Samsung Electronics said in a statement Monday that they had tested a super-fast 5G wireless technology that would be able to offer transmitting speeds “hundreds of times” faster than the current 4G network. The 5G is expected to be available to the public in 2020.
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.
These new Note 8.0 images show a device identical to what we saw earlier – a white slab reminiscent of the Galaxy Note smartphone and the Samsung Galaxy S III for that matter. Here is a quick look on the purported specs of the device:
- 8-inch display with 1280 x 800 resolution
- 1.6GHz quad-core processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 16/32GB storage
- 5-megapixel camera
- 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
- microSD support
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
- 3G support
- Bluetooth 4.0
- USB 2.0
- 4600mAh battery
- Weight: 330g
- Size: 211.3×136.3×7.95 mm
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- S Pen support and apps
While many rumors hit the website that Samsung may release the Galaxy S IV at Mobile World Congress next month, it would seem the company is preparing to release a new tablet instead. The latest news from SamMobile said Samsung is likely to unveil the 8-inch display’s Galaxy Note tablet at the annual trade show in Barcelona.
The new tablets are rumored to come with the 1280 x 800 display, 2GB of RAM and a 5-megapixel rear camera. It also comes with microSD slot, 3G connectivity, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, Android 4.2 and storage options of either 16GB or 32GB. Just as Samsung’s other Note smart phones, the 8-inch tablet will also support the company’s unique S-Pen stylus.
After Samsung introduced Exynos 5 Octa chip at CES 2013, from the report of Korea Times, Samsung GALAXY Note III is rumored to have a 6.3 inch screen (vs. its 5.5-inch screen predecessor) with 8-core processor, which is expected to be launched later of this year. This chipset combines 4 high-performance cores with 4 low-performance cores. However, only one set of four cores can be active at one time, so this isn’t a ‘true’ octa-core CPU.
If these specs prove true, the Samsung GALAXY Note III will be a little larger than the 6.1 inch Huawei Ascend Mate and could further blur the line that separates a tablet from a smartphone. The time of their hybrid (phablet) may be coming.
Different from Apple’s strategy of occupying the smartphone market only with iPhone series, Samsung currently has two hot devices-Samsung Galaxy S series and Samsung Galaxy Note series, which means Samsung may have more opportunity to obtain the smartphone market share. What’s more, according to the report from Forbes, Apple’s iPhone seems no longer cool to teens since iPhone as a device for older people, while Samsung is indeed a formidable competitor and Samsung Galaxy S III appear fresh and new.
The latest news from Engadget revealed that Samsung Galaxy S series phones have now sold over 100 million units. Just two years and seven months after the first Samsung Galaxy S hit the market, Samsung has made the line extremely popular with those looking for an alternative to the Apple iPhone. Since then, the Galaxy S II has sold over 40 million units, doubling its sales since February. Meanwhile, by November Samsung Galaxy S III had sold 30 million units, while Galaxy S III mini contributed to the big number too.
Confronted with the pressure from Samsung and other competitors, will Apple take some new measures to change the tough situation?