In case you're still left in the dark, HTC started a trade-in deal last month that allows you to receive a $100 prepaid Visa when you buy an HTC One and exchange an old smartphone. According to the company, they are extending the promo until April 4th to accommodate those who still request for it. To qualify for the promo, you need to register online and send in a copy of your HTC One receipt to get your gift card. That can be considered an outright $100 discount-if you don't mind waiting for the unit to be available because of the delay.
HTC looks like it really wants to compete head-to-head with Samsung and Apple and with the recent delays in the delivery of their HTC One; this just might appease anxious customers for a bit. Hope is not lost for the Taiwanese company and the bottom line is that people just want to see what the HTC One can offer and it's taking painfully long.
HTC announced that HTC One will only be available in North America on the last week of April due to shortage of parts of its camera. Although this may sound quite disappointing, the company actually did not expect to see more people interested on the HTC One since it is literally competing against the phone of the year, which is the Samsung Galaxy S IV.
First markets to receive the HTC One are Germany and UK, along with Taiwan, which is the home of the company. All others need to wait until April to get their units-if HTC shipments do materialize before April ends.
Here's the statement from HTC
HTC has seen unprecedented demand for and interest in the new HTC One, and the care taken to design and build it is evidenced in early reviews. The new HTC One will roll out in the UK, Germany and Taiwan next week and across Europe, North America and most of Asia-Pacific before the end of April. We appreciate our customers' patience, and believe that once they have the phone in their hands they will agree that it has been worth the wait.
Originally, HTC planned to launch the One on March 15th but immediately retracted the time to March 29th because of the shortage in components. Also, for this reason, some markets would have to wait before they can get their hands on this much-awaited smartphone by the quietly brilliant company. Delays do happen when it comes to launches, however, let's hope that this is the last time that the date will be moved again.
As you might already guessted, another rumor on the Galaxy S4. This time is by Enuri, a popular korean site.
According to the rumor, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 might be the first handset in the series to launch with an S Pen and the accompanying functionality as Samsung is allegedly looking to unite its Note series with the flagship Galaxy S4. This would be a big change for Samsung and is allegedly confirmed by a quote from a Samsung official.
PhoneArena is hearing more confirmations that the Galaxy S4 will indeed come with a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, something that almost seems like a fact judging by what the competition is bringing. Moreover, new Samsung Android flagship will run on Jelly Bean and be powered by a quad-core Exynos 5440 chip manufactured using 28nm high-K metal gate technology, with an energy-efficient A7 processor for basic tasks paired with A15 for more intense loads.
Other details about the upcoming Galaxy S IV are a 13-megapixel rear auto-focus camera and slightly thicker, 9.2mm body, a development that would make it very Note-like. What do you guys think? Is S Pen-equipped S IV is a good idea?
Samsung Galaxy S IV will launch in April according to the rumor.
Source: PhoneArena and Enuri
A new version of the Galaxy S Device Code named "Altius" will be announced at Mobile World Congress, that's 100% confirmed by SamMobile's insiders. The Samsung Altius will come in two colors (black and white). Samsung is planning to ship the Altius starting from week 16, which simply means April 15. We expect Samsung to hold an unpacked event at MWC or sometime in March. Samsung could hold one of its mobile unpacked events in London, New York or maybe South Korea as well.
We had rumors last week about Wireless charging capabilities and it's for real. Samsung will make the wireless charging kit available a couple of weeks later after bringing the device itself on sale. The back cover with wireless charging indicates that the next generation Galaxy S device will have a removable back cover, just like company's current flagship device the Galaxy S III.
100% confirmed specs below:
Code Name: Altius
Model Number: GT-I9500
Colours: Black / White
Battery Capacity: 2600 mAh
Special: Wireless Charging Kit
Somewhere in the wild, PhoneArena got a couple of photos of an internal raffle doc at a New Zealand mobile retailer that states all those who won a prize will also be given a Samsung Galaxy S IV handset. According to PhoneArena, Samsung will launch the Galaxy S IV in April.
What we've already know about the Samsung Galaxy IV:
- Code Name: Altius
- Model Number: GT-I9500
- Colours: Black / White
- Battery Capacity: 2600 mAh
- Special: Wireless Charging Kit
- Exynos 5 Octa (8-Core) CPU
- 4.99″ Super AMOLED Full HD Resolution Display
- 2GB of RAM
- 13 Megapixel Rear facing Camera capable of shooting 1080p Full HD Videos at 30FPS
- 2 Megapixel front facing camera capable of shooting 720p HD Videos
- Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean
Earlier on, there was a buzz on the likely coming out of a Samsung device, namely the Galaxy S 4 first week of April. As to whether this report is accurate remained to be seen, since it purportedly came from a "trusted" Samsung insider. Another report made this rumor apparent and the tech world is already anticipating its coming out.
