Remember Samsung’s mini tablet / large smartphone they unveiled at the IFA show in Berlin last month which goes by the name of Galaxy Note? It has apparently been given a launch date — November 17.
Korean gadget maker Samsung had announced the device last month, which looks like either a monster smartphone or a mini tablet as it fits in between these two categories with a 5.3 inch Super AMOLED display with 800×1280 resolution.
The Galaxy Note will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread (with an update expected to available pretty soon for it) and packs a punch with a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and HSPA+. It will also have two cameras — an 8MP camera on the back and a 2MP webcam on the front, a ‘Smart Pen’ stylus for control and on-screen scribbling, and 16GB of onboard storage that can be expanded via the microSD card slot. It will be 9.65mm thick and weigh 178g and is rumored to cost as much as £600 SIM free.
Simon Stanford, MD of mobile for Samsung UK and Ireland said, “The Galaxy Note is a great example of Samsung’s passion for innovation by bringing to market a brand new category of mobile products. It is our fastest handset to date and brings together all the benefits of our award-winning smartphone technology and services.”
We’ll be eagerly waiting for this “new category” device to launch.
This is shocking: Vodafone is selling 5 year old sim cards in Mumbai, India, that were made by previous company Hutchison Essar. Hutch was acquired by Orange few years ago, which was then taken over by Vodafone some time back.
It all happened when co-author Aman Milwani went to a local Vodafone store to inquire about the micro sim cards that Vodafone has started selling in India (Airtel was the first to start them). The store employee presented a tampered sim card and went to attend a call. On taking a closer look, what he found was really shocking. The sim card was old with rough edges, and appeared to have some repairing done. From the edges, the outer cover was coming out. When Aman tried to slightly remove it more, slowly, he discovered there was the Hutch logo underneath and then he realized that Vodafone is selling 5 year old sim cards (Hutch had been taken over 5 years ago) with a Vodafone sticker on top.
Aman then put the sim card in his iPad and, to his shock, the sim detected the line as Hutch.
This is really a surprising news for us. We never expected a big company like Vodafone to still use such cheap methods. The least we expect from them is to at least make new sim cards and micro sim cards for customers.
On a side note, what we got is a micro sim card, and Hutch was taken over 5 years ago. Does this mean micro sim cards came to India 5 years ago? Did Apple consider the Indian market to launch their iPhone that time? I guess these questions will remain unanswered forever.
The Samsung B5722 Duos has just recently launched in India after being available in some European countries since last December. This mobile phone now becomes the first Samsung phone with touchscreen that supports two SIM cards in India.
It doesn’t support 3G, but it allows users to use two SIM cards at the same time. Those SIM cards can be alternated all the time if the user wants so, without needing to turn off the phone.
2.8-inch QVGA touch screen
FM radio with RDS (Radio Data System)
A built-in 3-megapixel camera
Expandable memory up to 8GB
The B5722 Duos also features easy access to popular social networking websites (Facebook and MySpace, among others), as well as to Palringo Instant Messenger, Google Talk, ICQ and AIM.
No we are not talking about any super hero. Nor is it the name of a new comic. Then what is it?
It is a new WiMAX-enabled smartphone with Android. Yes ‘Supersonic’ is it’s name & with the buzz from the Nexus One starting to wane, it could well turn out to be a front runner to be crowned the next iPhone killer.
Sprint (as it is known) will be carrying an WiMAX/Android version of the jaw-dropping HTC HD2. The biggest (only?) complaint about the HD2 is that it runs Windows Mobile 6.5, though HTC’s Sense makes an effort at making it usable.
It could also turn out to be the world’s first 4G phone.
We know 2010’s just begun, but between all this noise and the promise of a legitimate 4G radio on board, let’s be real — we’re already looking at a very, very early contender for smartphone of the year.
OK, so this new Sprint phone is unlikely to be an iPhone killer. But maybe the Dell Mini 5 could be. It has a SIM slot and 5-inch touch screen and can make calls.