The Samsung Galaxy Note III front panel is out in the open. It confirms that it will resemble the Galaxy S 4, but it also confirms a display size of about 5.68-inches. As each Note’s display has grown by about 0.2-inches, the bezel has continued to shrink over time. The Galaxy Note III will sport a 2.2mm bezel, which is 0.45mm smaller than the LG G2.
We are exactly a week away from getting our hands on this bad boy. Are you guys excited despite the lack of optical image stabilization? Hit the break for more images.
We’re finally able to see what’s likely going to be the LG G Pad 8.3 thanks to this newly leaked press render that places the tab next to LG’s G2 superphone. Now, I’m not saying LG is trying to be similar to Samsung, but I think it’s safe to say they’re taking notice of what’s successful and what isn’t. The G Pad takes many design cues from its little brother, the G2, which is great for giving these LG devices a uniform look whether its a phone or tablet. There’s a few subtle differences, such as where the speakers and cameras are located, but it’s still a similar look that I think will do well for LG.
Unfortunately, no confirmation on specs or release date, but the world is expecting LG to take the wraps off the G Pad 8.3 at IFA. Hopefully the wait won’t be too much longer.
Following a bunch of leaked images of the device, LG’s Optimus L9 II has finally been announced in the Netherlands. Confirmed specs from the press release include a 4.7-inch true HD IPS display, a dual-core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz, a 2,150 mAh battery, and an IR-port. Camera specs are yet to be released, but 8 MP is expected for the main camera, alongside a 1.2 MP front-shooter.
Price is still unknown but the device is expected to be released this October. More to come as details are released.
From October 27-29 in San Francisco, Samsung will be launching its first conference with the goal of getting developers to focus their efforts to create applications specifically for Samsung’s products. These products include both hardware and software (phones, tablets, smart TVs, and Samsung tools such as Knox security and ChatOn).
Event tickets currently cost $299, but its a bit blurry on what will actually be covered at the conference. Tickets include access to keynotes, sessions, and a developer event on the first night of the conference.
Earlier today we got word that Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note III will not have optical image stabilization for the camera. Buyers who are more interested in moving pictures technology may have something to entice them though as the latest rumor suggests the Galaxy Note III will support recording 4K Ultra HD videos. You may recall that last week the MHL Consortium announced their new MHL 3.0 standard that includes support for 4K Ultra HD video. While the world waits for content providers to prepare UHD content, if this latest rumor is true then owners of the Galaxy Note III will be able to get ahead of the curve. Along with the news about 4K video recording, sources in Korea also indicate the new device will be capable of playing back sound at Hi-Fi 24-bit/192KHz levels.
If true, these rumors hint at the Galaxy Note III being a strong device for content producers to use for original content creation and to display that content directly from their devices.
The new Mi-3 smartphone that Xiaomi appears to be on track to release next week is not the only new device from the manufacturer in the works. New images and specification have surfaced for a 7-inch tablet the company appears to have ready for launch on September 5th. Sources indicate the device may be named the “Zimi” and will come with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 1080p “retina” display, and will be 3G capable. Other details include Bluetooth 4.0 compatability, WiFi, GPS, FM receiver, and a 4000 mAh battery. According to the specifications the tablet will run the MIUI OS. The device appears to be priced in the 1299 Yuan ($212 USD) range, which seems to be a bit on the high side relative to where the market for 7-inch tablets is right now.
Earlier this year rumors surfaced that Xiaomi was working on a new smartphone for the high-end market, the Xiaomi Mi-3, that resembled the HTC One and would come with a Snapdragon 800 processor. Fast forward a few months, and new images and details have leaked showing the initial reports were off base or Xiaomi took the device in a different direction. The latest images to leak show a device much more akin to a Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone, eschewing any signs of rounded corners. The similarity is enhanced by the yellow color of the device, a color featured in recent ads for the newest Lumia. However, the Xiaomi Mi-3 will apparently be available in other colors including green, white, navy blue, cyan, orange and pink.
In addition to the new design revealed by the latest images, sources also indicate Xiaomi is going to release the device with an eight-core processor. The source of the processor is not clear though, with sources trying to determine whether it will be produced by Xiaomi “in-house” or whether they may be looking to Samsung’s Exynos line of processors.
Xiaomi appears to be ready to announce the new Mi-3 smartphone on September 5th. The device will likely only be available in the Chinese market as Xiaomi is still a young and relatively small smartphone manufacturer.
I’m actually shocked Samsung hasn’t already launched a tablet for kids. Samsung has always offered a diverse amount of products to satisfy everyone. Unfortunately, they forgot about the kids, but Samsung is about to redeem themselves with the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids tablet.
It has a 7-inch WSVGA (1,024 x 600) display, a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a microSD slot for storage expansion, 4,000mAh battery, and Android Jelly Bean (not sure which version). It bares the model number of SM-T2105 and it showed up in a Korean back-to-school brochure. One more image after the break.
We are slowly getting details about LG’s upcoming G Pad tablet. Over the weekend, we found out it will feature a Snapdragon 600 CPU, and today we get a better idea of the LCD display. It’s expected to come in at 8.3-inches with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 and will feature the latest GF Ditto technology, which is also known as GF2 touchscreen technology. It utilizes a double-sided indium tin oxide (ITO) film as opposed to glass. Translation – thinner. It will allow LG to make the G Pad ultra thin, but they could opt for a bigger battery instead.
Apple was the first to implement this technology with the iPad mini, and they will most likely utilize it on the upcoming iPad 5. This is obviously the first time LG is implementing GF2, but they are also the first Android manufacturer to do it.
In surprising news, the Galaxy Note III won’t sport optical image stabilization (OIS) because of production issues. This is actually pretty bad news since most of the high end phones such as the HTC One and the upcoming LG G2 have OIS. What does OIS do exactly? Since most people have a hard time holding their phone still when taking a shot, OIS is able to remove that shake and yield a better photo. It’s most important indoors or in lower lighting conditions.
Samsung plans on adding OIS in the Galaxy S 5, which is their more popular line, but the Note line is a pretty important device. Does this deter you from picking up the Note III?