One thing is certain, Samsung are the World’s #1 Phone Maker for a reason. Constantly innovating and keeping the market exciting and alive with a constant array of updated models is just what we love and need.
We just received word from MK News in Korea that the Note II (successor to the popular 5.3″ Note), is due to be released by the Korean company at IFA 2012.
Some details have also been announced by a Samsung official, mentioning a 5.5″ screen, Quad Core cpu (Exynos we would assume), a 12MP camera and Jelly Bean as standard.
Unfortunately the Note II will not ship with the UPB Unbreakable Plane Display as rumoured, with Samsung advising this has been reserved for a future unspecified model.
None the less, it appears Samsung are well on track for an October release with Note II, just in time to match Apple blow for blow with the iPhone 5.
Have you owned a Galaxy Note? How excited would you be for Note II? I know I can’t wait to get my hands on it!
As reported yesterday, the highly anticipated launch of Google’s first tablet has now occurred.
Shipping in July from $199 is Google’s Nexus 7 Tablet, in conjunction with Asus, here are all the final specs and initial impressions.
Display: 1280×800 IPS Display with Corning glass protection
CPU: Tegra 3 Quad Core
GPU: GeForce 12-Core GPU
RAM: 1GB RAM
MEMORY: 8 or 16GB on board memory
OTHER: NFC Support, 9 hour battery life, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 1.2MP Front facing camera
As you can see, Google have not gone for all out dominance with the spec list on their first foray into Tablet hardware, but instead are concentrating on the hotter end of town. The Kindle Fire end of town more predominantly.
Google want a Tablet in every house hold and within reach of all who may find the $450 – $800 price range just too out of reach for the average Uni Student, Housewife or School Kids.
What you are getting is a solidly built, light and fast (seriously fast) tablet with a great screen and excellent graphics capabilities what with its 12 Core GeForce GPU and Quad Core CPU and all.
Here is some hands on feedback from the team at Engadget:
” The tablet feels good in the hand. It’s a bit on the chunky side — 10.45mm thick — just fractionally thinner than the Fire but, at 340g in weight, noticeably lighter than the 400+ gram tablet from Amazon. The biggest difference between the two, however, is the screen quality.
That IPS panel looks great from all angles, showing good brightness and good contrast even in a brightly lit room. We’ll need some more time to see how that compares to other competing 7-inchers, but it’s certainly a screen that is aiming higher than its price point.
Performance too is aiming high, not besting the latest of superphones like the Galaxy S III or the HTC One X when doing things like launching apps or panning around websites, but still very quick and very responsive to most tasks — much more so than the Fire in most cases.”
Google Australia have advised the 8GB model will sell locally for AUD$249 ($50 more than US), however Aussie purchasers will receive a AUD$25 voucher for the Google Play store upon purchase. This is a nice move as it gives real value back to the end user to get loaded up on a heap of games or books right away. Great to put a few away for Christmas presents we would dare suggest!
As reported earlier by the team at Gizmodo Australia, this is the widely rumoured Google Nexus Tablet.
A highly reported and anticipated product, as it marks the first time Google have put their name to a tablet, following in the name sake of the Nexus family of Google branded mobile phones.
It is also an important step for the online Giant to be putting its name to Hardware as aswell as Software, a move towards integration of the two Worlds as we are also seeing from Microsoft with the Surface tablet and of course Apple.
Pricing is expected to be at the USD$199 price point for the 8GB version and possibly around the USD$250 price point for a 16GB model.
Full specifications and pricing will be detailed at Google I/O 2012 running from June 27th to 29th in San Francisco.
Here is what we do know so far though, courtesy of some leaked benchmarking screenshots:
We are anticipating the Nexus Tablet to be the World’s first launch of the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system which combined with the Quad Core Tegra 3 processor and A9 GPU, will be a real screamer.
The tablet is also anticipated initially to launch in wifi only models, with 3G or LTE variants coming online later in the product’s lifespan.
Certainly we are anticipating this to be a landmark release for Google, and also Asus who will be the manufacturing partner.
We will bring you more up to date news on the release once confirmed at I/O in the next day or two.
The long awaited flipping news reader made famous on the iPlatform and first released on the Galaxy SIII, is now available to one and all right from the Play Store.
It doesn’t seem all that long ago the App was calling for Beta Testers, but no more Beta testing, we are now Gold and Live!
Flipboard has to be the most eagerly awaited App release on Android and is a gorgeous and stylish way to read your favourite news and Social Media sites on your phone or tablet.
So what are you waiting for, get downloading or hit the scan below.