Samsung Plans to Ship 510 Million Phones in 2013

Samsung-Galaxy-2013 half billion phonesThe new year is already making waves. Here’s another big news for the new year. According to a Korean newspaper, smartphone manufacturer Samsung plans to ship more than half a billion phones in 2013, 510 million to be precise. With this, the company would be breaking its 2012 record.

The estimate for 2013 is a 20% increase over the 420 million phones Samsung is estimated to have shipped for 2012. Citing unnamed sources, the newspaper said that of the 510 devices, 390 million would be smartphones while the other 120 million would be feature and budget phones. Samsung has become a leader in cellphone technology in a short span and it is ready to take over Nokia as a global leader.

The Samsung Galaxy range has become a market hotseller and with a US court refusing a ban on Samsung products as sought by Apple, they are likely to have a long way to go.… Read the rest

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Apple iPhone 5 Vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Vs HTC One X: The Top Camera Phone Of 2012

Next to the OS, we think the camera is an important deciding factor when selecting the right mobile phone. And 2012 has seen some of the best smartphone launches featuring really powerful cameras. With such amazing cameras gratifying our phones, we almost don’t feel the need to carry our digital cameras around. And photo-editing softwares like Instagram have just made us fall in love with our phones’ cameras all over again. So which were the phones that made it to our list of the best camera phones in 2012?

Apple iPhone 5: No surprises there, the iPhone just has to feature among the top camera phones year after year. Just when we thought Apple can’t make things better, it goes ahead to amaze us with every upgrade. The iPhone 5 features an 8 MP camera with advanced features like 360 degree panorama, HDR modes, face detection, photo editing apps, and color balance equalization, to name a few.

Samsung Galaxy S3: The Samsung Galaxy S3 was one of the best smartphones launched this year, and its camera was just as exceptional as the phone itself. The 8 MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash comes with smile and face detection capabilities, image stabilization, burst mode, and in-video photo capture features. The Galaxy S3’s camera clicks absolutely sharp, clear images even in low-light conditions, and deserves a spot in our top 5 list without a doubt.

Nokia 808 PureView: The phone itself may not have made headlines, considering its Symbian OS offering. But its camera was groundbreaking in terms of technology in the world of camera phones. The 41 MP sensor which reproduced images at up to 38 MP resolution ensured that you clicked true-to-life images, no matter what the conditions were. It’s lossless zoom also allowed for capturing clear images from a distance and full HD video recording was just the cherry on top of the cake!

HTC One X: We loved the 8 MP camera on board the HTC One X, especially because of its LED flash that offered five levels of brightness. The autofocus camera with a 28 mm lens, a dedicated imaging chip, and full HD video recording that also let us record video in slow motion and capture still images in the midst of recording, was an absolute delight to use.

Sony Xperia Arc S: Sony made quiet news when it reentered the arena of phones with its range of Android-based smartphones. We especially loved its flagship Xperia Arc S phone’s 8.1 MP camera with Exmor R lens. With such a powerful camera, the phone managed to click absolutely crisp images even in the dark. A 16X zoom let users click photos even from a distance and its amazing 3D panorama sweep functionality and other photo editing features make this camera a powerful option.… Read the rest

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 To Come In April, To Have An Unbreakable Screen

Samsung Galaxy S4, the next version Samsung Flagship phone may come with breakthrough unbreakable screen.  S4 is expected to be launched in April 2013. If Samsung breaks the barrier of unbreakable screen then it will be pose serious competition to Apple which is leading the Smartphone market.

The Galaxy S 4 would come with a bigger and better display, powerful qud-core processor and a 13-inch megapixel camera which will make picture quality far better than what it is right now. The ppi may increase to 441 from 306 ppi of S3 and 326 ppi of iPhone 5.

“Looking to the first half of 2013, we see evidence of Samsung likely accelerating the release of the Galaxy S IV – compared with May (this year) for the Galaxy S III,” said UBS analyst Nicolas Gaudois. “We believe preparations for volume manufacturing of unbreakable plastic substrate displays continue. All in all, we could see a strong products push in the high-end in the first half, followed by other releases.”

Samsung has been silent about S4.

Sasmung has been the pioneer in developing organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display which are unbreakable. It would be dream come true if mobiles and other gadgets come with unbreakable screens.

“Eventually, they’ll have unbreakable and flexible displays. Either the Galaxy S IV or S V will have unbreakable and even possibly flexible and foldable displays by 2014. That’s going to be a game-changer,” said Mark Newman, an analyst at Stanford Bernstein in Hong Kong.… Read the rest

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Samsung Launches Dual-Sim Version of Galaxy Note II

Now, this news took us all by surprise – a pleasant one nevertheless. Samsung has just unveiled a dual-sim version of its latest success, the Galaxy Note II. Probably one of the first dual-sim phablets out in the market, this new offering solves a lot of hassles, especially for those who find carrying more than one phone a tiresome affair.

