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A couple of weeks ago, we covered a story on Samsung’s rumored Project Valley, a purported foldable device rumored to be in development behind closed doors. As the rumor went, the project was not a sure-fire candidate for release, and may be scrapped at any time. Today, we have a new patent filing with the USPTO and the schematic looks surprisingly like what one might expect from such a device, apparently a Galaxy Note variant given other pictures’ inclusion of a stylus.

The device described in the patent has two screens and a body that folds in half, and comes across as a design not unlike that which Toshiba used for its final/most-recent Libretto, NEC used for its Medius W, and Sony experimented with for the Tablet P.

Patently Mobile

It’s important to note that a patent filing doesn’t mean anything more than a desire to protect an idea or design that has been created. There is no guarantee this will end up in stores, of even behind the scenes. At the same time, given the rumor from last week, it would certainly seem possible that Samsung is working on a foldable tablet of sorts, at least behind the scenes, and this design more or less represents that.

Would you be interested in the prospects of such a device? Does it actually add anything unique that hasn’t been done before?

Samsung will not release the Galaxy Note 5 this July

Posted by wicked May - 21 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Despite the strong rumors (or maybe that was just wishful thinking on their part?) that Samsung will break tradition and release the new version of their phablet earlier, an official statement from the Korean OEM’s president seems to have debunked that. Samsung President Shin Jong-Kyun confirmed that there will be no June or July announcement of the Galaxy Note 5, although there is still no definite date as to when that will actually happen.

With the expected success of the new flagship devices, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, people were expecting that Samsung would ride on this renewed excitement for their products by releasing the Galaxy Note 5 earlier than scheduled. This rumor was further fueled by sources who were saying that they were actually able to finish the prototypes of the new phablet and that they were even putting up the product for pre-orders. And if they did release it in July, they will even be ahead of the annual announcement of archrival Apple and whatever new iPhone they will be introducing this year.

But it was Jong-kyun himself who said that it won’t be happening anytime soon. He also denied reports that despite the warm reception the Galaxy S6 has been receiving, that sales figures are not reflecting that, and it is in fact, struggling. He believes that the recently released flagship devices will be “strong engines” for the company.

Early rumors about the Galaxy Note 5 is that it will have the all-in-one solution in Samsung’s own Exynos 7422 chipset. The phablet may also sport either a 2K resolution or a UHD 4K resolution, and will most likely have a 3GB RAM, a 3220 mAh battery, and a 13MP/8MP main and front-facing camera respectively. Now that the June/July announcement has been denied, we can once again expect it to be sometime this September.

VIA: SlashGear

Montblanc accessories for Galaxy Note 4 break cover

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

One of the coolest features of the Galaxy Note series of smartphones from Samsung is the S Pen and the S View Cover. The big screen of the Note series beg for people to write on them with a stylus. If you like writing on the screen of your device, but wish for an S Pen that is a bit more substantial, check out what Montblanc and Samsung have teamed up to produce.

Montblanc and Samsung teamed up to produce new writing instruments and leather covers for the Galaxy Note 4. Montblanc is famous for making very nice pens and has unveiled the Montblanc e-StarWalker and Pix pens.


Both of these pens can be used to write on the screen of your smartphone or on normal paper. The special covers for the Note 4 have a digital ID chip inside that automatically provide the owner access to Montblanc digital content like an ink-inspired 3D unlock effect, special edition S Note, and five screenwriter nibs.

There are two styles for the cover with one looking woven called the Montblanc Extreme leather cover and the other called the Montblanc Meisterstuck soft grain leather cover with a smoother leather grain finish.

SOURCE: Samsung

Samsung offers extended warranty for selected Galaxy devices

Posted by wicked October - 10 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Damaged smartphones and phablets, especially the ones that you bought for a lot of money, are a living and very real nightmare for gadget owners. No matter how careful you are in handling your phone, accidents will happen. You will drop your phone. You will spill something on it. No matter how tough your phone supposedly is, there will be damage at one point. And if your warranty is expired, good luck then. Samsung is now offering a product that will somehow set your mind at ease when it comes to this problem.

Samsung’s Protection Plus Mobile Elite is a service that will extend the warranty of your device to two years after your original 1-year warranty has expired from the time you purchased it. For now, this only covers four Samsung devices: the Galaxy S4 and S5 and the Galaxy Note 3 and Note 4. This is understandable, since they are some of the more expensive smartphones/phablets out there. There isn’t any word yet if they will also be offering this product to cover other Samsung devices, although the higher-end tablets should probably come into consideration,

During the coverage period, when your device suffers from such things as accidentally cracked displays (deliberately cracking an expensive device is a no-no supposedly) or liquid damage, you can make up to three claims. Samsung promises 24/7/364 days support (we don’t know what is that one day where they cannot offer customer support) and a speedy resolution to your damaged product. They should also probably offer a short lecture on how to protect your gadget when you’re in it for the third time.

