Samsung Launching Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 in India Next Month

Though the Apple iPad completely dominated the tablet space in 2010, there was one other tablet which is definitely worth a mention – the Samsung Galaxy Tab. It was the only Android tablet that was able to compete (barely, though) with the iPad. It was the most popular Android tablet, with sales of over 2 million units worldwide.

Samsung has already announced two new tablets – the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 – which will take over from the Galaxy Tab and compete with the new Apple iPad 2. Both tablets come with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, dual core 1 GHz processors, 1 GB RAM etc.

Now that India is too big a market to ignore (as evidenced by Apple finally launching the iPad 2 here), Samsung seems to be planning to launch the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 in India as soon as June 2011. Even the new Samsung Galaxy S 2 is slated to launch either this month, or the next.

“We will launch the 10-inch tablet PC at around Rs 35,000 and the 8-inch device will be priced around Rs 28,000. While the tablet PC market today stands at around 25,000 units a quarter, we expect it to grow exponentially here on.” said Ranjit Yadav, Country Head, Samsung Mobile and IT, Samsung India, as reported by the Business Standard.

So the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will be priced starting at Rs 28,000 while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be priced starting at Rs 35,000. We don’t know which versions – Wi-Fi or 3G, 16 GB or 32 GB yet. Stay tuned for more updates.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Amazon’s Android Tablet to be Launched Soon

A new report by Digitimes has given rise to heightened speculation that Amazon is working on an Android tablet, to replace its Kindle ebook reader. According to the report, Amazon has already placed orders with its OEM partner, Quanta Computer, for its upcoming Android tablet. The touch panels for the tablet will be provided by E Ink Holdings, and will support Fringe Field Switching technology.

Amazon expects the sales to touch 700,000 to 800,000 units during the peak season. The Amazon Kindle has been a very popular device, but since the launch of the iPad and the new Android tablets, sales might have been slowing, as more and more users prefer a multi-functional device like a tablet, over an ebook reader. The Nook Color, an Android powered ebook reader has seen huge sales, thanks to its low pricing and its ability to double up as an Android tablet.

With the launch of the new Amazon Android tablet, Amazon can probably capture a large share of the Android tablet space and also sell more ebooks. Amazon recently launched an Android app store. It may also start offering music and videos, leveraging its new cloud locker service. It might be priced around the $200 range, and may be an ad-supported version, like the new $114 Kindle it launched recently.

Samsung Galaxy S 2 vs Apple iPhone 4: Comparison

The Apple iPhone 4 has been a huge hit and with the iPhone 5 launch being delayed to September, it will be the smartphone every new Android device will be compared to. And though it’s almost an year old now, comparisons of the iPhone 4 with new Android phones are inevitable, as it is one of the best smartphones known to mankind. In this post, I will pit the new Samsung Galaxy S 2 against the Apple iPhone 4. Expect some fireworks.

Samsung Galaxy S 2 vs Apple iPhone 4


While design preferences are subjective, I can safely say that both the Galaxy S 2 and the iPhone 4 have very stylish designs. The iPhone 4 has dimensions of 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm while the Galaxy S 2 has dimensions of 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm. The Galaxy S 2 is the slimmest smartphone around, slimmer than even the anorexic Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc.

It is also very light, with a weight of only 116 gms compared to the iPhone 4’s 134 gms. I would prefer the Galaxy S 2.


The Samsung Galaxy S 2 comes with a 4.3 inch capacitive SuperAMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It is easily the best display in town, in terms of size, contrast, display quality etc. It is perfect for watching videos and movies.

The iPhone 4 comes with a 3.5 inch IPS LCD ‘Retina’ display with a resolution of 640 x 960 pixels. It is one of the best displays in the market, but loses out before the Galaxy S 2 in terms of size as well as overall quality.

Again, the Galaxy S 2 wins.


The Samsung Galaxy S 2 easily trumps the iPhone 4 when it comes to hardware, but that is obvious, as it is yet to be launched, while the iPhone 4 was launched in June last year.

The iPhone 4 comes with a 1 GHz processor with 512 MB RAM and 16/32 GB internal storage. The Galaxy S 2 comes with a 1.2 GHz dual core Exynos processor and 1 GB RAM. It also has 16/32 GB internal storage and supports microSD cards.

