[The rumor mill] LG G5 to have ticker display, Magic Slot and Snapdragon 820

Samsung Galaxy S7 rumors are abounding right now, but we must not forget other OEMs launching devices next year – LG will soon make announcements regarding LG G5, its G4 follow-up. According to recent reports, the new device will bring some features from G4 and some from LG V10 as well, in the hopes of creating a perfect flagship.

 LG G4

Rumors and ideas


LG G5 is rumored to have a full metal body – an improvement from the usual plastic-based devices it has been rolling out so far. The smartphone is said to have a secondary ticker display to go with the primary 5.3-inch display, kinda like the one you can find on the V10. The second display can be used for quick access to some settings, apps and notifications without having to turn your primary display on.


LG G5 is rumored to run on the latest form of Android on a Snapdragon 820 plus 3GB of RAM. No news on possible expandable storage or on primary storage options yet.


The most curious mention is that of a Magic Slot – feature which allows the device to add more hardware modules. This could be useful with a detachable keyboard, a VR headset or other accessories.


We are close to a new LG launch and a new LG flagship. Would you like a G5 dressed in metal? Let us know in the comments below!


Source: Droid Life



Samsung Galaxy A9 official in China – high-end mid-range device finally on the market

The waiting is over because, starting today, Samsung Galaxy A9 is finally going live. The mid-positioned device looks very high-end and its specs don’t look too shabby either.




Official spec list for Galaxy A9:


  • 6-inch 1920 x 1080 Super AMOELD Display
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage plus microSD slot
  • 64-bit Octa-Core Snapdragon 652 chipset
  • 13MP rear camera with OIS
  • 8MP front camera
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • Fingerprint scanner plus NFC.


Samsung Galaxy A9 is one of the better looking phones out there, although it is not a flagship. Its metal unibody manages to help it look as stylish as possible. The device will launch in China in the following days and the rest of the world may follow next year. No new on pricing yet, folks!


Source: Phandroid



HTC One X9 photos and specs leak online – here’s what a mid-range device looks like

HTC One X9 recently leaked online and now we are ready to spill some secrets for you. X9 hit TENAA last month and we had all the scoop on that, but now it’s time to disclose important stuff like specs and OS versions and all that jazz. The leaks come from China, which makes everything believable, including the render photos below.



The smartphone looks no different than any other new HTC device, and it has some specs that make it look like a mid-range device. Here are some details:


  • 5.5-inch IPS display with 1090 x 1080 p resolution
  • 2.2GHz quad-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16 GB on-board storage
  • 13MP main camera
  • 5MP front camera
  • microSD card for storage expansion
  • 3000 mAh battery
  • Android 5.0.2
  • 174 grams
  • 153.2 x 75.9 x 7.99 mm.


HTC One X9 will launch next year, but there are no details regarding its official launch yet. Let’s hope this one will help the company sell more because we all know HTC is having financial issues at the moment. At the moment, HTC One A9 is the closest thing to a flagship for the company and we can only wonder if next year will bring a One M10. We shall see.


Source: Android Community




Samsung Galaxy A9 details leak out! Here’s what the high-mid-range device is all about!

Samsung Galaxy A9 just leaked today and it seems that the Samsung security department should be more careful because yesterday it was the Galaxy S7 Plus renders, today is another device and tomorrow it could be their world domination plans for all we know.


Galaxy A9 leak



Batteries are at the core of devices and they have become a common problem lately because of various situations. First, batteries became non-replaceable, now smartphones are getting thinner and thinner and batteries are getting smaller and smaller. It appears that Samsung decided to go against the trend this time as the next Galaxy A flagship device will have a significantly bigger battery.


Samsung Galaxy A9 details leaked in some documents and, thanks to Phandroid, we can tell you what’s what. A9 has mid-range specs with a high-end finish and it is powered by a much larger battery than other devices.


Possible Galaxy A9 specs:


  • 6-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display
  • Snapdragon 620 processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 13MP primary camera
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 5.1.1.


The only possible letdown for this device is the OS it comes packed with; we were hoping for Android 6.0 Marshmallow by the time the smartphone launches, but it seems we will have to settle with Lollipop. This device will be part of the line of A devices which includes the previously announced A7, A5 and A3.


A9 also includes a fingerprint scanner in order to give support to Samsung Pay. All things considered, the device is a pretty high-end looking smartphone with a mid-range processor.


Now comes the bad news, as the device will launch in China in January and there is no release date for the rest of the world. The price tag is set at CNY 3,000.


