Plans for a better version of the iPhone 5 are already smoking from Apple camp, following a leak of photos that supposedly showed the next iPhone's motherboard (iPhone 5S or iPhone 6, who knows?). Judging from the photos that came out, it looked like the successor closely resembled the iPhone 5, but is supposed to have better specs and a new iOS version.
According to the leak, Apple A7 is a 1.2 GHz quad core processor, compared to iPhone 5's tri-core. Moreover, it will possibly have a 2GB RAM and according to a "reliable source" (this is where you suspect this to be a rumor), it will actually have a slower RAM at 800MHz. Relax, people, it hasn't been proven yet.
New Siri capabilities are other possible improvements, other than that, we'll all have to wait and see and quit speculating for our own good. Brilliant tech enthusiasts will surely let us know.
As reported by SamMobile, it's likely that samsung will introduce is 2 variants of the Galaxy S II Plus, one version with NFC chip and one without NFC. The Samsung GT-I9105 will not use NFC but the Samsung GT-I9105P will have NFC.
There are rumors that Samsung delayed the Galaxy S II Plus because of the success of the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3, but that's debatable. Regardless, the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus will run on Android 4.1.2 and comes in the first quarter of 2013. This model will be available in two colors, Chic White and Dark Blue, and will only be available with a 8GB Storage option.
Screen size and resolution are the same as the current Galaxy S II (4.3" 480 x 800)
Samsung downgraded the processor to 1ghz dual-core processor and the internal storage is 8 GB.
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 popular Korean Media site called DDaily claims that the Galaxy S4 will support wireless charging, the type with back cover with wireless charging support and its charging dock we have seem before, both will be sold separately.
DDaily also reported that Samsung considered using an alternative, more advanced wireless charging technology known as resonant magnetic coupling. That, in theory, would allow the Samsung Galaxy S IV to be charged from a distance of up to around 2 meters, so you wouldn't have to put the Galaxy S IV on top of a Wireless Charging dock.
The current specs rumored for Samsung Galaxy S4 features an Exynos 5 Octa (8-Core) CPU, Mali-T658 (8-Core) GPU, 4.99″ SuperAMOLED 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 and run Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean directly from the retail box.
If rumors are to be trusted, the Samsung Galaxy S IV is to be announced within a few months, with an appearance at MWC next month still not being out of the question. However, the smartphone isn't likely to be commercially available earlier than May 2013 according to mutiple sources.
Rumors confirmed that the Galaxy S4 smartphone could be released in April. yesterday's article, we also included two photos of "an internal raffle doc at a New Zealand mobile retailer," saying that all the winners of a prize would be awarded with a Samsung Galaxy S4 handset.
SamMobile has reported that in a bid to have more control on updates and sales, and to know exactly how many devices has been sold in all countries, Samsung is planning to start the new update service.
"Samsung's plan is to stop the retailers that are shipping, for example, French-based software devices to The Netherlands. Samsung won't give devices updates if you bought a phone outside your home country," the report has said.
"This could mean retailers need to pay more for devices and the prices could go higher. Also, customers could have to wait longer on their new devices. So far we can conclude from our information that Samsung will start to test this way but no longer by notification trough OTA (over-the-air)," according to SamMobile.
What does this all mean for Samsung, retailer and customer?
- - Control of updates in each country. (faster way of updates)
- - Exact sales numbers.
- - Could bring the price up / down if needed or cancel device that do not sell well.
- - Retailer must ship country based devices otherwise customer isn't able to update.
- - Retailer shop price could be more expensive.
- - Delay in new device.
- - Customer isn't able to update their device outside the country of origin.
- - Price can be higher.
Well, this comes as a surprise, sammobile basically showed a picture of what they claimed to be the Galaxy Tab 3, I would probably take this as a grain of salt as nothing in the screenshot specify that it's the actual Galaxy Tab 3. It does look a lot like the Galaxy Note 8.0
The product codes are, as rumoured earlier, GT-P8200, GT-P8210 and GT-P8220. What do you think?
