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Samsung announce Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5

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It was rumored that Samsung were aiming to pull up their release of the new Note series device as en effort to curb Apple’s sales, and then the press invites rolled out and the next Galaxy unpacked event was set for today.

Samsung took to the stage to announce two new devices, and thanks to plenty of leaks, we had pretty solid specs/details on both devices. The new Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5 have arrived and most of the leaks have been confirmed. Below is a breakdown of both of the new devices.

Galaxy Note 5

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The Galaxy Note 5 will feature a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,160 x 1,440 resolution. Inside we have Samsung’s own Exynos 7420 chipset with Octa-Core processor with 4 x 2.1GHz and 4 x 1.5GHz. Ram has now been bumped up to 4GB for some serious multi-tasking prowess. The device will be running Android 5.1 and has a 3,000mAh battery. The camera on the back is 16MP, which we assume is the same as the Galaxy S6. Sadly this time around, we have no removable battery or expandable memory, which seems like a massive step backwards for Samsung.

The S-Pen has been given a new look and now has a push mechanism for releasing it form the phone itself. Users can also start writing an instant memo even while the device is in standby.

Galaxy S6 Edge+

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The Galaxy S6 Edge+ is a larger twin of the not so long ago S6 Edge. The specs are mostly identical to the Note 5 above with the same Exynos 7420 chipset and display size and resolution (5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,160 x 1,440 resolution). We have the same 16MP camera and 3,000mAh battery. The curved display is of course still present, and Samsung have included some new software tweaks that allow apps to be pinned to the edge of the display.

Again, much like the S6 and S6 Edge, we have no removable battery or memory card slot, meaning what you see is what you get.

Both devices are sent to arrive on August 21st, at least in the US. Pricing is as expected with over €700 for a contract-less unit. The devices will be avaialble in both 32GB and 64GB models, with 128GBset to arrive in the near future.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Press event invitations sent out, takes place on 1st of March

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Samsung are gearing up for their next Galaxy Unpacked event. The Galaxy S6, and possibly some new items will be announced at the event. The invitations sent out include the above image and we’re clearing seeing a bend in the device. Much like the Galaxy Note Edge, we could see the S6 include an edge like display as standard, or possibly a Galaxy S6 Edge device on its own. Speculations are bound to begin, and as we get closer to the event, we will see more and more rumors and leaks pop up. Samsung will thankfully streaming the entire event live from YouTube (link below). What is next indeed Samsung?

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2015 Live Stream

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Review: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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Samsung’s list of smartphones has been getting bigger and bigger for the past few years. Every device tries to bring something new to the market, but most are simply a range of devices with different budgets in mind. The Galaxy Alpha was announced not to long ago, and rumoured long before then. Samsung finally made a phone with some metal. The Galaxy Alpha isn’t on the top with regards to spec lists, but it doesn’t disappoint either. A lot of focus with the device will stem from its design and as we mentioned, it features a metal frame with smoothed and slightly curved edges. Samsung also continue to include a removable back cover and removable battery.

We shall not continue with the intro any longer and begin by taking a look at the some of the main features (full specs below) and then take a closer look at the device itself before really getting this review moving on. So let’s check out the Samsung Galaxy Alpha.

  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz
  • Display: 4.7″ 720p SuperAMOLED touchscreen, 312ppi pixel density
  • Chipset: Octa-core Exynos 5 Octa 5430 chipset, including a quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7, Mali-T628 MP6 GPU
  • Memory: 32GB storage, no microSD card slot
  • Rear Camera: 12MP auto-focus camera, 31mm focal length, f/2.2; LED flash
    21600p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps
  • Front Camera: 2.1MP front-facing camera
  • Networking: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, standard microUSB 2.0 port, GPS/GLONASS receiver, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Modem: GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSPA/LTE
  • Battery: 1,860mAh Li-Ion removable battery
  • Other features: Fingerprint sensor and heart rate sensor
  • Dimensions: 132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm, 115 g

 

Network LTE Cat.6 (300/50Mbps)
Display 4.7” HD Super AMOLED (1280 x 720)
AP Octa Core (Quad 1.8GHz + Quad 1.3GHz) or Quad Core 2.5GHz
OS Android 4.4.4 (KitKat)
Camera 12MP (rear) + 2.1MP (front)
Camera Features Beauty Face, Dual Camera, HDR (High Dynamic Range),Panorama, Selective Focus, Shot & More, Virtual Tour
Video UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) @30fpsVideo Codec : H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1,Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7, WMV8, VP8Video Format : MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV,MKV, WEBM
Audio Audio Codec : MP3, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+,WMA, Vorbis, FLACAudio Format : MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA,AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF,IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Additional Features Ultra Power Saving ModeDownload BoosterQuick ConnectPrivate Mode
Google Mobile Service Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube
Connectivity WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2×2)Bluetooth®: 4.0 BLE / ANT+USB: USB 2.0NFC
Sensor Accelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor ,Gesture Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor, HR Sensor
Memory* RAM : 2GB Internal Memory : 32GB No micro SD Slot
Dimension 132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm, 114g
Battery 1,860 mAh

