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Galaxy Note 4 preorders sell out in South Korea

Posted by wicked September - 23 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_4_Charcoal-Black_Front-Pen_02Samsung has already announced they were planning on speeding up the launch of the Note 4 in South Korea to try and create some momentum after Apple’s iPhone launch, and right now it’s looking like that was a smart move. Early reports say all three major wireless carriers have completely sold through their preorder stock of the Galaxy Note 4, which means there is some pretty strong demand for the device.

SK Telecom is the largest carrier in South Korea, and they cleared their stock in just 9 hours. KT and LG Uplus managed to sell out in three days. Since the preorder period was just from September 18th to the 25th, it’s apparent that customers jumped on the chance to get in line for their device.

The Note 4 looks like one of Samsung’s most impressive devices yet, complete with a 2k screen, 16 megapixel camera with OIS and a metal frame, finally moving on from the traditional plastic of Samsung flagships. It also helps that Samsung priced the Note 4 about $100 lower than the Note 3, and cheaper products are always easier to sell.

Hopefully Samsung will see a continued demand for the powerhouse phablet through the end of the year.

source: Cnet

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Charge your phone from your tablet with Samsung’s new Power Sharing cable

Posted by wicked September - 23 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Power banks are getting cheaper and larger, but what if you could use your Samsung tablet or smartphone as an external battery?

That’s the promise of Samsung’s new Power Sharing cable, which does exactly what the name suggests: it allows you to use some of the energy of one device to charge up another.

There’s a catch – only select Samsung devices can be sources. These are, for now: Galaxy S5, Galaxy Tab S 10.5, Galaxy Tab S 8.4, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Avant, and Galaxy Note 4. However, any device with a microUSB port can be charged up. Of course, some of the used energy will be lost due to the inherently imperfect efficiency of the process.

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The cable features two microUSB plugs, with arrows on the plugs showing the direction the charge “flows.” While the Samsung devices listed above can give a charge simply by plugging in the cable, Samsung published an app that lets you decide how much energy you want to transfer to the other device. The app is now available from the Play Store or from Samsung Apps.

The Power Sharing cable is available on Samsung’s store for $19.99, which isn’t that much to pay for the functionality it offers. Sure, you can get a good size power bank for that money, but the cable could be more useful, depending on the way you use your devices.

Samsung shares dip to 2-year low, profit estimates cut

Posted by wicked September - 23 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Samsung_Logo_02_TA_CES_2014Unfortunately for Samsung, it looks like their stocks are going to continue taking a beating. After Apple’s iPhone launch weekend, Samsung’s shares have fallen to a 2-year low, dropping down to about 1,161,000 won. On top of that, their profit estimates were cut from 5.7 trillion won down to 4.7 trillion won. Those are some pretty major setbacks, even for a company like Samsung.

Apple’s iPhone is part of the reason why Samsung is getting hit so hard, but other factors include other affordable smartphones from OEMs like Lenovo and Xiaomi. Samsung was the first to scoop up the bottom of the Android market, but other manufacturers are beating them at it now and Samsung can’t keep competing at the prices other devices are being sold at.

Samsung is still the biggest Android manufacturer around, and they’re obviously not going to just roll over and give up. Their massive marketing budget is helping to keep their market share relatively steady, and they’re planning on speeding up key device launches to be more competitive in the 4th quarter. It’ll be interesting to see how their market share and profits continue to play out over the next few months.

source: Bloomberg

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Samsung speeds up launch of the Galaxy Note 4 to compete with massive iPhone demand

Posted by wicked September - 23 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

samsung_galaxy_note_4_demo_1Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you heard several news stories about Apple’s iPhone 6 launch this past weekend. The Cupertino based company claims to have sold 10 million iPhones on launch weekend, and they very easily could have sold more if supply could meet demand. Regardless of what we think here, Apple is going to sell a ton of their new devices.

Of course, those record breaking sales haven’t gone unnoticed by other major players, especially Samsung. Samsung has announced that they will speed up the release of the Galaxy Note 4 to try and curb some of the momentum behind Apple’s iPhone, starting with an official announcement and unveiling of the Note 4 this Thursday in South Korea. The device will go on sale on the 26th, the day after the announcement ahead of its original October launch. As of right now, this only affects the launch date in South Korea, so we may not see anything happen quicker in other parts of the world, and it’s not clear if they’re speeding up the launch of the Note 4 Edge, either.

