Browse Month: September 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus packs dual-core processor

It looks like there’s another member to the Samsung’s Galaxy Tab family. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus sports a 7 inch display just like its predecessor the original Galaxy Tab. However, unlike its predecessor, this new tablet will pack a dual-core processor under the hood and will run Honeycomb.

The Tab 7.0 Plus will be taller compared to its predecessor measuring 193.7 mm from top to bottom, compared to the original version’s height of 190.1 mm. It will also be wider measuring 122.4 mm from side to side, compared to its predecessor’s wideness of 120.5 mm. However, the new tablet will be much slimmer at 9.9 mm, compared to its predecessor’s thickness of 12 mm. It will also be slightly lighter at 345 grams.

This new tablet will come packed with more power under the hood. Coupled with 1 GB of RAM, the Tab 7.0 will rock a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor. It will be powered by the Android Honeycomb OS version 3.2.

The new 7 inch tablet will sport a 3 MP primary camera, capable of recording HD videos at 720p. It will allow you to capture images in the dark, thanks to its LED flash. It also sports a secondary 2 MP camera, which allows you to make video calls.

It looks like Samsung is launching one tablet after another. It first launched the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which was unfortunately banned across Europe. We’ve heard of the Tab 8.9. We have also seen the Tab 7.7, which was quickly removed from a trade show in Berlin. Now, according to Samsung, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will be landing in the UK within the year. We just hope Apple doesn’t get this new tablet banned as well.

Does the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus intrigue you? Share your thoughts.


Apple iPhone 4S emerges on packaging label

Just days away from the official announcement of the Apple iPhone 5, an image emerges that suggests that Apple’s much awaited smartphone will be called the iPhone 4S. This will definitely make you scratch your head in the confusion.

Cult of Mac posted the blurry picture on their website. The picture shows the 16 GB white version of the smartphone. According to 9to5Mac, this smartphone will pack the A5 dual-core processor just like the iPad 2.

According to reports, the iPhone 4S will be identical to the iPhone 4 in design. However, it will come packed with a more powerful dual-core processor under the hood. True, the beefed up processor is a bump up in specs, but a mirror-image design is a huge disappointment.

Since the official announcement of Apple’s new smartphone is on the horizon, we were hoping to get more clarity instead of getting more confused.  Of course, these are all just rumors. We’ll get to know the whole scoop once Apple officially announces the smartphone on the 4th of October.

Do you think the iPhone 4S is the much awaited iPhone 5, or do you still think the iPhone 4S will be launched alongside the iPhone 5? Tell us what’s on your mind.


RIM responds to killing the PlayBook – they will remain highly committed to their QNX tablet

Recently, we have heard rumors of RIM giving the Blackberry PlayBook the boot. It was said to focus more on its smartphones such as the Bold 9900 and the Torch 9860. Now the Canadian phone manufacturer has responded to this rumor calling it “pure fiction”.

RIM’s spokesperson, Marisa Conway, said, “Rumors suggesting that the BlackBerry PlayBook is being discontinued are pure fiction. RIM remains highly committed to the tablet market and the future of QNX in its platform.”

The price of the QNX-powered tablet has been cut down by $200 in the US at Best Buy. This would mean that the price tag of the cheapest version of the PlayBook would be a paltry $299 (around £190). This rouse suspicions that the RIM tablet would go down the same path as HP’s webOS-powered TouchPad.

We all know the troubles the Canadian phone manufacturer is going through. It has had major investors dump its shares, and it is apparently at a loss with its first batch of tablets. The PlayBook was shipped to shops at a discount, which was aimed to attract hordes of buyers. However, the gable didn’t pay off. No one seems to be interested in getting their hands on a PlayBook.

If ever RIM did decide to abandon the tablet market to focus more on smartphones, we doubt a lot of people would shed a tear for the PlayBook. It’s not all bad news for QNX. RIM is rumored to be working a powerhouse of a smartphone running the QNX platform.

Would you get the PlayBook at a discount, or would you rather look the other way. Give us your opinion.


Microsoft accidentally leaks first Windows Phone Nokia handsets – Sabre and Searay

Microsoft accidentally leaked the first Nokia-made Windows Phone-powered handsets, the Sabre and the Searay. It also leaked the Samsung Yukon and the Wembley.

The phones were accidentally leaked in Microsoft’s Mango app challenge. Under the terms and conditions of the competition, the phones were included on a list of phones you could win if ever you win in the competition. Currently, the names of the phones have been edited to try and hide the mistake.

The Searay (Sea Ray) is no secret to people following Nokia’s progress on their much awaited Windows Phones handsets. It was first on the hands of Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop. In terms of looks, the phone looks similar to the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9.

Two new smartphones were also mentioned. These are the Samsung Yukon and the Samsung Wenbley. Currently, there is little known about the two phones other than their names. However, since the Mango app challenge will be held in Canada, the Samsung Yukon was named after the famous Yukon River in Canada, and the Samsung Wembley was named after the town of Wembley in Alberta Canada, which is known for its dinosaur museum. The Samsung phones named after local Canadian places suggest that they will take on another moniker when they come to the UK.

Nokia World will be held in London towards the end of October. We’re almost a hundred percent certain that we’ll hear more about Nokia’s and Samsung’s new Windows Phone handsets by then. Honestly, we’re sick of hearing about Nokia’s new Symbian-powered handsets such as the Nokia 701. We’d like to hear more about the Sabre and Searay.

Are you dying to know more about the Nokia Sabre and Searay? Tell us what’s on your mind.


Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc S now available on Vodafone

When Sony Ericsson launched the XPERIA Arc, it proved to be a remarkable smartphone. When word came out that the XPERIA Arc S, the successor, would be landing in the UK, all we wanted to do was get our hands on the new handset. Now, that day has come. The smartphone is now available on Vodafone.

If you take a closer look at both phones, there are a few differences in design, but they share the same dimensions. They may look the same, but the Arc S sports 3D image capturing plus it packs a beefier 1.4 GHz processor under the hood.

The phone sports a curved back just like its predecessor. It is a mere 8.7 mm thick. The iPhone 4 is 9.3 mm thick, which makes SE’s new smartphone extremely slim. It rocks a 4.2 inch Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine-powered display. It also comes with the same 8 MP camera just like its predecessor. However, this time it sports 3D capabilities.

The phone is available on a two year contract for free at £31 a month. It is also available at £26 a month. However, it would set you back £99 to get your hands on a brand new Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc S.

The Arc (predecessor) did well on a number of reviews. However, since the iPhone 5 will be officially announced on the 4th of October, we doubt that the Arc S will grab a lot of attention.

Do you think the Sony Ericsson XPERIA will do well against the Apple iPhone 5? Give us your thoughts.