Photos and a video of a Motorola smartphone have been leaked and it looks so much like a Google Nexus 4 device, save for the logo on the upper left portion. Also, it does not look to be the much-anticipated Motorola X phone, but possibly a mid-range device.
The back panel is slightly curved and has rounded edges and it surprisingly did not put Kevlar components, which is a defining characteristic for RAZR phones. Google cleaned out the Moto UI but left the typical round clock widget.
The video shows the phone's responsiveness and it can still be greatly improved as it looks tacky when the phone is tilted on one side. The guy on the video even held out an iPhone, apparently to compare the size of the display screen, which is substantially bigger and wider than the iPhone's.
Judging from the improvement that Motorola has done in this prototype mid-range device's design and UI, it very much looks to have been influenced by Google and that the Motorola X is really something to look forward to.
According to the earlier reports, Samsung Galaxy S4 could feature a HD 4.99 inch Amoled screen which could allow pixel density of up to 440 PPI. Even though, this density is really sharp and attractive, But it's a lot similar to the densities of new Sony and HTC phones. So, Samsung in order to make Samsung Galaxy S4's display different from its rivals is working upon higher pixel densities. According to a report, Samsung is experiment upon hexagonal and diamond shaped pixels. Which in result provide them with their target of achieving pixel density greater than 440 PPI.
However, this enlargement of pixels is made possible by Laser induced thermal imaging which allows a place for sub-pixels; this technique is cheap, but, found some problems initially. Now, the issues are resolved and green signal has been given to this technique. So, Samsung would be first one to apply it and we have to wait and see how it works when Galaxy S4 emerges into the market.
Last year, the Samsung Galaxy S III was introduced in an unpacked event in London and it made history. This year however, the place of the event is still a highly guarded secret but experts speculate on the big possibility that the Galaxy S IV will be launched in an unpacked event in Moscow, considering the previous announcement of Samsung Sponsorship in the Sochi Olympics.
This bit of news, (err, rumor...) will surely elicit mixed reactions for people who are expecting the Korean tech giant to release the S IV this year. Furthermore, what could be the reason for the leaked date of the unpacked event, which is supposed to happen on March 15th?
For now, we only have to wait and see. Samsung is really keeping everyone on their toes, especially with their Sochi Olympic Slogan, "One Year to Go Countdown with Lots of Campaigns".
Is Samsung likely to hold the unpacked event in the 2014 Sochi Olympics?
Verizon looks to introduce the Samsung Galaxy S4 to its customer base and subscribers will surely be anticipating this 5-incher to come out soon. A benchmark report exists and it shows that the Galaxy S IV has a 1.9 GHz processor, but is not the latest Exynos version.
It is highly likely that its processor would be a Qualcomm Snapdragon and Adreno 320 graphics. There are also other improvements from the S III and Verizon will surely be able to take advantage of the popularity and following of the Samsung Galaxy S IV.
It is also quite surprising that the smartphone may not be running the latest Android version and that it may not be introduced at the Mobile World Congress as is mostly speculated. Instead, there are rumors that it might not actually come out until May. Fans will surely have to wait a little longer if they want the Verizon Galaxy S IV
It's only a few days to go before Samsung's star smartphone is launched and looks like there's no stopping more rumors from showing up on the news. Another bunched of "leaked photos" have come out claiming that they were the images of the S4 but somehow, more people are already suspicious about its authenticity, following a barrage of news about "leaked" this and that.
The latest to come out is Samsung Galaxy S 4's alleged ability to take 3D pictures, based on the company's recent patents. People are really getting creative (investigative?) with their sources! Last week, Samsung released a vague teaser that only left people with more conjectures.
Another reason for surmising that the S4 will come with 3D photo capability is apparently because of the (drumroll...) poster! Since it's in 3D, then it's just normal to deduce that the phone will be able to do that. Possible or simply inane. However, we have to give it to Samsung for keeping how the smartphone looks like for days since the release of the teaser. With the kind of hype that this phone is receiving, all of these rumors might just be true. We'll know in a couple of days.
UK will finally meet the new and highly-anticipated Galaxy Note 8.0 next month, according to Carphone Warehouse, one of the biggest online mobile vendors in the UK. Although no word was given as to how much the Note 8.0 will be offered, it is confirmed to be coming to UK on the said month. On the other hand, another retailer, Handtec, released pricing info on the Note 8.0. The device will be available in their store for £371.99.
