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It is widely expected that Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 (or iPhone X, depending on who you ask), will be one of the most expensive flagship smartphones ever released by a major manufacturer (the new Galaxy Note 8 retails for roughly $950). Reports peg that starting price of the iPhone 8 at around $1,000, and today, we're being clued in to at least one contributor the lofty price tag: the OLED display panel. According to well-respected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Samsung is the sole supplier of the OLED display panels that are used by Apple on the iPhone 8. The only other major manufacturer... Read more...
Several of Samsung's smartphones feature displays that support high dynamic range (HDR) visuals, though for whatever reason, streaming giant Netflix up to this point has chosen not to support HDR on any of them. That all changes with the Galaxy Note 8. It joins LG's V30 handset and Sony's Xperia XZ1 and XZ Premium phones as the only Android phones where Netflix is available in HDR.Samsung has a reputation for using high quality displays on its smartphones. Its Super AMOLED panels are top notch and often a step above the competition. When it comes to HDR visuals, peak brightness is a key metric.... Read more...
If you’ve had your eyes on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, but has been put off by its enormous price tag, we’ve got some good news for you. In what could a better deal for some customers (if you need to purchase two smartphones), T-Mobile is offering a buy one, get one free offer on the Galaxy Note 8. This is a good way to offset the cost of the Galaxy Note 8, which retails for $930 at T-Mobile. In order to take advantage of the promotion, you will need to purchase a Galaxy Note 8, sign up for a new line for a second Galaxy Note 8, and take advantage of T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan (EIP). You... Read more...
It is a tossup whether Samsung is best known for its smartphones, televisions, or semiconductor business, at least for now anyway. Give it some time and Samsung might end up being associated with self-driving cars. The South Korean electronics maker certainly has an interest in autonomous vehicles—what tech company doesn't these days?—which was reinforced by receiving permission from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to test cars that drive themselves on state roads. Samsung joins a growing list of companies that have obtained permits from the DMV to test autonomous vehicles. Some... Read more...
How do you follow up the launch of a highly anticipated handset in the Galaxy Note 8? If you are Samsung, you wait a week and then blitz IFA 2017 in Berlin, Germany, with a refreshed wearables lineup. Samsung did exactly that today by introducing three new items to the wearable category, including the Gear Sport smartwatch, Gear Fit2 Pro fitness band, and Gear IconX cordless earbuds. We had an opportunity to spend some hands-on time with each one of them. Before anyone brings out the pitchforks over perceived typos in the product names, that is not our doing. Samsung has seemingly waged war against... Read more...
Since the advent of the smartphone, photography has been a point of focus, and that is true now more than ever. Going forward, the next big thing appears to be dual camera setups. Samsung, one of the biggest fish in the smartphone pond, has embraced dual camera configurations—first with its recently introduced Galaxy Note 8, and next with its upcoming Galaxy J7+, according to what look like official press materials.A website in Thailand leaked a few photos of the Galaxy J7+ that appear to be plucked from Samsung's stash of marketing materials. What they reveals is a dual camera setup on the back... Read more...
If you were one of the unlucky former owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Samsung has offered you a big discount on its newest flagship. There are some caveats to the deal if you read the fine print. We already knew about a couple of the caveats of the trade-in program, including that you have to buy the device from Samsung directly to get the discount and that you have to prove you actually owned the Note 7 for the discount. One big caveat is that the trade-in program for Note 7 owners is only offered in the U.S. for now. There is no word on if the program will be rolled out to other countries,... Read more...
Samsung both literally and figuratively can't afford another battery debacle like it suffered with the Galaxy Note 7. That particular smartphone had two recalls for battery overheating issues, which led a huge number of fires. To keep the new Galaxy Note 8 from suffering the same fiery fate as the Note 7, Samsung is doing a lot of testing to ensure the batteries are safe before they go into the world to live in the pockets and hearts of fans. Samsung most certainly isn't the only manufacturer that has dealt with battery issues leading to overheating and fire; notebooks from major manufacturers... Read more...
Samsung announces its brand-new Galaxy Note 8 flagship earlier this week, and why we all knew that the smartphone wouldn’t be cheap, many shuddered at its ~$950 price tag. However, there is a way to get the Galaxy Note 8 at a steep discount, although you will have to trade in your existing smartphone to take advantage of the promotion. This particular loyalty promotion is being aimed solely at previous Galaxy Note 7 owners — all others are ineligible. If you bought a Galaxy Note 7, and were forced to return it due to the exploding battery fiasco, you are eligible to receive a $425 discount on the... Read more...
Join us for the latest episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks webcast. Today, Dave, Paul, Chris, and Marco kick around Samsung's new Galaxy Note 8, AMD's monstrous Threadripper processors and and Radeon RX Vega GPUs, Origin's EON15-S gaming laptop, Lenovo's slick, business-class X1 Yoga OLED Gen 2, and more! Show Notes: 03:46 - Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Hand's On Impressions 16:36 - AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X Processors29:35 - AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 and RX 56 Impressions39:27 - Origin EON Gaming Laptop With NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti45:47 - Lenovo X1 Yoga OLED Gen 2 Sneak Peek47:25... Read more...
We had the chance to spend some time at Samsung’s Unpacked 2017 event in New York City today, where the brand new Galaxy Note 8 was officially unveiled. If you missed our initial coverage of the announcement, the Galaxy Note 8 features a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display with a WQHD+ resolution (2960×1440) and many design cues borrowed from the Galaxy S8. Here’s a quick hands on to give you a closer look at the device and how it handles... The Note 8’s design is slightly more square in comparison to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. We should also mention that the near bezel-less display means... Read more...
The wait is finally over; the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is finally here. Unfortunately for Samsung, nearly every detail about its latest flagship smartphone was leaked in the months leading up to today, but there is still plenty let to talk about with regards to this stellar new smartphone. We now have confirmation of all of the Galaxy Note 8’s specs, which are quite stout for a flagship Android device. As you may have already read, the Galaxy Note 8 features a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display with a WQHD+ resolution (2960×1440). For comparison, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ feature displays... Read more...
After the device leaked earlier this month, the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro has officially been revealed. In fact, the fitness wearable was posted a little bit ahead of schedule via Samsung Spain, with the official reveal [perhaps] coming in a few short hours at the Galaxy Note 8 press event. As expected, the Gear Fit 2 Pro features a prominent 1.5-inch curved Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 432x216 and the ability to display 16 million colors. Although there is no information on what processor is being used by the Gear Fit 2 Pro, we do know that it features 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal... Read more...
Samsung is finally bring voice control for its Bixby digital assistant to a wide audience. The South Korean electronics maker announced today that Bixby's voice capabilities have expanded to more than 200 countries and territories, which effectively unlocks the feature for millions of consumers who previously were not able to bark out commands like they could with competing assistants, such as Siri, Google Now, Cortana, and even Alexa. Bixby's roll out has not exactly been smooth. It debuted without voice capabilities even though two supported devices—the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+—brought a dedicated... Read more...
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