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Samsung launches Galaxy Note

Samsung seems to be going super strong with its Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets. Since the very first Android mobile phone that they had christened as the Samsung Galaxy, every subsequent Galaxy line of devices have been a leap of innovation and marketing panacea over the previousone.Without a doubt, it was Apple that revolutionized the tablet computer segment. However, Apple’s insistence of force feeding the 10″ form factor to the consumers helped Samsung (and a few other OEMs) take advantage. Of the situation and introduce new markets of their own.

After the 7-inch Galaxy Tab, Samsung also launched the second iteration of the Android (Honeycomb) tablet in both the 10.1-inch and 8.9-inch displays. Finally yesterday, Samsung also announced a Galaxy Tab 7.7″ and another 5.3-inch tablet (or a phone?) called the Galaxy Note.

Well, before Samsung, Dell had also launched a 5-inch phone called Streak. Unfortunately, Dell did not manage to garner much enthusiasm for that form factor and had decided to discontinue the same.

Samsung says they’ve done something different with the Note. The Galaxy Note is a new category of product, developed through Samsung’s deep consumer understanding and insight,” Samsung said. “It combines core on-the-go benefits of various mobile devices while maintaining smartphone portability to create a whole new user experience.”

One novelty with the Galaxy Note: it comes with a stylus called the S Pen.

The artistic freedom of a paper notebook is coupled with the benefits of Samsung’s smartphone technology and services, allowing users to create, edit and share with more style than ever before,” said JK Shin, president of Samsung’s mobile communications business, in a statement.

The phone comes with an app called S Memo that can store handwritten notes and drawings. It also accommodates pictures, voice recordings, and typed text.

The Galaxy Note also acts more like a tablet than a phone. In addition to multitouch pinch-to-zoom finger-based input, the aforementioned stylus, dubbed the ‘S Pen’ tucks into the bottom panel of the phone, and can be used in a variety of apps. In the Messaging App, for example, you can write on the screen, and the Galaxy Note will convert your scrawls to email or SMS messages with the aid of predictive text. In the browser, you use the pen to annotate, then capture Web pages with your notes. Input with the pen was very responsive, and as long as I wrote neatly, text conversion worked well. Besides integration with the native apps, Samsung plans to release an SDK for the S Pen so developers can write third-party apps that use it for input.

Hardware specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note include a dual-core 1.4GHz processor, a Super AMOLED screen, an 8-megapixel main camera that can record 1080p video, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 802.11 b/g/n support for Wi-Fi, and HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100 mobile network support.

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Samsung Galaxy S II Now Official

Granted, the Samsung Galaxy S II has seen a lot of unofficial press time during the past couple of months.  This time, though, the handset is official.

Clad in a wide, boxy shape reminiscent of the iPhone 4, the new phone is thinner than its predecessor at 8.9mm, all while packing in more powerful hardware.  Contrary to earlier reports, it won’t have a NVIDIA Tegra 2 core; instead, it’s got Samsung’s own dual-core 1GHz Exynos chip, which is paired with a whopping 1GB of RAM.

Details of the Galaxy S II include a 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen (800 x 480 resolution), an 8.0 megapixel camera module (with 1080p HD recording), a 2.0 megapixel front-facing webcam, integrated NFC support , a three-axis gyroscopic sensor, aGPS, HSPA+ support, WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0.  It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with the latest Touchwiz 4.0  layered on top.

Aside from the usual suite of Google Mobile apps, the phone gets first dibs on Samsung Hubs, the manufacturer’s new homebrewed set of apps and services.  These include Social Hub Premium (for messaging and social networking), Readers Hub (an ebook reader with an integrated market offering millions of books and periodicals), Game Hub (for games) and Music Hub (a music manager with ties to 7digital).  It also comes with Live Panel,  a content and app aggregator that offers magazine-style access to users.

The Samsung Galaxy S II sounds like it has everything you can ask for from a premium phone.  No word yet on availability or pricing, but it’s currently on display at the Mobile World Congress 2011.

[via BGR]

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Samsung Galaxy Tab vs Dell Streak

PhoneArena presents a thorough comparison of the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Dell Streak.

