Samsung’s new Christmas ad is nice, not naughty like last year

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If you can recall, Samsung’s Christmas video last year was… naughty. Well, that isn’t what they’re going for this year. It is back on the nice list. Santa Claus is holding his Santa’s Big Christmas Secret 2013 presentation for his elves. Immediately Santa is hyping the crowd by saying “are you ready for the next big thing” in reference to what Samsung calls their products. The Galaxy Gear is brought forward and the elves are puzzled. Santa questions them on watches being able to alert you and take photos. Of course, the elves are puzzled. But hold on, the Galaxy Gear can do all of that stuff. Then, Mrs. Claus calls in and the sea of elves quickly erupts with “Call Me Maybe” playing in the background.

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Sprint launching Galaxy S 4 that supports their Spark LTE network

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To operate on its Spark LTE network, Sprint will soon be releasing a tri-band Samsung Galaxy S 4. Sprint has already released the LG G2, Samsung Galaxy Mega, and GS4 Mini on the Spark network. Current Galaxy S 4 owners on Sprint will not reach Spark speeds as it requires additional bands specific for the network. Sprint Spark can achieve up to 60Mbps to satisfy your speed demands. This new GS4 model can be had for $199 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year contract; however, you can opt for Sprint’s One Up and pay $25 per month. For now, Sprint Spark is live in New York, Miami, Tampa, Chicago, and Los Angeles with plans to expand greatly next year.

The full press release can be found after the break.

Sprint Debuts Samsung Galaxy S 4 with the Benefit of Sprint Spark

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sprint (NYSE:S) expects to begin delivery of Samsung Galaxy S® 4 (16GB) with the addition of Sprint Spark™ (enhanced LTE) to its sales channels in the next few weeks. This enhances the current version of Galaxy S 4 with a design change to take advantage of unprecedented speeds by combining all three Sprint bands (800MHz, 1.9GHz and 2.5GHz) of 4G LTE wireless spectrum.

Sprint Spark allows tri-band devices, like Galaxy S 4, to support active hand-off mode between 800MHz, 1.9GHz and 2.5GHz and provide data session continuity as the devices move between spectrum bands.

Sprint Spark provides the capacity to greatly improve the performance of video and other bandwidth-intensive applications while opening the way for futuristic applications. Sprint Spark is designed to support a new generation of online gaming, virtual reality, advanced cloud services and other applications requiring very high bandwidth.

Sprint plans to deploy Sprint Spark in about 100 of America’s largest cities during the next three years, with initial availability in five markets now. The first markets with limited availability are New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Tampa and Miami. Sprint 4G LTE service is expected to be available by mid-2014 to approximately 250 million Americans, and Sprint expects 100 million Americans will have Sprint Spark or 2.5GHz coverage by the end of 2014.

This super-high-speed capability demonstrates 50-60 Megabits per second (Mbps) peak speeds today with increasing speed potential over time. Given Sprint’s spectrum and technology assets, it is technically feasible to deliver more than 2Gbps per sector of over-the-air speed.1

Samsung Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark will be available for $199.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement after a $50 mail-in rebate via reward card2 or $25 per month with Sprint One UpSM.

Customers can take advantage of Sprint One Up3, a new program that offers customers an affordable option to upgrade their device more frequently. With Sprint One Up, participating smartphone customers get unlimited talk, text and data for an introductory rate of $65 per month4 – a $15 per month savings off their Unlimited, My Way standard rate plan and Sprint’s guarantee of unlimited talk, text and data for the life of the line of service.5 Sprint One Up is also available for smartphones on the My All-in plan.

Sprint offers unlimited 4G LTE data, text and calling to any mobile device with no metering or overages, all while on the Sprint network, making it the ideal carrier for customers who want to use every feature of their Galaxy S 4 every day of the month without worry. Sprint 4G LTE is available in select markets.

Manufactured by Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), Galaxy S 4 is powered by Android™ 4.3, Jelly Bean, boasts a brilliant 5-inch full-HD Super AMOLED™ touchscreen, 1.9GHz quad-core processor and access to the Sprint 4G LTE network. It also offers Multi Window, which allows the use of two apps side-by-side.


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Samsung “Just for You” teaser tips upcoming Galaxy J release in Taiwan

Samsung recently dropped the “Just for You” teaser video on YouTube and it measures in at 22 seconds in length and appears to be offering a look at the Galaxy J. This isn’t the only time we have seen talk of the Galaxy J recently, however this one is from Samsung as opposed to a leak. One key with the video though, this is from Samsung Taiwan, which suggests where the handset is heading.

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The video doesn’t reveal much in the way of specifics and shows the outline of the Galaxy J as well as the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The watch is showing a time of 1PM and a date of Monday, December 9th. Coincidentally, that is the same date and time we saw with a previous leaked Galaxy J image. More to the point here, it appears the Galaxy J will be announced in Taiwan this coming Monday.

Watching the video and you get a few details, but Samsung appears to have this video lined more as a teaser than anything. There is a mention of being “just fast” with a showing of LTE, but otherwise, there was a mention of handset coming soon and further “just” lines including; Just fit, just simple, just elegant and just for you. The video does show the brushed metal back and what appears to be a thin profile. Samsung, perhaps for good measure, also included a diamond sitting on the back.

