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Huawei released its much-anticipated smartphone - Huawei Y9s - A new entry-level smartphone just before the start of the year 2020. In some areas, it has already broken the pre-order records. To compete with rivals and current consumer's diversity, the Huawei Y9s has released with premium features including a pop-up camera and a 6.9-inch full view display, giving the user a truly immersive viewing experience. The device is crafted with a high sense of design and stylish look. It has unique textures at the surface to give a truly unique look to the handset.


The main selling feature for the device is an ultra-wide-angle camera lens, an AI triple camera system with a 48MP primary camera with outstanding photographic capabilities. Users can take high-quality pictures with sharp details and colors even in low-light situations. Night photography is a rare feature when it comes to the budget-category smartphone.


Huawei has targeted young consumers with this phone. The new device offers a long battery life even with heavy usage while using the camera and other apps all day long. It has improved camera features through hardware and software integration, giving users a reason to upgrade their phones.


The HUAWEI Y9s is equipped with an AI Triple Camera setup, which comprises an ultra-clear 48MP Main Camera, an 8MP Ultra Wide Angle Camera, and a 2MP Depth Camera. The 48MP Main Camera features a 6 Plastic (6P) lens with a large aperture of f/1.8, which effectively increases the quality and clarity of images. You don't have to use professional photo editing tools for slight to medium touches.


Additionally, the 8MP ultra wide-angle camera offers a 120-angle field of view for photo and video shooting, almost doubling the view angle of 78-degree that a routine lens can offer. With a wider field of view, you can capture more scenery. The HUAWEI Y9s comes with a 16MP front camera paired with remarkable AI algorithms to enrich portraits with flare effects, AI Backlit Imaging and new AI Beauty for the ideal selfie.


HTC M8 eye

 

HTC has quietly launched an updated version of the new HTC One. Called the HTC One M8 EYE, the new model features just one change, but it also happens to be the one that everybody was asking for. HTC has swapped the 4 UltraPixel Duo-camera from the original M8 to a new 13 megapixel Duo-camera from the Desire EYE but retains the second depth sensor. It also gets the new HTC EYE Experience software from the Desire EYE, but then that is also being made available for the standard M8.

 

HTC M8 Eye

 

Although the original M8 was critically acclaimed for being an excellent smartphone, the UltraPixel camera on the back was universally hailed as being unimpressive due to its low resolution. The latest update fixes that with a three time resolution boost, although low light performance likely won't be as good now.

 

Regardless of that, the M8 EYE is only available in China for now for ¥3,999 ($652).

 

 

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Samsung has added a new budget phone to the J series in the Chinese market after making many unofficial appearances. In terms of specifications the new phone, Galaxy J3⑥ is almost similar to Galaxy J5 and Galaxy On5 (launched in India this month). It is available in the chinese website and in every listing ⑥ is listed in the title.

 

 

A Super AMOLED 5-inch HD display and big battery (2,600 mAh) are the most important features here, given that they are the two features that aren't quite common on budget devices. The J3⑥ sports an unspecified quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1.5GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and 8GB of expandable storage. The phone's width is of 7.9 mm, which also matches with the J5.

 

The software is powered by Android 5.1.1 Lollipop along with Samsung's latest TouchWiz UX, with option to remove preinstalled apps (facility is available only in China). The Korean company is also giving 72 yuan (roughly $11) worth of downloadable games prepackaged in the device, although the price of the handset is not yet out. It is expected that the price should be close to $200. The phone is exclusive to China Telecom, and you can check out the list of stores to find out the availability from the link given below:


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Samsung has now made the SamsungOne official and joins the list of companies with their own unique font, with that step. In case you are wondering what some of those companies are, how about Google and Apple for example? The SamsungOne typeface has been designed to cover an astonishing 400 languages, 26 writing systems and more than 25K glyphs. Now that's what we call a global company!



As the name suggests, SamsungOne is designed to create a visual sense of universal unity, irrespective of the language on which it is applied. Keep in mind that SamsungOne is designed to not only be featured in smartphones, but across all the products that they manufacture and sell, including television sets, microwave ovens, refrigerators and the like. The five typographical principles which they followed while developing the typeface in collaboration with Brody Associates are Humanist, Distinctive, Expert, Universal and Legible.



Although we are not sure when we will see Samsung start using SamsungOne, take a look at the images for a preview. We also have a small video for you from Samsung Newsroom to explain the story behind the concept.


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.


