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SRLabs researchers have released a new video demonstrating why fingerprints are not fit for secure device unlocking.

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Fingerprint sensors on smartphones are certainly big step forward. But, are they good enough? Back in September last year, German researchers managed to crack the protection around Apple’s fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5S. Researchers used “fake fingerprint”, which could be put onto a thin film and used with a real finger to unlock the device. And now, the fingerprint sensor on Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 has been cracked with the very same trick.

Germany-based SRLabs has released a video demonstrating the trick. Researchers used a “wood glue spoof”, made from mould of a fingerprint smudge left on smartphone screen. According to SRLabs, the fingerprint sensor in the S5 is more shoddy than what was found in the iPhone 5S.

Apple needs a password after every reboot before users can unlock their iPhone 5s with fingerprint scanner. The phone also needs a password after certain number of failed attempts with fingerprint scanner.

However, the Galaxy S5 allows users to make unlimited attempts to unlock the device with fingerprint scanner. Moreover, rebooting doesn’t lock the fingerprint scanning feature. Researchers showed how the Galaxy S5 fingerprint hack could allow hackers to access the PayPal app on the phone.

SRLabs points out that using fingerprint as credentials for local user authentication has two flaws as compared to the traditional password system.

First up is the limited revocation, which means once a fingerprint gets stolen, there’s no way to change it. Second is the credential spread. “Users leave copies of their fingerprints everywhere; including on the devices they protect. Fingerprints are not fit for secure local user authentication as long as spoofs (fake fingers) can be produced from these pervasive copies,” said the firm.

In the meanwhile, PayPal has issued a statement, saying the company has taken the SRLabs findings seriously.

“The scan unlocks a secure cryptographic key that serves as a password replacement for the phone,” the statement read. “We can simply deactivate the key from a lost or stolen device, and you can create a new one. PayPal also uses sophisticated fraud and risk management tools to try to prevent fraud before it happens. However, in the rare instances that it does, you are covered by our purchase protection policy.”

Source: SRLabsArsTechnica

Samsung says it owes Apple only $52mn, not $380 mn for patent violations

Apple demands $380mn from Samsung for violating patents, Samsung defies their claim saying they owe them only $52mn. A new trial sc.

Samsung says it owes Apple only $52mn, not $380 mn for patent violations

Samsung says it owes Apple only $52mn, not $380 mn for patent violations

Samsung and Apple have locked horns again, as Samsung has said that it owes Apple $52 million instead of the $380 million that Apple claims.

As you might be aware, an American judge declared that Samsung electronics had violated certain patent protocols and copied vital features of the iPhone and iPad, such as scrolling and the ‘bounce back’ function at the end of documents.

The companies made their demands on Wednesday during opening statements of a patent trial in San Jose, California. The issue at hand here is a set of 13 older products which a previous jury found infringed upon several Apple patents. The previous jury, awarded Apple $1.05 billion after determining 26 Samsung products had violated six Apple patents.

However, a judge made the startling revelation that the previous jury miscalculated $400 million in damages for 13 products and has ordered a new trial to come to the correct figure.

“Apple lost sales because Samsung was selling infringing products,” Apple attorney Harold McIhenny told the jury. He argued that Apple’s lost profits, Samsung’s profits on the offending devices and royalties owed Apple, add up to $380 million. “In a fair fight, in a fair competition, the money they got would have and should have gone to Apple “,  said McIlhenny.

In response, Samsung’s attorney Bill Price added that consumers prefered Samsung’s devices, which operate with Google’s Android OS, because of the many differences rather than the similarities they have with Apple. Price told jury that Samsung owes Apple $52 million.

“Apple is simply asking for much more money than it’s entitled to”, said Price.

Price accepted that Samsung was guilty of copying Apple’s features, but downplayed the aspect of technology in devices. “This is a case not where we’re disputing that the 13 phones contain some elements of Apple’s property,” Price said. “That doesn’t mean Apple gets to come in here and ask for a windfall … for more than it is entitled.”

The current trial is a dispute over older products, which are not even on sale in the U.S. Another trial is scheduled again in March over Samsung’s devices currently in the U.S.

Apple has argued with courts around the world that Samsung’s Android based phones have copied Apple’s technology, while Samsung is fighting back with its own reasons that some key Apple patents are invalid and Apple has infringed upon Samsung’s technology.

