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New Rumors Surface About the Highly-Anticipated Samsung Galaxy S6

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By BVN Staff

Very little can be confirmed about the Samsung Galaxy S6, which could be one of the iPhone 6’s fiercest competitors whenever it finally arrives. Mystery continues to surround Samsung’s beloved flagship device, with many still wondering what the Galaxy S6 will look like and offer this time around. But regardless of what emerges, depending on who’s being asked, Samsung’s successor to the Samsung Galaxy S5 needs to be a hit.

The latest rumors suggest the Galaxy S6 will buck the trend of an all-metal unibody design in favor of a combination of glass and metal, with the rear of the smartphone sporting glass material. The rumor comes from DDaily, a Korean-language website, with the rumor also referenced at Android Authority and BGR.

The design of the Galaxy S6 is one of the most anticipated elements of the upcoming device. Samsung was widely criticized when the Galaxy S5 debuted for lacking the style and premium feel some had expected from a flagship smartphone. Fans and critics are hoping the Samsung puts more emphasis into the design of the Galaxy S6 compared to its predecessors.

The screen size of the Galaxy S6 is not expected to deviate too far from the Galaxy S5, which currently has a 5.1-inch Super Amoled display, but according information in an article at Know Your Mobile , the screen could be larger. If true, the screen size would leave less space between the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy Note 4 screens. Rumors also indicate there is a chance the Galaxy S6 will debut with a 2K resolution, not a 4K screen resolution, according to code published on Dutch website TechTastic, also referenced by Gizmodo UK.

Predictions about the Samsung Galaxy S6’s internal specs vary greatly, but experts say the device is likely to debut with more processing power than its predecessor, as well as Android 5.0 Lollipop.

More information about the Galaxy S6 could be released at the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, which will be held March 2-5 in Barcelona, Spain.

OnePlus One: A Flagship Killer for Half the Price -- with One Big Catch

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BVN Staff

The highly-anticipated OnePlus One that can make even a novice phoneboy salivate has a lot of things going for it early on. It’s a flagship smartphone; an elegantly-designed piece of technology; and carries a jaw-dropping price tag uncommon for a high-end smartphones of its caliber. Unfortunately, for all these reasons and the invitation-only process, the OnePlus One is arguably one of the most elusive smartphones to debut this year.

For a buyer to get their hands on the OnePlus One they have to be one of the lucky ones to either obtain an exclusive invitation from an existing owner, or receive an invite from OnePlus via one of their frequent online contests.

A lot people have asked why anyone would jump through so many hoops to buy a phone that probably doesn’t have the same name recognition in the U.S. as Apple, HTC, or Samsung. When looking at the $299 starting price for extraordinary specs, the OnePlus One is worth the effort and the wait.

The OnePlus One boasts a beautiful 5.5-inch IPS touchscreen with 16 million colors, up to 64GB of internal storage, 3 MB of RAM, a 13 megapixel rear facing camera, a rare 5 megapixel front facing camera, and Android 4.4 (CynogenMod), amongst other killer specs.

While surely comparable flagship smartphones are more readily available with competitive specs, the $299 price is practically a steal – and it gives the OnePlus One the edge as a contender in the smartphone arena. If a buyer is blessed enough to own the esoteric OnePlus One, he or she will be hard pressed to find any noteworthy downsides to this device.

Of course, anyone who can’t wait for the next OnePlus One online contest – or hasn’t been bestowed an exclusive invitation – there are many OnePlus Ones available on Amazon.com and eBay, albeit well above its average cost through the manufacturer.

When or if the OnePlus One will be open up to the general market is unclear, but it can’t come soon enough.

Nokia Lumia 710: Not An Average 'Entry-Level' Smartphone

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By BVN Staff

The Nokia Lumia 710 is often pegged an entry-level smartphone. Considering the competitive price of the handset coupled with it being on the tail-end of Nokia’s Lumia series, it’s easy to see why the term entry-level gets attached to the Lumia 710. But when some of the smartphone’s specs come into play it seems like a different ball game.

Currently available on T-Mobile, the Nokia Lumia 710 is a Windows Phone released in the U.S. in January. It is the beginning model in the Lumia Series, which includes the Lumia 800 released in Europe late last year and the upcoming Lumia 900.

