We knew that the Galaxy S 4 would have two different versions coming out. One will house the new Exynos Octa-core processor and the other will carry the quad-core Snapdragon 600 series. While some expected, and others hoped, that the UK would see the Exynos version, that appears to not be the case. According to Samsung the UK will see the Snapdragon variety. When questioned by various UK blogs they were quoted to say:
“Samsung Galaxy S4 is equipped with a 1.9GHz Quad-core AP or a 1.6GHz Octa-core AP. The selection of AP varies by markets … In the UK, the Galaxy S4 will be available as a 4G device with a 1.9GHz Quad Core Processor.”
While most of you may not notice the difference in your day to day use of it, it certainly does deflate the “my phone can beat up your phone” argument. For those of you across the pond, does it affect you decision to buy the device? Sound off below.
More evidence that Samsung likely has a smash hit with the Galaxy S 4 comes from UK retailer Carphone Warehouse which is reporting pre-registrations are four times higher than what they saw for the Galaxy S III. This follows on the heels of a report from another UK retailer, Phones4U, that reported Galaxy S 4 pre-registrations were running 40% higher in the first forty-eight hours compared to the Galaxy S III.
Carphone Warehouse’s Chief Operating Officer Graham Stapleton says the huge number of pre-registrations is a sign of “how hot the Galaxy S4 is going to be.” You can read the full press release from Carphone Warehouse after the break.
Ladies and gents— say hello to the HTC E1 smartphone. Also known as the 603e smartphone, the E1 is going to be a dual-SIM device featuring a host of goodies inside including Android 4.1, a 4.3-inch WVGA Super LCD2 display, a dual-core chip and a 5MP camera. Unfortunately, the device looks to be destined for Chinese markets only as of this time, but if you do live out there— it’ll cost you 1,799 CNY (or roughly $290 USD), which seems like it could potentially be a steal for lots of potential folks in the market for a new smartphone.
No word yet on when the device will be available, but we suspect it’ll be in retail outlets soon.
source: Unwired View
Samsung will probably sell at least 30 million Galaxy S 4′s, so why not give a few away as part of a sweepstakes? They actually have 52 to hand out and four grand prize winners will also receive a Samsung 55-inch Smart TV. It’s quite simple. All you have to do is hit the source link below and sign up for the latest email updates for the Galaxy S 4. There is one caveat, and that is you must be a U.S. resident.
They already handed out 15 phones, but they will give away 1 per day starting today through April 21. The four grand prize winners will be selected on April 22.
In something that shouldn’t really be too surprising, it’s reported that the freshly unveiled Galaxy S 4 smartphone actually doesn’t cost too much to make and utilizes mostly Samsung-branded flare on the inside. According to the IHS, the unlocked variant of the device costs a mere $244 (when the $8.50 manufacturing cost is added in) to manufacture, which is $30.50 more than what it cost to manufacture the Galaxy S III. Additionally, the teardown of the HSPA+ version of the device reveals everything that we already know including the 4.99-inch SuperAMOLED display, the super fast Octa-Core processor built-in and the full array of sensors and all that good stuff. The most astounding part about the teardown is not seeing what was mentioned above, but rather the amount of Samsung-branded components inside such as the display and touch-screen module, as well as the apps processor, power management integrated circuit and of course— the SDRAM. When all is said and done— a whopping 63% of the Galaxy S 4′s internal parts are Samsung products. Impressive indeed.
Now before you ask— don’t go holding your breath for a sub-$300 Galaxy S 4. After all— Samsung does have its heavy-duty marketing to maintain so it can make a buck or two.
Xiaomi makes some really nice phones, but unfortunately they are only available in China. Those of us stateside can only wonder what it would be like to use the new Xiaomi Mi-3 as it appears to be yet another winner for them. It resembles the HTC One, which is by far one of the best looking phones to date. As far as the specs, they didn’t skimp one bit: 5-inch 1080p display, 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, 13MP camera, 3,000mAh battery, and Android 5.0 with custom MIUI skin.
Yes, you read Android 5.0 right, but the bad news is that it won’t be available until the fall. We are expecting Android 5.0 to be unveiled at Google I/O in May so that’s expected. Priced at 1.999 CNY ($320), it’s a lock that it will be another hit for Xiaomi.
Remember how we told you about Google’s possible intentions to use a Snapdragon-based processor instead of a Tegra-powered chip for its next-gen Nexus 7 tablet? Well Digitimes is reporting that the next tablet will utilize Qualcomm’s technology according to sources from the upstream supply chain. The reasoning, you ask? Well, Google seems to be headed in the direction of showcasing an LTE-based variation of the tablet, which Qualcomm chips seem to fare well with compared to that of the Tegra chips. Of course NVIDIA did announce its Tegra 4i chip— which is certainly LTE-friendly, but NVIDIA does have some production delays to deal with until at least mid-summer and the new Nexus 7 tablet is expected to be unveiled in May— so using a Snapdragon processor seems to be a natural fit for the new tablet.
Of course this is all speculation until we see something a bit more concrete, but it’s looking more and more like we will see yet another Qualcomm-based device out there… not that anyone’s complaining and all.
Android Police has discovered that Sprint is testing a ZTE device called the Quantum (N8910). The Quantum can be categorized as a low to mid-Level smartphone with some fairly impressive specs. The Quantum will reportedly sport the following:
- A 5″, 720p screen (320 dpi) with “terribad viewing angles”
- Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 @ 1.5GHz with Adreno 225 graphics
- 1GB RAM
- 1.5GB ROM + 4GB internal memory
- 13.0 MP rear camera
- 0.9 MP front-facing camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n dual-band
- Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.2)
- 3 capacitive buttons – no virtual buttons
- Sprint 4G LTE
- Could be a global phone based on removable SIM slot (Sprint normally does embedded SIMs for LTE)
At the GPU Technology Conference NVIDIA presented some new information about their roadmap and upcoming chips. The next GPU processor scheduled from NVIDIA, the successor to the Tegra 4, is codenamed Logan. Logan uses a Kepler GPU, which finds its roots in chips used for PCs. This will be a first for smartphone and tablet gpu chips which had been custom built for mobile device use up until now. This outgrowth from the personal computer world means NVIDIA was able to include features like CUDA (GPU computing) and Open GL 4.3. This combination means mobile devices with the Logan chip will be able to make use of DirectX11 features. According to NVIDA, Logan should be ready in early 2014.
You may have noticed in recent months that there is a big push on the part of smartphone manufacturers to sell the “security” of their devices. This is needed to obtain greater acceptance in the corporate world and to encourage consumers to use their devices for secure transactions. The latest manufacturer to join the frenzy is ZTE, the world’s fourth largest smartphone producer. Today ZTE announced a partnership with Intrepidus to evaluate the security mechanisms of ZTE devices. Intrepidus is a security testing company that specifically focuses on mobile devices, applications, systems and networks.
According to their press release, ZTE is partnering with Intrepidus to identify vulnerabilities, conduct penetration testing, perform reverse engineering, and review source code. ZTE is pursuing this course because “the need to protect personal information becomes more important each day.” You can check out the full press release after the break.