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  • Samsung to manufacture Apple’s A9 chip for next-gen iPhones

    Samsung and Apple have a strange relationship. While the Korean tech giant builds many of the iPhone’s components, it’s also quick to launch marketing attacks on the company too. And while Apple tries its utmost to sever its reliance to the company, it inevitably draws ever nearer. Take this for example — according to ZDNet, Samsung has won the contract to manufacturer Apple’s A9, 14nm processors. The current A8 SoC that finds its home in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models is co-produced by Samsung and TSMC, with the latter manufacturing around 70% of the production volume. But the...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 buyers spot ‘gap’ in the market with design flaw fiasco

    Oh karma, you’re a sly one aren’t you? After Samsung poked fun at Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus bendy bus, the company has suffered the wrath of social media in an alleged design flaw of its own — there’s a massive gap between the Galaxy Note 4’s screen housing and outer body, leading some to coin the hashtag #gapgate. It’s not exactly an innocuous gap either. Reports are surfacing that there’s enough fresh air to fit two sheets of A4 paper, or a rather taut business card. For Samsung’s top-of-the-range device, this glaring error in production or purposefully designed chasm was...

  • My reasons for buying Samsung’s Gear Fit

    Before the Gear Fit, I was still using an analogue watch. No, not a Rolex or a Philippe Patek which are more pieces of jewelry for showing off than functional devices. I wanted something substantial, I needed something digital. Most smartwatches look awfully ugly, as the screen is too big for my small wrist and too small for all those crowded icons. It was design that won me over, and I fell for the look of the Samsung Gear Fit with its nifty colored straps. Adding to this, it works nicely with my (recently upgraded from a Galaxy S1) Samsung Galaxy...

  • Samsung launches Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, Gear S and Gear VR

    Samsung, bless its soul, always puts so much effort into its launches and the arrival of the Note 4 is no different. From the moment the show begun at IFA 2014, there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that this was a Samsung event, as a music band played the Samsung jingle with a Note 4 music app. Then, an entire orchestra joined in, all to play that jingle. I fully expect neon covered dancers to appear later on. Samsung’s also one for surprises, as it introduced four products today. The Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, the Gear...

  • Samsung’s all-metal Galaxy Alpha is 2014’s most pointless phone

    Can you list all the models available in the Samsung Galaxy family today? I just tried, but ran out of fingers. Perhaps it’s fitting then that the Korean tech giant should add yet another device to its over-complicated and never-ending lineup, just before the iPhone 6’s launch. And wouldn’t you know it? The phone Samsung’s aiming squarely at its American rival is flaunting a similar jacket and shades, like a less popular kid trying too hard. “With an entirely new appearance, the Galaxy Alpha focuses on both beauty and functionality combining a stunning metal frame and slim, light weight design with...

  • Samsung and LG unveil lastest Moto 360-slaying smartwatches

    It must be smartwatch Christmas in the wearables industry, because Korean rivals — Samsung and LG — have just announced new devices coming soon to their already numerous lineup. The LG in question is a Moto 360-killer while Samsung is looking for a more complete approach — it’s essentially a watchphone. The LG G Watch R Let’s start with the LG, though. It’s round, like the Moto 360, and that’s about the most important part. According to LG’s seemingly chuffed press release, the watch boasts “a refined aesthetic that is reminiscent of traditional timepieces.” And its right. The watch exudes a stately...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 trailer paints S Pen as second coming of gadget accessories

    Samsung, stop trying to make the S Pen a thing, really. After four versions of this enormous phone, you either hate it or use the S Pen so often your finger never touches the screen. In this new teaser trailer for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the S Pen is front and center, and is the second coming of gadget accessories, according to Samsung. Samsung calls it a tool for the way we live today, and then proceeds to show us how we should really be living. The teaser trailer is a whack of handsome actors teasing the phone with...

  • NOOK at me: Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 turns into latest Barnes & Noble tablet

    I’m not completely sure if I understand the purpose of reading-specific tablets (versus e-paper alternatives) like the NOOK. Samsung has teamed up with Barnes & Noble, the largest bookseller in the US, to launch its latest device. But the problem is, it’s not an e-reader. It’s a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 with NOOK apps installed. Those imagining a brand new machine, with NOOK labels imprinted everywhere will be disappointed, in fact it’s nothing new at all. Painting a pony black does not make it a stallion, but this is what Samsung’s attempted here. It’s still a rather pretty pony, though. The...

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha sports full metal jacket, lacklustre feature set

    Major Update: Although we reported on the fake Alpha back in July, Samsung has now released the official Alpha into the wild, and at first glimpse, it’s a much prettier, slimmer and slightly smaller Galaxy S5. At around 2mm thinner than its larger brother, the Alpha sports a smaller battery (1860mAh versus 2800mAh), lowly USB 2.0 connectivity (not the 3.0 offered on the S5) and a subpar 1280×720 AMOLED screen, at 4.8″. It’s not the 1080p screen seen on the S5, but the pixel depth should fall above the 300ppi range. A 12MP camera, with 4K video capturing ability at...

  • Samsung introduces Beats-beating premium audio range to the US

    Samsung has recently taken IBM’s baton in the “who hates Apple more” marathon. The Korean electronics giant, although cooperating with Apple for many years, has seen its Samsung Galaxy S5 beaten by Cupertino’s year-old iPhone 5s. But Samsung refuses to lie down in the battle of the premium audio products. Samsung Mobile has announced that it will finally introduce its Level premium audio series to the US, which will likely strike a few chords in the Beats’ dominated sector. Priced at US$349, the flagship Level Over (pictured above) undercuts the Beats Pro, while falling just above the Studio’s tag. The white...

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