Samsung Stratosphere for Verizon Leaked

Verizon might be planning to launch the new Samsung Stratosphere — its first 4G LTE smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard. The folks at Pocketnow have managed to get their hands on some details and images of the Samsung Stratosphere.

The phone seems to be inspired by the Sprint Epic 4G, and will run Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. It is rumored to have a 5 MP camera and a 1.3 MP secondary camera. It will come with about 2 GB of free storage, and should be powered by a 800 MHz – 1 GHz processor. It will likely have 512 MB RAM.

Apparently, the Samsung Stratosphere will be launching this week, along with the Droid Bionic. The pricing is most definitely not going to be stratospheric. Rumors suggest that it will be priced at around $150 on contract.

Not many other details are out yet, but we will keep you updated. For now, check out this image of the Samsung Stratosphere.

Samsung Stratosphere

Gameloft’s Asphalt 6 Now Available For Free For Samsung Galaxy S II Owners

Last year, when I got my first ever-Android phone, the Samsung Galaxy S, I was pleasantly surprised to find that SGS owners could download and play Asphalt 5 for free. The game had decent graphics, addictive gameplay and best of all, featured multiplayer mode over Wi-Fi which allowed me to play the game with my friends.

When I got the most popular smartphone of this year, the Samsung Galaxy S II, I expected Sammy to give more free games with the phone. After all, the Galaxy S II is a beast of a phone, and Sammy should have pre-loaded some games, which showed the true potential of the phone. However, I was pretty disappointed to find out that the Galaxy S II came bundled with 0 games. There were a lot of games listed for the SGS2 in the Samsung Apps store, but all of them were trial version.

Better late than never, Sammy has now finally made Gameloft’s popular Asphalt 6 game a free download for Galaxy S II owners. SGS2 owners can download the game for free via the Samsung Apps market on their phone.

Keep in mind that after installing the game from market, the game itself downloads a whopping 550MB+ of data from Gameloft’s server via Wi-Fi. So, make sure you have a stable and fast Wi-Fi connection along with enough juice in the phone to download the data.

Via –  SammyHub


Samsung Galaxy Note Announced; Blurs The Line Between A Handset and Tablet!

Along with the Galaxy Tab 7.7, Samsung also unveiled a new phone…err…tablet…umm…something in between, the Galaxy Note.  Samsung calls the Galaxy Note a handset, and this device comes with a gigantic 5.3-inch display! The 5.3-inch Super-AMOLED display has a WXGA (1280×800) resolution. With a 5.3-inch display, the Note successfully manages to blur the line between a handset and a tablet.

The Note is powered by a 1.4GHz dual core processor (Exynos SoC), and packs 1GB of RAM. The handset is also pretty thin and light at just 9.65m thick, and weighing in at 178 grams. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, HSPA+, microSD card slot, FM radio, 3.5mm audio jack and a bunch of sensors are all present.

Being called a handset’ by Sammy, the Note runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWiz 4.0 on top of it. The back of the device sports an 8MP camera with an LED flash, and a 2MP camera resides in the front of the phone. A beefy 2500mAh battery powers the Galaxy Note.

The highlight of the Note is the S-Pen, which comes with the Note. This pressure sensitive stylus will help Note users to easily take down notes on their handset. Samsung will also release the S-Pen SDK to developers, to that more applications can make use of this feature.

With the Galaxy Note, Sammy is trying to open a new segment, residing between the handsets and tablets market. The Note will be ideal for businessmen’s and college going students, for taking down quick notes. While some people may like the Note, I highly doubt it’s going to be a major success. Nonetheless, it is still nice to see Sammy innovating, instead of just releasing run-of-the-mill Android handsets and tablets.


Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Announced; Packs 7.7-inch of Super-AMOLED+ Goodness!

Samsung has just announced a new Galaxy branded tablet at the ongoing IFA 2011 event. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the slimmest (7.89mm) and lightest (339gms) tablet in the market, even besting the iPad 2 vital stats. The tablet is mainly made up of plastic, with a metal casing running around its edges.

As the name suggests, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 comes with a 7.7-inch screen. The drool-worthy thing about this tablet is that the 7.7-inch screen is a Super-AMOLED Plus one, with WXGA (1280×800) resolution. Yes, that’s 7.7-inch of Super-AMOLED Plus goodness for your eyes to feast upon! This 7.7-inch tab is powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core processor made by Samsung (Exynos 4210 SoC). The usual tablet features including dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n support, Bluetooth 3.0, DivX/Xvid support, GPS with A-GPS, HSPA+ support, microSD card slot and the usual sensors.

