Samsung Galaxy S II review

By on May 16, 2011 at 4:22 PM.

Samsung Galaxy S II review

The Samsung Galaxy S II is Samsung’s second version of its extremely popular Galaxy S line of handsets — one it has done a great job of launching across a variety of carriers. The Galaxy S II raises the bar in every way from the first Galaxy S, as it should. But it also takes things one step further and absolutely obliterates every other Android handset on the market in the specifications department. It’s not just fast, it’s the fastest. It’s not just thin, it’s the thinnest. But is it the best? Hit the break to find out.

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Samsung Infuse 4G review

By on May 11, 2011 at 1:10 PM.

Samsung Infuse 4G review

The Samsung Infuse 4G, with a radio capable of achieving peak rates of 21Mbps, is being marketed as the fastest smartphone currently available from AT&T. It’s the big brother to the Samsung Captivate, and fits just between that device and Samsung’s Galaxy S II when it comes to hardware specs. The Infuse 4G packs a gorgeous and massive 4.5-inch display, a thin and light form factor, and a solid camera. AT&T’s first HSPA+ “4G” phones fell flat when it came to data — neither the HTC Inspire 4G nor the Motorola ATRIX 4G could hold a candle to the 3G download speeds available on the iPhone 4, and we won’t even discuss the upload speeds. Is the Infuse the AT&T 4G smartphone you’ve been waiting for? I’ve been trekking along with it for more than a week and have penned my impressions, so check out the gallery below and then hit the jump for my full review.

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Samsung Galaxy S II surpasses 3 million pre-orders

By on May 9, 2011 at 1:08 PM.

Samsung Galaxy S II surpasses 3 million pre-orders

Samsung sold more than 10 million Galaxy S phones in 2010, and if early figures are any hint, Samsung’s Galaxy S II could turn out to be more popular than its predecessor. On Monday, Samsung announced that 3 million pre-orders for the phone — which will launch in 120 countries across 140 mobile operators — have already been placed. The Galaxy S II sports a dual-core Orion processor clocked at 1.2GHz, TouchWiz 4.0, Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) and an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p HD video. But the real star of its spec sheet is its 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus display that, during our hands-on with the phone, we found to be remarkably crisp and bright with deep, inky, blacks. We’ve spotted the Galaxy S II passing through the FCC with AT&T frequency bands, so our fingers are crossed for a U.S. announcement soon. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S II passes FCC with AT&T 3G bands

By on May 5, 2011 at 11:55 AM.

Samsung Galaxy S II passes FCC with AT&T 3G bands

The Samsung Galaxy S II (GT-I9100T) recently passed through the FCC, and the associated paperwork hints at a possible U.S. release. The phone testing by the FCC supports AT&T’s 850/1900MHz bands, although neither AT&T nor Samsung have confirmed the phone’s launch. This is definitely something worth getting excited about: the Galaxy S II is Samsung’s current flagship device and it packs a serious hardware punch. It’s equipped with Samsung’s stunning 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, a dual-core Orion processor, and an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video. The European version runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with Samsung’s custom TouchWiz 4.0 user interface, and we hope it retains that setup if it hits AT&T’s shelves. Our fingers are crossed that this is part of Samsung’s upcoming press event in New York, which we’ll be reporting from live on May 25th. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S II hits the market, will land in 120 countries

By on April 28, 2011 at 3:54 PM.

Samsung Galaxy S II hits the market, will land in 120 countries

Today’s one of those days when we wish we lived in South Korea. Samsung’s hot new Galaxy S II — which packs a dual-core Orion CPU, an 8 megapixel camera, a 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen, and more — hits the South Korean market on all three of the country’s wireless carriers. Samsung shipped more than 14 million of the first generation Galaxy S devices, and it hopes to sell at least 10 million Galaxy S II handsets as the device makes its debut in 120 countries and on 140 different carriers in the coming months. “We expect sales to be as good as the Galaxy S,” Shin Jong-Kyun, president of Samsung Mobile, told AFP. Unfortunately there’s no word if or when the Galaxy S II will hit the United States, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it pop up given that the first generation was offered by each of the big-four carriers. More →

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Samsung renames mobile processors; to be called Exynos

By on February 11, 2011 at 7:39 AM.

Samsung renames mobile processors; to be called Exynos

Via a press release, electronics manufacturer Samsung announced that it would be giving its application processors — the ones designed to work in smartphones and tablets — a new name: Exynos.

“Application processors for the mobile market are one of the flagship products in our semiconductor business,” said the company’s vice president of marketing, System LSI Division, Samsung Electronics. “We are excited to introduce the brand name of Exynos for Samsung’s application processor family. As consumers demand more from their mobile products, Samsung’s Exynos chips will be the power inside enabling the coolest HD multi-media features with even longer battery life.”

It looks like Sammy is trying to capitalize on some of the name-brand mindshare that has cropped up in the smartphone and tablet processor-markets (Hummingbird, A4, Snapdragon, Tegra 2, etc.). The new name will first be used on a dual-core processor with the codename Orion; henceforth to be known as the Exynos 4210. The 4210 is set to enter production next month. The full press release is after the break. More →

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Samsung's Cortex A9 processor: 1 GHz, dual-core, 1080p capabilities

By on September 7, 2010 at 8:21 AM.

Samsung's Cortex A9 processor: 1 GHz, dual-core, 1080p capabilities

Samsung sure has been making a lot of mobile news lately. With their Galaxy Tab release, screen factory announcement, and various Galaxy S handset releases, Sammy is making their fair share of headlines. Today, Samsung announced that they are testing the Cortex A9 Orion processor for netbooks, tablets, and smartphones. The new processor is a 1 GHz, dual-core chip that supports 1080p video recording and playback at 30 frames per second. Samsung also boasts that the new silicon will have five times the graphics performance of the current A8 Hummingbird series of processors. The Orion will be available to “select customers” sometime in the fourth quarter of 2010 and will be put into mass production in the first half of 2011. Dual-core smartphones. Drool. More →

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