Samsung will supply Apple with displays for the second-generation iPad Air and the 12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro’ starting later this year, reports Korean-news outlet inews24 (via Digitimes). The Korean company will begin manufacturing the displays in the coming months, as the panels are said to feature IPS technology similar to Apple’s current line of iPads.
Physical mockup of the second-generation iPad Air
If the report is legitimate, it is likely that Apple will have a steady supply of panels for its first batch of iPad Air 2 units, which may launch in time for the upcoming holiday shopping season. Some reports have also claimed that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro could be released in early 2015, which may lead to Samsung becoming the top supplier of displays for the new tablet if other suppliers are unable to meet Apple’s demands.
Rendering of a 12.9-inch iPad next to a 13-inch MacBook Air
Apple has been attempting to reduce its reliance on Samsung as a component supplier due to tensions between the two companies as they have become top competitors in the mobile device market. However, Samsung’s technological advantages and production capacity as a display supplier have proven valuable to Apple over the years, as the Korean company even became Apple’s top iPad display supplier in Q1 2014.
The iPad Air 2 is rumored to feature a slightly thinner body, a faster A8 processor, 2GB of RAM, support for Apple Pay, and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Meanwhile, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is said to include a more powerful A8X processor to power its larger, high-resolution display.
Samsung still hasn’t announced Gear VR’s pricing and release date, but at least a couple of people have already seen demo headsets in certain LA Best Buy stores. Redditor hackertripz and Matthew Terndrup from Yourift have recently spotted demo units out in the open — the bad news is, nobody can use it yet. Both of them reported that the headsets on display don’t contain Galaxy Note 4s, which slot into the eyepieces to act as the devices’ screens. Also, a Samsung rep told them that when the stores start letting people take the units for a spin, testers will be asked to sign release forms (likely absolving the company from any liability in case of an accident) and to sit down while using the headset. Is this Sammy’s way of assuring us that we won’t have to wait years before the virtual reality device hits shelves? Perhaps, but for now, you can read Ben Gilbert’s hands-on and live vicariously through him.
Via: Road to VR
For those of you looking for premium build on a mid-range device, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha was probably music to your ears. However, for some people 4.7″ is not a big enough screen size. It appears that Samsung is coming to the rescue for those users thanks to a new leak from SamMobile. New details about Samsung’s next A series phone, the Galaxy A7, have been released by Zauba. According to the site, the A7 (or SM-A700 at it is referred to in the shipping listing) will feature a 5.5″ screen.
While this is sure to please many people, it has been previosly confirmed that the A7 will ship with a 720p display. This resolution is decent on the Alpha’s 4.7″ display, but 720p at 5.5″ will not provide a sharp display. However, it is still passable, and for those of you who are not obsessed with pixels, it should not be a problem.
Now comes pricing. The listing on Zauba shows a per unit cost of 12,474 rupees which comes out to around $200. This phone at that price would be fantastic, but SamMoblie is claiming that the phone could retail for up to $500. While $500 is not a bad price for a 5.5″ quality smartphone, there are definitely other alternatives with similar screen sizes that come in at less money. Other details provided by SamMobile on the Galaxy A7 include LTE support and dual SIM slots.
What are your first impressions of this new information on the Galaxy A7? Tell us in the comments!
Google’s Nexus line has long stood as the company’s ideal vision of its widely adopted, open-source Android operating system. The devices, be they smartphones, tablets or even one-off media streamers, are built in conjunction with select hardware partners and represent an ideal marriage of tech specs with an unadulterated version of Android. It’s Google’s way of dealing with fragmentation (read: skinned versions) in the mobile OS market it created; a reference mark for manufacturers to aspire to, so to speak.
On the tail of the original Android handset’s sixth anniversary and in the run-up to whatever new Nexuses come next, we take a look back at the hardware path that’s been Google’s gold standard for Android.
We published a tip that would instantly speed up your Samsung Galaxy S4, and whilst the Galaxy S5 is no slouch the same tip applies to the new device and will have it lightning quick.
The tip will help speed up your Samsung Galaxy S5 and have it feeling brand new, and it’s as simple as having developer options enabled.
The little hack revolves around the animations applied to transitioning between windows and turning the device on or off. By simply turning this off, it contributes to making the device seem extremely snappy and fast.
First, you’ll need to enable the Developer Options hidden menu. To do this, go into Settings -> About Device and scroll down to “Build Number”. Now, tap on “Build Number” five times and you’ll see a notification saying that “Developer mode has been enabled”.