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Samsung S8530 Wave II Announced In Germany

Samsung’s naming conventions for their Bada-powered phones just got really confusing.  Just when you thought the Wave had a proper follow-up in the Wave 2, it turns out the Bada pioneer’s real successor is this one: the Samsung S8530 Wave II.  Yep, with Roman numerals, instead of the number “2.”

We guess it’s understandable, since the numbered Bada phones after the Wave did have less features than the original and were aimed at the lower range of the smartphone market.  This one, however, steps the specs up a notch.

Details of the Samsung Wave II include a 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen (not AMOLED – sorry, guys), a 5.0 megapixel camera (with LED flash and 720p video recording), Bluetooth 3.0, 3G, WiFi, microSD card expansion and a 1GHz CPU.  Extra features include Samsung Apps (the company’s app store for Bada phones), Trace typing (which is like their version of Swype), an HTML browser and a few onboard apps.

Samsung claims this is the best Bada screen to view videos on, although, we doubt the Super Clear LCD really bests their Super AMOLED, which is reportedly in short supply.  The Samsung S8530 Wave II will hit European stores beginning November, priced at 430 Euros (for the German version, at least).


Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab goes official, has phone functionality

The Tab has landed – the Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab tablet just went official, confirming many of its rumored specs. The 7″ tablet has full voice call functionality, up to 7 hours of video playback, DivX and Flash videos included and the excellent Android web browser that has plenty of room to stretch its legs on the WSVGA screen.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is centered around a 7″ TFT screen with 1024×600 pixels resolution, driven by a Cortex-A8 processor running at 1GHz, 512MB RAM and PowerVR SGX540 graphics.

The OS running the show is Android 2.2 Froyo, of course, but without the TouchWiz skin. Samsung have concentrated on providing and excellent app package instead.

The Tab has GSM/GPRS/EDGE along with HSPA-enhanced 3G connectivity. Both for voice and data, SMS and MMS too. It even has a front-facing 1.3MP camera for video calls. On the back, there’s a second camera – a 3MP auto-focus snapper with LED flash.

The Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab is big for a phone but compact for a 7″ tablet, it measures 190.1 x 120.5 x 11.98mm and weighs 380g. The reduced weight compared to the iPad is in part due to the smaller size and because the Tab has a plastic body.

There are two options for the built-in memory – 16GB or 32GB, which is expandable using microSD cards up to 32GB. The connectivity of the Samsung Galaxy Tab is rounded off by Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n and an Apple-like 30 pin data connector.

And an HDMI will come in handy – the extensive video codec support (DivX, XviD, H.264, Flash 10.1 too) and the 4000 mAh battery that has enough juice for up to 7 hours of movies. The tab handles HD resolutions with ease too.

Samsung have added the Readers Hub, which boasts access to 2 million books and thousands of magazines and newspapers, joining on the tablet assault on eReaders. If the apps that come preloaded on the Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab aren’t enough, you have full access to the Android market. We’re not sure whether most apps there would be fit for the Tab’s 1024×600 pixel resolution.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab will launch in Europe in mid-September (Italy first) and expand to the US, Asia and Korea in the months to follow.

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Samsung Announces Five Phones, Running Android, Windows Mobile, and Bada

Samsung just unloaded a whole lot of phones, running the gamut of Android, Windows Mobile, and Bada operating systems. For Android, there’s the Galaxy 3; for Windows Mobile 6.5, there’s the Omnia Pro 4 and Omnia Pro 5; finally, for Bada, there’s the Wave 2 and Wave 2 Pro. It’s quite an impressive spread to announce all at once, despite the all of the TouchWiz flying around. They’re also showing off the Beam projector phone, the Galaxy i5500 (named Galaxy 5), and the Galaxy S at the show. Let’s run down some of the specs for the new guys.

