The ASUS ZenFone AR has been confirmed at the CES 2017 in Las Vegas and it's a beast in every sense of the term. The ZenFone AR is made with virtual reality and augmented reality in mind; therefore it has built-in support for Google Tango & DayDream as expected. Apart from the insane 8 gigs of RAM, the smartphone is powered by multiple other absolute premium-end hardware specs as well.
A customized Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC with vapour cooling system for AR and VR functionalities
5.7-inch Super AMOLED QHD (1440x2560 pixels) edge-to-edge display with a screen to body ratio of 79%
23-megapixel Sony IMX318 camera with TriTech+ autofocus system, dual-PDAF, second-gen Laser Focus, 4-axis OIS, 3-axis EIS, continuous-focus and 4K video recording
8-megapixel front shooter with f/2.0 aperture and an 85-degree wide angle lens
128GB/256GB of internal storage with hybrid nano SIM/micro-SD card slot
USB Type-C, Bluetooth v4.2 and Wi-Fi 802.11ac
Exclusive Asus ZenUI VR 360 degree app support on PhotoCollage, Gallery, and ZenCircle applications
Everything about the Asus ZenFone AR is premium and up to date, except may be the SD 821 chipset. Make no mistake, it is still the most powerful Qualcomm chip till date, but given that the Snapdragon 835 has already been announced and it will be better than the SD 821 in both power-efficiency and performance, Asus may have missed a trick there.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
In a market that's filled with smartphones and tablets which sport 2GB of RAM and where 4GB is still the choice for plenty of flagship devices, LeEco is probably developing a smartphone that will sport 8GB of RAM! Considering the fact that we have only just started to see 6GB RAM in a smartphone, this is surprising news indeed.
According to the rumor, the upcoming flagship smartphone from LeEco will not only have 8GB of RAM, but it will also sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 823 CPU that's significantly more powerful than even the mighty SD 820. If the rumor is true, then the phone will possibly be almost as powerful as a mid-range laptop running on Windows. There should be a 25-megapixel rear camera accompanying all that processing power as well. The report suggests that it should be available for purchase at a price of around CNY 3,000/€405/$455, which is certainly not that much, considering the hardware!
This news, if proven true, will definitely raise the question, how much is too much? Nonetheless, with the advent of Android N, which will support significantly better graphics than Marshmallow, the OS might actually be able to make use of all that memory. As the RAM within an Android device is shared in-between the processor and the graphics card, the memory is undeniably responsible for the device's graphical performance.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Today, at MWC 2015 press event, Microsoft demonstrated the Project Spartan web browser running on a Lumia 930 and also mentioned that the upcoming Windows 10 Preview build will ship with the latest browser as well.
Project Spartan will replace Internet Explorer as the default web browser in Windows 10 and early benchmarks show it to be really fast.
If you are looking for a decent affordable Android Smartphone with a cool holographic display, then look no further. The new Takee 1 Holo 3G is made to set your needs. It's available for $129.99 on GearBest now.
Takee is a fairly new player in the mobile market but with great ambitions, they are trying to go after many of the popular phone devices available in the market. Takee recently launched the Takee 1 Holographic 3G Phablet in China, it's 3D phone with a front camera which watches the eye movement of the user and shows the user 3D effects from different viewing angles. Pretty cool, check the specs below.
Takee 1 Full Specification:
Service Provide: Unlocked
OS: Android 4.2
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese
SIM Card Slot: Dual SIM, Dual Standby
SIM Card Type: One is Standard SIM Card, the other is Micro SIM Card
Cores: 2.0GHz, Octa Core
RAM: 2GB RAM
External memory: TF card up to 64GB (not included)
Wireless Connectivity: GSM, A-GPS, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS
WiFi: 802.11b/g/n wireless internet
Network type: GSM+WCDMA
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 1900/2100MHz
Screen type: Capacitive
Screen size: 5.5 inch
Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080 (FHD)
Camera type: Dual cameras (one front one back)
Back camera: with flash light and AF, 13.0MP
Front camera: 5.0MP
Video recording: Yes
Picture format: JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG
Music format: AMR, MP3, WAV, AAC
Video format: MP4, RMVB, 3GP, AVI
MS Office format: Word, Excel, PPT
E-book format: PDF, TXT
Live wallpaper support: Yes
Games: Android APK
I/O Interface: TF/Micro SD Card Slot, Micro USB Slot, 3.5mm Audio Out Port
Sensor: Proximity Sensor, Gravity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Google Play Store: Yes
Notification LED: Yes
Additional Features: GPS, MP3, MP4, 3G, Proximity Sensing, Wi-Fi, Light Sensing, Bluetooth
Battery Capacity (mAh): 1 x 2500mAh Battery
Battery Type: Lithium-ion Polymer Battery
Cell Phone: 1
Power Adapter: 1
USB Cable: 1
Product size: 15.2 x 7.73 x 0.99 cm / 5.97 x 3.04 x 0.39 inches
Package size: 19.5 x 19.5 x 4.5 cm / 7.66 x 7.66 x 1.77 inches
Product weight: 0.175 kg
Package weight: 0.580 kg
First Leaked Photos that shows off Samsung's upcoming flagship Smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S Edge. The images, provided by sources at a South Korean electronics distributor, purportedly show five variants of the electronics giant's new flagship smartphone, including an Edge-style version.
