Phablet fans who double as T-Mobile customers won’t have to wait much longer to get their hands on a Samsung Galaxy Note, according to TmoNews. New purported T-Mobile planner documents obtained by TmoNews suggest that the popular Note will be hitting store shelves on August 8th, roughly six months after the device debuted on rival carrier AT&T. TmoNews says that the device had originally been rumored to drop July 11th, so the new release date represents something of an unofficial delay for the Note on T-Mobile. “Let’s hope T-Mobile can nail down an official date soon, before the Note II drops,” the site writes. More →
Samsung on Friday announced that channel sales of its Galaxy S and Galaxy S II smartphone lines have topped 50 million units globally. Roughly 24 million Galaxy S-branded smartphones have been sold into channels since the phone’s debut in June 2010 according to Samsung, and the South Korea-based consumer electronics giant has sold more than 28 million Galaxy S II smartphones into distribution channels to date. Samsung also confirmed that sales of its debut “phablet,” the 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note, have topped 7 million units around the world. The company announced in March that it sold more than 5 million Notes at that point in time, and Samsung hopes to sell at least 10 million Galaxy Note smartphones this year.
Apple and Samsung each reported record first-quarter results last week and according to research conducted by one analyst, the companies combined to account for all mobile industry profits last quarter. Apple last week reported $11.6 billion in profit on $39.2 billion in sales, both second fiscal quarter records for Apple, and Samsung managed a best-ever profit of $4.5 billion in the same quarter, $3.9 billion of which came from its IT & Mobile Communications business. Read on for more. More →
Samsung’s smartphone-tablet hybrid, the Galaxy Note, is currently available exclusively on AT&T in the United States. According to leaked images published by TmoNews, however, the supersized handset will soon be making its way onto T-Mobile. Subscribers on the nation’s fourth-largest carrier were previously limited to software hacks in order to grant the popular “phablet” access to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network. The leaked images suggest that the device is running Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich and contains the usual preloaded T-Mobile apps — Name ID, Mall, TV and My T-Mobile. No details regarding a launch time frame were made available. More →
Chinese handset maker ZTE said it could ship 100 million smartphones a year by 2015, Reuters reported on Monday. The company sold 15 million phones in 2011 and is looking to sell upwards of 50 million this year. “As handsets contribute more to overall revenue, it will affect our profit margins,” executive director He Shiyou said. “In 2012, our aim is to increase handset margins.” Following the success of Samsung’s Galaxy Note, ZTE will release two smartphone-tablet hybrids — affectionately referred to as “phablets” — in 2012. “We want to come up with the next generation of a Galaxy Note-type product — a combo product of handsets and tablets,” Lv Qianhao, ZTE’s head of handset strategy, said. ZTE has previously focuses on the low-end market, though recently it has made a push to compete on the same level as Samsung and Apple. Unlike many of its competitors, however, ZTE may face problems and set backs due to its lack of brand awareness. “People who buy Apple and Samsung have greater brand awareness so they might not take chances with a little-known brand, especially one from China,” said Teck-Zhung Wong, a Beijing-based analyst for research firm IDC. “No one really knows ZTE outside China.” More →
While we may finally have pricing and release dates for a majority of Samsung’s updated Galaxy line of music players and tablets, launch details for the Galaxy Note 10.1 that debuted at Mobile World Congress in February has remained a mystery. A company spokesperson told The Verge on Wednesday that Samsung has no release date to announce for the device yet, but the slate that was revealed in February may not match the final product that will will ship to end users. The “original” Galaxy Note 10.1 featured a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800-pixel display and was equipped with a dual-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.4GHz, 1GB of RAM and a 3-megapixel rear camera. Earlier rumors have suggested that Samsung may upgrade the slate to a quad-core Exynos 4412 processor clocked at 1.5GHz. More →
The nation’s third largest carrier may be looking to offer the massive Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone/tablet hybrid. TechnoBufflo on Tuesday discovered an image of the “phablet” on Sprint’s website, likely foreshadowing things to come. Samsung’s Galaxy Note has been wildly successful for the South Korean vendor, which recently announced that global sales to end-users have topped 5 million units. The Galaxy Note features a dual-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.4GHz, 32GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a massive 5.3-inch Super AMOLED display. The handset has been exclusively available from AT&T since February. More →