The tablet is backed up by a 5100mAh battery, which can power the tab for up to 10 hours. There are also two-3MP cameras in the back and a 2MP camera in the front of the Tab 7.7. It is also capable of recording and playing back full HD (1080p) videos. The tablet will come in various capacities ranging from 16GB to 32GB. Sadly, the tablet comes with the same 30-pin  proprietary  connector as found on the Galaxy Tab 7 and 10.1.

Like all other Android tablets, the Tab 7.7 runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb, with Samsung’s TouchWiz UX running on top of it.

At the moment, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is possibly the most ‘different’ tablet from all other 7-inches Android tablets in the market. The Super-AMOLED+ display alone is a compelling reason to buy the tablet. The Tab 7.7 will also be more powerful than other Tegra 2 powered Honeycomb tablets, mainly thanks to the Exynos 4210 SoC!

Sadly, Samsung has not mentioned anything about the pricing and availability of the Galaxy Tab 7.7. Hopefully, Samsung will not be stupid enough to price the tablet at anything more than $550.

One crucial reason behind the success of the Apple iPad is its price point. Samsung, like all other Honeycomb tablet manufacturers, needs to realize this and price their tablet  competitively.

Samsung Mesmerize Gets The Android 2.3.4 Update At US Cellular

Samsung Mesmerize is the US Cellular’s version of the highly popular Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. This handset originally runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. Samsung has already rolled out the Android 2.3 update for the Galaxy S owners, but US Cellular has delayed the update for some unknown reason. After waiting for almost 3 months, US Cellular have finally rolled out the much-awaited Android 2.3 Gingerbread update.

The latest update changes the software version of the device to “EH09″ and it comes with stability and performance updates. It also helps you to achieve the best possible battery life with improved power management features. Check out the complete changelog, after the break.

samsung mesmerize android update


  • Improved power management
  • User interface refinements
  • More control over applications
  • Improved text interface
  • One-touch word selection and copy/paste

It is advised to backup all you data before updating the device. Sadly, this update is not be available via Over-The-Air(OTA). You will need to manually update you phone, just by connecting you phone to the computer. You should also make sure that, the battery is fully charged before updating your phone. To learn more, check out this PDF file. To update your Samsung Mesmerize smartphone, head over to this page.

T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II Variant Announced; Details Scarce!

Along with the Sprint’s Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch and the AT&T’s Galaxy S II, Samsung also announced the T-Mobile version of the handset. At the moment, not much information is available about the T-Mobile variant of the Galaxy S II. Like AT&T, T-Mobile will also be calling its version of the Galaxy S II with the same name.

The only information available right know is that the T-Mobile variant will also sport a mammoth 4.52-inch Super-AMOLED screen with WVGA (800×480) screen, like the Sprint’s version. Other than that, no information is available about the SoC (Processor and GPU) are available.

Like all the other Galaxy S II variants, the T-Mobile version also comes with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. On the connectivity front, the T-Mobile version is fully loaded and packs Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, microSD card slot, GPS with A-GPS and a bunch of other sensors. The T-Mobile’s SGS II variant will also run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with TouchWiz 4.0 on top of it.

The press release from T-Mobile does not provide much information about the handset and its availability and pricing.


AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II Announced

AT&T has also announced its own variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II, at the on-going event in New York.  Unlike the Sprint’s Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, AT&T’s Galaxy S II will be known as the Galaxy S II only.

The handset has no major difference compared to the European version of the SGS II, except for the four capacitive keys instead of the one hardware and 2 capacitive keys found on the European counterpart.

The Galaxy S II, powered by a dual core application processor, paired with AT&T’s advanced 4G network, gives users fast download speeds along with a premium multi-tasking experience,said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. We are proud to bring our fastest selling smartphone in the world to AT&T customers, packaging it in the nation’s thinnest 4G smartphone.

AT&T’s Galaxy S II is powered by the same Exynos 4210 SoC, which includes a powerful 1.2GHz dual-core processor and an ARM-Mali 400MP GPU. The handset also sports a beautiful 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED+ screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution. AT&T’s version of the SGS II is just a tad bit thicker than its European version, at 8.89mm.

Other features of AT&T’s Galaxy S II remain the same, which include 1GB of RAM, 16GB internal memory, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, FM radio, MHL port, GPS with A-GPS and sensors like Accelerometer, Gyroscope,  Ambient  light sensor and a proximity sensor.

