Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge could come with all metal design

It is just less than a month left for the Mobile World Congress where Samsung will unveil its new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge and like every year the rumour mills are churning out new buzz around the two phones. A report by Sammobile has confirmed once again that the device will come with an Edge screen on both sides.

Citing some internal sources, the report further adds that the Edge screens will be 30 to 50 percent less curved than the Edge display on the Galaxy Note Edge.The reason behind this is the smaller size of the device and the volume and power buttons on the sides. The curves on both sides will be uniform.

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Both S6 and S6 Edge are expected to come with a camera module of the same colour as the phone, as seen in its previous premium line. The devices will be available in four different colour choices. “Also, both the back and front of the device will exactly the same colour – that means both sides will have the same finish, a good hint that we’re looking at an all-metal (and possibly glass) design,” adds the report.

In terms of specs , the Galaxy S6 may feature an Ultra HD 4k display, 4GB RAM and a 20MP camera. An initial specs list for S6 said that the device would have a 5.3-inch 4K AMOLED display, a 64-bit Exynos 7420 or Snapdragon 810 processor depending on the country, 5 megapixel front camera, and Broadcom’s new sensor chip.

Samsung is also expected to release the Galaxy S6 with Exynos 7 and LTE. Initially, Samsung was testing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset, but it was found to cause over heating, which made Samsung drop the idea of using the Snapdragon 810 SoC. Qualcomm has agreed to rework the Snapdragon 810 SoC for Samsung’s flagship device.

Another report last week had revealed that the 32GB Galaxy S6 variant is likely to be priced at 749 euros that is approximately Rs 53,000, 64GB at 849 euros which comes to approximately Rs 62,000 and and 128GB version to cost 949 euros (approx. Rs 69,300). The 32GB Galaxy S6 Edge is likely to be priced at 849 euros ​that is about Rs 59,500, 64GB version at 949 euros (approx. Rs 66,400) and 128GB variant at 1049 euros which comes to Rs 73,300.


SAMSUNG NEWEST INNOVATION COULD DEBUT BY 2015

One of the more annoying parts of computing is the necessity of keeping track of all your devices. In fact, according to a report released last year, the average American household has more connected devices than humans, evening out to close to six devices for each house!

As such, the possibility of reducing the number of devices you use, without having to sacrifice any performance or quality, is something that would be most welcome by the average end user. This is where a recently-identified new patent by Samsung, detailing a tablet that can convert into a smartphone, is really set to make waves.

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While details are sketchy this early in the game, some specifics have been identified. These include:

Graphene

Samsung’s recent announcement that they have recently identified a new way to generate graphene, one of the potentially-hottest new materials seen since silicone, may have ties to the impending arrival of a foldable device. Graphene is ultra thin and has one hundred times more electron mobility than silicon and can make truly bendable devices possible.

Like a Tri-fold Wallet

Based on the sketches that accompanied the patent filing, the device will have three separate screens, which can expand and unfold into a tablet-sized screen. The process can be reversed to bring the size down to the level of a smartphone, by folding it in a similar manner as you would a tri-fold wallet.

Software

It looks like Samsung will also be developing software capable of taking advantage of the unique size and layout of the new device. Chances are this software will be deployed as an app, rather than a full operating system or suite of software.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Unpacked

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 was a monster flagship, except we’ve been able to put together everything you need to know about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S6, and it’s shaping up to be the most amazing phone we’ve ever heard of.
From a CPU that’s 50% faster, to an incredible quad-HD display, Samsung hit every angle with this year’s flagship phone. It will also have a payment feature which works with magnetic and NFC terminals, incredible cameras, and a gorgeous glass and metal body.

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This is shaping up to be the Android phone to beat this coming year.

We were sent photos from our trusted source, though we were not allowed to publish them, so you’ll have to make do with the detailed specifications below.

I want one immediately!

Here’s everything you need to know:

64-bit eight-core 14nm CPU which is 50% faster
5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display with a 577ppi density, stunning outdoor visibility, super dim mode for late night.
A huge 20 megapixel OIS camera sensor and a 5 megapixel f/1.8 front-facing camera with real-time HDR
32 / 64 / 128GB of storage
2550mAh battery
Built-in wireless charging
Four hours of usage on a 10 minute charge
Quick connect charging
Samsung Pay: works with 90% of existing magnetic stripe payment terminals, and NFC payment terminals
Metal and glass body
Gorilla Glass 4
Cat 6 LTE

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

Never one to leave a tablet niche unexplored, Samsung pushed screen sizes up to new heights with the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.

Thankfully that’s not all it has going for it, as the Note Pro 12.2’s 3GB of RAM and quad-core processor give it superior performance, while the S Pen becomes truly useful in combination with the slates large, bright screen.

