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Samsung Galaxy S5 mini unveiled, with fingerprint and heart rate scanner

South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung has announced the smaller version of its flagship mobile phone, the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini – with features brought in from the higher-end handset.

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Just like its larger counterpart, it has fingerprint recognition, along with its heart rate sensor, located at the rear.

A rear that matches the perforated look of the Galaxy S5, and with its waterproof and dust-tight nature (IP67 rating).

This is all with a smaller design and screen, with the latter coming in at 4.5-inches and with an HD resolution of 1,280 x 720 (Super AMOLED).

Powering it is a quad-core 1.4GHz processor, with 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, plus support for 64GB microSD cards.

The back also has an 8-megapixel camera, with an LED flash, while the front boasts a 2.1MP snapper.

There are also other functions brought across from the S5, such as the Ultra Power Saving mode for extending the 2,100mAh battery.

Samsung has said the Android 4.4 KitKat run Galaxy S5 mini will be arriving soon, in the colour choices of charcoal black, shimmery white, electric blue and copper gold.

“As with our previous ‘mini’ devices, this latest incarnation combines the iconic design and essential features of the Galaxy S5 with a sleek and compact body.” said Ines Van Gennip, Marketing Director at Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland.

“A larger screen might not work for everyone, so the Galaxy S5 mini is great for anyone after a smartphone that they can more easily slip into their pocket or bag.”

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom launched, as S4 zoom replacement – with 20.7MP camera

South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung has announced its latest camera phone – the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom, which comes with a 20.7-megapixel camera.

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That is on a retractable lens that has a 10x optical zoom, which is said to capture detailed, clear images, excelling in low- light conditions – and with a build in optical image stabiliser.

It also features AF/AE Separation, a Pro Suggest mode, offering 10 optimised filters, plus a Selfie Alarm – for taking timed, snaps from its 2MP front facing camera.

This is all with a simple user interface, and object tracking for a clear, focussed shot of a moving subject.

It has a similar rear design to the Samsung Galaxy S5, plus a 4.8-inch HD 1,280 x 720 screen.

Powering it is a hexa core setup, with a quad-core 1.3GHz CPU and a dual-core 1.7GHz processor.

This is with 2GB of RAM; 8GB of internal storage and support for 32GB microSD cards.

Android 4.4 KitKat runs the phone, with the usual TouchWiz UI, and similar features/apps to the S5 – such as S Health Lite, and an ultra power saving mode.

“We know that our customers all have different demands and needs, and the Galaxy K Zoom is the latest example of our on-going commitment to ensuring we have something for everyone,” said Simon Stanford, Vice President of IT & Mobile division, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland.

“What most of our customers do have in common though is a desire for a mobile device that has a great camera – whether that be a parent wanting to capture their child’s first steps, or friends on a night out.”

“The Galaxy K Zoom has a range of features that mean they can effortlessly take and share those photos and with the convenience of a Galaxy smartphone.”

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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Samsung Galaxy S5 to have different models: a high-end and low-end version, plus a gold edition

South Korean consumer electronics maker Samsung is now thought to be producing a few different iterations of its upcoming flagship mobile phone, believed to be announced next week – at Mobile World Congress.

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This information comes from Elda Murrain, who is well connected in the mobile phone world, and has a good track record of accurate leaks.

He has tweeted the following, giving an insight into two possible, new models of the purported device:

“SGS 5s/5c isnt real names – both S5 with some additional naming. And I dont like “budget” version of SGS5 – is a way too simple”

That was along with, “More advanced S5 coming to market a little bit later. May be a few weeks later. But its real deal, mid tier SGS5 is not”

This ties in with other rumours of a more powerful octa-core processor run handset being on the cards, where the Samsung Galaxy S4 had this variant, only it never came to our shores.

GSMArena has run our title image, supposedly showing a Vodafone inventory system.

Clearly on display, is that the network will be selling a gold version of a phone called the Samsung Galaxy S5.

If this comes to fruition, it would join the Apple iPhone 5s, in that popular colour choice.

Also, HTC is reportedly going to include this as an option, in a phone said to be called The All New HTC One or HTC All New One.

Via: phoneArena

Bloomberg: Samsung Galaxy S5 to have 5.2-inch screen

South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung has had some details revealed of its next top-tier handset, thought to be announced next week and to go under the name of the Samsung Galaxy S5.

This news comes from a person with direct knowledge of the matter, states to Bloomberg – the company will release a new device with a larger 5.2-inch screen, and sharper display than the current Galaxy S4.

It is also noted that Samsung could sell the phone for less than previous flagship models, after encouragement by at least one carrier.

That is according to another source of the title, although that might solely relate to the American market, rather than the UK.

However, with Sony and HTC all believed to have their new higher end models out around the same time; Samsung will need to competitively price the phone – to encourage potential customers.

Just as the others are likely to, as well, with no major release gap between their phones, this time around, compared to other years.

The title also had it that the Samsung phone will have an improved battery and camera, and will be released about the same time as an upgraded Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

There are also rumours around eye scanning tech, for unlocking the mobile, which builds on from past developments in the series.

Via: phoneArena

Samsung Galaxy S5 retail box leaks, showing official specs

South Korean electronics giant Samsung is said to have seen the packaging of the purported Samsung Galaxy S5 appear online, noting what the specifications of the device will be.

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Our lead image is claimed to be from the official retail box of the S5, where at the end of this piece, is the current packaging for the Samsung Galaxy S4.

