Samsung's 5-inch stylus-sporting GALAXY Note is now available in a color that will appeal to the ladies out there, pink. The pink GALAXY Note smartphone is rolling out to South Korea, and slowly in Hong Kong. The pink GALAXY Note will be retaking in Hong Kong for HK$5998 (approx. US$772) and comes with the original protective case.
Samsung have enjoyed success with the GALAXY Note smartphone, as it has pushed past five million units sold, which would be why Samsung have let loose with a pink-colored phone. We all know this is going to sell well, and not bomb. Ladies love the GALAXY-branded phones, and when its in pink, how will it be resisted?
Will you pick up a pink GALAXY Note for yourself (if you're a female reader), or for a loved one or friend, if you're a male reader? It looks quite nice in pink, if my wife didn't already have the GALAXY S II, I'd most likely buy her one of these.
Lenovo have just unveiled their latest Android-powered tablet, the 9.7-inch IdeaPad S2109. The tablet rocks Google's latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, a 9.7-inch 1024x768 IPS-based screen, which doesn't beat the new iPad, but keeps up with the iPad 2.
The S2109 does however, sport micro-HDMI, micro-SD expandable memory card slot, as well as a micro-USB port. What is weird here, is that Lenovo have given the S2109 a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, but no rear-facing camera. Yes, no rear-facing camera is present on the IdeaPad S2109.
Lenovo are claiming a respectable 10-hour battery life on the new tablet, and they've also thrown in four SRS TruMedia-branded speakers on the S2109. At the moment, we don't know what SoC or onboard memory for the S2109, these specs should float out in a few weeks time.
Samsung could delay the release of their GALAXY Note 10.1 tablet due to wanting to show up Apple at the tablet game they're fiercely competing in. At the moment, specs for the unreleased GALAXY Tab 10.1 have pointed toward the recycled Galaxy Note chip, which is a dual-core 1.4GHz part, to the quad-core 1.5GHz Exynos 4412 chip.
Would anything else be changed apart from upgrading from the dual-core 1.4GHz chip to the quad-core 1.5GHz chip? We don't know yet, but in order to "outsmart" Apple's new iPad that sports the A5X processor, Samsung would have to bake a full quad-core processor into their GALAXY Note 10.1, according to claims from industry insiders.
At the moment, Samsung has their lips sealed when it comes to revealing information on the GALAXY Note 10.1, which we don't even know the official release date on it yet. More news as it comes.
A prototype HTC One X for AT&T has been sold on eBay and promptly purchased by an XDA Developers forum member @voteccow. The device itself clearly shows that it was not meant for sale, and was most likely used by an AT&T technician for network verification and device testing.
The device was being tested for AT&T, and is the One X handset that sports Qualcomm's latest and greatest Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, and not the International version which features NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 processor. @voteccow showed off several pictures as well as offering the XDA Developers forum members a tease of the pre-release OS built t hat might help in hacking efforts to root the device. Currently, the bootloader installed on the device is locked.
HTC's One X has been received well lately, where the dual-core Snapdragon S4 really kicks some ass, as well as having a great display. The processor also beats out NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3, which is quite the feat considering the S4 is only a dual-core. The other highlights filling out the HTC One X is that it sports a unibody polycarbonate body and high-resolution 4.7-inch 720p S-LCD display.
Future Samsung devices under the GALAXY branding have just had an injection of new names as Samsung have just filed trademark applications for three more GALAXY devices with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The names in the filings were the GALAXY Lift, GALAXY Perx, and GALAXY Sire. Nothing else is known but the classification of them being under "Mobile telephones; Smartphones."
Samsung have filed trademark applications for quite a few new phones over the last few months, with January seeing the Joy and Fresh, and February seeing Awaken, Axiom, Heir and Rite. The latest three filings include GALAXY in their name, which would indicate the phones will be Android-based devices, the special names are the sort that would normally be reserved for a US-specific phone, as most international models keep their names if they stay intact.
On top of this, filing for trademark protection for a name is no guarantee we'll even see the devices, but we get to see the thought process and somewhat of a direction from Samsung. We should see at least a couple of these models released eventually.
Samsung's iPad competitor, their GALAXY Tab range has a new entry and it has better pricing than ever, the GALAXY Tab 2 10.1-inch tablet will start at just $399.99. The $399.99 pricing is coming from Office Depot of all places, but hey, no one can complain about that price.
