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While it's not uncommon for consumers to want to upgrade their smartphones each and every year, the market is learning more and more that tablets don't enjoy the same kind of uptake. IDC's latest report highlights this well, as it shows a 14.7% year-over-year decline in tablet shipments. That puts the total at 39.6 million shipped, and includes both standard "slate" and detachable form-factors. With these results, it's clear that there is not as much demand for tablets as there once was, but things could change in the future as more and more users are ditching their desktops to become more mobile.... Read more...
The window of opportunity to get in on the ground floor of the virtual reality movement from the content creation side is right now, but not everyone has suitcases full of cash to invest in pricey VR camera arrays. That's okay because Samsung's Gear 360 is now on sale in select countries, and it costs far less than Facebook's $30,000 Surround 360 platform or HTC's $5,000 Omni camera. Samsung delivered the news this morning during a keynote presentation at its Developers Conference in San Francisco. The Gear 360 is now available for purchase online in South Korea for 399,300 Korean Won (around $350... Read more...
We’re only a few months away from the likely launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 6, which means that it’s about time to start hearing a steady stream of rumors regarding its specs and features. The Galaxy Note series has always been known for performance and its inking capabilities; the latest iteration will be no exception. According to a fresh report, the Galaxy Note 6 will bring with it a 5.8-inch curved display screen that retains a 2560x1440 resolution. Two SoCs are said to be in development for the phablet, including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 823 and Samsung’s own Exynos 8xxx. But the mind-boggling... Read more...
It looks like Microsoft’s grit is paying off. After years of shepherding its Surface tablets, Microsoft seems to have convinced its partners that there is a market for premium, Windows-based ultra portables. HP’s Spectre x2 caught our attention late last year and Dell’s XPS 12 and Lenovo’s Yoga (technically a convertible) impressed us more recently. Now Samsung, another major Android tablet maker, has taken the wraps off its own Surface alternative, the Galaxy TabPro S. The tablet runs Windows 10 Home and features many of Samsung's key mobile innovations, like a gorgeous AMOLED display. All of... Read more...
When it comes to technology, especially the fast-paced advancement of mobile technology, design cycles are often based on either innovation or iteration. Sometimes it's a blend of both, but often times, like Intel's tick-tock silicon design process, it makes perfect sense to innovate one design cycle and then iterate and perfect on the next. It's a common practice that Samsung's chief smartphone rival, Apple is well known for as well. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones are definitely iterative product designs, but my how iteration has served Samsung so very well on these two new... Read more...
There’s no question that Samsung knows a thing or two about SSDs. Over the past few months, we’ve seen the South Korean company launch the world’s largest SSD (the 15.3TB PM1633a) and its blazing fast PM1725 which delivers sequential reads of 5,500MB/s and sequential writes of 1,800MB/s. Samsung is now turning its attention to SSDs with slightly less outrageous read/write speeds with the SM961 and PM961 — both of which are aimed at its OEM customers. These Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) SSD feature Samsung’s brand new Polaris controller along with an M.2-2880 form-factor. Where the two products... Read more...
Join us for another episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks webcast where Paul, Marco and Dave will be talking about the hot new Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung's super-fast T3 external SSD, HP's sweet Spectre X360 15 notebook, a killer Mythlogic gaming notebook with Killer Networking, a cool set of wearables for boxers, and a whole lot more! Show Notes: 01:54 - Samsung Portable SSD T3 Review: Fast, Sleek USB-C Storage 07:56 - Galaxy S7 Vs iPhone 6S Performance Showdown Shows Samsung Has The Upper-Hand 21:07 - Mythlogic Deimos Gaming Laptop Review: GeForce GTX 980M And Desktop Skylake... Read more...
Fingerprint scanning is quickly becoming a standard security feature on high-end smartphones. The perceived notion is that this type of biometric safeguard provides a superior means of security due to the unique patterns of everyone's fingers, but a new study and experiment conducted by researchers at Michigan State University shows that fingerprint scanning can be thwarted with a simple inkjet printer. Say what now? As rudimentary as that sounds, the researchers demonstrated in a video posted to YouTube exactly how this works. They used a color inkjet Brother MFC-J5910DW printer outfitted with... Read more...
The immediate comparisons are inevitable. Apple and Samsung are the two most dominant smartphone manufacturers in the world right now, commanding an overwhelming combined market share that dwarfs their competitors. So, when one of these mobile juggernauts releases a new flagship device, analysts, press, and consumers alike want to know how that new competitive product performs versus the other brand's current offering. The interest and buzz is logical. New doesn't always mean significantly more powerful or more innovative. Some product launches are mild refreshes, while others are major overhauls.... Read more...
AT&T offered a rather compelling Buy One, Get One (BOGO) offer yesterday for Samsung’s excellent new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge flagship smartphones. Customers would have to purchase the first smartphone (upgrade or new line) and add a second phone as a new line. Once three months of service have been completed, you’ll receive $695 in bill credits spanning the course of 30 months to fully offset the cost of a Galaxy S7 or to put towards the cost of the more expensive Galaxy S7 Edge. T-Mobile CEO John Legere likely saw AT&T’s terms and let out an uproarious belly laugh, as the third-place... Read more...
Dell recently refreshed its popular XPS 13 with new hardware to bring it up to date with current CPU and storage offerings.  The updated model now sports a Skylake-based Intel processor and a Samsung PM951 NVMe solid state drive, plus a few minor tweaks to its already impressive design.  When the current iteration of the Dell XPS 13 debuted back in January of last year, it was nearly unrivaled in terms of its power to size ratio, and overall value in the space. The ultrabook market has heated-up a lot since then though, and the XPS 13 has some stiff competition at the moment. In addition... Read more...
There's always that one kid who instead of playing with his toys, he takes them apart to see what makes them tick. He's the neighbor who turned his Rubik's Cube into a pile of squares, straightened out his Slinky, and disassembled his Voltron (fist bump if you get any of those references, your childhood rocked). And now? Those types of curious characters post teardown evaluations of pricey gadgets, perhaps none better than the brave folks at iFixIt, who just tore into Samsung's new Galaxy S7 handset.Android fans hold Samsung's Galaxy phones in high regard, and with good reason—they typically blend... Read more...
Wireless carriers are tripping over themselves trying to lure customers with special offers and promotions, but AT&T's newest deal might be the one to beat. Ma Bell's pitch is simple—purchase either of Samsung's fancy new Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge handsets and get a free Galaxy S7 when adding a second line and buying both through AT&T's Next program. That's a pretty sweet deal considering how expensive smartphones are these days, Samsung's new flagship Galaxy handsets included. The way this new promotion works is the first phone must be a new line or an upgrade. As for the second phone,... Read more...
With Virtual Reality on the verge of becoming the next biggest thing in tech, it was only a matter of time before we'd be hit with a compelling roller coaster experience. Well, one has just been delivered, thanks to Six Flags and Samsung, but we're betting it's not the kind of experience you were expecting. What this partnership doesn't do is bring roller coaster action into your home. Instead, this experience can only be had at an actual Six Flags theme park on an actual roller coaster. As crazy as that might sound, it's happening: people will actually be wearing VR headsets as they're soaring... Read more...
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