Samsung Galaxy S III shreds the iPhone 4S in GPU benchmarks

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Looks like Tim Cook has some explaining to do. Did you expect anything different from Samsung’s Exynos quad-core? It’s built on Samsung’s 32nm high-k + metal gate LP process. It integrates four ARM cortex A9s that run up to 1.4 GHz. Each core can be controlled individually when needed to save power consumption. They also operate on their own voltage and frequency plane. You won’t find a fifth core, but Samsung feels they don’t need it with the 32nm HK+MG LP process.

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Samsung to provide ‘Pop-Up’ stores in the coming months

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Yesterday was a pretty exciting day for all things Samsung. Along with the new Galaxy S3 announcement, Sammy let us in on some extra goodies like the S-Pebble and my personal favorite, the Allshare Cast Dongle. Now the company is looking to expand their accessibility, much like the way Apple has, with “pop-up” stores for all of your Samsung needs. It’s unclear whether or not the actual stores will resemble what was displayed at the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event yesterday, but Sammy is looking to open up shop starting in London in the coming months.

Missed the Samsung Galaxy S III event? Check it out here

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I know most of you weren’t able to make it to London for yesterday’s big event. Our own Chris Stewart did and he said it was amazing as pretty much all Samsung events are. Of course it was streamed live for anyone to watch, but in case you missed it, Samsung has made it easy for you. Just hit the source link below and you can see all the fun. Even if you’ve seen it before, it might be worth another look since there’s always things you catch the second time around. So was it worth the wait?

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How Does The Galaxy SIII Compare To The Galaxy SII, Galaxy Nexus, and HTC One X?

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Now that Samsung has released their latest flagship, the Galaxy SIII, everyone wants to know how the specs compare to some other heavy hitters. The folks at Droid Life have put together a handy comparison chart between the Galaxy SIII, Galaxy SII, Galaxy Nexus, and HTC One X. Click the image above to see the details.

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LG Announces Optimus LTE2 With 2GB RAM And True HD IPS Display

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Samsung was not the only one with an announcement today. LG was bold enough to steal a bit of the spotlight with the Optimus LTE2. What’s so special about this handset? How about a full 2GB of RAM? This is a smartphone first. Combine that with LG’s True HD IPS display, wireless charging, Ice Cream Sandwich, and a juicy 2,150mAh battery, and you have the start of a spec sheet to be proud of.

No news on what CPU will be included, but considering all that’s coming out these days, we’re willing to bet it will be something comparable to a Tegra 3 or Snapdragon S4. The Optimus LTE2 is coming to at least three Korean carriers sometime this month. No pricing has been announced yet, nor do we know availability in other countries besides Korea.

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Zagg Launches ZAGGsafe, A Two-Year Warranty That Covers Unlocked Mobile Devices

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We all know Zagg for their INVISIBLEshield phone protectors, but now they have come out with a new way to protect your mobile device. It’s called ZAGGsafe, a two-year warranty for ANY new smartphone or tablet. For just $99 for two years of protection you can get coverage for any device purchased within the last 90 days.

Zagg says this warranty covers everything from water damage to broken glass to software issues. It even covers jailbroken and unlocked devices, something carrier warranties won’t go near. For water damage and broken glass, there is a $59 deductible. With ZAGGsafe, you can file claims up to the original price of the device, meaning more expensive devices can file more claims than cheaper devices. Turnaround times for claims are stated at 3-5 days, so replacement devices should arrive in less than a week. Not too shabby.

So for those of you with unlocked devices who want some protection, you might want to check out ZAGGsafe at the source link below.

Thanks Brandon!

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GameKeyboard 2.0 Adds Xperia Play Gamepad Support to All Android Games

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Sony’s Xperia Play has been out now for quite some time and it can still be frustrating when you come across a game and the device’s built-in gamepad isn’t supported. If you are a Xperia Play owner I am sure this is rather frustrating and let me tell you, you aren’t alone. Enter LocNet’s GameKeyboard 2.0, the answer to all your Xperia Play gaming woes. As long as your device has root access, GameKeyboard 2.0 will allow you to map any game’s on-screen controls onto the gamepad instead. Setting up the app has been said to be a bit difficult the first time around but after you get the hang of it everything is smooth sailing. There is even an XDA thread full of experienced users who can lend a hand.

GameKeyboard 2.0 sells for $2.49 in the Google Play Store and if this sounds like something you’d be interested in, jump past the break for download links and to see a quick demo video of the app in action. I have a feeling this is what you hardcore Xperia play gamers have been looking for. If you end up checking it out, be sure to come back here and give us your opinion in the comments. » Read the rest

Did the Samsung Galaxy S III meet expectations?

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Whenever anything gets a tremendous amount of hype, it’s usually a letdown more than not. The Galaxy S III had a lot of hype over the last few months so the question is did it meet expectations?

As far as the specs, it came up a little short. I think a lot of people were expecting more megapixels, but honestly 8MP is fine as long as it takes great pictures. Knowing Samsung’s history, I don’t think we should have any worries here. The quad-core processor is on par as well. The letdown has to be the display. Unfortunately we didn’t get a “Plus” after Super AMOLED, so that means PenTile. It will still be a great display, but unfortunately it won’t be as good as the HTC One X’s Super LCD 2 display.

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Samsung Galaxy S III Sign-Up Page Goes Live, Lists All the Top U.S. Carriers

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You didn’t think we were done with the Galaxy S III news did you? OK, good because this time it’s something you might want to pay attention to – the official GSIII sign-up page. Sammy has launched the phone’s sign-up page for everyone who want’s more device availability information as it is released. We still don’t know exactly all the carriers who are going to carry Sammy’s new flagship handset, but if the sign-up page is any indication you U.S. folks might be pleasantly surprised.

As it was with the Galaxy Nexus sign-up page, the GSIII’s page asks for your personal contact info along with your zip code and carrier preference. Among those carriers listed are; AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, C-Spire Wireless, U.S. Cellular, and Metro PCS. Now this doesn’t mean for sure that all those carriers will get the device, it’s just nice to see when your carrier is a listed option. Don’t forget, we’ve already seen the device listed in a Verizon User Agent profile so that one is most likely in the bag. We are also hearing that the GSIII should land in the U.S. in June so hopefully we will have more details very soon. Stay tuned and we will fill you in as we learn more but in the meantime, head to the source link to get signed up for future information from Samsung themselves.

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Carphone Warehouse Offering a Free Galaxy Tab to the First 1000 Galaxy S III Pre-Orders

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I just told you about Three UK’s pre-order deal for the Galaxy S III so what do you say we up the ante a little on the next one? Carphone Warehouse is also taking pre-oreders but this time it is for the unlocked, SIM-free version of the phone and will retail for £499 outright, or for as little as £36 a month. What makes this deal so much better than Three’s you ask? How about a free Galaxy Tab, Zagg screen protector, and car charger for the phone sound? Not too bad huh?

This deal is only valid for the first 1000 people who place a pre-order so if an unlocked GSIII is what you are looking for, I would act fast because this great combo deal will definitely go quick. For further details and to get your order in now, hit up the source link below.

source: Carphone Warehouse