It seemed like a lock that the Galaxy S 5 would be the first Samsung phone with a metal chassis, but the latest report out of DigiTimes says it’s unlikely. Earlier in the month, we reported that a company called Catcher would be supplying 10 to 30 million metal housings this month, but there is one problem…no production has started yet.
The reason for this could be because Samsung is still evaluating exactly how they will implement metal in their phones, not to mention, a lot of people think it’s unnecessary since Samsung is already successful with plastics. Metal is only going to add to their cost, thus lowering their bottomline.
The Samsung vs Apple war is one of those wars that may never end. Last year’s famous copycat trial ended with a $1.05 billion reward for Apple, but $410 million of it was dropped by judge Lucy Koh after some mistakes were found in the jury’s calculations. A retrial took place in which Apple was awarded $290 million of that $410 million bringing the total damages to $930 million.
Samsung is now seeking a retrial of the retrial. Samsung is claiming racial bias because Apple compared Samsung to other Asian manufacturers that flooded the market with low-cost TVs that forced several U.S. companies into bankruptcy. It’s unlikely Koh will agree with this argument, and if so, Samsung will most likely take it to the Supreme Court and appeal the decision.
Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S 5 smartphone may be making rounds to at least one U.S. right now. According to @evleaks, AT&T is testing the SM-G900A smartphone. He adds that this device has a high resolution display that gives “some support to the theory that it’s an int’l flagship.” This specification matches the 2K display rumor from yesterday.
What’s interesting is the model number. So far we have seen the SM-G900F, SM-G900S, and now the SM-G900A. These variants could be for models that are compatible with various carriers. Being that the AT&T-tested version ends with the first letter of the alphabet, it makes sense that it would be the international version. But don’t get too excited for a release date. The Samsung Galaxy S 5 is expected to be released in late April. Would you mind waiting for a metal chassis? Read more
It would appear that many devices are receiving the latest iteration of Jelly Bean this month. The Galaxy Note II for AT&T is no different. While T-Mobile’s Note II was the first to receive the update, the AT&T update isn’t too far behind. The new update will bring the Baseband version to I317UCUBMK6. Besides the Android 4. 3 enhancements you should see the following:
Samsung’s HomeSync has only been available to Galaxy devices, but a recent updated finally allows a few non-Samsung devices to get in on the action. The list isn’t large, but it includes the HTC One, Butterfly, Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia SP, Optimus G Pro, and the Nexus 4. Of course, just about every Samsung Galaxy device, whether tablet or phone, is already covered. I can’t imagine this $299 streaming box is flying off the shelves, and I doubt this update will change that. If you have one of these newly compatible phones and want to learn more about HomeSync, click here.
source: Google Play Store
We first heard about the Samsung GamePad all the way back in March, and it’s availability finally been officially announced by the company. The GamePad will launch in European markets for Android phones between 4 and 6.3 inches, and will be compatible with devices running Jelly Bean or higher with Bluetooth 3.0. It will obviously be more compatible with Samsung phones, as the company says that the “most convenient features optimized for Samsung Galaxy devices running Android 4.3 such as Galaxy Note 3, S4, Note II, and S III enable easy connectivity with GamePad via NFC tag and quicker access to games via the “PLAY” button.”
The mobile app to control GamePad is available currently in the Samsung App Store. New markets will be released in the upcoming weeks, but there is no word yet on US availability or pricing. You can see the official press release past the break. Read more
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is not a device for the typical smartphone buyer, but for those who are interested in it, Amazon has a great deal if you are willing to be tied to AT&T for a couple years. For individuals signing up for a new 2-year contract with AT&T, Amazon will sell you the Galaxy S4 Zoom for a mere penny. If you happen to already have an account with AT&T and want to buy the device as an upgrade, it will run you $49.99. Both of these prices are better than what you can do buying direct from AT&T. If you are not interested in a 2-year contract, Amazon will set you back $599.99 for the Galaxy S4 Zoom, which is about $70 more than what you could get it for from AT&T.
The Galaxy S4 Zoom most closely matches the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini for most of the hardware. The exception being the big camera Samsung has grafted onto a cell phone. For photographers, the Galaxy S4 Zoom offers a 16MP camera with 10x optical zoom and an f-stop range from 3.1 – 6.3. A xenon flash is included in the device as well.
To take advantage of the deal, just hit the source link to head on over to Amazon.
In targeting the entry-level market, Samsung will be releasing the Galaxy Core Advance in early 2014. The device will be specifically for emerging markets and consumers that want a smartphone on a budget. Behind its 4.7-inch WVGA screen, the Galaxy Core Advance has a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM. A 5MP camera is on the back and Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC are also present. The 8GB of storage can be expanded since there is a microSD card slot on the handset. Android 4.2 is at the core with Samsung’s layers of TouchWiz on top. There is no release date yet for the Galaxy Core Advance, but we do know that it will come in deep blue or pearl white.
Samsung appears to be ready to release at least four new tablets during the first quarter of 2014 as it continues its march toward mobile device domination. One of these devices is anticipated to be the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite (SM-T11) potentially being released the second week of January. The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is expected to be a low-end tablet which a price tag to match, although we do not have any specs yet to gauge where Samsung things the low-end of the market is. Another tablet that may be close to release is the possible Galaxy Tab 4 with a model number SM-T331. Whatever this mystery tablet is, it is expected to come with an AMOLED display instead of LCD as part of Samsung’s initiative to switch over to AMOLED.
Rumors are also floating around that Samsung is interested in producing a Note series device with a 12.2-inch screen that could possibly trigger the merger of tablets and laptops as a viable category for most buyers. There is also some rumbling about a possible Android/Windows dual-boot device with a more traditional laptop size screen of 13.3-inches.
We already have a good idea the Galaxy S 5 will sport a 2K (2,560 x 1,440) display, so if a rumor suggests a Samsung phone with this display, I think it’s safe to assume it’s a Galaxy S 5. Korean media suggests that this “Galaxy S 5″ will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress this February 2014.
We have also heard that Samsung might be dropping plans for a fingerprint scanner in favor of eye (or iris) scanning technology, and the same media source is agreeing. However, they weren’t clear if it will be on the same phone that gets shown at MWC or another device(s) later in the year. I suspect it will indeed by on the Galaxy S 5 and other flagship devices as well.