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Given how much a top-tier smartphone can cost, it can be pretty stressful if a problem crops up, especially one that affects the display. To that unfortunate end, some Galaxy S20 owners have complained about an odd white and green screen issue. Those affected claim the issue starts off mild then becomes worse over time, to the point where the phone is essentially unusable. We have never encountered the problem ourselves, and in fact we regard the AMOLED screens Samsung uses on its high-end devices as some of the best around, in terms of overall image quality. They simply look fantastic when working properly. So how prominent is the issue? It does not seem to be particularly widespread in the... Read more...
There is some stiff competition in the wireless earbuds space, and if you strike at the right time, you can snag yourself a premium set at a hefty discount. Now is one of those times. As Samsung gets ready to unveil a new set of Galaxy Buds with active noise cancellation, the Galaxy Buds Pro (also with ANC) introduced earlier this year is on sale for its deepest discount yet. You can grab the Galaxy Buds Pro for $119.99 at Woot ($80 off, save 40 percent). In case you're not aware, Woot is owned by Amazon, and you get free standard shipping if you are a Prime member (Amazon fulfills the actual order). It is a much better proposition then buying these earbuds direct on Amazon, where they are currently... Read more...
The Galaxy Buds+ have been on the market for almost a year and a half now, and it looks like they are about to get a successor. Namely, it appears Samsung is nearing the launch of its Galaxy Buds 2, based on a set of leaked press renders in the form of a few animated GIFs. The renders highlight a sleek new design and at least three color options that will be available to consumers. As shown above, those color options include white, purple, and green. Assuming these are accurate press renders—and at this point, we have no reason to doubt Evan Blass, who posted the animated GIFs on Twitter—this is our best look yet at the upcoming wireless earbuds. They're renders and not actual product... Read more...
It seems like Samsung can't keep anything under wraps these days. The second half of 2021 is expected to be pretty busy for the company, with several major product launches looming. However, nearly all those devices have leaked in the form of official press renders. So far, we've seen: Galaxy Watch 4 Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Galaxy Z Flip 3 Galaxy Z Fold 3 And now we can add the Galaxy S21 Fan Edition (FE) to the table as well. The smartphone has been rumored for months, but the folks at Android Headlines claim to have obtained an official marketing render of the smartphone. As we can see, the Galaxy S21 FE will be available in purple, white, green, and grey and looks similar to the existing Galaxy... Read more...
A week ago, official renders of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 leaked onto the internet from a familiar source (Evan Blass). Unfortunately, while we could see the former from the front and the back, the latter was only visible from the back while in the closed position. Well, today, Blass is back at it again with 360-degree views of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 in three different colors: Gold, Purple, and Grey. The same basic design present with the first two generations of the "Flip" is still here with the Galaxy Z Flip 3. That means that this is a rather tall smartphone that folds in half, making it a much more portable device to fit in your pocket. There appears to be a selfie... Read more...
It has been a long wait to see the fruit of Samsung's licensing agreement with AMD, in which the former will inject the latter's graphics into system-on-chip designs for supercharged mobile devices. That day has still not arrived, but it is coming. There is reason to be excited, too—leaked benchmark results suggest that the infusion of RDNA 2 into Samsung's Exynos chips will deliver class-leading graphics performance among mobile phones. The initial announcement of the partnership between Samsung and AMD dates back to June 2019. At the time, Samsung hyped bringing to market "groundbreaking graphics products and solutions." And for AMD, it meant yet another avenue for its high performance... Read more...
Samsung likes to march to the beat of its own drum when it comes to the annual Mobile World Congress event. As such, even though MWC does not kick off for a couple more days, Samsung is planning a Galaxy MWC Virtual Event livestream today, during which it will unveil a brand new smartwatch, and possibly make other announcements. "The Galaxy ecosystem of connected devices, services, and partnerships provide people with choice, freedom, and possibility. We’re reimagining smartwatches, creating new opportunities for both developers and consumers. And we’re enhancing security, giving people the protection they need in an open and connected world," Samsung explains. What will this reimagining... Read more...
