Samsung has a started sort of a trend wherein it releases a mini version of its smartphones. In addition to the upcoming Galaxy S4, the company is purportedly believe to be indulging consumers and brand loyalists with a mini version of the Galaxy S4.
Although no official word was given by Samsung yet, a Weibo user that goes by the name PunkPanda took the matters to his/her own hands. PunkPanda shared a number of photos of a mini version sitting beside its larger sibling. Shared photos seem to fit with what was already reported by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) wherein the S4 mini is more like the smaller Galaxy SIII.
This mini version is said to have 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display that has a 256 ppi pixel density. Its operating system (OS) is said to be Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and it’s touted to have a dual-core processor that has a clock speed of 1.6 GHz. Said processor is also paired with 1 GB of RAM. It is also believed to have an 8-megapixel (MP) rear-facing camera/shooter which comes in very handy since nowadays almost anything captured is shared on social media. For now, this is the nitty-gritty features and specs available.
Rumors point to Samsung releasing the mini Galaxy S4 on the market by May of this year. As for pricing, no details can be culled out.
While many are still disappointed over the specs announced for the upcoming Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 its 8-inch variant has leaked on FCC’s database.
Known as the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, the leaked Samsung device spotted at FCC bears the model number SM-T310. If you remember, the 7-inch configuration has the code SM-T210 which is why many pundits concluded that it is indeed the 8-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 3.
Another information was discovered across the GLBenchmark results with model number SM-T311. The Dutch website TechTastic is convinced that it is the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 slate, as well. Of course, we couldn’t verify the authenticity of these claims but it’s noteworthy to see the technical attributes recovered.
According to the online benchmark, the tablet has an 8-inch WXVGA touch screen panel, 1280 x 800 resolution, dual-core 1.5GHz Exynos 4412 processor, 2GB RAM, ARM Mali-400 GPU, the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz UI and an on-board 4,500mAh battery unit. Additionally, the leaked SM-T310 slate posted a 9-inch diagonal frame, 16GB internal storage, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. Whether these 2 models pertains to one tablet device or different product family remains to be discovered.
Computex event is just around the corner so we might hear more details on the different Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3.0 configurations very soon.
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The honeymoon appears to be over for the Galaxy S IV (S4). A few weeks after the arrival of Samsung’s flagship phone, complaints about its low storage space got loud enough to catch the attention of British consumer affairs show Watchdog.
The venerable show is known for its investigative journalism approach to consumer rights; an approach that’s so effective it has resulted in new consumer laws being passed or old ones modified. Now Watchdog has set its sights on investigating the promises made by Samsung about the Galaxy S4’s memory and accusations that it deceived consumers about the handset’s storage space, or lack thereof.
Samsung has repeatedly boasted of the Galaxy S4’s expanded memory, but consumers were taken aback when the units hit the market and discovered that only 9.5GB of memory was left for them. It turned out that in the 16GB model of the S4, about half of the memory was used up by the pre-installed Android OS and the rest was taken up by software for features like the air gesture, eye tracking and universal remote function. While Samsung isn’t the only smart phone developer to utilize some of the handset’s memory for its features and preloaded apps, the magnitude it took with its customizations is unheard of.
On Samsung’s end, the company reiterated that users have the option to use a microSD card to expand their handset’s capacity. However, this option also presents a problem since apps are only installed using the device’s internal storage so the type and size of the download is severely limited. The Galaxy S4 does come in 32GB and 64GB models, so that’s another option available to consumers. Unfortunately, supply for those models is limited and they do carry a higher price tag.
The software and new features carried by the Galaxy S4 is undeniably amazing and interesting, but not giving consumers even a small heads-up about the handset’s storage capacity is quite underhanded. Consumers who have eagerly awaited the arrival of the S4 would now have to choose between spending more money for a microSD card or uninstalling software utilities found on the handset.
The Watchdog episode on Samsung will be aired on May 15. It will be interesting to see what changes, if ever, comes out of this controversy.