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8 Fast Facts about the Samsung Galaxy S8

The Samsung Galaxy S8 duo was officially revealed last week to glowing first impressions, and it’s easy to see why. It has a gorgeous infinity display, impressive internals, and a tried-and-true camera. Samsung is redefining the limitations of a smartphone and this is evident in the Galaxy S8. This year, the focus is on the big display and the large screen real estate of the S8 will blow you away. Here are 8 facts about the Galaxy S8 you might not know about: 1. The Samsung Galaxy S8 uses two different camera sensors Samsung has been known to make some of the best smartphone cameras in terms of performance and image quality. One of the reasons why they’ve gained that reputation is the innovation that goes into designing the Galaxy S series. As it turns out, Samsung is using two different sensors for the rear and front camera in the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Units have been spotted using … Continue reading 8 Fast Facts about the Samsung Galaxy S8

Weekly News Roundup: LG G6 photos, Galaxy S8 leaks, Android updates, and more

Another week goes by and we already have our first month of 2017 behind us, which means we are getting even closer to the annual MWC trade show and the release of the first exciting new flagships of the year. Below, you’ll find the biggest phablet stories of the week. The LG G6 is up first, making the biggest headlines of the week. We also got some new Galaxy S8 leaks to report, along with Android updates for a few T-Mobile phablets, and a new teaser by ZTE. LG G6 Leaks Everywhere We are just a few weeks away from the release of the LG G6 in Barcelona and photos alleging to be the upcoming 5.7-inch phablet have been popping up all over the place. New images obtained by Droid-Life show off what appears to be an early prototype of the LG G6, which reveal a metal exterior that LG is expected to use, with a minimal screen-to-bezel ratio around … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup: LG G6 photos, Galaxy S8 leaks, Android updates, and more

8 Features expected to arrive with the new Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung is getting ready to release a new pair of Galaxy S smartphones that are significantly different that anything we’ve seen from the lineup so far. Will these new features have what it takes to pull the tech giant out of its Note 7 quagmire and rebuild consumer trust? Here are eight features we are expecting to see on the upcoming Galaxy S8, according to various reports. 1. Bigger Edge Display with 18.5:9 Aspect Ratio Say goodbye to physical home buttons. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 will come in two sizes, sporting an almost bezel-less, edge-to-edge “infinity” display, according to details in a recent report by the Guardian. The two models, codenamed Dream and Dream 2, will feature 5.8- and 6.2-inch QHD Super AMOLED screens that cover 83 percent of their front panel. Because they will lack the traditional navigation buttons found on every Galaxy device until now, both S8 models will feature displays that are even larger than Samsung’s traditionally oversized … Continue reading 8 Features expected to arrive with the new Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung shows off a new Galaxy A7 phablet for 2017, now with water resistance

Samsung has just announced several new mid-range smartphone releases slated for launch in just a few weeks. The most notable of the bunch is the 5.7-inch Galaxy A7 phablet, now boasting a refined design with certified water/dust resistance and Samsung Pay capabilities. Rumors of the new Galaxy A series of smartphones have been leaking around the internet for weeks and it looks like what we have been hearing about these new premium mid-range phones is true. The Galaxy A features a premium metal frame and 3D glass back that mimics Samsung’s premium design found on its flagship models. The Galaxy A7 is the most premium of the three devices, sporting a 5.7 FHD AMOLED display (1080×1920), 3GB RAM, and a pair of 16 megapixel f/1.9 cameras. Other models in the lineup include the Galaxy A3 with a 4.7 HD display and the A5 with a 5.2 FHD display. While all three phones feature similar metal designs, they vary rather dramatically … Continue reading Samsung shows off a new Galaxy A7 phablet for 2017, now with water resistance

7 Hilarious Galaxy Note 7 Explosion Memes

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 literally hit the market with a BANG. After being released in August, the Note 7 was an instant success and highly popular. Then, all of a sudden, units started catching fire and it didnt take long for the internet to respond with all sorts of really funny jokes, images, and memes. We’ve compiled seven of the best Note 7 explosion memes for your viewing pleasure. Click any image to view full size. Note 7 + Gear VR = Regret. Gear VR owners were warned by Oculus against using their headsets with the Galaxy Note 7 until a replacement phablet could be obtained from Samsung. Many believe, as the saying goes, “There is a grain of truth inevery joke”, and this meme is no exception. A man traveling to Australia on business claimed that his Galaxy Note 7 phablet exploded overnight in his hotel room as he slept with it charging nearby the bed. The explosion caused … Continue reading 7 Hilarious Galaxy Note 7 Explosion Memes

