Bloomberg: Note 7 fires result of Samsung’s rush to beat “dull” iPhone 7 to market

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 19, 2016

After they began hearing earlier this year that the iPhone 7 would look just like the previous two models, the top brass at Samsung Electronics, including its mobile chief D.J. Koh, have made the decision to outmaneuver Apple and move up the launch of the Note 7 to early August. In hindsight, it was a risky, ill-fated move that has backfired and damaged Samsung’s brand and reputation.

In its desire to beat the “dull” iPhone 7 to market, Samsung pushed suppliers to meet tighter deadlines which caused problems with the handset’s battery, according to a report Monday from Bloomberg citing “people familiar with the matter”. Read More

 

Samsung considering its own proprietary port to replace headphone jack on Galaxy S8

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 14, 2016

Although Samsung’s latest Galaxy S7 flagship smartphone series proudly boasts the 3.5mm headphone jack, the South Korean conglomerate may also remove the industry-standard jack from its next-gen Galaxy S8, reports Digital Music News. Internally code-named “Dream” (Galaxy S8) and “Dream2” (Galaxy S8 Edge), these devices may replace the 3.5mm jack with a proprietary port.

The company is said to be “actively” and “aggressively” exploring the possibility of releasing a proprietary headphone jack to see how viable it would be. Read More

 

Samsung issues global Note 7 recall after complaints of exploding batteries

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2016

It looked like Samsung was well poised to steal some of Apple’s thunder by releasing its Note 7 phablet with a redesigned appearance and wraparound screen ahead of Apple’s iPhone 7 event. But following reports from users around the world about a battery issue that has caused some handsets to catch fire or explode, Samsung has now announced plans to recall every single Note 7 sold in order to prevent further damage and has also abandoned today’s scheduled Note 7 launch in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. Read More

 

Samsung allegedly readying dual-camera Galaxy S8 with 4K screen for February 2017 unveiling

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2016

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, along with the recently launched Note 7, may not be enough to steal Apple’s thunder as the Cupertino firm preps to unveil its next iPhone on September 7.

According to the rumors, a sophisticated dual-lens camera system is expected to give the iPhone 7 DSLR-like features with RAW camera capture, optical zoom, better lowlight photography and more.

With that in mind, little wonder that Samsung is now reportedly looking to update its flagship smartphone line with dual cameras of its own. Read More

 

Galaxy Note 7 vs. iPhone 6s real-life speed test proves specs aren’t everything

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 23, 2016

In spite of running Qualcomm’s latest 64-bit Snapdragon 820 processor with four CPU cores, Adreno 530 graphics and 4GB of RAM, Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note 7 phablet delivers embarrassing real-world performance when pitted against almost-a-year-older iPhone 6s and its in-house designed A9 chip with two CPU cores and just 2GB of RAM.

As seen in this side-by-side video comparison from YouTuber PhoneBuff, the iPhone 6s easily beats the latest Note when it comes to loading apps and games, thanks to the combination of efficient iOS software and Apple’s custom-designed hardware. Read More

 

Here’s why Samsung’s building curved-screen phones (it’s not about the looks or info tickers)

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 12, 2016

Samsung started building phones with curved screens beginning with last year’s Galaxy S6, a risky move that has now paid off if Samsung’s reinvigorated sales are an indication. The current Galaxy S7 has perfected that design and the fact that the latest Note 7 phablet adopts the S7’s gorgeous wraparound screen signals Samsung’s confidence in the new industrial design which breaks away from the flimsy plastic the firm used just two short years ago.

Apple, too, is said to be rolling out a brand new industrial design for the Tenth Anniversary iPhone in 2017, with rumors and analysts pointing to a Galaxy Edge-like wraparound AMOLED display for the device. Which begs the question, what’s the reasoning behind curved-screen phones other than the looks? Read More

 

This is how I know Samsung will ditch the headphone jack

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 5, 2016

Three days ago, Samsung of South Korea took the wraps off its flagship Galaxy Note 7 phablet. It’s a cool, powerful smartphone that features a curved 5.7-inch AMOLED screen, Galaxy S7-like design, speedy chips, an iris scanner and an improved S Pen (which has learned a few new tricks, like translating words, and is now waterproof itself).

