Shedding some more light on the Sony S1 and S2 tablets is this bunch of screenshots, that the guys at Carrypad managed to get their hands on. The images are said to be coming straight from Sony’s support website and reveal more than a few details about the devices.
First of all, we now have a clue hinting that the Sony Tablet S1 and S2 will be coming with Android 3.2 Honeycomb on board delivering the most up-to-date Android experience. Besides the goodies that the platform itself will pack, Sony will be adding a twist of its own – a “Wi-Fi Checker” app that seems to be meant to both assist users with connecting to Wi-Fi networks properly and troubleshooting connectivity issues…
One of the marketing tricks that Sony is pulling off in order to promote its tablets is the set of teaser videos, the fourth of which has just seen the light of day. Marbles rolling, bells ringing and bubbles floating – it can all be seen taking place in the gloomy room with all the action revolving around the S1 and S2 tablets. There may not be a whole lot of features shown off this time, yet we are treated to a glimpse of the S2 connected to an HDTV, seemingly over a wireless network. Besides that, the S1 appears to be capable of turning TVs on and off thus acting like a fancy remote control, though that feature has yet to be confirmed officially.
Sure, this may be quite unorthodox of a way to promote a gadget, yet sometimes it does not hurt being different, does it? The fifth and last episode of the installment is coming soon, and in case if you have missed the previous ones, we have them available here and here.
A Samsung handset, SGH-I777, visited recently with the FCC and indications are that this is the version of the Samsung Galaxy S II headed for AT&T, the Samsung Attain. Recently, we reported that the Sprint version of the phone, the Samsung Within, had received the green light from the Feds. With AT&T usually giving Samsung handsets the “SGH” prefix (the keyboard equipped mystery model that we showed you the other day, rumored to be a Galaxy S II variant for AT&T, had an alleged model number of SGH-i927) and with the device featuring the 850/1900 MHz GSM and WCDMA bands that AT&T uses for 3G/HSPA connectivity, this new model appears AT&T bound.
But is it the eagerly awaited Samsung Galaxy S II? We can’t say for sure until Samsung and AT&T introduce the phone. What is interesting is that a runner who goes by the name emagrad has been taking the unit with him/her on runs from July 13th to July 27th. The owner of the device, doing the running in the state of Massachusetts, uses the AllSport GPS app on the phone and says that the device he/her is carrying is the SGH-I777. This could be a test unit.
Remember when we reported that more than 6 million units of the Samsung Galaxy S II could have been shipped over the past three months or so? Well, it turns out that the estimate was a bit exaggerated, yet that milestone is not that far from being reached. It was officially announced by Samsung just recently that sales of the Galaxy S II have already surpassed the 5 million mark.
Sales of the Samsung Galaxy S II compared to its predecessor - the Galaxy S
Bear in mind that this number reflects only the amount of Galaxy S II smartphones shipped to retailers and carriers, or in other words, units that have probably not all made their way to the pockets of end customers. Nevertheless, it is quite impressive that Samsung’s flagship is actually selling faster than its predecessor – the Galaxy S, which had sold “only” 3 million units over the same amount of time after its debut.
If the sales of the Samsung Galaxy S II keep on accelerating at today’s pace, and they most probably would as the smartphone is expected to launch in the US pretty soon, the ten millionth unit should fly off the shelf by the end of September. Should the latest rumors turn out to be correct, Verizon could be the first carrier to bring the smartphone to American soil, yet AT&T and Sprint will get their own versions soon after.
A lot of information about the U.S. iteration of the Samsung Galaxy S II has been released over the last few days. We have passed along what apparently are pictures of the AT&T version of the phone, the Samsung Galaxy Attain, complete with a side sliding QWERTY. We also showed you a prototype of the same model sans the QWERTY, and another picture of what could be the version of the phone for Sprint.
Another sign that we are getting close to the U.S. launch of the hottest smartphone on the planet is Samsung’s U.S. web site. Search for the Galaxy S II on the Korean manufacturer’s web site, and instead of being told that no such phone exists, you are sent to a placekeeper page for the Galaxy S II sign-up site. Unfortunately, the sign-up page is not yet live. But soon, you will be able to register your email address with Samsung and get the word when the handset becomes available for your carrier (assuming you are not a T-Mobile customer). Note that the placeholder page has the first image of the Galaxy II on the Korean manufacturer’s U.S. site. Does that picture of the Samsung Galaxy S II look like the AT&T or Sprint models to you?
