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Galaxy Tab 7.7 Comes to Verizon on Thursday

February 29, 2012 Leave a comment

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 will cost $499.99 with a new two-year contract, starting this Thursday.

Verizon Wireless cited on Tuesday that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be available for purchase both online and at its brick-and-mortar stores starting Thursday, March 1. It will cost a meaty subsidized $499.99 with a new two-year customer agreement, and requires a 4G LTE mobile broadband data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.

When the Verizon’s asking price is compared with that of Amazon Kindle Fire, it sound crazy. Kindle Fire was tagged unsubsidized $199. Yet there are some notable features that runs the show underneath the Galaxy Tab 7.7. Its 7.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display (1280 x 800). It comes with Android 3.2 “Honeycomb,” the tablet features a 1.4 GHz dual-core SoC, a 3.2MP rear-facing camera (LED flash, full 720p recording and 1080p playback), a 2MP front-facing camera, 16 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot for expanding up to an additional 32 GB. Noticeably it is much thinner than iPad 2 i.e only 7.9 mm. It’s actually even better in the weight analysis, at only 335 gram the tablet is really very light weight.

Verizon reported,

The Tab 7.7 is a multimedia expert allowing customers to use their tablet as the center of their home entertainment system. The Peel Smart Remote feature eliminates the need for multiple remote controls for televisions, audio players and other home entertainment systems. Customers can make their Tab 7.7 the master controller to find and watch their favorite TV shows, create a favorites list, set program reminders and more. Customers also have the ability to stream media to their compatible TV using the HDMI Multimedia Dock with a built-in HDMI port or the HDTV Adapter (sold separately). The Samsung Media Hub offers a large selection of media to rent or purchase and watch while traveling or plug into a TV to share at a party.

The Tab 7.7 lets customers share their 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously. It’s also Samsung Approved for Enterprise (SAFE), meaning that it’s equipped with a suite of security features that deliver enterprise-friendly capabilities to help safeguard sensitive data and communications, including Mobile Device Management (MDM), on-device Encryption, Virtual Private Network (VPN) and push synchronization of corporate email, calendar and contacts.

According to the specs, the Tab 7.7 has 1 GB of RAM, a 5,100mAh battery (up to 10 hours of video playback), dual speakers, A-GPS & GLONASS, a 30-pin dock connector port, an accelerometer and more. Installed applications include QuickOffice Pro HD and Samsung Hub. A full list of specs can be located here.

Is $499.99 for a 7.7-inch tablet, chained to a new two-year contract, asking too much? Would consumers be better off purchasing a laptop instead?

The specs for the Super Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7:

  1. Layout: Tablet
  2. Measurement: 196.7x 133 x 7.89 mm
  3. Weight : 335g
  4. Display: 16 Million colors with a 7.7 inch Super AMOLED ,Touchscreen
  5. Operating System: Android 3.2 Honeycomb
  6. Hardware: 1.4 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU, 1GB of RAM, Exynos chipset
  7. Camera: 3.2 MP auto-focus camera with 720p video recording and LED flash, Front camera @2MP for video chat
  8. Memory: memory variants are 16, 32 and 64 GB.
  9. Connectivity: Quad-band (850/900/1900/2100 MegaHz) Mbps HSDPA and HSUPA 5.76 Mbps support, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Assisted GPS, Bluetooth 3.0,
  10. Battery: 5,100mAh which supports 10 hours of video play
  11. Misc: Gyro sensor, accelerometer sensor for automatic screen rotation, ambient light sensor for automatic adjustment of screen brightness

Source: tomsguide


The Most Innovative Mobile Products at MWC 2012

February 29, 2012 Leave a comment

A new generation of smartphone are upon us. Check out the hottest new smartphones that are coming down the pipe.

Follows the latest mobile technology that people will be seeing throughout 2012 and select their cup of tea which are the most interesting and innovative. Check out the list and the reasons why people liked each one.

