Posts tagged with: Galaxy S 5
  • by | March 27, 2014 8:02 PM

    Despite early rumors suggesting that Samsung might finally leave plastic behind for the Galaxy S5, and deliver a smartphone carved from a chunk of metal, last month saw the company launch another plastic handset. What about those rumors claiming that there might be some “premium” version of the GS5 that would separately deliver a metal body? We recently saw those shot down by J.K. Shin himself. But now HTC is here with its new One, a phone that not only has top-shelf components inside, but a metal exterior that delivers the same refined flavor outside. Unsurprisingly, HTC is taking ...

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  • by | March 27, 2014 7:38 PM

    Every year, we wait for the major players to release their aboslute best smartphone possible. Some bring the heavy artillery to CES in Las Vegas every January. Some wait for the mobile-specific show in Barcelona, Spain, Mobile World Congress. And others, like HTC this year, choose to go it alone. Either way, the first few months of the year are, consistently, when we can expect some of the biggest smartphone announcements of the year. Not every company adheres to that schedule, though. Apple announces and releases its flagship in the last half of every year, typically September. Samsung ...

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  • by | March 27, 2014 12:35 PM

    We're so used to talking about carriers being all buddy-buddy with smartphone manufacturers. Why can't you unlock the bootloader on some hot new Android? Probably because the carrier told the OEM to disable that functionality, right? The close relationship between carriers and manufacturers is such an established part of this market that today's news seems like something that should be positively unheard of: in defiance of Samsung's wishes, a number of South Korean carriers have started selling the Galaxy S5, two weeks in advance of the official start for retail sales. Here's what ...

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  • by | March 26, 2014 1:26 AM

    If you're looking to buy a phone and the one at the top of your list has been around for a while (the Nexus 5, for example) you could easily take it for a spin. For devices that have just been released (or are still awaiting release from certain carriers), or if you'll be ordering your phone online, going "hands on" before pulling out your wallet may be a luxury that you cannot afford, or may be impossible depending the part of the world you call home. In those situations, sites likes Pocketnow try and take the guess work out of your decision process by providing in-depth reviews and ...

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  • by | March 25, 2014 5:09 PM

    Have you managed to get through all this new HTC One coverage without forgetting about Samsung's Galaxy S5? Though Samsung got its news out early, HTC has managed to beat the South Korean company when it comes to getting its new phone into the hands of users. We're still waiting for GS5 sales to begin, and last week heard a rumor suggesting that Samsung was running into manufacturing issues that threatened to affect availability. Today we get an update on that situation, and also hear about a possible Galaxy S5 Active (GS4 version above). As you'll recall, last time the problem with GS5 ...

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  • by | March 25, 2014 11:46 AM

    Despite Samsung's sheer domination in the Android space and HTC's shrinking revenues and market share, the rivalry between the two giant handset makers continues to heat up. Last year, the HTC One and Samsung's Galaxy S 4 were two seriously impressive smartphones. Sure, the Galaxy S 4 was a bit more of a marginal upgrade over the S III than we were expecting, but the phone sold in droves and lived up to nearly every expectation. HTC's flagship One handset also lived up to the hype, becoming the recipient of multiple awards; it was named best smartphone the year in GSM Association's 2014 ...

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  • by | March 21, 2014 3:57 PM

    HTC's all new One launch event is still... (*checks HTC's countdown page*) the better part of four days away, and though Galaxy S5 pre-orders have opened (or are just about to) with some of the big US carriers, we're still three weeks away from seeing those order get fulfilled. If you're seriously jonesing for some next-level smartphone action, and are sick and tired of waiting, we've got just the fix for you, as we learn about an opportunity to try out Samsung's latest hardware for yourself, beginning today. At 100 Best Buy stores spread across the US, the Galaxy S5, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, ...

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  • by | March 20, 2014 8:22 PM

    All eyes were fixated on Samsung at Mobile World Congress. It had littered the streets of Barcelona with giant ads, teasing they typical "next big thing" with the predicted number 5. The existence of the Galaxy S 5 was no secret, even if its actual appearance wasn't known to us until just hours before the announcement. (We live in a sad world where not knowing every last detail about a phone before it's announced is abnormal.) But the phone Samsung announced was not at all what we were expecting. It's wasn't the super progressive, innovative handset that would put the final nail in the ...