While the Galaxy S6 isn't expected to be formally announced until the Samsung Unpacked 2015 event held on March 1st, the rumour mill has been running overtime on what the world's largest smartphone maker might be offering in the new handset to revive its sluggish mobile-phone business.
The fifth phone shows that the bezel which looks metallic and quite thick of the visible edged side, unlike the Galaxy Note Edge, is protruding outwards. This seems to indicate that the fork-looking silver line shown in Samsung's recently sent invitation was the hint for the particular wraparound design of the Edge.
The physical home button is still very much alive, it seems, while the glimpse of the fifth phone shows that the front of the S6 will resemble its predecessors the S5, S4, and S3.
On Match,1st Samsung will be officially revealing it's new flagships (Galaxy S6 - Galaxy S6 Edge) at the MWC 2015 in Barcelona. Today, T-Mobile US sign-up page just revealed a photo (above) of the Galaxy S6 Edge with a curved side display with a title "It's almost Here".
The clearly visible metal body and curved display suggest that we are looking at the Edge variant of the Korean giant's next flagship. A number of leaks have already suggested that Samsung will reveal two versions of the Galaxy S6.
Stay Tuned on YouMobile and to find out everything about these upcoming smartphones.
Today, the first Press Photo (above) of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active has been leaked on twitter, The Photo showcase the device in a light and dark camouflage color schemes, which are likely designed to further enhance its already rugged appearance with AT&T logo on the back.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Active, model number SM-G890A, is said to pack a generous 3,500mAh battery. The latter is significantly larger than the 2,600mAh unit of the Originial Galaxy S6 SM-G920.
Battery capacity aside, we can reasonably expect that Samsung Galaxy S6 Active will keep the same top notch specs as the Galaxy S6. They include 14nm Exynos 7420 SoC, 5.1" QHD Super AMOLED display, 16MP main camera, and 5MP front-facing unit.
LG G Flex 2 made an appearance before its scheduled announcement. A poster of the upcoming curved smartphone was caught on the CES 2015 show floor in Las Vegas.
As you can see above, LG G Flex 2 has retained the same design as its predecessor. However, we do expect that the device will bring significantly improved specs over last year's model. Earlier this week, Qualcomm teased the upcoming successor of LG G Flex. Unsurprisingly, the smartphone will boast high-end specs headed by the chipmaker's Snapdragon 800 family SoC.
LG will take the wraps off the G Flex 2 on Monday, January,5th during its official press conference. Stay tuned!
Today at CES 2015, NVIDIA has announced a brand new mobile processor for 2015 "Tegra X1". The X1 is the first mobile processor in the world capable of 1 Teraflop floating point performance, which almost puts it in the same league as desktop class GPU and current generation gaming consoles. The X1 has a new octa-core CPU cluster.
On the GPU side, NVIDIA has turned to using its latest generation Maxwell architecture, which we saw on their flagship desktop GPU this year, the GTX 980. Although not quite in the same league performance-wise, the 256 CUDA core GPU in the X1 is twice as powerful as the Kepler-based GPU on the K1. It's also capable of 1 teraflop of floating point performance. To put that into perspective, the Xbox One is capable of 1.3 teraflop while the PS4 can do 1.84 teraflop.
The X1 has a 64-bit wide LPDDR4 memory capable of peak memory bandwidth of 25.6GB/s. It is also capable of outputting 3840x2160, that's 4K @ 60fps, to an internal or external display with support for HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2. X1 also has improved codec supports and can decode VP9, VP8, H.264, H.265 (10-bit) at 2160p60, along with 600 MP/s (megapixels per second) JPEG encode and decode.
Tegra X1 also supports all major graphics standards, including Unreal Engine 4, DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, CUDA, OpenGL ES 3.1 and the Android Extension Pack. Mobile devices running Tegra X1 are expected in the first half of 2015 with automobiles leveraging the DRIVE PX and CX in the second half of 2015.
A Fun fact: "Ted" grossed $549 million worldwide after its release in 2012. So here's the sequel, which reunites Mark Wahlberg with Seth MacFarlane's teddy bear. Amanda Seyfried, John Slattery and Morgan Freeman join that duo for "Ted 2" which focuses on Ted's attempts to prove that he's got a soul. "Ted 2" will be out this Summer on June,26th. First Official Trailer has been released today.