Viewsonic ViewPhone 4s: the dual SIM smartphone

  • 3.5″ 960×640 display (like something else also called 4S)
  • Android 4.0
  • Unibody construction

LG Optimus 4X HD: the powerful HD smartphone

  • formerly X3/LG P880
  • <9mm thick
  • Android 4.0
  • Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core
  • 4.7″ 1280×720 display
  • 8 MP camera
  • 16 GB flash
  • 2150 mAh battery

HTC One X: another powerful HD smartphone

  • 4.7″ 1280×720 display with gorilla glass and low reflections
  • 130g weight
  • Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core at 1.5 GHz
  • Taking pictures takes 0.7 seconds
  • F2.0 lenses for acceptable image quality at low lighting
  • Polycarbonate unibody case

Nokia Lumia 610: the affordable Tango solution

  • 3.7″ 480×800 display
  • 5 MP camera
  • 800 MHz single core processor
  • Windows Phone 7.5 “Tango” with Microsoft apps
  • 1300mAh battery

Panasonic Eluga Power: the waterproof smartphone

  • 5.0″ 1280×720 display
  • 133g weight
  • Android 4.0
  • waterproof and dust proof according to IP57
  • 1.5 GHz dual core S4 Snapdragon processor
  • 8 MP camera
  • NFC
  • 8 GB Flash
  • 1800 mAh battery

Sony Xperia S: the 12 MP smartphone

  • 4.3″ 1280×720 display
  • 144 g weight
  • Taking pictures from standby takes around one second
  • 12 MP camera
  • F2.4 lenses
  • NFC
  • 1.5 GHz Snapdragon dual core
  • ICS Android 4.0 upgrade coming in Q2
  • 32 GB eMMC flash – replaceable

Samsung Galaxy Beam: the smartphone with a projector

  • 4″ 480×800 display
  • dual core 1 GHz
  • 8 GB flash
  • integrated projector for up to 50″ display and 15 ANSI lumen
  • 5 MP camera
  • 2000 mAh battery

Huawei Ascend D: potentially the world’s fastest smartphone

  • 4.5″ 1280×720 display
  • 1.2 GHz ARM9 quad core and 16-core graphics
  • HiSilicon K3V2: 40 nm CMOS by Texas Instruments
  • Android 4.0
  • 8 MP camera

Source: tomshardware


Samsung reveals 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 2, Galaxy Beam phone with built-in HD projector

February 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Samsung smashed off its MWC (Mobile World Congress) by unveiling two new devices yesterday morning. One, a larger 10.1-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 2 Android tablet, and other, the intriguing/baffling Galaxy Beam, an Android smartphone with a built-in projector.

Given Samsung’s leaning to delivering tablets of various different sizes, the larger Galaxy Tab 2 does not create a big surprise. The Galaxy Beam, on the other hand, is a bit of a head scratcher.

The Beam seems to be a traditional Android smartphone, except the projector aspect. It features a 4-inch display, a 1 gigahertz dual-core processor, and runs  onAndroid 2.3. Frankly, it reflects a phone that would have been announced last year, not something that Samsung would save for the biggest mobile event of 2012.

But the great credit of Galaxy Beam is its powerful built-in projector, which Samsung says can project HD up to 50-inches wide at 15 lumens. You’ll be able to project photos, videos, and games using a special Samsung app. Like the Galaxy Note, the Beam appears to be a very niche device, but it’s the first step towards Samsung bringing projectors to its future mainstream devices (it’d certainly be a nice addition to next year’s Galaxy S lineup).

The 10.1-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 2 is clearly Samsung’s volley to stay competitive with the iPad 3, which could be announced as soon as next week. It sports a 1280 by 800 10.1-inch display, Android 3.0, and 1 gigabyte of RAM. It’s only 9.7 millimeters thick and will come in 16 gigabyte and 32GB varieties.

Samsung is also expected to announce a 10-inch version of the Galaxy Note this week, so it’ll be interesting to see how it fits into the company’s tablet lineup. I found the Note to be iffy as a phone, but the S Pen stylus has a lot of potential in larger screens. It’s certainly one way for Samsung to stay a step ahead of the iPad 3.