Both have won and lost legal battles over the past couple of years. and analysts predict this feud to carry on for months to come.

The current trial could be a warm-up for bigger things to come in March. Apple is asking Samsung to be boycotted from selling some of its current devices in the U.S.

Source: FirstPost heduled is in March.

 

LG unveils curved smartphone in race against Samsung

LG Electronics unveiled a curved-screen smartphone, taking on rival Samsung in a still niche segment seen as a first step on the road to fully-flexible products. Photo: AFP / LG Electronics

LG Electronics unveiled a curved-screen smartphone, taking on rival Samsung in a still niche segment seen as a first step on the road to fully-flexible products. Photo: AFP / LG Electronics

LG Electronics unveiled Monday a curved-screen smartphone, taking on rival Samsung in a niche market seen as a first step on the road to fully flexible products.
    
Despite its name, the “G-Flex” does not bend, but uses flexible OLED (organic light-emitting diode) to produce a curved six-inch display. 

The model is “the best representation yet of how a smartphone should be curved,” the president of LG’s mobile unit Park Jong-Seok said, in a clear dig at Samsung.

Earlier this month, Samsung started retailing its “Galaxy Round” – a 5.7-inch (14.5 centimetre) handset with a display that curves from side-to-side to fit the contour of the hand.

The “G-Flex” is curved on the vertical axis in order to, the company said, “follow the contour of the face”.

Curved displays are already commercially available in large-screen televisions offered by both Samsung and LG.

The displays are supposed to offer a more immersive viewing experience but are significantly more expensive than standard screens.

The Galaxy Round is currently only available in South Korea and retails at 1.08 million won ($1,000).

Curved screens are still at a nascent stage in display technology, which is shifting towards flexible panels that are bendable or can even be rolled or folded.

LG said the G-Flex would be available to South Korean consumers from November, but did not provide a price estimate.

Samsung Galaxy Gear Smart Watch price, release date and specs

The Samsung ‘Galaxy Gear’ Smartwatch may have already been beaten by Sony’s Smartwatch 2 but it is hoping to take the wind out of Apple’s sails come September

Samsung Galaxy Gear Watch

Samsung Galaxy Gear Watch

The Samsung ‘Galaxy Gear’ Smart watch has been long rumoured ever since the launch of Sony’s SmartWatch 2 with the release date, pricing and the specs all pondered over.

Whilst news relating to Samsung’s Android-powered smart watch remains slim what we do know is that the company will be looking to make an impact this year following the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Apple are also set to unveil a new iPhone this September so Samsung will no doubt be looking to steal some of the thunder and what better way than with a smart watch.

With smartwear now becoming ever more popular thanks to fitness trackers like the Fitbit Flex and Nike Fuelband smartphone companies have also realised the potential of wrist-worn technology with Sony being one of the first major smartphone manufacturers to start producing a smart watch which will act as a portal to your device.

It comes as no coincidence that as smartphones get bigger we become more and more reliant on using other technology to gain quick access to out emails, texts and calls.

With ‘phablets’ like the  Sony Xperia Z Ultra and the rumoured Samsung Galaxy Note 3 proving that customers are just as interested in screen real estate as they are portability companies have started to look at new ways of interacting with our smartphones without ever having to take them out of our pockets.

Read our Best Smartwatches feature to see the best smart watches of the last 30 years and discover why we’ve become obsessed with controlling the world through wearable tech.

It’ll probably be called the Samsung Galaxy Gear

Unless Samsung is creating one of the biggest  tech diversions in history we’re pretty sure that it’ll be calling its smart watch the Samsung Galaxy Gear after it was reported that the company had filed for the trademark ‘Galaxy Gear’ in both Europe and the US.

With Sony already coining the phrase ‘SmartWatch’ Samsung will no doubt been looking at a way of placing their own unique stamp on the smartwatch market.

Galaxy Gear will come in five different colours

SamMobile are up to their usual tricks and have managed to get insider information on the launch of the Galaxy Gear which confirms that Samsung’s Smart Watch will launch in five different colours.

Initially available in White, Grey, Orange and Black the companion to Samsung’s range of Galaxy tablets and smartphones will then be available in a special White and Gold a week later. It’s not clear if this will be limited to certain regions or if it’ll be a global special edition.

Samsung Galaxy Gear will have a price around £200

This is nowhere near confirmed but by looking at the current market you’re able to guage how much any technology company will price their products in relation to the competition.

