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Samsung got itself in the kid’s tablet segment with the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids which is essentially the Galaxy Tab 3 device that has been tweaked both internally and externally to suits its intended clientele, kids. Launched in August, the tablet now is ready for prime time action, with the pre-order process set to kick off in November 1st. The tablet has also been priced a quite modest $229.99, although the non-kid version of the same is even cheaper at $199.
Perhaps Samsung would like to justify the higher price tag with the extra cladding the tablet has been provided with along the sides to ensure it survives the harsh handling that kids can sometimes subject their wares to. That’s not all as the tablet has also been provided with enough software tweaks to ensure the device is completely safe for kids to use. These include parental controls who have the option to specify the time limit that parents would like their kids to be exposed to a particular app, something more relevant for gaming apps. In a similar manner, parents can also impose restriction on the type of sites that the kids can visit.
The above has been brought about by introducing two specific modes, the child mode and parent’s mode. With the former in place, the tablet will have a simpler user interface to make it easier for the kids to make their way. Similarly, parent’s mode will mean much the same tablet as the regular Galaxy Tab 3. Parents will also have the option to prevent their kids from switching modes on their own with the use of a suitable pin. A thoughtful feature, it must be said given the tech savvy nature that today’s kids have grown to be.
These apart, the specs remain more or less the same: a 1024 x 600 pixel 7 inch display, dual core 1.2 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, front and rear cameras, a 4000 mAh battery pack along with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as the OS.
Samsung is also throwing in a few other goodies to make the Tab 3 Tablet all the more appealing. So there will be Galaxy Perks for the taking which can be credited at the Google Play and Samsung Hub. There is also a $10 Google Play credit, one year of Boingo Mobile Wi-Fi, three months of Hulu Plus, and up to 50 GB of free DropBox storage use for two years for the taking. The tablet also comes loaded with several applications such as Toca Train, Wipeout, Fruit Ninja, Disney’s Toy Story: Smash It! and Where’s My Perry and so on.
The tablet can be picked from a host of locations including Best Buy, Amazon, Fry’s, Office Depot, Tiger Direct, Toys “R” Us, Sam’s Club along with of course Samsung’s own website.
If anyone thought smart watches were just a fad that would fade away soon, analysts are already predicting a multi-billion dollar growth for the segment. Generator Research, the UK-based research group, claims the segment will account for $62 billion by 2018. The research firm is further claiming that the segment will grow to $214 million within the next five years.
The segment is in its nascent stage right now with just a few smartwatch devices launched so far. These include the Samsung Galaxy Gear, Sony Smartwatch 2, the Qualcomm Toq, and the Nismo smartwatch from auto maker Nissan. A few more are waiting in the wings from manufacturers like Nokia, Apple, and others, all of whom are likely to launch their devices soon. In fact, with the device being so closely tied to smartphone devices, every player in the smartphone arena is expected to come up with a smartwatch sooner rather than later.
However, the segment packs in immense potential so that it’s not only the smartphone makers who could be seen leading the charge, something that is exemplified by Nissan coming up with a smartwatch of its own. Rather, every manufacturer that is keen to offer a more personalized experience with their products could be seen developing smartwatches of their own. As such, smartwatches could well be seen replacing remote controls for TVs of the future.
Another area where smartwatches could see massive proliferation is in the workplace where companies could resort to doling out smartwatches to their employees for communicating with them.
Also, with the segment being in the formative stages as of yet, there is a lot to be seen before smartwatches become more petite and stylish than what they are right now. Also, we have seen plenty of bendable display technology from time to time. The smartwatch segment could well offer the perfect scenario for their applicability.
In all, its just the beginning of what is already promising to be a thoroughly exciting journey up ahead.
By now, most consumers should be aware that the humble wristwatch has become pretty smart. There have been smartphones and smart TVs so far, but manufacturers had waited this long for something as intimate as the watch to be given the smart treatment. Thankfully, it has happened, and the 2013 IFA has ample proof.
