Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 stars in new leaked pictures, may hit stores on June 27
Jun06

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 stars in new leaked pictures, may hit stores on June 27

With the upcoming Galaxy Tab S tablets, Samsung will once again bring Super AMOLED touchscreens to the tablet space. This hasn’t happened since 2011, so suffice to say it’s been a long time coming. The line has been rumored to consist of two members, a 10.5-inch offering and an 8.4-inch tablet. The former of those has had some more details about it leaked today, along with some new pictures that come from Samsung’s own promotional materials, as you can undoubtedly gather. Interestingly, the 10.5″ device will be incredibly thin, at just 6.6 mm – this might have been possible thanks to the slimness of that AMOLED screen. The tablet will also be very light for a device this size, coming in at just 465 grams. Those numbers compare favorably to Apple’s iPad Air, which will undoubtedly be the Tab S 10.5’s main competitor. In the weight department, the Samsung tablet only wins by 4 grams, but it’s almost 1 mm thinner. The Tab S will be able to sync up with your Samsung phone and it will be possible for you to take calls straight on the tablet – presumably these will automatically go to loudspeaker or a wired or Bluetooth headset if any of those are connected. A notification will pop-up on the tablet when you get a call, and you go from there. The Galaxy Tab S tablets should be unveiled on June 12, and they may go on sale on June 27 according to a leaked release timetable (seen above) from an unnamed retailer. Pre-orders are apparently set to start on June 13, so just one day after the announcement. Via SamMobile and...

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Samsung Galaxy Note Pro, Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, and Asus PadFone X now available at AT&T
Jun06

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro, Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, and Asus PadFone X now available at AT&T

Today three new devices have become available to order from AT&T, and right on time no less. We’re talking about two Samsung tablets and an Asus thing that’s a smartphone that becomes a tablet – once you tuck it into a tablet dock of sorts (which thankfully is included in the box, no need for a separate purchase). The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 are both up for grabs starting now. The Galaxy Note Pro is obviously the (much more) expensive one, coming in at a whopping $799.99 with a two-year contract (or $899.99 without). It does, however, feature the biggest screen currently available on a tablet, so if that’s something you’re after, this is definitely the device for you. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, on the other hand, is much more affordable at $379.99 with a long-term service agreement, or $479.99 sans that. But obviously with the lower price come lower-end specs compared to the Note Pro, much more so in fact. The Asus PadFone X is priced at $199.99 (with contract), which makes it quite a deal, considering it can be viewed as both a smartphone and a tablet (just not at the same time). And for a smartphone, it is pretty capable...

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Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 out at T-Mobile on June 18, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is cheaper
Jun04

Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 out at T-Mobile on June 18, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is cheaper

T-Mobile is doing a couple of things to its tablet roster, which will supposedly make the thought of purchasing a tablet from a carrier more palatable to people. First off, the magenta carrier is announcing a $100 price cut for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. This goes in effect today, but will only be valid until June 15. This means you can now get the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition for $0 down followed by 24 monthly payments of $25, adding up to a total cost of $600. Although T-Mobile says that’s $99.99 less than the previously advertised price, the math doesn’t quite add up. When it started pre-orders for this tablet, the carrier was asking for $99.99 down and $23 per month for two years. That adds up to $651.99, and not $699.99. So you may only be saving $51.99, but that’s something nevertheless. There’s another tablet coming to T-Mobile soon, and it’s the Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 (pictured above). This was first unveiled at CES in January, and it’s a rather low-end offering. That said, at least it’s going to be reasonably cheap. It will be out at the ‘uncarrier ‘on June 18, and you’ll need to pay nothing upfront and 24 monthly payments of $7 for it, which makes for a grand total of $168. The Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 has a 7-inch 1,024×600 touchscreen, a 1.3 GHz dual-core MediaTek MT8312 processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 2 MP rear camera, a 0.3 MP front camera, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD expansion, an IR blaster, Wi-Fi, GPS, and 3G. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Via...

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Super-premium Samsung Galaxy F purportedly pictured, could it be the S5 Prime?
Jun04

Super-premium Samsung Galaxy F purportedly pictured, could it be the S5 Prime?

