Athletes still blocked from mentioning non-sponsoring brands
Contrary to earlier reports, athletes will be free to use any phone they want to during the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, the International Olympic Committee says. Yesterday, reports indicated Samsung was asking athletes to cover the logos on devices made by competitors -- such as the Apple logos on iPhones -- as a condition of getting the free Galaxy Note 3 included with this year's gift bags. Today, however, an IOC spokesperson says that the claims are "not true," and that the "normal rules apply just as per previous Games."
Note Pro, smaller Tab Pro device pre-orders open today
Samsung is bringing the range of Pro tablets with 2560x1600 displays it launched at CES last month to the United States, with shipments to begin from February 13. The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, as well as the 8.4-inch and 10.1-inch models in the Galaxy Tab Pro collection, are all available to pre-order through various retailers from today, as well as through Samsung itself, though it appears all the releases will only offer Wi-Fi and not a carrier connection.
Lower-specced Galaxy Note 3 could sport six-core processor
Samsung is said to be working on a "Lite" version of its Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, and new images have emerged online showing off what appears to be just that rumored device. Samsung-devoted site SamMobile published this week the new images of the device, showing off a handset slightly smaller than the top-line version of Samsung's hot-selling oversized smartphone. Reportedly, the device will not pack the "Lite" moniker when it launches, as Samsung may instead opt to dub it the "Galaxy Note Neo."
Galaxy Note Pro shows nice design, slow performance
During yesterday's keynote presentation, Samsung official unveiled its new line of Pro tablets. Featuring four Android 4.4 devices, including the 12.2-inch, 10.1-inch, and 8.4-inch Galaxy TabPro, as well as the 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro, the new tablets have been designed to meet the needs of not only the average consumer, but also business-minded users. We here at Electronista took some time to brave the hectic Samsung booth and spend some time with the 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro.
Four Samsung tablets launched at CES with same 2560x1600 resolution
Samsung launched a total of four tablets at its CES press event, including one that appeared in an FCC filing late last year. Three Galaxy Tab Pro tablets, with 12.2-inch, 10.1-inch, and 8.4-inch displays, shared the stage with a stylus-equipped, 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro, with the entire collection offering the same 2560x1600 resolution, regardless of the screen size.
Samsung said to have confirmed Galaxy Note Pro in private meeting
Samsung reportedly confirmed the existence and imminent release of the rumored 12.2-inch variant in its Galaxy Note tablet line. MovePlayer reported on Friday that the South Korean tech giant had confirmed that it has a Galaxy Note Pro unit in the offing, a device with a larger form factor but similar spec sheet to the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, which Samsung released earlier this year. The device could be unveiled as early as January, as Samsung may show it off at next year's Consumer Electronics Show.
Even larger Note tablet gets FCC approval
The long-rumored Galaxy Note 12.2 from Samsung has gained approval from the FCC, signaling that its release, or at least its announcement, may be imminent. TechnoBuffalo noted the device's appearance in regulatory documents on Sunday, and the design appears to match that of a larger Galaxy Note 10.1, with slot on the side of the device wherein the S Pen stylus could be inserted. The device has been rumored since before the introduction of the Note 3 and Note 10.1, but Samsung did not unveil it alongside its other stylus-enabled devices.
Galaxy S3, Note 2 said to contain faulty memory chips
Samsung has issued a public apology to Chinese consumers, responding to a critical report that recently aired on China's state TV. The China Central Television program reportedly named seven devices, including the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 handsets, that are allegedly prone to crashing as many as 30 times a day due to malfunctioning memory chips and firmware problems.
Handset competes with Galaxy Note 3
LG has introduced the G Pro Lite, a large smartphone that appears to serve as a midrange competitor to Samsung's Galaxy Note 3. The new Android handset features a 5.5-inch display with 960x540 resolution, paired with a dual-core 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM.
Samsung launches free Pen.Up drawing app for Galaxy Note 3, II
Samsung has introduced a new drawing app with social sharing made for the Galaxy Note 3. Pen.Up is billed as a "community" for Note users to view S Pen drawings by other users, along with the option to submit their own to the gallery for community viewing. Preloaded onto the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung is also making it available as a free download to Galaxy Note II users through Google Play.
Phone artificially scores higher than competitors
Samsung has reportedly implemented software tricks to artificially inflate the benchmark scores for its Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. Ars Technica noticed that the Note 3 outperforms LG's G2 by a wide margin, despite both devices being powered by the same 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, suggesting the company is continuing the overclocking strategy first observed with the Galaxy S4.
Stickers suggest Galaxy Note 3 not usable in different regions
The unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be a regionally-locked device, forcing the owner to activate the device in the area it has been assigned to. Though the phablet will be usable with any carrier based in the defined region, owners traveling to other continents may not be able to use local SIMs to save money without first activating the Note 3 in its home region, and potentially not at all.
