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Samsung mislead everyone about Galaxy Tab sales figures

Posted by wicked April - 11 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

A new document introduced in the latest Apple versus Samsung trial shines a light on an ongoing point of contention for market share statistics: sales versus shipments. Sales of devices don’t always translate to shipments, but the two are often confused. It seems the document suggests that Samsung’s performance in the tablet market may not have been as successful as we have been led to believe. In fact, they may not have had much success at all.


The trial, which has mushroomed into a war on integrity at this point, produced an internal Samsung document that showed their sales of Galaxy Tab devices was so slight they were being eclipsed by Kindle devices and Nook sales. Not only were sales known to be diminutive, Samsung knew about them, and purposefully mislead analysts and investors about the health of their tablet business.

In slides from the trial, which you can see below, Samsung spells out Galaxy Tab sales both quarterly and annually in the US. Quarterly sales were in the hundreds of thousands, while annual sales were roughly one million tablets for 2011. This was a contrast to — by Samsung’s own metrics — 17.4 million iPads sold, 5 million Kindle Fire tablets, and 1.5 million Nook devices sold in the US for 2011.

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This opens up discussion on two fronts: sales versus shipments, and device use statistics. Time and again, we find reports suggesting iOS devices — specifically iPads — have better web usage statistics. These reports are prominently rolled out just after the holiday shopping season, where it’s found that Apple’s devices command a much larger slice of both the browsing and online purchasing pie. Use of a device can be used to directly relate to sales.

It seems we now have a reason for those numbers, and it has to do with sales versus shipments — and how they’re reported, both to analysts, and to us. Samsung tablet sales simply weren’t what analysts and investors were led to believe, causing inflated metrics and market share statistics. That, in turn, is related to us as a false sense of popularity for Samsung tablets. We’ll keep in mind the slides shown are internal Samsung documents, which lends a damning credence to the revelations.

Source: Apple Insider

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specs leaked

Posted by wicked February - 11 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Samsung is set to debut a new lineup of Galaxy Tablets, appropriately dubbed Galaxy Tab 4. The trio (yeah, three variants) of devices are likely to crest into the world at MWC this year. With little news of what’s coming from Samsung in regard to tablets, we now have some spec speculation, which is always fun.


Three variants — that might throw you off in a normal situation, but from Samsung? Not really. The Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 (that’s just one of the three) is said to be offered in a WiFi, 3G, and LTE version. All three (or eight, really) are set to be offered in black and white, which likely means Samsung will keep their plastic build. Considering the rest of the spec sheet aside from connectivity options, that’s probably a smart bet. A top-end tablet the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 may not be.

The 8-inch LCD screen may have an underwhelming 1280 x 800 resolution, and quad-core 1.2 GHZ processor, likely Exynos. There will be 1GB RAM, save for the LTE version which has 1.5GB. The usual 16 GB Memory is there, and is expandable via microSD Card. A rear 3MP camera opposes a 1.3MP shooter around front, and a 6800mAh battery keeps it going.

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Aside from the 8-inch variety, there are also 7-inch and 10-inch Tab 4 tablets. The 7-inch device will keep the same resolution as the 8-incher, but come in WiFi and 3G variants — no LTE. It will also have the same processor, RAM, but cut the onboard memory down to 8GB. The same camera set-up is around, as is the microSD card slot. A smaller 4450mAh battery keeps this one going.

The 10.1-inch Tab 4 will allegedly have the three variants offered on the 8-inch, so your desire for connectivity will be met. It also keeps almost every spec from the other two, save for a standard 1.5GB RAM on board, and different cameras. The bigger Tab 4 will house an 8MP/3MP camera ensemble, and be powered by a 6800mAh battery, just like the 8-inch tablet. All three will come with Android 4.4.

If true, this leaves us with three decidedly middle of the road tablets from Samsung, and a rather confused lineup. We have the PRO series announced at CES, and now up to eight different Tab 4 devices are on offer. Round that out with massive smartphones like the Note 3 (replete with all its variants!), and we’ve got a lot of devices. Too many? You tell us.

