Our friends over at Netbook News are reporting that Samsung have slid a new tablet into the labs and hands of the FCC, the GT-P8110. This slate is quite the mystery, and there's really no information about it.
But, from the drawing above, we can see its definitely not the just-rooted and released Galaxy Note 10.1. The shape is different, with some curves to it and the camera placement makes it look like it's going to be a bigger device, possibly 11.8-inch, or it could end up at 10.1-inch with a different camera position.
I'm guessing that if this newly discovered tablet is indeed 11.8-inch, then it could be the 'better-than-Retina' tablet Samsung are working on. The 11.8-inch slate sported a resolution of 2560x1600. The model of this tablet was 'P10', which would make sense, to me anyway. The tablet that was released to the FCC sports NFC, and will supposedly be released in Wi-Fi only and 4G models. We should hopefully find out more about this device at IFA.
While there has been no official announcement of a coming black Samsung Galaxy S III, a couple of pictures have popped up on the Samsung Olympics Facebook page which include a black Galaxy S III. This is likely to keep interest in the Galaxy S III so that it can better compete with the upcoming iPhone 5.
The first image, shown above, features both a black Galaxy S III and a white one. It's highly unlikely to be an optical illusion as another picture with a black Galaxy S III is also online (see below). At least one black Galaxy S III has to exist, and many more are possibly being manufactured as I type this.
The launch will probably occur sometime around the launch of the next iPhone, rumored to be September 12, in order to draw attention back from the rival's product. The question is, will this be enough to keep Samsung and the Galaxy S III on a hot streak? It's already managed to sell 10 million units in 2 months, but the iPhone will steal at least part of its thunder.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Student Edition to show up on Best Buy shelves for $249, comes with keyboard, USB adapter
If you're looking into buying a tablet for your return to school, you might just think about holding off for a little bit. Engadget has heard from an anonymous tipster that Samsung will be releasing a student edition of the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 that will be sliding onto Best Buy's shelves bundled with a keyboard and USB adapter.
The tablet itself will be the 8GB Wi-Fi only model that already retails for $249, so holding off for a few weeks will net you a free keyboard and USB adapter for free. The device is said to be coming to shelves near you on August 19, just in time for most people who would be buying it for college, and just a week into high school.
If you're still conducting research and weighing the pros and cons of the different devices, this is something you would want to consider. If you go with the Google Nexus 7, you'll have to purchase these extras separately, something likely to drive the price beyond the $249 selling point of the new student version of the Galaxy Tab 2.
It looks like Samsung's pen-toting Galaxy Note 10.1 has already hit shelves, but that's not even the best bit of this news. The 10.1-inch slate looks to have already been rooted by XDA Developers' forum member Zedomax.
Zedomax claims that he's the first person in the world to have rooted the Galaxy Note 10.1, where he claims he achieved the results by injecting root into the stock European firmware, which is an easier method, as it allows you to fully unroot and return the Note 10.1 for warranty in the future, if you run into any problems with the tablet.
Zedomax has his own website that has step-by-step instructions, with pictures, that you can check out. This is quite the feat, considering Samsung only announced the Note 10.1 a couple of days ago, now it has hit retail shelves, and been rooted. Is it just me, or when reading (or for me, writing) about 'rooting', I somehow feel dirty. But, in this case, it's a good kind of dirty. Is that dirty? Anyway, check out Zedomax's tutorial if you're looking to grab a Note 10.1 and want to err, root it.
Some Android developers have tinkered with the Jelly Bean-powered Nexus 7, where they've overclocked its NVIDIA Tegra 3-based processor to an astonishing 1.64GHz, where it promptly smashes all other smart devices on the market in benchmarks.
The Nexus 7 was rooted, with a kernel installed named Trinity Seven and as you can see from the above screenshot, it scores 7130 in Quadrant, with the closest devices the HTC One X with just over 4500, and the other ASUS-made Transformer Prime TF201 with a little over 4000. These are some truly remarkable results for such a cheap tablet.
But, how does an overclocked device like that keep battery life when its spitting out 1.64GHz on all four cores? Well, the Trinity Kernel Toolbox lets you control this, where you can overclock when you're gaming and want the best results, and underclock for everything else. That's not the only benefit, either, as standby usage has been improved, big time. Deep sleep mode offers huge results, where even after a 12 hour stint at being awake, there's still plenty of battery left on the Nexus 7, as the screenshot below shows.
