Unknown Samsung Galaxy tablets drop by FCC

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The other day, information surfaced that Samsung was working on a new Galaxy tablet that had a 10.5 inch display. Today we’re seeing evidence of that and a 10.1 inch tablet dropping by the FCC. Both the SM-T801 and SM-T805 have made an appearance.

There isn’t much in terms of information in the FCC documents, but the devices have a display diagonal size of 267.5 mm which equates to about 10.5 inches. The devices are about 9.7 inches by 6.94 inches. Batteries are rated at 30.02 Wh at 4.35 volts or about 6900 mAh.

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Has HTC succumbed to benchmark cheating?

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Let me preface this post by saying that I don’t give a rat’s you know what about benchmarks, and I have made that clear in the majority of my reviews. Benchmarks don’t provide real life details, but the fact that companies can cheat on them makes them even more irrelevant. Samsung was caught numerous times doing this, and I would never think HTC would do the same, but when you look at the numbers, they very well might be.

In looking at the AnTuTu Benchmarks, the HTC One  (M8) came in at 38,815, which blows away other phones with the same Snapdragon 801 chipset. The Galaxy S 5 came in at 34,898, the LG G Pro 2 was 30,068, and the Sony Xperia Z2 came in at 32,768.

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HTC president claims Samsung Galaxy S5 is “just a cheap piece of plastic”

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While HTC certainly does make some nice phones, Samsung‘s sales have always been higher than HTC’s. Because of the fact that both companies have new flagship devices launching at almost the same time, there is quite a bit of competition between them, which is perhaps why HTC president Jason Mackenzie wasn’t too reserved about his opinions on Samsung’s new flagship, the Galaxy S5.

Mackenzie critiqued Samsung, saying that they don’t invest in customers, but instead invest in advertising. This is a common critique of the company. He then went on to say that Samsung’s device was made out of cheap plastic, and that HTC is aiming for customers who “want the best”.

Source: Business Insider

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 27, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Reviews

Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 and 10.1 review: A stunning display with a lot of power

Apps

[New Chromecast app] Colorcast brings Pictionary style drawing game to the big screen

Nostalgic Timehop app finally arrives on Android

HTC releases Dot View app to Google Play

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HTC One M8 Mini appears on Swedish carrier site

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While the all new HTC One was announced on Tuesday, there was no mention of a small version of the device, and the fact that there was a mini version of the last HTC One doesn’t mean there will be one this time around. Despite this, a HTC One Mini has appeared on a Swedish carrier, Telia’s, site.

The fact that such a device exists isn’t really surprising, and releasing a mini version of the device would be a no brainer for HTC considering the fact that not everyone wants a device the size of the One. Specifications of the device have yet to be released.

Source: Swedroid
Via: Phandroid

AT&T confirms Asus PadFone X specs, no word on release date

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AT&T has officially announced the specs of the Asus PadFone X that they plan on offering eventually. Unfortunately, they didn’t give us any details in the way of pricing or a release date, but at least we know AT&T hasn’t forgotten about the device with the launches of some other high end devices coming up.

The PadFone X will feature a 5 inch, 1080p display, and the docking tablet will sport a 9 inch, 1920 x 1200 resolution screen. The internals of the device are very capable, with a Snapdragon 800 CPU on board, as well as 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, an SD card slot, and Android 4.4 on board. If you’re chasing the latest and greatest, this phone won’t fit the bill, but it’s shaping up to be a very powerful device nonetheless.

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Philips announces a new UHD television powered by Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

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Philips’ new Android-powered television is certainly one to gush over. It features an eye-popping Ultra HD display and the smart TV runs Android 4.2.2 right out of the box. The televisions join Philips’ 8000 series. While the 48-inch and 55-inch models have a 1080p resolution, the 8800 is the UHD model that has the 3840×2160 resolution. Expect the 8000 smart TV series to hit shelves later this year with a slew of applications thanks to Android being at its core.

Source: Checktwice
Via: AmongTech

Microsoft opens Office Mobile for everyone, viewing and editing no longer restricted

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You probably heard today that Microsoft launched their Office suite for Apple’s iPad, but that wasn’t all Microsoft did today. I will stop you in your tracks, though. Microsoft did not announce that their Office suite was being released for Android; however, that is something that will probably be coming in the future. Across all platforms, including Android, Microsoft is making Office Mobile a free application. Previously, an Office 365 subscription was required to unlock all features. Viewing and editing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents can be done on-the-go at no cost.

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Amazon prepping free video streaming service that could launch in a few months [Updated]

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Amazon may soon be going toe-to-toe with Hulu and other video streaming services in a whole new way. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Amazon plans on offering an alternative to paying $99 per year for Amazon Prime that would allow video content to be streamed without any subscription. The service would be backed by advertisements. On the surface, this competes directly with Hulu, but there is much more under the surface. Read more