Galaxy Note 9 Will Have A Finger Print Sensor On Its Display, Instead of a Button: Report

Apple and Samsung tried and failed integrating an under-display fingerprint sensor in their recent smartphones. We still have a weird fingerprint sensor on the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X does not include it at all, relying on a new Face ID system,

Next year, however, 2018 flagship phones will get an under-display fingerprint sensor for Samsung. Apple though is facing problems in finding the technology for its hard to sync it with its face ID implementation on the iPhone X.

Ming-Chi Kuo, of KGI Securities, claims that Samsung’s next Note flagship will include “under-display optical fingerprint” technology. Three companies are willing to be the supplier to Samsung. BeyondEyes and Samsung LSI have already reported having ties. Egis is another willful company. They are currently suppliers of fingerprint sensors for Samsung’s phones.

After slowly ditching bezels this would be the ideal solution if manufacturers get rid of the obligation of separate fingerprint sensors for authentication. It’s not new in the market though as in last May, LG developed a fingerprint sensor that sits under the display and this year at MWC Shanghai, Vivo unveiled the first smartphone with an under-display fingerprint sensor based on the technology developed by Qualcomm.

So the stuff is already there, it’s just the matter of time and the right smartphone as the bigger companies come on the boat. It will be interesting to see if Google starts working on the same thing now that Pixel 2 and PIxel XL 2 are out on the market. 

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 is Finally Here And It Looks As Impressive As Ever

Last year launched Galaxy Note 7 had a reputation for all the wrong reasons, the phone was recalled back because of explosions in the battery. While most mobile industry pundit’s said that the company may kill off the series, Samsung announced that the phone will not be dead and after almost countless leaks, Note8 is ready for general public.

Samsung, at a media event in New York on Wednesday, unveiled the Galaxy Note 8, its large screen gadget inline for competing with the upcoming iPhone 8 and Google Pixel phones. It comes in Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, and Deep Sea Blue colors and will be available for pre-orders on Thursday. In the US, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 base variant is priced between $930 (roughly Rs. 59,500) on AT&T and $960 on (roughly Rs. 61,500) on Verizon.

Galaxy Note 8
Galaxy Note 8

Note 8 has a 6.3-inch QuadHD+ AMOLED Infinity Display of 1440×2960 resolution, and the phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. It packs 64GB of internal storage and whopping 6GB of RAM. It has Bluetooth 5.0 and LTE Cat 16 for connectivity.

For photography, it has dual 12-megapixel cameras with optical image stabilization (OIS) on both the f/1.7 wide-angle lens and the f/2.4 telephoto lenses with 2x optical zoom. A f/1.7 8-megapixel camera is on the front for selfies.

It has 3300mAh battery and it runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat. IP68 water and dust resistances, and support for wireless charging are also included along with support for NFC and MST for Samsung Pay and a USB Type-C port.

Galaxy Note 8, whose predecessor Note 7 did cost the company about $5.3 billion (roughly Rs. 35,433 crores) for blasting batteries, has to carry the burden of re-establishing the brand value for Samsung and wrestle with the top smartphones in the market, it will be interesting to see how it goes for south Korean smartphone giant.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Design Leaked Yet Again, And It Looks Legit

Galaxy Note has always been one of the big money-making product line for Samsung, so much that even though the Galaxy Note 7 literally bust into flames, the company has shown the courage on building a successor of the phone. In recent months, more that a few details about the phone have leaked, from specifications to videos showing the physical design.

This week is no different story either, a render of the Galaxy Note 8 was shared by Slickwraps CEO Jonathan on Twitter. This time, the leak is in form of a design render of the phone which appears to be made in a CAD application. The render, as you can see, shows the back of the upcoming phone, outlining the camera, flash and fingerprint sensors. The Image may have been shared with third-party and first party accessory makers so that they can start production when the phone is launched.
In case you did not know, Slickwraps itself is a mobile skin maker, just like well-known Dbrand Skins.

Credit: @headslickwrap

The leaked render is very similar to the phone render that was leaked a few days ago, accept that CAD variant does not show that color of phone, but that is understandable.

Other leaks about the phone have reveled that the phone will have a display similar to Galaxy S8 Plus right down to its taller than usual aspect ratio, 6GB RAM and that the phone will run on either Snapdragon 835 or soon to be released Snapdragon 836 SoC. Note 8 may also be Samsung’s first phone to ship with a dual rear camera setup, however, Samsung C10 may take that honor from Note 8 if it comes out sooner.

What do you think about the design and considering that Note 8 will cost around $800, will you be getting one? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A7 (2017) Go on Sale in India Today

Samsung Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 were launched by the tech giant in the first week of March. They had at that time specified the availability date of the smartphone to be 15th March. And rightfully so, the smartphone will go to sale in India today. They will be available in Samsung India E-stores and offline retailers in the colors, Black Sky and Gold Sand.

