A leaked PR schedule for the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2011 event managed to fall into the hands of Electronista, who posted the details to the Web. Assuming it's real, the itinerary confirms Samsung is working on a pair of second-generation Galaxy devices.
There aren't any details to go on, just the fact that Samsung plans to present the Galaxy S 2 smartphone and Galaxy Tab 2 tablet at MWC. Depending on the direction Samsung takes these devices, we could be in store for some nifty upgrades. Imagine a dual-core processor in the Galaxy S 2, along with a bigger screen and front-facing camera. And as for the Galaxy Tab 2, we'd be willing to gamble (a small sum) that it will ship with a 10-inch screen, a speedier processor, and of course Android 3.0 (Honeycomb).
What would you like to see included in the next generation of Galaxy devices? Hit the jump and sound off!
PC Mag is reporting today that T-Mobile outed the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S 4G and Sidekick 4G at a press breakfast today. According to T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm, the devices will be available in the first half of 2011, but no more specific dates were given. Both devices will work on T-Mobile's HSPA+ network that they are fond of calling 4G.
Both will be running Android, which is more of a surprise for the Sidekick than the Galaxy. The Sidekick OS designed by Danger is no more, but the Sidekick branding as owned by T-Mobile is being transitioned to Android. Samsung is expected to announce a new version of the Galaxy S at Mobile World Congress in just a few weeks, but we believe the Galaxy S 4G is based on the existing Vibrant hardware.
If we hadn’t just spent time ogling HP’s Envy 17, we might have appreciated the Samsung RF710’s aesthetics more. After all, it too sports a sleek, sophisticated design. It’s just that everything about the RF710 looks low-rent compared to the Envy 17. That’s not so surprising, considering that the RF710 costs more than $1,000 less. The two notebooks have nearly the exact same dimensions, but the RF710 is a pound or so lighter. That’s because, rather than sporting an all-metal chassis, as the Envy 17 does, the RF710 is primarily plastic. It’s made to look nice, with a metallic finish offsetting the chiclet keyboard, and a glossy black finish on the lid and screen bezel—which will unfortunately be marred by fingerprints in short order.
If this leaked spec sheet is correct, T-Mobile is about to step up their mobile data game with an even faster breed of HSPA phone. The Samsung Vibrant 4G is listed here as having an HSPA+ modem rated at 21Mbps. This is the full speed of the T-Mobile network, but other "4G" phones from the carrier have only 14.4 Mbps data modems. This includes the T-Mobile G2 and MyTouch 4G.
In addition to the super-fast data, the new Galaxy S variant will have mostly unchanged hardware from the current iteration. Though, it will ship with Android 2.2. Samsung has yet to bump US Galaxy S phones up to Froyo, but this news is only slightly comforting considering Gingerbread has been open source for almost a month now. We assume that the phone will have the Samsung TouchWiz skin on top of Android.
We're not sure if a minor update to the existing Vibrant will lure consumers in. it is also unclear if the faster HSPA connection will drastically affect speeds. We've found HSPA+ devices on T-Mobile to only be marginally faster than those capped at the old 7.2Mbps rates. How do you think this product will fare?
Samsung has long been a player in solid-state drives, but usually behind the scenes. As one of the largest flash memory makers on the planet, of course, its NAND modules have been used in many SSDs, and it’s one of the largest providers of SSDs to OEMs. The 470 Series, however, marks Samsung’s first foray into the retail market.
Some of the first tablets built around Google's much anticipated Android "Honeycomb" platform will likely come from Motorola, Samsung, and HTC. Citing industry sources, DigiTimes says the search giant is giving priority to these three companies for cooperation to develop slates around the first version of Android intended specifically for tablet computing.
Honeycomb was built from the ground up for tablets, and from what we've seen, it definitely shows. Google posted a teaser video this week of Honeycomb in action, and while it's still Android, it's Android like you've never seen it before.
Being one of the first out the door with a Honeycomb tablet could prove a major advantage, and a major disadvantage for those left waiting in the wings. DigiTimes says Compal Electronics "tried in vain to cooperate with Google" on a Honeycomb tablet for 2010, but Google instead has given priority to handset makers.
Is it time to move on from DDR3 already? Probably not, but the shift to DDR4 might be closer than you think. Enter Samsung, who says it just completed development of the industry's first DDR4 DRAM module using a 30nm manufacturing process.
"Samsung has been actively supporting the IT industry with our green memory initiative by coming up with eco-friendly, innovative memory products providing higher performance and power efficiency every year," said Dong Soo Jun, president, memory division, Samsung Electronics. "The new DDR4 DRAM will build even greater confidence in our cutting-edge green memory, particularly when we introduce four-gigabit (Gb) DDR4-based products using next generation process technology for mainstream application."
According to Samsung, the new DDR4 DRAM stick boasts performance of up to 2.133Gbps at 1.2V. Stick these new modules in a notebook and Samsung says you can expect power consumption to go down by 40 percent when compared to a 1.5V DDR3 module.
In case the SH100's 3-inch LCD screen isn't large enough, Samsung says its latest Wi-Fi enabled point-n-shoot can connect to your Android powered Galaxy S smartphone (which we presume to mean any Android phone) so you can preview shots in real time.
Perhaps that's a little gimmicky, but Samsung says you can also share your photos over the Internet and social networks, so long as you have Wi-Fi access. It can also automatically back up pics to your PC by pushing just two buttons, or by using DLNA to wirelessly connect to your HDTV and see your shots and videos right away, Samsung says.
Other features include a 14.2MP sensor, 720p movie mode, digital image stabilization, and a host of proprietary technologies. The SH100 will go on sale in March for $200.
Smartphone makers take note -- when you launch your devices through multiple wireless carriers, good things happen. If you don't want to take our word for it, just ask Samsung's bean counters how the company fared with its Galaxy S lineup.
In an email to Bloomberg, Samsung said it sold 10 million Galaxy S smartphones in 2010, and that's only for a partial year (Samsung launched the device in June). Samsung said it expects to sell twice as many smartphones in 2011, and assuming the same launch strategy applies, we have no reason to doubt that prediction.
Not only is Samsung's strategy a good one, it might also be a necessary one in order to compete with Apple's iPhone, which still managed to outsell Samsung for the quarter (ended in September) by moving 14.1 million iPhones, Bloomberg reports.
Still, the future looks bright for Samsung and other smartphone makers invested in Android. Dual-core processors are on the horizon and Android 3.0 is right around the corner, both of which could significantly improve the smartphone experience.
If you purchased a Galaxy Tab through Verizon within the last couple of weeks, then it will be worth the cost of gas to drive back and collect a partial refund.
According to Droid-Life.com, Verzion cut the price of the Tab to $499 and is offering $100 cash back to anyone who paid $599 within the last 14 days. For new buyers, not only do you get the cheaper rate, but Verizon's also throwing in $60 worth of movie rentals via the Blockbuster app or Media Hub.
In case you haven't been following, the Galaxy Tab is the first real challenger to Apple's iPad, albeit in a smaller 7-inch form factor. You can read our full evaluation of Samsung's slate right here.