Archive for the ‘Samsung Phones’ Category

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v up for pre-order at Vodofone Australia

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Normally we would not be covering technology news happening in foreign lands unless they directly related to us. However we are making an exception for this. As many might be aware of, Samsung recently trimmed the fat from its upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the tablet owns the record for the world’s lightest and slimmest tablet.

Well said tablet went up for pre order on the 19th of April and shipping May 1st in the land down under. Of course Vodofone has operations here in the UK so this could only mean that someway somehow the Galaxy Tab 10.1v will be making an appearance on UK shores in the near future. As to when we are not sure but we would guess between now and the end of June.

Just continue to save those pounds as needed. This one will cost the same as an iPad 2.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (updated)

Friday, March 25th, 2011

You might recall that after the release of the iPad 2 Samsung said that they will need to up the ante on design if they want to compete properly with Apple and the iPad 2. It was as if Apple was telling Samsung and everyone else, “let’s see what you’re gonna do now.” Samsung’s reply was “challenge accepted!”

We’re not sure how long it took Samsung to whip up the Galaxy Tab 10.1 spec2 (as we’ve dubbed it), but apparently it was a lot sooner than we originally thought as the newly announced Galaxy Tab 10.1 was given an official release at CTIA in Orlando Florida less than 48 hours ago. We’re pretty sure that you might be wondering what Samsung plans to do with the original Tab 10.1 which has not even made it to markets yet. Samsung reps have said that the company plans to bring both devices to the market.

Now onto the specs, as you might recall, Apple really slimmed down the size of the iPad 2 versus the original model.  We’re pretty sure that Apple didn’t expect Samsung to not only match them but beat them at their game which is exactly what they did. Measuring at just 8.6mm thin the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is 0.2mm thinner than the iPad 2. It is also lighter than the iPad weighing in at just 595g.

The device does sport the same display as the older model which is 1280 x 800 pixels and there will be Honeycomb 3.0 although Samsung will officially become the first OEM to customize the OS with their own skin. That said, the demos of the TouchWiz 4.0 UI do seem to add some well needed improvements to Android 3.0 but we’ll leave our final judgment until we actually review the unit which should be sometime within the first week of June.

Samsung hints at lower price, better hardware for Galaxy Tab 10.1 in light of the iPad 2

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Tablets, tablets, tablets! Competition, competition, completion! Those are the two chants we seem to be hearing a lot recently in the mobile world and thanks to Apple’s iPad 2 unveiling last Wednesday, it seems that more than a few company executives are reconsidering their options and focus in the tablet market.

One such company is Samsung who as of recently has been mull about the specific launch details and pricing of its second generation Galaxy Tab device. The Honeycomb tablet which was announced at Mobile World Congress last month is set to compete directly with the Xoom as well as the forth coming iPad 2 and many other tablets which are to be released later this year.

Now Samsung’s VP Lee Don-Joo is saying that the company is looking at its own tablet and is considering the improvement of inadequate parts. While the vice president did not elaborate as to what specifically he was speaking about in terms of changing to the device, he did that that “Apple made the iPad 2 very thin.” In light of this he did say that Samsung is considering a change to its pricing strategy as well as the parts used in the device. It was made clear that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 would cost more than the Galaxy Tab 7-inch, but in light of Apple’s aggressive pricing strategy, the company (Samsung) is considering cutting heavily into its profit margins as well as taking a loss of profit altogether in order to make the Tab 10.1 a success.

Now if only Motorola could take a cue from this. And while we’re at it, we’re hoping HP is taking note and does not pull any high price points with their TouchPad.

Source: Engadget

NVIDIA confirms Samsung Galaxy S II Tegra variation

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

We had heard back in February that due to manufacturing shortages of its own dual-core Hummingbird CPU, Samsung, might enlist the help of NVIDIA to provide chips for its Samsung Galaxy S II devices in non-crucial markets.

Today, NVIDIA has confirmed that. Speaking at ITProPortal, a spokesperson for NVIDIA revealed that not only would the LG Optimus 2X and Motorola Atrix receives the Tegra 2 treatment, but Samsung’s Galaxy S II devices would as well.

It had been originally speculated that Samsung would be using its dual-core Exynos chips for regional versions of the Galaxy S II line while leaving NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 platform for none region specific areas. However, it seems that the company’s in house chips might not be to par as of yet and as such the Tegra 2 will be substituting the Exynos for the time being until Samsung figures something out.

Other than the Tegra 2 processor, the Galaxy S II line will feature Android 2.3 Gingerbread along with a bigger 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus screen with TouchWiz 4.0 overlay and an updated 8 megapixel camera with a 2 megapixel front facing camera and HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, NFC and Bluetooth with storage options between 16GB and 32GB.