The specs are pretty solid. The only downside we can see straight off the bat is the rather shocking lack of a MicroSD slot. Something we never expected Samsung to remove from a device. Even more so considering it still has a removable back cover and battery. It just begs the questions. How hard would it have been to add a microSD slot. At least Samsung include 32GB of storage in the device and not a measly 16GB. It’s still a let down to not see an expansion option available.

The included processor is the Exynos 5 Octa-Core 5430. This is a slight step up from the Galaxy S5 Exynos version. This includes a Quad-Core Cortex-A15 clocked at 1.8GHZ and a Quad-Core Cortex-A7 clocked at 1.3GHz. We also have the Mali-T626 MP6 GPU and 2GB of RAM inside the device.

The camera is a 12MP that includes HDR and 4K support. The camera UI and features all stem from the Galaxy S5, but we’ll detail it all throughout our review. Now let’s take a look at the device itself.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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As we can see Samsung have included a full on metal frame. This includes a smooth and slight curve around the edges. The metal design is extremely solid and makes the device feel really well built. We never had a problem with plastic devices. That being said, the Galaxy Alpha really does bleed a beautiful design throughout. Samsung have finally made a step in the right direction. #the bottom of the device contains the capacitive recent apps and back buttons and then we have the physical home button.

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The metal frame wraps around the entire device and has slight bumps around each corner. We can also see the seamless plasitc that is embedded for the antennas for the device. The layout of the power button, volume rocker and microphones are all the same compared to other Samsung devices.

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Lastly we have the camera on the back, along with the LED flash and heartbeat sensor. The removable back cover reveals the included 1,820mAh battery and nano sim slot. Again we sadly report the lack of a MicroSD card slot.

TouchWiz

The Alpha includes the same TouchWiz that we saw on the Galaxy S5. This includes dual window and tool box multi-tasking features. Below are some screenshots taking through the UI.

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Again, the UI is identical to the S5 will no visible changes (bar the wallpaper).

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Here we can see the full drop down short cut menu, which can be accessed by dragging two fingers down or by the expansion button in the right corner. We also have the new settings layout, dual window in action and then the notification short cut customization settings.

Fingerprint scanner

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The fingerprint scanner is built directly into the home button and users swipe their finger down to submit their fingerprint. Samsung have gone a step further than simply adding it for unlocking purposes and users can use it to log into their Samsung account and even Paypal as well. Users can log into and confirm payments by swiping their fingers. This is pretty handy for those that use Paypal a lot, but most will find it only a small inconvenience to enter their email and password. Samsung have now updated their fingerprint functions beyond just paypal and Samsung. Users can now use it for web sign-ins.

Like on the Galaxy S5, unlocking the device is a bit of a hit and miss. Having to near perfectly swipe your finger dampens the benefit of having it over a simple pattern code, which is much more consistent overall. Although, if users are simply aiming to keep their devices more secure, than the fingerprint scanner is pretty solid for doing to so. Going a step further and using it for web log-ins will further its uses and that small inconvenience we talked about earlier becomes a bigger one. This makes the fingerprint scanner more useful, and not just a gimmicky feature.

Heart rate sensor

The heart rate monitor is extremely straight forward and support is built directly into the S-Health app. Users simply hold their finger against the sensor on the back of the device for a few seconds, while the app is active and they will get their reported heart rate. Some will find it a fairly great advantage, and having a dedicated heart rate sensor for accuracy can be an advantage for those that will make good use of it.

Camera UI

Samsung include a nice 12MP camera with HDR support and 4K video. Before we get to the photo and video samples, let’s take a look at the camera UI. It’s pretty much identical to the Galaxy S5, but none the less, we shall take a closer look at the UI.

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The Camera UI is is pretty easy to navigate. Here we can see the few options on the left which include switching to the front facing camera, activating dual view, HDR on/off, and finally settings. The mode selection button on the right brings up all of the different modes available, with some more available to download. The modes avaialble include Auto, Beauty Face, Shot & More, Panorama, Virtual tour, and Dual Camera.  Other modes like Animated Photo, Surround shot, Sequence Shot, Sports shot, and Sound & shot

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The settings and control for both video and photos are all together in a grid menu and navigation is pretty straight forward with most settings availably quickly.

