Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Design Flaw: Inserting your S Pen the wrong way will destroy your phone!

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Before the Samsung Galaxy Note5, previous Note models were designed to prevent you from inserting the S Pen the wrong way with the top of the Pen going into its housing first. But with the Galaxy Note5, Samsung created a spring-based method to help users eject the pen out of the phablet. And with this new technology, Samsung disabled the safety mechanism that prevented the S Pen from being inserted backwards.

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The big problem for Galaxy Note5 users is that should they accidentally insert their S Pen backwards, it could permanently damage the phone. Either the S Pen gets stuck inside the device forever, or the spring release technology is damaged and can never be used again. Either way, your new pride and joy is broken, and the S Pen detection feature won’t work anymore.

If you own the Samsung Galaxy Note5, let this be a warning; you need to make sure that the S Pen is replaced the right way. More importantly, you need to watch those you lend your phone to lest they replace the S Pen incorrectly. And that certainly includes your kids, who might not realize what they are doing when they try to put the S Pen back into its home.

Samsung unveils the new Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and Galaxy Note 5!

he Samsung Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ are finally official, the first – a month ahead of its established product cycle, the second – replacing the proof-of-concept Note Edge with a market-proven mainstream design.

It’s become a tradition of sorts to expect a new Galaxy Note come September. This year the schedule has been shifted a bit in an attempt to give the phablet a head start over Apple’s next gen iPhone Plus, which would probably be announced in the first third of September as well.

The Galaxy Note Edge, launched parallel to last year’s Note 4, was the spark that ignited the whole edge-screen craze – a craze, which so rapidly turned into widespread adoption with only the second-gen device – the Galaxy S6 edge – that even Samsung was caught unprepared and couldn’t deliver on the initial demand. This time Samsung has an even stronger trump card than last year’s Note Edge – they’re calling it the Galaxy S6 edge+, with hopes for the new device to inherit the immense success of the S6 edge.

Samsung Galaxy Note5 / Galaxy edge+ shared specs at a glance

  • 64-bit Exynos 7420 chipset with 14nm architecture; octa-core CPU (quad 2.1GHz & quad 1.5GHz), Mali-T760MP8 GPU
  • 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM; 32/64GB of UFS 2.0 flash memory
  • 16MP f/1.9 camera with OIS; Auto HDR; 4K video capture; IR white balance detection
  • 5MP f/1.9 front-facing camera
  • Cat. 6 LTE; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz); GPS, GLONASS and Beidou; Bluetooth 4.2; NFC; IR Remote; USB 2.0
  • NFC and MST mobile payment support
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with TouchWiz UX
  • 3,000mAh non-removable battery, Qi (WPC) and PMA wireless charging support
  • Metal chassis; Corning Gorilla Glass 4 front and back
  • Fingerprint scanner

Samsung Galaxy Note5

  • 5.7″ QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) Super AMOLED display with 518ppi
  • S Pen capacitive stylus with push to eject mechanism
  • 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm, 171g

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

  • 5.7″ QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) dual-edge curved Super AMOLED display with 518ppi
  • 154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9 mm, 153g

A cornerstone in Samsung’s high-end smartphone history, the Galaxy S6/S6 edge pair embraced a new design language, one that parted with the prevailing use of plastic and introduced more refined materials to finally live up to the price and features of the lineup. The Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ are the first to follow in their footsteps, and the choices made before are here to stay.

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That applies to the materials and style but also to the features, and precious ones appear to be gone for good. They weren’t arbitrary decisions made in the blink of an eye though, and each has its reasoning, at least in the minds of the engineers behind it.

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The expandable storage wasn’t up to the standards Samsung itself set up with its super-fast UFS built-in memory and the microSD slot had to go. The user-replaceable battery fell victim to the dual-glass body, but fast charging and built-in wireless charging capability should supposedly help you forget about substituting batteries.

Much of the hardware comes straight from the smaller-screen flagships, which is no bad thing – the Galaxy S6 remains the reference in performance six months into its availability and with a bump in RAM it can only get better on the phablets. The 16MP primary camera with a fast lens and OIS is among the trendsetters too, as are the Super AMOLED display panels.

We had the opportunity to handle the Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ for a few brief moments ahead of their announcement and we’ll share our first impressions on the following pages.

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Sony announces the Xperia C5 Ultra and the Xperia M5!

Sony Mobile continues its innovation in imaging with the introduction of two best in class super mid-range smartphones

Sony has announced two new smartphones, the Xperia C5 Ultra and the Xperia M5.

The Xperia C5 Ultra is the successor to the Xperia C3 that was optimized for taking self portraits. The C5 Ultra has a 13 megapixel autofocus camera on the front and back, much like the HTC Desire EYE. The front camera also has 22mm focal length to fit more people in and also an LED flash like on the C3.

Other than the camera, the C5 Ultra has a 6-inch, 1920×1080 resolution IPS display with really thin bezels on the side, 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6752 chipset, 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal memory, microSD card slot, LTE, 2930mAh battery with a promised battery life of up to two days, and Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The Xperia M5 is what Sony calls the ‘super mid-range’ smartphone, and is quite similar to some of the Xperia Z series devices. It has the same OmniBalance design with metal on the sides and glass on the front and back. The M5 is also dust and waterproof with IP65 & IP68 certification.

