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Best Boost Mobile phones

By Jimmy Westenberg

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If you’re looking to move to a prepaid carrier in the United States, you have a ton of options. One of the best quality prepaid carriers out there is Boost Mobile, powered by Sprint. Now, we’ve already taken a look at the best phones you can buy on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, and now it’s Boost Mobile’s turn. This prepaid carrier has a wide selection of premium devices, and to be honest, it can get a little confusing at times. So, we’re here to help you make that decision.

We’ve split up the devices into different price-range categories: the best Boost Mobile device, the best phones under $300, and the best phones under $150. Keep in mind that these are all off-contract prices directly from Boost Mobile, though you will liekly be able to get the devices cheaper if you buy through Amazon. Without any more hesitation, let’s get started!

Editors note – we will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.


Best (and most expensive) Boost Mobile Android device

#1 – Samsung Galaxy S5

The follow up to last year’s immensely popular S4, the Galaxy S5 from Samsung doesn’t disappoint. This time around, Samsung has added a slew of new health tracking features and a fingerprint sensor, all while still offering top of the line specifications in their most popular handset. With it’s 5.1-inch 1080p display, 16MP rear-facing camera, big 2800mAh battery, and the added ruggedness thanks to its water and dust resistance, we think you’ll be happy with the S5.

Now, the Galaxy S5 is by far the best device on the carrier. However, since there are no carrier subsidies with Boost Mobile, you’ll need to pay full price for this premium handset. You can grab the Galaxy S5 for $599.99 on Boost Mobile.

Specs

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920 resolution
  • 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 16MP rear cam, 2MP front cam
  • Removable 2800mAh battery
  • 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm, 145g
  • Shimmery White
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat (Lollipop update coming down the pipeline)

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Best phones under $300

#1 – Samsung Galaxy S3

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Samsung’s Galaxy S3 was one of the first smartphones that really put Samsung on the map in terms of flagship smartphones. It’s a few years old, but it still holds up really well, thanks to its premium specifications. It features a 4.8-inch 720p display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, which makes it perfect for media consumption. If the 16GB of on-board storage isn’t enough for you, the S3 also has support for a microSD card, so you can store all of your media without taking up space on your device. For the road warriors out there, it also comes with a removable 2100mAh battery which can easily last throughout the day.

The Galaxy S3 can be yours on Boost Mobile for only $249.99. If that price is too high for you, Boost also has a pre-owned model for $199.99.

Keep in mind that the video review is of the Sprint model, so disregard the network information when you come to it.

Specs

  • 4.8-inch OLED display with 720 x 1280 resolution
  • 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 64GB
  • 8MP rear cam, 1.9MP front cam
  • Removable 2100mAh battery
  • 137 x 71 x 8.6 mm, 132g
  • White
  • Android 4.4 KitKat (Lollipop update coming down the pipeline)

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Buy from Amazon for $199.99


#2 – ZTE Warp Sync

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If you’re looking for a solid smartphone that doesn’t cost as much, take a look at the ZTE Warp Sync. It has a 5-inch 720p display with a Snapdragon 400 processor. It also features a nice 8MP rear-facing camera as well as a removable 2300mAh battery. This device only comes with 8GB of internal storage, though it supports microSD cards up to 64GB. This phone is sleek, light, and runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

If you’d like to pick one up for yourself, Boost Mobile is offering the ZTE Warp Sync for only $179.99.

Specs

  • 5-inch IPS LCD display with 720 x 1280 resolution
  • 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 8GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 64GB
  • 8MP rear cam, 1.6MP front cam
  • Removable 2300mAh battery
  • 142.2 x 73.7 x 10.2 mm, 163g
  • Black
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat

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#3 – LG Volt

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Looking for something with a a bit more battery life than the competition? The LG Volt should do the trick. It has a perfectly-sized 4.7-inch LCD display and brings a Snapdragon 400 processor. This phone should get you through the day with ease, thanks to its removable 3000mAh battery. This device also offers 8GB of on-board storage as well as microSD support for up to 64GB. It also comes with LG’s Knock Code and a slew of other software tricks from LG. It’s running Android 4.4.2, but should get the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop sometime in 2015.

If you’d like one for yourself, pick up the LG Volt from Boost Mobile for only $179.99.