Here are the smart watches launched so far:
Samsung Galaxy Gear:
Made of stainless steel, this smartwatch offers a comprehensive set of features which even exceeds what many had expected. The device is only compatible with the latest crop of Samsung devices, such as the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 10.1. The company has announced that updates for Note 2, S4, and S3 are coming soon, which will make them compatible with the Galaxy Gear.
The Samsung smartwatch is also among the biggest, with a 1.63 inch Super AMOLED 320 x 320 display which suits its intended purpose well enough. The device can be considered an extension of the Samsung smartphone in that it displays notifications that otherwise can be seen only on the smartphone. This includes a preview of incoming messages, calls, texts, emails, and alerts, with the option for the user to accept or deny them right from the Gear itself. There’s no need to pull out the smartphone for this, but the notifications from the Gear will automatically be transferred to the smartphone via Smart Relay.
What’s more, the Galaxy Gear even includes a built-in auto-focusing camera of 1.9 megapixels which will let users shoot pictures and 720p videos, although they are only 10 seconds long. Interestingly, the camera is included in the wristband which makes for an innovative design feature. The camera is also designed to work in conjugation with the Memographer, which means users will have the option to take quick notes or voice memos. Users can transcribe the voice memos into text when needed. Other tech specs include a 800 mhz processor, 512 MB of RAM, and 4 GB of internal memory, all quite respectable considering the size and intended application of the device. Meanwhile, the Gear also boasts an accelerometer as well as a gyroscope, and can be used to control the music being played by the smartphone.
Samsung has also lined up a few apps specifically for the Gear. Predictably enough, there are fitness apps to begin with, which includes the RunKeeper and MyFitnessPal. Of course, there will be around 70 apps ready to be installed when the Gear goes on sale on September 25th. All of the above comes at a price, which stands at $299 and is higher than many of the entry level tablets out there.
However, price apart, what can be considered as the biggest complaint about the Gear is its dismal battery life. The 315mAh battery will tend to fizzle out by the end of the day under what the company claims as “regular use.”
Sony Smartwatch 2:
Curiously, it’s named Smartwatch 2 even though this marks the company’s third product in the smartwatch segment. Sony’s name is because it claims to be a second screen of your smartphone.
It features a 1.6 inch display that is lit up by 220 x 176 pixels. The display is big enough to house six apps at a time but can be scrolled to bring more on the display. Also, the display has been made sunlight-friendly, thanks to the use of a transflective panel, though it’s more monochrome in bright sunlight compared to a colored display indoors.
Made of aluminum, the Smartwatch 2 has a solid build quality. Also, another inherent advantage of the Sony smartwatch is that it is waterproof (for up to 1 meter and 30 minutes). This can be helpful as users will be saved from fishing out their smartphones every time a new notification has arrived. All of those can be dealt with via the Smartwatch 2 itself.
For apps, Sony has devised what it has named as watch apps that are designed explicitly for the Smartwatch 2. There will be apps specific to the Smartwatch 2 that can be considered as “extensions” of the apps already present on the user’s smartphone. What this means is that users will get to keep a tab on their inbox, Facebook status updates, or Twitter feeds, right from the smartwatch itself.
As for its battery, Sony claims the Smartwatch 2 will be good enough to support 3-4 days of operations. Availability is pegged at around the end of September and is priced at 179 euros.
No one expected Qualcomm to launch a smartwatch, and bearing a name as weird as Toq. The device, though, is quite impressive, even when lacking many of the frills seen on the Galaxy Gear. However, the Toq enjoys many advantages over the Gear in that it is not tied to a single smartphone brand but can be connected to any Android device running version 4.0.3 and above. However, company sources did mention the Toq won’t remain tied to only the Android platform, as the smartwatch will soon be made compliant to the iOS as well.
