparently taken from the email account of the Sony CEO during the major Sony hack reveals early renders of the Xperia Z4.
What can you expect then? Well a mirrored front and rear, the now-traditional oversized power/lock key on the right and three colour options - white, black and yellow. That's if the images are correct, of course.
Annotated images that were included in the leak show that the Xperia Z4 could come with a 1.2mm glass panel and resin bezel.
Another recent rumour suggested that Sony could be releasing a Walkman edition of the Xperia Z4. This version would concentrate on music playing with hi-res audio codec support, two-day battery life and improved S-Force PRO front-facing speakers.
Releasing multiple versions of its upcoming flagship smartphone could be a risky move on Sony's part, but more choice might not be a bad thing for the consumer looking to buy a phone that focuses on their specific interest.
Sony Xperia Z4 screen
There's been a lot of conflicting reports on the Xperia Z4's screen. One area of contention is how large the screen will be.
Early rumours hinted that the screen would be 5.5-inches, a fair bit larger than the 5.2-inch display on the Xperia Z3.
Another rumour suggested that the screen will be slightly smaller at 5.4-inches, though still an upgrade over the Z3.
The latest rumours we've heard about the size of the Xperia Z4's screen claims that neither of those sizes is correct, and instead Sony will be sticking with a 5.2-inch display.
That has now been backed up with details from a new leak that suggests there will be a 5.2-inch screen with a Quad HD resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels equaling 565ppi.
The other detail rumours seem to be conflicted on is regarding the resolution of the screen. Although some rumours claim that Sony is sticking with 1080p as the resolution, other rumours are suggesting it will get a substantial boost to QHD 1440 x 2560, the same as the LG G3.
Perhaps most interestingly we've also heard rumours that both these resolutions are correct, and that Sony will be release two different versions of the Xperia Z4.
Power, OS and Camera
Sony Xperia Z4 power
We could be in for something quite special with the Xperia Z4, as a benchmark result pegs it as having a Snapdragon 810 processor and 3GB of RAM.
Earlier claims include specs which largely line up with this. A 64-bit 2.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB of RAM, Adreno 430 GPU, 32GB of storage and a Exmor RS CMOS sensor have all been touted for the handset.
It will supposedly support Bluetooth 4.1 and LTE Cat.6 connectivity, leaving it equipped to handle LTE-A speeds.
We've seen other rumors that offer conflicting reports on the chip that will power the Xperia Z4 though. Some rumors suggest it will come with the Snapdragon 810 chipset, while others claim delays in the production of the processor have resulted in the Z4 coming with the slightly older Snapdragon 805.
Either way, both these processors offer an upgrade over the Snapdragon 801, which is found in the Xperia Z3.
The battery is pegged at 3420mAh, which is a slight boost over the 3100mAh Xperia Z3.
Sony Xperia Z4 operating system
We've heard relatively little about what operating system the Xperia Z4 will run, though it's a safe bet that it will be some form of Android with Sony's custom overlay.
As Sony is rolling out the update to the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop, from the beginning of February to the Xperia Z3, it's pretty likely that when the Xperia Z4 launches later in the year it will come with Android 5.0 Lollipop preinstalled.
Sony Xperia Z4 camera
The camera is said to have a 20.7MP resolution, just like the Xperia Z3, but with a new sensor capable of taking in more light along with an upgraded 4.8MP front-facing snapper.
The Xperia Z4's launch will apparently coincide with the launch of a new flagship mobile image sensor, the Exmor RS IMX230.
If true, then there is a good chance that the Xperia Z4 will feature the IMX230 sensor. It comes with a 21 megapixel resolution (the same as the Xperia Z3), but with a number of new features as well.
Sony claims it is the industry's first CMOS image sensor built for smartphones that can track fast-moving subjects thanks to built-in image plane phase detection autofocus.
It will also support High Dynamic Range for high resolution still images and 4K video, and it all comes in a form factor that's more compact than its predecessor. Will Sony finally let you record for more than a nanosecond in 4K though? Surely the brand must have ironed out that wrinkle by now.
Other leaks suggest the Z4's camera will feature the IMX189AEG CMOS image sensor. This sensor will be able to record 2K video (2048 x 1080) at 16,000 frames per second, with 4K video (6144 x 2160) recording at 240 frames per second, much faster (and therefore smoother) than the Z3.
Xperia Z4: what we want to see
The Sony Xperia Z3 has only recently arrived on shop shelves but we're pretty sure we're very close to seeing the new handset, so over the last few months we've been making a wishlist of what we want to see.
4K video that actually works
Sony's been trumpeting its phones 4K video capabilities since the Xperia Z2, yet neither that nor the Xperia Z3 can actually record for more than around five minutes without heating up and shutting down the video.
That's obviously a major problem and while it doesn't quite render the 4K feature redundant it does severely limit it. The fact that Sony has left it unfixed in the Xperia Z3 is perplexing, presumably there isn't an easy fix, but if longer videos were possible it could be a genuinely useful feature, whereas right now it's just kind of an embarrassment.
