And the beat goes on with the Samsung Galaxy S III news. We’ve seen benchmarks for the upcoming device and now know it will feature a quad-core processor, but we now may have something just as significant to share with you all. Well-regarded Sammy blog SamMobile has obtained what it claims to be an actual scan from the service manual of the device. If you look carefully, the sketch outline of the device pictured seems to match up with what we’ve seen here… and here… oh and here in a silhouette as well.
Accompanying the outline of the anticipated smartphone are details of the internals. The specs match up with what we’ve previously heard about for the most part including an HSPA+ radio and 1080P video recording. However, you’ll note that this apparent mockup of the Galaxy S III device is clocked at 1.5GHz as opposed to 1.4GHz (per Sammy’s Exynos announcement), an 8MP camera as opposed to a 12MP camera and a 4.8-inch screen as opposed to a 4.7-inch screen. In addition, there’s a home button on this device, which goes against our previous sightings where we’d seen soft keys on the screen. Perhaps Samsung may have more than one variation of the upcoming Galaxy S III smartphone being developed? It’s more than possible considering it has multiple variations of the Galaxy S II for example.
Despite SamMobile’s reputation for obtaining accurate information in the past, this latest leak as with most leaks shouldn’t be taken too seriously. The only thing certain of the device we do that it will feature a fast— really fast Exynos processor. Until then Samsung will do everything in its power to stay tight-lipped and keep us in suspense until next week’s unveiling. I mean after all, it’s no fun if we know everything about the device before it’s formally unveiled, is it?
It seems that the popular AnTuTu benchmark database has stored some highly classified info regarding Samsung’s upcoming new Galaxy. The image above appears to list the complete specs list for the Samsung Galaxy SIII (note that it’s not Galaxy S3). Assuming that this is not faked, the info appears to be spot on with what has been whispered across the web for the last few months. From the 4.7 inch screen size to the recently announced Exynos quad-core processor, these specs look to take a big bite out of the competition. Of course in one week, all rumors will be squashed and only the truth will prevail. Stay tuned to Talk Android!
Alert to all T-Mobile subscribers! Have you been wanting to get your hands on the new HTC One S? Cant afford to drop the cash on one right now? Well T-Mobile apparently has way to many to know what to do with so they are giving them away to instant winners. You’ve got a chance to win one of 82 HTC One S’s that T-Mobile is handing out. Along with winning a device, is the possibility that you could win a year’s worth of free cell service from T-Mobile. Now isn’t that the icing on the cake? You’ll have to head over to the T-mobile Facebook page to enter the contest. So jump on this and good luck.
Chances are that the majority of Sprint’s Epic 4G Touch users are not bored with their phone just yet. However if you are craving a little ICS flavor in your life, you may want to consider this. XDA developer sfhub has just leaked a near official build (FD24) of ICS for the Sprint GSII variant that can be enjoyed via the one-click install method for rooted devices or simply flashing a zip file on non-rooted devices that are currently on Gingerbread version EL29. As always, proceed with caution when it comes to altering software on your own, but I dare say that it’ll be worth the trouble in the end. Hit the source link below for instructions and more info.
Just this past Tuesday we published an article that the Play Store is now selling the Galaxy Nexus unlocked and void of contract for $399. Awesome deal right? We are now noticing that offers like this are spreading outside the Google domain. Here we have found that Expansys is also selling the Gnex unlocked and without contract for $399.99. The kicker here is that unlike the purchase you can make in the Play Store, Expansys is offering free shipping. So you could save a few bucks. You’ll also have the option to bundle the phone with a Simple Mobile plan if you are so inclined. Of course, you can just purchase the device and activate it on carriers like T-Mobile or AT&T.
So as with most device, as the weeks go by we continue to find the deals and the prices continue to drop. If you have the self-control, for one you are better than me, and second, you may stumble upon that perfect deal that will get this Galaxy nexus into your hands.
