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Nexus 5 2015 might be hiding at IFA 2015

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Although Google is most likely going to unveil the new Nexus 5 2015 on September 29, alongside the Huawei Nexus 6 and possibly a new Nexus 7 tablet, rumors and leaks from the past few days suggest that the Nexus 5 2015 is at IFA 2015, although it might be there unofficially, for a closed viewing among partners and companies. That sounds a lot like what Samsung did with the Galaxy Note Edge a couple of months ago, when it showed the device to a select group of people during the IFA conference.

Unconfirmed, but still intriguing, leaks of the Nexus 5 2015 have been circulating around the internet for the past few months, but the most reliable leak comes from MKBHD or Marques Brownlee, who is a tech Youtuber in love with Android. He apparently got his hands on a reliable photo of a prototype of the Nexus 5 2015 and showed it to the public. From that leaked image, we could pinpoint quite a few features that will most likely be part of the Nexus 5 2015.

Correlating the leaked image from MKBHD with all the leaked information that has been circulated between tech bloggers and insiders, we can now construct a (sort of) accurate picture about what Google wants to do this year with the Nexus 5 2015. As the company wants to position the new handset as a more affordable flagship that sets an example for manufacturers and shows off stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the Nexus 5 2015 price is most controversial. While some say its price will be between $350 and $450, others say it will go beyond $500. The first speculated price would definitely be better as the Nexus 5 2015 would compete against the newly unveiled OnePlus 2, which goes for a similar price.

If that’s accurate and the Nexus 5 2015 will be in the same price range as the OnePlus 2, OnePlus might want to rethink the whole invite system and sell as many units as fast as possible, because people are raving about the Nexus 5 2015 and they want it no matter what. That’s not surprising, seeing as last year’s Nexus 6 was mostly a disappointment to Android fans. Hopefully Google listens to feedback this year and alongside LG delivers a flagship device that will please Android users more than the Nexus 6 did last year.

Judging by the leaked images and correlating that with information, one of the most interesting parts of the Nexus 5 2015 will be its camera. With the original Nexus 5 from 2013, people had a lot of complaints about the camera being inferior. This year, it looks like those comments will be silenced, as the Nexus 5 2015 camera is going to be bomb – ar at least that’s what most of us believe. On the rear, we can see what looks like a dual-tone LED flash and autofocus, above the fingerprint sensor. Although we can’t tell what kind of sensor Google and LG will be using, our best bet is a 16 MP sensor with optical image stabilization, but a 21 MP camera is just as likely.

The front camera of the Nexus 5 2015 remains a mystery, as there are no confirmed Nexus 5 2015 photos that show the display or the front of the device. Nonetheless, leaks and rumors suggest a 5 MP wide-angle camera and some say there will be a flash next to it. Moreover, 4K recording is going to be part of the entire camera setup, although only the rear camera will be capable of such feats. That should be enough for now, as 4K isn’t as popular just yet. But it will be (Sony just launched the Xperia Z5 Premium, with a 4K display).

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Hardware-wise, we expect only the best from Google as usual. The Nexus 5 2015 spec sheet has been leaked a couple of times with different hardware mentions, but a few things seem consistent with the leaks. Apparently, the Nexus 5 2015 will be running on a Snapdragon 808 CPU, although some suggest LG and Google going with the Snapdragon 810. 3GB RAM is the accepted standard, but 4GB RAM is also a possibility. When it comes to internal storage, the phone will most likely be available in two variants, a 16 GB one and a 32 GB one.

Aside from the camera, Nexus 5 2013 users didn’t have a lot of complaints, which leads us to believe that aside from the size and camera, google will be following the same recipe with the Nexus 5 2015. Maybe some smaller bezels or an edge-display will make the handset more interesting, but Android fans seem to want simplicity and power instead of premium design, and Google would do best to listen to them in this matter – cut costs, maximize profit for all.

As such, a large battery between 2700 and 3500 mAh will provide juice for the Nexus 5 2015, its measurements depending on the display of the phone. USB Type-C is a given, of course, there’s no questioning that. From the leaked image, we would think that the subject is holding a smaller device, with a display between 5 and 5.2 inches. QHD resolution is most likely part of the deal, although some say Google will try maximizing battery life by using an FHD display and reserving the premium feature for the Huawei-made Nexus 6 2015.

That’s all that we can muster up about the Nexus 5 2015, but be mindful that most of it is unconfirmed by the company so take it with a grain of salt. If these specs are true and Google nails the design, we might have another flagship killer on our hands – that’s what we’re hoping for. With all the expensive smartphones now on the market, it is high time for an exemplary device that demonstrates that Android 6.0 Marshmallow can deliver surprises even at an affordable price.

Since people are saying the Nexus 5 2015 is at IFA Berlin somewhere, hidden away in a dungeon, we’re curious to see if anyone gets to actually see it. As new leaked images are popping up, there’s a distinct possibility of that happening by the time IFA ends on September 9. We’ve still a couple of days of the fair, so we’re going to snoop around, maybe find out what this mystery is all about.

As part of the editorial team here at Geekreply, John spends a lot of his time making sure each article is up to snuff. That said, he also occasionally pens articles on the latest in Geek culture. From Gaming to Science, expect the latest news fast from John and team.

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PS5, PS4 Game Death Stranding Coming Natively to iPhone 15 Pro

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PS5 and PS4 console game Death Stranding Director’s Cut is coming natively to the iPhone 15 Pro, demonstrating its power. The entirety of Kojima Productions’ seminal hiking sim, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil Village, and Assassin’s Creed Mirage, will be available on your phone. Bonkers!

Tech giant: “Continuing Apple’s leadership in smartphone silicon, A17 Pro improves the entire chip, including Apple’s biggest GPU redesign. The new CPU is 10% faster with microarchitectural and design improvements, and the Neural Engine is 2x faster, powering iOS 17 features like autocorrect and Personal Voice.

According to the company, the pro-class GPU is 20% faster and unlocks new experiences with a 6-core design that boosts peak performance and energy efficiency. Hardware-accelerated ray tracing, 4x faster than software-based, gives iPhone 15 Pro smoother graphics and more immersive AR and gaming experiences. The iPhone 15 Pro brings console games to smartphones for the first time.

As with all cutting-edge Apple products, participation is expensive. The iPhone 15 Pro will cost £999/$999 at launch, and the Max model will cost £1,199/$1,199 for a 6.7″ screen. The most basic option only gives you 128GB, so you’ll need more if you want to play Death Stranding on the go.

However, the blurring of standalone consoles and mobile games is fascinating. The success of Genshin Impact, a full-fledged open world, has shown there’s a market for console-like mobile games. It will be interesting to see how Death Stranding performs on this latest iPhone generation.

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Launched Redmi Note 12 series: 200MP camera, 210W charging for less than $400

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The three phones have similar screens and processors, but they vary in a number of ways.

The Redmi Note series from Xiaomi has historically been the brand’s most well-liked smartphone line, providing excellent value in the entry-level market. The Redmi Note 12 series has now been unveiled by the firm in China.

The Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition, Redmi Note 12 Pro, and Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus are the three phones we truly have this time. A flat 6.67-inch FHD+ 120Hz OLED screen, a Mediatek Dimensity 1080 5G processor, and a 16MP selfie camera are features shared by all three devices.

They both have a 3.5mm connector, NFC, IR blaster, and Wi-Fi 6 compatibility, among other things. In contrast, there are a few significant variances.

Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition

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The Note 12 Discovery Edition of the Redmi Note 12 has a 200MP HPX primary camera (f/1.65, OIS), making it possibly the most striking model. This camera can capture photographs with a resolution of 200MP, 50MP pixels (using four-in-one binning), or 12.5MP (using 16-in-one binning). Additionally, the phone offers a 2MP macro lens and an 8MP ultrawide camera.

The phone is notably different from its stablemates in that it supports 210W wired charging; according to Xiaomi, a full charge can be achieved in just nine minutes. Although you only get a 4,300mAh battery here, this high wattage comes at the expense of battery capacity.

Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus

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Thought a 200MP smartphone with a larger battery would be cool? With the Pro Plus model, you get precisely that. The triple back camera system will have the same 200MP+8MP+2MP resolution as the Discovery Edition.

The Pro Plus variant, on the other hand, chooses a 5,000mAh battery and still blazing-fast 120W cable charging. Xiaomi claims that a full charge should be achieved in about 19 minutes.

Redmi Note 12 Pro

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Have no interest in megapixels? The Redmi Note 12 Pro, which adds a 50MP IMX766 primary camera (f/1.88, OIS) in addition to the 8MP+2MP duo, fills this need. The Oppo Find X5 Pro and the Asus Zenfone 9 both feature flagship devices with 50MP sensors similar to this one. We therefore have high hopes that it will also produce acceptable image quality on the Note 12 Pro.

The Pro version additionally includes a 5,000mAh battery with 67W wired speeds. A 100% charge should be expected in a still quick 46 minutes.

Pricing and availability for the Redmi Note 12 series
The base 8GB/256GB variant of the Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition costs 2,399 yuan (about $332), while the base 6GB/128GB model of the Redmi Note 12 Pro costs 1,699 yuan (about $235). Do you want Pro Plus? The 8GB/256GB variant thus has a starting price of 2,099 yuan (about $290).

Although Xiaomi acknowledged that these phones are currently limited to China, it advised us to “keep tuned” for international announcements. To be fair, the Chinese Redmi Note 11 series was very different from the international variants that debuted a few months later.

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What Has Changed Over Time Between the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Fold 3, and Galaxy Z Fold 2?

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We let the specs speak for themselves. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 compares to the Z Fold 3 and Z Fold 2 in the following table.

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The revolutionary Galaxy Z Fold 4 from Samsung was released a few months ago. The foldable has the same $1,800 starting price as the Galaxy Z Fold 3 from the previous year. Samsung will need to convince consumers to pay up for its high-end devices this year, though, as a recession and record-high inflation are both predicted. But it would be difficult to find a better option than Samsung’s book-style foldables if you’re eager to ride the leading edge of foldable phone technology (and have the money to boot).

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Galaxy Z Fold 4, Z Flip 4, and Every Reveal from Samsung
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The company calls its foldable phone-tablet, the Z Fold 4, a “multitasking powerhouse.” It features a higher-resolution display, the most recent Qualcomm chipset, Android 12L out of the box, and a new 1TB option. (Scroll to the bottom for a side-by-side spec comparison for more specific information.) The business claims that in addition to providing features like new gestures and an enhanced taskbar, it has tried to make multitasking more intuitive.

The camera system of the Z Fold 4 was also enhanced by Samsung. Three cameras—a 50-megapixel primary sensor, a 12-megapixel ultrawide sensor, and a 10-megapixel telephoto lens—are located on the back of the device. Both optical and digital zoom up to 10x are supported by that telephoto lens. In addition, there are two “front cameras.” The Z Fold 4’s main display has a 10-megapixel sensor, which is the most noticeable, while the internal screen has a 4-megapixel under-display camera.

Along with the updated specifications, Samsung stressed its desire to create foldable phones that are more environmentally friendly. The Fold 4 is the first of Samsung’s folding devices to employ parts manufactured from recycled fishing nets. There are several recycled components inside the phone, including the connector cap for the display and the bracket for the side keys. Nevertheless, it’s challenging to assess the significance of these changes without tearing them apart.

In relation to sustainability, Samsung claims the Z Fold 4 uses stronger materials. An “optimal layer structure,” which provides better damage prevention, is now used for its main cover. The typical aluminum frames and Gorilla Glass Victus on the cover and back support everything mentioned above.

The lack of dust resistance on the Z Fold 4 is still a drawback of its foldable nature. It still has the IPX8 classification from the previous year, meaning it can be immersed for up to 30 minutes in freshwater up to 1.5 meters deep. The Galaxy S22 line of smartphones, in contrast, features IP68 water- and dust-resistance, which means the devices can tolerate sand, grime, and dust. They can also be submerged for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5 meters.

The S Pen storage slot is still missing, but Samsung has introduced a cover with a S Pen holder that is available for purchase separately. Check out the specs table below from CNET for more details on how Samsung’s cutting-edge Z Fold series has changed over time.

See how the Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Watch models compare for more information.

Galaxy Z Fold 4 vs. Z Fold 3 vs. Z Fold 2

Galaxy Z Fold 4 5G Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G Galaxy Z Fold 2
Display size, resolution Internal: 7.6-inch AMOLED (2,176×1,812 pixels); External: 6.2-inch HD Plus (2,316×904) Internal: 7.6-inch AMOLED (2,208×1,768 pixels); External: 6.2-inch AMOLED (2,268×832 pixels); Internal: 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED; External: 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED; 2,260×816 + 2,208×1,768 pixels
Pixel density TBC 387ppi (external) + 374ppi (internal) 386ppi (external) + 373ppi (internal)
Dimensions (Millimeters) Folded: 67.1×155.1×15.8mm (Hinge) ~14.2mm(Sagging). Unfolded: 130.1×155.1×6.3mm Folded: 67x158x16mm (hinge) ~14.4mm (sagging). Unfolded: 128x158x6.4mm Folded: 68.0×159.2×16.8mm (hinge) ~13.8mm (sagging). Unfolded: 128.2×159.2×6.9mm (frame) ~6.0mm (screen)
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 9.27 oz; 263g 9.56 oz; 271 g 10 oz; 282 g
Mobile software Android 12L Android 11 Android 10
Camera 50-megapixel (main), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 10-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (main) + 12-megapixel (wide angle) + 12-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera 4-megapixel (under display), 10-megapixel (front cover) 4-megapixel (under display), 10-megapixel (front cover) 10-megapixel, 10-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K
Processor Snapdragon 8 Gen Plus 1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Snapdragon 865 Plus
RAM/Storage 12GB + 256GB/512GB/1TB 12GB + 256GB/512GB 12GB + 256 GB
Expandable storage None None None
Battery/Charger 4,400 mAh 4,400 mAh 4,500 mAh
Fingerprint sensor Side Side Side
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack None None None
Special features Foldable phone, 30x optical, 30x space zoom, IPX8, 25-watt fast-charging (no in-box charger) 5G-enabled; Foldable display, 120Hz refresh rate (front cover and main display), IPX8 water-resistance, S Pen support Foldable display, 120Hz refresh rate, wireless charging support
Price (USD) $1,800 (256 GB); $2,000 (512GB), $2160 (1TB) $1,800 (256GB); $1,900 (512GB) $1,999
Price (GBP) TBC £1,599 (256GB); £1,699 (512GB) £1,799
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