Samsung Posts Official Hands-On Videos of Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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When a new product launches, tech websites are usually the first to pick up the models to review and make hands-on videos with them. Well, Samsung is particularly proud of its latest Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge models, so the Korean tech giant doesn’t want to rely on outsiders to walk you through the models’ best features.

That’s why the company has taken it upon itself to provide you with three hands-on videos for the new flagships, detailing the phones’ design, hardware and camera.

Apple Overtakes Samsung as the Leader in Global Smartphone Sales

iPhone6_10Apple has officially overtaken Samsung as the leader in global smartphone sales. In the fourth quarter, Apple reported its best results ever — selling 74.8 million units, helped by the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Seeing 56% growth in China and 88% growth in the U.S., Apple finished the year with 20.4% of the smartphone market.

Meanwhile, Samsung saw its market share drop to 19.9% in the fourth quarter of 2014 from 29.5% in the same quarter the year before. Samsung is trying to win back consumers, recently unveiling its new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones. However, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White doesn’t expect the new phones to pose too much of a threat to Apple, according to TheStreet’s Gary Krakow.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Benchmark Results Are Off the Charts

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We knew Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will be the most powerful Android smartphones available on the market since benchmark results of the latter leaked a few weeks ago. The previously leaked benchmarks showed Galaxy S6 Edge scored around 60k points, which put the the smartphone at the top of AnTuTu’s rankings when it comes to performance.

Considering the unit tested was a prototype we were hoping the final build will be even more powerful, though the second most powerful smartphone on the market Meizu MX4 is far behind the Galaxy S6 Edge. Since both Galaxy S6 models have been announced, now is a good opportunity to see how much Samsung managed to further improve the smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Trades Some Functionality for Better Design

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Samsung has just revealed not one, but two flagships smartphones that will be available in 20 countries beginning April 10: Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.

Since the first rumors emerged on these smartphones many have been afraid that Samsung has decided to drop some of the features that made the company’s flagships stand out from others like microSD card slot for example.

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Prices Start at €699 in Europe

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Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge launch did not contain any details on pricing options and wasn’t followed by any announcements in this regard, so we were left wondering how much money will cost the smartphones.

The good news is the folks over at SamMobile have learned directly from Samsung officials how much money one would need to purchase the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge beginning next month.

Curved screens not weird enough for you? Samsung plans a three-sided phone display

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Leave it to Samsung to once again make us say “huh?” when it comes to new smartphone screen technology.

The Korean electronics giant is reportedly developing a three-sided smartphone screen — so it will cover the front and two sides of a phone — according to a Bloomberg report.

A source tells the news agency that Samsung is working on adapting its “Youm” technology, which is used in its curved Galaxy Round phone, to display messages on the side displays. So, for example, the phone could display incoming notifications on the sides, or the title of the song it’s playing, without needed to wake up the display.

Samsung pays Apple $1 Billion sending 30 trucks full of 5 cent coins

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This morning more than 30 trucks filled with 5-cent coins arrived at Apple’s headquarters in California.

Initially, the security company that protects the facility said the trucks were in the wrong place, but minutes later, Tim Cook (Apple CEO) received a call from Samsung CEO explaining that they will pay $1 billion dollars for the fine recently ruled against the South Korean company in this way.

The funny part is that the signed document does not specify a single payment method, so Samsung is entitled to send the creators of the iPhone their billion dollars in the way they deem best.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 wireless charging pad and S Health scale hands-on

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No phone launch is complete without a few accessories added to the mix. Samsung had a whole bunch to announce alongside its Galaxy S 4, but only a few were on hand to check out up close and personal. We did, however, find a nice surprise hiding under those glossy white table covers — a wireless charging pad. Yes, it turns out the the GS 4 does in fact have Qi wireless charging capabilities.

Provided its available in your region and your carrier chooses to support it. The charging pad itself has a glossy plastic base that matches the phone, but there’s a nice rubbery gray top that keeps the handset from sliding around too much while it’s juicing up.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs. Galaxy S III: what’s changed?

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Okay, okay, we all get it: the Galaxy S 4 looks a lot like last year’s model. But there are of course some differences, most notably on the inside, where the phone steps up to an either an Exynos 5 or Snapdragon chip, depending on the region.

As is our way, we’ve combed the spec sheets for both models to see exactly what’s changed this time around. So, phone snobs, have at it!

Check out our event hub for all the action from Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 event.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 launching on 327 carriers in 155 countries, starting at the end of April

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Samsung has announced some of its launch partners for the Galaxy S 4 which will include some 327 carriers in 155 countries. According to JK Shin, it will include global LTE roaming, with 3G and LTE models in multiple bands (up to hexa band, according to the slide).

Samsung’s PR reveals it will be on all four major US carriers, plus US Cellular and Cricket, while European carriers include Deutsche Telecom, EE, H3G, Orange, Telenor, Telia Sonera, Telefonica, and Vodafone.

Update: AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint have all issued official statements to along with the launch which are included after the break. Look below for links to early registration for launch details from Samsung and the various carriers.