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  1. Samsung introduces the 980 Pro SSD with PCIe 4.0 support and up to 7,000MB/s speeds Samsung is upping the ante with a new top-tier SSD announced today, the 980 Pro. This is Samsung's first consumer SSD to come with full support for PCIe 4.0, specifically using a PCIe 4.0 x4 interface, which allows for much higher speeds than previous generations. Specifically, the 980 Pro SSD has sequential read speeds up to 7,000MB/s, which is double of what Samsung promised for the 970 Pro SSD. Likewise, sequential write speeds go up to 5,000MB/s, almost doubling the speed of its predecessor, which promised 2,700MB/s for the 1TB version. As for random writes and reads, the 980 Pro promises up to 1,000K IOPS. In addition to improving the performance, Samsung says it has also worked on the SSD's thermals to prolong its longevity. The SSD uses a nickel coating on the controller and a heat spreader label on the back to make heat dissipation more efficient. One thing to keep in mind is that the promised speeds don't apply to every tier. The base version of the SSD has 256GB of capacity, but the maximum speeds are actually lower on this one, maxing out at 6,400MB/s for reads and 2,700MB/s for writes. You'll need to spring for the higher tiers, but speeds are the same starting with the 512GB model. The 980 Pro SSD will be available this month, with a recommended retail price of $89.99 for the 256GB variant. Capacities will go up to 1TB at launch, but a 2TB model will arrive later in the year. The SSD is already listed on Samsung's website, so it should be a matter of time until it goes on sale. Samsung introduces the 980 Pro SSD with PCIe 4.0 support and up to 7,000MB/s speeds
  2. Technology giant Samsung is being sued for $1.3 million by content protection company Verance. According to a lawsuit filed in the US, for two years Samsung failed to pay licensing fees for use of Cinavia, the anti-piracy technology that aims to prevent copied or downloaded content being played on Blu-ray disc players. For at least two decades, entertainment companies have been trying to prevent people from copying commercially produced DVDs and more recently Blu-ray discs. In common with most anti-piracy technologies the protections deployed were eventually circumvented, resulting in copies of every major film and TV show being copied and distributed, either on physical formats or more commonly digitally via the Internet. However, at least one system continues to irritate playback on millions of devices. Cinavia – Making Playback Difficult For (some) Pirates Under development since 1999 albeit under a different name, the anti-piracy protection now known as Cinavia hit the market in 2010. The stated aim of the watermarking technology was to embed special digital markers into audio tracks of movies that could be later detected in order to mitigate piracy. In 2012, Cinavia detection became mandatory in all Blu-ray disc players, meaning that when Cinavia code was found in a copy of a Blu-ray disc or even a movie downloaded from the Internet (Cinavia can survive when a movie is cammed in cinemas), the associated playback device was able to prevent the unauthorized copy from playing. Samsung Sued For $1.3m For Non-Payment of Cinavia Licensing Fees In common with most anti-piracy technologies, the use of Cinavia isn’t free. Companies such as Samsung, LG and Philips, for example, are not only compelled to include Cinavia protection in their hardware players, they must also pay considerable licensing fees to Verance for the privilege. In Samsung’s case, however, it’s now being alleged that the company has stopped doing that. Filed in a New York court by Verance Corporation against South Korea-based Samsung, a new lawsuit claims that in 2011, the companies reached a licensing agreement to have Cinavia technology embedded in Samsung products. Verance claims that Samsung produced over 40 million Blu-ray players containing its technology. From 2011 until 2017, Samsung used Cinavia under the terms of a ‘Preferred Partner Program’ (PPP) which required Samsung to comply with “enhanced technical requirements”. In 2017, however, Verance says that Samsung could no longer comply with these technical conditions so it terminated Samsung’s participation in the PPP and stop waiving certain fees associated with it. After the parties failed to reach an agreement, in April 2017 Verance gave Samsung 90 days notice of its intent not to renew two licensing agreements but said it would continue Samsung’s overall license coverage. Verance also said it would update its license agreements “to address issues” that had arisen since the Cinavia license program had begun several years earlier. According to the lawsuit, however, Samsung never signed those agreements and didn’t pay any licensing fees for the seven million products it shipped containing Cinavia between July 2017 and September 2019. In response, Verance invoiced Samsung for the outstanding fees but Samsung refused to settle the bill. Samsung Owes Verance $1 Million in Licensing Fees The amount on the invoice is significant. Alleging breach of contract, Verance claims that Samsung owes $1,010,737.65 in licensing fees for the use of Cinavia in its products. On top, the company claims that it is entitled to collect late fees of 1.5% per month, totaling $299,267 as of June 30, 2020. “Verance has been damaged by Samsung’s refusal to pay the licensing fees and the late fees. In addition to its damages, Verance also is entitled to recover its reasonable attorney’s fees and other costs incurred in connection with this action,” the complaint reads. A second count of ‘unjust enrichment’ has Verance claiming that by failing to pay the appropriate licensing fees for its mandatory DRM product, Samsung was enriched at the content protection company’s expense. “It is against equity and good conscience to permit Samsung to retain the amounts Verance is seeking to recover,” the company writes. The Slow Death of Blu-ray, The Rise of Streaming In February 2019, it was reported that Samsung was beginning a withdrawal from the Blu-ray player market. “Samsung will no longer introduce new Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray player models in the US market,” a Samsung spokesperson told CNET. In March this year, the MPA’s THEME Report, an analysis of the theatrical and home/mobile entertainment market environment, revealed that physical products (DVD/Blu-ray) accounted for just 10% of the market in 2019 at $10.1 billion, down 22% from 2018’s $12.4 billion total. Meanwhile, streaming service subscriptions increased 28%, reaching 863 million subscribers worldwide. With the Demise of Blu-Ray Players Comes a Lack of Control With millions of consumers now moving away from hardware players, Cinavia is arguably less relevant than it once was. While it is mandatory in Blu-ray players, that is not the direction the market is heading. Furthermore, software video players tend not to detect Cinavia so for most pirates the technology doesn’t affect their consumption habits. However, Cinavia still exists in Blu-ray players including those in consoles, something that causes a steady stream of complaints from those trying to play pirated copies. The big question, however, is when the Blu-ray player will be completely discarded as another technological relic – and Cinavia with it. A copy of the lawsuit filed by Verance against Samsung can be found here (pdf) Source: TorrentFreak
