Google I/O 2011: Chromebooks from Acer and Samsung launching June 15th

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May 112011
 

Samsung Chromebook

Google today announced the first commercial devices (following the Cr-48 pilot program) to be powered by its Chrome OS. Dubbed Chromebooks, they will be available from Acer and Samsung starting on June 15th.

These are not typical notebooks. With a Chromebook you won’t wait minutes for your computer to boot and browser to start. You’ll be reading your email in seconds. Thanks to automatic updates the software on your Chromebook will get faster over time. Your apps, games, photos, music, movies and documents will be accessible wherever you are and you won’t need to worry about losing your computer or forgetting to back up files. Chromebooks will last a day of use on a single charge, so you don’t need to carry a power cord everywhere. And with optional 3G, just like your phone, you’ll have the web when you need it. Chromebooks have many layers of security built in so there is no anti-virus software to buy and maintain.

The first Chromebooks will be available as of June 15th from Amazon.com and Best Buy in the US. Acer models (11.6-inch HD display, dual-core Intel processor) will start at US$349. Samsung models (12.1-inch WXGA display and dual-core Intel processor) will start US$429 for Wi-Fi-only and US$499 for 3G/Wi-Fi models. There is no word yet on availability in Canada.

Google will also offer Chromebooks on monthly subscriptions starting at US$28 per month per user for business and US$20 per month per user for educational institutions.

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Apple and Samsung sue each other over mobile devices

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Apr 222011
 

You may have heard by now that Apple late last week sued Samsung over some patent infringements covering a variety of devices including Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphone and Galaxy Tab tablet lines. Samsung has now responded with a lawsuit of its own, also alleging patent infringements:

On April 21, Samsung Electronics filed a lawsuit in the Seoul Central District Court,
Korea against Apple Inc. citing five patent infringements. Separately, Samsung filed a suit in a court in Tokyo, Japan citing two patent infringements, and in Manheim, Germany citing three patent infringements.

Samsung is responding actively to the legal action taken against us in order to protect our intellectual property and to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communications business.

According to Reuters, the patents in question involve power reduction during data transmission, 3G technology for reducing errors during data transmission, and wireless data communication technology.

For its part, Apple sued Samsung alleging that the latter copied the iPhone and iPad’s “technology, user interface and innovative style” in its Galaxy S smartphones and Galaxy Tab tablets.

“Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products.”

Apple is one of Samsung’s largest customers, buying billions worth of components such as chips and displays. How these two lawsuits will affect this relationship remains to be seen.

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Mobilicity launches Nokia E73 and Samsung G-Touch

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Apr 202011
 

Mobilicity has added two new devices to its portfolio, the Nokia E73 and the Samsung G-Touch.

Nokia E73 specifications:

  • Operating system: Symbian 3.2
  • Cellular connectivity: Quad-band GSM and tri-band WCDMA
  • Other connectivity: GPS, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
  • Display: 2.4-inch QVGA
  • Input: QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad
  • Storage: 250MB onboard, microSD cards (4G card included)
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP with flash and auto-focus
  • Front-facing camera: None
  • Dimensions / weight: 114 x 58.3 x 10.1 millimeters / 128 grams

Samsung G-Touch specifications:

  • Operating system: Proprietary to Samsung
  • Cellular connectivity: Quad-band GSM and dual-band HSDPA (AWS)
  • Other connectivity: GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1
  • Display: 2.8-inch QVGA
  • Input: Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • Storage: microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 2MP
  • Front-facing camera: None
  • Dimensions / weight: 109 x 57 x 15 millimeters / 123 grams

Mobilicity is offering the Nokia E73 for CA$149.99 and the Samsung G-Touch (currently showing as out of stock) for CA$139.99.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 coming to Canada in late Q3

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Apr 152011
 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

The second half of the year looks set to be a busy launch season for Samsung Canada. On the heels of confirmation that the Samsung Galaxy S II would launch in Canada by early Q3 comes word that Samsung will launch its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in “late Q3.”

Samsung reintroduced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 at CTIA after it underwent a few changes after its initial unveiling at MWC 2011.

