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  1. Official Galaxy Note 10 images leak, show off the big, boxy body It's big. It's rectangular. It probably doesn't have a headphone jack. The Galaxy Note 10. This is the smaller version. Samsung's next flagship, the Galaxy Note 10, is due just a month from now on August 7. We've already seen interpretive renders from OnLeaks, but now, thanks to two separate sources, WinFuture and Ishan Agarwal, we can get a look at Samsung's official press images for the Note 10. It looks like the earlier renders from OnLeaks were spot on, with the official images showing the same very rectangular design, slim bezels, and centered, front-facing camera. These official images show us two color options so far: black and a shimmery "silver" color, which looks like it has a color-shift feature going on. There are going to be two different sizes of the Galaxy Note this year, with the larger model called either "Plus" or "Pro." On the back of both devices you'll find a main camera module with three lenses, while the larger model has an extra depth-sensing camera setup on the back. The camera model protrudes a tiny bit out of the back of the phone, which is different from the earlier OnLeaks renders. There's no view of the bottom of the phone, but the device will reportedly be Samsung's first flagship without a headphone jack. Samsung's images do not show a Bixby button, which in the past has been an extra physical side button that summons Samsung's half-baked voice assistant. Android Police reported earlier that the Galaxy Note 10 would have pressure sensitive buttons—perhaps Samsung will use a Pixel-style squeeze gesture to launch Bixby? The rumored specs for the Note 10 all claim somewhere around a 6.3-inch display for the smaller version and a 6.7-inch display for the larger version. As usual, the internals should be pretty close to this year's Galaxy S phone, with a Snapdragon 855 SoC and at least 6GB of RAM. We'll learn a lot more about the phone during the launch event next month. Listing image by Ishan Agarwal Source: Official Galaxy Note 10 images leak, show off the big, boxy body (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link.)
  2. The Galaxy Note 10 launches August 7 Samsung's next big phone launch happens next month. Samsung has officially announced the launch event for its next flagship smartphone. Galaxy Unpacked 2019 takes place August 7 at 4pm ET, when the company will show off the Galaxy Note 10 in all its glory. Samsung sent out invitations to the press today for Galaxy Unpacked, and the invite leaves no doubt as to the star of the show: the Galaxy Note's trademark S-Pen points straight at a camera lens. So far our best look at the Galaxy Note 10 has come from renders made by Onleaks. Since then, a set of extra-blurry photos of the Note 10 has popped up that matches up with the renders. Both the photos and the renders show an aggressively rectangular body with curved displays images. Samsung's front camera still lives in a hole punch, but this time it's centered along the top edge, instead of being tucked away in the corner. Samsung seems to have also given up on the dual front cameras that shipped on the Galaxy S10+, opting instead for a single front camera. And speaking of plus models, this year the Galaxy Note 10 will come in two sizes. The blurry photos that leaked earlier pegged the larger version as the "Note 10+," although we've also heard it referred to as the Note 10 Pro. This "smaller" model reportedly has a 6.3-inch display, while the plus version has a 6.75-inch display and an extra rear time-of-flight camera. Both phones will reportedly be Samsung's first time axing the headphone jack. Of course, we signed up for the event, so we'll have all the news from the show on August 7. Listing image by Samsung Source: The Galaxy Note 10 launches August 7 (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link)
  3. Samsung will reportedly release a new Galaxy phone that you can fold in half, like the rumored Motorola Razr. Rather than trying to make another tablet like the troubled Galaxy Fold, the company wants to make a device that's more convenient to carry your phone around. Reported by the Korean publication ET News — which is consistently accurate — the foldable phone will start production as soon as November of this year and will launch in the first half of 2020. The Razr-like Samsung clamshell will allegedly use a 6.7-inch screen just like the Galaxy S10 5G. It would vertically fold in half right in the middle, so you can easily fit it in your jeans or throw it in your bag. Not only is it a more convenient format to carry around but it will also automatically protect the screen against scratches in a purse. Like the old Razr — and apparently the incoming foldable Razr, seen above — the Samsung Galaxy foldable clamshell will have an external 1-inch screen for notifications, so you don’t have to open the phone every time a message or a news alert pops up. According to ET News, Samsung remains committed to the foldable phone. Rather than dialling back, they are ready to double down with this new format, which apparently has many executives really excited. As Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Ko said last August, there’s a long-term roadmap for this product line. The report also says that the Galaxy Fold’s design problems will be fixed “soon”. Once that’s done, Samsung will again put its weight behind that model and this new clamshell. I don’t know about you, but almost a third of my 6.39-inch Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is always popping out of my jeans’ back pocket. The idea of folding it in half to carry it and getting back to normal size at any time with a flip sounds perfect. Source
