As Samsung kicks off its promotions for the new Note 4, the question on the mind of potential buyers, as always, is how much will it cost. Whether it’s the subsidized on contract price or the full retail price, the Note series has always seemed to cost a prettier penny than other smartphones. While we don’t have any information on the former, we do have an idea of what the latter price will be.
Even though we have a few weeks until we are officially introduced to the fourth generation Galaxy Note, Samsung is already on the offensive with a promotional campaign hinting at the new stylus-wielding device. Banners have popped up in Beijing Chang’an Avenue promoting the Note series with hints of the new Note.
The wallpapers that ship with the new Galaxy Alpha are now available for download. Samsung has bundled its premium handset with nine unique wallpapers. You can put them are your device, but do know that the resolution of each is just 1280×720. The Galaxy Alpha does not have a 1080p or 2560×1440 display, so they may not fulfill your device’s true potential.
The Galaxy Mega 2 will be hitting shelves soon enough, and now we have some photos to get an idea of what the device will look like.
The phone, which will have a 5.98-inch display (720 x 1280 pixels), is powered by a 64-bit capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, Android 4.4 KitKat, a 5MP front shooter, a 13MP rear camera with flash, 2GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, and microSD card support.
As of late, Samsung devices have been the go-to for educational content and services. In fact, the company just reached 900 applications for its very own Kid Store. Now, two of the company’s tablets will be pre-loaded with Famigo when purchased through AT&T. This gives users more kid-friendly content that can be consumed for free and even more when paying for the service.
After many months of speculation, Samsung finally took the wraps off of the Galaxy Alpha today. This one is all about the design as JK Shin said “The Galaxy Alpha was built and designed based on the specific desires of the consumer market.”
That desire is metal. However, don’t expect an all metal device here. It includes a metal frame, but the backplate is still that lovely perforated design. It definitely resembles the iPhone 5S, but it’s a lot thinner. At 6.7mm, it’s nearly 1mm thinner than Cupertino’s current flagship.
The Galaxy Grand 2 is going for gold. The device has been spotted on Samsung’s India site where it is donning the color gold. For now, it is listed out of stock; however, that is likely a placeholder as the color addition has not been announced just yet. The home button, camera trim, faux leather back panel, and edges have all been touched with gold.
Does a gold color option make you think anything more of a device?
Yesterday we saw where Samsung had quietly slipped the Samsung Galaxy Alpha in as a sponsor for a yachting regatta in Moscow. Today, more images of the device have surfaced thanks to a Russian source. One of the interesting shots shows the results of an AnTuTu benchmark run on the device that puts it above the HTC One (M8) and the Samsung Galaxy S5. While an Exynos 5 octa-core processor that supposedly powers the device helps, much of the performance gain could be due to the lower resolution screen of the Galaxy Alpha. This frees up the processor for other chores outside of producing graphics and makes a strong case for full HD screens being overkill on devices like smartphones that have small displays.
Samsung has had tremendous success during the last couple of years, but due to changes in the global smartphone market, Samsung is going to have to “tighten the belt.”
Samsung’s operating profit dropped to the lowest point in two years, which is a whopping 25 percent swing. Analysts believe that Samsung will need to starting trimming some of the fat. This could very well likely result in employee cuts. According to industry sources, they could cut 20 percent of its executives.