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In this latest episode of HotHardware’s Two And A Half Geeks, we chat about Intel Kaby Lake Overclocking and the Core i3-7350K, low power Kaby Lake-Y performance on Dell's XPS 13 2-in-1, the Google Pixel XL versus the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, DIY Game Consoles goodness with the Raspberry Pi and RetroPie, NVIDIA's SHIELD TV Android Nougat Update, and hints of our next giveaway... Show Notes: 02:14 - Overclocking Intel Kaby Lake Core i3-7350K 13:31 - Benchmarking Intel Kaby Lake-Y With Dell's XPS 13 2-in-1 23:59 - Building Your Own Classic Game Console, A DIY RetroPi Project With Raspberry Pi 34:14... Read more...
  Here it is, folks! Notorious gadget leaker Evan Blass has done it again, giving us our first real glimpse at Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship. The image, which includes both the front and rear of the device, confirms some of the rumors that we’ve heard about the highly anticipated Android device. The front of the Galaxy S8 appears to be an interrupted piece of glass (aka, Infinity Display), with no sign of a home button. Samsung is said to use a virtual home button in its place to give a more uniform look to the smartphone. The touch sensitive navigation buttons have also been given... Read more...
The rumors surrounding Samsung's forthcoming Galaxy S8 handset are plentiful with no sight of a slowdown, at least not until Samsung gets around to actually announcing its next flagship phone. Incidentally that will not occur at Mobile World Congress next month. Instead Samsung will wait until around the third week of April and use that extra time to test the phone's batteries with its new protocols in place (Samsung can ill-afford another Galaxy Note 7 situation). When the Galaxy S8 does finally launch, buyers will have two display sizes to choose from, if the latest chatter is correct.Dubbed... Read more...
Given that Qualcomm recently announced the availability and details for its next-generation Snapdragon 835 SoC, we just assumed that the incoming 2017 class of flagships would all be using the chip (after all, this is traditionally what has occurred year after year). Well, you know what they say when you assume things… However, 2017 is a new year and it looks as though there’s a shakeup in store for the status quo. It has been reported that Samsung has taken it upon itself to gobble up nearly all of Qualcomm’s initial Snapdragon 835 production. Samsung wants to ensure that it has an ample supply... Read more...
Having survived the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, Samsung is in the process of some final housekeeping (officially presenting results of its investigation into what caused the Galaxy Note 7 handsets to overheat and catch fire) before putting the matter to rest and looking ahead to what is next. We already know what that is—it's the Galaxy S8, Samsung's next flagship phone, but surprisingly it will not make a debut at Mobile World Congress.Samsung mobile boss Koh Dong-jin confirmed as much during a press briefing on Monday. The revelation is somewhat a surprise because Samsung has typically used the annual... Read more...
We’re inching closer to the release of the Samsung Galaxy S8, which is destined to be one for the best-selling smartphones of 2017 if we go by the performance of its predecessors. Leading up the launch, Samsung has filed for a patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) seeking protection for the name, Galaxy S8. The trademark was officially applied for on January 12th, 2017. It is widely expected that Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S8 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, and launch it shortly after. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been getting what... Read more...
At long last, we have some details on why exactly some of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 devices were prone to overheating and catching fire, including replacement handsets that used batteries from a different manufacturer. Samsung has completed its investigation and determined that irregularly sized battery packs were to blame in many cases, while problems in manufacturing affected others. These details have not yet been made public from Samsung—the South Korean handset maker will hold a press conference on Monday to talk about the defects. However, The Wall Street Journal received word early and while... Read more...
As we've discussed multiple times before here at HotHardware, IoT device makers have largely been unconcerned about security up until this point, which means that way too many devices in use out there in the wild are sitting there unsecured. Samsung's Smartcam is one such device. After Smartcam's launch, hackers discovered a couple of huge vulnerabilities, which Samsung acknowledged immediately. However, instead of actually fixing the issues, Samsung crippled the device, removing the entire Web admin interface that customers would use to configure their camera. Instead, customers were shifted to... Read more...
By this point, you would think that anyone with more than a few marbles rolling around in their head would have turned in their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 by now. Samsung has gone above and beyond to give affected customers credits, gift cards, and even replacements in the form of Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones. Samsung’s efforts (along with help from carriers) has for the most part succeeded. The company announced last week that it has recovered over 96 percent of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that are out in the wild. “Together with our wireless carriers, we have taken aggressive action to... Read more...
When it comes to leaked photos of unreleased hardware, especially smartphones, it is difficult to know what is real and what is fake. Making matters even more complicated is that designs can change over time as prototypes get tweaked and evolve into shipping products. So with that disclaimer, take these latest supposed leaks of Samsung's forthcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone with a pinch of salt, maybe two.The photos certainly look legitimate. An examination of the features that can be seen (and not seen) also fall in line with previous rumors regarding the Galaxy S8's design. For example, there is... Read more...
As if Samsung needed another controversy to deal with, special prosecutors in South Korea have called for the arrest of Jay Y. Lee (Lee Jae-yong), the de facto head of the company who serves as vice chairman and who is set to inherit the firm, on allegations of bribery, embezzlement, and perjury. The heir apparent  is accused of offering millions of dollars to a longtime friend of President Park in return for the president's support of a merger that took place in 2015. Prosecutors say Lee was involved in a bribery scheme with his friend Choi Soon-sil, who allegedly received funds for her and... Read more...
According to a new report out of South Korea, Samsung has come to a conclusion on the cause for the Galaxy Note 7 fires that caused such a ruckus during the closing months of 2016. Surprise, surprise: it was batteries all along. Although Samsung isn’t expected to release its official findings until January 23rd, a source within the company has already revealed the results of the report to the press. Although some had opined that a hardware design defect contributed to the cause of the fires (i.e. there not being enough physical space inside the chassis for the battery), all signs pointed to faulty... Read more...
Samsung has not yet announced its Galaxy S8 handset, though it may have given the public a sneak peek of the forthcoming device in a new television advertisement for the company's display division. The Korean-language ad seems to be highlighting features of Samsung's AMOLED display, but the handset that is used in the commercial shares some traits that have been leaked about the Galaxy S8 in recent weeks. One of them is the lack of a home button. It has been rumored that Samsung is nixing the home button from the Galaxy S8 (and Galaxy S8 Edge), and it just so happens that the mysterious phone featured... Read more...
We’ve been shown concepts for smartphone and tablets with flexible, foldable displays for what seems like years. However, according to a new report out of South Korea, Samsung is actually planning to bring those concepts to production during the third quarter of this year. Samsung is allegedly working on a smartphone that features a flexible display that can unfold to turn the device into a 7-inch tablet. According to the report, the electronics giant had initially developed a flexible “fold-in” display, but deemed it unacceptable -- many executives felt that consumers would balk at having to unfold... Read more...
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