Samsung has introduced the newest member to the Galaxy line-up, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is an 8-inch tablet that can be used as a phone as well. Yes an 8″ phone. Imagine making a call on your iPad Mini of Kindle Fire HD.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 looks like a pretty good device. It offers all the same functionally as the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note II, but with a new age of S Pen intelligence. Not to mention, it’s 8 inches. We are pretty sure this 8″ size, ability to be used as a phone and has a better screen than the iPad Mini was nothing more then marketing. Everyone wants to claim the best and brightest display and it appears for now, size does matter.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 is has a 8 inch WVGA display (1280 x 800 resolution 189 PPI), 1.6 GHz quad-core A9 processor, 2 GB or RAM, with your choice of 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage and will be running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). The Note 8.0 will also have a 5 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera.
No prices or an official date have been given, but we can expect to see the Galaxy Note 8.0 in the 2Q of 2013 worldwide in EUR, KOR, NA, SEA, SWA, MEA, CHN, TW and LA.
HP has introduced the HP Slate 7. When the company launched their first tablet back in 2011, the TouchPad was running WebOS. The TouchPad ended up just taking up warehouse space and faded away over seven weeks.
The HP Slate 7 will be the company’s second attempt to break into the tablet market. Is Android the saving grace for HP? We won’t know for a while, but the tablet market is already crowed with Android devices.
HP is hoping Beats Audio will help sell this device. Users will get good sound quality and a rich audio experience with the tablet. HP is also touting their ePrint app that lets you easily print while at home or on the go. Also there is also a native print capability that enables you to print directly from within most applications.
The Slate 7 specifications:
7-inch LCD display
1.6 GHz ARM dual-core Cortex-A9 processor
Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
1 GB of RAM
3-megapixel rear-facing camera
VGA front-facing camera
8 GB of internal storage
The HP Slate 7 will cost $169 and is expected to arrive in the U.S. come April. That is a great price point to help HP get some solid tablet sales under their belt.
The Ubuntu countdown had nothing to do with HTC but at least sparked some good speculation. Canonical has announced that a tablet OS is also on the way. Most likely to hit in early 2014. Developers will have the chance to start playing with the tablet version of Ubuntu on either the Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 starting this Thursday, February 21st when they also open up the developer preview of their smartphone OS.
Below is a video of Mark Shuttleworth of Canonical who goes into great detail of what Ubuntu will have to offer.
Ubuntu is a company that is gearing up to release their very own smartphone OS come October. They’re even set for a developer preview of the OS in three days. The only piece of the puzzle that was missing was a tablet. According to Ubuntu’s homepage, they also have a tablet in store for us tomorrow.
If you head to Ubuntu’s web page you will see: Tick, tock, tablet time! with a timer counting down from hours until their announcement tomorrow.
Now, also tomorrow is HTC’s event with CEO, Peter Chou in New York City. I don’t know about you, but both companies with the same countdown heading into tomorrow raises a flag. We know Ubuntu is currently able to run on the Galaxy Nexus 4, but no device manufactures for the OS were given.
HTC has also posted on their Instagram account, a picture of what appears to be smartphones and tablets covered. Could one of those be an HTC tablet running Ubuntu? Does this mean HTC could be the first official company to run Ubuntu?
Check back tomorrow morning, starting at 10AM EST to find out.
The Microsoft Surface Pro has only been available for a few days and the team over at iFixit has already taken the $900 tablet / laptop apart. There were over 90 screws that were removed, which lead iFixit to rate the repairing a 1 (most difficult) out of 10 (easy). Even upgrading the SSD card would cause you problems, as there are a number of cables to deal with.
So, handle your Surface Pro with care! You can take a look at some images of the device completely gutted.
Apple has released their 1st quarter financial report of 2013 were the Cupertino-based company posted record quarterly revenue of 54.5 billion and a record quarterly net profit of $13.1 billion ($13.81 per diluted share).
Apple also set records in the sales of iPhones and iPads. The total sales of iPhones were 47.8 million, up 10.8 million from last year. iPads tallied in at 22.9 million sold, up 7.5 million from last year this time.
