) is reportedly building an all-new smartphone platform to
compete more effectively in the mobile device market. According
, the company will unveil the platform — along with new Atom
processors designed for lower power consumption — at the 2013
Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The event is scheduled
to take place at the end of February.
If this report is accurate, Intel’s announcement will come
around the same time that Samsung is expected to unveil the
Galaxy S IV. The South Korean manufacturer was expected to
introduce the new phone a little sooner, but Samsung quashed that
rumor when it jumped ahead and unveiled the
last week. The Grand runs the latest version of Google (NASDAQ:
) Android and includes a five-inch display. Many speculate that
the Galaxy S IV will feature a screen that is even bigger, though
not as big as the Galaxy Note 2, which contains a 5.5-inch
) — which uses Intel chips in the iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook
Pro, Mac Mini and other computers — is rumored to be developing
an iPhone upgrade for an early spring 2013 release. The device,
which many suspect will be called the iPhone 5S, could be
unveiled in March.
Intel has had its eye on the smartphone market for some time.
The company is famous for manufacturing the Pentium, Celeron,
Core Duo and Core i7 brands, which have helped Intel to become
the world’s largest chipmaker.
Despite its size and massive revenue (roughly
annually), Intel is losing ground. It has learned that PCs –
desktops, notebooks and other forms — may not be the future. If
Intel is to maintain its spot at the top, it must build a
successful platform for the devices that stand to replace PCs:
smartphones and tablets.
Intel attempted to cash in on the mobile market when it
developed Medfield, a mobile platform used by Motorola, Lenovo
and a handful of other manufacturers. Thus far, none of the
Medfield-powered smartphones have produced a runaway success
story. Instead of hearing more about Motorola’s RAZR I, investors
have been bombarded with reports of
low shipment volumes
that the Medfield X86 chips did not initially support 4G LTE. The
prevented multiple Android apps
from running, including Google Chrome.
These results could be very troubling to smartphone makers
that are concerned with 4G LTE and/or Android app
Shares of Intel are down nearly 16 percent year-to-date.
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advice. All rights reserved.
If a report by tech site Sammobile is anything to go by, then Samsung may introduce its mid-range Galaxy device Samsung GT-S6810 Galaxy Frame at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona. In fact, the report suggests that the smartphone is expected to hit store shelves at the end of the first quarter of 2013. Only other substantial information known at the moment is that the specifications of the Frame will be around the same level as the Galaxy Ace or Galaxy Mini smartphones, says Sammobile. The Frame reportedly will only be available in the Pearl White colour.
Samsung also recently unveiled the Galaxy Grand smartphone, which it claimed to be an ideal smartphone for users with fast-paced mobile lifestyles who demand more from their phone.
Galaxy Frame coming at MWC 2013?
Samsung Galaxy Grand smartphone runs Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), Google’s latest operating system. It sports a 5-inch display, which the company claims provides an expansive viewing experience, presenting messaging, multimedia and web content in brilliant colour and clarity. Samsung adds that despite the large screen, the phone is still slim, ergonomic and comfortable to hold. You can also enjoy true multitasking by running multiple apps simultaneously and without switching screens using the Multi Window feature.
The Samsung Galaxy Grand is powered by a 1.2GHz dual core processor that supports seamless multitasking, faster web browsing, lightning-fast screen transitions and superior graphics for some of the most demanding apps and games.
The camera on the Galaxy Grand smartphone is one with zero shutter-lag and ultra-quick start-up. It includes a backside illumination sensor to ensure clear shots even in dark conditions, as well as full HD video recording.
Samsung Galaxy Grand also includes intuitive features that make the phone easy to use. For example, Direct Call enables users to automatically dial a call by raising the device up to the ear; while users can also shake the phone to trigger status updates, or pan it to zoom into a screen. Smart Alert shows missed events such as missed calls and new messages just by picking up the phone. Popup Video, for example, lets users watch video in a pop-up window anywhere on the screen while running other tasks; S Voice lets you control the phone using your voice; and AllShare Play lets you share content across Samsung devices using a single account.
The phone is pre-loaded with the latest versions of Samsung Hubs to deliver the most popular games, movies and music direct to the user on demand.
