Over the past month, we've been spotting clues pointing to an upcoming 10.1-inch version of the Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone-tablet hybrid. The speculation is that such a device could be unveiled at this week's Mobile World Congress--now one of our readers on the scene in Barcelona has evidence the announcement could be coming within 24 hours of now.… Read more
Rumors are circulating that Samsung's planning a smartphone with an edge-to-edge screen, dubbed the Samsung Galaxy B.
Peering through the dense fog of Google Translate, it would appear that Samsung has been working on the phone for a while already, and that it'll feature a screen that leaves only the top of the phone's front display-free.
Samsung announced today that its Galaxy S II has sold quite well over the past 10 months.
According to the company, it has sold 20 million Galaxy S II units (Translate) since the device's launch last April. To put that figure into perspective, Samsung announced last July that it reached 5 million Galaxy S II unit sales 85 days after its launch.
Samsung's Galaxy S II was widely celebrated among reviewers and consumers alike, who liked the device's 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, and 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. The Android-based handset also comes with … Read more
As usual, Samsung was involved in a fair number of product announcements this past CES, but the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G's debut proved the most hush-hush. T-Mobile executives announced it at a small, exclusive event to a knot of journalists, in almost the same breath as the carrier's mission statement to keep on fighting in the aftermath of the disintegrated merger with AT&T.
From such tinder comes more news of T-Mobile's Galaxy S Blaze 4G, including an official launch target--"late March"--and pricing: $149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate card, … Read more
Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 chip is racking up benchmark numbers that make the Samsung Galaxy S II's performance seem so last-year while turning Ice Cream Sandwich into a dreamy experience, said a chip review site.
"Occasionally we'll see performance numbers that just make us laugh at their absurdity," said Anandtech. "[Snapdragon S4's] Linpack performance is no exception. The performance advantage here is insane. The MSM8960 is able to deliver more than twice the performance of any currently shipping SoC (system-on-a-chip)."
And what about that Adreno graphics processing unit? "From a compute standpoint … Read more
I've used the massive Samsung Galaxy Note as my sole handset for a week, and life is going surprisingly well.
Samsung certainly has high hopes for its unique product, which was first launched globally last summer. Here in the U.S., the device burst onto the American scene with a splashy Super Bowl Spot that depicted the Galaxy Note as having magical capabilities. I mean I can't imagine any other kind of power, save religious fervor, that can sway iPhone users to Android. This is why I had to experience the Note firsthand. … Read more
If there remained any doubt of the lasting mainstream appeal and marketing clout of the Samsung Galaxy S II Android Gingerbread smartphone, U.S. Cellular's plan to take on the handset erases it all.
This time Samsung is getting a head start on next week's wireless trade show by announcing the Galaxy Mini 2 and Galaxy Ace 2. Though we heard rumors of the Mini 2 last week, Samsung waited until early Tuesday morning to make the handsets official in a press release from the company's Korean headquarters.
The Samsung Galaxy Note is getting some company in the emerging world of mega-smartphones from LG's Optimus Vu, which has been revealed ahead of the upcoming Mobile World Congress.
The world is now home to at least two 5-inch Korean-made Android smartphones that are blurring the line between phone and tablet and attempting to resurrect the stylus. Like the Galaxy Note, the Optimus Vu is designed with a pen-friendly interface in mind.
LG also claims the 4:3 aspect ratio on the Optimus Vu as a central selling point--a Korean press release touts the huge screen space and brightness as ideal for reading e-books and other content.… Read more
I'm a writer, in the most literal sense of the word.
I may use electronic inputs so often, my fingers ache at the end of a day spent swiping and typing, but when I bolt off to a meeting, it's with note paper and trusty Bic in hand. I have a Google calendar, but rely on the to-do list at my elbow. I even write letters to my grandma, the old-fashioned way.
So when the Samsung Galaxy Note came along, I challenged myself to exchange the pen for the stylus. I would use the Note's S-Pen as my primary memo tool, an updated crossover that marries the benefits of digital storage with the psychologically satisfying action of physically writing something down.
Using the S-Pen My exercise began with Samsung's media walk-through of the Galaxy Note itself. I had seen the device at CES, with its 5.3-inch screen and 4-inch, ribbon-thin stylus, but hadn't spent much time using it.
I won't lie--it took some getting used to. The memo app has a bit of a learning curve as you work out how to open and title a note, how to adjust pen tips and sizes, and how to lock the screen to view-only mode.
Then there's the writing implement itself. As I mentioned in my full review, the S-Pen is small and slim; it feels OK, but doesn't have a terribly comfortable grip. The $50 accessory pen (S-Pen Holder Kit) is vastly more comfortable for longer stretches, and has a rubber cushion.… Read more