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All posts tagged "Samsung"

  • Bixby voice preview launched, but only in USA for now

    Samsung's Galaxy S8 is a pretty great smartphone (review) for the most part, but it's clear that the Bixby service is a half-baked clone of Google Now. Still, Samsung has touted the service's (unavailable) voice capabilities in the run-up to the Galaxy S8 launch, saying it'll be better than many other voice assistants out there. Now, the company has finally announced a preview for the voice functionality, allowing owners of their latest flagship to get a piece of the action. "New voice features are coming to Bixby and we’re inviting you to get access first. Bixby is built into the Galaxy S8...

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 review: a great phone, but not Galaxy S7 great

    How do you build on the success of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (review)? It's quite possibly one of the best smartphones ever released, combining a killer camera with a respectable battery and a gorgeous screen. That alone is a tall order, but throw in the Note 7 disaster and you've got all eyes on Samsung, as it seeks to regain its place atop the Android smartphone pile. Speaking of "tall", that's the first thing you'll notice about the Galaxy S8... Design Imagine the Galaxy S7 Edge, but with thinner bezels, a similarly thin design and a taller form factor, and...

  • Samsung is targeting super-tiny 4nm chips on its roadmap

    Tech enthusiasts know the drill. Every year or two, we see smartphone chips being produced on an ever smaller process, cramming more power into tinier bits of silicon. Last year saw 14nm (nanometre) and 16nm chips being produced by the likes of Samsung, Qualcomm and Huawei. This year? Well, we've seen 10nm chips being produced, in the form of the Samsung Exynos 8895 and Snapdragon 835. China's MediaTek is also preparing 10nm chips for release later this year. Just to put that into perspective, one nanometre is one billionth of a metre -- human DNA is roughly 2.5 nanometres in diameter. Now, Samsung...

  • Don’t spend flagship money: here are 4 cheaper water-resistant phones for SA

    We've seen the likes of Apple, LG and Samsung launch water-resistant phones in recent years, having a rather hefty price tag as well. What if you don't have R12 000 or more to spend but still want a water-resistant smartphone? We've got a few picks for you. HiSense C30 Rock/HiSense Infinity KO Our review is still pending, but the C30 Rock is definitely one of the leading choices when it comes to affordable IP67 or IP68 smartphones. The C30 Rock packs a Snapdragon 430, 3GB of RAM, a 5.2-inch full HD screen, a 13MP main camera, 5MP selfie shooter and 32GB of expandable...

  • Samsung Galaxy S8: check these photo samples

    We quite liked the Galaxy S7 Edge, producing some fantastic photos in all lighting conditions. So even though the Galaxy S8 has the same 12MP f/1.7 main camera, you really shouldn't be too disappointed in the first place. In fact, Samsung makes use of multi-frame image processing to reduce blur and produce a better photo. It's a similar idea behind Google's Pixel, which uses a near-identical camera but featured drastically improved HDR+ software smarts to spit out better results. Has Samsung improved matters with the Galaxy S8 in the same way? It's tough to say, but these snaps are definitely on...

  • Iris scanners on phones are neat, but here’s how they can get better [Column]

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 has a ton of great tech packed into it. There's that gorgeous screen that experts are calling the best mobile display ever. Then there's the high screen/body ratio and great camera experience (so far). It's not perfect though, with the fingerprint scanner being in a ridiculously silly place. Fortunately, you can forego the fingerprint in favour of an iris scanner on the front. But again, things aren't ideal here either. Truth be told, the Galaxy S8 has the best mobile iris scanner on the market right now. But that's not saying much, given the number of iris scanner-equipped...

  • Samsung SA ditches ADH repairs on Galaxy S8, offers paid service

    Samsung's last few flagship phones have all offered an accidental damage from handling (ADH) service, offering free screen repairs within a 24 month period. Now, the company has announced that a paid service will be replacing ADH for the Galaxy S8 handsets. The new service, called Samsung Mobile Care, will see users pay R70 a month for two screen repairs in a 24 month period, with the first month being free for all users. Alternatively, users can pay R1299 up-front, if they'd prefer not to make a monthly payment. Interestingly enough, Samsung claims that without SMC, consumers "run the risk of paying...

  • Should you upgrade to the Galaxy S8? Take our quiz!

    Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ launch tomorrow in South Africa, delivering a device that builds off the excellent Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (review). Between the great camera, water-resistant design and high screen/body ratio, there's a lot to like about the new phones. But is the phone worth getting though? To help you make your decision, we've put together a quiz. So give it a shot if you need a helping hand (or if you're just curious!).

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 launches in SA tomorrow, what do critics say?

    Samsung's latest high-end smartphones are released in South Africa tomorrow (5 May), making for quite an impression thanks to those super thin bezels. However, the company has some stiff competition this year, thanks to LG's G6 (review) and Huawei's P10 range all bringing the goods. But what do critics think of the new phone? Engadget The tech publication gave the Galaxy S8 and S8+ a score of 91 and 92 respectively. But what did they think of it? "For the most part, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is a slam dunk. It’s brilliantly designed, brimming with horsepower and has a beautiful screen," Engadget's Chris Velazco...

  • Spec shootout: Huawei P10 vs LG G6 vs Samsung Galaxy S8

    South Africans will have several top-end smartphones to choose from over the next few weeks and months. We've already seen the LG G6 launch, but Samsung's Galaxy S8 is released on 5 May, while the Huawei P10 is also set to appear next month. How do these phones compare to one another though? We've put together a spec rundown for you. Horsepower Image: Kirin 950 chip The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus features the same, in-house Kirin 960 processor as the Mate 9 (review), featuring four ARM Cortex A73 cores and four A53 cores. In saying so, the heavyweight...