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All posts tagged "Samsung"

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 6 rumour roundup: iris scanner trademark raises eyebrows

    Now that the initial wave of flagship smartphone launches are done for the year, we eagerly await the next wave of uber-sized phablet devices. Huawei's Mate 8 kicked us off (in South Africa at least), but there's a much older kid on the block due for an upgrade pretty soon -- the Samsung Galaxy Note 6. With that in mind, we take harvest the rumours, official news and word on the street so you don't have to in our rumour roundup. Samsung's recent iris scanner trademark hints at Galaxy Note 6 inclusion -- 23 May It has been relatively quiet on the Samsung...

  • Samsung aims to bring virtual touchscreens to wearables using projectors

    Samsung has been a pioneering force in the smartwatch world, so it's not really a surprise that the company's working towards the device's betterment. It's latest pending patent suggests that the company's really looking for novel ways to solve the smartwatch's issues, including projecting an extended screen onto the user's wrist, arm, or any nearby wall. According to the patent's abstract, the wearable "includes an image projector configured to project a virtual user interface screen" along with a camera to capture any user inputs or provide visual information for the projector's scaling requirements, and a co-processor that makes sense of it...

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge video review: gorgeous, practical but very pricey

    The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is arguably the biggest Android launch of the year thus far. But that doesn't say much. Samsung had a lot to improve on its previous Samsung Galaxy launch, as the S6 was likely one of the most average phones of 2015. But let's talk about the present. Hadlee has already published an extensive review on Gearburn detailing the pitfalls and positives inherent in the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, but some things are better described in a video. In our video review of the company's new flagship, Hadlee takes to Cape Town's famous Sea Point promenade to capture some...

  • Samsung launches $250 256GB EVO Plus microSD card

    Samsung is pushing the limits of mobile storage cards with the launch of its new 256GB EVO Plus microSD card. The additional 56GB boost in standards comes after SanDisk launched its 200GB card in March. While that jump does seem arbitrary, it now means that this Samsung card is now the highest capacity unit in its class. And speaking of class, transfer speeds are fairly brisk as well. "The EVO Plus 256GB raises the bar for capacity and performance of microSD cards thanks to Samsung’s advanced V-NAND technology, offering high read and write speeds of up to 95MB/s and 90MB/s, respectively," the...

  • Samsung Gear VR now boasts a million users, Oculus reveals

    The Samsung Gear VR now has now hit a million users, Facebook-owned Oculus announced. "It’s been nearly six months since Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus launched worldwide," Oculus revealed in a blog post. "Over one million people used Gear VR last month to experience the incredible collection of immersive games, videos, and experiences available on the Oculus platform." The virtual reality headset, co-developed by Oculus, is quite the success story for both Facebook and Samsung. It's indicative of how users of the latter's smartphones are adopting virtual reality experiences. Read our review: Is the R2000 Samsung Gear VR worth buying? Oculus also revealed...

  • Family-friendly Samsung Galaxy Tab A10.1 announced for Europe

    Samsung has today announced a new tablet for European audiences, dubbed the Samsung Galaxy Tab A10.1. The Korean company's punting this particular slate at "users who are looking for a device at a good price-performance ratio". Largely, the tablet aims to keep with the Samsung Galaxy A smartphone series, which aims to grab the youthful yet trendy crowd (or at least its marketing materials state). In terms of feature coverage, Samsung's done a good job. Practicality in focus, the tablet measures in at 8.2mm thick, and weighs just slightly over 520g. As you might've gathered from the name, it boasts a 10.1-inch screen...

  • Is the R2000 Samsung Gear VR worth buying?

    Virtual reality has been around for ages, but the current wave of VR is nothing like the efforts of years gone by. Instead, we have elaborate graphics, sharp displays and proper head-tracking in place, nothing like the Virtual Boy of yore. And you don't need to spend US$600 on an Oculus Rift or US$800 for the HTC Vive to get a taste either, because there are cheaper experiences around, such as the Samsung Gear VR. Featuring a R1500-R2000 price tag depending on the retailer, the Gear VR manages to occupy a pleasant price/performance middle-ground in theory. It's not as expensive or quite as capable...

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review: meaningful evolution

    Unarguably the most popular high-end Android phone of the year, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is pretty much guaranteed to sell by the bucket load. On paper, this year's edition looks like the equivalent of an "iPhone Xs"; that is, it's an evolution of last year's design as opposed to an all-new approach to the formula. Are the phones worthy of a purchase though or did Samsung just play it too safe? Design You'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference between this phone and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, which is fine because the S6 Edge featured a rather pleasant design. Boasting that glass back,...

  • Samsung sells more phones than Apple in the US, LG comes in third

    I think we can now say that 2016 has been a pretty torrid year for Apple. After its woes with the FBI, the timid introduction of the iPhone SE, and its recent legal dispute in China, the company has now relinquished its top sales step in the US to its main rival -- Samsung. After close to a year in second place, Samsung has finally sold more of its smartphones in the United States than Apple, a feat that we don't see all that often in the modern era. According to Hong-Kong based research company, Counterpoint Research (spotted by Business Korea),...

  • 5 must-have virtual reality games for your Samsung Gear VR

    Samsung and Facebook are pushing virtual reality in a big way this year. The companies are giving away Gear VR headsets at events and customers could even get one as a bonus for preordering the Galaxy S7. So if you've got the headset or are thinking about getting one, you'll want to try out these games. Ocean Rift You'll be exploring the depths in this simple game (it's more of an experience though), which has you marvelling at all sorts of marine life floating around you. Ocean Rift also lets you specify creature-specific scenes, placing you inside a shark cage and letting you swim with...