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2 years ago

Samsung unveils Galaxy Note - a new 5.3-inch, dual-core phone with a SuperAMOLED HD display

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Samsung's head of global sales and marketing, DJ Lee, has just announced a brand new "premium" smartphone at the electronics giant's IFA 2011 press conference. It's designed to fit between a traditional 3 to 4-inch phone and a tablet, and its name is the Samsung Galaxy Note.

The Galaxy Note features Android 2.3 on a thin, 5.3-inch chassis with a Super AMOLED HD display, which runs at 1280x800. Powering the device is a 1.4 GHz dual core processor, which is backed up by a massive 2500 mAh battery. Other stand-out features include stylus input for note-taking via the bundled Samsung "S Pen" pressure-sensitive pen, as well as HSPA+ data, an 8MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing shooter.

As the name suggests, Samsung is aiming to make the Galaxy Note the idea portable digital notepad. And despite its massive display size, it's just 9.65mm thick, weighin in at 178 grams.

Demonstrating the Galaxy Note at the press conference, Samsung Europe boss Andrew Coughlin said that it's intended to be a new primary device for users that need more visual realestate than can be found on a typical smartphone. Instead of switching between multiple devices, Coughlin said Galaxy Note users would be able to perform many tasks commonly associated with tablets right on their smartphone.

Samsung's S Pen, which is included with the Galaxy Note, is a pressure-sensitive stylis much like the "magic pen" included with the HTC Flyer. And like the Flyer, the Galaxy Note supports screenshot-taking and annotation across all areas of the UI. To help in the development of new apps for the platform, Sammy will be releasing the S Pen SDK in the near future, and even showcased a couple of example applications, including a collaborative whiteboard app that could be used in meetings.

We definitely can't wait to get our hands on this one, folks. More images coming your way, along with the official presser, after the jump.

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2 years ago

Samsung's 'Unpacked' IFA press conference now streaming

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Samsung's now broadcasting its IFA press conference live from its US Facebook page. We're expecting announcements relating to a possible new 7-inch tablet amongst other stuff, so watch along at the source link below. We'll have posts covering whatever Sammy unveils over the next hour or so, so stay tuned to AC too!

Source: Samsung USA Facebook

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2 years ago

Upcoming Toshiba tablet shows off its slim figure prior to official unveiling

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Though Toshiba isn't scheduled to formally introduce its latest Honeycomb tablet until tomorrow afternoon, our friends over at NotebookItalia were able to score two photos of the yet-to-be-named device during today's IFA events in Berlin. From what we can tell, the tablet's physique is as thin as rumored, and it does indeed include slots for HDMI out, microUSB, and a microSD card. The latest chatter suggests a 1.5 GHz Tegra 2 processor, but until Toshiba officially takes the wraps off, everything remains speculative. Hit the break for one more picture.

Source: NotebookItalia; Thanks Marco!

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2 years ago

Sony Tablet S launches Sept. 16 in UK, starting at £399

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We learned earlier today that Sony's wedge-shaped wonder, the Tablet S, would be arriving on European shores sometime in September. But now Dixons Stores Group, the retail group which encompasses Dixons, PC World and Currys in the UK, has revealed the British street date and retail price for Sony's new Honeycomb slab.

The Wifi-only Tablet S will begin shipping from September 16, priced at £399 with 16GB of storage and £499 for the 32GB version. If it's Wifi and 3G you're after, you'll have to wait a little longer and pay a little more -- the 16GB Wifi and 3G Tablet S will ship on October 21, priced £499. All three are models available to pre-order now across the three DSG stores, and if you decide to, you'll have the chance to win a 32-inch Sony Bravia TV.

Hit the source link for more, or join us after the jump for DSG's full press release.

Source: PC World Retail

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2 years ago

AC reader snaps 4G LTE-upgraded Motorola Xoom

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Looks like the long, long (long) overdue Motorola Xoom 4G upgrade could be about to kick into action soon, as an anonymous tipster has sent us a photo from his LTE-upgraded Xoom. Our source says the device was upgraded as part of a private trial, and that it's rocking impressive download and upload speeds thanks to the upgrade. As you'll see in the shot above, he's pulling around 33Mbps down and 10Mbps up in a speed testing app (also notice the 4G icon down in the notification tray).

Six months and counting since the tablet's launch, here's hoping long-suffering Xoom owners won't have too much longer to wait before this sees a more widespread roll-out.