  3. Samsung announces four new 0.7um ISOCELL camera sensors for upcoming smartphones Samsung today announced four new ISOCELL camera sensors with up to 108MP resolution for upcoming smartphones. Compared to its existing camera sensors, Samsung has been able to make its latest sensors up to 15% smaller by switching to a slightly smaller 0.7um pixel size vs 0.8um. The height of the new camera modules is also 10% shorter than existing sensors while still delivering the same image resolution. To improve light sensitivity and photo quality despite the reduction in pixel size, Samsung is using its ISOCELL Plus and Smart-ISO technologies on these sensors. The former helps in retaining the light hitting the sensor using a wall-like structure around the pixel while Smart-ISO adjusts the ISO depending on the light coming to the sensor. The new camera sensors will also feature ISOCELL 2.0 that will help in improving the light sensitivity of individual pixels by up to 12%. The four new sensors announced by Samsung today include the 108MP ISOCELL HM2 that is 15% smaller than the 108MP HMX and HM1 sensors used in many flagship Android smartphones. It also features a faster phase detection autofocus solution called Super PD. The ISOCELL GW3 is a 64MP sensor for mid-range smartphones that features gyro-based EIS and video recording at resolutions of up to 4K60fps. Then, there's the 48MP GM5 that is meant for use in telephoto or ultra-wide angle cameras. It also supports 480fps slow-motion video recording at 1080p resolution. There's a very similar ISOCELL GH1 sensor with a slightly lower 43.7MP resolution. Lastly, there's the ISOCELL JD1 which Samsung claims is the smallest 32MP image sensor measuring 1/3.14-inches. This sensor is primarily meant for being used as a selfie shooter in smartphones that come with a pop-up camera or a small notch. It also features staggered-HDR for brighter and clearer photos. Samsung is already mass-producing the ISOCELL HM2, GW3, and JD1 sensors, with the GM5 currently being sampled to OEMs. Samsung announces four new 0.7um ISOCELL camera sensors for upcoming smartphones
  4. Samsung’s Galaxy Fit 2 can last for up to three weeks on a charge Weeks of fitness tracking off a single charge Image: Samsung Samsung has a new fitness tracker on the way called the Galaxy Fit 2. It’s an updated version of the original Galaxy Fit band that offers a larger display and more battery life — much more battery life, in fact. Samsung is promising that the new model can last for at least 15 days on a single charge and up to three weeks depending on your settings. That’s a big jump over the original model, which Samsung promised would get barely a week of usage off a single charge. That battery life is also a dramatic increase over competing trackers, like the upcoming Fitbit Inspire 2, which only lasts for up to 10 days on a charge. Most trackers generally offer a week or so of battery life, making Samsung’s a big improvement — assuming it holds up. In case the two to three weeks of battery life wasn’t a tip-off, the Galaxy Fit 2 is definitely not a smartwatch. It’s a fitness tracker through and through, with the option to track metrics like calories burned, heart rate, distance, and sleep patterns. Samsung also says that the Galaxy Fit can automatically detect up to five different types of fitness activities. Samsung hasn’t said when it’ll release the Galaxy Fit 2 or a price, but presumably the company will have more information to share in the coming weeks. Samsung’s Galaxy Fit 2 can last for up to three weeks on a charge
  5. Samsung accidentally leaks details of its upcoming 980 Pro NVMe SSD The PCIe 4.0-based 980 Pro looks fast—but it may not really be a "Pro" anymore. Enlarge / The 980 Pro offers up to 7,000 MB/sec throughput, on the right workloads—but you'll need a PCIe 4.0 motherboard, a very fast CPU, and good system cooling to take advantage of it. Samsung 57 with 39 posters participating, including story author Everybody makes mistakes sometimes, and it looks like Samsung made one yesterday: the product page for its upcoming 980 Pro NVMe SSD went briefly online before being discovered by TechPowerUp and then getting yanked offline again. The 980 Pro is a particularly interesting product, since it shakes up Samsung's lineup in several ways. We've known since CES 2020 that it would be the company's first consumer-available PCIe 4.0 SSD. The higher-bandwidth PCIe4 bus allows for a blistering throughput increase; the 980 Pro is rated by Samsung for up to 7000MB/sec of throughput, compared to the PCIe3 970 Pro's 3500MB/sec. Unfortunately, the 980 Pro's sharp increase in throughput comes with an equally sharp decrease in warranted write endurance. 980 Pro 970 Pro 970 Evo Seq Read * Seq Write * Seq Read * Seq Write * Seq Read * Seq Write * 7000 MB/sec 5000 MB/sec 3500 MB/sec 2700 MB/sec 3400 MB/sec 2500 MB/sec Write Endurance Write Endurance Write Endurance 600 TBW 1200 TBW 600 TBW You should take these numbers with enormous grains of salt—besides being leaked, they're all filtered through several layers of marketing shenanigans. For one thing, they're in MB/sec, not MiB/sec—so lop 5 percent off the top. For another, they're very deliberately listed in megabytes, not gigabytes, with the same potential confusion between 10^3 and 2^10—so another chunk comes off the top if you're inclined to think of it in GiB/sec. The 980 Pro's 7000MB/sec really boils down to 6.5GiB/sec... and even that's entirely up for grabs. The fine gray print further down the page says that results "may vary based on system hardware and configuration." That's a meaningful disclaimer—in our experience, NVMe M.2 drives have a distinct tendency to overheat and thermally regulate. You'll also need a mean CPU to keep up with 6.5GiB/sec throughput without bottlenecking. What we can reasonably expect is significantly increased performance, with—unfortunately—significantly decreased long-term lifespan. To understand why the write endurance—and thus effective lifespan of the drive—dropped so sharply, we'll need to take a peek under the hood. Understanding NAND terminology In order to understand the 980 Pro's change in endurance, you need to understand at least a little bit about the NAND flash-storage medium used by most SSDs. NAND flash comes in SLC, MLC, TLC, and QLC varieties—with the leading initial standing for Single, Multi, Tri, and Quad, respectively. Unpacking this a bit further, what we're really talking about is the number of bits stored by each cell. SLC is the fastest, highest write endurance and most expensive NAND cell type. Each cell only stores a single bit—but this means there are only two meaningful voltage levels per cell to read or write. With charge levels effectively being simply "on" or "off," SLC media can tolerate plenty of sloppiness in both reading and writing of the cells before any errors occur that might require retries or even result in data loss. MLC media is a misleading term, and Samsung's marketing department leans heavily on that fact in its spec sheets above. Although MLC literally just means "Multi-Level Cell," in common industry use it specifically refers to only two bits per cell. This means each cell must have four distinguishable voltage states, corresponding to numbers 0 through 3. This makes for a cheaper drive at the same capacity, since you only need half the cells a comparable drive made of SLC would—but it's a bit slower to read or write values, and sloppiness in charge state as the drive's write endurance decreases hits you correspondingly faster. Now that you've got the pattern, TLC means three bits per cell and eight distinguishable voltages corresponding to values 0 through 7. QLC—as seen in Samsung's big, cheap QVO drives—goes one step further than that, with 16 distinguishable voltages corresponding to values 0-15. With each additional bit you ask an individual cell to store, you need more precision (and less speed) in both reading and writing the cell state—and less write endurance available before the cell gets too sloppy to reliably charge to and maintain a given voltage with the necessary precision. An architectural sea change Until now, Samsung's retail SSD line has been simple to understand, if you understand the basics of NAND storage. The Pro line are MLC drives—two bits per cell—with higher cost but greater speed and write endurance. The EVO line are TLC drives—cheaper, but slower and less durable. The QVO are QLC drives, and most people should likely avoid them—they aren't enormously cheaper than the TLC EVOs, but they have significant penalties to both performance and endurance. So far, the thing most likely to confuse consumers is that the EVO line doesn't look any slower than the Pro line from reading the spec sheets. This is because the write tests Samsung uses to generate these numbers aren't particularly prolonged, and they don't burn through the SLC cache onboard the EVO. If you have a long-running write workload that fills the cache, you have to fall back to committing writes directly to the TLC—which can feel like falling off a cliff, particularly on smaller-capacity SSDs. With the 980 Pro, Samsung has moved from two-bit MLC down to cheaper, lower-endurance TLC flash like the Evo line uses. There's not enough information in the leaked product page to be certain what changes may have been made to the