Source: venturebeat

More Smartphones, More Risk: Mobilisafe Targets SMB’s With New Security Solution (Invites)

February 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Mobilisafe, the stealthy Seattle-based mobile security startup with $1.2 million in funding from Madrona Venture Group and Trilogy Equity Partnership, is opening up access to its private beta program today (invite link below) for a handful of TechCrunch readers.

Over and above, the company is revealing new insights it credited during its private beta period related to the penetration of mobile device in the SMB market, the area which happens to be the startup’s current area of focus.

Much of the current analysis on the consumerization of I.T. and the accompanying BYOD (“bring your own device”) trends are focused on the enterprise market, but Mobilisafe’s data comes from its own hands-on experience with SMB’s.

Mobilisafe was founded by former T-Mobile software architects Giri Sreenivas and Dirk Sigurdson. The firm focused on developing a security solution that gives hands to the companies to deal with the influx of personal devices on the corporate network. The startup does not offer businesses with tools to manage the increased number of mobile devices, it’s also performing data-mining on the aggregate data it collects, enabling its solution to learn over time, and become more predictive about its analysis and recommendations.

Mobilisafe’s big advantage is that it will be able to use the aggregate data to analyze whether an organization is more or less secure than its peers in the same industry or vertical. Right now, the focus is on providing this analysis and understanding to smaller businesses (between 15-2,500 employees), especially because they’re more at risk due to lower I.T. budgets and/or lack of in-house I.T. expertise. But such an ability could easily be useful in larger organizations in the future, if Mobilisafe wanted to go that route.

Over the past three months, Mobilisafe mapped out more than 38 million employee device connections (now up to 44M), which allowed it to uncover some interesting trends within the SMB market.

For example, the majority of SMB’s are highly mobilized, and are driven by BYOD programs, with above 80% of SMB employees already using smartphones and tablets. A new device model was introduced to a company for every 6.6 employees, but over half (56%) were running out-of-date firmware. SMB I.T. departments, meanwhile, are often at a loss when it comes to determining this sort of information for themselves.

In addition, around 39% of authenticated devices were inactive for over 30 days, something that could indicate devices which were lost, stolen, replaced or sold. In some cases, these devices may have had employee credentials and sensitive corporate data on them before disappearing off the network.

The data gathered here through Mobilisafe’s initial beta run is more of a confirmation of the market value for its mobile security solution, meant to simplify the challenges involved with assessing security risk and then knowing the next steps to take after being presented with specific issues.

Mobilisafe has been quietly running a private beta since late last year. Companies use its SaaS solution to tell Mobilisafe what kind of risk threshold they have, and then the startup does the heavy lifting to determine whether they’re falling above or below that threshold. The whole thing can be deployed in 15 minutes, without hardware or network changes, on-device software, or changes to employee behavior, the startup says.

Source: techcrunch

Amazon Steals 14% Tablet Market Share In Q4, Apple Share Drops To 57%

February 26, 2012 Leave a comment

It was clear since the Fire first debuted that it would launch some competitive product for Apple’s iPad, which has been dominated the market since it arrived. But today iSuppli has provided up a small insight into just how fierce the competition really is.

The research firm, Apple’s market share in the tablet arena went down form 64 percent in Q3 to 57 percent in Q4, with Amazon nabbing a 14 percent share.

Though the price tag $200 on the Kindle Fire seems to be an enough temptation for tablet buyers, according to IHS research Apple customers were more diverted away from the iPad by the iPhone 4S that they were the Fire.

It would seem as though that $200 price tag on the Kindle Fire was temptation enough for tablet buyers, but according to IHS research Apple customers were more swayed away from the iPad by the iPhone 4S than they were the Fire.

Including Christmas sales, Apple shipped at least 15.4 million iPads while Amazon had shipped 3.9 million Fires. It’s important to note that shipments are a very different number than sales, but with both of these products selling well we wouldn’t consider these numbers misleading by any means.

iSuppli projects that the iPad 3, which will most certainly be the superior device, will help Apple recapture any market share it lost over the past few months, but with such a gap between price points, anything can happen.

Meanwhile, Samsung’s Galaxy Tabs and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet took the third and fourth spots, with 8 percent and 7 percent shares respectively.

