Samsung want to have more control in each country about updates and sales. Samsung wants to know exactly how many devices has been sold in all countries.
Samsung’s plan is to stop the retailers that are shipping for example French based software devices to The Netherlands. Samsung won’t give devices updates if you bought a phone outside your home country. This could mean retailers need to pay more for devices and the prices could go higher. Also customers could have to wait longer on their new devices. So far we can conclude from our information Samsung will start to test this way by no longer notification trough OTA (over the air).
Another thing to know is that Samsung will still use both KIES and OTA services. But could test in the future IMEI based updates. If Samsung decides to use IMEI tracking for updates this is most worst way for developers. We do not expect Samsung to choose this way at the moment. For Samsung at the moment KIES and OTA are fine. IMEI could be dangerous for Samsung self too.
What does this all mean for Samsung, retailer and customer?
- – Control of updates in each country. (faster way of updates)
- – Exact sales numbers.
- – Could bring the price up / down if needed or cancel device that do not sell well.
- – Retailer must ship country based devices otherwise customer isn’t able to update.
- – Retailer shop price could be more expensive.
- – Delay in new device.
- – Customer isn’t able to update their device outside the country of origin.
- – Price can be higher.
Within a few months, we speak of April, the successor to the Galaxy S3 will be announced by Samsung. But for the past few weeks, rumors are linked to this future high-end terminal and the Korean manufacturer that should not stop …
If you can think that the Galaxy S IV will be equipped with the new Exynos 5 OCTA processor, we learn by now that could also carry a brand new touch screen full HD with a size of 4.99 inches with about 440 ppi (pixels per inch), this screen was discovered on the Samsung booth at the lastest CES in Las Vegas.
Other info, Samsung could drop the GPU Mali to return to PowerVR SGX graphics chip with 544MP3 which would be much more efficient and stable.
The new screen should be available in Q1, 2013. This may as well be the screen for the future Samsung Galaxy S IV or why not even a Galaxy Note II mini?
Samsung claims that its new generation AMOLED displays will use 25% less power and will even have a new low-power mode.
As always take these rumors with a pinch of salt. Well, we guess we’ll know more when we know more.
Samsung has announced during CES its Exynos 5 Octa SoC featuring four ARM Cortex A7s and four ARM Cortex A15s. Unusually absent from the announcement was any mention of the Exynos 5 Octa’s GPU configuration. Given that the Exynos 5 Dual featured an ARM Mali-T604 GPU, we only assumed that the 4/8-core version would do the same. Based on multiple sources, we’re now fairly confident in reporting that the with the Exynos 5 Octa Samsung included a PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU running at up to 533MHz.
The PowerVR SGX 544 is a lot like the 543 used in Apple’s A5/A5X, however with the addition of DirectX 10 class texturing hardware and 2x faster triangle setup. There are no changes to the unified shader ALU count. Taking into account the very aggressive max GPU frequency, peak graphics performance of the Exynos 5 Octa should be between Apple’s A5X and the A6X (assuming Samsung’s memory interface is just as efficient as Apple’s) :
It’s good to see continued focus on GPU performance by the major SoC vendors, although I’d like to see a device ship with something faster than Apple’s highest end iPad. At the show we heard that we might see this happen in the form of an announcement in 2013, with a shipping device in 2014.