Race to 10M sales faster than Galaxy S3 by almost three weeks
Samsung is expecting to hit the 10 million sales milestone for its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, in the next week. If reached, Samsung co-CEO Shin Jong-kyun believes it would become the fastest selling smartphone in the company's history, beating its predecessor to the very same sales barrier by almost three weeks.
Televised investigation forces Samsung to work on space issue
Samsung is working on reducing the amount of internal storage in the Galaxy S4 that is taken up by the operating system. After a number of customer complaints and an investigation from the BBC consumer affairs show Watchdog, the company will try to shrink the room its TouchWiz implementation and other items it has added to the base Android installation.
Device will be unlocked, use unlocked bootloader, receive timely updates
Google has unveiled that a version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 with a stock installation of Android will be available to purchase, confirming an earlier rumor. The smartphone will be fully unlocked from purchase, will use an unlocked bootloader, and will apparently receive quicker software updates compared to the version of Android provided by Samsung.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini could feature two A15 cores, two A7 cores
The forthcoming, but yet to be announced, Samsung 4.3-inch Galaxy S4 Mini could incorporate a dual-core implementation of ARM’s big-LITTLE architecture, or 2+2 configuration. The larger 5-inch Galaxy S4 is available with an Exynos 5 Octa chip in some markets, which incorporates four high-powered ARM Cortex-A15 cores coupled to four power efficient Cortex-A7 cores. Benchmarks of the Galaxy S4 Mini have appeared confirming an Exynos 5-series dual-core chip, which at the very least, will incorporate two Cortex-A15 cores.
Images show slight size difference between full-size Galaxy S4 and Mini
The Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available in an extra shade of blue, according to a Japanese carrier's promotional material. The images from DoCoMo arrive at the same time as other photographs that claim to show the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, something which has been suggested as launching at some point this month.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom camera phone inbound
Samsung has submitted a Galaxy S4 Zoom to the Bluetooth SIG group for Bluetooth 4.0 certification. The device is set to join the fresh battle for the rejuvenated camera phone segment with a 10x optical zoom built-in for users looking for better camera shots as their first priority in a smartphone. Listed on the Bluetooth SIG site as a “Samsung Mobile Phone” the device also carries the model designation SM-C101.
Samsung Galaxy Core aimed at mid-range segment
Samsung has launched the Galaxy Core, a new mid-range smartphone that is also available in a dual-SIM variant. The new device continues with Samsung’s current Galaxy styling with rounded corners and an arched back, while also retaining the plastic body. It also carries Samsung’s S-Voice and Smart Stay function that allows tracks a user’s eyes recognizing when to keep the display on or turn it off.
Galaxy Tab 3 boosts processor, storage, may be budget tablet
Samsung has unveiled an update to one of its successful lines of tablets, though it appears to be a mild upgrade rather than a complete product overhaul. The Galaxy Tab 3 houses an upgraded dual-core 1.2GHz processor, up from the 1GHz version used in the Galaxy Tab 2, along with options for 16GB of internal storage with extra microSD expansion.
Reviews complain about build-quality, feature failures
The Samsung Galaxy S4 has seen mostly positive comments from technology publications, in reviews published today. The general tone across the board seems to be that the new Samsung flagship device is a nice step-up from its predecessor, the Galaxy S III, consumers will be forced to choose between the extra features the S4 provides with the design of the similar-in-specification HTC One.
New features for Galaxy flagship
Samsung's first batch of Galaxy S 4 smartphones is set to arrive at US carriers this week. Electronista checked out the flagship Android phone at the company's New York launch event, when the software bugs were still being worked out, but now we've taken a closer look at the production model that will be headed to Sprint on April 27.
Sprint promises discount for new customers
Several carriers have announced release dates for Samsung's Galaxy S 4, which will land at T-Mobile on April 24 before arriving at Sprint on April 27. Sprint has chosen $250 as the standard subsidized price for the Android flagship, though a $100 instant credit is offered for new customers who switch from another carrier. Keeping to its new "un-carrier" branding, T-Mobile is advertising $150 as its up-front cost ahead of monthly device payments.
Training document shows Staples opening pre-orders tomorrow
The Samsung Galaxy S4 may hit retail stores in the US late next week, according to a leaked document from Staples. An in-store training sheet shows the smartphone reaching AT&T well before T-Mobile and Verizon, based on “tentative launch dates,” as well as details concerning Staple's handling of handset pre-orders.
S Pen-enabled tablet loses 3G, 4G access in initial release
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 will go on sale in the United States on April 11th. The eight-inch tablet, bridging the gap between the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II and the larger Note 10.1, reaches US shores only a few days after it had a limited early release in London, though it does not have any cellular data capability.
