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From: sylvester802/26/2012 9:25:45 AM
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MWC'2012: Samsung outs Galaxy Note 10.1 Android tablet in Barcelona
by Phil Nickinson on 2/26/2012 | Filed Under: Tablets, News; Tags: android, samsung, tablet, mwc, stylus, s pen, galaxy note 10.1, samsung galaxy note 10.1 | 0 comments

Behold, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Android tablet! We're at Plaça de Catalunya in Barcelona where Samsung has unviled its oversized version of the already oversized 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note. No official announcement has been made last we looked, but this one just went up in the past 24 hours or so -- it wasn't here when we swung by the Plaça de Catalunya on Saturday morning.

It's pretty clear to see we've got a 10.1-inch tablet on our hands, with another version of the S Pen. We can't quite tell from the billboard itself whether the Galax Note 10.1 is sporting Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich, but we'd be willing to bet on the latter. And you can see the telltale signs of Sammy's TouchWiz improvements, which we've loved on its previous tablets.

Stay tuned for the official announcement on this one.

The building without the Galaxy Note 10.1 on Saturday, Feb. 25.

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From: sylvester802/26/2012 9:26:48 AM
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MWC'2012: Samsung Galaxy Beam official, with Gingerbread and 15 lumen pico projector
Samsung Galaxy Beam official, with Gingerbread and 15 lumen pico projector
by Jerry Hildenbrand on 2/26/2012 | Filed Under: Smartphones, News; Tags: android, samsung, smartphone, Mobile World Congress, galaxy beam, wmc | 9 comments

Samsung is putting out press releases this evening, and to start with we have the all new Galaxy Beam. The Beam runs Gingerbread on a dual-core 1GHz CPU, a 4-inch WVGA screen, 8GB internal storage and a 15 lumen pico projector that will crank out an HD image up to 50-inches wide. It's worth noting the official product specifications list the Beam as having 6GB of RAM, but we're sure that's simply a typo. We'll verify with Samsung while we're talking to them in Barcelona. Hit the jump for the press release.

Source: Samsung

Samsung’s projector smartphone offers unforgettable shared experience for playing multimedia content anytime, anywhere

Barcelona – February 26, 2012 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today introduced Samsung GALAXY Beam, the projector smartphone that allows users to display and share multimedia content anywhere on a large luminous projector screen.

GALAXY Beam lets users spontaneously share photos, videos or other digital media with family or friends by beaming content stored on the device directly onto walls, ceilings or improvised flat surfaces, so that everyone can share the fun without the need to huddle around smartphone or pad-sized screens. GALAXY Beam’s ultra-bright 15 lumens projector allows users to freely share life’s memorable moments instantly and in crisp clarity, even in outdoor environments.

“GALAXY Beam provides mobile freedom, enabling a unique shared experience around digital content for everyone—anywhere and instantly—from a smartphone as slim and portable as any on the market,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.

“GALAXY Beam is a device borne out of Samsung’s insight and innovation, demonstrating Samsung’s commitment to providing extraordinary experiences for consumers with products that let them express and fulfill themselves.”

Video clips, maps, business information, games - a whole range of multimedia content can be beamed instantly by GALAXY Beam on a crisp, high-definition projection up to 50’’ wide. The device features a projector-dedicated application which makes it easy to select content and activate projection in a few simple steps.

Add a dose of ambience or entertainment to a friends’ gathering by transforming any household room or outdoor deck into an instant mini home-theater, projecting full-screen video clips on a ceiling or wall for common sharing, at the touch of a button. Or capture your favorite holiday moments using the GALAXY Beam’s 5MP camera, then display a full photo slideshow to family members on a dining room wall while playing accompanying music straight from the device, so that everyone shares the experience.

For young users who depend on constant, immediate socializing of digital content and entertainment, GALAXY Beam introduces a new way of sharing. It becomes much more than a phone—a handy digital tool, deployable anywhere, which can add visual entertainment to a simple street gathering, set the mood for a small party, or simply turn life’s moments into something personally and immediately sharable. With GALAXY Beam, a birthday or anniversary party can be enlivened in seconds by sharing YouTube or Hulu music videos straight onto a ceiling or door. Likewise, students can collectively share videos or study-work in any dormitory room or student lounge, turning group study into a whole new interactive experience right from a desk table or from the palm of their hands. GALAXY Beam is also ideal for action-packed interactive gaming: Users can upload their own games or choose from over 1,000 games available via Game Hub, Samsung’s dedicated virtual gaming store, then project games to co-players or observers to turn gaming into an unbeatably interactive, shared experience. Additionally, GALAXY Beam is convenient tool for mid-sized business workers. An estate agent can beam images of candidate properties to customers as they tour them; or an architect can display draft concepts or designs to co-workers on the spot at a building site or public location.

