No… there’s no need to pinch yourselves because it’s true— Samsung has taken the wraps off of yet another addition to its Galaxy family. This new toy— called the Galaxy Win— is a lower-end mid-range device that comes with a 4.7-inch WVGA LCD TFT display with a 800 x 480 resolution, a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU inside, 1GB of RAM, a 5MP camera, a 2,000mAh battery and Android 4.1. Additionally, there’s no LTE on-board, but at least there’s HSPA+ support and full dual-SIM capabilities.
No word yet on when the device will hit store shelves or which carriers will feature the device just yet, but expect Sammy to give the Galaxy Win’s cost and availability sooner than later.
source: Samsung Tomorrow
Move over iPad Mini, Nexus 7 and Galaxy Note 8.0— Acer is bringing a new player to the mini tablet arena. A mysterious Acer Iconia A1-810 has been revealed to the general public and looks to have the standard goodies including a 1.2GHz MediaTek dual-core chip, 7.9-inch IPS display with a 1,024 x 768 resolution + 1GB of RAM, a 5MP rear camera + a VGA front-facer, a 3,250 mAh battery and 16GB of on-board memory. Sure the competition may have some better specs inside, but at least the device will ship with Android 4.2 out of the gates.
As of now, it appears that French retailer Rue Du Commerce is the only place that is officially listing the device available for order at this point, though we’ll see if other countries and markets will get the device as well. It is expected the Iconia A1-810 will cost about €199 (about $259) and ship sometime in June.
source: Android Authority
Last week we found out the Samsung Galaxy Fonblet would actually be called the Galaxy Mega and it would come in both 5.8-inch and 6.3-inch varieties. What about specs? The 5.8-inch version (GT-i9153) will have a modest qHD (960 x 540) LCD display, a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera, and a 2600mAh battery. It will come in at 9.7mm thick and it will have dual-SIM capability.
Lesser details are known about the 6.3-inch version, but what we can say is that it will also have an LCD panel, a dual-core Exynos processor, an 8MP rear camera, and a 2MP front camera. Unfortunately we don’t have the display resolution or the CPU clock speed, but they will probably be similar to the 5.8-inch version.
It appears Samsung is trying to bring the demand for larger displays to those that are on a tighter budget. This is a good move because everyone should be able to enjoy a phone that barely fits their pocket. Word is that we will see these bad boys this summer along with some Jelly Beans.
Sources are indicating that T-Mobile is in the process of testing the Sony Xperia Z, which could result in Sony returning to the T-Mobile portfolio. TmoNews reports three different sources over the past two weeks have all confirmed Sony is testing the device. The Xperia Z is a 5-inch 1080p display smartphone powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, a 13MP camera with Exmor RS for mobile and HDR video, and is dust and water resistant. Although it may not be garnering all of the attention that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 or the HTC One are grabbing, the Xperia Z is still a top tier device and should be a welcome option for consumers on the T-Mobile network.
Just because T-Mobile is testing a device does not guarantee it will be offered to consumers. This happened last fall with the HTC One X+ which was never picked up by T-Mobile. Still, the fact that the device is getting put through the paces by T-Mobile is a good sign.
We usually don’t get exciting news on Sunday nights, but get ready for this one. A method to unlock the bootloaders on a few popular Motorola phones has been achieved by Dan Rosenberg. If you own a DROID RAZR HD (and MAXX HD), DROID RAZR M, or Atrix HD you are in luck. This method appears to be tied to Snapdragon processors only since it will not work on any devices with OMAP CPUs.
The instructions haven’t been posted yet, but the above image, as well as the one below, is proof enough. Word is the method will be posted tomorrow, and we will let you know as soon it’s posted. Hit the break for another image and a video of the Atrix HD unlocked.
Apple and Samsung are still going at it! On the road to innovation and market domination, Samsung has managed to infringe on a piece of an Apple patent. While they skirted the line on an infringement dealing with auto-detection of microphones or other devices plugged into its handset’s microphone jacks, an International Trade Commission (ITC) judge has found Samsung guilty of crossing that line with one of their other “innovations”.
The decision, issued back on March 26, was released Thursday and revealed that Samsung’s “text-select” feature on its smartphones and tablets is in fact an infringement on a key portion of Apple’s patent. Although the decision is not final, the full commission is expected to make a final decision sometime in August.
If you’re the owner of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus in Austria, you should be receiving a notification shortly to update your tablet to Android 4.1.2. Hopefully that also means that the update is pretty close to being released in other countries, as well. The tablet has already been updated from Android 3.2 to 4.0, so this is definitely a good example of Samsung keeping their older devices relevant through software updates.
HTC has already been pretty clear that they’re going to put their best marketing foot forward with the HTC One to help boost sales. We’ve seen some commercials for the One, but now we’re hearing that HTC’s marketing campaign will include “Live Experience Tours” in several cities in the US. These stops will include pop up shops to demonstrate the key features of the HTC One, like BlinkFeed, Zoe, and BoomSound. HTC wants to show you that the One is “everything your phone isn’t.” Very
arrogant confident marketing slogan.
In addition to the showrooms for the One, BoomSound lounges will begin popping up in locations starting today. The showrooms won’t hit until April 11th, but they’ll be up for around three months, so you’ll have plenty of time to check it out. HTC is also planning a few tie-in shows to their BoomSound lounges and showrooms with some performances by popular artists in certain locations; Pharrell in New York, Grouplove in Chicago and Manchester Orchestra in Los Angeles. HTC is definitely pulling out all the stops to try to kick this phone off right.
Hopefully HTC will see some significant returns from a marketing blitz of this scale, because I’m sure it’s not cheap. Hit the break for the full press release.
Samsung is just weeks away from the release of the Galaxy S 4 and thanks to strong mobile sales, increased its first quarter profit by 53 percent to 8.7 trillion won or $7.7 billion. These numbers were released ahead of full first quarter results on April 26 and beat analyst estimates by 400 billion won or $353,466,000. Samsung’s mobile division continues to grow with this being the fifth straight quarter in a row with record-breaking profits. As far as how many smartphones were sold, the South Korean company estimates anywhere between 68 and 70 million. However, Samsung isn’t planning on stopping there. According to a report from Digitimes, Samsung has set a goal of 500 million handsets shipped in 2013.
Samsung announced today the availability of the Galaxy Note 8.0 at the Samsung Experience Store in Westfield Stratford City. More locations will follow, but at least for today this is the only location where you can grab the new 8-inch screen device. The WiFi only version is selling for £339.99 ($517 USD). To help entice buyers, Samsung is pre-loading the devices with some special offers and apps including AVG Anti-Virus Pro, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2, and limited-time access to The Times newspaper, Samsung Music Hub, and 50GB of DropBox space. This special offer will be available through April 15th.
In case you missed the specs for this latest Galaxy Note device, it comes with a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of memory that can increase with a microSD card, and a 5MP rear-facing and 1.3MP front-facing camera. The tablet will come loaded with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
Hit the break to read the full press release.