You can avail the Protection Plus Mobile Elite plan for $99 for the Galaxy S4 and S5 while you need to pay $129 for the Galaxy Note 3 and Note 4. But it’s not exactly free as you need to pay $75 (Galaxy S4 and S5) or $95 (Galaxy Note 3 and Note 4) plus applicable tax everytime you make those three allowable claims. But that is probably better than having it fully repaired or replaced on your own.

SOURCE: Sammyhub

Galaxy Note 4 three-point bend test uses a robotic butt

Posted by wicked October - 2 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Lots of talk about bending smartphones has been going around after some iPhone 6 Plus devices turned up bent after being carried in pockets. Apple’s response was to say only a few devices have actually bent, but the negative press affected the image of the device and led to a number of other smartphone makers feeling like they need to prove their devices won’t bend.

Samsung has performed a bend test on its phablet device, the Galaxy Note 4, and the smartphone came away unfazed by the testing. Samsung performed a basic three point bend test using a machine that put about 25kg of pressure on the screen of the phone.

The device distorted a bit, but snapped back to its original straight shape when the pressure was removed. The coolest test performed involved a robotic butt. This test had a machine with a couple butt cheeks on it wearing denim jeans.

In this test the robot butt sat on the Galaxy Note 4 several hundred times and simulated a 100kg man’s butt. The Note 4 survived the robot attack without lasting physical injuries.

SOURCE: Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release dates revealed

Posted by wicked October - 2 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is coming. After being released in South Korea last Friday, September 26, the new phablet will soon be launched in the United States and other parts of the globe. Samsung Mobile recently teased us with an invitation to an ‘S Carpet’ launch event.

Looking at the image, you’ll see dots with the corresponding dates. Countries are marked with dots and dates set by Samsung. The map should be helpful and informative but the colors of the dots are almost similar to each other so it’s kind of difficult to check for some countries. (Maybe Samsung should update this?)

Based on the map, Canada will receive the Galaxy Note 4 this coming October 17. China appears to have received the device last September 29 and Korea on the 30th as opposed to the September 26 date we earlier reported. As for the UK, the Galaxy Note 4 could be launched on October 10 and Western Europe a week after.

In Asia, the phablet is expected to roll out in each country on these dates: October 10 (India), October 11 (Singapore), October 13 (Thailand), October 15 (Myanmar), October 17 (Cambodia), October 24 (Vietnma), and October 25 (Philippines, Laos, and Indonesia).


Dates for other countries are vague because of the similar colors but you’ll see that most of Europe will get their hands on the Galaxy Note 4 this October. As for South America, it might reach them early November.

SOURCE: Samsung Mobile

Galaxy Note 4 resolution confirmed by Samsung site, poster

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Those looking forward to the next generation of Samsung‘s S-Pen powered phablet are mostly likely just counting down hours instead of days. And while we too are very curious to see what tricks the device has left up its sleeves, one part is almost all but confirmed thanks to Samsung itself. The Galaxy Note 4 will indeed bear a QHD screen, according to Samsung’s own website UAProf as well as its IFA poster.

The UAProf, or user agent profile, is used by websites to attempt to deliver content optimized to each device’s screen. As such, it would, at the very least, include information such as screen resolution. The UAProf for the SM-N910T, which is noted to be the model number for one Galaxy Note 4 variant, lists a resolution of 2560×1440. As websites don’t usually optimize for screen size and only for resolutions, it doesn’t exactly list that information though word on the street is that it will be the same 5.7 inches as on the Galaxy Note 3, giving the latest incarnation a higher DPI count.


That resolution, the QHD part and not the exact pixel count, is also confirmed by a leaked photo of Samsung’s IFA poster, which does explicitly mention “QHD”. Other than that, as well as a render of what the Galaxy Note 4 might look like, it doesn’t give much information.

Thanks to innumerable leaks and rumors, though, we have been able to assemble an almost complete picture of the device. That includes a processor that’s either a Samsung Exynos 5433 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, depending on the market, the highest 4 GB RAM you’ll find in any commercial smartphone, a 16 megapixel rear shooter, and most likely the same host of sensors found on the Galaxy S5. Whatever other surprises Samsung might hold, especially when it comes to the S Pen and related features, we will know for sure when the company makes its big announcement on September 3, 3 p.m. CEST. Keep tabs on our IFA 2014 tag portal for that highly anticipated event.


New Galaxy Note 4 teasers show three artist “testimonies”

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Another day, another batch of new Samsung videos. It’s just a few days from the official reveal of the Galaxy Note 4 and they’re definitely upping the anticipation. This time, they enlisted the help of three real-life artistic people who are huge fans of the Note series. The three 1-minute videos how these individuals have maximized their devices, particularly the S-Pen of the Note to further develop their creativity.

Fashion Blogger and model Martha Pozzan says that the Note has enabled her to not use a computer anymore in the year that she’s been a user of it. She uses the scrapbook feature to save and create her fashion pegs. She creates a sort of storyboard to guide her for photo shoots for her blog with her stylist.

