Samsung finally comes to its senses and is expected to feature an aluminum body for the Galaxy S 5

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If you truly know Samsung, then you’re probably well aware at its stubborn reluctance to shy away from cheap, outdated and stale designs premium materials and constructing a revolutionary build for its flagship devices. However, it may appear that Samsung will finally make some major changes by introducing some quality materials and even a new design direction for the build of its next Galaxy S (Galaxy S 5) smartphone. Reports from various insiders indicate Samsung is currently working on a new “Design 3.0″ language (possibly teased in other upcoming flagships, mind you), which signifies a completely new direction for Sammy and brings a new-found “freshness” to the popular line of smartphones. Complimenting the new design is possibly the introduction of aluminum materials for the build of the upcoming phone. Taking a page from competitors like the iPhone, HTC One and Xperia Z smartphones, Samsung will take aim to make the smartphone body as attractive on the outside as its guts on the inside by incorporating an aluminum unibody form factor for the smartphone.

Of course there are some questions to Samsung’s new intention for its upcoming golden ticket of a device. Will the aluminum body add some unnecessary weight? Are we going to see the last of a removable battery? Can we expect some sort of scratch-resistant material? Hopefully we’ll get a better idea of what to expect as we approach 2014.

source: Android GS

[Deal] Grab the Verizon Galaxy S 4 for $119 at Amazon

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If you are looking to switch to Verizon or you can open a new contract for someone else in your family, you might want to look at Amazon’s latest deal on the Galaxy S 4. You can grab it for $119.99, but this price is only good for new customers. If you’re an existing customer, don’t fret because they are offering it at $169 for those looking to upgrade. That still isn’t a bad deal. Just head over to the source link to get started.

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Samsung announces the Galaxy S4 Zoom, 10x optical zoom and perfect picture taking

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The Galaxy S4 Zoom is now official folks. This one is for those you of that feel the camera is the most important aspect of your smartphone. As far as the camera goes, it shoots 16MP photos utilizing 10x optical zoom, an optical image stabilizer, and Xenon flash. The rest of the specs are nothing to brag about, but again the camera is the focal point. It has a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Exynos 4212 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expansion, 1.9MP front camera, 2,330mAh battery, and Android 4.2.2. This isn’t going to be the thinnest phone in the world. Because of the camera hardware, it’s 15.4mm thick.

They are touting the new Zoom Ring feature, which lets you access key features such as capturing and sharing a photo via MMS. It can also be used to activate Quick Launch and Shortcut features.

This one will be released overseas first, but the U.S won’t be left out in the cold. Word is that we will see it stateside during the third quarter.

Hit the break for the presser

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Samsung delays Android 4.2.2 for the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II

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According to SamMobile, who is generally extremely reliable with Samsung leaked information, Samsung is delaying the Android 4.2.2 update for both the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II, citing issues with the newer version of TouchWiz in a tweet tonight. Granted, Samsung has some newer, less powerful devices rolling out with Android 4.2.2 on board, so whatever problem they’re having will definitely be fixed sooner rather than later, so I think we can still expect a timeline for the update within a few months. Getting the update to the phones through the carriers is another story, but at least Samsung will have done their part.

source: Twitter

Samsung Galaxy Note III prototype officially outed!

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The world pretty much knows it’s only a matter of time before we see the Galaxy Note III, but we at least have an idea of how the new iteration of the device will look like, thanks to a recent leak obtained by the fine folks at SamMobile. While the device shares some slight similarities with other larger Sammy devices, it is more likely that this device is a prototype of Sammy’s new reference design strategy thanks to a couple of things that stand out. The first item to point are the unique corners— while not exactly appealing, they are slightly rounded and give a good hint of what we can expect to come. The next few items are the ones that are almost a dead giveaway of a Galaxy Note III unit: the bezel is not only thin, but it also helps to ensure the stunning 5.99-inch Full HD display is in full view.

Of course this could just be yet another mystery device that may have been inadvertently leaked, but fortunately we won’t need to wait very long as IFA 2013 is right around the corner.

source: SamMobile

Samsung makes the entry-level Galaxy Ace 3 official

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The leaks can stop because the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 is now official. Just like it’s predecessors, it’s a budget phone. Translation: This would be a pretty hot phone if it were 2010.

The Ace 3 has a 4-inch WVGA (800 x 480) display, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, microSD slot, 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera, optional Dual SIM, and Android 4.2.2. No word on availability or pricing, but Samsung did say they will offer 3G and LTE versions. Hit the break for the presser and full specs.

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Samsung currently working on an even larger Galaxy Note, thinks 12.2 will be the sweet spot for consumers

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As Samsung continues to push the envelope with its popular Galaxy Note family of devices, is it possible that we may see an even larger edition of the S Pen-wielding toy? It sure seems to be the case as the latest rumors out there indicate a 12.2-inch device is on the way for release somewhere around Q3 of this year. According to ET News, the tentatively titled Galaxy Note 12.2 will not only be larger in design, but will include some high-end specs including a stunning display with a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution— the same one that’s found in the Nexus 10 tablet. In addition, rumor has it that the display will be manufactured by Sharp in some of the batches and will feature IGZO display technology.

Unfortunately, that’s all the deets that we have for now, but we’ll be sure to give you guys any new info we may stumble upon.

source: ET News

Galaxy S 4 with Snapdragon 800 SoC appears in Antutu benchmark

snapdragon_800_s4A Samsung Galaxy S 4 with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC made an appearance in a recent Antutu benchmark test. Rumors have been flying that this was a possibility, but this is the first real evidence we’ve seen to support the rumors. The supposed device, the SHV-E330S, is supposed to arrive in South Korea later this year. According to the report, the phone will also come with LTE-Advanced support and a 2.3 GHz processort.

The Antutu score of 24179 doesn’t appear to be even close to a Snapdragon 800 device, heck even the current Galaxy S4 scores better, but the spotted score is probably from an early prototype.  If you’re excited for this phone, hopefully you live in South Korea, because the SHV-E330S will only be available in the South Korean market.

Source: RBMEN
via: Android Authority

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Zoom product photo appears, device set for June 20 launch

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The Galaxy S 4 Zoom is set to launch at Samsung’s event in London on June 20 and a photo of the device recently appeared, seen above. The new phone packs a 4.3-inch qHD sAMOLED display, a 1.6GHz dual-core processor, a 16MP camera sensor with optical zoom, 8GB of internal memory (expandable via microSD up to 64GB), Bluetooth 4.0 LE Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, and A-GPS. The Zoom runs on Samsung’s Touch-Wiz Nature UX interface and ships with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Source: SamMobile

Samsung Galaxy Mega hits Bluetooth SIG, headed to AT&T

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Samsung’s humongous new phablet, the 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega, has shown up at the Bluetooth SIG on its way to what appears to be AT&T’s network, likely alongside the S 4 Activ. AT&T is keeping their lips sealed, but it shouldn’t be too much longer before they make some kind of announcement.

This is the 6.3 inch Galaxy Mega features a 6.3-inch 720p (1280 x 720) LCD display, a 1.7GHz dual-core CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, 8 MP rear camera, and a nice 3,200 mAh battery. It’s not a top-end device like the Galaxy S 4, but if you’re looking for something a little more budget friendly with a huge screen, keep an eye out for this device.

source: Bluetooth SIG

via: Unwired View