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.

Samsung to sell defence and petrochemical units for $1.7 billion

Samsung has announced the sale of stakes in four petrochemical and defence affiliates for $1.7 billion as the South Korean giant steps up restructuring efforts ahead of a generational ownership succession.

The sale to the Hanwha conglomerate, which has major petrochemical holdings, is expected to be finalised in the first half of next year, Samsung said in a statement.

The deal involves Samsung Electronics and other group affiliates selling their combined stakes in defence firm Samsung Techwin and Samsung General Chemicals.

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A 50-percent stake held by Samsung General Chemicals in its joint venture with the French energy giant Total, called Samsung Total, will also be sold to Hanwha, along with Samsung Techwin’s 50-percent holding in a joint venture with French defence firm Thales.

It marks the first sale of Samsung affiliates since the group was forced to shed its struggling carmaking unit in 1997 during the Asian financial crisis.

Samsung is comprised of dozens of units including Samsung Electronics, the world’s top maker of mobile phones and TVs, which earn a collective revenue equal to around 20 percent of South Korea’s annual economic output.

The family-run group currently chaired by Lee Kun-Hee has merged, broken out or newly listed some of its key units in recent years as he prepares to hand over helm to his son, J.Y. Lee.

The founding Lee family has been under growing state pressure to unravel its complex cross shareholdings and make its governing structure more transparent.

The sell-off announced Wednesday indicates a desire to streamline the behemoth so as to concentrate on its key profit-making units, said Kim Ji-San, analyst at Seoul-based Kium Securities said.

“The deal shows Samsung is determined to shed non-core units deemed not competitive enough globally and to focus on key businesses like electronics, finances, construction and engineering,” Kim said.

Samsung Techwin, a developer of security equipment and aerospace technologies, reported a net profit of 133 billion won last year, but has amassed a net loss of 14.5 billion for the first three quarter of this year.

Samsung’s restructuring has not always been smooth sailing.

Last week it had to scrap a merger between two major units — Samsung Heavy Industries and Samsung Engineering — due to the spiralling cost of buying back stock from shareholders opposed to the deal.

Samsung Galaxy S5 said not selling as well as S4

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 might be one of the most advanced smartphones the company has launched, but it’s reportedly not selling as well as the company hoped.

In the first three months since its April release, Samsung sold 40 percent fewer of the big-screen Galaxy S5 smartphones — designed to take on Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus — than expected, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. In total, Samsung sold 12 million Galaxy S5 units during the three-month period, compared to 16 million Galaxy S4 units during the same period, the report claims, citing people who claim to have knowledge of Samsung’s plans.

For its part, Samsung has not disclosed actual Galaxy S5 sales, but the company reported a 74 percent year-over-year drop in profit in its mobile business during its last fiscal quarter. It also warned that conditions would remain tough in smartphones as competition heats up toward the end of the year.

The Journal suggests the company could be shaking up its corporate structure. Samsung is contemplating removing J.K. Shin, the company’s current mobile chief, from his post and replacing him with B.K. Yoon, who currently serves as chief executive of the company’s home appliances and television operations, the Journal reported. It’s not clear when a decision might be made on the matter.

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Samsung did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday on the Journal’s story.

Samsung launched the Galaxy S5 to much fanfare in April. The device was viewed as an evolutionary upgrade to the Galaxy S4, featuring a textured backplate and improved resistance to dust and water.

However, the company’s mobile troubles have been well-documented over the last several months as it has been forced to acknowledge that increased competition internationally — especially in China — and growing concern over its margins have caused it to rethink its mobile strategy. Samsung is planning to reduce the number of devices it sells and maintain more of its focus on those that are particularly popular.

Despite the Galaxy S5’s troubles, it actually sold better than the S4 in the US, according to the Journal. In China, arguably one of the most important mobile markets worldwide with the growing consumer market, sales were down 50 percent compared to the Galaxy S4.

Samsung Galaxy S5 to feature iris scanner

Will Samsung take biometrics to the next level with the Galaxy S5?

Rumors surrounding Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S5 have been rife as of late. We’ve heard in recent weeks that the device could (finally) feature a premium, metal chassis and that it is likely to be the first Android-based device to launch with a 64-bit chipset, to rival Apple’s iPhone 5s. If today’s little slice of gossip is to be believed, Samsung apparently has decided to add an iris scanner to the device’s spec sheet, along with some other bleeding-edge tech! This would make the manufacturer’s next flagship device leapfrog Apple’s as the technological gadget du jour.

