Samsung SM-G739F phablet specs appear on benchmark site

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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.

Source: Phone Arena
Via: MySamsungphones

Carriers recommend Samsung devices more than Apple and its iPhone

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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.
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Samsung Galaxy Alpha specifications leak with just about nothing to hide

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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.
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USPTO nixes Apple patent, could benefit Samsung with trial damages

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The USPTO has issued a ruling on an Apple patent related to predictive text input declaring the patent invalid. The decision on US Patent No 8,074,172 centered on claim 18 of the patent which was defeated on the basis of prior art. The patent in question was one of two that a jury recently determined had been infringed upon by Samsung in a lawsuit brought by Apple.
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Samsung Gear Live receives same update as G watch

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The G Watch received an update to fix its charging pin corrosion issue this past week, but until now, the Samsung Gear Live received no such update due to there being no such problem. Nevertheless, the Samsung Gear Live is due to receive build number  KMV78Y OTA throughout the next few days. It’s not certain what exactly this minor update will bring since the Gear Live lacked the issues of the G Watch, but nevertheless, if you own a Samsung Gear Live, you’ll be receiving an update this week.

Source: XDA Developers

Samsung to announce Gear Solo at IFA 2014 next month

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A company can’t just announce one thing at an event, right? Right. Although Samsung is widely expected announce the Galaxy Note 4 on September 3, the company is reportedly going to debut another smartwatch. This one, though, will be very capable. Yonhap News is claiming that the Gear Solo will feature a SIM card slot that will allow it to place calls thanks to its own connection. Since Android Wear does not yet support SIM cards, the Gear Solo will presumably be backed by Tizen.

Source: Yonhap News Agency
Via: SamMobile

T-Mobile adds Device Unlock to Google Play

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Consistent with their goal of making things easier for customers, T-Mobile has developed an app that users can run to unlock their devices when their contract is up or to temporarily unlock the device when traveling abroad. The biggest downside at present is that only a few customers can actually use the Device Unlock app – those who have a Samsung Galaxy Avant. Still, it is good to see T-Mobile making this move.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with Snapdragon 805 supposedly confirmed

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With the official release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 bearing down on us at the beginning of September, information about the specs for Samsung’s latest flagship continue to surface. The latest comes from a ZDNet Korea source that says Samsung has definitely agreed to produce some versions of the Galaxy Note 4 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chip. This would be in addition to a version equipped with the Eynos 5433 processor that appears to be the more powerful of the two versions.

Samsung agreeing to produce two versions of a device, one with an in-house chip and one with a third-party sourced chip, is normal for the company. It is unclear whether Samsung had planned to follow their historical precedent all along though as the source indicates Qualcomm had to agree to a steep discount on the chips in order to get Samsung to agree to use them. Reports indicate this move has upset LG which is a big buyer of Qualcomm Snapdragon chips and think they should be able to get a similar discount.

source: SamMobile

Samsung, Barnes & Noble co-hosting event August 20 to launch Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

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The next few weeks will not contain just one Samsung event, but rather two of them. As just about everyone knows, the company will host a global event at multiple locations across the world presumably to launch the Galaxy Note 4. That is scheduled for September 3. Just before that, on August 20, Samsung will be co-hosting an event with Barnes & Noble.

What will be at this event? The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. The tablet will combine Samsung’s hardware with a good amount of Barnes & Noble’s Nook software. The event will rightfully take place at the bookseller’s Union Square location in New York City. When it was announced, the tablet was slated to arrive sometime in August. With an event taking place at a retail location, there is a very good chance that the tablet is made available on August 20 as well.

Source: CNET

Samsung Galaxy Alpha shows up at the FCC

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As we wait for Samsung to officially announce the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, their attempt at a metal-bodied smartphone, we have been treated to leaked images like those showing the device next to an iPhone or what the white version will look like. Now we have something a little more official in terms of the device moving to market, an entry in the FCC database. A version of the Galaxy Alpha going by model number SM-G850F received its FCC approval, so that is one more item marked off the checklist to bring a smartphone to market.

The model that was tested by the FCC does not appear to be one headed for North America. However, many anticipate some version of the Galaxy Alpha will make it to the U.S. market, possibly through AT&T or T-Mobile. Samsung is expected to make the official announcement next week on August 13th, so that may give us a better idea as to who may ultimately have access to this device.

source: FCC
via: phoneArena