Samsung Unveils Galaxy S5 Plus With 5.1-Inch HD Display, Snapdragon 805 SoC

Samsung Galaxy S5-Plus

Sliently Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S5 Plus, which is the company’s Snapdragon 805 version of 2014 flagship. Similar to the Galaxy S4 LTE-A that went on sale late last year and which will be the small late season upgrade. Just like its predecessor (Galaxy S5 LTE), this new Plus model brings faster LTE connection in addition to the improved performance. Full details after this fold!

With Snapdragon 801, the Galaxy S5 launched back this year which include a 2.5GHz quad-core processor and with a new CPU clocked at 2.5GHz, gets new core – Krait 450. Chipset that also has a new generation GPU – Adreno 420 – dropping from the 3xx series.

Other changes made would be the LTE Cat.6, upgrading from Cat.4. The Galaxy S5 Plus will boast 300Mbps downloads instead of 150Mbps, and uplinks remains at 50Mbps. Of course, its the same Snapdragon SoC that the newly launched Galaxy Note 4 sports with.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus will be far identical to the version that launched early this year, it has a 5.1-inch 1080p screen and not quad-HD display like the LTE-A. Still got a 16-megapixel camera with 2160p video (no OIS like the Note), packs 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage, and poweres with a 2,800mAh battery on board.

Dimensions and measurements will be same as the original Galaxy S5. Plus integrated with the similar IP67 rating too, its a water and dust resistant handset.

Availability, now the phone only be available to buy in the Netherlands and no idea about the global launch. Samsung’s press site doesn’t even have a press release of it either.


LG Planning To Launch New Phone With Its Own ‘Odin’ AP


Rumored in the past about LG’s in-house chipset codenamed Odin already and speculations have it in line, the Odin smartphone was delayed several times due to overheating issues and production lag. Now, according to the latest report that surfaced have been solved, and we’re going to see the cryptic phone announced any time now.

If those reports are imminent, then we all should be seeing the Odin-running smartphones as as early as this week. Although, the insider claims that LG phone will be launched as part of the LG’s G3 series and goes for a test run for the proprietary chipset.

Apparently LG isn’t ready to promote the Odin on a flagsip device just yet and prepping to play it safe. The Odin chipset is well rumored to feature a big LITTLE configuration for the CPU with four Cortex-A15 and four Cortex-A7 cores, which will be resulting a powerful combination, but on the other hand, it should be retired soon in favor of the 64-bit ARM cores already integrated on the Exynos 7 Octa and few Snapdragon chipsets.

LG expected to surprise us wiyj the GPU (graphics chip), which could either be ARMs Mali-T604 (for quad-core variant), and the Mali-T760 (for the octa-core processors), or even use a PowerVR Series 6.

Remind you, the new AP will be based on ARM Coretex-A15 architecture (already seen in Tegra and Exynos APs) and supports full-HD resolution with the ARM big.LITTLE multi-core processor configuration.

LG Liger (F490L), just tree weeks ago passed through the Bluetooth certification authority which could be highly possible, would indeed be the upcoming Odin-powered smartphone from LG Electronics.

For the first time, LG to launch a new mid-range phone powered by its self-made application processor, Odin, LG’s AP – is a system on a Chip, like Qualcomm and Samsung’s Exynos for mobile. The announcement should be happening anytime now, but there is no perfect confirmation yet if the the phone will be a South Korean exclusive or not.


Philips i966 Aurora With 5.5-Inch qHD Display, YunOS 3.0 And 20.7MP Camera Announced


Philips has officially unveiled Aurora i966 as the company’s latest flagship smartphone in China. It comes with a 5.5-inch (2460×1440 pixels) Quad-HD display. With 2.5D arch glass, slim bezels with 63.8% screen-to-body ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass protection, the high-end smartphone is powered by a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC) processor with Adreno 330 GPU.

The Philips i966 Aurora runs on Alibaba’s YunOS. 3.0 (based on Android), sports a 20.7-megapixel Sony IMX220 Exmor RS sensor with 6-element lens camera, with f/1.8 aperture and a front-facing of 8MP with f/1.2 aperture. It packs 3GB RAM, 32GB built-in storage and a 3000mAh battery.

