We’ve been hearing a lot about Samsung’s upcoming powerhouse smartphone, which was once referred to as the Galaxy S5 Prime. Bits and pieces have trickled out about it having a QHD display and an aluminum body to match the build quality of the HTC One. But it seems like the “Galaxy S5 Prime” turned out to be the Galaxy S5 LTE-A, which was essentially the same build but with Samsung’s first QHD display, a Snapdragon 805 chip, advanced LTE support and 3 GB of RAM.
But now we have some of the best evidence that Samsung indeed has another “iPhone Killer” up it’s sleeve, dubbed the Galaxy Alpha.
According to SamMobile, the device will include a 4.7 inch screen with aluminum sides and a back very similar to the Galaxy S5, which provides a good grip on the device. The source is calling it a relatively high-end device with a fingerprint scanner, but it will have the display of the Galaxy S III. Yes, you read that right. It is still unsure if that statement only means the same size as the S3 or the same resolution as well (which we certainly hope it doesn’t). The phone will feature Samsung’s new Exynos ModAP processor, which is said to compete with the speed of the Snapdragon 805 chip and deliver LTE-A speeds.
As you can see from the leaked photos below, the Galaxy Alpha is more rectangular than the Galaxy S5 and looks a lot more like an iPhone, really. We still have the same type of back as the S5, and aluminum that covers all the sides. One thing that is interesting, however, is that the screen almost looks like it won’t be AMOLED. The reason I say this is because when AMOLED screens are held under a light, you can see a blue aura surrounding the light reflection, like in the Galaxy S5 picture. But in all the Alpha pictures, the screen remains a greenish tint. This could be because it’s a dummy model or just a prototype, but maybe it will use a different screen technology.
The Galaxy ‘Alpha’ is about as real as it gets now, but does it grab your interest?
Looking to protect your new Samsung Galaxy S5 with something that’s going to withstand more than the occasional drop? Check out the Urban Armor Gear case which features military grade protection against impact. Available in a half dozen color options, this one features lightweight composite construction that sees a resistant soft core housed inside the armor shell. It’s rough and tough looking and keeps your phone tucked away safely yet it doesn’t obscure anything. Indeed, your ports, speaker, volume, and other buttons are easily accessible. It looks bad ass, even in pink.
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Whether you’re looking to replace your laptop or just find something to keep you entertained, there’s a tablet out there to suit you. But with an ever-increasing array of slates crowding the market, narrowing down the list can be a chore. So we’ve sorted through the pile and picked out some of our favorites for both power users and media consumers. Our complete buyer’s guide is always just a few clicks away, but feel free to cruise through the gallery below for a quick rundown of the best tablets you can buy today.
There were so many TVs on display back at CES, that you’d be forgiven if they all blended together. So allow us to give you a recap: The Samsung UN105S9W was, in the company’s own words, the “world’s first, largest and most curved 105-inch curved UHD TV.” Well then! Sounds like an expensive piece of kit, huh? You have no idea. Sammy just put its flagship TV up for pre-order and it’s kind of a doozy. The whole thing costs $129,000 — also known as, a mortgage. For the money, you get 5,120 x 2,160 resolution on an unusually large screen, with an unusually wide aspect ratio of 21:9. Additionally, you’ll receive a visit from one of Samsung’s “Field Engineers” to walk you through all the features, if that’s any consolation. It’s also a Smart TV, with all the usual built-in apps, and the ability to separate the screen into four quadrants for watching live TV and surfing the web at once. Honestly, though, we’d be offended if a TV this expensive didn’t do that. You can pre-order now if you like, but let’s be real: Most of you are probably saving $129,000 for your future child’s college tuition.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note series is the most popular phablet series of smarthones out there. Samsung is basically the one who created the first phablet as we know it today with the first-gen Note 1. Note devices became extremely popular over the years and it is no wonder many people are waiting for a Note 4 to launch in order to refresh their device for the year. We’ve seen many Note 4 leaks thus far and we’re sure they’re going to keep on coming.
We have yet another one for you. This report is coming from a Korean publication ET News and claims the Note 4 will sport a premium metal build, a flexible screen (which Samsung presented on CES 2013) and a 16MP camera with optical image stabilization (OIS). This would actually go hand in hand with the rumored Galaxy F premium smartphone and might mean that the Galaxy S5 and Note 3 are the last plastic premium device we’ll see Samsung make. In other words this might mean a whole different approach to smartphone design by Samsung.
We’re jumping the gun a bit though, these are just rumors after all. Would you like to see a metal Galaxy Note 4 or are you happy with the device’s build as it is now? Either way, Note 4 will probably lauch at this year’s IFA in September.
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In 1999, Samsung launched the YEPP series aiming to deliver some of the smallest MP3 players on the market. These devices went beyond mere MP3 playback functionality with built-in FM tuners and voice recorders. By 2005, however, Samsung was looking for a better way to make its YEPP players stand out from the portable media players crowding the market. Its solution was the limited edition YP-W3: a diamond-studded MP3 player fashioned in the style of a pocket watch.
