This is the one thing I love about every manufacturer apart from Apple - they're not scared to mess with the general look of the phone. In Samsung's latest high-end hardware headed for China, they've unveiled the new SCH-S2013.
The SCH-S2013 is a flip phone, but sports high-end internals such as a 1.4GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in flash storage, also expandable through microSD cards. Better yet, there are two screens - both 3.7-inch Super AMOLED, at WVGA resolution - 800x480.
Software wise, it comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as well as Samsung's TouchWiz UI - both of which are probably tweaked to handle the old school form factor. There's also dual SIM slots, one for GSM, and the other for CDMA.
If you've been waiting for that 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note II to grow up and learn the ability to house two SIM cards, well, it has just been made official in China.
It sports a mix of micro and full-size SIM slots, as well as its powerhouse internals - a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD screen, and the usual radios (GSM 850/900/1, 800/1,900, WCDMA 850/900/1,900/2100 MHz).
The dual-SIM Galaxy Note II will go on sale on December 3 - so you don't have long to get a second SIM now, do you?
ASUS' Padfone 2 launches next month, but in order to drum up some of that sweet swagger, the Taiwanese company have started showing off the white model of the Padfone 2. Until now, the black version has been the only one unveiled.
The Padfone 2 sports nearly the same specs as the ever-so-awesome Google Nexus 4 (in terms of CPU and RAM grunt), so we're looking at a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and comes in either 32GB or 64GB.
The Padfone 2 won't be jumping across the pond and reaching the UK until 2013, and there's been no mention of a US launch yet, either. Until then, marvel at the white-colored Padfone 2 picture above.
With iPhone 5 stock in the US not so strong since launch, AppleInsider are reporting that Apple are close to catching up with demand for the iPhone 5. The data is from Piper Jaffray, with nightly checks of 100 retail Apple stores. Gene Muster from Piper Jaffray has said:
As we get closer to the holiday, we believe consumers will likely have the ability to walk into an Apple Store and walk out with an iPhone 5 within the next two weeks.
His nightly checks of retail Apple Store's has found "dramatic improvements in availability" on Tuesday night, the AT&T model was available at 82% of stores, with Verizon iPhone 5s at 72% of Apple Stores. Sprint's iPhone 5 was found in 92% of Apple Stores. Earlier this week, Apple changed their online store to advertise two-week shipping times for the iPhone 5, hinting at production rates ramping up.
Foosball has been one of those games when my brothers and I see a table, our competitive juices start flowing and we can't help but to jump onto the table and have at it. The problem is finding a table is difficult these days, but now thanks to this creation by New Potato Technologies, all we'll need is an iPad and a thirst for competition.
The foosball table houses the iPad inside of its frame which has four rods on both sides of it, an abacus-style point keeper for each player and small, stubby legs to ever so gently place upon your coffee table. Keep in mind the foosball table is compatible with the third-generation iPad and below as it contains a 30-pin dock rather than the fancy, shmancy Lightning connector.
We all know it's coming, Samsung's next Galaxy smartphone, but when exactly will the South Korean device maker unveil their Galaxy S IV. Last year we saw the Galaxy S III unveiled at the Mobile World Congress event held in Barcelona, and it looks like we should see a repeat of this early next year.
Mobile Geeks have the scoop, with a "Samsung insider" whispering to them that Samsung wants to unveil the Galaxy S IV officially at MWC 2013. MWC is the world's largest wireless trade show, taking place between February 25-28. Samsung plans to reportedly hold a private launch event for the S IV, which could be part of MWC itself, or held separately, this isn't set in stone just yet.
Once announced, it shouldn't be too long until physical availability happens - which should be in Q2 2013, sometime around May. Rumor has it the Galaxy S IV will sport a Full HD 1920x1080 display, an ARM Cortex-A15 CPU in the form of Samsung's Exynos 5 series. Rumors of the iPhone 5S at the same time are also bubbling around, so it will definitely look like a clash of the titans come early 2013.
Intel's working on getting into mobile devices, specifically smartphones and tablets, and this new Motorola device might just be the start of something big. The new Motorola RAZR i MT788 features an Intel Atom processor, 4.3-inch screen, front and rear cameras, and a microSD expansion slot all powered by Android 4.0.
The new device's atom is the Z2480, which is capable of running at 2GHz. The 4.3-inch screen features a resolution of 960 x 540, which is a bit low by today's standards. It's protected by Gorilla Glass and has a 1.3-megapixel camera sitting above. The flipside features an 8-megapixel camera.
The device is pretty similar to the Western version when seen on paper. However, the new device features a new case which looks identical to the XT788 on China Telecom. It also sports a smaller battery than the Western variant and lower internal memory. Price is not yet available, but it will be on sale in mid-December.
