Stung by a recent ruling by the Obama administration that struck down a potential sales ban of some Apple devices in the U.S., Samsung is smarting even more after the Obama administration declined to strike down a sales ban of some Samsung devices as ordered by the U.S. International Trade Commission. The ITC previously ruled that Samsung had infringed on Apple patents related to detection of headphone jacks and on a multitouch feature. If there is any silver lining, it is the limited number of devices that will be impacted as newer Samsung devices incorporate different designs that get around the Apple patents. Read more
Samsung is so very close to unveiling their first ever curved smartphone, and if you’re wondering what it will look like, wonder no more. It’s supposed to be a limited edition Galaxy Note 3, and it could be called the Galaxy Round. The curve seems a little more dramatic than I pictured in my mind, but it could also be an optical illusion. It will be interesting to see how it feels in the hand and especially when using it as a phone.
A second picture was leaked that shows the backside, which looks very similar to the Galaxy Note 3. You can also see that it’s LTE-Advanced, which means this is going to the South Korean market. The big question is if it will be released in other areas?
While Samsung did see growth in market share for August, they are falling short of sales expectations internally. Analyst Peter Misek from Jefferies explains that the “Galaxy S4 sales missed internal targets leading Samsung to not raise foundry prices for Apple like we expected.” He believes that had the Korean manufacturer’s flagship device done very well, Apple would have had high prices for the metal casing of the iPhone 5s. And to add to the questionable sales, Samsung has reportedly faced poor pre-order figures with the Galaxy Note 3 in their homeland of South Korea.
Is Samsung in trouble? Certainly not. They missed internal targets and its unknown by just how much they fell short. By no means are they in HTC’s position. It’s entirely possible that Samsung holds a high standard for how they feel their products should sell.
Source: Business Insider
A new Samsung Galaxy device has leaked and appears to be heading to Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo either late this year or early next year. It’s called the Galaxy J, and it’s looking like a mash-up of features from Samsung’s other high-end devices. It sports a full HD 5-inch screen, a Snapdragon 800 CPU, and 2 GB of RAM, like the Galaxy S 4. It also features a waterproof casing, like the S 4 Active, and the device is shaped like a slightly smaller Galaxy Note 3 (although there’s no S Pen here, unfortunately). It will supposedly have 32 GB of built-in storage plus a MicroSD card slot and a crazy 20.7 megapixel camera. Toss in a 3,000 mAh battery and you’ve got a Frankenstein device of every high-end phone Samsung has released this year. Oh, and it’ll be available in Coral Pink, Satin White, and Lapis Blue.
The Galaxy J looks like a really solid, high-end device, but I’m just not sure where this fits into Samsung’s portfolio. If it has all of the extra bells and whistles that the standard S 4 has, it seems like it would completely cannibalize S 4 and Active sales wherever this is released. On the other hand, if it’s lacking some of the more marketable features of the S 4 like the Air View stuff, it doesn’t make sense to get this device when you could just pick up a Galaxy S 4. Hopefully Samsung will make this device official and we’ll get a bit more info on it.
source: Techno Buffalo
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 will be launching on Sprint later this week. Coming with it is an incredibly low price. Samsung’s compact tablet will cost just $49.99 with a new two-year contract. While the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is no Nexus 7, it should be appealing for fans of Samsung’s TouchWiz or their reasonable pace of updates.
The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 packs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on a 7-inch display. Under the hood is a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU with 1GB of RAM. Samsung is clearly going the budget route with these specs as they’re nothing to write home about. Hit the break for Sprint’s press release. Read more
While Samsung has been on a tear lately in establishing its position as the lead smartphone manufacturer in the world, their devices are not without their share of weaknesses. For example, the recently released Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the company’s current flagship device, comes equipped with a pseudo-optical image stabilization (OIS) system. Although the camera is good, from a specification perspective Samsung is behind the curve a bit compared to other manufacturers. Not to be outdone, Samsung has been working on new technology to take their camera hardware to a new level as indicated in a recent foreign press report. According to the report, Samsung has a new 13MP camera ready that comes equipped with a new OIS system and better low-light capabilities.
According to reports, the OIS is capable of correcting shake up to an angular error of 1.5 degrees compared to the current market standard of approximately 0.7 degrees of correction. The low-light capability reportedly is capable of outputting an image with a brightness eight times higher than the current module. Samsung has also made improvements in power consumption. All of these improvements have been packed into a camera that is physically the same dimension as the current camera module.
Samsung will surely begin to include this camera in upcoming devices and is reported to be in negotiations with other smartphone producers to get the component included in their devices as well.
source: Patent Bolt
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, which was released around the same time as the Galaxy S4, surprisingly got a lot of attention because of its waterproof and dust-proof features. You can literally dump the phone in the ocean and no harm will be done to your device.
As expected, this feature will become more and more in demand in the future, and we’re already getting rumors that Samsung will be releasing a variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with these “rugged” features built in— call it a Galaxy Note 3 Active, perhaps?
Such a device, which already has amazing internals, could sell very well on the market. I already wanted a Note 3, but one that is waterproof makes it even better.
It’s also already being speculated that these “rugged” features will come standard with the Galaxy S5 to be released next year. Pretty exciting, as we’re starting to see some of the awesome things that phones will be able to do in the future. Just add this to the long, long list.
There has been a lot of suspicion surrounding Samsung and their alleged juicing of benchmark scores for their top-tier phones. It looks like we won’t have to worry about falsely-enhanced benchmarks anymore, as AnTuTu just released Benchmark X Edition, which will fight “score fraud.”
Not to point at Samsung solely, because pretty much every manufacturer is guilty of making their devices look better than they really are— that’s just how marketing works. But with this new version of AnTuTu, they certainly have the consumers’ minds at heart, wanting to keep the numbers as straightforward and simple to analyze as possible.
Here’s what an AnTuTu dev had to say about the changes:
We know every phone-maker hopes to adopt a Benchmark which is good for him, even to develop a Benchmark by themselves. But, AnTuTu Benchmark is not the advertising media of phone makers, we only do service for the users. Therefore, in order to give users a more current and real performance feedback, AnTuTu Labs will release a new X-version named AnTuTu X Benchmark.
How does the Galaxy Round sound to you? It just might be the marketing name that Samsung uses for all their phones (and future tablets) that feature a flexible display. Samsung was just granted the trademark by the U.S. Patent and Trade Office, so chances are very good.
Samsung’s first flexible-screened device is rumored to be a Galaxy Note 3 limited edition, so we might not see the “Galaxy Round” name utilized until the next device. Trademarks are never a guarantee of usage, but what do you guys think?
via: Phone Arena
LG sent out a presser this morning announcing the mass production of the “world’s first flexible OLED panel for smartphones,” but Samsung says they have already been producing their flexible OLED displays. Furthermore, they will release their first product “within days.” Samsung’s display will be a little smaller, at 5.7-inches, but I think they are going to clearly win the race since LG’s G Flex probably won’t be announced until next month.
Samsung’s display is also thinner and weighs less. It comes in at 0.12mm thick vs 0.44mm and it weighs 5.2 grams vs 7.2 grams. Of course, some of the weight differential could be a result of the size. LG’s flexible panel will be 6-inches as opposed to Samsung’s 5.7-inch panel. Samsung’s production capacity is at 1 million per month, although they are unlikely to hit that target early on. Earlier reports indicated LG’s capacity would be much lower.