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Samsung could ditch the Note series altogether: Report

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With the #Samsung #GalaxyNote7 officially getting the boot now, a report from one of the company’s close sources is suggesting that the company might be contemplating ditching the lineup altogether. Although there were hints of this early on, nothing concrete was made public. Even now, Samsung hasn’t come out and confirmed this report, so we’re taking it with a pinch of salt.

It is said that the fate of the Galaxy Note series is hanging in the balance now. The source suggested that Samsung would definitely make changes to its marketing strategy, although nothing is clear at this point. Practically speaking, it would make sense for Samsung to focus on just one flagship per year (or two if you include the edge model), which is something that Apple has been largely successful with as well.

But considering the hype and buzz around the Note series, would it be fair to shelve it after one debacle? What do you make of this?

Source: The Korea Herald

Via: Techno Buffalo

Samsung Notes coming to older devices as well

Galaxy Note 7

#Samsung has just announced that the Samsung Notes application that we saw on the #GalaxyNote7 will soon make its way to older Galaxy Note devices as well. For those unaware, the Samsung Notes app merges all the productivity apps that we saw on Galaxy Note devices including Scrapbook, Action Memo, S-Note etc in one convenient location, allowing users to take down notes or checklists and even draw up some art all in one place.

The addition of this app for older devices will make individual S Pen apps rather obsolete, which is kind of the point here. Samsung Notes will no doubt change the way that people use their Galaxy Note devices. Surprisingly, Samsung hasn’t clarified as to which devices will support this new app, so there’s still a lot that we don’t know.

Do you welcome this addition or would you rather have Samsung Notes remain exclusive to the Galaxy Note 7? Sound off in the comments section below.

Source: Samsung

Via: Phone Arena

Hardware specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 leaks out

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It’s well known at this point that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will break cover in September. A Chinese source is now giving us some insight on the hardware specifications of the device. It is said that the device will feature a sleek exterior, much like the Galaxy S line and also come with the new USB Type-C connector, which is going to be a standard for upcoming flagship devices, including the OnePlus 2.

The report further mentions that the Galaxy Note 5 will feature a 5.98 inch Quad HD display, the Exynos 7422 SoC, a new version of the S-Pen stylus and the 4,000 mAh battery underneath. It’s good to see that Samsung is willing to bump the display size of the Galaxy Note this time around as we saw the Galaxy Note 4 to be featuring an unchanged display compared to the Galaxy Note 3.

We’re guessing the device will also be featuring the latest version of Android on board, which by the time could be a variation of Android 5.1. What do you make of this leak?

Source: CC.QQ – Translated

Via: Techno Buffalo

Samsung to start working on new range of Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note tablets

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

A new year means there will be a new range of Galaxy Tab devices along with the customary large sized Galaxy Note tablets. A new report now confirms that Samsung has already begun working on these devices for a launch later this year, possibly during the MWC in March. It seems like the company is prepping the launch of 4 tablets for this year (not including cellular variants), with most of them likely being midrange or budget offerings.

Devices with the model numbers  SM-T351/T350, SM-T551/T550, SM-P551/P550 and SM-P351/P350 have been revealed by Sam Mobile. The first two could be the 7 and 10.1 inch variants of the new Galaxy Tab series while the remaining could be small sized Galaxy Note devices according to this new leak. All devices are mentioned as Galaxy Tab AS (small) and Galaxy Tab AL (large) series, with the last two coming under the Galaxy Tab AS/AL Plus series, indicating that these are Note devices.

We don’t have more information on these devices at the moment, but Samsung probably won’t wait long to unveil these new tablets.

Via: Sam Mobile

Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Hits Stores October 10th

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This years Galaxy Note 10.1 has previously been speculated to release on a date close to the release of the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear, and just as the hype slows down for the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear combo, Samsung have now officially announced details on this year’s Galaxy Note 10.1 and it’s release date.

This year, the Galaxy Note 10.1 has been named the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition and it will be available to own from October 10th onwards.

Pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition will open up tomorrow, on the 27th September, and will be available from Samsung, Best Buy, Amazon and Walmart, among other retailers.

The new tablet will cost $549.99 for the 16GB version and will come with the TouchWiz UI, along with the whole S-pen suite found in other Note devices, such as the Galaxy Note 3.