SLC cache, which it refers to as the "Intelligent Turbowrite Region." The fine print on the performance numbers tells us that the write performance for the 1TB 980 Pro drops to 2,000 MB/sec "after Intelligent Turbo Write Region." But it doesn't specify how large that region is. Opinion: Does lower write endurance matter? For most consumers, the lower write endurance of the 980 Pro won't likely matter too much—600TB written is a lot of data, and a typical desktop user or gamer is unlikely to hit that number within a typical five- to seven-year consumer-PC life cycle. What bothers me here is that typical desktop users and gamers, in my experience, weren't often buying Pro SSDs in the first place—they were buying EVOs to save a few bucks. Samsung's spec sheets claimed almost identical performance between the two lines, so the cheaper EVO seemed like an easy call to make for most end users. The usual Pro customer tends to be someone who is specifically looking not only for higher sustained performance but much higher write endurance. Sometimes the extra write endurance is just a hedge against longer-than-usual PC life cycles. If you tend to keep your PC running for 10 years instead of five, burning an extra hundred bucks or so on a Pro can mean not having to refresh suddenly glacial storage around the six- or seven-year mark. But longer-lived PCs aren't the only application for high-endurance SSDs. If you plan to run databases or virtual machines on an SSD, you can rack up enormously larger daily write numbers than a typical user or gamer would see—and those can burn through the endurance on a purely consumer-grade SSD like the EVO, or the new Pro, in pretty short order. In extreme cases, I've seen busy database and VM servers burn out consumer-grade SSDs like the EVO in under a year. Again, none of this is likely to matter to a "typical desktop user." But this sudden shift in the meaning of a brand can hurt a lot more users than the vendor expects—as witness the months-long fiasco Western Digital endured, when it changed the meaning of the "Red" branding on one of its conventional hard drive lines. The silver lining to this rather gloomy cloud is that exhausting the write endurance of an SSD results in a pretty safe failure mode—I have yet to see an SSD lose data due to exhausted write endurance. As the drive approaches the end of its life, it gets slower—user-visibly slower—to the point that it's incredibly unlikely for the drive not to be replaced before it actually fails. If you're a typical desktop user or gamer, you should be able to buy an EVO—or the newer, TLC-based Pro—with confidence. You're unlikely to exhaust the write endurance on a 1TB SSD before five years, and it's very unlikely to eat your data even if you do. But if you've been in the habit of buying MLC SSDs and know what you've been paying for, caveat emptor. Samsung accidentally leaks details of its upcoming 980 Pro NVMe SSD
  6. Samsung's 16GB LPDDR5 DRAM arriving for smartphones in 2021 Samsung has announced mass production of the world’s first 10nm (1z) class 16GB LPDDR5 DRAM for smartphones. The upcoming DRAM chips are lithographed and fabricated with high-precision using the company’s third-generation 10nm-class process, and extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology. According to Samsung, the new 10nm 16GB LPDDR5 DRAM chip is 16% faster than the company’s last year’s 1y-based 12GB LPDDR5 DRAM chips, with data transfer rates reaching 6,400Mb/s. To put that in perspective, a 16GB package will be able to transfer about ten 5GB full-sized HD movies, or 51.2GB worth of data, in just one second. The new 1z-based LPDDR5 chips are also 30 percent thinner than last year’s 1y-based LPDDR5, enabling 5G and multi-camera features in smartphones and foldable tablets with slimmer designs. The company did not mention when new smartphones utilizing the new LPDDR5 chips will start shipping. However, they did mention that the company will “further strengthen its presence in the flagship mobile device market" throughout 2021, which indicates a short wait. Samsung's 16GB LPDDR5 DRAM arriving for smartphones in 2021
  7. Samsung's One UI 2.5: All the new features Samsung recently started rolling out the One UI 2.5 update for the Galaxy S20 series. The latest version of One UI also comes pre-loaded on the Galaxy Note20 series. The company also intends to bring One UI 2.5 to plenty of its other flagship devices including the Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note10, Galaxy S9, and Note9 series. One UI 2.5 might seem like a small update but it packs a number of changes and improvements. Among other things, One UI 2.5 brings some much-needed usability improvements to Samsung's Android skin. Many of the system animations have also been tweaked and a number of minor but important features have also been introduced. One UI 2.5 comes pre-loaded on Samsung's Galaxy Note20 series, but the update will also be making its way to the following devices: Galaxy S20 series - Already rolling out Galaxy S10 series Galaxy Note10 series Galaxy S9 series Galaxy Note9 series Galaxy Z Flip Galaxy Fold Samsung is already rolling out the One UI 2.5 update for the Galaxy S20 lineup, with other devices set to follow. Do note that not all the new features in One UI 2.5 will be making their way to all flagship Samsung devices eligible for the One UI 2.5 update. With everything now out of the way, here's a look at all the new features in One UI 2.5. Gesture navigation support for third-party launchers While Samsung added gesture navigation support to One UI with the release of Android 10/One UI 2 last year itself, the gestures only worked with the stock launcher. With the One UI 2.5 update, Samsung is finally adding support for Android 10 gestures to third-party launchers. This means that you can finally use the navigation gestures with your favorite launchers like Nova or Lawnchair. Sadly, in my experience, the implementation seems to be buggy. On the Galaxy S20+ with Nova Launcher, the gesture navigation does not work smoothly and the gesture to go back home just stops working every once in a while. Pro Video mode Flagship Samsung phones have always had a Pro mode in their camera app that allows one to play around with various camera settings like ISO, shutter speed, white balance, AF points, and more before taking a picture. With One UI 2.5, Samsung is bringing the same Pro mode for video. This means one can use it for tweaking various camera aspects while recording a video. One can also select the microphone from which the phone records the audio in this mode as well. Record cinematic videos In Pro Video mode, Samsung is now also offering an option record videos in cinematic 21:9 aspect ratio in up to 8K resolution. If you know your way around photography or videography, you will love the addition of being able to record cinematic videos. Use external microphone You can now use Bluetooth earbuds like Galaxy Buds or other external microphone paired with your Galaxy smartphone as a microphone while recording videos. Easily share Wi-Fi password You can now easily share the password of the Wi-Fi network that you are connected to with other nearby Galaxy devices in your contact list. While joining a new Wi-Fi network, Galaxy S20 owners will get an option to request the password from other nearby Galaxy owners. Wireless DeX You can now turn your Smart TV, which has Miracast support, into a secondary display for DeX. Simply tap on the DeX icon from the quick settings panel and your Galaxy S20 will automatically connect to the nearest smart TV. Use phone as a touchpad for DeX The updated DeX experience in One UI 2.5 will allow Galaxy S20 owners to control the secondary display using multi-touch gestures. This includes the ability to swipe up with three fingers to view all recently opened apps, swiping down to go back home, and a left/right swipe to switch between apps. Improved Samsung Notes As a part of the One UI 2.5 update, Samsung has also updated its Notes app in a big way. There is now an option to link a specific line of text to an audio recording, write handwritten notes in different languages that will automatically be recognized, sync notes across devices, and more. Samsung's One UI 2.5: All the new features
