This is The Galaxy Tab S3, Samsung’s iPad Pro Killer And it Costs $600

There is no doubt that Samsung has always been a rival to Apple in the tablet market and its S series of tablets has been sold as the direct alternative to Apple’s iPad, the one who started the tablet trend. And now, the South Korean smartphone giant is ready to take on Apple with its new Galaxy Tab S3.

Tab S3

The new tablet has a 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 2048×1536 screen resolution had it run on the Android 7.0. Storage wise, the tablet ships with 32 GB of internal storage (same as the Galaxy S7) but it can be expanded using a MicroSD card (again, Same as the Galaxy S7) the tablet has 4 GB of RAM and Samsung has used a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 to power the device.

In shooting department, there is a 13-megapixel rear camera with a 5 megapixel one on the front for selfies. Also, there is a 6000 mAh battery that supports quick charging.

VentureBeat reported that device would cost $600 which is $200 more than its predecessor, the Tab S2. But if you want to use the device for some productivity, you may also want to get yourself a Pogo Keyboard which will cost you an additional $130. Add them both, and you will be getting a complete S3 setup for $730 which is directly competitive with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

While the tablet looks premium and it has some powerful hardware under the hood, one thing that concerns me about the device is its software. Just like Google’s Pixel C tablet, the Tab S3 runs Android which is lacking when it come to having proper tablet optimized apps.

If you want to pre-order the tablet, you should keep that in mind too.

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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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Everything we think we know about the Samsung Galaxy S8

Now that the MWC is over we can finally focus on Samsung Galaxy S8. The smartphone giant decided to skip the Barcelone unveiling of Samsung Galaxy S8 and kept it for later. Now it won’t be too long before we get to see the most awaiting smartphone. A while ago Samsung announced the release date of Samsung Galaxy S8 to be 29th March. Another report said that it would go on sale on 21st April.

Leaked render of Galaxy S8

Now coming to the design.,Thanks to the numerous leaks that have been around we have a very clear idea as to how the Samsung Galaxy S8 is going to look. Its design will be pretty similar to that of the previous Galaxy Smartphones. It will feature a front and back glass a panels fused together by a metal band. This time though Samsung has worked towards reducing the screen to display ratio. And the fingerprint sensor has been shifted to the back of the smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy S8 will have rounded edges and will be comfortable to hold.

Samsung Galaxy S8 | Credit Venture Beat

The display will be Super AMOLED and Quad HD+. The Samsung Galaxy S8 will have 5.8-inch screen whereas the Samsung Galaxy S8+ will have a 6.2-inch display. Both the smartphones will have Snapdragon 835 processor, with 4GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage that will be expandable. It will feature 12 MP dual pixel back camera and 8MP selfie camera. Samsung has decided to do away with the home button on the front. Samsung Galaxy S8 will also feature an iris scanner.

Galaxy S8 with TouchViz UI | Credit: BGR.in
Galaxy S8 with TouchViz UI | Credit: BGR.in

Samsung’s personal assistant Bixby is set to make an entry with the Samsung Galaxy S8. According to reports, Bixby will be summoned by a button on the side of the phone. The smartphone will be water resistant with an IP68 rating.

Presently the pricing of the Galaxy S8 is pretty unclear, and we will have to wait for a while to make any concrete statement regarding that. But from the specifications that have been leaked, it seems as if the smartphone will be an evolutionary step forward for Samsung.

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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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New Galaxy S8 leak shows the phone in its full glory with an AI button

Since the Note 7’s explosive débâcle, Samsung has been working on making S8 a phone that can shift the attention and help restore smartphone giant’s reputation. Several facts about S8 have leaked in the past including some pictures and specs, today, Evan Blass, who is one of the most reliable leakers of this stuff, shared a new picture of Samsung’s upcoming flagship.

The Press render looks very similar to earlier leaks including a nearly bezel-less screen and a taller that average screen ratio. However, looks closely and you will find, and you will find an additional button on the left just below the volume rocker.

 

Galaxy S8

No previous Galaxy phone have come with more than three buttons on the sides (two for adjusting volume and one as a power button) from the looks of it, the new button of the phone may be built to trigger the upcoming AI assistant which will be called Bixby.

Apart from the button, you can also find an iris scanner on the phone right on top of phone’s massive display. It will be the second time Samsung will be adding an iris scanner on a smartphone (first was, of course, the Galaxy Note 7).

Galaxy S8 may ditch its physical home button from phone front, and it looks like the rumors are true considering no home button is visible on the front of the phone, the phone will also have a taller display, perhaps an 18:9 ratio which will be similar to the latest LG G6.

Some specs of the phone are already leaked, it will be interesting to see how does the phone come out once it is launched on March 29.

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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 Note 7 May Soon Be Back From The Dead (At Least In India)

Unless you have been living under a rock, you must remember Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7, a beautiful and functional phablet that ended up being discontinued after several reports of explosions came into the light. After the initial reports, the company announced a recall and started exchanging Galaxy Note 7 devices for free; the problem arose when replacement devices also started exploding. After the debacle, the company announced that all devices would be returned and the company will stop manufacturing the phone.

