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  • This llama saw the Samsung Galaxy S7 before you [video]

    Related: Samsung Galaxy S7 rumour roundup Llamas are cool, right? Damn right they are. But they aren't what we'd classify as professional unboxers (or painters, for that matter). Still, that didn't stop Samsung Sweden from publishing one of the strangest hype videos we've ever seen. Allegedly, Kuzco the llama was allowed to unbox the Samsung Galaxy S7 before launch (what embargo?) and was politely asked to paint what he saw. If the phone looks anything like the painting though, Samsung's design department will probably be fired in the morning. But you can't really trust a llama, can you? The Samsung Galaxy S7 and...

  • Samsung relaunches the Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 smartphones

    Samsung has, rather quietly, announced newer, upgraded versions of its Galaxy A series. These include the Samsung Galaxy A3, the Samsung Galaxy A5 and the flagship Samsung Galaxy A7. While it might seem strange for the company to launch a new version of the A7 so soon after its Q1 2015 launch, but both the A3 and A5 were due an upgrade. The cheapest model, the Samsung Galaxy A3 (above), now sports a 1.5GHz quad core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage with a microSD expansion slot. There's also a 2300mAh battery, a 13MP rear camera and a...

  • Samsung Gear S2 hands-on preview: touch me, tease me

    There are many gimmicky devices floating around in the consumer cloud. Smartwatches are arguably the lousiest of the lot, with manufacturers promising you all and more this world has to offer on the small wearable screen. They rarely deliver on this promise. While there are some great examples of smartwatches, don't get me wrong, including the likes of the Sony SmartWatch 3 and the Apple Watch, I still don't see a reason to buy one. There's no intrinsic need for them. Bread. Water. Air. Sure. But smartwatches? The hardware isn't really the limiting factor either. Some feature internals that could power...

  • Samsung Galaxy A9 reportedly sporting 6.0-inch screen, Snapdragon 620 chipset

    Samsung's launching devices thick and fast now in its lower ranges, most notably the J-Series and the impressive A-Series. But that doesn't necessarily mean that these are inadequate devices. And Samsung definitely wants to drive this point home with its rumoured Samsung Galaxy A9. The latest rumours are courtesy of Zauba, a website that tracks Indian device imports. Muttering has been heard across the internet regarding the A9's specs, and they're nowhere close to the mid-range moniker the A-series tends to wear proudly. In fact, it sounds like a little giant killer. But "little" might not be a fair description. There's a...

  • Samsung’s trying to remedy Snapdragon 820 heat woes, report suggests

    Poor Qualcomm. It tried its best to disguise how awful its HTC One M9 chip was, the Snapdragon 810, but it seems that its successor is suffering from the same issues all over again. According to Business Korea (picked up by SamMobile), the Snapdragon 820 also gets a little hot under the collar, and unlikely hero Samsung is trying to solve the issue. Of course, the chip uses Samsung's design process, so it does have a certain degree of emotional (if not financial) investment in the chip. More intriguingly though, there have been rumours suggesting that the company wants to use...

  • 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...