DigiTimes is reporting that the supply volume of Apple's rumored 7.85-inch 'iPad mini' is estimated to reach four million units per month, starting next month. This is in preparation of demand on the smaller iPad for the year-end holidays, and as usual, it's all "according to sources from the upstream supply chain".
Rumors have been strong that the Cupertino-based company would launch the smaller, 7.85-inch iPad in October, sporting a thinner screen frame which will "allow the device to feature a bigger display area than other competing products," reports DigiTimes, and "will also feature a resolution similar to that of iPad 2."
DigiTimes' sources have said that the supply chain has already started supplying a small volume of the smaller iPad back in June, where they reached a monthly volume of a few hundred thousand. Apple would most likely peg a $299 price on the 'iPad mini', and their strength in the market, with their name, they should be able to compete without a fight, even against Google and ASUS' $199 Nexus 7 tablet, and anything Amazon throws at them.
Android Central have quite the exclusive today, where they've revealed that the international Samsung Galaxy S III (GT-i9300) will receive its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update next week, after Samsung's Mobile Unpacked event which is being held in Berlin, Germany.
Android Central report the news from "sources familiar with Samsung's plans" that the firmware for the S III is in the "final stages of testing". We should expect the JB update to arrive within days of the Mobile Unpacked event, which starts next Wednesday, August 29. We should also expect Samsung to unveil their Galaxy Note II at the event, which means it should be quite the explosive event once things get underway.
After Mobile Unpacked, Android Central report that the update should roll out to several countries, including the UK. There's currently no information on whether the LTE-capable Snapdragon S4-powered Galaxy S III will receive Jelly Bean updates, but we should expect Samsung to give the same JB love to their US-based customers, too. More information as it happens.
Running out of juice on your Samsung Galaxy S III? After an extended battery? Well, Seidio are here to your rescue with an extended battery for Samsung's flagship smartphone. The stock battery in the S III is just a 2100 mAh battery, but the S III is super-slim, after all.
If you want some extra juice, Seidio have a 3500 mAh extended battery that straps to the back of the Galaxy S III, but is it a little too thick? If you're like Fergie, and love your hump, your hump, your hump, your hump... then you should be okay with a little extra junk in your Galaxy S III's trunk.
I'm guessing with this extended battery from Seidio, you should definitely get two days at full brightness on the screen, and full use of the features of the handset itself, such as GPS, Wi-Fi, without running out of battery and needing a charge.
Sony have done quite well with the rollout promises of their Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates, where just a few days ago the company rolled out ICS to their NXT mid-range devices. Now the company is ready to cough up ICS for the majority of their 2011 Xperia range.
The ICS updates should roll out over the coming days, with a handful at first, with Sony leaving three devices without ICS for now. These devices, the mini pro, neo L and Live with Walkman should receive their Ice Cream Sandwich updates in the "next few weeks".
So if you're rocking a Sony Xperia device, get ready to receive an update to the glorious Ice Cream Sandwich.
Samsung's pen-toting, Galaxy Note 10.1 only saw the light of day last Friday, but iFixit's engineers have already had their hands in its internals. What did they find? Well, along with high-res photos and a bunch of detailed notes, they found that it is an impressively thin slate, and have said that its repairability is excellent.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 is thinner than Apple's third-generation 'new iPad', but iFixit found it surprisingly serviceable. iFixit found that Samsung used only a tiny amount of glue, only five different sized screws and the South Korean-based company didn't fuse the inexpensive digitizer to the expensive display panel. Inside the Galaxy Note 10.1, iFixit found some detailed specs on some of its innards.
Samsung have gotten to the point in their smart device career where they have the power to tease their customers of an upcoming product, and build anticipation, just like their competitor Apple. The latest tease from Samsung is a video which tells us that our "magical moments will come alive" on August 29 at Berlin UNPACKED.
Samsung showed off the original Galaxy Note at last year's IFA, so it would make sense that they'd choose the same event twelve months later to release its successor. We should get excited about Samsung's Galaxy Note II, as it should be specced quite well, beating most, if not all other 'phablets'.
