In wake of the Galaxy Note 7 disaster, Samsung may need to bump its launch timeline of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge. If that is the case, it should be no shock to see many rumors and supposed leaks flooding the web as we enter the last part of 2016.
In the latest piece to make the rounds, specifications for the yet-to-be-announced device have surfaced, though, there’s no telling how accurate they might be. With the best guess being that Samsung will unveil its newest phones at MWC in February of 2017, there’s still plenty of time for things to change. (more…)
At Money 20/20 in Las Vegas, NV this week, Samsung announced Samsung Pay support for three new countries, as well as new features for users in the United States.
The newly supported countries are Thailand, Malaysia, and Russia, bringing the total of supported countries up to 10 by the end of 2016. Additionally, Samsung is partnering with Mastercard to bring Samsung Pay to more places on the web via Masterpass, currently accepted at hundreds of thousands of merchants in 33 countries across the globe for online payments. (more…)
Samsung introduced a new DRAM package this morning, hopefully to be seen in a number of upcoming devices. The package is an “industry first,” with 8GB of LPDDR4 mobile DRAM, utilizing four of the latest 16Gb LPDDR4 memory chips and advanced 10nm-class (nanometer) process technology. To put that in the most simple form, it’s very fast and in a very small package. (more…)
IDC released their latest smartwatch market info this morning and it certainly appears to paint a bleak picture for the smartwatch industry. From Q3 of last year to Q3 of this year, shipments of watches dropped 51.6%. That’s, um, a big drop.
Their numbers show smartwatch shipments dropping from 5.6 million last Q3 to 2.7 million this Q3. Part of the drop could be attributed to the fact that the new Apple Watch only arrived with two weeks left in the quarter, but it could also be because no one else really seems to be releasing new watches worth jumping on. (more…)
A new tablet will soon be available from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab A 10.1″. Featuring an obvious 10.1″ (1920 x 1200) LCD display, the Galaxy Tab A comes with an S Pen, Exynos 7870 octa-core processor, plus microSD support.
Other specifications include 3GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, 7,300mAh battery, 8MP rear-facing camera with auto focus, 2MP front-facing camera, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, and Android “Marshmallow.” (more…)
One can hope that Samsung offers something similar here in the US, but for now, owners of the Galaxy Note 7 in Korea are getting a really great upgrade option should they stick with Samsung until next year’s Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8 arrive. According to Samsung, owners of the Note 7 in Korea will be allowed to trade in their bad device for a Galaxy S7 (or S7 Edge) today on a payment plan, then upgrade to a Galaxy S8 or Note 8 when they arrive next year. (more…)
On October 10, Samsung asked all owners of the Galaxy Note 7 to power down and return the device for a refund. The following day, it was announced that production of the device was shut down, never to start again. Following that, the USDoT banned the device from all airplanes, and today, Amtrak is following suit.
Beginning today, no Galaxy Note 7 devices will be permitted on Amtrak trains, Thruway buses, facilities, stations, platforms, or any other Amtrak vehicles. Basically, it’s not allowed anywhere that carries an Amtrak logo. (more…)
Earlier this month, it was reported that Samsung may soon launch a Blue Coral option for the Galaxy S7 Edge – reason being Samsung needs to push its older devices a bit more to make up however much it can for the disaster that was the Galaxy Note 7. Today, Samsung confirmed those reports, announcing that a Blue Coral option will be made available, first in markets outside the US. (more…)