“We’re thrilled with record revenue of over $54 billion and sales of over 75 million iOS devices in a single quarter,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re very confident in our product pipeline as we continue to focus on innovation and making the best products in the world.”
As of posting Apple is down 6.27% at $481.79 in afterhours trading. Apple had closed at $514.01 with a gain of 9.24%.
AT&T has announced that the company is going to start enabling FaceTime over their Cellular network at no extra cost to their customers with any tiered data plan using a compatible iOS device.
AT&T had made FaceTime available only to customers who signed up for their Mobile Share plan. Users with “unlimited” plans still cannot use FaceTime over cellular. You will need to switch to a tiered or Mobile Share product. While I give AT&T credit for offering the service to more users, they really just need to open it up to all users.
Senior Vice President of Data and Voice Products, Mark Collins stated, “We have already begun updating our systems and processes and expect to start rolling the update out to customers on an ongoing basis beginning in the next couple of weeks. Customers do not need to do anything – the update will be applied automatically over the next few months.”
Calling all Samsung fans, AT&T is a running a promotion on Galaxy products now through the 10th of January. When you purchase a Samsung Galaxy smartphone AT&T will give you a $100 off another Galaxy product.
This requires a qualifying 2 year-agreement and data plan. You can follow this link to AT&T to take advantage of this offer.
AT&T and Samsung have announced that the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will arrive November 9th in stores priced at $499.99. AT&T is also giving customers a chance to get $100 off the purchase of any second connected Samsung device of lesser or equal value.
- 10.1 inch display
- Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
- 1.5 GHz Dual-core processor
- 1 GB of RAM
- 3 megapixel rear camera
- Front-facing VGA camera
- 7,000 mAh battery
You can follow this link to AT&T to learn more about the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1.
Sprint will be offering their very first 4G / LTE tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 starting November 11th. The Android powered tablet has a 10.1-inch display, a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 3 megapixel rear camera and a front-facing VGA camera.
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will go for $549.99 (excluding taxes and surcharges) and if you have a smartphone on Sprint’s network you can add the tablet to your account for a special discount rate plan that includes 1 GB of data for $15 monthly or $10 for 100 MB of data.
For limited time as well, Sprint will be waiving the activation fee on their 3G / 4G LTE tablets. Keep in mind LTE coverage from Sprint is still very limited, so keep that in mind if LTE is a deciding factor for you.
We know Apple is usually good at keeping to a tight delivery schedule with their shipping partners for new product launches. My iPhone 5 sat in a U.S. warehouse for nearly a week before it was dispatched for arrival on launch day even though I checked everyday hoping it would be delivered early.
As usual, someone got lucky and received there iPad Mini ahead of the launch. The French customer had pre-ordered from retailer Darty and received it today.
Here is the required unboxing pictures. The first thing you will notice is it is smaller and looks like an iPad. Other than that, it is just an iPad.
Google’s press event was cancelled today due to Hurricane Sandy, but that didn’t stop the company from making their announcements online as they have unveiled the Samsung Nexus 10 and the LG Nexus 4.
The Samsung Nexus 10 has a 10-inch WQXGA display (2560 x 1600 pixel), a dual-core A15 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 5 megapixel rear camera, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, available in 16 GB or 32 GB of internal memory, a 9000 mAh Lithium polymer battery and running Google’s new Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean).
The other device is manufactured by LG, the Nexus 4 has a 4.7-inch WXGA IPS display (1280 x 768 pixel), Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 8 megapixel rear camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, available 8 GB or 16 GB of internal memory, 2 GB of RAM, NFC (Android Beam) and also running Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). The Nexus 4 does lack LTE. This is noted as being due to size and battery constraints.
Both the Nexus 10 and Nexus 4 will be available through Google’s Play Store starting November 13th in United States and other countries. The Nexus 10 will be priced at $399 (16 GB) and $499 (32 GB) Wi-Fi version only.
The Nexus 4 will be available for $299 (16GB) or $349 (32 GB) unlocked in the Play Store, or if T-Mobile is your carrier the 16 GB versions will go for $199.99 on qualifying two-year agreement starting November 14th.