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That would be the Note 4, of course
Samsung has announced the Galaxy Alpha. I mean, I guess that’s news – the device was only rumored up until this point, and it marks the first smartphone to feature Samsung’s new all-aluminum design that the company says will trickle down and up to other products in the company’s portfolio – including, more than likely, next year’s flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S6. It’s an okay, decidedly midrange phone – just like we reported the other day – with a modest dual-core (or quad-core, if you’re in very certain markets) processor, 2GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel camera, and a 720p 4.7″ display. It comes in Black, White, Gold, and Blue. All fine.
But really, can we stop pretending that this is Samsung’s answer to the next iPhone? I know it’s not, and – yes, I’m talking to you, mainstream media outlets – you know it’s not. The next iPhone will be a high end device with Apple’s fastest A8 processor, their best camera; it’ll be the model with the most RAM, the highest quality displays. It’ll be Apple’s flagship. And the Galaxy Alpha? This isn’t Samsung’s flagship. Not even close.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not wrong to say Samsung’s got a competitor up their sleeves slate for release soon. They totally do – it’s called the Galaxy Note 4, and it’s rumored to be coming soon; probably next month. It’ll have Samsung’s fastest processor, their best (and biggest) display, and all the RAM and storage and processing power you could want.
But let’s not compare Apples to Alphas, okay?
This is Samsung's most polished baby
The United States’ FCC has this week officially approved Samsung’s newest entry to its Galaxy smartphone line, the upcoming Galaxy Alpha – Samsung’s upcoming smartphone built from aluminum – for sale in the United States. This has been revealed by a filing posted to the FCC’s official website just this morning, and outs a few – a very select few – new details about the smartphone, including the presence of both NFC, LTE, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. All pretty common stuff, but what’s far more interesting about this phone is what the FCC didn’t just reveal about the Galaxy Alpha.
According to leaks provided by industry insiders, we’re getting a pretty good look at what the Galaxy Alpha is actually packing on the inside of the upcoming all metal smartphone.For one, this is not going to be a flagship device, barely rivaling even the Galaxy S4’s specifications. For starters, the Galaxy Alpha packs a somewhat more sanely sized 4.7 inch screen, but its the resolution that’s a killer here – whereas most flagship devices come packed with resolutions around 1080p, the Galaxy Alpha’s screen will only come with a 720p display.
The processor on board will be a fairly run of the mill quad-core setup, however some markets will have access to an enhanced octa-core Exynos 5 processor. The camera seems to be the most high end thing about the Galaxy Alpha other than the aluminum design, packing a supposedly rather impressive 12-megapixel shooter with autofocus and perhaps even digital image stabilization.
We’re expecting the Galaxy Alpha to launch on most major carriers in the United States within the next couple of weeks, with an announcement expected just about the same time as the also-rumored Galaxy Note 4, Samsung’s next true flagship device. Leaked photos of the Galaxy Alpha were posted by @culeaks, one of which can be seen above.
Nice, but doesn't tell the whole story
Samsung has announced the latest in their attempt to sanely-size their increasingly oversized phablet flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S. And as per usual, the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini has the looks of its larger sibling, but not exactly the specifications to back those looks up. Inside the familiar body we’ve got a still-not-small 4.5-inch display, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a 8-megapixel camera.
There’s also a 1.4GHz processor running the show under the hood, which is pretty puny compared to the flagship Galaxy S5’s 2.5 GHz processor. The good news, however, is that its running the latest version of Android to date – Android 4.4 – and it comes complete with the fingerprint sensor as well as the heart rate monitor.
As for availability, the phone will be on sale in early July in Russia and will presumably be hitting other markets later this year. Like its full sized sibling, the phone comes in Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue and Copper Gold colors.
We’ve been lucky that big hardware manufacturers have been pretty good at releasing alternative versions of their flagship phones for those of us who enjoy tweaking our phones for every last bit of power, and today Samsung is continuing that trend for anybody on Verizon’s cellular network. The company has today released the Galaxy S5 “Developer Edition” for Verizon.
The Developer Edition Galaxy S5 is virtually identical to the standard Galaxy S5 model, Verizon branding and all. What you are getting for your cash (and there is a lot of cash involved, as the device must be bought outright at $599) is an unlocked bootloader, which users can use to install other operating systems on the device, such as the ever popular CyanogenMod.
