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All posts tagged "Samsung"

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 delayed by three weeks in South Africa

    Those looking forward to standing in queues outside a Samsung store on 2 September will need to curb that enthusiasm. Samsung today announced that its new flagship phablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, will arrive in South Africa three weeks later than expected, on 23 September 2016. According to Samsung SA's integrated mobility director, Craige Fleisher, it's thanks to the device's "overwhelming" international demand. "The overwhelming global demand for the new and improved Galaxy Note 7 resulted in a flood of orders. Appropriation of the initial consignment has required us to relook the local availability date of the smartphone to ensure...

  • Google’s stock Android is great, but it’s not the holy grail

    "Pffft, stock Android is where it's at. Why would I want to use TouchWiz, EMUI, MIUI or any other useless skin?" That's been the refrain among hardcore Android fans for years now. Pure Android definitely has some lovely things going for it, but let's be honest here, it's not perfect by any measure. First, why do stock addicts love this implementation of Android? Let me count the ways... All the updates, none of the tackiness The biggest reason for going stock Android is because you're getting the latest versions of Android first. This is a big problem in the Android environment, where it's not...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 launches in South Africa in September

    It's tough to keep things a secret these days, and Samsung is no different. Between leaks and Samsung's own teaser, we had a pretty good idea of what to expect from the Galaxy Note 7. Now, the company has officially peeled the curtain back on the phone, revealing a device with the same fundamental design as the S7 and S7 Edge (review), for starters. So that means a water-resistant body (IP68), as well as a water-resistant S-pen stylus. In fact, it's really tough to tell the phone apart from the S range in person, with the aforementioned stylus and larger screen...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Note 5: what’s the difference?

    In case you're too busy casting your vote to care, or wrapped in this glorious public holiday, Samsung launched its new phablet in Johannesburg last night. Dubbed the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (we're not too sure why the company hates the number six), the phablet boasts a great deal of improvements over the previous device. But what are some of these, and where does the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fall short? Well, thanks to the creatives over at Samsung, the company has a handy infographic which details the differences between the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the new Samsung Galaxy Note...

  • What do we make of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 teaser trailer?

    We all know that Samsung will be revealing a new Note phablet (likely the Samsung Galaxy Note 7) on Tuesday, and now the Korean firm has uploaded a teaser trailer for the new smartphone. The short video starts off by showing a series of unlocking methods, beginning with a simple fingerprint and moving to complicated pattern passwords. The Korean text overlay alludes to "password complexity". This suggests that those rumours of an iris scanner might not be so far-fetched after all... The video then shows a woman taking a selfie, complete with a bedside lamp being used to illuminate her face. Perhaps pointing to a front-facing camera...

  • Samsung Gear Fit 2, Samsung Gear IconX debut in South Africa

    On the back of its leaky Samsung Galaxy Note 7 news, the company still has time to issue press releases of its new wearable products. The company today announced that the Samsung Gear Fit 2 fitness band, and the Samsung Gear IconX wireless earbuds are both heading to South Africa. Well, at least the one is -- the Fit 2 is already available in South Africa. On that note, the fitness tracker is cut from the same cloth as other fitness trackers. It boasts a heart-rate monitor, a 1.5-inch 216x432 curved AMOLED screen, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage for...

  • 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...