Samsung Corby II Goes Official!

Yesterday, along with the Samsung Galaxy Pro, Samsung also announced the successor to the highly successful Corby the Corby II.

The Corby II sports a 3.14-inch touchscreen display and has a completely new design. The handset also features Wi-Fi b/g/n, Accelerometer, quad-band GSM/EDGE support (No 3G, Sadly), Bluetooth 3.0, FM Radio, microSD card slot and a 3.5mm audio jack.

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The phone runs on Samsung’s custom UI TouchWIZ and also features Microsoft Exchange support.   The back of the phone houses a disappointing 2MP fixed-focus camera. The Corby II will be powered by a 1000mAh battery which is quoted at a talk time of 9.5 hours!

Corby II will also feature the QuickType’ keyboard from Samsung, which is similar to the popular Swype’ keyboard. It will be available in White, Pink and Yellow.

The Corby II will hit the retail stores of Germany by the end of March, followed by Europe, Asia, China, India and Africa. Samsung did not mention anything about the pricing of the handset.

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Samsung Galaxy Pro Announced; Is A Mid-Range QWERTY Messenger

Samsung has just added a new member to their Galaxy’ line-up   the Galaxy Pro. The Galaxy Pro is mid-range handset, sporting a 2.8-inch touchscreen with a QWERTY keyboard, in a bar shaped form a la E71.

The handset is powered by a 800MHz CPU and packs 512MB of RAM. It features a four-row QWERTY keyboard as well.  The usual GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microSD card slot and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present.

 

The back of the phone sports a 3MP auto-focus camera. Sadly, there is no LED flash to aid night photography. The Pro will run on Android 2.2 with Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI on top of it.

Other specs of the handset including its pricing remains a mystery, as Samsung did not mention anything. However, Three U.K. has already confirmed that the Galaxy Pro will be coming to their network soon!

The Galaxy Pro is aimed at competing with budget oriented handsets messengers’ from Nokia and RIM.

Samsung Galaxy S II Announced; Sports A 4.3-Inch Super AMOLED Plus Display

Samsung just announced the hotly anticipated successor to the Galaxy S the Samsung Galaxy S II. The Galaxy S was one of the most popular (and controversial?) Android handsets last year. The Galaxy S2 features a 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with WVGA (800×480) resolution. The phone is also insanely thin at only 8.49mm.

Unlike what the rumors suggested, the Galaxy S II will be powered by Samsung’s own Exynos chipset. It will be interested to see how this chipset from Samsung stacks up against the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset in terms of performance.

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“GALAXY S II is a natural and powerful evolution of GALAXY S. Building on the phenomenal success of the original Samsung GALAXY S, we are proud to unveil the ultimate smartphone. Consumers no longer have to contain themselves the Samsung GALAXY S II allows them to design their own smart lives.”

The back of the phone has an 8MP camera aided by an LED flash while there is a 2MP camera in the front for all your video calling needs. The camera at the back is also capable of recording videos in full HD (1080p) resolution. The handset will also come with ‘Voice Commander’ which will take voice input to the next level.

Other key features of the handset include GPS with A-GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Wi-Fi b/g/n (5 GHz Band, instead of the usual 2.4 GHz), Bluetooth 3.0+HS and a NFC chip.   The handset runs on the latest version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWIZ 4.0 on top of it. The phone also features a Game Hub’ which will allow users to download and play the latest high-def. games on their Galaxy S II. The Music Hub’ app will provide users with access to over 12 million music tracks from 7digital.

Even though the handset is a mere 8.49 mm thin, it is powered by a 1650mAh battery. The handset is expected to hit the retail stores by the end of this month! Sadly, Samsung company did not mention anything about the pricing of the device.

Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 Unveiled; Runs On Android 2.2

After a couple of leaks and special appearances, Samsung has finally unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830. The Indonesian website of the Korean company was silently updated to the Ace S5830.The Ace packs a 3.5-inch display with a HVGA (320×480) resolution. The handset is powered by an 800 MHz processor and packs 158MB of internal memory and 512MB of RAM along with a microSD card slot.

The usual Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, 3G with HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), FM radio and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present.