  8. Samsung guarantees three ‘generations’ of Android OS updates for some Galaxy phones There are some caveats for A-series phones Becca Farsace / The Verge Samsung is promising to “support three generations of Android updates” for Galaxy phones, but that won’t apply to all the phones it makes. Samsung says it will happen for phones from the Galaxy S10 and newer, but that some of its lower A-series phones may not be up to it. In a statement to The Verge, Samsung clarifies that the guarantee “applies to S, N and Z Series. A Series will support until hardware allows.” The original promise flew by near the end of its Unpacked keynote for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (and many other devices). Samsung has made big strides in offering Android updates in recent years, reducing the amount of time Galaxy S owners have needed to wait for OS updates by months. However, because of the way the Android ecosystem is structured, Samsung can’t update its phones as quickly as Google can and obviously lags behind Apple. Generally, however, things are improving across the entire Android ecosystem. Samsung had no comment on whether it would be able to get those updates more quickly, unfortunately. There’s also the question of Samsung’s wording: “generations” as opposed to “OS versions” or “years” as you might expect. It’s likely there to give Samsung a little wiggle room if necessary — say, if there’s some sort of delay or if Google releases a major point update (imagine an Android 11.5) and Samsung isn’t ready to commit to multiple updates a year. Still, it’s probably a good idea to keep an eye on how well Samsung sticks to its promise. This is still a huge commitment from Samsung. Samsung previously usually only promised two years of updates. The scale here is big, too. Just looking at its US store page right now, Samsung is currently selling more than 20 phones that would fall under this three-year guarantee. Samsung also needs to account for a vast array of regional builds for many of these phones. But the phones Samsung sells the most of are its less expensive A-series devices, phones like the Galaxy A51 and A71. As they’re lower end, the company apparently isn’t sure that future iterations of Samsung’s version of Android will work on those phones. It’s unclear right now what the hardware requirements will be. Samsung guarantees three ‘generations’ of Android OS updates for some Galaxy phones
  9. Samsung’s “beans” earbuds are here, and they’re called the Galaxy Buds Live Samsung’s latest true wireless headphones have noise cancellation, cost $170. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. Samsung on Tuesday announced its latest pair of true wireless earbuds, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live. The earbuds, whose bean-shaped design caused a stir in tech circles after leaking last month, will be available starting Thursday and cost $169.99. They'll be available in black, bronze, and white finishes. The Galaxy Buds Live are designed to sit entirely in your ear; there's no outward protruding "stem," but there are small, flat tips on each earbud to keep them securely in place. Samsung says it will include two sizes of these "wingtips" in the box. In terms of features, Samsung has equipped the Galaxy Buds Live with active noise cancellation, bringing them in competition with other true wireless pairs like Apple's AirPods Pro and Sony's WF-1000XM3. Samsung is going about this a little differently, however. Because the Galaxy Buds Live's flattened design naturally lets in more ambient noise than more tightly sealed in-ear headphones like Apple's or Sony's pairs, Samsung wants its ANC to focus on muting low-end frequencies—an airplane cabin, a loud laundry machine, and so on—while still letting higher-pitch noises through. Earphones like the AirPods Pro often use software for the latter with a dedicated "transparency" mode; here, Samsung wants the Galaxy Buds Live to let you hold quick conversations and hear your surroundings without removing or adjusting the earbuds in the first place. You're likely to hear outside noise while listening to audio with the Galaxy Buds Live as a result, but Samsung sells another pair of totally wireless earbuds in the $150 Galaxy Buds Plus for those who prefer a tighter in-ear seal. Samsung rates the Galaxy Buds Live at a relatively standard 6 to 8 hours of battery life, depending on how often you use the active noise cancellation and its hands-free voice controls, which are managed by the company's Bixby voice assistant. It says you'll get an additional 15 hours through its included charging case and that five minutes of charging will return an hour of battery life. There are no physical playback buttons here, so you're reliant instead on touch and voice controls. We haven't tested the earbuds, so it's too soon to say how well they perform, but Samsung says they use larger 12mm drivers than the ones found in the Galaxy Buds Plus, as well as three built-in mics for call quality. The whole thing connects over Bluetooth 5. The diminutive design may fit well for workouts, but Samsung says the earbuds only have an IPX2 water resistance rating, which is on the lower end of the IP scale. Regardless, the peculiar design and noise cancellation should make the Galaxy Buds Live nothing if not unique in an increasingly crowded wireless earbuds market. Listing image by Samsung Samsung’s “beans” earbuds are here, and they’re called the Galaxy Buds Live (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link)
  10. Official Galaxy Fold 2 renders show off Samsung’s next foldable Get a good look at Samsung's next foldable before the unveiling next week. Get a good look at the Galaxy Z Fold 2 before it gets announced next week. MySmartPrice has the official renders a few days before Samsung's event, showing off the inside and outside of Samsung's next foldable smartphone. The pictures show about what we were expecting, which is a Fold with a dramatically taller outside screen, an inside screen with no giant notch, and hole-punch cameras on the inside and outside. Assuming Samsung brings all the improvements it made with the Galaxy Z Flip to the Fold 2, we'll be looking at a solid second iteration of its foldable tablet. A flexible glass display would be a nice improvement over the squishy, dull plastic display of the original Fold, and it should also be a heck of a lot more durable. The interior camera notch on the original Galaxy Fold was massive and covered basically the entire top-right of the display, making it difficult to pull down the notification panel with your right hand. The minimal hole-punch camera looks like a big improvement. The Fold 2's major dimensions look like an exact trace of the Fold 1, and we're not sure that's a good thing. The bezels look slimmer all around, but the Fold 2 is still stuck with an ultra-skinny outside display. The skinny exterior display on the Fold 1 made typing on the keyboard difficult, and it wasn't wide enough for a normal home screen layout. Samsung has said it wants this device to be a smartphone and a tablet, but the Fold 2 still doesn't look like it has a smartphone-size smartphone display—it needs to be wider. It at least looks better than the original Fold front, which had something like a 49-percent screen-to-bezel ratio, but it doesn't look like it will function any better. For the second half of 2020, Samsung has a nice design motif across its devices. The rear camera block of the Fold 2 looks just like the upcoming Galaxy Note20, with a vertical stack of lenses surrounded by a round highlight. They also both come in this unique bronze color. Samsung's full lineup, along with more Fold 2 details, will be announced at the August 5 show. Official Galaxy Fold 2 renders show off Samsung’s next foldable