Galaxy S4 to cost $250, on two-year AT&T contract
The Samsung Galaxy S4 will be able to be pre-ordered in the US in the near future, and is already available for pre-order in the UK. AT&T managed to be the first carrier to announce when the smartphone will go on sale in the United States, while on the other side of the Atlantic, most carriers in the United Kingdom have started accepting orders for the 4.99-inch mobile device.
Four cores clocked at faster speed than 'octo-core' version
Chip manufacturer Qualcomm confirmed on Friday that the US version of the recently announced Galaxy S 4 smartphone will come with a 1.9Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, rather than the "octo-core" 8/4 processor Exynos 5 chip used in the international versions. The move is similar to the situation with the Galaxy S III, which in the US is a dual-core processor, with a quad-core model internationally.
Revamped Android flagship
Samsung yesterday formally unveiled the Galaxy S 4 handset at a spectacular Radio City Music Hall launch event, which attracted enough people to completely fill the sidewalks around the entire block. Although the festivities were certainly impressive, we spent some time with the new smartphone to see if it lives up to the hype.
The Galaxy S 4 is a technical marvel, but I won't be switching from the iPhone 5
So the Samsung Galaxy S 4 has finally launched with nearly all the major leaks and rumors about the device proving true. There can be no question that Samsung has put everything it could possibly fit into its extra-large ‘Galaxy S IIIS’ as some are referring to it, because it looks much the same as the Galaxy S III. However, as much tech as Samsung has packed into its new flagship, it simply doesn’t tempt me to switch from my iPhone 5.
Galaxy S 4 has five-inch AMOLED display, launching in April
Samsung has officially revealed the Galaxy S 4 at its press event at the New York Radio City Music Hall. Bearing a striking resemblance to its predecessor, the Galaxy S III, the S 4 has a five-inch, full HD, AMOLED touchscreen with a 441ppi pixel density. Weighing 130g (4.5 ounces) thanks to its polycarbonate shell, it measures 7.9mm (0.3 inches) thick, and appears to have all of the features shown in recent leaks.
Floating touch controls used to navigate smartphone
Features of a phone said to be the Samsung Galaxy S 4 have been demonstrated in new videos, made by the same source as other recent leaks. The clips, uploaded to YouTube hours before Samsung takes to the stage in its New York-based launch event, seem to show off its floating touch controls and SmartPause, as well as a general look at its web browsing experience.
LG takes a stab at Samsung ahead of Galaxy S4 launch
LG has ambushed the high profile Samsung Galaxy S4 launch in Times Square with a cheeky billboard that parodies the Samsung teaser. The LG billboard, which is placed directly above the Samsung billboard, proclaims that the ‘LG Optimus G is here 4 you now.’ It recalls similar parodies that Samsung has visited upon Apple with its own advertising campaigns, although in this instance, Samsung finds itself on the receiving end.
Video shows similar design ideas to Galaxy S III
A video claiming to show the Samsung Galaxy S 4 has appeared online. The YouTube clip comes from the same Chinese forum, 52 Samsung, as the photographs and device specifications revealed yesterday, and in theory shows off in video form what Samsung is likely to be demonstrating at its launch event on Thursday.
Samsung Galaxy S4 to pack 5-inch 1080p display, Exynos 5 Octa CPU
A Chinese market variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4 appears to have been revealed in afull photo leak courtesy of Chinese forum 52 Samsung. The device pictured aligns with rumors and adheres closely to the design language of the current Galaxy S III, which might disappoint some users if it is not in disguise. In addition to centering on a new 5-inch 1080p display, the Galaxy S4 has also been confirmed to be running Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa, an eight-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz.
Samsung rumored adding 'eye scrolling' to Galaxy S4
The highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S4 could feature ‘eye scrolling,’ reports The New York Times. According to the Times source, the Galaxy S4 will track a user’s eye movements when scrolling a website. As a user reaches the bottom of the page, the device will automatically scroll further down the page, without requiring the user to swipe with their finger as they do now.
Samsung Galaxy Note, Sony headphones, more
This week, JR.com has reduced the price on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1-inch capacitive touch tablet, which carries a normal list price of $650 -- now cut by $151 to $499. That makes this the lowest price we have seen on this tablet by $23, and may suggest that retailers are starting to clear out this model for a newer version. This tablet features a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage space, along with a microSD card slot for additional storage, a 5MP rear-facing camera, 1.9MP front-facing camera, GPS, integrated speakers and microphone. A one-year warranty is included from Samsung.
More rumors ahead of March 14th reveal in New York
New rumors suggest that Samsung will be releasing a large number of variants of its Galaxy S IV. A choice of colors as well as a range of different capacities will apparently be available at launch, and joins previous rumors suggesting it will have a 4.99-inch HD SoLux display and use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor running at 1.9GHz.
