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Samsung’s Galaxy S6 to have a wraparound screen

Taking a page from the Samsung Note Edge (pictured above), the upcoming device in Samsung‘s Galaxy Series is reported to also include a curved screen. The Korean company seems to believe that curved screen technology is the way to combat its sliding mobile sales figures, so it’s offering the Galaxy S6 with a 5.1-inch screen that curves on both sides.

However, reports claim that they will also release a Galaxy S6 model with a regular screen in case consumers aren’t a fan. Both phones are expected to follow in the Galaxy S4′s footsteps with an all-metal body, but Samsung is replacing the problematic Snapdragon 810 processor in favor of its own Exynos 7420 model. Other speculations suggest that the phones will offer a Quad HD screen, 16-megapixel or higher camera, and Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. However, take these specifications with a grain of salt, as nothing is confirmed until Samsung unveils the models, which is expected to occur March 1 at Samsung’s Mobile World Congress.

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Samsung Debuts New Gear 2 Smartwatches

 

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You can remove at least one product off the rumored list of gadgets and devices that Samsung is expected to unveil Monday at Mobile World Congress.

That’s because the Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch is now firmly in the “yep, we’re doing that” column. Samsung announced the new watch Saturday night, along with a second new version called the Gear 2 Neo. The news comes ahead of other product announcements expected from the Korean tech giant on Monday, including the likely unveiling of the Galaxy S5 smartphone.

Like the first Gear watch, the new wrist computer serves as a companion device to Samsung Galaxy branded smartphones, but not other Android devices.

This latest model, due out globally starting in April with no pricing details yet, will include a camera on the main body. The first Galaxy Gear as it was called, embedded a camera in the watchstrap. Gear 2 has a 2-megapixel autofocus camera. Of course, it remains to be seen if taking pictures with Gear 2 will be any less awkward than on the first model. The Neo model does not have a camera.

Gear 2 has a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display (resolution 320 x 320) and a 1GHZ Dual Core processor. It has 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, and it runs off a Linux-based Tizen wearable platform. The inclusion of Tizen means Samsung ditched Google’s Android operating system on the new watch, a significant development that bears watching.

Fitness-oriented features include a heart rate monitor, pedometer, and a downloadable sleep/stress app. And Samsung listed a bunch of other apps it says will work on Gear 2, from Banjo, BMW, CNN, Conde Nast, Expedia, eBay, Evernote, Feedly, Garmin, Glympse, GM (OnStar), iControl, Line, Path, PayPal, RUNTASTIC, Volkswagen, Weather Channel and Under Armour. On Sunday, iHeart Radio announced that it would be the first digital featured digital radio service on the watch.

The watch has an IrLED sensor that lets it function as a remote control. It also works with Bluetooth (version 4.0 Low Energy) to control music piped out of Bluetooth speakers or a headset. As with its predecessor, you can make or receive calls from your wrist, using a compatible Samsung phone.

I haven’t seen the watch in person yet so I’ll have to reserve judgment from a fashion standpoint, the importance of which cannot be underestimated if such a watch is ever going to go beyond niche status. You’ll have various watchstrap color options, Samsung says. On the Gear 2, bands will be available in Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange for Gear 2. Gear 2 Neo choices are Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo have slightly different dimensions.

One thing that’s evident is that the smartwatch category, and for that matter the whole wearable computing space, continues to explode, but this is still very ripe territory. The watches I’ve seen or tried remain anything but must-buys at this relatively nascent state in their development. That said, I am seeing progress both in terms of functionality and the way these things look. So I’m eager to see up close (read on my own wrist) the strides that Samsung has presumably made on both fronts.

Either way, the competition is fierce and likely to get even more so, with Samsung facing a slew of rivals that include Sony, Pebble (which recently unveiled a better looking version of its own watch called Pebble Steel), and numerous other companies small and ginormous. Speaking of which, most people who watch such watches have long expected Apple to plunge in as well.

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Samsung to unveil Galaxy S5 at Unpacked event today

 

 

Samsung is expected to showcase the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Galaxy S5 will formally be launched in March or April depending on the market.

As far as specs go, the smartphone is likely to come with a 5.5-inch screen with a massive 2560×1440 pixels screen resolution. The pixel density is thus likely to be 560 ppi. The camera is expected to to be a 16-megapixel camera on the rear. Where design is concerned, Samsung is likely to ditch the polycarbonate casing for metal in this edition of the S5, although a gold version of the smartphone is also rumored.

Questions still remain about the processor for the S5. In September, Samsung had promised to come up with a new 64-bit chip to compete with Apple. Speculation is rife that the next device in its popular high-end “S” series would feature this chipset. However, the leaked benchmark that pointed to the 2K display also lists a Snapdragon 800 chipset clocked at 2.4GHz along with the Adreno 330 GPU. However Samsung could surprise users and the S5 could come with Samsung’s own Exynos 6 chip and the phone could come in configurations – one powered by a Qualcomm processor and another by Exynos 6 chip.

In terms of memory, the S5 is expected to have 3GB of RAM, going by the Galaxy Note 3 and will start at 16 GB total memory space. The biggest change that is rumoured is the fingerprint scanner, which was confirmed by trusted Samsung source SamMobile. It will reportedly be integrated into the home button of the S5 and has deep-rooted functionality, rather than just being a way to unlock the phone. Samsung has ditched the eye-scanner for now, it would appear.

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LG’s extra-large G Pro 2 packs a 4K video camera and knock code unlock feature

 

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Looks like LG wants to get out ahead of all the smartphone news soon to come from Barcelona at Mobile World Congress, as the South Korean company has officially announced the G Pro 2. As prior leaks indicated, it’s a larger version of the original G Pro — it packs a 5.9-inch screen, as opposed to its predecessor’s 5.5-inch panel.

That means the G Pro 2 matches Samsung‘s Galaxy Note 3 in terms of size and it packs the same 1,920 x 1,080 resolution display. Additionally, it has an evolution of the G Pro’s knock-to-unlock feature that allows you to unlock and power up the phone by tapping on the screen in a specific cadence.

LG’s latest also has an optically stabilized, 13-megapixel camera and 32GB to store your photos and any 4K or 120 frames per second HD video you can shoot. Plus, it’ll ship with Android‘s latest version 4.4 (KitKat) and can be had in three colors: white, silver and black. Naturally, LG has declined to give us a price or a ship date for its new flagship here in the States, but hopefully they’ll give up all those details and more at MWC.

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Samsung’s low-cost Galaxy Tab 3 Lite confirmed by official user manual

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Samsung has just verified that another Galaxy Tab is imminent after it published the user manual for a new Android tablet on its own site. The company’s Polish support page reveals documentation for the SM-T110, which is rumored to be a Wi-Fi variant of Samsung’s low-cost Galaxy Tab 3 Lite.

According to a local stockist, the Jelly Bean tablet will feature a 7-inch 1024 x 600 display, dual-core 1.2GHz Marvell processor, 1GB of RAM, 2-megapixel camera, 8GB of internal storage (including microSD support) and a 3,600 mAh battery. The same retailer has opened pre-orders for both the Wi-Fi and 3G variants, pricing them at $165 and $263 respectively, all but confirming their place near the bottom of Samsung’s tablet pecking order.

Expect the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite to make its official debut in the coming weeks, before Samsung heads to Mobile World Congress late next month.

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