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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 vs Apple iPad Air – Specs comparison

Top-shelf Samsung Galaxy smartphones have been dominating Apple iPhones in raw speed, software smoothness, multitasking, accessibility and usability for years now, and that’s no longer just the biased opinion of an Android fanboy (which I am).

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Supported by sales numbers, as well as many nonpartisan critical reviews, Sammy’s superiority over Cupertino is on the verge of a major breakthrough and unexpected transition to the tablet décor. Yeah, Apple, you may still have the upper hand financially, but the iPad mini Retina is no match for the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 hardware-wise.

Nor is the iPad Air for the Tab S 10.5, the other high-resolution Super AMOLED slate introduced last week. And sooner or later, people will become aware of your disadvantage, laziness and self-sufficiency, migrating en masse to Android.

It’s really just a matter of time. For now, all we can do is prove to tech-savvy folks the Tab S 10.5 is the (much) better slab. Not with words, but numbers. Here we go:

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 vs iPad Air – design, build quality and dimensions

Numbers don’t lie, try not to forget that, and sink your teeth in the following figures: 10.5 inches, 467 grams, 6.6 mm. Now compare them with 9.7 inches, 469 grams and 7.5 mm. Granted, Samsung can’t really call its latest flagship tablet “lighter than Air”, as Amazon hilariously did last year.

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But it’s amazing how the Koreans pulled off a gizmo with plenty of extra screen real estate, yet just as light and, most incredibly of all, thinner than the iPad Air. Look at those bezels. They’re simply flawless.

True, Apple prevails in the build quality battle with ease, thanks to extra-premium, extra-robust, extra-sleek aluminum. Meanwhile, Samsung’s plastic is chintzy, though less so than before, and the perforated rear pattern, “borrowed” from the Galaxy S5, somehow works. And I was never a fan of it on the S5.

Display face-off

Numbers don’t lie, I can’t stress that enough, and so it’s basically pointless to try to find fancy, bombastic adjectives describing the greatness of the Super AMOLED panel found on the Tab S 10.5. It’s great, and let’s leave it at that.

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Far greater than iPad Air’s IPS LCD “Retina” unit, which boasts a now humble 2,048 x 1,536 pixels resolution and 264 ppi pixel density. Humble when compared to Tab S 10.5’s digits, that is – 2,560 x 1,600, 288 ppi.

Looking beyond cold, objective, inexpressive numbers for a second, the superior pixel count of the GTab S and its using of an AMOLED display shall no doubt translate into better viewing angles, brighter, more vibrant colors and improved contrast.

Processing speed, RAM and storage

Offered in alternate Exynos and Snapdragon configurations, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 packs eight and four cores respectively, but 3 gigs of RAM either way. Ergo, multitasking is so much breezier on the Android bad boy than the iOS-running, 1 GB RAM-featuring heavyweight contender, which also has to clear software limitation hurdles to access two or more apps at the same time.

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Tragedy for Apple, whose dual-core (ew) homebrewed A7 chip is a sorry excuse for a Snapdragon 800 or Exynos 5 Octa rival. Storage? The iPad Air comes in four variations, not just two, as the Tab S, technically being the wiser choice for memory hoarders.

Only if you think about it, the 32 GB Tab S can accommodate up to 160 gigs of data when adding a microSD card in the equation. iPad Airs max out at 128 GB in lack of expendable storage support, so I guess you can put another one in Samsung’s hefty win column.

Galaxy Tab S 10.5 vs iPad Air – software and battery life duel

There’s no such thing as a perfect ecosystem, operating system, smartphone or tablet, so not even the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 can win all its bouts against the iPad Air. In addition to build quality therefore, the Achilles’ heel is software, on account of Google Play still including way too few tablet-dedicated apps.

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Also, many that are just too clunky to take into account. Samsung is trying its best to fix the inconveniences through Touchwiz-specific tweaks, a user interface called Magazine UX and so on and so forth, but at the end of the day, the Android skin has its upsides (improved productivity) and flaws (bugs, lag, you name it).

As far as autonomy goes, I’m afraid the iPad Air could come out victorious as well, since it boasts the more frugal processor, the lower-res screen and the slightly beefier battery (8,820 vs 7,900 mAh). But that’s where optimizations and Ultra Power Saving Modes come in, so don’t be surprised to notice similar autonomy results in real life.

Cameras, connectivity and others

Look, there’s no point sugarcoating it, if you’re one of those guys that takes pictures at concerts using a 10-inch “laptop replacement”, you’re a douche. But hey, even douches have standards, so if you fit the profile, go for the Tab S. It’s got an 8 MP rear snapper with LED Flash and autofocus, while the iPad Air comes a bit short photo-quality wise, due to an inferior 5 megapixel sensor.

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What else? Naturally, 4G speeds can be accessed on both pads, though LTE Tab S versions may be a little scarcer and hard to come by than iPads the next few months. On the bright side, Samsung took the risk of incorporating fingerprint recognition tech in something larger than a phone, unlike Apple, which saves Touch ID for iPhones.

Pricing, availability and wrap up

Charging more than an iPad for an iPad killer is usually a mistake punishable by oblivion, but the Tab S is a pithy $70 or so north of the cheapest Air. And that’s after several iPad discounts. Also, need I remind you how much zippier, sleeker and vibrant the 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab is?

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What remains to be seen is which of America’s big four operators will be carrying the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (AT&T is already confirmed) and how much they’ll be asking with LTE. I’m guessing more or less in iPad Air 4G’s ballpark, in which case the final takeaway is easy to guess. Move over, iPad Air, the large tablet world has a new ruler. All hail the king! 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 vs Apple iPad mini Retina – Specs comparison

Probably feeling Galaxy Tab Pros lacked the pizazz to really give Apple iPads a run for their money and show the world Android has a bright future on tablets regardless of bleak predictions, Samsung basically retired the four-month-old slates, replacing them with punchier, brighter, skinnier versions.

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Not by much, mind you, but just enough to make a difference and keep retail costs contained. Of course, Sammy could have done this in the first place instead of going to the nuisance of marketing the short-lived Tab Pros, but hey, if it would make sense, it wouldn’t be Samsung.

It’d be Apple. There, I said it. Cupertino’s strategies are almost always cohesive and consistent (except for the iPhone 5c, which was the result of a temporary loss of sanity), this being one of the reasons iPads continue to outsell Galaxy Tabs and Notes by possibly a 50 or so to one degree.

