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All posts tagged "Samsung"

  • Someone gutted a Macbook to make a DeX lapdock

    Who knew that one of the better mobile/desktop hybrid projects would actually come from Samsung? Yep, DeX saw Galaxy S8 and Note 8 users connect their phones to a dock, which then delivered a PC-like experience. Of course, aside from the dock, you'd also need a screen and keyboard/mouse combination. But one enterprising tech enthusiast decided to gut a 2008 Macbook Pro and turn it into a DeX station -- and it doesn't look half bad at all. Kris Henriksen, who goes by the XDA forum handle kreal, posted an image gallery and video, showing off the unofficial creation. Some of the...

  • 4 other companies that should release a pure Android phone

    Between the HMD/Nokia range, Lenovo's latest phones and the brand-new (but not really) Xiaomi Mi A1, our choices for pure Android smartphones have expanded nicely this year. Offering regular updates and a lightweight skin, it's not hard to see why these developments are such a big deal. Nevertheless, we'd love more options beyond Nokia, the Mi A1 and the Pixel range. So with that in mind, we look at a few companies we'd like to see offer stock Android. Samsung We've previously seen Samsung offer a Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S4, delivering speedy updates and none of the horrendous (at...

  • Thanks Samsung: you can now disable the Bixby button on the Galaxy S8

    Samsung has finally admitted that not everyone wants to actually use its voice assistant Bixby. As a result, the company will soon allow users of its S8 family of devices to disable the voice assistant's dedicated button on their handsets. The update, spotted by SamMobile, will allow users to choose what happens when they tap the Bixby button. There are now two options: the first allows users to tap the button once to open Bixby Home, while holding it down opens Bixby Voice. The second disables the key altogether. Notably, the update doesn't disable Bixby completely, just its tendency to appear when the...

  • Samsung charging Apple $120 per OLED panel?

    By now, it's all but guaranteed that the most expensive iPhone to be revealed this evening will have an OLED screen and high screen/body ratio. Samsung is the world leader in mobile OLED marketshare and quality, so it stands to reason that the company is supplying Apple. Now, prominent analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed that the South Korean firm has the iPhone maker by the proverbial short and curlies. In a note obtained by Apple Insider, the analyst estimated that Apple is paying between US$120 and US$130 for each OLED panel produced by Samsung. The company apparently pays roughly US$50 for...

  • Galaxy Note 8 takes ‘best display’ crown

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 (review) has one of the best displays on the market right now, delivering a sharp, HDR-capable display with some deep blacks thanks to that AMOLED technology. In fact, screen benchmarking firm DisplayMate called it the best mobile display ever tested. Now, the firm has put the Galaxy Note 8 under the microscope. And yes, the firm found that the Galaxy Note 8 stepped things up in an even bigger way, wresting the crown from the previous Samsung device. For starters, the company noted (heh) the inclusion of a variety of screen-related features, such as three colour gamuts...

  • First look: Samsung Galaxy Note 8

    Another smartphone has taken its first, nervous steps into the South African market. It bears the sigil of a well-respected house, but wears a name that has come under fire in recent months. Samsung yesterday launched its Galaxy Note 8 in New York, a launch many billed as the most important for the company in recent years. Not only is the Note 8 the most feature-packed device the company has ever made, but it's also tasked with righting the Note 7's wrongs. Granted, the general public and airports across the world have largely forgotten the fiasco, and Samsung was quick to thank...

  • Galaxy Note 8’s South African price, release confirmed

    Update, 6.02pm: Samsung has confirmed that the prepaid price for the Galaxy Note 8 is pegged at R18 499. The phone will be launching locally on 22 September, Samsung SA's Justin Hume told Gearburn. Original article: Start counting those pennies, people. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be priced at R18 999, according to South African smartphone and electronics retailer Cellucity. Marketing manager Gavin Geldenhuys confirmed the price to Gearburn in an email. It's not immediately clear whether this is the official recommended retail price or Cellucity's price, however. Notably, three colour variants are also set to arrive in South Africa, akin...

  • Galaxy Note 8 official, packs wide-angle and telephoto cameras [Update]

    Update, 10am, 24 August 2017: After a glance at GSM Arena's listing, it appears that Samsung doesn't actually have an LG-style wide-angle camera on the Galaxy Note 8. It's essentially the Galaxy S8 main camera, featuring the same focal length (26mm), as opposed to something like the V20's wide-angle shooter (12mm). In plain English? Despite Samsung saying it has a wide-angle camera on the Note 8, it's merely wider than the telephoto shooter (which is narrow to begin with) but the same as the S8. Original article: Samsung has finally taken the wraps off the Galaxy Note 8, being true to...

  • Bixby Voice still needs plenty of polish – and that’s perfectly okay

    Bixby Voice launched in South Africa yesterday, coming several months after the Galaxy S8 (review) came to market. Before you go out and buy a new Samsung phone purely because of this new development, it's worth noting that the voice functionality certainly needs more attention at this stage. Voice recognition is still hit and miss right now -- at least for me. No matter how hard I tried to enunciate, it would detect "Gavin" as "Kevin", for instance. I don't think I'm that coloured. Don't even think about complex (i.e. non-English) surnames either. Otherwise, I was pleasantly surprised by the commands that don't involve names,...

  • Galaxy Note 8: when and how to watch the live-stream?

    Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 event kicks off soon, but if you're wondering how to get in on the action, well... wonder no more. The event kicks off at 5pm SAST (11am in the host city of New York), with Samsung also streaming the event on YouTube for your convenience. We've also embedded the video below if you prefer to watch it here. Burn Media's Andy Walker is also at the Johannesburg Galaxy Note 8 event, so expect live-tweets and (presumably) hands-on impressions via the Gearburn account. Meanwhile, you can check out our previous Note 8 coverage for everything from final designs to the...