We should expect it to sport a 16:9 Super HD AMOLED 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1280x720, a smaller bezel which should make the phone a little thinner and smaller, a quad-core processor clocked in a little higher than the Galaxy S III's, Google's latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and more S-Pen apps. The original Note has been quite the success for the South Korean company, selling over 10 million now.
Apple's sixth-generation 'new iPhone' will be announced next month, hopefully, and until then I think we're going to see, and hear, more and more rumors of the smartphone. The latest thing to hit the Internet are some leaked shots of the front panel of the new iPhone.
I've taken a stance of calling it the 'new iPhone', because I just can't see Apple naming it with a number, I really think we're going to see the same naming scheme as the third-generation iPad. The 'new iPad' was known as just that. Apple's new iPhone is looking to be a 4-inch device, up from the 3.5-inch screen on every single iPhone to date.
It should also sport 4G LTE connectivity, NFC, and a 7.6mm-thin case. All of this should be unveiled, and confirmed, at Apple's press conference which is being held on September 12th. Until then, most of these posts will be designated as "LeakedTT" or "RumorTT".
With quite possibly the longest name in a slate yet, Samsung have shown off the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Student Edition Bundle, where it will be on store shelves as you read this, for $250. What does $250 offer?
You'll get the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 tablet in its 8GB version in glossy white, a keyboard dock and USB peripheral connector, until September 1 at Best Buy, Tiger Direct, Fry's Electronics, Amazon and Costco. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 rocks Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, so its no slouch in the OS department.
It also comes with an IR-blaster, microSD slot and two cameras. Considering the normal Galaxy Tab is $250, this is not too shabby at all.
Sony releases their Xperia SL, sports dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S3, 4.3-inch screen, Ice Cream Sandwich
Sony have just unveiled the successor to their Xperia S smartphone, the Xperia SL. The latest Xperia SL sports a 4.3-inch scratch-resistant screen with a resolution of 1280x720, a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S3 processor and runs Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS.
Filling out the specs, we find the Xperia SL baking in a 12.1-megapixel rear-facing camera with 16x digital zoom and pulsed LED flash, up to 8 hours and 30 minutes of talk time, 420 hours of standby, 25 hours of music-listening time, and video playback time of up to 6 hours and 30 minutes. All of this finds its way into a phone that ways just 144g, or 5.1 ounces.
It feels like it's come out of nowhere, but it doesn't really have anything that can compete with the already-here Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note, HTC One XL, Apple's iPhone 4S, and various other high-end smartphones. But, for a Sony phone, it definitely doesn't look too shabby at all.
Weekend news ahoy! ASUS have taken to their Facebook page to notify users of their Transformer Pad TF300 that they should expect quite the over-the-air (OTA) update. The update in question is to the OS itself, upgrading it to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
It has seemingly come out of nowhere, as we didn't really hear much from ASUS before this. But, you can't really complain about an upgrade to Google's latest and greatest mobile OS. ASUS said on their Facebook page:
Dear Valued ASUS Customers,
We are pleased to announce that we will be rolling out a major software update for the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300, which will bring Android™ 4.1, Jelly Bean to the device for the first time in North America. In addition to this being the first of our planned Jelly Bean updates for the Transformer Series, we have also added a range of new features, including new power saving options, global file search and several improvements to the pre-installed apps.
We will announce Jelly Bean update plans for other Transformer Pad Series devices in the near future, so stay tuned.
Thank you for your continued support.
Please comment and let us know if you get the rolled out update to your Pad!
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will being seeing the light of day in just a little while, but that doesn't stop curious, and often helpful, tipsters from releasing pictures of the device ahead of its launch. KnowYourMobile received a supposed picture of the device last night and has posted it up online for all to see.
According to the source, the device features a slightly larger screen than the original Galaxy Note and comes in at a massive 5.5-inches. The technology used for the screen wasn't divulged by the source. It will feature a quad-core processor like the Galaxy S III and is thought to use the Samsung Exynos 4 Quad.
The new device will also feature 2GB of RAM and Samsung's new S-Pen technology. All of this combined into one update makes this new Galaxy Note 2 one great new device. The device is said to be launching with Jelly Bean, so you won't be behind the times if you purchase it when it launches.
