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All posts tagged "Samsung"

  • 8 examples of smartphone computational photography we take for granted

    We all know that dedicated cameras tend to blow away mobile cameras for pure picture quality, but smartphones have a major draw-card in the form of computational photography. Instead of relying on large sensors and mechanical apertures, computational photography sees smartphones using their processing oomph to generate some interesting effects. Don't believe me? Then check out some of these examples... Dynamic HDR/exposure/flash Seen on the last few Microsoft/Nokia flagship phones, the Rich Capture technique allows you to adjust the level of HDR, exposure or camera flash after taking a photo. Available as a general "Rich Capture" toggle in the camera app, dynamic HDR takes place during the...

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 phones aren’t water resistant, Consumer Reports suggests

    According to a new immersion test conducted by American publication Consumer Reports, the Samsung Galaxy S7 family is anything but waterproof. The standard S7, S7 Edge and the more exclusive S7 Active all boast an ingress rating of IP68, which requires them to survive water pressures at depths of five feet (1.5m) for half-an-hour. To test this, the magazine got hold of these devices, submerged them at simulated pressures of five-feet, and waited. Ultimately, the phones didn't fare well. In fact, the S7 Active completely failed the test. The Active's screen "cycled on and off every few seconds, and moisture could be...

  • Samsung to supply Xiaomi, LeEco with dual-camera modules?

    A new report claims that Samsung's Electro Mechanics unit will be supplying several Chinese manufacturers, including Xiaomi and LeEco, with dual-camera modules. "The South Korean firm will be begin supplying the modules to Xiaomi and LeEco beginning in July," an "industry source" told the Korea Herald. The publication noted that Samsung already sells single camera modules to Xiaomi, but said that the dual camera module would likely be fitted to the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 5S smartphone. Little is known about the new Xiaomi handset, although some rumours claim it will feature a pressure-sensitive display (similar to Apple's Force Touch) and an ultrasonic fingerprint...

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 rumour roundup: dual-camera and a 4K UHD bendable screen?

    It's mid-year, and that means we're now into the back-end of the device conference scene. And with the solstice gone, news of Samsung's Galaxy S7 replacement is slowly gaining momentum around the internet. That's right -- the S7 is barely six-months old, and already people are talking about its replacement. But even really good devices are at the liberty of marketing, monetisation and the ever-growing need to remain relevant (as both a consumer and manufacturer). Related: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review: meaningful evolution So, what has the rumour mill got in store for us this time? Below we take a look at some...

  • Samsung Gear Fit 2 ‘confirmed’ with Tizen, to launch June

    Details of the upcoming Samsung Gear Fit 2 have been leaked, and it largely confirms talk that the band will be quicker and more feature packed than its predecessor (above). According to a new "confirmed" SamMobile report, the Gear 2 will boast a 1.55-inch 216x432 screen -- Samsung's retaining the rectangular screen profile -- that'll use sAMOLED technology. The band will also feature a Samsung-made 1.0GHz dual-core CPU, along with 512MB of RAM and 2GB of internal storage. We're not sure if that allows for music storage, or strictly additional Tizen apps. Speaking of Tizen, the Gear 2 will further mirror Samsung's future...

  • Samsung’s new tiny NVMe SSD packs 512GB into postage stamp

    A company planning to spoil everyone's party at Computex 2016 this year, is Samsung. The company has announced that it is now producing a new NVMe SSD module, that's about the size of a postage stamp. It's officially dubbed the PM971-NVMe. Measuring 20mm x 16mm x 1.5mm, the new tiny SSD is the industry's first PCIe drive in a single ball grid array and boasts everything -- controllers to memory -- on chip. It's smaller than most postage stamps. "Samsung’s new BGA NVMe SSD triples the performance of a typical SATA SSD, in the smallest form factor available, with storage capacity reaching...

  • 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...