Here’s How to Get $200 off Your Newly Bought Samsung Galaxy Note 4

It’s been a while since Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 4. Even so, people do enjoy it and proof stands in the number of people owning such an Android device. Samsung did pay attention to this and is still interested in getting people to buy the Note 4 with a new rebate promotion in the US.

According to the rules, everyone who purchased a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 handset at full price from a retailer or carrier is eligible to get $200 back. In order to get your hands on the cash, Samsung needs your contact information, the handset’s IMEI and the Wi-Fi MAC address, along with a photo of the receipt that has the purchase date clearly visible.

Once all the above have been submitted, it is said that it usually takes up to two working weeks to receive the money. One thing to take into account is that wireless carriers such as US Cellular or Sprint are not eligible. Also, the offer is only available between the 7th and 26th of July, so you have to hurry if you don’t want to miss this chance!

More information on the terms and conditions can be found here and you can start your rebate application here.

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Samsung Gear VR Headset Pre-Orders Now Available

The Samsung Gear VR was revealed just a couple of days ago and already the device is available for pre-order! While it is still in development kit stage, known as the “Gear VR Innovator Edition”, you can pre-order one from a third-party retailer MobileFun for just $249 / £150, although availability has yet to be detailed.

The Gear VR is designed to work with the new Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, which will be used as the headset display, utilizing the Note 4’s 5.7″ QHD 1440 x 2560 Super AMOLED panel.

The Gear VR is pretty cheap, but given that it needs the phone as well, the pair can quickly run up a significant bill. Of course you will still have the option of unplugging the smartphone and using it as you normally would, then when you want to play some VR software, just drop your phone in and you’re good to go.

Samsung have struck deals with Marvel, DreamWorks, Legendary Pictures, Harmonix and more to bring content to the Gear VR, but with Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus already generating significant amounts of content, I doubt it would take too much effort for developers to port their projects to the new Samsung device.

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Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition Revealed

It’s no secret that Oculus and Samsung are best friends these days, now after 12 months of work the company has revealed their Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition, a new mobile virtual reality headset that uses the Galaxy Note 4.

While the Oculus Rift is still pegged as the full fat next-gen VR experience, there have been big advances in the mobile market and the Galaxy Note 4 packs some serious punch thanks to its speedy GPU/CPU combo, matched with a Quad HD low-persistence 5.7″ 1440p AMOLED display, which is perfect for getting your face up close and personal. This may not be the same as having an ultra-high-end gaming PC jacked into an Oculus, but it does benefit from not needing any extra cables, making the Samsung Gear VR a completely untethered and independent unit. Just hook up the Note 4 to the headset, strap it to your face and you’re good to go!

The Innovator Edition is an early access beta edition of the actual device, this is intended for developers and enthusiasts rather than consumers, but it’s yet another step in the right direction for Oculus as they look to keep their lead on the VR market.

“John Carmack and the mobile team here at Oculus have spent the last year spearheading this effort. That time was split between developing a new Oculus Mobile SDK and optimizing Android and the underlying GPU drivers for virtual reality. Several of the key improvements include:”

  • Allowing custom calibrated sensors to talk to a dedicated kernel driver
  • Enabling real time scheduled multithreaded application processes at guaranteed clock rates
  • Context prioritized GPU rendering, enabling asynchronous time warp
  • Facilitating completely unbuffered display surfaces for minimal latency
  • Supporting low-persistence display mode for improved comfort, visual stability, and reduced motion blur / judder

The new setup runs from the Oculus Mobile SDK and will launch with a few cool features such as Oculus: Oculus Home, Oculus Cinema, Oculus 360 Videos and Oculus 360 Photos.

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Galaxy Note 4 To Feature A 20-Megapixels Camera

It is getting harder to keep pace with new tech coming out on the market so fast. Galaxy Note 3 has just been released a few months back and there is already news regarding its successor, the Galaxy Note 4. The news gives us an insight about the camera that Samsung is developing for its upcoming phablet. Cameras have increasingly become more and more important in smartphones, which is why manufacturers are trying new ways to improve the optics.

Rumor has it that Samsung has already started working on the camera for the Galaxy Note 4, which will be a new 20-megapixels monster. This 20-megapixels camera should be better than the 16-megapixels that is expected to find its way in the Galaxy S5. It is widely reported that the camera on the Galaxy S5 will not have optical image stabilisation, something that many OEMs have begun to incorporate. There is no word on OIS feature on the Galaxy Note 4’s camera, but we can assume it should have it since Samsung is focusing so much on the handset’s camera unit.

The camera is due to ship around mid 2014, the same time as we are to expect the Galaxy Note 4 to hit the market. We also hope that Samsung works on the overall optics quality rather than just increase megapixel count.

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