VIA: Phone Arena

Samsung Galaxy Tab for Education unveiled with Android 4.4 Kit Kat

Posted by wicked January - 30 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Samsung has recently unveiled their latest tablet, which is a Galaxy Tab 10.1 intended for the education market. This one is dubbed the Galaxy Tab for Education and is said to have been “designed for integration with Google Play for Education.” Samsung plans to have this model ready by April, which should be good timing for those planning purchases for the 2014-2015 school year.

The hardware may bit a bit familiar in terms of the overall specs, but Samsung has put in some work in regards to the education setup. To begin with, the Google Play for Education integration means there will be content available for K-12 schools. The setup includes previously approved apps, books and videos. As for teachers, this means they will be able to search for content by grade level or subject.

Teachers can also find Common Core curriculum and when necessary, they will be able to make purchases using a pre-loaded school PO. Basically, that last bit means the teachers will be able to avoid using a credit card. The content, purchased or otherwise, is then able to be delivered to student tablets.

This bring another feature of the Galaxy Tab for Education — NFC. While NFC is often associated with mobile payments, there is more involved here. The tablet having NFC should simply the setup process. Samsung noted how administrators will be able to “quickly and easily set up a classroom of devices with a few taps.” There will also be a Google-provided web-based management console for device management.

Lastly, the Galaxy Tab for Education will arrive running Android 4.4 Kit Kat with WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n and a camera on the front and rear of the tablet.

SOURCE: Business Wire

Samsung Galaxy Tab3 Lite get official as latest 7-inch tablet

Posted by wicked January - 16 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Following up on some of the recent rumors and sightings, Samsung has officially announced the latest in the Galaxy Tab lineup. The new entry is the Galaxy Tab3 Lite. This will be a 7-inch tablet that is powered by a dual-core processor and running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Samsung hasn’t offered anything in terms of pricing, but based on the specs it seems this one will be serving the entry-level market.

Touching back on the display and processor, those considering a purchase can expect to find a resolution of 1024 x 600 and a speed of 1.2GHz. Other specs here include 8GB of storage, a microSD card slot, 1GB of RAM and a 3600 mAh battery. While real world use tends to very from person to person, Samsung has said that means the potential of up to 8 hours of video playback time.

The Galaxy Tab3 Lite will also have a 2 megapixel camera, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 and GPS + GLONASS. While the camera setup will be limited to 2MP, there will be plenty of Samsung specifics in terms of camera shooting options. These include everything from Smile Shot, to Shoot & Share to Panorama Shot.

Otherwise, the tablet will weigh in at 310 grams with measurements of 116.4 x 193.4 x 9.7mm. Similar to the lack of specifics in terms of the pricing, Samsung has yet to announce a firm release date. For now they have said the Galaxy Tab3 Lite will be available globally. And, also in black and white.

SOURCE: Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 spec leak suggests octa-core Exynos CPU

Posted by wicked January - 3 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

This isn’t the first time we have seen talk of the still unannounced Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, however it seems this latest mention has brought some spec related details. It is important to remember that nothing is official until we hear direct from Samsung, but with that warning out of the way — what we are seeing comes by way of an AnTuTu benchmark filing. Details here begin with the display, which while we seen 10.1 in terms of inches, we now have the resolution, 2560 x 1600.

The tablet is then expected to be powered by an Exynos 5420 octa-core processor at 1.9GHz with 2GB of RAM. Running down the remaining specs and we see mention of 32GB of internal storage, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera and running Android 4.4.2 Jelly Bean. Couple this with an earlier discovered FCC filing and we also have the tablet with GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac.

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Along with talk of the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 (SM-T520), details of the 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro (SM-P905) also turned up in an AnTuTu benchmark filing. Details for the Note Pro 12.2 surfaced a few days earlier and brought mention of a similar display resolution, 2560 x 1600. This one is then expected to have a Snapdragon 800 processor with 3GB of RAM as well as the S Pen. An image of the Galaxy Note Pro also leaked showing a tablet that looks like an oversized Galaxy Note 3.

The Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 and Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 are two tablets expected from Samsung, however those two do not make up the full list. There was also mention of a Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 and Galaxy Tab 3 Lite. The Tab Pro (as implied by the name) will have an 8.4-inch display and the other will have a 7-inch display.