So hopefully it will be fixed for the Sony Xperia Z4. You never know, some people might even have 4K televisions by then too.
A QHD display
But then the Xperia Z3 also launched with a 1080p screen and that was slightly more disappointing, since the size remained the same and other than increased brightness there wasn't much of an upgrade, plus some other phones, such as the LG G3, have started including QHD displays.
We want the Xperia Z4 to wow us and a 1080p display for the fifth time in a row won't do that, so we're hoping its QHD.
The Sony Xperia Z3 looks great, but the bezels above and below the screen are off-puttingly large. Presumably there's a reason for their size, they're likely housing vital components required to make the phone actually work, but they're unsightly and we hope they're smaller next time around.
Improved low-light performance
For the most part the Xperia Z3 has a perfectly capable and even impressive camera, but its low-light performance could still use some work.
Sony made some strides with the Xperia Z3, improving it over the Z2, but seemingly more with software than hardware as its low-light photos tend to come out over-processed, leaving it trailing behind the likes of the iPhone 6 and the HTC One M8 in darker scenes.
Clearly Sony is aware of the problem given that it made some improvements on the Xperia Z3, but it didn't go far enough. We want proper hardware improvements, rather than awkward software fixes.
Sony is due to release a flagship mobile image sensor, the Exmor RS IMX230 in April 2015 and it is likely that the Xperia Z4 will come with the new sensor.
With a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB of RAM you might not think the Xperia Z3 was lacking for power, yet in some ways it is. For one thing all that power seemingly hasn't translated into performance, as surprisingly we found a little bit of lag in use, especially when switching between apps.
It's not a big deal but it does feel less snappy than most other recent flagships despite the specs, which on paper should be more than up to the task. So we're more after increased performance than an actual boost in specs, if it takes improved specs to do that then fine, but if the same thing can be achieved with a bit more optimisation that's fine too.
Having said that superior specs wouldn't be a bad thing either way, as the Snapdragon 801 is starting to look a bit long in the tooth with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 using a Snapdragon 805 chip and the Snapdragon 810 already hitting the shelves.
Another surprising aspect of the Xperia Z3 was just how buggy it seemed, with the keyboard sometimes bouncing or proving unresponsive and the notifications bar occasionally getting stuck half way down.
Hopefully Sony will patch those bugs out of the Xperia Z3 anyway but we'd really rather it makes sure the Xperia Z4 is bug-free before launching it.
Faster camera and autofocus
As long as the light's good the Xperia Z3 can take some exceptional snaps, but one problem with it is actually getting to the point of being able to take a photo, as both launching the camera and the autofocus are a little slower than we'd like.
We're talking milliseconds here, but that can still mean the difference between capturing a moment and missing it, so hopefully the Xperia Z4 will have a snappier snapper.
The new Exmor RS IMX230, which the Xperia Z4 is likely to come with, is claimed by Sony to be the industry's first CMOS image sensor built for smartphones which can track fast-moving subjects thanks to built-in image plane phase detection autofocus.
This new sensor would make the Xperia Z4's camera much better at photographing fast moving subjects.
A new design
We've mentioned that we want smaller bezels but what we'd really like to see is a totally new design. Sony has done a good job of refining its OmniBalance design but there's only so much you can do and with handset after handset sporting fundamentally the same look it's starting to get a bit boring.
Not to mention the fact that for our money both the iPhone 6 and the HTC One M8 look better. So hopefully Sony will do something new and exciting with the Xperia Z4.
Make it metal, give it curves, make it triangular. Ok, maybe not that last one, but we're sure Sony can come up with something, oh and get rid of all those annoying flaps! Most likely it will stick with OmniBalance, but we can dream.
Sony's Lifelogging app is an interesting idea, as it goes beyond just counting steps to also tell you how much running, cycling and sleeping you do and even how long you spend listening to music or watching videos (as long as you do it on your phone).
Essentially as the name suggests it's designed to log your life, but it could do with some improvements. The biggest issue is that it's just not accurate enough, but there are also quirks like the fact that it counts all apps as games, so even if you've never touched a game on your smartphone it will likely peg you as a big mobile gamer.
Plus, while all this information is interesting it doesn't really lead to anything or give you any insights based on the data. If Sony can work on all those things for its Z4 implementation then it could become genuinely useful.
Asking for innovation might seem a bit vague, but with smartphones increasingly levelling out when it comes to specs it's innovation that can really help them stand out, so it would be great if the Sony Xperia Z4 had one or more innovative new features.
What those might be is anyone's guess, maybe a scratch proof body, maybe a virtual reality display, probably not a virtual reality display, but something and ideally something that's more than just a gimmick.
Come on Sony, give us a new feature that even Z3 owners will consider upgrading for.
- We have ideas for the LG G4 as well.