We all know that Samsung Galaxy S6 will be released this year (probably March-April). So far Samsung hasn't confirmed the launch of the SGS6, let alone that there's going to be a version of it with a curved edge to match the duality of the Note devices. This curved version will be named "Samsung Galaxy S Egde".
The source of the "S Edge" name is from a placeholder buried deep within the Vodafone.nl website, where Samsung Galaxy S Edge gets a mention.
Would Samsung drop the numbering from the name? Yes, it probably would. The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge did exactly that and there's the feeling that the curved-edged devices are much more experimental than the mainstream numbered device, more distinctive in their own right.
Stay Tuned for Samsung's MWC 2015 event on March!
On its latest flagship device, Galaxy S6, Samsung has ditched the microSD card slot for good. Depending on a faster internal storage for all Android and User files. The Korean giant will release 3 variants with different storage sizes (32GB - 64GB - 128GB). So...
How much storage available on a 32GB Galaxy S6 ?
Well, it's only about 23GB available for the user data after. The system-reserved storage is 6.5GB, with an extra 2GB reserved under the "Used space" heading. This means 9GB of storage is taken up the moment you open the box. You can disable apps, but not uninstall them.
The 64GB model will have around 54GB available for the user and finally, the 128GB will have 118GB available for the user. Your Choice!
HTC launch the One M9 with 32GB internal storage along with microSD support up to 128GB. However, According to HTC ROM developer @LlabTooFeR, the HTC One M9 will also have a 64 GB variant. Reportedly, this should be launched "later this year" in selected markets worldwide.
Both the One (M8) and One (M7) offer two storage capacities, so we're not really surprised to hear that the One M9 won't come in just a 32 GB variant. Obviously, the One M9 64 GB should be a bit more expensive than the regular 32 GB model, possibly costing $50 or $100 more.
We can now show you actual pictures of the Galaxy S7 Edge Blue Coral variant and it isn't even a leak. Samsung has officially released pictures of the upcoming new color variant and it looks quite beautiful. They have obviously taken a cue from the Note 7's Blue Coral variant here, as the color was quite well received. If you like what you see, you will be able to buy one starting November.
The S7 Edge Blue Coral is priced at NT$24,900 in Taiwan, which is approximately $790; the same price as all the other color variants. The handset will see its release on November 5 in Singapore and should make its way to the rest of the world soon afterwards. Given that every other competitor will have a new phone in the market for the holiday season, only time will tell if just an additional color option will be enough to convince customers in favor of choosing Samsung over newer hardware from other manufacturers. The LG V20, the Moto Z and the Google Pixel XL are thought to be its greatest competitors, but there are other less popular brands out there too, who will take a shot at stealing Samsung's market share due to the void that the Note 7's untimely death has created.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
According to the latest reports, Samsung may release an "Edge" variant for its upcoming flagship device Galaxy S6. The Galaxy S6 Edge will pack a curved display like the current Galaxy Note Edge.
Instead of releasing a Prime variant which is like releasing the same device twice but with higher Specs, Samsung decided to change its strategy to provide a newer/better option with a new technology, Flexible Displays. The Galaxy S6 Edge will pack the same Specs and Design as the original Galaxy S6 but with curved display on the side. Rumored Specs for the Galaxy S6 include QHD display, Exynos 7420/Snapdragon 810 chipset, and 16MP or 20MP camera.
As the Korean Giant did with the Galaxy Note 4, Both S6 variants (Original, Edge) will be released at the same time, the expected release date is the first Half of 2015 (H1,2015).
There were a few rumors around that were claiming that Samsung won't be making an Exynos variant of the Galaxy S8 this year. The rumors found some solid ground when it became clear that Samsung has exclusive rights to hog the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip till the S8 is released in April. As the Korean company is developing the chips for Qualcomm on their own 10nm FinFET process this year, the suggestion that Samsung may ditch the Exynos series when it comes to the Galaxy S8, did not seem that farfetched then. However, Samsung has put those rumors and speculations to rest with their latest teaser about the Exynos series of processors.
The Twitter post simply states, "Discover cloud 9 with Exynos" - coming soon.
This could imply that instead of the rumored Exynos 8895 chip, Samsung will be launching its 10nm series 9 Exynos chips with the S8 this year. The Mali-G71 GPU which will probably be included in the SoC, is designed to handle 4K and VR with ease. Whether the performance can match up to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or not is something that remains to be seen. Going by the history books, Samsung's flagship Exynos processors have always been almost as powerful as their Snapdragon counterparts, but with better power-efficiency.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
You can now officially buy the Exynos variant of the Galaxy S8+ in the US and that's definitely good news for those of you who like Samsung's own 10nm Exynos 8895 chip more than Qualcomm's 10nm Snapdragon 835. Keep in mind though that both the chips provide near-identical performance when it comes to benchmarks and indiscernible performance when it comes to real life usage. Even then, it's worth knowing that the Exynos version has a more powerful GPU; the Mali-G71 MP20.
You can either buy the device unlocked at full price or from a few carriers that are offering monthly plans for the expensive smartphone, just like the Snapdragon variant. Unfortunately, since the SM-G955FD works only with GSM networks, it won't work on CDMA networks like the ones used by Verizon and Sprint. AT&T and T-Mobile users on the other hand will easily be able to sue the Galaxy S8+ Exynos variant on their networks.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Pink may not be the manliest color out there, but Samsung never said that the Galaxy S8+ was only meant for men either! Samsung is about to release a Pink Rose colored variant of the Galaxy S8+ in Taiwan and in spite of my personal prejudice against pink colored phones, one has to admit that it does look beautiful. According to reports, it will be a limited edition handset that will only be available exclusively via Samsung's own online store and nowhere else. Once the stocks run out, allegedly, Samsung won't be making any more of these.