Samsung also confirmed that it will not bring the 7-inch Wi-Fi-only Tab to Canada.

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Samsung Galaxy S II coming to Canada by early Q3 2011

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Apr 142011
 

Samsung Galaxy S II

On the day that Google Nexus S (made by Samsung) made its official Canadian debut (despite having gone on sale last week with some carriers), MobileSyrup.com has learned that the Samsung Galaxy S II (model GT-I9100) is headed to Canada in “either really late Q2, but more likely early Q3 time period (definitely in time for the back-to-school time).” There is even a chance that it might be released in Canada before the US!

Samsung Galaxy S II specifications:

  • Processor: 1.2GHz dual-core
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.3 with TouchWiz 4.0
  • Cellular connectivity: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and HSPA+ 21Mbps
  • Other connectivity: A-GPS, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, BlueTooth 3.0+HS, NFC (optional), DLNA
  • Display: 4.27-inch WVGA Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen
  • Storage: 16 or 32GB onboard / microSDHC cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera:8MP with 1080p HD video capture and auto-focus
  • Front-facing camera: 2MP
  • Battery: 1650mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 125.3 by 66.1 by 8.49 millimeters / 116 grams
  • Other: FM radio, 3.5mm headphone jack

No pricing or carrier information was disclosed.

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CTIA 2011: Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Tab 10.1

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Mar 222011
 

As expected, Samsung today unveiled its latest tablet, the Galaxy Tab 8.9, at CTIA 2011. It also announced plans to launch the Galaxy Tab 10.1, first unveiled at CES 2011, in the US. Both are billed as “the world’s thinnest mobile tablets,” measuring just 8.6 millimeters.

“The GALAXY Tab 10.1 and 8.9 are remarkable examples of Samsung’s constant innovation and show our dedication to designing premium tablets that fit the unique needs of consumers around the world”, said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business. “By combining Samsung’s innovations in design and display with our exciting new user experience, we’ve created a new class of products that will lead the tablet market.”

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 specifications:

  • Processor: Dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2
  • Operating system: Google Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) with TouchWiz UX
  • Cellular connectivity: Quad-band GSM/EDGE/GPRS / Quad-band HSPA+
  • Other connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Display: 10.1-inch WXGA capacitive touchscreen
  • Storage: 16G / 32G / 64G and microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 3.0MP with auto-focus, LED flash and HD 720p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 2.0MP
  • Battery: 6800mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 256.6 x 172.9 x 8.6 millimeters / 595 grams
  • Other: Gyroscope, accelerometer, digital compass, ambient light sensor

Despite claims to the contrary, the Tab 10.1 has been slimmed down considerably. Dimensions announced at CES indicated that it would be 10.9 millimeters thick. The rear-facing camera has also been reduced from 8MP to a 3MP one.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 specifications:

  • Processor: Dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2
  • Operating system: Google Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) with TouchWiz UX
  • Cellular connectivity: Quad-band GSM/EDGE/GPRS / Quad-band HSPA+
  • Other connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Display: 8.9-inch WXGA capacitive touchscreen
  • Storage: 16G / 32G / 64G and microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 3.0MP with auto-focus, LED flash and HD 720p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 2.0MP
  • Battery: 6000mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6 millimeters / 470 grams

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will go on sale in the US on June 8th and the Tab 8.9 will follow in “early summer”. The Tab 10.1 will sell for US$499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi-only model and US$599 for the 32GB one. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 will sell for US$469 for the 16GB Wi-Fi-only version and US$569 for the 32GB version.

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Samsung to announce 8.9-inch tablet soon?

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Feb 242011
 

Samsung

A report this week from the Korean Yonhap News suggests that Samsung will soon add a third Android tablet to its lineup. The new device, likely another Galaxy Tab model, will apparently come with an 8.9-inch display, placing it between the 7-inch Galaxy Tab and the upcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1.

The report had few other details beyond indicating that this third tablet would launch in the first half of the year, possibly as early as next month. A global launch is planned.

It will be interesting to see how this 8.9-inch model stands up against the similarly-sized LG Optimus Pad.

