Daily Archives: August 15, 2015

Nokia Actually Made Devices With AMOLED Screens Before Samsung!

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Samsung is most commonly credited for smartphones with super AMOLED LCD displays, but did you actually know that Nokia started the production of devices with AMOLED screens before Sammy? (I actually didn’t until today).

Read this piece by Phonearena.

Samsung’s smartphones are famous for many things, one of them being their AMOLED (or, in recent years, Super AMOLED) displays. Almost all of Samsung’s high-end Android smartphones feature AMOLED screens, and, in fact, Samsung’s been using this technology even before launching its first Android handsets. However, the world’s first smartphone with an AMOLED display was not made by Samsung.

Announced in August 2008, and released in early October that year, the Nokia N85 was the very first smartphone to sport an AMOLED screen (a 2.6-inch one with 240 x 320 pixels). The N85 was a Symbian-based dual-slider with advanced features – for its time – like HSDPA, Wi-Fi, and a 5 MP rear camera with auto focus and Carl Zeiss lens.

Samsung’s first AMOLED smartphone – the i7110 – was announced in late October 2008, but did not hit the market until February 2009. Just like Nokia’s N85, the Samsung i7110 ran Symbian, and offered a 2.6-inch AMOLED screen with 240 x 320 pixels, though this was a candybar, not a slider.

It’s worth noting that, in 2008, there were already plenty of phones with OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screens around. But AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) was introduced as a superior technology, improving things a lot by consuming less power, and offering faster response times. Sure enough, since the screens of both the Nokia N85 and Samsung i7110 were using early AMOLED technology, they performed rather poor in direct sunlight. Also, in case you were wondering, these were not touchscreen displays.

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Galaxy Note5 Bought From AT&T Started Shipping To Buyers

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According to a report on Phonearena.com, some folks who pre-ordered for the Samsung Galaxy Note5 from service provider AT&T in the US would starte receiving their devices soon as the devices are already being sent out.

While shipments weren’t expected to go out until August 21st, at least one lucky PhoneArena reader has received a notice from the carrier saying that his 64GB Black Sapphire Samsung Galaxy Note5 is already enroute.
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While the name of the lucky phablet buyer has been covered up, we can see that the device is being shipped to Phoenix, Arizona. This seems to be speedy work on AT&T’s part. The mobile operator was also pretty quick to announce yesterday when it would start reserving handsets for its customers.

Has anyone else been surprised today with a notice that says that their newly ordered Galaxy S6 edge+ or Galaxy Note5 has been shipped? Let us know by dropping your comments in the box below.

Source | Phonearena

LG G Pad 2 8.0 Tablet Launched In South Korea

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While Samsung has been causing quite an uproar in the mobile market with the launch of the dual phablets – Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, LG was secretly rolling out the G Pad 2 8.0 Tablet. LG G Pad 2 8.0 as it’s name suggests, is the successor to last year’s mid-range LG G Pad 8.0.

The new G Pad 2 8.0 isn’t so impressing however, as when compared to its direct predecessor, the latest tablet from the stables of LG Mobile doesn’t seem to have any new offering for us. The hardware innards seem to be regressing instead.

The LG G Pad 2 8.0 packs an 8″ IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 800 x 1200 pixels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC with a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, 32GB of microSD expandable internal storage (other versions may be launched with more or less internal storage space), and a 4200mAh battery.

In the camera department, the LG G Pad 2 8.0 comes with a 5MP primary shooter and the back and a 2MP secondary camera on the front. On the software side, the slab runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is a bit surprising given that the newer Android 5.1 Lollipop has been available for a few good months now.

One particularly interesting detail about LG’s new mid-range tablet is that it comes with a full-sized USB 2.0 port, which is an uncommon feature for a mid-sized tablet, especially an Android-based one. As one of LG’s promotional images show (see them all below), the port can be used to attach an external keyboard or even gaming controllers. At a first glance, the external keyboard might be a more natural fit for the LG G Pad 2.0, seeing that the tablet comes with pre-loaded with MS Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, the holy triad of Microsoft productivity Office apps for Android tablets. Like most productivity-minded tablets, the LG G Pad 2 8.0 also comes with a stylus, one that measures 3.5mm across the waist and is touted to allow for accurate input.

At the moment, the LG G Pad 2 8.0 is only available in South Korea, but given the manufacturer’s previous launch patterns, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the slab reach more Western markets such as Europe and North America. It also wouldn’t be unthinkable for LG to launch a smaller 7-inch version and a larger 10.1-inch versions of the LG G Pad 2 as well. We’ll keep you updated with more information as soon as it becomes available.

Source | Phonearena

Samsung Galaxy Note5 Sales Start In Taiwan

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The latest released flagship phablet from the stable of Korean tech giant – Samsung, the Galaxy Note5 has started selling in Taiwan. Thus, Taiwan is the first country to get the newly launched device.

The reason for the decision to send the Galaxy Note5 first is according to reports, “the fact that the Note series has been a roaring success in the country”. The device pricing starts at 740USD for the 32GB variant, while the higher up memory 64GB variant costs around 820USD, although the latter won’t be available until the end of the ongoing month. So if you are a memory junkie, you’d have to wait for a few weeks

Samsung Galaxy Note5 would be going on sale in the US late next week on August 21. The device would hit Verizon and the pricing shelled out on contracts include; $32 per month for 24 months using Verizon’s installment plan, adding up to a total of $768 for the 32GB variant, while the 64GB version will increase to $864 upfront, or $36 per month spread over two years. The Note5 is however, not coming over to Europe anytime soon, so if you are anxious about owing the device, you would have to import it or wait till sometime next-year when Samsung plans to send it in.