What do you do if you’re EE and have an ever-growing 4G LTE network to tout? You announce the availability of some new devices of course. EE has gone ahead and announced its plans to sell the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE and a Nexus 7 + 4G Mifi bundle. While the prices aren’t exactly competitive, EE has different price options & data bundles for both devices:
If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few days, you’re probably well-aware of the upcoming Microsoft Surface tablet. Dubbed as one of the saviors for Microsoft’s rapidly degrading brand, the Surface tablet has already been identified as the true iPad and Android tablet challenger. With its thin profile and abundant storage space (comes in 32GB or 64GB configurations with an expandable storage slot), the Surface tablet will have at least the physical features to make it an interesting product. However, the hardware is just one aspect of the tablet— the real kicker is Microsoft’s brand-new OS: Surface for Windows RT technology. The OS will essentially mirror its upcoming Windows 8 OS, while having exclusive offerings like Microsoft Office 2013 and a special version of Netflix included with the tablet. So in essence, upcoming Surface tablet seems to be a true productivity workhorse— at least on the surface (no pun intended folks).
Now while the upcoming Surface tablet certainly looks to be an interesting and perhaps attractive product, Microsoft is treading into dangerous territory. As RIM and certainly HP can attest, Google’s Android platform has a clear stranglehold of the tablet market share— something that both the Blackberry Playbook and HP’s TouchPad certainly couldn’t achieve during their brief lives. Consumers love seeing a new product, but expect reasonable value of what a product offers. The Surface tablet is going to debut at $499 for the 32GB entry-level model– which doesn’t even include the $130 Touch Cover keyboard/cover combo that’s necessary helpful for doing all that increased productivity like using Microsoft Office 2013, as Microsoft is hyping. As indicated by numerous studies, the number of iPad and Android tablets are growing at an astronomical pace. Oh and don’t forget– newer Android tablets are being released on a seemingly daily basis and the prices of the those tablets (and subsequent accessories) are becoming much more reasonable— if not lower overall. So considering Microsoft is certainly unproven, while Apple and more importantly— Android have a clear understanding of not just what consumers want, but what consumers actually need in a tablet— Microsoft doesn’t offer any compelling reason for why consumers should give their product a try. Microsoft’s Surface tablet is a painfully basic product that has a premium price won’t even put a dent in Android sales or overall market share.
The folks over at iFixit have given the newly unveiled Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 one of their usual tear downs. Overall they give the new tablet a repairability score of 8 out of 10. Some of the highlights of the teardown are as follows:
- 16 connectors – a boon for repairability!
- The front glass and LCD can be separated and replaced individually (take that iPhone!)
- Easily replaceable battery, even compared to the Nexus 7
- Unscrewable EMI shield – first time seen by iFixit
One downside to note is that the battery capacity has been downgraded to 25.9 watt-hours, which was expected due to the device’s slimness. Is an easily repairable device a priority on your list? Hit up the comments and let us know what you think!
Some exciting news came from yesterday’s Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 launch event where the company briefly announced they’ve sold more than 10 million Galaxy Note smartphones worldwide. The original Note made its debut in late October 2011 in Europe before making its way to the U.S. in February. To be honest with you, when Samsung announced the Note, I didn’t think it would be the first phone, greater then 5 inches, to have the success it did. It certainly has taken the mobile world by surprise!
Just to give you an idea of the momentum, it was only four months ago that Samsung announced they had sold 5 million Notes. The surge of sales to 10 million units is no doubt a combination of its launch here in the States and continued promotion throughout the Olympic Games. Samsung is expected to launch a successor to the original device at their pre-IFA press conference on August 29th in Berlin, Germany. The new version is rumored to have an even larger screen, and a bump to a quad-core CPU. Personally, after using the Note for the weekend, I welcome a newer, larger, and faster version! What about you?