They share some commonalities, adding an element of authenticity to the leak.

These are the materials of the box, along with the typeface and logo placement.

The alleged specs of the upcoming handset are detailed on the rear, where the biggest change appears to be in the screen.

It is stated to sport a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display, with a QHD resolution of 2,560 x 1,440.

The S4 only came with a 5-inch full high definition, 1,920 x 1,080 iteration.

The supposed camera has seen a boost from the 13-megapixel snapper, to a 20MP addition (front facing, remains the same).

This shot has been passed along to samsunggalaxys5.nl, which states it is likely to contain the quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 – instead of the rumoured Exynos chipset 6.

Lastly, the RAM appears to have been increased to 3GB, matching the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – along with the LTE Cat3 150Mbps DL inclusion.

Via: GSMArena

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Gold and Red versions now available, deals from £16 a month

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has seen two new colour editions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phablet go on sale, in the UK.

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These are the gold, and red versions, of the third generation of the company’s phablet.

Omio has spotted these appearing on its site, with deals, initially, coming from Carphone Warehouse and Dialaphone.

The latter is retailing the gold iteration of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 starting at £16.99 a month, with an upfront cost of £349 for the device.

Accompanying this are 500 minutes, an unlimited text message bundle and a 250MB data allowance.

Prices for the Note 3, with no upfront fee start at £32, for the gold model.

This comes with 600 minutes, unlimited texting and a 750MB mobile broadband offering.

Samsung’s red Galaxy Note 3 costs £21.99 a month on its cheapest plan, with the phablet priced at £189.

There is 500 minutes, an unlimited text message allowance, plus a 250MB data setup.

The zero-costing deal for the Note 3, also starts at £32 a month.

That has 600 minutes, unlimited texting and a 750MB mobile broadband limit.

This is all for a device that has a 5.7-inch full high-definition 1,920 x 1,080 Super AMOLED display.

Powering it is a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, with 3GB of RAM; 32GB of internal storage and support for 64GB microSD cards.

Its camera comes in the form of a 13-megapixel snapper, capable of Ultra HD 4K video recording.

Samsung Galaxy S5 launching 24th February

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has announced its unpacked event at Mobile World Congress 2014, where it’s highly likely that its next flagship mobile phone will be unveiled.

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The company has tweeted our lead image from the @samsungmobile account, making public its press event details for MWC.

Its posting was accompanied with the text “Mark your calendars!”.

Samsung is calling it UNPACKED 5, possibly hinting at the expected Samsung Galaxy S5 device name.

There were also details of the date, location and time of the event, stated to be Monday 24th February, 2014.

This is at 20:00 CET (7PM, UK time), in Barcelona – the locale of Mobile World Congress.

The event appears to be live broadcasted, on www.youtube.com/samsungmobile, for those unlucky enough to not be there.

Not a great deal more was gleaned from the announcement, but the mobile phone has had its details leaked, previously.

Latest rumour and speculation note that possibly named Samsung Galaxy S5 could have a 5.2-inch 2,560 x 1,4450 AMOLED display – in at least one the models.

Powering it is believed to be an octa-core processor, with either 2 or 3GB of RAM and a 16-megapixel camera.

It is supposed to have fingerprint and 3D gesture support; stay tuned for more.

Via: Android Central

Samsung Galaxy S5 to ship with two different screen types

South Korean electronics giant Samsung is now said to be releasing its next flagship mobile phone, believed to be called the Samsung Galaxy S5, in a few different versions and with fingerprint recognition.

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This information comes from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, in an investor’s note.

“Fingerprint is necessary for a star model,”, states the Kuo.

“Because Apple’s iPhone 5S and HTC’s One Max have fingerprint, S5 the star model can’t lack the function even [if] the solution (area type same as iPhone 5S’s provided by Validity) is not as mature as iPhone 5S’s.”

That has been published by Apple Insider, which obtained the note.

The analyst states the fingerprint recognition technology will be built by partner Validity Sensors, a firm purchased by touchpad maker, Synaptics, last year.

These versions of the possibly named Galaxy S5 are thought to have the same 5.2-inch screen size, only one with a WQHD resolution and another, FHD: both AMOLED.

There are said to be a Samsung Exynos S430 (32-bit, octa-core) CPU in the higher-end edition, and either a quad-core Qualcomm or quad-core Exynos onboard, in the other.

A 16-megapixel camera is believed to be in the models, where the plastic shell is likely to be carried across.

Samsung to release button-less mobile phone, with fingerprint scanner

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has seen a patent spotted online, of a handset without any buttons and perhaps, a fingerprint scanner.

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This could be a phone that heads down the HTC One Max and LG G2 route, with its zero buttons on the front, top and sides.

Other recent patents also show missing hardware buttons, where they have been seen with curved displays – less of a curvature, than the Galaxy Round.

That is with a redesign bezel, as noted by SammyToday, which also spotted the new patent.

It notes that the back cover, in this design, has also seen some work.

On the rear, where the speaker is usually located (just to the right of it), is an unidentified piece of equipment.

The title alludes this could be a fingerprint scanner, as it’s located where you would normally hold the device – with the left hand.

It has also surmised this would make sense, as you would swipe the screen, with a finger, on a right hand.

The HTC One Max has its fingerprint sensor much higher, where an index finger would normally reside – when holding the phone.

This feature can also be used to launch different apps, through a different finger, being detected.

Via: Android Authority