Live from Samsung’s AT&T Infuse 4G event in NYC

By on May 5, 2011 at 4:53 PM.

Live from Samsung’s AT&T Infuse 4G event in NYC

We’re here in New York City where Samsung just took the wraps off of the AT&T Infuse 4G, a device we first saw back during the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The Infuse 4G sports a 1.2GHz processor, a large 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, and an 8-megapixel camera. As its 4G name implies, it also supports AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network. AT&T confirmed that it plans to add more than 20 4G devices to its lineup this year. Samsung’s Omar Khan explained that Super AMOLED Plus means there’s 50% more sub-pixels available on the screen, and that the screen should be much easier to view outdoors compared to similar displays. The Infuse 4G launches on May 15th for $199.99 with a new two-year contract — be sure to check out our hands-on ahead of our full review, which is coming soon.

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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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Verizon Samsung DROID Charge hands-on!

By on April 26, 2011 at 10:28 AM.

Verizon Samsung DROID Charge hands-on!

We just got our hands on a brand new Samsung DROID Charge from Verizon Wireless (thanks, FedEx!), and we’ve been checking out the carrier’s second 4G LTE smartphone for a little while. Here are some of our first impressions: Right out of the box we were blown away by the DROID Charge’s 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen; the blacks are so dark that it’s hard to see where the screen ends and the chassis starts, and colors really do pop. The phone is powered by a 1GHz processor, which feels fast, but the Charge also doesn’t seem to zip around the UI as quickly as some of the dual-core devices we’ve tested recently, such as the T-Mobile G2x. Part of the problem could be Samsung’s custom TouchWiz software, however, which runs on top of Android 2.2 (Froyo). The DROID Charge feels very solid —  albeit a bit big — and it reminds us of the Samsung Omnia II in some ways. The DROID Charge’s 4G LTE data speeds were very solid in our initial tests; our download throughput averaged 11.24Mbps down, and the phone uploaded at an average of 5.38Mbps. We’ll be working on our review over the next couple of days and we’ll be sure to address the 8-megapixel camera, battery life, 4G data speeds, call quality, and plenty more. In the meantime, be sure to check out our hands-on DROID Charge gallery below!

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Verizon Wireless announces Samsung DROID Charge

By on April 21, 2011 at 12:07 PM.

Verizon Wireless announces Samsung DROID Charge

Verizon Wireless just took the wraps off of the Samsung DROID Charge, its latest Android 2.2 smartphone capable of running on the firm’s 4G LTE wireless network. The DROID Charge sports a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED Plus display — which made its debut on the Galaxy S II — an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for voice chats. It’s powered by a 1GHz processor and is also capable of sharing its 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices (while connected to LTE). The DROID Charge will launch on April 28th for $299.99 with a new two-year Verizon Wireless contract. Hit the break for the full press release. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S II gets first, beige commercial [video]

By on April 18, 2011 at 10:31 PM.

Samsung Galaxy S II gets first, beige commercial [video]

Samsung is starting to advertise its new flagship Android smartphone, the Galaxy S II. In its first commercial spot, the Galaxy S II’s screen is portrayed as being so realistic, you are compelled to drown it in a tank of water… or something like that. The twenty-one second spot pimps the phone’s Super AMOLED Plus prowess, albeit in a rather boring fashion. Regardless, if you’re interested in seeing the G-rated commercial it’s waiting for you after the break. More →

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Samsung says Galaxy S II not delayed, will launch this month

By on April 8, 2011 at 3:30 AM.

Samsung says Galaxy S II not delayed, will launch this month

Samsung has confirmed via an official Twitter account that the Galaxy S II, its upcoming flagship Android smartphone, will launch as planned in April. There were rumors that the device would be delayed due to speculation that Samsung had plans to upgrade the 1GHz dual-core Cotex-A9 processor to 1.2GHz. Samsung officially announced the Galaxy S II on February 13th during Mobile World Congress 2011. It offers Samsung’s next generation 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED Plus display, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), and Samsung’s new TouchWiz 4.0 user interface. Samsung hasn’t confirmed exactly when it will launch this month, but if you need something to tide you over, be sure to check out our hands-on. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S II launching at the end of March, tips UK retailer

By on February 25, 2011 at 8:45 AM.

Samsung Galaxy S II launching at the end of March, tips UK retailer

UK-based online retailer Clove has posted some interesting information concerning the availability of Samsung’s Galaxy S II. Via a brief blog post, the company writes, “we’ve had word today that the first stock of the Samsung Galaxy S II i9100, both the 16GB & 32GB versions, will be landing mid to late March.” The March timeline predates Samsung’s target release, which has been communicated as Q2. The Gally S II — which boasts a dual-core 1GHz processor, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1GB of RAM, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, and Android 2.3 — is available for pre-order from Clove; £510 for the 16GB model and £590 for the 32GB model. The retailer does caution that “release dates are always subject to change,” but it’s nice to hear rumors of an early (as opposed to late) release by a manufacturer. Still no word on when/if the Galaxy S II will make its way to the States. Fingers crossed. More →

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Hands-on with the Samsung 4G LTE smartphone [Video]

By on January 8, 2011 at 10:45 AM.

Hands-on with the Samsung 4G LTE smartphone [Video]

Following Thursday’s fast-paced Verizon 4G LTE announcement, we were eager to get a bit of hands-on time with one of the keynote’s stars, the Samsung LTE Smartphone. The as-yet-named handset is spec’ed to impress — with a 4.3″ Super OLED screen, 1 GHz processor, 8 megapixel rear-facing and 1.3 megapixel front-facing shooters, and more, all running atop Android 2.2. In use, the handset proved to be speedy and responsive, which is becoming quite the common theme (something you won’t hear us complaining about, especially considering the choppy beginnings of Androids initial UI interaction just a year or two ago). We’re expecting a more fitting, superlative-drenched name to be announced as soon as Samsung and VZW get around to blessing us with a release date and pricing info, but in the mean time, enjoy the hands-on video after the break! More →

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Samsung Infuse 4G announced for AT&T; 1.2 GHz, Super AMOLED Plus

By on January 5, 2011 at 12:29 PM.

Samsung Infuse 4G announced for AT&T; 1.2 GHz, Super AMOLED Plus

Things are really starting to heat up at CES. Today, Samsung announced its latest offering for AT&T, the Infuse 4G. The Infuse will sport a next-generation Super-AMOLED Plus touchscreen display — a display which Samsung touts has 50% more sub-pixels than traditional AMOLED displays. The device will also have a 1.2 GHz processor, 4.5-inch display, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and HD recording, 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, and Android 2.2. AT&T and Samsung were mum on the device’s release date and price, but we’re sure that will surface in due time. Oh, and for those of you wondering… AT&T is taking a page from T-Mobile’s book. The 4G in the device’s name refers to HSPA+. What do you think of the Infuse 4G?

UPDATE: The device will launch in “the second quarter of 2011.” Hit the jump for a brief, official blurb from AT&T. More →

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