The Samsung Galaxy SIII mini, which went on sale in the UK on Thursday, includes a 1GHz dual-core processor, a 5-megapixel camera and also the Jelly Bean 4.1 Android operating-system.
Despite being called 'mini', the handset includes a 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display. Additionally, it has all of the staple smartphone features, including Bluetooth (4.0), Wi-Fi, GPS and HSPA connectivity, as well as access to the Android app store. In addition to these essential elements, the S3 mini carries a number of the Samsung-specific features available on its larger sibling.
"This compact version features the ability to understand human gestures, S Voice, which supplies customised commands, along with Direct Call, which allows customers to automatically call that person simply in the motion of lifting the phone with their ear... to create a competent and natural consumer experience," Samsung said in the statement.
Carphone Warehouse offers the unit for free on the Orange network on deals of £20.50 each month, using a two-year commitment. Amazon UK is selling the handset SIM-free for just under £300, nevertheless the online retailer is still listing the device as on pre-order, with an earliest ship date of 17 November.
Network operator Three said the Galaxy S3 mini come in its stores from Friday, and will be entirely on its website from 16 November.
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The new Samsung Galaxy Express Handset running on an Android operating system guarantees 4G LTE's amazingly fast network connectivity to all. It bears familiarity to the Galaxy Express introduced by the AT &T network at the end of 2012.
This version is built for the European and Asian markets using the Android 4.1 Jellybean platform from the onset. Another variation is the dual-core 1.2GHz processor. Other features remain unchanged.
This handset carries a 2,000 mAh battery and measures 132.2 x 69.1 x 9.3 mm all weighing 139 grams.
Prices for Europe and Asia including the launch date are yet to be announced though it has been confirmed that it will be offered in white.
A black version is offered by AT & T and sells for $99.99 on contract and $449.99 off contract.
Samsung usually organizes special events on Mobile World Congress, such as the announcement of new smartphones or tablets, etc. This year, there will be no special press conference but they will carry on with launching at least one new device, the Galaxy Note 8. According to reports, it will come in three types and these are the GT N5110, which has Wi-Fi only, the GT 5100, which has 3G connectivity and lastly, the GT N5105, which has 3G and LTE connectivity.
There is no definite word yet with regards to the pricing but anticipate the Galaxy Note 8 to sweep across Europe seamlessly. Moreover, expect Samsung not to overprice the Note 8 especially if it will go head on against the iPad mini, which starts at around $329. Folks are advised to keep guessing until the next Mobile World Congress on February 25th in Spain.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 was officially and successfully introduced last March 14th and vendors are gradually informing potential buyers of the price for the device. The S 4 won't hit the stores in Europe until April 26th, although there may be other online mobile vendors who could already be selling the new device earlier than the said date.
In Germany, the handset can be had for €649, a little more affordable than Apple's iPhone 5, which is priced at €679. On the other hand, the S 4 will sell for €699 in Italy, and is due to arrive on the first week of May. It will possibly be cheaper in other places in Europe. The 32- and 64 GB variants will be slightly more expensive than these prices mentioned.
Most carriers and mobile phone vendors have already accepted people who want to pre-register and get listed to be one of the firsts to get their S 4.
People who have been waiting for the Galaxy Express, which is an LTE-enabled phone, can now get their unit in Germany. This device features a dual core processor that clocks in at 1.5 GHz and this 4.5-incher runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.1 version. It also has 1 GB memory, 8GB storage that is expandable using microSD.
It can be recalled that the US carrier, AT&T has launched a similar phone awhile back. In Germany, the device will cost €489. It sounds expensive but with extensive LTE-coverage in most of Europe, this phone can actually be quite cost effective in the long run. It is comparable to the Galaxy S3 and is available in white. It will also be available in other markets in the near future and by that time; other colors will already be available.
The Galaxy Express is a great addition to Samsung's LTE phones. It should also benefit from future improvements that Samsung plans to provide to its flagship as well as other popular devices.
According to SamMobile, Eastern Europe, Russia and Ukraine, will receive the Galaxy S 4 Exynos 5 Octa variant but other areas in Europe will receive the Snapdragon version, which runs on 1.6 GHz. The Snapdragon version will also be available in Eastern Europe, so people can choose between the two variants.