Specs

  • 4.7-inch LCD display with 540 x 960 resolution
  • 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 64GB
  • 8MP rear cam, 1.3MP front cam
  • Removable 3000mAh battery
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Falcon Pro 3 hits Google Play

By Nick Sarafolean

Third-party Twitter apps are a touchy subject for many. Twitter’s stinginess with tokens for third-party apps has led to several great apps being left dead in the water. Likely the most famous of the apps is Falcon Pro, a third-party Twitter app that soared in popularity and then hit a wall when it ran out of tokens. Not long after, the developer ceased to support the app and it was left for the faithful few who continued to use it.

But the Falcon brand is rising once again. Just over two weeks ago, Falcon developer Joaquim Verges announced that he would be rebuilding the app using Material Design. The result hit the Play Store this morning under the title of Falcon Pro 3. While the excitement for the new app was high, many have been left underwhelmed. The current release seems like much more of an early beta build than anything substantial.

Falcon Pro 3 is extremely bare bones, lacking even Direct Message support. Surprisingly, it includes multi-account support, but that’s going to cost you extra. Falcon Pro 3 is unlocked using an in-app purchase of $3.99, and each extra account will be another $1.99. The move is designed to help conserve the amount of tokens available.

Still, Falcon Pro 3 has some great features and loads of potential. It’s garbed in a classy, dark Material Design skin that makes it far more appealing than most Twitter clients. It’s also incredibly fast, with use of caching and extensive optimization for Android 5.0 Lollipop. Finally, it includes a whole lot of support for columns, allowing quite literally anything in Twitter to be added as a column.

Follow the source link below to pick up Falcon Pro 3 for yourself.

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Folding@Home Beta arrives for Sony smartphones, help cure Alzheimer’s while you sleep

By Rob Triggs

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Sony has a long standing partnership with the Folding@Home research project and has just released a Beta version of Folding@Home for smartphones, following successful trials back in 2012.

For those who haven’t come across Folding@Home before, it’s essentially a scientific simulation program that makes use of the combined processing capabilities of computers, and now smartphones, from all over the world to cost effectively crowd-source research data that would otherwise only be obtainable through the use of hugely expensive supercomputers. Each peer chips in a small amount of processing power, but it adds up when you combine the entire user base together.

The Folding@Home project is designed and used for disease research. By simulating protein folding and drug design, researches can obtain a better look at difficult to observe molecules, which could help find cures for cancer, Alzeimer’s and Huntington’s disease, among others.

The increase in computing capacity is having a real effect on what we can achieve … The potential of smartphones in this space is enormous and we’re really pleased that Sony has been able to support us with this. – Dr Vijay Pande

Dr Vijay Pande, a doctor in biology and structural chemistry at Stanford, suggests that research contributing towards a ground-breaking paper might need somewhere around 150,000 phone days spent using the app. That’s an incredibly long time, but if 10,000 phones were all running at once you would have the solution within just two weeks. 100,000 smartphones all running the app at once could produce around 2 PFLOPS of processing power, smashing through the previous 2007 world record which was accomplished with a selection of Sony PS3 gaming consoles.

The beta version of the Folding@Home app is compatible with all smartphones in the Xperia Z series, as well as the Xperia T3, T2 Ultra, M2 Aqua and C3, and can is available for download from Google Play. Once the beta stage comes to a close, the app will be available for all Android 4.4 smartphones sometime early this year.

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Get the SKEYE Nano Drone for $34.99

By AA Deals

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Back in November we first posted up word of the SKEYE Nano Drone, a sleek little drone with an extremely low price on the AA Deals store. That initial deal actually sold out pretty quickly, but thankfully it has now returned to the store after a short absence at the same killer price point of $34.99.

The SKEYE Nano Drone is a sleek, small and agile flying machine that is just 4 x 4 centimeters in size and is perfect for airborne stunts. In addition to being small enough to go just about anywhere (indoor and out), and cheap enough that it won’t hurt your wallet, the Nano Drone also has three distinct flight modes: one for beginners, another for more advanced pilots and a new expert mode for seasoned drone veterans. There’s also LED lights for night flights, meaning you can use this drone anytime, anywhere.

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Even if the FCC goes forward with Title II classification, expect significant delays

By William Neilson Jr

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Politico

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has recently made news for his hint that he would classify broadband providers under Title II. This classification would in effect give the FCC the actual power to punish providers if they tried putting forward corporate-friendly “fast lanes.”

Even if Wheeler announces his plan for Title II classification (and it passes the FCC vote later in February), consumers shouldn’t expect to see the classification take effect for likely several years.

Cable and wireless companies have all but guaranteed that they will sue the FCC to stop any Title II classification. To be fair, so have those who are in favor of Title II classification (assuming that the FCC voted to not impose Title II classification).

