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Samsung Galaxy S4 mini tipped to arrive in July

Some sneaky Samsung insider has managed to spill the release date beans on a number of new handsets due to come out of the Korean manufacturer in the next month.

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

The news come from SamMobile sources, who claim we’ll see the much talked about Samsung Galaxy S4 mini arrive in week 29 – which is mid-June – in both black and white guises to match the flagship Galaxy S4.

On Tuesday we reported that another version of the Galaxy S4 may be in the works over in Korea with news that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is on the cards complete with a 16MP camera. Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Core is real: low-end specs with a 4.3-inch WVGA display, option for dual-SIM

Whenever a Samsung flagship arrives, it’s never long before we see a fleet of lower-spec handsets swimming in its wake. The latest Remora to come out from the shadow of its bigger brother (and the rumor mill) is the Galaxy Core, a 4.3-inch handset offering a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage and a microSD slot. Running Touchwiz-infused Jelly Bean, the phone has a 5-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash and a VGA front-facer for the vain amongst you. Users will also be getting some of the more fancy Galaxy-style software features like Motion UI, Smart Stay, Smart Alert and S Voice. Of course, a phone is nothing without a screen, and here your eyes will be caressing a 4.3-inch WVGA (480 x 800) display — but while you may not be thrilled at a low pixel count, at least there’s the option for single SIM (available in July) or dual-SIM (from May) models for carrier swappers.

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Samsung Introduces the GALAXY Core for Ideal Portability and Power

May 6, 2013

The smartphone combines dual core processing power, compact design, and Dual SIM technology

SEOUL, Korea – May 06, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a leader in mobile technology and digital solutions, today announced the Samsung GALAXY Core, a smartphone designed to offer users dual core processing power for multitasking, Dual SIM technology for easy transition between work and play, and a wealth of innovative smart features. The GALAXY Core is a device that can operate seamlessly and effectively in all aspects of life.

The GALAXY Core is the perfect device for the user looking for optimal balance of portability and power. Equipped with a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, the GALAXY Core performs data intensive tasks with speed and ease. The processing power is supported by 8GB of Internal memory and 1GB of RAM so that users can play feature-rich games, multitask and consume limitless media. All of these activities are aided by a beautiful 4.3 inch display, and a long-lasting 1,800mAh battery for extended usage. The device also comes equipped with a 5-megapixel camera, offering flawless and beautiful photos. These features are also supported with the GALAXY Core’s Dual SIM technology, enabling users to access both SIM cards simultaneously.

Offering innovative mobile solutions to enhance the user experience, the GALAXY Core’s smart features provide advanced tools that continue to set the GALAXY series apart. Utilizing human interactions including voice, movement, and optical commands, the GALAXY Core has a wide array of smart features that include:

• ‘Smart Stay’: Recognizes when a user is looking at the phone, and saves battery life when a user looks away by
dimming the screen and powering down using advanced facial recognition
• ‘Smart Alert’: Alerts the user to missed calls and messages when the device is picked up
• ‘Motion UI’: Activates common functions such as refresh or mute with simple motion commands
• ‘S Voice’: Provides voice command functionality

The GALAXY Core will be available in two different versions – Single SIM from July or Dual SIM from May, depending on the market.

Samsung Galaxy Core is real: low-end specs with a 4.3-inch WVGA display, option for dual-SIM

AT&T Galaxy S4 unboxing

My time has finally come. It’s time I put down … the other phone I’ve been using and pick up the Samsung Galaxy S4. Alex Dobie did a stellar job with our deep-dive Galaxy S4 review on Sprint’s variant, and now I’ve got AT&T’s in house.

Galaxy S4 unboxing

Hardware-wise, we’re not really looking at anything different here. Same 5-inch Super AMOLED display. Same Android 4.2.2 with Samsung’s TouchWiz atop it. Same 1.9 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. Same paltry 16GB of on-board storage space — only we know that’s not quite true.

Where AT&T differs from Sprint, aside from a handful of AT&T-specific applications — of course is in the network. So we’ll see how this thing handles a day of proper LTE versus spotty EVDO. Like many of you, I’m particularly interested in the camera. Will it be a better all-around choice? Will I miss Zoes and Video Highlights too much? Will I, like so many of you, be underwhelmed by an iterative design instead of a radical overhaul? Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S4 teardown – Qualcomm is a big winner

A teardown of Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 Android smartphone shows that Qualcomm is a big winner, succeeding in getting multiple chips onto the motherboard.

Samsung Galaxy S4 teardown

Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 smartphone has made it off the production line and onto the iFixit operating table. What makes the newest – and most anticipated – Android smartphone tick?

Straight away, the iFixit team were pleased to discover that Samsung have bestowed the S4 with a user-removable battery. All that’s needed to get into the handset is a sturdy fingernail to get into the device, after which the 3.8V and 2600mAh (9.88Wh) battery can be removed by hand. Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S 4 drops original TecTile support, requires new TecTile 2

Don’t get too attached to that collection of  TecTiles if you’re upgrading to a Galaxy S 4. AnandTech has discovered that Samsung’s newer phone includes an NFC chipset that can’t read the older TecTiles, which rely on a less common tag type to register our taps instead of the NFC Forum’s standards. Customers aren’t being left in a bind, however.Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung has confirmed that it’s about to release a follow-up, TecTile 2, which adheres to the official format while supporting the company’s older NFC-equipped phones. The fully modernized tags will be ready sometime in the “coming weeks.” That doesn’t offer much immediate relief for GS3-to-GS4 upgraders whose TecTile layouts have suddenly been reduced to decorations, but those buyers should at least get the replacements they seek before long. Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Mega hits FCC (again), this time with LTE

Better start working on those powerball exercises. At least if Samsung’s Galaxy Mega was the thing you thought your life was missing, as it’s just landed at the FCC.

Samsung Galaxy Mega

Yeah, we know this isn’t the first time, but on second time around it’s the LTE-sporting AT&T-friendly GT-i9205 model. The usual lab tests show little that we didn’t know already — unless you didn’t know it had LTE Band 5, dual band WiFi, NFC or GSM 850 / 1900. As the 5.8-inch isn’t 4G-enabled, this means we’re looking at the bigger 6.3-inch version, but still no word on if, when or how this might land on US shores. Still no harm in limbering up though, is there? Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Mega hits FCC (again), this time with LTE

Better start working on those powerball exercises. At least if Samsung’s Galaxy Mega was the thing you thought your life was missing, as it’s just landed at the FCC.Samsung Galaxy Mega

Yeah, we know this isn’t the first time, but on second time around it’s the LTE-sporting AT&T-friendly GT-i9205 model. The usual lab tests show little that we didn’t know already — unless you didn’t know it had LTE Band 5, dual band WiFi, NFC or GSM 850 / 1900. As the 5.8-inch isn’t 4G-enabled, this means we’re looking at the bigger 6.3-inch version, but still no word on if, when or how this might land on US shores. Still no harm in limbering up though, is there? Continue reading