The film plot is about the Newly Married couple (Ted and Tami-Lynn) who wants to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he's a person in a court of law. Enjoy that Hilarious Trailer video below.
The First Trailer of the popular Tom Cruise series Mission Impossible 5 has been released, it will be titled as "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation". The Trailer shows Tom Cruise performing the high-flying stunts viewers have come to expect in the spy franchise.
The movie plot is as following: "Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF."
The movie will hit theaters in IMAX on July,31 this year.
Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Academy Award-winning film Birdman is a dark comedy set almost entirely in one theater and shot to look like a single take. Iñárritu's follow-up film is pretty much the polar opposite of that, although it's Oscar ambition seems equally apparent.
The Revenant, "inspired by true events," stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass, a 19th century frontiersman who was mauled by a bear and left for dead by his expedition group (which includes Tom Hardy). The trailer is heavy on tension, ambience, beards, drums, and heavy breathing.
Samsung Mobile announced that it began the mass production of its latest 20nm 4GB LPDDR4 Mobile DRAM memory chips. Using the 20nm manufacturing process, these LPDDR4 chips will be reportedly 50% faster than the fastest LPDDR3 memory on the market, while also consuming 40% less power (1.1 volts).
The 4GB RAM chips will be ready to debut in Smartphones and Tablets by Late 2015. The chances of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 rocking 4GB of RAM is quite high.
The I/O data rate is up to 3,200 megabits per second, a whopping two times faster than the DDR3 DRAM used in PCs. As a result, the the new LPDDR4 RAM can support UHD video recording and playback and continuous shooting of high-resolution images with over 20 megapixels.
Samsung will be unveiling two new devices next month, Galaxy Note 5 Phablet and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, we have some details about the specs of both devices. Today, we got the first Live Photos of the Note 5 and S6 Edge+ that was surfaced on the web.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
The device is an advanced edition of the original Galaxy S6 Edge variant. The S6 Edge+ had model number (SM-G928A) with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Pre-installed along with a 3,000 mAh battery. Here's the latest live photos of the device.
The device's hardware will be slightly improved from the original variant from the in terms of CPU and GPU, keeping the same dual-edged screen.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Samsung's upcoming phablet will be called Galaxy Note 5, latest live photos revealed showing some details regarding the device.
The Note 5 will pack a 4GB RAM which is a first among samsung devices. As for CPU, it will pack an Exynos 7422/7420 Soc, 16 MP camera with optical image stabilization and an 4,100mAh battery. The device will launch with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop pre-installed.
There is still rumors of a dual-edged variant of the Note 5 to be released side-by-side with the regular variant. The announcements will be on 13th of August.
It is finally here, the First Official Press render of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ has been leaked online.
The photo shows a The Galaxy Note 5 with its new stylus, similar shape and design of the S6 but wider. The image also shows the new official wallpaper of the TouchWiz on the latest Android 5.1.1 build that will be pre-installed on the Note 5 devices.
The Galaxy S6 edge+ photo render doesn't show anything new it terms of design, except a thinner bezels in the sides, but we can expect a boost in the device's hardware specs. Both device is expected to launch on Samsung's upcoming Unpacked event on August,13th. Stay tuned!
Here's the first Official Hands-on and Unboxing video of the New two flagships has just been published on YouTube, the video shows the new boxes and some of the key features of the devices, watch it below!
Samsung revealed the Galaxy Note5 last week on the Unpacked 2015 event. The flagship phablet doesn't pack a curved display, but it packs a curved back glass.
The first Note5 drop Test YouTube video for the, shows us just how fragile the curved glass design on the Note5 actually is. A drop from around 1 meter, which is usual waist height, instantly cracked the unit's back, resulting in an extensive and nasty spider web crack.
Interestingly enough, the top most layer of the back remained smooth and intact with the damage contained underneath. So, at least, there is no danger of cuts. Watch the video below!
HTC has just launched its first Android 6.0 Marshmallow powered smartphone, One A9, which also packs an updated version of HTC Sense 7.0 UI. The new User Interface packs some minor improvements on top of Marshmallow.
The Improvements can be visible on the System app's icons, Setting menu, Notification bar, HTC Sense Keyboard, App drawer and the blinkfeed too. Everything is more flat than the previous Sense 7.0 release (for Lollipop).
All the icons used are now packing a long-shadow style. The camera Interface has also been updated with flat simple icons. System-wide the new UI is taking advantage of all Marshmallow features and tries to follow Google's Material Design as much as possible but still keeping the good old Sense smooth feeling which makes it the perfect combination and the best custom launcher in the market. Check the video below to see the HTC One A9 with Marshmallow 6.0 Sense 7.0 UI in action.
