Things heating up for Samsung and HTC
Things don't stay constant in the world of smartphones for very long, with manufacturers always having something in the works. Although HTC has only just unveiled its new flagship - the HTC One (M8) - rumours are already heating up about when we can get our hands on the pint-sized version.
The chances of the Taiwanese manufacturer offering a smaller version of its flagship are so high, that the existence of the HTC One (M8) Mini is almost a foregone conclusion - despite the company offering nothing up about the expected device.
However, smartphone fans that want to trade in their handset for a more manageable-sized device may not have to wait too much longer.
According to 3G's UK website, the HTC One (M8) Mini could be just around the corner, with the UK retailer citing May as an expected release date. The source, although unnamed, even gives away details about the size and functionality of the smartphone.
HTC's smaller version of its flagship will sport a 4.5-inch screen and a single camera, rather than the Duo Camera taking pole position on the HTC One (M8). However, as far as appearance goes, the Mini will strongly resemble its bigger brother with the same aluminium uni-body design.
This supports previous rumours that speculated HTC would be preparing a miniature version of the HTC One (M8), almost as soon as the flagship was outed.
Samsung upping the ante
While HTC is busy creating its own new smartphone, Samsung is upping the stakes when it comes to display quality.
At first glance, there doesn't appear to be much of an upgrade between the five-inch, 441ppi screen on the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the 5.1-inch, 432ppi display on the Samsung Galaxy S5. However, according to DisplayMate, the Korean company's new flagship sports "the best performing smartphone display that we have ever tested".
The site have run tests on a number of Samsung smartphones including the S5, S4 and Galaxy Note 3. Although both the S4 and S5 tote the same 1080 x 1920 resolution and boast Super AMOLED technology, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is pushing the screen quality to another level.
Both handsets were put through a number of tests and found the new flagship to be 22 per cent brighter than its predecessor and 13 per cent better than the Note 3.
Posted by Simon Thomas