If recent leaks and rumors are anything to go by, Samsung is gearing up to take the wraps off its ‘A series‘ of Android-powered smartphones within the next 6 days, and the latest news suggests that all three handsets are set to feature LTE connectivity.
The rollout of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in the U.S. market continues with carriers announcing availability dates and pricing for the device on their network. The latest to join the ranks is T-Mobile as they have opened their system to take pre-orders with an indicated shipping date of October 17th. T-Mobile’s full retail price for the smartphone is $749.76. Alternatively, buyers can put no money down and pay for the device over 24 months for $31.24 per month if they have excellent credit. T-Mobile is the third carrier to announce details for the Galaxy Note 4 on their network following AT&T and Verizon.
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Yesterday reports surfaced indicating Samsung was planning to accelerate availability for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in response to the sales success Apple is experiencing with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+. The first step of this new plan is to release the Galaxy Note 4 to the Korean market starting this Friday, September 26th. New comments from Samsung President DJ Lee indicate the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge will not be subject to a similar acceleration of availability.
Lee’s comments actually indicate the Galaxy Note Edge is still seen by Samsung as a “limited edition concept” that may be seen as somewhere between a beta product and a full-fledged product for the company. The rollout of the Galaxy Note Edge will vary around the globe starting in late October and then following over several months. The comments from Lee seem to suggest that part of the rollout schedule may be determined by how sales of the Galaxy Note 4 go as well as what demand is like for the Galaxy Note Edge in the markets where it is available.
Since the product may only see limited production, the odds are not good for favorable pricing when the Galaxy Note Edge does eventually make it to a market.
People in Europe looking to purchase a Chromebook will be without one major manufacturer’s devices to choose from. Samsung is pulling out of the the laptop business in Europe and Chromebooks are included in the company’s definition of a laptop. They did clarify that this is strictly for Europe and other markets are not going to be affected.
With the introduction of tablets, laptop sales have taken a sizable hit. Many companies are figuring that the laptop business is just not worth staying in. Sony is a company that has left the business entirely. Its former VAIO brand is now a standalone company operating in solely Japan.
Source: TechAdvisor (PCAdvisor)
Does your smartwatch need to be charged? Is your phone ready to get involved? Samsung is going to let you use one to help the other with its new Power Sharing cable. To work, a Galaxy device is required on one end along with any micro USB compatible device. Right now, the listed devices compatible to send out a charge are the Galaxy S 5, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Tab S, and Galaxy Avant.
An app will be available in the Play Store and through Samsung to control the Power Sharing cable. Users can set a limit for how much charge they want their device to give up for the other. This app will monitor the charging process as well.
The Power Sharing cable costs $19 and is available directly through Samsung.
Samsung has already announced they were planning on speeding up the launch of the Note 4 in South Korea to try and create some momentum after Apple’s iPhone launch, and right now it’s looking like that was a smart move. Early reports say all three major wireless carriers have completely sold through their preorder stock of the Galaxy Note 4, which means there is some pretty strong demand for the device.
SK Telecom is the largest carrier in South Korea, and they cleared their stock in just 9 hours. KT and LG Uplus managed to sell out in three days. Since the preorder period was just from September 18th to the 25th, it’s apparent that customers jumped on the chance to get in line for their device.
Unfortunately for Samsung, it looks like their stocks are going to continue taking a beating. After Apple’s iPhone launch weekend, Samsung’s shares have fallen to a 2-year low, dropping down to about 1,161,000 won. On top of that, their profit estimates were cut from 5.7 trillion won down to 4.7 trillion won. Those are some pretty major setbacks, even for a company like Samsung.
Apple’s iPhone is part of the reason why Samsung is getting hit so hard, but other factors include other affordable smartphones from OEMs like Lenovo and Xiaomi. Samsung was the first to scoop up the bottom of the Android market, but other manufacturers are beating them at it now and Samsung can’t keep competing at the prices other devices are being sold at.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you heard several news stories about Apple’s iPhone 6 launch this past weekend. The Cupertino based company claims to have sold 10 million iPhones on launch weekend, and they very easily could have sold more if supply could meet demand. Regardless of what we think here, Apple is going to sell a ton of their new devices.
Of course, those record breaking sales haven’t gone unnoticed by other major players, especially Samsung. Samsung has announced that they will speed up the release of the Galaxy Note 4 to try and curb some of the momentum behind Apple’s iPhone, starting with an official announcement and unveiling of the Note 4 this Thursday in South Korea. The device will go on sale on the 26th, the day after the announcement ahead of its original October launch. As of right now, this only affects the launch date in South Korea, so we may not see anything happen quicker in other parts of the world, and it’s not clear if they’re speeding up the launch of the Note 4 Edge, either.
With the Samsung Galaxy Alpha poised to enter the U.S. market thanks to AT&T, Samsung has released an infographic about the device to help introduce consumers to this new segment of the Galaxy line of smartphones. Titled The Evolution of Galaxy Design, the infographic mainly focuses on three characteristics of the Galaxy Alpha.