It’s an obvious choice for digital artists or anyone else who wants a device they can be productive on, but the bigger screen makes it great just for web browsing and watching videos too.

On the flip side the increased size makes it a little unwieldy and the build quality is a touch creaky thanks to the larger chassis, but is offset by the sheer expanse of screen to play with.

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Quick verdict

Its big screen and S Pen support make the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 an extremely useful productivity tool – if you’re a fan of the Note range, there’s very little better on the market and Samsung seems to be successfully convincing the world that the stylu… sorry, S Pen is still relevant to today’s gadget fans.

Samsung really launch the Galaxy S6 at CES 2015

The Samsung Galaxy S6 will grace us with its presence at some point in 2015, but the likelihood of it arriving within the first week of the new year is highly unlikely – although that’s exactly what the latest rumours suggest.

Why are we so sceptical? The rumour originates from analysts working for Mirae Asset Securities (MAS) in South Korea, but online publication Chosun Biz doesn’t provide any further information on how these analysts came to their CES 2015 prediction.

Earlier this month Samsung’s head of visual display was even quoted as saying “there will be no surprise shows [at CES],” which is pretty black and white – although he may have just been referring to his division.

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Look at the history

The shift to a CES 2015 launch for the Galaxy S6 would also signal a shift away from Samsung’s usual release cycle.

Last year the Galaxy S5 was launched at MWC at the end of February, the Galaxy S4 event took place in March 2013 and Samsung only took the covers off the Galaxy S3 in May 2012. Go all the way back to the Galaxy S2 and that was announced in February 2011.

These dates fall nicely into consumer buying cycles, and it’s MWC rather than CES in 2015 which would make more sense for Samsung from a commercial standpoint.

TechRadar will be out in force at CES 2015 to bring you all the latest from the Las Vegas trade show – including any potential Samsung unveiling – but don’t hold your breath.

Buying a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, S5, Tab S or Any Samsung 4K TV – Get A Free Year Of Netflix And Milk Music Premium

In the market for a new high-end Samsung gadget? Then you’re also eligible for some free streaming video and music. In the latest round of Samsung perks, the manufacturer is giving away a year of free access to both Netflix and the premium version of its own Milk Music service. You can get in on the new deal by purchasing a new Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Tab S tablet (in any size or capacity, including carrier versions), or a Samsung 4K television.

The promotion is a valuable one: access to Netflix alone is $7.99 a month, and the premium upgrade for Milk Music is $3.99 a month, so a free year of both is a $144 value. Netflix will be what people are more interested in here, since it’s accessible on practically any connected device these days, from phones and tablets to standard web browsers to smart TVs and set-top boxes. The premium version of Milk adds offline listening, unlimited radio skips, DJ commentary, and a sleep timer on top of the Samsung-exclusive music service.

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After poking around the redemption page a bit (and trying to get credit for some review devices), it looks like most current Samsung owners are out of luck. You can only redeem the offer with your serial number if you purchased your phone, tablet, or TV after January 4th, 2015. The promotion is also almost certainly exclusive to the United States. On the plus side, it looks like current Netflix subscribers can get free credit courtesy of Samsung.

The promotion will last until Jan. 17. and is just for the first 115,000 people to take advantage of the offer. They will have to go to the SamsungPromotions.com site after they purchase their qualifying smartphone or tablet to register their claim and then, if accepted, they can get their credit for 12 months of service on Netflix, which is normally worth $107.88. The good news is that the credit can be used for both new and existing Netflix accounts.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 Big smartphones

Samsung’s Galaxy Mega 2 and its 6-inch screen would attract the kind of public attention the equally gigantic Nexus 6 did when I checked out that phone a few weeks ago, but it didn’t.

Nobody cared about my Galaxy Mega 2’s huge screen. Nobody asked me what phone I was using while riding the subway or bus. Nobody stared in awe at its epic proportions. And nobody batted an eye when I held the giant phone up to my head to make phone calls.

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The original Samsung Galaxy Mega stood out from the crowd of big smartphones because of its massive 6.3-inch display. It wasn’t the highest-resolution screen, but it sure was huge — one of the largest Android smartphones that you could buy at the time. Mashable Tech editor Pete Pachal concluded it was a suitable ping-pong paddle replacement in his review.

The Galaxy Mega 2 is not as “mega” sized as its predecessor. It has a slightly smaller 6-inch screen, which makes it a little easier to pocket and use with one hand, but not by much. It still looks like you have a brick in your pants, unless you slip it into a jacket pocket or purse.