With that hidden menu now enabled, we can head on into it to begin fastening up our Samsung Galaxy S5.
- Head on in to Developer Options in Settings.
- Scroll down to the Drawing section.
- Of interest here is the Window Animation Scale, Transition Animation Scale, and Animator Duration Scale.
- Click on them individually to change the scale.
You are able to turn the animations off completely, or set them to 0.5x (default is 1x) so the animations will be double speed for those who would like to retain them.
You’ll notice your Samsung Galaxy S5 feels substantially quicker. Let us know your comments in the section below.
Pantech has the rather uneviable task of competing with mega smartphone companies like Samsung and LG in their home country of Korea, but has still managed to hold onto third place there for some time now. But six consecutive quarters of losses has to hurt, and the manufacturer has decided to put itself up for sale. Interested parties whose names have been swirling around include main competitors, Samsung and LG, as well as other Korean companies like car manufacturer, Hyundai, and telecommunications operator, SK Telecom. Even India’s Micromax and China’s Lenovo, Huawei, and Xiaomi have pricked up their ears, particularly with the knowledge that 90% of the Korean smartphone market only buys Korean products, making buying Pantech an easy way to access the Korean market.
Interested parties will have until October 7th to lodge their offers, and the selling price is expected to be around $366 million USD. It’s pretty sad that Pantech has fallen on hard times as they have made some particularly beautiful devices in their time, like the Pantech Vega Iron, but you can probably guess how hard it is to compete with Samsung and LG hanging around. Still, we hope whoever buys them keeps the company intact and making those spiffy smartphones.
What do you think about Pantech going under the hammer? Let us know your thoughts.
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If we asked you to think about a (South) Korean tech company, it’s highly likely that the names “Samsung” or “LG” would be the first to spring to mind. That’s one of the reasons that Pantech, the country’s third biggest manufacturer, is putting itself up for sale. Being sat behind two of the world’s biggest smartphone outfits has hurt the comparatively small business, which has recorded losses for six consecutive quarters. According to ZDNet Korea, the company decided to put itself up for sale because it’s worth a lot more as a going concern than it is being broken up and sold-off for scrap. Ouch.
As we reported a few years ago, Korea’s mobile market is fiercely patriotic, with consumers opting for a homegrown handset around 90 percent of the time. CNET believes that mobile manufacturers from China and India could all buy the struggling business as an easy way into the country’s highly valued, but closed-off market. Unfortunately, given that Pantech’s biggest owners are Korea’s state-owned bank, Samsung, and Qualcomm, it’s not particularly likely that an outside rival would be given a fair shake. ZDNet Korea believes that the most likely buyer is national carrier SK Telecom, although whoever did make a splash would have to deal with Pantech’s biggest issue: warehouse upon warehouse full of unsold smartphones.
Battery life is one of the most important elements of any mobile device — it can make or break it, in some cases. And while the majority of Samsung products aren’t known to be terrible at that, a little help never hurts. As such, the South Korean outfit recently introduced its Power Sharing Cable, which, as the name suggests, allows you to use it to transmit energy from one Galaxy device to another, like a Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Gear smartwatch, respectively. Better yet though, Samsung’s peripheral isn’t limited to its own handsets, slates or wearables, with the company claiming that the Power Sharing Cable is friendly with “any device” that can be charged by way of micro-USB. Meanwhile, the companion app lets you select just how much power you’re willing to share from the main source, making the process simple to monitor. The Power Sharing Cable is available now for $20, which seems like a small price to pay for something that could be very handy in times of need.
Samsung is planning to release a trio of new smartphones under a new brand known as the Galaxy A. According to SAMMobile, the name of the phones will be Samsung Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, and Galaxy A7. Samsung Galaxy A3 is the lowest end phone in the trio, and it will cost around $350 and $400. About the Galaxy A5 and A7, they will cost around $400-$450, and $450-$500 respectively.
Samsung is planning to release them during the third quarter of the year, however Galaxy A7 will hit selected markets. In the picture below, you can see the Galaxy A5.
The smartphone is similar to the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. This series is probably focused towards people who are looking to get their hands on smartphones with premium feel yet affordable price tag.
Do you have any thoughts about the new series? Let us know in the comment box below.
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Just a quick heads up that T-Mobile is now accepting pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. If you’re interested in picking up the new 5.7-inch hotness from Samsung you can expect to pay $749.76 for the device outright. The Un-carrier is also offering the Galaxy Note 4 for zero down and $31.24 per month for 24 months. Shipments are expected to begin on October 17.
What will it be, Charcoal Black or Frost White?
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