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Samsung SyncMaster P2770HD monitor debuts in Korea

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on November 11th, 2009

nov11sam843buiaoweIf I was the type that had a small amount of space or needed a screen that could pull duty as a TV and work for my PC, the SyncMaster P2770HD would be on my short list. This slick monitor was announced today by Samsung in Korea, but it should be coming stateside as well.

The device works as a PC monitor and has a built-in TV tuner and HDMI inputs. The screen supports full 1080p resolution and has a dynamic contrast ratio of 50,000:1. Other features include a pair of 3-watt stereo speakers and 5.1 simulated surround sound.

Samsung looking to abandon Windows Mobile?

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on November 10th, 2009

samsung-logo-sbTraditionally the vast majority of Samsung mobile devices run Windows Mobile. WinMo is falling out of fashion with many mobile phone makers and phone users in the face of competition from Android and other phone operating systems.

Reports are coming in that Samsung is going to be significantly reducing the number of handsets that it produces with WinMo and moving them to Android. Analyst Greg Noh claims that in 2010 the WinMo handsets in the Samsung line will drop from 80% range today to 50%.

Samsung M3310 and B3410 show off in official images

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2009

Samsung M3310 and B3410 show off in official imagesSamsung has unveiled a few images for two unannounced phones, the M3310 and B3410. The M3310 is a music-inclined dual-slider with external music controls that features stereo speakers, a 3.5mm headset jack, Bluetooth 2.1, integrated FM radio with RDS, a 2.1″ QVGA display, 3.2-megapixel and a microSD memory card slot. It will be available in black and white.

The Samsung B3410 offers a full QWERTY keyboard, a 2.6″ QVGA display, TouchWiz 2.0 UI, quad-band GSM/EDGE connectivity, FM radio, Bluetooth 2.1, a 2-megapixel camera and a microSD memory card slot.

Samsung Jack gets Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrade

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on November 6th, 2009

Samsung Jack gets Windows Mobile 6.5 upgradeSamsung’s Jack smartphone will be getting a Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrade. That means an upgraded Internet Explorer, with Flash support along with Windows Marketplace for Mobile.

The Samsung Jack can also now hook up to over 20,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot locations in the US. Vlingo for Windows Phone will allow you to use voice commands to send an email, text or open a web site. As usual, just make sure you back up of all your data before the upgrade.

Samsung unveils new monitors for PC with TV tuners

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on October 28th, 2009

samsung933hd-sgI like it when my electronic gear can serve more than one purpose. My iPhone can act as a MP3 player and a MID in addition to making calls and I would like it if my normal monitor could do other tasks as well. Samsung has announced a pair of new LCDs called the 933HD and the 2333HD that work for your computer and work as normal TVs too.

The 933HD is a 19-inch unit selling for $249.99. The 2333HD is a 23-inch unit selling for $329.99. Both displays have integrated TV tuners, 10000:1 contrast ratio, and 5ms response times. Both of the screens also have stereo speakers.

Samsung Needle Slim LED TV

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on October 26th, 2009

Samsung Needle Slim LED TVLike a young gal with a modeling contract, LED TVs just keep getting unhealthily thinner. It won’t be long before TVs are little more than sheets of paper on our walls. The Samsung Needle Slim model is a 40″ full HD LED backlight TV that measures just 3mm thick.

That’s pretty impressive when you consider that this 120Hz LCD panel has a 5,000:1 contrast ratio as well. It isn’t available to the masses just yet, but maybe Samsung will roll it out sometime soon.

Samsung’s first ‘Plus’ memory cards up to 16GB to be announced

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on October 18th, 2009

Samsung’s first 'Plus' memory cards up to 16GB to be announcedSamsung has announced that they are finally taking the leap and making their memory cards available for the consumer market. They will be available in SD, microSD and Compact Flash formats. These cards will be in the ‘Plus’ memory card class and compliant with the Secure Digital class 6 performance standards.

The cards will be available in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB varieties, with speeds from 17 Mbps to 45 Mbps. You’ll be able to get them very soon if you’ve been hankering to use the Samsung brand.

Samsung to offer branded memory cards in Taiwan

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on October 16th, 2009

samsung-logo-sb1Memory cards are pretty much a commodity market today. They are all about the same and rarely are there any differences between brands. Samsung has decided to enter into memory card market in Taiwan with its own line of branded memory cards.

