Today Samsung announced two new smartphones that fit into their portfolio of mid-range devices. They are the Galaxy A3 and A5. Normally there's not a lot to get excited about when it comes to the launch of mid-range phones, but there's something very unique about these two new phones from Samsung. Samsung has long been criticized for their primarily plastic construction on their phones and tablets. This was improved with the designs of the Galaxy Alpha and the Note 4 which sported a metal band that went around the edges of the device. The Galaxy A3 and A5 take this even further with full metal unibody designs, much like what HTC has been doing for quite some time now. Before getting into the design...

Samsung Releases Standard, EVO and PRO SD Cards

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41 by Kristian Vättö on 4/7/2014

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 and 10.1 Review

Samsung Galaxy series of tablets and smartphones have been well received since they first started appearing on store shelves, and with good reason. Not all manufacturers really get industrial...

125 by Jarred Walton on 3/22/2014

My First Mobile World Congress: Round Up and Impressions

The decision to send four editors to MWC this year meant that Anand, Brian, Joshua and I were thrust deep in the heart of Barcelona for the best part...

3 by Ian Cutress on 3/7/2014

Samsung's Exynos 5422 & The Ideal big.LITTLE: Exynos 5 Hexa (5260)

Samsung announced two new mobile SoCs at MWC today. The first is an update to the Exynos 5 Octa with the new Exynos 5422. The 5422 is a mild...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/25/2014

Samsung Announces Galaxy S5: Initial Thoughts

Every year Samsung launches a new Galaxy S flagship smartphone, and as always, Samsung puts the best platform that can be bought in their devices. The Galaxy S5 is...

127 by Joshua Ho on 2/24/2014

Samsung Announces Tizen-based Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo Smartwatches

This morning Samsung dropped some news ahead of its Unpacked 5 event with the announcement of a refresh of its smart watch lineup, the Gear 2 and Gear 2...

9 by Brian Klug on 2/23/2014

Samsung SSD 840 EVO mSATA (120GB, 250GB, 500GB & 1TB) Review

Samsung is in a unique position in the SSD market. It’s the only company in the consumer SSD business with a fully vertically integrated business model and zero reliance...

65 by Kristian Vättö on 1/9/2014

Samsung SSD News: 1TB 840 EVO mSATA, RAPID for 840 Pro & eDrive for 840 EVO

Today has been a busy day for Samsung's SSD department with three releases/announcements. With three different topics, I've separated this article into three, so let's begin with the hardware. Samsung...

35 by Kristian Vättö on 12/9/2013

Samsung S27B971D Monitor Review

At the 2013 CES Samsung made a point to demonstrate the excellent accuracy of their monitors. They had an example of the automated calibration routine they go through at...

52 by Chris Heinonen on 10/31/2013

Samsung Galaxy Round, a Curved Note 3

Just recently, news broke that the Galaxy Round is being released for sale in Korea. While Samsung can claim that they are the first to create a commercially sold...

25 by Joshua Ho on 10/9/2013

Some Thoughts on Smartphone Region Locking

Recently, reports of Samsung region locking the Note 3 came out via Clove UK, which posted on its blog that the Note 3 would be completely unable to use...

60 by Joshua Ho on 10/7/2013

They're (Almost) All Dirty: The State of Cheating in Android Benchmarks

Thanks to AndreiF7's excellent work on discovering it, we kicked off our investigations into Samsung’s CPU/GPU optimizations around the international Galaxy S 4 in July and came away...

364 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 10/2/2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Review

I still remember the first time I held the original Galaxy Note. At that point in time it wasn’t really obvious just how critical larger-display smartphones were going to...

305 by Brian Klug on 10/1/2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) Review

Ever since the arrival of the Nexus 10, it’s been hard recommending other, lower resolution 10-inch Android tablets. Although not the knock out success that the Nexus 7 became...

100 by Brian Klug & Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/1/2013

Samsung's S9110 Watchphone: What Came Before the Galaxy Gear

Last night I got a reminder from my friend Vlad that my Galaxy Gear headline wasn't technically accurate - the Gear wasn't Samsung's first wearable. I responded saying that...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/5/2013

Samsung Introduces Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) with 2560x1600 Display

Alongside the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung also updated its 10.1-inch Galaxy Note with a 2014 Edition of the tablet. The changes to the 10.1-inch Galaxy Note mirror those of...

31 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/4/2013

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3: Snapdragon 800 in a Slimmer Galaxy Note

Samsung was among the first to discover the demand for very large smartphones and quickly addressed that market with its Galaxy Note lineup. The smartphone Notes combine a large...

60 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/4/2013

The Galaxy Gear Preview: Samsung's First Wearable

As the smartphone and tablet markets shift from high growth to the early stages of maturity, forward looking companies are looking at other adjacent markets for continued growth. Wearable...

80 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/4/2013

Samsung’s V-NAND: Hitting the Reset Button on NAND Scaling

SSD pricing has come down tremendously since Intel’s X25-M hit the scene in 2008. Back then we were talking about 80GB for around $600, while today Micron and Samsung...

43 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/21/2013

Samsung’s 3D Vertical NAND Set to Improve NAND Densities

Ars Technica has posted information on Samsung’s new 3D Vertical NAND technology, and it promises to boost densities for SSDs and other similar devices dramatically. Samsung announced last night...

33 by Jarred Walton on 8/6/2013

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