Source: Phandroid


Deals News

[Deals galore] Get a free Galaxy S6 with your order at AT&T! Find out the deets below!

If you are an AT&T fan or you just want to jump ships to another US carrier, this may be your chance, especially if you love Samsung devices! The carrier currently has a holiday season promotion on Samsung Galaxy S6 where it offers buyers the option to get one free Samsung device when they buy one.

Galaxy S6 deal

If you want to buy a Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, a Note 5 or an S6 Active, you will be able to get a free Galaxy S6 from AT&T. There are a few conditions you must agree to, of course, as nothing is truly free in this world of ours.

Firstly, you have to start a new mine of service in order to be eligible for a Galaxy S6, and you have to use AT&T’s Next installment plan.

Secondly, the free phone will be included in a Next 24 plan. The “free” part of the plan has yet another caveat: AT&T will issue bill credits for 30 months adding up to $650.

If you don’t mind the many bad sides of this deal, you can go ahead and enjoy this way to save some money. The offer will be good until December 31st. You can check more details in the source link below.

Source: AT&T

Mobile News

Kyocera DIGNO – the first washable smartphone in the world exclusive to the Japanese market

We all enjoy a good waterproof smartphone once in a while, but what if someone came up with an awesome idea? This invention comes from the Japanese market – of course – and it promises to bring us all washable phones! Kyocera DIGNO rafre is promoted as a prototype for a smartphone you can wash with soap and hot water!

Kyocera washable phone

This is legit the first hand-soap-washable phone, since no one else coined this term yet. It is water resistant for water warmed up to 43 degrees C or 103 F. The phone is also said to be temperature resistant, vibration resistant and it should heal its back when it is scratched. Of course, all these features will only be available in some – very special – conditions. Even if you can wash the phone with hot water and soap, it was not tested with ALL soap brands and it is not recommended to submerge it in water.

The Kyocera smartphone will be available in multiple color options: Coral Pink, Marine Navy and Cashmere White and it does not have an official price yet. What’s sad is that it may never expand from the Japanese market.

Official Kyocera washable phone specs:

  • Colors Coral Pink, Cashmere White, Marine Navy
  • Size (W×H×D) / Weight Approx. 71×141×10.1mm / Approx. 155g
  • Battery 3,000mAh
  • Charging Time Approx. 160 minutes when using the common AC adapter 05(sold separately)
  • Continuous Call Time /
    Continuous Standby Time Approx. 1,300 minutes (VoLTE) / Approx. 790 hours (4G LTE/ WiMAX2+)
  • Operating System Android™ 5.1
  • Memory Internal memory: 16GB ROM / 2GB RAM
  • External memory: microSD™ / microSDHC™ / microSDXC™
    (up to 128GB)
  • Compatible Communication 4G LTE / WiMAX2+
  • Maximum Communication Speed Reception: 150Mbps
  • Transmission: 25Mbps
  • Display Approx. 5.0-inch HD TFT LCD
  • Camera Main camera: Approx. 13-megapixel CMOS
  • Front-facing camera: Approx. 2-megapixel CMOS
  • External Connection Wi-Fi®: IEEE802.11b/g/n/ (2.4GHz only)
  • Bluetooth®: Ver.4.1
  • Other external devices: Stereo earphone jack




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KYOCERA Launches “DIGNO rafre,” World’s First Hand-Soap-Washable Smartphone

Features soap and hot water resistance newly enabling use while taking a bath

December 8, 2015

(This product is only available to the Japanese market.)

Kyocera Corporation (President: Goro Yamaguchi) today announced the launch of the new DIGNO rafre smartphone for KDDI Corporation — the world’s first*1 smartphone with resistance against foaming hand soap*2.

In addition to resistance against shock, water and dust*3, DIGNO rafre features hot water resistance that enables use while washing hands or taking a bath*4. Furthermore, as the back face of the smartphone is coated with a “scratch-healing*5” material that allows everyday minor abrasions to self-heal, the DIGNO rafre can be used in pristine condition for a long time. The new device has an elegant, sleek design with two-tone colors and easy-to-grasp round form which comes in three colors: Coral Pink, Cashmere White and Marine Navy and is part of the new KDDI lineup announced on December 3.

See the promotional video by KDDI for more information (Japanese).

