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Samsung's prior infatuation with plastic and polycarbonate shells didn't stop the company from using premium materials in the design of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Plus, and going forward, it looks like we expect more of the same. That's certainly true of the Galaxy A8, a new handset that is now official. It's also incredibly thin at just 5.9mm.The translated tagline for the Galaxy A8 is "Fall in love with slim." It's a point of focus for the handset, which is the slimmest phone in Samsung's stable, at least at its thinnest point -- there's a disclaimer pointing out that the Galaxy A8's body is... Read more...
It's beginning to look like there's really no limit to how far display vendors will take their resolutions. While the world is still trying to catch up to 4K, some companies have been promoting 5K, and at this past CES, we even saw an 8K being exhibited. Next up? As far as Samsung seems to be concerned, it's 11K. Let's put things into perspective here. 4K is 3840x2160, and is by all accounts a seriously large resolution. 5K is 5120x2880 and then we have 8K, which checks in at 7680x4320. As you can tell, moving up the "K" scale doesn't signify minor jumps, but rather enormous ones. So where does... Read more...
After yet another quarter of declining sales -- now at seven in a row -- Samsung needs to tap into its bag of business savvy and find a way to reverse course. What it's reportedly decided on is to push up the launch of its forthcoming Galaxy Note 5 device to mid-August, a move that would give Samsung time to hype and sell its phablet before Apple releases its iPhone 6S.Under normal situations, the Galaxy Note 5 would launch sometime this fall, as Samsung has done in the past with its oversized handsets. But these are critical times for Samsung. After being stuck with excess Galaxy S5 devices, Samsung... Read more...
The mobile business is a brutal one, even for a tech giant like Samsung. On Tuesday, the South Korean handset maker announced its earnings guidance for the second quarter of 2015, forecasting an operating profit of 6.9 trillion won (around $6.1 billion in U.S. currency). That's 4 percent below what it was in the same period a year go and well below the 7.2 trillion figure that most analysts had predicted before cutting their forecasts yesterday.Even with the launch of new flagship phones in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung's sales are down 8 percent year-over-year to 48 trillion won. Sales... Read more...
In case you haven’t already read the Hot Hardware reviews, we’re big fans of Samsung’s 850 EVO and 850 PRO SSDs. The drives come backed with 5-year warranty (10-year for the PRO), offer excellent reliability, and are top-notch performers in synthetic and real world benchmarks. Not content with tackling the “internal” storage market, the company introduced the Portable SSD T1, which is essentially an 850 EVO wrapped in a pretty enclosure with a USB 3.0 interface. Now, Samsung is turning its attention back to internal SSDs with the introduction of a range-topping 2TB storage tier for the 850 EVO... Read more...
Samsung can't seem to a catch a break these days, at least not in mobile. Last year the South Korean electronics maker had to contend with excess Galaxy S5 inventory, leading to a shakeup in upper management. Things looked to change for the better this year when Samsung launched new flagship phones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, but now the company faces a different kind of problem.It seems Samsung is having a tough time keeping up with demand for its curved screen Galaxy S6 Edge, leading to a product shortage. Combined with tough economies in Europe and China, analysts are lowering the earnings... Read more...
Bloatware, Bloatware, Bloatware! We all hate bloatware. And with the exception of a few companies like Apple, Motorola, and Google (with its Nexus devices) there aren’t many ways to avoid factory- or carrier-installed bloatware without rooting a device. One of the biggest offenders in years past has been Samsung, and the company is feeling the heat for its obnoxious behavior from the Shanghai Consumer Rights Protection Commission. The commission’s secretary general, Tao Ailian, fingered not only Samsung, but also Chinese OEM Oppo Electronics for egregious behavior when it comes to pre-installed... Read more...
The biggest hint yet that Samsung is preparing to release a larger version of the Galaxy S6 Edge is that it filed a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the "S6 Edge+." Filed on Tuesday, Samsung's application will be assigned to an examining attorney in approximately three months, the application status reads.There's not much direct information to take away from the filing, other than confirmation that the S6 Edge+ trademark is for a smartphone. And while it could ultimately lead to nothing, it goes in line with rumors that Samsung is working on an... Read more...
Samsung had big plans for its Tizen platform, the home-brewed mobile operating system that was supposed to free the company from its dependency on Android. That hasn't happen yet, and probably never will, though that doesn't mean Samsung is ready to give up on Tizen. Just the opposite, Samsung reportedly has plans to launch more handsets running its own OS. That's a bit surprising when just six months ago it seemed like Tizen was destined to serve its remaining days as a smart TV platform. But then something happened. Just over a month ago, Counterpoint Research published data showing that Samsung's... Read more...
Most so-called breakthrough battery technologies we hear about come with tremendous claims, like quadrupling the amount of energy stored or being able to recharge 1,000 times faster. Heck, one day we might even run laptops on Mountain Dew (slight exaggeration). Samsung, on the other hand, makes a more modest claim with a new battery technology it just recently developed -- double the battery life. Samsung's breakthrough came in the form of using a two-dimensional layered structure of graphene and silicon. Up to this point, silicon alone has been receiving a lot of attention in the formation of... Read more...
We reported earlier this week that Samsung had pulled a page from Lenovo's book by installingn crapware to customer PCs, and as you'd suspect, consumers were none-too-pleased. Making matters worse, words out of Samsung made it sound like the company didn't even consider it to be a big deal. However, it seems that the company has had a change of heart, as it's now decided to roll out an update to its SW Update tool that will restore Windows Updates' default settings. In a statement to VentureBeat, Samsung began with an ironic "Samsung has a commitment to security" and continued with "and... Read more...
You might think that given the reaction consumers had after Lenovo was found to be installing malware on customer PCs, other vendors would think twice about doing the exact same thing. Not Samsung, it seems, as it's just been discovered that the software updater tool it bundles with its notebooks takes it upon itself to keep Windows Update disabled. Windows Update is perhaps the most important tool that ships with Windows, as it's directly responsible for patching bugs directly related to the OS -- and there are a lot of them. If these bugs don't get patched, it means that the user is left vulnerable,... Read more...
Samsung announced two new monitors today, both of which support AMD FreeSync. Manufacturers typically launch the lower-end model first, but today the 28-inch Samsung U28E590D is available and it’s the less-expensive, 24-inch U24E590D that will be arriving July 26. FreeSync is AMD’s well-received response to NVIDIA’s G-Sync, which has also earned its share of praise. The technologies provide smoother graphics, particularly in video games, which is why Samsung is targeting these new screens at gamers. Samsung U24E590DBoth the Samsung U24E590D and the U28E590D are 4K (3840x2160) displays with HDMI... Read more...
Nobody likes getting behind a semi-trailer truck. Those 18-wheelers typically drive slower than four-wheeled cars (not all the time, mind you), and because of their size, there's quite a bit of roadway that gets blocked. You can't see what's going on in front of the truck, and passing isn't always easy, especially if you're on a road where the passing lane is for opposing traffic. To solve those problems, Samsung is mounting giant displays on the back of 18-wheelers. Those displays consist of a video wall made from four exterior monitors. Wireless cameras mounted to the front of the truck feed... Read more...
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