Wi-Fi models sold at first, 3G, 4G LTE versions in the future
Samsung has revealed it will be shipping the 2014 edition of its Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet in the United States next month. The updated large-screened tablet will be available to pre-order from midnight EST on September 27th, ahead of its October 10th shipping date, and though it will be available in 3G and 4G LTE versions in the future, only the Wi-Fi models will be going on sale at first.
Samsung shows two gold Galaxy S 4 versions heading to Middle East
Samsung is preparing to sell a version of the Galaxy S 4 with gold trim. An image on the company's Arabian Twitter account shows a gold edition, reports The Verge, while its Facebook page shows both a Gold Pink and Gold Brown version. It is though that the gold editions will only be sold in the Middle East, though considering the popularity of the iPhone 5s in the color, it could appear in other markets in the future. Briefly: Samsung plans golden Galaxy s 4, Galaxy Note 3 launches in Europe
Sprint shipping Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Gear on October 4th
Sprint has joined AT&T and T-Mobile in offering the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch to its customers. Both will be available from the carrier starting from October 4th, with the Galaxy Note 3 priced at $350 with a two-year contract, as well as under Sprint's new One Up early-upgrade program. The Galaxy Gear, available separately, will cost $300.
AT&T commencing Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch orders at midnight
T-Mobile will be opening up pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 later this week, starting from the 18th. While T-Mobile will commence sales of the Samsung phablet from Wednesday, AT&T will be doing the same for the Galaxy Gear smart watch from midnight tonight, having already started its Galaxy Note 3 pre-orders earlier.
New phablets hit Canada through Telus
Canadians interested in Samsung's most recently revealed tech can get their hands on the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear at the beginning of next month. Canadian carrier Telus confirmed to Engadget on Sunday that the two gadgets will launch on its network on October 4. The other major Canadian carriers have given no indication on when customers can expect to see those devices, though observers note they are likely to follow soon after.
Phone display stretches yet again
Samsung's new Galaxy Gear smartwatch may have been the center of attention at the company's IFA event, but the company also showed off its third-generation Galaxy Note phone. Its predecessors already blurred the line between phone and tablet, and the new model has an even larger 5.7-inch display. We had a chance to try out the new handset ahead of its general availability later this month.
Samsung may expand Note line to include 12.2-inch tablet
South Korean tech giant Samsung may be preparing to expand its line of stylus-enabled Galaxy Note devices even further, as images have emerged of what is said to be a 12.2-inch Galaxy Note device. The picture showed up Sunday on MovePlayer, showing simply a black tablet with notable differences in design from Samsung's wider range of devices. Should the device portrayed materialize, it remains to be seen what would happen with Samsung's other large stylus-enabled device, the Galaxy Note 10.1.
More leaks confirm launch of Galaxy Note 3 on September 4th
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has resurfaced online again, in two separate leaks. A number of DLNA certifications said to be for the Galaxy Note 3 reveal more information about the device, while Samsung's own SideSync software documentation also manages to mention the smartphone ahead of its expected September 4th launch.
Oddly, iPhone 4S and 5 also drop slightly in resale value
Analysts at investment firm Piper Jaffray, after monitoring online auctions for Apple and Samsung smartphones, have found that the three-year-old iPhone 4 has actually gained in resale value by just over 10 percent, while the later iPhone 4S and 5 models dropped in resale value -- but nowhere near as much as Samsung's former flagships the Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note II. A similar study conducted in China looking at resale auctions there saw similar results, with the iPhone 4 gaining resale value while newer iPhones and Galaxy products dropped.
Pre-IFA Samsung Unpacked event to be streamed on YouTube
Samsung has started to tease the launch of a new device on the 4th of September, just before IFA Berlin begins. The invitation for Samsung Unpacked 2013 Episode 2 is accompanied by the instruction "Note the date," which when combined with the drawing of three repeated Unpacked logos, suggests that it will be the launch of the Galaxy Note 3.
Announcement confirms details spotted in FCC LTE filing
AT&T has confirmed it will carry the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 on its network. Last seen passing through the FCC with support for the same LTE bands that AT&T uses, the tablet will work on the carrier's 4G LTE network, and brings along the same 1280x800 eight-inch display that Electronista tried out at Mobile World Congress in February.
Asus FonePad FHD Note takes on Galaxy Note with Intel Atom inside
Foregoing the customary ‘ARMdroid’ combination, Asus has incorporated 1.6GHz a dual-core Intel Atom (Z260) into its new 6-inch FonePad Note. Squarely aimed at Samsung’s popular 5.3-inch Galaxy Note 2 line (rumored to go 6-inches for the Galaxy Note 3), the FonePad Note also includes a stylus for handwritten input. Although running Android, Asus has not yet confirmed which iteration of ‘Jelly Bean’ that it is shipping with.
