SamMobile is reporting confirmed specifications of a new Samsung tablet of the 8-inch variety. The new tablet, codenamed the GT-N5100, will be known as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and will come in two versions: 3G/Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi only. The report says that the device will be making its appearance at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona.
The specifications are said top be a 8-inch 1280x800 TFT display, 5MP rear-facing camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, and a 4600mAh battery. A processor specification was not provided, though the system is said to be running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It looks as though this could be a competitor to the iPad Mini.
Of course, this is just a rumor, so take it with a grain of salt. However, the source seems pretty confident, so it could just turn out to be true.
Google's Nexus 7 has topped the sales charts in Japan over the recent holiday season, effectively knocking the iPad out of the number one spot.
Nikkei market research firm BCN in reporting from a survey of 2,400 stores in Japan that Google's 7-inch tablet accounted for 44.4% of all tablet sales in the country. Sales of Apple tablets, including the iPad Mini, only made up 40.1% of tablet sales over the same time period. It is however, unclear if Apple stores were included in the survey.
Google's plan of offering a smaller, yet still very capable tablet is working better than expected. In Japan the Nexus 7 costs around 19,000 yen ($212 USD, while the iPad and iPad mini cost 42,000 yen ($470) and 28,800 yen ($322 USD) respectively. Market research firm IDC estimates a total of 3.6 million tablets were sold in Japan during 2012.
Sprint-based Galaxy Nexus smartphones are now receiving their Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (JOP40D) updates, hosted by Google. There's been no word on over-the-air (OTA) updates just yet.
Instead of waiting for the OTA update, there's always the option to manually download the update and install it with more than one method provided on the Galaxy Nexus forums across the world. The update is around 100MB, which you can grab here. The download is direct from Google, so you know it hasn't been tampered with.
T-Mobile to offer Nexus 4 in all retail stores soon, now offers Nexus 7 with SIM through Google Play
T-Mobile have unleashed some news to consumers waiting to know about the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7. The Nexus 4 will reach all retail stores 'in the coming weeks', and will be available once more through T-Mobile's website on January 23.
In regards to the Nexus 7, there's now a 32GB version sporting a T-Mobile HSPA+ SIM card. The hardware rocking along inside of the tablet is the same as the "AT&T version" that arrived just hours ago, but instead this one says "T-Mobile" on it and doesn't come with $100 credit on your bill.
Let's face it - you own a smartphone, your mom owns a smartphone, and I'm guessing that even your Nanna owns a smartphone. Well, it looks like 2013 is set to be a mammoth year for smartphone shipments, with accounting and consulting firm Deloitte reporting that smartphone shipments will pass 1 billion units this year, with the total smartphone install base shifting into 2 billion consumers.
Deloitte have also made other predictions, which include the increased popularity of authentication methods that aren't passwords, 4G LTE adoption ramping up with a subscription base exceeding 200 million, and the continued dominance of the PC which accounts for over 80% of Internet traffic - even with the smart device market chomping on its heels.
I can't even believe we're talking about it already, but Samsung's Galaxy Note III could have a very fast processor baked into it. We're already hearing rumors of a huge 6.3-inch screen, but it looks like it'll feature Samsung's new eight-core Exynos 5 SoC.
The Korea Times is reporting that Samsung will release the Galaxy Note III later this year, which will feature the eight-core processor according to executives from the company.
Samsung are also showing off their new eight-core Exynos 5 SoC to other firms in the hopes they'll be able to shift their reliance on selling billions of dollars worth of chips to main competitor, Apple. I'm sure that this will happen, as it'll be a huge bragging point to any manufacturer to sell a smartphone with an eight-core processor inside.
It's usually Apple that gets things right the first time around, but they really dropped the ball with the iPad mini. It's lacklustre display mixed with it's huge price tag when versed against the much cheaper Nexus 7 hurt Apple.
The latest rumors to begin circling is that the iPad mini 2 would sport a Retina display, which is, I guess, news to no one. The original iPad mini should've included it, but didn't and it looks like Apple will tweak the iPad mini to include the high-res display. There is also more talk of the iPhone 5S, and a "slightly tweaked version" of the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5S talk is pushing that the next-gen iPhone would feature a higher-end A7 processor, fingerprint sensor as well as an improved camera and smart flash. I guess we'll see in a few months time.
Microsoft isn't quite ready to spill the beans on exactly when it will be launching the Surface Pro. Previous rumors and speculation has placed the date around January 29, and this looks to be fairly accurate. Panos Panay, the general manager of Microsoft's Surface line, tweeted about checking out the Surface Pros coming off of the production line.
"On my way to the factory to check out #Surface Pro coming off the line...arriving in the coming weeks," the tweet read.