  11. Google wants Samsung to kill Bixby, Galaxy App Store Google offers Samsung a higher revenue share in exchange for offing its ecosystem. Enlarge / Bixby on the Galaxy S9. Ron Amadeo 74 with 61 posters participating Reuters and Bloomberg are both independently reporting that Google is pushing Samsung to back away from its duplicate Android ecosystem and promote Google apps instead. A "correspondence" between the two companies was seen by both sites, which saw Google push Samsung to promote the Play Store and Google Assistant over the Galaxy App Store and Samsung's Bixby assistant. Google was apparently willing to open its wallet and pay Samsung to make it happen. Bloomberg's interpretation of the negotiations is pretty vague, saying the deal "would promote Google's digital assistant and Play Store for apps on [Samsung] devices." The later Reuters report is a lot more specific, saying Samsung is "considering dropping its Bixby virtual assistant and Galaxy Apps Store from its mobile devices." Reuters goes on to say that "Google is dangling more lucrative terms for Samsung than in previous deals if it retreats from its app strategy." Part of Google's immense web of Android protection is sharing ad revenue and Play Store app revenue with phone manufacturers, and offering Samsung a higher share is an easy way to bribe the South Korean company into submission. Whether Samsung would actually be willing to kill Bixby and the Galaxy App store is up in the air. Samsung has invested piles of money in Bixby since its launch in 2017, but Bixby hasn't been very successful. Samsung acquired the assistant startup Viv Labs, which was founded by the creators of Siri, and put the company to work improving Bixby. But Samsung's voice assistant still can't hang in the same crowd as the Google Assistant, Apple's Siri, and Amazon Alexa. Voice assistants are primarily interfaces to a search engine and a services ecosystem, two things Samsung doesn't really invest in, so it has been hard for the company to turn Bixby into something useful. When you say "take a note," where does it go? Google and Apple both have a sprawling ecosystem for notes, music, reminders, calendar events, photos, maps, and more, all available from your phone and the Web. Samsung's ecosystem gap means that Bixby relies on a cobbled-together web of third-party services or controlling apps on your Samsung phone, which are mostly forks of Google's base Android apps. Samsung's Bixby ships on its Android devices, its Tizen smartwatches, and on some refrigerators (no, really). But that's about it. Samsung announced a Bixby smart speaker as the "Galaxy Home" in 2018, but nearly two years have gone by and the product is nowhere to be seen. Samsung pivoted to a cheaper "Galaxy Home Mini" instead, but Home Mini doesn't seem like it ever became a commercial product either. Samsung offered it as a free bonus for some Galaxy S20 pre-orders in South Korea, but it's not for sale. The real test of a voice assistant is a smart speaker, which has no interface other than voice, and Samsung doesn't seem confident in Bixby's ability to pull this off. The main problem I see with killing Bixby is that it would leave Samsung's smart watches without a voice assistant at all. I doubt Google would build Google Assistant for Tizen watches. Samsung's Galaxy App store is used to update Samsung's core Android apps that ship with a phone, but there's really no reason to keep it around for most countries. Relying entirely on the Play Store is tough since Google Play isn't available in China, so in that country, Samsung's own app store is useful. The company's app store doesn't seem to be entirely successful in China, either, though—the AppInChina App Store Index rates Samsung as the 15th most-popular app store in China. Enlarge / The Galaxy S20 Ultra's default setup, with a big, white Google Search bar, Galaxy App Store, and Play Store, all on the home screen. Ron Amadeo I have trouble imagining Samsung abandoning Bixby and the Galaxy App Store when it has been so concerned about its reliance on Google in the past. Bloomberg blames the coronavirus for why Samsung would be open to something like this, saying, "the drop in demand for mobile devices during the Covid-19 pandemic has intensified the company's need for revenue and weakened its negotiating position with a key partner." Currently, Google products have very strong default placement on Samsung phones. Both the Play Store and Google Search bar ship on the first home screen, and Google is the default search engine. When we last saw Google's Play Store and app licensing terms for Android, the location and defaultness of Google services were enshrined in the contract. Google made things like the location of the search bar and Play Store icons a requirement for licensing the company's closed-source Android apps—Google wanted spots on the home screen. The EU actually took Google to task for its placement rules, saying that Google's licensing terms were anticompetitive. Google's argument was that Android's development was offered to OEMs for free, and the inclusion and placement of these apps funded its development through ad and app revenue. Google's concession to EU regulators was to add a paid flexibility tier to Google Play licensing, where OEMs could pay up to $40 to unbundle Google's apps and placement requirements. Nothing about Google's licensing terms stops phone manufacturers from building competing and duplicate services, and on a Samsung phone, the Galaxy App Store also lives on the home screen, right next to the Play Store. Bixby typically gets its own dedicated hardware button on the side of a Samsung phone, and while that is now remappable to a different app, you specifically can't map it to the Google Assistant. Reuters says that "the companies are aiming to finalize terms by Friday." Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 launch is next week, which seems a bit too early to see any dramatic software changes. But we'll be on the lookout for the prominence of Bixby in the company's presentation. Google wants Samsung to kill Bixby, Galaxy App Store
  12. Samsung's new 240Hz gaming monitors combine absurd curves and insane speed Is there such a thing as too curvy? Samsung aims to find out (Image credit: Samsung) Samsung wowed us at the start of this year when it first unveiled its new Odyssey gaming monitors at CES, and again in May when more details of the new screens were revealed, as well as an Esports tie-in. While it's taken a while for them to reach shops, the new screens have finally broken cover and are now on sale in the US, UK, Australia and various other regions. Samsung has been getting increasingly serious about gaming monitors over the last few years, and the new Odyssey G7 and G9 bring what the company describe as “the best in Samsung screen design and innovation by combining an immersive QLED display with 1000R curvature to offer a gaming experience with a futuristic feel, fast response and eye comfort.” The new Samsung Oddyssey G9. (Image credit: Samsung) On all three of the new displays, the headline specs are the combination of blazing-fast 240Hz refresh rates and aggressive 1000R curves – which makes these the world’s first gaming monitors with such an extreme bend. Samsung is also using its well-regarded QLED technology for colours and brightness that (as on the Korean company's TVs) really help amp up the vividness of these screens. They also feature a quick 1ms response time, which is high-level pro-gamer territory. These things have a seriously futuristic look, and we don’t mind admitting we’re a little smitten with the design, especially the very funky rear area where the stand is attached. Samsung calls it the ‘Infinity Core’ and it can be set to dim or remain static during gaming, or display user-selected colours. Samsung's very curvy Odyssey G7. (Image credit: Samsung) As previously mentioned, there are three Odyssey models in the new range – the top-of-the-line G9, which is a 21:9, 49-inch beast priced at US$1,699 / £1,279 / AU$2,799, and the more conventional 16:9 G7 which comes in 32-inch (US$799 / £629 / AU$1,099) and 27-inch (US$699 / £549 / AU$999) sizes. The G9’s resolution is a mammoth QHD 5,120 x 1,440, while both G7 models are 2,560 x 1,440 (WQHD). All three monitors are available now in the US. The G9 and 32-inch G7 also available in the UK, with the 27-inch G7 available for preorder. In Australia, the entire range goes on sale on August 3. Samsung's new 240Hz gaming monitors combine absurd curves and insane speed
