Sprint to begin selling the budget-friendly Galaxy Grand Prime on July 10th

samsung_galaxy_grand_prime_ve_blackSprint will soon add Samsung’s affordable Galaxy Grand Prime to their smartphone lineup on July 10th. The device will be available for $240, which you can purchase without a contract, with 24 $10 monthly payments with Sprint EasyPay, or for $29.99 on a two-year contract after a $50 rebate. Not bad pricing.

The Galaxy Grand Prime sports a 5-inch screen with a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. It ships with Android 5.1 and several of Samsung’s more popular software additions, including Ultra Power Saving Mode and still has a microSD card. Read more

Galaxy Note 5 probably won’t be equipped with a microSD card slot

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_4_Back_Cover_Removed_TAHopefully you weren’t holding out for Samsung to change course on their lack of a microSD card in flagship devices. The Galaxy S6 doesn’t have one, and it doesn’t look like the Note 5 will, either. According to a recent report from SamMobile, Samsung probably won’t be using expandable storage on the Note 5, in part due to the newer technology that they’re using for internal storage.

The Galaxy S6 uses UFS 2.0, which you might have heard about when the device was announced. UFS 2.0 is quite a bit faster than eMMC 5.0 storage that’s found in pretty much all other smartphones, even beating out some of the fastest SD cards on the market. One of the drawbacks to this faster tech, though, is that the memory controller that Samsung has to use can’t handle both internal storage and an SD card. It’s pretty clear that Samsung thinks that the faster speed of UFS 2.0 and better performance is a worthwhile trade-off. Read more

Samsung starts rolling out the Android 5.1.1 update for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in the UK

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Samsung has finally started rolling out the long-awaited Android 5.1.1 update to all unlocked variants of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge located in the UK. As for as added functionality goes, this upgrade transports the latest build of the Android operating system to the handset, in addition to a truckload of bug fixes and stability improvements.

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[Deal] Samsung offering $200 rebate on Galaxy Note 4 through July 26th

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_4_Back_Galaxy_Note_4_Logo_TAThe Galaxy Note 5 might be close to launching, but that doesn’t mean the Note 4 isn’t still a fantastic phone, especially if you can pick one up at a discounted price. Samsung is pushing a new promotion for July that will offer potential Note 4 buyers a $200 rebate for purchasing the phone through select retailers, which is a pretty substantial discount on a phone that’s still one of the best on the market. Read more

Samsung earnings miss target as Galaxy S6 sales fall off

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Yesterday analysts were still expressing some limited optimism regarding Samsung’s financial performance for the year. Park Jung-hoon with HDC Asset Management noted that as long as the earnings number did not start with a “6” then there would not be any shock for investors. Today Samsung released their guidance for the second quarter and it turns the projections are a bit shocking as operating profit is projected to be 6.9 trillion won ($6.1 billion USD). This level represents a 4 percent annual decline and is the seventh consecutive quarter of declines for Samsung. Perhaps the worst part for Samsung is that the trouble is being attributed to their mobile business despite Samsung being the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world in terms of shipments. Read more

Investors temper Samsung recovery expectations

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Samsung managed to get a lot of its financial mojo back earlier this year after the successful launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. The new flagship devices helped set the stage for a turnaround by Samsung after 2014’s relatively dismal performance. Although the Galaxy S6 was greeted with strong reviews and strong sales numbers initially, investors are starting to pull back a little bit on expectations for the rest of the year. Samsung is expected to announce preliminary numbers for the second quarter and guidance for the rest of the year on Tuesday. Read more

LG G4 bests Samsung, Apple in latest Consumer Reports’ testing

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With both the LG G2 and LG G3, Samsung and Apple have increasingly had to deal with a smartphone competitor that more and more consumers are taking a look at and opting to buy. Although LG may not be meeting internal sales expectations with the LG G4, the phone is still a hit and attracting a lot of attention from buyers. That interest may increase after a recent report from Consumer Reports that ranked the LG G4 ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Apple iPhone 6 on performance testing. Read more

Leaked video shows full 3D render of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_4_Front_Home_Capacitive_Buttons_TAA new video has leaked showing a full 3D rendering of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 5. The video details quite a few things about the design of the company’s flagship phablet and really shows just how much inspiration from the Galaxy S6 has bled over into the Note line.

The rear camera of the device has picked up the squared-off shape from the S6, and the heart rate monitor has moved to the side of the camera, too. It looks like a full unibody design, just like the S6, which also probably means there won’t be an SD card on board here either. The sides of the devices show a single SIM tray, so unless that tray ends up being big enough to hold both the SIM card and an SD card, it’s a pretty clear indicator Samsung won’t be bringing back expandable storage. Read more