Category Archives: Samsung
We first heard about the Samsung Exhibit 4G a few weeks ago and it looks like we’ll be seeing the mid-range offering hitting T-Mobile shelves on June 8. Dealer price is set at $325, but you’ll be paying less (and note the $50 rebate).
The Exhibit 4G features a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 3MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera and is also HSPA+ capable; it will be able to reach speeds exceeding 21mbps. Read the rest of this entry
Samsung reported a 30 percent drop to $2.6 billion in their Q1 2011 profits when compared to the same quarter last year. The Korean electronics manufacturer blames the dip on falling chip prices and slowing display sales. What’s kept going strong, is there smartphone sales, including its Galaxy S series, which have jumped 18 percent from the previous year.
According to recent NPD report, Samsung takes the lead in the U.S. smartphone market with a 23 percent market share, followed by LG and then Apple. Samsung’s semiconductor division that supplies tablet components and other devices is also doing well with a 70 percent increase. However, despite the success in smartphones and tablet components, Samsung gives a cautious forecast:
We forecast that the challenging business conditions will persist in the second quarter, effected by lingering worries over the global economy and tight competition in consumer electronics and mobile businesses
Samsung is also in the midst of a legal battle with Apple. Despite being Apple’s major components supplier, Samsung has been slapped with a patent suit from Apple saying that their Galaxy series smartphones and tablets intentionally copy the look and feel of the iPhone and iPad. Samsung has fought back with its own patent suit, and adding one more just recently.
With Samsung’s other divisions, such as its LCD panels, TVs, and PC components, failing to perform, it will be important that they protect their smartphone and tablet division with the onslaught of rivals while battling Apple over patents.
Samsung has given the Galaxy S II the smartphone equivalent of a champagne bottle across the bows, kicking off plans to launch the Android handset on over 140 carriers spread across 120 countries. Star of a media event in Korea this morning, the Galaxy S II not only offers a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display but the thumb-research to back up its usability. Apparently Samsung took its tape measure around Korea, figuring out that the average thumb is 58.6mm long, before green-lighting the huge display as suitable for one-handed use.
Those Korean thumbs will also get to use NFC for mobile payments and a DMB digital TV tuner; Samsung says the latter adds 1mm to the Galaxy S II’s waifish 8.89mm build. Other countries will get NFC, though Samsung is yet to confirm the definitive list. There was no sign of it in our European test model, certainly.
Nonetheless, we weren’t short on praise for the Galaxy S II when we reviewed the dual-core smartphone earlier this week; check out the full review for details. The Samsung Galaxy S II gets broad availability in the UK on May 1, though launches on US carriers haven’t been dated yet.
Superbly talented ROM cook group ACS (Android Creative Syndicate) has released a fully rooted Gingerbread ROM based on the Epic’s leaked ED12 source that they are calling Leaky Gingerbead. Our friend’s over at Android Central have the full info on their forums, but the basic gist is that it’s a fully functional ROM, minus a few things that you may not want to part with.
- 4G non-functional
- GPS non-functional
- Wake lag present
- Does not boot when plugged in and powered off, unplug to boot
- Temperature sensor readings are incorrect. You may see interrupted charging due to bad battery temp readings.
- Slide to unlock button sometimes ’sticks’
- Has Carrier IQ (dieplz
Still, for you Epic flashaholics wanting to get the flavor of Gingerbread on your tongue, here’s a good chance to do so. Video of the ROM in action after the break!
If you’ve had a hankering for the new Samsung Galaxy Prevail on Boost Mobile but have been dying to know when you can get it (last we’d heard was “sometime in May”) , Boost’s website now says it’ll be available starting April 29. That’s this Friday, folks. The Galaxy Prevail is a mid-level phone, with specs as follows:
- Android 2.2
- 3.2-inch touchscreen
- 2MP camera with video
- GPS enabled
- Bluetooth® capable
- Wireless Web enabled
- Speakerphone with voice-activated dialing
- Telenav navigation, free and unlimited
- Supports microSD™ cards up to 32GB (2GB card included)
- Voice mail, caller ID, call waiting and three-way calling
So just a couple days more, apparently.
The Sprint Nexus S 4G will drop on May 8, the carrier has confirmed, taking the existing Nexus S smartphone and giving it a shot of WiMAX goodness. Announced last month, the Nexus S 4G has the same 4-inch Super AMOLED “contour display”, NFC and 5-megapixel rear camera.
There’s also a front-facing camera, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth and A-GPS, along with USB 2.0 connectivity. Sprint has obviously left Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread alone, which means the Nexus S 4G will be first in line for future OS updates.
The Nexus S 4G is priced at $199.99 with a new, two year agreement. You’ll need a mandatory data plan, too, obviously.
Apple’s patent suit claims Samsung copied the “look and feel” of their user interface, including having a grid of colorful square icons with uniformly rounded corners, a bottom row “Springboard” of square icons, and an overall rectangular product shape that has four uniformly rounded corners. The TouchWiz UI resemblance to Apple’s iOS UI is certainly there, but it will still be one tough legal battle with Samsung fighting back that will bring plenty of analysis on its implications for Apple and the smartphone/tablet industry as a whole. But, let’s just imagine for fun if Samsung were to lose on the UI design battlefront…
The Apple vs. Samsung legal battle is an interesting one despite the myriad of lawsuits already in full swing amongst all the major manufacturers. Apple is Samsung’s number two largest client and fills up 4% of their annual revenue, whereas Samsung is also Apple’s major components supplier in semi-conductors, memory, and displays.
For a really good breakdown of Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung, visit here.
Last we heard, the Samsung Galaxy S II would be arriving on UK shores come May 1. Looks like retailer Phones4u managed to get the Samsung ships to speed up a little, as the company has just announced that it will have a scant three day exclusivity on the Galaxy S II from April 27.
The handset will be priced from free on new, £35 per month agreements, or alternatively offered as a pre-pay device for £499. Your money gets you a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Super AMOLED Plus WVGA display, twin cameras – 8-megapixels on the back and 2-megapixels up front – and the usual bevy of WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS.
We gave the Galaxy S II a good going-over in our hands-on back in March, so head over there to see all the juicy details. Given the smartphone follows the wildly-successful Galaxy S, we – and Samsung – have high expectations for it.
Update: Carphone Warehouse has begun accepting preregistrations for the same price, but no word on release dates.