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Samsung sells 3M Galaxy S phones in the US

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2010

Awhile back, Samsung announced that it had sold 5 million Galaxy S phones globally and 2 million of those were from the US. Now Samsung USA’s Paul Golden has confirmed that the company has sold more than 3 million Galaxy S units in the US and about 7 million globally.

According to Paul, there is a high demand for all of the Galaxy S devices, but the shortage of Super AMOLED displays is causing some supply issues. Either way these are impressive stats and if you have a Galaxy S phone, they thank you for your purchase.

Samsung Continuum gets official, ships November 11

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on November 8th, 2010

The Verizon Wireless Samsung Continuum has just been made official and will ship on November 11th. You can pick one up at retail stores on that date as well. This Android 2.2 Froyo phone has a secondary display beneath the main display with a resolution of 400 X 96 to display ticker information and other important alerts.

The Galaxy S smartphone features a 3.4-inch Super AMOLED display, 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, and 8 GB of storage.

Samsung Solstice II announced for AT&T

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on November 5th, 2010

The Samsung Solstice II from AT&T is another mid-range handset with the Samsung TouchWIZ user interface skin running on top of the operating system. It features a QWERTY side-sliding keyboard, a 3-inch WQVGA (240×400 pixels) touchscreen display, a 2-megapixel camera, 7.2Mbps HSDPA connectivity, GPS navigation, Bluetooth 2.1 and a microSD memory card slot for expansion.

Some other features include AT&T Social Net, AT&T Navigator, and AT&T Music and Radio. It’s only $29.99 with a 2-year contract.

It should arrive on November 7th.


Samsung Galaxy S first smartphone to be Wi-Fi Direct certified

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on November 3rd, 2010

Samsung has another first on it’s hands. The Galaxy S smartphone (GT-I9000) is now listed on the Wi-Fi Alliance’s Wi-Fi Direct certification docket. It’s the first actual device to join that esteemed crowd. Sure, any modern WiFi device is capable of becoming Direct certified (via a firmware update if there’s no hardware change in the protocol), but Samsung is the first.

We’ll keep our eyes and ears open for an actual update that brings this functionality to life. We hope other phone makers follow suit.

Samsung Galaxy Tab costs $215 to manufacture

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on November 2nd, 2010

You plan on paying $699 for your Samsung Galaxy Tab, right? So that headline doesn’t feel very good does it? Sadly it’s the same for everything we buy. There’s always a mark-up. iSuppli claims that the Galaxy Tab only costs $205 in materials, while costing $215 to manufacture.

Cheap labor is par for the course. The most expensive part in the Galaxy Tab would be its 7-inch display and NAND Flash memory, at $57 and $51. This news won’t stop most of us from buying one, but it’s nice to have all of the facts anyway.

Samsung denies Nexus Two rumors

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on November 1st, 2010

Samsung today denied rumors that it was making the Nexus Two. The company told South Korea’s publication Danawa that the claim was “simply not true.” The denial however does lend some credence to beliefs that Samsung’s November 8 event is more likely to bring the dual-screen Continuum.

This doesn’t mean that they don’t have the device, it may just be called something else, like the Nexus S if it exists. Most talk has suggested that it would be a thinner take on the Galaxy S but with a stock version of Google’s Gingerbread Android.

HTC Surround and Samsung Focus available November 8th from AT&T

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on October 28th, 2010

AT&T has just made it official that they will be offering both the HTC Surround and Samsung Focus starting on November 8th. The Surround and Focus are two of the carrier’s three Windows Phone 7 launch phones.

AT&T’s third Windows Phone 7 will be the LG Quantum, which will also launch on the same day. The carrier also said that its BlackBerry Torch smartphone will be available in red on November 7th, and that it will launch a new promotion giving a free accessory to customers who purchase two other accessories at full price.

Samsung offering free games and apps to new Wave owners

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on October 26th, 2010

If you own a Samsung Wave 525, 533, 575 or 723, we have some good news. The company has announced several free apps and games for the phones. They include FIFA 10, Tetris Refresh, Spore Creatures, Assassin’s Creed II, DioDict French/English dictionary, and Princess Magic Therapy ebook.

It won’t last forever though, so you better hurry. FIFA 10, Tetris Refresh and Spore Creatures will be free for the first 250,000 downloads while Assassin’s Creed will be available for 300,000 downloads and the remaining apps will be available for a limited time only.

Galaxy Tab for Sprint official for November 14th: $400 with two-year contract

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on October 25th, 2010

Well, it’s official. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab will be hitting Sprint on November 14th. The carrier has confirmed the date and passed along some pricing details. The Verizon deal is $600 with no commitment required.

Sprint however is offering the 7-inch tablet for $399.99 along with a two-year 3G Tablet Mobile Broadband plan. Phone Scoop contacted the company and also found out that there’ll also be a $599.99 offer with no contract.

Samsung to unveil new Android device on November 8th

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on October 25th, 2010

If you are a Samsung fan and an Android fan, you will be on pins and needles for two weeks. That’s how long you’ll have to wait before Samsung Mobile officially shows off its latest and greatest? Android device. That’s the official date, but we all know that we will get some intel before then.

We have no idea what it might be, but we are checking our wish list and as soon as we hear more info we will let you know.

Samsung develops Portable X-ray Detector

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2010

Samsung has announced a portable X-ray Detector that will allow X-ray images to be taken more accurately. The X-ray Detector is attached to a monitor that will convert the captured X-ray image directly onto the screen.

They say that this solution is less harmful than typical X-ray machines and that it will give a more accurate diagnosis. Samsung claims that the device will be less trouble for patients who suffer from severe musculoskeletal pain. It’s a nice advance in the X-ray world.

Samsung Jot concept with old-fashioned rotary dial

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2010

While we mostly look forward, some tech designers look to the past for inspiration. This “Jot” concept phone design for Samsung incorporates a rotary dial, along with a capacitive OLED display and a removable stylus.

It’s allows users to make phone calls using the rotary dial while the stylus is used for writing messages. We love the retro look, but who is seriously going to dial using that rotary dial? And it isn’t exactly pocket friendly either.

Samsung adds prescription lens option to active shutter 3D glasses

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2010

In an effort to stand out from other 3D offerings and entice you to buy a new 3D TV, Samsung is the first major manufacturer to offer a prescription version of their 3D glasses in Korea. The SSG-R2200 models are similar to the company’s other active shutter 3D glasses, but they’re made to order from an optometrist.

This way you will actually be able to see that glourious or not so glorious 3D. These should be available in the US eventually. No word on pricing yet, but hopefully it won’t be too much.

Samsung announces two new Full HD Monitors

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2010

Samsung has just added two new Full HD monitors to its lineup with the 22-inch SyncMaster 2243DW and 24-inch SyncMaster 2443DW, both for the European market. These are aimed at business users and both are widescreen, delivering a 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution.

Other features include a 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio on the 2243DW and a 70,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio on the 2443DW, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 5ms response time. They are also compliant with TCO 5.0 standard and have D-Sub, DVI and DisplayPort connectors.

Verizon to sell Galaxy Tab on November 11 for $600

Posted in Verizon by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2010

That title is crazy right? The iPad 3G starts at just $629 and the iPad Wi-Fi is only $630 in Verizon’s own stores when bundled with a MiFi, after all. We’ve learned that Verizon is actually planning to sell Samsung’s Galaxy Tab for $599.99. Crazy!

Are they serious? Apparently so. And there looks to be zero subsidization available. The Android 2.2-based unit, loaded down with V CAST apps, will hit retail on November 11th. A data plan starting at $20 per month for 1GB is optional.