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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

Samsung Note PRO 12.2, Tab PROs and Galaxy Camera 2 Hands On at CES 2014 – XDA Developer TV

Posted by wicked January - 11 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off


Samsung was at this year’s CES in a BIG way! They have advertisements on just about any of the many shuttle buses circling the Las Vegas Convention Center, they had ads all over the Convention Center itself, and that got the location into trouble, as the ads announced their releases before the actual press event. At the press event, Samsung announced a new Samsung Note Pro 12.2, three new Galaxy Tab Pros—coming in the sizes of 8.4, 10.1, and 12.2 inches—and the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2.

XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan was on site and got a chance to get his hands on the Note PRO 12.2, the Galaxy Tab PRO trio, and the Galaxy Camera 2. Jordan sat down and talked with the folks at Samsung. In this video, he shares what he learned and shows off the Note PRO 12.2, the Galaxy Tab PRO 10.1 trio, and the Galaxy Camera 2. Check out this video to see what the newest Samsung looks like.

Be sure to check out more CES 2014 coverage:

Check out Jordan’s YouTube Channel and Jordan’s Gaming YouTube Channel

Rumor: $200 Galaxy Note-like HP Android smartphone to launch “as soon as next week”

Posted by wicked January - 11 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off


The CES 2014 event may be over, but that doesn’t mean we’re done with new product announcements, as HP is rumored once again to launch its first Android phone soon.

This time around it appears that sources within HP have talked to 9to5Google telling the publication that an HP Android handset that will resemble Samsung’s Galaxy Note will be launched “as soon as next week” with a price of around $200 – that’s the unlocked price of the handset.

The device will be primarily aimed at prepaid and emerging markets, although the publication isn’t actually mentioning any specific countries at this time. The phone reportedly looks like the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note “with obvious cost cutting measures to get the device down to the $200 price point.”

Interestingly, this rumor seems to echo what The Information said late last year, although that report wasn’t completely accurate – the publication claimed that HP would launch 6- to 7-inch smartphones by the end of the year and that didn’t happen. However, it may have been right about the size of the smartphone(s), especially considering that a recent Bluetooth SIG may have betrayed the name of the device, the HP Slate 6 Voice Tab.

That said, we’ll be looking forward to seeing HP’s first budget Android smartphone become reality. We already know the company wants to make smartphones of its own, and we already know it can sells affordable tablets.

Anyone excited to see an affordable Galaxy Note rival made by HP?

Samsung SM-P905 12.2-inch tablet taking shape, spotted at FCC and Bluetooth SIG

Posted by wicked November - 1 - 2013 - Friday Comments Off

There has been talk lately within the display manufacturing industry that some tablet makers are looking towards putting out devices with 12-inch or larger screens in order to differentiate themselves from an over-saturated 7- and 10-inch tablet market. It seems that there is some credence to that rumor and Samsung might be the first to the scene.


The Korean manufacturer has lately been trying, somewhat desperately, to come out as first with new kinds of devices, such as the Galaxy Gear smartwatch and the Galaxy Round curved smartphone. It is no surprise then that it would once again try to beat out the competition by being the first to out a larger than normal Android tablet. Earlier this week, such a tablet, with the model number SM-P905V, made its way to the Bluetooth SIG. While that didn’t give us much of a clue about the device, other than its North American geographic availability, this new certification does.

Seen at the FCC was a filing for a Samsung tablet, this time with a plain model number of SM-P905. The documents reveal a tablet with a diagonal size of 14.1 inches, which suggests a 12.1 inch display. Diagrams also show a slot for a stylus, which could mean that this tablet will be inducted into Samsung’s Galaxy Note S Pen line. These confirm that specs that were also sighted on AnTuTu for the SM-P905 that revealed a resolution of 1600×2560 pixels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage.

These appearances in various certification and benchmark sites doesn’t mean that this overgrown Galaxy Note will be having an official unveiling any time soon, so don’t hold your breath if you’re one of those interested in the device. But if the tablet does arrive, some believe that the SM-P905V label might mean that it will be heading to Verizon first.

