Looking for a 4G enabled, Android powered phone? You should have no problem as many handsets are in that category. You want to spend just $100? Before this morning, that little tidbit of info might have led to a fit of laughter, but now there is such a phone and it is being launched today by Sprint.
The Samsung Conquer 4G is a WiMax enabled Android handset that you won’t confuse for say, the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic Touch 4G. There is the matter of that 3.5 inch screen with resolution of 320 x 480. And the Qualcomm MSM8655 1GHz single-core processor is so 2010. On the back is a 3.2MP camera that was hot stuff back in the days of the LG Dare. Yet, the Samsung Conquer 4G isn’t totally designed for the Flintstone-era. Android 2.3 is installed and there is a 1.3MP front-facing camera. Of course, with 4G in the name of the phone, the handset is enabled for WiMax coverage. The Swype keyboard comes with the phone right out of the box. Priced at $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a signed 2-year contract, the Samsung Conquer 4G appears just in time to give your kid going off to college, or for the first-time smartphone user unsure if he/she can handle all of those widgets and apps. The off-contract price is $399.99. Either way, you are getting Gingerbread and 4G connectivity for only $100. At a time when the price bar for new Android phones has been moved higher than the $199.99 that we have been accustomed to, the Samsung Conquer 4G has a refreshing price tag on the device-as long as you don’t mind some out of date specs.
Walmart’s pre-paid cellular service, Straight Talk, is about to offer an Android device for just $149.88 with no contract. The Samsung Galaxy Precedent looks like it was separated at birth with the Boost Mobile Prevail, even having the same missing flash on the back of the phone. Although the handset is sold separately from the cellular service, it is designed to work on the unlimited deal that Straight Talk is offering customers. For $45 a month, you get unlimited talk, text, web and 411 information.
There is not much information on the phone, and no launch date is mentioned. Those interested can head to the sourcelink and register their email address to get notified when more news comes out. And don’t forget to check out the video below, which shows that the Samsung Galaxy Precedent will have Swype pre-installed. Because Straight Talk is a TracPhone MVNO, and the latter uses the networks belonging to Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, we”re not sure if the Samsung Galaxy Precedent is a CDMA or GSM phone. What we are sure of is that taking Walmart up on this offer can help keep your wallet fat and you free of commitment.
We recently reported that Samsung was going to have its next Unpacked event at Berlin’s IFA show on September 1st. Thanks to the Korean based manufacturer’s free app, you can feel like you’re in Germany watching the festivities. A free app available in the Android Market offers an event schedule, maps for those actually in Berlin, and streaming coverage of the event as it happens (following a September 1st update to the app). A dedicated YouTube button takes you directly to Samsung’s recent videos for products like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
The Samsung Mobile Unpacked app is free for those wielding devices running Android 2.1 or higher. The app will also be available in the Samsung Apps Store.
Information received by SprintFeed suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S II, the most awaited non-Apple smartphone in the U.S. for some time, will launch first on Sprint. Previous rumors had the phone making its debut on Verizon. At Sprint, the sizzling hot handset will be known as the Samsung Epic Touch 4G. The Samsung Epic 4G was the carrier’s second 4G enabled handset and the first 4G model to offer a side sliding QWERTY keyboard. With “Touch” as the part of the new phone’s moniker that differentiates it from the prior model, there will be no physical QWERTY on the Epic Touch 4G.
The information also mentioned to expect the phone to launch on September 9th. While that is a Friday, and Sprint usually launches phones on Sunday, that would have meant a launch on the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 terror attack which would certainly explain the Friday release. As far as T-Mobile is concerned, as we reported, leaked information is pointing to an October 26th launch of its Samsung Galaxy S II variant named the Samsung Hercules.
Unless other information is received that changes things, it looks like Sprint customers will have first crack at the smartphone that has been on everyone’s mind now for months. Those with Sprint accounts better start collecting loose change now because September 9th will be upon us before you know it.
Now it seems that Samsung has put the update on hold for the time being, saying it needs to ensure a positive customer experience, which is corporatese for “we need to pull it in and squash some bugs”. People at XDA-Devs have been complaining about graphics issues after the update, so that might be it.
The company didn’t announce that officially, but it answered a question on Twitter that the Touchwiz UX update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been paused for now to “assess progress”. While you wait for the semi-mandatory update to reach your tablet, have a look at our hands-on video of Samsung’s Honeycomb overlay below.
Steve Kondik, the guy behind the famous CyanogenMod Android ROMs, has become a Samsung Mobile Software Engineer, but he said that he plans to keep his hobby, and review coding for future iterations of the immensely popular CyanogenMod 7.
The software engineer has a proven track record of making awesome modifications to stock handsets, which iron out bugs, speed up performance, and add missing functionalities, so him joining the Samsung Android team could only mean the homebrew TouchWiz UI should be getting more love from customers. Moreover, Samsung will need something to further differentiate itself other than awesome hardware, now that Google acquired Motorola as its Android manufacturing playground.