Winner: Galaxy S 2


Now this is the part where we have two completely divided camps. Some prefer iOS with its ease of use, great user interface, huge library of apps and games (almost 400,000) while some prefer Android with its openness, customizability, better multitasking, and not-as-huge library of apps and games (200,000). With the Galaxy S 2, you get Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and TouchWiz 4.0 which offer excellent performance thanks to the powerful hardware.

There is no clear verdict in this section, but I would prefer the Galaxy S 2 with Android. Just my preference.


The Samsung Galaxy S 2 has an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash. It can shoot 1080p videos at 30 FPS and also comes with a 2 MP secondary camera. It is second only to the Xperia Arc and the Nokia N8, in terms of image quality. It definitely blows the iPhone 4’s 5 MP camera out of the water. The Galaxy S 2 is a clear winner in this department.


The Galaxy S 2 can play any video format which currently exists on Planet Earth. It’s a pleasure watching videos on the 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display, going by all the reviews I have seen. It is THE device to have if you want to watch videos on the move. It wins.

Web Browsing

Both the iPhone 4 and the Galaxy S 2 have excellent web browsers, both default and third-party. But as the Galaxy S 2 has a bigger display, and also supports Flash, I would go with it.

The Verdict

As you can clearly see, the iPhone 4 is now outdated. The Samsung Galaxy 2 is quite obviously the best smartphone on the market. It should be launched soon, and I expect it to be the best Android phone of 2011.

Why You Should Buy the Samsung Galaxy S 2

If you are planning to buy a new high-end smartphone, there are only two OS options you should be considering – iOS and Android.

iOS is probably the better option in terms of apps, games and usability, but Android clearly offers much more choice. Android can be modified to a much greater extent than iOS and the new generation of Android smartphones can easily beat the iPhone in terms of specs and hardware. Android is also much better at multitasking that iOS is.

One more reason why you should not buy an iOS device right now is because the iPhone 4 is almost an year old now. It still has very good specifications, but the newer Android phones offer much more – dual core processors, 1 GB RAM, 8 MP cameras. Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread is the latest version of Android, and it’s obviously better than all the previous iterations.

If you do want to go with the iPhone only, then you should probably wait until September or October, as that’s when the iPhone 5 is expected to launch. Since that’s almost 6 months away, I would suggest that you go with an Android device.

So which Android smartphone should you buy?

There are many great options available in India. There’s the LG Optimus 2X, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, Xperia Play etc. All of them are priced around Rs. 30k. If you want a gaming device, go for the Xperia Play. If you want the best camera phone, go for the Xperia Arc. It has the best 8 MP camera in all Android phones. If you want a cheap option, go for the LG Optimus 2X. It is priced at around 26k, which makes it the cheapest in the current lot of Android devices.

But if you want the best option overall, I would go with the Samsung Galaxy S 2. It is expected to launch in a month and offers the best features. Just like the Samsung Galaxy S was the iPhone 4’s greatest competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S 2 will probably be the best Android device which can compete with the upcoming iPhone 5. It also has a 6 month head start over the iPhone 5, so it should probably see great sales.

The initial reviews of the Galaxy S 2 point to just one thing – the Galaxy S 2 is going to be the best Android smartphone of 2011. It has a dual core 1/1.2 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 MP camera and Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWiz 4.0, arguably the best third party UI in Android land. It just kills every other phone in terms of multimedia playback, and has the best display in town – a 4.3 inch capacitive touchscreen SuperAMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels.

Disclosures: None, really. I’m just a huge Samsung fan and I’m planning to buy the Galaxy S 2. I may be a bit biased towards it, but seriously, it’s definitely going to be the best Android phone of 2011.

PS: If you are an Indian, you can probably expect the iPhone 5 in India by the time Samsung launches the Galaxy S 3.

Samsung Galaxy S 2

Why the Nook Color is the Best Android Tablet

Since the launch of the iPad, many Android tablets have been launched, but none of them have been able to match the iPad in terms of usability, price or even apps. The iPad (and the iPad 2) starts at $499 (for the 16 GB Wi-Fi version, while most Android tablets start at $599 (Galaxy Tab) for the unlocked version. Some of them are even priced as high at $799. Now that it’s clear that none of them can beat the iPad in terms of price, I can’t think of any Android tablet that offers more bang for your buck than the iPad.

