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Samsung Galaxy Grand With 1.4 GHz Quad-Core Processor Announced In South Korea

Samsung has already announced the international variant of the Galaxy Grand smartphone. Earlier this week, the South Korean manufacturer has even launched this device in India. Today, Samsung has finally announced the Galaxy Grand for its home market. However, this variant is slightly different from the international variant. The Samsung Galaxy Grand will comes with a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor and VoLTE connectivity, instead of 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 3G connectivity. Sadly, there is no change to the disappointing screen resolution.

The South Korean variant of Galaxy Grand features a 5 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.4 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.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, S-Pen, S Note, S Planner, Samsung Hub, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, VoLTE Connectivity, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, DLNA, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2100 mAh battery.

Samsung has not yet announced the price of this device. However, the price is expected to be slightly higher than the international variant. This device will be available across all three major carriers – SKT, LG U+ and KT in Marble White color.

Samsung Ativ Odyssey Goes On Sale At Verizon For $49.99

Earlier this month, Samsung announced the mid-ranged Ativ Odyssey smartphone. This device runs on the newer Windows Phone 8 Operating System. Samsung Ativ Odyssey comes with the unique Samsung sharing applications such as Photo Editor, Mini Diary and Now, an application that provides weather, news, stock and currency updates instantly. This handset is exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. If you are planning to buy one, then don’t forget to check out the complete specs below.

samsung ativ odssey

Samsung Ativ Odyssey features a 4 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1.5 GHz dual core processor, Windows Phone 8 OS, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, 4G LTE Connectivity, Global Ready calling, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 1 GB RAM, Samsung ChatOn, Samsung Hub, Windows Phone Store and a 2100 mAh battery.

Verizon Wireless subscribers can get the Samsung Ativ Odyssey for just $49.99 with a 2 year service agreement. This handset is definitely useful for those, who want to experience the new Windows Phone OS without burning a hole in their pocket. To get this device, head over to this page.

Samsung Galaxy S II Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out

Galaxy S2 owners, here is some Jelly Bean goodness for you. After months of waiting, Samsung has now officially started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for your handset.

The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S2 barely brought any new features or UI experience. The Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update is an altogether different story though. The update brings not only the latest TouchWIZ Nature UX as seen on the Galaxy S3 and Note 2, but some other new features as well like Smart Stay, Direct Call, improved camera features, Samsung’s Cloud services, new lockscreen customizations, two homescreen modes, and new widgets.

The usual Jelly Bean goodness like Project Butter for ultra-smooth UI browsing experience, enhanced notification bar, improved speech-to-text and Google Now are also present. Samsung has also taken this opportunity to load more bloatware on the Galaxy S II.

Samsung had initially stated that installing the Jelly Bean update will re-partition and format the internal SD card. However, the current Jelly Bean firmware rolling out does not wipe or re-partition the internal SD.

The Jelly Bean update is going to breathe a new lease of life on this nearly two-year old flagship phone from Samsung. Considering how other OEMs completely forget their flagship handsets a year after its release, it is refreshing to see Samsung releasing a major update to the Galaxy S2 nearly 2 years after its release.

Via – Sammobile

Samsung Galaxy Grand Launched In India For Rs.21,500

Samsung recently launched the mid-range Galaxy Grand in India. This handset runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. It comes with some decent specs including a 5 inch display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera and so on. Samsung Galaxy Grand is one of the world’s top performing Dual-SIM smartphones. This handset also sports the Multi-Window, Smart Stay and Direct Call features, which was first seen in the Galaxy Note II.

Asim Warsi, Vice President, Samsung Mobile, said,
“Continuing with our legacy of launching innovative devices that redefine consumer experiences, I take great pride in announcing the launch of the Galaxy Grand in the Indian market .The Galaxy Grand is revolutionary not only in terms of the great smartphone experience that it provides but also in terms of its value proposition. I feel the Galaxy Grand will further fuel the growth of the Smartphone market in India and will especially delight consumers looking for a great Smart Dual SIM phone.”

Samsung Galaxy Grand features a 5 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-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 more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 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, 3G Connectivity, DLNA, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2100 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Grand comes with a price tag of just Rs.21,500. For a limited time, Samsung will bundle a Flip Cover right in the box. You will also get the new ‘My Services’ worth Rs.8000 for free along with 50 GB of Dropbox space. Additionally, Vodafone users will get 2 GB data download per month for the first 2 months.

Galaxy Note 8.0 Photo Leaked

Galaxy Note 8 Leaked

A photograph of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet has been leaked via Twitter user @ClasificateArg.. The device is set to sport 2GB of RAM, a 1.6GHz quad-core CPU and 16GB of internal storage. The device’s 8-inch screen will feature a resolution of 1200×800. The Note 8.0’s camera will include a resolution of 5 megapixels, which should be decent enough for a modern mid-range tablet. Finally, the device looks to be running Android 4.2 and will offer S-pen compatibility.

As far as design goes, you can tell that the device mimics a standard Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note II. The camera placement is the same and the front of the device looks almost identical to t the standard 5.5″ Galaxy Note II. The UI of the device also looks to be the same old smartphone UI found in the Note II and Galaxy S III with little to no tablet optimization.