For months now, a super-premium version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has been rumored. In fact, do you remember the Galaxy F? We first told you about it all the way back in September of last year, when it was rumored to become the absolute top of the line for the Korean company. Yet time has passed and it hasn’t seen the light of day. Nor has the Galaxy S5 Prime, a device that’s been in the news recently as a possible response from Samsung for the LG G3 with its ultra high-res screen. Well, these two could actually be one and the same. The Galaxy S5 Prime and the Galaxy F, that is. So maybe Prime was the codename, and Galaxy F will be the commercial moniker. What you see above is purportedly a leaked render depicting the Samsung Galaxy F. It certainly looks like it’s made out of metal, which was one of the main differentiating factors we heard the Galaxy F would have. Then again, LG pulled off a metal-looking back cover for the G3, and that’s not actually made out of metal. So we’ll have to wait and see exactly what this is. Do note, however, that this image could very well be fake. The display of the phone in it seems to be oddly pixelated, especially for a handset that’s supposed to come with the sharpest screen ever created (bearing 2,560×1,440 resolution). So don’t take this for granted just yet. Especially since it also looks decidedly different from the last pictures that leaked claiming to show the Galaxy S5 Prime – so either one of the leaks was fake or maybe the Prime and the Galaxy F are two distinct things after all. Via...

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 and Galaxy Note Pro land at AT&T on June 6
Jun02

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 and Galaxy Note Pro land at AT&T on June 6

AT&T is getting ready to add two new tablets to its roster later this week. The carrier has just announced that both the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 will become available on June 6. You’ll be able to buy them from AT&T retail locations and the carrier’s website, naturally. The Galaxy Note Pro is a humongous 12.2-inch tablet that comes with the S Pen stylus that’s a staple of the Note line. It will be offered by AT&T for $799 with a two-year contract, or $45 per month in a 20-month installment plan. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 is much more affordable, since its specs make it a lower-midrange offering and not a high-end beast like the Note Pro. You’ll need to part with $379.99 and sign a two-year contract to get this one. Or you can opt for 20 monthly installments of $24 and pay nothing upfront. For a limited time, AT&T will give you $50 off either of these tablets if you buy any one of them alongside a Samsung Galaxy S5 or Galaxy S5 Active. The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 has a 12.2-inch 2,560×1,600 SC-LCD touchscreen, a 2.3 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, an 8 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, and a 9,500 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 has a 10.1-inch 1,280×800 touchscreen, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, a 3 MP rear camera, a 1.3 MP front camera, microSD card support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and a 6,800 mAh battery. It too runs Android 4.4...

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7-inch Samsung Galaxy W smartphone gets official in South Korea
Jun02

7-inch Samsung Galaxy W smartphone gets official in South Korea

Samsung is trying to push the definition of a phablet further than it’s ever been. But how big is too big? Some people asked this exact question back when the Korean company unveiled the original Galaxy Note. So clearly 5.3″ isn’t too big. But what about a 7-inch smartphone? How does that sound? That’s essentially the proposition behind the newly announced Samsung Galaxy W. Right now it’s destined only to South Korea (and will be sold exclusively by SK Telecom), but who knows, maybe we’ll see something like this elsewhere in the future. It’s interesting to note that with this device Samsung has started reusing names, since there already was a Galaxy W released in 2011. But maybe that was just easily forgettable. The new Samsung Galaxy W probably won’t be, though. We’ve seen quite a few tablets with phone-making capabilities lately, but look at the picture above – it seems like Samsung wants people to actually talk into this thing like they would into a phone. Crazy, right? The Galaxy W has a 7-inch 720p HD touchscreen (with 16:9 aspect ratio like phones, and not 16:10 like a tablet), an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 2 MP front camera, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 16 GB of built-in storage, microSD card support, LTE-A, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 3,200 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Its dimensions are 191.8×99.6×8.8 mm, and it weighs 245 grams. That’s extremely compact for a tablet, but pretty huge for a...

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Samsung Z announced as world’s first Tizen smartphone, coming in Q3
Jun02

Samsung Z announced as world’s first Tizen smartphone, coming in Q3

So many years have passed since we first heard about Samsung working on a Tizen-based smartphone that we were honestly starting to doubt that something like that would ever see the light of day. Yet here we are, and here it is – the Samsung Z. Funnily (whether intentionally or not), the Korean company chose to use the last letter of the alphabet to name its first ever Tizen handset. The Samsung Z looks like a Samsung and Tizen looks like Samsung’s newest version of TouchWiz, its UI overlay that sits on top of Android. That said, the Z is a lot less curvy than Samsung’s most recent Android offerings. On the other hand, its back cover is made from faux leather, with a finish that’s reminiscent of that seen on the Galaxy Note 3 while not being 100% identical. The Samsung Z has a 4.8-inch 720p HD Super AMOLED touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 2.1 MP front camera, a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor (that can  only be either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 or the Snapdragon 801), 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 150 Mbps 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, IR remote sensor, and a 2,600 mAh battery. It runs Tizen 2.2.1. Its dimensions are 138.2×69.8×8.5 mm, and it weighs 136 grams. It will be offered in black or gold. The first ever smartphone to run Tizen will become available in Russia sometime during the third quarter of this year (July-September). Other markets will get it...

