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  1. Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is an upsized Note 10.1. It features a 12.2" Super Clear LCD of WQXGA resolution (2,560 x 1,600 pixels) with support for finger touch and the S Pen stylus. The tablet features the characteristic S Pen features, including the Pen Window multitasking option.A new Multi Window split-screen option is available allowing you to work with up to four apps simultaneously. The multitasking is powered by either a Snapdragon 800 chipset or an Exynos 5 Octa. The tablet runs Android 4.4 KitKat and has 3GB RAM. Samsung went further and enabled interconnectivity with your PC too – with RemotePC you can control your computer from the Note Pro 12.2 or control the tablet through the computer. If you use the tablet, the Universal BT Keyboard and the S Action Mouse will come in handy. Other accessories include the USB LAN hub and the Book Covers. The goodies don't stop here – you get Cisco WebEx Meetings for conferencing and Samsung e-Meetings for collaboration. The Ultimate User Content Gift Package, which Samsung values at $700, features pre-paid subscriptions for services and apps, including the Sketchbook Pro app, Dropbox and Bitcasa, Hancom Office, Evernote, other apps and a subscription for a number of news sites. The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 hardware is as expected – 3G for the Exynos model, Cat. 4 LTE for the Snapdragon model, 8MP camera with 1080p @ 60fps video capture (30fps for Exynos) and a bigger 9,500mAh battery. Storage is either 32GB or 64GB, but you get a microSD card slot too.Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro comes in three sizes – 12.2", 10.1" and 8.4". The flagship 12.2" model is almost identical to the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 tablet, with the only difference being the lack of the S Pen stylus. It has the same 12.2" WQXGA screen, same Snapdragon 800 or Exynos 5 Octa chipset with 3GB storage, Android 4.4 KitKat, 8MP camera with 1080p @ 60fps video capture, same 32GB/64GB storage with microSD card slot, even the same 9,500mAh battery.Better still, the 12.2" model will get the Ultimate User Content Gift Package too. The Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1" has a 10.1" Super Clear LCD with 2,560 x 1,600 resolution. It's smaller and lighter than the 12.2" obviously, but the only other differences in specs are 2GB RAM, 16/32GB storage (the microSD card slot is still available) and a slightly smaller battery (8,220mAh, same as Galaxy Note 10.1 2014). Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 The Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 keeps the high 2,560 x 1,600 resolution for its smaller Super Clear LCD screen. The chipset options were cut down, but luckily it was the Exynos 5 Octa chipset that was cut – the Snapdragon 800 with LTE connectivity is the better choice anyway. The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab Pro tablets will be available globally in the first three months of this year, but the company wasn’t any more specific. The prices of the various flagships are list below:Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4, Wi-Fi: €389 ($389?)Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4, LTE: €519 ($519?)Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 10.1, Wi-Fi: €479 ($479?)Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 LTE: €609 ($609?)Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 12.2, Wi-Fi: €649 ($649?)Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 12.2, LTE: €749 ($749)Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2, Wi-Fi: €749 ($749?)Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2, LTE: €849 ($849?) Source 1Source 2
  2. According to a report by Chinese website Tencent, Samsung has decided not to use a Super AMOLED HD display panel for its Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone. Traditionally, ever since the first Galaxy S smartphone, Samsung has always preferred its own AMOLED displays for its flagships. However, according to the report based on unconfirmed information, the Galaxy S5 will be an exception, as Samsung has chosen Sharp to provide a 5.25" 2K Ultra HD LTPS display panel. It's going to pack an exceptional pixel density of 560 pixels per inch. The reason behind Samsung's decision resides in one of its subsidiaries, which has run into production issues with the 2K Ultra HD AMOLED displays. As a result of them, the company can't keep up the production and won't be able to make enough of them to meet the expected Galaxy S5 demand. Choosing Sharp will also allow Samsung to free up its display factories for the upcoming flexible line-up of AMOLED displays, which it hopes will reach large market availability by 2015. Additionally, if Sharp really turns out to be the manufacturer of Galaxy S5's displays, this will be beneficial to Samsung, which owns 3% stake in the company back in March. The report confirms earlier evidence of the Galaxy S5's 2K UHD display, which popped up in a leaked benchmark of the device. Other rumors suggest the Galaxy S5 will be launched (or at least shown) as early as Q1 of next year, have a 16 MP snapper with the ISOCELL tech, perhaps without optical image stabilization and possibly with some elements resistance in tow. That is hard to take in all at once, we know. Source
