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While we’re only getting rumors and leaks here and there about the Samsung Galaxy S III, here’s something that’s for sure – it will be powered by the company’s very own 32nm 1.4GHz quad-core processor that boasts not only a faster processing power, but also better energy savings. Samsung recently unveiled that the production of the Exynos 4 Quad processor is on-going and will make its debut into Samsung’s next Galaxy smartphone that will officially be announced in May – the next Galaxy!
Thanks to its High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) low-power technology, the new Exynos 4 Quad is twice as fast and yet consumes 20% less power over its predecessor, the 45nm process-based Exynos 4 Dual. Like all multi-core processors, Exynos 4 Quad processor delivers enhanced performance, and enables users to accomplish more tasks in a shorter period of time. To top that off, the company adopted hot-plug functional to support on-off switching for each core as well as the per-core dynamic voltage and frequency scaling (DVFS). This offers a dramatic reduction in power consumption by adapting different levels of voltage and frequency when changing workloads.
“The quad-core processor offers phenomenal multitasking abilities surpassing any single or dual application processor. Since all the cores must share a single battery, the power management and efficiency in the limited battery capacity are indispensable for mobile computing devices. Given the diverse functionalities consumers are demanding from their mobile devices today, the Exynos 4 Quad meets those high-performance needs while keeping power consumption very low.” – Taehoon Kim, Vice President of System LSI Marketing, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics.
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How do you follow up a stunning Q1 where you set record quarterly earnings and issue a sizable dividend to investors? Well, if you’re Apple, you just keep on keepin’ on, shattering even the wildest expectations with “a record March quarter.”
Leading up to today’s earnings, the outfit’s stock was down around two percent, mostly on reports that iPhone activations were something other than mind-blowing. That said, shares have already started to creep back into positive territory in after-hours trading. Wall Street was hoping for around $36.88 billion in revenue (despite lower guidance from Apple itself), with upwards of 30 million iPhones sold and 12 million iPads sold — galling numbers, no matter how you slice it.
The actuals? Well, we’re seeing $12.30 earnings per share, compared to an estimated $10.04 earnings per share. It all adds up to $39.2 billion in revenue and $11.6 billion in pure, unadulterated profit with 35.1 million iPhone units sold alongside 11.8 million iPads. (Of note, the new iPad was only on sale for around a fortnight in this quarter, making that figure even more impressive.) The former represents an 88 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter, while the latter shows a 151 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter.
Though Mac sales weren’t equally astonishing, the four million units sold in the past three months indicates a seven percent uptick compared to Q2 2011. The iPod department, which has been sinking in recent years as iPads and iPhones become the primary music players of consumers, still saw 7.7 million units sold, representing a 15 percent decline from the same quarter last year.
Just to put things in perspective, Apple nearly doubled its profits in Q2 2012 compared to Q2 2011, and practically quadrupled it compared to Q2 2010. As for CEO Tim Cook’s reaction? Aside from grinning from ear-to-ear looking at his growing stash of loot, he stated: “We’re thrilled with sales of over 35 million iPhones and almost 12 million iPads in the March quarter. The new iPad is off to a great start, and across the year you’re going to see a lot more of the kind of innovation that only Apple can deliver.” Keep on telling us that, Tim, and we’ll keep waiting.
Sammy’s latest marketing ploy kicked off with a string of nonsense that could just as easily have come from the Sunday morning jumble: “Destination: tgeltaayehxnx,” declared the Samsung Mobile Twitter account. Anagram wizards will read that as, “the next Galaxy,” and wouldn’t you know it, it’s also the URL for an auspicious countdown clock. Sammy promises to let visitors take “the next step” in about 17 hours and counting. Bonafide internet sleuths can find an extra carrot strung up in the site’s source, reading, “discover how Samsung is about to challenge the way you view the Galaxy once more.” Is Samsung about to break its own May 3rd unveiling? We’ll let you know in 9 hours and change.
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Do you ever wish you could have a news ticker on your TV, regardless of what channel you’re watching? Neither do we really, but we’re sure there’s someone out there who does. If that person also happens to own a Samsung Smart TV or Blu-ray player, well then, have we got some Breaking News for you. (See what we did there?) The premiere, primarily Twitter-based news aggregation service Breaking News now has an app in the Samsung TV Apps Store. Just install it, launch it and enjoy while breaking headlines are fed to your screen, regardless of what you’re watching. You’ve even got the option to have a constant stream of headlines or only alerts for seriously breaking news. Fire up the Apps Store to download it now.
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After months of rumors Samsung has officially announced the world will meet the next Galaxy phone in London on May 3rd with this invite, first received by Dutch site Tweakers.net. While most speculation will immediately focus around something we’re expecting to arrive as the Galaxy S III, the BlackBerry World-spoiling invite we received is conspicuously devoid of details like name or specifications. The only other information included is the date / time (2PM ET) and the address for a live stream on Facebook. The original Galaxy S and GS2 are already million unit sellers many times over since first launching two years ago and have led the Android pack for most of this time, so what will Samsung do to top itself this time? (Answer: not 3D, and it’s probably a little too late for another Continuum-like gimmicky split display.) There are just 16 days left until we find out for sure.
Can’t say we’re surprised, but Meizu’s finally giving us the lowdown on the quad-core variant of its flagship Android smartphone. Simply dubbed the MX Quad-core, this new device will be powered by a Cortex-A9-based, 32nm HKMG (High-K Metal Gate) quad-core Samsung Exynos chip — no word on the clock speed or RAM, but we’re betting our money on the Exynos 4412 that goes up to 1.5GHz. Meizu claims this will save up to 20 percent of CPU power consumption compared to its dual-core counterpart. Also, the battery will be bumped up from 1,600mAh to 1,700mAh. And yes, in addition to the original white back cover, you’ll be able to swap it with one of the five optional colored covers pictured above.
