So the Samsung Galaxy S4 isn't doing it for you (or you don't want to spend the extra dough for one on T-Mobile's new contract-free plans) but you still want that sweet, sweet LTE speed. No worries: the carrier has been planning on releasing an updated model of the still-popular Galaxy S III to take advantage of their fledgling long term evolution network. Tmo's Galaxy S III LTE is available now on the web store, for $549.99 outright. You can also choose to pay $69.99 down and $20 a month over 24 months. It looks like the phone is only available in white at the moment.
Samsung's tougher brother to the flagship Galaxy S4 is a pretty poorly-kept secret, with multiple leaked photos, videos, and different sets of specifications coming out weeks before its announcement. Samsung confirmed the device today in a press release coinciding with Computex, painting a picture of the S4 Active as a device that mostly matches the Galaxy S4 for power and capability, with the ruggedized design seen on some of Samsung's Rugby smartphones. The Galaxy S4 Active will be available for purchase this summer starting in the United States and Sweden, for an undisclosed price.
Specifications remain quite similar to the original S4: same 5" 1080p screen (though this one is an LCD TFT), the same 1.9Ghz quad-core processor seen in the LTE versions (almost certainly a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, though this isn't confirmed in Samsung's press release), same TouchWiz version of Android 4.2.
If you are in search of a tablet that's not too big and not to small, today is your lucky day. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is on sale through eBay at the reasonable price of $349.99. That's about $30 less than what it's going for on Amazon. You also get $25 in Google Play credit free with purchase.
The Note 8.0 is Samsung's mid-range Android 4.1 tablet. It lacks the higher resolution of some more expensive tablets (1280x800) and only has 16GB of storage. There is a microSD card slot, though. It runs on Samsung's 1.6 GHz Exynos 4400 and has 2GB of RAM.
For some reason, Samsung played a bit coy when it announced a pair of new Galaxy Tab 3 models yesterday, and left out the long-rumored Intel chip powering the 10-inch version. This morning Intel let loose with a little PR of its own, finally verifying what Reuters tentatively confirmed: there's Intel inside. The 1.6Ghz dual-core processor powering the Android 4.2 tablet is part of Intel's Clover Trail+ line. With Samsung's massive market presence, the Tab 3 10.1 could easily become the best-selling Intel Android device yet.
Also inside the 3G HSPA+ and LTE versions of the 10-inch Tab 3 is an Intel radio, included in the Clover Trail+ system-on-a-chip.
We all knew it was coming. StraightTalk Wireless announced that it was getting the GSIII LTE last month, so it was only a matter of time before its sister company Net10 did the same. Well, that time has come and Net10 users can now get The Next Big Thing Before The Current Next Big Thing for a cool $440 off-contract.
For those who may not be familiar with the Net10, it's essentially an MVNO and StraightTalk sibling owned by TracFone. The similarities between Net10 and ST are nearly indistinguishable (as is each company's respective variant of the GSIII LTE), with the one key difference being that ST is slightly subsidized through Wal-Mart, which allows for a whopping $5 in monthly savings.
Samsung's Galaxy Camera is an undeniably unique device... and long-time gadget hounds will know that "unique" is often synonymous with "expensive." $500 is a lot for a point-and-shoot camera, even one that runs Android 4.1, but once again eBay's Daily Deals is offering it at a significant discount. Seller never-msrp has the white EK-GC100 model Galaxy Camera (AT&T/international 3G) for $369.95, without a contract. That's a savings of $130.05, a bit more than 25% off AT&T's retail price (not to mention a cool $100 off the last Galaxy Camera deal).
If white's not your color, the same seller is offering black and red versions of the Galaxy Camera for $399.94 and $435.00, respectively.
Don't get too excited if you see an update notification on your T-Mobile HTC One or Galaxy Note II today – they're both getting minor updates. Both devices stay on Android 4.1.2, but cheer up. There are phones that don't get any update love.
The HTC One update has version number 1.27.531.8, and is coming via OTA. You may notice this isn't even the 1.29 HTC software revision containing fixes for the camera and sluggish buttons. In fact, T-Mobile says all this update does is improve the performance of Visual Voicemail. This one is an 18MB download, and you have to be completely stock to get it.
We knew it was coming. After the rather disappointing reveal of the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3, Samsung unveiled two new models today. The 8-inch Tab 3 bears a striking resemblance to the Galaxy Note 8, while the 10.1-inch version extends the design language first introduced in the Galaxy S III smartphone to the 10.1-inch form factor... buttons and all. Both models are mild refreshes of older Tab variants (though the 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 could bee seen as a mix of the 8.9 and 7.7). They'll be available internationally in early June, but Samsung unaccountably forgot to include the prices.
Verizon and Sprint customers who've laid down their money for the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be happy to know that they no longer have to choose between TouchWiz and nothing. After publishing nightly ROM builds for the Canadian LTE, T-Mobile, and AT&T variants of the S4, America's larger CDMA networks now have their turn. You can pick up the Sprint (jfltespr) and Verizon (jfltevzw) builds at CyanogenMod's download page now.
As always, nightly ROM builds aren't for the faint of heart, especially since both models only have one flashable ROM available at the moment. With CyanogenMod 10.1 reaching the final release candidate stages, it might be prudent for more cautious users to wait for a stable release.
Samsung's newest flagship phone has infiltrated just about every US carrier already, but we can add one more to that list today. Cricket Wireless has started taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S4 with an expected shipping date of June 7th.
Cricket Wireless is a pre-paid carrier that operates partially on the networks run by Sprint, MetroPCS, and others (as an MVNO). Cricket does have its own CDMA towers on 1700 and 1900MHz in many areas. New Cricket lines can't be activated in all markets, and the Galaxy S4 isn't even available in some others. You'll just have to plug in your ZIP code on Cricket's site to see if you're eligible.