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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


Samsung Galaxy Note Lightning Review: Wait, Who Ordered This?

February 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Great technologies are often met with the response “I never knew I wanted that!” So, uhm, here’s the Samsung Galaxy Note! It will only fit in raverpants, and its trademark feature is a stylus. One may wonder for its features whether they are magnanimous smartphones or tiny tablet?

Well, it looks like every other tablet, obviously a rectangle of glass. This is their cup of tea who have the love for scribbling with stylus and for media eaters. This is thin and that there is a stylus jammed into it. It feels a bit plasticky though – too bad that it is becoming Samsung’s specimen.

The UI trails, still the pen is a real kind of fun, it can also be said as a unique factor of using an outdated technology on a modern product. But the best of Samsung Galaxy Note is that its large, beautiful super AMOLED HD screen.

The Achilles’ Heels of Samsung Galaxy Note is that when the user tries to justify putting a pen in the phone, they need to nail a biddy. The stylus misses way too many touches. Stylus doesn’t work on capacitive home keys.

-Though the TouchWiz UI lags a bit, the Note performs pretty well once your app is launched.
-Despite the very large battery, I still had to charge up in the middle of the day—the gigantic screen and the LTE radio bled the phone dry.
-You want to have your finger on the S-Pen’s button so you can grab a screencap or to bring up S Memo, but if you accidentally press the button (and you will—it has a bit of a hair trigger) the stylus stops writing.
-The S-Pen’s is so short and thin that it’s actually hard to hold. It’s like trying to write with a bamboo skewer.
-Not being able to use the pen on the the capacitive buttons is extremely annoying.
-Camera takes excellent photos and video (as you can see in the gallery). Certainly on par with the Galaxy S II. BUT, the shutter is insanely slow. Like often more than a second between when you hit the button and when it takes the shot (even after focus was set).
-The pen is supposed to differentiate between hundreds of levels of pressure. I’d say there’s more like… 8. When you’re pressing very lightly it doesn’t sense the touch at all.
-Handwriting recognition was terrible.

The physical features of Samsung Galaxy Note are as follows:

Samsung Galaxy Note
• Network: AT&T
• OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread
• CPU: 1.5-GHz Dual-core Snapdragon processor
• Screen: 5.3-inch 800 x 1280 pixel LCD
• RAM: 1GB
• Storage: 32GB + up to 32GB microSD
• Price: $300 w/ 2-year contract, $650 w/o


Source: gizmodo

Samsung Galaxy Note launches on AT&T February 19th

February 5, 2012 Leave a comment

It is a happy news for those who covet when AT&T announced that Samsung’s gigantic Galaxy Note smartphone would make its way to America, your wait is nearly over. The wireless carrier announced on January 30, that the firm would unveil the device on Sunday, February 19th. The mobile will cost $299.99 with a two-year contract of extension. For the customers who are much more eager to buy the phone, they can pre-order the Galaxy Note. The pre-order starts today and get it delivered two days early. The Galaxy Note LTE will be in Carbon Blue and Ceramic White color choices.

The Galaxy Note has created quite a following since the original model was announced way back in October, at the IFA show in Berlin.The most spectacular feature of the mobile is its 5.3 inch 1280×800 Super AMOLED display, easily the largest and the most high-resolution screen than any other mobile being sold today. It is a credit that it packs a Wacom digitzer and old-school stylus (“S-Pen”) for pen based drawing and input. The mobile has several applications to take the advantage of the stylus, as well as the S-Pen SDK for developers who want their apps to integrate with the feature as well. The future of the S-Pen to make its way to other devices depends upon the whether the Galaxy Note is well-received.

The Galaxy Note uses a dual-core 1.4Ghz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage space and an 8MP camera. These all features is powered by an admirably large 2500 Ah battery. The Note runs Samsung’s TouchWiz version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but an update to Ice Cream Sandwich is already in the works. The major difference between AT&T’s version of the Note and those already released overseas is the new radio, which will take advantage of the carrier’s LTE data network. Rumors of other US Galaxy Note variants, particularly the “Galaxy Journal” on Verizon, have yet to be confirmed.

Source: androidcommunity

Samsung: One In Ten South Koreans Now Owns A Samsung Galaxy S II

January 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Samsung Galaxy S II was unveiled  at the end of April 2011. The phone was not a much big hit except,  South Korea. Yes.  It has actually become a mega hit in the country. According to maker Samsung, the Android operating handset has been sold a thumping 5 million times in its domestic market from the date of its launch. This can be put differently as a little more than 10% of the country’s population i.e. 48 million people, are now the proud owners of  Samsung Galaxy S II.

