Dell is hard at work on their Windows 8 tablet, but as with all Windows 8-based tablets, information on the specs is hard to come by. But, Neowin have gotten their hands dirty and found a slide which shows off Dell's upcoming Latitude 10 tablet.
The Dell Latitude 10 is a 10.8-inch tablet with a 1366x768 resolution, sports Intel's Clover Trail dual-core Atom processor, fingerprint reader, 2GB of RAM, 128GB SSD, and of course, Windows 8. What is surprising is that it has a swappable battery, Dell are offering a 2- or 4-cell battery with either 30/60WHr, depending on which battery is installed.
The smaller battery should be good for 6-8 hours of use, with the bigger battery achieving around 10-12 hours. Remember, this is probably just one of many tablets that Dell have in development that will run Windows 8, but it's good to see them finally taking form. Swappable batteries? Very nice change to the tablet world.
It seems as though Apple are looking at stylus pens for the iPad, and iPhone, according to a new patent from the Cupertino-based company. Apple's latest patent applications have shown that they're definitely working on one, but whether we see it eventuate into a physical product is another thing.
The patent filed is for an optical stylus, with haptic feedback. The optical stylus is an input device with an optical camera on the tip, when you move the stylus over the touchscreen, the optical camera tracks specially formatted pixels, or special, user eye invisible markings on the display.
So as you can see, it's not just a simple stylus pen. The stylus with haptic feedback comes with a built-in haptic actuator and a short-range wireless receiver. The vibration commands are transmitted through a tiny wireless transmitter built into the bezel of the iPad. Right now, these products are just teases, nothing concrete yet. But it's definitely funny for Apple, a company that once laughed at stylus pens, with the late Steve Jobs saying "if you see a stylus, they blew it."
A rumor has surfaced that Google is producing its own tablet to compete with the Amazon Kindle Fire. The rumor has been started by DigiTimes who has quoted "sources from the upstream supply chain." While sometimes these sources are right, they are also sometimes wrong. I have a feeling that they could be wrong this time.
According to the reports from upstream sources, there will be around 600,000 in initial shipments ahead of a July launch. This rumor goes along with one that was released back in January, also by DigiTimes, which says that Google is prepping a 7" tablet running Android 4.0 ICS. That rumor put the price point at $199.
That rumor was originally saying a March or April launch date, but has now been updated to July since "design and costs did not reach its expectations." The tablet is reportedly going to be built by ASUS at Google's request. Curiously enough, ASUS showed off a 7" Tegra 3 tablet in their suite at CES and later showed it off at an NVIDIA presentation. The price then was quoted at $249, so this could possibly be the device in question.
It wasn't so long ago that Samsung were showing off the GALAXY Note 10.1 tablet, back at the Mobile World Congress a few months ago. The GALAXY Note 10.1 at that time, featured the dual-core 1.4GHz Exynos processor, a 1280x800 display, 3-megapixel rear-facing camera and no place to house the S Pen.
But, now there's a revised GALAXY Note 10.1 in the wild, which sports Samsung's quad-core Exynos processor. Samsung have also added a "holster" for the S Pen, so that it can be all snug when it's not being used. The S Pen is also thinner than it was at MWC, but for those who like their stylus' thicker, Samsung are offering an S Pen Holder Kit, which lets you put the S Pen inside a thicker body.
We are looking at a June launch for the tablet, and its definitely shaping up to be quite the tablet indeed.
The Kindle Fire may currently be rocking the low-price Android tablet market, but it could soon have quite a bit of competition thanks to NVIDIA. NVIDIA has been working on a new platform called "Kai" which aims to bring quad-core Android tablets down to the $199 price range by this summer. At that price point, the Kindle is going to have some serious competition.
NVIDIA hasn't played any games with their intentions to make lower cost Android tablets a possibility. These intentions aren't just a dream either as NVIDIA has a plan to help quad-core Android tablets reach the $199 price point by this summer. During the investor meeting last week, Vice President Rob Csonger provided some details on Kai.
