This week saw a few major announcements and naturally drew the most attention. The clear winner was the Sony Xperia Z3+ launch, which is an incremental upgrade over last year's Z3. The hardware is mostly the same, a bit thinner (at the cost of some battery capacity), improved waterproofing removed the need for a flap over the USB port and allowed Sony to drop the charging pogo pins.
The biggest change on the Xperia Z3+ is the chipset, a Snapdragon 810 with a 64-bit octa-core processor and a beefier GPU. We're curious to see how it copes with the smaller battery.
An even smaller announcement garnered tons of attention, an Iron Man Limited Edition for the Galaxy S6 edge. It looks cool in red and yellow, but the best thing about it is the Arc reactor wireless charger.
The next major version of Android was unveiled this week, dubbed M. The biggest change is the addition of granular permissions, but there are a large number of minor improvements. USB Type C and fingerprint sensors are supported natively, Google also unveiled the latest iteration of its mobile payment system.
From then on it's pretty much all rumors. A Xiaomi Mi 5 rumor promised a 5.5" screen, probably with QHD resolution. It's expected that the company will snag the upcoming Snapdragon 820 chipset, perhaps utilizing its ultrasound fingerprint sensor.
Lumia fans are pining for a new flagship (it's been so long) and their hope is the Lumia 940. It's rumored to follow the small/big trend and launch as a 5.2" model and a 5.7" XL model. There are hints that it could use USB Type C, which can output video to a big screen, turning the phone into a desktop via Windows Continuum.
It seems that there are always rumors about the iPhone and this week was no different. It has been a very long time since the last major camera update (8MP/1080p has been used since the 4S), but the iPhone 6s may change that. So far the scuttlebutt is that it will use a 12MP camera with smaller pixels, but compensate with a RGBW sensor that will boost low-light performance.
A revamped Xperia Z3, the new smartphone comes with Snapdragon 810 and little surprises.
With red and gold colored Iron man styling, this limited edition S6 edge has custom Avengers theme.
The payments are joined by official fingerprint sensor support. Apps have a better way of integrating the web.
The Nexus Player Android TV box also gets its own developer preview image, interestingly.
New cut/copy/paste UI, app standby, direct share, improved volume controls, updated UI, and much more.
The new chipset supports Sense ID, ultrasound fingerprint sensing tech, which could be supported.
The two will have recent Snapdragon chipsets - 808 for the 5.2" model and 810 for the 5.7" XL model.
The addition of the white pixel is to improve low-light performance. The rumor denies a dual-camera setup.
According to mobile analyst Tomi Ahonen, Samsung was the top vendor in the first quarter, followed by Apple.
Samsung will bring simpler UI for exposure control and shutter speed alongside support for RAW capture.
The latest in the Doodle series by Micromax is now official, complete with requisite huge screen.