  3. Thanks to @evleaks, we get to see a glimpse into the specs of the four slates plus an official render of the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4. According to the notorious tipster all four slates will feature WQXGA (2560x1600px) displays, 8MP rear and 2MP front snappers, and will run either on Snapdragon 800 chipset (for the LTE models) or Exynos 5 Octa (for the Wi-Fi/3G flavors). Android 4.4 KitKat with the latest TouchWiz UI will be in charge of operations on all Galaxy Pro devices. The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 will offer 3GB of RAM, 32/64GB internal storage and massive 9,500mAh batteries. The Note slate, naturally, will come with an integrated S-Pen and all compatible S-Pen apps and services. The smaller Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 and 8.4 pack 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB storage and 8,220mAh and 4,800mAh batteries respectively. All four Galaxy tablets will be announced at Samsung's CES press conference in a few hours. Source
  4. As revealed by an XML file on Samsung’s website, the Galaxy Note 3 Lite (model number: SM-N750) will feature a 720p resolution display and will run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The last report regarding the handset stated that Samsung would be looking to downgrade some of the components of the device, including the camera and the display, in order to reach a much lower price point. The Galaxy Note 3 Lite is set to be unveiled with a set of slimmed-down specs to bring down the price and offer a cheaper alternative to the full-fat Note 3. Previous reports have hinted at a 5.7-inch and a slightly smaller 5.49-inch version. The Galaxy Note 3 Lite is expected to be unveiled at the annual Mobile World Congress trade show next month. Source Source
  5. According to Korea’s inews24, Dong-hoon Chang today confirmed that Samsung would unveil its new Galaxy S5 high-end smartphone at MWC this February. Unfortunately, that’s all that the Samsung exec allegedly said. The Korean publication notes that Galaxy S5 is a “tentative name”, so we may have a surprise when it comes to the handset’s final moniker (although, frankly, S5 seems to be the best choice for the smartphone's official name). Rumors regarding the features of the new Galaxy appeared countless times until now, suggesting that we should expect to see it having a 64-bit Exynos processor and a 5.25-inch Quad HD (1440 x 2560) AMOLED display. We also saw a few concepts that envision the Galaxy S5 through the eyes of fans, but there’s no way of telling if any of them resemble the real device. MWC 2014 debuts on February 24 in lovely Barcelona, so we’re not that far away from finding out if the Galaxy S5 will be announced there. Of course, 'till then, CES 2014 kicks off next week, albeit Samsung will probably not reveal any new smartphones at this show, (but it might showcase the Galaxy Gear 2). Source
  6. Samsung is apparently counting on a new feature rumored to be coming to the Samsung Galaxy S5, in order to put some distance between itself and other top-shelf Android handsets. While the early talk surrounding the Galaxy S5 has revolved around a 5.25 inch screen with 1440 x 2560 (QHD) resolution, there is also speculation that the device will include an eye scanner to offer the same functions that the TouchID fingerprint scanner offers users of the Apple iPhone 5s. A published report on Monday, out of Korea, not only mentions that the eye scanner will be used as a security feature on the next Samsung Android flagship phone, it adds that the device could be packing some serious silicon power. The report says that in addition to a 64-bit Samsung Exynos processor under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy S5 will also pack 4GB of RAM. That is possible thanks to the new chip introduced earlier Monday by the Korean OEM. The low power DDR4 RAM chip offers 50% better performance than the currently used low power DDR3 RAM, while using only 40% of the energy. Other specs rumored to be included in the Galaxy S5 include Android 4.4 pre-installed, a 16-Mega Pixel camera with the ability to capture pictures in low-light conditions, a 4000mAh battery and a metal casing for at least one variant of the phone. Surely your eyes are dilated, and drool exits your mouth just looking at these numbers and thinking about the possibilities. Toss in the QHD panel and the eye scanner and February can't get here soon enough. That is when Samsung is expected to unveil the handset. Source