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It looks like Samsung is not big on the waiting game right now as the South Korean manufacturer has already started selling its 2016 flagships in India. They had just revealed the S7 and S7 Edge at a Samsung event in the capital (New Delhi) about a week ago and now you can buy them from the online retailer, Flipkart.


The two phones are also available from Samsung's own online store as well as from local offline shops. Surprisingly, Amazon doesn't yet have them on for sale yet. One might find the ease of availability quite likeable with "flash sales" for popular phones becoming more and more common these days, but once the price tag of roughly $855 or INR 56,900 for the S7 Edge and $733 (INR 48,900) for the S7 is taken into consideration, it seems only natural!


The Indian version of the S7 series won't get the Snapdragon 820 chipset that is powering the US variant, but will be powered by the Exynos 8890 SoC instead. The Exynos chip is almost as powerful as the Snapdragon 820, but the Qualcomm chipset has proven itself to be ever so slightly faster. All other flagship features like the 5.1"/5.5" Super AMOLED 1440p display, 4GB RAM, 32GB in-built storage along with a hybrid SIM / micro-SD card slot, 12-megapixel rear camera, 3000mAh / 3600mAh battery and the Always On display has made it on to the Indian version.


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Flexible TV

 

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.

 

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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.

 

Flexible TV

 

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.

 

 

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We have had a good look at the Gear S3 Classic and the Frontier back in September when it was showcased at the IFA, but it hasn't hit all the major markets around the world yet. However, that is about to change because the two smartwatches just went on sale in South Korea. They will also be going on sale in markets around the world in the upcoming weeks, starting with the US, the UK, Germany France, Australia, Dubai and Singapore on November 18.


Both smartwatches will be running on Samsung's own Tizen OS, but only the Frontier has LTE connectivity via an embedded SIM. The S3 Frontier will be coming to T-Mobile in the US, but do check with your local carrier to know if the watch will be supported by them. All other features including the GPS navigation, the IP68 waterproofing and the heart-monitor are identical. Although Samsung Pay is supported by both the smartwatches, the facility will only be available in the US, Australia and Singapore at the moment.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


Flexible TV

 

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.

 

Flexible TV

 

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.

 

 

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The Exynos 8895 SoC which will power the upcoming Galaxy S8 has now been made official by Samsung. This is what Ben Hur, Vice President of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics had to say regarding the next Exynos chip.


"In addition to being built on the most advanced 10nm FinFET process technology, the new Exynos 9 Series 8895 incorporates Samsung's cutting-edge technologies including a 2nd generation custom CPU, gigabit LTE modem, and more. With industry leading technologies like VPU, the Exynos 8895 will drive the innovation of next generation smartphones, VR headsets, and automotive infotainment system."


Also check the official image which details the chip's capabilities and specifications.



The Exynos 8890 is still one of the most powerful mobile chips in the market at the moment, but the octa-coreExynos 8895 will provide 27% better performance at 40% better power-efficiency. The Mali-G71 GPU which will accompany the octa-core processor will be powerful enough to handle VR at 4K resolution, along with a multi-format codec for 4K video recording at 120fps support.


We have to admit, that sounds amazing and we can't wait to see the Exynos 8895 in action when the Galaxy S8 comes out in April.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



You can now download and install the Secure Folder application from the Galaxy Apps Store. Unfortunately, the only two devices supported officially at the moment are the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Support for more devices is incoming though, as confirmed by Samsung. It should be noted that the upcoming Galaxy A (2017) series of smartphones will launch with the app pre-installed. Post the Nougat update, the S6 series and the Galaxy Note 5 too should be able to use Secure Folder without any issues.


Secure Folder is an application that brings personal security to Samsung smartphones. Anything the user does inside the Secure Folder remains secret and unavailable to everyone else who does not have access to the app. Everything from pictures, videos, documents and even apps within the Secure Folder is private and inaccessible without access to the app first. This enables users to create multiple accounts on applications like whatsApp, which would not let you operate two accounts from one phone under normal circumstances. If you have a S7 or S7 Edge, give it a try now. If you don't have one, just wait until Samsung expands the support further to your smartphone model.


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The Galaxy Note 7 FE or "Fan Edition" is now officially on sale and if you wanted to own one last year, you can do so now a year later! Of course, you will need to be in South Korea to buy one in the first place. If you are a fan of the device and would like to import one into the US, I am not sure if that's even allowed at this point of time. While the handset should now legally be allowed on flights, I am not entirely sure how airport authorities will feel about importing a Galaxy Note 7 on an aircraft. Nevertheless, it's here in Korea in all its glory for us to gawk at.


