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[Update] Full Galaxy Nexus Specs Leak Ahead Of October 11th Samsung Unpacked Event.

  • October 6, 2011 9:44 am


BGR just posted the confirmed specs for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Nexus citing a “trusted source”. While it’s not the traditional “Nexus” device naming scheme, we apparently don’t need to worry about any type of carrier/manufacturer additions such as TouchWhiz as the device will be a “Pure Google” phone.

  • Specs: TI OMAP 4460 dual-core Cortex A9 processor @ 1.2GHz, 4.65-inch 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED HD ( w/curved glass), 1 GB of RAM, 5-megapixel (rear)/1.3-megapixel (front) cameras, 1080p HD video support, WiFi/NFC/Bluetooth, HSPA+/LTE, 32 GB of built-in storage, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and a 1,750 mAh battery.

As previous rumors have mentioned, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be a VZW exclusive. One other noteworthy feature — ICS has the ability to measure data usage at the individual app level. Nice!.

In short: If Apple’s upcoming iPhone 4S isn’t on your radar, this is the only other legitimate choice for a new phone. Period.

Update

If you thought the above “official” specs for the Galaxy Nexus looked a bit puny, you may have thought right. GSMArena is reporting that BGR’s source is “dead wrong”. Specifically, GSMArena’s own Google-based source who is reportedly “familiar with the Nexus project” claims the processor powering the Galaxy Nexus will actually be the in-house Exynos humming along upwards of 1.5 GHz. There’s more. The GPU will (likely) be the PowerVR SGX543MP2 by Imagination — the same GPU found in the iPad 2 — while the rear-facing camera will actually capture 8 megapixels and 1080p video as opposed to the average 5-megapixel shooter BGR is reporting. Battery power will be meatier at a rated capacity of 2,050 mAh. And similar to the iPhone 4S is the inclusion of a dual-band GSM/CDMA baseband meaning only a single phone will be needed. Sounds even better if you ask us.

Samsung Stratosphere Specs Confirmed: 4″ Super AMOLED, LTE, 1 GHz Processor.

  • October 5, 2011 1:06 pm


Looking for LTE and a fancy sliding qwerty keyboard? Perfect! Get your wallet for the Samsung Stratosphere. While the single-core 1 GHz processor may portray a mid-tier offering, the 5-megapixel/1.3-megapixel (rear/front), Android 2.3 OS, and 4″ Super AMOLED display give the Stratosphere a little more substance. Then again, we’re not completely against the term “mid-tier” when it’s priced to move at $149.99 either.

Qwerty lovers: Your next phone?

Comparison graph after the break pitting the Stratosphere against competing devices from Sprint (Samsung Epic 4G and HTC EVO Shift 4G) and T-Mobile (Sidekick 4G)…

The Drama Continues: Samsung Releases Comparison Chart for Galaxy S II and iPhone 4S.

  • October 5, 2011 10:56 am

It continues, the battle between Samsung and Apple sees a new story each and every day. With Apple unveiling their sub par new device yesterday, Samsung made sure not to rest with seeking to ban the new phone in France but also by releasing a comparison sheet highlighting how much better the Galaxy S II is over the iPhone 4S. I know I’m a fanboy and I’ll usually back Apple and their products, but I’ll agree that this crap between them is getting old. It seemed just two weeks ago posts on every tech blog teeter tottered between iPhone 4S/5 rumors and lawsuits between the companies.

Samsung wasn’t having it this time. Not even 24 hours after the event Samsung sent out emails containing the chart. They were quick to mention the 4G capabilities as well as the screen size. I don’t feel it really merits creating the chart and sending it out, at least on the iPhone 4S announce day. I really don’t think this will hinder folks, especially on 3 different carriers, to jump the Apple ship.

Hop on in for the chart…

Samsung Posts Teaser Image And Video Of Nexus Prime.

  • October 5, 2011 8:07 am


The hype around the upcoming iPhone 4S is either already over, or at the very least waning already. Whatever your stance is on the next-gen iPhone there’s likely another thing pinging the back of your brain — the Nexus Prime. Not to be outdone, Samsung has released a nice little teaser video and profile picture showing what is likely to be the Nexus Prime — an Android juggernaut rumored to feature a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and 4.5+” 720p (1280 x 720) display (as well as other high-end hardware). On the software front, the Prime is said to be the first Android device to ship with Google’s next-gen OS, “Ice Cream Sandwich”.

The Nexus Prime is easily the biggest Android phone of 2011 and could probably be titled as “the iPhone of the Android world”. With that said we don’t have too much longer to wait. Samsung’s “Unpacked” event is going down on October 11th, at which point we’ll likely know everything about this little gem.

