Samsung receiving a finishing blow in Q4 by Apple

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is certainly a big success during Q3 of 2012, but for how long will it maintain its position has the best selling smartphone?  

Apparently, not very long, the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S both shipped more units than the Samsung Galaxy S3 in the final quarter of 2012. While the galaxy S3 shipped around 15.4 million units in Q4, the iPhone 5 shipped 27.4 million and the iPhone 4S shipped 17.4 million.

Though the Galaxy S3 seemed to be beating the iPhone in various markets for the majority of 2012, it received a harsh reminder that Apple is once again a tough competitor serving a finishing blow with its iPhone 5.

Both the iPhone 6 or the 5S and Samsung Galaxy S4 is expected to be unveiled in the near future. Samsung is rather confident that their new smartphone will sell at an even faster rate than its predecessor. 

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Samsung being indecisive: Processors dilemma for the Galaxy S IV.

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At CES 2013 last month, Samsung announced the Exynos Octa 5 processor. While the company did not confirm any plans to use the processor in any upcoming smartphones, many speculated that the Galaxy S IV flagship from the South Korean manufacturer will be the first smartphone to feature the processor.

However, recent rumours suggested that the Galaxy S IV may use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor instead of Samsung’s own Exynos Octa 5 processor. While the choice of processor in Samsung’s flagship may sound critical, consumers have nothing to worry about as no matter which processor Samsung goes with, benchmarks suggest that the Galaxy S IV will boast pretty impressive performance including graphics – up to 40% better than the Galaxy S III.

Qualcomm – manufacturer of the Snapdragon processors, didn’t dive into any details regarding the Snapdragon 600. However, the company did claim that the new processors offer great battery life.

This isn’t the first time a Qualcomm processor is seen in a flagship Samsung smartphone. Last week, a Samsung device carrying the codename SCH-I545 showed itself on a benchmark, showing a 1.9GHz Qualcomm processor. In addition, another Samsung smartphone – possibly the Galaxy S IV was also sported boasting a Qualcomm processor clocked at 1.9GHZ on another set of benchmarks.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor is already being featured in the LG Optimus G Pro and the recently announced HTC One. Other than that, Samsung also outfitted the U.S. variants of the Galaxy S III with a Qualcomm processor to support 4G LTE.

If Samsung decides follow this pattern, it is possible that we will see a Galaxy S IV with the Snapdragon 600 processor in the U.S. and the Exynos Octa 5 processor in the international variant of the Galaxy S IV. The launch of the upcoming flagship from Samsung will reportedly take place in New York City on the 14th of March, with a release date to follow in April. Other than that, sources point at May or June for a release date of the U.S. variant of the Galaxy S IV.

While the processor in the Galaxy S IV is yet to be confirmed, it is highly likely that it will feature a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel camera sensor at the back. In addition, the Galaxy S IV might feature the same user interface and software found on the Galaxy Note II.

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Samsung launches cheaper variant of the Galaxy Camera, features WiFi only.

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Several months ago at the IFA in Berlin, Samsung announced its very first Android-powered camera – dubbed the Galaxy Camera. The Galaxy Camera offers the speed and smooth operation of Google’s latest and smooth operation of Google’s Android platform – Jelly Bean 4.1.

The initial Galaxy Camera, also known as the EK-GC100 boasts a 16.3-megapixel camera BSI CMOS sensor, a 21x optical zoom f/2.8 lens that delivers 23mm-483mm equivalent range, optical image stabilization, Full HD 1080p video-recording capabilities at 30 frames per second and a 1.8-inch LCD Super Clear Touch Display. In addition to that, the EK-DC100 includes both WiFi and HSPA+ connectivity.

Today, the Korean manufacturer has launched a WiFi only version of the EK-GC100, dubbed as the EK-GC110. Though the pricing details are yet to be announced officially, we believe that it’ll be lower than the original EK-GC100 model – which features HSPA+ connectivity.

Feature wise, the WiFi only Galaxy Camera has all innovative and practical features that the initial Galaxy Camera has to offer, but without a 3G or 4G connection.

Last month, Samsung started seeding the Android 4.1.2 update Galaxy Cameras worldwide, which includes a revamped Gallery application, much similar to the one found on the Galaxy Note II. While it is unclear what other changes were included in the update, but it is likely that Samsung included some miscellaneous bug fixes and minor performance improvements.

