Although the Samsung Galaxy S4 line is getting a bit dated when measured in smartphone years and the Galaxy S5 is slated to be announced later this month, that isn’t stopping Samsung from trying to keep buyers interested in the devices. Their latest move is the release of new Black Edition versions of Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S4 mini. The Black Edition is intended to create a “premium design” choice for consumers. Physically, Samsung is changing the back cover and bezel to a leather-like high quality textured material similar to that found on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or some of their recent tablet devices. Samsung is also packaging up these versions in special packaging and they will come with black accessories like the power adapter, data cable and headphones. » Read the rest
Verizon’s Galaxy S 4 Mini is receiving an update today that brings it up to Android 4.3, complete with Galaxy Gear support. This helps the Mini catch up to the bigger Galaxy S 4, which has been on 4.3 for a few weeks. Aside from the Galaxy Gear support, you’ll also get a few extra Verizon
bloat apps, improved LTE connectivity, and Verizon changed Driving Mode to Hands-Free Mode. Sometimes I’m pretty sure Verizon will change something just to say they changed something.
Aside from those changes, you’ll get the updates that come with a new version of Android, even though 4.3 was primarily an under-the-hood release. Considering some features, like auto-complete in the dialer, were already implemented by Samsung in TouchWiz, you probably won’t see much of a difference there.
Let us know if any of you have gotten the update.
source: Verizon Wireless
We knew Verizon was going to offer the Galaxy S III Mini eventually, but today, they’ve added both the S 4 Mini and S III Mini to their phone selection. It’s a weird move, since they’re both pretty similar phones at similar price points that already have some competition from the now-cheaper Galaxy S III, but I guess more phone selection never hurts. Although, both of these phones appear to have that horrible Verizon logo on the home button, so keep that in mind when looking at these two.
The S 4 Mini has a 4.3 inch screen will run $99.99 after a $50 MIR, and the S III Mini with a slightly smaller 4-inch screen will run $49.99 after a $50 MIR. The specs are identical to what the normal versions of these phones have, so aside from the home button, Verizon hasn’t done much to tinker with either device.
source: Verizon Wireless
Sprint has officially announced some deals for the holiday season, and while they aren’t the most aggressive sales ever, it’s a good start. First on the list is the phone selection, which includes the LG G2 for $50 online and the Galaxy S 4 Mini for free, after a 50 mail-in rebate. Those deals start on Black Friday and both obviously require a two year plan.
Between the 22nd and the 27th, Sprint is offering a special to new customers. If you port your number over from any other carrier, Sprint will knock $100 off any available phone with a two-year agreement. If you port a number over and take advantage of Sprint’s One Up plan (the $0 down phone installment plan), Sprint will give you a $100 prepaid Visa card. Either way, that’s basically free money if you were considering making the switch to Sprint anyway.
Anyone thinking of taking advantage of some of these deals from Sprint? » Read the rest
We just finished telling you that Sprint has announced their new ‘Spark’ technology with the hopes of boosting data speeds significantly, as they launched the service in 5 markets today.
The technology requires that the phones using it have tri-band hardware, which unfortunately is not available in any current devices. However, three upcoming devices will feature it, and Sprint just announced which ones they’ll be offering, and when.
On November 8th, Sprint will launch the LG G2, the Samsung Galaxy Mega, and the Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini. The first two will be available for $199.99 with a new contract, and the S 4 mini will be sold for $249.99 with a new agreement.
Hopefully Sprint Spark is about to make huge advances in LTE speed. Only time will tell.
Two Verizon Samsung devices appeared at FCC recently, indicating that a market launch is approaching. The first of these devices is the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini, which has also already passed through Bluetooth certification, leading us to believe that a launch, along with the AT&T and Sprint versions, will come very soon. The second device is the SM-W2014, an unnamed flip phone by Samsung that SamMobile believes will only arrive in South Korea and China. It has high-end specs, including a Snapdragon 800 chip, a 13-megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
Rumors of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini have been swirling around for a while now, and we’re today we’re seeing FCC documents of a device which appears to be the Sprint variant of the phone (We’ve already seen Verizon and AT&T versions). The body is a bit bigger than the other S 4 variants, however. We might be seeing a carrier-specific device here, but if it were the S 4 Mini we wouldn’t be surprised.
If you’re a Verizon customer and praying for the little brother of the Galaxy S 4, your prayers are going to be answered. Leaked images show the Galaxy S 4 Mini (SCH-i435) with the Verizon logo. Unfortunately, we have no idea when Big Red plans on releasing it. With the DROIDs and the Moto X hitting in August, we might not see this one until September.
So far, Verizon appears to be the only U.S. carrier willing to offer the Galaxy S 4 Mini. With the DROID Mini launching in a few weeks, I wouldn’t have put my money on Verizon, but they constantly amaze me. Hit the break for another pic of the Mini posing with the iPhone 5.
Samsung launched the Galaxy S III in a handful of colors, and they’ve already had their latest Galaxy S 4 show up in a few new paint jobs, so it would make sense to extend that to the Galaxy S 4 Mini, right? Ahead of an official announcement, some renders of the GS 4 Mini have shown up depicting the device in Scarlet Dawn, Bronze Autumn, and Blue Iceberg, because what good is a new color without a strange name behind it? There’s no official word on when you’ll be able to pick up any of these, but you can expect them to have the same specs as the original black and white versions. You can check out the pictures of all three devices below.
What do you think of the colors? Personally, I really like the red color, but the blue looks nice, too. Anybody planning on picking up one of these special variants?
Samsung is fond of producing several different versions of their devices to reach different market segments. The pending release of the Samsung Galaxy Note III could represent a significant change in how Samsung goes about doing this though. According to reports from Korean web site ET News, Samsung is preparing to release four different versions of the Galaxy Note III at the same time. Unlike other smartphone models, the different devices will not have different names to distinguish them like the Samsung Galaxy S 4 versus Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini versus Samsung Galaxy S 4 Activ. All of the devices will be Galaxy Note III models and they will all be released at the same time. The differences in the models will be in items like screen sizes, types of screens, camera hardware or the chassis material. Core components like the processor or amount of memory included will be consistent throughout all of the devices. » Read the rest