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We saw first generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) enter the enthusiast arena with the arrival of AMD’s Radeon R9 Fury lineup of graphics cards. HBM promised incredible performance with equally impressive low power consumption, and largely delivered on those claims. NVIDIA introduced us to HBM2 with its Tesla P100 accelerator, which includes up to 16GB of the good stuff onboard. While HBM2 isn’t even shipping in volume for mainstream (or even enthusiast-class) applications, that isn’t stopping Samsung from laying out its roadmap for HBM3. HBM3 is expected to hit production in the 2019 to 2020... Read more...
There was a time when Samsung believed its home brewed Tizen operating system would rise up and usurp Android as the king of mobile, or at least be a competitive force. Things haven't worked out that way, and though Tizen has gone on to fined renewed purpose in things like smart TVs and wearables, it's still being used in smartphones, including the Samsung Z2, the world's first Tizen smartphone with 4G LTE functionality. It's a significant milestone in Tizen's journey, not because 4G LTE is some new and rare technology—obviously that's not the case—but because of its price point and audience. The... Read more...
Have you had your eyes on a brand new Samsung Galaxy smartphone, but have been turned off by sticker shock? If you’re looking to buy a brand new Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge that is factory unlocked and off-contract from Samsung, it will cost you $669.99 and $769.99 respectively. And if you prefer to purchase a brand new Galaxy Note 7, the price is even more scary: $849 off-contract. For those that prefer to buy their devices unlocked and don’t want to go through installment plans via a wireless carrier, Samsung is looking to offer customers a cheaper way to purchase a Galaxy smartphone. According... Read more...
At long last, the Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is here and available to order, provided you have $880 to spend on a smartphone (subsidized pricing and monthly installment plans are available too). One thing you might want to consider if picking up Samsung's latest phablet is warranty coverage, as based on the results of a recent teardown, you should probably avoid trying any DIY repairs. The nimble fingered folks at iFixIt snagged a Galaxy Note 7 and promptly gutted the device until all that remained were the individual parts, disassembled and naked for all the world to see. The process was met with... Read more...
It looks like the whole smartwatch category might have legs, after all. Rumor has it Apple is getting ready to launch a new Apple Watch line while Samsung, it's main rival in all things mobile, has sent out invitations to members of the press for what it strongly hints will be a smartwatch announcement. The invitation doesn't actually mention a smartwatch, but unless it's planning to release a clock, there's little else it could be.Samsung's press conference is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 1, at IFA 2016. The invitation has clock hands, which we presume to mean the launch of the... Read more...
Many have touted mobile payments and digital wallets like Apple Pay and Android Pay as being more secure and convenient than regular plastic credit cards. It turns out these mobile methods can be just as vulnerable to scams as more traditional payment methods. In fact, Samsung recently confirmed that Samsung Pay is susceptible to wireless credit card skimming. How does Samsung Pay work? Samsung Pay actually utilizes several methods to keep customer information secure. Unlike some other mobile payment options, Samsung Pay can also use a magnet in order to transmit information. Magnetic... Read more...
In what cold be classified as a bold move, Samsung is considering only releasing a version of its next generation flagship Galaxy device—presumably the Galaxy S8—with a curved edge display. That means there would be just a single SKU rather than two separate versions of the same flagship, one with a regular display and one with a panel that wraps around both sides, as found on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge respectively. It would be bold, but not necessarily bat-spit crazy. Truth be told, things started to feel stale with Samsung's Galaxy line by the time the Galaxy S5 emerged. At that point,... Read more...
During the run-up to the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, there were rumors that the smartphone would ship with 6GB of RAM and perhaps a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor. However, when the Galaxy Note 7 was officially introduced earlier this week, its specs more closely aligned with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, meaning a Snapdragon 820 processor and “just” 4GB of RAM. However, it appears that there was some merit to those earlier rumors — a version of the Galaxy Note 7 will arrive on the Chinese market with 6GB of RAM. And that’s not all; Samsung is also doubling maximum internal RAM... Read more...
Well this is a little awkward. Apparently Samsung invented the Apple Watch design, or so it would seem based on the South Korean electronic maker's recent patent filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The patent is for a wearable device and included in the filing are several sketches that look remarkably like the Apple Watch family. The discovery was made by Patently Apple, a site that focuses on Apple products and services, but that doesn't diminish the finding. You can check things out for yourself by directing your web browser to Samsung's patent filing and clicking... Read more...
Earlier this morning, Samsung held its latest Unpacked event in New York City where it unveiled the highly anticipated Galaxy Note7 smartphone. At the event, Samsung also announced U.S. availability for the Gear 360 camera (it arrives August 19th with a price tag of $349) and a revised Gear VR headset that features USB-C connectivity to support the new Galaxy Note7. You can read our coverage of the initial Galaxy Note7 announcement here. For a quick refresher, the Galaxy Note7 skips Qualcomm’s brand spankin’ new Snapdragon 821 SoC and instead uses the tried and true Snapdragon 820 with Adreno 530... Read more...
It’s that time of the year again; time for Samsung to release the latest in its long line of Galaxy Note smartphones. The original Galaxy Note arguably created the “phablet” class of smartphones and has always been the standard-bearer for the category. Samsung is looking to prove its dominance once again with the Galaxy Note 7 (Samsung skipped “6” to align branding with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge). Just like the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge redesigns, which didn’t stray too far from their immediate predecessors aesthetically, the Galaxy Note 7 has a familiar look. If a Galaxy Note 5 and the... Read more...
Samsung is getting ready to formally introduce its next phablet device, the Galaxy Note 7, which it will unveil tomorrow at its Unpacked event in New York City, London, and Rio de Janeiro. There's been a large amount of leaks leading up the Note 7's launch so there might not be too many surprises in store. Even here in the home stretch there's been one last leak that reveals Samsung will also launch a new generation Gear VR headset alongside the Note 7. Famed and reliable tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer, more famously known to some by his Twitter handle @OnLeaks, posted several official looking press... Read more...
Samsung is raking in the dough, partly thanks to strong Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge sales. Revenue for this past quarter was 50.94 trillion KRW or $45 billion, an 2.4 trillion KRW increase from last year. Operating profits were also eight times what they were last year. 343.3 million smartphones were shipped worldwide from all vendors in the second quarter, but Samsung remained the leader. Samsung and Apple netted similar revenue, however their smartphone sales were drastically different. Apple was only responsible for roughly 40 million of the smartphones purchased during the last quarter. Samsung sold... Read more...
At this point, we’ve learned just about everything we need to know about the Galaxy Note 7. Samsung conveniently skipped the "Note 6" moniker, instead opting for Galaxy Note 7 to more closely align the smartphone with the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S7 Active (which has recently been making headlines of its own). Although we have already seen renders of the Galaxy Note 7 before courtesy of serial leaker Evan Blass, today sees the release of a slew of new renders, showing multiple color variations that will be available to consumers around the globe. In addition to Black Onyx and Silver... Read more...
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