We already reported about Samsung teasing a black Galaxy S III on the official Samsung Olympics page and we've come to learn a few more details since that original spotting. While Samsung continues to stay silent about the possibility of a black Galaxy S III, its partners haven't done quite so well.
Said to be sporting 64GB of internal storage, this is a feature that Samsung had said would be coming later this year. Clove, a UK partner of Samsung has put up a landing page and plans to offer pre-orders as soon as full launch details are known. This black Galaxy S III will be the first version of the phone to come with that much storage.
Of course, Samsung is playing coy. Considering they refuse to acknowledge that it is coming, it should come as no surprise that we don't know exactly when it will be unveiled or what the slightly tweaked handset will cost. However, sources are reporting that it should make an appearance this October, just in time for the Christmas rush.
While Microsoft Surface may not retail at the rumored $199, Lenovo's David Schmoock has provided a bit more information about pricing for Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT devices at launch. Speaking to Bloomberg, he said new devices based upon Windows RT (ARM tablets) will cost $200-300 less than those using Windows 8 (x86 tablets).
"RT will play in consumer and retail at very aggressive price points," said David Schmoock, head of Lenovo's North America operations. "It will do well but it's going to be more of a consumer price point play to begin with," he said. Windows 8 tablets are going to cost $600-$700, he said, a price that is slightly cheaper than most current Ultrabooks.
Using these two pieces of information, we can deduce that Windows RT tablets will debut at somewhere around $300-$500, likely closer to the $300 number than the $500 number, though it could be $500 if the lower and higher numbers are chosen, respectively. $300 is close to the rumored $199 and still beats the current iPad 3. It could have trouble, however, competing with the latest round of $199 Android tablets released recently.
Until actual pricing is released, all of this pricing speculation is just that, speculation. As soon as a product is launched, we can tell you what the launch price will be, with 100 percent accuracy.
When I hear military-grade, I immediately hear "expensive," however, that's not the case with Fujitsu's new military-grade tablet. At $549, it's $50 less than a storage-comparable Apple iPad 3--and the device even weighs less than it does. It manages all of this while being tested to meet or exceed military durability standard MIL-STD-810G.
So just what do you get with the Fujitsu M532? Well, it features a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and 1 GB of RAM stuffed behind a 10.1-inch IPS display running at WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution. Camera-wise, it features an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a two-megapixel front-facing camera.
It weighs in at just 1.23 pounds which, as I said, is less than the iPad 3's 1.44 pounds. Furthermore, the battery is said to last for 8.4 hours of video playback, which should get you through at least 3 movies and will get you most of the way to Europe from the United States. You also get a one-year license for device tracking through Absolute Computrace.
According to a report on Reuters, Nokia have said that they are holding a joint media event with Microsoft in New York on September 5. The news has sparked new rumors that the company would unveil their Windows Phone 8-based device before Apple can have the chance to unveil their next iPhone.
Nokia haven't given out any details on the event, but CEO Stephen Elop has said that the company would soon unveil a new smartphone using Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 OS. The big reason this event is getting press, is because the event is a week earlier than Apple's is, where we should expect the company to unveil their new iPhone.
Nokia has had a hard time finding their footing in the new smartphone market with the likes of Apple and Google throwing out both phones and operating systems, then we have competition such as Samsung and others joining in on the festivities. Old school companies such as Nokia and Research in Motion are finding it hard to stay relevant in an ever-changing market. Hopefully the September 5 event we see something truly revolutionary from the company. Nokia need their 'iPhone' time in the market.
We know that Amazon aren't just sitting on their hands over at Amazon HQ, and we've been teased that they were working on a larger Kindle Fire, but it looks like it cleared the FCC yesterday. The Digital Reader has a scoop from a friend of his, who tipped him to a bunch of FCC documents that were posted yesterday.
It doesn't show much, but the site reports "Like Amazon's past FCC submissions, this paperwork belongs to a new front company. This time around the company is Harpers LLC." Every time Amazon has thrown a new device through the FCC, they've used a new front company and then used a magic wand to make the paperwork disappear. Amazon have done this for every e-reader and tablet since the second iteration of the Kindle.
Samsung used their press event for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in NYC to announce that their 'phablet' 5.3-inch smartphone, the Galaxy Note, has sold more than 10 million units worldwide. This is a pretty big deal for Samsung.
