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Samsung Z

There may be no Android, but Samsung's Z phone running its in-house Tizen operating system looks enough like the Galaxy S5's custom interface to easily get around.

June 3, 2014

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is a smooth-performing midrange slate, but it's overpriced compared to similar tablets.

June 10, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating June 10, 2014
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4-inch)

With its slim design, fantastic screen, and oodles of power, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is a superb smaller tablet, and a worthy competitor to the ever-popular iPad Mini.

July 30, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating July 30, 2014
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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

Though it's only marginally more durable than the original Galaxy S5, the Galaxy S5 Active's physical buttons and high-end features keep it in Samsung's hit parade.

June 6, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating June 6, 2014
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Samsung Galaxy S5

Subtly improved and smartly refined, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a superior superphone that hits every mark but the sharpest design.

April 7, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating April 7, 2014
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Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 delivers everything casual tablet users will need, but it's all tied down to an inflated price tag that makes comparable options more attractive to budget-conscious shoppers.

April 11, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating April 11, 2014
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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini

As with the original flagship, Samsung is counting on the midrange phone's fingerprint scanner, heart-rate monitor, and extra apps to stand out.

July 1, 2014

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Vivo Xplay 3S

The distinction of having the first smartphone with ultra HD resolution goes to Chinese phone-maker Vivo's Xplay 3S from this past December.

February 4, 2014

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Samsung Galaxy J, Sony Xperia Z1f leaked for Japanese market

Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo is expected to offer variants of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z1 in the coming weeks.

By October 7, 2013

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Samsung Knox 2.0 makes Galaxy S5 safe for work with split billing

Samsung has updated its business-focused Knox with a dedicated app store and split billing so you can pay for work and personal calls separately.

By May 7, 2014