Aug 202012

Word on the street has it that the black colored version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is headed for the US market this coming October, and even better news is the amount of storage space that comes with this ebony colored model – we are talking about a whopping 64GB of storage space, now how about that? This bit of information came about from UK phone retailer Clove, who claims to have additional details concerning yet another hardware revision. In fact, the good people at Phandroid did check out a landing page that Clove specially created just for the spanking new black Galaxy S3.

Well, good things always come to those who wait, and Samsung Galaxy S3 fans do remember that they did hear about a 64GB model of the Galaxy S3 at the London launch event that happened earlier this year, but since then, everything has pretty much remained on the quiet front, leading some to believe that it might not materialize anyways. I guess that is an unnecessary worry after all.

Aug 202012

It is time to get back to the humdrum life of classes, teachers, and bullies who kick sand into your face. Yes sir, I am referring to making that trip back to school after an unforgettable summer, and here we are with Samsung taking the initiative to release their Galaxy Tab 2 Student Edition tablet which will come bundled with a keyboard dock and an USB adapter without requiring financially constrained students to fork out more money than they have. This particular bundle will be good for only a couple of weeks, which means you get (on paper) $100 of additional value.

Retailing for $249.99, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Student Edition will enable a busy student to get a setup that is somewhat reminiscent of a PC in just a short while, thanks to the included keyboard dock. Not only that, each purchase of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Student Edition will also come with a bunch of recommended cool educational apps from Google Play to help you get started right out of the box. Powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, this 7″ tablet will feature an integrated IR blaster that turns it into a potential universal remote, a microSD memory card slot, 8GB of internal memory, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, a 3-megapixel camera at the back and a VGA camera in front.

Do you think the included keyboard dock is a subtle attempt by Samsung to go up against Microsoft’s Surface tablet when those arrive later this year?

Aug 162012

Verizon is now carrying the latest 7″ tablet from Samsung – namely, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. You will be able to pick it up from stores a couple of days from now, where this particular tablet allows you to access Verizon’s 4G LTE network for speedy online connections no matter where you are, as long as there is a relevant signal, of course. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) will merge both power and portability in a single device, where it has Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as the operating system of choice, in addition to pre-loaded multimedia-rich apps such as Netflix and Samsung’s Media Hub that delivers decent portable entertainment action wherever you are.

Love reading e-books? That is not a problem with the Amazon Kindle app that allows you to “carry” your favorite electronic tomes with you wherever you go, while the Peel Smart Remote app would transform your spanking new tablet into a universal remote right there and then on the spot. Thanks to the Galaxy Tab 2 being a SAFE (Samsung Approved For Enterprise) device that boasts of on-device AES-256 bit encryption, your corporate and personal data in there have an added layer of protection.

Aug 152012

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 is a 10.1-inch Tablet PC same with the previous ThinkPad Tablet, the resolution is 1366×768 pixels, with Intel Clover Trail dual-core processor, 2GB RAM, 64GB storage, equipped with Windows 8 system. It has front 2 million pixel and back 8 million dual cameras. Supporting for WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, LTE/HSPA + network. It also supports stylus input and fingerprint recognition, with a docking station with keyboard. The interface consists of the Mini HDMI, USB 2.0, microSD slot etc. Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 is very thin, the thickness is only 9.9mm, and it weighs only 589g, which is also excellent than many 10.1-inch Android Tablet PCs.

Seen from the configuration, this product is indeed very strong enough to compete with Microsoft Surface tablet, expanding the dock combination with the keyboard, it just like a ultrabook, of course, compared to the ultrabook, 10.1 inches screen is small. In addition, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 uses the x86 architecture, but the official claimed that the life time can reach up to 10 hours. However, it seems to be difficult to achieve. From different reports, the Intel Clover Trail platform is close to the performance of the ARM, from a data perspective, the power consumption difference is 10-15%. In addition, the design of the ThinkPad Tablet 2 is very thin, so it can not fit with a bigger battery. Therefore, the insiders believe that its battery life should be less than seven hours.

Aug 142012


When Microsoft launched its Surface tablets, a lot of observers were skeptical about its move, saying that it was a “mistake” to compete with its traditional hardware partners. While perceived as an awkward stance, the Microsoft position is actually not about competing with hardware sales in my opinion. Instead, I think that Microsoft wants to set the bar and make sure that its partners can match or even surpass its own tablet. What Microsoft wants is to make sure that Windows 8 for ARM architecture provides a great experience, and as one would say: if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.
In any case, Dell, Lenovo and Samsung are jumping on the train, and they obviously think that there is room for innovation in that space. Take the Asus Tablet 600 that runs on Windows RT. It is basically a Transformer Prime which runs on Windows 8 RT.

