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There are a couple of challenges facing smartphone designers at the moment. One is the notch at the top of the display, a concept introduced by Andy Rubin and his Essential Phone, and later popularized by Apple and its iPhone X. The other being able to embed a fingerprint sensor into the display itself. It looks like Samsung is working to tackle both challenges. Samsung is not a fan of the notch, a concept it's repeatedly mocked at the expense of Apple. That's why the company's Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9—it's two most recent flagship handsets—emerged with a full-length border across... Read more...
Razer may have popularized the idea of an Android phone built primarily for gaming with features to match (such as a fast 120Hz display), but it is no longer the only one cranking these kinds of handsets out. A few others have joined in the fun. More companies will be jumping on the bandwagon too, including Samsung, if the rumor mill is to be believed. We have already heard that Samsung is supposedly developing a gaming phone under its Galaxy brand, one that will join the likes of the Razer Phone (now in its second generation), ASUS ROG Gaming Phone, Nubia Gaming Phone, and Xiaomi Blackshark. Samsung... Read more...
Samsung isn't exactly hip to the idea of display notches that seem to be proliferating in the smartphone market. In fact, the company has gone out of its way to mock manufacturers that have relied on the notch to expand the size of their display screens while minimizing bezels. Now we know the reason why Samsung is so confident in its ability to criticize others, while not seeming like a hypocrite for potentially falling into the same "notch trap" in the future. Samsung Display held a small event in Shenzhen, China this week in which it talked about advances it's making with OLED displays.... Read more...
Smartphone makers seem intent on finding out exactly how much money they can get away with charging for their flagship phones, with several models now topping the $1,000 mark. Traditionally, wireless carriers would let customers spread the cost over a period of 12 or 24 months. T-Mobile is taking things a step further, however, with a with new 36-month installment plan. Being able to break up payments for a pricey smartphone over the course of three years can translate into a lower monthly phone bill. Buyers obviously aren't saving anything in the long run—a $1,000 smartphone is still $1,000,... Read more...
Samsung on Thursday announced the Galaxy Book 2, a new always on and "Always Connected" PC (ACPC) built for all-day productivity. It's powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 850 mobile platform, which Qualcomm purpose-built for these kinds of devices with a claimed 30 percent performance uplift compared to previous generation ACPCs powered by the Snapdragon 835 SoC. The Galaxy Book 2 is one of a relatively new breed of 2-in-1 devices wielding ARM hardware underneath hood and running Windows 10 S. There's an obvious raw performance trade off versus building a 2-in-1 around a burlier x86 chip, but these... Read more...
While Intel has been having problems with mass production of its 10nm product lines, other tech giants like AMD and Samsung are well along in their 7nm endeavors. AMD is currently sampling 7nm EPYC processors, and we're learning today that Samsung has now started mass production of chips using its 7nm LPP EUV process. LPP and EUV stand for Low Power Plus and extreme ultraviolet lithography technology, respectively. Samsung's 7nm LPP EUV process won't just be used for its own processors (a la the Exynos 9820), but also wide range of customers that rely on its fabs. Samsung says that... Read more...
No Wi-Fi, no problem. Back in June, Samsung rolled out its second-generation Chromebook Plus V2, which is a premium 2-in-1 convertible running Google's Chrome OS. Today, Samsung is expanding the family with the inclusion of a new LTE option, which gives you on-the-go connectivity when a Wi-Fi hotspot isn’t available nearby. The new model is simply called the Chromebook Plus V2 (LTE), and makes use of an unspecified Intel LTE modem. No other specs change with the addition of LTE, but the price of entry does increase from $499 to $599. That means that you'll still get a 12.2-inch Full... Read more...
We know that Samsung intends to unveil its folding Galaxy smartphone before the end of the year, but other than the fact that it has a flexible display, we don't actually know much else about it. Even its name is an unknown at this point, with various sources calling it either the Galaxy F or the Galaxy X. While launching the mid-range, quad-camera Galaxy A9 today, Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh gave a few hints as to what we can expect from the device. For starters, it will be available globally, so it won't be an exclusive to Samsung's home market of South Korea. Instead, Samsung... Read more...
This past Tuesday, Google trotted out a new round of Pixel phones, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. The latter of those two sports what is becoming a familiar notch at the top of the display, making it a target for criticism and, in the case of Samsung, some playful snark. Yes, Samsung is sometimes like those Muppets who sit in the balcony (Statler and Waldorf) and relentless heckle whoever happens to be in the spotlight. Right now it's Google that is in the spotlight, with its Pixel 3 starting at $799 and Pixel 3 XL starting at $899. Those are premium price tags for sure, but are they worth the money?... Read more...
Phones with dual camera arrangements are increasingly common, and even having three rear cameras is no longer uncharted territory—Samsung offers one in the Galaxy A7. Kicking things up a notch, Samsung's new Galaxy A9 is the first smartphone in the world to launch with four rear cameras, underscoring the emphasis on taking photos above all else. The Galaxy A9 is not a flagship phone, though it's no slouch either. It wields a 6.3-inch Full HD+ (2220x1080) Super AMOLED display powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, which is an octa-core part with four high power cores clocked at 2.2GHz... Read more...
Samsung is scheduled to unveil its next-generation Galaxy A9 family of smartphones tomorrow, and one of the headlining features of the device will be its quad-camera setup on the back. While dual cameras have become commonplace in smartphones these days -- even in the mid-range market -- some manufacturers like Huawei and LG are creeping into triple-camera territory. Now, with Samsung bringing on quad cameras, it's all-out war in the arena of smartphone optics. Evan Blass has spoiled a bit of Samsung's surprise ahead of the event, showing off a single image of the rear of the Galaxy... Read more...
Samsung's latest flagship Android smartphones include the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and the Galaxy Note 9, however, sales volume for the former two devices hasn't exactly been impressive. In July Samsung reported softer profits with the finger pointed directly at lower than expected sales of its flagship devices. Samsung has now stepped up to the plate and is doubling its Galaxy Note 9, S9, and S9+ trade-in offer on eligible smartphones. Samsung's double trade-in value deal runs from October 5, 2018, through November 3, 2018, and is valid at Best Buy, AT&T, Samsung.com, and other retailers.... Read more...
Samsung is plowing through any pessimism that might exist among financial analysts, and heading towards record quarterly profits, according to the South Korean electronic maker's third quarter guidance. While the official numbers are still be tallied, Samsung expects to report an operating profit of 17.5 trillion Korean won (around $15.5 billion) from 65 trillion won (~$57.5 billion) in sales revenue. Assuming those figures hold true, Samsung's profit will be around 20 percent higher than it was in the same quarter a year ago, and around 18 percent higher than the previous quarter. The numbers... Read more...
Show of hands, how many of you use your smartphone primarily for making phone calls? Anyone? We're sure there are some folks who do, but by and large, today's smartphones are essentially pocket PCs with a range of functionality, not the least of which is taking pictures. Samsung's latest handset, the Galaxy A7, looks to up the ante when it comes to snapping photos with a triple camera system. Photography has long been a focus of Samsung, and practically every smartphone maker. This is evident in both the Galaxy S9+ and Galaxy Note 9, which use the same camera hardware. Both are capable of taking... Read more...
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