Believe it or not, a Samsung executive during the Note 7 unveiling mocked live, on stage, Apple’s rumored decision to remove the 3.5mm audio jack from the next iPhone.

“You know what else it [Note 7] comes with? An audio jack. I’m just saying,” he quipped. Read More

 

Samsung enjoys its most profitable quarter in two years thanks to strong Galaxy S7 sales

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

Samsung this morning announced results for the second calendar quarter ended June 30, and the numbers are encouraging despite global smartphone sales cooling down. The South Korean conglomerate’s mobile division reported “substantial earnings improvement” buoyed by strong sales of its flagship Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge flagship smartphones.

The data is newsworthy given strong competition Samsung has been facing on the low-end from Chinese rivals like Xiaomi and Huawei and on the high-end from Apple’s iPhone. This is the best earning result Samsung has posted in two years, by the way. Read More

 

Here comes “Captured on Galaxy S7” ad

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 20, 2016

You don’t need to be an advertising expert to figure out that the latest campaign for Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge bears striking resemblance to “Shot on iPhone,” one of Apple’s most successful ad campaigns which has won many awards since its debut nearly two years ago.

As CNET reported this morning, Samsung started airing a brand new commercial for its new Galaxies.

Titled “Captured on Samsung Galaxy S7”, the video was conceived to show off 4K video capture capabilities of the phone. Read More

 

Eric Schmidt trolls Apple users (again): Galaxy S7 has better battery and camera than iPhone 6s

By Christian Zibreg on May 25, 2016

It’s an established fact that Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt owns an iPhone because, you know, it pays to experience what the competition is doing firsthand. In a fireside chat at the Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam, Netherlands, today with CNBC journalist Julia Chatterley, he publicly admitted for the first time to using both an iPhone 6s and Galaxy S7, teasing the mostly iPhone-totting audience that Samsung’s device is better. Read More

 

Samsung expects 10 percent profit growth on better-than-expected Galaxy S7 sales

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 7, 2016

According to preliminary results posted Thursday, there’s a light at the end of a long tunnel for Samsung Electronics and that light is the new Galaxy S7 flagship smartphone. After more than two straight years of decline in its mobile division, the South Korean firm is now projecting more than ten percent profit growth for the first quarter of 2016, beating market estimates.

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge were announced back in February ahead of their March 11 debut. Both phones, which have managed to address some of user complaints like memory expandability, were met with mostly positive reviews. Thus far, the new devices have moved three times as many units in their first month compared to their predecessor,  the Galaxy S6/edge series, according to Bloomberg. Read More

 

Samsung’s celebrity-studded Galaxy S7 ad is smart and subtle with anti-Apple digs

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 29, 2016

Samsung’s Galaxy advertising campaigns typically are not the subtlest of digs at Apple, but the new star-studded commercial for the latest Galaxy S7 smartphones is different.

Featuring actors William Macy and Wesley Snipes, hip-hop artist Lil Wayne and other celebrities, the commercial focuses on the features that differentiate the Galaxy S7 from the iPhone 6s.

The highlighted features that the ad poses as the Galaxy S7’s competitive advantage over Apple’s smartphone include waterproofing, two times better lowlight performance, a longer-lasting battery, support for Samsung’s virtual reality headset, Samsung’s mobile payment system that works anywhere credit cards are accepted, the phone’s expandable memory and more. Read More

 

Xiaomi’s new phone has beastly specs for half the price of iPhone 6s or Galaxy S7

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2016

Chinese handset maker Xiaomi at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, today announced its latest Mi 5 smartphone, billed as a super flagship device due to some beastly specs.

The new Xiaomi Mi 5 basically packs in as much hardware as Apple’s iPhone 6s and Samsung’s newly announced Galaxy S7, for half the price, with industrial design that looks like a cross between the iPhone 6s and Galaxy S7.

