Tag: Samsung

Samsung announces world’s first UFS memory cards

Samsung UFS

Samsung has recently announced the world’s first removable memory cards based on the JEDEC Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 1.0 Card Extension Standard. These cards can be used in high-resolution mobile shooting devices such as DSLRs, 3D VR cameras, action cams, drones, and other compatible devices. The cards will come with a wide range of storage capacities including 32, 64, 128 and 256 GB.

Jung-bae Lee, senior vice president, Memory Product Planning & Application Engineering, Samsung Electronics said

Our new 256GB UFS card will provide an ideal user experience for digitally-minded consumers and lead the industry in establishing the most competitive memory card solution. By launching our new high-capacity, high-performance UFS card line-up, we are changing the growth paradigm of the memory card market to prioritize performance and user convenience above all.

Samsung’s new UFS cards will provide greatly improved user experiences, especially in high-resolution 3D gaming and video playback. It provides more than 5x faster sequential read performance than a typical microSD card, reading sequentially at 350 megabytes per second (MB/s) which is similar to the sequential read speed of the most widely used SATA SSDs. With these UFS cards, consumers will be able to read a 5 GB, Full HD movie in approximately 10 seconds, compared to a typical UHS-1 microSD card.

When it comes to write speed, the sequential write speed is approximately 170 MB/s, almost double of the write speed of a top-end microSD card.

However it will take a while before these cards become mainstream. Currently removable memory solutions are dominated by microSD cards, and they probably won’t fit into microSD card slots even though they share similarities in design. Will you be switching to UFS anytime soon?

Source: Samsung Newsroom


Samsung introduces 15.36 TB Storage system

Samsung SSD

Samsung announced that it will start shipping the worlds largest solid state drive, also known as the PM1633a.

Samsung’s 15.36 TB storage system is based on a 12Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface, which is basically used in enterprise storage systems. 16.36 TB of storage is basically done by combining 512 of Samsung’s 256GB V-NAND memory chips. The 256 GB dies are stacked in 16 layers to form 512 GB and has a total of 32 NAND flash drives in the 15.36 TB storage.

Jung-bae Lee, Senior Vice President, Memory Product Planning and Application Engineering Team, Samsung Electronics said

“To satisfy an increasing market need for ultra-high-capacity SAS SSDs from leading enterprise storage system manufacturers, we are directing our best efforts toward meeting our customers’ SSD requests,”

Source: Samsung Newsroom



Samsung Galaxy J1 mini leaked

Galaxy J1 Mini

There has been rumours that Samsung will be releasing a new Galaxy J series smartphone. It is a lower mid-range phone that is expected to be released by the end of this year.

GSMArena has released the specs of the Galaxy J1 mini. Here is what we know about the Galaxy J1 mini so far.

It has an optional Dual SIM card slot, TFT touchscreen which is 4.3 inches and it supports multi-touch. It runs Android version 5.1 Lollipop. The chipset is Spreadtrum SC8830 powered by a quad-core 1.5 GHz processor and a Mali-400MP2. It has a memory card slot for extra memory. It has 8 GB internal memory with  1 GB RAM. The Galaxy J1 mini has a 5 MP rear camera with a flash and VGA front camera, which isn’t really great if you are a person who takes selfies.

The other details such as battery isn’t confirmed as we will have to wait for the company’s announcement. But we hope the battery and the phone will be able to last longer than other mid-range devices.

If you are a person who just surfs the web or only use a few apps, this phone might be able to do the job for you.

Samsung mocks Apple again in latest advert

Samsung has done some spying on Apple lately. Soon after the announcement of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Samsung goes ahead and creates an advert to show how Samsung’s latest phones can do wireless charging and iPhone can’t. Even the title of the advert is a ripoff of one of Apple’s marketing campaigns!

Looks like this battle between Samsung and Apple will never end right?

Samsung pushing ads to some Galaxy users

It wouldn’t be Samsung if they didn’t make another screw up! Introducing ads right on your notification centre, only on Samsung Galaxy.

Jokes aside, Samsung is pushing ad notifications to several Galaxy phone users around the globe, and it’s an advert about their latest phones.

This is being done through Samsung’s push service, which is basically their equivalent of Google Play services.

This may be annoying for some, but if you can, you can go to Settings, Application Manager, All, Samsung Push Service and Disable.

We don’t know how long this will go for, but hopefully not too long before people start filing complaints to Samsung.

Source: Android Police

Samsung offering free Galaxy S6 edge units to iPhone users in the US

Galaxy S6 edge plus

Well well well, looks like Samsung can’t stop being jealous of people using iPhones instead of Samsungs eh?