  13. Samsung could build UK 5G if Huawei is banned Samsung says it can provide mobile operators with 5G kit (Image credit: focustech) Samsung says it could provide the kit necessary for UK operators to build 5G networks should they be banned from procuring Huawei equipment. The Korean electronics giant has a limited presence in the mobile equipment market but has big ambitions for 5G, hoping to secure 20 per cent of the market by 2020. It has seen strong demand in its native South Korea as well as from US operators who are banned from working with Huawei. Samsung executive vice president Woojune Kim told MPs on the Commons Science and Technology that it could “definitely” supply UK operators and that the firm was focusing its resources on 4G, 5G and 6G rather than legacy technologies like other vendors. Samsung 5G kit In January, the UK confirmed that Huawei could play a role in the rollout of 5G. The new rules effectively preserved the status quo by banning Huawei kit from the core layer of the network but permitting the use of the firm’s radio gear, subject to a 35 per cent cap. However there is growing speculation that this decision could be reversed and operators would be forced to remove Huawei equipment from their infrastructure. Such a move would be highly disruptive. Operators argue it would cause delays to the rollout of 5G, increase costs and lower innovation – ultimately harming consumers and businesses and the UK’s post-coronavirus, post-Brexit economy. In any case, there are doubts over Ericsson and Huawei’s ability to make up the shortfall. Both the US and UK governments have identified Samsung as a way of diversifying the pool of suppliers in the Radio Access Network (RAN) market. Reports have also suggested that Britain is eager for NEC to get involved. NEC is a key supplier of Radio Access Network (RAN) technology for operators in Japan but has a limited presence outside of its homeland. Samsung could build UK 5G if Huawei is banned
  14. A new Samsung wearable spotted in FCC filings, likely a Galaxy Fit successor A new Samsung wearable has been spotted in an FCC certification filing (spotted by The Verge). There are no references to the branding of the device. However, the model number mentioned in the documentation reads SM-R220. Guessing from the diagram and the model number, it is safe to assume that the wearable is similar in form factor to the Galaxy Fit line of fitness bands. The Galaxy Fit and Fit e bands bearing model numbers SM-R370 and SM-R375, respectively, were launched last year. The image in the filing seems to be a diagram of the bottom of the device which sports a heart rate sensor and pogo pins for charging. In addition to the model number, another piece of information that the filing documents provide is that of the battery capacity. The wearable is expected to sport a 154mAh battery. This would make it a substantial increase over the 120mAh capacity of the Galaxy Fit, the larger of the two devices in the company’s line. This also hints at the possibility that the said device could well be the Fit 2. However, it is all a speculation currently. Samsung is expected to unveil a host of devices during its August 5 virtual event, including the Galaxy Note20 series smartphones, the second-generation Fold, an updated Z Flip with 5G support, a new Watch 3, and the flagship Galaxy S7 tablet. While an FCC filing does not guarantee an imminent launch, the South Korean giant could quietly launch the second-generation fitness tracker along with the other devices. A new Samsung wearable spotted in FCC filings, likely a Galaxy Fit successor
  15. Samsung could also stop including chargers with its phones Rumors of Apple not including a power adapter in the box of the iPhone 12 later this year picking up steam, it looks like Samsung is also preparing to follow suit. A report claims that Samsung executives have discussed the possibility of removing the charger from the retail packaging of its smartphones. The company is yet to take a final decision on this matter, but the argument for not including the power adapter is similar to that of Apple: most users already have access to multiple chargers and that it will reduce the overall component cost for the company which in turns means more profit. While not mentioned, this will also have a positive impact on the environment as it will reduce the size of the retail packaging and the waste that's generated. With the adoption of USB-C across laptops, tablets, and other devices, finding a power adapter for charging your smartphone is no longer a hassle as before. However, not all chargers will be able to fast charge flagship Samsung phones at 25W or 45W which could be a point of concern for many. Samsung ships around 300 million smartphones every year, so even if the company stops bundling the charger with at least half of its devices, it would have a notable impact on its bottom line as well as on the environment. Even if the Korean company goes ahead with the decision, we are only going to see Samsung phones ship without a charger in the box in 2021 at the earliest. Presumably, the company could first start by ditching the charger on its flagship phones since they also come with wireless charging which makes charging them easier. Source: ET News (Via SamMobile) Samsung could also stop including chargers with its phones
  16. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 event confirmed for August 5th Time for a new Galaxy Unpacked event Samsung has announced that its next Galaxy Unpacked event will take place on Wednesday, August 5th, at 10AM ET. The company is expected to reveal its new lineup of Galaxy Note 20 devices, along with a successor to its first foldable, the Galaxy Fold. Samsung’s teaser is pretty cryptic, even by the standards of tech invitations, although the copper color splash does match the leaked images of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra — the rumored flagship of the lineup — that were accidentally posted on Samsung’s Russian website at the beginning of July. Image: Samsung Russia Rumors are uncharacteristically quiet for what to expect, despite the fact that an announcement is set to arrive in less than a month. Although at least one actual Note 20 Ultra device has made its way out into the world already. The new flagship will supposedly feature a triple rear camera array, including a periscope-style lens, along with a 4th sensor that appears to be either a 3D ToF sensor or a laser autofocus. Expect to see the usual bump in specs, too, with the inclusion of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 — or possibly even the rumored Snapdragon 865 Plus — which, like the S20 lineup earlier this year, will make 5G the default for the new Notes in addition to a 120Hz refresh rate display option. And of course, the Note 20 will feature an S-Pen, potentially with a new trick or two up its sleeve. Samsung is also expected to have at least two Galaxy Note 20 models — a smaller Galaxy Note 20, and the larger Note 20 Ultra, although details are slim on what the differences will be (aside from size.) The follow-up to the Galaxy Fold — reportedly named the Galaxy Z Fold 2, to join the branding of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip from earlier this year, per SamMobile — is rumored to feature a larger internal 7.7-inch display, possibly with a cut-out camera similar to Samsung’s other flagship phones. Specs are also expected to get a boost, too, although there’s no specifics out there just yet. Lastly, the event could see the announcement of the Galaxy Z Flip 5G, which has already been revealed courtesy of China’s TENAA certification center. That device will reportedly feature a Snapdragon 865 Plus processor and a slight drop in overall battery capacity compared to the earlier LTE version. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 event confirmed for August 5th
