Thursday, July 5, 2012

Phone Tech Update [Samsung]

In this series we will be using the phone tech update name but for a specific manufacturer. This is not a weekly update but we will be doing different manufacturers from time to time or if the certain manufacturer has a lot of buzz in that period of time. We will be starting off with Samsung. Firstly, Samsung Galaxy Tab owners will finally get a taste of some ice cream sandwich as Samsung is slowly releasing updates from honeycomb to ICS. These updates will arrive starting from this month or August, and samsung promises that most of its tablets will be receiving the update by the end of August. Australia Galaxy Tab owners are among the first to get a taste of ICS, so be patient and wait for the update. This update is however now available for the Galaxy Tab 7.7 via Kies air and not the familiar Over-The-Air, so in order to get ICS you must install kies air and connect it to your PC. Here are the models getting the update:

  • GT-P6210 Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0 WIFI 
  • GT-P6200 Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0 WIFI + 3G 
  • GT-P6810 Galaxy Tab 7.7 WIFI 
  • GT-P6800 Galaxy Tab 7.7 WIFI + 3G 
  • GT-P7310 Galaxy Tab 8.9 WIFI 
  • GT-P7300 Galaxy Tab 8.9 WIFI + 3G 
  • GT-P7510 Galaxy Tab 10.1 WIFI 
  • GT-P7500 Galaxy Tab 10.1 WIFI + 3G 
The Samsung Galaxy S III is the flagship android phone in this period of time and it launched last month all around the world. Now it is heading to major US carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, USCellular. But the model which is heading to the US is the LTE version and is different from the international version because currently the Exynos does not support LTE radios, so it is swapped with a Snapdragon S4 which is pretty powerful. Samsung did not stop there, in fact they added 1GB of RAM extra for the US version which sums up to 2 gigs of RAM total. 
This configuration is also on the korean version Galaxy S III but some rumors state that Samsung will be releasing a Galaxy S III with LTE and the Exynos Quad-Core processor and it will be coming to three korean carriers on the 9th of July. This version will be 0.4mm thicker which is pretty much not noticeable and it is just a tad bit heavier but that is a good tradeoff for a Quad-Core processor. But one thing which Samsung did not alter is the battery which is the sams 2100 mAh battery found on all Galaxy S III's. So it's either Samsung wants you to carry a battery pack around or they are confident that the Exynos is very power efficient. 
This week Samsung announced their second iteration of the Galaxy Beam (Wait there is a first gen Galaxy Beam ? Yes !) and the Galaxy Ace. They launched the two devices in Singapore but the official launch is on the 7th of July. It is slated for release in Taiwan on mid-July. The Galaxy Beam in particular has a 15 lumen built in projector paired up with a 4" screen and a 1GHz dual core processor. This phone has different pricing in different regions but is in the price range of $513 to $566. The Galaxy Ace 2 in the other hand is more advanced than its little brother this time around. It packs a dual core 800MHz processor, 768 MB of RAM, and a 5MP camera with a 3.8" screen all powered by a 1500mAh battery. It is priced at $350 fully unlocked. 
Qualcomm recently announced that TSMC are not capable of producing the massive amount of Snapdragon S4's and is rumored to be asking its opponent Samsung to help produce these chips. Today this is confirmed and now they are reaching out to United Microelectronics and Samsung to help solve the shortages. UMC will start manufacturing the chips in Q4 and it is still unknown when samsung will start manufacturing for Qualcomm. 

 To wrap things up, Google recently pulled the Galaxy Nexus from the play store in the US. This is caused by a successful sales ban from Apple during last week's court order and the judge found that Samsung/Google has infringed some of Apple's search related patents. Currently if you go to the play store and click the Galaxy Nexus, the page will display 'COMING SOON'. And it seems like Google and Samsung already has a work around ready so the Galaxy Nexus will resume sales as soon as possible. 
Source #1: Phonearena and Phonearena
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Source #3: GSMArena
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