Oh Samsung, why do you tease us so?
We received the press release below from our good friends at Samsung. After tossing around some pretty impressive figures on the amount of smartphones moved globally, Paulo Ferreira, Head of Mobile Product and Business Solutions at Samsung, goes on to say this:
“What if you could combine core on-the-go benefits of various mobile devices while maintaining smartphone portability to create a whole new user experience?”
This is a good question.
After seeing the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus announced over seas, I’d say that this is possibly a good indicator, and one can view it as an ‘evolution’ from the original (The 7 inch Galaxy Tab).
Sporting a 1.2 GHz Dual Core processor, 1 GB of RAM, Honeycomb 3.2, 3G, GPS, Bluetooth, front and back cameras with a flash as well as normal coice calling functionality, it is definitely a nice package. Given Samsung’s relationship with Google and their general speediness at updating their software as of late, I’m sure it will see 4.0 pretty soon as well.
Ferreira concludes: “We have created a new category of product, developed through Samsung’s deep consumer understanding and insight. The next evolution in mobile technology is on its way to South Africa in the next two weeks – watch this space,”.
I may be wrong, and if so, I sincerely hope that it’s because they release something completely unexpected that leaves me gobsmacked.
Here’s hoping! Press Release below, as well as the original press release for the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, courtesy of Engadget.
So I was mulling over other possibilities today, and realised I had stupidly forgotten about the Samsung Galaxy Note.
This device actually fits the cryptic message Mr Ferreira delivered. So my vote is on this one.
Check out the specs below.
|Screen Size||5.3 inches|
|Resolution||1280 x 800|
|Rear Camera||8 MP with Auto Focus and LED Flash|
|Front Camera||2 MP|
|Processor||1.4 GHz Dual Core|
|Memory||16GB w/ microSD support|
|Operating System||Android 2.3 w/TouchWiz UX|
While this has been viewed in SA at the Samsung store in Vodacom World, it hasn’t been officially launched in South Africa yet, so this may well be the official announcement. Galaxy Note International Press Release at the bottom.
Smartphone or Tablet? What if you could have the best of both worlds?
24 October 2011 – Johannesburg; There’s been substantial growth in smartphone use worldwide. The International Data Corporation (IDC)* indicated that 305 million devices were shipped in 2010 and projected that this year’s shipments will hit 472 million – a growth rate of 55%. IDC now expects the number of smartphones to grow at an annual rate of 26% a year through 2015. The same can be said for tablets. With the entrance of competitive new devices in the second half of 2011, IDC** predicts the market will sell close to 53 million units for the year and continue to grow long-term.
Says Paulo Ferreira, Head of Mobile Product and Business Solutions at Samsung; “Such growth is promising and certainly the possibilities that both the tablet and smartphone market have to offer are endless. But what if you are looking for something in between? What if you could combine core on-the-go benefits of various mobile devices while maintaining smartphone portability to create a whole new user experience?”
Such a hybrid device would ideally combine the features of a Tablet PC and a Smartphone – from brilliance of display to multimedia features, user interface to memory features. It would be lighter, thinner, bigger and brighter – combining the functionality of a tablet, while still retaining the traditional cellphone capabilities – just smarter.
“We have created a new category of product, developed through Samsung’s deep consumer understanding and insight. The next evolution in mobile technology is on its way to South Africa in the next two weeks – watch this space,” concludes Ferreira.
*Android is smartphone king globally, tough fight on for No2 spot, IDC, 2011
**Worldwide quarterly media tablet and ereader tracker, IDC, 2011
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of nine independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, semiconductor chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.
Samsung reloaded more possibilities on the go with GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus
Advanced 7-inch tablet experience on the go within a premium design
SEOUL, Korea – September 30, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a leading mobile device provider, today announced the launch of the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus. Offering a portable, rich multimedia experience on a 7-inch display, the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus packs power and productivity into a chic lightweight design. The GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus runs Google AndroidTM Honeycomb, enabling an easy and intuitive user experience.