The Samsung Galaxy A5 is priced at Rs. 28,990, whereas the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) has been priced at Rs. 33,490. The Samsung Galaxy A5 and Samsung Galaxy A7 feature a Galaxy S7 style design. Their camera that come with low light optimization are enhanced as compared to their predecessors. The smartphones come with a Food Mode, as well as IP68-rating for dust and water resistance.

The dual sim variants of the Galaxy A5 and A7 have been launched in the country. The smartphone run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and are quite similar. They differ only in their screen size, battery capacity, dimensions, and weight. weight. The Samsung Galaxy A5 comes with a 5.2-inch full-HD Super AMOLED display. Its dimensions are 146.1×71.4×7.9mm and it weighs 157 grams. It runs on a 3000mAh battery. While, the Samsung Galaxy A7 sports a 5.7-inch full-HD Super AMOLED display, measuring 156.8×77.6×7.9mm, weighing 186 grams, and running on a 3600mAh battery.

Galaxy A5
Galaxy A5

Both the smartphones have 32 GB expandable internal storage. They feature a fingerprint scanner, an Always on Display, a USB Type-C port along with a 3.5mm audio jack. They come with Samsung Pay support, as well as features like Samsung Cloud and Secure Folder.

samsung galaxy a7
Galaxy A7

The connectivity options for the two are : 4G (LTE Cat. 6) and VoLTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.2, and NFC. The sensors present in both are an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, magnetometer, and proximity sensor. They are both powered by a 1.9GHz octa-core SoC along with 3GB of RAM. Both sport a 16-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a f/1.9 aperture, and a 16-megapixel front camera with an f/1.9 aperture.

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Samsung is probably making a foldable smartphone called Galaxy X

Credit: Samsung

There is a new trademark that hints at the possibility that Samsung’s foldable smartphone might make entry into the market with the moniker Galaxy X. The smartphone giant had been working on foldable smartphones for a while now, and it seems that they are finally going to be available for commercial use by the end of the year.

A Twitter user spotted the trademark. He shared a screenshot that included an image containing the Galaxy X branding promo. It may, however, be stated that all of this can be fake at this point.

There had been reports earlier that pointed to the possibility of Samsung along with Samsung Display introducing foldable smartphones to a select audience at the MWC 2017. It was supposed to be a private show in a separate room to get feedback from those present. That feedback would further be used by Samsung to predict the demand for foldable smartphones in the market.

A Diagram from patent document

Details state that Samsung will introduce both inward folding (like a book) and outward folding products. It can be believed that the reason Samsung is showcasing the foldable product to other companies might be because it plans to sell the display and technology to other handset manufacturers.

The foldable smartphones are expected to make an entrance later this year. Samsung will begin the production of foldable smartphones with AMOLED display in the fourth quarter of 2017.

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Samsung’s plus-sized Galaxy S8 will pack a huge 6.2-inch display

Samsung is more than a month away from unveiling its flagship model, and the rumors surrounding the release are at their peak currently. The latest leak has given us a sneak peek at the Samsung Galaxy S8. The rumor suggests that the flagship model is going to be a huge device.

The reliable Evan Blass from VentureBeat tweeted a list of the specifications of the upcoming Galaxy S8. The leak, however, didn’t add anything substantial to the previous rumors but then again it gave more solid ground to the earlier ones.

Supporting a report that was published back in November the specifications sheet stated that the Galaxy S8 would come with a massive 6.2 inch Super AMOLED display with rounded corners.

Samsung Galaxy S8 | Credit Venture Beat

There have had been earlier speculations that the much awaited Samsung Galaxy S8 will have a 6.2-inch display, it remains to be seen how Samsung will customize the design to improve the screen to bezel ratio.

Other specifications of the Galaxy S8 include water resistance, iris scanner, 4GB RAM and 64 GB internal memory that will be expandable. The flagship model will come with wireless charging and will support Samsung Pay.

It is expected that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be the first smartphones to be powered by Qualcomm’s all-new Snapdragon 835 processor. Samsung might even introduce its own assistant Bixby in the flagship phones.

The device is expected to the announced in March, and the official launch will happen in mid-April.

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No, Samsung Won’t Sell Refurbished Galaxy Note 7 In India

Yesterday, we discussed that Samsung is planning to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices in India and Vietnam. The source of news was South Korean publisher Hankyung, which reported that the smartphone giant is considering to sell refurbished versions of the phone with a slightly smaller battries.

