Get ready for lift off, as Samsung unveils its latest Android-powered Galaxy smartphone to the world, live from an event in London at 7PM UK (2PM EST, 11AM Pacific). We've got the latest news and stay tuned for coverage of the event and any new features, apps or other devices Samsung cares to share.
Out Among the Stars…
Okay, out in a cold, wet London actually, Samsung is preparing to unleash the successor to one of the best-selling (over 20 million units) smartphones on the market. We've covered all the rumors and pre-launch hype, but will the final product live up to expectation? Will it have the hardware to take more share away from Apple's range of iPhones, and will it enough offer super-smart features to make it a must-have device?
We already know it will have an awesome quad-core Exynos processor. But, the latest nuggets of (mis?)information to run the gauntlet of tech sites includes a possible 4.8" HD Super AMOLED Plus screen, which they'd better have a shorter, snappier name for. Another leak is the likelihood stylish blue and white models to match the pebble image above.
A Rising Star?
Earlier in the week, we had RIM showing off a very early version of BlackBerry 10 and the phone hardware that will run it. That managed about a "C-" on the excitement scale, due to its alpha-status, despite some clever evolution of the UI and other features.
Samsung will need to set the bar far higher to exceed the expectations of a hungry market. Let us know what you'd like to see feature-wise from the new phone and check back later for more coverage and a live run through of the announcements. If you're online, you can watch the event live (take note Apple) here.
Latest and Live
Lose lips are gabbling all over the place as the clock ticks down. Latest word is the new Samsung phone will get a UK release at the end of May. Here's the first official photo of the phone. And the first prices are out, £499 SIM free in the UK or free on a £36 a month contract with Carphone Warehouse.
The event is starting shortly, please take your seats and turn off your mobiles, oops.
Preceeding the event with a vox pop tour of London, Samsung was asking people just how excited they were… some appeared more buzzed than others. But enough of real phone users, we need executives with statistics and buzzwords… and so it begins.
First news of the official specs:
- Weight:133g (4.7 ounces)
- Depth: 8.6mm thick
- CPU: 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Quad processor
- Memory: 1GB of RAM
- Display: 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED at 1280 x 720
- Cameras: 8-megapixel rear, 1.9-megapixel front
- Radio: HSPA+ (LTE Coming, likely for U.S. launch)
- Battery: 2,100ma
No LTE is a bit of a shock, although that's not such a big deal in Europe. I guess battery life is still a bigger concern. Now a live orchestra is playing in the first speaker. A video announces "the quest is for something different." And our new slogan is "It is designed for humans!"
President and Head of IT JK Shin takes the stage to make the official launch. He's going over the specifications and what they can do for the user. For aesthetics, he's discussing the sound of water and the pebbles (used in the pre-show marketing).
The phone comes with "natural interaction" that responds not only to your voice, but also where you look and touch. After that narrative, he pulls the first phone out of his pocket, but of a scruffy reveal really. The phone will be out in Europe first, then Asia and America.
Bring on the Drones
Next up are more Samsung executive drones with very long job titles to demonstrate the phone. A video shows voice commands like "Wake up," and "Play music." Then there's the promise of no more missed calls or messages, I thought most phones did that one already.