Oprah loves the new Microsoft Surface tablet. She loves it so much that she's already bought 12 of them for Christmas gifts. She announced this revelation to the world through her Twitter yesterday. Only one problem: she used an iPad to post the tweet--and people are able to see this:
It's not that big of a deal, especially since it probably wasn't even Oprah who posted the tweet. But still, it's an avoidable mistake that could affect the Microsoft marketing deal they have going. It's definitely something that generates a laugh, like a Facebook post that says it was posted from mobile complaining about drivers who text and drive.
Enjoy it for what it's worth. The tweet is still visible on Oprah's Twitter, so they haven't caught word of this little oversight quite yet. It'll likely be removed sometime soon. Funny? Stupid mistake? What are your thoughts?
It hasn't even been a week since criminals infiltrated Building 261 at JFK International Airport and stole approximately 3,600 iPad minis, but the FBI has reportedly arrested a suspect involved in the caper.
The suspect that's currently in FBI custody was part of the three-man operation whose job was to be the lookout while the two other suspects worked on loading their truck with the iPad minis.
Thanks to @evleaks, we have yet another mobile device leak, this time the ZTE Grand X Pro. With most leaks, we usually get a quick glimpse of a render of the Grand X Pro, along with some specs - not this time, though.
The ZTE Grand X Pro, judging by the leaked render of it, sports an edge-to-edge screen, and from the looks of things, stock Ice Cream Sandwich. No capacitive buttons anywhere, either. This isn't a bad thing, but usually ICS-based smartphones sport physical buttons.
No carrier information or specs isn't good, but the render does look nice. If ZTE can hit a nice price point, they could be onto something quite good here. More details should hopefully surface soon.
Most of you may have missed out on getting the oh-so-awesome Nexus 4 when it sold out in a matter of just minutes last week, but it looks like the 16GB Nexus 10 is in stock with both the US and AU Google Play stores.
The 16GB Nexus 10 is available, but the 32GB version is not. I'm guessing they all got scooped up in the Nexus 10 launch madness - but hey, if you're like me and don't use much of the internal storage - this is a great time to jump in and get one.
Check your Google Play store, and if you want to purchase one I'd say jump in now, because once the news is out - they might sell awfully quickly.
Powerbook Medic have down a detailed teardown on the recently launched Nexus 10 from Samsung. After they've pulled that high-res 2560x1600-pixel screen, the insides get peeked at.
They've found that the battery, processor, and flash storage are all genuine Samsung-made parts. Considering that Samsung make components for most of the other big players in the mobile market, it would make sense for them to bake their own goods into their own product.
Powerbook Medic found that there's not much glue used, which is good news, meaning that the Nexus 10 can be pulled apart easily - requiring just a few tools.
The purple haze appears to be a phenomenon with most high-end smartphone cameras, not just something limited to the iPhone 5 and a few others. The latest device to join the purple haze party is Google's recently released Nexus 4 smartphone, which is selling quite well, if you hadn't heard the news.
As you can see in the picture above, the purple haze affects this brand new device just as much as the others. It only shows up in a few different lighting scenarios, so people should try to avoid these few conditions that will lead to the purple haze. Mainly, avoid shooting towards bright lights that are just out of frame.
The current thought regarding the issue is that the hard crystals that are used as lenses impart the purple hue because they are not perfectly clear. When the light comes roughly straight through, it doesn't present a problem, but as it reaches the outer parts of the lens, the purple color becomes apparent. Of course, this is only a theory.
Let's just hope that the manufacturers can work out the purple haze issue so that I can take whatever type of pictures I want--even though I know not to shoot with a bright light in the background.
A new rumor is placing the Galaxy S IV as being announced at CES 2013 in Las Vegas in a couple of months. The latest rumor comes from Asi Economics and says that the new Samsung flagship device will be introduced in January at everyone's favorite technology show, CES. Not only do we get an announce date, but Asia Economics has also reported some specifications.
The new Galaxy S IV is said to be coming with a 1920 x 1080 (1080p) screen that measures 5 inches. It's said to be an HD AMOLED display, and if the resolution and size are accurate, it would come with a pixel density of 441 pixels-per-inch, which is higher than any of the Retina displays utilized by Apple.
Other rumored specifications are that it will come with a quad-core Exynos processor and 4G LTE capabilities. If it didn't have either of those two specifications, the device really would be dead on arrival. If the rumors prove true, rest assured that TweakTown will have the scoop for you come CES 2013.
Earlier today we had HP exec slamming Microsoft's first roll out into the tablet world with their Surface tablet, and now we have Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer taking a few swings at Android and iOS - why can't we all just get along?
