Samsung today announced two new tablets the same morning Mobile World Congress 2017 is set to kick off in Barcelona, Spain. The South Korean company also announced that it would be holding its annual Unpacked event on March 29th. The smartphone-maker is expected to officially unveil the Galaxy S8 during the March keynote. You can watch the Unpacked 2017 teaser trailer at the bottom of this post.
Samsung on Monday officially unveiled its new iPad competitor, the Galaxy Tab S2. The new slate is thinner than the iPad Air 2 measuring in at 5.6mm, and it is equal in screen resolution with 2,048-by-1,536 pixels. It is powered by an eight-core Exynos 5433 processor with 3GB of RAM, a 5,870mAh battery, and it ships with Android 5.0 (Lollipop).
This is normally a quiet time of year for smartphone/tablet manufacturers as the world waits for Apple's newest iPhone and iPad to be released, but Samsung and HTC have decided not to sit ideally by this September. Samsung recently announced that its iPhone 5s lookalike the Galaxy Alpha will launch around the same time as the iPhone 6, and HTC has scheduled a press conference a few days before Apple's rumored September 9th iPhone event. Samsung has also teamed up with Barnes & Noble to release the Galaxy 4 Nook.
The e-reader/tablet is basically just a Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 with dedicated Barnes & Noble widgets. The new Nook is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and it runs Google's Android operating system. It is equipped with a 1280 x 800 (216 PPI) display, front- and rear facing cameras and it ships with 8GB of internal memory plus a microSD slot for up to 32GB of expandable memory.
An official from Samsung told the Korea Times that Apple is planning to buy around $11 billion in parts from the Korea-based supplier in 2012. Part of the deal will include components for the rumored iPad mini. The unnamed Samsung employee said their deal with Apple is expected to increase from around $9.7 billion to $11 billion when Apple releases a smaller iPad at the end of the year.
A source in the supply chain told the DigiTimes on Monday that Pegatron Technology has been chosen to assemble the iPad mini instead of Foxconn. The same source said that the iPad mini will not feature the same Retina display technology as the iPad 3, but will most likely feature IPS/FFS panels manufactured by LG Display and AU Optronics.
The online betting website SkyBet has released their odds for the upcoming iPad 3 specifications. I wonder what happens if Apple doesn't call their next tablet the iPad 3? Can you still collect if Tim Cook announces the "iPad plus"? SkyBet also forgot about the iPad mini, camera type and the size of the next generation tablet.
I would bet "Yes" on Retina display since many sources and leaks have pretty much confirmed it.
Production on the iPad 3 is moving along and the next generation device should be ready to launch in February, according to Citi analyst Richard Gardner. Gardner wrote that "several sources" have confirmed the iPad 3 will launch early next year.
The new 2048 x 1536 displays for the iPad 3 started shipping in November making earlier estimates for a release in March. The new iPad is rumored to be thicker to accommodate the new dual OLED backlights, and there may return of the curved profile we seen in the original iPad. The iPad 3 should also feature the new A6 chip which is currently being produced by Samsung.
The iPad 3 will sport a quad-core A6 processor manufactured by Samsung according to a report sourced from the Korea Times. Despite Apple and Samsung's public feud over patents and competing mobile devices, Apple will continue to rely on Samsung to deliver the next generation processor.
Industry sources claim Samsung has increased production of the Apple-designed A6 quad-core chip using advanced 28-nanometer technology at its manufacturing plant in Austin, Texas. Apple is one of Samsung's largest clients, and Apple relies on Samsung's proven track record.
As the Tablet Wars heat up, Apple is keeping the pressure on Samsung by winning an injunction blocking German sales of the Galaxy Tab 7.7. This weekend Samsung was forced to pull the device and its advertisements from the IFA show floor and its German website.
The Tab was originally on display with a note that read "Not for sale in Germany," but on Saturday Engadget noticed that Samsung's entire display had been removed from the event.
Samsung has agreed to halt sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 due to its intellectual property battle with Apple. The Korean manufacturer announced on Monday, that it would refrain from advertising or selling the tablet in Australia until September 30.
Apple lawyers told the court that Samsung's modified tab still infringed its patents. Apple said the new version, which was supposed to launch in Australia on September 12, did feature some reduced functionality, but it still copied the iPad's design. Samsung called shenanigans, saying Apple has presented no new evidence on how the modified Galaxy Tab still infringes.
Did Samsung really use Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, as a defense in their intellectual property battle with Apple?
According to Foss Patents, Samsung submitted a screen grab of the Kubrick film that depicts two astronauts using tablet computers while eating lunch. Samsung claims the photo proves that prior art for the general design of the iPad existed before Apple.
"Attached hereto as Exhibit D is a true and correct copy of a still image taken from Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film "2001: A Space Odyssey." In a clip from that film lasting about one minute, two astronauts are eating and at the same time using personal tablet computers. The clip can be downloaded online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ8pQVDyaLo. As with the design claimed by the D’889 Patent, the tablet disclosed in the clip has an overall rectangular shape with a dominant display screen, narrow borders, a predominately flat front surface, a flat back surface (which is evident because the tablets are lying flat on the table's surface), and a thin form factor."