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When it comes to today's smartphones, it seems as though we've fallen into a "rut" of sorts, with iterative updates that don't really push the boundaries forward with respect to design. We've seen this across the smartphone industry with iterative updates like the Samsung Galaxy S10 family and the Apple iPhone 11/iPhone 11 Pro which launch this Friday. Samsung has, on the other hand, taken some steps into a radical new direction with the Galaxy Fold. According to newly uncovered design patents, Samsung could be looking to expand its use of flexible display technology to its more mainstream product lines. This shift comes to us courtesy of LetsGoDigital, which has produced... Read more...
On this episode of HotHardware's 2.5 Geeks Marco, Dave, and Chris chat about Dell's revamped XPS 15 Ultrabook, the ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 WiFi 6 router, Samsung's big, bad Galaxy Note 10+, the Asura Genesis Xtreme NVMe SSD with RGB goodness, hints about our next killer gaming PC GIVEAWAY and more... Show Notes: 05:37 - Building An AMD Ryzen 9 3900X Liquid-Cooled Performance Desktop PC With Maingear 10:33 - ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Router Review: A WiFi 6 Monster 22:21 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Review: Power Of The Pen And Much More 34:20 - Dell XPS 15 (2019) Review: OLED Display Beauty, 8-Core Beast 45:48 - Asura Genesis Xtreme SSD Review: Speedy NVMe With RBG Bling... Read more...
Have you been eyeballing an upgrade to Samsung's Galaxy Note 10+ or Galaxy Note 10? If so, you may be interested to know about Microsoft's new trade-in promotion. Microsoft is offering up to $650 in trade-in credit towards a Galaxy Note 10+ or Galaxy Note 10, with the highest values being paid for a Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 9, or an iPhone X series handset. The maximum credit amount is even better than what Samsung offers through its own trade-in program, which is $600 off when upgrading from (and trading in) a Galaxy S10+. Samsung also has a spotty history with regards to its trade-in program, with some users venting on Twitter and Reddit about their experiences. There is a catch to Microsoft's... Read more...
Samsung has had a rough time with the launch of the Galaxy Fold smartphone. The smartphone went up for preorder, sold well, but failed quickly when in the hands of reviewers causing Samsung to cancel that launch and rework the smartphone. Samsung has now announced the availability for the Galaxy Fold in the U.S. On Wednesday of this week, Samsung announced that the Galaxy Fold would be available in the United States next month, meaning October. The smartphone will launch in South Korea on September 6th. The September 6th launch of the Galaxy Fold in South Korea was confirmed by a report late in August. Pricing for the smartphone will be the same that Samsung announced previously, meaning... Read more...
Samsung must be feeling extra confident in the tweaks it made to its Galaxy Fold, because apparently it already planning a follow-up act. If the latest rumor is true, Samsung will launch another premium phone with a folding display sometime next year, and it will be more affordable than the one that is re-launching later this month. The initial design problems that plagued the current generation Galaxy Fold are well documented. Samsung had hoped to take the smartphone market by storm with essentially a new form factor, but instead of blazing a new trail, the Galaxy Fold stumbled righto out of the gate—models sent to reviewers broke down in quick order, exposing a faulty design. Samsung... Read more...
We first heard rumors of the Galaxy A90 family of mid-range smartphones back in late June, and now Samsung has made the official announcement. As we previously reported, the Galaxy A90 smartphones pack quite a punch and bring over many of the features previously reserved for more expensive flagships like the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10. First of all, despite the fact that this is a mid-range "mainstream" smartphone, it comes with the burly Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC that can be paired with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. 128GB of internal storage comes standard, while a microSD slot can boost storage capacity by an additional 512GB. There is a large 6.7-inch Full HD+ Infinity-U display... Read more...
Now is a great time to buy a Samsung smartphone. Why is that? Over at Best Buy, several of the company's higher end models are marked down $200, including the fancy new Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+. If you not interested in the Galaxy Note 10 series, there are a bunch of other models on sale, too. The Galaxy Note 9 is marked down as well, with savings ranging from $300 to $450 off the MSRP, and you can save a bundle on various Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S9 phones, too. As an added bonus, Best Buy is tossing in a free wireless charging pad, which gets added to your cart automatically. The offer is good with a qualified activation. You can browse the entire selection of discounted phones by following... Read more...