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Lastly we can see the different video and photo resolutions available.

Photos

Now it’s time to take a look at some photos taken with the 12MP camera on the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. We took shots with HDR On and Off. On the left we have the non-HDR shots and then on the right we have the HDR photos.

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We are seriously impressed with how well the HDR works. It doesn’t slow down our shots, which we have seen in the past with older Samsung devices. It ultimately gave us much more balanced images and then more detail because of that. The quality overall is extremely good and the 12MP will easily provide great looking photos, but more on that in our conclusion.

The images above are scaled down for the site, but below is a link to all of the above images in full, should you wish to check them out.

Full Size Images

Videos

Now it’s time to take a look at some videos taken with the Galaxy Alpha. The phone includes support for 4K, so we put together two videos below. The first video is with 1080p and it alternates between HDR being on and off. The second video is done solely with 4K.

1080p Video (Normal, HDR, and Video Stabilization)

4K Video

Benchmarks

Performance is an important factor when it comes to a nice smooth smartphone experience. We haven’t see a high end phone come with anything less than stellar performance, and based on the included hardware in the Galaxy Alpha, we’re expecting nothing less here. We ran the most popular benchmarks below and here are the results.

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3D Mark Ice Storm Unlimited  17446
Antutu 5  49271
Geekbench 3 Single-Core  933
Geekbench 3 Multi-Core  3007
Vellamo Metal  1544
Vellamo Multicore  1739
Vellamo Browser (Chrome)  3518
Vellamo Browser (Internet Browser) (Stock Browser)  3003

Gameplay

The best way to check real world performance of a device is through gameplay. We put together a video with some gameplay done on the Galaxy Alpha. The games we played are Dead Trigger 2, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and finally Modern Combat 5.

Battery Life

The Galaxy Alpha includes a 1,820mAh battery. This is definitely on the low side, as we have been getting use to seeing 2200mAh+ batteries for a while now, but the smaller size we have with the Alpha, obviously dictates a smaller battery size. Below is our test setup for testing. Benching how long a battery will last is tricky, as it really depends on what exactly it is your doing. Like always, it instead of doing 1 thing over and over until the battery dies. We vary what is done throughout a typical day of medium to heavy usage.

Phone Calls 20-30 Minutes
Text message/Chat/Emails Throughout the day(checking) and 20-30 sent
Photos 10-20
Video recording 20-30 Minutes
Internet browsing Throughout the day(around 30-40 minutes total)
Gaming 30 Minutes
YouTube/Netflix 30-40 Minutes
Connectivity WiFi and 3G; mostly 3G
Screen Brightness 50-percent

Again, the aim of our test is to be more broad. Doing more or less of any one task can have a good or bad effect on the battery life. Sadly, we were unable to make it through a full day of usage. Our test length consists of 12 hours usage. We reached 5-percent around 8 hours in. Meaning a full day of medium to heavy usage without charging is sort of out of the question. However, we did turn on the ultra power saving and were able to continue with the 5-percent until the end of the day. This does entail loosing a lot of functions from the device, but a dead battery would be worse.

Conclusion

It’s full on conclusion time. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha on paper definetely impresses, but below is what we think about each aspect of the device. We also include some words on the overall aspect of the device.

Design

This is probably the most important factor of the Galaxy Alpha, as it’s ultimately why the new series exists. That’s not to say we can guarantee another iteration next year. Samsung are no doubt one of the most popular smartphone manufactures around, but throughout the years, none of their flagship devices have featured any form of metal design. That has finally changed. The device features a distinctive metal frame, but includes subtle chamfered edges. This completes the look very nicely.

Let’s not beat around the bush. This is definrely Samsung best design yet. They included a nice strong metallic frame, but kept the parts people loved. The removable back cover gives us access to the battery. Allowing those wishing to bring extra charged batteries along can do so without question (even more with the small battery included). While we have never had anything against plastic devices. It’s really hard not to appreciate a metal design, as it typically gives the impression of a premium device. That’s exactly what it does for the Galaxy Alpha and we love the look and feel of it.

Screen

While only a 720p display. The Galaxy Alpha still features a high enough ppi at 312. The display isn’t nearly on the same level that we saw with the Galaxy S5, or other device, but colours are nice and saturated and even more important, the brightness levels could go fairly high, making the device fairly easy to use in sunlight.

