It has become quite a norm with Samsung - just before the release of major smartphones certain information gets leaked. This time around a list of Galaxy S7/S7+/S7 edge accessories have surfaced which gives out pricing info - specifically in the German market. Thanks to German WinFuture, the selection packages few major surprises.
To start off, Samsung is planning to compete with Apple by manufacturing a battery case that would look exactly like Apple's case, which will hopefully look beautiful in terms of design. The case would cost €89.99 ($99.9) which packages a battery with a capacity of 2,700 mAh with support for wireless charging. As per recent speculations, the Galaxy S7 is supposed to come with a 3,000 mAh battery and the S7+ and S7 edge are said to package a gigantic 3,600 mAh battery.
Another interesting thing in the list is the first of its kind Samsung LED View Flip Cover (€69.99, or $77.7). According to the source, the flip-type case will have LEDs which will send out notification in case of incoming calls. Finally, a Leather Cover in black and brown color will also be released during the launch.
It was just yesterday that we brought to you images of a leaked case which provided us with multiple alleged external details of the upcoming Galaxy S8. Take a look at another one today coming in from Ghostek, featuring one of their Atomic Shock resistant cases for the S8. Before we delve into the details, keep in mind that this is just a render and nothing is guaranteed to be right at all.
We can see a single rear camera, which is consistent with all the recent rumors, but the cut-out on the case itself is suspiciously big enough for a dual camera module. No fingerprint scanners on the back and a lacking Home button in front indicates that Samsung is opting for an optical fingerprint sensor which will be placed under the glass. Just like the render by Slashgear had suggested, both the volume keys and the Power button can be seen on the left side.
Do you like what you see? Or do you think it's a complete hogwash? Let us know in the comments section below. In the meanwhile, we will have to wait a little while longer to see what is what as Samsung prepares the S8 for a mid-April launch (or is it going to be a February launch?).
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
We have seen the Galaxy Note 8 in leaks and renders quite a few times now and in spite of our hate for the seemingly larger top and bottom bezels on the upcoming device, it seems like that's just something that we will have to live with... Or, you could just buy the Galaxy S8+, provided of course you can live without the stylus.
In today's render, we have the smartphone (and those bezels!) confirmed from every angle. Do take a look at these renders and tell us what you think in the comments section. Although we say "confirmed," these are obviously not official and are brought to you by the case maker Ghostek. Nevertheless, these are probably as close to the real thing as is possible at the moment and I am pretty sure that when it is unveiled officially next month, this is what we are going to see, more or less.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It looks as if just like the Galaxy S8 and S8+, the S9 and S9+ will also be launched in silver and grey colors. Take a look at the latest renders leaked by case maker Poetic to understand what we are talking about here. The pictures are obviously concept images mostly, but they are probably quite accurate, given that case makers usually have access to the exact dimensions and dummy units to work with before a big smartphone line-up is released. The reason is obvious; people look to buy cases the second these smartphone become available for purchase, so the case makers would need to have access to inside information a long time before the actual release.
What does this say about the color options which Samsung will offer its upcoming flagship smartphones in? Not much other than the fact that silver and grey are most likely going to be the first colors alongside black to make it onto the market. As always, you can expect other colors such as the much anticipated purple and blue to also be available later in 2018, but Samsung could also be releasing those colors to select regions only.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Manufacturers that produce the screenguards, cases and back covers for upcoming smartphone models are usually the first to get a prototype of the concerned handset and therefore, they are usually able to provide the best idea regarding what's to expect. Staying true to that tradition, famous leakster Ice Universe has posted a video on YouTube which attempts to guess the size of the upcoming Galaxy S10+ by taking a close look at some of the cases.
After trying to fit multiple handsets into the case, we can see that it is the Galaxy S9+ which is almost a perfect fit, making the dimensions of the Galaxy S10+ quite obvious. However, the S10+ will still have a larger display than the 6.2-inch one on the S9+, thanks to the Infinity-O display which will only sport a punch hole for the front camera and no bezels whatsoever. Given that the Oppo Find X with its 6.4-inch all-display front fits quite perfectly into the case, that is the expected screen size of the S10+, just as rumored before. Check out the video for more details.
The Galaxy S10 is all set to be unveiled in less than a month's time and this year around, there will be three devices in the S10 line-up, instead of two. However, the existence of the S10, S10 Plus and the S10 E (Lite) is old news now, but what this render from the famous leakster Evan Blass does is that it gives us a very clear and side-by-side look at the upcoming devices.
