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Samsung Unveils The Galaxy Pocket Entry-Level Smartphone

Samsung is not only known for selling high-end smartphones, but the company also launches an equal amount of smartphones in the entry-level and mid-range categories. After the highly popular Galaxy Y and Wave Y, Samsung recently launched the new Galaxy Pocket budget smartphone. Currently, the Samsung Galaxy Y is the company’s cheapest Android phone. However, the Galaxy Pocket will be Samsung’s cheapest Android smartphone after the launch.

The Samsung Galaxy Pocket is basically an entry-level Android smartphone targeted at the youngsters. It comes with a 2.8 inch QVGA display and 832 MHz processor. This handset runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, you should not expect this device to get the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update ever.

JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics, said,

“GALAXY Pocket offers a smartphone experience for even more consumers at an affordable price. As Samsung continues to innovate in the mobile world in 2012, our goal remains to provide consumers with a variety of smart devices designed to fulfill their needs.”

samsung galaxy pocket

Samsung Galaxy Pocket features a 2.8 inch QVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, 832 MHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, TouchWiz UI, 2 megapixel Fixed Focus camera, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0 and much more.

This handset also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, 3 GB user memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Samsung Apps, Samsung Kies, Social Hub, Google Play Store, Samsung ChatON, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, GPS with A-GPS and a 1200 mAh battery.

This handset measures 103.7 x 57.5 x 12 mm and weighs just 97g. The Samsung Galaxy Pocket will be available in Italy starting from March, followed by Europe, CIS, Latin America, Southeast and Southwest Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and China during the Q2 of 2012. Samsung has not yet announced the price of this device.

2 Million Samsung Galaxy Note Units Sold Globally

Samsung was recently awarded ‘The Device Manufacturer of the Year’ award by GSMA at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. The company is known for manufacturing some of the amazing and powerful Android smartphones and tablets. Last year, Samsung announced the company’s first phone/tablet hybrid device, the Samsung Galaxy Note. This device was originally unveiled at the IFA 2011.

The Samsung Galaxy Note was released in October in most of the Asian and European markets. As usual, the device was not launched in the US soon after the announcement. The sales of this device was quite low, compared to the sales of Samsung Galaxy S II. Most of the users did not like the large display, while the others were quite excited about the display and the S-Pen.

During the end of 2011, Samsung announced that the global sales of Galaxy Note has crossed 1 million units. This was achieved even before the device was officially launched in the US. Earlier this year, Samsung finally announced the availability of Galaxy Note LTE in the US at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. This device is exclusively available to the AT&T subscribers in the US.

samsung galaxy note lte

Samsung was quite confident that the global sales will double soon after the official launch of this device in the US. The company’s prediction came out to be true! Samsung recently announced that the company has managed to sell more than 2 million units within 5 months of its official launch.

Out of the 2 million units, the company has sold more than 700,000 units in Korea alone. This device is selling like a hot cakes in its home country as well as in France, Germany, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The sales of this device in India is highly disappointing, compared to the Galaxy S II.

The Samsung Galaxy Note currently runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, the company has promised to roll out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update in the coming weeks. Samsung plans to sell more than 10 million units of this device by the end of this year. Do you think that the Galaxy Note will achieve the 10 million mark in 2012? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

Samsung Galaxy S II Now Available At US Cellular For $229.99

Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the most popular device in the history of Android smartphones. This device was recently awarded “The Best Smartphone Of The Year” by GSMA at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. The Samsung Galaxy S II was originally announced last year at the MWC 2011. Within 3 month, the company released this device in its home country, followed by other Asian and European markets.

During the Q3 of 2011, Samsung finally launched this device in the US for AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile subscribers. Nearly after a year of its official announcement, Samsung announced the availability of this device for the US Cellular customers. This device is currently available for purchase at the US Cellular’s official website. This device currently runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. However, we are not sure if the US Cellular’s variant of Galaxy S II will get the much-needed Android 4.0 ICS update.

us cellular galaxy s ii

The US Cellular Galaxy S II features a 4.5 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core Samsung Exnyos C210 processor, Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) OS, TouchWiz 4.0 user interface, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi Hotspot and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Swype, Samsung Kies Air, Samsung Media Hub, 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, DLNA, HDMI out, NFC (Near Field Communication), Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Android Market, full HTML web browser and a 1850 mAh battery.

The US Cellular Galaxy S II is currently available for $229.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a two year service agreement. You can also get this device at US Cellular retail stores from tomorrow. To get this device right now, head over to this page at US Cellular.

