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Samsung Galaxy S5: unboxing and hands-on pictures

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is the new flagship mobile phone from the South Korean outfit, where it is now available for free, on contracts from £33 a month.

We are now publishing these unboxing and handset shots of the 2013 S4 successor, showing all its key features.

They cover its design, specs, software capabilities and more.

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The S5 comes with a 5.1-inch full high definition, 1,920 x 1,080, display – a slight increase to the S4′s 5-inch FHD screen.

It measures 142mm tall, 72.5mm wide, with a thinness of 8.1mm – weighing in at 145grams.

Built-in to the home screen button is a fingerprint scanner, for unlocking the mobile; adding security to PayPal payments, and keeping parts of the phone private – such as apps or pics.

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On the rear, is a 16-megapixel camera, increased from the S4′s 16MP snapper.

It also has a heart rate monitor, located under the camera.

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Above, is all the retail box contents, which include the phone, quick start guide, USB lead and power adaptor, plus a set of in-ear phones.

This is a phone that is powered by a quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, with 2GB of RAM; 16GB of internal storage, plus support for 128GB microSD cards.

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The S5 also features a new layout to the S Heath app, showing steps taken, calories burnt and more.

This also displays the heart rate of the user, with its new hardware (see above).

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Thanks to the new CPU, 4K or UltraHD video recording is possible with the mobile phone – where this footage is natively viewable, on 4K TVs.

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On top, is the new option screen to the camera functions, these are along the lines of selective focus and HDR improvements.

The former allows the refocusing of subjects in a shot, after it has been taken, while HDR now combines the three HDR shots of the S4 – into one.

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Other notable additions to the Samsung Galaxy S5 are the inclusion of a download booster, plus the built in scanner.

The first, can combine both 4G and a Wi-Fi signal, to increase download speeds.

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S5′s home button houses a finger prince scanner, used for unlocking the handset, adding security to PayPal purchases, among other functions.

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This pic notes the ultra-power saving mode, offering 5.8days on standby, with 47 per cent battery life.

That is achieved by putting the phone in a black and white mode, offering access to a limited amount of apps (customisable).

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These two highlight the phone is running Android 4.4.2 KitKat, while below, is the mobile under a running tap – showing its waterproof capability.

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The trio of pics show the news aggregator on the phone, similar to HTC’s BlinkFeed; following that, are the apps menus, with all the pre-installed software.

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Lastly, is the S5 (on the left) compared to the Samsung Galaxy S4, and below, the HTC One (M8) – with Omio, running from the browser.

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UPDATE: New Samsung Galaxy and ATIV devices being unveiled 20th of June; S4 mini leaked on Samsung website

South Korean electronics giant Samsung is holding a press event on the 20th of June, to announce new Galaxy and ATIV products.

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Omio has been sent an invitation to the event, although the email doesn’t reveal a great deal of information – only that it is for a Samsung Premier 2013 show, with some teaser shots of what is to be announced.

SamMobile expects the Samsung Series 9 range to be unveiled, consisting of both Android and Windows products.

This is with a high-resolution screen on the Windows ATIV, and the rumoured Galaxy S4 Zoom.

The latter is thought to be the company’s camera phone, boasting a 16-megapixel sensor – which is much larger than the 13MP version, found in the flagship Samsung Galaxy S4.

Samsung is believed to be capitalizing on the S4 branding, in the same way as it did with the Samsung Galaxy S3 – producing the S3 mini, where its successor is also due.

Redmond Pie has spotted the Samsung Galaxy S4 on the company’s own website, ahead of any official news by the outfit of its existence.

It was listed on the Samsung Apps page that rounds up the apps, for all compatible mobile phones (see screenshot).

We’ll just have to wait and see if this is also going to be launched – at an event that will be live streaming at youtube.com/SamsungMobile, 7:00pm, on the 20th of June.

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The Wall Street Journal has learned the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini will also be unveiled at the event, from a source with knowledge of the matter.

Android 5 Key Lime Pie Samsung Galaxy update list leaked

South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung has seen its update list leak, for its Galaxy range of devices.

The list notably includes Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean will be rolled out to the Samsung Galaxy SII and the original Note Phablet, but version 5 – believed to be called Key Lime Pie – has been left out.

This has been published by Samsung news website SamMobile, from information obtained by their unnamed insider.

It is noted this is just a pre-list and that things could still change, where that the list isn’t complete yet – indicating more could be added.