  7. SamMobile today reportedly managed to confirm most of its specs, and has benchmark screenshots as proof. The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro seemingly sports a 12.2 inch display with 2560 x 1600 pixels. It appears that it runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and SamMobile says it will come with a new, "more unique" tablet UI - albeit without providing details on exactly what this means. Other features: 8MP rear camera, 2.1MP front-facing camera, 3GB of RAM, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and an IR blaster. The processor inside the Galaxy Note Pro looks to be a 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 (8974-AA) - the same found in the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, LG Nexus 5, Sony Xperia Z Ultra and other high-end devices released in 2013. The Note Pro that’s been benchmarked is the SM-P905 LTE-capable model. Samsung should also launch a SM-P900 Wi-Fi-only version. Moreover, we recently heard that AT&T will carry its own Galaxy Note Pro, model number SM-P907A. As you’ll see in he screenshots posted below, the Galaxy Note Pro scored only a tad higher than the Galaxy Note 3 in AnTuTu. However, this is likely because the new tablet is currently "running experimental test software." Samsung may officially announce the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 at MWC 2014 in Barcelona (24 - 27 February), possibly alongside the Galaxy Grand Neo / Lite, and other new tablets and smartphones. It will be an extremely busy year for the South Korean giant, and we're looking forward to seeing how (and if) it's going to increase its domination of the mobile device market. Source
  8. We feel pretty confident that Samsung’s Galaxy S5 will be a killer smartphone, but one question remains: Will Samsung finally follow in the footsteps of the iPhone 5s and the HTC One and use a premium aluminum build or will it stick with its tried-and-true plastic formula? The latest gossip from Korea’s ETNews suggests that Samsung may release two flagship smartphones at the same time next year. The Galaxy S5, which will have Samsung’s trademark plastic casing, and the Galaxy F, which will be the first flagship Samsung smartphone to have a metal casing. The Korean website reports that Samsung has already developed a Galaxy F prototype in Europe. There isn’t much info about the new smartphone, but it’s said that it features a metal body and will stand higher than the Galaxy S5 in Samsung’s 2014 Android portfolio. Moreover, the Korean publication notes that the Galaxy F could be announced at about the same time with the S5 - possibly in March. It’s unclear if the main difference between the Galaxy F and Galaxy S5 will be related to design only (design based on a metal construction on the former, and on a plastic body on the latter). However, assuming that their specs will be similar, the Galaxy F should be more expensive than the S5 - which, needless to say, will be quite expensive itself. Source 1 Source 2
  9. Samsung has been working hard this holiday season and today announced its 8Gb (that's 1GB) LPDDR4 mobile DRAM chip. This is not only the industry first LPDDR4 mobile DRAM, but it's also the first mobile DRAM to fit such a high density (8 gigabits) on a single die. Four of those dies can successfully be combined for a total of 4GB of mobile memory - an amount that so far has not been achieved commercially. Fabricated on the 20nm manufacturing process, the new mobile LPDDR4 chips are reportedly 50% faster than the fastest LPDDR3 memory on the market, while also consuming 40% less power at 1.1 volts. "This next-generation LPDDR4 DRAM will contribute significantly to faster growth of the global mobile DRAM market, which will soon comprise the largest share of the entire DRAM market " - Young-Hyun Jun, executive vice president, memory sales & marketing, Samsung Electronics. The data transfer speeds the new 8Gb LPDDR4 DRAM chip can achieve are 3,200Mbps per pin - twice the speed of currently produced 20nm LPDDR3 DRAM. Samsung also hints that the resulting 4GB RAM modules will be included in "UHD smartphones, tablets and ultra-slim notebooks," which says something about the jump in smartphone screen resolution during the next year. Perhaps even the upcoming Galaxy S5 may be one of those UHD smartphones. Mind you, to utilize that kind of memory, the Galaxy S5 will need a 64-bit CPU architecture. Good thing Samsung promises it's 64-bit SoC will be ready in time for the phone's announcement (usually in the first half of the year). Source
  10. Samsung promised at CES in January that it would deliver a 110-inch UHDTV this year to dwarf its already-gargantuan 85-inch model and with just a couple of days left to spare here it is. Apparently rolling out in China, the Middle East and a few European countries first, there's no word on price (the 85-inch had a $40K pricetag attached when it launched), but can you really put a price on a TV that's bigger than a king-size bed? That's right, at 2.6-meters by 1.8-meters there's more than enough room for well-heeled VIPs or employees of large companies and government agencies (the target market for the S9110) to catch some z's on it -- and bring a few friends. It's available for custom orders just before we see the new generation of Ultra HD (including a 105-inch curved model) at CES 2014 next week, although most of us will be looking for TVs that actually fit inside our living room. Source