Granted, just because one product is a looot more popular than another, it doesn’t mean it’s superior in quality. Which is where we come in. Here’s the ultimate Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 vs Apple iPad mini Retina face-off, with everything you need to know to make an informed, thought through buying decision:

Design and build quality comparison

Thin vs thinner, light vs lighter, aluminum vs plastic. Damn it, Sammy, you were this close to dominate perhaps the toughest battle of them all.

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Apple is renowned for somehow always finding the right balance between premium build materials, compact form factors and uber-slim profiles, so even if the polycarbonate construction of the Tab S has nothing on the iPad mini 2’s exquisite metal physique, it’s still amazing the 8.4 incher can be both thinner and lighter than the 7.9 incher.

Particularly as it offers the half-inch of extra screen real estate. Don’t get me wrong, the iPad mini Retina remains a featherweight, at 331 grams and 7.5 mm, but compared to the Tab S (298 grams heavy, 6.6 mm thick), it actually looks kind of bulky.

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As for the perforated pattern on the rear of the Tab S, mimicked from the Galaxy S5, it’s clearly schlockier than iPad mini’s clean, smooth, distinguished back. But hey, we’ve seen worse, haven’t we?

Galaxy Tab S 8.4 vs iPad mini Retina – display duel

After years and years of trumpeting their “Retina” panels as the best in the business, the time has come to finally laugh in Apple’s face. Retina? You mean 2,048 x 1,536 pixels on a 7.9-inch piece of LCD glass? Ha, GTab’s “non-Retina” screen delivers 2,560 x 1,600 resolution and 359 ppi.

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On a Super AMOLED matrix that, in theory, conveys the brightest, colorful colors, widest viewing angles and greatest contrast. Sure, we’ve seen Samsung botching theoretically amazing displays before, but this time the gap is too large. Apple doesn’t stand a chance, end of story.

Processing speed, RAM and storage

Cut the act, fanboys, and quit your superior jibber jabber about software optimizations and whatnot. Yes, iOS needs a lot less power than Android to function fluently and glitch-free. But anyone who believes a dual-core/1 GB RAM system can hold a candle to an octa-core/3 GB RAM hardware configuration should check with a head doctor ASAP.

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Multitasking in general, gaming, web browsing, multimedia playing, you name it, the Galaxy Tab S can do it better, faster, smoother. How could it not when it packs a cutting-edge Exynos 5 Octa 5420 chip with four cores clocked at 1.9 GHz and four at 1.3? And the best thing is you needn’t worry about battery life either, as the eight cores are assembled in two separate clusters, which trigger depending on the task. Check and mate, Apple.

Oh, right, before I forget, the iPad mini Retina comes in 16, 32, 64 and 128 GB storage configs. The Tab S 8.4 just in 16 and 32 variations. But the latter can always welcome external memory, via a microSD card slot supporting up to an extra 128 gigs. Check and mate times two.

Software and battery life face-off

This may sound weird coming from an Android aficionado, nay an Android junkie, but if someone could merge Samsung’s hardware with Apple’s software, I’d buy the resulting Frankensteinian creature in a second. Let’s face it, fellow Google idolizers, there’s still no comparing the Android ecosystem with iOS on large gadgets. Maybe someday.

And maybe someday, Samsung will quit trying so damn hard to make Android look like… anything but Android, wasting precious system resources in the process. Yeah, TouchWiz has the occasional neat or useful add-on (multi-view comes to mind), but Magazine UX is an atrocity.

Autonomy-wise, it’s a little early for verdicts, but my intuition tells me we’re headed for a tie. The Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is virtually tied with the iPad mini 2, at around 10 hours of juice with a 4,800 mAh cell, so the 4,900 mAh battery inside the Tab S should do just fine.

Cameras, connectivity and others

While I can’t even remember the last time I’ve used my slate’s rear snapper, some folks might try to save a few bucks on a smartphone and thus rely on their tab’s photographic competency. In which case you can’t go wrong with the Tab S. Its 8 MP main snapper is light years ahead of the 5 megapixel unit on the iPad mini Retina, and so is the 2.1 MP front shooter when compared to the rival’s 1.2.

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What else could sway you one direction or the other? Well, it’s a gimmick in my book, and there’s no point denying it, but if you’re one of those guys, the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy Tab S might tip the balance.

Connectivity-wise, both slates offer optional 4G LTE support, standard Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 and so on and so forth.

Pricing and availability

Right, so I reckon the comparison pieces so far speak for themselves in settling the name of the overall winner. Just one thing could spoil Samsung’s victory: retail costs. But that’s nowhere near the case, since the Tab S 8.4 will start at $400 in July, so exactly as much as the 16 GB Wi-Fi-only iPad mini 2.

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LTE models are yet to be priced, and AT&T is the sole operator that’s confirmed release plans, however I bet Verizon at the very least will follow suit, charging $550 give or take, so once again, just as much as Apple charges. If only people weren’t so easy to fool by shrewd, expensive marketing and “tradition”.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S prices revealed by Finnish retailer, stocks expected early June

As hard as Samsung might have tried to keep the Super AMOLED-boasting Galaxy Tab S pair under wraps prior to the June 12 “Galaxy Premiere” press event, the high-end slates stopped being a secret a long time ago.

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And now the very last piece of the puzzle may have fallen into place, thanks to a reckless Northern European online retailer. Finland’s Multitronic let the pricing cat out of the bag earlier today, confirming Samsung indeed plans to charge extra for extra-crisp displays. Also, fingerprint recognition technology if the Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 will support it, as tipsters claimed.

Whatever the upgrades, the 8.4-inch Tab S is roughly €50 costlier than the “basic” Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4. Namely, €449.90 in a Wi-Fi-only flavor, compared to €399. The gap pretty much stays the same as far as 4G-enabled variations are concerned, with the looming AMOLED bad boy evaluated at €563.90 and the “aging” Tab Pro priced at €519.

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Meanwhile, the larger 10.5-inch Tab S is poised to start at €563.90, a whopping €75 north of the Tab Pro 10.1’s valuation (€489). Bizarrely, the gap in this particular case shrinks for LTE models, divided by just €63 (€681.90 – €619).

Clearly, just because some obscure Finnish store pulls a few random numbers out of its behind, it doesn’t automatically mean they’re legit and set in stone. Particularly as Multitronic calls attention to shipping dates that make absolutely no sense.

June 5, guys, really? So before the Tab S duo actually breaks cover in an organized fashion? Highly, highly unlikely.

