While Samsung's high end smartphones like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 occupy all the headlines, the company is the largest handset vendor in the world simply because it sells many other devices besides. Just like the Galaxy S5 Neo, a new handset that has accidently leaked on a Dutch retailer's website, following the device being benchmarked and certified for Wi-Fi a few weeks back.
Samsung has been the biggest global smartphone brand for several years, but while the company's position at the top is unlikely to change anytime soon, there are certain things happening within the market, resulting in rivals gaining ground. By rivals we of course mainly mean Apple, as Cupertino saw its share of the market rise through the second quarter of the year, with Samsung's lead shrinking.
Samsung announced the Galaxy A8 via its official Chinese division last week, revealing a high end smartphone that is the thinnest the company has ever made. Because of its Asian launch, we speculated that the A8 would land in markets such as China and Samsung?s homeland of South Korea before making its way to Europe and the United States. The company has today confirmed that is the case.
A new leaked image has landed online that reportedly shows Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 5, the company's latest flagship phablet. The photo follows weeks of leaks, rumor, and speculation around the handset where we have seen design renders, CAD designs, spec leaks, benchmarks, and release date information.
Samsung has not been too ambitious with its Tizen based smartphone so far, but the company certainly has huge plans for its own platform in the long term. The Z1 launched in India and so far is Samsung's only Tizen smartphone (the company's wearables also run the OS), but the Korean giant is going to spread Tizen's wings and may even launch a new smartphone in the process.
There have been plenty of rumors suggesting Samsung will be launching its Galaxy Note 5 during August, earlier than what it normally does. Some noise from the Korean company denied that was the case, but there is no smoke without fire and it is getting more apparent that Samsung will launch its phablet flagship next month, with 12th August the mooted launch date.
Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy A8, a new device in it's a series that will sit alongside the Galaxy S3, A5, and A7. The new handset is high end, but will sit below the company's true flagships in the midrange A series. Following the A7, the Galaxy A8 takes its honor as the thinnest smartphone Samsung has ever made, while it also comes with a metal build.
Sprint has today started rolling out Android Lollipop 5.1 for its Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, which the company has also pushed out non-Android patches for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Sprint has been consistent with its Galaxy Note Edge updates, with this 5.1 update coming three months after Android 5.0 arrived on the device.
LG announced last week that it would be offering a free charger, battery, and charging cradle with every G4 purchase in the United States through July. Korean counterpart Samsung thinks it can do better though and the company is offering $200 off every Galaxy Note 4 bought during this month, again this is a United States exclusive unfortunately.
Samsung announced estimates for its financial results for the last quarter and it really is a mixed bag for the Korean giant, with profits continuing to fall. The company has been through trying times over the last year and a half and indeed this was the seventh quarter in a row that the company's profits have fallen.