Considering most 10.1-inch tablets are at the $499-or-so mark, this is a great price bracket to hit. It's only 8GB, but the GALAXY Tab 2 range has expandable storage through microSD card, and its not like they're overly expensive for an 8, 16 or 32GB card.
You can hit up the GALAXY Tab 2 10.1 right now at that price, and be sure to let us know how she performs. Strangely, when I looked, it wasn't there. We'll keep an eye on it for now.
Someone who lives in Seattle has found a nice piece of information regarding the upcoming Kindle's screen. It would appear that the new Kindle will feature a screen that is front-lit as opposed to most LCDs theses days which are back-lit. Amazon, apparently, purchased a company which was the world leader in light-guide technology.
The device which was seen by our friends over at TechCrunch was crudely camouflaged inside a cardboard box. The screen was, obviously, clearly visible from the box. I say obviously because it would be pointless to have the device if you couldn't use it. The viewer describes the screen as a soft glow as opposed to the harsh "flashlight" of a back-lit LCD.
Size and shape were impossible to tell due to the cardboard camouflaging it. This should be a nice change from the current generation of e-readers which feature an e-ink screen which isn't quite the same as paper. I still prefer my books in paper, but it looks like that could change with this new Kindle.
ASUS have announced that their PadFone will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow in Taiwan. The official launch of ASUS' PadFone was opened with an introduction from ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih and a detailed product presentation by ASUS CEO Jerry Shen.
I am very excited to deliver the ASUS PadFone into the hands of our customers. It is an ultra-savvy intelligent device that combines the function of a phone, a pad, as well as a notebook. It was built to offer users an unrivalled level of performance, customization and choice in how they connect with their digital world. Welcome to the future.
If you're based in Taiwan, you can head down to any participating Chunghwa Telecom and Senao stores throughout Taiwan starting on April 20th, with pre-orders beginning tomorrow. Taiwan is the first market to enjoy ASUS' latest product. ASUS PadFone sports a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display, the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with a Fuji image processor, and rounds out with Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS.
This is a change of tune for Apple. I've always known them as the company who refused to admit that there was ever anything wrong with their hardware and instead blamed the user. Well now, however, Apple is actively investigating claims that the iPad 3's WiFi is having issues. There's been many complaints regarding WiFi since the launch.
Reports have said that connections on the new iPad are either slow or drop often. 9to5Mac has laid eyes on an internal AppleCare document which notes the reported Wi-Fi issues on the new iPad. Apple confirms: "symptoms can include, but are not limited to: intermittent connectivity, slow Wi-Fi speeds, and WiFi network not seen".
Apple wants these malfunctioning iPads to be sent to the engineering department so as to be analyzed. Customers are to revive a replacement in exchange for their current iPad. If you have a new iPad that is experiencing WiFi issues, call Apple so that they can replace it and figure out what's going on with it.
Sony are not really power players in the market, but all it takes is one great phone that makes everyone fall in love. Apple did it. Samsung did it. Sony could do it with their unreleased and now trademarked Xperia Duo handset.
Initial reports on Sony's Xperia Duo had it featuring a 4.5-inch qHD screen, 1.5GB of RAM, and a dual-core 1.4GHz CPU. The rear-facing camera was meant to standout, considerably, at 12-megapixels. Something like this, if marketed right, and priced right, could really hit the ground running.
Sony have applied for a trademark with the USPTO for the Duo naming, which means the smartphone is beginning to take shape. Earlier reports had it pegged for a September release, and keep in mind that any filing with the USPTO can be one beast in the submission, and something else entirely when the finished product hits shelves.
RumorTT: Persistant smaller 7.85" iPad talk won't go away, rumors of a prototype are bouncing around
Talk of a 7.85-inch iPad has been around for quite some time now, but now we're hearing more from John Gruber of Daring Fireball, where he comments in episode #86 of The Talk Show, at 1 hour and 19 minutes into the show. The information of the smaller iPad comes from a question from host Dan Benjamin:
Is Apple going to come out with a 7″ iPad, and if not: why not?
Gruber replies with:
Well, I don't know. What I do know is that they [Apple] have one in the lab…a 7.85 inch iPad that runs at 1024×768…it's just like the regular iPad shrunk down a bit. I've heard from multiple people that this is something that they're kind of noodling with.