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But back to numbers, you must admit they look awfully plausible. Think about it. VAT and other taxes notwithstanding, they’d probably translate into $450, $550, $550 and $650 price tags stateside. All of which sound right to me. Not necessarily fair, but right given Sammy’s greed business sense.

Remember, both the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 are tipped to sport 2,560 x 1,600 pix res screens, octa-core Exynos 5420 chips, 3 GB RAM, 8 MP/2.1 MP cameras and Android 4.4 KitKat out the box. Who’s saving to buy one? Waiting for a Nexus 8 instead?

Via [Multitronic]

Verizon-bound Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, Wi-Fi-only Tab 4 7.0 get FCC clearance

Fearing they’d cause too much confusion rolling out so soon after the swanky Galaxy Tab Pro trio and S Pen-toting Note Pro 12.2, Samsung held off on the formal introductions of the Galaxy Tab 4 triad. But there’s no point in delaying them any further, as they’ll perplex and confuse us no matter when they break cover.

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Two fresh FCC certifications help untangle things a little, though Sammy’s soon-to-be-completed 2014 tablet portfolio still looks crowded and mystifyingly convoluted. The lower end spectrum will no doubt include three slates named simply Galaxy Tab 4 (or maybe Tab 4 Lite), one with a 7-inch display, the second with an 8-inch and finally a 10.1 or 10.6 incher.

The larger pad is model numbered SM-T530 in a Wi-Fi only flavor, SM-T531 with 3G connectivity, and SM-T535 when supporting “international” 4G LTE bands. We knew all that already, but apparently there’s also an SM-T537V variant in the pipeline, poised to land exclusively on, you guessed it, Verizon.

Of course, Big Red is yet to confirm the scoop, however the “V” at the end of the alias sets it in stone, as do some tidbits revealed by FCC. According to one of the agency’s internal docs, the 10 incher carries LTE connectivity on bands 4 and 13, which just happen to be routinely used by America’s largest mobile operator.

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Unfortunately, we can’t seem to find a sketch to corroborate the tablet’s exact size, and reports on the matter continue to be conflicting. Twitter leaker @evleaks, whose reputation really precedes him, hinted at 10.1 inches of screen real estate less than 24 hours back, whereas a known and reliable benchmark database pinpointed the diagonal at 10.6 inches a while ago.

Oh, well, half an inch doesn’t make much of a difference anyway. Besides, the rest of the features are out and thoroughly documented: 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution, pre-loaded Android 4.4.2 KitKat, quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 chip, 1/1.5 GB RAM, 16 GB built-in storage, 3 MP rear-facing camera, 1.2 MP front snapper, 6,800 mAh battery.

Meanwhile, the smallest member of the upcoming entry-level family, dubbed Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 or Tab 4 Lite 7.0, passed FCC’s test with flying colors too in a version equipped merely with Wi-Fi support: SM-T230.

Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 FCC

Also leaked by @evleaks recently, the thing is expected out with optional 3G as well, but no LTE. Apart from size and battery capacity (shrunk to 4,450 mAh), the Tab 4 7.0 is bound to replicate Tab 4 10.1’s specs to the letter.

Remember, a low-end 8 incher is most definitely part of the series too, paying FCC a visit under the SM-T330 moniker not long ago. Oh, and let’s not forget about the SM-T700 and SM-T800, benchmarked and detailed already and tipped to essentially mimic the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 and 10.1 while adding Super AMOLED panels in the mix. Did I not warn you confusion was inevitable?

Via [FCC] (1), (2) 

10-Inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 with LTE clears FCC, benchmark confirms specs

Probably fearing they might be overshadowed by the Galaxy S5, Samsung kept the Galaxy Tab 4 series on the sidelines at last month’s MWC, putting off their formal intros despite the trio looking like an open book at one point.

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But sooner or later (probably sooner), the humbler relatives of the top-shelf Galaxy Tab Pro line have to go official. In the meantime, let us put you at ease. Samsung is seeking customary regulatory clearance for at least one GTab 4 model as we speak, meaning an announcement is likely due by the end of March.

Also, assuming an always reliable benchmark database is trustworthy this time around too, we seem to have the full hardware picture of the 10-inch Galaxy Tab 4, which ultimately isn’t the pushover that many deemed it back in February.

First things first, FCC has just given the green light to the Samsung SM-T535, widely believed to be a 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 4 with 4G LTE support. Unsurprisingly, the Commission’s approval docs confirm an LTE radio is indeed on board, along with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GSM, W-CDMA and Bluetooth connectivity.

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Since the SM-T530, aka the Wi-Fi-only flavor, cleared the FCC a few weeks ago, all’s officially and formally set for a presumably low-profile unveil. After all, this is no flagship device.

But again, it’s no ultra-low-ender either. Not exactly. Not ultra. As per GFX Bench info, the SM-T530/T531/T535 shall run Android 4.4.2 KitKat and pack a quad-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chip.

You can surely think of laggier processors, right? Interestingly, the display section lists 1,280 x 800 under resolution and, get this, 10.6-inch under size. That’s… unexpected. Oh, well, it could be a typo. Hopefully, we’re dealing with a misspelling in the camera department too, as the rear snapper, previously rumored to sport an 8 MP sensor, is now said to come with 3 measly megapixels in tow.

SM-T535 benchmark

The 16 GB on-board storage is no surprise, the 1.2 MP front cam likewise, whereas the RAM is bizarrely filed as 0.8/1.3 GB. I’m guessing it should actually be 1 and 1.5 GB, for the Wi-Fi and LTE versions respectively.

After doing some extra digging on GFX Bench’s website, we’ve managed to locate precious info on the 8-inch Galaxy Tab 4, aka SM-T335, which pretty much lines up with existing reports. Specifically, the more compact slate is KitKat-powered, quad-core Snapdragon 400-backed, touts 1.5 GB RAM, 1,280 x 800 pix res, 16 GB storage (12 usable), a 3 MP primary shooter and 1.2 MP secondary.

Don’t forget a 7 incher is also coming, likely with Android 4.4, the same quad-core CPU, 1 GB RAM, and 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution screen. The biggest question mark remains pricing, so stay tuned for updates.

Via [FCC], [GFX Bench] (1), (2)

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro, Galaxy Tab Pro: the good, the bad and the competition

Watch out, Apple, there are some new Android-running iPad “killers” in town, and they may just give the so far undisputed tablet heavyweight champ a run for its money. Or at least work as a stepping stone for when Android finally dethrones iOS in this seemingly one-sided contest.