The new Galaxy S 4 is said to be featuring a 5-in AMOLED display in full HD and will supposedly also feature a new sub-pixel technology. According to the source, manufacture of the Galaxy S 4 parts has already been under way. Their target assembly and launch will be on March and April, respectively.
Although no word has come of the exact place of launch yet, Samsung will reportedly formally introduce the device on March 15th. Definitely, the Galaxy S4 will most likely be launched way ahead its fiercest competitor, which Apple's IPhone 5S.
The recently-launched Samsung powerhouse will not be available in UK mobile store shelves until April 26th. However, judging from how ingenious some vendors are in the country, they might already be selling units even before this date comes. Most UK carriers will all be offering the S IV, along with other popular online sellers like Carphone and Phones4U.
There is no word yet as to how much carriers will offer the unit but some will already take pre-orders from eager clients who want to be the first ones to get the phone. Also, since the S IV is LTE-enabled, users under some carriers will straight away enjoy quick connection and other perks on their carrier's LTE network. After months of speculations, it is time to put the most-anticipated smartphone to test.
Starting April 16, U.S. Cellular subscribers will be able to preorder the Samsung Galaxy S4. It will have a 13-megapixel camera, run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and feature a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 series processor, or a 1.6GHz eight-core Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa.
If you're with U.S.Cellular and you want to get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy S4 from US Cellular, you can go to the link below right now and register your interest. The carrier will supposedly remind you when pre-orders start, and keep you up to date with other kinds of info regarding this handset.
Link: U.S. Cellular
You heard that right, Samsung Galaxy S4 coming to India on April 25; price around Rs 40,000 or $730 USD, quite expensive.
Unveiled on March 14, the Galaxy S4 has a 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at 441 ppi. The Galaxy S4's screen is 56 per cent larger than the iPhone's. It weighs 130g and is 7.9 mm thick; it's slimmer than its predecessor.
Other features are the same as on the Snapdragon variant, including a Full HD panel, 2 gigs of RAM, a 13 MP cam, a 2,600 mAh battery and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean + TouchWiz.
The phone has an internal memory of 16GB, which can be expanded up to 64GB, and has 2GB RAM. Powered by a 2600 mAh battery, its battery is 20% larger than that of the Galaxy S III.
Those who are in, will you buy one at this price?
Samsung has officially released a press release regarding to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, it will hit US stores on April 11 for a suggested price of $399. It will be available directly from Samsung, as well as Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg, Staples and other retailers.
While that $399.99 price tag may be slightly higher than the Apple's iPad mini price, Samsung says that buyers will get "pre-loaded content and services valued at over $200" with each Galaxy Note 8.0 purchase.
The list includes 50GB of Dropbox storage for 2 years, 1 month free of unlimited music streaming in Samsung's Music Hub, and "for a limited time," $25 Google Play credit.
Samsung Brings Power and Portability to the U.S. with the Galaxy Note(R) 8.0 Tablet
In stores April 11, the Galaxy Note 8.0 delivers an unparalleled tablet experience for work and play
RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J., Apr 09, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) - Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announces that the Galaxy Note 8.0 is coming to the U.S. market on April 11. Unveiled globally at Mobile World Congress in February, the Galaxy Note 8.0 will be available in stores and online at retailers including Amazon, Best Buy/Best Buy Mobile, h.h. gregg, Newegg, P.C. Richard & Son, Staples and TigerDirect.com.
A mid-sized addition to the Galaxy Note family of products, the Galaxy Note 8.0 has the power and advanced technology to enable multi-tasking at home, at work or on the go. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is the perfect size for entertainment and productivity, with unrivaled multimedia performance in a compact format. The S Pen has evolved to improve everyday usability with Air View, and Multi Window now supports more apps to perform tasks simultaneously allowing users to do more.
"The Galaxy Note defined an entirely new smartphone category and the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet redefined the tablet experience for consumers," said Travis Merrill, vice president of Samsung Electronics America, Inc. "With the Galaxy Note 8.0, we fully expect to ignite the mid-size tablet market Samsung pioneered with the first Galaxy Tab. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is small enough to fit in your pocket or purse and packs the power needed for full mobile entertainment and productivity."
Galaxy Note 8.0 at Play
The Galaxy Note 8.0 will be the first product to feature Samsung WatchON, a new search and recommendation service that alleviates the chore of channel surfing and makes finding TV shows and on-demand video content faster and easier. Samsung WatchON simplifies the process of discovering new content to watch by searching across multiple content sources, such as live TV and streaming video-on-demand sources such as Samsung's Media Hub*, to recommend movies and TV shows. It also provides complementary content including actor bios, reviews and related information.
With the built-in IR blaster, the Galaxy Note 8.0 acts as a powerful universal remote, eliminating the need for multiple remotes to control the TV viewing experience. Users can browse for content then change the channel on the TV or cable box directly from the search window.