I personally think the device looks way less than stellar. Because of this, I think the device will have a hard time competing with the iPad mini, which also uses the 8-inch screen size. People who want tablets don’t just want a cheap price-tag and high-performance, but they want something that will look good when brought to work or school. As of now, the Note 8.0’s pricing and launch date has not been unveiled.

Source: AndroidPit

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Jelly Bean Premium Suite Update Now Available In The United States

After rolling out the Premium Suite upgrade for the International Galaxy S III, Samsung has turned its attention to the United States. The Korean company has started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Note 10.1 in the U.S. The update also brings with it the Premium Suite upgrade that contains a lot of new features seen on the Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3.

The Premium Suite upgrade will bring with it Multi-Window multitasking, Air View, enhanced S-Pen functionality, Paper Artist, updated Gallery, Easy Clip and much more. The usual Jelly Bean goodness like Project Butter, enhanced notification bar, improved speech-to-text and Google Now are also present.

At the moment, the update is only available for the Wi-Fi variant of the Galaxy Note 10.1. The update is available via OTA or Samsung’s KIES software. Galaxy Note 10.1 owners in the United States can find more information and the list of features over at Samsung’s website.

Via – GSMArena

Samsung Exynos 5 Octa SoC Uses PowerVR GPU Instead Of ARM’s Mali GPU

One of the highlights of this year CES was the announcement of an Octa-Core mobile SoC from Samsung – the Exynos 5 Octa. This absolute beast of an SoC makes use of ARM’s big.LITTLE implementation and packs 4 Cortex-A15 based cores, and 4 lower-power Cortex-A7 based cores, manufactured on the 28nm HKMG process.

The use of ARM’s big.LITTLE technology will allow this SoC to provide the best of both worlds – performance and battery life. On the GPU side, it was assumed that Samsung went with ARM’s Mali GPU, which was found inside the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy S III.

However, it looks like Samsung may have had a change of heart and has instead used PowerVR’s Imagination GPU on its latest SoC. AnandTech has confirmed from multiple sources that the Exynos 5 Octa SoC packs in three cores of PowerVR SGX543 GPU, with each core clocked at 533MHz.

This is the same GPU that Apple uses in its A5 and A5X SoC, with the latter being found inside the third generation iPad. Considering the PowerVR SGX543 inside the Exynos 5 Octa SoC is clocked so high, it should be able to beat the 3rd generation iPad in benchmarks. However, it won’t be able to surpass the performance of the A6/X SoC found inside the iPhone 5 and the fourth-generation iPad.

There is a very strong possibility that Samsung will end up using the Exynos 5 Octa SoC on its upcoming Galaxy S IV smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S Series Reach 100 Million Sales Mark

Samsung, today, announced that its highly popular Galaxy S brand of flagship handsets have sold more than 100 million units worldwide. The 100 million mark comes after 2 years and 7 months since Samsung initially launched the Galaxy S in May 2010.

The Galaxy S III, which is currently Samsung’s most popular handset, has already sold more than 40 million units within 7 months of its release, and is selling at a whopping 190,000 units per day rate.

The S3’s predecessor, the Galaxy S II, has also been selling briskly more than a year after its launch and has managed to reach the 40 million mark in 20 months. The original Galaxy S, Galaxy S III Mini and other Galaxy S branded handsets have also contributed significantly in making Samsung reach the 100 million sales figure from the supply side.

Keep in mind that the 100 million sales figure is from the supply side, and does not relate to units actually sold.

Via – Samsung Tomorrow

Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 And 7 Get Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean In The United States

Samsung has started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the 7-inch and 10-inch Galaxy Tab 2 in the United States. The Korean giant had started rolling out the Jelly Bean update for the European Galaxy Tabs a couple of months ago.

The Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Tab will bring with it some much need improvements in the overall UI performance thanks to Project Butter, expandable notification bar items, enhanced voice-to-text recognition which works even without an active data connection, Google Now and much more. Samsung has also added some minor additions and enhancements to its TouchWIZ UI for improving the overall usability.

Tab owners in the United States can get the update either via OTA or by using Samsung’s KIES software.

Via- GSMArena

Samsung Announces The Galaxy S II Plus Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy S II needs no introduction! It is the successor of the original Galaxy S and the first Android smartphone to cross the 10 million mark. This handset was originally launched with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS and the newer Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update is already on its way.

Samsung has just introduced a new variant of the Galaxy S II smartphone. No prizes for guessing the name! The Samsung Galaxy S II Plus packs almost same specs from the original Galaxy S II in the same old design, except the fact that the device will be shipped with the newer Android 4.1 OS and Samsung’s latest Touchwiz Nature UX out-of-the-box. Sadly, the internal memory on this device has been reduced from 16 GB to just 8 GB.

Samsung Galaxy S II Plus features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) 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, 8 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Samsung Media Hub, Samsung Social Hub, Samsung Kies Air, Google Play Store, full HTML web browser, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 3.0 with EDR, 1 GB RAM, NFC (Near Field Communication), Wi-Fi Direct, up to 610 hrs of stand-by time, up to 8 hrs 40 mins of talk-time and a 1650 mAh battery.

Apart from that, the rear camera features a zero-lag shutter speed that captures moving objects easily without delay. The popup video feature allows you to play a video anywhere on the screen in a resizable pop-up window while simultaneously running other tasks. The price and availability of this device will be announced soon.