I survived the Galaxy Note 7 recall and all I got was this microSD card

It’s been a crazy month for Samsung and the Galaxy Note 7 after exploding batteries wreaked havoc across the globe, causing the tech giant to call back one million units following nearly 100 reports of injuries and property damage in the United States alone. The Galaxy Note 7 “Batteryexplosiongate” is among the largest smartphone recalls in history. Safety regulators in the United States have issued warnings in recent weeks cautioning consumers not to turn on their Note 7s on airplanes — and not to use their phones at all. Going down in the history books doesn’t always pay off, as Samsung has learned after losing more than $14 billion of its market share in the recall to cover the costs involved with providing loaner smart-phones and exchanging defective units in favor of other select Galaxy devices free of charge. Not to mention the additional parts and labor required to refurbish the phablets with new batteries. Samsung recently shipped 500,000 new … Continue reading I survived the Galaxy Note 7 recall and all I got was this microSD card

T-Mobile rolls out Safety Updates OTA for the Galaxy Note 7

Due to exploding batteries on the Galaxy Note 7 device, T-Mobile is rolling out a mandatory update from Samsung that will change the color of the battery indicator light to green if the phablet has been replaced with one containing an unaffected power plant. Users will also be greeted with a friendly reminder to exchange their phone after installing the update package. The package started rolling out over the air to Galaxy Note 7 users Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, leaving a software update notice in their notification tray informing them of the mandatory installation: “Due to battery issues on Note 7 devices, this update checks whether your phone has been exchanged for one with a new battery. If it has been changed, the battery indicator light will turn green; if not, the light will not change. For your safety, if your phone has not been changed, a notification will be displayed when it turns on and after you charge … Continue reading T-Mobile rolls out Safety Updates OTA for the Galaxy Note 7

Huawei Mate 9 with Iris-recognition said to be a Galaxy Note 7 killer

While Samsung is busy cleaning up the mess left behind by the exploding Galaxy Note 7, news out of China suggests that Huawei’s latest Mate 9 could deal the Korean flagship another potentially fatal blow when it drops November 8th, sporting an iris scanner and 6GB RAM. We’ve seen a few leaks already that suggest the Huawei Mate 9 is going to be a powerful 6-inch phablet, and the news just keeps getting better. Latest indications from MyDrivers tells us that the upcoming Mate 9 will come in four versions, with the high end “Monarch” variant boasting 6GB RAM and 256GB internal storage . Built-in iris recognition coupled with fingerprint scanner was a big selling point for the Galaxy Note 7, making it one of the most secure smartphones on the market. If rumors hold true, it looks like we will see the same functionality with the Mate 9. Looking to raise the bar even further, the upcoming flagship from … Continue reading Huawei Mate 9 with Iris-recognition said to be a Galaxy Note 7 killer

4 Terrifying Galaxy Note 7 Battery Explosion Stories

Samsung has had a rough couple of weeks as it warns users of exploding batteries in their latest flagship phablet, loosing $22 billion in market share along the way. In the united states alone, there were over 70 reports of the Note 7 overheating, and earlier Saturday, the tech giant urged owners to turn the devices off immediately and take them in for an exchange. If you are still sitting on the fence wondering if you should return your Galaxy Note 7, here are four stories that perfectly illustrate the risk you’re taking by waiting. Man’s Home Condemned after Note 7 Allegedly Explodes in Garage A South Carolina man found his house up in flames after leaving his Galaxy Note 7 charging in the garage. Wesley Wartzog says he left the house to pick up his two daughters and when he returned, his home was surrounded by fire fighters. “Everybody was here and they were actually at the front door … Continue reading 4 Terrifying Galaxy Note 7 Battery Explosion Stories

The World’s First Tango-Ready AR Phone will be a 6.4-inch Phablet

With Google’s new Tango project set to launch later this year, phablet fans across the world are rejoicing in the high honor of getting the first glimpse into the future of augmented reality with the release of the 6.4-inch Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. While AR is nothing new in the grand scheme of things, Google’s work with project Tango is different from other emerging 3D-sensing computer vision products, in that it’s designed to run on a standalone mobile phone or tablet and is focused on determining the device’s position and orientation within its environment. By using Tango features, the Phab 2 Pro can map out a physical space, track objects, and project virtual effects in a real-world space. These exciting new capabilities are brought to us thanks to three important hardware components: Motion Tracking (fisheye) Camera – In addition to gyroscope and accelerometers, Tango uses a fisheye lens to introduce wide-angle visual information of the surrounding environment into motion tracking … Continue reading The World’s First Tango-Ready AR Phone will be a 6.4-inch Phablet