Samsung is set to bring a host of new wearable devices as it continues to focus on health tracking and fitness. The two devices that are pretty much confirmed to be on the out are Galaxy Gear Fit 2 and Gear IconX. The Gear Fit 2, as the name suggests is the successor to the original Gear Fit, a fitness tracker that does give you mobile notifications and an active display to glance at the time and few other tiny things. The IconX is an interesting device and looks to be a set of Bluetooth enabled earbuds, that double up as a standalone music player as well as a fitness tracker.
Samsung announced the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge amidst a lot of interest at MWC in Barcelona last month. The phone largely comes with the same design as the Galaxy S6, though the major differentiating factor is a slightly bigger size, a little more roundish design and a water and dust resistance out of the box. The phone is rated IP68, as a result of which you will be able to use the phone under water for about 30 minutes.
If you are planning to pick up a Samsung Galaxy S7 or the S7 Edge, then we have some rather disappointing news for you. The device that is rocking the latest Snapdragon 820 chipset will not be coming with the latest QuickCharge 3.0 technology. Instead, Samsung has decided to only go with QuickCharge 2.0 technology, something that we have already seen on the devices that are using Snapdragon 810, like the Nexus 6P.
Samsung has finally announced the much awaited, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge at the Unpacked event at MWC in Barcelona. The devices will be the successor to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, the two devices which we may be looking back to being the ones to bring the Samsung train back on the tracks of success. The S7 takes everything that the S6 had and improvises it to what easily looks like the phone to beat this year.
The Galaxy S7 is a tad bit curvier than the Galaxy S6 and has a slightly lesser camera bump. The device has the same home button with fingerprint scanner as well as the heart rate scanner on the back as we saw on the Galaxy S6. On the front, you have a 5.1 inch QHD AMOLED panel. The phone will come with either Exynos 8890 or Snapdragon 820 chipset depending upon the market you are in. It is an old Samsung startegy where the North American market usually gets the Snapdragon variant while the APAC region usually gets the Exynos variant. On the memory front you have 4 GB RAM and 32 or 64 GB internal memory with Micro SD card support up to 200 GB.
Major improvement has come in the camera department with the rear camera being a 12 MP snapper with a f/1.7 aperture. The front facing camera is 5 MP with the same aperture. The battery features Fast Charging so you should have little problem with the 3,000 mAh battery. Samsung has made the device crazy light at only 152 grams. The Galaxy S7 edge has a couple of edge displays and a bigger 3600 mAh battery and the same internals as the S7. The S7 weighs 5 grams more at 157 grams. Both the devices will be available in the markets starting March 11th.
It was recently confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S7 will be announced at an Unpacked event to be held on 21st of February. While the world holds their breath for the next Galaxy iteration, and for what the new devices will come, there are already reports surfacing about Limited Edition devices of the same. Last year, Samsung came up with a Limited Edition Ironman Galaxy S6 Edge device to celebrate the Marvel movie and looks like we could have something similar this year.
Samsung is all set to take the wraps off the latest Galaxy flagship device in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S7 in Barcelona on February 21st. The launch will happen right before the much anticipated, Mobile World Congress, which is all set to take place in Barcelona from 22nd to 25th February. Given that pretty much everyone of importance in the mobile tech media will be in Barcelona, the timing of the launch makes absolute sense for Samsung.
A new report has surfaced which has linked that Samsung could be rewarded with a contract to manufacture the displays of iPhones starting in 2018. The report is more of a rumor right now and there has been no concrete suggestion in any way to confirm that this is indeed happening or going through. While it may sound a little farfetched that Samsung and Apple would work together, that is not really the case. While Samsung Mobile and Apple continue their legal battle, Samsung Electronics has definitely buried the hatchet with Apple as they worked together on manufacturing the A9 chip. Samsung in the past has also supplied the OLED panel on the Apple Watch as well as LED panels for the iPads. Samsung has also provided panels for Macbooks.
Apple has worked with LG and Sharp for the supply of LCD panel for the iPhones in the past and it is rumored that in 2018, the competition will be between Samsung, LG and Huawei for being the manufacturer of the display. If Apple keeps up with the current naming convention of the iPhones, you can expect the upcoming iPhone in 2018 to be the iPhone 8. The entire report makes even more sense as there have been reports citing that Apple has been considering ditching LCD panels for an AMOLED display and who better than Samsung to do that.