  11. We reported on rumors of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite a little while back. To refresh your memory, the Galaxy Note 3 Lite is Samsung's planned lower-end version of its popular Note smartphone. There were also talks of it being leaked in four different variants earlier in the year. Well it seems that the rumors are still alive and it is quite possible that a Note 3 Lite may be released by the end of the first quarter, 2014. Rumors say that the Note 3 Lite should make use of an LCD of either 5.5 or 5.7 inches. Apparently, the Korean manufacturing giant is testing both sizes. Since it is a "lite" version of the phone, it would be safe to assume that they will go with the smaller screen. The source of the new rumor is SamMobile's twitter: SM-N7505 - Samsung GALAXY Note 3 Lite LTE - Green - 2014 W12 — SamMobile (@SamMobiles) December 27, 2013 The tweet also tells us the model name for the LTE version of the smartphone - N7505. It's a safe bet that the non-LTE version will be labeled N7500. The Note 3 model names are N9005 for the LTE version and N9005 for the 3G version. Specs-wise there isn't much news, but it is thought that the "lite" moniker will replace the "mini" series of phones, as there are rumors of a Samsung Galaxy Grand Lite in the works as well. Like Samsung's mini models, expect a downgrade in tech specs compared to their big brother variants. Source
  12. The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in November greenlighted Apple’s appeal to a U.S. district court ruling which had originally rejected the company’s request to ban accused Samsung products from the U.S. market. Last month’s Appeals court ruling has prompted Judge Lucy Koh to reconsider her original decision and has opened door to a permanent sales ban on more than twenty different Samsung smartphones and tablets. Sure enough, Apple yesterday renewed its motion to permanently halt the sales of these devices in the United States, even though Samsung no longer offers none of the devices in question… Lawyers for Apple are requesting that a separate injunction trial be held on January 30, 2014 and separately from the already scheduled infringement retrial, reports patent expert Florian Müeller on his blog, FOSS Patents. Back in August 2012, Samsung’s Galaxy devices were found to violate Apple’s three utility software patents covering the iPhone’s Multi-Touch user interface: the famous rubber-banding invention that bounces back content when a user scrolls past screen edges, tap-to-zoom and perhaps the most famous of all patents – the pinch-to-zoom invention that early Android versions did not have (at Steve Jobs’ request). On the other hand, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office tentatively invalidated Apple’s ‘915 patent for pinch-to-zoom functionality, prompting Apple to file a notice of appeal with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Judge Lucy Koh had rejected a Samsung ban within the United States during the original Apple v. Samsung trial in 2011 on the basis that Apple failed to present compelling evidence that it would suffer irreparable harm should Samsung be allowed to continue selling these products. However, now that Apple has successfully appealed her ruling, Judge Koh is forced to reconsider her decision. It is important to mention that none of the accused Samsung products – such as the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Tab - are no longer relevant. Still, Apple wants to impose a sales ban in order to prevent the South Korean giant from selling them again in the future. Bloomberg has this excerpt from Apple’s filing: Samsung’s claim that it has discontinued selling the particular models found to infringe or design around Apple’s patents in no way diminishes Apple’s need for injunctive relief. Because Samsung frequently brings new products to market, an injunction is important to providing Apple the relief it needs to combat any future infringement by Samsung through products not more than colorably different from those already found to infringe. This is why Apple’s proposed injunction seeks to also cover “any other product not more than colorably different from an Infringing Product as to a feature found to infringe,” according to court documents. By the way, Bloomberg reminds us that the two frenemies so far spent “hundreds of millions of dollars” in legal fees on claims of copying each other’s features. Source
  13. Samsung could be gearing up to release two new wearables at Mobile World Congress this year: the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 and the Galaxy Band. The Korean publication says that the news of Samsung’s wearables come from reports from several ‘industry watchers’ including IBK Securities analyst Lee Seung-woo. In the analyst’s words, “Samsung is currently working on the Galaxy Gear 2, and the product will be surely released early next year”. Furthermore, an anonymous source that is ‘close to Samsung’ says that the Gear 2 will likely be unveiled at MWC, alongside the Galaxy Band. So what do we know about the two wearables? First, the Galaxy Gear 2 is said to feature a flexible OLED display. Aside from that, we imagine the Gear will work to address some of the issues that have plagued the first-generation watch since its launch. As for the Galaxy Band, this is reportedly a health wristband that can monitor your pulse and blood pressure. It would also have fitness purposes in a manner similar to devices like the Nike Fuelband. So let’s