Recent Galaxy Note 10.1 Benchmark Test Suggests Quad-Core Upgrade

It was last month that we heard that the reason for Galaxy Note 10.1 delay was for a nice little hardware bump, replacing its dual-core chip with the faster, more powerful quad-core Exynos 4412. Now we aren’t entirely positive that this is to be the case, but remember, a Samsung spokesperson said that the device would be entirely different than when it was announced at MWC so we have no reason to believe a quad-core jump wouldn’t be in favor.

To back up that theory, a new Galaxy Note 10.1 NenaMark benchmark test result shows a frame rate of 58.8 fps. This is a frame speed similar to the one that the Transformer Prime can produce, a device with a blazing fast quad-core processor. Just to make a comparison, the 1.4GHz dual-core Galaxy Tab 7.7 scores a 44fps and the Galaxy Note brings in 48fps. This is quite a large increase in speed and my speculation suggests it’s because a quad-core chip was used in this recent NenaMark test.

As it goes with any rumors or speculation, this Exynos 4412 idea should be taken with a grain of salt. It won’t be until we get official confirmation that we will for sure know that the Galaxy Note 10.1 will be rocking a quad-core chip. Stay tuned…

Source: NenaMark
via: PocketNow

Samsung shows us how much cooler the Galaxy Note is going to be with an overview video of the Premium Suite and Ice Cream Sandwich

Samsung Galaxy Note owners should be getting a taste of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich soon. I know everyone expected it last month, but the good news is that with the Note, the ICS experience is dramatically different with the Premium Suite. Samsung is touting the ability to create notebooks or unique stories on the go with seven templates: Note, Meeting Note, Idea Note, Magazine, Travel, Diary, and Recipe. You can even choose or create your own notebook covers.

For actual notebook enhancements, they added a floating icon bar and the ability to record your drawings. Google searches are now part of your notes as you can simply write something and find out more about it, even formulas. You can quickly scan through the content of all your notebooks to find what you’re looking for. Plus there’s still more. If you thought the Galaxy Note was cool now, wait till you watch the video after the break. Samsung really turned things up here.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Specs And Launch Date Still Up In The Air

We’re thinking the same thing you are, when the heck is this device going to be officially announced and what will really be under the hood when it’s released? While word of the Galaxy Tab 2 series has finally broke with both release dates and pricing announced, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is still in PR limbo as we’ve yet to confirm a date for its release or whether or not the device will in fact launch with a dual-core 1.4 GHz Exynos SoC, as mentioned at MWC or the new quad-core demon of a SoC, the Exynos 4412.

At a press conference held yesterday, a spokesperson stated that there was no release date specified as of now and that it was possible the final product could be different than what was unveiled at MWC. This isn’t the first time Sammy pulled a little switcheroo as they’ve done this with the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 almost a couple of years ago, revealing a much different piece of hardware than what was originally announced. The comapany’s main goal was to “make a splash” at the event which Samsung believes it did flawlessly, however, we’ll have to wait and be patient for more details on the device. So what’s our guess? Not sure entirely but we’re leaning on the hope that Samsung is working on getting the much anticipated quad-core Exynos chipset under the hood before an official release. And who knows, it’s possible we could see the device announced simultaneously with the Galaxy S III, where both devices could be the first to unveil the new SoC. What do you think? The comments section is yours for the taking.

Source : The Verge

Samsung shows off the ‘Berry Pink” Galaxy Note


I know that you’ve been secretly desiring the pink Galaxy Note ever since we told you about it last month. Well Samsung just officially unveiled it and it will be available in South Korea by next week. It will be called berry pink, and it will essentially be the same Galaxy Note that is available now. No pricing was mentioned, but it will most likely be priced the same as the other more mundane colors. Make sure you grab a berry pink case to go with that.

Source: Samsung
via: pocketnow

Medfield-Powered Lenovo K800 Benchmark Scores Show Promise


Intel’s Medfield chipset promises to bring performance and improved power consumption to Ice Cream Sandwich-powered devices. Launch partner Lenovo is promising to release its 1.6GHz Atom Z2460-powered K800 smartphone in China in two months. Until then, we won’t really know if Medfield will live up to its potential, but Engadget managed to score some early benchmarks for a prototype K800 running Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread.

How close these benchmarks are to the final version has yet to be seen, so take these numbers for what they are. The graphics performance was lacking a bit, but the overall scores were similar to those of the Samsung Galaxy Note, which runs a 1.4GHz dual-core Exynos processor. Not too shabby. Better yet, the K800 performed very well in the Javascript test, beating the Galaxy Note as well as the HTC One X and One S.

Now we just have to see how well the battery holds up. Check out the full benchmarks after the break.

                             K800 HTC One S HTC One X Galaxy Note(int’l)
Quadrant (v2) 3,850 5,053 4,906 3,854
Linpack single-thread (MFLOPS) 89.47 103.88 48.54 64.3
Linpack multi-thread (MFLOPS) 90.57 222.22 150.54 95.66
NenaMark2 (fps) 27.6 61.0 47.6 32.8
NenaMark1 (fps) 38 60.8 59.5 56.6
Vellamo 1,162 2,452 1,617 901
SunSpider 9.1 (ms, lower numbers are better) 1,270.2 1,742.5 1,772.5 2,902

Source: engadget

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Delayed Until June To Get Quad-Core Exynos Processor?


A Korean newspaper claims that Samsung is delaying the launch of the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet to June so it can bump up its processor to a quad-core Exynos 4412. This is welcome news if it holds true since the Note 10.1 was announced at Mobile World Congress with a dual-core 1.4GHz processor, which seems like yesterday’s news now that quad-core is the new kid in town. There is currently no device that is using the Exynos 4412, but the Samsung Galaxy III is rumored to be the first. If the Note 10.1 will be getting it as well, Samsung could be timing the releases of both devices together.

Of course, with no official release date from Samsung, can we really call this a delay? In any case, if this is true, this is the second delay of a Samsung tablet this month with the Galaxy Tab 2 being pushed until the end of April for more ICS testing and tweaks.

I know everyone hates delays, but to be honest, I applaud Samsung for making sure their products are not only fully tested and working well before release, but also that the specs are kept up to date and competitive. Now let’s just hope the rumors are true since I could sure use a 10.1-inch, quad-core, S Pen enabled Galaxy Note.

Source: mk
via: pocketnow