That all being said, Samsung is expected to announce these new tablets sooner rather than later, however the rumors haven’t necessarily been suggesting this is something we will see at CES.

VIA: G4Games

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 SM-T320 spotted in FCC filing

Posted by wicked December - 27 - 2013 - Friday Comments Off

Samsung has been the topic of a few rumors lately. These have all been tablet related and touched on models to include the Galaxy Note Pro, Galaxy Tab Pro and the Galaxy Tab Lite. While we would expect these all to be officially announced over the next few weeks and months, it seems details of one in particular may have been revealed by the FCC.

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An FCC filing has recently been discovered and it brings talk of the SM-T320, a device that is believed to be the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4. The filing has this dubbed as a “portable tablet” and one that has WiFi and Bluetooth. Also, as seen in the FCC sketch, the tablet has a rear-facing camera with flash. Nothing surprising with the camera, as Samsung tablets have long had those sitting on the backside.

The filing did not offer any details in terms of the megapixel of the camera, but it did reveal some specifics in terms of the WiFi and Bluetooth. Here is looks like that will be 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth LE (Low Energy). A few other tidbits from the filing show the GPS antenna being up top (close to the camera lens) and the WiFi and Bluetooth antenna being in the lower left corner.

There was also measurements and those show 128mm for the width, 219mm for the height and a diagonal of 240mm. All said and done, this is just one piece of the puzzle, which means moving forward we are going to be on the lookout for further details on the SM-T320 model number. Lastly, while CES is quickly approaching, rumor has it that Samsung will wait until February for an unveil during Mobile World Congress.

VIA: CNET, phoneArena

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 announcement expected “in the coming days”

Posted by wicked April - 15 - 2013 - Monday Comments Off

The Galaxy Tab 3 related leaks have included plenty of detail up until this point, and well, it looks like they are not going to be stopping just yet. The potential good news here, this latest leak is suggesting the tablet lineup will be announced fairly soon. In fact, the leak is calling for an announcement sometime “in the coming days.” Time will tell just how well that plays out, but in the meantime, we also have an image along with some specs.

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This time around we are hearing about the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 3 8, both of which look like they will arrive running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Some other specs that are shared across the board include a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 3 megapixel rear-facing camera and microSD card slot. Both models will also have the basics to include Wi-Fi, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB for charging.

Moving to the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 and we are hearing talk of a 10.1-inch display at 1280 x 800 along with a 7000 mAh battery, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The Galaxy Tab 3 8 is expected to be sporting an 8-inch display at 1280 x 800, 4500 mAh battery and 2GB of RAM. The internal storage for the 8-inch Tab 3 hasn’t been detailed with this latest leak, however given previous leaks — we would expect Samsung to include 16GB just like on the 10.1-inch model.

Otherwise, while the announcement is expected fairly soon, it looks like the actual availability may still be a little ways off. Details have 3G models for each size coming in May with a 4G LTE model for each size coming a bit later — in June or July. All said and done, while this is another in the Galaxy Tab 3 series of leaks, we caution that nothing is official until we hear something from Samsung.

[via Techblog.gr]

Samsung rumors suggest the Galaxy Tab 3 will be rebranded

Posted by wicked April - 2 - 2013 - Tuesday Comments Off

It looks like another Galaxy Tab 3 rumor has surfaced. This latest has arrived with an image, some specs and even a new name. Yes, according to the latest in the rumor mill, Samsung will not be launching the tablet as the Galaxy Tab 3, but instead as the Galaxy S Tab. The reasoning here is that Samsung wants to continue to build upon the success they saw with the Galaxy S phone line.

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We aren’t exactly sure all these details are on the up and up though. Naming structure aside, the pics also seem a bit sketchy. You can get a look at the image below and judge for yourself. The tablet appears to be nothing more than a blown up smartphone — complete with the physical home button and earpiece. The interesting part here, the tablet is clearly aimed at the landscape layout given the position of those previously mentioned items.

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Of course, the previous Galaxy Tab devices were aimed at the landscape layout so maybe it is just the home button and earpiece throwing off the look. Putting the interesting name and sketchy pics to the side, lets get into the specs. This particular model is said to have a 10.055-inch display at 2560 x 1600. Further details on the display show it with a 300ppi and note that it could be either a PLS LCD or Super AMOLED Pentile.