“Samsung pioneered the seven-inch tablet market with the launch of the GALAXY Tab, marking an innovation milestone in the mobile industry. Building on the success of the GALAXY Tab, we’re now delighted to introduce the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus reloaded with enhanced portability, productivity and a richer multimedia experience” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business. He added “GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus is for those who want to stay productive and in touch with work, friends and content anytime, anywhere.”
With 7-inch display, GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus provides enhanced portability, weighing just 345g and measuring at just 9.96mm thin. Enhanced portability ensures that it fits easily into an inside-jacket pocket or a handbag, making it an ideal device for those who need to stay productive and entertained while on-the-move.
GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus delivers a smooth and intuitive user experience with powerful performance powered by 1.2GHz dual core processor. Mini Apps allows seamless multitasking by consolidating 7 applications easily accessed from a bottom-side tray on main screen. Users can launch favorite features such as music player or calendar as pop-ups over full screen applications. Not only that, users can design an individualized up-to-the-minute interface through Live Panel.
Web browsing is also enhanced by Adobe Flash and super-fast HSPA＋ connectivity, providing download speeds up to three times faster than a conventional HSPA connection. On top of that Wi-Fi Channel Bonding bonds two channels into one for improved network connection and data transfer at up to twice the speed.
Furthermore, the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus offers voice and video call support, with no need for a headset.
Users can see friends and family from anywhere in the world in high quality thanks to the device’s larger screen.
Rich Multimedia on-the-move
Full HD videos can be enjoyed on the 7-inch WSVGA PLS display, with DivX & multi codec support ensuring the device is capable of supporting a variety of different formats. An improved virtual clipboard, which stores text and images enabling easy copy and paste, further adds to these capabilities.
Additionally, the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus features Social Hub, Readers Hub and Music Hub services. Social Hub aggregates the user’s contacts, calendar and email along with instant messaging and social networking connections all within one easy-to-use interface. Readers Hub provides e-reading content such as e-books, newspapers and magazines. Music Hub enables access to over 13 million songs even when out and about.
GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus will be available starting in Indonesia and Austria from end-October and gradually rolled to globally including Southeast and Southwest Asia, US, Europe, CIS, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Japan and China.
Samsung writes the next chapter of the mobile industry with the Samsung GALAXY Note
GALAXY Note combines the market’s largest HD Super AMOLED display, supreme portability and advanced S Pen interface, creating a new type of smartphone
BERLIN, Germany – September 1, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, announced today the launch of the GALAXY Note.
The GALAXY Note is a new category of product, developed through Samsung’s deep consumer understanding and insight. It combines core on-the-go benefits of various mobile devices while maintaining smartphone portability, to create a whole new user experience.
The GALAXY Note has a 5.3” display which is the largest screen size with smartphone portability. It features the world’s first and the largest 5.3” HD Super AMOLED display, an expansive high-resolution screen that provides an immersive viewing experience. Taking full advantage of the large display, users will be able to do more tasks to create and consume more, with minimum scrolling and screen transitions, while on the go. An advanced pen-input technology, called the S Pen, is combined with the GALAXY Note’s full touch screen to introduce a new type of user-experience. Through this, consumers are able to freely capture and create ideas while on the go.
“The GALAXY Note is a device borne of our insight and innovation. We examined the fundamental elements of mobile culture, entertainment and communication in order to bring together the best experiences in a single, elegant device,” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business. “The huge, 5.3” HD Super AMOLED screen is the largest, highest quality display available in any phone; the touch screen and S Pen combine to produce a uniquely accurate level of control and finesse, along with rich expressions across the GALAXY Note experience, enabling the introduction of new smartphone experiences.”
“The artistic freedom of a paper notebook is coupled with the benefits of Samsung’s smartphone technology and services, allowing users to create, edit and share with more style than ever before,” Shin added.
The GALAXY Note features Samsung’s own 5.3” HD Super AMOLED display providing vivid clarity that is superior to conventional HD displays. This ensures the best viewing experience for video, photo, document and web on the go with deep blacks and bright colors. The superior screen also offers a 180 degree viewing angle, allowing contents to be shared comfortably.