Another tablet, the ASUS Fonepad will also be distributed starting April in UK. No pricing details emerged but the devices runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.1. Compared with the Galaxy Note 8.0, this tablet features lower specs and only comes with a 1.2 GHz Intel Atom processor, 1 GB RAM and a 3.2 Megapixels rear cam. Whether or not you are a fan of the higher-end Note 8.0, which is said to be iPad Mini's rival, or the Fonepad, expect these devices to make waves in only a few more days, possibly even less than a week.
As you probably already know, Samsung Galaxy S4 quickly became the fastest-selling Android phone in history when Samsung announced that channel sales had reached 10 million units in under one month.
While it can't move at that speed forever, RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Sue predicts sales will hit 80 million units this year.
"Galaxy S-4 demand in the first month of availability has been incrementally better than our estimate of 10M units. In comparison, the S-III took nearly 2 months (50 days) to achieve the 10M units mark. Our broad-based channel checks at U.S. stores indicate that demand for the 16G S-4 devices remains strong with 32G Black devices mostly sold-out and 32G White devices yet to make it to the stores.
"At this pace, the GS-4 is likely to cross 20M shipments in 2Q13, potentially reaching 80M S-4 unit shipments in CY13. We expect the new version of Samsung's Note (III) to hit retail shelves in September. We expect Apple to have an updated multi-device smartphone portfolio [sic] with the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5 and iPhone mini this year."
Mark Sue also see global smartphone shipments growing 26% to 870 million units in 2013, and then growing a further 20% in 2014 to just over 1 billion units.
The Samsung Galaxy Note had 1GB RAM, the Galaxy Note II had 2GB RAM and the Galaxy Note III will have... 3GB RAM. That's what Korean publication Hankyung claims anyway. So far from leaks we've seen that the Note III will pack either a Snapdragon 800 chipset or an Exynos 5 Octa.
Samsung's next flagship device the Galaxy Note III is currently rumoured to feature a 5.7″ or 5.99″ sAMOLED Full HD display, Octa-Core or Snapdragon 800 processor, 13 megapixel camera, Android 4.3, S Pen functions and Samsung's own TouchWiz nature UX interface. We expect Samsung to announce the Galaxy Note III at IFA 2013 in Berlin.
SamMobile reports that the Galaxy Note III will be 8mm thick and weigh 183g. That's a little thinner than the Note II and about the same weight
The Samsung SM-P900 will feature a 12.2-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. The leaker suggested a mysterious device with a similar resolution, so SM-P900 could well be a device in the making.
The leak also mentioned that Samsung is working on a 10-inch tablet with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, according to evleaks. The slate is obviously targeted at users who would prefer a slate with a smaller display, while maintaining the high resolution.
The SM-P600 is reported to be powered by Snapdragon 800 processor to provide enhanced user experience.
There's no word on when either the SM-P900 or SM-P600 might be introduced. However, it's possible that we could see at least one at IFA in early September, which is an event that Samsung has used to unveil new mobile hardware in the past.
AnandTech reveals Samsung is boosting the GPU clock frequency of the Exynos 5 Octa-powered Galaxy S4 that enables the device to achieve a higher score. Some more digging also revealed whitelisted benchmark apps that when opened, bumped the GPU clock frequency to maximum (532MHz) while rest of the apps and games were limited to use 480MHz.
For those of you who aren't familiar with the Exynos 5 Octa in these devices, the SoC integrates four ARM Cortex A15 cores (1.6GHz) and four ARM Cortex A7 cores (1.2GHz) in a big.LITTLE configuration. GPU duties are handled by a PowerVR SGX 544MP3, capable of running at up to 533MHz.
The CPU of the Galaxy S4 variants was also found to behave somewhat odd with its clock speed forced to the maximum possible the minute you run a benchmark. That's not technically cheating though, as the power is available if needed elsewhere - there's no overclocking.
So, it seems Samsung is trying to polish the octa-core Galaxy S4 reputation. Whatever the reason, we are hoping it doesn't become a habit - the company's flagships have enough power and they don't need to use such unfair practices to gain advantage.
According to SamMobile, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 going to have a 5.68-inch 1080p Full HD Super AMOLED touchscreen, a 1.8 GHz Samsung Exynos 5420 ‘octa-core' processor, 3 GB of RAM, a 13 MP rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), 16 / 32 / 64 GB of internal storage space, microSD card support, and a 3,200 mAh battery. It will apparently run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean from day one, but we already knew that.
As you can see, we're yet to have a clear picture of what the Galaxy Note 3 will have to offer, even though we see some of the same specs repeated over and over in new reports. The Galaxy Note 3 will be officially unveiled on September 4, during a special media event in Berlin, Germany.