Ordinarily, with rumors that sound a little far-fetched, we’d be rather blasé, but the source of this particular rumbling is none other than ZDNet Korea, a site that has been spot-on with some of its predictions in the past.

The site’s source is claiming that Samsung’s next big thing will launch in February 2014, at Mobile World Congress, and that the device’s proposed hardware could be leagues ahead of what we’re already seeing in the current smartphone market.

The device is said to feature a qHD display, which will run at 2560 x 1440, a 64-bit, octa-core Exynos chipset and an iris scanner for security purposes. That will require users to pop the device up to their peeper to unlock it. While the process may sound a little inconvenient the security applications are potentially groundbreaking, as the process is considered far more secure than more “simple” biometric measures such as fingerprint recognition.

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According to sources, Samsung has perfected technology to do the job of scanning users’ irises and the company is now looking into viable methods of mass producing the modules that will do the job.

The decision to bypass a potentially more mature technology in fingerprint recognition may not necessarily be a game-winning move, though. Iris reading tech is still considered to be in its infancy, despite it being utilized by certain countries around the globe. Security experts have mused that even now, commercially available iris scanners can sometimes be fooled by high-resolution images of a subject’s eye, so it will be interesting to see how Samsung has gotten around this potentially huge issue if indeed the company has decided to make use of the technology for security purposes.

Other rumors regarding the upcoming device suggest that it will come in different flavors to suit different tastes. Users who prize build quality will be able to pick up a metallic version, for example, and perhaps a more surprising suggestion is that Samsung may move away from Android for the release of the Galaxy S5, preferring instead to use its own Tizen OS.

MWC is mere weeks away now though, so we shouldn’t have long to wait before we find out whether these rumors are startling fact or mere science fiction. So stay tuned folks, 2014 looks like it’s going to kick off in style!

Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs Samsung Galaxy S5

Climbing to the top of the leader boards for most of the year, the Galaxy S5 continues to be a darling of a gem in the mobile space – where its reign of dominance is rarely tested. Not surprisingly, it received much acclaim for its unprecedented set of features and impressive overall performance, but its design still came off undesiring for something so high-end. That’s where Samsung does justice with the Galaxy Alpha, a profoundly better designed phone. But is looks alone enough to catapult it over the renowned Galaxy S5, especially when they’re priced identically with a 2-year contract?

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Design

The Galaxy Alpha is the best designed phone out of Samsung’s camp, making the Galaxy S5’s design obsolete.

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again. The Galaxy Alpha is the best designed smartphone to come out of Samsung’s camp, thanks to its solid construction, attractive metal-trimmed bezel, and compact feel in the hand. Indeed, it’s a stark contrast to the design of the language of the S5. Despite the S5’s less-than-desirable looks and its all plastic construction, it features a water-resistant element – something that the Alpha doesn’t offer.

Seeing that they’re closely related, it doesn’t shock us that they offer pretty much the same set of features, ports, and button. In fact, they share common things like their finger print sensors, removable batteries, and heart rate sensors. However, the Galaxy S5 packs on some additional amenities that clearly indicates it’s Sammy’s pride and joy – like its microSD card slot and IR blaster.

Display

Size and resolution, those are what’s most apparently different with these two displays from a first look. The Galaxy S5 stuffs a larger 5.1-inch 1080 x 1920 Super AMOLED panel into its body, while the Galaxy Alpha has a more hand-friendly 4.7-inch 720 x 1080 Super AMOLED display. While the two appear on par to one another from a details standpoint from a normal viewing distance, the Galaxy Alpha’s decision to rely on a PenTile pixel arrangement makes it less sharp – and it doesn’t help either that its resolution chimes in at 720p.Well, a comforting quality about the Galaxy Alpha’s display is that it offers a more well-balanced color reproduction than the Galaxy S5. It’s stark contrast to the Galaxy S5’s over-saturated color reproduction, which definitely gives it that showroom wow factor, but it’s not accurate at all. Aside from that, they pretty much offer the same qualities with their displays – such as their wide viewing angles, deep black color, and similar brightness outputs.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs Samsung Galaxy S5 – Interface and Functionality

Using the AT&T variants of the two smartphones, they’re actually powered by the same chipset – a quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM and the Adreno 330 GPU. Looking into their performances, they’re pretty much identical with real-world tasks, so there’s not one that’s necessarily snappier.