Despite featuring a full built-in projector, the GALAXY Beam does not compromise on style or portability, measuring just 12.5mm thick and featuring an elegant, ergonomic design. It runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread which is powered by an impressive 1.0GHz dual-core processor, ensuring great versatility and a highly responsive user interface. An impressive 8GB of internal memory allows ample multimedia storage without compromises, and a powerful 2000 mAh battery ensures greater display power and content freedom.

The GALAXY Beam is exhibited at Samsung stand (Hall 8), Mobile World Congress 2012. For multimedia content and more detailed information, please visit

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From: sylvester802/26/2012 11:18:50 AM
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MWC'2012: Huawei Unveils Ascend D Quad, D Quad XL, D1, K3V2 Quad-Core Processor, Gives Itself "World's Fastest Smartphone" Title
Posted by David Ruddock in Ascend D Quad, Huawei, News

We're in Barcelona this afternoon (or, in the US, this morning), and Huawei has just taken the wraps off its latest and greatest smartphone - the Ascend D Quad. It's almost as thought the name is suggesting something about the phone's hardware.

Powering the device is Huawei's first in-house smartphone processor - the K3V2. It has four cores, clocked at 1.5GHz. It's based on a 64-bit architecture. It's really fast. That's about all we know at this point.

But back to the Ascend D Quad (I'm going to call it the Ascend DQ for short - anyone up for a Blizzard?). So, aside from its K3V2, what's the DQ got going for it? Well, we know there's a 4.5" 720p display, so it's definitely packing a plethora of pixels. It's also a mere 8.9mm thick, but still manages to squeeze in an 1800mAh battery. Huawei claims its earSmart technology provides industry-leading noise cancellation on the DQ, and its 8MP rear camera is purpoted to capture some particularly impressive stills.

Huawei also unveiled two other iterations of the device - the DQ XL and the D1. The DQ XL is packing an extended 2500mAh battery for all your juice-thirsty needs, while the D1 sports a modest dual-core processor for more budget-minded consumers. We'll (hopefully) be getting some hands-on time with these devices on the show floor tomorrow, so stay tuned for more info.

Here's the full press release:

Huawei Introduces the World's Fastest Smartphone: The Ascend D quadWith Huawei's proprietary quad-core chip and power management system

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today introduced the world's fastest quad-core smartphone, the Huawei Ascend D quad. Powered by the Huawei's K3V2 quad-core 1.2GHz/1.5GHz processor and boasting the most compact design among 4.5-inch smartphones, the Ascend D quad expands the realm of possibilities for consumers with an Android 4.0 operating system and Huawei's proprietary power management system which provides up to 30% in energy savings.

"We've listened to people's top demands from smartphones: speed, long-battery life, high quality visual and audio capabilities, and a compact, lightweight handset. The Huawei Ascend D quad exceeds these expectations," said Richard Yu, Chairman of Huawei Device. "In January at the Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas, we achieved a world record for the world's slimmest smartphone with the Huawei Ascend P1 S. We are proud to once again introduce a world-first at the 2012 Mobile World Congress with the Ascend D quad, the fastest smartphone."

The Ascend D quad is an entertainment dynamo with its 4.5-inch 720P high definition touchscreen, and the industry's most powerful 32-bit true color graphic processor. Its PPI 330 screen providing crystal clear display even under direct sunlight, is complemented by its Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound and Audience earSmart™ voice technology for an experience which excels across the senses. Its 8-megapixel BSI rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, and 1080p full HD video-capture and playback capabilities enables you to record your special moments in clearer, richer detail.

The Ascend D quad comes with an 1800mAh battery, which lasts for one to two days with normal usage. The smartphone's prowess is enhanced by Huawei Device's proprietary power management technology which provides a longer battery life of up to 30% compared to industry average by adjusting power consumption according to usage needs. It also ensures higher chipset performance and efficiency by maintaining a low chip temperature.

Measuring 64mm narrow and 8.9mm slim, the Ascend D quad is proof that good things do come in small packages. With an ultra-thin frame, the lightweight and compact smartphone's 4.5-inch touchscreen seems to vanish into the edge, creating an "infinity" feel and allowing an exceptionally narrow body.

In addition to innovative hardware design, the Ascend D quad also has outstanding software design. In addition to its Android 4.0 operating system, the Ascend D quad optimizes the user experience, ensuring greater ease of use.

As part of the Ascend D series, Huawei also introduced the Ascend D quad XL and the Ascend D1 smartphones. The Ascend D quad XL comes with a 2500mAh battery which provides two to three days of normal usage. With the same specifications as the Ascend D quad, the Ascend D quad XL measures 10.9 mm slim. The Ascend D1 runs on a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU and has a 1670mAh battery.