Samsung is aiming to ship 15 million Note 4s in 30 days, which is a very tough goal to accomplish, especially if other parts of the world stick with their mid-to-late October release dates. Still, if anybody on the Android side of the fence is going to take some wind out of Apple’s sales, it’ll be Samsung.

Do you think Samsung’s Note line will continue to sell well, or will they lose some market now that Apple has their own giant-sized offering?

source: Korea Times

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Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders already sold out in South Korea

Posted by wicked September - 23 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Well that was fast. Having not long been listed, pre-order stock for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has already sold out on all major carriers in South Korea.

South Korea’s three largest carriers, LG Uplus, KT, and SK Telecom, had initially planned to leave the device up for pre-order between the 18th and 25th of September, but had to cut orders short after high levels of demand.

Filling all the pre-orders took just three business days, with each carrier pre-selling around 10,000 units each. But SK Telecom, Korea’s largest carrier which has just over half of all customers on its network, managed to sell all of its available pre-order stock within just 9 hours.

Whilst the Galaxy Note 4 was always going to sell well in South Korea, Samsung has tried to make this year’s launch even more tempting. Firstly, Samsung bumped up the launch date of the Note 4 to September 26th with a press conference to be held on September 24th, perhaps in response to Apple’s iPhone 6 launch. Secondly, the price for the Galaxy Note 4 is cheaper, at least in Korea, than the Note 3 was at launch. The handsets costs 957,000 Korean Won ($920), compared with 1,067,000 Won ($1,025) for the Note 3.

This is no doubt welcome news to Korean carriers, as well as Samsung itself. Especially after the decline in Korean handset sales due to local subsidy regulations, which places a cap on subsidy rates, and Samsung’s recent financial worries.

The Galaxy Note 4 looks to be off to a great start, but do you think that the smartphone is worthy of its early pre-order success?


Source: CNET;

AT&T to carry Samsung Galaxy Alpha, available on Sept. 26

Posted by wicked September - 23 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

AT&T is set to carry the first of Samsung’s A Series of “premium feel” phones, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. The sleek-looking metal-bound smartphone is set to be available online and with AT&T retailers starting September 26.

We’ve covered the Galaxy Alpha recently, as it was launched just ahead of IFA 2014 at Berlin a few weeks back. The main argument for this phone is that it may be the first metal-bound smartphone that Samsung has produced in recent years. Our main complaint against it is its middling specs – but we guess that Samsung did not place it at the flagship level because then it would compete with the Galaxy S5. Honestly speaking, if the Galaxy Alpha had S5’s specs, it would be an altogether different proposition.

The phone sports a 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 HD display, a step down from the 1080p screen of the Galaxy S5. It will carry the mainstream Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor – the international version carries an Exynos octa-core processor, and US consumers can rightly feel aggrieved at that. The phone comes with 2GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. The metal bindings have dictated that there will be no microSD expansion slot on this phone, and this will all be powered by a 1,860mAh battery.

AT&T customers will be able to get the Samsung Galaxy Alpha at USD$199.99 on a two year contract. The pricing will be USD$613.00 off contract. The phone’s metal design is novel enough that customers should still be able to enjoy the device, especially its 4K-capture camera. It also gets the Ultra Power Saving Mode feature launched with the Galaxy S5, so the phone can last at least 24 hours more at 10% of battery life with only call and text features activated.

SOURCE: AT&T

Samsung finally acknowledges the Galaxy Mega 2, nearly a month after it went on sale

Posted by wicked September - 23 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Nearly a month a go the Galaxy Mega 2 arrived to select countries such as Thailand and Malaysia. At that time, we also got a detailed look at the device through a set of images, as well as full spec information. What we didn’t get, strangely enough, was any form of acknowledgment from Samsung.