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Make no mistake, the time will come, as long as Samsung continues to push the hardware boundaries of Galaxy Tabs and Notes, and OEMs like Asus keep the pricing bar low. But is Sammy wrong to spread its slate magic between so many differently sized, differently specced models?

Wouldn’t it make more sense to once and for all assume the underdog position and follow Apple’s suit instead of insisting on setting new trends? Specifically, would it help if they had merely an iPad mini rival and full-sized iPad competitor in their lineup?

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Also, do the Galaxy Tabs Pro 8.4, 10.1, 12.2 and Note Pro 12.2 have other worthy adversaries which they need to prevail against? Exactly what are their targets and niches, strong points and flaws? Stay tuned, as we’ll try to explore all these questions and more in the following lines.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro line, Note Pro 12.2 – The good

Give it up, Apple fanboys, your iPad Air has nothing on our sweet Note Pro 12.2. Or Tab Pro 10.1, for that matter. iPad mini 2 vs. Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4? However you spin it, be prepared to take a beating.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, the iOS ecosystem is “healthier”, safer, richer in some ways. But what good does it do the average user when there’s such a glaring gap in the hardware department balancing out Apple’s software edge?

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I mean, look at those outstanding displays. Forget Retina, everybody craves for whatever Samsung calls Galaxy Tab Pro’s 2,560 x 1,600 pix res Super clear LCD panel. 324 ppi? Puh-lease, the 8.4-incher delivers 359. Meanwhile, the iPad Air boasts 264 and the Tab Pro 10.1 299 ppi.

As for processing speed, RAM or cameras, I don’t really want to get in the whole “iOS software optimization” debate and how it can make theoretically lousy hardware perform. I just know there’s no way the 1 GB RAM on the iPads trumps the 3 gigs on the Note Pro 12.2. 5 MP cams? Pfft, we have 8 MP.

Bottom line, love it or hate it, the spec war is still very much on, and Samsung appears to be winning it.

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Also, no, it does not hurt to have the option of going for extra screen real estate. Sure, many consider 12-inch tablets uncomfortable to use while on the go and all. But before jumping at Samsung’s throat for the “grotesque” Note Pro 12.2 and Tab Pro 12.2, remember Apple is nearly confirmed to be hard at work on a so-called “iPad Pro”.

Hear that, fanboys? Your precious idols may “rip off” Samsung soon enough. If ripping off means coming up with an unoriginal idea at basically the same time as your antagonist, and failing to swiftly put it into practice.

Galaxy Tab Pro, Galaxy Note Pro – The bad

Choice and diversity. It’s pretty much Android’s (simplified) creed nowadays, and Samsung’s in particular. The problem is, it’s not easy to forge a unique identity to a specific gadget when all kinds of relatives are around.

What is it that makes the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 stand out from the crowd? Why should I pick the Note Pro 12.2 over the Tab Pro 12.2? Just because of S Pen support? It’s not enough, Samsung, and you know it. Hopefully, you know it.

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Now, it might sound ridiculous, but despite Samsung’s quartet edging out the iPads from a hardware standpoint (and maybe even in the design arena), many people will opt for one of Apple’s slates simply because picking a Galaxy is, well, confusing and headache-inducing.

It doesn’t help that there’s always a “threat”, of ever so slightly better gizmos outed weeks or months after previous flagships, looming in Samsung’s camp, whereas Apple offers a certain sense of stability and comfort.

In other words, evolution is fine for the market as a whole, but from where most of you are sitting, it’s unacceptable to cough up 800 bucks for a top-of-the-line gadget today, and wake up the next day seeing an improved model unveiled.

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Oh, and one last thing, though I can’t believe I’m actually saying this. Oi, Samsung, you need to spend money to make money. Or better yet, lose money to make money. So if you truly want to dethrone Apple, for crying out loud, underprice your slates. Do it now.

$400 for the Tab Pro 8.4 would be fair in a fair world, but we’re living in an Apple world, so you better make it $300 fast. And $400 for the Tab Pro 10.1 instead of $500, $550 tops for the Tab Pro 12.2 and $600 give or take for the Note Pro 12.2.

The competition

I’m not going to beat it around the bush a lot here, just one thought before wrapping up. Would you please stop comparing the Galaxy Tabs Pro and Note Pro with the Nexus 7, Nexus 10 or other budget-conscious entries? They’re not the targets here, Apple’s iPads are.

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Maybe Microsoft’s Surfaces too, albeit they’re still hard to take seriously, with sales trailing and Windows incapable of breaking into the mainstream world of either smartphones or tablets. It’s thus a two-way Samsung vs. Apple fight for supremacy. Play your cards right, Sammy, and you’ll leap to #1 in no time.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2, Tab 3 Lite and Note Pro 12.2 Score Bluetooth SIG Certification

As we near the year’s first two major tech-related trade shows, next week’s CES and next month’s MWC, the puzzle that’s Samsung’s 2014 mobile product lineup becomes less and less of a conundrum.

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For instance, it’s now nearly set in stone that the purported Galaxy Grand Lite will be marketed as the Grand Neo, whereas the Note 3 Lite will significantly lower the performance ante compared with its distant cousin.

Then you have a slightly more complicated tablet totem pole, where the massive Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is to sit at the very top, with at least two Galaxy Tab Pros underneath it and a low-end, low-cost GTab Lite chilling at the base.

Of the slate slew, three individuals are today moving one step closer to their formal introductions, thanks to swift Bluetooth SIG approval processes. What’s interesting is one particular tab, the SM-T905, managed to keep a relatively low profile in the rumor mill so far, only breaking its cover a couple of weeks ago, when a Zauba listing was tracked down.

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Initially, the theory was this mysterious bad boy was nothing but a subvariety of the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, aka SM-P900 or SM-P905. After all, their codenames were extremely close, and there had to be a connection.

On further investigation though, we’ve become quite certain the SM-T905 will be part of the Galaxy Tab family, not the Note series. Particularly, the thing is bound to be made known as the GTab 12.2, or GTab Pro 12.2.

As such, expect it to sport a vibrant 2,560 x 1,600 pix res 12.2-inch panel, as well as most of the top-shelf features the Note Pro is tipped to rock: quad-core Snapdragon 800 SoC, 3 GB RAM, 8 MP rear-facing camera and optional 4G LTE support.

