A senior analyst at Digitimes Research says Samsung has received a shipment of IPS panels for use in its upcoming 7-inch Galaxy Tab slate. The IPS panels, which are being supplied from Hydis, "are of comparable grade as those of Apple's iPad," senior analyst Mingchi Kuo claims.
Samsung just recently went official with the Galaxy Tab, announcing that device will ship with a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, PowerVR SGX540 GPU, and 512MB of RAM. All versions will boast both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, as well as Samsung's TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.2.
Already sporting a sexy feature-set, the addition of an IPS panel makes the Galaxy Tab all the more intriguing. And if the Galaxy Tab gains traction as a legitimate iPad contender, it could pave the way for IPS-based tablets to follow.
Samsung on Tuesday introduced its new dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex A9-based processor designed for mobile applications. If all goes to plan, you'll soon seen this spunky chip in a variety of devices, including tablets, netbooks, and even smartphones.
"Consumers are demanding the full web experience without compromise while on the go," said Dojun Rhee, vice president of Marketing, System LSI Division, Samsung Electronics. "Given this trend, mobile device designers need an application processor platform that delivers superb multimedia performance, fast CPU processing speed, and abundant memory bandwidth. Samsung's newest dual core application processor chip is designed specifically to fulfill such stringent performance requirements while maintaining long battery life."
Built on a 45nm manufacturing process, the Orion processor, as it's being called, comes with two cores clocked at 1GHz, each with 32KB data cache and a 32KB instruction cache. There's also 1MB of L2 cache to help speed things up, Samsung says.
Interestingly, Orion also comes with an onboard native triple display controller architecture, so that a device equipped with this chip could support two on-device display screens and still have the chops to drive a third external display, like a TV or monitor via on-chip HDMI.
Select customers will get their hands on the new chip in the fourth quarter of 2010, with mass production to follow in the first half of 2011.
Verizon announced today that the Samsung Fascinate Android phone will be available on September 9 for $199 on contract, after rebate. Good news if you're in the market for an Android device on Big Red, but it looks like this device is a victim of carrier modification making it much less desirable. Early reviews have noted a number of strange decisions in the phone's software.
Verizon's Galaxy S phone has Bing as the default search provider. That means the home screen widget and the front search button will search Bing, not Google. No problem, you can change that, right? Well, no actually. You're stuck with Bing. Then the bundled VZ Navigator is set at the default navigation app for every UI action that should call up Google Navigation. Users can change this, but it requires some tweaking in settings to get Google Navigation back.
With a Galaxy S on every carrier now, it's hard to see the Fascinate as a viable option. Those on Verizon may be interested, but the carrier is likely to push their Droid line of phones harder as we move into the shopping season. Are these changes more than you'd put up with?
With all the hoopla surrounding tablets, it's easy to forget that there's still a market out there for netbooks. Samsung hasn't forgotten, which is readying the N350, a new netbook with dual-mode LTE and HSPA+ built-in.
Aside from the 4G connectivity, this new netbook sports mostly familiar specs, albeit around Intel's recently released Atom N550 platform. The N350 ships with a 10.1-inch screen, 1GB of DDR3 memory, a 250GB hard drive spinning at 5400RPM, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, memory card reader, USB 2.0 ports, and Windows 7 Starter edition.
German website Mini-Notebook-Laptop.com has the N350 shipping commercially this Fall for 429 Euros, or about $550 in American greenbacks.
Hewlett Packard (HP) expects to become the world's second largest supplier of netbooks in 2011, and should the company get there, they should consider sending a bottle of Cristal to Intel, the world's No. 1 chip maker. It only seems fitting, considering Intel just shipped a large number of its new dual-core Atom N550 processors to HP for $65, representing a significant 25 percent savings over the chip's official $86 price tag.
As it currently stands, Acer, Samsung, and Asus are the three largest netbook suppliers in the world, in that order. MSI could have been in the mix too, but the company is putting on the brakes somewhat citing concerns over market demand for dual-core netbooks. Instead, MSI is reportedly stepping back to focus on single-core units, and eventually will exit the market in favor of traditional notebooks.