 

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Galaxy S4 to be unveiled on March 14

Many Samsung fanatics know that the Galaxy S4 is coming soon and have been saving up for its unannounced released date.  Today, sources are pointing to an announcement coming in less than a month.

Eldar Murtazin a mobile reviewer tweeted that Samsung will raining on HTC’s parade on March 14. SamMobile however, reported to note down March 15. If the rumours are correct, Samsung will most probably announced the new Galaxy S4 about two weeks after the Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona.

HTC is set to reveal a new device tomorrow, and Samsung has definitely stolen some of its limelight. While Apple is expected to only release new iPads till later in the year, mid-March is certainly a suitable time for Samsung to make their dayview.

Leaked features suggest the Galaxy S4 will spot a 5-inch,1080p display, and Exynos 5 Octa (8-Core) processor, and ARM’s Mail- T658 GPU under the hood. Other rumoured details include 2GB of RAM, and a 13 megapixel rear camera. 

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Apple and Nokia dumping Samsung as supplier

Samsung rises to the top has a smartphone vendor but this may be costing it business has a component supplier. Apple is planning to dump Samsung as a supplier, and Nokia is rumoured to join them in the assault.

Sources told AppleInsider that Nokia may be planning to follow Apple’s lead in dropping Samsung as a supplier for smartphone parts to avoid boosting a company that has become a top competitor.

Though Samsung remains an important part of Apple product components, Samsung seems completely capable of surviving the loss of Apple’s business. Both companies share a rather non-symbiotic relationship.  

Losing Nokia could cause a little damage on the company since Nokia is still the second-largest mobile vendor in the world.

On the other hand, Samsung is confident it can make up for the lost business by supplying parts to its own Galaxy S and Galaxy Note devices.

 

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Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE in Garnet Red

In honour of Valentine ’s Day which is celebrated annually on 14th of February , Samsung have launched the new Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE in Garnet Red in its home country of Korea and It is expected to arrive in other markets in the near future.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 features impressive specifications such as a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 2GB RAM, a 10.1- inch display made from Gorilla Glass with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels , a 5-mega-pixel rear camera, 1.9 mega-pixel front camera, and a 7000 mAh battery. It also comes with a 16GB of internal memory and a microSD slot for expansion.

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Samsung to produce 100 million Galaxy S IV.

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The Samsung Galaxy S IV – successor to the smartphone that outsold the iPhone 5 and Samsung’s highly-anticipated upcoming flagship device. Guaranteed to be one of the hottest selling smartphone, the Galaxy S IV is predicted to cause massive headaches to Apple.

Peter Misek from Jefferies & Co wrote a note to clients of the analytics firm saying that Samsung plans to build 100 million Galaxy S IV smartphones. Producing these monstrous number of devices would need massive amounts of resources, potentially eating into the manufacturing capacity for the upcoming iPhone revision.

Here’s the said note in exact words:

“The enormous 100 million S4 build plan (we estimate the S3 sold 60M) is leading some suppliers to say that they will reallocate resources away from Apple.”

Even though the estimation of 60 million Galaxy S III sold isn’t official, we believe it’s highly likely that it’ll be somewhere in that region considering that the last official numbers of 40 million Galaxy S III shipped are from mid-January.

Other than that, on the topic regarding the upcoming iPhone, Misek had previously written that Apple is already facing manufacturing issues as suppliers struggle to provide enough units of the bigger 4-inch screen for the new Apple iPhone. With this, we’re believe that there’d be a possibility that Apple will delay their next iPhone launch until next year.

While the increase of screen size in the iPhone 5 brought a brilliant 21% bump in screen surface area, we’re a little skeptical of another screen increase so soon after the iPhone 5. In addition, with the limited resolution options available on iOS, increase the screen size would lead to a decrease in screen sharpness – possibly sliding below the Retina Display mark. We’re also pretty sure that Tim Cook probably doesn’t want to see the iPhone upgrade timeframe slip back like it did with the iPhone 4S.

Concluding it all, 100 million Galaxy S IV shipped will ensure Samsung’s dominance in the Android market – that is if Misek’s numbers are accurate. In the Galaxy S IV’s favour, Apple decreasing its dependence on Samsung components would limit supply for the upcoming iPhone – really makes us wonder how much would the upcoming iPhone’s manufacturing suffer from the limited supply.

 

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