The smartphone announced with a fingerprint sensor on its back that has high sensivity to work with wet hands either and it has integrated with Sabre ES9018 DAC chip.


Philips i966 Aurora Features and Specifications

  • 5.5-inch (2560×1440 pixels) Quad HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC) processor
  • 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory
  • YunOS 3.0 OS based on Android
  • Dimensions – 1523x76x8.2mm
  • 20.7MP rear camera with LED Flash, Sony IMX220 Exmor RS BSI sensor, f/1.8 aperture
  • 8MP front-facing camera
  • 4G LTE / 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
  • 3000mAh battery

The Philips i966 Aurora will be available to buy in Black color . Priced in China at 3699 Chinese Yuan (Rs. 37,000 / US$600)  Estimated.

Sony Xperia Z4 Specs Leaked: Suggests 5.5″ QHD Display, Snapdragon 810 SoC


Just a month ago Sony has officially introduced its next-gen Xperia Z3 smartphone alongside Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, but today, we got some purported specifications of the expected Xpetia Z4, hits the web allegedly.

The tipster that leaked the Xperia Z4 specs indicates that the flagship smartphone will be followed by the Xperia Z5 later in 2015.

The successdor to the Xperia Z3 is tipped to feature a 5.5? Quad-HD display, bearing the nutty 1,440 x 2.560 pixels screen resolution and the alleged phone will be powered by the upcoming Snapdragon 810 chipset clocked at 2.8GHz (four Cortex-A57 and four Cortex-A53 cores), an Adreno 430 GPU, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB as the minimum storage variant. Which in fact means more gigantic power under the hood.

Cooked with not only that, but the leaker also tips that Sony might equip the Z4 with 4GB RAM, to acquire ful advantage of the Android 5.0 Lollipop, which eventually supports 64-bit architecture, and more than a 3GB of RAM addressable memory.

The Xperia Z4 is also rumored to feature Cat.6 LTE and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity and also speculated to come with the inclusion of a dedicated amplifier for better sound quality. Notably, HTC-like BoomSound front-facing speakers.

Not mentioned about the Z4 is a waterproof smartphone or either brings a great battery life. Currently, these are the purported news about the unannounced Xperia Z4 by Sony. Stay tuned to more details regarding the smartphone here at vsszone.


Philips Xenium X2566 Exclusive For Senior Citizens Launched For Rs.3800


Philips has officially launched a new budget range and feature phone that’s specially designed for senior most. Called the Phlips Xenium X2566, now available to buy in the market at an interesting price tag.

Specifications as afr as the Philips new phone carries larger fonts, SOS functionality and long lasting battery life, and more off making it more comfirtable and accessible to the older citizens. Designed with mellow, unique crystal double color injection moulding technology and the keypad has as said built-in large keys which helps the seniors read or text messages without straining their eyes.

Users can also set three SOS numbers on the mobile phone for emergency contacts. On pressing the dedicated SOS button, the handset makes a call on all the three numbers at once until one of the parties picks up the cell phone.

With unique Magnifier, the phone allows users to magnify letters, powerful flashlight that can be used even when the phone power is switched off. This dual-SIM supporting handset sports a 2.4-inch TFT screen with (240×320 pixels) resolution. A VGA resolution (480×640 pixels) rear camera is housed on the handset alongside an inbuilt storage of 16GB, which can be expanded via a microSD card. Connectivity options on the Xenium X2566 include GPRS/ EDGE, Bluetooth v2.1 and Mini-USB.


It comes with a powerful 1630mAh Li-Ion battery, which is rated to offer a up to 1128 hours standby time and up to 24 hours talktime. Measuring at 124.5×64.9x16mm, the handset only weights 108.8 grams.

Commenting on the launch S.S. Bassi, Country Manager – SAARC, Sangfei Mobility said,

Philips has always pioneered in cutting-edge innovations that matter to our customers. With changing lifestyles in metros in India and increasing incident of elderly abuse, senior citizens are often left to support themselves by choice or otherwise. We specially designed this phone to make technology more accessible to and user-friendly for the elderly with minimum intervention from others.