It’s not the best display on the market, but thankfully it’s not trying to be. Brightness, colours and details are good enough that we don’t feel were missing too much when it comes to display magic.

Camera

The 12MP included with the Alpha is definitely up there with the rest of them. The quality and detail is extremely impressive and even goes as far as to compare to the Galaxy S5’s 16MP shooter. All of the expected modes are present and HDR is again something we love using. Both 1080p and 4K recording look great. We wouldn’t bother with 4K recording much, since it’s still much of a newcomer. It also disables HDR video support. Which again, provided a great balance to every video.

The camera on the Samsung Galaxy Alpha didn’t disappoint and provides great performance and features. Doesn’t leave anything to be desired really.

Performance

The Exynos 5 Octa Core features the big.LITTLE architecture, which allows for 4 lower power cpus and 4 heavier cpu’s to play together. It has been doing the rounds for awhile now and the 5430 model included in the Galaxy Alpha had no issues with performance. It’s simply to say the Galaxy Alpha features stellar CPU/GPU performance and is definitely among all of the flagship devices currently available.

Overall

The main attraction of the Galaxy Alpha is of course the design. This is Samsung’s first foray into metal housing, and in most cases, a more premium look and feel. That’s pretty much the idea behind the Galaxy Alpha. It brings solid specs with excellent performance and a more than decent camera.

The size is an interesting factor here. Samsung’s Galaxy S series broke 5-inches with the S4, and even before then we had more than 4.7-inches. It’s easy to assume people are getting more and more comfortable with larger devices. That being said, we’re guessing the smaller size is to reach more general users and those not looking for a 5-inch+ device. The best part is that they will get a fantastic experience. Again, the design is the best we have seen from Samsung, the performance is on par with most flagship devices available now and the camera definitely won’t disappoint.

The negative side of things has to start with the poor performing battery life, however that is another reason why we see devices getting larger. Sadly the small size deems the battery smaller as well. This means we don’t have the best longevity. At least Samsung have a removable battery, allowing users to bring a spare. Simply put, if you want a phone that last’s all day with heavy usage, the Alpha is not it. That’s the price that is paid for small device nowadays.

That brings us to our last point. The lack of a MicroSD slot. It seems like Samsung did some forward thinking with regards to the design, but went backwards with storage expansion. It’s a shame that we don’t have any form of expansion. Those 4K videos could fill the storage pretty quick. Another reason whyy suggest sticking with 1080p for recording.

Overall the Samsung Galaxy Alpha will be a definite favourite. It ticks the right boxes for those looking for a stylish design, great performance, extensive features. It does have its drawbacks, but what smartphone doesn’t. The Alpha isn’t trying to appease everyone, but does a great job on factors its truly aimed at. This is why we gladly give the Galaxy Alpha a Gold award.

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Samsung announce another Galaxy Gear device, the Galaxy Gear Fit with curved AMOLED display

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Samsung had another Galaxy Gear smartwatch to announce, but left it until today to announce along side the Galaxy S5. The Galaxy Gear Fit includes a 1.84-inch curved super AMOLED display with 432 x 128 resolution. Bluetooth 4.0 LE for connecting up to your smartphone or tablet. The smart watch includes a pedometer and heart rate sensor and has a light form factor making it easier joggers/runners to utilize and sync with their smartphone or use standalone. The Galaxy Gear Fit will be available globally from April with pricing to be announced.

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Samsung post video for upcoming Galaxy Unpacked event

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Samsung are getting ready to announce their next flagship device, which is of course going to be the Galaxy S5. We are just a few days away from the announcement and Samsung have released a video with some included words that flash upon the screen during the video that may or may not be detailing what kind of features we can expect from the next Galaxy smartphone and with Samsung there really is no way to tell until the actual event itself, so check out the video below and look forward to the announcement next week.

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Samsung announce Galaxy Note Pro tablet, 12.2-inch display with 2560 X 1600 resolution

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Along with the new Galaxy Pro Tab series, Samsung have announce the new NotePro series which arrives in just one rather big 12.2-inch size with near identical specs to the Pro Tab 12.2-inch with the added benefit of stylus support. The tablet like Samsung’s others will come in both WiFi and LTE models with the former coming with Samsung’s own Exynos 5 double quad-core CPU (1.9 GHz QuadCore  + 1.3 GHz Quadcore)  and the latter being the LTE coming with the popular Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset with 2.3Ghz quad-core CPU. Availability like the Pro Tab series is set for the next few months (within Q1) with pricing to be announced at a later date.

