Samsung Galaxy S IV to feature a plastic build, but still feature awesome performance

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We have no doubt that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV will be one hell of a device, but will it have some similarities as its predecessor? It sure seems to be the case as more details are surfacing about the upcoming device. Notorious info leaker Eldar Murtazin claims that he has not only seen the device, but it will feature a few characteristics that was previously seen in the Galaxy S III. Murtazin claims that while at MWC, select members of the press got to see the secretive device and saw what is a plastic-type build— as opposed to a more premium build found in competing devices. Additionally, while the device will likely feature topnotch performance, the carrier-branded version out in the States will likely feature a Snapdragon chip compared to Sammy’s in-house chip on the international versions— just like with the Galaxy S III.

Murtzain also alludes to some of the noteworthy specs of the device, while hinting the device will be ready for primetime upon its imminent release. The device will come with a 4.99-inch 1080p display, the aforementioned Exynos or Snapdragon chips, a 13MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facer and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.

Naturally these leaks may all be hearsay, but it is certainly tough to dispute Murtazin’s claims. At least we won’t need to wait too much longer for this puppy to come out already.

source: Mobile-review (translated)

Samsung’s Galaxy S IV rumored to use different CPUs in different regions

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We’re all ridiculously excited for Samsung to officially unveil the most hyped up phone of the year in March, but that’s not going to stop us from listening out for every little rumor that pops up. The latest comes from the Taipei Times and says the Galaxy S IV will indeed use different processors for different models of the phone, depending on the market. US variants will pack a Snapdragon 600, while international versions will use Samsung’s own Exynos octa-core processor. This was the case with the Galaxy S III, as Samsung’s in-house chip had some LTE problems. LTE is a huge selling point for US phone carriers, so it is possible that Samsung will have different models to make sure LTE performance is up to snuff in each area the device is released in.

This still isn’t official, and there’s a little wiggle room for speculation. Benchmarks showed an S IV using what appeared to be a Qualcomm S4 Pro in both Korea and the US, which could mean Samsung will fully adopt Qualcomm’s chips for the phone. It could also mean Samsung is intentionally or unintentionally leaking some specs of prototypes that may not represent the hardware that’s in the final product. Whatever the case may be, we’re going to find out in a little over two weeks.

source: Taipei Times

(Un)officially confirmed: Samsung Galaxy S IV to be unveiled on March 14th in New York City

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Sure MWC 2013 is set to begin in just a week from now, but Samsung is out to ensure that delivers what should be the biggest news of the year. We had reported to you before that the world should expect a March 15th announcement date of the Next Big Thing— but we couldn’t provide any legitimacy to those dates because well you know— the supposed date is based off a rumor and all. Well it appears that those rumors weren’t so far-fetched as yet the gang at SamMobile and notorious info leaker Eldar Murtazin have confirmed that Sammy will not only showcase the Galaxy S IV on March 14th, but will also showcase the revolutionary device at what will be a TBD location out in America’s largest city.

Unfortunately, there are no further details of the March 14th announcement date for now, but we’ll be sure to keep our eyes and ears open for you all. Hopefully all you kids will be able to contain yourselves and be patient in the meantime.

source: SamMobile | Eldar Murtazin Twitter
via: Droid Life

HP to begin building Android tablets and possibly smartphones, too

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After the WebOS and TouchPad failure, HP laid out of the mobile market for a while. Well, latest reports say that HP is going to take another stab at the market, but this time with Android-based tablets instead of WebOS. On top of that, they’re even considering a future Android powered smartphone, too. HP makes some pretty solid hardware, and they obviously do very well in the desktop and laptop market space, so I’m sure they’ll have a great chance to shake up the mobile industry as well.

Rumors say that it’ll be a Tegra 4 powered tablet, which has been in development since Thanksgiving of last year, so this definitely isn’t a hasty decision by HP. Hopefully we’ll hear a little more about these devices in the next few months.

source: The Verge

More rumors of specific Galaxy S IV dates come to light

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If this pace keeps up, Galaxy S IV rumors are going to steal all the hype from Mobile World Congress before it even starts. Okay, maybe not, but the rumors are definitely distracting. The latest today comes from SamMobile, who claims to have confirmation from an inside source that Samsung will be announcing the Galaxy S IV on March 15th, which gives them just enough time after MWC to send out some invitations and keep the spotlight on their new flagship. After the announcement, the phone will be released at the start of April, which is a little earlier than the mid-April dates we’ve been seeing.