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The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with Auto-Focus which is aided by an LED flash as well. Sadly, the phone is capable of recording videos at a disappointingly low QVGA (320×240) resolution. The handset is powered by a 1350mAh battery and Samsung quotes a standby time of up to 640 Hours (!) in 2G mode and up to 420Hours (!) in 3G mode.

The Ace runs on Android 2.2 with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWIZ UI on top of it. The phone also comes pre-installed with Samsung bloatware like Social Hub. Swype is also pre-installed on the device.

Sadly, Samsung did not announce anything regarding the pricing and the availability of the Ace. Hopefully, the company will provide more information about the device in the coming days.

Samsung Vibrant 4G Specs Leak; Offers Speeds Of Up to 21+Mbps

The folks over at TmoNews have managed to get their hands on some official documents of T-Mobile which suggest that the carrier will be launching an updated version of the Samsung Vibrant. The Samsung Vibrant 4G will be the first phone from T-Mobile to support download speeds of up to 21Mbps. Right now T-Mobile offers two 4G’ enabled handsets the G2 and the myTouch 4G which offer download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps.

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The Vibrant 4G will pack in a 4-inch SAMOLED screen with WVGA resolution. The handset will be powered by a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor along with the PowerVR SGX540 graphics core. The handset will pack 512MB of RAM and16GB of internal memory. The usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card slot and a 5MP camera without Flash are also present.

Unlike the original Vibrant, the Vibrant 4G also features a front video call camera. T-Mobile has also pre-installed Qik for video calling on the handset. Also unlike its elder brother, the Vibrant 4G runs on Android 2.2 with TouchWIZ on top of it.

Samsung and T-Mobile are also going to pre-load the handset with the movie ‘Inception’, doubleTwist Air Sync, Samsung Media Hub and Amazon Kindle.

I wonder if the Vibrant 4G will be a success like the original Vibrant. The handset hardly has any oomph’ factor. Plus, original Vibrant owners are still waiting for their Android 2.2 update and they will definitely think twice before buying a Samsung phone now.

Samsung Continuum With Dual-Screens Pictures Surface

Looks like Samsung is soon going to release another Galaxy S variant in the U.S. This new handset is rumored to be the SCH-i400 Continuum which features two screens. Yes, two screens! Below the 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen (hopefully!), the Continuum will feature a secondary Ticker’ display. samsung-continuum The folks at Engadget have also managed to get some pictures of the device as well. According to them, the Ticker’ will provide users with access to primary phone functions like RSS updates and Weather updates. This will help in improving the battery life of the device to a great extent.

The handset also sports a microSD card slot and a dedicated camera button on its side. The dual-screen handset will be running on Android 2.2 with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz UI on top of it. The phone also sports a Verizon logo up-front which indicates that the device will hit Verizon first and hopefully right before the year ends.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Officially Announced

After numerous leaks, Samsung have today officially announced the Galaxy Tab at the IFA 2010 conference. The Samsung Galaxy Tab will feature a 7-inch screen with WSVGA (1024×600) resolution. The tablet will be powered byGalaxy Tab a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor and the PowerVR SGX540 will handle the graphics department. The device also packs in 512MB of RAM and a microSD card slot.

The device will also support GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA and HSDPA. Users can make phone calls from the Galaxy Tab but the device does not feature a earphone. It only sports a microphone and a speakerphone. The usual Wi-Fi n, Bluetooth 3.0 and DLNA are also present. The front of the device houses a 1.3MP camera for video calling while the back sports a 3MP camera with Auto-Focus and an LED flash. The Galaxy Tab weighs in at 380grams thanks to its plastic body.

The Tab will run on Android OS 2.2 with TouchWiz 3.0 on top of it. It will also feature an iPad-like 30pin connector. The device is capable of playing back 1080p HD videos. The 4000mAh battery of the device can power it for up to 7 hours.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab will be available in 16 GB and 32 GB variants. The Tab will be launched in Europe in mid-September and will hit various other regions of this world by the end of the year.

Here is the link to the press release.

Samsung Galaxy S Hands-On Review

Apple has been a runaway success, but Android phones are also selling like hotcakes with over 160,000 device activations per day. Most of the high-end phones are similar to each other in terms of hardware. They feature the usual 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, and an AMOLED/TFTscreen with its size varying from 3.7-inch to 4.3-inch.

