A few weeks ago, we saw a Samsung tablet with the model number SM-T330. Now we may know what tablet the model number belongs to along with two other brand new tablets. My Samsung Phones has spotted what looks to be the Galaxy Tab 4 series, made up of 7, 8, and 10.1-inch models. The specs for the Galaxy Tab Series is roughly the same across the board. Each has WiFi, 3G, and LTE variants. Impressively, all will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat.
The 7-inch variant will have 8GB of internal memory while the two larger ones will store 16GB; however, memory can be expanded thanks to a microSD card slot. Also, each will have a 1200×800 TFT LCD display. A quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz is joined by 1GB or 1.5GB of RAM (depending upon the model).
Hit the break to see the full spec sheet for each device. Read more
It’s all but confirmed that the Galaxy S5 will be unveiled at Samsung’s “Unpacked” event in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress on Feb. 24.
We recently got a look at the box for the device, and a new leaked image gives us an idea of what the screen and device design will look like.
Trying to pin down the specs of the Galaxy S5 has been tough. We’ve seen Snapdragon CPUs and Exynos CPUs in benchmarks, we’ve seen evidence that Samsung will use a QHD display, and then other evidence suggesting Samsung will stick with a 1080p display instead, and don’t even think about trying to figure out what Samsung is going to do with TouchWiz. There’s so much conflicting information, and all of it could end up being true if Samsung releases two models of the S5 like we’ve heard.
The latest rumor to throw on top of the pile comes in the form of the back of the GS5 packaging. The box looks pretty similar to the wood-style boxes Samsung uses for their current lineup of devices, so if it’s a fake, it’s pretty convincing. The box lists some pretty beefy specs, including a 2.5 GHz quad-core processor, 3 GB of RAM, a 20 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front camera, and a QHD 5.25 inch screen. It also looks like the S5 will sport a 3,000 mAh battery, which hopefully can power that screen for more than just a few hours. These specs all pretty much match up with the rumors that say Samsung is going all out this year, which is typically what Samsung does with their flagship devices. Read more
It has already been rumored that the Samsung will finally do away with the home button on the Galaxy S 5, and the Korea Herald is confirming it. They are also reporting the GS5 will sport a bezel-free display that supports fingerprint scanning.
However, contrary to an earlier report, the scanner will not utilize the entire display. It will only be available at the bottom left and right sides of the display. This still sounds like the earlier report in that it will be a swipe scanner. My guess is that the phone will read the fingerprint during the swipe to unlock movement. However it’s implemented, I just hope it works well.
Eventually, the entire display will be utilized, but that technology isn’t ready for mass production yet.
source: Korea Herald
As Samsung and LG duke it out in the curved phone arena, Samsung (and presumably LG) is readying a smartphone that has a “bent” display. It will debut later this year, and of course, it will be a Galaxy product. If you read between the lines, you will see Galaxy Note 4 written there. However, much like the Galaxy Round was to the Galaxy Note 3, expect it to be a variant. They will only produce a few million units for a niche market.
A bent display features a more pronounced “curve” on one edge of the display. This bent area can display separate notifications as well. Samsung showed this as the Youm display at CES 2013. It represents the next step to what many are waiting for…. foldable displays. For now, it seems as though we won’t see the first smartphone with a foldable display until 2015.
I wonder what they will call this year’s model? Galaxy Bent?
source: Korea Herald
Even though Samsung promises to tone down future versions of its skinned versions of Android in order to promote Google’s services, Samsung is still pushing forward with its own UI.
This morning Samsung Mobile tweeted out a teaser image for its Unpacked 5 event on February 24. What we see is the possibility of new icons coming to Touchwiz. Besides S Health, the Life icon might suggest that the Life Times app leaked a few weeks ago will be debuted in Barcelona. While we doubt that Samsung is pushing its own social network at the event, it can be assumed that social aspects will be more robust and present throughout the new UI. Given the amount of sensors in the Galaxy S 4 outdoors could correlate with similar sensors on top of location tools. On top of that, it looks like the Korean company is pushing speed, fun, search, style and privacy as well.
Of course we can speculate all we want, but we won’t know just what exactly all of this means for about another two weeks. The event starts at 20:00 (8 p.m.) Central European Time or 2 p.m. Eastern.
LG isn’t the only one making three-SIM card phones anymore. The Samsung Galaxy Star Trios, which you can see above, is LG’s triple-SIM handset that was just launched in Brazil. LG’s Optimus L1 Tri, with three SIM slots, is also available in Brazil, meaning there must be high demand for these types of devices there.
Running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the Star Trios features a 3.14-inch QVGA (240 x 320) display, single-core 1GHz Snapdragon S1 processor, HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 2MP rear camera, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of expandable internal memory, and a 1,300 mAh battery. The device is available from numerous Brazilian retailers, in either black or white, for around $165 – quite a steep price for what’s a low-end device, beside the SIM slots.
source: Samsung Brazil
It’s no secret that Samsung takes pride in its in-house Exynos ARM processors, but outside of Samsung’s own devices, the Exynos division hasn’t seen much market growth. In fact, last year Exynos chips saw pretty slow growth, mostly due to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon CPUs being the de facto standard in Android devices, including many of Samsung’s own models.
However, last month Samsung’s Exynos processors saw a 10% sales increase compared to last year, which is likely because many of Samsung’s newer phone models this year will debut with Exynos processors over Snapdragon processors, including the Galaxy Note Neo. On top of that, Samsung is reportedly working on several new tablets that will also use Exynos processors, which is something we’ve seen in the Note Pro line of tablets. The LTE models use Qualcomm processors, but all of the other tablets in the family exclusively use Samsung’s own CPUs. Further down the line, Samsung of course has a 64-bit version of their Exynos chip planned. Read more
People are very sensitive when it comes to their privacy. Anything that jeopardizes it is always faced with a ton of backlash. But that doesn’t seem to stop Samsung from creating Context. It is a service that will share your data with app developers, according to The Information. Context would take what users type, apps used, and data collected by sensors to share with app developers; therefore, developers know how they can tailor an experience for a specific user. One example named would be launching sports highlights for someone who typically searches topics relating to sports. At this time, it is unknown if Context will see daylight as Samsung has not decided if it is valuable.
The Information was also able to confirm that Google met with Samsung just one day before Lenovo purchased Motorola. Re/code previously reported that this meeting was about toning down Samsung’s software overlay, something Google was very unhappy about. The new user interface really disatisfied
Source: The Information
Via: The Verge
If the rumors turn out to be true, then we should all expect the Galaxy Gear 2 to be unveiled alongside Samsung’s Galaxy S 5. Problem is, Samsung is still determining how much they should charge on the Gear 2. With the original Gear flopping, Samsung wants to make sure they do things right the second time around. The original Gear was just far too expensive for what it was, and the sales showed. That, and coinciding with the fact that Apple is also rumored to release their own smartwatch, it puts some pressure on Samsung to competitively price their Gear follow up.
What did you guys think about the original Gear? Do you think it didn’t resonate with the consumers due to its price, or do you think the whole idea of a smartwatch is currently useless? Let us know!