The most shocking thing about the Galaxy Note series was that it was initially written off by many tech enthusiasts when it first came out in the market. But now, it’s been selling like hot cakes, and even if it’s no match to the Apple iPhone or Samsung’s very own Galaxy S3, it’s still holding its own fan-base in this very competitive market. Since the Galaxy Note II came out a few months ago, reports indicate that Samsung has managed to sell five million units – that’s almost three times faster sales than its predecessor, the Galaxy Note.

The dual-sim model, dubbed as GT-N7102, has GSM/HSDPA connectivity on both SIMs. But the rest of the specs remain the same – the 5.5 inch Super AMOLED HD display, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, and Android Jelly Bean. Among the two SIM card slots, one is a mini SIM slot and the other is a MicroSIM slot.

However, the potential bad news for US customers is that this dual-sim Galaxy Note II may never release in the American markets. For now, it’s coming out primarily for the Chinese customers, and would make an ideal device for businessmen with its top-notch tech specs.… Read the rest

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Samsung Galaxy Grand: Work in Progress

After the overwhelming success of the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Note II, Samsung has reportedly gotten to work on a brand new phablet device dubbed as the Galaxy Grand. With a similar 5-inch screen, it is expected to be a more affordable device than the Galaxy Note series. The Galaxy Grand’s screen will have a lower resolution, to keep the costs lower.

According to a report filed with the Federal Communications Commission, the Galaxy Grand will be powered by a Samsung Exynos 4412 quad-core mobile processor and will run on Android 4.1.1. It will have a 2100 mAh battery and an 800X480 pixel resolution 5-inch WVGA display.

The Galaxy Grand will support 4G connectivity, as well as WiFi and NFC capabilities. Codenamed as Baffin, the device will primarily be aimed at the emerging markets. Although there are no details as yet on the pricing, we’re hoping it’s affordably priced to make it a fad, especially among the Indian consumers.… Read the rest

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Galaxy S3 Mini’s Unlocked Version Now Available on Amazon

It was a silent arrival, but there is a limited number of Samsung’s Galaxy S3 Mini smartphones in an unlocked form available on Amazon. Even if the phone hasn’t managed to find any specific wireless carrier in the U.S. for tie-ups, you can still pick up an unlocked version of this phone for your use.

The unlocked Galaxy S3 Mini is priced at $409.95 on the website and can support both T-Mobile USA and AT&T networks. It runs on Android Jelly Bean and has a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage capacity. The phone also features a 5 MP rear camera, NFC, a microSD card slot, as well as a 1500 mAh battery.

The bad news is that the Galaxy S3 Mini doesn’t have 4G connectivity, but can work on 3G networks. However, users will not be able to use the faster HSPA+ networks on T-Mobile because of the phone’s frequency differences, just like with the unlocked iPhone. We’re not sure how many models were put on sale, but there were very few models remaining by the time we got a look at the phone on Amazon’s site.… Read the rest

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Samsung Expected to Ship over 60mn Smartphones in Q4

You probably think it is old news by now that Samsung has overtaken all of its competition to become the leader in worldwide smartphone sales. Buoyed by the success of its latest offering, the Galaxy Note 2, as well as the Galaxy S3, the Korean manufacturer is expected to ship over 60 million smartphones during the fourth quarter of 2012.
According to research by investment bank UBS, Samsung would be able to sell 61.5 million units of smartphones between October 2012 and December 2012. When compared to the third quarter sales of 58 million smartphones, this is a jump of nearly 5 percent. Given the holiday season, this estimate could further go up to even 63 million smartphones by the end of this year.
A significant amount of the growth can be attributed to its latest phablet launch, the Galaxy Note 2, which has garnered a huge customer base already. Within five weeks after its launch, Samsung managed to ship out 3 million units. Samsung has even updated its previous estimated sales of this device during the fourth quarter, from 5 million up to 7 million.
Even Samsung’s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S3, has been well received by customers all around the world. Even though the phone launched back in May, in October alone, Samsung sold over 5.5 million units of this phone. UBS estimates that Galaxy S3’s sales during the fourth quarter could be around 15 million.
Samsung is well poised to overtake Apple in the smartphone market, and according to reports by Korea Investment & Securities, Samsung’s market share could grow up to 37 percent in 2013, from 33.1 percent in 2012. The reports also expect Apple’s share to grow marginally from 19.9 percent in 2012 to 20.4 percent next year.… Read the rest

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Samsung Leads Smartphone Sales as Market Grows in Third Quarter

Samsung’s good fortunes continued to shine through even in the third quarter of 2012 as it managed to garner more share of the global smartphone market. Almost 40 percent of the mobile phone market it made up of smartphones, a number that is continuing to rise with every passing quarter. While the overall demand for mobile phones fell by 3.1 percent when compared with last year, the share of smartphones witnessed a growth by almost 50 percent.