ZTE Skate Acqua, Kis, And Blade II Announced

Last week, ZTE announced the PF200 and N910 LTE smartphones. Earlier today, the company announced the Android powered ZTE Era, ZTE Mimosa X, and ZTE PF112 HD. On the other hand, the company also unveiled the Windows Phone powered ZTE Orbit smartphone. Finally, ZTE announced 3 new smartphones – the ZTE Skate Acqua, ZTE Kis, and ZTE Blade II at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. The company also revealed the new Mifavor user interface.

He Shiyo, EVP and Head of the Terminals Division, ZTE, said,

“Our long-term goal for the Terminals Division is to achieve a compound growth rate of above 40 percent per year for five consecutive years from 2010, and to become one of the top three vendors in the global handset market by 2015. This extensive new range of handsets, tablets, datacards and user features we are announcing here at Mobile World Congress 2012 will help us drive this momentum through 2012 and beyond. This is a new era for ZTE branded devices.

ZTE Skate Acqua:

zte skate acqua

The ZTE Skate Acqua comes with a 4 inch display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 512MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0, A-GPS, and a 1600 mAh battery.

ZTE Blade II:

zte blade ii

The ZTE Blade II is the successor of the ZTE Blade smartphone. It features a 3.5 inch display, 1 GHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, Mifavor user interface, 5 megapixel rear camera, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 512 MB RAM, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, microUSB, Bluetooth, NFC (Near Field Communication), and GPS.

ZTE Kis:

zte kis

The ZTE Kis is an entry level smartphone. It comes with a 3.5 inch HVGA display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 800 MHz Qualcomm MSM7225A processor, Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash, 256MB RAM, 200 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, microUSB, NFC (Near Field Communication), and GPS.

The ZTE Skate Acqua, ZTE Kis, and ZTE Blade II will be available in most of the European and Asian markets in the coming months. The price of these devices is still a mystery.

Orange Announces The Intel Medfield Powered Santa Clara Smartphone

Earlier today, the Indian manufacturer Lava unveiled the Intel Medfield powered Lava XOLO X900 smartphone. On the same day, we have another smartphone which runs on the same Intel Medfield processor. Yes, we are talking about the rumored Orange Santa Clara. Intel and Orange recently announced the new Santa Clara smartphone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona.

The Orange Santa Clara is basically a codename of this device. The commercial name of this smartphone will be unveiled during the launch. This handset will be exclusively available to the Orange subscribers in the UK and France. The Orange Santa Clara will feature a number of locally-relevant and unique services including Orange TV, Dailymotion, Deezer, Orange Wednesdays, Your Orange and Orange Gestures.

Yves Maitre, Senior Vice President of Mobile Multimedia and Devices, Orange, said,

“For ten years, Orange has pioneered a successful own-branded approach to delivering to its customers high quality, affordable handsets in all price ranges, packed with locally relevant and unique services and features. We are delighted to be partnering with Intel to add such an exceptional device to our portfolio.”

orange santa clara

The Orange Santa Clara features a 4 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 600 x 1024 pixel, 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2460 processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), 8 megapixel rear facing camera, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 16 GB internal memory, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS support, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, HDMI, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), and 14 days of stand-by time. This handset measures 123 x 63 x 9.99mm and weighs 117 g.

Orange UK and France customers will have to wait till summer, to get their hands on this device. The price and commercial name of Orange Santa Clara will be announced during the launch.

Intel And Lava Unveils The Intel Medfield Powered Lava XOLO X900

We already knew that Lava was planning to launch the Intel Medfield powered smartphone. Today, Intel and Lava finally announced the rumored Intel Medfield powered Lava XOLO X900 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. This handset will be first launched in India. The Lava XOLO X900 runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, we are not sure if the device will get the Android 4.0 update in the near future.

“India is one of the fastest-growing smartphone markets with the world’s second-largest mobile subscriber base,” said Mike Bell, Intel vice president and general manager of the Mobile and Communications Group. “We are pleased to be working with Lava to bring the best of Intel computing to the India market. Lava’s XOLO X900 device is a great result of our collaboration. It also demonstrates how innovative and compelling products can be brought to market through strong partnerships by using Intel’s smartphone reference design as a foundation.”

lava xolo x900

Earlier, it was rumored that the Lava’s Medfield powered handset will feature a 3.5 inch display, However, the Lava XOLO X900 comes with a large 4.03 inch LCD touchscreen display. It also features a 1.6GHz Atom Z2460 processor, 8 megapixel rear camera, HD (720p) video recording and playback, front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication), HDMI, and much more.

