Samsung Expects Bendable Electronics With Graphene Breakthrough

Flexible electronics have always seemed like an unobtainable piece of science fiction, but Samsung announced today that it has developed a process which may speed the development of such devices. The key, apparently, is graphene.

Graphene has long been touted as the ideal replacement for silicon in electronic devices. It’s theoretically faster and more efficient, but a number of manufacturing obstacles have impeded its implementation. Samsung and partner Sungkyunkwan University’s School of Advanced Materials Science, believe they have overcome one barrier with a new method of growing wafer-sized, large-area graphene atop a semiconductor. Samsung says the process is an essential step toward making commercialization of graphene viable.  (more…)

Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Fit Now Up for Pre-order From Amazon, Ship April 11

Samsung’s new lineup of sporty wearables – Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit – is up for pre-order through Amazon already, all of which show a launch date of April 11. If that date sounds familiar, that’s because the Galaxy S5 is launching globally on that day as well.

We’ve got links to all items below, but in case you were wondering, pricing looks like this:  Gear 2 ($299), Gear 2 Neo ($199), and Gear Fit ($199).  (more…)

Verizon Galaxy S5 Now Up for Pre-order at $199, BOGO Deal in Effect

Were you waiting for Verizon to open up pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S5? That time has now come. For $199 on-contract (after $50 rebate) or $599 at full retail, you can pre-order Samsung’s 2014 flagship with an expected shipping date of April 11, the planned global launch date of the phone.

Verizon’s version of the GS5 is like everyone else’s in that it sports a 5.1″ FHD Super AMOLED display, 16MP camera, 2,800mAh battery, Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB RAM, fingerprint scanner, heartrate monitor, and Android 4.4 underneath a revamped TouchWiz (full specs). You can see the heartrate monitor and fingerprint scanner in action here. You’ll find a quick video tour of the phone here. And last, here is how the Galaxy S5 compares to the Galaxy S4, plus other phones.  (more…)

Samsung SM-G906S Appears in Benchmark With QHD (2560×1440) 5.2-inch Display, is It a Premium Galaxy S5?

In mid-March, shortly after Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5 to mixed reactions, their mobile boss, JK Shin, told Korean press that his company was not working on an ultra-premium version of the phone. The question was posed to Shin because rumors (benchmarks too) for months leading up to the launch of the GS5 pegged Samsung as introducing a potentially new premium line of devices, one of which sported a QHD (2560×1440). We even saw apps from a Galaxy S5 ROM mention WQHD, but yet, the device came with a 1080p display instead.

With the Galaxy S5 now days away from an international retail launch, speculation over a premium line is back, thanks to another benchmark.  (more…)

Reported Picture of Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Zoom Leaked

Rumors of a Galaxy S5 Zoom from Samsung have been popping up here and there, with reported specs for the device already leaked. What we had yet to see is an actual look at the device, and thanks to the most recent leak, we can check that off of our list.

All we have is a single picture from what appears to be some type of Samsung fan site, but at least the photo is in focus. We can’t be thrilled enough to see an in-focus leaked photo. From a look at the image, it appears that Samsung is attempting to cut back on the size of the Zoom line, throwing more mechanical work of the camera into the body of the phone itself.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini Specs Leaked, Mid-range Handset With Few Notable Specs

Now that we are less than two weeks away from the official Galaxy S5 launch (and eBay is already calling it a Daily Deal), it’s time to look forward to the same phone in different variants. Last year’s Galaxy S4 came in Mini, Zoom, and Active forms, so as far as we know, the S5 will be getting similar treatment.

An exclusive out of SamMobile today, attempts to confirm the existence of the Galaxy S5 Mini, going on to reveal probable specifications of the mid-range device. (more…)

Deal: Woot has the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) Starting at $344

Daily deal aficionado, Woot, is currently hosting what it believes is the ultimate Samsung Galaxy tablet blowout. I wouldn’t necessarily disagree with their mindset, since the tablet lineup includes the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014), which was Samsung’s flagship tablet from September of last year up until the NotePRO lineup was introduced at CES. We’re talking S Pen, an Octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and a gorgeous 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600. This is a top-of-the-line tablet, my friends.

Woot has both 16GB and 32GB versions available, also in white or black. The 16GB model can be grabbed for $344.99, while the 32GB version will run you $384.99. If you need something to compare to, we can look to Amazon, which is selling the 16GB and 32GB models at $499 and $549, respectively.  (more…)