“The big dogs are going to sue regardless of what comes out. We need to make sure that we have sustainable rules, and that starts with making sure that we have addressed the multiplicity of issues that come along and are likely to be raised.” – FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler

Several months ago, Verizon General Counsel Randal Milch admitted in a blog post that any FCC plan which doesn’t decrease already light net neutrality rules “fairly guarantees litigation.” This followed Verizon CFO Francis Shammo telling a crowd at the 42nd Annual Global Media and Communications confab in New York, that if the FCC went to Title II classification, there would be a “very litigious environment.”

AT&T’s SEVP of external and legislative affairs, Jim Cicconi, issued a statement claiming that “if the FCC puts such rules in place, we would expect to participate in a legal challenge to such action.”

The irony in this is that Verizon is the reason that the FCC is in the position that they are in today. Verizon previously sued and won to overturn the FCC’s 2010 Open Internet Order which gave the FCC extremely soft power over broadband providers. This forced the FCC to come up with new rules.

The surest way to avoid Title II would have been to accept the 2010 rules, as all major ISPs but Verizon did. ISPs are reportedly furious at Verizon because its lawsuit has raised the possibility that they could face utility regulation over broadband service. The 2010 order contained stronger rules against fast lanes but didn’t hold up in federal appeals court, with judges deciding that the FCC would have to use Title II instead of Section 706 to enforce them. – Ars Technica

Verizon is now so desperate to stop the likely Title II classification that they are asking the FCC to use the 2010 rules that Verizon itself killed in court previously.

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Congress is also trying to get involved in the Title II debate. Republican Congressional leaders have been working to put together a new plan that would prevent broadband providers from giving priority for some websites over others while allowing providers to stay out of the Title II classification.

A spokesman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee said that Chairman Fred Upton and Communications Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden are also trying to find a “sustainable bipartisan path forward that won’t end up in court.” – NextGov

A number of Democrats also are reintroducing a bill that would ban paid prioritization agreements between content providers like Netflix and ISPs like AT&T and Verizon. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) reintroduced The Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act.

As Tim Wu, who came up with the net neutrality term, said recently: “There will be blood.”

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Interview with TYLT

By Ankit Banerjee

With an increasing number of phones offering wireless charging capabilities, good wireless charging products are in growing demand. Tylt is one such company that has stepped up to address this need, and while it is still a young company, it has been making quite a name for itself in the wireless charging market. At CES 2015, Tylt introduced a few new useful additions to their product portfolio, and we got to spend some time with their VP of Product Development, Kannyn MacRae, to talk about the Tylt car charger and the Tylt Vu Solo!

The award-winning Tylt Vu series has done very well since its introduction, but Tylt is now setting their sights beyond just your desktop space. With its latest product, Tylt is now looking to bring a wireless charging solution into your car, an area in which not a lot of products are currently available. The Tylt Vu Wireless Car Charger looks and can be setup like any other car mount, with a big suction cup to easily attach it to your windshield and dashboard, along with an adjustable holder and a one touch release.

Of course, being able to wirelessly charge your device while it is in the holder is a big plus. It has a three coil setup, so you don’t have to worry about accurate placement. The bottom place is also replaceable, with another coming with an additional slot that can be used to charge another device that may not come with wireless charging capabilities. There is a cigarette lighter adapter that can be used to charge the three coils with a proprietary non-microUSB cable. The adapter is where an additional USB port is found to allow the charging of the second device.

Along with the Vu Wireless Charging Car Mount, Tylt also introduced the Vu Solo, a single coil flat charger which serves as a lower price entry point, but comes with the same signature Tylt colors and build quality the company is famous for. There is also a patented alignment piece on the cable that lets you know exactly how to align the phone on the charger, solving one of the issues with most single coil wireless chargers.

The Tylt Vu Car Charging Mount and and Vu Solo will be available in a couple of months, priced at $79.99 and $49.99 respectively. When available, you will be able to pick these up from the Tylt website directly.

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LG Fx0 impressions: Firefox OS is no threat to Android right now

By Matthew Benson

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Regardless of what side of the “OS coin” one falls on, there is no question that Google’s Android has taken center stage of the mobile marketplace, with Apple’s iOS taking the role of supporting cast. Backstage we have the two understudies: Microsoft’s Windows Phone and Blackberry’s BB10, and somewhere off set, in a quiet office, lies Mozilla’s Firefox OS, still attending casting calls.