HTC has officially announced the list of devices that will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. The list included the company's latest flagship device One M9 and his older brother One M8 too along with some other devices.
The HTC One M8 will get the new HTC Sense 7.0 UI for the first time with this Marshmallow 6.0 update after the Taiwanese company decided not to roll-out 5.1 for the M8. Now, got the first screenshots of the Sense 7.0 UI on the M8 running on top of Marshmallow 6.0 with all the new expected features.
As you can see it looks very close to the latest HTC One A9's user interface which was the first HTC device to launch with android 6.0 Marshmallow pre-installed. You will notice that the Sense 7.0 is getting flatter and more simple, new icons, new notification panel, updated themes app to support Sense 7.0 features, update system apps, updated home screen and widgets, updated settings menu, new lock screen, better battery management, better app permissions control along with lots of performance improvements and bug fixes.
The One M8 and M8 Marshmallow 6.0 update is expected to start rolling-out by the end of this year. Stay tuned and follow HTC official updates page here.
HTC One A9 is latest smartphone from HTC and the first non-Nexus device to launch with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The handset is supposed to freshen up the HTC portfolio and give another chance of the otherwise struggling One lineup.
The HTC One A9 is built around a 5" AMOLED screen of 1080p resolution and is the first to run on the Snapdragon 617 chip. The SoC employs an octa-core processor with four Cortex-A53 cores at 1.5GHz and another four A53 ticking at 1.2GHz, Adreno 405 GPU and 2 or 3 GB of RAM depending on the version.
HTC says it designed the One A9 from scratch, blending signature elements of its previous phones, such as the antenna stripes on the back. The A9's unibody is made entirely of metal, with 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4 protective glass shielding the entire front.
HTC One A9 Specifications
HTC One A9 is quite thin at just 7.2mm of thickness and it seems like a pocket-friendly chap with the 5" screen and the 143g of weight.
The main camera of the One A9 packs 13MP sensor with optical image stabilization and 1080p video recording (the Snapdragon 617 doesn't support 4K). It supports RAW capturing and Hyperlapse (stabilized time-lapse) videos. The front snapper has a 4MP UltraPixel sensor and a bright F/2.0 aperture.
HTC One A9 comes with either 16 or 32GB of storage, expandable via a microSD slot. LTE connectivity is naturally supported, while a new high-power DAC that promises unmatched audio experience.
The Home key of the HTC One A9 doubles as an always-on fingerprint scanner, which will unlock your device even while the display is turned off. You can also use the sensor for Play Store payments thanks to the Android 6.0 Marshmallow running on the A9 right out of the box.
HTC One A9 is powered by a 2150 mAh battery, which supports Quick Charge 2.0 (and 3.0), though you'll have to buy a proper 15W HTC charger if you want to charge your battery lightning fast.
HTC One A9 will be available worldwide in a price of 600 EURO (about $580) by Early November,2015.
HTC seems to be preparing a Windows Phone 8.1 Edition of the HTC One M8. Verizon posted a high-quality render images on its official website of the phone
These image confirms the existence of an UltraPixel Duo rear camera with dual LED flash, so the Windows Phone 8.1 variant of the One M8 certainly seems to be identical to the Android model just as previously reported. The upcoming handset should offer a 5-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixels, BoomSound speakers, a 5 MP front-facing camera, quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.3 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage space. Like the Android-based One M8, the Windows version is made out of metal, and supports HTC's Dot View case.
We're expecting HTC to announce the One M8 for Windows next week, on August,19th. The handset could be available to buy via Verizon as soon as August 21st, for an unknown price.
HTC's upcoming Nexus 9 tablet for Google has leaked again in pictures. This time courtesy @upleaks, the latest image shows the back of the tablet.
Contrary to some of the rumors, the T1 does not have a metal body but instead the same matte black plastic back with a circular raised camera lens in the top left corner, which looks very similar to the design of the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 5. Even the big Nexus logo is similarly placed sideways in the middle.
We can't wait to see what HTC will do with the Lollipop Material Design UI. We've just received a TIP from one of our readers with a screenshot alleged to be from an Android 5.0 Lollipop (preview) build with HTC Sense 7 UI. The screenshot appears to be taken from an HTC One M8.
The screenshot is from the system settings Battery Usage. As you can see HTC Sense 7 UI has a full accent color that covers the upper Notification bar (Dark Green) along with the same color as a background of the software Keys. In Sense 6, the software Keys was always black. HTC Lollipop update schudle already Here.
UPDATE!: More Sense 7 Screenshots is Here
Thanks for the Tip Anon!
