Well I guess Samsung didn’t have all their ducks in a row like they thought they did. Back in March, analysts were concerned that Samsung could have production issues that would cause a loss of sales during the first month after launch. Last year’s issue with the Galaxy S III was from a defect, but we are not sure what is going on this year. It seems to be delayed all over and now it appears that customers who pre-ordered the Sprint version at Best Buy are going to have to wait another 2 to 3 weeks. Below is an email sent to customers:
If you’re on T-Mobile and really can’t wait for the Galaxy S 4 to arrive in stores then you’re in luck. T-Mobile has the 16GB version of the new Samsung flagship on sale for $149.99 down and $20 per month installment fees each month for the 2 year contract online right now. If you’re holding out and hoping to get the GS4 in stores you’ll be waiting until May 8th. That means, if you do the math, you’ll be dropping $629.99 for the phone overall. Of course that’s not including the plan itself.
If May 8th is too long to wait you can hit the source link below to choose between the white frost or black mist version. Either color will come with support with T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network in conjunction with the more wide-reaching 42Mbps DC-HSDPA network. While trailing AT&T and Sprint in launching the phone, they’re still way ahead of Verizon which may make a few of your friends who are on Big Red’s network a little jealous. So what are you waiting for? Go get your GS4!
It’s certainly no secret that Sony plans to take over the mobile world, so it should come as no surprise that it has introduced what can be seen as some revolutionary technology. It went ahead and revealed its Triluminous display technology which aims to enhance the display of various devices to levels never seen before. Essentially, Triluminous display technology utilizes quantum dots (otherwise known as nanocrystals) that are so small, they have quantum properties and emits light just at preset wavelengths. The effect of this process i the significant enhancement of display factors like a larger color gamut to improved brightness and contrast.
Sony certainly can’t wait for this technology to arrive on its Xperia line of smartphones too. Here’s a Sony insider highlighting the important plans Sony has for this technology:
“During the interview, the heads of Sony Philippines likewise confirmed that Triluminos display will definitely come to the Sony Xperia smartphone line. This is cool because, as of writing, Sony is still using TFT panel even in its top of the line handset releases, including Sony Xperia Z. Triluminos will be the Japanese company’s answer to display technologies being offered by other companies like Retina Display and SuperAMOLED”.
via: Phone Arena
Huawei announced a P series of smartphones at MWC, and we’re starting to see some of those models show up across the globe. The latest model, code named the P6-U06, has recently been certified in China, and the profile shots show an extremely thin device, coming in at just 6.2mm. Aside from dimensions, we know it’s packing a quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera and a strange 5 megapixel front-facing camera. It also has GSM/WCDMA radios, so it’s definitely going to launch in Asian markets, but there’s no word on if it’ll come to other shores.
LG just pulled the wraps off of the Optimus GK in Korea. This is for those that really want an Optimus G Pro, but think a 5.5-inch display is just a tad too big. Now they can opt for this 5-inch Full HD IPS version, but still enjoy some pretty hefty specs. They include a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, and 3,100mAh battery. It looks like this one will only be available on Korean carrier KT. For those of you in the U.S., you still can opt for the full fledged Optimus G Pro on AT&T very soon.
Samsung may sell the most phones, but they have never been regarded as having the best designs. Still, a lot of thought goes into each and every phone, and they released a video of the design team talking about the Galaxy S 4 or what they believe is your life companion. This video isn’t just about the physical style of the phone, it’s also about the UI and features. Hit the break to check it out.
Samsung has upgraded the Galaxy S 4’s NFC chipset in a way that it no longer communicates with older Samsung NFC tags called TecTiles. When asked about this problem Samsung had this to say:
Samsung is introducing TecTile 2, an update to the original TecTile NFC programmable tags, which will be available in the coming weeks. TecTile 2 will use the current NFC technology on the market, allowing Samsung customers to further incorporate NFC into their daily lives and to use with the latest Samsung Mobile products and services, including the Galaxy S 4. As industry standards continue to evolve, Samsung remains committed to meeting those standards and adapting its technologies if necessary. Samsung customers can also fully utilize TecTiles 2 with existing Samsung Mobile NFC-enabled Android smartphones currently in market.
The folks over at Phone Buff got their hands on the HTC One and decided to test the endurance of it with a knife, key, and a hammer. Now the question is does the phone live up to the abuse or does the poor repair-ability of the HTC One have to be put to the test? Hit the break to find out.