LTE version of Galaxy Note 8.0 could be unveiled on AT&T soon
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has passed through the FCC for testing yet again, this time for certifications related to LTE connectivity. The tested tablet is reportedly a version that will operate on AT&T's 4G LTE network, with the new radio replacing the 3G version seen by the Commission in March, suggesting it could go on sale in the next few months.
Claims 13MP camera sensor, possible 3x optical zoom
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has allegedly been confirmed to be in the works, according to a report. An official for the electronics giant is claimed to say the smartphone will have a 13-megapixel camera sensor, but the exact features of the camera have yet to be decided, as the company hopes to keep the phone as thin as possible.
Next Galaxy Note 3 may have 5.99-inch display, 4+4 CPU
A new rumor has the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3 packing a 5.99-inch 1080p display. As with many of Samsung’s mobile product iterations, the new display will be larger than the displays on the original Galaxy Note (5.3-inches) and the Galaxy Note 2 (5.5-inches). Each of the earlier versions of the device carried Super AMOLED displays, although the new rumor doesn’t specify whether it will follow suit, or carry an LCD panel.
Phablet said to be more powerful than Samsung's offering
Nokia is planning to make a phablet in order to compete with other similar devices and to suppliment a relatively slow growth in Lumia sales, according to a report. The new device is suggested to be similar in size to the Samsung Galaxy Note, but with a higher specification, and will also run Windows Phone as its operating system.
Galaxy Note 8.0 set to arrive in Charcoal Black as well as white
Although Samsung revealed its iPad mini-challenging Galaxy Note 8.0 last week at MWC, it only revealed a white version, which was slightly unusual given its propensity to offer models in at least two color variants. A leak courtesy of Phone Arena suggests that anomaly will soon be corrected, as it looks set to be joined by ‘Charcoal Black’ model as well. No details about specifications have been revealed, but it is safe to assume that they should be identical to the white variant.
Samsung adds another display size
Samsung chose to delay its Galaxy S IV unveiling until several weeks after Mobile World Congress, though the company did bring along a few new devices to show off this week in Barcelona. We dropped by the company's booth to handle the Galaxy Note 8.0, a new tablet that fits squarely between the Galaxy Note II smartphone and larger Note 10.1 tablet.
Midsize tablet focuses on S Pen functionality
Samsung has introduced a new tablet, the Galaxy Note 8.0, that adds yet another display size to the company's tablet offerings. As part of the Note family, the eight-inch device bridges the gap between the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II and the full-size 10.1-inch tablet, though it appears to serve primarily as a successor to the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and the company's direct competitor to the iPad mini.
South Korean suffers second-degree burns to thigh
A man in South Korea was injured on Saturday after his Samsung Galaxy Note exploded. The 55-year-old man apparently suffered second-degree burns to his right thigh, after the smartphone and spare battery he stored in his pants pocket suddenly ruptured and caused damage to his body and clothing.
Eight-inch tablet to directly compete with iPad mini
Samsung vice president JK Shin has revealed the electronics giant will be unveiling a new version of the Galaxy Note at Mobile World Congress next month. The Galaxy Note 8.0 with an 8-inch display will apparently retain many of the Galaxy Note 10.1's features, and is expected to be a direct competitor with the iPad mini.
Note successor on track for 10 million in five months
Samsung's Galaxy Note II continues to see strong sales in the manufacturer's native country, as well as around the world. The South Korean conglomerate announced today that its stylus-enabled handset has passed the one million unit mark in South Korea and continues to outpace its predecessor in terms of consumer adoption. The original Galaxy Note was released to respectable sales, moving 10 million units in the 10 months after its launch, but its successor is on pace to hit that mark in under half the time.
Smartphone rumored to merge Galaxy S, Galaxy Note lines
Samsung will be revealing the Galaxy S IV Android smartphone in April, according to rumors. The South Korean company is also said to be merging its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series in the successor to the Galaxy S III, and will allegedly be the first in the Galaxy S series to launch with the S Pen stylus.
Galaxy Note to gain Multi Window support, Paper Artist app
Samsung has confirmed it will be putting Jelly Bean onto the original Galaxy Note, confirming a rumor leaked back in August. The news of the Android upgrade comes at the same time as that of the company's premium suite, which it previously confirmed would head to the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note 10.1.
Samsung Exynos 4-based processors vulnerable to serious
Devices running Samsung’s Exynos 4-based processors (4210 and 4412) including the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II have been shown to be vulnerable to a hack with potentially serious ramifications. A developer on the XDA Developers forum @alephzain uncovered the vulnerability, which could give a malicious app the ability to wipe data, brick a device or access a user’s data without their knowledge.
Mobile OLED panels reason for push away from LCD technology
Samsung is to ship its next version of the Galaxy Note with a 6.3-inch OLED-based display, according to a rumor sourced from component suppliers to the company. The Galaxy Note III will apparently dwarf the Note II's 5.5-inch screen, itself being larger than the original 5.3-inch Note, and is suggested to come out in the next year.
