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 has introduced a new SSD today. It's called 950 Pro, and it's insanely fast. The drive is the first one to bring vertical NAND technology to the consumer space. It's a Non-Volatile Memory Express M.2 SSD, in the M.2 2280 size.
It will be offered in two capacities 256GB for $199.99 and 512GB for $349.99. Thanks to its support for the PCIe Gen.3 x4 interface, it delivers speeds that SATA-using drives can only dream of.
The 512GB Samsung 950 Pro reaches sequential read speeds of 2.5GB/s and sequential writes speed of 1.5GB/s. In terms of random access, it delivers 300,000 read IOPS and 110,000 write IOPS.
The 950 Pro can withstand shocks of up to 1500G/0.5ms and 20G vibrations. Warranty-wise you're looking at five years of coverage for both capacities, with the 256GB model getting that up to 200 terabytes written, and the 512GB unit up to 400 terabytes written. The drive will be in stores in October.
Today at CES 2015, Kingston introduced microSD and SD cards under the UHS-I Speed Class 3 boasting some 90MB/s read and 80MB/s write speeds. This is great news for those who want to play and record 4K video without stuttering. These speeds exceeds the standard Class 10 SD cards 9x times for the read speeds and 8x times for the write speeds.
By Kingston estimates, users can capture up to 60 minutes of 4K HD video or shoot photos in RAW or up to 8,000 24 MP images in JPEG on a 64GB card. The new card is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB flavors, but pricing is yet to be announced.
Kingston SDHC/SDXC UHS-I U3 Flash Card Features & Specifications
Versatile: Class 10 performance when used in a non-UHS-I capable device
Compliant: with the SD Card Association specification
Secure: built-in write-protect switch prevents accidental data loss
Compatible: with SDHC & SDXC host devices; SDXC cards are not compatible with SDHC-enabled devices/readers
File format: FAT32 (SDHC 16 GB-32 GB), exFAT (SDXC 64 GB)
Guaranteed: lifetime warranty, free technical support
Capacities: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
Dimensions: 24 mm x 32 mm x 2.1 mm
Operating Temperatures: -25°C to 85°C
Storage Temperatures: -40°C to 85°C
Performance: up to 90 MB/s read and 80 MB/s write, UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3)