Bearing the same on-contract pricing, $200, we’re given a spacious 32GB of internal storage with the Galaxy Alpha – while the Galaxy S5 has half that at 16GB. We’re not too bummed by that revelation because we can supplement the Galaxy S5’s capacity with its microSD card slot, which

Internet and Connectivity
The basic task of surfing the web is intact here, since they offer responsive navigational controls and speedy 4G LTE connectivity. Due to its larger and higher resolution display, in addition to its secondary feature of being able to scroll vertically via its Air

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Being world phones, you’ll be able to bring both of them abroad with no issues in compatibility – plus, they offer the same LTE band support (7 to be exact). In addition, they’re packaged with the same set of modern connectivity goodies. Specifically, they consist of aGPS with Glonass, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and NFC.

Camera

The Galaxy Alpha snaps some sharp looking photos, but the Galaxy S5’s quality is simply better.

The megapixels war is ongoing, one that’s not going to end anytime soon – especially when phones are constantly receiving higher resolution cameras. Totting along some juicy gear for the occasion, a 12-megapixel camera for the Galaxy Alpha and an even beefier 16-megapixel one on the Galaxy S5, they’re complemented by their identical camera apps, which are filled with a handful of manual controls and shooting modes to please all sorts of shutterbugs.

Call Quality

Phone calls can be problematic, just because of their unfavorable qualities.

Honestly, call quality is rather tough with both phones, seeing that they have some unsavory qualities. For example, the Galaxy S5 performance is muffled sounding through the earpiece – while the Galaxy Alpha is bogged down on both ends of the line with robotic toned voices.

Battery

Don’t let its compact size fool you, that’s because the Galaxy Alpha slightly edges out the Galaxy S5 when it comes to battery life.

Impressively, the smaller 1860 mAh battery capacity of the Galaxy Alpha is more long lasting than the larger 2800 mAh battery in the Galaxy S5, but it’s not a whole lot more. In our battery benchmark test, the Alpha achieves a mark of 7 hours and 50 minutes – while the Galaxy S5 isn’t too far behind at 7 hours and 38 minutes.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Specs

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is now official, and we’re bringing you every little tidbit of information, as only Android Central can.

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Be sure to check out our Here, now, are the complete and official Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specs:

Network

2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE) : 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
4G (LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps) or 4G (LTE Cat 6 300/50Mbps)

Processor

2.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor
1.9 GHz Octa-Core (1.9GHz Quad + 1.3GHz Quad-Core) Processor

Display

5.7 inch (143.9mm) Quad HD Super AMOLED (2560 x 1440)

Operating system

Android 4.4.4 KitKat

Cameras

Rear Facing: 16 megapixel autofocus camera with smart OIS
Front Facing: 3.7 megapixel camera with f/1.9 aperture
Rear Facing Camera : HDR (Rich tone), Selective Focus, Rear-cam Selfie, Beauty face, Virtual Tour Shot, Shot & More, Dual Camera
Front Facing Camera: Selfie, Wide Selfie

Video

Codec: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8
Recording & Playback: up to UHD

Audio

Codec: MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, FLAC Ultra High Quality Audio (~192KHz, 24 bit) support

S Pen features

Air Command (Action Memo, Smart Select, Image Clip, Screen Write), S Note, Snap Note, Direct Pen Input

Additional features

Multi Window, Ultra Power Saving Mode, Voice Recorder (Normal Mode, Interview Mode, Meeting Mode, Voice Memo)
Download booster, S Health 3.5, Dynamic Lock Screen, Briefing

Google Mobile

ServicesChrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube

Connectivity

WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80) MIMO PCIe
GPS / GLONASS / Baidu
NFC, Bluetooth® v 4.1 (BLE, ANT+)
IR LED (Remote Control), USB2.0, MHL 3.0

Sensor

Gesture, Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyroscope, RGB,IR-LED
Proximity, Barometer, Hall Sensor, Finger Scanner, UV, Heart Rate Monitoring, SpO2 (Dependent on market)

Memory

32 GB Internal memory + micro SD slot (up to 64GB)
3GB RAM

Dimensions

153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm, 176g

Battery

Standard battery, Li-ion 3,220mAh, Fast Charging (Adaptive Fast Charging & QC2.0)

Samsung Launch Galaxy Note 4 Early After Success of iPhone 6

The massive response to Apple’s bigger iPhone 6 models has inspired Samsung to push up the launch of the new Galaxy Note 4 phablet, according to a news report.

A Samsung employee said the “positive reaction from consumers to those two Apple devices prompted us to launch the Note 4 earlier than previously scheduled,” according to The Korea Times.

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Apple set a new record for opening sales with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, doling out some 10 million units in the first 72 hours of retail, the company said. In a statement, Tim Cook said Apple “could have sold many more” with a greater supply.