  17. New Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 leaks point to an imminent launch Charging speeds revealed The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6. (Image credit: Future) We're very much looking forward to whatever the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 has to offer us, and a couple of new leaks in the last few days suggest that the tablet might be shown off to the world in the near future. The first leak is courtesy of Samsung itself, which managed to briefly list a mention of the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus 5G model on its German website (via Androidu.ro). While the page didn't reveal any new specs, it does indicate a bigger, 5G-ready version of the tablet is indeed in the pipeline. If there are support pages for the new hardware ready to go then that suggests that it won't be long before the tablet is unveiled – and there are plenty of rumors swirling about a big Samsung hardware event happening on August 5. None of this is official yet, but the Galaxy Tab S7 and the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus are being tipped to come with 11-inch and 12.4-inch displays respectively, which would put them head-to-head against the two iPad Pro models that Apple currently sells. Not-so-fast charging Our second Galaxy Tab S7 leak comes from SamMobile, reporting that the tablet has made its way through the certification process in China. The only new information we can glean from it is that the charging speed is going to be capped at 15W. Considering these tablets could have batteries up to 10,000 mAh in size when they appear, that's a little on the disappointing side. The charger bundled with the Galaxy Tab S7 is apparently going to be the same one that accompanied the Galaxy Tab S6. The Tab S series represent some of the most premium Android tablets on the market, with a price tag and specs to match – though from this latest leak it doesn't appear that the charging capabilities are going to be all that impressive. With the increased chatter around the new Samsung tablet, the start of August looks a good bet for when it's going to be made official. If you're curious about what it's going to look like, some renders have already appeared on the web. New Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 leaks point to an imminent launch
  18. Samsung announces the QVO 870 SSD with double the capacity of its predecessor Samsung today announced the QVO 870 consumer SSD, its second-generation SSDs using quad-level cell (QLC) technology. The company debuted QLC SSDs in late 2018 with the QVO 860 SSD, which came in sizes up to 4TB. The new model doubles the maximum capacity, with an "industry-leading" 8TB of storage space. In addition to a significant bump in storage capacity, the new model also promises enhanced performance and reliability. The drive uses a single-level cell (SLC) buffer to help maintain its peak performance for longer, since QLC storage tends to be slower in exchange for the higher capacity in a smaller physical package. The SLC buffer is variable, with up to 42GB on the 1TB model and up to 78GB on the larger models. It promises slightly higher sequential read and write speeds, plus up to 13% better random read speeds. However, despite the promised improvements, the spec sheet doesn't look all that different between the new model and the previous one. Here's a quick comparison between the two: QVO 860 QVO 870 Interface SATA 6 Gbps SATA 6 Gbps Form factor 2.5-inch 2.5-inch Storage memory Samsung V-NAND 4-bit MLC (QLC) Samsung V-NAND 4-bit MLC (QLC) Controller Samsung MJX Controller Samsung MKX Controller DRAM 4GB LPDDR4 for 4TB 2GB LPDDR4 for 2TB 1GB LPDDR4 for 1TB 8GB LPDDR4 (8TB) 4GB LPDDR4 (4TB) 2GB LPDDR4 (2TB) 1GB LPDDR4 (1TB) Capacity 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, and 8TB Sequential Read/Write Speed Up to 550/520 MB/s Up to 560/530 MB/s Random Read/Write Speed Up to 97K/89K IOPS Up to 98K/88K IOPS Total Bytes Written 1,440TB (4TB) 720TB (2TB) 360TB (1TB) 2,880TB (8TB) 1,440TB (4TB) 720TB (2TB) 360TB (1TB) The new QVO 870 SSD is available for pre-order starting today on Samsung's website, with a shipping date of July 17, though the 8TB model doesn't seem to be available yet (Tom's Hardware reports that variant will launch in August). It starts with a 1TB option at $129.99, and the 4TB costs $499.99. Samsung didn't say how much the 8TB model will go for. Samsung announces the QVO 870 SSD with double the capacity of its predecessor
  19. If your Samsung Blu-ray player is endlessly rebooting, you're not alone Numerous users with numerous problems (Image credit: Samsung) A somewhat serious software snag seems to have hit a range of Samsung Blu-ray players in recent days, with owners complaining that their disc-playing devices are stuck in an endless reboot loop. With reports from Reddit, Samsung support forums, ZDNet and elsewhere flooding in, it looks as though the issue affects a variety of different models – and at the time of writing there's no explanation or fix. Users say their Blu-ray players are cycling through various screens with no way to get out of the loop, leaving the devices pretty much useless. That's not ideal when you've paid good prices to watch your high-resolution Blu-ray discs in the comfort of your home. According to what we've read online, restarting the Blu-ray players doesn't solve the problem, and nor does performing a hard reset to make the devices start up fully again from scratch. Borked Blu-ray blues From the user reports posted online, it sounds as though Samsung is aware of the problem, though it hasn't yet made an official statement about it or offered anything in the way of a fix. Hopefully, a new software update might be enough to get all of these Blu-ray players working again. If not, it's possible that those with affected machines will have to send them back to Samsung to be repaired in-house. While no one knows for sure what's causing these issues, the most likely culprit is an expired security certificate that means the players can't properly connect to the web. A botched firmware update might also be to blame. Not everyone experiencing problems is seeing their devices stuck in a loop – some players are staying on, but won't respond to button pushes. If an expired security certificate is to blame, then it wouldn't be the first time. If your Samsung Blu-ray player is endlessly rebooting, you're not alone
  20. Samsung explains how the Galaxy S20 secure chip protects against hardware attacks Samsung prides itself on offering various security features with its smartphone products such as Samsung Knox for data isolation, Secure Wi-Fi for safe browsing via public networks, and Find My Mobile for remote blocking of a device in case of theft. In addition, its Galaxy S20 lineup comes with a secure chip, part of the Knox platform, that shields user data from advanced hardware attacks. Today, the company detailed the method by which its Secure Element chip works to fend off various types of attacks on the hardware level. Samsung says the processor isolates confidential data stored on the device using a physical shield. That component is in addition to Samsung's encryption tools, of course. The chip also detects irregular voltage or temperature changes, which could signal malicious attempts by attackers to tamper with device hardware. Additionally, the processor has security algorithms designed to stop side-channel attacks. The Secure Element chip also protects the Galaxy S20 on the lock screen level. In particular, the system ensures that PINs, patterns, or passwords are safe from being guessed by preventing attackers from resetting the error counter, a tool for tracking failed unlock attempts. Last but not least, it protects private keys or sensitive data on third-party apps. While this chip has been initially incorporated into the Galaxy S20 phones, Samsung is also making it available on devices built by other OEMs. Source: Samsung explains how the Galaxy S20 secure chip protects against hardware attacks (Neowin)
  21. Hi all Yesterday I mounted a SSD drive on my mobo to accelerate my computer. And a strange thing happened : - I switched off my computer, put the SSD in its slot, screwed it and rebooted. - The pc booted fine. I entered the bios to verify that my new disk was there and... no, it was not. The M2.1 slot - where i put the SSD - was marked "empty". Argg... Never mind, I launched Windows 10. The OS found a new drive and asked me to initialize it for future use, what I did. I then ran the samsung utility (Samsung Magician). All worked fine. The speed is ok as you can see on the picture. I rebooted, re-entered the Bios, to see if i missed something... The M2.1 slot was still empty but, strange thing, the SSD was found in the boot order section. I quit the bios ,pressed F8 to access the Boot menu : and, yes, my new drive was there. So, i do not worry about that, but i would like to know if anybody had encountered this situation. And if someone has an explanation.... it would be great too Thank you for reading Config : Asus Prime X470-pro with an AMD Ryzen 5 2600 (2019) Samsung EvoPlus NVMe M2 (250 Go) Windows 10 x64