Samsung as expected, announced the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 yesterday in an event held simultaneously in New York and London. The device is the 5th smartphone in the Note series of line, a line that actually introduced the world to the line of phablets that we have come to love. The Galaxy Note 5 is heavily inspired by the Galaxy S6 and is pretty much a device that brings the same form factor and enlarges it.
The Note 5 therefore has the same glass and metal body that the Galaxy S6 featured. In terms of the internals, the Note 5 features the same Exynos 7420 SoC, which is an Octa Core 64 bit chip. The difference is that, in the Note 5, it is coupled with a 4 GB of RAM. You will get the device in both 32 and 64 GB variants. Like all Note devices, the Note 5 will come with the S-Pen which has a push to release mechanism. The S-Pen has higher touch precision and slightly longer length for better in hand experience. The screen size is the same 5.7 inch as the Note 4, with 2K resolution on a Super AMOLED panel.
The Note 5 features a protruding lens, just like the S6, with the same 16 and 5 MP resolution on the rear and front. The Note 5 will run Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box, with update coming for Android M. The battery on the device is a non removable 3000 mAh, which is slightly lesser than the previous Note device, though you do have fast charging and wireless charging, both out of the box. The Note 5 is ever so slightly thinner and shorter than the previous generation of devices. The device will be available in several color options including golden, blue and white. It will go on sale starting August 21st in the US on all major carriers and can be pre-ordered starting now.
Samsung is set to reveal the Galaxy Note 5 on 13th of this month. It is the most anticipated launch of a Note product since perhaps the Note 2 after the massive success that the Note 1 enjoyed. The reason for that is everybody is curious about the new glass and metal design that Samsung has adapted with the Galaxy S6 and how the same will transfer to the new Note device. While we have seen numerous leaks of the phone in the media and speculations around the exact specifications, nobody has been absolutely sure, until now. We are sure of the specifications of the device thanks to a user on Reddit who has supplied a fair few product shots as well as the box shot of the device.
A close look at the box and you can be assured that the Galaxy Note 5 will come in the 32 GB variant quashing the reports that the base model would be 64 GB. The phone will come with 4 GB of RAM and a 64 Bit Octa-core SoC. The screen size would be 5.7 inches for the Quad HD display. Rear camera on board will be 16 MP with OIS while the front facing snapper will be 5 MP and the device will come with Knox protection.
On to the product shots, the phone looks strikingly similar to the Galaxy S6 as Samsung has gone ahead with the same glass and metal design. The S-Pen will continue to be spring loaded where users will simply have to put some force on the reverse side and the pen will come out just a shade, only for the user to pull it out further. The camera module also seems to be risen, just like the Galaxy S6.
The Galaxy Note 5 Edge too was pictured in the leaks, though no picture of the box was seen.
You can find more pictures of the Galaxy Note 5 and Note 5 Edge here.
Every year, since the launch of the Note series of devices, Samsung has looked to upgrade their flagship Note product in the third quarter of the year. This year, we expect the fifth iteration of the Note series to be out and while a few things such as a large form factor and a very proprietary S-Pen have remained fixed stars of the line up, a lot has changed between the first and fourth editions. If the leaked images are to go by, then the fifth edition of the Note device will bring a host of changes too.
The leaked images of the device shows that the Galaxy Note 5 will feature a glass and metallic design that was widely appreciated on the Galaxy S6 and Edge. The phone just by the look looks like the successor of the Note 4 with chamfered edges, but you do have a curved back with glass giving it a feel of the modern Samsung device.
The S-Pen too has been flushed inside the body and it has been rumored that the device will have an auto-eject mechanism. The USB port has been reversed as well as the speaker grille and the audio jack have swapped positions when it comes to comparison with the Galaxy S6.
In brief, if you looked at the Note 5 and the Galaxy S6, you could definitely recognise them to be the kids from the same family with very similar design philosophies which is a welcome change from Samsung and a much needed move. The date for the launch of the Note 5 has not been confirmed yet.