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Samsung unveils Windows 8 mobile devices, updates Note

Mikael Ricknäs | Aug. 30, 2012
Samsung Electronics took the wraps off new Android and Windows devices here at IFA in Berlin on Wednesday, showing off a bigger, faster Note table, a new Galaxy Camera, and smartphones and tablets running Windows 8.

Samsung is hoping the camera will help create a new product category, as it managed with the Note.

When Samsung launched the original Note, few people thought the product would be a success, thanks to its 5.3-inch screen size which put it between smartphones and tablets. But with sales of over 10 million, Samsung has proven that its instincts were right and now wants to build on that momentum with the Galaxy Note II, which is based on Android 4.1. Samsung will try to convince consumers to upgrade to the new model or buy one for first time when it starts shipping in October.

The Galaxy Note II is powered by a quad-core 1.6GHz processor. It has a 5.5-inch widescreen display with a resolution of 1280-by-720 pixels, which is housed in a shell that is 9.4 millimeters thick and weighs 180 grams.

That compares to the original version's 5.3-inch display with a 1280-by-800 pixel resolution in a package that is 9.7 millimeters thick and weighs 178 grams.

Samsung has also increased the size of the battery from 2,500 mAh to 3,100 mAh. How that will affect battery life when there is a slightly bigger screen and a faster processor remains to be seen.

On the software side, users can hover over an icon with the digital pen and get a preview of what hides beneath it. Also, if the pen is left behind, the Note II will vibrate to warn the user that the pen has been left behind.

The new version also includes pop-up video and pop-up play, features that allow users to watch videos or surf the web in a window that hovers over the rest of the user interface.

On Tuesday, Samsung also launched the Series 7 and Series 5 All-In-One (AIO) PCs, which will also have Windows 8 along with touch-sensitive displays. Users will also be able to control the computers with hand gestures.

The Series 7 comes in two versions, with either a 27-inch or a 23.6-inch display. The 27-inch version has an Intel Core i7-3770T processor and 8GB of RAM, while smaller version has to make do with a Core i5-3470T processor and 6 GB of RAM.

The Series 5 has a 21.5-inch display, a Core i3-3220T processor and 4 GB of RAM.

The list prices are between $1,099 and $1,699 for the Series 7 and $749 for the Series 5, and all three will become available on Oct. 26.

 

 

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