If rumors are to be believed, then Samsung will also release a fourth Galaxy S10 smartphone, which will be called the Galaxy S10 X. The S10 X is rumored to feature a huge 6.7-inch display and even 5G, but we will have to wait to find out if there really is any truth to this rumor. Even if it's true though, Samsung will likely keep it restricted to specific markets such as South Korea and luckily, the US as well.
Recently, a couple in the UK found a security bug in the Samsung Galaxy fingerprint scanning. It allows anyone to bypass the fingerprint security to unlock the phone. Even if someone hasn't registered his fingerprint to unlock the device, the silicone case somehow gets confused and lets the user access the phone.
This wasn't the first time when a flaw was detected in the security mechanism of the smartphone. Hackers and security specialists have unlocked the devices using the 3D prints of the fingerprint but to hack the phone, one had access to the phone and fingerprints. In this case, you need only one inexpensive protective case.
Samsung suggests that users should only use the recommended accessories by the company but this doesn't apply to non-authentic users with bad intentions. Galaxy S10 is the first phone to use ultrasonic technology for fingerprint scanning. It creates a 3D map of the fingerprint using ultrasounds, with the reader being embedded under the display panel. Samsung declared for an internal investigation and is working on a fix to be patched as a security patch.
This seems an unbelievable story, but now the word has gotten out. There are videos on YouTube showcasing people shattering the in-display ultrasound technology using just care. This is a major concern for the phones planning to use ultrasonic technology as most of the phones use the optical in-screen fingerprint sensor, which places a CMOS chip under the display and takes a 2D picture of fingerprint. Samsung's biometric solution has failed before with Galaxy S8 in 2017. It was a facial recognition system that had flaws. Anyone could unlock the phone with the picture of the person instead of being an actual person in front of the device camera.
Finally the verdict is in - the long standing case between Apple and Samsung has come to an end and both of the tech giants have issued a joint statement to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Thursday, informing that Samsung has agreed to pay Apple $548 million over the patent violation case. The amount is same as that of the final settlement amount ordered by the courts, but way below the $1 billion plus damage Apple was initially awarded in 2012 and further less than $2.75 billion the company had planned to get over the infringement case.
Interesting thing to note here is that, the statement given by Samsung also says the following: "Samsung further reserves all rights to reclaim or obtain reimbursement of any judgment amounts paid by Samsung to any entity in the event the partial judgment is reversed, modified, vacated or set aside on appeal or otherwise". We're not absolutely sure what factors might help Samsung to get a "reimbursement" from Apple, and Apple looks a bit perplexed as well, because it claims Samsung has no right to get any kind of reimbursement. Here is the statement given by the iconic American company: "Apple disputes Samsung's asserted rights to reimbursement".
Nexus 9 most anticipated accessory is here, The official Keyboard Folio case for HTC Nexus 9 is now available to order from Google Play in the United States. Google Play store has the cover in stock, ready to ship-put in 1-2 business days.
As expected, the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio costs $129. The accessory attaches magnetically with the tablet and pair over Bluetooth. Its batter lasts up to five months on a single charge.
Oddly, the magnetic cover for Nexus 9 without keyboard is still not available to order, despite the tablet's almost month-long retail availability. The $39 solution is still listed as "coming soon" in Google Play.
The LG G5 is enjoying the limelight now and in an unexpected way casting a shadow on the Galaxy S7; kudos to a case maker. In general accessory makers are given phone's design, dimensions and photos quite early and that makes them a genuine source of information for getting intel on yet to be released devices.
So in this case, a series robust G5 cases have emerged, which are very good at providing safety and also good at unveiling certain design elements chosen by LG. For starter, the proof of the dual camera present at the rear end has become solid, which was initially speculated owing to boxed prototype and an older diagram.
It is almost confirmed that there would be a circular fingerprint reader at the rear end, but the volume controls won't be there in the back. Although a few the case renders still show some sign of those buttons, the volume button on the left side doesn't leave anything to imagination. The important thing to note here is the position of the power button, and by what we can infer from the case renders, the fingerprint sensor might actually be be inside one, just the way V10 has it.
The rest of the specs are in sync with the earlier leak - there will be a Type-C USB connector, speaker on the bottom, and the 3.5mm headphone jack on top. On both of the end there will be a mic and the second cutout present on the top might be for an IR blaster. There is still no news on removing the battery by sliding it out.