Category

Specifications

Network

LTE : 800/900/1800/2600+850/21003G : HSPA+ 21 850/900/1900/2100

Processor

WiFi and 3G: Exynos 5 Octa (1.9 GHz QuadCore  + 1.3 GHz Quadcore)
LTE : Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz Quad 

* The selection of AP will be different by markets

Display

12.2-inch WQXGA (2560 X 1600) Super clear LCD

OS

Android 4.4 (KitKat)

Camera / Flash

– Main(Rear): 8 Megapixel, Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash,
Zero Shutter lag- Sub(Front): 2 Megapixel

Video

– Codec: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43,
VP8, HEVC- 1080p Full HD video @ 60fps

Audio

– Codec: MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, FLAC, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis(OGG), WAV- 3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo Speaker

S Pen

Optimized

Features

S Pen Experience- S Note(Easy Chart), S Planner

– Air Command: Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write, S Finder, Pen Window

– Direct Pen Input

 Content Services / Applications

Samsung Hub- Video, Music

– Books / Games / Learning (Stub)

Samsung Apps / Kies
Samsung TouchWiz / Magazine UX
Samsung KNOX (stub), Samsung e-Meeting, Side Sync 3.0 (stub)
Bloomberg Businessweek+, Dropbox
Evernote, Hancom Office for Android, NY Times
Remote PC, Sketchbook Pro (stub), WebEx Meetings

Free Downloadable apps

Samsung ChatON, Link, Group Play
Bitcasa, Blurb, Easilydo Pro, LIVESPORT.TV, LinkedIn, Oxford Advanced Learner’s A-Z

Google Mobile Services

Chrome, Search, Gmail, Google+, Maps, Play BooksPlay Movies, Play Music, Play Store, Hangouts

Voice Search, YouTube, Google Settings, Play Games, Photos, Drive, Play Newsstand

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, AllShareCast, BT4.0,
USB3.0

GPS

GPS + GLONASS

Sensor

Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Geo-magnetic, RGB

Memory

3GB RAM, 32/64GB Internal MemorymicroSD (Up to 64GB)

Dimension / Weight

295.6 x 204 x 7.95mm750g (WiFi version), 753g (3G/LTE version)

Battery

9,500mAh

IrLED

Yes

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Samsung unveil new Galaxy Tab Pro series, comes in three different screen sizes 8.4, 10.1, and 12.2-inches

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Samsung have just unveiled their new line-up of tablets dubbed the Galaxy Tab Pro series. The range of tablets come with some serious specs and in three different screen sizes which start at 8.4-inch, jumping to 10.1-inch and finally a bigger 12.2-inch. Regardless of the size difference, most of the specs seem very similar, however we have broken each tablet into it’s own for specs and gallery.

Pro Tab 8.4-inch

Category

Specifications

Network

LTE : LTE  CAT4 800/850/900/1800/2100/2600
HSPA+ 42Mbps 850/900/1900/2100, HSUPA 5.76Mbps
3G : HSPA+ 42Mbps 850/900/1900/2100 , HSUPA 5.76Mbps

Processor

Snapdragon 800 2.3 GHz QuadCore
* The selection of AP will be different by markets

Display

8.4-inch WQXGA (1600×2560) Super clear LCD

OS

Android 4.4(Kitkat)

Camera

– Main(Rear): 8.0 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash
– Sub(Front): 2.0 Megapixel

Video

– Codec: H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7,
WMV8, VP8, HEVC- 1080p Full HD video@60fps

Audio

– MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, FLAC, Vorbis(OGG), WAV
– 3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo Speaker

 Content Services / Applications

Samsung Hub- Video, Music- Books / Games / Learning (Stub)
Samsung Apps / Kies
Samsung TouchWiz / Magazine UX
Samsung KNOX (stub), Samsung e-Meeting, Side Sync 3.0 (stub)
Dropbox, Hancom Office for Android
Remote PC, WebEx Meetings

Free Downloadable apps

Samsung ChatON, Link, Group Play
Bitcasa, Blurb, Easilydo Pro, LIVESPORT.TV, LinkedIn, Oxford Advanced Learner’s A-Z, Bloomberg Businessweek+

Google Mobile Services

Chrome, Search, Gmail, Google+, Maps, Play BooksPlay Movies, Play Music, Play Store, HangoutsVoice Search, YouTube, Google Settings, Play Games, Photos, Drive, Play Newsstand

Connectivity

WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acCH Bonding, BT v4.0, USB 2.0

