Announced on Friday, the "Black Edition" of the handsets uses a dark black front and a faux leather rear cover that echoes the design of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Just keep in mind that the changes are cosmetic only, and Samsung has left the phone's internals alone.
We need cores -- lots of cores. Luckily, the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo has six of 'em.
The spin-off of the Note 3 phablet boasts a hexa-core processor. That's two 1.7GHz cores for hard work like graphically intensive gaming and four 1.3GHz cores for more menial everyday tasks. The six cores are backed up by 2GB of RAM. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The Note 3 Neo boasts a 5.55-inch screen with a 1,280x720-pixel resolution. It's high definition, so movies will look crisp. But the 265 dot-per-inch pixel density is … Read more
We appear to be ticking down to the inevitable release of the next Samsung flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5. That means we first have to wade through a froth of rumors well before the actual product ever gets announced (likely in March or April). When it comes to the S5, there are some fun possibilities on the table.
One suggestion is that there will be two versions, a plastic-body version and a premium metal-body version. That's potentially good news for fans of metal phones who like the durability.
Another interesting upgrade would be the rumored rapid-charging battery. Smartphone battery life is a big recurring complaint these days. If this rumor pans out, the S5 would have a 20 percent greater capacity in the same footprint as its predecessor, and it would also charge up in less than two hours.… Read more
With the curvy G Flex, it's LG -- and not Apple -- that is showing it can "think different."
The G Flex, which arrives in the US via Sprint stores on Friday, with AT&T and T-Mobile following suit in the next few days, shakes up the normal conventions of the flat, rectangular slab of a touch-screen device pioneered by the iPhone. It was one of two curved phones that debuted late last year, the other being Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Round.
The immediate benefit is obvious: The curved design better conforms to your face, offers a … Read more
When Lenovo entered the global PC market by acquiring IBM's PC business it instantly became a major player with PCs, building on the business-centric ThinkPad with the consumer-facing IdeaPad. Now, the company intends to do the same thing with smartphones.
Google unexpectedly announced on Wednesday that it's selling Motorola Mobility to Chinese PC giant Lenovo for $2.91 billion. While it appears to be a fire sale, with Lenovo paying less than a quarter of what Google paid for the handset vendor just a couple of years ago, Lenovo's CEO Yuanqing Yang has high hopes for the … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Oculus Rift at Sundance: Games are just the beginning.
- A virtual-reality train ride reveals a link between height and paranoia.
Google late Wednesday made an unexpected announcement that it's selling Motorola Mobility to Chinese PC giant Lenovo for $2.91 billion, or less than a quarter of what it paid for the handset vendor just a couple of years ago. During the years Google owned it, Motorola lost money and market share, and the relationship caused tension between Google and the other Android vendors, particularly Samsung. It also led those other phone makers to develop their own software and services, rather than push those from Google. That amplified Android's fragmentation … Read more
They're sticking with a winner, name-wise. pic.twitter.com/rJHMgbwMsK— @evleaks (@evleaks) January 30, 2014
Samsung will be going with the Galaxy S5 branding for its next flagship handset, @evleaks revealed in a screenshot on Twitter on Wednesday.
The revelation was one of a few posted by the often-accurate @evleaks.
In addition to confirming that the follow-up to the Galaxy S4 will be the Galaxy S5 -- a rumor that has been debated to some degree -- @evleaks also says that the device will come with a 2K-resolution display and a fingerprint scanner, reflecting earlier rumors surrounding the device.… Read more
Google late Wednesday confirmed that it's selling Motorola Mobility to Chinese PC giant Lenovo for $2.91 billion, or less than a quarter of what it paid for the handset vendor in 2011. Motorola has brought nothing but troubles (and a lot of patents) to Google, with the company steadily losing money and market share. It also has caused headaches for other Android smartphone makers, especially Samsung.
The holidays proved to be a boon for the tablet market. Worldwide shipments of the iPad, Kindle, Galaxy Note, and other tablets grew to 76.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. That's 62.4 percent growth over the previous quarter. For the full year of 2013, tablet shipments totaled 217.1 million, up from 144.2 million in 2012 -- which equals a growth rate of 50.6 percent.