Samsung Galaxy S4 set for March 14 reveal at Times Square
In line with expectations, Samsung has issued an official teaser promoting its next-generation Galaxy S4 smartphone. Proclaiming “Be Ready 4 The Next Galaxy,” the ad promotes Samsung Unpacked 2013 Episode 1, which is set to take place at Times Square, New York. The teaser also invites those unable to make to the launch event to watch a live stream on March 14, 7pm.
Midsize tablet focuses on S Pen functionality
Samsung has introduced a new tablet, the Galaxy Note 8.0, that adds yet another display size to the company's tablet offerings. As part of the Note family, the eight-inch device bridges the gap between the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II and the full-size 10.1-inch tablet, though it appears to serve primarily as a successor to the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and the company's direct competitor to the iPad mini.
Smaller device could follow Galaxy S III Mini format
Samsung could be releasing a Galaxy S IV Mini in May, shortly after the Galaxy S IV itself, if rumors are to be believed. The smaller version of the expected Galaxy S IV is said to be released at some point in May, and though light on details relating to specifications, it should follow a similar pattern to the Mini variant of the Galaxy S III.
Samsung set to join the smartwatch trend
Screenshots purported to be from a forthcoming smartwatch from Samsung have emerged on a Korean messageboard. Spotted by Slashgear, the Samsung Galaxy Altius looks as though it will give users quick access to date and time, music playback controls, and email notifications. If accurate, the leak suggests that Samsung, like Apple, could well into the development of the next generation of wearable smart devices.
Unpacked event unveiling to be held at undisclosed location
Samsung is to announce the Galaxy S IV on March 15, according to a new rumor providing seemingly more accurate information. The electronic giant will apparently unveil the follow-up to the Galaxy S III at one of its Unpacked events, the location of which is currently unknown. The report goes on to claim that Samsung will be putting the smartphone on sale in early April.
Galaxy Xcover 2 keeps IP67 water resistance, dust-proofing
Samsung is updating its Galaxy Xcover ruggedized smartphone with an improved specifications list. The Galaxy Xcover 2 has a 4-inch 800x480-resolution display, slightly larger than its predecessor, but it retains the similar protective construction that allowed the Xcover to operate in outdoor environments without too much trouble.
Eight-inch tablet to directly compete with iPad mini
Samsung vice president JK Shin has revealed the electronics giant will be unveiling a new version of the Galaxy Note at Mobile World Congress next month. The Galaxy Note 8.0 with an 8-inch display will apparently retain many of the Galaxy Note 10.1's features, and is expected to be a direct competitor with the iPad mini.
Samsung moves into top gear crossing the 100 million Galaxy S sales
Samsung has announced that it passed the 100 million sales milestone for its Galaxy S smartphones. The South Korean technology giant said that it achieved the milestone just two years and seven months following the launch of the original Galaxy S in May 2010. Of the three models sold so far, the 4.8-inch Galaxy S III is the fastest selling model to date selling 40 million units in just 7 months.
Jelly Bean smartphone has half internal storage of original
Samsung has revealed a new version of its Galaxy S II, which makes a few changes to the handset's design and specifications. The previously-rumored Galaxy S II Plus retains the 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen and 1.2GHz dual-core processor, but also adds in a small number of features found on others in the Galaxy range, including the nature-inspired user interface found in the Galaxy S III.
Rendered press image suggests move to software buttons
An image claimed to be the face of the rumored Samsung Galaxy S IV has appeared online. If confirmed to be true, the photograph shows Samsung as moving away from its physical home and navigational buttons, as used in the high-selling Galaxy S III, and instead shifting towards software-based versions. The thin bezel also suggests an edge-to-edge display similar to that of the Motorola Droid Razr M.
Galaxy Note to gain Multi Window support, Paper Artist app
Samsung has confirmed it will be putting Jelly Bean onto the original Galaxy Note, confirming a rumor leaked back in August. The news of the Android upgrade comes at the same time as that of the company's premium suite, which it previously confirmed would head to the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note 10.1.
Contextual features, camera app updates added to smartphone
Samsung has started rolling out its Premium Suite for the Galaxy S III in the United Kingdom. The update, which adds multi-window support and camera enhancements, among other changes, is being pushed out starting from today according to the company, though this could take up to a week to actually complete, depending on individual networks.
Samsung adds the Grand to the Galaxy line of smartphones
Samsung has taken the covers off the Galaxy Grand, the latest in its ever-expanding array of devices wearing the Galaxy brand. The new device continues the current design language seen in the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II. The Galaxy Grand also sits between the 4.8-inch Galaxy S III and the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II with a 5-inch display.