The Toq comes with the Qualcomm Mirasol color display that is known for being extremely frugal on the battery. This clearly is one of the biggest advantages of the Toq, with its makers claiming a battery life of three to four days at the least. It is easily readable even in bright sunlight and is always on, features that make it more akin to the regular watches that it intends to replace. The Toq can also be charged wirelessly using Qualcomm’s WiPower LE technology.
The Toq will be able to handle phone calls, messages, or reminders, along with other notifications. Qualcomm also stated the device will benefit from regular updates which will make it even smarter from time to time. The device is powered by a 200 Mhz Cortex M3 processor and is slated to reach markets in the 4th quarter, sporting a sticker price tag of $300. Also, a nice feature of the Toq is that it can be connected to wireless stereo headphones via the Bluetooth, but the device lacks a speaker or a microphone of its own.
Worth mentioning here, Seiko too has launched an e-ink based smartwatch. Catch up with the review here.
In the end, while three are just three smartwatches right now, both Apple and Google are slated to launch their own take on wearable computers in the coming months. In fact, with these being so closely tied to smartphones, every manufacturer with a smartphone in their products line up is expected to launch smartwatches sooner or later. What this means is that LG couldn’t be far from launching a smartwatch of its own to accompany the G2, and the same applies to Nokia, not to mention the cheap clones that are expected from Chinese manufacturers soon enough.
Amazon is already in the process of refreshing its Kindle Fire lineup. That’s perfectly normal considering the present crop of Kindle Fire devices are fast approaching the one year anniversary of their launch. However, there seem to be more reasons than just the calendar for Amazon to release something new, as the Kindle Fire devices have been fast seen losing out on favor with the consumers, something exemplified by its market share witnessing a sharp drop from 21.5 percent to all the way down to 10.1 percent.
The above figure was revealed by Jumptap based on mobile traffic data for 2012 and 2013. What has also come to light is that Apple continues to sit on top of the tablet heap with its market share actually increasing by 3.1 percent. Samsung has emerged as the second largest player with a 5.8 percent jump in its market share, which has grown to 11.1 percent in 2013, scuttling Kindle Fire in the process from the second biggest competitor to the iPad.
This does put some pressure on Amazon to come up with the new Kindle Fire series, expected to launch sometime this fall. While initial reports point to an impressive new set of Kindle Fire devices across different screen sizes, it remains to be seen if those will be good enough to take the battle to the Apple and Google camps. Google has already revealed its trump card, the Nexus 7, while Apple is expected to launch new iPad devices this fall. That’s not all, for Amazon will also have to contend with the new tablet range Kobo has come up with.
Samsung has been up to some improvements with its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, churning out several variations, including the S4 Zoom. Now, an unexpected new device, a kid friendly derivate of the Galaxy Tab 3, comes complete with enough padding along the sides to justify its use among the preschool-aged community. This marks the first attempt by a mainstream tablet maker at a tablet device that is targeted exclusively to children.
To begin with, the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids device is the same Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, but with some hardware and software enhancements meted out to ensure parents find it safe for use by their little ones. A 7 inch 1024 x 600 pixel display makes up the top if the device, while on the other side of it lies a dual core 1.2 Ghz chip, a gig of RAM, and 8 GB of internal memory. There is also a micro SD card slot that will allow 32 GB more to be added. The tablet has also been provided with front and rear facing camera of 1.3 and 3 megapixels, respectively.
Also, with toddlers as its intended clientele, the tablet has also been provided with enough tweaks on the software front, which includes educational, and entertainment apps, as well as children’s ebooks, all of which come pre-loaded on the device. The tablet also includes an Application Manager which will allow the parents to set usage hours or specific apps and other features that they wish their kids to be exposed to. What’s more, the Application Manager has been provided with a layer of security via passwords, which is indeed a nice feature given how tech savvy the younger lot has come to be.
The Galaxy Tab 3 Kids also comes with a Kid Case of its own, which includes a C Pen for on-screen drawing or writing, as well as several stand options.