The devices are expected to hit retailers no later than the last week of March and if all goes according to plan, Samsung is looking to eclipse its milestone set last year for most cellphones shipped. With the features mentioned in this phone, we don’t see why it wouldn’t be possible for them to do so, but we’ll have to wait and see. Until that time, we’ll tell you the usual, continue saving for this device when it drops.

Source: ITProPortal

Samsung Galaxy S II May Feature Tegra 2 Processor in Some Regions

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Samsung announced their next generation of smartphones at Mobile World Congress last Sunday. Even though the Samsung Galaxy S II feature some of the most advanced features found in mobile phones to date, one thing was clear, the Korean manufacturer was sticking with in house components for the majority of its manufacturing process, from the Super AMOLED Plus screen to the ARM variant of its dual-core Hummingbird processor, all were in house.

Samsung had originally claimed that the processor behind the second generation Galaxy S devices. However, the PR team from said company soon retracted the statement saying that Samsung’s own Exynos processor would be doing the magic under the hood.

Now it seems that that may not be entirely true as AnandTech has released documents that show a Galaxy S device benchmark test with none other than a GT-i9103 Tegra 2 processor under the hood. More importantly, Samsung’s own specification sheet says that the dual-core Exynos processor “may not be applicable in some regions.” This could mean one of two things: NVIDIA might not be able to meet the demand with its in house chips and instead opt for NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 chipset for noncritical markets.

A classic example is Samsung’s choice to replace their Super AMOLED technology with Super Clear LCD screens for its devices heading to Russia. It did so with its less feature rich phones as well when it opted for Texas Instruments OMAP4 processor instead of using their own Hummingbird processor.

At any rate, opting for NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processor instead of their own processor should not affect the devices performance as both chipsets are made from the ARM architecture and NVIDIA’s tech currently powers Xoom from Motorola and the Optimus 3D from NVIDIA as well as LG’s Optimus Pad tablet.

Source:  AnandTech

Vodafone UK lands Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 exclusivity

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

It’s not like we had a clue that the Galaxy 10.1 would be coming to Vodafone. Samsung has shown for quite some time now that they do not deal with exclusivities for such big products as they are hell bent on world domination of the smartphone sector and Vodafone only represents a small percentage of the total UK mobile subscriber list. But it appears that Vodafone might have sweet talked the Korean based company into an exclusive launch on its network, at least for the initial onset.

The news came via Vodafone’s Twitter account where it wrote that not only would the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 be making an exclusive appearance on the network, it would have “More info Coming soon!” So far we’ve heard that the device will be coming to Asia and Europe in March. Unfortunately there is no pricing, but we’re hoping it drops within the range of the outgoing Galaxy Tab. Pricing and release date for North America remain a mystery and at this point we’re pretty sure that we here in the UK will get the device before it sails the seas to Canada, South, Central and the rest of North America.

As for a quick recap of specs, there is a 10.1 inch 1280 x 800 WXGA TFT display. Running the operations is a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM along with an 8 megapixel camera with LED Flash and a 2 megapixel camera in the front that does video conferencing. The device can shoot full 1080p video at 30fps and thanks to its Honeycomb internals, this has updated software unlike the previous Galaxy Tab. Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass and Proximity sensor are all standard as well as a 6860mAh battery to crank the juice needed for operation.

Source: Twitter

Samsung Galaxy S II pre orders begin

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

As you might know already, the Galaxy S II is official. The device that has been talked about for the past months is finally official thanks to Samsung’s Mobile World Congress keynote on Sunday. But what is even more impressive is that the device is now available for pre-order, SIM-free to those residing in the UK.

The listing we speak of is from Clove.co.uk who is currently offering the Galaxy S II sans a contract (SIM free) for the cool price of £480 which is a much better buy than the previous £550 we had been seeing earlier. That said, we’re not sure if we would actually preorder said device as its expected ship date is “Q2 2011” which means it’s not coming out before April or preferably May.

The phone will support Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a dual-core Orion processor that cranks out somewhere in the range of 1.0GHz in terms of clock speed. The display has been lifted in size from 4 inches to 4.3 inches and the resolution is the same 800 x 400 although the screen technology has been upgraded from Super AMOLED to Super AMOLED Plus. The camera on the rear of the device now sports 8 megapixels instead of 5 and it can do full 1080p video shooting unlike the predecessor which was capped at 720p. Also the front facing camera has been upgraded from 1.3 megapixels to 2.0 so video calls are a lot more crisp and clear. And in case you’re wonder, yes, the phone supports Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n as well as HSDPA and NFC technology.

A worth upgrade for both current Galaxy S owners, and for those looking to move into the fold of Samsung!

Source: Clove

Galaxy S 2, Desire HD2, Desire 2, and Wildfire 2 specs leaked

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Well it’s less than 24 hours from Samsung’s keynote but if we are to believe these leaked specs, we might not have to wait until Sunday to know what the second generation of the Galaxy S has in terms of specs.