Gruber explains that you can get a feel for how a 7.85-inch iPad would feel, by taking a screenshot of a regular iPad in portrait, then turning it into horizontal mode to view the screenshot smaller. This allows you to experience the interface at roughly the same size as a 7.85-inch iPad.
Samsung have just dropped the golden nugget of info leading us to believe we should expect a launch event for the GALAXY S III in London on May 22. We talked about this a few weeks ago, with a rumored May 22 event on London, and now it seems the event is taking form.
The new information comes in the form of a flyer, found on Daum by Phandroid, includes half of a device, which looks slick and slim, and the words being the most important bit here, which I'll quote:
Samsung Galaxy S III, New Generation Coming, May 22nd, London, United Kingdom
Not much else is given, but with most of rumors pointing to a May 22 event, and or launch, this seems like the real deal. I'm far too far away to attend the event, else I'd be there with bells and whistles on, and maybe even naked to get some attention from Samsung. Ok, maybe not naked, but you get my excitement factor here.
At HTC's live event Wednesday, they rolled out the HTC Evo 4G LTE phone. This phone will be the first in the United States with HD voice. The Evo 4G LTE is an adaptation of the HTC One X which has been previously released. The adaptation is pretty much as expected. The LTE nomenclature represents the next step in Sprint's network.
The LTE network is replacing the now end of life WiMax network that Sprint had been using and should bring better internet speed to mobile users. The phone has a high-capacity 2,000mAh battery to address the issues of the short battery life experienced by the One X. Additionally, the quad-core Tegra 3 has been switched out for a 1.5Ghz dual-core Snapdragon processor.
The phone also brings back the iconic kickstand that makes watching video on a long flight just a little bit more enjoyable. It has a rear 8MP camera with flash and a front 1.3MP camera. It comes with a 4.7-inch 720p screen which should be pretty nice for viewing videos. It will have Android 4.0 with the Sense 4.0 along with Beats Audio processing for all apps.
Samsung's 5.3-inch "is it a tablet or smartphone" GALAXY Note has been rated the most effective ad for Q1 of 2012, according to a survey conducted by analyst firm Ace Metrix. The commercial is said to have achieved a higher score than ads from companies like Doritos and M&Ms, which made number two and three.
Based out of 950 points, the GALAXY Note commercial scored 686 points, this is based on respondents answers to questions regarding persuasion, relevance, and watchability, among other factors. The Doritos and M&Ms ads both scored an equal 671 each. Ace Metrix CEO, Peter Daboll, said in a statement to CNET:
It will be very interesting to watch how Samsung's continually impressive ads affect the company's marketshare vis-a-vis competitors like Apple, which, this quarter, did not come close to measuring up to Samsung's advertising prowess.
It's being reported that Amazon are testing an in-app purchase system for their Kindle Fire tablet, which would give content providers and developers increased opportunities to monetize services. A move that most companies seem to be keen on lately.
A report from Businessweek has said that the new system had been piloted for the last month, and would allow users to buy both subscriptions and individual items from within mobile applications. Amazon would be something similar to other companies like Apple, and take a 30-percent cut of all revenue generated from in-app sales, which is the same amount that the company takes for the sale of apps.
Maria Ly, co-founder of fitness program provider Skimble, told Businessweek that the pilot is in its early stages, and that she is "very optimistic about it". The in-app system would give forms like Skimble an entire new market to intro packages and services to consumers within the apps, as while users are in the app itself, they're more inclined to buy related services and products. Ly is quoted in the report:
We really wanted to attack the Kindle Fire market, but also have access to the payment methods that support our business.
This is a two part news post. One part is fact, the other is rumor. The fact is, Foxconn is hiring 18,000 workers to build the next iPhone. The rumor is that the iPhone 5 will launch in June. Now that we have that out of the way, let's look at the details. During a recent interview, a Foxconn recruiter said the company is hiring 18,000 new employees.
They need all of these new employees to build the new iPhone with the working conditions that they and Apple have promised to bring to Chinese workers. In the interview, the representative went on to say that he believed in was going to be a June launch for the new iPhone. Let's be clear here. He says it "seems" as though it will go on sale in June, but that's not a for sure thing.
If the new iPhone launches this summer, that would mean that the current iPhone 4S would have only been around for 8 to 9 months, breaking Apple's yearly release schedule. Then again, Apple has broken there release schedule before when they launched the 4S, so this rumor does have some credibility. As with all rumors, take this with a grain of salt. If you're looking for a job, Foxconn is hiring.