The tablet will first be released in South Korea before appearing in other regions of the world. Pricing has been kept under wraps, though it will crucial for the device to emerge as a viable choice for a kid specific tablet device.
It is that time of the year again when parents and students buy their supplies for the upcoming school year. With tablets being in vogue, these no doubt have superseded laptop and notebook devices as the preferred choice of mobile computing devices. However, with tablet devices that are to be used by the student community, it is perhaps those that come with an attached keyboard that might be better suited. The description of some of the tablet devices (both standalone as well as those with an attached keypad) can help consumers make a choice that fits their educational needs.
For the Budget-Conscious Segment:
Google Nexus 7
The new Nexus 7 is thinner, lighter, and a more powerful (.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU/2 GB RAM) device than the original Nexus 7. The 7 inch display is brighter and more spectacular (1,920 x 1,200 display) than before. On-board storage can be either 16 or 32 GB, with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean providing the OS support. It is at a convenient $230 starting price.
The reason why it’s mentioned here is that it is compact, handy, portable, and powerful, while still being quite cheap.
Kindle Fire HD 7
The Kindle Fire HD 7 is another tablet that is light on the hands as well as the pocket. The display is among the best out there and is backed by one of the most well stocked web stores, offering one of the best collections of ebooks, which can be important for use in the education environment. However, the tablet is too closely tied to the Amazon store front and this can be its biggest or worst credential depending on which side of the fence you’re on. Prices start at just $160, and are available in memory size options of 16 and 32 GB.
For the Mid-Range Segment:
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
Price might not be the biggest benefit of the Galaxy Note 8.0, though it makes up for that in other areas. These include the S Pen stylus that it comes with it, which will allow for some serious note taking, something that should come extremely handy for students. These notes can also be easily shared or stored in the cloud for later reference. It’s thin and light, which along with the size makes it just perfect for stylus operations. With an Exynos 1.6 GHz Quad-Core mated to a 2 GB RAM, users can expect top notch performance. The pixel-rich (1280 x 800) display also makes for easy comprehension. However, it doesn’t come cheap, priced as it is at $400 for the base version. The Note 10.1 version is slightly more bulky and more pricey.
Apple iPad/iPad Mini
These two tablet devices perhaps have the highest appeal among consumers. To begin with, there are plenty of educational apps, course materials, lectures, magazines, books, and more that can make the Apple tablets great devices. The only factor to consider here is the screen size, available as these are in two size options of 9.7 and 7.9 inch. Also, being Apple devices, factors such as performance and quality should beof little concern. However, with there being a new and improved iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 coming soon, not everyone might feel comfortable enough to invest in a device that’s sure to become outdated soon. The iPad and iPad Mini range start at $499 and $329 respectively.
Kindle Fire HD 8.9
Qualities in its favor include a nice 1080p display, decent levels of performance along with the backing of the Amazon store. However, as has already been stated, the last point would mean remaining stuck with only the Amazon app and ebook store. Price starts at $399 and it is available in memory size options of 16 and 32 GB.
HP SlateBook X2
Here is a tablet with a nice 1080p display, together with great performance brought about by a Tegra 4 chip which makes for a very compelling choice in the mid-range segment, more so for Android addicts. A strong point with the tablet is its battery life which can easily be the best out there. This is aided by the extended battery life brought about by the separate battery unit attached to the keypad which should allow the students to make the best of the device without running out of charge. The added keypad unit should also appeal to those who have to type a lot. The keypad unit also houses quite a few extra ports which make for additional connectivity options.
To be available in both 16, 32 and 64 GB variant, the range starts at a decent $479 for the base version which includes the keypad dock.
HP Envy X2
Here is another tablet that is a lot like the SlateBook X2 but runs the Windows 8 operating system. As expected, battery life is big in the Envy X2 thanks to the twin battery units fitted inside the tablet and keypad unit of the device. However, in what can be considered to be the biggest bane of the device, it has an Atom dual core heart which hampers performance. While the tablet would suffice for most operations, performance fans will no doubt be disappointed. The device otherwise is light and quite handy. Onboard storage options include 64 and 128 GB with prices starting at $600.
