Archive for: Samsung

Review: Samsung Focus S (AT&T)

  • December 29, 2011 11:46 am

It has been over a year since Windows Phone’s official debut and we’re still waiting to be “wowed” by that one device that makes us want to give up our Android and iOS devices. The latest Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) update goes a long way into addressing some of the shortcomings between Windows Phone and its competitors. But is it good enough?

The Samsung Focus S is AT&T’s latest WP7 offering that aims to cut at least a small slice of percentage points away from the aforementioned two giants. In some aspects, it’s better. In others, there’s a bit to be desired. Hop past the break for the GS review of the Samsung Focus S…

Galaxy S Phones And Tablets To Receive Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich After All?

  • December 27, 2011 8:24 am

After word spread last week that Samsung’s Android 4.0 ICS upgrade list didn’t include an army full of Galaxy S smartphones and tablets, public reaction was pretty much unanimously negative. While Samsung can’t be expected to support older hardware indefinitely, we’re sure it would be hard to find anyone who considers the Galaxy S phones/tablets “outdated”, hardware-wise, in the slightest. But all is (potentially) not lost. A Korean newspaper by the name of AJ News is reporting that due to the negative public response, Samsung will re-evaluate their ICS plans and try to find a way to cram ICS onto the Galaxy S phone/tablet hardware.

We see this as a bittersweet victory for Galaxy S owners. On one hand, Samsung is doing what few Android manufacturers do — upgrade “old” hardware to the latest and greatest version of Android. On the flip side, the Galaxy S phones/tablets will no doubt see some features/eye candy cut from ICS due to limited memory on said devices. Of course, any Android enthusiast will immediately call out any potential memory issues as a moot issue should Samsung give up the horrendous TouchWiz interface. Such skins, as are commonly installed by manufacturers, take up a rather large chunk of memory as well as other system resources. Unfortunately, manufacturers use the skins to differentiate themselves from other competitors, so don’t go expecting Samsung to all of a sudden release a naked Android device.

Samsung hasn’t officially responded to our inquiries yet for more info, but rest assured that we’ll update you as soon as we hear back.

Samsung Reveals New 2 GHz Dual Core Exynos 5250 Processor.

  • November 30, 2011 10:43 am

The nearing release of quad-core mobile CPUs may overshadow any new and upcoming dual-core hardware, but there’s something to be said about Samsung’s new Exynos 5250 2.0 GHz CPU. For starters: It’s 2.0 GHz! On top of that, the new miniature slab of silicon from Sammy supports resolutions up to 2560 x 1600, stereoscopic 3D and transfer speeds pushing 12.8 GB/s.

Considering current 1.5 GHz hardware has been overclocked to just a couple hundred megahertz shy of 2 GHz, we’re pretty excited to see how far and well this new 32nm Exynos 5250 can run. The only downside is the waiting period — Samsung says sampling for manufacturers won’t happen until Q2 2012 meaning us end users still have many months of 5250-less waiting to navigate through.

Samsung Scores A Win. Galaxy Tab Ban Lifted In Austrailia

  • November 30, 2011 7:38 am

If you’ve been one of many sad Australians aimlessly wondering the streets in search of some backdoor dealing Galaxy Tab salesmen in leu of the recent Galaxy Tab ban, you’re in luck! An Australian court has ruled on Samsung’s newly re-designed 10.1″ Galaxy Tab and declared that it can return to Australian shelves — for now.

Samsung is obviously quite happy with the reversal of the sales injunction, though they shouldn’t break out the champagne yet. The actual trial between Apple and Samsung in Australia doesn’t actually start until March of next year. On top of that, Apple has already come out against the ban reversal and voiced their intentions to quickly pounce on the re-designed Galaxy Tab too.

In short: there are still many days of anguish and court room bickering to take place. In the meantime, Australian Galaxy Tab hopefuls, you can pick up your new 10.1″ Galaxy Tab at local retailers beginning this Friday.

Rumor: Samsung To Kill 10.1″ Netbook Production In 2012, Replace With Ultrabooks.

  • November 27, 2011 10:33 pm

While some would say tablet computers are a “flash in the pan” type of product and category, we’d argue that it is netbooks whose lives are to be rather short-lived. And a new rumor published by Blogeee supports such an argument by claiming that Samsung will kill off their 10.1″ netbook line(s) in 2012…

Samsung Confirms Ice Cream Sandwich Update For UK Galaxy S II.

  • November 17, 2011 6:42 am

Considering the Galaxy S II is still one of the most powerful Android devices on the market, we’d expect Samsung to take care of said owners rather generously with a nice, official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. And so they shall.

Samsung UK announced (Twitter) that they will in fact be updating their (still for a couple more weeks) flagship device to the latest and greatest Android OS. With that said, Samsung didn’t give any clues as to when the update would be released. With TouchWiz on board, UI tweaks will need to be made. As such, don’t expect any (official) ICS action on your Galaxy S II until early 2012. As for us Americans…keep waiting.

Samsung Backtracks, Won’t Seek To Block iPhone 4S In South Korea.

  • November 14, 2011 8:50 am

Samsung’s previous drum beatings proclaiming that the company was going to fight to block Apple’s iPhone 4S from being sold within the count once it launched in South Korea have changed tune. A reportreport from South Korean newspaper “The Chosun Ilbo”, a high ranking Samsung executive has stated that Samsung will not look to “engage in legal battles” with Apple in South Korea as they have in other countries such as Australia, France, and Japan (to name a few):

“We concluded that we should engage in legal battles with Apple only in the global market, but not in order to gain more market share in Korea.”

Meanwhile, despite ongoing lawsuits/fighting over Android and iOS between the two companies, Samsung will remain an important part of Apple’s immediate future, and Samsung Apple’s. Current reports peg Samsung as producing the next-gen A6 processor, a platform that has been a cash cow for Samsung.