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Saturday, 24 December 2016

The Samsung Galaxy S8 could have a 6-inch size to replace the Note 7

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was easily the Biggest Fail of the year. We’ve been wondering how Samsung will recover and replace the device. If a new rumor is true, they could replace the Note with the Samsung Galaxy S8. A new rumor suggests Samsung will have two models this year, but it’s not what you think.

Instead of regular and “Edge” models, Samsung will have 5-inch and 6-inch “Plus” models. The Note 7 had a slightly smaller 5.7-inch display, but the devices are said to be about the same size. Both models will have the curved display that we saw on the Note 7. There have been a ton of different reports about the Galaxy S8, but this one would make a lot of sense. Samsung would have a phablet to replace the Note 7 and it wouldn’t have the tarnished “Note” name.

Would you be interested in a Galaxy S8 Plus? Do you still want a stylus with your phablet?

[via SamMobile]

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Samsung Galaxy S8’s front-facing camera may have its own autofocus sensor

It wouldn’t be like Samsung to introduce a new generation of flagship smartphones without introducing at least one innovation to help advance the smartphone industry. Rumor has it that one such innovation for the Samsung Galaxy S8 will involve the front-facing camera.

It’s said the front-facing camera will get its own aufofocus actuator to allow for fast focusing. The feature is a bit rare in today’s smartphone due to a couple of reasons:
Companies are trying to keep phones as slim as possible, so adding more mechanical parts is counterproductive to that goal. This directly impacts the next point.
Front-facing cameras are typically used with the camera just inches away from the subject’s face, so a fixed-focus sensor makes sense in all fundamental areas (practicality, economics, and real estate).

But Samsung seems to think a change is needed. It’s because front-facing camera sensors are so prominent that innovations are needed. Companies have been trying with the likes of high-end front-facing sensors with higher megapixel counts and, in some cases, their own flash units.

Autofocusing seems like a lost cause for the typical use-case scenario for this module, but there may be a lot of benefits. Firstly, selfie sticks are a thing (accept it, people) and there’s no longer a guarantee that the cameras are being used at arm’s length. Furthermore, a dedicated focusing actuator could make the sensor focus faster, something that’s always a key marketing point for anyone looking to push a high-quality camera.

Is it needed? Probably not. But the same could have been said for Samsung’s trademark heart-rate sensor. Or their fingerprint sensor. Or the MST element for Samsung Pay. And a lot of other things. Innovation, people: that’s all the reason anyone needs to try something new.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

LG X mach and X max showcased in official promo videos (VIDEO)

Officially unveiled in June, the LG X mach and LG X max smartphones should both hit the market in the near future. Until that happens, LG released two promo videos - embedded below - that allow us to take a better look at the new handsets.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

11 biggest Pokémon Go myths DEBUNKED (VIDEO)

Pokemon Go mania is quickly spreading across the globe and with that, new players are scouring the net in search of any info they can find on how the game actually works. Like Snapchat, there’s so much the app doesn’t tell you when booting it up for the first time. Sure, there’s a brief explanation on a few core gameplay mechanics, but those hoping for the app to go into a bit more detail are sadly out of luck.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Download This: GO Extender for Pokémon GO saves battery while keeping the screen on (VIDEO)

You know a game is popular when people are making companion apps for it. That’s exactly what’s happening with Pokemon GO. Developers are creating apps to solve problems in the game. There are two big issues with Pokemon GO. It eats up a lot of battery life and the screen has to be on for anything to be tracked.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

New Galaxy Note 7 pictures leaked alongside promise of improved features

We’ve got a lot of Note-related stuff to talk about this morning following yesterday’s announcement of its unveil date. For starters, new blurry cam pictures of the device have surfaced. They don’t show much more than the images we saw a few days ago — it’s a damned big Samsung phone with a curved display. We can’t say we were expecting something else, what with all the leaks we’ve seen in recent weeks.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Images of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 prototype make an appearance on Twitter

If you’re wanting to know what the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 looks like without having to worry aboutrenders or anything else, be sure to thank Steve Hemmerstoffer (@stagueve) for these images. The popular leaker was able to get his hands on a “purported” Galaxy Note 7 prototype, showing off the front side of Samsung’s next Note device.