The Samsung Galaxy S II‘s processor is a 1.2GHz Qualcomm 8260 Snapdragon processor, dual core with 3D acceleration. The display is a WVGA 800 x 400 capacitive touchscreen with a 4.27 inch screen real estate dubbed the Super AMOLED Plus. Memory is 512 MB and there is 16GB of internal storage along with a microSD card expansion for 32GB. Andoird 2.3 Gingerbread will be included as well and there will be quadband and dual band cameras as well as an 8 megapixel back camera and a 2 megapixel front facing camera for video conferencing. The camera on the back also does full 1080p video shooting.

The Desire 2 will contain a Snapdragon processor at 1GHz along with a WVGA 800 x 480 3.7 display. The camera on the rear of the device is 5 megapixels that does 720p video shooting. The memory is 512MB and internal storage is 4GB along with a microSD card expansion to boost it up to a 32GB. Twitter, Facebook and FriendStream integration. Navigation is done via an AGPS radio along with an accelerometer, proximity sensor and light sensor. Web browser with support for Flash and an Office Document Viewer are all included.

The HTC Desire HD2 comes along with a 1.2GHz dual core Snapdragon processor along with an 8 megapixel camera that does full 1080p video shooting at 30 fps. You also get video streaming via YouTube and it supports formats for MP4, 3GP, DivX XviD. The phone will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread along with dual band and quad band cellular radios. Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI TV Out and WiFi hotspot are all included in the package. HTC Sense 3.0 will also be included.

The HTC Wildfire 2 will sport a 600Mhz Qualcomm processor with 3D acceleration. Display is 320 x 480 on a 3.2 inch screen that is capacitive as well as TFT. Video recording is 720p via a 5 megapixel rear camera. We’re also being told that it will support App Sharing as well as an Office Document Viewer and navigation via an AGPS radio and digital compass.

Source: Pocketnow

Samsung Tocco Icon (Samsung Star II) coming to Orange UK

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Oh Samsung, when will the endless update of phones end? Then again, we need choice right? And choice Sammy has given us, first with the Ace and now with the Star II which will be heading to Orange UK as the Tocco Icon. Don’t ask me what got into the head of Samsung’s naming departing regarding this device’s unique name but I guess it works.

The handset’s model number is S5230 and it will be an affordable 2G touchscreen phone with a WQVGA display on a three inch display. Samsung is including its TouchWiz UI with heavy social media integration. There is Wi-Fi and surprisingly, Bluetooth 3.0 (not 2.x) comes on the device along with a 3.5mm headset jack for listening tunes. There is an HTML browser for all your web browsing needs as well as 3.15 megapixel camera to record your friends most embarrassing moments and share them with the world. Oh and while we’re at it, you get a microSD card to store said photos on.

The phone will be available to Orange UK customers only on PAYG account and so far we have no mention of a price from Orange’s website. That said, we’re sure a few people will admire the device and who knows, there might be something to get from the on board accelerometer and TFT capacitive screen.

On the other hand one could always wait for the next 72 hours when Mobile World Congress becomes a reality and Samsung will pull the latest mobile phones from their magical hats. But if the idea of a feature phone without a true operating system (no Android here) sounds like a good option, then you are welcome to start saving those pennies which we figure you’ll need a few hundreds of them.

Source: Unwired View

Mobile News: Today’s Top Highlights

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Skype has announced that it will be updated for the Android mobile platform –and the Samsung Galaxy S will finally be compatible with the VOIP service. This little bit of good news comes as another reason to go for Samsung’s already impressive Android handset. The Skype app is often hard to get for many users as not a lot of phones can support the feature –and the fact that local networks are not too happy about it either. In any case, the app is now officially available on the Android market.

Vodafone UK is certain that the Froyo update for the HTC Magic is certainly the way to go. The announcement yesterday was that the update will be selective and will not provide the ancient Android with all the new features of version 2.2, but will still be delivering an impressive array of new features that diehard fans of the older phone will certainly appreciate.

HTC has confirmed that they have several devices fully equipped with both NFC, dual core CPUs and 4G technology already in the works. LTE or long term evolution hardware changes standards a lot, and HTC wants to keep on top of the trends. HTC CEO Peter Chou also confirmed that he wants to pursue the use 4G technology.

3 UK, a local virtual network operator, has been confirmed that the unlimited browsing scheme is now back. Despite previous complaints by other network operators about the heavy consumption of bandwidth slowing down services to many users, 3 UK is offering the service to anyone subscribed to the 35 Pound monthly tariff –which is certainly quite tempting to many folks who consider the 500MB limit a little too low. Should we expect to see the returns of unlimited browsing on other networks as well? –that possibility is quite unlikely as 3 UK is a specialized 3G network.