Photo: DIGNO rafre can be washed with foaming hand soap
ModelDIGNO rafre
PriceTo be determined by retailer
ColorCoral Pink, Cashmere White, Marine Navy
Sales CompanyKDDI Corporation,
Okinawa Cellular Telephone Company (Japan only)

Development Background

These days our smartphones have become a ubiquitous item that is carried every day. Their uses have dramatically expanded to not only calls and texts but also more immersive uses such as checking recipes during cooking and outdoor uses in harsh environments. Considering where and how often smartphones are carried and used, Kyocera developed this new product which enables users to keep their smartphone clean and pristine.

By utilizing Kyocera’s proprietary waterproof technology and high durability, Kyocera offers the DIGNO rafre equipped with resistance to foaming hand soap*2 and hot water*4.

Main Features

1. Waterproof performance enables cleaning with foaming hand soap
Although soapy water has higher permeability due to its nature of lowering the water surface tension, the DIGNO rafre features improved waterproof performance that can be used with foaming hand soap by utilizing integral molding of the packing parts which have passed Kyocera’s proprietary tests.

2.Hot water resistance*4 ideal for use while washing or bathing
In addition to conventional waterproof performance, the DIGNO rafre also possesses resistance to hot water. Furthermore, the new smartphone is equipped with a touch panel display that can be operated even if the screen or your hand is wet, allowing you to enjoy a bath while watching a video or using your device.
Photo: Users can operate the smartphone even with wet hands

3. Scratch-Healing*5 for self-healing from minor abrasions
A coating that allows minor abrasions caused during everyday use to self-heal is applied to the back face of the smartphone, so the DIGNO rafre can be used in pristine condition for a long time.
Photo: Back face coated with scratch-healing

4.Enhanced durability performance
The display utilizes scratch-resistant, high-strength Dragontrail® X glass and realizes additional protection by applying a structure in which the display is slightly recessed, thus enhancing durability against accidental drops. The DIGNO rafre also possesses vibration resistance enabling safe use in vibrating environments such as on bicycles and motorbikes and temperature resistance enabling users to enjoy winter sports.

Photo: Raised periphery structure to prevent direct impact on the glass surface Display utilizing Dragontrail® X

Photo: Kyocera’s DIGNO rafre smartphone (Left to right: Coral Pink, Cashmere White and Marine Navy)
*1 World’s first smartphone available in the market with resistance to hand soap foam. Based on research by NEO MARKETING INC. (as of November 1, 2015).
*2 Waterproof performance equivalent to IPX5/8.
Kyocera’s proprietary durability test (cleaning cycle test of hand-wash using hand soap foamed with water lathering and rinsing) was conducted. The product’s features were confirmed based on the Kyocera’s proprietary cleaning cycle test of hand-wash using hand soap foamed with water lathering and rinsing.
As for rinsing, completely remove the foam from the handset with gently running water. After cleaning, completely remove water by applying a dried soft cloth to the handset.
Ensure that caps, etc. are attached correctly before use. Clean with sufficiently foamed hand soap. Do not mix different types of hand soap. The product passed under the test conditions; cannot be guaranteed for all type of hand soap.
For details and precautions of cleaning method, see the au website (product page) or the instruction manual.
*3 Waterproof / Dust resistance equivalent to IPX5/8 and IP5X:
Rated for MIL-STD-810G six categories: Shock, Vibration, High Temperature (operating and in storage) and Low Temperature (operating and storage). The product passed the test conditions for the above categories; full operation cannot be guaranteed under actual conditions. Furthermore, there is no guarantee against damage.
*4 Kyocera conducted a proprietary test to check that the handset does not break down when splashed with hot water having approximately the same temperature (43°C or less) as that of hot water in a bathtub. Ensure that caps, etc. are securely fixed and attached before use. Do not carry in for a long time. Do not submerge in hot water in the bathtub. Do not submerge in hot springs or hot water with bath powders.
*5 Deep abrasions (including peeling of coating and break in coating itself) caused by high impact owing to dropping or throwing the product or by contact with sharp items cannot self-heal. The product cannot guarantee repair of all abrasions. The self-healing performance may be deteriorated or disabled depending on the environment of use (e.g., friction material, load, temperature).

“DIGNO” is registered trademarks of Kyocera Corporation in Japan. The service name “4G LTE” is based on the definition of 4G to include LTE by International Telecommunications Unions (ITU). LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Google, Android, Google Play and other marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Google Inc. WiMAX is a trademark or registered trademark of WiMAX Forum. Wi-Fi® is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. Bluetooth® and the Bluetooth logo are trademarks of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. for which Kyocera has been granted permission to use. microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC are trademarks of SD-3C, LLC. Dragontrail® and its symbol mark are trademarks of Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. All company, system, and product names listed herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective holders.


Source: Kyocera