Classy Samsung Galaxy S6 Agree Revealed

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Jermaine Smit has carefully created a render of one direction that Samsung could go with the handset and we have to say, we’re definitely fans.

As shown in the video below, the concept includes a bezel-free curved screen, 4GB of RAM, an Exynos 5433 64-bit processor, runs Android 4.5, weighs 162g and comes in white, blue, red and black varieties.

It has a 20 megapixel camera with a dual-LED flash and optical image stabilisation and the handset has a super-slim build.

Smit doesn’t state what material the concept device would be built from, but it looks to us like it has a glass back, which is quite a departure from the plastic Samsung is known for. Overall it’s a much smarter, more premium design than any existing Samsung handset.

Will the actual Galaxy S6 look like this? We doubt it. There’s been talk that Samsung might switch to metal, so it could certainly get more premium and the general shape could be used but we’d be very surprised if the S6 had a curved screen. It’s an area that Samsung has experimented with but it’s unlikely to risk equipping a flagship with one.

The specs on the other hand seem very believable. We already have phones with 3GB of RAM, so 4GB by next year seems reasonable, as does a 64-bit Exynos processor and it’s almost a guarantee that it will run Android 4.5 when it launches.

Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Vs Nokia Lumia 930

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Vs Nokia Lumia 930

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is a comparative review of both these next-gen smartphones to help the customer decide which one to purchase.

Physical Appearance:

Compared to Nokia Lumia 930, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is obviously bigger as well as thicker. However, both the smartphones have the same weight. According to Samsung, Galaxy Note 3 measures 151.2 mm in height, 79.2 mm in width, and 8.3 mm in depth having a weight of 168 grams. It is available in a number of colors – rose gold white, black, rose gold black, red, merlot red white, and pink.
Display:

As the size of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is bigger, it also has a bigger display than the Nokia Lumia 930. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has a 5.7-inch full HD Super AMOLED screen having a 1920 x 1080 pixels screen resolution. Nokia Lumia 930, on the other hand, only has 5-inch ClearBlack, OLED display having the same screen resolution – 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Processor and Operating System:

Compared with Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Nokia Lumia 930 has a more advanced processor and operating system. Nokia Lumia 930 sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.2 GHz powered by the most recent Windows 8.1 operating system. On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 only comes with a 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor for LTE and 1.9 GHz Octa Core Processor (A15 1.9 GHz + A7 1.3 GHz) for 3G, powered by Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Camera:

The specs of Nokia Lumia 930 are also superior compared to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vis-à-vis the camera. The Nokia Lumia 930 has a 20-mega pixel PureView camera along with dual LED flash, in addition to four directional microphones with Surround-Sound.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3, on the other hand, comes with only 13-mega pizel rear-facing camera and 2-megapixel front facing camera. It also sports a BSI sensor, auto focus with smart stabilization, LED flash, as well as zero shutter lag.

Memory:

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB internal memory that can be expanded to 64 GB via the microSD slot. Meanwhile, Nokia Lumia 930 only has 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory. However, it is expandable up to 128 GB through the microSD slot. In addition, the Windows phone has 7 GB of cloud storage available from Microsoft OneDrive.

Samsung Deal With Counterattack Cellphone Profit

Samsung, a South Korean company, said last week that profit in the last quarter was expected to be 25 percent lower than in the period a year earlier.

Among other factors, Samsung blamed intense competition from Chinese manufacturers for the decline. Companies like Xiaomi and Huawei have quickly increased market share in China during the last year with the help of handsets they sell at a break-even price.

Chinese companies have swooped into many other industries, including personal computers and solar energy, to produce products less expensively. This strategy has traditionally been used after a market matures, at which point the Chinese companies find a way to make and sell products nearly at cost, building market share and eating into the profit of the incumbents.

Investors and analysts are now wondering whether Samsung will choose to cut prices or push innovation harder in order to fight back.

“How does Samsung compete against players that price at cost?” said Adnaan Ahmad, an analyst for Berenberg Bank in London, in a research note. “Investors should question where the growth is.”

Samsung’s response to its predicament could shape the entire smartphone market.

If Samsung aggressively cuts prices to improve sales, it could pressure other competitors like Nokia, HTC and Motorola Mobility to lower prices, too. That could lead to lower-quality products or even slimmer margins for the smartphone business as a whole. Already, in many recent financial quarters, Samsung and Apple are the only companies showing a profit from smartphones.

The low-end market is not Samsung’s only worry. At the high end, its main rival is Apple, which has continued to improve iPhone sales. T. Michael Walkley, a Canaccord Genuity analyst, said Apple could find even more success if the company releases phones with larger screens this year, as is widely expected.

Samsung has shown no signs that it wants to go down the price-cutting path. It declined to make an executive available for an interview, but in a written statement, the company said it would continue to compete through a diverse set of products that fulfill consumer needs.

“We also will strengthen our product competitiveness by reinforcing our premium brand reputation, powerful product lineup and cutting-edge technology,” the company said.

In other words, Samsung, at least for now, plans to keep doing what it is already doing: offering a large variety of mobile products at a wide range of prices.

But it remains unclear whether that will be enough.

Ben Bajarin, a consumer technology analyst for Creative Strategies, said the competitive dynamic among devices running Google’s Android system, like most of Samsung’s offerings and the inexpensive handsets made by Chinese manufacturers, was starting to shift.

