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Samsung Galaxy U gets some hands-on time

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

We already showed you what the Samsung Galaxy U looks like last week, and it’s all set to arrive in South Korea anytime now, but now you can see it in action at the link below.

Launching later this month, it shares many features with the Samsung Galaxy S, including a 3.7″ AMOLED Plus display. We still have no word on pricing though at this time.

Samsung announces Nori SHW-A220 touchscreen phone

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

Samsung has announced yet another touchscreen phone in South Korea. This time with a twist. The Nori (SHW-A220) targets users who like to customize their phones with accessories and make them look like tiny people.

Nori users can customize it with eight unique character adhesive films in all. Some features include a 3-inch touchscreen display (240×400), a 3.2MP rear camera, 1.3MP front facing camera, 3G, Wi-Fi, T-DMB, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, Etiquette mode, SOS, microSD card slot (up to 16GB) and 1000mAh battery.

Samsung 12.2MP PL90 point and shoot with built-in USB plug

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on August 4th, 2010

We like convergence. And Samsung’s latest point and shoot doesn’t disappoint. The PL90 features a 12.2 megapixel sensor, 4x optical zoom, a 2.7-inch LCD in back and a 640 x 480 movie mode with 30fps and 15fps options.

The most interesting thing however is the integrated USB plug, which eliminates the need for a USB cable. This model is heavy in automated features, which newcomers will love. It’s available next month for $149.99 if you are interested.

Samsung Galaxy U and Galaxy K for South Korea

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

What do we have here? Pictures of the Galaxy U have surfaced of the device spooning the Samsung Galaxy S. SK Telecom already offers a version of the Galaxy S, but now its competitors LG U+ and KT are both working on variants of their own, called Galaxy U and Galaxy K.

The name is similar to the Galaxy S, but not the screen size. Both feature slightly smaller displays, measuring 3.7-inches. These should be arriving between August and September.

Samsung Touchscreen Media Player YP-MB2 gets spotted

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on August 2nd, 2010

The Samsung YP-MB2 iPod touch competitor has been making its way around the net, seen in blurry videos, but now the device is apparently getting close to being official. I mean, just look at this much clearer picture of the device.

Looking at the picture, it definitely resembles the Galaxy S, but there is no front-facing camera and proximity sensor. Looks like the YP-MB2 features a lower resolution camera, 3.2-megapixels. This one is expected to be announced on August 11th, and it should be offered in capacities from 8GB to 32GB.

Samsung’s Android tablet may drop at August 11 event

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

Samsung gave some hints on Friday that its Galaxy Tab slate could be launched within just two weeks. The company confirmed in a public statement that the seven-inch Android tablet should ship before the end of the summer, but interestingly it also sent out an invite for a special event on August 11 that might include the Galaxy Tab.

The notice to CrunchGear and other members of the press didn’t give clues, but it indicated that there would be “new products and announcements” and not just existing products. So, it makes sense.

Samsung’s Healthcare LCD HD TV

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

Samsung has something new, born out of a collaboration with TeleHealth Services. They are launching the 458 Series LCD TVs that are specially designed for use in hospitals.

They are available in 26-inch and 32-inch models and are UL-approved with TeleHealth Services’ proprietary TIGR patient education system that will give patients access to educational videos anytime they want. These TVs also have USB ports that allow patients to access the multimedia content of their choice.

Samsung confirms Froyo for Galaxy S in September

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on July 30th, 2010

If you were wondering when the Galaxy S would be getting the Froyo treatment, Samsung has promised that an update would be coming not long after release. And now from the company’s UK Twitter feed, we have confirmation that it’s due in September.

So there you have it straight from Samsung itself. The 2.2 treatment is just a little ways off. Let’s hope they keep their word about this.

Samsung prices C680 and C490 3D Plasma TVs

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2010

Samsung has kindly let us know about the pricing of the C680 and C490 active-shutter Plasma 3D TVs. To refresh your memory, the Samsung C680 features a Full-HD resolution with a 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, four HDMI ports, a USB port, as well as Samsung’s Internet and DLNA AllShare.

The Samsung C490 is a budget-minded 3D plasma TV that features 720p HD resolution and three HDMI inputs. There’s also the 50-inch PN50C680, 58-inch PN58C680, and 50-inch PN50C490 priced at $1,599, $2,299 and $1,099, respectively.

Samsung Galaxy S will do MicroUSB to HDMI for Video Out

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2010

Samsung’s Galaxy S was originally only able to do video out using a 3.5mm audio jack, which is fine, but not if you want to output high-resolution videos. But now Samsung has introduced a Micro USB to HDMI cable that should make viewing videos from your Galaxy S on your HDTV much easier. We didn’t know that was possible, but we’re game.

The cable will cost $50 and will be compatible with Galaxy S phones like the Samsung Vibrant and Samsung Captivate from T-Mobile and AT&T.

Samsung unveils ST80 camera with WiFi, swiveling-lens, HMX-E10 pocket camcorder

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2010

Samsung ST80 is the latest digital camera to feature Wi-Fi, allowing you upload images directly via DLNA or email. It features 3x optical zoom, a 3″ WQVGA touchscreen display, 720p 30fps H.264 video recording, and Samsung’s Smart Crop feature that lets you take angled shots with the ability to straighten them up.

Expect this one to hit the market in September for $250. Perfect for those who want to transfer photos from their camera to a computer without a physical cable.

Samsung Epic 4G spec sheet finally surfaces

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on July 27th, 2010

If you are looking forward to the Samsung Epic 4G you’ll be happy to hear that the phone’s full spec sheet has been leaked. We knew about the basics, like the 4 inch Super AMOLED display, five row QWERTY keyboard, 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, LED flash and 720p HD video recording already.

The leaked specs help fill in some of the gaps, revealing 1GB of ROM, 512 MB of RAM, 1500 mAh battery, six-axis motion sensor, and a few other details. The Epic 4G will be running on Android 2.1 with Touch Wiz 3.0 and will feature the typical Google services and applications.

Samsung sending free Galaxy S handsets to unhappy iPhone 4 users on Twitter?

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on July 24th, 2010

Samsung has been quietly giving out free Galaxy S handsets (the European version) to a few lucky British Twitter users. Apparently four of them were complaining about their iPhone 4s, while the fifth guy needed help to choose between the Desire, iPhone 4 and Galaxy S.

It looks like they are only picking certain ones though for some cheap publicity. For instance, Tiffany works in Digital Marketing for Condé Nast. The other ones also appear to be involved in marketing or publishing, with the exception of one student.

Samsung mocks Apple

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on July 23rd, 2010

Samsung just couldn’t resist taking a shot at Apple over the whole Death Grip issue. As Apple is beginning to process the iPhone 4 bumper case refunds today, Samsung UK took a moment to gloat and have some fun by posting a Galaxy S ad.

The ad references the Death Grip and reminds users that the Galaxy S has strong cellular reception. Apple fanboys won’t like it, but it’s pretty funny. Nice one Samsung.

Microsoft confirms Windows Phone 7 launch partners

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on July 22nd, 2010

Microsoft’s lineup of partners for the upcoming Windows Phone 7 launch is impressive. Microsoft has confirmed that Dell and HTC will be making Windows Phone 7 phones, as well as ASUS, LG, and Samsung.

All of these companies should have their stamp firmly in place on the hardware by the end of the year. The launch of the OS is slated for the “holidays.” These are good partners to have for this OS. We are really looking forward to what they deliver. Expectations are high for this one.