Here are the specs: SM-N900
- 5.68-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display (1920 x 1080 resolution
- 1.8GHz octa-core Exynos 5420
- ARM Mali-T628 MP6
- RAM unconfirmed
- 13-megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization
- No LTE connectivity
- 16/32/64GB of storage
- microSD support of up to 64GB
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
- 3200mAh battery
Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa series of mobile processors with ARM© big.LITTLETM technology now supports heterogeneous multi-processing (HMP)! This advanced technology allows the Exynos 5 Octa processors to provide exceptional performance and increased power efficiency. In the OCTA-pella video, you'll see how the Exynos 5 Octa uses ARM big.LITTLE processing to balance workloads across CPU cores, using the right core for the right task.
Samsung Primes Exynos 5 Octa for ARM big.LITTLE Technology with Heterogeneous Multi-Processing Capability
Seoul, Korea, September 10, 2013
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced its Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP) solution for the Exynos 5 Octa to fully maximize the benefits of the ARM® big.LITTLETM technology. The HMP capability gives system-level designers the ability to develop solutions that deliver the right combination of high-performance and low-power to carry out tasks such as 3D gaming, complex augmented reality and advanced web browsing.
"It's usually assumed that the big CPU will do all the performance-critical work, however, power-efficient little cores can handle many significant workloads all on their own, so the workload is balanced within the system," said Taehoon Kim, vice president of System LSI marketing, Samsung Electronics. "big.LITTLE processing is designed to deliver the right combination of processors for a specific job. An eight-core processor with HMP is the truest form of the big.LITTLE technology with limitless benefits to the users of high-performance, low-power mobile products."
"ARM big.LITTLE multi-processing technology delivers the highest performance and efficiency across the widest range of workloads," said Noel Hurley, vice president, Strategy and Marketing, Processor Division, ARM. "We welcome Samsung's continued commitment to deploying the leading-edge technology on their latest chips featuring the ARM CortexTM-A series of processors, ARM MaliTM GPUs and ARM ArtisanTM physical IP."
HMP is the most powerful use model for ARM big.LITTLE technology, as it enables the use of all physical cores at the same time. Software threads with high priority or high computational intensity can be allocated to the 'big' Cortex-A15 cores while threads with less priority or are less computationally intensive, can be performed by the 'LITTLE' Cortex-A7 cores, enabling a highly responsive, low-energy system to be built.
Software implementation is essential to maximizing the benefits of big.LITTLE technology. Multi-processing software controls the scheduling of threads of execution to the appropriate core. In earlier versions of the big.LITTLE software, the whole processor context is moved up to the 'big' core or down to the 'LITTLE' core based on the measured work load. In-depth study and analysis of diverse use case scenarios enable Samsung to achieve efficiency and high-performance, while managing power levels to deliver optimal user environments.
The HMP solution for Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa application processors will be available to customers in 4Q of 2013.
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Samsung introduced the Galaxy Gear smartwatch at IFA last year, and said it would release a second generation of the device along the Galaxy S5 this spring.
This year, Samsung has been rumored to be working on wearable glasses similar to Google Glass, supposedly under the Gear Glass name, and according to a report from The Korea Times, Samsung will unveil Gear Glass this year at IFA in September.
The new smart glass to be introduced by Samsung is a new concept of wearable device that can lead to an exciting culture of communication. The smart glass will present our aim to lead the new market with proven capability. Wearable devices can't generate profits immediately. Steady releases of devices are showing our firm commitment as a leader in new markets.
The report suggests that functionality will be similar to that of the Galaxy Gear, allowing smartphone users to view notifications, take phone calls, shoot pictures and control and listen to music, though hopefully, it will be compatible with more devices out of the box than Samsung's first smartwatch.
Having launched the Nexus 7 last summer, Google and Nexus seem to be preparing the second generation Nexus 7.
With Google's I/O conference being held between the 15th and 17th of May, the upcoming Asus-manufactured tablet may be unveiled there, according to DigiTimes.
The new Nexus 7 features a thinner bezel and a Full HD (1920 x 1080) display running on the Android Jellybean platform. Pricing should be similar to that of the Nexus 7: $199 for the 8GB version, $249 for the 16GB one, and $299 for the 32GB one. Its retailing date is yet to be announced.
Sales are expected to surpass 6 million units this month. Similarly, Google is preparing to launch a Nexus 10 tablet featuring a quad-core CPU and an eight-core Mali T678 GPU to be manufactured by Samsung.