A benchmarking test has set the Samsung S6 and S6 edge way ahead of rivals like Xperia Z3 and HTC One (M8)
All the attention from the reveal of the Samsung Galaxy S6 seems to have centred around the decision to use an all-metal unibody and remove the expandable memory slot. A few nods have been given to the incredible pixel density of the screen (577ppi in case you need reminding) but what about the meat and drink of the phones?
Analog Index ran Samsung’s two flagship phones through the benchmarking program AndroBench and it has turned up some truly remarkable results.
In the random read test, both models scored 77.2 with the next best Android model being the Galaxy Note 4 at 20.56. Next up was the random write test in which they scored 19.8, compared to the Xperia Z3’s 9.26. In the sequential reading test, the S6’s score of 314.87 destroyed Xperia Z3’s 217.17 and it was even more dominant in the sequential writing test, scoring 139.08 to the Z3’s score of 44.43.
Source: Analog Index
The LG G3 shared the prize for best smartphone with the iPhone 6 at the GSMA awards in Barcelona.
The Global Mobile Awards show has agreed with Android magazine and made the LG G3 its Smartphone of the Year, but it had to share its title with the iPhone 6.
LG’s flagship device wowed the judges thanks to its ‘affordable excellence’ and ‘edge-to-edge screen’, resulting in an impressive joint first, considering the fact it was up against a number of phones that had been released long after it.
The Motorola Moto E took the award for best budget phone and the company came out on top in the wearable tech section for the Moto 360. The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 was given the title of Best Mobile Tablet, thanks to its ‘carefully engineered design’.
IKEA is to make a furniture line that is able to wirelessly charge your smartphone.
Wireless charging is very much a headline issue at the moment with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge the latest to offer cable-free charging.
With this in mind, Swedish furniture giant IKEA has said that it is planning on launching a range of tables, desks and other furniture that can wirelessly charge your phone using Qi technology.
This uses inductive coils to create an electromagnetic field, which can charge your phone once you place it on a cradle, providing it is compatible with the Qi technology.
All-star line up including Samsung, Microsoft, Misfit and Jawbone announced for this year’s event
Excited by Android Wear? Wish Google Glass was still with us? Then you may want to check out The Wearable Technology Show from 10-11 March in London.
The two-day expo, organised by Evolve Media Group, will feature over 100 companies both big and small that are innovating how we use tech. This will include Samsung, Microsoft, Intel, fitness band experts Jawbone and Misfit, as well as to start-ups Ambiotex, MyBrain, Nuvo and Made with Glove, funding supremo IndieGoGo, and students from the University of London.
You will be able to see get in on the ground floor of the next big thing in wearables, with a mixture of prototypes and products launches at the event, covering all sorts of fields, including sports and fitness, healthcare, lifestyle and even apps.
Faster payments via Samsung devices are a step nearer as they buy contactless payment company LoopPay.
The Boston-based technology company has signed an agreement with Samsung to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics America, which should pave the way for Samsung to start using LoopPay on their smartphones.
LoopPay was set up in 2012 by Will Graylin and George Wallner in a bid to create a contactless payment system that could be used in as many places as possible. Three years later it is accepted by 90 per cent of the USA’s merchant locations thanks to the use of a credit/debit card style magnetic strip receiver.
It is currently the most accepted mobile payment system in the world, which is why Samsung has moved to bring it into the business and incorporate it into their phones. Apple Pay is currently the main competitor to LoopPay in the mobile payment market, with Google Wallet a long way behind.
You could save up to £150 on Samsung’s next flagship if you wait until September
Using cost analysis of the last four Samsung Galaxy models, price comparison website Idealo has worked out that waiting just six months could save you money.
It is predicted that the Galaxy S6, which will launch on 1 March, could drop by as much as 28 per cent by 1 September. With some smartphone sites suggesting the Galaxy S6 could be price in the region of €749 (£565) for the 32GB SIM-free version, this could save you could around £150.
This estimation is based on the price drops of the Samsung Galaxy family from 2 to 5. The model is predicting a bigger drop than any other Galaxy phone, due to the trend of dropping prices. After six months, the S3 was 77 per cent of its original price and the S4 and S5 dropped to around 73 per cent. This has led idealo to predict that the S6 will depreciate to 72 per cent of its original value by the start of September.