Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition to hit store shelves on Oct. 10

The latest version of the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet will finally hit store shelves starting October 10, with pre-orders set to begin tomorrow via a handful of retailers. Dubbed as the ‘2014 Edition’, the new Galaxy 10.1 will be available for purchase in the US next month in black and white color variants. As for pricing, the 16GB version gets a price tag of $550, while the 32GB variant will set you back by $600. The tablet will go on sale globally starting from Q3 2013.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 1024 Editon will be offered in three connectivity options: WiFi Only, WiFi and 3G, WiFi and LTE available in 16/32/64GB + Micro SD. Besides, it will come in two color options: Classic White and Jet Black.

Samsung has also announced free goodies for buyers of the latest Galaxy Note 10.1. These include three months of Hulu Plus, 50GB of extra Dropbox storage, a one-year subscription to Boingo hotspots, a 12-week subscription to the New York Times, along with a 12-month subscription to Bloomberg Businessweek. Besides, Samsung is also upping the ante on the hundreds of dollars of free digital content that customers will get when they buy the tablet.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition was officially unveiled during Samsung’s September event during IFA 2013. The tablet features a high resolution 2560 x 1600 display, a significant upgrade from the 1280 x 800-pixel display of its predecessor. Under the hood, it gets powered by Samsung’s Exynos 5420 quad-core processor bundled with 3GB of RAM. The tablet also comes with a MicroSD slot for storage expansion. It also rocks an 8MP primary camera with auto-focus and LED flash and a 2MP front-facing shooter.

The tablet also comes with the S Pen, giving users an entirely new way to interact with the tablet. Some of the new S Pen features include Screen Write, Action Memo, Scrapbook, and S Finder.


Samsung officially unveils the Galaxy Gear smartwatch

Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy Gear, the company’s much anticipated new smartwatch. The smartwatch will be available in the US early October and will retail for $299. Meanwhile, Samsung plans to globally launch the Galaxy Gear on September 25 in more than 149 countries.

The Galaxy Gear features a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels. Under the hood, it gets powered by a single-core 800MHz processor and offers 4GB of built-in storage. There’s a 315mAh battery which is said to offer 25 hours of battery life. The Galaxy Gear also has two in built mics with Noise cancellation support. Not to mention, the smartwatch also has a built-in camera.

The Galaxy Gear works much like the Pebble smartwatch. The smartwatch functions more like an accessory to other Samsung devices using Bluetooth. For instance, it can show smartphone notifications, lets you answer calls, and gives users access to a wide array of apps. Samsung claims that the new smartwatch will be compatible with over 70 apps initially, such as Evernote, Path, and Glympse.

For now, the Galaxy Gear only works with the newly launched Galaxy Note 3 and the latest Galaxy Note 10.1. That said, Samsung reportedly plans to integrate Gear with more devices such as the Galaxy S4 and S3 smartphones, as well as Note 2.


Samsung Galaxy S4 coming to T-Mobile and Sprint next week

Two more major carriers are bringing the new Samsung Galaxy S4 flagship in the United States next week.

T-Mobile has announced that customers will be able to get their hands on the Galaxy S4 on April 24. Customers will have to pay $150 down on the price of the handset, however, T-Mobile is yet to reveal a figure for subsequent monthly payments for the handset.

Sprint also confirmed on Tuesday that its customers will be able to get their hands on the Galaxy S4 on April 27, for $299 on a two-year contract. Customers who change their service to Sprint will get a $100 rebate on the phone.

Meanwhile, AT&T started taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S4 on Monday, at a starting price of $199.99. Besides, the carrier also confirmed its plans to start shipping the handset on April 30.

In terms of specs, Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 5-inch full-HD screen with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels with a pixel density of 441ppi. It gets powered by a 1.6GHz Exynos octa-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM and a PowerVR SGX544MP3 triple-core GPU.