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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Last week, I wrote a reaction piece to Samsung's announcement of its fifth-generation Galaxy S smartphone. I, like many of you, were unimpressed with Samsung's latest and greatest, so I called it "more of the same." A quick stroll through the comments of that piece will uncover a great divide. Some people love it, others hate it. And there's nothing wrong with that. Differing opinions are a great thing that forces companies to diversify and push forward. By all means, Samsung has diversified. It has created a globally recognized brand with a visually unique design language that has ...

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    For the purposes of this piece, there's a substantial difference between Samsung's new Galaxy S 5 and the All New HTC One, and not just in terms of features. More important is the gulf in our own personal experience: we've spent a lot of hands-on time with the former, while the other has yet to grace our fingertips. Even given that disparity, though, it seems clear to us that the old HTC vs Samsung question, which started back in 2012 with the One X/Galaxy S III matchup and was amplified by the HTC One/Galaxy S 4 contest of 2013, is really no different this year. The stakes may be a bit ...

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    One week back, Samsung went official with its brand new flagship, showing the Galaxy S 5 to the world. The phone wasn't a huge departure from last year's model, but still manged to implement a few new hardware features, including the long-rumored fingerprint scanner. For the better part of a year now we've been talking about Samsung bringing such a capability to one of its handsets, and after fingerprint scanning was a no-show on the Note 3, our attention shifted to the GS5. But could the same reasons that kept Samsung from going forward with the feature on the Note 3 be creeping back up ...

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    Buying a Chrome Cast a couple of months ago made enough sense, not just because you only paid $35 for it, but because you received three months of free Netflix with your purchase, making it almost a free product. Samsung plans to take a very similar approach with its launch of the Galaxy S5. If you think that carrier subsidies will be good enough, how about if you also get a bundle of services that would make your new Galaxy a free Galaxy? The company has just announced Samsung Galaxy Gifts, and the idea is that if you upgrade to a new Galaxy S5, you'll receive $500 worth of gifts to ...

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    Anton D. Nagy chasing a taxi on foot. Jaime Rivera almost burning down a building with a power strip. A Honduran drinking palinca and a Romanian doing a Mexican accent. The tales from our leather-clad Barcelona duo are intense - but their intensity is matched by the hot mobile news that burst forth from this week's Mobile World Congress, the most epic in recent memory. To wit, that news includes an MWC 2014 Samsung Unpacked event that gave the world the latest Galaxy; a Sony unveiling of similar proportions that built on the Xperia legacy; a press conference that saw the world's first ...

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    Sadly, Mobile World Congress is now over. This year's mobile show in Barcelona, Spain was one of the busiest, device-driven shows in recent years. We saw a boatload of handsets, a few tablets, some wearables, and a lot of future products that won't be available for a while. Needless to say, there was plenty for just about everyone to be excited about at least something: a new Galaxy S smartphone, three new wrist-mounted Gear devices, a new Sony flagship, new additions to the HTC Desire lineup, new Huawei devices, including a wearable, a new YOGA Tablet and smartphone from Lenovo, Nokia X ...

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    The first few months of each year are a very important time for mobile manufacturers. The second week of the year is the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, where thousands of consumer electronic makers flood to the city to showcase the latest and greatest to affiliates, the press and, thus, the rest of the world. Each year, there are a handful of new, attention-grabbing handsets unveiled in Vegas. A month and a half after CES wraps-up, Mobile World Congress begins in Barcelona, Spain. By nature, the mobile-centric show is a solid launch platform for new smartphones and tablets. At MWC ...

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    The Galaxy S 5 is on its way, and in just a matter of weeks, on April 11, the Android smartphone will go up for sale around the globe. If you're gearing up to snag one of those GS5 handsets on day one, what might you end up paying? While Samsung hasn't officially revealed any pricing, there's already some talk that the GS5 could end up being notably less expensive than the GS4 was at the time of its own launch. A story out of South Korea reports that Samsung intends to price the GS5 there about $100-$140 lower than the GS4 first sold for. Specifically, it points to hardware decisions like ...

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    The Samsung Unpacked event on Monday brought us news of the company's latest flagship smartphone, as well as some new wearables, but in spite of everything we saw, we were still looking for more. After all, remember that “Exynos Infinity” teaser Samsung distributed a week ago? Where was our new silicon? Good things come to those who wait, and today Samsung took the lid off two new Exynos chips, as well as some camera sensors and other components. Bad news first (well, maybe not “bad” bad, but counter to some of your expectations): there's no 64-bit business here. Instead, we get ...

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    My good pal Michael Fisher and I like to disagree on things. And that's perfectly okay. In fact, I prefer it that way. It's what makes the entire team here at Pocketnow so diverse and the Pocketnow Weekly so fun and interesting. We help keep each other in check and provide different perspectives on varying products. It's a nice balance. A perfect example of this is the Galaxy S 5, which was announced at Samsung's Unpacked event yesterday. Michael wrote a piece earlier today, giving five reasons the Galaxy S 5 is cool … for the layman: water resistance, better software, improved and ...