If Microsoft wants to make its 90-day deadline, the Surface Pros would have to come out next week, as Saturday, January 26 is 90 days from the general release of Windows 8. The 64GB Surface Pro is set to retail for $899, and the 128GB is set to cost $999. The Touch Cover and Type Cover will set you back an additional $120 and $130, respectively.
We'll be sure to let you know when a solid release date is given.
As the January 30th launch inches closer, more information about the upcoming BlackBerry 10 is surfacing. This time the leak is in the form of a sales manual.
The internet is swarming with images of RIM's Blackberry Z10 and X10 models, but the manual is packed full of screenshots, menu images and it confirms specs we have reported on in the past. The full manual can be found at the source link below.
Research in Motion is set to unveil the new handsets on January 30th, and analysts say that the BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system and its accompanying phones might just save the dying company. This past weekend RIM held a series of "Port-o-Thons" that led to over 15,000 apps being ported to the company's new platform in just three days.
A new study has revealed that smartphones have for the first time topped the data consumption charts. In a study conducted by mobile analytics firm Arieso, smartphone users now "consistently consume" more mobile data than tablet users.
Apple's iPhone 5 tops out the list of "hungriest" data consumers, who actually demand 50% more data than iPhone 4S users and four times the data than iPhone 3G users. Samsung Galaxy S III users however, generate more upload data than all iOS-based phones.
Overall, mobile data usage is through the roof, and is growing exponentially, with new devices being activated every day. LTE networks are beginning to bear some of the load, but we are still far off from a true nation-wide LTE network in the United States.
If you haven't already picked up the incredible Nexus 7 tablet, maybe AT&T's latest promotion might sway you toward the Jelly Bean-powered, 7-inch slate from both Google and ASUS.
AT&T customers who sign up on an eligible two-year data plan will receive a $100 bill credit on their new contract. This promotion from AT&T only lasts until Valentine's Day, or February 14, 2013.
The iPhone remains the number one desired device in the United States, with half of American's planning to buy a new device in the next 90 days planning on getting an iPhone. That's down from 71 percent in September 2012, while Samsung's numbers have jumped from 13 percent to 21 percent, respectively.
More interestingly, 71 percent of iOS customers say they are "Very Satisfied," while only 53 percent of Windows Phone customers say they are. However, both groups are ahead of Android, which only sees 48 percent very satisfied. RIM lags behind with only 26 percent of its base being very satisfied.
Because of this, Windows Phone could very well see some great growth in the coming year, as long as those satisfied customers are getting the word out. The data above comes from 451 Research. They surveyed 4,061 people, with 88 percent of those being US-based.
Jeffries analyst Peter Misek has released another research report, which continues to assert that the iPhone 5S will be coming June or July. New to the report is the assertion that mass production of the next iPhone will begin in March. If this is the case, I would expect to start seeing leaks soon, and definitely by March, as long as Apple continues to be as leaky as they have been in the past.
Our checks indicate that preliminary builds for the iPhone 5S will start in March for a launch in June/July. As word of the earlier production schedule starts to spread, we believe we could see a slight slowing of demand CQ1 in anticipation of the new product launch and Apple will likely start curtailing channel inventory.
Along with rumors and predictions for the iPhone 5S, Misek provides some insight into the possibility of a cheaper iPhone:
Similar to the iPad mini, we expect a concentrated low-cost iPhone rather than a "cheap" one. Likely specs: polycarbonite case with 4" non-Retina display and no LTE. We believe a new low-cost iPhone would increase Apple's share, decrease [gross margins], but have little impact on [earnings per share].
We'll see if any of this comes true in just a few short months, so keep your eyes peeled for all news iPhone 5S related.
Tablet-like game-pads running Android are going to be a huge thing this year, and a new game pad is set to launch in February from Archos. The GamePad is both powerful enough to run most Android games, and still retains a sleek, lightweight, configuration.
The GamePad is fueled by a 1.6GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 and 1GB of RAM. Graphics crunching is handled by a very capable quad-core Mali 400MP GPU, and internal storage is set at 8GB. Storage can be expanded up to 64GB by adding a Micro SD card. Also featured is a 1.2MP front facing camera with the rear camera weighing in at a mere 2MP.
The company has included its own Media Center apps which include music and video apps and 1080p video decoding thanks to multiple codecs. The GamePad also features integrated physical controls and still retains a touch interface as well.
I'm still absolutely smitten with my Nexus 4, but we're still hearing about supply constraints all across the world. LG are now saying that nobody is to blame during an interview with a Korean website.
An LG official stated that the Nexus 4 production is going "without a hitch" at their Pyeongtaek-based planet, and that there is no problem with supply. The biggest part of this news is that there have been rumors of another teamup between Google and LG for the Nexus 5, which would be unveiled at Google I/O in a few months time.
