Samsung unveils LTE versions of GALAXY S II and GALAXY Tab 8.9

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Samsung has unveiled LTE (Long-Term Evolution) versions of its GALAXY S II smartphone and GALAXY Tab 8.9. Displayed at this week’s IFA 2011, the devices will have access to 4G download speeds of up to 100Mbps. If you can get yourself onto a 4G network, the (theoretical) upload speed is 50Mbps and double that when downloading. Samsung equates this to downloading a four-minute MP3 track in 0.3 seconds.

GALAXY S II LTE smartphone

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The Galaxy S II 4G LTE looks pretty similar to its non-LTE counterpart, but the Super AMOLED Plus display gets bumped up from 4.3 inches to 4.5 inches with a screen resolution of 800×480, and the dual-core processor gets bumped up from 1 GHz to 1.5GHz. The phone features an 8 megapixel camera on the rear and a 2 megapixel camera on the front, and offers 16GB internal memory. The phone will of course come pre-loaded with Android Gingerbread. It’s also a bit thicker and heavier than its non-LTE equivalent, coming in at 9.49 mm instead of 8.49, and weighing 130.5g instead of 116 g.

GALAXY Tab 8.9 LTE tablet

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The LTE version of the GALAXY Tab 8.9 (meaning 8.9-inch screen) retains its slimline 8.6mm (0.33-inch) profile and comes with either 16 or 32 GB Internal memory. The tablet has a 1280 x 800 pixel 8.9″ display, and its dual-core processor has also been bumped up to 1.5 GHz from 1 GHz and it now runs Android 3.2 (Honeycomb).  You’ve still got the 3 megapixel primary camera and 2 megapixel front-facing camera of the original.

The LTE models are expected to start shipping in early 2012 but no pricing details as yet. We’ll keep you posted.

Check out the full specifications of both devices below.

Samsung GALAXY S II LTE specifications

Network: LTE 800/1800/2600, HSUPA+ 900/2100, EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
Processor: 1.5GHz Dual-Core
Display: 4.5″ WVGA Super AMOLED Plus
OS: Android 2.3(Gingerbread)
Camera: Main(Rear): 8 MP with LED Flash, Front: 2 MP
Video: Codec – MPEG4/H.263/H.264, Format – 3GPP, MPEG4, MKV, Playback –
[email protected], Recording – QVGA @ 15fps
Audio: Codec – MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA,FLAC, OGG, 3.5mm Ear Jack
Connectivity: Bluetooth® technology v 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Accelerometer, Digital compass, Proximity
Memory: 16GB Internal memory + microSD (up to 32GB)
Size: 68.8 x 129.8 x 9.49mm, 130.5g
Battery: Li-on 1,850 mAh

Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 LTE Product Specifications

Network: LTE 800/1800/2600, HSUPA+ 900/2100, EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
Processor: 1.5GHz Dual-Core
Display: 8.9″ WXGA 1280×800
OS: Android™ 3.2 (Honeycomb)
Camera: Main(Rear) – 3.0-Mega Pixel Camera AF with LED Flash, Front – 2.0-Mega Pixel Camera
Video Format – MPEG4/H263/H264, Divx/Xvid, Playback – 1080p Full HD [email protected], Recording – 720p HD Video
Audio, MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, OGG, MIDI, AMR-NB/WB, 3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo Speaker
Connectivity: Bluetooth® technology v 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light sensor
Memory: 16/32GB Internal memory
Size: 230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm, 455g
Battery: 6,100mAh

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Samsung speeds up the Smarter Life with LTE versions of the GALAXY S II and GALAXY Tab 8.9

SEOUL–(Korea Newswire) August 28, 2011 — Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today announced LTE editions of its GALAXY S II and GALAXY Tab 8.9. These stylish devices now offer high-speed 4G connectivity in addition to power, portability and second-to-none screen technology.

“With the introduction of GALAXY S II LTE and GALAXY Tab 8.9 LTE, we will take the capabilities of these devices to a whole new level. LTE redefines the user experience made possible by these devices and opens entirely new possibilities in terms of content viewing, sharing, quality and connectivity,” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business.

“This is a milestone in our commitment to lead the charge in 4G mobile telephony around the world, both in terms of back-end network solutions for service providers and the development of powerful consumer handsets,” added Shin.

