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There hasn't been a lot of excitement in the tablet world, though Samsung may change that. Based on some pretty impressive benchmark scores that popped up on Primate Labs' Geekbench 3 page, it appears that Samsung is readying an Android 5.1 slate called "Chopin LTE" that's powered by an Intel Atom x5-Z8500 quad-core processor (Cherry Trail) and 4GB of memory.The Atom processor is clocked at 1.44GHz with a burst frequency of 2.24GHz. It doesn't support Hyper Threading, but with four physical cores and 2MB of cache, the 14nm CPU is no slouch in the tablet world. The Geekbench scores prove it -- Chopin posted a single-core score of 1,005 band a multi-core score of 3,426.Source: Primate Labs (click... Read more...
Samsung can breathe a little easier today following the revelation that it won’t have to fork over as much money to competitor Apple for patent infringement. But that doesn’t mean that Samsung is completely off the hook when it comes to compensating the folks from Cupertino, California. U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit partially reversed the $930 verdict that was originally handed down against Samsung way back in 2012. The appeals court found that Samsung had indeed violated Apple’s design patents and two utility patents related to the iPhone, but concluded that Samsung’s actions didn’t go far enough to represent a violation of Apple’s trade dress. In fact, the appeals court said... Read more...
You didn't think Samsung would let Apple hog the wearable spotlight with its Apple Watch, did you? Rather than concede defeat, Samsung this week released its next-generation Gear smartwatch SDK to developers, along with documentation, sample applications, images, and an explanation about the forthcoming wearable.In looking over the bundled extras, we know the next Gear will feature a 1.18-inch round display with a 360x360 resolution. That will give it a pixel density of 305 pixels per inch, the most of any Samsung-brand smartwatch to date. You can also expect a healthy assortment of sensors -- ambient light, magnetic, pressure, UV, heartbeat, gyro, and acceleration.Samsung's next Gear will feature... Read more...
We have a tip for all the tipsters around the world -- use steady hands and good lighting when taking photos of unreleased and unannounced products. That's unless there's some unwritten rule we're not aware of; one that states all leaked photos have to look like they've been taken by a hyperactive 4-year-old wielding a Fisher Price camera. But we're not here to talk about that. Instead, have a look at what a tipster claims are photos of Samsung's yet-to-be-announced Galaxy S6 Active.The images were sent to GSMArena and show the front and back of the supposed device. They're grainy and blurry, though you can still make out a few details, like the loudspeaker being moved to the back (compared to... Read more...
It's getting increasingly difficult to keep a secret on the Internet. Just ask Samsung, which is planning to release a Galaxy Tab S2 tablet. We know this because a leaked render that looks like an official press image (minus the giant watermark) has made its way to the web courtesy of Twitter user @OnLeaks, who posted an angled top-shot of the forthcoming slate.Samsung has yet to officially announce or acknowledge the Galaxy Tab S2, the successor to the Galaxy Tab S that won our Editor's Choice award last year, though based on leaked information up to this point, it looks like the Korean hardware maker will launch a pair of tablets in June. It's said the Galaxy Tab S2 will come in two different... Read more...
There's evidence to suggest that China's smartphone market is headed towards saturation. According to the number crunchers at International Data Corporation, smartphone sales in China dipped 4 percent year-on-year with 98.8 million units shipped in the first quarter of 2015. This is the first time in six years that China's seen the smartphone market contract on an annual basis. Compared to the previous quarter, smartphone sales are down 8 percent in China as inventory was built up at the end of last year. What these numbers suggest is that most people in China who want a smartphone already own one, leaving phone makers to compete for customers looking to upgrade their handsets.The two companies... Read more...
Following a rocky stretch in which Samsung found itself sitting on an inventory of unsold Galaxy S5 devices as profits moved in the wrong direction, things are once again looking up for the South Korean electronics company. Revenue and profits are up sequentially, and demand is high for the company's recently launched Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones.Samsung said it collected 47.12 trillion won (around $44.3 billion), up 11 percent from the previous quarter, en route to an operating profit of 5.98 trill won (around $5.6 billion). That's the highest it's been in three quarters and is 690 billion won (around $648.6 million) more than the company profited in the prior three-month period.The... Read more...