At 5.3” the best-in-class display is the largest ever included in a primary mobile device; measuring just 9.65mm thick, the GALAXY Note fits comfortably in a pocket to offer true portability.
Full Screen Utilization
The high resolution display ensures that PowerPoint presentations, web-pages, news apps and e-books can be viewed comfortably with minimal scrolling or zooming. Minimizing the need to switch between applications, the GALAXY Note’s HD super AMOLED screen is large enough to allow meaningful split-screen operation in the most frequently used native apps.
Samsung has also included S Planner, a smart professional planning tool that makes full use of the device’s large screen. The management planner integrates the phone’s To-Do list and schedule; control and navigation is intuitive, helping users to comprehensively organize their lives.
Free Capture & Creation
The GALAXY Note’s advanced pen input functionality is combined with the full touch screen to create a new input experience. The incorporated digital S Pen can be used for accurate sketching and artwork, and instantly capturing ideas freely before they float away.
The GALAXY Note features S Memo, a multimedia application designed to record all forms of user-created content. Pictures, voice recordings, typed text, handwritten notes or drawings can all be captured via a single application and converted to a ‘memo’, to be edited, annotated and shared as desired.
A one-step screen-capture function also allows users to instantly capture any screen; captured images can also be freely and accurately annotated using the S Pen before being filed or shared.
The S Pen functionality has been deeply integrated into the GALAXY Note’s native applications to provide a richer interactive experience. Users will benefit from increased accuracy and control when editing or personalizing captured videos or photographs; and users will be able to draw and send handwritten images and notes via text message, email, and Samsung’s ChatON communication service.
Broadening the opportunity to create new user experiences, Samsung plans to release the S Pen SDK allowing app developers to create fundamentally new applications and services incorporating the pen functionality.
Superior Usability, Powerful Performance
The 1.4GHz dual-core processor ensures the device is incredibly fast and a smooth user interface ensures seamless usability. Lightning fast network speeds are enabled through the HSPA＋ and LTE-enabled device’s super-fast connection, ensuring a quick and seamless browsing experience. This means that users can stream videos in real-time or engage with their friends through online gaming platforms.
Samsung is enhancing enterprise capabilities of the GALAXY Note through its partnership with Juniper Networks. Juniper’s Junos Pulse SSL VPN provides secure remote access to corporate network resources. The SSL VPN enables large enterprise and service providers to meet high-volume secure access and authorization requirements, protecting corporate data with centralizes control and supporting employees’ personal device efficiently.
Samsung GALAXY Note Product Specifications
HSPA＋ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
1.4GHz Dual Core Processor
5.3” WXGA(1280×800, 285ppi) HD Super AMOLED
Main(Rear) : 8 MP with LED Flash
Front : 2 MP
Action Shot, Beauty, Panorama Shot, Smile Shot, Share Shot
Video : MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV, DivX, Xvid, VC-1Recording 1080p@24~30fps, Playing 1080p@30fps
Codec : MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, FLAC, OGG
Music Player with SoundAlive
3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS
Samsung Kies 2.0/ Samsung Kies air
Samsung TouchWiz/ Samsung L!ve Panel UX
Samsung ChatON mobile communication service
(Downloadable via Samsung Apps)
Smart Note Apps
S Pen / Pen UX
- Integrated Messaging(Email, SNS), Contacts/ Calendar Sync
- Basic: POP3/IMAP Email
Social Hub, Readers Hub , Music Hub
GoogleTM Mobile Services
- GmailTM, Google TalkTM, Google SearchTM, YouTubeTM, Android Market TM,
- Google MapsTM with Google Places and Google Latitude
- ODE, EAS, CCX, MDM, VPN, WebEx
Bluetooth v 3.0
USB 2.0 ＋ HS
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
150MB ＋ 2GB inbox ＋ microSD (up to 32GB)
110 × 58.2 × 12.3 mm, 102.4g
Battery (Standard) Li-on, 1,200mAh
Talk Time : Up to 13 hours(2G), Up to 4.6 hours(3G)
Standby Time : Up to 570 hours(2G), Up to 390 hours(3G)