Samsung Electronics on Friday reported unaudited earnings results for the first calendar quarter of 2012. Following a record holiday quarter that saw the company pull in a profit of 5.3 trillion Korean won on sales of 47 trillion won, Samsung expects to report an operating profit of 5.8 trillion won — nearly twice its profit the first quarter last year — and revenue of approximately 45 trillion won. Samsung’s Galaxy S II smartphones are still among carriers’ best-selling smartphones in the United States, and the South Korea-based consumer electronics giant recently announced that sales of its massive Galaxy Note “phablet” topped 5 million units.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note “phablet” is a hit, with the company having sold more than 5 million units to end users around the world. While Samsung has not yet shared any region-specific sales data, any success the phone has had in the United States can be attributed to the company’s advertising, a new study suggests. The huge handset’s launch in the U.S. was precluded by a series of ads most agree were not terribly effective — including one where the vendor tried to coin the term “Samsunged” — but the South Korea-based technology giant’s current television ad was recently named the most effective ad of the year so far. Read on for more. More →
BGR reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Note in February and while there were a number of features we liked about this phone/tablet hybrid, we found it to be entirely too large overall to be used as a cell phone. Toward the end of February, Samsung confirmed that it had sold more than 2 million Galaxy Note phablets worldwide and now, about one month later, Samsung says sales of the supersized Android phone have reached 5 million units. The Galaxy Note features a dual-core 1.4GHz Exynos processor, 32GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel camera, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a massive 5.2-inch WXGA Super AMOLED display. While the handset is clearly too big for many users, it appears that there is indeed a large market for the phone, and Samsung is well on its way to reaching its goal of 10 million Galaxy Notes sold by the end of 2012. More →
On Thursday, Samsung announced that its supersized Galaxy Note smartphone will be receiving a “Premium Suite” upgrade in the second quarter this year. The update will deliver a number of new S Pen-optimized applications along with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. “GALAXY Note continues to delight customers all over the world with its incredible versatility and unique user experience. With the Premium Suite upgrade, we wanted to add features that enrich users’ Note experience even more, including the great advantages of Android 4.0 and innovative applications for S Pen,” said JK Shin, Samsung’s president of IT & Mobile Communications. “We are committed to providing extraordinary experiences for consumers, and we will continue to provide new features and upgrades to enrich our offering.” As with any update, Samsung warns that “the availability and scheduling of the software upgrade will vary by market and wireless carriers’ requirements.” Samsung’s press release and Premium Suite video can be found after the break. More →
If you were looking to get your enormous hands on a Galaxy Note in the U.S. but have no interest in switching to AT&T’s network, you may be in luck. AT&T’s “phablet” was previously limited to EDGE speeds on T-Mobile’s network, making the device a much less appealing option. XDA-Developers forum members have managed to figure out a way to enable HSPA+ support for AWS bands, however. After performing a SIM unlock, a user can flash one of three radio files that will allow the phone to access T-Mobile’s network with the proper SIM card. There are obvious risks involved, but T-Mobile subscribers in search of a supersized smartphone now have access to the king of the crop. More →
Samsung on Tuesday announced an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is now available in Europe and South Korea for the Galaxy S II. An update for the Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II LTE, Galaxy R,Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Tab 7.7, Tab 8.9 and Tab 10.1 will follow in the near future. Samsung is also planning firmware updates for the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab 7 that will remain on Android 2.3 Gingerbread but will include Face Unlock, Snapshot, Photo Editor and other features. “We expect that our customers will enjoy an enhanced experience with their GALAXY device through this upgrade. Samsung is committed to satisfying our customer needs”, said JK Shin, Samsung’s mobile boss. The availability of the updates will vary by market and are subject to wireless carrier approval. Read on for Samsung’s press release. More →