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  • Samsung Z3 is company’s latest Tizen-powered smartphone for India

    Samsung's Tizen operating system has been seen primarily on smart televisions of late, and on Samsung's smartwatches, but the company's end goal has always been to shove it into smartphones. It's latest attempt, after the rapid selling Samsung Z1, is the Samsung Z3. If we could judge a device's performance solely on looks, we'd say that it's already a winner. Of course, Tizen is a different prospect altogether compared to the commonly used Android. Google's OS owns the best part of 80% of the market share with Tizen practically a crumb on the mobile OS pie chart. But the Samsung Z3...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5, A7 South African prices announced

    Vodacom has announced its pricing for two of Samsung's flagship smartphones: the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the trendier, cheaper Samsung Galaxy A7. The former, although currently offered by online retailers like Takealot for less, will retail for R14 579 while the Galaxy A7 will fetch R7259. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is undoubtedly Samsung's stand out product launch of 2015, featuring 32GB of internal storage, a 5.7-inch 2560x1440 screen and a 16MP rear camera. The Samsung Galaxy A7 however, aims its wares at audiences looking to remain trendy but benefit from a large, lightweight device. It features a 5.5-inch screen, a...

  • Samsung Gear VR consumer edition will retail for $99, work with latest Samsung phones

    Yesterday's announcements at Oculus Connect have hinted at just how seriously manufacturers are treating VR, and no less Samsung. The Korean company has been outing developer versions of its Oculus-based Gear VR headset for quite a while now, but on Thursday it finally announced a consumer version. The new Gear VR will retail for US$99 and be fully ready for consumer use with one of the company's four flagship smartphones -- the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, the S6, S6 Edge and S6+ Edge. "We see virtual reality as the next computing platform, and we are thrilled to partner with Oculus on...

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ will boast massive South African price tag

    Numbers aren't scary when sitting lonely upon a page lacking context, but the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ price will definitely cause a few die-hard Samsung fans to cower in the corner. Vodacom has announced the pricing for one of Samsung's many flagship smartphones, and it's quite exorbitant. Exorbitant you, ask? I mean R14 879. To put this into perspective, we thought that the R11k Samsung Galaxy S6 was expensive, with the iPhone 6 now available for under R9000 if you peek in the right places. The reason for the price hike over the base Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (pictured above) is the...

  • Samsung readying rapid 6GB RAM chips for smartphones

    The silicon wizards over at Samsung have announced that they're about to mass produce the "industry’s first" 6GB RAM module crafted using a new 12-gigabit LPDDR4 standard. If that's just a jumble of letters and numbers, then consider this: these chips are over 30% faster than traditional 8Gb LPDDR4 RAM, and run at an astounding 4266Mbps. That's around double the speed of DDR4 PC RAM. Samsung also claims that it uses around 20% less power, which means that its future smartphones and mobile devices will likely be quicker and thriftier. Additionally, it suggests that its "12Gb LPDDR4 brings the largest...

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 arrives in South Africa with swanky exterior

    Amid Samsung's relentless push of its flagship and seriously expensive smartphones to business folk and power users, it has been silently working on a few mid-rangers aimed to fill the pockets of more sensible users. Samsung has announced that the Samsung Galaxy A7 is one of these devices, is now available in South Africa. To clarify its place in the Samsung family, it sits above the A5 and A3 in the youthful budget segment. With a 5.5-inch screen, it's not exactly small but it does cater for those fancying a little more screen estate. There's a generous slathering of pixels too...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5: Sammy proves it has no idea what it’s doing anymore

    At the turn of the decade, Samsung made a bold move of launching a large screened smartphone just at the world woke with a thirst for pixels. Brilliant idea. It beat Apple to it. Hell, it practically built the "phablet" sub-genre by hand and owned it for many years after that. Roll on to 2015 and practically every smartphone above the R1500 price range has a screen larger than 5.0-inches. Naturally, screens are getting bigger and processing power increases, networking technology more shrewd and consumers media appetite larger. So what the hell was Samsung thinking when it debuted the new Samsung...

  • Samsung unveils Galaxy Note 5, vast improvement over Note 4

    South Korean electronics company Samsung officially unveiled its latest smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. It's an obligatory yearly hardware upgrade and includes some interesting features. The internals are similar to that of the Galaxy S6. Both devices share the Exynos 7 Octa 7420 CPU, but the Note 5 has been given 4GB of RAM. Bearing in mind Samsung positions the Note range as their top hardware spec smartphone devices, storage will be an issue to some. The device will come pre-packaged with either 32GB or 64GB of storage space. Samsung won't be offering 128GB, which contradicts earlier rumours. Users wanting to...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5 rumour roundup: huge leak shows phone in the flesh

    If a wad of new information is to be believed then the Samsung Galaxy Note 5's launch is just around the corner and not in September as previously understood. 12 August is a date that has been floating around recently, and would suggest that Samsung plans to release its upgraded phablet before Apple announces its iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. But while we've seen an array of leaked spec sheets, benchmarks and renders, it's difficult to pinpoint exactly what we'll see from the world's primary phone manufacturer. So, before the launch -- be it in August or at IFA 2015...

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is company’s new ultra-thin Android tablet

    Samsung is screaming through this year launching new devices seemingly every week, and while that's probably not a bad thing for one of the most prominent device manufacturers in the world, it's hell for us consumers. The latest device in its mobile computing arsenal is a tablet -- the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 to be exact -- and to carry on its newly launched Samsung Galaxy A8 slimline design, it's just 5.6mm thin. While it's certainly not about to fatten devices up to squeeze more guts inside them, there is a method to the company's madness. Samsung suggests that the Tab...