Samsung Galaxy S5 ‘Zoom’ specs leak, will feature a slimmer body and 20 MP camera

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Samsung is ready to launch the Galaxy S 5 worldwide starting from April 11, but it seems that the company is working on another variant of the device as well. According to a new leaked information, Samsung is most likely working on a ‘Zoom’ variant of the S5, just like the Galaxy S 4 Zoom which was released last year with a better camera and bulkier body. The leaked information comes in the form of a handwritten notes from a Samsung Poland’s presentation.

However, compared to the Galaxy S 4 Zoom, the Galaxy S 5 Zoom will have a slimmer and thinner body due to a lens better inserted in its case. The device will come with a 20MP camera, 4.8 inch HD display with a screen resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. In addition, it will be powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM and will run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and updated version of Samsung TouchWiz.

Source: Galaktyczny
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Samsung may have to move the Galaxy S 5 launch earlier due to South Korean carrier punishment

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A couple of weeks ago, we talked about the situation in South Korea in which a few carriers were punished for subsidizing devices by more than $250. The South Korean government brought down the hammer on three of the country’s biggest carriers and will not allow them to sell any smartphones for a 45-day period. The Galaxy S 5′s global launch date is April 11 in roughly 150 countries.

So what are the carriers and Samsung left to do? Reports out of Samsung’s home country suggest that the company will release the device prior to April 5. This is because it would give South Korea’s largest carrier, SK Telecom, a chance to sell the handset before its punishment (or ban) kicks in on that date. LG U+, another carrier in that country, would be able to sell the device for about two weeks if the April 11 launch sticks since their punishment does not start until the end of that month. Samsung is reportedly scrambling to move the launch date to this Thursday, March 27.

Source: Korea Herald
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AT&T, Sprint among the carriers said to be getting the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active

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Is the Samsung Galaxy S 5′s new design not sturdy enough for you? Good news. They are said to be releasing the Galaxy S 5 Active, model number SM-G870x. According to @evleaks, the device will be “Coming to AT&T and Sprint, among other carriers.” So if the GS5′s IP67 water resistant rating is not good enough, be on the lookout for the GS5 Active. » Read the rest

Is President Obama switching to Android?

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Last week it was reported that the White House was testing both Samsung and LG smartphones for what could be the end of BlackBerry. You really didn’t think that would happen did you? I am almost certain that if the White House ever dumped BlackBerry, it would be in favor of the iPhone. Even so, it doesn’t look like either is up for the challenge because a White House spokesman has made it clear that the Executive Office of the President is not testing non-BlackBerry phones.

I think the White House is BlackBerry’s last customer. The Pentagon, Capital Hill Offices, the State Department, the National Security Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security all allow employees to use a Samsung Android phone or iPhone. I guess we will have to wait until 2016 for BlackBerry to leave the White House.

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Galaxy S 5 gets unboxed courtesy of T-Mobile

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You can pre-order your Galaxy S 5 at T-Mobile today, and just in case you’re not excited enough for it, T-Mobile released an unboxing video. Yes, it is a box with a phone in it along with a power cable and a battery. It usually works out that way. Surprisingly, there is even a big “5″ on the box. Wow!!

Anyways, if you want to pre-order your Galaxy S 5, you can do so now. The Un-Carrier is offering it for $0 down along with payments of $27.50 per month for 24 months. Check out the video after the break before you run over to your local T-Mobile store.

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Benchmark entry suggests Android KitKat for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 could be around the corner

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Last month word came out that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 would join other devices in the manufacturers portfolio as a recipient of Android KitKat. However, no information was available regarding a projected date for the update to be available. A new entry on GFXBench suggests the manufacturer could be quite close to having the update ready.

The entry on GFXBench is for a version of the Galaxy Note 2 used by South Korean carriers. It lists Android 4.4.2 as one of the operating systems for the devices. This suggests Samsung has entered the testing phase with the updated operating system, at least for devices intended for their home market. Updates for international versions of the Galaxy Note 2 are probably close behind, although U.S. carrier customers will likely have to wait even longer for their devices to get KitKat.

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Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Tab 4 line will have AMOLED displays from 7 to 10.5 inches

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We have already seen information trickle out about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 line. In fact, earlier today we spotted the 10.5-inch model. Now it seems like we are looking at a three tablets with displays starting at 7 inches and ending at 10.5 inches. All of the tablets run Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box and have AMOLED displays. » Read the rest

Second AMOLED tablet from Samsung spotted on benchmark site with 10.5-inch display

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Samsung has indicated in the past that it was ramping up production of larger AMOLED displays to be used in tablet devices. We are starting to see the results of that appearing in places like the GFXBench benchmark site. Earlier this week an 8.4-inch Samsung tablet equipped with an AMOLED screen running 2560 x 1600 resolution was spotted. Now, a second device with an AMOLED display running at the same 2560 x 1600 resolution has been spotted, but with a larger 10.5-inch screen. » Read the rest

Samsung releases teaser video for new DESIGN.SAMSUNG.COM site

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Samsung is frequently the target of criticism for design choices related to their smartphones and tablets with many seeing manufacturers like Apple and HTC producing much nicer devices, especially in terms of material selections. Samsung has claimed in the past that they have very good reasons for the choices they make, mainly related to things like durability and cost savings. Now it appears they want to focus more on design choices they make for all of their products with a new web site, design.samsung.com, slated to be available on March 27th. » Read the rest

Sprint taking pre-orders on Galaxy S 5 starting today, releases pricing and shipping information

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Now that the Galaxy S 5 is officially outed and set for launch on April 11, retailers and carriers are preparing to get units moving as soon as they’re available.

Following AT&T, US Cellular and T-Mobile, Sprint has announced that it will begin taking pre-orders on the device, and has released its pricing and shipping information as well.

Pre-orders will begin today, and customers will have to pay $199.99 (after a $50 mail-in rebate) and sign a new two-year contract. You’ll also be able to get the device through Sprint’s Easy Pay plan, in which you get the device for nothing upfront, while you’re charged 24 monthly installments of $27.09, coming out to a total of $650.16 after two years.

Sprint will also be making the new Galaxy Gear line available, and pricing is the same as AT&T’s. The Gear 2 will be offered for $299.99, and the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit will be sold for $199.99 each.

Source: Sprint