After several leaks, most of the specs are already known about Lenovo's upcoming ThinkPad Tablet 2. However, Lenovo has finally made an official announcement and outed just about everything we could want to know...except the price. I'm not sure what it is with Windows 8 tablet makers, but they don't seem to want to let the price be known.
The device is a 10-inch slate powered by Windows 8 and an Intel Atom processor. The screen is a 1366x768 IPS display, which should help with color reproduction and viewing angles. It reportedly gets 10 hours of battery life, comes with optional 3G/4G connectivity, and a micro-HDMI video output port.
It sports two cameras, 2MP and 8MP. The cellular connection will mainly be HSPA+, however, the tablet will be compatible with AT&T's LTE network as well. More incredible is the thickness: 9.8mm. Inside that slim package, Lenovo has packed NFC connectivity, a fingerprint reader, and a stylus, which can be stored inside the tablet.
Android saw more than a 15 percent increase in market share from last quarter to this quarter. That means that nearly 68.1 percent of smartphones shipped in the second quarter were powered by Android, an increase that is mostly attributed to the Korean manufacturer Samsung. Samsung shipped more Android phones during the quarter than the next seven manufacturers combined.
Samsung's incredible performance has cut into iOS' market share pretty significantly, dropping it from 23 percent to 16.9 percent over the same time period. Of course, where there are gains for Android and iOS, there are losses for the other operating systems. Blackberry managed third place with just 4.8 percent of shipping devices.
Symbian is doing even worse, dropping from 16.9 percent last year to only 4.4 percent this year. That equates to nearly a 75 percent drop. Windows Phone is still performing quite badly with only 3.5 percent. It would appear Nokia's Lumia line of phones have failed to stimulate any massive interest in the platform.
Apple.pro have posted scans from Chinese-language newspaper Apple Daily showing off the new "iPhone 5" enclosures that have been available for the past couple of weeks, and even went as far as taking measurements of them.
The thickness of the next-gen iPhone enclosure measures in at 7.6mm, with the rest of the dimensions appear to be equivalent to the specifications that are making the rounds of sites across the world, and the same as the leaked specs by case manufacturers in June:
One manufacturer we spoke to said that he was sure that the leaked images were accurate - so sure that he was already preparing to construct iPhone 5 cases and he'd be willing to ship replacements for free if they turned out not to be perfect. He enumerated three big changes from the old iPhone 4S to the iPhone 5:
1. The phone is much bigger, measuring 58.47 mm wide, 123.83 mm high and 7.6 mm thin. The screen is 4″.
2. The earphone jack has been relocated to the bottom of the phone.
3. The dock connector is much smaller, similar in size to micro USB.
ARM have announced a new GPU design that is set to be baked into devices later this year, with the company promising 50% more graphics performance, all within the same area, with less power draw compared to current offerings.
Second-generation Mali T600 GPUs, comprised of the Mali T624, the Mali T628 and the Mali T678, provide "optimal performance and energy efficiency for different end devices," says ARM. The new GPU designs are set to include up to 8 cores, which should provide better frame rates than current chips, as well as improved compute performance. ARM is also including a small area of silicon that is devoted to new graphics compression code, which the company have named Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression (ASTC) and provided as an open standard.
At the moment, developers have to choose between codecs in order to get the right level of texture compression for different platforms, but ARM are hoping to wipe this issue away and make it easier for developers to create content that can be used across multiple platforms.
I have yet to of had the pleasure of using Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but I hope to soon when I get my paws on ASUS' Nexus 7. What disappoints me is the news of Samsung's Galaxy Note II might be shipping with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).
The news is unconfirmed, but its far from being a rumor, so for now it stays as a normal news post. The news came off the back of Sam Mobile's report that Samsung's Galaxy S III would receive Jelly Bean, and that the initial firmware on the Galaxy S III that had passed testing, this enabled developers to focus on the public release. But, the S III should receive Jelly Bean sometime in Q3, pending final approval and if it's all smooth sailing from here on out.
The Galaxy Note II, according to the report, might only ship with ICS. Current testing software is said to be ICS, which could allow Samsung to fast track the 5.5-inch 'phablet', instead of waiting for more testing with Jelly Bean. If the Note II ships without Jelly Bean, it'll be a saggy point of the phone, I think any flagship smart devices shipped from now on should be driven by Jelly Bean, with devices not pegged to be flagship with ICS, with updates the Jelly Bean in the near future.
It looks like Samsung won't be the only kid on the playground with a large 'phablet' smartphone, with DigiTimes reporting that HTC are set to launch a 5-inch smartphone somewhere in the September-October timeframe. The flagship phone from HTC would sport a resolution of 1794x1080.
