The Top 10 trending phones of week 17

Just when you thought the Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 edge/Grand Prime triumvirate was going to rule for months on end, the Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML stepped in and claimed a seat in the Top 3. And it’s also worth noting that the Galaxy S6 lost a massive 30K hits compared to last week.

gsmarena 001 The Top 10 trending phones of week 17

The Top 10 trending phones chart is a recap list of the devices that gathered the most hits throughout the week. In other words, the chart represents the interests of the majority of you, our visitors, and is an indication of what currently interests you.

The quietly announced in Japan Sony Xperia Z4 made it to the chart, but it’s fate in the global market is yet unclear. We’ll need to wait and see how the interest for Sony’s yet another incremental update develops over the following weeks.

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Samsung opens new plant to meet Galaxy S6 edge demand

Apparently there can be too much of a good thing, and in Samsung’s case the unanticipated high demand for the Galaxy S6 edge lead to shortages in the smartphone’s supply. The limiting factor was quoted to be the dual-edge display, but Samsung was quick to address the issue.

gsmarena 001 Samsung opens new plant to meet Galaxy S6 edge demand

Industry insiders report that a new manufacturing line has already gone operational, which should bring the production volume to 5 million curved displays a month. That’s a substantial increase compared to the previous 2 million units monthly output and should help the company reach the latest forecast of 70 million Galaxy S6/S6 edge device sales.

The new plant’s planned launch date was set for the month of June, but with the explosion of market demand Samsung managed to pull it off two months ahead of schedule.

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Huawei P8 Lite goes up for pre-order in Germany for €249

It looks like Huawei might release the unannounced P8 Lite after all. The mid-range sibling of Huawei P8 and P8max appeared for pre-order in Germany with €249 price tag.

gsmarena 001 Huawei P8 Lite goes up for pre order in Germany for €249

The smartphone is available to order in black and silver/gold color scheme. According to the retail listing, the Huawei P8 Lite will begin shipping to customers on May 15.

gsmarena 002 Huawei P8 Lite goes up for pre order in Germany for €249

As its name suggests, Huawei P8 Lite is a toned down version of the recently announced P8 flagship. Its specs include 5” 720p IPS display, Kirin 620 SoC with octa-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 13MP main camera, and 5MP front-facing unit,

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Oppo bezelless phone leaked in all its glory

The Oppo bezelless phone has been a regular to the rumor mill and we’ve seen more than one set of photos, or videos, for that matter. This newest leak however is the most comprehensive one and shows the innovative smartphone from every angle in properly lit photos as well as a hands on video.

gsmarena 001 Oppo bezelless phone leaked in all its glory

We know that Oppo has been developing an ingenious technology to provide a bezelless smartphone experience without the added risks of breakage such a design implies. The company came up with a solution that bends the light emitted from the pixels at the edges of the screen towards the user, thus providing the edge-to-edge display illusion. Meanwhile a rim surrounding the panel ensures that rigidity requirements are met. The front glass panel that’s the key to the design is also among the subjects in the photos.

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Oppo bezelless phone

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ARM’s Cortex-A72 CPU core gets fully detailed

The chipmaker ARM spilled all the beans on the recently announced, high-end Cortex-A72 CPU. As expected, the component is faster, more efficient, with a smaller footprint than the Cortex-A57 that precedes it.

gsmarena 001 ARMs Cortex A72 CPU core gets fully detailed

ARM Cortex-A72 offers 20% better branch prediction than its predecessor. Instructions-per-clock have increased between 20% and 60% over the Cortex-A57 depending on the workload. In terms of energy efficiency, the newcomer is between 18% and 30% better than the previous model.

It has been primarily designed for next-generation 14nm and 16nm nodes, though Mediatek and Qualcomm will bring 28nm chipsets with the CPU this year. It is worth noting that the Cortex-A72 offers much bigger gains in performance on 14nm and 16nm nodes.

Interestingly, ARM claims that, at the same performance, the Cortex-A72 will use 75% less power than an Inter Broadwell CPU. It is worth noting that Intel’s chip is overall significantly more powerful.

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Sony Xperia Z3 is surprisingly back in stock at T-Mobile

gsmarena 001 Sony Xperia Z3 is surprisingly back in stock at T Mobile

Earlier this month T-Mobile decided to discontinue the Sony Xperia Z3, after less than six months since its debut at the magenta carrier. At that point, there was no explanation given – the phone simply vanished from TMo’s website.

Today, though, the exact opposite has happened. Namely, the Xperia Z3 is once again up for grabs from T-Mobile. Again, there’s no explanation for these moves, the handset just showed up in the carrier’s online store.

Furthermore, it’s now a lot cheaper than it used to be. So that will be good news for prospective buyers. The full price you need to pay for the Xperia Z3 is $ 499.92, down from the previous level of $ 630.

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Apple Watch now available for sale, back-ordered until June

Today, April 24, is the official launch of the long awaited Apple Watch. As we reported yesterday the Watch will be sold exclusively online until Apple can meet the demand. Indeed Apple Watch is only available for purchase online as of today, but it is on backorder.

gsmarena 001 Apple Watch now available for sale, back ordered until June

According to Apple Store the first Watch orders will begin shipping in June. This is about two months from now.

gsmarena 002 Apple Watch now available for sale, back ordered until June

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