  4. Not even smart TVs are safe from viruses and malware. Nearly anything that connects to the internet can be hacked. And that includes Samsung's QLED TVs. In a tweet, Samsung US support account shared a video Sunday outlining how users can scan their smart TVs for viruses. It is unclear what prompted the tweet or why the process seems to be opt-in as opposed to the operating system automatically scanning for viruses in the background. Samsung did not immediately respond to a CNET request for comment. The company deleted the tweet Monday morning. In response to questions, the account replied on Twitter that the video was posted "for customer's education and to have it as a troubleshooting step" and not necessarily in response to any particular threat. To scan for viruses on your Samsung QLED TV, head to "settings" then "general." Once there, scroll down to "system manager," click on the tab labeled "smart security" and then "scan." This will trigger the built-in anti-virus software to scan your television. Nearly all of Samsung's TVs above 40-inches feature Wi-Fi, making them "smart TVs." They can connect to the internet and stream content from Netflix, YouTube and other services without needing a separate device such as a Roku, Chromecast or Apple TV. Many of the company's TVs run Tizen, a proprietary operating system that features a web browser and app store and thereby providing two ways for nefarious software to get onto your television. This includes Samsung's premium QLED lineup which the company singled out in the tweet. Source
  5. (Reuters) - Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices announced a multi-year partnership with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd for the development of mobile graphics techology based on its AMD Radeon graphics chips. AMD will license its custom graphics intellectual property (IP) to Samsung for use in mobile devices, including smartphones, and other products while Samsung will pay AMD technology license fees and royalties. Shares of AMD rose 4% in premarket trading. Source
  6. Tons of ingress points allow dirt to enter the device and damage the display. It might be delayed for at least a month, but Samsung's futuristic Galaxy Fold has hit the iFixit Teardown table. How exactly did iFixit get its hands on a phone that has never been for sale and has had all its review units recalled? It's probably best not to think too much about it. What matters is that we get to see the insides! Between this teardown and an earlier blog post, iFixit has been building a compelling theory for why the Fold has been dying an early death for some reviewers. The problem, simply, is ingress. While most other smartphones are resistant to the ingress of just about everything, to the point of being watertight, the Galaxy Fold is full of holes. Traditional slab-style smartphones have their displays bonded to a Gorilla Glass panel, which is then glued onto the front of the phone for a water-tight seal. That doesn't work for a foldable display that needs to bend and move, so the Galaxy Fold has a plastic display that rests on top of the phone and is held on only with a thin, plastic bezel that is glued along the edge. These bezels aren't flexible enough to cover the folding area of the phone, though, so they just don't. The plastic bezel stops before the hinge, so the display edge is just exposed to the world, opening a hole into the device. You can actually stick stuff under the display at this point, and if the wrong bit of anything gets stuck under the display, it can push into the back of the display and damage it. To make matters worse, when folded, the flexible display is designed to lift away from the rigid phone body somewhat, providing an ample ingress space for pocket lint and other detritus. If dirt gets behind the display when folded, and then you unfold it, the hinge mechanism can push the dirt into the back of the display, damaging it. The hinge is also an ingress point into the phone. Large gaps along the left and right of the spine allow bits of dirt to enter the phone, but considering this is on the back of the phone, it's probably not as much of a threat to the display as the hole in the front. So far we've seen three Galaxy Folds with lumps under the display. In the initial reports, the Verge's review unit famously had a bit of something go behind the display and destroy it. Then Swiss site Blick had something that "looked and felt like a grain of sand" appear under the display, but eventually it dissapeared. YouTuber Michael Fisher has been the third victim, saying, "A little grain of something found its way beneath my Galaxy Fold display." Fisher had to return his phone before it could be determined if the display would have died. OLED displays are extremely fragile—much more fragile than LCDs—and can't survive when exposed to oxygen or moisture. A thin "encapsulation" layer is the only thing protecting the OLED display from the outside world, and if anything damages this layer, like say, a bit of pocket lint, the display is toast. The second problem with the Galaxy Fold was from people removing the plastic screen protector, which was enough to damage the fragile OLED display. iFixit notes that this screen protector looks very similar to the one pre-installed on devices like the Galaxy S10 and asks if users aren't supposed to remove it, "Why not extend this layer under the bezels to hide it from peel-happy folks like us?" The only explanation we can come up with is that the display protector was a last-second solution slapped onto the devices after they were manufactured. After being told not to remove this layer, iFixit still removed this layer (some temptations are too strong to resist), and sure enough, this tiny bit of stress was enough to kill the display. As for the non-display parts of the phone, the hinge for the Galaxy Fold is an ultra complicated work of art. There are so many folding and moving parts that the hinge is just mesmerizing once the exterior cladding is removed. We can't embed it here, but iFixit has a video of the naked hinge working, and it's a must see. Inside you'll find two batteries, one on the left and right side of the phone, and after that iFixit notes that you're down to "pretty standard-looking Galaxy smartphone parts." Every phone on the iFixit bench gets a repairability score, and the Galaxy Fold gets a meager "2." The site cites the loads of glue used on the backs and batteries as making a repair harder than it needs to be and says the hinge, lack of ingress protection, and fragile display will make repairs more likely in the future. With the Galaxy Fold being delayed at least a month for reworking, we'll have to keep an eye on any changes between this first version and what is eventually released. Will Samsung do something about all the ingress points? Will the screen protector be extended under the bezel so it can't be pulled off? For now, the last official word from Samsung was that it is still investigating what it will do with the Fold and has promised an update in "the coming weeks." Source: iFixit’s Samsung Galaxy Fold teardown reveals how the phone is dying (Ars Technica) Poster's note: The original article contains several image galleries. To view the complete article, please visit the above link.