Given the fact that Android has the lead, the idea of new challengers helps to keep Mountain View on its proverbial toes. Interestingly enough, Firefox OS (hereafter to be referred to as “Fx”) isn’t so new, having launched on several carriers last summer in Spain, though given the extremely low-end hardware it was pushing, one might be forgiven should they have missed it entirely.

Meanwhile, here in Japan, a quiet cold war has been brewing among the conservative carriers, NTT docomo and KDDI au, with Softbank taking a much more liberal approach to business given things like its 2013 acquisition of Sprint Nextel. The silent fight taking place is not between each other, but instead, a dependency on Google. Docomo’s canceled Tizen prototype phone was leaked some time ago, and then just a couple of weeks back, au surprised seemingly everyone when it announced the Fx0, a Firefox smartphone that had (relatively) amazing specs, was made by Korean OEM LG, and would be releasing just days later, on Christmas.

Having now spent more than a week with the Fx0, I am here to share my impressions, and to provide a discourse as to the threat (or lack thereof) it stands to Android. Before I begin however, I want to issue a stern warning to anyone who is itching to import one of these devices, as they can indeed be had on eBay: the carrier, KDDI au, will under no circumstances, unlock their phones. This means that if you buy one, unless there is some kind of magic 3rd party solution by the folks at XDA or elsewhere, you will never be able to use it with any foreign SIM. Furthermore, au operates on CDMA networks and thus even if the device was unlocked, barring you have a Verizon SIM, there would be little point. With that said, let us begin:

In for the experience

When au announced the Fx0, suffice to say there was a bit of a shock to be had. The carrier has long been trying to improve its market position, as it’s usually ranked last place among Japan’s big three carriers. In recent years, it has begun selling products the other two ignored, including the LG G Flex, HTC One (M7), HTC Butterfly, and several Motorola phones. The logo was changed to come across as more mature and refined, and some months back, the carrier opened a gigantic flagship store in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo. Couple this with the carrier’s long history of releasing “concept” devices, and the Fx0 actually seemed surprisingly par-for-the-course in the carrier’s continued attempt to gain relevancy.

The first reaction I had to the press images was mixed: the transparent design looked mildly interesting, but also somewhat tacky and cheap. The fact that au was making a point of advertising the designer Tokujin Yoshioka, someone neither I nor anyone I know had even heard of, seemed like a misplaced marketing mishap. Aside from the fact that it was running an OS that the world doesn’t really care about – especially not Japan – it seemed quite shocking, as did the fact that only a few stores in the country (one being the aforementioned Shinjuku flagship) would carry it initially.

Walking into the store to purchase one, the staff immediately tried to do what could only be described as talking me out of the decision, for they were clearly attempting to explain the “concept” nature of the product and all the warnings that would ensure. Upon indicating I was purchasing it for “something like developer use” they immediately left me alone and the sale was on.

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The packaging is nothing short of exquisite. LG’s attention to detail is fantastic, with the package encased inside a plain white box, and with a slide-out inner box of Gold color. The phone comes with a transparent matrix-grid back cover, however a transparent version was also included with it free of charge. In addition, a thick gold bumper is available, but at the price of ¥6588.

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Indeed the phone looks very nice in person. The transparent nature seems to mask the fact that the product is a $500 piece of plastic with mid-range specs: it has a 4.7 inch IPS display (1280 X 720), a Snapdragon 400 CPU, a 2370 mAh battery, 16GB of on-board storage and 1.5GB of RAM, an 8.0 megapixel rear camera and 2.1 megapixel front, and support microSDXC up to 64GB. These specs are technically nothing high-tech to be sure, but when one considers the remainder of the Firefox OS platform, they are as killer as killer can get. Relatively, of course.

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Firefox OS

To be fair, Firefox OS isn’t horrible. The OS itself is very clean, and in some ways a hybrid of iOS and Android. The problem, though, is that it lacks the refinement that its rivals – Windows Phone 8.1 included – have. While Firefox OS 2.0, the build running on the Fx0, at least has cut and paste, but the overall product is very bare bones and at times, and a bit buggy.

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The pull-down notification shade is very familiar, and in a move that I can only describe as semi-brilliance, Mozilla has decided to move all the quick access buttons (such as Airplane Mode, GPS, Bluetooth, etc) to the bottom part of it, something that makes accessing them so much easier than reaching for the top a la TouchWiz. Of course by doing this, I am eternally trying …read more

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Jide’s Ultra Remix Surfaces, wants to provide Window(s) to productivity

By Matthew Benson

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From this angle (or any, really) one might be hard pressed to see anything other than a Microsoft Surface.