Galaxy 3 (I5800)

  • Android 2.1
  • 3.2″ 240 x 400 display
  • Wi-Fi (b/g/n), 3G, GPS
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 3 megapixel camera with autofocus
  • Available in Europe and Asia in July

Wave 2 Pro (S25330)

  • Quad-band EDGE, GPS, Wi-Fi
  • 3.2″ touchscreen
  • 3 megapixel camera
  • Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • Bada OS
  • Available August in Russia and Southeast Asia

Wave 2 (S5250)

  • Quad-band EDGE, GPS, Wi-Fi
  • 3.2″ touchscreen
  • 3 megapixel camera,
  • Bada OS
  • Available August in Russia and Southeast Asia

Omnia Pro 4 (B7350)

  • 2.6″ 320 x 320 touchscreen
  • Dual-band 3G, Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth, GPS
  • FM radio
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus
  • Windows Mobile 6.5
  • Available July in Europe, Europe, Southeast Asia, Russia

Omnia Pro 5 (B6520)

  • Tri-band 3G
  • 2.5″ 320 x 240 display
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • Windows Mobile 6.5
  • Available August in Southeast Asia, Middle East, Africa, India, Latin America

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Samsung W960 AMOLED 3D Announced As First 3D-Capable Phone

Samsung SCH-W960 is another one of the Asian phone maker’s premieres, being the first 3D AMOLED display phone to be officially introduced. The handset can display 3D images without requiring special glasses and the 3D mode can be activated via a button on the device.

You can control the SCH-W960 through gestures, thanks to its incorporated accelerometer and we also have to mention that the handset relies on the Touch Wiz 2.0 interface. We expect the new Samsung phone to be released locally first, via SKT, KT and LGT operators.

The device comes with support for WCDMA/HSUPA and GSM standards, a 13.99mm waistline, a 3.2 inch touchscreen display (240 x 400 pixels), a 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus and a T-DMB TV receiver. Samsung SCH-W960 weighs 119 grams and uses a microsD card, an electronic dictionary, currency converter, supports Bluetooth 2.1 and USB connectivity.


Samsung Star S5230 available in FIFA World Cup Fan Package and LaFleur editions in Germany

Samsung is rolling out new versions of its highly popular Star S5230 handset in Germany.

The first one is the LaFleur edition, which used to be available for one other Samsung phone – F480. The special version of the handset will come in red with floral patterns on the case.

The second Star version is FIFA World Cup Fan Package, which is obviously made to celebrate the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Both devices will be available starting from May, when interested Germans will be able to grab them for 245 EUR.

Specs wise, the Samsung Star S5230 comes with a 3-inch WQVGA touchscreen, 3.2-megapixel camera, accelerometer, Bluetooth, HTML browser, media player and a microSD memory card slot.

In addition to these two new versions, Samsung has released other flavors of the device, including Hello Kitty and Think Pink versions, WiFi-enabled Star and the one with analog TV receiver. To date, the Korean company has moved more than 10 million Star units.


62 Applications Running Simultaneously on Symbian OS; Take that iPhone!

If some of you rolled your eyes hearing that the iPhone will receive multitasking via the new OS, we’ll show you that other platforms have long time used this concept of running apps simultaneously. Even good old Symbian is capable of such a feat, as you can see in the video below, showing the OS running no less than 62 full apps at the same time.

It all happens on Samsung i8910 HD and credits go out to Andy, aka HyperX. Apparently, the device is using modified firmware and we learn that 194MB of free RAM were available for this task. S60 running so many apps means that Android or webOS should also have the power to reach the same performance, right?

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Samsung launches TV Remote Control app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

Although it sells phones that run few different platforms, Samsung decided not to forget about its iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad-ownin’ users. Hence, they’ve released a dedicated remote control application in the AppStore.

As you can presume, using it you can control your TV from a comfort of your beloved handset/media player. The application supports both on-screen controls as well as gesture-based control for changing volume and channels.

The problem (if that’s a problem at all), however, is that you need to have one of the newer Samsung TVs. The official line is that the application will sing along only the 2010 models with Internet@TV. Moreover, a TV set should be WiFi-enabled — you can buy a USB WiFi dongle if wireless connectivity doesn’t come built in. One wonders what happens with 2009 models which also support Internet@TV? Are they not supported, or Samsung just wants to get more people to buy new TVs?

Anyway, the application is free (you did pay a small fortune for a compatible TV, after all).

[Via: SamsungHub]

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