The maxed-out spec sheet includes things like the latest Qualcomm chip with four gigabytes of RAM, a sixteen-megapixel camera from Sony with sapphire lens protection, a full HD IPS LCD edge-to-edge screen, a fingerprint sensor integrated into the Home button, 128GB of on-board storage with support for micro SD cards and more. Read More

 

Samsung unveils Galaxy S7/Edge with Always-On Display, bigger batteries, better cameras & more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 21, 2016

Sticking to its tradition, Samsung today officially announced its next-generation Galaxy smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. An evolution of last year’s Galaxy S6, the new phones retain Samsung’s quad HD Super AMOLED display while fixing some of the annoyances of the Galaxy S6.

Notably, this includes IP68 water and dust-proofing and support for microSD cards via a hybrid SIM card tray to boost storage capacity up to 200GB (in some select countries, the tray can be used with a dual SIM card).

The battery is still non user-replaceable, but the cameras have been improved. Yes, the camera hump is still present on the back, albeit much less pronounced than on the S6. The overall look and feel of the new handsets hasn’t changed much from the Galaxy S6’s seductive metal-and-glass industrial design. Read More

 

Samsung to debut Galaxy S7 on February 21

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 1, 2016

South Korea-based Samsung revealed in a short teaser video published this morning on YouTube that it will be officially unveiling its latest and greatest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S7, at 7pm on Sunday, February 21, at a media event in Barcelona, Spain, one day before the Mobile World Congress conference.

The company also sent out official invites for its ‘Galaxy Unpacked 2016’ press conference and hinted it will be showing off a new Gear 360 virtual-reality camera. Read More

 

Apple wins US sales ban on outdated Samsung phones that are no longer sold

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2016

Following its multi-year patent spat with Samsung, Apple has finally won a United States sales ban on some older Samsung smartphones, FOSS Patents reported Tuesday.

The sales ban covers certain features of some Samsung phones, but the injunction is practically useless as it affects outdated devices, not the flagship Galaxy lineup, which are no longer available in the United States. Read More

 

WSJ: Galaxy S7 with pressure-sensing display, USB-C, iris scanner and more due in March 2016

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 14, 2015

Giving credence to prior rumors surrounding Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy flagship smartphone, The Wall Street Journal on Monday said that the Galaxy S7 will launch in March of next year outfitted with a pressure-sensing screen akin to Apple’s 3D Touch technology on the iPhone 6s.

Citing people familiar with the matter, the publication claims the Galaxy maker is also considering adding a retina scanner “to some versions of the flagship device,” though that feature could change. Read More

 

Samsung’s massive 18.4-inch Galaxy View tablet available to pre-order for $599

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 26, 2015

Not to be outdone by Apple’s $799 iPad Pro, which has an ultra high-resolution screen measuring 12.9 inches diagonally and goes on sale next month, rival Samsung is gearing up to launch a brand new tablet with a huge 18.4-inch screen, the Galaxy View.

Although the View is yet to officially launch, some online retailers are now taking pre-orders for the $599 Android device, 9to5Google reported Monday. Read More

 

Samsung about to copy iPhone Upgrade Program

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 21, 2015

As major U.S. carriers have been moving toward killing smartphone subsidy and long-term contracts, the true cost of the iPhone will become more visible than ever before.

That’s why Apple’s decided to let you choose a carrier and get an unlocked iPhone 6s/6s Plus with the opportunity to get a new iPhone annually and AppleCare+ on the new iPhone Upgrade Program.

Not to be outdone by Apple, Galaxy maker Samsung is now looking to bring out a smartphone leasing program of its own in the United States, reports Forbes. Read More

 

Samsung now paying iPhone users $200 to switch

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2015

Samsung is offering some extra goodies to people interested in participating in its Ultimate Test Drive program which seeks to persuade iPhone users to test-drive the Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy Note5 or Galaxy S6 edge+ for 30 days in exchange for just one dollar.

Now the South Korean company is tempting would-be switchers with $100 of Google Play credit for buying apps, media and other content and an additional cheque for $100 if they traded in their iPhone to their carrier or retailer, as per AndroidCentral. Read More

 
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