HTC One A9 Specs Revealed By Benchmarks

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HTC is holding a press event on the 29th of September, the company is expected to announce the rumored HTC Aero which will launch as the HTC One A9.

Now it looks like we have some more information on the new HTC One A9 as the handset has appeared in the Geekbench benchmarks.

From the Geekbench results, which we can see below, the HTC One A9 will come with a MediaTek Helio X20 processor, this is a 10 core processor with a clock speed of 1.96GHz.

HTC One A9

The device will also feature 4GB of RAM and will feature a 5.2 inch display with a Quad HD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. The handset will also comes with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. As yet there are no details on what cameras the handset will feature.

We will have more details on this new HTC One A9 smartphone when it is made official at HTC’s press event later this month.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Details Revealed By Benchmarks

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Yesterday we heard some details on the new Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone, there will apparently be two version of the handset, one with a 5.2 inch display, the other with a 5.7 inch display.

Now the 5.7 inch version of the Samsung Galaxy S7 has turned up in the AnTuTu database, the handset is said to be code named Lucky and you can see the results from AnTuTu below.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 that is listed in the benchmarks is thought to be a test version of the handset so some of the specifications may change before the device is released.

The handset is listed with a 5.7 inch display with a Quad HD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, then device is also listed with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and an Adreno 530 GPU.

Other specifications revealed in the benchmarks include 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built in storage, there are also some details on the handsets cameras.

The front camera is listed as a 5 megapixel version and the rear camera is listed as a 16 megapixel version, these are the same ones used in the Galaxy S6.

We suspect that the cameras will be changed before the handset is released abd possibly the display, there is a possibility that Samsung may opt for a 4K display on the new Galaxy S7, although it is more likely that they will use a Quad HD display.

Android Pay Launches In The US

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Google has announced the launch of their new mobile payment system, Android Pay in the US, the company has said that Android Pay will be available at more than one million locations in the US.

Android Pay will work with any NFC enabled Android device that is running Android 4.4 KitKat and above, it will also work with any mobile carrier and any location in the US that has tap and pay.

Google has teamed up with a the major card providers for Android Pay and the payment service will work with Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover.

There are also a wide range of banks that now support Android Pay, these include American Express, Bank of America, Discover, Navy Federal Credit Union, PNC, Regions Bank, USAA, and U.S. Bank and Google will also be adding Wells Fargo to the list in the next few days. Other banks like Citi and Capital One will be added shortly.

As well as being able to pay with your smartphone, you can also store gift cards and loyalty cards on your device.

Google plans to expand their more payment system to more stores throughout the US over the coming months, the company will also be adding more banks to the system.

You can find out more information about Google’s new mobile payment system over at their website at the link below.

Android Pay is coming today

androidpay 9121It’s almost time to start paying with your Android phone—again. Google just made it official: Android Pay is launching today.

Android Pay will work with any Android device running at least Android KitKat (4.4) with an NFC chip. It supports debit and credit cards from Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. But it won’t work with every bank or credit issuer right away. The major supported issuers are American Express, Bank of America, Discover, Navy Federal Credit Union, PNC, Regions Bank, USAA, and U.S. Bank. Google says it’s adding banks all the time.

It works on every major carrier, though. And it works at any tap and pay location across the U.S. (over one million and growing). Google, of course, had to include an image of a bunch of major brands supporting Android Pay.

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Just a small sampling of the many brands and locations supporting Android Pay.

Google puts a big emphasis on the security of Android Pay. It uses an industry standard tokenization method, where your real credit card number is not transmitted to the merchant. So next time a major retailer gets hacked and all its credit card numbers stolen, yours is safe, because they don’t even have it.

Later this year, Android Pay will be updated to allow you to do mobile checkout when buying items in shopping apps, and some merchants will even let you transmit your loyalty cards electronically. So you can pay and get your points or discounts all with one tap of your phone.

Android Pay will be a download from the Play Store (an update to the old Wallet app) landing over the next few days, and will come pre-installed on Android phones with NFC chips from AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless (Google made no mention of Sprint).

The story behind the story: We’ve officially entered the battle of the mobile payments movement. Between Apple Pay, Android Pay, and soon, Samsung Pay, there’s plenty of options to choose from, depending on which phone you’re wielding. Samsung Pay will be supported at the most locations, since it uses a proprietary technology called MST that allows it to be used on magnetic-stripe “swipe” readers. If you’re curious how it works, read our experience with LoopPay before it was Samsung’s property. And if you’re still a little confused on what Android Pay is or how it will work, we’ve got a helpful FAQ for you to peruse.