Blog OLED-display has images of what they are claiming to be a Samsung Galaxy Tab with a 7-inch Super AMOLED display. The website claims Sammy was showing off the new panel — which purportedly has a WXVGA 1200 x 600 pixel resolution — at the FPD-International conference in Japan this week. OLED, which originally touted its images as the first of the Super AMOLED Tab, later amended its post with: “It can be possible that this prototype is only a AMOLED and not Super-Amoled but SMD [Samsung Mobile Display] plans to introduce Super-Amoled for the 7 inch panel size.” It’s all very speculative at this point, and — to be honest — we would have been a little disappointed to see Samsung showcase a new Tab display before the original was available in most areas. More →
We just grabbed some hands on time with Samsung’s latest device to debut on Verizon Wireless, and here are some of our initial thoughts. First off, the build quality on the Continuum seems solid — definitely a notch better than the Samsung Captivate and Samsung Vibrant. The device still feels a bit plasticky and a tad light, but again, it’s better than what Samsung has put out in the recent past. The screen is fantastic. It’s a Super AMOLED display with separate “ticker” display below, though there aren’t actually two displays on there. The four menu buttons are basically silkscreened over the display, which breaks it up into two separate sections. Software then controls the main section and the ticker section, and they can work independently of each other. Pretty cool, huh? Lastly, the grip sensor. There’s a capacitive layer on the edge of the handset and as soon as you pick it up (or even just touch it), the ticker display lights up and is fully functional while the main display stays dormant.
The raw specs of the Samsung Continuum are as follows: 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 384MB RAM, 512MB ROM, 3.4-inch (480 x 800) Super AMOLED main display, 1.8-inch (96 x 480) Super AMOLED “ticker” display, 3G EV-DO Rev. A, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + ERD, 2GB internal storage, 8GB micro-SD card included (expandable up to 32GB), 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p video recording, 3G hotspot capable, DLNA capable, Android 2.1, and the SWYPE keyboard is pre-installed. We have our hands on gallery with the Continuum below followed by the press release.
Samsung Mobile has a media event scheduled in New York City tonight and, perhaps in preparation for that, several artifacts for the Continuum handset have hit Verizon Wireless’ website. The unannounced device now has a 360-degree viewing applet and a 185-page user guide on VZW’s site; this is the second cameo the device has made. If you’re interested in picking up the dual-AMOLED display Galaxy S device, hit the jump and have a look at the two links. More →
Blog oled-display.net is reporting that Samsung Mobile Display will showcase a new, 7-inch, Super AMOLED display at the FPD-International conference in Japan from November 10th to the 12th. The report states that the new window will have a 1200 x 600 resolution and will be available to manufacturers in the later half of 2011. “The new OLED Panel production line starts mid-June 2011 and boost the capacity from 3 million to 30 million small and middle panels per month,” writes oled-display. Hopefully, this added manufacturing prowess makes Super AMOLED display shortages a thing of the past.
At the moment, the most obvious application for this new, larger Super AMOLED display would be in Samsung’s Galaxy Tab slate; as the device currently uses a 7-inch display. Would anyone prefer a Galaxy Tab with a Super AMOLED display as opposed to the device’s current WSVGA TFT offering? More →
According to Gizmodo, yes. The blog is reporting that a “friend” of theirs actually got some hands-on time with the Samsung heir to the Nexus throne. The device, which is being referred to as the Nexus Two, was described as “black and shiny” with a 4-inch AMOLED display (we would assume Super AMOLED since it’s Samsung), front-facing camera, and roughly the same proportions as the current Galaxy S offerings in the U.S. (not including the Epic 4G). The “friend” also said the device’s software, which was a stock version of Android, was “very buggy.” We have to admit, the thought of Galaxy S hardware running an unmolested version of Android has piqued our interest. Samsung has a media event scheduled for November 8th where, most blogs agree, the company will announce their Continuum handset. Could this be Samsung’s equivalent of “one more thing?” We hope so.
UPDATE: PCMag’s Sascha Segan just posted an article of his own on the rumored device. The post had this to say on the matter: “The unnamed, unlocked Samsung phone is not coming out at an event on November 8, my sources said.” Although earlier in the post he did admit, “Samsung is working on an unlocked Android device that looks like the one in Gizmodo’s pictures. But it may not be called ‘Nexus Two.’”
Note: Above image is a mock-up. Image credit to Gizmodo. More →
If you’re a member of our Canadian readership, and anxious to join the Galaxy S legion, listen up. Rogers has just announced that after several “manufacturer delays” they have received their first shipment of Samsung Captivate smartphones. Paul Brannen, vice president of Samsung Electronics Canada, had this to say:
Due to a worldwide shortage in Super AMOLED technology screens, we regret that Samsung was unable to deliver the Galaxy S Captivate to Rogers in time for the scheduled launch. The continued shortage has resulted in repeated delays. We know this is a widely anticipated device and apologize to Rogers customers. We’re pleased to say that we have begun shipping the device to Rogers, though shipments will be limited over the next few weeks.
Existing Rogers customers that “fulfill hardware upgrade eligibility requirements” can snag the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate for a cool $149.99 — “with select three-year term voice and data plans” — until November 2; everyone else can pick one up for $179.99 with a 3-year cellular-jail sentence. There you have it Canadian friends, enjoy! More →
Microsoft is set to officially debut Windows Phone 7 today at 9:30AM ET in New York City, but that hasen’t stopped Samsung Russia from publishing info about the company’s Omnia 7 WP7 handset a few hours early. The device has a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display, 800 x 480 resolution, 1 GHz Qualcomm QSD8250 processor, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, aGPS, 5 megapixel camera capable of 720p video at 25fps, tri-band HSDPA/HSUPA radio, quad-band GSM radio, 8GB internal memory, and a built-in FM radio. Pretty snazzy looking spec sheet. The device will weigh a very reasonable 138 grams (10 grams heavier than the Captivate) and should be released fairly soon. We’ve got a screen grab of the specs after the break in case our friends in Eastern Europe realize that the phone’s operating system hasn’t actually launched yet. Enjoy! More →