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Samsung Finally Unveils The Galaxy Note 8.0

It was already rumored that, Samsung might announce an 8 inch tablet to compete with the Apple’s iPad Mini. The rumors turned out to be true. Samsung has finally unveiled the much-awaited Galaxy Note 8.0 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 in Barcelona. This device runs on the Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. It also comes with the S-Pen, which was previously bundled with Galaxy Note 10.1. Removing S-Pen from the device will automatically launch innovative features such as Pen Detection that will suggest adapted menus.

JK Shin, President of the Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics, said,
“Back in 2010 the launch of the first Samsung Galaxy Tab with 7 inch screen opened a new chapter in the mobile industry. Now almost three years later, Samsung continues to evolve the sector that meets the demands of modern life. The Galaxy Note 8.0 breaths fresh life into the category as it delivers the perfect fusion of portability and everyday productivity – the result is a pioneering, pocket-sized solution that enhances and enriches our everyday lives, whether at work or play.”

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 features a 7 inch WXGA display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, Samsung TouchWiz UI, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 801.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Music player with SoundAlive, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi Direct, Samsung Apps, Games Hub, Readers Hub, Samsung Kies, Samsung ChatON, Google Play Store, A-GPS + GLONASS, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB/ 32 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory and a 4600 mAh battery.

This device measures 210.8 mm x 135.9 mm and weighs 338 grams. The Galaxy Note 8.0 comes with S Note templates and S Planner app which helps you to manage everyday tasks, including meeting notes, to-do lists and even personal diary entries. It also comes pre-loaded with content and apps, including the upgraded ChatOn, which provides easy instant messaging and group chatting in multiple formats — images, video and voice. The Galaxy Note 8.0 will go on sale from Q2 of 2013. The price of this tablet will be announced soon.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Wi-Fi Goes On Sale In India For Rs.13,900

Last year, Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab 2 3G as well as Tab 2 Wi-Fi at the Mobile World Congress (2012) in Barcelona. The South Korean manufacturer has already launched the 3G variant of this tablet in India, however the company failed to launch the Wi-Fi variant due to unknown reasons. In the meantime, Indian as well as global manufacturers has launched a number of Android tablets in the Indian market.

Exactly one year after its official announcement, Samsung finally launched the Galaxy Tab 2 P3110 Wi-Fi in the Indian market. Thankfully, this device is shipped with the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. If you don’t want to spend a few thousand bucks for the 3G Connectivity and looking for an great Android tablet in the sub-15k range, then you should definitely have a look at this device.

samsung galaxy tab 2 wifi

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 P3110 Wi-Fi features a 7 inch TFT display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels resolution, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, Samsung TouchWiz UI, 3 megapixel rear-facing camera, Full HD (1080p) video playback, VGA front facing camera for video chats and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, Music player with SoundAlive, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, Samsung ChatON, Google Play Store, A-GPS, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi Direct, Samsung Apps, Games Hub, Readers Hub, Samsung Kies and a 4000 mAh battery.

Samsung is selling the out-dated Galaxy Tab 2 Wi-fi in India for Rs.13,900 (approx. $260). We are not sure if anyone will be willing to buy this device, when you can get a much powerful device from Asus, Acer, Micromax and Lava at a cheaper price. Moreover, the next generation of tablets from Samsung is expected to be announced at the end of this month in Barcelona. If you still want to get this tablet, head over to Samsung India’s eStore.

Garnet Red Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Coming To The US For $219.99

Last year, Samsung launched the 7 inch Galaxy Tab 2 at the Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona. This device was already available in classic Black and White colors. However, Samsung went ahead and announced the new Garnet Red edition of the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. This device will be shipped with the newer Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, instead of the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 limited edition is designed for consumers who want to stay connected and entertained on-the-go, and are seeking a unique color offering.

Michael Abary, Senior Vice President, Samsung Electronics America, Inc, said,
“This new eye-catching version of the Galaxy Tab 2 offers endless entertainment in the palm of your hand, while the stylish Garnet Red look will set you apart from the crowd. The Garnet Red version of the Galaxy® S III has been incredibly well-received, so we are happy to make the same brilliant color available for our Galaxy Tab 2 as well.”

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Garnet Red Edition features a 7 inch TFT display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels resolution, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, Samsung TouchWiz UI, 3 megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA front facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Music player with SoundAlive, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi Direct, Samsung Apps, Games Hub, Readers Hub, Samsung Kies, Samsung ChatON, Google Play Store, A-GPS, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and a 4000 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Garnet Red Edition comes with a price tag of just $219.99 without any contract. This device will go on sale starting this week at Walmart, Amazon.com, Office Depot, Fry’s, Tiger Direct, Toys“R”Us and other retailers in the US.

Acer Iconia B1 Launched In India For Just Rs.7,999

Acer was already rumored to unveil an entry-level Android tablet in 2013. Last week, Acer finally announced the ultra-cheap Iconia B1 tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas. With one week of its announcement, Acer went ahead and launched this affordable 7 inch tablet exclusively for the folks living in India.