Because all Android smartphones work similarly, he said, hardware does not make a device stand out. Software and Internet services, like video streaming or messaging, will set the devices apart.

Xiaomi, the rising Chinese electronics brand, is a chief example of that. The company makes several models of Android smartphones, including handsets that have many of the same features as top phones from Apple and Samsung, but cost less than half the price.

But the hardware and low price are just a small part of what gives Xiaomi its advantage. To lure customers and keep them loyal, the company offers a special version of Android, called Miui. Fans can help design Miui by giving feedback online, and the company releases a new version of the operating system every Friday to keep fans excited.

Xiaomi’s business model is unique among Android phone vendors. It sells phone models for about the same amount it costs to buy and assemble the materials. But it sells the phones for up to a year and a half, giving time for the components’ price to fall. Xiaomi also makes money from selling apps, games, special Android themes and Internet services.

Making money off Internet services will be Xiaomi’s core business strategy, the company has said.

“Cellphones are really just like PCs were 20 years ago,” Lin Bin, one of Xiaomi’s founders, said at a business conference last year. “They generated big profit margins in the beginning. But those margins are in the single digits now. The same thing is beginning to happen to smartphones. So rather than focus on devices where margins will decline, we’re focusing on services.”

But Samsung’s smartphone business is still reliant on selling hardware. While the company also offers specially customized versions of the Android system for its smartphones and tablets, its software has been widely panned by reviewers and customers. And in Internet services like maps and online messaging, Samsung is virtually irrelevant.

 

Scrapped Samsung Z Launch Soon

Scrapped Samsung Z launch yet another halt on Tizen Delayed until Tizen gets more apps

Things are not looking up for Samsung’s self-made Tizen smartphone operating system, as the Samsung Z hit delays in Russia.

The South Korean electronic firm’s first Tizen-powered smartphone was supposed to launch on July 11. However, reports from The Wall Street Journal claim that the launch of the Samsung Z was scrapped in Moscow just a few days before its scheduled debut.

Samsung didn’t provide an updated launch date for the device, though the company noted that the device is still on track to release in the Russian market just as soon as it can offer users the “fullest portfolio of applications.”
A sad state of affairs

Despite the canceled launch, Samsung still held an event in Moscow with roughly 150 developers, nearly half of the attendees to originally show up at the venue. At the sparsely filled non-launch, Samsung used the time to show off prototype devices.

Later, Dmitry Anosov, an executive from the Russian arm of the company, took to the stage to tell the audience that the “most obvious advantage” of developing for Tizen was that developers will get a spot towards the top in a “half empty store” on a “decent premium device.” We’re not sure if we’re missing some sarcasm from Anosov’s statement, but it reflects the depressing state of the operating system.

In light of all this, somehow developers attending the event weren’t too disappointed with the delay as it was just the latest in a long string of setbacks.

Samsung’s new Quad-core Exynos ModAP, Announced

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In the past, Samsung’s high-end phones have always had two versions for different markets – one with Exynos chip and the other featuring Qualcomm chips (with integrated LTE). In India, Samsung sells the Exynos version of their high-end phones, which makes sense since the 4G penetration is almost close to nil. It goes without saying that apart from LTE, the Exynos ModAP chip will also support the other mobile network standards like 2G and 3G.

Liliputing notes that the Exynos ModAP chip isn’t the most powerful Exynos chip but it could be versatile and could possibly pave way for high-performance chips in the future. On the other hand, Samsung claims that multitasking on this low-powered chip will be faster and smoother. Also, it also has advanced 8-megapixel 30 fps Image Signal Processor (ISP) and a memory bandwidth of up to 6.4GB/s.

Earlier, the official Samsung Exynos Twitter handle posted an image that showcased a hashtag for Exynos Tomorrow (#ExynosTomorrow). The tweet said, “Tomorrow we have something new and exciting to show you. Stay tuned!”

Back in February, Samsung had unveiled two new Exynos processors – the Exynos 5422 (octa-core) and the Exynos 5 Hexa (the new hexa-core family, starting with Exynos 5260).

Latest Apple-Targeting ad Slams Battery Life – Samsung

The new ad, embedded below, was posted to the official Samsung Mobile USA YouTube account. It’s in the same style as previous iPhone-bashing ads that Samsung has paid to air on primetime television in America.

The latest ad shows iPhone 5s owners plugged into outlets at various locations within an airport. The ad suggests that iPhone owners must hang out on “stained carpeting and bathrooms” to ensure their handset has enough juice to keep operating throughout a full day.

At one point, an iPhone user sitting against the airport wall notes that a new model is coming out soon, while a person nearby chimes in that they “hope it has a better battery.”

While iPhone users are stuck in inconvenient places, the ad shows people with Samsung’s latest Galaxy S5 enjoying their device while Apple owners look on with envy. One Galaxy S5 owner checks her phone and sees she has only 10 percent battery remaining, but the device’s battery-saving mode estimates that she has a full day of standby time left.

Another iPhone user is shown being envious of a Samsung device user who is swapping out the battery on their handset. The ad concludes by telling consumers to “not be a wall hugger,” and instead opt for the Galaxy S5, with its swappable battery and ultra power saving mode.