With almost identical specs, the Galaxy Note 7 FE looks and feels exactly like it did last year and that's to be expected, given that the only change is the battery being shrunk down to 3,200mAh. The combination of the QHD Super AMOLED display, Exynos 8890 SoC, 4GB of RAM and the S-Pen makes the Galaxy Note 7 still a great smartphone to buy. In fact, at the reduced price of only KRW 699,600 ($606 roughly), it's a very good deal for the ones who don't mind the chip from last year. Only 400,000 units of the handset will be sold in the country and they will be exclusive to three local telecom carriers.


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It's no secret that the two giants had been in collaboration for the last year or so and we also knew that the Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition was coming, but now it's finally here. The smartphone is available from Microsoft's own online store in the US if you are interested in buying it. In case you are wondering, yes, the Microsoft Edition Galaxy S8+ is also available for purchase at the store. As of now the Galaxy S8 is priced at $724.99, while the S8+ is priced at $824.99 at the MS Store with special offers for Black Friday.


In terms of hardware, there's nothing new here because they are identical to any other US version of the two handsets. The main difference is in the incorporation of Cortana, Microsoft's own digital AI assistant, which is probably a bit awkward for Bixby now... Aside from that, the Microsoft Edition includes a number of the PC giant's applications, including Microsoft Launcher for easily accessing various file types and documents.


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The "Samsung Unpacked" event is over and as expected, it revealed the much awaited and rumored Galaxy Note 10 series of smartphones with their rainbow colored backs to us.


Unlike ever before, Samsung has unveiled two Galaxy Notes this year; the Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. As they are finally here, we have a brief summary for you to get yourself acquainted with the highlight differences between the two devices. Samsung may not have a similar design, but they have certainly taken the full on Apple route to launching devices!


Internal Storage Options and Price

 

The Galaxy Note 10 is limited to only one RAM/storage option, the 8GB RAM/256 GB internal storage version, which has been priced at $949. The Note 10 Plus on the other hand starts at $1,099 for the 12GB RAM/256GB storage variant. There will also be a 512GB variant, but we are not clear on the price yet.


The Note 10 Plus 5G will have similar specifications as the Note 10 Plus, but with a 5G modem inside. It will also be about $200 more expensive at $1,299.


Display Size and Resolution

 

Not only is the Galaxy Note 10 sporting a smaller Super AMOLED display, it's also just FHD+ (2280 x 1080) resolution. The Note 10 Plus on the other hand, is blessed with the expectedly huge, 6.8-inch, QHD+ (1440 x 3040) Super AMOLED displays. Both displays are HDR 10+ compatible though.


They Share Similarity in Excluding the Headphone Jack

 

Yes, all the rumors and leaks were right, Samsung has finally abandoned the headphone jack, although there really is enough room on both phones to put one in. They also will not include an USB Type-C to 3.5mm jack adapter in the box, like they should have, but will sell you one for $10. Samsung has gone full on Apple apparently!


Cameras and Micro-SD Slots

 

Both devices have a punch hole notch in front for the single 10-mp selfie cameras, but the Note 10 Plus is the only one with the quad camera module and a micro-SD card slot for those huge image files. The specs for both camera modules are as follows are as below.


Note 10 Plus (Quad Camera Setup)

 

12 MP, 27mm, wide angle lens with f/1.5-1.8-2.4 variable aperture and OIS.


12 MP, 52mm telephoto lens with f/2.1 aperture and 2x optical zoom.


16 MP, 12mm, ultrawide lens with f/2.2 aperture.


ToF 3D VGA camera.


LED Flash


Note 10 (Triple Camera Setup)

 

12 MP, 27mm, wide angle lens with f/1.5-1.8-2.4 variable aperture and OIS.


12 MP, 52mm telephoto lens with f/2.1 aperture and 2x optical zoom.


16 MP, 12mm, ultrawide lens with f/2.2 aperture.


LED Flash


Battery Size and Color Options

 

The Note 10 has a significantly smaller 3500mAh battery (25W fast charging), as compared to the Note Plus's 4300mAh battery (45W fast charging).


Both the smartphones will come in Aura Glow, Aura White and Aura Black colors, although the rainbow colors of the Aura Glow will likely be the favorite this year.

All said and done, the Galaxy Note 10 should have been called Note 10 Lite, while the Note 10 Plus should have simply been named as Note 10. Samsung is trying to stay away from the cheaper "lite" tag apparently, but the Note 10 is essentially a watered down version of what we all expected the Note 10 to be, while the Note 10 Plus is for all intents and purposes, exactly the Note 10 should be.