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Sony Tablet S and Tablet P get European price and launch date

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Sony will officially join the Android tablet fray this fall, with its unique Tablet S and Tablet P devices, running Android 3.1 Honeycomb. The electronics giant has announced that the wedge-shaped Tablet S (left) will ship starting September, with the dual-screened Tablet P following in November. The Tablet S will be available with between 16 and 32GB of internal storage, and Wifi-only or Wifi and 3G connectivity. By contrast, there'll only be one model of Tablet P available, which will include 4GB of storage and Wifi/3G connectivity.

Sony's new tablets are powered by NVIDIA Tegra 2 processors, and come loaded with a wealth of Sony entertainment hardware and software such as PlayStation certification, TuBlack LCD displays, as well as Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited support built-in.

Tablet S prices will start at €479 (~$690) in Europe, with the Tablet P costing somewhat more, at €599 (~$860). More details in the press release after the jump.

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2 years ago

AT&T announces the Jetstream - HTC's first Honeycomb tablet, available Sept. 4 for $699 with LTE data

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AT&T has finally unwrapped HTC's first Honeycomb tablet -- the 10.1-inch Jetstream. This puppy's been leaked every which way to Sunday, and specs are largely as we've previously seen.

Here's the breakdown:

  • LTE (700/AWS)
  • HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS (850/1900/2100 MHz)
  • EDGE/GPRS (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Android 3.1 (Honeycomb)
  • HTC Sense™ UX for tablets
  • Display: 10.1” WXGA HD screen
  • Processor: Third-generation Snapdragon 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • Camera: Front Facing 1.3 MP, Rear facing 8 MP and Dual LED Flash
  • Battery: 7,300 mAh
  • Expandable Memory: MicroSD up to 32 GB
  • Dimensions: 7” (l) x 9.87” (w) x 51” (d)
  • Weight: 25 ounces

It's also got the HTC Scribe writing feature, which isn't a huge surprise since HTC outed it previously in its Honeycomb SDK.

Now, let's talk pricing. This is all a little new since AT&T's just now launching its LTE network in a scant few cities. The Jetstream itself retails for a whopping $699 with two-year contract. Then you have to consider a data plan. And you've got three options there:

  • A $35, 3 GB-a-month deal with a two year contract.
  • Month-by-month post-paid (as in it shows up on your bill) contracts of $14.99 for 250MB, or $25 for 2 GB. If you have the 2GB plan and go over, you'll be charged $10 per extra GB.
  • Month-by-month prepaid service with the same pricing as the post-paid plan, only if you go over the 2GB plan, you can purchase another 2GB for $25. You'll be billing all this directly to your credit card.

Interesting choices, indeed, though the relatively small footprint of AT&T's budding LTE network and that $699 price point on the tablet itself are going to cause a bit of heartburn.

Source: AT&T


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2 years ago

Toshiba Thrive coming to Europe as the AT100

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The Toshiba Thrive has been available stateside for almost two months, and now it seems the Japanese manufacturer is about to let Euros in on the action, too. The chunky Honeycomb tablet has appeared on Toshiba Europe's products website sporting the name AT100-100. There are no references to the Thrive branding specifically, but the specs are an exact match, as is the product image.

If the idea of a larger Android tablet with full USB, SD card and MMC support has your interest piqued, then be sure to read our full review of the American version to find out more.

Source: Toshiba EU; via: Eurodroid

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2 years ago

Android 3.2 SDK update now available

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Google has made the Honeycomb 3.2 SDK component available for download, as well as an update to the SDK tools, the compatibility package and a new release of the Android NDK.  These tools help developers create new apps using features introduced with the 3.2 update, including optimizations for more tablet types, compatibility zoom for apps that are fixed size, media sync from SD card support, and an extended API for managing screen size (including 720p televisions and similar devices).

The details are all at the Android Developer site, and the updates can be downloaded from within the SDK.  Google seems to be stepping up for Honeycomb development, and we're sure more great apps will follow.

Source: Android Developers

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2 years ago

First look at the Lenovo ThinkPad Android tablet

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In a world where Android tablet manufacturers have had to scramble on the hardware side to differentiate themselves, there are two trains of thought. One is to go light and sleek, the other is to cram as much functionality into the device as possible while allowing for a little bit of girth.

Lenovo has gone the latter route with its ThinkPad Android tablet, but it's done so, at least from a design standpoint, with the sort of style and usability you'd expect from one of the business world's predominant laptop makers.

We take our first look after the break.

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