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  • by | March 20, 2014 12:48 PM

    With the end of March now in sight, we're only about three weeks away from when you'll finally be able to get your hands on Samsung's brand new Galaxy S5. As carriers prepare for the smartphone's arrival, we're starting to get new details on pricing, and learn how the order process will open. Today AT&T fills us in on the details for its own GS5 retail launch, as well as giving some US prices for Samsung's latest Gear-series wearables. AT&T's 16GB Galaxy S5 will sell for just about $200 on contract, or $650 free-and-clear. Pre-orders for the handset begin tomorrow, March 21, and ...

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  • by | March 17, 2014 10:56 AM

    If you swing by Samsung's official site for the Galaxy S5, and click over to the features list, hoping to get a run-down on all the hot new tricks the smartphone has to offer, you're hit right away at the top of the page with camera tech: high-speed auto-focus, HDR, and selective focus. With Samsung placing such an emphasis on the GS5's imaging capabilities, it's important that this is one pitch it manages to hit out of the park; unfortunately for the manufacturer, it sounds like production troubles may be plaguing the GS5 camera's construction. Reportedly, it's the lens system in this ...

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  • by | March 14, 2014 10:47 AM

    For much of the time we were fielding rumors leading up to the launch of the Galaxy S5, we heard talk about Samsung's supposed plan to deliver two versions of the phone: one, a “regular” edition with a 1080p display (so ultimately, the GS5 we got), and another more “premium” model, with an even higher-res quad HD panel and possible metal construction. When that premium GS5 failed to surface, some of us started wondering if its launch still might be happening a little later on – much like it took Samsung a few months last year to follow the GS4 up with those Active, Zoom, and ...

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  • by | March 13, 2014 3:50 AM

    The T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S5 will come in two storage options: 16GB, and 32GB. However, it appears that you will only be able to purchase the larger capacity variant online, as stores will sell only the 16GB flavor. The information comes from a leaked training document that describes the above-mentioned sales policy for Magenta. While you can already pre-order your device now from the carrier, April (next month) is the month to look out for with regards to US availability. In terms of specs, we should expect the same internals, including the 5.1-inch Super AMOLED HD display, 2.5GHz ...

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  • by | March 10, 2014 10:52 AM

    One of the biggest unanswered questions we find ourselves left with following Samsung's Galaxy S5 launch last month has been what we should make of all those quite persistent rumors talking about Samsung releasing two versions of the phone. Maybe they were talking about a plastic and a metal handset, or a 1080p screen versus a quad HD panel, but this idea of dual GS5s was one that really felt like it had some legs. Except when the phone ultimately launched, we found ourselves looking at a single Galaxy S5. Had we been misled? Our answer may still be waiting for us, and some import logs may ...

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  • by | March 7, 2014 12:39 PM

    Last year, we started seeing some of the first smartphones arrive with support for next-gen LTE-Advanced networks, like when Samsung introduced that special LTE-A version of the Galaxy S 4, running a Snapdragon 800, for use on such networks in South Korea. Since then we've heard about similar networks in a few other regions, but the US has been stuck with regular-old LTE. Today we start to hear about that changing, as AT&T switches-on some LTE-Advanced functionality in Chicago, with plans to bring it to more areas soon. LTE-Advanced offers a lot of features, but the one we're talking ...

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  • by | March 7, 2014 11:48 AM

    With Samsung's Galaxy S5 now official, sooner or later we had to start getting the skinny on some of its accessories. We've still got a month to go before the GS5 hits retail, so there's a lot of time for news of such products to arrive between now and them, but today we get an early look at some of them, as a retailer publishes pictures of a number of GS5 case designs. We've got a form-fitting hard case, the flip wallet cover, and two versions of the S View flip cover, both with and without support for wireless charging. The first thing we notice is how large the windows are on these S ...

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