For entertainment on the go, the Galaxy Note 8.0′s screen is great for everything from content viewing to reading. With its dazzling 8-inch WXGA screen, the Galaxy Note 8.0 is perfect for watching HD content, packing 1280 by 800 pixels. The Galaxy Note 8.0 also has Reading Mode, which adjusts color and brightness to an optimal level for reading. It provides the ability to customize fonts and themes so select books, magazines, documents and Web pages are easier to read. Combined with Smart Stay, which keeps the screen awake while you are reading, the Galaxy Note 8.0 is customized to ensure the best reading experience.
Galaxy Note 8.0 at Work
The tablet is quickly becoming a primary computing device for employees. The Galaxy Note 8.0 offers multi-tasking and productivity features, making users more efficient at everyday tasks, whether working at the office or on the go:
- Multi Window: The Galaxy Note 8.0 offers true PC-like multitasking, so you can use two apps side-by-side. Multi-Window now supports 20 apps, including Polaris Office, Google Chrome and Facebook.
- Air View: Conveniently preview your content without opening files or folders. The S Pen held above the screen allows you to preview pictures in the Gallery, open menus on Web sites, and preview a message or an attachment in an email.
- AllShare(R) Play: Pass content to the TV or remotely access files on your desktop computer.
- Polaris Office: View, create, and edit Microsoft(R) Office Word(R) documents, Excel(R) spreadsheets and PowerPoint(R) presentations right on your tablet. With the Galaxy Note 8.0, you can add handwritten notes and drawings to your documents.
- Awesome Note: A note-taking application and to do list manager, Awesome Note enables you to customize folder icons, colors, fonts and backgrounds for quick reference and visual organization.
- Group Play: Share and collaborate on content, including documents, which allows users to work together.
For those using tablets for work, Samsung offers improved security levels for IT managers and employees. SAFE, or Samsung for Enterprise, is the security standard to provide enterprise- and consumer-friendly devices to businesses and their employees. With SAFE, the Galaxy Note 8.0 supports the needs of IT managers while providing businesses with the functionality needed to enhance productivity.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 features a powerful 1.6GHz Quad Core processor and 2GB of RAM to ensure optimum performance. Wi-Fi technology with dual-channel bonding offers more efficient connectivity for faster loading of Web pages and video streaming.
With a large, 4,600 mAh battery, the Galaxy Note 8.0 offers long battery life to work and play all day. Beyond the 16GB** of internal memory, the Note 8.0 can handle microSD cards up to 64GB, for a combined possible 80GB of storage. The 5-megapixel camera on the back can shoot 1080p video, and the 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera can handle video chats at 720p resolution.
Preloaded with Content and Services
Buyers will enjoy preloaded content and services valued at over $200, including 50GB of free Dropbox storage for 2 years***, 1 month free of unlimited music streaming in Samsung's Music Hub, Samsung's Smart Remote, Awesome Note, and more. For a limited time, they will also receive a $25 Google Play credit with the purchase of a Galaxy Note 8.0, when they register their device.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 will be available in white for $399.99 MSRP. Accessories will be available beginning mid-April. These include Book Covers in white, grey, pink or green, as well as USB and HDMI adapters, and a travel charger that connect via the device's microUSB port.
For multimedia content and more information, please visit www.samsung.com/us/note8.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 will likely be launched on April 26th if documents leaked from Staples, second largest online retailer, proves to be correct and legit. Screen shots of store training sheet have hinted on the "arrival" of the S 4 and according to the document, they will start selling the device on AT&T starting April 26th. Galaxy S 4 on other carriers will start selling on May.
The retailer further lists that reservation for the device will start on April 16th and people are expected to sign up for the tentative release date. Also, the document shows that the reservation "is not a guarantee" that the device will arrive on the exact date, but a guarantee that a person will have his device once the stocks do arrive. Let's hope that the Staples document is legit and that the Galaxy S 4 will CERTAINLY arrive on the 26th. That's less than two weeks to go!
According to a listing on Best Buy Canada, the 8-inch Galaxy Note is due to arrive on April 19th and that it will cost $430, a bit more expensive than it is in the United States. Also, if you want to be one of the first people to own the device, make sure to order as early as now, unless you were already wait-listed because there are purportedly a limited number of units and not everyone will be accommodated on the said date.
Although this is good news for those who have been waiting for the Note 8.0, this is yet a tentative date and the official announcement of the release of the device from Samsung has not yet been made. However, since the Note 8.0 has already been launched in the States, the date is most likely accurate and that it will already be available in Canada in a few days.
After a leaked internal memo from Staples that hints on the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S 4, here comes another from Walmart, which only shows how resourceful people can actually be, looking for the most plausible evidence of the S 4's actual arrival on store shelves. According to the Walmart memo, the retailer will already pre-sell as early as April 16th, similar to Staples.
