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.
On show will be 19-inch and 14-inch flavors of its qFHD transparent AMOLED display technology. Even though Sammy showed off the displays at SID 2010 in May, it has decided to do an encore.
The 19-inch display is the world’s first large-screen transparent AMOLED production prototype. Further, it boasts 30 percent transparency and the highest possible resolution among similar-sized transparent displays.
For good measure, the company will also be bringing a 4.5-inch WVGA flexible AMOLED display to the event.
Samsung's latest WB700 point-n-shoot digital camera lets you get up close and personal -- real close and personal -- with a 24X zoom lens. Skeptical? You should be -- it's actually a still-impressive 18X optical zoom supplemented by a 1.3X "Smart Zoom," Samsung says.
The camera sports a 24mm ultra-wide Schneider KREUZNACH lens and a 16MP CCD sensor. Full manual control is part of the spec sheet, and so is the ability to record full 1080p high definition videos (H.264 format).
Other notable features include RAW file format support, built-in software, an advanced noise reduction algorithm Samsung says "actively cancels out the zoom noise," andd digital image stabilization.
There's no sense in sugar coating it, and if we're being totally honest (aren't we always?), we have to admit we're a little disappointed there isn't more competition in the tablet market just yet. After talking a big game through the second half of 2010, few tablet makers have actually delivered shipping products to go toe-to-toe with Apple's iPad, while most are probably waiting for Android 3.0.
We can't say we blame them, and for Samsung and LG, this staggered launch schedule by the competition is just fine (Galaxy Tab notwithstanding). From a sales perspective, the iPad has been a resounding success, which benefits every company playing a role in producing the magical slate. According to DigiTimes, LG Display shipped 1.5 million iPad panels in November alone, edging out Samsung, which shipped 1.2 million panels in the same month.
Looking ahead, LG expects to fill orders for 35 million iPad panels in 2011. Meanwhile, Samsung predicts it will ship 15 million units in the first quarter of 2011, as will Chimei Innolux, a newcomer to the iPad supply chain.
These figures take into account both first and yet-to-be-released second generation iPad models, and if you add them all up, it comes out to 65 million Apple branded slates, a good 20 million units more than market estimates.
We're not sure it's the size of Blu-ray players that's holding the high-definition format back from mass adoption the way VCRs and DVD players were accepted into homes, but if that is the case, Samsung has the answer. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, Samsung will unveil a Blu-ray player measuring a scant 23mm thick, PC World reports.
The super slim player comes with 3D support as well, and according to Samsung, there's a function that allows it to convert regular 2D content into 3D. Internet connectivity is also part of the package, with the player being able to tap into content from YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.
No word on when it will launch or how much it will cost, and Samsung didn't provide any other technical details, saying only that this will be the world's thinnest Blu-ray player.
Samsung has made the Galaxy Player official, and you can expect to see it at CES. This device bears a striking resemblance to the international Galaxy S Android phone. The similarities are, in fact, not just skin deep. This device will sport a 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, a 3.2 MP rear-facing camera, a 4-inch Super Clear LCD screen at 800x480, front-facing VGA camera, and a GPS chip. All this will be packed in a 9.9mm thick body.
The Galaxy Player is running Android 2.2 with Samsung's own TouchWiz user interface on top. Hopefully Samsung will be able to update this device faster seeing as it does not need to deal with carriers to get it done. Without the cellular radio, we expect the battery life on this deice to be very good. And yes, this device will have the Android Market.
This is going to be the Android answer to the iPod Touch. Pricing and release date have not been announced yet, but there will be 8, 16, and 32GB versions. Would you consider buying the Galaxy Player? What's a fair price?
Samsung made a bold (and evidently wise) move when it decided to launch its Galaxy S smartphone on every major carrier. The goal, Samsung said, was to ship 10 million units by the end of the year, and the company's nearly done it, InformationWeek reports.
To date, Samsung says it's sold 9.3 million Galaxy S devices, an impressive number in its own right. But get this. The company's also sold more than 2 million Galaxy S phones in its home country of Korea, the first phone ever to record those numbers over there and eclipsing the iPhone 4, which has sold 1.8 million units.
With 2010 quickly winding down, Samsung still says it can reach its goal of 10 million units sold, and that's only the tip of the iceberg. In 2011, Samsung expects to sell 40 million smartphones. At this point, it would be foolish to doubt them.