This year’s Galaxy Note 10.1 will have a screen resolution of 2560 x 1600 (299 ppi), 3GB RAM, a  Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 in the 3G model, and a  Quad-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 in the LTE model, giving it plenty of oomph to be capable of using  the demanding software features Samsung is renowned for, such as Multi-window.

Source: bgr

The Phablet May Define What is the Ideal Android Phone

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The phablet will define what is the ideal Android phone. I can hear the shrieks of horror already. These ungainly 5.3-inch or larger smartphones, labeled phone tablets, must surely be a niche market product. I mean, who wants to hold a platter to their ear? Think what you might, Samsung has sold over 30 million Samsung Galaxy Note II’s. That is three times more than the 10 million first generation Galaxy Note’s sold.

Disbelievers, mainly other Android manufacturers are now shaking their heads, as Samsung laughs its way to the bank. Disbelief in the phablet, gave Samsung a two year window in the market where it was not challenged. It is only this year that other Android manufacturers are entering the phablet market in full force.

The 30 million Galaxy Note II sales figure is pretty significant. I do not have Android sales figures for the current quarter yet. Using figures provided by Gartner from the last quarter of 2012 to the second quarter of this year, a bit over 478.8 million Android smartphones have been sold. Extrapolating a bit, over 700 million Android smartphones have been sold during the period that the Samsung Galaxy Note II has been in the market.

Basically, 1 in 23 Android sold was a Samsung Galaxy Note II. That is a little bit over 4% of all Android sales for the period. That figure is significant when you consider that the Galaxy Note is Samsung’s most expensive product. This year, with everyone entering the phablet market, you will find low cost phablets starting at over US$100. I would not care to estimate what proportion of Android sales will be phablets.

Being one of those Samsung Galaxy Note naysayers, I am shocked. For someone interested in tech, I was terribly myopic. Maybe, it is because I do not use a tablet, so I have never felt the burden of having to carry a smartphone and a tablet. Still, how could I have failed to realize that browsing the web, visiting my favorite social networks, viewing and editing photos, scribbling notes and watching YouTube video’s is best done in 5.7-inches Full HD?

For those wondering when the next big innovation in mobile is coming, it is already here.

 

Samsung has sold over 38 million Galaxy Note smartphones

Galaxy Note 3

Samsung has just breached a new milestone by surpassing the 38 million sales mark for the two Note smartphones (Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note II). Samsung did not give out specific numbers though. The good news was given out by Samsung’s own JK Shin and he expressed optimism about the future of the recently launched Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. He said the smartphone should sell over 10 million units, which doesn’t seem like a large estimate.

The success of the Galaxy Note smartphones is quite remarkable since it wasn’t well received when Samsung first announced it, with size being a major concern for most. However, Samsung has pretty much changed the perception of the people as far as size is concerned and has implemented the same ideology with the Galaxy Note 3. The Note 3 while packing a substantially larger display, isn’t exactly bigger than its predecessor. Samsung believes the Galaxy Note 3 will sell better than its predecessors, which is almost a given at this point.

Source: ET News (Translated)

Via: GSM Arena

How do you define a phablet?

Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Samsung Galaxy Note 3

I was asking a friend of mine on Google+, how we now define a phablet. The query became relevant because of the imminent release in the market of the LG G2, a new 5.2-inch smartphone. Traditionally (if two years is long enough to establish a tradition) phablets have been defined as devices with displays larger than 5-inches and smaller than 7-inches. Devices 5-inches or smaller are smartphones, and those 7-inches or larger are tablets even if they have call and text functionality.

The term “phablet” is now an official part of the Oxford Dictionary and is defined as “a smartphone having a screen which is intermediate in size between that of a typical smartphone and a tablet computer.” The scholars at Oxford Dictionaries were wise enough not to include the display size as part of the definition. Wise because it looks like Samsung will continue to increase display size for so long as they can maintain the width of the case within certain limits. If we look at the Samsung Galaxy Note series, the screen size has progressively increased with each model. The original Galaxy Note had a 5.3-inch display, the second iteration had a 5.5-inch display, and the latest Galaxy Note 3 has a 5.7-inch display. The width of the device has actually gotten narrower each year, from 83 mm for the original model, to 80.5 mm for the Note II, and with the current model at 79.2 mm.

