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Samsung lifts the lid on Exynos 5 5422 Octa and Exynos 5 5260 Hexa processors – both support QHD

2014 February 26

Samsung has lifted the lid on the Exynos 5 5422 Octa and the Exynos 5 5260 Hexa processors. Both CPUs support QHD.

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In a press release, the Korean tech giant announced:

Samsung’s new Exynos 5422, an advanced Exynos 5 Octa product for premium mobile devices, is designed to support the ever-increasing needs of high-resolution displays and complicated computation without sacrificing battery life. This new processor is equipped with eight cores—four big cores (ARM® Cortex®- A15™ up to 2.1 GHz) for heavy loads and four small cores (ARM® Cortex®- A7™ up to 1.5 GHz) for lighter jobs—that deliver up to 34 percent higher performance than in previous Exynos Octa models. Due to Samsung’s further optimized big.LITTLE™ HMP (Heterogeneous Multi Processing) technology, any combination of up to eight cores is engineered to provide optimum performance for any given task.

To support high-resolution displays requiring a higher rate of data calculation and bandwidth, such as WQHD (2560 x 1440) and WQXGA (2560 x 1600), Samsung has adopted new solutions with proprietary mobile image compression (MIC) and adaptive hibernation technology. With MIC, display data is compressed into half to minimize memory bandwidth requirement and uses only four MIPI lanes.

To further reduce power requirements, an adaptive hibernation algorithm detects non-moving parts of dynamic images and freezes the data transfer. Both technologies are implemented in conjunction with Samsung’s mobile display driver IC (S6E3HA0 for WQHD and S6E3FA2 for FHD respectively), and save power consumption by up to 10 percent compared with conventional technologies. Samsung’s new Exynos 5422 also delivers an outstanding multimedia experience through advanced Multi Format Codec (MFC) that supports 4K UHD resolution. These multimedia enhancements enable users to enjoy life-like multimedia experience by creating and uploading richer mobile contents with greater ease.

Exynos 5422 is developed using Samsung’s advanced 28 nanometer (nm) fabrication process node and supports HMP feature, saving overall power consumption by up to 10 percent with improved performance compared to mobile application processors fabricated with the 32nm process. Samples of the processor are available now and scheduled for mass production in the first quarter of 2014.

Another addition to the Exynos portfolio, Exynos 5 Hexa (Exynos 5260) is designed to bring optimal performance and power efficiency required in the increasing mid- to high-end mobile market. The new Exynos 5 Hexa processor is powered by six CPU cores; two 1.7GHz ARM® Cortex®-A15 cores and four 1.3GHz ARM® Cortex®-A7 cores. Along with Exynos 5 Octa products, it adopts big.LITTLE HMP to provide the right mixture of cores for various tasks, resulting in up to 42 percent improved performance when compared with the previous Exynos 5 Dual products.

Equipped with an embedded Display Port (eDP) interface and memory bandwidth supporting up to 12.8GB/s, the Exynos 5260 also supports WQXGA (2560 x 1600) display resolution. For excellent video experience, it is integrated with a video codec that enables Full HD (1080p) playback at up to 60 frames-per-second (fps) with encoding and decoding of various standards, such as H.264, MPEG4 and VP8. Exynos 5260 is currently in mass production.

The Exynos 5 5422 Octa is likely to be the CPU of the octa-core Samsung Galaxy S5, which will be released in April. The Exynos 5 5260 Hexa is the CPU of the recently unveiled Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 price tag may be lower than rival flagships or as much as S4

2014 February 26
by Sethe Gomez

A report is saying that the Samsung Galaxy S5’s price tag may be lower than competing flagships or as much as the current price of the Samsung Galaxy S4.

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This is according to ZDNet Korea, a Korean-speaking site, which was then spotted and translated by PhoneArena. The site reports, “Now that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is official, Korean media once again reiterates that it might be priced lower than the direct competition, like, say, the Sony Xperia Z2.”

The site adds, “We’ve heard Bloomberg spread the ”more affordable” rumor before, and at the time it stated that Samsung is still negotiating prices with carriers, mulling whether to price it lower than its usual flagship launch tag. Now, whether that means it’s the carriers that will bear the brunt of the Galaxy S5 subsidies, and the end user will get it for cheaper than the usual $200 on contract, remains to be seen.

“Alternatively, Samsung might decide to ship it for less to carriers as well, eating some margin spread, and passing the savings down to consumers.”

If true, then we’re sure the Galaxy S5 will sell like hotcakes.

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Samsung infographic reveals Galaxy S5 with octa-core chip

2014 February 26

When Samsung lifted the lid on the Galaxy S5, we were expecting an octa-core version of the flagship. Sadly, the Korean tech giant never mentioned the version at MWC 2014. This has led others to believe that there is no octa-core version. Apparently, there is a an S5 with an octa-core-chip, revealed by Samsung’s infographic.

