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Verizon will start selling the 32GB Samsung Galaxy S4 tomorrow, doesn’t ship until July 3rd

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After just under a month of its original launch, Verizon has announced that they will start accepting pre-orders for the 32GB version of the Galaxy S4 starting tomorrow, June 29th. The device will cost you $299 on a 2-Year contract, $100 more than the smaller storage 16GB Galaxy S4. If you decide to purchase a 32GB model, you’ll be able to have up to 96GB of storage if you also choose to use a 64GB microSD card.

Unfortunately, according to Verizon’s site, the device won’t ship until July 3rd. Both colors are available for purchase-Black Mist or Frost White. If you’re interested in pre-ordering one, visit this page come June 29th.

Source: Verizon

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Developer Edition coming soon to AT&T and Verizon

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According to the company’s website, the new Galaxy S4 developer edition for AT&T and Verizon will be released soon. It’s definitely good news for those who will be buying a device with boot loader unlocked. Still it’s not known when the handset will be coming to its relevant carriers but it is for sure that AT&T and Verizon users will soon be able to get their hands on the Galaxy S 4 Developer Edition.

Talking about the specifications it includes 16GB of internal memory which is the only option for internal storage and external micro SD capacity of up to 64GB while having a RAM of 2GB. Initially it will be only available in black mist color to start off with, other than this no indication is given of other color availability.It is powered by a 1.9 GHz quad core Qualcomm  600 processor with a stunning 5’’ full HD super AMOLED display (1920×1080) pixel running on the platform Android™ 4.2.2, Jelly Bean.

The new flagship device from Samsung has been named the World’s Best Smartphone by the Consumer Reports and recently Samsung has announced that it has shipped 10 million Galaxy S 4 phones and plans to release some new colours for the phone including Red Aurora, Brown Autumn, Blue Arctic and Purple Mirage this Summer.

Moving onto some of the main features, the new Samsung galaxy S 4 Developer Edition includes a rear and a front facing camera of 13.0MP and 2MP respectively.It’s a touch free phone which actually follows the instructions through air gestures also giving you a whole new experience to interact with your Smartphone.

There are no further details on pricing and the shipping time and you will have to wait a little to get your hands on this fantastic entertainment loaded Smartphone.

 

Source: Phandroid

Blue Arctic Samsung Galaxy S4 spotted in Japan

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Recently Samsung announced its latest flagship device Galaxy S IV and it is selling like hot cakes. Samsung has become one of the leading smartphone manufacturers after its popular Galaxy series and Galaxy S IV will surely give a boost to the already flourishing market share of the Korean smartphone giant.

Samsung Galaxy S IV is available in two colours ‘White Frost’ and ‘Black Mist’ but a recent a leaked promotional image from a Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo suggest that Samsung will be launching a ‘Blue Artic’ version too in Japan. This is not the first time as Samsung is known for launching its Galaxy Series in different colour options for different markets.

It seems that DoCoMo will be the first carrier in the world to offer Samsung Galaxy S IV in Artic Blue colour. According to some reports Galaxy S IV in Blue will be announced by DoCoMo on May 15 and released in mid-May.

We expect Samsung to release some more colours for its flagship device as Galaxy S III is available in different colours like red, blue, white, black and brown.

Samsung also launched Galaxy Note II in Red and Brown colour for different markets. Interestingly some other rumors suggest that Samsung has much more to reveal in the coming months and Galaxy S4 Active is one of them which will make its debut in ‘Metallic Orange’ colour. Unfortunately there is no official statement from Samsung about the international availability of this new colour for Galaxy S IV.

Samsung Galaxy S IV is powered by 1.9 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 along with Adreno 320 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. It features a 5.0 inches 1080p Super AMOLED screen with 441ppi density, 13 MP rear and 2MP front facing camera, 2600mAh battery, 16/32/64 GB of memory and many sensors like temperature, humidity and gyro sensor. Galaxy S IV runs on Android JellyBean 4.2.2.