I point out that the cards are branded because Samsung has been manufacturing memory cards as white label products for other manufacturers to sell under their own brand. Samsung will sell SD, microSD, and CF cards with capacities of 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB.

Samsung launches LD220G and LD190G displays for laptops

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on October 16th, 2009

samsungld220gOne of the worst parts about working on a laptop for an extended period at your desk is that the laptop tends to have a much smaller screen than your average desktop computer. Samsung offered some external LCDs aimed at laptop users in Korea earlier this year called the LD220 and LD190.

Today Samsung announced that the LD220G and the LD190N LCDs were available in America. The monitors are 22-inches and 19-inches respectively and have a stand that leans more like you find on a digital photo frame than your typical LCD. The 220G connects to the notebook via USB and has a built-in USB hub.

Samsung cuts standby power for STORY Station external HDD by 95%

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on October 15th, 2009

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Around the world, untold amounts of power are wasted each day by gadgets and electronic devices that are left running when they are not in use. Many countries are trying to legislate changes to laws to reduce this wasted energy. Samsung has announced that its STORY Station line of external HDDs is being updated to meet new European rules for lower power consumption at rest.

The line of Samsung external HDDs is getting a new circuit design that allows it to be turned off when the power supple is plugged in and the USB cable is not connected to the computer. This will allow Samsung to cut power needs from 2.5W of the current version to 0.09W with the new version of the drive.

Samsung unveils Blu-ray combo drive with 8x BD-ROM read

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on October 8th, 2009

samsung-logo-sbBlu-ray drives are becoming all the more common on notebooks and desktop computers today. This is thanks in part to the fact that Blu-ray drives are much cheaper than they were a year ago. Samsung today announced a new internal Blu-ray combo drive that will burn Blu-ray discs and read BD-ROMs at 8x.

In addition to the 8x Blu-ray reads, the drive can also read CDs at 40x and DVDs at 16x. The drive also uses Samsungs jumping algorithm that allows the drive to achieve an average access speed of 350ms, which Samsung says is much faster than other drives on the market.

Sprint announces Samsung Moment

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on October 8th, 2009

Sprint announces Samsung MomentIf you have a moment, then let us take a moment, for the Samsung Moment. Sprint has just announced that their latest handset, the Samsung Moment will be the first in the US from Samsung to run Android. The Samsung moment will arrive with a bunch of pre-loaded Google mobile services like Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail and YouTube. Then of course there’s all of the apps from the Android market too.

Some other features include a 3.2″ AMOLED touchscreen display, an 800MHz processor, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, 3G support, full QWERTY keyboard, GPS navigation, a 3.2-megapixel camera with flash, camcorder and autofocus capabilities and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Samsung Behold II for T-Mobile, unites Android with TouchWiz Interface

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on October 5th, 2009

Samsung Behold II for T-Mobile, unites Android with TouchWiz InterfaceT-Mobile’s latest Android set is a full-touch handset that has a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, flash, and video recording. Some other features include a 3.2-inch AMOLED display, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, and microSD expansion up to 16GB.

The Behold II also features the company’s TouchWiz UI with a 3D cube menu that will let you rotate through multimedia features like web browsing and YouTube etc. Nothing on pricing or availability yet, but you can expect it by the holidays.

Samsung SCH-W880 12 megapixel phonecamera

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on September 28th, 2009

Samsung SCH-W880 12 megapixel phonecameraIs it a camera or a phone? Samsung’s latest is a 3G cellphone in a 12 megapixel camera. Just as Darth Vader is more machine than man, this M8920 / SCH-W880 is more camera than phone. Certainly more camera than most 12 megapixel cameraphones are. It’s not official yet, but the announcement will come soon.

The most interesting aspects of this one are the extending 3x optical zoom and the dedicated camera controls like a mode dial, shutter and zoom, along with a 3.3-inch WVGA AMOLED display. Some other specs are HD (720p?) video, HSDPA data, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, microSD slot, and DMB mobile television.

Samsung unveils world’s first mobile display driver with touch screen controller

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on September 22nd, 2009

samsung-logo-sbIt seems like most of the smartphones and feature phones that we see lately feature touchscreen of one sort or another. Some touchscreens are capacitive and some are resistive and what you can use to control the screen, be it a finger or a stylus, depends on the type.

Samsung has unveiled the world’s first mobile display driver IC with embedded touch screen control functionality. The driver controls a capacitive touchscreen that supports soft touch and multi-touch functionality.