It's Here, the first leaked photos of the HTC One M9 (codenamed Hima). Visually very similar to the predecessor, the device is only distinguishable by a different main camera on the back.
The square cutout is to house the new 20.7MP sensor which is set to replace HTC's rather unsuccessful attempts at camera innovation. The UltraPixel concept gathered a lot of criticizm for its uninspiring good light performance and lack of 4K video recording and was replaced in the company's upper-midrange, with the flagship to follow.
The HTC One M9 (Hima) is reported to keep the predecessor's screen size and resolution at 5 inches and 1920x1080 pixels, contrary to most of this year's flagships, which are keen to jump on the QHD bandwagon. The Snapdragon 810 will power the device, coupled with 3GB of RAM.
Note: The source have removed the Photos as a request from HTC, which adds some authenticity to these photos.
According to some rumors, HTC is working on its first wearables Smartwatch which will allegedly be called "Petra" and WILL NOT be an Android Wear powered device. Instead it will run a simple custom OS that supports Android 4.4+ and iOS 7+.
The HTC Petra sounds like a sporty smart band with IP57 and MIL-STD-810G certifications and an included footpad for more accurate step counting. The wearable will communicate with smartphones over Bluetooth though it should have its own GPS receiver. The screen will be a flexible 1.8" PMOLED with 160 x 32 resolution.
The HTC Petra ius rumored to launch by the end of March in the USA, allegedly of course. Here's the Full HTC Petra Specifications list:
- Chipset: ST Micro STM32L151
- OS: RTOS developed by HTC (No Android Wear support)
- Size: S/M/L
- Weight: 23g
- Display: 1.8" 32*160 PMOLED flexible display
- Support Bluetooth and GPS
- Charge battery via POGO Pin or USB
- Battery Life: 3days+
- Water/Dust proof rated at IP57
- Passed MIL-STD-810G, Method 516.6 test
- Alarm, Timer, Stopwatch, Music Control, Camera Shutter, sleep Analysis, Sports Analysis/ see today's schedule, weather, your phone's notification.
- Support Android phone(Android 4.4 or later), and iOS(7.0 or later).
- Package include footpad which can help to analysis steps more correctly.
- Color: Teal/Lime, Black/Blue Gray
- Expected Launch Date: (Q1,2015) worldwide release but will launch in the U.S. first.
HTC is trying to bring a new look to its current flagship device, the HTC One M8. In a partnership with Singapore's Phunk design studio, HTC released a Phunk limited Edition of the One M8 today.
Only 64 of these smartphones will be made, so this is definitely a very limited edition type situation.
The campaign has to do with Phunk's upcoming exhibition, which will take place throughout Japan, Singapore, and Hong Kong this year. The One M8 Phunk edition celebrates that.
HTC is still working on its Lollipop update for its latest flagship device, HTC One M8. Today, we got the first Hands-on video on the Official Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Update for the One M8 with the improved Sense 6 UI.
As screenshots of the update have shown before, not much will change once the update hits HTC users. However, it's nice to see how the latest version of Android runs on the One M8. Check it out in the video below.
Additionally, the uploader of the video says that everything runs glitch-free and really fast. Battery life is also improved too. HTC sets a deadline for the update release by Next month February, 2015.
HTC's upcoming flagship will be called HTC One M9 (Hima) and will feature the Sense 7 UI along with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Well, It's Here, the first Sense 7 UI wallpaper has leaked via a tweet from an HTC ROM developer, he also said that he will post a new wallpaper everyday until March,1st which is the official launch date of HTC One M9.
The Wallpaper resolution is 2160 x 1920 pixels. This means that it's a scrollable wallpaper for 1080 x 1920 displays. As reported many times before, the One M9 should sport a 5-inch 1080p screen, while the One M9 Plus is supposed to feature a 5.2-inch Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) screen for all those who think 1080p isn't good enough. Stay tuned for the next wallpaper!
HTC has just uploaded the first promo videos of its latest flagship device, HTC One M9, on its official YouTube channel. The device packs a 5-inch 1080p display, runs on the Snapdragon 810 chip and comes with a 20MP rear camera. The One M9 should be hitting the shelves as early as next month.
HTC uploaded 2 videos, one is a introductory video that shows the device main features. The 2nd video is a promo narrated by Robert Downey Jr. Enjoy both Video below!
Things are really not looking good for Samsung at all as a brand new serious issue has just surfaced in the form of a lawsuit for something that was previously unknown and unheard of. Daniel Ramirez is a construction worker who has filed a lawsuit against the South Korean electronics giant for allegedly selling defective and explosive Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones. He stated that the incident occurred in Ohio, where he was working in a bookstore and the S7 Edge was in his pant pocket. The phone wasn't being charged or even used while it caught fire and caused Daniel to receive second and third degree burns. He tried to grab the smoking smartphone and throw it out of his pocket, which burned his right hand as well. This was followed by the S7 Edge proceeding to literally explode in his pocket causing horrible injuries.