Indian mobile phone manufacturers such as Micromax, HCL, Lava and Spice are already selling cheap Android tablets in India. However, Acer Iconia B1 is the first tablet from an international brand to be available in India at a price of sub-10,000. This device runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System out-of-the-box. You can find the complete specs below.

Acer Iconia B1 features a 7 inch display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 512 MB DDR3 RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, WiFi 801.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 and 2710 mAh battery. This device measures 196 x 126.5 x 11.4 mm and weighs 370 grams.

Acer Iconia B1 comes with a price-tag of just Rs.7,999 (approx. $150) in India. Yes, you heard it right! If you are looking for an entry-level Android tablet from an international brand, then your search should end at this device. However, the 0.3 megapixel front camera and pathetic battery are major disappointment.

Spice Launches Stellar Virtuoso Mi 495 Smartphone And Stellar Pad Mi 1010 Tablet

S-Mobility has already launched a number of entry-level dual-SIM feature phones as well as dual-SIM Android smartphones. Today, the Indian mobile phone maker launched a new Android powered smartphone as well as a tablet in the Stellar series. The smartphone is named as Stellar Virtuoso Mi 495 and it is touted to be the slimmest smartphone by an Indian brand. On the other hand, Stellar Pad Mi 1010 is an affordable Android powered tablet which have been designed to attract urban users and young professionals in India.

T M Ramakrishnan, CEO – Devices, S Mobility said:
“We have priced our handsets affordably to ensure rapid uptake by both – 2G users wishing to upgrade to 3G, and existing 3G users – especially in the metros which are traditional strongholds of Spice. Our focus on consumer experience has been compulsive and keeping in line with the same, we have brought in the dual-core processor with quad-core graphics in the tablet segment and the smart & sleekly designed Virtuoso smartphone.”

Spice Stellar Virtuoso Mi 495 features a 4.5 inch qHD display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 4 GN internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi Tethering, 512 MB RAM, G-Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor and a 1700 mAh battery.

Spice Stellar Pad Mi 1010 comes with a 10.1 inch HD TFT display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor with quad-core GPU, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Operating System, 3 megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera, 16 GB internal storage MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 1 GB DDR3 RAM, Wi-Fi support, 3D G-Sensor, HDMI, OTG and a 7600mAh Li-ion Polymer battery.

Spice Stellar Virtuoso Mi 495 comes with a price-tag of Rs. 10,499 in India. You will also get a free leather cover and a screen guard worth Rs. 1,000 with the purchase of this handset. Spice Stellar Pad Mi 1010 is currently available in India for Rs. 12,999. The manufacturer also bundles a leather cover and a USB ‘on-the-go’ cable worth Rs 2,000.

Intex Launches iBuddy Connect Tablet With Voice Call Facility For Rs.7990

Intex has previously launched a number of budget tablets. However, the company recently launched its first tablet device with voice calling facility. This device is called as the Intex iBuddy connect and it runs on the old Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The manufacturer has also packed some useful news and social networking apps such as Nimbuzz, Skype, Facebook, India Today and Aaj Tak.

Sanjay Kumar, General Manager – Mobile Business, Intex Technologies, said,
“Intex iBuddy Connect is an interesting blend of latest technologies and smart look. Today, youth segment both in urban and semi-urban cities and towns are looking for a computing gadget which comes with calling facilities as well. Addressing to the evolved needs, we have introduced this compact tablet.”

Intex iBuddy Connect features a 7-inch touchscreen display with, 5-point touch capabilities, 1 GHz single-core processor, GSM SIM Support, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 2 megapixel rear camera, VGA front camera for video calls, Wi-Fi Connectivity, Bluetooth, Google Play Store, 4 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 512 MB RAM, HDMI support and a 3000 mAh lithium ion battery.

Intex iBuddy Connect comes with a price tag of just Rs.7990. This device is available in white and chocolate colors. It offers a USB 2.0 port with support for 3G USB dongles. You can easily get this device from your nearest retailers as well as from 70 Intex Squares across India.

Toshiba Unveils The Android 4.1 Powered Excite X10 SE Tablet

Toshiba recently announced the new Android powered Excite X10 SE tablet. This device is the successor of the Toshiba Excite X10, which was touted to be the world’s thinnest 10-inch tablet. This device will be shipped with the newer Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System out of the box. The affordable Excite X10 SE will be available only in 16 GB variant.

Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division, said,
“Our Excite family of tablets continues to grow with options to suit a wide range of consumer needs, from portability and gaming to versatility and power. We designed the Excite 10 SE to be a full featured tablet that offers a pure Android, Jelly Bean experience, while maintaining an attractive price point.”

Toshiba Excite X10 SE features a 10.1-inch diagonal AutoBrite HD touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, quad-core Tegra 3 Super 4-PLUS-1 processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, 3 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and digital zoom, HD (720p) video recording and playback, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, MicroSD card slot, Micro USB and much more.

This device measures 0.4 inches thick and weighs 22.6 ounces. Toshiba Excite X10 SE will go on sale from December 6 for just $349.99.