For example the Sony SmartWatch 2 costs £159.00 on Expansys whilst the Nike Fuelband costs around £129. If Samsung is looking to release a product that is as flagship as the Samsung Galaxy S4 or the Note 3 then it’ll need to be not only premium in the specs department but also an investment financially.

Taking into account the current rumours which point at some pretty high specs along with a considerable amount of connectivity including Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC it would be reasonable to assume that Samsung will price it slightly above Sony’s own effort which is, at present, the only main competition.

Samsung will announce the Galaxy Gear release date at Samsung Unpacked

SamMobile believe they have confirmed reports that Samsung will not only unveil the Galaxy Gear (SM-V700) but also the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 ahead of theIFA 2013 tech conference in Berlin.

It’s believed the Galaxy Gear will act as a companion device for other Galaxy devices like the Galaxy S4, Note 2 and Note 3 and possibly even Samsung’s Galaxy tablet range including the Galaxy Tab 8.0.

The Samsung Galaxy Gear will run Android

Galaxy Gear specs have been pretty thin on the ground but what we can say with relative certainty is that it will be running a heavily skinned version of Android.

Samsung’s smart watch could also feature a flexible screen after Samsung’s patent filings revealed their plans for a device which would feature a flexible display that would wrap around the users wrist.

The images show a device with a long screen which would bend around the wrist along with two standard Android soft keys at the bottom as found on Samsung’s smartphones.

One of the more interesting specs that has been leaked via the patent is the news that the Galaxy Gear will be able to access the internet, send messages and make calls without pairing it to your smartphone suggesting that the device will actually support mobile networks via what would almost certainly have to be a Nano SIM.

5 things we’ve learned about the future of wearables from Samsung’s Galaxy Gear

VentureBeat got an exclusive early look at Samsung’s upcoming smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, over the weekend.

5 things we’ve learned about the future of wearables from Samsung’s Galaxy Gear

5 things we’ve learned about the future of wearables from Samsung’s Galaxy Gear

It’s a chunky, ugly block of a thing, even accounting for the fact that the model we saw (and got photos of) is just a prototype, as VentureBeat reporter Christina Farr reported.

But even in its unfinished state, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear tells us a lot about where the emerging smartwatch industry is going. Here are five conclusions we can already draw about smartwatches and wearable tech.

Smartwatches are big devices

According to our source as well as other publications, the prototype is not far from what the real thing will look like. It probably won’t have exposed screws on the front: That’s an unfinished-looking detail that might make sense on a Casio G-Shock watch, but this doesn’t fit in with Samsung’s overall approach to gadget design. It may have different colors and a different skin; it may even have a slightly different shape.

But the basics will likely be just as we reported: a 3-inch-diagonal slab on top of your wrist, with a 2.5-inch OLED screen embedded in it. It will have a camera (4 megapixels), accelerometers, Android apps, and both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for connecting to the Internet and to your phone.

And thanks to recent court decisions, the face of the watch will probably be a rounded rectangle.

Reports on battery life differ: Our source told us it would last about 10 hours, but others are saying 24 hours of normal use and just 10 hours when under heavy use. We’ll have to wait until we have our hands on a production model and can fully test it to know for sure.

It’s not clear who wants to wear a giant, 3-inch chunk of metal and plastic on their wrist. People with skinny wrists, not so much.

That’s why many people have their hopes pinned on Apple’s upcoming news conference on Sept. 10, where they hope to see the Cupertino iPhone maker unveil its own smartwatch. Presumably Apple, even in the faded-glory Tim Cook days, would never embarrass itself by shipping something so huge and blocky as Samsung’s Galaxy Gear.

But even Apple will be limited by physics to a certain extent. As it discovered with its now-defunct square iPod Nano, the smallest you can conceivably make a touchscreen is about two inches square — and even that is a little too small to be usable. But a two-inch-square screen is still going to make for a rather bulky watch, by wristwatch standards.

Wearable tech is fitness-focused

One thing is clear: Samsung is making fitness and health tracking a big part of its push into wearable technology.

It’s a smart choice, since fitness is the route through which wearables have entered the market most successfully so far. To the extent that people are “wearing” technology, it’s been through fitness-tracking bracelets like Nike’s Fuelband, not geek-chic eyewear like Google Glass.