Like all other Galaxy S II variants, the back of the AT&T’s Galaxy S II also sports an 8MP camera with an LED flash, and a 2MP front-facing camera. The handset is also capable of recording videos in 1080p HD video resolution. The handset also supports AT&T’s HSPA+ network, but does not support its upcoming 4G LTE network. A 1650mAh battery will power the handset. The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with TouchWiz 4.0 on top of it.

AT&T’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S II will be released in the “coming weeks”, at an unknown price.

Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch Handset Announced

After nearly 3 months of its European availability, Samsung has gone ahead and announced in an event at N.Y, the U.S carrier versions of its most popular smartphone until date, the Samsung Galaxy S II.  Three major carriers in the United States will be selling the Galaxy S II, with each operator having its own slightly modified version of the European SGS II.

First and foremost is the Sprint’s version of the Galaxy S II. Unlike last time, Sprint’s Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch does not come with a slide-out hardware keyboard. The main difference between the Sprint’s Epic 4G Touch and the European SGS2 is the screen size. The Epic 4G Touch has a mammoth 4.52-inch Super-AMOLED+ screen, with a disappointingly low WVGA (800×480) resolution.

Other than the huge screen, the Epic 4G touch also comes the usual four capacitive Android keys, unlike the one physical and 2 capacitive keys on the European model of the handset. Also, the Epic 4G Touch is not as slim as its European counterpart, and has a waistline of 9.59mm.

The Samsung Epic 4G Touch packs the same Exynos 4210 SoC, which includes a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and an ARM-Mali 400MP GPU. The handset also packs in 1GB of RAM, along with 16GB of internal memory.

The back of the handset sports an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash, which is also capable of recording videos in 1080p Full HD resolution. A 2MP camera in the front takes care of all the video chatting needs of a user.

The usual run-of-the-mill features like Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, microSD card slot, FM radio, GPS with A-GPS, MHL port and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present, along with a bunch of sensors. The Epic 4G Touch will also come with AES-256 internal/external hardware encryption and Wi-Fi calling. The handset also supports Sprint’s WiMAX network.

Like the European SGS II, the Epic 4G Touch will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWiz 4.0 on top of it.  A beefy 1800mAh battery will power the handset.

The Samsung Epic 4G Touch will be available starting from September 16th for $199.99, on a 2-year contract.


Samsung Wave M and Wave Y Announced

Along with the Wave 3, Samsung also announced two new Bada phones, the Wave M and Wave Y. The Wave M is a mid-range bada powered handset, while the Wave Y is a low-end one.

The Wave M comes with a 3.65-inch TFT display with HVGA (320×480) resolution. On the other hand, the Wave Y comes with a 3.2-inch HVGA (320×480) display. Both the phones come with the usual Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, microSD card slot and bunch of sensors.  Both the handsets also come with around 2GB of internal memory, and an NFC chip.

The back of the M sports a 5MP camera with an LED flash. A VGA camera also resides in the front of the phone. The Y has a 2MP fixed focus camera with an LED flash. Both the handsets are capable of recording videos in HVGA resolution.

Samsung did not mention anything about the SoC, which powers both these handsets. Like the Wave 3, the M and Y also run on the recently announced bada 2.0 OS. Samsung will be showcasing both the handsets at the upcoming IFA event. The handsets will hit the retail stores sometime in October this year, at an unknown price.

Samsung Wave 3 Announced; Runs on Bada 2.0 OS

Samsung has just announced a trio of new Bada powered handsets – the Wave 3, Wave M and Wave Y. All the three handsets run on the recently announced Bada 2.0 OS.

The Wave 3, as the name suggests, is the successor to the original Wave and the Wave 2. The phone has a metal body, unlike Sammy’s highly popular Galaxy S series, and has a slim waistline of 9.9mm. The 3rd generation Wave also packs a 4-inch Super-AMOLED display with WVGA (800×480) resolution.

The handset is powered by a speedy 1.4GHz single-core processor from Qualcomm (MSM8255TT), and packs 512MB of RAM and 3GB of internal memory.

The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi Direct, GPS with A-GPS, microSD card slot and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present. The usual array of sensors are also present. The back of the Wave sports a 5MP camera with an LED flash, which is also capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution. There is also a front-facing VGA camera for all your video-calling needs.

The Wave 3 runs on the recently announced Bada 2.0 OS, and also features Sammy’s own multi-platform messaging service, ChatOn. The handset will be backed up by a beefy 1500mAh battery.

The Samsung Wave 3 is expected to be available sometime in October this year. Samsung did not mention anything about the pricing of the handset.