Ballmer had a discussion with LinkedIn co-founder and venture capitalist Reid Hoffman at a Churchill Club event, where they talked about a variety of tech-related topics. One of the topics included during the talk were Ballmer's comments on the top players in the mobile industry. Ballmer said that Google's mobile OS, Android, was a little "wild", saying that compatibility issues and vulnerability to malware as two serious issues.
The talk turned to Apple, where Ballmer noted that the Cupertino-based iPhone maker have tight control over their system, with prices being quite high. Ballmer pointed out the fact that iPhones have a $1,000 MSRP in Russia. Because we all know that the Russian market is just oh-so-important. Ballmer then started talking about how to get a premium product in a more "relaxed ecosystem" without paying a high price for this luxury.
During an interview with IDG, HP's PC business chief, Todd Bradley, had a few not-so-kind words for Microsoft's Surface tablet. Bradley said that Surface is "slow" and "kludgey", adding that he doesn't even consider Surface as competition to HP.
Considering HP's problems over the last year, and the fact that they don't even have a tablet on the market, that's some very strong opinion being pushed into the world. But, Bradley was the CEO of PalmOne before joining HP in 2005, but considering the failure that HP had in the tablet world, Bradley's words are very hollow.
HP's TouchPad complete disaster in 2011 saw the company avoid the consumer tablet market completely, and according to Bradley, HP won't look into the tablet space until 2013:
We're not entering the consumer tablet fray any time soon. We'll be doing something next year, but you won't see a consumer tablet from HP before Christmas.
I will now pin all hopes on HP having a much better tablet than Microsoft's Surface, which sells more than MS did, and is the opposite of "slow" and "kludgey". If not, be prepared to eat those words, Mr Todd Bradley.
I was lucky enough to get in and get a Nexus 4 in Australia within 20 minutes, which felt like no effort at all - although my delivery was meant to arrive yesterday, I rang FedEx and they've said that there was a stuff up with Google, and it has been delayed in China - boo. Now I won't get my Nexus 4 until next week - #firstworldproblems.
Well, those not lucky enough to score a Nexus 4 will have to wait another few weeks, as the Mountain View-based search giant have been sending out emails to those who backordered a Nexus 4, telling them to expect a Nexus 4 to ship out "within three weeks". Google have decided to be a great company here, and in order to stem the pain of not scoring a Nexus 4 with the first batch, they're waiving shipping charges and will allow consumers to cancel their stock if they find a Nexus 4 at a local T-Mobile dealer.
Samsung don't just have a twelve-month release cycle like their competition, nor do they just have one flagship product, with a second in development. They continue to innovate, and try to keep more than one portion of consumers happy - this latest news could change the entire market.
Samsung have been working on bendable screen technology for a while, but according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal, they're working on display screens made with plastic that could make phones "unbreakable". The South Korean company are reportedly in the final stages of development, and hope to be the first company on the market to start mass production of the interesting new technology.
The new unbreakable screens use OLD technology to emit images, as OLED is thin and can be put onto flexible displays. Instead of using glass, plastic is used to make the phones lighter, with the more durable display. Samsung have told the WSJ that they are already some consumers testing out the new display, and according to an unnamed source in the report, Samsung hope to bake this new tech into displays and put them on the market in the first half of 2013.
Throughout the years of going to movie theaters, I've experienced pretty much every kind of rude behavior a person can experience including witnessing a group of pre-teens urinating on the movie screen. But the not-so recent trend of moviegoers who absolutely need to be on their cell phones during a movie is especially annoying as their phone screens always distract me no matter how much they try to conceal their device. If a new program from Cinemark takes off, moviegoers may finally learn to keep their phones in their pockets or purses for the duration of the film.
Cinemark has announced a new program called CineMode which is an application that will keep track of a moviegoers cell phone usage during a film. When the application is launched, CineMode will dim the users' cell phone screen and ask them to set their phone to vibrate. If the user is able to keep their mitts off their phone for the duration of the film, they will be presented with a digital coupon that can be redeemed for a discount on a future movie at a Cinemark theater.
The iPad mini may not have been something Steve Jobs would have wanted Apple to produce, but a team of thieves are probably grateful they exist as they were able to pull off quite the heist earlier this week as roughly around 3,600 iPad minis, worth around $1.5 million, were taken from a cargo building in JFK Airport.
The crime took place before midnight on Monday night at Building 261 as the thieves stole two pallets worth of iPad minis. The thieves used the airport's forklifts to move the pallets into a truck, but left behind three more pallets when an airport worker who was returning from dinner stumbled onto the crime.