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The only exception to my last statement will be the Samsung Galaxy S. The Galaxy S is a true high-end Android phone with many new features, which are yet to be found in any other Android phone. I have been using the Samsung Galaxy S phone for more than a week now and here is a hands-on review of the phone.

Unboxing And Build Quality

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The retail box of the Galaxy S has a pretty much O.K. size. I would have preferred a smaller box, as it would have been a bit eco-friendly but then Samsung would have had a tough time packing in the charger, and other accessories of the phone. The retail box consisted of:

  • 1x Samsung Galaxy S
  • 1x Travel Charger
  • 1x G7 1500mAh battery
  • 1x USB Data Cable
  • 1x In-Earphones
  • 1x Leather Case

The build quality of the phone is pretty ok. The handset is primarily made up of plastic, with just a metal frame running across the body of the phone. The back cover of the phone is way too thin. In fact, the first time I opened the back cover I thought I would break it in a week or so. Thankfully, I have been proved wrong.

The back cover is made of tough plastic, and will not break off on a day-to-day basis usage. The phone has a very slim waistline of 9.9 mm. Even though the phone has a 4-inch screen, it is extremely light. Stats say the phone weighs in at 119g, but when you hold the phone, you will surely doubt the stats! Galaxy S gets an extra brownie point point for the nice mircoUSB sliding cover.

Hardware

Samsung Galaxy S is the first Android phone to feature a 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen, and it is just BRILLIANT! The blacks on the Super-AMOLED screen are even deeper than my black hair. The screen has a very wide viewing angle, and has great sunlight legibility. I had no problem whatsoever in using the Galaxy S under direct sunlight.

The Galaxy S is powered by an ARM Cortex A8 processor running at 1 GHz. The Cortex A8 processor is better than the Snapdragon in all the benchmarks we conducted, but not by a huge margin.   The 512MB of RAM also make sure that the phone is never low on RAM. The phone comes in two storage capacities of 8GB or 16GB. Of the available space, 2GB of the space is used as the ROM of the phone. So users never need to worry about running out of free space while installing applications and games from the Android market.

The Galaxy S is also the first Android phone in the market to feature Bluetooth 3.0. The back of the phone features a 5MP camera, with touch focus and smile detection.

Software

The Galaxy S runs on the Android OS v2.1 (Éclair). On top of the Android OS, Samsung has loaded their TouchWiz 3.0 UI as well. TouchWiz in its latest form has improved a lot. TouchWiz has added options to switch on – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Silent Mode and Vibration mode to the popular Android notification bar, which is definitely very handy. TouchWiz also automatically imports your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google Contacts. Another nice feature of Touchwiz is that a right swipe on the contact will initiate a call and a left swipe will message the selected contact in the Contacts application.

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The 1 GHz processor ensured smooth operation of the phone. The phone never felt slow, except sometimes when the stallingissue occurred. Sometimes, the messaging, contacts application on the phone takes some time to open up, whereas third party applications work just fine. At the time of writing this article, new firmware for the Galaxy S was released. The stalling issue has been fixed to a certain extent with this new firmware.

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Samsung has also pre-loaded the phone with quite a few applications. There is a third party eBook reader on the phone – Aldiko eBook. Samsung has also loaded the phone with the AllShare application which makes your phone acts as a media server. Other pre-installed applications include Layar, ThinkFree Office, Daily Briefing, File Manager and Social Hub.

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Along with the Android Market, there is also a Samsung Apps store. As of now, the Samsung Application store has only 5 apps including Asphalt 5. The phone will get some extra brownie points for the support of Xvid, DivX, and mkv codecs. The phone easily played back a 4.7 GB mkv file without any hiccups.

The music quality of the phone is decent as well. The Galaxy S also features an equalizer, along with 5.1 channel Dolby surround sound and music effects. The music player of the phone simply looks outstanding on the 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen.

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Camera, GPS And Internet Browsing

The Galaxy S features a 5MP camera at its back. Sadly, the phone lacks a LED flash so night photography with this phone is a strict no-no. The 5MP camera is a decent performer in good lighting conditions. A major problem is that the 3D Gallery of the phone does not show you the camera pictures at their full resolution.

