Sprint announced today that it will be carrying Samsung’s latest tablet starting next Friday. The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 will feature Sprint’s Spark capabilities, meaning it will be able to move at 60-100 Mbps on the network. The tablet itself features a beautiful 2K 10.5 in screen and is powered by a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor. The 10.5 also comes with 16 GB of storage with the option of expandable storage, 3 GB of RAM, an 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera, and a whopping 7,900 mAh battery. While 10.5 inches sounds big, the tablet weighs barely a pound and is just over a quarter inch thick. All this will be available for $650, or 24 payments of $27.09.
Source: Sprint Newsroom
Get ready for another courtroom showdown between technology titans. NVIDIA has submitted formal complaints that allege patent infringement on the end of Qualcomm and Samsung. The seven patents included have to do with graphic processing units. NVIDIA claims it did reach out to Samsung to negotiate a licensing agreement for the parents; however, Samsung allegedly declined and went ahead with Qualcomm.
Here is the statement issued by NVIDIA’s David Shannon:
We made no progress. Samsung repeatedly said that this was mostly their suppliers’ problem.
Without licensing NVIDIA’s patented GPU technology, Samsung and Qualcomm have chosen to deploy our IP without proper compensation to us. This is inconsistent with our strategy to earn an appropriate return on our investment.
Devices that are said to be utilizing the disputed patents include the recent Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, and Galaxy S 5. Last year’s Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note 3 are also eligible. The Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note Pro, and range of Galaxy Tab tablets are all involved as well.
The formal complaints were submitted to the International Trade Commission and the United States District Court in Delaware.
Samsung fans who are ready to get their hands on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 still have a bit of a wait ahead of them. Although the major U.S. carriers will be making the device available, no dates have been set yet. The Galaxy Note 4 is not expected to actually land in the hands of buyers until sometime later this fall. If you just cannot wait and want to get a little taste of the device, you can add the lockscreen wallpaper to your current device. It is not much, but it may help tide you over as you wait to get the device the wallpaper was designed for.
To get the wallpaper, just click on the image above to get to the full size version, then right-click and save using your browser.
Although Samsung’s announcements during their big Unpacked 2014 event at IFA 2014 have been the focus of many, the company is taking the opportunity presented by the tech show to release some other devices. One of those is a ruggedized Samsung Galaxy Tab Active that Samsung developed to target business users who need tablets in challenging environments. The 8-inch tablet comes with an anti-shock covering that provides protection against drops of up to 1.2 meters. Not surprising, Samsung obtained IP67 certification for water and dust resistance for the tablet. Some of the other changes to the standard tablet may be more helpful than the protective qualities added.
Samsung seems to be ready to release an Android phone that will be their first with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410. It’s called the SM-G5309W, and we know a little bit about it now that it’s shown up on China’s Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center. There’s nothing flashy about the design, but the insides include Android 4.4 KitKat, a 5 MP front-facing camera, 8 MP rear camera with flash, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage space, and microSD card support. And of course, the SM-G5309W comes with a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 chipset (including an Adreno 306 GPU).
The device is made for China, but we could see variations reach other areas.
Via: Phone Arena
If you were not able to watch Samsung’s big unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and other new products during their IFA 2014 presentation, the video of the nearly two-hour event is now available on YouTube. The event was simulcast to audiences in Berlin, Beijing and New York along with individuals in front of their computer screens around the world checking out the live stream.
If you missed it or had to step away or just want to go back and double-check something, hit the break to view the complete event. After you are done, check out more coverage from TalkAndroid of IFA 2014.
To try and steal some thunder away from Samsung’s Note 4 announcement, OnePlus is running a contest to give away their current flagship device. To enter, all you have to do is share a photo comparing the specs of the two devices.
The comparison isn’t completely fair, as it fails to mention some important aspects about the Note 4 like the uber-high screen resolution. Even still, the OnePlus One is a great phone, and winning a 64 GB version for free isn’t bad at all. If you don’t think this will bug your friends too much, you may want to hit the link below just to enter the contest.
source: OnePlus Facebook
With the announcement of the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge out of the way, the only thing left to find out is when and where you’ll be able to pick one up. Fortunately, all of the major US carriers have released some information and sign-up pages so you’ll be able to get your hands on one.
Verizon plans on selling the Note 4 and Note Edge, but they haven’t said anything about the Gear VR or a specific release date. They do have a sign-up page for those of you that are interested, however. AT&T has listed pages for both devices, and they are going to sell the Gear VR as an accessory to the Note 4. No release date here, either.
Samsung certainly had a busy day with a some really nice hardware announcements, but we shouldn’t forget about the accessories.
Samsung announced a partnership with Montblanc for custom styluses. They will offer both the Pix and e-StarWalker, which resemble the classic pen they have offered for years. They aren’t referring to them as S Pens, but instead, “digital writing devices.” They also offer swappable nubs that mimic different pen nibs.
In addition to the styluses, they are going to offer two different leather flip covers.
Samsung showcased its latest smartwatch today, which comes with the ability to make calls and send messages on its own, thanks to its 3G capabilities. The device will be running Tizen instead of Android wear, and features a more elegant design than Samsung’s previous wearables. Check out the video and gallery after the break for more information.