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MWC 2011: Samsung unveils Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet

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Feb 132011
 

Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1

After unveiling its new Galaxy S II, Samsung today unveiled its latest Galaxy Tab tablet. As the name implies the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (model: P7100) will feature a larger display than the original Galaxy Tab.

“As a leader in the Android-powered tablet market, Samsung is committed to providing a variety of feature-rich, always-on devices” said DJ Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Sales & Marketing. He continued, “The Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 is a valuable addition to our expanding portfolio of smart media devices. Sporting a large 10.1 screen and dual surround-sound speakers, it enables users to enjoy multimedia to the maximum extent without having to compromise mobility.”

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 specifications:

  • Processor: Dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2
  • Operating system: Google Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
  • Connectivity: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and HSPA+ 21Mbps (850/900/1900/2100MHz)
  • Other connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Display: 10.1-inch WXGA LCD touchscreen
  • Storage: 16 or 32GB onboard
  • Camera: Rear-facing auto-focus 8MP with LED flash and 1080p HD video recording / Front-facing 2MP
  • Battery: 6860mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 246.2 by 170.4 by 10.9 millimeters / 599 grams
  • Other: Gyroscope, accelerometer, proximity sensor, digital compass, and dual surround-sound speakers

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is expected to make its debut in Europe with Vodafone. There is no word yet on availability in North America.

MWC 2011: Samsung announces Samsung Galaxy S II

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Feb 132011
 

Samsung Galaxy S II

As widely expected, Samsung today announced the Samsung Galaxy S II (model: GT-I9100).

“In 2011, we will take Samsung’s leadership in Speed, Screen and Content to a whole new level,” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business. “With the GALAXY S II, Samsung wants to set the new standard of quality viewing on mobile, powerful performance, and slim and modern design.”

“GALAXY S II is a natural and powerful evolution of GALAXY S. Building on the phenomenal success of the original Samsung GALAXY S, we are proud to unveil the ultimate smartphone. Consumers no longer have to contain themselves – the Samsung GALAXY S II allows them to design their own smart lives.”

Samsung Galaxy S II specifications:

  • Processor: Dual-core 1GHz Samsung Orion
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.3 with TouchWiz 4.0
  • Connectivity: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and HSPA+ 21Mbps (850/900/1900/2100MHz)
  • Other connectivity: A-GPS, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, BlueTooth 3.0+HS, NFC (optional), DLNA
  • Display: 4.27-inch WVGA Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen
  • Storage: 16 or 32GB onboard / microSDHC cards up to 32GB
  • Camera: Rear-facing auto-focus 8MP with 1080p HD video capture / Front-facing 2MP
  • Battery: 1650mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 125.3 by 66.1 by 8.49 millimeters / 116 grams
  • Other: FM radio, 3.5mm headphone jack,

The Samsung Galaxy S II will be the first to offer Samsung’s new Hubs which will deliver a variety of content including books and magazines, games, and more.

Samsung Galaxy Tab headed to multiple carriers in Canada and US

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Sep 162010
 

Samsung GALAXY Tab

Samsung today announced at an event in New York that its Galaxy Tab is headed to a number of US carriers. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless will all offer the tablet in the next couple of months. Samsung Canada also confirmed that it was headed to both Bell Mobility and Rogers Wireless later this year.

“The addition of Galaxy Tab to the Galaxy product portfolio is a powerful proof point of Samsung’s commitment to bring new and innovative mobile experiences to Canadian consumers,” said Paul Brannen, vice president, Samsung Mobile Canada. “The 7-inch display and thin, lightweight design, combined with premium content and productivity tools makes the Galaxy Tab a true mobile tablet that is as comfortable to use standing on a crowded train as it is relaxing on the couch at home.”

Samsung GALAXY Tab specifications:

  • Processor: 1GHz Cortex A8 with PowerVR SGX540 GPU
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.2
  • Connectivity: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band HSUPA/HSDPA
  • Other connectivity: GPS, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA
  • Input: Software keyboard
  • Display: 7-inch LCD touchscreen WSVGA display
  • Memory: 512MB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB or 32GB options / microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Camera: Front-facing 1.3MP webcam / rear-facing 3MP with auto-focus and flash
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Dimensions / Weight: 190.1 by 120.5 by 12 millimeters / 380 grams

Samsung also revealed that many Android applications will scale to the Tab’s 1024×600 display. Non-scalable applications will be framed and centered on the screen at an 800×400 resolution.