Samsung and its archrival Apple together account for 46.5 percent share of the global smartphone market, while Research in Motion comes in third, followed by HTC. Nokia, the former world leader in mobile phones, now comes in seventh in this list. Samsung and Google share a symbiotic relation as Android also continued to maintain its lead as the world’s most popular smartphone OS even in the third quarter.

Almost 72 percent of the smartphones run on Android, while Apple’s iOS accounts for 13.9 percent. BlackBerry OS continues to be in the third spot, although its share fell from 11 percent to just about 5.3 percent in comparison with last year. Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS saw a slight growth, up from 1.5 percent to 2.4 percent of the share, and came in fourth. While Android and Apple continue to maintain the lead, we can expect to see stiff competition for the third position between the recently launched Windows Phone 8 and the upcoming BlackBerry 10.

While the share of smartphones continues to grow, the demand for “feature phones” that don’t have app capabilities and basic cell phones is declining. Samsung emerged as the leader in overall mobile phone sales, accounting for 22.9 percent of the share in the third quarter. Nokia came in second, accounting for 19.2 percent of the overall share, while Apple and ZTE accounted for 5.5 percent and 3.3 percent of the share. Huawei followed up, accounting for 2.8 percent of the overall mobile phone market.… Read the rest

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Samsung Galaxy SIII surpasses Apple iPhone in Popularity, For Now

Samsung’s aggressive marketing campaigns seem to have borne fruit, as recent statistics reveal that the Galaxy SII overtook iPhone to become the most popular smartphone in the third quarter. Samsung managed to ship out 18 million units of its flagship phone, when compared to 16.2 million units of Apple’s iPhone 4S. The phone also managed to garner 11% of the overall market share – taking it to the top spot.

While this may be news to cheer for Samsung, analysts predict that the company’s joy could be burst soon by the iPhone 5. One of the reasons why the third quarter saw fewer sales of the iPhone 4S could be because consumers were waiting for Apple to launch the iPhone 5. And now that iPhone 5 finally hit the markets in mid-September, it has already managed to become the third most popular smartphone in the world, in such a short time.

Even as the two rivals fight it out in the legal space, Samsung’s Galaxy line of devices definitely looks like it has stormed the market. Even its newly released Galaxy Note II has managed sales of 3 million units in a little over a month’s time. On the legal side of the war between these two companies, Apple recently filed more infringement suits against Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet and also its OS, Google’s Android 4.1 or the Jelly Bean. The trial for this case is set to happen in 2014.

Samsung announced that it sold 56.3 million smartphones, making it the world’s largest handset maket, while Apple managed to sell 26.9 million iPhones in the corresponding period including 5 million iPhone 5 units within the first weekend of its release. However, Apple is finding it difficult to keep up with the demand for its popular smartphone, in part due to the major supplier to the company. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, is positive that the company is well prepared to meet the demands for the fourth quarter.… Read the rest

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Samsung Brings Out Its Range Of Windows 8 Pc’s And Tablets




After considerable time spent waiting with bated breath, Samsung has finally revealed its range of PCs and tablets running on Microsoft Windows 8 to the world. With Windows 8, the concept of mobile computing gets even more tantalizing and users all over the world can’t wait to get their hands on a Windows 8 powered device.

Among these devices, there is completely new category termed as “The Smart PC” which is a hybrid device combining features of the laptop and the tablet. The range of Smart PCs starts from $650 for the ATIV Smart PC 500T that comes without a detachable keyboard. The complete range of Samsung’s PCs and tablets running on Windows 8 will be available in stores and even online October 26 onwards.

The entire range of devices comprises of Smart PCs, laptops or Mobile PCs, and even All-in-One PCs or desktops running on the latest offering from Microsoft. Here’s a listing of the Samsung range of Windows 8 devices:

  • Samsung ATIV Smart PCs (hybrid laptop/tablets)
    • ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T — $1,200
    • ATIV Smart PC 500T — $750 (with keyboard) / $650 (without keyboard)
    • Samsung Mobile PCs (laptops)
      • Series 9 Premium Ultrabook — $1,400 (15 inch), $1,300 (13 inch)
      • Series 7 Notebook — $1,100 (15 inch)
      • Series 5 Ultra Touch (13.3-inch touch screen laptop) — $860 (Core i5), $810 (Core i3)
      • Series 3 Notebook — $450 – $900 depending on configuration
      • Samsung All-in-One PCs (desktops)
        • Series 7 All-in-One — $1,700 (27 inch); $1100 (23.6 inch)
        • Series 5 All-in-One — $800 (21.5 inch)

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