The Galaxy Note promotion is the most effective ad of the first quarter in 2012, according to Ace Metrix. The commercial beat out a Doritos ad and M&Ms ad to take the top spot. Since commercial effectiveness is somewhat subjective, Ace Metrix has come up with a system that seems to work pretty well.
The respondents are asked to measure persuasion, relevance, watchability, and several other ad characteristics. Ace Metrix then takes that data and rates an ad from 0 to 950. The Galaxy Note ad scored a 686. The Doritos and M&Ms ad tied with a smaller 671. Curiously enough, there is no Apple at the top of the list.
Usually, Apple is considered to have some great advertising. "It will be very interesting to watch how Samsung's continually impressive ads affect the company's marketshare vis-a-vis competitors like Apple, which, this quarter, did not come close to measuring up to Samsung's advertising prowess," Ace Metrix CEO Peter Daboll said in a statement. "Samsung's top-ranked ad was particularly brilliant because it conveyed innovation and information without a narrator."
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but someone has to do it to keep you, our reader, safe. It has come to our attention, thanks to the research of Robert Siciliano, that Android's Factory Reset could leave behind sensitive or personal data such as credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, or other such information.
Robert Siciliano, an identity theft expert for the technology security firm McAfee, purchased 30 devices of varying models and brands off of Craigslist to test how well people wiped their data before selling a used device. The results are shocking. One person even asked Mr. Siciliano to log him off of Gmail if he was still logged in. Astonishing.
But not only were people lax about clearing their data, when people actually did it, it could have been futile. His results show that if you are on a Blackberry, iPhone, or Windows 7 PC, then there should be no problem using the manufacturers method to restore it to factory defaults. He was unable to collect any data off of these devices.
However, if you use Android's reset, you may not be so lucky. The same goes for wiping Windows XP, but this is to be expected since it is so old. "Put it in the back of a closet, or put it in a vise and drill holes in the hard drive, or if you live in Texas take it out into a field and shoot it," he said. "You don't want to sell your identity for 50 bucks."
Here's another juicy nugget regarding the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3. Reports are suggesting that the yet unreleased Samsung Galaxy S3 phone will be sporting a Super AMOLED HD plus display when it finally lands in Q2 or Q3 of this year. Digitimes spoke to some of Samsung's supply chain and found that the phone is likely to ship with a 4.6-inch display.
The massive display is supposed to be featuring a pixel density of 319ppi. This will rival that of the iPhone's Retina display. Samsung's AMOLED has several benefits over a traditional LCD such as power consumption, weight, and thickness. We still have no idea when the phone will be released, but this rumor is just another reason to anticipate its release.
Another Apple patent has turned up and this one is just as cool as the last, if not cooler. Once again, though, I must caution you that just because Apple filed for a patent, it doesn't mean that this technology will ever see the light of day. Now that that's out of the way, let's move on to the goods.
The patent that was found recently deals with a technology for taking a 3D picture using the cameras found in iOS devices. 3D has become the norm for almost every device it seems, so it's surprising that it has taken Apple this long to come up with something like this. According to the patent, the technology would utilize "depth-detection sensors" to create stereo disparity maps in creating 3D imagery.
The new cameras are also supposed to include facial recognition and facial gesturing. Awesome. This camera should be able to take such awesome 3D photos that they can only be appreciated on Apple's Retina display. It is also saying that 3D pictures could be taken using ONE of more cameras which differs from today's technology which requires two for perspective differences. It will be cool to see if or when this technology shows up.
We all know the new iPhone is coming (I'm going with the 'new iPhone' name, that's what the new iPad is called), and now we have a source from Texas Instruments who has told iPhone maintenance outlet RepairLabs, that TI have begun work on producing the power management chip for the new iPhone. Senior staffers in the company were referring to Apple's project as the iPhone 5, but this could just be a place holder name, or something that would differentiate the handset from the iPhone 4S.
Apple has used Texas Instruments for power management chips in iOS-based devices before, so this is no surprise. RepairLabs interpreted the production of these chips as a sign that a new release was a "few months" away, since this is the same sort of time frame from previous TI production runs.
On top of the TI leak, there has been a Chinese contact who has supposed new iPad parts has been told that the new iPhone is being slated for a September release. This person has said that the screen would be bigger, but there weren't any concrete details on whether it would be the leaked 4.6-inch screen that popped up as news recently.