The new device is only compatible for Verizon’s network and is carrier locked, so don’t even think about buying one and bringing it to some other network. But if you meet the qualifications and you got the cash, you can buy the new Galaxy S5 Developer Edition right now by heading over to Samsung’s order page in the source link below.
Rather serious camera issues
First, we learned that the Galaxy S5 can be spoofed by fake fingerprints and now we have news that the impressive 16-megapixel sensor is having some rather serious issues.
The issue, which seems to only be affecting Verizon devices, causes units to pop up with a random “Camera Error” with seemingly no reason behind the issue. Once this error is received, the camera sensor becomes permanently disabled with none of the usual software tricks working. The only way to fix the problem is to get the device swapped under warranty, which Samsung will do if you call a number or if you go to a carrier.
According to The Verge, the issue isn’t too big yet but it’s still something to be aware of.
Source: The Verge
Not a great phone
If you’re the type of person who really enjoys the thought of having a built in projector in your smartphone, Samsung has got you covered – introducing the new Samsung Galaxy Beam 2, Samsung’s latest and not-so-greatest Android smartphone. The twist here, if you haven’t figured it out already, is the built in projector capable of beaming a blurry, dim projector image onto a wall – for like, conferences and stuff.
If you’re interested now, you might not be after hearing about the specs and availability. The Galaxy Beam 2 will only grant you a low end 1.2 GHz quad core processor, 1 GB of RAM, and a measly 800 x 480 4.6 inch display. Oh, and there’s no LTE here – we’re talking about a 3G only handset.
The Galaxy Beam 2 is only hitting China at the moment, with no word on an international release anytime in the distant or not too distant future. Hey, there’s always the Beam 3, right?
Security at its finest
A German security team, Security Research Labs, was easily able to spoof the system due to the way it’s implemented in other devices which makes it a higher risk. The video, embedded after the break, not only shows the team gaining access to the device by using a fake fingerprint but it also shows them gaining access to PayPal which also supports the new sensor and is just as easily faked out as the rest of the phone.
Interestingly, Ars Technica reports that this spoofing method doesn’t work against Apple’s Touch ID system but does work on the S5. Given that the team acquired the fingerprint simply by taking a photo of a fingerprint left on a screen, it’s very easy to replicate this attack and gain access to everything, especially when you consider just how many smudges are often left on a phone screen.
The video showing off this spoofing attack is embedded after the break.
Source: Ars Technica
And discounts on their new wearables
If you’re one of the Android crowd, you’ll have been waiting for this announcement on when you can order the Samsung Galaxy S5. Tomorrow, if you want to pre-order yours and your carrier is AT&T, you’ll be able to do so as they’re the first to accept pre-orders for the device. AT&T’s two-year contract price is $200 or if that isn’t your thing, $650 off-contract.
For that money, you can get a black or white device, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, a 2.5GHz quad-core processor and Android 4.4 which is all good for the definitive, top-of-the-line Android smartphone. If you’re willing to spend a little more money, you can also get a discount on either of Samsung’s latest smartwatches.
Also beginning tomorrow and lasting until June 5th or while supplies last, if you buy a Galaxy S5 through AT&T they’ll give you $50 off a Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo smartwatch. All of this can be yours if you pre-order through AT&T tomorrow, although I wouldn’t be surprised if the other carriers pitch similar offers when they announce the S5. Pre-orders placed through AT&T will ship in “early April”.
Samsung needed a reboot, was this it?
It’s no secret – despite humongous fanfare, nigh domination in the marketplace, and an insane amount of mindshare, the Galaxy S4 was a sales disappointment to the folks located on the top floor of the Samsung Headquarters in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. Samsung themselves admitted in October of 2013 that sales figures were about “15-to-20 percent lower than expected,” and South Korean press claimed that the Galaxy S4’s sales figures were so bad that Samsung is “engulfed in a shock” over the disappointment last December.
A Samsung executive recently claimed that disappointing sales were because consumers couldn’t tell the difference between the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy S4, which shared a very similar design, and that the company wouldn’t make the same mistake with the Galaxy S5. Expectations were high – this would be the change we’ve been clamoring for for two years now, this would be something wholly new that would immediately resonate with both the press and consumers. This would be the device needed to turn Samsung’s ill fortune around.
Well, today we got our first look at the Galaxy S5 – and, to almost universal shock and a fair share of disappointment, the Galaxy S5 resemble both the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S III that came before it. Most of the tell tale signs are here – the plastic construction, the physical home button, large screen, the cheap faux-metal border that encompasses the entire body of the device. Sure, the company switched out the sickly plastic back for a smooth soft touch dimpled one, but if you were to look, and not touch, you’d say the phone has remained largely unchanged.
To make that even more disappointing, while the Galaxy S4 was revealed last year with a whole suite of innovative new software features, the Galaxy S5 forgoes that spectacle for moderately updated software and impressive hardware. We’ve got a 2.5 GHz quad-core processor, an improved camera, a fingerprint sensor, etc. and so forth – but these aren’t things that sell smartphones. It’s what we can do with a smartphone that we base our purchasing decisions on, as a whole, and the Galaxy S5 can largely do pretty much exactly what the Galaxy S4 can do.
So, the question remains – is the Galaxy S5 a disappointment? It’s probably too early to tell, as we haven’t even managed to get our hands on one and likely won’t until April at the earliest. But Samsung sure needed a reboot – a clean slate, a new beginning, something eyepopping and new. Was this it?
Good marketing or desperation?
Oh, guys. What are you doing. Just minutes after Samsung announced their newest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, competitors HTC and Nokia have begun throwing some pot shots towards their #1 competitor on Twitter. Both companies are pushing unsurprisingly “anti” Galaxy S5 messages, with the HTC tweet going so far as even suggesting Galaxy S5 owners will be getting a dose of “buyer’s remorse.”
Meanwhile, Nokia is going a more innocent, but no less snarky route, posting a banner showing a photo of a new Windows Phone based Lumia phone with the line “Not the Samsung ;)” next to it (yes, smiley face and all). Unfortunately for both HTC and Nokia, however, history is suggesting that Samsung is likely to sell a whole bunch more Galaxy S5 phones than HTC and Nokia will sell any of their phones, so it’s unclear who will get the last laugh.
The same as it always is
As expected, Samsung has announced the Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone at Mobile World Congress 2014 today, replacing last year’s Galaxy S4 with a hugely updated device that managed to be more in the same while also building on the foundation that the company largely started with the Galaxy S III in 2012 and continued with the Galaxy S4 last year.
First, the design – the Galaxy S5 may not be the revolution you’ve been hoping for. This is very much a familiar Galaxy phone, with the same design language you’ve come to expect from recent Samsung offerings – including a huge, beautiful screen, one physical home screen button, two capacitive Android buttons, and a nice dose of plastic surrounding it all.
What is changed is changed, however. The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a larger 5.1″ AMOLED display with a mind boggling full HD 1080p resolution – that is to say, the Galaxy S5 can display as many pixels as that 50″ HDTV in your living room. It’s got a swappable back cover, like the Galaxy S4, a microSD slot (which is all the more rare these days), and a high capacity 2,800mAh battery life – which is needed to power the improved specifications.
Inside, we get a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel camera with 4K video recording support, an IR remote, NFC, LTE-A support, and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage expandable with that microSD card. But the big kicker is – can you guess it – the inclusion of a very Touch ID reminiscent Fingerprint scanner, which functions exactly as it does on the iPhone 5s released last September. Just hold your thumb to the Galaxy S5’s home button and let the world open up for you.
The Galaxy S5 comes in four colors – the traditional white and black, as well as a new gold entry (surprise!) and a not unpleasant blue. Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but the Galaxy S5 will launch in nearly 150 countries on April 11th. We’ll let you know as soon as we know more. Until then, this is the Galaxy S5. The same as it always is.
Image Source: Engadget
Health and safety focus?
Samsung really, really wants you to know that they’ve got their “Unpacked 5” press event scheduled for February 24th, and to drive that point home they’ve sent the press a second invitation to the same media event that they already invited them to a couple of weeks ago.
This time however Samsung is being slightly less cagey (or generic, you choose the word) in its invite, specifying that their new device(s) – which are highly expected to be the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Gear 2 – will have an emphasis on “Speed”, “Outdoor”, “Curiosity”, “Fun”, “Social”, “Style”, “Privacy”, “Fitness”, and “Life” – with each talking point printed with the number “5” next to it, because in case you didn’t know, this event will be about the fifth of something. Like the fifth Galaxy S phone, maybe.