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    Earlier today, I posted a piece arguing that the Galaxy S 5 doesn't deserve all the crap it's getting from smartphone enthusiasts who were expecting more from Samsung's new Android flagship. While I stand by that opinion, the device's flaws still need pointing out - and I think a very big one can be found in the Galaxy S 5 fingerprint scanner. There are certainly larger laments to air when it comes to the newest Galaxy. The storage problem, the familiar look of TouchWiz, the resemblance of the back cover to a Band-Aid - all of it is important (in the way that arguments about the minutiae ...

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    We demand a lot a from our smartphones, and especially when shopping for a new one, we're looking to be wowed. That places a lot of pressure on cramming in feature after feature, and while that may lend itself to an impressive demo on the salesroom floor, all too often we end up with a phone packing more cutesie little tricks than we'll actually make good use of, and all the software that's behind these abilities ends up wasting space on our phones. About a month ago, we saw a chart breaking-down just how much space was free on a number of 16GB smartphones, fresh from the manufacturer, ...

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    By and large, the Pocketnow audience is a league of fiercely devoted mobile-tech aficionados whose collective knowledge I've come to respect and, at times, rely upon. They are the very essence of smartphone and tablet fandom: the passionate masses that make this field worth writing about. They are also not my target audience for this piece. Rather, this is an editorial for you normies out there - the average folk who have, by choice or by birth, been blessed with one of "us" in your life. I'm writing this because Samsung just announced a pretty epic smartphone yesterday and, mobile mavens ...

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    The leaks were right on. Samsung's newest Android flagship arrived right on schedule today, bearing the pockmarked skin the photos predicted and nearly all the features the spec sheets promised. The long-lasting AMOLED-equipped device is familiar both in form factor and general capabilities, but it carries an upgraded 16MP camera with special HDR and focus functions, a new emphasis on fitness in both hardware and software, and built-in resistance to dust and water exposure. Oh, and yes: the much-discussed fingerprint scanner is here as well, though it's probably not what (or where) you ...

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    A smartphone as big and eagerly anticipated as Samsung's Galaxy S 5 can't stay put behind platform lines; a high profile model like this is destined to represent not just the best its manufacturer has to offer, but its platform, as well. We've already showed you how the GS5 stacks up against Nokia's Lumia 1020, and now we continue the GS5's tour through some of its cross-platform competition, comparing the phone with Apple's iPhone 5S. Far more than with the WP8 example, the GS5's size is front-and-center here, with its 5.1-inch 1080p display dwarfing Apple's 4-inch panel. With its new ...

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    The Galaxy S 5 versus the Galaxy S 4 may be the most obvious comparison to make between Samsung's all-new flagship and its previous models, but with the big 5.1-inch display, might it make sense to also see how the GS5 looks against a full-on phablet? That's just the thought we had in our minds as brought along a Note 3 to this evening's Unpacked event, armed and ready to see how the GS5 compares to Samsung's current phablet heavyweight. This year puts us in an interesting position, as we're used to Samsung taking much of the features from its previous flagship - be that Galaxy S or Note - ...

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    The Galaxy S 5 is finally here; is it everything you hoped for? Inevitably, users are going to be comparing the GS5 to last year's Galaxy S 4, and while it's clear that Samsung has changed quite a few things about in the past eleven months, has it really done enough new here to inspire you to go out and buy a new phone? Let's take a look at these two Galaxy S models and see how they measure-up. In contrast to many of Samsung's new flagships in years past, here the changes seem largely external rather than internal. After all, we're looking at the same screen resolution, same amount of RAM, ...

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    Nokia's Lumia 1020 is the smartphone camera heavyweight to beat. With its just-announced Galaxy S 5, Samsung upgrades its flagship from a 13MP to 16-megapixel camera, while throwing in a bunch of new shooting modes and some impressive abilities like a super-fast autofocus. Will that be enough for the GS5 to give the 1020 a run for its money? We put these two handsets head-to-head at the MWC in Barcelona this evening to find out. Then again, aside from their better-than-average cameras, these phones are in many ways apples and oranges, with different focuses placed on design, hardware ...

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    The first really big smartphone launch of 2014 is upon us. We've talked in hushed tones about early rumors for months now, we've followed the analyst reports and evaluated the leaks, and now it's finally time to move past all that mystery and step out into the light, as Samsung goes official with the Galaxy S 5. CEO J.K. Shin took to the stage in Barcelona for the year's first Unpacked event just moments ago, where he gave us our first confirmed look at the new Galaxy. Sure enough, this is the very phone we saw just hours ago. It features a 5.1-inch display, offers a 16-megapixel main ...

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