The YP-W3 wasn’t just for the glitterati, as it came in a variety of gem-free formats ranging from 256MB of internal flash storage, all the way up to 1GB. If you had the means, though, the version ringed with 0.007-carat diamonds embedded in a mirrored white-gold exterior was clearly the optimum choice. Its round display was fronted by a sapphire glass window — which even today is still a costly add-on — and had an enhanced white LCD for increased clarity.
Similar to today’s smartwatches, the YP-W3′s display could present the time as digital numerals or in the style of a traditional analog clock face. Volume, fast-forward and rewind buttons circled the display, with additional function keys and a mini-USB port along the edges. The full limited-edition package included EP-1 headphones and gem certification for the bling. There was also a belt clip, a carrying pouch and necklace chain so you could choose how to display your retro-futuristic fashion sense.
The YP-W3 was a smart option for consumers seeking a flexible MP3 player as it was compatible with a wide array of file formats and could also tune into FM broadcasts. If something on the radio really struck a chord, users could even record those songs directly to the device. And sound quality wasn’t so much an issue as Samsung also attempted to circumvent the poor bit rates of digital media at the time by including SRS Wow software. This feature load came with a drawback though, as the YP-W3 could only last for eight hours on a single charge of its rechargeable li-polymer battery. That’s a far cry from the day-plus battery life most consumers enjoy today — especially when you consider all that music’s being streamed and consumed on a smartphone.
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Over the last few months, we’ve heard plenty of reports that Samsung has started to comply with Google guidelines more at Google’s request. Things like TouchWiz customization and Samsung Apps have been tuned down a lot since then, so you might have been forgiven for thinking Samsung and Google have been coexisting happily ever since. There could be some trouble in paradise though, as reports are saying Google and Samsung are having a spat over wearables, specifically the new Tizen-based smartwatches that Samsung pushed out earlier this year.
Earlier this month, there was reportedly a “tense private meeting” between Google CEO, Larry Page, and Samsung Vice Chairman, Jay Y. Lee, in which Page made clear that he was not impressed with Samsung putting in so much more effort into their Tizen smartwatches than their Android Wear devices. You can definitely see why Page has voiced this concern; the recently released Gear Live is basically the Gear 2 with cheaper parts, though it’s not unheard of for Samsung to re-use slightly tweaked designs for new devices.
What do you think about Samsung and Google arguing over wearables? Think Google has grounds to be worried? Let us know what you think.
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The strained relationship between Google and Samsung over Android customization has been apparent for a while, and it now looks like this discontent has spread to the wearable world. The Information claims that Google CEO Larry Page confronted Samsung last week over its decision to invest more in its Tizen-based Gear 2 and Gear Fit smartwatches than the Android Wear-packing Gear Live. While the details of Page’s discussions aren’t available, it’s clear that Google wants its biggest hardware partner to devote more attention to its Android-based platform. Reportedly, Google had even wanted Samsung to avoid dipping into wrist-worn technology until Android Wear was ready. As we know now, the Korean company didn’t exactly honor that request — instead, it released the Galaxy Gear (initially using a heavily customized Android) and quickly threw most of its energy into Tizen peripherals.
Neither firm has commented on the disagreement. However, a scrap over wearables isn’t completely shocking. Google is trying to rein manufacturers in by requiring that they use its stock interface on Android Wear equipment; that’s not going to please Samsung, which has spent a lot of time customizing Android in an attempt to stand out. The Gear Live’s very existence suggests that Samsung is being somewhat accommodating. If the leak is accurate, though, Google may not be truly happy unless that device takes center stage in Samsung’s lineup.
Source: The Information
Deep-pocketed power users may buy new smartphones once a year or even every few months to take advantage of improved displays, better cameras and faster processors, but the majority of owners are more likely to tire of their device’s appearance long before its outdated specs. A few manufacturers have taken a new approach when designing their handsets, opting to include not only replaceable batteries, but also swappable backs, that let you change the look of your phone for only a few bucks. Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and LG’s G3 are two recent flagships that you can change up after purchase, but there are a few other options to consider, too. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, you could even replace the backplate on, say, an iPhone 5s, but such an undertaking requires precise work, pricier parts and a voided warranty. Click through for our customizable picks that keep things simple (and cheap).
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is one of the most anticipated devices this year. There are many people out there who just can’t wait to get their hands on Samsung’s new phablet, I know a bunch of them who belong in this category. We’ve seen some leaks when it comes to this device, but that is nowhere near over it seems.
This time we have Note 4′s leaked APK list, courtesy of @evleaks. Alongside the list in form of an image, the leaker wrote the following: “Some interesting Samsung Galaxy Note 4 APKs”. If we take a closer look we can find some interesting stuff here. SStudio_WQHD_K suggests the device will have a 2K screen, this was to be expected though. SHealth3_5 confirms S Health will be once again a part of TouchWiz, with some new features probably. The list also mentions a fingerprint service and a few APKs which suggest all kinds apps/features to make your inner photographer happy.
Check out the list for yourself and see if anything appeals to you. Unfortunately this list also suggest another heavy version of TouchWiz, we’re still hoping that won’t be the case, but… Anyhow, are you one of those people who’re waiting for this device to launch? That will probably happen at this year’s IFA in Berlin this September.
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