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Remember when we used to carry around point-n-shoot cameras and Polaroids for taking photos? Some people still do (and DSLR cameras for serious photography), but for the most part, pictures posted to Instagram and other places are largely taken with cell phone cameras nowadays, and companies like Samsung are putting a lot of research and development into improving them. To that end, Samsung today announced its ISOCELL JN1, which it is says is the world's first 0.64-micrometer (μm) pixel image sensor. It is a 50-megapixel sensor with advanced technologies crammed into a small 1/2.76-inch optical format. And from Samsung's vantage point, the ISOCELL JN1 is also the most versatile image sensor... Read more...
Samsung finds itself in a braggadocios mood over the continued development of its vertical NAND flash memory chips, and in a blog post spanning nearly 1,400 words, the company talked about what makes it so special, and where it is headed. To that latter point, its 7th generation V-NAND flash memory chips are punching their ticket to both PCI Express 4 and, eventually, PCI Express 5.0 solid state drives. The chest-thumping is not unwarranted. Three-dimensional (3D) chip stacking is what has enabled higher capacities on increasingly fast storage products, at acceptable thickness levels for today's electronic devices, like smartphones and PCs. It's pretty remarkable when you take a moment to think... Read more...
While rollable and foldable displays are here, Samsung is constantly looking to the future to see where technology will lead. As such, many people look to the South Korean company for information, and what they have to offer is quite interesting. In the future, we could potentially see “free-form displays,” or stretchable screens, become the next big thing. This month, researchers at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), a research and development facility, published research about making stretchable devices a reality. The study and research established that “stable performance in a stretchable device with high elongation,” could be achieved, which is a... Read more...
AMD and Samsung made a big splash in 2019 when the pair announced that future Samsung SoCs would leverage Radeon IP. The possibilities were endless, with the prospects of bringing PC-caliber graphics to smartphones and other mobile devices. Earlier this week, AMD confirmed that Samsung's next-generation custom mobile SoCs would feature RDNA 2 IP complete with variable-rate shading and ray-tracing capabilities baked in. Understandably, with AMD dabbling in the mobile SoC arena with RDNA 2, many have wondered about NVIDIA's stance on this practice. For example, could we see NVIDIA partner with other SoC makers to incorporate GeForce RTX technology (well, outside of its own custom Tegra processors)?... Read more...
In late April, we first learned that Samsung would launch a new Arm-powered Windows 10 laptop series aimed at budget shoppers. Interestingly, the details provided in the leaked report pretty much nailed the specifications of the Galaxy Book Go, which was officially announced by Samsung this morning. As previously reported, the Galaxy Book Go is a thin and light laptop with a 14-inch Full HD IPS display. Powering the device is Qualcomm's newly announced Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 SoC. Of course, the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 features an integrated modem, but 4G LTE won't come standard on the Galaxy Book Go for obvious cost-saving reasons. So instead, it will be an optional upgrade for those that need to access... Read more...
AMD and Samsung first announced a partnership involving future mobile SoCs back in 2019, and early this morning at Computex 2021, AMD confirmed that this arrangement would bear fruit later this year. We knew that this moment was coming, but the timeline for release was previously unclear. When the custom Exynos 2100 SoC was announced earlier this year, Samsung's Dr. Inyup Kang only stated that its "next flagship product" would feature AMD's "next-generation mobile GPU." By adopting RDNA 2, SoC will have one of the most powerful GPUs available for smartphones, tablets, and even Windows PCs if Samsung chooses to go that route. GPU performance hasn't always been a strong suit with Samsung's [previous]... Read more...
We reported last week that some 12.9-inch iPad Pro owners have been unhappy with the device's all-new Liquid Retina XDR Mini-LED display. Mini-LED brings contrast ratio and black levels that rival OLEDs while delivering an unmatched maximum brightness of 1,600 nits. However, every technology has its downsides, and with Mini-LED, it's display blooming. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro has 5.6 million pixels but only around 2,500 dimming zones. So instead of per-pixel control over backlighting, there can be a noticeable halo effect or "blooming" around text or other light-colored images on a screen. Not all iPad Pro users have complained about blooming, and it doesn't appear that all devices exhibit the... Read more...
