And while we’re on the topic of Samsung currently developing a faster processor, it’s only natural that we share some additional tidbits of news regarding some upcoming devices for the new year. According to SamMobile, Samsung currently has no fewer than three devices that are in the works and primed for an upcoming release. The biggest item in development is Samsung’s “Project J”— which is Samsung’s codename for its new Galaxy S line (presumably the Galaxy S IV). Although SamMobile’s insider could not provide specific details of the upcoming device, there are existing rumors indicating the new smartphone will have a new quad-core processor, a whopping 13MP camera and a 5-inch screen size, giving us a nice reference point to start out with.
The next few devices are certainly intriguing ones as well. First off, Samsung has plans on developing a new tablet which is primed to compete directly with the ASUS Transformer line of tablets. The device will come in at 13.3-inches and have a full QWERTY dock as an option, for those of you who prefer that sort of thing. The next device up is a watered-down Galaxy Note II-type device, which will have a larger-than-life screen, but will feature modest specs like a slower processor and likely a reduced screen resolution, etc.
Of course we can’t take this to be factual for now, so we’ll just wait and see for this latest news to unfold.
Earlier this month we reported on a move by Sharp to capitalize on the 5-inch display they are producing for the HTC DROID DNA. Sharp plans to produce their own Aquos device with the same large 1080p screen. Initial plans were to target the device at the Russian market. This meant some tradeoffs were made in the hardware and early reviews indicated this caused the device to struggle with some activities like games and video playback. Sharp now appears to be expanding on their plans by offering the new Aquos in China. They have started that effort with the production of some promo materials comparing the device to several other top end smartphones. Read more
Did you ever go to the wine store and ask the salesman which wine you should buy based on what’s for dinner? I bet you never asked him what you should buy based on the phone you have in your pocket. Turns out that you might want to consider that for you next purchase. Stuff.tv gave Tim Morgan, from the Summer Chimney Wine Club, six smartphones and asked him to match wines to the typical user for each. Hit the break to find out the results
The Phablet push is not over yet, and Samasung is leading the pack with it’s latest 5.5-inch monster, the Galaxy Note II. Samsung’s latest ad for the device shows Steak Studio, a London based design consulting firm, creating a work of interactive water art that is controlled by Samsung’s latest and greatest phablet. The art display features 408 small fish tank pumps, that replicate whatever the user draws on the screen of the Galaxy Note II into ripples on a pool of water. This extremely cool project took 10 days to complete and is being called “liquid-pixels”, and really showcases not only what the Note II can be used for, but also Android devices in general.
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The pace at which Samsung’s Galaxy Note II has moved off the shelves has been dizzying. Just 24 days ago, Samsung announced that it had sold over 3 million units of the massive device. Well folks, that was before the official shopping season apparently began, because they’ve now announced that over 5 million units are now in customers’ hands. At this rate, it looks like Samsung’s initial sales estimate back in September of the Note II selling three times faster than the original Note will most likely come to fruition. While it remains to be seen how sales are per capita vs. the original Note (or if we’ll ever know), the move to make the device available on more carriers seems to have definitely paid off.
The latest test build for the International Galaxy Note II (GT-N7100) just leaked. It’s Android 4.1.2 and its firmware version is N7100XXDLJ2. Unfortunately the 2 in the Android version number is not in the second position, so don’t expect the latest and greatest that the Nexus devices are rocking. However there are some changes which include:
- New Additions in Notifcation Toggles
- Notification Panel can now be customized
- Continues Input in Samsung Keyboard (Like Swipe or Android 4.2 Keyboard)
- New Ink Effect On Lockscreen
- New Group Cast Application
Again this is not the final build, and the official and final build will probably drop in December or January. You can install it if you wish, but there could be some bugs. Hit the break for flashing instructions.
Vodafone UK has come up with a new twist for potential buyers of smartphones on their network. Dubbed Vodafone Red Hot, users sign up for a pair of 12-month contracts. The first is for a typical data plan that includes unlimited voice and text and up to 2GB of data. The second contract is to “hire” the device you select. Effectively, the plan is like an auto lease as you have to turn the phone back in to Vodafone at the end of the year unless you decide to pony up and pay for the device or switch to a month to month plan with continuing “lease” payments. Read more
Despite being announced back in August, Samsung’s latest flagship phablet is just now making its way to North American shores. Beginning today, the company’s new Galaxy Note II is available to purchase from AT&T, both online and in brick and mortar stores. The S Pen-wielding superphone will set you back $299 with a new two-year commitment.
While that price may seem a bit steep, keep in mind that you’re getting the latest and greatest in terms of hardware, including a quad-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.6GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display and an 8-megapixel rear camera. But with other appealing smartphones like the Nexus 4 on the horizon, you’ll undoubtedly need a little insight before taking the plunge. So, why not check out our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note II before making any final decisions?
The original Samsung Galaxy Note shocked the world with success when most thought it was just a flashing star. It was the first phone to sport a display bigger than 5-inches, 5.3 to be exact. Was it too big, was it a tablet, or was it a phablet? Nobody knew what to think about it, but it didn’t stop consumers from gobbling it up. Was it the S Pen or the large display that caught everyone’s attention? I lean towards the latter, but there’s no argument that the Galaxy Note was a hit for Samsung, and it’s now time for the next chapter. We already saw a tablet version called the Galaxy Note 10.1, but this is the second chapter for the phone. Called the Galaxy Note II, it sports an even bigger display along with a more powerful processor and a larger battery all in a body that is no bigger than it’s predecessor. Does the Galaxy Note II live up to the hype? Hit the break to find out
One of the unique features of Jelly Bean running on the Samsung Galaxy Note II is the multi-window feature. It is so popular that Samsung decided to make it available on their Galaxy S III device. Oddly enough, when Samsung made the Galaxy Note II available for the U.S. market, the Jelly Bean build that shipped did not include the multi-window function, even though it was available on international versions. Read more