When connected to a 4G network, LTE technology allows portable devices to download high-quality files at speeds of up to 100Mbps, and to upload at speeds of 50Mbps theoretically – five times faster than even the quickest HSPA+ connection. This means that a four-minute long MP3 track can be downloaded in 0.3 seconds, or an entire film file in less than two minutes.

The enhanced connectivity afforded by LTE technology opens up a range of possibilities for users: Features like social gaming, video conferencing and high-quality media streaming can all be enjoyed seamlessly, with vast improvements in download times and connectivity. 4G technology also enables the seamless and near-instant sharing of multimedia content with friends and family, ensuring that users can share the experiences they love whenever they want.

The addition of LTE to the Samsung GALAXY portfolio also opens further opportunities for mobile application and content developers creating a new generation of mobile services that take full advantage of increased bandwidth and improved connectivity.


In addition to offering a high standard of connectivity, the GALAXY S II LTE delivers powerful performance due to its 1.5GHz dual core processor. Superior 3D graphic performance makes games and video consumption fast and smooth, while popular Web pages like Google, Yahoo and YouTube can load easily, giving customers instant access to the information they need.

A 4.5″ Super AMOLED Plus display provides stunning visual clarity, with HD video and images taken on the device’s 8MP camera displayed in full vivid color. The GALAXY S II LTE also offers a rich content experience, with Social, Game and Music hubs all included, while the Readers Hub will be available for download after launch. These are in addition to a number of enterprise solutions aimed at increasing productivity. Running on Android 2.3, the GALAXY S II LTE is easy and intuitive to use.

Additionally, the GALAXY S II LTE can also be connected to up to eight devices via WiFi, meaning that files can be quickly and seamlessly synchronized with laptops, tablets and other Smartphones.


The LTE edition of the GALAXY Tab 8.9 is incredibly portable, measuring just 8.6mm thin while weighing only 455g. The boosted connectivity and genuine portability ensures that the GALAXY Tab 8.9 LTE is the ideal device for modern professionals, who need to stay productive and entertained while on the move. LTE capabilities enable video conferences to be held without need to worry about failing connections, while the 8.9″ screen enables easy rendering of business content such as presentations. The TouchWiz interface enables an intuitive user experience, enhanced by the space and freedom provided by the large display.

Whether writing emails on a trip or reading an eBook in bed, the GALAXY Tab 8.9 LTE provides the ultimate tablet experience without compromising mobility.

Sonic Wind open chamber guitar veers from traditional solid-body guitars

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Sure, BC Rich, Fender and Godin all have their distinctive styles, but the templates tend to stay fairly similar in the world of electric guitars. While working as a machinist at a factory in Illinois, Hector Trevino was lamenting on the “3 or 4 basic templates” that electric guitars have been constructed from in the last half century. Trevino decided to try and reinvent the electric guitar, and create something that would stand out from all the solid-body electric guitars on the market. After two years of planning and building, Trevino came up with the “Sonic Wind” guitar, which has an open chamber body and a through neck. Apparently it offers players more resonance and natural sustain than solid-body electric guitars.

The handmade guitar features curved maple body panels that come together to form the open chamber, and the neck is isolated from the back of the body to negate any damping effect that the body might have on note clarity. The neck has a 2-way adjustable truss rod and is topped with a 1.7-inch wide (at the nut) ebony fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets. Additionally, there is a Seymour Duncan Custom 5 pickup at the bridge position and a Jazz neck pickup. A 5-way switch offers either humbucker or single coil functionality. Strings are secured at the body end by a stainless steel tailpiece specially designed for the Sonic Wind Guitar, which then travel over a Tune-o-matic bridge on their way to the headstock. The icing on the cake is the nitrocellulose lacquer finish.

Trevino is currently touring with the Sonic Wind, taking it to guitar shows and exhibitions around the United States. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any video or audio footage of the guitar in action, but a YouTube video is currently being produced.

This guitar reminds me a bit of the work of Ulrich Teuffel of Teuffel Guitars. The “birdfish” guitar, in particular, seeks to transform the traditional body of an electric guitar. It’s very minimalist and even has pickups that can be exchanged with each other. Though Teuffel’s guitars cost up to $15,000 or more, and the first limited production run of 20 of the Sonic Wind guitars will be priced at $3,000 a piece, including a custom hard case and limited lifetime warranty.

