This is just a little mysterious. Three smartphones that Samsung has yet to announce have been spotted on a shipment heading to India for testing. The model numbers for the three devices are SM-C115L, SM-350F, and SM-Z9005. The first is likely the Galaxy S 5 Zoom as it matches the model number from the GS5 Zoom that leaked a few days ago. The second is believed to be a budget Windows Phone 8.1 device with a 800×540 resolution. Sorry, that ‘F’ does not belong to the premium Galaxy F device from earlier. And the third is a Tizen-powered smartphone that Samsung is readying.
It is very likely that only one of them, the Galaxy S 5 Zoom, makes it to the United States. There is a chance that the WP8.1 device does, but Samsung seems to only release one here. And the Tizen-powered device will never make it this way. So cross your fingers if you were expecting something new from Samsung in the United States.
Not able to take advantage of Verizon’s BOGO offer for the Samsung Galaxy S 5? Target is running a deal of their own. If you bring a qualifying device in for a trade, Target will sell you Samsung’s new flagship smartphone for just $100 with a new two-year contract. The carriers eligible with Target’s deal are Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint.
The deal runs from April 11 through April 19, so check the source link below to see if your current device is eligible for a trade in. The whole process can be done online or in a Target store.
Samsung officially announced the new Chromebook 2 back in March and is to expected to launch in April. Starting today, customers can now pre-order the new Chromebook 2 from Amazon, which will ship sometime in April.
Two variants of the laptop are up for sale, one is the 11.6-inch model for $320 and another is the 13-inch model for $400. They will have a faux leather lid just like the Galaxy Note 3. The 13-inch model comes with a full HD display with 1920×1080 resolution and both the models will have Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa processor with 4GB of RAM and will be able to run for up to 8.5 hours on a single battery charge. » Read the rest
It has been rumored for several months that Samsung will offer a premium smartphone, whether a Galaxy S 5 variant or part of an F series. Now images of the said device has leaked on Twitter.
These photos really could be much of nothing because it looks a lot like a prototype to me. In fact, it could be an early prototype of the Galaxy S 5, but the speculation is that it isn’t because the speaker placement isn’t like the Galaxy S 5 (see below). In fact, one could argue that these images are of a Galaxy Note 4 prototype. Note: The Twitter leaker never mentioned what phone these image were of, just that it has a 2K display.
The latest rumors from the Korea Herald peg Samsung to release a variant of their Gear 2 smartwatch with a universal subscriber identity module, (USIM) which essentially means the device will be able to make and receive phones calls on its own, no phone needed. Samsung recently filed a patent for a device called the Gear Solo that matches this description, so we’re assuming that’s what the name will be. You’ll have the Gear Fit, Gear 2, and Gear Solo.
Nothing else was really released about the device, but it’s expected to launch only in Korea at first. Even if it did make its way to the US, I’m not sure too many people will be keen on adding a smartwatch as an extra device to their plans. We’ll find out one way or the other.
Once believed to be part of the Galaxy Tab4 series, the SM-T800 will stand on it’s own as one of Samsung’s first AMOLED tablets since the Galaxy Tab 7.7.
We already had an idea of the specs from a GFXBench of the SM-T805, but Sam Mobile is confirming specs for another variant, the SM-T800. The SM-T800 is a Wi-Fi-only version, while the SM-T805 could be an international version since it sports an Exynos octa-core. Although it’s also believed to sport LTE, which makes no sense since those models usually have the Qualcomm chipset.
Samsung’s newest wearables are now up for pre-order through Amazon. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches along with the Gear Fit smartband can all be pre-ordered today. The Gear 2 costs $299 while the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit both carry a $199 price tag.
Hit one of the source links below to pre-order yours.
The Samsung Galaxy Style Ace still hasn’t officially been announced, but that didn’t stop the company from showcasing the device in Germany. The device is said to feature a 4-inch WVGA display, 5 megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing shooter and 4 GB of internal storage. Other hardware details are limited, but it’s supposed to be one of the first affordable smartphones to run on the latest Android 4.4 operating system.
Despite a bumpy start in the wearables market with the original Samsung Galaxy Gear, the company still has lots of resources to try for a better round with their new Gear 2 and Gear Fit. Although we have learned this past week that Samsung was effective in annoying Apple with their “Next Big Thing” ads, for wearable tech there is little competition to deal and certainly no one as big a target as Apple was in the smartphone market. That means Samsung has to be creative in choosing the marketing path to take with their new devices. Their latest ad for their Gear devices suggests they are shooting for an emotional connection. » Read the rest
Seems like an odd question, which can only be a sign that someone gave it a try. Twitter user @iCrackUriDevice decided to do some drop tests of the new Samsung Galaxy S 5. The goal of these and other drop tests involving Samsung devices is often to assess how well the plastic used for the Galaxy S 5 holds up compared to “better” materials like the metal used for the iPhone or an HTC smartphone. Samsung has stated they use plastic not only to control costs, but because the increased flexibility improves survivability. In addition to drop tests, @iCrackUriDevice decided to see how the Galaxy S 5 would hold up to pressure under the wheels of a Tesla Model S. » Read the rest