Many believe that the motivation behind Microsoft’s Surface line of tablet PCs is to inspire OEMs to make similar, competitive products. This was especially a relevant point in the early days of Windows 8 when manufacturers were still focused on laptops with the slate form-factor primarily embraced by RT products. While inspiration may be the main ingredient, it’s questionable just how enamored Redmond will be at the sight of Jide’s Ultra Remix tablet. The bigger cause of concern? Hard to guess: the design itself or the fact it’s running Android.

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This curious creation is the brainchild of a trio of former senior engineers at Google: Jeremy Zhou, David Ko, and Ben Luk. They, along with a team comprised of former staff at Sony, Baidu, Amazon, and even Microsoft itself (among others). The Remix appears to be little more than a geek’s fantasy of running Android on a Surface, but the hardware doesn’t disappoint either. In addition to the kickstand (which can be positioned at either 40 or 80 degrees), it also has an 11.6 inch, 1920X1080 screen and a 1.8 GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 on-board. Add to this 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 64GB of on-board storage, a pair of 5 megapixel front/rear cameras and dual-band Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n). It is only 860 grams and sports an nice 8100 mAh power cell. And let’s not forget the pre-requsite magnetic keyboard (replete with touch pad) and magnetic charging port.

Running on this familiar-looking piece of kit is a variant of Android 4.4.2 called Remix OS. The mobile software platform makes use of a taskbar to facilitate multi-tasking (just like Windows), which interestingly seems to have chosen Lollipop’s system navigation buttons. The OS also allows for apps to be ran in a phone-sized state thus avoiding the stretched out form factor that typically occurs when running them on an optimized screen resolution/size. And, just like Windows, you can have multiple… windows open. Given the similarities, it actually would be most-fitting should Jide work in a licensing agreement with Microsoft to have Office for Android pre-installed.

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When the Jide Ultra Remix tablet hits China it should retail for around $349 (16 GB) and $449 (64GB) and be offered in a variety of color options. A US/UK release is expected in Q2 or Q3. Suffice to say, it does look nice and provided it has decent build quality, could actually present a challenge not only to Chromebooks, but to larger Android tablets that offer bigger screens yet the same basic Android interface present on all non-forked devices.

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Samsung officially launches 6.5mm thin, 5.5 inch, octa-core Galaxy A7

By Gary Sims

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The Samsung Galaxy A series of phones has been slowly growing. Samsung launched the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5 at the end of October, and the A5 went on sale in China at the end of November. The A3 and A5 became available in the USA at the end of December. Now just a couple of weeks into 2015 and Samsung has added another model to the A series, the Samsung Galaxy A7. It is a 5.5 inch device, with a HD Super AMOLED display, that measures just 6.5mm thick. Samsung is calling it “one of the slimmest Galaxy smartphones equipped with premium hardware.”

If you have been following the news and rumors of the new A series, then the A7 won’t be much of a surprise to you. The phone had been expected to appear soon, and there have been various signs that it would be launching in Asia around now. Most of the leaked details where right about the A7. The only real surprise is the choice of processor package. All the models will use an octa-core processor, coupled with 2GB of RAM, however depending on your region you will either get a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC or a 32-bit Exynos 5430 SoC. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC uses four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.0GHz. This technically makes the CPU a big.LITTLE processor as the cores are heterogeneous, in that they don’t all offer the same performance, however they are all in fact Cortex-A53 cores. The Samsung Exynos 5430 uses four 32-bit Cortex-A15 cores, clocked at 1.8GHz, coupled with four Cortex-A7 cores clocked at 1.3GHz.

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The single SIM versions of the phone offer full 4G LTE support, whereas the dual-SIM version only offers 3G. The latter will use the Samsung Exynos 5430, while the processor found in the 4G models will depend on where you are in the world.

Besides the octa-core processor and 2GB of RAM, the Galaxy A7 has 16GB of memory and a 2600mAh battery. As for optics, the A7 offers some of the same features from the A3 and A7. There is a 13MP rear facing camera and a 5MP front-facing camera with advanced selfie features such as ‘Ultra Wide Shot’ and ‘Auto Selfie’ modes. The latter allows you to take a photograph using only a voice command or a wave of the hand.

The A7 runs Android 4.4 KitKat and includes all the normal bells and whistles like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. The LTE versions also include NFC. There is no current information about a possible upgrade of the Galaxy A7 to Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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The Galaxy A7 will become available globally during the next two months, but there is no official word on pricing. The A3 costs around $330 in the US, while the A5 costs around $410. It is likely that the A7 will cost around $500 (+/- $25).