The Samsung devices that are rumoured to be gaining the purported Android 5.0 version are -

GT-I9300 – Galaxy S III

GT-I9305 – Galaxy S III LTE

GT-I9500 – Galaxy S 4

GT-I9505 – Galaxy S 4 LTE

GT-N5100 – Galaxy Note 8.0

GT-N5105 – Galaxy Note 8.0 LTE

GT-N5110 – Galaxy Note 8.0 Wi-Fi

GT-N7100 – Galaxy Note II

GT-N7105 – Galaxy Note II LTE

GT-N8000 – Galaxy Note 10.1

GT-N8005 – Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE

GT-N8010 – Galaxy Note 10.1 Wi-Fi

 

Those left out of the update, but are still thought to be getting Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, are:

GT-I9080 – Galaxy Grand

GT-I9082 – Galaxy Grand DUOS

GT-I8160 – Galaxy Ace 2

GT-I8190 – Galaxy S III mini

GT-I8350 – Galaxy Beam

GT-I8730 – Galaxy Express

GT-I9070 – Galaxy S Advance

GT-I9100 – Galaxy S II

GT-I9105 – Galaxy S II Plus

GT-I9260 – Galaxy Premier

GT-N7000 – Galaxy Note

GT-S6310 – Galaxy Young

GT-S6312 – Galaxy Young DUOS

GT-S6810 – Galaxy Fame

GT-S7710 – Galaxy X Cover 2

Samsung Galaxy S 3 Mini to cost under £300

Online mobile phone reseller Clove has opened the pre-ordering of the recently announced smaller Galaxy S III – the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini, with a cost of £298.

The handset was unveiled yesterday in Germany, but was confirmed by the head of mobile at the company a day earlier, to the South Korean press.

Samsung’s S3 Mini builds on from the flagship phone, with an almost identical look – only with a smaller 4-inch screen, instead of the 4.8-inch version in the larger device.

There are many of the same features in the Mini that accompanies the Galaxy S 3. These are the likes of the curved design, user interface to the mobile and the on-board software.

This is the S-Voice, which can awake the handset, play music, change the volume and all from voice commands. The Call Direct ability is also there; this can dial a contact’s number from a text message, by just raising the phone to an ear.

The Mini ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, with a dual-core 1GHz processor, 8GB of internal storage and support for microSD cards. It also has NFC built-in and a 5-megapixel camera, with a front-facing VGA webcam.

No arrival dates have been made public by Clove for the SIM free and unlocked Samsung Galaxy S 3 Mini, but those who pre-order will be kept abreast of any developments.

Samsung confirms mini version of the Samsung Galaxy S 3

Head of Samsung mobile, JK Shin, has established that a smaller screen version of its Samsung Galaxy S III mobile phone will be launched tomorrow.

This news has been reported by the Korean news website iNews 24, following on from a meeting with the Samsung chief.

He noted that the company will be unveiling a 4-inch screen-based version of its best-selling flagship Samsung Galaxy S 3 handset.

This will take place on the 11th of October, in Germany – he confirmed.

American tech news website The Verge has stated: “Shin didn’t reveal many details about the device, though he said it was spurred by increasing demand for 4-inch devices in Europe.”

“He also noted that it won’t be an entry-level handset, telling reporters it will have full form factor. This would make it an unusual addition to the Android landscape, where high-end devices tend to be 4.5 inches or larger”, added the site.

Last week, we reported that the South Korean consumer electronics giant had sent out an invitation to the press for an event in Germany. This was where the rumoured Samsung Galaxy S 3 mini mobile phone would be launched; this now appears to be going ahead.

Stay tuned to Omio and we’ll bring you all the news, but in the meantime check out our Samsung Galaxy S 3 deals today.

Samsung Galaxy Music phone announced with dual stereo front speakers

South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung has unveiled the latest addition to its range of handsets – the Galaxy Music – which is geared up for audiophiles. Omio - Samsung Galaxy MusicSamsung Galaxy Music is noted to offer a great sound quality with a veritable music player, only in a mobile phone.

It runs from the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, with dual front stereo speakers and features such as SRS and Sound Alive.

There will also be access to the Samsung entertainment hubs for apps and media – games-lite and of course, the music hub.

The Galaxy Music will arrive with a built-in FM radio and internal antenna, along with a dedicated button to launch the music player – just to further endorse its musical prowess.

This phone ships with a 3.0-inch TFT touch screen, with a QVGA 240 x 320 resolution. On-board is a 3-megapixel camera, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, with support for 32GB microSD cards.

No prices or details of any networks carrying the phone have been announced as yet, but Samsung has said that it will be available in both a dual-SIM version and in a regular configuration.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Launch: UK Release Date Set For May 30th

Samsung finally revealed the hotly anticipated Galaxy S3 yesterday evening, in a multi million pound launch event at London’s Earls Court Exhibition Centre.

The handset runs the latest version of Android 4.0.4 on its 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos processor with 1GB of RAM. 

The screen is an impressive 4.8-inch 720p Super HD AMOLED screen, which, whilst big has a thin bezel around it, so is perfectly holdable.

Figures like that would usually have us reaching for the charger, but the new processor is said to be much more power efficient, and the battery is a whopping 2100mAh, which is roughly 30% more powerful than the rival quad-core HTC One X.

The rear camera is 8MP and super-fast, taking 3.3 still shots per second, and 1080p video. 