Individual carriers will reveal specific pricing and availability details.

Samsung Galaxy Tab pricing to start at US$200?

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Sep 032010
 

Samsung GALAXY Tab

One key question that went unanswered yesterday as Samsung unveiled the Samsung GALAXY Tab was the cost. With no official pricing, rumours are filling the void with quite a range of answers.

Some rumours suggest prices as high as 699 euros with tax (about US$900) for the 16GB version and even higher for the 32GB version. For example, Expansys is currently listing the 16GB model for £679.99 (about US$1050).

A report in The Daily Mail suggests instead that, according to Samsung product executive, prices could start between US$200 and US$300 albeit with a wireless contract. The same report cites other "company officials" suggesting a price of £200 (about US$310).

Samsung, care to settle this?

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Samsung launches Galaxy Tab teaser site

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Aug 242010
 

Samsung has quietly launched a teaser site for the Galaxy Tab tablet. The video confirms a few details including Android 2.2, the 7-inch display, HD movie playback, e-reading support, the SWYPE software keyboard, and more.

All should be revealed on September 2nd, 2010 in Berlin, Germany.

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Today: Samsung launches Galaxy S with free Metric concert

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Aug 042010
 

Samsung Canada has been teasing us over the past few days with its Twitter #SamsungSecret campaign. The details are now out and the company will launch its Galaxy S smartphone with a free concert tonight here in Toronto. Here are the details:

    What:  Samsung Mobile presents a free impromptu street concert featuring
           Metric, one of Canada's most critically acclaimed independent
           bands. Metric will give Toronto music fans an unrivalled 45-minute
           set of chart-topping hits that will rock the city core.

    Who:   Multi-Juno award-winning rock group Metric
           Samsung Mobile

    When:  August 4, 2010
           7:00 p.m.

    Where: Union Station - Union Square Plaza
           65 Front Street West

I’m hoping to be able to make it down tonight – I love Metric and I have a feeling I’ll love the Samsung Galaxy S as well!

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Bell Mobility also announces bada-powered Samsung Wave

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Jul 082010
 

Samsung Wave

Right on Rogers Wireless’ heels, Bell Mobility also announced that it is offering the Samsung Wave. While they may have been beaten to the punch when it comes to who announced the Wave first, their pricing is much more attractive than Rogers’.

Bell is offering the Samsung Wave for CA$29.95 with a three-year contract (CA$70 less than Rogers), CA$149.95 with a two-year contract (CA$125 less than Rogers), CA$249.95 with a one-year contract (CA$175 less than Rogers), or CA$299.95 without a contract (CA$175 less than Rogers).

Whether you go with Bell or Rogers, the Samsung Wave will benefit from the Samsung Apps application store featuring games, navigation, social networking, e-book, health and lifestyle applications.

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Rogers Wireless launches bada-powered Samsung Wave

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Jul 082010
 

Samsung Wave

Rogers Wireless became the first Canadian carrier to launch a bada mobile OS device today. The Samsung Wave is now available.

Specifications of the Samsung Wave

  • Processor: 1GHz processor
  • Operating system: Samsung bada with TouchWiz 3.0 interface
  • Connectivity: Quad-band (850/900/1800/199Mhz) GSM/EDGE/GPRS and dual-band (850/1900MHz) HSDPA
  • Other connectivity: GPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Display: 3.3-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen
  • Storage: 2GB internal memory and a microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Camera: 5MP with autofocus and LED flash
  • Battery: 1,500mAh
  • Other: 3.5mm headphone jack, 720p video, DivX support, FM radio with RDS

Rogers will offer the Samsung Wave for CA$99.99 with a three-year contract, CA$274.99 with a two-year contract, CA$424.99 with a one-year contract, or CA$474.99 without a contract.

Bell Mobility is also expected to offer the Samsung Wave.

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