Philips X2566 Features

  • 2.4-inch (320×240  pixels ) display
  • Wireless FM Radio
  • Powerful Loudspeaker
  • VGA rear camera
  • Dual SIM
  • Large buttons and big fonts
  • Digital text magnifier
  • Bluetooth V2.1
  • 1630mAh battery with up to 1128 hours standby time and up to 24 hours talking time

Priced at Rs. 3, 800, he Philips X2566 goes on sale across India. Available now!

HTC Desire 516C Dual SIM With 5-Inch QHD Display, Quad-core SoC Launched At Rs. 12990


The Taiwanese-giant has launched HTC Desire 516C in India, a mid-range Android smartphone, which comes with a dual-SIM (CDMA+GSM) functionality and supports EDGE on one SIM and 3G EVDO ReVa on the other slot. It flaunt with a 5-inch (960 x 540 pixels) display.

Powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor, the Desire 516C runs on Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense UI on top. Sporting a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, also poses with a VGA 0.3MP snapper on board. For more, see below!

HTC Desire 516C Features and Specifications

  • 5-inch (960 × 540 pixels) qHD capacitive touch screen display
  • Android OS with Sense UI
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 Processor
  • 1GB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, Expandable memory up to 64GB with micro SD
  • Dual SIM (CDMA + GSM)
  • 5MP rear camera with LED flash
  • 0.3MP front-facing camera
  • 9.7mm thick and weighs 160g
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • 3G EVDO Rev.A  + 2G EDGE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
  • 1950 mAh battery

Priced at Rs. 12,990, the HTC Desire 516C will be available exclusively on Snapdeal in India, Already rolling out!

Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK Now Available For Download With Nexus Preview Images


Google has finally rolling out official Software Developer Kit for the recently launched Android 5.0 Lollipop. In addition to SDK, the company has also updated preview images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) smartphones.

Originally, the Android L SDK preview released back this year at Google I/O. Lollipop version comes with 5,000 new APIs and to get the latest SDK, Android users need to navigate to the SDK Manager and select the Tools > SDK Tools > SDK Platform Tools > SDK Built-tools. Select everything under Android 5.0 category, and then click “Install” packages. Finally, by accepting the lisencing agreement, click Install button.

Notably, this is the release of the final APIs level 21, which infact means that developers can start to create new apps based on Android 5.0 Lollipop, as well as updating existing Android apps which can support the OS’s Material Design and etc.

“The Android 5.0 SDK includes updated tools and new developer system images for testing. You can develop against the latest Android platform using API level 21 and take advantage of the updated support library to implement Material Design as well as the leanback user interface for TV apps.”

posted Google on a company blog post.

Google although confirmed that the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will be the first smartphone and Tablet to run the new mobile operating system and also planning to roll out to other supprted Nexus devices around the timebeing, which apparently includes Nexus 4, 5, 7 (2012 / 2013), and Nexus 10.

You can now download Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK from here

HTC Desire 820 and Desire 820q With Android 4.4 KitKat Launched In India

HTC_Desire_820_and_820qFinally, HTC has officially launched Desire 820 with Octa-Core and Desire 820q with Dual-Core Soc, as not the company’s mid-range smartphones in India. Both the handsets features a 5.5-inch 1280 x 720 pixels) display and runs on Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.

HTC’s Desire 820 and Desire 820q Dual-SIM smartphones comes with HTC Sense UI on top, which can be upgradable to the latest version of Android, 5.0 Lollipop.

The Desire 820 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset (four Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.5 GHz per core and four clocked at 1.0 GHz) with Adreno 405 GPU and paired with a 2GB of RAM. Whereas the Desire 820q is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor Snapdragon 410 processor and coupled with a 1GB of RAM.

Tow new HTC Desire handsets sports a 13-megapixel rear camera and flaunt with an 8MP front-facing sensor on borad alongside a dual front BoomSound speakers as well.


At the launch, Chia-Lin Chang, President of Global Sales and Chief Financial Officer, HTC, said,

Our new HTC Desire model gives entertainment lovers exactly what they are looking for; a powerful, fast, stylish smartphone that delivers their favourite content on a big screen at a competitive price. With the HTC Desire 820 and HTC Desire 820q, we’ve combined the most advanced technology with the best possible entertainment experience and bold, distinctive design, to deliver a handset that is both desirable and affordable.