SOURCE: FCC, Bluetooth SIG, AnTuTu
VIA: Engadget, SamMobile

Rumored Samsung 12.2-inch tablet spotted at Bluetooth SIG

Posted by wicked September - 18 - 2013 - Wednesday Comments Off

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IFA has come and gone, and with it we saw several great announcements from Samsung. Not only did the company unveil the Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear, but they even introduced the 2014 edition of the Note 10.1.

Clearly it is a very exciting time for fans of the Galaxy Note series, with both the Note 3 and Note 10.1 on the way – but that’s not all. As early as June, we’ve heard reports of a 12.2-inch Samsung Android tablet, which supposedly will be branded as part of the Note family. Today we get further proof that a 12.2-inch Samsung tablet is indeed in the works, as it has now received Bluetooth certification.

Listed as the Samsung SM-P901, the newly certified tablet is believed to be the Wi-Fi only version of Samsung’s 12.2-inch slate. What else do we know about it? Previous rumors suggest that the tablet could arrive as early as October, sporting a resolution of 2560 x 1600.

While other specs are unknown, we’d imagine that the tablet would at least match the new version of the Note 10.1 in terms of specs. That means the tablet could end up shipping with an octa-core CPU, 3GB RAM and the new-and-improved S-Pen.


At 12.2-inches, the new Samsung tablet certainly wouldn’t be for everyone, though it could certainly find niche use in the business world, art world and simply for those that really like big displays.

If reasonably priced, would you pick up a 12.2-inch tablet, or is the form factor just too big?

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 tipped to arrive with 8 core CPU and 8 core GPU

Posted by wicked May - 1 - 2013 - Wednesday Comments Off

The Galaxy Note 3 rumors appear to be heating up once again. Yesterday brought what was originally thought to be an in-the-wild style image of the handset. Unfortunately, that device was later proven to be a Galaxy Note clone. Perhaps nicer though, earlier this morning brought mention of Samsung having three separate prototypes in testing. We haven’t seen much more than the basics on that, however it is now looking like the Galaxy Note 3 is going to be a real powerhouse.


Coming by way of yet another Galaxy Note 3 leak, it is looking like the phablet will be launching with an 8-core CPU and an 8-core GPU. Specifically, the leak is calling for the device to have an Exynos 5 Octa-Core processor and a Mali 450 GPU. Previous reports have said the processor will be clocked at 2.0GHz on four cores and at 1.2GHz on the other 4 cores.

The Note 3 should launch with the latest version of Android, which still seems to depend on what may be announced during Google I/O. That release has previously been thought of as Android 5.0, however now it is looking more like it will be Android 4.3. Shifting back to the hardware though, other still rumored specs for the Note 3 include 3GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5.99-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display.

Officially Samsung has been quiet in terms of the Note 3. We hope that will change soon, however rumors suggest Samsung will not be unveiling the Note 3 until IFA, which is set to take place in September. While the Galaxy Note has been proven to be a success in the past, we also realize that given the size — it is not a device for everyone. With that in mind, would anyone be convinced to check this out based solely on this latest CPU and GPU leak?

[via SamMobile]

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Review

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2013 - Sunday Comments Off

Samsung has had a place in the mid-size tablet market for a while now, and their newest piece of machinery takes things to a new level. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is the happy medium between the company’s Galaxy Note 10.1 and the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II, and we first took a look at the new device during Mobile World Congress back in February. It comes with the infamous S Pen, as well as a quad-core processor to keep things humming along nicely. However, the tablet starts at $400, which is a bit expensive compared to other tablets in the same playing field, which makes us wonder what’s so special about this specific slate. Let’s take a peek.


Hardware & Design

As you can probably guess from the name of the device itself, the Galaxy Note 8.0 rocks an 8-inch 16:10 display at a resolution of 1280×800, which is a bit low considering that even smaller screens sport the same resolution. However, it has a pixel density of 189 PPI, which is just slightly more than the iPad mini’s 162 PPI. When looking at the screen from an average distance, text is really sharp, and images show up extremely crisp, but it certainly won’t be as good as higher-density tablets like the full-size iPad or the Nexus 10.


