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FreedomPop to offer LTE-enabled tablets with free voice, text and data

Posted by wicked July - 30 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


FreedomPop has announced that they will be adding the Apple iPad Mini and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 to their portfolio of devices, giving users the opportunity to get a 4G LTE-enabled tablet with voice and text message service. In addition to those devices, FreedomPop will let users bring off-contract Sprint LTE tablets over to the service. A 16GB iPad Mini will sell for $319 while the 16GB Samsung Tab 3 will go for $199. These will be refurbished units.

FreedomPop says the purchase of one of the tablets will give users access to 500MB of LTE data, 200 voice minutes and 500 text messages per month for no monthly fee. The accounts can be upgraded for $10 per GB of additional data or unlimited calling and texting can be added for $20 per month. According to FreedomPop, the tablets will receive their own phone numbers not tied to any other account or device. However, if a user also has a FreedomPop smartphone, calls can be setup to come in to both their phone and tablet.

The company plans to expand their tablet portfolio in the future and may include some Nexus tablets. FreedomPop says they have already planned for “low tens” of thousands of units to be able to meet expected demand. Initial sales will be limited to markets where Sprint LTE service is available, but will eventually expand to non-LTE markets.

source: FierceWireless

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Upcoming Kindle Fire HDX to sport the Snapdragon 805

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


I know we are only one month into the summer, but fall is right around the corner, and you know that means we will be seeing new Kindle Fire tablets. So what hardware improvements are in store?

A great place to find out about upcoming devices is benchmarks. A newer version of the Kindle Fire HDX showed up in AnTuTu’s database with a Snapdragon 805, which is a lot more powerful than the current offering that utilizes a Snapdragon 800. The model that appeared in the benchmark is the 8.9-inch version, and the rest of the specs appear to be the same as the current model….a 2560 x 1600 display, 2 GB of RAM, 8 MP rear camera, and 1 MP front-facing camera. You will also notice Android 4.4.4 in the graphic, but that will of course be forked to a new version of the Fire OS.

source: AnTuTu
via: G4Games

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Samsung’s Galaxy Gifts commercial showers people with happiness

Posted by wicked July - 28 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

galaxy_tab_s_commercial_galaxy_giftsDoes bloatware make people happy? Probably not. Galaxy Gifts, though, really make people happy. So happy that they cannot contain themselves. Galaxy Gifts just has that kind of effect. In a new commercial promoting the Galaxy Tab S, people are showered with joy due to the freebies and promotions that Samsung includes with its latest tablet.

Some of the people in the commercial are savoring the enjoyment for themselves or with a friend, but one man loses control and giggles outside of an office with others nearby. Folks, that is the power of nearly thirty promotional items at work. The lesson here is that if you are going to purchase Samsung’s stunning tablet, be prepared to endure the joy that happiness that comes with it.

Hit the break to watch the fulfilling video.

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11.6-inch, Intel i5 hybrid Android Tab Book from LG announced

Posted by wicked July - 28 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off


Tablet/notebook hybrids seem to be a thing now. Windows devices have been doing this for a little while and it appears that it’s now Android’s turn to do so, although we did see one or two of these make their debut at CES. It’s LG’s turn this time as they announced a new tablet/laptop hybrid that comes with a 11.6-inch IPS (full-HD) touchscreen display with 10-point touch controls. It also comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. You’ll also notice a giant Android home button at the bottom of the tablet.

The Tab book runs Jelly Bean (4.2.2) out of the gate and comes with Intel HD Graphics (44oo) and a fourth generation i5 4200 U (Turbo 2.6 GHz and a 3MB Cache). The tablet will support expandable storage with a microSD slot, but you may not need it with the 128GB SSD it packs. As for as other slots go, it will come with two USB 3.0 ports and a standard HDMI-out. The dimensions for the device are 286x192x16.7 mm and it will come in at 1.05 kg (about 2.3lbs).