Nike’s Fuelbands are everywhere. Competitors, including the Fitbit Flex and the Jawbone Up, have sprouted up. The Basis watch is closer to a modern smartwatch in that it has a full-blown display.

But while they have their fans, more generic “smartwatches” like the Pebble haven’t taken off to the same extent. The Pebble enhances your experience of using a phone, but it’s not a fitness device.

Samsung’s focus on fitness stands in contrast to Sony, which has its own Android SmartWatch product (which almost no one is using, as far as I know — I’ve never seen one in the wild). Sony’s product does offer fitness apps, but it’s primarily a notification device that enhances your phone by giving you a miniature display that can alert you to incoming calls and texts, help you place calls, etc.

It turns out that people are more willing to put something on their wrist if it helps them achieve fitness goals than if it simply helps them use their smartphones.

Wearable tech is on the wrist

There’s another approach to getting people to wear technology: Embed it into something like your eyeglasses, giving you an omnipresent heads-up display.

But while Google Glass has provoked a lot of excited experimentation and speculation, it has also provoked an equally excited backlash. And “smart glasses” are far less ubiquitous than fitness bands.

The reason for that is clear: Putting something on your wrist is a smaller commitment than putting something on your head.

At a conference earlier this year, Cook made some guardedly positive comments about Google Glass.

But he said, “From a mainstream point of view, this [pointing at his head] is difficult.”

Some day, we may all be wearing heads-up displays that enable us to discreetly Google people as we meet them. But for now, the technology is simply too intrusive-looking and too odd to pass muster with the mainstream — no matter how many Vogue fashion features Google Glass appears in.

In the near term, the wrist is where it’s at for wearables.

Thanks to Samsung and the anticipated entrance of Apple into the smartwatch market, Juniper Research recently estimated that smartwatch sales would jump from 1 million units this year to 36 million in 2018. That’s a typical wild-eyed analyst guess, but it does give some sense of the potential for growth in this market.

Wearables will reshape the health industry

Wrist-mounted computers or smartwatches will eventually prove to be an enormous boon for the health industry, because of their potential to help individuals collect data on their physical activity, motivate them to exercise more, and provide health care companies with real, personal data.

Today, smartwatches and fitness bands can track physical activity through the most basic metrics, such as steps. With more sophisticated accelerometers and algorithms, the Fuelband can make a guess at what kind of activity you’re actually doing. Some devices, like the Basis watch, track heart rate.

Future sensors could enable smartwatches to track things like your blood oxygenation level, muscle activation, posture, and more. In some cases, these may require additional sensors located on other parts of your body: an oxygenation sensor on the tip of your toe, a posture sensor taped to your back, and so forth.

“I envision the iWatch as a sensor network,” Tan Rao, the founder of a wearables startup called Sensing Strip, told VentureBeat recently while speculating about a future Apple smartwatch. “The master sensor will likely be located on the wrist.”

Privacy, of course, becomes a huge issue when devices are gathering such intimate data on what your body is doing. The data becomes valuable for diagnosis, prevention, and fitness when you can share it with your doctor and your personal trainer — but you want to make sure it doesn’t get used to deny you a job, turn you down for medical coverage, or get posted to public networks without your permission.

“No one has created standards around that; no one is digging deep on the privacy side,” said Missy Krasner, an executive in residence at Morgenthaler Ventures, in the same VentureBeat article.

Wearables will need data standards

Finally, with so many competitors in the wearables sector, we need ways to connect them to one another. It’s an issue we already face with the proliferation of fitness apps: I can use RunKeeper on my iPhone, Android phone, or via a web page, but I can’t get RunKeeper’s data to sync with MapMyFitness.

Similarly, if I’m using a Nike Fuelband, I can’t get its obnoxiously proprietary “Fuel” points to translate into data that is usable by other fitness-tracking apps.

After Samsung releases a smartwatch, there will be one more player on the market providing a device that generates data. Is it too much to hope that this data will be easy to integrate into other fitness applications?

The fact that Samsung’s Galaxy Gear is Android-based suggests that interoperability might, in fact, be on its way.

But don’t hold your breath for Apple’s iWatch, if it appears next week, to interoperate with data from the Galaxy Gear — or vice versa.

What this industry needs, if it’s going to grow beyond a few niche products for enthusiasts, is some way to collect all this data, integrate it, and share it — securely, while respecting the privacy preferences of each individual — and feed it into larger health care and fitness-management programs.