On the software side you’ll get a Meizu-customized Ice Cream Sandwich system (aka Flyme OS), though it isn’t clear whether the company will stick to its old promise of simultaneously releasing a vanilla ROM. The rest of the new phone’s identical to the dual-core MX, especially the 4-inch 960 x 640 ASV display and the eight-megapixel BSI camera. While there’s still no microSD expansion, here’s some good news to make up for this flaw: the base model starts at 32GB and it’ll cost the same as the current 16GB MX! In other words, come June the unsubsidized MX Quad-core will go from ¥2,999 (US$480) in China and HK$3,099 (US$400) in Hong Kong; and then there’ll also be a 64GB version priced at ¥3,999 (US$635) and HK$4,099 (US$530), respectively. Meanwhile, starting today, the original MX is reduced to ¥2,399 (US$380) and HK$2,599 (US$335).
Now, with Meizu proudly claiming to have the world’s first smartphone to utilize the quad-core Exynos chip, we wonder where Samsung’s at with its own unicorn device?
Good news came late today for all those Lumia 900 owners out there. It appears that Nokia has officially released the software update to resolve the handset’s data connectivity issues — a full three days early, in fact. Users may download the software through either Zune on the PC or Windows Phone 7 Connector on the Mac. For those who’d prefer to swap out their handset at an AT&T store, you have between now and April 21st to complete the exchange. Naturally, the limited-time offer remains in place for all those who purchase a Lumia 900 before April 21st to receive a $100 credit to their AT&T phone bill, courtesy of Nokia. Quite the graceful recovery, indeed.
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The Justice Department has formally decided to sue Apple, Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillian, Penguin and Simon & Schuster over alleged e-book price-rigging. Apple and Macmillian have already denied any wrongdoing, saying that the agreements were enhancing competition in an industry previously dominated by Amazon. The case centers around a deal to switch to agency pricing, where the vendor takes a 30 percent cut of each sale rather than the wholesale model which allows stores to sell books at rock-bottom prices. It was previously believed that the publishers had cut back-room deals with the Government agency after bowing to pressure to withdraw Cupertino’s “favored nation” status. If successful, the DoJ will allow Amazon and Barnes and Noble amongst others to return to the wholesale model to sell best-sellers at a loss, something that the big five are desperate to avoid, and will look to fight the battle in court. The PDF of the DoJ’s filing is available online — it makes for fascinating reading.
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What if all the answers to the universe resided in the stars? What if your real home was in space? What if you had a camera engineered specifically to capture the beauty of the night sky? You do. Canon has just outed the proper successor to the EOS 20Da, with the 60Da “catering to astronomers and hobbyists” who’d rather spend their clicks on galaxies than flowers and Earthlings. According to Canon, there’s a “modified infrared filter and a low-noise sensor with heightened hydrogen-alpha sensitivity” — something that presumably means the world to astronomers. In more understandable terms, it’s packing an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor (APS-C), a 3-inch Clear View LCD (you know, the flip-out kind), a nine-point autofocus system and TV-out support. The Silent Shooting feature that we already praised on the EOS 5D Mark III is here as well, as is a native ISO ceiling of 6,400 and an expandable range that reaches 12,800. Canon also throws in its RA-E3 remote controller adapter — a vital accessory for those looking to shoot timed exposures greater than 30 seconds — as well as an AC adapter kit for those all-night sessions. It’ll hit select dealers later this month for $1,499, and no, this is not a joke.
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We’ve already seen a bit of big news slip out ahead of RIM’s earnings announcement, and the company’s now dropped another bombshell itself. Former co-CEO Jim Balsillie has resigned from his position on the company’s board of directors. In a statement, Balsillie said simply: “As I complete my retirement from RIM, I’m grateful for this remarkable experience and for the opportunity to have worked with outstanding professionals who helped turn a Canadian idea into a global success.” RIM also confirmed that CTO David Yach would be retiring as well, and that COO Jim Rowan has “decided to pursue other interests,” but it hasn’t offered any indication of a broader shakeup beyond those three departures.
As for the fourth quarter earnings, RIM is reporting revenue of $4.2 billion, down 19 percent from the third quarter, and a GAAP net loss of $125 million. Total BlackBerry shipments for the quarter dipped 21 percent to 11.1 million units, while PlayBook shipments totaled 500,000, which is actually a new high water mark for the tablet (1.3 million were shipped during the fiscal year). This is also notably the company’s first quarterly earnings under the leadership of new CEO Thorsten Heins, who admits that the RIM faces some “significant” business challenges over the “next several quarters,” and says that he’s “taking the necessary steps to address them.” That includes “increased management accountability and process discipline,” as well as what he describes as a “comprehensive review of strategic opportunities including partnerships and joint ventures, licensing, and other ways to leverage RIM’s assets and maximize value for our stakeholders.”
On the company’s earnings call, Heins further added that he intends to refocus on the company’s enterprise business, and not try to be “all things to all people.” He went on to offer an even more frank assessment of RIM’s current state than he had earlier, stating that these are “difficult times” and that there’s “no guarantee of success,” while also adding that he’s open to exploring “all opportunities.” That includes the possibility of licensing BB10 which, incidentally, will apparently address the company’s current LTE deficit “later this year.” Asked on the call whether he would consider getting out of the hardware business altogether, Heins says that he prefers an “integrated” approach, but left the door open a little to that being done through partnerships instead of completely in-house — he also repeatedly noted that he wants RIM devices to be high-end, “aspirational” products. In short: the company’s focus now is on BB10 and enterprise, but it’s seemingly leaving just about everything on the table.
SOURCE via Financial Post