As for the user experience, Microsoft clams battery life of 8 to 13hrs for video playback, and stand by times of 320 to 409 hours. This is consistent with the battery capacity which is 1.5X higher than the iPad 2′s. Also, all the Windows 8 RT tablets that I have seen have a standard resolution, so none of them will be a power hog like Apple’s retina display is (even if it is beautiful!). Yet, I expect to continue seeing cutting-edge hardware from Samsung on the Android platform – for now.

Pretty much anyone can test Windows 8 today by downloading the pre-release version. However, users are very anxious to see how the battery life and overall system performance will be on ARM chips. At the moment, the user interface seems absolutely fluid and all, but still – this is something that can only be tested in the real-world.

How do you think Dell, Lenovo, Asus and Samsung should innovate on Windows 8 RT? Read our first impressions of the ARM-based Microsoft Surface

Aug 102012

Low power chip designer MIPS has released the source code for a version of Google Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean optimized for devices with MIPS processors.

Right now most Android phones and tablets feature ARM-based processors, but some very low cost devices have MIPs chips, including the Karbonn Smart Tab 1, a $125 tablet for the Indian market.


Developers can find instructions for downloading the source code at the Android on MIPS website. You’ll also find the source code for Android 4.0, Android 2.3, and Android 2.2 on MIPS there.

It’s not clear when the Android 4.1 software update will be available for the Karbonn tablet or other existing devices with MIPs-based processors, but the release of the source code will let device makers (and independent developers) start working to port Google’s latest software to run on those devices.

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Aug 092012

ARM in this year’s Siggraph conference on the launch of three new GPU core, the models are Mali-T628, Mali-T678, Mali-T624, graphics performance and computational performance of which the former two are twice the Mali-T624 and fourtimes compared to earlier released by Mali-T658 is a direct double version of the release of the Mali-T624.


From these brief chart of the Mali-T624 and the above-mentioned Mali-T604 is the same, but the ARM Mali-T624 uses microarray technology to achieve higher frequency so as to improve the performance, followed by all of Mali -T624 graphics kernel support is called the ASTC (adaptive texture compression, developed by ARM, have been incorporated into the new features for OpenGL ES 3.0), can reduce the memory bandwidth requirements, so it means that more energy efficient. According to the ARM, the above three GPU cores will see 2013 products.

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Aug 082012

The folks at Rikomagic UK sell a mini PC called the MK802 which can run Google Android, Ubuntu Linux, or a range of other operating systems. It features an Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8 processor and HDMI and USB ports for connecting a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

Soon the company plans to offer a netbook with the same low power processor. Like the MK802, the Rikomagic ARM netbook will be able to run Android or Ubuntu. But you won’t need an external keyboard or display to use the computer.


Rikomagic is still working out the kinks with the manufacturer to make sure everything is up to snuff. But in a nutshell what you’re looking at is a netbook with a 10 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB to 8GB of built-in storage.

It has a 1 GHz Allwinner A10 processor and comes with Android 4.0 loaded on the internal storage. You can also boot Ubuntu 12.04 or another operating system from an SD card — much the way you can with an MK802.

Thet netbook has a full-sized SD card slot, 3 USB ports, Ethernet, and audio jacks, and a 1MP camera. Rikomagic UK says the netbook gets about 6 hours of battery life (even if it’s in standby, which is a bit of a problem).

If the mini-laptop looks familiar, that’s because it’s almost certainly based on the same design as the H6 notebook we spotted recently. You can order one now from Pandawill for $141, or wait to see what Rikomagic UK charges for the netbook.

As netbooks go, the little laptop has a very tiny touchpad and a large bezel around the screen.

Ubuntu seems to run reasonably well on the netbook, although hardware graphics acceleration isn’t working yet, which means that video playback is choppy, at best. Rikomagic expects the device to appeal to developers and folks interested in tweaking the laptop — not necessarily people looking for an Ubuntu notebook that runs perfectly out of the box.

The notebook should be able to handle YouTube, Netflix, and local video playback when using Android.

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Aug 062012

Music streaming service Spotify has updated its Android app, bringing free music to Android phones and tablets. The new Spotify Radio feature works a lot like Pandora, letting you create a personalized radio station based on a song, artist, genre, or playlist.

Then you can stream music from similar artists for free, while further personalizing the station by voting up or down on the songs Spotify chooses for you.

You can still use Spotify to stream millions of songs or albums on demand. But while there’s a free, ad-supported Spotify Client for desktop computers, you’ll need to pay for a Spotify Premium account to do that on a mobile device.

The radio service, on the other hand, is absolutely free (although the app will play audio ads for you every now and again). Spotify Radio has already been available for iOS for about a month.


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