Money is No Object:
Here is a tablet that can be as good as any ultrabook out there. Sure, it’s a bit heavy both on your arms and your pocket, but it’s able to make up for those with its superb performance thanks to an Intel Core i5 heart and exemplary built quality. The device also includes a stylus and is available in memory size options of 64 and 128 GB. However, the biggest concern with the tablet is its paltry battery life of only about 4 hours.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has also been trying to entice the student community with its Surface RT device by offering hefty discounts, though the lack of quality apps seriously inhibits its acceptance among students.
Samsung ATIV Smart PC
Here is a hybrid tablet device with ultrabook like performance. It can satisfy even the most ardent of performance fans with its 1.8 GHz Intel Core i5-3337U processor and 4 GB of RAM combination. The device includes a stylus while the hard keyboard (unlike the Surface Pro keypad) allows for convenient data entry. However, the device continues to be dogged by battery life issues, which lasts no longer than 7 hours. If that is not enough, it’s not cheap either, priced as it is at $1,200 for the base model.
Apple is not the only one thought to be developing a bigger tablet device at the moment. Sources also mention Samsung to be considering something similar as well. This latest revelation has come from the Korea Economic Daily, that mentioned a 12 inch tablet could be the newest addition to the South Korean company’s tablet lineup. Earlier, there was news that Apple is testing a tablet having a 12.9 inch display.
We don’t know much else about the device right now, which is hardly surprising. However, speculation is rife that the tablet will feature Samsung’s latest Exynos 5 Octa chip, as well as a full HD display. Sources further state that the tablet will reach markets by October. If so, then there are good chances of Samsung having something up for public consumption during the upcoming IFA event in September.
Lenovo reported selling a higher number of tablet devices and smartphones than other forms of computing, despite the fact that the tablet segment in its home country of China itself has shrunk a bit. Total tablet sales during the second quarter have turned out to be 3.57 million, which represents a growth of 5.2 percent over the previous quarter. This represents a slight drop from the 6.3 percent growth recorded in the first quarter.
However, those statistics are far better than the 10 percent decline that the tablet segment recorded in the second quarter the world over. The trend is likely to reverse and sales are expected to pick up steam once again once Apple launches its new line of tablet devices. The California-based company is slated to launch the successor to its current tablet offerings, iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2, during fall season or even later. Amazon, too, is slated to refresh its tablet lineup with new devices around the same time, while Google’s New Nexus 7 has already reached markets.
This should explain the steep drop in demand for the current generation iPad, which recorded the biggest decline in sales at about 25 percent. Shipments dropped from 19.6 million in the first quarter to just 14.6 million in the second quarter.
For Samsung, the second largest player in the tablet space, the drop in shipment has been less sharp, having shipped 8.1 million tablet devices during second quarter, a slight dip from the 8.6 million tablet devices it shipped during the first quarter. That still represents a 277 percent year-over-year growth, having shipped just 2.1 million tablets in Q2, 2012.
Tablet shipment figures for the first quarter of 2013 are already here and they present an interesting scenario. For instance, according to a Digitimes report, tablet shipment reached 31.93 million for the first three months of this year, which represents a decline of 26.1 percent on quarter but increased by 66.1 percent on year. However, IDC is reporting an even more optimistic shipment figure of 49.2 million for the quarter.
However, both Digitimes and IDC seem to be unanimous regarding the iPad, reporting shipments of 19.5 million of the Apple tablet during the period. However, while the iPad continues to be at the top of the heap, the trend seems to be on the slide. Apple still has 39.6 percent of the tablet market to itself, though it used to be 43.6 and 58.2 in the last two preceding quarters. Analysts claim it’s quite normal, as Apple generally records a weaker first quarter after strong sales during the holiday season. Apple has recorded a year over year growth of a healthy 65 percent.
