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Samsung is set to announce its next generation Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones on February 21st. It seems as though not much is being left to the imagination as specs and renders of the smartphones have leaked over the past few weeks, and now we’re learning about an enticing nugget of information for early adopters. Samsung will reportedly give customers that pre-order a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge between February 21st and March 10th a free Gear VR Headset. Now before you brush such a notion off as unbelievable and a bit over-the-top, remember that the Gear VR retails for $99. So it’s not... Read more...
In late January, Samsung kicked off the global launch of the Gear S2 Classic New Edition smartwatch. The name is defiantly a mouthful, but it merely represents two new finishes available on Samsung’s range-topping Tizen-based smartwatch: Rose Gold and Platinum. Although both new smartwatches went up for pre-order in Europe with a $500+ price tag, folks in the United States won’t pay nearly as much. Samsung is pricing both the Rose Gold and Platinum smartwatches at $449.99, which represent a $100 premium over the standard stainless steel Gear S2 Classic (cheaper still is the standard Gear S2 which... Read more...
The closer we get to the launch of Samsung's next generation Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge handsets, the more information is leaked to the media. That includes pictures, but don't worry, the newest unofficial photos follow (if just barely) the unwritten rule that all leaked snapshots must be poor quality.We're not proponents of the unwritten rule, but given the number of leaked photos we've seen throughout the years, we're pretty certain it exists. More often than not, pre-release snapshots suffer from low lighting, copious blur as if the photographer taped his camera to a washing machine during... Read more...
If you've been salivating over the prospect of purchasing some disc-based 4K content, it looks like your dream can become a reality very soon. Samsung's UBD-K8500 4K Blu-ray player was expected to land at the end of the month, but it seems some retailers have received stock early, and better still, have begun selling it. One such retailer is Video & Audio Center, in Santa Monica, California. The store made a post to Facebook yesterday about availability of the player, and later, someone posted to say that they were already gone, with another shipment expected in 10 days. Who knew there'd be... Read more...
China continues to swell with smartphones—the latest data from Strategy Analytics pegs China's smartphone shipments as having grown 3 percent year-over-over to a hit record 438 million handsets in 2015. That's especially good news for Xiaomi, which retained its top spot with a 15.4 percent share of the market, but not so much for Samsung. The South Korean handset maker was pushed out of the top 5 rankings and now occupies the catch-all "Others" category, which collectively accounts for more than four out of 10 handsets (43.1 percent) in China. However, the fifth most popular smartphone brand in... Read more...
The pressure is on Samsung's recently anointed mobile boss D.J. Koh to spark a flurry of Galaxy smartphone sales with its next smartphone launch, and just as importantly, be prepared for the demand that follows. He'll get his chance on February 21, 2016, the day Samsung's planning to host its next annual Unpacked event. Samsung tipped in the date in a teaser video that begins with a shot of its Gear VR headset. The video quickly transitions to a blue box over which the hashtag #TheNextGalaxy appears, followed by the aforementioned date, which incidentally happens to be the day before Mobile World... Read more...
We’ve heard plenty about the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, but we haven’t seen much with regards to official images of the unreleased smartphones. Well, you can always count on Evan Blass to spoil the fun for manufacturers, as the serial leaker has provided some high quality renders of Samsung’s upcoming flagships. As you can see from the images below, Samsung didn’t reinvent the wheel this time around with regards to design. Just as Apple keeps a two-year cadence with its smartphone designs (i.e. iPhone 5/5s and iPhone 6/6s), Samsung looks to be going down the same route -- both... Read more...
Though they're bitter rivals in the mobile space, Samsung and Apple often show each other the sincerest form of flattery, which is imitation. You can argue that one copies the other more often, but they both do it, often to the benefit of customers. The latest example of this has Samsung planning to roll out a Galaxy smartphone upgrade program similar to the one Apple offers for its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s Plus devices.Details are in short order, but it's said the program will kick off with the launch of Samsung's forthcoming Galaxy S7, which is expected to happen around March. Like Apple's program... Read more...
At what point does a device become too big to use as a mobile phone? If you don't want to look silly to passersby, the cutoff point would be well before 8 inches, but that didn't stop Samsung from injecting support for voice calling into its new Galaxy Tab E 8.0, an 8-inch Android tablet that just launched in Taiwan.To be fair, the Galaxy Tab E 8.0 is a tablet-first device, though not a very excitable one. It has an 8-inch TFT display with a ho-hum 1280x800 resolution powered by a 1.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor (quad-core), Adreno 306 GPU, and 1.5GB of RAM. There's a modest 16GB of storage... Read more...
Do you think maybe companies are super excited about the prospects of virtual reality? Samsung certainly is, and its efforts aren't stopping at the Gear VR headset it sells, either. Looking at the content creation side of things, the South Korean electronics maker is opening a studio in New York to produce unique programming and to connect a variety of industry players, including filmmakers, content developers, and industry influencers. Samsung isn't saying a whole lot about its "Samsung Studio" venture, which it announced at the Sundance Film Festival. Only minor details are available—Samsung... Read more...
Earlier this month at CES, Samsung announced two new additions to its well-received Tizen-based Gear S2 smartwatch family. While Samsung launched its latest, circular-faced smartwatch family with the sporty $299 Gear S2 and more stately $349 Gear S2 Classic, the expanded lineup now includes two new color hues for the Galaxy S2 Classic: Rose Gold and Platinum. These new smartwatches, which are labeled as Gear S2 Classic New Edition, feature plated finishes layered atop the Gear S2 Classic’s stainless steel housing. The 18K Rose Gold model comes with an ivory leather band, while the Platinum version... Read more...
Apple, Samsung, and Sony are among a list of "major electronic brands" that Amnesty International, a human rights group, says failed to perform "basic checks to ensure that cobalt mined by child laborers has not been used in the their products." Specifically, cobalt is a critical material used in lithium-ion batteries. "The glamorous shop displays and marketing of state of the art technologies are a stark contrast to the children carrying bags of rocks, and miners in narrow man made tunnels risking permanent lung damage," said Mark Dummett, Business & Human Rights Researcher at Amnesty International.... Read more...
Most of us were introduced to High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) DRAM courtesy of AMD’s Fury family of graphics cards, each of which sports 4GB of HBM. HBM allows Fury GPUs to tout an impressive 512GB/sec of memory bandwidth, but perhaps that just isn’t enough to fuel the next generation of graphics cards in the pipeline.AMD's Fiji GPU With First Generation Stacked HBM Samsung is looking to make first generation HBM look decidedly old hat, and has announced that it has begun mass production of HBM2. Samsung’s 4GB HBM2 package is built on a 20 nanometer process (each package contains four 8-gigabit core... Read more...
It seems like just yesterday when we reported on some inattentive Galaxy Note 5 users inserting their S-Pen backwards, which in turn got it stuck within its silo. While removing the S-Pen was for the most part possible (if enough force was used), it would invariably break the pen detection on the smartphone. When the issue first gained the attention of the public, Samsung basically told customers to RTFM, stating, “We highly recommend our Galaxy Note 5 users follow the instructions in the user guide to ensure they do not experience such an unexpected scenario caused by reinserting the S-Pen in... Read more...
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