So it looks like, as Samsung continues to be able slim down the bezel, the company will continue to increase the size of the display. The Samsung Galaxy S4 with its 5-inch display has a width of 69.8 mm. The Galaxy S III has a 4.8-inch display in a case with a width of 70.6 mm. So we can expect Samsung to put the largest display it can fit in a 70 mm wide case for the Galaxy S5, and follow LG to the 5+ inch smartphone territory. LG managed to fit in a 5.2-inch display into a 70.9 mm wide case, just 0.3 mm wider than the Samsung Galaxy S3 and which is a hair slimmer than the 71 mm wide Sony Xperia Z. Notably, the 5-inch Sony Xperia Z1 Honami is 74 millimeters wide, and I think we would still consider this a smartphone. LG or Samsung could fit an even larger 5.4, or so, inch display into 74 millimeters.

The solution proposed was simply, do not call them phablets at all. Simply refer to them as 5.7-inch smartphones. Setting a numerical boundary which is revised each year appears to be senseless, as technology moves forward in an attempt to shrink the bezel into extinction.

New Galaxy Note 3 benchmark shows Snapdragon 800 & Android 4.3

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Benchmarks are not the best way to find out how capable a device is under certain games and powerful apps, especially when the manufacturers ship programs to make sure the cores inside a phone run faster when benchmark apps are open.

A new Galaxy Note 3 benchmark may have revealed more than its power though, with the AnTuTu test showing the new phablet with a 2.3GHz processor, which we can only assume is the Snapdragon 800 chip. It is also running Android 4.3, the newest version of Jelly Bean.

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One problem with this benchmark is the actual benchmark, the Galaxy Note 3 scored 22k in the test, much lower than the LG G2 benchmark leak at almost 30k. This is still one of the best phones in terms of performance, but almost 8k lower than the LG G2.

We are unsure why this is, both could be false or one could be false, but assuming both are true either Samsung or LG must be hiding something. Both ship with the Snapdragon 800 and 3GB of RAM, we cannot see how there is a big difference.

The problem with trying to say it is a different processor is the clock speed, no mobile processor on the market currently runs at 2.3GHz, with the Snapdragon 600 clocking in at 1.9GHz on the HTC One.

We will have to wait and see for official results at IFA 2013, we hope the Galaxy Note 3 is the powerhouse that has been leaked in the past few weeks.

Source: SamMobile

Possible Galaxy Note 3 Prototype Images Surface

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The Galaxy Note 3, a rumored device that will continue the phablet legacy that was born and cradled in Samsung’s very own hands has been talked a lot about in the last couple of months.

As rumors circulate, we’ve learnt that the large handset may have a 5.99 inch Super AMOLED display, a 13 megapixel rear camera, a powerful Snapdragon 800, or possibly the Exynos Octa core processor (or a variant for both,) S-Pen capabilities and of course Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature UX laid out on top of the most up-to-date version of Android at the time.

We may also have an idea about what the new phablet may look like thanks to alleged images of a prototype Galaxy Note III from Sammobile.

It’s not 100% definitely a Galaxy Note 3, but it certainly isn’t any other handset. The closest smartphone to these images is the Galaxy Mega 6.3, but dimensions and bezel size are too different for the images to be of a Galaxy Mega.

Sammobile are usually a good source for rumors when it comes to Samsung products, so this could well be a prototype model of the Note 3.

As the word prototype suggests, it’s unlikely this is the full build, and we may see something completely different at launch.

Source: GSMArena

See more images at: Sammobile

 

Samsung Galaxy Note III to feature a 5.9-inch display and latest Octa-core processor.

Samsung released a new beast in the smartphone industry called the Galaxy Note in September 2011, since then many other smartphone manufacturers are trying hard to compete in this part of the smartphone world too.

Keeping in view the failure of some “phablets” of that time like Dell Streak, the critics predicted the failure of Galaxy Note but the results were surprisingly different.

 

Galaxy Note featured a 5.3-inch display with 285 ppi pixel density and was powered by Dual core Exynos chip coupled with 1 GB of Ram. The most interesting part of this phablet was an S-Pen stylus. Samsung was brave enough to add a stylus to the phablet and made some interesting tweaks to their software like S-Note which fully utilized the capabilities of this pen. Samsung Galaxy Note became a hit and millions of devices have been sold all around the world.