Remaining specs look to include an Exynos 510 Octa processor, 2GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera and 9000 mAh battery. While time will tell just how accurate these details will end up being, we will mention that these latest images do not necessarily line up with previous leaks. Nonetheless, we are expecting Samsung to announce the Galaxy Tab 3 during IFA.

[via SamMobile]

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.0 with FHD AMOLED display coming soon

Posted by wicked March - 28 - 2013 - Thursday Comments Off

Samsung’s line of Galaxy Tabs are pretty nice, but only one rocks their impressive Super AMOLED technology. That being the Galaxy Tab 7.7 that has been available for some time. However, multiple reports have surfaced over the past few weeks suggesting Samsung is preparing to offer those same beautiful displays in full 1080p HD on an array of tablet sizes.

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All their tablets but the one mentioned above have been LCD displays, but that will soon be changing. Last week we reported on a possible 11.6-inch Full HD Super AMOLED tablet in the works from Samsung with blazing high retina resolution like the Nexus 10, and now it looks like those same panels will be coming to smaller slates.

According to SamMobile Samsung is getting ready to start manufacturing full 1920 x 1200 full HD Super AMOLED panels for use in multiple upcoming tablets. In particular they mention the Galaxy Tab 8 (not a note) that will take on the next generation iPad mini, as well as Google’s rumored second-gen Nexus 7.

They go as far as to state this will be unveiled at IFA in late August at the Samsung Unpacked event, which will be Unpacked Episode II of the year. First being the GALAXY S 4 event. This means Unpacked could have Samsung pretty busy with the rumored Galaxy Note III, the Galaxy Tab 3 (10-inch) as well as this 8-inch slate mentioned today. It’s about time Samsung refreshes their tablet lineup, as they’ve been focusing all their attention on the Note devices as of late.

If they can deliver a Galaxy Tab 8 with a full HD AMOLED panel, Exynos 5 Octa 8-core processor, front facing speakers like current tablets and Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie all for a good price – I’ll take two. Stay tuned, it will be a busy summer for Samsung.

[via SamMobile]

Carphone Warehouse offering free Tab 7 with GALAXY S 4 order

Posted by wicked March - 28 - 2013 - Thursday Comments Off

The excitement is building as the release date for the new Samsung GALAXY S 4 is approaching, and at least one online retailer is looking to gain some additional attention. The folks over at Carphone Warehouse have announced that along with pre-orders for the popular new GALAXY S 4, you’ll also get a free Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch slate with your order.

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That isn’t a bad deal at all. It appears that starting today the first 2000 people who order the GALAXY S 4 from Carphone Warehouse on a pay monthly order will receive the Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch absolutely free. That’s a quality dual-core Android 4.1 Jelly Bean powered tablet that I’m sure many would enjoy. Especially for free.

That isn’t all either. They’ll also be tossing in an accessory pack with a screen protector, case and car charger for those in need. We’ve been hearing the anticipation and excitement around the GALAXY S 4 is 4x what it was with last years smartphone, so this deal might not last long. If you’re interested in the GS 4 this might be a good option to take.

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Carphone Warehouse has the new smartphone shipping on April 26th, but pre-orders with the free Tab 7 opened up today. At this time of writing the deal is still being plastered on their site, so it’s pretty safe to say they haven’t reached that 2,000 person limit yet. Who will be ordering from Carphone instead of others just to get this deal? We sure would if we were in the UK. Good luck folks!

[via Carphone Warehouse]

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Galaxy S 4
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : NA
    Announced Date : March 14, 2013
    Release Date : TBA
    Also Known As :

Display

  • Screen Size : 5 Inch
  • Resolution : 1080×1920
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 5.37 Inch
  • Width : 2.748 Inch
  • Depth : 0.31 Inch
  • Weight : 130 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 2600 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.2.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • 3GP
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • WMV
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS
  • IM

Hardware

    CPU : Exynos 5410
    CPU Clock Speed : 1600 Mhz
    Core : 8
    Ram : 2000 MB
    Internal Storage : 32 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 13 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
  • 720p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • 802.11ac
    Bluetooth:
  • A2DP
  • Bluetooth 4.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :