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.
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
What is it that you want to know about the RAM in your mobile device? Usually, how much of it there is, and if you’re a little more demanding of your hardware, maybe what type it is, too.
Well, folk in the latter category might interested to know that Samsung has started production of 20nm 4Gb LPDDR3 mobile DRAM. As is the nature of smaller, more efficient components, the new chips promise to be faster (2,133 Mbps per pin, over LPDDR2′s 800 Mbps), and — so claims Samsung — a 20 percent drop in power consumption. With just four of these new chips, OEMs can have a 2GB offering that’s still just a slick 0.8mm in height. Continue reading
If an 8-inch stylus-enabled Galaxy Tablet wasn’t your cup of tea, perhaps Samsung’s new seven-inch model will do the trick. The Galaxy Tab 3 has gone official and the third iteration of the company’s first Android tablet arrives with a 1.2GHz processor, 8GB or 16GB of storage (with expansion up to 64GB), a 3- and 1.3-megapixel camera array and a substantial 4,000mAh battery.That 7-inchWSVGA (1,024 x 600) TFT display suggests it’s likely to be a keenly-priced slate, although we’re still waiting to hear on specifics. Samsung’s loaded up the Galaxy Tab 3 with Android 4.1 and says that the WiFi version will launch “globally” in May, while an incoming 3G model (no LTE at this point, but it’ll be able to make calls) will follow in June.
In case you missed it, Samsung released a new phone over the weekend and now the company’s put together a quick video describing the design notions behind its Galaxy S 4.
Expect to hear the word intuitive a fair few times, mostly in regard to those new software features, a return of those nature-inspired design licks. Samsung adds that it’s has also cranked up the attention to detail on the hardware design, in search of the “perfect line” for its new flagship, though we’re not exactly sure if it can be both “unlike anything you’ve ever seen before” and ”not a radical difference, but more an evolution,” as mentioned in the clip. Take in some sun-kissed vistas and the chilled-out soundtrack right after the break. Continue reading
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’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