Sunday, August 5, 2012

Hybrid Smackdown: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Asus Padfone vs Thomson X-View 2

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the next-gen device that is expected to garner most of the attention after the original Galaxy Note that was released late last year. This year’s IFA Berlin technology show, besides Samsung’s forthcoming hybrid device, will see the unveiling of rival X-View 2 from the French company Thomson. Another tablet manufacturer that also would be looking to impress technophiles would be Asus that announced PadFone earlier this year. The only device that still eludes the imagination of many consumers remains to be Samsung Galaxy Note 2 which is expected to set the benchmark for other similar products to catch up with it. Recalling the success of Samsung’s Galaxy Note, it would not be a daunting task for the Korean giant to make its follow-up device another sensation. According to the company’s spokesperson, Samsung plans to “unveil the next Galaxy Note at the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event (IFA) in Berlin on August 29.” Refreshing the Galaxy Note with attractive features will surely make Samsung reign supreme in the phablet market. Technology blogs have been speculating the features of the smartphone-tablet hybrid device since its announcement. The original Galaxy Note with AT&T has 4G LTE (4G WiMax) data speeds and the same will be found on Note’s second version. And the phablet will have 5.5-inch 1280×720 resolution display according to a recent leak of GLBenchmark which showed the model number as Samsung GT-N7100. The original Galaxy Note was numbered as Samsung GT-N7000. The spotted benchmarks also revealed other features like quad-core Exynos processor with Exynos 4412 clocking at 1.6GHz and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. In fact Samsung recently released a quad-core 4G LTE device in Korea, hence Galaxy Note 2 coming with 4G support along with quad-core processor is a highly probable inclusion. Other features speculated are 1.5GB of RAM and decent 8-megapixel camera. Samsung used the 8-megapixel sensor found in Galaxy S2 on Galaxy S3. The same could also be seen on Galaxy Note 2 which will come with minor internal modifications. With the official announcement of the sequel version coming by end of this month, retailers have started reducing the price of the Galaxy Note version. The prices has dropped from $600 to $500 range. Expect it to go down even further once Galaxy Note 2 is launched. Besides Samsung, a new player that is planning to launch a phablet in IFA Germany is Thomson, the manufacturer of modems and specific infrastructure. The device known as Thomson X-view 2 features dual-SIM capabilities and sports Android 4.0 (possibly Jelly Bean upgrade). The phablet-styled device has 5.3-inch 480 x 800 display, MT6570 chipset 1GHz processor with Adreno 220 graphics, 5-megapixel camera, 512MB of RAM, 1 GB ROM, microSD support up to 32 GB, 150 x 81 x 10.9 mm dimension, weighs 212g and features 2450 mAh Li-Ion battery. The phablet will reportedly hit French shelves later this summer. Meanwhile, unlocked Asus PadFone is available for sale in US, but is still to reach any carriers. Asus PadFone in itself is a smartphone but also works as a hybrid device when connected to tablet dock and keyboard dock accessories. The PadFone is apparently being sold by grey market retailers at a price of $859.50 for the 16GB model, $959.50 for 32GB, and $1,059.50 for 64GB. The device is sold by Negri Electronics. The Asus PadFone has 4.3-inch 540 x 960 pixels Super AMOLED display, 1 GB RAM, 8-megapixel camera supporting 1080p, Android OS version 4.0, dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait Qualcomm MSM8260A Snapdragon Adreno 225 processor and Li-Ion 1520 mAh battery giving up to 8 hours of talk time. The above mentioned specs is almost similar to Samsung Galaxy S2 smartphone. However, the area where the device really stands out is its ability to transform instantly into a 10.1-inch Android tablet. The optional PadFone Station features 10.1 inches display, 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, 273 x 176.9 x 13.55 mm dimension, weighs 724 g and has 6600 mAh battery (the PadFone’s tablet and keyboard dock both pack a 7.4V and 24.4Wh battery respectively and each consisting of two 3,300mAh cells in a series). With several new devices lined up for release, gadget freaks are certainly in for a treat. Sporting big screens and hybrid features, these forthcoming devices will have a fan following of their own. Perhaps, the phablet craze would slowly creep its way to the market and will remain a niche market segment. 。 wholesale accessories,ipod accessories,ipad accessories,iphone accessories

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