Samsung and Asus make up the second and third slot with sales of 8.8 and 2.7 million respectively. The individual figures might not be too inspiring, but both companies have reported 288.7 and 267.6 percent increases in sales respectively compared to the same period a year ago. Microsoft, according to IDC, managed to make it among the top five tablet makers with shipment of 900,000 of its Surface devices.
However, there are some contradictions that come to the fore that pertain to the operating system that dominates the tablet segments. While Digitimes is claiming the Apple iOS accounts for a dominating 61 percent of the total tablets shipped in Q1, IDC is pegging the figure at lower than 40 percent for iOS, with the Google Android making up 56.5 percent of all the tablets shipped. According to Digitimes, Android and Windows make up 31 and 8 percent of the total tablet shipment.
Another interesting finding of the Digitimes research is that the smaller tablets measuring 7 inches or so that are in greater demand, accounting for 56 percent of the tablets shipped in Q1. Tablets measuring 9 and 10 inches make up 22 and 20 percent of the shipments.
A few months ago Apple fired the first salvo in filing a patent for the ebook page turn. It caught the eyes of many developers and companies making Android and iOS apps, in that they might soon have to license the technology from Apple. Samsung obviously could not let Apple get away with monopolizing the animated page turn and filed its own patent for a different way of handling it.
The essence of the new patent is to give users the experience of a real book. Generally it is difficult to give a user a sense that manipulating an ebook is similar to manipulating a real paper book. For example, when detecting user input information about turning pages, the conventional method and apparatuses for displaying an ebook immediately change from a currently displaying page to another page, or scroll a current page in a direction corresponding to the input information to change from the current page to another page. That is, this changing scheme is not really similar to turning a paper page, but is more like browsing a web page. The new patent really kicks it up a notch and gives you a real book experience within the digital edition.
Obviously, the new Samsung patent is way more involved than the Apple one, in terms of technology employed. Apple basically tried to patent the animated page turn, but Samsung goes a step further. They document the entire faux page turn, including peaking at the next page. The race to patent technology in relation to ebooks is heating up.
There have been a silent but far reaching changes in the consumer electronic scene over the last few years. It’s the slow but steady decline of the once mighty Japanese electronics industry; what we see today can be considered just a shadow of what it once was. Unfortunately, the shadow is only growing longer, which implies the sun might well be setting in the Land of the Rising Sun.
The likes of Sony, Sharp, Panasonic, Hitachi, and other popular Japanese brands are fast losing their grip on the electronics scene. In fact, the situation is so drastic that Hitachi has resigned completely from the electronics scene and has instead taken refuge in heavy engineering, once its forte. The company has washed its hands of making entities (read electronics business) and is instead into selling heavy machines as well as taking on the engineering aspect of its products. Hitachi’s current boss, Hiroaki Nakanishi, 66, has claimed the move is paying off as the company is already out of the red and has regained profits.
Things aren’t near as rosy for the others, though Sony is still making a profit, albeit a marginal one by its own standards this year. Sharp, which has been bleeding profusely for the last few years, seems to have reached a terminal phase. It may even cease to exist, unless there is a big cash infusion soon to maintain the company. It might be slightly better for Panasonic, though it also is likely to report a huge loss, something to the tune of about $9 billion.
So why the sudden and violent crash from the high flying 80s and 90s to almost a non-entity in the new millennium? Japanese economist Gerhard Fasol claims it’s the digital revolution that proved to be the too much for the Japan based electronic powerhouses to deal with. Sony, Sharp, and nearly all of its compatriots have excelled in the mechanical side, but found the going tough when computer chips came to take over the working of a device. Of equal importance is the software, again something that the Japanese have traditionally never developed in-house.
“The Sony Walkman is a classic example,” said Gerhard Fasol. “It has no software in it. It is purely mechanical. Today you need to have software business models that are completely different.” No wonder, the once almost indispensable Sony walkman has been taken over by the likes of the iPhone or the iPod. The likes of Apple and Samsung are calling the shots in Sony’s own backyard.