Samsung’s A series covers several different size and performance points. The A3 is a 4.5 inch quad core device with 1GB of RAM and a 1900MAh battery, the A5 is a 5 inch quad-core device with 2GB of RAM and a 2300mAh battery, and the A7 is a 5.5 inch octa-core handset with 2GB of RAM and a 2600mAH. All three models in the A series come with 16GB of internal storage and a micro SD slot.

So what do you think of Samsung’s A series? Impressed?

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Here’s what we expect from Samsung at MWC 2015

By Jonathan Feist

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With CES 2015 finished up, awards given and hundreds of tech reviewers ready to crash for a few days to recover from the adventure, it is time to start thinking about what comes next in the world of Android. As far as the big events go, next up is very exciting, as we are headed into flagship season and MWC.

Samsung has been a major manufacturer of Android devices in the last few years. They have a fairly regular routine of launching one iteration after another of most styles of phone they offer. That approach has changed a little in the last half year or so, with stiff competition and the consumer desire for more premium feeling devices than Samsung’s normal plastic offerings, at a lower price than a flagship normally affords.

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What should we expect from Samsung moving forward?

We applaud Samsung for reigning things in a bit. While we love the idea of having seemingly limitless options of Android devices to choose from, we’ll take quality over quantity any day. It appears that Samsung knows this, as the expectations for their next flagship device(s) may be the best that the South Korean manufacturer has yet delivered.

Materials

Starting with build materials, Samsung tested the waters late in 2014 with the Galaxy Alpha. The Alpha was touted as Samsung’s first major Android phone built of metal. While the design of the phone was not a huge departure from other Samsung devices, the metal made for a more premium feel over Samsung’s typical plastic offerings

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was also a welcome design change, although it did not rock the same metal build, the phone itself brought a glossy and premium look to it. This lead to the notion that the Note 4 is the phone that Samsung should lead off from in future flagship devices.

Display

One of the key features to the Note 4 that helped Samsung stand out in the crowd came in the second iteration of the device, called the Note Edge. Adding a curved display to an Android phone may not be a new concept, but the Note 4 based version took it to the next level of functionality. If you are unfamiliar with the benefits of the curved edge of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, I will just leave you with this video to see what I mean.

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Our expectation is that Samsung will take the ‘you can’t have too much of a good thing’ approach with the Galaxy S6. That said, it is likely that the Galaxy S6 will come in two variations as well. The flat panel S6, with metal build materials, of course, and a Galaxy S6 Edge, rocking a similarly styled curved edge to the Galaxy Note Edge.

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It is Samsung’s history to announce their ‘S’ line flagship at Mobile World Congress (MWC) held in Barcelona every year. MWC will be held in early March for 2015, a little bit later than the normal February dates that gave Samsung a couple months to actually launch their flagship device in April or so. We expect that Samsung will be on track for April once again, regardless their announcement date.

We’ve got a full Samsung Galaxy S6 rumor roundup all ready for your perusal, but the highlights include a 5.5-inch display, on the flat panel, 5.3-inch on the curved version. As long as Qualcomm is right that the Snapdragon 810 is still on track, it is most likely we will find the new high-end 64-bit SoC in the Galaxy S6. And an Exynos version as well, for certain primarily-Asian markets. Head on over to the Galaxy S6 rumor roundup for more details.

For good measure, check out this awesome looking fan depiction of what the Galaxy S6 could look like.

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Smartwatch

But wait, there’s more! You didn’t think the next flagship Galaxy S6 was all that Samsung has in the works did you? How about a new smartwatch? Not just any smartwatch, of course, as rumor has it that Samsung is headed to MWC with a completely round watch face design. Something we’ve seen in the Motorola Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R already.

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We’ve heard rumblings of a round faced Samsung smartwatch since early 2014. More recently, as suggested, those rumblings suggest a launch at MWC, and in common Samsung smartwatch fashion, we expect the new watch to run their own mobile operating system, Tizen.

Tizen

We are still debating internally the pros and cons of Samsung pushing forward with their own operating system, Tizen. There is little dispute that Samsung has built much of their success in the mobile sector thanks to the power of Android. Should they forego Android and move to their own OS?

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We’re not here to debate Tizen, but we’ll tease the debate just a little. On one hand, Samsung is pushing out Tizen powered smart TVs and smartwatches …read more

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