It took long enough, but it Samsung has finally launched the Galaxy Note 10.1 for those looking for some stylus action in their tablets. The Galaxy Note 10.1 will initially arrive in a WiFi-only flavor and be available immediately in the U.K., Korea, Germany and of course, here in the States. Those of you looking for some cellular action will be able to score the 3G/HSPA+ and LTE variants of the tablet later on in the year. In case you’ve forgotten, the Galaxy Note 10.1 was scheduled to be released earlier in the year, but was pulled for “minor tweaks” and will now come fully loaded too as it will feature: a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor, a whopping 2GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB storage configurations, an expandable microSD slot and a display capable of 1200 x 800.
While the Galaxy Note 10.1 sure does sound tantalizing— there’s no word on the exact pricing just yet. Oh but don’t worry— we’ll find out soon enough at Samsung’s event next week… which we will be there by the way giving you up-to-date news and details. While you wait for our coverage, why not go ahead and check out the full presser and the cool tablet in action once you hit past the break?
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has gone through some changes since we first saw it at Mobile World Congress in February. Benchmarks seen in early May suggested a quad-core upgrade, later confirmed late May when the tablet was seen at a Samsung event. The formerly homeless S-Pen also found a place to live inside the tablet.
XDA forum member floiancu scored a prototype of this updated tablet and managed to shoot some great videos of the device in action. Check them out after the break.
It was last month that we heard that the reason for Galaxy Note 10.1 delay was for a nice little hardware bump, replacing its dual-core chip with the faster, more powerful quad-core Exynos 4412. Now we aren’t entirely positive that this is to be the case, but remember, a Samsung spokesperson said that the device would be entirely different than when it was announced at MWC so we have no reason to believe a quad-core jump wouldn’t be in favor.
To back up that theory, a new Galaxy Note 10.1 NenaMark benchmark test result shows a frame rate of 58.8 fps. This is a frame speed similar to the one that the Transformer Prime can produce, a device with a blazing fast quad-core processor. Just to make a comparison, the 1.4GHz dual-core Galaxy Tab 7.7 scores a 44fps and the Galaxy Note brings in 48fps. This is quite a large increase in speed and my speculation suggests it’s because a quad-core chip was used in this recent NenaMark test.
As it goes with any rumors or speculation, this Exynos 4412 idea should be taken with a grain of salt. It won’t be until we get official confirmation that we will for sure know that the Galaxy Note 10.1 will be rocking a quad-core chip. Stay tuned…
A Korean newspaper claims that Samsung is delaying the launch of the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet to June so it can bump up its processor to a quad-core Exynos 4412. This is welcome news if it holds true since the Note 10.1 was announced at Mobile World Congress with a dual-core 1.4GHz processor, which seems like yesterday’s news now that quad-core is the new kid in town. There is currently no device that is using the Exynos 4412, but the Samsung Galaxy III is rumored to be the first. If the Note 10.1 will be getting it as well, Samsung could be timing the releases of both devices together.
Of course, with no official release date from Samsung, can we really call this a delay? In any case, if this is true, this is the second delay of a Samsung tablet this month with the Galaxy Tab 2 being pushed until the end of April for more ICS testing and tweaks.
I know everyone hates delays, but to be honest, I applaud Samsung for making sure their products are not only fully tested and working well before release, but also that the specs are kept up to date and competitive. Now let’s just hope the rumors are true since I could sure use a 10.1-inch, quad-core, S Pen enabled Galaxy Note.
We’re not sure where Samsung thinks they’re not doing very well in the tablet market, because I think their products are some of the most innovative out there. Maybe if Apple would stop suing them for 5 seconds they’d recognize they’re doing just fine. While we don’t have any numbers to determine just how well or how poorly they’re doing in the tablet space, we do have a cool hands-on of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, which in essence is a Galaxy Tab with better stylus functionality. In any event, we say keep ‘em coming Sammy. Don’t forget to let us know what you think of the device in the comments below. Personally, I live a life where functionality and productivity are a daily necessity. So the thought of having integrated stylus functionality is a plus.