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  1. Samsung’s beleaguered, $2,000 Galaxy Fold foldable smartphone has a new launch date in Korea: Sept. 6. The Galaxy Fold was scheduled to launch in the U.S. in April, but Samsung indefinitely delayed its release after multiple reviewers quickly experienced issues including flickering screens and hinge bulges—though some of the issues were apparently caused by reviewers pulling off a thin plastic screen protector that looked like it was removable packaging material. It was actually critical to the device’s functioning. In July, Samsung announced it had made improvements to the Fold’s design that resolved the screen protector issue and made the device more durable, setting a launch window of September 2019. In a post on the official Samsung blog, the company wrote that the Fold would go on sale in Korea on Friday, though it remained coy about when it would make its way to other markets including the U.S. and Europe: Samsung Electronics today announced the launch of the Galaxy Fold—a completely new category of mobile technology—available in Korea on September 6, followed by select countries including France, Germany, Singapore, U.K., U.S., and more, in Cosmos Black and Space Silver. With a 5G-ready option in select countries, consumers will be able to unfold the future on the fastest network speeds available. However, pre-registration for the phone went live on the Samsung website this week, indicating that the Korean launch is likely to be quickly followed by release elsewhere. In a separate post touting “premier” service for U.S. customers, Samsung wrote that it should be on the U.S. market in “coming weeks.” Luckily for Samsung, despite the months of delays, it is still on track to beat its closest competition: Huawei’s Mate X foldable phone has also faced major delays, with Huawei saying its launch window is now between September to November 2019. Samsung itself has reportedly moved on to a second-generation device that is much more compact than the tablet-sized Fold, according to Bloomberg, and has contracted luxury designer Thom Yorke to make it more stylish than its predecessor. Gizmodo encountered no problems with its own review unit, which we found to be a seriously flawed but also seriously exciting first stab at a foldable handheld device. If you’re still on the fence about whether to bet on a Galaxy Fold, check out our review here for what kind of trade-offs to expect. Source
  2. Samsung launches its first 5G-integrated CPU The Exynos 980's compelling story is the 8nm process—not the 5G modem itself. Enlarge / Samsung's Exynos 980 brings more device integration into the SoC, increasing battery life and allowing for more powerful auxiliary processors. Samsung Newsroom Today, Samsung announced the launch of its newest mobile processor, the Exynos 980. This system-on-chip, which should enter mass production later this year, includes an integrated 5G modem, NPU (neural processing unit), and Mali G76 GPU. How much should we care about 5G? 5G itself is probably not going to be a very big deal for most people. Aside from how relatively few and scattered 5G networks are for now, the really big speed increases for 5G happen on 5G FR2, the millimeter-wave band. The problem is, RF at millimeter wavelength has near-zero penetration—signals are easily blocked by walls, panes of glass, or even human bodies. This makes 5G FR2 a potentially great delivery mechanism for site-to-site networking—such as an external antenna feeding the wired or Wi-Fi network for a large building—but much less so for an individual phone, whose connection would be interrupted by entering a building, a car, or even the user turning around and putting their body in between the phone's antenna and the tower. 5G FR1, the sub-6GHz band, should be much more usable. It's difficult to tell how much benefit real-world users will get from 5G FR1 connections. Current real-world speed tests show 5G FR1 speeds of 400Mbps to 600Mbps. This looks great compared to real-world speed tests of 4G at typically 50Mbps—but there's a reason the 4G tests are so much slower, and that reason is congestion. 4G LTE is already capable of 1Gbps connections to stationary users, but there's not enough bandwidth to support anything like that much speed delivered to all of the connected consumers. Once 5G becomes a typical consumer use case rather than an uncommon and special one, we do expect to see some improvement over current 4G LTE—but don't expect 500Mbps to become the new normal. GPU and NPU The Exynos 980's GPU, Mali G76, is a significant improvement over earlier versions—roughly twice as fast as the Mali G71 used in earlier Samsung devices such as the Galaxy S8. It's still not quite as fast in most benchmarks as the Qualcomm Adreno 630 used in Google's Pixel 3 or Samsung's own Galaxy S9+, though, so while consumers should expect snappy game and app performance, the GPU isn't really a market game changer. The real-world impact of the NPU, or Neural Processing Unit, is still a bit of a question mark. Samsung claims that the Exynos 980's NPU is nearly three times as fast as the NPU used in earlier Exynos systems. We know that Samsung uses the NPU to enhance performance in its camera and augmented reality applications, but that's likely it—for now. We expect that utilization of on-board NPUs in smartphones and tablets will increase greatly in the near future, as software vendors catch on to the possibilities of real-time, on-device machine learning. A tale of shrinking process size This won't be Samsung's first foray into 5G mobile devices; the difference here is not 5G connectivity itself but the fact that the modem is built in to the SoC (System on Chip) rather than being an external device. Building the 5G modem directly on-die with the CPU means less physical space needed for the components inside the phone, as well as lower power consumption and heat generation. All of this is really made possible by the shrink to an 8nm process—by comparison, the Snapdragon 845 used by Google's flagship Pixel 3 phones is built on a 10nm process. This is a story we're seeing played out on all fronts this year. AMD shrank its CPU die process to 7nm earlier this year, allowing it to outperform Intel on both desktop and server CPUs. Intel itself gave us an even better example when it released both Ice Lake and Comet Lake notebook CPUs. Ice Lake, which is built on a 10nm process, was able to devote on-die space to a GPU three times as fast as the one in Comet Lake, which is still on a 14nm process. Source: Samsung launches its first 5G-integrated CPU (Ars Technica)