So far, LG has only debuted the device on its home turf and even then, availability, pricing and the possibility of a global roll-out was not discussed. While some of the specs are decent, the fact that it’s running a nearly two year old version of Android is a bit disheartening.

source: NDTV

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Samsung launches enormous TabQ 7-inch phablet in China

Posted by wicked July - 26 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off


Straddling the line between small tablet and enormous phablet, Samsung launched the new TabQ in China today. With a similar faux-leather back as the most recent Galaxy Note and strict adherence to Samsung’s design language, the TabQ doesn’t really pack any surprises into its look.

The TabQ has a 7″ HD TFT display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 (720p) and is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. It also includes an 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, microSD slot and a 3200mAh battery. On the connectivity end of things it packs 4G LTE, voice calling, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, GLONASS and Wi-Fi. Internal storage and RAM are undisclosed at this time.

Availability is currently limited to Chinese carriers China Mobile (SM-T2558) and China Unicom (SM-T2556), with no word yet on international availability. Hit the comments and let us know what you think of Samsung’s gigantic new device.

Source: Sammy Hub


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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 now available on Verizon

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off


We knew Samsung was working on producing a version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 for Verizon and now the tablet is finally available. Verizon lists the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 on their site for $360 on a two-year contract. If you would rather pay for it outright, it will cost you $460 which can be paid up front or via Verizon’s EDGE program for $23 per month.

The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 comes equipped with a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 resolution display, a 1.2 GHz processor, 1.5 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory. The Verizon version is LTE-enabled and is compatible with their XLTE network.

If you are interested in grabbing the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 from Verizon, just hit the source link to start placing your order.

source: Verizon

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overheat back

Just a few days ago, we let you know about an overheating problem in Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab S tablets. The overheating was causing a deformation on the rear cover of the device.

Now, Samsung has released an official statement on the problem. Hit the break for the official word.

Apparently, the deformation is only occuring on a limited amount of defective back covers. The statement also says it has nothing to do with the processor or material used for the back cover. (Of course this begs the question, then what the heck is causing the problem?) Check out the official statement below.

Contrary to certain media reports, the slight disfiguration that has formed on the rear surface of the Galaxy Tab S has been attributed to a limited number of defective back covers, which has no relation to the overheating of the application processor or the material used for the back cover. We would like to assure our customers that we have already resolved the issue. We ask affected customers to please contact their nearest Samsung Electronics customer service center.

Source: SamMobile

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Latest rumor suggests HTC has more tablets in the pipeline

Posted by wicked July - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off


We have seen the leaked information regarding the forthcoming Nexus tablet that appears to be produced by HTC. If you are interested in an HTC tablet, but not necessarily a Nexus device or the 8.9-inch screen size, you may be in luck. A new rumor indicates HTC has a 7-inch and a 12-inch tablet in the works, with the apparent codenames T7 and T12 respectively. No other information is available.

Do you think an HTC produced tablet, possibly running a tablet optimized version of HTC’s Sense interface, is something you would consider buying?

source: @evleaks (official site)

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S to premiere The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer

Posted by wicked July - 20 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off


There is probably nothing better to do with the Galaxy Tab S than watching movies. The screen, which has a resolution of 2560×1600, is incredibly stunning. Samsung knows this and is using an upcoming film to really show what the tablet is capable of. Lionsgate and Samsung will work together for the premiere of the trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1.

The trailer for the film will initially debut at Comic-Con on June 25 in San Diego, but people can go to Best Buy stores featuring Samsung hubs across the country to see for themselves. In fact, watching the trailer at a Samsung hub in Best Buy will net a free movie ticket for when the film is released on November 21.

Hit the break for the full press release.


July 18, 2014, 5 a.m.

 SANTA MONICA, Calif. and DALLAS, July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung), have teamed up on the next installment of the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.  The collaboration will launch with all fans getting a sneak peek of the film’s first official teaser trailer, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, exclusively on Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab® S ahead of its online release.