  22. Samsung has shipped one million EUV-based DRAM modules Samsung has announced that it has shipped one million 10nm-class (D1x) DDR4 (Double Data Rate 4) DRAM modules. The new product is based on extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology. The modules have also completed customer evaluations opening “the door to more cutting-edge EUV process nodes for use in premium PC, mobile, enterprise server and datacenter applications.” According to the Korean firm, it is the first to use the EUV process to develop DRAM products. It helps overcome challenges in DRAM scaling by reducing repetitive steps in multi-patterning. This leads to enhanced performance from the hardware as well as a shortened development time. Discussing the product, Jung-bae Lee, executive vice president of DRAM Product & Technology at Samsung Electronics, said: “With the production of our new EUV-based DRAM, we are demonstrating our full commitment toward providing revolutionary DRAM solutions in support of our global IT customers. This major advancement underscores how we will continue contributing to global IT innovation through timely development of leading-edge process technologies and next-generation memory products for the premium memory market.” Samsung plans to fully deploy EUV in future generations of DRAM products starting with the 4th-generation 10-nm class (D1a) or the 14nm-class DRAM. Samsung expects to produce those products next year. Source: Samsung has shipped one million EUV-based DRAM modules (Neowin)
  23. 1000R — Samsung tries to make ultra-curved office monitors a thing with new T55 lineup Curved monitors aren't just for gamers, Samsung says. They're for "eye comfort." First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all 5 images. Samsung has revealed a lineup of productivity, home, and office-targeted monitors with 1000R curvature. Labeled the T55 series, these new monitors take a concept Samsung already applied to gaming monitors earlier this year at CES and makes the case that there's value in an ultra-curved form for more than just gamers, who have more often been adopters of curved displays. Carrying the monikers C24T55, C27T55, and C32T55 at 24, 27, and 32 inches respectively, each monitor has a 75Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync support. Gamers sometimes seek monitors with higher 120 or 144Hz refresh rates, but in this case, the goal is just to make scrolling through documents that much smoother—no more, no less. Other shared specs include 4ms response times, 250 nits of maximum brightness, 3,000:1 typical contrast ratios, 1,920 by 1,080-pixel resolutions, and VA panels. Those are all pretty standard specs for contemporary office monitors, so the pitch here compared to competing options is all about those curved displays. This curve is a little more aggressive than in some other curved monitors on the market, and Samsung argues that a "1000R display fits the human field of view for less eye strain." Whereas gamers or media consumers often buy curved monitors because it may be seen by some as a more immersive experience, the pitch Samsung is going with for workplace uses seems to be all about eye strain and comfort. On its product pages for the T44 monitors, Samsung boasts of TÜV Rheinland certification for the 24- and 27-inch models, but not for the 32-inch, saying: T55 received a high-performance curved display (1000R) and eye comfort certificate for its superior 1000R curved display from TÜV Rheinland; a leading international Testing, Inspection, and Certification body. Samsung also cites a "comprehensive clinical study conducted by Prof. Seong-Joon Kim at Seoul National University Hospital" that concludes that curved monitors are better for addressing eye strain than traditional monitors. In specs like resolution and refresh rate, these monitors lag far behind the curved Odyssey G9 and G7 monitors Samsung previously announced, but for most office use cases, that doesn't matter. We'll just have to see whether officer workers and the professionals who supply them heed Samsung's call to buck tradition and follow its pitch about curved displays in the workplace. Listing image by Samsung Source: Samsung tries to make ultra-curved office monitors a thing with new T55 lineup (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link)
  24. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra’s 120Hz display is a huge battery hog It recharges quickly though, thanks to world's first USB Fast Charger Certification (Image credit: Future) One of the star features of Samsung’s latest Galaxy S20 Ultra flagship smartphone is its ability to run its display at a silky smooth 120Hz, but as discovered by our sister site Tom’s Guide, this optional setting doesn’t play nice with overall battery life. The team conducted a series of tests that compared the beastly 6.9-inch handset’s battery life in both 60Hz and 120Hz refresh rate modes, measuring how long it would last on average while continuously surfing the web with a screen brightness of 150 nits. Tom’s Guide found that the phone’s massive 5,000mAh cell would last on average about 12 hours in the 60Hz mode, but when the same was done in the 120Hz mode, the test results weighed in at just over 9 hours, representing almost 3 hours (or 25%) less battery life than in the default 60Hz mode. A larger battery drain when using this boosted mode isn’t necessarily surprising, but the extent of its impact is worth noting for those trying to eke out extra life from their Galaxy S20 Ultra. As mentioned, the 60Hz mode is enabled by default, and with it you get an increased resolution (3,200 x 1,440 pixels) compared to 120Hz mode (2,400 x 1,080 pixels), so we’d recommend only switching it on when gaming or if you’re not that bothered by a shorter battery life. Officially fast Thankfully, battery-life related news on the S20 Ultra isn’t all bad today, with the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) announcing that the Galaxy S20 range of smartphones has just become the first ever to receive its USB Fast Charger Certification. While plenty of handsets have already been released with some form of fast charging, what separates the Galaxy S20 range (according to USB-IF) is its support for the Programmable Power Supply (PPS) feature. In brief, this should allow Samsung’s latest flagships to manage heat more effectively while charging rapidly and, in turn, work more optimally with any third party fast charger... so long as that charger also has the same certification and is able to produce the required current and voltage. Without PPS, the phone and charger aren’t able to effectively communicate with each other in order to determine the maximum speed at which the charger can charge, so instead it would default to a slower, safer option. The certification is great news for the future of fast charging, but at present, there aren’t too many options available that support the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus 25W fast charging, and even fewer for the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s 45W, so sticking to a Samsung-made charger is still (and perhaps unsurprisingly) recommended. Source: The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra’s 120Hz display is a huge battery hog (TechRadar)
  25. Coronavirus case confirmed at Samsung's mobile device factory in South Korea Samsung has confirmed that one of its employees working at its mobile device factory in Gumi City, South Korea has been infected with coronavirus. The company says it has already closed that facility and the shutdown will last until Monday. In a press statement, the tech giant announced that other workers who came in contact with the infected employee have been put under self-quarantine. They will also be tested for possible infection. The floor where the infected employee worked has also been shut down until February 25, Tuesday. The Gumi factory is responsible for producing smartphones meant mostly for the domestic market of Samsung. That said, the company will continue operations at its chip and display factories in other parts of South Korea. Coronavirus has disrupted the tech community over the past couple of months, most notably when tech companies such as LG, Nvidia, ZTE, and Ericsson have started withdrawing from the Mobile World Congress that was set to take place in Barcelona later this month. Samsung was also reported to be cutting back on its MWC presence due to safety concerns related to the virus. Eventually, the GSM Association decided to cancel the event entirely following an escalation of "global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak". Source: Coronavirus case confirmed at Samsung's mobile device factory in South Korea (Neowin)
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