 

Source: Gsmarena

New Images Taken With the Galaxy S 4 Leaked

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It seems like the Galaxy S IV just doesn’t like getting out of the news. As we’ve already covered two major stories on the smartphone today, a third one has appeared. This one however, brings only good news to the table as there’s no news of delay. This new report actually brings forth leaked images claimed to be captured from the smartphone’s 13MP camera sensor. These sample images are in the 16:9 aspect ratio (4128×2322) which means that the sensor size at the time of the capture would be about 9.6MP, but it goes without saying that the sensor is more than capable of capturing 13MP stills. These images don’t reveal anything extraordinary, but that’s mostly due to the fact that it’s not exactly a photo friendly atmosphere. The EXIF data of the image reveals that the images were taken with the GT-I9500 smartphone, so that pretty much rounds off the rumor. However, we have to take this with a pinch of salt as it isn’t exactly fool proof and this info can be easily edited. There’s way too much info available on these images, which you can check out in detail by hitting the source link.

However, the part which makes the most noise is the allegedly leaked AnTuTu scores of the GT-I9505 which sheds light on the display specifications as well as the CPU info. It seems like the CPU clock speed is set at 1.89 GHz which isn’t all that bad for a flagship device. It clearly doesn’t top the AnTuTu scores chart, but we’re still not sure if this device is real or if it will even see the light of the day. Even if it does, it could very likely be a very early version of the device to actually make justice to its benchmarking scores. Regardless, it’s good to have information like this leak out shortly before the alleged announcement date of the fancy new Samsung flagship. The CPU clock speed strongly hints that the device is not behind when it comes to new age devices, so it should be interesting to see how this smartphone pans out to be.

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There have been several reports about the Galaxy S IV making rounds in the internet and we’ve been rather skeptical in believing them. The recent rumors suggest that Samsung is having trouble getting the device together and might seek the help of rival chip maker Qualcomm to provide chips in time for the all important launch of the smartphone. In this day and age where everybody seems to know awfully lot about smartphones and their chipsets, Samsung would want to give its fans the best of the best out there. It’s for this reason that we were hoping for the Exynos 5 Octa to launch with the smartphone. But there’s nothing Samsung can do if it feels that the chip has issues with power consumption, which is crucially important for any smartphone. So let’s hope Samsung gives us something to look forward to on March 14 and manages to impress us like it has been doing since the past couple of years.

Source: Androsym
Via: GSM Arena

Samsung Could Implement Its Own Version of Photo Sphere With the Galaxy S 4

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We’ve all heard of Photo Sphere plenty of times. The feature is one of the things which makes the Google Nexus 4 stand out from the rest of the competition, apart from the obvious Nexus moniker and the Google goodies that are bundled along with that name (read: timely updates). But as of now, it’s the only smartphone which packs the feature, and thankfully for Google, things have stayed that way for more than three months. However, it was only a matter of time, we thought, until this feature would make its way to other Android devices as well. And it appears as if Samsung is going to be one of the first in line to get the feature. However, like the manufacturer did with S-Beam (originally Android Beam) on the Galaxy S III, we might just see the Photo Sphere feature ported/rebranded/ripped off with the Galaxy S IV. So, if true, Samsung would officially be the first manufacturer to get the feature after stock Android devices. I guess with Samsung’s advanced optics, the feature could see more functionality than the stock Photo Sphere on the Nexus 4.

The best part however is the name for the feature. Rumors are suggesting that this new feature will be called the Samsung Orb. In recent memory, the Nexus 4 wireless charging dock was called the Orb. However, the term orb in itself means something which sports a spherical shape, kind of like a globe. And Photo Sphere pretty much works that way (its icon on Nexus devices even has a globe on it). But with Samsung, one can always expect more bells and whistles to be on board. Not only will the improved camera sensor utilize the Orb feature to its full potential, but it is believed that Samsung will discuss terms with Facebook for easy sharing of these images. If you didn’t know, Photo Sphere images are only visible on Google Plus profiles. So bringing Facebook integration will be a huge bonus and something which would catch up quickly with the crowd. This is something we wish Google did with the Photo Sphere, but I guess they just couldn’t resist the urge to maintain the feature’s exclusivity on the Google Plus social network.

This is still an emerging report and we expect you to treat it as a rumor. Nobody knows what’s onboard the new Galaxy flagship, but we’re all hoping to see something spectacular. It is being reported that Samsung is facing some issues with the Exynos 5 Octa chipset, so we might not exactly see the same flair as we did with the Galaxy S III, but these features should more than make up for it. Let’s hope Samsung makes the optimum use of this feature, if at all it’s actually planning to get it on board. So could this be a feature bundled with Android 4.2? We can’t say for sure, as there haven’t been a lot of manufacturers rolling out official updates of Android 4.2 yet, which is sad really. You can follow all the rumors and news about the Samsung Galaxy S IV in our detailed post here.