GPS

GPS + GLONASS

Sensor

Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Geo-magnetic, Light, Hall

Memory

2GB RAM, 16/32 GB Internal Memory, microSD (Up to 64GB)

Dimension

128.5 x 219 x 7.2mm, 325g (WiFi version), 336g (3G/LTE version)

Battery

Standard Battery, Li-ion 4,800mAh

IrLED

Yes

Pro Tab 10.1-inch

Category

Specifications

Network

LTE : CAT4 800/850/900/1800/2100/2600
HSPA+ 42.2Mbps 850/900/1900/2100, HSUPA 5.76Mbps

Processor

WiFi: Exynos 5 Octa (1.9 GHz QuadCore  + 1.3 GHz Quadcore)
LTE : Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz Quad* The selection of AP will be different by markets

Display

10.1-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) Super clear LCD

OS

Android 4.4(Kitkat)

Camera

– Main(Rear): 8.0 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash
– Sub(Front): 2.0 Megapixel

Video

– Codec: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8,
HEVC- 1080p Full HD video @ 60fps

Audio

– MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, FLAC, Vorbis(OGG), WAV
– 3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo Speaker

 Content Services / Applications

Samsung Hub- Video, Music- Books / Games / Learning (Stub)
Samsung Apps / Kies
Samsung TouchWiz / Magazine UX
Samsung KNOX (stub), Samsung e-Meeting, Side Sync 3.0 (stub)
Dropbox, Hancom Office for Android
Remote PC, WebEx Meetings

Free Downloadable apps

Samsung ChatON, Link, Group Play
Bitcasa, Blurb, Easilydo Pro, LIVESPORT.TV, LinkedIn, Oxford Advanced Learner’s A-Z, Bloomberg Businessweek+

Google Mobile

Services

Chrome, Search, Gmail, Google+, Maps, Play BooksPlay Movies, Play Music, Play Store, HangoutsVoice Search, YouTube, Google Settings, Play Games, Photos, Drive, Play Newsstand

Connectivity

WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac CH Bonding, BT v4.0, USB 2.0

GPS

GPS + GLONASS

Sensor

Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Geo-magnetic, Light, Hall

Memory

2GB RAM, 16/32 GB Internal Memory, microSD (Up to 64GB)

Dimension

243.1 X 171.4 X 7.3mm, 469g (WiFi version), 477g (LTE version)

Battery

Standard Battery, Li-ion 8,220mAh

IrLED

Yes

Pro Tab 12.2-inch

Category

Specifications

Network

LTE : 800/900/1800/2600+850/21003G : HSPA+ 21 850/900/1900/2100

Processor

WiFi and 3G: Exynos 5 Octa (1.9 GHz QuadCore  + 1.3 GHz Quadcore)
LTE : Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz Quad*The selection of AP will be different by markets

Display

12.2-inch WQXGA (2560 X 1600) Super clear LCD

OS

Android 4.4 (KitKat)

Camera / Flash

– Main(Rear): 8 Megapixel, Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash,
Zero Shutter lag- Sub(Front): 2 Megapixel

Video

– Codec: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43,
VP8, HEVC- 1080p Full HD video @ 60fps

Audio

– Codec: MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, FLAC, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis(OGG), WAV- 3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo Speaker

 Content Services / Applications

Samsung Hub- Video, Music- Books / Games / Learning (Stub)
Samsung Apps / Kies
Samsung TouchWiz / Magazine UX
Samsung KNOX (stub), Samsung e-Meeting, Side Sync 3.0 (stub)
Bloomberg Businessweek+, Dropbox
Evernote, Hancom Office for Android, NY Times
Remote PC, Sketchbook Pro (stub), WebEx Meetings

Free Downloadable apps

Samsung ChatON, Link, Group Play
Bitcasa, Blurb, Easilydo Pro, LIVESPORT.TV, LinkedIn, Oxford Advanced Learner’s A-Z

Google Mobile Services

Chrome, Search, Gmail, Google+, Maps, Play BooksPlay Movies, Play Music, Play Store, HangoutsVoice Search, YouTube, Google Settings, Play Games, Photos, Drive, Play Newsstand

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, AllShareCast, BT4.0,
USB3.0

GPS

GPS + GLONASS

Sensor

Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Geo-magnetic, RGB

Memory

3GB RAM, 32/64GB Internal MemorymicroSD (Up to 64GB)

Dimension / Weight

295.6 x 204 x 7.95mm732g (WiFi version), 740g (LTE version)

Battery

9,500mAh

IrLED

Yes

Samsung have stated the the tablets will arrive in the coming months, but pricing has yet to be revealed.

