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Samsung made headlines for all the wrong reasons earlier this month. The company’s brand new Galaxy S7 Active smartphone (an AT&T exclusive) was touted as a rugged device that can survive drops and even live to see another day after being dunked in up to five feet of water for up to 30 minutes. Unfortunately, Consumer Reports’ testing showed that the smartphone’s waterproofing was not up to par, and failed to meet its IP68 dust/water resistance rating. The publication had not one, but two Galaxy S7 Active smartphones fail under its testing procedure. Following Consumer Reports’ initial investigation,... Read more...
Samsung is going for gold with its Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic Games Edition handset, a specially themed Galaxy S7 Edge in celebration of the 2016 Olympics in Rio. It's available to purchase today at Best Buy, but if you're stuck at work and want to check out what it looks like, Samsung has released an unboxing video with glimpses of the customized apps and UI. The themed handset was designed in collaboration with the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Going beyond external aesthetics, the phone is the first to incorporate the Olympic Games design on the software side, featuring the five official... Read more...
Wearable devices today generally fall into two categories: fitness trackers or smartwatches. Since many people are looking for different features and functions, the fact that there are so many different devices with varying features is not surprising. Samsung’s latest Gear Fit2 finds itself somewhere between these two primary device categories since it offers more than your average fitness tracker but something less than a full smartwatch experience. Blending some of the best features from a fitness tracker, including the ability to measure activities using an embedded GPS and heart rate monitor... Read more...
If you’re a fan of Samsung’s 850 EVO SSD series (and we here at HotHardware are definitely big fans), you’ll be happy to know that the family is growing in size yet again. After announcing 2TB capacities a year ago, Samsung has seized on the opportunity to double the maximum storage capacity of the 850 EVO to a capacious 4TB — large enough to hold 1,000 two-hour-long compressed full-length 1080p movies. Under the hood, you’ll still find Samsung’s 48-layer 256Gbit TLC V-NAND, which the company says “delivers unsurpassed performance, reliability and capacity.” With TurboWrite enabled, the new 4TB... Read more...
In early June, Samsung launched the Galaxy S7 Active on AT&T. The smartphone, which is a ruggedized version of the standard Galaxy S7, features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and a massive 4000 mAh battery. But the real reason to purchase a Galaxy S7 Active is for its “go anywhere” attitude, rubberized body that withstands drops and shocks, and its IP68 dust and water resistance. Unfortunately for Samsung (and for customers that have already bought the Galaxy S7 Active), the smartphone doesn’t actually live up to its IP68 rating in real world testing... Read more...
While athletes from around the globe are in the midst of final preparations and qualifying for the summer Olympics, Samsung is ready to unleash its own gold medal contender in the form of a special edition of the rockin’ Galaxy S7 Edge. The South Korean electronics powerhouse has teamed up with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to distribute 12,500 Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic Games Limited Edition smartphones to all of the athletes participating in the Rio games. In addition to possibly having its brand prominently displayed on TV by thousands of athletes, the smartphones incorporate the... Read more...
Samsung's efforts to revitalize its mobile business after it'd grown stagnant under the old regime appears to be paying off. The South Korean electronics maker posted its earning guidance for the second quarter of 2016, noting that it expects to pull a profit of 8.1 trillion won (just over $7 billion in U.S. currency) on consolidated sales of 50 trillion won (~$43.3 billion).It's been two years since Samsung has seen a quarterly profit like that. It represents about a 17 percent jump from the 6.9 trillion won it posted a year ago, with revenue rising 3 percent 48.5 trillion won. These are estimates,... Read more...
Move over microSD, you slow and dated storage medium, and make room for Universal Flash Storage (UFS), a new speedy successor designed by Samsung. Boasting must faster read and write performance, Samsung says its new removable memory cards are ideally suited for high-resolution recording devices, things such as DSLR and 3D VR cameras, action cams, and drones that record action from above.These are the first removable cards based on the JEDEC UFS 1.0 Card Extension Standard and while they look similar to microSD cards, they're not compatible—they have a different pin arrangement. Therein lies the... Read more...
Samsung Display makes some of the best performing panels out there, particularly in mobile—it's Super AMOLED displays always seem to impress us. Going forward, Samsung Display will devote even more resources to its organic light-emitting diode (OLED) efforts by spinning off its OLED manufacturing arm and shifting employees from its traditional liquid crystal display (LCD) business. "Samsung Display separated the company's OLED business division and more of Samsung Display's workforce joined the OLED business unit. The latest decision was part of the ongoing Samsung Group-initiated efforts to restructure... Read more...
All eyes are on Samsung as it gets ready to release its next phablet device, the Galaxy Note 7, which is likely to be announced in about a month (based on past Galaxy Note unveils). Until then, you can expect the speculation and rumors to continue, along with the inevitable leaks such as the first official looking press renders. The latter comes courteous of Evan Blass, otherwise known as @evleaks on Twitter, who seems to always be three steps ahead of everyone else when it comes to these things. He tweeted out a picture showing half a dozen shots of the Galaxy Note 7, including three front pictures... Read more...
Samsung hopes to bring curved displays to the masses with its 27-inch CF591. The monitor has an MSRP of $349.99 and is discounted in Samsung’s online store (and others), dropping the price to just under the $300 mark. Even without the discount though, the CF591 is one of the more affordable high-end curved displays, though it’s not the cheapest one currently available. But Samsung hopes that it hit the sweet spot here by combining tempting features with a low-ish price. Curved monitors certainly look cool, but display makers have had a tough time making convincing arguments that they’re necessary.... Read more...
While unlocked, international versions of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge have been available for U.S. customers to purchase since day one, they came with two BIG downsides. First, the smartphones don’t come with a U.S. warranty, which means that you’re up a creek without a paddle should a hardware failure occur. The second issue is that international versions of both smartphones lack support for Samsung Pay in the U.S. That all changes today, as Samsung is now selling unlocked versions of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge that are specifically geared towards an American audience. The phones... Read more...
A couple of days ago, notorious mobile leaker Evan Blass took to Twitter to reveal the official naming of Samsung's next phone: Galaxy Note 7. Despite the phablet moniker being thrown around a lot with this phone, it's actually only a 5.7-inch device.As you might have guessed, we now know the specs as well thanks to Mr. Blass. In a follow-up tweet, he revealed that the phone has a QHD (2560x1440) super AMOLED display, includes both 64GB internal memory and a microSD slot for external storage, and sports a 12-megapixel camera at the back, as well as a 5 megapixel one up front.Samsung's... Read more...
Samsung is expanding its presence in the Windows 10 2-in-1 convertible market with the new Notebook 7 Spin lineup. Available in both 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch screen sizes (both with 1080p screen resolutions), the Notebook 7 Spin features a 360-degree hinge that allows the convertible to operate in laptop, tablet, and tent modes depending upon your needs. No matter which one you select, you’ll find two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, a lone USB-C port, microSD reader and HDMI. Both convertibles also come standard with a 1TB hard drive and those that opt for the 15-inch model gain a GbE port for... Read more...
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