Here are the rumored specifications
- Samsung Exynos 5410 Octa CPU
- 4 x (1.6GHz ARM-Cortex A15) 4 x (1.2GHz ARM-Cortex A7)
- Imagination Power SGX 544MP3 GPU
- 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM with 32GB and 64GB Models
- MicroSD card storage expansion (up to 64B)
- 9000 mAh standard li-ion battery
- 10.055″ 2560×1600 display - 300PPI
- Could be PLS LCD or Super AMOLED ‘PENTILE'
- 8 Megapixel camera with AF
- 1080p Video@30fps
- 2 megapixel front facing camera with AF
- 1080p Video@30fps
- IR Blaster
The rumored Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is expected to launch in September and according to a new report, will be the first Samsung device to feature S Orb panorama camera.
The S Orb feature reportedly will be rolled out to other Samsung Android handsets including the Galaxy S4, the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2 after google releases the Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. Perhaps during Google IO 2013.
If you are not familiar with S Orb, it's Samsung's own version of 360 degree panorama. The S Orb was supposed to make it under the hood of the freshly announced Samsung Galaxy S4, but just like we've told you in the initial report this would have happened only if the new camera software was ready in time for the launch event.
Are you looking forward to the S Orb?
There were rumors that the Samsung Galaxy Note III will feature a 5.9-inch display, but the latest word is that it will only have a 5.7-incher. which isn't really surprising since the original Note had a 5.3-inch display and the Note II had a 5.5-incher. If you're doing the math, that's an upgrade of 0.2-inches. Add that to the current Note II and you get 5.7-inches.
How the Samsung Galaxy Note III performs is critical for Samsung. There have been news reports suggesting that sales of Samsung Galaxy S4 have started to cool off. Further, ETNews.com is reporting that sales of Samsung smartphones in July are expected to drop by 20 to 30 percent. This news report is based on the information sourced from Samsung's suppliers. Given that Samsung Galaxy S4 is company's flagship smartphone, the company will now banking on the likes of Galaxy Note III to ensure that its overall sales are not impacted.
Amazon is said to be planning to launch the most affordable Kindle Fire HD ever. At $99, this is sure to capture a lot of people's interest and with the price that it will be sold, Amazon does not aim to make a huge profit out of selling hardware but they do aim to be the number one content provider through sale of e-publications.
According to the source, the Kindle Fire HD will be a 7-incher and the same TI processor that other Kindle variants have. It will provide big savings compared to the present Kindle Fire HD's price, which is $199. Its nearest rival, the Asus Google Nexus 7, might really have to come up with a good promotion to compete with the planned 50% off of the Kindle Fire HD.
Although rumors about this tablet are rife, Amazon denies that it is conceptualizing a cheaper Kindle. However, it could actually become reality in the near future, since the prices of tablet parts are going down because of high demand for such products.
The Nexus 7 will be refreshed with a "full HD" 1080p display and thinner bezel, reports Digitimes. Expected to carry the same attractive $200-$250 price point as the current model, the tablet is said to be manufactured by Asus.
Rumors have recently reported that the Nexus 7 will be getting a "refresh" in the coming weeks, upgrading to a full HD 1080p display, and featuring a smaller, sleeker bezel around the edge. Digitimes reports that the tablet will still maintain its attractive price point around $200-$250 that the current model has used to fly off digital shelves since it released last year.
Sources with access to "engineering samples" have said that several specifications will also be changed around. It's not clear when the changes might be implemented, although mid-2013 is expected by industry analysts.
Some are looking to Google's I/O conference in May for more details on the device.
The next awesome smartphone war will arguably be between Motorola X and Google's Nexus 5. Google plans to leave out making a bigger display for the Nexus 5 and according to a leak, it will actually sport a 4.5-inch display but it will be stretched out a bit more to take up 88% of the smartphone's face. Furthermore, it will not compete against 1080p Full HD devices that are mostly coming out this season but will actually settle with 720p.
It will have a 9MP camera and a better battery life. Google's aphorism for this phone includes "compactness, having a great camera and huge battery life". It will also use Snapdragon 600 1.5GHz and will no doubt be more budget-friendly than other Google Nexus devices. Its direct competitor, the Motorola X recently released information about its impressive hardware, which somehow makes this bit of news a bit weird. It could mean that a different unit might go head-on with Motorola X or that Google will not compete with it because it has a bigger stake in Motorola X than we previously thought.