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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451Research on consumer smart phone survey shows an explosive wave of momentum is catapulting Samsung to its all-time high in a ChangeWave survey, even as Apple demand remains strong three months after the iPhone 5 release. The December 11-27, 2012 survey took a close-up look at North American smart phone trends, with 88% of the 4,061 respondents residing in the US.
The survey indicates that Samsung sales could see strong early gains in 2013, while interest in Apple's iPhone takes a hit. Samsung's Galaxy Note II in particular made a promising showing, meaning consumers are eager to wrap their hands around big screen devices.
Samsung posted an 8 percentage point game, bringing anticipated demand from 13 to 21 percent overall, much of a climb is "unprecedented" in their survey history. The Samsung Galaxy S III was the most desirable of Samsung handsets, with 69 percent of overall demand, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was a surprise hit, with 23 percent of all Samsung consumer interest. Overall, consumers reported considerable interest in "phablet" devices, with 27 percent reporting they wanted a screen that's at least 5-inches. The 4 to 4.9-inch category still rules with 52 percent of interest, but clearly, consumers are liking the idea of big screen phones.
T-Mobile is planning to start selling Samsung Galaxy S 4 starting May 1, as confirmed by reps of the company. They are the first ones to indicate an exact day of launch and others are likely to follow soon.
The carrier will likely ask for a $99 down payment for a 2-year contract of $20 per month, similar to the iPhone 5's contract.
More and more LTE-enabled handsets are being introduced by carriers such as T-Mobile and people now see how much they are going to save using these devices. Other LTE devices that are on T-Mo's list are the HTC One and the BlackBerry Z10. HTC One is also coming soon.
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.
Both the Samsung Galaxy Note III and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch are all but confirmed to be ready for an official unveiling on September 4th, and today we've received the shipping dates for both devices in our mailbox - the third-generation Note will start shipping in the same month it is announced, while the smartwatch will arrive in the market from October.
The Galaxy Gear is Samsung's first attempt at making a smartwatch. Reportedly, it features a 1.67 inch AMOLED display with 320 x 320 pixels, NFC, 1GB of RAM, and an Exynos 4212 processor.
The Galaxy Note III seemingly features a 5.68 inch Full HD display, 13MP rear camera, 3GB of RAM, and a 3,200 mAh battery. The LTE version (model number SM-N9005) uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, while the non-LTE one (SM-N900) comes with Samsung's new Exynos 5420 Octa.
Samsung has begun mass producing 5.25-inch AMOLED displays for the Galaxy S5, end of this month to be exact.
The new display has a diamond pixel arrangement like the S4 and Note 3′s display - green pixels interleaved with alternating red and blue pixels, but with each red and blue pixel shaped like a diamond for increased sharpness and pixel density.
The resolution of the screen will be 2,560×1,440 pixels, equating to a pixel density of 560 ppi, and rumors suggest an LCD variant of the S5 might exist as well.
The 5.25″ size itself makes sense if you consider that LG's current flagship, the G2, features a 5.2″ panel. And the competition between Samsung and LG on all fronts is well known, so we assume that Samsung didn't want its device to feel inferior in any way to LG's.
2014 is indeed shaping up to be the year of 2,560×1,440 resolution in ultra high-end handsets. One wonders where we'll be at in a couple of years' time.
Android 4.4 KitKat arrived on Halloween having a bag filled with goodies, together with a rejuvenated interface, additional features, better integration with Google's applications and services, along with a slew of enhancements underneath the hood.
While you will find lots of sources online where one can get up to date with Google's latest and finest operating-system, sometimes it's easier to go where the origin is. For individuals who can't get an adequate amount of KitKat, that source is Google's own Android Ramp Up Guide, Android 4.4 (KitKat), available these days free of charge within the Play Store.
The BlackBerry Q10 has been put up for pre-order by AT&T today, while T-Mobile now has it in stock. If you aren't familiar, the Q10 is the keyboard version of the Z10. It carries the same 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of system memory, 8-megapixel camera and 16GB of flash memory as the Z10. Both handsets run the new BB10 operating system but the Q10 will ship with the latest version, 10.1.
The main difference, however, is the keyboard and the display. The QWERTY board takes up plenty of real estate which only leaves room for a 3.1-inch AMOLED screen operating at 720 x 720 pixels.
Here's some cool features of the Q10:
- BlackBerry Hub - see your inbox from any app
- Classic BlackBerry Keyboard supercharged with BlackBerry 10 - Instant Action for quick access to apps and functions
- BB BalanceTM - work life and personal life, separate but equal
- BBMTM Video with Screen Share - share content and apps
Here's the link
In the Windows Phone GDR3 feature list, support for an additional row column will be included the start screen. This resulted in a position to fit three medium-sized square tiles in one row as opposed to the limit of two today. That which was unclear until now was if this additional column is going to be for 1080p devices only or 720p or WVGA devices as well.
The news was confirmed by Joe Belfiore, VP of the Windows Phone program at Microsoft so it's as official as it gets. His tweet also mentions other UI changes the GDR3 update brings specially for 1080p smartphones. The first of them is anticipated to be the Nokia Lumia 1520, which is most likely todebut at the Nokia event in Abu Dabu on October 22.
The Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update rollout will commence in the coming weeks and will continue over several months. Microsoft can't give specific timing as it depends on the user's carrier and make contact with model.