Samsung first showed off their 10.1-inch Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year, and since its unveiling the slate, Samsung have baked in a few changes before release.
Since MWC, the Note 10.1 has received some of the same treatment the flagship Galaxy S III smartphone was treated to, this includes a similar color scheme of white and silver. It also includes the same Exynos 4 Quad processor, giving us a 1.4GHz quad-core CPU rocking along inside, as well as 2GB of RAM and support for HSPA+ 3G internet.
The Brave Post have managed to get their grubby little paws on one, and revealed the above details. Not only that, but they suggest that the inclusion of 3G internet access extends the Note 10.1's phone functionality, where it can act as a speaker phone and message access point. Samsung are still prepped to announce something on August 15, but this could well be their Galaxy Note II.
Google and ASUS' new $199 tablet is enjoying some nice pure, raw, technology lust, with the tablet being pulled from sale as it was selling out faster than the companies had expected, but official sales figures are still not here.
Chitika have collected some data, and in its early stages it looks like the Nexus 7 is doing very well indeed. Chitika's data includes the number of impressions per 100 Apple iPad impressions, with the Nexus 7 sitting at just 0.3.
But, considering it went on sale just a couple of weeks ago, it has already edged out HP's Touchpad, and Sony's Tablet S. Close to it we have the Motorola XOOM with 0.89, Amazon's Kindle Fire with 0.90, and Samsung's Galaxy Tab (which exact model, or the entire range, I don't know) at 2.69.
At this rate, it could overtake the already established Fire and XOOM within the coming months, without breaking a sweat.
Samsung turns their Galaxy S III smartphone into a four-in-one check-in, keycard, TV remote and AC control in Olympic hotel, even MacGyver is jealous
For those staying at the new Holiday Inn London Stratford City hotel, which is situated next to the Olympic Park, Samsung have some exciting news. Samsung has partnered up with Fingi Inc., to enable Holiday Inn London Stratford City to offer residents' a full suite of hotel services.
This includes remote control of room settings, and a special Samsung & Holiday Inn 'Olympic Newsletter', which includes the latest updates from London 2012 - all on the Galaxy S III smartphone. The mobile solution offers the ability to provide complete integration of TVs, lighting, AC and other audio-visual and in-room functions, topping it off as acting as the room key.
The service will initially be made available to VIPs staying at the aforementioned hotel, and will see 40 rooms at the hotel equipped with the hospitality solution. You can read more about this unbelievably cool feature here.
It's probably a good idea to not update to the latest version of the Galaxy S III software if you enjoy or need local search. The latest update to the international version of the device removes its ability to earch applications, music, contacts, bookmarks and quite a few other things. This is an update the North American version received a few weeks ago.
The XXBLG6 firmware is the update to avoid if you want to continue being able to search the above listed items. It's likely that this update is to avoid litigation with Apple as this feature is what caused the Google Nexus to be temporarily banned in the United States earlier this month. The patent concerned is one that deals with multiple source search.
It is seen as a away for Apple to protect Siri. What's interesting here is that the international Galaxy S III is never sold in the United States. Thus, it isn't a necessity to issue this update to the international version unless they are trying to avoid issues with Apple in court going forward.
Qualcomm have shown off their first tablet, which is powered by the companies Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 SoC, backed up by an ADreno 320 GPU. It's a quad-core processor clocked in at 1.5GHz.
It's also very fast, and beats Samsung's Exynos 4 Quad which is found in the Galaxy S III, as well as HTC One X's NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip. Of course, it also beats Qualcomm's own Snapdragon S4 processor in a bunch of synthetic benchmarks. But, what is this beast priced at?
$1,300. Considering that Google's Nexus 7 is just $199, and Apple's iPad is a shave under $500, $1,300 is a huge price to pay for a tablet. But, if you want the best performing tablet on the market, this seems to be it. After the quad-core 1.5GHz chip, we find 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera.
It's been about two years since the last iPod Touch refresh was released and rumors are saying another one is coming. Back in 2010, the iPod Touch fourth-generation was released and brought with it a front and rear camera and a Retina display. Since then, the iPod Touch has proved popular with a wide variety of users but has seemingly been neglected by the media and Apple.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a person who has been very accurate on previous predictions for Apple products, has said that the iPod Touch refresh will be released in September-October alongside the iPhone 5 and an updated iPod Nano. Kuo predicts the fifth-generation iPod touch will use in-cell technology, something rumored to be used in the iPhone 5.
In-cell technology allows the screen to be thinner. However, a thinner screen doesn't mean a thinner device. Apple could completely rework the internals or use the extra space for a larger battery, something most users would surely appreciate. It's also likely to get a 4-inch screen to replace the current 3.5-inch one and will probably be upgraded to the A5 SoC.
Tablets seem to be a dime a dozen these days. Almost every major player in the computer market has one on sale and this includes Lenovo who has begun selling their IdeaTab S2110 for $450. However, the device is currently available for $343.20 and you can snag the optional keyboard accessory for only $56 more.
This pricing has Lenovo's competitors beat by a small margin. ASUS charges $150 alone for the keyboard for their Transformer tablets and the tablets start around $400-500. The S2110 comes with a very nice specification list which is sure to not disappoint. It runs Android 4.0, and has a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and 1.3-megapixel front webcam.