Samsung today denied the plans and a spoksperson said to Gadgets360 that “The report on Samsung planning to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 smartphone[s] in India is incorrect.”

So, oops.

While Samsung has clearly denied plans to sell the phone in India, no one from samsug has denied about the sales in Vietnam.

Samsung has almost 2.5 million Note 7 devics in it’s inventory, which is, as we discuessed yesterday, a big pile of smartphones that have to be recycled. Add this the loss company had to deal in profts and selling refurbished phones does not sound like a crazy idea.  Now that company has not shown major interest in reselling the Note 7 devicse, it will be interesting to see what will happn to these 2.5 million Note 7 Units.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Pricing and Availability Date Leaked

After the explosive failure of the Note 7, (See what I did there?) Samsung is working hard on its upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone. Phone’s specifications and images have already leaked online, and now a Chinese tipster has revealed Galaxy S8’s pricing and availability dates.

The phone will come in different variants and the 6GB RAM and 64 GB internal memory version will cost $885 (roughly Rs 59,000). The phones 6GB RAM and 128 GB storage version will cost $943 (almost Rs 63,000).

Galaxy S8 will also come in a 4GB RAM version, but the concrete pricing of the version is still unknown. Evan Blass, who is one of the reliable sources of leaks, has suggested that these will cost almost EUR 100 more than the last year’s phones.

The Chinese leaker has also claimed that 6GB RAM version will only be available in Asian markets of China and South Korea. There was an image of S8 too, which is similarly to recent leaks of the phone.

Galaxy S8 will come in two screen sizes: 5.8 Inch and 9.2 inches with Super AMLED curved displays on all phones. These phone will be powered by Snapdragon 835 or Samsung’s own Exynos SoC.

The phone will go on sale in 21st April, and while the authenticity of leaker can’t be verified, it should be accurate as the images came with leak look the same as last leaks.

Rumours: Samsung Galaxy S8 Will Have 8 GB RAM and 256 GB Storage

With Note 7 getting into so much trouble and iPhones selling so well, Samsung has more pressure on making S8 better than ever. Rumors from many sources have started floating around the Internet that indicate Samsung is working its ass off to make the next phone more impressive than the competition.

Known for its accurate rumors about Samsung hardware, Ice Universe has suggested that Samsung Galaxy S8 will be the first Samsung phone to come with a whopping 8 GB of RAM that too will be built using a 10nm fabrication technology. The same rumors also claim that Samsung will use UFS 2.1 Flash storage which is supposed to be much faster than the read-write speed of current devices. Leaks in the past have already suggested that Samsung will have a 256 GB internal storage version of the phone.

Apart from the above, publication based on South Korea also suggested that Samsung will be making some changes to the S8 lineup. The phone will be available in 2 variants which will differ in screen sizes. Galaxy S8 will be a 5″ device while the other version will be called Galaxy S8 Plus which will sport a 6″ Super AMOLED display.

To deal with the large size of S8 Plus, Samsung may minimize the bezel on the phones. However, a 6″ Galaxy S series flagship may indicate the death of Note series.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 with stylus
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been canceled, and this leaves Samsung without a flagship phablet | Image: Samsung

So, in conclusion, here is what rumors suggest Samsung Galaxy S8 will have:

  • The phone will have two screen sizes: 5 inches and 6 inches.
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Fast UFS 2.1 Storage
  • A 256 GB Internal Memory version.

Obviously, all the above are still rumors and Samsung has not confirmed it. So, We will have to wait till the phone launches in 2017.

Do you think that Samsung should kill the Note brand and should launch a phablet screen sized Samsung Galaxy S8? Share with us in the comments below.


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Samsung Will Be Launching Galaxy Note 7 Variant With 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage on August 26

Now that OnePlus 3 has started the trend of phones with 6 GB of RAM, Samsung might also be releasing a new version of Note 7, which will come with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB of Onboard memory.

Now that OnePlus 3 has started the trend of phones with 6 GB of RAM, Samsung might also be releasing a new version of Note 7, which will come with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB of Onboard memory.

Samsung started sending out invites for a launch event in china, it will take place on 26th August. It has been confirmed by Samsung’s mobile division’s president Dong-jin Koh, who said that company is considering realising a version of Galxy Note 7 in china with upgraded memory.

While Galaxy Note 7 currently ships with  Exynos 8890 processor, the newer, beefier version may come with a Snapdragon 820 SoC.

If you are interested in buying a Samsung Phone with 6 GB of RAM, don’t get your hopes too high, there has been no official word about releasing the phone for contries other than China.

Chinese Smartphone market has some phone that ship with more than 4 GB of RAM and to stay on the top of specs game, it will be crutial step for Samsung to offer same (if not more) hardware specification to customers.