Sprint and AT&T customers can now get their hands on the “Next Big Thing”, i.e. the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Sprint Customers can pick one up for $249.99 with an eligible upgrade, and if you are a new customer willing to bring your number to Sprint, then you too can grab it for $149.99. If you just want to pony up $599.99 you can own the phone outright without a two year contract. The website does say in-store availability is limited, so I would take that as a hint to buy online for a better chance at getting one.
Current AT&T customers and prospective customers can pick up the phone for $199 with a two year contract, or $639.99 off contract. Both offer the Samsung Galaxy S 4 in Black Mist and White Frost. For those of you thinking about grabbing the Samsung Galaxy S 4, we have guides to help you get setup.
Sources: AT&T / Sprint
Why hello there Samsung Galaxy Mega, we meet again! The behemoth member of Samsung’s happy family has just been caught tip-toeing through the FCC hallways— this time in 4G LTE colors. This special Galaxy Mega 6.3-based model— which is identified as the GT-i9205— has the usual frequencies including a standard LTE Band 5, full GSM frequencies and of course, WiFi. Generally speaking— whenever a new device such as the Galaxy Mega is caught at the FCC, it’s usually an indicator that the device is very much on the way for an imminent arrival.
Here’s hoping that those of us here in the States will be able to see the large device at some point soon.
LG has officially unveiled its latest mid-range device— the Optimus F5 smartphone. Sandwiched in between devices such as the Optimum G (Pro) and the Optimus L9 series, the Optimus F5 arrives with modest features such as a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch IPS display, 2,150mAh battery and Android 4.1.2 running the show. Oh and while the device doesn’t have much to scream at, it at least features 4G LTE, which allows customers to enjoy the simple pleasures of fast internet data on their handsets. The Optimus F5’s trump card compared to other mid-rangers is the inclusion of custom LG software like QSlide and Live Zooming running the show.
So now that the device is out in the open, it’s time to give the most eager details— its availability. As of now, the device is expected to arrive in French retailers on April 29th, while other markets will follow shortly after. While there’s no overt mention of when we can expect to see the device out here in the States, we’ve already seen indications suggesting that it won’t be long for Verizon customers to see this puppy as well.
Hit the break for the full presser.
A new flagship device from any manufacturer means it is time for drop tests to see how it might hold up against the inevitable slips of the hand that users deal with in the real world. The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is hitting the market now, so we are subjected to viewing the results of these tests if you have the intestinal fortitude to see a brand new device hitting hard concrete. Testing the Galaxy S 4 may be of particular interest to those who have followed the debate about Samsung’s choice of materials for their devices and claims that plastic bodies help smartphones survive accidents better.
We love it when the crew over at ifixit get their hands on the latest device. For those of you who don’t know what iFixit is, they are a group of individuals who like to take shinny new smartphones apart just to see what makes them tick. Now I know some of you may be thinking why on earth would anyone do that to such an expensive device. Well it’s simple really, for you of course. Their exploration helps you fix your new phone instead of having to buy a new one after a crazy weekend of fun, or bad luck.
Their new victim is the Samsung Galaxy S 4, and except for the glass this phone is rather easy to repair. As with all phones torn done by the ifixit crew, they give each a repairability score, and the Galaxy S 4 received an 8 out of 10. None of this should come as a surprise because Techno Buffalo did their teardown not too long ago and came up with the same answer. This phone is really repairable. Hit the break for all the teardown goodness and let us know if it changed your decision to buy the Galaxy S 4 or not.
Two new Kyocera phones have popped up, courtesy of evleaks on Twitter. The top phone is the Kyocera Elite, an Android powered smartphone packing LTE bands for Verizon. This is Verizon’s first ever Kyocera smartphone, and their first Kyocera phone since 2006. No word on specs, but I have a feeling it’s not going to compete with the Galaxy S 4.
Also leaked is the Kyocera XTRM that’s heading to US Cellular. From the name, we can tell that it’s going to be a sturdy, rugged phone. No word on specs there, either, but as with most other rugged Android phones, they’re usually pretty modest devices. We should be hearing a bit more about both of these devices in the coming weeks, and we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as anything comes up.
Not too long ago, an unlock tool was released for some Motorola devices that used Qualcomm processors. Well, it turns out that unlocking hack still works on newer Qualcomm devices, including the variant of the Galaxy S 4 with the Snapdragon 600 chip. So if you’re planning on picking up a new Galaxy S 4 this weekend, you won’t have to wait for a root method.
The downside is that there are no stock images or custom recoveries available for the device yet, so if you brick the device in the root process, you’re completely out of luck. OTA updates will also likely mess up root. Fortunately, it’s a pretty safe bet that this is going to be a popular device, so it shouldn’t take long before some recoveries and ROMs start popping up. Until then, though, root at your own risk.