It also comes with stereo speakers, optional 3G connectivity, 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16-32GB of internal flash storage, and gets 8-9 hours of battery life (Lenovo says 10 hours). The screen seems to be the only place "lacking" as it is only 1280x800. While that's not bad, it's no longer impressive like the iPad Retina or other displays on tablets.
Samsung may be enjoying some seriously nice success with their high-end Galaxy S III smartphone, but it looks like its time for the Korean electronics maker to hit the mid-range market running, too.
Although the company is ready to unveil the "newest Galaxy" on August 15, this device is not it. It looks as though the Stellar, teased in the above Verizon document is a mid-range device, and not on the same playing field as their high-end Galaxy S III.
We should hear more about Samsung's Galaxy Stellar, so for now this is merely a tease. Samsung have plenty of phones, as you can see from the above picture, but this is definitely a new one.
It looks like Research in Motion (RIM) are getting into the news today with something positive, instead of job losses, negative finance reports, or delays on BB10.
Mobile Syrup is reporting that they've been informed that the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook is set to launch via Bell, and most likely on other Canadian carriers, next Tuesday, the 31st of July. According to an internal Bell document, the price of the 4G-capable PlayBook will be $549.95.
Spec-wise, we're looking at the usual 7-inch display with a 1024x600 resolution, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4G LTE (and HSPA+), OS 2.0, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear-facing cam capable of shooting 1080p video, 3-megapixel front-facer, 4800 mAh battery and only comes in one size: 32GB.
Yesterday we reported that the 7-inch superstar tablet from Google, Nexus 7 (16GB), was ripped from sale as it had sold out. This has been followed by a new commercial of the tablet.
The first commercial arrives as 'Nexus 7: Camping', and features a father and his son venturing into the woods for some bonding, Nexus 7 in tow. I bet you're thinking "who takes a Wi-Fi-only tablet camping, it wouldn't work!" but you need to watch the video.
It's simple, it shows off just a slither of what the 7-inch slate is capable of. I know that I want one pretty bad.
RumorTT: New iPhone to have a smaller 19-pin dock connector, makes way for headphone jack next to it
It looks like its nearly confirmed that Apple is going to shift to a 19-pin dock connector for their next-generation iPhone, versus the current 30-pin connector. Two sources close to Reuters "familiar with the matter" have said the move to the 19-pin connector move is "to make room for the earphone moving to the bottom".
This would mean that the new iPhone would not be compatible with the thousands upon thousands of accessories out there which use the current 30-pin connector. But, personally, I think it's a great move.
If you're like me, your phone in in your pocket (for me, right front pocket of my trousers/jeans) and is always head-first, meaning if a headphone set is used, I have to flip it around. This way, you could have it down-facing in your pants, and still have the headphones in. I kinda like the move Apple have (maybe) made here.
But, it also represents a problem for people with their accessories, as well as a new opportunity for accessory makers. Your thoughts?
A company that you've probably never heard of has released an infographic that shows the radiation output for five different phones. The higher the output, the worse it is for your health. The FCC has a limit of 1.6W/kg and the iPhone 4S isn't too far away from that number. On the other hand, the Galaxy SIII does considerably better.
The company in question is Tawkon, a company that released an app on iOS and Android which shows how much radiation your phone is emitting. Apple, of course, quickly removed the app since it didn't make the iPhone look very good. The app is still available on the Google Play store if you would like to check out your device.
According to the infographic, the BlackBerry Bold is one of the worst phones you can buy, in terms of radiation, as it is the closest to the legal limit imposed by the FCC. The iPhone 4S comes in second with a SAR rating of 1.11W/kg. The Samsung Galaxy S3, however, comes in with only .34W/kg, more than three times less than the iPhone 4S. If you prefer to keep your brains raw, you might want to rethink your phone choice.
Just like Netbooks were the must have item only a few years ago, that trend has now shifted to tablets and no company wants to be left out of the fun. It has been expected for a while now that Amazon would be updating its Kindle Fire tablet soon but still has yet to do so. According to one person, however, they have bigger plans.
Demos Parneros, Staple's president of US retail, has claimed that Amazon is planning to release five or six new devices in a range of sizes. One of these tablets would even be as large as 10-inches and would be built to compete with the Apple iPad. No word was mentioned about whether or not one of these devices would be a smartphone.
In other news, Amazon has also announced plans to create a new R&D lab in London, England. The 47,000-square-feet space occupies the eighth floor in Glasshouse Yard. The R&D center will work on APIs for TVs, consoles, smartphones and PCs designed to be released around the globe. It will be interesting to see what new products come out of this R&D center.
Executives speaking to the Yonhap news agency, it looks as though Samsung have smashed through the 10 million sales milestone. The company talked about hitting the milestone by the end of July, and well, they've done it.
Samsung's head of mobile, J.K. Shin, said "It appears that it (accumulated sales) has exceeded 10 million units". But, and there's always a but, Shin didn't specify whether this 10 million unit count was actual sales to customers, or shipments to retailers. Either way, it's an achievement in itself.
