Samsung announces Galaxy Camera 2 and NX30, could not wait until CES


After receiving certification in India last week, Samsung has decided to pull the cover off of the successor to its Galaxy Camera. The Galaxy Camera 2 (pictured above) has the same 16MP sensor, 21x zoom capable lens, and 4.8-inch display from before. The changes come in other ways. The battery is now fatter at 2000mAh and the weight has dropped to 9.2 ounces. To power Android 4.3, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz with 2GB of RAM is on board.

Samsung also took the cover off of the NX30 camera (pictured below), the NX20’s successor. This cameras sensor is 20.3MP and takes just 80 milliseconds to find what needs to be focused on. The display is based on one of Samsung’s Super AMOLED touchscreens and it can tilt and swivel to your desire. Samsung has not yet given a release date or price on either camera. Hit the source link to view the press release on each device.

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Samsung awarded patent for foldable tablet

Samsung Patent

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
Source: PhoneArena

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite may have a 720p display, launch with Android 4.3


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.

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LG G Pro 2 planned for March release, could be unveiled at MWC 2014


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.

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Google Glass could hit the market in 2014 with a $600 price tag


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.

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Samsung blog post hints at possible unveiling of Galaxy Gear 2 or Galaxy Band at CES next week


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

Samsung design patent could hint at look of Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy Note 4


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.

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HTC One successor could sport two camera lenses, one for very critical low light situations


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

Lenovo announces the S930, S650, A859, and Vibe Z smartphones ahead of CES


Lenovo went ahead and sent out a presser announcing four new smartphones that will be showed off at CES. Let’s start with the Vibe Z (pictured above), which is the higher-end model. It features a 5.5-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display, a 2,2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 13MP rear camera (f1.8 aperture), and 5MP front-facing camera. It sports a titanium body that weighs only 140 grams and is only 7.9mm thick. It also has a laser-etched, fabric-feel rear cover.  It will be available starting in February in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the Philippines for $549.

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