  7. Samsung launches IoT processor Exynos i T100 The Internet of Things processor is optimised for data communications shorter than 100 metres, Samsung said. Samsung's Exynos i T100 is an IoT processor aimed at short-distance communications. ( Image: Samsung) Samsung has launched an Internet of Things (IoT) processor aimed at providing short-distance data communications, the company announced. The Exynos i T100 can be used in small IoT devices such as gas detectors, temperature controllers, window sensors, as well as smart lights, and was designed to be used for data communications within distances shorter than 100 metres. It can also be used for wearable devices, Samsung said. The South Korean tech giant introduced the Exynos i brand of IoT processors back in 2017, with the launch of Exynos i T200 chip, which uses Wi-Fi connections. The company also launched the Exynos i S111 last year, which uses LTE modem. The T100 chip will support Bluetooth 5.0 and Zigbee 3.0, and can also handle up to 125 degrees celsius of heat. It also has a security sub-system hardware block for data encryption and a physical unclonable function that creates a unique identity for each chipset. Like its predecessors, the T100 chip is made with the 28-nm process. South Korea has a very high Wi-Fi penetration rate and telcos have launched their own Narrow Band IoT and LTE-M networks. The country has already seen various application of IoT services such as water meters in cold climate and fire sensors in subways that utilises these networks. Source
  8. Samsung's "Sero" is a 43-inch TV mounted on a rotating stand. It's tough to stand out in the TV market, where everyone is shipping beautiful 4K panels in pretty much whatever size you want. Samsung is hoping to turn heads with a few wild "concept lifestyle TV" designs, which it rounded up in a Korean-language press release today. There's the previously announced "The Frame," which looks like a framed picture and displays artwork when not in use. There's "The Serif," which is mounted on four legs, looking kind of like a canvas easel. And then there's the real head-turner, "The Sero," which is a vertical TV. The Sero isn't vertical all the time. The 43-inch panel is mounted on a rotating stand, allowing you to get up, walk over to the TV, and swing it from landscape to portrait—kind of like working the world's biggest smartphone. Through Google Translate, Samsung's press release tells us it "analyzed the characteristics of the Millennial generation" to come up with the TV design, which is purpose-built for watching the vertical videos you find on services like Instagram. Of course, the scourge of vertical videos was created because people couldn't be bothered to rotate their 5-inch smartphones, so I'm unsure about the idea that people will get off the couch to rotate their 43-inch TV. Samsung says the TV comes with NFC pairing and a "simple mirroring function" to get your smartphone videos on the TV. Like Samsung's other TVs, this has an ambient mode that can display images, photos, clocks, and more when not in use. There's a microphone with Samsung's Bixby assistant built in. The Sero will launch in Korea in May, and the 43-inch TV—which comes in only one size—can be had for a whopping ₩18.9 million ($16,300). Source: Samsung built a $16,000 vertical TV for (who else?) the millennials (Ars Technica) Poster's note: To view the original article's image gallery, please visit the above link.
  9. The ultimate all-in-one style mobile device has been a desire for years, and even though Canonical themselves tried and failed to fund their own Ubuntu phone, Samsung’s Linux on DeX beta has actually realised the full desktop OS on a mobile device experience. While we trialled the beta software at the tail end of last year on the Galaxy Note 9, it was only available to those who had access to the Note 9 or Galaxy Tab S4. That did leave a sour taste in the mouth for many wanting to try out Linux on their own Samsung handsets. Samsung has today confirmed that the Linux on DeX beta has now extended to a further set of devices, and now fully supports Android Pie and their own One UI OS skin. Users with the Galaxy S9, S9+, S10, S10e, S10+, S10 5G and the Tab S5e can now download the application and get started with Linux on their Galaxy devices. It’s worth noting that to download and install the app, you will need 8GB of free storage space on your device available. Galaxy devices supported Android Oreo Note9 Tab S4 Android Pie Note9 S9 & S9+ S10, S10e, S10+, S10 5G Tab S4 Tab S5e While fans of other Linux distros may not be too happy using Ubuntu, the ability to flick between Android and then a fully fledged desktop OS is still neat even if you’re a fervent advocate for another version fork of Linux. How to install Linux on DeX Download the Linux on DeX beta application. Ensure you have at least 8GB of storage remaining on your Galaxy device Once you are accepted to the Linux on DeX beta program you will receive a link to download the application on your Samsung device. Open the application and download the official Ubuntu build for Samsung DeX devices to your local storage. Once completed, you can assign storage limits before launching directly into your Ubuntu desktop. What can you do with Linux on DeX beta? Download your source code from Git repository and run and maintain your code base Manage and monitor your server using server CLI Create C/C++/Java projects using your favorite IDE Enjoy a true desktop PC experience using an Android-powered device Where can you get DeX? Get the Samsung DeX docking station Get the Samsung DeX Pad Get the Samsung DeX cable It’s worth noting that the Linux on DeX beta is not guaranteed to lead to a fully fledged release on Samsung devices in future. That said, the beta program being opened up to more devices is a great sign that we will eventually see Linux on future Galaxy devices. Source