The Samsung Galaxy S III has been available for a little over two months, and can now be purchased in over 140 countries across the world.
We had a another RumorTT post on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note II last month, where we heard it would have Samsung's quad-core Exynos processor inside, but it looks like those rumors are now materializing as we get closer to its impending release.
Some numbers have just shown up in the form of some test results uploaded to GLBenchmark, which let's us report that the Galaxy Note II should sport a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor, clocked 200MHz above its little brother the Galaxy S III. The Galaxy S II was clocked in at just 1.2GHz and was only a dual-core chip, while the original Note was clocked in at 1.4GHz and also just a dual-core chip.
It looks as though Google didn't expect this much demand for the 16GB version of their Nexus 7 tablet, with the tablet selling out from stockists and other sources, whilst demand for the 8GB variant remains comparatively low.
Google have stopped further orders for the 16GB variant across their US and UK Google Play stores, with orders placed up to the end of last week looking to be fulfilled, but a shortage in stock now means a stop in sales, temporarily. If you're after a Nexus, and don't mind the smaller 8GB version then you can still grab one, with a 3-5 business day wait.
If you still want that 16GB version, you'll have to "sign up to be notified by e-mail" when it becomes available, according to Google's Play Store. Even though the Nexus 7 is sold out in its 16GB flavor, the company haven't released any sales numbers, so its unknown whether this "sold out" number is just 500,000 or a few million.
It's been previously reported that Apple have begun their final production of the upcoming next-gen iPhone, but BGR is reporting that this isn't true. They have reported that Apple go through multiple stages before a product is manufactured, and two of these phases include the "engineering verification test" stage, as well as a "design verification test" phase.
BGR have a source that tells them that the new iPhone is currently in the EVT3 stage, the third revision of the engineering test stage, not yet reaching the DVT stage. Production of previous iPhones, according to BGR's source, is as follows:
- Verizon (VZ) iPhone 4: This hit the EVT2 stage in mid-November, hit EVT3 the last week of November, and got up to DVT2 in late December.
- iPhone 4: The unit that was lost in a San Francisco bar was in DVT stage in late March, and had hit EVT2 by mid-February of 2010.
Reports that a 64GB variant of Samsung's flagship Galaxy S III are back, with this time an official announcement. The Verge is reporting that Samsung have confirmed to them that the 64GB version is still coming, and will be released sometime in the second half of this year.
Samsung also pointed out that the 64GB Galaxy S III had only been announced internationally, so you shouldn't expect to see it found locally in the U.S. for a while yet. Samsung's exact statement regarding the 64GB Galaxy S III:
The 64GB model of the GALAXY S III will be available during the second half of this year. The market availability and timing may vary and will be determined at the time of release.
It looks like increased competition from companies such as HTC, and Samsung are forcing Apple to make changes to the new iPhones design, where "people familiar with the matter" saying that manufacturers of the new iPhone are currently using a new technology that makes the new iPhones screen smaller, reports the Wall Street Journal.
The WSJ reports that Japanese LCD makers, Sharp, and Japan Display Inc., who is a new company that combined three Japanese electronics makers' display users, as well as South Korea's LG Display Co. are currently mass producing panels for the upcoming iPhone, which is said to use in-cell technology.
In-cell technology integrates touch sensors directly into the LCD, removing the need of a separate touch-screen layer. Thanks to this layer not being needed, it shaves half a millimeter off the total thickness of the phone, while increasing the quality of the display itself, says DisplaySearch analyst Hiroshi Hayase. The current iPhone is 9.3mm thick, which means we should see the new iPhone somewhere below 9mm in total thickness.
Know Your Mobile has a big scoop on the new iPhone, where according to a "reliable industry source who wishes to remain anonymous" revealed to Know Your Mobile that the iPhone 5 would be launched at a keynote speech given on August 7.
There were reports floating around that the date for the iPhone 5's launch was brought forward from October to August (most likely from increasing competition). Because it is just a rumor, there are no details on specs, design, pricing, or anything else really. According to previous rumors, Apple will break their usual stance of keeping the screen at just 3.5-inch, and increase it to 4-inch.
They need to do this to break the mould, and keep up with the competition. Apple's new iPhone should also sport NFC capabilities, as well as a faster processor. It should also adapt a new look and style, changing from the iPhone 4 and 4S. The new iPhone should also be the debut device for Apple's iOS 6 mobile operating system, which should bring some nice changes to iOS, as there again, is already competition from Google in the form of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and the soon-to-be released Windows Phone 8 from Microsoft.
ZTE have come out in the last couple of hours with a huge tease, the company used Twitter to catapult the tease, where they've said to expect "one of the most advanced gaming smartphones", where they add it will be in customers hands in just six days time.
Without much information, it's hard to guess what ZTE are going to release. A totally new smartphone, a new gaming-dedicated smartphone? Something else entirely? During Mobile World Congress earlier this year, ZTE did talk about a Tegra 3-powered device.
Since then, this device hasn't been talked about. Maybe we're to expect a new Tegra 3-powered device from ZTE targeted toward gaming? What could ZTE do to really claim that 'advanced gaming smartphone' name?