Here’s a quick look at the specs of the Galaxy Grand smartphone:
The Galaxy Grand will be available in two versions – the dual-SIM version (GT-I9082) will launch first and the single SIM version (GT-I9080) will follow. For the dual SIM version, Samsung claims that its innovative dual-SIM feature provides total communication flexibility, allowing users to manage two phone numbers from a single phone. It is possible to receive calls on one SIM number, while taking a call from the other, ensuring efficient management of personal and work commitments without ever missing a call. It goes on to add that dual-SIM also offers the flexibility of selecting different billing plans for either SIM, switching between them to make the most of cheaper call and data plans.
The smartphone also features a powerful dual-core 1.2GHz processor, along with 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera offering 1080p video recording and a 2-megapixel front camera.
It also includes 8GB of internal memory with a microSD memory expansion slot, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS functionality, and the usual perks, such as an accelerometer, compass, and gyroscopic sensor.
The Galaxy Grand also connects to high-speed HSPA+ networks, but falls short of offering 4G LTE connectivity.
The Korean smartphone giant said the smartphone will be sold in two variants: the I9080, which offers single SIM service, while the I9082 will offer dual-SIM functionality, allowing users to use two separate cell numbers from the same device, such as work and personal numbers.
The smartphone also includes built-in features, such as Direct Call, Popup Video, Smart Alert, and S-Voice, the Samsung’s rival to Apple’s Siri voice-activated assistant.
Announced in the midst of the December holiday season, only days before many businesses finish for the year and consumer holiday spending reaches its peak, the Galaxy Grand is leaping into the public consciousness with no pricing or availability information.
We’ve put in questions to Samsung, but did not hear back at the time of writing. It is expected that the smartphone will be shown off at the consumer showcase
CES 2013 in January.
Update 8:31 a.m. PT: Samsung had little to offer in response to our U.K.-based writer: “Samsung UK availability of the Galaxy Grand is yet to be announced, a statement regarding UK launch confirmation will be made in due course.”
Samsung has taken the wraps off the Galaxy Grand, a smartphone with a giant five-inch screen but a low resolution usually found on smaller handsets.
The Android ‘Jelly Bean’ 4.1.2-toting Galaxy Grand was revealed on Tuesday in a blog post, in which Samsung confirmed a device previously known from FCC filings as the ‘Baffin’.
The Galaxy Grand has WVGA resolution, providing 480 x 800 pixels. This is a common resolution for devices with four-inch screens, but phones with larger screens, such as Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S3, tend to offer resolutions more in the region of 720 x 1280 pixels. This means the Galaxy Grand will have a very low pixel density.
Inside, the Galaxy Grand is resolutely mid-range. It has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor but is able to run many of the Samsung-only features found in more high-end devices such as the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2. These include Samsung Hubs, pop-up video, direct call and S Voice.
The first version of the Galaxy Grand to hit the shelves will be a dual-SIM iteration, most likely aimed at travellers. A single-SIM version will follow.
The handset will have an 8-megapixel camera, DLNA, a 2,100mAh battery and HSPA+21Mbps mobile broadband connectivity. It will have just 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM, although the inclusion of a microSD slot makes storage less of an issue.
Pricing and release dates have not been revealed.
Samsung has added another 5-inch screen phone to its Galaxy line-up, introducing a new device with a mid-range price.
The South Korean company announced the Galaxy Grand early Tuesday morning. The phone is similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note II, the company’s 5.5-inch-screen phone that is available from most U.S. carriers for $300 on a new contract.
Samsung declined to say how the device would be priced, but mid-range smartphones typically sell for about $100 to $150 with a contract.
Although the Galaxy Grand has a large display, many of its specifications fall short compared with the Galaxy Note II, as one would expect with a mid-range phone.
For starters, the phone’s WVGA display isn’t HD, with just an 800-by-480-pixel resolution. The Galaxy Grand’s 1.2 GHz dual-core processor is also less powerful than the Galaxy Note II’s, and the Galaxy Grand doesn’t come with the S Pen stylus.
The phone, however, does run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and it features an 8-megapixel rear camera. Additionally, the Galaxy Grand has 8 GB of storage, which can be expanded with a microSD card.
Samsung did not provide details regarding when the phone might come to the U.S. or which network will carry it.