Samsung Announces the Galaxy Alpha with 720 P Display and Metallic Frame

Samsung has come under a lot of flack for its persistence with plastic in the recent years on its Galaxy range of smartphones. Right from the days of the Galaxy SIII we have been hearing the pleas of fans hoping Samsung would move towards a metallic design. It has finally happened, and we are glad it has because Samsung has had some really good designs in the past, for example, we really like the design of the Galaxy S4 and wish it was in all metal look.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Welcome, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, a Samsung smartphone with a metallic frame, with chamfered edges, like we have seen on the iPhone 5 or even the HTC M7 and M8 recently. Samsung is calling the device has a new design approach, so you can expect a few more devices with the metallic construction. Yet, it is only the frame of the device that is metallic here and the back panel and front are still made out of plastic. The speaker grille of the device has been moved to the lower chin in a design that is very much like that of the Galaxy S5.

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The Galaxy Alpha brings a 4.7 inch AMOLED panel with 720 P resolution along with a 2 GB of RAM and an Octacore Exynos SoC driving the device. There is no expansion storage so you are stuck with 32 GB of storage on board. The back of the device has the same perforated feel like the S5 and you have the other goodness such as finger print recognizing home button. The rear camera on board is a 12 MP snapper and the device will be available in several color choices such as Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold, Sleek Silver, and Scuba Blue. The Galaxy Alpha will run Android 4.4 out of the box with Samsung’s Touchwiz UI on it. The phone is expected to go on sale in first week of September, though pricing information is not concrete.

AT&T Brings the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active to the US

Releasing a flagship these days is not enough. Each flagship must have a mini, max, active, prime, zoom variant and then some more. It becomes next to impossible to keep up with rumors about all these variants especially as HTC and Samsung look to outdo each other in terms of bringing more niche variants of their flagship devices to the market.

S5 Active

Samsung has made its move as the rugged variant of the Galaxy S5, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active has gone on sale in the US on AT&T carrier. It is not clear whether the device will be a global release or like the Galaxy S4 Active, just remain a US exclusive. The S5 Active bears similar specifications as the Galaxy S5 and will come with a 5.1 inch Super AMOLED HD display with a 16 MP Rear Camera. The phone will run on the latest Android 4.4.2 Kitkat variant. The S5 Active is available in three different colors for those on AT&T, these include Camo Green, Titanium Gray and and Ruby Red.

Just like the S4 Active, the USP of the phone is its dustproof, shockproof and waterproof capabilities. The home button on the S5 has been replaced by a three button layout on the front of the S5 Active. Not just this, there is a convenience key on the side of the device like a BlackBerry to help you launch apps of your choice quickly. The heart beat monitor on the S5 has carried over to the S5 active, though the fingerprint sensor has given way in the new front button layout. The S5 Active is available on a two year contract for $199.99.

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iPhone 6 Mockup Gets Compared to the Samsung Galaxy S5

iPhone 6 is not in town yet, and it still happens to be one of the biggest talking points in the tech world currently, only shows the massive presence of the Cupertino based company in the world of personal tech. There have been some physical prototypes of the iPhone 6 which are doing the rounds on the internet and it is no surprise that after the shots were leaked, the first comparison pictures we have over is that of the iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S5.

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Samsung and Apple have been rivals for the king spot in the personal tech space, and a few pictures were leaked recently of a physical comparison between the larger iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S5. It is interesting that the author is not entirely sure if the device in images is indeed an iPhone 6 or just the next iPod Touch which it certainly could be. So, we would be taking these shots with a pinch of salt, and advise you to do the same.

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It is clear from the comparison shots that despite a larger 4.7 inch screen, the iPhone 6 will still be shorter than the Galaxy S5. Both the devices are crazy thin and have their power buttons on the right flank. However, the iPhone is definitely less broad as compared to the Galaxy S5 making it perhaps easier to hold in one hand. The build quality too is different with the iPhone largely a metallic device as compared to the plastic on the S5. Once again, we are not entirely sure about how legitimate these shots are, but if they are we like the thinking behind the iPhone 6 as Apple is putting usability on its forefront by going with a taller but a less broader chassis.

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Samsung Confirms Indian units of Galaxy S5 are Exempted from the Camera Bug

It was a pretty massive rage across the internet when some of the users of the Samsung Galaxy S5 reported that the Camera on the device does not fire up when it is instructed to do so or stops being unresponsive half way through. This is a persistent issue with some of the Samsung Galaxy S5 devices and is more than just a minor software bug. The users of Samsung Galaxy S5 who are contracted to Verizon Wireless career in the US. To their credit, Samsung has promised to the users that their devices will be replaced.

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However, the Indian variant of the same phone is pretty different from the US versions. including a lack of support for LTE and presence of an Exynos 5 chip unlike the Snapdragon SoC in US sold devices. While both of these differences have often been used as a stick to beat Samsung, it looks like the decision to have a different device for the Asian market may have saved Samsung here. The Indian variants are not affected by this Camera bug and as a result there is no discontentment among the users once they have taken the plunge at least on the Camera launching front. Samsung spokesman confirmed that there had been no issue reported from India and there is no need for sweating. He stated, “We have a very strong momentum on the Galaxy S5 sales and no such case has been reported in India from the handsets sold”.