What are your thoughts on Samsung Orb? Let us know by dropping a line below.

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Via: Talk Android

Fresh Round of Galaxy S 4 Rumors Emerge, Confirm a Few Existing Rumors

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As if we haven’t had enough of the Galaxy S IV rumors already, new ones show up every day. But thankfully, each rumor that surfaces seems more convincing than the preceding rumor. And in this spirit, we have just received our fresh batch of rumors for the day. Some leaked documents have apparently surfaced, confirming a few of the alleged features of the Galaxy S IV. To begin with, it appears as if the Galaxy S IV will indeed have a 4.99-inch (or 5-inch) Full HD display panel, which is something we knew all along, but it feels good to get some reassurance. Also apparently confirmed is the quad core (not octa core) Exynos 5440 chip, which utilizes ARM’s Cortex-A15 architecture making it one of the most powerful quad core SoCs out there. These processor cores are also said to be very power hungry, so I guess Samsung intends to have a massive battery pack on board as well. So I guess we can finally rule out the Snapdragon S4 Pro rumor, because honestly it wasn’t making any sense. Android 4.2 is believed to be doing its thing on the new Galaxy flagship, so we’ve got plenty to look forward to. While there’s a high likelihood that we’ll see most of these specs make its way to the device, we wouldn’t know until the announcement happens, so keep that salt shaker close to you.

To add to these rumors, we’ve also heard that Sammy will utilize a 13MP camera sensor for its new flagship, which appears to be a prerequisite for 2013 flagship devices. It all began with the Optimus G back in 2012 which made use of a more than capable 13MP camera, and hence sparking off the trend. 13MP camera sensors are to the mobile world, what 8MP camera sensors were a year and a half ago. Combine this camera sensor with the plethora of Samsung exclusive tweaks and we might just have a killer combination. Now all that remains to be seen is the design of the smartphone. Buyers clearly didn’t mind the design of the Galaxy S III as the sales numbers would tell you, but I would certainly like a complete design overhaul, just to make things more interesting.

And as for the launch date of the smartphone, there have been several reports, but we’re zeroing in on the March 15 rumor for now. We should see invites being sent out for the Samsung Unpacked event a few weeks in advance if Samsung decides to hold an event on the aforementioned date. So let’s keep our fingers crossed for that as 15th March isn’t long away from now. If not in March, then April or May should certainly mark the arrival of the fancy new flagship. Our expectations are growing each day and we expect Samsung to live up to them, if not exceed them. In the meantime you can keep a check on the Galaxy S IV rumors in our post here.

Source: Ice Cream Sandwich Blog
Via: Talk Android

Analyst Estimates Sales of Over 100 Million for the Samsung Galaxy S4

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The Samsung Galaxy S IV isn’t even out yet and we’re hearing of projections already. The smartphone is no doubt one of the hotly anticipated devices of the year. And the manufacturer expectedly has some strong projections for the launch and sales of the smartphone. And according to one report, the manufacturer intends to sell over 100 million units of the smartphone in the current year. That’s a fairly big estimate if you ask me, but completely achievable given the kind of sales the Galaxy flagships have seen so far. What’s important to note though is that smartphones like the LG Optimus G Pro, the Sony Xperia Z as well as the HTC M7/One will be out early and people will have a brief idea about the best in the market to make an informed decision about their purchase. To put the projection into perspective, its predecessor, the Galaxy S III, sold over 50 million units. So it wouldn’t be too far fetched to speculate that the successor would sell twice as much if not more. The report comes from an analyst Peter Misek who represents Jefferies & Company.

The ongoing patent trial between Samsung and Apple will be a huge motivating factor for Samsung to show why it is the top dog in this highly competitive mobile market. History suggests that Galaxy flagships have doubled in sales with each successor, and that trend should most probably continue in 2013. But for some strange reason, it seems like Samsung will have a tougher fight on its hands compared to what it had last year. It’s just that the market has gotten so competitive all of a sudden that we cannot think of just one manufacturer running the show. Sony impressed us all with its water resistant Xperia Z at the CES, LG teased us with the Optimus G Pro while HTC prepares for its major flagship announcement in three days from now. HTC’s “ultrapixel” camera is something that we’ve been eager to see for ourselves, and I’m sure the company has something big under the wraps.