Now, this is an incident that reportedly occurred on May 30, which is more than three months before the Note 7 was even officially revealed. In light of the recently occuring battery related fires originating from the Note 7 and its worldwide recall by the manufacturer, ClassAction.com has taken it upon themselves to sue the OEM over this tragic incident. They want a worldwide recall for the S7 Edge, just like Samsung did with the Note 7. Not only is this the first time that we are hearing about the S7 Edge catching fire and exploding, but this is also the only time that such an unfortunate accident seems to have happened while the phone was not even being charged. We will have to wait and see what Samsung has to say about this.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
TV Plus, the world's first virtual TV channel was launched by Samsung Electronics in its homeland South Korea. Just in a month after its launch, the TV channel has become quite a sensation in the domestic market. This service is meant for Korean consumers who will be using an application on smart television to Video on Demand (VOD) for the first time. They will be able to browse through videos just like flipping channels in regular TV.
According to data released by Samsung on 11th November, 20% of the Samsung smart TV users have the TV plus service from the date of its launch in October. Most promising part is that the reuse rate exceeds 80%. This service enables users to browse through 33 virtual channels via a remote control without downloading any external application or going through any kind of sign up process.
The TV users can connect their smart TV via Wifi or network cable to access the service. Once connected they will be able to watch wide range of content ranging from entertainment, education to drama at no cost at all.
In the recent times Samsung has shown interest in adding various multimedia content like Galaxy view, Gear VR and gaming services to its digital services.
After looking at a number of leaked photos and renders, we now know for sure (more or less anyway!) that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will sport a USB Type-C cable and it will be the first Samsung device to do so. Thanks to Tinh tế, we now have a video that possibly is showing us the USB Type-C cable which will accompany the Note 7.
The model number of the cable as seen in the video is EP-DN930CWE. As we are almost certain that the Note 7 will be codenamed SM-N930, this further reinforces the theory. Besides, anyone who is familiar with how Samsung packages its accessories will find the packaging of the USB Type-C cable to be very familiar. Take a look yourself and you will see what we mean.
The most popular rumor related to Samsung's decision of switching over to USB Type-C from the regular micro-USB is of course the upcoming second gen Gear VR. Samsung will probably launch the next Gear VR with an USB Type-C port in close proximity to the Galaxy Note 7's unveiling. We will found out more as we approach the month of August.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Now that the time for rumors is over, it's time to take our first official look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Let us tell you first up that the rumors and leaks were not exactly spot on as two major predictions were proven wrong post the unveiling. Firstly, the Galaxy Note 7 does not feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821/Exynos 8893 SoC, but sports the same Snapdragon 820 SoC/Exynos 8890 SoC as the S7 series. Secondly, it has only 4GB of RAM and there is no 6GB variant at the moment. We were disappointed and surprised to see this as almost every major leak suggested the two missing hardware specs would be there in the final version.
Most of the other predictions did turn out to be true though, as the unique iris scanner is present and works in sync with Samsung Pay and KNOX to add an extra layer of security to everything. It's really fast, although you may have to hold the phone uncomfortably close to your face while using it. The S-Pen with 4096 pressure sensitivity levels works underwater this time around and the display is indeed a Dual Edge 1440p Super AMOLED panel with Edge features and Gorilla Glass 5 protection, as expected.
Although the base Android version is Android Marshmallow and not Nougat like some leaks predicted, it supports the Vulkan API, which is amazing for in-game graphics. In fact, you even get games with "console quality" graphics that's worth $25, free with your purchase. Speaking of purchase, it will be available for purchase from August 19, but pre-orders will begin tomorrow. Stay tuned for more news on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung is gearing up to mass produce the first ever 256GB embedded memory module as a Universal Flash Storage 2.0. Performance is a big advancement over the recent SATA-based solid-state-drives used in high-end PCs.
The UFS memory from Samsung offers ultra-fast speed storage based around their V-NAND flash memory chips. The UFS memory is capable of performing 45,000 input operations and 40,000 output operations each second. The UFS memory is twice the speed of the previous UFS memory type. The latest version uses dual lanes of data transfer to create speeds of 850MB/s which is approximately twice the speed of SATA-based SSDs. For sequential writing, the speed is lower at 260MB/s.
One of the main benefits of the latest version of 256GB UFS memory is that it will better support playback of 4K video content. Tablets now have split screen display technology with 4K video playback that can be combined with a second area of the screen being used to display an app. This tends to push the hardware to the limit. With 4K video, the data read needs to be faster because a 4K video contains so much more compressed image and audio data. This audio/visual data needs to be read, decompressed and played in real-time.