The Ascend D quad series will be available in China, Australia, Europe, Asia-Pacific, North and South America, and the Middle East in Q2 2012. The Ascend D1 will be available in the above markets from April 2012.

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From: sylvester802/27/2012 7:50:57 AM
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BREAKING...Android sales accelerate to 850K/day, 300m total devices, 12m tablets
Andy Rubin: 850k Android activations a day, 300m total devices, 12m tablets
By Nilay Patel on February 27, 2012 06:05 am

Google is now activating 850 thousand Android devices a day, bringing the platform to some 300 million total devices — including 12 million tablets. That's according to Andy Rubin, who clarified the numbers in a meeting with reporters earlier today: he said that Google only counts activations once per device ID and doesn't "chop things up" when users reset or sell their phones. Devices like the Kindle Fire that don't include Google services aren't included in the numbers — Rubin said that Samsung's larger Galaxy Tabs are the most popular tablets counted. As far as apps, Rubin noted that there are now some 450 thousand apps in Android Market, up from 160 thousand a year ago.

Rubin also said that Nexus devices aren't huge sellers, but rather Google's attempt to "set the bar for what's possible" as he sees different technology trends intersect. Android wasn't built to "change the dynamics of the industry," he said, adding that his goal is for Android to be an ecosystem that enables phone manufacturers to build complete solutions. "I wasn't trying to go and commoditize a bunch of people and make all their products look the same."

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From: sylvester802/27/2012 7:57:08 AM
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BREAKING...450K Android Apps now on Android Market, up from 150K a year ago
Shane McGlaun, Feb 27th 2012 Discuss [0]

Google has its Android booth set up at Mobile World Congress and has offered up a few new interesting details on Android to coincide with the show. Google says that last year during MWC the Android Markethad 150,000 apps. As of today, approximately a year later, the Android Market has 450,000 apps with over 1 billion app downloads happening each month.

Google also reports the year over year growth rate for Android has been 250% with 850,000 new devices activated each day. Google reports there are now more than 300 million Android devices around the world. Google is also talking about the “App Pods” that it has set up at its booth on the MWC show floor. These pods are allowing people to try out the new features and Android innovations such as Android Beam.

That is an interesting feature that lets people share all kinds of content, including web pages, videos, directions, and apps by touching together two Android devices back-to-back. Google reports 800 devices have launched running Android to date. Google also has something it calls Bling Bot running the Android ADK that will bedazzle the Galaxy Nexus backplate in its booth.

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From: sylvester802/27/2012 8:27:14 AM
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MWC'2012: ASUS Unveils The Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700T), Packs Tegra 3 Or Snapdragon S4 Under A 1920x1200 Super IPS Display
Posted by Eric Ravenscraft in ASUS, News, Tablets

Back at CES, ASUS lit a bit of a wildfire by announcing a new iteration of the Transformer Primewith the model number TF700T. ASUS insisted that this new Prime would not replace the old Prime. To further drive that point home, the Taiwanese company has rebranded the TF700T as the Transformer Pad Infinity and placed it on the top rung of it's rather varied tablet ladder.

Here's the specs for the Transformer Pad Infinity. Chances are they'll look a little familiar:

Dimensions: 263 x 180.8 x 8.5mmDisplay: 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 Super IPS+Weight: 586gProcessor: 3G/4G LTE - 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 (2 x Krait) / WiFi - 1.6GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 T33 (4 x Cortex A9)Memory: 1GBStorage: 16GB - 64GBBattery: 25WhrPricing: $599 - $799 estStarting at $599, the Infinity is now ASUS' most expensive and most powerful tablet. While ASUS is trying to pitch the Infinity as a separate device, it should be said that the Infinity includes a change to the design of the device that fixes the issues with GPS reception that plagued the Transformer Prime. As you can see in the photo above, a plastic RF window strip has been added to rear of the device which should improve reception. While the Transformer Prime will still be sold, it will still have the same GPS defect, which means it may not be the best investment unless you really need the extra $100.

You'll also notice that the LTE version of the device is sporting Qualcomm's dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, instead of the Tegra 3 SoC that ASUS tends to prefer. It's unclear why ASUS opted to go with the Qualcomm processor for the LTE version of the Infinity instead of the Tegra 3, as the latter does have LTE configurations.

Regardless, the Infinity is one of the nicest tablets we've seen in a while. Hate to break it to you, Transformer Prime users, but rebranding or no, it looks like ASUS is about to make the Prime obsolete.