It’s quite apparent, but not everyone is a fan of QWERTY devices, but in the case of the upcoming version of the Samsung Galaxy II coming to AT&T in the near future, it loses some of its svelte appearance due to the addition of a physical keyboard.
Needless to say, there are some people bummed out by the news this morning that we reported, but we might still see a QWERTY-less version of the handset. Apparently there is a prototype currently in testing which appears to be a version of the same handset, but without a keyboard packed on of course. So far, the only thing mentioned about the handset is that it’s running Android 2.3.4, employs a WVGA display, and is detailed as being “really sexy” according to the Android Central tipster.
As much as some people might be excited by this new revelation, it’s still rather difficult to say if this one will actually make it to market – though, it doesn’t hurt to hope, right?
One can easily imagine what a 10” tablet might look like, especially all the offerings we’ve seen so far look exactly the same, but rather than supersizing the appearance of their previous tablet offering, HTC decides to implement one that’s entirely different for the HTC Puccini. Fortunately, we’re presented with what are believed to be the first press shots of the upcoming HTC Puccini tablet.
Based on the images, we find that the 10-inch slate sporting a different look in the rear with its uniform colored design – though, the S shaped pattern does add a subtle refined mark to it. However, we find the tablet sporting not two, but three speakers that would more than likely offer stereo support any way you hold it. Moreover, it seems to be carrying along an 8-meagpixel camera with dual-LED flash.
With the frontal image, we find the tablet tucked inside a portfolio case of some sort where we also find a spot reserved for the HTC Scribe Pen, which is of course going to be one of its defining characteristics over other comparable tablets. Also, we see a front-facing camera of some sort with the AT&T branding close-by as well.
Even though we’re able to gather some new information from the two leaked images, the rest of the hardware is relatively unknown still – albeit, earlier reports mention it packing a 1.5GHz CPU, Honeycomb, and an LTE radio. Likewise, the same thing can be said about its official release date, but we’re hoping to see this one landing in the near future.
Now we have some pictures in flesh and blood, and the SGH-I927 coding reveals that the device shown is indeed the almighty Samsung Galaxy S II. So, instead of Sprint, this year AT&T could have signed up for a keyboarded versions of Samsung’s best and brightest Android handset.
The AT&T version is seemingly having Samsung’s own Exynos dual-core chipset inside, as the pretty strong Quadrant score of 3056 reveals in the pictures below. Still, slapping a physical slide-out QWERTY on something deemed one of the thinnest smartphone out there, with its monster 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus display kind of defeats the purpose, but on the other hand it will probably fill a big gap in AT&T’s Android portfolio.
How do you feel about that alleged keyboarded version of the Samsung Galaxy S II heading to AT&T?
On the surface, it sounds pretty great: AT&T has announced that all post-paid 2011 Android smartphones will be upgraded to Gingerbread. Unfortunately, when you dig down into that statement, it doesn’t really mean a whole lot, starting with the fact that the list of phones is just 6 devices long, because it only covers devices released so far, and ending with hazy timetables.
Even so, if you are the lucky owner of an HTC Inspire, LG Phoenix, Motorola ATRIX, Pantech Crossover, Samsung Captivate, or Samsung Infuse, you can rest assured that you will get your Gingerbread update. Of course, ATRIX users should already be seeing the update roll out. AT&T also stated that the HTC Inspire update would begin in August, but after that, there are no set ETAs for updates on the other handsets. The HTC Status was the first phone on AT&T with the update as the phone launched with Gingerbread.
The notice also doesn’t mention what version of Gingerbread the phones will get. Many updates so far for other devices have been to 2.3.3, which is sufficient for many phones, but Android 2.3.4 adds support for video chat through GTalk. The Motorola ATRIX, Samsung Infuse, and HTC Status all have front-facing cameras, and even the Status launched with 2.3.3. So, no telling if any of these phones will eventually get video chat in GTalk.
For the better portion of the last month, we’ve been teased regarding the availability of the upcoming 3D enabled LG Thrill 4G for AT&T. Of course, we’re mesmerized by its various 3D capabilities, but if there is one thing still elusive with this handset, it has to be none other than pricing.
Well folks, AT&T is teasing us one again as they blatantly say that the handset is indeed arriving “in the coming weeks,” but more importantly, we’re finally getting an official confirmation regarding its actual pricing. For anyone interested in picking up this high-powered beauty, you’ll be blown away by the fact that it’s attached with a mind-bending on-contract price point of $99! Yes, it’s priced at a mere $100, which is undoubtedly impressive when you factor in all of the hardware it’s packing along under the hood.