For a 6-inch phone, the screen offers a measly 1,280 x 720 resolution. That’s an acceptable resolution for 5-inch or smaller smartphones, but it’s a waste of the Galaxy Mega 2’s screen size. Samsung missed an opportunity to bump the resolution to 1080p or even a Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440).

The added resolution would have maximized the big screen’s usefulness by allowing more content to be shown, especially when running two apps simultaneously in multi-window mode.

Drives mostly the same
If the smaller screen is already a turnoff, then you’ll be sad to hear the Galaxy Mega 2’s specs aren’t a giant leap forward. The quad-core 1.5GHz processor and 1.5GB of RAM are roughly as powerful as the old device.

You won’t get any grief using the Galaxy Mega 2 for browsing the web, updating your Twitter feed or Facebook page, and sending emails. Casual gaming is fine, but stay away from any serious 3D gaming.

The Galaxy Mega 2 runs Android 4.4.4 “KitKat” with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI skin, which is virtually the same look on the company’s entire mobile device lineup. There’s nothing functionally wrong with TouchWiz; it just feels bloated and in need of a desperate facelift, especially when compared to Apple’s bright iOS 8 and Google’s use of Material Design in its new Android 5.0 “Lollipop.”

The internal storage remains the same at 16GB, which is expandable up to 64GB via a microSD card slot underneath the back cover. You don’t get all 16GB for your precious personal data — only 10.47GB is actually usable (the rest is hogged up by the operating system and abundant amount of pre-installed apps — from both Samsung and AT&T — that can’t be removed).

The 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and 2-megapixel front-facing camera are pretty crummy, too. The autofocus and shutter are slow when compared to the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4, and image quality is poor. Even in shots taken in daylight, photos are filled with image noise.

Battery life is decent. The 2,800 milliampere-hour (mAh) battery is good for up to 16 hours of battery, according to Samsung. I regularly got up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge (more with the ultra-power-saving mode turned on). I also applaud Samsung for being one of the last companies still cranking out smartphones with replaceable batteries.

Enough with the leatherette
Samsung’s use of plastic leatherette and faux-aluminum is as polarizing as it was when the Galaxy Note 3 was released. Many people love the fake leather with fake stitching, and many people absolutely hate it. I still think it looks tacky.

The Galaxy Mega 2 looks and feels sleeker than the glossed-up plastic of the Galaxy Mega, but its design feels uninspired. From a distance, it’s hard to tell the Galaxy Mega 2 apart from a Galaxy Note 3. (I suspect that is exactly what Samsung was going for.)

The leatherette design was different and refreshing at first, but Samsung’s decision to plaster all of its devices with it — from smartphones to tablets to Chromebooks to Android-powered cameras — has made the aesthetic tiring. It’s time to try something new.

Better bigger phones out there
The Galaxy Mega 2 is an unequivocally boring Android smartphone. It’s merely a big smartphone with no standout feature that truly distinguishes it from other giant smartphones. Everything from the tired design to the midrange hardware to the crappy cameras is a snooze-fest. It’s “mega” only in screen size and nothing else.

Without the Galaxy Mega’s super-sized 6.3-inch screen, there isn’t any compelling reason to buy the Galaxy Mega 2, outside of its somewhat cheap price: $149.99 with a two-year contract on AT&T.

For a little more money, you can get so much more. For instance, the 6-inch Google Nexus 6 ($249.99) is arguably the best jumbo-sized Android smartphone ever created.

If you’re okay with a slightly smaller “phablet,” consider Samsung’s 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 4 ($299.99) and 5.6-inch Note Edge ($399.99). LG’s 5.5-inch G3 ($199.99), Sony’s 5.2-inch Xperia Z3 ($629.99) and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus ($299) are also on my list of top phablets of 2014. (With the exception of the Xperia Z3, all prices are for devices with two-year contracts.)

When it comes to choosing a big smartphone with a big screen, always go for the one with the most value. All of the above smartphones offer better performance, longer battery life and higher-resolution screens.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Eight Buyer Tips

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge was released to the market last month and would-be owners need to know these eight buyer tips before getting the device. As the first smartphone to showcase the next generation curved display, it looks unique and classy. Shortly after its availability, the Web flooded with reviews and write-ups about the phablet which are summarized as follows:

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It has an independent secondary screen on its left side – The main feature of the device is its edge screen, thus, the name. The edge screen that looks like a task bar gives users another way to engage with the smartphone, with handy access to favorite apps. This screen works on its own, and receives notifications even when the cover is closed, or the main screen is playing a video.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is a Galaxy Note 4 carbon copy – The device is very identical to the Note 4, except for the curved edge. However, it has less metal and a higher price. Their internals match too, with very minimal differences.