Apart from the devices themselves, the way they are put together is another area where the Japanese giants are counting their losses. The manufacturing base has almost exclusively shifted to China and Taiwan, owing to the economics involved. It costs a fraction of what it would be in Japan to manufacture a device in China and Taiwan. Also, it’s not the best technology that determines a product’s success these days. Instead, a solid sales and marketing strategy has assumed significant importance towards a product’s overall success in the market.
Sony is ahead in the race among its domestic competitors, however, and has already made it known the company intends to be a significant player in the smartphone segment. Its recently launched Xperia Z is rumored to be doing well enough and Sony hopes to replicate the same with its Xperia based tablet offerings as well. It is also working hard to register a presence in the TV segment as well and has recently launched the 84 inch 4K TV, which will display it as leading the technology scene if not drive home huge sales. It will be interesting to note that Apple makes the bulk of its profit from the tablet and smartphone sales, as well as the ecosystem surrounding them. Sony also has a solid presence in the laptop or notebook segment with its Vaio series, though its survival here depends on what notebook/ultrabook/hybrid tablets it launches based on Microsoft’s latest platform, Windows 8. Sony has also stated its next gen PRS-T3 e-reader will be announced soon, another area where the Japanese giant does have a strong presence.
As for Sharp, it’s shaping out to be the LCD panel maker of choice for both Apple and Samsung, both of whom have picked up stakes in the ailing company. Interestingly, Apple’s enmity with Samsung has proved to be a boost for Sharp, as the latter is now slated to supply the panels that Apple had been sourcing from Samsung.
However, Japan still has a vast, extremely talented workforce that it can fall back on. Then the sheer number of highly educated men and women that it can deploy on a given task is another positive quality that can script the next turn around in the country’s favor. It will be interesting to see how things shape up in the next year or two.
Samsung’s contribution to the 8 inch tablet segment, the Galaxy Note 8.0, will finally be making its market debut in the US on April 11th. The price is a bit steep at $400 for the Wi-Fi only model with 16 GB of storage. However, that’s the price without any carrier support, which means the carriers can chip in to sweeten the deal further.
As for its features, the US version of the Note 8.0 is exactly the same as the one Samsung had unveiled at the MWC, with the only change being that its phone call feature has been removed for US consumers. The 8 inch display packs in 1280 x 800 pixels and is receptive to both finger and stylus support, the latter being one of its biggest USPs. At its core lies a Exynos 1.6GHz Quad Core that works together with 2 GB RAM.
Included in the offer are a few other goodies, such as 2 years of free usage of 50 GB of Dropbox cloud storage along with a month of free unlimited streaming from the Samsung Music Hub. Note 8.0 buyers in the US are also entitled to $25 worth of purchase from the Google Play Store.
However, the one thing that seems overbearing is the price tag, which does seem to be a bit on the higher side. The Note 8.0 is already on sale in the UK and will launch in Canada on April 29th.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is one of the most anticipated tablets to hit the streets this year. It has the same sort of S-Pen software that has made the phone a hit in the business world. Getting a little bit more screen real estate than your standard 7 inch device is a big selling factor, as well. The Galaxy Note 8.0 now has an official release date in Canada for April 29th, 2013.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 features a 8 inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It has a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, S Pen stylus compatibility, 1.2MP front facing camera, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 4,600mAh battery, and Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.2). It is poised to be a very solid tablet, despite the $340 price tag.
One of the big hyping factors is that this is one of the few tablets on the market that you can get LTE speed while on the go. Being able to work in a mobile setting is critical for the market Samsung is trying to capture. Primary consumer segments would be disillusioned Blackberry users and the type who do more productivity tasks instead of playing Angry Birds. The extra screen size will also be perfect for graphic novels, comics, ebooks, and digital magazines.