Samsung has released their next big thing, the Galaxy S5, and it’s so far outpacing sales records set by its predecessor. Samsung has raised the size of the screen even further to 5.1″ while keeping the actual dimensions of the phone nearly identical to the Galaxy S4. The device saw a simultaneous worldwide release last week in 100s of different countries in several different colors including Blue, Gold, White, and Black.
The Galaxy S5 adds a few new key features to the device including a Heart Rate Monitor on the back where the camera and flash are, and also a Finger Print Scanner where the Home button is. Unlike the Touch ID implementation that the iPhone 5s has, Samsung requires users swipe their finger down in order to make an accurate read. There have also been some news that the scanner has already been compromised to varying levels of success.
Samsung has also introduced new accessories for the Galaxy S5, including their S-View Flip Covers, Wireless Charging Backs, and protective cases. You can browse for more third party Galaxy S5 cases at the official site here: http://GalaxyS5Cases.com.
Samsung has also introduced several new software tweaks to their user interface, still called TouchWiz, and has updated their suite of apps including S Health, Music, their App Store, and much more.
The Galaxy S5 is currently available on all of the major US carriers, and other smaller, regional carriers will be following soon, including MetroPCS and Ting.
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.
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
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!
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.
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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Tomorrow at 3PM EST / 2PM CST, Samsung will be livestreaming it’s Samsung Premiere 2013 Event for its new Galaxy and ATIV devices, which are rumored to include a Galaxy Note 3 and new Windows Phone device.
Samsung has done a tremendous job lately preventing leaks from occurring and everyone guessing. Some prototypes of the Galaxy S4 did end up leaking a few days in advance to much doubt, but for the most part the company has done an admirable job keeping things close to the vest. Samsung has made a lot of noise lately with several releases that include a nice array of Galaxy S4 variants and even a dedicated Galaxy camera. Rumors earlier in the year pointed to an all-aluminum housing for a Galaxy Note 2 successor, which is definitely within the realm of possibility considering it sees a yearly release just like its smaller brother, the S4, although it would be a little early considering they’ve been announced toward the end of summer rather than the very beginning.
The ‘phablet’ market may be heating up, however, as rumors also suggest Apple making a foray into the over-sized screen smartphone market, but those rumors are definitely without substance as of now.
You can tune in and watch the event as it happens on YouTube at youtube.com/SamsungMobile.
During Game 5 of the NBA Championship Game between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, a Samsung commercial touting the release of a new Jay-Z album, entitled “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” was released upon the world. As the hype grew to immense proportions, we started getting some information regarding the upcoming release.
It is currently slated to release on July 4th, 2013, but if the rapper’s prior attempt at hitting a release date is to be observed (Watch the Throne was initially slated for a July 4th release), this could always change. We also learned that Samsung has purchased a million copies of the unreleased album for $5 apiece, potentially making this album a platinum record before it even sees the light of day, or a Best Buy or Target for that matter.
Samsung didn’t just buy 1 million albums as a favor to HOV, however, as they plan to giveaway all of the albums to one million of their own customers who happen to own the latest Galaxy devices such as the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, and Galaxy Note 2. The first million users to download an app in the Play Store beginning on June 24th will get access to the album on July 1st.
Source: ABC News
Samsung has been cranking out several variants of the Galaxy S4, all with their own unique strengths added. So far, we know about the Galaxy S4 Mini, the Galaxy S4 Zoom, Galaxy S4 Active, and now there’s a new Galaxy S4 variant that is capable of LTE-Advanced which is an even faster 4G technology still in its infancy.
Looking beyond the support for Advanced-LTE, this new Galaxy S4 variant also houses a Snapdragon 800 processor which is quite a bit faster than the Snapdragon 600 processor in the Galaxy S4. Some expect the performance boost to increase further as Samsung gets closer to a final model.
Samsung has somewhat confirmed the new device, and says it will release the first version of this new variant in South Korea sometime within the next month, but no U.S. carriers have confirmed plans for the LTE-Advanced device. AT&T, however, does expect to have their LTE-Advanced 4G network up and running later this year.