SOURCE: http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/03/future-wearables-samsung/

Samsung reveals 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 Kids tablet, with Android 4.1

Samsung announces the colorful, Android 4.1-powered, 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 tablet for kids, featuring a dual-core processor, apart from preloaded apps and content for children.

Samsung reveals 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 Kids tablet, with Android 4.1

Samsung reveals 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 Kids tablet, with Android 4.1

Electronics giant Samsung has launched a new 7-inch tablet, called the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids. The tablet is a bright and colourful variation of the Galaxy Tab 3 and comes preloaded with apps, parental controls and content for children.

The Galaxy Tab 3 Kids has a 7-inch display screen with 1024 x 600 pixels resolution. It has a dual-core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage expandable via microSD card slot. The tablet has a 3 MP rear camera and a 1 MP front camera for video chatting. The Galaxy Tab 3 Kids does not support any network connectivity, but comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n on the 2.4 and 5GHz bands. It runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and features Samsung’s software customizations.

The Galaxy Tab Kids has a child-friendly grip that protects the tablet. Samsung has also added a C Pen with the tablet which is like the S Pen and lets children draw on the tablet’s screen without damaging it. The tablet will be launched with a number of different stand options that are comfortable for kids.

Samsung has added interesting features in the tablet including a time management feature that allows parents to set specific time periods during which the tablet can be used by their kids. It has a password-protected lock screen that can be unlocked by an adult to use the device. The tablet offers parental controls to select which apps they want their child to use through the Application Manager. Samsung has also preloaded the Galaxy Tab 3 kids with a number of education, gaming, and e-book reading apps and has added a new child-friendly app store on the tablet.

The Galaxy Tab 3 Kids will be launched in September in Korea, and later on in the U.S., Europe, South America, China, Africa and Southeast Asia. The pricing of the tablet has not been revealed yet.

Source: TNW

Motorola to launch Nexus smartphone in Q4 2013: Report

Google-owned Motorola is expected to launch a Nexus smartphone in Q4 2013.

Motorola to launch Nexus smartphone in Q4 2013: Report

Motorola to launch Nexus smartphone in Q4 2013: Report

Taylor Wimberly, former editor for Android and Me has posted onGoogle Plus that Motorola will launch a Nexus smartphone in Q4 2013. There is no other information available about the upcoming smartphone in terms of the specifications or launch date.

Google acquired Motorola in 2011 and since then speculations have been circulating the Internet about the next-gen Nexus smartphone. Recently, Motorola launched the Moto X smartphone. The device has been well received and offers users a large array of customization options. Could it be that Motorola and Google were testing waters with the Moto X before unleashing the fifth gen Nexus smartphone?

In the past, Google has launched a new version of the Android OS with every new Nexus device (tablet or smartphone). The Galaxy Nexus showed off Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich back in 2011. The first generation Nexus 7 was launched at Google I/O 2012 and brought with it Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Towards the end of 2012, we saw the launch of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 HSPA+ that brought with it Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. In November 2012 the Nexus 10 was launched and Ran on Android 4.2. Last we saw the launch of the second generation Nexus 7 that brought with it Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Rumour mills suggest that the next generation Nexus 10 tablet is in the works and will be made by Samsung, just as they did with the original Nexus 10. The tablet is expected to be unveiled in October alongside the new Nexus smartphone.

Source: GSM Arena

Samsung denies claims that it doctored Galaxy S4 benchmark results

Samsung‘s official statement still ignores certain findings, including the existence of the ‘BenchmarkBooster’ string in the Galaxy S4’s system files.

Samsung denies claims that it doctored Galaxy S4 benchmark results

Samsung denies claims that it doctored Galaxy S4 benchmark results

Samsung has released a statement refuting all accusations that it engineered the Galaxy S4’s hardware to perform better when running certain benchmarks. In the statement posted on its blog, Samsung says, “The maximum GPU frequencies for the Galaxy S4 have been varied to provide optimal user experience for our customers, and were not intended to improve certain benchmark results.” Samsung’s statement comes in the wake of yesterday’s news that the Galaxy S4’s CPU and GPU were clocking at higher than normal speeds when running recognized benchmarks. According to a Galaxy S4 user on the Beyond 3D forums and AnandTech, the Galaxy S4’s GPU is clocked at a default speed of 480MHz when running regular apps but speeds up to 532MHz when running certain popular benchmarks.

