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GO GO GADGET When does the Samsung Galaxy S8 come out? Release date, price, rumours and specs

SAMSUNG is preparing to release the Galaxy S8 and leaks and rumours are already rife about what the new product will include.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new phone including release date, specs, rumours, features and price.

When will it come out?

Samsung fans were dealt a blow after the Galaxy Note 7 explosion debacle pushed the S8 release date back until April.

It has since been confirmed that the new model will be released on March 29, TechRadar reports.

It will be on pre-order from April 10 and is rumoured to land in stores on April 21.

The phone makers revealed that wrong sized batteries were to blame for the Note 7 which overheated and was recalled.

The South Korean firm may have postponed this launch in order to fully investigate those problems.

How much will it cost?

An exact figure has not yet been released but if previous prices and phones of similar models are a comparison then the Galaxy S8 will be in the region of £600.

It is rumoured the phone wil seel for $850 in the US – roughly £700 in the UK, according to TechRadar.

The Galaxy S7 can be bought for £619 while the S6 can be bought for £110.

The company have said they want to make the screen the main feature of the phone, with the aim for it to fill as much of the front face as possible.  Read More

For customer’s in South Korea who bought the ill-fated Note 7 they can get some money off the new phone, by trading their old model in.

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Samsung’s Future Is Bleak Because Phones Themselves No Longer Matter

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung leads the world in smartphone market share, and at a time of ascendant mobile computing, that seems like a great place to be. So why does the future look so glum for the South Korean hardware giant?

On Tuesday, the world’s dominant smartphone maker said that its third-quarter profits would likely drop by about 60 percent and overall sales by more than 20 percent compared to the same time last year, blaming “intensified smartphone competition” for the decline.

The prediction comes just weeks after chief rival Apple released its own phablet-sized thumb-busters to compete with large-screen devices from Samsung. Strong sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus could be eating into Samsung’s revenues. But that’s not the only force at work here.

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Samsung overtakes Apple as world’s most profitable mobile phone maker

Samsung's Galaxy S4 and Apple's iPhone 5

Apple has lost its status as the world’s most profitable maker of mobile phones, with strong demand for Samsung’s Galaxy handsets pushing the South Korean multinational into the financial lead for the first time.

The California company made an estimated $3.2bn (£2.1bn) profit from iPhone sales in the second quarter of the year, according to the research firm Strategy Analytics, a marked drop from $4.6bn a year ago and less than Samsung’s estimated $5.2bn haul from both its basic models and smartphones in the same period.

While the high-priced iPhone was the engine that propelled Apple to become the world’s most valuable company, its customers are no longer bent on owning the latest model.

Healthy demand for the three-year-old iPhone 4, which is cheaper than the latest iPhone 5, has reduced the average selling price of its blockbuster device.

As smartphone ownership trickles down the income brackets in both western and emerging markets, Apple’s margins have taken a hit. The company’s latest financial results showed that the average selling price of an iPhone has fallen to $581, down from $613 in the first quarter.

The same trend has squeezed Samsung’s handset profits, which are down from an estimated $5.6bn in the second quarter of 2012, but the strong performance of its flagship Galaxy S4 has, at least for now, put an end to Apple’s four-year reign as the world’s most profitable phone-maker.  Read More

Samsung’s ATIV Q tablet runs both Windows 8 and Android Jelly Bean

ATIV Q convertible tablet

ATIV Q convertible tablet from Samsung.

Part of the advantage of having both operating systems in one device is that Windows users can quickly call up Android apps such as Angry Birds by seamlessly toggling back and forth between the two OSs by pushing a button without rebooting, as Samsung officials demonstrated in a London event that was also broadcast via YouTube. A major criticism of Windows 8 has been a relative shortage of apps in the Windows Store, compared to app stores for iOS and Android.

The dual OS concept didn’t make sense to Carolina Milanesi, an analyst at Gartner, even though she liked the ATIV Q design and its ability to convert from tablet to laptop with a foldout keyboard.

“Why would you want both OSs on one device if you wanted to do work and play?” she asked. “To me, this is more about doing technology for the sake of it. The design of the ATIV Q is amazing, but I think it would have done much better in just Windows 8.” She said that while Samsung hasn’t announced the price or other details, she predicted it probably will cost more than buying two tablets, each running a separate OS.

Power users will like having access to both Windows and Android apps, “but I think this concept will be very confusing to the average user,” added Patrick Moorhead, an analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy. “One really positive thing this brings to Windows 8 is the ability to have access to all those Android apps even though are really blown up phone apps.”

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Samsung Boasts Of Double-Data Speed Galaxy S4 Smartphone

JK Shin, head of Samsung Mobile Communications...JK Shin, head of Samsung Mobile Communications (Image credit: AFP/Getty Images via @daylife)

 

Aside from churning out impressive, feature-packed technology that dominates the smartphone industry, Samsung is also adept at stirring up interest in what it has up its sleeve. Last month the South Korean electronics giant announced it was working on “5G” technology that would one day be several hundred times faster than 4G — a claim that was downplayed as “hyperbole” by Forbes contributor Nigam Arora.

A similar whiff of spin was evident in another recent announcement. Samsung’ mobile chief, JK Shin, told Reuters in an article published today that the company was preparing to launch a new version of its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone, one that could transmit data at twice the normal speeds. The phone would be powered by a Qualcomm QCOM +1.12% processor and, according to Reuters, and use LTE-Advanced 4G technology. It would reportedly be available in South Korea as early as this month.  Read More

Google (GOOG) Said To Develop New Motorola ‘X-Phone’ To Compete Apple (AAPL), Samsung

Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG : 709.3, -7.4) and Motorola Mobility is reportedly developing on a new smartphone — codenamed “X-phone” — in a move to grab market share from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL : 519.75, -0.28) and Samsung Electronics in the smartphone market.

