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This Week's Chitter Chatter - Samsung Galaxy S6 Active, LG G4 and Selfie Stick Bans
Let's start with a little Samsung news - as well as the original Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge, it's rumoured that we could soon be seeing another S6 variation, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active. The S series of Active smartphones have proved to be popular with premium specs and a robust design and the S6 Active looks to be no exception. Recent reports indicate that the Galaxy S6 Active will have the added bonus of being waterproof and it will also come with a 5.1-inch 2560 x 1440 QHD display and the same 64-bit Exynos processor as it's sibling the S6. The Galaxy S6 Active will be chunkier at 8.8mm in depth and will include a whopping 3500mAh battery. There's no news on a release date for the S6 Active but we'll keep our ears to the ground for that.
News of another new smartphone and we're only a few weeks away from the expected launch of LG's forthcoming new smartphone, the LG G4. Images of what we can expect the handset to look like have been emerging online recently and although the overall design looks to be fairly similar to the LG G3, there are some noticeable differences. If the pictures are accurate, it looks like the main body of the G4 will be a lot more curved than the G3. We could also see a bit of a curved display similar to the G Flex smartphones. Other specs anticipated on the LG G4 are an 16 or 20-megapixel rear camera, a dual LED flash and a 5.3-inch QHD 1440 x 2560 display. The G4 is also likely to feature the new Snapdragon 810 processor and 3GB of RAM.
From LG to Sony, and it looks like a September debut for Sony's Xperia Z4, which will be exactly 12 months after the launch of the Xperia Z3. Previously Sony have released two premium smartphones a year but this strategy has recently been revised as Sony fall in line with their main competitors. Not much is known about the Xperia Z4 at the moment but we could also see the new octa-core Snapdragon 810 CPU and a more slim-line and waterproof design. The rear camera could be similar to the 20.7-megapixel camera on the Z3 with a more powerful camera anticipated on the front as well as a bigger and more powerful battery. We're sure more information will leak out in the coming months, so we'll bring you more information as we hear it.
And finally, London's National Gallery is the latest visitor attraction to ban the use of selfie sticks. The sticks are often used by tourists to ensure they get a decent photo of themselves in front of various tourist landmarks and attractions but concerns that they could injure someone or even cause damage to popular attractions have seen them banned from an increasing list of historic places. Other popular attractions which have recently banned selfie sticks include the Palace of Versailles near Paris, the Colosseum in Rome and many of the major Art Museums in the USA. If you want a selfie at one of these places, looks like you're going to have to rely on the more traditional 'own hand and arm' method...