Samsung Prepping Galaxy Round Smartphone with Curved Screen

Forbes has just run a report today that puts the spotlight on an upcoming Samsung handset with a curved display being announced sometime this month called the Galaxy Round.  Some have speculated that the Galaxy Round will included a curved OLED 5.7″ screen.  This is just after LG has announced similar screen tech in a 6″ variety.  One date being thrown around is October 10th 2013, which could possibly be the initially unveiling of the device.

It appears that specs of the Galaxy Round match those of the Galaxy Note 3, which packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3gHz and 3GB of RAM.  Some expect the new Galaxy Round to cost as much as $950 dollars which would make it one of the most expensive smartphones on the market, surpassing the high-end iPhone 5s and Samsung’s own Galaxy Note 3.

More details regarding availability and press shots should be available sometime later this week.

Google and Samsung Release Galaxy S4 Google Edition

Galaxy S4 Google Edition (White)

Samsung and Google teamed up to bring a new version of the Galaxy S4 to consumers in the United States via the Google Play Store.  The Galaxy S4 Google Edition is a Galaxy S4 on the outside, but a little bit different of a beast on the inside.  The internal hardware is the same, but the big difference is the software that it runs.  The Google Edition runs a bare-bones version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with no modifications to the UI or additional applications from Samsung or any carrier.  While this definitely makes the phone more lean, there are some big features missing that helped separate the Galaxy S4 from the competition such as AirView, special camera app functionality, and a lot more.

The Google Edition also has an unlocked bootloader, which basically allows users and developers to flash custom ROMs such as Paranoid Android or Cyanogenmod to their device without voiding the warranty.

You can buy the Galaxy S4 Google Edition from the Play Store in the US today for $649.99.

Source: Unlocked Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A Officially Announced

Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A

In a press release, Samsung has announced the brand new Galaxy S4 LTE-A, the first device capable of LTE-A data speeds for a vastly improved multimedia experience.  The device is able to combine different LTE frequencies into a single downstream to make downloads much more quicker.  Under the hood, Samsung has also upgraded the device to the new Snapdragon 800, a quad-core CPU clocked at 2.3GHz.  The internal storage sits at 32GB, and is still expandable via microSD for an additional 64GB of storage.

Outside of the processor and LTE-A capability, the device is exactly the same as its little brother, the original Galaxy S4.  The initial colors will be Red Aurora and Blue Arctic, and it’s slated to exclusively launch in South Korea for SK Telecom this summer.

Read the full press release from Samsung here!

Samsung on Verge of Settling EU Antitrust Suit

Last year, the European Union began to investigate and later filed a lawsuit against Samsung for anti-competitive practices related to what they perceived as an abuse of their patents by way of court injunctions.  The European Commission, which serves as a competition regulator across the EU oversaw the case and Samsung is preparing to settle the charges.

Samsung and Apple caused a large uproar last year as they battled around the globe over patents and designs on their popular smartphones and tablets.  At one point in the United States, Apple actually won a major lawsuit against Samsung that temporarily banned the sale of some of Samsung’s devices and was penalized over a billion dollars.  Five patents and some design similarities were argued successfully to infringe on some of Apple’s products by their legal team.

No settlement amount has been publicized by either party, and both the EU commission and Samsung had no comment at the time of publication.

Source: Reuters

Samsung Launches Three Galaxy Tab 3 Tablets

Galaxy Tab 3 in White

Adding to an already sprawling lineup of tablets, Samsung has just announced three variants of their upcoming Galaxy Tab 3, the third annual lineup of Android-powered tablets.  There are a lot of different configuration options this time around, and a new 8″ model that may actually compete with the Galaxy Note 8.0.  The rest of the Galaxy Tab 3 lineup includes the familiar 10.1″ and 7″ screen sizes in the familiar frame.

The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 has a dual core 1.2GHz processor with a 1024×600 screen, putting it below the Nexus 7 in terms of PPI and resolution.  The 8″ variant includes a 1.5GHz dual core processor with a 1280×800 screen resolution, equaling that of the Galaxy Note 8.0.  The 10.1″ version actually has the same 1280×800 resolution on the larger screen, but internally it houses an Intel Z2560 dual core processor clocked at 1.6GHz.  This may actually be Intel’s first real attempt into the Android mobile market of devices.

The new Galaxy Tab 3 lineup will be available starting on July 7th, 2013 in both White and Brown.

South Koreans Upset over Galaxy S4 LTE-A Refresh

A few days ago we reported on a story that Samsung would soon be releasing a refreshed version of the Galaxy S4 with a faster processor and LTE-Advanced capabilities.  While no word was given on when or if this new refresh would be released in the United States, it was definitely going to be released in Samsung’s native South Korea.  South Koreans aren’t too happy.

Understandably so.

The Galaxy S4 launched just under 2 months ago, and the fact that a faster version is already being released is somewhat of a slap in the face to their customer base.  Of course, when it finally rolls out in the United States, it’ll be the same dilemma the company is facing.  Perhaps keeping the Galaxy S4 moniker wasn’t a great idea for the new handset?  We actually don’t even know the name of the new variant yet, but it could be made much more expensive to help everyone feel better, but we doubt that will be the case when it launches in a few weeks.

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Samsung Unveils Galaxy NX Smartcamera

Galaxy NX with Interchangeable Lenses

Samsung has been hard at work creating all kinds of franken-devices, and the Galaxy NX is their attempt at creating a high-quality camera and Android device hybrid. Not to be mistaken with the Galaxy S4 Zoom, which weighs heavily on the smartphone side and less on the camera, all things considered, the Galaxy NX is a true camera with smartphone-like functionality. The lens are interchangeable much like a professional camera, and the sensor is a whopping 20.3 megapixels. It also records 1080p video at 25 frames per second.

In terms of hardware, the Galaxy NX looks the part, and even includes a 4.8″ AMOLED touchscreen that also serves as a viewfinder when it’s not serving as the touch interface for Android 4.2.  The Galaxy NX is also capable of transmitting data over 3G, 4G LTE, WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0.  Inside the device is a quad-core 1.6GHz processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a microSD slot to expand your storage further, presumably by an additional 64GB.  This is also a Google-approved device, so you will have full access to the Google suite of apps, including the Play Store, Gmail, YouTube, and more.

The Galaxy NX won’t take just any lenses, however, so you’ll have to find Galaxy NX lenses that are available in several different types, including pancake, telephoto, wide-angle, and 3D.

Pricing and availability wasn’t mentioned, but we expect it to cost north of $599 if their past cameras are of any indication.