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All posts tagged "Samsung"

  • 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...

  • Samsung Gear Fit 2 review: more smartwatch than fitness tracker

    In the world of wearables, only the practical survive. Sure, gimmicks work for a few weeks, but in the long term, devices that can perform well in almost every situation are usually the ones that outlive all the others. A great example of this? Apple Watch. It wasn't the greatest fitness tracker, nor was it a good smartwatch, but it was adequate for both. It beamed notifications to your wrist, and kept up with your pulse at the same time. A company that's well versed in both smartwatches and fitness wearables is Samsung. Although it recently faced a few questions regarding...

  • Samsung to rival Xiaomi Mi Mix with Galaxy S8?

    Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S8 is coming (what were you expecting?), but it looks as though the company could be taking inspiration from Xiaomi and the Mi Mix phone. According to the Korea Herald, the next flagship could have a screen/body ratio of just over 90%, thanks to an edge-to-edge display. The publication spoke to a Samsung Display researcher, who stopped short of saying the Galaxy S8 would play host to the technology. A drastic (and reliable) design might be enough for the Samsung Galaxy S8 or similar flagship to emerge from the Note 7 disaster "Samsung Display would roll out...

  • Which Android flagship smartphone is for you? [QUIZ]

    There have been quite a few noteworthy high-end Android smartphones this year, ranging from multimedia beasts to some innovative designs. But which handset should be your next purchase? We put together a quick-fire quiz to guide your decision-making process.

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 may use LG batteries

    If you know your Korean tech space fairly well, Samsung and LG almost never see eye-to-eye. After the two companies' television spat earlier this year, it seemed that the two giants would never ever kiss and make up. But that's about to change, according to a Korean media report. Following the Samsung Galaxy Note 7's battery woes, the company might be looking elsewhere, and LG is on its radar. And this move could be made in time for the Samsung Galaxy S8. "We are looking at diverse suppliers, including LG Chem," a Samsung rep was quoted by Maeil Business Newspaper. The upcoming Samsung...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 now exchangeable at SA’s major airports

    Following the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 kiosks popping up at airports in Australia and Korea, Samsung South Africa has today announced users can also exchange their Note 7 for another Samsung device at local airports. This move comes just a day after South African Airways announced a complete ban of the Note 7 on all of its flights. "As a precautionary measure Samsung South Africa is setting up these exchange kiosks at the departure points at OR Tambo, Cape Town and Durban international airports, to help with the smooth exchange of affected devices," the company explains. Users will be given another Samsung...

  • SAA bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from all flights

    Things just get worse and worse for Samsung. The company's flagship phablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, was earlier this week banned by the FAA in the US. Now, South Africa's national carrier, SAA, has announced that it too has banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from its aircraft. Issuing a statement Tuesday, SAA notes that the decision is based purely on the grounds of passenger safety. "We initially placed a restriction on the use of the device where we prohibited the charging of this specific model on board our aircraft," explains SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali. But this simple restriction has evolved...

  • Australia airports now sport Note 7 exchange counters

    In the US, it's now illegal to board a flight with a Samsung Galaxy Note 7. That's pretty similar in South Africa too. But Samsung, in South Korea and Australia, is trying hard to ensure this doesn't happen. The company has introduced an airport exchange programme, which Samsung's initiative for lessening the blow for Note 7 buyers. Users can trade their Note 7 for another Samsung device with a less explosive one of their choice at airport terminals. To be fair, the company has issued a number of recalls in the past two months, with the latest addressing the apparent battery...

  • LG to Xiaomi: 5 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 alternatives

    Were you hoping to get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7? Well, the production halt means that the phone is effectively dead before it even launched in South Africa. Don't be glum though. There are actually quite a few Samsung Galaxy Note 7 alternative contenders out there that are worth your hard-earned cash. We take a look at five smartphones that you should keep in mind. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge The S7 Edge (review) has a screen that's only slightly smaller than the Note 7's, being 5.5-inches compared to 5.7-inches. Otherwise, you've got that same great 12MP f/1.7 main camera and that screaming Exynos 8890 running...

  • Samsung CFG70 gaming monitor debuts with quantum dots

    Samsung has today announced the global availability of its first gaming monitor with quantum dots, the CFG70. The screen, which first debuted at Gamescom 2016, is available in 24-inch and 27-inch guises, and also boasts a curved face. Gamer-friendly features are also listed, including a 3000:1 contrast ratio, a 125% coverage of the sRGB colour spectrum and quantum dots. "With the introduction of quantum dot technology to our pioneering curved monitors, Samsung offers a look into the future of gaming, along with a level of picture quality like the industry has never seen before," notes Samsung's SVP of Samsung's visual display...