Our strategy on Android is simply to enable quad-core tablets running Android Ice Cream Sandwich to be developed and brought out to market at the $199 price point, and the way we do that is a platform we've developed called Kai. So this uses a lot of the secret sauce that's inside Tegra 3 to allow you to develop a tablet at a much lower cost, by using a lot of innovation that we've developed to reduce the power that's used by the display and use lower cost components within the tablet.
That's about all that has been made public thus far. But the prospect of a low-cost quad-core Android tablet has me excited. And I imagine it has Amazon slightly worried. Of course, things change and the price could need to be adjusted to cover costs.
If a YouTube video posted by wmpoweruser.com is to be believed, it features a Nokia Lumia 900, suggesting that the device would run Windows Phone 8. The leaked feature shows off the Photo Hub tile split into two.
The one on the left is the latest photo tile, with the second something new. The second feature is the "meet up with Sarah", in the Contact tile, none of which are features in the current iteration of Windows Phone. The screenshot above shows the difference.
Not that this is something that is huge news, but the talk of Windows Phone 8 is interesting in itself. Microsoft seem to be really pulling their stuff together lately, and if this is a sign of things to come, it looks like Microsoft may just pull Windows Phone right up to the ranks of iOS and Android sooner, rather than later.
If you're in the US and want to be among the very first people in the world to get your grubby, tech-loving hands on Samsung's quad-core GALAXY S III, well you might want to head on over to Amazon's website, right now.
The downside of this is that being one of the first people in the US to own the phone, will set you back quite a few bucks: $799.99 bucks to be precise. The blue version ships on May 29, with the white version shipping a few days later on June 1.
The i9300 GALAXY S III will be fully compatible with AT&T's HSPA network, which means you'll get 4G HSPA+ service wherever the carrier has it. But, you won't get any LTE connectivity, since this model of the GALAXY S III doesn't sport the ability. This means that if you're carrier of choice is AT&T, and you don't care about the LTE speeds, and you want to have the GALAXY S III as soon as humanly possible, then you should probably pre-order one, now.
TigerDirect's web store has Samsung's Chromebox listed, which means that Samsung must have used ninja's to get the super-small device into the store. But now we have more details on the ChromeOS-based device.
Samsung's Chromebox comes with an Intel Celeron B840 which is a 1.9GHz dual-core processor, backed up by 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 16GB solid-state drive, Wi-Fi and six USB ports. Samsung did tease a $400 price tag at CES back in January, so it's nice to see it 20-percent cheaper than the original price.
The listing will most likely get pulled between now and then, and probably float back up closer to Google I/O which is in a little over a month from now.
Vodaphone is singing praises about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III. We had previously reported about the Galaxy S III surpassing 9 million pre-orders, but it now has reached the point where it is the most pre-ordered Android device that has been offered by Vodaphone. It hasn't quite reached the same popularity of an Apple device, but Samsung is getting closer.
A spokesperson told TechRadar: "We've been really encouraged by our customers' response to the Samsung Galaxy S III. With over a week to go until launch, it's already the most pre-ordered Android device we've brought into our smartphone line-up to date and our limited time offer of 2GB of mobile data and 100 free music tracks is being snapped up."
The Carphone Warehouse has stated something similar: "Pre-order demand for the new Galaxy SIII has surpassed expectations since the handset was first unveiled two weeks ago. The first 24 hours alone saw thousands placing their pre-order at Carphone Warehouse".
Worldwide pre-orders are nearing the 10 million mark. It's likely that Samsung's latest smartphone will surpass it's older brother in sales. It only has to achieve 20 million to do so, so it's halfway there already. It's easy to see why: this new phone has a host of cool features and new technologies that are unique to this new Android phone.
It's clear that people can't wait to get their hands on the latest Samsung Galaxy device, but they were at least supposed to have to wait until the international launch on May 29. Apparently one store in Dubai didn't want to make people wait, or maybe they just didn't get the embargo memo. Either way, the Samsung Galaxy S III has been put up for sale for $667 in Dubai.
An advertisement, seen above, for the upcoming smartphone was seen in the window at a mall by a Reddit user. Of course, he figured they meant for pre-order, but he decided to inquire anyway. Withing a few minutes of talking with a shop worker, it was revealed that the white Samsung Galaxy S III was in stock and waiting for customers.
