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Samsung says it has begun mass producing what it claims is the industry's smallest DRAM based on extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology, on a 14-nanometer process. It had already begun shipping the first EUV DRAM earlier this year (back in March), and what it's kicking into high gear now represents an increase in the number of EUV layers. More specifically, Samsung says it increased the number of EUV layers to five, for what it says is the finest and most advanced DRAM process out there for emerging DDR5 memory solutions. And it arrives just as Intel is set to usher in the era of DDR5 in the consumer landscape, with the introduction of Alder Lake and its accompany Z690 platform. "Today, Samsung... Read more...
If you're looking to upgrade your PlayStation 5 with a fast SSD, Samsung's 980 Pro SSD is a suitable candidate. Even more so at the end of the month. That's because Samsung today announced it is equipping its speedy 980 Pro with a heastink that is specifically designed to fit inside the relatively tight confines of Sony's PS5 game console. "Ready for installation in a slim, PS5-compatible design, the 980 Pro with Heatsink enables gamers to easily expand storage on their console. This addition to the Samsung 980 Pro SSD family is delivered with a proprietary built-in heatsink with Samsung Advanced Heat Dissipation Technology," Samsung says. One of the perks of the PS5 is that Sony incorporated... Read more...
It is easy to take for granted that our premium-designed smartphones just work as expected, and won't fall apart like some cheap gadget picked up from the clearance bin at the local thrift shop. And for the most part, they do dutifully operate to expectations. It takes a lot of design chops and testing to achieve the kind of durability necessary for daily use, and providing a rare glimpse of what goes into the latter, Samsung has partially lifted the curtain to reveal some of its testing procedures. Companies don't often provide behind-the-scene looks at how the sausage is made. Or in this case, how it is deemed ready for public consumption. Samsung chose the perfect time to make an exception,... Read more...
Back in May, Samsung unveiled a high-tech gadget for data centers called the CXL Memory Expander, essentially a memory expansion device that utilizes the newer Compute Express Link interconnect standard. As with most hardware, however, the clever device is only as good as the software. To address that fact, Samsung has now introduced what it says is the industry's first open-source software solution that is specifically designed to support the CXL memory platform. The upshot of Samsung's CXL memory expander is it allows clients to scale memory capacities and bandwidth in data centers to terabyte levels, going well beyond what was previously possible. CXL itself is an open, industry-supported... Read more...
It’s been a mixed year for Samsung when it comes to smartphone sales. The company launched the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra in January 2021, but sales have been lackluster. According to research from Counterpoint Research, Galaxy S21 family sales were down 20 percent through its first six months compared to the Galaxy S20, making it the slowest-selling release since the Galaxy S5 in 2014. However, things are looking more positive for Samsung regarding its Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. These are Samsung’s third-generation folding smartphones, and early reports already indicated that the devices came charging out of the starting gate. Now, a new report from The... Read more...
Earlier this year, AMD confirmed that Samsung's next-generation Exynos mobile SoCs would incorporate its RDNA 2 graphics technology. At the time, AMD said that the RDNA 2 intellectual property leveraged by the new Exynos family would "[bring] ray tracing and variable rate shading capabilities to flagship mobile devices." Now, Samsung is delving a little deeper into the ray-tracing capabilities of the upcoming [alleged] Exynos 2200. The company posted comparison images to its Weibo page, which shows a game scene rendered with and without ray tracing enabled. With the shot taken from a device powered by an Exynos SoC, we see enhanced lighting effects with the flames under the tank and the building... Read more...
It took a few generations, but the folding smartphone form factor has come into its own and appears to be drawing greater interest. One could argue that it has achieved mainstream status. It just depends on if the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 3 sales momentum in Samsung's native land can carry over to other territories. These are fine handsets, even if they are not perfect. In our Galaxy Z Fold 3 review, we noted there is a visible crease down the center of the main display, which can either be a non-issue or somewhat distracting, depending on how it is being utilized, and the user. Battery life in our testing was only so-so, and it's an expensive phone. But otherwise, the form factor works... Read more...
Over the weekend, new renders leaked of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S22 Ultra flagship smartphone. The renders gave us our first look at a dramatic departure from the Galaxy S family with respect to design and showcased a look more akin to the stalled Galaxy Note series. Now, upcoming third-party cases presented by frequent gadget leaker Ice Universe seemingly confirm many of the design details seen in the earlier renders. For example, the cutout on the back of the case matches up with the odd-looking camera bump that could hold up to five cameras. We also see cutouts on the bottom of the phone for the USB-C port, speaker, and S Pen. While the current generation Galaxy S21 Ultra supports... Read more...