Samsung has just gone into full production of their UFS memory 2.0 chips which will become available later in 2016.
The much awaited Android M updates for some of last year's flagships are finally being rolled out by Samsung. As it turns out, Samsung's own nation of origin South Korea, is the first country to receive them. We already have an idea about what new features to expect and possible changes in the interface, thanks to the pre-release beta version of the firmware that was made available to users if they wanted to test it out.
It is only a matter of time before the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Note 5 are also updated, but at this moment, Android 6.0.1 is only available for the S6 and S6 Edge. No news has yet been revealed about when the updates will be made available in other regions. Even without an official confirmation, expect the updates to hit all markets very soon.
Amongst all the features and changes that we saw with the beta version of the Marshmallow update, some impressed us more than others. The newly added option to change shutter speeds is something that will be appreciated by photography enthusiasts while the redesigned power menu may not appeal to everyone. The ability to change and apply themes based on one's choice of color palettes is another useful and likable modification that we loved. There are plenty of other changes and additions but which ones will make it to the final stable version remains to be seen.
It is official now as Samsung has confirmed today that the company has indeed started with the mass scale production of an industry first 10nm application processor. This will replace the current 14nm FinFET processors and bring in better power efficiency along with faster performance to flagship devices in 2017. In spite of being based on a similar 3D transistor structure as its 14nm predecessor, the smaller 10LPE manufacturing process allows for an increase of 27-percent in performance and 40-percent in energy efficiency.
If you are wondering when it will be released and which processors it will power, it is unclear as of now, since no comment was made on that subject. All that is known is the fact that it will come early in 2017. Many were of the opinion that the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 would be the one to utilize this 10nm SoC, but other reports are suggesting that Qualcomm is shifting towards partnering with TSMC in manufacturing the SD 830. What is almost certain is that the 10LPE SoC from Samsung will be powering its own brand of Exynos 8895 processors, which will likely debut with the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Despite the current trend for curved TV displays, lots of people think its another fancy gimmick. So, Samsung gave you a choice to decide with its New bendable TV that can bends before you Eyes, Yes... Samsung New Flexible/Bendable TV is flat and with a push of a button can turn into curved, so you can have both features on the same TV, Check the video below to see it.
This is Samsung world's first flexible/bendable TV in South Korea and its already Available for sale for a Premium price of $260,000. This Flexible 105-inch biggest appeal is that you'll no longer have to choose between a curvedscreen or a flat one, because it's the first TV that can be both. Just press a button on the remote control and it transforms itself from a flat screen to one that's curved.
As far as pricing goes we don't have any details yet, but we think it's safe to assume that it won't be cheap. Certainly not if Samsung's latest "regular" curved screen 4K TV is anything to go by, anyway.
Despite the current trend for curved TV displays, lots of people think its another fancy gimmick. So, Samsung gave you a choice to decide with its New bendable TV, Yes... Samsung New Flexible/Bendable TV is flat and with a push of a button can turn into curved, so you can have both features on the same TV, Check the video below to see it.
This is Samsung world's first flexible/bendable TV in South Korea and its already Available for sale. The 78-inch UN78S9B biggest appeal is that you'll no longer have to choose between a bendy screen or a flat one, because it's the first TV that can be both. Just press a button on the remote control and it transforms itself from a flat screen to one that's curved.
As far as pricing goes we don't have any details yet, but we think it's safe to assume that it won't be cheap. Certainly not if Samsung's latest "regular" curved screen 4K TV is anything to go by, anyway.
Details about a Samsung Galaxy Tab S 2 series has been confirmed today. According to a recently published report, the 4G LTE enabled version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 2 9.7 (SM-T815, SM-T817) has received both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth certification. While this particular model carries a 9.7-inch screen, a version of the slate with a smaller 8-inch glass was imported into India last month by Samsung for testing. The company plans on destroying the tablet once it is done with it.
The details that have leaked thus far reveal that both the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 2 8.0 and the Samsung Galaxy S 2 9.7 will be the slimmest tablets available with a thickness of just 5.4mm. Both tablets will feature a Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 and an aspect ratio of 4:3. The home grown Exynos 5433 CPU is expected to be under the hood with 3GB of RAM inside. Back and front-facing cameras weigh in at 8MP and 2.1MP respectively and a 3850mAh battery will keep both models running. Android 5.0.2 is pre-installed.
The Bluetooth certification for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 2 9.7 shows that it will support Bluetooth 4.1. This particular document also reveals other variants of the tablet. Besides the SM-T815, there will be the SM-T815C, the SM-T817A and SM-T817V. The other versions of the slate could be for different regions, and for a Wi-Fi only version of the tablet. The SM-T715, SM-T715C, SM-T717A and SM-717V are the model numbers that will be used for the smaller 8-inch version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 2. The tablets will replace the currently offered Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5.
