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All posts tagged "Samsung"

  • Bixby: Samsung details virtual assistant, set for Galaxy S8

    The early Galaxy S8 rumours have claimed that the smartphone will be shipping with Samsung's own virtual assistant, dubbed Bixby. Now, the South Korean tech manufacturer has confirmed the existence of the service. In a post on Samsung Mobile Press, Samsung's InJong Rhee says that machines are supposed to adapt and learn from us -- not the other way around. The head of R&D, software and services explains that the interface must be natural enough to "flatten" the learning curve, no matter how many functions get added. "With this new approach, Samsung has employed artificial intelligence, reinforcing deep learning concepts to the...

  • Is this Samsung’s DeX dock for Galaxy S8?

    We've already got Ubuntu for Phones (or Ubuntu Touch, whatever it's called) and Microsoft's Continuum for Phones, allowing smartphones to offer a PC-like experience via a dock. But reports persist that Samsung's Galaxy S8 will join the party as well. Now, German publication WinFuture has revealed a render of the desktop dock, called DeX (desktop experience). So what should you expect? The publication reports that the dock, which boasts a "collapsible" design, packs two USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port topping out at 100Mbps, USB Type-C port and an HDMI port. The other purported feature is a cooling fan, allowing the...

  • Galaxy S8 prices leaked: will it break the bank though?

    We already know a lot about the Samsung Galaxy S8 phones, thanks in large part due to recent leaks. Now, another leak has occurred, in the form of pricing for the device... According to the ever-reliable Evan Blass, the Galaxy S8 will have a €799 price tag and the Galaxy S8+ will feature a €899 price. Do an ill-advised currency conversion (other costs still have to be taken into account), and you're looking at R10 906 for the S8 and R12 271 for the S8+. Don't expect Xiaomi pricing for the upcoming Galaxy S8, according to the latest information In other words, you can...

  • Galaxy S8 to have 1000fps video, iris scanner – report

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 rumour mill has been churning out a constant stream of stories, but the latest claim might just be one of the biggest. According to SamMobile and Korean outlet Naver, the new Samsung flagship will have a similar high fps video recording function as the newly announced Sony Xperia XZ Premium. It's claimed that the Galaxy S8 will have a 1000fps option, as opposed to Sony's 960fps feature. It's believed that Samsung has achieved this in a similar manner to Sony, by attaching fast DRAM to the camera sensor. However, it's claimed that Samsung isn't using Sony's camera...

  • Meizu, Qualcomm buried hatchet – new phones on horizon?

    Chinese manufacturer Meizu has traditionally stuck to either using MediaTek or Samsung Exynos chips in its smartphones. In fact, the company, which saw its phones come to South Africa late last year, has never used Snapdragon chips due to a legal dispute. The dispute was settled in December though, with the two parties reaching a patent licensing agreement. Now, Digitimes has reported that Meizu will be acquiring Snapdragon chips at the expense of MediaTek orders. The publication reports that MediaTek chips currently account for 90% of Meizu's handset shipments. However, it cites "sources from the upstream supply chain" as saying that Snapdragon...

  • Are Samsung, MediaTek, Qualcomm hitting a wall for 10nm chips?

    The rule of thumb for processors is that using a smaller design process usually yields performance and efficiency benefits. However, the move to the tiny 10nm process for mobile silicon seems to be a major challenge for Samsung, Qualcomm and MediaTek. According to DigiTimes, citing "industry sources", yield rates for 10nm chips are "unsatisfactory". In fact, MediaTek's Helio X30 chip has been delayed as a result of chipmaker TSMC's struggles. It's not the first time the delay has been reported, with Nikkei interviewing MediaTek's Jeffery Ju late last month. "Our chip is a bit delayed because the yield rate of 10nm...

  • Watch: Is this the Samsung Galaxy S8?

    Thanks to a few high-profile leaks in recent weeks, we already have a great idea of what the Samsung Galaxy S8 looks like. Now, we've seen another purported leak take place, this time, in the form of a video. Instagram and YouTube user 505nick showed off a brief five-second clip of the apparent flagship, being a tantalising glimpse at Samsung's superphone. It's also worth noting that there's a sticker marked "confidential" on the back of the device, urging people not to take photos or sell the phone. "Do not leak info," reads the third and final instruction on the phone's sticker. The...

  • Samsung Africa Forum: smart home gadgets and more

    Samsung Africa Forum 2017 has come and gone, with the giant electronics corporation outlining its plans for Africa this year. So what's on the horizon for South Africa? From smart home devices, to QLED televisions, South Africa is set to be on the receiving end of many of Samsung's newest innovations. In addition to the forum presentations, we spoke with Samsung Electronics South Africa Director of Corporate Marketing and Communications, Michelle Potgieter, as well as Michael McKechnie, Samsung South Africa's Director of the Digital Appliance Group. So what is in store for us this year? Smart homes One announcement that slipped under the radar,...

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 render leaks, thin bezels in tow [Photo]

    Samsung has done a fair job of keeping its Galaxy S8 under wraps, but serial leaker Evan Blass has once again shown off the goods before the official event. Blass published a render for the device to his Twitter account, revealing a smartphone with thin bezels, a curved screen and curved corners akin to the LG G6 (hands-on). I think this is what you've been waiting for. pic.twitter.com/FvYfsLOy0R — Evan Blass (@evleaks) March 1, 2017 The leaked render also points to the confirmed 29 March reveal date for the device, showing a 29 March date on the screen. As for features, Samsung is widely tipped...

  • Exynos 8895 revealed: is this the Galaxy S8 chip?

    We've seen loads of leaks surrounding the Galaxy S8, with images and a variety of specs apparently in the wild already. Now, Samsung has officially revealed the Exynos 8895 processor, which is widely tipped to power the new flagship. The Exynos 8895 bears a few similarities to last year's Exynos 8890, being an octacore design that features four of Samsung's own powerful cores and four power-sipping A53 cores. The 8895 uses the second-generation of Samsung's own cores though. The graphics department has also received attention in the form of a 20-core ARM Mali G71 GPU -- the Huawei Mate 9 uses the...