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All posts tagged "Samsung"

  • Exynos 9610: a rival to Snapdragon 660, Helio P60?

    Samsung's Exynos chipsets are nothing to scoff at, frequently sparring with Qualcomm's top-flight processors. The firm also produces mid-tier chipsets for its cheaper smartphones, and the latest chip, the Exynos 9610, looks to take on Qualcomm and Mediatek's cheaper offerings. Samsung is clearly positioning the chipset as an AI-focused bit of silicon, touting a vision and image processing unit. However, as the name implies, it seems like the AI bits are purely for camera-related tasks. "The unit consists of a DSP (Digital Signal Processor) that efficiently converts analog streams of images and video into a digital signal and a neural-network engine that analyses...

  • Galaxy S9 disassembled, gets 4/10 rating from repair website iFixit

    Flagship smartphones generally have a reputation for being difficult to repair, so is there any surprise that iFixit has delivered a four out of 10 rating for the larger Galaxy S9? The repair-focused website disassembled the plus-model Samsung flagship, finding it similarly tough to repair as the Galaxy S8 and S8+. In fact, between opening the device, detaching the display and removing the fingerprint scanner, the website noted that glue was a big problem. Ultimately, the Galaxy S9+ was criticised for its screen repair difficulty, as well as the "unnecessary challenge" of replacing the battery. By comparison, the iPhone X received a...

  • Galaxy S9 now official, packing Sony-style slow-mo and more

    Samsung's Galaxy S9 has officially been unveiled, coming in Galaxy S9 and S9+ flavours. And all the recent leaks were true, from super slow-mo at 960fps (the same as Sony's flagships) to the design. Starting with the camera, we see the 960fps slow-mo come into effect, equalling Sony's 720p resolution as well. The slow-mo option records 0.2 seconds of slow-mo, equal to six seconds of playback -- slightly more than Sony's just over 0.1 seconds of recording. In other words, those hoping for more traditional slow-motion capture experience (i.e. choosing which bit to turn into slow-mo) might be disappointed again. But...

  • 5 tall-screen smartphones you can get in SA (that are not flagships)

    Tall screens have joined dual cameras as being one of the most popular smartphone trends right now. And much like two cameras, we're seeing these screens filter down to cheaper devices. Which lesser known devices with tall displays are available in South Africa though? Let's take a look. LG Q6 Probably the first budget smartphone with a tall display in the country, the LG Q6 features a rather slick, pocket-friendly design. And it still packs a 5.5-inch, 18:9 display (2160x1080). The device is solid in terms of basic specs, offering a budget-minded Snapdragon 435 chip, 3GB of RAM, a 3000mAh battery and 32GB of expandable...

  • Qualcomm, Samsung to deliver tiny 7nm 5G chipsets

    The Snapdragon 845 is expected to power a ton of flagship smartphones this year, from Sony and Asus to Samsung and Xiaomi. But the 5G era isn't far away, with industry experts pointing to a 2019 launch at the earliest. The new era will necessitate a new chipset, so Qualcomm has announced the expansion of its relationship with Samsung Foundry to produce Qualcomm's 5G-enabled mobile chipsets. These chipsets will be manufactured on a tiny 7nm process, making it much smaller than the 10nm Snapdragon 845. Generally speaking, a smaller manufacturing process means a smaller, more efficient chip. Benefits of a smaller chip "Using 7LPP EUV...

  • Galaxy S9: Is Samsung matching Sony’s super slow-mo feature?

    We're just a few days away from the Samsung Galaxy S9 reveal, and the leaks are coming thick and fast right now. The latest one comes from the reputable WinFuture website (German language), bringing with it a host of details. A lot of the information corroborates previous leaks, so that means a dual-camera setup on the S9+, a main camera that can switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4, Exynos 8910 or Snapdragon 845 chipset, stereo speaker, 5.8-inch 2960x1440 display for the standard Galaxy S9 and 6.2-inch 2960x1440 display and 3500mAh battery for the larger model. Probably the biggest nugget of information is...

  • Could Samsung charge for Linux on Galaxy smartphones?

    Samsung made tech headlines late last year when it announced plans to bring Linux to its DeX dock (review) and Galaxy flagship phones. The move would mean that consumers have a full desktop operating system on their smartphone, enabled by popping the phone into the dock. "Installed as an app, Linux on Galaxy gives smartphones the capability to run multiple operating systems, enabling developers to work with their preferred Linux-based distributions on their mobile devices," Samsung explained at the time of the announcement. "Whenever they need to use a function that is not available on the smartphone OS, users can simply...

  • Android Oreo: Update comes to Galaxy S8

    Android users generally have to wait a while to get the latest update, with Samsung being no exception. Fortunately, it seems like the firm has given the green light for Android Oreo on the Galaxy S8 (review) and S8+. According to SamMobile, the update is currently hitting users in Germany, first targeting beta testers before delivery to everyone else. The publication adds that availability comes two weeks after beta testing ended. So what's new then? The Korean firm recently showed off an infographic to beta testers, highlighting the Samsung-specific additions and tweaks. We have a customisable keyboard toolbar (the area just...

  • Samsung reveals dual-camera sensors for ‘mid-to-entry-level’ phones

    Dual-camera technology has enabled all sorts of cool photography features in today's smartphones, but the truth is that it's largely restricted to flagships and mid-range devices. Now, Samsung has announced its ISOCELL Dual range of dual-camera sensors, being divided into two dual-camera setups for "mid to entry-level" smartphones. But the interesting part is that Samsung is also equipping each setup with its own proprietary algorithms, reducing the need for a client manufacturer to develop its own algorithms from the ground-up. The 13MP and 5MP setup offer Samsung's refocus algorithms, while the 8MP+8MP set comes with the firm's low-light shooting (LLS) algorithms. "Dual cameras are delivering new and exciting photo-taking experiences...

  • Galaxy S9 leaks: camera, horsepower, design confirmed

    The Samsung Galaxy S9 is set to make an appearance at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 but, with less than a month to go, we now have a load of key details. According to serial tipster Evan Blass, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be powered by a Snapdragon 845 in the USA and an Exynos 8910 elsewhere. But that's not surprising, right? Blass also reports that the vanilla model will pack a single 12MP camera, while the plus-sized variant will offer a dual-camera setup. But the primary cameras on both phones will feature a variable aperture, switching between f/1.5 and...