Second AMOLED tablet from Samsung spotted on benchmark site with 10.5-inch display

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Samsung has indicated in the past that it was ramping up production of larger AMOLED displays to be used in tablet devices. We are starting to see the results of that appearing in places like the GFXBench benchmark site. Earlier this week an 8.4-inch Samsung tablet equipped with an AMOLED screen running 2560 x 1600 resolution was spotted. Now, a second device with an AMOLED display running at the same 2560 x 1600 resolution has been spotted, but with a larger 10.5-inch screen. » Read the rest

Samsung releases teaser video for new DESIGN.SAMSUNG.COM site

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Samsung is frequently the target of criticism for design choices related to their smartphones and tablets with many seeing manufacturers like Apple and HTC producing much nicer devices, especially in terms of material selections. Samsung has claimed in the past that they have very good reasons for the choices they make, mainly related to things like durability and cost savings. Now it appears they want to focus more on design choices they make for all of their products with a new web site, design.samsung.com, slated to be available on March 27th. » Read the rest

White House may drop BlackBerry after testing Samsung, LG smartphones

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President Obama, it may be time to put down your beloved BlackBerry. Both the White House’s internal technology team and the White House Communications Agency have started testing smartphones from Samsung and LG. Also, the United States Department of Defense is also testing other devices. A Samsung spokesman would not confirm any of this; however, they did say the company is interested in the government sector. LG decided to just deflect any knowledge of the situation. » Read the rest

Premium headphones from Samsung leak, prices from $149 to $349

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It has become more common for smartphone manufacturers to offer or make their own headphones. Both Motorola and Nokia already do so. And now it looks like Samsung is ready to get involved. A new leak, courtesy of SamMobile, shows that Samsung is aiming to launch three premium headphones. Each of them have a different focus. All three are capable of using Samsung’s S Voice feature when paired with a Samsung handset. » Read the rest

AT&T’s Galaxy S 5 will be available for pre-order on March 21 for $199, gives Samsung’s wearables a price too

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On March 21, tomorrow, the Samsung Galaxy S 5 will be available for pre-order through AT&T. The price is comparable to other flagships at $199 with a new two-year contract. If contracts are not really your type of thing, AT&T Next will make the device cost $25/month for eighteen months. If you choose the twelve month option, the monthly payments are $32.50. Still not happy? The Galaxy S 5 will cost $649 without a contract. AT&T says it should ship in early April.

AT&T will also be offering Samsung’s upcoming wearable devices. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will sell for $299 and $199, respectively. The Gear Fit will also sell for $199. There is an incentive, however, when buying the Galaxy S 5 will one of their smartwatches at AT&T. Purchasing the Galaxy S 5 will take $50 off the price of either the Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo.

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Samsung goes after Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon in latest TabPRO ‘I Can Do That’ ad

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Samsung has been the king at knocking Apple products for a few years now, but with their latest commercial, they are going all out. They just released an ad for the TabPRO line of tablets titled, “I Can Do That,” and instead of just going head to head with the iPad, they decided to make fun of the Microsoft Surface and Amazon Kindle Fire as well.

The commercial doesn’t sway from Samsung’s normal pattern. It shows various people doing things on their TabPROs that can’t be done with competitor devices.

Hit the break to check it out. If you’re a fan of Samsung’s past commercials, this one won’t disappoint you.

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Samsung announces Gear 2 and Gear Fit prices in Taiwan

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Samsung made the pricing official for its Gear 2 and Gear Fit in Taiwan, and (surprise!) they aren’t cheap. The Gear 2 costs roughly $295 while the Gear Fit costs roughly $197, after conversion. We’d been hearing that the Gear 2 would target a similar price point as the original Galaxy Gear, and it looks like that will be the case.

One of the biggest flaws of the Galaxy Gear was its very expensive price tag. Since the Gear 2 doesn’t offer too much extra over the original Gear, unless you’re a huge Tizen fan, for whatever reason, I think that $300 price point is once again going to be a barrier for sales. Even $199 for the Gear Fit seems fairly expensive, considering similar devices cost half of that. And once Google’s Android Wear devices start hitting the market, it’s going to give Samsung some serious competition.

We’ll definitely keep an eye on how this device fairs once it goes on sale in April. Anybody planning on picking up one up for $300?

source: Phone Arena

Samsung has an 8.4-inch AMOLED tablet in the pipeline

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At some point this year, Samsung is going to reveal tablets that feature an AMOLED display. We already reported on at least one such tablet, but we didn’t know the display size. Thanks to GFXBench, we now know that they will at least offer an 8.4-inch version.

It goes under the model number of SM-T700 and will sport an AMOLED 2560 x 1600 display. This is a pixel density of 359ppi, just like the IPS-LCD TabPRO version that is available now.

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Is another Samsung Gear 2 variant on the way?

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Samsung is the king of throwing things against the wall to see if it sticks. They just announced the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, but they might be already readying another variant. According to the Korea Herald, a third Gear 2 model is on the way. It will sport a USIM module, which means it would be able to make calls on its own.

Word is that it will debut in South Korea with SK Telecom, and it’s unknown whether it will land in other markets.

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Samsung Tizen SDK now available for all, more apps incoming

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The Tizen Software Developer Kit (SDK) is now available for developers to get their hands on. This allows developers to design applications specifically for the Tizen-powered Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo.

In addition to making the Tizen SDK available, Samsung provided a list of apps currently available. They include: Atooma, Banjo, Dacadoo, EasilyDo, Feedly, Focus Trainer, Glympse, iHeartRadio, iwunta (Cloudwear), Life360, Runtastic, Sleep Genius, Spritz, Strava, Vivino, CNN, Conde Nast, eBay, Expedia, Flick Dat, MapMyFitness (Under Armour), MyMusicCloud, and News Republic (Mobiles Republic).

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