  10. Shiny technology trumps end-user experience in the latest Samsung flagship. Samsung's flagship Galaxy S smartphone line is back with the Galaxy S10 and S10+. Since the launch of the Galaxy S8 in 2017, Samsung has stuck with the same basic design for two years across four major devices: the S8, Note8, S9, and Note9. The Galaxy S10 firmly fits into the Galaxy S8 family tree, but with new display and fingerprint technology, the S10 represents the biggest design upgrade since that release in 2017. As usual, Samsung is gunning for the title of "spec-sheet champion" with the Galaxy S10, and the company is turning in devices with bigger displays, bigger batteries, faster SoCs, more RAM, and more storage. This is one of the first devices that gives us a look at the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, and it's also one of the first devices with "Wi-Fi 6," aka 802.11ax support. The S10 is also the first device with a Qualcomm-made ultrasonic fingerprint reader, and it features Samsung's new "hole-punch" display tech for the camera cutout. If all that's not enough for you, the Galaxy S10+ can hit even more stratospherically high configurations—and prices—that would rival some laptops, topping out at 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage for a whopping $1,600. We reviewed the bigger Galaxy S10+, where even the base configuration results in a $1,000 smartphone. And if spending that much cash, we're not really in the mood for the kinds of excuses and compromises that would be acceptable at a lower price point. When a device manufacturer turns up with sky-high prices like this, it's only fair to go in with sky-high expectations. <snip> Poster's note: The original article is multi-page and contains several image galleries and tables. For the complete article please visit the link below. Source: Galaxy S10+ review: Too many compromises for the sky-high price (Ars Technica)
  11. Samsung's fancy folding OLED panels are dying after just a few days. Samsung's futuristic Galaxy Fold is launching this month, and the device has already made its way to a select group of reviewers and influencers. During the run-up to the device's launch, there were concerns about the durability of the folding display, and now after just a few days with the public, the device is already experiencing problems. There are numerous reports of Samsung's $2,000 device breaking after a single day, sometimes due to poor durability, other times due to user error. First up, we have a report from Dieter Bohn at The Verge, who had a piece of debris get under the Galaxy Fold display (possibly through the hinge?) and press up against the back of the display. In addition to causing an unsightly bump in the OLED panel, it eventually pressed against the display enough to break it, killing a few horizontal and vertical rows of pixels. Since the Galaxy Fold folds in half, the flexible OLED display quickly forms a visible crease in the middle. People were worried about the durability of folding a display in half like this, and it looks like Steve Kovach of CNBC has experienced everyone's worst fear: his Galaxy Fold display broke right along the fold crease—all the pixels in the folding area went black and the screen started flickering like crazy. We've also seen some reviewers peel off a layer of the display on purpose, thinking it was a removable protective layer that many phones ship with. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman shared a gruesome photo of a removed layer of display film, saying, "The phone comes with this protective layer/film. Samsung says you are not supposed to remove it. I removed it, not knowing you’re not supposed to (consumers won’t know either). It appeared removable in the left corner, so I took it off. I believe this contributed to the problem." The "problem" Gurman is referring to is his totally dead Galaxy Fold display. After removing the layer of the display, first the left half of the display died, then the display completely died. YouTuber Marques Brownlee also tried peeling off this protective layer, thinking it was just a display protector for shipping. After picking at the layout a bit, Brownlee says "the display spazzed and blacked out. Started over with a replacement." Right now we're at the very edge of viability for folding smartphones, and the Galaxy Fold is the first device from a serious manufacturer that is reaching the hands of the masses. For this first year, foldables are definitely first-generation, early adopter devices, with delicate plastic screen covers, visible display creases, radical new hinge designs, and a variety of competing form factors in development. So far Samsung has been suspiciously protective of the Galaxy Fold, and despite announcing it in February alongside the Galaxy S10, people haven't gotten to even touch the device until this week. The early hype for the Galaxy Fold seems to have struck a chord with consumers, with Samsung.com citing "overwhelming demand" and selling out of Galaxy Fold pre-orders in just a day. Devices ship to the general public April 26, so if the final production units have the same problems, we'll see a lot more reports then. So far, Samsung has not commented on these durability problems. Place your bets on where this issue will rank among exploding smartphones or S-Pens jamming in devices. Source: Bendgate 2.0: Samsung’s $2,000 foldable phone is already breaking (Ars Technica) Poster's note: The article contains an image slideshow. Please visit the above link to view it.