As for the Galaxy flagship, it should have all the makings of an incredible smartphone. The design is one key area where Samsung has enough room for improvement, but besides that we’ve been on board with everything else from the likes of the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and the Galaxy S III. A metal chassis for the next Galaxy flagship has been spoken about, but we’re treating it as a rumor for now. Other than that, the Galaxy S IV is rumored to feature a 4.99-inch Full HD display panel which was shown off at CES by Samsung. Along with that, a quad or octa core Exynos processor will most likely make its way to the system. In terms of camera, the smartphone is believed to be advanced with a 13MP camera sensor. There will also probably be a new version of TouchWiz UI running on top of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. And a future update to Android 5.0 if Google is actually launching the new version of Android at Google I/O in May. It is believed that Samsung is holding a Samsung Unpacked event on March 15 to announce the device, with a launch scheduled for a month later. So make sure your calendars are marked.

Via: BGR

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Rumors, Specs, Launch And More

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The Samsung Galaxy S IV is one of the hotly anticipated smartphones of the year. There have been several speculations about the device but nothing concrete, which is the case with any rumor. So we thought it would be fun to compile a little list of rumors and the alleged features that are believed to feature on the next Galaxy flagship. A few days back, we’ve been treated to what seems like a press image of the Galaxy S IV which apparently was up on Picasa for a long time before being taken down eventually. So this puts more weight into the build up of the launch of the smartphone, and we expect no less from a Samsung smartphone.

Specifications:

As for the specifications of the next Galaxy flagship, there have been several thoughts and opinions, but no evidence to back them up. But it goes without saying that Samsung will want to make this a smartphone to remember as there is enough competition already in the form of the Sony Xperia Z and the Huawei Ascend D2, not to mention the yet to be launched HTC flagship.

The Display

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We should most likely see a 1080p display of either 5-inches or the old 4.8-inch size to appeal to the mass audience. And since it will be AMOLED there will be no doubt that Samsung’s offering will give it the competitive edge over other offerings, although the Super LCD panels that HTC uses are known to have superior visibility. It was said that the top brass at Samsung are pushing to get the best display panel on board the next Galaxy S flagship. We are also bound to believe that it could feature the new YOUM bendable LCD panels shown off at CES 2013, but that’s probably not going to happen. Samsung had put up all its display panels from 2011 up to the current versions at the CES 2013 event, and that included a relatively unknown 4.99-inch Full HD panel. This should most probably make its way to the Galaxy S IV.

The Chipset/Processor

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Now for the next major component of the smartphone, i.e. the chip/CPU onboard. Well, Samsung’s history with flagships suggests that it always uses the latest technology at its disposal when it comes to chipsets, especially its own home grown chips (Exynos). However, we’re not sure if Samsung will go with Exynos 5440 or the Exynos 5 Octa chipset. The former being an ARM Cortex-A15 based quad core chip while the latter is an eight core chip which utilizes four Cortex-A15 cores and four Cortex-A7 cores, although not at the same time. This chip is made using the 28nm process which increases efficiency substantially. Samsung should be striving to bring this on board as it would most probably put them far ahead from the rest of the competition. Eight core or four cores, the Samsung Galaxy S IV will certainly be talked about in the coming days.

The Camera

With all the manufacturers going with either 12 or 13MP camera sensors, it would behoove Samsung to go down that road or even improve that. It is believed that the new Galaxy flagship will sport a 13MP camera sensor, although there’s not much info to back this claim. We’ve seen manufacturers make plenty of improvements with the front facing camera as well, and Samsung should aptly follow suit. It’s the software tweaks though which makes the camera all the more pleasing to use, so expect that to be on board.

The Operating System

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We’re not going to dive into the rubbish claims made by a few which claimed that the Galaxy S IV would feature the Tizen OS. The Galaxy S IV should most probably feature the latest and greatest version of Android and that is Android 4.2 Jelly Bean as of now. Perhaps in a short while after the launch, we should see Google unveiling the latest version of Android. This has always been the problem for manufacturers as there’s hardly any time for a smartphone to settle in the market. That being said, Samsung wouldn’t take a long time to update its smartphone to the latest version of Android. Its flagships always receive the best software support.

The Battery

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Well the battery is a huge factor in this day and age, especially since manufacturers use power hungry displays and CPUs. So if all that we’ve heard about the Galaxy S IV is true, we should at least see a 2,500+ mAh battery pack on board. Sure it won’t be as slim as Samsung would want it to be, but that’s nothing considering the fact that the device would last longer and gain appreciation from the users in the long run. Regardless, I would certainly like to see a Moto Razr Maxx like battery on one of these devices someday.

