Samsung is the only other major smartphone developer, other than Apple, to make substantial profits from their mobile device division. Samsung achieve this with a diverse range of smartphone devices to fit every pocket size and pocket book. At times, this ‘throw paint against the wall and see what sticks’ approach – or in their case, see what sells – can get a little confusing, but so far it is working well for them.
Observers have noted though that the one device design fits all is getting a little staid. The thin plastic back on a lot of their phones is a constant complaint of customers who say that the feel of their devices is too cheap and does not feel like the quality that is available from competitors like HTC and Apple. No argument there. Yet, Samsung continue on the same path of constant improvement and new releases to keep the masses happy.
One of the most recent phones to hit the market was the Galaxy Note 2, as a successor to the original best-selling Galaxy Note. This flew off the shelves globally, which was no surprise a second time around. The largest phone in their current range, with a gorgeous 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a 720p resolution, it hit the nail on the head as a large phone which can double both as a smartphone and as a tablet.
Samsung Galaxy Player 5.8
This media player with a 5.8-inch display has been marketed specifically in Korea. It fancied itself as an iPod touch rival with a bigger screen and 540p resolution. Front-facing VGA camera for video calls, but no rear camera to speak of. Android Ice Cream Sandwich running the show.
Galaxy Note 3
Early reports suggest that Samsung are gearing up to use the very latest tech with the Note 3 to be launched in the last few months of 2013. Included in the spec is a 6.3-inch screen sporting a 1080p resolution and the Exynos Octa 8-core processor.
Galaxy Note 8
The Note 8 is more likely closer to the Note 10.1 tablet than a smartphone per se, but rest assured it is taking aim at the iPad mini market share. A Super Clear LCD display with a high resolution of 1280 x 800, 2GB RAM, 3G, S Pen stylus and a not so tiny 4,600 mAh battery. This might well be a very interesting device for those looking for an iPad mini killer.
The S4 is considered for an April or May 2013 release date. The chipset is unclear at this stage, though there is an 8-core option coming on the market shortly which could be integrated in time. Battery capacity was 2,100 mAh with the S3, but phones like the Motorola Razr Maxx have eclipsed that with a 3,300 mAh battery that delivered stellar runtime; expect a similar capacity. The camera is likely to be boosted to 13 megapixel which is the new standard for super smartphones this year.
Expect more exciting phones from Samsung as the year progresses.
Peter Miles likes to check out new apps to try on his trusty iPhone 4 .
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