recap: Today’s rumor claims there will be two Samsung wearable devices at MWC. If that sounds familiar, that’s because Korean publications Duam and Korea Herald reported yesterday that LG was gearing up to release a smartwatch and fitness band at MWC under the names G Arch and G Health (respectively). So could the two Korean rival companies both be preparing very similar devices for unveiling at MWC? Considering the company rivalry and the fact that LG often seems to follow Samsung’s example when it comes to product design, it’s certainly possible. On the other hand, Samsung generally saves its big news events for special Unpacked events. Two new Samsung wearables certainly sounds like the kind of news the Korean giant would want to reveal at their own event instead of just as “side news” to what is already going on at MWC. For now, we’d take the entire report with a hefty chunk of salt. Either way, we should know more by Mobile World Congress, which is slated for February 24th through the 27th in Barcelona, Spain. Source
  14. Yet another Samsung tablet has been approved by the FCC – the Samsung SM-T320. This is one of the several upcoming tablets expected to be announced by Samsung in early 2014. If rumors are to be trusted, this particular device should be known as the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 once it is released and it could be positioned in the upper mid-range or high-end tablet segment. As the name implies, we're dealing with a slate sporting an 8.4-inch screen. The FCC filing for the SM-T320 does not reaffirm this claim, but cargo data from the Indian agency Zauba does. And besides, the physical size of the device seems suitable for a display of this diagonal size. Further hardware and software specs aren't being listed, although we do know that this Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 should support Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac. Also, there appears to be a camera with flash on the tablet's back, as seen in the drawing below. The Samsung SM-T320 Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is likely to be unveiled officially in mid-February, meaning that we're probably going to see it on display at the Mobile World Congress expo in Barcelona. Source
  15. It seems like details about Samsung’s upcoming bunch of tablets are getting denser and denser. We just brought you news about a mysterious 10-inch tablet passing through the FCC and now new info appears to revitalize old rumors about Sammy’s 12.2-incher. A while back, specifications for the tablet leaked online, courtsey of the AnTuTu benchmark website and the device has also been spotted passing through the FCC as well as getting its Bluetooth SIG certifications. But ever since late October, nothing was heard about Sammy’s impressive tablet endeavor. Now Asian site Moveplayer claims they have stumbled upon the name of Samsung’s upcoming 12.2-inch tablet. According to them, the tablet is going to be called Galaxy Note Pro. Unfortunately, we had to use Google Translate to be able to comprehend the text and the translation came out a bit confusing, but apparently the Galaxy Note Pro is actually an improved version of the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. This means the slate should pack that impressive LCD display with a powerful resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels and an S Pen. Unlike the current model, the Pro edition will come with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box and will have a massive battery of 9,500 mAh that will certainly keep the tablet pumped up for as long as you need it. Back in October, AnTuTu benchmark site also showed the device will have a quad-core 2.4 GHz Snapdragon 800 chipset to power everything, two cameras (8MP on the back and 2MP in front) and 32GB of storage onboard. The Pro tag might signify that Samsung is looking to cross the average consumer boundary and maybe target the tablet at business users. Nevertheless, the rumored 13.3-inch tablet has also been said to be a device designed for the enterprise market. We’ll keep you posted as soon as more details surface. Source and Followup
  16. It's no news that the 3200mAh stock battery of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 stores more than enough juice for a day or two of moderate usage. It faired pretty well in our custom script battery test, which replicates the power consumption of typical real-life usage. Still, there are some folks out there who'd love to reminisce about the old days when they owned a feature phone and had to charge it once or twice a week. For all those who own Samsung's latest phablet and find its battery life unsatisfactory, ZeroLemon has come up with a $59.99 solution – the 10000mAh Tri-Cell Extended Battery case set, which is claimed to be the world's largest capacity battery with NFC support on board. In order to use this custom ZeroLemon accessory, you will have to take out the stock battery of your Note 3 and put the ZeroLemon one in its place. Due to its enormous size you can't just put your stock rear cover back on – you'll have to use the universal fit case which is included in the ZeroLemon set. Well, yes, this will make your Note 3 noticeably