Screen resolution of Galaxy S 5 leaks, shows 1080p, not quad HD


The screen resolution is one of the biggest unknowns of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S 5. We’ve heard that it might be a quad HD screen, or it might be another 1080p screen. Surprisingly, the latest information from LG’s wireless network it runs in South Korea seems to confirm a 1080p screen.

Samsung tries its hardest to push the envelope when it comes to specs, so I would be slightly surprised if the GS5 doesn’t feature a screen over 1080p, but with how new quad HD screens are, it might be something we have to wait for in the Note 4. Of course, we’ve gotten confirmation of a ton of different model numbers for the S5, so it’s entirely possible that some models will have a 1080p screen and others will have a quad HD screen. We won’t know until Samsung makes something official.

What do you think? Will the S5 launch with a 1080p screen or a higher resolution?

source: LG U+

via: PocketNow

Samsung toning down its own software, agrees to promote Google services in future devices


Samsung may finally be easing up on their software changes to Android. According to Re/code, a source claims Samsung and Google have come into agreement that will align the Android OEM’s software vision closer to the stock version of the operating system. Apparently Google executives were not happy with the Magazine UX found on Samsung’s upcoming range of tablets because it barely resembles Android in any visual way.

The move also comes after many manufacturers in China applying a skin over Android and leaving out Google services. By having Samsung on its side, Google may be able to sway other foreign OEMs to pack their services. Perhaps this agreement has something to do with their recent patent license. Read more

Samsung announces Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 for schools, preloaded with KitKat

Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 education Samsung

Samsung has announced a new variant of their Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 specifically designed for schools. The hardware is identical to the regular Tab 3 10.1 except that this edition has NFC on board for easy setup in the classroom, but there are some differences on the software side.

The main difference is that this device has Android 4.4 KitKat installed out of the box. Samsung will likely update their normal Tab 3 line to KitKat, but it’s nice to see a newer tablet come with newer software anyway. The tablet also has integration with Google Play for Education, which is Google’s own curated selection of apps and services for K – 12 classrooms.

This tablet won’t be available for purchase by general consumers, as it will be sold through Samsung’s specialized channels where you’ll have to order in bulk. It’ll be available in April, so we may start seeing them in classrooms by the end of the year. For Samsung’s full press release, check below. Read more

Alleged 16MP Samsung Galaxy S5 camera sample leaks


A photo has been discovered on a test Flipboard account, @123fliptest, that has suddenly garnered a lot of attention. The reason for that attention is not the image itself, but rather what’s in the EXIF data of the image.

The device that was supposed to have taken the photo is the Samsung SM-G900V, the Verizon variant in the SM-G900 series. This series has also been leaked in a number of benchmarks, including AnTuTu, who now claim that the device is the Galaxy S5.

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Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 pre-orders starting in the UK, ships on February 4


If you’ve been dying to get your hands on the new Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 your wait is almost over, at least if you live in the UK. The device that was announced at CES earlier this month, the tablet will come with a hefty price tag. For those of you looking to shell out top dollar for the device it will cost you £649 ($1074.10). That’s just for a WiFi version too.

On top of that you’ll get 32 or 64GB of storage, an Octa-core (1.9GHz quad-core and 1.3GHz quad-core) processor, S-Pen functionality, and a 12.2 inch, 1600×2560 display. But that’s not all you’ll get. For a limited time Samsung is throwing in its new Gamepad accessory valued at £59 ($97.64). The tablet and Gamepad will start shipping February 4.

There isn’t word on pricing or availability in other markets yet, but it’s safe to say that it will be priced similarly. We’ll let you know when it’s announced for other markets but until then, you can check out our hands on with the tablet.

source: Samsung UK

AMOLED tablet displays from Samsung slated for February production


According to reports from Korean web site ET News, Samsung is ready to ramp up production of AMOLED displays in the 8- to 10-inch size for use in tablet devices. The technology, used primarily by Samsung and LG, has found its way into small devices like smartphones and large devices like televisions. However, the cost to produce the screens apparently made it prohibitive to produce them for tablet devices. With the tablet market growing by leaps and bounds and projected to continue and Samsung focusing on tablets during the coming year, it makes sense that the company is finally ready to crank up production of AMOLED displays for their tablets. ET News also notes that TV sales have been sagging a bit, so the addition of tablet production will help Samsung optimize utilization of the production lines in what may be some fortuitous timing.

source: ET News
via: phoneArena

Samsung launching stand-alone stores in Europe thanks to partnership with Carphone Warehouse


Samsung announced this morning a partnership with Carphone Warehouse that will put over 60 Samsung stand-alone stores across Europe. After the success of three stand-alone Samsung stores, operated by Carphone Warehouse in Spain, the new stores will start rolling out over the next three months. It roll across seven markets that include, the UK, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, and the Netherlands.

The stores are said to have a premium look and feel. They will carry Samsung products that include laptops, mobile phones, tablets, and wearables.

As Samsung looks to create an even bigger world presence it wouldn’t be surprising to see more deals and stores like these pop up in other places. While Samsung has been using the store-within-a-store model for a short time, it looks like it’s finally breaking out on its own. We have the presser for you after the break. Enjoy!

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Samsung SM-900H certified in Indonesia, could be another Galaxy S5 variant


We have so far seen three different Samsung SM-900 variations: the SM-900A, SM-900F, and the SM-900S. Well now a fourth version of the device (SM-900H) has popped up in Indonesia, where it has been certified by Postel, one of Indonesia’s telecommunications authorities.

Postel also revealed that they received 3 handsets, one from South Korea, Vietnam, and China. That’s unfortunately as far as the details about the handset go.

Many are assuming that the SM-900 is the model number for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5, however there are a number of other devices that it could be. We will find out for sure when the Galaxy S5 is released sometime either in February or March.

Source: Postel
Via: PhoneArena

Samsung AMOLED QHD smartphone confirmed, 4K devices to follow


With the Mobile World Conference coming up, many smartphone manufacturers are preparing to release their next generation of high-end devices. One company that will certainly be in the public eye is Samsung, which will likely bring some great new devices to the table.

Samsung confirmed yesterday that they’re working on an AMOLED QHD smartphone. Not only that but it looks like Samsung will be making an AMOLED UHD (4K, 3480 x 2160) smartphone in the future! This would mean a pixel density of around 820 pixels per inch on a 5-inch display.

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Samsung’s lead over Apple in market share grows, other OEMs start to show substantial growth


The final quarter of 2013 was very good for Samsung. According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung’s market share grew to more than 29.6%, compared to 29.0% for the same quarter in 2012. In looking at the entire year, Samsung’s share increased to 32.4%, up from 30.4%. Apple’s market share, however, fell in both the final quarter and overall in 2013. Huawei pulled into third and LG sits in fourth. These numbers should be interesting to see in a few months as both Samsung and Apple are slated to announce their latest flagship devices within the next few months.

It is great to see Lenovo joining the mix (in fifth). Hopefully they finally make their way to the United States this year. After all, I don’t think an HTC acquisition is happening just yet; therefore, Lenovo needs to think about doing it on their own.

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