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There will however be one difference, and one difference alone, namely the Tab Pro 12.2, like all Tab family members, is to lack S Pen support. Odds are that’ll lead to a (small) gap in pricing, though it’s a little too early to make any further assumptions.

And while we’re on the Note Pro 12.2 subject, let’s mention the S Pen-toting big guy has been given Bluetooth SIG’s blessing at around the same time as the GTab 12.2 and… the Tab 3 Lite. The only one not carrying LTE support is the entry-level 7-incher (model number SM-T111), rumored to cost as little as $100 and debut during the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas.

A delay of the announcement until February’s Mobile World Congress is definitely not out of the question either, especially as the Note Pro 12.2, Tab Pro 12.2, Tab Pro 8.4 and Tab Pro 10.1 look most likely to go official at Barcelona’s expo. Bottom line, Samsung is going to keep busy for time to come.

Sources: Bluetooth SIG (1), (2), (3)

What To Expect From Samsung in H1 2014: Rumor Roundup

Year-end rundowns and recaps would be nothing without previews and rumor roundups, and so, after compiling lists with the Android best of the best and also the worst of worst in 2013, it’s time to look ahead at what’s coming in 2014.

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Hopefully, less flops, more home-runs. As we’ve learned, the leading candidate for both is Samsung, simply because the Koreans have more guts and money than possibly all other big (and small) fishes in the Android business combined.

If there’s one thing we know about Sammy, it’s they’re going to roll out dozens of new products over the course of the next 12 months, intending to conquer each and every niche of the mobile market, even those that we had no idea existed.

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Be that as it may, guessing what the Galaxy architects have planned for a full year is downright impossible, so instead let’s see what we can make of the recent speculation bonanza in regards to devices expected out between January 1 and June 30. In other words, H1 2014.

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Q1 or Q2? Before, during or after MWC? Metal or plastic? Hard to say. But the S5 is coming in H1, and it’s going to be outstanding. Plenty of things have changed since the last time we summarized S5 gossip, yet no believable render is out.

So maybe the “next big thing” is a little ways down the road. Or, and this is much easier to buy, Samsung has put a stop to the wild leakfests of 2012 and 2013 and aims to keep a tighter lid on the future big guy’s design.

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Hiding the specs is a much more difficult feat, as an SM-G900S has already surfaced online with a list of features that puts it in pole-position as a GS5 candidate. The theory is corroborated by notorious Twitter tipster @evleaks and now AnTuTu, so it’s not set in stone, but it’s close enough.

As a quick refresher, the S5 is tipped to sport a 2K 5 or 5.2-inch display, 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 and/or 64-bit Exynos CPU, 3 or 4 GB RAM and 16 MP rear-facing camera. The exterior is likely made of plastic, however…

Super-premium F Series

However, the “standard” GS5 will not necessarily be the top stallion in Samsung’s stable. Instead, an ultra high-end member of the Galaxy family could see daylight with aluminum and curved display versions, probably a Snapdragon 805 SoC running the hardware show and the best Sammy has to offer in the imaging and battery departments.

samsung-f-series

The “when” part of the equation is the most difficult to untangle, albeit my guesstimate is the Galaxy F (or however it’ll end up being called) will break cover a good month or two after the S5. Ergo, April or May.

Other Galaxy phones

Just because Samsung has two top-shelf handhelds in the pipeline, it doesn’t mean they’ll neglect the low-end, low-cost class. No sir, as they draw profits almost equally as hefty from there. And thereabouts, as mid-range slabs are too worthy of a separate mention.

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While we’re a little light on specifics in this section, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to predict some sort of Galaxy Fame and Young follow-ups are in the cards, as well as washed-out Lite variants of the Note 3 and Grand. Maybe a Galaxy Xcover 3, upgraded Megas and a few “Plus”, “Advance” and “Pro” flavors of existing devices.

Bottom line, nothing fancy, but cool and cheap enough to keep Nokia and Motorola at bay.

Tablets: Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, Note 12.2, GTab 4 and more

The slate department is actually the one Samsung wants to tweak the most in 2014, if we are to believe, well, everyone. And not a day too soon, as, in all honesty, Galaxy tablets, be they part of the Tab series or Note family, have never made big waves or sizable profits.

Can the GTab 3 Lite turn things around? Not dramatically, despite its unbeatable $100 price point. What about the Note 12.2? Now you’re talking. As far-fetched as it may sound, pundits forecast an immense growth for large slates, including those north of 10 inches.

Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-3-Lite

Combine that with the functionality of the GNote line, massive marketing and advertising investments, top-of-the-line specs and a touch of extra productivity with keyboard docks and other accessories, and you get a smash hit. Just don’t forget the docking station, Sammy, or else Apple will beat you to the punch with the oft-rumored iPad Pro.

What else? Oh, yeah, a pair of Super AMOLED display-toting tabs is also reportedly in the works, one a compact 8-incher and the other boasting 10.5 inches of sweetness. And a mystery 13.3-incher, and some sort of hybrid with both Windows and Android on-board. Too much to take in all at once?

Galaxy Note 12.2

Well, we’re not done. Aside from the $100 Lite thing and AMOLED players, the Tab series is due for a couple of additional refreshments (under the Tab 4 moniker), to follow on the footsteps of the 8 and 10-inch Tab 3. Also, it’s safe to assume the Galaxy Note 8.0 will itself get a sequel. I lost count, how many are there? Ten, twenty, a hundred?

Wearables: Galaxy Gear 2? Gear Glass?

Forget what they say, the first-gen Galaxy Gear is nowhere near a slam dunk. But you’d have been crazy to think the first stab at such a delicate concept would hit the jackpot. Since there’s nothing wrong with the actual concept, Samsung should try again and a more basic, functional, sleeker and elegant Galaxy Gear 2 is probably due sometime in May or June. Maybe sooner.

galaxy-gear

A Gear Glass to take on the Google Glass? Don’t count on it… yet. It’s another intriguing concept, don’t get me wrong, however it needs work. A lot of work. And time.

Right, this is it, and now you have the floor. What are you dear readers most excited about? Least excited? I have the F and Note 12.2 in the former and the Gear 2 in the latter.

Mystery Samsung SM-T331 Slate Surfaces in India, Is It a Super AMOLED-Toting Galaxy Tab 4?