It's not clear why the shop decided to start selling the phone before the May 29 date provided by Samsung as the launch, but I don't think anyone who has purchased a phone is going to be returning it to the store so that they can meet the date. I imagine quite a few people are happy about the slip-up as they are the first to have the Samsung Galaxy S III.
It looks as though ARM may finally be getting a bit of competition in the mobile device market. Intel recognizes the quickly expanding mobile market doesn't want to let the opportunity pass by and is working hard to push itself into it. They want to make mobile chips so good that Apple won't be able to resist using them in the iPhone and iPad.
Even still, ARM has the upper hand in this market as the majority of smartphone processors are based upon an ARM designed chip. Even still, Intel is expected to make it into 1 in 10 mobile devices by 2015, at least according to some. ARM CEO Warren East just happens to agree with that figure.
East spoke with the Dow Jones and reckoned that Intel would manage 5-10% of the market by 2015. For just two and a half years, that is quite the market share gain. Part of it will be due to its history of making CPUs and other microprocessor items and the other part will be from Intel having a lot of money to throw at the problem, whether by hiring more engineers or whatever else they might need.
Even though there's a ban on HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE handsets entering the United States, they're still leaking through the cracks and arriving anyway. An update on HTC's corporate website has said that some handsets are passing Customs inspections, even though there's an International Trade Commission (ITC) ban on the devices entering the US.
The update arrived yesterday, and states that "each imported HTC model must be reviewed by Customers" and would then be released after the inspection had been completed. The update doesn't mention which handsets got through, or how many.
The ITC placed restrictions on importing the HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE after courts determined that HTC had violated Apple patents in relation to messaging and browser apps. Both company's have been forced into settlement talks, which will start on August 28 this year.
A new service offered by Vodafone is set to allow parents almost full control of a child's phone. From reading text messages to preventing contact additions, this new parental control system will give parents a new tool to snoop into the lives of their children. Is this something that parents really should be able to do?
The new parental control system is developed by Bemilo and will allow parents access to read every text message, set timers for the phone to turn on and off at, and review new contact additions before storing them. Unlike an app, this service will work with any cell phone as it is linked to the SIM card. The service is controlled by a website and will cost £2.95 per month.
Bemilo founder Simon Gaff told The Telegraph: "Unlike an app, Bemilo's SIM will work on any mobile device or tablet, and most importantly cannot be bypassed by the child." But, should parents really be doing this? As someone who had a cell phone from grade 8 on and the ability to remember this fact, I can say that it's probably a bad idea. It seems as though the kids with parents who were overly restrictive were the kids who managed to get themselves into the biggest trouble.
In their constant battle against Apple and their iPad, Amazon are rumored to be delaying plans to launch an 8.9-inch Fire, and instead, launch a 10.1-inch model. DigiTimes is the source of this info, and have said that the larger screen would help Amazon combat the iPad.
The 8.9-inch design was set to take battle against Samsung's GALAXY Note. Other sources also talked of a front-lit version of the Kindle, as well as a larger Fire, but didn't mention release dates at all. The same sources also downplayed the possibility of a color Kindle e-reader due to the technology needing further improvement.
Amazon have had a bumpy ride with the Kindle, where it went on to become the most popular Android-based tablet, but also dropped in sales recently.
Samsung have said that their upcoming flagship quad-core smartphone, the GALAXY S III, will be on sale in Taiwan come June 1. This is 1-2 days later than its European release, but it looks like they will make up for it on pricing.
It looks like Taiwan will be getting the S III for less than what British retailers and carriers are asking. An unlocked, SIM-free GALAXY S III will set you back 20,900 TWD, which is around $708. This is for the 16GB model and an extra 10-percent of so for the 32GB variant.
To compare this to the British retailers, the S III 16GB model will be selling for around £500 (about $800). Another benefit in Taiwan is that the 32GB model is only $67 more expensive, which is strange because the doubled internal storage usually sets one back $90-100 more. But, who can complain at that?