Like always, European and Asian countries get their hands on the S IV first, while American, Canadian, and Australian carriers will sell the S IV later in May or June. There’s also the standard assortment of accessories Samsung offers with their devices that are slated for a week 15 release in the year, which fits nicely with that early April release. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Hopefully you guys are more patient than I am.

source: SamMobile

Google/Motorola “X” Smartphone To Feature Great Battery Life And Kevlar Backing, Reminds Us Of Previous Motorola Phones In The Process

 

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about Googlorola’s mysterious “X” smartphone, so it’s fitting that we’ve gotten some new juicy details about the device. According to the wunderguru Sniggly, there are already working models of the upcoming handset somewhere out there in the wild as part of the smartphone’s extensive testing process. It appears that Google is pulling no stops as it is intent on making a phone that features great battery life and is durable— something that most smartphones of today lack, but Motorola clearly emphasizes with its long line of smartphones featuring Kevlar backings and great battery lives. In addition, the phone is rumored to have a screen size around 4.8-inches, a quad-core processor, and a microSD card slot with the possibility that the internal storage is rumored to go up to a 128 GB version. Oh and those of you afraid of this upcoming device having a crummy camera can fear no more as Motorola/Google are expected to feature a much better camera sensor… perhaps even one of those new Sony Exmor sensors that the tech world has been raving about.

We still have a long ways to go before the device is expected to be announced– but boy you just can’t help but get giddy at the expected May 15th announcement date– especially for you Verizon customers.

source: PhoneArena

All Indications Point To Samsung Galaxy S IV Smartphone Being Launched In April

 

It appears April is going to be a big year for Android fans as it appears that is when we will be seeing Sammy’s “Next Big Thing” finally being revealed. Thanks to our friends at PhoneArena, we have a few photos indicating a major raffle that’s happening at a New Zealand mobile retailer in which the lucky winner will receive a brand-spankin’ new Galaxy S IV smartphone. While that part may not mean much— the raffle is expected to end on April 8th, which falls in line with a rumored April release date. In addition, there’s word of another UK retailer set to launch the device between the 15th and 22nd of April as well.

 

 

So yes friends, it’s looking more and more like that March event is shaping up to be the formal introduction of what will be the world’s best smartphone to the masses. Let’s just hope we here in the States won’t need to wait too long after the initial launch.

source: PhoneArena

 

Trio of Samsung Galaxy Tab models pop up with varying screen resolution

The closer we get to Mobile World Congress, the more leaks we’re going to see, especially something as high-profile as Samsung’s Galaxy Tab lineup. Engadget’s recently discovered three new models of Samsung tablets in their user agent profiles, dubbed the GT-P3200, GT-P5200 and the GT-P8200. If Samsung follows their standard naming conventions, these will fall into the Galaxy Tab line, but there’s not much else as far as details go. The low end 3200 sports a 1,024 x 600 resolution on its screen, which is pretty lackluster, especially for Samsung. The 5200 showed a 1280 x 800 resolution, and the 8200 packed a Nexus 10 matching 2,560 x 1,600 resolution. Some leaked AnTuTu benchmarks for the GT-P8200 suggest it’ll carry a 1.7 GHz processor, would back up that extraordinary screen resolution. Like with all other rumors, though, it’s best to take them with a healthy dose of skepticism. And we fortunately won’t have to wait long to see what Samsung officially unveils next month.

source: Engadget

More evidence of a white LG Nexus 4 surfaces

Late yesterday we reported on a leaked image that purported to show a new white version of the LG Nexus 4 smartphone. The question on everyone’s mind was whether it was a legitimate image. Today more images have surfaced showing a white, well mostly white, LG Nexus 4 device. The images showed up on a Vietnamese web site and show the device being held in someone’s hand as they rotate the device around for different views in a series of fifteen shots. Not impossible to fake, but these latest images would require a lot more effort to produce if someone were trying to pull a hoax on the tech world.
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