Also thanks to the Super-AMOLED screen,   any snap you click from the camera looks good on the phone. It is only when you view the picture on your PC, do you notice how the picture has come out in reality.The phone is also capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution. The quality of the videos is pretty decent, and the fps of the videos shot hovers around the 30fps mark.

Here are some camera samples of the device :

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The GPS of the phone is a mixed bag. Using Google Maps, I was never able to get a satellite lock inside my house. Outdoors, I was able to get a GPS lock in less than 10 seconds.

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The Galaxy S is made for Internet browsing. The superb web-browser of the Android OS and the Super-AMOLED screen of the Galaxy S are a match made in heaven. The web-browser also supports pinch to zoom. Pages load quickly, and text reflow automatically adjusts the text on the screen for easy readability. The web-browser has a minimalistic interface, which certainly works in its favor. The only downside of the web-browser is that it lacks Flash. However, the phone will get Flash support with update to Android 2.2 (Froyo).

Battery Life And Conclusion

The Galaxy S is a super-phone. The Super-AMOLED screen, and the 1 GHz processor make this phone a must buy. The pros of the phone easily outweigh the cons of it. The battery life of the phone is also pretty remarkable, even though the phone has a 4-inch screen and a 1 GHz processor. The phone lasted me a day of heavy usage on a single charge. This is definitely better than most of the power-packed Android phones like the HTC EVO 4G, Incredible etcetera.

The 16GB version of the Galaxy S is available in India for Rs 28,500. At the current price point, I don’t think there is any other phone which can offer a better VFM than the Galaxy S. If your budget permits, go for the Galaxy S without a doubt! The phone definitely lives up to its tagline of Future Beyond.

Samsung S8500 Wave Spec-Sheet and More

The Samsung S8500 Wave, soon to hit the Indian markets, is a beauty to behold. Samsung is launching its own brand new OS the Bada OS with the S8500 Wave as its next flagship model. How will it fare against heavyweights such as Android, Windows Phone 7 and Symbian? Only time will tell.

The mammoth Super AMOLED touchscreen is the heart of this beauty giving it stunning image quality. Its powered by an ARM Cortex A8 based 1GHz CPU, so it is hardly lacking in horsepower. Its greatest disadvantage is that having a new OS, there are not many applications available – unlike the numerous applications for Android or Symbian.

Features :-

  • 3.3″ 16M-color Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • ARM Cortex A8 based 1GHz CPU
  • The new Bada OS with Samsung Apps
  • Built-in GPS receiver
  • Samsung Mobile Navigator
  • 720p HD Video Recording
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • TouchWiz 3.0 UI
  • 5.0 MP camera

With the S8500 Wave, Samsung has taken first steps in a new direction. As its application base grows, the successors of S8500 might have a greater chance of success. Thus it might be safe to say that its Android based cousin the Samsung Galaxy S has a far greater probability of being a hit. It is already being touted as the best Android phone yet, but the future being fluid and dynamic the Samsung S8500 Wave might just surprise us all.

To get a better look at this phone, go here.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Tablet Device “Officially” Announced

Looks like the tablet fever has caught up with Samsung as well. The company has just officiallyannounced the Galaxy Tab, a tablet device. According to Engadget, the Galaxy Tab has a 7-inch high-resolutionscreen. On top of the Android OS, the Samsung’s popular TouchWiz UI is also running. The Galaxy Tab tablet was officially announced by a tweet from Samsung Blog South Africa.

The tweet goes as follows Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab (tablet). More pics to follow.The link to the image does not work now. Looks like, Samsung has deleted the picture after the tweet was made. Engadget did manage to get hold of the image before it was deleted. The image below shows the Samsung Galaxy S (left) and the Galaxy Tab (right) tablet.

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The screen on the Galaxy Tab is rumored to be AMOLED (Super AMOLED, perhaps?). It is also rumored that Samsung will also launch an app store for the Galaxy Tab. As of now, Google does not allow tablets to be equipped with the Android market. No further information about the specifications of the Galaxy Tab are available as of now. It will be interesting to know whether the Galaxy Tab will be running the Android OS v2.1 or v2.2.

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