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It appears that Samsung has high hopes for the Galaxy S8, especially following the flaming Galaxy Note 7 debacle that put the company in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. In fact, Samsung is reportedly setting its sales goals even higher than with the current Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. According to a report out this morning, Samsung expects to sell 60 million Galaxy S8 devices during its lifecycle. That is an incredibly optimistic goal considering the immense pressure that Samsung is feeling from the competition. Not only does Samsung have to compete with Apple in the premium smartphone... Read more...
Things were looking pretty grim for Samsung when it threw in the towel and issued a global recall for its fire prone Galaxy Note 7 devices after failing to fix the problem with an initial round of replacements. Despite the setback, Samsung reported preliminary fourth-quarter operating income of 9.2 trillion won (around $7.8 billion in U.S. currency), a 50 percent jump from the same quarter a year ago and its largest profit in three years. The unlikely turn of events in Samsung's bottom line is the result of the South Korean electronics maker having a robust mobile lineup and is especially attributable... Read more...
Samsung is no stranger to the laptop category, having served nearly every product category from Chromebooks for education on up to premium thin and light systems for professionals and mainstream users alike. But what about gaming laptops? That has been one the segment to elude Samsung, at least until now. Samsung today unveiled the Odyssey, its first notebook line for gamers There are two versions of the Odyssey, one with a 17.3-inch display with 300 nits brightness and the other with a 15.6-inch panel rated at 280 nits. Both feature a Full HD 1080p (1,920x1,080) resolution with supposedly wide... Read more...
It has now been over two months since Samsung issued a global recall for its fire prone Galaxy Note 7 handset and there is still no explanation as to what was causing the batteries in affected units to overheat. That is important information, both for Samsung and the general public who want reassurance this was a one time thing. Well, good news—Samsung apparently wrapped up its investigation and will make its findings public later this month.We will have to take Samsung's word on its findings, at least initially. Once it explains exactly what caused some Galaxy Note 7 handsets to overheat and explode,... Read more...
Samsung is refreshing its Galaxy A family with some useful new features that were once reserved for the flagship smartphones like the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. In addition, the new Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 all will come equipped with a metal frame and 3D glass to give them a more premium appearance and feel. The “runt” of the litter is the Galaxy A3, which features a 4.7-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, 1.6GHz octa-core processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. An included microSD slot boosts on-device storage up to 256GB. On the camera side of things, you’ll find a 13MP rear camera and an... Read more...
After weeks of waiting and what seemed like an endless barrage of beta updates (it was really just a handful), Samsung is finally ending its Android 7 Nougat program for its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge handsets. A final release that will be polished and ready for mass consumption will be served up to Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge owners next month in the form of version Android 7.1.1.Samsung opened its "Galaxy Beta Program" to eager Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge owners on November 9. It was intended to give users a feel for Nougat with Samsung's latest user interface and to gather feedback on performance,... Read more...
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 was one of the most spectacular flops to hit the tech circle during 2016. What looked to be a promising flagship device was ultimately undone by internal batteries that had a tendency to overheat, causing the Galaxy Note 7 to burst into flames. With all the negativity surrounding Samsung over the past few months, you would think that Apple would have been able to take advantage of the situation and nudge some irate customers over to the iPhone camp. However, Stephen Baker, primary hardware analyst for NPD Group Inc., says that Galaxy Note 7 customers stayed within the brand... Read more...
Curved screen displays are more than just a passing fad, at least that is the case if you ask Samsung. As such, the South Korean electronics giant will unveil its new CH711 Quantum Dot series of monitors with curved displays at the Consumer Electronics Shows in Las Vegas next week, the company announced. Both models that it plans to bring to the convention will be geared towards gamers. One will be a 27-inch panel and the other will loom larger at 31.5 inches. Both will feature an 1,800R curvature and an ultra-wide 178-degree viewing angle so that content will be easily viewed no matter where you... Read more...
Did Santa forget to bring a Roomba to you for Christmas? Maybe the latest announcement from Samsung will catch your eye. The corporation just unveiled its Amazon Echo-compatible POWERbot VR7000 robotic vacuum cleaner. Samsung stated, “Just set it and watch it go to work. The POWERbot VR7000’s navigational features and sensors combined with slim design and increased suction power help make sure the job gets done.” According to Samsung’s research, 39 percent of consumers in North America said they expect their robot vacuum cleaner to reach hard-to-reach places. The POWERbot VR7000 was specifically... Read more...
As we get closer to the start of the new year, rumors about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 are starting to heat up. The latest report coming out of South Korea is that a Galaxy S8 Plus model will launch alongside the standard Galaxy S8, and will feature a 6-inch display. This is a noticeable upgrade from the 5.1-inch and 5.5-inch displays of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, respectively. So why the big increase in screen size? According to this latest report, it’s because of Samsung’s decision to go with a bezel-less display, which would allow the company to cram in a larger display on the Galaxy... Read more...
It is all fun and games until somebody gets hurt, right? Luckily no one was injured during a Virgin America flight on Tuesday when the crew suspected one of the passengers of bringing a recalled Galaxy Note 7 on board the plane. There was no Galaxy Note 7 (our full review, pre-explosion events) handset to be found, only a wireless SSID (Service Set Identifier) indicating the presence of one, presumably as a prank gone wrong. Back in October, the U.S. Department of Transportation banned Galaxy Note 7 devices from flights going into or flying out of the United States after multiple reports... Read more...
Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge owners waiting patiently for an Android 7.0 Nougat update for their handset may feel the way Bill Murray did in the movie Groundhog Day in which each new day was the same as the last. Only instead of reliving each day from start to finish, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge owners are stuck reading about new Android 7 beta updates for their smartphones with the promise that a final build is right around the bend. Eventually that cycle will be broken. In the meantime, there is a fourth beta of the Nougat update available.We won't rub salt in the wound by saying (yet... Read more...
If you were already a fan of Samsung’s Notebook 9 series, the South Korean electronics giant has just given you a few more reasons to consider pulling out your credit card. Samsung has not only made some tweaks to the exterior of the 13.3- and 15-inch notebooks, but it has upgraded the internal hardware to keep the pace with the latest in processing and storage technologies. Samsung has pared down the rough edges, giving the notebooks gentler curves and the bezels have been minimized along the sides (although rather thick bezels remain at the top and bottom). If you thought that Apple had an obsession... Read more...
There has been a ton of buzz surrounding virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality hardware and software. The truth of the matter is, nobody really knows if any of these technologies have legs, and if so what field they will thrive in. Developers have largely focused on gaming early on, though what about social? Oculus just launched something called "Oculus Rooms and Parties" for Gear VR owners, and it reminds me of a time when services such as America On-Line and CompuServe brought users together. "The first wave of VR was all about the magic of presence, the immersive sense of actually... Read more...
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