Source: ASUS, via Anandtech

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From: sylvester802/27/2012 8:29:33 AM
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MWC'2012: ASUS Sets Its Sights On The Mid-Range Tablet Market With The Transformer Pad 300 Series: 10.1" Tegra 3 Tablets For $399 (VIDEO - click link)
Eric Ravenscraft in ASUS, News, Tablets

ASUS continues its domination of the Android tablet market with the introduction of the Transformer Pad 300 Series. While the naming scheme for ASUS' tablets may be reaching near-Samsung levels of confusing, the new mid-range tablets look to be a great way to get yourself a 10" tablet without breaking the bank.

The tablet packs the same Tegra 3 SoC as its big brother, though we'd imagine it's clocked a little slower than the Prime and Infinity variants. It also contains the same 22Whr battery and 1GB of RAM. The major difference, thankfully, isn't in lower specs or older versions of Android, but in materials. The Transformer Pad 300 Series is made of plastic, instead of the aluminum cases that ASUS' higher-end tablets have. It's nice to see a company cut costs without shooting performance in the foot for once.

The tablets come in three colors that are totally not in any way U.S.-themed. Each has its own optional, colored laptop docks as well. The tablets will start at $399, which makes them slightly cheaper than the Transformer Prime, and comfortably below the iPad's base price of $500.

Here's a closer look at the specs:

Dimensions: 263 x 180.8 x 9.9mmPlastic chassis10.1-inch 1280 x 800 IPS displayWeight: 635gNVIDIA Tegra 3 (4 x Cortex A9) processor1GB RAM16GB storage22Whr batteryAndroid 4.0As usual, there's no word on pricing or availability yet. We're also still waiting to hear about that mythical $250 Tegra 3-powered 7" tablet ASUS announced at CES, so add this to the list of slates that we can't wait to see hit the market. We're not sure where you are, Motorola and HTC, but it looks like ASUS—and to a lesser extent Samsung—are running away with the Android tablet market.

Source: ASUS, via Anandtech

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From: sylvester802/27/2012 8:34:30 AM
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MWC 2012: ASUS Details Padfone Specs, Crams A Snapdragon S4 Inside Your Phone, Inside Your Tablet
Posted by Eric Ravenscraft in ASUS, News, Padfone

ASUS has barely been able to contain its excitement for its Padfone device(s?). Finally, though, we get some more details about what the phone/tablet set will be packing. The former is sporting a a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (it's unclear what model at this time) and 1GB of RAM, underneath a 4.3" 960x540 Super AMOLED screen. Much like Motorola's line of lapdocks, the SoC of the phone will power the tablet while docked.

The tablet station has a 10.1" screen, a gratuitous 24.4Whr battery, and Micro USB and Micro HDMI connections. The tablet station will use the phone's 8MP rear camera, though it has its own front-facing camera for video chat. As if that wasn't enough, the tablet can also be docked into ASUS' now-iconic keyboard docks. The Padfone is not-so-subtly attempting to be the only device you'll ever need.

I'm sure there's an Inception joke in here somewhere.

Here's the full list of specs for the phone half of ASUS' Padfone:

WCDMA 900/2100MHzEDGE/GPS 850/900/1800/1900MHzHSPA+ 21/5.76Mbps (42Mbps Optional)Android 4.0 (ICS)Snapdragon S4 (dual-core Krait) with Adreno 225 GPU1GB LPDDR2 RAM + 16 - 64GB eMMC NAND802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB 2.04.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD (960 x 540)Rear Camera: 8MP F2.2, AF with LED FlashFront Camera: VGAMotion sensor, proximity light sensor, gyro sensor, e-compass1520mAh Li-ionmicroSD expansion slot (SDHC/SDXC up to 32GB)Dimensions: 128mm x 65.4mm x 9.2mmWeight: 129gWhen docked in the tablet, the Padfone gains the following new specs:

Micro USB + Micro HDMI10.1-inch 1280 x 800 display with Capacative TouchRear Camera: 8MP (via Padfone rear camera)Front Camera: 1.3MP (1280 x 800)Vibration sensor, 2 color LED indicators for battery status24.4Whr Battery2-in-1 audio jack, 40-pin connectorPhone/GPSDimensions: 273mm x 176.9mm x 13.65mm (h-average)Weight: 724gNo details are available yet on pricing, availability, or if the Padfone will get its own keyboard dock or if it can use the same dock that other ASUS tablets use. If we had to guess, we'd say that another ASUS dock would work just fine for this tablet, though obviously you'll want to hear that from ASUS before you go out and buy a keyboard dock in anticipation.

So, are the specs nice enough to convince you to give up your phone, tablet, and laptop?

Source: ASUS, via Anandtech

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From: Eva2/27/2012 10:41:18 PM
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What a great smart phone/Camera :

wish I could get it in the states soon!

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To: Eva who wrote (5391)2/27/2012 11:25:31 PM
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Unfortunately with the Symbian OS, it is dead on arrival... nice camera though... but as a phone it is DOA...

BTW, it is also thicker than some stand alone cameras...

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