The front camera is a surprise at 1.9MP, which is larger than expected, but maybe necessary for facial tracking. The S3 will be able to tell if you are looking at it and stay on if you are reading something, rather than dim the screen on a timer as is the norm.

The Galaxy S3 was given a more rounded appearence than the S2, opting for natural curves and soft edges.

Samsung have said they were inspired by nature when desiging the handset, which explains why we were serenaded by whale noises and birdsong during the build up.  The handset was demoed in two colours, pebble blue and ceramic white, for business and pleasure respectively.

Samsung also described the phone as being ‘designed for humans’ focussing on the social sharing features of the handset.  ‘S Beam’ is a close proximity file sharing feature that uses NFC and wifi to send files between handsets.

Facial recognition software will also allow users to instantly share photo’s with people in their contact list immediately. 

‘S Voice’ brings an air of Siri to the precedings, allowing users to look insane whilst talking to no-one.

You may be able to wake the phone from sleep with a voice command, but we always found the wake button much quicker. Hopefully local search facilities will be enabled upon release, (something Apple have still failed to do here in Europe) and bring this functionality out of novelty status.

The S3 will be available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities, with this expandable upto a further 64GB with the addition of a micro SDXC card.

Users will also be given 50GB of Dropbox cloud storage free for two years, which should see through a 24month contract.

The Galaxy S3 will be released as a 3G HDSPA+ version on May 29th in Europe, with a 4G LTE version following in countries lucky enough to have super-fast mobile broadband, in June of this year.

The Korean tech giants were keen to play down the numbers and the launch focussed on what the phone could do rather than boast about specifications or previous succeses. Of course, they could have boasted had they wished…

Figures released recently by London firm Strategy Analytics revealed that Samsung held 30% of the smartphone market, beating Apple’s 24%.

Samsung also accounted for 24.5% of the global mobile handset market, passing Nokia, who have been on a downward slide of late.

UK Retailers are currently rubbing their hands in anticipation of the May 29th launch, as the Galaxy S2 sold like hotcakes.

Some information lacking from the launch event was any solid details on pricing. However, retailers will be keen to start pre-sales so expect full details soon.

We expect the handset to be offered on contract from the £35 per month mark, with the upfront cost varying depending on which model you plump for. Those who wish to buy the phone outright rather than tie into a lengthy contract should expect prices starting around £500.

We will of course be sure to bring you any deatils of availability and pricing as soon as we find out.  Sign up for alerts about the Samsung Galaxy S3 on our deals page, or keep tuned to Omio for more news.

MWC 2011: Samsung Booth Tour – An Ever Expanding Galaxy Family

Much like the XPERIA series for Sony Ericsson, ‘Galaxy’ has become Samsung’s leading brand in the mobile space for 2010. This year, a legion of additional handset siblings from luxury to entry level round out the ‘Galaxy Family’, including a tablet sequel and a revamp of the best-selling Samsung Galaxy S. Let’s take a look!

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Samsung Galaxy S II Revealed, Galaxy Tab Sequel Poses For Pics

Samsung might have gotten a little leaky ahead of tonight’s official announcement of new additions to the Galaxy family – namely the Samsung Galaxy S II and a Galaxy Tab followup – but now we have some real booth images to prove it.

These beaming beauties above are showing off the latest devices from the Korean manufacturer, with both the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab devices getting sequels to lead Samsung’s portfolio in 2011.

Official details seem to have already been accidentally revealed by eager web munchkins, with reports suggesting that the Samsung Galaxy S II boasts a 1GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED WVGA display, and an 8-megapixel camera capable of high-def snappery.

As for the new Galaxy Tab, it will have an iPad-beating (if you believe that bigger is better) 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 resolution display, run on Google’s new tablet-friendly Honeycomb version of Android, and have an 8-megapixel camera capable of HD video.

Well, all that’s left is to attend tonight’s Samsung event and witness the official reveal, well, get revealed! We’ll keep you posted!

Samsung Galaxy i5500 Europa: Due July, Carphone Warehouse Online Exclusive



The affordable Samsung Galaxy i5500 handset – first seen at CommunicAsia and due for release under the Corby/Genio banner – has been revealed by Carphone Warehouse as the Samsung Galaxy Europa, an exclusive to the retailer and due for a July release.

Touted as ‘only available to order from our website’, the Galaxy Europa may become the best kept Google-powered secret next month.

Packing Android 2.1 out of the gate, the slight Galaxy Europa brandishes some pretty impressive features for a supposedly entry-level handset – a 2.8-inch TFT capacitive display (albeit 240 x 320), 600Mhz processor, Wi-Fi as well as a 2 megapixel camera complete with geo-tagging.

Not bad for a handset tipped to retail for around €199 (£160), is it?

With the only competition in the lower end of the market coming for the equally feature rich and appealing HTC Wildfire, the Galaxy Europa could well become a mass market success for the Korean manufacturer.

Cheers, EuroDroid.