Day Day is a barber and artist who says he operates his life through his Galaxy Note. He has a physical journal/sketchbook which he also keeps on his smartphone with the power of the S-Pen. He also sketches on his Note the hairstyles he wants to do on his client and show it to them beforehand before actually cutting their hair.

Musician and spiritual healer Diva Dompe says she’s able to share her music, meditation videos and thoughts through her Galaxy Note. She shows that being “hippie” and “New Age” doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t be in touch with your digital and hi-tech side. She even mentions that the crystals within the smartphone can be used to “transmit the energy outward.”

The videos that they’ve released the past few days are pointing towards the fact that the Galaxy Note 4 will be relying a lot on the S-Pen so we’re kinda looking forward to what more functionality they can add to the past releases. The official announcement will be made on September 3 during the Samsung event in Berlin, just right before IFA 2014.

SOURCE: Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 teaser banks on crafting using S-Pen

Posted by wicked August - 25 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

As D-day fast approaches, Samsung fans are waiting with bated breath on what the long-teased about Galaxy Note 4 will bring. On September 3, all will be revealed, but until then, we have to deal with all the leaks, speculations and teasers that are coming our way. One of the latest official teasers is a short video, part of their Ready To Note campaign, that crafting is a cognitive ability and how the S-Pen can bring it to digital life.

The video called “Ready to Note? Your Note for Crafting” opens with real-life “old school” ways of crafting and designing that we’ve developed over the years, from school room art projects to cartography to architecture design to playing classic video games. There’s even footage of the unpeeling of an apple, maybe a “shout out” to its closest competitor. Then it shifts to showing how the S Pen, introduced through the Galaxy Note series, has changed how we marry using the digital life of our smartphones with our artistic and creative impulses. It shows how we create artwork/caricatures, play games and even just use the S Pen for normal smartphone use.

While it is a good reminder for some of us to actually use the S Pen, it also doesn’t show anything yet of how the Galaxy Note 4 will maximize the use of this feature of the smartphone/phablet. But it’s quite obvious that they will be harping on the S Pen as a key differentiator for the newest member of the Galaxy family. They also released another teaser in the Ready to Note series entitled Your Note for Handwriting, which focuses on the S Pen’s handwriting features, which were fully realised when the Galaxy Note 3 was released last year.

The official announcement of the Galaxy Note 4 is slated for September 3 during Samsung’s event in Berlin, which happens a few days before IFA 2014 kicks off in the German capital. The leaked specs has fuelled the hype over the device, with the reported 2560×1440 QHD resolution of the 5.7-inch smartphone. The reported 4GB RAM has caused some Android users to salivate. And we’re also now very familiar with how they’re pushing the Ultra Power Saving Mode, which was first introduced with the Galaxy S5. We have just 9 days more to find out whether all this is too good to be true.

Sony Xperia Z3 vs Samsung Galaxy Note: just as tall but narrower

Posted by wicked July - 14 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

If you aren’t yet tired of seeing leaked photos of the upcoming Xperia Z3, here’s yet another one. This time, however, the supposed Sony flagship is shown beside the first Samsung Galaxy Note, just to give you an idea of how big, or actually how not-big, the smartphone really is. Of course, presuming this is the real deal.

The original Galaxy Note was short by today’s Note standards and measured 146.9 x 83 x 9.7 mm. For some comparison, the current Galaxy Note 3 is taller but slimmer at 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm, while the Galaxy S5 is both shorter and narrower with dimensions of 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm. In the picture above, the Xperia Z3 is noticeably a lot narrower than the Galaxy Note, giving hope that it will come in a somewhat more hand-friendly size than Samsung’s S Pen phablet. That said, the current Sony flagship, the Xperia Z2, isn’t exactly far behind at 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm. Chances are, the Xperia Z3 will be within the same ballpark.

Of course, that isn’t the only area where the two might be similar. Aside from a slightly higher 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, the Xperia Z3 is believed to be quite similar to the Xperia Z2. Sony seems to have hit the peak of its smartphone camera technology, with the same 20.7 megapixel Exmor RS sensor it has been using since the Xperia Z1. One area where the Xperia Z3 could one up its predecessors would be with a 2K resolution display, though going with the more multimedia-friendly Snapdragon 805 would have been a better choice then.

While we have had numerous leaked photos that try to prove the existence of the Xperia Z3, the biggest mystery of all is perhaps the reason or nature of its existence. Sony has promised to refresh its flagship every 6 months, in line with other major manufacturers. But the Sony Xperia Z2, while not bad in itself, feels more like a simple incremental upgrade to the Xperia Z1 and these recent leaks give little hope that the Xperia Z3 will be any different. We do have barely 2 months to go before an expected IFA 2014 unveiling, and hopefully we’ll see more promising signs before then.


VIA: Xperia Blog