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All posts tagged "Samsung"

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 now launching in South Africa in November

    The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will launch in South Africa in November, according to a release issued by the company. This comes after the the company's massive international recall operation, after a "small number of reported incidents around the world related to battery cell issues". Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has yet to launch in South Africa after its three-week delay in August These issues lead to some the devices catching fire, and in one case, injured a six-year-old boy. But while the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been available internationally for a few weeks now, Samsung's local director of integrated mobility, Craige Fleischer,...

  • Tizen-powered Samsung Z2 coming to Vodacom

    Here's an interesting little story. Among the iPhone 7 kerfuffle and heated Samsung Note issues, Vodacom has announced that the Samsung Z2 will be available on its network this month. It's a pretty big deal for those who love using alternative OSes on smartphones, as the Z2 uses Samsung's Tizen OS. In January 2016, Tizen ranked as fourth popular in the world, behind Android, iOS and Windows, and also runs on the likes of Samsung's Gear S2 and S3 smartwatches. On paper, the Samsung Z2 isn't a real clock stopper. Samsung Z2's arrival marks the first noticeable appearance of Tizen phones in South...

  • Report: new Galaxy Note 7 won’t use Samsung batteries

    Samsung will no longer use batteries made by its subsidiary for the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, according to a report out of South Korea. Instead, China's ATL will be making more batteries for the phablet, "industry sources" told Yonhap News. The South Korean firm apparently contacted ATL to request that four million more batteries be manufactured, the publication reported. Samsung's subsidiary was reportedly responsible for most of the Galaxy Note 7 batteries But to what extent does Samsung rely on its subsidiary for Note 7 batteries? Well, a Nomura Securities analyst says that roughly 70% of Note 7 batteries came from the subsidiary. ATL currently makes batteries for...

  • How much will Samsung be spending on Galaxy Note 7 recall?

    Friday saw Samsung announce that it will indeed be issuing a global recall of all Galaxy Note 7 phablets. So how much of a dent will it be making in the Korean firm's pocket? According to estimates by Bloomberg, Samsung is expected to pay roughly US$1-billion for the recall of all Galaxy Note 7 devices on the market right now. Samsung hasn't confirmed the estimate, only saying that the costs would be "heartbreaking". However, financial losses should be the least of Samsung's concerns, an expert told the publication. "The potential damage to reputation is far greater than short-term financial losses," said Chang Sea Jin,...

  • Update: Samsung announces recall of all Galaxy Note 7 phones

    Update 2 September 2016, 12.43pm: Samsung has issued a press statement on the matter, saying it found a battery cell issue after conducting a "thorough" investigation. "To date (as of September 1) there have been 35 cases that have been reported globally and we are currently conducting a thorough inspection with our suppliers to identify possible affected batteries in the market. However, because our customers’ safety is an absolute priority at Samsung, we have stopped sales of the Galaxy Note 7," the company wrote. "For customers who already have Galaxy Note7 devices, we will voluntarily replace their current device with a...

  • Samsung Gear S3 coming to South Africa in November

    Keeping track of the Samsung Gear S3 and other launches at IFA 2016? Have a look at our IFA portal right here. The IFA 2016 announcements continue this week as the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch was revealed today. Available in outdoor-focused Frontier and more refined Classic variants, the Samsung Gear S3 specs are largely in line with other smartwatches. There's a dual-core 1.0Ghz Exynos processor, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and 1.3-inch 360x360 AMOLED screen (with Gorilla Glass). Additionally, the watch packs IP68 water-resistance, the Tizen-based operating system of prior models and LTE connectivity (in the Frontier version only). Introducing the Samsung #GearS3. https://t.co/WmsJHA2g4P pic.twitter.com/7qNVvfaoZo — Samsung Mobile...

  • Samsung W2017: is this the Galaxy S7 in flip phone form?

    Last year the Samsung W2016 made its debut, which was the company's first flip phone in quite some time. Are we due for the Samsung W2017 then? In a rather interesting move, the W2016 packed most of the Samsung Galaxy S6's internals into the clamshell design, including the beefy Exynos 7420 processor, 3GB of RAM and 16MP/5MP camera combination. Sure, there were compromises, such as the 1024x768 screens (yes, it had two screens) and the 2000mAh battery, but it was effectively a Galaxy S6 in flip phone form. Related: 7 quirky, alternative smartphones we’d love to own What are the odds of...

  • 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...