IFA 2012: Sony announces Xperia T, V and J smartphones

 Posted by  Comments Off on IFA 2012: Sony announces Xperia T, V and J smartphones
Aug 292012
 

The Sony Xperia Tablet S was not the only device Sony announced today at IFA 2012. It also revamped its Xperia smartphone lineup with the introduction of a number of new smartphones. Sony’s newest flagship device is the Xperia T (along with TX variant). Along with it, Sony announced the Xperia V, essentially a smaller and cheaper version of the Xperia T supporting LTE connectivity, and the Xperia J at the lower end of the spectrum. All three share design elements first introduced with the Xperia arc and Xperia arc S.

Sony Xperia TSony Xperia T (LT30p) specifications

  • Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8260A
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Cellular connectivity: HSPA+ / EDGE / GPRS
  • Other connectivity: A-GPS, 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz) Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 3.1, DLNA, NFC
  • Display: 4.55-inch HD (1280×720) Reality Display
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 1GB
  • Storage: 16GB and microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 13MP with 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: with 720p video capture
  • Battery: 1,850mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 129.4 x 67.3 x 9.35 millimeters / 139 grams
  • Colours: Black, Silver and White

Continue reading »

IFA 2012: Samsung announces Galaxy Camera – a digital camera powered by Android 4.1

 Posted by  Comments Off on IFA 2012: Samsung announces Galaxy Camera – a digital camera powered by Android 4.1
Aug 292012
 

Samsung Galaxy CameraSamsung today unveiled not only the Galaxy Note II and Windows Phone 8-powered ATIV S but the Galaxy Camera, a device that combines a digital camera with Android 4.1 and wireless network connectivity to create what it calls “a brand new type of device.”

“The GALAXY Camera opens a new visual communication era and shifts a paradigm in communication. With the growth of social networks and the prevalence of smartphones and tablets, people today communicate faster than words. As we increasingly articulate our experiences through pictures and videos the GALAXY Camera has been created to lead the way in this new era of visual communication. Communication becomes more vivid and lively with high-quality images and instant sharing anywhere, anytime,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.

Samsung Galaxy Camera specifications:

  • Type: Digital camera
  • Processor: 1.4GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.1
  • Cellular connectivity (4G model): LTE
  • Cellular connectivity (3G model): Quad-band HSPA+ 21Mbps
  • Other connectivity: GPS/GLONASS, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (dual-band), Bluetooth 4.0
  • Display: 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD
  • Input: Touchscreen
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 8GB and microSD cards (micro SDSC, micro SDHC, micro SDXC)
  • Camera: 16.3MP with 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS, 21x optical zoom, and Xenon flash
  • Connectors: microUSB v2.0, HDMI 1.4 video output
  • Battery: 1,650mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 128.7 x 70.8 x 19.1 millimeters / 300 grams
  • Colours: Glossy White

Unlike smartphone cameras, the Samsung Galaxy Camera sports a 21x optical zoom lens that can be controlled either by button or touchscreen. It also comes with the Photo Wizard app which offers 35 photo editing features and a Smart Content Manager app that lets you manage your pictures by creating folders, tagging faces, and even suggesting which pictures to delete when they don’t come out as desired.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera will be available in two connectivity options: One with 3G and another with 4G. Both will also support Wi-Fi. Pricing details were not announced.

Read more: Samsung

IFA 2012: Samsung ATIV Tab Windows RT tablet announced

 Posted by  Comments Off on IFA 2012: Samsung ATIV Tab Windows RT tablet announced
Aug 292012
 

Samsung ATIV TabAlong with its first Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the ATIV S, Samsung today unveiled its first Windows RT tablet, the ATIV Tab.

Samsung ATIV Tab specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core
  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows RT
  • Cellular connectivity: None
  • Other connectivity: GPS/GLONASS, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (dual-band), Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • Display: 10.1-inch HD (1366×768)
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 32/64GB internal and microSD cards up to 64GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP AF with LED flash and 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 1.9MP
  • Connectors: 3.5mm audio jack, USB, mHDMI
  • Battery: 8,200mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 265.8 × 168.1 × 8.9 millimeters / 570 grams

The Samsung ATIV Tab will come with Office Home and Student 2013 RT, offering the new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

Samsung did not provide availability details but you can expect it to be available on or sometime after the Windows 8 launch on October 26th. Pricing was not announced either.

Read more: Samsung

IFA 2012: Windows Phone 8 Samsung ATIV S formally announced

 Posted by  Comments Off on IFA 2012: Windows Phone 8 Samsung ATIV S formally announced
Aug 292012
 

Samsung ATIV SAs reported earlier today, Samsung formally announced its first Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the Samsung ATIV S.

Samsung ATIV S specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5Ghz dual-core
  • Operating system: Windows Phone 8
  • Cellular connectivity: HSPA+/GPRS/EDGE
  • Other connectivity: A-GPS, 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz) Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC
  • Display: 4.8-inch HD (1280×720) Super AMOLED
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 16/32GB and microSD card slot
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP AF with LED Flash and 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 1.9MP
  • Connectors: 3.5mm headphone jack, USB 2.0
  • Battery: 2.300mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 137.2×70.5×8.7 millimeters / 135 grams

The company also confirmed that the ATIV brand will be used for its Windows-based devices. It explained that ATIV is the reverse order of the word VITA, meaning “Life” in Latin and “is a pledge by Samsung to make everyone’s life extraordinary with excitement.”

Samsung did not provide any availability (including Canada) and pricing details for the ATIV S but expect those to come closer to its launch.