The complete specs of this device is currently not available. However, we will update the post as soon as we get the complete specs, official pics, and videos. The Lava XOLO X900 will be launched in India during the Q2 of 2012. The price of this handset will be announced later.

Sony Xperia U Announced; Comes With 3.5 Inch Display, 1 Ghz Dual-Core Processor

Sony recently announced the new Sony Xperia U smartphone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. This handset runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, the device will be upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during the second quarter of 2012. It is the third smartphone in the new Sony Xperia NXT series.

sony xperia u

Sony Xperia U features a 3.5 inch Reality display, 1 Ghz dual-core processor, Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich), 5 megapixel camera, Bluetooth technology, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), USB 2.0, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, GPS with aGPS, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Android Market and more.

The complete specs of this device is not available yet. The Sony Xperia U will be available from mid-Q2 of 2012. Sony has not yet announced the price of this handset. We will soon post the complete specs and official pics of this device. Stay tuned for more MWC 2012 updates.

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White Samsung Galaxy Note Coming Soon To Three UK

Last year, Samsung launched its first phone/tablet hybrid device, the Samsung Galaxy Note. This handset was released last year in most of the European and Asian markets, including Korea, India, and the UK. Last month, Samsung announced the LTE variant of this device at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas.

The Samsung Galaxy Note is already available in the UK from last November. However, Three UK customers can finally get their hands on this amazing device. Three UK recently announced that the much-awaited Samsung Galaxy Note will be soon available for its subscribers. Three UK will initially launch the device in white color. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

Sylvia Chind, head of handsets at Three said,

“The Samsung Galaxy Note has a large Super AMOLED HD screen that brings movies and games to life with stunning clarity and colour. Plus, with its S-Pen it’s also great for those wanting to work on-the-go and get the best from Three’s award winning 3G network that was built for the mobile internet.”

samsung galaxy note white

Samsung Galaxy Note LTE features a 5.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1.4 GHz dual core processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread Operating System (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, GPS with A-GPS, Android Market, Samsung TouchWiz UI, Readers Hub, Music Hub, Games Hub, S Pen, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, and a 2500 mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy Note comes with an amazing S-Pen, which allows the users to sketch, write, capture, and crop images or text from its screen. This handset is expected to be available from next month in the UK. The company will announce the price of this device in the coming days.

Acer Liquid Glow Announced; Comes With 1 GHz Processor, Android 4.0

Acer recently launched a new smartphone in its popular Liquid family, the Acer Liquid Glow. This handset runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The Acer Liquid Glow is specially targeted at today’s fun-seeking, social-networking youth. According to the company, this smartphone brings the ultimate balance between style, performance and affordability. The Acer Liquid Glow will be showcased next week at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona.

acer liquid glow

Acer Liquid Glow features a 3.7 inch touchscreen display, 1 GHz single-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Android Market, 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, 512MB RAM, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, NFC (Near Field Communication), Bluetooth 2.1, micro USB, A-GPS, and more.

Acer has not yet announced the complete specs of this device. This handset comes with the Android Beam feature, which allows you to share anything like contacts, favorite apps, music or videos instantly through NFC. The Acer Liquid Glow will be available in 3 trendy colors – Sakura Pink, Alpine White, and Cat’s-eye Black. This handset will be released during the early summer of 2012.

Samsung Rugby Smart Announced; Coming To AT&T On March 4

Samsung recently announced a new entry-level smartphone, the Samsung Rugby Smart. This handset runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. The Samsung Rugby Smart is a waterproof, dust-proof and shock-proof smartphone, which can be submerged in 1m of water for 30 minutes. This handset will be exclusively available for the AT&T customers in the US.

“We continue to bring the highest quality devices – the Rugby Smart is the ultimate smartphone to withstand extreme conditions,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “AT&T customers are now able to stay connected with a durable smartphone while experiencing even the roughest environment.”

samsung rubgy smart

Samsung Rugby Smart features a 3.7 inch WVGA Super AMOLED display, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, TouchWiz UI, 5 megapixel rear facing with flash and auto focus, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video calls, 4G connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, 4 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 2.1, micro USB, A-GPS, Samsung Kies Air, Android Market, up to 8 hours of talk-time, up to 16 days of stand-by time, and a 1650 mAh battery. This handset measures 122.4mm x 65.9mm x 12.19mm and weighs 119g.

Samsung has not revealed the complete specs of this device. No details regarding the processor and amount of RAM were mentioned in the official press release. The Samsung Rugby Smart will be available for just $99.99 with a 2 year service agreement and a monthly minimum data plan. AT&T subscribers can get this handset from March 4. Until then, check out the video below.