Samsung, like many high-profile tech companies, is desperate to obtain additional microchips from its suppliers. Unfortunately, the global chip shortage is putting the squeeze on Samsung’s ability to deliver high-end (and incredibly profitable) flagship smartphones to customers. With this in mind, the company is doing everything to bolster its chip supply, including sending mobile chief TM Roh to the United States to implore suppliers to boost output. However, even a company as big as Samsung, which has considerable political and financial might, couldn’t move the production needle, according to South Korean publication The Elec. Roh reportedly made two trips to the U.S. – one... Read more...
We've seen leaked renders of Samsung's Galaxy S21 Fan Edition (FE), and we've even peeked at the smartphone's user manual leak in full. However, according to a new report, the new value-packed device may never see an official public introduction. According to a Samsung official who spoke with the South Korean publication DDaily, the Galaxy S21 FE was initially scheduled for an online "Unpacked" event in October. However, that event is reportedly now canceled. In addition, the company official allegedly added, "We are revising the smartphone launch itself." There wasn't a given for why Samsung might cancel the Galaxy S21 FE, but the global chip shortage could be playing a significant factor here.... Read more...
Samsung just launched its Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic last month, but there is already a pretty hefty discount available on the former. The Galaxy Watch 4 is available in 40mm and 44mm sizes, but the smaller size sees the biggest discount (percentage-wise) today at Amazon. The Galaxy Watch 4 (40mm) has an MSRP of $249.99, but Amazon is currently selling the smartwatch for $229.99. That's a $20 discount, which is already excellent for a brand-new device. However, Amazon is also throwing in a free Samsung Wireless Charger Fast Charge Pad DUO. That device alone has a retail price of $59.99, so that makes the $229.99 combo offer (a total of 25 percent off) even hotter. The Wireless... Read more...
The Galaxy Note has been a popular smartphone line, offering users a Galaxy experience in an enlarged handset with S-Pen support. And save for the Galaxy Note 7, which was given a Viking funeral because of exploding batteries, they've been solid products. The Galaxy Note series may also cease to exist going forward, at least as you've come to know it (by name). Rumor has it Samsung will not launch another Galaxy Note handset, and instead will task its upcoming Galaxy S22 Ultra with filling that role. Galaxy Note fans pining for an updated model might be happy with that decision, if it comes to be, though there is at least some reason to maintain a bit of optimism—the S-Pen. The rumor comes... Read more...
As we approach the closing quarter of 2021, numerous leaks concerning Samsung's future flagship devices are spilling out. On the smartphone side, we have the Galaxy S22. And for tablets, Samsung will soon introduce the Galaxy Tab S8 family. Galaxy S22 Family Rumors Galore Starting with the Galaxy S22, we already know that at least the international version of the smartphone will feature Samsung's Exynos 2200 SoC. We covered this SoC earlier this week, which features a single 2.9GHz Cortex-X2 prime core joined by three 2.8GHz high-performance cores and four 2.2GHz efficiency cores. In addition, it will also contain an AMD RDNA 2-based GPU clocked at 1.25GHz. Other features that are now rumored... Read more...
Earlier this year, Samsung Display gave us a status update on its efforts to develop high refresh rate OLED panels for the laptop market. Up until this point, OLED panels for notebooks have been stuck at 60Hz, while LCD panels have hit 144Hz, 240Hz, and beyond. This week, the South Korean electronics giant confirmed that its 90Hz laptop panels entered mass production for smoother on-screen action. Despite the perceived refresh rate deficit compared to a 120Hz LCD panel, Samsung Display says that the OLED panel will produce more natural-looking images, while blur length in videos is improved by 10 percent. In addition, the response time for the 90Hz panel is 10x faster than its 120Hz LCD counterparts,... Read more...
Samsung recently launched its third-generation foldable smartphones – the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and the Galaxy Z Fold 3 -- and they’re very impressive. The cheapest of the two is the Galaxy Z Flip 3, priced from $999 compared to the $1,449 launch price of its predecessor. Even though the smartphone has only been on the market for a few weeks, Amazon is already discounting the Galaxy Z Flip 3 by a fair amount. Amazon’s discount comes in at $75, which takes the smartphone down to just $924.99 with free shipping. The discounted pricing is available for Phantom Black, Lavender, Cream, and Green colors. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G Factory 128GB Unlocked $924.99 @ Amazon The Galaxy Z Flip... Read more...
