The start of the year means financial reports for many companies. Sometimes we’re a little surprised, sometimes things are about where they should be, and in Samsung’s case, they blew expectations out of the water. Samsung even outdid their own estimates. That’s how successful it was. The early reports had Samsung pulling in about 8 billion in profit for Q4, so everyone had pretty high expectations for the tech giant to begin with. At the end of the year, Samsung managed to bring in about 27.2 billion dollars in profit, and they did about 188.15 billion dollars in total revenue. Needless to say, a huge chunk of that came from Samsung’s smartphone division, with the record-breaking sales of the Galaxy S III pushing that. It’s safe to say that Samsung had a pretty successful year in 2012, and they’ll continue to keep that momentum in 2013. Hit the source if you want to read more of the gritty details about Samsung’s fiscal year.
Samsung has taken to Twitter to show off its all-new eight core Exynos 5 Octa chipset. Other than the spectacular grid of spheres on the rear, there’s nothing really to see here. Although, if rumors hold true, we can expect to see the Korean manufacturer’s new Exynos 5 make its debut inside the Galaxy S IV later this year. For now, we’ll just stare and salivate.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 will definitely be unveiled at next month’s Mobile World Congress, but if your want a better look at it a little early, we have some pictures for you. As a reminder it will feature an 8-inch (1280 x 800) Super Clear TFT display, a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB of storage, microSD, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 4,600mAh battery, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It goes under the codename “Kona” and it will have the following model numbers, GT-N5100 and GT-N5110. There are two models to designate the WiFi-only version and the 3G/WiFi version. Hit the break for some more pics courtesy of DDAY.it.
It seems like Samsung is constantly in the rumor mill lately, with the Galaxy S IV coming down the pipe, and the expected tablet refresh for 2013. Digitimes is reporting Samsung may be pitting their new 7″ inch version of the Galaxy Tab against the Nexus 7 by offering at a sub-$200 price point, possibly as cheap as $149. We haven’t heard too much about specs, but hopefully Samsung won’t have to gimp the device too badly to hit that price point, especially since Samsung is one of the few companies that can produce many of their own parts in-house.
There’s also the rumor that Samsung will be filling in their tablet line with an 8″ model, which would coincide with everything we’ve seen about the 8 inch Galaxy Note, although it could just be an 8 inch tablet alongside the 8 inch Note. Like always, these are just rumors, and nothing’s set in stone until Samsung announces it and releases it. It’s good to see Samsung isn’t letting up on the gas after their incredibly successful year in 2012, though.
Boost Mobile announced a new partnership today with NBA star Anthony Davis to promote their service, including a tie-in to provide free access to NBA Game Time Plus. The NBA Game Time Plus app gives users access to home and away game radio broadcasts of NBA games, videos, alerts, real-time scores, stats, and other features. The app and a subscription to access the “Plus” content, which includes the live radio broadcasts, will be included free on all Boost Mobile Android devices running Android 2.2 or higher when purchased with a Monthly Unlimited or Daily Unlimited plan.
To celebrate the new partnership between Boost Mobile and the New Orleans Hornets’ Davis, Boost Mobile is holding a sweepstakes via their Facebook page to give away 10 Samsung Galaxy S II 4G smartphones. The full press release is available after the break.
DigiTImes is citing unnamed industry sources as saying Samsung will incorporate new pixel layouts with increased resolution for AMOLED panels. The new design layout uses a hexagon and diamond-shaped pixel layout allowing for resolutions above 440 pixels per inch. The iPhone 5′s Retina Display is 326PPI. The same sources said the new panels would be used in Samsung’s Galaxy S IV. Although we’re excited to see Sammi’s new flagship sport a top of the line display, we should point out the HTC Droid DNA already has a 440PPI display so it’s not exactly an industry first.
Quick recap of recent Galaxy S IV rumors: It could be unveiled in March, with an Exynos 5 Octa processor, 5-inch 1080p display and an S Pen! I’d like to say to take these rumors with a grain of salt but I’m too damn excited and not-so-secretly wishing for them to all be true!
The day has finally come for all of you Galaxy S II owners that have been patient and waiting for all that Project Buttery goodness: the Jelly Bean update is starting to roll out to the international variant (GT-I9100) of the popular smartphone. SamMobile reports that the Jelly Bean update brings the Android version to 4.1.2 and build JZO54K, while bringing a whole host of improvements. One of the major things to note is Samsung completely left the
horrible old UI and has implemented the Nature UX interface— which is the same as that found in the Galaxy S III. In addition to the newfound fluidity and speed of the UI, additional features include items like S Cloud support, new widgets, a new lock screen and of course, Google Now.
While the update is finally out in the wild, only owners of the international flavor of the smartphone can grab it at this time. This means that those of you on those carrier-branded models will need to wait just a little while longer. Don’t fret though— the update should be ready sooner than later for you folks. In the meantime— if you’re an owner of the international variant of the smartphone, feel free to check for the update at this time via Samsung Kies or OTA.
Looks like Sammy is preparing to make a major splash in the coming months by introducing a wide range of devices. Thanks to our a friends at TechnoBuffalo, Samsung’s roadmap for the 1st half of 2013 is now in plain view for the world to see. The biggest item on the agenda is that Galaxy Note 8 tablet that we have been hearing more about lately. The device will feature a quad-core processor, Android 4.2, an 8-inch 1,280 x 800 display and of course all the Galaxy Note goodies like S Note, S Memo and S Planner. Reports are indicating the tablet will arrive by March 2013 and should be available in both WiFi and carrier-branded versions.
Another device that’s noteworthy on the water and dust-proof Galaxy Cover X 2 smartphone. This rugged device will feature a 4-inch WVGA display, a dual-core 1GHz processor, Android 4.1, and a 5-megapixel camera. The smartphone features and profile seem to match up with what we expect from AT&T’s Rugby Smart line of smartphones, so it may be possible that we will see this device on Ma Bell’s network in February (when it is expected to be released). The device may not be the most interesting device in the world, but it certainly is appealing for those who want a device that can withstand most harsh conditions.
There are some other devices that are also worth mentioning, so head on past the break to see the additional items and give yourselves a better idea of what’s to come from Sammy.
The Galaxy S IV rumor mill is only just beginning folks. Barring a complete disaster, it’s safe to say it will be unveiled and released sometime between April and June. Last year the Galaxy S III was unveiled in the beginning of May, but this year Samsung might want to get a faster jump ahead of whatever Apple has planned for the fall. The upcoming Galaxy S IV is codenamed “Altius” and reports show that it will be ready to be released in April. If you’re looking for something more precise, the rumor is week 16 or the week of April 15.
Rumors of an 8-inch version of the Galaxy Note have been sprouting for quite a while now, but it seems as though the speculated tablet has now been confirmed by Samsung. A new report suggests JK Shin has verified its existence, and wen on to claim that the mid-sized tablet would make its official debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. Rumored specs include a 1.6GHz quad-core Eynos processor, as well as an 8-inch 1280 x 800 display. However, it looks like we’ll have to wait a few weeks to get a clean look at the elusive device.