Motorola is designing its marquee handset with cutting-edge features to stand apart from existing phones when it is released next year, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter.

Motorola is primarily working on two fronts: devices that will be sold by carrier partner Verizon Wireless, such as the “Droid” line of smartphones, and the X phone, the WSJ reported citing the people. Motorola is also anticipated working on an “X” tablet after the phone.

Google’s new hardware unit has run into hurdles associated with manufacturing and supply-chain management that have caused the company to rethink some initial plans for the X phone, such as using a bendable screen, the people told the WSJ.

Motorola plans to enhance the X Phone with its recent acquisition of Viewdle, an imaging and gesture-recognition software developer. The new smartphone is due out sometime next year, the business daily said quoting the people.

Google Chief Executive Larry Page has told the Motorola team to “think big” and aspire to reach the scale of Samsung’s mobile business, and promised a significant marketing budget for the unit, the newspaper reported citing the persons.  Read More

Samsung posts record net profit on smartphone sales

Samsung Electronics has reported record profits in the three months to September, led by strong sales of its Galaxy range of smartphones.

Net profit was 6.5tn won ($5.9bn; £3.7bn), a 91% jump from a year earlier.

Strong demand and improved profitability at its display panel unit also boosted earnings.

However, increased competition and its legal tussles with Apple have raised concerns over its future performance.

“There are concerns that Samsung’s earnings would peak this year,” said Lee Sun-Tae an analyst at NH Investment & Securities.

‘Not sexy enough’

While Samsung has enjoyed tremendous success with its Galaxy range of smartphones, other manufacturers have been releasing new models, crowding the market space.

Last month, its biggest rival Apple launched the latest version of its iPhone.

Meanwhile, HTC and Nokia have also introduced new models powered by Windows 8, as the two firms look to regain some the market share they have lost in recent times.

Analysts said that increased competition means that firms may have to lower their prices to attract buyers as well as spend more on their marketing campaigns – which will dent their profit margins.

Samsung, which derives the bulk of its earnings from smartphone sales, is likely to feel the affect of any such moves.

“It’ll be difficult for Samsung to maintain such a high profit margin from handsets as the market gets crowded,” said Nam Dae-Jong, of Hana Daetoo Securities.  Read More

Apple Seeks U.S. Sales Ban on Eight Samsung Devices

By JOHN LETZING And JESSICA E. VASCELLARO

Days after winning a $1.05 billion jury verdict against Samsung Electronics Co.,005930.SE -7.45% Apple Inc. AAPL +1.88% moved to block the sale of Samsung devices found to infringe its patents.

In a filing Monday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Apple said it is seeking a preliminary injunction against eight Samsung products, including versions of its Galaxy and Droid smartphones.

Apple, of Cupertino, Calif., said it reserves the rights to pursue permanent injunctions banning the sale of all 28 devices that the jury on Friday found to violate Apple’s intellectual property. But Apple offered, in response to an order by Judge Lucy Koh, what it called a “tailored” list of Samsung products “to address a portion of the immediate, ongoing irreparable harm that Apple is suffering,” according to the filing.

While the devices aren’t Samsung’s latest products, many are still available through wireless carriers and online retailers such as Amazon.com Inc. AMZN -0.74%

Samsung officials have already begun to talk to wireless carriers about removing or modifying infringing features to keep products on the market if the injunctions are granted, according to a person familiar with the matter. One of the most important devices in the scenario planning is the Galaxy S II smartphone, which was found to infringe patents related to the design of the phone and some involving software features.

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Samsung finds itself on the wrong end of the Apple trial with spilled evidence

Earlier today it was revealed that evidence Samsung spilled to the press in their trial against Appleregarding supposed Sony pre-cursors to the iPhone was not supposed to be seen. Federal Judge Lucy Koh had previously blocked said evidence from the trial altogether, and both Apple and the judge have since earlier today come down on Samsung demanding an explanation for Samsung releasing documents to news outlets. Samsung is now on the hot-seat speaking on why they found transmitting these documents to the public “entirely consistent with this Court’s statements” – these statements saying that, “workings of litigation must be open to public view.”

 

What appears very much to be happening here is a war of public opinion rather than an effort on Samsung’s part to influence the jury. While the documents are not allowed to be shown in the actual court proceedings, they do appear to be “public” as Samsung suggests, as they were part of pretrial filings. This all may have been alright, to a degree, save for the comments included with the emails sent out to the press with the images:

“The Judge’s exclusion of evidence on independent creation meant that even though Apple was allowed to inaccurately argue to the jury that the F700 was an iPhone copy, Samsung was not allowed to tell the jury the full story and show the pre-iPhone design for that and other phones that were in development at Samsung in 2006, before the iPhone. Fundamental fairness requires that the jury decide the case based on all the evidence.” – Samsung PR message to the press

With such a statement, Samsung will have a hard time convincing the judge that they did not in one way or another intend for the evidence to reach the jury, or at least to influence the media and the public to push for the evidence to be seen with their point of view. Apple’s counsel William Lee found the letter Samsung gave to the court today in explanation of their actions to be unsatisfactory. According to Josh Lowensohn of CNET, Lee noted the following:  Read More

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