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All posts tagged "Samsung"

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5 rumour roundup: is this the new Note?

    If a wad of new information is to be believed then the Samsung Galaxy Note 5's launch is just around the corner and not in September as previously understood. 12 August is a date that has been floating around recently, and would suggest that Samsung plans to release its upgraded phablet before Apple announces its iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. But while we've seen an array of leaked spec sheets, benchmarks and renders, it's difficult to pinpoint exactly what we'll see from the world's primary phone manufacturer. So, before the launch -- be it in August or at IFA 2015...

  • Samsung Gear Circle review: a runner’s delight, a fashionista’s fright

    If you've ever connected earphones to your office laptop or desktop, you probably know all to well the resultant carnage when you accidentally get up still wearing them. In a bid to combat cable-related injuries, a number of wireless earphone products have come into the market in recent months. The Samsung Gear Circle, while not perfect, is one of the more viable options. Like most of its competitors, the Gear Circle uses Bluetooth to communicate with whatever compatible device you choose. It also allows you to listen to music, make and receive phone calls, and perform voice commands on your...

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is company’s new ultra-thin Android tablet

    Samsung is screaming through this year launching new devices seemingly every week, and while that's probably not a bad thing for one of the most prominent device manufacturers in the world, it's hell for us consumers. The latest device in its mobile computing arsenal is a tablet -- the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 to be exact -- and to carry on its newly launched Samsung Galaxy A8 slimline design, it's just 5.6mm thin. While it's certainly not about to fatten devices up to squeeze more guts inside them, there is a method to the company's madness. Samsung suggests that the Tab...

  • No fruit allowed: 8 powerful and versatile alternatives to the MacBook

    Apple MacBooks are great machines. Arguably, they are singlehandedly reviving the laptop genre after the early decade's tablet onslaught. They're light, built with usability in mind and dripping with style. And what's even more appealing is that you know exactly what you're going to get when you purchase one. But we can't really say that the MacBook is always the best laptop money can buy. Other manufacturers, including Lenovo, Acer, Dell and the like have been crafting some business-friendly beasts for a while now, and thanks to the leap in cool, quick hardware including SSDs and fanless processors, these little machines have...

  • Apple, Nokia and Samsung trump BlackBerry in South African user satisfaction stats

    The South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi) has released its latest findings on mobile handsets in South Africa. According to the survey, handsets in South Africa received an average of 77.2 out of 100 satisfaction rate from polled users. The independent survey was conducted between the months of March and May this year. The survey's results show the scores for Apple (82.7), BlackBerry (70.6), Nokia (78.9), and Samsung (78.8), which are the most popular handset makers currently in South Africa. According to the survey, BlackBerry scored below par even though it improved on its score since last year. Founder of SAcsi and...

  • Samsung’s new Galaxy A8 is just 5.9mm thick

    We're skimming limits of what's possible and logical in smartphone design, but more than any other company around, Samsung braves the wall's edge. It's latest example is the Samsung Galaxy A8, and we're starting to wonder when consumers will begin describing smartphones as "too thin". At 5.9mm, it's easily the thinnest phone Samsung has ever made but doesn't exactly feature the thinnest price tag -- US$560. Nevertheless, it really is a gorgeous piece of engineering. Samsung's obsessed with its new all-metal unibody construction and it shows in the Galaxy A8. It boasts long, slick lines with classy touches of glass and...

  • IBM-led consortium develops 7nm chip ahead of its time

    In the intricate world of silicon, smaller is always better. That's probably why an IBM-led consortium is making a big fuss about it's latest line of prototype processing chips. Moore's Law, a statement delivered by then-Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, suggested that the number of transistors per square inch on processing circuits was due to double every year after they were invented. This has largely been fact since the mid Sixties, but recently manufacturers have struggled to increase the transistors available on processors due to a number of factors. Essentially, this requires companies to shrink transistor sizes, but current material limitations...

  • Samsung develops new battery tech based on silicon, graphene

    The one issue that marred the otherwise stellar Samsung Galaxy S6 was its paltry battery life, but it seems that the company responsible has quickly found a possible fix. A Samsung-funded project has made an interesting breakthrough in silicon-based battery technology, which is said to result in up to 1.8-times the capacity of a similarly sized lithium-ion battery -- the tech currently used in modern smartphones. After 200 charges, this only drops to 1.5-times, which is where the real improvement can be seen. The thesis is a dense one, but the takeaway is simple. Previous attempts at silicon-based batteries suffered from "large...

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge review-in-brief: the edge of reason

    A few weeks back, we received the Samsung Galaxy S6 in all its sparkling glass and gunmetal glory. It was an instant visual hit with the office, and while it wasn't too flash it harboured just enough flair to (dare I say it) outshine the iPhone 6. But that's where Samsung should've stopped. The notion of curving a device's face by shoving a slanted screen on it and releasing it to market is a bold, bold move, especially when consumers are not always ready to take such a huge leap of faith. While it was clear that the company needed to...

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus leaks with Note-like specs

    Samsung seems to be the master of cannibalizing its own smartphone lineup, and it seems it's gunning for its own Galaxy Note range with a larger version of the S6 Edge. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus (quite a mouthful) has recently been leaked by Twitter leakers OnLeaks, and its spec sheet is a little confusing. For one, the device will retain the slick dual-edge design of its smaller sibling, but Samsung will be upping the screen size to 5.5-inches (from 5.1) according to OnLeaks' calculations. This will put it squarely against the likes of its yet-to-be-released Note sibling, the...