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All posts tagged "Samsung"

  • Galaxy A 2017 series in SA: what you’ll be paying

    Samsung has announced that its 2017 Galaxy A series smartphones have launched in South Africa, delivering IP68 water-resistance and fingerprint scanners across the board. As for prepaid pricing, you'll be looking at R5999 for the Galaxy A3, R7499 for the Galaxy A5 and R9499 for the Galaxy A7. The Galaxy A3 packs a 1.6Ghz octacore A53 processor (Exynos 7870), 2GB of RAM, 16GB expandable storage, a 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED screen and 2350mAh battery. Other than that, you've also got a 13MP f/1.9 main camera and 8MP selfie shooter. The A5 ups the ante, featuring a 1.9Ghz octacore A53 processor (Exynos 7880), 3GB of RAM,...

  • MWC 2017: the smartphones to expect?

    We're just under a month away from this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC), being the world's biggest smartphone exhibition. Whether it's the biggest brands around or upstart manufacturers, the expo usually brings a ton of intriguing devices. Last year saw the likes of LG, Samsung, Sony and Xiaomi all launch high-end smartphones, but what does this year bring? Here's what you should expect at MWC 2017. Apple If there's one brand guaranteed to be missing at MWC, it's the Cupertino company, with the firm launching devices at dedicated events instead. The company generally launches its iPhones later in the year too, with the...

  • Samsung reveals final cause of Galaxy Note 7 fires [Infographic]

    Samsung held a press conference in Seoul, South Korea on Monday morning (3am SAST), where it revealed the full results of the investigation into Galaxy Note 7 fires. The company said that its investigation, as well as three independent investigations found the batteries to be the cause of the problem. However, the big takeaway was that two separate issues were experienced -- the battery from the first recall had a different issue to the battery from the second recall. The first battery's negative electrode was "deflected" in the upper-right corner of the battery pack, Samsung explained. The company added that an additional factor...

  • Galaxy Note 7 results to be announced on 23 January

    Samsung will announce the final results of its Galaxy Note 7 investigation on 23 January, the South Korean company confirmed. "Following several months of comprehensive investigations, Samsung executives will announce the cause of the Galaxy Note 7 incidents and quality enhancement plan during a press conference in Seoul, South Korea, on January 23, 2017 at 10am(KST)," the company wrote in a press release. The company will also detail new measures it implemented in response to the saga. What's the cause of the Galaxy Note 7 fires? Samsung will reveal all on Monday Samsung issued a recall for the Galaxy Note 7 late last year,...

  • Galaxy S8 to get online doctor appointment feature?

    The Galaxy S8 rumour mill has been working overtime over the past month, purportedly revealing the hardware design. But what about software? Well, it seems like S-Health is getting a useful feature... According to SamMobile, citing "information we've received", WebMD and Amwell will be deeply integrated into the S-Health app, possibly coming to the S8 as well. In addition to searching for symptoms, medication and diseases (via WebMD), the integration will also allow you to schedule video appointments with a doctor (via Amwell). The updated app can apparently store appointment information (including photos and symptoms) as well as prescription details. The updated S-Health app,...

  • CES 2017: Samsung brings gaming laptops, QLED TV

    Samsung already revealed its 2017 A series of smartphones earlier this week, but what did it have on offer for CES 2017? Well, no more phones, but it did bring some interesting wares anyway. For starters, the company announced its first gaming laptops in the form of the Samsung Notebook Odyssey. Available in 17.3-inch and 15.6-inch variants, the laptops pack full HD screens (why no 1440p or 4K?), up to seventh generation i7 chips and a maximum of 32GB of RAM (or 64GB for the 17.3-inch model). Samsung hasn't disclosed the graphics card of the larger model, but the 15.6-inch version...

  • Samsung brings water resistance to Galaxy A series

    We don't often find water-resistance in mid-range smartphones, with the Hisense KO and Sony Xperia Aqua range being two that come to mind. Fortunately, Samsung looks to join the party with the 2017 Galaxy A series. The Korean firm revealed three updated entries in the series this week, in the form of the 5.7-inch A7, 5.2-inch A5 and 4.7-inch A3. All devices feature IP68 dust- and water-resistance, USB Type C ports, fast-charging, fingerprint scanners and Samsung Pay support. The A7 and A5 share a few features too, such as a full HD AMOLED display, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, Exynos 7880 octacore...

  • Galaxy Note 7: Samsung to issue phone-killing update

    Samsung has announced that it will be taking another step to encourage returns of the Galaxy Note 7, by effectively issuing an update that bricks US devices. The Korean company revealed on its website that just over 93% of all Galaxy Note 7 handsets have been returned in the US market. "To further increase participation, a software update will be released starting on December 19th and will be distributed within 30 days," Samsung confirmed. "This software update will prevent US Galaxy Note 7 devices from charging and will eliminate their ability to work as mobile devices." Samsung's latest update for the Galaxy Note 7...

  • Galaxy S8: report claims 3.5mm headphone jack is no more

    Samsung is obviously hard at work on its 2017 flagships, but the company is apparently taking its cues from Apple for the Galaxy S8. According to SamMobile, it can "exclusively confirm" that the brand is ditching the 3.5mm audio jack in favour of USB Type-C. In other words, your wired audio peripherals won't work, unless you have an adapter. Bluetooth peripherals should work fine, however. It would also mean that people who listen to music via wired headphones while charging their phone can't do this anymore with the Galaxy S8. If the lack of a headphone jack annoyed you on the latest iPhone,...

  • Global smartphone sales spike as Samsung, Apple lose ground

    China's smartphone makers are slowly eating into Samsung and Apple's global market share, this according to a new report by Gartner. Globally, smartphone sales increased by 5.4% year-on-year, with 373.2-million devices sold. Leading this charge was Huawei, Oppo and BBK (the company that owns the likes of Oppo, OnePlus and Vivo). The three manufacturers claimed 21% of the global smartphone sales market in Q3 2016, compared to Samsung's 23.6% and Apple's 13%. Samsung had its worst smartphone sales quarters ever, thanks in part to the Note 7 Notably though, most of these smartphone sales from Oppo and BBK were in China. The fall of...