The one real knock against Samsung's Gear VR Innovator Edition headset is that it's only compatible with the Galaxy Note 4, leaving owners of every other handset sitting on the sidelines to watch in envy. Everyone except for Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge owners, that is. Samsung has designed a new model specifically for owners of its latest flagship Galaxy phones, and it's available to pre-order from Best Buy's website. While Best Buy gets exclusive dibs on pre-order sales, you'll be able to buy an updated "Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6," as it's called, online at Samsung.com/GearVR and BestBuy.com on Friday, May 8. In store sales at Best Buy retail locations will kick off Friday, May 15, with... Read more...
If you're the owner of one of Samsung's 840 EVO solid-state drives, chances are you're familiar with the serious speed degradation problem that can arise over time, in some cases throttling it to 1/10th of the speed it should be. Well, the good news is that a fix is available; the bad news is that it's not even clear at this point if it actually squashes its bug for good. To update, you'll need to grab the latest version of Samsung's Magician, versioned 4.6. There is a caveat, though: it seems that Samsung is preferring to have people update on as small a scale as possible at first, as it's limiting the amount of downloads that can be snatched each day. If you're impatient (and I'd be right there... Read more...
Do you prefer a more traditional round face when it comes to watches? If so, you'll be glad to know that Samsung is planning to go circular for its next Gear smartwatch. The forthcoming wearable will be Samsung's 7th generation Gear smartwatch, and leading up to the launch, Samsung for the first time is making its wearable software development kit (SDK) available to developers before the official product announcement. Over on Samsung's developer portal, the company shows a giant, circular watch face with the tag line, "Get ready for the next Gear." Underneath is a series of smaller watch faces, all circles, showing different functions of the gear, like notifications, Google Maps, news, time and... Read more...
In an effort to lock down our devices with better security, fingerprint scanning is growing in popularity. Unfortunately, as it exists in many current smartphones, including Samsung's previous generation Galaxy S5 device, this type of biometric security may have a severe security flaw, as researchers from security outfit FireEye will present in more detail this week at RSA.According to a report in Forbes, FireEye is planning to talk about how affected handsets encrypt fingerprint data in a separate secure zone. Once the information is in there, it's virtually untouchable by hackers, but it's the ability to hijack the data along the way that has FireEye's researchers concerned about the overall... Read more...
There's been a lot of chatter and speculation as to how many Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge devices Samsung has racked up in pre-orders and how many combined units it will ship by the end of the year. However, they've mostly come from outside sources, like market analysts. At least until know -- Samsung has reportedly spoken up on its sales expectations.According to a report in The Korea Times, Samsung believes that combined Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge sales will reach "70 million plus" by the end of the year. Based on what we know to date, like Samsung have a tough time supplying enough flagship phones to keep up with demand, that 70 million figure really isn't far fetched."The Galaxy S6 and... Read more...
As odd as it may sound, the business relationship between Apple and Samsung is growing stronger by the day and expanding into areas beyond semiconductor chip manufacturing. Apparently Samsung has put together a team of around 200 employees dedicated entirely to building displays for Apple's products, and nothing else.That's according to Bloomberg and the "people with direct knowledge of the matter" that it spoke with. As those unnamed sources tell it, the special team of display makers has been tasked with providing screens for iPad devices and MacBook computers. The team also helps develops new products, though details of the arrangement are a bit fuzzy since details of the arrangement haven't... Read more...
Samsung's mobile boss J.K. Shin can breath a sigh of relief, exhale, wipe his forehead and exclaim 'Phew!', pat himself on the back, and anything else he wants to do in celebration of turning around the South Korean handset maker's stale Galaxy smartphone line. After all, it was just months ago that several of his colleagues were asked to exit stage left by management who had been bitten by the restructuring bug. And now? Following a significant redesign of Samsung's flagship phone, the company is having trouble keeping up with demand.It was a week ago that Mr. Shin warned of a short-term shortage of the Galaxy S6 Edge, an intriguing handset because of its curved display that wraps around both... Read more...
It’s a given that SSDs have pretty much taken over the high performance and ultra-slim laptop markets, and are even making some inroads in the desktop sector. While most consumer SSDs up to this point have been SATA-based, PCI Express-based SSDs are gaining traction and significant speed increases. When it comes to outright speed, NVMe PCIe SSDs are hard to beat, and Samsung has a real whopper with its new SM951-NVMe SSD. The SM951 is the industry’s first NVMe SSD to use an M.2 form-factor and its performance is quite astonishing. Samsung says that the SM951-NVMe is capable of sequential read and write speeds of 2,260 MB/sec and 1,600 MB/sec respectively. Comparable SATA-based M.2 SSDs typically... Read more...
