Tech companies have seemingly been filing patents at record pace as of late— whether it’s to serve as ammunition in inevitable court battles or to actually use them for possible future innovation, we can all agree that they do serve as a glimpse into the future.
On December 31st, Samsung was awarded a patent for a foldable tablet.
If you were wondering, “how hasn’t anyone thought of this already?” don’t worry, I was too. It’s definitely one of those “of course” patents, but either way, it will make for an exciting product if the idea end up coming to fruition for the company. With flexible screens starting to hit the market, the possibilities are endless.
A visual rendering in Patent US D696,693 shows that the tablet will be able to snap into two parts and close like a book. If it hits the market soon and works as planned, expect it to be a success.
Via: US Patent and Trademark Office
We do know that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite (SM-N750) will launch in the first quarter of 2014 with an announcement possibly at Mobile World Congress 2014 in February. We also know that it could come with an interesting green variant. The main question for the device is its specifications. But SamMobile has located the user string agent profile for the Note 3 Lite variant that does not have LTE connectivity. According to the profile, they found that it will have a downgraded 720p display when compared with the Note 3’s 1080p one. Being that the screen is so large, a 720p display causes it to lose pixel density. Also found was Android 4.3 running as the device’s operating system; however, an upate to KitKat should be in the works later on.
Hit the break to see the user agent profile.
LG made some major waves with the LG G2— it served as a viable competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and made some noise around the industry at the same time. The company has announced that it plans to manufacture wearables in the coming year, including a fitness band and a smartwatch. The G2’s successor, the LG G3, is even planned for an unveiling at the Mobile World Congress in February.
Wondering when we’ll finally get to see the Galaxy S5? Mobile World Congress 2014 was pegged as a possibility, and now we’re getting a somewhat official confirmation on that rumor.
According to the Korean media, Samsung VP Dong-hoon Chang spoke off the record regarding the Galaxy S5 and MWC 2014.
Like it or not, Google Glass is coming in 2014. It’s about time, since the Glass Explorer Program as been going on for quite a while now. The device has only been available to those that received special invitations or were accepted to the program by Google itself.
Pricing has remained a major question mark— when the product inevitably hits the market later this year, it will surely cost less than it currently does under the Explorer Program, but we still don’t know exactly how much it will be.
CES is now less than one week away, and we’ll soon be getting an up-close look at all the new gadgets for 2014 and beyond.
Plenty of manufacturers have been hinting at what they’ll be showing off at the event for weeks now, and today we received an idea of what Samsung will be unveiling.
The Samsung Tomorrow blog touched upon CES in a recent post, and mentioned that in just the past few months, the company has released the Galaxy Gear smartwatch and also is working on a new “smart home” concept. Here’s what the post explicitly said:
“The wearable device market is on the rise and the concept of ‘smart home’ has started to gain ground. Hence, at this CES, maybe we can expect some innovative products that we had imagined to use in the future.”
So, could we be looking at a brand new Galaxy Gear (Galaxy Gear 2) or possibly the rumored Galaxy Band at CES next week? It was originally thought that it would be unveiled at MWC 2014 next month, but we could be looking at an earlier release.
Source: Samsung Tomorrow
A Samsung design patent might just give us a clue as to what the Galaxy S 5 or even the Galaxy Note 4 might look like. Since the design appears to have a S Pen slot, all things point to the Note 4, but we know that Samsung usually keeps the Galaxy S and Note phones look the same each year. Interestingly enough, this patent was first revealed back in August of last year, and it was believed to be the look of the Galaxy Note 3. This particular patent is a re-application of that August patent.
One thing that is very interesting about the patent is the lack of hardware buttons, which has always been synonymous with Samsung. Could they finally be removing them, or for whatever reason, were they purposely omitted from the document? More pics after the break.
HTC is one of the leaders when it comes to smartphone cameras, and they might be looking to kick things up a notch with the HTC One successor, or as many are referring to as the HTC One Two. Now this is strictly a rumor, but the Taiwanese market and analyst TrendForce are saying that the HTC One successor would sport two camera lens. One of them would be for very critical low light situations, while the other would be for “normal’ conditions. We can only assume this would be an interchangeable lens, but nothing more has been divulged at this point.
source: Mobile Geeks
Samsung’s Galaxy Grand Lite has been leaking quite a bit lately, and today it looks like we’re finally getting some confirmation on specs and naming. The Grand Lite will likely be marketed as the Galaxy Grand Neo, and you can expect it to have a 5 WVGA screen as well as a 1.2 GHz A7 CPU. It’ll have Android 4.3 out of the box, and of course you’ll see all of Samsung’s typical skins and enhancements. Since it is a little less powerful than the Galaxy Grand 2, the pricing will also likely be a bit cheaper.
Seems like we know just about everything there is to know about the Grand Neo, so the official announcement from Samsung shouldn’t be too far off.
source: Sammy Hub
We have heard rumors about a possible Galaxy F phone, which would actually be higher than the Galaxy S 5 on the totem pole. Will the Galaxy S 5 be metal or not has been the big question, but all things seem to point towards not. That would mean the Galaxy F would get the metal body, but everything else as far as the design would be identical to the Galaxy S 5.
My guess is that the Galaxy F could have a $100 premium over the Galaxy S 5. We have already seen hints that Samsung is having a difficult time selling more phones, so this is one way for them to increase margins.