Looks like as we get closer to the big day next week, Samsung will ease up a bit and start releasing some official news for the masses. To that end, Sammy has officially announced its quad-core Exynos 1.4GHz screamer. The processor is based off the ARM CORTEXTM A9 chip and will feature some impressive characteristics. In addition to having the capability to give top-flight performance while consuming less power than its competition, the quad-core Exynos processor will incorporate a full HD 30 frame per second video hardware codec engine for high resolution 1080p video recording and playback. Impressive indeed.
In some not-so-surprising news, Sammy has big plans for the chip. For starters, the quad-core chip will be the processor featured in the Galaxy S III smartphone. That means those impressive benchmarks we saw yesterday were you guessed it— based off of this blazing fast processor and technology. Samsung is possibly exploring the option of having the chip used by other manufacturers too. Don’t believe me? Here’s Sammy directly:
“Samsung’s Exynos 4 Quad is also sampling to other major handset makers.”
Seeing Samsung chips in devices made by other manufacturers…? I never thought I’d see the say. Ladies and gentlemen, a new era of the smartphone wars and smartphone technology is set to begin. Hit the break for the full presser from Sammy.
Just in case you’re still waiting for your Sony Xperia phone to get updated to Android 4.0, Sony took some time to update the community on the progress of the rollout. Nordic countries are currently receiving the upgrade, and Sony is working with carriers in various regions to get the upgrade out to all Xperia phones, including the Arc S, Neo V, and Ray. In other words, not much has changed since the last time Sony told us about the update. Sony just wanted to let everyone know that things are progressing as planned and to sit tight.
source: sony blog
There’s a lot of debate in the Android community about which processor is currently the reigning champion inside the new HTC One X. Many One X users in Europe will enjoy the quad-core Tegra 3 processor while others, like us North Americans, will get the Snapdragon S4 dual-core flavor. Below is a video of the two titans going for the gold on the AnTuTu benchmark test. As you can see, the Tegra 3 variant (on the left) seems to leave the S4 in the dust. Now keep in mind that this is just one benchmark test and that there are numerous reports of both processors coming out as the victor over the other. No matter which benchmark you use, it’s safe to say that both these processors are extremely powerful and will get the job done, no matter where you are located. Let us know what you think of the video in the comments below.
It seems that some Android investigative reporters have stumbled upon a listing of Samsung’s new Galaxy smartphone within Samsung’s Kies media manager software. Apparently if you surf through the France region list of devices you will discover three small thumbnails that appear to be the Samsung Galaxy Note, yet two of them have descriptions listed as the “Galaxy S3 GT-I9300” and “Galaxy S3 GT-I9300T“. With all the buzz of various online websites listing the next Galaxy under the Galaxy S3 moniker, it’s easy to think that we now have an official name to go with all the rumored specs floating around the net.
So what exactly are we looking at here? Is it simply a place holder for the most highly anticipated Android device yet, or could someone be playing a cruel joke on us weak-minded dreamers? Only one week left until Sammy spills the beans!
As we get closer to Samsung’s big event next week, we will start to hear the beat of the leaks grow louder and louder. Case in point: AnTuTu casually lists a “Samsung Galaxy S III” in its benchmark software. The significance of this is that if this benchmark result is true, the Galaxy S III listed here crushes most of the competition and even beats out the ASUS Transformer Prime tablet in terms of overall performance. That’s not all either, there seem to be specific details of the device listed as well. For starters, this “Galaxy S III” model features a Exynos 4212 1.4GHz processor which is believed to be a dual-core variant (no quad-core?), 1GB of RAM, a 4.7″ HD display with a 1280×720 resolution, 2MP front camera, 12MP rear camera and Android 4.0. For the most part, the details for the device in this benchmark seems to match up with specs we’d previously heard before. Additionally, the device operates under a GSM/WCDMA band. That’s nice and all, but many of you are on CDMA or 4G LTE bands. Let’s just hope Samsung either releases a CDMA and LTE version of the smartphone at the same time as the GSM version or at the very least— not wait too long to release the additional models.
Yup, Samsung just continues to give us additional reasons to salivate, doesn’t it? Just one more week folks. Just one more week…
source: Droid Life