Yesterday, Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 were leaked in full glory. The former was visible from both the front and the back, while the latter was only seen in its folded state. Today, another hot leak is coming our way, and it’s of Samsung’s next-generation wearable: the Galaxy Watch 4. Official press renders for the smartwatch reveal an incredibly sleek design with Samsung’s mandatory circular display. Compared to the previous Galaxy Watch 3, this new model looks more elegant with smaller display bezels. In fact, the press renders are a close match for the alleged Galaxy Watch Active 4 renders that we saw earlier this week. Of course, it’s entirely... Read more...
We've discussed leaks about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 for months. The current generation Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Z Flip 5G are perhaps the most high-profile folding smartphones on the planet, so their successors are highly anticipated. Luckily for us, we've just been presented with the first official renders of the smartphones. We are confident that these are official because they come from none other than gadget leaker Evan Blass. And if Blass is going to take the time to tweet an image, you know that his sourcing is ironclad. Looking at the first image, we see the Galaxy Z Fold 3 from the front and the back. From the front, we can see that the bezels around the folding... Read more...
Only six months elapsed between the launch of Samsung's original Galaxy Watch Active and the Galaxy Watch Active 2, the latter of which came out in August 2019. Since then, however, there has not been a new iteration. A new model is coming, though, and some supposedly leaked renders showcase a few design changes that are headed to the Galaxy Watch Active 4. No, that is not a typo, which raises the question, what happened to the Galaxy Watch Active 3? It's hanging out with Leisure Suit Larry 4: The Missing Floppies, in some alternate timeline where both products actually materialized. However, in this timeline Samsung opted to skip over the Galaxy Watch Active 3, whether due to Covid-19 or some... Read more...
Samsung has decided to lean away from the curve with its latest crop of Odyssey gaming monitors for 2021. What it boils down to is an expansion of the Odyssey series, with gamers now being able to choose between curved (2020 lineup) and flatscreen (2021 lineup) models, the latter of which consists of three SKUs spread out over three sizes. "The new lineup delivers hyper-real picture quality, a higher response level, tailored ergonomics and intuitive usability. Together with these latest features, gaming enthusiasts can enjoy real-world colors, pinpoint accuracy and sharp response speeds for their PC and console gaming entertainment devices," Samsung says. The front and back images you see above... Read more...
Samsung is widely expected to launch a new, cost-reduced version of its Galaxy S21 smartphone in the coming months. Last year, Samsung released the Galaxy S20 FE, and this year will see the arrival of the Galaxy S21 FE. Luckily for us, the Galaxy S21 FE (internal designation SM-G990U) made an appearance in Geekbench, carrying the same processor as the rest of the Galaxy S21 family: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888. Global versions of the Galaxy S21 FE are likely to include Samsung's homegrown Exynos 2100 SoC. However, given that the Galaxy S21 FE will hit a lower price point, Samsung had to make some compromises. The Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ are only available with 8GB of RAM, while the Galaxy S21... Read more...
Your next smartphone purchase might come with a new type of memory, depending on the model and when you buy it. That is because Samsung has begun mass producing what it claims is the industry's first-ever LPDDR5 UFS-based multichip package (uMCP) memory package, which could enable faster and thinner devices. What this essentially represents is a combination of two components that are traditionally separate, into a single package. Or more specifically, Samsung's latest memory solution combines the "fastest" LPDDR5 DRAM with the latest UFS 3.1 NAND flash memory, with the promise of enabling flagship-level performance on lower-end smartphones. Samsung says this will help accelerate and enable the... Read more...
Remember when we used to carry around point-n-shoot cameras and Polaroids for taking photos? Some people still do (and DSLR cameras for serious photography), but for the most part, pictures posted to Instagram and other places are largely taken with cell phone cameras nowadays, and companies like Samsung are putting a lot of research and development into improving them. To that end, Samsung today announced its ISOCELL JN1, which it is says is the world's first 0.64-micrometer (μm) pixel image sensor. It is a 50-megapixel sensor with advanced technologies crammed into a small 1/2.76-inch optical format. And from Samsung's vantage point, the ISOCELL JN1 is also the most versatile image sensor... Read more...
Samsung finds itself in a braggadocios mood over the continued development of its vertical NAND flash memory chips, and in a blog post spanning nearly 1,400 words, the company talked about what makes it so special, and where it is headed. To that latter point, its 7th generation V-NAND flash memory chips are punching their ticket to both PCI Express 4 and, eventually, PCI Express 5.0 solid state drives. The chest-thumping is not unwarranted. Three-dimensional (3D) chip stacking is what has enabled higher capacities on increasingly fast storage products, at acceptable thickness levels for today's electronic devices, like smartphones and PCs. It's pretty remarkable when you take a moment to think... Read more...