  3. If you are looking for the best wireless earbuds for your phone’s music, then Samsung is going to be very quick to point out that its Galaxy Buds have picked up the first ‘excellent’ rating for sound quality by a wireless device. Meanwhile Apple is going to be licking its wounds as the AirPods sit in a lowly 49th place in the same chart. Galaxy Buds charge wirelessly atop an S10 phone during the Samsung Unpacked product launch event in San Francisco, California on February 20, 2019 The rankings come from Consumer Reports’ study of the market, and it picks out a number of key features. Kim Eun-jin reports for Business Korea: The Galaxy Buds were ranked first with 86 points, while AirPods, which are used by about 60 percent of wireless earphone users, came in 49th with 56 points. Consumer Reports ranked the wireless earphones based on an evaluation of their sound quality and designs. In terms of sound quality, only the Galaxy Buds received the “Excellent” grade. Consumer Reports said that the Galaxy Buds were one of the first portable Bluetooth earphones to achieve the highest sound quality grade. The first is the aforementioned sound quality. Given the AirPods hang in the ear in the exact same way as a brick designed to look like Douglas Adams does not, and the Galaxy Buds fill the outer ear with optional ‘wings’ this should not come as a huge surprise to anyone who has experienced both. Power was also highlighted. Not only do the Galaxy Buds offer more battery capacity with the six hours of advertised audio time reachable, the carry case (which tops up to allow for another seven hours) comes with wireless charging as standard. Finally there’s the price. Once you pick and mix from Apple’s options to build a similar package of AirPods to the Buds, you realise that Samsung’s package significantly cheaper. The report also acknowledges that Apple is the market leader here with sixty percent of the wireless earbuds market. As with most Apple products, you don’t have full feature parity, and what you do you have is more expensive than the competition. Source
  4. Samsung has a long and illustrious history of trolling Apple in its smartphone commercials. In 2017, it poked fun at Apple for ditching the headphone jack in the iPhone 7. Now Samsung's new phone, the Note 10, has also removed the headphone jack. As for that 2017 commercial, it has disappeared from some of Samsung's major YouTube channels. Image: A Samsung "Growing Up" advertisement mocking the iPhone's lack of a headphone jack. Samsung has a long and illustrious history of trolling Apple in its smartphone commercials. But now the South Korean firm is cloning one of the iPhone features it once mocked, and it has quietly deleted records of the ads. Samsung unveiled its Note 10 on Wednesday and, as has been widely observed, the phone falls in line with other new devices on the market in that it does not come with a 3.5 mm headphone jack. "It's looking more and more likely that Samsung, one of the last holdouts of the standard 3.5 mm headphone jack, is phasing out the onetime industry standard," Business Insider's Antonio Villas-Boas noted. t represents something of a volte-face for the phonemaker, which poked fun at Apple for ditching the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 in 2016. Samsung released a memorable advertisement in November 2017 titled "Growing Up." It features an iPhone user through the ages becoming increasingly frustrated with the limitations of his phone. In the end, he caves and buys a Samsung Galaxy. In one section, he ruefully inspects an adapter cable, which enables iPhone users to turn their charging portal into a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Fast forward to 2019 and Note 10 customers may need a similar bit of kit to use wired headphones with their device. And as for that "Growing Up" ad, it has disappeared from some of Samsung's major YouTube channels. Business Insider found that the ad had been removed from the Samsung Mobile USA page, which has nearly 1.8 million subscribers. It is also not available on the main Samsung channel, which has 3.8 million followers. You can still see the Samsung Mobile USA YouTube page that hosted the ad via the internet archive Wayback Machine. A follow-up to the "Growing Up" ad released in May 2018 has also disappeared from Samsung YouTube channels. It means articles written about the two ads when they were released (such as these two stories on The Verge) now feature dead YouTube embeds. Samsung has not completely expunged the ad from its official channels, however. It is still available on some regional channels. So here, courtesy of Samsung Malaysia, is the "Growing Up" ad that trolled an iPhone feature Samsung has now adopted: Source
