Samsung has been creating quite a buzz recently with news of a virtual reality headset being released under the name Galaxy VR. The device is expected to debut at IFA around the start of September.
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.
Sprint has announced that they will start selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 on August 15th. Buyers can grab the 7-inch tablet for no money down if they sign up for a two year data plan and make 24 monthly payments of $12.50. To help sweeten the deal, Sprint is offering a $10 monthly credit for 24 months on qualifying data plans. Sprint indicates their version of the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 is not only compatible with their 4G LTE network, it can handle the faster speeds of their new Sprint Spark network as well. This is the first tablet device in their portfolio that will work with Sprint Spark. Sprint will offer the device in both black and white.
We think sometime this week Samsung is going to officially take the wraps off their new Samsung Galaxy Alpha smartphone, their attempt at producing a metal-bodied device. Over the weekend images surfaced showing Samsung was involved in a Russian yachting event that included some significant Galaxy Alpha advertising materials. Signage and banners were present and it even appears Samsung paid to have the event name include their latest device. At least one of the photos shows some of the attendees posing with what is presumably the Galaxy Alpha.
It appears that Samsung has trademarked the name “Galaxy Note Edge,” which we believe will be a variant of the Galaxy Note 4.
The “Edge” variant will feature curved screens which possibly wrap around the edges of the device. The device may be limited to certain markets (most likely Asia). It’s possible that we’re going to see it unveiled alongside the Galaxy Note 4 on September 3.
With much of the attention being drawn toward the Galaxy Alpha and its toted metal design, Samsung’s giant-screened, stylus wielding smartphone hasn’t seen much of the spotlight. However, photos leaked over the weekend showcasing the new device and giving us a look at what we may see from the Samsung powerhouse.
According to benchmark site GFXBench, Samsung has another phablet on the way. While the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will have top-end specs, this Samsung SM-G739F has more midrange specs in comparison. The phone comes with a 5.5 inch screen, with resolution of 720 x 1280. Under the hood is a quad-core 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU with the Adreno 305 GPU handling graphics.
Also on board is 1.3GB of RAM and 12GB of native storage, 7MP camera on back, with a 2MP camera in front – both capable of shooting 1080 x 1920 video – and Android 4.4.4 pre-installed. Not much is known besides these specs, but we’ll let you know once we hear more.
The role of an employee in a carrier’s retail store is quite easy. They are there to sell a device. So they have some options as to what devices are the best for a particular consumer. New research conducted by Kantar Worldpanel shows that United States carriers are more inclined to recommend a Samsung device rather than an iPhone from Apple.
The first device with premium build quality from Samsung is just around the corner. The Galaxy Alpha, while keeping the same rubberized back panel found on the Galaxy S 5, will feature a metal frame. Seemingly official specifications have leaked due to someone photographing a presentation slide. It confirms that Samsung’s first premium made device will not also be premium on the inside.