After all the hype, hoopla, and anticipation, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge handsets are finally here! Well, they will be shortly, depending on when you read this -- Samsung's new flagship phones will go on sale in the U.S. today at 12:00 PM Eastern / 9:00 AM Pacific. To celebrate the occasion, Samsung is holding "S Carpet" events at its flagship stores around the world.If you live in the U.S. and want to take part in the festivities (and perhaps win a prize), you can head over to the Samsung Galaxy Studio in SoHo, New York. Up in Canada, the S Carpet event will take place at the Samsung Electronics Store on Kingsway Drive in Vancouver.This is a big moment for Samsung. After see profits dip... Read more...
Samsung announced the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge in early March, and the smartphones are scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. this week. Despite the fact that the Galaxy S6 Edge is billed as Samsung’s ultimate flagship, most reviewers have cautioned potential customers to skip it entirely as its curved display is more gimmicky than useful and its $100 price premium is a bit much to swallow. However, according to The Wall Street Journal, it doesn’t appear that customers are listening to reviewers. Instead, Samsung is facing shortages of the Galaxy S6 Edge. The immense demand coupled with the difficulty in producing the display — which curves on both the left- and right-hand side — makes for... Read more...
The next few quarters will be extremely telling for Samsung and its effort to turn around its mobile business. What the top dogs in charge are most interesting in finding out is whether or not the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, due out this Friday, have the moxie to push Samsung's mobile profits in a positive direction. So far, the signs are promising. Reviews around the web are mostly positive, and pre-order figures look solid for Samsung's flagship handsets. As the company's mobile marketing boss Lee Young-hee told The Wall Street Journal in a recent interview, the new handsets are "more design-focused than function-driven," and that decision has sparked renewed... Read more...
Samsung discovered that the not-so-secret formula to reviving interest in its Galaxy line of handsets was to ditch the chintzy plastic construction and roll with a premium design consisting of metal and glass. As a result, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have racked up impressive pre-sale figures, though there are tradoffs to the premium design, several of which are underscored during a teardown analysis. The folks at iFixIt got their mitts on a Galaxy S6 Edge and immediately began performing electronic surgery. Right off the bat, they found that their usually reliable slim picks had unusual trouble with the edges of the glass. It took quite a bit of patience and lots of help from the company's... Read more...
SquareTrade raised more than a few eyebrows last week when it posted a video showing a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge cracking under pressure during its torture tests. SquareTrade applied force to the center of the display, and began recording how much pressure was required to bend the device (110 pounds). The Galaxy S6 Edge’s display also cracked at 110 pounds (while still remaining functional) and the device gave out completely at 149 pounds of pressure. As someone who doesn’t put my smartphone in my back pocket (it always stays in my right, front pants pocket), I don’t really pay much attention to such tests, and consider them mere fodder for fanboy wars. Samsung, on the other hand, is downright irate... Read more...
While Apple and Samsung carry a lot of baggage relating to their legal past and current competitive environment, they are also somewhat cordial when it comes to a manufacturer-supplier relationship. Samsung provides components for Apple products ranging from displays to NAND flash chips; the company also recently secured a contract to produce the A9 processor that will go in Apple’s next generation iPhone. The strangely intertwined relationship took an even stranger turn late last week, and it involves a patent troll that we’ve talked about previously here on HotHardware. In late February, a jury in Tyler, Texas ordered Apple to pay Smartflash $532.9 million for infringing on three patents related... Read more...
Apple took a lot of heat over complaints that its iPhone 6 and especially iPhone 6 Plus devices were prone to bending, even from just storing them in pockets as normal. The situation became known as "bendgate" and Samsung wasted little time capitalizing on the situation, but was it a case of the pot calling the kettle black? A durability test conducted by insurance firm Square Trade reveals that Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge bends just as easily as Apple's newer iPhone models, and breaks entirely under less pressure. Square Trade revisited tests it ran during bendgate, this time focusing on three handsets -- Apple's iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge, and HTC's One M9. Each device was put in... Read more...
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