  12. Samsung develops EUV 5nm chip process Samsung Electronics has successfully developed a 5nm semiconductor process to gain more chip-making clients, pushing Moore's Law to its limit. Samsung is leading the way in semiconductor integration by introducing the 5-nanometre process. (Image: Samsung) Samsung Electronics has successfully developed a 5nm semiconductor process using its touted Extreme Ultra Violet (EUV) technology, the company announced. The South Korean tech giant currently applies a 7nm process to the processors used in its flagship smartphone models -- most notably, the Galaxy S10. Samsung also has plans to begin mass production of a 6nm process this year, it said. The 5nm process will make chips 25% smaller and 20% more power efficient compared to those made with a 7nm process. The company is expected to commercialise the new process sometime next year. Clients who designed their chips based on the 7nm process will be able to take the intellectual property rights they are already using and apply them to the new process, Samsung said, to allow clients to conserve costs. The company introduced its EUV 7nm processback in 2017 and has been competing fiercely with rival TSMC to lock down clients. As late, Samsung has placed more resources into its logic chips and contract-chip making businesses, which has traditionally fallen behind its memory semiconductor business. Earlier this month, Samsung began mass production of its 5G network chips to get an early footing in the next-generation wireless market. The firm's logic chip boss previously told ZDNet that 5G would provide Samsung with an "unimaginable business opportunity". Source
  13. Samsung Has Just Fixed the Biggest Galaxy S10 Bug Samsung is currently in the process of rolling out a new update for the Galaxy S10 that resolves one of the biggest annoyances on its new-generation flagship: the inconsistent experience with the fingerprint sensor. The Galaxy S10 embraces a completely new approach for Samsung’s high-end phone lineup, as it ditches the fingerprint reader on the back for a version that’s embedded into the screen. In other words, to unlock a Galaxy S10, you just have to touch the screen right on the sensor, and this thing should work even if you have a screen protector applied. But as many discovered the hard way, the experience with the Galaxy S10 fingerprint sensor has been inconsistent, to say the least. While the unlocking sometimes happened almost instantly, it often failed or took more than a couple of seconds.Update now rolling outThis new update is supposed to significantly refine the experience, as per this reddit thread. Users say their devices unlocks instantly every single time, with no error whatsoever. This can only be good news for Samsung Galaxy S10 users, especially because this update lands more than a month after the launch of the device. When I reviewed the Galaxy S10, my test unit came without the original fingerprint reader update installed and the way everything worked was rather painful. The first update improved things a little bit, but not to a degree that made it fully reliable 100 percent of the time. The new patch, which is just 6.9MB in size, is currently rolling out to devices across the world, but as with everything Samsung, there’s no ETA as to when you could get it. It’s all just a matter of luck for now, so we expect the South Korean company to provide a few more details about the update itself and whether we should expect further refinements to the fingerprint sensor in the coming months. Source
  14. Samsung to Launch the Galaxy S10 5G on April 5 Samsung announced the Galaxy S10 5G at the company’s Unpacked event on February 20 alongside all the other versions of the Galaxy S10, but while the standard models are already up for grabs, this particular configuration still isn’t. And it’s all because of the additional requirements that a 5G smartphone comes with at this point, so Samsung originally said the Galaxy S10 5G would hit the shelves by the end of March. However, it looks like the end of March has in the meantime become the first week of April. According to a recent report, the Galaxy S10 with 5G capabilities is projected to go up on sale on April 5 in South Korea. Needless to say, Samsung Galaxy S10 5G requires a 5G network, so the South Korean company is also planning to release the device in other markets where such infrastructure would go live.Pricy smartphoneIn the United States, for instance, Verizon plans to launch its 5G network on April 11, and Samsung has already started talks with the carrier to bring the Galaxy S10 5G to this market. The device will be exclusively available from Verizon in the United States, though details regarding the launch aren’t yet available. Most likely, Samsung plans to release the device here shortly after Verizon rolls out the 5G network, so expect further information in April. As for the pricing, the Galaxy S10 5G will obviously be the most expensive version of the entire lineup. In South Korea, for example, the device could cost more than $1,300 (at the existing currency rates), but full information will be provided by the parent company closer to launch. A pre-order program won’t be available for this model, and it’s expected that the original inventory would be rather limited, especially as Samsung doesn’t expect demand to beat the one of the standard Galaxy S10. Source
  15. Samsung's new mighty 12GB DRAM: This is chip you'll see in next-gen smartphones Samsung plans to triple the volume of 8GB and 12GB DRAM units in anticipation of higher demand for devices with massive memory. Samsung has started mass-producing RAM modules for smartphones with an almighty 12GB of capacity, which will pave the way for smartphones with bigger memory than many of today's laptops. The low-power double data rate 4X (LPDDR4X) package marks a 4GB bump on the highest capacity DRAM package that Samsung started mass-producing in July 2018. The 12GB module will help smartphone makers exploit new features coming to devices like five-camera setups, bigger displays, artificial intelligence and, of course, faster 5G networks. Users should experience faster multi-tasking and smoother switching between apps on big, high-resolution screens. Samsung also notes that the 1.1mm thick unit should help smartphone makers deliver thinner devices, while leaving more space for