This will be the Exynos 8895 version and all other specifications will be the same, as expected. The price of the pink smartphone will be roughly $920 or TW 27,900; which is the same as the price of any other color variants of the S8+ in the country. On an interesting side note, the Coral Blue, orchid Grey and Maple Gold colors have been renamed as Ice Lake Blue, Smoked Purple Grey and Quicksand Gold in Taiwan for some reason. If you like the color and you are not in Taiwan, we are sorry to report that there has been no news regarding whether or not the Rose Pink color will make it to any other nation.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Oppo launched F15 with a single 8GB RAM model earlier this year, but now a new model with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage has been listed on Amazon. Mumbai-based retailer Mahesh Telecom tweeted about the 4GB + 128GB variant of the Oppo F15 that is priced at Rs. 16,990. He showed two phones side by side that was originally launched in two different colors - lightning black and Unicorn white. The rumored blazing blue model seems to be missing. Notable, the Amazon listing is for the Unicorn white variant. The page doesn't show the price. However, reports suggest that it would be under Rs. 18,000 as expect for the phone, specs remain the same.
The Oppo F15 runs on Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6.1.2 on the top and supports the dual-SIM option. It features a 6.4-inch full HD+ AMOLED display with 1080 x 2400 pixels and a 20:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, there is an octa-core MediaTek Helio P70 paired with Mali G72 MP3 GPU and 4GB of RAM. The existing model features 8GB of RAM.
The Oppo F15 has a quad-camera system on the rear side that includes a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel secondary sensor, a 2-megapixel for portrait shots, and a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor. The front camera houses a 16-megapixel sensor in the notch. n terms of storage, Oppo has provided 128GB of UFS 2.1 onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The sensors include an accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope, magnetometer, pedometer, and a proximity sensor. The Oppo F15 packs a 4,000mAh battery that supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging technology. Lastly, the phone measures 160.2x73.3x7.9mm and weigh 172 grams.
We are still waiting for Motorola to reveal its upcoming next-gen Moto 360 smartwatch (Moto 360S), it has been leaked online already several times. However, today, we got some photos of a smaller version of the Moto 360S.
It looks like that Motorola is working on a Moto 360S mini variant. it is shown in the image above by itself, but it also gets compared to the original 360 in the shot below. This leak pretty much confirms the hypothesis that Motorola is working on two sizes for its new wearable, emulating Apple's deeds in this space. We first heard that something like this would happen earlier this month.
The small variant of this year's Motorola smartwatch will apparently be called Moto 360S, while the larger one (which should sport the same screen size as its predecessor) will go by Moto 360L it seems. And yes, both of them will keep the 'flat tire' display design introduced last year, we won't see any full circles this time around either. The two models launching in 2015 should have different screen sizes and different battery sizes at least. There's no word on the display size or resolution with this mini version.
Samsung has just officially revealed a new wearable device, the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch with a first rounded face design. The high-end Tizen OS wearable device with rotating bezel and IP68 rating will be on display during IFA 2015 in Berlin in two different variants Gear S2 3G and Gear S2 classic.
The sportier Samsung Gear S2 will be available with dark gray case with black silicon band, or silver case with white silicon band. The classic model on the other hand, will feature a black case and matching leather band.
Specs-wise, Samsung Gear S2 features 1GHz dual-core CPU, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal memory. The display of the smartwatch is a 1.2" fully circular Super AMOLED unit with a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels and 302ppi.
Connectivity options for the smartwatch include Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, and NFC. The Gear S2 3G variant with 3G network connectivity and e-SIM will also be available.
Physical measures of Samsung Gear S2 are 42.3 × 49.8 × 11.4mm, while its weight tips the scale at 47 grams. The classic model is a tad more elegant with measures of 39.9 × 43.6 × 11.4mm and a weight of 42 grams. A 250mAh battery will power both devices it is rated to last for 2-3 days of regular usage.
The 3G variant of the smartwatch will pack a larger 300mAh battery, which will last for two days of regular use. The measures of this particular variant are 44.0 x 51.8 x 13.4mm, while its weight comes in at 51 grams.
The Wi-Fi only variant of the HTC Nexus 9 is already available on stores. Today, T-Mobile announced that it will begin offering the LTE-variant of the HTC Nexus 9 in Early December in all 3 colors (Black, White and Sand). The 64-bit Tegra K1-packing slate will be available with $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $24.99.
Outright pricing of the LTE Nexus 9 is not mentioned, though a quick calculation of the monthly installments reveals that the Big Magenta will be asking $600 for the tablet. The 4G device is solely available with 32GB of built-in memory.
The LTE Nexus 9 will be available through T-Mobile Underground. This particular section of the carrier's online store is reserved for products, which are available in limited quantities.
Just a few days ago, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile started to upgrade the OS on their respective variants of the Galaxy Note 8 in US with Android 9 Pie, which also had the March security patch embedded in it as well.
Now Samsung has begun to send the April security update for the Note 8 (international variant) in Europe. Although a number of other countries could also be included on the list by the time you get around to reading this, the source names Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Russia to be among the first. Take a look at the firmware version and a few key elements to be expected from the update below.
· Firmware Version: N950FXXS5DSC5
· Fixes multiple High-Risk vulnerabilities in the base Android OS, as stated by Google
· Fixes five Critical vulnerabilities in the base Android OS, as stated by Google
· Patches fifteen vulnerabilities unique to the Samsung UI, as stated by Samsung