According to Japanese business daily, The Nikkei, the first cell phone that has attained this graph in mobile-crazy South Korea is Galaxy S II.  The newspaper also reads that one out of four South Korean smartphones users owns a Galaxy S II. This brings out that the feature phones do not play a big role in the country anymore.

In 2011, Samsung commanded a 53% market share in South Korea’s smartphone industry.

The company recently decided not to take legal action against its fiercest competitor, Apple, in its home market – despite being in a patent war with the iPhone maker the whole world over. It looks like Samsung can afford it.

Source: techcrunch

Samsung Announces Two Dual-SIM Galaxy Phones

December 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Samsung has made announcement for two new dual-SIM phones for its Galaxy line of smartphones.

Dual-SIM phones act most convenient for a frequent traveler and for people who do not like to be tied down to any one of the networks. Samsung has delivered two new Android mobiles for dual-SIM fans in the form of Galaxy Y Duos and Galaxy Y Pro Duos.

The both of the above mentioned mobiles run on Android 2.3, which is also frequently known as Gingerbread, and are harmonious with GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz bands. There are some notable differences between these two models. The significant difference is that the regular Galaxy Y Duos is a full touchscreen phone, while the Pro model possesses a full hardware QWERTY keyboard. This difference leads to smaller screen for the Pro than the regular Duos, measuring 2.6 inches while the touchscreen model packs a 3.14 inch display.

Excluding these input method and display size, there is no considerable difference between these phones when compared to each other. Both mobiles run on 832 MHz processor, and boast a HSDPA modem, 3-megapixel camera, microSD support (up to 32GB) and Samsung’s TouchWiz Android UI.

The price is not yet mentioned for either of the phones. The mobiles are expected to be released in January 2012. It will be launched in Russia first. Nothing is mentioned about its release in U.S. But Samsung has mentioned subsequent launches for both phones in Europe, Latin America, Southeast and Southwest Asia, Middle East, Africa and China.

Source: tomsguide

Samsung sold more than 300M phones in 2011

December 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Samsung has sold out over 300 million phones in this  current year, a first for the company’s history, the company stated on Sunday.

Samsung has obtained a title of the top smartphone manufacturer in the world in late October. Earlier the Apple crowned the title for a single quarter in this year. Before that, it was Nokia to occupy the title. Samsung shipped 27.8 million smartphones in the third quarter alone, accounting for 23.8 percent of the smartphone market. The company has sold a great number of  “dumb” phones as well.  Shin Jong-Kyun, President of Samsung Mobile, reported,

We are incredibly proud of this record-breaking sales milestone and have exceeded the annual target announced early this year, which is testament to the enduring appeal of Samsung phones with consumers around the world.

The firm sold about 280 million phones last year. The launch of the much expected, popular Galaxy S II line would be the reason for crowning the title. By September, the Galaxy S II line had shipped more than 10 million units around the world.

Next up for Samsung in the U.S. is the launch of the hyped Galaxy Nexus, which has a 4.65-inch screen and blazing 4G data speeds but still has not been given a release date. The phone was supposedly delayed because Verizon wanted Google Wallet software removed before the launch. Google, Samsung and Verizon’s last official comment about the release date said the phone would launch before the end of the year.

Source: venturebeat

Leaked Timeline Points To Post-Black Friday Galaxy Nexus Launch

November 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Few devices have inspired a following quite as pursuit as the Galaxy Nexus, and the fans of this device will be happy to come to know that a recently leaked Verizon document pegs Samsung and Google’s recent collaboration with a post-Black Friday launch window. A fistful of Droid-Life’s sources says that the Galaxy Nexus is slated to unveil the week after Black Friday,  idea which is supposedly corroborated by an image of a Verizon time-line.

It is not easy to state the expectation of consumers, but it appears to be a promotions schedule that lays out when each of Verizon’s handsets will get their holiday marketing push. It resembles Droid RAZR and it will be part of Verizon’s holiday spotlight through Christmas, while the poor Rezound has to make do with a mere two weeks in the limelight. At the same time, the marketing effort for Samsung’s entire portfolio, included Galaxy Nexus apparently kick off after Thanksgiving, and could run straight through the holidays alongside the RAZR. It is also said that Verizon has probably consumed a pretty penny to snatch the Galaxy Nexus before anyone else in the U.S., and it is no wonder that it too may be getting a pronounced promotional push to drive sales.

The timeline does not provide strong confirmation (Verizon could easily start their marketing efforts in advance of the launch to build hype), but the timing surly seems to make sound reason. A post-Black Friday launch means people are already on the spur of the moment to make some purchases, and it gives Verizon enough time to enhance the Galaxy Nexus in the run up to your gift-giving holiday of choice.

Source: techcrunch