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All posts tagged "Samsung"

  • Signs point to Galaxy flagship with under-display scanner

    Biometric firm Synaptics is no stranger to the mobile sector, producing fingerprint scanners for a variety of smartphone brands around the world. Now, its latest statement (spotted via r/Android) confirms that it's bringing "world first in-display fingerprint scanners" to a "top five OEM" in the near future. "Designed for smartphones with infinity displays, Synaptics' Clear ID in-display fingerprint sensors magically activate in the display only when needed," an excerpt reads. Of course, Samsung calls their latest screens "infinity displays", suggesting it's the Korean firm. It's widely believed that Samsung's awkward placement of the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S8 (review) was due to the...

  • We never had exclusivity with Samsung – Qualcomm

    The first half of 2017 saw precious few phones released with the Snapdragon 835 processor. At the time, numerous outlets reported that Samsung had exclusively acquired the initial product run of the 2017 mobile chip. For the uninitiated, the US version of the smartphone uses a Snapdragon chipset. Now, Keith Kressin, senior vice president of product management at Qualcomm, has told Gearburn that no exclusivity contract was in place. Gearburn enquired about possible exclusivity of the Snapdragon 845 chip. "Even in the 835, we didn't have exclusivity. We didn't have an exclusivity deal..." Kressin answered. So LG and HTC could've used the Snapdragon 835 in...

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 review: how does it fare six months later?

    Between the great camera and fantastic display, there was plenty to like about Samsung's Galaxy S8 (review). But a two-week period isn't ideal when it comes to a comprehensive review. After all, slowdown can occur, battery life could suffer and other issues could pop up months down the line. Fortunately, we've still got our seeded unit as a daily driver. So how has Samsung's flagship fared after roughly six months of use? Hardware I haven't used the S8 without a cover for a while now, but the rare times I do pop the cover off, I do still appreciate the phone's design. There is...

  • 8nm or 10nm: what will next Qualcomm chip have? [Update]

    Samsung and Qualcomm have a close relationship when it comes to mobile chips, as Samsung manufactures Qualcomm's high-end processors and uses them in variants of its Galaxy flagships. This year saw Samsung get first dibs on the Snapdragon 835 processor, being manufactured on a tiny 10nm process for power savings and performance gains (smaller designs generally equal better performance and efficiency). Early rumours claimed that Samsung's next chip will be made on a 10nm process again -- a fact confirmed by the next-gen Exynos 9810's quiet unveiling. So where does that leave Qualcomm's own silicon? Samsung has announced this week that it has started...

  • Another day, another battery ‘breakthrough’ using graphene

    Samsung has announced a battery breakthrough, using a "graphene ball" to achieve five times faster charging speed and a 45% increase in capacity. "The breakthrough provides promise for the next generation secondary battery market, particularly related to mobile devices and electric vehicles," read a release on Samsung's website. The research was conducted by the Samsung Advanced Insitute of Technology (SAIT), Samsung SDI and the Seoul National University's School of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Researchers found that the battery based on the 'graphene ball' material needs only 12 minutes to fully charge. Most smartphones need at least an hour to 90 minutes to...

  • Samsung granted patent for under-screen fingerprint scanner

    A fingerprint scanner under the screen remains one of the most elusive goals in the smartphone industry, only being seen on prototype devices. But Samsung thinks it's closer to making the tech a reality, judging by a recently granted patent spotted by Let's Go Digital. The patent shows a fingerprint scanner that sits just above the actual display panel (but below the glass cover), being activated thanks to a pressure sensor within the screen. Aside from unlocking the phone, Samsung also reckons you could use the under-screen scanner to unlock certain apps by simply tapping them. For instance, a chat app can be...

  • Galaxy S9 to build on S8, make CES cameo – report

    Samsung's Galaxy S8 (review) is one of the best all-round smartphones of 2017, offering an excellent camera, top-notch screen and water-resistance (just don't mention the fingerprint scanner). The phone also stood out thanks to its high screen/body ratio, featuring those tiny borders popularised by Xiaomi's Mi Mix. Now, Venturebeat and Evan Blass report that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are set to be an iterative upgrade, currently codenamed Star 1 and Star 2. They're "nearly identical" to this year's flagships, featuring the same 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch curved screen designs (headphone jacks are expected to stay). However, the S9+ is expected to pack a...

  • Exynos 9810: Samsung’s latest flagship chip demystified

    CES is the first major tech expo on the calendar, hitting Las Vegas in January. Now, ahead of the expo, Samsung has issued a press release, touting various products to receive awards at CES 2018. And one of the products is a new flagship processor, dubbed the Exynos 9810. Yes, it would appear that the company has stealthily revealed the existence of the Galaxy S9's chipset. It makes for somewhat of a departure in naming conventions, the previous two chipsets being Exynos 8890 and 8895. "The Exynos 9 Series 9810 is Samsung's latest flagship processor, with 3rd-generation custom CPU cores, upgraded GPU, and gigabit...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #21: Samsung DeX, and the future of converged computing

    Welcome to the fortnightly Gearburn Podcast, where we postulate on the biggest happenings in the current tech world. This week, Hadlee Simons and Andy Walker chats converged computing, focussing on the Samsung DeX. Huawei's Mate 10 -- featuring AI smarts and a PC mode -- also gets a mention, while Microsoft's Continuum Dock, and it's ever-unsure smartphone programme, is also touched upon by the duo. For this, a dash of opinion, and predictions regarding the future of the converged computing phenomenon, listen to the full podcast below. If you like what you hear and would like to comment, add a suggestion or share...

  • Samsung DeX conversational review: a look at the future?

    For the past six or seven years, smartphone brands have dabbled with mobile/desktop convergence. There was Motorola and the lapdock, Alcatel and its own effort and, of course, Microsoft and Continuum for Phones. This year though, we've seen Samsung take a stab at the "your phone is a PC... kinda" trend, launching the DeX dock alongside the Galaxy S8 (review). And at first appearance, it's pretty similar to Microsoft's effort in terms of hardware setup. Andy Walker and Hadlee Simons put the DeX through its paces -- read the conversational review below. Hardware Hadlee Simons: Take a look at the dock itself...