Galaxy Note

In less than a year Samsung released Galaxy Note II in August and following the footsteps of the original Note, the Galaxy Note II was even a bigger hit with more than 10 million devices sold till date.

Note II arrived in USA on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon and U.S. Cellular in October and November. Note II featured a slightly bigger 5.5-inch display along with Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9 processor coupled with hefty 2 GB of Ram. It also came with a new S-Pen with enhanced features.

 

Just after 6 months of the Note II launch, we are now hearing some rumors about the upcoming Galaxy Note III. According to the Korea Times, we could see Note III coming in the second half of this year. This seems promising as both the previous Galaxy Note phones were announced at IFA which is held every year in Berlin and as the rumor states we could see Galaxy Note III announcement at IFA in August this year.

Galaxy Note II

Korea Times suggests that Galaxy Note III will have a bigger 5.9-inch 1080p AMOLED display but reports also say that Samsung won’t use a flexible display.

Note III is most likely to use Exynos 5 Octa  processor as Samsung  states that it is 70-percent less power hungry than a typical quad-core Cortex A15 processor which means that Galaxy Note III will not only perform better than the Note II but will have a longer battery life too.

Some other rumors claim that Samsung will make some tweaks to the pen and will be upgrading phone’s camera to 13 megapixels.

 

We will have to wait and see if these rumors turn out to be a reality but for now we are all excited about the Samsung Galaxy S IV which will be announced on 14 March 2013 in New York. So stay tuned for the updates!!

 

via gottabemobile

Samsung shows Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 accidentally

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Samsung is now making available the Garnet Red version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. The device looks great in Red, and to get the word out to the buyers, Samsung sent out a picture of a Korean Chef model holding the Note 10.1 in its latest color. The image is interesting, not because of the tall chef’s hat, but what’s in the background of the hat.

We’re not sure whether Sammy has done it on purpose or not, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 seems to appear on the background. Thanks to the plethora of spy shots, we have seen several images of the upcoming Note tablet from the South Korean technology major.

It’s an 8 inch device, and there’s no doubt that it is the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. The device will be competing with Apple’s iPad mini offering and will come with a substantially lower price tag. Note 8.0 is anticipated to be launched at Mobile World Congress that is going to be held Barcelona in a few days.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 will definitely be a threat to iPad mini which comes with 7.9 inch screen, however, the sequel of the iPad mini will be coming with Retina display which should help it a bit. According to the rumors and the roadmap which were previously leaked, the device will be launched in March and will come with 8-inch 1280 x 800-pixel display, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz, a 5-megapixel camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, support for S Note, S Memo and S Planner, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded using a microSD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, a 4,600mAh battery and E-Book support. The device seems to support 3G as well as 2G frequency bands which suggest that the device may be offered by carriers.

Below is the leaked spec sheet of Note 8.0:
Code name: Kona
Platform: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Official name: GALAXY Note 8.0 (3G, Wi-Fi)
Product codes: GT-N5100, GT-N5110
Battery: 4,600 mAh
Dimensions: 211.3 × 136.3 × 7.95 mm , 330 grams
Display: 8.0-inch 1280×800 TFT (Super Clear LCD)
Processor: 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4412
Cameras: 5-Megapixel rear, 1.3-megapixel front
Internal storage: 16/32GB (optional) + microSD (up to 32GB)
RAM: 2GB
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, A-GPS
GSM networks: EDGE (850/900/1800/1900) HSPA+21.1Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps (850/900/1900/2100)

We can expect the device to retail at a price point of $250 to $300. It’s good value because it’s a Note device; hence it will be supporting all the additional features such as SPen stylus input with help of which you can use the device as a notepad. Samsung could consider giving a higher resolution screen as Apple is planning on Retina Display, but Note 8.0 will definitely have a price benefit over iPad mini. Also, a bigger battery is always welcome, but 4,600 mAh should to do the job.

What are your thoughts on Note 8.0? Are you planning on buying this device? Let us know using comment form below.

via: SammyHub

Samsung Purchases 5% Stake in Wacom: Increased Implementation of the S-Pen on the Cards?

