Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge US pre-orders open tomorrow

Samsung announced the availability for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge for the United States. Quite expectedly the flagship duo will be released on April 10, while the pre-orders open tomorrow – March 27.

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All US carriers will be offering the Galaxy S6 smartphone. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Verizon will be carrying both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, while Boost, Cricket and MetroPSC will offer the Galaxy S6 only.

AT&T will launch the 32GB Galaxy S6 for $ 22.84 via the AT&T Next 24 plans, while the Galaxy S6 edge will cost $ 27.17 on the Next 24. You can also opt for the Galaxy S6 with a 2-year contract for $ 200 or the Galaxy S6 edge and a 2-year agreement for $ 300. Contract-free prices are $ 685 for the Galaxy S6 and $ 814 for the Galaxy S6 edge.

T-Mobile‘s leasing plan for the Galaxy S6 has it on $ 28.33 for 24 months or $ 680 contract-free. The leasing for the Galaxy S6 edge is at $ 32.50 for 24 months or $ 780 cash commitment free.

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HTC One E9 and One E9+ coming soon, rumored specs in tow

HTC One E9 has been in our rumored section for quite a while. It leaked with specs and live pictures numerous times, but as it turns out the leaked device was actually an upcoming HTC One E9+ model.

HTC One E9 (A53), according to the popular @upleaks tipster, will pack a 1080p display and a 13MP rear snapper. There is no info on the display size, but it will be either a 5″ unit as the HTC One M9 or a 5.5″ as the rumored One M9+ and One E9+ phablets.

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HTC One E9+ (A55) is the device we kept meeting over the past few weeks. It has a 5.5″ Quad HD display, runs on the MT6795 chip with an octa-core Cortex-A53 processor with 3GB of RAM, and has a 20MP rear camera – probably the same as on the HTC One M9.

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Images and specifications of ZTE Nubia Z9 mini and Z9 Max leak out

Press images and specifications of ZTE Nubia Z9 mini and Nubia Z9 Max leaked out ahead of their official announcement. The smartphones will make their debut on March 26.

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ZTE Nubia Z9 mini and Z9 Max (click to enlarge)

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max is the better equipped member of the duo. It packs 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in memory, and 5.5” display (likely a QHD unit). A 16MP main camera, 8MP front-facing snapper, and 2,900mAh battery round up the known specs.

With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset, 2GB of RAM, and 5” 1080p display, ZTE Nubia Z9 mini looks poised to make a splash in the upper echelons of the mid-range market. Like its bigger brother, the Z9 mini packs 16MP main camera, 8MP front-facing unit, and 2,900mAh battery.

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Xiaomi wants to sell 100 million smartphones this year

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Xiaomi sure hopes its parts suppliers will be able to keep up with its growth this year. Lei Jun, the company’s CEO (pictured to the left), has announced that Xiaomi plans to sell 80 to 100 million smartphones in 2015.

When you compare this to the that it managed to move last year, it quickly becomes apparent that this mobile device maker won’t stop challenging its competitors. Xiaomi’s growth so far has been extremely big (especially when you factor in that it still officially operates in only a handful of markets), but the company shows no signs of stopping in 2015.

Hence, Lei Jun’s hope that Xiaomi’s suppliers will be able to complete the production tasks it’s set for them, thus making it easier for eager customers to buy the phones.

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HTC One M9+ dummy on video, working device photographed

The HTC One M9+ refuses to leave the rumor mill but soon it may have to. A promo image briefly appeared on the net, an invitation for the unveiling on April 8. The event will allegedly take place in Beijing and go under the slogan “More than One.” Note that this image disappeared quickly so its authenticity is dubious.

We’ve seen schematics of the phone, but here’s a video of a dummy being handled. The HTC One M9+ is not a small device, it has grown bigger to accommodate the new 5.2″ screen.

That was just a dummy, here are some hands-on photos of an actual working device. The last one shows AnTuTu 5.6, which confirms the rumored specs. The screen will have QHD resolution (1,440 x 2,560px), the chipset (on at least one version) will be a MediaTek MT6795T with an octa-core 64-bit processor and PowerVR 6200 GPU plus 3GB of RAM.

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HTC One M9+ working prototype

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Alleged live photo of Meizu MX Supreme makes the rounds

Alleged live photo of the unannounced Meizu MX Supreme made the rounds on the Chinese social network Weibo. The previously rumored smartphone is reportedly developed in collaboration with Nokia.

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Meizu MX Supreme (click to enlarge)

The image gives us a peak at the area below the display of the smartphone. Meizu MX Supreme packs an oval home button that is likely to carry a fingerprint sensor, and ultra-thin screen bezels.

It is worth noting that the home button of the leaked smartphone is different that the on found in Meizu MX4 Pro. The latter has a squarish solution instead.

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Alleged HTC One M9 Plus mockup reveals its design

A mockup render of the unannounced HTC One M9 Plus made the rounds on Twitter, courtesy of @OnLeaks. The image compares the M9 Plus to the regular HTC One M9 and is said to be based on a prototype of the device.

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As you can see in the render above, the biggest difference between HTC One M9 Plus and One M9 is the presence of a physical home button below the display. The solution splits the BoomSound speaker in two and could also utilize a fingerprint scanner.

The circular camera of the handset should hardly catch anyone by surprise. It has already appeared in live photos.

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