Samsung were the first ones out of the gate with a 5-inch phone, already have plans for a 5.5-inch device, the Galaxy Note II, and we should see this in the next couple of weeks. The success of Samsung's original 5-inch Galaxy Note has sparked interest from more Korean phone makers, where we saw fellow phone maker LG release the 5-inch Optimus Vu just a couple of months ago.
HTC's entry into the 'phablet' market should see the market continue to expand, but I have a feeling it will cut down on tablet sales. Considering that HTC and LG aren't doing too well in tablets, and Samsung are the only real threat out of the three companies combined, a 'phablet' spike in sales would be good to combat the iPhone and iPad sales.
Samsung UK have confirmed their rollout plans for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) on Galaxy tablets. The first ones to line up to the ICS van is the Galaxy Tab 10.1, with the Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Tab 8.9 to follow shortly after. TechRader spoke to Samsung UK, who said:
Samsung UK can confirm the roll out of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus WiFi and Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi devices is live. Any further updates for the Galaxy Tab range will be announced in due course.
The update looks to only be splashing down on UK tablets at the moment, with the US having to wait a while before ICS arrives. Personally, this is such a bad move by Samsung (and other companies) as well as Google, because it creates a massively fragmented market, with each tablet having a different OS, based on its locale, etc. Apple, are perfect at pushing iOS to their latest generation devices, keeping them [mostly] the same.
It would appear some pictures of HP's upcoming Slate 8 have been leaked by...HP itself. On HP's website, there is a promotion which has the tablet in it. This should mean that the release date is not to far in the future. Previously, the upcoming tablet had popped up in an advert and now the back has popped up in this latest promotion.
This tablet that is featured in the promotion is likely to the Slate 8, as long as it isn't some fake tablet built for the promotion. The Slate 8 is set to be an x86-powered tablet with a 10.1-inch screen according to earlier leaks. The picture shows a silver device with an HP logo on the back and what appears to be a headphone jack along the top.
The tablet is in the hands of a doctor, well, at least an actress dressed like a doctor, so it's likely going to be marketed at businesses and professionals rather than your average consumer. This is backed up by another leak that says it will run Windows 8 Professional instead of RT. The tablet should launch sometime this year, likely shortly after Windows 8 launches.
As previously reported, Apple is going to replace the iconic, and sometimes frustrating, 30-pin dock connector with a new miniaturized version. Originally it was thought that the new connector would be added to devices as they were updated according to the usual update schedule. However, Apple is said to be updating the entire line-up with the new connector this fall.
This update will include a 9.7-inch iPad, as well as the next iPhone, the iPod Nano and touch, and a possible iPad mini. This means that the current iPad 3 will be updated with the smaller connector mid-season. Of course, updating all of the devices at once makes sense. Otherwise half of the devices would be using the old cord, and half the new cord.
Unfortunately, this new connector could make older accessories incompatible. They are making an adapter, however, it may not work with every device. A major example comes to mind: Car integration. The iPhone is said to be announced on September 12 and launched on September 21 and the rest of the updated line-up is likely to come at the same time.
The launch date for AT&T's new Mobile Share plans has been confirmed to be August 23. This launch date is just in time for the back-to-school rush which should help bolster sales. The Mobile Share plans are perfect to combine with family plans, which already share unlimited talk and unlimited texts.
The plans are AT&T's answer to Verizon's Share Everything plans. They are an obvious attempt at competing with Verizon who has plans already available. AT&T will continue to keep it's old plan line-up for new and existing customers so that customers who don't want to share don't have to.
AT&T has provided a tool to help you decide which plan is best based upon your usage. In general, the more you share, the more you save, as long as you are okay with sharing a smaller amount of data over a larger number of devices. Data allocations are available from 1GB-20GB. Initially, sign-ups will be accepted over the phone or in retail stores. Shortly after, orders will be accepted online.
Rumors have been heating up regarding a possible iPad mini that sports a 7-inch screen. As of late, the rumors have been identifying a launch next to the upcoming iPhone 5. Publicly, Steve Jobs was completely against an iPad mini: "The reason we [won't] make a 7-inch tablet isn't because we don't want to hit that price point, it's because we think the screen is too small to express the software."
It turns out that it could all have been clever misdirection. As part of the on-going litigation between Samsung and Apple, new e-mails have been released which show that Mr. Jobs was actually receptive to the idea. The e-mail, sent January 24, 2011 by Eddy Cue, was received by Steve Jobs, Scott Forstall, and Tim Cook.