Samsung’s blog post states that the GPU inside the Galaxy S4’s Exynos 5 Octa SOC had a theoretical maximum clock speed of 533MHz but that was brought down to 480MHz for certain gaming apps “that may cause an overload, when they are used for a prolonged period of time in full-screen mode.” The post further goes on to say that the Galaxy S4 does allow the GPU to work at its maximum clock speed when “running apps that are usually used in full-screen mode, such as the S Browser, Gallery, Camera, Video Player, and certain benchmarking apps, which also demand substantial performance.” In an update, AnandTech has revealed that almost none of the Galaxy S4’s first party apps mentioned in the statement actually push the GPU to 532MHz and the behaviour seems to be limited to the popular benchmarks. They added that the camera is the only first party app that pushes the GPU to the maximum clock speed but that speed is not sustained. In contrast, running popular benchmarks on the Galaxy S4 seems to elicit the higher clock speeds for a longer duration.

Apart from the above inconsistency, Samsung’s clarifications have still left other questions unanswered. Samsung seems to have strangely left out commenting on certain things that were uncovered by AnandTech. For instance, AnandTech found that the Galaxy S4’s Exynos 5 CPU also runs at maximum clock speeds when running certain benchmarks, irrespective of the load put by the benchmark and that when a regular app (or a non-recognised benchmark) is run, the clock speeds get lower, even if the app (such as GFXBench 2.7.0.) is similar to the recognised benchmarks that “demand substantial performance.”

Samsung has also entirely ignored the existence of the ‘BenchmarkBooster’ string that AnandTech found in one of the Galaxy S4’s system files. The ‘BenchmarkBooster’ string makes for interesting reading since it actually refers to benchmarks by name that have been given permissions to boost the GPU clock speeds to the maximum.


An extract from the ‘BenchmarkBooster’ string.

However, like we stated in yesterday’s story on the same issue, this behaviour by the Galaxy S4 doesn’t affect you, the user, in a major manner. Samsung’s decision to set the actual GPU clock speed lower than the theoretical maximum is standard practice because otherwise you run the risk of your device overheating and even failing. However, the problem lies in the fact that Samsung set certain rules for the Galaxy S4’s operation and then deliberately let certain benchmarks break those rules just so that they could post higher numbers. This is disingenuous as it does not let benchmarks paint an accurate picture of the Galaxy S4’s performance and it also does not let potential buyers compare the S4 with other competing devices accurately with the help of benchmarks.

If you are in the market for a new smartphone, our advice, as always, would be to rely on real-world use and your comfort with the device rather than synthetic benchmark figures. Even if you do tend to refer to benchmarks, don’t let those numbers be a big factor in helping you decide on a smartphone.

Galaxy S4 Mini up for pre-order on Samsung’s e-store

The mini version of Samsung‘s latest flagship smartphone, S4, is expected to hit store shelves by end of this week.

Galaxy S4 Mini up for pre-order on Samsung's e-store

Samsung’s recently announced Galaxy S4 Mini is now available for pre-order in India via the company’s e-store. The smartphone has also appeared on other Indian online retailer Flipkart  as ‘coming soon’. As per Samsung’s e-store listing, the expected date of smartphone availability is July 18. The S4 Mini is priced at Rs. 27,990.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini was officially announced for the Indian market last week. The smartphone features a 4.3-inch qHD display with 960 x 540 pixel resolution. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean skinned with TouchWiz and is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor along with 1.5GB of RAM.

The Galaxy S4 Mini has 8GB of built-in storage, expandable up to 64GB via a microSD card. The rear of the smartphone houses an 8MP camera and the front has a 1.9MP video-calling camera. The S4 mini supports Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS and NFC that will be available on the LTE version only – in terms of its connectivity options. The phone also comes with an IR blaster that lets you use the smartphone as a universal remote.

Samsung had showcased the Galaxy S4 Zoom along with the S4 Mini last week. So far, there’s no word on the availability of the S4 Zoom. The smartphone sports a 16MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor and 10x zoom. Samsung has bundled 25 different scene modes in the smartphone/camera hybrid including “HDR,” “panorama,” “night” and more.

Other important features of the S4 Zoom include 4.3-inch display with a 960×540 pixel resolution, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and 8GB built-in storage.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini listed on Samsung’s e-store

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini listed on Flipkart