The M5 also has a 5-inch 1920×1080 resolution IPS panel, MediaTek Helio X10 processor, 3GB RAM, 16GB internal memory with microSD card slot, 21.5 megapixel camera on the back, 13 megapixel camera on the front, LTE, 2600mAh battery with two-day battery life, and Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Both the C5 Ultra and the M5 will be available in dual SIM variants in selected countries across emerging markets starting mid-August.

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Motorola announces 5.7-inch Moto X Style, Moto X Play and an updated Moto G!

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At a press event earlier this morning, handset maker Motorola unveiled a pair of new would-be iPhone killers, the larger-screened Moto X Style and the Moto X Play.

Additionally, the firm has refreshed its budget-minded Moto G handset, which now has a waterproof shell.

The 5.5-inch Moto X Style looks to one-up the latest iPhones with better hardware and will expectedly take on Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ refreshes, which are expected to launch this fall.

The 5.5-inch Play, on the other hand, was designed to match most of the iPhone 6 Plus’s innards. Both the Style and the Play blow iPhones out of the water with more advanced imaging features.

Moto X Style

The Moto X Style was designed to compete with Apple’s latest large-screened handsets.

Featuring a 5.7-inch edge-to-edge quad-HD 1440p display at 2,560-by-1,440 pixels, the phone has front-facing stereo speakers and is powered by Qualcomm’s 1.8GHz hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor with Adreno 418 graphics and three gigabytes of RAM.

The Style supports Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11an Wi-Fi and 4G LTE Category 6 for up to twice as fast 300Mbps cellular data transfer, a feature forthcoming iPhones should include as well.

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The Style has a powerful back-facing camera with a whopping 21 megapixel resolution and 1080p video capture at 60 frames per second. The front-facing camera is five megapixels with a wide angle lens. Both front and back cameras have flash.

The phone can be customized with a variety of backplate colors and metal accents, including all-new Saffiano leather, real wood with unique grains and new silicon options. And if you buy it straight from Motorola, you’ll get pure Android Lollipop 5.1.1 experience without carrier junkware and bloatware.

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A 3,000 mAh battery provides up to 30 hours of “mixed use,” according to Motorola, with a fast-charging feature called TurboCharge capable of providing ten hours of power in just fifteen minutes of charging.

The device will be offered in 16/32/64GB tiers, but the storage can be upgraded to 128 gigabytes by way of micro SD memory cards. Pricing and release dates are yet to be revealed though Motorola hinted that the standard edition of the Style will cost “$200 to $300 less” than competing Apple and Samsung phones.

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The Style will be available in markets across Europe, Latin America and North America starting in September. Beginning in September, shoppers in the United States will be able to pick up a Pure Edition starting at $399 and unlocked for all carriers.

The company has pledged to announce availability for Asia Pacific, including more on China and India, later this year.

Moto X Play

Featuring a 3,630 mAh 30-hour battery which should let it run up to two days on a single charge, plus a water-resistant body, the new Moto X Play “is ready for anything.” The front of the device is dominated by a 5.5-inch 1080p screen which maxes out at 1,920-by-1,080 pixels, just like Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus.

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The Play is driven by a 1.6GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor with Adreno 450 graphics and has two gigabytes of RAM. Connectivity capabilities include built-in NFC for contactless payments, as well as Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11an Wi-Fi and 4G LTE.

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Just like the Style, the Play too can be customized to fit your style using Motorola’s Moto Maker tool. In addition, more than a dozen interchangeable backs with seven different accent colors are available across all markets.

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Like the Style, the Play has a a five-megapixel shooter out the front and a back-facing 21-megapixel camera with 1080p video capture at 30 frames per second. It comes in 16/32GB tiers, expandable via micro SD, and will be available starting in August in “various countries” across Europe, Latin America and Canada.

The Play, however, won’t be available in the United States. “We’ll have more choices for you all later this year,” according to Motorola.

Updated Moto G

Motorola has only slightly revised its budget-focused Moto G this year.

For starters, the handset now offers waterproof design (IPX7-rated, like the Apple Watch) and runs a 1.4GHz quad-core with Adreno 306 graphics and 1GB RAM. The 4G LTE device supports Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11an Wi-Fi and lacks NFC.

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Interestingly, the RAM can be upgraded to two gigabytes. The eight gigabytes of built-in storage can be expanded with removable storage that supports up to 32 GB micro SD card. This device, too, can be personalized with Moto Maker body customization.

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The new Moto G has a 2,470 mAh battery and the same five-inch 720p screen as its predecessor. In terms of imaging, there’s a five-megapixel front-facing camera and a 13-megapixel quick capture camera on the back with 1080p video capture at 30 frames per second, essentially the same module Motorola used on the Nexus 6.

The new Moto G is available today in more than 60 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific, marking Motorola’s biggest Moto G launch yet. It starts at $179.99.

Plus, a pair of new headphones

In addition to the new phones, Motorola today released a pair of iOS-compatible wireless headphones with Bluetooth 4.1 support: the $59.99 Moto pulse on-ear headphones and the $69.99 waterproof and sweat proof Moto surround in-ear earbuds aimed at sports fans.

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Both products come with a companion iOS app for easy pairing with up to two devices simultaneously, receiving notifications when the battery gets low and finding your lost audio accessory by locating the last location it was connected on a world map.

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