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The Galaxy S7 Edge has already begun to receive its version of the November patch from Samsung in various regions around the world. Germany and Australia joined those ranks yesterday when reports confirmed the news. Just like the November security patch for the regular S7, this update includes Google's monthly security release for November and fixes the 14 issues that are unique to the Samsung smartphones only.


It is advised that the hefty 157MB package be downloaded via a stable Wi-Fi connection. Once you are done with the download and installation part, your S7 Edge's firmware version will change to G935FXXU1BPJG. Disappointingly, no new features were mentioned in the changelog. The entire update basically consists of bug fixes, patches and stability improvements. Feel free to check if the package has arrived for your Galaxy S7 Edge manually from Settings > About device > Download Updates Manually. Even if it isn't there right away, the OTA package will come to your device soon.



Head over to http://forum.youmobile.org/downloads/ and find the right firmware to flash for your smartphone.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



As promised by Samsung, the beta version of Android 7.0 Nougat is now live for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, but unfortunately, it is only available in South Korea at this moment. Even though multiple reports had confirmed that the UK would be the first region where Samsung will start the beta testing from, they turned out to be wrong.


Any eligible Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge from LG Uplus, KT Corporation or SK Telecom will be able to download the 1.3GB (roughly) beta update, provided that they have signed up for the program and had been selected. A beta version of the Grace UX with features similar to those found on the discontinued Note 7 (Always On display for example) has made it to Nougat as expected.


The Good news for the particularly enthusiastic among us is the fact that a beta firmware based on Android 7.0 Nougat has now leaked online as well. We recommend waiting until Samsung starts to roll out the program to your region, but if you know what you are doing, you can give it a try at your own risk! In case you do flash it, the firmware version should change to G930FXXU1ZPK4 on the S7 and G935FXXU1ZPK4 on the S7 Edge.


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Two of the major telecom networks in Canada have started to roll out Android 7.0 Nougat for the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge on their networks. As you might have probably guessed from our revealing title, it's Telus and Rogers. The update comes in accordance with Rogers' previously declared March 20 deadline and that's always good to see.


The firmware version released for the Galaxy S7 is G930W8VLU2BQB6 and for the Galaxy S7 Edge, it's G935W8VLU2BQB6. Rogers and Telus joins the rest of the carriers in Canada now as Bell, Virgin Mobile, Wind Mobile, Freedom Mobile and SaskTel had already released Nougat for the two handsets on their networks quite a while back.


Did you receive this update yet? If you didn't, then you might have to wait for a few days before being auto-prompted. Alternatively, you can check it out manually for peace of mind. Head over to Settings > About phone > Software update and search for it.


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones now.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



If you own Samsung's last gen tablet on AT&T, you should be happy to know that the network has finally released Android Nougat 7.0 for the Galaxy Tab S2. It comes in much later than everyone expected it to, but at least it's finally here. AT&T now joins T-Mobile and Verizon among the list of US networks to ship the files out via OTA. Unlike Samsung's unlocked flagship smartphones in the US however, Samsung had been kind enough to also release the same update a while ago for the unlocked version of the Tab S2.


The firmware is a big one, just like any other Android OS upgrade packages and should come in at roughly 1.1GB. Make sure that you connected to a Wi-Fi network before downloading though, unless of course, you just don't care about mobile network data consumption. The update has the firmware version T817AUCU2CQE3 and it should reach your Tab S2 in the next few hours or days, depending on where you are located in the States.


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



If you are wondering why there isn't a year mentioned within brackets like the rest of the smartphone models in the Galaxy J-series, then that's because there never was another version of the Galaxy J6 released before May, 2018. As of a few hours ago, firmware version J600FNXXU3ARH1 went live in certain sections of Europe (Italy in particular) and although it will take a few days till everyone has the update waiting for them via OTA, rest assured that it will come to you if you are in Europe. If you live in some other region where the Galaxy J6 is sold officially, then you might have to wait a little longer, but even that should not take too long, now that the firmware is truly out and about.


Aside from addressing multiple bugs and vulnerabilities in the base Android OS, the August security update from Google and Samsung also fixes 4 critical vulnerabilities and 11 Samsung related bugs respectively. If you see the update waiting on your smartphone, it's better to download and install it as soon as possible since this one seems to be addressing quite a few credible security threats.


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