The Galaxy Note 4 was originally slated for release in October, but its Korean launch is planned to be pushed up to Sept. 26 in response to the Apple sales surge, The Korea Times reported. No word on how this would impact the U.S. market, but the Note 4 is available for preorder in the states, with shipping penned to begin Oct. 14.

Samsung is known for its larger-display phablets, a fact it recently used to poke fun at Apple in an ad mocking the heftier-than-usual iPhone 6 Plus.

If bigger is better, the Note 4 — with a display of 5.7 inches — edges out the iPhone 6 Plus’ 5.5.

On top of that, the Note 4 has a Quad HD resolution and a fast-charging battery, the company says. It also runs on KitKat, Android’s latest operating system, and a 2.7GHz quad-core processor.

The time for the Galaxy S6 is now

The new iPhone is here and it’s amazing. The new Moto X is here and it’s brilliant. But where’s Samsung? The Korean company that still sells the most smartphones worldwide seems to be off in the corner, doodling on its Galaxy Note 4 and muttering under its breath about how it invented the big-screen smartphone. Samsung can feel justifiably proud for showing the way, but its lead has been undermined by its American competitors who can now claim to have the two best phones on the market. A response is called for, and it must be something more substantial than sharp-tongued ads, it should be something corporeal that people can buy. A Galaxy S6, perhaps.

Samsung is alone among Android phone manufacturers in being able to turn a consistent and reliable profit from the venture. Motorola makes awesome handsets, but keeps bleeding money. Sony just put a $1.7 billion price on its failure to develop a legitimate mid-range phone portfolio, and HTC is reeling so badly that breaking even is now considered a financial success. LG is doing merely okay. The point about Samsung is that this company has figured out how to make the most out of a very tricky market and deserves credit for a series of correct decisions that have earned it its current position.

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The problem now is that faster-moving competitors are making Samsung’s offerings appear inadequate, disjointed, and behind the times. At the moment, the most attractive Samsung phone is the Galaxy Alpha, the most durable and versatile Samsung phone is still the flagship S5, and the most advanced and capable Samsung phone is the incoming Note 4 (or its near-identical sibling, the Note Edge). So if I walk into a store today and say, give me Samsung’s answer to the iPhone 6, which of the three would you offer me? There’s no obvious and satisfying answer. Granted, the Note 4 matches up well against the iPhone 6 Plus, but for all the praise both devices have received, they will not be either company’s best selling device. Samsung needs a Note 4 mini to go up against the iPhone 6 regular.

The 4.7-inch Galaxy Alpha is intended to play the role of iPhone 6 party spoiler. It’s as well designed and good looking a Samsung phone as there’s ever been, but is compromised on the inside. Its battery is almost a third smaller than that of Sony’s Xperia Z3 Compact (which is roughly the same size), and the Galaxy S5’s waterproofing and microSD memory expansion are both lost in the translation to a smaller and thinner device. The Galaxy Alpha also can’t record video at 240fps like the iPhone 6 can. The new super slow motion video in the upgraded iPhones is just part of an excellent new camera system that sees Apple grabbing the spec lead in a way that makes a real difference.

Beyond the imperative to respond to refreshed high-end competition, Samsung would also do well to simply shift its annual upgrade cycle. Every year, the next big Galaxy handset is introduced around March and on sale sometime in April or May. Every year, the biggest sales and revenues from electronics are made in November and December in the buildup to the gift-giving season. As good as Samsung’s mobile strategy has been so far — and as many Galaxy S devices as the company has sold — it’s never been optimal to have a half-year-old flagship phone competing with newer and shinier competition. And now things are even more muddled thanks to the existence of the prettier Alpha and the upgraded Note.

I want the beautifully crafted 4.7-inch body of the Alpha together with the new camera, long-lasting battery, and display excellence of the Note 4. To put it another way, I want an iPhone 6 running Android and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Sony comes closest with the Xperia Z3 Compact, the Moto X is in the vicinity but has grown too large without improving its camera enough, and LG and HTC refuse to sincerely compete at this size. For all the scorn Samsung has received for copying the iPhone, a great deal of its success has actually been built on being a technological leader — whether it be in chipsets, displays, or battery technology. All I’m asking of the company now is to bring them all together into one reasonably sized device. It’s okay to follow Apple’s lead if that means an awesome and uncompromised phone for those of us who prefer using Android.

It’s been a long time since a Samsung flagship phone could be shown to be unequivocally better than the competition. With the big Android L update coming up and the new iPhone threat already here, isn’t now the perfect time for Korea’s foremost electronics maker to reassert itself as the king of Android?