Samsung Galaxy Note II Up For Pre-Order At Verizon And AT&T

The title says it all. Samsung Galaxy Note II which was announced earlier this month for Verizon and AT&T is finally up for pre-order in the US. This device will also be available for T-Mobile and US Cellular subscribers in the coming weeks. To get the most advanced and powerful phablet of this planet, Verizon and AT&T customers will need to shell out $299.99. This is not all, as the pic shown below, the Verizon’s variant of Galaxy Note II will sport the ugly carrier logo on the home button! Thankfully, the remaining carriers will not torture their customers with the worthless carrier branding.

Samsung Galaxy Note II is the company’s second phone/tablet hybrid device. It is the successor of the popular Samsung Galaxy Note phablet. The device looks quite similar to the Galaxy S III, however it sports a large 5.5 inch Super AMOLED HD display as well as a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor. Samsung Galaxy Note II runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System out of the box. If you are still unaware of the complete features, then check out the complete specs after the break.

Samsung Galaxy Note II features a 5.5 inch Super AMOLED HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G Connectivity, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, S-Pen, S Note, S Planner, Samsung Hub, DLNA, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC (Near Field Communication) and a 3100mAh battery.

You can get the Galaxy Note II in both Marble White or Titanium Grey colors. This device is currently up for pre-order for $299.99 with a 2 year service agreement. To pre-order this device, head over to AT&T or Verizon.

Samsung Galaxy Note Jelly Bean Firmware Leaks

A developer over at XDA forums – eybee1970 –  has managed to get his hands on a half-baked Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean firmware for the original Galaxy Note. The firmware is in very early stages of development, and is not really usable as a daily driver.

The leaked Jelly Bean firmware confirms that Samsung will be bringing some of the software features of the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 to the original Note. While the multi-window multi-tasking won’t be coming to the Note, Samsung will be bringing all the sensor based gestures from the S3/Note 2 to it.

As stated, the firmware is in very early stages of development and has a lot of bugs. It is not even available in a CWM flashable zip format, and the installation steps are pretty complex as well.

If you are willing to put the life of your Galaxy Note on risk for some Jelly Bean goodness, head over to this XDA thread and start searching for the download link and installation instructions.

Samsung will be rolling out the official Jelly Bean firmware update for the Note before the end of this year.

New Chromebook Can Now Be Purchased From Google Play

Less than a week ago, Google unveiled its new $249 Exynos 5 powered Chromebook. With such a low price and an ARM processor, Google has intelligently positioned the Samsung Chromebook as an secondary laptop for many.

The Chromebook is already up for pre-order in many retail stores and online retailers and should be available in stores by the end of this week. However, beginning from today, interested buyers can directly purchase the Chromebook from Google via its Play Store. As of now, the estimated shipping time is around 3-5 days.

The Chromebook will be the first non-Android running device ever to be available in the Play Store and clearly shows Google’s intention with the Play Store. The Samsung made Chromebook packs in a 11.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1366×768, an Exynos 5 Cortex-A15 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB SSD, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, SD card slot and up to 6.5 hours of battery life.

Google Announces A $249 Samsung Chromebook Powered By Exynos 5 ARM Processor

Google has out of the blue announced a new Chromebook manufactured by Samsung. The 0.8-inch thick body of the Chromebook from Samsung packs in 16GB of storage space, 2GB of RAM, an 11.6-inch screen, Bluetooth, microSD card slot, HDMI-out port, two USB ports and finally, an Exynos 5 Dual processor!

To keep the price of the Chromebook down to $249, Google and Samsung decided to use an ARM based processor instead of a traditional x86 ULV processor from Intel. Even then, the A15 is no slouch as it was initially designed to power servers before being scaled back for other portable devices.

Google touts that the Chromebook boots in less than 10 seconds, and can easily playback 1080p HD videos without breaking a sweat. The whole UI of the Chrome OS has been GPU rendered as well, which should allow for a buttery smooth UI browsing experience.

All potential Chromebook buyers will also get 100GB of free storage space on Google Drive to where they can keep all their files secured.

The new Samsung Chromebook will be available for pre-order starting from today on Amazon, Best Buy, PC World and other retailers. It will hit the retail stores next week, and can be purchased directly from the Play Store as well.

DoCoMo’s Galaxy S III Features Galaxy Note II Like Multi-View Multitasking

The new multi-view multi-tasking implemented by Samsung in the Note II has bowled many people over. This hybrid of a phone and tablet device has won the hearts of many people with its software tweaks, despite its huge size and being panned by the critics.

Now, it looks like Samsung might just bring the multi-view multi-tasking feature to the Galaxy S III as well. The Japanese/DoCoMo variant of the Galaxy  S III, which packs in a slightly faster 1.6GHz Quad-Core Exynos processor and 2GB of RAM, features the same multi-view multi-tasking feature as on the Note II.


It will be interesting to see whether Samsung decides to bring this feature to the international Galaxy S III or not. The I9300 variant of the S III already suffers from poor RAM management issue, and the multi-view multitasking feature requires oodles of free RAM to work smoothly and properly.

The U.S variant of the Galaxy S III contain 2GB of RAM, but packs in half the number of processing cores. If Samsung does not bring this multi-view multitasking feature to the International version of the S3, the chances of the feature making it only to the U.S variants are nearly zero.

Via – Reddit

Apple Hires Key Chip Designer from Samsung

The Wall Street Journal reports that former AMD chip designer and executive Jim Mergard has been hired at Apple. Mergard is a 16 year veteran of Advanced Micro Devices who was a vice president and chief engineer there before he left for Samsung. He is known to have played a leading role in the development of a high-profile AMD chip.