As for the design of this new slate, it pretty much looks like a larger version of the new GALAXY S 4, complete with the silver trim around the edges. The body is mostly plastic, including the silver trim, which makes the Galaxy Note 8.0 feel slightly on the cheap side, but the plastic build keeps it light for those who don’t quite want to carry around a brick. The power button and the volume rocker sit on the right edge of the tablet, with an IR blaster nestled right below that. The headphone sits at the top, while a microSD card slot is located on the left side. The microUSB slot and the speakers are both situated on the bottom, and just as with most of Samsung’s mobile products, the tablet has the elongated home button down toward the bottom, as well as the Menu and Back soft keys that illuminate in white.


While the Galaxy Note 8.0 is a whole inch larger than those 7-inch varieties, it still feels like a 7-inch tablet when wielding it around. Holding it with one hand doesn’t feel too cumbersome, although I’ve been accustomed to simply grasping one edge of the tablet instead of trying to hold it like a smartphone, which has been working out quite nicely, although my grasping hand does get a little tired after a while. It’s merely a device to quickly pull out while you’re waiting for the train, or a device to use in bed at night or in the morning. It’s certainly not something that you can run around with like a smartphone, but it feels much more compact than a 10-inch slate.


As for the S Pen that’s provided with the tablet, it allows users an extra level of productivity, letting them to take notes like they would with a normal pen and paper combo, only this time it’s all digital. Furthermore, the pen comes with a feature called Air View, that allows you to preview notes and have a peek at what’s inside a folder by hovering the pen over the object. This also works in some third-party apps like Flipboard, where you can hover a category to glance over some of the more important news items in that category.


The only Galaxy Note 8.0 version that’s available in the US is WiFi-only, with the international version getting 3G capabilities as well as a radio chip to make phone calls and send/receive text messages. There’s also said to be a 4G LTE version incoming sometime later this year, but we’ve yet to hear about a release date or pricing info on that, and buyers will only be able to pick up a 16GB version of the tablet in the US, with a 32GB option available in other parts of the world.


The Galaxy Note 8.0 runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean right out of the box, which means you’ll have all of the new goodies in this latest iteration, such as Google Now, improved notifications, and a slew of performance enhancements thanks to Project Butter. However, Samsung has also added a handful of their own apps to the device, turning the tablet into both a productivity device, as well as an entertainment hub.

S Note is Samsung’s own note-taking app, and it works seamlessly with the S Pen. You can type notes, write notes, and even doodle pictures while you’re sitting in on that board meeting at work. The S Pen is extremely responsive, and while we noticed just a tiny bit of lag, it didn’t take away from the experience one bit. Then pen is also pressure sensitive, so you can press down hard to bold your writing, or draw some streaks with a very light touch.


There’s also Multi-Window Mode, where you can view apps in a split-screen format and adjust the size of each window. This can be great for taking notes of an article on a website, or simply keeping up with your Twitter feed while you watch YouTube videos all day. Only a certain number of apps are capable of running in Multi-Window Mode, but many of the ones you’ll want it for are supported, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble there.


Other Samsung apps include Group Play (where you can share various types of files with other Samsung users over a WiFi network), WatchON (a TV guide app of sorts with a built-in universal remote control that uses the tablet’s IR blaster), S Planner, (Samsung’s own calendar app), and S Voice (Samsung’s own voice assistant, similar to Siri and Google Now). Of course, if you’re not a big fan of these apps, third-party developers usually do a good job of offering alternatives in the Google Play store.


One feature I found really helpful, however, was Reading Mode, which you can apply to certain reading apps like Flipboard, Google Play Books, and Kindle. Whenever these apps are open, the tablet will automatically adjust the color temperature and brightness of the screen to optimize it for reading, that way your eyes don’t burn from looking at the screen for long periods of time while you make your way through that Dean Koontz novel. Of course, Reading Mode doesn’t replace the ultimate reading experience that a dedicated e-reader provides, but it certainly works if you’re not willing to spend the money to get a separate and dedicated e-reader.