Granted that the Wi-Fi versions of the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Motorola Xoom will be priced around $499, but they still can’t beat the iPad in terms of apps. The App Store has 65,000 tablet apps while Honeycomb has just about 100. The number of apps will surely increase over time, but for the time being, the iPad is the king of the hill.

So why this post?

Well, Barnes and Noble launched the Nook Color last year to compete with the Amazon Kindle. It has a 7 inch color touchscreen display and is powered by Android. It was meant to be just a simple ebook reader, until some Android enthusiasts discovered that it could very well be used as a fully functioning tablet. It was hacked to enable Android apps, the Android Market. It also has a Cyanogen Mod 7 ROM using which you can install Android 2.3 Gingerbread on it.

In short, you can use it for almost everything that you would want to use an Android tablet for – Android apps, games, email, browsing, video, music and obviously, ebooks. Even so, it was still a slightly risky hack which deterred the average Joe from modding it to unlock its true potential.

Today, Barnes and Noble officially released a new software update (1.20) which installs Android 2.2 Froyo on your Nook Color. It brings a new App Store curated by B&N- Nook Apps which has a selection of some Android Apps. The new update makes it an even better tablet, which offers really good value for money. It is priced at just $249, which is half what the iPad is priced at. Obviously, it is not as powerful as the iPad, but it easily handles basic video playback, web browsing, light games, email and ebooks. I have been a big fan of the Amazon Kindle, but the Nook Color beats it in every aspect. Unless Amazon launches its rumored Android tablet soon, the Nook Color is poised to grab a larger share of the ebook reader market.

Coming back to the topic, the Nook Color is probably the best Android tablet you can buy today, at least in terms of value for money.

Nook Color

Dell Streak Pro: 10 inch Android Tablet, Launching June 2011

Dell hasn’t had much luck with its Android offerings. The Dell Streak, a smartphone-tablet hybrid wasn’t really selling much, and was widely considered to be a flop. Dell announced the Dell Streak 7 tablet at CES 2011. It will be launching soon in the US and is already available in the UK.

We reported on the rumored 10 inch Android tablet that Dell was working on, around 3 weeks ago. Today, Dell’s tablet roadmap for 2011 has leaked out. It gives us details about Dell’s tablet strategy as well as the tablet launches it has planned for the year.

Dell will be launching three tablets in 2011. The Dell Streak Pro will be a Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet with a 10 inch WXGA display (1280 x 800 pixels). It will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra T25 processor and will come with mics for video chat. It will also have an “enterprise application stack” and the Dell Stage 1.5 UI on top of Honeycomb. It will be launched in June 2011.

Dell Streak Pro

The other two tablets – Dell Latitude ST and Latitude XT-3 – will run Windows 7. The Latitude ST has a 10 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display and a 1.5 GHz Intel Oak Trail CPU with 2 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD support. The Latitude XT-3 will have a 13 inch display with the Intel Huron River processor and 4 GB RAM. The Latitude ST will be launched in October while the Latitude XT-3 is slated for a July launch.

Samsung Fights Back Against Apple; Files 10 Patent Infringement Claims

Apple sued Samsung just about a week ago, filing a patent infringement lawsuit alleging that the Galaxy range of devices by Samsung were copied from the Apple iPhone and iPad. It was a very bold move by Apple, considering that Samsung is a major component supplier for Apple products.

Today, as expected, Samsung has fired back at Apple, filing 10 different patent infringement claims against Apple over the iPhone and the iPad. The lawsuits were filed in South Korea, Japan and Germany and are related to “power reduction during data transmission, 3G technology for reducing errors during data transmission, and wireless data communication technology.”

“On April 21, Samsung Electronics filed a lawsuit in the Seoul Central District Court, Korea against Apple Inc. citing five patent infringements. Separately, Samsung filed a suit in a court in Tokyo, Japan citing two patent infringements, and in Manheim, Germany citing three patent infringements.

Samsung is responding actively to the legal action taken against us in order to protect our intellectual property and to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communications business.” the official statement said.