Running the Windows Phone 7.5 OS (Mango), the Nokia Lumia 710 has a 3.7-inch screen, WVGA 800 x 480 resolution, a 5 megapixel rear camera, 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage.

The Lumia 710 stands out compared to most entry-level smartphones due in part to its 1.4 GHz single-core processor, making the Lumia 710 an exceptionally fast handset to operate. The smartphone didn’t generate any noticeable lag or bugs in the interface during our testing as we navigated through menus and apps.

Data speed is another favorable asset in the Lumia 710 considering it is 4G capable, another feature atypical of many entry-level smartphones today.

Call quality on the Lumia 710 was solid to say the least as conversations over the smartphone were clear and carried adequate volume. One interesting plus about the Nokia Lumia 710 was its easy-to-use keyboard that made composing text messages and emails a cinch.

But the Lumia 710 isn’t without its flaws. Data hogs looking for storage may not find comfort with its modest 8 GB of internal storage. And while the design of the Lumia 710 is nice and gives the smartphone some identity, its plastic body lacks a high-quality feel.

The Verdict: The Nokia Lumia 710 may not come loaded with high-end features like a front-facing camera or a 4.3-inch screen, but it brings a level of speed and seamless operation with an affordable price tag that’s welcome.

Lumia 900, Nokia’s High-End Windows Phone, Coming to AT&T

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Nokia’s latest Windows Phone will arrive after making a big splash at CES 2012

By BVN Staff

Nokia received much fanfare after debuting one of the most talked about smartphones to take the stage at this year’s annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas – and it may arrive at AT&T around this Spring.

The Lumia 900 is the latest in a string of Windows Phones Nokia has released. Earlier this month, T-Mobile began selling the Lumia 710, the Lumia 900’s sibling with mid-range hardware. The Lumia 800, a higher-powered phone compared with the 710, was released in the U.K. last year. Details on when the Lumia 900 will be released by AT&T are sketchy though some reports point to the Lumia 900 coming to AT&T in March.

It will be interesting to see how Nokia will take on the growing competition from heavy-hitters in the market such as Apple and Samsung. After debuting at CES, it appears the Lumia 900 is poised to attract the attention the Windows Phone platform could use.

From the outside, it looks like Nokia definitely got it right. The Lumia 900 fashions a sleek, stylish body that looks mainstream, yet still unique.

It’s unclear if the Lumia 900 is intended to be the flagship Windows Phone in Nokia’s line up, but the handset boasts impressive – and competitive – specs so far.

The Lumia 900 has a 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display, 1.4 GHz processor, front-facing 1-megapixel camera for video calling, and is expected to operate on AT&T’s LTE network.

No word yet on how much the Lumia 900 will cost, but hopefully it’s enough to allow the Lumia 900 to shine in a market full of Apple and Android.

White Samsung Galaxy S II, Epic 4G Touch Headed to Sprint – Galaxy Nexus Coming Too?

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By BVN Staff

Sprint customers were on the receiving end of some good news this week following various reports that a white version (gasp!) of the Samsung Galaxy S II, Epic 4G Touch would arrive at Sprint next week. But then came new buzz that Sprint ads promoting the LTE-capable Samsung Galaxy Nexus were spotted online at cnet.com. Depending on where you sit, one piece of the recent Samsung/Sprint news may trump the other. My money is on the Galaxy Nexus.

While it's refreshing to know Sprint customers no longer would be left out considering other carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile have a white version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, the arrival of the Galaxy Nexus on Sprint would be big news for several reasons.

Most importantly, the Nexus' addition to Sprint's line up indicates the carrier may be preparing to launch its 4G LTE network this year if reports are true. Every since Sprint fired up its 4G Wimax network in June of 2010 with the introduction of the HTC EVO, there's been a question mark on how Wimax will fare against LTE networks. Sprint's possible unveiling of an LTE network this year will be a welcome addition to keep it competitive with other LTE providers.

The addition of the Galaxy Nexus would also make it the first official Android 4.0 handset to make it to Sprint, assuming no other Android 4.0 devices make it to the carrier.

The wait for the Galaxy Nexus to hit U.S. shores was a long one, and it’s unclear how long it will be before the Galaxy Nexus reaches Sprint, but hopefully it won’t be a long wait. In the mean time, if a frost white Samsung Galaxy S II will hold you over, there may be one lying in wait at Sprint beginning January 8.

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