Samsung hasn’t been stingy for their first Mobile World Congress announcement in Barcelona. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is the second “Note” edition tablet — that is, a Samsung device to include an S Pen stylus. This bad boy is no different from any of the other high-end gizmos that Samsung churns out: a 8-inch 1280 x 800-pixel TFT display, a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, microSDXC support, a 4,600 mAh battery, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, HSPA+ 21 support for mobile internet, and a body that’s 25% thinner that the Galaxy Note 10.1 from last year.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 is supposedly produced for people looking for a small tablet that can double as a media consumption device. “Readers Mode” dims the screen and processor usage to turn the Note 8.0 into a full-fledged eReader, while other features such as Smart Remote stretch its prowess in the living room by using the built-in IR blaster to control your TV. LTE and Wi-Fi versions are also in line for production; the latter is coming to the United States — and yes, offering cellular options in Europe technically makes the Note 8.0 an 8-inch phone.
A Q2 global launch is pegged without an exact release date or price from Samsung. Expect to hear more about a U.S. launch in the coming weeks or months. Press release after the cut.
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Time has passed with rumors and speculation aplenty, but the HTC One is finally here. Sleek and ready to be held, it’s an incredible device to hold and look at. The new HTC One sports every innovation that HTC has learned over the years, including a new camera and Beats Audio.
First off, the new HTC Sense interface: BlinkFeed, a homescreen feature where constantly updated images and information will populate your homescreen, with large images and clean text. 1400 content partners are on board to assist the management of new content, including ESPN, AP, and others.
Hardware-wise, the HTC One has a 4.7-inch screen with 1080p resolution, Gorilla Glass, and a 468ppi, a new UltraPixel camera, a new Snapdragon 600 SoC on quad-core configuration at 1.7GHz. There’s also 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage as standard (a 64GB option is also available), a 2300mAh battery, GPS and GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and even 802.11ac Wi-Fi, plus an IR blaster. Support for 4G LTE is also available on Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T in the United States starting in March of 2013, in either silver or black in either 32GB or 64GB configurations.
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Not much to see so far. I’ve caught glimpses of the new HTC device and even have been photographed by it, but nothing yet. The presentation will begin in a couple of minutes. Updates can be read at the end of the post.
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LG just took the wraps off its Optimus G Pro. It’s another “phablet”, with a 5.5-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at 400ppi (insane!), a 3,140mAh battery, the usual 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera, microSDXC slot, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and 4G LTE. The phone will be released on local Korean carriers SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus on Wednesday for 968,000 won ($897) — so LG’s homeland gets the first treatment — while a North American launch is mentioned for Q2 along with the Japanese release.
The prize jewel? The new mid-range Snapdragon 600 processor, clocked at 1.7GHz on a quad-core chip. Nice.
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Buying new gadgets and gizmos is always about two things: if the gadget you want is really a necessity, and second, are you buying the right gadget? The smartphone is both of those things: most likely, you need and smartphone, and second it has to be top-of-the line. The echelon of phones, as it were. Currently, the industry standard is the iPhone 5 tightly followed by the Galaxy S III.
But somewhere in the mix is the cool gadget; the one that is so cutting-edge you won’t see anything like it in a while. In fact, almost like the iPhone, you may only see it released once — twice at the most — in a year. Kiddies, that gadget is the Google Nexus 4.
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Reviewed once, twice, and now three times. The Samsung Galaxy Note II is a great smartphone, despite how humongous it is. Like its brethren on AT&T and T-Mobile, the Verizon Galaxy Note II has a 1.6GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD screen, an S pen, a large 3,100mAh battery, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s Touchwiz interface, and an amazing 4G LTE reception, even in New York City. If you really want the scoop on how the Note II is as a successor to the Note I and a smartphone overall, then read the original AT&T model’s review.
All that aside, it’s once again more of the same: still awesome and somehow even fun to use.
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Arguably, the LG Nexus 4 is the coolest and hottest Android phone. Of course, that’s against Samsung’s own Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III smartphones, who are also selling like hotcakes. But, back to the topic: the Nexus 4 is very much coveted on Google’s own Play store, but worry not: T-Mobile has the device in stock.
So if you don’t mind T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network and the LG Nexus 4, now is a good time to shell two Benjamins on contract to snag one for yourself, before it’s too late.
There’s always something wrong with an announcement about an announcement when it comes to consumer technology. In this particular case, it’s the Samsung Mobile Chief, JK Shin, who spoke with the Korean iNews24. He confirmed an 8-inch Galaxy Note device that would be unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. Other than that, there are rumored hardware changes, like a screen resolution at 1280 x 800 pixels, 2GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Other than all that? Not much.
Via: Eng, iNews24
This is a tablet we’d actually want — that’s right, consumers could really want this. It’s Sony’s just-announced XPERIA Tablet Z, a 6.9mm thin, dustproof and waterproof at 495g heavy Android 4.1 tablet with Sony’s own design customizations.
On top of that, there’s the latest hardware around: a Qualcomm 1.5GHz quad-core APQ8064 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, a 10.1-inch 1,920 x 1,200 screen (with Mobile Bravia Engine 2), a sweet 8.1-megapixel Exmor R camera, NFC, 4G LTE (on a MDM9215M radio), microSD expansion and Sony’s very own “S-Force” virtual surround sound technology tags along for the ride.
It’ll come in black and white, with an as of yet unannounced price or release date. But hey, it’s thinner than the iPad mini at 7.2mm. That’s one hot talbet, Sony!
Via: Sony (JP), Eng
Once again, the South Korean electronics giant, Samsung, has another reason to party: 100 million Galaxy devices sold. Of that, 40 million Galaxy S III, 40 million Galaxy S II, and the original Galaxy S hit 24 million in sales. The remainder of this amount can be assigned to the variants of those devices.
As for the future? Samsung already has the Exynos 5 Octo processor ready, which is 70% more efficient than the current best Samsung smartphone processor, the Exynos 5 Dual, with the main consensus that it will be one of the prime parts of the Galaxy S IV. Via: Samsung Tomorrow