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All posts tagged "Samsung"

  • You can now reserve your Samsung Galaxy S10

    If you're in the United States and hungry to get your hands on an upcoming Samsung Galaxy device, you can now reserve your device. The rumoured three upcoming devices, all set to take variations of the S10 moniker, can be preordered ahead of the launch on 20 February. To reserve your device, you'll need to create, or already have, a Samsung account. Samsung also gives users the option to trade in their current device, which could cut up to $550 from the S10's price. Feature image: Samsung

  • Samsung leads the chip-buying war, but China’s firms are quickly gaining

    Samsung retained the title of top semiconductor buyer for 2018, according to a report by Gartner. The South Korean tech firm spent $43.4-billion on silicon throughout last year, up from $40.4-billion in 2017. Notably, that is a growth rate of 7.5% -- the lowest of the world's top ten. In second place, Apple spent more than $41-billion on chips, claiming 8.8% of the global market share. But the real conversation starter is the rise of Chinese companies. Huawei claimed third position ahead of Dell, spending $21.1-billion on semiconductors in 2018. That's a growth rate of 45.2% over the previous year, Gartner notes. Lenovo,...

  • 3 phones we can’t wait to see at MWC 2019

    The world's biggest annual smartphone expo is now just a few weeks away. MWC is like Christmas in February, but for smartphone journalists and power users. Each year, the globe's biggest brands -- combined with a few up and coming surprises -- descend on Barcelona to peacock their wares. But while some phones are almost confirmed to be showcased at the event, other manufacturers haven't quite made their intentions concrete. We take a look at the devices we'll definitely see launched in Spain in February, while rating the likelihood of the others making an appearance. Sony Xperia XZ4 Sony is set for a big...

  • Samsung announces 1TB eUFS storage for smartphones

    Samsung has begun producing its first embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) with 1TB storage capacity. This means that future Samsung devices, and possibly others too, will have a 1TB internal storage option. "Smartphone enthusiasts will soon be able to enjoy storage capacity comparable to a premium notebook PC, without having to pair their phones with additional memory cards," the company said in a press release. Technical features of the eUFS module includes a standard physical size of 11.5mm x 13.0mm and up to 1000 MB/s speed reads. Samsung claims that users can store up to "260 10-minute 4K UHD" videos as well. Samsung...

  • Samsung Galaxy M series to launch in India on 28 January

    You're probably familiar with Samsung's flagship S series, it's larger Note series, and even possibly its A series (above) of mid-range devices. But now, the Korean company is adding a brand new letter to its lineup. Dubbed the Galaxy M series, this trio of new lower-mid-range Samsung devices is set to launch in India later this month, taking on the likes of Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi. According to prior leaks, all three phones will sport similar designs, with a waterdrop notch up front, relatively skinny bezels, rear-mounted fingerprint readers, and large batteries. The Galaxy M10 is the smallest of the three, featuring...

  • You can soon talk to your Samsung fridge, TV via Bixby

    On CES 2019's opening day, Samsung announced that its virtual assistant Bixby -- which is usually found on its smartphones -- will soon be available across a wider range of its products. "Bixby intelligence will be infused into its 2019 QLED and premium TVs, and smart appliances like refrigerators, washers, as well as air conditioners, mobile devices, AI speakers and more," said the company in a press release. This means that you may be able to talk to your future Samsung appliances, and control how they work for you without physically interacting with them. Though Bixby has often fallen behind other smart...

  • These smartphone makers are launching 5G phones in 2019

    Brace yourselves, 5G is set to become as annoying marketing jargon in 2019 as waterdrop notches, AI, and foldable displays are already. But that doesn't mean the tech is DOA. 5G has intrinsic value for consumers, arriving with faster speeds and better call quality among other benefits. But which companies are focusing on the next generation mobile tech? Here are a handful that have announced their intentions to launch a device with 5G capabilities in 2019. OnePlus You're not getting the headphone jack back, OP fans, but OnePlus is planning to launch a phone with 5G support in 2019. According to a report by...

  • Samsung Galaxy A8s has a hole in its screen, no audio jack

    Launched today in China, Samsung's Galaxy A8s breaks many a boundary for the Korean manufacturer. For one, it's the company's first phone with the selfie camera cut-out. Instead of a notch or a large top bezel, the 24MP selfie camera is sunk into the top-left portion of the screen itself. This does give it a particularly striking appearance, but you are sacrificing a large chunk of notification space on the 6.4 inch AMOLED LCD screen. Additionally, it's also the first Samsung to kill the headphone jack. Yeah, don't make promises you can't keep, smartphone manufacturers. This decision might be because the phone has...

  • Huawei’s quickly closing the global phone sales gap to Samsung

    Huawei, Xiaomi and Oppo -- the big three Chinese smartphone makers -- just can't stop selling devices. This according to global sales data from Gartner. The research firm, in its Q3 2018 smartphone sales report, revealed that the trio helped push global smartphone sales to beyond 389-million units. While Samsung remained the world's biggest smartphone seller, pushing 73.3-million units in the quarter, its overall market share fell by 3.4% year-on-year. Huawei saw substantial growth, from owning 9.5% of the global market share in Q3 2017 to 13.4% in Q2 2018. It sold more than 15-million more units during this period than last. "The...

  • Samsung debuts Exynos 9820 chipset with NPU, 8K video recording

    Samsung has today announced its latest flagship smartphone chipset, the Exynos 9820. While it might sound pretty similar to the outgoing 9810 in the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Note 9, it's a notable bump. For one, the chip is based on the 8nm process, a slight shrink from the 9810's 10mm process. It also features a tri-CPU cluster design, with two custom cores, two ARM Cortex-A75 cores, and four Cortex-A55 cores for low power usage. It's notable that Samsung has decided to forgo using the ARM Cortex-A76 cores that the Huawei Mate 20 Pro's HiSilicon Kirin 980 employs. Nevertheless, the Samsung chip also features...