Recently Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+, while the Note 5 isn’t part of this marketing campaign, the latter is.

As we all know Samsung and Apple are two very big rivals and looks like Samsung won’t leave Apple alone. Samsung is offering free Galaxy S6 edge and S6 edge+ units to iPhone users in the United States for 30 days. This is basically like a free trial of the phone before you decide to switch to it or not. What’s even funnier is that they include a set of Smart Switch utilities along with it!

We have seen this kind of strategy before with the Note 4 (see below) and looks like Samsung is doing it again this year. What do you think guys? Are you gonna fall into Samsung’s trap? Or will you keep using your iPhones? Let us know.

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge – First Impressions

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are in no doubt Samsung’s flagship phones for 2015. But it wouldn’t be a flagship Samsung phone without it’s flaws. Let’s take a look at the team’s first impressions of the two devices.

Galaxy S6 and S6 edge

I took a look at the devices in the Samsung Store a month ago, and to start the design of the phones seem pretty impressive. This is no doubt one of the most premium handsets from Samsung. Gone is the plastic they have used for many years now and now we have a unibody metal design.

But it’s not all good though.

For starters, if you were keeping up with Samsung devices for a while now, you know before that Samsung devices always had a removable battery and expandable storage. However, we were seeing a different approach from Samsung starting with the Galaxy Alpha, which was one of their first attempts in a premium metal phone. It had a removable battery, however you could not insert a micro SD card. Then we had the A and E series smartphones from Samsung, which the battery was non removable but you could still insert a micro SD card.

With the S6 and S6 edge, Samsung eliminated the two features completely. I could see why they did that. First Samsung wanted to make the phone with premium quality materials, so they kept the battery sealed, and with things like Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 and Ultra Power Saving Mode, you don’t really need to worry too much about removable batteries.

With expandable storage, Samsung is offering 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB versions of their phones, similar to how Apple does it with the iPhone. And I can see where they’re going, given the push of using cloud storage now a days.

But enough about that, both the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge have a Super AMOLED screen, and the resolution is 2K which is impressive. However the edge, as the name implies has an edge on both sides. We did see something like that with the Note Edge, but it was a bit gimmicky. We feel the S6 edge was an improvement. But you don’t get the cool features the Note Edge screen has. I can’t comment on the Galaxy Round as I am not too familiar with the device.

The devices have Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on both the front and back, so you can be sure it’s durable. It also includes a fingerprint scanner, which we also saw with the S5. And Samsung is planning to make it more useful by launching Samsung Pay in US and S. Korea, which is their competitor to Apple Pay and Google Wallet.

Both devices come with Lollipop 5.0.2 out of the box, which is nice. But the processor used is the Exynos 7420. Yes, Samsung eliminated Qualcomm completely from their flagship (except for the modem) because of overheating issues found in the Snapdragon 810. But it has been said the Exynos is really powerful, offering super fast performance. I can’t comment too much about it as I haven’t played that much with the device, but overall it’s impressive. The processor is a Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57, while the GPU is a Mali-T760MP8.

The camera is one of the most striking things about the two devices. Double pressing the home button will bring up the camera in less than a second which is amazing! The camera quality is good, and the shutter speed is fast. It is a 16 MP camera with OIS. Some units use a Samsung sensor while some use a Sony. It can record video at 4K resolution. The front camera is a 5 MP shooter which I like to call it a “Selfie Camera”. It can record video at 1440p @ 30fps.

One thing which was removed was the waterproofing feature found in the S5.

The colours available are Black Sapphire, White Pearl and Gold Platinum. However with the Galaxy S6 we get Blue Topaz and with the S6 edge we get Green Emerald.

Accessories available are the Wireless Charger, Clear View Cover, Flip Cover and more. However it’s been reported the Clear View Cover causes scratches to the phone’s design. But we do admit the Clear View Cover seems pretty cool.

When it comes to TouchWiz, I am happy to say Samsung did a better job than last time. The S4 was really bad and was full of bloat, but we do see some bloat on the S6 and S6 edge, but some are Microsoft Apps like OneDrive and Skype which we feel would be useful to some people.

When it comes to gaming, I had a go at Asphalt 8, and the game was super smooth. However during extended use I could notice some heating at the back, and it was pretty warm. But since I used it in a store and it’s on pretty much throughout the day, I can’t really comment about it too much.

Overall as a team we feel the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are both good devices from Samsung. Samsung learnt their lessons from earlier devices, however it would be nice to see expandable storage at least. Maybe with the Galaxy S7, but let’s wait for the Galaxy Note 5 and see how that turns out. The sales are good and I hope Samsung keeps up their good work in the future. 🙂