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So we all love how the Galaxy Note devices work with its seamless integration with the S-Pen and the kind of things one can do with a smartphone using that digital pen. However, these S-Pens are usually reserved for Note smartphones and we haven’t yet thought of a much wider use of the technology. But this new info might just make us think otherwise. Well, Samsung has just bought a stake in Wacom which specializes in and makes digitizer panels used on Note devices. The Koreans began working on the Note with Wacom’s tech on board, so it’s obvious that Samsung doesn’t want to let go of them anytime soon. The stake is a meager 5%, which is a lot in terms of actual money. The bigger question however is whether Samsung will start utilizing the S-Pen stylus even outside the realms of the Note devices.

Since these styluses are iconic to the Galaxy Note devices, it honestly wouldn’t make much sense for Samsung to launch them all across the board. Perhaps, they could improve or upgrade the S-Pen and bring in some new technology to make it more usable. We usually find that users don’t often use the S-Pen stylus on Galaxy Note devices after a week or a month’s usage. Because despite what Samsung says, the S-Pen is merely a luxury feature with only a few using it on a regular basis. But one can’t deny the effort that the company has put in to make it such an appealing and stand out feature. Samsung’s $60 million investment in Wacom could prove to be beneficial in the long run for the Koreans. While it’s highly unlikely that we would see Samsung implement this feature on non-Note devices, we don’t rule it out either as the company has a history of surprising us at the very last minute.

As we’ve spoken about on several occasions, there are ways to make the S-Pen more attractive to buyers. And that is by selling it separately for non-Note devices. The problem with this however is that Samsung will need to make some modification to the glass which covers the display to make the S-Pen compatible, so this is primarily the reason why we might not see the S-Pen associated with anything other than Note devices. So in my opinion, this info doesn’t necessarily mean that Samsung will bring more S-Pen running devices, but merely that it likes Wacom and its investment would garner good returns. It’s business after all. Samsung took a huge gamble with the S-Pen as we all know, and it’s one of those things which just worked for the company. Samsung hasn’t looked back since then, but that could be because we haven’t seen that many manufacturers launch a digitized stylus like this one. Let’s hope we get to see more and more manufacturers implement this feature and add their own unique touch to it.

What’s your take on the whole S-Pen thing? Should Samsung bring it to non-Note flagships as well? Leave us a comment below and let us know.

Source: Wacom
Via: Pocketnow

Jelly Bean Update for Original Galaxy Note Could be Right Around the Corner Claims Online Manual

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The Samsung Galaxy Note was one of most popular phablets/smartphones of 2011 and its popularity remained intact all the way until the next iteration was launched in 2012. And expectedly, ever since the Galaxy Note II launched, we have kind of forgotten entirely about the original Note. But Samsung certainly hasn’t forgotten about the smartphone as it has been rather quick to roll out updates for the smartphone. The original Galaxy Note is currently running on Ice Cream Sandwich, which is if the user has updated beyond Android 2.3 Gingerbread. But Ice Cream Sandwich is a little over a year old now, so having that on your phone isn’t exactly that big of a deal, which is why Samsung is working on the Jelly Bean update for this phone. While we’ve hardly had any info about the update so far, we might just have gotten a hint that the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the original Galaxy Note might be right around the corner. The reason we can say this with certainty, is because Samsung has just published the service manual for the upcoming Android 4.1.2 update on its website.

This update is expected to go live in the January-February time frame, which is when the Samsung Galaxy S II will be receiving the update as well. It’s pretty big news for Galaxy Note users as the company is still supporting them even after two major updates. This should pretty much be the end of the road for these devices though, as the next major release which is believed to be Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, might not see the light of the day for 2011 smartphones. But we never know with a company like Samsung, and it might surprise us all by rolling out an update to these devices as well. As of now, the users can be pretty assured of running the latest version of Android (maybe we should reserve that statement after the Android 4.2 update?)

The Galaxy Note features a 5.3-inch Super AMOLED HD display, a dual core 1.4 GHz Exynos 4212 chipset, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP camera on the back as well as a 2MP front facing camera. The device was announced at the IFA 2011 event in Berlin and was an instant hit there. All in all, Samsung got everything right with the Galaxy Note and continued the legacy with the Note II last year. This update is very welcome and will go a long way in building the trust of its loyal users.

Source: Samsung UK
Via: Phone Arena