According to LG, though, this won't be happening. We've heard this before, from countless companies. I'm still going to hold my breath and hope for a Nexus 5 unveiling at Google I/O.
CES 2013 - If I survived a plane crash, the last thing I'd be worrying about is the data on my iPad, but hey - some people carry around some seriously sensitive, or precious data on their smart devices these days.
At CES 2013, we talked to Ontrack Data Recovery who told us they were able to recover data from a customers iPad that was heavily damaged in a plane crash. What Ontrack Data Recovery do is take apart the device, in this case an iPad, and take the physical memory chips off. After this step, they image the chip raw, and then piece the data back together in the same pattern that is normally done by the controller chip.
Mark down yet another rumor for the Galaxy S IV, though this one has a bit more weight behind it. Anandtech, while in the demo room of Samsung's booth at CES, saw the following, seen in the picture below, which has caused a bit of a stir regarding the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV:
The roadmap pictured above has several clues that point to this screen being the one present in the Samsung Galaxy S IV. For instance, the release timeframe is that which has been rumored by several other sites. The other screens line up nicely with releases of other devices, as well.
The likely screen to be in the next Galaxy S device should be a 4.99-inch, 440PPI full HD screen. Of course, like all rumors, take this with a grain of salt.
Two recent Research in Motion events has resulted in more than 15,000 apps being ported to the BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system according to RIM's vice president of developer relations Alec Saunders. The so called Port-A-Thons have been a huge success in helping jump starting RIM's app offerings.
Both the Android Port-A-Thon and Community Port-A-Thon were designed to entice developers to port their popular apps over to RIM's upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS for cash and prize incentives. In what has to be some sort of record, the events topped out at their goal within a mere 38 hours.
The events ran from January 11th to January 13th, and offered developers $100 for every app ported, with a maximum of 20 apps set per vendor. Vendors who submitted five or more apps were entered into a drawing for 1 of 100 BB10 Dev Alpha devices. Research in Motion CEO Thorsten Heins has promised that BlackBerry 10 will launch with at least 70,000 apps, which actually does not seem like such a far off goal now.
Samsung has passed a major milestone for its Galaxy S smartphone line. The Korean tech company giant said that it has sold over 100 million Galaxy S smartphones since its launch just over two years ago.
The Galaxy S III is by far the its fastest selling model, with 40+ million sold in just seven months with the S II being next in line with over 40 million sales over a 20 month period. The S II is still quite popular, which has led the company to refresh it, and launch it as the S II plus, but we expect the S III to continue to rise in sales drastically over the next few months.
The next-generation Galaxy S IV is rumored to be nearing completion and could be the company's bestselling smartphone yet. It is expected to feature a 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED screed with a super high pixel density of 441 pixels per inch, a 13mp camera, and an Exynos 5440 quad-core processor. We should see it hitting the market sometime in March or April of this year.
We heard rumors before and during CES that ASUS would begin shipping a new sub $150 class Android tablet, and it seems that the rumors were true. The MeMO Pad is a direct competitor with Google's Nexus 7, which by the way, is manufactured by ASUS.
The MeMO Pad is a 7-inch 1024x600, 170 pixels per inch tablet running Android 4.1 Jelly bean. At the MeMO's core is a VIA WM8950 A9 processor running at 1GHz, 1GB of RAM and a Mali-400 GPU. The tablet features a 10 point multi-touch digitizer, and a Micro SD slot that supports up to 32GB SDHC cards.
With a 140-degree viewing angle, the Nexus 7's IPS display greatly outshines the MeMO however. 802.11 N, 720p, 30FPS front facing camera, and a 4270mAh Li-Po battery round off the 7" tablets features. The MeMo is finished with a rubberized coating and is available in three colors including white, grey and pink. The MeMO is expected to ship in April at a price point of $150.
Huawei used the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 last week in Vegas to unveil two new smartphones, but it looks like we're going to see the same strong presence and unveiling of new devices at Mobile World Congress next month.
The news comes from Huawei's Consumer Business Group's head, Richard Yu. Yu wouldn't go into details of course, but he's quoted as saying "Huawei will be launching two new products at MWC that are more innovative than these phones." The phones he is referring to are the Ascend D2 and Ascend Mate. Considering the Ascend D2 sports a 5-inch 1920x1080-pixel display and the Ascend Mate sports a huge 6.1-inch device, this should excite most.
What innovative smartphones could we expect from Huawei? Something thinner? Something much faster? Something that has a little of both? We only have a few weeks left until we find out, and we should be bringing you this news live from MWC 2013 itself.