A few days ago, the Samsung Galaxy J was leaked, and now it’s official. It’s a Galaxy S 4 variant that probably won’t be offered outside of Japan, and specifically NTT DoCoMo. It has a 5-inch Super AMOLED 1080p display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, microSD slot for up to 64GB of expanded storage, 13.2MP rear camera, 2.1MP front-facing camera, 2,600mAh battery, and Android 4.3.
It will be offered in Coral Pink, Satin White, and Lapis Blue. No word on pricing, but it should be available by the end of the month.
source: NTT DoCoMo
Traditionally, Samsung announces the Galaxy S series in the spring (March – May), but reports out of Korea suggest that Samsung might push the Galaxy S 5 forward to January because of a lack in sales. A couple of days ago, we reported that Galaxy S 4 sales are missing targets, but I think that it’s more about the fact that we have too many smartphones and mainstream consumers just don’t see a compelling enough reason to constantly upgrade. Interestingly enough, Samsung hasn’t been consistent with their events regarding Galaxy S phones. The Galaxy S II was announced in February 2011, the Galaxy S III, was in May 2012, and the Galaxy S 4 was in March of this year. A January announcement could indicate an announcement at CES.
We’ve seen the trend of mini versions of flagship phones growing over the past year or two, starting with the Galaxy S III Mini. We’ve seen an HTC One Mini and a few other manufacturers produce lesser versions of their flagship models with a squished screen and, problematically, a similar price tag. DigiTimes is reporting that many of these manufacturers are going to be rethinking that strategy in the coming months after poor sales of these “miniature” phones; both Samsung and HTC have had to cut the price of their Mini phones soon after launching, partly because of their inflated pricing, and partly because of stiff competition from other smaller, cheaper mid-range phones. Read more
Do you wish your new Galaxy Gear smartwatch ran more than just the specifically designed apps that are available on it? Well, the Gear still runs Android underneath Samsung’s skinned overlay, so it was only a matter of time before someone found out how to make it work. Some clever owners have figured out that if you enable USB debugging on the smartwatch, you can load apps through ADB onto the device. Pretty much all non-Google apps work, including Candy Crush and music and video players. The Google apps don’t work because the watch lacks specific framework apps in the system folder, and there’s no way around that without root.
If you’re the tinkering type, this should definitely cause you to give the Galaxy Gear a second look. Hopefully we’ll see some really cool stuff being done with the Gear before long. If you want specific instructions for your own Galaxy Gear, you can hit the link below to check them out on Ars Technica.
source: Ars Technica
Samsung’s behemoth Galaxy Mega smartphone is slated for MetroPCS thanks to a couple of leaked images. The device will be sim-locked to Metro, thus no word on whether it’ll eventually make its way to T-Mobile or not.
If you’re unfamiliar with the device, the Galaxy Mega offers a dual-core 1.7GHz processor paired with 1.5GB or RAM, available in 8GB or 16GB internal memory, expandable to an additional 64GB with microSD, a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, Android 4.2, and a 3200mAh battery. Of course what gives the device its name is the monstrous 6.3″ screen for all your viewing pleasures.
No news on when the device will hit stores, but sometime between the end of this month and November is my best guess.
Following up on the Samsung Hennesy clamshell released in August, Samsung is preparing to release another clamshell smartphone for the Chinese market with much better specs. The Samsung W2014 will come equipped with a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and dual 3.67-inch AMOLED screens, although the screens only have a resolution of 800×480 pixels. The device will also come with 2GB of RAM, a 13MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.3. The W2014 will not support LTE according to reports. The device has already cleared the Chinese telecommunications certification agency, Tenaa. When it finally gets to market, it is anticipated it will sell for approximately ¥4,300CNY ($700 USD).
Hit the break for a couple more images of the device. Whatever you may think of Samsung, it seems you do have to give them credit for exploring new, or recycled old, form factors for smartphone devices. Read more
It seems as though Samsung has stepped up their investments in marketing. Instead of the usual 30 and 60-second spots, they are investing in short films. Last month they released “Dreams”, which later turned into a 60-second spot. They just released their second short called, “The Developer”, which is another music-inspired short film. This one features Lionel Messi and the hit single “Royals” by Lorde. In this video, a stranger (the developer) captures the imaginations of the children who live in a low income neighborhood.
These newer shorts are obviously a departure from what Samsung has done in the past, such as poking fun at the iSheep. Whether it’s your thing or not, one can’t deny the production and cost with these short films. They are done really well, but will they inspire people to buy the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear? Hit the break for the video.
The Galaxy Round is intriguing to say the least, but I am not sure it’s intriguing enough to slap down $1,000 for it. Most of us probably won’t get our hands on one since it will only be available in South Korea for the time being, so a video is the next best thing. This video primarily shows how curvy the Galaxy Round is as opposed to the Galaxy Note 3, It also gives you a quick glimpse of what must be a way of waking the device by giving the Galaxy Round a slight roll. Hit the break for the video.
It was recently reported that Samsung would eventually implement fingerprint scanners, but probably not until the second half of next year because the technology is still in its infancy. This morning, news out of Korea is that Samsung originally designed the Galaxy Note 3 with a fingerprint scanner, but scrapped it. They were going to use a company in Dittisham Valley, but the chip didn’t pass quality assurance tests. The problem is there just isn’t enough companies working on the technology. Apple gobbled up Authentec in 2012 and Crucialtec is working with Pantech.
Trying to read through the story in Korean, it’s possible that Samsung might release a phone with a fingerprint scanner by the end of the year or early next year. That could very well be the rumored Galaxy Note 3 Active we reported on earlier in the week. It’s also possible that Samsung will develop their own technology, but I doubt that would be ready so quickly.
Looks like Samsung won the curved phone race. The recently leaked Galaxy Round was just made official by Samsung, and it’s an odd piece of technology, to say the least. It’s a 5.7-inch Note 3-like device with a curve right down the middle of the device. Samsung is claiming they’ve made some specific software adjustments to make use of the curvature, such as showing certain notifications when the phone is tilted to the side while laying flat, and gesture based actions in the applications in the software. I’m not sure how well it’ll work, but hey, at least they’re trying.
The specs are just about identical to the Note 3, excluding the S Pen. It’s got a 1080p screen, 3 GB of RAM, a quad-core processor, and a 13 megapixel camera. There’s nothing concrete, bu I imagine this is that rumored limited edition curved Note 3 that we’ve been hearing about. It’ll go on sale tomorrow exclusively in Korea for a little over one million won, which equates to about $1,000. That’s pricey, and very limited. It’s pretty clear that this is essentially a test run device for Samsung. Still, depending on how well the device is received, it’s always possible this could start to become the norm in the next few years. I personally don’t think it will, but crazier things have happened. More pics, a roll effect video, and full presser after the break.