The company had a goal of wanting to sell more than 10 million units across the world by the end of 2012, so they've reached this goal just over half way through the year. It was only in June that the South Korean company announced that sales had passed the 7 million mark.
Samsung's Galaxy Note sports a dual-core 1.4GHz Exynos processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera and large 5.3-inch screen. We've just received a Galaxy Note two days ago for review, and I slapped my SIM card in it last night and I'm going to lug it around for a couple of weeks before pumping out my review. I'm loving it so far though, the screen is just so amazing, it's definitely not too big.
A photo has floated onto the Internet that seems to parading around as a flex cable component for the upcoming, smaller 'iPad mini', housing Apple's smaller dock connector, the headphone jack, and home button connector, reports Nowhereelse.fr, from MacRumors.
The layout also looks similar to what we've seen from the next-gen iPhone that was seen a few months ago now. iFixit's Kyle Wiens has also thrown his thoughts into the ring, where he's stated that it's consistent with being an Apple component but that he's (obviously) unable to confirm its authenticity.
The part does look suspiciously similar to the next-gen iPhone part, and also carries a part number in the style of Apple's previous iOS-based device flex cable components. The biggest news here, is the headphone jack. It looks like it's being moved from its usual spot of up the top near the power button, to the bottom right next to the dock connector itself. But this again, lines up with previous teases of the next-gen iPhone which sported its headphone jack at the bottom of the device, rather than the top.
It's probably not that big of a surprise that Samsung has officially announced its new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. The tablet is what was expected--a 10.1-inch screen that features an S-Pen stylus for input. The tablet is Wi-Fi only and will be available tomorrow for $499 for the 16GB model or $549 for the 32GB model.
The device, as it sits, comes with only Android 4.0, although it is slated for an update to Jelly Bean later this year. It's powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core and 2GB of RAM. The screen seems a bit low-res coming in at only 1280×800 on a TFT display. The rear camera also seems a bit underwhelming, coming in at a mere 5MP with autofocus and a LED flash.
The front camera comes in at 1.9-megapixels, again a bit lower than expected. The device supports up to 64GB memory cards and has Bluteooth 4.0 and USB 2.0 support, though the latter requires an adapter. If this is a device that interests you, you can head over to Samsung's website tomorrow and purchase one.
Microsoft has been quiet about pricing for the upcoming Surface tablets. Announced out of nowhere, Microsoft showed off an incredibly polished tablet and told us all about it. Everything we could want to know was laid out--except launch date and launch price. We now know the launch date, and reports are now surfacing regarding the launch price.
Of course, take this with the usual grain of salt--throw some over your shoulder just to be safe. Citing an inside source, Engadget is reporting that the launch price will be $199. This is reportedly from a session, which laid out all of the launch details, held at Microsoft's TechReady15 conference.
There's no way Microsoft is producing the tablets for that money, so they must be doing what console manufacturers have been doing for years: trying to make their money back off of the software and games sold for the device. At that price, it's in direct competition with the new Google Nexus 7 and is cheaper than the iPad (and rumored iPad mini).
However, we are still separated from launch date, October 26, by more than two months so there is still time for things to change. Microsoft's partners may put up enough of a fight for the tablet to not launch at that price so as to not undercut them. One thing is for sure, if it launches at $199, I'll be one of the first in line to purchase one.
An anonymous source talking to GSMArena has stated that the update to Jelly Bean for Samsung Galaxy S III users will debut alongside the Galaxy Note II at Samsung's press conference on August 29. The fact an update is coming comes as no surprise to us as a few weeks ago information popped up about it being developed.
At that time, however, no release date was given and it was thought that it would launch late Q3 or early Q4. The anonymous tipster has said that the update is ready to go. Galaxy S II and Note owners will have to wait it a bit longer, if they will get it at all. Testing is currently on-going at the Korean smartphone giant.
The tests are reportedly "looking fine" but no date has been given for the release. Given strong international sales of both the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note, it's somewhat unlikely that Samsung won't come through with an update. If they don't, there are plenty of hardware hackers on XDA-developers that will provide a ROM.