According to GSMArena, “Turns out, there will be an Exynos variant of the Galaxy S5. According to a blog post by Samsung (which has now been redacted for some reason), the company will offer a 2.1GHz octacore variant of the Exynos SoC for the Galaxy S5.”

Here’s the original infographic:

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The site notes, “It is unclear whether this will be limited to select markets or if Samsung will adopt its previous strategy of keeping the Qualcomm model US exclusive and offer the Exynos model in all other regions. If that is the case, hopefully the Exynos model won’t lack any major features, such as 4K video recording, the way it did on the Galaxy Note 3.

“The exact Exynos model is unknown. We will probably find out more when Samsung announces it officially, along with its availability on the S5.”

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Samsung shows infographic – compares S line models from the Galaxy S to the Galaxy S5

2014 February 26

Samsung’s new infographic compares its S Line models from the Galaxy S to the Galaxy S5, showing us how far mobile technology has come.

The Korean tech giant said on Samsung Tomorrow, “The next big thing has finally been unpacked! At the MWC 2014, Samsung Galaxy S5 has been introduced to the world. Whenever a new flagship model comes out like the Galaxy S5, you want to compare it to the previous model. We understand that, so we made it easier for you. Here is the comparison of the key specifications of the Galaxy S series.”

Here’s the infographic:

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Samsung Galaxy S5 16GB to only have 8GB free storage

2014 February 25

The Samsung Galaxy S5 16GB is likely to be more popular than other variants such as the 32GB or 64GB variants due to the lower price tag. However, if you’re planning to get your hands on the 16GB variant, beware. You will only get 8GB of free storage due to the smartphone’s ROM. It consumes 8GB.

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The news comes to us via AndroidCentral. According to the site, “Half of the on-board storage is used up before the owner even turns on the phone. It’s not quite as dire on the 32GB model of course (and remember that there’s a little bit of funky math anyway, and you never get as much storage as manufacturers say), and Samsung will quickly tell you that’s why you have the option to use a microSD card for expanded storage. It’s something that we’ve seen before, and it’s the same scenario. You need room for all those features and apps.”

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Major UK network operators put up Samsung Galaxy S5 registration pages

2014 February 25
by Sethe Gomez

Samsung has officially unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S5, its new flagship. According to the Korean tech giant, the successor of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available in 150 countries around the world on the 11th of April. Now, UK network operators have put up registration pagers for customers who want to get updates on the new smartphone.

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AndroidCentral reports, “EE, and Vodafone have posted registration pages for the Galaxy S5, as have Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4U. Three has also confirmed its intention to carry the new phone.”

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Samsung lifts the lid on the Samsung Galaxy S5

2014 February 25
by Sethe Gomez

Samsung has lifted the lid on the Samsung Galaxy S5.

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Official press shots:

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Samsung announced in a press release:

Samsung Electronics today announced the fifth generation of the Galaxy S series, the Galaxy S5, designed for what matters most to consumers. The new Galaxy S5 offers consumers a refined experience with innovation of essential features for day-to-day use.

“With the Galaxy S5, Samsung is going back to basics to focus on delivering the capabilities that matter most to our consumers,” said JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung. “Consumers are looking for mobile tools that inspire and support them as they improve their everyday lives. The Galaxy S5 represents an iconic design with essential and useful features to focus on delivering the ultimate smartphone on the market today through people inspired innovation.”

The Galaxy S5 combines an advanced camera, the fast network connectivity, dedicated fitness tools and enhanced device protection features as consumers stay fit and connected in style.

Capture the moments that matter

Capturing and saving precious memories is one of the most important smartphone features today. The new Galaxy S5 offers superior camera functionality, featuring a 16 megapixel camera with an enhanced menu and user interface that allow consumers to effortlessly take, edit and share photos.

The Galaxy S5 offers the world’s fastest autofocus speed up to 0.3 seconds and the advanced High Dynamic Range (HDR), reproduce natural light and color with striking intensity at any circumstances. Also new Selective Focus feature allows users to focus on a specific area of an object while simultaneously blurring out the background. With this capability, consumers no longer need a special lens kit to create a shallow depth of field (DOF) effect.

Tap into the fastest connections

The Galaxy S5 offers the most advanced LTE experience and Wi-Fi performance available today, ensuring blazing fast data speeds for unrivaled media consumption and productivity.

The Galaxy S5 supports the fifth generation Wi-Fi 802.11ac and 2X2 MIMO, and supporting the large number of LTE frequency with LTE Category 4 standard. For consumers seeking an even faster connection, the Galaxy S5 now features Download Booster, an innovative Wi-Fi technology for boosting data speed by bonding Wi-Fi and LTE simultaneously. No matter where a consumer is, the Galaxy S5 will help ensure they have the fastest available connection.

