Samsung Galaxy S 5 Zoom benchmarks leak, a 20.2MP camera is ready for showtime

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Just yesterday, we got a look at the back of the Galaxy S 5 Zoom. And today we (sort of) have a look at the inside of Samsung’s camera variant for the Galaxy S 5. The people of SamMobile were able to obtain the device’s AnTuTu benchmarks as well as additional information. In doing so, they found out some more specifications for the GS5 Zoom, model number SM-C115. The focus is the camera so we will start there. On the back is a 20.2MP sensor and on the front is one with 2.1MP. It does have optical image stabilization (OIS) technology and 10x optical zoom. To make sure you do not run low on storage, Samsung has included a microSD card slot.

The display is 4.8 inches and SuperAMOLED HD technology with a 1280×720 resolution. Under the hood is Samsung’s Exynos 5 processor that has six cores with big.LITTLE HMP technology from ARM. And right out of the box, Samsung is giving the Galaxy S 5 Zoom the latest version of Android, 4.4.2 KitKat. The bump to Android 4.4.3 will likely come in over the summer.

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Pre-order the Galaxy S 5 at Verizon Wireless now and get another phone for free

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Verizon finally started pre-orders for the Galaxy S 5. If you’re buying on contract, you will pay $249 and you will get a $50 mail-in-rebate, which is a Visa Debit card. The other plus to buying on contract is they are running a Buy One Get One free deal, which means your total cost for two phones is $199. What’s also interesting is that if you want an HTC One (M8) or a Samsung ATIV SE for your free phone, they give you that option as well.

For those of you buying off contract, your price is $599, and of course, there is no BOGO deal with that option.

Verizon is only offering the 16GB version, which will only yield about 9GB of usable storage. The good news is that you can increase your storage (up to an aditional 128GB) with the microSD slot. You will have your choice of Black or White.

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Samsung’s ChatOn gets updated with larger file transfers, message deletion, and location sharing

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Samsung’s messaging app, ChatOn, is getting a pretty large update today with a few new features. One of the most prominent features is the addition of the ability to delete a message after it has been sent, even if the recipient has already read it. This is a nice privacy feature, but it can also be useful if you accidentally text a wrong number, too.

That’s not the only feature new to ChatOn, though. The service will now allow file transfers up to 1 GB in size (up to 5 times a day), enhanced location sharing with contacts thanks to Glympse integration, group chats that can hold up to 1000 participants, and some translation improvements.

Keep an eye out for the update on your Samsung devices.

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Samsung Galaxy S 5 makes payment using fingerprint a reality

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The Samsung Galaxy S 5 will be hitting consumers’ hands next week and when they do, buyers can go through a setup process to register their fingerprints using a fingerprint reader built into the device. In an example of competition pushing things along, where Apple was content to use fingerprints to unlock an iPhone 5 or pay for iTunes purchases, Samsung is making the use of fingerprints more widespread.

With the help of PayPal, Samsung includes a new protocol on the Galaxy S 5 from the FIDO Alliance. This new protocol was designed so that fingerprint records stay on the device instead of being uploaded to central servers where they could be accessed.  Instead, the new protocol combines the fingerprint data with information from a device’s cryptographic chip to create a new key. When a user wants to make a payment via a web site or service that accepts PayPal, instead of logging in, the user can just swipe their fingerprint. » Read the rest

Leaked image claims to be the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Zoom

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One of the variants of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 that is making its way to market sometime this year is the “Zoom” version. Like the Galaxy S 4 Zoom, the Galaxy S 5 Zoom is targeted at buyers who are interested in a better camera and don’t mind having a big lens taking up much of the back of the device to get it. We’ve already seen some specs leak indicating the camera will be a 20MP unit. Now an image has leaked allegedly showing the back of the device. Like other recent Samsung devices, this unit appears to come with the same faux leather back.

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[Video] Galaxy S 5 trumps S 4 in drop test

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S5S4Everyone has that moment. They’re sitting there and go to pull their phone out of their pocket, only to not grab it the way they should have and have it drop out of their pocket and hit the ground. That cringe worthy moment is enough to make anyone’s heart sink as that device worth anywhere from $400 – 700 falls in slow motion to the floor. While most phones end up surviving a drop or two, sometimes they don’t.

Of course when you’re looking at buying a new phone, one of the specs that never gets mentioned is how well it will survive a drop. That’s why we have the Internet and people who do nothing more than show us what to expect should we drop that expensive new device. This time around, we have a drop test video pitting the new Galaxy S 5 against last year’s Galaxy S 4.

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Samsung smartphone with QHD (2560 x 1440) display is definitely in the pipeline

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We have heard rumor after rumor that Samsung will release a “Prime” or premium version of the Galaxy S 5 with a QHD (2560 x 1440) display, but nothing was mentioned during February’s Unpacked Event. JK Shin denied the existence of a premium Galaxy S 5, but we know Samsung is up to something.

A new Samsung device just showed up on GFXBench with the model SM-G906S that just so happens to sport a QHD (2560 x 1440) display. Yes, that is very similar to the Galaxy S 5 model number of SM-G900. What’s interesting about this is the fact that a couple of the graphics benchmarks come out lower than the Galaxy S 5. Of course, this is most likely a prototype, so the numbers really aren’t that important.

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Samsung gets another hit with Ortiz selfie with Obama

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Samsung appears to have once again struck it out of the ballpark so to speak with a pseudo-organic tweet similar to the Ellen DeGeneres selfie taken during the Oscars. This time the celebrity was David Ortiz who was visiting the White House with the Boston Red Sox. During the visit, Ortiz captured a selfie of himself with President Obama. Samsung helped promote the image via Twitter, sending it out to their 5.2 million followers. » Read the rest

Trial reveals Apple’s marketing chief riled up over Samsung ads

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As the Apple v. Samsung trial starts to move along since starting earlier this week, we may be treated to some interesting bits of information about how the two companies viewed each other and how that guided their strategy. As part of his opening statements on behalf of Samsung, attorney John Quinn  indicated that,

“We will show you internal Apple documents, documents that haven’t been made public before, and showed how Apple was really concerned about competition from Android, and in particular Samsung…This new, edgy marketing strategy…it drove Apple crazy.” » Read the rest

Manual for Samsung Galaxy S 5 ready for download

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The Samsung Galaxy S 5 is ready to start jumping in consumers’ hands starting next week. Some of those buyers will no doubt want to learn all they can about how to use their new smartphone, especially some features like the S Health app, the Download Booster, or the Ultra Power Saving Mode, before they get the device so they can hit the ground running. If you happen to be one of those people, you are in luck as the manual for the Galaxy S 5 is available for download from the Samsung web site. Even if you are not planning to buy a Galaxy S 5, the manual may be worth a quick scan just to get an idea of what features Samsung is rolling out and how they operate.

Hit the source link below to grab the PDF of the Galaxy S 5 manual.

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