The edge screen is what limits the metal in its build, as it requires some plastic instead. Though there is still the metal feel of shine and cold touch of its body, it is not as dominant as in the Note 4. It also costs about $140 more.

It applies Palm Rejection – The edge screen of the device does not mind unwanted screen touches and its display operations are not easy to be affected. Thanks to the Palm Rejection application, there is no need for users to be anxious about how easily they can activate the curved edge screen unintentionally. Samsung designs the curved edge to be sensitive only to touches from the S Pen, icon taps, as well as vertical and horizontal swipes.

The device has a Rotate 180 degrees feature – Since Samsung Galaxy Note Edge has an extended screen on its left side, it is ideal to be operated with the right hand. Concerns arise about using the device with the left hand. To solve that, the Note Edge has a feature called Rotate 180°, which allows the user to hold the phone upside down and the interface will flip accordingly.

It is notable though that the 5.6-inch smartphone that weighs 174 grams is big and hence, difficult to use with one hand. Ideally, the user uses his two hands with the Note Edge – one holding it, while the other is working with the screen or using the S Pen.

The smartphone comes with a smarter, powerful S Pen – It is not fair to miss its notable S Pen in the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge eight buyer tips. As a Note device, the Note Edge comes with a stylus pen and the package replicates the functions and the software of the Galaxy Note 4. The S Pen is enhanced that its touch and feel become like a real pen. Its advanced pressure sensitivity makes writing more precise.

The third-party panels on the side screen of Samsung Galaxy Note Edge are limited – The software that runs the curved screen of the device are called panels, and they are the keys of maximizing the screen’s potential. For now, most of its panels come from Samsung, and just a handful from third-parties like Twitter and Yahoo.

Its power button is placed on the top – While other smartphones position their power buttons on the side of the screen for ease of use, that is not possible with the Note Edge since it uses the edge for a secondary display. The OEM is also not putting it on the other side and places it on the top instead, which is kind of a disappointment. It is not much of a hassle when unlocking or turning the screen; but it is, when turning it off.

It is only available in black and white colors – The last but still significant of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge eight buyer tips is that, unlike the Note 4, it has no pink and gold models. Recently however, there are leaked information that the gold version of Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is in the works.

Samsung CEO confirms folding display devices due for 2015

Samsung at its second analyst meeting in South Korea has spilled the beans about its upcoming devices with newer technologies.
Samsung Electronics CEO, Kwon Oh Hyun announced new plans – including devices with folding displays, such as foldable phones – due in 2015. Kwon revealed that the company has been putting a lot of effort into new form factors which include phablets; wearable devices (Galaxy Gear); flexible phones; curved phones (Samsung Galaxy Round) and even foldable phones, notes The Wall Street Journal report. Unfortunately, Samsung’s top executive did not reveal a timeframe for the devices with folding displays but clearly hinted that the company is indeed working on such devices.

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Interestingly, Kwon also acknowledged room for improvement in the company’s first wearable tech device, the Galaxy Gear, and also revealed that the company is not 100 percent satisfied by the product.

Further, JK Shin, president and CEO of IT & mobile communications claimed that Samsung’s tablet sales would exceed 40 million units in 2013, which is more than double the sales of Samsung tablets in 2012. Samsung has also promised investors new technology to take on Apple, and renewing its focus on tablets.

Not too long ago, Samsung unveiled its first smartphone with a curved display, the Galaxy Round which is a variant of the Galaxy Note 3.

The Samsung Galaxy Round’s 5.7-inch display has a horizontal curve and even weighs less than the Galaxy Note 3, which according to the company allows better grip compared to other flat-screen models in the market. However, Samsung’s announced that the Galaxy Round would initially be available only in South Korea, with no word about releasing it in other markets.

The Best New 4K Displays

Samsung 105-Inch Curved UHD TV – The Best New 4K Displays

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The curved-screen design has a drawback: Viewers see distortion and reflections at the edges of the screen if they are not positioned in front of the TV. This problem is less common with Samsung’s 105-Inch Curved UHD TV ($120,000), because the screen is so wide—more than 8 feet. (The company also offers curved 4K TVs with 78- and 65-inch screens.) With 11 million pixels and a resolution of 5,120 by 2,160, Samsung’s behemoth also provides remarkably crisp detail regardless of the viewer’s distance from the screen. Video upscaling, advanced motion processing, and depth enhancement are among the other features that enhance the quality of the picture. The TV can be easily synchronized with mobile devices, and the screen can be split into quarters to display four different video feeds simultaneously. If an owner experiences any problems with the TV, Samsung’s customer service can access it remotely to address the issue.