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Is there anything sexier on a smartphone than an edge-to-edge display? Anyone who thinks otherwise should check out Xiaomi's Mi MIX or the spattering of other phones with nary a bezel to be found. There aren't a ton of phones that can boast an edge-to-edge display, though word on the web is that the field will expand by at least one more next year, and specifically with Samsung's Galaxy S8. This runs contrary to a previous rumor that the Galaxy S8 might only come with a curved edge display. That would be surprising since Samsung needs to sell as many Galaxy S8 phones as possible after the Galaxy... Read more...
Samsung can thank its lucky stars that it is not singularly focused on the smartphone market. Had that been the case, its third quarter earnings report would have been devastating. As it stands, the South Korean electronics and semiconductor outfit saw its third quarter profit slip 30 percent to 5.2. trillion won (around $4.5 billion) as a direct result of the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. It is also fortunate for Samsung that it has a diverse smartphone lineup. While the Galaxy Note 7 recall proved costly and caused earnings in Samsung's mobile division to "decrease significantly" on a sequential basis,... Read more...
Samsung is continuing to make efforts to atone for its Galaxy Note 7 debacle, aiming its latest mea culpa at affected owners living in its home country of South Korea. The offer over there is to exchange the recalled Galaxy Note 7 for a either a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge handset at half price and then be eligible to trade up to a Galaxy S8, S8 Edge, or Galaxy Note 8 at no cost when the phones launch next year.The South Korean phone maker ended production of the Galaxy Note 7 amid ongoing reports of devices overheating and catching fire. Samsung thought it had a handle on the situation when it replaced... Read more...
It won't be all that long before flagship smartphones routinely wield 8 gigabytes of system memory. In an effort to make that happen, Samsung today introduced what it says is the industry's first 8GB LPDDR4 (low power, double data rate 4) mobile DRAM package. The 8GB DRAM package utilizes four of the newest 16 gigabit (Gb) LPDDR4 memory chips built on a 10-nanometer class manufacturing process. To be clear, this isn't actually 10nm DRAM we're talking about there. When Samsung says "10nm-class" it's referring to a process technology node that's somewhere between 10nm and 19nm, just as "20nm-class"... Read more...
Samsung employees have had a rough few months, and things are only going to get worse -- the South Korean corporation's annual performance reviews are just around the corner. In the wake of the disastrous Galaxy Note 7 release and recall, many mobile phone employees fear that their salaries will be significantly decreased, or that they will be fired. Samsung’s mobile employees were once celebrated and credited with helping to more firmly establish the corporation’s global presence. The mobile unit accounted for only 27% of Samsung’s revenue in 2010. This number skyrocketed to 61% in 2013. Those... Read more...
Just in case you have been living under a rock for the two months or so, you should probably know that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is not exactly the safest phone on the planet. After several fires, including on a parked Southwest Airlines airplane, many countries have banned the Galaxy Note 7 from all airline flights. Now, weveral “exchange” stations have popped up at major airports so that users can get rid of their Galaxy Note 7’s before heading onto their flights. The exchange booths first appeared in South Korea at the Incheon International Airport. The stations have now appeared throughout... Read more...
Samsung announced its latest, consumer-class NVMe M.2-based solid state drives a few weeks back, the SSD 960 Pro and SSD 960 EVO, but today marks the official launch of those products. As has been the case for the last couple of generations, the EVO moniker denotes the more mainstream line-up, while the Pro designation is reserved for higher-end, flagship products. If you check out our coverage of the initial announcement, you’ll see that the Samsung SSD 960 EVO line has some killer specifications, with read speeds in the 3.2GB/s range and prices that are competitive with other NVMe M.2 solid... Read more...
Samsung is unique among smartphone manufacturers in that it not only produces its own System-on-Chip (SoC) designs, such as the Exynos processor that's found in some of its handsets, but it is the only phone maker that performs its own battery tests. Unfortunately Samsung, that differentiating trait recently blew up in its face, figuratively and somewhat literally.Overheating and exploding batteries are what led to the downfall of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 phone. The company's internal testing revealed no problems with either the original model, which ended up being recalled, or the replacement phones... Read more...
Shrinking semiconductors to 10-nanometers is no easy task—just ask Intel, which pushed back the release of its 10nm Cannonlake architecture until 2017. Samsung, however, is having better luck with it. The South Korean outfit announced on Monday that it has begun mass product of system-on-chip (SoC) products based on its 10nm FinFET technology. Samsung is leading the charge in FinFET production, at least in mobile. It mass produced the first FinFET mobile chips back in January of last year, and now it's leading the charge with 10nm FinFET production. This isn't lost on Samsung, which is all too... Read more...
Chromebooks running Google’s highly versatile Chrome OS operating system are starting to make some inroads in the PC market, and have especially become popular in the education sector due to their attractive pricing. Samsung is expanding its Chromebook lineup with the launch of the Chromebook Pro, which has quite a few high-end features that we don’t typically associate with devices in this class. Although Samsung hasn’t officially announced the Chromebook Pro, pics and specs for the convertible have already leaked. The 2.3-pound device is equipped with an all-metal body, a 12.3-inch 2400x1600... Read more...
While it's of little consequence to Samsung at this point, Galaxy Note 7 phones will no longer be allowed on airplanes in the United States. The outright ban goes into effect today at noon ET and covers all Galaxy Note 7 handsets, including replacement devices that were originally thought to be immune from overheating and catching fire. It turns out that they weren't. The U.S. Department of Transportation met with officials from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to issue what they're calling an "emergency order." Anyone... Read more...
Samsung has officially given up on trying to fix its fiery Galaxy Note 7 phone. All that's left at this point is to collect the remaining handsets, both original models and replacement devices, and get customers situated with either a refund or a different phone. As an olive branch to customers burned (literally and figuratively) by the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, Samsung is offering up to a $100 bill credit if they choose to swap it out for one of its other models. Customers are under no obligation to stick with Samsung, of course, and some may choose not to if they've lost faith in the company's quality... Read more...
The Galaxy Note 7 launch has been nothing short of a disaster for Samsung, and now that it's pulled the plug on production of the troubled device, it has to shift focus to whatever the next big thing is. In the meantime, Samsung cut its fiscal third-quarter profit forecast—it now expects to record an operating profit of 5.2 trillion Korean won (around $4.6 billion in U.S. currency), down from a previous estimate of 7.8 trillion won.Samsung's previous forecast took into consideration its global recall of Galaxy Note 7 devices. However, it didn't anticipate that replacement handsets would also be... Read more...
We may never which came first, the chicken or the egg, but if it comes as any consolation the highest court in the land has agreed to settle a longstanding and tired dispute between Apple and Samsung over smartphones. Specifically, the United States Supreme Court will decide how much of a $399 million patent infringement award Apple is entitled to. This is a case that's been weaving through the court system for the past six years. Apple sued Samsung in 2010 for patent infringement, saying the South Korean electronics maker copied the look and feel of its iPhone handset. Apple ultimately won its... Read more...
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