Android News 28 April 2014:
- Samsung May Release The Premium Variant of Galaxy S5 in June
- LG L80 Specs and Image Leaked; A new L Series III Device on The Way
- Huawei to Announce Ascend P7 Mini on May 7 in Paris
1. Samsung May Release The Premium Variant of Galaxy S5 in June
When Samsung announced the Galaxy S4 last year with its famous plastic body, everyone believed the next Samsung’s flagship, Galaxy S5, would definitely have a metal build body with a premium look. There were also so many reports and rumors supporting the idea that Samsung is planning to release 2 variants on Galaxy S5 at the MWC event: Normal and Prime. But at the Unpacked Event, Galaxy S5 was announced with plastic body again and Samsung’s J.K. Shin told the reporters that “no premium version of the S5 is planned for launch.”
But it seems there is a slight change in the plan, as according to some trusted sources Samsung is actually working on the Project KQ (aka Galaxy S5 prime or Galaxy F) which features a QHD display (1,440x2,560 pixels), the most powerful processor available and a premium metal body.
The latest rumors suggest June 2014 as the release date (or maybe just announcement) for the Galaxy S5 Prime and it seems Samsung’s doesn’t like to lose the battle of QHD displays to its home town rival, LG, which is planning to launch LG G3 with a QHD screen sometime in the summer.
2. LG L80 Specs and Image Leaked; A new L Series III Device on The Way
L Series III lineup was announced by LG during the MWC 2014 and the Korean released the first 3 devices of this affordable smartphones, L40, L70 and L90, in Barcelona at that time.
Now, it seems the lineup is having a new 4th member and according to the leaked images and specs, LG L80 features a 5-inch display, 800x480 pixels of resolutions, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of expandable storage, optional Dual-SIM, and 2,540mAh battery. LG Knock Code, which identifies a pattern as you tap the screen, is also rumored to be featured on the affordable LG L80 handset.
There are still no words about the price, release date and market availability.
Update: The handset is now official in Indonesia and LG will be delivering the L80 in Indonesia for $215 USD.
3. Huawei to Announce Ascend P7 Mini on May 7 in Paris
Well, it is known that Huawei is planning an event on May 7 in Paris to announce their 2014’s flagship, Ascend P7. But, according to some sources the Chinese company is also planning to announce the P7’s little brother along with the flagship itself. Ascend P7 mini is excepted to feature a 4.5 inch display, 960x540 pixels of resolutions, 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400, Adreno 305 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, microSD card support, 8MP/5MP main and rear cameras, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, LTE-enabled and 2,000 mAh battery.