The Galaxy S III just launched a mere six months or so ago, but rumors are already rife about the next S phone from Samsung, the Galaxy S IV. Codenamed “Project J”, it is rumored that the Korean giant may be releasing the phone something April 2013.
First popping up in a benchmark as the GT-I9400 (GSIII was GT-I9300 and GS2 was GT-I9100), the rumoured specs on the Galaxy S IV seem to be quite astounding. It will pack a 5-inch 1080p screen, along with 2GB of RAM and a 13 megapixel rear camera. No word on what processor or GPU it will run, but it could be the current Exynos chip found in the SIII, or a completely new SoC. Earlier, there were reports that Samsung was going to showcase an 8-core ARM based SoC, as part of ARM’s big.litle chip. It is possible that this is the same chip we might find inside the next Galaxy phone.
Speaking of things to come, there is also the idea floating around that a Note II-mini might be on the way. It will follow the same design principles that the Galaxy S III Mini did. Essentially, if it does become a reality, the Note II mini will come with a lower end AMOLED screen, along with removing the S-Pen functionality. If Samsung does come out with a Note II-Mini it would not make any sense to do away with the stylus as the Note II’s versatility is maximized thanks to the S-Pen and without it, the use of the device becomes cumbersome.
Whether the Galaxy S IV and the Note II Mini are realities or not is something we hope to find out at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in 2013, but given how Samsung hosted its own event for the Galaxy S III launch, there is the distinct possibility that the two new devices will get the same treatment. Bottomline, only time will tell.
Samsung has said that the Galaxy S Advance will receive the Jelly Bean update in January 2013.
The report comes from Samsung’s GermanFacebook page. Running the text through Google translator, we got the following. “Dear fans, more and more devices will now receive the update to Android Jelly Bean. Even the Galaxy S I9070 Advance gets this and is available in January on gravel or over-the-air is available.” Unfortunately, there is no concrete release date and we aren’t sure if the update will bring Android 4.1 or Android 4.2. When you pick up a Samsung Galaxy S Advance, it runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread straight out of the box. The fact that the phone will receive the Jelly Bean update has just prolonged its life in the hands of the users. Samsung has a long list of smartphones that will receive the Jelly Bean update. The devices includes the Samsung Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S Advance, Galaxy Music, Galaxy S II LTE, Galaxy Chat, Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy Beam, Galaxy Ace Plus, Galaxy Mini 2, Galaxy S Duos, Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 (Galaxy Tab 2 310), Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Note 10.1 (Galaxy Note 800). All isn’t well for the Korean giant, however. In India, Samsung has suspended the OTA (Over The Air) Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S III. The Korean giant claims that the update contains bugs and was causing issues for the users that had already updated their devices. Read more at here.
Samsung Galaxy Note II Hits the Samsung Galaxy Note II Hits Korean Store Shelves (Photo credit: samsungtomorrow)
The official online color is: #A4C639 . 한국어: 공식 온라인 색은: #A4C639 . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Samsung Galaxy Note II could very well be the best high-end smartphone/phablet on the market today. It brings the best features of Android Jelly Bean to this combination of high-powered tablet and state-of-the-art phone.
The Note II has so many things to like, but if you have a phobia for really big form factors, beware. Its 5.5-inch super sharp Amoled HD display wrapped within a 6-inch-by-3 1/4 inch frame is a handful!
I passed up buying both the first generation Galaxy Note and the Samsung Galaxy S3 in the hopes that soon to follow would be the next bigger and better thing. That strategy bore really tasty fruit. The Note II leaves little to desire in both features and computing power.
I have not been able to keep my hands off this marvelous gadget. I have hardly touched myAsus Android 10.1-inch tablet since upgrading my two-year-old HTC phone for the Note II. This newest release is pricey — US$699, or $299 with a two-year contract — but it is very much worth the expense.
Perhaps the only drawback is its size. It may be too big for some people to take seriously. However, the feature-loaded performance, high-end processor and enhanced functionality from the stylus bring the mobile experience to new heights.
This phone’s call quality is very pleasant. Both the ear speaker and the speakerphone are loud and clear. You might start using a Bluetooth earbud to avoid hoisting the massive device to the side of your face. This phablet in several ways resembles the Galaxy S III more than the first-generation Note.
The long-lasting battery, the Jelly bean Android OS version, the super-fast quad-core processor and the handwriting stylus apps make the Galaxy Note II a must-have phone and tablet combo — unless you have tiny hands. 😛
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