Friday, 31 January 2014

Samsung to compete on the high street by opening retail stores

Samsung announced this morning a partnership with Carphone Warehouse which will put over 60 Samsung stand-alone stores across Europe. After the success of three stand-alone Samsung stores, operated by Carphone Warehouse in Spain, the modern stores begins rolling out on the next three months. It roll across seven markets offering, the UK, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, and also the Netherlands.

The stores have been proved to have a premium appear and feel. They will carry Samsung products which include laptops, cell phones, tablets, and wearables.

As Samsung looks to make an even bigger world presence it wouldn’t be surprising to determine more deals and stores honestly pop up somewhere else. While Samsung may be using the store-within-a-store model for a short time, it's like it’s finally breaking out on its own. We have the presser for you after the break. 


London, 29 January, 2014 –Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced which it has signed a ‘preferred partner’ agreement with Carphone Warehouse Group plc to use over 60 Samsung stand-alone stores across Europe.

The agreement follows the successful opening in 2013 of three stand-alone stores in Spain, operated by Carphone Warehouse.  The new stores will likely be rolled out in the next three months across seven European markets: UK, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Sweden along with the Netherlands.  The stores will have a premium appear and feel and will sell Samsung mobile communications products across Samsung’s huge selection of mobiles, tablets, laptops and wearables.

Shoppers should expect an exciting new customer experience which merges retail and technology innovations like Carphone Warehouse’s assisted sales tool and connectivity platform using Samsung branded tablets.

There is possibility to expand the relationship going forward, with Carphone Warehouse acting as Samsung’s preferred partner across Europe and operating nearly all dedicated Samsung stores.

This is a vital alliance playing to both companies’ strengths. Together we will create a powerful new retail concept to showcase, for your customers, an array of products, content and services along with injecting both investment and new jobs to the retail sector.

Andrew Harrison, Chief Executive Officer of Carphone Warehouse said: “We are delighted to get been chosen as Samsung’s preferred European partner for their store roll-out.  Our Connected World Services business will combine Carphone Warehouse’s retailing expertise and systems with one of the world’s biggest brands and definately will help us make much more lives better through connected technology.”

New 5.5" Samsung Galaxy Note Neo to launch in February!

Samsung today took the wraps off a new member in the Note family, but unlike the huge Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 which it debuted at CES, this new unit is really smaller than the actual generation Note smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo comes with a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, that's just a hair less space-consuming than the 5.7-inch display found on the Note 3. It’s also slightly lower-res, being released at 720p as opposed to 1080p.

Not only do the internals of the Note 3 Neo and Note 3 differ, but additionally, there are two versions from the Note 3 Neo with slightly different specs. The first model, which offers wireless connectivity that maxes out at 21Mbps HSPA, is powered by way of a 1.6GHz quad-core processor. Samsung can be cranking out an “LTE+” model which offers speeds all the way to 150Mbps as well as a hexa-core processor that’s packing a dual-core 1.7GHz CPU as well as a 1.3GHz quad-core chip.

The spec lists from the two Note 3 Neo versions are fairly similar beyond that. Both units sport 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot and 3100mAh batteries. There are 8-megapixel cameras on the backs of both phones as well as 2-megapixel shooters resting above their 5.5-inch displays. Finally, both Note 3 Neo models have bodies that measure in at 8.6mm thick with black, white and green paint options.

On the application side of things, the Note 3 Neo comes preloaded with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean running beneath Samsung’s TouchWiz interface. Included with that custom UI are some features which might be also located on the regular Note 3, including Air Command and updated versions of S Note, Easy Clip, My Magazine and Multi-Window. Compatibility with Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch is there, too.

Samsung says that this Galaxy Note 3 Neo will begin making its way into stores world wide in February. The company hasn’t specified exactly which countries it’ll be bringing the Note 3 Neo to or how much it’ll cost to consider one home if it does, but Samsung officials did recently claim that there are no intends to launch this 5.5-inch phablet in the U.K. or U.S., so consumers in those parts of the globe will have to settle for a normal ol’ Note 3 should they want to get their phablet fix. For everyone else, the Note 3 Neo appears to be a respectable device that is a nice option for folks in the hunt for a large but affordable handset, as long as Samsung’s costs are right.

What do you think of the Galaxy Note 3 Neo? Would you make Samsung’s newest phablet your day-to-day driver?

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Specs and Rumors!

The Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 is checking up on all the latest rumors spreading in regards to the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S5. This time, the 2nd generation smart watch is speculated to be sold with a curved design.

MSN UK reports that it was the ZDNet Korea publication who first claimed that the Galaxy Gear 2 will need some stylish design from your Galaxy Round looks which suggests it will put in place a curve twist to its body. The new curved design is additionally expected to bring more comfort around the wearer's wrist in comparison to its original design that's deemed bulky by most.
The sources also added that the Korean tech giant has put a visible change on all the Galaxy Gear 2 parts that appeared "dull or boring" in the event the first generation was initially released, according to Daily Mail UK. It can be recalled that if the first smart watch by Samsung was launched in September 2013, it received a great deal of negative feedback from most consumers, reviewers and analysts especially due to its big design and life of the battery that is poor.
It was recently confirmed by Samsung that the Galaxy Gear 2 will likely be launched at the same time that the Galaxy S5 smartphone's release date that may happen anytime on March or April in London. Another new Samsung report also creates a claim who's will also come up with a smart eyewear that may go face to face with the Google Glass which will likely be possibly called as the Galaxy Glass eyewear, Gigaom mentioned.Further reports say how the Korean tech company is hoping to launch their particular version of the smart glasses by September with time for the IFA.
Tech Times added how the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 will also be a lot thinner than the initial for about 15-20 percent. It is most likely be compatible using the Galaxy smartphones which may have the Android 4.4 KitKat.

