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This Week's Chitter Chatter - Samsung Galaxy A5, Mega 2 and the Fastest Way to Charge Your iPhone
Let's be frank - this month we've all been talking about Apple, and specifically the iPhone 6. However, it looks like the conversation may soon be switching to their big rival, Samsung. That's because there's speculation that we're about to see a new series of smartphones from Samsung which are expected to be called the A-series.
Rumour has it that the A-series could share similarities with the design of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha smartphone, that is, smaller, lighter and more stylish. It's believed that Samsung are currently working on a Galaxy A5 mobile phone which will offer excellent value for money and will be aimed somewhere in the middle of the smartphone market. Recent reports indicate that the Galaxy A5 will come with a 5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, a 13-megapixel rear facing camera, a 5-megapixel camera on the front, 16GB of onboard storage, a Snapdragon 400 processor and a 2300mAh battery. Watch this space for more news on the Samsung Galaxy A5 as we get it.
One phone that isn't just a rumour at the moment is Samsung's new Galaxy Mega 2 smartphone, which is set to be rolled out globally very soon. The sequel to the original Galaxy Mega which came in 2 sizes of 5.8 and 6.3-inches, the Mega 2 comes with a 6-inch 720 x 1280 screen. On the rear is an 8-megapixel camera with an LED flash and autofocus and there's a 2.1-megapixel camera on the front. The Galaxy Mega 2 runs on the latest Android KitKat 4.4.4 operating system and has a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and 1.5GHz of RAM under the cover. Memory wise there's a decent 16GB of expandable onboard storage and as you would expect a pretty large 3200mAh battery. The Mega 2 is a great option if you prefer a phablet sized smartphone at a reasonable price.
Also on the horizon for Samsung is a new smartphone which will run on Intel's Tizen operating system. So far Samsung have used Tizen for their Galaxy Gear range of smartwatches but a Tizen smartphone would see them branching out from only using an Android platform. The Samsung Tizen mobile phone is anticipated to be launched in November in India and is expected to offer a budget smartphone at a very competitive low price. Not a huge amount is known concerning the likely specifications for the handset but more information should be coming soon.
OK, that's enough about Samsung for the time being - let's talk Apple again. Some clever iPhone 6 users have discovered that the absolutely fastest way to charge up their brand spanking new iPhones is to connect it up to an iPad charger rather than using the charger which came with their iPhone 6. It may seem obvious but more powerful chargers don't always work on smartphones but the 2.1-Amp iPad does the job with reports that the iPhone 6 Plus can be fully charged in just 2 hours. Let us know if it works for you.