Furthermore, Samsung will classify each as 3G- and 4G-capable, so plenty of people will have equal chance of acquiring either of the two, as long as one is willing to wait for a couple more weeks.
In other S 4 news, the FCC reveals that an Exynos version released in Korea has clocked in at 1.8 GHz. Other news may have reported similar or a slightly slower speed than the Snapdragon version, but now that FCC confirms a 1.8 GHz benchmark for the Korean S 4, demand for the Exynos version could go higher. Two weeks from now, the S 4 will all be shipped out and some of these rumors will surely be set straight.
- Galaxy S4 3G 16 GB - Black Mist - Week 16
- Galaxy S4 3G 16 GB - White Frost - Week 16
- Galaxy S4 3G 32 GB - Bl ack Mist - DROPPED
- Galaxy S4 3G 32 GB - White Frost - DROPPED
- Galaxy S4 3G 64 GB - Black Mist - Week 24
- Galaxy S4 3G 64 GB - White Frost - Week 24
- Galaxy S4 LTE 16 GB - Black Mist - Week 21
- Galaxy S4 LTE 16 GB - White Frost - Week 21
- Galaxy S4 LTE 32 GB - Black Mist - DROPPED
- Galaxy S4 LTE 32 GB - White Frost - DROPPED
- Galaxy S4 LTE 64 GB - Black Mist - Week 24
- Galaxy S4 LTE 64 GB - White Frost - Week 24
Announced back in June as "the only device you'll ever need", the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom has two versions: one with HSDPA connectivity, and another one that also supports LTE. While the HSDPA version has been available since July, the LTE-capable Galaxy S4 Zoom is only now being released - at least in Europe.
the GALAXY S4 zoom comes jam-packed with entertainment features, including the new Samsung Hub, a one-stop destination for all of the latest music, videos, books and games, while Group Play lets users wirelessly share new tracks or games with friends so that groups can all listen and play together.
As with the GALAXY S4, the GALAXY S4 zoom runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.2 while the cutting edge LTE connectivity enables superfast 4G LTE uploading and sharing on the go. The GALAXY S4 zoom also offers Touchwiz, which allows the customization of various aspects of the device, Story Album to collate images and videos into one easy to share timeline and Samsung Link for safeguarding images on laptops or tablets. Alternatively, pictures can be synced in the cloud through HomeSync, while prints can be ordered directly from the device via blurb****.
The Samsung GALAXY S4 zoom LTE will be available on a variety of networks including Deutsche Telekom, Tele2, Telia Sonera and Orange.
- See more at: https://global.samsungtomorrow.com
Two new firmwares for the Galaxy S III (GT-I9300) and Galaxy Note II (GT-N7100) were leaked - I9300XXUGMK6 and N7100XXUEMK9.
We advice that you wait until Samsung officially releases the firmware and update your device via OTA or via Samsung KIES. However if you cannot wait, then you can manually update through the firmware download from SamMobile.
CHANGES AND IMPROVEMENTS IN ANDROID 4.3 UPDATE
- - GALAXY GEAR Support
- - TRIM Support (Makes the device much faster)
- - Samsung KNOX [Only in Galaxy Note II]
- - Samsung Wallet (Pre-loaded) [Only in Galaxy Note II]
- - Better RAM management
- - Core UI elements updated to the ones on the Galaxy S4 (Galaxy S4′s theme all over)
- - New Samsung Keyboard
- - GPU drivers have been updated (Higher GPU benchmark scores)
- - New Lockscreen: Multiple Widgets, improved ripple effect than Android 4.1.2, ability to change clock size and set a personal message
- - New screen modes (From S4): Adapt Display and Professional Photo
- - Daydream
- - Driving mode
- - Actionable notifications
- - Move-to-SD-card feature
- - New Camera mode : Sound and Shot
- - New Additions in Notification Centre
- - Completely revamped Settings UI (Tabbed interface - Exactly like the Galaxy S4)
- - Implementation of Voice controls (Let's you control various parts of the phone using voice commands - Galaxy S4 feature)
- - New Samsung Apps: Calculator, Clock, Contacts, Gallery, Music
- - Full screen Samsung apps
- - New S-Voice (from Galaxy S4)
Full instructions are on SamMobile