Source: techcrunch

Battle of the Big Android Phones: LG Announces 5-inch Optimus Vu

February 24, 2012 Leave a comment

LG is hoping to get its newly announced Optimus Vu smartphone into the market which was previously owned by Samsung Galaxy Note- the world of the ultra-sized devices, that is.

Not content to wait for this year’s Mobile World Congress to unveil its big ol’ smartphone, LG has released some pictures and confirmed the specs of the second Korean-made Android smartphone to push the five-inches-or-bigger size classification.

But here’s the stinker for U.S. enthusiasts: The LTE smartphone’s scheduled to debut in Korea in March, and there’s been no announcement for when it might go international. In contrast, Samsung’s Galaxy Note officially launched today on AT&T in the U.S.

LG seems to have shunned the concept of “curves” on its rectangular device, which exposes a five-inch IPS LCD display (itself, running at a resolution of 1024-by-768 at a 4:3 aspect ratio). A 1.5-GHz Snapdragon CPU fills the Optimus Vu full of dual-core processing power and the device’s 32-gigabytes of built-in storage delivers plenty of room for pictures, videos, and apps – double the internal storage space of Samsung’s Galaxy Note, we note. There’s no indication as to whether the Optimus Vu will sport an SD card slot or not.

The Optimus Vu will possess the traditional dual-camera setup as seen in most of today’s smartphones:  LG Optimus Vu, in reply, also boasts a primary 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash rear camera with Geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization and video capabilities of 1080p at 30fps with additional LED video light (likely to support 1080p video recording) and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The Optimus Vu will launch with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), but LG allegedly promises that the phone should bump up to the full Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich within months of the device’s release.

Samsung Galaxy Note is powered by a dual-core Mali-400MP Exynos 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor with 1 GB of RAM for a faster output and smart response.

Optimus Vu, however, is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon dual-core 1.5 GHz Scorpion Adreno 220 processor with 1 GB of RAM that makes it compete head-to-head with Note.

Optimus Vu weighs around 168 g (comparatively 10gs less than Samsung Galaxy Note) and has dimensions of 139.6 x 90.4 x 8.5 mm.

And we hope you’ve been holding your breaths for this one: The almighty stylus is back! According to LG, the Optimus Vu will ship with the company’s “Rubberdium pen” – let us prefer the word “stylus” for now – which will allow users to perform the usual bevy of tasks, like writing notes or making little drawings, on the Optimus Vu’s stylus-supporting applications.

This 8.5-milimeter thick smartphone will come with a 2,080 mAh battery, which is approximately 80 percent or so the total capacity of the battery found on the Samsung Galaxy Note. LG didn’t let slip the Optimus Vu’s talk time or standby time, so the jury remains out on just how well the device fares against the Galaxy Note on that one.

Source: pcmag

Latest iPad 3 Rumor Tips ‘A5X’ Chipset

February 23, 2012 Leave a comment

The rumors about iPad are in full vigor, and the latest news is on a chipset known as the A5X.

As reported by MacRumors, the forum for Chinese website WeiPhone includes a post with a image of the next-gen iPad’s logic board. The system-on-a-chip is labeled “A5X” and seems to have been produced in November 2011.

Apple watchers were under the thought that the chip in the company’s next iPad would be named the A6, because the first iPad had the name A4 and iPad 2 had the A5.

Earlier this year, 9to5Mac reported that the iPad 3 would  consist of a quad-core ship since Apple’s iOS 5.1 beta code included references to core management capabilities for quad-core processors.

It will be confusing when we think whose points are right. In such cases, it is best to take leaked photos and other Apple rumors not by word for word until Cupertino actually launches its products.  Apple is rumored to be holding its press event for the next iPad during the first week in March in San Francisco, so stay tuned.

We’ve certainly not been at a loss for iPad rumors lately – from retina displays and better cameras to a smaller, 8-inch model and 4G LTE capabilities. What do you hope to see? Let us know in the comments. Until then, see what PCMag’s Editor-in-Chief Dan Costa does not want in the iPad 3.

Source: pcmag

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