That’s right, despite the fact that certain retailers were selling the device, Samsung never did issue a press statement or any kind of formal announcement. Now the handset has finally shown up on Samsung Thailand’s official website, giving us as close to an official confirmation of its existence as we apparently will ever get. As for the specs? The Mega 2 offers a 6-inch 720p display, is powered by a quad-core Exynos 4415 with 1.5GB RAM, and has an 8MP rear cam, 2.1MP front cam, LTE connectivity, dual-SIM support, 16GB storage with microSD, and a 2800mAh battery. There’s also Android 4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz on top.

We still find it strange that Samsung has been so quiet with the Mega 2. Sure, its predecessor wasn’t wildly popular, but the Mega 2 deserved some kind of formal announcement via a press release — at the very least. Perhaps Samsung will make a bigger deal of it if and when it comes to other markets outside of Thailand and Malaysia?

Currently there’s no indication when a wider launch will happen, or if the United States will be included. For what it’s worth, both AT&T and US Cellular did offer the original Mega, so it’s certainly possible that at least one carrier could offer the mid-range ‘phablet’ as well.


Source: GSM Arena;

Samsung Details Galaxy Mega 2 for Overseas, 6″ HD Display and 8MP Rear-facing Camera

Posted by Tim-o-tato September - 22 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Teased as a follow up device to last year’s Galaxy Mega 5.8, Samsung’s newest Galaxy Mega 2 has finally been made official this week, packing a big screen and a few not-so-big specifications. 

To start it off, the Galaxy Mega 2 features a 6″ HD display (1280 x 720), quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz (most likely an Exynos chipset), 1.5GB of RAM, 8MP rear-facing shooter, 2.1MP front-facing shooter, 16GB of internal memory (expandable with microSD), and runs Android 4.4 with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz software on top.

As for if and when the device might be made available in the States, AT&T did have the original Galaxy Mega hit its network last year, but there is no official word yet if the Galaxy Mega 2 will hit our shores.

If it does come to the US, would you be ready to pack a 6″ device in your pocket?

Via: Phone Arena | Samsung

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Samsung looking at payment process through smartwatches

Posted by wicked September - 22 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

South Korean gadget giant Samsung is reportedly looking at how they can incorporate simple payment functions to the next wearable devices – smartwatches, more specifically. The target is the Mobile World Congress slated for early in 2015, where by that time, Samsung is expected to launch a payments-enabled smartwatch.

Samsung is reportedly teaming up with a natural partner in mobile and online payment systems, Paypal. The idea is to have a biometric sensor on your smartwatch so that your identity can be verified. This is purportedly set to be implemented on Samsung’s third-generation smartwatch, with the Samsung Gear S launching at IFA 2014 recently.

Another player in this movement will probably be Synaptics, which will obviously handle the biometrics solution for the smartwatch. Richard Bergman, CEO of Synaptics, has been quoted as saying that they are indeed working with Samsung and Paypal in creating an “area type” payment system which is more viable for smartwatches. The idea is that the payment system can work within a limited range of the smartwatch in question.

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This idea needs to be fleshed out a bit more, of course, and we will be happy to bring you any developments in the next few months with regards to this project. We have to remember that we could also be seeing this new feature in a round-face watch from Samsung, obviously riding on the popularity of the Moto 360.

VIA: Business Korea

Samsung releases new Infographic about design of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Posted by wicked September - 22 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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With the Samsung Galaxy Alpha poised to enter the U.S. market thanks to AT&T, Samsung has released an infographic about the device to help introduce consumers to this new segment of the Galaxy line of smartphones. Titled The Evolution of Galaxy Design, the infographic mainly focuses on three characteristics of the Galaxy Alpha.

First, Samsung highlights the mixture of the metal body chassis with the the leather back cover. This combination provides precision, durability and a balanced feel and grip to the device. Samsung also stresses the thin lines of the device, which is only 6.7mm thick, thinner than either of competitor Apple’s new devices. Finally, Samsung touches on the light weight of the Galaxy Alpha which comes in at only 115 grams, once again besting Apple’s top new products. If one checks out the other dimensions, they will find the Galaxy Alpha is slightly smaller in width and height than the iPhone 6, yet comes with a similarly sized 4.7-inch display.

You can check out the full infographic below.

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source: Samsung

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