Samsung’s Galaxy S has been the most popular Android phone of the year, and the closest competitor of the iPhone. Samsung also plans to launch the Galaxy S 2 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 soon, which will compete with the iPhone 4/5 (which will be launching late this year) and the iPad 2.

Apple iPad 2 Launching in India by April End?

Apple launched the iPad 2 more than a month back, but like always, it ignored India during the initial launch phase. Besides, it just launched the iPad in India, so it was unlikely that it would launch the iPad 2 anytime soon.

However, Apple COO, Tim Cook revealed during its Q2 2011 earnings call that the iPad 2 will be launched in 13 new countries next week. That was a ray of hope for Indian Apple fans who have been dying to buy the iPad 2.

Apple has also been featuring the iPad 2 quite prominently on the Apple India homepage, which would usually mean that it is contemplating a launch in India. Today, OnlyGizmos reported that a “trusted source” has confirmed that the Apple iPad 2 will be launching in India next week. It will be launched at Croma, Vijay Sales and Reliance iStores. It will be priced at the same price points the iPad was originally launched at. The 16 GB Wi-Fi iPad 2 would be priced at Rs 27,900 while the 16 GB 3G+Wi-Fi iPad 2 will be priced at 34,900.

The exact launch date is expected to be April 28 or 29.

Apple iPad 2

While this hasn’t been made official yet, all indicators point towards the same thing – that Apple will be launching the iPad 2 in India soon. I have my fingers crossed.

Amazon Working on Android ‘Kindle’ Tablet

A very pervasive rumor that Amazon is working on its own Android powered tablet has been around since a few months now. Today, Peter Rojas, the founder of Engadget and GDGT, posted a well reasoned article which outlines Amazon’s tablet strategy.

According to almost everyone in the tech industry, Amazon is (or at least, should be) working on an Android tablet to compete with the Apple iPad. The Amazon tablet will be built by Samsung and will be powered by a heavily customized version of Android which will be tightly integrated with Amazon’s services. It will likely be a 7 inch tablet.

Amazon, currently, is in the best possible position to compete with the Apple iPad. It has almost everything in place to fight Apple – ebooks (Kindle), music (its digital music locker), subscription based video offerings (Amazon Instant Video) and apps and games (Amazon’s own Android App Store).

It will likely price the Amazon Android tablet at much lower than the current average price, knowing that it can make money on content. The Nook Color has already proved that there is a market for a cheap, functional Android tablet. Amazon recently experimented with the Kindle’s pricing, offering a $25 cut for anyone willing to view “special offers” on their Kindle, so it could very well do the same for its Android tablet. Another indication of an Amazon tablet being real is the way in which they don’t really seem to care about Apple’s new in-app purchase / subscription policy which could result in Amazon having to pull the Kindle app from the App Store. If an Amazon tablet were to be launched, such a move could actually help it gain more users.

The Amazon Android Tablet could be the next version of the Kindle – the Amazon Kindle 4. What are your thoughts on an Amazon Android tablet? Let us know in the comments.

Intel Porting Android 3.0 Honeycomb to its Tablets

Intel may be the closest thing to a monopoly when it comes to the computer industry, but it has made no major headway when it comes to the mobile industry. ARM dominates the mobile processor market with its low power, efficient processor architecture designs. Almost all new smartphones are powered by an ARM processor. Intel has been trying to increase adoption of its Atom processors, but so far, they have only been majorly used in netbooks, not in smartphones or tablets.

Intel even partnered with Nokia on MeeGo, aiming to bring Intel processors to the mainstream, with MeeGo smartphones and tablets, but Nokia recently ditched Intel and MeeGo to go with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform.

Well, in its earnings call today, Intel President and CEO, Paul Otellini announced that Intel was working on porting Android 3.0 Honeycomb to the x86 architecture.

“We’ve received the Android code the Honeycomb version of Android source code from Google, and we’re actively doing the port on that,” Otellini said.

“We expect to be able to ramp those [Honeycomb-based] machines over the course of this year for a number of customers. I would be very disappointed if we didn’t see Intel-based phones for sale 12 months from now”, he stated.

Intel is also working with “first tier notebook vendors” to build Intel powered tablets running the ported version of Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It will have tablet platforms which will run Windows, Android and MeeGo ready over the course of the year.