Samsung's Galaxy Note series of large format Android smartphones has never been about compromise. The pen-wielding, hybrid devices have always been bigger, more powerful and more capable, with larger batteries and as many bells, whistles and features as Samsung could cram in. As such, Galaxy Note users generally hail from a power user demographic, oftentimes with enterprise and business use cases that require an expanded tool set. And so for this passionate following, it probably comes as no surprise that Samsung has once again upped the Note's game with the latest iteration, the Galaxy Note 10 series.   The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 now comes in two sizes, a more modest 6.3-inch Galaxy... Read more...
At long last, Samsung's folding smartphone may finally see the light of day next month, following a short-lived and ill-fated launch. We are of course talking about the Galaxy Fold. If the latest report from a South Korean news agency is on target, Samsung will debut a reworked version of the Galaxy Fold on September 6, during a special IFA event. A successful Galaxy Fold relaunch was not always a foregone conclusion. And really, it still isn't—just refer to the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco for an example of a Samsung-brand smartphone ultimately being scrapped due to a major issue. Unlike the Galaxy Note 7, however, the problem with the Galaxy Fold was never the battery. Instead, the folding smartphone... Read more...
Samsung is in the smart assistant business with Bixby, which has so far been integrated into its smartphones, like the Galaxy S10. Samsung had hoped to integrated Bixby into a smart speaker which was dubbed Galaxy Home and was announced a year ago (and has still not been released). Samsung has a second model that is rumored to be coming soon called the Galaxy Home Mini, and a beta test is set to start. Galaxy Home Mini Samsung fans in South Korea will be the first to get their hands on the Galaxy Home Mini device with a beta test said to be underway there right now. As the name implies, the Home Mini is a smaller version of the Galaxy Home that announced along with the Galaxy Note 9. As of today,... Read more...
Do-it-yourself electronics repair (as is a consumer's right) is sometimes tricky business, especially with today's devices trending towards increasingly complex and precise designs that are difficult to crack into and muck around. If you were hoping Samsung's new Galaxy Note 10+ 5G would be an exception, prepare for disappointment. A teardown analysis of the flagship phablet reveals how difficult it is to perform a DIY repair on this handset. There were some positive surprises hidden within the guts of the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G as well, and we will cover those in a moment. First, however, let's talk about the process of opening one of these suckers up. As has become common practice, a heat gun and... Read more...
Samsung has good news if you are a fan of curved monitors and fast refresh rates. At Gamescom, the company announced a new monitor, the CRG5, which is the first in the world to pair a curved panel with a bodacious 240Hz refresh rate for fast-action gameplay (provided you have a graphics card that can keep up). The new CRG5 is a 27-inch monitor with a 1500R curvature. In theory, curved panels are supposed to be more immersive, as they wrap more boldly into your peripheral vision. Whether it actually makes a discernible difference or not, it just depends on who you ask. Beyond the curved panel and fast refresh rate, the CRG5 also boasts support for NVIDIA's game-smoothing G-Sync technology. Not... Read more...
While we can usually count on mobile SoC performance increasing year-over-year on the latest iPhones and Android-based smartphones, one thing that hasn’t seen a dramatic increase is battery life. While smartphone OEMs have been able to allow for super-long runtimes with massive lithium-ion batteries (like the gargantuan 5,000 mAh unit in the ASUS ZenFone 6), power density has pretty much stayed the same. That could change with a switch from lithium-ion battery technology to graphene, and Samsung is apparently leading the way. That news comes to us from gadget leaker Evan Blass, who claims that Samsung could release a Galaxy smartphone as soon as next year (but most likely in 2021)... Read more...
Samsung is expanding its Galaxy line of handsets with the Galaxy A10s. Essentially a refresh of the regular Galaxy A10, the new "s" iteration introduces a few key upgrades, chief among them a sizeable bump in battery capacity—the Galaxy A10s features a 4,000 mAh battery for extended run time, up from 3,400 mAh in the regular Galaxy A10. That amounts to about an 18 percent difference in capacity. How that translates into actual battery life remains to be seen, though Samsung again touts being able to the use the handset "all day, whether you are gaming, streaming, broadcasting live." The Galaxy A10s retains a 6.2-inch display with a 1520x720 resolution, and it is once again powered by an... Read more...
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