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.
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.
According 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to Twitter’s @evleaks, Verizon plans on kicking off the holiday season with some modest deals. For Cyber Monday, online shopping’s Black Friday, Verizon will take $150 off of Samsung tablets. It’s unclear whether this apply to the on-contract or off-contract prices. Also from Samsung will be the Galaxy Note II for $50 on-contract. More intriguingly is that the Motorola RAZR HD and Samsung Galaxy S III (from last year) will be just $1 dollar. So if you are a deal-stealer, this is one you should take a look at. But with the Moto Xdropping to $99 and set to get Moto Maker treatment, we’re not sure why you would look at something else. This year, Cyber Monday is on December 2, so make note of that on your calendar.
Samsung has been nothing short of brilliant in the marketing department. Their efforts have clearly paid off as they’re leading the smartphone industry in multiple categories right now.
Today, the company launched a “Galaxy Note 3 Experience” app, which will highlight their newest flagship, showing off its key features and letting users interact with them to test it out for themselves.
If you want to learn more about the Galaxy Note 3, definitely get this app as it’s the next best thing to actually testing the actual phone out in your hand.
This latest investment may be a bit cheesy, but going off their track record, I wouldn’t be surprised if this boosts sales for them.
Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store.