Wii U, Surface among other list entries
Time Magazine has awarded the iPhone 5 the title of "Gadget of the Year" for 2012. In his piece on the phone, writer Harry McCracken calls the device "one of the most artfully polished gadgets anyone's ever built," and claims it outperforms other "nifty" smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S III, which isn't included in his top-ten list despite the presence of the Galaxy Note II in eighth place. "When it comes to melding hardware, software and services so tightly that the seams fade away, Apple still has no peer," McCracken argues.
Mugen Power battery case more than doubles life of Galaxy Note II
Power-using Galaxy Note II owners may want to take a look at Mugen Power's latest offering. The HLI-N7100XL more than doubles the phone's standard run time and its built-in battery's 3,100mAh capacity. What's more, the NFC capabilities of the handset are retained.
Case against Samsung only going to trial next year
Acting via a court in San Jose, California, Apple has filed to add the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Android 4.1 to a list of infringing products in a US lawsuit against Samsung, Bloomberg reports. The case is notably distinct from one Apple won in August, in which a jury awarded the company damages of $1.05 billion. Instead, the suit involved today is only scheduled to go to trial in 2014.
Samsung may double down in 7-inch segment with stylus device
Samsung may be preparing a new entry for the increasingly crowded 7-inch tablet segment, as the South Korean electronics powerhouse is thought to be working on a smaller version of its stylus-enabled Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. The size of the device is not yet certain, but entries in the DLNA certification logs show an as yet unrevealed Samsung device that bears the same prefix in its model number as previous Galaxy Note devices. Should the device materialize, it would give Samsung three S Pen-enabled devices on the market, including the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Galaxy Note II.
Galaxy Note II at AT&T on November 9 for $300, Galaxy Note will stay, cost $200
AT&T revealed it will begin offering the Galaxy Note II smartphone on November 9 both online and in stores, priced at $300 on a two-year voice and data contract. A pre-order page will go live on Thursday, October 25, letting buyers reserve their 5.5-inch smartphone. The LTE-capable phone is slightly larger than the original, 5.3-inch Galaxy Note.
TomTom Android app is lacking support for some of the latest Android devices
TomTom has gone ahead and delivered its promised navigation app ($50, Google Play) for Android-powered mobile devices. The app brings offline navigation capability as well, making it suitable for driving to new and remote places. It's largely the same app as the one offered for iOS users, and includes radar camera warnings in some countries, free map updates, and traffic guidance, among others.
Handhelds will have passenger, flight information
American Airlines' flight attendants will soon be assisting passengers with the help of Samsung's Galaxy Note. The airline has announced that all 17,000 of its flight attendants will be getting one of Samsung's stylus-enabled phablets to help them access passenger information, track food and beverage preferences and purchases, and stay up-to-date on travel conditions.
New version adds hover, context-sensitivity
Samsung has released an update to the Galaxy Note S Pen SDK to implement the pen's new features in third party applications. Version 2.2 allows developers applications to respond to a hovering stylus, where an application can recognize the pen near the screen and react to the gesture, similar to the Note II pen.
Galaxy Note 2 will support 4G networks, sport a more rounded design: source
The Galaxy Note 2 that's due for release on August 29 will have a 5.5-inch touchscreen with 1280x720 resolution, a Korean newspaper reported. While this technical detail, among others, has been rumored before, the paper does seem to have had an early look at the actual device and thus confirms the official specs. The phone, known by the GT-N7100 model name, will also have an integrated stylus and support 3G as well as 4G networks.
Supplies dwindle ahead of Note II launch
Despite having only launched earlier this month, Samsung's Galaxy Note phablet has vanished from carrier T-Mobile's web site. An examination of the carrier's Android product page shows no sign of the large-screen Samsung phone, and posts on the T-Mobile support board show some customers expressing confusion over how to get the device. It is possible that T-Mobile has simply exhausted its supply of the device, but the timing could indicate that Samsung is throttling back supplies of the device ahead of the launch of its successor.
Modular design, clips, Phillips screws welcomed by iFixit
A teardown of the recently-released Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 shows the tablet to be fairly easy to repair. The iFixit team notes that the process is relatively simple compared to the iPad, since Samsung has opted to use Phillips screws and a number of clips and connectors. The Note 10.1 gets a repairability score of 8 out of 10, versus 2 for the iPad.
Galaxy Note II gets teaser video ahead of official reveal
Samsung has again teased its forthcoming successor to the 10 million plus selling Galaxy Note. The Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012 event for the Galaxy Note II will take place on August in Berlin where the new device will be revealed in full ahead of IFA. The new teaser video (embedded below) features director Wim Wenders, known for his imaginative films, talking about the virtues of the new device.