New Samsung Galaxy S 5 commercial touts meaningful innovation

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Samsung already ran a Galaxy S 5 teaser spot during the Academy Awards, but with the global launch just two days away, they just released their second commercial.

Those of you looking for Apple bashing will be disappointed though. This one is just a simple spot showing closeups of the phone along with some key specs including a heart rate monitor and a state-of-the-art camera.

Is this the beginning of meaningful innovation? Samsung seems to think so. I guess the consumers will decide starting this Friday. For now, hit the break for the quick 30 second spot.

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Samsung Gear 2 teardown reveals Exynos processor

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We already had a chance to see a teardown of the Galaxy S 5, so now we turn our attention to the Gear 2. Famous for complete teardowns, iFixit did just that. Samsung never mentioned what processor was powering the Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo, but thanks to this teardown, we now know it’s a dual-core 1GHz Exynos 3250.

iFixit also gave a repairability score of 8 out of 10, which isn’t too bad. They found that the watch band is “super easy to remove,” and the screws, clips, and spring contacts make the device easy to open. The battery can easily be removed and replaced. However, on the downside, the display assembly is a little difficult to deal with, not to mention costly. If you want to know more about the guts of the Gear 2, then hit the first source link below.

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Sony uses liquid heat-pipe cooling technology in Xperia Z2 and could be the reason for delays

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According to a new report by DigiTimes, Sony is the second manufacturer to use the liquid heat-pipe cooling technology in a smartphone, mainly the recently announced Xperia Z2.

The first company to adopt this technology was the Japanese vendor, NEC, which used heat-pipes in its 4.7-inch Media X06E announced back in 2013. Since then, Samsung and Lenovo were in contact with Taiwan-based thermal module makers to adopt thin heat pipes technology to be used for their products, though both opted not to use them for the time being. » Read the rest

Samsung Gear Fit updated, adding vertical display orientation option

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The Samsung Gear Fit was released only a few months ago, and many people consider it one of the best looking fitness bands available. Despite this, many people were frustrated that the device could only display information horizontally. Today, however, we found out that all that will soon change.

Essentially, the Gear Fit will now be abel to also display information vertically. The new feature was discovered and confirmed in an official Samsung store in South Korea. We still don’t know when the feature will be rolled out to the masses, but it will likely be soon after the device is released to the public on April 11.

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Samsung sues Korean news site over negative press

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According to a report from Korean news site Media Today, Samsung has filed a 300 million won ($285,000 USD) complaint against the Electronic Times regarding reporting on the camera in the Samsung Galaxy S 5. It appears Samsung took the unusual move of skipping a step that involves a press arbitration board in Korea and has gone straight to filing a lawsuit seeking damages. » Read the rest

New video tests waterproof qualities of Samsung Galaxy S 5

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We’ve seen a video come out earlier showing how well a Samsung Galaxy S 5 can survive drops and being run over by a Tesla Model S. A new video released by TechSmartt tests the waterproof capabilities of the Galaxy S 5. Samsung is releasing this model with IP67 rating for water resistance. This means the smartphone should be able to survive being submerged in water 1 meter deep for at least 30 minutes.

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Samsung expects a declining operating profit for second consecutive quarter

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Despite the launch of its Galaxy S 5 smartphone being just days away, Samsung is forecasting a declining operating profit for the second consecutive quarter. By no means, though, is Samsung doing financially poor. It is just a sign that the company should move its focus to other areas aside from smartphones and a crowded field of tablets that are wildly overpriced. The estimate for the operating profit this quarter, the first of 2014, is $7.8 billion to $8 billion. A hindrance for Samsung may have been the issues releasing the device in South Korea due to carrier punishments, although one carrier jumped the gun regardless.

Later this month, Samsung will reveal its final earnings. That should be the true indicator for Samsung’s quarterly performance.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Samsung releases another budget device, the Galaxy Ace Style is official

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The race to the bottom in the smartphone industry never ends. Samsung has announced a brand new budget device running Android 4.4 KitKat. The Galaxy Ace Style, model number SM-G310HN, runs the latest version of Android with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface on a 4-inch WVGA display. On the back is a 5MP camera and the front features one with 0.3MP. Both dual-SIM and single-SIM variants will be available. Yes, this is the same device that leaked recently.

Do not expect to see the Galaxy Ace Style in the United States. This little guy is heading to European countries for 200 to 300 euros (or $275 to $412 in the U.S.).

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Three unannounced Samsung smartphones have been shipped to India, we await what they are

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This is just a little mysterious. Three smartphones that Samsung has yet to announce have been spotted on a shipment heading to India for testing. The model numbers for the three devices are SM-C115L, SM-350F, and SM-Z9005. The first is likely the Galaxy S 5 Zoom as it matches the model number from the GS5 Zoom that leaked a few days ago. The second is believed to be a budget Windows Phone 8.1 device with a 800×540 resolution. Sorry, that ‘F’ does not belong to the premium Galaxy F device from earlier. And the third is a Tizen-powered smartphone that Samsung is readying.

It is very likely that only one of them, the Galaxy S 5 Zoom, makes it to the United States. There is a chance that the WP8.1 device does, but Samsung seems to only release one here. And the Tizen-powered device will never make it this way. So cross your fingers if you were expecting something new from Samsung in the United States.

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Target will sell the Samsung Galaxy S 5 for $100 when you trade in your old device

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Not able to take advantage of Verizon’s BOGO offer for the Samsung Galaxy S 5? Target is running a deal of their own. If you bring a qualifying device in for a trade, Target will sell you Samsung’s new flagship smartphone for just $100 with a new two-year contract. The carriers eligible with Target’s deal are Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint.

The deal runs from April 11 through April 19, so check the source link below to see if your current device is eligible for a trade in. The whole process can be done online or in a Target store.

Source: Target