In a first-of-its-kind experience, fans will have the opportunity to preview the highly-anticipated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer on the Galaxy Tab S at an exclusive premiere in San Diego during Comic-Con on Friday, July 25. For those outside San Diego, beginning Saturday, July 26, fans can visit participating Samsung Experience Shops within Best Buy locations nationwide throughout the weekend to preview the trailer. Samsung will also provide visitors that view the trailer at Samsung Experience Shops one complimentary ticket to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 when it opens in theaters worldwide on November 21, while supplies last.

Additionally, owners of select Galaxy devices* will have the opportunity to download the all-new Hunger Games Movie Pack App, via Google Play™ for access to exclusive content from The Hunger Games franchise.

“We’re giving our consumers the unique experience to premiere the official trailer of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I on our new Galaxy Tab S,” said Todd Pendleton, Chief Marketing Officer, Samsung Telecommunications America. “Together with Lionsgate, we will give Samsung Galaxy owners access to experience The Hunger Games franchise like never before.”

“We’re thrilled to be partnering on Mockingjay 1 with a company that has the global stature of Samsung and whose innovative technologies touch every aspect of consumers’ lives around the world,” said Paula Kupfer, SVP of Consumer Products & Licensing at Lionsgate.  “They are a perfect fit with our franchise, and together we envision unlimited opportunities for expanding the world of The Hunger Games in exciting and visionary ways.”

During San Diego Comic-Con:

On Friday, July 25 at 12:00pm PT, cast members from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will introduce the trailer on the Galaxy Tab S in the Capitol Gallery located in the Samsung Galaxy Experience in San Diego (in the Hard Rock Hotel, corner of 5th and L Streets).

Nationwide at Best Buy:

Fans outside the San Diego area can also get an exclusive preview of the first official The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer beginning on Saturday, July 26 and extending through Sunday, July 27 by visiting Samsung Experience Shops inside select Best Buy locations. While supplies last, visitors will receive one complimentary pass to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 when it opens in theaters November 21.

The Hunger Games Movie Pack App:

As part of the collaboration, The Hunger Games Movie Pack App will be available to download for free on select Samsung devices* beginning July 28, via Google Play. The app will give Galaxy owners access to exclusive Hunger Games content, including scripts, book excerpts, video clips and more.

Galaxy Tab S owners will have the opportunity to download the first two Hunger Games films for free, in addition to receiving all the exclusive content through the app. Samsung will continue to deliver exclusive Hunger Games content to Galaxy owners through the app leading up to the film’s premiere on November 21. *

Samsung, Galaxy, Galaxy S, and Galaxy Tab are all registered trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

*The Hunger Games Movie Pack App will be available to download for free on the Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note Pro, Galaxy Tab Pro, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4 starting July 28.

*Limit to 200,000 downloads per movie.  Available through December 31, 2014.

About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, (Samsung Mobile) a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets, wireless infrastructure and other telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 270,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales of US$187.8 billion. To discover more, please visit


Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has over 30 television shows on more than 20 networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show and the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black.

Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first two installments of The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the first installment of theDivergent franchise, Now You See Me, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Warm Bodies, The Expendables 2, The Possession,Sinister, Roadside Attractions’ Mud and Pantelion Films’ breakout hit Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 15,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

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overheat back

Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab S tablets offer some seriously nice displays, but it turns out the quality comes at a price.

According to Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru, the tablets’ processors heat up after heavy usage — which is not rare, however this heating up is causing a minor deformation of the rear cover. The above photo features a  Galaxy Tab S 8.4 with a damaged back.

It’s not known whether all of the Galaxy Tab S devices are having this issue, or even a majority of them — we’ll definitely keep you updated on this, as recalls may become a possibility if it becomes more than just a minor issue.

Are any of you seeing this on your new Tab S? Let us know in the comments.

Via: SamMobile
Source: Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru


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