Week 15 in review: Xperia Z4, One M9+, LG G4

Another week has passed and, as it has become customary, we take a look back at what excited you, our readers, most during the past few days. Sony is still knee deep in the Xperia Z4 saga and, at this point, it almost feels like the Japanese company is deliberately mocking us. More photos of the elusive phone have surfaced, as well as a few camera samples, painting a picture of a device quite similar to its predecessor.

But the mobile world does have a lot of other announcements to discuss. HTC unveiled a new 5.2-inch smartphone, dubbed the One M9+. It combines the traditional styling of the Taiwanese company, we have grown accustomed to, with a couple of twists, most-notably – a physical home button, complete with fingerprint scanner and a revived dual-camera setup on the back.

LG also has a new device in store. The company’s latest flagship – the G4 will adopt a bold look, with a stitched leather back. It will also come equipped with an f/1.8 aperture camera with laser focus, developed in-house. Huawei is also gearing up for a new release. The Huawei P8 will probably be powered by an improved Kirin 935 SoC.

In other news, the Asus ZenFone 2 is coming to both India and Malaysia in late April and the Microsoft Lumia 640 and 640 XL have already arrived on the emerging Indian market. Also, Oxygen OS, OnePlus’s latest custom Android ROM, finally saw the light of day and is currently being enjoyed by OnePlus One owners. Naturally, Samsung also made the cut. The Korean tech giant is reportedly developing a brand new custom core architecture for the next Exynos chip line. The technology is codenamed “mongoose” and could extend the company’s lead in the mobile processor front even further.

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Alleged live photos of Sony Xperia Z4 make the rounds online
Sporting the model number E6553, the successor of Sony Xperia Z3 will debut this summer.

Galaxy S6 edge and HTC One M9 and iPhone 6 undergo bend test
The curved screen of the Galaxy S6 edge cracks due to its unusual shape, even if the phone survives.

Oxygen OS for OnePlus One is finally here
The Android 5.0.2-based build finally came out officially today, after a long wait.

Microsoft will launch Lumia 640, 640 XL in India on April 7
The Lumia 640 is rumoured to be priced at $161 and the Lumia 640 XL at $226.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 gets a firmware update, not Lollipop 5.1
A new minor update for the high-end phablet brings stability improvements and Silent mode.

Sony Xperia Z4 leaked case confirms controls placement
The magnetic connector is history, the power button and volume rocker are where expected.

LG outs 5.5″ QHD IPS LCD display panel with 120% color gamut
The component will appear in the Korean giant’s next flagship smartphone this month.

More live images of the Sony Xperia Z4 show up, no surprises
The smartphone comes in familiar OmniBalance attire, will pack a Snapdragon 810 and 4GB of RAM.

Next Samsung Exynos to pack custom cores
A new rumor hints that Samsung will be using a custom core for its next Exynos chip.

LG G4 event invitation confirms f/1.8 lens, LED flash, laser focus
The next-generation flagship is coming on April 28, may feature a leather back.

Google’s Android 5.1.1 Lollipop in works, may fix memory leak
Android SDK manager gets the new Android 5.1.1 package to hint a quick update in the anvil.

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