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Cool iPhone 5 concept video makes us wish it was the real thing

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3D animation company AatmaStudio has released a cool concept video for the iPhone 5. It looks awesome, but how likely is it that the iPhone 5 could actually have the features shown in the video?

Ultra thin design

Smartphones are getting thinner and thinner, with the title of the world’s slimmest smartphone currently held by the Medias N-04C from Japanese company NEC Casio Mobile. At 7.7mm, the Android handset beats both the Galaxy S II and iPhone 4 when it comes to slimness.

The one in the video looks like it could be even thinner than that, but first camera sensors and radios will have to get smaller, as they typically make up the bulky parts. However, OmniVision recently announced an 8-megapixel camera module that comes in at a build height of just 4.4mm. So this aspect of the concept video doesn’t sound too unreasonable. The question is, will people want a smartphone that thin? At what point does it become uncomfortable to hold?

Laser Keyboard

Projection keyboards have existed for several years, but they’re generally not high-resolution or integrated into the smartphone as shown in the video. The projection keyboards on the market are generally dedicated Bluetooth/USB accessories. The Celluon virtual laser keyboard, for example, is fairly small, light and meant for tablets and smartphones, but is a separate component and uses a red laser beam. A couple more years before it is integrated into the smartphone, perhaps? iPhone 7?

Holographic Projector

Projecting video into thin air without any sort of screen to reflect the light is a bit trickier. Some say it’s just not possible. What do you think? Could we be seeing stuff like this on the iPhone 5, or will this be more of the kind of stuff we’d see on an iPhone 10?

Wacom Inkling stores digital sketches with full layers

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As a journalist, I have spent many hours working on illustrations and graphics that started out as doodles on a sketchpad. Scanning the image and then importing it into Illustrator or Photoshop isn’t difficult, but it is time-consuming, especially if I have to retrace the image to manipulate lines.

The new Wacom Inkling should make things a lot easier for artists, illustrators, graphic designers and pretty much everyone who doodles on real paper with a ballpoint pen and then needs to get it onto a computer. With the Inkling, you use the included ballpoint pen to doodle whatever your heart desires, and a wireless receiver stores the sketch digitally. The receiver can be clipped to the edge of standard paper or sketchbooks, as long as you’re using them on flat and rigid drawing surfaces.

Then, when you’ve finished drawing, you just hook up the receiver to your computer via USB to transfer the digital files. Files are opened with the Inkling Sketch Manager software where you can manage layers or change file formats to JPEG, TIFF or PDF and then open the fully layered files in Photoshop or Illustrator.

Yes, we know ink-to-digital pens are nothing new, but the pressure sensor technology of the Inkling is pretty neat. The gadget has 1024 levels of pressure, and pressure variations all appear in the digital version of the drawing. You can export your doodles as a vector illustration to Adobe Illustrator, which will allow you to re-work your lines in any way you want. That sounds pretty good to me.

The Wacom Inkling comes with a pen, receiver, rechargeable batteries, four spare pen ink cartridges, charging case and the Inkling Sketch Manager Application, which can be stored in the Inkling receiver. The Wacom Inkling will be available in the middle of September for $199.

Mysterious bird-like drone crashes in Pakistan

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A bird-like surveillance drone crashed in southwestern Pakistan late last week, close to the Afghan border. Some spare parts and a camera were found with it, but they are not pictured. The Pakistani Frontier Corps in Baluchistan province recovered the drone, and they declared it to be an “American surveillance unmanned aerial vehicle.” While the United States does use UAVs to monitor militants in Pakistan, this doesn’t look like anything the military flies. That we know of, anyway.

Danger Room’s Spencer Ackerman compared the unidentified drone with the SmartBird drone from Festo, which was inspired by the herring gull. There are notable differences between the two, as the wings of the mystery drone are straighter and more sharply angled than the SmartBird’s rounder wings. The SmartBird’s wings are made up of more than one type of material, while the mystery drone seems to be made of only one type of material. Not to mention that the mystery drone seems to have hosted a propeller and has ailerons, while the SmartBird, pictured below, doesn’t have either.

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At any rate, it seems to have crashed on its own, rather than being shot down as the wreckage is almost entirely intact, except for some scorch marks that you can see in the photo.

This could be the work of soldiers toying around with equipment.  It could just as easily be from China, India, or one of the many other countries with UAV capabilities and an insatiable need to spy.