While this teaser seems to suggest the Galaxy J will soon be announced in Taiwan, this handset isn’t a complete mystery. That doesn’t mean Samsung will have it with an exact match on the specs, but the Galaxy J is already known in Japan. The Japanese variant includes a 5-inch 1080p display and is powered by a quad-core 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 processor with 3GB of RAM. There is also a 2600 mAh battery, 32GB of internal storage space, a microSD card slot and 12 megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Lite to be unveiled at MWC in February

galaxy_grand_lite_leak_sammobileAccording to SamMobile, the Samsung Galaxy Grand Lite (GT-I9060) will become official at Mobile World Conference in February. Receiving information from an insider, they say it “is something of a cross Grand and Grand 2 – it will have a 5-inch WVGA screen, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage with microSD slot, and a 2,100mAh battery.” The Grand Lite will have a 5MP around the back and a VGA one up front. The device will ship with either Android 4.2 or 4.3 Jelly Bean and come in your choice of black, lime green, and orange. As usual for the Grand line, the Grand Lite is expected to have dual SIM support for countries like China and India.

Source: SamMobile


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Leaked Samsung schedule has KitKat hitting Galaxy S 4, Galaxy Note 3 in January, last year’s device in March or April

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Here’s some good news if you own Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note 3. Android 4.4 KitKat should arrive in just under three months. According to a leaked schedule obtained by iTechAddict, Samsung plans to update those two flagships in January. They list the Galaxy S 3 and Galaxy Note 2 to receive KitKat as well. Those two are scheduled to receive the update in March or April. Samsung is likely pegging their flagships for a January update due to HTC announcing its plans to have KitKat ready by then for the HTC One.

Source: iTechAddict
Via: GSM Arena


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Possible Samsung Galaxy S 5 casing leaks, metallic present

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First we heard that Samsung was in talks with suppliers for a metallic Galaxy S 5 to launch in 2014. Then it seemed like they would just opt for the faux leather back of the Galaxy Note 3. But courtesy of Nowhereelse.fr, we have a look at what would be metallic casing for the GS5. The images were taken by a subcontractor that Samsung hired for the job.

Now there are a few things that indicate this could all just be your usual fly-by leak that develops into nothing. The slot for the camera has been shifted to the left, but Samsung tends to leave them in the middle of their devices. Also, the headphone jack is on the bottom, something new for them as well. And there does not seem to be enough room for a USB 3.0 port that is likely to be utilized given its appearance on the Galaxy Note 3. Even if this isn’t the actual casing for Samsung’s 2014 flagship, we sure hope it is metal because everyone is just about done with the fingerprint-friendly plastic from the GS4.

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Source: Nowhereelse.fr
Via: SamMobile


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5.25-inch Samsung device surfaces in Europe, mid-range specs inside

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A mystery Samsung device has been spotted in Europe with the model number SM-G7105, much like the Chinese one that had the model number SM-G7106. This new leak has the 5.25-inch smartphone packing 4G LTE radios, a 1.2Ghz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The cameras come in at 1.9MP for the front and 8MP on the back. There are no additional details, but we think it’s safe to say that this is slated to be a mid-range smartphone.

Source: Ameblo
Via: SamMobile


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Samsung’s upcoming device with three-sided display to be part of Galaxy line, says Bloomberg

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As we reported yesterday, Samsung is planning on manufacturing a new device with a three-sided display. Today, Bloomberg said that this device would be part of Samsung’s Galaxy line, and it would feature a flexible display.

These reports come right after plans for a possible Samsung version of Google Glass have been outed, as well as the release of the first version of Galaxy Gear.

Innovative products are nothing new for Samsung, but this will certainly bring something very different.


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Samsung Galaxy Core Plus is not an improvement over previous model

Samsung has released an update to their Galaxy Core brand, but it’s not quite an upgrade. The original Galaxy Core, launched earlier this year, actually had beefier specs and a bit more to offer than the new Galaxy Core Plus. The device, launched in Taiwan, may be aimed at emerging markets, or could just be a cost-cutting measure by Samsung.

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Android Beat is postulating that the downgraded specs can be attributed to Samsung taking full advantage of production efficiency. The 768MB RAM chip in the Galaxy Core Plus is the same that’s used in the Galaxy Note 3, except the larger device has six of them. It would also explain the strange RAM size, but there is no confirmation of that.

Elsewhere, the device sports a 4.3-inch screen at an 800 x 400 resolution and a 5MP rear camera. There is also a dual-core, 1.2GHz processor, which is all the same as the predecessor. The only difference is the memory, which lends more credence to the reasoning. If Samsung were simply trying to streamline their efforts, this would deb a good way to cut a corner.

The device also sports Android 4.2, though we’d like to see what effect Android 4.4 could have on this one. For an operating system that promises better performance on a lower end device, this would be a good place to start. The Galaxy Core Plus is only about $270, and will probably stay in Taiwan. The newly released Moto G is already much more attractive, and runs about $100 less.

Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2 passes through the FCC again, this time it’s WiFi-only

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With Samsung possibly shifting its focus to tablets for 2014, we have some new information on one of their upcoming tablets. Passing through the FCC again is the Galaxy Note 12.2, but this time it seems to be the WiFi-only model. The previous FCC filing had only LTE bands that were supported in Korea; therefore, we were unsure if this massive tablet would make its way onto U.S. shores. A WiFi-only model could prove that this will indeed be available in the United States.

The Galaxy Note 12.2 is set to be available in early 2014. The tablet has a 12.2-inch screen with a 2560×1600 resolution. Under the hood will be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor/Samsung’s own Exynos 5420 (depending upon your market), 3GB of RAM, and Android 4.3 or maybe even Android 4.4 KitKat. And in true Note fashion, the S Pen stylus is sure to be on board.

Source: FCC
Via: SamMobile


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