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Samsung Korea Announces The Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update For Galaxy S2

The Galaxy S2 was Samsung’s most popular and hottest selling phone in 2011. It went on to become the company’s most successful model ever in its history, before being overtaken by its successor in 2012 – the Galaxy S3.

Samsung upgraded the Galaxy S2 to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but did not add any new features since then like it has been doing with the Galaxy Note, Galaxy S3 or the Note 2.

The good news is that Samsung Korea today announced its Jelly Bean upgrade plans for the Galaxy S II. The company plans to bring a lot of features from the Galaxy S3 to the Galaxy S2 including its nature inspired TouchWIZ UI, Smart Stay, improved performance thanks to Project Butter, enhanced camera app and more.

An Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean based firmware for the Galaxy S2 had leaked last year, giving advanced users a taste of all the new Jelly Bean goodness and other features.

All these additional features will come at a cost though. Galaxy S2 owners will need to use KIES to install the update on their handset since the update re-partitions their internal memory and also updates the bootloader. The other downside is that post the update the free internal memory of the handset will be reduced by 1GB, because of all the new system apps, libraries and features.

Samsung has not announced as to when they plan to roll-out the Jelly Bean update, but considering this announcement, the update should not be far away.

Via – SamMobile

LG Optimus Vu II Announced In South Korea

We already knew that LG was working on the successor of its original phablet, the LG Optimus Vu. Today, the Korean mobile phone maker finally announced its second phone/tablet hybrid device, the LG Optimus Vu II. It comes with the same 5 inch display with 4:3 aspect ratio, however the processor, RAM and battery have been upgraded in this device.

LG Optimus Vu II is the company’s second device to feature the unique QSlide Function which shows two different screens simultaneously on one display. Basically it means that you can view once apps on the first half and a second app on the another half of the screen. It also packs a stylus dubbed as “Rubberdium Pen 2.0″ that offers a finer point for more precise input.

LG Optimus Vu II features a 5 inch IPS display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, WiFi 802.11 a/​​b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, MHL, NFC, USB 2.0, DLNA, Wi-Fi direct, GPS with A-GPS, LTE connectivity, Google Play Store, 2 GB RAM, 400 hours of stand-by time, 500 minutes of talk-time and a 2150 mAh battery. This handset measures 132.2 x 85.6 x 9.4 mm and weighs 159 grams.

LG Optimus Vu II will be available in Black, White and Pink colors. This handset comes with a price tag of 966,900 won (approx. $865) in Korea. LG Optimus Vu II is expected to be available in major European and Asian markets in the coming weeks.

Samsung Galaxy Note II Launched In Korea; Coming To UK On Oct 1

Last month, Samsung finally unveiled the company’s second phone/tablet (phablet) hybrid device, the Galaxy Note II at IFA 2012 event in Berlin. It is the successor of the highly popular Galaxy Note smartphone and the manufacturer’s first device to ship with the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System.

Today, Samsung officially launched the Galaxy Note II in its home country, South Korea. This device will be available across all three major carriers – SKT, LG U+ and KT in Marble White and Titanium grey colors. Samsung has also announced the availability of this device in the UK. I’m sure most of you might be eagerly waiting to get your hands on this powerful device. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

Simon Stanford, Vice President, Samsung UK and Ireland said:
“With the Galaxy Note II, we’re not only expanding the category, we’re also evolving the technology to the point where it genuinely feels as though you’re using a traditional pen and paper. What’s more, it’s a device that everyone can use – whether that’s a fashion designer drawing a new design, or young professionals using the multiscreen and pop-up features to edit a document, send an email and browse the web – all at the same time.”

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Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with a 5.5 inch Super AMOLED HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 64 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, S-Pen, S Note, S Planner, Samsung Hub, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, DLNA, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC and a 3100mAh battery.

Samsung will offer the Galaxy Note II across 260 carriers in 128 countries, including all major US and European carriers. This handset will go on sale from October 1 in the UK. Galaxy Note II will be available in UK across all major carriers including CPW and Phones4u in Marble White and Titanium Grey colors. Samsung will also officially launch this device tomorrow in India.