It’s hardly a secret that Samsung’s been working on a 7-inch tablet device called the “Galaxy Tab.” Still, it’s always nice to have confirmation, and that’s exactly what we got today from Samsung. While we’re not sure that we agree with the press release that the Tab is a “new category of device” (prepare for the initial wave of iPad comparisons in 3… 2… 1…) it does have a pretty compelling featureset, including Flash support, DivX certification, and front- and rear-facing cameras (1.3 and 3 megapixels, respectively).
Inside, the Tab’s packing a 1GHz Cortex A8 proc, a PowerVR SGX540 GPU and 512 MB of RAM. Every version of the tab can connect to Wi-Fi and 3G networks (with a data plan, of course.) It’ll be available in a 16GB and a 32GB model, and it ships with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.2 (Froyo).
No word on pricing yet, but expect the Tab to come out in Europe in September, and in the states sometime after that.
Having trouble playing Blu-ray flicks from Universal and Warner Brothers on your Samsung player? If it's any consolation, so are scores of other users.
Here's the deal. Something funky in Samsung's latest firmware -- version 2.09 -- for its line of BD-Px600 Blu-ray players is preventing the unit from playing movies like "The Hangover" and "The Book of Eli," two must-see movies, by the way, in case you haven't watched them already.
As is predictably the case, the SNAFU deals with copy protection, and once again, it's the paying consumer who pays the price. While software pirates are merrily clogging up their ISP's pipes downloading movies from BitTorrent sites, several Samsung Blu-ray player owners are forced to sit back and wait for a fix. The good news is a fix is on the way, but not until September, the company said.
Does that mean early September or closer to the end? Nobody knows. Samsung BD-Px600 owners may be able to watch their legally purchased/rented Blu-ray movies next week, or maybe several weeks from now. And if we sound particularly critical about the whole situation, consider that this isn't the first time something like this has happened. Earlier this year, Samsung BD-UP5000 and BD-P1400 Blu-ray players coughed up a hairball when owners tried to watch "Avatar" on Blu-ray. Samsung did fix the issue, but is this really the future of HD movies on the home front?
When you think of memory, Samsung probably isn't the first name to come to mind, but perhaps it should be. No other company produces more DRAM, and in the second quarter of 2010, Samsung further distanced itself from all competitors.
"Samsung's memory business long has pursued a strategy of taking the leadership in investment in new manufacturing processes, allowing it to be the first to move to advanced semiconductor process geometries, and thus enabling the company to make semiconductors at a lower cost and at greater efficiency than its competitors," said Mike Howard, senior analyst for DRAM technology at iSuppli. "The company's aggressive push into 40nm semiconductor lithography for DRAM manufacturing boosted the volume of its bit production dramatically. Meanwhile, Samsung's broad DRAM portfolio, including high-end devices like mobile and legacy parts, allowed it to achieve an ASP higher than the industry average."
Samsung cranked out 1.2 billion 1Gb density equivalent DRAM units in the second quarter, a 13 percent increase over its first quarter production and enough to pull in revenues of $3.8 billion.
While Samsung is flying high, Micron (Crucial's parent company) showed the weakest growth among the top-five DRAM suppliers in the second quarter. Micron's revenues rose by 4.1 percent to $1.43 billion, which iSuppli blames on manufacturing challenges at the company's Inotera facility.
Melissa Thompson, a 27-year-old woman living in Salford, England, used to text message her boyfriend some 40 or 50 times per day. Now she holds the Guiness World Record for being the fastest typist on a phone, which she achieved using a Samsung Galaxy S smartphone.
Here's what Thompson typed to claim the record: "The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human."
The previous record for typing the above blip on a smartphone was held by Franklin Page of Seattle, who took 35.54 seconds to type it all out. But Thompson not only broke that record, she shattered it by nearly 10 seconds, taking only 25.94 seconds to punch out all the characters.
According to Thomspon, she's not up to speed on her texting, despite having set the record. The reason? She now lives with her boyfriend and no longer fires off dozens of messages to him each day.
Samsung has already admitted to harboring media pad ambitions. Back in June, JK Shin, president of Samsung's mobile communications division, confirmed that the Korean electronics titan is working on an Android-based tablet, the Galaxy Tab, that will lock horns with the Apple iPad. But Samsung has yet to detail the tablet.
That might change at the forthcoming IFA consumer electronics show in Germany (September 3-8), according to Korean newspaper the JoongAng Daily. The newspaper's source, a “high-ranking” Samsung official, revealed that the company plans to showcase its tablet PC for the first time at IFA.