Samsung has today announced its much-anticipated Galaxy Round, its first smartphone with a curved OLED display. The handset is almost identical to the recently-released Galaxy Note 3 in every way, which means it has a 5.7-inch 1080p display, a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, and 3GB of RAM. The difference is it’s slightly curved.
All items tagged with "korea"
Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch went on sale in Europe this week, but if you want to buy one, you’ll need a Galaxy Note 3 or the latest Galaxy Tab 10.1 to go with it, because they’re the only devices that currently support it. But you may not be surprised to hear that Samsung’s working hard to bring Galaxy Gear support to its latest flagship, too.
One company executive has revealed that the Galaxy S4 will be updated to support Galaxy Gear in October.
The LG Vu II, with its rather odd 4:3 aspect ratio, is one of the most unique Android-powered phablets on the market. And it’s likely to retain that title when the Vu III launches later this year, according to leaked specifications that have surfaced in Asia.
In addition to a 4:3 display, this time with a higher resolution, the Vu III is expected to offer the latest Snapdragon 800 processor, and LTE-Advanced technology.
To celebrate the launch of its flagship G2, LG held a pretty crazy promotional event in Seoul on Friday, which gave attendees the opportunity to win a voucher for a free handset by catching one of 100 helium-filled balloons that were released into the air.
But the event turned nasty when 20 people were injured, and LG was forced to cancel other events it had planned across South Korea.
Samsung Wallet, the new Passbook-like virtual wallet service that was unveiled at Mobile World Congress back in February, has begun appearing on select Samsung devices in Korea and the United States. It’s currently compatible with the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note 10.1, and the Galaxy S II HD LTE.
LG showed off a number of new handsets at Mobile World Congress last week, but it seems the company hasn’t quite finished yet. It has today unveiled the Optimus LTE III, a new Android-powered smartphone that will succeed the Optimus LTE II (obviously), with a 4.7-inch 720p display, an 8-megapixel camera, and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
Sharp has this morning announced a ¥10.4 billion ($112 million) investment from Samsung that will provide the latter with a 3% stake in the company. It makes Samsung the biggest individual shareholder in the Japanese display maker, and secures its access to Sharp’s LCD panel supplies.
The investment comes at a time when Sharp has been struggling. The company received a $4.4 billion bailout from the banks in October 2012, and its iPad display orders from Apple were recently cut as consumer demand shifted to the smaller iPad mini, which Sharp is not involved with.
Almost four months after LG launched its flagship Optimus G, the company has sold more than 1 million units. The device first launched in Korea back in September, and it’s been slowly but surely rolling out in additional markets since. In the United States and Canada, the Optimus G has been available since November, while those in China and Europe are still waiting for it.
Samsung and Apple are the only two smartphone vendors currently seeing growth in the United States, and although it was Apple that saw the most between September and November of last year, it’s Samsung who will attract most customers throughout 2013. The Korean electronics giant will see 35% growth over the next 12 months, according to Strategy Analytics, further increasing the lead over its arch rival in Cupertino.
Not only does Samsung offer a wide range of Android-powered smartphones, but it also offers them in a wide range of color options. Its hugely popular Galaxy S III, for example, comes in white, blue, red, and brown, with more colors on the way. Now the Korean company looks to be giving the Galaxy Note II a lick of paint; a new leak reveals that new “ruby wine” and “amber brown” models are on their way.