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Samsung is a Korea based company that was founded in 1938, and is one of the most popular and successful electronics companies in the world. Like its most businesses, Samsung's mobile division creates products that are widely sold all over the world. Today Samsung smartphones are powered by Google's Android OS and Samsung's own BADA OS. Some popular Samsung devices include Nexus S, Galaxy S series, and more. Read our Samsung coverage for the latest news, reviews and videos about Samsung smartphones:

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    Barnes & Noble hasn't had much luck competing with Amazon's Kindle line of e-readers, its Nook tablets selling poorly enough to prompt an announcement from the bookseller in June that it was spinning off the whole division. That hasn't stopped the company from actively trying to better the line, though; it'll still sell the e-readers in stores even after the split is complete, and it's delegated manufacture of new Nook devices to Samsung. The latter company joined with Barnes & Noble this morning in New York City to announce the new Nook. Technically co-branded as the ...

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    The debate over build quality, design, and materials in the smartphone realm will never end. The matter is largely, if not entirely, subjective and typically boils down to preference and personal experiences. No one material is wholly better than another. Plastic bends, scratches, cracks, and it often feels incredibly cheap. Metal typically feels nicer and gives phones some much-needed heft, but scratches and dings even worse than plastic. Unlike easily replaceable plastic battery doors, metal usually is not easily or affordably replaced. And glass is also weighty, but it shatters, ...

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    Back in June, we learned that Barnes & Noble was planning something different for its line of Nook tablets, and rather than continuing to put out its own hardware, the retailer would be partnering with Samsung for the release of some co-branded tablets. We were told that a seven-inch Galaxy Tab 4 Nook would be the first fruit of this partnership, debuting in early August. Well, the month may be on its way out by now, but at an event this morning, Samsung and Barnes & Noble have gone ahead and introduced that promised Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. Essentially, we're looking at Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 ...

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    We spend so much time talking about things like screen size on smartphones, display resolution, and the presence (or absence) of bezels, that it's easy to forget that not all smartphone users place such a premium on a handset's visual output. For those of us with varying degrees of impaired eyesight, today's phones already offer plenty of options to help make life easier: everything from big phablet-sized displays to screen-reading software. Last year we even sat down with just such a smartphone user to hear what life is like using tech with a visual impairment. Now we're hearing about ...

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    For some, size does matter, and one-handed usability doesn't. Such is the case of the Galaxy Mega lineup that was unveiled last year, and which received a decent amount of acceptance from the market, even though many considered it to be "too big for average use." If you thought Samsung's experiment was finished there, it turns out that we've been following the Galaxy Mega 2 for quite some time now, and more specifications get leaked today. If you remember, the previous list of specifications provided by GFXBench claimed that his phone had 1.8GB of RAM, a 12 megapixel primary camera, and a ...

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    Updated with links to the high-quality version of the podcast below! Thanks for joining us for the live show, everyone, and enjoy the HQ downloads in the Links section. One of the nice things about a mobilized mob of fanatics is ... well, nothing. For the purposes of intelligent discourse and civility, there's nothing cool or helpful about a bunch of heated fanboys rabidly denigrating a new product because it happens to threaten their preferred smartphone. We've talked about this sort of thing before, and now we're talking about it again – this time in the context of Blackphone vs ...

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    Who's got the best smartphone camera around? Are you in awe of the iPhone's imaging capabilities? Has HTC made an UltraPixel convert out of you? Or are you clinging on to your Lumia 1020 until the day arrives when anything else even starts coming close to its pixel-dense sensor? The European Imaging and Sound Association just handed out its latest batch of honors and the winner of its European Smartphone Camera 2014-2015 award might not be the first model that comes to mind, but it's still one that seems quite deserving: the Galaxy K zoom. “But that's more camera than smartphone,” you ...

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    Earlier this week, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Alpha with a bit of a design departure from the rest of the Galaxy pack, giving the phone a handsome chamfered metal edge. But is this a one-off look, the start of a new branch for Samsung's design language for select models, or is this the direction all its phones will soon be headed? A report out of China concerning the use of metal in smartphones suggests that this look could become a fixture for future Samsung phones, including the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S6. Now, we've already seen at least some images purporting to show a Note 4 with ...

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    Many of us wondered what the whole big deal was with yesterday's announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Surely it does have a metal trim and some decent specifications, but that octa-core chip that was announced in the spec sheet was actually not just any Samsung chip. The Korean giant has just announced what makes this octa-core processor so special, and the information is quite revealing. The new Exynos 5430 octa-core processor that powers the Galaxy Alpha is the first to be based on the 20nm HKMG process. This new chip is equipped with four Cortex-A15 cores clocked at 1.8GHz and ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 is in an interesting place right now when it comes to rumors. While we're likely just three weeks away from its launch, the full picture on the phablet has yet to come together. We've got a good general idea of what to expect (being the fourth in a well-established series has a way of doing that), but questions about details abound: what could Samsung be planning for the choice of SoC? Will there really be a wrap-around screen version, a Note Edge? And while we've recently had the opportunity to check out some images, they've been less than fully convincing. Are we ...

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    In case you didn't catch the announcement from South Korea earlier today, Samsung's newest metal monster isn't so much of a spec monster... but that doesn't mean it can't take on its competitors with stride. You already saw how it fared against the HTC One mini 2, so how about putting it up against the LG G3 Beat next? This is Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs LG G3 Beat. Once you look down at the comparison chart below, you'll realize that this one's no competition. The Galaxy Alpha blows the G3 Beat out of the water in everything from its looks to its internals. First of all, the screen is a good ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy Alpha was announced mere hours ago as one of Samsung's first metal-clad smartphones, which had many of us immediately comparing it to the other metallic midranger in the room: the HTC One mini 2. As it turns out, Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs HTC One mini 2 is actually a great comparison for a variety of reasons -- let's dig in. While specs don't represent real-world performance (as we've found out in many past examples), on that front these two phones are nearly as even as can be, with five spec wins for the One mini 2, and four for the Galaxy Alpha. The One mini 2 beats the ...

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    In true Samsung fashion, a new phone has been announced today: the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. But Samsung had already launched the Galaxy S5 mini... Which one is better? Which is worse? Which should you buy? Find out in our Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs Galaxy S5 mini specs comparison below. We've become used to saying in pieces like these that "the two Samsung phones look pretty similar," but that's not actually the case here for once. While the S5 mini looks akin to the regular ole S5, the Alpha adopts a more squared-off metallic design (which we can certainly appreciate from a design standpoint). ...

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    Samsung's launch of the Galaxy S5 LTE-A has made a lot of Galaxy S5 customers confused. We've covered the differences between the LTE-A and the standard Galaxy S5 extensively, and many wonder why Samsung would leave features like a 2K display out of the final product that's being sold in the US. Samsung initially confirmed that it would leave this LTE-A variant for the Korean market, but new rumors seem to point otherwise. The user manual of the Samsung SM-G901F for the EU has been leaked, and everything seems to point to this device being an LTE-A Galaxy S5. Now that said, this is not the ...

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    Following weeks of leaks and rumors, Samsung has finally gone ahead and formally announced the Galaxy Alpha, a handset that takes a (small) step away from all the plastic that usually goes into the company's designs and introduces a phone with a handsome ring of metal encircling its frame. Is the inside just as impressive as the outside? Let's take a look at what makes the Galaxy Alpha tick. We're a bit removed from flagship territory here, with the Galaxy Alpha sporting a 4.7-inch 720p and running a 1.8GHz octa-core SoC, presumably an Exynos component. We also see a decent-sized 12MP main ...

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