Samsung's upcoming quad-core GALAXY S III has just slid through the doors of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), according to some FCC filings. The device that entered the offices was a T-Mobile variant, but the carrier hasn't confirmed the plans of launch for it yet, but the FCC's test documents show that the new model is destined for T-Mobile's 1,700MHz AWS spectrum.
It also includes the 850MHz and 1,900MHz WCDMA bands, with the device's T999 model number following the sequence from the carrier's T989 model that the GALAXY S II was proud to sport.
Not long to go now, folks! The GALAXY S III has a European launch set for May 29, ahead of the North American launch.
Apple's FaceTime is currently limited to only being capable of running over a Wi-Fi network, but Romanian Apple website iDevice is reporting that they've noticed new warnings in iOS 5.1.1 that looks to intro FaceTime calls over 3G networks.
It's been noted that running iOS 5.1.1 on an iPhone will be notified that "Disabling 3G may end FaceTime" if they try to disable 3G connectivity during a FaceTime call over a Wi-Fi connection. Putting fuel onto the fire is that iPhones are said to continue FaceTime calls even if the 3G connection is enabled or disabled, which could be a hint from Apple that they could lift the the Wi-Fi-only restrictions of FaceTime.
Even if Apple were to do this, it would then fall on the carriers to take on this feature. FaceTime is considered a Skype-like app, which bypasses traditional voice-minute caps by transferring the communication onto a data plan.
If you needed any evidence that the Samsung Galaxy S III was a major competitor to the Apple iPhone, why don't you take a look at the pre-sale numbers. Already the Samsung Galaxy S III has passed 9 million pre-orders, according to an unidentified Samsung official. Towards the end of last month, Samsung had said that the Galaxy S III would "substantially contribute" to Q2 earnings.
Also, it has been leaked that the factory is operating at full capacity, producing as many phones as possible. The number seems to be 5 million a month, so I'm not sure if that will be able to keep up with global demand once the phone becomes available in more places. Currently, Germany is set to be the first to get it on May 29. Afterwards, it will expand to 100 different global carriers.
Samsung has of course declined to comment on these numbers. This year has the makings to be a great year for Samsung. It has recently passed Nokia as top phone manufacturer and looks set to grab even more market share than the 18.4% it did from Q1 2011 to Q1 2012. I know I'm looking forward to getting the new Galaxy.
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Bloomberg has reported that the late Steve Jobs was involved with the design work for the next-generation iPhone. The new iPhone is said to feature a larger display, somewhere in the 4-inch area. We reported on this yesterday, but now news is hitting that Steve Jobs was personally involved.
I do have a problem with this, of course media outlets are going to push Steve Jobs was involved in the design. It's great PR for everyone involved. I'm not one to dig on a dead man, but they'll continue to push 'Steve Jobs inspired' for years to come. If we remember, Steve Jobs didn't like the idea of a bigger screen on the iPhone. It would mean fragmented design not just for iOS, but for apps to cater to various iPhones with varying screen sizes and resolutions.
I think we're going to see Apple change, especially with the iPhone, because of increasing competition from Google-based devices. Steve Jobs' passing will of course always be remembered, as will the visionary himself. I expect the iPhone to take on changes in the coming year, the same with iOS. Apple are one of the biggest for back peddling, and we're seeing this now with the news of a larger iPhone screen.
If you haven't gotten an iPhone yet, or would like to grab one, now is your chance, they've just been dropped in price at various retailers. Target and Radio Shack were the first to drop the prices on Apple's iPhone, but they've been followed by Best Buy, Sam's Club and Sprint.
Best Buy and Sam's Club have reduced the price of the iPhone 4 8GB model to $50 on a new two-year contract. Sprint does things a little differently, where they're offering "at least" $100 off a new contract on the iPhone 4S, with the exchange of any prior iPhone. Best Buy's offer isn't just an in-store offer, their website has a bunch of new and refurbished iPhone 4 units from $50 and under.
Sprint's trade-in offer starts on May 18, with no other details available on whether the $100 off is a fixed price, or what would qualify a buyer for more credit toward the purchase of the new iPhone 4S.