We recently told you about two upcoming, high-end devices for T-Mobile. The HTC Ruby and the Samsung Hercules both have the high-end specs that any power user would love to have in his phone. The latter, basically T-Mobile’s version of the sizzling hot Samsung Galaxy S II, offers a 4.5 inch Super AMOLED Plus screen with resolution of 480 x 800. Under the hood is a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm APQ8060 processor with 1GB of RAM. An 8MP camera on back captures video at 1080p while a front-facing camera takes self-portraits and is useful for video chat. 16GB of storage is on board with a microSD slot that accepts up to 32GB more in storage. It certainly sounds like the Samsung Galaxy S II with a little bigger display.
The HTC Ruby is just as well endowed. A 4.3 inch qHD screen is on the front of the device with a fast 1.5GHz dual-core processor on board. The HTC Ruby is equipped with 1GB of RAM while the rear and front cameras come in at 8MP and 2MP respectively. Video is captured at 1080p. You can see that both handsets wouldn’t back down an inch in a battle between the two. Both will offer 4G connectivity through HSPA+ connectivity and T-Mobile customers updating to a new phone might have to pick one model over the other.
As if to make matters worse for those with T-Mobile accounts, a leaked screenshot of the carrier’s training material shows that both phones are expected to launch on October 26th. Two great handsets with similar high-end specs being released on the same day. Luckily for T-Mobile customers, they still have plenty of time to think it over. Which of these two Superphones would you select? Let us know by responding in the comment box below!
Less than a week ago, we reported on a leaked roadmap for Samsung that the Korean based manufacturer later said was not totally correct. But within that roadmap might be some bits of useful information, such as the specs for the GT-I9210. It seems that the numbers match perfectly with some of the specs expected on a rumored model, the Samsung Celox. And if that name sounds familiar to you, it is because a week ago we had mentioned that the Celox appeares to be the LTE enabled version of the Samsung Galaxy S II. Unfortunately for those living Stateside, the 4G radio on the device is tuned to 800MHz which is a frequency used in Europe and not in the U.S. where Verizon uses 700MHz for its LTE service.
Is this the LTE enabled version of the Samsung Galaxy S II?
The GT-I9210 listed in the roadmap has a 4.5 inch WVGA screen, 4G connectivity and dual cameras in back and front with resolution respectively of 8MP and 2MP. Sure enough, the Samsung Celox has a 4.5 inch WVGA screen (match #1) and support for LTE (match #2). The rear-facing camera at 8MP and the front-facing shooter at 2MP produce matches 3 and 4. While no processor speed was mentioned on the roadmap, the Samsung Celox will allegedly come to market with a 1.5 dual-core processor.
Right now, it is all conjecture, but where there is smoke there is fire and Samsung might have one burning hot handset with the Samsung Celox. Until we get word that there will be a unit with a 4G radio that carries Verizon’s frequencies, all U.S. cell phone fans can do is stare at the picture and hope that a version of the phone will make it to the States.
There is absolutely no hiding the fact that Samsung is making the Galaxy S II its number one priority right now, however, you just can’t help it to step back for a moment and see how the original model paved the way for it. Sure it’s over a year old and its specs are regarded to be as mid-range by now, but nevertheless, there are always different ways to bring the spotlight back to it.
Interestingly enough, it appears that the original model is getting a slight refresh in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S Plus – and boy does that plus mean more! Specifically, it retains the shell and design of the original, but underneath it all, it’s packing some beefier specs to perk up the interest of some people. From the looks of it, the Galaxy S Plus features a faster 1.4GHz single-core processor, larger 1,650 mAh battery, and it runs Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread right from the start.
Obviously, recent buyers of the original model (and its variants) might be crying right now knowing that this one is coming to market. As it stands for right now, Vodafone is going to be the exclusive carrier for the handset, but it’ll be interesting to see how Samsung plays out its cards in bringing this device to other markets. In fact, Vodafone is selling the handset for free on plans that start at £30 per month.
Although it might not compete with the likes of some dual-core packing smartphones out there, it will easily nestle into the mid-range market for those who don’t want something too high-end. Any takers?
There’s no kidding that accessories produced by first party manufacturers can sometimes be on the pricey side, but lucky for all of us, third parties are usual there to save us some cash. Logitech just released two new Bluetooth enabled keyboards that are meant to work with Android tablets, but one of them is specifically catered to work with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
First up is the $69.99 Bluetooth keyboard that’s meant to work with any Android 3.0 and above Honeycomb tablets. Powered by 4 triple-A batteries, this keyboard features a low profile design, compact keys, dedicated media buttons, and a complementary case that actually doubles as a stand for a tablet.
With the second Bluetooth keyboard, which is priced higher at $99.99, it’s specifically made to work with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. That’s because it’s able to keep the tablet firmly at an angled position to make typing very easy for yourself – and much like the other keyboard, this one also doubles as a protective aluminum case for the tablet.
Therefore, if you simply don’t want to buy those first party accessories from the manufacturers directly, then you might want to consider snatching any of Logitech’s offerings.