thicker, but the 10000mAh battery will most probably double or even triple the battery life of your Samsung phablet. The Note 3 is not a small device, but when outfitted with the ZeroLemon 10000mAh battery and case, it looks quite huge. Fortunately, the set comes with a belt clip holster, which doubles as a kickstand. The ZeroLemon case also offers some improved resilience for the battery and the Note 3 itself. The case comes with double polycarbonate and a single thermoplastic polyurethane protective layers, which will allegedly fully absorb the major impacts your device might experience. There are built-in protective tabs for the SPen stylus and the microUSB port on the bottom as well. The ZeroLemon 10000mAh Tri-Cell Extended Battery case set is currently available on Amazon for $59.99 and comes with a 180-day warranty (link provided at the source). It is compatible with all versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - N9000, N9005, Sm-n900t, Sm-n900w8, Sm-n900p, Sm-n900v and Sm-n900a. Source
  17. The Galaxy J has been officially launched. The phone will be available in red and white colors (the blue variant will remain exclusive to Japan) between mid-December and early January for 21,900 TWD ($740) off-contract, or for 7,990 TWD ($270) on carrier contracts with a 1,343 TWD ($45) fee every month. The Galaxy J sports a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 3GB of RAM, 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, 13-megapixel camera, 32GB of storage and a microSD slot, a 2600 mAh battery, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean; as we’ve said before, it’s more or less a Galaxy Note 3 inside a Galaxy S4-sized body, and it should be a great buy for those who want a Samsung flagship that’s not too big or unwieldy. A launch in other markets isn’t certain, though we’ll keep our fingers crossed that happens in the near future. Source
  18. Samsung this evening announced it will launch the industry’s first 1-terabyte (1TB) mSATA SSD this month. That doubles the capacity (512GB) of some of the largest-capacity mSATA SSDs generally available today. As such, the 1TB 840 EVO mSATA SSD is poised to bring unprecedented large-capacity hard storage to some of the market’s thinnest portables. The 1TB mSATA SSD uses four flash memory packages, each with 16 layers of 128Gb chips. It’s just 3.85mm thick — about 60% thinner than an average hard disk drive — and weighs just 8.5 grams. That’s about 92% lighter than a typical HHD. It yields 98,000 random read and 90,000 random write IOPS, while pulling 540MB/s sequential read speeds and 520 MB/s sequential write speeds. The announcement of the ginormous-capacity storage device was part of the reveal for the company’s new lineup of 840 EVO mSATA SSDs, which come in 120GB, 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities. The whole line uses 128 Gb NAND flash memory, and they all use Samsung’s own controller with TurboWrite. No exact release date was mentioned — just that it will come out sometime in December. That may be pushing the holiday shopping season a bit late, but as a high-end storage device it’s less a gift item than an upgrade for computer users who like their storage huge, fast, and as physically compact as humanly possible. It will also likely cost a pretty penny. Keep an eye on SlashGear for news about the giant flash-based drive’s pricing against performance. Our SSD portal should serve you nicely. Source
  19. Early benchmark results are often a good way of discovering whether a new device is being tested out, and with talk currently rife regarding Samsung’s next batch of flagship smartphones, benchmarks found over at GFXBench could already show the full list of specs of the Galaxy S5. The S4 only arrived in the late spring, but with sales having not reached expectations, the Korean company is said to be working doubly hard on its eventual successor. According to the GFXBench results, the device will boast the latest and greatest Android 4.4 KitKat, a Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.5 GHz as well as a potentially jaw-dropping 2560 x 1440 resolution, or 2K HD display. Both the Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Note ranges boast the very highest level of available hardware, and even though the former has been around for a number of months now, you’d be hard pushed to find anything on the market with as much power. But nobody ever doubted the power of the Galaxy S4 or Note 3, and the processing beef is not the reason why either device has failed to make the kind of impression of those before it. Many consumers felt that both handsets were all-but the same as those released in 2012 aside from some improved interior hardware, and although this was enough for some, asking for nigh-on $1000 for a mediocre upgrade was perhaps a step too far for others. The fact that Samsung insists on creating its handsets with plastic fascia has also been cited as a reason for consumers baulking at the Galaxy range in recent times. The iPhone, for example, has made the transition to an aluminum unibody, and with HTC following suit with the One to offer Android users a similarly elegant finish, Samsung has, it seems, been caught out. There’s reason to believe that Samsung will offer at least one aluminum smartphone next year, and although ardent fans of the handset will probably purchase regardless, adding a touch of finesse to the S5 will certainly help the darling of the Android community to retain its dominant position. A 2K display, aluminum finish, 3GB of RAM and Samsung’s usual wealth of high-end hardware could be a big hit in the smartphone industry, and with HTC having clawed back some of the ground it was beginning to lose, the South Korean giant will need to make some big statements with whatever it does decide to release next year. Source