  5. The chaebol tightens its vice-like grip on Europe Samsung exploited Apple's iPhone channel inventory glut and the continued political campaign against Huawei to sell more than 18.3 million smartphones into European retailers and distributors in Q2. This equated to shipment growth of 19.62 per cent, handing Sammy a 40.6 per cent share of the spoils in a total market that was flat at 45.1 million units – and one in which the majority of the biggest sellers declined. Four models in the A Series – the Galaxy A10, A20e, A40 and A50 – accounted for more than 12 million units, which on its own is a magnitude greater than any other rival could muster in Europe in the three months. Stanton said Samsung's lift was not solely down to its device strategy, claiming it was "quick to capitalise on Huawei's US Entity List problems, working behind the scenes to position itself as a stable alternative in conversations with important retailers and operators". US President Trump slapped an effective ban on US tech suppliers selling to Huawei in May, though he gave them a 90-day reprieve, which is up this month. One implication is that Huawei's new phones will not get access to the latest Android OS updates or Google's other services, including Google Play. Huawei has instead decided to go its own way. This action by the US government has clearly started to derail demand for Huawei's phones in Europe, denting its ambitions to become the world's most-bought smartphone by the end of 2020. In Q2, Huawei sales dropped 16 per cent in the region to 8.5 million, taking its market share to a relatively paltry 18.8 per cent. This, however, was a figure that Apple could only dream of: Tim Cook's lot reported sales of 6.4 million, down 17 per cent and continuing the theme that began in anger in its Q1. Apple was caught holding too much inventory back in January after disappointing sales fell short of forecasts. Price cuts helped to move some stock, but not to the point that distributors and retailers are comfortable placing larger Q2 orders than a year ago. Cook previously blamed sluggish demand in China and consumers holding onto their devices for longer. He claimed the battery replacement programme deployed by Apple hadn't helped ease new gadgets out the door either. This is going to be an annus horribilis for Apple's iPhone and, if Gartner is to be believed, the whole smartphone sector. As for the remaining two biggest phone floggers in Europe, Xiaomi sold 4.3 million units, up 48 per cent, and HMD Global shipped 1.2 million of its smartphones to the channel, down 18 per cent. This quarter truly belonged to Samsung. "Samsung obviously had enough of losing share in Europe," said Ben Stanton, senior analyst at Canalys, which compiled the data. "For years, a focus on operating profit has stifled its product strategy. But this year, the shackles are off, and winning back market share is its clear priority. "A lack of brand loyalty among users of low-end and mid-range Android smartphones, which has blighted Samsung for so long, has become the catalyst for its best performance in years. "Europe keeps its reputation as one of the most brand-volatile smartphone markets in the world, rife with danger, but also opportunity." Source
  6. In case you were living under a rock this past week, it was hard to miss Samsung's big reveal for the Galaxy Note10. It was all over social media, news sites, televisions, and... notification trays. That's right, Samsung is once again spamming Galaxy phones with advertisements, this time for the Note10. This time around, push notifications advertising the Note10 are being sent out by at least three pre-installed applications — Samsung Pay, Bixby, and the Samsung Push Service. Bixby wants you to ask it about the Note10, Samsung Pay is offering points when you look at the phone's product page, and Samsung Push Service just gives you a banner ad with no indication of where it came from. I received the Bixby ad on my international Galaxy S10e, but I haven't personally seen the others. To make matters even worse, Samsung has blocked disabling these alerts by holding down on them, at least for the Bixby app (again, I can't verify the other types of alerts). To disable the Bixby notifications, you have to open Bixby, tap the menu icon at the top-right, select Settings, and set 'Marketing notifications' to off. Samsung doesn't make it easy to turn off Bixby's notifications. Samsung has a long history of sending advertisements to people who already paid for Galaxy phones. Alerts about the Galaxy S6+ Edge were sent out in 2015, the pre-installed 'Game Optimizing Service' was being used to advertise games in 2017, and Galaxy S9 ads appeared last year. It's already annoying that Samsung is trying to sell a $900+ smartphone to people who already paid hundreds of dollars for their Galaxy device, but sending multiple notifications within a day or two is next-level anti-consumer behavior. Of course, Samsung isn't the only culprit, but it is a repeat Source
  7. It'll only be available in Korea. Samsung is making 5G versions of both the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus, but only the latter version is coming to the US, according to a graphic spotted by The Verge. Meanwhile, a smaller 6.3-inch Galaxy Note 10 5G will definitely be built, but it will launch exclusively in Korea. It's not clear why Samsung is doing this, given that the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G model that is coming to the US will work on all the major carriers, starting with Verizon. It might come down to different components, as the Korean versions of the Note 10 will likely pack Exynos 9825 rather than Snapdragon 855 chips, which could affect the modem choices. More likely, Samsung is offering the phone as a perk to its home customers in a nation that already has well over two million 5G subscribers. In the US, meanwhile, the mmWave 5G rollout is proceeding glacially and only works well if you stand in very specific spots in major cities. Source