Samsung is allegedly getting serious about tablets (not a day too soon), with an even bigger emphasis on affordability on the one hand, and at least one higher-end candidate at iPad’s throne on the other. The latter is expected out and about by April with Super AMOLED screen and, though it’s probably too early to call it, we may have caught a glimpse of it while visiting India on an R&D tour.

samsung-galaxy-tab-super-amoled

The research and development-bound SM-T331 has raised a few eyebrows when it was perused by the folks over at Zauba, carrying as far as I can tell a so far uncharted model number. Sadly, the Indian import tracking authority wasn’t able to get any kind of scoop on the tab’s specs and features, so all we have is that cryptic moniker and a value estimate.

Plenty to make a few educated guesses, mind you, as there’s no way we’re looking at a Galaxy Tab 3 Lite version. Its per unit cost is approximated at roughly $550 (Rs. 33,884), so make no mistake, this is a top-shelf, luxurious thing.

SM-T331

And if you’ll allow a wild guess, it’s likely a new generation Galaxy Tab 4. This year’s GTab 3 7.0 had an SM-T210 alias, the Tab 3 8.0 is alternatively known as SM-T310, SM-T311 and SM-T315, so it makes perfect sense for an evolved, upgraded variant to get an SM-T331 pseudonym.

Now the million-dollar question is whether it’s an 8 or 10-incher. A 7-incher looks like a long shot based on that hefty value, but I’m afraid that’s all the conclusions I’m ready to jump to. For now, as I bet there’ll be new, exciting developments to the story before long.

Can you picture it? A vibrant-looking Galaxy Tab 4 with Super AMOLED panel, maybe octa-core speed or at least quad-core Snapdragon 800 and 2 or 3 GB RAM? Be afraid, Apple, be very, very afraid, as Samsung is coming after you… again.

Via [Zauba]

Black Friday 2013 Android Deals, Part Two – RadioShack, Sears, Kmart, GameStop, Office Depot, Dell

Ready for moar? I said, are… you… ready… for… moar? I think you are. After all, the five retailers holding special Black Friday sales that we covered yesterday are quite clearly only the tip of the iceberg.

Black Friday sale

And even though we’re still more than two weeks away from Thanksgiving and BF 2013, everyone wants to snatch the spotlight early and trumpet their promos for the entire world to hear.

Luckily for you, The Droid Guy is at your service with not just the rounding up of all the usual suspects (and probably a few unusual ones too), but also the filtering of beneficial deals from inopportune, disadvantageous, deceiving promotions. That way, you can be ready to go ahead of time, get all your ducks in a row between now and Turkey Day and, most of all, make sure you don’t spend a penny more than you absolutely need to.

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Without further adieu, here’s what we know about Thanksgiving and Black Friday 2013 deals on RadioShack, Sears, Kmart, GameStop, Office Depot, OfficeMax and… Dell:

RadioShack

The once mighty electronics retail store franchise is this close to filing for bankruptcy, so usually we wouldn’t recommend doing business with RS unless your life depended on it. Then again, as cynical as it might sound, the retailer’s financial woes come with a fair share of perks for their buyers, treated with dozens of extremely lucrative deals on Android-running smartphones and tablets.

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They’re not so very many, with the RadioShack Black Friday ad running for a measly 8 pages, but boy are they attractive. Physical stores open 8 am on the 29th, whereas if you want to get a bit of a head start on your shopping you can do so online all day Thanksgiving Day.

Studs:

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon contracts – $49.99 plus $50 online VISA card (so technically free of charge)
  • No-contract Boost Mobile LG Optimus F7 – $199.99
  • No-contract Boost Mobile Kyocera Hydro Edge – $69.99
  • Prepaid Samsung Galaxy Ring for Virgin Mobile – $49.99
  • No-contract Samsung Galaxy Discover – $24.99
  • LG Optimus Dynamic – $79.99 buy one, get one free
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 with 8 GB storage – $169.99
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 – $139.99 plus $10 gift card

RadioShack BF

Duds:

  • Trio Stealth Pro 7-inch tablet – $49.99 (crappy hardware is crappy)
  • Moto X with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon pacts – $99.99 with $50 online VISA card
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for AT&T, Sprint or Verizon – $99.99 with $50 online VISA
  • LG G2 for AT&T, Sprint or Verizon – $99.99 with $50 online VISA

(All three not bad deals per se, but inferior to what you’ll likely be able to find via other sellers. Just you wait and see.)

Sears

Well, well, well, what have we here? A three-day promo starting Thanksgiving Day at 8 pm and ending Sunday evening. Not too shabby, Sears, more so as the two catalogues sum up 64 pages of thousands of dollars worth of savings. Not many of the deals are on Android gizmos, true that, but there’s plenty to go around.

Sears

Studs:

  • Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 – $139.99
  • Kindle Fire HDX 7 with 16 GB storage – $229.99
  • No-contract Net10 LG Optimus Dynamic – $39.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 – $159.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 – $249.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 – $299.99

Duds:

  • 8-Inch Zeki tablet – $79.99 (why go Zeki when you can go Barnes & Noble for that dough?)
  • 9.7-inch Mach Speed tablet – $129.99 (likewise)

Kmart

For the most part, Kmart and Sears have many of the same exact Thanksgiving and Black Friday deals. Which is understandable, given, you know, Sears is technically a Kmart subsidiary starting back in 2005. But I can’t overlook Kmart for that reason alone, since some folks are bound to live closer to one of their brick and mortar stores than a Sears location.

Plus, there are a handful of Android products set to have their prices slashed via just Kmart.

Kmart

Best deals:

  • No-contract Boost Mobile Kyocera Hydro phone – $19.99
  • Kindle Fire HD 7 – $139.99
  • Kindle Fire HDX 7 – $229.99
  • Prepaid Verizon LG Optimus Zone – $19.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1 – $159.99, $249.99 and $299.99

Worst Android deals:

  • No-name (literally) 7-inch Android tablet – $39.99
  • All Zeki and Mach Speed bs – no matter the price

GameStop

Before starting to bitch and moan about GameStop’s lack of generosity towards Android aficionados, let’s remember these guys’ focus is primarily on gaming gear. That said, we should probably be content with whatever the retailer throws our way. Besides, the below deals, while few, are quite lucrative.

GameStop

Biggest Android savings:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 – $299.99 (in select stores)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 – $169.99
  • Pre-owned Asus Transformer Pad TF300 with 32 GB storage – $239.99
  • Pre-owned no-contract Samsung Galaxy S3 – $249.99

Duds:

  • Google Nexus 7 2013 – $229.99 with 16 GB memory, $269.99 in 32 GB variant (same prices as via Google Play, not worth the effort)

Office Depot

This Black Friday is not about chairs, furniture, office supplies or printers over at Office Depot, where the first page of the retailer’s ad speaks louder than any metaphors I could ever come up with. “Our lowest prices ever” is touted in there, the only catch being stores will be open just three hours on Thanksgiving night, between 8 and 11 pm.

