Is the new shatter-loving, time bomb-ticking iPhone 4 successful? You bet it is. Starting Thursday the 24th, till Saturday the 26th Apple has officially sold 1.7 million new iPhone 4s. Cupertino’s press release and comment from Jobs is below:
CUPERTINO, California-June 28, 2010-Apple® today announced that it has sold over 1.7 million of its iPhone® 4 through Saturday, June 26, just three days after its launch on June 24. The new iPhone 4 features FaceTime®, which makes video calling as easy as one tap, and Apple’s new Retina display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone, resulting in stunning text, images and video.
“This is the most successful product launch in Apple’s history,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Even so, we apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply.”
So AT&T has the Captivate (same thing as Fascinate right?) ,T-Mobile has the Vibrant (it rhymes, oh my!), Sprint has the Epic 4G, and now Verizon has the Fascinate! OH MY GOD! Samsung likes things that rhyme!
Moving on, all of these smartphones are part of the Galaxy S line, where in Europe there is actually a phone called the Galaxy S, and it’s made by Samsung. Confusion, confusion, confusion. This Verizon Fasincate while have a 4″ WVGA Super AMOLED display, 5 megapixel camera and 1GHz Hummingbird processor as its oter siblings, six-axis motion control for an “enhanced” gaming experience, Swype virtual keyboard, and comes pre-loaded with Bing Search and Bing Maps (read: not so good for an Android). It’ll be available on an unannounced date, for $199.99 and U.S Cellular will also get a model of the Galaxy S, which version remains to be seen.
Note: The picture above is the plain old Galaxy S due to an image not being available at time of press.
The Samsung Epic 4G is everything but uninteresting (of course, it’s part of the Galaxy S line). A 4-inch Super AMOLED display graces its wonderful face, 5 megapixel primary camera with LED flash and 720p video recording, along with a VGA front-facing cam for video calls, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, six-axis accelerometer, and a 1GHz Hummingbird Cortex A8 processor, at the core of its silicon heart. It runs Android 2.1 (FroYo comes shorty after release) with TouchWiz 3.0 UI for starters, All of Samsung’s SocialHub and AllShare features, 3.5mm headset jack, 16GB microSD card, and 3G/4G (WiMAX) radios.
Want a slidey Android? DO YOU WANT ONE? WELL COME AND GET IT! This one’s perfect. And we’ll make sure of it, once we get our sticky hands on a review unit.
So I’ll be heading off from MIA to New Jersey this June 30th, at around 2 PM. Don’t worry, you’ll get updates of my journey once I’m at the airport and such. Expect three (or four) new reviews to show up, and more exciting stuff, like those TV interviews I promised to post up for you guys. In the meantime, this week’s mobile news was as noisy with the iPhone 4 as the vuvuzelas at the World Cup.
This’ll never, ever, get old. Downfall in English, or Der Untergang in German. Whatever it is, the series of clips featuring Hitler’s demise in the final moments of the Battle of Berlin in the aforementioned movie will go down as one of the best and most popular memes of all time.
Guess what? Here’s a very friendly reminder that Steam is having a Stupendous Man Sale, starting June 24th till July 4th. What’s the catch? There is none, except you might make yourself broke because of it. I just bought Race Driver: GRID for $5 (!) and it’s downloading now. Problem is though, is that the planet is feasting upon these awesome gaming deals like a swarm of locusts, and the servers are taking a serious beating. Last time I checked, I was downloading at 498 kilobytes per second. Not bad, but not tops either.
The Galaxy S US-bound varint for T-Mobile has the name of Vibrant, and produces a decent hum when speeding through Android 2.1 with Touchwiz 3.0 UI with a 1Ghz Hummingbird processor, 4.0-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display, and 5 megapixel camera as seen on the original, international Galaxy S. There’s not mentioning of a front-facing camera, release date,pricing, or anything of that sort. Such things we have to wait for, I suppose (or leak!).
Good news everyone, and we have bad news everyone! No really. Due to the outstanding demand of all of the phones that HTC offers (namely the Droid Incredible, Nexus One) the stock of AMOLED screens is down to a point where the devices can’t be manufactured. Samsung produces those AMOLEDs, and they’re saving everything for the Galaxy S (which will be coming to the States as the Vibrant on T-Mobile and Captivate on AT&T). The Galaxy S requires Super AMOLEDs, so in this case Samsung will need all of its resources to produce the screens.
Thus, HTC will be switching many of its handsets to LCD variants. Whether or not they will be labeled as such remains to be seen, but it would be better for everyone if you knew that your next Android phone doesn’t have the AMOLED others have. The exact screens HTC will be installing will be Sony’s S-LCD (Super TFT LCD) which they claim uses less power, and higher resolutions, but with a lower contrast ratio.
On the flipside Samsung is shelling out 2 billion USD for a plant which should open in July 2011. The new plant will produce AMOLEDs at 10-fold, so Samsung can almost make 30 million displays each month. Cool stuff are going around here, didn’t you know?