Acer Iconia Tab A110 Coming To The US And Canada On October 30 For $230

Acer is back in the US and Canadian market with its latest tablet device, the Acer Iconia Tab A110. Yes, this is the same tablet which was unveiled last month. The Acer Iconia Tab A110 is basically an entry-level tablet, which will compete with the popular Android tablets such as the Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire 2. This handset runs on the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating system out of the box. The specs of this device is similar to the Google Nexus 7.

Paul Tayar, senior director of product marketing for connected devices, Acer America, said:
“Today’s consumers are increasingly mobile and want easy and instant access to entertainment at all times. The Iconia Tab A110 is another example of how Acer is meeting the needs of consumers, by providing tablet form factors that combine portability and performance for fun and gaming, at affordable prices.”

acer iconia tab a110

Acer Iconia Tab A110 features a 7 inch display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, 1.2 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, micro HDMI, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and 3420 mAh battery. This device measures 196 x 126.5 x 11.4 mm and weighs 370 grams.

This device is one step ahead of the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire 2, thanks to the MicroSD card slot and latest version of the Android OS. Acer Iconia Tab A110 will go on sale from October 30 in the US and Canada. The battery of this device is reported to last for up to 7.5 hrs. Acer Iconia Tab A110 comes with a price tag of just $229.99.

Opinion: Goodbye September, You Sucked!

Here I sit at my PC at the end of September 2012 and wonder where all the time went. Looking back on this past month, “lackluster” is the only thing I can come up with to describe it. Maybe I am just a little extra grumpy today and if that is the case, please accept my apologies up front. However, I can’t help but look at this past month and not wonder what good came from it. My colleagues and I have conversed back and forth several times about how dry the news cycles seem to be in regards to the tech industry. Not that there isn’t any news, but most of it lacks any pizzazz or appeal for our audience. This could be the result of an abysmal global economy. However, I believe there is a greater underlying issue and the wretched economy is merely a symptom of that issue. The issue I speak of is the severe lack of INNOVATION! Google search defines innovate:

 Make changes in something established, esp. by introducing new methods, ideas, or products.

We’ve had no shortage of press releases from high tech vendors touting their innovation, but I ask you, which of those supposed innovations has made you want to dump out your pocketbook and go shopping? To be honest, this reality isn’t all bad, that is if you have the ability to think creatively and the guts to take a risk in this market.

Exhibit A

In my case against the tech industry, let me introduce exhibit A, Apple. Go to Apple’s website, http://www.apple.com/ios/whats-new/, and see “what’s new”. Notice, I went ahead and put the entire URL there because I want you to see that Apple literally put the words “whats-new” in the link. Now glance down the page and tell me what is the first thing you see listed. Here’s what I see, “Maps Take a Whole New Turn”. Seriously I don’t even know where to begin here. Let’s start with their original logic. You’re telling me that with all the genius that resides in the headquarters of Apple, the most innovative new thing they could add to their IOS was a map? Please let me jump off the couch, go trade in my iPhone 4S, which by the way, many AT&T users have found that their upgrades aren’t available for upgrade to the iPhone 5 yet, and shell out massive dough for an upgrade. Of course, if you have the iPhone 4S, you can upgrade its IOS to 6 for free, but then you’ll probably end up like my boss who came to me freaking out because he no longer has Google Maps anymore. But Apple gave you a map, right? Yeah and unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, you know by now that Apple CEO, Tim Cook, had to write a public apology for the horrid piece of work their map turned out to be. Now, to my second question. Why in the world is that stupid map still listed as your number one addition on your IOS 6 “what’s new” page? Unfortunately, the lack of innovation doesn’t stop there. Siri gets some tweaks by adding additional languages and letting you ask for sports scores. Facebook is much more integrated into IOS 6. Yet with all these lackluster features, people are flocking to get their iPhone 5’s. This to me, is beyond all logic and speaks volumes about the cult that is Apple. Now there are some who believe Apple is going to pull us out of the recession. Folks I don’t know if you realize that kicking out Google Maps and YouTube from Apple makes them more of a closed system. A closed system stands to help no one besides the ones inside that closed system.

Micromax Funbook Infinity Launched In India For Rs.6,699

After launching the entry-level Funbook, Funbook Pro and Funbook Alpha tablets, Micromax is back with the company’s fourth tablet device, the Micromax Funbook Infinity. As expected, this device runs on the Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Funbook Infinity packs a 7 inch touchscreen display as well as a 1.2 GHz processor. The speaker is placed on the front of this device, similar to the previously launched Samsung Note 800 (10.1).

Micromax Funbook Infinity features a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz Cortex-A8 processor with dual Mali-400 GPU, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 2 megapixel rear-facing camera, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calling, HD video playback, Wi-Fi Connectivity, 3G Dongle support via USB, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, USB 2.0, HDMI out, up to 6 hours of browsing time, up to 9 hours of stand-by time and a 4000 mAh battery.

Micromax Funbook Infinity comes with the E-learning app which offers reading materials, videos, multimedia, tests, assessment, references from leading content brands like Pearson, Everonn, GK Publishers, Scholarshub, Vidyalankar and many more. Micromax has also pre-loaded couple of Bollywood movies including the Rowdy Rathore and Tees Maar Khan. Micromax Funbook Infinity comes with a price-tag of Rs.6,699 (approx. $130) in India.