Teaser video after the break…

[Update] Samsung Moves To Block iPhone 4S Sales In France And Italy. More Lawsuits Planned.

  • October 5, 2011 6:54 am


Like clockwork, Samsung has already begun making good on their promise to sue Apple to block sales of the upcoming iPhone 4S abroad. Today the company announced on their Samsung Tomorrow blog that they were filing the first lawsuits in France and Italy over “wireless telecommunications technology relating to Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standards for 3G mobile handsets”. According to Samsung:

“The infringed technology is essential to the reliable functioning of telecom networks and devices and Samsung believes that Apple’s violation as being too severe and that the iPhone 4S should be barred from sales.

Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology. We believe it is now necessary to take legal action to protect our innovation.”

Samsung has promised more lawsuits are forthcoming for additional countries and will be announced in the near future.

Better grab a cot and a pillow. This Samsung vs. Apple fight is far from over.

Update

Foss Patents has a good rundown of the new lawsuits being filed by Samsung and how potentially detrimental they are to the wireless industry as a whole. Essentially, the patents Samsung is using to sue Apple are covered under FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Ron-Discriminatory) terms meaning Samsung must grant Apple a license if they ask for one. Where the lawsuit moves (slightly) into Samsung’s favor is if Apple refuses to pay any license fee that Samsung requests. And on that note, it’s not known at this point how high of a price Samsung can slap on something covered under FRAND. This is of course assuming the patent in question are in fact covered under FRAND.

Alleged Screenshot Shows Nexus Prime “About Phone” Screen, Buttonless Front.

  • October 4, 2011 10:09 am


GSMArena has what they claim is the first official photo showing the Nexus Prime, albeit a small piece of the Nexus Prime. The “about phone” screen we’re looking doesn’t tell us much that we don’t already know. The screenshot confirms the Nexus Prime will feature 720p (1280 x 720) resolution on a gargantuan 4.6″ display which ends up coming to a 320ppi pixel density (for those keeping count).

Also note the on-screen navigation buttons similar to Honeycomb. Android Ice Cream Sandwich is the “melting pot” if you will between the current phone and tablet flavors of Android. It only makes sense to have phones move to the same button-less navigation that Google first introduced in Honeycomb.

Samsung Could Abandon Australian Galaxy Tab Launch Plans.

  • October 4, 2011 8:01 am


A new report by Bloomberg lays a bleak future for Australian Galaxy Tab hopefuls — The company’s planned launch of the 10.1″ device will essentially be abandoned in the country if Samsung can’t win a reverse ruling of some sort within the next couple of weeks.

The news is depressing, though not surprising. The Galaxy Tab has already been delayed from entering the Australian market for a solid two months. With the holiday season quickly approaching, entering the market much later will essentially destroy any chance the Galaxy Tab had. Not to mention, the next-gen dual- and quad-core hardware should start popping up.

With an Australian launch appearing down for the count, we’re left to hope the other major lawsuits in Japan, Korea, and The Netherlands reach a more formidable solution, and sooner rather than later.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Breaks Cover, Specs In Tow.

  • September 30, 2011 6:39 am


Fire eBay and prepare your old first-gen Galaxy Tab for foster care because a replacement is on the way. The Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus — Samsung, fire the guy who names these things already! — will hit the market with a 7″ display packing the familiar 1024 by 600 resolution. The only difference: It uses PLS (Plane to Line Switching) technology which (on paper anyway) is good enough for +10% brightness than the current mobile screen champ, IPS, as well as better viewing angles to boot. Pushing all the onscreen eye candy will be provided by an upgrade dual-core 1.2 GHz processor backed up by 1 GB of RAM. Other perks include a 3mp rear-facing camera + 2mp front-facing camera, 16 GB/32 GB storage configurations, 4,000mAh battery, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, 21 Mbps HSPA+ support and Android 3.2 Honeycomb (with TouchWhiz).

For now gadget gurus in Indonesia and Austria will be the first to claim dibs on Sammy’s new slab come late October with countries such as Europe, Latin America, Southeast and Southwest Asia, CIS, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Japan and China getting a nod at some point in the not too distant future.

Samsung Announces 16 Megapixel CMOS Sensor For Mobile Devices.

  • September 29, 2011 11:08 am


Camera phones are about to get a lot more serious thanks to the new Samsung made S5K2P1 CMOS sensor that packs a whopping 16 megapixels of resolution. Though as we’ve told you many times before, sheer resolution isn’t everything. As such, the S5K2P1 features a back-lit sensor for (in theory) better low-light performance. On top of that, this gigantor chip will shoot native 16:9 video at 60fps meaning mobile video buffs should be more than tickled too.

The hardware is currently sampling and should hit mass production by the end of 2011. 2012: the year of the 16 megapixel phone. Crazy.