KGI Research just released its predictions for the next generation Galaxy S phone. From what it looks like there will be two models, as current rumors suggest. The prime model will have a 5.2 inch 2560×1440 display and the standard model will feature a 5.2 inch 1920×1080 display. That means that the prime model will have a whopping 565 pixels per inch and the standard model will have a display with 423 pixels per inch. Those aren’t the only differences however.
Shortly after the Galaxy Gear was introduced, the speculation was that Samsung would release a Galaxy Gear 2 sooner rather than later since the reviews we so bad. The latest rumor out of Korea is that the Galaxy Gear 2 will be unveiled in a London event in March or April. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to read between the lines to figure out that they are implying that it will be unveiled alongside the Galaxy S 5. It’s also expected to be a lot more fashionable and will likely feature a flexible display.
Samsung and Google have announced a new, long-term partnership to cross-license patents “covering a broad range of technologies and business areas.” The agreement covers both existing patents as well as any new patents filed during the next 10 years. Although Samsung and Google in general are not antagonistic toward each other, outside of the occasional small spat, they did take the opportunity to dig at other companies using litigation-based strategies with regard to their competition.
Samsung’s intellectual property lead, Dr. Seungho Ahn, stated the agreement shows “the rest of the industry that there is more to gain from cooperating than engaging in unnecessary patent disputes.” Meanwhile, Allen Lo, Deputy General Counsel for Patents with Google noted that, “by working together on agreements like this, companies can reduce the potential for litigation and focus instead on innovation.”
source: Samsung Tomorrow Blog
The phone currently believed to be called the Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo (GT-I9168) has been certified by Chinese authorities. Previously thought to be called the Galaxy Grand Lite, the device is now confirmed to have TD-SCDMA connectivity.
It also appears that the Galaxy Grand Neo will sport a 5-inch display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, and a 5MP rear facing camera with a VGA front facing camera. It will also supposedly have 8GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM.
The device will also comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and is said to cost $300, though we don’t know that for sure yet. More details are sure to come soon!
Still waiting for Samsung’s Galaxy TabPro line (hands on here) or Galaxy NotePro 12.2 (hands on here) to launch? So are we. But it seems like we may have found a release date — Valentine’s Day weekend. According to a leaked internal memo, Samsung is asking for “all hands on deck” from February 14-16. They need everyone on deck so much so that they will not grant anyone time away from the company for those dates.
We understand that most corporate offices are closed on weekends; therefore, this memo likely applies to employees at retail stores like Best Buy, who have small Samsung shops setup. Of course, this could be for something else but launching a major product line like the Galaxy Pro tablets would be fitting to take place over the course of a weekend.
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If you watch any TV whatsoever, then you know Samsung spends A LOT of money on advertising. Well it looks like they are going to cut back a tad this year. Samsung just had their quarterly conference call, and Samsung Senior Vice President Kim Hyunjoon said they will try to “raise the efficiency of our marketing spend and lower our overall mobile marketing budget to revenue this year compared with last year.” They will of course still spend a few bucks on sporting events such as the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, but no word on a Super Bowl commercial for this year.
I remember when the DROID X was introduced with a 4.3-inch display, and everyone thought it was a little too big. Now 5-inches seems to be the sweet spot, but the envelope continues to get pushed with phones over 6-inches. Samsung created the phablet market with the original Galaxy Note. It sported a 5.3-inch display, which again, many people thought was way too big, and today’s Note 3 sports a 5.7-incher.
During yesterday’s quarterly conference call, Samsung Executive Director, Kim Hyunjoon, said to expect more big-screened phones from Samsung this year. Samsung already added a little more to the mix with the Galaxy Mega line last year, which topped out at 6.3-inches.
Samsung appears to be all in for the tablet category in 2014. They already announced 4 tablets at CES, but there is going to be a lot more to come. Samsung Executive Director, Kim Hyunjoon, confirmed the company is working on high-end tablets with much larger screens than what we typically see in the marketplace. We are talking around 20-inches. These tablets will more than likely be aimed at the enterprise level, but if consumers show any interest, I am sure Samsung will oblige.
It was also revealed that Samsung will continue to offer Galaxy Tab spin-offs. We just saw the TabPRO line at CES, but apparently they are working on some other offshoots. I would imagine the Lite series would fall into this and possibly the kids version.
Samsung has announced the Galaxy S III Neo+, a dual-SIM smartphone for China. We thought too that the next device announcement from the company would be the Galaxy Note 3 Neo. This device, however, is designed very similarly to the Galaxy S III from 2012. Behind its 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display is Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The display has 306 pixels per inch, 720p resolution.
Under the hood is either the Exynos 4 or Snapdragon 400 processor with 2GB of RAM. While the architecture is unknown, we do know that it is a 1.4GHz quad-core processor. In usual Samsung fashion, the 8GB internal memory is joined by a microSD card slot. The dual-SIM feature supports 850/900/1900/2100 MHz WCDMA network bands and 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM.
The Galaxy Note 3 Neo is already available for pre-order in Belgium, but it hasn’t even been officially announced yet. It obviously has to be close because the press images are already available. The latest rumor is that it will be on January 27, but there is a little bad news for those of you in the U.S. and the UK. Samsung has already confirmed that there are no plans to bring the device to either country. We are not sure what the reason is. Maybe for once, Samsung has decided not to confuse consumers with yet another variant?
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