Samsung is prepping a powerhouse mobile SoC with the Exynos 2200, which will reportedly officially ship later this year. Earlier this week, some early benchmarks for the Exynos 2200 found their way onto the internet with an octa-core design headlined by an Arm Cortex-X2 "prime" core. We were warned at the time that clocks for the cores on the Exynos 2200 weren't final and that speeds (and performance) would improve with production silicon. Now, mobile leaker Ice Universe claims to have the final clock speeds for the SoC, with the prime Cortex-X2 core coming in at 2.9GHz (up from 2.59GHz on earlier silicon). The Cortex-X2 is joined by three high-performance cores clocked at up to 2.8GHz. Finally,... Read more...
Android 12 has been available in developer preview and public beta form for months, but Samsung is just now getting around to bringing its customers into the fold. Tonight, Samsung announced that users with a Galaxy S21 device (Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, Galaxy S21 Ultra) are eligible to join the One UI 4 beta program, which is, of course, based on Android 12. In addition to all the new functionality along with performance and security updates coming with Android 12, Samsung also touts these One UI 4-specific improvements that beta testers will be able to leverage: A wealth of theme options let you adjust the look and functionality of your device, giving you tools to configure your home screen,... Read more...
Samsung is working on a version of its Exynos system-on-chip (SoC) that will incorporate AMD's second generation Radeon DNA (RDNA 2) graphics, which is certainly exciting from both technical and consumer standpoints. Rumor has it the upcoming chip will power Samsung's Galaxy S22 phones. As we wait to find out, an interesting Geekbench listing has popped up, perhaps giving us an early glimpse of the chip's performance. As always, it is important to take benchmark leaks in stride and not necessarily treat them as fact. These things can be manipulated, and on top of that, it is impossible know all the variables at play, like how early the represented silicon might be, what the testing conditions... Read more...
All of the world's leading chip manufacturers are working overtime to satisfy the demand for their customers, but it isn't enough. Hard-hit sectors include mature chips used in automobiles and advanced GPUs that power modern AMD Radeon RX 6000 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 graphics cards (among others). Samsung is one of many chip giants looking to expand its fab capacity, and it is eying locations within the United States. The South Korean company already has a fab located within Texas, so naturally, officials in that state are looking to strike gold again with Samsung's proposed $17 billion chip factory. Taylor, Texas, hopes to be in the running as a potential site and is offering significant tax... Read more...
We had a lot of good things to say about the camera performance on the Galaxy S21 5G, which packs a 64-megapixel shooter among its array of lenses. The Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G goes even further with a monstrous 108-megapixel sensor on the rear, but even if you add them both together, Samsung's new ISOCELL HP1 offers up even more pixels—as in, a whopping 200 megapixels. Photographers will be quick to point out that megapixel-count is just one component, and that taking great photos lies beyond the specifications. That's true, but specs aren't meaningless, either. The higher the pixel count, the more detail can be captured, which can especially be helpful when zooming into shots on your camera... Read more...
As if we didn't have enough mounting evidence over the weekend regarding the imminent arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Fan Edition (FE), two new bits of information have come across our news desk this morning. The first leak comes via the official Galaxy S21 FE user manual, which is the most concrete information that we have to-date confirming the device's existence. The manual was obtained by SamMobile and is readily available for viewing here [PDF]. The manual confirms many previously leaked information about the Galaxy S21 FE, including IP68 dust/water resistance, support for reverse wireless charging, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and Dolby Atmos support. The manual also shows that the... Read more...
Samsung has already laid out plans to expand its folding devices lineup, and the company recently made a strong impression with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 (which have so far received favorable reviews). However, a new leak now suggests that Samsung's folding aspirations are about to get larger, much larger. While there's not much else behind the leak, popular gadget leaker Ice Universe tweeted a single banner: Galaxy Book Fold 17. There was no mention of availability, specs, or even a hint of pricing, but the development of such a device should not surprise anyone. Earlier in 2021, Samsung showed off numerous concepts of smartphones and laptops using folding or rollable displays... Read more...
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