Last year around this time, Arm announced its next-gen, custom Cortex-X1 core, which was its most potent CPU architecture to date. The Cortex-X1 "prime" core is found inside modern flagship SoCs like Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 and Samsung's Exynos 2100. Today, however, Arm is announcing the successor to the Cortex-X1, unsurprisingly called the Cortex-X2. Cortex-X2: Leading The Performance Charge For The New Armv9 Architecture The Cortex-X2 is based on the new Armv9 architecture, and Arm claims that it will deliver up to a 30 percent uplift in performance over the Cortex-X1 found in devices like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. There's also a claimed 2x uplift in machine learning (ML) performance,... Read more...
Samsung will eventually get around to unveiling its Galaxy Fold 3 (and Z Flip 3), as recently leaked marketing images revealed. Unfortunately, those images were some of the lowest quality pictures we have ever seen, and did not provide a crystal clear look of the upcoming phone's details. That said, a recently published patent application hints that a surprising design decision may accompany the Galaxy Fold 3—say goodbye to physical buttons. Well, maybe the physical buttons are going away, or maybe Samsung is toying with the idea for some other handset down the line. Either way, Samsung spent 110 pages describing a "foldable electronic device" that replaces the power, volume, and other... Read more...
There has been a lot of talk about chip fab expansion in recent months due to immense global demand from multiple sectors. To address this demand, Samsung announced earlier this month that it would devote $151 billion to expand its chipmaking footprint over the next decade. While that significant announcement was geared toward fabs in South Korea, Samsung is also looking to investments within the United States. According to a new report out of South Korea, Samsung will build a new 5nm EUV fab in Austin, Texas. 5nm is [currently] Samsung's state-of-the-art process node used for its own products like Exynos 2100. However, by the time this new fab comes online in 2024, 5nm will likely be a more... Read more...
Are foldable and rollable displays the future of smartphones of tablets? The verdict is still out, but credit Samsung and its display division for continually innovating. To that end, it seems as though Samsung is close to porting its concept rollable display tech into a shipping product, that being the Galaxy Z Roll, which it recently registered in Europe. Well, sort of. We're talking about a trademark registration. Samsung filed an application this week with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) for the trademark "Z Roll." It does not actually say "Galaxy" in the description, but that is almost a given, when looking at Samsung's existing product lineup (like the Galaxy Z Fold... Read more...
Yesterday, the Wear OS Twitter account teased an announcement about the platform set for today's Google I/O event. Now, Google and Samsung have announced plans to develop one unified wearable operating system in the future. This change could shake up and refresh the wearables world as we know it going forward. The Google and Samsung partnership stretches back many years across numerous projects. However, it is finally coming to a head with this new wearable OS unification across new devices from both companies. This partnership aims to improve performance, battery life, and the developer community across devices. This partnership will also bring Google services, such as Maps and Google Play,... Read more...
Samsung is known in enthusiast circles for its Galaxy smartphones, Windows 10 PCs, memory, and SSD products, but the company is also a major player in display panels. Not only does Samsung make the displays that go into its own devices, but it also supplies panels to competitors like Apple. Today, Samsung Display is giving us a sneak peek at its next-generation displays that will likely be featured in its future products. The displays were part of the Display Week 2021 expo and included several exciting design choices like the S-Foldable. The S-Foldable is a bi-folding OLED display that Samsung says can fold inside and out. In its fully folded state, a device could function as a traditional smartphone.... Read more...
Given the insatiable global demand for computing chips in various sectors, it should come as no surprise that companies are looking to increase their fab capacity. Intel has committed $20 billion to increase chip output, while TSMC is rumored to build up to six new fabs in the United States alone as part of its $100 billion chip expansion plans. Not to be left out, Samsung also announced significant investments for production in South Korea. Samsung originally announced that it would commit 133 trillion won ($117 billion) to fab expansion over the next decade. That investment would include a brand-new manufacturing facility in the Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province. However, the South Korean government... Read more...
It's no secret that Samsung is working on a new SoC that will find its way into future smartphones. What makes the alleged Exynos 2200 so special is that Samsung has collaborated with AMD to integrate an RDNA-class GPU into the chip. This should make for a powerhouse SoC that could prove to be formidable competition for Apple's M1 found in Macs and now the iPad Pro. While the Exynos 2200 was previously expected to debut during Q2 2021, a new report from The Korea Economic Daily alleges that the chip will instead arrive in the second half of 2021. Not only will the Exynos 2200 be used in Galaxy smartphones and tablets as was previously expected, the report goes on to indicate that it will find... Read more...