While rollable and foldable displays are here, Samsung is constantly looking to the future to see where technology will lead. As such, many people look to the South Korean company for information, and what they have to offer is quite interesting. In the future, we could potentially see “free-form displays,” or stretchable screens, become the next big thing. This month, researchers at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), a research and development facility, published research about making stretchable devices a reality. The study and research established that “stable performance in a stretchable device with high elongation,” could be achieved, which is a... Read more...
In late April, we first learned that Samsung would launch a new Arm-powered Windows 10 laptop series aimed at budget shoppers. Interestingly, the details provided in the leaked report pretty much nailed the specifications of the Galaxy Book Go, which was officially announced by Samsung this morning. As previously reported, the Galaxy Book Go is a thin and light laptop with a 14-inch Full HD IPS display. Powering the device is Qualcomm's newly announced Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 SoC. Of course, the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 features an integrated modem, but 4G LTE won't come standard on the Galaxy Book Go for obvious cost-saving reasons. So instead, it will be an optional upgrade for those that need to access... Read more...
AMD and Samsung first announced a partnership involving future mobile SoCs back in 2019, and early this morning at Computex 2021, AMD confirmed that this arrangement would bear fruit later this year. We knew that this moment was coming, but the timeline for release was previously unclear. When the custom Exynos 2100 SoC was announced earlier this year, Samsung's Dr. Inyup Kang only stated that its "next flagship product" would feature AMD's "next-generation mobile GPU." By adopting RDNA 2, SoC will have one of the most powerful GPUs available for smartphones, tablets, and even Windows PCs if Samsung chooses to go that route. GPU performance hasn't always been a strong suit with Samsung's [previous]... Read more...
We reported last week that some 12.9-inch iPad Pro owners have been unhappy with the device's all-new Liquid Retina XDR Mini-LED display. Mini-LED brings contrast ratio and black levels that rival OLEDs while delivering an unmatched maximum brightness of 1,600 nits. However, every technology has its downsides, and with Mini-LED, it's display blooming. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro has 5.6 million pixels but only around 2,500 dimming zones. So instead of per-pixel control over backlighting, there can be a noticeable halo effect or "blooming" around text or other light-colored images on a screen. Not all iPad Pro users have complained about blooming, and it doesn't appear that all devices exhibit the... Read more...
Samsung will eventually get around to unveiling its Galaxy Fold 3 (and Z Flip 3), as recently leaked marketing images revealed. Unfortunately, those images were some of the lowest quality pictures we have ever seen, and did not provide a crystal clear look of the upcoming phone's details. That said, a recently published patent application hints that a surprising design decision may accompany the Galaxy Fold 3—say goodbye to physical buttons. Well, maybe the physical buttons are going away, or maybe Samsung is toying with the idea for some other handset down the line. Either way, Samsung spent 110 pages describing a "foldable electronic device" that replaces the power, volume, and other... Read more...
There has been a lot of talk about chip fab expansion in recent months due to immense global demand from multiple sectors. To address this demand, Samsung announced earlier this month that it would devote $151 billion to expand its chipmaking footprint over the next decade. While that significant announcement was geared toward fabs in South Korea, Samsung is also looking to investments within the United States. According to a new report out of South Korea, Samsung will build a new 5nm EUV fab in Austin, Texas. 5nm is [currently] Samsung's state-of-the-art process node used for its own products like Exynos 2100. However, by the time this new fab comes online in 2024, 5nm will likely be a more... Read more...
Are foldable and rollable displays the future of smartphones of tablets? The verdict is still out, but credit Samsung and its display division for continually innovating. To that end, it seems as though Samsung is close to porting its concept rollable display tech into a shipping product, that being the Galaxy Z Roll, which it recently registered in Europe. Well, sort of. We're talking about a trademark registration. Samsung filed an application this week with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) for the trademark "Z Roll." It does not actually say "Galaxy" in the description, but that is almost a given, when looking at Samsung's existing product lineup (like the Galaxy Z Fold... Read more...
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