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini possibly pictured for the first time, full specs leaked
May30

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini possibly pictured for the first time, full specs leaked

We’ve known for a while that a Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is coming soon, but today we may actually get to see it for the first time. The images below are said to be of the upcoming Galaxy S5 Mini, and unless this is a hoax, then you can feast your eyes upon what will be Samsung’s next ‘Mini’, to follow in the footsteps of the S4 Mini from last year and the S III Mini (which actually started this whole ‘Mini’ craze). As you can gather, if this is the Galaxy S5 Mini, then it will look a whole lot like its bigger sibling, the ‘normal’ Galaxy S5. The same dimple pattern is present on the back, and overall the design is incredibly similar. The S5 Mini’s back cover seems to also cover the edges of the device in a way that it doesn’t for the full size model, but otherwise you’d be hard pressed to tell the two apart, especially in such pictures with nothing to give you an idea about size. The Galaxy S5 Mini will get to keep the Galaxy S5’s fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor, and it’s also got a rubber gasket attached to the inside of the back cover, which may mean the Mini will be water and dust resistant too. The handset is said to come with a 4.5-inch 720p HD Super AMOLED touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p Full HD video recording, a 2.1 MP front camera, a 1.4 GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos 3 Quad 3470 processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and microSD card support. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat and all of the software features from the Galaxy S5 should be present here too, including Ultra Power Saving Mode, Private Mode, and Kids Mode. That chipset hasn’t been announced yet, by the way – and it’s interesting to see Samsung working on a new quad-core CPU after a long while in which it seemed focused only on octa-core (and more recently hexa-core) solutions. Via...

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active gets official, is now available at AT&T
May30

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active gets official, is now available at AT&T

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active has been leaked many times so far, so clearly we were expecting it to be announced any day. Yet Samsung has decided against a big launch event, or even a dedicated press release, for this handset. Instead, it’s already available to purchase from AT&T. Just like that. The Galaxy S5 Active is exclusive to AT&T, at least for now, and there’s been absolutely no mention of whether it will ever be sold in other countries. That said, we assume we’ll be seeing the S5 Active elsewhere too in a few weeks or so. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is basically a ‘vanilla’ Galaxy S5 with a much tougher outer shell and sans fingerprint scanner. Those are the only differences between the two. The S5 Active is water and dust resistant, but it adheres to the same IP67 standard as the ‘normal’ S5. So, despite what we speculated not long ago, it’s not any more water or dust resistant than its less tougher-looking sibling. On the other hand, thanks to its rather unique construction, the Galaxy S5 Active is sure to take accidental drops a lot better than the Galaxy S5. In fact, it adheres to US Mil-STD 810G for withstanding shock, temperature, humidity, rain and altitude. The Galaxy S5 Active comes with a 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED touchscreen, a 16 MP rear camera with LED flash and 4K UHD video recording, a 2.1 MP front camera, a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 150 Mbps 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, a heart rate monitor, and a 2,800 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. It’s being offered in camo green (pictured above), ruby red, and titanium gray. It can be yours for $199.99 with a new two-year contract, or $714.99 sans long-term agreement. If you choose to get it with AT&T’s Next plans, you’ll pay either 12 monthly installments of $35.75 or 18 monthly installments of $27.50, and nothing...

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Now getting KitKat: Samsung Galaxy Note II (Sprint), Galaxy S III (US Cellular), Galaxy Mega 6.3
May29

Now getting KitKat: Samsung Galaxy Note II (Sprint), Galaxy S III (US Cellular), Galaxy Mega 6.3

Another day, another batch of updates to Android 4.4 KitKat going out. This time we’re talking about no less than three Samsung devices, two sold in the US and one internationally. Let’s take them one by one. First up we have Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy Note II. The international variation of this handset started receiving the tasty new bits about a month ago, and now it looks like it’s time for US carrier versions to get it too. This update will come over-the-air, though it may take a few days for that to happen as the rollout is staggered. After updating, you’ll be on software version L900VPUCNE2. Next up, the Samsung Galaxy S III for US Cellular. Despite the fact that the internationally sold Galaxy S III will never be updated to what is now the latest version of Android, US carrier versions of it are in a different situation – they’ll all get it. US Cellular has posted the update’s details on its website, which means an over-the-air rollout is imminent (if it hasn’t started already). If your phone hasn’t notified you about the update yet and you’re impatient, you can get it via a computer – just follow these instructions. After updating, you’ll be on software version R530UVXCND4. Finally, the international Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is also receiving the goodness of KitKat. For now, the update (I9200XXUDNE4) is only available in Russia, and only via Kies, Samsung’s desktop PC software. But it’s sure to make its way to other countries as well after a short while. Via Sprint, US Cellular,...

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