HTC Desire 820 / Desire 820q Dual SIM Features and Specs

  • 5.5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • HTC Desire 820 – Octa-Core (1.5 GHz & 1.0 GHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor with Adreno 405 GPU
  • HTC Desire 820q – 1.2 quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor with Adreno 306 GPU (Desire 820q)
  • 1GB (Desire 820q) / 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD
  • Android 4.4 with HTC Sense 6 UI, upgradable to Android 5.0
  • Dual SIM
  • 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, f/2.2 aperture, BSI sensor, 28mm lens, 1080p video recording
  • 8 MP front-facing camera, 1080p video recording
  • 3.5 mm headset jack
  • 7.74mm thick and weighs 155 grams
  • HTC BoomSound, Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers
  • 4G LTE / 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, GPS
  • 2600 mAh battery

The HTC Desire 820 costs Rs. 24,990 and the Desire 820q priced at Rs. 22,500 will be available to buy in a range of colors in India, starting November 5th.

Intex Aqua X With 3G, qHD Dsiplay, Android 4.4 Now Available To Buy At Rs. 4890


Intex Aqua X is yet another budget smartphone from the Intex Mobile’s Aqua series that went on sale via eBay India. With a 4.5-inch quad-HD display, it is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 Processor. Running on Android 4.4 KitKat, it got 3G connectivity support.

Sporting an 8-megapixel rear facing camera with LED flash, the dual-SIM handset also houses a 2MP front-facing sensor on board. Paired with 512MB RAM, includes 4GB ROM which is further expandable up to 32GB via microSD card.

Overall, it has gesture capabilities that lets you change FM stations and View Images just by hovering your hands over the smartphone and it is backed up by a 1500mAh battery and measures at 8mm tick.

Intex Aqua X Features and Specifications

  • 4.5-inch qHD (960 × 540 pixels) capacitive touch screen display
  • 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor with Mali 400 GPU
  • 512MB RAM, 4GB internal memory, Expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat) OS
  • Dual SIM with Dual Standby
  • 8MP Auto Focus Camera with LED flash
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 8.9mm thick
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and GPS
  • 1500 mAh battery

Priced at Rs. 4890, the Intex Aqua X is now available online with an MRP tag of Rs. 6,890.

Google Announces HTC-Made Nexus 9: Specs, Price And Availability [India]


Google alongside Nexus 6 smartphone also made Nexus 9 tablet by HTC official. This is the Taiwanese manufacturer’s first Nexus gadget since the Nexus One started things in January 2010, and it will be the foremost HTCs’ tablet since the Flyer 7-inch launched in 2011.

It comes with a 4:3 aspect ratio screen, and will be among the first devices to run production builds of Android 5.0 Lollipop, which has been in developer preview status since this summer. Powered by a NVIDIA Tegra chipset, with a the powerful K1 on the inside. Available to buy in 16GB or 32GB vrainats, but only Wi-Fi model and the LTE model comes with a fixed 32GB storage.

Designed in collaboration with HTC, the Nexus 9 features a soft touch back and a metallic frame, with 8.9-inch 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution screen, the 64-bit Tegra K1 Processor paired with the gigantic Kelper GPU.

Although, Google is placing the Nexus 9 in its Productivity listing, with an optional keyboard folio case that magnetically attaches to the tablet. More than enough, are the key hardware capabilities of its specs, includes a dual front-facing speakers with HTC BoomSound, LTE connectivity, 64bit SoC and comes with the great additions of Android L with Material Design, which is flexible across all the previous Android devices.

Pre-orders already started with a price stating at $399 for the base 16GB Wi-Fi only variant. The Nexus 9 will go on sale in the US starting November 3rd.

Update X1: Google Nexus 9 now shows up in Google Play Store in India, pricing and release date confirmed as well.

The 16GB WiFi version of the tablet comes with a Rs. 28,900 (almost $470), while the 32GB LTE version of the tablet costs Rs. 44,900 (almost $730). The price of the WiFi version is almost in line with the US pricing where the tablet costs $399, so it isn’t too far off. However ,the LTE version of the tablet is more pricier when compared with its price in the US.