Posts Tagged ‘Samsung’

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 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

The Google Nexus S: What Can You Do With It?

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Samsung and Google have both teamed up to bring to the world the amazing Nexus S smart phone, but appreciating this beauty of a phone is not quite the only thing one can do. The device is filled to the brim with features and functions; and here is a quick list of some of the simplest things you can do to make the experience a lot better.

First off, bring back the comma to the onscreen keyboard; this is an issue since a new button, the “voice input” button, has taken over the spot where the comma originally was. Good thing is, there is a simply setting that one can adjust to fix this. Simply go straight to the Android keyboard settings and turn off the voice input keyboard button.

If you tend to keep an eye on your phone’s energy consumption; Google allows users to see an in-depth view of how the phone makes use of the battery. There is a graph you can check at the “About Phone” menu and click the battery icon to see the full breakdown.

For many, managing apps is one of the biggest chores in any smart phone (even for the iPhone). Fortunately, there is one menu in the Android OS that lists down everything you have downloaded and installed, and it also provides a one hit button for un-installation procedures: the Android Market. Oddly enough, this online menu still keeps a great deal of content, even telling you of apps you installed but have forgotten.

Anyway, we may have suggested that the voice button be removed from the virtual keyboard, but the bottom line is that voice is the big new function for the handset. There is voice search, voice commands and even voice dictation for writing down long notes. It is fast and surprisingly easy to do, not to mention the fact that Google’s hardware and software for detecting voice is uncanny.

News Tidbits: A Quick Bite of Mobile Updates

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

The white version of the Samsung Android smart phone, the i9000 Galaxy S has just been made available in Germany. It has been out in the UK and in Spain for quite some time now, but if you missed it, they currently have plenty of stock in Germany.

Google’s Nexus S is now on pre-order availability. Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone and O2 are all offering the handset and if you want it on for free on contract, the cheapest available is a 35 Pound monthly tariff good for 24 months.

Local users of the Samsung Galaxy S under Orange and T-Mobile will be sad to know that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update will not be available until this coming January. The delay has gotten quite a reaction from those who are initially excited about the new update but considering that the wait should is not that long, this is still good news.

Apple’s latest issue with Jailbreaking seems to have taken an odd turn as they have just disabled a crucial API feature in the iOS: the specific function shut off is the one that specifically identifies which handsets are jailbroken and which are not.

This new decision has led to many into believing that Apple is taking a step away from its strong stance against the practice of jailbreaking though many also fear what this would mean for the many game and app developers that rely on online sales in order to make a profit. If Apple does cease to stand against jailbreaking, piracy on the iPhone is certain to spread. Many believe that the decision by Apple is heavily influenced by the fact that the US government has deemed jailbreaking to be a completely legal practice.

Finally, the initial specs of the new Motorola tablet has been confirmed, aside from having a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 CPU, Andy Rubin’s little gadget sports a 1280 x 800 resolution, 7 inch capacitive touch screen, a 5 mega pixel camera and of course, the Android Honeycomb OS.