Pantech Vega R3 Announced; Comes With 5.3 Inch Display, S4 Pro, 13 MP Camera

Phablets are already popular, thanks to the Samsung Galaxy Note and LG Optimus Vu. Now, it seems that every other manufacturer is planning to launch their own version of the phone/tablet hybrid device. The latest manufacturer to join the bandwagon is Korea’s no.2 smartphone maker, Pantech.

Pantech recently unveiled the new Pantech Vega R3. This device features a large 5.3 inch display, 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 13 megapixel camera, 2 GB RAM and much more. It runs on the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. However, the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update will be rolled out soon after the launch. Pantech Vega R3 comes with ‘Zero Bezel Tech’ which allows the users to hold the smartphone and operate the screen with just one hand.

Jun-woo Lee, VP of Pantech Business, said:
“Pantech has had the philosophy that smartphones must be operable with one hand. Vega R3 is the realization of that philosophy. We are confident that Vega R3 provides more user friendly features than the iPhone 5. With Vega R3 featuring the best specifications and functions to represent the Vega brand, we will solidify our position as the no. 2 manufacturer in the Korean market in the 4th quarter.”

Pantech Vega R3 comes with a 5.3 inch Natural IPS Pro LCD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 13 megapixel camera, 2 megapixel front facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, NFC (Near Field Communication), 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 4G LTE Connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, Google Play Store, up to 360 hours of stand-by time, up to 14 hours 30 mins of talk-time and a 2,600 mAh battery.

This handset comes with Emotional Bubble Message which recognizes the emotion contained in the text message to send the appropriate facial expression in a bubble. Pantech Vega R3 will go on sale from September 25 through all 3 mobile carriers (SK Telecom, KT and LG U+) in Korea. The price of this device will be announced soon.

Pink Samsung Galaxy S III Coming To Korea This Week

Samsung Galaxy S III needs no introduction. It is the company’s latest flagship device, which was unveiled back in May. Within three months of its official launch, Samsung managed to sell 20 million units of this device worldwide. It seems that Galaxy S III will soon break the records of its predecessor in the next few months.

Samsung Galaxy S III was originally launched in just two colors – Polar White and Pebble Blue. Last month, the manufacturer unveiled 4 new color options – Amber Brown, Garnet Red, Sapphire Black and Titanium Grey. Samsung recently announced a new color specially targeted at the female smartphone users. You guessed it right! Samsung Galaxy S III will be soon available in Pink color. Thankfully, there are no changes in the specs of this device.

Pink Samsung Galaxy S III comes with the usual 4.8 inch Super-AMOLED HD display, 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, TouchWiz 4.0 user interface, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 16 GB internal memory, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, up to 590 hrs of stand-by time, up to 11 hrs 40 mins of talk-time and a 2100 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

This handset will be shipped with the old Android 4.0 OS, however the manufacturer has already started rolling out the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update. So, you won’t have to wait longer for updating your device to Jelly Bean. Pink Galaxy S III will be available starting this week in Korea. Samsung has not yet announced the availability of this variant in other countries.

[ via GSM Arena ]

LG Optimus G Announced; Comes With S4 Pro, 2 GB RAM, 13 MP Camera

LG recently announced the much-awaited Optimus G smartphone in Korea. The LG Optimus G is the company’s latest flagship device featuring a 4.7 inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064) processor with a 1.5 GHz quad-core Krait CPU, 2 GB RAM, 4G LTE Connectivity and much more. This handset runs on the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. It comes with the unique QSlide Function which shows two different screens simultaneously on one display. Basically it means that you can view once apps on the first half and the second app on the another half of the screen.

Dr. Jong-seok Park, CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, said:
“The Optimus G is a groundbreaking premium device not only in the history of LG but also in the smartphone industry. With the Optimus G, users will be able to experience unsurpassed UX features that will allow them to perform tasks that really enhance their daily lives.”