The Design

Well, it is desperately hoped by many that Samsung loses the all plastic design and embraces something of a more solid material. Perhaps something like the materials used in the HTC One X and the Windows Phone 8X. The design is the only area where HTC trumps every other manufacturer out there in my opinion and it is high time Samsung made some good looking phones. Sony too has stepped up the bar in terms of design with its new Xperia Z smartphone, so it is hoped that Samsung takes some motivation from the rising competition. We wouldn’t mind an all glass design either, but we doubt if Samsung will go down that road.

S Pen?

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Well, this one’s a bit edgy but some people believe that Samsung will include an S-Pen on the Galaxy S IV. This seems plausible after Samsung purchased a 5% stake in Wacom, which is the company that makes digitizer panels for the Galaxy Note smartphones. We think it’s highly unlikely though as it would want to reserve that for the Note smartphones, as it is in a category of its own now. Perhaps, Samsung would make an S-Pen like accessory available for purchase with the Galaxy S IV and not necessarily bundle it with the device.

Launch:

All these rumors could easily be wrong, but mostly they are spot on. One of the first things that people want to know about this smartphone though is as to when it will actually launch in the market. There have been several reports which claimed that the smartphone could be launched in March, while a few others believed it would take place in April or May. Worst case, we should have the device announced by May which is about the same time when the Galaxy S III was announced last year.  So mark your calendars for March, April and May as that is when we might see the latest and greatest Samsung smartphone launch and take the market by storm. Keep watching this space for updates on the Galaxy S IV and its specs.

If you guys have a wishlist for the next Galaxy flagship, make sure you write them down in the comments box below.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 rumors suggest of 4.99-inch display, 1080p resolution, 13MP camera

Initially, South Korean manufacturer, Samsung Electronics, denied all rumors that there is going to be a Galaxy S4 device. But that was the time when Galaxy S3 was performing really well in terms of sales being the company’s flagship phone for this year. When the second generation Note was released, the company started to leak out info, including possible features and specs, of the next generation Galaxy S device.

Just about a couple of days ago, new information were posted online suggesting Galaxy S4 will be sporting 4.99-inch display panel featuring full HD 1080p resolution based on its very own Super AMOLED display technology. While the official unveiling of these new display panels was reportedly slated during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2013, inside sources said the company already started the mass production. The new panels feature 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution and will come packed with more than 441ppi, twice as many pixels as Apple’s Retina Display.

An all-new, 13-megapixel sensor is said to be packed with other impressive hardware to produce better, more advanced flagship phone that will become the company’s flagship for next year. Unlike Sony, Samsung has never been known to give its devices camera with really high MPs. So, it will become a challenge for the South Korean manufacturer on how to make the camera work better even under low-light conditions. If it fails to do so, this is the aspect in its new flagship that would be subject of criticisms.

Just so everybody knows, a 13-megapixel camera can produce photos as wide as 4208 x 3120 pixels and will be saved as a huge file in the phone’s memory. It means that the company has to put really powerful processor complemented with at least, 2GB RAM. Previous rumors suggested that Samsung will give Galaxy S4 its quad-core Exynos 5450 clocked at 2.0 GHz. The chip is said to be built on a 28nm process and, according to YouMobile.org, can be downclocked to 1.7GHz.

There is no further information relating to the pricing and availability of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the company has yet to confirm its existence. But it is during this time of the year that any company would tip off its fans and patrons that a new device is coming. Based on the reports published by thousands of tech blogs this past two months, the rumors surrounding Galaxy S4 are almost real. To recap, here are some of the rumored Galaxy S4 specs:

  • Curved screen using flexible screen technology
  • 4.99-inch AMOLED display
  • 1920 x 1080p HD resolution with 441 ppi
  • 2GHz quad-core Exynos processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Android Jelly Bean 4.2 operating system or higher
  • 13 mega-pixel camera or higher
  • 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera with built-in Skype
  • 4G LTE data speed
  • 3200 mAh battery

We can understand if Samsung will try to silence these kinds of rumors to protect sales of its new devices from being hijacked. But sooner or later, the company has to announce its plan to release new line of high-end smartphones. Whether or not it will continue its Galaxy brand, no one knows.

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