A new Budget Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung just verified that another Galaxy Tab is imminent after it published the user manual for a new Android tablet on its own site. The company's Polish support page reveals documentation for the SM-T110, that's rumored to become Wi-Fi variant of Samsung's low-cost Galaxy Tab 3 Lite. According to a local stockist, the Jelly Bean tablet will have a 7-inch 1024 x 600 display, dual-core 1.2GHz Marvell processor, 1GB of RAM, 2-megapixel camera, 8GB of internal storage (including microSD support) along with a 3,600 mAh battery. The same retailer has opened pre-orders for both the Wi-Fi and 3G variants, pricing them at $165 and $263 respectively, basically confirming their place at the bottom of Samsung's tablet pecking order. Expect the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite to create its official debut in the coming weeks, before Samsung heads to Mobile World Congress late later.

4K Display In your Pocket? could it be for the Galaxy Note 4?!

When it comes to Samsung, most people are pretty much dedicated to the news in connection with upcoming Galaxy S5 handset. What’s passing us by is news for the Galaxy Note 4 and Samsung has finally discussed it initially in public.

During the Seminconductor and Display Technology Roadmap Seminar 2014, Samsung confirmed it is working on an AMOLED QHD smartphone. Straight after announcing that, the Korean manufacturer then revealed it can be working on something more impressive.

Samsung revealed it's plans to have an AMOLED Ultra HD, 3480x2160 pixel smartphone display. Considering it’ll bring with it 820 pixels-per-inch on the 5-inch display, that's pretty awesome news. We shouldn’t be able to ahead of ourselves though, this is apparently a long way off.

But would the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 be able to include a 4K display? It’s unlikely considering we haven’t got our hands on a high end smartphone using a 2K display at this time but anything can be done. Samsung is clearly planning way into the long run so maybe the Galaxy Note 5 will be the step up to some 4K display on your bottom line? Exciting!
Samsung’s mobile chief Lee Young Hee has revealed a great deal about the company’s plans for 2014 including a release window and features for that Galaxy S5.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could use a "three sided" display

During an interview with Bloomberg, the executive also said another Galaxy Note might use a “three sided display” and will also be designed so users can read messages with an angle. That's a pretty difficult idea to imagine, nonetheless it sounds cool nonetheless. Could this certainly be a creative use of Samsung's flexible OLED tech as we saw demonstrated on prototypes at CES 2012?

Hee added this Galaxy Note successor, which we are able to only assume being the Galaxy Note 4 is going to be released within the second half of 2014 and will probably be aimed at the high-end market. That certainly is smart, Samsung has additionally been rumoured to be developing a cheaper Galaxy Note "Lite" model, nevertheless it's unlikely which a budget edition would experiement with fancy new display technology so as to keep the cost down.

Hee said, “We are targeting consumers who wish more professional use and tend to get willing to pay more for handsets.”

She didn’t elaborate how exactly the triple-sided display is acceptable, but we’re sure to be hearing a little more about that inside the coming months. As soon as we do we’ll keep you posted.

Hee also confirmed the Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch is going to be released alongside the Galaxy S5. The Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Gear 2 will likely be released "around March and April" making those rumours of an announcement at MWC 2014 even more likely.

Could it be the Samsung Galaxy S5 or the Samsung Galaxy Round2?!

Samsung is expected to debut some new smartphones in 2014 such as the Galaxy S5 along with the Galaxy Note 3 Lite. It's rumored that Samsung will disclose both devices in February or March.
As Fone Arena reports (Dec.4), a whole new mystery device from Samsung appears inside the GFXBench database under the model number SM-G900S. Detailed specs from the device are revealed, indicating that this SM-G900S may be either the Galaxy S5 or another Samsung device, the Galaxy Round 2.
The 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Round phone, model number SM-G910S was published in October, exclusively in South Korea. It's the world's first curved Super AMOLED display smartphone and was manufactured in limited quantities. Since the model number series is comparable to the SM-G900S device, speculation points for the possibility of a Galaxy Round 2.
Revealed specs from the SM-G900S mystery device resemble the rumored specs of the upcoming 5-inch Samsung Galaxy S5. Featured on the device is similar 2560 x 1440 display resolution and Android 4.4 KitKat OS. The key difference is that the mystery device comes with a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, as the Samsung Galaxy S5 is rumored to feature a 64-bit A7 chip.
While the processor differs from the Galaxy S5, it matches the quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor found for the Samsung Galaxy Round, which sports a lesser clock speed of 2.3 GHz. Samsung generally seems to have bumped up the clock speed slightly, if it is to be believed that this SM-G900S could be the Galaxy Round 2. The mystery device also features an Adreno 330 GPU, also found for the Galaxy Round.
Fone Arena points out  the 2560 x 1440 display size with the SM-G900S might be an indication the device may well have a 5.25-inch display with pixel density of 560ppi. Earlier this year, Samsung revealed its intends to intro 560ppi display phones in the market in 2014. The 5-inch display size in the SM-G900S mystery device puts it closer to the size with the rumored 5-inch display of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5.
Although Samsung is anticipated to announce a mid-range version of the Galaxy Note 3, the mystery device is not likely to be the Galaxy Note 3 Lite. According to SamMobile, the Galaxy Note 3 Lite is predicted to feature an LCD display as opposed to Super AMOLED display technology. The SM-G900S mystery device specs reveal a Super AMOLED display, ruling out the chance of it being the Note 3 Lite.
If the mystery device turns out to become the Galaxy Round 2, it could possibly mean that Samsung was successful enough using the Galaxy Round that it could be setting plans for a global release.