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Samsung announces the Galaxy S8 and S8+

It’s official, Samsung has announced their latest flagships, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ at its Unpacked event yesterday morning in New York City.

The S8 packs the new Infinity Display, featuring a bezel-less design, Gorilla Glass 5 technology and a resolution of 2960×1440, similar to the LG G6. The reason for the tall screen is because the navigation keys are no longer physical, however the home button area of the display is pressure-sensitive, meaning you can press hard on that area to trigger the home button, even if it’s hidden. The S8 and S8+ will feature 5.8″ and 6.2″ screens respectively. Unlike the S7, the S8 will not have a flat screen variant.

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ come with an 8 megapixel Smart Autofocus F1.7 front camera and a 12 megapixel Dual Pixel F1.7 rear camera with enhanced image processing. This should make low light photography look great and we are yet to see how it will perform in real life scenarios.

The new phones also feature the industry’s first 10nm processor, supporting gigabit LTE and Wi-Fi as well. The Snapdragon 835 will power the new phones, and in some countries they will come with the Exynos 8895 chipset instead. It is also the first phone to come with Bluetooth 5 technology.

They are one of the first phones to be MOBILE HDR PREMIUM certified, letting you watch and play the latest content with vibrant colours and contrasts. Vulkan API makes a return in the S8 and S8+, originally introduced in the S7.

The S8 and S8+ will have a few features carried over from the S7 and S7 edge, including expandable memory (with hybrid Dual SIM in some countries), Always On Display, IP67 water and dust resistance and fast charging capabilities.

Samsung has created a new virtual assistant exclusively for the new handsets dubbed Bixby. There is a dedicated button for it found at the left side of the device and can integrate with various Samsung apps including Camera, Contacts, Gallery, Messages and Settings with third-party expansion in the near future. The built-in image recognition technology can help with searching for images and shopping.

As well as these new features, Samsung has unveiled the Gear VR with Controller, powered by Oculus, enabling one-handed motion interaction when viewing VR content. They can also connect to the new Gear 360 to create 4K 360 degree videos and 15 MP photos.

Productivity users will find the new Samsung flagships very useful as they feature Samsung DeX, enabling you to turn your phone into a desktop computer and get your work done using a mouse and keyboard. This is similar to the Lumia 950’s Windows Continuum feature.

The fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back, and the iris scanner makes a debut previously found in the Note7.

The S8 and S8+ will be available starting April 21, available in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue and Maple Gold.

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Samsung releases Galaxy Note7 investigation results

Samsung has released the results of the Galaxy Note7 battery investigation via a press conference held in South Korea.

The results show that both batteries, the Samsung SDI used in the initial batch and the Amperex used in the second batch suffered from manufacturing defects.

In Battery A (Samsung SDI) the problem was that the negative electrode was deflected in the upper-right corner of the battery, as well as the negative electrode tip incorrectly located in the curve instead of the planar area.

Battery B (Amperex) had high welding burrs on the positive electrode which resulted in the penetration tape of the insulation tape and separator. In addition to that the batteries were also missing insulation tape.

Samsung worked with UL, Exponent and TUV Rheinland to help with the investigation and they all concluded that the problems lie within the batteries, not the hardware or software.

To prevent this from happening again, Samsung has created an Eight-Point Safety Check as well as a Battery Advisory Group that involves X-ray, durability and OCV testing.

More information can be found at the Samsung Newsroom and the Galaxy Global website regarding the investigation and safety check procedures.

Galaxy Note 7 explodes in Kentucky

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Samsung has been having a really huge nightmare with the Galaxy Note 7 phones exploding and causing disaster to people around the world. Even after doing the recall, a third Galaxy Note 7 exploded in Nicholasville, Kentucky. The owner of the phone is Michael Klering.

The owner told WKYT that he woke up at 4:00 AM to find his bedroom filled with smoke and his phone on fire. Later in the day he went to hospital and was treated with acute bronchitis caused by smoke inhalation.

Klering told WKYT that the phone is the replacement, so it was supposed to be safe. He also added that it wasn’t plugged into anything. The phone was owned for little more than a week.

What is disturbing about this is that the phone caught fire on Thursday and Samsung knew about it and didn’t say anything. And worst of all, this text came from a conversation with Samsung customer support which was supposedly sent to him by mistake.

Just now got this. I can try and slow him down if we think it will matter, or we just let him do what he keeps threatening to do and see if he does it

Samsung asked Klering if they could take the phone but the owner refused, however he did agree to have the phone X-rayed.

That wasn’t the only case of replacement Galaxy Note 7s exploding. One of them caught fire on a Southwest Airlines plane and another in a 13 year girl’s hands in Minnesota.

All major phone carriers in the United States are accepting returns of the phone. Until we hear some better news, Gamenology strongly suggests to avoid buying the phone and if any concern of the safety of the phone, return it to the retailer for a new phone.

Source: The Verge

Samsung announces the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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Samsung has today announced their newest flagships, the S7 and the S7 edge at the Mobile World Congress 2016.

For starters the design of the phone hasn’t changed much from their earlier flagships, the S6 and the S6 edge(+). But it packs in some stuff people were wanting for a long time, as well as some new and returning features.

The two features that have returned are the microSD card slot, which supports up to 200 GB expandable storage, and the IP68 water certification. The SIM tray is a hybrid, which means you can put in your nano SIM and a microSD card in the same tray.

The phones are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820, or in some regions the Samsung Exynos 8890. Both phones come with 4 GB RAM, 32 or 64 GB of storage, and a “Dual Pixel” 12 MP camera. The screen on the regular S7 is 5.1 inches while the screen on the S7 edge is 5.5 inches. Both screens use Super AMOLED technology with a resolution of 2560×1440. The mobile radios are LTE Category 9.

We were disappointed to find out that the 128 GB option is not available this year, as well as the 64 GB model being limited to a few countries/regions.

The S7 has a 3000 mAh battery while the S7 edge packs in a 3600 mAh battery. Both phones use microUSB instead of USB Type C, and feature an “Always On Display” which we really need to look into this further. It feels kind of gimmicky right now, as it may affect battery life. But since the screen is Super AMOLED, it shouldn’t use much battery, but again we have to see how it performs in the long run.

The S7 and S7 edge will be available on March 12. However both phones will be available to purchase early in the UK on March 10.