Price points for upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab devices leak

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Sources are reporting they have obtained pricing details about several Samsung tablet devices that should be hitting the market sometime this summer. It has been a year since Samsung released their Galaxy Tab S, the last major upgrade for the company’s high-end tablets. Samsung has several variants of a successor line of tablets, Galaxy Tab S2 devices, in the works along with an entry level Galaxy Tab E. This is the first word we have seen regarding pricing for the devices. Read more

Samsung starts pushing out Lollipop update for the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 Wi-Fi

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If you’re the owner of a Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 Wi-Fi (SM-T330) and reside in the United States, you may want to listen up, as Samsung has just started rolling out the long-awaited Android 5.1.1 update to the slate. In terms of added functionally, the upgrade brings the latest build of Lollipop to the device, in addition to a redesigned user interface, better notifications and performance improvements.

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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