Up to now, almost every Android device, and certainly every major one in the US, has had 3G connectivity for data and voice calls. Samsung produced the Galaxy Player, or Galaxy S WiFi for sale overseas. But now the Wi-Fi only media player device is expected to reach American shores with its new iteration.
We aren’t sure why so many Android tablets have tied their fates to the contract crazy wireless carriers, but clearly it’s a strategy that’s done little more than allow the iPad to continue eating their lunch. Android tablet makers should be under no illusion, the real promise of Google’s tablet OS lies in devices with more functionality, at a lower cost.
Apparently Samsung finally clued into this reality, and according to Droid Life, is getting ready to release a Wi-Fi only version of the Galaxy Tab on April 4th for a very reasonable $399.
Word on the Web is that Hewlett-Packard is seriously considering selling off its PC business, with Samsung emerging as a frontrunner to swoop in and take the reigns. Other reported suitors include Lenovo and Foxconn (otherwise known as Hon Hai Precision Industry, makers of Apple's iPhone and lots of other devices), but no one has been as aggressive as Samsung. Could a sale be imminent?
Remember when the hard drive industry tried to convince us they would never be able to pump out hard drives bigger than 100GB? Well according to Samsung the platter density war is still alive and well, and a new breakthrough has allowed them to hit 1TB per platter densities well ahead of schedule. What does this mean for us as enthusiasts? Lower cost high-speed 3TB drives, along with 4TB versions in the not too distant future.
See what this means for notebook drives after the jump.
Sometimes you have to tip your hat at your opponent and tell them, "Well played." Usually, however, those or similar words of mutual respect are saved for after the fight, when there's a clear winner and loser. Samsung isn't waiting. With Apple having announced its iPad 2 on March 2, Samsung had some things to say about Cupertino's next generation tablet, essentially admitting that Apple once again has set the bar and it's not going to be easy to hurdle.
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.