The Galaxy Note 8.0 sports a 5 MP rear-facing camera with a 1.3 MP front-facing shooter for video chatting. The rear camera doesn’t have an LED flash, so you’ll have to make doubly sure that the photos you’re taking aren’t in low light, else they’ll turn out really dark and unusable. As for photo quality goes, it’s certainly not terrible, but avid photo snappers may not be too impressed. Macro abilities are pretty good, but even with good lighting, photos can turn out fairly grainy and noisy. The front-facing camera isn’t any better, and it may not garner the selfie quality that you’ve been yearning for, but it gets the job done when it comes to video chatting and such.

Video quality was more of the same — not bad, but not great, although auto-focus was practically non-existent. The camera wouldn’t auto-focus when closing in on a subject, so we had to keep tapping on the screen to get it to focus manually. Auto-exposure worked fairly well, though, and the white balance adjusted as expected. Have a look at both the sample photos and a video below to judge for yourself.

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Performance & Battery

The Galaxy Note 8.0 runs on an in-house quad-core Exynos 4 processor clocked at 1.6GHz with 2GB of RAM, which makes the tablet cruise along quite nicely. According to benchmarks, the Galaxy Note 8.0 is about as fast as the Galaxy S III and the HTC One X+ in AnTuTu (scoring 16,900), and compared to the Nexus 7, the Note 8.0 scored much higher than Google’s variety, including the Nexus 10.


As for benchmark results in Quadrant, the tablet scored just over a 6,200, beating out the HTC One X, the ASUS Transformer Prime, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 by a landslide. That certainly makes sense, as the tablet opened apps extremely quickly, and we were able to navigate through menus with cat-like tread. However, the keyboard was one of the only aspects that we thought could’ve used some speed improvements. We felt typing to be a bit laggy at times, and sometimes the keyboard would freeze for about a second before it would pick back up again. Of course, you have many keyboard alternatives at your disposal — SwiftKey being one of our favorites — so if you also find the default keyboard a bit lacking, you can change it around.


As for juice capacity, the Note 8.0’s 4600mAh battery ended up lasting just over seven hours before the meter dipped below 20%, and this was with constant, heavy use all day long. We watched Netflix shows on it for a few hours, played some games, took photos, and browsed our way through many of the apps. We reckon that most casual users will be able to go all day long and even into the next day before having to plug it in, with heavy users like us being able to most likely make it through an 8-hour work day.


The Galaxy Note 8.0 is a great tablet, and we certainly would rank it up there among the other small form-factor slates like the Nexus 7 and even the iPad mini, but the $400 price tag is a hard pill to swallow. With the Nexus 7 costing only $200 and the iPad mini at $330, the Galaxy Note 8.0 is a really expensive tablet. However, you’re paying for the S Pen stylus, which is a piece of technology that’s rather simple, but it offers a unique experience that you can only truly take advantage of on Samsung devices. Plus, if you already have a Samsung smartphone or are planning to grab the GALAXY S 4, the Galaxy Note 8.0 would be a perfect tablet companion.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Galaxy Note 8 (WiFi)
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : NA
    Announced Date : February 23, 2013
    Release Date : April 05, 2013
    Also Known As :


  • Screen Size : 8 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280×800
  • Screen Type : TFT
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 8.31 Inch
  • Width : 5.36 Inch
  • Depth : 0.31 Inch
  • Weight : 338 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 4600 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
    Android OS:
  • 4.1.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • 3GP
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • WMV
  • IM


    CPU : Exynos 4412
    CPU Clock Speed : 1600 Mhz
    Core : 4
    Ram : 2000 MB
    Internal Storage : 16 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 5 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
  • 720p Video Recording
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
Device Connectivity
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • A2DP
  • Bluetooth 4.0
    Location Features:
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :