Regional carrier MetroPCS managed to get its 4G LTE network up and running before Verizon, and now they are out the door with the first LTE smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy Indulge packs LTE data and a free copy of Iron Man 2 on the MicroSD card. How nice. Of course, that SD card is phoning home to the carrier, but what could go wrong?
Samsung shipped us their SynchMaster MD230x6 setup, which is essentially an enormous bezel that can hold up to six, full sized, 23" panels. So Amber and I decided to built the monster, and thought you'd like to see us do it!
Hit the jump for a time lapsed video of our build!
Whenever there's a new piece of mobile hardware, be it a tablet or a smartphone, it's a safe bet the surgical bunch from iFixIt will tear into it and expose the guts. The most recent device on iFixIt's operating table is the Samsung Galaxy S 4G smartphone, which started off looking awfully sexy, but ended up in a pile of parts, a piece of which was set on fire. So what did we learn?
The DRAM market is in shambles and one way to weather the storm is to put more focus in the mobile market. According to iSuppli, the percentage of annual mobile DRAM shipments will climb from 11.1 percent in 2010 to 16.5 percent in 2014, and that could be a conservative figure. Samsung saw the writing on the wall and so its team of engineers went and developed 1 gigabit (Gb) mobile DRAM with a wide I/O interface. The new part is built using a 50nm manufacturing process and is intended for mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets.
The Samsung Galaxy S II, Galaxy Tab 10.1, LG Optimus 3D and Sony Ericsson Xperia Play grabbed the big headlines at Mobile World Congress 2011. If you thought CES was fun, the annual Barcelona event will have had early adopters reaching for their wallets and breathlessly hunting for preorder opportunities. Hit the jump for a quick take on news, pending announcements from the major handset providers, and a brief analysis of what it all means for you.
Before you settle on a Galaxy Tab, know that Samsung is readying a larger, more functional tablet built around Google's Android 3.0 platform. Samsung, in partnership with Vodafone, announced the next generation Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Korea on Sunday, and there's a lot that has us salivating. In addition to Honeycomb, it will sport a bigger screen and a faster processor. More specs after the break.
According to Pocket-Lint, Samsung will be announcing a new Android tablet at Mobile World Congress next week. Unlike their existing Galaxy Tab, this new device will be running Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and will have a 10.1-inch screen like the Motorola Xoom. The Current Galaxy Tab runs Android 2.2 and has a 7-inch screen.
IBM collects patents nearly as fast as the file clerk at the U.S. Patent and Trademark office can process them. In fact, the USPTO granted Big Blue an all-time high of 5,896 new U.S. patents in 2010, positioning IBM as the No. 1 patent assignee for the 18th consecutive year. In second place is Samsung, which added 4,551 patents to its portfolio last year. Now these two busy bodies will be able to license each other's patent portfolios after coming to undisclosed terms on a new patent cross-license agreement.
A recent report in The New York Postsuggested that a high number of Galaxy Tab buyers aren't exactly pleased with their purchase, quoting a return rate of around 15 percent. That would certainly be cause for concern for Samsung, or at least it would be if it were true. According to Samsung, that's all a bunch of hogwash and the actual return is much, much lower.