Remember that mysterious Samsung display in the window of the Phones 4U flagship store in the UK? It read “Samsung” in big letters with “coming 30/03/12″ under it. Some believed that it was going to be the launch of the Galaxy S III, but we had our doubts, and eventually we learned that it would turn in to Samsung store within a store. Today being the day of its launch, the new Samsung store has opened its doors to the public and our pals from Endgadget stopped in for a closer look.
Taking over the whole second floor of London’s Oxford Street Phones 4U retail location, Samsung’s latest retail endeavor aims to compete with the Apple store located just around the corner. As you can see in the images below, Samsung has created a place for customers to go to try out all the newest flagship devices without all the carrier muddled nonsense. No ever-changing ads or contract pricing, just an unfiltered Samsung experience. They even have an accessory wall for all the latest official extras you can get for your new Galaxy device, and apparently Samsung has trained the staff to be knowledgeable in everything Samsung. So if you live in the Oxford area you should stop by to check it out and let us know what you think! For the rest of you, jump past the break to experience the store via more photos.
While our friends overseas already has their hands on the HTC One X smartphone, we here in the States are unfortunately stuck playing the waiting game for the AT&T version of the HTC One X— which is set to be played a little longer on top of that. While AT&T is still mum on the device’s release date, an anonymous user gave us all the heads up that famed retailer Best Buy will be delaying preorders by a few weeks. The new anticipated release date from Best Buy is now May 6. That’s right folks… May. Feel free to express a disappointing sigh everyone.
Good things comes to those who wait, right gang? Here’s hoping AT&T doesn’t lag too much and will give us that concrete April release date in the coming weeks.
It appears that Google wants to get back into the direct sales department. They reported plan is an online store for Google branded tablets. If you remember, Google tried to sell to the masses with the Nexus One. It had lackluster sales and wasn’t embraced by many. According the WSJ, “people close to the matter” have said that Google plans to try it again. Only this time it’s going to be with tablets.
Google is desperately trying to cut into Apple’s share of the tablet market. They haven’t had much success, as they currently only control 20% of the market share. Google has been gaining on Apple, but not at a rate to make Apple worry. Back to the story at hand. The “people close to the matter” also claim that Samsung and Asus are going to be big players in the hardware department. This all sounds familiar, as Asus is rumored to be making the first Google branded tablet this year. Also they report that we may even see Jelly Been by the middle of the year, maybe even on the rumored Asus tablet. » Read the rest
If you’ve been dying to get your hands on a new Kindle Fire and don’t mind refurbished merchandise, today would be the day to make the plunge. Amazon’s Gold Box deal of the day features the refurbished Kindle Fire for only $139, $30 less than the usual $169. Have no fear about buying one of these pre owned units as Amazon claims they have been tested and certified to look and function as a brand new device. They will even honor the 12-month warranty period found on new units. This deal only lasts until midnight tonight (or until stock is gone) and only one Fire per Amazon account is allowed. Be sure to check out our full review if you have any questions about the device and hit the source link to start saving!
Four days ago, we reported that a Phones4U store in London had posted a large Samsung sign with the words “Coming 30.03.12″ in their window. Many of us speculated that this could possibly be the launch date of the highly anticipated Galaxy S III. After all, this specific store location was the chosen one for the exclusive release of the Galaxy Nexus at its launch. Unfortunately the folks over at Pocket-lint have confirmed that the mystery display is no more than a store reopening date. The Phones4U shop is undergoing some renovations and will soon reopen with a new Samsung phone floor. These details were confirmed by actual renovators in the store as well as Phones4U employees working at another nearby location. It looks like we are back to waiting and hoping to hear something from Samsung in the near future.
Well what have we here? It looks like Samsung has a some sort of event planned next week at the flagship Phones 4U store in London. Pictures taken by a passerby show that something is going to happen on the 30th of March but other than that it’s a complete mystery. Could this be a sign that the Galaxy S III is merely only a week away? Or is it something else? The store in which this display is located is actually the flagship shop in which Samsung chose to exclusively sell the Galaxy Nexus at launch… Coincidence? It seems rather unlikely for the retailer to make such a big fuss and include a date if it was only going to be an announcement of some kind but it surely isn’t the GSIII is it? Thankfully it’s only a wait of seven days before we know exactly what the heck is going on.
What are your thoughts? Do you think it’s time for the GSIII to see the light of day, or is it too soon? Let us know in the comments below and as always, we will fill you in if we learn anything new.
AT&T is making a serious push to ensure the best quality is met for its various devices by making sure Android 4.0 gets pushed out to many of its premium offerings released in the last year. After formally introducing the ICS update for the HTC Vivid yesterday, AT&T has officially confirmed several additional devices will get ICS “in the coming months.” Naturally we already knew some devices from OEMs like Motorola and Samsung would be getting ICS ahead of AT&T’s announcement. Here’s a quick rundown of the devices that will be getting a heaping portion of that sweet, sweet treat:
Motorola ATRIX 2
Motorola ATRIX 4G
Samsung Captivate Glide
Samsung Galaxy Note
Samsung Galaxy S II
Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
Kudos to AT&T for re-iterating it will ensure the best quality possible for its devices. If you’re an AT&T subscriber, you see your device on the list and don’t plan on changing or upgrading your device, it looks like you have a lot to look forward to for 2012. Hit the break for the full presser from AT&T.
Have you been waiting to get your hands on the ultra popular Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9? Well there’s never been a better time to pick up Samsung‘s sexy slate as Best Buy has just slashed the price of the 16GB model to only $349. Futhermore, for a limited time, they will also be throwing in the official keyboard dock absolutely free. Now that’s a bargain if ever we heard one.
Before you grab your car keys and make a dash for the door we should point out that the deal is on-line only. Check out the full details below and hit the link to get you order in.
Here’s your chance to save $290 on an unlocked, 16GB Galaxy Nexus. Negri Electronics is selling the unlocked Galaxy Nexus for $459.50. This is a sweet deal, and you can feel better if you missed out on the temporary Daily Steal yesterday.
There are a couple of details to take note of: there will be a small NTT Docomo logo on the back cover. Also, this is the Yakju build, and will have Android 4.0.2. Hit up the link below to order your own Galaxy Nexus.