Earlier today Samsung held a press event in Russia, where the company announced its new Galaxy Tab A and Tab A Plus, both of which are mid-tier tablets with that familiar Samsung tablet feel.
The Galaxy Tab A series comes in two variants, one 8-inch and the other at 9.7-inches, both featuring a 4:3 aspect ratio and a display resolution of 1024×768 pixels. Both are also quite thin, with a depth of only 7.5mm.
The tablets also feature an unspecified quad-core processor with a clock speed of 1.2 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB of internal memory with microSD card support (up to 128 GB extra), a 5 megapixel main camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 4,200mAh [...]
The great Black Friday/Cyber Monday festival of deals is over, but bargain hunters can still enjoy some savings, assuming they didn’t exhaust their holiday budget already.
Today, Woot is offering big savings on several factory reconditioned Samsung tablets, from the compact Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 to the monumental Note Pro 12.2.
Here are the deals you can get until 12AM Central Time tonight, or check out the full list:Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 32GB factory reconditioned for $429.99 Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 32GB refurbished for $349.99 Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) 32GB factory reconditioned for $359.99 Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) 16GB factory reconditioned for $329.99 Galaxy Tab 3 [...]
Citing “sources familiar with the plans”, Bloomberg reports that the phones will have 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays – which would be significantly bigger than the 4-inch display that currently features on both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.
Sources said that the glass “curves downward at the edges” and added that Apple is also working on pressure-sensitive display sensors for new iPhones later on in 2014. These sensors will apparently be able to distinguish heavy or light touch control.
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The deal, which was announced today, will see AT&T offer phone and tablet customers the basic service for free although the premium package will also be offered at $2.99 a month.
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This news caps the latest in a line of exciting announcements for the San Francisco-based firm.
The company signed a deal with Samsung in April, raised a further $55 million in venture funding last month and also recently launched its first corporate product.
Now Samsung has come up with its own term for the devices. It's pushing the term “fonblet” which, like phablet, also implies smartphone/tablet but is already being met with derision.
TechCrunch for one, had this to say:
"Leaving aside that fonblet hits the ears with all the sonorous pleasure of a cat falling down the side of a skyscraper clad in chalkboard, it also combines the word “tablet” with the word “fone,” which as most will be aware, doesn’t actually exist."
Samsung wants to further distinguish the fonblet name by saying it's for larger smartphones that also include handwriting [...]
According to SammyMobile, Vice Chairman and CEO, Oh-Hyun Kwon, ran the rule over its roadmap at the Samsung Analyst Day in Korea on Wednesday and highlighted that ‘curved’ – like the one featuring on the Galaxy Round – and ‘bended’ screens will come to market over the next year.
Fold-able displays are then expected to arrive in 2016 through to 2017.
Of course, innovation like this doesn’t come without obstacles and this is something Samsung has even recognized.
The firm said at the event that there were numerous “technical challenges”, which presumably could entail also trying to make foldable processors and [...]
As PhoneArena spotted recently, the tablet has quietly been filed under the name of the Samsung SM-P905 at the FCC.
Precious few details are available in the way of specs although the tablet’s diagram points to a stylus port for Samsung’s acclaimed S-Pen. A purported benchmark test from AnTuTu would seem to indicate that the tablet has an impressive 2560 x 1600 resolution display, the quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 3GB of RAM, as well as 32GB of storage and dual-facing cameras (8MP snapper on the rear, 2MP camera on the front).
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To qualify, you either sign a two-year contract or use AT&T’s NEXT service – not a real big setback if you were going to get the phone anyway. But there is one other catch; the Wi-Fi tablet will need to be added to an existing AT&T Mobile Share plan which costs $10 a month.
Separately, AT&T also said it will give a $100 AT&T Promotion Card to anyone who trades in an eligible smartphone and purchases a new device through AT&T Next. Both promotions will end on January 9th of 2014.