  20. Samsung might release as many as five phones in the first quarter of 2014 alone, including the anticipated Galaxy S5 flagship, according to Korean publication ET News. We’ve already heard whispers about the Galaxy S5 arriving earlier than its usual April-May roll out, and this here rumor reiterates that Samsung might speed up the launch this year. Other rumors about the Galaxy S5 mention the possibility of an even sharper screen with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution, a new, more resolute camera and even a metal body. Take a look at our Galaxy S5 rumor round-up to learn more. Other devices that Samsung could start the year with include a Galaxy Note 3 Lite of sorts as well as a Galaxy Grand Lite, both devices with large displays, but the Note series is known for bundling in a stylus. The Lite versions would obviously be short on specs and most importantly - cheaper. Source Samsung is also likely to roll out new entry-level devices and the goal is to cover all users with all their different demands. Some of the new launches might include dual-SIM devices.
  21. 16 MP camera modules with low-light friendly ISOCELL technology aren't the only thing brewing at Samsung for next year's flagships, it seems. Korean media is reporting on an even more resolute, 20 MP sensor being in the pipeline. The source claims that December 1st marked the date when Samsung's R&D department commenced a project to develop such sensor from scratch, including the autofocus actuators and the elaborate lens set. There's no word as to whether this 20 MP unit will also utilize the space-saving ISOCELL tech, or have optical image stabilization. For Samsung to adopt OIS in flagships like the S5 would mean at least 50 million suspensions mechanisms for the camera have to be procured, and there is not nearly enough yield for that yet. Perhaps that is why the sources mention that the new 20 MP sensor won't be ready until the second half of 2014, and maybe even reach Samsung flagships in 2015. As for next year, the 16 MP ISOCELL sensor is expected to land on 25% of Samsung handsets sold, which would peg its production to about 90 million units, which probably will include both the Galaxy S5 and the Note 4. There is a big batch of 13 MP and 16 MP Sony sensors procured by Samsung for next year, say the sources, so we can expect the megapixel race to be kept alive by the Koreans, in order to offset somewhat the ever more resolute and elaborate phone cameras with OIS that the competition is and will be bringing. With the Galaxy S4 and Note 3 Samsung proved it can create a phone that takes very good low-light pictures even without OIS tech, so we keep out hopes high for the 16 MP editions next year, too. Source
  22. Android 4.4, also known as KitKat, is the most recent version of Google’s popular operating system, and it’s already shipping in several new devices around the world. But what about the 900 million or so Android devices that have been sold to date? How do you know if your phone or tablet will get a sweet KitKat upgrade? Here's a guide to the major manufacturers and their KitKat roadmaps so far. Google The Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, will all receive the KitKat upgrade. Motorola Motorola is primed to show off the latest and greatest facets of Android and the new KitKat operating system. It’s no surprise then that they’ve got one of the clearer plans for finding out when your device will receive an upgrade to Android 4.4. The Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM processor powered Moto X, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini will all get upgraded to Android 4.4, though no official availability date has been set. As well, the Droid Razr M, Droid Razr HD, and Droid Razr Maxx HD all have the status of "future plan to come soon." You can check for updated information by entering your device information on the Motorola's upgrade website. HTC If you're a subscriber on one of the four major U.S. carriers, your HTC One will receive the KitKat upgrade within the next 90 days. If you're using an unlocked or developer version of the handset, your HTC One will get an update in 30 days. Samsung Samsung has announced that the GALAXY S4 Google Play Edition will be upgraded "in the coming weeks." The venerable Galaxy Nexus, built in partnership with Google, will not receive an upgrade. Other device upgrade plans have yet to be announced. Sony Sony announced they will be first serving up Android 4.3 updates to most of their Xperia devices, with Android 4.4 upgrades to follow for the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra and the Xperia Tablet Z. LG Nothing official has been announced for other LG devices. though other devices are likely to be upgraded including the LG G2. Source