The gadget maker has hired Jim Mergard, a 16-year veteran of Advanced Micro Devices who was a vice president and chief engineer there before he left for Samsung. He is known for playing a leading role in the development of a high-profile AMD chip that carried the code name Brazos and was designed for low-end portable computers. […]

It is not clear whether Mergard will work at Apple’s Cupertino, Calif., headquarters or remain in Austin, where he worked for AMD and Samsung. Apple has long operated a customer support center in the Texas capitol, but the company has had a local presence in chip design as well since its 2010 purchase of the startup Intrinsity.

The report quotes former AMD executive Patrick Moorhead as saying that Mergard has expertise in both PC chip design and system-on-a-chip design such as that used for Apple’s iOS devices. Apple uses ARM-based designs for its A-series chips that power its iOS device, and the latest A6 chip in the iPhone 5 has been reported to be Apple’s first custom design. This hire marks a significant talent win for Apple as it continues its efforts to build its own chips.

Samsung Galaxy Premier Leaked

Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy SIII Mini moments ago. Although the handset is titled as Galaxy SIII Mini, based on the specifications, it is more appropriate to call it the SII Mini. However, Samsung has another handset in the pipeline, which should fit in between the Galaxy SIII and the Galaxy SIII Mini – the Galaxy Premier.

Samsung is yet to open up about the Premier, but Mobile Geeks has already outed the device. The Galaxy Premier will sport a 4.65-inch 720p HD Super AMOLED display, and run on a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. Other specifications include an 8-megapixel rear camera, 8GB or 16GB internal storage, microSD expansion, 14.4 Mbps HSDPA, 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS, and DLNA.


Samsung is really going for a consistent look and feel for their 2012 line of products, and the Premier will also retain the nature inspired Galaxy SIII design. I find this pretty disappointing as the original Galaxy SIII design itself was nothing to brag about. Sony or Motorola’s approach of allowing each of its handsets to stand out is much more refreshing and exciting.

The Galaxy Premier will be available for €480, which equates to about $620. However, it will most probably be just for the international markets.

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Goes Official; Does Not Do Justice To The S III Name

Samsung today unveiled a new Galaxy series handset, the Galaxy S III Mini. The S III Mini is a budget-oriented handset from company, aiming to bring a Jelly Bean filled experience to the consumers.

As the leaked specs of the handset had earlier indicated, the S III Mini packs in a 4-inch WVGA (800×480) display, a 1GHz dual-core ST-Ericsson SoC, 1GB of RAM, a microSD card slot and the other usual goodies such as GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and Wi-Fi. At the back of S III Mini is a 5MP snapper with an LED flash, with a VGA camera in the front for all your skyping needs.

On the software side, the Galaxy S III Mini runs on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean with TouchWIZ on top of it. The nature inspired version of TouchWIZ contains some of the software goodies that Samsung included in the Galaxy S3 and the Note II including S-Beam, Direct Call and Smart Stay. The latter ensures that the screen of the phone does not turn-off when the user is reading some content on the phone. The S III Mini will pack in a 1500mAh battery and will launch sometime later this year at an unknown price.

While the Galaxy S III Mini packs in decent specs for a budget oriented Android handset, it does not do proper justice to the ‘Galaxy S’ branding. Samsung really needs to stop diluting its Galaxy S brand.

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Specs Leak; Not Much Of A Power House After All

Just a day before Samsung is going to announce the Galaxy S III Mini, the specs of the handset have leaked online. While the name of the handset will lead many people to believe that the Mini is just a smaller version of the S3, that is not the case according to the leaked specs.

The Galaxy S III Mini will sport a smaller 4-inch Super-AMOLED display with WVGA (800×480) resolution, 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth, GPS, 16GB of internal memory, NFC, microSD card slot, and a 5MP camera at the back aided by an LED flash. Sadly, the S III Mini will be powered by a dual-core 1GHz ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8420 SoC coupled with an ARM Mali-400 GPU.

From the specs of the handset, it is clear that Samsung will be positioning the S III Mini a notch below the Galaxy S2. Even then, the name of the handset might just mislead people into thinking that the S III Mini is just a smaller variant of the Galaxy S III when it actually is a pretty huge downgrade, specs wise.

Also, releasing a mid-tier handset with Jelly Bean while your previous flagship handset is still running Ice Cream Sandwich? Not cool, Samsung!

Via- MobileGeeks

Samsung Makes $7.3 Billion Record Profit in Q3 2012

While the rest of the players in the smartphone market (except Apple, of course) may be struggling to make ends meet, Samsung is thriving, thanks to continuing record sales of its Galaxy smartphones.

Samsung reported a record quarterly profit of $7.3 billion, with strong sales of its TVs and Galaxy smartphones offsetting the decline in chip and screen sales to Apple. With the holiday season coming up, Samsung may report four straight record quarters, to make 2012 its best year yet.

It is expected to make an annual profit of more than $25 billion in 2012, even after a massive increase in marketing expenses and a huge legal bill following its legal battles against Apple.

Samsung’s mobile division may have contributed to more than two thirds of its total profit in the last quarter. Its record march depends primarily on whether or not it’s able to continue to launch new hit smartphones and compete with the likes of Apple’s iPhone 5 in the market as well as in courts.

It’ll be launching the Galaxy Note II as well as a budget version of the Galaxy S III which should help it shore up more sales in the holiday season.

Samsung will be reporting its full results on October 26.

via Reuters