We have used the Samsung Galaxy S5 Indian variant for a while, and personally had absolutely no issues with the camera on the unit we had. Do let us know if your experience has been any different.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Announced in India: To Cost Between Rs 51,000 and Rs 53,000

Samsung has announced the eagerly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S5 and its range of wearable devices including the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit. The event took place in New Delhi and involved plenty of razzmatazz and radio play, a bit like the Galaxy S4 International launch last year. While Samsung did retain most of the specs of the device from the International launch there would be three main differences in the Indian variants:

1) Only 16 GB version of the Galaxy S5 would be sold in India and not the 32 GB one.

2) The SGS5 in India would be 3G compatible only and not LTE.

3) The device in India will run the Exynos 5422 processor which is an Octa Core processor with quad core A15  chip combined with A7 chip.

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Rest of the good stuff such as the heart rate sensor, fingerprint sensor as well as the 16 MP rear camera would all be present. There is Micro SD expansion allowing you to expand the storage to about 128 GB. The device has a 2 GB RAM and a 5.1 inch FHD display. The Galaxy S5 is an IP67 certified device meaning you do not have to worry about stepping out in rain or dust storm.

Vineet Taneja, Country Head, IT & Mobile Division at Samsung India said at the launch, “The Galaxy S5 is yet another great proof point of people-inspired innovation. Designed to be both effortlessly smart and intuitively simple, the Galaxy S5 has been created to maximize consumer benefits by integrating superior hardware with enhanced smartphone usability and an iconic design. This sleek and innovative smartphone believes in the importance of an effortless user experience, making your life easy and hassle-free; and, it empowers your life, helping take care of your well-being. At Samsung, we’ll never stop pursuing innovation conceived by people, so we can inspire them in return.”

Not just the Galaxy S5, Samsung also announced the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit in India. All three wearables alongside the Galaxy S5 will go on sale starting April 11th. The Gear 2 is the successor to Gear 1 and runs on Tizen. They also have interchangeable straps. The only difference between the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo is that there is no Camera module on the Gear 2 Neo. The Gear Fit is a fitness band with a heart rate monitor built in and perhaps one of the coolest wearables out there.

Speaking about their wearable range, Mr Taneja said, “Samsung next generation of wearable devices were developed to redefine the way we live and to maximize our fulfilment of life. Our Gear portfolio continues to expand with unique devices designed for extended connectivity features, stylish customization options and a robust application ecosystem. These devices, especially the new Gear Fit, help consumers striving to live fit and active lives, without sacrificing their own personal style or their ability, to stay connected on the go. These devices enable one of the most seamless, natural and human-centric mobile experiences; opening up new horizons that allows you to live a life extraordinary.”

The Samsung Galaxy S5 would retail anywhere between Rs. 51,000 and Rs 53,000 while the Gear 2 will cost you Rs 21,900. The Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit will both cost Rs 15,900.

Samsung Posts Official hands on Video of Samsung Galaxy S V and Gear Fit

Samsung announced the Galaxy S V and a brand new Galaxy Gear and a new fitness tracker called the Galaxy Fit at MWC in Barcelona. Although all the devices divided opinions more than that of an average parliament session, the unveiling created a massive buzz. Just the fact that the S V was announced which would be the measuring scale against pretty much every major smartphone flagship this year was enough for everyone in the world to take not. However, not everyone has been lucky enough to check out the device with their own hands.

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As a result, instead of relying on the views of your favorite tech bloggers, you can catch the official hands on video of the Samsung Galaxy S V and the Galaxy Fit, which was recently posted. The Galaxy S V video takes you around some of the newest features of the devices. From subtle hardware changes to the new heart sensor sensor and then to the iPhone 5s like finger print sensor, the video pretty much covers it all in great depth.

The Galaxy Fit and Gear video though is more fitness centric and how the two devices help you stay healthy and fit. there is a lot of attention in the video that has been given to the designing prowess of Samsung and how easy it is to handle and use the devices.

These videos are certainly helpful if you plan to purchase any of these devices and definitely would help you kill the curiosity until the devices hit the market floor in April.

Is Samsung Planning to Release the Galaxy S5 later this month?

Samsung events are always worthy of a news covergae. This is for two reasons, not only are the products on display usually the benchmark of comparisons for the rest of the year in the world of Android, but there is a massive value of entertainment that comes with these events. Take the unpacked event in New York as an example last year. The launch of the Samsung Galaxy S IV was more in the news for the acts and the performances than the device on show. And looks like, the party could begin later this month for an year that may prove to be very crucial for Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Invite

According to the leading tech site, The Verge an invitation has arrived for the first part of the Samsung Unpacked at MWC in Barcelona for 24th of February. The invite has a big reference to the number 5 which definitely is no coincidence. When asked from the reps of Samsung by the Verge team they refused to give out further details about the significance of the number which makes sense.

Samsung last year held a full exclusive launch in New York, but looks like there may have been a change of strategy this year. Last month the mobile executive VP Lee Young-hee of Samsung told Bloomberg in an interview that:

When we moved to S4 from S3, it’s partly true that consumers couldn’t really feel much difference between the two products from the physical perspective, so the market reaction wasn’t as big, for the S5, we will go back to the basics. Mostly, it’s about the display and the feel of the cover.

It is pretty clear from the statement that there would be more aesthetic changes in the Samsung Galaxy S5 that we saw in the S4 as compared to it’s predecessors. The device is expected to come with KitKat 4.4.2, the latest and greatest from the world of Android. Also, it has been speculated that the device may come with a 2K res display and accompanying the device could be an all new Galaxy Gear.

Via: The Verge