  8. Samsung details Galaxy Fold fixes, promises re-launch in September Changes include a reinforced display and smaller ingress points. The April launch of Samsung's futuristic foldable phone was cancelled at the last minute after devices started dying in the hands of early reviewers, but Samsung thinks it finally has the Galaxy Fold situation figured out. The company issued a press release late last night detailing the Galaxy Fold relaunch plan, which includes some redesign work and promises a September launch window for "select" markets. The Galaxy Fold had a couple of outstanding issues when it was sent to the press. First, the device shipped with a screen protector-like sticker applied to the display, and while you might think you're supposed to peel this off as part of the unboxing process, peeling off the sticker actually killed the display. Several reviewers accidentally destroyed their devices because this sticker looked exactly like a screen-protector: it didn't cover the front of the device edge to edge, leaving an exposed, visible seam around the perimeter of the display. The second problem was ingress. Many phones today have high ingress ratings to the point where they are water and dust resistant. But the folding hinge design of the Galaxy Fold created massive gaps in the body, to the point where it can collect pocket lint. Reviewers reported debris would enter the back of the device and work its way into the display area, and in some cases this debris would press into the back of the screen and damage it. With all that in mind, Samsung announced the following changes to the Galaxy Fold, after a five month delay: The top protective layer of the Infinity Flex Display has been extended beyond the bezel, making it apparent that it is an integral part of the display structure and not meant to be removed. Galaxy Fold features additional reinforcements to better protect the device from external particles while maintaining its signature foldable experience: The top and bottom of the hinge area have been strengthened with newly added protection caps. Additional metal layers underneath the Infinity Flex Display have been included to reinforce the protection of the display. The space between the hinge and body of Galaxy Fold has been reduced. Samsung also released a collection of renders of the new Galaxy Fold, which we can meticulously compare, pixel by pixel, to the old renders of the Galaxy Fold. From what we can see, that "protection cap" Samsung mentions is a new T-shaped object over top of the hinge. The "additional metal layers underneath the Infinity Flex Display" should make the phone a bit thicker, but it seems like that thickness will be absorbed by the plastic frame around the phone. The new renders show a thicker bevel in the plastic frame, presumably indicating the frame will stick out from the surface of the phone more. The last visible change is in the spine of the phone, which seems to have been redesigned for a smaller ingress point. Samsung doesn't have an exact launch date nailed down yet, saying only that the phone will arrive sometime in September. September is prime iPhone launchin' season, though, so Samsung might struggle to get attention for its Fold fix. Maybe that's by design, though—Samsung's CEO recently called the Galaxy Fold's failed launch "embarrassing," so maybe at this point Samsung would rather just forget about the whole thing. Given the first-gen nature of the device and the sky-high price, it was hard to imagine many people picking up the Galaxy Fold back in April. After this delay and all the reported problems, it seems like even fewer people will be inclined to risk a purchase of the Galaxy Fold. But Samsung doesn't seem fazed—the company has already confirmed it isn't budging on the price and that the phone will still cost $1,980. Source: Samsung details Galaxy Fold fixes, promises re-launch in September (Ars Technica)
  9. A mysterious Windows 10-powered Samsung Galaxy device appears on Geekbench If you’re on the lookout for a Samsung Windows 10 device, it’d be hard for you pick one as the choices are limited; the Korean manufacturer’s Windows 10 efforts aren’t praiseworthy at all. However, it releases a couple or sometimes more devices to a few markets every year. And it looks like the time has come for Samsung to release yet another Windows 10-powered device. Named Samsung Galaxy Space, the unannounced Windows 10 device has been spotted on Geekbench( via WindowsLatest). Samsung Galaxy Space that has been spotted on Geekbench offers up to 8GB of RAM; the processor inside it has eight cores, with a clock speed of 2.84 GHz. And as you can see in the above image, the single-core performance of it is 2011, while Multi-Core Score stands at 6047. And that’s pretty much all that we know about the Galaxy Space device. From the looks of things, it’s pretty much safe to say that Galaxy Space is a new portfolio device portfolio from Samsung, and if the product sees a success, Samsung will definitely offer a refreshed model every year. That said, the form factor of Galaxy Space is still a mystery. We’ll have to wait until the launch event to find more details about the Galaxy Space. Meanwhile, Samsung will prepare the Galaxy Space, with the target of launching it before back to school shopping starts. Source: A mysterious Windows 10-powered Samsung Galaxy device appears on Geekbench (MSPoweruser)
  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. 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.)
  12. 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)
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. (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
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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