bigger batteries. "With mass production of the new LPDDR4X, Samsung is now providing a comprehensive line-up of advanced memory to power the new era of smartphones, from 12GB mobile DRAM to 512GB eUFS 3.0 storage," said Sewon Chun, executive vice president of memory marketing at Samsung Electronics. "Moreover, with the LPDDR4X, we're strengthening our position as the premium mobile memory maker best positioned to accommodate rapidly growing demand from global smartphone manufacturers." The 12GB RAM isn't quite as fast as the 8GB LPDDR5 RAM the company announced last year with data transfer rates of 6.4Gbps. However, the 12GB RAM still has a respectable transfer rate of 4.2Gbps. Samsung is delivering the 12GB RAM package by stacking six 16-gigabit LPDDR4X chips using its second-generation 10nm-class (1y-nm) process. As the company highlights in its announcement, RAM capacities have been climbing quickly over the past decade. In 2011, LPDDR3 RAM packages maxed out at 2GB. By 2014 Samsung was making 4GB LPDDR4 RAM. That doubled to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM in 2016. Samsung also announced that it will "more than triple" the units of 1y-nm-based 8GB and 12GB mobile DRAM supplied from its memory line in Pyeongtaek, Korea. Date Capacity Mobile DRAM Feb 2019 12GB 1y-nm 16Gb LPDDR4X, 4266Mb/s July 2018 8GB 1y-nm 16Gb LPDDR4X, 4266Mb/s April 2018 8GB (development) 1x-nm 8Gb LPDDR5, 6400Mb/s Sept 2016 8GB 1x-nm 16Gb LPDDR4X, 4266Mb/s Aug 2015 6GB 20nm (2z) 12Gb LPDDR4, 4266Mb/s Dec 2014 4GB 20nm (2z) 8Gb LPDDR4, 3200Mb/s Sept 2014 3GB 20nm (2z) 6Gb LPDDR3, 2133Mb/s Nov 2013 3GB 2y-nm 6Gb LPDDR3, 2133Mb/s July 2013 3GB 2y-nm 4Gb LPDDR3, 2133Mb/s April 2013 2GB 2y-nm 4Gb LPDDR3, 2133Mb/s Aug 2012 2GB 30nm-class 4Gb LPDDR3, 1600Mb/s 2011 1/2GB 30nm-class 4Gb LPDDR2, 1066Mb/s 2010 512MB 40nm-class 2Gb MDDR, 400Mb/s 2009 256MB 50nm-class 1Gb MDDR, 400Mb/s Samsung has produced a mobile DRAM timeline that goes back to just before the introduction of its first 1GB mobile DRAM in 2011. Image: Samsung The 12GB module will help smartphone makers exploit new features like five-camera setups, bigger displays, artificial intelligence, and faster 5G networks. Source
  16. Samsung Working on Innovative Sliding and Rotating Camera System for Mid-Rangers Now that the Galaxy S10 is official, Samsung could focus more on its other devices as well, and next in line to come with major improvements appears to be the eagerly-anticipated A90. As part of Samsung’s efforts to bring premium technology to its mid-range models, the company could innovate once again with a completely new camera system. According to information published by reliable leakster @OnLeaks, the Samsung Galaxy A90 might use a new camera design that features a sliding and rotating system. Technically, this would make it possible for Samsung to use the same unit as both rear and front-facing camera, eventually improving the quality of the selfies and video calls significantly. “According to new and yet unconfirmed but seemingly reliable source, #Samsung #GalaxyA90 will come with a sliding and rotating camera system (kinda mix between Oppo Find X and Oppo N1 systems) which allows the camera to be used as front and rear camera depending its position...” OnLeaks tweeted.Possibly coming to other modelsNeedless to say, this could also help Samsung avoid using a notch on the device. Despite turning to a notch on a few models, the South Korean firm is looking into all kinds of alternatives in order to skip this approach, especially because it made fun of it on several occasions in ads aimed at rival Apple. While Samsung has until now remained completely tight-lipped on everything related to the A90, the device will almost certainly introduce a new approach for the camera system. The same idea could then be borrowed for other models in Samsung’s lineup, though it will most likely be used on mid-rangers exclusively. This helps Samsung delay the use of the more expensive Infinity O displays on cheaper products, technically being able to keep the price at a lower level on devices that aren’t supposed to be expensive by any means. Source
  17. Samsung today announced the Galaxy S10 smartphone line-up during a Samsung Galaxy UNPACKED 2019 live event that took place in San Francisco, United States, where the company also unveiled the Galaxy Fold as its next-generation mobile device. Samsung's Galaxy S10 line-up consists of the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10 5G models, bringing users fresh mobile experiences with premium features. The devices feature the world's first Dynamic AMOLED display, next-generation triple-camera system, and first-ever in-display Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner. "Since its launch ten years ago, the Galaxy S series has stood for premium innovation – offering consumers an incredible experience, and the ability to find the device that’s right for them," said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. "Galaxy S10 builds on that incredible legacy, and delivers breakthrough display, camera, and performance innovations. With four premium devices, each built for a unique consumer in mind, Samsung is leveraging a decade of industry leadership to usher in a new era of smartphone technology." Galaxy S10 5G front Galaxy S10 5G back Galaxy S10 Ceramic front Galaxy S10 Ceramic side Developing story... Source
  18. (Reuters) - Apple Inc held talks with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and MediaTek Inc along with existing vendor Intel Corp to supply 5G modem chips for 2019 iPhones, according to an Apple executive’s testimony at a trial between Qualcomm Inc and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Friday. Between 2011 and 2016, Apple relied on San Diego-based Qualcomm as the sole supplier of such chips, which help iPhones connect to wireless networks. Starting in 2016, Apple split the business between Intel and Qualcomm, but in 2018, Apple moved solely to Intel for its newest phones. But Apple supply chain executive Tony Blevins testified on Friday that Apple has also considered MediaTek and Samsung, one of its largest rivals in the smart phone market, to supply the chips for the next generation of wireless networks known as 5G. Those networks are expected to start rolling out this year and provide faster data speeds than current 4G networks. The FTC