When it comes to tablets, there are different tablets for different needs. If you happen to work outdoors a lot and need something to withstand the daily rigors of outdoor use, then a rugged tablet might be the way to go. The good news is that the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 5 has finally made its way to the US.
The Galaxy Tab Active 5 is the successor to the Galaxy Tab Active 4. Under the hood, you can find an Exynos 1380 chipset coupled with 6GB of RAM. It will also come with 128GB of storage. This storage can be further expanded via a microSD card. It will feature a 13MP on the back and a 5MP front-facing shooter.
The tablet will also come with Android 14 out of the box and is eligible for four major OS updates and five years of security updates. Samsung is also including an S Pen in case you need to write or sign documents or draw.
Now, obviously the selling point of the tablet is its rugged design. It has an IP68 rating when it comes to dust and water resistance. It is also MIL-STD-810G rated when it comes to drops and bumps, so you don't have to worry about it getting damaged too badly. According to Samsung, it can survive drops on concrete surfaces from a height of up to 8 feet.
The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra features the use of titanium in its chassis. One thing to note is that not all titanium is equal. In titanium itself, there are varying grades of quality. It turns out that the one that Samsung is using is the cheaper stuff.
The phone was taken to Moxtek Products to determine the grade of titanium in the phone following a teardown by JerryRigEverything. According to the test, it seems that the titanium used in the Galaxy S24 Ultra is Grade 2 quality.
For context, Apple's iPhone 15 Pro which also uses titanium uses Grade 5. Compared to Grade 2, Grade 5 titanium is also about four times more expensive. It might be easy to dismiss the use of Grade 2 as being "worse", but it's not necessarily true. As we said, there are different grades of titanium and it depends on what the manufacturer wants out of the material.
As it is easier to work with, Grade 2 titanium is more commonly used. For a company like Samsung that churns out millions of phones, making the manufacturing process easier means less defective units and waste. Granted it isn't quite as strong compared to other grades, but it still enjoys the benefit of being lightweight.
Some lucky pre-order customers of the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra have already started to receive their units. Unfortunately for them, it has been discovered that the phone's displays aren't as good as their predecessor. Users discovered this when setting their display to "Vivid" and finding out that the Galaxy S24 Ultra display looks washed out.
In case you didn't know, Samsung's phones have the option of changing how the display looks. Users can toggle between selections like "Natural" and "Vivid". The latter mode is supposed to introduce more saturated colors, giving it a pop. Posts on Reddit have revealed that nothing seems to happen when selecting "Vivid" mode on their Galaxy S24 Ultra display.
This problem isn't exclusive to the Galaxy S24 Ultra. Other users with the Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S4+ are reporting similar issues. Thankfully, it isn't a hardware problem. One user claims to have spoken to Samsung support who told them that a software update will be rolling out soon to address the issue.
Considering that displays are one of Samsung's main businesses, you would think that they would have caught this issue early. To be fair, new device launches tend to come with teething issues. Thankfully in this case, it's not a huge deal. If you notice that your Galaxy S24's display is looking a little washed out even with Vivid mode toggled, you'll just have to wait for the software update that should fix it.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is not a cheap smartphone, not by a long shot. With a price tag close to $2,000, it is well out of the budget for most consumers. But if you like the idea of a foldable phone, you could be in luck because Samsung could be planning on launching a cheaper version of the Galaxy Z Fold 6 this year.
This comes from a report from South Korean publication The Elec. The website claims that in order to increase its market share, especially in China, Samsung is working on an entry-level model for the Galaxy Z Fold 6. This means that we can expect the regular Fold 6 and a cheaper model.
It's not surprising that Samsung is considering this. Chinese smartphone makers like Oppo, Vivo, and OnePlus have all launched foldables of their own. A few years ago, Samsung would have easily dominated the Chinese market, but now with homegrown players in the mix with cheaper alternatives, Samsung now has to fight for their position.
We're not sure what kind of compromises Samsung would have to make to achieve a cheaper Fold 6 model. It could end up being similar to the company's FE models of its flagship phones. It might use older or lower-end hardware, but we suppose the selling point would be its foldable screen.
This year's Samsung Galaxy S24 series comes with an Exynos 2400 chipset if you live outside the US. In 2025, Samsung will launch the Galaxy S25 where they will most likely equip it with a newer chipset, the Exynos 2500. If you're wondering how the chipset will perform, then you're in luck.
User @OreXda has posted on X the leaked specs of the upcoming chipset. We don't know for sure if these specs are accurate, but assuming they are, it won't be too big of a difference over the Exynos 2400.
Samsung will be maintaining the deca-core design. The cores used will undergo changes, upgrading the main core from X4 to X5 with the potential of slightly faster clock speeds of 3.3GHz. The other cores include three Cortex-A730 cores clocked at 2.5GHz, two Cortex-A730 cores, and four Cortex-A520 cores.
For context, the Exynos 2400 features a Cortex-X4 core, Cortex-A720 cores, and Cortex-A520 cores. This means that the Samsung Exynos 2500 will be keeping the A520 cores. One other potential difference is that the Exynos 2500 will be built on the 3nm process.