Walmart has not announced the pre-order instructions yet, but it should already come soon, especially if the memo turned out to be legit. According to the memo, dates of launch will also vary according to your preferred carrier. Aside from Walmart and earlier on, Staples, most carriers are now taking pre-orders of the phone. AT&T, T-Mobile and & US Cellular have already provided pre-order details and you may now have your names listed, so you can be one of the first people to own it.
The document calls the Galaxy S4 "the biggest phone launch for this year in wireless," and offers additional details about the pre-order process as follows:
- Launch dates for this product have not been announced and vary by carrier
- Walmart is allowing customers to reserve their SGS4 on multiple carriers starting Tuesday, April 16 through a pre-sell program
- The pre-order cards arrive in your store Monday, April 15 via FedEx with the attached orange label
- A guide explaining the pre-sell program and launch details will be sent to your store via Event Calendar Plus Week 12.
Samsung has started sending out invites to the press for the Galaxy S4 launch in the Indian market. Samsung will unveil their Galaxy S flagship device on April 26, Friday with sales starting within the next few days.
Galaxy S4 has an internal memory of 16GB, which can be expanded up to 64GB, and has 2GB RAM. Powered by a 2600 mAh battery, its battery is 20 per cent larger than that of the S III. Running Android 4.2.2 OS, the Galaxy S4 has a 13 megapixel auto focus camera with flash and zero shutter lag. It has a 2 megapixel front camera with Full HD recording @30fps with zero shutter lag.
Its dual camera feature lets you shoot with the front and rear cameras simultaneously. When capturing moments, users can choose from a variety of frame effects which blend the two pictures naturally and also adjust the size of the small picture inside the big one. Users can select 8 different ways to combine the two photos taken by the front camera and the rear camera.
Samsung is rumoured to price the Galaxy S4 competitively around the Rs. 40,000 mark to take on HTC's One that will go on sale at around the same time.
Samsung Galaxy S III and Note II may get Android 4.4 KitKat in March. S4 and Note 3 could be updated in January.
A leaked document, apparently leaked from Samsung India's R&D department, implies that Samsung intends to update the Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500) and Note 3 (SM-N900) to KitKat in month of january of 2014. The document includes the Samsung Galaxy Note II (SM-N7100) and Galaxy S3 (GT-i9300), will get the latest version from the OS in March or April. As it usually happens, carrier-specific models might not be updated at the same time.
All we can hope is that Samsung takes its time and tests the updates before rolling them out, because, as we saw with the Android 4.3 updates for the Galaxy S III and Galaxy S4, that can result in quite the buggy experience for many users.
Industry insider Eldur Murtazin is saying about the Galaxy S5. According to Murtazin, Samsung Galaxy S5 launch won't take place until April. This goes against what the Korean media has been saying about the Galaxy S5 and throws a bit of a wrench into the Galaxy S5 launch and release.
Keep in mind that Murtazin is quite notorious for being inaccurate most of the times. Not that the reports about an early launch are to be believed either, but for now, there's no telling when Samsung will actually release the Galaxy S5, but according to Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin, the Galaxy S5 will be launched in late April instead of in Q1.
Other Galaxy S5 rumors are floating around today though they are far less credible. A new GFXBench benchmark depicts a device dubbed SM-G900S, a device that the publication suspects could be the Galaxy S5. The basis for that assumption is on the fact that the device is running Android 4.4 KitKat, something that no other Samsung phone has, and a 1440p display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440. This is something that has been rumored before.
Officially announced yesterday, the Galaxy S5 is now a 5.1-inch unit, comes with a 16 MP rear camera with LED flash and 4K UHD video recording, a 2.1 MP front camera, a 2.5 GHz quad-core processor (almost certainly the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC), 2 GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 150 Mbps 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, IR remote, fingerprint sensor, heart rate monitor, and a 2,800 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat.
Weighs at145 grams with dimensions at 142×72.5×8.1 mm, and, it's bigger than the Galaxy S4 by every measure, and it's 15 grams heavier too. The Galaxy S5 adheres to the IP67 standard for water and dust resistance, meaning it can withstand being submerged in up to 1 m of water for up to 30 minutes.
Samsung Galaxy S5′s camera mentioned by the Executive as the fastest ever smartphone autofocus time (0.3 seconds), and improved HDR. The fingerprint sensor is embedded into the Home button and works by swiping your finger across it.
There's a Protected Mode which hides images and stuff from prying eyes and can be entered by, you guessed it, using your fingerprint. Mobile payments will also be supported via PayPal, with no need to enter a password.
Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available in 150 countries on April 11. Pricing has not been announced yet, we are guessing $199 with a 2-year contract in the US is expected.