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    Samsung announces Galaxy Grand 2

    Samsung has announced the new Galaxy Grand 2 smartphone that features several improvements over its predecessor. To start off, it features a new design that is similar to the new Galaxy Note 3 with a stitching pattern around the faux leather back. On the front is a new 5.25-inch LCD with a resolution of 1280x720, an improvement over the WVGA display on the previous model. On the inside, the Galaxy Grand 2 runs on a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage space with a microSD card slot. The battery has been upgraded and now has a capacity of 2,600mAh. The larger display means the new model is slightly taller and wider than its predecessor. It still has a dual-SIM slot and the same 8 megapixel camera on the back. The Galaxy Grand 2 comes with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The phone will be available primarily in white, with black and pink offered in select regions. Source
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    Galaxy S5 Metal Frame Leaks

    The frame arrives courtesy of notorious leaker Nowhereelse.fr, a French blog with a rich history in getting hold of products and parts before during the very early stages. One reason, perhaps, why the Galaxy S4 has not sold in the vast numbers Samsung might have hoped, is cited by many to be the cheap, plastic body. Many other companies competed with the Galaxy S / S2 / S3 in terms of hardware, but most of these rivaling handsets also sported a fairly underwhelming finish. This all changed earlier on in the year with the HTC One, a handset with an uber-sharp display, quad-core Snapdragon processor and, notably, a slick aluminum finish. Many Samsung fans have been crying out for the high-end handset to be afforded an equally high quality finish, and this metal frame suggests this could finally be the case with the S5. Of course, this leak cannot be verified, and it’s also very much possible that the rest of the device could be comprised of plastic, but for those hoping Samsung comes through with something vastly different from the S 4, this should be taken as an encouraging sign. Nowhereelse.fr’s sources claim Samsung will be bringing an aluminum smartphone in the future, and with the HTC One and iPhone 5s both the subject of much acclaim from design experts and fans in general, it will be interesting to see whether the South Korean company does feel like breaking a habit of a lifetime. The frame also points to a slightly larger display than that of the S4, but we’d expect this to be the case anyway. We’ve also been hearing that Samsung plans to really push the envelope with regards to the cameras of both the Note 4 and Galaxy S5, and we certainly cannot wait to hear more about these two eagerly-awaited handsets. Source
  25. We heard through the grapevine during Samsung's Analyst Day not long ago that the company might be releasing a 560ppi mobile display next year, which we immediately thought would be a perfect fit for a flagship phone like the Galaxy S5 or even an eventual Note 4. There were no reporters allowed during the Analyst Day presentations given by Samsung head honchos, so most of the rumors what's in the pipeline were hearsay from Korean analysts that were present at the events. Now, however, we have the whole presentation of Samsung Display's CEO Kinam Kim leaking out, and on slide number 11 below 2014 is clearly marked as the year Samsung will reach 560ppi phone displays, and of the Super AMOLED variety at that. Next up in the lofty goals is making such displays with plastic substrate, like on the Galaxy Round, but mass producing such panels is probably some time off still. Nevertheless, a 560ppi AMOLED screen on the Galaxy S5 would be pretty amazing, as it would mean resolutions in the 2600x1440 pixels ballpark at a 5.3" size. That's roughly the so-called WQHD resolution that you see mentioned in one of the slides as ready for next year, whose standard is exactly a 2560x1440 resolution, or 3.7 million pixels at your disposal on a small phone screen, pretty crazy. Not that we have any problem with the current Full HD 1080p screens, but if the new panels also sport some fancy new energy-saving tech like during the jump from 720p to 1080p screens, we are all for it. In any case, this is just speculation at this point, though we doubt that if Samsung has heard plans for 2600x1440ppi smartphone screens from competitors, it will leave next year's flagships to chance. Meanwhile, Samsung has some great plans for bendable, foldable, and even stretchable displays going forward, on anything from wearables, through cars, to fashion even. The whole presentation can be found at the source link, but take a look below at the handpicked slides from it, which refer to mobile displays, and marvel at what's ahead. In any case, it looks like Vivo's Xplay 3S phone might hit the market with a WQHD display first, but it won't be the only one for long. source
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