Be more fit and active

With the enhanced S Health 3.0, the new Galaxy S5 offers more tools to help people stay fit and well. It provides a comprehensive personal fitness tracker to help users monitor and manage their behavior, along with additional tools including a pedometer, diet and exercise records, and a new, built-in heart rate monitor. Galaxy S5 users can further customize their experience with an enriched third party app ecosystem and the ability to pair with next generation Gear products for real-time fitness coaching.

Express modern, glam look

The Galaxy S5 blends iconic Samsung design with modern trends to appeal to a range of consumer tastes and interests. The Galaxy S5 features a perforated pattern on the back cover creating a modern glam look. Its new sleek, contoured shape comes in an array of vivid colors, including charcoal Black, shimmery White, electric Blue and copper Gold, to complement the style of the individual consumer.

Essential device protection

The Galaxy S5 is IP67 dust and water resistant. It also offers a Finger Scanner, providing a secure, biometric screen locking feature and a seamless and safe mobile payment experience to consumers. The Ultra Power Saving Mode turns the display to black and white, and shuts down all unnecessary features to minimize the battery consumption.

The device will be available globally through Samsung’s retail channels, e-commerce and carriers on April.

Specs:

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Samsung lifts the lid on Gear Fit – ‘the ultimate modern fitness solution’

2014 February 25

Samsung has lifted the lid on the Samsung Gear Fit. The Korean tech giant claims the smartband is “the ultimate modern fitness solution.”

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Samsung announced in a press release, “Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today introduced the Samsung Gear Fit, the industry’s first curved, Super AMOLED wearable device for the active consumer. The Gear Fit offers the unmatched convenience of Samsung Gear technology with the most comprehensive fitness tools available, empowering consumers stay physically active without sacrificing personal style or mobile connectivity.”

CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics, JK Shin, said, “Samsung understands that the next generation of wearable mobile solutions must directly reflect of the diverse interests and needs of consumers. In response, our Gear product portfolio continues to expand with unique devices for a wide range of lifestyles, including the new Gear Fit designed to help those consumers striving to live more fit and active lives without sacrificing their own personal style or their ability to stay connected on the go.”

The Korean firm added, “Whether used as a standalone or companion device, the Samsung Gear Fit puts people in charge of their personal and active lives while staying connected so they never miss a moment.”

Speaking about how the device works, Samsung said, “The Samsung Gear Fit was designed to comfortably contour to consumers’ wrists while offering a vivid Super AMOLED display. It provides much more than an everyday fitness band, keeping consumers up to date instant notifications from Galaxy smartphones such as incoming calls, emails, SMS, alarm, S-planner, 3rd party apps while consumers are on the move so they can stay connected. Changeable straps in Black, Orange and Mocha Grey will let users express their individual style, changing the look of the Gear Fit to match their outfit or mood for any type of activity.

“The sleek new Samsung Gear Fit provides the superior connectivity benefits of Samsung wearable technology with a custom, real time fitness coaching to provide unique, personalized advice and workout recommendations.”

Samsung Gear Fit specs:

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In terms of availability, Samsung said, “The Gear Fit will be available globally starting from April.”

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JK Shin – ‘It is too early for a smartphone with Tizen’

2014 February 25
by Sethe Gomez

We were expecting Samsung to lift the lid on its Tizen-powered smartphone at MWC 2014. Tizen is a new operating system backed by Samsung and other companies such as Intel. However, instead of seeing Tizen-powered smartphones, we saw the Korean tech giant unveil the Tizen-powered Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy Gear 2 Neo, which are smartwatches. According to Samsung Electronics mobile division’s CEO, JK Shin, “It is too early for a smartphone with Tizen.”tizen-130806

Shin said at a press conference at the trade show, “It is too early for a smartphone with Tizen. There are still things that need to be mature (before we launch.)”

Lee Young Hee, Samsung Electronics’ executive vice president of marketing, said, “Many believe that Tizen is an OS for smartphones but it is optimized for other devices as well. We will use Tizen in TVs in the near future.”

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Samsung Galaxy S5 rear casing leaked in blurry photo

2014 February 24

Samsung will be lifting the lid on the Samsung Galaxy S5, its next flagship later today. This, however, hasn’t stopped the leaks from pouring in. In an earlier video, three colour options of the smartphone were accidentally leaked while featuring the newly unveiled Samsung Galaxy Gear 2, the Korean tech giant’s new smartwatch running Tizen. A photo soon followed, showing the handset in four colour options. In a new photo, the smartphone’s rear casing is revealed in a blurry photo.

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A tipster sent the photo to PhoneArena. According to the site, “Now, one of our loyal readers has sent us a rather blurry image of what he claims is the Samsung Galaxy S5. To be sure, the picture does match up with the earlier leaks of the back of the Galaxy S5, right down to that mysterious image next to the LED flash. We’ve pointed out before that the fingerprint sensor is expected on the front of the unit, built into the home key. So whatever it is, still cannot be determined.”

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