Read more: Samsung

IFA 2012: Samsung announces Galaxy Note II

 Posted by  Comments Off on IFA 2012: Samsung announces Galaxy Note II
Aug 292012
 

Samsung Galaxy Note IIAs widely expected, Samsung today unveiled its successor to the Galaxy Note smartphone-tablet hybrid.

“Last year at IFA, we launched the GALAXY Note, which opened a new category of smart mobile devices. This year, again at IFA, I am proud to announce the GALAXY Note II, which will encourage users to ‘unleash their inner creativity.’ With a perfect viewing experience and unique and differentiated features, users can discover information and capture their ideas faster, express thoughts freely and manage tasks more efficiently. For anyone who wants to be creative, expressive and unique, the Samsung GALAXY Note II will be the ideal device, allowing users to live a life extraordinary,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.

JK Shin also expects the Galaxy Note II to surpass the success of its predecessor which has sold over 10 million units to date.

Samsung Galaxy Note II specifications:

  • Processor: 1.6GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Cellular connectivity: 4G LTE / 3G HSPA+
  • Other connectivity: A-GPS, 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz) Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • Display: 5.5-inch HD (1280×720) Super AMOLED
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen, S Pen with 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 16/32/64GB and microSD cards up to 64GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP with LED Flash, BSI, and 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 1.9MP with BSI
  • Battery: 3,100mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 80.5×151.1×9.4 millimeters / 180 grams

Samsung also added a number of new utilities powered by the S Pen. These include Air View which previews content such as emails, images or videos when the S Pen hovers over it and Popup Note which brings up a new note automatically during a call when the S Pen is pulled out to quickly capture a new note.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II will launch in October in major European, Asian, and Middle East markets. Its North American launch will follow later. Pricing information was not revealed.

Read more: Samsung

Samsung transforming notebook teased in image and video

 Posted by  Comments Off on Samsung transforming notebook teased in image and video
Aug 282012
 

Samsung looks set to have a busy IFA 2012 event. It has posted the following image to its Samsung Notebook Facebook page, adding “Don’t worry, it’s just around the corner…”:

Samsung notebook IFA 2012 teaser

The image reveals what appears to be a transforming notebook powered by Windows 8. Such a concept device, with a detachable keyboard and stylus pen slot, was first teased at Computex earlier this summer. Samsung may now be ready to make it official.

A short teaser video gives us further tantalizing glimpses at what this notebook will look like:

Only days before all is revealed…

Read more: Samsung [via Facebook]

Rumour: Sony to unveil new smartphones at IFA 2012

 Posted by  Comments Off on Rumour: Sony to unveil new smartphones at IFA 2012
Jul 252012
 

Sony has sent out press invitations to an IFA 2012 press conference. While the invitation itself makes no mention of what will be announced or what the “exclusive booth unveiling” will reveal, expectations are that Sony will unveil new smartphones at the event. On the other hand, it could also unveil a new generation of tablets.

Sony Mobile IFA 2012 press event

A number of Sony Xperia smartphones have been the topic of rumours in recent weeks. Among them are the Sony Xperia J (ST26i), the Sony Xperia SL (LT26ii), the ‘Hayabusa’ (LT29i) and the ‘Mint’ (LT30i). The latter two are expected to be Sony’s new flagship devices.

IFA 2012 could be quite busy: Samsung is also rumoured to be holding an event there called Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012 Episode 2.

Read more: GSM Arena

Rumour: Samsung to announce Galaxy Note 2 at Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012 Episode 2

 Posted by  Comments Off on Rumour: Samsung to announce Galaxy Note 2 at Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012 Episode 2
Jul 162012
 

SamsungSupporting earlier rumours that Samsung would announce the Galaxy Note 2 at IFA 2012 in Berlin, the Korean Digital Daily is reporting that Samsung will hold a press event called ‘Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012 Episode 2″ on August 30th as part of IFA. The star of the show is to be none other than the Galaxy Note 2.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is expected to come with a 5.5-inch display. Plans to use an unbreakable plane (UBP) display have reportedly been cancelled although the technology will show up in future Samsung devices. Despite the larger display, the device should be no wider than the first Galaxy Note likely thanks to thinner bezels. A quad-core processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean are also in the cards perhaps with a dual-core LTE-enabled variant (like the Samsung Galaxy S III). The camera could also be upgraded to a 12 or 13MP camera.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 should be available later in October.

Read more: Digital Daily (in Korean) [Google translation] (Source: IntoMobile)

Rumour: Samsung to announce Galaxy Note 2 at IFA 2012

 Posted by  Comments Off on Rumour: Samsung to announce Galaxy Note 2 at IFA 2012
Jul 062012
 

The latest Samsung Galaxy Note 2 rumours have pushed its launch back to October. According to a MK News source “familiar with the matter,” Samsung will announce its latest “phablet” in August at the IFA 2012 trade show in Berlin. The device will then launch in October.

The report adds that the Samsung Note 2 will not come with an unbreakable plane (UBP) display as previously rumoured but that the technology will make its way onto future devices. Samsung appears to have settled on a 5.5-inch display but may still upgrade the camera to a 12 or 13MP one (rather than a 8MP one). A quad-core processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean also appear in the cards now.

Rumoured Samsung Galaxy Note 2 mockup
Mockup by GSM Arena

There is no word yet on pricing or which carriers will carry the successor to the successful (over 7 million sold) Galaxy Note “phablet.”

Read more: MK News (in Korean) [Google translation] (Source: Phandroid)