LG Optimus G features a 4.7 inch WXGA True HD IPS PLUS display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, Optimus UI 3.0, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, NFC (Near Field Communication) and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, 2 GB DDR RAM, 32 GB internal memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0, MHL, GPS with A-GPS, Google Play Store, up to 335 hrs of stand-by time, up to 15 hrs of talk-time and a 2100 mAh battery.

This handset measures 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45mm and weighs 145 grams. Sadly, the much-needed MicroSD card slot is missing from the device. LG Optimus G comes with the enhanced UX features such as QuickMemo, screen zooming, live zooming, dual screen dual play, icon personalizer and so on. It also packs a new battery from the LG Chem which has a longer life of 800 cycles.

LG Optimus G will go on sale starting next week in Korea, followed by key global markets in October. The price of the device will be revealed in the coming days.

Samsung Galaxy S III LTE With Quad-Core SoC and 2GB Of RAM Heading To Korea

Until now, Samsung has announced two different variant of the Galaxy S III. The European variant comes with a quad-core Exynos 4412 SoC clocked at 1.4GHz, a Mali-400MP GPU and 1GB of RAM. On the other hands, the U.S variant comes with a dual-core Qualcomm S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, a relatively slower Adreno 225 GPU, and a whopping 2GB of RAM.

The folks over at PhoneArena managed to get their hands on an upcoming Galaxy S III variant for Korea that is going to offer the best of the European and U.S variant. Apparently, the Galaxy S III LTE will be sporting a Exynos 4412 SoC, ARM Mali-400 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Sadly, the handset is only meant for the Samsung’s home market, so if someone really wants this variant of the Galaxy S III, they will need to blow a big hole in their wallet and get it imported.

Other specs of the Galaxy S III LTE remain the same as its European and U.S variant including a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD screen with 720p resolution, an 8MP camera, and all the other usual sensors and connectivity features. The Galaxy S III LTE is expected to launch in Korea sometime in July under SK Telecom’s network sometime in July at an unknown price.

LG Announces The Optimus 3D Cube Smartphone

Earlier this week, LG announced 5 new smartphones – the LG Optimus Vu, Optimus LTE Tag, Optimus L3, Optimus L5, and Optimus L7. Now, the company unveiled the much-awaited LG Optimus 3D Cube smartphone. This handset is the successor of the highly popular LG Optimus 3D smartphone. This device will be exclusively available to the SK Telecom subscribers in Korea. LG Optimus 3D Cube is the world’s first smartphone which offers 3D image and video editing features.

lg optimus 3d cube

LG Optimus 3D Cube features a 4.3 inch IPS LCD display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS (upgradeable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), Glasses-free 3D viewing, 5 megapixel dual-lens camera, 1080p video recording and playback in 2D, 720p video recording and playback in 3D, and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, NFC (Near Field Communication), LG Tag, 16 GB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, microSD card slot, DLNA connectivity, A-GPS, and a 1520 mAh battery. This handset measures 126.8 x 67.4 x 9.6mm and weighs 148g.

The LG Optimus 3D Cube will be showcased next week at the MWC 2012 in Barcelona. This handset comes with a price tag of 847,000 won (approx. $750). The LG Optimus 3D Cube will go on sale from next month in Korea.

Samsung Sells 700,000 Units Of Galaxy Note In Korea

Today, Samsung reported that it has managed to sell more than 700,000 units of the Galaxy Note in Korea. Considering Samsung has ‘sold’ these units to distributors, the actual sales figure might be a bit lower. Since Korea is Samsung’s home market, it should not come as a surprise that the company totally dominates the market.

The Samsung Galaxy S II was without any doubt, the most popular Android handset of 2011. The phone has managed to break all the previous sales record of Samsung, and is still selling like hot cakes.

When Samsung had announced the Galaxy Note last year, with a mammoth 5.3-inch screen and a S-Pen (Stylus) feature, many people argued that this tablet cum smartphone would meet the same fate as the Dell Streak 5.

However, the Galaxy Note managed to prove the critics wrong, and has been selling well right from day one. The handset managed to cross the 1 million mark in December, last year. The Galaxy Note is yet to be released in the United States, which will further boost its sale.

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