It looks like Samsung has finished working on it's upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S6. According to confirmed reports from Business Korea, Samsung Galaxy S6 has entered Trial production on Samsung's Vietnamese plant, the device will enter Mass production starting Next month.
In other hand, Samsung finally listened to the many of it users who are criticizing its Android overlay Interface "TouchWiz UX". Reports suggests that the Galaxy S6 will have a New TouchWiz with less customization to look very close to the Android's default UI, the Korean giant decided to focus more on core features and rethinking the inclusion of more obscure ones
Samsung will be revealing the Galaxy S6 on the MWC 2015 on early March. The flagship will be Available on two variants, Regular and Edge. The Galaxy S6 Edge will pack the same specs as the regular but with a curved screen.
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.
It seems only yesterday that the Galaxy Note 7 was launched, but it's literally history now as the continuing hazardous nature of the smartphone resulted in its discontinuation and a complete recall by Samsung. Nevertheless, we have good news for Samsung fans as the Galaxy S8 is coming and it's coming fast. Work on firmware of the upcoming Galaxy S8 has already started, as reported by SamMobile.
If you were expecting to see the Galaxy S8 earlier due to the failure of the Note 7, it may not be the case. While there is no way to be sure about this, it is true that software development started at around the same time for the S7 in 2015 as well. If Samsung sticks to the expected release date in February at the Mobile World Congress next year, we think it would actually be a better move than releasing an incomplete device early, just to fill the gap that the Note 7 left in the market for Samsung. Besides, rumor has it that releasing the Note 7 in a hurry in order to compete with the iPhone 7 is what led to the following disaster in the first place.
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.
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)
Samsung announced earlier today it has began mass producing its latest 6Gb LPDDR3 Mobile DRAM chips. They're made using the 20nm manufacturing process and are designed with high performance smartphones and tablets in mind by achieving data transfer rates of up to 2,133Mbps.
A 3GB LPDDR3 package can now be made using four 6Gb LPDDR3 chips is 20% smaller and consumes 10% less energy than existing 3GB packages such as the one found in the Galaxy Note 4. The 20nm process also results in 30% productivity gain compared to the 30nm process.
"Our new 20nm 6Gb LPDDR3 DRAM provides the most advanced mobile memory solution for the rapidly expanding high-performance mobile DRAM market," - Jeeho Baek, vice president, memory marketing, Samsung Electronics.
Patent drawing for a Samsung device with a 3-sided flexible display go as far back as April but now a parts supplier for Samsung reports that the unique screen has entered production.
This sounds like a good time to start making these if they'll end up on the Galaxy Note 4, which is to be unveiled in a month. However, the screen is reportedly built on a plastic substrate that's difficult to work with and only limited numbers will be available at first.
And the new Galaxy Note will be anything but a low-volume device. There were rumors that the Note 4 will be available in two versions one with a conventional flat screen and one with either a curved screen or a three-sided screen.
The Last of Us 2 is an interesting game that many people are questioning whether or not it is actually coming. People are excited about a potential sequel to the first game because the first game was so critically acclaimed. Naughty Dog didn't completely finish off the story, so there is still some more that could be told. In the meantime, Naughty Dog made a deal with one of the studios to turn The Last of Us story into a Hollywood Blockbuster... The Last of Us Movie is in the works and may "in-production" as soon as 2016.
According to the creative director for The Last of Us, Neil Druckmann, he says that the game has a 50/50 shot of being made. He says that Naughty Dog hasn't decided if they will make the game yet. It seems as though Naughty Dog has to figure out which direction they want to take the game. There is certainly many different possible directions that they could take the game, it is just they have to be careful when making a sequel. The Last of Us was such a story driven game that it could be difficult for Naughty Dog to easily make sequels to the game.
It's not set up like Call of Duty where players expect a sequel to come out for the game every year or even every few years. We do have some information that The Last of Us 2 could be being worked on. The former lead character artist for Naughty Dog, Michael Knowland, accidentally left some information on his LinkedIn profile that could indicate there was work being done on The Last of Us 2.
In his profile, it was shown that he was working on prototyping initial character models for The Last of Us 2. At one point, quite a few employees left Naughty Dog when the director of the Uncharted series, Amy Hennig, left the company. The surge of employees leaving the company could have slowed down the development of The Last of Us 2. Naughty Dog has previously said that they didn't want to make the sequel star Joel or Ellie at all, but added that they were still looking at a few different possibilities for The Last of Us 2.
Apple wants to catch up with Google, so the company started secretly working on an electric vehicle. Today, Bloomberg is reporting that the Cupertino-based company is planning to begin production of the vehicle by the year 2020. That's an aggressive timeframe given that experienced automobile companies typically spend 5-7 years developing a car.
As per the report, Apple's car team consists of 200+ people, which is inline with an earlier report that said hundreds of employees are working on the project. In the past couple of months, the iPhone maker has been hiring experts in technologies for batteries and robotics recently, electric-car battery maker A123 Systems sued Apple for poaching its top engineers.
A 2020 deadline would put Apple in direct competition with Google, as well as other automakers, like Nissan, Tesla, and GM, who are also planning to launch their self-driving or next-gen electric cars in the next five years.
According to a report in Bloomberg, Apple's previously rumored 12.9" iPad won't enter production until September. This upcoming large iPad aims to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 and other large tablets that are already on the markets.
The Cupertino giant allegedly planned to begin manufacturing the tablet during this quarter. Delays in the supply chain for display panels is said to be the reason for the new production timeline.
Apple has large expectations for the upcoming 12.9" iPad. The device will have the task to reinvigorate the iPad family's slumping sales. The latter have been strongly affected by the launch of the large-screen iPhone 6 family.
LG is pushing the boundaries of flexible OLED Displays technology due to the market's ever-increasing push towards curved display technology. Naturally smartphones are among the first adopters and LG is at the forefront of innovation when it comes to curved technology. After the LG G Flex 2 was unveiled at CES 2015 in became abundantly clear that the Korean manufacturer intends to further develop bendable display technology and is investing in its future.
And while the P-OLED panel in the G Flex 2 is mighty impressive, LG will not be stopping there and a new reports hint toward ongoing development of a truly flexible screen and even early units already available. This is achieved by a whole new plastic OLED technology that LG claims is better than current curved screens in every possible way.
The way LG Chem plans to revolutionize bending displays is through a new manufacturing technology. The current generation bendable OLED panels, like the one inside the G Flex 2 feature a thin glass substrate. This allows for a certain level of flexibility, but limits the bending angle to 75mm. Next generation displays will be created using plastic for a more than double decrease in the bending radios, set at about 30mm. What this means in plain terms is that the new panel can be bent in a lot points, which can be as little as 30mm apart.
The highly-bendable P-OLED units have 75lm brightness, 60lm/W efficiency, 3,000k color temperature and CRI over 85, which is adequate by today's standards. LG has announced that panels are already available for testing and engineering purposes and can be purchased for $450. Mass production is set for July 2015, which is not that far away.