Category: Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S7 And S7 Edge: The New Flagships Are Announced

PostLivestreamHeros22116It’s about that time — Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where many of the world’s major smartphone manufacturers announce their new wares. It’s Samsung’s turn, and so the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were born — or at least, revealed to the press and public.

Both phones retain core values from the year prior, but also improve drastically in performance, software and even design sectors. To begin, the S7 holds its 5.1-inch, quad HD Super AMOLED Plus display, but the S7 Edge is now the size of a phablet, sporting a  5.5-inch display, but still retains the quad HD Super AMOLED tech and curvature on both sides. 32GB of storage is the default for both devices, but microSD storage has been added to the same tray that houses the nano SIM, so that’s a plus. Also, IP68 water and dust resistance was added, meaning submersion up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes at a time — this is accomplished through sealed ports, meaning no flaps or anything silly of the sort.

A Qualcomm 820 Snapdragon processor, 4GB of RAM and improved battery capacity across the board (3,000mAh in the S7 and 3,600mAh in the S7 Edge, up from 2,550mAh and 2,600mAh, respectively); fast charging and wireless charging also make a return, but with micro-USB in lieu of a USB-C upgrade.

Looking for more drastic changes? Look at the 12 megapixel camera — 4MP smaller than last year’s — but with larger pixels, allowing for a brighter f/1.7 aperture and a 4:3 ratio. In a nod to Canon engineering, all of the 12 million pixels in the S7 line can also act as focusing pixels — this is called dual pixel technology, by the way.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow makes its debut with Samsung software customizations, including an Always On display for notifications and the time, which consumes half a percent of battery every hour, and shuts off completely if the proximity sensor is covered (like in a bag or pocket).

Launch details: the S7 and S7 Edge launch in the US starting on March 11th, with preorders beginning on February 23rd. The S7 will come in black or gold, while the S7 Edge will come in black, gold, or silver options. All carriers are hopping on board, per usual, making the crew a Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint affair.

This all should be mighty interesting.

Via: Samsung 

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 And S6 Edge Plus Are The New Top Phablets

note5-s6edgeplusPhablets are getting renewed this year, and the iPhone 6 Plus isn’t the only one: the Galaxy Note 5 has been announced, here in New York City, alongside its edged partner, the S6 Edge Plus. Both devices have 5.7-inch 2560×1440 displays at 518 pixels-per-inch, an 64-bit Exynos chipset including an octa core 2.1GHz quad plus 1.5GHz quad-core processor setup, 4GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB sotrage options, 3,000mAh batteries, 16 megapixel back-facing cameras and 5 megapixel front-facing (both at at f/1.9 aperture).

Software-wise Android 5.1 Lollipop comes along with Samsung’s best (and cleanest) Touchwiz user interface layer to-date. Truly, the greatest difference between these two phones are their weights: the S6 Edge Plus weighs in at 153 grams and the Note 5 at 171 grams. Oh, and that the Note 5 comes with the S Pen, which can be stored inside the phablet.

Both are available in the United States on August 21, with preorders beginning today at 3PM Eastern.

Via: Businesswire

Samsung Developing 11K Mobile Displays That Give 3D Illusion

L1010577 copyYes, Samsung is taking the screen game to next-gen levels. Currently their flagship phones have quad-HD displays, but the South Korean conglomerate is looking to increase that state to 11K — yes, higher than a 4K display, which is just gaining traction, and even more pixel-dense than an 8K display, which is just making its technological debut. 11K would represent a whopping 2,250 pixels per inch and in doing so, would replicate a 3D effect sans glasses, so says Samsung.

That’s one of the main reasons Samsung is partnered with 13 companies to work on the “EnDK” project, and with the South Korean government investing $26.5 million over five years — this isn’t a science fair project, by any stretch.

Via: Electronic Times

Samsung Unveils It Has Mirror And Transparent OLED Displays

Samsung-Display]-55-inch-Transparent-OLED_1_1Straight from the future, indeed.

Showcased in Hong Kong, Samsung’s new mirror and transparent OLED displays are less a thing of concept and more a preview of the company’s plans to come. The displays are going to be integrated with Intel’s RealSense technology, meaning that the mirror display, for example, can be used as a “virtual fitting room,” made possible by Intel’s own 3D cameras and an “automated library of stored perceptions” — basically, a user can try on clothes, and jewelry before actually trying them on, to see if they fit.

The transparent OLED displays? Well, Samsung has plans for that also: interactive ads, again making use of Intel RealSense technology and gesture control.

It will take Samsung time to bear fruit of this cutting-edge tech, bu tit will happen; after all, this is Samsung we’re talking about here: a paragon of screens across all ranges.


Oh, But Indeed: Samsung Unveils An Iron Man Edition Galaxy S6 Edge

Galaxy-S6-edge-Iron-Man-Limited-EditionIt may sound cool at first, but with no J.A.R.V.I.S. AI, it’s kind of a disappointment, no? Also, the constant use of red and gold might appear to be a bit gaudy to some, but still the iconic Marvel character is well-represented on Samsung latest Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone, called the Iron Man Edition. Sadly, this 64GB limited edition device will only be available in Korea on the 27th, followed by China and Hong Kong in June.

Oh, and each package of the limited edition S6 Edge comes with an “arc reactor” wireless charger plus clear cover. Official unboxing at the source link.

Via: Samsung Mobile (YouTube)

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review: Just Peer Over It

WP_20150128_14_48_07_ProSamsung has been feeling the heat lately. Not that the Galaxy brand is any less prominent, but competition is getting more and more composed. The operating systems used stay mostly the same, but the materials and capabilities of competing devices continue to change.

Seemingly, in an attempt to create something out of the ordinary, Samsung Mobile released the Note Edge — a version of the fantastic Note 4 tablet, but with an edged right side of screen. Hopefully as a device, it’s well-rounded (awful pun intended).