Well, it looks like Samsung is preparing to bring the Note 7 back from the dead.

A South Korean outlet Hankyung reported that the smartphone giant is planning to sell refurbished units of Note 7 with smaller batteries in developing markets such as India.

Samsung’s Note 7 is hard to be relaunched in US and UK due to a pre-announced ban on the phone from the government, but the phone could be sold in India and Vietnam.

After the recall, reports came out that Samsung has almost 2.5 million units in its inventory. While reselling these devices will surely make up for some of the company’s loss in profit, the decision of selling phones in inventory will also save company’s hassle of recycling all the 2.5 million units, which, could be a pain in the butt.

Source

Samsung has been working hard in getting its credibility back with the launch of Galaxy A series, and from the leaks, it looks like the company is also working hard on its upcoming Galaxy S8. It will be interesting to see how these refurbished Note 7 units sell in Indian markets.

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Everything We Know About The Upcoming Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3

It has been a long time since a high-end android tablet like Pixel C was released. As smartphones get bigger and more powerful tablets, that were once a hit with the public, have now become less common and preferred. Most of the new tablets released in the recent past have been aimed at budget buyers or children. However now as Samsung’s Galaxy S8 has been postponed till spring it is pretty clear that Samsung will be bringing a high-end tablet to the market at the MWC 2017.

It will be a huge upgrade from Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 that has been in the market since 2015. Samsung has had a lot of time to work on its flagship tablet.

The Tab S2 had come in two sizes 8 inches and 9.7 inches. However, according to a report from South Korea-based Naver News, the Galaxy Tab S3 will come in just one bigger size 9.6 inches with 2048×1536 display. A recent leak on German-based WinFuture.de, the flagship product will be identical in design to its predecessor, with a pill-shaped home button/fingerprint scanner with a pair of standard navigation buttons on the sides. It will, however, be thinner that the Galaxy S2.

Credit: WinFuture

The Galaxy Tab S3 may look similar to its predecessor but it will come with many upgrades. It will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, an upgrade from the earlier Exynos chip. It will get a 4 GB RAM (there was 3GB in Galaxy S2) and it will be equipped with a 12 MP rear and 5 MP front camera ( 8MP and 2 MP in Galaxy S2). The Galaxy S2 will run on Android Nougat, though it is yet to be seen if Samsung will add some additional features to it for the larger screen size.

The best inclusion in the Galaxy S3 will be the S Pen. While it isn’t the first Samsung tablet to come with a stylus, it will be the first in the Galaxy Tab S line to sport it. Sammobile has reported that the tablet won’t come with a slot for the stylus, and the S Pen will come in the box with the product.

Samsung has announced that the new device will be revealed at MWC on Feb. 26 at 7:00 pm CET (1 p.m. EST) at the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. The Naver report stated that the Galaxy Tab S3 will be priced a bit more than the S2 ($500) at somewhere around $600.

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This is The Real Samsung Galaxy S8, Launching in March

The first real images of upcoming Galaxy S8 just leaked, and the phone looks as slick as possible.

Evan Bliss from Venture Beat, who is one of the most reliable leakers on the internet, just gave the world a first glance of the most anticipated phone of 2017. The photo proves many rumors about the phone, and the phone looks a lot like its predecessors.

The new phone will ditch the fingerprint sensor from the front and put it on the back side adjacent to the camera. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 will have an iris camera, just like the dreaded Note 7 on the front of the phone. It is also clear that Samsung will no longer sell flat screened version of the phone -there will be edges on all models. Surprisingly enough, the phone will come in two display sizes: 5.8 inches and 6.2 inches.

Samsung Galaxy S8 | Credit Venture Beat

The screen size is larger than Note 7 even for the small 5.8-inch Display version of S8, but the phone should not be too large as it will have an 18.5:9 aspect ratio to minimize the screen bezals.

And there is something to mock Apple too: a headphone jack at the bottom.

Both devices will come with Snapdragon 835 or Samsung Exynos SoC which are almost 11 percent faster than current processors. The new SoC will also be nearly 23 percent more powerful in graphics processing, and it will consume 20 percent less battery which will be good as Samsung won’t put a larger battery inside the phones.

The smaller 5.8-inch variant will come with 3,000 mAh battery, and the larger one will come with 3,500 mAh battery.

There is some information about the camera too, the rear shooter will stay as the same 12 megapixels, but the front camera will get a bump to 8 megapixels from 5 megapixels in current flagship, the Galaxy S7.

Release date of Galaxy S8

Evan also has information about the release date of the phone. The company won’t launch the new phone at Mobile World Congress. Instead, the phone will be launched on March 29. The company should start selling the phone on April 21.

The Galaxy Note 7 was a terrific phone, well… until it exploded. Samsung has definitely had seen better reputation for itself in the past. Galaxy S8 is one of the most anticipated phones of all time, and this is probabbly why Samsung is trying to be as careful as possible.

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