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Chainfire gives Galaxy Note 3 users the ability to remove region lock

Galaxy Note 3 sim card support
News that the Galaxy Note 3 would include a region lock on what should have been sim free devices was met with some dismay last week and even more so when Samsung’s own response proved to supply incorrect details on how the region lock actually worked. Well anyone affected by this can at least take solace in the fact that well recognised developer of the  XDA community Chainfire has stepped in a release a pretty straight forward application that removes the region lock, at least for the SM-N9005 variant device. He was also kind enough to release a video demoing exactly how it works, which you can view below.

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The application does require root so keep that in mind if you wish to remove the region lock. The Galaxy Note 3 can be easily rooted and there are many different tutorials on how to do exactly that on XDA. Some users have also reported that the application can also remove the sim lock as well and not just the region lock, meaning the application is even more impressive, however that part of the application may have other side affects or may not last, in fact Chainfire has stated that this app is rather simple in how it works and future firmware updates may cause it to stop working or mean users have to use it again with each update. You can read more on the source link below. The app is available to download for free on XDA, however purchasing it on the Play Store buys Chainfire a beer and he deserves as much.

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Samsung announce the Galaxy Round: 5.7-inch 1080p curved display, 2.3GHz quad-core CPU with 3GB of RAM running Android 4.3

Samsung Galaxy Round image (2)
The rumours can now stop with Samsung officially announcing the Galaxy Round smartphone. The new smartphone has top end specs along with a Snapdragon 800 chipset with 2.3GHz quad core CPU with 3GB of RAM, but the stand out spec is of course the 5.700-inch 1080p curved display. The device measurements come in 151.1 x 79.6 x 7.9mm and weight is just 154g.

Camera wise we have a 13MP rear facing camera along with 2MP front facing camera. The pattern of specs should have emerged as we are looking at the internals of a Galaxy Note 3, and keeping with this we have LTE-A and WiFi b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0. The battery is slightly less compared to the Note 3 with 2,800mAh. The new Galaxy Round from Samsung will be available soon and will be running Android 4.3 and come in a Luxury Brown with the same textured back as the Galaxy Note 3. Check out the press release, gallery and short video detailing the tilt notification below.

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Samsung GALAXY ROUND Pioneers the Curved Display Smartphone Experience

New device presents world’s first commercialized full HD Super AMOLED flexible display

Seoul, Korea – October 9, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today introduced GALAXY ROUND, the world’s first curved display smartphone. Samsung has been a mobile display innovator by introducing color TFT-LCD, AMOLED, and Super AMOLED flexible display for its mobile product. With this pioneering curved display technology, GALAXY ROUND blends the latest smartphone screen innovations with unique design features. The sleek and thin Samsung GALAXY ROUND which equipped with a 5.7″ Full HD Super AMOLED with 7.9mm thick and weighs 154g offers a comfortable hand grip feeling to user, and exclusive experiences of curved display.

As a result of its unique curved design, users can take advantage of round integration experiences like the Roll Effect that enables user to check information such as date, time, missed call and battery easily when home screen is off, and the Gravity Effect for creating visual interaction with the screen by tilting the device. For music, the Bounce UX enables users to control their music. When the GALAXY ROUND’s display is off while the music player is running, a short press to the left of the device will play the previous track while a short press to the right will play the next track. For pictures and videos, the Side Mirror feature enables users to gain access to list of the album content with a left and right tilt.

The large screen size of the GALAXY ROUND provides additional benefits to users. Useful One-Hand Operation features bring a user’s most desired controls closer to a preferred side of the screen. The device enables enhanced multitasking capabilities that allow users to fully utilize the larger screen through Multi Window, a feature that enables users to open more than one application on the screen, run simultaneous multiple instances of the same application or to easily share content between applications.

Samsung GALAXY ROUND is available in Korea with Luxury Brown, and more color will be available soon.

* All functionality, features, specifications, and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

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European version of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 reported to not work outside of Europe, U.S devices will also not work outside the U.S (Update 4) Samsung’s statement provides false information

Galaxy Note 3 sim restriction feature
The launch of Samsung’s next Galaxy Note  device takes place today across the globe with a lot of consumers already enjoying their new device. However, some interesting news has appeared with regards to the European version of the Galaxy Note 3, which will in fact be both the N9000 and N9005 (Exynos and Qualcomm/LTE versions). Reports suggest that any Galaxy Note 3 device purchased in Europe will only work with a sim-card issued from a mobile provider within Europe.