Having used a Samsung Galaxy, I tend to agree with many of the comments below (except actually moving off the iPad). I believe there will be a 7" market and we should do one. I expressed this to Steve several times since Thanksgiving and he seemed very receptive the last time. I found email, books, facebook and video very compelling on a 7". Web browsing is definitely the weakest point, but still usable.
According to a tweet from electronics retailer Negri Electronics, it looks as though they'll be selling the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 this week. The 10.1-inch tablet comes with a price of $750, which isn't too bad considering what this tablet is capable of.
The closest competition is the iPad, which can be found for around $250 cheaper, but it's the Nexus 7 that is going to be the strongest competitor, and nearly $500 cheaper than the Note 10.1. Negri Electronics' listing shows that the Note 10.1 will include the 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 16GB of internal storage, a 10.1-inch 1,280x800 resolution touchscreen, and as the radio, it looks like it'll sport quadband 21Mbps HSPA 1900/1800/900/850.
The firm is listing it for shipping as of 8/3, which was a few days ago, meaning that people should be getting their hands on these bad boys any day now.
Need to get your kids to stop asking you for an iPad? How about spending a mere $90 on a full Android ICS tablet to get them to leave you alone. Not a bad deal, and the new Matrix One slate is a perfect solution which fits the bill. You aren't going to get much in the way of specs for only $90, but for $90, you get a reasonable amount.
The device features a 7-inch screen which has 5-point multi-touch support. The screen resolution is a pitiful 800x480 and won't be able to compete with most tablets on the market. It also features a 2MP front camera, a Cortex A8 clocked at 1.5GHz, 512 MB or 1 GB RAM, Wi-Fi connectivity, a 3200 mAh battery, and Android 4.0.3 ICS.
The best feature is probably its mini HDMI port which supports full HD. Theoretically, you can use this tablet to stream full HD to your home 50-inch big screen TV. The 4GB base model comes in at $89.99 and the 16GB model will only set you back $129.99. They are also available in black, white, blue, and pink which should match any style your kid might have. Save the money here and buy yourself an iPad or Nexus 7.
If you've been holding out for the sequel to the Galaxy Note, you've got just a bit longer to wait until you can feast your eyes on it. Invitations to an event being held in Berlin have started being sent out. The event is just a couple of days before the IFA trade show starts, which is where the last Galaxy Note was revealed almost exactly one year ago.
Samsung is likely trying to take away some of Apple's thunder that is expected to come with its release of the new iPhone 5, rumored to be in September or October. Samsung recently overtook the top spot for smartphone makers after lagging behind Apple. In the last quarter, Samsung shipped around double as many smartphones as Apple.
The event, planned for August 29, will see the new Note released: "We plan to unveil the next Galaxy Note at the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event in Berlin on August 29," a Samsung spokesman said on Friday. The new Note is rumored to feature a 5.5-inch unbreakable screen, a faster CPU, and a much better camera.
Tablets are the new hot thing. They're the buzz word, much like netbook was just a few years ago. A new infographic has been released that shows the rise of the tablet to become king of the portable as they are projected to outnumber laptops by 2017. There's many other incredible facts contained in the infographic below:
Even more incredible is the fact that Christmas 2011 managed to double the number of iPads in the United States. Another interesting statistic released in the infographic is the number of adoption. One in five adults in the United States now has an iPad and the ownership is greatest among college graduates or people making of $75,000 a year.
What do you think? Are tablets that great? or are they just the latest fad that are set to go the way of the netbook? Let us know in the comments!
Lenovo's upcoming Windows 8 tablet has been teased by the company several times and a mysterious source has leaked the specs of the device on the internet. The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet successor will be running Windows 8 and come with a pen stylus and an optional physical keyboard dock that is similar to Microsoft's Surface's one.
The heart of the machine will be a dual-core Intel Clover Trail processor that has access to 2GB of RAM. The screen is said to be a 10.1-inch WXGA touchscreen--WXGA is 1366x768. The device will sport 64GB of storage. Looking at the spec list, it's pretty clearly set to be an iPad competitor, but if that's not enough convincing, one of the leaked slides shows a comparison of the device with the iPad.
Looking at the chart entitled "Best in Class", the iPad clearly wins out in several categories such as screen resolution and voice control. However, Lenovo's tablet features stereo speakers, which trumps the iPad's mono system, and dual microphones, which offer digital noise reduction. The ThinkPad Tablet 2 measures 262.6 x 164 x 9.8mm and weighs 650g.