Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 front, rear, and specs leak

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The Galaxy Xcover series will be making a return after an absence of more than two years. In January 2013, Samsung launched the Galaxy Xcover 2 and now images and specifications of its successor have leaked. The Galaxy Xcover 3 (SM-G388F) featured a durable design targeted at the most rugged users. Like the Active variants of other Samsung devices, the Galaxy Xcover 3 has three physical buttons for Recents, Home, and Back.

Hit the break for an image of the rear and specifications.


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Case schematics offer more Galaxy S 6 details

Samsung-Galaxy-S6-Case-Schematics-01Earlier in the week an Amazon listing for a Galaxy S 6 case revealed that the heart rate sensor and LED flash will move to the right side (from below) of the rear camera lens. Today a leaked case schematic gives us even more clues such as dimensions and ports.

The Galaxy S 6 is expected to come in at 143.52mm x 70.70mm x 7.19mm, which makes it a little taller, but a little less wider than the Galaxy S 5. Probably more importantly is the thickness, which will be almost a full 1 mm (7.19 vs 8.1 mm).


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Samsung’s Milk Music service now accessible through the Galaxy Tab 4 and Note tablets

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Samsung announced the Milk Music streaming service last year to take on the likes of Beats Music, Pandora and Spotify. Its compatibility however was limited to a handful of Samsung devices, mostly limited to smartphones. Today, the Korean manufacturer has introduced support for Milk Music on Galaxy Note tablets as well as the lineup of Galaxy Tab 4 devices.
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LG reports problems did exist with Snapdragon 810, but issues have been resolved

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Several recent incidents with smartphone manufacturers have painted a rather unflattering picture of Qualcomm’s forthcoming Snapdragon 810 processor. The Snapdragon 810 is supposed to be the successor to the popular Snapdragon 805 that is used in most top-end smartphones. Samsung appears to have completely dropped the Snapdragon 810 from the mix for their Galaxy S 6 phone set to be released in a few months apparently due to overheating issues and there are rumors the issue has impacted OnePlus’s release schedule for the OnePlus 2. Throughout the recent flare-up about the chip, LG has stood by Qualcomm and plans to release the LG G Flex 2 on time. During an earnings conference call today, LG addressed the issue and added some background to their efforts to bring the LG G Flex 2, and later this year the LG G4, to market with the Snapdragon 810 included.
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Samsung will launch an ‘innovative premium handset’ this year, Galaxy S Edge perhaps?

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With all the talk of the Galaxy S 6 getting delayed because of the Snapdragon 810 debacle. Samsung’s head of IR, Robert Yi, is easing everyone’s stress by letting us know that everything is on track. Some people believed that the flagship would be delayed not only because of the Snapdragon 810, but also from possible production issues with the metal chassis.

Yesterday it was confirmed that Samsung is dropping the 810 so that delay was nixed, but the metal production was the other piece. Reports indicate that there will be no production issues.


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Samsung’s Q4 profits continue to slide, but still land above analyst expectations

Samsung_Galaxy_S_5_Back_Camera_Samsung_Logo_TA_02Samsung posted some good news and some bad news today. The bad news for the company is that their fourth quarter profits for 2014 dropped 27%, which is a fairly significant slide for the holiday months. The bright side, however, is that this drop was smaller than what analysts were expecting.

A big reason that Samsung didn’t have a bigger decrease was thanks to their component business, which is still doing exceptionally well thanks to the general popularity of smartphones and tablets. Sales of the Galaxy Note 4 also increased during Q4, so it held its own against other flagship devices and Apple for Christmas. Total sales for Samsung ended up between 72 and 75 million smartphones, while Apple shipped about 74 million. Those numbers make it pretty clear that 2014 was kinder to Apple than it was to Samsung.
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