The first press renders of the upcoming long-rumored Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 has been leaked online. The images shows a two variants, one with 8-inch display and another one with 9.7-inch display tablets.
Both versions of the tablet will feature a screen with 4:3 ratio and a resolution with 2048 x 1536 pixels the same as the one found in the Apple iPad family. The 9.7" Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 will debut with the model number SM-T810, while the 8" variant will carry the SM-T710 moniker. The tablet is rumored to be only 5.4mm thin.
Specs-wise, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is expected to pack the same 64-bit Exynos 7420 SoC as the Samsung Galaxy S6, coupled with 3GB. The chipset is among the most powerful solutions currently on the market, thus meaning that the slates won't lack hardware oomph.
We already posted the first Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware few days ago. The device is expected to be announced by next week.
Samsung Korea unveiled the industry's first 16MP image sensor for mobile devices with 1.0μm pixels size for smartphones, packing the Model No.S5K3P3 and it entered mass production already.
Thanks to its smaller pixels, Samsung has reduced the height of the ISOCELL sensor by 20% in comparison to the currently old utilized 16MP solutions with 1.12μm pixels. With z-height below 5mm, the newcomer will allow hardware designers to create devices with minimal camera protrusion.
Samsung S5K3P3 is already made available to device manufacturers. We won't be surprised if the sensor gets featured in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 5.
Earlier this year we have reported that Samsung has officially announced that it's building on a bendable/foldable smartphone for this year. Well, it looks like we are getting really close to see this device on markets, it packs codename "Samsung Project Valley" and it has faced some delays and expected to be ready to launch by January,2016.
Samsung is reportedly testing both Snapdragon 620 and 820 for the phone. It doesn't become clear if that's for two separate versions of the phone or just looking for the most suitable chipset. Either way, it will have 3GB of RAM.
The battery will be non-removable, as the Korean will have to design a custom battery for this device but Samsung Project Valley will allegedly have a microSD slot. The screen will certainly be OLED, there are no bendy LCDs.
Stay tuned for more info regarding Samsung Project Valley and this whole new series of foldable devices coming from Samsung very soon.
After years of speculations and planning, it looks like Samsung is ready to finally release smartphones with foldable displays into the market. According to a report by The Korea Herald, there will be some major reshuffling in Samsung's mobile communications unit and IT department by March, following which, the final decision in the matter will be taken. Most reports are suggesting that Samsung will be manufacturing and shipping out as many as 100,000 units of the 7-inch foldable smartphone by Q3 of this very year.
Not to be outdone, LG reportedly has plans of its own to ship out 100,000 units of a foldable smartphone model that they have been developing for the last few years. It should happen by the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the rumors. Additionally, LG may also start selling the foldable displays to other smartphone manufacturers, namely the likes of Huawei and even Apple. It will be interesting to see which of the two Korean tech-giants come out with a better foldable smartphone, given that these rumors hold true of course. Also, we will have to wait and find out if Samsung releases the model with displays on both the rear and the back or the one with just a single flexible display. They may eventually release both versions, but it is likely that we will see just one of them in 2017.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Google has launched its first router ever, but you will have to wait till December to get your hands on one. Although the pre-orders will start from next month, it won't be until December that the company will start shipping the Wi-Fi router to their customers. A single unit will set you back by $129 but if you can find two other interested friends, you can have a pack of three for only $299. Provided that you have a big enough house, you can also use multiple of these as the modular devices may also be used to widen the signal area of your primary router's connection.
Google Wi-Fi will allow the admin to control network usage by enabling him/her to restrict data consumption on any of the connected devices. The Network Assist feature will continue to improve the performance of your network, in addition to decongesting it. It supports mesh networking as well, in case you already have an OnHub router.
Check the hardware specifications below.
802.11ac AC1200 2X2 dual-band wireless
2 Gigabit Ethernet ports
512MB of DDR3L memory
710 MHz quad-core processor
4GB of eMMC flash
Android TV is coming this fall and manufacturers are preparing their upcoming products to conquer people's living rooms. Asus is one of them, and leaked benchmarks of this upcomng device that will be called "Google Nexus Player" shows the company is testing its first Android TV set-top box.
The unannounced set-top box runs Android L and packs a quad-core 1.83GHz Intel x86 CPU and a PowerVR Rogue G6430 GPU complete with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The system has undergone tests on 23.7" and 31.9" displays, both of 1080p resolution.
While seeing an Intel CPU inside an Android TV set-top box is a bit unexpected, it's certainly cool to see Intel stepping up its game in the Android world. Google says Qualcomm, Nvidia, MediaTek and Marvell chips will also get their primetime in Android TV products.