Data centers have a new high-tech toy to play with, courtesy of Samsung. Called the CLX Memory Expander, it sort of looks like an external storage device (from the renders) in the vein of Samsung's T7 Portable SSD, but it is nothing of the sort. This is essentially a memory expansion device that leverages the new Compute Express Link (CLX) interconnect standard. Why not just stick with conventional DDR-based memory? Well, there is a limitation imposed by memory channels, whereas Samsung's CXL-enabled module scales memory capacity to terabyte levels, in DDR5 form to boot. In addition, Samsung says its new solution dramatically reduces system latency caused by memory caching. CXL, by the way, is... Read more...
Samsung may opt to push back the launch of its upcoming Galaxy S21 FE (Fan Edition) smartphone just a tad, and announce it at the same time as the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 in August of this year. That would give Samsung three high-end smartphone launches this summer, despite there not being another Note-branded handset on the horizon. For anyone who is not familiar, Samsung's FE variants aim to deliver a premium smartphone experience with the features it deems most important to Galaxy users, at a lower price than the non-FE models. It's a decent strategy—in our Galaxy S20 FE 5G review, we called it a budget-conscious Android phone with flagship specs, which is an appealing proposition.... Read more...
The inevitable Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 will soon be upon us from Samsung. Samsung launched its second-generation folding smartphones last year, and this year's crop of third-generation devices is highly anticipated. Images of both the Galaxy Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 have appeared in what looks to be leaked marketing materials from Samsung. While the photos look like they were taken with a potato phone that had Vaseline smeared on its lens, we do get a relatively good look at the rear camera module for the Galaxy Z Flip 3 with three sensors arranged vertically. Galaxy Z Fold 3 But the rear cameras aren't the most exciting thing here; the marketing materials confirm that the Galaxy Z Fold... Read more...
It looks as though Samsung is ready to take another stab at an Arm-powered Windows 10 laptop. The company entered the fray with its Galaxy Book S, which features a Snapdragon 8cx SoC, a 13.3-inch display, and a starting price of $949. However, Samsung is looking to deliver Arm performance and battery life at a much lower price point with the Galaxy Book Go. Although Samsung had the perfect opportunity to announce the Galaxy Book Go at its Galaxy Unpacked event earlier this week, it chose not to. Samsung apparently pulled the device from its lineup at the last minute because just about every specification concerning the device, along with official renders, have now leaked. WinFuture claims that... Read more...
In this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks, we'll be discussing AMD's current success, its stellar earnings and how the company is kicking so much tail versus its competitors... Show Notes: 06:55 - Samsung Galaxy Book Pro, Pro 360 Laptops On The Prowl With Tiger Lake And AMOLED Displays 07:56 - Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey Gaming Laptop Combines Tiger Lake-H And GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 09:57 - Falcon Northwest Talon Review: Killer Bird Of Prey Gaming PC 13:18 - Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable Review: Eclipsing Surface Pro 18:16 - ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 Review: A Mighty Zen 3 Gaming Laptop 25:10 - AMD Q1 2021 Earnings Shatter Multiple Records As Data Center Sales Skyrocket... Read more...
We've seen plenty of leaks over the past few weeks and months concerning Intel's 11th generation Tiger Lake-H processors and NVIDIA's [thus unannounced] GeForce RTX 3050 GPUs. Today, however, Samsung just put it all out in the open with the announcement of its Galaxy Book and Galaxy Book Odyssey gaming laptops. The standard Galaxy Book features a 15.6-inch FHD display and is available with a variety of processors to cater to a wide range of gamers. At the low end, Samsung makes available Intel Celeron or Pentium Gold processors. However, those with a bit more money to spend can opt for 11th generation Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7 Tiger Lake processors. Base configurations are equipped with 4GB... Read more...
Samsung's new Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 laptops have been leaking for weeks, but the company officially announced its latest ultraportable laptops today. As expected, the former is the company's new laptop offering, while the latter is a 2-in-1 convertible. Both models are available with either 13.3-inch or 15.6-inch FHD displays, bucking the trends of newer laptops that have increasingly shifted to a 16:10 aspect ratio. However, you did get a gorgeous Samsung AMOLED display in return. While these are Samsung's first Windows PCs to get an AMOLED display, Samsung did introduce an even more dense 4K AMOLED display with its Galaxy Chromebook earlier this year. No matter if you opt... Read more...
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