is suing Qualcomm alleging the chip supplier engaged in anticompetitive patent licensing practices to preserve a dominant position in the premium modem chip market. On the stand at a federal courthouse in San Jose, California, Blevins testified that Apple has long sought multiple suppliers for modem chips but signed an agreement with Qualcomm to exclusively supply the chips because the chip supplier offered deep rebates on patent license costs in exchange for exclusivity. In 2013, Apple broke off work with Intel to start supplying modems for the iPad Mini 2 because Apple would lose its rebates by using Intel’s chips, rendering Intel’s products “economically unattractive” overall. Later that year after cost negotiations with Qualcomm did not go as Apple hoped, Apple kicked off “Project Antique” to secure a second modem supplier, Blevins testified. By 2016 and 2017, Apple introduced Intel’s modems in some of its iPhones but also still used Qualcomm chips. But Apple’s lawsuit against Qualcomm filed in early 2017 caused their business relationship to change “in a very profound and negative manner,” leading to using only Intel’s modems for the phones released last year. “The entire concept of Project Antique was to find a second supplier. No offense to (Intel) but we don’t want to be single supplier with them. We wanted both Qualcomm and (Intel) in the mix,” Blevins said. Blevins also testified Apple considered making Intel the sole supplier of modems for the Apple Watch, which added 4G connectivity in 2017 using Qualcomm chips. Blevins said that talking with Samsung, whose Galaxy and Note devices compete against the iPhone, is “not an ideal environment” for Apple, but that Samsung is currently the largest component supplier to Apple. Blevins did not say whether Apple had reached a decision on a 5G modem supplier or whether it would release a 5G iPhone in 2019. Citing sources, Bloomberg previously reported that Apple would not release such a phone until 2020. Source
  19. There's a problem with those calls to Delete Facebook: some people physically can't. Want to delete Facebook? Too bad. Some Samsung smartphone owners have found that they're unable to remove the pre-loaded Facebook app from their phones, according to a new report from Bloomberg. That's concerning for people who are trying to remove the mammoth social media app from their lives, either because they no longer enjoy it, or because they're concerned about their privacy and security. The new report also brings to light how little the public knows or has control over the app pre-load deals that Facebook makes with smartphone makers, including but not limited to Samsung. Most mobile phones come with some apps pre-loaded onto them, like email and messenger clients, or other utilities. But phone makers have also started including apps like Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, YouTube, and others as pre-installed apps. You can usually customize your phone, removing and adding apps as you like, though some are immutable; iPhone users couldn't remove certain annoying pre-loaded iPhone apps like Stocks until 2016. Facebook comes as one of the pre-installed apps on some Samsung devices, though Bloomberg reports that there is no list of all the Samsung and non-Samsung devices on which it is installed. Facebook declined to provide that information to Bloomberg as well. Apparently, when some Samsung users tried to delete the pre-installed Facebook app, they found there was simply no "delete" option. The best they could do was "deactivate." This reportedly means that the app stops functioning; it acts as if it's not there, but that little blue square remains. Facebook says that deactivating means that the Facebook app won't collect any data on you. And social media and reverse engineering expert points out that the pre-installed Facebook app is just a shell, or a placeholder — not the actual app. So it's not clear what simply having the defunct pre-loaded app on your phone could do, other than be annoying. However, Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg have been caught making misleading statements about the extent of data Facebook collects on both users and non-users plenty of times in the past few years. So its assurances that the deactivated apps won't affect users are not something users can (or should) necessarily trust. In the past year, Facebook has claimed its watchwords are "transparency" and "choice." But Facebook is declining to say with whom it has pre-install agreements and what the nature of those agreements is. And apparently some Samsung users simply do not have a choice about whether to completely remove Facebook from their digital lives. Sorry, isn't that the opposite of both transparency and choice? Just checking. Source
  20. Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Just in time for the holidays, Samsung has begun releasing its Android Pie update for the Galaxy S9. SamMobile was first to notice the German release, while other users on Twitter and Reddit have seen the update become available in the Netherlands and Slovakia as well. Along with the upgrades made by Google, Android Pie on the S9 also brings Samsung’s One UI, a new user experience which is intended to make apps easier to use on larger phones, amongst other improvements. Although this latest update has come to Samsung’s devices a lot more quickly than previous versions of Android did, the South Korean firm is still lagging behind the likes of Nokia, OnePlus, and even HTC with its update schedule. Google has previously attempted to speed up the adoption of new Android versions with Project Treble, but despite the program’s introduction in early 2017 only 21.5 percent of Android devices were running Android Oreo or later as of late October this year. Samsung is getting faster at issuing its Android updates. Galaxy S8 owners had to wait seven months after Oreo’s original release before it was available for their devices, while Android Nougat took at least five months to arrive on the Galaxy S7. At its annual developer’s conference, Samsung had said that it expected to release Pie in January 2019, which is when we should expect the full global rollout of the new software. source
