Nokia Lumia 900 rumor

Another day goes by and another rumor is sees the light of the day. This time it’s the return of the mythical Nokia Ace now dubbed the Nokia Lumia 900 which is said to be nothing more than a Lumia 800 with a 4.3″ screen (CBD AMOLED) instead of 3.7″ and only US bound (early 2012) and will be running Windows Phone Tango. Chances of this being true ? I don’t know but let’s thinker a bit here… a 4.3″ WVGA AMOLED display would look like crap unless it’s has an RGB matrix which is currently exclusive to Samsung in the form of the Super AMOLED Plus panel used on the Samsung Galaxy S II and Samsung Focus S. Now, given that Samsung is also the manufacturer of the AMOLED panels on Nokia’s devices it’s safe to assume that this rumored Nokia Lumia 900 sports a PenTile Matrix panel. But why wouldn’t it have an RGB panel you say? Well like I said; Samsung is keeping it to themselves for now on (it’s one of the main selling feature for their SII and Focus S phones) and even Motorola got handed a crappy 4.3″ QHD PenTile panel for their top of the line Razr handset.

More surprising things have happened before so maybe this Nokia Lumia 900 is indeed coming soon with a super amazing AMOLED panel or maybe not. Where’s my salt?

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Not so breaking news: Samsung working on upcoming high-end Windows Phone, the SGH-i937

Breaking news: Samsung is working on a new high end Windows Phone! After all I already talk / hint at this particular device back in May in my Windows Phone Mango preview and here right? …Well, apparently nobody paid attention or cared…. Anyway, the device will be the SGH-i937 in the US (the Focus is the i917 and the Galaxy S II is the i927) will feature a Super AMOLED Plus panel like the Galaxy S II (similar to how the Focus and Omnia 7 featured the same Super AMOLED panel as the Galaxy S) and is AT&T bound.

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Samsung Galaxy S II reviews: The best Android smartphone ever ?

The first Samsung Galaxy S II reviews just popped-up today courtesy of Samsung UK who seems to have handled review samples to UK editors this week. The verdict seems to be really positive especially Vlad’s review. According to Engadget’s editor the Galaxy S II is simply the best Android smartphone ever created.

The handset’s biggest sell point is obviously its 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus display which I hand the opportunity to check out in Barcelona in February during the MWC11. Gone is the annoying PenTile Matrix subpixel arrangements which is no replace by a normal RGB matrix. This essentially means that the WVGA Super AMOLED Plus screen has 1,152,000 sub-pixels compared to 768,000 if it was a regular Super AMOLED panel (see my Super AMOLED vs Super AMOLED Plus hands on comparison here).  Interestingly Samsung is also allowing the user to tweak the screen’s color saturation via a setting called “Background Effect”.This is definitely a good thing given that AMOLED panels are highly color saturated most of the time.

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Samsung Galaxy S II to be available on May 1st in the UK

Samsung has just announced that the mighty Samsung Galaxy II super-phone will be available on May 1st across all carriers in the UK. This will be the i9100 version with the new 1.2Ghz Exynos 4210 SoC and Super AMOLED Plus display. You can check out my hands on video here and here and a close up of the Super AMOLED Plus screen here.  Now I just hope that the software has been improved since February (it was choppy most of the time) and that the device won’t melt after a few hours of use (the prototypes I played with were all burning hot). Full press release after the break:

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Samsung Galaxy S II gets a processor speed bump to 1.2Ghz

The Exynos 4210 powered version of the Samsung Galaxy S II (not to be confused with the Tegra 2 version) is apparently receiving a processor speed bum to 1.2ghz according to Samsung Estonia’s Facebook page. The device was initially announced with a 1Ghz Dual core CPU back in February in Barcelona and is now expected to hit the streets at the end of May or June.

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One more Samsung Galaxy S II hands on video

You may have noticed that it’s a relatively slow news weekend here (yeah I’m not feeling like posting every single bit of WP7 related rumor / chatter lately..) so I decided to dig into my Mobile World Congress stash and post a second Samsung Galaxy S II hands on video for your viewing pleasure. There’s definitely nothing amazing in there ‘just all everything that came out of MWC this year unfortunately) but if you are still craving for some Exynos 4210 action just hit the break to check it out.

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Super AMOLED vs Super AMOLED Plus

Here’s a small non-scientific comparison of the new Super AMOLED Plusdisplay found on the recently unveiled Samsung Galaxy S II versus the regular Super AMOLED found on the Samsung Galaxy Sand Samsung Omnia 7. I unfortunately can’t upload the full resolution images where the difference between two is more clearly visible because my server bandwidth would take a serious hit so I re-sized them a bit and did some cropping. Check them out after the break:

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Samsung Galaxy S II to either use a Tegra 2 SoC or Exynos 4210 depending on region. Enter the Samsung GT-i9103

As noted on the official Samsung Galaxy S II specs sheet the Samsung application processor powering the device “May not be applicable in some regions”. This essentially means that there are going to be other versions of the device sold in some regions with an SoC other than the Exynos 4210. Turns out that it will most probably be the Samsung GT-i9103 which is powered by nVidia’s Tegra 2 ( it just showed up in the GLBenchmark database).

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Samsung Galaxy S II Preview, hardware specifications and hands on video

Let’s just start by saying that Samsung’s Unpacked Keynote was one of the most boring a useless keynote I have ever attended. Thankfully for the company the products being unveiled vast overshadowed the lackluster presentation: not a single live demo, tons and tons of useless PR talk and even more PR talk (to make things worst the whole thing start one hour late and nobody ever told the audience what was going on). But let’s forget about this and concentrated on one of the most powerful handled device ever created: The Samsung Galaxy S II. So what’s so specially about it? Well, to put it simply: the hardware hardware specifications are just insane:

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Samsung Galaxy S 2 and Galaxy Tab 2 specifications and press shot leaked

Both devices’ hardware specifications have just leaked prior to their unveiling tomorrow night in Barcelona. The first one is the Samsung Galaxy S 2 (or Galaxy S II) pictured above which apparently packs a Dual-Core 1Ghz CPU (the clock speed sort of confirms that it’s a Orion aka Exynos 4210), a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, Android 2.3 with what looks like an updated TouchWIZ UI. The handset will weight only 116g and be 8.49mm thin (the Galaxy S is 9.9mm).

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Samsung Infuse 4G with new Super AMOLED Plus 4.5 inch display unveiled

Did Samsung finally find a way around the PenTile Sub-Pixel Matrix arrangement for its AMOLED And Super AMOLED displays? Only time will tell but according to hardware specification of the newly unveiled Samsung Infuse 4G the new Super AMOLED Plus panel has 50%more sub-pixel compared to the regular Super AMOLED displays. The device sports a gigantic 4.5 inch screen and a higher clocked 1.2Ghz Hummingbird SOC (so no dual-core as seen in the rumors ).The Infuse 4G which is headed to AT&T also has an 8MP camera on the back and a front facing 1.3Mpix for video chat, runs Android 2.2 and an HSPA+ radio (no LTE in sight). More picture after the break:

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