Dutch court bans sale of Samsung products over patent
Apple secured another victory in its worldwide patent struggle with rival Samsung today, with a Dutch court handing Apple a sales ban on Samsung's Galaxy products due to a patent covering a way to navigate images using a touchscreen. Under the ruling, Galaxy products running Android 2.2.1 or higher and not using Samsung's own proprietary photo gallery software will be subject to a sales ban. This is the second case Samsung has lost in the Netherlands over the same patent in two years.
Similar handset to Galaxy S III Mini revealed with improved processor
Samsung has quietly launched a new Ice Cream Sandwich-based smartphone in the US. The Galaxy Axiom, a four-inch Android 4.0 handset with 4G LTE connectivity has appeared on the US Cellular website with little fanfare, and seems to share a similar style and specifications list to the previously-announced Galaxy S III Mini.
Android 4.1-powered, 4G-enabled camera lands Friday
Samsung's Android-powered, 4G-enabled Galaxy Note Camera will debut on AT&T's network at the end of this week, AT&T announced today. The carrier will be selling the Galaxy Camera for $500, and AT&T customers will have access to up to $100 off the purchase of a second Galaxy handset or other Samsung connected device for a limited time when purchasing the Galaxy Camera. That offer will require the activation of a two-year contract with a qualifying voice and data plan.
Galaxy Note II at AT&T on November 9 for $300, Galaxy Note will stay, cost $200
AT&T revealed it will begin offering the Galaxy Note II smartphone on November 9 both online and in stores, priced at $300 on a two-year voice and data contract. A pre-order page will go live on Thursday, October 25, letting buyers reserve their 5.5-inch smartphone. The LTE-capable phone is slightly larger than the original, 5.3-inch Galaxy Note.
Note II will cost $300 on a two-year contract when it arrives on October 25
Sprint on Tuesday revealed the shipping date and pricing scheme for the LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Note II. The 5.5-inch Android smartphone will ship earlier than previously expected, arriving on October 25 at the carrier. The phone will cost $300 on a two-year contract to new customers and existing ones who are eligible for an upgrade.
Next quarter affected by Apple lawsuit, counter-marketing
Ahead of a late-October official announcement, Samsung Electronics is estimating a quarterly profit of $7.3 billion, marking the fourth straight record-breaking quarter. Samsung attributes strong sales of its Galaxy line of smartphones as the driving force behind the profits, offsetting reduced orders for processors and displays from Apple, both it's primary customer and rival.
Update sees pop-up play video changes, Google Now
Samsung has started its rollout of Jelly Bean onto the Galaxy S III. The Android update to 4.1.1 has been released in Poland, with the company adding that it will be "gradually introduced to other markets" in the near future. Today's release takes place well in advance of its earlier plans to release the mobile operating system changes in October.
Galaxy S Relay 4G coming to T-Mobile on September 19 for $150
T-Mobile just revealed it will sell the recently introduced Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G at its online and physical stores starting on September 19. The phone has a 4-inch touchscreen and a horizontally-sliding hardware QWERTY keyboard. It will ship with Android 4.0 onboard and is powered by a dual-core, 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor.
LG ordered 13MP camera for Optimus G, kept Samsung from it
Samsung had plans to equip the upcoming Galaxy Note II with a 13-megapixel camera instead of the eight-megapixel unit it will ship with. However, supplier Sony couldn't provide Samsung with the needed sensors because LG had placed an order for the same cameras for its own flagship handset, according to Korea's DDaily. Insiders say LG placed the order with Sony to equip its upcoming Optimus G handset, touted as the most advanced smartphone to date.
The Optimus G is expected to come to market sometime this month. It will be powered
North America makes up fifth of Samsung sales total
Samsung is claiming to have sold 20 million units of the Galaxy S III. The smartphone hit the milestone sales figure in 100 days, just 50 days after it broke the 10 million barrier. Despite a large number of pre-orders making up a significant portion of the 10 million milestone, the handset seems to continue selling at a fairly consistent rate.
Galaxy S III demand high, and climbing
A June survey from ChangeWave Research sees major momentum for the Samsung Galaxy S III, but also shows "unprecedented" pent-up demand for the next model of iPhone. The survey looked at current demand for the Galaxy S III versus advance demand for an Apple "iPhone 5" among 4,042 consumers, mostly living in the US.
Galaxy Reverb shows up on Twitter with 1.4GHz single-core Snapdragon
A new Samsung Galaxy-series handset, the Reverb SPH-M950, has shown up on Twitter. The Reverb seems to be a version of the Jasper that also leaked from the same source a few days earlier. While the two appear similar, they have some detail differences in terms of the rumored specs.