  21. Samsung hasn't used the word 'Edge' in its phone names since the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, but it looks like the company might be bringing it back, as mention of a Samsung Galaxy S10 Edge has been spotted. The name was obtained by MobileFun (a phone accessory retailer), alongside the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite and Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. So in other words there might not be a handset just called the Samsung Galaxy S10, with the 'Edge' model taking its place as the standard phone. It's a name that could make a certain amount of sense, as it would help identify one of the main rumored differences between that model and the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite, namely a curved screen, but it's the first mention of this name that we've seen, so we'd take it with a pinch of salt. Lots of colors and a little protection Alongside these names, MobileFun also listed official accessories that are supposedly being made for the handsets and they come in a range of colors, such as black, green, white, blue, berry pink, yellow, red, grey and navy. It's possible that these relate to the colors of the phones themselves, but we doubt it, as it's unlikely Samsung would launch the Galaxy S10 range in such a wide variety of colors. Though some of those shades have been rumored before. Finally, the accessories also include mention of a pre-installed screen protector, so the Samsung Galaxy S10 range might come with a bit of protection straight out of the box. Though as with the names of the phones we'd take all of this with a dose of skepticism for now. The good news is that we shouldn't have too much longer to wait before we find out all the official details about the Galaxy S10 range, as it's likely to land in early 2019, possibly at MWC 2019 in February. source
  22. Samsung Samsung designed the Frame and Serif TVs to be stylish additions to your home, like some sort of art piece that you can also use to watch movies. So, it's not surprising that the tech giant has announced an upgrade that's supposed to make them look even better: The 2019 versions of the two models will come with QLED screens. According to Samsung, the QLED (or quantum dot-infused LED) technology will make their screens brighter and give them deeper contrasts with darker blacks. That's because quantum dots give the screen the power to produce more saturated colors. It also enables a bigger color volume, allowing the TV to display a bigger range of tones on the screen -- an element HDR mode needs to be able to replicate the colors and brightness we actually see in real life. In addition, Samsung is also growing its partnerships to give the Frame TV access to over 1,000 pieces of art that owners can display on its screen when they're not watching anything on it. As for Serif, it now has an ambient mode that displays images, news headlines and weather updates when the TV isn't on. Samsung will showcase both models at CES 2019. source
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  24. Almost a year after promising to release software that would let you turn select Android phones into full-fledged Linux PCs, Samsung is now allowing users to sign up for its Linux on DeX beta program and the company says the private beta will officially launch November 12th. In a nutshell, the software works by allowing you to download a desktop Linux distribution, set it up on a container, and launch it as if it were an Android app. The cool thing is that by supporting Samsung’s DeX platform, you can connect a monitor, mouse, and keyboard to your phone and use it like a desktop computer — while running desktop Linux apps. Samsung is accepting signups for the beta until December 14th and once you’re accepted into the program you’ll be prompted to install an app on your phone. You can either download a Linux image within the app or directly from Samsung’s website. For now Linux on DeX has a few significant limitations: The only operating system that’s officially supported so far is Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. The only two devices that are officially supported are the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S4. Only apps that are compiled for ARM 64-bit processors will “operate properly.” It’s possible that you might be able to get other operating systems to work with some tinkering, but Samsung says the disk image available for download from its site has been optimized for the DeX platform. The disk image itself is about 3.6 GB, but Samsung says you’ll probably want at least 8GB of free space on your device, as well as 4GB of RAM. If you plan to install additional packages, you’ll need more free space. Samsung notes that Linux on DeX runs in full-screen mode, but you can return to the Android user interface by moving the mouse cursor to the bottom of the screen and leaving it there for a second or so to bring up the Android navigation buttons. Don’t need a graphical user interface? Folks who are comfortable with a command line can use a terminal app to interact with Linux without switching to DeX mode. Source
  25. Despite having a domestic workforce of around 200,000 employees, fewer than 300 Samsung employees are part of a union, which seems a little curious. So South Korean regulators decided to dig a little deeper, and after a five-month investigation spurred by officials from South Korea’s Justice party, prosecutors have reportedly slapped Lee Sang-hoon, the chairman of Samsung’s board of directors, and 31 other Samsung execs and affiliates with charges of union sabotage. According to the Financial Times, prosecutors for the case say Samsung’s efforts to prevent its workforce from establishing unions is in violation of South Korean labor law and “an organised crime that mobilized the whole company to its full capacity.” Investigators claim some of the tactics employed by Samsung execs include threatening to cut the wages of employees linked to unions, pulling out of deals with subcontractors that appeared to be pro-union, and just generally hampering union activities. Compared to the national average of 10 percent, the number of Samsung employees that are part of a union stands at barely more than 0.01 percent. With Samsung’s revenues estimated as being worth as much as 17 percent of South Korea’s total GDP, however, it’s possible controlling Samsung may be too much for government regulators to handle. Source
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