This kind of news will of course be devastating to those who planned to import a Note 3 device from Europe to the likes of Australia or the US. In fact if this turns out to be true, it will be hugely negative to Samsung for it not only happening but for it to never be advertised before now. We have requested more information from Samsung and will update once we hear back.

Galaxy Note 3 sim card support
The above image was posted by user htc6500uk on XDA forums and while we aren’t 100-percent on the type of restriction in place here, it does seem like the Note 3 in Europe will only work in Europe. As before we will update once we hear back from Samsung.

UPDATE

Clove.co.uk have confirmed the restriction, even though the above picture was proof enough. We have included their notice below. We are still waiting to hear back from Samsung regarding this and will update again when we do.

We wish to make our customers aware of certain functionality limitation regarding SIM cards on the Note 3.

The Note 3 will work with any UK or European SIM card.

If you travel internationally (outside of the Europe) and usually insert a local SIM card when in the country, the Note 3 will NOT be able to use the local network. It will loose all mobile connectivity with the exception for emergency calls.

For example, if you travel to the USA and insert a SIM card issued in the USA, you will not be able to use the Note 3 for any voice calls, text messages and mobile date connection. It would work via a WiFi connection only.

We are accepting and shipping all orders from Europe, with the exception of those countries mentioned.

Handtec.co.uk have joined with their own announcement which pretty much reads the same as the label posted above.

European SIM Model:

This product is only compatible with a SIM –Card issued from a mobile operator within UK/Europe.

(as defined EU/EEA,  Switzerland and the following Non-EEA countries Albania, Bosnia, Herzgovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M), Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia and Vatican City.)  

Please note the handset will work outside the EU however you would require a UK/ EU SIM card.

UPDATE 2

Still no word from Samsung regarding this, but it turns out the US model will also include the same restriction as European models, obviously this time the device will only work with US sim-card providers. We are still waiting on word from Samsung regarding this and will update once we do. The iamge below was posted by user dovid on XDA.

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UPDATE 3

We have received a response from Samsung that shed some light on the situation that has some people in a panic regarding their orders.

In order to provide customers with the optimal mobile experience in each region including customer care services, Samsung has incorporated the ‘regional SIM lock’ feature into Galaxy Note 3 devices.

The product is only compatible with a SIM-card issued from a mobile operator within the region identified on the sticker of the product package. When the device is activated with a SIM card issued from the other region, the device may be automatically locked until it is released at the dedicated service center. 

Once a device is activated normally, the regional SIM lock is automatically released. Users can enjoy the roaming service as usual and can use other region’s SIM card when travelling.

The regional SIM lock has been applied to the Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S4 devices through a software update in selective markets.

The regional SIM lock does NOT affect the device’s features and performance. Users can continue to enjoy all the advanced features of our products.

So to break down the response, your device must be activated using a sim card from the region it was mean for, so if you purchase a Note 3 from Europe, you must first activate the device with a sim card from a mobile provider in that region, the same applies to the U.S. Once you activate said device, you can use any sim card you please from that point on regardless of the region.

The issue that is still present is for those that purchase the device from one region and import into another obviously won’t have a sim card from the other region to first activate the device. This type of situation requires the user to have the device unlocked at a dedicated service centre I.E by Samsung.

The stated reason for this is so Samsung can provide optimal mobile experience in each region, but locking the device can no way do that and in fact does the exact opposite. It’s clear they wish to stop people from importing devices from other countries, but as to why they don’t wont people doing that is still a mystery. Also pointed out by Samsung is that the Note 3 is not the only device to have this new restriction, in fact Samsung have stated that the Note 2 and S4 will have the sim lock applied through a software update.

We have already had a good few reports of users cancelling their Note 3 orders due to the new restrictions, with some waiting for the device to be available in their own regions, others have stated they will not be purchasing the device at all. There is no doubt that the new region lock Samsung have introduced rather secretly will have a negative effect on Note 3 sales and possible future sales of the Galaxy S4 and other devices.

UPDATE 4

Okay, we have another update for those following the developments of the region lock on new Galaxy devices from Samsung. Based upon Samsung’s response above we had the idea that once you use a sim card from the same region the device was purchased, it would work on any sim card regardless of the region and rightly so since that is exactly what the response states. This is however looking to be a false statement from Samsung. Users on XDA and other sites are reporting that even after using their device with a sim card from an accepted region for a period of time, the region lock is still in place. This completely negates everything said by Samsung in their statement. We have reached out again to see if perhaps they can further explain the situation and how users affected can get this resolved. We will of course update as soon as we hear back.

 

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