Mobile World Congress 2013 kicks-off on Monday, but that hasn’t stopped Samsung from getting things rolling already. The South Korea-based company has officially announced its Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet, which is a direct iPad mini competitor.
Here’s a quick view of the Galaxy Note 8.0 features list.
- Display: 8″ 16M-color TFT capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels (189ppi)
- Dimensions: 210.8 x 135.9 x 8 mm, 338 g
- Stylus: S Pen, 1024 pressure levels, hover functionality
- Chipset: Exynos 4412 Quad
- CPU: Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 1.6 GHz processor
- GPU: Mali-400MP
- RAM: 2GB
- OS: Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)
- Memory: 16/32GB storage, microSD card slot
- Still camera: 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with backlit sensor, face detection and Best faces feature, touch focus and image stabilization; 1.3MP front facing camera, video-calls
- Video camera: Full HD (1080p) video recording at 30fps, LED flash,
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, standard microUSB port with MHL features (TV Out, USB host), GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC
- Battery: 4600 mAh
- Misc: Nature UX, Extremely rich video/audio codec support, built-in accelerometer, multi-touch input, proximity sensor, gyroscope sensor, Smart stay and Smart rotation eye-tracking, Reading mode
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is little more than an upsized Galaxy Note II. Or is that a downsized Galaxy Note 10.1? The only differences are the new S-Pen software features that come with Android 4.1.2 and the latest TouchWiz, but those have already been made to the Note 8.0 predecessors. The S Pen for the Note 8.0 can control the physical menu/back buttons on the device with Wacom technology. Basically, you can use the S Pen to touch the capacitive buttons, which once only responded to a finger’s touch.
Samsung has yet to share pricing and availability for the Note 8.0, but from the sounds of its announcement, there will be both a Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G model. The latter will feature Samsung’s phone app thanks to the HSPA+21 (no LTE) on-board. Right, you’ll be able to make a call on your 8-inch tablet.
Leaked photos from a Chinese forum could be giving away secrets about the sequel to the Apple iPad mini. The 7.9 inch tablet was released by Apple with a resolution of 1024 x 768. This works out to a pixel density of 162ppi, which is a number Apple wants to raise substantially with the sequel. Rumors have circulated that the Cupertino based tech giant has decided not just to increase the resolution of the screen, but to make it a Retina display.
The leaked images of what is said to be the Apple iPad mini 2 shows a thicker casing than the one used on the original iPad mini. In the same way that leaked pictures of the thicker casing for the third-generation iPad 3 foreshadowed the Retina display on the that tablet, the thicker casing for the next Apple iPad mini would seem to reveal that as expected, the one major complaint buyers have had with the byte-sized (groan) version of the iPad will be addressed by Cupertino. We could see the next Apple iPad mini offering a screen with a pixel density of 324ppi. Analysts already have figured upgrading the screen to a Retina Display would require a 30% price hike on a tablet that is already priced near the top for its category.
The leaked photos also show that the Apple on back of the device has been replaced with a blue colored one. The color itself looks similar to what is available with the 5th-generation Apple iPod touch which means we could see several color options for the next Apple iPad mini.
Rumors from new supply chain revealed the latest information on the iPad mini display and the possible display of the next-gen iPad mini. News from China showed AU Optronics, Apple’s supplier, has not only boosted production of current generation iPad mini displays, but has begun production on a display for the next-gen iPad mini.
The report comes from DigiTimes, and says that “yield issues throughout the second half of 2012” meant that AU Optronics couldn’t produce enough iPad mini displays, leading to fewer shipments than Apple had originally estimated for the tablet. But, production has increased; AUO has increased its iPad mini display yield to 1 million panels per month.
The report also mentions that AUO is “working on panels for Apple’s next-generation iPad mini”, which is expected to launch later this year with a Retina display. But no details about the iPad mini 2 display were supplied in the report.
HTC One turned out to be about the HTC
new flagship just as we expected. HTC One features a 4.7-inch Super LCD 3 display of 1080p resolution (that’s 469ppi). It should be able to match the image quality of the Butterfly’s unit.
The One is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset (the same ticking inside the LG Optimus G Pro) utilizing a quad-core 1.7GHz Krait 300 processor, Adreno 320 graphics and 2GB of RAM.
The camera of the HTC One sports a 4MP sensor and 1080p@30fps video recording (with HDR). The sensor has what HTC
calls Ultrapixels, which are much larger than the regular smartphone pixels and promise vastly improved per-pixel quality and low-light performance. The smartphone also offers gyroscope-based Optical image stabilization which should come in handy for video recording.
The HTC One will have 32GB or 64 GB of non-expandable storage and rich connectivity settings including LTE, NFC, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4 and GPS with GLONASS.
HTC One will launch running on Android 4.1.2 but the 4.2.2 update is already in the works.
The new flagship is made out of aluminum and is about 9.3 mm thick. It has stereo speakers at the front with impressive 93db loudness and a 2300 mAh non-removable battery. Also, its Power/Lock key on top is transparent and doubles as an IR port to control home equipment.
HTC One will be available in black, red and silver colors and will launch in March this year. HTC
has already made deals with 185 carriers worldwide including USA’s AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint; all major UK carriers and many more. There is still no info on its retail price, though.
Can’t wait to see what HTC is going to release today? It’s only a couple of hours away! From the limited information we get from HTC’s official site, it is very likely that the newly flagship of HTC will be named HTC One (formerly was named HTC M7). When we visit HTC’s official site, a countdown counter with black background comes to our eyes. Each time when the seconds comes to 1, the background will flash and a blurry cell phone appears. This is the code we get from HTC, which indicates that the phone will be named “HTC One”.
From the flash we see in HTC’s official site, The battery door looks the same as what we reported before, plastic, inherited from the former flagship, HTC Butterfly.
Keep an eye on ETradeSupply.com for more information about HTC One.
smartphones are expected to launch in the first quarter of 2013. Now comes to the first one, the GT-B9150. According to the leak, this device will have a 1080p display and a 1.7GHz A15-based Exynos 5 5250 Dual processor under the hood, which is the same piece of silicon that we’ve seen inside the Google Nexus 10. And while this certainly could be the Samsung Galaxy S IV
or the Samsung GALAXY Note III
, the “GT-B” prefix of the model number suggests something different.
The Samsung GT-B9150 has been given the code name of HomeSync and although it has yet to be introduced by Samsung, there already is a buzz around the handset with some speculation that the model is going to deliver something cool at MWC. With the FHD display expected on the device, a 5 inch screen would deliver a 441ppi pixel density and that dovetails with the rumored specs for the Samsung Galaxy S IV.
But don’t get too excited. Because it’s uncertain what the GT-B9150 is. As the Mobile World Congress 2013 gets closer, the truth should surface. Hope Samsung will bring us more surprise.