Samsung KQ
If you are really sick with Samsung's platic cases, then here is something interesting. Korean company is rumoured to launch a new metal-body smartphone, called Samsung KQ.

Samsung overwatch website SamMobile presented us with a juicy leak which firmly suggests that a "premium" version of Samsung's Galaxy S5 flagship phone is in an advanced development stage. It is arguably the most detailed look at the unannounced, and previously denied device to date.

The leak begins by reinforcing the rumors that the Galaxy S5 shipped with a 1080p display due to production problems with the QHD-equipped version. Originally, the S5 was being prototyped with a 2K display, but this version was abandoned in its third revision, which is pretty early in the phone's development cycle. It took ten revisions until the S5 was given the "okay", and seven of these had the 1080p display. This serves to explain why the phone's last year leaks pointed towards a QHD screen, but as the announcement date neared, a 1080p display was to be found in all rumors.

We know that Samsung's strategy is to develop and release a multitude of smartphones and tablets each year in an effort to cover all available and emerging market niches in sight. Given that, pressure from LG's upcoming G3, and how close the company actually got to a 2K smartphone before it settled for less riskier technology, it is entirely predictable that Samsung will find the time and place to release the Galaxy S5 as it may have originally intended - with a QHD display.

The latest leak hints towards that, and lots more. For starters, the addition of a previously unfamiliar Exynos chip is suggested in some models. This is the Exynos 5430, which has four Cortex-A15 cores running on 2.1GHz and four Cortex-A7 cores running on 1.5GHz, an ARM Mali GPU clocked at 600MHz, and a display controller trained to handle the 2K display's many additional pixels.

The Exynos 5430 also has a HEVC (high-efficiency video coding) controller that already supports up to 8K UHD video (8192x4320) playback. It also boasts a dedicated audio encoding, decoding and processing processor that Samsung named "Seiren".

Let's hope, that June brings this monster into our hands!


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Samsung Galaxy S4 Camera Edition
Many of you have seen presentation of the new iOS 7, which got many positive and also negative reviews due to its "cartoon-like interface".

But let's leave it aside. Here is something not so wide-spread - Samsung Galaxy S4 with.. a 10x optical zoom camera. This makes it look more like a camera, not a smartphone, really.

Technical specs are more and less same as for Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini version - 4.3' siplay with 960 x 540 resolution, duo-core Exynos 4210 1.5Ghz, graphics Mali-400 MP, 1.5 Gb of RAM and 8Gb of internal memory.

Camera specs are 10x optical zoom, 16 MP and FullHD of course. Test shots are quite good, though it is hard to believe that such device is popular on the market.

Anyway, diversity and choice is always better than no choice.

Samsung Galaxy S4 for $630!

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Samsung Galaxy S4
As you know, Samsung Galaxy S4 has been announced on March 14. This is the most powerful smartphone at the moment with lots of innovative features. Samsung made it shine like a star, as usual. Massive marketing campaign (almost as interesting as Apple has for their devices) boiled the interest to the highest grade.

So, what we have in Galaxy S4?

5 inch Super AMOLED screen with a PenTile technology (although different from penTile in Galaxy S3), FullHD (1920 x 1080 dpi) and 25% less power hungry. Design is same as S3 - round corners with a shiny back cover. Personally, I prefer Galaxy S2 design more.

What is interesting is that device became even smaller. Lenght is the same, but width and thickness are a bit of a smaller values. Weight is also only 130 vs 133 of S3.

Samsung Galaxy S4 will be equipped with 8-core (EIGHT CORE!!) processor and 2GB RAM (some countries will only have 4 cores - losers, just kidding :) ). Innovative options include temperature and humidity sensors, possibility to charge remotely (using a special device of course).

Couple of surprises in software part as well. Android 4.2.1 out of the box with 4.2.2 upgrade after a month. Samsung Smart Scroll option, which scrolls the text when you look at the bottom of the screen. Samsung Smart Pause puts video on pause when you stop watching it. Air View will give a possibility to control S4 with gestures without touching the screen. For example, you are able to see the message contents by just putting a finger above the email. Overall, pretty interesting beast, though design could be better.

Samsung Galaxy SIII / S3 for $420!

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Samsung Galaxy Note II
Samsung announced its newest smartphone - Galaxy Note 2. Something between smartphone and a table computer, anticipation is overwhelming. Let's look at it a bit closer.

The Note II, revealed at the IFA show in Berlin on Wednesday, has a 5.5-inch screen with a new 16:9 aspect ratio, compared with the original Note, which had a 16:10 ratio. The body of the device is marginally thinner than that of its predecessor, at 9.4mm rather than 9.65mm. The dimensions of the S Pen stylus have also changed. The new S Pen is longer and thicker, and offers a more ergonomic grip, according to Samsung.

One of the most intriguing new features of the S Pen is Air View, which brings up previews of emails, image galleries and videos by hovering the stylus over them. An S Pen button tells the device that selected content is to be copied or edited, while the 'Easy Clip' feature is intended to make outlining and cropping easier. One handy feature comes into play when the user pulls out the S Pen during a phone call — this fires up the S Note app. The stylus can also be used to make special gestures on the screen, to do things such as initiating calls and bringing up emails.

Inside, the Note II runs on a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and offers HSPA Plus or 4G connectivity. The battery capacity is 3,100mAh, and storage options run from 16GB to 64GB. The device also has expandable storage via microSD. The rear camera has an 8-megapixel resolution and the front-facing camera 1.9MP. Users can choose which are their 'best faces' — "the most preferred face or pose of each person from group portrait photos" — and the device has the same Smart Stay feature as the Galaxy S III. This uses the front-facing camera to stop the phone going into standby when someone is using it.

The Galaxy Note II will be available in October in "major European, Asian, and Middle East markets", Samsung said. Pricing has not yet been announced. For screen protector, check Galaxy Note 2 Schutzfolie

Samsung Galaxy Note for $539!


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