Subsequently, you should be able to get in on the deals Friday from 8 am and Saturday beginning at 9 am, but something tells me there may not be much left following the Thanksgiving craze, as supplies are most definitely limited.

Office Depot

Best deals:

  • Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 tablet – $69.99
  • Kindle Fire HD 8.9 – $169.99
  • Nexus 7 2013 – $199.99 in 16 GB flavor, $249.99 with 32 GB built-in storage (now that’s what I’m talking about!)
  • Lenovo IdeaTab 10-inch slate – $199.99
  • Kindle Fire HD 7 – $139.99 plus $25 Visa gift card

Not worth it:

  • Apex 7-inch slate – $49.99
  • Apex 9-incher – $87.99

OfficeMax

Repeat after me: OfficeMax and Office Depot are not the same thing, OfficeMax and Office Depot are not the same thing, Office… Got it? Good, because come Thanksgiving you’ll want to remember to swing by both retailers.

OfficeMax has three full days of in-store deals, starting Thanksgiving night at 8 pm through 11 pm and then Black Friday morning at 5 am. Plus, you can get doorbusters via their online store, all day Thanksgiving Day and then Friday and Saturday too… if there’s anything left.

OfficeMax

Totally worth it:

  • Kindle Fire HD 8.9 – $169
  • Lenovo IdeaTab S6000 – $199.99
  • No-contract Net10 Huawei 868 smartphone – $49.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 and 10.1 – $159.99 and $299.99

Meh:

  • Net10 Samsung S720 – $74.99
  • Azpen A909 tablet – $89.99
  • Mach Speed Trio Hype slate – $59.99
  • LePan Mini – $129.99

Dell

Dell

Not your number one shopping destination for Androids, I know and I get it, but as you’re well aware, the world-renowned Windows PC manufacturer has recently turned its attention to our favorite mobile OS and so they have one little deal for us come November 29. A total hottie too:

  • Dell Venue 8 tablet with 16 GB storage and 2 GB RAM – $129.99

Via [BlackFriday.com] and [BFAds.net]

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 in Gold-Brown photo surfaces

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 will soon come in the Gold-Brown color variant, if an image render posted by @evleaks is to be believed.

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This adds one additional choice to consumers who have their eyes on the 7-incher. To date, the device only comes in White.

The leaked image is in line with a posting on the retailer Adorama around the end of last month. During such time, the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 in Gold-Brown appeared in the online catalogue of such retailer.

More colors are expected to be made available in the future, but at this point, there is no telling which colors Samsung would choose.

Announced just last April, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 features a 7-inch  WSVGA display with a resolution of 600 x 1024 pixels. It also comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, overlaid with the Samsung TouchWiz UX user interface.  The device runs on a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, and comes with 1 GB of RAM, a choice between 8 and 16 GB of storage space, and a microSD card slot to allow for expansion. Also onboard are a 3.15 MP rear camera with LED flash and autofocus plus a 1.3 MP front camera. It weighs 306 grams and spans 9.9 mm in thickness. It also supports Infrared, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, A-GPS, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, as well as HSDPA, 21 Mbps and HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps speeds. For power, it packs a non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery

It is expected that the Gold-Brown Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 will have the same set of specifications as the one in White.

Unfortunately, the leak does not reveal when or where Samsung is planning to launch the slate in the new color option.

It may be worth noting that in last month’s Adorama leak, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 8 were also listed as having the Gold-Brown color option.

via sam-mobile

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8 and 10.1 Inch Mistakenly Confirmed

Rumors of new Samsung galaxy devices in the works have been doing rounds for a couple of weeks now.  The rumors intensified about a week after the launch of the company’s flagship smartphone the Galaxy S4 and over the last two weeks, images of some of these devices and device specs from ‘credible’ sources found their way to the internet.  Earlier today though, Samsung Kazakhstan mistakenly confirmed the existence of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablets of 8 and 10.1 inch screen sizes.  Besides these two, there was a confirmation of the existence of Samsung Galaxy Zoom and Samsung Galaxy Note 3.  You can read the story on these devices here.

Back to Galaxy Tab 3 tablets, although most of us knew that they were coming, it is the specs that were still a speculation, till now.  Samsung Kazakhstan apparently offers special VIP access to its customers to the point of confirming the existence of devices not yet unveiled by the South Korean-based company.  These two tablets come a little over a month after Samsung launched another gadget in the Tab 3 series, the 7 inch Galaxy Tab 3.

8 Inch Galaxy Tab 3

8 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

We now know that the model number of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8, which is an 8 inch tablet (not to be confused with the recently launched Samsung Galaxy Note 8 which the company calls a phablet) is GT-N5100.  It boasts of a 1.5 GHz dual core processor and has a screen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.  The tablet will be running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box and has dual cameras, a rear primary camera with a 5 megapixels resolution and a front camera adapted for video calls with a resolution of 1.3 megapixels.  This 8 inch tablet is viewed as a response to the popular iPad mini tablet made by Samsung’s rival Apple.

Not so many specs of this tablet were revealed but we can speculate that just like the 7 inch Tab 3, it will have 1 GB RAM, a choice of 16 or 32 GB internal memory but with microSD card support of up to 64 GB, a 4,450 mAh battery pack and will come in Wi-Fi only, 3G and 4G variants.  Unlike the Galaxy Note 8 which bears the same screen resolution as well as camera specifications, the 8 inch Tab 3 will not have an S Pen.

10.1 Inch Galaxy Tab 3

10.1 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

The screen size is not the only improvement of this tablet from the 8 inch Galaxy Tab 8; this is the first Galaxy device that will actually come with an Intel processor.  The 10.1 inch Galaxy Tab 3 will be powered by a 1.6 GHz dual core processor and despite the larger screen, will have the same resolution as the 8 inch Tab 3 of 1280 x 800 pixels.  It will also run on the latest Android OS Jelly Bean 4.2 and will sport a front 1.3 megapixels camera for video calls and a meager 3 megapixels rear camera.

