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Gear S smartwatch to arrive in the US this November

Samsung unveiled the Gear S smartwatch back in September during the IFA show in Berlin. Now, after many delays, the company has confirmed that buyers in the US will soon be able to get their hands on the standalone super watch. According to Samsung, the Gear S smartwatch will be available in the US starting November 7 from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Besides, the smartwatch will also be available for purchase through BestBuy and other retailers.

The smartwatch will be available at AT&T for $200 on a two-year contract. Sprint will also offer the Gear S on November 7 for $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $16.

Meanwhile, T-Mobile has started accepting pre-orders for the smartwatch. The carrier has also introduced a special plan that gives Gear S buyers unlimited data and text, with up to 500MB of data for only $5 a month.

The Gear S is the company’s largest smartwatch, which packs a 2-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 360 x 480 pixels. Under the hood, the watch gets powered by dual-core 1GHz processor paired with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. The Gear S gets fueled by a 300mAh battery. The smartwatch runs Samsung’s Tizen OS which offers a plethora of apps.

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Samsung launches the Level Box Mini

Samsung has launched a new wireless speaker dubbed as the Level box mini. As the name suggests, it’s a compact version of the Level Box launched earlier this year. The Lorean manufacturer claims that the Mini is 30 percent slimmer than the Levvel Box.

The Samsung Level Box Mini features a large 55mm stereo speaker and a passive radiator to deliver a powerful well-balanced sound. Besides, it also offers several add-on features such as support for S Voice, text-to-speech, along with NFC for mobile connectivity with a mobile device. It also comes with built-in buttons that allow users to play or pause a track, adjusts volume, and even answer/reject calls. The wireless speaker also has a microphone and even offers support for noise reduction and echo cancellation.

The Level Box Mini also supports Samsung’s SoundAlive technology which intelligently adjusts sound quality by analyzing the source to deliver the best sound. The speaker also utilizes the aptX code to provide users uninterrupted, and high quality streaming. In terms of battery, the Level Box Mini comes with a 1600mAh battery which according to Samsung, will be able to deliver 25 hours of playback.

The new Level Box Mini will be available at BestBuy starting November 16th. Besides, it’ll be offered in a variety of color options. These include Blue, Black, Silver, and Red.

 

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Samsung rolls out Premium Suite update for select Galaxy devices

Samsung has officially announced the Premium Suite software package for the US variants of the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, and the Galaxy Note II. Interestingly, the announcement comes shortly after a leaked Android 4.3 update roadmap for the aforementioned devices in North America.

The Premium Suite will update these devices to Android 4.3, and bring features such as updated Easy Mode, Multi Window, advanced camera options, KNOW, as well as additional features with new functionality. Besides, the latest update will also bring support for the Galaxy Gear.

The Premium Suite update will begin rolling out today, and the process will continue over the next few weeks. Besides, Samsung also confirmed that the Galaxy S4 Mini and both Galaxy Mega phones will receive Gear support, though didn’t mention an exact timeline for these devices.