When it comes to storage, the 10.1 incher will be available in 16 and 32 GB variants and both will have microSD memory expansion capability of up to 64GB.  It will have the same 1 GB RAM as the other tablets in this line and will be available in Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G versions.  Besides these, the 10.1 inch Tab 3 is speculated to have a bigger 6,800 mAh battery pack, which suits a device with such a large screen.

Availability

Both the 8 inch and 10.1 inch Tab 3 tablets will be available internationally later this month but Samsung has not made the specific dates that they will hit the shelves public.  Details on pricing are still unknown either, but it is not so hard to estimate it based on the price of the 7 inch Galaxy Tab 3 already in the market.

Sources: CNET and ENGADGET

 

Specs of Galaxy Ace 3 Smartphone and Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Tablet Leak

Samsung’s Premier event scheduled for next month is a much anticipated event, especially among dedicated Samsung fans who expect the company to reveal new devices and technology that will change their daily lives.  I am one of those dedicate fans who are keeping their fingers crossed, wondering and speculating what may be in store for us this time.  We have already heard rumors of new devices that the company will unveil including Samsung Galaxy Note 3, a 10.1 inch Galaxy Tab 3 and a Galaxy Ace 3 smartphone.  At the moment, all we have are speculations and rumors especially on the specs of these new devices.

Samsung Premiere

Earlier today, a rumor surfaced that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 may pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (read the story here) and another rumor hints at the possible specs of the Galaxy Ace 3 smartphone and the Galaxy Tab 3 tablet.

 

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Most people will put focus on the upcoming Galaxy Note 3 phablet but this does not mean speculations on the specs of the Samsung’s next mid-range smartphone will go unnoticed.  The predecessor of the Galaxy Ace 3, Galaxy Ace 2, was a 3.8 inch mid-range smartphone packing a NovaThor U8500 dual core processor and 768 MB RAM and 4 GB ROM.

SamsungGalaxyAce3

Samsung, it seems, is upping the specs of mid-range phones as the Galaxy Ace 3 is rumored to come with quite a modest yet impressive dual core 1 GHz processor, 1 GB or RAM and the same amount of ROM as its predecessor Ace 2 of 4 GB.  The good thing with Samsung smartphones is that they always have a microSD card slot and the Ace 3 will be no exception.  This phone seems to target first time smartphone or first time Android users who want a cheap yet decent smartphone to get a feel of it before considering an upgrade.

The Ace 3 also has an improved screen of 4 inches up from 3.8 inches but it will have the same 480 x 800 pixels resolution as Galaxy Ace 2.  The handset will also have dual cameras of 0.3 and 5 megapixels (front and rear respectively) and the same 1,500 mAh battery that Galaxy Ace 2 comes with.  Where we expect to see a lot of improvements though is operating system as the new phone will most likely come with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean but we can hope for 4.3 if it is launched late this year.  What makes the Ace 3 appealing to most users is that it measures just 121.2 x 62.7 mm and is only 9.8 mm thin, making it easily fit the pocket.

 

Galaxy Tab 3

Galaxy Tab 2 was a 7 inch tablet with decent specs (even high end at that time) released in April 2012.  Its successor, Tab 3, is rumored to have a dual core 1.6 GHz Intel Z2560 processor which is quite surprising because no one would have expected that Samsung would have an Intel chipset in their devices, especially not an Android tablet.  It is also rumored that the tablet will have 1 GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB onboard memory, a 13 megapixels rear and 3 megapixels front cameras and will run on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

What is not clear though is whether the 10.1 inch Tab 3 will have a full HD display unlike the rumored 8 incher Tab 3 variant which is said to have a screen resolution of 1280 x 700 pixels.  We do not know either whether this new tablet will have both 3G and Wi-Fi support like Tab 2 or there will be variants for 3G and Wi-Fi and others for Wi-Fi only.  The rumor that I base this post though tells us that the tablet will measure 243.1 x 176.1 mm, 7.95 mm thick and will weigh 510 grams.  It will supposedly come with a 6800 mAh battery too.

If these rumors are true, then these two devices will just be minor improvements from their predecessors and are unlikely to bring any new technologies such as the rumored optical zoom capable camera that may come with Galaxy Note 3.  The rumors also indicate that Samsung may be launching these two devices during the 2013 Samsung Premiere Event on 20th next month.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 Leak Photo, Specs & Features

Aaaand the cat is finally completely out of the bag. Or so it seems. Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, spotted getting Bluetooth and FCC certification not long ago, has been allegedly leaked by Sam Mobile earlier today.

And when I say it was leaked, I mean a good old-fashioned kind of leak, blurry photo and almost complete spec sheet included. The good news is the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 could be quite the looker, with an incredibly thin profile and super-slim bezels.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

The bad news however is, as expected, the 8-incher will not exactly be a high-end gadget, but more of an upper mid-ranger, sporting a fairly run-of-the-mill WXGA screen and packing a mystery 1.5 GHz dual-core processor.

The 1,280 x 800 pix res panel/dual-core CPU combo has been rumored before, but things are extremely hazy as to the chip’s model. Some “tipsters” claimed the GTab 3 8.0 will be equipped with a dual-core Samsung “homebrewed” Exynos 4412 unit, but as far as I know the 4412 packs four cores.

It could well be that the sources mistyped the model number and were actually talking about the Exynos 4212, but that’s not one of Samsung’s go-to processors, is fairly old and most likely not very zippy. Which leaves only the Exynos 5250 in the cards, the same CPU used on the Nexus 10, or a chip from another maker, like Qualcomm, Broadcom or Marvell.

In any case, the CPU will reportedly be paired with 1.5 GB of RAM, while the rest of the specs are more or less identical to those of the Galaxy Note 8.0. There’s 16 GB of on-board storage (the Note 8.0 also comes with 32), Wi-Fi, optional 3G (unfortunately, no LTE), microSD support, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, 5 MP/1.3 MP dual cameras, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, USB 2.0, and a 4,450 mAh battery (Note 8.0’s ticker is a little larger, at 4,600 mAh).

Getting back to the design, the similarities between this and the Note 8.0 are even more obvious and I could go so far as to say the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 will likely be a slightly more affordable Note 8.0 lookalike, sans the S-Pen support.

And apparently with a thinner waist (6.95 vs. 8 mm) and slimmer bezels, which will allow the soon to be unveiled gadget to measure a mere 209.3 mm in height and 122.2 mm in width (vs. 210.8 and 135.9 mm on the Note 8.0).  That… sounds… hot! Now slap this baby with an under $300 price, Samsung, and you have another winner on your hands!

Via [Sam Mobile]